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About VJ B.

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About VJ
Hello All!
I am a guitarist/composer/educator who holds a M.A. Jazz Performance degree from the Aaron Copeland School of Music at Queens College. I also have a B.A. Music degree with a concentration in classical guitar performance from Buffalo State College in my hometown of Buffalo, NY. However, most of my training and experience comes from playing many different styles of music with many brilliant musicians on the scenes of Buffalo and New York.
If there is just one thing I know about music, it is that playing music is supposed to be fun and satisfying! It is my job to help my students maintain that mindset as they navigate their way through the obstacles of musical growth.
One of the reasons why I teach is the sense of fulfillment I get watching my students learn and improve. Its something I take great pride in. Another
almost equally important reason why I do what I do is because even though I am an educator I am forever a student as well. I am constantly learning new things and trying to improve my craft as a musician and a teacher, and this job makes it all possible. Now, lets make some music!!!

Sincerely,
VJ B.

*** Lesson Details ***
In my 7-plus years of professional teaching experience I have encountered students from all walks of life. All of them have come from very diverse musical backgrounds and interests. I have taught students from ages 5 to 75 styles of music ranging from Metallica to Michael Jackson, Miles Davis to Justin Timberlake, and everything in between. I construct my lessons based on the student's skill level, musical taste, and personal goals. Students will be encouraged to learn the music that is aesthetically pleasing to them, while gaining knowledge of how to build a solid foundation in guitar playing and overall musicianship.

P.S. (to parents of younger students)

Studying music and learning an instrument has been proven to increase levels of focus and overall attention span in many young children. Several parents whose children I work with, ages 5-10 or so, have noticed attention and concentration levels trending upward in their child's other school work and activities as a result of studying music and learning the guitar!

***Pricing***
My pricing shows only 30 minute and 60 minute rates. However, if you are interested in a 45 minute lesson or a lesson longer than 60 minutes we can certainly negotiate a price!

*** Specialties ***
Jazz, Rock n Roll, Blues, R&B, Funk, Pop, Hip Hop, Music Theory/Reading, Ear Training, Music Performance
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Min H. February 10, 2015
· Classical Guitar · In home
I am excited to write a review for our awesome guitar instructor~! Our little 8 (just turned 9) year old son took lessons prior Mr. Brown for about 6 months and couldn't remember a thing he learned in his lessons and had no motivation to practice. However, since we met Mr. Brown, our son has been so motivated! Only after his second lesson, he understood how to read notes, he was engaged, and must've picked up his guitar to practice at least 3 times a day for a good 20-30 minutes on his own (under no request by Mr. Brown)!

Mr. Brown is very knowledgeable and an amazing instructor! He patiently goes step by step to make sure all the basis for a firm foundation in music is there and then thoroughly goes to all the steps to keep it simple in learning! He builds great rapport and brings his personal experience to make him more relatable! I would highly recommend Mr. Brown as an instructor!
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Mehardad A. August 18, 2014
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
He is very professional.
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About Crystal S.

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Crystal brings a lifetime’s experience of professional musicianship to each of her lessons. Born into a family of musicians, she sang her first solo at age 2. She also benefits her students with an extraordinarily diverse musical background, having worked as a vocalist in gospel, country, musical theater, jazz, classical, rock, pop and soul styles. Her performing career has taken her from L.A. church meetings to London’s Houses of Parliament.

Crystal hails originally from Los Angeles, CA - where her musical parents gave her a head start by including her in the family business the moment she was able to contribute. She went on to study classical voice, piano and music theory at The Boston Conservatory of Music. After concluding her studies in London, she returned home and began working regularly as a theater performer, appearing in twen
ty world premiers and re-imagined classics. Most notably she played the lead role of Keely Smith in the big band jazz musical “Louis and Keely: Live At The Sahara” during its eight-month run at Westwood’s Geffen Playhouse. She also formed her own rock band, The Honeysuckle Jones Revival, with whom she performed her own songs all over Los Angeles. And she began working as a studio session vocalist, providing demo vocals for other songwriters, as well as arranging and performing back-up vocals for original artists, including Laura Roppe (currently in the Top Ten on Billboard’s Uncharted list of emerging artists.) Crystal played the lead role of Brooke in the new operatic rock musical “The Burning Opera LA” during its Los Angeles run in 2011 as well as providing ensemble vocals and playing piano and bass. She also performs holiday tunes from the Golden Age of American songwriting with musical quartet The Sleigh Belles.

