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About Mary Frances K.

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Peachtree Corners, GA

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I've been a piano teacher for over 10 years. I teach music reading, basic music theory, correct posture and finger positions, fingering techniques and musical interpretation and expression. I use Alfred method books primarily with some augmentation with supplemental materials. I teach with a relaxed and nurturing style. I like to use Alfred method books however, I will accommodate students who have already begun working in another method. I supplement the method books with Hanon and other fun and interesting materials.

About Mary Frances
TIME AVAILABILITY:
My availability changes from time to time. I am generally teaching between 2:30PM and 8:00PM Monday through Thursday. I follow the Gwinnett County School schedule. I will post all holidays and other conflicts in the calendar.

LOCATION:
Mary Frances teaches exclusively from her home studio.

TEACHING OVERVIEW:
Mary Frances has been teaching voice since 1987. She works with youth and adults, beginner and advanced. She helps voice students develop a natural, healthy, beautiful sound, proper placement and projection of the voice for singing and speaking. Her goal is to help singers gain fulfillment and joy while improving their art. She believes music should be fun and rewarding.

VOICE STUDENTS of hers have won university placement and scholarships and have been accepted into Allstate Chorus for High School
in Georgia.

She also teaches PIANO. She has taught piano for about 10 years. She studied piano privately for 10 years and had further study at Indiana University.

Students wishing to have any COMBINATION of piano, music theory, sight reading and/or vocal development can receive a program of study that meets their individual needs.

PERFORMANCE EXPERIENCE:
Mary Frances has performed with the Southeastern Savoyards Light Opera Company, the Atlanta Opera Chorus and Studio, the Atlanta Symphony Chorus, Marietta Theater in the Square, and Neighborhood Playhouse. She has sung title roles in Patience, Little Red Riding Hood and Hansel and Gretel. Other roles include Josephine in HMS Pinafore, the Princess in The Student Prince, and Connie in The 1940's Radio Hour.

She has performed many roles with Capitol City Opera Company (CCOC) including Annina in The Saint of Bleecker Street, Bastienne in Mozart's Bastien and Bastienne, Nora in Vaughan Williams' Rider's to the Sea, and Gilda in Milton Granger's Talk Opera. She sang for many years in CCOC's school outreach program. She has sung many concerts for CCOC as well.

Mary Frances was a soloist in Handel's Messiah for Peachtree Presbyterian Church. She has worked as the soloist at The First Church of Christ Scientist in Roswell, Georgia and at The Second Church of Christ Scientist in Sandy Springs, Georgia ( This church has now closed). She occasionally directs and sings in the choir, and substitutes for the cantorial soloist at Congregation Dor Tamid in Alpharetta, Georgia.

EDUCATION:
Mary Frances holds a bachelors degree from Indiana University School of Music in both Voice and Theater. Mary Frances was a long time student of the late Elizabeth Nohe Colson of Atlanta, Georgia. She has attended Brevard Music Center, The Georgia State Opera Workshop and the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria. While in Graz, Mary Frances was a finalist in the Meistersinger competition.

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RECOMMENDATIONS FOR LESSON LENGTH:
30-minutes for beginning adults and elementary students up to 5th grade. 45-minutes for intermediate adults and students 5th to 8th grade. 60-minute lessons for more advanced students high school and up.

TEACHING STYLE AND CURRICULUM:
ALL: My teaching style is relaxed and nurturing I use positive reinforcement to encourage progress with adults and children. Students are allowed to progress at their own pace.

PIANO: I prefer the Alfred's Basic Piano Library series for my piano students. I find that my students learn more music theory and music reading with this series. If the student has started lessons in a different series, I can work with that as well. I have a large music library that provides a wide selection of music in addition to the Alfred books. I expect most beginning students to learn basic music reading and theory in 3 to 6 months. They should also to be able to play simple tunes in that time. I am an active professional singer, so I have a large library of vocal material at my disposal.

All piano students are REQUIRED to have an instrument to practice on at home. The piano MUST HAVE AT MINIMUM:
IF Digital - 88 full sized, weighted keys with polyphonic sound ( at least 10 keys should be able to sound at at the same time) and a sustain pedal,
OR - If Accoustic - maintained and properly tuned.

