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Brian W.

North Olmsted, OH

About Brian

Brian has strong and diverse musical experiences to share as a teacher of piano beginning to intermediate), bass (all levels) and guitar (beginning to intermediate). He has also worked successfully as musical director, studio/touring musician, arranger and piano technician. Originally from the Washington, D.C. area, Brian is now based out of North Olmsted, OH.

As a teacher, Brian has taught privately for over ten years. Many of his students have gone on to forge their own successful, musically inspired careers. His local arts and charitable affiliations in Northeast Ohio are extensive.
In September, 2008 he affiliated his bass instruction studios with Royalton Music Center (North Royalton, OH)
and Studio 42 (Brunswick, OH). Through his work with the "Moss Stanley Trio" as "Cats On Holiday" Brian has provided extensive, "approachable" musical performance workshops for the Cleveland Metroparks and dozens of schools and libraries throughout NE Ohio. Not given to musical prejudgment, he instills confidence in his students as they prepare to take the stage, whether it is Severance Hall or the American Legion Hall.

As a recording artist, touring musician and perfomer, Brian has backed such legendary and diverse entertainers as American jazz greats Lionel Hampton and Doc Severson ("The Tonight Show"), children's programming pioneer Sheri Lewis (& Lamb Chop), Actor McLean Stevenson (M*A*S*H). He has performed extensively in Asia and the Caribbean. His studio bass, vocals and narrative can be heard on numerous CDs, most recently for Cleveland's own Cats On Holiday ("Workin' Man", COHTONE Records, 2007). Brian works in a scalable performance format with the Nitebridge Entertainment Group and is a first call bassist for regional performance and session work.

Brian's training began at age 3 with 18* woofer speaker and Ella Fitzgerald record. At age 9, he began his formal training on string bass in a progressive public school program in Prince William County, VA. He was fortunate to have excellent, dedicated teachers who brought out the best, including two years of private piano instruction. He taught himself bass guitar and at age 15 was selected to perform for the President as part of the American Bicentennial. With guidance from band director Roger Meyer, he co-arranged his first work for jazz orchestra at 17 and was tapped to perform for two seasons as a
bassist/vocalist for Kings Dominion (a Paramount corporation) theme park. He also interned as a production assistant and stagehand for the summer concert series. He continued his study of bass at ACU in Abilene, TX. Brian commuted to Denton, TX periodically for private instruction on upright bass with Master Teacher Dave Stone (Frank Sinatra, Barbara Streisand). Brian was a
member of the San Angelo (TX) Symphony and the Abilene Philharmonic. He is dedicated to a lifelong study of music theory, arranging and instrumental performance.

In teaching situations, Brian is noted for his patience, resourcefulness, thoroughness and his innate sense of approach to convey ideas. In the studio, he is appreciated for his relaxed and professional demeanor. His ability to balance creatively rhythmic lines with his one take, on the mark sight reading keeps him in demand.

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Brian enjoys teaching students who want to learn and want to improve. My credibility of experience ("street cred"), laid back but thorough style combined with the knowledge of what methods work. I am patient but highly goal oriented to what motivates the student learn. I like to try new things, challenge old concepts and continually improve. I expect the best from my students by helping them see the best in themselves. They don't disappoint.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano, Guitar (electric and acoustic), Upright Bass, Electric Bass

*** Specialties ***
I am classically trained but also adept in improvisation. I play and teach all styles of American and Western European music, including but not limited to rock (classic, alt, metal), r&b/soul/funk, latin and Afro Cuban, popular/show, and contemporary Christian.
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Beth A. February 16, 2016
Bass Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Knowledgeable and intuitive. Gently directing me out of my comfort zone.
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KathyI November 5, 2010
He's really excited about what he's teaching and he knows alot about music theory and the fretboard. He may need to slow down for me and stop referring to the notes until I actually catch up which may be longer. I really was excited to learn the things he taught but my fingers aren't catching up. That is also slowing down what I learned at first. He went out and got a requested James Taylor book for me that had TAB that I had never seen before and now I can relate it to what he's teaching. I also have a scales book that goes two octaves. Brian suggested learning one octave so that I can really know the notes.
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NicoleM October 5, 2010
Brian is an excellent teacher and works well with our son. He has helped him develop new key skills on the double bass, as well as gain confidence on the more challenging pieces his orchestra is taking on this season. On a personal level, Brian is very friendly and does a great job communicating both with our son and ourselves. He makes us feel at home, and our son enjoys working with him. We are looking forward to our son really growing through these lessons. I would highly recommend Brian to other students.
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Brian W.

