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Allison V.

Houston, TX

About Allison

My musical journey began with piano lessons at age 8 followed by flute lessons the next year. My passion for the flute grew as I played in school bands from 4th to 12th grade. I attended Southwestern University from 2009 to 2013 and graduated with a BM in Music Performance on the flute (magna cum laude) and gave private lessons throughout most of my college career with great success. I have performed in several ensembles including the flute choir, wind ensemble and orchestra at SU, as well as The Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Austin Orchestra in their production of The Mikado. I currently p
lay as a soloist as well as with AURORA: Trio for Flute, Harp, and Cello, the St. John Vianney Parish Orchestra, the Shimmer Flute Choir, and Sounds of Silver Flute Quartet, and am an active member of the Houston Flute Club.

Although classically trained I also enjoy classic rock and appreciate music from other cultures as well.

Fun Fact: In college I arranged Three Dog Night's Joy to the Word/Jeremiah was a Bullfrog for flute quartet which has been performed on two separate occasions and was well received!

I frequently write arrangements for flute choir and other ensembles, and so I can help students who want to learn more about arranging and composition.

In addition to the flute I also have experience with the piccolo, alto, and bass flute. I love performing and I share my passion for music with my students.

*** Lesson Details ***
I offer lessons that cover just about every aspect of flute-playing. Students can expect to become well-rounded musicians that are knowledgeable about flute technique, tone, music theory and history. I use the Rubank Method with handout supplements. The biggest changes I've seen in my students after a few months is a better understanding of how to practice efficiently as well as improved tone.

I strive to make lessons fun and interesting. I do not consider myself strict, but I do not ignore bad habits. My goal is to see students improve. I want students to understand that playing an instrument is a lot of fun, but it is also a lot of hard work.

Every Spring my students and I participate in Flute Fest, a day-long celebration of all things flute, including concerts, masterclasses, and a solo and ensemble contest. A few weeks later we have our annual studio recital where everyone shows off their hard work.

My teaching philosophy focuses on slow and deliberate practice of technique while still appreciating the expression and style of a piece. I never force a student to play a piece he or she does not like because I feel that doing so discourages practice and slows musical development. I like to encourage students to pick their own solos and partly base the lesson on whatever aspects of the solo need attention, as well as whatever else the student is working on. I try to use a variety of methods for explaining concepts including pictures, verbal descriptions, demonstrations, etc., depending on what works best for the student. I focus heavily on good posture and tone production, stressing on learning good playing habits at a young age. I believe that music lessons should be a fun and engaging part of a student's week. Ultimately my goal is to share my enthusiasm for music and my instrument with the student and deepen their love for the art.

*** Studio Equipment ***
My studio is located in the front room of my home and includes a music stand, piano and comfortable chairs in case parents would like to stay for the lesson.

*** Specialties ***
I primarily concentrate on classical music, but I also have experience with extended techniques, which include singing and playing at the same time, key clicks, and multiphonics.
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Melanie January 16, 2016
Flute · In home
Verified Student
Allison is such a great instructor! I felt very nervous leading up to the lesson because it had been such a long time since I played. Allison put me at ease right away. I gained some confidence and helpful instruction just in the first 45 minutes we spent together. She's very patient and encouraging. I recommend her to anyone, regardless of age or skill level.
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Saranya November 3, 2015
Flute · In studio
Allison is a very professional and well-organized teacher. She lays out clear expectations for new students and her explanations are always very clear. I appreciate how she strives to make the most of the lesson time and I'm sure you will too! She does not let a single moment go under-utilized.

Allison is clever at finding ways to make tedious exercises (such as tuning) fun. She also has interesting blog posts on the types of music/chords she composes and enjoys. She is enthusiastic about sharing these tidbits with interested students, thus inspiring them. Her teaching methods are quite motivating. I like the way she explains the logic behind a piece of music. An example is "O Magnum Mysterium", which she arranged.

Allison teaches out of her home studio. It is a comfortable environment that is conducive to learning and also has two seats for parents who wish to observe their child's lesson. Allison is very professional about ensuring that the lesson time is free of interruptions.

