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John S.

Collierville, TN

About John

I have been teaching young people and adults how to play musical instruments for over 20 years. A lot of my students are well on their way to a rewarding future with music, some as professionals and others as hobbyists. In addition to being a teacher, I am also a professional performer who has worked in a wide variety of styles and I have a Masters degree in music composition and theory.
One of my main specialties is working with very young students and total beginners. There is a special skill to teaching young children that can only be developed through experience. For the older student, o
r the student who already has a musical background my specialty is helping you learn the styles that have always been of most interest to you. I can also help older students gain a broad understanding of music through some basic music theory.

*** Lesson Details ***
I can teach piano or keyboard to beginners and up to advanced students. On guitar and woodwinds I can teach beginners and up to intermediate level students.
My teaching style is fairly relaxed and very positive, but I will try to keep the lessons on a course that is going to benefit you the most. For younger piano students and beginners I prefer the Alfreds piano system. The songs in the Alfreds books allow for immediate playing and note reading without any tedious memorization. The beginner books contain a lot of fun songs that kids really gravitate toward.
For older students I try to gear the lessons toward whatever musical style you prefer. For students who have only had traditional piano lessons I can teach you how to read pop and jazz chord charts, as well as how to turn those chord charts into fully arranged music. I can also teach improvisation and the skills that are required to play specific styles of music in a professional band.
For my younger guitar students I have a variety of beginner material I have collected over the years, but for my older students I prefer to work on songs of their choice.
My beginner woodwind students will work with a Yamaha method book, while older students can learn improvisation and theory if they like.
I also can lead Orff styled tuned percussion ensembles. The Orff style of music performance allows for students from entirely mis-matched musical backgrounds to play music together, even on their first day of class.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Many keyboards, guitar, bass guitar, saxophone, flute, and four Orff tuned percussion instruments.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide multiple keyboards, a guitar, saxophone, flute and 4 Orff style tuned percussion instruments, as well as countless books and literature.

*** Specialties ***
I play keyboards professionally in jazz, RnB, rock, reggae, Latin rock and other styles. I can help the student who has only had traditional lessons branch out and learn how to read chord charts, which in turn teaches them theory.
I am a certified Orff teacher as well.
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Pat S. May 9, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
John was very good and very patient. I really think I am going to love this
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Carter March 1, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
John is a great teacher! This was my son's first piano lesson last night. He enjoyed it and also learned quite a bit during the half-hour session. My other son has been taking guitar lessons from John for over two years, and he has been a pleasure to work with during this time. We highly recommend him for lessons of various instruments!
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Matthew Marley February 16, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Very helpful. Lots of progress in a short period of time.
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John S.

John S.

Collierville, TN 38017
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Barbara P.

Memphis, TN

About Barbara

My studio is open to all ages beginning age 12 to adult. Formerly part time faculty at Rhodes College, I accepted a one year contract position at the University of Memphis and finally a position of Assistant Professor, University of Mississippi. I love teaching voice lessons; I love watching my students grow and become better performers and beautiful singers. I love to see them sing with confidence and have fun while making music. Many of my students have been accepted in the Musical Arts at Governor's School; they have excelled in the National Association of Teacher's of Singing competiti
ons and All West Competitions, musical auditions and just wanting to be better choir members. I was recently presented the TN Governors' School Outstanding Teacher for the Arts Award. As a performer, I have had leading roles in opera, musicals and on the concert stage in Tennessee. One of my favorite classes has been with Wesley Balk as he taught the "singing actor". To understand how to use gestures, the eyes, the body movement on stage makes acting fun and brings it to another level.

*** Lesson Details ***
It is most important to learn the basics of singing; we all know how to breathe, but managing the breath both as speakers and singers requires a coordination as we discover the balance of voice and breath. We strive to find that freedom of singing/speaking voice, eliminating hoarseness and eventual vocal damage. We learn to "play" with the voice and not just listen to how we sound, but to experience the art of singing, to become aware of the sensations that good singing allows, to communicate and most of all, have fun as we make progress. And yes, we sing art songs, language songs, songs from musicals and songs that encourage us, inspire us and perhaps excite us to be better today than we were yesterday. I love to see the progress of my young students when bad habits have not become so engrained. I love my adult students who work hard to embrace new ways, better ways and are not afraid to try.

*** Studio Equipment ***
My studio consists of a piano, a part time accompanist, and a video recorder that allows the student to bring an SD card, review the lesson and learn from it as they practice at home. The studio is separate and includes an adjoining student/parent waiting room. Assignments are made in a required notebook; music is required at the discretion of the teacher.

*** Specialties ***
The singing/speaking voice comes from the same vocal cords. I also assist with those who are having issues with the speaking voice such as developing hoarseness, unable to be heard or understood or simply need to improve the quality of their speaking tone. We hear the sound of speech before we hear the words. If the speaking voice is irritating, the audience is lost to the unpleasantness and misses the message.. There are ways to improve and develop a better presentation. I can assist you.
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Sheilah July 28, 2016
Singing · In studio
Very competent instructor. She is kind and encouraging and wants you to sound your best. She will help you break bad singing habits and insists on good singing habits. You will love talking lessons from her.
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Larry M. October 20, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Barbara, have been a great experience in my singing lesson. I original signed up for five weeks but,I'm continues. Love it.
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Barbara P.

