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About Knox S.

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Culver City, CA
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About Knox
Ear Training, Sightreading, Music Theory, and Harmony are all essential parts of mastering any musical endeavor. Your instrument is merely the voice by which you express your musicianship. HURRY - I only have room for 8 to 10 students!

I've performed on THE VOICE, AMERICAN IDOL, GREASE LIVE! & others. My music has been featured on NBC, ABC, CBS, and domestic & international films. I've coproduced KRISTIN BELL, JEFF DUNHAM, WANG LEEHOM, & LINYU CHUN.

I received undergraduate training at BERKLEE COLLEGE OF MUSIC (BM) in Boston where I studied with Tiger Okoshi, Charles Lewis, John Bavicchi, Richard Davis, & Gregory Fritze, and was a Graduate Assistant at the HODGSON SCHOOL OF MUSIC at UGA (MM) where I was a protege of the late Fred Mills (1935-2009), founding member of the Canadian Brass.
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Matt February 12, 2018
· Arrangement and Composition · In home
Knox is an incredible person and teacher. In addition to his education, he has a lot of real-world experience. His lessons are fun and full of informative, practical knowledge. Highly recommend!
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Evan February 11, 2018
· Arrangement and Composition · In studio
Knox is a great musician, great teacher and all-around great guy! Knowledgeable and friendly. Highly recommended!
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Lee February 6, 2018
· Trumpet · Online
I got better with just one lesson!
He opened my eyes! I studied with other trumpet teachers for years and didn't learn as much!
Try a lesson with him!
Thank you Mr. Knox!
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Knox S.

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About Alexis S.

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About Alexis
I believe in teaching all aspects of musicianship when learning an instrument such as music theory, ear training, and singing, just to name a few. I have been private teaching for more than 7 years and I specialize in trombone, music theory/ear training, and piano lessons and have taught a variety of levels. I provide a very inviting environment for students to learn and grow.

* In case of allergies, I will mention that I have 2 cats in my home. Let me know if this is a problem so we can work out a different location.
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Ellis H. March 26, 2019
· Trombone · Online
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Eleanor J. January 25, 2019
· Trombone · Online
Great first lesson. I look forward to many more. Thank you
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ginny December 28, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Alexis is very encouraging and patient. She understands my questions even when I am not able to explain them fully. Her lessons are fun and engaging. I made huge progress within a short period of time. I would highly recommend her!
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Alexis S.

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About Lonze R.

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Phoenix, AZ

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About Lonze
Hello , My name Is Lonze. I can't wait to meet you and start a fun , professional and rewarding private lesson. I have been teaching for 7 years and I enjoy what I do . Every lesson of interacting with my students is a great experience for us both . Many of my students carry the skills I teach them to play with their high school , college and local bands.

I began playing the Saxophone in elementary school going on to play at Cass Technical High School . There after I went on to Knoxville College Of Music studying classical and jazz improvisation. I have played at the Fox Theater in Detroit Michigan with the All State Symphonic Band. First Chair Alto Saxophonist in the Ben Pruitt and friends at Bakers Keyboard Lounge. I've played with several bands throughout the years performing classical , many forms of jazz , and blues music. I c
urrently perform in various venues around the Metro Phoenix area.

I am a very easy going an enthusiastic person that will bring those qualities to every lesson with my students. I have plenty of experience working with Kids working in the music department of the Rosedale Community Center in Detroit Mi.

Regardless of skill level I will teach the basics and progress at the rate as you learn the material. I look forward to helping you reach your goals to become better at any level school band , as a hobby or if you just want to play songs for your friends and family.

I look forward to hearing for you!!
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Susan February 8, 2019
· Piano · In studio
Lonze has reignited my daughter's passion for music. He is talented, patient and fun. He listens to what she has to say and adjusts lessons to meet her needs. So glad we found him.
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Niranjan & Nihal K. January 10, 2019
· Piano · In home
Amazing class.
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Sara January 10, 2019
· Piano · In home
Patience Is the key!

Being a new student that's a senior, patience is a must...and Lonze always bring an extra helping...He makes you feel comfortable and accomplished..after learning each lesson...I highly reccomend him..
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Lonze R.

