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About Berthe H.

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Largo, FL
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About Berthe
My name is Berthe ( pronounced Bert). At the age of 4, I began taking
piano lessons. By age 8, I was performing for the first time at the
Assembly Hall of the American University of Beirut. In 1978, I attended
the Faculty of Music of the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik/Lebanon,
where I completed a PhD. in music education and a higher diploma in
piano.
From 1982 to 2000, I taught piano, music theory, music education,
music appreciation, and the history of and analysis of Western music
at the University of the Holy Spirit of Kaslik (USEK), The University of St.
Joseph (USJ) and the Lebanese University (UL).
I recorded my first CD “Rehna Meshouar”, a collection of Lebanese
songs for children, intended to introduce music to kids. I took part in
many educational activities and devoted myself to the promotion of
musical educatio
n to the children. In 1995, I published my first book
“Do-Mi-Sol”, that focuses on a method specifically designed to teach kids
Solfege (oral theory and ear training).

From 1998 to 2001 I was in charge of training aspiring music teachers
at the Ecole Normale in piano, music education, psychology of music
education, and the philosophy of music education.
By the year 2000,I was appointed Director of Studies and the Academic
Secretary of the Music Faculty at the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik.
During my tenure, I employed teachers, advised students, and
developed artistic and academic programs. It was my responsibility to
organize studies and examinations, as well as plan, execute, organize studies and examinations, as well as plan and execute
concerts, conventions, and competitions. I have lectured all over Europe and the Middle East, as well as published many articles concerning music and music education.
Since moving to Florida in 2007, I am a professor of piano instruction at St. Petersburg College. I also give private lessons in my studio. I have served as a judge several times at the Bay Ridge Piano Festival.

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Our musical journey has a smooth and relaxed progression, establishing enough command of the keyboard to allow each student to develop naturally. To make the piano a richer and more rewarding experience, I enjoy introducing a variety of musical styles, from popular favorites to timeless classical pieces, according to the student’s musical tastes.

I believe in a dynamic and responsive method of teaching. I see the student as an active participant in their own learning. Our lesson feels pleasant and joyful, so the student will always delight in playing the piano and creating music. Based on the student’s age and demands, I employ several methods of teaching that lead to the development of observation, concentration, creativity, self-confidence, and personal expression. I encourage and support my students regardless of specific talent, as we move toward an effective and beneficial musical experience.

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Living room: baby grand piano, additional seating for parents.

*** Specialties ***
I teach Classical music to beginners and advanced students and follow the active method of teaching where the student is not just a receiver but participate in his own learning.
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Janet S. March 15, 2018
· Piano · In home
As an older student returning to piano after many years I needed someone with patience, but also someone who would be willing to push me to give my best. She is just the right combination for my needs. She not only knows her subject very well, but is able to transfer her knowledge and passion for music to her students. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Berthe if you truly want to enjoy learning to play piano with passion.
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Jeffrey W. January 27, 2016
· Piano · In studio
She is very patient to my son,my son like her lesson!
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Rick F. September 4, 2015
· Piano · In studio
Berthe is very passionate about music and piano in particular. She teaches in a relaxed style, especially helpful for adults, and caters her teaching in accordance with what the student is looking for. She's also very accommodating regarding schedule changes.
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Berthe H.

Berthe H.

Largo, FL 33778
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About Carl P.

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Dunedin, FL
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I have been playing guitar since childhood. I gave lessons in Washington, DC for fourteen years, averaging sixty students per week. I moved to Key West in 1995, and have been primarily performing for the last twenty years, although I have had a few students also.
I like teaching material of a student's choosing. It is fun to learn music you like, and after all, the same notes are used in all types of music.
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Vlad May 28, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Great professor and person.
It is unfortunate that I have developed some health problems that resulted in me having to interrupt the lessons.
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Vlad April 19, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
It was mostly what you would expect. Enjoyable first lesson.
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Carl P.

Dunedin, FL 34698
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About Shannon F.

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About Shannon
Shannon teaches functional singing which aims to improve vocal range, stamina, endurance, flexibility, and most importantly: healthy singing.

