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Morrow, GA

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About Ronald
I am an experienced professional with a background in music performance, education, composition, theory and arranging.

*** Lesson Details ***
Few musicians or music students have identical goals, musical interests or physical size. So, It is NECESSARY to customize the course of study to meet student requirements. There are common issues for any serious pursuit of learning involving the guitar; right and left hand technique, fingerboard knowledge, chord knowledge, reading and interpretation.

However, to progress, it is also necessary for the student to practice daily.

I try to maintain a healthy balance between the focus on performance and technical issues.

*** Studio Equipment ***
16 Channel Mixer for Recording and Playback
16 Channel Audio Interface for Recording and Playback
PA Speaker System
55" Flat Screen display
for projection of materials
Record to Cassette Tape, and Computer

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N/A

*** Specialties ***
Jazz, Pop
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Lane April 21, 2017
· Guitar · In home
It was obvious to me at my first lesson with Ron, that he is an experienced and top quality musician and teacher. I have enjoyed several lessons with him so far. He is patient, makes learning fun, great at conveying the material, and has set a learning pace that feels just right for me.
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Wesley B. January 16, 2017
· Bass Guitar · In home
Ronald is a really good instructor and I'm pleased with the progress
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William B. July 16, 2016
· Bass Guitar · In studio
Good Lesson, Ron is very organized, multimedia presentation is clear and I am able to understand and put the concepts into daily practice immediately.
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Ronald A.

Ronald A.

Morrow, GA 30260
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About Ali R.

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Fayetteville, GA
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Ali has had music in her life since she was in the crib. She has performed professionally in the musical theatre world and she has studied in several universities for Musical Theater, Jazz, Pop, Blues, and R&B. Since the age of sixteen, she has been selected to sing as a guest soloist for venues such as Spivey Hall, Georgia World Congress Center, and Georgia Tech Hotel Conference Center. Ali has also sung for many movies and recordings, and recently recorded a demo for David Foster, Barbra Streisand, and Andrea Bocelli and recently toured as a pianist for "The Women of Ireland." She is a recent graduate of Berklee College of Music and earned her BM in Music Business and Vocal Performance cum laude studying under Magi Scott, Jeff Ramsey, Jerome Kyles, and Carolyn Escoffrey, Donna McElroy, Livingston Taylor, Joan Lader, and Charlie Sorrent
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Ali is also known for playing piano. She received her minor in Piano Performance within a year at Shorter College under Helen Ramsaur. She has been playing since she was five years old and has accompanied many people and musical productions.

Some of Ali's major influences include:

Linda Eder, Aretha Franklin, Jennifer Hudson, Lena Horne, Judy Garland, Whitney Houston, Billie Holliday, and Lara Fabian, Barbra Streisand

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Ali loves to share her passion of music to the world and especially through her students. She loves to share new ideas and nuances along with the basics and fundamentals of technique. Although practice can be boring for the student, asking a student to pick at least one song to work on can help the student and the teacher have fun and learn at the same time. After a few months, not only will her students have fun, but they will learn how to be a better person and musician.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Home Studio: Baby Grand Piano, Living room, Stands, metronome

*** Travel Equipment ***
Just the music I assign and their appropriate instrument

*** Specialties ***
For Acting: Meisner
Piano: Just beginners- intermediate
Voice: Anything you can think of and I'll do it
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Theresa August 25, 2015
· Piano · In home
Friendly and effective with elementary age children.
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Christine G. February 11, 2015
· Singing · In home
My 11 year old daughter really enjoys working with Ali!
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AntoniaF July 27, 2010
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Dear Allie, We are so happy to have found you this summer. It is amazing to see Nicholas stay so focused and interested for an hour at the piano. His love of music seems to have grown since we started lessons with you. We really appreciate your capacity to adapt to his needs and to keep him excited. Thanks!
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Ali R.

Ali R.

Atlanta, GA 30308
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About Delia C.

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Decatur, GA

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About Delia
*** Travel Equipment ***
Their own instrument, except for piano students. Please bring a small notebook for assignments and notes about for the lessons.

*** Specialties ***
Mostly classical. I use mostly suzuki or yahamma
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Melanie February 7, 2017
· Piano · In home
Delia is very friendly, knowledgeable and patient as I am in the very beginning steps of learning piano. I look forward to our next lesson.
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Delia C.

Delia C.

Decatur, GA 30032
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starting at
$18 / 30-min

About Stephen D.

