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Students will study music history to see how songwriting has evolved through music history. Then, we will increase our literacy skills needed to write an effective song while expressing creativity. Lastly, we will the explore the process of music production and arrangement to create a complete song.

About Nicole
Nicole began her musical journey in Long Island, New York when she began piano lessons at age five. While receiving training on piano, she joined her elementary school orchestra in the 3rd grade and quickly soared with violin. During this period, Nicole began learning music theory and the art of reading music. As a fourth grader, Nicole would go on to conduct and tune every instrument in her orchestra during rehearsal. She always competed and won many NYSMA competitions for violin while attending music seminars and workshops. It was then that her teacher realized she had a gift. Nicole c
ontinued with piano lessons and began teaching herself guitar. Later, after college, she bought herself a drum set and began to teach herself drums.
As an adult, Nicole studied to become an elementary teacher and worked in the New York State School Districts for over five years. Shortly after receiving her master€™s degree for Literacy Education, Nicole decided to attempt to share her passion for music. In 2007, Nicole opened a music studio in Holbrook, New York. Here, she refined her music teaching skills while establishing Nicolex Inc. Music Island as a leading source of quality music education. Her summer traveling music program allowed her students to experience live performances as well as create music groups with peers with the same passion for music.
Nicole now resides in Clearwater, Florida with hopes to spread her business as well as the joy of music to children and adults. She currently is the drummer for a local original rock band. In this band, Nicole writes songs, sings, plays piano, and drums (not all at the same time). Needless to say, she understands the importance that music has had in her life and wishes to ignite that passion in other music lovers.

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My teaching style is best labeled as kind but firm. I take my job very seriously and want wholeheartedly for my students to have music as a part of their life, not just a part of their day. I love to laugh and have fun but I will definitely expect my students to practice and complete any homework I assign and be prepared for the following lesson. Simply stated, music is fun and the love of my life, but if I still practice, you will as well. Otherwise, I always believe in teaching songs my students are interested in and will expand their musical skills. My experience as a public school teacher had enhanced my sense of finding individual needs of every student. Therefore, I always differentiate lessons to suit my students interest while teaching them the foundations every musician needs in order to be successful. My specialty is teaching a variety of instruments. I play drums, guitar, bass, piano, and sing as well. So, if one instrument is not for you, I can teach you something different without a problem. Long story short, friends, you are in good hands.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Full Service music room: Keyboard, Full drum kit, Electric Guitar with 30 watts Amp and Microphone/ vocal monitor.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can bring a 61 key Casio Keyboard for household to use for lessons for a small monthly rental fee. I have an Epiphone Electric Guitar with 30w amplifier. Can also bring microphone and monitor for vocal lessons.

*** Specialties ***
I have taught mostly Rock, Blues, and Classical genres for Piano, Guitar, Drums. Vocally, I specialize in R&B, Broadway, Pop, Top 100 and alternative/Hard Rock. I will adapt to your needs.
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Heather W. January 12, 2017
Verified Student · Guitar · In home
Nicole was patient but not a real positive attitude. We had a hard time warming up to her. She also always seem to cut our 30 minute lesson 5 minutes short which over the 5 weeks cost us 25 minutes of lost lesson time and I don't feel like my son is any further ahead than when he first started.
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Perry B. December 17, 2016
Verified Student · Singing · In studio
Nicole is fantastic. She helped me increase my range and control. She tailors your lessons based on what you want to work on and your skill level. She's very professional and I highly recommend her. 4 Horns Up! \m/ \m/
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Jean November 1, 2016
Verified Student · Ukulele · In home
Nicole is a great teacher, profession, patient and positive"
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Nicole C.

Nicole C.

Clearwater, FL 33760
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About Mary H.

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I have written many songs myself but have only recently found time to begin recording them. I applaud anyone pursuing this self expression and will be happy to assist them.

About Mary
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I have enjoyed the challenge of assisting music students for over 30 years with ALL kinds of styles/literature/repertoire . My classical training doesn't limit me because of my participation in Broadway, contemporary, folk, pop music and sacred music styles and love for jazz and gospel,too.

I create a course of study to fit individual student interests and needs. My relationship with my students is a two-way street; I often learn from them as we explore their interest in God's wonderful gift of music!

Teaching at various private schools™, including theater
school and directing both contemporary praise bands and traditional church choirs has provided enjoyable contrasts for me.

Before teaching teens and adults, I taught elementary music in public schools for 10 years and trained university interns, followed by work as a vocal graduate assistant at the University of South Florida. I hold both a B.A.in Music Education and an M.A. in Vocal Performance with Voice, Choral, Music Education and Piano Pedagogy emphasis.

