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About Hallie C.

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Hello there! Do you or your loved ones have an interest in music? So do I! That is why I am here to teach and share my own passion for music. I love working with children and have two boys of my own. I love teaching music and instil passion for learning into every one of my students.

Having grown up in a musical family with my mother a professional violinist, I have been exposed to the joys of music since childhood. I learned how to play Suzuki piano at the age of three, and later percussion and string instruments from when I was six years old. In high school I joined the band playing flute. I loved playing flute and piccolo so much that I decided to take this as my career and went to Interlochen Arts Academy where I excelled in my performance. I later went to Prague Conservatory and Czech Budweiss Conservatory and played with the
Prague Film Orchestra. Even more recently I have been a teacher for the Flutes and Strings classes at Unison World School in Dehradun, India.

I have enjoyed having a very successful studio here in Tampa, and hope to enrich your life with music soon!

*** Lesson Details ***
My approach to teaching varies with the age level of each student. With younger students, imitation is often one of the best methods of learning and I prefer the Suzuki method for students up to age 8, especially with strings. For older children and adults, learning music notation and basic music theory for a full understanding of musical language are more important to get them to the level where they can learn any music that they want to play for fun. For students who wish to excel in their school band, a more practical approach with technique specific warm-ups and exercises seems to be the best in general.

*** Studio Equipment ***
The In-Studio lessons are taught in the living room which includes music stands, sheet music, whiteboard, video recording equipment and microphone, and seating for parents/students. No pets. Parking in driveway. Siblings are welcome.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I will provide metronome, and tools for minor instrument repair. Students should provide their own music stands and sheet music.

*** Specialties ***
Suzuki method, Hrimaly, Taffanel et Gaubert, Patricia George
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Ahmed October 11, 2017
· Violin · Online
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Kalyani October 8, 2017
· Violin · Online
She is an excellent teacher for my 8year old. She is very encouraging and very patient while instructing.
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Oleg May 26, 2017
· Violin · In studio
My son has been taking violin lessons with Hallie for almost one year. He started just after he turned 4. My concern when he started was that he was too young but Hallie has obviously taught kids his age before and knows what she is doing. She is creative in order to keep a four year old interested and engaged. She is also warm and positive. Most importantly, he's really learning how to play and about music in general - it is a wonderful feeling when he makes strides and does something that seemed so out-of-reach before.
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Hallie C.

Hallie C.

Tampa, FL 33618
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About Rufus S.

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Brandon, FL

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About Rufus
My name is Rufus and I am eager to share my 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)

*** Lesson Details ***
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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$30 / 45-min

About Rose R.

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I graduated from the University of South Florida where I received my BA in Theatre performance & Communication with a minor in Dance. In 2011 I finished studying Music Recording at St. Petersburg College, where I focused on Singing/Songwriting. I trained at NYU with the Aquila acting company in classical theatre, and I also trained with TVI Acting studios in Los Angeles in Film and television.

My Music and Performance experience started when I was 6 singing in choir, school productions, and taking piano lessons. I continued on with group ensembles, musical theatre shows and later on touring with the Spanish Lyric Theatre in Both English and Spanish in throughout Florida after college.

I have been teaching one on one and group lessons for 15 years in various subjects, Including Music, Dance, Theatre, Academic Tutoring (Eleme
ntary/Middle School subjects: English, Writing, Reading, Math, Social Studies, Reading, Writing, Learning Skills, Civics, French, and test preparations), and Culinary Lessons.

*** Lesson Details ***
*For Travel to location lessons I offer 45min or 1hour timeframe only. Online lessons any interval.

I like the combination of relaxed and goal oriented. I like to get to know my students and learn about about expectations and goals they have for themselves. Then I set up a plan that will help them achieve their goals and get them closer to what they want from their lessons. I take into consideration their interest, style, and help them to find their unique learning style.

I do have some guidelines for parents and students. If the student is a minor, I ask that the parent be in the house for the lesson. I also ask that the lesson be performed in the Living room or Music Space.
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Aryan K. December 2, 2017
· Piano · In home
Rose is an excellent and understanding teacher. She has been extremely empathetic whilst teaching my son and he respects her. I also learned that she plays the guitar, sings and is a very accomplished person. I will soon be requesting her to teach my son the guitar as well. Would highly recommend her to anyone. Rajat (Aryan's Father)
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Nikki January 6, 2017
· Cooking · Online
Rose did great with my teenage daughter !
She is now excited about learning more about healthy cooking with Rose !!
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Maddie May 28, 2015
· Piano · In home
Excellent! Great with our 7 yo daughter!
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Rose R.

Rose R.

Tampa, FL 33618
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About Nicole E.

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Voice & flute students age 10 and up
Piano students age 4 and up

(I've taught age 3 and up before, however the ages I've listed above for lessons is what I have found to be most effective. Group classes may be a good alternative for very young students seeking voice or band instruments.)