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Stone Mountain, GA

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About Stephen
Hi, thanks for visiting my profile! I love teaching. I hope you find this information useful. I have over 30 years of combined education and experience performing and teaching percussion and piano. I earned a Bachelor's Degree in Percussion Performance from the University of Alabama,with Piano as my secondary instrument. I hold a Master's Degree in Percussion Performance from Indiana University, with a Cognate in Jazz Studies. I have taught private percussion, drum set, and piano lessons for over 30 years. I performed for 10 years as a contract percussionist with the Savannah Symphony Orchestra, the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, the Macon Symphony Orchestra, and the Columbus Symphony Orchestra. I have performed in orchestras with accomplished musicians including The Moody Blues (Chastain Park), Judy Collins, and Henry Mancini.

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I like my students to have some fun while they learn. I ask that you practice 30 minutes a day, so that you can spend your lesson time learning and moving forward. For piano, I use the Alfred series, as well as the Real Book (jazz standards), and of course sheet music for classical pieces and popular tunes. After three months, you will have learned how to play the basic scales and chords, as well as some introductory classical and popular material. On drums after six months, you will know the first thirteen rudiments and some of the basic rock beats, and you will be playing with some rock ballads. After six months on piano, you will be playing all of the major scales and chords and the basic minor chords. You will be playing some Bach and Mozart, and you will start on some basic jazz standards. On drums, you will have learned most of the 26 basic rudiments, and you will be playing along with some medium tempo rock songs. You will have learned some coordinated independence to start playing jazz and swing styles (which by the way are the building blocks for playing R&B and hip-hop). And you'll enjoy the journey! I enjoy seeing my students grow as they learn. I have had students of mine go on to play in the Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps, get advanced music degrees, and become recording artists. The former Percussion Instructor at the University of Alabama was my percussion student. While I know that not everyone seeks to play professionally, you will learn the tools to play well. I look forward to teaching you!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Front and side entrance upright piano in living room plus drum set, electronic keyboard, seating for parents.

*** Specialties ***
Drums --- Rock, Jazz
Percussion --- Rudimental, Symphonic
Piano --- Jazz, Jazz Theory, Popular
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Elisha August 1, 2017
· Piano · In home
I had my first lesson with Stephen today and he is an awesome teacher. I've been teaching myself for the last couple of years and was very nervous about playing in front of anyone. He made me feel very comfortable and picked up my needs quickly. He's very flexible and patient. I have full confidence that he will take me to the next level of reading, performing and theory. I'm exited to have found Stephen and look forward to my next lesson.
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Ervin C. March 9, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Excelente maestro. Mi hija de 8 anhos siempre esta entusiasmada de llegar a clase. Steve tiene una metodologia muy entretenida y practica para llegar al alumno. Es tan bueno en lo que hace, que estoy entusismado tambien yo en empezar mis clases de piano con el. Gracias Steve.

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Tina June 23, 2016
· Piano · In studio
I was excited about starting lessons. Stephen!s teaching exceeding my expectations and I am so looking forward to my next lesson.
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Stephen D.

Stone Mountain, GA 30087
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About Wes F.

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Atlanta, GA

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About Wes
I studied classical guitar and composition at Asbury College and later more in depth guitar studies rock, jazz, and classical at the Atlanta Institute of Music. I have been teaching steadily for the past ten years as well as spending my time with various other musical projects such as leading worship for my church, performing for various parties and weddings, and composing and recording music for a short film. I use my experience and broad understanding of music to inform the way that I teach, so that my students have a robust experience of all aspects of music.

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I have a lesson plan that I follow for beginning students to get them through the basics. As a teacher I am laid back, and positive, but always try to give the student a clear reflection of how they are progressing. I find that some students thrive with
a lot of structure and others prefer a looser approach and I am quite comfortable teaching both ways. If the student maintains a consistent practice regimen, they should be able to play songs from the radio within 3 or 4 months.

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Lessons in the living room with an amp, keyboard, computer, desk, parents can sit on couch in a separate room

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect my student to provide their instrument (including amp if necessary) and any instructional materials required.

