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I am a 25 year old, energetic teacher of almost any instrument, specially trumpet. I can teach in any style, and will not let you learn anything incorrectly! Lessons will be flexible and fun. I am willing to work with your schedule and will ensure that your lessons are worth it. I taught last year in the Fort Worth Independent School District as an assistant band director. I gave this up to further my education at UNT for my masters in Jazz Studies.
*** Lesson Details *** Welcome to a friendly lesson. I prefer to cal
l a lesson an assisted practice session. Simply put we play a PERFECT practice session together. I want to ensure that I teach you how to practice correctly so that every other time you touch your instrument, you are progressing to success! Therefore instead of teaching you this strange foreign language of music, I am assisting you in learning it yourself.
*** Travel Equipment *** My Trumpet. Their Instrument + required music.
*** Specialties *** My primary instrument is Trumpet. I am certified to teach all band instruments (woodwinds, brass, percussion). I have chosen the instruments that I am most knowledgeable about. I have spent most my time with classical trumpet pieces, with the last 2 years focused on transitioning to Jazz trumpet.
Ryan June 29, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Nick is wonderful and I highly recommend him. He is patient, knowledgeable and has a real excitement for teaching. My son truly enjoys the lessons.
Vinay B. January 25, 2015
French Horn ·
In home Verified Student
Nick is very patient and dedicated. Our daughter really enjoys his lessons, and is learning a lot from him. I would strongly recommend Nick, he is a great teacher, very flexible, punctual, sincere and overall a very nice guy.
Hailing from the "Birthplace of Jazz", Vandell Andrew's path to greatness and his purpose in music would not be too hard to find. While studying music at the age of 13 at a local jazz summer camp in the Treme' area of New Orleans, it was there that he learned to play the trumpet. After an entire summer of playing the trumpet at the camp, he was approached by one of his teachers that challenged him by stating his embouchure would work better with the saxophone. Being that this influential teacher was the coolest saxophonist in the world in the eyes of this young, budding jazz musician, Vandell
took this challenge as a compliment that his teacher would even consider training him on his new instrument.
Soon after cultivating his craft on the alto saxophone, he joined the world renowned St. Augustine "Marching 100" Marching Band. This experience afforded Vandell the opportunities of performing in events and parades all over the world as a member of the prestigious marching band, which would ultimately convince him that performing and playing music was what he wanted to do for a living after graduating from high school.
Shortly after graduation, he enrolled in classes at Southern University at New Orleans, and studied with the legendary Edward "Kidd" Jordan. After a month of studying with Kidd, the catastrophic devastation of hurricane Katrina took the city of New Orleans by storm. At the age of 18, and after enduring the life-altering changes brought on by Katrina, Vandell realized that he wanted to seriously pursue a career in music and began to write original compositions. In just a few short years, this decision has led to him sharing the stage with a vast array of artists, from multiple genres of music, and at venues across United States and Europe. He has also opened and shared the stage with several internationally acclaimed artists and musicians, including Grammy award winning jazz saxophonist Kirk Whalum and the legendary smooth jazz saxophonist Tom Braxton.
In June of 2011, Vandell released his debut album entitled "Years Later”. This album is a collection of original musical compositions that has been written since he relocated to Texas following the aftermath of hurricane Katrina in his hometown of New Orleans. The "Years Later" album, to date, has been getting rave reviews from smooth jazz fans, music lovers and critics across the world. With the success of "Years Later" Vandell decided to release an uptempo 5 song EP called "Turn It Up". Since it's release, the leading single "Let's Ride" has reached #1 on the Billboard Charts!
*** Travel Equipment *** I provide books, music stands and writing utensils. I expect the student to provide chairs to sit.
*** Specialties *** I specialize mainly in jazz, but am proficient in all other genres. I focus on the basic fundamentals needed to play and improvise in the genre. I always make sure that my students understand theory. From sight-reading and understanding harmony, from scales to chord structures and playing styles.
Good tone production, fingerings and basic repertoire. will be taught in the saxophone lessons. All beginners and intermediate players welcome. All styles from Classical saxophone to jazz taught.
Hello! I am Aaron, a fun, energetic veteran teacher who loves to teach music to people of all ages! I have taught high school choir and music theory, as well as taught privately for over 15 years!
In my career, I have conducted church and community choirs, participated in numerous small groups, entertained at hotels and directed musical reviews. I have accompanied several instrumental and vocal soloists on the state and national levels, and have performed solo work in several venues in the greater Houston area.
I have a true passion for sharing my knowledge and experience with anyone
who is willing to learn this wonderful art!
