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Luke P.

Winston Salem, NC

About Luke

I majored in music at Berea College, then went on to The University of North Carolina School of the Arts, where I completed a Masters degree in guitar performance and served as the graduate assistant to the guitar department.

For the past ten years I have earned a living performing and teaching guitar. I am a certified Suzuki instructor, and I've held teaching positions at Winston Salem State University and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, along with at least half a dozen other schools and institutions. I've been featured on other artists' records, and received a gra
nt to release an album of my own songs. I regularly perform in a wide variety of bands and ensembles.

I love to teach, and over the years I have taught hundreds, maybe even thousands of lessons. Having learned something from each and every one of my students, I am now at a point where I excel at honing in on the individual interests and learning styles of whoever comes to me for help. There are many ways to learn guitar. The best one is the one that engages and inspires you the most. That said, there are also music fundamentals that we all need to know. My joy as a teacher lies in finding a way for you to master the fundamentals while at the same time following your personal bliss and intuition. We plot the course together, combining your curiosity and enthusiasm with my years of experience.

I also love working with kids. While they are having fun jamming, I discretely provide them with the technique and musicianship they'll need to excel in any musical environment, whether it's conservatory study or playing in a great band.

*** Lesson Details ***
Your enthusiasm is the key to your success, so my lessons are tailored to the interests and abilities of each student. That said, my classical background and dedication to effective teaching inform everything I do.

All of my students learn Music Fundamentals:
-Technique (habits of movement)
-Theory (how music works)
-Aural skills (hearing pitches, chords and rhythms clearly)

Many of my students use books. There are hundreds of great books these days, and I will work with students from any book they choose. Listed here are the books I regularly use. They all deliver great results:

-Aaron Shearer "Leaning The Classic Guitar"
-Will Schmidt and Greg Koch "The Hal Leonard Method"
-Joe Pecoraro "Read This First"
-David Oaks "Music Reading For Guitar"
-William Leavitt "A Modern Method For Guitar"
-Mateo Carcassi "Melodic and Progressive Studies, Opus 60"
-Leo Brouwer "Simple Studies"

Many of my students prefer to work without a book, and that is a great option too. These students learn scales, chords and theory and develop a repertoire of songs. I will show you how to play any song you'd like to learn. You can also work on writing your own songs or compositions, or improvising in any context, be it jazz, blues, Indian raga or flamenco.

Singing is also encouraged!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Home studio: music stands, extensive library of all kinds of music, great sound system and ability to stream any song, several guitars, recording equipment, footstools, keyboard and percussion instruments.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I'll bring my guitar and books, accessories as needed.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in versatility. I regularly play gigs doing classical, jazz, blues, rock, pop, and world music. All of these genres have a place in my heart, and I've devoted years to learning to play and teach them well.

I am equally polyamorous when it comes to the various things musicians do. I love to sing pop songs, dissect jazz lines, delve into expressive groupings with classical pieces, drill scales and arpeggios, you name it. Reading, improvising, composing and notating, transcribing and playing by ear, memorization, classical technique, blues technique, bluegrass technique, theoretical analysis... hit me up for any of that, or whatever else interests you.
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Rick L. August 20, 2015
Ukulele · In studio
Verified Student
Luke is a very patient and enthusiastic teacher.
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Susan O. April 4, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Versatile, knowledgeable, listens to the student to set personalized goals
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Julian R. March 9, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Luke is very good at what he does. He's a patient teacher with an eye for long-term development.
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Luke P.

Winston Salem, NC 27103
(10)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Willy M.

Winston Salem, NC

About Willy

Willy has been teaching music for more than a decade, carrying on the tradition he learned when his father taught him piano as a youth. He is a multi-instrumentalist with a degree in music from Earlham College in historic Richmond, IN (the birthplace of recorded jazz, and home of 30s era Genette Records).

As a sound technician Willy gained valuable experience working at the world famous Tarry Town Music Hall near Sleepy Hollow, NY, where he worked with top notch touring bands like Blues Traveler, the Indigo Girls, Paul Shaffer, the Marshall Tucker Band, and the late, great Levon Helm. He al
so worked with A-list actors such as Stanley Tucci, James Cahn, Kevin Bacon and Keanu Reeves.

While living in Austin, TX, Willy was a member of the American Federation of Musicians alongside greats like Los Lonely Boys, George Straight, Lyle Lovett and Willie Nelson.

As a published author, Willy has published two books about open D tuning for the mandolin: "Dead Man's Tuning Vol. 1" and Dead Man's Tuning: Christmas Edition."

As a father of four young children, Willy teaches in a family friendly environment. Willy offers group lessons, called the Stringed Instrument Workshop, for all ages. At the SIW events, he has taught elementary students as well as adults all the way up to 86 years old! Willy is a background checked teacher and would love to pass on his knowledge of music to you and your family!
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Charles T. August 14, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Excellent first lesson. A lot of enthusiasm from Willy, good information, and a lot to work on! Loved it!
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Trevor R. November 25, 2014
Mandolin · In studio
I wasn't really taking mandolin, but fiddle in the Stringed Instrument Workshop, but I loved it. Willy is a great teacher. I especially enjoyed the SIW, with my kids. It was a lot of fun to learn musical techniques with lots of people of different skill levels. I'm not the best musician, but Willy makes you feel like you can participate even if you don't understand all of the theory.

The Stringed Instrument Workshop last year was really fun because almost everyone in the group won some different musical freebies from different music stores nearby. We had a cookout and a concert, and both of my children were able to perform in front of the class. Willy set up a stage, lights and a sound system for us all to feel like we were stars! It was such a fun time, and we even had hotdogs and marshmallows!

