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About Heather M. L.

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Saint Augustine, FL

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About Heather M.
More important than my conservatory education and my experience as an educator and a performer is my passion for teaching music and acting and my undying belief that anyone can learn to be a musician and an actor.

I'm currently available to teach lessons in my own St. Augustine home studio and online around the globe.

I'm a cum laude graduate of Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey and a winner of its merit scholarship. I studied classical music there, grateful to have been taught by the likes of tenor Thomas Faracco, and renowned voice scientist and pedagogue, Dr. Scott McCoy.

After performing with the New York and Royal Philharmonics, the New Jersey and Virginia Symphonies, the American Boy Choir and the internationally renowned opera star, Andrea Bocelli, studying opera and piano at Westminster Choir College a
nd performance art and improvisational acting at East Carolina University in North Carolina, and appearing in shows and pageants across the east coast, I found my life's work in 2003 when I began teaching music.

I've taught hundreds of different students since 2003 with great success, from 5-year-olds with special needs to middle-aged professional opera singers, from a professor in Saudi Arabia to a 65-year-old doctor of music, from kids of Radio Disney to students of the famed Actors Studio in New York, from busy stay-at-home parents to retirees with bucket lists, from CEOs to touring singer-songwriters.

I've created and led a workshop about singing called, "The Whole Body Singer". I've written dozens of articles about music and music education for the blog at TakeLessons.com.

My extensive knowledge of the voice has encouraged and empowered hundreds of singers and prepared many of them to win competitions, pageants and auditions, as well as roles in operas and musicals, including lead roles in Limelight Theater and Curtis Camp productions. When a student comes to me in need of voice coaching, my job is to get to the root of mental blocks, to reveal why and how she's not singing at her optimum.

Before I received formal training at a conservatory, I learned piano on my own, and both have prepared me to teach almost anyone, with any experience, how to play.

The intensive training and education that I received at Westminster Choir College in songwriting, music theory and sight reading has benefited my students at every level.

My current work as singer and keyboardist in the acoustic folk rock duo, Timberwood, has strengthened my knowledge of a broad range of styles and genres. As a lifelong learner, I have a strong commitment to continuing my education. That's why I studied songwriting online with the Berklee College of Music in Boston in 2014.

In the lessons that I teach, I'm flexible, positive and encouraging. While I want my students to have fun and love music, not dread it, I expect hard work and persistence. I am caring, patient, nurturing, and compassionate.
In piano lessons, I usually allow the student to choose a piece with which to warm up and then move on to technique and repertoire.
In voice lessons, I usually warm up the singer and discuss technique and sight singing before focusing on song choices. Joan Frey Boytim wrote a book for voice that I like to use, and I like the Estelle Liebling exercises for the more advanced singer. Hanon exercises are a big part of my piano curriculum, and I enjoy the Bastien and Alfred books for young and old. I have used completely random songs pulled out of a piano bench and a karaoke CD for kids. I will use almost anything I can get my hands on if it means effectively teaching music.

Acting lessons consist of exercises and games that apply learned concepts, with an emphasis on stage acting and Meisner technique, as well as monologue and audition coaching.

Currently, I have only online availability for guitar students.
Students under the age of twelve will use the Alfred Guitar Book for Kids. All other students will start with the Hal Leonard Guitar Method.

Parents, siblings and spouses are always welcome to observe lessons quietly.
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Grace M. November 27, 2018
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Grace M. October 6, 2018
· Singing · In home
Heather is so engaging and able to communicate energetically and effectively. We love her.
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Laura September 19, 2018
· Singing · Online
I always enjoy my lesson time with Heather - upbeat and fun!
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Heather M. L.

Heather M. L.

Saint Augustine, FL 32092
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About Russell S.

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Palm Coast, FL
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About Russell
Located in Palm Coast, FL, Russell brings unparalleled experience and value to his students. Russell Sharp is a seasoned veteran drummer with over 35 years of varied experiences. His lessons will significantly benefit beginner, intermediate and advanced students regardless of their age.

You will learn all that is necessary in order to possess a very strong and solid foundation that is required of a drummer. Russell is a caring, nurturing and patient drum instructor.