I have a B.S. in Bible and Music Education from Dallas Christian College and a M.A. in Music Education from Stephen F. Austin State University. I've studied piano under Ms. Bonnie Graem and Dr. Brad Beckman, voice and choral conducting with Dr. Dana Ihm, Saxophone with Dr. Aaron Lington and Music Theory and pedagogical techniques with Dr. Stephen Lias and Dr. Mark Turner.
*** Lesson Details *** I am laid back and flexible, and I think you will find my teaching style fun and engaging. While I have methods that I choose to use, the personal goals of the student are of utmost importance.
I teach piano, voice, saxophone and music theory. My preferred methods consist of the following:
Piano: John Thompson Voice: Bel Canto: A Theoretical and Practical Method (varies with voice type/experience, etc.) Saxophone: Rubank Music Theory: Harmony in Context (Roig-Francoli); Tonal Harmony (Koska/Payne)
*** Studio Equipment *** The studio lessons are taught in a family room/office which includes an 88 keyboard, mirrors, and seating. Parking is on the street.
*** Travel Equipment *** I expect my students to provide their own instruments and books.
*** Specialties *** I specialize in Classical piano, primarily the Classical era I specialize in Contemporary Christian piano styles I specialize in Classical Alto Saxophone, especially early 2oth century French coposers (i.e. Ibert) I specialize in Classical vocal technique and Broadway Singing I specialize in both traditional and contemporary analytical techniques for music theory, including Schenkerian analysis
Miranda B. April 28, 2015
In studio Verified Student
My son is only on his third lesson with Aaron as his teacher. He leaves each lesson so happy and feeling accomplished. Aaron has patience, knowledge and personality that is refreshing. I look forward to watching my son learn from him.
Ian F. May 14, 2014 Verified Student
First time piano lessons
My son is liking his lessons with his piano teacher and is moving at the right pace. We will continue with the lessons.
Ian F. April 5, 2014
Piano Verified Student
My son always leaves with a smile
My son has a lot of confidence issues, but taking the lessons with Aaron has opened a whole new world of opportunity for him, and he always leaves his sessions encouraged with a smile. It's also great that he can play piano now beyond his own expectations. He is learning proper technique and theory as well.
I am a 2008 graduate of the University of North Texas with a Bachelor of Arts in Music degree. While at North Texas I taught trumpet lessons in the Denton area. I have also taught piano, clarinet, and saxophone as well as all the other brass instruments. I have performed with the UNT Concert Band, the UNT Brass Band, the UNT Nine O'Clock Lab Band, the Collin County Jazz Band, and the San Jose Metropolitan Band.
Currently, I teach clarinet, saxophone, french horn, trumpet and piano in the DFW area. I also play percussion and trumpet in the Frisco Community Band and trumpet with the Frisco
Community Brass Ensemble.
*** Lesson Details *** I am a laid back teacher who gets you playing from the first day.
*** Studio Equipment *** All students are required to purchase the Musician's Practice Planner, which you can find at any music store. You will also need to get any books that we play through (but I'll give you time to get them, so don't worry.) Any books that we use will be easy to find and won't cost a whole lot of money.
*** Travel Equipment *** I will always bring my instrument with me when I attend a lesson, so I expect my students to do the same when they come to my studio. Also, make sure you have any books and music that we will be playing out of. I always have a copy of anything that we are playing, so I expect the student to have a copy as well.
*** Specialties *** Trumpet Clarinet Alto Saxophone French Horn Piano
Leigh Ann W. November 6, 2014
In home Verified Student
Sarah loves piano lessons with Tammye because she is calm, funny and very "laid-back" in how she approaches children and teaching the piano. These qualities are gradually drawing Sarah back to an instrument that she loved initially but had withdrawn from due to very strict and almost frightening former teachers. I am so happy to see her loving the piano again and looking forward to her practices with Tammye. Thank you, Tammye, for encouraging and realizing that learning an instrument is a marathon for some and not a sprint!
Jessica T. March 6, 2014
My daughter, Jolie, loves piano lessons with Tammye. She is always very excited to meet with her and recently more enthused about practicing. I strongly recommend Tammye for work with younger children.
Leila S. March 6, 2014 Verified Student
Tammye is a wonderful teacher. She is patient, good-listener and make the lessons fun. Highly recommended.
