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Music Lessons in Houston, TX

In Texas, Austin usually gets the recognition for musical talent. However, many successful bands and artists hail from Houston, including Beyonce, Blue October, Kenny Rogers, and Lyle Lovett. Houston is also host to a number of more extreme, experimental musical artists, from rappers to rockers.

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Shannon S.

Houston, TX

About Shannon

See details of "AFFILIATIONS", "MUSIC" and "FITNESS" below:

AFFILIATIONS:
Music: AAUP, AFM, ASOL/LAO, CMS, HFC, NFA, IDRS, ICS, NASA.
Fitness: ISSA, NDETA, ASHI, USAT, LCT, BAM, HRTC.
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MUSIC (see fitness below): Shannon has numerous years experience teaching all skill levels on woodwinds, and beginning-intermediate piano & classical strings, using various approaches to best suit the students learning style, personality and needs.

Shannon is an active musician, who has been featured as a soloist, and in the flute and woodwind sections with various orchestras, chamber
ensembles, opera orchestras and musical theatre within the United States, Italy, and Mexico. She is presently Principal Flute of the Baytown Symphony, Director of the Da Capo Chamber Ensembles, and is a substitute musician with the Orquesta Sinfnica de Monterrey, Symphony of Southeast Texas, and Opera in the Heights.

Shannon has been a faculty member at various colleges, is currently Adjunct Professor of Music at Brazosport College, and also has an active private studio, Leigh Studios. She is the College Music Society South-Central Regional President; and is an Advisory Board member for the Houston Flute Club.

Shannon received her Masters of Music degree in Performance from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. She also studied at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and received her B.A. degree in Performance, and B.S. degree in Music-Business from Winona State University, and has studied with world-renowned instructors.

Shannon has received grants for her work, from the Minnesota State Arts Board, American Federation of Musicians, Rome Festival Orchestra, and the Winona Music Guild, and was the 1997 recipient of the Vivian Menees Nelson Music Award.

Shannon is also a sponsored triathlete and trainer/coach/race director, and gives workshops on the importance of healthy living, nutrition and exercise for musicians. She is a board member for The Lake Charles Triathletes. And she is a strong advocate for music, health, and triathlon. Sponsors: Maggie Martinez-LMT, Eating for Performance, Bikesport, DeSoto Sport, Gu Performance Energy, Rudy Project, Amit Jethva-DDS, Leigh Enterprises.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am pretty easy going. I want you to feel comfortable and at ease, but we do need to focus and can have fun doing it. :)
I utilize various methods for each instrument, which is determined by the students learning style and ability; needs, so this can change as time goes on (not sticking to one particular publishers materials). I have done (and continue to do) extensive research into materials available for each instrument I teach, and supplement with my own, to utilize the best out there for "YOU" for the best possible progress. While ensuring an extremely well-rounded musical education, so you can progress at the best possible rate. Since each student's potential is different, each will progress differently. This is also determined by your dedication to daily practice (the more you practice, the quicker you will progress & the more accomplished you will become). This is a 'Team Effort'; I give the guidance and tools. You practice, utilize learn these tools, and off we go! The sky is the limit!

*** Specialties ***
Classical, jazz
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FITNESS: Shannon has been athletic most of her life. she is a Certified Personal Trainer, and Specialist in Exercise Therapy, with 10 years experience in triathlon. She is a sponsored athlete. She applies her years of teaching experience to helping you reach your physical and nutritional goals, to be the healthiest you can be. She's not for quick fixes/results. It's all about a transformational lifestyle change. Enjoy the journey! It's well worth it! (see info above).
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Johnny Brock February 2, 2016
Saxophone · Online
Verified Student
I couldn't have asked for a nicer teacher. The first 15 minutes Shannon helped me get my Skype working right when I thought it was. I liked the patience she had trying to figure out my problem with Skype so I'm sure she will be the same after hearing more of the off tune sax I have :). Thanks Shannon!
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Flo T. January 20, 2016
Clarinet · Online
Verified Student
Shannon is great. Friendly, and knowledgable. I am looking forward to our future lessons.
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flo January 17, 2016
Clarinet · Online
Im enjoying my lessons with Shannon and Im looking forward to continuing. I think with her I will continue to get better.
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Shannon S.