Crystal believes that music is serious business but that it should be fun. She encourages her students to play music they love, as well as expanding their musical knowledge. She is a firm believer in basics first and emphasizes theory and technique as the tools to support creativity and provide freedom, power and control. She believes effort beats talent every time and the student who practices consistently will see results, whatever their level of ability. Most of all, she believes we were all born to make music.

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Lesson structure varies depending on the student's instrument, age, level of experience and musical style. However, all lessons focus on:

Technique
Music theory
Performance style

After 3 or 6 months of consistent lesson attendance and practice, students will have a clear understanding of how their instrument works and how to care for it. They will be able to read basic music notation. They will be working toward clearly defined musical goals and they will have at least three performance pieces learned.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Loft Space: full size electric piano with weighted keys, small digital recorder, microphone, Garage Band, parents can sit in on lessons

*** Travel Equipment ***
I bring a small keyboard for vocal students with no piano, karaoke tracks and a digital recorder. I also bring a selection of games. Students are expected to purchase all necessary books and sheet music.

*** Specialties ***
Young beginners (piano)
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Raylene L Lehnhoff November 11, 2015
· Singing · Online
Love how she teaches the mechanics of learning to sing properly such as breathing correctly and posture right from the start for a beginner. Fantastic instructor!
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Tamura H. September 29, 2013
· Piano ·
Great piano instructor

Crystal is an amazing piano instructor. She is patient, understanding and dedicated. My daughter has learned so much from her. My daughter’s love for music has increased immensely since learning how to play the piano. This would never have been able to be accomplished without Crystal’s professional and caring teaching style.
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Tamura H. September 29, 2013
· Singing ·
Amazing singng instructor

Crystal has increased my daughter’s self-esteem and expressiveness through song. My daughter is now writing her own poetry and song lyrics, as well as being able to combat her once shyness quality. She loves to perform in front of others now and has a confidence level that amazes me, especially now that she is going into those “teen” years. I think a lot of thanks needs to go to Crystal, for assisting my daughter in reaching her current creative level!
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About Daniela D.

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Houston, TX
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About Daniela
I am an Italian opera singer. I have almost twenty years as an international soloist, teaching private lessons and master classes in Universities. I gave master classes internationally at the CNA (Mexico City 2009), at the University of Guanajuato (Mexico 2012), at the University of Costa Rica (2013) I am specialized in Italian Romanza and in the genre of Song (Lied, Chanson, Canción, etc) and most in genera in also in Opera. My methods to teach includes the description of the respiratory and phonatory, set position of voice, set of breathing (support), exercises in vocal technique and the study of ancient arias, Songs and Opera Arias.

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Active in the international field, I have been guest singer in various theaters and festivals in Europe, United States, Mexico and Costa Rica. Among the most important recent commitments, I was gu
est soloist at the “Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes” and the “Festival Internacional de Música Contemporánea M.Enríquez” in Mexico City, with the Boca del Rio Philharmonic Orchestra (Mexico), Oaxaca Symphony Orchestra, Aguascalientes Symphony Orchestra (Mexico), Puebla Symphony Orchestra (Mexico), Guanajuato Symphony Orchestra (Mexico), and Heredia Symphony Orchestra (Costa Rica).

As a soloist my most important recent activities include the American premiere of the chamber version of the opera DeCachetitoRaspado by Juan Trigos at the Rialto Center for the Arts in Atlanta with Bent Frequency Ensemble (2015). By the same composer, has been remarkable my participation as a guest soprano in the world premier and recording for iTinerant of the works Cantata Concertante No. 3 Phos Hilaron (2013), and Symphony N. 4 Nezahualcoyotl Icuicahuan (Songs of Nezahualcoyotl) for soprano and orchestra, with texts in Nahuatl by Nezahualcoyotl (2016), and also my participation as a guest soloist with the orchestra Carlos Chávez in Mexico City and at the Eastman School of Music of Rochester, NY. As a chorister I sing with the Houston Chamber Choir since August 2016 and occasionally with the Houston Grand Opera since January 2017.