I loved the Stringed Instrument Workshop so much, I had him teach my kids private lessons too, and they love it.
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Gideon J. November 25, 2014
Piano · In studio
I loved taking lessons with Willy. I am only 7, and I am just learning, but am starting to play the Charlie Brown theme song. I can also play a little bit of Shorten Bread. There's another song too. It's a song that I learned that I really liked, can't remember the words, but it's a good song. I love piano lessons.
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Willy M.

Willy M.

Winston Salem, NC 27127
(5)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Robert R.

Winston Salem, NC

About Robert

Both my mom and dad were musicians and taught private lessons at home, so I grew up wanting to be a part of the music making. Now I am a university music educator who performs frequently as a soloist and collaborative pianist. I hold piano performance degrees from Carnegie Mellon and Yale. In addition, I've studied chamber music at the American Conservatory in Fontainebleau (France) and vocal accompanying at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. I perform as a church musician, choral accompanist, and recital pianist in traditional and more modern styles. I'm active as a collaborative artist in c
ompetitions, auditions, and recordings. In the past three years I've been studying ballroom dancing for fun and as an extension of my interest in experiencing music from the standpoint of total body movement. It's been a game-changer for sure!

*** Lesson Details ***
I favor an easygoing approach to lessons as a joint venture (and Adventure) between the student and me. I enjoy encouraging students and responding to their individual needs and levels of accomplishment. I have taught beginners of every age as well as more experienced pianists. For beginners I aim to establish a comfortable relationship with the instrument so that they can feel at ease in playing in high and low registers and everywhere in between. For more advanced players the goal is to connect good technique with their own innate musical skill. Students at all levels will work on their music-reading and sight-reading skills. If your dream is to learn to play piano, I can help you to get started. If you already play, I can help you to prepare for auditions and recitals and, in short, to reach the next level. Let's roll!

*** Studio Equipment ***
six foot grand in living room seating for parents

*** Specialties ***
For many years I taught young children from the Frances Clark "Music Tree" series. With more intermediate and advanced students I used the Alfred Series as well as volumes by James and Jane Bastien. I also enjoy teaching and coaching students in the art of accompanying, particularly in choral music and vocal art songs. This is a specialty of mine, as I have made my living as a collaborative pianist. In recent years I have studied more popular genres that include piano arrangements of Gershwin, Porter, Kern, Rodgers, and many other American composers. While I shy away from teaching these to young students (even of high school or college age), I do occasionally teach contemporary arrangements of hymn tunes (Mark Hayes, Larry Shackley, and others) to students who show promise in handling modern genres, which of course require no small amount of technique and discipline.
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Brena' N. April 20, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Robert is a great teacher! He was very patient with me and designed the lessons to accommodate my needs as an adult beginner.
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DEVILA T. May 7, 2013
Piano
Verified Student
So far my daughter has good experience advancing in the piano leasson. Looking forward for her to learn more and get some mastery.

Piano teacher is very patient and communicates very well with my daughter. We don't have any chance for her to perform using her piano skills yet but may be in the future.
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Jennifer R. May 5, 2013
Piano
Verified Student
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My son truly enjoys his time with Robert. Robert is patient and works well with children. He works at a good pace and provides encouraging feedback on a consistent basis. Robert tailors his lessons for the individual student and their interests and ability. Thank you Robert for your professional manner in which you teach.
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Robert R.

Winston Salem, NC 27103
(3)
starting at
$24 / 30-min
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Teresa B.

Winston Salem, NC

About Teresa

Hello! My name is Teresa, and I am currently a third-year Undergraduate at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, with a major in Vocal Performance/Opera. I am also a Teaching Assistant to one of the piano classes there. I have been taking voice lessons since the eight grade, with an emphasis on classical music. I have been playing piano for almost eleven years. I am self-taught, though I have taken piano lessons in the past to ensure that everything I taught myself was correct. I have also taken six years of music theory. I have been teaching piano privately for approximately th
ree years now, and have recently begun offering voice lessons. If you have any questions or want to book a lesson, please email me at bonavita.tp@artist.uncsa.edu
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Jerry L. July 27, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Teresa was a very pleasant teacher. I thought that she taught the lessons quite well. My little one Avery seems to have liked her also which shows that she is good with kids in my book.
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Avery U. April 6, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
It was so much fun! I loved having her over and can not WAIT till my next lesson!
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Elizabeth S. November 17, 2014
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Teresa is excellent at explaining things to my 9 year old son in ways that he easily understands. She is patient and has a very positive attitude as well as being very flexible. We have really enjoyed having her.
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Teresa B.

Teresa B.

Winston Salem, NC 27107
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starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Heather E.

Kernersville, NC

About Heather

Hi! My name is Heather and I am looking forward to working with you! I have taught lessons since 2008 and have loved helping my students gain more confidence, ability, and understanding. I went to the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University and University of North Carolina at Greensboro and earned a Bachelor of Music degree in vocal performance. I'm a caring and dedicated person and my teaching style is fun, methodical, and individually-tailored. I am excited about helping you achieve your goals!
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Alexandra B. August 28, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Had a great first day with Miss Heather. Looking forward to the next!
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LaSean R. August 18, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Excellent teacher. I really am enjoying my lessons so far
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LaSean R. August 18, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Excellent teacher. I really am enjoying my lessons so far
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Heather E.

Heather E.

Kernersville, NC 27284
(14)
starting at
$25 / 30-min

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