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Kevin F.

Memphis, TN

About Kevin

I have had a fairly diverse musical background, including playing with bands and orchestras, as well as participating in choral groups and opera. I have a master's degree in music performance for wind
conducting, and a bachelor's degree in music with an emphasis on piano performance.

I have taught private lessons for several years now and I love every moment with my students! I have a real passion for sharing my knowledge and experience with others, both failures and successes. I believe everyone has creative potential, and I believe music is a real universal art form that anyone can tap into if they want. Above all, making and creating music should also be fun!

*** Lesson Details ***
I try to keep my lessons professional but comfortable too. I don't yell at students for messing up or anything like that. I usually have an agenda but am willing to adjust and compromise if the situation dictates. If you don't have a curriculum in mind, I like Alfred's piano courses, but will do my best to find one that fits you as a student best. My initial goals are to make sure the basics of reading music and performing are set so that no matter what musical avenue you want to pursue, you will be successful. I do specialize in classical music but enjoy creating and playing in other genres as well.

I now also offer lessons online, as well as tutoring in most math areas!

***CANCELLATION POLICY***
I kindly ask for 24 hour notice whenever possible if a lesson is going to be missed. Generally speaking, if I don't hear from a student and their lesson time passes I will mark the lesson as missed, but I am also usually more than willing to make up the lesson at a later time.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have a piano keyboard at my home.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I would expect students to have their own instruments as needed, as well as music paper, pencils, etc. I may be able to provide some of those materials on occasion as well as some books/recordings, but will by and large expect students to purchase those for themselves.

*** Specialties ***
I am much more familiar with classical styles and Broadway. My music writing style tends to be somewhere between neo-classical and avant-garde.

***Blog Posts***
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Francine B. April 22, 2016
Piano · Online
Verified Student
I thought Kevin was real patient with me and reassured me that I will get through this ok
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carol G. April 19, 2016
Piano · Online
Verified Student
This was my first lesson and my instructor was very helpful. Looking forward to greater times.
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Ramy Naguib April 6, 2016
Piano · In home
Kevin is very patient and knowledgeable
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Kevin F.

Kevin F.

Memphis, TN 38133
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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 o
thers 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, or 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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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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Eunice H. January 18, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Great teacher! Extremely patience. Knew how to keep my son interested and engaged during his lesson. He loves playing the piano now.
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John S.

John S.

Collierville, TN 38017
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Davis J.

Oxford, MS

About Davis

I have been teaching private lessons since 2011 and am currently available to teach lessons at your home and online. I coach students to find their true natural voice, acquire a better ear for listeni
ng, learn the methods to use the chest, head and passagio (mix of head and chest) ranges to the best of their abilities, and use a level of understanding and feeling to reach the very essence of the songs.

I received my training at Northern Arizona University in 2001 where I received a degree in Music with an emphasis in Vocal Performance and a Minor in Theatre. After college, I lived in New York for 6 years as a composer for the BMI Musical Theater Composition Workshop; where I learned the craft of musical writing. I then traveled to Oxford, MS. where I earned a Masters in Music Education in Choral Ed. at the University of Mississippi.

I was also part of a semi/professional a cappella group called "First Inversion," a member of the cast in Texas the Musical Drama and continue to perform in the local community theaters . As an expert in my field, I look forward to helping new and older students alike to reach their goals of performance excellence. My teaching style is relaxed, honest, and full of passion for the art of singing.
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Shaquille December 3, 2015
Vocal Training · In studio
Best vocal teacher ever!!!!
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Davis J.

Oxford, MS 38655
(1)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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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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Katie December 4, 2015
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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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