*** Specialties ***
I have had a lot of experience teaching beginning and intermediate students with method books, and have used them to teach reading, theory, technique, and repertoire. Most often, I take a slightly looser approach which I feel allows me to mold my teaching to fit the individual student's needs
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Monica H. June 28, 2017
· Bass Guitar · In studio
We went over a lot of stuff. Im a cellist who has had bass lessons but was getting difficult for the simple reason that it wasnt methodical in any way. My goel is to transition to upright and Wes has enough musical knowledge to prepare toward that goel.
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Jennifer R. June 16, 2014
· Guitar · In home
Wes has been teaching my son, age 7, for four months now and we could not be happier! He manages to be very informative while keeping it fun and interesting without being silly or boring. Wes's enthusiasm for the guitar is contagious. I am thrilled with my son's progress and level of continued interest. Thank you Wes!
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Christina T. June 12, 2014
· Guitar · In studio
Wes is a great teacher -he has a lot of experience and excellent technique. It is evident he loves music/guitar and is equally as passionate for teaching what he loves. He makes learning to play the guitar easy to grasp and he is very patient and encouraging. Looking forward to more jam sessions!
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Wes F.

Wes F.

Atlanta, GA 30329
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About Russell W.

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Decatur, GA
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My main musical areas of interest are: Contemporary, Traditional, Contemporary, and Christian Contemporary Gospel. Other styles of music that I have performed include Jazz, Rhythm and Blues, Blues, Pop. and Intermediate Classical

With 20 years of teaching experience, I am a 1978 graduate of Norfolk State University in Norfolk, Virginia, where I studied voice and piano. At present, I am the Minister of Music at an Atlanta area church. I am also a songwriter and producer who released a gospel/inspirational solo CD in 2007.

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I am a very organized individual who approaches piano and vocal instruction in a visual and easily understandable style. This is done in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. My instructional materials are from various sources and will be distributed. However, you will be required to purchase
music lesson books and additional supplies upon request (music manuscript paper, metronome, etc.).

Some of the main areas taught to piano students are: recognizing various chord types and their structure on the piano; playing major/minor scales and finger exercises, and reading music as well as playing by ear. Performance Preparation is also covered. Repertoire will include songs assigned by the instructor and/or songs of the student’s choice.

Some of the main areas taught to vocal students are: 5 parts of the Vocal Mechanism; breathing and breath support; tone production and placement, pitch, and correct diction. Theory will include singing major and minor scales, vocal exercises, and reading music. Performance Preparation is also covered. Repertoire will include songs assigned by the instructor and/or songs of the student’s choice.

All lessons will designed according to the individual student’s areas of interest. You will receive lesson assignments on a weekly basis, so your progress is dependent upon application of the material given as well as consistent practice!

Hope to hear from you soon!

Equipment:
Roland XP-80 Piano (76 Key)
Roland Digital Recording Workstations

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gospel, pop, rhythm & blues, jazz, intermediate claassical
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Daryl July 11, 2015
· Piano · In home
Mr. Williams is very patient and gives our children a wide range of music education: from technical proficiency, to music theory to music appreciation. He meets the kids where they are and gets them to grow fro there by making learning fun. He sometimes lets them lead in one direction, but challenges them to go further. Our family really appreciates him as a teacher and mentor to our kids.
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Shaveanda July 11, 2015
· Piano · In home
Mr. Williams has been a blessing to our family. He is a seasoned musician who is dedicated to motivating his students to development their own personal style and love for music. He has a flexible teaching style that allows him to individualize the curriculum with methods that are best suited to the individual student's way of learning. He has exposed my girls to an array of music genres and even allows them to participate in song selection. He does all of this while instructing in theory, technique, and performance. As a pianist, I appreciate the excellence that he imparts to his students. I am pleased with the progress my girls have made under his tutelage and am excited to see what lies ahead!
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Yolanda H. June 29, 2015
· Piano · In home
Mr Williams, does a great job instructing my daughter. He is in tune with how she learns and types of music she likes. He teaches her classic piano tunes as well as popular music. He is also very patient and kind.
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Russell W.

Russell W.

Stone Mountain, GA 30088
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$37 / 30-min

About Justice E.

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Lawrenceville, GA
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About Justice
Hi, I am Justice
I'm a director and music producer with approximately 20 years in the music industry.
As the son of a preacher, I began music by toying with the musical instruments in my home, which transpired me to play for my father's church at the age of 14.
After 8 years of music, I became a member of various musical groups in Ghana/West Africa, and later participated in European tours with famous artists and other European groups. Living in Germany for 15 years, I studied music theory, which tremendously enhanced and polished my musical expertise.
I have become a passionate and talented music teacher, with a very unique and effective style of teaching.
Today, I teach all ages with the mission to inspire and bring out the music in them.
My teaching philosophy is based on my belief that learning is fun!
Through practice and help
ful instruction, I will work with you to achieve your goals in a relaxed, and encouraging environment with positivity and praise.
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James C. October 4, 2016
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Justice took me thru the basics with the guitar, really made me feel at ease. He really works to instill confidence. I am very happy with my first lesson with Justice.

