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Gabriella P.

Columbus, OH

About Gabriella

A graduate from Illinois Wesleyan University, Gabriella has earned her degree in Violin Performance and is currently attending the Ohio State University working towards a Masters in String Pedagogy.
A few notable performances she has participated in is two solo recitals, concerts with the Danville, Lakeview, Wheaton and Illinois Wesleyan Civic Orchestra, and many performances with her quartet, including performances at the Consular Corps. Ball in Chicago. She has developed an advanced repertoire for her instrument and greatly enjoys imparting what she has learned with others.

*** Lesson
Details ***
Each student is expected to attend each lesson scheduled with all materials prepared over the week. Students are expected to practice no less than 5 days each week. The student must be engaged and active in each lesson, music is so exciting! It is highly encouraged to participate in local orchestras and chamber music programs as well as attend concerts available in the area. These events are tremendous learning opportunities!
Although I am not a "strict" teacher, I do adjust my expectations to each student and do expect each student to make progress from lesson to lesson. Within the first few months together, I can assure better posture, a more comfortable playing experience and strong technical foundations. I promise to customize a suitable lesson plan to each student in my studio to ensure they receive the best learning experience possible.

*** Studio Equipment ***
We will meet on the OSU campus and a stand will be provided.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I would provide music copies along with articles I would have them read and objects to help technique (i.e. a rhythm egg). I would expect the student to have their own instrument and accessories, i.e. shoulder rest, at home stand, rosin, etc.

*** Specialties ***
Along with common course materials students will be likely to work on in school. I like to incorporate a variety of musical styles such as Eastern European and Spanish traditional dances to broaden horizons.
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Amber B. December 9, 2014
Violin · In home
Verified Student
I have learned so much in my short time taking lessons with Gabriella. She is incredibly attentive and great at explaining both theory and technique in a way that is easy to understand and remember. She is really comfortable and easy to work with!
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Adrianne K. August 21, 2014
Violin · In home
Verified Student
Exceptionally focused, extremely detailed, and a stickler for perfection, are some of the attributes that come to mind when I think of Gabriella.

I was hesitant to move forward with Gabriella when I first discovered her on takelessons.com. Being an adult learner, I was under the impression that the age of the instructor determined their skill-set and ability to teach. Not so! To say I have improved with Gabriella is an understatement. What I learned from her in the 10 months we've worked together has progressed me to a level I could never have achieved with my former instructor.

Gabriella is not intimidated by my age and doesn't let any intonation errors, posture slouching, poor bow-hold, etc., go unsaid. She is very good at constructively pointing out errors without sounding harsh, or critical.

She is wise beyond her years. She is very mature and is truly passionate about the violin.

I am so fortunate to have found her and I look forward to many more successful lessons!
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Dawn M. February 13, 2014
Violin
Verified Student
Excellent Instructor

Ella is very knowledgeable, patient, and thorough violin teacher. She is working with my 10 year old who is under the autism spectrum. Ella is very patient and has been doing an excellent job teaching my son how to play at a pace he can handle. My son really likes Ella and her tutoring him has helped him keep up with his school orchestra.
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Gabriella P.

Gabriella P.

Columbus, OH 43210
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Amy C.

Columbus, OH

About Amy

Are you interested in learning piano, or do you have a child who is? I can't wait to help you turn this desire into reality! My name is Amy, and I am a piano teacher who specializes in teaching children, though don't let that sway you: I do enjoy teaching any age. I descend from a long line of musicians (both my mother and grandmother were piano teachers) and have played piano for 21 years, studying with a private instructor for 13 of those. I received my BFA at Goddard College (’14) and my MFA at Boston University (’16).

Over the past five years I have taught piano to students of all ages
and levels in both Ann Arbor, Michigan, and Boston, Massachusetts. All of my students have the opportunity to share their talents in recitals and small group lessons, as well as take part in Royal Conservatory assessments if they choose. Teaching piano is my passion–I take it very seriously, and I guarantee you a quality music education if you should choose to take lessons with me. I have recently relocated to Columbus, thus I am looking forward to building a teaching practice here. I look forward to meeting you!

