Graduated from Georgia Southern in 2001, with a bachelor degree in music education.
Have worked for Atlanta public schools as a band director since Fall 2002.
Private lessons are taught on piano, guitar, and all the band instruments.
I also have a deep passion for Disc jockeying with a bias towards reggae and dance music.
*** Lesson Details *** Students can except a stress free learning process. After learning the basic symbols of music notation, breathing, and simple rhthyms the students will continue learning the techniques and fingerings on their chosen intsrument. After mast
ering these basic concepts in music the children will then be given a chance to perform their songs to an instrumental accompaniment. This is good for the student who does not play in an ensemble to have the opportunity to play and listen to other moving parts.
*** Specialties *** music, bass guitar, bassoon, childrens music, guitar, classical guitar, electric guitar, home recording, African drum, music theory, acoustic guitar, flute, oboe, trumpet, saxophone, tuba, songwriting, french horn, trombone, clarinet, recording school, piano My method utilizes maracas and rhythm guitar, played Simultaneously to produce a full ensemble effect.
Ceacer G. September 18, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Daniel has been outstanding the best instructor on the planet. When I resume in the future I know of know other instructor to work with.
Steven T. September 1, 2014
Bass Guitar ·
In studio Verified Student
Daniel is a excellent instructor. He's very patience, knowledgeable and easy to get along with. I cant wait for our next lesson to learn some more. I tried on my own and was going to give up but Daniel has shown me that I can learn to play bass.
teresa F. March 26, 2013
Trumpet Verified Student
My son enjoyed his lessons with Daniel. He appreciated how he was challenged at each session and always looked forward to next lesson.
We will definitely request Daniel again in the future.
I absolutely love music and teaching it to others! Having studied both clarinet and piano at the University of Georgia, I am patient and encouraging with both children and adults. I have taught piano, clarinet, and alto saxophone for several years and have children of my own; so I understand that each person is an individual and has different needs and strengths. I am also the Beginning Band Director with the Athens Area Homeschool Band and assist with solo festivals and auditions and have played with the Gwinnett Community Band. I enjoy teaching beginning students as well as more advanced
students. It is such a huge joy to see a student grow in their understanding of music and gain the confidence that comes with it!
*** Lesson Details *** Please note that weekly lessons are recommended for all students. Lessons typically last for a half hour, possibly longer for more advanced students or adults. Also, it is expected for all students to practice throughout the week, therefore it is essential that each student has an instrument before beginning lessons.
For my young beginning pianists, I use the Bastien method books which start with being able to identify the notes and keys on the piano and then move to reading music on the staff. I am very patient and encouraging with young students. My goal is for them to be able to identify the notes on the keyboard, find the correct hand position, and play a few simple songs within two to three months. After six months, they will be playing songs while reading notes on the staff. They may also participate in the Spring Recital and Christmas Recital. *Please note, that I expect all beginners to have a piano or keyboard to practice on before beginning lessons. (Please look under Studio Equipment to see details and suggestions.)
For my adult beginning pianists, I use a lesson series by Alfred which combines music theory with the lesson songs and exercises. At the beginning they jump right into reading music, and within three months, the student will be able to play some nice songs. After six months, basic chords will have been introduced and they will be able play more complicated songs.
For my more advanced piano students, I use the Faber lesson series. With all students, I include music theory in each lesson, but the Faber series goes into more depth. It also covers a variety of music genres, including ragtime, jazz and classical. Also, depending on the individual, I will begin to incorporate some classical pieces as soon as they are ready. I'm always open to knowing what a student likes and pursuing songs that they will enjoy playing, particularly as they become more accomplished!
With my clarinet and alto saxophone students, I focus on scales and arpeggios, help them with songs that they are working on in band, and provide supplemental exercises, duets, or solos for them to play. I also help prepare students for middle school and high school district and all-state auditions by working on the scales, etudes, and sight reading and encourage them to participate in the Spring Music Recital.
*** Studio Equipment *** I have a piano, keyboard, clarinet, and alto saxophone that I use for teaching, but I expect my students to have their own instrument before beginning lessons. A keyboard is fine for beginning piano students; it is not necessary to have a piano. I will be happy to recommend models and brands of keyboards to new piano students. Keyboards need to have full size keys and be 'touch sensitive' or have the 'grand piano touch', meaning how hard you press the keys will determine how loud it will sound. Some Yamaha models I recommend are: PSR E333, PSR E423, YPG 235, and EZ 220.