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James
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Bayo August 7, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Gets the best out of you by being a generous fan - exuberant about your little successes!
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Maria J. January 24, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Justice was the perfect piano instructor for me. I wanted to learn one specific song to play and sing as a proposal to my girlfriend. Justice helped me learn it in only 5 lessons, even though I had never played piano previously! He was skillful, encouraging, and fun! Justice made the most of each lesson to ensure that we met my goal. The engagement turned out beautifully; 'she said yes'! And my fiancé was quite surprised that I could play piano. Thanks Justice!!
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Justice E.

Justice E.

Lawrenceville, GA 30043
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About Dan G.

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Atlanta, GA

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Winner of The Today Show "Today's Superstar" Television Series
Recording Artist / Producer / Writer / Television Talent/ Vocal Coach

Dan G captured the hearts of millions when Today Show viewers voted him “Today’s Superstar” in the highly rated television program’s Music Icon talent search series. Thousands of hopefuls audition and millions of viewers watched and voted weekly. This competition, created by American Idol Executive Producers, Warner Brother Records, and the Today Show launched Dan's career in television, radio, and the concert stage. He has released two albums and his hit single "More than Life" shot up to #12 on the Adult Contemporary Top 40.

Grammy Award winning producer and songwriter David Foster who has worked with Dan observes: "Dan can really sing. To the credit of the millions of people who voted, they pi
cked a guy that really, really, can sing! He has a great sense of timing. He gets it. He has a great sense of delivery of the lyrics, and really seems to care about what he is saying in a song."

Dan has appeared on all major US broadcast networks and prominent cable channels. He's been interviewed on Entertainment Tonight, Access Hollywood and Extra and has performed and been interviewed on the international talk show Christopher Close Up, which airs in 166 countries. He's been featured and performed for millions at the Kentucky Derby and the Christmas Tree Lighting at Rockefeller Center. He's performed the National Anthem for the New York Mets, the Knicks, and during national coverage of the Martin Luther King Jr. memorial observance. He has graced the stage at the Olympic Games in Atlanta as well as nationwide events for Coca-Cola and Walmart. He's been a celebrity guest on nationally syndicated radio shows like, "Delilah", “Your Weekend with Jim Brickman” and ABC radio. Dan's much more than a singer. He created, co-wrote, and co-produced a half-hour sitcom for Turner Network.

Dan's passion lies in using his talents and exposure to make a positive difference in the lives of others, especially children. That's why he founded YES YOU CAN!, a non-profit foundation created to inspire and empower kids through music.

Dan's been a guest speaker, host and presenter for many great causes, including the Teacher of the Year Awards, Camp Fire USA and Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Born in New York City, Dan was raised in Indiana as the youngest of five siblings. He attributes his strong work ethic and passion to his supportive family. Dan's love of singing began in the Mennonite Church, where four-part harmony was a staple. Having always known that he wanted to be a performer, Dan began preparing early in his childhood studying music through his college years. His classical training left him with a repertoire that includes singing fluently in Italian and Spanish as well as English.

Dan is enjoying his journey. He continues to perform and teach. He's working on new music and he's heavily involved with his foundation.

Dan is offering private voice and vocal performance lessons. He is now accepting new students.

My name is Dan G, and I have over 22 years of experience in teaching, performing and studying voice. I was a voice major in college, and I teach all styles, all levels, and all ages. I have studied, performed and recorded classical, pop, jazz, rhythm and blues, classic rock, country, folk, christian and other genres. I have performed for millions of viewers on television (11 times on NBC's Today show), radio, theater, and the stage. I've worked and recorded with many music producers including, David Foster and Jim Brickman. If you are interested in private professional voice lessons to grow as a musician, to become a better performer, for fun or because singing is just something you enjoy, please come see me. I look forward to working with you.
Thank you.
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Trevor August 19, 2017
· Vocal Training · In studio
Dan is a superb coach. For context, I'm a 31 year old male software engineer. I've been playing guitar and drums each for over a decade, but when I decided to learn to sing a few years ago I found it to be significantly harder to pick up. Last year I went looking for a coach and found Dan. I've been taking lessons with him twice weekly for about 9 months now and have been delighted with my results. Like really, really pleased. If you have the opportunity to get in Dan's roster jump on it!
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Justin T. July 6, 2017
· Singing · In studio
I really enjoyed my first lesson with Dan. I'm a beginner, and Dan quickly and efficiently evaluated by technique and set clear goals for how to improve the fundamentals necessary to move forward, and gave me concise exercises to work on for next time. He also took many notes during our first lesson and seems to really consider each student's individual capabilities and goals. Highly recommended!
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Clark March 3, 2017
· Vocal Training · In home
Dan is really great for a total beginner, such as myself. I progressed a ton in just five lessons. Highly recommend him.
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Dan G.

