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Tracy D.

Edmond, OK

About Tracy

I have been playing the drum set in various bands since 2001. I have also been playing with the OKC Community Orchestra since 2009. I have played in symphonic and jazz bands and a percussion ensemble. I have taught a percussion class, private lessons, and I have been a full time music teacher in the OKC district. I have recorded in the studio also, and I enjoy doing a bit of my own production. Rocking on stage is my favorite activity! I can teach you how to be an integral part of a band and play along to your favorites. I enjoy bringing out the best in a student and teaching to his/her s
trengths. Let's run!

*** Lesson Details ***
I am a very easygoing and patient teacher. I fully understand that the drum set requires a high level of coordination, and I am mindful of this while working with students. I will begin with proper grip and stroke technique as well as the use of a metronome. I will teach the student to read rhythms and drum set notation. I know how to isolate difficult patterns, break them down into understandable parts, and reintegrate them into a piece. I like to use the music that a student enjoys to relate to the written music. I have found YouTube to be an indispensable tool for this, and my students have responded very well. I will work on snare drum technique as well, because it is the primary voice on the set, and the touch and nuance required to play it well relate to the set as well. I will tailor my instruction to suit the student's learning style and preferences. I want to make the learning fun, so I will help the student quickly gain the basic skills to play along with their favorite bands. This promotes musicality as well as solid time. It will also aid in transcription, which will come with development and is a valuable tool. I will use this in tandem with technique-building exercises to form a well rounded musician. I believe that a student should have a familiarity with his/her instrument, so we will also go over the anatomy and tuning of the set. Above all, music should be fun!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music room w/ drum set, hand drums, and seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
I have a practice pad, snare drum, and sticks. If a student wishes to have drum set lessons in his/her home, that instrument should be there.
**Please note** I do have a drum set in my home.

*** Specialties ***
For the drum set, I am the most experienced in rock, country, and bluegrass styles. I am comfortable with both Stevens and Burton grips for mallet instruments.

1. *** See my article on drum set tips! ***
http://takelessons.com/blog/how-to-read-drum-sheet-music
2. ***See my article about the benefits of learning drums as an adult.***
http://takelessons.com/blog/learning-to-drum-as-an-adult
3. *** See my article on Efficient Practice Methods. ***
http://takelessons.com/blog/how-to-practice-drums-z07
4. *** See my article on Coordination Exercises. ***
http://takelessons.com/blog/hand-eye-coordination-exercises-for-drummers-z07
5. *** See my article on Snare Drum Basics. ***
http://takelessons.com/blog/5-exercises-to-master-snare-drum-basics-z07
6. *** See my Gear Guide article on drum sticks. ***
http://takelessons.com/blog/which-drum-sticks-are-the-best-z07
7. *** See my Gear Guide article on Drum Sets. ***
http://takelessons.com/blog/best-drum-set-brands-z07
8. *** See my Gear Guide article on cymbals. ***
http://takelessons.com/blog/drum-cymbals-z07
9. ***See my article about different grips.***
http://takelessons.com/blog/how-to-hold-drum-sticks-z07
10. **See my article about drum apps. ***
http://takelessons.com/blog/apps-for-drummers-z07
11. **See my article about drum thrones. ***
http://takelessons.com/blog/drum-thrones-gear-for-drummers-z07
12. **See my article about nailing performances.**
http://takelessons.com/blog/drum-performance-tips-z07
13. ***See my article about rudiments.***
http://takelessons.com/blog/7-essential-drum-rudiments-z07
14. ***See my article about tuning your drums.***
http://takelessons.com/blog/drum-tuning-z07
15. ***See my article about reading drum charts/tabs.***
http://takelessons.com/blog/drum-charts-for-beginners-z07
16. ***See my article about different types of sticks/effects.***
http://takelessons.com/blog/types-of-drum-sticks-z07#comment-910418
17. ***See my article about Bass Drum Technique.***
http://takelessons.com/blog/bass-drum-technique-z07
18. ***See my article on Snare Drum Technique.***
http://takelessons.com/blog/how-to-play-snare-drum-z07
19. ***See my article on Fills.***
http://takelessons.com/blog/drum-fills-z07
20.*** See my article on Different Drum Types.***
http://takelessons.com/blog/guide_to_different_types_of_drums_z07

Recording Credits: "The Mary Rose" and "Normandie" from the album, Demos and Premiers, by Callen Clarke and Kyle Dillingham
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Nigel N. May 19, 2016
Drum · In home
Verified Student
had a great time, looking forward to more lessons!
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Heidi G. January 29, 2016
Percussion · Online
Verified Student
Off to a great start!
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Gage S. January 13, 2016
Drum · In home
Verified Student
Very good with my son. He opened up more to her during the first lesson than in 3 months with his previous instructor.
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Tracy D.