I studied voice in Italy with M.Trombetta and specialized with Paolo Barbacini, C. Desderi, T.Krause and M.Sighele in opera repertoire, E.Battaglia and L.Gallo in German Lieder, and Dorothy Dorow in interpretation of first XXth Century repertoire.
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Victoria Matthews November 19, 2016
· Vocal Training ·
I am buying lessons for my 13yr old daughter for Christmas. We meet with Daniela today, Emma had her first formal training and there is no way I could have hand picked a better person for my daughter. I look forward to possibly seeing my daughter sing around the world one day :) Thank you!
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About Mike B.

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Arcadia, CA
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Mike B. is a professional guitar and bass player based in Southern California. Having received a certificate in guitar performance from the Atlanta Institute of Music, a Bachelor's of Music in guitar performance from the University of Redlands, and currently attending the University of Southern California seeking a Master's in Studio/Jazz Guitar, he divides his time between performing live, doing recordings, and being an educator. As an educator he has many years of experience teaching all levels of players not only how to be stronger players in their genre of choice, but also giving them a strong foundation in music theory, exploring the creative side of music, and giving them the tools to expand as musicians for years to come.

Articles written by Mike:
5 Easy Blues Guitar Licks: http://takelessons.com/blog/five-easy-blues-guitar-lic
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How Much Should I Practice?: http://takelessons.com/blog/guitar-practice-tips
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Jane May 20, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Great instructor with great skill and nice temper. I decide to take more classes with this instructor, after my session is over.
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Ben G. January 9, 2015
· Guitar · In studio
I, myself, was a peer of Mike's at the University of Redlands. We both studied jazz guitar performance and have performed together on multiple occasions. Even so, Mike's ability as a performer far surpassed any of his colleagues'. In fact, his capabilities on the guitar were so outstanding that I decided that I would take lessons with him, in addition to regular lessons with my school instructor. To my surprise, the only thing better than listening to Mike's playing was his ability to transfer his knowledge to others.

His lessons are always conducted in a professional and friendly manner. I always left with a deeper understanding of music and as an improved player.

He is well versed in many styles and his professional experience as a musician is something to be sought after when looking for a guitar teacher. His understanding of the instrument and music theory will ensure that whatever questions you may have, he will know the answer. No matter where your skill level is, there will always be something to learn from this man.
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Michael F. January 8, 2015
· Guitar · In studio
Before I started taking lessons with Mike I was able to play the guitar but wasn't very experienced. Mike and I set a plan for myself that I would enjoy but also get me to be able to play what I wanted to play. He even helped me through some of my music classes at my college (Music Theory, Musicianship, Jazz, etc.) and taught me to apply what I was learning to the guitar. He taught me how to read music, play blues and jazz, and overall become a better musician.

He was challenging but made it overall fun and exciting. Whenever I ran into a problem he was able to break it down and figure out what I needed to do to get over it.

He is a great teacher and I am really grateful I started taking lessons with mike. I strongly recommend him; whether you have just started out and just want to learn or an experienced musician trying to get better, he will help you get there.
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About Cate H.

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Naperville, IL
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You learn more than just how to play the flute when you study with Dr. Cate Hummel. Students learn to set goals, manage their time, solve problems, build effective habits and succeed. These are important skills not only to for being a great flute player, but for life and a career in as a professional in a wide range of fields. Provided a student practices regularly as instructed, you will see more progress in less time and advancement to higher ensembles in school at an earlier age.
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Lise September 29, 2016
· Flute · In studio
Very good experience. I am restarting the flute and Cate provides Lot of great advice. I strongly recommend Cate!
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About Aaron S.

