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About Stephenie F.

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West Des Moines, IA
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About Stephenie
I earned my Theater and Dance degree from Chapman University in 1998, and moved to New York City where I spent 10 years pursuing a performing arts career, both in theater and as a singer/songwriter. I found minor professional success as a recording artist and studio musician, and performed in numerous off-off Broadway theater productions while teaching theater and dance to children at the Bronx Community Center and also private voice lessons in the recording studio.

Since becoming a mother I have been giving voice lessons from my home. I have had 3 of my voice students audition for X Factor and The Voice. I love to pass on what I know and what I've learned to the next generation of artists and performers.

*** Lesson Details ***
My teaching style is fun and energetic, lots of positive reinforcement but also high expectations to
do your best and be disciplined, especially when it comes to practicing at home. The only way to really learn is to do it!
Each lesson we will warm up, review technique and work on your current song or scene. Ideally you will build up a repertoire of material you have mastered and can perform.
After 3 to 6 months with me, you should be able to perform or audition with complete confidence and skills that will blow them away!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons supported with a full weighted keyboard and professional grade microphone, and computer for streaming karaoke instrumentals. Full PA system available.

*** Specialties ***
method acting
presentation acting (as in Shakespeare)
comedic timing
Broadway musical "belting"
opera vocal skills
pop singing
folk singing
songwriting skills
phrasing and theme
recording studio basics
proper microphone technique
general public speaking for professionals giving presentations
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Jeffrey M. July 24, 2014
· Singing · In studio
Stephanie makes our 10-year old daughter feel so comfortable. She actually loves learning more about singing and the few techniques she has learned has helped her immensely! Gianna does not worry about singing in a microphone or in front of people as much. She's so into it that she's singing and whistling more and more around the house! It's well worth the drive.
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Marna D. January 30, 2013
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Stephanie is an amazing teacher!

In just a few lessons, Stephanie has taught Cassi so much about singing. She's knowledgable, encouraging, approachable and energetic. I'd recommend Stephanie to anyone!
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Sheryl L. January 6, 2013
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Great vocal teacher, knowledgable and knows how to teach

I drive all the way across town to go to Stephanie, she is really one of the best out there. She really cares and knows what to do to help you reach your goals whatever they may be. Highly recommend!
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Stephenie F.

Stephenie F.

West Des Moines, IA 50265
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About Shelia L.

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Galveston, TX
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About Shelia
If you will notice - I am the only accordion teacher that only teaches accordion. AND MY REVIEWS - are ALL for the Accordion!! That is what I play, that is all I play, I have studied with the best - Willard Palmer & Bill Hughes. I have owned and operated an accordion music school for over 20 years - with as many as 300 "accordion" students at any one time.

My philosophy - if it ain't fun - it ain't worth it!!!! I have over 500 accordion arrangements - that I use to teach with. All Genres, Classics to TOP Movie Themes - All Levels!

I have conducted Master Accordion Workshops all over the US and in Alaska. I have produced instructional You Tube lessons and several DVDs.

I have had my own performing combo for 22 years and a long history of strolling in Italian and German restaurants and performing at Ethnic Festivals since I was 7
(Performed with Myron Florin at the Wurstfest in Texas for 10 years!).

I teach the piano keyboard accordion as well as the B & C system Chromatic. I also have written lesson materials for the 3 row Diatonic Accordion. Before I closed the physical studio - I had an accordion teaching staff of over 6 instructors and 125 students.

*** On-Line Lesson***
Lesson material will be emailed in advance. Min. Charge based on selections used.

*** Lesson Materials ***
I use Palmer & Hughes instruction books and personally arranged selections for the taste of the student. I use personally produced accompaniment CDs for enhanced performance of students. I train classically (you can chose to learn all your technique and chord progressions) and instruct to the style the student wants. Pop & Standards, Italian, German, French, Cajun, Tex-Mex, etc.
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Edward June 1, 2018
· Accordion · Online
Very good instructor. She’s very patient and fluid with he student’s needs.
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Meredith F. April 13, 2018
· Accordion · Online
best. teacher. EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Betty G. March 28, 2018
· Accordion · Online
Shelia knows how to structure her lessons so that you can steadily build your skills and confidence. She is patient and flexible in her approach. She is the right teacher for me!
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Shelia L.

