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About Laura S.

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Of course you want an experienced, passionate, patient and compassionate teacher! Teaching is not my job; it is my calling and I am very good at it.

I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education (1987, Ball State University) and a Master of Music degree in Voice (1994, University of South Florida). I've taught in public schools in Sarasota. Currently I am adjunct staff for State College of Florida (formerly Manatee Community College) teaching private voice and piano lessons and music appreciation classes.

My music studio has been serving music students in the Sarasota area since 1991.

All are welcome! Lessons are for students of all abilities. Some students come with just the desire to sing or play better for their own pleasure, others come with prior training, some are preparing for an audition and some even wish to ma
ke a career in music. Some people have come seeking help with their speaking voice for public speaking. My goal is to help my students meet and exceed their goals and have more life through the joy of music, to help them gain greater appreciation of music and increase their confidence both in music and in life!

*** Lesson Details ***
When a student and I first meet I ask the student what her/his hopes, goals, tastes and prior experience are. Then we talk about plans for achieving those hopes and goals.

Most of my students are studying music just because they love music and want to improve for their own benefit. Because of that, while I want students to progress, I am very patient. I understand that some weeks it's harder to find time for practice. I provide instruction and tools for growth, and show how to practice, then the students go home, use them and discover what works best for them.

Vocal lessons are tailored to each individual. Exercises include posture, breathing, diction, projection of the voice, unification of the voice, improvement of tone, range and flexibility. Healthy, beautiful singing is the goal. The confidence that goes along with that is amazing!

CDs with exercises and accompaniments are provided. And students can make CDs of their own performances!

Piano instruction is also tailored to the needs of each individual student. With young beginners I often use the "Faber" method. It has books for music theory, technique, lessons and performance. And students enjoy playing along with the Cd that goes with their pieces.

For older beginners, including adults, I often use the "Bastien, Older Beginner" or "Alfred, Adult Beginner". Both quickly teach melody and chord reading so that students can play more interesting pieces within a month. The lesson materials are supplemented by simple classical pieces or other music the student is interested in.

When a student comes in with prior training I continue with what she/he has been working on and adjust it as necessary. Literature for more advanced students is chosen with their abilities, technical and expressive needs.

*** Studio Equipment ***
The studio area is closed off from the rest of the house. There is a small seating area for parents which is separated by a screen from the lesson area. I have a Yamaha CVP-103 digital keyboard with weighted and touch sensitive keys, plus lots of different instrument sounds and beats to make playing and singing more fun. I can also adjust the pitch of songs so that they fit the student's voice. The keyboard is plugged into a Super Scope Cd recorder; a microphone is plugged in as well. This allows me to make recordings of accompaniments and practice exercises, as well as recording students' performances. (See below for photos.)

*** Specialties ***
I have been teaching professionally since 1987; I have Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Music. I discover the goals a student has and give them the tools to reach those goals. My teaching style is structured yet highly personalized for the individual. I teach music ranging from Classical to Popular always using the best techniques.
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Oksana October 19, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Laura is my sons piano teacher for 2 years now. My 7 year old son loves to go to her lessons. She is patient, professional and talented teacher. Now we added a voice lessons with Laura and my son is even more excited to go to her class.
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Samantha October 19, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Laura is great! I’m an adult student coming back to piano, and she really took the time to understand what level I was at when I started. She mixes in music theory and selects a variety of pieces from outside the typical lesson book which makes it more interesting and fun.
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FRANCIS August 13, 2017
· Vocal Training · In home
Laura Spalding and I have worked together for 3 + years HELPING me to improve my public speaking voice. I continually make valuable progress. Public speaking is like singing. Quality sound and projection count. Laura gets that and I get that.
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Laura S.

Sarasota, FL 34235
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About Tony M.

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Seminole, FL

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About Tony
If you want to be the best, learn from the best. Talent, skill, confidence- priceless. Our expert instructor Tony M. has worked with contestants and music industry professionals and producers from American Idol, America's Most Talented Kids, and America's Got Talent, as well as industry insiders, AR reps, TV networks, and many venues across the U.S.

*** Specialties ***
Voice coach, all genre. beginners, intermediates, advanced and professionals.
Advanced Vocal Coaching, for professionals,
Pop, Rock, R&B, JAZZ, Classical, Broadway.

