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About Ferlyn F.

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My History of Piano:
I have been teaching piano for 10 years. My 25 years of training is mostly through private lessons and passed down generational methods taught through my mentor, Joann Maybe.

My Teaching Method:
I assess each students' levels, knowledge and styles of learning, determine the best learning paths to incorporate into the lesson and bring a "natural movement" approach of training and education.

With my method, this is to provide a collaborative & supportive environment as well as actively develop a person's life, culture and well-being. I strive to take a step further and deeper within the mind of the person who is learning dance and find one's "True Inner Dancer."

My Teaching Credits:
Private Piano Lessons

My Training Credits:
Private Piano Lessons - Joann Maybe

My Trained Methods:
Alfred
Bastien
Faber
Carr-Glover
Glover
Thompson
Schaum

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About Ferlyn
My Teaching Philosophy:
"Everyone is capable of dancing, playing an instrument, and understanding music & art performance; it is the desire, drive, determination, dedication and discipline instilled within a person and the guidance of my company's methodology that will bring these abilities to light." - Ferlyn

I believe each and every person has a unique brand of movement, understanding of music, and learning style for any dance form or instrument. Whether it is hip hop, breaking, ballet, jazz, tap, ballroom, dancing for a wedding, birthday, or flash mob, playing the piano, singing or even learning the theory of music or dance, I make sure to bring out the best quality within your learning, expand that knowledge and encourage you to become your fullest potential as my student. I bring a different light to each lesson of dance, piano a
nd/or music and bring your abilities to a level that is more knowledgeable, adequately refined, near to perfection and professional over time, and definitely enjoyable.

My Biography:
I started at the age of 5 with the desire to perform and entertain. With the drive of a freestyle & street dancer, I emulated Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly and Michael Jackson as a few of my dance inspirations. I also grew up driven into the background of piano, having trained in various methods such as Alfred, Bastien, Faber, Carr-Glover & Glover, Thompson and Schuam, expanding my knowledge and range as a pianist of 25 years.

In Los Angeles, I was determined to make dance my professional career and earned my Baccalaureate in Dance at California State University, Los Angeles. I learned alongside notable and popular mentors and instructors, training in modern, hip hop, breaking, popping, locking, house, tap, jazz and ballet. I choreographed for weddings, birthdays, within multiple shows, as well as became an advanced member of Cal State LA Jazz Tap Corps and the campus' hip hop crew, Team Flight.

Under much dedication for my professional career, my experiences exponentially grew after college as the Dance Choreographer & Director for Crenshaw Arts/Tech Charter High School's dance troupe, CATCH Kids, a troupe renowned for being featured on the Tyra Banks Show and catching the eyes of a few known performers such as Tommy The Clown, Debbie Allen, and Janet Jackson. I was a Dance Instructor in various studios such as the American Vive Dance Foundation, King's Dance Center, Expressions Dance and Movement Center, and Kruciaal Element's The Dancehouse. I worked with Kruciaal Element Dance Company as the previous Assistant Director and part of their freestyle dance crew, Stylematix, and performed in shows and events across San Diego County and Los Angeles County, including Monster Bash San Diego, Mardi Gras in The Gaslamp District, Dancescape, The Hot Spot Alhambra and The Moxie Showcase.

My current disciplines are focused and centered around Southern California as the CEO & Director of a Dance Company. I aim at providing a unique family of dancers and training musicians to be at their best. I am working on several upcoming pieces and providing a dance company that integrates dance community and dance industry knowledge, with a side of the 3 Heart-"Be3ts". Additionally, I have extensive knowledge and experience in Filipino traditional dance, ballroom, social and line dancing, as well as a background in stage management, set design, and vocal training. My personal goals are to continue to express my passions, develop my talents, and especially motivate others to find their own true inner self, dancer, choreographer, musician, performer, entertainer and/or artist.

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For a more accurate look into my experience and resume, please refer to my profile. Also, any advanced, duet, group, weddings, birthdays, or any special occasion will differ than the usual lesson rate.

