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Allen P.

Fort Lauderdale, FL

About Allen

I am a University of Miami School of Music graduate with extensive experience in music education, theory, songwriting and arranging.
As a winner of the Florida State Concerto Competition at 17, and having performed with some of South Florida's best singers and musicians, I offer a wealth of knowledge about how to connect music theory with music practice.

*** Lesson Details ***
I specialize in creating individual lesson plans - no 'cookie cutter' methods, and no lectures about practicing!

My teaching style is free-flowing and relaxed. I'm very willing to adapt to any and all situations
in order to make music education work for YOU.

We offer group lessons that help young students learn socially and with fun activities. Our music reading curriculum teaches "easy success", in a one - note - at - a - time fashion.

*** Equipment ***
I have a small keyboard lab of 4 - 5 pianos for group lessons and games.
It is preferred that private students have a piano or full size keyboard.
We also provide games, piano accompaniment tracks, and other accessories to make lessons more interactive and fun.

*** Specialties ***
Jazz, Gospel, Pop, Blues, Group Piano


Vintyre F. September 11, 2015
Music Theory · In home
Verified Student
Great first day back to the basics and then off to tread the deep waters of theory. Allen was able to to explain the theory in a simple to understand format followed up with application.
Val C. March 6, 2014
Verified Student

It's been a real pleasure!!!!!!!! Can't wait to get back!!!!!!!! Merry Christmas!!!!!!!!!!!
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Allen P.

Allen P.

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33319
starting at
$30 / 30-min

Johnny C.

Fort Lauderdale, FL

About Johnny

I have been performing for 50 years on the Conga drum and a teacher of How to play the Conga drum for over 30 years. I have performed with such notables as Carlos Santana, Johnny Lang., Orianthi, Sergio Mendes, Eddie Palmieri, Johnny Pacheco. and many many other Grammy winning artists. Lessons are conducted around your availability. Lessons can be an hour to an hour and a half long and you will have homework. you will need your own Conga drums. Learn from one of the best player/teachers in the world today

*** Lesson Details ***
Here is is my curriculum for my Conga drum course

The stu
dy of the Conga drum....

Cuban methods as taught in Cuba today, and also my methods developed over 30 years of teaching

Sound development-utilizing the 5 parts of the hand Heel/Palm/Fulcrum/Inner knuckles/and Tips of fingers
Hand exercises which include my S.T.O.M.P method-Slap Tone Open Muffle Palm
Rudimentary hand drumming and approaches on Conga drum
One conga drum, 2 conga drums, 3 conga drums
Styles in Mambo, Rumba, Salsa, Son, Latin Jazz and Folkloric
Counting and keeping time
Stick control for timbales
Baqueteo patterns -Cascara(shell)of the timbal and cowbell patterns in clave
Abanico- 7 stroke and 9 stroke rolls
Styles on timbales-Danzon, Son, Mambo, Rumba, Salsa, Cha Cha Cha, Bolero
Reading and writing for Latin percussion
Latin Rhythm Theory
Ensemble performance
The Clave & pulse
6/8 Clave
Son Clave
Rumba Clave
The Clave today
Phrasing with the Clave
Variations on the Clave
Polyrhythms in Cuban Music

Cuban and Caribbean Rhythms taught are:

Bolero-5 variations
Caballo(Horse rhythm)-with variations
Guaguanco-6 variations
Rumba-with variations-columbia/abierto(open) 2Conga drums/one drum/New York street style rumba
Abakua-one drum pattern to 3 drum patterns
Plena(Puerto Rico)
Bomba Sica
Bomba Yuba
Merengue(Domincan Republic)
Mozambique-old school/new school variations
Cumbia(Columbia)-with variations on one drum to 3 drums
Bembe(Afro) variations
Conga Comparsa(Carnival drumming) with variations
Calypso(Trinidad) one to 3 conga drums with variations
Bossa Nova(Brasil) with variations from one to 3 conga drums
Samba on 2 to 3 conga drums
Songo with 9 variations
Pilon on 3 congas
Iyesa with variations
6/8 basic one conga drum to 3 conga drums
Guarapachangeo with variations from 2 drums to 5
Ritmo Pa Ca
Jala Jala
Tumbaos(basic rhythmic conga patterns for Latin Dance music) with many variations
6/8 Bell patterns on conga drum with variations
Mongo Santamarias tumbaos and rhythmic approaches
Mongos Merengue
Mongos Afro Blue with variations

*** Studio Equipment ***

*** Travel Equipment ***
Congas/bongos/timbales/hand percussion

*** Specialties ***
I teach Latin percussion, conga drums, timbales, bongos and assorted African and Brazilian percussion as well.
I teach what is called the "Cuban" method of learning how to play as it is taught in Cuba today, along with my own developed methods. Yes I teach online. 


Shawn L. September 1, 2015
Conga Drums · In home
Verified Student
A wealth of knowledge and skill. Very glad I'm having classes with Johnny
Johnny C. September 18, 2014
Congas · In studio
From Mark and Diane after their 3 day Intensive with me...they came from Seattle,WA..where they had also taken some lessons with is what they said abut their experience with me.

