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About Jordan D.

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Carrollton, TX

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13 years ago, I picked up a guitar and began my life-long pursuit of music. This pursuit has led me in a wide variety of directions. Today, I am a worship leader for Fellowship of The Parks, an on-staff music-producer and session musician at Drive35 Productions, and a passionate instructor.

I have a passion for a wide variety of styles of music. For several years, I was the lead guitarist, singer, and songwriter for multiple independent rock bands, the most notable being an indie psychedelic band called Tod The Fox. I have led worship for many churches including Grace Fellowship UMC, Brazos Pointe Church, The Cornerstone College Ministry at UTA, FUMC Allen, Living Life Church, and Fellowship of the Parks in varying capacities. At UTA, I studied Jazz and Classical guitar under acclaimed guitarists Sam Walker and Billy Robertson. Here,
I also studied theory, piano, sight-singing, and music-production extensively. I graduated Magna Cume Laude with a Bachelor of Music-Media from UTA. After school, I spent 9 months interning/assistant engineering with acclaimed musician/composer/producer Brad Nyght at The Bakery Studio in Dallas- whose credits include being the drummer for The Michael Gungor Band and Desperation Band. Then, got hired as an on-staff session musician and music producer at Drive35 Productions. I have also played guitar, mandolin, and bass for multiple pit orchestras and guitar for the North Lake Jazz Ensemble with director Jim Eger.

My teaching style varies from student to student. Music is a wonderfully diverse subject and every student has his own aspirations. I will do my best to cater each lesson to the student's goals and interests. Whether that is classical guitar method, rock, jazz, folk, country, pop or anything in between.

I have an excellent internet connection and microphone set up for online lessons. I also utilize screen-sharing to make the lessons as close to real life as possible.

A few of my favorite artists include: Michael Gungor, Joe Pass, Andrew Bird, Chopin, Led Zeppelin, Glen Hansard, and Radiohead.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons will vary significantly from student to student. Not only does every student have different goals in mind, they all learn differently as well. I do my best to customize my lessons for each student's goals and needs. A typical guitar, bass, ukulele, or piano lesson may involve music-reading, chord studies, technical work, scale practice, theory, and of course learning awesome songs!

I consider myself a healthy balance between professional and light-hearted. As much as I want to make efficient use of the lesson-time, my primary goal is for the student to truly understand and enjoy music.

I have worked hard to be a flexible musician and teacher. I am competent in jazz, rock, classical, contemporary, blues, worship, country, and beyond and will be happy to teach any (or all) of these styles to any student.

*** Studio Equipment ***

Drive35 Productions:

-Large live tracking space
- Medium sized dead tracking space
- Pro Tools HD
- External Pres/Compressors/EQ (WARM, Manley, Vintech, etc.)
- DDA mixing console
- Several acoustic/electric/bass guitars (Epiphone, Fender, Taylor, Cort, Ibanez, Gibson, etc.)
- Lanakai Ukulele
- Gibson Mandolin
- Percussion
- Full drum kit
- 4 control/mixing rooms/practice spaces
- Breakroom
- Music stands/chairs
- Princeton Reverb, Vox AC15, Marshall, Ampeg amplifiers
- Several keyboards/controllers
- Rhodes
- Vintage organs
- Neumann U87, Senheissers, several SM57's, Lautin Audio Oceanus, Oktavas, AKG C414's

My at home studio:

- Chairs
- An 88-key Casio Privia keyboard
- Professional grade recording equipment (003r interface, behringer ada8000 with BLA mod, RNC by FMR, and more)
- High speed Internet access
- A printer
- A library of music resources
- Novation Launchkey MIDI controller
- Rode K2 condensor microphone
- Sm57
- Several Naiant stereo pair microphones
- 2 acoustic guitars (Cort and Zaeger), 2 electric guitars (Epiphone CS Custom, Fender Nashville Tele)
- An electric bass guitar (Epiphone Thunderbird with Bartolini Pickups)
- Lanakai Ukulele
- A Savannah Mandolin
- Double input amplifier (vox AC15C1)
- Music stand
- Metronomes/tuners
- Recording studio quality monitors (Yamaha HS8s)
- Large pedal board and pedal chain

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in contemporary, rock, blues, and worship guitar, but have extensive experience in classical and jazz guitar as well. I am also an on-staff session guitar player for Drive35 Productions and can help anyone interested in the skills necessary to play for a studio.