Hello, fellow music lovers! My name is Nicole and I would be honored to have the opportunity to help you take your music skills, whether beginning to advanced, to the next level! I am a singer with 25+ years of experience with solos, small ensemble groups, and large choirs. My singing styles range from opera, musical theatre, jazz, gospel, and christian contemporary, just to name a few. : )  I am also an experienced flutist with 5 + years of study and an intermediate-level pianist with about 5 years of study in the classical technique, and playin
g chords to follow most any style. I also enjoy teaching some music theory (the rules of music) in written, sight singing, and piano chords, if requested. Music theory along with voice and instrument lessons can provide a further understanding of each musical concept.

My training first began in elementary school, in Virginia Beach, VA, when I took my first group voice lessons and concert band classes as a beginning flutist. I continued my study with a large home school band in the 7th grade. I was then chosen to play the flute in an All City Band in Virginia Beach, for excellence in my performance skills. From there I continued my study at a private school in Virginia Beach with many chorus, band, and youth band classes to further my music reading and improvisational performance skills. At age eighteen I moved to Tampa, FL and became a Liberal Arts major with a concentration in Music at Hillsborough Community College (HCC). I graduated from HCC with an AA in Liberal Arts/Music. I was then accepted to further my music study at the University of South Florida (USF). I studied voice and a sampling of other instruments in the Music Education program. I graduated with two and one-half years of music education training and another four years of voice training with a BA in Music Studies. Also, during my college years I participated in the elite USF Chamber Singers, the University Singers, the Master Chorale of Tampa Bay, and many studio recitals. 

In 2013 I completed my fourth year of music teaching in a small private school in Tampa, FL. I have sang with Opera Tampa since their 2012-2013 season in the professional opera chorus for productions such as Carmen, The Magic Flute, and Madame Butterfly. I have continued to add new performance jobs with The Princeton Festival in Princeton, NJ (2014), St. Petersburg Opera in St Pete, FL , and the Tampa Spiritual Ensemble performing in the surrounding Tampa Bay areas. In addition, I continue my studies part time at the Patel Conservatory in downtown Tampa.  

I look forward to working with you to make all your music dreams come true! So, let's make beautiful music together very soon!  

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When taking lessons with me you can expect to learn in a very positive, encouraging, and laid back environment! I believe that learning is fun, very rewarding, and never stops. I plan to continue learning more about my craft for the rest of my life and I would encourage my students of all ages to adopt this mentality also. 

For voice lessons I like to begin with warm-ups and breathing exercises that can be modified to any style of songs. Then to song selections that will be enjoyable, yet helpful in making your voice better. For opera style I primarily use the G. Schirmer Opera Anthology books, and Hal Leonard published anthology series' for different art songs. For all other vocal styles I enjoy using various published individual-song sheet music or CDs and accompaniment tracks. Along the way giving all applicable tips for producing better sound, projection, breathing, phrasing, and musicality.

For flute lessons I would begin with scales or simple exercises. Then to specific pieces that you would want to work on or techniques from the Accent on Achievement or Standards of Excellence book series'.

For piano lessons I would begin with finger stretches, scale warm-ups and/or easy chords or pieces to get the fingers ready to practice. Then I would progress to your chosen pieces or a book from the Alfred or Bastien Piano Book series', which includes books for all levels and styles. 

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide a keyboard for demos and use for students, a flute for demos, CDs, and some lesson books.

*** Specialties ***
Vocal: Up to advanced level Classical, Jazz, Musical Theatre, R&B, Pop, Gospel, Sight-reading
Flute: Up to Intermediate level Classical, Sight-reading
Piano: Beginner & Intermediate levels Classical, Chord Theory, Sight-reading
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Rhadi F. August 28, 2017
· Broadway Singing · In home
Excellent teacher. I learned a lot and feel as ready as I can be for my audition. 🎤

Thanks Ms. Evans.🎭
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zoey February 24, 2017
· Singing · In home
Great session with Nicole! She is wonderful! She made my daughter feel so comfortable. Highly recommend!
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Leah March 24, 2015
· Singing · In home
Enjoyed Nicole and learned a lot!
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Nicole E.

Tampa, FL 33615
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$27 / 30-min

About Rosely P.

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Clermont, FL

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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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About Rafael R.

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Tampa, FL
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Rafael Ramirez,Artistic Director of Tampa Bach Society and founder of Music Educational Tools, was born in Caracas- Venezuela, where he began musical studies through El Sistema (famous Venezuelan music program) in 1992. After immigrating to the United States, he studied at the New World School for the Arts/University of Florida where he earned his Bachelor degree with Honors. Rafael Ramirez holds a Master Degree from Florida International University, an Artist Diploma and a Doctorate in Musical Arts from University of Miami.
As a music educator and active performer, Dr. Ramirez has created didactic tools to aid string performers to acquire the necessary skills to develop technique.
Dr. Ramirez had worked as a string teacher at El Systema in Venezuela,Miami Greater Youth Symphony,Miami Music Project,Florida Youth Orchestra and Miami Child
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Michael September 4, 2016
· Viola · In studio
Mr. Ramirez performed with the South Beach Chamber Ensemble for many years in south Florida. He is an excellent viola player, a great colleague and good friend. I also worked with him at the Miami Music Project. He was an able and patient teacher.
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Maria August 27, 2016
· Violin · In studio
He has lots of experience, students advance fast and with an excellent technique. They love him!
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Maria August 27, 2016
· Viola · In studio
Excellent, knowledgable very professional; kind and fun is the way a describe Rafael.Ramire
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Rafael R.