Tracy D.

Edmond, OK 73003
(6)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Beverly M.

El Reno, OK

About Beverly

My greatest desire is that I will instill in each of my students the love I have for making music. I consider it to be the language of the heart, and nothing equals the moment you realize you are hearing your thoughts and feelings in the music you are playing. What a priceless gift to give yourself!

Perhaps you've decided to become a professional musician, or maybe you've decided to follow a dream you've had for a lifetime, to play piano for your own enjoyment---whatever your goal is, I can lead you there! It's NEVER too late to follow a dream!

I am a classically-trained pianist, and
received music education in Paraguay, South America, and at Southwestern Assemblies of God University, Waxahachie, TX. I have also excelled at playing many styles by ear. I am fortunate to also love teaching, which allows me the incredible privilege of sharing my musical knowledge and my love for playing with anyone who wants to join me on this amazing journey.

I have 30+ years of experience teaching piano--from numerous four-year-olds to an eighty-six-year-old student. In addition to teaching students to play by note, I enjoy teaching students to play by ear. Together, we will explore many different types of music--Easy-listening, Country, Southern Gospel, Black Gospel, Blues, Latin, Contemporary, Classical, etc.

I am qualified to teach piano by note from beginner through early advanced (all ages); by ear, beginner through very advanced.

I also have experience teaching special needs students, students with physical handicaps, and students with physical limitations (Ex: Autism, delayed learning, ADD, ADHD, Multiple Sclerosis, arthritis, etc.), and feel that anyone can learn to play. We may need to slow the pace or change the technique, but I haven't found a child or an adult who couldn't learn to play piano, if they really have the desire to do so. In many cases, I've seen students who struggle in other areas of life excel in the area of music.

I have written more than 200 songs (mostly Gospel and some easy listening), with numerous ones having been recorded by various artists. Several have been arranged and published for church choirs.

Having lived in South America as a child, I am bilingual and qualified to give piano lessons in English or in Spanish.

I would be honored to share my knowledge and love of music with you. Give yourself a priceless gift that will last a lifetime!

*** Lesson Details ***
Our sessions will be laid back and comfortable, yet challenging. Humor will often find its way into our sessions. I am patient with my students, while helping them master new songs or techniques. I understand that every student learns in a way that is unique to them, and I will do my best to discover each student's learning method. I do not expect perfection, but I do strive for excellence. I believe every student should work to be the best pianist they can possibly be, while having fun doing so!

I believe it is important for students to have a strong foundation of learning to read notes--so much so, that I will not teach a young student to play by ear, who is is not willing to learn to play by note as well.

Adults who have never had piano lessons are encouraged to learn to play by note as well, and will be given the opportunity to learn to play by ear if they desire. Adults who have a good knowledge of reading music will truly enjoy learning to play many styles by ear, and learning how to improvise (adding extra elements to written music).

Each lesson will conclude with an assignment of songs given to work on throughout the week--usually 2-3 songs for 30-minute lessons, and 4-5 songs for an hour-long lesson. These will be the same songs we have worked on during the lesson time, so you will go home with the knowledge you need to master each song. Music theory sheets and technique exercises will also be included in the assignments.

Daily practice is strongly urged, in order for the student to progress. If a student doesn't practice, they won't progress. If they don't progress, they will become bored. It's a very short path from boredom to quitting. That's a tragedy that can very easily be avoided, by making a commitment to practice 5-6 days a week. The amount of recommended practice times varies according to age and level of skill.

Students will showcase what they have learned at a yearly recital, the second Saturday in December. I also encourage students to share their talent in community and school talent shows, at church, at family gatherings, and for friends. In just a few weeks you'll be playing songs that others will recognize!

Note: I do have cats in my home. Unfortunately, I do not have a way to block their access to the music studio. If you or your child has a problem with cat allergies, I can teach the lesson next door in our church.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons are taught in the front room on a studio piano. There is a couch for seating for parents who wish to stay and observe a lesson. The yearly piano recital is conducted at First Assembly of God (next door to the studio), and students will enjoy playing my 5'9" grand piano located in the church sanctuary.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I purchase the necessary books and lesson binder, and the student reimburses me. I provide weekly lesson sheets for the lesson binder. Every student needs to have a piano or keyboard, plenty of good lighting, and a reasonably quiet room.