North Olmsted, OH 44070
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Sylvia W.

Cleveland, OH

About Sylvia

Sylvia grew up in Auburn, AL where she began teaching violin and piano to students of all ages in 2012. Since then she has continued to train as a teacher, taking pedagogy courses in both instruments through the Schwob School of Music as well as teaching through their preparatory department. Now an established musician based in Cleveland, Ms, Sylvia is studying towards a MM in violin performance and Suzuki Pedagogy at the Cleveland Institute of Music. A certified teacher through the Suzuki Association of the Americas, she has taught violin, viola, and piano at Aurora School of Music, Strongsvi
lle Academy of Music, and Warren Henry Music School, the Hellenic Academy and Chisipite School in Harare, Zimbabwe, as well as maintaining her own private studio of students in Cleveland and Zimbabwe with ages ranging from five year olds to adults. In addition, she works as a nanny and practice coach, building her understanding and communicative skills with children.
Ms. Sylvia performs regularly throughout the Cleveland area with the Akron Symphony, Firelands Symphony, and by herself in a variety of settings, from concert halls to hospitals. During the summers she has participated in Bowdoin International Music Festival, National Repertory Orchestra, and Music Inspire Africa, a program that allowed her to share her love of performing and teaching music with the people of South Africa and Zimbabwe.
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Michelle S. April 27, 2016
Classical Piano · In home
Verified Student
Sylvia is doing a great job with my 5 year old son. She is patient but no nonsense in her approach. She is very good at breaking the concepts down to a child's level. She has been coming to my home to give the lessons and is always on time. She has been flexible when I have needed to move the appointment time. We are quite pleased.
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Sylvia W.

Sylvia W.

Cleveland, OH 44106
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$20 / 30-min
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Noel S.

Beachwood, OH

Hello! I've been helping students succeed at performing piano music since 2001. Enjoy performing great compositions right away when we use Bastien's Favorite Classic Melodies. These books allow pianists to practice music from master composers. Fun supplemental materials include music from Blues, Boogie Woogie, Pop & famous Show Tunes.
My advanced piano students launch into an excellent series from Keith Snell which features the best Classical composers' finest solo piano compositions.

About Noel

Guitarists: Check out my TakeLessons article - Master These Metal Scales so You Can Shred http://takelessons.com/blog/metal-guitar-scales-z01

Pianists & other Musicians continue exploring here:
A professional music venue hosts spring and fall recitals; Instruction from a paid performer; I hold a Master of Music degree and an Ohio Teaching Certificate!
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As one of my students, you can come to expect a friendly welcome at the beginning of the lesson and then throughout expect our main goal to be helping you make your best music possible. I possess a wealth of knowledge
and skill collected from decades of practice, master classes, winning competitions, earning degrees and performing both in bands and as a solo artist.
I am relaxed and happy, disciplined and product-oriented while at the same time understanding the difference between practicing for improvement and statically repeating the same exercise or passage over and over. We want to make the most of our time during the lesson and your practice sessions by focusing on achieving your goals quickly.
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Noel S.

Noel S.

Beachwood, OH 44122
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$25 / 30-min
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Ceste S.

Cleveland, OH

For beginning piano students, I use Marilyn Lowe's Music Moves for Piano series. If a student already has purchased piano books or has piano books from an older sibling, I would not ask the student to purchase more books until we had used what they already had to its full capacity. For adults and older beginners, I try to find out what the student is interested in, and guide my instruction accordingly to keep the lessons engaging and fun, no matter their ability level.

