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Priscilla M.

Mesquite, TX

Singing is such a great way to express yourself! Everybody can develop their voice and sing a great tune with a little practice and learning like you will find here! There's a wide variety of styles out there for you to learn, and we will help you get started with the very basics and work your way up from there. Let yourself take the leap and do that thing you've always wanted to do.....learn to have fun being a great singer!

Specialties: Basic singing, Making audition tracks, Offer many styles of music

About Priscilla

I love people of all ages. And I love helping them discover what beautiful things they can create in the world of music! Music is such a powerful way to express ourselves, and I love helping others learn how to do this and really enjoy it.

I have played piano since I was three. When I was able to read at age four, I began lessons, and the rest is history. I graduated from Wheaton College Conservatory of Music with a degree in Piano Performance and completed a Master's degree in Piano Performance at the University of Redlands. I love to perform, have written several songs, produced th
ree CD's all with original music that I perform, and have just completed a fourth CD featuring major classical piano works arranged with favorite hymns. I have also written a musical and am in the process of having it produced.

I have sung in choirs of all types and accompanied them on the piano as well for many years. I have worked extensively in Musical Theater, serving both as Musical Director and Accompanist for shows such as Sound of Music, Annie, and many others.

I love seeing people get touched with music and love to help others create and perform music that really speaks to the heart. It's my passion. I teach all styles of music, and love teaching children, adults, and everything in between!

My goal for the students is for them to feel good about themselves as musicians and to be able to express themselves and reach the highest level of performance possible for them.
The students have the opportunity to perform regularly in recitals as well as other venues, and we have a lot of fun! Lessons are a great experience for us all.

*** Lesson Details ***
I use a standard curriculum for students that teaches the basic concepts of music and gives them creative pieces to use in the process. I expect my students to practice, and reward and encourage them to do so. I believe that positive affirmation is the best teaching tool, so I use that as my main basis for teaching, along with discipline and being challenged appropriately. I love helping people create, so my main goal for a piece is to help the student learn to perform it in the best way possible, with plenty of technique and lots of expression, to really make it their own so they and the audience can really enjoy it.

My students are usually ready to perform at least two or three major pieces of their level at the end of six months. I give them material to challenge them and encourage them to progress. Not too much, not too little! I teach self-confidence as one the biggest tools they can use to help themselves improve.

Come join us in our studio! We have a great time together discovering what we can create in the world of music.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I teach in my own private studio with an upright Weber piano excellent for teaching beginning to advanced piano skills and spacious room for voice lessons.

*** Travel Equipment ***
NA

*** Specialties ***
Accompaniment, Arrangement and Composition, Audition Prep, Broadway Singing, Christian Gospel, Classical Piano, Composition, Gospel Singing, Improvisation, Musical Theater, Music Performance, Music Theory, Piano, Reading Chord Charts, Singing, Songwriting, Transposition.
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Mauricio T. June 26, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
The first class went very smooth. .I can see Priscilla is very knowledgeable.
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Genevieve E. June 9, 2015
Piano · In studio
Priscilla is a very patient, motivating and kind teacher. I'm an adult student who had taken years of piano lessons in my youth. I already knew the basics but had picked up a lot of bad habits from not practicing correctly.

Priscilla helped me break some of those habits and helped me get to my next level of playing.

She believes in the importance of making whatever you're playing sound beautiful. This makes the lessons fun as you're working on making music instead of just practicing the same boring technical exercises over and over.

Besides being a great teacher, she's also very professional and kind. You can expect her to be very organized and always prepared to give a great lesson.
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Lucy M. August 2, 2014
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
I am very proud of knowing Priscilla and introducing her to be my son and nephew’s piano teacher. She is a very professional, responsible and high-level teacher. She loves teaching and loves to pass her music passion to her students. What’s more, she is also a composer. I love her solo CDs which have become my home and car background music, in which people can feel the elements of calmness, happiness, purity, maturity, delight and gratefulness, all beautiful alive feelings from life. Being instructed by such a wonderful teacher with beautiful inner spirit, no wonder all her students play beautiful music
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Priscilla M.

Priscilla M.

Mesquite, TX 75149
(21)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Joshua C.

Dallas, TX

About Joshua

Music has always been a part of Josh's life. He started playing around with instruments at the age of three and singing at the age of seven. He instantly fell in love with music and grew a passion for it. At the age of five he attended his first musical concert, Garth Brooks. Josh loved every minute of it and he could see himself on a stage like Garth Brooks in the future. One day he heard someone playing guitar down in an alley and from that day forward he knew he wanted to play that instrument and it would become his specialty. In high school he played in the jazz band and was the lead
guitarist. He also picked up the trumpet and played it in the jazz band. During his high school days music became his life and he created his own personal band. He wrote songs for his band and learned how to mix and record all of his own songs. When he graduated high school Josh pursued music in every way. He continued to play in bands and was on stage anytime he could be. Later he decided he wanted more schooling in music and he attended the Dallas Sound Lab for a year. While at the Dallas Sound Lab he perfected his recording and mixing skills. He won rewards for his mixing skills and also won battle of the band contests. Josh had a passion for music and wanted to share this passion with his friends so he started teaching his friends how to play guitar. While doing this he fell in love with teaching because he was able to see his friends face light up when they had accomplished a particular guitar skill finally after lots of hard work and practice. He loves seeing his student's reactions when they finally get it. Josh will create a passion for music in students and will teach them how to be successful in playing guitar or any Instrument that he is teaching. He has an abundance of knowledge he will share about music in general and the guitar along with any other instrument that he teaches. He creates creative lesson plans using his student's interest so he can hook them to their instrument. He encourages all of his students to become the most successful musician they can be. Josh looks forward to working with his future students and creating that passion that once was created in him.