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About Andrew G.

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Parkville, MD

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Hello and welcome to my studio!

I have been playing trumpet ever since I was a young elementary schooler and I began teaching private lessons in 2015.

When we start lessons, I will begin with breathing exercises as we need air to play trumpet. We will then work on developing a proper embouchure and making a nice sound. Later we will get to the more difficult parts of trumpet playing like flexibility, dexterity, articulations, and of course... high notes.

I'm glad you have decided to take trumpet lessons and look forward to helping you make great music! Let's get started!
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Christa January 4, 2019
· Trumpet · In home
My son has been taking trumpet lessons in our home with Andrew for several months and it has been fantastic. First of all, Andrew is always on time and ready to go and he communicates all the small details very well. Second, he is a great trumpet player and teacher. Andrew helps my son work on all aspects of the trumpet and he has really improved his overall understanding of the instrument. My son has been playing the trumpet for 7 years and he is still learning new techniques from Andrew. Finally, Andrew provides written notes and/or a follow up email with instructions for my son to work on before the next lesson. I really enjoy listening to their lesson. I would definitely recommend Andrew for trumpet lessons!
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PJ January 3, 2019
· Trumpet · In studio
PJ said his first lesson was great and how to focus on air
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Casimir November 30, 2018
· Trumpet · In studio
Week after week, Andrew always finds ways to deepen my knowledge of the trumpet and my own playing! Andrew is an incredible player as well as an incredible teacher, and his lessons make me realize concepts about the trumpet that I could have never even imagined! My playing has improved tremendously since I began taking lessons with him, and his lessons enable the learner to develop an awareness of the instrument as well as their own physicality while playing. Furthermore, Andrew takes great care to adjust each lesson in a way that is applicable and makes sense to each student he teaches. Knowing someone with such a passion for playing the trumpet and the fact the he loves to share that passion with others motivates me to improve and love the music that I play personally. Incredible experience!
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Andrew G.

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About Russell N.

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Roland, IA
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About Russell
As a music lover, I have been a curious student. Starting at the age of five, learning general music and singing, learning piano from a private teacher at the age of nine, concert band (French horn) all throughout junior and senior high school, and guitar.
I began teaching at the age of seventeen, in 1985 at a music school in Des Moines, Iowa. I have continued on teaching at other music studios and now teach at my own home studio.
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Meka September 18, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Very kind and understanding when it came to the lessions. I have issues with my hands and he showed me ways to hold my guitar and still be able to play. I loved working with Russell and hope to have more lessions from him.
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Robert F September 15, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
I took lessons with Russell for several years. He's a great instructor who always gave great lessons and got me involved with several opportunities outside the classroom to grow my abilities!
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Tricia September 13, 2018
· Guitar · In home
Knowledgeable, credible, experienced, caring and has a desire to share his expertise in piano and guitar with others. I would highly recommend Russell Nollen as a private music instructor.
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Roland, IA 50236
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About PJ G.

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Clive, IA

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Hello! My name is PJ. I was born and raised in Central Florida, and I’ve spent the last 3 years in Central Iowa with my partner Libby, and our lovely and talented 4 year old daughter, Janie Rose.

I have been a professional musician for almost 20 years, four of which I spent playing trumpet, guitar, bass, and singing in the US Marine Corp Band. For the last decade, I have made my living as a multi-instrumentalist and singer, entertaining thousands on stages across the country and around the world. Currently, I am the Entertainment Director at Blue Moon Dueling Piano Bar in West Des Moines. Libby and I also have a private entertainment company called Epic Event Entertainment that provides live music for weddings, corporate events, fundraisers, etc.

Each lesson plan is customized to cater to each student’s individual needs and goals. Howe
ver some concepts apply to all students. Beginners will develop a solid foundation in basic musical concepts, including, but not limited to, how to read music, the circle of fifths, scales, chords, articulation, posture and breathing. Intermediate students will learn and employ advanced music theory concepts, modes, better sight reading, and improvisation.
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Stacey February 19, 2019
· Guitar · In home
My daughter said that PJ made her lesson fun and can’t wait for next week!
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PJ G.

Clive, IA 50325
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About William C.