A lifetime of percussion experience ranging from recording studios to live shows has developed Sharp's simple and highly effective approach to teaching students. His ability to convey basic and advanced drumming elements help students develop rock-solid foundations along with sharp motor skills, physical coordination, limb independence and endurance.

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aid Russell's lessons are lots of fun, productive, energizing, highly effective, etc.

Drum lessons can include the following:(For Beginners & Advanced Students)

* Learning Basic Fundamentals
* Reading Musical Notation
* Getting Your Meter Down To Excellence
* Gaining Independence Of Limbs
* Improving Overall Technique And Approach
* Learning To Be A Total Groove Drummer
* Building Up Incredible Speed-Metronome Work
* Learning Odd Time Signatures
* Learning The Double Bass Drum Fundamentals And Advanced

Genres of music include: Hard Rock, Soft Rock, Rock-Pop, Classic Rock, Blues, Shuffles (Double Bass Drum), Funk, Alternative, R&B, Jazz, Progressive Rock and Heavy Metal among others.

With his many years of experience, Russell Sharp is a dynamic, powerful and original drummer with distinct style and technique.

He has played in many bands around the country and has been giving drum lessons for over 10 years in Los Angeles, Arizona, North Carolina, and now back in Florida.

He has also taught several students with learning disabilities such as ADHD and ADD and their confidence and ability has grown from learning to play drums.

Also learn how to approach lead singing behind the drum set.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living Room Drum Studio: Drums, Stereo System, Two Stick Pads, Bass Drum Kick Pads, DVD's, CD's, Additional seating for parents.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I would bring 2 stick pads w/ stands and also kick drum pads and a music stand. Drum Instruction books.

*** Specialties ***
Rock, Progressive Rock, Fusion, Blues, Alternative, Funk, Dance, Disco, Latin...
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James March 11, 2016
· Drum · In home
I look forward to the lessons every week. Russ takes the time an ensures that the information provided is understood as well as performed correctly. Homework is always a blast. How many times can anybody say that? I would recommend Russ to any level of performer, if just to sharpen exisiting skills or start from the very beginning, Russ has the ability to get you to the level "you" want to be at with your drum playing. Russ will also introduce books that can be practiced out of when that homework is assigned. Great instructor and as become a good friend. If you want to learn the drums....call Russ!
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Frank W. March 10, 2016
· Drum · In studio
Russell is the man! Patient, attentive, precise and an outstanding professional with a passion to teach you proper technique and to help you reach your drumming goals! He is an Awesome teacher and musician!
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Greg F. May 30, 2015
· Drums · In studio
I've been working with Russell for several months now. I took instruction 35 years ago but never progressed. As I was young and moving on to other things. Fast forward to now, I'm 51 years old and working with him on a weekly basis has taken farther faster than I could have imagined. He makes lessons fun and I really look forward to them. I have also seen him play live and sing. He's an amazing talent!
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Russell S.

Russell S.

Palm Coast, FL 32164
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About Khemya M.

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Palm Coast, FL
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About Khemya
With a Masters degree in Arts and Consciousness Studies from J.F. Kennedy Univ, A BA in dance ethnology, performance and choreography and world music, and 3 A.A. degrees in dance, music and psychology, I feel successful to teach various subjects in the arts.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lesson plans will include: Beginning music theory, songbook and study, and beginning songs for piano

*** Studio Equipment ***
Electric keyboard and dun dun drums, djembe drums, guitar and amps, with microphone, 320 square foot space, open space for dance floor :)

*** Travel Equipment ***
djembe drums, electric piano, percussion
I expect the student to provide their notebooks, writing utensils and positive behavior

*** Specialties ***
Jazz improvisation-jazz voicing on piano (music theory)
Dance-Afro-Caribbean dance and folklore
Dunham techniq
ue-Afro-Haitian-Afro-Cuban and Modern
African drumming and percussion: Jembe and shekere with song and folklore.
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Charlene August 19, 2016
· Piano · In studio
I loved taking lessons with Khemya. My job interfered with my lessons. What I enjoyed most is I felt my music which my sound strange but as a senior adult is makes all the difference.
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Iakienide U. June 8, 2016
· Piano · In home
Ms. Khemya is very good at teaching piano lessons.
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Debra Q. October 15, 2015
· Piano · In studio
Very clear and patient
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Khemya M.