MY TEACHING PHILOSOPHY:
One of the wonderful (and obvious) benefits of private instruction is that each student’s unique abilities and shortcomings can be brought into clear focus and addressed. I am highly skilled at encouraging students through a careful balance of praise and constructive criticism. I make sure they are aware of (and take pride in) their strengths so that when challenging moments do arise, they are motivated to do the work. These challenging moments are the ones in which growth occurs, and I embrace such learning opportunities wholeheartedly. Under my tutelage, students will learn that when they work hard, they get amazing results.

I maintain high expectations for my students, constantly reminding them that it’s the quality (not the quantity) of their playing that counts. It is much more important to me that a student learns to play one piece well rather than ten pieces poorly! This is because, when it comes to piano, there is no race to the finish line. I believe in taking however much time is necessary to help a child understand a concept—we might spend the majority of a lesson on it if we have to. Learning must be done at the child’s own speed. I think children benefit enormously from having 100% of my attention during lessons; they will never need to try and “catch up” with other students.

A SAMPLING OF METHOD BOOKS I USE:
Beginner: Tales of a Musical Journey Book 1, Piano Safari Books 1 + 2, Christopher Norton’s MicroJazz, Bastien Piano Literature Book 1, Royal Conservatory Series Preparatory Books A & B and Book 1

Intermediate: Piano Safari Book 3, Royal Conservatory Series Books 2-6, Bastien Piano Literature Books 2-4

Advanced: Royal Conservatory Series Books 7-10, Bastien Piano Literature Books 5-6, Early Advanced Classics to Moderns

LESSONS:
Lessons occur weekly. For young beginners, I recommend 30 to 45 minute lessons. Upper-elementary and middle school students should enroll in 45 minute lessons. High school students and adults should enroll in 45 to 60 minute lessons. (A note on lesson time: while 30 minute lessons seem to have become standard for most young students, I have recently come to the conclusion that this is simply not enough time, even for children at the beginning level. After the first six months of lessons, I encourage most young students to “graduate” to 45 minute lessons. They will receive an official award from me for this accomplishment, therefore it is viewed as a positive thing!)

Lessons are fun experiences in which children are engaged in a variety of activities (not just sitting at the piano). The majority of the lesson will consist of working on new and in-progress pieces and technical exercises, but other activities include: improvisation, learning about music history through videos and teacher demonstration, ear-training, playing music-related games, practicing rhythm by marching and/or using the hand drum in my studio, using music flashcards, discussing the child’s music goals, and more.

STRENGTHS MY STUDENTS WILL DEVELOP:
Posture & Hand Position: students are coached to demonstrate exemplary posture and hand position when at the piano. Development of this skill is absolutely vital to having the ability to play more complex pieces later on.

Rhythm & Counting: this is the foundation of music, so I make sure all students have a solid understanding of counting before moving forward using rhythm cards, the metronome, the hand drum, marching, and other fun games!

Music Theory: having a working knowledge of music theory is useful to every musician. The more advanced a student becomes, the more important it be able to distinguish musical patterns and to communicate musical ideas with the teacher and with other musicians. Students will learn music theory right along with learning to play the piano.

Good Practice Habits: practicing at home is the ONLY way to make lessons worthwhile. It MUST be taken seriously. I will work with parents and students to come up with a doable practice plan, and I will talk to students about the correct way to practice. In addition, I motivate my young students with a reward chart that allows them to pick a prize when they reach important milestones.
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Lindy August 24, 2016
Piano · In home
Amy is a wonderful teacher! She is very skilled and experienced, as well as very enthusiastic. My 6 year old son started with her and absolutely loved his lessons, and more importantly grew a love to play. Amy is reliable, flexible, makes the lessons both fun and technical and can tailor to your preferred kind of music.
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Samantha October 2, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Amy is kind, organized, and has a diligent, positive approach.
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Amy C.

