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About Nicole O.

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Winter Park, FL

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About Nicole
"To play wrong notes is insignificant. To play without passion is inexcusable." - Beethoven

I was five years old when I discovered my singing voice. My youthful curiosity soon blossomed into a passion for musical expression through voice, violin, piano, and guitar. My mission is to share the musical exploration that has enriched my life by fostering my students' desires to express themselves through music.

As a teacher, I focus equally on formal technique and artistic expression. Mastering correct form provides the foundation upon which a student’s capacity for the latter may grow. Techniques used during lessons are designed to develop a holistic understanding of music through aural, visual, and tactile cues. These include ear training, sight-reading, improvisation and using visualization to navigate the instrument. Progress is e
valuated by developing a set of goals specific to each student. I find that allowing students input in originating goals facilitates a cooperative learning environment and allows me to tailor lessons to a student's interests, strengths and learning preferences. Providing students with a plan to succeed inspires a drive to learn and sense of achievement. I encourage students to play their instruments daily. Through consistent practice, students will benefit from increased discipline, patience, creativity and self-esteem. Students are rewarded with the chance to share what they've learned at recitals held biannually. For the duration of our lesson, my students are in a private, nurturing zone of free expression. Join me in an exploration of personal talent and creativity!

Nicole has performed with the Rollins College Bach Festival Society Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. John V. Sinclair. She has also performed with the Florida Space Coast Philharmonic under the direction of Dr. Candler Schaffer. She is experienced as a session musician, recording vocals and violin at Wright Entertainment Group Studios (Justin Timberlake) with producer Will Baker (India Arie, Pink). She has performed as a soloist at the White House, Bob Carr Performing Arts Center, Amway Arena, and Hard Rock Live.

Nicole holds Bachelor of Arts degrees (with honors) in Music and Anthropology, graduating Summa Cum Laude from Rollins College. A member of the Honors Program (top 2%), and one of nine Cornell Scholars in her graduating class, she is very grateful to have been awarded a full academic scholarship. Nicole pursued concentrations in Violin and Vocal Performance, as well as Ethnomusicology. Nicole served as co-concertmaster of the Rollins College Orchestra and String Ensemble for three, consecutive years, under the direction of Dr. John V. Sinclair. She was featured at Christmas Vesper services in a solo performance of Winter (The Four Seasons) by Vivaldi, at the Knowles Memorial Chapel. Nicole has studied violin with Joni Roos and Alvaro Gomez, protege of David Oistrakh. She has performed as a soloist with the Rollins College Gospel and Concert Choirs and studied vocal pedagogy and performance with Dr. Edmund Leroy and Dr. Lori Lovell. At Rollins, Nicole studied piano with Dr. Gloria Cook and enjoys playing classical, jazz, and Latin styles. Nicole has studied classical guitar for seven years and especially enjoys playing Latin American folk music and flamenco. Nicole pursued her love of world music in publishing her senior honors thesis, “Cultural Fusion of Music Constructs: A Look at Hybrid World Styles,” analyzing the effects of globalization on traditional, ethnic musics. She has published research in the Rollins Undergraduate Research Journal, where she also served as Music and Anthropology Editor for three years.
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Joshua June 17, 2016
· Singing · In studio
awesome - challenging yet perfect for my sons ability level - he learned so much and had fun. Nicole was encouraging and still appropriately corrected. Great techniques. Picking a song of his interest was great. Nicole knows what she is doing. Sings and plays the piano really well too! I was impressed.
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Colleen Loomis March 22, 2016
· Jazz Voice · In home
Nicole O. is a great teacher! I am a mature woman and would recommend her to anyone. I have learned a lot and enjoyed every note of it. She fosters love of music as well has a talent for making it blossom in others. She's one of the best instructors I've met.
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Anouska J. February 18, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Nicole is absolutely fantastic and we have enjoyed her lessons thoroughly.
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Nicole O.

Nicole O.

Winter Park, FL 32792
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About Damien S.

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Orlando, FL

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Orlando-based composer and guitarist Damien has made a name for himself as a writer of scores for film, theater and dance productions.;A graduate of Music Composition at SUNY Purchase (New York) and Musicology at the University College of Dublin (Ireland). Years of touring internationally and score writing has given Damien the experience and work ethic to share his musical knowledge and abilities with others. Producing 4 cds and appearing on countless others' cds and compilations; Damien can share not only his musical/theoretical talents, but his experience in producing, recording, writing, and performing live.

