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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 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.

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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Roxanne Y. July 13, 2015
Flute · In home
Verified Student
Really happy I chose Allison. She is very knowledgeable and is great at accessing her students and building on their strengths. My daughter enjoys playing her flute again!
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Anke A. June 4, 2015
Flute · In studio
Our daughter has been taking lessons for a year now with Allison and has really improved her ability. Allison is very patient and a very good instructor. Highly recommend!!
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Josephine K. June 3, 2015
Flute · In studio
Verified Student
Very nice! Very patient with my son. My son really likes her.
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Allison V.

Allison V.

Houston, TX 77095
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Debbie "Debra" T.

Houston, TX

About Debbie (Debra)

Having been a public school teacher, as well as a private and group piano instructor, I've observed how differently students "digest" information, and piano lessons are a great way to make use of different learning styles. I emphasize knowing HOW to practice before you leave so you'll be successful at home, and you are welcome to contact me with problems during the week so you don't lose a week in progressing with your lessons. I've had students send a video of a tricky section to ask for alternative fingering, and photos to clarify how they are reading something!! I also perform with an or
chestra and want to feel proficient among my peers, so I really know how it feels to make a mistake in front of everyone. I am here to help you feel proud of your progress.
My primary teaching objective is to have fun as I assist you on this wonderful journey into music!

*** Lesson Details ***
I truly have fun making and teaching music. We celebrate all successes. Even the overcoming of the smallest "hiccups"!
There are games to make my students secure with the many concepts of music reading. I encourage improvisation and ensemble playing. We can add rhythm tracks to "jazz" up our scales and finger builders. Students can accompany with chords or melodic harmonies. I assign exercises to build finger flexibility, strength, fluidity and independence; Pencil work to master theory and reading skills; Pieces that contain the ideas we are focused upon; and pieces to add to your repertoire.

*** Studio Equipment ***
At my Home Studio,You will be playing on my 5'1" Knabe grand piano! I also have electronic keyboards. On occasion you may find yourself playing on my marimba - a definite pitch percussion instrument - like a giant xylophone. We often rehearse our rhythms on my variety of world drums! There are chairs available for guests.
Also, I share my home with my pet cats - so if you are allergic, I'd be happy to consider coming to your home for your lessons.

*** Travel Equipment ***
An electronic keyboard with full-sized keys or a tuned piano must be available along with a proper height stool, bench or chair. A music stand for the books and good lighting is also needed. The family must agree that the 'lesson space' deserves to be quiet with no distractions. I can also bring one of my keyboards to use for duets, accompanying and improvising. Should there be another student (or potential student) in the home, they can use the extra keyboard with headphones for guided practice and creativity. Percussion students - primarily- mallets, would be better served at my home using my marimba. However, those who have bell kits could be taught in their home, with the possibility of using my marimba as an incentive.

*** Specialties ***
I am fortunate to have an extensive collection of piano method books and solos that I make available as part of my lending library. From it I can reinforce a concept or reward an accomplishment with an "oldie, but goodie" from John Thompson or Schaum, without having to charge the parents for another piece. For my beginning piano students of elementary school age, I have used the Robert Pace, Bastien, Faber & Faber and Schaum series. With adults, I invite them into the decision depending on what their experience is and what they would like to be able to perform one year from now. With transfer students, I have asked them to play their favorites from the lesson books they own, (and I ask them to evaluate their proficiency)- then we discuss where to go from there. Often it is positive to stay at the same level but use different literature so they can become comfortable with my style of explanations and expectations. This encourages a relationship where the student feels like they do know what they were taught and 'cements' those skills as a foundation for our moving forward together. I have a CD player handy for the books that include recorded tracks to go along with a learned piece.
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Angela J. June 9, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Debbie is a great teacher! My little one liked the lessons and I enjoyed her never ending patience. Debbie a good with kids so I would highly recommend her to other parents!
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Theresa H. November 27, 2013
Piano
Verified Student
Debbie T., my piano teacher

I am a senior who decided to learn the piano. This is something I have wanted to do all my life. I began with a private teacher and studied with him for 6 months. Although he was a very good instructor something was missing. I searched the internet and found TakeLessons.com and found Debra's profile. I have been studying under Debbie for one year as of January, 2014. She is the absolute BEST! I have only praise for her. She is patient, kind, funny, very very knowledgable, She is professional, energetic, and flexible. I just can't say enough good things about her. I see our relationship lasting for many years to come! I just love her!
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Theresa O. November 6, 2013
Piano
Verified Student
What an enjoyable teacher!

