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Joe M. Saint Petersburg, FL

About Joe

A Blues Man at heart, who at the age of 24, began teaching music at Farrington's Music Center in Princeton, N.J., Joe has logged many years of professional performance experience with musical groups of all kinds and is now the owner of Ace Guitar and Vocal Studio, located in St. Petersburg, Fl. since 1998. In addition to a stint in the 90's as Orchestral Guitarist aboard "The Monarch of the Seas" with Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Joe served as Musical Director in 2001 for a Tampa, Fl. production of "Hair", and as Guitarist with numerous Broadway Show road companies such as "The Bernadette Peters Show," "Hello Dolly", and "A Chorus Line." Joe continues to serve the St. Petersburg area as a music instructor in addition to performing locally. *** Lesson Details *** Offering Online or ...

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James T. October 9, 2014
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Joe is a real professional talent and teacher. He is extremely patient and thorough with beginners like me. He takes time to cover basic guitar instrument basics, guitar music theory, scales, notes, etc. He is very flexible and will always go over lessons that require review with the student. Being new to instrument lessons I feel very comfortable with Joe's suggestions for me personally for areas that require practice. His videos are very informative as well as other documents regarding reading music, sessions, clefs, etc. His ability to relate his professional experiences into the lessons make the experience that much more valuable. I would highly recommend him as a guitar teacher.
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Holly W. August 28, 2014
Classical Guitar · In studio
We have been using Joe for guitar lessons for several years. My oldest Son started with Joe and also participated in his Rock Shop events. Although he is no longer taking lessons, he was playing the guitar last evening and I asked him what song he was playing? It was his original piece and it sounded excellent. The lessons with Joe really paid off. My youngest Son is currently taking lessons from Joe and we are confident that he too will be able to write and play his own music in the future. Joe is very flexible with our changing schedule and always follows up regarding our appointments. We highly recommend Joe to families with kids of all ages.
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Yesh N. March 3, 2014
Classical Guitar
Great overview of the blues and classical history

I took lesson with Joe Mcintosh for a little over a year with the intent of leaning the basics of guitar playing and specifiaclly the blues. I got a lot of practical information and knowledge from Joe in various aspects of music and its history. I thoroughly enjoyed the lessons and the value it carried.

Joe is a very accomplished player and very patient with his students. I would highly recommend him for anyone with any skill level.

Yesh
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Erika G. Saint Petersburg, FL

About Erika

Erika is a multi-instrumentalist on a mission - to share the power of music with as many people as possible! Raised by an opera singer, Erika was exposed to classical music before birth; she knew how to read music before she could read words! From an early age, Erika knew that she was going to be a musician. At 10 years old, she began her study of piano; at 12, she taught herself viola and violin. Her career started at the age of 14 with a church pianist job and her very first private student. By 16, she was playing viola with the local symphony orchestra, accompanying collegiate vocalists, and teaching adults 20 years her senior. Before leaving for college, Erika had the very special honor of being one of eight pianists chosen state-wide to attend the Tennessee Governor's School for ...

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Robert G. February 9, 2015
Violin · In home
Verified Student
I am an adult student and find Erika to be a very capable teacher. She is encouraging and easy going. She has helpful suggestions and willing to help me with all of my questions and choices of music and practice procedures. She always knows how to correct my mistakes while still encouraging me. She does not waste any of our time yet I think I may change my 30 minute lessons to 45 minutes to maybe an hour. She gives me written home work, which is good as I quickly forget things said during the lesson.
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Mara E. October 30, 2014
Piano · In home
Verified Student
From the first time Erika came into our home to teach my 10 year old daughter, we all felt relaxed, comfortable and happy to have her here. My daughter adores the lessons! they go by so quickly and even though they cover a lot of ground and Erik is strict about the learning and getting it right, she is always so encouraging and supportive! I hear them laughing lots and my daughter is always happy and glowing after the lesson. she practices more readily and looks forward to her lesson every week!. So thank you Erika
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amandag June 11, 2012
Erika is great! She really explains things in a way that makes sense to me, and she is all about the positive reinforcement, which makes learning to play the violin fun.
Nicole C. Clearwater, FL

About Nicole

Nicole began her musical journey in Long Island, New York when she began piano lessons at age five. While receiving training on piano, she joined her elementary school orchestra in the 3rd grade and quickly soared with violin. During this period, Nicole began learning music theory and the art of reading music. As a fourth grader, Nicole would go on to conduct and tune every instrument in her orchestra during rehearsal. She always competed and won many NYSMA competitions for violin while attending music seminars and workshops. It was then that her teacher realized she had a gift. Nicole continued with piano lessons and began teaching herself guitar. Later, after college, she bought herself a drum set and began to teach herself drums. As an adult, Nicole studied to become an ...