About Ceste

I'm a passionate, motivated instructor who loves working with students of all ages. In 2003, I graduated from Bryan College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education with a vocal emphasis and in 2011, I graduated from James Madison University with a Masters of Arts degree in Music Education with a Kodaly emphasis. I have performed in the past with the Fine Arts Chorale of Kansas City, Washington Kantorei, Choralis, Arundel Vocal Arts Society, the U.S. Navy Band Sea Chanters, and the Three Rivers Dulcimer Society.
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jeff July 8, 2016
Vocal Training · In studio
Ceste is the musical director for my church choir. I have been singing with the choir for several years. Recently, I started having problems with my singing voice because of spasmotic dysphonia.
I described the problems I was having at my first lesson with her. she gave me some physical exercises to relax the muscles in my shoulder and neck. this helped. then she listened to my singing. Ceste developed vocal exercises based on the physical problems. I was frustrated at first, but using the techniques greatly helped my singing.
I have taken voice lessons before; one of the things that I think is great about Ceste is that not only does she explain the exercise, she illustrates it which makes the lessons much easier to do.
I expect to continue with her in the fall.
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Sue July 7, 2016
Classical Voice · In home
I have enjoyed taking voice lessons from Ceste. She is an excellent instructor!
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Carol July 2, 2016
Vocal Training · In studio
Very gifted teacher with a great sense of humor, I grew in my abilities with new focus and less stress. I highly recommend Ceste as a vocal instructor and coach.
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Ceste S.

Cleveland, OH 44111
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$30 / 45-min
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Clare L.

Cleveland, OH

Soo Ji Lee has achieved many awards in her respected field - Seoul International Piano Competition and Classical, French, Concerto, Contemporaries, and Duet division awards from the Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival (GVPAF), Carl Weiselberger Scholarship from Victoria Conservatory of Music as well as New Albany Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition and Diablo Symphony Orchestra Yen Liang Young Artist Competition.

About Clare

*** Hello visiting students and people! Thanks for visiting my takelessons site! Before you get details about me as a concert pianist and teacher, I would like to kindly add an important announcement!

Please DO NOT book too many lessons at once! Sometimes students and teachers need to determine if they are good matches. Same for me: in order for me to be a best teacher for you, we only need one trial lesson to get to know each other:D

So, after you read about me and you think I will be the best match for you, please just book ONE LESSON, which will serve as a "trial lesson" And after tha
t, if you like me and want to continue more lessons, then we will discuss further details about lessons:D

Thanks again! and I hope to hear from you soon!

SooJi. ***

Soo Ji Lee is a 22-year-old pianist from Seoul, South Korea. Soo Ji began her piano studies at the age of 11. Soo Ji Lee won the first prize at the Seoul International Piano Competition. Soo Ji then relocated to Canada and continued her piano studies with pianists May Ling Kwok and Yoomi Kim.

Soo Ji Lee has achieved many awards in her respected field - Seoul International Piano Competition and Classical, French, Concerto, Contemporaries, and Duet division awards from the Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival (GVPAF), Carl Weiselberger Scholarship from Victoria Conservatory of Music as well as New Albany Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition and Diablo Symphony Orchestra Yen Liang Young Artist Competition.

Soo Ji settled in the Cleveland Institute of Music where she is currently studying for the Bachelor of Music in piano performance under pianist Emanuela Friscioni and Minor in Dalcroze Eurhythmics
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Sharon Collins July 26, 2016
In home
Lessons with SooJi is very satisfying. I also went to one of her concerts few weeks ago. She played Totentanz with the orchestra. Her piano playing was very enjoyable, moving, and passionate, inspiring me to only be in the moment to soulfully listen and feel Soo Ji's beautiful and artful expression. She is an exquisitely talented young pianist.
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Sophia Glasser July 26, 2016
Korean · Online
She was fantastic. She was very patient and had a great sense of humor. Very likable and I learned so much Korean. She really tailored the lesson to my needs
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Sophia Masters July 26, 2016
Piano · In studio
Excellent with children and I sure just as great with adults. My daughter LOVES and looks forward to her piano lessons with "Ms SooJi" although she is not entirely thrilled with her daily practice at home. SooJi provides excellent tips for helping her with tough spots and is equally challenging and encouraging. She is the best thing that happened for my 7 yr old who tends to want to quit when the going gets rough with anything, and it is a joy to hear how much she has learned in a year! I wish she could stick around long enough to teach my younger one as well. She is reliable and will go out of her way to provide make up lessons if needed. We have lessons in person during the school year and Skype lessons in the summer. I was initially skeptical about the quality of the Skype lessons when she suggested it, however by the end of the summer, I was totally surprised at how much my daughter learned, and I was not disappointed in the quality of the lessons.
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Clare L.

Clare L.

Cleveland, OH 44106
(5)
starting at
$30 / 30-min

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