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About Rufus S.

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Brandon, FL

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Over 40 yrs of playing and touring.

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)

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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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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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Denise D. July 18, 2017
· Drum · In studio
THE BEST!!! We are so blessed to have met Mr. Spencer. My 10 year old son is so engaged in the lesson and the practice at home because Mr. Spencer is so encouraging!! Mr. Spencer is so generous with his time and talent. He helped us choose an appropriate starter set for my son and set it up for us at our house. We are so grateful for that! We are excited to see where drums lead for our son with Mr. Spencer's guidance!
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KEVIN April 15, 2017
· Drum · In home
GREAT INSTRUCTOR!! I am 48yo and was apprehensive about trying to learn something new at my age. I've had three lessons thu far and have been enjoying this to the fullest. Rufus keeps the lessons fun and interestng by adding different assignments for me to work on throughout my week. The key is to practice; which, I have embraced and I actually like. I bought a drum set after my 2nd lesson. Rufus came to my house to help me set everything up and tune my drums. He blessed my drums by playing for a few minutes while I stood back and grinned like a 10yo. I jumped on next hoping my drums would sound the same as when he played (they didn't). But that's okay, they will someday. I will be a student with him for a while!!
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Rufus S.

Rufus S.

Brandon, FL 33511
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About Nicole O.

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Winter Park, FL

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About Nicole
"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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Sylver F. January 25, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Nicole is very kind and encouraging. I recommend her highly.
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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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Nicole O.

Nicole O.

Winter Park, FL 32792
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About Damien S.

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Orlando, FL

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Teaching live performance techniques, sound and performance aesthetics.

About Damien
Orlando-based composer and guitarist Damien has made a name for himself as a writer of scores for film, theater and dance productions.;A graduate of Music Composition at SUNY Purchase (New York) and Musicology at the University College of Dublin (Ireland). Years of touring internationally and score writing has given Damien the experience and work ethic to share his musical knowledge and abilities with others. Producing 4 cds and appearing on countless others' cds and compilations; Damien can share not only his musical/theoretical talents, but his experience in producing, recording, writing, and performing live.

*** Lesson Details ***
Damien is a very patient and moderately, laid back teacher. He will teach what you want to learn, yet give you suggestions on other avenues to approach. Basics lead to complete knowledge of any subject. S
tarting from the beginning of what a student knows and moving forward step by step will only lead to perfection in their lessons. Having fun doing this, is the only way to keep a student focused and progressing. Enjoyment is the number one focus of Damien's lessons. If a student isn't enjoying and having fun with their lessons then they will not progress.
Damien teaches ages of 5-99. You are never too young or old to learn. Damien's main focus is guitar and music theory

*** Travel Equipment ***
I would expect the student to provide their own guitar (if necessary) and a notebook
I have private parking for my students, so they don't have to worry about parking, ever !
*** Specialties ***
I have been taught, on a college level, of classical, jazz, ethnic musics. I specialize in guitar, theory, composition.
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Austin R. October 5, 2017
· Banjo · In studio
Damien is extremely professional and does an excellent job explaining the fundamentals. As Albert Einstein said, "If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough." Damien has a way of explaining concepts so they are easily understood and retained, even for more complex subjects.
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Jack C. August 21, 2017
· Banjo · Online
Learned more about music in just an hour than I ever did in the past.
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Eryn June 12, 2017
· Banjo · In studio
So patient and funny! Just had my first lesson and can't wait to come back.
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Damien S.

Orlando, FL 32801
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About Rob D.

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Davenport, FL
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About Rob
Rob started playing the guitar at age 12 and was initially inspired to play by seeing one of his favorite bands, Metallica, live in concert. With that inspiration, Rob started taking lessons at a local music store where he learned the basic building blocks. He attended the National Guitar Workshop where he studied with guitar greats John Petrucci, Frank Gambale, and Scott Henderson. To further his music education, Rob attended Rhode Island College where he immersed himself in jazz and classical guitar studies. In addition to that, he has a B.S. in Digital Recording Arts. Rob has played in numerous bands over the years. He performs nationally and in several bands around Florida with venues ranging from Disney World to Margaritaville.

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I am a guitarist who has been playing/performing for over 20 years.

I can t
each you Rock, Metal, Blues, Funk and Country styles. I have played on many stages and studied music at the college level. You will soon be on the fast track to be a successful guitarist!

