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About Rufus S.

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Brandon, FL

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About Rufus
My name is Rufus and I am eager to share my 43 + years of drum experience to help you reach your desired playing goals, you will learn the basics and begin to find your own rhythm as a drummer...let me show you how you can be the best drummer possible!

Performing Experience:
* Play with Local Group - Tropical Heat
* Recently played with National Recording Artist Michael Anthony at Cork and Olive in Brandon
• Musician in Mystic Sheiks of Morocco, Rock a Doo Whop, Christmas Show at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
• Tutored in South America, Europe and Canada over 20 yrs.
• Drummer for New Salem M.B Church for last 20 yrs.
• 4 yrs marching in the Florida A&M University Marching Band & Percussion Ensemble
• 43 + yrs of rudimentary drumming

Audio: Specialize in digital audio work station software – Cubase 7 – Wavelab 8 and Waves plug-ins
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Recording Background:
Owner of a home based recording studio.

Titles released:

Seasoned with Latin(2014)

The Bottom Line featuring the vocals of Ms. Amella "D"(2013)

True Love- collection of pop music (2012)

Lift Off - A high energy dance song.(2012)

The Spencer Project - a Gospel collaboration with various artists.(2010)

Master Works - variety of different styles of music.(2009)

Lift Off- a high energy dance song (2010)

Iron-man Marathon Music - (1983)

*** Lesson Details ***
We will cover from the basics to the flashiness in drum playing and cover techniques in studio drumming.

If you are looking to venture into song writing,studio recording ,gear and software I have a studio complete with all the tools you will need to help carry you to the next level.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Drum room with seating for parents. 5 piece Yamaha drum set, hi- hat cymbal, ride cymbal, music stand.

Recording studio:

Digital audio work station software:
Cubase 7.5 – Wavelab 8 and Waves plug-ins

Soft synths:
Omnishere,Trilian,Native Instruments,korg legacy collection, Steinberg, Sample tank
host of loops

Controllers:

Axiom 25, Alesis Q61

Outboard gear:
Steinberg MR28M D-Pre mic preamp, Rodes NT-2a mic, Symetrix 525

Samson headphone box

Speakers:

Samson Resolv 65a and sub, Equator D5 speakers

Computer:

Pudget system custom built computer (PC)

*** Travel Equipment ***
Lap top with earphones so student can experience playing along
with music.

*** Specialties ***
R&b, Gospel, Hip Hop, Jazz
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victoria B. July 22, 2017
· Drum · In home
hAve only had 2 lessons but so far its been a good experience. Rufus is very talented and very patient
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Denise D. July 18, 2017
· Drum · In studio
THE BEST!!! We are so blessed to have met Mr. Spencer. My 10 year old son is so engaged in the lesson and the practice at home because Mr. Spencer is so encouraging!! Mr. Spencer is so generous with his time and talent. He helped us choose an appropriate starter set for my son and set it up for us at our house. We are so grateful for that! We are excited to see where drums lead for our son with Mr. Spencer's guidance!
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KEVIN April 15, 2017
· Drum · In home
GREAT INSTRUCTOR!! I am 48yo and was apprehensive about trying to learn something new at my age. I've had three lessons thu far and have been enjoying this to the fullest. Rufus keeps the lessons fun and interestng by adding different assignments for me to work on throughout my week. The key is to practice; which, I have embraced and I actually like. I bought a drum set after my 2nd lesson. Rufus came to my house to help me set everything up and tune my drums. He blessed my drums by playing for a few minutes while I stood back and grinned like a 10yo. I jumped on next hoping my drums would sound the same as when he played (they didn't). But that's okay, they will someday. I will be a student with him for a while!!
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Rufus S.

Brandon, FL 33511
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About Michael W.

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Winter Haven, FL
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About Michael
I have been teaching for 41 years and opened 14 music schools. Ages 3-96. Taught and performed
in Michigan, Arizona and Florida.

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Everyone has the ability to learn. Do not let someone tell you different. It is either the wrong
teacher or wrong method for you if you are having difficulty. It is never the student.
I use many combined methods to fit the individual student accoring to their skill level, desires and overcoming any difficulties. I have two recitals a year and video tape them so the student can see and hear their progress.