For piano, I teach beginner to intermediate level students in a variety of genres. I use piano on a daily basis for composing, arranging, and performing.

For bass, I can also teach a variety of genres. I specialize in blues/rock/contemporary but have experience in classical and jazz bass as well.

For ukulele, I specialize in pop music adaptation and classical.

For mandolin, I teach basic beginner music skills- reading and strumming techniques.
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Craig June 29, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Great first lesson! Jordan was quick to determine my skill level or lack there of 😬 and adapt his lesson to my needs.
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Amy May 28, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Jordan is awesome! My son is 6 and he is very patient with him and doesn’t make the lesson overwhelming which is something I was worried about. Jordan is very pleasant and talented. He is also great at communicating and responds quickly if you have a question later in the week. Would highly recommend him to anyone and any age interested in learning an instrument. My son is still excited to be learning to play the guitar which I’m always surprised because to get better it takes practice and dedication. Thanks Jordan for making it fun too!
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brandon C. March 6, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Jordan is incredibly knowledgeable! He knows exactly when to skip around based on your individual learning rate and is always able to answer theory questions and keep the lesson on track! Super kind and an all around great guy! Would definitely recommend! Planning on signing my daughter up as soon as she's old enough!
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About Maria M.

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Atlanta, GA

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About Maria
MISSION STATEMENT:

The mission of my studio is to create well-rounded, educated musicians who will always have a lifelong passion for the art no matter their long-term goals. I strive for my students to be:

(1) Lifelong learners who develop successful learning habits.
(2) Creative and critical thinkers who will become effective communicators.
(3) Responsible and respectful members of society who respect other cultures.
(4) Able to set short-term and long-term goals and be able to see them through to their success.

TEACHING PHILOSOPHY:

It is of the utmost importance that my students are well-educated in their chosen instrument; they must know and understand music and music-making. Students who can play are a dime a dozen, but students who understand the music they are playing are often hard to find. I teach students to kno
w music thoroughly, not just to “play.” I desire my students to comprehend elements of the score, to use their bodies effectively to make good sound, and to interpret music creatively and according to historical performance practices across all genres of music. Thus, I give students a purposeful education in technique, quality literature, performance and artistry, music theory, and music history.

Although students differ in ability and development, I maintain high expectations for our students. I expect attention and respect in lessons, faithful and diligent practice, careful adherence to instructions, and an “I’ll-do-my-best” attitude. If students regularly meet these expectations, then they will excel to the level that they are able. It is my joy to help students master their music, to do the best they can, and to strive for and achieve excellence.

Lastly, I want students to enjoy and appreciate their instrument, music, and music-making; and I know as as a teacher, I am very influential in making this happen. Students develop enjoyment of music by understanding music, experiencing success in music, being exposed to good and varied genres of music, and receiving instruction from a teacher who is enthusiastic and encouraging. It is my goal to provide all of these opportunities for students, and as a result their lives will be enriched as they enjoy their instrument.
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Patricia K. June 23, 2018
· Opera Voice · In studio
Amazing first lesson!
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Stan B. May 30, 2018
· Acting · In studio
Great lesson! Maria is really insightful and gives very pratical advice. I felt like I learned more in just one session with Maria than I learned in an entire class. I am looking forward to my next lesson.
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Jasmine July 22, 2017
· Acting · In studio
Best acting coach I've ever used. Helped me land a supporting role in an upcoming movie taping here in Atlanta. I would highly recommend her to anyone.
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About Michael L.