Amy C.

Columbus, OH 43202
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$25 / 30-min
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Betsy T.

Grove City, OH

About Betsy

I graduated cum laude with a bachelors degree in Vocal Performance from Youngstown State University. I have been teaching since 1995. My students are successful opera singers, choir singers, rock singers and backup vocalists. I have sung for Orlando Opera, Vaudvillities, and Opera Project Columbus. I want music to be fun for everyone.
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Renee K. August 19, 2016
Singing · In home
Verified Student
I had tried to take lessons years ago, but was really disappointed in the teacher for not doing much more than having me warm up, then sing a song over and over, then trying to encourage me to go out and sing karaoke as homework between lessons. Betsy understood my goals. She gave me vocal exercises to do as homework and explained WHY I would want to do these exercises. She is able to teach a range of styles, and was very informative when I had questions.
I would have given her 5 stars except that I need to work on confidence before letting other people hear me sing. The reason I wanted a local instead of online teacher was so that I would be out of my house so my own family couldn't even hear me. However, her family was home and sitting in the next room. This made it difficult for me to sing as loud as I needed to for hitting the high notes until well into the lesson when she was able to tell me that my pitch match was good.
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Olivia J. April 28, 2016
Singing · In home
Verified Student
My daughter felt at ease with Betsy and walked away whispering, "Mom, I really like her!" Betsy is fun-loving and very personable. Look forward to getting to know her as she helps Olivia progress.
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Kirsten Bailey April 9, 2016
Vocal Training · In studio
Verified Student
Good First Impression. Took the time to get to know my needs as a vocalist!
Very friendly and knowledgeable.
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Betsy T.

Betsy T.

Grove City, OH 43123
(4)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Christian F.

Grove City, OH

About Christian

Hello,

My name is Christian, I have been playing guitar for over 15 years and teaching for the last three. I currently play in 3 bands that gig very frequently. My teaching philosophy is that everyone has a passion or a hobby. As a teacher it is my job to instill the theory, technique and confidence into every student. So that if one desires that hobby to become a profession, there will be support.
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Breah N. August 7, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Has been a great teacher for my daughter! He does a great job going at her pace and then stretching/challenging her a little. They have music theory lessons one week and then reviewing and playing the next week! It has been a good experience.
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Christian F.

Christian F.

Grove City, OH 43123
(1)
starting at
$15 / 30-min
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Anthony W.

Columbus, OH

About Anthony

Tony, originally from Buffalo, NY, attended SUNY College at Fredonia where he received a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education. While at Fredonia he received a Performer’s Certificate in trombone. Tony then attended Duquesne University where he earned his Master of Music degree in trombone performance. After graduation, he spent time freelancing and teaching in the greater Pittsburgh area. Tony then attended Indiana University, continuing his graduate work focusing on trombone performance. After his time at IU and freelancing in the greater Indianapolis area, he moved to Columbus, O
H and completed his Doctor of Musical Arts in Trombone degree in August 2015 at Ohio State University. While in Columbus, he has thrived as a freelancer while keeping a busy teaching schedule. His principal teachers have included Carl Mazzio, Scott Parkinson, Peter Sullivan, Peter Ellefson and Joe Duchi.
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Lucas March 16, 2016
Trombone
Dr. Tony Weikel is an amazing musician and brass player. He understands well the instruments and their idiosyncrasies. He will definitely help you become the best musician you can be.
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Sean February 13, 2016
Music Performance · Online
Tony is a fantastic and patient teacher with a rich background of experience and mentorship to draw from. Highly recommended!
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Megan February 13, 2016
Trombone · In studio
Tony is a great instructor! He is very knowledgeable and patient. I have greatly improved my playing since he started teaching me. I highly recommend him!
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Anthony W.

Anthony W.

Columbus, OH 43206
(7)
starting at
$30 / 30-min

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