*** Lesson Details ***
Guitar: Learning to properly handle the guitar, left and right hand techniques. learn to tune the instrument. read notes, and lean all major, minor, and seven chords by the end of book 1

Piano: learning all 12 scales by heart, proper fingers technique for both hands, readi
ng both left and right hand notation by end of book 1.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Tascam D8000 40 Ch. Digital mixer
Alesus quad Reverb,
Yamaha EX5
Korg Sound module
Digitech Vocalist II Harmony...
Pro Tools 10
Sonar XL XIII
D Drums,
7 Pianos
5 Guitars,
Bass,
2 Saxophones

*** Travel Equipment ***
Guitar, Keyboard, Saxophone, Mic, Laptop, Amplifier, Karaoke hard drive, and software.

*** Specialties ***
Advanced Vocal Coaching, for professionals,
Pop, R&B, JAZZ, Classical, Broadway.

Composition for pro artists, 256 mix tracks, 48 khz,
Top of the line recording gear.

Classical guitar, Music Theory and Composition for writers.
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Stephanie P. September 8, 2017
· Piano · In home
Great start. Learned how to read the base notes. And immediate hands on practice. ūüėÉ
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linda June 8, 2017
· Singing · In home
My first meeting with Tony, & I feel confident that Tony will help me in getting my voice back. I was impressed with his knowledge & his absorption into his music. Looking forward to more lessons & being able to sing the way I used to.
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Scotty December 9, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
After my first meeting with Tony I really believe I'm going to be able to learn to play the guitar after all of these years.
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Tony M.

Seminole, FL 33772
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About Glenn M.

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Palm Harbor, FL

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B.M. degree in Percussion from Juilliard School of Music.
Studied at The Drummers Collective in N.Y.C.
Performed with The Caracas Philharmonic Orchestra and Vermont Symphony.
Authored seven Mel Bay drum method books.
Teaching drums,djembe and classical percussion for over 24 years.
Lessons individually tailored to meet students musical goals.
Study with the most highly regarded drum/percussion teacher in the Clearwater, East Lake, Dunedin, Tarpon, Seminole and Palm Harbor areas.

*** Lesson Details ***
Study Rock,Blues, Latin, Funk,Jazz, Fusion and African drum styles. Each lesson is individually tailored to meet the musical goals of the student.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Drum Set.
Djembe.
Xylophone
Timpani
Sound System

*** Specialties ***
Teach drum students to read music.
Teach students to play "by ear".
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teach the African Djembe instrument.
Play to and create drum/bass/percussion loops.
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Greg T. July 23, 2016
· Drum · In studio
Very enthusiastic, easy to connect with. Very skilled in all types of music including my choice, Contemporary Christian.
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Greg T. July 20, 2016
· Drum · In studio
Very enthusiastic, easy to connect with. Very skilled in all types of music including my choice, Contemporary Christian.
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Anne M S. April 13, 2016
· Drum · In studio
Great guy and awesome teacher! He will help you in whatever you want to accomplish and give you ideas if you aren't sure what you're looking for. Glenn will modify his teaching strategies to whatever makes you most comfortable and facilitates your learning style. He teaches the basics down to the intricacies of general percussion and will keep you motivated by sharing his adventures and projects with you! Very knowledgeable!
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Glenn M.

Seminole, FL 33772
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$22 / 30-min

About Chrissy D.

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Saint Petersburg, FL

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About Chrissy
In-home guitar lessons. Chrissy has been a professional touring guitarist for over 16 years. Chrissy teaches all experience levels from beginner to intermediate and as well as artists that are signed to labels.

Chrissy developed her own method of teaching to positively enhance the student€™s strength, dexterity, ear-training, memorization and techniques. Her goal as a teacher is specifically designed to help you achieve your goals as an artist and a musician.

Artists and genres that Chrissy has experience with range from Metallica, Adele,Bruno Mars, Ellie Goulding, Fall Out Boy, Guns N' Roses, Aerosmith, The Cure, Radiohead, Elle King, The Killers, Kings Of Leon, P!nk, Twenty One Pilots,Hozier Santana, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Led Zeppelin, Paramore, Nirvana, Demi Lavato, Prince, Damian Rice, Lil Wayne, Coldplay ,Katy Perry, Lad
y Gaga, No Doubt, Bush, , The White Stripes, Green Day, Arctic Monkeys, Taylor Swift, Cage The Elephant, Miranda Lambert, Band Perry, Taylor Swift, Alanis Morrisette and more.