Houston, TX 77047
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$30 / 30-min
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Kerry M.

Houston, TX

About Kerry

I am a Biology student at Texas Southern University with a minor in music. I am a band leader, singer, songwriter, percussionist, bassist and guitarist. I have been a contract music teacher for over 10 years. I have taught music in various schools from 1st grade to high school in the Houston Independent School District, Spring Branch Independent School District and several charter schools throughout the Greater Houston Area. I have instructed and led large guitar ensembles 25+, percussion ensembles, a pop/ rock/ stage band, an elementary school choir, one on one private lessons, etc. I have de
signed curriculum and written lesson plans.

*** Lesson Details ***
Fun lessons based on your personal favorite songs and music. You'll be exposed to and learn different styles of popular music. After a few months and a personal commitment to practice, students will have a thorough understanding of the musical instrument they are studying and how to sight read.
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Kerry M.

Kerry M.

Houston, TX 77021
starting at
$29 / 30-min
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Troy W.

Houston, TX

About Troy

Composer Troy W. graduated from the New England Conservatory, earning his Bachelors, Masters (cum laude) and Graduate Diploma while studying with mentor Malcolm Peyton. After spending a year studying with Lukas Foss in Boston, Mr. W. moved to Houston in 2001 where he continued graduate studies at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music.

During his time as a teacher with the Michael P. Hammond Preparatory Program at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music, Troy taught classes in music fundamentals and music theory for pre-college students. He has also served on the faculty of the Summ
er Institute for Piano teaching courses in Form & Analysis for pre-college students.

Troy also has maintained a private studio, tutoring and teaching private lessons in composition, ear training, voice, piano, literature, and history for over ten years. Students who have studied with him come from a wide range of backgrounds with different goals. Those who have continued with musical studies in college have consistently placed out of at least the first two semesters of music theory and achieved advanced placement in their chosen fields of study. Those who chose a different path continue to benefit from the education and training they received from taking music lessons.

*** Lesson Details ***
There is no "standard formula" to lessons. Each student has their own unique background, needs, and goals. Lessons tend to be somewhat casual but are structured in such a way as to meet the unique requirements of the student.

To accomplish your goals, there are a few requirements and basic expectations that the student and parent must meet.
The first is practice. Students are expected to practice daily for at least the length of their lesson time. This, above all else, is essential to progress. It is also expected that a parent will attend lessons for students who are too young to drive themselves here. It's important for a parent to guide the student's practice time (particularly for younger students) to ensure that the most is gained from it. This is why I ask that a parent observe lessons.
Each student or parent should bring to each lesson a notebook, pencils (with erasers). The notebook will be used to record notes about each lesson, homework, practice advice, etc. Pencils (not pens...nobody's perfect!) are used by composers to record their creations and performers to mark their music. Both of these essential practices are subject to changing thought and must be open to change. So no ink, please!

Performers: It is not necessary to know how to read music at the first lesson for beginners. However, learning to read is required for subsequent lessons and will be a large focus for all non-readers. Lessons are not learned "by ear." A certain amount of theory will be a part of every lesson just as technique and repertoire. Concerning repertoire, it will be selected based on the student's learning needs but also with their input. The main emphasis on performance lessons, however, will be technique and reading. Students should come to the first lesson prepared to discuss their background & goals and the plan of their course of study.
Note: Voice students must be at least 16 years of age.