*** Lesson Details ***
DANCE LESSONS:
At the instructor's HQ site, we have an amazing speaker system, wood laminate floors, and surrounding mirrors!
All lessons are provided via movement.

I will provide a speaker system and the dance lessons for On-Site (Traveling) Lessons.
It is necessary to provide at least an 8 foot by 8 foot clearance of open space and a floor of concrete, wood, vinyl or laminate flooring.
If open space is away from an outlet, please provide an extension cord.

Dancer must have ready the following for class:
- Towel
- Water
- Comfortable Clothing
- Appropriate Shoes:
----For Tap Dance Classes: Hard-Soled Shoes are recommended for Concrete and Vinyl (outside) flooring.
----For Wood and Laminate flooring: Please make sure all screw-in taps (not bolted) are in the toe and heel of taps on Tap Shoes.

[Dance shoes and outfits are not included in cost of lessons; however, I will recommend places to buy these items.]

PLEASE NOTE:
For a more accurate look into my experience and resume, please refer to my profile. Also, any advanced, duet, group, weddings, birthdays, or any special occasion will differ than the usual lesson rate.

PIANO LESSONS:
At the instructor's In-Studio site, we have a Full 88-Key Digital Piano, Upright Piano and Baby Grand Piano for all piano lessons!
I will provide the piano.

I WILL NOT have a digital piano provided for On-Site (Travel) Lessons. Please have an upright, grand or digital piano ready (76 keys or more is ok; a Full 88-key Keyboard or Piano is recommended).

For Advanced Piano Lessons: A Full 88-key Keyboard or Piano is required.

[Piano books, notebooks and supplementary materials are not included in cost of lessons; however, I will recommend places to buy these items.]

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For a more accurate look into my experience and resume, please refer to my profile. Also, any advanced, duet, group, weddings, birthdays, or any special occasion will differ than the usual lesson rate.

*** Specialties ***
Dance:
Hip Hop, Breaking, Popping, Locking, Whacking, House, Bebop Tap, Contemporary, Modern, Jazz and Ballet.
Over 15 years of experience and training.
Taught various dance genres officially since 2005.

Piano:
Classical Pianist for over 30 years.
Taught Piano for over 15 years.

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For a more accurate look into my experience and resume, please refer to my profile. Also, any advanced, duet, group, weddings, birthdays, or any special occasion will differ than the usual lesson rate.
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Cece April 22, 2018
· Dance Choreography · In studio
Ferlyn has excellent skills in teaching dance. My daughter has improved her dance techniques in 3 classes. We highly recommend her to everyone that needs dance instructor.
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Dominique N. April 12, 2018
· Piano · In home
Given all of the positive reviews, I am refraining from giving Ferlyn only one star. I am sure she is relatively competent as a teacher. The unfortunate aspect for which she is receiving such a poor review is a significant lack of professionalism.
I arranged piano lessons with Ferlyn for my mother.
Her first lesson (for which I was present) was fine.
I then found out that at their second lesson, Ferlyn showed up very sick. This was quite concerning, especially given my mother’s age. Ferlyn definitely should have canceled that second lesson and not showed up so sick.
Then, only two hours (!) before my mother’s scheduled third lesson, I receive a text message from Ferlyn stating the following:
“Hi Dominique, wanted to let you and your mom that piano lessons will be cancelled today because it is my Birthday! I will see her next week. :)”
This was incredible. This was a cancellation only two hours prior, not due to some emergency or even due to her illness which should have caused a cancelation the week before! This was because it was her birthday. Something that would have been understandable, were she to have let us know well in advance. I am sure she knew in advance when her birthday is.
This does not reflect on TakeLessons, as I have had great experiences with other teachers.
But this degree of inconsiderateness, first with regard to the illness and then with regard to the manner of cancellation, is appalling.
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Mark April 11, 2018
· Ballet · In studio
Meets you at your dance level and you move forward from there. Excellent attitude and knowledgeable instructor. Professional and thorough.
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About DeAndre K.

