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Stephen M.

Peachtree Corners, GA

I like to teach each lesson, for both voice and piano, by spending equal time on ear-training/sight-reading (sight-singing), music theory, technique, and repertoire.

When I teach ear-training to pianists, we do a lot of count-clapping and tonal memory drills. Count-clapping is a way to develop rhythmic accuracy. The act of speaking (counting) while clapping a rhythm activates more of the senses and therefore leaves a stronger impression on the brain, very similar to teaching reading comprehension by getting students to read aloud. Tonal memory is nothing more than developing a pianist’s listening abilities so they can quickly memorize what they’ve heard and recreate it on their instrument. I don’t teach pianists to play by ear, however, but I’ve always had great respect for musicians who have this ability.

Now, piano technique means different things to different pianists. For me, I firmly agree with the teachings found in Alfred’s Premier Piano Course. This is fairly

About Stephen

As a more seasoned music teacher, I’m learning that it’s essential to tailor music lessons to each client’s (family’s) individual goals. And no matter what the family’s goals may be, life is too short for a music teacher to ever stress out a student or the parents. For this reason, I try my best to impart as many smiles and laughs as I can into every music lesson. Also, I have a mindset that music lessons can have high standards AND be fun, not have high standards OR be fun; however, I will always regularly communicate with parents and students to make sure that their high standards and min
e are on the same page.

As for my training, I have two degrees in vocal performance from Georgia State University and am currently “continuing education” as a staff singer at the renowned Episcopal Cathedral of St. Philip in Atlanta. While at Georgia State, I had the good fortune to observe in action some of the most phenomenal musicians in Atlanta: Dwight Coleman, Dr. Peter Marshall, and Maestro Michael Palmer. Since that time, I’ve studied voice privately with bass Jason Hardy and soprano Sharon Stephenson, and I’ve fine-tuned, pun intended, both my vocal and pianistic musicianship by singing in choirs led by phenomenal directors like Dr. Eric Nelson, Walter Huff, and Dr. Dale Adelmann.

And not being a stranger to accomplishments in teaching (voice and piano), in 2013 I was recognized as a Top Teacher for student retention, communication with parents and staff, general positive feedback, and overall professionalism. In addition, both my voice and piano students regularly receive superior ratings at the local National Federation of Music Clubs festivals, pass ABRSM theory and piano exams, earn leading roles in school productions, and place in local talent shows.

P.S. For potential voice students, how many of you want to be a famous opera singer? My guess is, not many of you (to say the least :) However, what if I say, who would like to pretend they’re a famous bullfighter, a bird catcher (who likes to dress like a bird), an Ancient Egyptian, or a King or Queen while singing awesome music? Hopefully, more of you would try it. That’s why I love opera and classical singing. So I encourage you to watch, not just listen to, classical singing. You may be surprised at how cool it can be.
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Andrew N. August 19, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
The first lesson was superb. Andrew really enjoyed his first piano class and really liked learning it from Mr. McCool. After class, Andrew was immediately motivated to do his practice. Mr. McCool is very encouraging, he makes the lesson easy going while making his student learned quickly (without pressure). We look forward to the next lessons with him. Leaving the students with their own desire to learn and to love music is indeed very important. He delivers that traits well.
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Roopa R. June 30, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
He works great with kids! Has the perfect balance and isn't strict. My daughter really enjoys her lessons.
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Verneyy V. April 16, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
I am totally new to singing and this was my very first class so I was quite apprehensive. Stephen however was able to create a safe environment and within minutes I felt that it was right, that taking singing classes was not a crazy idea.

I am very happy and I hope I will be able to take many more classes with Stephen.
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Stephen M.

Stephen M.

Peachtree Corners, GA 30092
(10)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Mary Frances K.

Peachtree Corners, GA

Reading music, basic music theory, correct posture and finger positions, fingering techniques and musical interpretation and expression. Use of method books primarily with some augmentation with supplemental materials. Opportunities for participation in MTNA festivals and studio recitals.

About Mary Frances

TIME AVAILABILITY:
My availability changes from time to time. I am generally teaching after 2:30PM Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. I follow the Gwinnett County School schedule. I will post all holidays and other conflicts in the calendar.

SUMMER 2016: I have some openings for the summer that I'm not releasing in the availability calendar. Some of these time slots are tentatively reserved for students that plan to take the summer off and return in the fall. Send time requests through the Ask a Question feature or through Take Lessons staff.

LOCATION:
Mary Frances teaches exclusively fro
m her home studio.

TEACHING OVERVIEW:
Mary Frances has been teaching voice since 1987. She works with youth and adults, beginner and advanced. She helps voice students develop a natural, healthy, beautiful sound, proper placement and projection of the voice for singing and speaking. Her goal is to help singers gain fulfillment and joy while improving their art. She believes music should be fun and rewarding.

