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My first instrument and my first love. Started at age 10 and was teaching by age 15

About Randall
My love of music and musical talent was discovered when I was just five years old. An uncle gave me a plastic recorder and, without lessons or help from anyone, I was playing melodies within days. Soon after I started taking private lessons on Saxophone and Clarinet.
I played my first paying job at age 14.
When I was 15, my private instructor, asked me if I would be interested in teaching. He put me on the County list of private instructors and and soon I had my own thriving studio of Sax and Clarinet students. From that time on, I have almost continuously been involved in music education.
Though I had listened to the rock "guitar gods" of the 60's I never became interested the guitar until, at the age of 15, I first heard Maestro Andres Segovia through his televised master classes. About the same time, I was amazed by the chord
melody genius of jazz artists like George Van Eps, Joe Pass, and Bucky Pizzarelli. It was then I realized that the guitar could be an "orchestra."
In the small town where I grew up, there were no guitar teachers so I studied with outstanding Guitarist Ed McGuire. Later, I studied formally with several renowned professors of guitar, including Bruce Holzman at FSU and Randy Reed, a professor at Duke University in Durham North Carolina.
I have also performed in Master Classes for Classical Guitarists Atigoni Goni and Dimitri Diatchenko.
Before making North Florida my home, I toured and played throughout the Northeast, Midwest and Southeast in a variety of venues and styles from Rock to Jazz to R&B.
Even after settling down I have stayed active in the music business, playing and teaching. I continue to work regularly performing solo, or in ensembles throughout Florida from Tallahassee to Jacksonville.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am a laid back teacher who prefers to motivate my students by instilling my love of, and enthusiasm for, music in them rather than using any kind of "scare" tactics. I had a very few "knuckle rapper" style teachers over the years and found them to be very unmotivating.
A large percentage of the progress a student makes happens between the lessons. The more they practice, the faster they improve.
I also believe in building a solid foundation that my students can build upon. A good teacher teaches a student how to teach themselves.
On guitar, I encourage, but don't insist on, my students learning to read music. Some styles of guitar do not require it, but I do mention the gigs I have gotten over the years because I could read.
On all instruments, I am a big believer in great technique, musicianship and improvisational skills.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Studio is in back of the house as an addition. It has its own separate entrance and is approx 160 sq feet. Well lit and with heat and air.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I will provide a music stand if needed. Students must have their own instrument. They will need to get their own books, though I do provide much supplemental material.

*** Specialties ***
Jazz, Classical, Blues, Flamenco
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Trevor July 14, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
I have been Randall's student for a few years. Randall is very knowledgeable about music and an excellent teacher. Additionally, Randall is courteous, professional, and punctual. I highly recommend Randall as your new music instructor.
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Tammy July 14, 2017
· Clarinet · In studio
Randall has been teaching my son clarinet for the past 2 years in his home and we couldn't be more pleased with my son's outcome. He knows how to work With students and get them to advance to their highest potential.
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Philip July 14, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Randall has been teaching guitar to my 12 year-old son for about 3 years. He is very knowledgeable and patient. He knows and can teach many different styles of music on several different instruments. I highly recommend Randall for students of any age.
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About Jordan M.

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Prepare for band in a friendly, focused environment. Music reading, improvisation, learning fun songs. Over 7 years experience as a woodwind coach, over 10 years as a private lesson instructor.

About Jordan
*Experienced teacher and professional musician...
-Performed with:
Great Good Fine Ok, Leonard Patton, Gilbert Castellanos, Francisco Torres, 10,000 Maniacs, The Mighty Untouchables, Tori Roze & The Hot Mess, Gaslamp Quarter Jazz Orchestra. Will be on tour this winter with the Brian Setzer Orchestra.
-Recorded on national tv ads for Dreyer's, KFC, Coca-Cola.
-Over 6,000 private lessons taught to over 300 students.
-More than five years of classroom teaching experience in San Diego and Miami-Dade schools: K-5 general music, middle and high school band, under graduate music history, directing college jazz ensembles
-Students have included: ages 4-96, beginners with no experience, undergraduate music majors, scholarship award winners, members of the San Diego Youth Symphony program, many locals in San Diego, and online students from
around the world.