Composers: Just as with performers, it is not necessary to know how to read music at the first lesson. However, learning to read is required for subsequent lessons. Many young composers have great ideas but can only hear them in their heads or play them on an instrument. Lessons will allow you to obtain the skills to write them down with greater speed, accuracy, and clarity. More advance students will also include exploring a wider range of harmonic languages, advanced notation, instrumentation, orchestration, and aural skills. Students should come to the first lesson with examples of their work, either written, notated, or recorded in a digital format. They should be prepared to discuss their background & goals and the plan of their course of study.

IMPORTANT NOTE: the studio space is also inhabited by two lovely cats. Do consider this when signing up for lessons.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Yamaha DGX-650 weighted 88 keys full sized keyboard
area for parents to sit and observe lessons.

*** Specialties ***
Main area is in classical music and media scoring with secondary focus on musical theatre vocal performance and composing/arranging.
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Sarah R. February 7, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Fantastic start!
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Rebecca Girardet January 25, 2016
Opera Voice · In studio
Verified Student
Wonderful first lesson. Troy is very knowledgeable. I'm feeling more encouraged about my singing than I have in a long time.
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Timea H. January 15, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Troy was attentive to details and made very good suggestions on how to improve my sons' technique. He is very organized, and precise, while keeps the lessons fun. His assistant teacher, the unforgiving gray cat keeps an eye on the students when they do not perform. :-)
The boys were a bit discouraged when he told them that they have to practice some of the basics as there seem to be holes in their knowledge. I hope with the proper technique an structure they will quickly progress in piano and in enjoyment and appreciation of music.
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Troy W.

Houston, TX 77006
(35)
starting at
$40 / 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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Jay B. September 12, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Very talented. Patient. Creative lessons. Great instructor.
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Kelly Y. July 7, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Great teacher, actually cares and tries to help his students improve.
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Janet I. February 27, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
I’m a total guitar beginner and have been taking lessons with Andrew for about 6 months. He’s easy going, fun, encouraging and definitely talented. I have learned so much from him and with his guidance, I’m certain I will continue to progress. I’m glad I stumbled across him, great teacher.
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Andrew D.

Houston, TX 77023
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Phebe W.

Houston, TX

About Phebe

Having been a performing professional as well as piano teacher with 25 years of experience, I have developed efficiency and results in guiding students, beginning to advanced level, children and adults. My students find my classes rewarding and challenging, engaging and fun. My goal is to create a nurturing environment to sustain musical interest, that's catered to individual student, to showcase the strengths and to find strategies for the weaknesses.

After attaining Cum Laude in Bachelor's of Music in Piano Performance in Singapore, I delved into many collaboration works and later became k
nown as Ballet Pianist. All these, while maintaining my own Piano Studio for 14 years in San Francisco Bay Area.
Moved to Houston to take up a position in the world-known Houston Ballet as a Company Pianist.

Now offering you high quality music education, children and adults, beginning to advanced level.
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John F. October 9, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Phoebe is awesome / interesting way of reading music.
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Joyce F. June 8, 2015
Classical Piano · In studio
I've taken piano lessons with Phebe from second grade to my junior year in high school. In that time, Phebe introduced me to the state exams in California (Certificate of Merit) and I progressed from level 3 to Advanced Panel within 8 years. Throughout my time with Phebe, she has taught me so much about all aspects of playing the piano. Whether she was teaching me new techniques, helping me cultivate my own musical judgment, or imparting her little tips and tricks from her numerous years of playing, Phebe was always patient and truly wanted to see me succeed. Unlike many other piano teachers, Phebe puts on as many student recitals as possible to allow students to refine their performance skills as well as listen to others' playing. I always looked forward to hearing what the other students had been working on and it was always amazing to see how much each student had grown since the last performance. Phebe's attention to detail and the effort she puts into each student is unparalleled. I would highly recommend Phebe to anyone who is looking to start or continue playing the piano.
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Barbara B. May 10, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Phebe took time to understand where I was with my playing and what my objectives for taking lessons are. She had a number of suggestions and sent me away with a few good times to practice before the next lesson. Very good approach to an initial lesson
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Phebe W.

Houston, TX 77005
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$35 / 30-min

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