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About Gregory B.

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Baltimore, MD

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About Gregory
*** Travel Equipment ***
I am able to provide a full piano. With recording capabilities and metronome.

*** Specialties ***
Gospel, Gospel, a little jazz, and more Gospel.
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Scott April 10, 2018
· Audio Engineering · In studio
I mentioned to Gregory specifically I wanted to learn, which was GarageBand for iPad. He told me he taught middle schoolers and to book with him. I asked for more specificity on could he teach this exact thing, to make sure there was no confusion (please check the conversation he and I had within the takelessons website) and he kept saying book with me. I did.

He may know a thing or two about GarageBand (I don't know that for sure), but he knew very little about iPad GarageBand. It was a complete waste of my time. In text messages I said to him that I would not give him a bad review, but I was going to ask for a refund. He said thank you for not leaving a bad review. But then he wouldn't allow refund. Good God!

So here we are. He wasted 2.5 hours of my time, cost me parking in the city, didn't teach me literally anything, and he wouldn't give up the 50 bucks

All that said, now here I am having to take more of my time that could be used for productive purposes, to have to write a bad review. He really deserves this.
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Kesha L. December 11, 2017
· Piano · In home
Very nice. It would have been better if I knew what books to purchase ahead of time. To maximize the lesson time, teacher should send expectations and tips for success to students ahead so preparation can take place. Be sure to have your own equipment too.
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Jeremiah L. December 6, 2017
· Piano · In studio
My 4 yr old son had sooo much energy but Mr. Brown was able to get him to calm down enough to learn so basic key strokes. Can't wait to see how lesson 2.
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Gregory B.

Gregory B.

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About Sepehrdad A.

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Germantown, MD
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About Sepehrdad
As an experienced Violin teacher I help students to teach themselves the violin, to understood that their playing only improves when they change habits. A bored or disinterested child simply won’t progress, and a great violin teacher knows how to communicate with creativity and clarity. I have proper knowledge of the violin’s mechanics, general musical and repertoire knowledge, skilled as a player, and strength as a communicator. I have a bachelor degree in string performance, and I’ve taught students from beginner to advance for more than 10 years, guided students participating in inter-school musical shows, competitions and different musical presentations – Fests and orchestras. I teach both Suzuki and traditional method depending on the level of student.
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Sepehrdad A.

Sepehrdad A.

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About Stephanie H.

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Chandler, AZ
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Stephanie Hoeckley is an award-winning flutist and teacher in the Phoenix Metropolitan area. Recognized as a skilled performer, Ms. Hoeckley placed 1st in the Arizona Flute Society's 2017 Young Artist Competition, 2nd in 2016, and has been a finalist in the Florida Flute Association’s College Young Artist Competition and Advanced Masterclass. Most recently, in March 2017, she performed in Carol Wincenc's recital at Arizona State University; having the time of her life performing a trio with two of her all-time favorite flutists, Carol Wincenc and Elizabeth Buck.

Despite having degrees in Music Performance, Ms. Hoeckley is a passionate and engaging music educator. She is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Music Performance at Arizona State University, is the Flute Graduate Teaching Assistant at ASU, directs the ASU Commu
nity Flute Choir, teaches classes at the Arizona Flute Society's annual Summer Camp, and has an active private studio called the Colorful Clef Studio, with members ages 9-60+. She is on the board of the Arizona Flute Society, and is a member of the National Flute Association and the National Association for Music Education.
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Bob May 31, 2017
· Flute · In studio
I started taking flute lessons with Stephanie last September 2016. I have been playing flute since 2011 and play regularly at church. I take a hour long lesson. I have really enjoyed taking lessons from her. She has also been willing to adjust to my schedule, when she could, when work won’t allow me to make it to my normal lesson.
I had been taking lessons from another flute teacher since 2011 and knew it was time to change. Stephanie has always been able to help me. She is very knowledgeable about all questions and problems I was having on playing the flute or reading music. When questioning a technique she is able to demonstrate it or explain it in a different way so I could understand it. I’ve always had trouble with the high notes and alternate fingering and she definitely has helped me on those. Stephanie personally is a lot more enjoyable than my last teacher. She always seems happy to see me.
I also play Low Flutes and just bought my first Bass Flute. She also plays low flutes.
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Maddie F. September 20, 2015
· Flute · In studio
My daughter loves her flute tutor
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About Victoria N.