Damien G. received his Bachelor’s degree in Clarinet Performance from Loyola University New Orleans, his Master’s Degree from the University of North Texas, and is currently working on his DMA at the University of North Texas. As an undergrad at Loyola University, Damien toured as a clarinet soloist with the Loyola Chamber Orchestra in Yugoslavia, Hungary, and Vienna. He has been a member of the UNT Wind Symphony , under Eugene Corporan, and the UNT Orchestra, led by Anshel Brusilow. More recently, he has performed at two UNT concerto concerts as a soloist with the UNT chamber orchestra. Dam
ien also has performed with the Contemporary Theater of Dallas along with other freelance activities in the DFW area. His teachers include: Mr. A. Crisanti,Dr. James Gillespie, Dr. John Scott, Steve Cohen, Daryl Coad, and John Reeks.
*** Lesson Details *** I am mostly laid back, however, I do demand excellence and great tonal projection. For clarinet, I really like Klose's method, however, I use a lot of Rose Etudes, Voxman, etc. For violin, my curriculum would include the Suzuki and Flesch methods.
*** Travel Equipment *** I expect students to have a stand and a metronome/tuner
*** Specialties *** I teach mainly in the classical genre....for Violin I like the Suzuki method, though I can teach through any method. I am aware of the freedom of jazz improvisation as well.
Laurel July 3, 2015
My daughter has been taking lessons from Damien for 2 years on clarinet, bass clarinet and contrabass clarinet. She qualified for both District and Region band as a 7th grader! We've been very happy with her progress!
Eve A. June 30, 2015
In home Verified Student
Damien is extremely professional and flexible. We needed a tutor quick for an audition piece and he was able to meet with my son right away and schedule several sessions within the week. He was patient with him and explained things in a way that my son understood. He is a great teacher.
Jeannette June 30, 2015
We have been very happy with Mr Gibson. My daughter has received private lessons from him for two years in clarinet and has thoroughly enjoyed the classes as well as improving her skills. He is able to challenge her and keep her engaged, as well as sought out new pieces for her to learn. He has shown flexibility in our private class times, he is courteous and on time.
Students are raving about their Saxophone instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Lee
"Jill is a wonderful teacher. She is patient and creative in teaching, good at communicating her musical ideas with children. My son progressed a lot under
her instruction. We really hate to say goodbye to her because we have to leave America. Her classes are part of our best memories here."
Orlando, FL teacher:
Review by Aaron
"We are so lucky to have found Michael! Before we started with him in February, my son played Ode to Joy, now he's practicing jazz and having fun while pra
cticing. Michael has awesome enthusiasm, and a great foundation in both performance and theory. He shows care for the student and is always supportive. I completely recommend him for any skill level!"
Portland, OR teacher:
Review by Hugo
"Excellent musician and teacher, nice guy too :)
Sean is an excellent saxophone player and instructor. He is knowledgeable on music theory and has a relax
ed easy going teaching style. He is enthusiastic about teaching and playing music which makes for a fun lesson. I enjoyed meeting Sean and I look forward to taking more lessons with him."
Chicago, IL teacher:
Review by Benjamin
"Charles is considered by many at the California State University of Sacramento to be one of the best saxophonists in the Music Department. I have had the
pleasure of listening to Charles perform in the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, a very prestigious group which includes advanced music as well as passionate performers, on more than one occasion and he is amazing. I have also socialized with him outside of the music building a couple of times and he never fails to impress gentleness, humility and sheer kindness wherever he goes. Charles is a good guy and a great musician and the details of his craft hardly go unnoticed."
Sacramento, CA teacher:
Review by Steve
"My daughter began learning sax in her school band, but she didn't begin PLAYING sax until she started lessons with Debra. From scales and exercises to act
ual pieces, Debra coached my daughter with real insight, sensitivity, and patience. Her knowledge of the instrument and feeling for music - along with her easy-going,"kid friendly" personality - make Debra the ideal teacher and musical mentor."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Elvin
Jonathan H. is the epitome of a great teacher. He is patient, allowing you to understand things on your own time. His instruction is clear
and easy to understand and his knowledge of music seems to be endless. Above all else he is an accomplished musician and I trust that under his watchful eye I will be able to improve and refine my own abilities."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Tina
"Tina is an inspiring musician and incredible teacher. I have been Tina's colleague, supervisor, and admirer for years. Her skills are impeccable, she give
s her work 200% of her attention, and her dedication and enthusiasm are contagious, which makes her students successful. Sarah Ferholt"
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Ron
"Totally enjoy my time learning from Jeremy. Thorough and patient. Very easy going."
Charleston, SC teacher:
Review by Floro
"His attention to detail is astounding. He knows which area I need to improve. He can catch right away my mistakes.Great guy to work with!"