Hey Johnny,

Want to Thank you and Maggie for your hospitality and good cheer while Diane and I were visiting. This was truly a great experience for us. Trying to remember all the individual details we learned and very glad we recorded everything. You certainly did take us to the next level and over the next several months we will review and improve. The metronome will now be standard in our practice for quite a while as well as working for speed. You showed us many fun rhythms but more importantly you taught us a clear path for development which is what we have been missing.

Be in touch in the future and already starting to think about an early winter return for another 3 day intensive--but for the time being we are finally on path. Just playing a bit over the weekend we were so much more focused and also very realistic about our renewed dedication.

Thanks, Mark & Diane
Johnny C. September 18, 2014
Congas · Online
Recent testimonial from ongoing pupil Charles B.

I’ve been studying the conga drum with JC for just over two years and I just want to give my total thumbs-up to his approach as a teacher and percussion professional. As a Brit with musical tastes ranging from rock, funk, jazz, hip-hop (and latin music!), I came to JC professing a slightly uncertain attraction to conga drums. Without a well-defined notion of what I really wanted to learn, JC took me through the basic strokes, rhythms and rudiments, developing my knowledge and skills in Afro-Cuban music and much else besides. JC’s experience in the music biz is obviously amazing and one of the best things about learning from him (aside from the great stories) are the unique rhythms and styles he’s acquired (and invented) over the years, from hanging and playing in so many “scenes“. So if you want a proper idea of how to play alongside funk, disco and other r n b styles, this is your guy. Needless to say, he’ll also makes sure you know the essentials behind the instrument, most importantly its deep roots in African music and traditions, and its obvious dominance in Afro-Cuban music. Not only that, JC is a very attentive teacher and is well up on things like “cognitive discovery”, which emphasises learning through hearing and hands as much as through more logical processes. Learning through Skype is also a lot easier and effective than it sounds. It’s been a great experience, revealing the full potential of the instrument to me and motivating me to keep up practice and lessons
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Johnny C.

Johnny C.

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33313
starting at
$39.95 / 60-min

Steve G.

Pompano Beach, FL

About Steve

Music has been a part of my life for over 4 decades. I stepped onstage when I was 15, and have been active in the music business ever since. I was raised in the New York / New England area, and played in many bands in the 70's and 80's, most notably the band AVALON. I moved to Florida in the late 80's and began to develop a one man show, using the emerging technology available. I called the show YIN YANG, the infinite possibility of Music. I chose the name, as it is the Oriental symbol for balance, and used it to represent the balance between the electric and acoustic, and the technology of t
oday with the classic music from yesterday. Midi guitar and guitar synthesis became my trademarks as I pushed the boundaries of how I could express myself on the guitar. Being able to play sax, flute, strings, pianos, even percussion on the guitar took my imagination to new places and enabled me to express myself in ways I didn't know were possible. I grew up influenced by the classic rock guitarists such as Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Alvin Lee, Duane Allman, and used their techniques to springboard me into developing my style. I am also influenced by some of the great guitarists of today, such as Satriani, Vai, Bonamassa, etc. I am fluent in electric and acoustic guitar, slide guitar, open tunings, modal playing, and guitar synthesis. I also can play and teach mandolin, ukulele, banjo, bass, and also harmonica and folk harp. I am working on the bagpipes now. I also give lessons on music technology, audio recording, and music software such as Sonar, Reason, and Finale, to name a few. Music is the passion that feeds my soul, and a decade ago I started teaching, to have a chance to give back to the next generation and share what I have learned along the way. I love bringing out the soul of each new student I meet.

*** Lesson Details ***
When I take on a new student, the first thing I do is to sit down and talk to them and find out a bit about them... their personality, what their influences in music are, what artists they like, and what they are looking to be able to accomplish on the instrument. Each student is an individual, so depending on what they like, I will frame my lessons around the styles and artists that they like, and will incorporate the fundamentals and the exercises around the music that they enjoy. I will use the artists and the songs that excite my students to frame the lessons that we work on. I use music software to create custom grooves for each of my students to practice to, and also sometimes use a video cam to film my student working on a particular lesson that they are having trouble with, so that when they go home, they have an example of themselves playing the lesson, so they can study it at home to get it right. I am a firm believer in learning all the rules. I am also a firm believer, when you know the rules, to break them all. You have to know the rules to be able to break them. I will provide you with everything you need to shine on your instrument. My teaching technique is something that I developed myself, is quite unique, and, if you follow my program, you will progress REALLY fast. But keep in mind, anything good is worth working for, and if you REALLY want this, you will grow in leaps and bounds. Most of my students have been with me on an average of 4 to 5 years, some 9 or 10 years. I look forward to meeting you and helping you make magic with music! Ciao!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Acoustic 6 &12 string guitars
Electric Guitars
Electric Bass, Fretless Bass, and upright Bass guitars
Baritone Ukulele
Guitar amps
Reason Software
Sonar Software
Video Equipment
Hard Disk Recorder

*** Travel Equipment ***
Everything necessary for my lessons I provide
My student needs an instrument and amp, if needed

*** Specialties ***
I have developed a curriculum that combines my knowledge of music software with my teaching technique. This enables me to create musical templates tailored for each student according to their musical interests, what they would like to focus on, and what their ultimate goals are. For example ...lead guitar, rhythm guitar, acoustic guitar accompaniment to their voice, etc. which ends up making for an exciting experience as my student learns their instrument framed around the styles of music that they enjoy.


