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About James B.

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Riverview, FL
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About Jim
I have been teaching for the past 15 years as a private instructor. My students range in age from 5 years old to 64. I teach beginner and intermediate piano and beginner, intermediate, and advanced electric bass.
I've been playing professionally for the past 30 years as an electric bassist, pianist, and vocalist. Learn to play like your favorite artists while having fun and growing as a musician. For bass students, you can learn all styles that are desirable, such as funk techniques like slapping, R&B grooving, rock & roll driving, and jazz swinging. For piano students, you can expect to learn enough music theory to reach greater heights and move forward while developing a love for the piano and the world of music. I offer a teaching environment that is highly interactive and encourages students to play, and understand the dynamics of p
laying with other musicians. You will learn to read music but I promise you will not be bored.
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Sheila K. June 8, 2018
· Piano · In home
Jim has renewed my enthusiasm to learn to play the piano.
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Isaiah Q. January 7, 2017
· Piano · In home
He was very motivating and patient with my grandson.
Looking forward to future classes.
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Edward L. July 1, 2016
· Piano · In studio
He is a great teacher
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James B.

James B.

Riverview, FL 33579
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About Rufus S.

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Brandon, FL

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About Rufus
My name is Rufus and I am eager to share my 43 + years of drum experience to help you reach your desired playing goals, you will learn the basics and begin to find your own rhythm as a drummer...let me show you how you can be the best drummer possible!

Performing Experience:
* Play with Local Group - Tropical Heat
* Recently played with National Recording Artist Michael Anthony at Cork and Olive in Brandon
• Musician in Mystic Sheiks of Morocco, Rock a Doo Whop, Christmas Show at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
• Tutored in South America, Europe and Canada over 20 yrs.
• Drummer for New Salem M.B Church for last 20 yrs.
• 4 yrs marching in the Florida A&M University Marching Band & Percussion Ensemble
• 43 + yrs of rudimentary drumming

Audio: Specialize in digital audio work station software – Cubase 7 – Wavelab 8 and Waves plug-ins
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Recording Background:
Owner of a home based recording studio.

Titles released:

Seasoned with Latin(2014)

The Bottom Line featuring the vocals of Ms. Amella "D"(2013)

True Love- collection of pop music (2012)

Lift Off - A high energy dance song.(2012)

The Spencer Project - a Gospel collaboration with various artists.(2010)

Master Works - variety of different styles of music.(2009)

Lift Off- a high energy dance song (2010)

Iron-man Marathon Music - (1983)

*** Lesson Details ***
We will cover from the basics to the flashiness in drum playing and cover techniques in studio drumming.

If you are looking to venture into song writing,studio recording ,gear and software I have a studio complete with all the tools you will need to help carry you to the next level.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Drum room with seating for parents. 5 piece Yamaha drum set, hi- hat cymbal, ride cymbal, music stand.

Recording studio:

Digital audio work station software:
Cubase 7.5 – Wavelab 8 and Waves plug-ins

Soft synths:
Omnishere,Trilian,Native Instruments,korg legacy collection, Steinberg, Sample tank
host of loops

Controllers:

Axiom 25, Alesis Q61

Outboard gear:
Steinberg MR28M D-Pre mic preamp, Rodes NT-2a mic, Symetrix 525

Samson headphone box

Speakers:

Samson Resolv 65a and sub, Equator D5 speakers

Computer:

Pudget system custom built computer (PC)

*** Travel Equipment ***
Lap top with earphones so student can experience playing along
with music.

*** Specialties ***
R&b, Gospel, Hip Hop, Jazz
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Frankie July 14, 2018
· Drum · In studio
Enjoyed my first lesson with Rufus. Very easy going and down to earth guy. He is very knowledgeable and a great player as well. Thank you for everything
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Mateo July 13, 2018
· Drum · In studio
He knew how to keep my son's attention! He assigned practice homework! My son says he wants to go back every week! :) Thanks Rufus!
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victoria B. July 22, 2017
· Drum · In home
hAve only had 2 lessons but so far its been a good experience. Rufus is very talented and very patient
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Rufus S.

