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Susan T.

Grand Prairie, TX

About Susan B.

I would first like to say that I was born into a musical family. My Dad (choir director) and five older brothers were not only the majority of the choir in our large Catholic church, but Dad had a "tame" Frank Sinatra singing style. My mother played harmonica and piano by ear so acquiring musical intellects spread quickly to all of us. Most of my siblings sang and played instruments as we had a piano, guitar, organ, harmonica, trumpet, clarinet and a recorder to use as we pleased, with or without a music teacher.

I started singing and playing the piano at age four. With consistent encour
agement from my oldest sister (a professional organist for 40+ years), I learned piano and music theory while I was learning to read; started guitar at eight. A natural born singer, I learned the basics of voice while in choir from middle school through high school while accompanying myself on piano or guitar when singing privately or for others. I wrote my first song at 17 and worked my way through college playing original music in coffee shops while earning my bachelors degree. After college, I started touring across the US (this was long before American Idol and the Internet when if you wanted to make it, you had to "pay your dues" on the road first). Working in the studio was always the most fun and challenging, my first original song got air play in 1990 (this was before CDs).

I received international distribution of my original music starting 2004 - that summer I worked and sold CDs in Munich Germany; however, upon returning to the US realized that performing was not my preferred way of providing service to others - teaching then become my passion. So while working for a local public school district as substitute teacher for general music classes (orchestra, band, choir as well), I was asked to write and teach a beginning songwriting class. From the very first day I had kids' attention in the palm of my hands (some of those students eventually recorded their own songs in studios).

After 30+ years of professional musicianship spanning across two continents (US and Germany) with originally produced music available on iTunes and two CDs on the market, I have found a unique way of teaching music to others. I especially enjoy teaching families (children, parents, grandparents, cousins, etc.) that want to learn to play a variety of instruments and music together. Married couples are wonderful to teach as well, I can usually get any combination of two or more people playing music together.

I usually host annual recitals. I do not force anyone to play in the recital, however most everyone enjoys the experience.

*** Specialties ***
Piano: Beginning/intermediate classical piano; then onto pop, blues, jazz, hymns, praise music (piano/voice).

Guitar: Beginning Classical Guitar (nylon strings; notes, chords, fingerpicking); Beginning Acoustic Guitar (steel strings; notes, chords, fingerpicking, strumming, using a plectrum or flat pick).

Ukulele: Beginning note and strumming patterns while accompanying voice.

Voice: I can take you to professional levels! As proof, one of my adult male students, singer/songwriter/pianist/guitarist/trumpeter, came to me to enhance his "character" voice. After 30 lessons, and assistance arranging vocals (including mic technique) in home studio four-song demo, my student signed a four-song demo recording deal with an eight (8) time Grammy award winning music producer Joe Chiccarelli - in LA with studio right on Sunset Blvd.

Lastly, I would love to enroll students who want to learn Joni Mitchell's style of piano and guitar playing. Mitchell never had formal music training, she played by ear; particularly on guitar she used more than 50 open tunings.

*** Lesson Details ***
First of all, I'll need to know you or your children's goals, dreams and natural talent(s). What types of music do you love best? Are you more the serious type or fun-loving (I can work with both types of personalities but do require a respectful demeanor).

Lessons are once per week. It is extremely important to develop the brain, nervous system, physical coordination all together with momentum and repetitive physical movements; particularly, the first six months of learning.

I do schedule students on "Schedule-As-You-Go" however usually only after consistent weekly lessons.

If you already know an instrument and want to take Combination Lessons - Voice/Piano or Voice/Guitar - I am an excellent teacher for that purpose.

Please do not expect overnight success, hand/motor skills need to be developed and that doesn't occur with one or two lessons, unless you've had prior experience on your instrument and just need to refresh your brain's neural pathways.