I highly recommend Allison's professional services to anyone who is looking to learn or resume playing the flute. She is an excellent educator and I'm sure you will be pleased with her studio.
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Janet B. August 27, 2015
Flute · In studio
Verified Student
She is very encouraging. My daughter really likes her. She has improved tremendously. Absolutely recommend!
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Allison V.

Allison V.

Houston, TX 77095
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Michelle H.

Houston, TX

About Michelle

I have enjoyed tremendous success as a Singer/Songwriter, Vocal Coach, Actress, Musician,Composer, Director, and teacher. I am originally from Ohio, but am now based out of Houston, Texas

I also Teach Stage Presence, and all of my students participate in live Recitals to showcase their progress. Music Theory to ensure that all students are equipped with the tools to succeed.

*** Lesson Details ***
Michelle has been teaching privately for over 13 years to students of all ages and is well versed in most styles: jazz, blues, rock, funk, gospel, classical, etc. I cover topics ranging from
learning how to play starting from the basics.
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Joey Robichaux December 2, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
She's a fantastic teacher! She's encouraging. Her teaching style is perfect for me. Definitely recommend!
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Andrea B. September 15, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Michelle is terrific and is a ten (10-star)....
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Michelle H.

Houston, TX 77084
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Jennifer G.

Spring, TX

About Jennifer

I have been teaching piano to students of all ages since 1992, both to individual students and groups. I taught with the Music Learning Center of Michigan. I have been a music teacher and choir director for a number of years as well. For eight years I have played the organ and piano for Church worship.

*** Lesson Details ***
Music should be appreciated and enjoyed. Lessons should be fun without sacrificing quality. This is the approach I offer to students. I focus on teaching independence through music theory and sight reading. Performance is an important part of learning so I provide two
recitals every year- one for Christmas and another in the spring, at the end of the school year.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Separate room dedicated to teaching with upright piano.
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Nathan W. January 22, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Everything has been great. She is so patient with my 5 year old son, and he loves his lessons.
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Ann November 24, 2015
Piano · In studio
Ms.Jennifer is the most fantastical teacher ever, but really, she is. My sister and I (Grace) have been taking lesson for 6 years now and we've really enjoyed her the whole time. She works around our crazy (and I mean CRAZY) schedule, multiple times. Taking piano lessons from her has been a really fun experience and I'll keep doing it as l can. Now I'm in 6th grade and can read treble and bass clef and can play much more than I thought I would be able to when I first started.
Now to outdo Grace, Ms. Jennifer is sooo cool and the bestest (not a real word)teacher in the whole universe and has like superwoman powers on the piano. I totes(once again not a real word, that's just how good she is) recommend her.
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Grace November 17, 2015
Piano · In studio
Mrs. Jennifer has been the greatest most awesome teacher I have ever had. I started lessons when I was 9, and in 6 short years I've become a musician. I feel like I can read/play any piece of music (although I can't...at least not yet). I've learned so much by taking lessons with her. When I started, I barely knew how to read treble clef! Now, this year as a high school freshman, I was able to be in the marching band as a synthesizer player. I can't put into words how much she means to me! Not only is Mrs. Jennifer an amazing person, but she is an amazing teacher as well. I have so much fun at all of our (my sister and I) lessons and I'm dreading college, just because I can't have lessons every week with her. I couldn't have asked for a better role model, and I definitely recommend her as a piano teacher. (As long as she still has time to teach me)
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Jennifer G.

Jennifer G.

Spring, TX 77379
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Jeremiah L.

Houston, TX

About Jeremiah

As a Musicians Institute graduate, I've learned from exceptional drummers in the Los Angeles music industry. I gained and learned many tricks of the trade and can offer the same quality education to anyone. As a student myself, I realized that having great sound, solid timing and grove are just as essential as having cool beats to play. There are more technicalities to drumming than being able to play fast or having the best chops.
Aside from learning how to play drums, knowing how to think about music, how to listen to music, and how to study music will give a great foundation to any studen
t of any style.

