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About Jill H.

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Winter Springs, FL

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Jill holds a Bachelor's degree in Music Education and has master's work in choral music and Orff-Schulwerk. For many years Jill has taught private and group music lessons to all ages with many varying styles of singing and instrumental music. Her lessons are unlike the ones she remembers from childhood; Jill's lessons are full of creativity, fun and excitement. It is amazing how students improve with each lesson. Jill brings more than just technique to the studio, she strives to find the best in each student and then concentrates on improving each individual's strengths and then delves into ways to correct the weaknesses.

Since Jill is a vocal soloist, instrumentalist, accompanist and music director, she knows what it takes to prepare and rehearse and therefore she makes it clear which concept the student will be working on during
the lesson. With an instrumental and choral background, Jill brings music to life and then shares with the students how to keep music in their lives forever. Many students who had vocal problems have achieved vocal success after taking several lessons with Jill and learning to keep their voices healthy for the rest of their lives.

Jill has worked with children, teens and adults in many schools, churches and after school programs that she designed. Her success with students who are very young or students who come with disabilities or autistic spectrum diagnosis are moved by the music Jill creates. With the help of the ORFF-SCHULWERK certification, Jill has many ways of reaching children through the use of instruments, rhythm activities, games and other fun ways of learning. Breaking barriers is Jill's best asset, she will not quit until the student has an understanding of the instrument or his/her voice.

The young and the older adults find that taking lessons with Jill has brought them to a place of realizing their potential. Successful stories include pre-school age through students who are retired. The length of time one studies depends on the student's practice and diligence. Many students have started with Jill in preschool or elementary school and have continued through high school and college. Several college age students wanted to improve their singing or instrumental skills so goals were set and met through Jill's successful teaching ability. Several students learn music theory and many students have learned song-writing and creating arrangements.

Many of Jill's students have become better musicians and a considerable number of students have chosen music professions for their careers. Multiple students have won contests, auditioned for parts in musicals, started local bands and have become songwriters and performers after taking lessons with Jill. One student has recently auditioned for American Idol and has made it through several auditions. Teaching a myriad of students from various places in the world who have come to the United States has been a great experience. The cultural differences makes the teaching of these students exciting since Jill learns about music in their own home countries. Some of the students are from China, Germany, Norway, Dominican Republic, Brazil, Colombia, Puerto Rico and many who moved to Florida from some other state in the U.S.A. What a joy it has been to learn to communicate with these students and to verify that music is a universal language. By special request Jill is available for online lessons through internet and devices as well as traveling to student locations when her schedule allows. Students interested in online or in-home lessons should send a message to her to request certain days and times of availability.

Jill held the title "Steinway Pianos Concert and Artist Director" in Dallas TX in the 80's, working with Steinway artists and Dallas Symphony, Opera, Ballet and other events like planning pianos for Prince Charles' visit and many other concerts and events. Jill also performed in many Dallas venues as well as providing pianos for the Cowboys, the clubs, hotels, country clubs and museums including The Dallas Museum of Art.

"Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers, plans succeed. " (Proverbs 15:22) It is Jill's belief that with her teaching qualifications and past record of success with student achievement and great experience studying with wonderful advisers, teaching YOU or YOUR CHILD will be one of success!

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Jill's teaching technique is flexible. Some students require a stern and strict approach while others seem to work best with more creative license. Jill is open to each student's needs. When booking lessons with Jill, one will find that the first thing she will do is find out more about the student's needs and desires to succeed in their chosen instrument. Meeting goals are important in music and in life!

Because of her flexible approach, method books vary depending on the student's need to succeed. Sometimes young students will need to review several beginning methods until their reading skills are achieved. For the young students, Jill teaches theory and gives the young students time during the lesson to explore musical symbols and try their hands at improvisation, rhythms, manuscripts and creativity.

Some students may desire to learn to play "by ear" or through improvisational skills. Jill is very good with improv and her song writing skills are strong. When a student desires to write music, Jill is there to help with questions about time signatures, note values, key signatures and transpositions.

Taking lessons with Jill is a journey that those who have tried have not had regrets. Several parents and past students would be happy to tell you how their talents and gifts improved after working with Jill for a few months. After three months of working together, Jill will know how to pursue the student's musical career. After 6 months the student will be able to play complete songs and have a sense of basic music theory. The hope is for the student to be confident of their instrument's abilities and to have a list of repertoire for upcoming events in the student's life.