Shannon received her M.M. in Vocal Performance at Louisiana State University. She has performed extensively in Europe and the U.S. in opera, musical theater and concerts.

Before moving to Tampa, Florida, She lived in North Carolina where she taught as an adjunct voice professor for the University of North Carolina at Pembroke and Methodist University. She also maintained her own private studio where she coached students on audition preparation for college and professional theater auditions.

Her students consists of actors, dancers, and singers of opera, musical theater, and pop. She teaches students of all ages, but tends to work mostly with adult and high school aged singers.
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Joyce P. August 5, 2018
· Singing · In studio
I had a wonderful experience with Shannon, she is everything I was hoping for in voice techniques and singing fuctions you need to achieve in your singing.
She has a wonderful disposition and personality that even helps you more with your lesson. I would recomend her definately to my family and friends.

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Mitsunori May 8, 2018
· Singing · In studio
I had a great first lesson today. Shannon was able to point out many things I need to improve on and provided appropriate suggestions and exercises. I am looking forward to the next lesson.
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Jason April 14, 2018
· Singing · In home
Shannon is an incredible professional and I couldn't be happier with the lessons I've taken with her. She did a wonderful job in every way.
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Shannon F.

Shannon F.

Lutz, FL 33558
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About Rob R.

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I am an easy going, knowledgable and creative teacher. I strive to put the students and their personal needs first. I'm very aware that each student/person learns differently and I incorporate various strategies of learning into my lessons. There is a lot of humor and dialogue with my lessons, allowing my students the freedom to be themselves while playing.

As a school teacher, I have lots of experience in building student confidence and knowledge. If you aren't confident then you aren't progressing!

I like to record my students at different intervals of their education so they can hear the progress! I email a lesson recap after every lesson so that the student can see what we learned that week, including any notes/attachments for the student to review.

I also encourage my students to text/email/ or call with any questi
ons/concerns between lessons. This gives my students the ability to get through a challenging or difficult concept/strategy when its happening and not have to wait till the next lesson.
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LaTunja May 23, 2018
· Billiards · Online
I didn't know what to expect trying to learn pool online but it was an amazing experience. I came away with some great tips on starting out as a beginner. Will definitely do more classes
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Mazen H. March 29, 2018
· Billiards · In studio
Rob is easy to get along with and is a great instructor I learned so much in the first hour and improved my game.
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Gerry November 10, 2017
· Billiards · In studio
Rob was great. Very flexible on scheduling, knowledgeable, and engaging. He was able to customize the lessons to my goals and interests. I highly recommend him!
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Rob R.

Safety Harbor, FL 34695
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About Christopher S.

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Saint Petersburg, FL
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About Christopher
I am a professional musician and music teacher based out of Tallahassee, Florida. I studied jazz trumpet at Florida State University under Director of the Count Basie Orchestra, Professor Scotty Barnhart. I graduated in the Fall of 2015 with a BA in Jazz Performance. I have several years of performance experience with great musicians, as well as teaching experience through private trumpet lessons. I joined TakeLessons in order to reach more students and share my love of teaching music to others, helping them become the best musician that they can be.
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Christopher S.

Christopher S.

Saint Petersburg, FL 33701
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About Christian R.

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Lakeland, FL

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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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Nathan April 7, 2018
· Flute · In studio
We've been seeing Mr. Christian since November for beginner flute lessons for our 12-year-old daughter. From the beginning, Mr. Christian has been incredibly patient and encouraging while being firm and uncompromising. Our daughter has gone from having difficulty with "Hot Cross Buns" to confidently attempting All-State Band pieces, largely thanks to Mr. Christian's instruction. In February, our daughter scored a superior in Solo and Ensemble after just three months of Mr. Christian's tutelage, plus she is jumping to middle school symphonic band next year. We cannot recommend Mr. Christian highly enough for anyone, of any age, aspiring to learn how to play the flute well.
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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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Christian R.

Lakeland, FL 33809
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About Pedro A.

