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Eric B.

Houston, TX

Music Theory is a broad subject. it involves reading music, understanding scales and modes, chord progressions, ear training, and more. Basically, my approach is to start with the area or areas you need to most quickly learn to reach your short term goals, then expand from there.

About Eric

For almost 25 years, I've had the privilege to have worked with thousands of performers who study with me from all over the world. I teach in-studio at my two locations in Houston and in The Woodlands, Texas. I also work with students who come to me from all over the globe via online over-the-web Skype lessons.

Originally from Detroit, I enjoyed being a "Jack of all styles" singer/musician for over 15 years. I was a professional musician performing Classical, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Gospel, Musical Theater, Commercial and Studio work, along with being very involved in Contemporary Christian music.
While I very much loved to perform, I found myself drawn much more to the joy of teaching. Vocal instruction and improvisational piano teaching eventually became my passion, and so I've poured my time and energies into teaching singers and players to become, well… better musicians!
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JP March 28, 2016
Singing · In studio
Eric has coached me for more than two years. Each lesson was personalized and has helped me to improve gradually. As I could download the recording of the lesson, I was able to practice between lessons. Eric has been very supportive and was very open to my unique music taste. I really feel comfortable now singing thanks to him.
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Eric B.

Spring, TX 77380
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starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Mickey T.

Huntsville, TX

About Mickey

Mickey T. relocated from Grand Blanc, Mi to Columbia, SC where he recently received his B.A. in music education from the University of South Carolina.  Mickey grew up in the greater Flint/Detroit metro area and has participated in many different marching activities. His marching career started in 2004 with the Americano's Drum and Bugle Corps and he aged out of the marching activity in 2010 with a W.G.I. Gold medal. He has lived around the country, including Michigan, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, Wyoming, and West Virginia.Mickey was a member of the Americano's Drum and Bugle Corp. in 2004,
where he started performing in the Front Ensemble. In 2005, in pursuit of his future, Mickey marched baritone horn with the Capital Regiment Drum and bugle Corps. Mickey began his WGI career in 2006 with Independent World Class percussion ensemble known as Great Lakes Percussion. In 2007 - 2009 Mickey joined up with North Coast Academy, collecting forth, fifth, and seventh place victories in Independent World Class With North Coast Academy. Mickey also gained a European Championship Gold Medal in 2009. Mickey, making the move to South Carolina, then joined forces with Palmetto Percussion in the winter of 2009 where he helped lead the group to an Independent Open World Championship. 2011 marked the first year that Palmetto Percussion competed in WGI world class where the group meet their goal and progressed to World Class finals. In 2012, after a semester of student teaching, Mickey helped Chapin High school's batterie push to win their first State Championship in  26 years. This was also the first time a lower-state band had claimed victory in the class AAA. ​

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Instructional Goals: During the course the student shall:      
l.  Strive to produce a "characteristic" tone on his/her instrument.       2.  Learn to count, write, and play rhythmic patterns that are appropriate for the grade level.                                  
3.  Provide each student the opportunity to excel on his/her musical instrument.      
4.  Increase the student’s technique and playing ability on his/her instrument.      
5.  Give the students the opportunity to perform in a group as well as individually to help build his/her confidence and self-esteem. Teach students to enjoy and develop an appreciation of music and specifically the playing of a musical instrument.  
Textbook/ Resources   [in APA or MLA format]
Master Theory Book I
Standard of Excellence
Selected Literature for Concerts/ Festivals
Selected Solo and Ensemble Literature  

*** Studio Equipment ***
Sound recording equipment
Xylophone
Marching snare drum
Concert snare drum
Flute
Clarinet
Saxophones
French Horn
Trumpet
Baritone/Euphonium
Trombone
Trigger-Trombone
Tuba

*** Travel Equipment ***
Sound recording equipment
Marching snare drum
Concert snare drum
Flute
Clarinet
Saxophones
French Horn
Trumpet
Baritone/Euphonium
Trombone
Trigger-Trombone
Tuba

*** Specialties ***
Eclectic
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Melanie P. December 11, 2013
Oboe
Verified Student
Excellent Teacher

Mr. Traub is teaching my three children on the oboe, trombone, and euphonium. He has helped each of them to excel on their instrument. The children come out of every lesson excited about something new they have accomplished, and have mentioned his techniques have helped them throughout the week. My only regret is that we can't have more lessons with him! He always goes over and above, teaching about the care and handling of the instrument as well as how to better play it, and is worth every penny and then some. We are so lucky to have him in our town!
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Marci R. November 1, 2013
Trumpet
Mr. Traub is amazing!

Mr. Traub has the patience of a saint. My little guy initially wanted to learn drums, but Wed., for our first lesson of the semester, he wanted to play the trumpet. Being the most incredible teacher he is, Mr. Traub just went with the flow. He checked with us, and immediately brought out a trumpet my little guy could use. The lesson went spectacular. Mr. Traub knows his stuff, knows how to convey it to the most serious student to the most silly. My son falls in the latter category. Mr. Traub taught him with the most patience and complimented him at every turn. My son just eats it up. Thank you, Mr. Traub! You are amazing.
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Mickey T. October 20, 2013
Drum
What an amazing find!

I have had quite a few teachers and Mr. Traub is far better then the rest. He really gets me. He took the time to understand who I am and then found ways to teach me the way I needed to be taught. He went out of his way to make recordings and send me weekly e-mail reminders to keep me on track. I have never improved so much in such a little time! If you considering taking ANY type of music lesson, TRY MR. TRAUB! He's amazing!
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Mickey T.