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Lakeland, FL

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Michael L has been a working actor in Theatre, Film and Television since 1998. Since graduating cum laude from George Washington University he has dedicated himself to teaching and practicing the craft of acting. Michael was a classical acting fellow at the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington,DC under the artistic direction of Michael Kahn. There he honed his classical acting skills and earned his equity card later becoming an affiliated teaching artist with the theatre. He has performed there as well as many of the country's finest regional theaters including: The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Arena Stage, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Geva Theatre Center, Washington Shakespeare Company and most recently Actor's Playhouse in Coral Gables. Michael has appeared on television in numerous commercials and the Fox Network's dr
ama "Past Life" and has acted in many independent films. While in DC he was the Drama teacher at Fillmore Arts Center, a public magnet school for the performing arts, teaching children from Kindergarten to 8th grade. Michael is currently acting in Nickelodeon's new series "I Am Frankie" debuting this fall. He enjoys teaching both adults and young people as well as caring for his own spirited child.
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Anoop M. December 9, 2017
· Speaking Voice · Online
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Elena B. February 14, 2017
· Method Acting · In home
Wonderful
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Jessica January 21, 2017
· Voice Acting · In home
Fantastic.

Breathing, Voice, Acting, the whole thing.

Michael will give you exercises, tips, tricks and ideas to excel to the next level with your voice.
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About Calvin G.

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Humble, TX

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About Calvin
Hello and welcome to my profile here on takelessons.com thanks for stopping by! My name is Calvin and I’ve been teaching students of all ages for more than 16 years now.
I started my personal music journey at 4 years old first learning piano and guitar and multiple other instruments from there. My father was my first music instructor which grounded me in the foundation and theory of music while at the same time knowing that ear training and learning how to play with other musicians was just as important. From there I had the privilege of learning jazz, blues, and many other styles from the late Hal Stesch at UNLV School of Music who played piano and organ for many great artists including Elvis, The Platters, Frank Sinatra, and many more. Currently my wife and lead Praise and worship 3 to 4 times weekly a two different church campuses an
d also perform every Saturday at a Branson style show in Liberty, Texas.
My approach to teaching music is to customize lessons to the student’s interests while still maintaining the essentials and foundations including music theory, scales, and reading music. I like to incorporate particular songs and genres of music that the student likes by providing customized tracks with their particular instrument taken out so that feel a sense of accomplishment and get the practice of playing along with other musicians which benefits in the ear training process. I look forward to meeting and "jamming" with you soon!
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alex April 4, 2016
· Guitar · In home
Great beginning!
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Douglas M. March 2, 2016
· Piano · In home
It only took one lesson to realize I made the right decision selecting Calvin. He is patient and truly customize your lessons for reaching your goals. If you are serious about playing, I would recommend him as an instructor.
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Anita T. January 12, 2016
· Piano · In home
My son had his first piano class with Calvin and he enjoyed the lesson very much!
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About John W.

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John discovered his love for the stage when he was 12 years old, from that moment on he has continued his theatrical pursuits. John attended The Savannah College of Art and Design and received his Bachelors of Arts Degree in Theatre Performance, from California Baptist University. He has been privileged to work with such notable organizations as the Patel Conservatory Theatre, in Tampa Fl, Walt Disney World Entertainment, Universal Studios Orlando, and Legoland, Carlsbad. You may have recently seen John in the role of "Fector" in the Chance Theatre's production of "Dogfight", T.J. In Musical Theatre West's production of Sister Act, or Mike Costa in A Chorus Line. Other credits include writer/producer of Extraordinary: A New Contemporary Musical, and Life As We Blow It!

In addition to acting John has worked as a Talent Manager in H
ollywood. As well as written and produced several of his own original plays.
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Angela June 20, 2016
· Child Acting · In studio
John taught my little girl acting. He was patient and so kind. Exactly the kind of teacher she needed because she is a sensitive little girl. He always spoke to her calmly, with a smile and that gave her the confidence she needed.
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Micheal June 9, 2016
· Acting · In studio
For the time i have known John, he has always impressed me to be a conscientious, passionate person who knows the ins and outs of the entertainment industry.
I believe his commitment and knowledge will help anyone wanting to study the art and craft of acting in pursuit of a film or tv career.
Continued success John.
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Brandi Muldrow June 8, 2016
· Stage Performance · In studio
Talented!! Not only a talented writer, but a gifted coach. John is able to bring life to an aspiring character. Coaches you on how to insert with our character naturally without forcing it. Great attitude with a genuine spirit!
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About Ilka C.