Palm Coast, FL 32164
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About Brenda B.

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Jacksonville, FL
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Hi, there! My name is Brenda and I can't wait to meet you! I've been teaching private lessons since 1985 and have loved helping my students become well rounded piano players, skilled and highly expressive artists and outstanding musicians.
A good musical foundation is important in having a sound piano technique and skill. One should be able to learn theory and methods easily with me. However, it is interesting to note that as my student you can develop your own artistry and technique as well. These are what I hope to deliver as your teacher ---help you learn the theory, skills, technique and method in a fun and casual environment! Remember ... our goal is to learn as much as we can in every lesson and try to throw any questions you might have during the class. It will be greatly appreciated. To let you know more about myself, at ag
e 5, I started playing the piano and went on to finishing Piano Pedagogy from Saint Louis Music Center and B.S. Mass Communications from Saint Louis University . My career as a music educator started when I taught piano at the Yamaha School of Music. Ten years of classical training me has helped me attain this rewarding career. As a child, I have had the opportunity to be a € performer and an accompanist to many choral groups in school. My musical experiences also include performing in Cafe Vasilici€, San Leandro, California, where I can play all styles especially classical music. The ability to sight read is just one of the many endowments I can teach. Others include, an impeccable love for music and a good ear for music.
Brenda showed talent and a keen interest in piano playing at an early age of 5. She underwent extensive and rigid musical training at the Saint Louis Music Center (an independent music school exclusively run by the Nuns of Saint Louis University, Baguio City, Philippines) from the years 1972 to 1981. Under the tutelage of Mrs. Edna Maniquis, she learned how to effectively sight read any song, memorize her recital pieces and be very proficient in piano playing. In 1984, she continued to study with Mrs. Linda Lirag Reynado, a St. Paul's College Conservatory of Music graduate with a Major in Piano, Minor in Voice and who is the founder and owner of Baguio Music Studio, Philippines. In 1992 she finished a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education and Piano Pedagogy from Saint Louis University.
As a piano student in her early years, she had the opportunity to become a finale performer in her student recitals gaining recognition as the best performer in her class. Growing up, during her high school and college years, she was involved with accompanying singers or chorus groups on the piano and joining in competitions where she won several awards and distinctions. Her musical experiences include playing in front of an audience and performing all styles and especially classical music.
Her 16 years of classical training also helped her attain a teaching position at the Yamaha School of Music in the Philippines and a rewarding teaching career at the Florida Conservatory of Music in Jacksonville, Florida.

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Have you ever started playing piano but got stumped and frustrated with the theory? Then you've come to the right class. I will teach you the keyboard skills and fundamentals you will need to become a successful pianist. I will provide you a step-by-step explanation on how to play the piano. If you need help with the written theory and you want to learn more about how to read and write notes, all you need to do is to enroll in my class. My instruction includes activities that will help you use the musical alphabet to read and write notes on the staff, identify intervals, and write sharps and flats. Not only will I emphasize note reading but I will help you develop a keen intelligent understanding of the musical notes and alphabet. In no time you will be playing the piano or keyboard and most especially read and play any music as you appreciate it!

It takes time and effort to learn how to play the piano and not all are expected to become wizards at it. For the most part, students should practice the piano/keyboard more often than not and just keep up with the course requirements when enrolled in my class. It takes enthusiasm, interest and most of all perseverance to play the piano however, with me you will succeed and be driven to become a good and skilled pianist!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music room, seating room, piano, and keyboard

*** Travel Equipment ***
my keyboard

*** Specialties ***
All styles especially Classical.
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Miranda S. July 16, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Had her lesson today and i completely love her!!! Definitely recommend her.
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Hannah June 10, 2016
· Piano · In studio
I have been taking piano studies with Ms. Brenda for over 6 years now and her approach is so wonderful and exceptional. Her passion and drive to teach piano is tremendous and which helped me become a good pianist. Now, I can sight read and read notes much better....
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Shiny June 10, 2016
· Piano · In studio
My son, Vinay, learned so much from Ms. Blanchard's class. She is an exceptional Piano Teacher and can vouch for her teaching abilities and skills.
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Brenda B.

