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About Serena E.

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Issaquah, WA

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Hello! My name is Serena!

Music shapes my life and has made me the person I am today. My experience in training in opera, musical theatre, jazz, and pop has expanded my musical skills and knowledge. Not only have I been trained in performance, but I have also studied music history, music theory, conducting, movement training, ballet, Alexander Technique, acting, yoga, stage craft, improvisation, other languages, diction and the International Phonetic Alphabet, voice science and anatomy, and vocal pedagogy. I have completed my Bachelor of Music in Operatic Vocal Performance from the prestigious Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University under the tutelage of the legendary Carol Vaness. I have also studied with acclaimed teachers and coaches around the world including Dr. Kari Ragan and Maestro Dean Williamson.

This year has been w
onderfully packed with performance for Seattle Opera. I just closed out a 78 performance run of CINDERELLA IN SPAIN where I sang the role of CINDERELLA and was even on the poster! I also performed the roles for the Seattle Opera preview performances of GRETEL in HANSEL UND GRETEL, VIOLETTA in LA TRAVIATA, KATYA in KATYA KABANOVA, and QUEEN OF THE NIGHT in MAGIC FLUTE. I made my Seattle Opera debut singing ALITSA and RACCOON in their touring production of "OUR EARTH", as well as performing on the mainstage in many productions. My upcoming performances include singing in the Seattle Opera kick off to the season SUMMERFEST in July; and OLYMPIA in LES CONTES D'HOFFMANN with Pacific Northwest Opera. My other roles include ALKANDRE in PENELOPE with Vespertine Opera in Seattle, WA; FRASQUITA in CARMEN with OperaBend in Bend, Oregon and Pacific Northwest Opera; and SUSANNA in LE NOZZE DI FIGARO with the Seattle Opera Guild. I also made my international debut in December 2014 singing GRETEL in HANSEL UND GRETEL with Opera Mariposa in Vancouver, BC. I have also been the featured soloist as "Christine" in Ten Grand's Phantom of the Opera at Benaroya Hall in Seattle, WA, and many lead roles in both opera and musical theatre: such as Semele (Semele), Marie (La Fille du Regiment), Gretel (Hansel und Gretel), Countess Ceprano and Gilda (Rigoletto), Blondchen (Die Entfuehrung aus dem Serail), Maria (West Side Story), La Fee (Cendrillon), Sarah Brown (Guys and Dolls), Cathy (The Last 5 Years), Rosina (Barber of Seville), and more! I have also been part of jazz ensembles, and won the Battle of the Bands at Indiana University with a rock group! I am proud to have won the Seattle Opera Guild/Opera Plus Young Artist Scholarship Award for the 2015/2016 season, the Encouragement Award in the Metropolitan Opera National Council District Auditions, First Place in the National Classical Singers Competition, the C.M. Gerber Scholarship, Music Dean's Scholarship, Music Faculty Award, First Place at Washington State Solo and Ensemble Competitions, First Place in the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) National Competitions, and many more!

Teaching brings me such joy! To share the love of music and to educate the musicians of tomorrow is both gratifying and inspiring. I have been teaching since 2005 and provide a fun and focused learning experience where there are no "wrong" questions, and everybody's unique voice is celebrated! Many of my students have gone on to study music in college, and have landed lead roles in musical theatre, choir solos, All State and All Northwest choirs, and won awards in Classical competitions.

In my spare time, I like to hike, eat good food, and spend time with family and friends!

*** Lesson Details ***
My studio provides musical knowledge through private lessons including healthy vocal technique, basic understanding of music theory, and basic piano skills. I encourage a fun and focused environment. Come ready to learn, and let's make music!

A typical lesson will include vocalises that detail proper technique, some ear training work, some music theory training, and will be followed by repertoire. During this time, students will learn how to produce clear and authentic diction (English and other languages), breath management, phrase shaping, smooth transitions between higher and lower pitches, stylistic ornamentation, as well as dramatic involvement of the piece.

Students will learn the importance of the foundations of breath support, and how to create a healthy sound for any genre while keeping the unique qualities of their own voice-- no cookie-cutter singers here! Students will also learn how to read music, practice effectively, perform authentically, and take care of their delicate instrument for a lifetime of singing!

