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Zack H. Hazelwood, MO

About Zack

I've been playing trumpet for just about 15 years. I studied trumpet at a college level at Lindenwood University, and have held top positions in the university's music ensembles, in spite of not being a music major. I will be graduating with my degree in Chemistry in 2013. Outside of college, I play professionally with several groups, and sub in other ensembles whenever I can. I have the most fun playing trumpet when I get to play higher and louder, so I specialize in jazz lead playing, and I rather enjoy the cover band gigs that keep me above the staff for hours at a time. I have had the chance to study with a number of excellent world-class musicians, and I try to take the lessons I have learned from them and apply them towards helping my students. I'm trying to avoid name-dropping,

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Susan N. June 4, 2013
Trumpet
My son made Amazing progress

My son picked to play the trumpet for middle school band, I signed him up to have lessons 1 x a week with Zack. After only 2 years, my son is a amazing trumpet player and has been picked to join Jazz bands and has had solo performances. I don't know how he does it, but my son has learned so much in such a short time!!!
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Cody B. May 31, 2013
Trumpet
Excellent Teacher, Great Advice, Great player!!!

Zach is really a grade A teacher, knows how to describe different techniques in great detail for the full understanding of the student. He really knows his stuff, and I highly recommend him as a teacher for a student of any level. He can really help me scream into the stratosphere!!! Amazing lead player himself with a full grasp of the techniques needed to be the great musical player he is! Thank you!
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Maria S. May 30, 2013
Trumpet
You should have your child go to Zach for lessons he will help them greatly.

Zach seems like he is doing a good job my son likes him
Richard D. Saint Louis, MO

About Richard

Music is my life. Since the age of 16, I have studied the guitar extensively. During my high-school years I was involved in band, marching band, choir, and independent music theory. I started my first band when I was 19 in the U.S. Army, and my life has never been the same since. I played music professionally in local bands while attending UMSL and have been teaching guitar and musical performance to many students privately for the last 7 years while developing and exploring my own musical goals. Recently I have written, produced, and performed on 5 original music albums, toured from St Louis to Texas and Colorado, and have learned many things about humanity and our culture's relationship to music. Those who share a passion for music form an extraordinary community. Come take the ...

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Noresheca M. October 5, 2014
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
My 16 year old son has been taking guitar lesson with Richard D. for a few months now. First I must say Richard is a extremely nice person. My son think he is a cool guy and looks up to him. My son never played the guitar prior to lesson with Richard, now I can actually hear a song when my son play his guitar. Thank you Richard::::
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Lynne Z. March 7, 2014
Guitar
Verified Student
Perfect fit for my daughter

My 17 year old daughter recently began taking lessons with Richard D., and we couldn't be happier. He is patient and encouraging, and he makes learning fun. She really appreciates the fact that he encourages her to work on music that she likes rather than telling her what songs to learn. He obviously knows his instrument, and clearly enjoys passing on his knowledge. A+ for this teacher!
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MikeS March 6, 2014
Teaching Musicianship

Richie and I have been playing, performing, arranging, and writing together for 3 years. Richie is a highly skilled musician with wide ranging tastes and talents. He is well versed in many styles of music; rock, classic rock, country, blues, classical, and jazz. He knows well how to break down a piece of music and explain and teach it. I have been a professional musician for years, and Richie has taught me much. He can teach you too.
David M. Saint Louis, MO

About David

Composer and guitarist David began formal music training at the age of 5 on the drums. He taught himself guitar as a teenager and began playing in local rock bands. Initially entering college as a Journalism major, his passion for music led him to Meramec College where he studied Music Theory with Robert C. Howard and classical guitar with Larry Bolles. From 1990 through 1993, he attended Webster University, and became only the second composer in the school's history to receive the BM/MM Scholarship. While at Webster, he studied composition with Dr. Kendall Stallings, Robert Chamberlin, and Kim Portnoy, Jazz History with Paul Demarinis, and 18th Century Counterpoint with Dr. Eloise Jarvis. During his education, he performed with many student ensembles and sat in on master classes by the ...