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Damien is a very patient and moderately, laid back teacher. He will teach what you want to learn, yet give you suggestions on other avenues to approach. Basics lead to complete knowledge of any subject. S
tarting from the beginning of what a student knows and moving forward step by step will only lead to perfection in their lessons. Having fun doing this, is the only way to keep a student focused and progressing. Enjoyment is the number one focus of Damien's lessons. If a student isn't enjoying and having fun with their lessons then they will not progress.
Damien teaches ages of 5-99. You are never too young or old to learn. Damien's main focus is guitar and music theory

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I would expect the student to provide their own guitar (if necessary) and a notebook
I have private parking for my students, so they don't have to worry about parking, ever !
*** Specialties ***
I have been taught, on a college level, of classical, jazz, ethnic musics. I specialize in guitar, theory, composition.
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Austin R. October 5, 2017
· Banjo · In studio
Damien is extremely professional and does an excellent job explaining the fundamentals. As Albert Einstein said, "If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough." Damien has a way of explaining concepts so they are easily understood and retained, even for more complex subjects.
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Jack C. August 21, 2017
· Banjo · Online
Learned more about music in just an hour than I ever did in the past.
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Eryn June 12, 2017
· Banjo · In studio
So patient and funny! Just had my first lesson and can't wait to come back.
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Damien S.

Damien S.

Orlando, FL 32801
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About Ella G.

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Educated in Russia, 35 years of piano and music theory experience, 20 years of which in the US.
Five years ago obtained a Harmony Road Music method certification and established a very successful music school in Maryland. At the moment the school provides lessons in piano, guitar, violin, vocals, music theory and music history.
Moved to Florida recently. Hope to utilize my experience here and looking forward to introducing the wonderful world of music to my future students.

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Whether it's in my studio or your place, I maintain friendly environment, show passionate attitude. I develop an individual lesson strategy based on unique student's personality. I provide all the necessary material.
I am particularly successful with very young (3+) kids and manage to create a game like engaging environment in the cla
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Can teach in both English or Russian.

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piano

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portable piano

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Classical piano music
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Stephanie T. December 8, 2015
· Piano · In studio
Ella was so great! She was very welcoming and prompt. Her instruction was easy to understand and just the right amount of information for my first lesson. I'm really excited about moving forward and continuing my lessons with her.
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Sarah m May 14, 2014
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Great teacher. Very patient especially with one of my kids who can can be a bit difficult at times.
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Don D. February 24, 2014
· Piano ·
Very glad I found her

Ella has a lot of patience, esp. for me as a beginner. She makes me play perfectly without making me feel frustrated.

She is a delight to learn from.

Thank you Ella.
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Ella G.

Ella G.

Casselberry, FL 32707
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About Bill P.

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Yalaha, FL

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Award winning national Radio/TV personality and voice over talent for more than 25 years.

Voice heard in thousands of national Radio/TV commercials, infomercials, corporate DVDs, CD Roms, & videos for The Golf Channel, Disney, Universal Studios, Sea World, U.S.Army, Delta Airlines, Windjammer Cruises, Darden Restaurants, Lowes, Time Warner Cable and many more.

15 years as Master Of Ceremonies/Comedian for touring variety show performing in over 1200 USA shows in 29 states.

National/Regional guest lecturer/speaker.

Professor, teaching broadcast/speech courses for 15 years at the University Of Central Florida.

BA--Radio & TV--Butler University, Indianapolis, Indiana.