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I like to focus on correct playing position, reading the clefs associated with the piano, scales, etudes, peddle technique, and solo pieces. I've taught a wide range of students. From beginner to intermediate to advanced. I've taught students as young as 4 to students in their 60's.

About DeAndre
I am looking for students who want to work hard at learning an instrument or anyone that would like to learn to read music. I specialize in classical and religious music. I have been playing in the Huntsville/ Decatur area for years.
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Clara September 29, 2018
· Piano · In home
DeAndre is very patient and pleasant with my two daughters, who are looking forward to their next lesson. He is clearly a talented musician as well.
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Eric O. October 6, 2016
· Viola · Online
For the last year I have been taking piano, viola and violin lessons online with DeAndre. He is a natural, insightful teacher and I look forward to years of lessons with him. I would absolutely recommend him.

I'm a beginner with the violin and viola and an intermediate pianist. I was doubtful at first that I would be able to learn through a video chat. I'm amazed at the detail DeAndre can pick up just by watching a video chat. There have been many times when we just did the lesson over the phone with no video and he was able to tell that my fingering hand was in the wrong position or I was holding the bow wrong just by listening over the phone!

On and off through my life I've taken piano and viola lessons (I'm 46) and was never able to get very far. I found my teachers discouraged me in many ways without trying to. DeAndre has been fantastic. With his instruction I've been able to do things I never thought I would ever be able to do. He's excellent at giving feedback about the things I'm doing wrong but in a way that keeps me positive and makes me aware of the things I'm doing well and the things I need to improve.

DeAndre is absolutely worth the time and money.
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Meika H. February 1, 2016
· Violin · Online
Very nice guy. He puts a strong emphasis on both technique and theory.
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About Austin Y.

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Ranging from learning the basics of piano, to integrating style, and to mastering how to play songs with ease.

About Austin
Hello! My name is Austin, and my personal life motto is: doing my best to help others realize and reach their best! I have been teaching a number of topics ranging from music, fitness, to technology, writing, and religious texts for over 7 years. Over these years, I have also worked a myriad of jobs to receive invaluable experience as well as learn how to interact with all kinds of people.

It has always been my deep passion and true joy to journey along with someone who is simply willing to learn the many gifts that life has for us to enjoy! I am currently studying for my masters at Western Seminary, interning at a church in Milpitas, and a certified teacher here at TakeLessons.

Time and time again, I have come to realize that life is about serving, teaching, and loving others with what we already have; teaching is such a simple y
et profound way to practice this!

I look forward to doing my best in order to help you realize, reach, and ultimately relish your best!

Best regards,

Austin Ying
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Casey October 22, 2018
· Table Tennis · In studio
Austin is an excellent instructor. He was very patient with me and helped me to work on the areas that I felt needed the most improvement, developing new techniques and skills to take my game to a higher level. I highly recommend!
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Neha S. March 27, 2017
· Volleyball · In studio
I am an adult and absolute beginner in volleyball and was looking to learn some basics and Austin did a great job of teaching me.
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Samuel February 25, 2017
· Weight Loss · Online
It was a treat to have Austin guide me toward my personal goals of losing weight while gaining muscle. He displayed constant knowledge and patience. I really enjoyed each session and have learned a great deal from him! Really great tutor to have!!!
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About Andrzej K.

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Colorado Springs, CO
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Andrzej's approach will help students succeed in understanding music while recognizing student's individual potential/goals. In his lessons, there will be a strong focus on music theory, some music history, as well as the use of the Hanon and Czerny to properly and effectively develop the student's finger dexterity, reading skills and music comprehension. Most importantly, Andrzej's goal is to discover what makes a student excited and passionate about music and help nourish that drive.

