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Allison V.

Houston, TX

About Allison

My passion for music has inspired me to pursue teaching and performance professionally in order to help others achieve their musical dreams. I began my teaching career in college while earning a Bachelor's in Music from Southwestern University (magna cum laude).

As a professional I currently play as a soloist as well as with AURORA: Trio for Flute, Harp, and Cello, the St. John Vianney Parish Orchestra, the Shimmer Flute Choir, and Sounds of Silver Flute Quartet, and an active member of the Music Teacher's National Association and board member of the Houston Flute Club.

In college I pla
yed in the SU Wind Ensemble, Orchestra, Flute Ensemble, and in the pit orchestra for a professional production of The Mikado, and a student production of The Beggar's Opera.

Although classically trained I also enjoy classic rock and appreciate music from other cultures as well.

I frequently write arrangements for flute choir and other ensembles, and so I can help students who want to learn more about arranging and composition.

In addition to the flute I also have experience with the piccolo, alto, and bass flute. I love performing and I share my passion for music with my students.

*** Lesson Details ***

Flute Lessons:

I offer lessons that cover just about every aspect of flute-playing. Students can expect to become well-rounded musicians who are knowledgeable about flute technique, tone, music theory and history. I use the Rubank Method with handout supplements.

The biggest changes I've seen in my students after a few months is a better understanding of how to practice efficiently as well as improved tone. Furthermore, every year many of my students earn superior ratings of 1 on their UIL solos.

I strive to make lessons fun and interesting while addressing the fundamentals of flute-playing. My goal is to see students improve and understand that playing an instrument is a lot of fun, but it is also a lot of hard work.

My teaching philosophy focuses on slow and deliberate practice of technique while still appreciating the expression and style of a piece. I try to use a variety of methods for explaining concepts including pictures, verbal descriptions, demonstrations, etc., depending on what works best for the student. I focus heavily on good posture, tone production, and efficient practice methods, stressing on learning good playing habits at a young age. I believe that music lessons should be a fun and engaging part of a student's week. Ultimately my goal is to share my enthusiasm for music and my instrument with the student and deepen their love for the art.

Every Spring my students and I participate in Flute Fest, a day-long celebration of all things flute, including concerts, masterclasses, and a solo and ensemble contest. A few weeks later we have our annual studio recital where everyone shows off their hard work.

Music Theory Lessons:

I can help students of any instrument better understand the fundamental concepts of music theory: scales, intervals, chords, part-writing, etc. Theory lessons take place at the piano to demonstrate concepts. However, students do not have to play piano to take theory lessons. I typically use a combination of the Master Theory curriculum and other handouts, unless the student is already working out of another textbook.

**Online theory lessons** use the same curriculum, but with the screen share feature to help my demonstrations.

Summer Curriculum:

During the summer I offer additional group classes on different subjects, including theory and ear-training. I try something new every year to provide a variety of opportunities for students to learn and grow in their musicianship.

*** Studio Equipment ***
My studio is located in the front room of my home and includes a music stand, piano, and comfortable chairs in case parents would like to stay for the lesson.

*** Specialties ***
I primarily concentrate on classical music, but I also have experience with extended techniques, which include singing and playing at the same time, key clicks, and multiphonics.
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Jennifer A. June 28, 2016
Flute · In home
Verified Student
Allison has been amazing with teaching our daughter flute as well as music theory. She is consistent with her teaching method and our daughter's confidence has really boosted as a flute player! We could not be happier with Allison and her talents!
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Isaiah K. March 3, 2016
Flute · In home
Verified Student
Allison is very accommodating. That's very convenient for us, my husband and I, because of our hectic schedule.
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Melanie H. January 16, 2016
Flute · In home
Verified Student
Allison is such a great instructor! I felt very nervous leading up to the lesson because it had been such a long time since I played. Allison put me at ease right away. I gained some confidence and helpful instruction just in the first 45 minutes we spent together. She's very patient and encouraging. I recommend her to anyone, regardless of age or skill level.
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Allison V.

Houston, TX 77095
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starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Debbie T.

Houston, TX

About Debbie

Having been a public school teacher, as well as a private and group piano instructor, I've observed how differently students "digest" information, and piano lessons are a great way to make use of different learning styles. I emphasize knowing HOW to practice before you leave so you'll be successful at home, and you are welcome to contact me with problems during the week so you don't lose a week in progressing with your lessons. I've had students send a video of a tricky section to ask for alternative fingering, and photos to clarify how they are reading something!! I also perform with an or
chestra and want to feel proficient among my peers, so I really know how it feels to make a mistake in front of everyone. I am here to help you feel proud of your progress.
My primary teaching objective is to have fun as I assist you on this wonderful journey into music!