VOICE: I begin my voice lessons with breathing techniques and vocal placement using widely accepted exercises coming from a large body of sources such as:
Vaccai, professional level vocal teachers, coaches and directors that I have worked with and learned from over the last 30 years, and the writings of highly acclaimed authors in the vocal field. I also have a wide selection of art song books, oratorio, musical theatre, and opera. My background is classical and musical theatre, but I believe all styles of singing need the basic skills of breathing and vocal placement. I strive to keep voices healthy as well as find each student's most beautiful sound. Most students will see progress in breath control, range, projection and diction in 3 to 6 months.

Repertoire is chosen on an individual basis. Younger students and beginners will be encouraged to not push their voices with material that is too difficult for their individual abilities because singing requires a certain amount of physical endurance. My goal is to find each student's natural sound for whatever style he or she sings.

Voice students are encouraged to bring a recording device to lessons to use for later practice and study.

STUDIO EQUIPMENT AND LIBRARY:
Piano, Computer with Internet Access, Library of Music and Reference Materials (Sample Listing): Alfred's Basic Piano Library Books Twenty-Four Italian Songs and Arias, Medium High and Medium Low Voice; Schirmer Sing at First Sight; Alfred Basics of Singing by Jan Schmidt; Schirmer Many Soprano Collections of Arias, Oratorio, Sacred, and Art Songs from Schirmer Several Broadway Music Collections from Hal Leonard Discover Your Voice by Oren Brown Training the Speaking Voice by Virgil Anderson International Phonetic Alphabet for Singers by Wall Dynamics of the Singing Voice by Meribeth Bunch Classical Singer Magazine Subscription Journal of Singing, The Official Journal of the National Association of Teachers of Singing,Inc.Subscription

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I am classically trained bel canto voice teacher, but I can work with broadway and pop styles. I teach sight singing for students pursuing auditions for All State Chorus and College entrance, etc. I use the Alfred Basic Piano Series for Piano students
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christin October 1, 2018
· Piano · In home
Mary Frances is extremely patient and explains things to my little one in terms that she can understand. She is understanding of my crazy schedule as a working mom of two and her home is always clean and inviting.
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Mike Davis September 13, 2016
· Singing · In studio
Very knowledgable and patient teacher - recommended!
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Jennifer G. June 13, 2016
· Singing · In studio
Mary K Frances is a truly excellent teacher! My 14 yr. old daughter loved working with her. She possesses an impressive depth of talent, experience and a detailed understanding of the voice and vocal techniques. These qualities and a patient kind manner, enables her to teach any student at any level from beginner to seasoned professional. Anyone interested in improving their voice would be lucky to have her!
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Mary Frances K.

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Peachtree Corners, GA 30092
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About Benjamin S.

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New York, NY
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For beginner students, I like to introduce not only theory, but improvisation, sightreading and composition into each lesson. Weekly assignments are tailored to the student’s interests and ability.

About Benjamin
I have been teaching music since 2000 when I had my first piano student. I taught music in the K-12 school system for several years and have been a choir director, pianist and accompanist for many years. Though I come from a classical training background , I love everything from broadway ballads to country crooning! I started voice and piano lessons at age 10 and continued through college earning my degree in music education. Additionally, I have been a licensed special education teacher and have the experience of working with students who have varying mental and physical disabilities.
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Benjamin S.

Benjamin S.

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About Joseph S.

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Atlanta, GA
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With over 10 years of experience teaching music privately as well as in a classroom environment, Joseph is skilled at facilitating students with various learning styles and abilities. He is trained in classical piano and has achieved an ATCL degree in Piano from Trinity College, London.