If you are the creative type and wish to compose your own music, then by all means let me know as I teach not only composition, but arranging, music production, and the legal aspects of copyrights and international distribution.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano lessons will be given on my parlor grand piano. For guitar lessons, I use either my Yamaha acoustic-electric classical nylon string guitar OR my vintage Epiphone steel string guitar. Please see the photo noting the studio's microphones/vocal monitors, plus I have a variety of hand percussion.
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Joseph J. December 1, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
She is very patient with my son. My son enjoyed his first lesson.
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Jordan R. November 28, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Mrs. Susan was a perfect match for my son. She's very patient, knowledgeable and very kind! My son walked out from his first lesson with her with such excitement in jumping back into lessons after a five month break. Looking forward to many more!!
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Matt October 10, 2016
Singing · In studio
Susan is an excellent teacher because she tailors her approach to the student's needs and goals, regardless of the student's age or experience or what their ultimate goals might be. Singing is not one-size-fits-all and different people learn in different ways. Susan is very sensitive to that. In my case, she mixed exercises from a number of sources with her own techniques and guidance to help me develop some good habits and techniques and ultimately find my natural voice. I can be very hard on myself, but I always believed I could reach my goals with Susan.
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Susan T.

Grand Prairie, TX 75052
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Ray M.

Arlington, TX

About Ray

Born in Arlington, Texas, I began playing guitar and bass guitar in high school. After studying for several years under Joey Faust, I studied Jazz, Classical Guitar, and Music Theory at TCC in Fort Worth. I began teaching in my free time to friends and family in 2003; by 2008 I was teaching full time, my students ranging in age from 3 to over 70. I also play piano, mandolin, banjo, ukulele, and auto harp.

*** Lesson Details ***
I believe lessons should be fun, so all lessons are tailored to the individual student, based on the student's interests and goals. Students are free to progress at
their own pace, and to choose their own learning material. Styles and techniques include Rock, Country, Blues, Bluegrass, Jazz, Shred, Slide Guitar, Classical Guitar, and Slap Bass, to name a few.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons in my home studio are definitely more beneficial to the student, because I have all my toys here! Besides having all of my other instruments here for demonstrations, or being able to freely change between electric or acoustic guitar for example, I have access to my computer and all of my teaching materials.
I also find that students who are at home (especially the children) tend to be more distracted, whether it's from lack of privacy due to the area chosen for the lessons, or often (again, this goes especially for the kids) there are pets that they like to play with while I'm trying to talk to them.
When they're guests in my home, however, I find I have their strict attention.

*** Specialties ***
I am primarily a guitar player specializing in electric lead guitar and solo acoustic guitar/vocal performance. I also teach beginner to advanced bass guitar, primarily finger-style. In addition I teach slap style bass guitar, as well as slide guitar. I am also a classical mandolin and tenor mandola player. I am currently the director of and first mandolin player for the Fort Worth Mandolin Orchestra.
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Nan May 17, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
He was fantastic. Hew knew where to start so I could better at piano. I'm really looking forward to all the other lessons.
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James April 1, 2016
Mandolin · In home
Verified Student
great instructor....
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James March 21, 2016
Mandolin · In studio
great teacher.. demonstration then practice....
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Ray M.

Ray M.

Arlington, TX 76015
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$34 / 30-min
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Whitney H.

Dallas, TX

About Whitney

*** SCHEDULE ***
My availability calendar reflects a general idea of times/days I'm usually free for lessons. Due to work and other obligations, my schedule does change regularly and requires flexibility each week. Please feel free to email me with questions if you have any concerns regarding scheduling.

*** Bit About Me ***
I am a classically trained pianist who competed in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area for 15 years (began lessons at age 5). Teaching is something I genuinely enjoy doing. Whatever your goals are, I will work hard to help you achieve them in a way that best fits your ne
eds.

*** What you can expect from me ***
Whether your goal is to learn scales by the end of the month, figure out where middle C is, or become a classical genius by the end of the year; we can make it happen. I do not expect you to learn the way I was taught (although if you want a strict regimen, I can provide that). I am a big believer in motivating you in the way that helps YOU succeed. I promise I am patient, pleasant and enjoy my job; you have nothing to be afraid of.

*** What I expect from you ***
I expect my students to practice; it is a crucial requirement for progress. Piano will require your time, energy and self discipline. Please respect my schedule; if you need to cancel, do so in the appropriate time frame. Most importantly, I want you to communicate honestly with me about your goals and if you want to readjust the "lesson plan," tell me. I am here to help you learn.

*** Equipment ***
I own a 1942 Kimball Consolette piano. She's old but she has soul. I have a variety of sheet music I can share. Please bring your workbooks/sheet music to every lesson. I have pencils (we mark in our music!) and a metronome. It is useful to download a metronome app on your phone for practice at home.

*** My Studio ***
I teach in a loft style condo with floor to ceiling windows. I do not have a private, designated seating area for parents but there is a lobby for anyone who needs to wait during a lesson time.