Both of my boys find her lessons to be fun. She is full of knowledge and experience. They have learned so much from Ms. Tibbetts in a few months. We look forward to working with her for a long while.
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Debbie "Debra" T.

Houston, TX 77070
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$29 / 30-min
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Abigail S.

Houston, TX

About Abigail

Abigail S. has taken the stage across the country as both a soloist and orchestral musician. Her love and dedication to the art of music has led her to Houston where she is currently pursuing a doctorate degree in music at the Moores School of Music under the direction of Paula Page. Ms. S. attended the Cleveland Institute of Music for her Bachelor and Master degrees in music where she studied with the world renowned recording artist, Yolanda Kondonassis.

Ms. S. made her solo concerto debut in 2013 when she performed as a soloist with the Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra. In additi
on to her experience as a soloist, Ms. S. performed as principle harpist with the Firelands Symphony Orchestra from 2011-2013. Ms. S. has also performed as guest principle with orchestras across the country such as the Cleveland Pops Orchestra and the Corpus Christi Symphony. An active ensemble musician, Ms. S. has been a founding member of the Heart Strings Ensemble since 2005.

This past spring Ms. S. was honored to receive the Alice Chalifoux Prize in recognition of her talent and dedication to the harp. Ms. S. is also a winner of the 2012 Cleveland Institute of Music Concerto Competition. Ms. S. is an experienced soloist and has competed in world renowned competitions such as the IMA HOGG Concerto Competition and the National American Harp Society Competition.

Ms. S. began studying music in Chicago Illinois at the age of five and has continued to pursue the art with passion over the years. An experienced teacher herself, Ms. S. has been educating students of all ages over the past eight years. Ms. S specializes in teaching beginning piano students and beginning to advance harp students. Ms. S's education and performance experience help her give students a quality, well-rounded education.
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Derell W. May 18, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Ms Abigail is an excellent instructor.
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Abigail S.

Abigail S.

Houston, TX 77095
(1)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Luke S.

Houston, TX

About Luke

Luke S. has been teaching private lessons since 2007 and is currently teaching at one of the high schools in the Cy-Fair school district. In addition to having a passion to teach music, Luke has performed across the Houston area with many different ensembles and orchestras. Luke is currently available to teach private lessons at his studio or in your home. As co-director, Luke has guided three string ensembles into receiving sweepstakes at UIL. All of Luke's students have learned how to create a more mature characteristic sound, students have become successful in reading music and in sight-rea
ding music, and students have successfully learned how to vibrato.

Luke received his training at DePaul University in 2013 where he received a degree in Music Education. As an expert in his field, Luke looks forward to helping new students achieve their individualized goals. Luke's teaching style is supportive, fun, and challenging. I hope you consider Luke as your violin teacher.
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Yazmin G. May 6, 2015
Violin · In home
Verified Student
very knowledgeable and patient
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Doug H. May 1, 2015
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Luke has been fantastic with my elementary-age beginner child. Further he has been completely reliable which has very much not been my experience in general locating and working with teachers for my child.
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Luke S.

Luke S.

Houston, TX 77095
(2)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Jonathan G.

Cypress, TX

About Jonathan

I was a Top 10 Vocalist and Choreographer and Dancer on the X FACTOR USA SEASON 1. I worked directly with Paula Abdul, Simon Cowell and Nicole Scherzinger of The Pussy Cat Dolls. I have roured as a singer and dancer in Many countries such as South America , Europe and China. I have a experienced Entertainment background. I now also work with an International Talent agency called Aura Agency I find New Talent all over the world to perform in international venues all across the world
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Janet C. July 3, 2015
Dance · In studio
Verified Student
I enjoyed everything about my lesson! Great choreography!
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Jonathan G.

Jonathan G.

Cypress, TX 77429
(1)
starting at
$45 / 30-min

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