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About Joshua G.

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Apollo Beach, FL

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Joshua picked up his first set of sticks at 10 years old, beginning lessons with his father; this seemingly young interest took a turn for devoted passion and appreciation of rhythm and music. He is versatile drummer with more than 15 years of experience in different styles.

Joshua attended Florida State University and studied with several teachers.
Joshua brings something unique to the table with a background in Jazz and passion for teaching!

*** Lesson Details ***
I believe drums and music should be fun! You should enjoy learning and practicing on your own time as well as having fun in private lessons. I can tailor the lessons to your interests while integrating several tools to help you learn the basics.

I will also teach from a few different books to help with independence of hands and feet. After 3-6 months you will
have learned basic rudiments, how to apply them, and how to play several different drum beats and patterns.

Honestly, the more you practice the more you gain confidence in your abilities to play. But more importantly Drums is Challenging so it can get frustrating its important to have FUN While also staying Focused

*** Studio Equipment ***
The In-Studio lessons are in a separate music room w drum sets (2), PA , seating for parents. 2 dogs kept separate during lessons.

*** Travel Equipment ***
The student is expected to provide a drum kit.

*** Specialties ***
Melting Pot of Styles. I also teach out of several books students will be eventually required to purchase.
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Brian February 1, 2016
· Drum · In home
Joshua is extremely talented in reaching the student at his/her level. He is extremely positive and looks to connect with his students to give them a panoramic view of music in general and then drills down to how that would relate to the drums.
My son is always excite to see Joshua and looks forward to each lesson. Joshua takes the work out of the lesson and lets the student have fun and explore, all the while teaching basics without it being apparent to the student!

Just a really awesome person and instructor!

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Peter December 9, 2015
· Drum · In home
Joshua has been excellent with my son Max (10 years old). He's very patient and positive. His calm demeanor is great for instructing. He keeps Max interested and enthusiastic. Max enjoys taking lessons from Joshua, and I would highly recommend him to anyone of any age.
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Meredith Z. February 12, 2014
· Drum ·
Great teacher!!!

My 7 year old son had his first drumming lesson this week with Joshua and he loved it! He learned so much on his lesson and was intrigued with what Joshua was teaching him. What a great teacher!!!! Patient, reliable and extremely skilled! We can't wait for our lesson next week!!
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Joshua G.

Joshua G.

Apollo Beach, FL 33572
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About Berthe H.

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Largo, FL
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About Berthe
My name is Berthe ( pronounced Bert). At the age of 4, I began taking
piano lessons. By age 8, I was performing for the first time at the
Assembly Hall of the American University of Beirut. In 1978, I attended
the Faculty of Music of the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik/Lebanon,
where I completed a PhD. in music education and a higher diploma in
piano.
From 1982 to 2000, I taught piano, music theory, music education,
music appreciation, and the history of and analysis of Western music
at the University of the Holy Spirit of Kaslik (USEK), The University of St.
Joseph (USJ) and the Lebanese University (UL).
I recorded my first CD “Rehna Meshouar”, a collection of Lebanese
songs for children, intended to introduce music to kids. I took part in
many educational activities and devoted myself to the promotion of
musical educatio
n to the children. In 1995, I published my first book
“Do-Mi-Sol”, that focuses on a method specifically designed to teach kids
Solfege (oral theory and ear training).

From 1998 to 2001 I was in charge of training aspiring music teachers
at the Ecole Normale in piano, music education, psychology of music
education, and the philosophy of music education.
By the year 2000,I was appointed Director of Studies and the Academic
Secretary of the Music Faculty at the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik.
During my tenure, I employed teachers, advised students, and
developed artistic and academic programs. It was my responsibility to
organize studies and examinations, as well as plan, execute, organize studies and examinations, as well as plan and execute
concerts, conventions, and competitions. I have lectured all over Europe and the Middle East, as well as published many articles concerning music and music education.
Since moving to Florida in 2007, I am a professor of piano instruction at St. Petersburg College. I also give private lessons in my studio. I have served as a judge several times at the Bay Ridge Piano Festival.

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Our musical journey has a smooth and relaxed progression, establishing enough command of the keyboard to allow each student to develop naturally. To make the piano a richer and more rewarding experience, I enjoy introducing a variety of musical styles, from popular favorites to timeless classical pieces, according to the student’s musical tastes.

I believe in a dynamic and responsive method of teaching. I see the student as an active participant in their own learning. Our lesson feels pleasant and joyful, so the student will always delight in playing the piano and creating music. Based on the student’s age and demands, I employ several methods of teaching that lead to the development of observation, concentration, creativity, self-confidence, and personal expression. I encourage and support my students regardless of specific talent, as we move toward an effective and beneficial musical experience.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living room: baby grand piano, additional seating for parents.