*Note regarding scheduling - November and December of 2018 - I will be on tour with the Brian Setzer Orchestra and will only be available for online lessons.

Discounts available:
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$5 off all lessons
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My mission is to provide a positive musical experience for all students. For some this includes rigorous preparation for an audition of some kind, for others it may be an introduction to music fundamentals to foster better listening skills and greater artistic appreciation. All students will be challenged to improve their listening, timing, and technique. All students will learn to play songs that they love.

Recommendations for best results: make a three-month commitment to weekly lessons, and work up to 30 minutes of daily practice. This formula guarantees results. Bring your instrument, music books, and a binder with sheet protectors ☺

*Scheduling policy: to avoid being charged for a lesson - One week notice is required to cancel, skip, or "roll over" a lesson. 24 hours notice to reschedule (based on availability).

To continue weekly lessons, students must maintain at least 90% attendance or the time slot may be forfeited.

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Jordan was born and raised in the El Centro, California where he began playing the alto sax in the elementary band program. At the age of 12, he began his study of guitar and drums, performing in several rock and ska bands around his home town and San Diego. At age 14, is where he found his love for brass instruments when he took up the trombone. While in high school he became a soloist with the Imperial Valley College Jazz Orchestra, under the direction of former Basie trumpeter Jimmy Cannon. That lead Jordan to accept the Constance Weldon Music Scholarship to attend the University of Miami in Coral Gables, FL.

While performing in South Florida Jordan appeared with major acts including 10,000 Maniacs, and appeared on the Spanish television show "Calle Ocho." He also gained invaluable experience teaching in Miami public schools. His first teaching assignment was at Hialeah-Miami Lakes Senior High School where he directed 3 beginning bands, Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, and their highly decorated Jazz Band. Later Jordan moved into the elementary setting, teaching vocal and instrumental music for grades K-5 at Cypress Elementary.

In 2007, Jordan returned to California to pursue a music career in San Diego. He can be seen performing all over San Diego, Orange, and LA Counties in styles ranging from rock, jazz, funk, blues, hip-hop, Latin, and more. He performs primarily on trombone, piano, and guitar, but is known to pick up percussion, harmonica, and other wind instruments as well. Jordan, along with the rest of the aggressively funky cover band SuperMagnetic, were the grand prize winner of the 2010 Viejas Ultimate Music Challenge 4. In 2011, Tori Roze & The Hot Mess were nominated for a San Diego Music Award in the category of "Best Blues Artist" after the release of their first album "From The Hip." They released their second album "Turbulence" last December, and are heard regularly on local San Diego radio. This album has also been nominated for Best Pop album for the 2013 San Diego Music Awards. In 2013, Jordan completed his Master of Music degree in Jazz Studies from San Diego State University.

On stage, Jordan is a talented and versatile performer. He is known for his trombone sound and improvisational ability, as well as his positive relationship with his fellow musicians. In lessons, Jordan is energetic and creative.

*** Lesson Details ***
I enjoy teaching kids and adults of all ages. When you arrive for our first lesson, we'll start by getting to know your musical tastes and aspirations. Then we make a plan. Then we play!

Everybody's path is different, but we must start with a strong foundation in the fundamentals. After we start to establish some technique on your instrument we will explore music that suits you from a practical stand point in your development, and very importantly, stylistically. Together we will plan a curriculum that keeps you motivated toward your goals and that fits your life style.

You can expect a laid back, yet focused environment. Most of all, you can look forward to progress! Hope to see you soon.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living room with large wall mirror, good lighting, with full size keyboard, weighted

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect students to provide an instrument for themselves. I also require a student to come prepared with sheet music, pencils, a binder with sheet protectors, and any books they are interested in.

*** Specialties ***
I have an extensive background in jazz bands, salsa bands, classical wind ensembles, and improvisation. I also currently perform in both original and cover bands on trombone, keyboard and guitar, in a range of styles including rock, reggae, Latin, and funk. I teach beginning and intermediate piano, guitar, and woodwind instruments, as well as advanced brass.