While Skype is a marvelous tool that has revolutionized the world of teaching, nothing can replicate natural acoustics. In-studio lessons are suggested for a clearer and more personable lesson.
**Skype lessons are reserved for long distance students only**

STUDIO ABSENCE and CANCELLATION POLICIES:
Regularly scheduled and attended lessons are the best way to see positive changes in your voice! The smooth running of the Studio Schedule helps make that happen. Therefore, missing lessons is discouraged and make up lessons/cancellations are not given in the Studio unless:
- I have had a performance or rehearsal that conflicts with our lesson time and cannot have the lesson as scheduled. If this occurs, I will inform you of the event as soon as possible and give you the option of a make up lesson or cancelling the lesson.
- Notices of foreseen cancellations (family vacations, religious holidays, school functions, special occasions etc.) are eligible for rescheduling or cancellation if given before the first lesson of the month.
- Of course, life can throw us for a loop! Illness, emergencies, and unforeseen events may possibly be given make ups or cancellations and will be determined at the Studio's discretion. (In the matter of illness: standard procedure is that if the student can attend work/school, they should come to their lesson. A cold can easily be worked around. If the voice is affected (for singing students), Studio time can still be used to work on ear training, music theory, music history, etc.)

All other absences will result in the lesson being marked as "missed". A hard copy of the Studio Policies and further details will be given to the student at the first lesson. Please feel free to ask any questions or clarifications.

*** Studio Equipment ***
The studio lessons take place in a designated area of my home. The room includes seating for parents to observe lessons as well as a weighted keyboard (88 keys), music stand, desk, and materials. No pets. Lots of street parking is available. Shopping and coffee/food located within walking distance.

*** Specialties ***
Specialties: Classical/Opera
Other styles and genres: Musical Theatre, Jazz, Pop, and Rock.
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Chuck June 17, 2017
· Opera Voice · In studio
My daughter has been taking lessons from Serena for more than two years. We are very happy with her and plan to continue. Training is for classical opera and focus is on basic technique.
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Alaka June 17, 2017
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Serena has taught me so much about music and performing. She's a wonderful teacher and friend, and she is very professional; there is no one I'd rather be learning music from!
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Narcisa K. January 20, 2016
· Opera Voice · In studio
10 stars! She's very strict but in a good way. Keeps the students motivated! Recommend!
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About Vanessa G.

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Bachelor's in musical theater performance from Columbia College Chicago. Audition prep (acting/singing) and vocal technique for clients since 2007.

My critique during your lesson is always honest, so you know when I give you a compliment it is well deserved. I especially love working with non-singers and helping them find their voice. I always start with an assessment to see where your work is currently at and where we can go from there. I keep notes during your lesson, send you an email afterwards with your homework for the week, then I use those notes to think of personalized ways to improve your technique before your next lesson.

If honesty and results are what you're looking for in a teacher, I promise to be that teacher for you.

*** Lesson Details ***
Whether you're studying vocal technique or prepping for an audition wit
h me, each lesson starts with an assessment. Then, we start with where you are at that moment and push your technique to the next level. Afterwards, I will send you an email with notes from the lesson and your homework.

My goal is cultivate your technique and discipline to take you to the next level of your performance.

*** Studio Equipment ***
-Digital piano
-Large mirror (to see your technique)
-Sound-proof practice room
-Parking

*** Travel Equipment ***
Digital piano for in-home voice lessons.

*** Specialties ***
Beginner voice for non-singers, new singers, or singers that have been out of the game for a while.

Audition prep for both film/stage acting and singing auditions. (Great results!)
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Taylor September 16, 2017
· Acting · Online
Very nice and informative. Enjoyed the lesson.
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Alassea September 9, 2017
· Singing · Online
vanessa is GREAT!!!!!!!
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Lemon September 2, 2017
· Musical Theater · Online
Love her <3
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About Amanda O.

