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About Chris S.

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Aurora, CO

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About Chris
A short history of my experience with music and education:

The first instrument I learned to play was the guitar in 2001.

I played the guitar on the worship team at FBC of Midway in Plant City, FL from 2001 to 2005.

I began teaching private music lessons in 2003.

I played bass guitar in a Christian rock band called of Anastasis from 2003 to 2005.

I played acoustic, electric, and bass guitar on the worship team at Family Worship Center in Lakeland, FL from 2006 to 2012.

I worked as a freelance audio engineer with my in-home recording studio throughout college (and now I just do it for fun).

I played bass and sang background vocals in a worship band called Skyline from 2007 to 2009.

I taught music and trained a student led worship team at Hope Christian Academy from 2009-2010.

I began performing independently from
2009 to present.

I played guitar and sang lead vocals in a Christian Rock Band called A Story Familiar from 2010 to 2012.

From 2010 to 2012, I taught in the Polk County public school system of Florida from 2010 to 2012, where I also worked heavily with students with special needs.

In July of 2012 I moved to Aurora, CO as a volunteer musician to help plant Streams Church.

In January of 2013 I married my beautiful wife.

Upon arriving home from our honeymoon, I was hired as Worship Director for Streams church, and I have worked there since. Some of my responsibilities include developing and executing weekly music set lists, creating charts and sheet music for new songs, and training the worship team in new music.

As for me personally, I love Jesus, my wife, and music.  As I'm sure you can tell by my brief history, I do a lot of church service and ministry, if for this for any reason makes you wary, let me assure you: I play a lot more than just church music.  As a lover of music, there is not much that I don't enjoy in the world of music, and I've taught most of it.  I've taught the young and the not-so-young, and whether you're just beginning to read music, or you're just eager to learn your favorite song, I work closely with you to ensure you achieve the results you desire!

*** Lesson Details ***
Four things I focus on:
1. Creating individualized lesson plans for you
2. Teaching you new techniques and polishing old ones
3. Building your confidence
4. Both of us having a fun, rockin' time!

When taking lessons from me, students can expect an environment that is a balance between being strict and laid back.Music is something that must be learned, and as such, it must also be practiced week-to-week in between lessons.  I consider myself strict because I'll hold you accountable to doing your best to learn the best. Despite holding you accountable, I think the overall mood of the learning environment is laid back; we'll have a lot of fun learning music.  I make sure that we'll be learning at your pace, but keep in mind, this doesn't mean I won't push you to be your best! My teaching experience has taught me one thing: everyone is different. That being the case, I create lesson plans that are unique to you.  Where you will be in a month, six months, a year, largely depends on your commitment to learn, but I'll promise you this:  all of my efforts will be utilized to maximize your potentiality.

*** Attendance Policy ***
I am very flexible with attendance, but I do require a one hour notice that you will not be at the lesson. If a one hour notice is not given, the lesson will be marked as "missed" resulting in payment from your TakeLessons account for the missed lesson.

If you are simply running late, please be sure to let me know-I try to be as flexible as possible, but if the student is over 15 minutes late, I typically mark this lesson as "missed" as well.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I provide the following equipment for in-studio lessons:
Guitar amplifier
Bass amplifier
Drum Set
Computer
iPad
Recording equipment
Music stand
Seating area for parents/guardians to sit/listen in on the lesson

*** Travel Equipment ***
When offering in-home lessons, I provide the following when traveling for in-home lessons: iPad
For in-home lessons, I expect students to have whatever equipment is necessary for learning their instrument of interest (This typically includes at least the student's instrument and a music stand, but may also include a metronome, tuner, etc.).

*** Specialties ***
Rock, Jazz, Blues, Folk, Praise/Worship, Indie
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Travis May 9, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Chris is very knowledgeable, patient, and very thorough! I have had an amazing experience and would highly recommend him to anyone looking to learn guitar or improve their skills.
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Debbie A. January 31, 2016
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
We've only had 2 lessons so far and he is great! He is encouraging, polite, flexible, kind and takes the extra time if needed. He definitely knows how to teach and knows the natural developmental progression to build the foundation for a beginner and explains what the next goals she'll be working towards. He even learned a Justin Bieber song just to make my kid happy. Lol!
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Bentley January 16, 2016
· Drum · In studio
For our family, Chris just can't be beat!!!! He is super patient and has an awesome attitude! Laid back and relaxed! Made drum lessons easier to bear!
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Chris S.

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About Rebecca K.

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Chicago, IL
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About Rebecca
I am a professional actor in the city of Chicago. I have lived here my whole life and have a BFA in Acting from The Theatre School at DePaul. I love to perform in all types of theater, from plays to Musical Theatre to Shakespeare. Theater excites me and I love to teach because it is such a rewarding feeling to collaborate with a student and help them discover what works for them. I am also a musician. I know a few instruments, but my main focus is ukulele. I can teach beginners and intermediate players. I am very passionate about playing the ukulele and look forward to working students! Students can expect to gain a vast knowledge of playing the ukulele and will be playing full songs in no time.