*** Specialties *** I use Bastien piano method books with my younger (early elementary) piano students, and prefer the Faber piano method series with my older piano students (upper elementary through high school) which includes a variety of songs, ear training, transposing, and more music theory. With advanced piano students, I primarily focus on a variety of Classical music in addition to songs that may be of interest to them. With my adult piano students, I use the Alfred adult series which contains popular and classical songs that they may be familiar with. Each method includes music theory. I prefer teaching piano from first grade and up through adults, but have taught some five year old students as well.
I am familiar with the "Essential Elements" and "Standard of Excellence" method series for both clarinet and saxophone. I teach beginning to advanced clarinet and beginning to intermediate alto saxophone. I am classically trained on the clarinet although I enjoy playing and teaching a variety of genres.
Lenora W. August 20, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Lark has done a great job working with Jessekah, and we have seen a great improvement in her ability. If Jessekah ever gets bored with a style, Lark will adapt and work with her to find something that works for her.
JimF July 1, 2012
Patient and Knowledgeable
Lark has turned out to be a good fit for my learning style. Trying to learn as an adult can be challenging and frustrating... And I am sure it can be a substantial test for the teacher as well. Lark has been very patient and understanding as well as very encouraging. Her lesson notes are extremely helpful as I prepare for each week's lesson. She knows her stuff and also knows how to create a good environment for the student. I am having a good experience indeed.
MorganR January 8, 2012
Flexible teaching style
Lark is extremely flexible with her teaching style. As a middle aged adult who has never read a note of music, I don't have a lot of patience with starting at the very beginning. I want to start playing songs I am interested in immediately. Lark manages to work this music into her lesson so that I keep my interest. I would recommend her to anyone who is just starting out.
Clarinet studies prepare students to advance in bands and ensembles. I improve embouchure and breathing support. I can provide coaching for performances and competitions.
With a performance degree from the University of Georgia, teaching certification from Georgia State and over 25 years of professional teaching experience, I am able to offer my students a diverse range of instructional resources.
*** Lesson Details *** My lessons include a warmup, music theory work, vocal or instrumental technique and then a vast selection of song repertoire to support new ideas in both technique and theory. Students are directed to watch or listen to examples of master performances in their field of studies. Clear weekly goals are made between lessons and I am always enco
uraging! Whatever life throws at you during the week doesn't have to stop your studies cold- we will come up with a plan that fits your lifestyle.
*** Studio Equipment *** I have a small Protools setup with microphones and a Kurzwell keyboard. I like to be able to go online for some resources.
*** Travel Equipment *** I regularly use the internet in lessons as well as standard published educational texts.
*** Specialties *** I have been told that I am especially good at helping people make the jump from playing by rote to reading from the page. In vocal instruction, I am familiar with three schools of technique: the psycho-imagery school, the "anatomical" school, and the Italian "open throat" approach. My background in acting also contributes basic vocal projection techniques to vocal training. I am comfortable with all genres of music, including pop, rock, soul, R&B, gospel, jazz and opera. In instrumental studies, I am a woodwind doubler, reading fluently and transposing on-the-spot . As a jazz and gospel artist I improvise primarily on the flute and saxophone. My piano skills are equivalent to a second-year college piano major. I can improvise accompaniments as well as read piano scores. In addition to being a certified teacher in Georgia, I attained national certification through the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards in 2004.
Emma October 9, 2015
Letha, a great teacher.
Roger B. August 22, 2015
In home Verified Student
Letha H is my 8 year old second piano teacher. What a difference maker... She is excellent at keeping my son on task but also interested and wanting to learn more every week. Thank you Letha.
Clay H. August 13, 2015
In home Verified Student
I have been in music and learned several instruments including the sax for over 15 years! Beginner clarinet players will learn embouchure (lip and mouth technique) as well as fingerings and music theory. From there we will start with beginner books and method books to create a solid musical foundation. At that point you will be free to choose your style of preference and we will expound on that!
Jessica is the music connoisseur. Jessica has multiple degrees in music, which include an Associate of Recording Arts, Bachelor of Music Business and a Master of Child and Adolescent Psychology. Jessica has been fond of music from a very young age, one of her first memories was singing over all of her parent’s tunes growing up. During middle school, Jessica took an interest in Brass instruments learning to play Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba, Baritone and French Horn. After earning several superior medals during these years, Jessica also became the first chair trumpet player in her county and third i
n the state. Jessica learned several other instruments along the way such as piano and woodwinds.
Music has been the best part of Jessica’s life and she looks forward to making it the best part of yours. Developing yourself musically begins with a phenomenal teacher. Meet Jessica!
Alec H. July 4, 2015
French Horn ·
In studio Verified Student
Jessica is pleasant and knows music. We are very impressed with her business and how she aims to bring out the full potential of my son's playing lessons. She is very professional in teaching. thank you.