My guitar lessons are fun and personalized to YOU! You will also learn what you want to learn at your own pace!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Amp and Guitars for students available.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide an acoustic guitar during the lesson.

*** Specialties ***
I teach all styles. However, I specialize in rock guitar.
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RickB December 11, 2011
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I truly dont think I could have picked a better instructor to begin to learn to play the guitar. Rob is very patient and does a great job. I am looking forward to the future lessons to come.
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Rob D.

Davenport, FL 33897
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About Alayne A.

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Winter Park, FL
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My genres for performing are Classical, Broadway and 40's Jazz. I teach all the styles to my students: Pop, R&B, Rock, Country, Alternative, Broadway, Opera, Classical Sacred, and Contemporary Christian and Gospel.

About Alayne
I have been teaching and performing for over 35 years in my home studio in the Orlando area. I teach technique, all styles/genres, stage presence, mic technique, audition, & demo CD prep,and sight-singing, to ages 7 on up. I gear the lessons to the individual students' goals and needs. I have and have had many successful professional and talented amateur singers grow and progress within my studio. Many of them perform in nightclub venues, theme parks, and theatres in the Central Florida area. One of my former students, just opened for Lisa Loeb's concert in downtown Orlando. This same student, John, has 2 albums of his own, and several students are signed by recording labels and touring. Students are encouraged to use their talents and regularly perform in recitals, community theatre, church, school, and community choirs, contests,& tale
nt shows.

Engel School of Music, Orlando, Fl. I taught voice lessons at this prestigious downtown music school for six years. Owner/operator, Drucilla Engel.

I graduated from Indiana University in Bloomington, IN in 1974 with a Bachelor of Music Education degree with voice as my major. I studied opera and musical theatre, performed in musicals, operas and the group, "The Singing Hoosiers",

I received a Bachelor of Vocal Performance from Indiana Universtiy in 1975. Languages: Italian, German, French, and Latin. Performed in group, ''The Belles of Indiana".

Paid church soloist for 2 years during college years and worked as a summer stock singer at Cedar Point theme park, Sandusky, Ohio in 1971 and a singer/dancer in a Cole Porter Musical Revue at King's Island, Cincinnati, Ohio in 1972.

Walt Disney World entertainer from 1976-1978. "Kids of The Kingdom", singing and dancing group of 12, performing at Castle Forecourt,and Tomorrow Land stages in the Magic Kingdom . Traveled throughout the US with conventions, and guest starred at Radio City Music Hall in NYC, with the "Rockettes", for 5 months under the direction of Peter Gennaro. Numerous recordings with "The Kids". Recorded 2 demo CD's.

Hoop-de-do Show, Fort Wilderness,Walt Disney World. Dinner show, character: Flora- singing and dancing for one season in 1978.

"Singing Snow White", Walt Disney World, seasonal show. Sang on parade float and on small balcony stage, behind the Castle Forecourt. I sang three solos from this Disney musical.

"Seesaw"-pop nightclub band of four musicians and lead vocalist, performing in Central Florida clubs. Late 1970's.

Opera Camerata Chorus in Orlando, Fl. - 1976-1979

Church and Wedding soloist for local Orlando area. Present day

"The Dickens Carolers', quartets entertaining seasonally. Agent/owner: Carol Becker. Present day.

Recitals and Sacred Concerts in Central Florida. Present day.

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I teach weekly lessons, with daytime and evening hours available, Monday through Thursday . I recommend an hour lesson. I give vocalizations to practice and develop good technique. Repertoire/songs are chosen by the student and myself. I encourage students to be well-rounded and try different genres/styles and even give me a "wish list" of songs they would like to learn. I give guidelines on how much to practice and what to practice. I help train the student's eye and ear and work with harmonization/parts, if needed. I help the student to develop their voice with strength, stamina, clarity, resonation, projection, expressiveness, and emotional impact. Progress will be continually evident throughout the students' study. Lessons are recorded on CD for every lesson, as this is a great efficient learning tool.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Tascam CD recorder
Mackie Pro mixing board
Korg electric keyboard
JVC karaoke CD player with key change capability
JVC triple CD player with key change capability
Receiver
Four Advent speakers for super stereo sound
Peavey microphone
Leader microphone