VOICE STUDENTS of hers have won university placement and scholarships and have been accepted into Allstate Chorus for High School in Georgia.

She also teaches PIANO. She has taught piano for about 10 years. She studied piano privately for 10 years and had further study at Indiana University.

Students wishing to have any COMBINATION of piano, music theory, sight reading and/or vocal development can receive a program of study that meets their individual needs.

PERFORMANCE EXPERIENCE:
Mary Frances has performed with the Southeastern Savoyards Light Opera Company, the Atlanta Opera Chorus and Studio, the Atlanta Symphony Chorus, Marietta Theater in the Square, and Neighborhood Playhouse. She has sung title roles in Patience, Little Red Riding Hood and Hansel and Gretel. Other roles include Josephine in HMS Pinafore, the Princess in The Student Prince, and Connie in The 1940'™s Radio Hour.

She has performed many roles with Capitol City Opera Company (CCOC) including Annina in The Saint of Bleecker Street, Bastienne in Mozart's Bastien and Bastienne, Nora in Vaughan Williams' Rider's to the Sea, and Gilda in Milton Granger'™s Talk Opera. She sang for many years in CCOC's school outreach program. She has sung many concerts for CCOC as well.

Mary Frances was a soloist in Handel's Messiah for Peachtree Presbyterian Church. She has worked as the soloist at The First Church of Christ Scientist in Roswell, Georgia and is ACTIVELY A SOLOIST at The Second Church of Christ Scientist in Sandy Springs, Georgia. She has occasionally directed the choir at Congregation Dor Tamid in Alpharetta, Georgia.

EDUCATION:
Mary Frances holds a bachelors degree from Indiana University School of Music in both Voice and Theater. Mary Frances continues her education as a long time student of Elizabeth Colson of Atlanta, Georgia. She has attended Brevard Music Center, The Georgia State Opera Workshop and the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria. While in Graz, Mary Frances was a finalist in the Meistersinger competition.

*LESSON DETAILS

RECOMMENDATIONS FOR LESSON LENGTH:
Voice students: 30 minutes for young students up to 5th grade. 45 minutes for young students in Middle School and some 5th graders. 45 or 60 minutes preferred for high school students and adults. Piano students: 30 minutes for most beginners of any age. 45 minutes for young intermediate level and adult students.

TEACHING STYLE AND CURRICULUM:
ALL: My teaching style is relaxed yet progressive. I use positive reinforcement to encourage progress with adults and children. Students are allowed to progress at their own pace which varies with age, coordination, processing speed and previous exposure to musical education.

PIANO: I prefer the Alfred'™s Basic Piano Library series for my piano students. I find that my students learn more music theory and music reading with this series. If the student has started lessons in a different series, I can work with that as well. I have a large music library that provides a wide selection of music in addition to the Alfred books. I expect most beginning students to learn basic music reading and theory in 3 to 6 months. They should also to be able to play simple tunes in that time. I am an active professional singer, so I have a large library of vocal material at my disposal.

VOICE: I begin my voice lessons with breathing techniques and vocal placement using widely accepted exercises coming from a large body of sources such as:
Vaccai, professional level vocal teachers, coaches and directors that I have worked with and learned from over the last 30 years, and the writings of highly acclaimed authors in the vocal field. I also have a wide selection of art song books, oratorio, musical theatre, and opera. My background is classical and musical theatre, but I believe all styles of singing need the basic skills of breathing and vocal placement. I strive to keep voices healthy as well as find each student's most beautiful sound. Most students will see progress in breath control, range, projection and diction in 3 to 6 months.

Repertoire is chosen on an individual basis depending both physical and musical ability. Younger students and beginners will be encouraged to not push their voices with material that is too difficult for their individual abilities because singing requires a certain amount of physical endurance. My goal is to find each student's natural sound without strain for whatever style he or she
sings.

Voice students are encouraged to bring a recording device to lessons to use for later practice and study.

