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Mark H. Maple Grove, MN

About Mark

Mark H. has been a professional teacher, musician, and singer for over 20 years. He has taught Voice, Guitar, Acting, Bass Guitar, & Music Theory to students of all ages in various settings ranging from private lessons to college classrooms. He is a fun, experienced, passionate teacher willing to work with students of all levels from beginners to professionals. Mark absolutely loves helping all his students achieve their individual goals. Mark has performed in musical groups that have played locally and toured nationally. He has opened for national recording artists such as Eddie Money, Blackfoot, Kenny Wayne Shepard, Molly Hatchet, and Shooting Star (to name just a few). He has extensive songwriting experience and has composed original songs for various local bands. He has also ...

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Mark R. March 7, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Mark is an excellent voice coach! He has been very helpful in teaching me breathing techniques, voice health, understanding my vocal range and how to improve my range. He has made me feel more confident in my abilities and I am looking forward to future lessons.

Thanks Mark!
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Kevin R. December 28, 2012
Singing
Verified Student
I couldn't of picked a better voice instructor!

I've always been a confident songwriter but when it came to singing I struggled; especially with pitch. Thats when I started my lessons with Mark and right away knew he was the right instructor. Instead of making me follow some completely pre-scripted lesson plan, Mark helped me correct my pitch and overall singing while practicing songs I had written myself.

I've been working with him for almost two years now and I've noticed significant improvements across the board and have gained so much more confidence in my singing abilities. Enough that I actually just finished recording a 13-track album of songs all written and sung by me. I can't thank Mark enough for helping me follow my dreams and for continuing to help me grow as a singer.
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BrendaK1 January 24, 2012
You are doing a great job with Robbie. He is still having a difficult time remembering the chords and he refuses to practice at home because of this. If you could give him one song to remember to practice at home that may help. He would like to practice at home but he gets so frustrated because of his memory with this. Robbie also enjoys you.
Mariana L. Minneapolis, MN

About Mariana

Born in Panama City, Panama, Mariana completed a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Shenandoah Conservatory and completed a Master of Music in Vocal Pedagogy at the Catholic University of America with an emphasis in Latin American Music in 2009. She has sung on the stages of Italy and Spain participating in performances of Die Zauberfl te, L'Elisir d'Amore and La Traviata. Mariana has sung in the DC area with Zarzuela Di Si and the In Series as well as The City Choir of Washington and The Washington Chorus. As a voice teacher, Mariana has experience teaching students of all ages but mostly children and teenagers. Her approach is simple yet effective, speaking in terms that are easy for each individual student to understand and remember. *** Lesson Details *** Students ...

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Damon M. April 30, 2013
Singing
Verified Student
Excellent vocal instructor & coach

Mariana has been a consistently impressive instructor over the past year. She has shown that she can identify improvements for her students in a surprisingly accurate and quick manner. A year later, I still rely on her tips in performance scenarios and when just sitting at home practicing.

When I first started taking lessons with Mariana, I was bad...real bad. Now I am considerably better and that feedback is from very honest (and very forward) friends of mine!! I am thankful for the fact that Mariana does not let my mistakes go unnoticed and works with me to correct them. It should be noted that she has an incredibly polite delivery when identifying mistakes and offering improvement tips. This is something I don't personally need but is so out of the ordinary for instructors that I feel it deserves recognition.

I would highly recommend Mariana to any type of student singing in any genre. She is very big on the fundamentals but understands a person's musical style and goals so she tailors her lessons to fit the student. Whether it be critique of a recording or an in person lesson - Mariana’s teaching style, polite delivery and accuracy of improvement areas lead to a shorter time frame for a student to reach their goals.

I have been able to teach myself every instrument I've put my hands on (5 so far). From the perspective of someone who has very high expectations of myself and my music...I would not have been able to get where I am vocally without her.
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KeleighD July 15, 2012
Awesome teacher for kids!

My daughter has always loved to sing and at 8 yrs old was ready for some training. Mariana has been very patient, gentle, and encouraging to her-never pushing her past her comfort. My daughter is not normally shy, but she cares so much about singing that she was a bit nervous in her first lessons. She just had her third lesson and was able to really open up and sing. Mariana praised her and was able to encourage her to let go and not worry about a mistake! I think the best compliment you can give a teacher is to listen to the child talk about her lesson all afternoon and share with everyone she can find what she learned and her "real voice" Mariana also works very hard to explain in kid terms what she is teaching and how to warm up. I have sung all my life, but never had any training. Im learning right along with my daughter and it has been an amazing experience. Im really glad to have this opportunity to work with Mariana.
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JohnC October 30, 2011
Singing Lessons

I'm a beginner, and mainly enjoy singing at my own leisure. I came to take lessons without a background of music, solely with the intent to learn more about my potential in singing that Mariana has helped me expound on. She has taught me so much that I feel more confident in my ability to perform. I now know proper techniques and weaknesses to improve on that only an instructor is able to point out in person. She's a very kind, patient teacher, and broke lessons down to detail. I would love to work with her again in the future and recommend Mariana to any and all levels of people who are passionate about singing.
Charles M. Maple Plain, MN

