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Review by Anna
"great violin tutor
Zhana is very patient, pleasant and professional tutor. My son is a beginner, now he has the confidence to continue play violin and jo
in the school orchestra."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Suzanne
"A whole new world has opened for me
I wholeheartedly agree with all of the glowing reviews. Vanessa is a wonderful teacher. I so appreciate her spot-on e
ar and her excellent training, performance and vocal teaching experience to help me express myself and become the best singer I can be. I am a relative newbie to singing, and I feel so fortunate to have found Vanessa who is so genuine and is passionate about helping me learn proper technique. Consequently, a whole new world has been opened to me, and Iâve been achieving a depth with my singing voice that truly astonishes me. When you have a desire to creatively express yourself but have no concept or clue as to how to get there, or perhaps have hit a wall, it is a true gift to find a kind and generous teacher like Vanessa who has such an amazing ability to assess your needs, to help you learn proper technique, and to help you discover (and strengthen) the voice you never knew existed."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Michael
I have been studying the bass with Andrew for just over two years with a concentration on Jazz theory. Andrew uses a step by step appr
oach geared to my learning style - we have switched directions several times. Andrew's attention to detail and his desire for me to learn the right way is more than impressive. There have been lessons where I have not played a note but instead focused on reviewing different concepts. I'm fifty-seven years old and things don't come as easy as they use to and I really appreciate Andrew's patience and availability. I highly recommend Andrew for someone who is serious about learning to play the bass."
Philadelphia, PA teacher:
Review by Leslie
"Great, patient teacher
Ben is a patient, kind teacher who clearly prepares unique lessons (for your interests and skill level) ahead of time and takes th
ings at your pace. He keeps his eyes out for ways to take your piano playing to the next level and you make clear progress working with him. Highly recommend."
San Francisco, CA teacher:
Review by JUDY
"better singing progress!
I think the singing lessons with Aryls are amazing! I can feel and hear my voice getting fuller and louder and my self feeling m
ore confident as I sing. The lessons are also versatile because I can apply them to singing but I can also apply to my own talking voice. She makes singing fun but at the same time, she takes teaching me seriously. What's especially helpful is, since I'm a science person, she explains the science behind the voice, which helps me look at the voice on a whole different level. I would definitely recommend her to anybody, as I have had a lot of progress with her."
Minneapolis, MN teacher:
Review by Pstrick
Kyle is thorough and passionate about his teaching. I am learning a lot. I thought I was too old to learn music sight reading and to
become proficient on the piano. I highly recommend Kyle."
Portland, OR teacher:
Review by Mikayla
Jessica has a fantastic knowledge of the violin. Not only can she explain the theory behind music but relate it to everyday examples. She
has a fun personality too; so she makes understanding and learning the pieces fun and easy. She taught me to learn more, push my boundaries, and gain confidence while playing."
Seattle, WA teacher:
Review by Bryan
"Edwin is top notch
Edwin has been teaching my son Ethan guitar for about a year and have nothing but great things to say! My son looks forward to every l
esson and it's amazing how much he's progressed. Edwin is so patient and really make the lessons fun by using real songs that my son knows and enjoys playing while mixing in skill practice. He communicates very well and couldn't be more dependable. He has our highest recommendation!"
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Jennifer
"My daughter is learning to love piano
Alfred uses technology and creativity to keep my daughter interested and engaged in her lessons. She looks forward
I am a pianist and theorist who is enthusiastic about helping you learn more about music! I have a Bachelors of Music Performance from Appalachian State University and a Masters of Music Theory from Bowling Green State University. Music is one of my passions, a passion I would love to share with you!
I have experience with classical, classic, jazz, and Broadway music, among other genres. My performance and scholarly studies were primarily classical, but not limited to classical music.
Whether you pursue performance, scholarship, a greater appreciation of music, or simply a fun experience
, I will help you reach your goals! None of these is exclusive, as all of them should be fun!
*** Lesson Details *** I prefer to teach in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere where the student can ask questions and offer opinions without fear. I am a patient and encouraging teacher, though I do expect students to prepare for lessons and improve over time. Lessons and curricula are tailored to the individual, depending on the student's goals. Should those goals change over the course of his/her study, the curriculum and lesson format will reflect that change. I believe in a well-rounded education, incorporating not only memorization or sight-reading (for example), but the underlying theories and relevant historical information. Most importantly, I will endeavor to make lessons enjoyable as well as educational for all involved!