*** Specialties ***
Voice, Sight-singing
I teach in the classical bel canto style and technique, which is how I was trained at Indiana University. I have been teaching all genres, including pop/rock, classical, jazz, country, r&b, and gospel/contemporary christian/traditional sacred.
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Kim W. October 19, 2016
· Singing · In studio
I chose Alayne A. for my teen daughter's voice teacher based solely on her credentials, which are extremely impressive! However, actually getting to know Alayne and her style I am so very glad we chose her. My daughter has grown and it is due to Alayne's style and professionalism. Awesome teacher!
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Patricia L. September 8, 2016
· Singing · In studio
Off to a great start with my first lesson-ever. I am a reue beginner.
Alayne is a great listener, very flexible, and made the leason fun. I felt she made my goals a priority to fit into her lesson plan that still covered the basics. I appreciate having the CD to practice with at home.
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Vanessa S. May 28, 2014
· Broadway Singing · In studio
Ms. Alayne is a very professional, and great mentor. She recognizes a student's strengths and weaknesses. I admire her for her passion towards music. You can actually feel it through her teachings. I would most definitely recommend her to everyone.

I am currently studying Broadway under her, and so far it's been an awesome experience.
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Alayne A.

Alayne A.

Winter Park, FL 32789
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About Rosely P.

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There will be opportunities each year for students to perform which will enhance their overall education. This helps to build confidence and character and also serves as a progress report for parents and students alike.

About Rosely
PIANO TEACHER/TUTOR BIO:

I was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil and emigrated with my family to the United States, moving to Brooklyn in 1962 at the age of 9. I began my piano training in Brazil at the age of 7 and continued my studies in New York. I speak three languages fluently - English, Portuguese and Spanish.

While continuing piano lessons at the Long Island Conservatory of Music, I found my passion for teaching while still a student. During my early teaching career, I apprenticed with the conservatory's director, master teacher, composer and author of educational books, Sidney J. Lawrence. While shaping my philosophy of teaching, Mr. Lawrence became my mentor and friend. I taught 3-4 year olds in preschool music pedagogy classes while also teaching piano in a career that spans more than 40 years of working with children and a
dults at all levels.

I am able to adapt my teaching style to my students' unique way of thinking and communicate musical concepts in a way they can understand. I believe in not only teaching how to play the piano, but also the "language of music." This provides students with a holistic understanding that encompasses theory, technique, sight reading, basic composition, and performance, all while sharing my personal joy of music.

I am currently living in Clermont, FL and am specializing in teaching teens and adults. I feel that high expectations for my students encourages them to reach for the best of themselves, achieve the highest standards and carry their musical training into their future lives.
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Yesenia January 4, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Rosely is the most patient teacher I have ever had. She listens and takes into consideration what your goals are and helps you to accomplsh them. I waited a long time to find the right piano teacher and I knew instantly she was the one!
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Emily January 3, 2017
· Classical Piano · In studio
My children started lessons with Ms. Rosely when they were 5yrs. and 9yrs. old. They've been with her for almost a year and a half now, and love the piano! Her teaching style, relaxed but disciplined nature, and love of music, have been incredibly infectious. They look forward to each lesson, and love performing at the recitals she plans twice a year. We couldn't be prouder of their progress, and happier with their teacher and the experience she provides! Thank you Ms. Rosely!
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Jaison March 16, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Although, we've only experienced one lesson, Ms. Rosely seems great. She reviewed her expectations and was very knowledgeable and friendly. She had our son on the piano within minutes. I look forward to moving forward with her.
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Rosely P.

Clermont, FL 34711
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Stage presence, nerves, mental preparation, anything involving preparing for performing and performing.

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I have been teaching trumpet, music theory, jazz harmony, jazz piano, and music composition to students of all ages since late 2008. I work very well with young, beginning students as well, and can teach all levels.

I am a touring trumpet player currently working with SAINT MOTEL, and have experiences performing and touring all over the world. In addition to excellent musical education, I apply lessons I have learned from travel that I find truly help as an educational supplement.

Working at UCLA for my degree in music performance has taught me what it takes to be a good teacher, and I am patient, understanding, and believe there's no greater feeling than watching my students flourish. I like to take the time to get to know my students, and plan lessons around their individual needs, rather than plug them into a system set in ston
e. I have a routine I do, that I will start students with, but am very open to modification based on student needs/desires.

