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Victoria V.

Minneapolis, MN

About Victoria

I am an enthusiastic teacher who loves to help students explore and enjoy the process of singing. Singing and music can boost your confidence and can be an activity that is both challenging and enjoyable. Singing is also personal and I believe it is important to see lessons as a collaboration between teacher and student. I feel i have an affinity for teaching students of all ages who are completely new to singing and want to learn the basics.

I am also an active performer with a focus in opera and musical theater. I currently singing with Minnesota Opera and have performed such roles as Suz
uki in Madame Butterfly, Alisa in Lucia, Marcellina in Le Nozze di Figaro and the title role in Carmen. I believe that a great teacher has experience they can share with students. I understand the challenges of singing because I face them professionally everyday. I find this helps to be sympathetic to a student and their needs. Due to my professional experience, I understand how much students can grow with patience and guidance.

I received a Bachelor's degree from the State University of New York College at Fredonia and my Masters from the prestigious Manhattan School of Music. I received strong training in vocal pedagogy, diction/language, and overall musicianship. These are lessons I love to share.

I have taught students at one of the top music camps in the country and have had private students for about six years. I taught everything from rock music to opera and I believe that all singing technique comes from the same principles.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons are professional and goal oriented, yet fun and relaxed. At the beginning of every lesson I try to assess where you are that day and work from there. The tasks and exercises we perform in each lesson are all leading to your bigger goals. You will leave every lesson with assignments for the following week to help you progress. For younger students, I also try to take some time to focus on musicianship as this can be very helpful in the initial stages of learning any instrument. After a few months of lessons, you will have a clearer understanding of how your body works in singing, specifically breath and posture. We will focus on creating a relaxed, even sound that appears effortless to others.

*** Studio Equipment ***
sound proof practice rooms, mirror, piano, seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
N/A.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in classical and musical theater singing and stagecraft.
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RichardG July 11, 2012
TONE OF MY VOICE IMPROVED

Victoria is an excellent voice teacher. She taught me how to "think low" when I sing in the higher range. She helped me to concentrate on wordenunciation. She taught me how to breathe differently, when I sing. I highly recommend her.
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Victoria V.

Victoria V.

Minneapolis, MN 55418
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starting at
$29 / 30-min
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Shae K.

Saint Paul, MN

About Shae

I am an music instructor with 23 years of experience. I have a Bachelor's degree in Sacred Music with a major in Voice. I have been playing piano for 33 years with having been an accompanist for choirs and soloists and a pianist at weddings and churches. I am a believer that anyone can learn piano and improve their vocal abilities! I also know that a knowledge of music and music theory go together to improve one's learning ability in any area of his/her life. The student and I would work together. I don't just teach the "how to", I help and encourage taking time at the lesson to learn an
d understand the music. I am a huge advocate of building the student's skills during the lesson time and using the rest of the week on their own to continue to review the skills they have already acquired. I look forward to being your teacher! We will have fun learning!

*** Lesson Details ***
I am a friendly person and like to put everyone at ease. I try to adapt to each student's learning style. As I have hinted at in my bio, I teach the skills and then we work together on these skills during the lesson. The idea is for the knowledge and skills to come together before the student tries on their own. The student actually learns quicker this way and we repeat lessons much less. The student also desires to learn when they see those goals being attained at a quicker pace. I usually average one lesson book every 2-3 months, depending on the student.

*** Specialties ***
I have taught every method available for piano and have taught both Opera and regular singing methods.
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Lila S. June 13, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
She's really good, and helps me learn at my own pace.
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Kim F. May 22, 2014
Piano · In home
Shae has been working with my daughter for about a year now. Shae is patient, diligent and has a way of creating a love of piano in her student(s). My daughter has grown leaps in her knowledge and ability to play the piano. We are extremely grateful for Shae and highly recommend her!
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Shae K.

Shae K.

Saint Paul, MN 55113
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starting at
$20 / 30-min
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Alex M.

Saint Paul, MN

About Alex

Hey, my name is Alex. I'm a multi-instrumentalist (guitar, bass, keyboards, voice, drums, flute, etc.), composer, performer, recording artist, arranger/orchestrator/transcriber, recording engineer/producer & music educator.

I graduated from the University of St. Thomas "Cum Laude" in 2011 with a Bachelor's Degree in Guitar Performance, with minors in Music Production & Composition. While attending St. Thomas I served as the Music Theory tutor, as well as the live sound/stage/light/recording technician for student & faculty recitals.

I have been playing professionally & teaching for over
a decade. My passion for music is something that I love to share with anyone else who feels inclined to make music. My goal is to share the skills & knowledge I've acquired throughout my experiences with those willing to learn & dedicate themselves to the craft of making music.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am experienced in most major genres of music: classical, jazz, blues, rock, funk, folk, metal, acoustic fingerstyle/slap, instrumental rock, "shred," pop, world music, electronica, etc. & feel comfortable conveying the techniques, approaches & idioms to a student by breaking them down into digestible components, while making these new ideas relatable to material they are already familiar with.

