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Matt B.

Denton, TX

About Matt

I love learning, and I love sharing and developing the tools for learning. I began as a self-taught pianist at age 12, and from ages 14 to the present I have had the experience of studying with some of the most phenomenal teachers of this generation. George Katz, former chair of the Drake University Piano Department and student of the legendary artists Alfred Cortot and Marguerite Long; Jerome Lowenthal, also a student of Cortot (and William Kapell) and former chair of the Julliard piano department, and Jose Feghali, winner of the 1985 Cliburn Gold Medal have been my most influential teache
rs. From them, I learned how to learn, how to teach, and how to teach learning, which I believe is the most important skill.

As a winner of the 2000 Interlochen Concerto Competition, I had my orchestral debut that year with the World Youth Symphony Orchestra at 16. Following that, I have given concerts all over the U.S., some parts of Mexico, Malmo and Stockholm, Sweden, and in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Having become keenly interested in technology and recording engineering, I have produced many CD's for renowned artists, such as Joseph Banowetz, Jose Feghali, Mike Morey, Paul Tuntland Sanchez and Vladimir Ashkenazy. I also worked for two years as the recording engineer for the Fort Worth symphony, where I was exposed to dozens of symphonic scores and new works, and was able to study them while I was preparing the recordings for radio broadcast.

My interests expanded even further when I became interested in the study of memory. I felt that I was still a slower learner, and wanted to counteract this. Having taken up research into the functions of memory and retention, I became a student who, instead of spending 6 months perfecting a Haydn or Beethoven sonata, could learn a monster like the Ravel Trio and perform it in just over a week. It's these methods that I offer to my students, in full confidence that any one of them who applies themselves can, in time, equal and surpass my own efforts.

Anyone with an Xbox will quickly learn that I'm an avid gamer, and I am exploring using games in the fields of epistemology; i.e. using the naturally evolved need for socio-mental stimulation and the non-linear hypotheticals presented in games to affect the individual's study of rational and critical thinking.

*** Lesson Details ***
Music is a tool for the discovery of critical thinking as well as art, i.e. an excellent way to ready your mind for nearly all problem solving and learning. Even if you have been a prior music student, I will be able to help you advance your practice technique far beyond its current potential; my methods are original, new, and can be empirically shown to work in no uncertain terms.

I am now a Steinway partner; my students will have twice-yearly opportunities to perform at Steinway Hall, Plano, should they feel ready. These recitals will usually be held during winter or spring breaks.

For younger students, I prefer parental involvement in the lessons. The parent of a student will have more influence on their progress on a weekly basis than I can. They will be asked not only to help the student practice, but to help them practice correctly. The results of this approach can be profound. For these reasons, I ask that the parents follow the student's progress so that they can provide support for the 6 days of the week that I do not get to see the student.

I tailor my curriculum to the student, and their learning habits and interests. I draw from a wide variety of curriculum, as well as sometimes writing original pieces that focus on weak areas that must be quickly developed.

Lastly, the student's input will ALWAYS be heard and carefully considered when choosing pieces for study. The most important part of studying music is the joy of music itself. I do my very best to make sure that lessons and practice are both fun and engaging, as well as productive.

Important Note: Right now I am only teaching classical music for voice. That doesn't mean that I am not willing to supplement lessons with other styles, but classical vocal training and technique is universally applicable and should be the pop or rock vocalist's foundation regardless. Please only sign up for voice with me if you are prepared to study primarily classical repertoire. Broadway songs are also acceptable.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Steinway Concert Grand

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in training memory, technique, artistic sensitivity and the development of a musical mind. I am familiar with many methods and use them where appropriate. I will observe you (the student) and find out how you learn best, and tailor lessons accordingly, thereby using your preferred method of learning (aural, visual, or kinesthetic) to strengthen any weaknesses. Lessons with me are very fun and challenging.
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Alex W. March 12, 2014
Piano
Verified Student
Great Instruction Technique

I've been working with Matt for a few months now and he has really helped me step up my understanding of best practices, chords / scales, music theory and improvisation techniques. I have been extremely impressed with the wealth of knowledge that he possesses. Definitely recommend him to anyone looking to enhance your piano playing abilities.
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Colleen W. July 5, 2013
Singing
Verified Student
Excellent Singing Coach

Matt is a wonderful singing coach. He has a great understanding of music theory. He made me feel comforable right from the beginning, and I had not had a lesson in over 15 years. I would highly recommend him to anyone.
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Karen E. May 3, 2013
Piano
Verified Student
Best teacher ever!

I've been taking lessons from Matt for a couple of years now and have performed in 2 recitals. The recitals Matt offers are an excellent motivator for reaching goals and growing my skill level. I'm very pleased with my progress and so appreciate Matt's attention to detail and his encouragement.
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Matt B.

Denton, TX 76205
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starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Jennifer J.