*** Specialties ***
I teach Classical music to beginners and advanced students and follow the active method of teaching where the student is not just a receiver but participate in his own learning.
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Jeffrey W. January 27, 2016
· Piano · In studio
She is very patient to my son,my son like her lesson!
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Rick F. September 4, 2015
· Piano · In studio
Berthe is very passionate about music and piano in particular. She teaches in a relaxed style, especially helpful for adults, and caters her teaching in accordance with what the student is looking for. She's also very accommodating regarding schedule changes.
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S, S May 14, 2014
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Piano Instruction

Dr. H. is a wonderful and patient Piano Instructor. She is very precise and works on technique very well. She wants her students to succeed. She always ends the lesson on a good note so that you feel accomplished with what you have done. I would recommend her and her lessons to students of all ages and skill levels. She will help you progress as a musician and pianist. I enjoy her lessons very much.
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Berthe H.

Berthe H.

Largo, FL 33778
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About Carey Y.

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I have taught over 250 private voice students in Boston, CT, New York City, and Lakewood Ranch, FL. I specialize in contemporary styles ranging from musical theater, to pop, to blues, to R&B and beyond. I graduated with a professional music degree from Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. I performed professionally for 15 years: as a wedding singer, on tour as a backup singer, in a musical at Carnegie Hall, with a big band at the Rainbow Room, at the Bitter End debuting my CD of original music, as a house studio vocalist for a NYC recording studio, and more. I have tons of great references available!
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Dawn June 25, 2015
· Singing · In studio
Carey is currently working with our 9yo daughter. She has built a wonderful rapport, is very patient, and has helped our daughter's interest in music blossom into full fruition. It's truly wonderful to see our daughter having fun doing something she loves, and it takes a special teacher to make that happen with kids. Highly recommend.
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Carey Y.

Carey Y.

Bradenton, FL 34202
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$65 / 30-min

About marcus R.

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Sarasota, FL

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Marcus is a world class Violinist who holds a Master's Degree in Violin performance from Indiana University(Bloomington). Marcus was Adjunct Professor of Violin at the University of Louisville(Kentucky) before recently moving to Sarasota, Florida. He has been a successful performing and recording artist for decades and offers the highest level of teaching, recording, and performing skills. Marcus also offers experience in electric violin lessons.
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Knowlton M. November 14, 2017
· Violin · Online
First lesson was a little tricky on line but Marcus had some good advice for my audition.
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Pete P. October 20, 2017
· Violin · In studio
Marcus is knowledgeable and personable; the best.
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Adrienne January 30, 2016
· Violin · In studio
I feel very lucky to have Marcus as a violin teacher! He is a great violinist and has a very thorough way of teaching. He's also a really cool person. I look forward to my lessons and can't wait to see how I progress on violin in the future!
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marcus R.

marcus R.

Sarasota, FL 34233
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About Steve S.

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Largo, FL
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Steve is a nationally recognized guitar player and has been playing guitar for over 20 years. He has toured with international acts around the world, won Sam Ash's Best in Shred Clearwater, and his youtube videos on guitar have over 100,000 views. His styles and knowledge range from classical, to bluegrass, to country, to rock, to pop and his students range from complete beginners to advanced players. Steve has been teaching private lessons for over 8 years and he knows how to customize your lesson plan to best help you reach your goals. He teaches playing, reading music, music theory and gets you playing songs as soon as possible!
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Steve S.

Steve S.

Largo, FL 33771
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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 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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Bret Brisky November 29, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Great start!!
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Ela Z. August 8, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Great teacher.
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Best teacher ever!
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Don M.

Don M.

Valrico, FL 33596
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$25 / 30-min

About Toni D.

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Largo, FL
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About Toni
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 a
nd 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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$30 / 30-min

About Robert L.

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Sarasota, FL

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I have been a professional singer for all of my adult life, and have specialized in teaching students of all ages and levels, mostly beginners, for the last 20 years in the Sarasota area. My background is classical, but I have expanded my teaching to all styles of music, and recently have had success teaching popular styles to younger singers. In 2014, my student, singer/songwriter Sam Woolf finished in the top 5 on "American Idol".
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Robert L.

Robert L.

Sarasota, FL 34231
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$42 / 30-min

About Mike M.

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Pinellas Park, FL
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If you are interested in picking up the sticks and becoming a drummer, my classes are for you! My lessons are designed for beginner drummers and (if interested) will evolve into ensemble training to prepare you for writing, performing and recording with other musicians. I have had students as young as five and as old as sixty-five. It's never too late to learn something new.

Schedule your first drum lesson today!
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Lee December 3, 2017
· Drum · In studio
I thought he was awesome! I told him what I wanted out of learning how to play the drums and I even brought in a CD to show him a song I desperately wanted to learn. After lessons with him and never playing the drums before that I was playing my favorite songs pretty confidently!
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Mike M.

Pinellas Park, FL 33781
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