About Andrzej
Andrzej was born in Gdynia, Poland but in 1992 he and his family immigrated to the United States permanently. Andrzej grew up to his father's singing who was a former opera singer himself. Andrzej's first musical encounter with the piano was at the age of 12, proclaiming to his father that he will be "The next Paderewski." His musical talent was later discovered by his father, when observing his quickness and ease in learning and understanding of Chopin's music. At the age of 14, he began piano lessons with concert pianist Dwight Pelzter, but due to the teacher's health complications the lessons ended after only 9 months. After few months of self-teaching, Andrzej's piano tuner referred him to a renowned pianist and composer Zaven Khatchadourian, with whom he further continued his studies till his sudden death in 2003. Andrzej has dedicat
ed his piano studies to Polish composer Fryderyk Chopin and composers of Romantic Era at the Juilliard School of Music.
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Colorado Springs, CO 80916
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About Areni A.

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I have an MFA in Piano Performance from CalArts and so can help singers with theory, musicianship and also accompanying oneself on the piano.

About Areni
I am a professional singer, pianist, songwriter and composer. I love what I do and I also love teaching people and inspiring them.

I laugh a lot and I have been told that my happiness is contagious.

I graduated from UCLA and California Institute of the Arts. I also lived in New York City for 7 years and like to think of that as my doctorate degree in life and music.

I have worked and performed with a number of musicians over the years, touring in major jazz festivals. They include Tigran Hamasyan, Ben Wendel, Nate Wood (Kneebody), Alex Cline, Austin Wintory (composer of Journey the video game), Tony Malaby, Michael Gordon, Qasim Naqvi, and Ann LeBaron.

I have recorded for Verve and Nonesuch Records and am releasing my second solo album in 2019!

Although I have mostly worked in jazz and experimental music, I sing al
l sorts of styles. I am an in-the-closet Broadway fan, as well as folk, pop and straight up classical art song. I also dabble in background vocals for rock bands sometimes.

I have also done intensive studies in Medieval chant particularly of the Armenian Apostolic church of Istanbul. I love early music!

Looking forward to meeting those who are interested and inspired to work with me soon! :)
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Amy January 10, 2018
· Singing · Online
My lesson with Areni was fantastic! She targets the areas I need work and has helped me to improve greatly in a short amount of time!
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About Megan S.

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Colorado Springs, CO

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I have studied piano from age 5, and have been teaching piano lessons since 2009. I have experience in early childhood beginner piano up to intermediate piano lessons. I am qualified to teach music theory, beginning improvisation, and music composition. Piano lessons can be lots of fun, let's get started!

About Megan
I am an experienced and well-rounded musician of nearly 22 years. I have studied the piano, cello, and clarinet throughout my life and am currently a freelance performer in Colorado Springs. I have taught professionally since 2009.

I attended the University of California, Santa Barbara where I received my Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music, Clarinet Performance in 2013. I received a GPA of 3.3 and studied and performed both clarinet and cello. In 2015, I graduated from California State University of Sacramento with a Single Subject Teaching Credential in Music with a 4.0 GPA. I mainly performed clarinet at the university, many local ensembles, chamber music, and I even had the opportunity to perform abroad in the United Kingdom in 2016.

I taught elementary band with the San Juan Unified School district from 2013-2015. While I was pursuing
my teaching credential, I student-taught in Davis Joint Unified School District from 2014-2015. Then, I was employed with Twin Rivers Unified School District from 2015-2017, where I had the privilege to teach elementary general music and choir to students learning English as a second language, students of special needs, and in addition, students from very low income homes. Most recently, I taught elementary general music, choir, and band with the Galt Joint Union Elementary School District from 2017-2018.

I recently moved to Colorado Springs because my husband is a newly commissioned officer with the United States Air Force Academy Band, stationed at Peterson Air Force Base here in Colorado Springs. We have loved our experience so far in Colorado and love to explore the outdoor activities and sight-seeing in our free time.
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Michael July 26, 2018
· Clarinet · Online
First off, let me tell you that Megan is not only an outstanding musician. She gifted in the art of patience. This is what makes her an excellent teacher. She is also a quality person, an asset that's instrumental " no pun intended" in teaching the Arts.
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Laurie July 24, 2018
· Piano · In home
Megan teaches not only skills and technique, she passes on a love for music and joy in learning. She demonstrated patience with my daughter, and my daughter couldn't wait for another lesson mainly because it was time with Megan. I recommend her highly!
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Paul Bambach, UCSB July 24, 2018
· Clarinet · Online
Megan is an excellent musician & yes, a kind and gentle person. But, please know, she is one of the most self-motivated students I ever encountered! Performed recital not required at an extremely high level of musicianship - and after graduation, successfully pursued a performance career! I’m certain that she’s great at sharing her knowledge - but also her enthusiasm is extremely contagious! Whether clarinet, cello, or piano, you (or your student) must experience her joy of music and of life in general!
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About Patricia B.