*** Lesson Details ***
During each lesson the first rule is to always have fun! Whether its guitar, piano, or any other instrument you are trying to learn just have fun with it. I am a very easy-going and patient teacher, but I expect my students to always do their best which means practice. Practice makes perfect and if you put 100% of PERFECT EFFORT into your lessons than you will receive the best benefit. During my lessons if you are beginner I will get you familiar with your instrument. For example if you are playing guitar I will teach you how to tune it and maintain it. In the next lessons to come you will learn how to start playing the main chords that are used in most every song, and eventually you will be able to play your favorite songs. After you get familiar with chords/notes you will be on your way to songwriting. You will learn everything you need to know including music theory to write your own songs and to start performing them for your friends. As you are getting better you will be able to start recording these songs and sharing them with anyone you want to. In a few months you will be a perfectionist at your own craft whether that be guitar, piano, singing, songwriting, or anything else you want to learn about music. No matter what you want to know about music I will be able to show you in a fun learning environment which will lead to you wanting to know more.

*** Studio Equipment ***
The In-Studio lessons are taught in the living room recording equipment, guitars, amps, and seating. Free parking is available

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect my students to have a guitar or instrument that they want to learn so the student can practice outside of lessons.

*** Specialties ***
Songwriting, guitar lessons, voice lessons, piano, and Baseball
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Elizabeth F. June 16, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Josh is an excellent guitar teacher. He is very patient and has a lot of experience. My son has learned so much in a short period of time and always looks forward to his lessons with Josh.
Josh is super professional and always prepared for the day's lesson plan. He is also supportive and gives encouragement to his students building confidence in their guitar playing.
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Chris S. August 18, 2013
Singing
Verified Student
Very Helpful Singing Instructor

Josh has been teaching me singing for 3 months now and I feel like i've made a world of improvement. He works with me to find what my problems are and how I should go about fixing them. I think that any level of singer will be able to learn a lot from him.
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Jessica P. March 16, 2013
Guitar
Awesome guitar teacher!!!!

Josh is a great guitar teacher. He is patient when he needs to be and makes me work hard when he needs me too. I have learned a great deal about guitar taking lessons from Josh. Not only do I know how to play guitar but he also teaches me the theory behind the music and for a bonus he teaches songwriting also. Everything you need to be the best musician you want to be. I would definitely recommend Josh to anyone who wants to start learning guitar. He can teach all ages so don't wait.
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Joshua C.

Joshua C.

Dallas, TX 75238
(3)
starting at
$29 / 30-min
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Lisa C.

Rockwall, TX

I have been singing as long as I can remember and teaching for more than 20 years.

Because the voice is uniquely individual, my approach to each student is strictly based on their needs as a vocalist. I listen to each student and develop a program for development based on the needs I hear as well as the desires of the student.

Of course, good technique is universal and there are some exercised I use with all of my vocalists to develop good habits.

About Lisa

I have been a music teacher and private lesson instructor for the past 17 years. I have a bachelor of science degree in Music Education and hold a teaching certificate for all-level Music Education. In my private studio I have taught students from 3-70 and have enjoyed them all! In addition to teaching music I also serve as the Music Minister for my church. Students coming to me can expect a tremendous amount of experience as well as a committed, honest and caring teacher.

*** Lesson Details ***
For beginning piano students I like to use the Alfred series, supplemented, of course, with
songs/styles of music that interest the student.

Guitar, clarinet, and oboe students can expect to begin with the Essential Elements series as a primer and introduction. I've had a lot of success with these books.

Voice students are a bit different in that I don't use a specific method to instruct. I have many books that I draw from when teaching voice due to the unique nature of the individual. Depending on the style of music, from classical to jazz/pop, I have music that will teach proper breath support, vowel placement and tone.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Home studio: converted dining room with 3 guitars, young percussion instruments, upright piano and f/w keyboard. Seating available for parents.
Music ministry at First Christian Church in Terrell. Access to choir room with upright piano. Seating available for parents.

*** Specialties ***
Degree in all-level music education with specialty in voice.
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Vanessa D. June 12, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
My first lesson was very informative. I learned how to tune the guitar, 2 chords, and played a song all in 30 min. I now have confidence that I can learn to play the guitar.
Thank you so much.
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Julie C. March 18, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Lisa is very patient and encouraging. My daughter has developed in a short amount of time. Great teacher!
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Delores T. October 6, 2014
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Lisa is a very patient and kind teacher. She is also very qualified with music education and experience. I would recommend her to anyone wanting to take lessons.
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Lisa C.