Students can expect an informal, and enthusiastic lesson! Each lesson will be a new ;earning experience and progression from the prior lesson. Expect to get proper training from me as well as a great person to be around. If you can't have fun with what you are doing then why do it?
Hi! I am Requel C. Stegall a graduate of Tennessee State University in Nashville, TN with a Bachelor of Science degree in Music. I am a clarinetist who enjoys the process of teaching and learning. Being that teacher who inspires a student to continue music and express their passion for music is my purpose. Music makes the world go round and I am determined to help everyone I meet who is passionate for music like me!
Jordan November 28, 2015
She's An Amazing Clarinetist!. Great Tone. Quick Fingers. You Can't Go Wrong With Her As An Instructor!.
Jasmine Nicholson November 28, 2015
Requel has a lovely and caring personality. She really knows how to connect with students. She also handles herself with class. She is not only a good instructor but she plays very well. She is about her business and you can't go wrong with her.
Warren November 28, 2015
She is the best instructor there is. She's very genuine in her teaching and has some the most useful techniques for beginners like me. She's helpful and makes sure the objective of the lesson is met with no pressure.
Students are raving about their Clarinet instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Danielle
"Lena is fantastic! Our daughter was switching from oboe to clarinet, and she needed to get up to speed for advanced band fast, before school started. Lena
was so accommodating she even gave us a lesson the same day we signed up on TakeLessons! Lena gave our daughter lessons on Skype and she was able to pick up on sound, breathing, embouchure, and fingering even through the video lessons. She was extremely flexible, especially given our 3 hour time difference, and was always willing to work with our schedule. She is funny and easygoing, she has marvelous antidotes, and great ways to explain techniques. You won't be disappointed to have Lena as an instructor!"
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Jerry
"I've had 3 lessons with Bill. He is very knowledgeable and believes in teaching the basics of music so that you have a better understanding of how it all
goes together. It is a great pleasure to work with him and I expect to do so for a long time. By the way I am nearly 78 years old and have played the clarinet off and on since I was in 5th grade. And now I am being taught the foundation of music for the first time which I have always needed. It is going to make my appreciation of playing so much greater in the future."
Phoenix, AZ teacher:
Review by Jake
"Very good teacher."
San Francisco, CA teacher:
Review by Selina
I went to Mr. Masiello for clarinet lessons for years in high school and he has always helped me achieve making regionals every year, ma
king state my last year in high school and consistently holding my first chair in the school band. Although, I did not pursue a career in music, he still had influence on where I am today [DVM in June 2014]. And for that I will always be appreciative. Mr. Masiello is an exceptional teacher and a very amiable individual."
Phoenix, AZ teacher:
Review by Gustavo
"Shannon does a great job with the lessons, and I really like the way she approaches them. She has been willing to work around my schedule, and it is very
helpful. I definitely recommend her as a teacher!"
Houston, TX teacher:
Review by Steve
"Kathleen is dedicated, positive and timely. My daughter likes learning from her and I am glad I hired her."
Providence, RI teacher:
Review by Alexis
"My experience as having Mr. David O. as a teacher has been nothing but positive!
Not only is Mr. David O. a patient teacher but he also knows that eve
ry student is different by taking an interest in each student, which in my opinion is very important, and will do his best to teach them with different methods. His teaching schedule is pretty flexible and also has more than enough experience to teach both saxophone and clarinet. If I hadn't had him as my clarinet instructor, I probably wouldn't have done as many things without his encouragement.
Last year as a high school senior, I never even thought of auditioning for anything, let alone for regional band. In fact, I was going to dismiss it until I asked Mr. David O. his opinion of what I should do. He had me go for the sake of receiving audition experience then helped me through my scales and etudes. A couple of months later it’s finally audition day and I got into regional band on my first try, which isn't as common or easy as one would think. As a clarinetist who has been playing for 8 years now, I have never improved as drastically in my music experience as I have with Mr. David O. and recommend him to anyone who has a love of music."
Park City, UT teacher:
Review by Stephen
"I thought skype lessons would not function as well as i thought but i ended up loving it, especially with gerardo's teaching. He is very passionate and ev
inces emotion throughout the pieces being studied."
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by Flournoy
"Hi, JeanMarie lives in my community, she is a great person and teacher. I am a middle school band director in Traverse City, Michigan. I wish JeanMarie
could teach ALL our clarinets!
With an undergraduate degree from Eastman and a Masters from Northwestern, we are VERY fortunate to have JeanMarie in our community.
I often contract her to come in to coach/teach our beginning, 7th, & 8th grade clarinets.....she also is a substitute teacher in our district.
JeanMarie Riccobono is a top-notch clarinet teacher. She will do wonders for you or your student.