I have been teaching for the past 6 years, working with kids between the ages of 3.5-14, as well adults of all ages. I have taught at multip
le children's theater companies as well as taken private students. My specialty is helping students find material for auditions and other performance opportunities. I have a vast knowledge of the theater cannon and love to search for monologues, scenes and songs that fit a student. I feel it is important to love the work you do, and I love to assist students in making those discoveries; making them feel confident and ready for auditions! Students can expect to grow immensely and feel continuously comfortable with material that makes them passionate and ready to take on the world!

When I am not acting or teaching, I can be found cooking, reading, doing yoga, and traveling. I think a vital part of acting is also finding ways to relax and enjoy everything around you!
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Rebecca K.

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About Paul W.

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Warren, IN

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About Paul
I am a classically trained guitarist whose mission is to help my students reach their goals while inspiring a love and passion for music. Never picked up a guitar before? No problem! You’ll be playing your favorite songs in no time. Have you been playing for years but need a little help overcoming that next hurdle? Great! You’ll be playing better and with more confidence than ever before. In order to truly improve you need determination and dedication, and that’s why I try to keep things fun and inspired from the very first lesson.

I first picked up guitar in 7th grade and never put it down afterward. I took lessons throughout high school and eventually decided to pursue music in college. I received my Bachelor of Music in Recording Technology and my Master of Music in Classical Guitar Performance from Ball State University. While stud
ying I held the Classical Guitar Graduate Assistantship at BSU. My responsibilities included instructing individual undergraduate students in proper classical guitar technique, history of the instrument, and musical expression through etudes and repertoire in preparation for performances. I also directed small classical guitar ensembles as part my of duties.

After receiving my degrees, I moved to Chicago and, in addition to my own private lessons, I also taught for Merit School of Music in Chicago and Sherwood Community Music School at Columbia University. I instructed private and group classical guitar classes with both schools. Our goals were to expand students’ personal and educational growth by cultivating a strong work ethic, effective listening, teamwork, and self-confidence. We developed each student’s musical potential by improving their musical knowledge, skill, and instrumental technique.

I took a short hiatus from teaching to travel Australia and New Zealand. While there I still taught and did a little street performing while traveling. While I was there I began working with Yousician to develop an additional service for their app in which users get personalized help from music teachers. Now that I am back in the USA I'm ready to get back into teaching full swing!

When I teach I don't simply have a One-Size-Fits-All approach. Every guitarist is different, with what they're good at, what they need to improve on, their likes, and their dislikes. Because of this, I use their interests to help propel them forward while incorporating personalized technical exercises that are designed to help them overcome challenges. Simultaneously, I sprinkle in Music Theory so that each student can gain a stronger understanding of harmony, rhythm, and layout of their instrument. So, whether you're trying to pursue music at the collegiate level or just learn a few of your favorite songs, I'll be sure to help you get here and have some fun along the way!

Please let me know if you're looking for Private Lessons and whether you're interested in Online, In-Home, or In-Studio Lessons as my rates are different for each type of lesson. Additionally, I do provide Group Lessons on a case-by-case basis. If you're interested in Group Lessons please contact me and we can work out the details. Finally, I have a 24-hr cancellation/reschedule policy. If you fail to notify me 24 hours in advance of our lesson it will count as a missed lesson.

I look forward to hitting the shed and getting to shred!

Paul Witkamp
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Andrew December 27, 2018
· Guitar · Online
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Paul L. December 13, 2018
· Guitar · Online
I was very pleased with Paul's knowledge, temperament and teaching style. He is very patient and thorough. I am looking forward to continuing to learn from Paul.
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Phil November 8, 2018
· Guitar · Online
I waited over 2 weeks for my first lesson and unfortunately Paul did not show up for my lesson. I called him at the number listed and was told he was not available at that phone number. Very disappointed.
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Paul W.

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About Arlette B.

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Stroudsburg, PA
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About Arlette
Arlette is an Opera, Pop, Jazz, and Musical Theater singer, dancer, and actress from NYC. Using vocal techniques that are a cross between Bell Canto and the Riggs Vocal Techniques, she has created a method of singing that that can easily adopt all styles of music.

Classically trained with a B.A. in music with a concentration in voice, Arlette began her professional singing career at the age of 15 touring with top 40’s bands throughout Europe. By 19 she had landed her first Musical with Star Trek’s Nichele Nichols (Lt. Uhura), and also began singing jazz with Harold Land, Jr, Cleve Eaton (Bassie Band), and Jothan Callins (Sun Ra Band).

Her credits include regional performances of “Evita,” “Ain’t Misbehavin,” “Little Shop of Horrors,” and “A Chorus Line” along with solo performances at Opryland USA, Foxwoods Casino, Waldorf Astoria
Hotel, Richmond County Opera, The Cotton Club, Iridium Jazz Club, and for TOHO Entertainment in Japan. Arlette’s album credits include: “Love Again” released in 2001, and soon to be released “Windmills” both on the Renesants Records label.