Huntsville, TX 77320
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starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Leni B.

Magnolia, TX

It is essential to understand the building block of music in order to be able see, hear and communicate its meaning.

About Leni

BA in Music, composition and conducting from Hunter College (City University of New York)
Diploma from the Conservatoire de Fontainebleau, France
Studied with Louise Talma, Jacques Louis Monod, Nadia Boulanger

Lessons are about learning to make music, not endless scales and arpeggios which so often lead to pain and injury. Tone production, sight reading, and age appropriate theory and interpretation are strong elements from the beginning.

An overwhelming percentage of young, enthusiastic and talented children are discouraged early and give up the piano because they do not make rapid p
rogress and therefore do not enjoy their lessons. Music is one of life's great joys. It should be fun. For the intermediate, and even the advanced, student, it is critical that much more attention be paid to the musicality of the playing and the understanding of the music. This leads to more beautiful playing and greater enjoyment.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons are designed for the needs of the individual student.

*** Studio Equipment ***
7' KAWAI concert grand
Basic video recording capability

*** Travel Equipment ***
Basic video recording capability

*** Specialties ***
Concentration on interpretation, Theory, Solfege and ear training, and non injurious piano technique.
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Matthew F. May 13, 2016
Classical Piano · Online
Verified Student
After being away from the piano for years, not to mention piano lessons, I learned a great deal in my first lesson with Leni. He teaches a fundamental technique new to me so I am looking forward to my next lesson.
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Karen M. February 8, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Leni is very patient with me and he takes much of his own time seeing to it that I know the correct hand movements to play the piano properly. I sincerely appreciate all that he does to make me into a "maestro" in the long term!
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Jonathan H. October 15, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Leni is an inspiration of how one should approach teaching music. He avoids common issues that discourage others from learning. Leni doesn't drill you through endless exercises, or force you to play pieces such as "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" for months at a time. Rather, he will teach you simpler, but still beautiful, pieces that teach you the fundamentals more effectively than endless drills. I was somewhat nervous because I have arthritis in my hands, but the non-injurious technique that Leni teaches is intended to be as soft on the hands as possible, and not utilize the fingers, which will cause fatigue and injury.

Leni also has a very clear concept of student potential, and will introduce things to you that seem mind-boggling, but by the end of the lesson, you will have accomplished things you couldn't have imagined possible. He does not stick to an ironclad curriculum that he has developed, and will design a plan based on each individual student. His flexibility, faith in his students, realistic approach, and teaching abilities will help you progress rapidly.
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Leni B.

Magnolia, TX 77354
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Calvin G.

Humble, TX

In-depth classes and tutoring in Music Theory and history from beginners through college level advanced students.

About Calvin

Hello and welcome to my profile here on takelessons.com thanks for stopping by! My name is Calvin and I’ve been teaching students of all ages for more than 14 years now.
I started my personal music journey at 4 years old first learning piano and guitar and multiple other instruments from there. My father was my first music instructor which grounded me in the foundation and theory of music while at the same time knowing that ear training and learning how to play with other musicians was just as important. From there I had the privilege of learning jazz, blues, and many other styles from the l
ate Hal Stesch at UNLV who played piano and organ for many great artists including Elvis, The Platters, Frank Sinatra, and many more. Currently my wife and lead Praise and worship 3 to 4 times weekly a two different church campuses and also perform every Saturday at a Branson style show in Liberty, Texas.
My approach to teaching music is to customize lessons to the student’s interests while still maintaining the essentials and foundations including music theory, scales, and reading music. I like to incorporate particular songs and genres of music that the student likes by providing customized tracks with their particular instrument taken out so that feel a sense of accomplishment and get the practice of playing along with other musicians which benefits in the ear training process. I look forward to meeting and "jamming" with you soon!
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alex April 4, 2016
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Great beginning!
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Douglas M. March 2, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
It only took one lesson to realize I made the right decision selecting Calvin. He is patient and truly customize your lessons for reaching your goals. If you are serious about playing, I would recommend him as an instructor.
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Anita T. January 12, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
My son had his first piano class with Calvin and he enjoyed the lesson very much!
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Calvin G.

Calvin G.

Humble, TX 77346
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$40 / 30-min
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Katherine G.

Livingston, TX

I excelled with straight A's in a rigorous music theory course, and also competed on a state level with my knowledge of the subject. Most of my "coursework" and lessons will come from personal sources that I've collected over the years that can easily be copied/emailed to any student.

About Katherine

Hi! My name is Katherine; I'm 18 years old, and currently a high school senior on the verge of graduation. I've had a passion for education and teaching throughout my high school career, and that passion is what has driven me to be a successful after school tutor for several 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students for the past 2 years. I love seeing my student's growth in their subjects, and many parents enjoy the fact that not only do I assist their child through their homework and prepare them for future work, but I also try my best to create and maintain a relationship that builds trust and self-c
onfidence for any and all ages. Elementary-Intermediate subjects are my most requested, but I am also well versed in my instrument, the clarinet, and have studied music theory both in school and on my own time, as it's a beautiful subject I hope to master in my college career. I hope that I can be the right choice for you in your studies!
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Katherine G.

Katherine G.

Livingston, TX 77351
starting at
$15 / 30-min

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