Chrissy was Lead Guitarist Co-Writer for the Rock band Someday Souvenir (Winner of MTV Takes The Stage contest), American Idol Finalist Melissa McGhee (Season 5) She currently plays in a Top 40 cover band as well as an original Rock band. Chrissy has been in Billboard Magazine, Creative Loafing, Tampa Tribune and TBO online. Clips of Chrissy playing guitar with different artist have been on CNN, MTV, FOX News, ABC, NBC and VH1.

Chrissy is constantly continuing her education with music theory books, video’s, guitar music, as well as private guitar instruction. She has attended guitar workshops and seminars by artists such as Jennifer Batten (Michael Jackson) Gary Hoey, Joe Satriani and more

Another nice feature that you might enjoy from one on one sessions with Chrissy is learning the ability to craft and record your own songs using technology that caters to your own unique personality. There are no limits! Chrissy’s students advance quickly and some have released albums, been in Guitar World Magazine, and won awards for their music.

Lessons are scheduled to best fit to the students schedule when possible.

Students can contact Chrissy anytime with question regarding their lesson through email or text. Chrissy is a very patient instructor and understands that students learn at a different pace, after all everyone is an individual!

*** Software / gear used to enhance lesson ***

Rocksmith software

Riff Station for guitar

Laptop with Garage Band/Backtrack, Guitar Pro Tab & iTunes

M13 Line 6 effects and looper

Roland Amp

Various guitars depending on project

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Here's what my personal students & clients have to say:

Slader P."By far the most outstanding teacher I took lessons from. I took lessons from Chrissy for over 7 years and I can truly say she's an incredible teacher. She's fun to work with, very patient with both new and intermediate players, and has a background knowledge on a many genres of music. I would recommend Chrissy to anyone! "‚Äč

Sam F.Chrissy is a talented musician and a gifted teacher. We are very happy to have her teaching our daughter.She is responsible, accessible and responsive. Rate A+++"‚Äč

Matt R. (St Petersburg Police Officer)Excellent!

MJ K."Chrissy D. is a wonderful teacher. She is a patient and kind. She gives exercises to work on during the week and has explained that by practicing just a little each day she will improve. My daughter looks forward to lessons each week. "‚Äč

Susan F."Chrissy taught my teenage son for several years in my home. She is very talented, has a flexible teaching style and does a great job with different personalities. She always kept my son engaged and was very encouraging. She is reliable, timely and communicates well. I highly recommend her!"‚Äč

TS K."Chrissy taught both of my boys ages 10 and 11 to play the guitar. She was awesome and they couldn't wait until their lesson each week. Chrissy was always punctual and full of spunk. They learned very cool tunes that were current so they really enjoyed it!"‚Äč

Dana Jim L."We have really enjoyed our daughter having lessons with Chrissy. She is great with kids and in only a few lessons, our child can play the guitar! Amazing!"
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Brad February 24, 2016
· Guitar · In home
Great first step. Supportive, positive, and focused.
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Amanda Y. October 8, 2014
· Guitar · In home
Chrissy is always punctual and professional. After just three lessons I am seeing great improvements not only in my daughters guitar skills, but her confidence as well. She is also working with my husband. He is enjoying the lessons and is inspired by observing her rip out some rock tunes.
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Liz B. August 16, 2014
· Guitar · In home
She was very good at explaining everything to me. It was a very great experience and I recommend if you want to start learning. You really get your money's worth.
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Chrissy D.

Saint Petersburg, FL 33713
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$25 / 20-min

About Claire C.

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Riverview, FL
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Claire has a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from Georgia State University and has over 10 years of experience teaching Classical Piano. She graduated with high honors from GSU and was a finalist in the 2011 Georgia Music Teachers Association (GMTA) state audition. Besides teaching private lessons, Claire has also worked as a choral director at Legacy of Purpose Preparatory academy, preparing students in k-5 for annual school concerts. She now offers in-home lessons to students ages 6 and up and can teach beginner as well as advanced level students.
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Adrita M. October 7, 2016
· Piano · In home
Claire was very nice..My daughter liked her and is looking forward to learn more. I thought Claire was very encouraging too, which really increases the childs moral. Thanks Claire!!
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Aria S. January 22, 2016
· Piano · In home
The first lesson went great! I was a little worried because of my daughter's short attention span, but she really liked Claire and I thought Claire was very patient and did an exceptional job of explaining things to my 7 year old daughter. My little girl is so excited and is working hard. She can't wait for her next lesson.
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Barbara R. January 12, 2016
· Piano · In home
I got these lessons for my mom for Christmas. She just had her fist lesson and said it was wonderful. Claire connected with my mom and got her started on a journey of musical growth. Good job Claire!
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Claire C.