PLEASE READ:
***Scheduling Policy***
-To avoid being charged - One week notice for cancellations. 24 hours notice for reschedule (based on availability).
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Atiya P. July 17, 2018
· Trumpet · Online
Very good music player
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Richard D. June 13, 2018
· Tuba · Online
Jordan is a great teacher. Very enthusiastic, extremely flexible, and knowledgeable. He brings a lot of resources to the table. We were able to jump from basic stuff like scales and other practices to what my goals are and how to achieve them. Working on line was no problem. Highly recommended!
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Jenn Sparks May 30, 2018
· Trombone · Online
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About Barry H.

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All styles - pop, rock, jazz, funk, classical, etc. Reading, writing and ear training.

About Barry
For over 20 years, Barry has been active working as a producer, engineer, composer, arranger and musician (bass, guitar, piano and saxophone). Barry received a Master of Arts degree in Music (composition) from CUNY Hunter College and a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Engineering Technology from the University of Miami. He also studied Music (composition) at the Juilliard School and Music for Film at NYU. Barry is currently teaching electronic music, audio production and sound design courses at Mercy College and CUNY Hostos Community College. Barry draws on his diverse background performing and recording on multiple instruments in numerous styles to provide a stimulating and creative experience for the student.

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Lessons are designed around the student's interests and personality. Reading, writing and improvisi
ng as well as listening to recordings are an integral part of the lessons from the beginning, regardless of skill level. Students will not only learn how to play their instruments correctly but will also develop an expanding appreciation of all kinds of music.

*** Studio Equipment ***
music studio seating for parents
keyboard
amps

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect all students to provide their own instruments.

*** Specialties ***
Jazz, Pop, Rock, Funk, World, Classical
Jazz Improvisation for ALL instruments (even if I don't play them)
Composition, Arranging, Orchestration, Counterpoint, Finale
Home & Commercial Studio Recording, Acoustics, Analog & Digital, Troubleshooting.
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Carlton W. July 30, 2016
· Saxophone · Online
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Barry H.

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Carmel, NY 10512
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About Joseph M.

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Huntington Station, NY

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35 + yrs playing/teaching experience
Classical to Jazz
Fun mixed with work

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Local tutor;

Will travel to you, or we can use my studios located in Nassau, Suffolk and all 5 boroughs.

My name is Dr. Joseph M., Ba/Ma/Dma, in Education and Performance. I have reference lists a mile long, (with phone #'s, so you contact my previous and current

clients), full of success story after success story!

22 yrs teaching experience. I have sent thousands of children to Nyssma. Most of my students have scored; "Outstandings", (lvls 1-4), and A+'s, (lvls 5-6). Have gotten students

into All-County,

All State, and All National honor bands. This requires a ranked Nyssma level 6 score of 100.

I have prepared students for auditions to the finest music schools in the world, Julliard, The Curtis Institute, Berklee, etc.

My students have appeared on Broadway, have played at Birdland/the Bluenote, and have won
Grammys.........

I play and teach all styles; Classical, rock, Broadway, jazz,pop, etc.....

I have performed at the world class, A-list level in all the above mentioned styles as well.

I believe it is critical to be humble, down to earth and easy to work with, no matter how accomplished, student, teacher, or parent. :)..................
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Dana September 18, 2016
· Saxophone · In home
Very professional and thorough!
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louis R. August 9, 2016
· Saxophone · In home
First lesson with my grandson. My grandson enjoyed it. Joseph was very professional.
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Joshua W. April 19, 2016
· Singing · In home
We couldn't be more pleased and thrilled to have discovered Dr. Merkel. He is committed, gifted, firm, yet kind,
with my son. Thank you Dr. Joe!!!
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About Joseph S.

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I have received my Bachelor degree from Cal State Fullerton, and specialize in classical saxophone focusing on sound, technique, and musicianship.

About Joseph
I grew up in music, and started playing the piano when I was 6 years old, and began composing and using Logic Pro two years after that. I have been playing saxophone for 8 years, and am currently working to gain my bachelors degree in music performance from California State University, Fullerton. During my saxophone instruction I also began learning clarinet as a supplementary instrument, and have been playing it for 3 years. What I love about music the most, is how deep it resonates with the human soul and how the music stems from the passion of the composer and the performer.