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Pedro A Ariza began his studies with fingerstyle guitar in his native Florence with Professor Duberney Pineda, and starting on classical guitar with professor Luis Eduardo Ortiz. In the city of Cali, he obtained an academic training as a guitar player at the Conservatory of Fine Arts in Cali, studying with teachers Gustavo Nino, Carlos Torres and Marc Jean-Bernard. Guitarist of the Popular School of Music of Cali under the tutelage of the teacher Gustavo Sierra in Colombia, also graduated as professor in the teaching of music with emphasis in guitar at the National University of Costa Rica.
He has been a member of the Ensemble of guitars of the Conservatory of Fine Arts of Cali Colombia, has performed as a soloist and performed in groups in different venues in Colombia, Puerto Rico, Florida (USA) and Costa Rica, acting as representative
of Colombian music and Different genres of music in the world.
As a classical guitarist, he has mastered the repertoire of Renaissance music, baroque, romantic, modern, popular,rock,contemporary and also specialized in Latin American music from Colombia. He has participated in the guitars ensemble of the National University of Costa Rica, in different Costa Rican scenarios and invited to the young festival of Cartago guitar with the Izquier 2 Duo guitar duo.
As a distinguished teacher in areas of nylon fingerstyle and classical guitar, musical grammar, musical appreciation, solfeggio, harmony, complementary piano, creator of works, arrangements and original compositions for the guitar.
Pedro A. now recently resides in Clearwater FL, and I am interested in transmitting my knowledge and secrets of the guitar interpretation to all lovers of music !
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Pedro A.

Pedro A.

Clearwater, FL 33759
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$51 / 30-min

About Michael W.

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Tampa, FL

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Michael is available for in-home lessons and will soon begin having in-studio and online lessons! Michael has been playing and studying drums (drum set, concert & marching percussion) for 29 years, hand percussion for 11 years and has been teaching since 1995. He recently came off of a tour with Wahh World Fusion Band which fuses Indian classical music with western jazz, rock, funk, RnB and drum & bass and he is also a musician/performer with the Walt Disney World company. He has been graced to play with artists spanning many genres of music and has also provided improvisational pieces for visual artists exhibits and poets and has performed in many venues in the US, Japan and Colombia including at the White House for First Lady Michelle Obama. Michael teaches all experience levels from beginner, intermediate to advanced as well as helpin
g other pro drummers or percussionists looking to learn more about the other side.

He has been trained in many different teaching methods and has since developed his own teaching method to enhance the students fundamental playing techniques, ear training, dexterity, basic music theory reading and transcription skills. His goals as a teacher is to help you achieve your goals as an artist musician and to take the principles learned through the study of the discipline of music into your life to help shape you into being a better person.

Genres that Michael is experienced in range from Pop, Jazz, Rock, Funk, Electro, Soul, R & B, and New Orleans 2nd Line on drum set, West African Folkloric/dance such as Soli, Kuku, Dunungbe, Mendiani, Kakilambe, Marakadon on djembe, as well as Afro-Pop such as Nigerian Afro-Beat, Mangambe, Doudoumba, Mbalax and Bikutsi on drum set and hand percussion; Brazilian Samba & MPB such as Bossa Nova, Baiaó, Afoxé, Partido Alto, Coco, Xaxado, and Maracatú on Brazilian percussion & on drum set, Egyptian Classical and Folkloric bellydance rhythms such as Maqsoum, Saidi, Masmoudi, Baladi, Sombati, Fallahi, Chiftiteli, Ayoub, Samai and Malfuf; North African Gnawa, Rai & Chaabi on North African percussion & drum set; Bomba, Plena, General Cuban /New YoRican"Salsa" such as Son, Som Montuno, Mambo, Cha-Cha-Cha, Rumba Guaguancó, Songo, Timba and Mozambique, but also Cuban 6/8 such as Guiro & Bembé, Rumba Yambú, Rumba Columbia, Abakuá Lokua Fun and Dominican Merengue on latin percussion and on drum set where appropriate.

Michael is an expert transcriber for drum set, marching percussion and hand percussion, creates his own exercises and creates breakdowns of rhythms and rudiments to better enhance the student's learning. He can also create practice audio tracks for the student to use in their individual practice time.