STUDIO EQUIPMENT AND LIBRARY:
Piano, Computer with Internet Access, Library of Music and Reference Materials (Sample Listing):Alfred's Basic Piano Library Books Twenty-Four Italian Songs and Arias, Medium High and Medium Low Voice; Schirmer Sing at First Sight; Alfred Basics of Singing by Jan Schmidt; Schirmer Many Soprano Collections of Arias, Oratorio, Sacred, and Art Songs from Schirmer Several Broadway Music Collections from Hal Leonard Discover Your Voice by Oren Brown Training the Speaking Voice by Virgil Anderson International Phonetic Alphabet for Singers by Wall Dynamics of the Singing Voice by Meribeth Bunch Classical Singer Magazine Subscription Journal of Singing, The Official Journal of the National Association of Teachers of Singing,Inc.Subscription

SPECIALTIES:
I am classically trained bel canto voice teacher, but I can work with broadway and pop styles. I teach sight singing for students pursuing auditions for All State Chorus and College entrance, etc. I use the Alfred Basic Piano Series for Piano students
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Mike Davis September 13, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Very knowledgable and patient teacher - recommended!
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Jennifer G. June 13, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Mary K Frances is a truly excellent teacher! My 14 yr. old daughter loved working with her. She possesses an impressive depth of talent, experience and a detailed understanding of the voice and vocal techniques. These qualities and a patient kind manner, enables her to teach any student at any level from beginner to seasoned professional. Anyone interested in improving their voice would be lucky to have her!
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Alizia S. March 1, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
She was patient with me, completely sweet, and clear with her instructions.
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Mary Frances K.

Mary Frances K.

Peachtree Corners, GA 30092
(13)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Lucy K.

Woodstock, GA

Beginners

About Lucy

Lucy K. is an active flutist and teacher in the Atlanta area. She is a member of the Symphony on the Square Orchestra, the Georgia Wind Symphony, SOTS Woodwind Quintet, Papageno Flute Quartet and The Flute Choir of Atlanta. Ms. K. has toured internationally with the International Flute Orchestra, recorded with the National Flute Choir, Flute Choir of Atlanta and the National Lydia Fellowship Worship Team. She has been selected to play in the National Flute Association Professional Flute Choir. Ms. K. is currently a flute clinician at several local schools.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lucy we
lcomes students of all ages and levels to her studio. She believes that music is a gift from God and to be used for His glory. Because of this, her desire is to instill a love of music in each student and to help each one reach his or her full potential. Lucy provides a positive and encouraging environment to bring out the best in each student musically while taking into account their different learning styles. She also offers annual flute recitals to give students the opportunity to perform solos, as well as in duets, trios, quartets and a flute choir. Lessons are usually 30 minutes but 45 or 60 minutes lessons are available as well. Lucy teaches out of her home studio located in Woodstock, GA (North Atlanta).​

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music stands, music, flutes, tuner, metronome, computer, piano

*** Travel Equipment ***
music, music stand, flute, metronome, tuner

*** Specialties ***
classical music
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Lil H. June 12, 2015
Flute · In studio
My daughter has taken from Lucy for a couple of months on the recommendation of her middle and high school band directors. Her confidence and sound quality have greatly improved. Lucy is a patient and kind teacher, but pushes my daughter to do her bast.
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April S. June 11, 2015
Flute · In studio
While our daughter has been taking private flute lessons for 5 years, she just started private lessons with Lucy this year. Her progress has been tremendous. Lucy has helped her improve her technique, sight reading, and overall playing quality. We highly recommend her.
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Trish L. June 9, 2015
Flute · In studio
After just a couple of months of lessons my daughter had the confidence to audition for All-state band. Thanks to Lucy, her solo received near perfect scores. She looks forward to lessons each week and recieved the honor of first chair flute and the band student of the year award at her middle school. Lucy is dedicated and patient, and knows when to challenge each student.
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Lucy K.

Lucy K.

Woodstock, GA 30188
(3)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Ashley C.

Canton, GA

About Ashley

I have over 15 years of teaching experience and look forward to teaching you!
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Phil R. June 9, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
3 lessons. 3 different children of different ages and skill levels... All three loved their lesson. So far so good. I'm very pleased at this point.
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Annie N. April 19, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Ashley is a delight! She is very patient with my 7 year old and my child loves her!
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Phoenix March 23, 2016
Piano · Online
Verified Student
My daughter loves Ashley. Says she is so talented and makes her feel so good about learning piano!
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Ashley C.

Ashley C.

Canton, GA 30114
(18)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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John Michael C.

Cumming, GA

Your child will begin mastering the piano following the Suzuki Method.

About John Michael

John has been teaching private lessons since 2006 to a wide variety of students; some beginners, others advanced; older and younger. John has helped students reach their personal goals, whether that was just to play a few songs at summer camp or a friend's birthday, or to write and record their own material.

John received his Bachelors in Music Performance (Concentration in Classical Guitar) at Truett-McConnell in 2011. As an expert, John looks forward to helping new students achieve their goals, whatever they might be. His teaching style is comfortable, personable, but challenging and enco
uraging.
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Alexandra January 14, 2017
Guitar · Online
John is an awesome guitar and piano teacher. Kids absolutely adore him!
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John Michael C.

John Michael C.

Cumming, GA 30040
(1)
starting at
$40 / 30-min

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