My extensive teaching, on air and performing experience will give you the winning voice/spech edge in your career and personal life.
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UNLEASH THE POWER OF YOUR SPEAKING VOICE!
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Gary November 24, 2017
· Voice Acting · Online
First lesson with Bill. He's a great resource with a wealth of knowledge and experience. Focuses on the basics and importance of using and caring for your voice. Looking forward to continuing my learning with him!
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Olga G. November 16, 2017
· Accent Reduction · Online
Bill is a great teacher. He starts with the fundamental information about how voice works and how to take care of it. After very first lesson I learned a lot about controlling your pitch, posture, what you eat and what you drink before your performance.
Thanks Bill!
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Ross October 20, 2017
· Speaking Voice · Online
Only 10 lessons in - and already I have seen a significant difference in my 'on air' voice - thanks to the direction, tutelage, tools and ultimate care Bill has offered.
Every session has a great flow, offers new ideas and most importantly there's a great level of comfort as venturing into new areas with your voice is not always easy. It is also incredibly useful that Bill sends out the weeks lesson plan/agenda a few days before our lesson so that I can wrap my head around what we will cover. Further on, I have the lesson plan so that I can always revert back to the tools that are taught as a reminder.
Before Bill I had worked with a voice coach that was 4 times the cost, and very generic in the teachings, rather then with Bill who caters the sessions to my needs, and is obviously affordable.
I fully recommend Bill, as you can tell. Very little cost for you to try an introductory 5 lessons - and from there you will certainly learn new ways to increase/sharpen your skill level.
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Yalaha, FL 34797
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About Rebecca G.

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Orlando, FL
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Hello! My name is Rebecca, and I am 24 years old! I recently graduated from Chicago College of Performing Arts with a degree in Vocal Performance! Along with learning vocal technique, I've learned piano, conducting, music theory, ear training, advanced diction, intermediate french, and basic Italian and German. In my spare time, I've been working towards becoming a certified yoga teacher, and hold yoga and meditation classes at my school and home!
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Alexis September 27, 2017
· Singing · In home
Rebecca had a teaching style that is very calming and easy to follow. She has made sure that good habits are the building block to a better voice. Very happy with everything she has accomplished so far. She has an amazing voice herself. Very happy with Rebecca. I would recommend her to singers at any level.
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Rebecca G.

Rebecca G.

Orlando, FL 32836
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About Victoria T.

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Casselberry, FL

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Victoria is a recent graduate of Belmont University's School of Music in Nashville, TN. Fresh out of Music City, USA, she has a passion for music and sharing it with others. She has recently relocated to Winter Springs, FL, where her husband also teaches voice lessons. Over the course of her formal musical training, Victoria has gained extensive experience with vocal technique, vocal health, and vocal performance. Her credits include over 12 years of vocal study, both classical and commercial (i.e. jazz, country, pop, rock, CCM, etc.), over 17 years of classical and commercial piano study, and over 8 years experience playing saxophone in band and jazz ensembles. She also has 7 years' experience playing basic acoustic guitar and she enrolled in 2 years' worth of both guitar and songwriting lessons during her time at Belmont. Victoria has d
eveloped an advanced knowledge of music theory and ear training skills. She is also experienced in arranging, writing charts, and transcribing. She is skilled with technology such as Finale, GarageBand, Melodyne, and general recording equipment. As a teacher, she brings unique perspective and experience from her training in both classical and popular music. She brings a wide variety of skill sets and experiences to the table, from her positions as a worship leader, to years of classical piano lessons, to recording in both professional and home studios. Victoria strives to motivate her students and kindle their musical passions by using both classical and commercial curricula. She is excited to use the knowledge and skills she has gained to spark a passion for music in others. Note: Availability subject to change according to my work schedule, which is different every week. I find out my schedule usually a week or so in advance, so we will know ahead of time if it affects any lesson times.
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Victoria T.

Victoria T.

Casselberry, FL 32707
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About Marina K.

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Casselberry, FL
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Teacher experience 7 years, working with all ages. Beginner, Intermidiate, Advanced levels.

Languages: English , Russian, Ukrainian .

MM degree.

In 2007 became a student at National Music College in Kiev, Ukraine, on solo singing department. Took part in college concerts with success.

At 2009 Took third place in All-Ukrainian academic solo singing competition “Spiritual sources”.
At 2010-2011 Leading voice teacher in music school “Montessori center” Kiev, Ukraine.

At 2011 took first place at International competition “Wings of Music” in Kiev.

At 2011 awarded with a Diploma for special contribution for the development of the National Music College.

At 2011 gets a diploma of the young music specialist.
At 2012 – 2017 Founder , Director, leading Voice teacher of music studio “Free art school”
Her students received
awards at all-Ukrainian and international competitions. Make many master classes and many school concerts. .

At 2012 became a student of National Ukrainian Academy of Music on a solo singing department.