*** Travel Equipment *** I can provide sight-reading/singing materials, handouts, and copies of music. I expect the student to provide his/her own instrument, textbook, and staff paper.
*** Specialties *** Music Theory/Aural Skills: tonal through post-tonal theory, including counterpoint, part-writing, Roman numeral analysis, set theory; tonal and atonal sight singing (with solfege, numbers, and European letter names), rhythmic and melodic dictation, chord series
Piano: primarily tonal music (Baroque through Romantic), sight-reading, show tunes, popular songs
Rennee C. July 13, 2016
In home Verified Student
Very nice and friendly. My daughter enjoyed the lesson and seems very excited to practice and get ready for next week!
Sandy W. January 4, 2016
In home Verified Student
It was a very nice first lesson.
Victoria B. January 2, 2015
In home Verified Student
Excellent piano teacher!! Very patient, kind, reliable and communicates very well with my 10 yo son. She is so enthusiastic and has really gotten my son interested in music, despite that he is very shy. I have been impressed with how quickly my son has learned to play the piano in just a few months. We have been so thrilled with Carolyn that our other two children are to start lessons this month!!
David discovered his love for music early on at the age of seven with the musical/movie: The Sound of Music. He and his siblings would entertain their babysitter by acting out the entire musical - singing and dancing along with the soundtrack. To make it even more fun, they would sometimes speed up the vinyl record and perform in extra-fast mode! (And that was way before 'Wii - Just Dance!')
He vividly remembers his first real musical instruction back in elementary school: “Everyone in 4th Grade was given a Recorder to learn how to play 'Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star'. When the
music teacher had the class play together, she noticed that I wasn't looking down at my music booklet as I played, since I was 'playing by ear'. Not only was my booklet turned to the wrong page; it was upside down as well! To admonish me, she had me stand up in front of the whole class and play solo - as she held the booklet in front of me. Enthusiastically, I rendered the complete song correctly, only pretending to read from the page as she held it, but actually 'playing by ear'. Upon getting to the end of the tune, I suddenly broke out in a jazzed-up, improvised version of 'Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star', arousing the whole class to spontaneously tap their feet in rhythm and clap with delight . . . my first solo performance!”
David eventually took up guitar in his teens, becoming involved with playing for musicals such as "Godspell" and "Jesus Christ Superstar". During high school, he also played in the Bluegrass band 'Odell & Zeke', and in the Rock band 'Ring Wraith', performing for local dances and proms.
Extremely versatile within classical and popular guitar styles, David played in the Top-40-Hit music video, Shine Shine, by The Bee Gees' Barry Gibb – alongside pop-star legend - Michael Jackson. David is also mentioned in Just Jazz Guitar Magazine for his jazz endeavors; and he has years of experience as a church music director.
As a Classical concert guitarist, David has performed throughout the USA and Europe. His live performances have been broadcast on television and radio: NPR’s Performance Today (USA); CBC’s Arts National (Canada); RAI Television’s In Concerto (Italy), and the Hungarian National Television. Successful in competitions, David won First Prize in the 20th International Guitar Competition in Milan, Italy and First Prize in the National Wurlitzer Artist Competition, USA. He has received other awards and grants as well, including a Solo Recitalist Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Governor's Award from Department of State, Florida. Moreover, he was chosen for the rosters of both the California State Touring Program and the North Carolina Visiting Artists Program.
David’s 35 years of teaching and performing experience, coupled with intensive years of formal studies with many of the world's greatest guitarists, including Andres Segovia, Eliot Fisk, David Russell, Christopher Parkening, Holzman, Ghiglia, Morgen, Tomas, Isbin - have afforded him a rich and in-depth understanding of music and the guitar. He shares all of this with his students in an insightful and uniquely original manner.