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Orlando, FL
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Hi there!
I’m Ilka Tamar, and I cannot wait to meet you. I have been a Modeling Instructor since 1996 after my graduation from Fontecha Academy (Puerto Rico) in 1995. While attending Fontecha, I earned degrees in Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced Modelling between the years of 1995 to 1996. Some of my personal accomplishments, after being in the industry for 20 years, have been: Professional Modeling, Acting (TV and Film), Editorials (Washington D.C, Texas, New York), and owned my own Modeling Academy named MetaMorphosis by Ilka Tamar.

As your instructor, I would help you train for beauty pageants, runways, editorials, and more. Also, I would love to help you with self- confidence and self- esteem, personal goals and achievements. Starting at 5 years of age, I teach everyone with special needs and Seniors welcomed too!

Success an
d confidence have no age limits; this is my philosophy. I look forward to helping you reach your goals!
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Rosaly Alicea August 19, 2016
· Modeling · In studio
excellent in their work with great discipline and dedication and ko more important that cares about that always do it excellent the recominedo 100% I get his Academy without knowing absolutely nothing alia gateway taught us to project ourselves in the correct way and dobre all have confidence in ourselves and gain much security.
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Rosaly August 19, 2016
· Modeling · In studio
Excellent
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Janet August 17, 2016
· Modeling · In studio
Excelente en su profesión muy buena presencia con una gran ayuda hacia las niña para obtener su AUTOESTIMA. Alta con buen control de grupo a nivel de q su clase fuera interesante divertida con confianza relajada y saber q mas q su maestra su amiga compañeras etc ... Gracias Ilka por su gran apoyo a nuestra hija y a nosotras como madre darnos confianza y compartir con usted cada clase Dios la bendiga y éxito....
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Orlando, FL 32821
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About Rob C.

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Rob received his Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Musical Theatre from Emerson College in Boston.

He has performed in Theme Parks, Summer Stock, Regional Theaters and Dinner Theaters through the United States.

For the past 13 years Rob has performed at Walt Disney World with The Voices of Liberty, The Dapper Dans, and Finding Nemo the Musical. He has also performed in various stage shows and vocal groups at Hong Kong Disneyland and The Tokyo Disney Resort.

As well as his work on stage, Rob has also been a Musical Director and Vocal Coach at Emerson College, Staples High School and The Fiddlehead Theater Company in Boston.

He is a proud member of Actor's Equity Association.
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Rob C.

Rob C.

Kissimmee, FL 34759
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About Rebecca L.

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Baldwin, NY
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My approach is both supportive and pragmatic, based on where each individual's skill set is right now and what your specific goals are. I've had the benefit of both formal instruction as well as a decade in the "school of hard knocks." Climbing up the ladder to earn my Equity Card on a Production Contact taught me a lot and I believe gave me a nuanced perspective as a performer.

Over 95% of my career is from attending open calls, including finding representation and my Broadway debut.

I continue to audition for film, television, and theatre, as well as perform in concerts and other venues. I write and produce my own work and am currently signed with Roth and Associates East.
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Debra June 21, 2018
· Vocal Training · In studio
Rebecca was very knowledgeable and helpful for my very first lesson. I believe she can really help me improve my pitch and teach me to become a better singer! She is also a very kind woman and has an overall caring approach.. I’m happy I found her and I’m looking forward to working together!
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Gianna June 8, 2018
· Singing · In home
My granddaughter was so delighted with the entire process. I feel this will help her vocals and boost her confidence level. When you're 13 it can be a difficult age. My granddaughter felt very very comfortable and at ease..thanks to Rebecca!
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Brandon May 11, 2018
· Voice Acting · In studio
Very attentive, kind and understanding.
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About Sangini B.

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I have a Master's degree (Speech Communications and Drama) from Texas State University and a Bachelor's degree from University of Texas at Austin (History, Mathematics). I am a published children's book author and I write articles for magazines. I write movie scripts too.

I am a film producer, director, actress, writer, black belt martial artist. I have directed many actors in 10 films, had over 10 casting sessions with actors auditioning, performed with many actors in film and theatre and am a union actress.
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About Alan M.

