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Allison V.

Houston, TX

About Allison

My musical journey began with piano lessons at age 8 followed by flute lessons the next year. My passion for the flute grew as I played in school bands from 4th to 12th grade. I attended Southwestern University from 2009 to 2013 and graduated with a BM in Music Performance on the flute (magna cum laude) and gave private lessons throughout most of my college career with great success. I have performed in several ensembles including the flute choir, wind ensemble and orchestra at SU, as well as The Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Austin Orchestra in their production of The Mikado. I currently p
lay 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 am an active member of the Houston Flute Club.

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 ***
I offer lessons that cover just about every aspect of flute-playing. Students can expect to become well-rounded musicians that 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.

I strive to make lessons fun and interesting. I do not consider myself strict, but I do not ignore bad habits. My goal is to see students improve. I want students to understand that playing an instrument is a lot of fun, but it is also a lot of hard work.

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.

My teaching philosophy focuses on slow and deliberate practice of technique while still appreciating the expression and style of a piece. I never force a student to play a piece he or she does not like because I feel that doing so discourages practice and slows musical development. I like to encourage students to pick their own solos and partly base the lesson on whatever aspects of the solo need attention, as well as whatever else the student is working on. 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 and tone production, 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.

*** 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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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 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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Saranya November 3, 2015
Flute · In studio
Allison is a very professional and well-organized teacher. She lays out clear expectations for new students and her explanations are always very clear. I appreciate how she strives to make the most of the lesson time and I'm sure you will too! She does not let a single moment go under-utilized.

Allison is clever at finding ways to make tedious exercises (such as tuning) fun. She also has interesting blog posts on the types of music/chords she composes and enjoys. She is enthusiastic about sharing these tidbits with interested students, thus inspiring them. Her teaching methods are quite motivating. I like the way she explains the logic behind a piece of music. An example is "O Magnum Mysterium", which she arranged.

Allison teaches out of her home studio. It is a comfortable environment that is conducive to learning and also has two seats for parents who wish to observe their child's lesson. Allison is very professional about ensuring that the lesson time is free of interruptions.

I highly recommend Allison's professional services to anyone who is looking to learn or resume playing the flute. She is an excellent educator and I'm sure you will be pleased with her studio.
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Allison V.

Allison V.

Houston, TX 77095
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starting at
$20 / 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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Charlene P. May 20, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
This was my first time ever taking Piano lessons. Jennifer made me feel comfortable and eager to learn more. I actually played a song...it wasn't perfect but I tried. I'm looking forward to my next lesson and the possibilities for the future. Thank you Jennifer!!
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Seyana S. April 30, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
It was everything a first experience should be. The instructor got right to work and started at basics. She didn't skip a moment and kept my daughter occupied the entire time. My 4 year old was overjoyed and felt like she was "all that" the rest of the day!
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Rachel L. April 17, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
It was great. My daughter had a great experience with Jennifer's first lesson. Thanks
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Jennifer G.

Spring, TX 77379
(30)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Andrew D.

Houston, TX

About Andrew

Music is my life. As cheesy as that phrase goes, for me, it holds true. I'm Andrew. Everything I do and have been doing has been geared towards music. I've been in one working/gigging band or other without break for the past 10 years. I began intensely learning to play guitar at the age of 9 and have not stopped. The second I started learning I knew that that was what I wanted to do. Fast forward to now, and here I am loving every minute of it. I took lessons of my own as a kid, which helped shape me greatly. I then picked up bass at the age of 13.
I've taught personalized lessons for
over 6 years now without a single complaint. At this point in my musical career, the majority of my experience and attitude has come from being "in the field". I've played South By South West, Austin City Limits, Westheimer Block Party, opened up for bands like the Misfits and Rage Against the Machine, shared the stage with bands like The Wallflowers, Minus the Bear, and Echo and the Bunnymen, and been on tour and lived the whole life more often than not!
YOU can be an active musician. If you have the passion and desire. The first step though, is learning your instrument. Learning an instrument is something that stays with you for the rest of your life. It's an unfaltering companion that can benefit you in so many ways. I like to toss out the strict "teacher/student" regiment and create a laid back, fun, easy going atmosphere. I want to be buds and SHARE music with each other and introduce you into this world that I have grown to love so so much. There is nothing more rewarding. I promise. So let's get started!

*** Lesson Details ***
I am very laid back. Your progress is directly linked to you. I will give it my all to teach you and help you, but if you don't practice or soak it in, that's on you! I hate having a tense, seminar type lesson atmosphere. Lessons with me will be easy going and relaxed. I don't want to have to put on a sweater vest and wag my finger as a I scold you. That's just not me.
However, I DO expect you to get things done. Why waste your time with lessons if you're not going to take them seriously on any level? The curriculum will be totally personalized for YOU. After all, not everybody likes the same music and style. The first lesson or two will be getting a handle on exactly what YOU want to learn and what YOU want out of it. Finding out your favorite bands/artists, guitar players, bass players, etc. There's nothing worse than being taught something you have no desire for, but having it drilled into your head week after week! So whether that be blues, folk, metal, whatever, that's the first step. With that information I'll begin constructing and laying out the rest of your lesson plan.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Although I assume you have an instrument of your own (if not I recommend getting one, it sort of helps), if you're looking to just try things out at first I have more than a few extra that I'd be happy to let you use. My teaching studio doubles as a recording studio as well. This means 2 things: if ever you would like to record some of your music you know where to go! And also, I have the means to record the entire lesson if you'd like. You'll need to supply the blank CD(s) of course. It's not a requirement to record the lesson, just an option! Basically, I have everything you could ever possibly need for music lessons here. So you're set.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Guitars, amps, etc. anything that would be needed I've got!

*** Specialties ***
I am versed in blues, rock, metal, folk, hardcore, acoustic-finger-style and various other acoustic styles, and more. Through teaching and experience as a working musician I have mastered most genres and styles. When sitting at home jamming in my free time, I probably most frequently find myself playing acoustic finger-style, blues, folk, or hardcore, but love and appreciate most styles. So, bring it on!
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jeremy S. May 2, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Andrew was VERY helpful in breaking down the basics of the guitar. He was very nice and polite and knowledgeable.
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jeremy S. May 2, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Andrew was VERY helpful in breaking down the basics of the guitar. He was very nice and polite and knowledgeable.
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Andrew S. February 26, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Andrew will quickly identify your goals and develop a curriculum that will teach you exactly what you need to know to become the guitarist you want to be.
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Andrew D.

Katy, TX 77450
(22)
starting at
$29 / 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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