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About Don p.

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Lebanon, CT
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The focus here at my guitar school is on teaching you to play guitar through the music you enjoy listening to. If you enjoy what you are playing then you will be inspired. If you are inspired you will practice and if you practice you WILL get results!

There are plenty of other guitar teachers out there so why would you want to learn from me? The simplest reason I can give is because I really care. I will do whatever it takes to insure you fully understand and can play everything I teach you. I'll be there with you every step of the way!

~ We use a structured guitar method focused on taking you from the very beginning stages of learning to play guitar onwards to whatever skill level you desire to reach

~ You'll learn to play guitar by picking songs that YOU want to learn whether that be songs by Taylor Swift, Beatles, Green Day, M
etallica, Zeppelin etc...

~ We'll jam on these songs along with full band backing tracks. You'll be the guitar player in the band! Next, we'll record your performances and create cool videos with them.

~I'm there for you whenever you need help! Just go to your student classroom, view any of the video lessons and if you still have questions go to the chat room and ask away. I'm here to help!
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Nick S. May 15, 2018
· Guitar · In home
Don is patient and mixes up the curriculum so you become well rounded and see results quicker than you would expect!
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Erin May 12, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Don does a great job with our son. He has been taking lessons for going on two years. I have recommended him to many people.
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Ron H. April 7, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
I asked questions, Don answered them. Very personable, to me, seems to know a great deal about teaching guitar. Looking forward to my next lesson.
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Don p.

Lebanon, CT 06249
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About Kendra E.

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Cromwell, CT
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About Kendra
I am a musician with an equal passion for performing and teaching. I have taught ages 8-80 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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Donna A. January 4, 2019
· Flute · In studio
Enjoyed my first lesson !
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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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Kendra E.

Glastonbury, CT 06033
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About Stan M.

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Coventry, RI

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Hi! I am a private music instructor offering lessons both in-studio and online. I hold a Bachelor of Music Degree from Berklee College of Music, where I graduated Summa cum Laude, and I have over 36 years' full-time experience as an instructor.

I also have over four decades of experience as a professional jazz, rock, and theater musician. My experience has taken me from nightclubs to concert stages to churches, as well as television studios, radio stations, and many recording studios.

Finally, I am a published author with several titles dedicated to helping musicians becoming the best they can be.

**** MY TEACHING STYLE ****

My teaching style is often referred to as laid-back, gentle, informative, and very supportive. My focus is on enrichment, encouragement, and results.

I don't work with “one-size-fits-all” methods. Ea
ch lesson is customized to make the most of each student's own unique abilities, limitations, preferences, and interests. Whether students prefer, or do better with, traditional materials, playing/singing along with their favorite recordings, improvisation, or anything in between, I am more than happy to accommodate and bring out each student’s best!

I teach real music -- students begin playing music they love almost from day-one. For example, many of my piano and guitar students pride themselves on learning to play every song on the Beatles One album ... playing right along with the CD! Reading, playing by ear, improvisation (jamming), singing while you play ... there are so many ways to play and avenues to explore in music.

**** MY STUDIO ****

My studio is spacious (very spacious – no cubicles here!), well-appointed, and very quiet. Unlike music stores and multi-lesson facilities, there are no other lessons on the premises, no drummers going crazy on the other side of the wall. This means students can concentrate better and learn faster. There is also plenty of room for parents and siblings who may wish to sit in on lessons.

**** STYLES / GENRES ****

I believe that students make the most progress learning music they love and I am very happy to teach every student the style of music he or she loves most.

My most requested genres are: pop, rock, country, blues, classic rock, jazz, and classical. Some students arrive knowing exactly what they want, but most are happy to explore various styles that interest them in search of the perfect fit. It is not at all uncommon for a student to spend part of their lesson polishing up a Beethoven piece or jazz standard, then finish up playing the chords to “Hotel California” along with the CD. Another student might start off their lesson learning a Taylor Swift hit, then move over to doing some blues improvisation. Variety is a wonderful thing and it is highly encouraged!

**** MY STUDENTS ****

Over the years, I have taught students from four years old to eighty-somethings. I’ve taught absolute beginners (most of my students start from square-one), hobbyists, seasoned professionals, even a Grammy nominee and a Grammy winner! Many of my young students have gone on to perform in school bands / jazz bands and/or professionally. In all cases, they acquire a skill that will last for a lifetime and provide joy, enrichment, and satisfaction.