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Hi! My name's Alan. I've been a professional musician for 20yrs, & I've taught students of all ages & skill levels for 17yrs! I LOVE teaching & sharing the joys of music: the universal language! Whether you just want to learn a few basic steps to entertain friends & family, or you want to become a serious piano player, looking to perform on stage, go to school for music, or simply be the best player you can be: I can help get you there! With some hard work & dedication, you can become a fantastic piano player, & branch out into guitar, singing, brass & woodwinds... the possibilities are endless! Piano is the greatest instrument to start on, as you'll be learning to read both clefs of music. It also helps teach your brain to seperate left & right hands into doing seperate things! Music is just so much fun, whether it's entertainin
g a few friends & family, or being on the big stage under the bright lights with thousands cheering for you!! I couldn't imagine my life without the joys of music, & I sincerely hope that you consider going down the beautiful road that music can lead you down! Trust me: it's challenging at times, but man is it ever worth it!!! Music is the coolest thing I've ever undertaken, & I couldn't be more proud of all the places its taken me, & all the amazing people I've met! So: LET'S DO THIS! Sincerely, Alan M.
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The Sanchez family July 6, 2018
· Piano · In studio
I have to say, I was very nervous about beginning lessons at my age. I had watched my children take music as an elective in school. They were only taught a few songs and a tiny bit of sheet music. When I contacted Alan, he was very precise about the equipment I would start with. I became more interested in moving forward with lessons knowing that he would even help me pick out my first keyboard for at home so I could take my materials home to practice.
My first lesson with Alan was wonderful! He was easy going dispite my lack of knowledge and was patient with me even when my fingers fumbled. I was having trouble getting my fingers to match what I was reading. Even though I probably was a hard first time student, he never got frustrated or disappointed with my progression. I definitely recommend an hour or more if you are a beginner as the time passes very quickly.
By my fourth or fifth lesson, I couldn't believe that I was playing my first short song and learning to read the music on sheet with ease. I practiced at home with the keyboard that Alan recommended for me (was an amazing fit, and affordable) along with the book he had me working in, a few hours during the week in between lessons. My progression surprised myself and even my kids! They were impressed with the fact that even I could now play now after only a few lessons. They had thought me a lost cause when it comes to music, as they tried to have me help and learn with them for school. After thier graduation from middle school to high school this year, two of the three decided they wanted to learn too. Sience I already had the keyboard, why not?
I continued my lessons, and they started theirs. Both of them loved it, and told me this kind of "hands on" teaching was what was missing in their school. You can't just give them an instrument and a book and say play. Soon we were taking trips together to see Alan for lessons. They are doing wonderful, as am I. My son even wants to learn "production" when he gets better at regular lessons. We each have our own books, different songs, and I even purchased another keyboard for the kids! This time a "cooler" one with effects that they love! They actually fight over the keyboard, and I have NEVER seen them fight over "homework".
So Alan, to say the least was one of the best teachers I have ever met. He was great with me and at first, my fumbling fingers, and was also "cool" enough for my kids that are at the age of beginning high school, and pretty much dislike everything. It has also created an activity for us to even do together, dispite our music choice gap!
I definitely recommend Alan and his skills that seem to never end in the music world. His patience, ability, teaching method, and diversity are an A++. Even if you are teetering on the edge of taking lessons yourself, or mabye nervous about your childs interest or skill, take it from me, contact Alan! He's the best!
Alan, if you can read this, thank-you so much for teaching us all, and see you next week!
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Terry July 4, 2018
· Piano · In home
Alan teaches my 17 yr old daughter. She has taken from him since she was 12. She had 2 teachers before him, & really learned nothing of any significance... Alan used his own methods, combined with books, & he taught her a lot of theory, & showed her how it incorporated into each piece of music! Snowing someone how something relates really helps the brain make the connection, & her progress soared! At 12, she was basically playing beginner songs, with basic chords in the left hand & very simple melodies. Now, she's playing Beethoven, Diabelli Sonatas, even a Mozart piece or two. He often spends extra time with her after the lesson time has expired, & she often wants to stay after just to get a passage right. He also has helped her with her French horn playing, & with her marching & symphonic band pieces! I can't say enough good about Alan. He's been such a big part of her life, especially in those teen years, where kids either really get along with a teacher or they just shit down! She even makes him Christmas cards! I highly recommend Alan for anyone who wants a very kind, personable teacher who can really relate & get on a level with the student, which has helped her blossom as a musician, & it's even helped her confidence! I just wanted to post this, as I know Alan is in need of more students, & I know he is a fantastic teacher.
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