At 2016 receives a Bachelor's degree in National Music Academy of Ukraine.

At 2017 Graduated Ukrainian National Conservatory with a degree of Master of Singing.

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I'm a passionate and motivated yang instructor who loves music, self-expression and development. I graduated from National Music Academy with Bachelor of Arts degree in Solo Performance in Kiev, Ukraine. I have many award as a singer and as a teacher. In 2012 I have opened my own music school in Kiev, it was an amazing experience. I have so many clients of different age groups and singing levels. Every three months our school students participated in concerts where all of them had the opportunity to fell like a real professional musician. I was fortunate to work with many famous Ukrainian singers, and be a part of many music projects. I have successfully organized concerts of popular, jazz and classical music. With great pleasure I will share my knowledge with my new students!
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Marina K.

Marina K.

Casselberry, FL 32707
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$34 / 30-min

About Evan F.

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Orlando, FL

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My name is Evan and I love music. I play in two live cover bands, perform solo piano pieces, and write original songs for multiple music groups. I have over 15 years of experience playing instruments and singing and absolutely love sharing my passion with others. I work really well with beginners because I remember how frustrating it can be when you're just starting out. I hope that with a little time and practice, you will come to love music as much as I do.
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Jim J. December 5, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Evan really knows his stuff, is an awesome musician and is GREAT at determining what a student needs to learn and what to concentrate on. He’s easy to work with, has great teaching skills, is clearly very start and just fun to learn from. You can’t go wrong with Evan as your instructor. He’s truly gifted.
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Jim November 8, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Evan is both an accomplished and experienced musician and a great teacher with excellent analytical and people skills. Very quickly, he was able to assess my knowledge, skills and ability and effectively pinpoint where I need to concentrate my efforts. He’s smart, capable and fun to work with.
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Max October 13, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Evan is a really fun and attentive teacher. He's able to recognize and strengthen what you're naturally good at and also patiently help with weaknesses. I definitely recommend him.
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Evan F.

Evan F.

Orlando, FL 32807
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About Sydney S.

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Orlando, FL
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I believe that the most important part of learning and instrument is developing a love and appreciation for the art, and my main goal as a teacher is to teach more than notes and rhythms.
I taught private lessons in Brevard County for three years, and have taught at summer music camps, such as the BSYO Summer Orchestra Program. I am also a freelance musician, and have experience working in quartets and musical pits on multiple instruments. I am currently a Music Performance major at UCF, and plan on pursuing Ethnomusicology.
I have taught students from children to adults, beginners to those with more experience, and I have found that my preferred teaching method is to institute a solid foundation in music theory and ear training, and personalize all of my lessons to fit the particular needs of the students. I will come to you
for lessons (I have Friday spots available if you would like to come to me instead) so you don't even have to leave your house! Music is a very important part of my life, and there is nothing I love more than sharing my knowledge and inspiring an appreciation of classical music.
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Sydney S.

Sydney S.

Orlando, FL 32807
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$40 / 30-min

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Mount Dora, FL

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I am a band director of 11 years. I have taught and performed professionally in the Jackson, TN and Memphis, TN regions for 7 years and have been active as a director in Florida for 4 years.

I graduated from the University of Memphis in 2007 with a masters of music in performance. While at Memphis, I studied with Charles Schulz (principal tubist, Memphis Symphony Orchestra), John Mueller (euphonium), and David Spencer (trumpet). I also had the opportunity to perform with world class tubist Jens Bjorn-Larsen. I was also awarded the Clement Santi Memorial Brass Scholarship.

During my teaching tenure in west Tennessee, I had students earn the top chairs at All-State, win the concerto competitions, be accepted to numerous schools of music (including Northwestern University, University of Memphis, University of Tennessee, Belmont University
, University of Mississippi), and be awarded the highest scholarship for entering freshmen in the Rudi Scheidt School of Music (Memphis).

During my tenure in west Tennessee, I had the privilege of leading my ensembles to earning numerous awards including Superior and Excellent Ratings. I am in the process now of building a young band program to be equally successful.

I know what it means to fail. I know what it means to succeed. I know what it takes to bridge the gap between the two—dedication, hard work, and a desire to succeed.
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Brian H.

Mount Dora, FL 32757
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