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Review by Liz
Rachel is the most amazingly wonderful instructor! Other people in the group I sing with have even commented on the good advice she has given m
e (such as not over-singing when many would). She has helped me grow from someone who had never sung in public to a singer who just got invited to sing in a real gig with a real band! She is a great listener and really focuses in on the specific things I need to work on. And, she keeps me going when I've had a bad performance and my confidence is down. We use FaceTime for our lessons - and it works great. I would never want any other instructor! Thank you, Rachel!"
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Mary
Tim taught my now 8 year old son piano and guitar lessons. He was kind, patient and encouraging. My son enjoyed practicing during the week
and improved at a steady pace. At the little recitals, Tim accompanied my son in guitar, which gave my son confidence and made him feel 'cool' to be playing with an adult. Tim was a great role model for my impressionable son."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Bruce
"I have been taking bass guitar lessons from Kevin for over six months now. He was able to teach me the fundamentals of music in a way that allowed me to
progress with an understanding of how music works and how it works specifically in playing the bass. I have reached the point where I can start applying that understanding to the playing of songs in context. It makes a huge difference. Highly recommended."
Salt Lake City, UT teacher:
Review by Ervin
"The best and he is very patient."
Dallas, TX teacher:
Review by Bob
"David D. is an ideal music teacher for me, an adult learner. I appreciate his two-pronged approach: (1) instruction in piano and (2) appreciation of great
music. He prods me to plow through the basic piano books, and he provides insights along with YouTube links to performances of some of the world's best music.
Dayv's depth of knowledge and his dedication to music are infectious. He has also been very accommodating to my changing schedule. I always look forward to my piano lessons. Dayv has given me a joyful appreciation for music."
San Jose, CA teacher:
Review by Raquel
"We did a lot of breathing exercises that's going to help me be a better singer. We also did some exercises that'll eventually help me hit the notes I want
I am a University of Miami School of Music graduate with extensive experience in music education, theory, songwriting and arranging. As a winner of the Florida State Concerto Competition at 17, and having performed with some of South Florida's best singers and musicians, I offer a wealth of knowledge about how to connect music theory with music practice.
*** Lesson Details *** I specialize in creating individual lesson plans - no 'cookie cutter' methods, and no lectures about practicing!
My teaching style is free-flowing and relaxed. I'm very willing to adapt to any and all situations
in order to make music education work for YOU.
We offer group lessons that help young students learn socially and with fun activities. Our music reading curriculum teaches "easy success", in a one - note - at - a - time fashion.
*** Equipment *** I have a small keyboard lab of 4 - 5 pianos for group lessons and games. It is preferred that private students have a piano or full size keyboard. We also provide games, piano accompaniment tracks, and other accessories to make lessons more interactive and fun.
*** Specialties *** Jazz, Gospel, Pop, Blues, Group Piano
Clint November 16, 2015
My daughter has had several piano teachers over the years. And none have shown the dedication as Allen does. His method works. We see gradual improvements. I am a musician as well and can appreciate that she is learning technique as well as how to read complet musical notation.
I would recommend Allen as he is patient, trustworthy and very talented.
Vintyre F. September 11, 2015
Music Theory ·
In home Verified Student
Great first day back to the basics and then off to tread the deep waters of theory. Allen was able to to explain the theory in a simple to understand format followed up with application.
Val C. March 6, 2014 Verified Student
It's been a real pleasure!!!!!!!! Can't wait to get back!!!!!!!! Merry Christmas!!!!!!!!!!!
Lucian W is an alumnus of Berklee College of Music in Boston and former faculty member of the Hartford Conservatory. His vocal studies have been with Jacqueline Jarrett and David Baker in Connecticut, Jane Ellison at Loyola University in Montreal, noted operatic tenor Carmine Gagliardi in New York City, and Gina Moretta (whose students have included Gloria Estefan and Jon Secada) in Miami. He studied privately with world famous jazz guitarists George Benson and Chuck Wayne and has had a full time performing career of several decades as a guitarist, pianist, vocalist, bassist, arranger and orc
hestra leader. Lucian believes that by sharing his enjoyment of making music with his students, he can give them confidence in other areas. That is because, in order to make music, they must go through a process of physical discovery through practice. They are then empowered by experiencing the connections between inspiration, work, and pleasure. He performs, as a solo entertainer, an unusually wide ranging repertoire because of his versatility on guitar, piano, and vocals. Being an accomplished arranger with a vast library of charts also allows him to lead a ten piece orchestra as competently as a trio or quartet. He has performed extensively in New York, Chicago, Cape Cod, and Florida.