I feel that my job as a teacher is to instill a sense of passion and love for music in my students, in addition to teaching them the instrument and the rudiments of music. I also am a strong believer that the best way to grow as a musician is to perform, to play
with other musicians, and to listen to as much music as one can get their hands on. My teaching style emphasizes deliberate and consistent practice schedules and a very broad and visceral understanding of music as a whole.
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Waseem K. May 8, 2017
· Saxophone · In studio
Great tutor.....very friendly and have knowledge about sax....
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Jenna F. March 6, 2016
· Saxophone · In home
My daughter had her first saxophone lesson and can't wait for the next one. Joseph was very patient with her and explained the basics of the saxophone.
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Cody K. February 17, 2016
· Clarinet · In studio
Great experience!!!!
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The student will be instructed on the basics of proper playing techniques, music theory, and musicianship. They will learn to read music and also play by ear which will make them a well rounded player.

About Luther A.
Mr. Blackwell unique talents as educator, instrumentalist, conductor, vocal coach, cinematographer, composer and arranger make him a sought-after teacher. Currently, Luther is working with the Bridgeport Board of Education at Roosevelt Elementary School for President Obama's Arts and Humanities Turn-Around Arts Initiative he is the Executive Director and Program Director of Blackwell's School of Music and Film and Minister of Music Director for New Hope Missionary Baptist Youth Singers located at 1100 Park Ave. in Bridgeport, CT.
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Virginia J. June 10, 2018
· Piano · In home
Me Blackwell is an exceptionally good teacher. 5 lessons in and my twin boys and I, who are all learning, are thoroughly enjoying our lessons.
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Brian Gee May 4, 2018
· Bass Guitar · In studio
There is not enough that I can say about Mr. Blackwell's teaching. Under his instructions, I have learned not only to play the bass by ear, but also I am able to read and understand music theory. Mr. Blackwell constantly challenges you to go further with every lesson. The best part of the class is the jam sessions! I love playing songs being the lead at times and a support to the band. I can't wait to play with our lead guitarist Michael. If you are looking for a music instructor, I highly recommend that you check out Mr. Blackwell!
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O’Deillia April 5, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
It’s important when you’re investing in yourself that you get what you pay for. Every time I leave class, I leave with something. Something new, something fun, and full of knowledge. He takes time to understand his students and he really works with you and makes sure you don’t leave class until you have it down packed.
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Bridgeport, CT 06604
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I have been teaching saxophone for 10 years. I enjoy teaching people of all ages, both children and adults, of all levels. I believe in teaching a strong core of music fundamentals but also in finding what makes music special to each student. Lessons should be fun and engaging. I have several students audition into regional bands, and select school ensembles every year. But we also make sure to play some pop tunes and top 40.

About Kendra
I am a musician with an equal passion for performing and teaching. I have taught ages 8-67 at all levels from beginner to advanced. I believe in the importance of teaching a strong core of music fundamentals but I also want to find what makes music special for each individual student. I believe lessons should be fun and engaging, I try to disguise the learning as much as possible.

Lessons are individually tailored to meet the unique needs and interests of each student but here are a few things you can most likely expect to work on: basic music fundamentals like note and rhythm reading, learning/review of musical symbols and terms, good tone production, learning all the notes on the instrument, scales, technique work, and as soon as we have enough notes... FUN songs.

Many of my students lead their school bands and audition successful
ly into regional and honor bands. For students in band at school, the school music and tests will be our first priority but if we get all caught up or extra challenges are needed I will be happy to supply them. I also have recitals for my students 2-3 times a year to give them the opportunity to perform for friends and family and share what they have been learning.

