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Susan T.

Grand Prairie, TX

About Susan B.

I would first like to say that I was born into a musical family. My Dad (choir director) and five older brothers were not only the majority of the choir in our large Catholic church, but Dad had a "tame" Frank Sinatra singing style. My mother played harmonica and piano by ear so acquiring musical intellects spread quickly to all of us. Most of my siblings sang and played instruments as we had a piano, guitar, organ, harmonica, trumpet, clarinet and a recorder to use as we pleased, with or without a music teacher.

I started singing and playing the piano at age four. With consistent encour
agement from my oldest sister (a professional organist for 40+ years), I learned piano and music theory while I was learning to read English, started guitar at eight. A natural born singer, I learned the basics of voice while in choir from middle school through high school while accompanying myself on piano or guitar when singing privately or for others. I wrote my first song at 17 and worked my way through college playing original music in coffee shops while earning my bachelors degree. After college, I started touring across the US (this was long before American Idol and the Internet when if you wanted to make it, you had to "pay your dues" on the road first). Working in the studio was always the most fun and challenging, my first original song got air play in 1990 (this was before CDs).

I received international distribution of my original music starting 2004; however, around that time I learned that performing was not my preferred way of providing service to others - teaching then become my passion. So while working for a local public school district as substitute teacher for general music classes (orchestra, band, choir as well), I was asked to write and teach a beginning songwriting class. From the very first day I had kids' attention wherever I went; and some of those students eventually recorded their own songs in studios.

After 30+ years of professional musicianship spanning across two continents (US and Germany) with originally produced music available on iTunes and two CDs on the market, I have found a unique way of teaching music to others. I especially enjoy teaching families (children, parents, grandparents, cousins, etc.) that want to learn to play a variety of instruments and music together. Married couples are wonderful to teach as well, I can usually get any combination of two or more people playing music together.

Annual recitals are every fall. I do not force anyone to play in the recital, however most everyone enjoys the experience.

*** Lesson Details ***
First of all, I'll need to know you or your children's goals, dreams and natural talent(s). What types of music do you love best? Are you more the serious type or fun-loving (I can work with both types of personalities but do require a respectful demeanor).

Lessons are once per week. It is extremely important to develop the brain, nervous system, physical coordination all together with momentum and repetitive physical movements; particularly, the first six months of learning.

I do book students on "Schedule-As-You-Go" but only if someone already knows an instrument and wants to take Combination Lessons: Voice/Piano or Voice/Guitar.

Please do not expect overnight success, hand/motor skills need to be developed and that doesn't occur with one or two lessons, unless you've had prior experience on your instrument and just need to refresh your brain's neural pathways.

If you are the creative type and wish to compose your own music, then by all means let me know as I teach not only composition, but arranging, music production, and the legal aspects of copyrights and distribution.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano lessons will be given on my grand piano. You will need your own guitar or ukulele, I will be using my Yamaha acoustic-electric classical nylon string guitar OR my Epiphone steel string guitar. Please see the photo noting the studio's microphones/vocal monitors, plus I have a variety of hand percussion. There are wide varieties of musical opportunities and experiences with me.

*** Specialties ***
Piano: Beginning/intermediate classical piano; pop, blues, jazz, hymns, praise music (piano/voice). Guitar: Beginning classical guitar (fingerpicking only), or beginning general guitar (notes, chords, fingerpicking, strumming, using a pick). Ukulele: Beginning note and strumming patterns. Voice: I can take you to professional levels!

Lastly, I would love to enroll students who want to learn Joni Mitchell's style of piano and guitar playing. She has never had any formal music training, only plays by ear, particularly on guitar she uses many open tuning inspired from sounds of nature (i.e., birdsongs, ocean waves, etc.).

Here are three recent written recommendations:

"I would highly recommend Ms. T. She has been coming into our home to teach myself and my three children ranging in age from 10 to 4. She tailors each one of our lessons to our ability level and she approaches each lesson with tenderness, care and respect. She has even created special lessons for my 4 year old to engage his creativity and ideas.We have used other instructors before, but have never had such personal attention. I couldn't imagine using anyone else."
Erin O. May 2012

"Ms. T has been teaching my 6 year old daughter classical piano for almost three years. Ms. T is very patient, knowledgeable and encouraging. My daughter wasn't excited about taking piano lessons initially but has really grown to love to play and looks forward to lessons with Ms. T. I recommend other moms give her a call."
Cathy C. March 2012
Year First Hired: 2011
Top Qualities: Personable, On Time, High Integrity

"I am a 58 year old man who has always wanted to learn to play the piano. It wasn't until I met Susan that this dream became possible. I wasn't sure I could learn a new skill like this but she had me reading and playing music within the first couple of lessons. I am impressed with her teaching skills but her performance skills as well. She made me feel relaxed and confident from the beginning. I would highly recommend her to anyone wanting to learn a new instrument and whether you are 4 or 84 she can help make your dream of playing a reality." R. Roberts January 2013
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Andrea April 15, 2016
Singing · In home
Verified Student
My daughter just had her first singing lesson, and she enjoyed so much! She is really excited for her next lesson.
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Rachel F. April 3, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Great teacher! My daughter has learned so much and loves working with her!
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Olivia B. March 30, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Very amazing teacher. Very kind and sweet and makes sure you understand the lessons. She is passionate in what she does and you can see that she loves to help others learn.
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Susan T.

Susan T.

Grand Prairie, TX 75052
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Ray M.