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Monument, CO
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Music lessons can help your child show advanced brain development, establish incredible memory skills, improve math and reading levels, and bring social confidence and enjoyment. As an elementary school teacher and Mom of five grown kids, I passionately believe that every child will benefit from piano lessons. In an atmosphere of respect and fun, I build a strong foundation of note reading, music theory, ear training, sight reading, and technique with a custom learning plans suited to each student.

About Patricia
I have been playing the piano for over forty years for churches and schools. I am passionate about helping beginner and intermediate students grow cognitively and socially through music. As a retired elementary school teacher, my strengths are assessing where a student is and creating a plan that suits each student to get where they would like to go. I see learning music as more than playing a song the correct way. Besides creating confidence and enjoyment, studying music greatly increases brain development and memory skills that stay with the child for life, and it forms the foundation of learning: seeing the structure that is in all of life, such as the structure in math, reading, and science. All children benefit from learning music, and those who pursue it will flourish cognitively, socially, emotionally, and spiritually. I would love
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Monument, CO 80132
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Piano is a wonderful and versatile instrument that covers a wide array of musical styles. I can help start you down the path to understanding music theory, hand placement, and a general love of music through the piano.

About Nick
Hi my name is Nick and I am a multi-instrumentalist, audio engineer, and composer. Music is a passion in my life and nothing makes me happier than to see others enjoy it as much as I do. Music is one of the most important things in my life. If I am not playing, writing, or recording music, I am usually trying to discover new music to listen to.

With half my life dedicated to writing and performing music I received my degree in audio engineering from the Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences in 2010. When i am not teaching private lessons locally, I am currently a Kinder - 5th Grade Elementary Music Specialist in my public school district.

I have 6 years experience in performing in alternative, rock, metal, EDM, cover bands, and worship bands as a Acoustic Rhythm Guitarist, Lead Electric, Rhythm Electric, Bass Guitar, Piano
/Synth, Drummer, and Lead Vocalist. I have a soundcloud page with material from my past bands and I have an EDM album "Neuro Method" on iTunes and Spotify that I wrote, produced, and recorded in 2012.

I currently have students learning guitar, bass, drums, piano, ukulele, and recorder.

If you are looking to start something new, relearn something you forgot, or take your music to a new level I can help lead you down the right path.
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Piano should be fun! I've taught for 10 years all ages and abilities. We choose songs that student is interested in a. Any genre that he/she is passionate about. I include some exercises and theory based around the songs we are working on. This makes it easier to memorize , read and understand music. It is like reading notes as words rather than a jumble of dots. I love jazz and classical and have toured domestically/internationally with pop acts.

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Classical, Jazz, Pop, R&B. Anything you are interested in! I include a variety of activities during the lesson that help keep it engaging and develop a complete understanding of the piece. This includes some light ear training, theory and exercises which can all be tapered to ability and repertoire. I have been performing for 17 years and teaching for 10. I enjoy working with all age groups and have lots of experience with younger students.
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I like to be encouraging and creative in teaching piano. I'm also going to give out points / fake money to the students who practice , do their music theory homework, etc. And there will be a little store that I create for the students to shop with their earnings.

About Lindsay
I am a elementary school teacher assistant right now and work full time at a elementary school.
I have worked in the past as a preschool teacher for 11 years. I have a degree in elementary education.
I taught piano lessons a long time ago. I taught piano at music shop in ft Myers. I wanted to teach my own private piano lessons. I am very creative . I would love to start teaching piano again very soon. Thanks and have a good day and looking forward to meeting you.
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