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Sacramento, CA

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About William
I have been playing guitar for seven years. At first, I learned many styles such as rock, classical, and pop, but in high school I fell in love with jazz. Since then, I've striven to become a master of playing tunes by great jazz artists such as Dizzy Gillespie, Cole Porter, and Count Basie. I am currently attending California State University, Sacramento, working towards a bachelor's degree in music.
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Sawyer H. March 18, 2019
· Guitar · Online
Still getting the hang of online lessons and don’t have much to compare it to but my son seems to enjoy it almost as much as live lessons.
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Alec L. January 14, 2019
· Guitar · Online
My son loved his first class. Learned more in one day than he did in a month with his old teacher
Thank you William!
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James October 22, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Very knowledgeable and super friendly !
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William C.

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About Emily M.

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Des Moines, IA
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Hello, my name is Emily! I have been teaching for the past 3 years and have over 15 years of musical experience. Currently, I'm working on my masters degree from the University of Iowa.

I enjoy music of all types including classical, jazz, and movie music. I also have two dogs, Dixie and Georgia, who love music too.
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Emily M.

Des Moines, IA 50313
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About Cornelia S.

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Peterborough, NH
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About Cornelia
I am a graduate of the Juilliard School and a frequent guest artist and faculty member at the nations’ leading festivals and summer programs. Having taught for over 20 years, I have an extensive background working with a wide range of students in private and group settings. In addition, I work closely with arts organizations and schools in presenting workshops to students of all ages.

Performances include: Oregon Bach Festival, Music from Salem, Bennington Chamber Music Conference, Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music, Orchestra of St. Luke's, Ensemble Modern, Clarion Quartet, Stadler Quartett, Bach Aria, New Hampshire, Caramoor, Waterloo, Salzburg, Grand Teton Music festivals; U/Mass-Dartmouth Guest Artists Series; Islip Arts Council- Dowling College Concert Series, New School Concerts, New York Philomusica,Trondheim Contemporary Music
Festival, Norway. Former member: Wiener KammerOrchester, Camerata Salzburg. Recipient: Artist Opportunity Grant-New Hampshire State Council on the Arts. Lecturer of Music- Franklin Pierce University.
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Sandy March 6, 2019
· Violin · In studio
Many years ago I was coached in a chamber music setting by Cornelia (in one hour the piece had been wholly transformed), and when my daughter, then 6, came to me and said she wanted to play the violin, I knew exactly whom to call. I was a little worried then that Cornelia might not take beginners, but to my joy, her attitude is (excuse me for putting words in your mouth, Cornelia) "Of course I take beginners! How else to keep them from developing bad habits in the first place?" Fast forward to now: that 6 year-old became the concertmistress of the NEC Youth Symphony in Boston, has traveled around the country and around Asia playing the violin with the highly competitive National Youth Orchestra, and continues to play with excellent players to this day--and all because she was set on the right path by Cornelia, who is focused and kind. She's also demanding of excellence, and wildly enthusiastic about your progress. If you want to pay for lessons but don't really care about what kind of job you do, go somewhere else. Cornelia is the real deal. Violin isn't easy: if you want to start right, start here. If you want to get better, you've come to the right place. If you want really to think about the music you're playing, she's your guy. Plus she's got a great laugh.
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Nancy February 23, 2019
· Violin · In studio
A consummate professional and gifted teacher. Her love of the instrument is infectious. Her sense of humor puts you at ease.
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Mikko February 20, 2019
· Violin · In studio
Cornelia is fantastic! We have been going to her for years. We have also heard from friends that she is the best violin teacher in the area. It would be hard not to agree. If you want to learn to play violin, she is the teacher for you. If you do not want to work hard and be accurate with your playing, then probably better to move on.
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Cornelia S.

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About Kristopher S.

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Peoria, IL
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About Kristopher
Hi, my name is Kris Shoemaker. I'm 24 years old and I have been playing guitar since the age of 10. Growing up I played in several bands in the Peoria, Il area. I am well qualified to teach with an expansive knowledge of guitar technique. Shoot me a message and we can discuss if I would be a good fit for you!
Cheers!
- Kris Shoemaker
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Kristopher S.

Online
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$50 / 30-min

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