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Urbandale, IA

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I started playing the clarinet in the 5th grade and have been playing for 18+ years. I enjoy sharing my passion for playing the clarinet and enjoy teaching and looking for ways to help someone learn. I specialize in scales, fundamentals and general study for beginners (all ages).

I have performed with local (SEIBA), collegiate (Central College & University of Iowa), and state (Iowa) honor bands with the clarinet.

Lessons take place in my home office (in person or virtually); message me to see if this might be a fit for you.

Fun Facts:
* I have a rescue dog whose name was Princess in the shelter. I couldn't take her "title" away, so her full title is "Princess Molly of Merriam" - Call her Molly :)
* I also play the tuba, flute, marimba/bells, valve trombone & piano
* I love home projects
* Did you watch my video? You'll see
that I have worked with some pretty incredible accounts (work related, not music related)
* I took my passion for performing and let it help me pay for college!
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Bryan May 8, 2018
· Clarinet · Online
Victoria is fantastic with Audrey. Audrey is progressing well and excited to continue learning which is the most important part.
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Bryan March 20, 2018
· Clarinet · Online
Thank you for helping me, You did a great job
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Praveena January 4, 2018
· Clarinet · Online
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Victoria N.

Victoria N.

Urbandale, IA 50322
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About Leandro J.

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San Francisco, CA

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About Leandro
As a professional and multilingual Brazilian Trumpet player with 28 years of extensive knowledge and musical background in various genres such as Jazz, Bossa Nova, Samba, Funk, Afrobeat, MPB (Popular Brazilian Music) and Afro-Caribean coupled with my appreciation for Music education, I am sure that I can Help the students to reach the next level in their performance.

I started my musical journey at the age of 12 in my hometown of Ribeirão Preto, São Paulo, Brazil. I studied Classical Music performance at the Symphony Orchestra School, Brazilian popular music, Jazz and improvisation at the Conservatory of Music "Dr. Carlos de Campos", Tatuí, (SP) and have enjoyed a successful career as a professional Trumpet player, Performing around the world with many Brazilian and international main stream artists, at professional recording sessions
and TV shows.

As a Teacher, for more than 15 years I 've been teaching Trumpet technique, music theory and Brazilian jazz improvisation for beginners, intermediate and advanced students from 7 to 18 years old and also for adults, in various music schools, community projects, Brazilian brass band coaching, One-to-one private classes, and big groups up to 20 students.
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Lola C. April 13, 2018
· Trumpet · In home
Amazing!
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Ellsworth April 10, 2018
· Trumpet · In studio
Leandro was energetic and approachable right from the start. My five year old was so excited and we originally thought he might not have the attention span for more than 1/2 hr. But my little boy was mesmerized by Leandro. Such great energy! He made it easy enough for my 5 year old to comprehend and even wrote down easy step by step instructions for practicing at home! I look forward to watching my son blossom under his instruction!
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MATTIA January 31, 2018
· Trumpet · In studio
My experience with Leandro was incredible. I managed to improve a lot my technique and the quality of my sound during the time I was studying with him.
He is a great teacher, always manages to make the lessons exiting, using many different methods from classic to jazz and even practising improvisation.
He is very good in detecting your flaws and adapts the lessons focusing on what you need or whish to improve.
I strongly recommend him!
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Leandro J.

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About Darren H.

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Rochester, NY
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About Darren
Hi there!

My name is Darren, and I am part of the YellowJackets A Cappella at the University of Rochester (professional collegiate a cappella group).
Aside from my piano and music theory skills, I am a classically trained singer (Eastman School of Music) who performs all kinds of music: jazz, pop, musicals...

Teaching is only half of the process - the student will have to work on their own in order to improve their craft. That said, I will be glad to assist you in that process.

Sincerely,

Darren Huang
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Darren H.

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About Shanna F.

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West Des Moines, IA
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Always wanted to learn violin but thought it was too hard? You need no fear with me! I will get you playing your first notes in no time. We will laugh have fun and learn!
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Shanna F.

Shanna F.

West Des Moines, IA 50266
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