I have adjudicated for the Florida Vocal Association Solo and Ensemble Festivals and the National Association of Teachers of Singing Student Auditions. Former students are pursuing careers as performers, composers, music teachers and music ministers ..........and singing to their babies!

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Piano Study

I provide a variety of instruction: Classical, Traditional and Worship Chords/Chord Chart approach with Improvisation.

Lessons and curriculum are tailored to the students abilities and interests.Note reading and/or chord chart playing, classical or popular music with beginning improvisation skills can be pursued.
However, beginners should understand that there are skills everyone needs to begin with to progress into any style.

I incorporate duet playing to enhance beginner songs and to teach ensemble playing at all levels.
Most of my students pursue piano for their own enjoyment or for ensemble,church and social gatherings. However, because of 2 years of piano study at the University level, I am very comfortable with those who wish to prepare for competition and advanced study.

I prefer to teach students ages 7 & up.
For Younger Students: I offer Music Enrichment Piano lessons in the summer, with a more play-like approach to music readiness activities; such as movement songs developing steady beat, rhythm awareness, finger dexterity and form.

Vocal Study

Vocal students often come wanting to sing the current Pop or Rock songs they sing along wit . Although I will use these songs for competitions or fun pieces, these popular songs often don't lend themselves to vocal study very well. Even Pop and Rock singers study with the classics of Jazz, Pop and Broadway to develop their voice. I am best versed at literature from Classical, Broadway, Classic Pop and Jazz, Folk, Traditional Sacred and Contemporary Christian Styles.

We are beautifully and wonderfully made in such a way that certain foundational, physical aspects of singing will help everyone. I teach the foundations for a physiologically correct technique that enhances every style. This has helped all singers, including those who are experiencing discomfort when they sing.

Singing is as natural to me as speaking but I wasn't always this way. That's why I love to help anyone become comfortable or better at expressing themselves through singing. Vocal students of all levels, beginning to advanced, are welcome.

Singing is a very individual thing and I approach each student uniquely. I have multiple experiences and styles to draw from.

I prefer to teach lessons to age 11 & up but will work with younger students if they are ready.

Vocal students can receive music reading training if they desire it, but since 30 minutes is a minimum for developing physical foundational techniques and music selections, lessons would need to be 45 minutes or an hour to include vocal sight reading.
I love helping students expand their ability, whatever their starting point. Musicality is even more important than a display of difficult music, so I take time to encourage expressiveness.

Our initial session,
I am interested in learning about each student's personal tastes, and any past experiences and goals. Then we will proceed to explore their instrument, whether it is their own voice or the piano.
A student's goals and resources will influence my choices from a wide variety of curriculum that are beneficial for steady progress. I will collaborate with them to choose musical selections, incorporating their goals and tastes.

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Enjoying the ability to express oneself through music is of primary importance. While challenging my students to steadily grow in their capability, their appreciation of compositions and ability to communicate them; I also encourage their feedback to assess what works best for them.

I love helping students expand their ability, whatever their starting point. Musicality is even more important than a display of difficult music, so I take time to encourage expressiveness.

Older students need to be able to focus on developing technique and accept the home practice involved to learn ( and in the case of piano "read" ) and expressively sing/ play their selections.

Adult students are self directed and I accept their self pacing for home practice. But where parents are involved, I discuss a practice plan and encourage it. However, a student should never skip a lesson because they didn't practice. We all need a jump start sometimes.

Materials: I will discuss the need for curriculum with students before purchasing items.
Curriculum is chosen based on the students goals. There is a $2 monthly fee for piano students who will benefit from the sequential music games offered online through my teacher account.
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Menglu February 12, 2017
Verified Student · Singing · In home
Mary is a wonderful teacher. She has a beautiful voice. I wasn't confident in singing before I attended the class. She really helped me build confidence. I love singing with her!
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Abby H. September 9, 2016
Verified Student · Singing · In studio
Mary is super. She made my daughter feel comfortable and welcome. She's very professional and sweet. My daughter can't wait for her next lesson.
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Peggy F. April 24, 2016
Verified Student · Piano · In studio
My instructor is Joyful, kind and patient. She has a gift in teaching the piano and I feel lucky that I found her.
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Mary H.

Mary H.

Tampa, FL 33618
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$25 / 30-min

About Tony M.

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Tony M. has worked with contestants and music industry professionals and producers from American Idol, America's Most Talented Kids, and America's Got Talent, as well as industry insiders, A&R reps, TV networks, and many venues across the U.S. Let him help you achieve your personal and/or professional goals.

