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Susan T.

Grand Prairie, TX

We will learn vocal health care, anatomy of the breathing apparatus (how sound is formed and released from the body), proper breathing technique and exercises, warm-ups for tongue, lips and vowels, diction, pitch control exercises if necessary, find your range, then onto learning your favorite songs or genres.

I prefer to teach combination piano/voice, or guitar/voice, those students that wish to sing and accompany themselves with an instrument.

Lastly: Please come to me with long term goals of learning to sing, or enhancing your natural-born singing voice. Through my years of experience teaching voice, I have found many students come to me with delusions of grandeur - to attain fame from American Idol, The Voice or other types of entertainment shows. Please come to me because you love to sing and have, perhaps, professional goals and aspirations. It is a learning process, just like any instrument, and doesn't occur overnight, or after taking just four or five lessons.

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 most enjoy teaching families with two or more siblings (along with parents, grandparents, etc.) that want to learn to play a variety of instruments and music together. Married couples are welcome too, I can get any combination of people playing music together.

I hold an annual recital every September. 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).

I stress taking lessons 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.

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 baby 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 folk 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 (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 like to take on 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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Dianne M. July 27, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Susan really tries to work with each individual. She finds out what they are interested in and implements that into the lessons. She really engages the student. Recommend!
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Doris T. July 9, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Ms. Taylor is a great music instructor.
My daughter improved her skills in piano and singing.
She's very flexible with time /day of lessons as long as you tell her ahead of time.
She's the best instructor I know in Grand Prairie area.
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Doris T. July 9, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Ms . Taylor is a great music teacher.
My daughter improved her skills in piano and singing.
She's very flexible with change in time/ day of the lessons.
She's the best music teacher in Grand Prairie that I know so far.
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Susan T.

Susan T.

Grand Prairie, TX 75052
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starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Perry N.

Dallas, TX

Solfeggio only

About Perry

Hello!

My name is Perry Brooks N. and I am a professional classical and electric guitarist performing and recording in the Dallas area. I studied with Robert Guthrie at SMU for many years, as well as Brad McLemore of "Soul Food Cafe" and professional jazz musician Chuck Pangburn at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts.

I am familiar with all styles. I teach using a foundation in classical/flamenco style and technique. I have found that for my own career as a recording artist in both the classical, acoustic and electric guitar fields that the classical/fla
menco styles are the most useful for developing and training the hands to become a consummate professional.

I teach beginner to advanced students of any age. I also can provide pro and amateur electric guitarists an in-depth study of correct hand postures and left-hand/right-hand technique which can help to refine their overall technique and stylistic approach. I can also advise professional electric guitarists on their electronics, effects pedals, and amplifiers to achieve their own individual sound. I also teach Bass, and reading the Bass clef.

My teaching specialties include: Solfeggio, Sight Reading, Music Theory, Scales and Modes, Left and Right Hand Technique, Blues Progressions, Jazz Standards the Classical Repertoire, Flamenco techniques and repertoire, and the works of Sor, Giuliani, and Carcassi, Brouwer, Aguado, Villa-Lobos, Sabicas and Paco de Lucia.

I have an in-depth knowledge of the stylistic approaches and techniques of such guitarists as Eric Johnson, Jeff Beck, Joe Satriani, Randy Rhoads, Jimi Hendrix, Robert Fripp, Adrian Belew, and SRV to name a few, and I can teach you the components they use to build their signature licks.

As a rule I only transcribe to give the students examples for lessons. I intend for all of my students to grow as musicians, so my lessons do not consist solely of transcribed solos and riffs.

I have a vast library of music, so I can draw from my own resources to teach you, or from a method of your choosing.

My schedule has a few openings right now. I do teach outside of my stated teaching radius, but ONLY at the 60 minute rate.

I teach people of all ages, from children to adults. I believe everyone is on an even keel, if they are willing and eager to learn.

*** Lesson Details ***
Emphasis on classical posture and technique.
Emphasis on sight-reading.
All students learn to play basic blues and jam
Technique varies depending on the particular style the student wishes to learn.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I presently don't teach in my home studio. I can bring a folding music stand or extra footstool if necessary.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide a limited number of learning materials such as copied exercises, listening or practicing CD on occasion. However, I feel that it is the student's responsibility to provide their own guitars, and the bulf of their own learning materials and necessary electronic equipment. This can include footstools, music stands, method books, amps, cables, pedals, etc.

*** Specialties ***
I've been playing guitar for more than 20 years, and this has given me the time to study, perform, and perfect many styles of guitar playing.

I studied classical and flamenco guitar with Robert Guthrie for 4 years before and after my studies in the SMU program. I've also played in jazz and rock ensembles since the age of 14. I studied with Chuck Pangburn, pro jazz cat, and Brad McLemore, an indie rock songwriter, early on in my studies as an adolescent.

I encourage most students to learn to play on a classical or nylon-string guitar early on in order to develop proper technique, posture, sensitivity, and sensibility. I also encourage all students to learn to sight-read at a very early point in their studies. Once, this hurdle is cleared many other challenges are easily surpassed.

Presently, I am developing a new method which incorporates solfeggio, blues and popular music forms, and improvisational playing. I also am exploring the vanguard of new guitar technology such as the Moog Guitar, analog effects, and various guitar synthesizers.