Michael spent 1 year at HCC studying music but realized that he was getting much better instruction through (6 years of instruction) from great teachers such as Mark Thurston, Paula Williams, Benja Russel, Tim Church, Eddie Capps, Diaz Clark, Joe Southard, Eugene Fambrough, Tom Mazzeo, Paul Gansmer, Jack Starling, Mark Smith, Rob Minier, Rick Adams, Mike Neidhart, Dino Riccio, Jody Dunwoody, Steve McNeely and William Meyers within the drum corps idiom performing with Suncoast Sound and The Spirit of Atlanta. With the skills he learned and worked diligently on, he was graced with the opportunity to perform as a percussionist at Tokyo Disney Land in 1998 and 1999 and then again at Tokyo Disney Sea from 2005 to 2010.

Most of his percussion study was done with artists/musicians who are deeply rooted in specific types of music and the culture it came from during their childhood or teen years and not from a college professor who learned it from their professor out of a book but have yet to actually perform these styles outside of their class room.
During his time in Tokyo, he took every opportunity to go see concerts at The Blue Note, Tokyo Forum, Bunka Kaikan, The Billboard Club, The Cotton Club, touring Cirque du Soliel
shows and many other venues with top quality world renowned artists. On his free time from performing at Disney, Michael was fortunate to study with great percussionists such as Christopher "Kit" Chatham (of Blast & Shockwave) and Christopher Hardy both of Cirque de Soliel and also Abdou Bayefall and Abdoulaye Sarr Ndiaye of Senegal, Africa. Later back in the US, he studied and worked with Abdel Tahour of Morocco, took a workshop with Orlando Cotto of Puerto Rico and is currently learning from Jessica D Albino folkloric dancer/drummer of Puerto Rico.

He has traveled to Cairo, Egypt to study middle eastern music, to Colombia to teach marching percussion and learn their folk music and also to Bali, Bangkok, Costa Rica, Panama, much of the Caribbean, South Korea and Madrid to photograph in the streets and absorb the rhythm, art and cultures of those places.

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Masterwork Cymbals 24", 22" rides (2), 20" rides (5), 16" crashes (2), 14" hi-hats
Ludwig late 60s green & olive badge 22"x14" bass, 12"x8", 13" x 9", 14"x10" tom and 16"x16" floor tom
Ludwig mid 70s Acrolite 14"x5" snare drum
Ludwig 2015 Rocker steel snare 14"x5"
Ludwig USA free-floating Marching Snare drum 14"x12"
Sonor Force 3007 Jungle kit 16"x16" bass, 10"x8" tom, 14"x10" floor tom
Canopus Maple snare drum 14"x5.5"
Yamaha Birch Custom Absolute 14"x5" snare drum
Gawharet El Fan doumbek (mylar head)
Gawharet El Fan riq (mylar head)
Meinl Percussion Turkish style darbuka  5 7/8" & a 7 1/4"
Meinl Percussion Doumbek (2)
Meinl Percussion Mizhar (2) 18"x4" with a thin calfskin & a mylar true feel head
Meinl Percussion 20"x2.5" Tar
Meinl Percussion Daf 20" with synthetic head
LP Matador congas 11" quinto  and 11 3/4" conga
Persian Dayereh 15"x2.5" with a goat skin head
Senegalese djembe and tama (talking drum)
2 Pandeiros 10" one carnival style with lugs and a mylar head, one handmade in Rio old Capoeira style
RMV tambourim 6" 
Hand percussion: assorted shekere, caxixi, guiro, bells, blocks, karkabou, tingsha, sea shells, seed pods, kashaka, Meinl stage (metal) and studio (plastic) shakers etc..
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Nate H. February 12, 2018
· Percussion · In studio
Mike is the best percussionists, drummers, and teachers I know and is extremely active performing and touring in the music industry today! He is a seasoned, world touring professional that really knows his stuff! Whether you are new to drumming, a pro drummer who needs to tighten up your chops, or strictly a drummer who wants to learn how to approach and play percussion properly, Mike is the guy who can help YOU reach your musical goals and aspirations.

