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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 50 + 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!
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Cindy August 12, 2018
· Drum · In home
Rufus is an amazing instructor! He connects and encourages, with high expectations and great results. Our daughter has shown significant progress and now has the confidence to join her high school band.
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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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Rufus S.

Brandon, FL 33511
(15)
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$30 / 45-min

About Laura S.

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Sarasota, FL
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About Laura
Of course you want an experienced, passionate, patient and compassionate teacher! Teaching is not my job; it is my calling and I am very good at it.

I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education (1987, Ball State University) and a Master of Music degree in Voice (1994, University of South Florida). I've taught in public schools in Sarasota. Currently I am adjunct staff for State College of Florida (formerly Manatee Community College) teaching private voice and piano lessons and music appreciation classes.

My music studio has been serving music students in the Sarasota area since 1991.

All are welcome! Lessons are for students of all abilities. Some students come with just the desire to sing or play better for their own pleasure, others come with prior training, some are preparing for an audition and some even wish to ma
ke a career in music. Some people have come seeking help with their speaking voice for public speaking. My goal is to help my students meet and exceed their goals and have more life through the joy of music, to help them gain greater appreciation of music and increase their confidence both in music and in life!

*** Lesson Details ***
When a student and I first meet I ask the student what her/his hopes, goals, tastes and prior experience are. Then we talk about plans for achieving those hopes and goals.

Most of my students are studying music just because they love music and want to improve for their own benefit. Because of that, while I want students to progress, I am very patient. I understand that some weeks it's harder to find time for practice. I provide instruction and tools for growth, and show how to practice, then the students go home, use them and discover what works best for them.

Vocal lessons are tailored to each individual. Exercises include posture, breathing, diction, projection of the voice, unification of the voice, improvement of tone, range and flexibility. Healthy, beautiful singing is the goal. The confidence that goes along with that is amazing!

CDs with exercises and accompaniments are provided. And students can make CDs of their own performances!

Piano instruction is also tailored to the needs of each individual student. With young beginners I often use the "Faber" method. It has books for music theory, technique, lessons and performance. And students enjoy playing along with the Cd that goes with their pieces.

For older beginners, including adults, I often use the "Bastien, Older Beginner" or "Alfred, Adult Beginner". Both quickly teach melody and chord reading so that students can play more interesting pieces within a month. The lesson materials are supplemented by simple classical pieces or other music the student is interested in.

When a student comes in with prior training I continue with what she/he has been working on and adjust it as necessary. Literature for more advanced students is chosen with their abilities, technical and expressive needs.

*** Studio Equipment ***
The studio area is closed off from the rest of the house. There is a small seating area for parents which is separated by a screen from the lesson area. I have a Yamaha CVP-103 digital keyboard with weighted and touch sensitive keys, plus lots of different instrument sounds and beats to make playing and singing more fun. I can also adjust the pitch of songs so that they fit the student's voice. The keyboard is plugged into a Super Scope Cd recorder; a microphone is plugged in as well. This allows me to make recordings of accompaniments and practice exercises, as well as recording students' performances. (See below for photos.)

*** Specialties ***
I have been teaching professionally since 1987; I have Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Music. I discover the goals a student has and give them the tools to reach those goals. My teaching style is structured yet highly personalized for the individual. I teach music ranging from Classical to Popular always using the best techniques.
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Samantha May 25, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Wonderful piano teacher!
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Erin May 24, 2018
· Piano · In home
Laura has been a wonderful teacher for my 9 year old daughter. For over a year, she has looked forward to her weekly lesson. Laura is calm, encouraging, knowledgeable and very musically talented, all the things you hope for in a piano teacher. Highly recommend.
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Jewel May 5, 2018
· Vocal Training · In studio
Laura can help you improve your vocal technique and she can accompany almost anything you wish to sing.
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Laura S.

Sarasota, FL 34235
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$35 / 30-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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Jacob March 21, 2019
· Clarinet · In studio
Very patient and teaches on a level that my child can understand.
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Sanjay March 7, 2019
· Trombone · Online
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Vanessa H. February 20, 2019
· Saxophone · Online
Great teacher! Highly recommend. Teaches the fundamentals while incorporating fun musical facts along the way.
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Randall K.

Clearwater, FL 33764
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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

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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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Christine January 9, 2019
· Ukulele · In home
I so appreciate Chrissy's patience and instruction. Her tips on on muscle memory and how to use resources to improve technique were very valuable. I highly recommend her!
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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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Chrissy D.

Saint Petersburg, FL 33713
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$35 / 20-min

About Justin Y.

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Valrico, FL
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I am a music degree graduate who loves both playing and teaching music. I come from a family of musicians so music is a part of who I am.
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Patricia T. August 24, 2017
· Piano · In home
The best piano Instructor by far . I really like his teaching Style. I believe I'm on my way to the coming a great piano player . I'm excited and I'm looking forward to my next lessons!
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Aiden K. August 2, 2017
· Piano · In home
Great first lesson! My teacher was very professional and friendly. I look forward to my next lesson!
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Kassidy M. July 30, 2017
· Piano · In home
Justin is a very gentleman and has a calmness about him. Great start. My daughter felt very comfortable with him.
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Justin Y.

Valrico, FL 33594
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$25 / 30-min
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About Robert L.

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Sarasota, FL
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About Robert
I have been a professional singer for all of my adult life, and have specialized in teaching students of all ages and levels, mostly beginners, for the last 20 years in the Sarasota area. My background is classical, but I have expanded my teaching to all styles of music, and recently have had success teaching popular styles to younger singers. In 2014, my student, singer/songwriter Sam Woolf finished in the top 5 on "American Idol".
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Foster S. June 26, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Extremely knowledgeable and very caring about his students’ learning.
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Robert L.