Atlanta, GA 30308
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About Justin T.

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Atlanta, GA
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Hi, My name is Justin and I love playing music and want to help you unlock your hidden potential and find new ways to express your creativity! I love picking up an instrument and improvising or playing along to my favorite songs and I want to show you how to do the same! I have over 4 years experience teaching in home lessons to students of all ages and all styles of music!
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Broc January 26, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Justin was great -- very professional and patient. Looking forward to more lessons!
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Brandon October 27, 2016
· Guitar · In home
Awesome. Was nervous about being really rusty from a long layoff, but Justin was easy-going and unassuming. Thank you!
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Katie October 3, 2016
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Justin is a great guitar teacher to my 10 year old son. He has shown patience with a child that has a hard time focusing. He has taught him to both read and write music. My son gets excited for lessons now. We are very pleased with him and can highly recommend him to others with children.
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Justin T.

Atlanta, GA 30306
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About Michael K.

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Smyrna, GA

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One-to-One Acting & Voice Lessons with a Concierge Approach.

With a background of over 12 years in classical vocal and acting practice, coupled with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Belmont University, I am uniquely positioned to train students of all ages, backgrounds, and genres.

Unlike most studios, my approach focuses on the true artist development—through a consultative, one-to-one methodology. Because I understand that each artist has a different set of goals and desires—each lesson is tailor-made to fit the needs of that student.

By developing closely-knit relationships with each of my students, I am able to execute bespoke plans that focus specifically on your needs and goals rather than a typical, "one size fits all" program

In 2015, I graduated from Belmont University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical The
atre.

In May of 2015, I signed on to the Daniel Hoff Agency in New York City. Shortly after, I began working for Disney Cruise Lines as a MainStage performer until this past September (2016).

My passion for the arts goes well beyond the stage & I'm actively pursuing a film career here in Atlanta, GA. I have taught voice & acting since 2013 - including many workshops & masterclasses in Houston, Nashville, & New York

It is my belief that finding & developing your inner artist, follows sincere passion for your craft. It is this very passion for which I'm driven to develop my students' voice & acting abilities as they continue to grow.
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Isabel July 20, 2017
· Broadway Singing · In studio
Honestly the BEST!! I was able to purchase 10 lessons with Michael as a birthday present. I love broadway singing and am self-taught. I had basically reached the end of what I could do myself, and these lessons were incredibly helpful. I had a major breakthrough and have never been happier with my voice. He is incredibly organized, professional, and friendly. It can be nerve racking singing in front of someone, but he makes you feel comfortable and enables you to have fun and look forward to your lessons. I wish I was able to continue my lessons with Michael. I would recommend him to everyone!! Seriously the best!
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Gina S. June 1, 2017
· Broadway Singing · In home
Michael Karl does an amazing job of teaching me acting lessons, stage presence and voice projection. He has such a way of expressing himself to help me get into character and to feel what the character is feeling. Michael is professional, punctual and proficient!!
He listens to what your expectations are and what you hope to gain from the experience. I highly recommend Michael Karl!!!
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Kent Z. May 25, 2017
· Broadway Singing · In studio
Michael is a sweet and professional teacher. I have taken 3 vocal lessons with him so far and all of them were awesome. He could pin point my weakness and design specific vocal exercise to improve me. All of his explanations are comprehensible and his excercises are achievable. I can see my progress everyday class and I will definitely recommend him to my friends.
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Michael K.

Atlanta, GA 30308
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Excited about your first guitar lesson? Not sure what to expect? Read on as Goodyear, AZ teacher David A. offers his advice on how to prepare, the basics of guitar you can expect to learn, and more!    By the time I turned nine years old, I had spent six months begging my mom and dad to get me an electric guitar. When I finally had one, I was extremely eager to play it. The problem was, I didn’t know how. However, that was all about to change, because… I was about to have my very firs

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