In addition to piano I also teach keyboard, organ, improve, stand up comedy, recording, and
ballroom dance ( won grand nationals in tango ).

*** Studio Equipment ***
professional studio seating for parents
yamaha studio stage w/ piano seating for parents
vidoe a
nd audio recording

*** Travel Equipment ***
They need to have an instrument at home.

*** Specialties ***
Each students course is custom designed to ther needs and goals
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Jennifer L. June 22, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
He is very professional and a great teacher. Michael is very entertaining and makes learning fun. My daughter really liked him and is excited about her lessons.
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Rebecca C. October 12, 2015
· Piano · In home
I've only had a few lessons with Michael, but have enjoyed what and how he has taught me so far. He has been flexible with some changes to our schedule and he is on time.
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Rebecca C. October 12, 2015
· Piano · In home
I've only had a few lessons with Michael, but have enjoyed what and how he has taught me so far. He has been flexible with some changes to our schedule and he is on time.
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Michael W.

Michael W.

Winter Haven, FL 33884
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About Kevin M.

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Davenport, FL

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Hello! My name is Kevin, and I am looking forward to teaching you everything I know about music! I've been singing at Walt Disney World for over 23 years (and I still am currently) with the Voices of Liberty, the Dapper Dans of Main Street, and Four For A Dollar. I have a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Penn State University. Even more than singing, playing the guitar, arranging for a cappella, and playing piano, I love to teach! Ever since I was a sophomore in high school, I've wanted to be a teacher of music in various capacities. My favorite aspect of teaching several private students each week is that every individual student has a different story: What is it that you want to accomplish? Would you like to sing, play piano, or play guitar? Would you like training in music theory? Do you want to eventually have a career in m
usic? Will this be a hobby for you? Whatever your goals are, I am excited to know your story.
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Kayla April 8, 2017
· Piano · In home
Great teacher, connects very well with student and is patient and kind
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Miguel March 10, 2017
· Piano · In studio
great experience, he has a lot of patience,.
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Keith, Trista, Garret (group) M. March 3, 2017
· Ukulele · In studio
Very reasonable prices and took his time explaining everything so me and my children could all understand it before he moved on with the lesson.
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Kevin M.

Davenport, FL 33896
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About Angel G.

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Avon Park, FL

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About Angel
I came out of college pursuing a degree in music; however, I know my material in music and was involved in percussion for many years.
Angel G. has over 8 years of music experience in Florida.
Avon Park Middle School~Drumline (6-8 grade) Hollywood Hills Highschool~Drumline (9-11 grade) Hollywood Hills Highschool~Tv/Music Production/Audio Engineering (9-11 grade) Avon Park High School~Drumline Captain (11 grade) J.P. Taravella High School~ Piano (12 grade) Broward College~Music Technology (Present day)
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Sean June 16, 2017
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Angel and I have collaborated many times in live music performances as well as in recording studios. He continues to grow as a musician as well as a teacher and has helped me countless times accomplish many music related tasks. Angel is no doubt one of the hardest workers I know and wont stop till the job is done.
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Christopher June 16, 2017
· Audio Engineering · In studio
Angel taught me to read music and play the snare drum! He's teaching was absolutely amazing. His rates were extremely favorable compared to that of the competition, and his Patience with me was astonishing. Id recommend him to anyone. Before I went to him I'd no idea how to read or even hold a drum stick. After a few lessons with him , I'm satisfied with my ability to preform, read and play on my own. I recommend him to all.
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Ivan C. August 21, 2016
· Piano · Online
1st lesson on line and it went exactly as expected. Angel was punctual, patient, and friendly. Looking forward to the next lesson.
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Angel G.

Avon Park, FL 33825
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About Rebecca T.

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Davenport, FL

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About Rebecca
Hello, and welcome to my TakeLessons home page! My name is Rebecca and I am so excited that you have decided to stop by.

I am a former band director and current elementary music teacher. Teaching elementary music affords me the time and flexibility to work on a personal dream of mine: to teach music privately to students!