*** Specialties ***
Classical, Country Gospel, Floyd Cramer Country, Black Gospel, Easy Listening, Easy Rock, Contemporary Christian, Latin, Pop. By note and by ear.
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Keri December 7, 2015
Piano · In home
Mrs. Moss has taught all three of our children, who are of various ages and various abilities/styles of learning. Each child has enjoyed working with her! Mrs. Moss approaches teaching with a loving heart and a desire to share the gift of music with her students. She uses a mix of teaching by note and by ear, using various styles of music. I especially like the fact that, in addition to assigning pieces, she encourages students to learn pieces of their choosing. She communicates expectations very clearly with students and parents, which is much appreciated.
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Debby G. November 5, 2013
Piano
I like this product.

Ms Bev is such an awesome teacher. She makes learning fun.
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Myra P. November 5, 2013
Piano
Verified Student
Awesome!

Excellent experience! Skills, professionalism, communication, and reliability are second to none!
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Beverly M.

Beverly M.

El Reno, OK 73036
(6)
starting at
$20 / 30-min
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Amanda M.

Bethany, OK

About Amanda

Recently moving back home from working as an actress and singer in the entertainment business in Los Angeles, Amanda Martindale is bringing her teaching to the OKC area. Amanda has taught piano and voice for 18 years. She is also a board certified Music Therapist who works with children and adults with special needs. Amanda has also performed in national tours of music theater shows and is a singer/songwriter with 2 country albums available on iTunes.

She was trained classically in both voice and piano. Amanda specializes in teaching classical piano and theory of music/reading music. Class
ical, opera, and music theater for voice as well as performance/vocal coaching for all other styles of popular music.

Amanda enjoys catering to the individual goals and needs of each student and developing an individualized plan that includes the repertoire and desires of the student. She believes in positive reinforcement and encouragement and keeping music fun while working hard to meet their goals.

There is also a yearly recital for students.
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Kenedi S. May 4, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Kenedi is always so happy and joyful before and after her lessons. Amanda does an absolute amazing job communicating and teaching. We are very happy, and will continue to use her as long as she is willing to teach my daughter. Thank you very much
Gregory and Kenedi Smith
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Charles April 6, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
My son enjoyed the lesson a lot. He practiced today and we hope that level of excitement keeps up.
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Michael P. January 19, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Amanda met me at the door and we walked to the class room. She explained what we were going to accomplish in the 1 st lesson. She made me feel at ease.
By the end of the lesson my breathing was a lot better , sing on key better and that made me feel good.
Looking forwarded to the next lesson.
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Amanda M.

Amanda M.

Oklahoma City, OK 73132
(12)
starting at
$20 / 30-min
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James H.

Edmond, OK

About James

From the age of 7, I studied with the legendary Ernestine Scott, who taught at Oklahoma City University for 40 years. I began teaching my own students in high school. When I was 18, I was piano soloist with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic. At age 21, I won the Clara Wells National Piano Competition, judged by the famed Jorge Bolet.

Now, at the age of a grandfather, I still love teaching music to students of any age. If you or your child wants to enjoy playing the piano, give me a call…I look forward to speaking with you.
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Jamie H. March 11, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
James is a wonderful teacher. He's very professional, very knowledgeable, very encouraging. Especially he transferred theory learning into fun games, makes even the most "boring" part of piano study so enjoyable!
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Rodney P. January 26, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
I enjoyed my time with James and have no negative feedback at all; he kept the lessons moving, had new material when needed and went at my pace. I would recommend James highly; 5 stars
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Rodney P. December 4, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
James is very patient and knowledgeable; excellent teacher
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James H.

Edmond, OK 73012
(3)
starting at
$22 / 30-min
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Jon B.

Oklahoma City, OK

About Jon

Hello! I'm Jon Butler, a guitarist, vocalist, and music teacher living in Oklahoma City. I recently got my bachelor's degree in Guitar Performance from the University of Oklahoma in Norman, where I joined with a whole bunch of different groups and played and sang in numerous venues. I enjoy performing gigs with my jazz rock trio a few nights a week, while during the day I teach lessons and work on expanding my music lessons business. I'm very active at the church I attend, and help out playing lead guitar with the worship team there. I love all types of music, I have studied abroad in Spain an
d in Greece, and I'm really passionate about what I do. I have students of all ages and ability levels, and I'm really dedicated to the development of each student's unique musical goals. I can challenge you to grow without making you feel overwhelmed and uncomfortable, and I'm easy to talk to and get along with. Wherever you are on your path, I would consider it an honor to be your teacher!
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Jon B.

Oklahoma City, OK 73132
starting at
$30 / 30-min

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