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About Paul M.

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Orlando, FL
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I began taking drum lessons at a very early age and continued on and off with various teachers for the better part of twenty years. I will always be grateful to them for the knowledge and wisdom they imparted on me and for the positive influence they have had on my life, especially the ones with whom I really bonded and who were essentially mentors to me while I studied with them.

As a teacher, there is no better feeling than seeing a student make progress and knowing that you helped him or her along the way, while at the same time not taking the credit, as it is always the student who has the harder job, who must do the real work. I always feel tremendous satisfaction when a student masters a difficult rudimentary exercise for the first time, or is able to execute a challenging rhythm pattern on the drum set. The expression on their
faces often conveys pride over their achievement, and I can often sense a boost in their self-esteem. This is why I teach.

I began playing drums when I was around twelve years old, and played throughout grade school, high school and college, in school jazz bands and musical pit bands, as well as playing in many rock bands over the years. I began teaching drums shortly after graduating from college, eventually relocating to New York City, where I lived for 12 years and where I continued playing and teaching, as well as taking lessons on and off. I was very fortunate to study with Joe Morello - famous for his tenure with Dave Brubeck and especially on the classic recording "Take Five." I have also played on several recordings, toured throughout the Northeast and Midwest, and have performed at the South By Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas, the Sundance Film Festival in Utah, the Miami Music Festival, and have been overseas a few times for some European dates. Since moving to Orlando in late 2009, I played with a cover band, played drums and percussion in the orchestras for musical productions at community theaters, and currently play with a local Orlando rock band called the Cosmic Roots Collective.

To me, teaching drums is more than simply writing notes on a page of manuscript paper and having students practice and perform exercises. It is about connecting and showing them how expressing themselves musically can be one of the most fulfilling activities one can pursue. It is also about helping them really get in touch with their own sense of rhythm, the foundation of all music. When I take on new students, it is always my goal that I can help foster in them the same passion for and love of learning to play drums as the great teachers who taught me.

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My lesson plan will be based on the student's level and goals. If the student is a beginner, we will start off with basic hand technique, rudiments, reading, etc., before moving on to the drum set. Playing along with a metronome will also be a regular part of lessons and should be with practice as well.

At the drum set, I will give students exercises for developing coordination and independence. They will also learn to play basic beats for different music styles, e.g. rock, jazz, funk, latin, with a focus on execution, time and feel. I have a wide assortment of drum books spanning all levels from which we can work out of or use examples. I also ask my students what songs they want to learn to play on the drums so that together we can figure out the beats to them. I ultimately want them to be able to transcribe the beats to these songs themselves, as well as create their own beats.

I may also talk a little about the history of drumming and the pioneers of the instrument, and we may also listen to records and watch videos of some of the masters in action.

I also occasionally like to "jam" with my students. as I have a piano and a few guitars in my practice room and a modicum of ability on both instruments.

As far as expectations, I assume my students are taking lessons because they want to learn to play the drums. And, as with any learning endeavor, practicing is very important. That said, I won't demand they practice a certain number of hours per week, as they need to decide how much time they have or are willing to put into it, and I expect this will vary from student to student. I realize that everyone has his or her own aptitudes and situations, so we can work together to determine the appropriate pace and amount of material to cover per week. However, if it appears to me that the student has not practiced the lesson, or is not putting in the time necessary to make progress, I will politely point it out and ask how I can help.

I am laid back and very patient. I never want my students to feel pressured or anxious about coming to lessons; I always strive to create a comfortable and relaxed environment in which they can learn and have fun at the same time.

*** Studio Equipment ***
A designated music room with an electronic drum set (Roland V Drums), digital piano, and a couple of guitars and amplifiers

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can bring a practice pad or snare drum and sticks to the first lesson, if he or she is a beginner, although I prefer them to have these already if possible. After that, I expect the student to buy sticks, a pad and if necessary a stand to mount it, a metronome, music manuscript paper, and have a comfortable seat to sit on, if not a drum stool. If they are at the intermediate level and/or have already started on the drum set, then they need to have their own set in their home.

*** Specialties ***
Basic hand technique for beginners, eventually incorporating an extra limb, usually the bass drum first.

Rock and basic funk, jazz, and latin. Also basic musical notation. Ultimately, I would like the student to be able to transcribe the beats from some of their favorite songs, as well as write their own!
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Brooke H. October 4, 2017
· Drum · In home
Paul is warm kind easy going professional and a terrific teacher! My teenage daughter had her first drum lesson and went great. Send your kids (or yourself) to him!
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James H. August 5, 2017
· Drum · In studio
Great guy - very knowledgeable but not at all intimidating ! - great fun !!
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Christopher L. April 21, 2016
· Drum · In home
I came home to find my 11 year old happy and saying that Paul did a great job!
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Paul M.

Orlando, FL 32839
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About Bonnie P.