I want to use all of my knowledge to help guide every student to their personal success. I specialize in working with woodwind players from beginning to advanced. If you're looking to start taking flute, clarinet, or oboe lessons to quickly improve, I am knowledgeable in the pedagogy. if you're looking for an extra boost before college auditions, I can help from not only personal experience of the audition process but extensive knowledge in the required repertoire for many universities. If you're looking for help
in learning and long range goals for flute, oboe, or clarinet, I am more than happy to work with you at every step to achieve your goals!

As a public school teacher, I am afforded the training and knowledge on working with students with special needs. Please don't hesitate to contact me to see what I can do for you.
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Ariana July 13, 2017
· Clarinet · Online
I'm having fun learning new notes
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Gretchen July 6, 2017
· Clarinet · Online
She is very helpful and cares if I get the notes right!
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Gretchen June 23, 2017
· Clarinet · Online
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Rebecca T.

Davenport, FL 33896
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About Don M.

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Valrico, FL
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I have the gift of music and love to share it. I have been teaching guitar, bass and drums for over thirty years. Many of my students have received full scholarships to the best music schools. I teach reading and theory as well as ear training. I have references from previous students as well as parents.
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Tracie May 7, 2017
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Best teacher ever!
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Aviv Z. May 5, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Super professional teacher!!!!!!
Highly recommended!!!!!
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Don M.

Don M.

Valrico, FL 33596
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$25 / 30-min

About Christian R.

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Lakeland, FL

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About Christian
I am a professional saxophonist/flutist in central Florida who gigs over 200+ dates a year. I freelance with original bands, wedding and corporate groups. I play in jazz, funk, R&B, reggae, soul, rock, songwriter, classical and world music styles.

I received my A.A. in Music Performance at Valencia College in Orlando (2012) before becoming the music tutor there for one school year from 2012-2013. I then studied at Berklee College of Music in Boston and moved back to Florida. As of 2017, I relocated from Winter Park to Lakeland.

I've taught privately and at schools for both young and adult students for many years during this time.
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Marla June 5, 2017
· Saxophone · In home
Christian was on time and organized. He quickly assessed my daughter's ability and was able to get her ready for 7th grade playing a new instrument in the jazz band. Since she has taken lessons with Christian, she has received superiors at solo and ensemble twice now and we are so thankful. Would hire again if he moves back to Orlando.
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Robyn Alleman June 1, 2017
· Music Performance ·
I have been working with Christian for several years. Not only is he a top notch musician, he is a role model, even to those of us who have a few years on him. Christian is patient, professional and business savvy with regards to the music scene.
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Trey June 1, 2017
· Saxophone · In studio
Christian Ryan has an approach to music that is both Fun and rewarding. Whether it has been through discourse on music theory or a guiding me through my first notes on the saxophone, he has a style of explanation that could benefit both new students and seasoned musicians.
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Christian R.

Lakeland, FL 33809
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$20 / 30-min

About Zachary H.

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Sebring, FL

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About Zachary
I’ve been offering comprehensive and affordable private lessons in Sebring since 2007. I graduated with a Certificate in Music from The Atlanta Institute of Music. My job is a passion for me, and it brings me joy to be able to share this passion with my students. From day one, they learn important foundational techniques to help them boost their skills and self-esteem. Each one has a unique learning style, and it’s my duty to find out what that is and adapt my lessons accordingly. Contact me today to learn how I can help you achieve your academic goals.
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Patrick May 19, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
As a retired guitar and percussion teacher, I would highly recommend Zachary for a teacher of music.
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Jennifer May 18, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
My eight-year-old son takes lessons from Zach. It has been a pleasure to see my son start to play songs and for his love for music to grow. Zach is very kind and patient with him. My son absolutely loves going to his lessons. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend taking lessons from Zach.
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Brenda May 18, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Zachary is wonderful! He is patient and encouraging. His skills are super and he makes it fun in a relaxed atmosphere. I highly recommend him!
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Zachary H.

Zachary H.

Sebring, FL 33870
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About Allyson W.

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Lakeland, FL

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About Allyson
Allyson has loved piano for her whole life. Having taught herself the basics, she began taking formal lessons at age 12. She received a full piano scholarship to college where she earned a Bachelor's degree in Piano Performance. She has worked in schools as well as with private students ranging from age 3 to senior adult.