Several of Jill's students have taken their skills, gifts and talents to the professional level. Students who have studied with Jill are professional music directors in high schools, middle schools, elementary schools, churches, soloists and some who are in school studying music as their major. Taking lessons with Jill will be something that will add value to the student's life forever because MUSIC is her life! Without music, the world would be a very dull place and individuals would be unhappy and depressed in every walk of life. Music brings out the beauty of creation and man's ability to skillfully play an instrument for pleasure or for one's occupation.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Yamaha Conservatory Grand
Roland keyboard
5 string bass guitar/amp
mandolin
5 string banjo
small MACKIE mixer with Shure mics
Gibson electric guitar with effects and amp
6 string Takamine e-coustic with amp
recorder (the instrument)
violin
dulcimer
bongos
tambourines and many percussion instruments
music stands
soprano and baritone ukuleles
trumpet
djembe
I-pad
harmonica
various rhythm instruments
Mallets and tone blocks

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide my own equipment, but I expect the student to provide his/her own instruments and music stand.

*** Specialties ***
My specialty in voice comes from years of lessons and performance experience. Including solo gigs, bands and service performances such as parties, weddings, funerals, organizational roles, skills, clubs, recordings, hotels, country clubs, churches, schools and much more. She uses many methods, handouts and books to bring out various ideas to learn to sing correctly. Jill takes each individual at his/her level and tries to improve breathing technique, posture, enunciation with style and phrasing, depending on the student's aspirations.

Jill plays most instruments including piano, guitar, bass guitar, band instruments, ukulele, banjo, dulcimer, drums, percussion, harmonica, trumpet, clarinet, recorder, mandolin and violin. Jill enjoys many styles of music and she has played with many bands and groups throughout her musical career. She is a full time musician, music teacher and music director. Years of experience traveling the U.S. And Bahamas with bands, choirs and ensembles enables Jill to work well with many styles of music including contemporary, rock, Christian, Broadway, classical, country, bluegrass, jazz and her favorite, blues.

Sign up for five lessons today and you will not be disappointed.

Here's to your success!!!
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Brian June 4, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Jill was a fantastic teacher for our daughter. We highly recommend her.
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Cheryl G. October 2, 2017
· Violin · In studio
Had a great first lesson with Jill. Started with the basics of how to hold the violin and the bow, positioning when playing, and then moved on to locating the notes, and beginning to work on scales.
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Riley September 21, 2017
· Singing · In studio
My 15 year old daughter has had 3 lessons with Jill and we are truly enjoying her! She gives her a variety of useful exercises to strengthen her voice and breath. I already see much growth in her after just 3 lessons, AND my daughter's confidence is increasing with each lesson. Jill is such a talent - she plays multiple instruments and her love of music comes across when she is teaching. I highly recommend her!
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Jill H.

Jill H.

Orlando, FL 32825
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About Jeremy A.

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I am an accomplished performing musician that has experience playing many different instruments in multiple styles. I believe first and foremost that learning music should be fun and exciting with an emphasis on self exploration and communication. It's these qualities in my own musicianship that have helped me grow a true love of music and have pushed my career forward as a performer.

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In lessons I use a shifting curriculum that is made to work with the needs of each individual student. I firmly believe in the importance of learning to read music and learning some basic music theory, in my experience this helps the student grow from being able to reproduce the music of others to eventually developing a unique style and sound. After three to six months my beginning level students typically feel comfortable enough
to play with other musicians confidently.

*** Studio Equipment ***
The In-Studio lessons take place in the living room seating and a guitar are available. 1 cat and 1 small dog kept separate during lessons.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I will provide all of the necessary educational tools such as listening samples, and printed off hand outs. The student needs to have their own instrument, staff paper and a pencil.
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Dan M. January 26, 2018
· Bass Guitar · In home
Jeremy is a great instructor and he certainly knows what he is talking about. I play in a local band so we spend time going over the songs I am working on and he creates lessons and exercises based upon what I am having trouble with. He also always throws in some thoughts or ideas for me to think about to help me to become better. Having taken piano lessons with several different instructors for 5 years, I can confidently say he is indeed the best instructor ever.
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Geraldine October 14, 2017
· Banjo · In home
Great lesson !!! Jeremy adjusted the lesson to meet my skills and music goals!!!
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Austin B. August 9, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Jeremy is very knowledgeable and he relates well to my son. He is very laid back and makes the lessons enjoyable by finding songs for my son to learn that are his style.
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Jeremy A.