Lisa C.

Terrell, TX 75160
(18)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Walteria B.

Garland, TX

About Walteria

Walteria is a professionally trained piano and voice teacher who currently performs operatic roles, solos, and recitals around the country. In college, Walteria played professional piano gigs, sang roles in opera scenes, and performed as a lead soloist in the US premiere of "Changed My Name", as well as being one of the soloists for her alma mater's Chancellor's Installation Service. After receiving her bachelor of music degree at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (one of the top music schools in the US), Walteria became a music educator for all ages and continued as a church pia
nist along with her performance career. With successful teaching experience for over 10 years, some of her voice and piano students have branched off into their own careers performing professionally from Las Vegas to New York, winning auditions and roles in the US, placing in honors groups, winning talent competitions, and other accolades in different genres under her instruction. Walteria has taken music graduate studies from Mercer University, and extensive knowledge on how the "first" instrument works in the body which involves vocal pedagogy, as well as different piano techniques from church to pop music. Since Walteria has taught and sung different genres of music, she also has the ability to teach singers how to sing authentically to their own genre of interest, putting an edge on their competition.

Walteria is known for her wide range and ability to use all facets of her instrument. As a classical singer, she is a frequent concert soloist with various choirs/orchestras in the United States for oratorio works such as Bach's Mass in D Minor, Handel's Messiah, Mozart's Mass in C Minor, Bach's Christmas Oratorio (Weihnachts-Oratorium), and Théodore Dubois' Seven Last Words of Christ, and John Rutter's Feel The Spirit. In the field of opera, Walteria performs roles such as the Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors, the Witch from Hansel and Gretel, Azucena from Verdi's Il Trovatore, Bizet's Carmen, the 3rd Lady from The Magic Flute, Ulrica from The Masked Ball, Rosina from The Barber of Seville, contralto Marian Anderson, and other roles/scenes with opera companies and performance groups. In addition, Walteria has also performed solo work in Europe and currently sings other genres such as jazz and musical theatre in concert.

Walteria has a "come as you are" attitude when it comes to teaching. It doesn't matter the experience, what the student knows or doesn't know, a student CAN become a successful performer if he/she is willing to learn and have patience. Her own personal growth as a musician is a testament that anything is possible, and watching students grow into musicians are her greatest reward.

*** Lesson Details ***
The student will have an assessment to find out what the student's goals are and where the student is as a musician.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano

*** Travel Equipment ***
Book materials will be needed for the student as well as a piano or a reliable keyboard. A recording device is preferable, but not necessary.

*** Specialties ***
Piano and Voice
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Walteria B.

Walteria B.

Mesquite, TX 75181
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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TOYA N.

Dallas, TX

I've taught singing to children, teens, and adults since 2006. My Masters degree training has afforded me the opportunity to be well versed in effective vocal techniques that will help you succeed. My main goal is to help you to develop your own set of tools, and better understand your unique voice as an artist. Make sure to wear clothing you can move in during our sessions, and, most importantly, explore and just have fun!

About TOYA

I have taught acting to small children, teens, and adults in community, private, and collegiate settings. I taught acting at the legendary Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute in New York City. My love of the arts has enabled me to study and perform in various cities throughout the US; including Los Angeles, where I studied at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute, to Europe, Mexico, South America; then back to New York City, where I earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in Acting from the prestigious Actors Studio Drama School.

I currently work professionally as an actor, singer, and TV
and radio host. I've been fortunate enough to work in film, TV, theater, musical theater, hosting, commercials, improv, and voice-overs. I am also a vocally trained mezzo-soprano. Because I am still a working artist, I can not only teach you craft, but can assist you in making the right choices to navigate your own way in the business. I offer private coaching to actors in theater and film, and singers in the US and abroad. I would love to share my knowledge and experience with you.

*** Lesson Details ***
I offer private coaching to children, teens, adults who have an interest in acting or singing performance, and for those who simply have an interest in performing or speaking in front of others. In addition to coaching those who wish to better their skills in acting, voice and speech, and singing, I also offer coaching for non-actors; i.e., attorneys, business professionals, teachers, politicians, pageant participants, and other creatives, who want to improve their public speaking and communication skills.

*** Studio Equipment ***
High definition, quality camera for video and stills
High quality lighting equipment and MAC monitor
Ideal for video auditions and on-camera classes

*** Travel Equipment ***
High definition, quality camera for video and stills
High quality lighting equipment and MAC monitor
Ideal for video auditions and on-camera classes

*** Specialties ***
Acting for film, TV, theater, and commercials
Audition Etiquette and Technique
Light Career Coaching
Agent Ready Coaching
Voice and Speech
Public Speaking
Neutral American Speech
Singing; including Musical Theater
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Shera D. June 25, 2014
Acting · In studio
Verified Student
I've been going to Toya for awhile she very nice. She knows exactly what she is doing. She helps me understand everything
I do. I would recommend her for anyone who is serious about acting.
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TOYA N.

TOYA N.

Dallas, TX 75226
(1)
starting at
$59 / 30-min

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