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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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Jennifer E. January 5, 2016
Verified Student
She's really nice and very welcoming. Recommend!
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Angela B. December 11, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
I loved my first lesson and I have already learned so much! I can't wait to go again!
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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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Susan T.

Susan T.

Grand Prairie, TX 75052
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starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Billy H.

Arlington, TX

Mostly I work with singers in the recording studio to help them find them selves - their style - their voice - their sound - who they are.
What are you saying? Why are you singing it that way? Is that how you want to sound? Is that who you want to be?... etc

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 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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Robert (Bob) W. January 25, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
He's a good teacher. Great with all ages, very patient with elders. Helped me achieve my goals with over 100 lessons
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Donna C. September 9, 2015
Ukulele · In studio
Verified Student
Since this was the first time venturing into playing an instrument and reading music, Billy was very patient with me. I left the lesson knowing more about the ukulele, the C scale, and the C F & G chords. I highly recommend Billy.
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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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Billy H.

Billy H.

Arlington, TX 76010
(6)
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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Yolanda C. January 13, 2016
Gospel Singing · In studio
Verified Student
I really enjoyed my first lesson. Toya is very competent, highly skilled, and professional. She is also very kind and patient. I look forward to continuing to work with her!
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Yolanda C. January 12, 2016
Gospel Singing · In studio
Verified Student
I really enjoyed my first lesson. Toya is very competent, highly skilled, and professional. She is also very kind and patient. I look forward to continuing to work with her!
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Laura D. January 7, 2016
Singing · Online
Verified Student
Had a great first session with Toya. Very excited to continue our work together.
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TOYA N.

TOYA N.

Dallas, TX 75244
(8)
starting at
$59 / 30-min
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Sarah M.

Dallas, TX

Multi-factored:
1. Discover basic understanding of your vocal instrument.
2. Establish free, correct use of instrument (breathing, releasing tension, placement, articulation) to improve your Vocal Tone, Strength, Range, Ease, Agility, and Confidence.
3. Incorporate in to singing songs - some classical, but most from musicals and modern music (yes, your favorite songwriters!)
4. Establish a singing repertoire.
5. Learn how to find your starting notes on a keyboard (or via computer/app), and, also accompanying yourself.

About Sarah

Since graduating in 2003 from The Juilliard School with a BFA in Drama, I've worked steadily as a professional actress, musician, teacher, and writer, based out of both New York City and Los Angeles. In May of this year, I relocated to Dallas, Texas to be near family, and am excited by the potential of the impressive local arts scene here.

I love teaching and consider each student a gift. Taking part in minds opening and skills developing; discovering how to connect with each individual; the moment when a student's eyes light up and say "Ohhh.. I get it... its like/when..." - these are rem
arkable experiences to share.

Okay, to be specific about what working with me looks like! Lessons will emphasize:
1. open, honest communication
2. curiosity
3. defining and working towards your specific goals (or, figuring it out along the way)
4. a playful, flexible approach

Lessons will be supported with careful preparation and clear notes/practice suggestions (which will be emailed to the student within 24 hours of our session).

I look forward to the prospect of working with you!
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Patti T. February 3, 2016
Verified Student
Sarah is really nice, professional, knowledgeable and encouraging. Recommend!
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Patti January 11, 2016
Piano · In studio
My daughter's first lesson was great. Sarah was professional, friendly, knowledgeable, kind, and spoke to my daughter very positively and encouragingly. My daughter is happy to continue lessons and practiced on her own all week. We are all very happy. I'm so glad I found Take Lessons, and may even take some myself. I will definitely use it again for my other children's interests.
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Tori D. December 23, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Sarah is amazing. She currently gives lessons to my 8 year old boy in singing and piano. She is soooo conscientious of making sure his experience with music straddles the line between fun and educational and my son is always excited for piano lessons. She has a very kind and gentle nature which is great for teaching kids, my son told me he doesn't vulnerable or ashamed if he messes up during his lessons (which is huge for him, he's not super good with criticism).

She has a genuine interest and concern for her pupils and is a pleasure to deal with as a parent. She writes follow up emails and gives me guidance for what my son should study that week (which is nice because I know nothing about music) and it's great tool for me to help him remain accountable.

His growth has been apparent but his confidence and love for all things musical is now blindingly obvious. I believe this has much to do with Sarah's instruction.

Whether it is for yourself or you child, if you don't chose Sarah as your tutor I am sorry to say that you are missing out on a talented, kind and committed teacher.
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Sarah M.

Sarah M.

Dallas, TX 75206
(8)
starting at
$50 / 45-min
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Josh L.

Arlington, TX

This class teaches you how to build stamina in your vocals. Increase range, dynamics, and broaden your diversity. The overall goal is to find YOUR VOICE. Through mimicking and writing, along with exercises for vocal growth.

About Josh

Josh grew up listening to classic rock and country music, but wasn’t focused on becoming a musician in his early years. When Josh started High School in Long Beach, MS, he ended up joining band, where he landed in the tuba section. He learned to read music and play with a group, and his love for music grew even more.

Josh decided to learn guitar, and in his senior year of High School began teaching the instrument to beginners. Josh continued on to study music theory and ear training at Tarrant County College, where he honed his skills of reading and writing music. Josh performed with colleg
e singers as a tenor, and played bass guitar. Since then, Josh has been playing, writing and performing music in pursuit of becoming a full-time musician.

Josh is inspired by his wonderful wife, Becca, and his 2 daughters, Amelia “Bug” and Adrienne "Bit".
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Rebecca February 9, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Josh is an AMAZING teacher. He is thorough in his knowledge of music and is a very patient teacher. :)
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Wayne R. February 1, 2016
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
I LOVED what he taught me. Down to earth, practical, just what I was looking for. I HIGHLY recommend Josh Lee as an instructor.
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Joseph January 1, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Josh Lee is honestly one of the reasons I am the musician I am today. I've had lessons in both bass guitar and vocals. I've played in national tours and have headlined in numerous venues throughout the metroplex. Very well versed in music theory and practice/application. I wholeheartedly recommend him, as he teaches multiple facets of music.
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Josh L.

Josh L.

Arlington, TX 76018
(17)
starting at
$40 / 30-min

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