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About Richard D.

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About Richard
Music is my life. Since the age of 16, I have studied the guitar extensively. During my high-school years I was involved in band, marching band, choir, and independent music theory. I started my first band when I was 19 in the U.S. Army, and my life has never been the same since. I played music professionally in local bands while attending UMSL and have been teaching guitar and musical performance to many students privately for the last 7 years while developing and exploring my own musical goals. Recently I have written, produced, and performed on 5 original music albums, toured from St Louis to Texas and Colorado, and have learned many things about humanity and our culture's relationship to music. Those who share a passion for music form an extraordinary community. Come take the first step toward your potential...

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My students can expect professional, expert advise from a working performance artist. One of my main philosophies is a focus on fun. If music is fun, then students will practice more - which leads to accelerating returns. My students can expect lessons tailored to their specific goals. First I will discuss with the student musical influences and genre preferences, then I will assess the student's current abilities and we will begin designing a weekly regimen of practice and study. As a product of the Internet generation, I recommend using all the tools available to my students including the Internet to further their goals. My students will also learn to perform with other musicians, so we will typically have a segment of each lesson dedicated to jam time. Whether my students aspire to be professional performance artists, impress their love interests, or just rock out in their bedrooms, I work with my students so that they can do exactly that.

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one bedroom apt...hardwood floor...central room for studio...music stands, room parents to sit, chairs...

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I bring a music stand, an acoustic guitar, my handout literature, and any other equipment (mic, stand, vocal amp, electric guitar, guitar amp) based on what my students want to learn. I expect my students to own whatever instruments they want to learn.

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I specialize in teaching acoustic and electric guitar and stage performance. I teach using handouts that I customize for students and have lessons made up around different concepts such as - learning to identify what key a song is in - how to use 3 chord combinations - learning scales and when to use them - these type of things. I usually teach based on how I learned, which includes - using the Internet to learn songs - how to figure out how a particular song is played - getting into good practice habits - etc. My genres of specialty are Blues, Rock/Classic Rock/Southern Rock, and Acoustic Singer/Songwriter. What I like to do is ask a student what kind of music or songs they would like to learn, then build them up to the level they need to be to play those songs or that style of interest.
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Kit E. October 21, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
My first lesson with Richard was great! He explained how to set everything up and a few fundamentals in a way that we were able to get through them fairly quick and we got right to the fun part. I found myself playing a few cords and jamming with Richard halfway through my first 45 minute class. This is exactly why I wanted to have an instructor, so I can reap the benefits almost immediately, which makes me want to come back for more.
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Dave W. May 12, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Combined a great balance of practice, instruction, theory, and suggestions for "homework." Didn't feel inadequate, like I did with another instructor from school of rock.
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Susan W. February 7, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
This was my first lesson ever! Richard was very professional, knowledgeable yet patient and kind!! He made this a great experience for me. I felt as if I were part of something...not just a first time student. Can't wait til the next lesson!
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Richard D.

Saint Louis, MO 63104
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About Stephen H.

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Saint Louis, MO
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I earned my bachelor's degree in music with emphasis in jazz performance in drums from Webster University in 2014.
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Justin March 8, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Awesome!!!
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I give Stephen 5 stars
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Debbie A. June 19, 2015
· Drum · In home
Stephen rocks! He is kind, patient, professional and an incredible drummer. He has proved exceptional at teaching drum mechanics to my 13 yo daughter, who looks forward to her lessons with Stephen, He is also flexible with our busy schedule, and even helped us put our new drum set together... :)
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Stephen H.

Saint Louis, MO 63111
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About Kathy S.

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Saint Louis, MO

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About Me: I am an experienced classically trained Pianist who has been playing since the 3rd grade. I enjoy all styles of music and love sharing that enjoyment with my students. I have certification from the State of Missouri that I am proficient in educating beginning Piano students and have continued to expand my knowledge through my participation with local musicians’ groups. I am also working on expanding my instrumental abilities through perfecting my percussion skills and planning to learn guitar.

Experience: I have taught students for over 30 years and have seen many changes in both student’s preferences and the style of Music and instruments preferred. I am comfortable with both traditional pianos and organs and modern electronic keyboards. I have given lessons in my home, my students’ home and retail studios.