In the end, I want the student to learn what they're most interested in learning. I'm here to answer any questions they may have & with my vast experience, I feel confident that I will be able to either answer these questions or point them in the right direction. Some topics covered:

Scales/modes
Ear training
Guitar-specific techniques (ie bending, tapping, sweep picking, etc.)
Songwriting & Composition
Arranging & Orchestrating
Sight-reading
Improvisation
Chordal theory & how to read charts
Practice routines & approaches
Guitar maintenance
Guitar-based gear (guitars, amplifiers, effects, picks, slides, capos, etc.)

The student will learn at the pace they set for themselves & can only get out of it the amount of time they put into it. I expect my students to practice on a regular basis (however brief each session may be). Consistency is key for progress to be made, & if they hold up their end of the bargain, the payoffs will be quite substantial!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Practice amplifier, tuner, music stand(s), guitar picks & cables.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide guitar neck paper. I expect the students to have their own instrument & any materials they may need to achieve the goals they've set for themselves (such as a weekly notebook).

*** Specialties ***
Progressive rock, classic rock, blues, jazz, funk, disco, classical, acoustic fingerstyle/slap, flamenco guitar; music theory, sight-reading, composition, songwriting, film scoring, music production.
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jack H. May 28, 2015
Voice Acting · In home
Verified Student
Alex has been great - connecting up with my interests and helping me develop the basics.
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Jessica H. May 19, 2015
Classical Guitar · Online
Verified Student
Alex is a great teacher! He is very knowledgeable and friendly when it comes to the lessons. Alex also helps make things fun which keeps my little one engaged in the lessons!
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Katie M. May 4, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Lesson was well organized. Alex was very knowledgeable. He explained things in a way that a 14 year old can easily understand. I'm really looking forward to my next lesson.
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Alex M.

Alex M.

Saint Paul, MN 55117
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starting at
$20 / 30-min
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Beau J.

Saint Paul, MN

About Beau

Hello,
My name is Beau. The bass guitar is a great passion of mine and I am excited to share my knowledge and experience with others. I am eager to teach as well as continue my own personal journey as a musician. Initially self-taught, I attended McNally Smith College of Music in St. Paul, MN where I earned a degree in Bass Performance studying under Terry Burns, Gary Raynor, Jay Young, Jeff Bailey, and Charles Fletcher.

I have been performing professionally in various original and cover/variety/wedding bands for over 6 years. I also have extensive studio performance experience constructi
ng and recording bass lines of many different styles. My band, The Fontanelles, have been successfully writing, recording, and performing original music in the Twin Cities for the last three years.

I am the weekly bass player for the contemporary and traditional worship services at St. Mark's Evangelical Lutheran Church, and have also played bass in musical productions of Footloose and Godspell. People know me for being passionate, energetic, patient, and friendly.

*** Lesson Details ***
All students can expect to have a positive and fun, but focused and educational learning experience.

Beginner students will learn to navigate the fretboard, technique, pitch matching and ear training, scales, and learn to play bass lines and melodies to favorite songs.

As a student progresses, they will learn chord recognition and relations, music theory, more scales, more ear training, sight reading notation and chord charts, improvisational techniques and building walking bass lines.

*** Studio Equipment ***
-Fender 62' Reissue Jazz Bass
-Ampeg BA-15 (amp)
-Fender BXR-25 (amp)
-Tech 21 SansAmp Bass Driver
-Electro-Harmonix Bass Micro Synth
-MXR Bass Octave Deluxe
-Boss TU-2 Chromatic Tuner
-Boss RC-3 Loop Station
-Yamaha MO6 Keyboard
-MacBook Pro
-Protools
-RME Babyface for recording
-iPad with various teaching apps

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide a music stand, amplifier, computer for musical playback and recording, my own bass or guitar, and a tuner.

Students should bring their own bass guitar.

*** Specialties ***
I find that developing a musical ear is vital as a student. To a student, I like to stress the importance of pitch matching and recognition, scales, chord recognition, as well as fingerboard technique. Students will learn to improvise walking bass lines, solo over various styles of music, sight read, and develop a personal repertoire.

As a player, I began playing rock, but am also passionate and experienced in jazz, funk, country, latin, pop, etc.

Also, you may be asked to sing sometimes! I believe in the importance of using our own natural instrument as a tool for musical growth in all areas (especially for bass players). You can practice music virtually anywhere when singing.
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Beau J.

Beau J.

Saint Paul, MN 55110
starting at
$29 / 30-min
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Aaron T.

Saint Paul, MN

About Aaron

I am extremely passionate about music, and even more so passionate about helping others. To combine the two through providing musical instruction is something I have always enjoyed doing.

I have been playing guitar and drums for over a decade and teaching for about half of that time. I have a Bachelor of Music in Contemporary, Urban, and Pop Music with guitar as my primary instrument and drums as my secondary. I obtained my degree from Columbia College Chicago. While in school, I also spent much of my time studying songwriting and music production. I have played and toured with many differe
nt bands with music from a variety of styles and genres, and have spent vast amounts of time in the studio recording and producing myself and various other artists.

In terms of teaching lessons, I realize that all students have individual ways of learning and have their own goals in mind in relation to their musical ability. I desire to provide lessons that allow students to reach those goals in the most enjoyable and effective way possible. 
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Reviews

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andy B. November 24, 2014
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Aaron has been an excellent teacher for my 9 year old son.
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Aaron T.

Aaron T.

Saint Paul, MN 55112
(1)
starting at
$25 / 30-min

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