Winter Garden, FL 34787
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About Nicole O.

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Winter Park, FL

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"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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Steven April 22, 2018
· Singing · In home
Nicole is a kind and bubbly professional. Her knowledge and understanding of the voice is exceptional, and she is very good at sharing and teaching that knowledge. I got everything that I was looking for from the lessons, and would highly recommend her.
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Bhrayden M. April 16, 2018
· Violin · In studio
Bhrayden had fun learning with Nicole.
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Jack L. March 12, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Nicole is very knowledgeable. She’s very patient and dedicated. Looking forward to many more lessons to come.
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Nicole O.

Nicole O.

Winter Park, FL 32792
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About Michael W.

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Orlando, FL

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

*** Lesson Details ***
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 according to their skill level, desires and overcoming any difficulties.

In addition to piano, I also teach keyboard, organ, improve, stand-up comedy, recording, voice, guitar, harmonica, public speaking, children's etiquette and ballroom dance ( won grand nationals in tango ).

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

*** Specialties ***
Each students course is custom designed to ther needs and goal
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Bia and Steven May 10, 2018
· Dance · In home
Michael helped my wife and I get ready for our first dance for our wedding. Without him we wouldn't have been able to pull it off. He helped us learn so much in an extremely quick time schedule (about a month before the big day). Everything was easy going and fun. All of us joked a lot which made both my wife and I a lot less nervous. At the same time everything was extremely professional. He always helped us choose the best ways to do all the moves and showed us extra stuff to add if we felt we could do them on the day of. Michael, from the little time we knew him, is kind, sincere, and downright awesome. We can't thank him enough for how much he helped us.
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Hannah E. April 24, 2018
· Piano · In home
Great
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Bhrayden M. April 1, 2018
· Violin · In studio
Very good at kids. Bhrayden easily grasps what he teaches.
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Michael W.

Michael W.

Orlando, FL 32822
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$35 / 30-min

About Kelee P.

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Apopka, FL
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About Kelee
Ke'Lee P. is a licensed Musikgarten Instructor out of Orlando, FL. She studied at Wright State University where she majored in Vocal Performance. Ke'™Lee is certified in Early Childhood Music and Movement and has taught Early Childhood music classes, Vocal Lessons, and Acting at various daycare centers, performing arts schools, and private homes in the Orlando area since 2006.

Ke'™Lee performs everything from Opera to Gospel music. She has been a featured artist with Encore Theater Company and performed with Dayton Opera, Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra and many more.

Her joy is watching her students progress and thrive. She has had students appear on X Factor, The Voice and America's Got Talent. She has been the Director of Education for several performing arts schools and currently runs Creative Arts From the Heart which offers mob
ile performing arts programs.

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Private Lessons

Lessons Currently Offered

Voice

Acting

VOICE

The private voice lesson is designed to teach the student to sing with proper vocal technique and to learn appropriate stage presence, one-on-one (instructor and student), and is tailored to fit each student's individual needs.

Students will learn proper vocal placement, pitch control, ear-training , breath support , note reading , musicianship, self-confidence, music instruction and much more. Lessons will include studying a wide variety of vocal styles and/or languages, with various degrees of difficulty, tailored to the needs of the individual learner.

ACTING

The private acting lesson is designed to teach the student the tools they need to succeed as performers. Learn terminology, skills, and build confidence. Older students will focus on Audition, Scene Study, and Improvisation.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Keyboard

*** Travel Equipment ***
Keyboard

*** Specialties ***
Acting Coaching
Voice Lessons
Mommy and Me Classes
Fairy Tale Theater
Home School Classes
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Tiffany B. July 22, 2017
· Acting · In studio
I learned a lot so far and she is very good at what she does!
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Teeryana July 13, 2017
· Singing · In studio
She was so nice and just really easy to follow and understand.
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Beyshai S. June 8, 2017
· Opera Voice · In studio
She helped my voice become better. she is a great teacher. she taught me a lot of things like how to make my voice become better and also how to help my voice and how to come relax.
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Kelee P.

Kelee P.

Apopka, FL 32703
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About Kelley J.