About Joseph
Joseph has been passionate about music since the age of 8 when he started playing the piano in church, and ever since music has been a prominent part of his life. Since school, he was involved with bands where he played the piano, keyboards and developed his interest in song writing, production and sound designing. He has several published newspaper articles to his accolade. All of these experiences motivated and inspired him to seek a career in music. Joseph went on to complete his training in classical piano and achieved an ATCL degree (Trinity college London) in Piano.
Presently, Joseph has over 10 years of experience in teaching music privately as well as in a classroom environment. He has taught in two private IB schools as a ‘Music Teacher’ and 'Director of Music' where he taught elementary, middle and high school. He taught musi
cal analysis, performance and composition components. He offered lessons in piano and music technology as an after school activity. He has attended several workshops to ensure his personal growth as an educator and is also an accredited teacher for IGCSE Music (University of Cambridge).
His lessons are tailor-made with individual student(s) in mind. His method of teaching allows students to establish their personal learning goals and objectives. He selects a repertoire for students based on their skill level. He creates a curriculum which helps them achieve their goals whether it be learning to read music, playing by ear, or simply learning to play their favorite covers. He likes to start out with a basic curriculum and adjusts it according to how quickly the student absorbs, understands and applies the information.
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Keeca P. March 16, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Great first lesson! Joseph was very in tune to my learning style and pushed without causing unease. He is encouraging, positive, and very motivating.
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Brad L. February 10, 2018
· Piano · In home
Perfect for what I was looking for.
Thanks.
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John January 28, 2018
· Classical Piano · In studio
Joseph is very patient as a teacher. He approaches each student according to their ability/skill level. His lessons are structured well. He is very talented and he is an excellent pianist. Its very inspiring to just to hear him play the piano. Apart from classical music he also teaches Pop, Jazz, Rock etc. He's the best!!
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Joseph S.

Joseph S.

Atlanta, GA 30339
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About Darren G.

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Atlanta, GA

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Your musical goals are my number one concern by providing you with a solid foundation in which to grow in any direction of your choosing. I have been teaching and working in many facets of the music industry for over 45 years which gives me a unique perspective in helping guide you to success. Your lessons are completely tailored to your individual needs utilizing established and customized content.

About Darren
Starting a professional career at age 15 and never looking back has taken me many places during my 45 years in the entertainment field. I have experienced many facets of the industry and continue to apply the highest degree of skill, professionalism and talent to my full time music career. With an unblemished history of thousands of performances, I have established a track record of outstanding proportion.

Starting at only eight years old, I studied classical and contemporary organ literature with acclaimed accordionist Daniel Desiderio. In high school, I studied voice and conducting with Dr. Harry Mechell and went on to major in Music Education with concentration in piano and voice at Temple University. After Temple, I began my studies in jazz, theory and composition with virtuoso guitarist William J. Walton and worked with him for e
ight years.

My professional affiliations have included membership in the National Association of Music Educators, board member with Atlanta based TORCH (Together Orchestras Revitalize Community Harmony), board member and music director with Florida based For-Kids-Only and music director with Atlanta based Yes You Can! Foundation. All three organizations work through music to benefit a wide range of needs for children and communities.

I have worked extensively as a pianist, multi- keyboardist, vocalist, soloist, group performer, accompanist, teacher, music director, conductor and arranger as well as being an international recording artist.

THE ACCOMPANIST ~~~
To be an accompanist is an art form that requires the ability to cross effortlessly between multiple styles. It also requires that the lead vocal or instrument is supported to the fullest degree that allows total freedom of expression while knowing each moment of a performance can be undertaken with complete confidence.
This is the art form that I have mastered and give total attention to detail in each performance.

THE TEACHER ~~~
Teaching is an area that I am passionate about. Working with young aspiring musicians as well as seasoned professionals and amateurs of all ages, I found many people lacking a well rounded understanding of theory and how music works in general. This prompted me to begin teaching many years ago. When I studied with William Walton who was a Dennis Sandole disciple, I was given full permission to teach the same method and expand upon it as it naturally evolved. My varied experience gives my a unique perspective on working with people who are truly interested in expanding their talents and musical understanding.

Highlights of my career include performances as conductor and pianist for the one-and-only Mickey Rooney and pianist for a series of teaching clinics with the most recorded guitarist in the world, Tommy Tedesco.

I have also appeared for or performed with: actress & singer - Susan Anton, R&B artist - Archie Bell, Mr. QVC - Bob Bowersox, jazz & classical guitarist - Charlie Byrd, jazz guitarist - Jerry Byrd, Oregon, Rochester and Atlanta Symphony Orchestra principal bassist - Colin Corner, the one-and-only - Rodney Dangerfield, NBC Today Show Superstar Vocal Winner - Dan Gardner, legendary big band vocalist - Connie Haynes, guitarist - Jef Lee Johnson, guitar superstar - Earl Klugh, R&B superstars - Blue Magic, sports legends - Mike Schmidt & Fran Tarkenton, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame members - The Shirelles, Broadway sensation Susan Stroman, legendary trumpeter & saxophonist - Glenn Zottola, governors, mayors, major political figures and prominent diplomats.
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Darren G.