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Martin F. October 24, 2014
Songwriting · In studio
Verified Student
I've been learning songwriting and music theory from David and it couldn't be any better. He's very professional and personable, and he makes sure to work with you, not above you. He shows a genuine enthusiasm for his students' musical interests and formulates instruction around them. David encourages questions, which creates a comfortable and effective teacher-student interaction. Between my weekly lessons, I find myself impatiently counting down the days until my next scheduled lesson. While the genre of songwriting that I've been working on with David's guidance has been contemporary Christian, I'm sure that he would be an effective teacher in any genre, whether the student were writing songs or playing them.
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Geralyn P. July 1, 2014
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
After the initial panic of trying to learn something at such a ripe old age I was reassured by other reviews that David would be the best bet. They were correct and I recommend him to any age group. After a welcome at the front door assuring me that I was at the right location, he excels in making you feel comfortable. He listens to questions and told me no question was stupid. Takes everything at your speed and recaps from the week before. Is thorough and stops you when finger placement is not correct so you don't begin bad habits. Looks up and acquaints himself with the songs that you want to learn and will stop covering a certain area if you do not want to learn it. He sends you home with just the right amount of practice work and after 3 lessons I feel like I'm getting all of what he's teaching and am improving and adding on more lessons. So happy that I chose David.
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Don D. March 6, 2014
Verified Student
My Outstanding Journey

I can't say enough about what I have learned over the past year. To be able to play the gift of music and understand the foundation of it's existence, is truly an edifying experience. My instructor has been absolutely fabulous. His patience, knowledge and his keen ability to translate his knowledge to the specific level of understanding of his students, is nothing short of great. Kudos to you all for having the resident talent to make my, and others, dreams of learning to play music a reality.

Best of wishes to all this upcoming New Year.
Tina P. Saint Louis, MO

About Tina

Tina holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education Pk-12 and Vocal Performance from Concordia College, Bronxville, NY. Her 25+ years of experience in education, teaching, music theater, and vocal performance allows each student to reach goals through very creative methods using music and drama. Tina absolutely enjoys teaching and the amazing journey of helping students develop confidence in their vocal abilities and stage presence. Tina is a two time winner of the Arts for Life Award for Best Actress in a Musical. Some of her favorite roles: Maria in West Side Story, Sally Bowles in Cabaret, Evita in Evita, Liza Doolittle in My Fair Lady and Fosca in Passion. *** Lesson Details *** Lesson are 45 minutes which include proper stance, vocal warm-up, breathing exercises, ...

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Julia G. January 27, 2015
Broadway Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Tina is a lot of fun! I am classically trained in choral and opera music, so I chose to work with her to improve my musical theater singing. In just a few lessons I could already feel a difference in my sound and in my confidence! Tina brings a lot of energy to lessons and even more insight and knowledge. I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for a fun and effective way to improve your voice.
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Rachel P. September 28, 2014
Broadway Singing · In studio
I have a strong music background through instrumental music and choral singing. Tina has taught me to be a soloist singer, and my auditions and performances have greatly improved. Tina is highly professional, no doubt, but her best quality in a teacher is her continued support to bring out my best vocal performance possible. I highly recommend Tina for singers at any level because she clearly communicates her feedback and her commitment to her students' success.
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Will L. September 21, 2014
Singing · In studio
I am a singer songwriter (in training you could say) and had struggled with singing for years, as I knew nothing other than mimicking and singing along with other songs. Tina has been able to remove some unnecessary mysticism around singing, in my own mind, and focus on progressively improving my songs. Her ear is spot on and always can identify what I'm struggling with.

She will take the time to ensure you are hitting the right notes and does not settle for your second best. Great at helping you understand everyone goes through their own process before the songs can sound great. She has helped tremendously!

Thanks,
Will
Ryan B. Saint Louis, MO

About Ryan

I am a Music major currently attending UMSL studying composition and performance. I have finished an Associates in Music from STLCC, and have been giving private lessons since 2012. I have performed in multiple STL groups and have performed at many popular venues including Blueberry Hill, Roberts Orpheum Theatre, Off Broadway, The Broadway Oyster Bar, and The Gramophone to name a few. I perform a wide range of styles including Jazz, Classical, Rock, Funk, Reggae, Blues, and Progressive music. I have performed in Concert/Jazz choir, as well as Jazz band at both High school and Collegiate levels. I give students a mix of formal and informal training that involves studies with proper technique and sight-reading along with a curriculum that focuses on the students preferences in musical ...

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Lisa O. July 30, 2014
Piano · Online
Verified Student
We have enjoyed working with Ryan. He has been really flexible and worked with what my son was interested in playing!
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DEANDRE W. June 12, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
I wont bore you with a long review... but Ryan is the best bang for the buck on all of TakeLessons. He makes the lessons fun... not only do you learn about singing, you will learn about yourself. There is not a doubt that we will have a long working relationship.

I wish there were more than 5 stars to give him! Thanks Ryan!
Alexandra E. Edwardsville, IL

About Alexandra

Mrs. Alexandra, known for her innovative teaching techniques, her prize winning students, being the former owner of Exeter Music, recognized as a respected instructor for several companies such as Schmitt Music, Taylor Robinson Music Company and Musika, renowned for concert performance and holding numerous academic honors– Alexandra Exeter runs one of the largest lesson programs in the St. Louis area, and is now offering her extensive talents as an instructor to students in the Metro East, St. Louis Area.

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