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Orlando, FL
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Hi I'm Kelley I'm excited to help you learn hip hop Dance! I first stumbled upon dancing back in 2006 when a friend of mine taught me some elementary breakdancing moves, and from it sparked a passion I never even knew I had! That's exactly what I hope to do for others, help them discover or better themselves at something they love (or may love) doing. I've taught for 7 years off and on with different sizes and companies (dance companies). I have taught a range of dancers from beginner to professional and age ranges from 13-45 (male and female). I actually learned a lot of my dance skills from watching others whether in person or YouTube but I have taken lesson at various studios and instructors here and there. I'm excited to meet you and share this passion!!! This is my dance motto just so you don't feel like you can't do it because of s
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"if you want to get better... NEVER think you're the best"
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Ninoska smith July 3, 2015
· Hip Hop Dance · In studio
Kelley Jackson is an amazing dancer and I have seen him serve as a dance teacher before and he is amazing at that as well! You can choose no one better then him :)
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Veronica July 2, 2015
· Hip Hop Dance · In studio
Patient, knowledgeable and fun!
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Elvin July 2, 2015
· Hip Hop Dance · In studio
Highly recommend! For someone to be that dedicated to dance is encouraging, and then for that same person to be willing to be patient and teach is inspiring. Kelley is a great instructor and has showed me quite a few moves that have kept us laughing as well as dancing for quite a few years. If you want a unique and challenging dance routine, Kelley is the perfect person to show you some moves.
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Kelley J.

Orlando, FL 32839
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$20 / 30-min

About Bianca T.

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A confident, energetic, and physically fit dancer who has developed her skills in dance and has moved on to perform for many different audiences. During her career, she has performed in art shows, plays, movies, as feature in showcases, and as a background dancer for various great artists and events. She has experience dancing and choreographing in Modern, Contemporary, Praise Dance, and Hip Hop. Bianca also has experience Krumping and performing as part of a Drill Team. Bianca desires to use her learning experiences and compassion for dance to impart into future students and audiences alike.
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Layla R. October 15, 2017
· Dance · In home
Bianca did an excellent job!
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Stephanie September 12, 2016
· Algebra · Online
i could have worked out better
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Micah W. April 20, 2016
· Hip Hop Dance · Online
it was good looking for future lessons and getting better
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Bianca T.

Orlando, FL 32825
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$15 / 30-min

About Ilka C.

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Orlando, FL
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Hi there!
I’m Ilka Tamar, and I cannot wait to meet you. I have been a Modeling Instructor since 1996 after my graduation from Fontecha Academy (Puerto Rico) in 1995. While attending Fontecha, I earned degrees in Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced Modelling between the years of 1995 to 1996. Some of my personal accomplishments, after being in the industry for 20 years, have been: Professional Modeling, Acting (TV and Film), Editorials (Washington D.C, Texas, New York), and owned my own Modeling Academy named MetaMorphosis by Ilka Tamar.

As your instructor, I would help you train for beauty pageants, runways, editorials, and more. Also, I would love to help you with self- confidence and self- esteem, personal goals and achievements. Starting at 5 years of age, I teach everyone with special needs and Seniors welcomed too!

Success an
d confidence have no age limits; this is my philosophy. I look forward to helping you reach your goals!
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Rosaly Alicea August 19, 2016
· Modeling · In studio
excellent in their work with great discipline and dedication and ko more important that cares about that always do it excellent the recominedo 100% I get his Academy without knowing absolutely nothing alia gateway taught us to project ourselves in the correct way and dobre all have confidence in ourselves and gain much security.
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Rosaly August 19, 2016
· Modeling · In studio
Excellent
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Janet August 17, 2016
· Modeling · In studio
Excelente en su profesión muy buena presencia con una gran ayuda hacia las niña para obtener su AUTOESTIMA. Alta con buen control de grupo a nivel de q su clase fuera interesante divertida con confianza relajada y saber q mas q su maestra su amiga compañeras etc ... Gracias Ilka por su gran apoyo a nuestra hija y a nosotras como madre darnos confianza y compartir con usted cada clase Dios la bendiga y éxito....
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Ilka C.

Orlando, FL 32821
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Rob received his Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Musical Theatre from Emerson College in Boston.

He has performed in Theme Parks, Summer Stock, Regional Theaters and Dinner Theaters through the United States.