I've had the pleasure getting to know Mike while touring, drumming, marching in Drum Corps drumlines throughout the years. I have learned so much from his extensive musical knowledge and he continues to inspire me to be a better drummer and percussionist today. Mike Washinton is a great teacher, with a giant personality and most importantly a great friend! Book a lesson with him today and you will grow into the great drummer you aspire to be!
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Robert October 19, 2017
· Music Performance · In studio
5 years ago I met Mike at Wiregrass Ranch High School, he was my drum instructor. I honestly could not think of anyone better than him to teach me. He constantly made sure I set goals and always did everything he could to give me the resources I needed to better myself as not just a drummer, but a musician as well. If it weren't for him I don't even know where I would be. He always brings the energy, he never falls off topic, and is always so cool and relaxed, regardless of how stressful the situation is. Taking lessons with him every time leaves me wanting to know more and more about the knowledge he shares. You will not regret a second spent with him, his experience shows and his ability to teach is truly special. Mike you're awesome!!
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Corbett August 12, 2017
· Percussion · In studio
Michael is a world-class drummer, and I had the benefit of his coaching for my drumline and in private lessons. He's patient with 'dumb questions' and helps students discipline themselves to acheive incredible levels of technique. Also a really gentle, nice guy in general! Highly recommended.
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Michael W.

Tampa, FL 33613
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About Mike M.

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Mike has been providing private lessons in the bay area since 2006 and is currently offering in-home and online lessons. Whether you are completely new to drumming or looking to hone your skills in preparation for joining an ensemble, Mike will work with you to achieve your musical goals.
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Nadine August 7, 2018
· Drum · In home
Mike is an awesome teacher. He was really flexible with our schedule, and helped both of us starting at different skill levels and goals. He is well worth the money if you are serious about wanting to become a better drummer!
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Derick May 30, 2018
· Drum · In studio
Excellent instructor. Very knowledgeable, friendly and breaks everything down. Would Highly recommend.
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Chris February 5, 2018
· Drum · In home
Started my lessons with Mike having some previous experience, but still a beginner. He broadened my knowledge on styles and helped me get to the point to where I was able to join a band and start gigging.
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Pinellas Park, FL 33781
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About Mandy S.

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Tampa, FL
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Mandy S. is an avid performer and teacher of flute currently residing in Tampa, Florida. She is an adjunct instructor of flute at Hillsborough Community College in Ybor City, Florida and is a highly sought after middle and high school flute clinician in the Tampa bay area. Additionally, a strong enthusiasm for flute instruction has led Mandy to maintain a private flute studio with students of all ages, offering both in-person and virtual lessons. She has taught numerous masterclasses in Florida and North Carolina. Her students have proved numerous successes in festivals, honor bands, and competitions at the county, district, and state levels as well as college auditions. Furthermore, her passion for music education has sparked particular interest in researching and creating pedagogical and instructional techniques to assist the developing
flutist.

With a strong passion for collaborative performance, Mandy has participated in cross-disciplinary performances in the arts and has founded various chamber ensembles. These chamber ensembles include:The Elm Street Duo (flute and horn), Euphorbia Duo (flute and clarinet),V3N Trio ), and The Heights Consort (chamber ensemble). Participation in these ensembles has led to commissioning projects, unique performance opportunities, and continued inspiration in collaboration. Additonally, Mandy performs with professional ensembles in the Tampa Bay area including the ,Tampa Bay Symphony, Florida Wind Band, and South Shore Symphony. Her collaborative experiences in all mediums have led to international performance opportunities in Italy, Austria, and Czech Republic.

Dr. S. completed a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree at the University of North Carolina Greensboro where her studies focused on flute performance with an emphasis in early flute pedagogy. She holds both a Master of Music degree and a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in music education from the University of North Carolina Greensboro, as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in music education from University of South Florida. Her primary instructors have included Dr. Kim McCormick, Dr. Deborah Egekvist, Dr. Carla Copeland-Burns, and Dr. Erika Boysen
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Mandy S.

Tampa, FL 33647
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