Darren G.

Atlanta, GA 30324
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About Alexander C.

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Canton, GA
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I make learning music fun. I build musicianship one step at a time. I have many
years of teaching instrumental and vocal music and excel in beginning and intermediate piano at all ages preferably above 6 years of age. I am a professional teacher, musician, songwriter and inventor. I can provide references
from parents and students about their success with me as their instructor.

About Alexander
Many of my students present and past say that I am the best of the best because I make learning music fun. If the music learning experience isn't fun, than a person should find something else to do. I combine pop, classical, and jazz into my piano lessons. I believe that a person must have the ability to read music in both clefs and apply this to the piano keyboard. Scales, chords, and exercises especially in the beginning stages are important. I have a gift from God as I have tonal memory where I can look at a piece of music and automatically hear what the notes sound like. I am very patient with my students and try to challenge them according to their ability. I am a professional musician, songwriter, and inventor. I have references from present parents and students which can be contacted to get information on how lessons
with me as the instructor were like . Hopefully we can make the connection for a great music learning experience. I have had a recent background check and everything is A-OK.
Alexander (Alex) C. aka Mr. C
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Mary June 5, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Alex is a great inspiring teacher on the piano. He is patient and has many years
of teaching experience. I have learned so much in so little time. I highly
recommend him as your teacher.
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Alexander C.

Alexander C.

Canton, GA 30115
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About JunZhao D.

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Hello! My name is JunZhao, and I have over 10 years of teaching experience! I teach all ages, of all levels. I specialize in classical piano, but I can be flexible to fit what every student wants to learn. I am fluent in English, Mandarin and Cantonese. If you are interested in picking up piano as a hobby, being a serious player, or just brushing up on your music theory/playing skills, send me a message!

About JunZhao
My name is JunZhao Deng, originally from Guangzhou, China. I am a classically trained pianist, with my bachelor's degree in music education from Xinghai Conservatory of Music and my master's degree in piano performance from Kent State University.

Over the past 10 years, I have taught private lessons to students of all ages and playing levels. Students who study with me can expect to gain a better understanding of music theory as well as technique. I strive to push my students to their maximum potential, and will encourage them to participate in concerts, competitions, etc.

In my career, I have performed in numerous competitions in China, such as the Hong Kong International Piano Competition and the DeYiShuangQing Piano Competition, winning awards such as the Guangzhou Golden Award.

I am personally trained in classical music, but I have
a great respect for all genres of music, and encourage my students to listen and play more than classical.
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Hannah June 7, 2018
· Classical Piano · In studio
I took lessons with JunZhao (Ryan) because I wanted to strengthen my technical piano skills and also learn more music theory. He was a great teacher, and taught me a lot about how to make playing the piano feel effortless. Not only was he knowledgeable on the technique, but also on the musicality perspective of playing, and the theoretical side of playing. I would definitely recommend Ryan as a piano teacher for players of any level, but especially beginning and intermediate level pianists.
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JunZhao D.

JunZhao D.

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About Vera G.

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Alpharetta, GA

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I have two passions in life: music and teaching. People say I have a gift for working with kids, for understanding their needs and how to make learning enjoyable and rewarding. With my over 20 years of experience and Master Degree in Music, I can cater my lessons to any skill level (from the beginner to advanced) and any learning pace, depending on your unique needs and goals.

About Vera
I've been teaching piano for more then 20 years. Many of my students stayed with me from elementary through high school. I think it is extremely important to develop a trusting relationship with a student and being able to understand them. I think I am pretty successful at that. I have very kind personality and extremely patient. My philosophy - I teach a person first of all, not just a piano as a subject. My main goal -is to make students life-long music lovers, give them the skills for enjoyable music making for life.
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Lily August 22, 2018
· Piano · In studio
My children took lessons with Ms. Vera from early elementary school, up until both of their senior years of high school! So many people stop taking lessons once they reach middle school/high school and then regret it later on in adult life, but Ms. Vera motivated them to keep coming back! What my kids liked the best is how she let them choose what they wanted to learn how to play, whether it be the theme from star wars, harry potter, etc. You won't regret taking lessons with her!
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Alexander August 21, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Vera is a great teacher! I do not know much about classical music, but her program is very impressive. My child likes it a lot, much more than any other after school activities. And it helps him to concentrate during regular school hours, I have noticed a difference. Highly recommend. Take a trial lesson and you will see yourself.
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Vera G.