Subjects Taught:
Broadway, Pop, Jazz, Gospel, R&B, Belting, Performance, vocal anatomy, coaching for local competitions, and upcoming events and auditions, guided repertoire coaching, Psychology of the voice..

LESSON STRUCTURE
Every week. I do not teach bi-monthly lessons.

A NOTE TO THE STUDENT
I am so glad that you are looking into finding a voice teacher who fits your unique style, personality, and being. I love teaching voice. I love seeing my students go from where they are when they first arrive in my studio to auditioning with confidence, or singing in Broadway shows and bands, recording albums, and participating in open mics with ease and grace. It is my sincere hope to create a singer in every family! Maybe if we have a singer in every family, there will be less violence in our sometimes turbulent world. If it is your dream to be a singer, I encourage you to pursue it with abandon!
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Marci February 13, 2019
· Singing · In studio
My daughter never had training, and Arlette helped her hit notes she previously could not. She's also learning to sing beautifully without harming herself.
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Tom January 8, 2019
· Singing · In studio
I've taken many lessons on a wide variety of instruments, but this was my first singing lesson. Arlette laid out the strategy for forming a strong foundation and the steps to take to get there. I look forward to continued lessons with her!
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Hayley G. July 16, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Arlette was great my daughter loved her and she learned more in the first class than her last 2 teachers combined
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About Blake H.

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Cedar Falls, IA
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About Blake
Blake is a young up-and-coming performer and instructor. He was fortunate enough to attend McNally Smith College of Music, where he was awarded the Honors Scholarship for Excellence in Percussion, an award that's offered to incoming Percussion Performance Majors. During his time at McNally Smith, he studied with many great instructors from the twin cities: Gordy Knudtson, David Schmalenberger, David Stanoch, JT Bates, Kevin Washington, Marv Dahlgren, and Paul Stueber. He has also studied with nationally acclaimed drummers: Mike Clark (Herbie Hancock's Headhunters), Robert 'Sput' Searight (Snarky Puppy), JP Bouvet and Chris Wabich. Being under the instruction of so many different drummers, Blake quickly became a very versatile musician. In addition to teaching privately, Blake has taught at School of Rock, Soundcheck Music School, and Schu
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Shenandoah B. September 16, 2017
· Piano · In home
Blake is a wonderful teacher. He has a great easygoing personality and really cares about how my son is doing, as far as lesson go but also inquires about how he is doing otherwise. He is knowledgable. A person can be knowledgeable but not necessarily a good teacher - he is both. I highly recommend Blake.
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Jason March 17, 2017
· Drum · In studio
As an adult with no rhythm learning an instrument for the first time this was probably a very large challenge for Blake. His lessons were always helpful and I looked forward to meeting with him. I will be continuing my lessons with him again and highly recommend choosing Blake for your lessons.
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Jason February 17, 2017
· Drum · In studio
Blake is a great instructor
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About Trevares T.

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Keller, TX

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About Trevares
My name is Trevares "Tree". I am a professional musician/music producer, songwriter, and audio engineer. Two reasons that I decided to add teaching to my schedule. One is because a lot of the new talent coming up has stated they didn't have any mentorship or guidance to learn some of the key elements for success in what we do. The other reason is to offer others a quality lesson that caters to the each student's learning style.
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Trevares T.

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About Leslie C.

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Palmdale, CA
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About Leslie
I am a professional pianist and worship leader who lives in Palmdale, Ca. with my wife and three kids. I have a MM Degree from the Juilliard School where I studied with Jerome Lowenthal. I also have an extensive background in Jazz improvisation and I have taught both classical repertoire and jazz improvisation at local colleges.
My Jazz teachers included Terry Trotter, Harold Denko and Gary Dial. Currently I teach at Antelope Valley College. I also am a worship leader and have 20 years experience with piano improvisation as related to the worship service.
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SC January 4, 2019
· Piano · In studio
Les Counts is an excellent teacher of both jazz improv as well as full on classical styles. A caring and patient teacher who pulls the best out of each of his students. I have heard many of his students perform and they are all competent and interpretive. I highly recommend him for a piano teacher.
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Mark January 4, 2019
· Piano · In studio
I studied Piano with Les for a semester at Antelope Valley College. Whether you are starting off or looking to take your Piano playing to the next level, Les is the instructor you are looking for. Les possess a wealth of knowledge across various styles. I highly recommend Les Counts.
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Randel January 3, 2019
· Classical Piano · In home
He is an amazing teacher
Has lots of knowledge in music theory
Can teach many styles of music
Is an overall amazing teacher
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Leslie C.

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About Scottie W.

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Klamath, CA
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I've been playing rhythm guitar for 11 years now. I've taught many people throughout high school and a few since. I'm really easy going and non judgmental. I look forward to playing with you soon!
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Scottie W.

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