*** Lesson Details ***
I truly have fun making and teaching music. We celebrate all successes. Even the overcoming of the smallest "hiccups"!
There are games to make my students secure with the many concepts of music reading. I encourage improvisation and ensemble playing. We can add rhythm tracks to "jazz" up our scales and finger builders. Students can accompany with chords or melodic harmonies. I assign exercises to build finger flexibility, strength, fluidity and independence; Pencil work to master theory and reading skills; Pieces that contain the ideas we are focused upon; and pieces to add to your repertoire.

*** Studio Equipment ***
At my Home Studio,You will be playing on my 5'1" Knabe grand piano! I also have electronic keyboards. On occasion you may find yourself playing on my marimba - a definite pitch percussion instrument - like a giant xylophone. We often rehearse our rhythms on my variety of world drums! There are chairs available for guests.
Also, I share my home with my pet cats - so if you are allergic, I'd be happy to consider coming to your home for your lessons.

*** Travel Equipment ***
An electronic keyboard with full-sized keys or a tuned piano must be available along with a proper height stool, bench or chair. A music stand for the books and good lighting is also needed. The family must agree that the 'lesson space' deserves to be quiet with no distractions. I can also bring one of my keyboards to use for duets, accompanying and improvising. Should there be another student (or potential student) in the home, they can use the extra keyboard with headphones for guided practice and creativity. Percussion students - primarily- mallets, would be better served at my home using my marimba. However, those who have bell kits could be taught in their home, with the possibility of using my marimba as an incentive.

*** Specialties ***
I am fortunate to have an extensive collection of piano method books and solos that I make available as part of my lending library. From it I can reinforce a concept or reward an accomplishment with an "oldie, but goodie" from John Thompson or Schaum, without having to charge the parents for another piece. For my beginning piano students of elementary school age, I have used the Robert Pace, Bastien, Faber & Faber and Schaum series. With adults, I invite them into the decision depending on what their experience is and what they would like to be able to perform one year from now. With transfer students, I have asked them to play their favorites from the lesson books they own, (and I ask them to evaluate their proficiency)- then we discuss where to go from there. Often it is positive to stay at the same level but use different literature so they can become comfortable with my style of explanations and expectations. This encourages a relationship where the student feels like they do know what they were taught and 'cements' those skills as a foundation for our moving forward together. I have a CD player handy for the books that include recorded tracks to go along with a learned piece.
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David L. July 8, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
I started taking piano lessons from Debbie three months ago. I have some previous experience as a violinist, but none with piano. With her guidance, I've gotten so much farther than I would have on my own! She's a professional music teacher, and it shows - she regularly gives me tips to improve musicality of a piece, or background on the composer. She's easygoing but always encourages you to try to go further. So glad to be learning from Debbie!
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Madison V. July 1, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Ms. Debbie is so patient and sweet. She works at the students pace and makes the lesson really fun! :)
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Mindy T. June 24, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
My son is 7 and this is his first time learning piano. We have been searching for the best piano teacher that works well with children. From reading many excellent reviews, we gave Ms. Debbie a try. And we are so glad that we have made the right choice. My son has been with Ms. Debbie for 2 months and I can see that he starts to like piano now. Ms. Debbie is very patient with my boy and always make it fun and interesting for him at every lesson. Thank you so much, Ms. Debbie.
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Debbie T.

Debbie T.

Houston, TX 77070
(15)
starting at
$29 / 30-min
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Jennifer G.

Spring, TX

About Jennifer

I have been teaching piano to students of all ages since 1992, both to individual students and groups. I taught with the Music Learning Center of Michigan. I have been a music teacher and choir director for a number of years as well. For eight years I have played the organ and piano for Church worship.

*** Lesson Details ***
Music should be appreciated and enjoyed. Lessons should be fun without sacrificing quality. This is the approach I offer to students. I focus on teaching independence through music theory and sight reading. Performance is an important part of learning so I provide two
recitals every year- one for Christmas and another in the spring, at the end of the school year.
My schedule only allows for weekly lessons. Requests for every other week cannot be accepted.
*** Studio Equipment ***
Separate room dedicated to teaching with upright piano.
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Madeline W. September 8, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Jennifer is a wonderful teacher with ambition, paced teaching, and most of all, passion for what she does. Highly recommend.
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Brooke September 6, 2016
Piano · In studio
Jennifer is a phenomenal piano teacher. Her energy, positivity, and complete mastery of the art of teaching piano makes the lessons a great experience for my two children. My children are 7 and 5 and her approach to each of them perfectly compliments each of their personalities and abilities. We love Jennifer!
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Wyatt U. August 20, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Fantastic piano teacher for kids! Jennifer is patient, kind and energetic. She was prepared for us to arrive and worked very well with both of my children. We are so excited!
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Jennifer G.