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Kaneohe, HI
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Hello everyone! My name is Amanda O., and I am a Harpist, Voice teacher, Therapeutic Musician, Life Coach, Alternative Medicine Practitioner, and Vocalist who has over 21 years of experience as a classical vocalist and performer. By 8 years old, I began training as an opera singer and have merged my love of classical vocals with the therapeutic harp. I graduated Magna Cum Laude from Diego State University, with my Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and am currently in my graduate program at Chaminade University of Honolulu studying to obtain my Masters of Science in Counseling Psychology. I graduated from the International Harp Therapy Program as a Certified Therapeutic Harp Practitioner and have completed an internship at Apreva Hospice. I have experience playing therapeutic harp music at over 30 different facilities around San Diego, such
as Narzerath House, Bay View, Bella Vista, Monte Vista Village, and La Mesa Health Care Center, as well as making In-Home visits. These include independent living, assisted living, skilled nursing, and memory care facilities around SD! I also have experience playing for the actively dying for hospice and consider it an honor to be of musical assistance for people in transition.

I love to teach and can make my harp and voice lessons unique to each individual based on their current skill level. I love watching people expand and grow through music. Your lessons will be engaging, compassionate, fun, and organized! Each lesson will encourage you to become excited about your musical growth and inspire you to continue. I offer something unusual for a harp teacher in that I can teach both improvisation and music theory for the harp. This means that you will get the best of both worlds!

I also have obtained education from the Self-Heal School of Herbal Studies here in San Diego, where I have learned about herbal medicine. I am well versed in many alternative therapies (such as E.F.T., meditation, therapeutic music, Ayurvedic medicine, amino acid therapy, etc.) and can provide compassion, understanding, and strategies for alleviating suffering as a Life Coach. My education towards my Master's degree in Psychology also helps me increase my understanding of the human condition and offer additional support for anxiety, depression, addiction, and other stresses. I believe that everyone deserves to live a life of freedom, safety, comfort, and relaxation. I hope to provide loving assistance for anyone seeking someone who cares and will put in the time to truly listen and offer advice.

Thank you for taking the time to read this and please let me know how I can be of service to you!
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Leanne June 26, 2017
· Ukulele · In home
Amanda is a very enthusiastic and patient instructor. I look forward to our future lessons together and am happy I found such a great ukulele teacher!
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Nicolette July 8, 2016
· Harp · Online
I just had my first lesson and I love Amanda already! Looking forward to more lessons
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Ali Marie February 11, 2016
· Harp · Online
Amanda is great! I look forward to our classes every week. She is very supportive and encouraging for a beginner like me :)
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Amanda O.

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About Colin M.

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About Colin
I'm Colin, a songwriter, recording artist, and performing musician in the city of Chicago.

Anyone can learn to play, but it takes discipline to make the dream a reality. Advanced? Awesome. Novice? No problem. Playing your instrument is your craft. I'm just here to guide your hand.

Take advantage of my 15 years of experience writing and performing on guitar.
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Colin M.

Colin M.

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About Natalia G.

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Bronx, NY
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About Natalia
Natalia has an advanced certificate in piano performance from the Music Teacher's Association of California (2009). She has been featured on ABC7 for musicianship (2007). She also has taken classes at Julliard's Evening Division (Ear Training I) and participated in competitions and festivals for piano and viola. She also has won awards for her musical compositions, and continues to participate in musical activities regularly, including public education and performance art. In addition, she has a Master's degree in social work from Columbia University (2012) and a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology and Social Work from University of Southern California (2012). She's currently enrolled in Valley City State University for a second bachelor's, this in Piano Performance. She maintains licensure as an LMSW in New York State (since 2014).
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Hannah August 17, 2017
· Violin · In studio
Natalia is an excellent musician and a talented instructor but more importantly, she's passionate and understanding. Exactly the person you'd want to work with when learning a challenging new skill!
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Matt August 16, 2017
· Ear Training · In studio
Natalia makes sure to ground her students in the basics. It's not enough to just play the notes; you have to know their names and how they fit together into scales and chords. She's also endlessly patient and is always willing to make adjustments if some aspect of lessons isn't working for a particular student.
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Chuck August 16, 2017
· Piano · In studio
I took piano lessons with Natalia for about a year until a schedule change required me to switch to another instructor. Natalia is a compassionate, encouraging music teacher. I decided to take up the piano after many years away from music, and I couldn't have been more delighted with Natalia's encouragement and guidance in that process. Even more, at the end of every lesson, she asked whether there was anything that she could be doing better. That openness to hear questions, criticism, or constructive feedback, is really the hallmark of a good teacher. I feel very fortunate to have stumbled across her, was sad when we had to part ways, and would highly recommend her to anyone who wants to learn an instrument.
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About Annie A.