About Charles

*** Studio Equipment *** Studio above the garage with 3 different lesson studios with a fantastic waiting area. Free Wi-Fi *** Specialties *** Bluegrass, Blues, Rock, Classical, Country, Honky Tonk Chuck M. (Fiddle - Mandolin - Guitar - Bass) with his uncompromising integrity, exceptional talent and unwavering leadership started teaching at an early age of 17; he has continued to showcase his talents on and off stage by helping many new aspiring students to be great musicians and performers.  He teaches private lessons on all the following instruments:  guitar, violin, fiddle, mandolin, bass, vocal, music theory and song writing. Currently performing with No Grass Limit, Chuck also plays with the nationally recognized band "Tangled Roots" which has released three recordings ...

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David J. January 29, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In studio
I have been taking lessons from Chuck for 4 years and he is the best teacher. Has a great way of breaking down the lessons and explaining them well.
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Bradley S. January 29, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Chuck Made every step so easy, he's very good at explaining complex ideas in a really simple way.

It seemed like the knew exactly where I was at mentally with learning, and knew my limits, but pushed me to learn what I was actually capable of learning.

Chuck is very knowledgeable, he's been playing professionally for the last 20 years and it shows.

Excellent communicator, Excellent teacher, and explanor, patient with me, even in the times I didn't practice, and I know he could tell.

Very pleasant and easy going demeanor, and top player in MN.

Surprised the cost to go to him was as low as it was. I felt like I got an incredible bargain.

Thanks for Everything Chuck!

Playing my first gig tonight!
Karen H. Saint Paul, MN

About Karen

Karen has a B.A. in Music Education and has run her own business Karen's School of Music for 25 years! We just celebrated our 25 years Karen's Schools of music with a big Recital!!Karen is comfortable teaching all methods: Faber and Faber, Bastien, Alfred, Suzuki, etc. We will find the best method that works for your student! Being a Music Teacher in Elk River and St. Paul Area Schools, I teach Orff instruments, teach classroom Music, and Direct Choirs and Concerts. This gives me a tremendous background in all approaches to Teaching Music. Having half my Masters in Music Education, my Piano and Voices have won State, and National Music Contests! I even have one International Piano Contest winner, and was awarded Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award 2 years in a row!

Josephine L. Minneapolis, MN

About Josephine

4 Years professional teaching experience Loves to play and teach classical, bluegrass, and Celtic genres! Lessons catered to meet your goals! Beginners - Intermediate Learn to read music, sight read, theory, history, and play with passion. *** Lesson Details *** Lessons catered to your needs and goals! Learn Classical, bluegrass, or Irish fiddling. I typical beginner classical lessons follows this structure: -warm up and scales -Theory (All for strings theory workbook) -Etudes (Essential Elements for Strings) -Songs and classical pieces (Suzuki or Essential Elements for Strings) *** Specialties *** Classical, Bluegrass, or Irish fiddling lessons!

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Breana L. April 17, 2015
Violin · In home
Verified Student
Josephine is just the violin teacher I was looking for!

Every lesson includes scales and etudes along with a couple of songs to work on. Her teaching is attentive to detail and well-rounded (spot-on technique, music reading, easily-digestible theory, etc.), while still really fostering enjoyment in playing and slow but steady growth. Whether you’re looking for classical violin, fiddling, or bluegrass, Josie will help you learn whatever you want to learn!

I definitely recommend a longer class time if you can do it - a few extra run-throughs of each song and scale make a big difference in your muscle memory and ability to practice efficiently on your own.

Of the few violin teachers I've had in my sporadic years of playing violin, Josie has inspired me to play the most, and I know I will continue taking lessons with her for as long as I can. Highly recommended!
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Sourav B. July 30, 2014
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Josephine teaches violin to my 8 year old son Kanishk, continuing for over 7 months. She is great with my son and very patient with him. She is very professional and guides my son to do his best. My son is doing great and we have increased the session from 1 to twice weekly.

She has a very positive attitude towards my son and always encourages him with good feedback.
David W. Saint Michael, MN

About David

Howdy! My name is David, and I am an experienced musician and English educator. On the music side, I've been making some kind of noise ever since I got my first guitar at the age of 6. I am well-educated in theory, technique, and applications for all things musical, but my focus is and always has been guitar. I have a lot of live and studio playing experience, and have excellent knowledge of the technical aspects of the instrument, such as amps, pedals, wiring, and more. I love everything about the instrument, and my goal is to help you learn to love it too! The English language has always been my strong suit when it comes to schooling. I've participated in various creative writing contests, tutored peers at the high school and college level, and have been enrolled in advanced courses ...

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Tiffany L. December 17, 2014
Acoustic Guitar · In home
Verified Student
David is very patient, especially with an active, non focused 7 year old. He has great songs that are catchy for a beginner. He is also very poised with showing what the beginner will be able to do when he practices. We'll be asking for more lessons!

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