Brenda B.

Jacksonville, FL 32257
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About Luis O.

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Orange Park, FL
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My name is Luis, and I am very interested in inspiring everyone to learn drums. This includes drumset, concert and marching snare drum, concert percussion, Latin percussion (congas, bongos, timbales etc), and marimba (xylophone,bells etc). I look forward to teaching you!

My main goal is to help my students to become fully functioning drummers with a very strong grasp on their instrument!
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elizabeth September 21, 2018
· Drum · In studio
Luis did an amazing job with my son. My son struggles with focusing and attention, and Luis was a perfect fit for him. He really worked hard with him over the course of a year + to prepare him for Lavilla auditions. I can confidently say that without Luis's help, my son wouldn't have passed his audition with flying colors and get to attend such an amazing band program at a great school. We are eternally thankful for his help!
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Gabriel March 10, 2017
· Drum · In studio
Very thorough and friendly. Great motivator when I was overwhelmed and nervous. I don't think there is anything Lois couldn't help me achieve.
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Leo July 18, 2016
· Percussion · In studio
The lesson was great and Luis did a fantastic job. My son really enjoyed the experience. He is 8 years old, and Luis was a good choice for a children's instructor.
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Luis O.

Orange Park, FL 32073
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About Greg L.

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Saint Augustine, FL

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For the last thirty years, from the day that I got my first electric as a teenager, to my work today as an acoustic guitarist for the band, Timberwood, and currently as a teacher of more than forty students a week, my life has been devoted to the guitar.

I'm an experienced veteran of the metal and hard rock scene of the 80's and 90's in eastern Virginia. As I grew older, I took formal lessons focusing on classical guitar, while growing to love the blues. The year that I turned 34, I quit my corporate job, took a leap of faith, helped to build and brand a new music school in Chesapeake, Virginia, working there as a full-time music school manager and guitar instructor.

I now teach an incredibly diverse group of students of every age, background and experience level in my home studio here in the fast-growing World Golf Village are
a of Saint Augustine, Florida and at the Jacksonville School of Music in Jacksonville, Florida.

My teaching philosophy is simple - teach how to play the guitar, not just how to play the songs. I pride myself on being a positive and patient teacher, dedicated to his craft and to each student's success.
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Janice D. November 9, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Greg is a great teacher! In just 4 months, I have learned so much about music theory, basic chords and history of guitar. He packs a lot of info in one lesson. He is patient and encouraging. He has exposed me to many artists who play guitar. He gives me good tips on how to form the chords easier. Greg makes learning to play guitar FUN!
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Heather November 8, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Greg is an excellent teacher. He keeps lessons interesting and caters to what his student wants to learn. The very first class he asked me to come next class with 5 songs that I ultimately wanted to learn. Over the course of the following lessons, he would incorporate skills needed to play those songs. He would reference my "dream songs" when learning other skills and explain that I would need this later to be able to play my songs. It is awesome because all while I was learning what I thought was random guitar knowledge, he was prepping me to play my "dream songs". He is also hilarious! He has a great sense of humor which helps keep the lessons fun and interesting. He is easy to approach if I am confused by something and is able to come at it in a different manner to get me to truly understand. He also has immense patience which is awesome for someone like me who doesn't always have time to practice as much as I would like. I would highly recommend Greg to any age student as he knows how to make learning guitar fun and approachable!
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Soraya March 7, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
I started taking guitar lessons with Greg at the Jacksonville School of Music nearly 5 years ago when I was 11. Since I started taking lessons here, Greg has taught me nearly everything I need to know about guitar, especially music theory, which involves many things such as chord progressions and scales. This has helped me write songs and improvise guitar solos in songs. Because of his teaching skills, I was able to learn new guitar skills very quickly. I don’t think any other guitar teacher can provide me with as much guitar knowledge as Greg does. In my opinion, he is the best and most helpful guitar teacher in Jacksonville
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Greg L.