Rufus S.

Brandon, FL 33511
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$30 / 45-min

About Randall K.

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Clearwater, FL
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About Randall
I have been teaching music for over 20 years and playing as a professional musician for even longer. I know how to get the best out of my students and have fun doing it. I'm a University of South Florida grad and I have worked and studies in Las Vegas and at the Berklee school of music. My students constantly win superiors at contest and sit in the upper chairs in band and orchestra. Lets have some fun and make some music.

*** Lesson Details ***
In a laid back fun way we will learn the fundamentals of our instrument. I start out with the All For Strings series of books and add the Suzuki method books for some tunes. In 3 to 6 months you will be playing the music you like and having fun and learning new things while you do.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons in the living room or den

*** Specialties ***
Both classical and
Jazz.
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Sade June 25, 2018
· Saxophone · In home
Great. He gave lots of good advice and pushed her past her comfort level. Only gave 4 because it’s the first lesson.
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Michael June 20, 2018
· Violin · In home
My Son is on his 5th lesson and he is still super excited to go to his lessons. Thank you Randall for fostering my Son's love of music. That's not easy to do as he has had some pretty bad teachers in public school that did nothing but discourage him. Thanks again!
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Aaron June 1, 2018
· Clarinet · In studio
My son loved his first lesson and felt more confidence
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Randall K.

Randall K.

Clearwater, FL 33764
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$15 / 30-min

About Chrissy D.

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Saint Petersburg, FL

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About Chrissy
In-home guitar lessons. Chrissy has been a professional touring guitarist for over 16 years. Chrissy teaches all experience levels from beginner to intermediate and as well as artists that are signed to labels.

Chrissy developed her own method of teaching to positively enhance the student€™s strength, dexterity, ear-training, memorization and techniques. Her goal as a teacher is specifically designed to help you achieve your goals as an artist and a musician.

Artists and genres that Chrissy has experience with range from Metallica, Adele,Bruno Mars, Ellie Goulding, Fall Out Boy, Guns N' Roses, Aerosmith, The Cure, Radiohead, Elle King, The Killers, Kings Of Leon, P!nk, Twenty One Pilots,Hozier Santana, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Led Zeppelin, Paramore, Nirvana, Demi Lavato, Prince, Damian Rice, Lil Wayne, Coldplay ,Katy Perry, Lad
y Gaga, No Doubt, Bush, , The White Stripes, Green Day, Arctic Monkeys, Taylor Swift, Cage The Elephant, Miranda Lambert, Band Perry, Taylor Swift, Alanis Morrisette and more.

Chrissy was Lead Guitarist Co-Writer for the Rock band Someday Souvenir (Winner of MTV Takes The Stage contest), American Idol Finalist Melissa McGhee (Season 5) She currently plays in a Top 40 cover band as well as an original Rock band. Chrissy has been in Billboard Magazine, Creative Loafing, Tampa Tribune and TBO online. Clips of Chrissy playing guitar with different artist have been on CNN, MTV, FOX News, ABC, NBC and VH1.

Chrissy is constantly continuing her education with music theory books, video’s, guitar music, as well as private guitar instruction. She has attended guitar workshops and seminars by artists such as Jennifer Batten (Michael Jackson) Gary Hoey, Joe Satriani and more

Another nice feature that you might enjoy from one on one sessions with Chrissy is learning the ability to craft and record your own songs using technology that caters to your own unique personality. There are no limits! Chrissy’s students advance quickly and some have released albums, been in Guitar World Magazine, and won awards for their music.

Lessons are scheduled to best fit to the students schedule when possible.

Students can contact Chrissy anytime with question regarding their lesson through email or text. Chrissy is a very patient instructor and understands that students learn at a different pace, after all everyone is an individual!