Frisco, TX

About Jennifer

Hi! My name is Jennifer J. I graduated with my Masters in Music from the University of Redlands. I received my Bachelor's Degree from the University of Louisiana at Monroe. Through my college career, I was able to perform in many musical productions. Some of these roles include: Yvonne in Miss Saigon (Louisiana Lyric Opera), Mother in Hansel and Gretel (University of Louisiana at Monroe), Erma in Anything Goes (University of Louisiana at Monroe), Euridice in Orfeo ed Euridice (University of Redlands), and Suor Angelica in Suor Angelica (University of Redlands). There are many performance comin
g up this year, also!

During my time in Undergrad, I had the opportunities to study abroad for two summers. I was accepted into University of Miami's Salzburg program (2009), and the following summer did Westminster Choir College's Florence Voice Seminar (2010). Throughout both of these experiences, I was able to work with world renowned teachers and coaches. These programs helped me grow as a teacher and a performer.

I am a member of NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing), Texoma Region.

With the experience I have, I hope to start teaching you someday!

*** Lesson Details ***
I like to have fun in lessons, but also get things done and help my students grow. I do require my students to record every lesson, therefore helping them practice during the week. All in all, I want you all to feel comfortable in your learning environment, and have fun learning!

For voice, I teach multiple breathing exercises and techniques. Also, I will organize the individuals warm-ups according to the songs we are working on and voice type.

With piano, I use the Alfred book series. I learned piano using this series and I absolutely love the visuals and techniques. It makes it easy for parents to help with their kids.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Studio with Yamaha upright piano. Lots of stickers and fun stuff for young students. Parents are welcome to sit in the room or are welcome to sit in the living room during the lesson.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I will provide the books, piano students need to pay $8 a book.

*** Specialties ***
In voice, I work the Alexander technique methods. I believe in releasing bad tension and freeing the voice.

In piano, I start with the Alfred Series. Once the student is in level 1B, I incorporate the use of a theory book. The understanding of theory is key in music!
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Tony E. April 24, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
My granddaughter was just beginning piano. Jennifer was very patient and kind to her. Great instructor. I definitely would recommend her to anyone.
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David W. November 1, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Jennifer is an excellent teacher. Her attention to detail and technique cannot be matched. She has the ability to pinpoint exactly what needs improvement, and she is able to re-train the bad habits you have. I've seen a huge improvement in my voice in just one year. Now, I'm singing with a larger range with a much more healthy sound. This is important because I want my voice to last. I highly recommend Jennifer.
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Allyson G. October 3, 2014
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Jennifer is very patient with my active eight year old. Her positive feedback and encouragement has made piano my child's favorite activity! As a parent, I appreciate Jennifer's clear instructions and communication.
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Jennifer J.

Frisco, TX 75034
(11)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Jason L.

Denton, TX

About Jason

I love playing the guitar. I think you will too when you see the results that come from dedication and motivation. Everyone who plays the guitar is a student of the instrument. The greatest players in the world are still learning. If you are a beginner or an advanced player there is always room for improvement. No matter your skill level, I can help you grow in knowledge and technique.

*** Lesson Details ***
I can teach you in the styles of country, blues, folk, rock, pop, and jazz. Music is organized sound. I will teach you how music works and how to apply that knowledge to the g
uitar. Trust me, music theory is NOT complicated. You do not have to read music to understand music theory. Within a few months if you dedicate plenty of time and effort to the lesson materials you will see and hear the results. Learning the guitar is fun!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living room setup for lessons. Parents can sit on lessons, and waiting area available.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Learning materials.

Student should own a guitar.

*** Specialties ***
Country, blues, folk, rock and jazz. I specialize in teaching how the guitar works with the 5 major and minor chord shapes in the first position, and how they can be moved up the neck with index finger barring. How each shape has a corresponding pentatonic and major scale or mode shape that corresponds with it.
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Richard A. July 15, 2014
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Lessons have been underway for only a short time. Notwithstanding, Jason's teaching has been relevant, responsive to the student's needs and designed to motivate the student. He himself is quite knowledgeable of the Guitar and music theory, and a fine guitarist from what is observed in the short time we have been working together. I am pleased with this instructor and am looking forward to working with him in the weeks to come.
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Kim W. February 18, 2014
Guitar
Verified Student
Teacher

We've had Jason teach our daughter guitar for a few months now and we've seen a lot of progress in her skills. She really enjoys playing and learning new things from Jason. He's an excellent teacher. He is always prepared and on time.
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Jason L.

Denton, TX 76208
(2)
starting at
$20 / 30-min
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Patricia O.

Denton, TX

About Patricia

A graduate of the prestigious GSTEP teaching excellence program at UNT, Patricia has many years of experience with students of all skill levels and musical styles. Awarded a full three year Teaching Fellowship she taught a private studio of 12-16 students per semester at UNT, the equivalent of a full-time faculty teaching load. In the larger DFW community she presently teaches vocal students at the Junior High and High School levels in Keller and HEB ISDs and at the Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts, resident school of the famous Texas Boys Choir and the Singing Girls of Texas. Her students have
won spots in All-Region and TMEA All-State Choirs, top ratings at solo and ensemble contests, been admitted to music performance, music education and music therapy degree programs at TWU, UNT and TCU as well as performing in local bands and musical theater productions.