Saint Augustine, FL 32092
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About Dennis F.

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Ever dreamed about playing the guitar? Let me help you turn your dream into reality. Whether it be rock, pop, blues, Spanish guitar, flamenco, etc, music theory or improvising skills you would like to learn, I can help you learn at an accelerated pace and we will have some fun along the way. Electric or Acoustic. All ages from 8 to adult, beginners through advanced, are welcome.

My Qualifications:
Musician's Institute Graduate (G.I.T. - Hollywood, CA.).
College level Music Theory courses.
Taken private guitar lessons for several years.
Have taught professionally for over 20 years with students of all ages.
Full-time professional working musician / recording artist
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John June 9, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
I’m very happy that I went with Dennis he explains everything so I can understand it and I’m looking forward to our next lesson.
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Chana August 3, 2016
· Flamenco Guitar · Online
Mr. Dennis has been giving me lessons for 8+ years now! He has taught me a wide array of styles on the guitar, as well as music theory. He is extremely passionate about guitar, and I completely recommend him to anyone interested!!
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Dennis F.

Saint Augustine, FL 32084
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About Danielle E.

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Saint Augustine, FL
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Danielle is a vocalist, songwriter, and music educator with over 20 years experience in many facets of the music industry. She received training in both classical and commercial vocal technique at Duquesne University. Danielle is a past winner in the US Billie Holiday Competition, New York’s Jazzmobile, and the Monk Institute’s Jazz Aspen. Her international career has allowed her to perform in the top venues of New York, Washington DC, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Turkey and Cuba. Danielle has taught students of all ages and varying styles as well as directing both children's and adult choirs. She is now based in North East Florida and continues to establish her own voice in the music community through songwriting, performing, and recording. She specializes in teaching vocal technique as applied to pop, jazz, broadway, etc and in teachin
g a combined piano/voice introduction for very young students.
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Danielle E.

Danielle E.

Saint Augustine, FL 32095
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About Doris J.

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Saint Augustine, FL
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As a lover of all things math and science, I earned a Doctorate in Neuroscience and welcome students of all ages, experiences, and backgrounds. I also teach beginning piano lessons. The vast majority of my teaching experience has been at the college level (Anatomy, Physiology, Chemistry, Biology, Cell Biology, Neuroscience, Psychology, College Algebra, Introductory Statistics). Additionally, I have experience with younger students having previously taught tennis and swimming lessons. As a mother of 2 young children myself, I feel comfortable teaching a wide range of students. I also have experience teaching test strategy and preparing college students for the GRE.

My dissertation focused on the development of cognitive therapies that would aid in the treatment of Alzheimer's Disease. Throughout my research experience, I mentored
over 30 undergraduate students and presented at several conferences (SFN, AAIC, HAPS). I most recently presented my research at the International Conference on Nicotinic Acetylcholine Receptors in Chania, Greece. I have published a chapter in a book and am finalizing 3 additional publications for submission.

I took piano lessons for 10 years as a child and adolescent. I competed in a Sonatina competition and was rated 'Superior.' I regularly play for church services. As a high school student, I was the head drum major for the marching band for 3 years. I will teach basic music theory, piano techniques, and help students feel proud of their accomplishments. I welcome beginning students to take lessons in my home.
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Doris J.

Saint Augustine, FL 32086
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About Rita R.

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I am a passionate and motivated instructor who loves working with students and sharing my love of music. I have experience teaching all ages and all learning abilities, most notably young children with Autism, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, and ADHD. I have been playing the piano since grade school, taking private lessons all the way up until high school. My passion for voice is truly what set the stage for my professional career. In 2013 I was admitted into the FSCJ CHORAL with a full scholarship and traveled Florida competing professionally. I have 4 years of professional teaching experience and have worked with various students to help them succeed with auditions.
I have personal experiencing auditioning for Disney, the Ritz Theatre and St. Augustine Arts Festival. I look forward to teaching you!
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Rita R.

Fleming Island, FL 32003
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