*** Specialties ***
I am a classically trained pianist who competed in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area for 15 years. I was trained to perform and compete only, playing songs that were required by competition guidelines. I participated in everything: Jazz, Sonatina, State, Solo, Ensemble, Regional, Hymn, you name it! This also means my "specialty" is classical music (Mozart, Bach, etc.)
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Stacey July 6, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Fun!
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Tara May 26, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Whitney is a-mazing! She has a great ability to assess individuals' skill levels, strengths and weaknesses, and provides meaningful feedback and suggestions on how to improve. Whitney is super patient, very positive, encouraging, and thoughtful about her instruction and guidance. She's a joy to work with and I highly recommend her!
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Ashley P. November 18, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
First class was great
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Whitney H.

Dallas, TX 75201
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starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Ric F.

Arlington, TX

About Ric

I teach music composition, theory and all related subjects.
I have taught at several colleges and currently at Weatherford College.
BIO: Award-Winning Composer Richard (Ric) G. Flauding has composed-arranged-orchestrated hundreds of pieces of music in many styles and for various ensembles. His catalog includes music recorded-performed by the London Symphony, the Fort Worth Symphony and recently with orchestras in Mexico.
Ric’s recordings are played worldwide in radio-television and have featured many well-known jazz and recording session musicians such as Eric Marienthal, Russell Ferrante
and Wayne Bergeron.
Ric studied composition with Dr. Albert Harris, John Shaffer Smith and many others. He has taught at several colleges and universities and is currently teaching at Weatherford College in Texas as well as appearing as guest composer-clinician at other music institutions.
The past several years Ric has focused primarily on music for jazz ensembles.
For more information see:
www.ricflauding.com
Ric Flauding Wikipedia
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Andrew November 24, 2015
Guitar · In studio
I had my first lesson with Ric last week and it was great! I look forward to my future lessons with him. He is a great teacher as well as a very accomplished musician, composer and many more attributes.
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Cosima Y. March 6, 2014
An excellent teacher who loves to see his students excel

Several years ago I was privileged to have Ric contribute his talent to my CD project. He is an amazing musician and a gentleman!

Ric is an excellent teacher and musician who genuinely desires to impart his expertise to those he teaches. He is relevant and experienced. His vast musical knowledge and sphere of influence are a tremendous asset to the music community with years of experience and a sincere attitude that is infectious.

I am highly confident that all Ric's student will be treated with great care and service and I highly recommend and appreciate Ric.
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Ric F.

Ric F.

Arlington, TX 76002
(2)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Melody S.

Dallas, TX

About Melody

My musical experience began at the age of 4 on the piano. I have been classically trained for most of my life. I have performed on soundtracks, played with bands (in genres from Jazz to Metal), and accompanied choirs. I have taught intro to piano and music theory since the age of 15. Currently, I teach throughout the Dallas metroplex, play in several bands, as well as write music for Television and Film.

I see music as a language. Once it is mastered, it can be shared with anyone, anywhere. My goal as an instructor is to provide my students with an opportunity to discover their own musical
potentials. From breaking the ice from playing for the very first time, to perfecting even the most structured and difficult pieces, I feel there are no limits. I feel comfortable teaching in any genre and always tailor my classes to match my students own individual learning style. In my lessons, I highlight important principles right from the start, such as posture, proper fingering, and rhythm training, to ensure no bad habits form that later are hard to break. As we become more confident in our playing, we transfer some of the traits contained within us. Those traits become the character and style of our "musical speech," which will help to define us as musicians. I recommend books and provide sheet music when we start learning songs. Learning music with me has been said by many of my students as, "the most fun they have ever had playing music."

In addition to music, I teach science in the subjects of Chemistry, Biology, Anatomy and Physiology. I have my 200 hr yoga teaching certification and teach private class to aid people in living a healthy, fulfilling life.

Thanks again for reading my profile. Hope to meet you soon.
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Nickcole February 6, 2017
Singing · Online
Verified Student
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Lonnie D. December 7, 2016
Vocal Training · In home
Verified Student
Melody is very easy to talk to. Very relatable.
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Linda G. November 27, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
I Lake my teacher very much In my first piano. Class i felt Happy
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Melody S.

Melody S.

Dallas, TX 75234
(3)
starting at
$30 / 30-min

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