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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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Keith Smelser July 2, 2015
Classical Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Very patient and helpful.
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Patricia N. June 23, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Excellent! Patient, professional, and very nice. I am well satisifed with what Laren has learned, so far. Playing the piano and singing at the same time! I highly recomment Ms. Taylor. :-)
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Valery L. June 16, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Valery loved her 1st class.. she can't wait to go again next week. Ms. Taylor was firm but so nice to the girls.
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Susan T.

Susan T.

Grand Prairie, TX 75052
(10)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Laurie D.

Euless, TX

Instruction in basic technique, voice building, vocal development, repertoire and more!

About Laurie

Hello! I am a skilled teacher with a passion for helping others learn and excel! I hold my bachelor's degrees in music education and vocal performance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I completed my master's degree in vocal performance from the University of North Texas. I have been teaching over 15 years. I tailor instruction to your need. I can help you become a stronger musician, be ready for performances and auditions, prepare for special occasions, competitions, recitals, concerts and more!

I am also very interested in nutrition and cooking. I have thus studied thes
e areas and love to share this knowledge with others. I can help you with healthy eating, meal planning and understanding nutrients to maximize your nutrition. Cooking is endless....I can show you many, many types. Just ask!

Contact me with any questions or for information. I anticipate more openings summer 2015. If you are interested in cooking, please send me a message. I am sometimes able to accommodate cooking lessons on Sundays given that they take longer. Thank you!

*** Specialties ***
Classical, Opera, Broadway, Sacred, Art Song, Church Music

Beginning and intermediate piano
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Dee G. April 15, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Laurie is a conscientious instructor. She is knowledgeable and gentle in her guidance. As an adult student, I like the fact that she allows me to take the lead in what I want to play.
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Andre P. January 6, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
My son has been taking lessons from Laurie for over a month and we have already experienced improvements. She is patient, as well as attentive to his needs and means of learning. I would and have recommended her to my friends and family.
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Lily W. December 8, 2014
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Ms. Laurie is very dedicated to teaching music.
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Laurie D.

Laurie D.

Euless, TX 76039
(3)
starting at
$29 / 30-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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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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Karen S. April 28, 2013
Singing
Verified Student
voice lessons

billy is a awesome guy and a great teacher I would recommend him to anyone and most diffinitely keep my daughter there until she knows everything about singing.
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Billy H.

Billy H.

Arlington, TX 76010
(3)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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TOYA N.

Dallas, TX

I've taught singing to children, teens, and adults since 2006. My Masters degree training has afforded me the opportunity to be well versed in effective vocal techniques that will help you succeed. My main goal is to help you to develop your own set of tools, and better understand your unique voice as an artist. Make sure to wear clothing you can move in during our sessions, and, most importantly, explore and just have fun!

About TOYA

I have taught acting to small children, teens, and adults in community, private, and collegiate settings. I taught acting at the legendary Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute in New York City. My love of the arts has enabled me to study and perform in various cities throughout the US; including Los Angeles, where I studied at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute, to Europe, Mexico, South America; then back to New York City, where I earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in Acting from the prestigious Actors Studio Drama School.

I currently work professionally as an actor, singer, and TV
and radio host. I've been fortunate enough to work in film, TV, theater, musical theater, hosting, commercials, improv, and voice-overs. I am also a vocally trained mezzo-soprano. Because I am still a working artist, I can not only teach you craft, but can assist you in making the right choices to navigate your own way in the business. I offer private coaching to actors in theater and film, and singers in the US and abroad. I would love to share my knowledge and experience with you.

*** Lesson Details ***
I offer private coaching to children, teens, adults who have an interest in acting or singing performance, and for those who simply have an interest in performing or speaking in front of others. In addition to coaching those who wish to better their skills in acting, voice and speech, and singing, I also offer coaching for non-actors; i.e., attorneys, business professionals, teachers, politicians, pageant participants, and other creatives, who want to improve their public speaking and communication skills.

*** Studio Equipment ***
High definition, quality camera for video and stills
High quality lighting equipment and MAC monitor
Ideal for video auditions and on-camera classes

*** Travel Equipment ***
High definition, quality camera for video and stills
High quality lighting equipment and MAC monitor
Ideal for video auditions and on-camera classes

*** Specialties ***
Acting for film, TV, theater, and commercials
Audition Etiquette and Technique
Light Career Coaching
Agent Ready Coaching
Voice and Speech
Public Speaking
Neutral American Speech
Singing; including Musical Theater
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Shera D. June 25, 2014
Acting · In studio
Verified Student
I've been going to Toya for awhile she very nice. She knows exactly what she is doing. She helps me understand everything
I do. I would recommend her for anyone who is serious about acting.
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TOYA N.

TOYA N.

Dallas, TX 75226
(1)
starting at
$59 / 30-min
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Julie N.

Euless, 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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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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Presley M. April 28, 2015
Vocal Training · In studio
Julie is super organized, and a very hard working teacher. I'm very happy with the quality of her voice lessons!
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Mohit J. February 14, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
My daughter likes the way Julie teaches her. She is showing more interest in Piano and singing after taking classes with Julie
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Julie N.

Julie N.

Euless, TX 76040
(3)
starting at
$30 / 30-min

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