Do you have a song or two in your heart? Contact me today and I will help you reach your musical goals and have a very good time doing it!
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Rhinda C. March 1, 2018
· Guitar · Online
I have just started guitar lessons with Stan and the lessons are going very well. It's exciting to be learning note reading which is something I have always wanted to do. Stan is thorough and clear in his instructions and I look forward to each lesson. I feel lucky to have Stan as my teacher.
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Samuel K. September 30, 2017
· Singing · In home
Stan is very knowledgeable about singing, and he teaches more than just voice lessons. It seems like he looks for the best in you as an artist, and try to take it to another level. I'm a new student of his, and it's been great so far. Looking forward to the weekly lessons.
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Cullen June 1, 2017
· Blues Guitar · In studio
Stan is obviously both knowledgeable and talented but he is also a very good teacher and will tailor your lessons not only to your ability but also to your own personal goals

Stan has my highest recommendation
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Stan M.

Coventry, RI 02816
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About Jerry V.

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New York, NY

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Jerry is a graduate of Peabody Conservatory of Music, where he received his Bachelor’s degree in trumpet performance. He also attended the Juilliard School in New York for graduate studies, where he studied trumpet with the virtuoso trumpet player and world-renowned Gerard Schwarz. He has also studied trumpet with Raymond Mase of the New York City Ballet Orchestra, Vincent Penzarella of the New York Philharmonic, and Donald Tison of the Baltimore Symphony.

He has performed with the Spoleto Festival Orchestra in the U.S and Italy, the American Institute Orchestra in Graz Austria, the New York String and Wind Ensemble under Alexander Schneider, the Washington Chamber Players, the Maryland Symphony, and the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra.

He teaches trumpet privately in New York City and performs throughout New York City as a freelance
trumpet player.
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Everett January 11, 2019
· Trumpet · In studio
Jerry is very patient, encouraging and gives very good tips and exercises to help with challenge of beginning to play the trumpet.
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Mao November 15, 2017
· Trumpet · In studio
My son has started playing trumpet at school for 2 months. As he progresses very well and has the interest in trumpet, he needs a formal trumpet tutor to build the solid foundation and boost his skill. Luckily we find Jerry on takelessons. Jerry is very professional about teaching trumpet. He provides the material and shows the basic technique to my son. He sets up the daily practice routine. After 2 weeks, we notice that my son improves his sound production ans his skill!
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Saba October 30, 2017
· Trumpet · In home
We are so lucky to have found Jerry. He is professional, patient and makes my 12 year old's trumpet lessons enjoyable yet always challenging. Wit in just a few weeks of working with Jerry, my sons grades in band have gone up. Even after my son broke his arm playing sports, Jerry manages to find effective ways to keep him involved and progressing with the trumpet.
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Jerry V.

East Hampton, NY 11937
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About Jake P.

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West Hartford, CT

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Hello!

I am currently a freelance violist and strings teacher in the greater Hartford area. I completed a masters degree in viola performance at The Hartt School in December of 2018.

In the past year, I have collaborated with Teaching Artists International in traveling to Peru and Guatemala to observe and teach students immersed in the El Sistema philosophy. El Sistema began in Venezuela as a method of orchestral instruction that carries with it an essential component of social justice and inclusivity.

Teaching is a great opportunity to get to know a young artist. My primary goal as a teacher has always been to help my students develop technical and musical abilities through regular practice and problem solving approaches, while always encouraging a unique musical voice. In our lessons together, we will explore your personal mus
ical interests, and I will also introduce you to an applied technical approach to the viola and violin, which I will cater to your individual technical and musical needs!

I would be more than happy to answer any specific questions you have about my pedagogical approach, and I look forward to hearing from you!

All the best,
-Jake Pietroniro-
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JCT February 12, 2019
· Violin · In studio
Jake has a keen sense of how to pace lessons, and has a sharp eye & ear for technique. If I had just taught myself through YouTube I might be okay at violin, but the quality would be nowhere near where it is today without Jake's help. These lessons have been a good investment and I look forward to improving even more.
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Megan January 4, 2019
· Viola · In studio
Jake Pietroniro is an excellent teacher and colleague. I’ve work with him for the last couple years and he has a great ability to tailor lessons to each students individual needs. I highly recommend Jake to any student interested in improving their musical abilities.
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Brian February 6, 2017
· Violin · In studio
My daughter began her first year of violin lessons with Jake at her school when she was in 4th grade . She enjoyed taking lessons with him and remembers discussions they had about the history of the violin. She said he was a good teacher - patient and explained things well. She received a good fundamental background in the violin and that has carried over to her continuing into her second year of lessons.
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Jake P.

West Hartford, CT 06119
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About Sean M.