Arlington, TX

About Ray

Born in Arlington, Texas, I began playing guitar and bass guitar in high school. After studying for several years under Joey Faust, I studied Jazz, Classical Guitar, and Music Theory at TCC in Fort Worth. I began teaching in my free time to friends and family in 2003; by 2008 I was teaching full time, my students ranging in age from 3 to over 70. I also play piano, mandolin, banjo, ukulele, and auto harp.

*** Lesson Details ***
I believe lessons should be fun, so all lessons are tailored to the individual student, based on the student's interests and goals. Students are free to progress at
their own pace, and to choose their own learning material. Styles and techniques include Rock, Country, Blues, Bluegrass, Jazz, Shred, Slide Guitar, Classical Guitar, and Slap Bass, to name a few.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons in my home studio are definitely more beneficial to the student, because I have all my toys here! Besides having all of my other instruments here for demonstrations, or being able to freely change between electric or acoustic guitar for example, I have access to my computer and all of my teaching materials.
I also find that students who are at home (especially the children) tend to be more distracted, whether it's from lack of privacy due to the area chosen for the lessons, or often (again, this goes especially for the kids) there are pets that they like to play with while I'm trying to talk to them.
When they're guests in my home, however, I find I have their strict attention.

*** Specialties ***
I am primarily a guitar player specializing in electric lead guitar and solo acoustic guitar/vocal performance. I also teach beginner to advanced bass guitar, primarily finger-style. In addition I teach slap style bass guitar, as well as slide guitar. I am also a classical mandolin and tenor mandola player. I am currently the director of and first mandolin player for the Fort Worth Mandolin Orchestra.
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James April 1, 2016
Mandolin · In home
Verified Student
great instructor....
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James March 21, 2016
Mandolin · In studio
great teacher.. demonstration then practice....
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Michael G. February 24, 2016
Banjo · In studio
Verified Student
Great lessons progressing skills on a difficult instrument.
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Ray M.

Ray M.

Arlington, TX 76015
(13)
starting at
$34 / 30-min
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Patrick T.

Denton, TX

About Patrick

Having studied music for just over twelve years, I am passionate about teaching others to experience and understand music to their fullest. I believe that interaction with the arts is an invaluable part of any persons educational and social being. Beyond all of the technicalities of music education, it is important for students to be able to enjoy and appreciate the music that they spend so much time studying. My lessons are highly focused in music theory, understanding, and appreciation. Music has played a huge role in the development of my own life and I absolutely love sharing that experien
ce with others.

About me, I am a graduate from the College of Music at the University of North Texas in Denton with a Bachelor of Arts in Music. My most recent studies in music have been highly focused on Worship Music concentrating on Piano and Voice and Music Theory. I am currently working towards a Masters in Divinity at the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth.
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Sophie D. March 10, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
This is our first experience with a piano teacher. Patrick was great! He was on-time. He explained things in an age appropriate manner for younger kids. He was professional but also relaxed and patient. My daughter is excited to continue with lessons. We have only worked with Patrick once so far, but he makes a great first impression!
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Joshua A. February 11, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Kids enjoyed their first lesson !!
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Faye B. February 11, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Great Instructor! On time, patient and kind.
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Patrick T.

Patrick T.

Irving, TX 75063
(5)
starting at
$20 / 30-min
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Sarah Y.

Dallas, TX

About Sarah

I hold a BA in Music with an Ethnomusicology Emphasis. I started studying violin with the Suzuki method at the age of 3. My senior year of high school, I started taking lessons with a teacher who taught traditional violin lessons. I also participated in district and state solo and ensemble festivals. I studied violin as part of my undergrad.
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Stephen A. March 17, 2016
Violin · In home
Verified Student
Sarah was great! It was my boys first session with her.We are trying to get to know her more as a teacher. She is prompt and started the lesson immediately.
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Lui A. March 17, 2016
Violin · In home
Verified Student
So far great!! It was the kids first session with Sarah. She was prompt and started the lesson immediately. The boys enjoyed their first session.
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Sara G. February 8, 2016
Violin · In home
Verified Student
Miss Sarah is an amazing instructor!!
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Sarah Y.

Sarah Y.

Dallas, TX 75236
(8)
starting at
$28 / 30-min
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Juan J.

Dallas, TX

About Juan

Do you feel stuck with your instrument, overwhelmed with all the information you can access, not sure which is the right direction to get to the next level you desire? I’ve been through that, and I can help you meet you goals, leave frustration behind and have fun!
I’m a music passionate and guitar player for 25 years, with interest in all type of music styles and playing. My goal is to improve your instrument and musical knowledge, but especially to help you have as much fun as possible with it. BEGINNERS ARE VERY WELCOMED !!!I adjust my teaching method and techniques to your goals, besides
style and preferences. Acoustic and/or electric, blues, rock, fingerstyle, composition basics, the music theory grounds to play better, and much more! I support my work with YouTube, a few books according to your style and lots of backtracks, self-recording and tailored methods to achieve your success. Let’s give it a try!
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Nicholas T. April 20, 2016
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Very good instructor, has alot of patience and very attentive :)
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Yago March 22, 2016
Guitar · In home
“ Thank you, Juan, you make learning things easy!"
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RAFA March 21, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · Online
I liked very much his short videos about basic theory applied to understand chord progressions and scales. In a few lessons I was able to improve a lot on using scales and knowing when and where to use them.
When are you posting new videos?
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Juan J.

Juan J.

Dallas, TX 75204
(8)
starting at
$20 / 30-min

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