Jennifer G.

Spring, TX 77379
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starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Leni B.

Magnolia, TX

About Leni

BA in Music, composition and conducting from Hunter College (City University of New York)
Diploma from the Conservatoire de Fontainebleau, France
Studied with Louise Talma, Jacques Louis Monod, Nadia Boulanger

Lessons are about learning to make music, not endless scales and arpeggios which so often lead to pain and injury. Tone production, sight reading, and age appropriate theory and interpretation are strong elements from the beginning.

An overwhelming percentage of young, enthusiastic and talented children are discouraged early and give up the piano because they do not make rapid p
rogress and therefore do not enjoy their lessons. Music is one of life's great joys. It should be fun. For the intermediate, and even the advanced, student, it is critical that much more attention be paid to the musicality of the playing and the understanding of the music. This leads to more beautiful playing and greater enjoyment.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons are designed for the needs of the individual student.

*** Studio Equipment ***
7' KAWAI concert grand
Basic video recording capability

*** Travel Equipment ***
Basic video recording capability

*** Specialties ***
Concentration on interpretation, Theory, Solfege and ear training, and non injurious piano technique.
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Matthew F. May 13, 2016
Classical Piano · Online
Verified Student
After being away from the piano for years, not to mention piano lessons, I learned a great deal in my first lesson with Leni. He teaches a fundamental technique new to me so I am looking forward to my next lesson.
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Karen M. February 8, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Leni is very patient with me and he takes much of his own time seeing to it that I know the correct hand movements to play the piano properly. I sincerely appreciate all that he does to make me into a "maestro" in the long term!
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Jonathan H. October 15, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Leni is an inspiration of how one should approach teaching music. He avoids common issues that discourage others from learning. Leni doesn't drill you through endless exercises, or force you to play pieces such as "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" for months at a time. Rather, he will teach you simpler, but still beautiful, pieces that teach you the fundamentals more effectively than endless drills. I was somewhat nervous because I have arthritis in my hands, but the non-injurious technique that Leni teaches is intended to be as soft on the hands as possible, and not utilize the fingers, which will cause fatigue and injury.

Leni also has a very clear concept of student potential, and will introduce things to you that seem mind-boggling, but by the end of the lesson, you will have accomplished things you couldn't have imagined possible. He does not stick to an ironclad curriculum that he has developed, and will design a plan based on each individual student. His flexibility, faith in his students, realistic approach, and teaching abilities will help you progress rapidly.
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Leni B.

Leni B.

Magnolia, TX 77354
(10)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Abigail S.

Houston, TX

About Abigail

Abigail S. has taken the stage across the country as both a soloist and orchestral musician. Her love and dedication to the art of music has led her to Houston where she is currently pursuing a doctorate degree in music at the Moores School of Music under the direction of Paula Page. Ms. S. attended the Cleveland Institute of Music for her Bachelor and Master degrees in music where she studied with the world renowned recording artist, Yolanda Kondonassis.

Ms. S. made her solo concerto debut in 2013 when she performed as a soloist with the Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra. In additi
on to her experience as a soloist, Ms. S. performed as principle harpist with the Firelands Symphony Orchestra from 2011-2013. Ms. S. has also performed as guest principle with orchestras across the country such as the Cleveland Pops Orchestra and the Corpus Christi Symphony. An active ensemble musician, Ms. S. has been a founding member of the Heart Strings Ensemble since 2005.

This past spring Ms. S. was honored to receive the Alice Chalifoux Prize in recognition of her talent and dedication to the harp. Ms. S. is also a winner of the 2012 Cleveland Institute of Music Concerto Competition. Ms. S. is an experienced soloist and has competed in world renowned competitions such as the IMA HOGG Concerto Competition and the National American Harp Society Competition.

Ms. S. began studying music in Chicago Illinois at the age of five and has continued to pursue the art with passion over the years. An experienced teacher herself, Ms. S. has been educating students of all ages over the past eight years. Ms. S specializes in teaching beginning piano students and beginning to advance harp students. Ms. S's education and performance experience help her give students a quality, well-rounded education.
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Yolanda August 24, 2015
Harp · In studio
As a teacher, Abigail is committed to the process of learning and imparts her methods of organized thinking and layered stages of accomplishment to her students. Her warm and engaging personality enhances her approach and inspires her students to give their best.
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Derell W. May 18, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Ms Abigail is an excellent instructor.
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Abigail S.

Abigail S.

Houston, TX 77095
(2)
starting at
$35 / 30-min

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