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Groton, CT
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My name is Sean, and I have been playing bassoon since I was 12 years old. Since April of 2018 I have been the Co-Principal Bassoonist in the United States Coast Guard Band and Bassoonist in the Woodwind Quintet. Originally from Northern Virginia, I attended the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, MA where I completed my Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Bassoon Performance. In December of 2013, I joined the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, FL where I performed with musicians such as Michael Tilson Thomas, Joshua Bell, Renee Fleming, and Emanuel Ax. During my time in Miami, I taught at Miami Northwestern High School as part of the MusicLab program, as well as working with other local high school students during the Side-by-Side projects. In 2017, I moved back to the Northern Virginia area where I taught in schools and privately,
and performed with groups such as the Richmond Symphony, Kennedy Center Opera, Nashville Symphony and Pittsburgh Symphony. I have also performed with the Boston Symphony and Jacksonville Symphony. I am a big believer in the power of music, and have taught students in Medellin, Colombia, Nashville, TN, Miami, FL and Japan.
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Sean M.

Groton, CT 06340
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$25 / 30-min

About Linda Y.

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Andover, CT

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I have been playing trumpet for 14 years. I recently graduated from college with a Bachelors in Music Education.
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Linda Y.

Andover, CT 06232
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$25 / 30-min

About David D.

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Hebron, CT

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About David
I am a professional pianist, percussionist, arranger, and teacher from Hebron, CT and have been teaching instrumental music in Wethersfield since 1996. My teaching style is positive, supportive, and enthusiastic and I specialize in classical, rock, jazz and contemporary music.

I hold A BA in Music Performance from WCSU, MA in Jazz Composition and Arranging from UMASS Amherst, and a 6th Year Degree in Educational Leadership from Sacred Heart University.

In addition to teaching in Wethersfield Public Schools, I am adjunct faculty at UCONN, teaching Percussion Techniques to undergraduate music education majors and have written/arranged music for hundreds of scholastic and professional groups.
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Jonathan October 22, 2018
· Percussion · In studio
Superb drum instructor! He has been giving my son Tyler drum set lessons since last fall and I am amazed at his progress. Dave is patient but enthusiastic, and an excellent musician - he always goes the extra mile for Tyler, bringing him new exercises and ideas. Before his spring concert, Tyler had a 'musical emergency' and Dave came over to give him an extra lesson on a Sunday - he's really amazing!
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Natalie October 22, 2018
· Piano · In home
David is an absolutely terrific piano teacher! He has taught my daughter for the last 3 years and she plays beautifully - she always looks forward to lessons! He is supportive and positive, always helps her learn songs she likes, and is very reliable. Now, she is 13 and playing with her school's jazz band, her confidence is off the charts!
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David D.

Hebron, CT 06248
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$35 / 30-min

About Steven F.

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Wethersfield, CT

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I am a professional, singer, and pianist. I hold duel Bachelor degrees in Music Education and voice performance from Westminster Choir College and Masters in Music from the University of Connecticut majoring in voice performance and pedagogy.

I teach piano students off all different ages and experience levels. I have been studying and playing classical piano for over 15 years. Throughout the years I have played jazz, Broadway and contemporary styles of music. As a seasoned public school teacher, I bring a wide array of approaches to guarantee student success. I can teach students to read and interpret music as well as pursue musical excellence. I can help students meet and exceed their goals as a musician.

My personal preference is classical but I firmly believe that great technique is essential to any and every style. I look forward t
o meeting you and helping you become a better musician.
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Steven F.

Wethersfield, CT 06109
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$50 / 30-min

About Frank N.

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Deep River, CT

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I am a teacher, songwriter, published author, and composer with 20+ years experience performing and sharing knowledge and inspiration with students. I received a Bachelor's of Music degree in composition and music theory from Central Connecticut State University and am the author of three instructional music books published by Alfred Music (The Total Acoustic Guitarist, The Blues Guitar Experience, Guitar Atlas: Russia) and one DVD (No Reading Required: Chords and Strums for Acoustic Guitar). My lessons have been featured in Premiere Guitar Magazine.

Beside songwriting and performing, I currently teach around 40 lessons a week to students ranging in ability from beginner to professional. My varied experience and formal training helps me to make the learning experience easy, stress free and fun, and I am dedicated to teaching to the l
earning style and personal interests of my students.
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Cody March 19, 2019
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Frank is a patient and engaging teacher who lets the student's interests guide development while incorporating guitar fundamentals along the way!
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Elsa March 1, 2019
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
I have been taking lessons with Frank for several years and I think he is an excellent instructor. He has helped me have confidence in my abilities and is patient when I get frustrated. He has been able to teach me about music theory in such a way that it is understandable. I have been to some of his performances and he is a talented musician as well as instructor.
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bob February 21, 2019
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
frank is very good with old and young. took classes for 4years at Middletown
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Frank N.

Deep River, CT 06417
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