Patricia holds three degrees: Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance (UT Austin), Master of Music in Voice Performance (UT Austin) and Doctor of Musical Arts in Voice Performance (UNT).
Her professional association memberships include: the Texas Music Educators Association, the National Association of Teachers of Singing, the College Music Society and the National Opera Association.
Patricia is a polished professional singer who has performed in a variety of venues in the United States and Europe. She has studied with mezzo-soprano Inci Bashar (Turkish National Opera), helden-tenor William Lewis (Metropolitan Opera, La Scala), bass Nikita Storojev (Bolshoi Opera, La Scala) and sung under the baton of conductors such as Graeme Jenkins (Dallas Opera, Vienna State Opera), Stephen Dubberly (UNT Opera), Keith Clark (Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Pacific Symphony Orchestra) and Clinton Smith (Santa Fe Opera, Minnesota Opera).
Recent solo performances have included: concert performances of “I Dreamed a Dream” and Éponine’s death scene from Les Misérables (Schönberg and Boublil), Stabat Mater (Pergolesi), Four Sacred Songs (Dvorak), the title roles in Lucia di Lammermoor (Donizetti) and Alcina (Handel) and Donna Anna in Don Giovanni (Mozart). Upcoming engagements include an invitation to participate as a solo concert artist in the Casalmaggiore International Music Festival in Italy in the summer of 2015.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living room w/ electronic keyboard, laptop, and seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide my own copies of music. Student should provide their own copy of any music or books necessary. Student should provide a piano or keyboard for lessons involving music (not necessary for speech).

*** Specialties ***
I enjoy teaching all styles, from pop and rock, jazz and blues to Broadway and classical voice. As a performer I specialize in classical/operatic singing including choral styles.
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Jordan D. November 22, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
She knows what she is talking about. She has helped me see how to sing in a whole new perspective. I recommend her for anybody in the Denton area.
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Shayleigh W. June 27, 2014
Broadway Singing · In studio
Verified Student
She's really incredible. It is abundantly clear in her work her depth of knowledge and experience. The lessons are always enjoyable and I've already learned so much in just a few lessons.
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Paris N. March 9, 2014
Singing
Verified Student
Best singing teacher I had.

Patricia is the best singing teacher I have had. She's very patient and makes concepts easy to understand.
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Patricia O.

Patricia O.

Denton, TX 76201
(5)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Aaron T.

Little Elm, TX

About Aaron

Hello! I am Aaron, a fun, energetic veteran teacher who loves to teach music to people of all ages! I have taught high school choir and music theory, as well as taught privately for over 15 years!

In my career, I have conducted church and community choirs, participated in numerous small groups, entertained at hotels and directed musical reviews. I have accompanied several instrumental and vocal soloists on the state and national levels, and have performed solo work in several venues in the greater Houston area.

I have a true passion for sharing my knowledge and experience with anyone
who is willing to learn this wonderful art!

I have a B.S. in Bible and Music Education from Dallas Christian College and a M.A. in Music Education from Stephen F. Austin State University. I've studied piano under Ms. Bonnie Graem and Dr. Brad Beckman, voice and choral conducting with Dr. Dana Ihm, Saxophone with Dr. Aaron Lington and Music Theory and pedagogical techniques with Dr. Stephen Lias and Dr. Mark Turner.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am laid back and flexible, and I think you will find my teaching style fun and engaging. While I have methods that I choose to use, the personal goals of the student are of utmost importance.

I teach piano, voice, saxophone and music theory. My preferred methods consist of the following:

Piano: John Thompson
Voice: Bel Canto: A Theoretical and Practical Method (varies with voice type/experience, etc.)
Saxophone: Rubank
Music Theory: Harmony in Context (Roig-Francoli); Tonal Harmony (Koska/Payne)

*** Studio Equipment ***
The studio lessons are taught in a family room/office which includes an 88 keyboard, mirrors, and seating. Parking is on the street.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect my students to provide their own instruments and books.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in Classical piano, primarily the Classical era
I specialize in Contemporary Christian piano styles
I specialize in Classical Alto Saxophone, especially early 2oth century French coposers (i.e. Ibert)
I specialize in Classical vocal technique and Broadway Singing
I specialize in both traditional and contemporary analytical techniques for music theory, including Schenkerian analysis
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Miranda B. April 28, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
My son is only on his third lesson with Aaron as his teacher. He leaves each lesson so happy and feeling accomplished. Aaron has patience, knowledge and personality that is refreshing. I look forward to watching my son learn from him.
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Ian F. May 14, 2014
Verified Student
First time piano lessons

My son is liking his lessons with his piano teacher and is moving at the right pace. We will continue with the lessons.
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Ian F. April 5, 2014
Piano
Verified Student
My son always leaves with a smile

My son has a lot of confidence issues, but taking the lessons with Aaron has opened a whole new world of opportunity for him, and he always leaves his sessions encouraged with a smile. It's also great that he can play piano now beyond his own expectations. He is learning proper technique and theory as well.
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Aaron T.

Aaron T.

Little Elm, TX 75068
(4)
starting at
$30 / 30-min

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