Riverview, FL 33578
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About Joseph B.

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Saint Petersburg, FL
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Hi there! I just recently finished my Masters in Clarinet Performance from the University of Maryland and I would love to teach your student! I teach both clarinet and saxophone and have 5 years of teaching experience. I have worked for the Richardson School of Music, FAME, and the SHARP program at William Wirt Middle School in Maryland as well as Cedar Shoals, East Jackson, Decatur, and other high schools in Georgia. I am also an avid learner and I believe that no two students should be treated or approached in the same way. I have been very fortunate to have so many great teachers in my life and I do my best to use everything they have taught me to help my students!

I received my Bachelor's of Music in Clarinet Performance from the University of Georgia and my Masters from the University of Maryland. I currently play clarinet and bas
s clarinet in The Florida Orchestra. Please feel free to visit my website at www.josephbeverly.com for recordings and more information about me!
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Helena G. August 31, 2016
· Saxophone · In home
Joseph is a wonderful instructor and very patient with kids.
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Mark June 5, 2016
· Clarinet ·
I know Joseph's work as a wonderful clarinetist and chamber musician having worked with him closely at the University of Maryland as one of his professors. Joseph's command of the instrument and his artistry are absolutely outstanding and his personality, demeanor and diligence are such that I am confident he would be an excellent instructor. I recommend him most highly with no reservations!
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Thomas May 29, 2016
· Clarinet · In studio
Joseph is by far one of the most engaging, supportive and motivating clarinet tutor I have been blessed to learn from. He has a wicked ability to expertly tailor lessons and break down musical concepts to my learning ability. His lessons leave me excited and pumped. Fortissimo!
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Joseph B.

Joseph B.

Saint Petersburg, FL 33705
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About Tiffanie C.

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Clearwater, FL

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About Tiffanie
Singing lessons now available via Online and In-Person (Tampa Bay, FL area)!

*Choir Members *Aspiring Recording Artists * Bands * Background Singers * Audition Prep * Solo Artists * Songwriters * Producers * Voice-Overs * Actors

Tiffanie has experience developing singers of all ages and vocal abilities in pursuing their goals and dreams of becoming the best vocalists they can be!
Utilizing the education and training she received in Music Performance, Music Education, and Recording Arts and Audio Production, Tiffanie has had the opportunity to work with many singers and songwriters as they pursue their music careers.

Genres include: Gospel/Christian, R&B, Pop, Classical, Inspirational, Country, Soul, and more.

LET"S GET STARTED!!
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Sophia June 21, 2017
· Singing · Online
Tiffanie is great! She has a wealth of knowledge and is super encouraging. I have really enjoyed taking lessons with her. One of my favorite aspects is that she doesn't want to change your sound. She really is focused on helping you identify your unique sound and really perfecting that without changing you as an artist. I love working with Tiffanie and would recommend that you work with her if you are looking for someone to help you perfect your own sound. She is also super knowledgeable when it comes to singing to record versus live performance and always gives great advice. I have also had the pleasure of working on my own song with her and she has been able to really help me clean up my sound so that I am able to really get the message across while still sounding like me.
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Ann-Maria B. June 14, 2017
· Singing · Online
Just had my FIRST lesson with Tiffanie and she is very knowledgeable, very patient, and very kind. I learned a lot in the short time we were together and I am already looking forward to our next lesson. I got some practicing to do :)
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Tony March 5, 2017
· Singing · In home
Tiffanie is very thorough and knowledgeable in her approach to technique in regards to singing. Not only is she a very skilled vocalist but also personable and patient with those that she instructs. I look forward to learning more from her and becoming a more confident and able singer.
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Tiffanie C.

Clearwater, FL 33762
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About Jessica R.

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Tampa, FL

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Hi! My name is Jessica

If you're looking for an enthusiastic teacher who loves her students (and may be a little bit nerdy), look no further! I teach voice, piano, ukulele, and steel drums.

Pasta, my dogs, and the color green are all the greatest things in life.