Our music instruction program is spearheaded by music industry veteran, Tony M., who has a reputation for the ability to work with a wide range of students of all levels, and getting amazing results. Students frustrated with traditional teaching methods and slow results who come to Solfege are amazed at the progress and results they are able to obtain under Mr. M's direction. Enhanced breathing technique, expanded octave ranges and overall increased vocal ability are just some of what you can expect from the instruction you will receive. Mr. M. is able to get results where other instructors have failed. Client testimonials are available.

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About Tony
If you want to be the best, learn from the best. Talent, skill, confidence- priceless. Our expert instructor Tony M. has worked with contestants and music industry professionals and producers from American Idol, America's Most Talented Kids, and America's Got Talent, as well as industry insiders, AR reps, TV networks, and many venues across the U.S.

*** Lesson Details ***
Guitar: Learning to properly handle the guitar, left and right hand techniques. learn to tune the instrument. read notes, and lean all major, minor, and seven chords by the end of book 1

Piano: learning all 12 scales b
y heart, proper fingers technique for both hands, reading both left and right hand notation by end of book 1.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Tascam D8000 40 Ch. Digital mixer
Alesus quad Reverb,
Yamaha EX5
Korg Sound module
Digitech Vocalist II Harmony...
Pro Tools 10
Sonar XL XIII
D Drums,
7 Pianos
5 Guitars,
Bass,
2 Saxophones

*** Travel Equipment ***
Guitar, Keyboard, Saxophone, Mic, Laptop, Amplifier, Karaoke hard drive, and software.

*** Specialties ***
Advanced Vocal Coaching, for professionals,
Pop, R&B, JAZZ, Classical, Broadway.

Composition for pro artists, 256 mix tracks, 48 khz,
Top of the line recording gear.

Classical guitar, Music Theory and Composition for writers.
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Scotty December 9, 2016
Verified Student · Guitar · In studio
After my first meeting with Tony I really believe I'm going to be able to learn to play the guitar after all of these years.
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Dillon December 6, 2016
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Tony is a skilled maestro that taught me something new with every lesson. He opened my musical perspective by showing me the fundamentals of what it means to be musically inclined and gave me the tools to further my education on my own.
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Heather April 30, 2016
· Singing · In studio
Tony is a great teacher and my daughter loves her lessons with him...very personable and accommodating..We highly recommend him.. she has learned so much already and most important is she is gaining a lot of confidence.
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Tony M.

Tony M.

Seminole, FL 33772
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About Cheryl B.

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I teach songwriting through music form/design and improvisation.
Students (younger) usually don't even realize they're composing
a song when doing basic improvising. This can be built upon very
easily. Sometimes using basic 3 or 4-note chords and a melody
can developed and extended.

About Cheryl
30 yrs as prof jazz/popular-style pianist in Chicago's country-clubs
and luxury hotels. 24 yrs as public-school elementary musicteacher
(MA in Music Ed degree).

35 yrs experience teaching all ages: from age 6 to 65.You choose want you want to learn! I make the theory easy to understand. Learning an instrument is fun and should be taught by people who love to teach and see progress.
I also write & publish my music books, General Music Curriculum.

LESSONS in my home or yours

*** Specialties ***
degree in Flute Performance also (BA degree)
SPECIAL NEEDS (exper as pub school mus
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Andrew F. July 8, 2016
Verified Student · Piano · In studio
Cheryl is remarkable. She engaged with my 6 year old nephew immediately. She made it fun for him and he had a great timeand, all the while he was learning much more than I expected for a first lesson. Cheryl has a lovely way of building trust. She is a skilled and talented musician and teacher.
I highly recommend Cheryl.
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Danielle H. April 22, 2016
Verified Student · Piano · In home
Excellent piano teacher!
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Maureen S. February 8, 2016
Verified Student · Piano · In studio
Very patient and thorough.
Has extensive background in classical and popular music.
Helped me to expand my range of music interest.
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Cheryl B.

Cheryl B.

Seminole, FL 33772
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$35 / 30-min

About Mickey G.

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Pinellas Park, FL
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Helping the student with his song or instrumental tune .
like the right chords,or vocals lines and help with my advice to
get the right arrangement .

About Mickey
pro.musician /educator solo act *****
Education : M.I T music institute L.A CA Master in piano performance
Pasadena music academy Pasadena CA Master in music/theory/harmony and
songwriting etc.
Founder of the Band IZIMIR world music project
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Mickey G.

Mickey G.

Pinellas Park, FL 33782
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$30 / 30-min

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