Florida State University - Master of Music - Guitar Performance
Florida State University - Bachelor of Music - Guitar Performance
Certificates of Professional Study: - L'Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Italy - Aspen Music Festival
*** Lesson Details *** Wouldn't you love to play the music that you enjoy listening to the most? Ever listen to your very favorite songs on your iPod or on the radio and really wish you could just play along? Well, here's your opportunity! Even if you are just beginning, I can help get you up and strumming in no time! You can choose your favorite songs to play - and I will show you how! Imagine playing along with Taylor Swift, Maroon 5, Fun, Ke$Ha, Demi Lovato, Flo Rida, Alex Clare, Ne-Yo, and more! And for you adults: imagine playing your favorite songs from the 60's, 70's, and 80's. What a wonderful way to re-kindle all the fun, memories and meaningful songs of your youth!
I am committed to helping you really enjoy and excel in playing the music you love! You will find our lessons fun, interesting, and always inspiring. What better way to be motivated to learn and play, than having fun . . . and enjoying it along the way?!
*** Studio Equipment *** Separate, professional studio in a nice setting. Lots of windows, art, books make it inviting and cozy. Special separate adjacent room for parents and siblings, allowing parents to watch lessons through glass doors without "intruding".
*** Travel Equipment *** I carry my own iPad, computer, cd player. Students should have instrument, capo, music. Ability for student to take video recording/audio recording is helpful. Often, we will use parent's iPhone at end of lesson to record important concepts/techniques/etc.
*** Specialties *** I am versatile within classical and popular guitar styles: folk, country, rock, new age, praise, bluegrass. My in-depth understanding of music theory, guitar technique, and performance affords me a wealth of practical and artistic experience from which I lead students on their musical journey.
Sabil July 17, 2016
In home Verified Student
Great teacher ... thorough and provides instruction based on students skill and need
Daphne S. June 1, 2016
In studio Verified Student
David pointed out how I was moving incorrectly from one chord to another, I didn't even realize I was doing it. He showed me an exercise to break that bad habit, it is also helping me to move from one chord to another smoothly and easily. I can already tell the difference in just a few days. He explained things in a way, I fully understood. I had a great lesson and cant wait till the next!
John W. September 28, 2015
In home Verified Student
Great lesson today. I particularly like the focus on fundamentals. David is helping me to refine my guitar playing and thereby open new windows for me. Great sense of humor too.
I have been playing the tenor sax for 10 years now in marching band, concert band, and pep band settings. I recently completed my Bachelors degree at Virginia Tech where I played and held leadership roles in the regimental band, "The Highty Tighties". I emphasize discipline and patience when learning a new instrument. I do, of course, understand that it can be frustrating and boring to sit and just play scales for hours on end, and that playing your instrument should be a fun and exciting activity.
Margaret July 23, 2016
Keegan has great experience with musical instruction and execution of various styles. He would also be a great mentor to young musicians/adults by providing direction and other skills he has picked up from his well-rounded and wholesome experiences. Truly a great person :)
Hi! My name is Samantha, and I'm currently a junior at Case Western Reserve University, where I'm majoring in flute performance as well as international studies. I've been studying music, specifically flute, for 12 years and counting, and I dabble in piccolo, alto saxophone, clarinet, voice, piano, and pennywhistle. If I can play it, I enjoy it, and if I can’t play it yet I usually enjoy it even more!
I've participated in and helped run a myriad of ensembles, from simple classical quintets to 70-piece marching bands--so whatever type of music my students want to learn, I'm ready to coach th
em through. I take a holistic approach in my lessons, tailoring them to each student, and incorporating elements of theory, history, and healthy practicing techniques as we go. Whether you are getting ready to audition for an advanced group, or are just starting out, I'm ready to listen and help you reach your goals!
Having explored, studied, and performed a variety of musical genres (Baroque, Classical, jazz, Broadway, modern, etc), I own a large library of repertoire and have something to fit most any student's interests. I'm passionate about bringing the joy of music to my community, and as a classically-trained flutist, I also have a solid grounding in theory and pedagogy--not to mention experience with how auditions and concerts are run. I hope to teach my students a little of all these things, but also about the parts of music that aren't technical: commitment, story-telling, and artistry.
One of the most satisfying skills you can ever learn is mastering a musical instrument. Whether its a skill you pick up in school, or youve come to it later in life, the sense of achievement youll get from mastering anything from simple folk tunes to complex sonatas and studies by the great masters is almost without equal. The social element of music has been part of our society since civilization began, and without a doubt, music is the only truly international language, existing in every …
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6 Showstopping Audition Songs Perfect for Tenors
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