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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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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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About Sharon H.

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Been playing the violin for over 40 yrs. Started in elementary school and held the coveted "Concert Master" designation all through high school. Been playing fiddle since 1985. Twenty years experience as a dance fiddler, and the last several years studying swing and traditional Irish. I play in three bands, all different genres.
I consider myself so lucky to be blessed to be playing an instrument. It is one of the best kept secrets to life. This is a point I like to stress to my students. It enhances your mind, you can make wonderful friendships with like minded people, and constantly learn new tunes and genres. It just keeps you young at heart. I love spreading the Gospel of music.I consider myself so lucky to be blessed to be playing an instrument. It is one of the best kept secrets to life. This is a point I like to stress to my stude
nts. It enhances your mind, you can make wonderful friendships with like minded people, and constantly learn new tunes and genres. It just keeps you young at heart. I love spreading the Gospel of music. I am very patient and will teach my students everything I've learned over the past 40 years.

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I give 30 minute and 60 minute lessons. I recommend 30 minute lessons for beginners. I teach classical techniques for holding the instrument. Scales and intonation work are important, and can be integrated into simple songs so as not to be boring. Teach sight reading and auditory learning. Auditory is more important as Music is an auditory art. I am easy going and teach what the student wants to learn as everyone is on different levels and has different ways of learning. I also teach violin chords, and applied theory as to improvisation for playing. All skill levels welcome.

I use handouts from several different music books and will tailor them to your skill level. I do expect my students to find some time to practice what I give them. I really want my students to get all the bang they can for their buck

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living room/open area setup for lessons with music stand. Parents can sit in on lessons. Parking in driveway and on street in cul de sac.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Stand, and my instrument and books. Student must have their own instrument.

*** Specialties ***
Methods: Sight reading, Auditory reading, some Suzuki, bowing techniques, genres; Old-Time, Irish, Bluegrass, some swing, cajun.
Currently playing in three bands.
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Carolyn H. April 5, 2017
· Fiddle · In studio
I wish I had found her years ago! Over the past 20 years, I've had 3 other teachers.
And although they were great musicians, I didn't relate to their style of teaching and I didn't feel like I was making progress. After the first lesson, Sharon has given me the confidence that I can do this and I feel that I've already made progress. What makes Sharon different is that she recognizes your level of skill and teaches to that level with progress in mind. She encourages you to relax and and enjoy playing. I'm excited about doing that!
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Maximiliano C. February 29, 2016
· Violin · In studio
Sharon is a great instructor
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Belle S. December 13, 2015
· Violin · In studio
Great lesson!
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Sharon H.

Sharon H.

Orlando, FL 32804
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About Paul M.

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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.

*** Lesson Details ***
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 Bob W.

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Winter Park, FL
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I have taught private and group guitar lessons for over 20 years, both in person and online. I have performed with various theatre companies, jazz combos and rock bands. Along with my Bachelors in Music Education from Berklee College of Music and a Masters in Education Media Design and Technology, I have 4 full album credits to my name along with placement in independent films and compilation recordings.

*** Lesson Details ***
My goal as a teacher is to prepare students for the next step in their endeavors. I strive to be a mentor to my students and guide them in bringing out their talents while overcoming their difficulties. I believe that a good teacher is also a good student and benefits from a collaborative relationship within the role of professional guide.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Fender Princeton Tube Guitar Amp
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Recording capabilities for audio and video per student preference.
Logic Pro Studio for Audio

*** Specialties ***
Guitar, Songwriting, Music Theory
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Sue J. June 3, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Bob is a great instructor! He is very patient and devoted to his student and his/her individual needs. Bob uses his talents and expertise as a musician to help me develop as a guitar player and songwriter. I have really enjoyed working with Bob and I would highly recommend him to others who are seriously interested in learning to play an instrument or improving their current abilities.
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Sue J. June 3, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Bob is. a great instructor
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Bob W.

Bob W.

Winter Park, FL 32792
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About Lily L.

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Orlando, FL

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About Lily
**Please note that I am unable to travel outside of the range set on my profile due to my schedule. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.**

Hello!

I am a 2014 graduate of the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Development and Education. I have completed 2 internships, both in 1st grade, then taught Kindergarten in Seminole county Schools for one year and have since discovered my love for teaching in one-on-one situations. I believe that building relationships is an important and integral part of effective teaching, and the learning stems from that.

I have a passion for music, and have been playing flute since 2003, piano since 1998, ukulele since 2011, and guitar since 2006. I played the flute throughout middle and high school, and I continue playing for weddings, holiday perf
ormances, etc. to this day. I have consistently auditioned for All-County performances all throughout middle and high school with flute, and have received top positions.

I have been playing piano since 1998, taken piano lessons for 7 years, and performed in several recitals.

I have taught myself guitar and ukulele and have performed in a few festivals and coffee shops around Orlando. When I was teaching, I often brought my instruments with me to play for my kindergarten class!

I write music as well with my twin sister.

I've also enjoyed venturing into the world of graphic/web design, and since Fall 2015, have been running my own tiny little design business. I taught myself how to do some basic coding using HTML and CSS, and how to use adobe photoshop and illustrator to create website designs, social media graphics, logos, flyers, and t-shirt designs.

**TEACHING STYLE**

My teaching style is laidback and casual in nature. I believe the most productive learning comes through relationships, trust, and fun! I strive in cozy environments and hope to create a welcoming space for our lesson time. (Check out my pictures to see my lesson space!)

I work from home doing graphic and web design, so I am very flexible and will work around your schedule.