*** Software / gear used to enhance lesson ***

Rocksmith software

Riff Station for guitar

Laptop with Garage Band/Backtrack, Guitar Pro Tab & iTunes

M13 / HX Line 6 effects and looper

Roland Amp

Various guitars depending on project

PRIVATE STUDENT REVIEWS :
Here's what my personal students & clients have to say:

Slader P."By far the most outstanding teacher I took lessons from. I took lessons from Chrissy for over 7 years and I can truly say she's an incredible teacher. She's fun to work with, very patient with both new and intermediate players, and has a background knowledge on a many genres of music. I would recommend Chrissy to anyone! "​

Sam F.Chrissy is a talented musician and a gifted teacher. We are very happy to have her teaching our daughter.She is responsible, accessible and responsive. Rate A+++"​

Matt R. (St Petersburg Police Officer)Excellent!

MJ K."Chrissy D. is a wonderful teacher. She is a patient and kind. She gives exercises to work on during the week and has explained that by practicing just a little each day she will improve. My daughter looks forward to lessons each week. "​

Susan F."Chrissy taught my teenage son for several years in my home. She is very talented, has a flexible teaching style and does a great job with different personalities. She always kept my son engaged and was very encouraging. She is reliable, timely and communicates well. I highly recommend her!"​

TS K."Chrissy taught both of my boys ages 10 and 11 to play the guitar. She was awesome and they couldn't wait until their lesson each week. Chrissy was always punctual and full of spunk. They learned very cool tunes that were current so they really enjoyed it!"​

Dana Jim L."We have really enjoyed our daughter having lessons with Chrissy. She is great with kids and in only a few lessons, our child can play the guitar! Amazing!"
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Brad February 24, 2016
· Guitar · In home
Great first step. Supportive, positive, and focused.
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Amanda Y. October 8, 2014
· Guitar · In home
Chrissy is always punctual and professional. After just three lessons I am seeing great improvements not only in my daughters guitar skills, but her confidence as well. She is also working with my husband. He is enjoying the lessons and is inspired by observing her rip out some rock tunes.
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Liz B. August 16, 2014
· Guitar · In home
She was very good at explaining everything to me. It was a very great experience and I recommend if you want to start learning. You really get your money's worth.
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Chrissy D.

Saint Petersburg, FL 33713
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$25 / 20-min

About Jessica R.

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Tampa, FL

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Hi! My name is Jessica

If you're looking for an enthusiastic teacher who loves her students (and may be a little bit nerdy), look no further! I teach voice, piano, ukulele, and steel drums.

Pasta, my dogs, and the color green are all the greatest things in life.

Music is a personal journey, and is unique for each person. I love to help people discover and grow their own passion. There is nothing more rewarding than being a part of watching someone develop into an artist who then goes on to influence others on their own journey.

Whatever it is you need, whatever you are here for, your passion is what will push you and lead you, and I am just here to help you with whatever direction you choose.

I have a solid background in live performance, professional gigging, music writing, singing, music theory, and of course in your ins
trument of choice. So whatever you'd like to work on I can help.

Can't wait to meet you! :)

-Jess
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James J. July 11, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Great instruction. Very positive. Seems like just what I've been looking for in a teacher.
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Chelsea S. February 26, 2018
· Ukulele · In studio
Jessica is professional and very talented at what she does. She has an incredible amount of enthusiasm for music and empowering others to expand their musical knowledge. I highly recommend taking lessons with Jessica and experiencing her fun-loving spirit and expansive musical knowledge.
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Lyvie S. January 28, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Jessica is a top-notch teacher. Our lessons have been super fun and I am extremely pleased. She is very patient and accommodates her teachings' style to my learning style. I strongly recommend her. As a matter of fact, I plan to study ukulele with her soon.
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Jessica R.

Tampa, FL 33616
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About Chelsea S.

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Saint Petersburg, FL

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Welcome everyone!

I have a few beliefs:

I believe that everyone should know how to play an instrument. Whether it is violin, ukulele, piano, their voice, whatever! Music is a part of what makes us human, and is important for personal development.

I believe that no one is "too old" to start up an instrument. Age is only a number and it is never too late to start up something that may become a passion.

I believe that learning an instrument is a journey. Any journey has its ups and downs, but in the end, you are glad you took that first step.