Memphis, TN 38125
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Jason O.

Memphis, TN

About Jason

Jason has acheived a Master's Degree in Music Performance from Florida State University. Jason's Primary instrument is Alto Saxophone, but he also has a Minor in Clarinet. Jason also studied for one college semster at the presitgious Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, England. During undergrad at Samford University in Birmingham, AL, Jason was a two time winner of the Concerto-Aria Competition. Although I took a break from teaching privately, I have years of experience teaching junior to college level students.
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Leah December 14, 2015
Saxophone · In studio
Jason was able to to teach my daughter and improve her playing in a short amount of time. Would recommend to anyone!!!!
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Floud December 4, 2015
Saxophone · In studio
I had the pleasure of seeing and hearing Jason's exquisite talent with the saxophone recently in a private concert. I was extremely impressed with his talent and I think anyone wishing to learn to play the sax or just improve your own talents would benefit from Jason's dedication and expertise.
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Jason O.

Memphis, TN 38104
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Joel B.

Cordova, TN

About Joel

Guitar, Bass and Ukulele teacher with over 20 years experience located in Union county. With a fully customizable approach to teaching, Joel will have you up and playing the songs you want to learn as fast as after a few lessons. All ages at all levels of playing ability. Learning music is fun with Joel !

Not only will we be learning how to play the guitar, bass or ukulele and playing songs, but also learning how to sing them as well. As you progress along you will learn how to improvise and make a melodic solo. I will explain theory in an easy to understand way and how to compose your own
songs too !

Joël has worked as a professional musician, teacher, producer/engineer, and concert promoter for the past 30 years. Joël studied composition at Humber College in Toronto before relocating to London with his alternative rock band Melt. Melt quickly grabbed the attention of the critics, and received extensive play on BBC Radio One, XFM, and London FM. Rock journalists wrote rave reviews of Melt for Melody Maker and NME and was given "Single Of The Week" status. Melt performed with Supergrass, Modest Mouse, Eels, Julianna Hatfield, and Hefner.

Joël moved to New York and formed his next band, Mutronium who were voted #2 favorite of the year on WFMU Radio. Mutronium performed with Grizzly Bear, Au Revoir Simone, and BM Linx before disbanding. Joel then turned his attention to production work, producing and engineering recordings for TVT recording artists Ambulance Ltd. and 11 albums for U.K. band Hefner. Currently Joël is working on placement music for TV and films.
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David B. May 5, 2016
Ukulele · In studio
Verified Student
Very good. Teacher knows his stuff. Teaches at the proper level for the student.
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Joel B.

Cordova, TN 38016
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$25 / 30-min
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Lauren J.

Memphis, TN

About Lauren

My name is Lauren Jones and I am a classical guitarist living in Memphis, Tennessee. I graduated from Liberty University in December of 2015 with a degree in classical guitar performance. I will be starting my masters degree in classical guitar performance at the University of Memphis in August 2016.
My primary love is classical music, but I have studied country, pop, rock and fingerstyle guitar.
My approach to teaching is to get you excited about learning guitar! You will pick the style and the song you want to learn and you will be playing guitar within the first lesson! I like to spend t
ime getting to know your musical taste and knowing what your goals are for taking lessons. No matter what your goals are, I want to work with you and first and foremost have fun while fostering a love for music!
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Matthew July 18, 2016
Classical Guitar · Online
I am fairly useless when it comes to music but Lauren was incredibly patient and understanding when I fumbled through her beginning lessons. We went at a pace that was not difficult to follow,and I can safely say I learned a great deal from her in just a few lessons, and when I am ready to get back on that horse I will make sure to have her as my instructor.
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Christine Trout July 17, 2016
Lauren taught my son to play acoustic guitar several years ago. She did more than teach him the basics of playing. Lauren's enthusiasm in her love of music was contagious too. My son now plays in his own band, writes music, plays for worship at church and in his school. Lauren has always been an excellent music instructor, but now has expanded her abilities to teach several genres given her bachelor's degree completion. As a music educator, I highly recommend Lauren Jones to any prospective student!
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John Trout July 16, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · In studio
She was my second guitar teacher and she was the best! I owe most of my guitar skills to her and I wouldn't have even been as interested as I am now if it weren't for her. She didn't just teach me, but she also made it a ton of fun. I'm now in a band (Fisherman's Fable) that's just starting out, and I know it wouldn't have happened if she didn't teach me strumming patterns, bar chords, finger picking, and singing while playing ten years ago, and she has only gotten better with her study at Liberty. I put down Acoustic Guitar, but she has also helped me some with classical as well. I'd say stop looking at all the other teachers you're considering, she's the one you want.
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Lauren J.

Lauren J.

Memphis, TN 38115
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$30 / 30-min

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