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Patrick L.

Arden, NC

I differentiate between concepts and skills, while stressing the importance of mastering both. As important as it is to understand the intervolic relationships in something like the major scale, this knowledge does little for the pianist if she or he cannot pick out the notes to the different scales in real time. In observing that each person demonstrates unique learning patterns and abilities, I have learned that some people will come to understand the conceptual through mastery of memorized tasks while some will succeed with technical mastery only after achieving some conceptual understanding.

About Patrick

Hi there, my name is Patrick, and I am now a new resident of the Asheville area. I am a music teacher of Trumpet, Piano, Voice and Sound Recording with more than 20 plus years of experience. Below, I relate some of my experiences and philosophies as a teacher of music since 2002.

*** Lesson Details ***
Trumpet Lessons
I have worked with adults and children, with beginners, and with more experienced players looking for a push or a new direction. I have developed many different teaching methods based on what each of my students wants to get out of lessons. The heart of most lessons I teac
h is learning to play or understand songs. Usually, I rely on my students to select the songs they wish to study, which I then transcribe to make personal arrangements fitted to their abilities. Of course, I will suggest or recommend songs at times. I also supply relevant exercises and music theory to accelerate the learning process.

Piano Lessons
I differentiate between concepts and skills, while stressing the importance of mastering both. As important as it is to understand the intervalic relationships in something like the major scale, this knowledge does little for the pianist if she or he cannot pick out the notes to the different scales in real time. In observing that each person demonstrates unique learning patterns and abilities, I have learned that some people will come to understand the conceptual through mastery of memorized tasks while some will succeed with technical mastery only after achieving some conceptual understanding.
Voice Lessons
Having first begun singing at 22 years old, I know first hand that it’s never to late to start singing. Having some experience in school but not fully as a professional till in my 20′s, I have learned from some of the top professionals in the South Florida area. My first vocal lessons was with Gloria Estefan’s back up singer Jon Secada. Jon has his first hit “Just Another Day” that stayed at #1 for several weeks. His one lesson really helped me use singing in my gigging around town. From that time on, I have used this technique for all my students. focusing on JUST BREATHING, has helped many of my students.

Teaching Sound Recording
Working in the early 1980s with recorded music and computers, I was introduced to the new wave of recording at its birth. At Miami Dade Community College, I taught and assisted students in Composition, Sound Development, and Sound Recording using Mac computers and PC’s. As of this day, I personally teach recording in Logic Pro, Bias Peak and Mastering using Waves plug ins and having finished products in Mp4 format and or CD’s.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Mac with logic pro software instruments, piano seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
expect students to provide paper and pencil and put in practice time on their respected instruments at least 30 min a week

*** Specialties ***
Alfred,Hanon,Rubank Advanced Method for instruments.
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Andrew G. August 1, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Great first lesson for my 9 year old son. Patrick is friendly, professional, and kept my son interested and engaged.
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Tino B. May 18, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Looking forward to more sessions with this guy! I've composed two new records since i had a session with him, it seems like he's helped me from overthinking that this is hard and with all the technology there is today its just simple. just do it!
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Tino B. May 15, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Hello music world this is Tino b here! I want to let everyone out there who is interested in taking their music to the next level and is searching for someone to help them do so, well look no further Patrick Lopez can help you do so. My first
lesson with him gave me my confidence back and has me producing music on a totally different/higher level.
Better writing and music composition is what im learning,
how to listen to today's music melodies and transform them into a sound of my own. Check him out!
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Patrick L.

Patrick L.

Charlotte, NC 28223
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starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Sue D.

Charlotte, NC

I teach piano to students of all ages and levels. I try to make it fun while helping you to reach your goals. Whether you want to play for enjoyment or play in recitals or bands, we can get you where you want to be. The type of music studied (classical, pop, jazz) depends on the student. If there is no preference, I encourage learning different genres.

About Sue

I enjoy teaching students of all ages and levels. Each lesson is customized to meet the individual students' needs and goals. I have over 15 years of teaching experience.

My education in music is extensive. I was principal cellist at the Interlochen Arts Academy orchestra in Interlochen, Michigan. I have a Doctorate from Indiana University in Music Composition and Music Theory. I also studied piano and cello at Indiana University. I have a Masters degree in music from Butler University in Indianapolis. My major was composition but I also studied piano.

My teaching experience is al
so extensive. I have taught intermediate campers at the Interlochen Center for the Arts summer camp as well as at Butler University and Indiana State University. I have been writing music and teaching private piano, cello, music theory, and composition lessons in Charlotte, NC for the last ten years.

My compositions include solo and chamber pieces as well as electronic works, symphonic band works, and orchestral works. In 2004 I won the Judith Lang Zaimont award from the International Association of Women in Music.

I love music and enjoy sharing it with others. So whether you are 5 or 90, or somewhere in between, let's have some fun!

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons are customized for each student. Weekly assignments will be given. Please bring a notebook to the first lesson for lesson assignments.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect the students to buy the appropriate music books and have the appropriate instrument.

*** Specialties ***
I teach in all genres - pop, rock, classical, new music, jazz, new age, etc.
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Carter April 5, 2016
Cello · In home
Verified Student
My first lesson was excellent. Sue was very helpful and pushed me just enough. I'm looking for ward to the next one!!!
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Hubert F. January 28, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
It was a great experience, she made me feel very comfortable while trying to pursue a task that I was clueless about.
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Ava S. January 6, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Wonderful!!
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Sue D.

Sue D.