Vera G.

Alpharetta, GA 30022
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About Erskine H.

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Arlington, TX

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I am a professional touring musician and I have passion for teaching others. I have a jazz piano degree from the University of North Texas and have been blessed to travel the world with several artists in various genres of music (Eminem, Rihanna, David Foster, Babyface, Jessie J, Leon Bridges, Zendaya, Eric Benet, Tamela Mann, Chrisette Michele, and many others).
To build a solid foundation for learning piano, I like to incorporate a little bit of music theory into each lesson.
In the most humble way, I can assure you that there is no other piano teacher in the DFW area who has the diversity, experience, and teaching style that I possess.
I design all of my lessons to fit the passion and personality of each individual student, and together we identify your goals and develop a plan that will help you achieve them.

I’m truly looking forward to working with you.

About Erskine
I am a professional touring musician and I have passion for teaching others. I have a jazz piano degree from the University of North Texas and have been blessed to travel the world with several artists in various genres of music (Eminem, Rihanna, David Foster, Babyface, Jessie J, Leon Bridges, Zendaya, Eric Benet, Tamela Mann, Chrisette Michele, and many others).
To build a solid foundation for learning piano, I like to incorporate a little bit of music theory into each lesson.
In the most humble way, I can assure you that there is no other piano teacher on Take Lessons who has the diversity, experience, and teaching style that I possess.
I design all of my lessons to fit the passion and personality of each individual student, and together we identify your goals and develop a plan that will help you achieve them.

I’m truly lookin
g forward to working with you.
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Kyle D. September 2, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Erskine is absolutely fantastic! He’s a wealth of information, having insight from both the road and the classroom. Great teacher, and I still find myself using the piano exercises I learned from him to this day. I’ll never forget one of the most valuable lessons he taught me. “People will forgive bad notes, they will not forgive bad timing.” Couldn’t recommend him more!
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Rashad September 2, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Erskine is the real deal! I enjoyed my time as his student and recommend him for all levels. He challenged me in every lesson and encouraged me to keep going further. If you are looking for a piano instructor, Erskine is the guy!!
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Kahlia September 1, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Erskine of Key Element is a very skilled, professional, and friendly music teacher. He provided lessons for both my young daughter and myself. As a beginner to music, he was very patient with my daughter. Me, being a piano player by ear, Erskine provided me with exercises, tools, and even recommended an app to help with learning music theory and reading scales. Again, I HIGHLY recommend Key Element if you are looking for quality services. He is one of the best.
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Erskine H.

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About Steve B.

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I'm very good with all ages. I've been teaching for 34 years (started teaching at 13).
I can teach classical piano, chord theory, jazz, pop, improvisation, composition, songwriting, theory, arranging and synthesizer.

I also have worked with children and adults on the autism spectrum, with very favorable results.

Some of my greatest successes have been with elderly students. Piano is great therapy for arthritis and older individuals often have time to commit to lessons.

About Steve
I'm Steve, the picture upload would not work, but I promise I'm a human being and I've been teaching professionally for over 30 years and I'm only 47! As you can tell, music has been a huge part of my life forever!

I work with all ages and all development levels. I have had great success with students on the autism spectrum as well asindividuals who have recently retired and need a fun hobby to keep them active and creative.

I have worked with theater and television actors, signed recording artists, producers and published composers.

I incorporate many facets to lessons, but each lesson is uniquely crafted for each student's needs and ability.

I also strive to keep lessons upbeat and fun!

I use different curriculae for different students, but I emphasize proper technique, so the student doesn't develop bad habits that can be detri
mental to progress.

Thanks for reading.

Steve
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Steve B.

Steve B.

Cumming, GA 30040
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$20 / 15-min

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