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Clermont, FL
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About Bonnie
Bonnie started piano at age 4, clarinet by third grade, and oboe in the 8th grade. In High School, she played oboe, bagpipes, and saxophone in the jazz band winning the Best Jazz Soloist Award. She also won the Young Artist Competition and played with the Tampa Symphony. While attending USF, she continued to perform with the Tampa Symphony and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree. She then attended the University of Michigan and received her Master of Music degree and performed with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and many chamber groups in the area.

In 2003, she created the Pop Oboe series with 4 CDs, a member of the Recording Academy and had her cds on the Grammy Nomination list.

Now in the Orlando area, she is a freelance musician and has performed at Universal, The Museum of Art, The Winter Park Art Festival,and many mor
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In 2012, she created a piano curriculum that uses animals to teach note reading and piano. Creating this curriculum makes learning music FUN!

All along the way, she was teaching private music students, Kindermusik and also Homeschooling her three children for 10 years.
Using several curriculum for phonics, and reading, while Homeschooling, is why she is offering this service through Take Lessons.

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FUN and More FUN can be expected with the background of Kindermusik and Homeschooling! Bonnie has learned that students best respond to learning if the environment is FUN and engaging. Through homeschooling and her years of teaching background, your students can expect LOTS of PATIENCE because Bonnie relates to each student and how they learn best on an individual level. Every student has a different way they learn, and Bonnie quickly tunes in to their way of learning.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Oboe, Recorder,Bagpipes (chanter), Flute, Keyboard
Student should have their own instrument

*** Travel Equipment ***
Keyboard for Piano
Student should have their own instrument

*** Specialties ***
Pop, Rock, Classical
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Ernesto E. January 31, 2019
· Piano · In studio
Love seeing my grandson get so excited to learn the keys of the piano not just bang on it. Love the way she teaches
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Tim November 28, 2018
· Oboe · Online
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Mary D. November 5, 2018
· Piano · Online
Bonnie is amazing! I highly recommend her if you want an instructor who is experienced, easy to work with and flexible. She is my piano teacher and my daughter’s teacher as well. I have learned so much and it is a lot of fun.
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Bonnie P.

Clermont, FL 34711
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About Michael W.

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

*** 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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Keegen M. October 10, 2018
· Violin · In home
My son Keegen had a blast with Mr. Mike. He was so attentive and caring. Keegen is looking forward to next lesson!
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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
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Michael W.

Orlando, FL 32822
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About Enoch W.

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Orlando, FL

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About Enoch
Hello, my name is Enoch! I am a Piano Teacher here in Central Florida, professionally educated in Piano Performance, and have over 19 years of piano experience. A Florida Gator alum, I am an accomplished pianist, having competed throughout Florida as well as receiving awards on both the competitive National (MTNA) and International (International Piano Competition of Sweden) Levels.

I am a skilled classical musician who is young, approachable, and ready to share what I have learned with either you or your loved one! I have taught beginners level piano to kids as young as age 3 and have also taught individuals in their 30's+ looking to pick up a new hobby. I teach according to your needs for yourself or your child! I teach:

-Music Theory
-Classical Piano (Beginner - Advanced Levels)
-Piano Improvisation
-Hymns and Church Music

-Piano Accompaniment

Music and the piano especially, are truly one of the greatest joys in my life and I'd love the chance to share that with you or a loved one. If you have any questions, please feel free to leave me one and I'll get back to you as soon as possible. It's my top priority to help you achieve your greatest musical dreams!

Thanks for reading, hope to hear from you soon!
Enoch
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Kingston M. April 19, 2018
· Piano · In home
Very patient with children!
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Faure March 1, 2018
· Piano · In home
Enoch is an extremely talented instructor. Looking forward for many more sessions to come.
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Mayda J. October 15, 2017
· Piano · In studio
We had a great start!! It's going to be fantastic!
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Enoch W.

Orlando, FL 32822
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$15 / 15-min

About Ray M.

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Polk City, FL

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Ray has been teaching private lessons since 2001 and is currently available to teach lesson with in 15 miles of Polk Fl. Ray has been a professional musician for over 30 years playing at cocktail parties for private parties and group events, and business grand openings. Ray has given piano lessons through a music store and privately since 2001. Harmonica lessons are a big part of Ray's lesson programs.
Lessons range between 30-45 minutes as needed.
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Andrew P. August 28, 2016
· Piano · In studio
About 90 days ago I had never played piano and now Ray has me playing better than I ever expected by this time. I meet him at his amazing studio in his beautiful home. Thanks Ray for everything. See you soon!
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Andrew P. May 21, 2016
· Piano · In studio
I had never touched a piano before selecting Ray for my teacher. After just a few lessons he has me playing and improving with each time I practice. Because of his great teaching ability I'm on the right path to playing well. He's very patient and explains everything in terms that are easily understood. I'm not sure I would be progressing so well if it wasn't for his exceptional teaching skills.
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Patty Wade May 9, 2016
· Piano · In home
I had a great first lesson experience with Ray. I look forward to learning how to play and think he will be a great instructor.
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Ray M.