I try to introduce an understanding of music theory early on so that students develop a full comprehension of not only the written language of music, but also the sonic-aural language of music.
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Kimberly K. February 8, 2014
Guitar
Verified Student
Excellent Guitar Teacher

Within a month of lessons with Perry, my daughter was in love with the guitar! Perry is professional and great with kids! He couples the basics with discourse about genre, and is very encouraging! Perry helped guide us in the right guitar and accessories to get us set up before the lessons began, which was incredibly helpful. We are very glad we selected Perry to teach our 7-year old to play guitar and look forward to watching her grow under his guidance.
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Perry N.

Perry N.

Dallas, TX 75204
(1)
starting at
$60 / 60-min
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Billy H.

Arlington, TX

With beginners I work on a few basics and get them started in a solid direction. For intermediates I help them with their weaknesses and help them find them selves - their style - their voice - their sound - who they are.

About Billy

I teach my students how to understand how music is put together so they can learn even more on their own.

I read, write, and play all styles and I focus on teaching the student fundamentals that work in all styles of music ....AND I get them going on the style they are interested in - pop, rock, country, folk, etc.

I have spent my entire life in the music industry and I can show you how to use what I teach to apply to the real world. I have also been a successful songwriter and I can work with students to learn about song structure and song writing.

I am also good at preparing studen
ts for college music classes.

*** Lesson Details ***
I like to break it down into small steps and accomplish them, then move on to the next.

Each person learns differently and I am good at connecting with how you learn - then we can use a book or CD or not according to your needs.

I have several books to choose from as well as CDs and other tools. BUT .....some things are learned best through 1 on 1 instruction and explanation without a book.

I like to see progress every week and I usually do.

*** Studio Equipment ***
recording studio in home w/ seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
Student needs instrument only to start and discuss from there.
I have many tuners, metronomes, props, books, etc

*** Specialties ***
I teach using modern popular songs as vehicles but back up examples with theory and some reading and ear training.
I usually get quick results and my students can understand the music as well as play it.
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Chinonye Nwaokelemeh August 16, 2015
Bass Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Great teacher and very knowledgeable. Laid back but still pushes you beyond your current comfort zone with each lesson. Always felt I learned something new and important each time to help with my development as a beginner bass player!
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Phil H. January 7, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Nice guy, very laidback, very instructive, fun to work with, very mellow and talented
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Robert (Bob) W. October 29, 2014
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Billy's patience and understanding is great in teaching me Piano. Most enjoyable.
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Billy H.

Billy H.

Arlington, TX 76010
(4)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Julie N.

Hurst, TX

I can teach any musical style of singing you wish to learn, from opera to jazz and everything in between!

About Julie

I hold Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Texas at Arlington. I teach voice students of all ages and I am passionate about helping people find their unique voice. Your vocal health is a top priority, and a main focus is teaching you a technique that is beautiful without the danger of damaging your vocal cords. Additionally, I am a relaxed person who believes that providing a caring and encouraging environment is the most effective method in helping someone reach their full potential in vocal training.

I can teach any vocal style you wish to learn. I also can prep
are you or your student for an upcoming audition of any type, college entrance audition, church solos, special occasions, recitals, etc..

Additionally, I specialize in sight-singing training and technique for those who wish to learn to read music.
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Lee-Pei C. July 23, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Julie N. is a terrific teacher for our family. She not only sings beautifully, and she knows how to convey her knowledge to her students. I will recommend her to anyone who like to sing. She is very patient and kind. She even taught us musical theory when needed.
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Cade July 20, 2015
Musical Theater · In studio
Ms. Nichols is an amazing instructor. She is very talented at very good at sharing her knowledge and technique.
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Mariya Z. June 19, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Julie is a very knowledgeable instructor. She always manages to find alternative explanations to make sure that the lesson yields the best results. She also focuses on making sure that no damage is done to the voice. In just a few months, my singing has greatly improved.
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Julie N.

Julie N.

Hurst, TX 76053
(5)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Katie K.

Dallas, TX

From jazz to classical to the theatrical, a strong foundation in technique and music theory is crucial for singing music of any style. I seek to encourage students to build a strong foundation from which they can grow in their musical abilities and blossom into the musician they want to be. I provide practice MP3s for home practice. Lessons are fun and instructional - sign up today!

About Katie

Katie has years of experience teaching music and is on staff with the children's music department at her church (Woodcreek located in Richardson). She loves working with all ages to develop musical abilities and a heart for worship. She graduated from Moody Bible Institute with a Bachelor of Arts in Music in 2014 and is purusing her Masters of Arts in Music from Liberty University.

Styles Taught:
Classical
Popular tunes
Broadway style pieces
Worship

Personal Favorite Composers:
Bach
Chopin
Debusy
Brahms

Facebook page link: facebook.com/GraceNotesDallas
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Tiger W. July 9, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Very nice and is patient with you. Great teacher.
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Mel July 7, 2015
Piano · In studio
Katie has a way of teaching the basic methods of piano in an easy to understand format. She is a great piano teacher!
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Rick July 7, 2015
Piano · In studio
Katie is a wonderful piano teacher. She is kind, patient and loves working with kids. She is also very talented. Highly recommend.
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Katie K.

Katie K.

Dallas, TX 75204
(4)
starting at
$25 / 30-min

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