*** Lesson Details *** I always try to make lessons as comfortable and enjoyable as possible yet challenging enough to maintain interest. I build lessons around the student's individual interests (specific songs or styles) so that he or she can learn the technical fundamentals in a relevant context. My own curriculum is supplemented by the following: Guitar: Hal Leonard Guitar Method, Aaron Shearer Classical Guitar Method Piano: Alfred's Basic Piano Course , John W. Schaum Piano Course Voice: Jeffrey Allen's Secrets of Singing, Nicola Vaccai Practical Method
*** Studio Equipment *** Hardman baby grand acoustic piano OptimusMD1600 electronic keyboard Crate TX50D guitar amplifer
*** Specialties *** - Singing lesson time is generally divided 50/50 between voice building and repertoire. I accompany vocalists on both piano and guitar, teaching the melody notes as they are sung along with the piano. Then, once the melody is learned, I often switch to the guitar with just chordal backing. The acoustic guitar is also softer than the piano and lets the singer hear their own voice better. For voice building, I use my own concepts plus approaches of famous voice teachers like Jeffrey Allen, Seth Riggs, and Anthony Frissel. - I am very experienced performing all styles of guitar and can cater to the student's specific area of interest, whether it be rock, folk, classical, or jazz. - With piano, I work on fundamentals of reading and technique. Learning basic harmony and chord construction starting with triads (3 note chords), the student can soon read single stave lead sheets (a form of music notation widely utilized by professional musicians) as well as the grand staff. This approach trains the ear and makes learning how to play popular songs much easier.
Merrill July 29, 2015
Flamenco Guitar ·
Lucian is a great teacher. Laid back and mellow. Has a wide ranging musical knowledge and playing styles makes new concepts easy to understand. I would highly recommend him to beginner and experienced students alike!
Soheila F. July 28, 2015
Guitar Verified Student
He is so friendly! He knows everything about the instruments. We are happy to be with him. Recommend!
Chase H. June 6, 2015
Bluegrass Guitar ·
In studio Verified Student
Lucian will listen to whatever it is that you want to learn and give you all the building blocks to play how you want to play and explore your options on the neck in many different ways. I am a intermediate guitar player and within a few lessons with Lucian I was given tools to work on and practice for months to improve my skills and technique/ approach to playing. I would recommend his lessons to ANYONE looking to improve!
Opera singer and accomplished classical pianist Elizabeth has been sharing the joy of music with voice and piano students for over 10 years. She boasts 20+ years of private education, including several at the prestigious Peabody Preparatory of Johns Hopkins University and a B.A. in Music Performance from American University in Washington D.C. Her pedagogy is defined by the belief that music enriches lives in countless ways outside of the concert hall - it imparts discipline, encourages creativity, and teaches children to be collaborative with their peers. Her students receive well-rounded inst
ruction, including sight-reading, ear-training, musical interpretation, and healthy physical technique, all bundled into games and challenges that make it fun to learn.
Elizabeth is also an active performer; highlights of her career include the Miami Summer Music Festival, AIMS in Graz Opera Studio in Austria, and singing for members of Congress and the USAF on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.
Stephen W. March 29, 2015
In studio Verified Student
I have acquired over five years of teaching experience, travel from ages 5 to 17 acting and playing music. In addition I am a full-time music teacher and spend my free time volunteering at a local high school teaching music. I love music and teaching, it is amazing to see the look on a student face when they learn something new and even better when they perform and stun the audience the joy that my students get makes me happy its confirmation of a job well done.
Liza L. November 3, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Great, thanks a lot!
Myrna F. October 11, 2015
In studio Verified Student
My granddaughter and I are very pleased working with Charles. He plays the trumpet beautifully and he's a very good and patient teacher.
Patrick J. July 28, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Mr. Charles is very professional and patient with my son. He has a passion for teaching and a passion for music. He is well prepared for each lessonand takes his classes seriously. Very happy we have the opportunity to work with him.
Johanna -Vines, has also performed in venues throughout the United States, China, and just recently returned from Austria. She has played with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Marin Alsop, North Carolina Symphony Orchestra, Ars Flores Symphony Orchestra (Principal Cellist), and other orchestras in South Florida, Indiana and North Carolina. In North Carolina, she performed the world-premier of North Carolina is My Home, composed and narrated by Charles Kuralt. She also works with local composers in South Florida where she has performed and recorded new compositions. Mrs. Wright-Vi
nes obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Music from East Carolina University, and a Master of Music from Florida International University. She studied cello with Fred Katz, Daniel Levitov, Claudio Jaffé, and Jason Calloway, and she has performed in master classes with Jonathan Carney and Christopher Rex.
Debbi C September 22, 2015
I have had the pleasure of watching Johanna grow as a musician and a gifted music instructor over the past several years. Johanna is very passionate about her music. She possesses a natural talent for music and is academically accomplished. I have seen her excel at improvisation and a more methodical approach to musical performance. Her love for the cello is evident in her enthusiastic and energetic teaching techniques. She is exceedingly patient with all, encourages everyone, and coaxes the very best effort from each and every person she works with. Ideals she passes on to her current and future students.
Curt September 21, 2015
Johanna is passionate about music and teaching music. She easily communicates her enthusiasm for music to her students not just to beginners but to more experienced musicians looking to learn an additional instrument. She has an awesome attitude all around.
Peter F. September 18, 2015
Johanna Wright-Vines has been a member of the Cello section of the Hallandale Symphonic Pops Orchestra for several years and she has distinguished herself in many ways.
As a musician she is musical , alert, conscientious, always well prepared and eager to perform. She loves music and it is a pleasure to work with her.
As a person she is cooperative, resourceful and always has a ready smile and a pleasant demeanor.
I have confidence that whatever projects she undertakes in the future
she will show the same talent, dedication and thoroughness I’ve witnessed in her work in the Orchestra.
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