Polk City, FL 33868
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About Kevin M.

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Davenport, FL

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Hello! My name is Kevin, and I am looking forward to teaching you everything I know about music! I've been singing at Walt Disney World for over 23 years (and I still am currently) with the Voices of Liberty, the Dapper Dans of Main Street, and Four For A Dollar. I have a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Penn State University. Even more than singing, playing the guitar, arranging for a cappella, and playing piano, I love to teach! Ever since I was a sophomore in high school, I've wanted to be a teacher of music in various capacities. My favorite aspect of teaching several private students each week is that every individual student has a different story: What is it that you want to accomplish? Would you like to sing, play piano, or play guitar? Would you like training in music theory? Do you want to eventually have a career in m
usic? Will this be a hobby for you? Whatever your goals are, I am excited to know your story.
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Ana V. March 8, 2019
· Guitar · In studio
Kevin is great very professional and patient, I really recommend him , my daughter enjoyed every class..
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Tatiana A. January 10, 2019
· Piano · In home
The Class was excellent. The method that Mr Kevin use to teach is easy . My daughter is happy
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Hanna C. July 26, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Kevin is very considerate and committed to his students. It's been a fantastic experience.
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Kevin M.

Davenport, FL 33896
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$30 / 30-min

About Alina V.

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Kissimmee, FL
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About Alina
I have a BA in Music and have enjoyed teaching affordable lessons to all ages for 30+ years. Educated at Russian Music Univercity like professional performing artist and educator. Formerly I taught in the Seversk's Music school in Russia.

Worked with children of different age (of 5 years and is more senior), and also with adults. Now I teach from my home studio and travel to students' homes. I customize the lessons based on the individual, bringing a balance between having fun and learning the technical basics which will enable the student to progress properly.

Russian is my primary language.
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Anastasia June 14, 2018
· Classical Piano · In home
Definitely recommend! She’s a very good teacher!
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Melanie K. May 3, 2017
· Classical Piano · In studio
Alina is a very knowledgeable, she takes her time when teaching you. I have learned so much in the short time I have been taking lessons from her. I highly recommend her!
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Alina V.

Kissimmee, FL 34759
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$20 / 30-min

About Christian R.

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Lakeland, FL

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

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

I've taught privately and at schools for both young and adult students for many years during this time.
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Nathan April 7, 2018
· Flute · In studio
We've been seeing Mr. Christian since November for beginner flute lessons for our 12-year-old daughter. From the beginning, Mr. Christian has been incredibly patient and encouraging while being firm and uncompromising. Our daughter has gone from having difficulty with "Hot Cross Buns" to confidently attempting All-State Band pieces, largely thanks to Mr. Christian's instruction. In February, our daughter scored a superior in Solo and Ensemble after just three months of Mr. Christian's tutelage, plus she is jumping to middle school symphonic band next year. We cannot recommend Mr. Christian highly enough for anyone, of any age, aspiring to learn how to play the flute well.
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Jose September 8, 2017
· Saxophone · In home
Mr. Christian is not only an amazing musician but an awesome educator. He motivated my kids to practice and we've had a great experience with as a teacher.
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Michelle September 6, 2017
· Clarinet · In home
We've so enjoyed having Christian teach our 8-year-old son. Christian makes a point to integrate musical numbers that are interesting to him - like the themes to Jurassic Park and Sponge Bob! My son adores him and loves their time together. We look forward to a long relationship with Christian!
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Christian R.

Lakeland, FL 33809
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$20 / 30-min

About Rob C.

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Windermere, FL

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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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Rose July 26, 2018
· Vocal Training · In home
Great teacher. At our first class he listened to my concerns, put me at ease as we prepared a song for an upcoming wedding. Rob's critique and corrective measures, lead to the next level of improvement.
Thank you.
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Rob C.

Windermere, FL 34786
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$30 / 30-min

About Austin A.

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Orlando, FL
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Austin Ashe graduated magna cum laude from the University of Central Florida with degrees in Philosophy and Music. With over ten years of experience in music, Austin has appeared in many solo performances.

His primary teachers have included internationally recognized virtuoso Laurent Boukobza and Joshua Herrington (Director of Music for the New Song Church in Las Vegas, Nevada). Austin has also privately studied composition and music theory with renowned composer Christopher Marshall.

Austin believes passionately that the study and appreciation of music is for everyone. Piano is not only an indispensable resource for any instrumentalist or composer, but a lifelong skill that encourages an endless love of music.
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Austin A.

Orlando, FL 32812
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$35 / 30-min

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