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Martin R. March 19, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Nicole is a very good teacher. She is encouraging and patient. I am thankful to be learning from her and really feel that my skill level will grow leaps and bounds.
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Gabrielle C. February 17, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
BEST TEACHER EVER! So far i've had two classes and I regret nothing! Nicole is so knowledgeable,patient,fun, and encouraging. I knew from reading all of the wonderful reviews that I would be in good hands but actually experiencing it just validated that to the next level. Give Nicole a chance and you will be happy you did. The passion is there and she is very accommodating to many styles of music. Thanks Nicole!
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Kenny T. February 13, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Nicole is a very helpful and knowledgeable teacher. Nicole always makes sure that I understand the material and takes her time to explain anything I am unsure about. Her energetic and bubbly personality help add to the atmosphere of the lesson and I have learned a lot with her! Thank you Nicole!
Laura S. Sarasota, FL

About Laura

Of course you want an experienced, passionate, patient and compassionate teacher! Teaching is not my job; it is my calling and I am very good at it. I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education (1987, Ball State University) and a Master of Music degree in Voice (1994, University of South Florida). I've taught in public schools in Sarasota. Currently I am adjunct staff for State College of Florida (formerly Manatee Community College) teaching private voice and piano lessons and music appreciation classes. My music studio has been serving music students in the Sarasota area since 1991. I offer private voice, piano and music theory lessons for students of all ages. Currently my studio includes students from 5 to 74 years of age! And in my 30 years of teaching all of my ...

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Karen B. March 27, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Laura is exactly the kind of teacher I was looking for. She customizes our lessons to my goals and current abilities. She has an amazing ability to make one feel good about progress at the same time she pushes you toward higher levels of performance. I thoroughly enjoy the lessons and practice I have. I highly recommend her for anyone who wants to explore piano or who wants to become a serious performer.
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Walter C. September 10, 2014
Piano · In studio
I took piano twice as a youth, and never really got it. I am doing it again at age 60, and am absolutely loving the approach that Laura uses. I find myself totally excited about the process and enthused that I will actually get it this time. I cannot recommend Laura highly enough.
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Walter C. September 10, 2014
Singing · In studio
I have done voice lessons twice before, first in Seattle, and second in Phoenix. Laura is BY FAR the best voice instructor of the three. I feel that I am finally "getting my voice". She is incredibly helpful in coaching me to get the proper tone, and to really learn the art of singing.
Betty S. Sarasota, FL

About Betty

Hello! I've been teaching for over twenty years, both privately and at major institutions, including Berklee College Of Music (Boston), where I taught from 1988-2000. Graduate of Boston Conservatory of Music, my background includes performing professionally, and recording since the age of 17. Originally from Montreal, I've sung pop, jazz and klezmer with established bands throughout the U.S. I've performed at the Montreal Jazz Festival, Smithsonian, Blue Note, Newport Jazz Festival, and international concerts in Rome, Berlin, Tel-Aviv and Paris. I've also been lead actress in several Off-Broadway shows. I love teaching students who enjoy the learning process, and who are motivated to grow. My specialty is pop and musical theater, but I teach rock, blues, jazz, cabaret and classical ...

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Sharon May 14, 2014
Very Talented

Betty is a wonderful teacher and very talented. She really cares about her students and wants the best for them. Wonderful for piano and voice.
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OliviaT March 6, 2014
Piano Teaching

Our daughter was this teacher's piano student for several years. Betty is a very enthusiastic teacher and is a gifted performer herself. She excelled in preparing and presenting her students for professional performances.
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JaneH March 6, 2014
colleague

I have seen Ms. Betty's students perform every year. Her students are well
prepared and the presentation is always enjoyable. She picks appropriate repertoire in voice and piano.
Brenda Louise H. Sarasota, FL

About Brenda Louise

Consider the advantages of studying music privately! Here in my Sarasota home, the atmosphere is quieter than having a lesson in a public music business establishment. In a private atmosphere, you, the student and I, your teacher are better able to concentrate and hear one another. A current member of MTNA (Music Teachers National Association,) I hold a B. S. in Music from Adelphi University located in Garden City, NY. I've been teaching piano and voice since 2002 to students 5 years old and older. Student recitals are held twice yearly at my home. Students learn music appreciation, music history, genres, artists, and composers from materials here in my music library. Voice students will rehearse periodically with a professional accompanist and perform with a professional ...

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