Abigail R. August 14, 2015
Banjo · In studio
Verified Student
Excellent personable instructor! Always look forward to my lesson each week and he is always encouraging and patient with your journey.
Vinny July 2, 2015
Guitar · In studio
I've taken lessons from about ten different teachers since I was 15 years old some taught me more music and some taught me to play songs on the guitar. but no one ever put it all together like Steve Gagnon. Every lesson Steve teaches me something new and covers music and technique. and teaches me to play my own style. rather then just copying others weather you are young or older Steve will teach you as an individual with patience.
Alex S. June 28, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Steve is an excellent guitarist and instructor. He will challlenge you technically while inspiring creativity.
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Steve G.

Steve G.

Pompano Beach, FL 33071
starting at
$35 / 30-min

Meryl B.

Fort Lauderdale, FL

About Meryl

Music has always been an important aspect of my life! I learned the violin at the young age of 5 and have been playing ever since. I learned violin through the Suzuki method and had the opportunity to attend Dr. Suzuki's music camp in Japan. I learned guitar on my own in high school and also took classes while studying music at Radford University. I love playing modern and classic songs on the violin and guitar. I have been a private teacher for over 10 years and love empowering students in their abilities!
I received a Bachelor’s in Music from Radford University in Virginia where I was the
concert master of the Radford University Chamber Orchestra. I was also involved in a number of different ensemble groups and concluded my success with a solo senior recital. I was a member the Virginia Beach Symphony Orchestra where I especially enjoyed playing in out “pop music” concerts. I currently play the violin on stage with a variety of groups and enjoy giving private lessons.
My music therapy background enables my ability to relate with individuals of different abilities and age levels. For 3 years, I had the privilege of being the sole music therapist at All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida. While in this position, I used music to help long term hospitalized children cope with their hospitalization through a number of music activities. These activities include conducting music groups for preschoolers, school age children and teens and teaching patients lessons on the violin, guitar or keyboard.

*** Lesson Details ***
Playing music can be learned in a fun environment filled with laughter and smiles. I adapt my teaching style to meet the needs of each individual student and their personal learning style. With this being said, within 3-6 months, you will begin discovering how to read music and understand music lingo. Younger students learning violin, may learn how to play by ear through the Suzuki method, before reading music. Developing the technique of an instrument is vital for success. Therefore, I will implement music skills and music theory so that you can learn the instrument and all about the exciting world of music. Classical music and modern songs be used to create a positive learning environment that meets the student’s musical preference. I have a friendly, caring and patient personality and I tend to connect well with children and adults. I believe that motivation, commitment and passion for music are key ingredients for success.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Have music stand, books, guitar and my violin.

*** Specialties ***
Suzuki method on violin
Group performances at nursing homes
Adaptive lessons


Michelle W. September 11, 2015
Violin · In home
Verified Student
Meryl really knows her stuff! I'm looking forward to the rest of my lessons.
I was unable to learn the correct posture and positioning from YouTube videos on my own. There is no substitute for having an in-person lesson.
Tim G. August 12, 2015
Violin · In home
Verified Student
When my 7-year-old son decided he wanted to play Violin, I was surprised, as seems more the drummer type. We signed him up with Meryl, and he has now been playing for 2 years and really enjoys it. His success has been nurtured by Meryl and her wonderful teaching style. She always enters our home with a smile and upbeat attitude, which starts our guy off with the right frame of mind for learning. She has the right balance of directed instruction and praise when a good effort is put forth. We would recommend Meryl very highly.
Jen O. August 12, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
I would highly recommend Meryl. She is extremely talented in teaching guitar. My 12 year old son has been taking guitar lessons with Meryl for over a year. Meryl is very effective and patient in working with children. Meryl made learning the guitar for my son fun and exciting. It has been a pleasure for both of my children to work with Meryl.
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Meryl B.

Meryl B.

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
starting at
$25 / 30-min

Charles M.

Hollywood, FL

About Charles

I have acquired over five years of teaching experience, travel from ages 5 to 17 acting and playing music. In addition I am a full-time music teacher and spend my free time volunteering at a local high school teaching music. I love music and teaching, it is amazing to see the look on a student face when they learn something new and even better when they perform and stun the audience the joy that my students get makes me happy its confirmation of a job well done.


Patrick J. July 28, 2015
Trombone · In studio
Verified Student
Mr. Charles is very professional and patient with my son. He has a passion for teaching and a passion for music. He is well prepared for each lessonand takes his classes seriously. Very happy we have the opportunity to work with him.
Joash June 26, 2015
Trumpet · In studio
Mr. Charles is a great instructor he really help me improve plus he taught me how to read music
Tiffany June 26, 2015
Drum · In studio
Charles is a great teacher my son loves him he really goes above and beyond to ensure he is learning while having fun
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Charles M.

Charles M.

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
starting at
$25 / 30-min

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