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Nashville, TN
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Annie brings a unique set of experiences to every musical venture she embarks on. She is a classically trained vocalist who traveled the country and the world with the renowned Millikin University Choir during her undergraduate studies. Adams graduated with a degree in Commercial music, and spent her time outside of University Choir singing in jazz and contemporary ensembles, working and performing in the recording studio, and practicing songwriting. After graduation, she moved to Nashville, where she resides today, writing and performing original country music under the stage name Annie Kennedy. All of these experiences make her a well rounded and versatile performer and teacher. For her students, she can help them find their unique voice and style, while teaching classical sensibilities and vocal technique for healthy delivery and perfo
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Emily May 24, 2017
· Christian Gospel · In studio
LOVE training with Annie! She has really given me the confidence to sing out within our choir. Whenever I am struggling with how to sing a certain word or phrase, she always provides the best solution for my voice and vocal range. Annie will provide the best training for you no matter what type of music you are wanting to sing!
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Jefferey May 22, 2017
· Singing · In home
Annie is an extremely multi-talented singer: She can sing classical to country. Annie is musically educated and an excellent teacher. She directs our St. Joseph Youth Choir - and the kids LOVE "Ms. Annie." You will find studying with Ms, Adams a positive and educational experience!
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Jaclyn May 18, 2017
· Music Performance · In home
My 4 year old daughter has been taking piano lessons from Annie for around 2-3 months and she LOVES it! Mrs Annie is so kind and patient with her, she is progressively getting better and more interested with each lesson. I would recommend Annie to anyone who is looking for music or voice lessons! We love her
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About Michael H.

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I recently graduated from St. Joseph's University with a degree in Biology. I minored in music, specifically in piano performance. I am currently the pianist for the chapel at St. Joseph's University. I also accompany various choirs on campus. I have studied piano since I was a young kid, but at St. Joe's I have studied with Dr. Emi Kagawa, a renowned pianist. In the past, I have played piano for theater musicals as well as jazz bands. I volunteer at Nemours Children's Hospital and am good working with kids of all ages.
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Ann August 30, 2017
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Started lessons with Michael some time ago and felt a real accomplishment, however, due to time restrictions in my life, I had to forego lessons but hoping to get back to them again very soon!

Thanks Michael.
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Kayley August 29, 2017
· Piano · In studio
The best!
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Rob August 15, 2017
· Piano · In home
I had a great experience working with Mike! He makes lessons fun and has a passion for music. Extremely recommend.
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Michael H.

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About Joseph E.

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Honolulu, HI

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I am a musician educator and performer that loves working with individuals from the young child to professionals. I taught public school for 12 years and then at The College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY for the last 14. My degrees were from Western Michigan University (Bachelor of Music), Indiana University (Masters in Secondary Education) and Ball State University (Doctorate of Arts). During my teaching career, I also gave private lessons outside of the school and the college. When I left NY, I had 35 students of which 6 remain with me online. Having now relocated to Oahu, Hawaii I am looking to add private students. I love teaching and believe in creating an atmosphere where the students, regardless of age, feel successful in their endeavors.

WHAT DO I DO?
Currently, I am the Coordinator for Music Therapy at Hospice Hawaii and the Dire
ctor of Music at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Honolulu.

WHAT DO I TEACH?
I teach piano, organ, and voice.
*Piano: All levels from beginning to professional
*Organ: All levels from beginning to professional
*Voice: Beginning and those working with music theater

WHERE DO I TEACH?
*Piano: At my home in Mililani, St Peter’s Episcopal, and online
*Organ: St. Peter’s Episcopal and possibly online
*Voice: St. Peter’s Episcopal and possibly online
NOTE: Parents are more than welcomed to attend the lessons!
In fact, I encourage that!!