I first like to determine the students ability and understanding by working on a few coordination exercises and reading exercises.
From a good foundation, I build a curriculum, and deter any obstacles by constantly changing my approach to further and benefit the student playing.
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Veronica G. April 1, 2015
Drum · In home
Verified Student
Jeremiah is a great teacher! I like that he takes his time to explain everything to my son in a way it makes sense to him. He's caring and patient.
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Henrique R. January 24, 2015
Drum · In home
Verified Student
Honestly, best drummer ever. He likes to give you exercise that you are into and enjoy. He'll go out of his way to make sure you are getting the exercise perfect. Best drum teacher ever period.
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CarlosL1 April 28, 2012
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Technique is paramount when learning to play drums, if you don't have a good, solid technique, your just another sloppy drummer. Enter Jeremiah, an instructor with an excellent ear, picking up quickly on what it is I'm doing wrong, establishing a path to quick correction and selecting a technique right for my style of play. 3 lessons in and my playing is dramatically different, much cleaner and solid on the grooves. This guy has pushed my creativity to a new level and my confidence in live play stacks up to the crowd
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Jeremiah L.

Jeremiah L.

Houston, TX 77043
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$30 / 30-min
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Leni B.

Magnolia, TX

About Leni

BA in Music, composition and conducting from Hunter College (City University of New York)
Diploma from the Conservatoire de Fontainebleau, France
Studied with Louise Talma, Jacques Louis Monod, Nadia Boulanger

Lessons are about learning to make music, not endless scales and arpeggios which so often lead to pain and injury. Tone production, sight reading, and age appropriate theory and interpretation are strong elements from the beginning.

An overwhelming percentage of young, enthusiastic and talented children are discouraged early and give up the piano because they do not make rapid p
rogress and therefore do not enjoy their lessons. Music is one of life's great joys. It should be fun. For the intermediate, and even the advanced, student, it is critical that much more attention be paid to the musicality of the playing and the understanding of the music. This leads to more beautiful playing and greater enjoyment.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons are designed for the needs of the individual student.

*** Studio Equipment ***
7' KAWAI concert grand
Basic video recording capability

*** Travel Equipment ***
Basic video recording capability

*** Specialties ***
Concentration on interpretation, Theory, Solfege and ear training, and non injurious piano technique.
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Karen M. February 8, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Leni is very patient with me and he takes much of his own time seeing to it that I know the correct hand movements to play the piano properly. I sincerely appreciate all that he does to make me into a "maestro" in the long term!
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Jonathan H. October 15, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Leni is an inspiration of how one should approach teaching music. He avoids common issues that discourage others from learning. Leni doesn't drill you through endless exercises, or force you to play pieces such as "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" for months at a time. Rather, he will teach you simpler, but still beautiful, pieces that teach you the fundamentals more effectively than endless drills. I was somewhat nervous because I have arthritis in my hands, but the non-injurious technique that Leni teaches is intended to be as soft on the hands as possible, and not utilize the fingers, which will cause fatigue and injury.

Leni also has a very clear concept of student potential, and will introduce things to you that seem mind-boggling, but by the end of the lesson, you will have accomplished things you couldn't have imagined possible. He does not stick to an ironclad curriculum that he has developed, and will design a plan based on each individual student. His flexibility, faith in his students, realistic approach, and teaching abilities will help you progress rapidly.
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Jeff B. August 11, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
I’m a 37 year-old guy and I wasn’t sure it would be possible for me to pick up a new instrument, but Leni’s patience and easy going nature make it easy and fun. He’s such an inspiration.

I feel so privileged to have Leni as my teacher. He isn’t just some young guy fresh out of school who teaches you the basics. Leni is an educated and accomplished musician and his knowledge of music and the history of the classical music you work on is phenomenal. He’s the real deal.

One of the main things Leni focuses on is form. He teaches the Taubman Approach, which is an ergonomic way of using your hands to play. It makes it so much more comfortable to play and sets you up to learn faster and be able to play more difficult pieces as you progress.

Leni also teaches that learning a piece music is more than just learning the notes. He goes into the musicality of it and why the choices the composer made make sense. I also wasn’t really much into classical music, but the music he has me working on is so enjoyable, that practice doesn’t feel like work. It’s so exciting to see what the next piece is he’ll give me to work on.

5 satars all the way.
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Leni B.

Leni B.

Magnolia, TX 77354
(9)
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$27 / 30-min

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