I have been playing violin for over 10 years, and along the way have picked up some ukulele, voice, bass guitar, acoustic guitar, and piano. I am a teacher, and I have the knowledge and know-how to pass along to any student. However, I also consider myself a student in that I am always
looking to learn how to improve myself.

Any student of mine will have 100% of my interest in their growth and development as a musician. I can work with a wide variance of ages, having experience in ages 4-12 year old children.

I look forward to meeting with you soon!
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Krystal Anderson June 10, 2018
· Piano · In home
Chelsea has great patience with my 2 kids. She keeps their interest while teaching them piano. They really like their lessons with her & I am very happy that she is teaching them piano. I would highly recommend her to anyone wanting to learn piano!
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Jacob May 30, 2018
· Violin · In home
Chelsea is a wonderful teacher. Playing a plastic recorder for a week in fourth grade music class is the extent of my musical experience and that was a LONG time ago. Chelsea is great at finding the right place for me to start learning and then laying out for me exactly what I need to work on in order to progress to the next stage of my learning process. I had been considering teaching myself how to play the violin via youtube videos but learned more in the span of one hour-long session with Chelsea than I could have learned in a week going that route. Chelsea was able to address the importance of things like posture and breathing to achieve the best possible sound, without that real time one-on-one instruction this would have been a nuance that I would not have ever picked up on. She is punctual, friendly, polite and patient. I highly recommend hiring her to teach you or your kids an instrument.
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kaelynn P. April 4, 2018
· Violin · In studio
She was great with my daughter and made her feel very comfortable.first session I think she will be a great teacher for kaelynn.
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Chelsea S.

Chelsea S.

Saint Petersburg, FL 33712
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About Wilbert T.

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Tampa, FL
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Wilbert Tecla is a Drummer, Producer, and educator living in Tampa, Florida. He has a degree in Professional Music from Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. His studies allowed him to gather the most useful tools for teaching rhythms and techniques.

With 10+ years of experience behind the kit, he is sure to have you playing at your best in no time!!
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Wilbert T.

Wilbert T.

Tampa, FL 33603
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$34 / 30-min

About Karen S.

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Karen Whipple has been teaching voice for over 20 years and performing professionally for over 25. She enjoys helping her students find their own individual voice through the application of a solid vocal foundation. She earned her bachelors of music with a vocal performance concentration from Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach, FL. Karen works with her students (of all ages and levels) on strengthening their natural “instrument” and stretching its range - both musically and emotionally. Her experience as an LA actor also has helped her work with her students on sympathetically connecting with their songs as well. She likes to prepare her students for anything they might encounter as a working singer: developing versatility in musical style; taking away the fear of sight-reading; andmost important, maintaining a healthy voi
ce. One of the most valuable traits Karen brings to her lessons is her many years of experience as a professional singer in Los Angeles. She sings in a variety of different arenas, which helps her to stay versatile and also keeps her informed of current musical trends. She sang with the Los Angeles Master Chorale for over 10 years, which performed regularly at Disney Hall. She sings classical as well as jazz and pop, having performed with LA’s vocal jazz group, Sixth Wave as well as joining Imogen Heap at the Greek Theater. She has also sung with the famed a cappella vocal group, Voices of Liberty, both at Epcot in Orlando, FL, and Disneyland in Southern CA. Performing both solo and ensemble work has strengthened her passion for making music both individually and as part of a whole, which she feels is a great skill to possess in seeking success in the music business. Karen has worked extensively as a session singer; you can hear her on such films as Star Trek and Despicable Me 3, such TV shows as Medium and Family Guy. You also may have heard her on a few national spots, namely, Microsoft, Suave, and Subway.

As a result of all she has learned through her own education and personal vocal development, as well as her experience as a professional singer, lessons with Karenoffer a healthy, practical, and well-rounded technique. Healthy in that it involves a very natural placement of the voice. Practical in that it allows you to take risks and try different styles. Well-rounded in that it prepares you for a variety of musical opportunities.
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Karen S.

Karen S.

Lutz, FL 33558
starting at
$42 / 30-min

About David P.