**LESSON DETAILS**

Piano lessons will be held in my home in Orlando (college park). I do require a purchase of a piano book depending on your skill level (about $5-10 on amazon), and notebook in order for me to write down what to practice for the following week.

Flute lessons will be held in my house in Orlando or online (via TakLessons Classroom, FaceTime, Google Hangouts, or Skype). You will need to have your own flute for lessons and practice. I will also have you purchase a fairly cheap lesson book on amazon (book will be depending on your skill level) and suggest having a notebook so I can write down what you need to practice for the following week.

Ukulele lessons will be held in my house or online (via TakeLessons Classroom, FaceTime, Google Hangouts, or Skype). You will need to have your own instrument available for lessons and practice. I do require purchase of lesson books that you can get fairly cheap on amazon. I also suggest having a notebook in order for me to write down what to practice for the following week.

**CANCELLATION POLICIES**

I require 24 hours notice if you need to cancel a lesson (with the exception of illness). Otherwise, you will be charged the regular lesson fee.

**MORE ABOUT ME!**
Some of my hobbies include writing/playing music, graphic design, traveling, hiking, camping, writing, painting, gardening.

I love my cat, my husband, coffee, food, Netflix, relaxing at home, going on crazy adventures, the beach, the mountains, and tacos!
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Shelly R. August 24, 2017
· Piano · In studio
First lesson was great. I felt very comfortable, and I learned quickly in a short time with her teaching style. Looking forward to my next lesson.
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Olivia June 19, 2017
· Ukulele · Online
Lily was great! Very skilled and easy going!
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Wanda J. April 17, 2017
· Piano · In home
Ms lily, Is a nice instructor (Teacher) to me. I am at the beginning. She take the extra mile if u donot understand..Example she will write it down, explain it to me, for i can understand it & video it & play it on the piano for me or to whom ever, for you to catch the lesson. I am a person that you have to show me more than to tell me about it.I thank God for allowing her to be my teacher. Ms. Wanda
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Lily L.

Lily L.

Orlando, FL 32804
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About Justin R.

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Hi, my name is Justin. I have been playing guitar for almost eleven years now, and I'm eager to continue passing my knowledge and skills on. I'm looking for dedicated students of all skill levels that want help learning their instrument. For many years I've taught music, and I've been very proud watching my students achieve their goals. I teach all ages, and work with everyone regardless of skill level. I am an extremely patient person, i am very dedicated to music, and i take a lot of pride in what I'm doing. I also have a very wide variety of genres i study, and i can help you on your way to being your best.
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Jennifer K. July 7, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Best guitar instructor in area. He is professional and patient. I recommend him to anyone.
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Avery September 27, 2016
· Guitar · In home
Justin's making steady progress over the past 5 weeks with our now 8-year-old son, who seems to be responding well to Justin's collaborative, engaging style. He speaks to him like a partner, which I think boosts my son's confidence and motivation.
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Rebekah H. June 22, 2016
· Guitar · In home
Justin is an excellent teacher to 13 year old, Christopher! He is patient with him and keeps the lessons moving and enjoyable. He challenges Christopher with new songs and skills with increasing levels of difficulty and keeps him moving forward. I would recommend Justin to any parent looking to get their child interested in the guitar and anyone looking to progress from the basics to the intermediary and advanced levels! His teaching skills are superb.

As an added bonus: Justin is a joy to work with and has been flexible with our crazy schedule when we need to move lessons around!
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Justin R.

Justin R.

Sanford, FL 32771
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About Joy P.

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Joy is a local performing musician and experienced music teacher, teaching piano, voice, guitar, songwriting, or any combination of the above. She has been known for her vocal instruction as the "Magic Maker" for being able to fix vocal problems that have stumped other teaching taking on freelance cases including working for community theater. She loves working with all ages and believes music is a skill anyone can learn.
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ALBERT June 28, 2017
· Singing · In home
Joy was very pleasant to work with & seemed to understand just what I have to work
on & gave me some exercise's to practice that seem to be helping me.
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John B. March 1, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Good LESSON
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Joy P.

Deland, FL 32720
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About Maurizio M.

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I’m a singing teacher, my experience teaching is for about 10 years working with many different kind of voice styles, musical tendencies and projects such as auditions, vocal development and studio recordings for groups and individual.”’ I teach Italian school technic (bel canto).’’’
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Marilyn June 14, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Maurizio had been very patience to an elderly person like me. I'm 70 years old and started taking voice lessons which I dreamed years ago. Now that time is not a problem I am proud of having Maurizio as my teacher and a friend. Knowledgeable in his field and I recommend him to aspiring voice students.
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Maurizio M.

Orlando, FL 32837
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About Lucas B.

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Hi! My name is Lucas and I love to teach! I've been playing violin since I was 11 years old and currently hold two degrees. A Bachelor's degree from Florida State University and a Master's degree from DePaul University in Chicago - both are degrees in Violin Performance. I began violin in the public school system in Tallahassee, FL and eventually began taking lessons privately with an emphasis in the Suzuki Method.

I love coffee, cats, Meryl Streep, and basset hounds <3
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Luther October 11, 2017
· Violin · In home
Lucas is an awesome instructor, he's very detailed and very patient with questions from beginners.
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Kullen M. August 6, 2017
· Violin · In home
Lucas is fantastic! My daughters thought he was very kind and they are motivated to practice and do their best for him!
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Kenley M. August 6, 2017
· Violin · In home
Lucas is fantastic! My daughters thought he was very kind and they are motivated to practice and do their best for him!
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Lucas B.

Winter Park, FL 32792
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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.

Casselberry, FL 32707
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