I perform jazz professionally in Los Angeles, and have spent time touring in playing in the San Francisco Bay Area, New York, the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Macedonia, Canada, and have performed or led groups internationally at the Umbria Jazz Festival, the North Sea Jazz Festival, the Montreux Jazz Festival, the Tuscia Jazz Festival, the Angel City Jazz Festival and the Monterey Jazz Festival. You can hear my original compositions and playing on bandcamp or soundcloud.
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Sebastian K. January 24, 2018
· Trumpet · In home
My son loves having lessons with Zach - they are not only fun and interesting, he also improves every lesson.
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Cara October 8, 2017
· Trumpet · In home
My 9 yr old son has learned so much in only 3 lessons with Zach. We had planned on doing 1 lesson a week but immediately my son wanted more. He is very new to playing an instrument so we were just eager for him to play something that resembled a note but we’ve been super surprised to hear him already playing recognizable beginner songs.
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FA March 13, 2016
· Piano · In home
Perfect. My daughter is so happy. This teacher is very nice. He teaches very well.
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About Eugene S.

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I have been teaching guitar for over 27 years and have had the privilege of studying with some of the finest guitarists in the world which include Aldo Minella, Sulaiman Zai, Javier Calderon, Dr. Lily Afshar, Benjamin Verdery and Kevin Gallagher. I also studied jazz with Berklee professor Sal Difusco and Chris Buono.

As a teacher. I have been a high school teacher for the past 15 years and am certified in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as a history teacher. I have worked with all types of learning styles and test preps. As an educator, I have gone through all the background CORI checks already.

If you are taking lessons at my studio I just wanted to alert people that we have 2 very friendly English Cocker Spaniels and an old orange tabby cat who is friendly on his own terms :-). This is obviously important for people that ha
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Joshua S. July 24, 2017
· Classical Guitar · In studio
I really enjoyed working through beginner/intermediate classical guitar with Gene. He was always prepared and very knowledgeable about the different pieces we were working on. He helped my technique tremendously, and structured my progress in a way I wouldn't have been able to do myself. If you are serious about wanting to learn guitar I strongly recommend getting a teacher, and if you live in the Boston area I highly recommend Gene.
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Mike July 11, 2016
· Ukulele · In home
Gene is incredibly patient and always has materials ready for the two of us to work with. I am so lucky to be working with him as I learn a new skill.
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Charlie S. August 17, 2015
· Ukulele · In home
Amazing Job. Enjoyed session very much and learned alot.
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Eugene S.

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About Justin Y.

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I've been performing since I was 13. It is more than just playing in front of people. It is an art. I want to help you achieve that art.

About Justin
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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Professional, recital, audition situations covered. More so included with other subjects.

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

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

I've taught privately and at schools for both young and adult students for many years during this time.
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Jose September 8, 2017
· Saxophone · In home
Mr. Christian is not only an amazing musician but an awesome educator. He motivated my kids to practice and we've had a great experience with as a teacher.
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Michelle September 6, 2017
· Clarinet · In home
We've so enjoyed having Christian teach our 8-year-old son. Christian makes a point to integrate musical numbers that are interesting to him - like the themes to Jurassic Park and Sponge Bob! My son adores him and loves their time together. We look forward to a long relationship with Christian!
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Marla June 5, 2017
· Saxophone · In home
Christian was on time and organized. He quickly assessed my daughter's ability and was able to get her ready for 7th grade playing a new instrument in the jazz band. Since she has taken lessons with Christian, she has received superiors at solo and ensemble twice now and we are so thankful. Would hire again if he moves back to Orlando.
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Christian R.

Lakeland, FL 33809
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Music Criticism: How To Handle a Critical Audience

Years ago, I heard my first band would be featured in the local paper and I was so excited to read the article. I hurried home to read it and found that the short blurb was far from complimentary. A public critique like that can make you want to give up. I certainly wanted to hide under my bed for a week! However, I have learned how to handle criticism and continued to make music that makes me happy. In the time since then, I have been lucky enough to receive both criticism and positive revie … Read More

Music Criticism: How To Handle a Critical Audience
Years ago, I heard my first band would be featured in the local paper and I was so excited to read the article. I hurried home to read it and found that the short blurb was far from complimentary. A public critique like that can make you want to give up. I certainly wanted to hide under my bed for a week! However, I have learned how to handle criticism and continued to make music that makes me happy. In the time since then, I have been lucky enough to receive both criticism and positive revie
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