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Valrico, FL
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The world-renowned baritone David P-J studied voice with Elisabeth Parham during his Bachelor of Music and Masters of Performance degrees, and only with her for his entire career until her death in 1998.

He has performed internationally in a broad repertoire of opera, concert and recitals. Some of his most important opera roles include Agamemnon in Gluck's IPHIGENIE EN AULIDE (La Scala, Milano), Mandryka in Strauss' ARABELLA (Vienna Staatsoper, Dresden Semper Oper), Scarpia in Puccini's TOSCA (Buenos Aires, Verona, Bordeaux, Puccini Festival Torre del Lago, Strasbourg), Jochana'an in SALOME (Berlin, Bonn), Amfortas and Klingsor in Wagner's PARSIFl (Berlin, Barcelona, Bordeaux), Dutchman in Wagner's FLYING DUTCHMAN (Warsaw, Paris), the Count in Mozart's LE NOZZE DI FIGARO (Vienna, Amsterdam, Frankfurt), Renato in Verdi's UN BALLO
IN MASCHERA (Munich, Verona, Frankfurt), Germont in Verdi's LA TRAVIATA ( Paris, Frankfurt, Dresden, Sao Paolo, Hamburg).

Well-known for his versatility in contemporary Mr. P-J has performed and recorded for Deutsche Grammaphone the role of Moses in Schoenberg's MOSES UND ARON (Netherlands Opera) and subsequently with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (Pierre Boulez conducting). He has sung Wozzeck in Paris, Buenos Aires Strasbourg, Santiago de Chile, Montreal, and at the Spoleto USA Festival.

Further contemporary roles include Dr. Schoen in Berg's LULU, King Priam in Tippet's opera of the same name, Columbus in Milhaud's CHRISTOPHE COLOMBE, KARL V in Krenek's seldom-performed opera, Golaud in Debussy's PELLEAS ET MELISANDE, K in Aribert Reimann's DAS SCHLOSS, the Forester in Janacek's CUNNING LITTLE VIXEN, Gaudi in the world-premiere of Guinjoann's GAUDI (Teatro Liceu, Barcelona).

Dallapiccola's IL PRIGIONIERO is one his most-performed roles (Swedish Radio Orchestra, Carneige Hall and Avery Fisher Hall in New York, Theatre du Chatelet in Paris, NHK Orchestra in Tokyo and the Montreal Symphony orchestra.

He has sung Britten's WAR REQUIEM, Orff's CARMINA BURANA, Mendelssohn's ELIJAH (ELIAS), and numerous works by Bach, Berlioz, Dvorak, Faure, Schoenberg, and Zemlinsky. His recording of MOSES UND ARON with Pierre Boulez was awarded a Grammy.

From 2007 until 2017, Mr. P-J was and associate professor of voice at SUNY Potdam's Crane School of Music.
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David P.

Valrico, FL 33594
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$84 / 30-min

About Greg K.

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The most important thing in teaching privately is having a solid communication between teacher and student. Patience is the essence in establishing that rapport.
I tell parents when they start their kids with music lessons , that I will guarantee that they will practice and learn. Three months later, they come back to me and tell me that their kids are practicing without them having to be told, and that their ready for recital. I have 30 years of teaching experience that helps me communicate with all levels of students.

Everyday I get parents that walk into my institute and tell me, Mr. Koss , my kids have been taking lessons (at another place) for the last two years and my neighbor kids just started with you two months ago, and my neighbor kids are already playing better then my kids, so can we quit wasting time and money and sign up
with you!!

If your interested in a serious learning experience and having fun in the process, please give me the opportunity to enrich your life with the language of the human race.........the language of music !
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Steve June 28, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
My daughter has been taking lessons from Greg for 2 years now. He is a very patient and talented instructor. My daughter was entry level when starting and now she is playing many pop songs and excelling in reading sheet music. Greg also has a kids rock school where she plays guitar and sings which really helps to keep the kids engaged in their music. I highly recommend Greg.
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Greg K.

Lutz, FL 33559
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