If you are going to purchase an instrument or supplies before the lesson do feel free to ask for help in selecting your materials, there is nothing worse than an instrument that doesn't function properly or needs constant and expensive repairs! If you have any books feel free to bring them to the first lesson, if not then I would be more than happy to make recommendations after the first or second lesson when I've had a chance to assess the student.
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Miguel L. June 1, 2017
· Saxophone · In home
If anyone happens to get so lucky to come across this wonderful individual as a sax instructor count your blessings. Kendra has been able to teach a 60 years old man(that's me)and teach him a new and exciting skill in a short period of time.
Kendra has a tremendous amount of patients and she would be able to help you meet your musical goal.
I highly recommend Kendra ,she is a great choice,
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Elena February 2, 2017
· Saxophone · In home
BEST instructor EVER-The BEST teacher in Las Vegas!!! I'm going to miss your wonderful teachings after all these great months together. However, you 'll be back for me soon!!! Thank you so much!!!!!! I can play Saxophone now! And I can't believe I had no idea how to do it before you come along, you just made everything so easy for me wow!!!. Thank you so, so, much Kendra!!!!
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Elena September 8, 2016
· Saxophone · In home
Wonderful experience. Kendra is a very sweet young lady, with a lot of patience and a beautiful spirit. Thank you so much!!! I will work with her much more. I definitely recommend her if you like to learn how to play the saxophone!!!
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I believe in catering lessons to a students individual desires and musical goals. I play Tenor, Alto, Soprano and EWI. Our lessons can cover a broad range of concepts like:
Musicality/Performance
Jazz Improvisation
Composition/Arranging
How to practice
Tone and Sound production
Technique
Doubling
Reading/Sight Reading
Learning Tunes
Using petals and electronic musical components
And MUCH, MUCH MORE!!!

About Preston
With over 20 years playing experience Preston began playing professionally very early. He has toured over 6 countries including England, France, Switzerland and Italy. He received his degree in Jazz Studies/ Performance from the prestigious University of North Texas Jazz program, the first Jazz program in the country and still the greatest with alumni like Norah Jones, The Eagles and The Blues Brothers.
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Milton April 19, 2018
· Saxophone · In studio
He is a great instructor, and makes learning fun.
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Jo January 28, 2018
· Saxophone · In studio
very thorough. Gave me a great lesson to get started. Looking forward to my future lessons.
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michael December 5, 2017
· Saxophone · In studio
Preston made me relaxed and we jumped right into it.
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Experienced teacher/musician with a bachelor's degree in music from Sacramento State. My goal is to help students become better players and musicians, so that they have the skills they need in order to take on new musical endeavors with confidence and ease. My scope of musical experience ranges from playing in concert band, orchestra, classical saxophone, sax quartet, big band, jazz combo, jazz improv, jazz arranging, ear training, music theory, musicology, and more. I can also help students with overcoming some of the hurdles when learning clarinet or flute as a double.

I have experience working with kids as a bilingual tutor in an elementary classroom, which also means I have passed multiple background checks at the district and state level. I am currently working on earning a teaching credential. ¡Hablo español!

About Luis
I am a professional musician with a bachelor's degree in music from the Sacramento State School of Music. I have played saxophone throughout the region in many different groups, such as the award winning Sacramento State Jazz Ensemble. I have training in both classical and jazz styles. As a former "band kid," I am familiar with the ins and outs of playing in all kinds of school bands such as marching band, concert band, and jazz band.
As a teacher, I like to teach good habits as well as musicianship. My goal is to help students become better players and musicians, so that they have the skills necessary to take on new musical endeavors. I also have experience in bilingual tutoring for K-12 students. This also means I have passed background checks for the state and school districts.
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Over our first few lessons I will assess your ability level and generate a lesson plan tailored to fit your skills and interests. While I specialize in jazz, the focus of the lessons is completely up to you and what you want to learn. I'm capable of teaching instrumental proficiency, sight reading skills (note/rhythm identification), music theory, ear training, and improvisation.

About Ben
I've been studying saxophone for 9 years and have loved every second of it. I'm studying at The New School of Jazz in New York City, but am home for the summer in Washington. I'm really laid back and aim to make lessons as comfortable as possible for you. I want to see you have fun and succeed!

***Lessons***
Over our first few lessons I will assess your ability level and generate a lesson plan tailored to fit your skills and interests. While I specialize in jazz, the focus of the lessons is completely up to you and what you want to learn. I'm capable of teaching instrumental proficiency, sight reading skills (note/rhythm identification), music theory, ear training, and improvisation.
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