For the past 13 years Rob has performed at Walt Disney World with The Voices of Liberty, The Dapper Dans, and Finding Nemo the Musical. He has also performed in various stage shows and vocal groups at Hong Kong Disneyland and The Tokyo Disney Resort.

As well as his work on stage, Rob has also been a Musical Director and Vocal Coach at Emerson College, Staples High School and The Fiddlehead Theater Company in Boston.

He is a proud member of Actor's Equity Association.
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Rob C.

Kissimmee, FL 34759
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I am Professional Singer, Conductor, Music Teacher, and Church Musician. I graduated from Crown College in St. Bonifacius, MN in 2016 with a B.A. in Vocal Performance and a B.M.E. in Vocal and General Music Education. I have extensive experience with training choirs as well as solo performers both in and out of college.

Voice students can expect to improve week to week in their vocal technique. Every voice is different and needs to be treated with great care and attention. I will work with the students to expand their range and find what works best for THEIR voice. Every voice I have taught has dramatically improved with a few just weeks under my instruction. I can help anyone sing with confidence and grace.

As a music teacher I have experience teaching in a title 1 K-8 school where I taught a variety of ages and skill levels
including students with special needs in our school's cross-categorical classes. From song writing with my middle school students to basic piano skills to choir. I have donet it all in the music classroom.

As a conductor and performing musician I have had the blessing and opportunity to travel all over the world. Some of the highlights of my career have been a 5-week opera program in Siena, Italy. During this time we lived in apartments and were fully immersed in the Italian culture, we performed over 20 times during those 5 weeks. Other musical ventures include various Choir tours throughout the United States and Europe.

My personal passion is Classical and Broadway music but I firmly believe that great basic technique is essential to any and every style. I look forward to meeting you and helping you to become a better musician!
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Sharon May 15, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Derek was hired to lead a volunteer choir of mostly non-musicians. He worked with them, teaching enunciation, tone, intonation and more, until our choir was quite adept in singing 4 part octavos. He taught with compassion and care.
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Rick May 13, 2018
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Derek is a wonderful teacher of music! He includes music history, which is fascinating, and gently nudges his students to do more than they think they can. I highly recommend him to anyone who likes to sing!
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Ellie May 12, 2018
· Singing · In studio
I didn't take actual "lessons" from Mr. Bates--I was a member of a church choir he directed. He knew his stuff. He helped us produce tones correctly for best quality; I became a better singer under his instruction. He was patient with members who needed help with learning their parts, always willing to repeat a section until it was solid. He was fun, with a great sense of humor and fun. He also made profound comments on the lyrics, which made a difference in the depth of our singing. I'm so glad I had this experience!
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Derek B.

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As with any profession, actors have tools. Just as a doctor needs a stethoscope or a fireman needs a hose, there are certain items an actor must keep in their toolbox. I usually start classes or lessons by asking my new students or clients what they think these tools might be. Sometimes, the answer is very literal ("Script!"), and other times abstract ("Passion!"). None of these is a wrong answer. Being an actor or artist is subjective and everyone's process is different and valid. But th
Learning to Dance: What Should I Look for in an Instructor?
If you're interested in learning to dance, don't let other beginners dictate your pace and progress. Instead of joining a class, schedule a private lesson with a professional dance instructor. You might not find your perfect match instantly, but you'll be in a unique position to consider the instructor's background, personality, and teaching style before signing up. But what should you be looking for, exactly? Previous Stage Experience After professional dancers retire, they often stick arou
Audition Tips: 4 Things You Need Besides Talent
So you've been preparing for an audition for a few months, and the big day has finally come. But even if you have the talent to back up your performance, there are a few things you'll need to remember to get on your potential director's good side. Read on as St. Augustine, FL teacher Heather L. explains...   Auditions can be the most unpleasant part of being a performing artist. But with great preparation and forethought, they can also be the most valuable and exciting part. Aud
How to Have Stage Presence | 4 Areas to Improve Your Voice
Actors, your voice is one of the most powerful tools you have to make a character come to life. Next time you're getting into a character, use these tips from Baltimore, MD acting teacher Larry P. for improving your stage presence...   Remember when your mother used to remind you to “use your indoor voice”? You have all sorts of indoor voices, and in order to best portray any character and improve your stage presence, be it in an audition, a rehearsal, or a production, you have to

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