WHAT IS MY STYLE OF TEACHING?
Every student is different and what works with one may not work with another. It's important for me to know my students so I can better shape the lesson. I love questions, reflection, and even humor. I'm also very patient and understanding. We are all very busy and accept that students may have weeks they can't practice a huge amount of time. As long as some progress is made at lessons, all is well!

AER THERE RECITALS? ... Absolutely. You work hard at your lessons and it’s great to show your talent! Recitals will be at St. Peter’s Episcopal. I’m going to have a recital for my online students soon to see how that goes.
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Akiko Saito February 26, 2017
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Diana Delp December 6, 2016
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Joseph is a special instructor. My daughter had taken lessons from several instructors and none met our needs until Dr. E. He is encouraging and supportive while maintaining goals and expectations. Having attended his full class recitals we recognize the breadth of his teaching capacities. Although our goals are currently focused on appreciation and the basics, we are as warmly welcomed as his collegiate scholars.
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Susan Virgilio December 5, 2016
· Piano ·
My daughter started taking piano lessons from Joseph when she was 5 and she has been with him for 11 years. She has taken lessons both in person and online, and both formats work well. He has kept her captivated with piano and fueled her love for all music in general. Students are treated respectfully and he makes piano fun for them. As a parent, I appreciate his organizational and communication skills. He is a genuine, nice person who is easy to work with. Highly recommended!
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Joseph E.

Honolulu, HI 96813
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About Louise T.

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Louise Taylor is a professional musician, known for her hypnotic rhythm guitar work, dusky vocals, and the strong poetic imagery of her songwriting. She has toured internationally and recorded 6 critically acclaimed CDs between 1991 - 2012 with Indie label Signature Sounds.

In 2007 Louise moved to Hawai'i and started a private studio. Louise shares the joy of singing with students, novice to masterful, at her Kailua studio and over Skype worldwide.

Taylor is also the co-creator with musician/mindfulness instructor Wendy Beckerman. Offering workshops and residential retreats that explore the commonality between vocal expression and Mindfulness.
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Kailua, HI 96734
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Honolulu, HI
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I am a professional cellist and string music teacher and I'm passionate about helping others enjoy making music. I have worked with students of all skill levels, ages 5 to 85, and my patient and encouraging teaching style ensures that all of my students succeed.

In 2012, I received a Master of Music degree in cello performance and music education from the Ohio State University, where I worked with world-renowned string pedagogue Robert Gillespie. I also held a K-12 Music Teaching License in Ohio and directed the orchestra program in the Grandview Heights public schools, so I'm comfortable teaching violin, viola, cello, and bass. Prior to Ohio, I completed a Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Oregon, where I majored in music education and cello performance. More recently, I taught strings overseas for two years at the America
n Conservatory of Paris in France.

I'm a cellist, but I'm not just a classical musician. In addition to performing with many orchestras and chamber music groups over the years, I have also recorded music for rock bands and learned fiddling, jazz, and improvisation techniques. I am eager to help my students develop a solid foundation in music while allowing them to explore different genres and interests and find what makes them passionate about music.
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Rachel September 3, 2017
· Cello · In studio
Talia is an extremely caring and knowledgeable teacher. I took cello lesson from her for five years and highly recommend her. She has been such an important mentor to me as I have gone through high school and begun college as a music major. Whether you are playing for your own enjoyment or thinking about auditioning for an advanced group, Talia will meet you where you are at and help you succeed.
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Katie August 30, 2017
· Cello · In studio
Talia was gentle and encouraging while inspiring my daughter to love her cello. Talia helped my daughter's skills advance enough that she was accepted into a very competitive orchestra. I will always be grateful for the confidence and joy that Talia gave my young cellist!
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Mai August 30, 2017
· Cello · In studio
Talia is absolutely one in a million! Her knowledge and competence as a musician and teacher are outstanding. She is calm, patient, encouraging, and quite attuned to the individual interests and personality of her students. Not many people are able to really "get" and understand the quirkiness of my daughter, but Talia was able to draw her out and to help nurture her strengths and creativity. She truly cares for her students as people and as musicians. What we wouldn't give to have her back! The students here in Columbus,OH who were blessed enough to have her as a teacher feel a great loss in her moving away, and feel a special connection to her. Highly recommend her!
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