Music is a personal journey, and is unique for each person. I love to help people discover and grow their own passion. There is nothing more rewarding than being a part of watching someone develop into an artist who then goes on to influence others on their own journey.

Whatever it is you need, whatever you are here for, your passion is what will push you and lead you, and I am just here to help you with whatever direction you choose.

I have a solid background in live performance, professional gigging, music writing, singing, music theory, and of course in your ins
trument of choice. So whatever you'd like to work on I can help.

Can't wait to meet you! :)

-Jess
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Jeremy R. August 14, 2017
· Singing · In home
Jessica is a phenomenaly talented teacher. It's rare to find someone who invests so much in her students and their success!
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Judy August 6, 2017
· Steel Drums · In home
Jessica is a very talented and PATIENT teacher! I am an older student and I find her to be very easy to understand, very encouraging and willing to work at my level and my pace. She is motivating and helps to keep me focused. I have never had an instructor make me feel so capable!! She is truly the best teacher I've ever had!! Highly recommended!!
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Savannah July 26, 2017
· Piano · In home
I've only known Jessica for a couple of weeks now but the lessons I've had with her so far have been amazing! She's an amazing teacher and really connects with you. She adjusts your lessons to how you want to learn and how you learn best. She's great at making sure you get the best learning experience possible! I would highly recommend her for piano, voice, and ukulele lessons!
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Jessica R.

Tampa, FL 33616
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$15 / 30-min

About Mike H.

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Sarasota, FL
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Mike Hankiewicz, MA Music/Performance ‚Äď professional musician with Master Degree(Master of Art/Performance) professional bodies member (Europe, Great Britain, USA) fully qualified and trained Music Teacher/Tutor.
Years of international experience working with elementary/middle/high school and college (including adults) students. Teacher’s Enhanced Disclosure checked. SEN (special education needs) students experience. Working closely to local Music Schools, parents/guardians, public schools, exam bodies and other teachers.
Entering students for exams, competitions, festivals, etc. Innovative teaching methods and approach.

CLASSICS, POP, JAZZ, ROCK, GAMES, MOVIE MUSIC - MORE THAN WELCOME!

Lots of great fun, bags of laugh, relaxing atmosphere, enthusiasm and passion for music.
Improvement and satisfaction guaranteed.
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Caroline M. August 17, 2017
· Classical Piano · In home
Mike is a wonderful and talented teacher. My son loves working with him and can't wait until the next lesson! :)
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Anna Hein August 14, 2017
· Classical Piano · In home
Experienced, helpful and supportive teacher. My son loves his lessons and always is waiting for the next one. Would highly recommend to anyone who is looking for good teacher with a lots of experience in instrumental teaching who will visit you at your place. My son makes really good progress in piano playing since Mike is teaching him.
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Mike H.

Sarasota, FL 34238
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$30 / 30-min

About Toni D.

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I am a professional Double Bass player with a Bachelor's Degree in Music from Florida State University. As a proficient multi-instrumentalist, I am able to teach all stringed instruments, such as the violin, viola, cello, double bass, guitar, mandolin, and ukulele. With experience coaching and mentoring students who have a passion for songwriting, it has helped them become effective, dynamic, and knowledgeable songwriters.*

I teach strings to students of all different ages and proficiency levels. I am a classically trained musician with 19 years experience, with 11 of those years as a member of the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra. My competency and versatility as a musician has given me the opportunity to work with children in the public school systems, after school programs, recreational centers, local events, and statewide competitions
and conventions.

Every instrument has a unique timbre, so I teach students what their chosen instrument's role is and what it's specific sound is used for. I believe that "practice makes progress," so I encourage each student to practice consistently and efficiently. By applying foundational techniques during practice and performance, it will aid in their continual growth and progress as a musician.

Depending on the goals and preference of the student - no matter the instrument - I highly encourage each of my students to learn to read music/chord sheets, understand and maneuver their instruments fluidly, and challenge themselves to pursue music in any and every way they can.

I firmly believe that learning technique and theoretical knowledge is essential to learning any instrument and any style. Focused practice sessions and learning how to listen actively instead of passively will shape a well-rounded musician, and as the teacher, achieving this with every student is my goal and my passion.

I very much look forward to meeting you and helping you to become a better musician!

"Music is the silence between the notes." ~ Claude Debussy
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Toni D.

Largo, FL 33771
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