Each student learns at a different pace because everyone is unique! As a seasoned teacher of almost 20 years, she tailors the lessons to each student's preference without sacrificing a solid, theoretical foundation. Her students have said of her, "She has an obvious passion for what she does and for music in general. That passion is infectious, and it inspired me to practice harder at times and to grow my love for playing as she has." They have also said, "She was always very encouraging and gave me tips to improve
my individual practice techniques. Not only that, but she also has incredible patience and understanding."
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Patricia June 19, 2017
· Piano · Online
Allyson is an amazing teacher!! She is is incredibly knowledgeable, patient, and NURTURING. She has the ability to explain difficult tasks in a logical and systematic way. Things that seemed impossible become possible with Allyson; she teaches her students to take difficult pieces apart and analyze them, learning them slowly and thoroughly.
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Tammy May 25, 2017
· Piano ·
Mrs. Allyson taught my son Bryce how to play piano. He learned a lot from her in his short time of playing the piano. We miss her teaching him. We love and miss you Mrs. Allyson. Bryce learned so much from you. Mrs. Allyson is a great teacher. She understands her students and takes the time to listen and answer and go over what they are playing.
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Lawanaka Hooper May 25, 2017
· Piano ·
Allyson is a great instructor. She has the wisdom to teach you everything that you know. I do miss learning with her and hope to get started back up soon with her. Thanks for teaching me how to get started on playing the piano.
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Allyson W.

Allyson W.

Lakeland, FL 33809
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$20 / 20-min

About Mario A.

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Lakeland, FL

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I am a professional singer who graduated as a Master vocal performer from the Universiy of Miami. I am happily married and my wife and I just moved to Lakeland from the hot Miami beaches!

I specialize in theatre music and am also passionate about a variety of styles ranging from pop to classical.
Whatever the genre, I will help you develop a technique that is tailored to you perfectly!

I sing a lot and am currently singing as one of the opera Tampa Singers at the Straz center in Tampa.
I love teaching and especially performing! But to get that singing gig it's all about the audition, and I've been there. So if you want to know how to score one with the judges during an audition, I'm your guy!

I have a passion for teaching and find finding a vocal technique that is just right with every single student!

Last year I taught voice and p
iano lessons at two different schools in Miami Florida, Florida Christian school and Miami Fine Arts academy. Both schools had wonderful students with great talent and after a year of study with me Every student was confident and excited to perform to show off their new musical prowess!

Ive also been teaching piano for several years and boy do I have a passion for this instrument. No other instrument can really compare to the music a piano can make in my opinion.

Nothing really beats the feeling of accomplishment you get once you've mastered a piano piece!

I love to meet other music lovers and cultivate a comfortable learning environment fit for musical growth! Let's do some work!
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Jermaine July 12, 2017
· Vocal Training · In home
I found Mario to be a very knowledgeable instructor. He seemed extremely energetic, enthusiastic and passionate about the lesson. He listened to all the concerns I had about singing and really worked with me to begin the process of moving forward and singing with confidence. I appreciated how we didn't just stick with one style of music. He had me choose music from different genres. I would recommend him to anyone interested in singing. I meant to give him 5 stars in the previous review. I accidentally bumped one down. My apologies!!!
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Jermaine July 12, 2017
· Vocal Training · In home
I found Mario to be a very knowledgeable instructor. He seemed extremely energetic, enthusiastic and passionate about the lesson. He listened to all the concerns I had about singing and really worked with me to begin the process of moving forward and singing with confidence. I appreciated how we didn't just stick with one style of music. He had me choose music from different genres. I would recommend him to anyone interested in singing.
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ORJ July 11, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Knowledgeable, enthusiastic, passionate, and himself very talented, Mario is an outstanding voice teacher. What might be his best trait, however, is his belief in the capabilities of his students. Using a kind but gentle teaching style, he pushes students to develop their voices and become the better singers they want to be. Working with him, I improved immensely, and was sorry that his move meant he would no longer be my teacher. I am delighted, however, that others will get an opportunity to learn from him! Sign up--you won't regret it!
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Mario A.

Mario A.

Lakeland, FL 33803
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