Charlotte, NC 28270
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starting at
$28 / 30-min
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Jen S.

Rock Hill, SC

I have over 20 years experience teaching piano lessons to students of all ages and all levels, and I have personally played the piano for 30 years.

About Jen

Jen has an extensive musical background. At 7 years old, she started taking piano lessons, and at 10 years old, she started playing the saxophone. She continued playing and studying seriously through high school, and then majored in music education in college. She graduated from Wayne State University (Detroit, Michigan) in 1998 with a Bachelor of Music Degree. Jen has performed on saxophone with many ensembles through the years...concert bands, symphonic bands, jazz bands, church / community bands...and has taught private lessons on piano, clarinet and saxophone for over 20 years. Jen wa
s an Assistant Elementary Band Director in Southfield, Michigan (1998 - 1999), General Music Teacher at two elementary schools in Port Huron, Michigan (1999 - 2000), Private Lesson and Keyboard Band Director in Cooper City, Florida (2000 - 2001), Director of Bands at Polo Park Middle School in Wellington, Florida (2001 - 2009), Kindermusik Educator and Business Owner in Rock Hill, South Carolina (2013 - present), and Private Lesson Instructor (present).

*** Lesson Details ***
All lessons will begin with students playing assigned pieces for instructor to assess the performance, and then new musical selections will be discussed, explained, demonstrated, and rehearsed with student. Finally, weekly assignments will be given.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I teach out of the loft in our home...it's a big, open room. I have an electronic keyboard for piano students to use. There are specific method books I like to use for teaching, and those will be required of students. I also have sheet music that will periodically be given to students as part of their weekly assignments. I have extra chairs for caregivers to stay and listen...family members are always welcome to stay for the lessons.

*** Travel Equipment ***
No travel equipment...instructor teaches out of private studio.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in beginner, intermediate, and advanced piano students. Having been a middle school band director, and a woodwind player myself, I do have experience teaching all wind instruments and percussion instruments. However, at this time, I am only accepting piano students.
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Deonta L. September 26, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Very patient and professional.
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Genevieve McDevitt August 28, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
My daughter really liked her. Looking forward to many lessons and growth.
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Rick G. March 6, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Jen dove right in and is a great listener. She will cater her teaching to your specific needs. I know I have chosen the right person for the job...VERY happy, I am learning from the best!
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Jen S.

Jen S.

Rock Hill, SC 29732
(5)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Jonathan T.

Charlotte, NC

Interested in building your chops and becoming a better musician? Let me help you grow as a musician! I hold a Masters Degree in Music Performance, am a Certified North Carolina Teacher, and am currently an orchestra director specializing in strings.

About Jonathan

I currently play and teach all the orchestral string instruments, all forms of guitar, electric bass, and all forms of brass instruments. I earned a Bachelor of Music degree in trumpet performance from Emory and Henry College and then went on to earn a Master of Music degree in Trumpet Performance with a concentration in Music Theory and Composition from the University of Louisiana at Monroe. I have performed in many ensembles throughout his career including: the New River Brass Quintet, the Symphony of the Mountains, the Monroe Symphony Orchestra, the Emory and Henry Trumpet Ensemble, the ULM
symphony orchestra, the ULM Wind Ensemble, and the ULM Jazz Ensemble. I had the opportunity to travel to Austria and Germany to perform as well as across the United States at events such as the International Trumpet Guild Conference. I currently serves as the Albemarle Road Middle School Director of Strings as well as teaching private lessons in wind and string instruments. I am a member of the National Association for Music Educators, the International Trumpet Guild, as well as the American String Teachers Association.
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Lisa October 27, 2016
Mandolin · In studio
Verified Student
JT makes learning fun and is very knowledgeable in many areas of music!
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Joseph Y. October 20, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Fantastic teacher!!!
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Bekah S. October 7, 2016
Tuba · Online
Verified Student
Jonathan is a fantastic teacher! My son has learned a ton and loves lessons. My son's band teacher is very impressed with the progress he is making and the quality of instruction he is receiving. Jonathan provides excellent instruction and great follow up with lessons. We are thrilled to have him as our teacher!
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Jonathan T.

Jonathan T.

Charlotte, NC 28278
(13)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Debra R.

Clover, SC

My goal is to inspire artistry, confidence, and great self esteem by sharing over 20 years worth of musical experiences and knowledge. All students will learn to play the piano in a fun and creative way that is beneficial and suitable for their particular learning style. I aim to make learning this beautiful instrument as easy as possible and the students love it!

About Debra

Debra Rivas has been teaching private lessons since 2002 and is currently available to teach lessons in her home studio, and online. Debra has helped students learn to read, write and perform music in a fun and relaxed environment.
Debra received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from Morgan State University with a concentration in Piano in 2004. As an expert in her field, Debra looks forward to helping new students achieve their goals. Debra’s teaching style is creative, fun, and focuses on the musical development of the individual technically and artistically.
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Adrian September 22, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Great patience.
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Elijah A. September 22, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Great patience.
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Sarah May 24, 2016
Piano · In studio
I've had the pleasure of having Debra on our teaching staff at Lanti Music for the past two years. She is an incredibly patient, creative and knowledgeable instructor who goes above and beyond to help create well-rounded musicians! Each quarter we receive parent feedback regarding her teaching style, quality of instruction, and communication - and the comments are always exceptional!! The ease and warmth she demonstrates will instantly make your child feel welcomed. I highly recommend Debra for piano lessons!!
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Debra R.

Debra R.

Clover, SC 29710
(4)
starting at
$25 / 30-min

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