Rafael R.

Tampa, FL 33647
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starting at
$35 / 30-min

About Carrie D.

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Carrie was raised in Buffalo, New York, where she graduated from City Honors High School (1979) with an Academic Music Diploma. She enjoyed performing in several musicals in school and singing in several choirs. In 2011, she received an Associate of Arts in Music degree from Hillsborough Community College. She finished her undergraduate degree and received her Bachelor of Arts in Music at The University of Tampa in 2013, graduating Magna Cum Laude. In July of 2013 she received her Florida Educators Certification in Music K-12. She has taught Elementary Music (Grades 1 thru 5) in the Hillsborough County Public Schools and is currently teaching private piano lessons. Although trained in standard teaching methods, Carrie developed her own method of teaching to positively enhance the student's strength, dexterity, ear-training, memorization a
nd techniques. Her goal as a teacher is specifically designed to help the student achieve his or her goals as an artist and a musician.
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John October 16, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Carrie is very patient, knowledgible and positive, which made for a fantastic experience for my daughter to learn the piano. Looking forward to more lessons!
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Leah June 24, 2017
· Piano · In home
My kids love their lessons and love to practice. They look forward to earning their Bach bucks and the piano games on the iPad.
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Elisabet May 25, 2017
· Piano · In home
Carrie Davis and I have been colleagues for the past five years. We have our studio recitals together as well as small student projects. She is one of the most dedicated piano teachers in the Tampa Bay area. A few things that I admire and respect about her is her diligence, efficiency, sensitivity to students and her love for what she does. She has the patience, talent, intelligence and insight to cater to all age groups, which I have learned so much from. She is amazing and hope to work with her for many more years to come.
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Carrie D.

Tampa, FL 33625
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$30 / 30-min

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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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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About Mario A.

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I am a professional singer who graduated as a Master vocal performer from the Universiy of Miami. I am happily married and my wife and I just moved to Lakeland from the hot Miami beaches!

I specialize in theatre music and am also passionate about a variety of styles ranging from pop to classical.
Whatever the genre, I will help you develop a technique that is tailored to you perfectly!

I sing a lot and am currently singing as one of the opera Tampa Singers at the Straz center in Tampa.
I love teaching and especially performing! But to get that singing gig it's all about the audition, and I've been there. So if you want to know how to score one with the judges during an audition, I'm your guy!

I have a passion for teaching and find finding a vocal technique that is just right with every single student!

Last year I taught voice and p
iano lessons at two different schools in Miami Florida, Florida Christian school and Miami Fine Arts academy. Both schools had wonderful students with great talent and after a year of study with me Every student was confident and excited to perform to show off their new musical prowess!

Ive also been teaching piano for several years and boy do I have a passion for this instrument. No other instrument can really compare to the music a piano can make in my opinion.

Nothing really beats the feeling of accomplishment you get once you've mastered a piano piece!

I love to meet other music lovers and cultivate a comfortable learning environment fit for musical growth! Let's do some work!
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Jermaine July 12, 2017
· Vocal Training · In home
I found Mario to be a very knowledgeable instructor. He seemed extremely energetic, enthusiastic and passionate about the lesson. He listened to all the concerns I had about singing and really worked with me to begin the process of moving forward and singing with confidence. I appreciated how we didn't just stick with one style of music. He had me choose music from different genres. I would recommend him to anyone interested in singing. I meant to give him 5 stars in the previous review. I accidentally bumped one down. My apologies!!!
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Jermaine July 12, 2017
· Vocal Training · In home
I found Mario to be a very knowledgeable instructor. He seemed extremely energetic, enthusiastic and passionate about the lesson. He listened to all the concerns I had about singing and really worked with me to begin the process of moving forward and singing with confidence. I appreciated how we didn't just stick with one style of music. He had me choose music from different genres. I would recommend him to anyone interested in singing.
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ORJ July 11, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Knowledgeable, enthusiastic, passionate, and himself very talented, Mario is an outstanding voice teacher. What might be his best trait, however, is his belief in the capabilities of his students. Using a kind but gentle teaching style, he pushes students to develop their voices and become the better singers they want to be. Working with him, I improved immensely, and was sorry that his move meant he would no longer be my teacher. I am delighted, however, that others will get an opportunity to learn from him! Sign up--you won't regret it!
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Mario A.

Lakeland, FL 33803
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$40 / 30-min

About Michael W.

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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.

***Equipment***
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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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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