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Hi, I'm Aaron, and I'm here to help you achieve your personal musical goals. In 1999 I received a degree in music composition, and I've been composing, performing, directing, producing, and of course teaching ever since. I believe every student is unique, with individual strengths and challenges, and with quality instruction and perseverance every student can use their strengths to perform the music they desire. I look forward to helping you get started!
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Jeanne August 2, 2017
· Piano · In home
Very patient and professional. Relaxed atmosphere. Instills confidence. Very nice person.
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Renee October 4, 2016
· Piano · In studio
We are thrilled with the piano skills my daughter has learned from Aaron. He is so patient, kind,flexible and encouraging with his students. He gets to know your student then custom designs a plan for each student. For us he is hands down the best piano teacher on the planet!
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Bethany September 26, 2016
· Piano · Online
My three sons have been taking piano lessons from Aaron for years. We highly recommend him! Aaron teaches them at their individual level, to their own interests, moving each of them forward at their own pace. His patience knows no bounds. Taking lessons online has been great for our schedule! We haven't missed a beat since moving from in-person to online lessons.
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About Uncle Dave T.

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Palm Bay, FL

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I teach guitar, piano and voice lessons professionally to all ages and skill levels. In addition, I have recording services available for on-site and remote locations. Production music demos can be recorded for all interested students. I provide audio consulting and coaching if requested. A very positive approach is taken to achieve maximum satisfaction with music teaching, composing, songwriting and production. I have a full background in music theory. Music is the universal language of all times!
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Art C. April 28, 2017
· Singing · In home
Dave has a broad musical talent which will bring together my singing and ukulele playing.
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Jac B. January 27, 2017
· Bass Guitar · In home
Uncle Dave T. Taught me how to play bass guitar as well as piano when I had no prior musical background. He is currently helping me with acoustic guitar and I hope to play as well as he does one day! He is patient, kind, and elaborate when he teaches. Highly recommended for anyone at any age with any skill level!
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Ann January 10, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Dave is excellent, enthusiastic, and very knowledgeable! Great fun. He is teaching me guitar, singing, and about the music world and equipment. I highly recommend him whether it is for the short-term or for on-going lessons. Brightens my weeks. Ann
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About Angela C.

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Tampa, FL

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Music is a universal language, one that can evoke powerful memories, ideas, beliefs, and emotions without the use of a single word. Learning to play an instrument allows you to sharpen your coordination and math skills, fosters your perseverance and sense of responsibility, and relieves stress. I consider it a privilege each time I pick up my instrument and create something beautiful, whether it's just for me or for an audience. And I consider it an even greater privilege to get to share this ability with others.

My teaching style differs based on the needs and goals of each student. For younger students, I incorporate games into the lessons that assist in posture and technique. I also like to set up reward systems for students to encourage practice time. For adult learners, we can work together to establish a pace that you are comfort
able with depending on what your goals are for the lessons (even if it's just enjoyment!)
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Mary July 22, 2017
· Cello · Online
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Karen June 2, 2017
· Cello · Online
Great instructor, patient while we worked out the kinks
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About Michael H.

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Swarthmore, PA
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I recently graduated from St. Joseph's University with a degree in Biology. I minored in music, specifically in piano performance. I am currently the pianist for the chapel at St. Joseph's University. I also accompany various choirs on campus. I have studied piano since I was in second grade, but at St. Joe's I have studied with Dr. Emi Kagawa, a renowned pianist. In the past, I have played piano for theater musicals as well as jazz bands. I also play trombone and have played in orchestras, concert bands, and jazz bands.
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Ann August 30, 2017
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Started lessons with Michael some time ago and felt a real accomplishment, however, due to time restrictions in my life, I had to forego lessons but hoping to get back to them again very soon!

Thanks Michael.
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Kayley August 29, 2017
· Piano · In studio
The best!
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Rob August 15, 2017
· Piano · In home
I had a great experience working with Mike! He makes lessons fun and has a passion for music. Extremely recommend.
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About Alyssa W.

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Hi there!

I am a supportive and encouraging teacher willing to teach all ages and abilities. It is my firm belief that music is for everyone.

I am currently pursuing my M.M. from Longy School of Music. I completed my undergraduate work at Rhode Island College, where I studied oboe and bassoon privately. I am currently on the private lesson roster for two public schools in the area, and teach both double-reeded instruments. I have successfully helped young students prepare for and audition into district level ensembles.

I have reed-making experience and can assist students with finicky reeds, to help ease the most frustrating part about playing oboe & bassoon.

I'm looking forward to working with you!
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Steven S. September 29, 2017
· Oboe · Online
I had fun and she explained very clear! Thank you for helping me play the oboe!
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