Sarasota, FL 34231
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$42 / 30-min

About Chelsea S.

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Saint Petersburg, FL

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About Chelsea
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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Mikey W. February 26, 2019
· Piano · In home
My son is so super excited!! She was great!!!
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Estelle B. January 15, 2019
· Piano · In home
Our first time with Chelsea and she was wonderful with our assortment of children!
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Carla A. November 30, 2018
· Piano · In home
I was very impressed by Chelsea's teaching method. Thorough, yet very patient and kind. I took lessons over 50 years ago - and learned more in my first lesson with Chelsea than I did the year or two of lessons! Can't wait for my next lesson! Great job, Chelsea!
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Chelsea S.

Saint Petersburg, FL 33712
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$15 / 30-min

About Steven R.

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Saint Petersburg, FL

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About Steven
Steven is a teacher, composer, vocal coach, and conductor of music. In addition, he is a versatile performer of classical, popular and ragtime music, and has appeared in countless concerts in the US and abroad.

Among the foremost performers, historians and interpreters of ragtime music, Steven has produced and headlined many ragtime festivals internationally. His close association with the legendary Eubie Blake climaxed with a performance at Eubie’s lOOth Birthday Party at the Shubert Theatre in New York.

He has vocally coached many well-known artist and has an extensive knowledge of vocal and choir repertoire.
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Arthur December 27, 2018
· Composition · In studio
Mr Radeck is an exceptionally talented and versatile musician. At Christ Presbyterian Church, I have seen him in action at his lively ragtime concerts, sung many of his original compositions and fine arrangements and shared together piano and organ duets. Steven has a unique insight into fulfilling the needs of participants with fast results and a touch of humor. He is masterfully comfortable in the shoes of choral director, pianist, organist, teacher, composer, and performer.
He has been trained and has performed among the great musicians of our age and keenly shares his own very special talent.


Respectfully, Arthur. A. Goetze [retired: Director of Clearwater Chorus and Choral Essence]
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Max December 21, 2018
· Piano · In home
Excellent with children. They are encouraged and excited after every lesson. Very good for learning music and building confidence.
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Steven R.

Saint Petersburg, FL 33707
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$30 / 30-min

About George R.

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Ruskin, FL
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About George
I have been teaching music in Hillsborough County schools for the last 12 years. I’ve performed throughout the area in various productions, concert bands and churches. I received my Bachelors in Tuba Performance from the University of Tampa and just completed my Masters of Music Education from the University of Florida.

I addition to the tuba I can teach trumpet, trombone and beginning piano, as well as some music theory for students who are interested.

My goal is to help my students improve, not only as musicians, but as people. Music offers many opportunities for self improvement and discipline. Of course, I strive to make my lessons engaging and fun. On top of learning fundamentals and repertoire I let students chooose music that interests them to help them play something fun for themselves and make strides on the instrument. I ver
y much look forward to working with you or your child. Thank you for your consideration.
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George R.

Ruskin, FL 33570
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$42 / 30-min

About Thomas B.

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Largo, FL
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About Thomas
Hello friends!

Welcome, and thank you for visiting my profile. My name is Tom Ball, and I'm here to help you excel on your instrument by adapting to your personal learning style while also using tried-and-true methods developed over the course of my 10+ years teaching classical, jazz, and blues guitar, as well as mandolin and music theory.

First things first: I'll want to understand your background and dominant learning styles so that we can communicate in a manner that is clear, concise and highly effective.

Once we've gotten to know each other a bit and defined your primary goals on your instrument, I'll develop a lesson plan and system of evaluation to ensure that you're progressing at a satisfactory rate.

A few important things:

1) Do not be deceived; freedom on your instrument requires discipline. You can indeed create anything
that you wish, but having an idea or dream won't do you any good unless you have the requisite understanding of how to apply the proper tools to bring the idea into being.

That's where practice comes in, which should be highly specific so that you can get the most out of your time. I'll help you with that.

2) That being said, while discipline and professionalism are absolutely necessary to get optimal results, it is always important to have fun and to learn something new every day.

Therefore, lessons with me won't include tons of papers and homework and an air of misplaced academic superiority. We'll be highly specific and effective and have fun learning new things together in a laid-back, encouraging atmosphere.

I'm grateful for the opportunity to help you reach your musical goals, and eagerly awaiting your message. Let's get started today!

Thank you,
Thomas E. Ball, III
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Jim March 10, 2019
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Tom is attentive to the needs/direction/abilities of the student. Me. Discerning the individual, Tom formulates and adjusts appropriately a series of lessons to encourage the “student” to progress. There’s not a magic formula, but a custom discerned lesson plan constantly open to change. The best.
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Zach March 8, 2019
· Guitar · In studio
Tom and I had a few lessons together that completely shaped the way I see how music is played and taught me about the relationship between theory and practice. If you’re into learning about more than a simple chords in a song, and want to take your ability to play and understand music to a higher level, look no further than Tom. He’s talented and experienced in not only music, but in many other varieties of modalities of health and wisdom, and can meet you wherever your skill and experience level is at. Highly recommended
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Bill March 4, 2019
· Classical Guitar · In studio
We actually had lessons in my home and online via Skype as well. Thomas was always a very helpful and knowledgeable teacher. He led me in directions I wanted to go I am still taking lessons and playing. My teacher is impressed with my foundation knowledge and has moved me quickly to playing songs. Thanks Tom!
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Thomas B.

Largo, FL 33770
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