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hilosphy: I start my students with the John Thompson Piano Course, First Grade Book. I began with this one myself and have found it the most productive and enjoyable for my students. I like to use this in conjunction with the John W. Schaum Note Speller as a good foundation in Music Theory. I believe that a good grounding in Theory is essential as a student who becomes proficient in sight reading, no matter how well he/she plays by ear, will find that the doors for lifetime musical fulfillment with be much wider.

Lesson Style: I also believe that Piano Lessons should be fun. Since I generally teach one on one, lessons can be tailored to each student and I add supplementary material to the Piano course as soon as possible based on the student’s progress and interests. I am willing to add supplementary music in most any genre from current radio hits, to Pop Standards and soundtracks, as well as Holiday Music based on the student’s culture. There is no proper pace as long as the student is willing to practice and is interested in learning. I am always surprised and happy when a student “gets” the language of music and really starts to express himself/herself through the instrument and I always find that my students teach me as much as I teach them
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Tammy February 13, 2017
· Piano · In home
I am VERY pleased with Kathy as my daughter's piano teacher! She is patient and knowledgeable giving a very well rounded lesson. She includes theory in her lesson plan and I think that helps my daughter in her understanding of the whys...
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Kathy October 18, 2016
· Piano · In home
Kathy came to my home for my lesson. She has a very pleasant personality and it is very easy to follow her instructions. She kept the pace up, yet did not overload me. It's been a number of years since I have played and she did an excellent job on getting me back on the keys. I am looking forward to our next lesson.
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Ellie I. June 16, 2016
· Piano · In home
Ellie really enjoyed her first lesson with Kathy....She can't wait untill next week for another session with Kathy.
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Kathy S.

Saint Louis, MO 63146
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About Kelsey L.

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Saint Louis, MO

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Hello there! My name is Kelsey, can't wait to meet you! I am fairly new to teaching private lessons, I started this January 2017. I love teaching, and I am very passionate about the flute! I'm excited to share my knowledge of this instrument with students, and to help them to achieve their best sound. I achieved my minor in flute performance at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, and graduated with my Bachelor's in 2012. I have personally been playing the flute for 20 years, and am able to teach students both to read music, and to improv. I perform in a duo several times a month around St. Louis and surrounding cities, specializing in flute improv and flute solos. I am a very patient, and enthusiastic person, and my teaching style is flexible and fun, focusing on attainable goals so the students can experience success.
I look forward to helping you reach your musical goals!
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Linda August 8, 2017
· Flute · In studio
I was referred to Kelsey by a co-worker when I decided to start my seven year old on my old flute. We weren't sure if flute would be the right instrument, but since I already had one, it was the first logical step.

After the first lesson, my daughter had a good handle on identifying the notes in the treble clef. Half the battle is getting Chloe to pay attention. A stuffy, boring instructor would never keep her interest.

Kelsey is friendly, and reliable, and keeps lessons fun.
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Bethany August 8, 2017
· Flute · In home
We switched to Kelsey for lessons in January, and the difference in my 9-year-old beginner flute player was very noticeable. Brittany has been more motivated to practice, and has moved forward two seat-ranks in school band since starting lessons with Kelsey. Brittany loves her. They relate in a unique way, "woman to woman," so to speak. Kelsey is very dedicated, and knowledgeable about the instrument. Brittany is in good hands.
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Kelsey L.

Kelsey L.

Saint Louis, MO 63118
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About Lucy K.

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Hi There! I am a violin, viola and piano teacher with over 39 years of experience as a professional violinist. I earned a Master of Arts degree in Violin Performance and Instruction from the Higher Musical Pedagogical Institute in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. I teach traditional European method, and my students’ ages vary from children to adults. Many of my students play in the Webster University Music School and the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra. All of my students read notes and count very well. I look forward to helping you achieve your goals as well!
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Steven F. December 2, 2016
· Violin · In home
Very knowledgeable and experienced in not just playing the violin but teaching it as well.
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Chris T. January 5, 2016
· Violin · In home
At the age of 58 I decided to start taking violin lessons for 2 reasons, enjoyment of playing music and exercise my brain. I found Lucy K on the takelessons.com website and she was able to accommodate my request for lessons in my home on a Sunday. Starting from scratch, she taught me the fundamentals of playing and I have made some progress over the last 8 months. She is patient with me yet will push me along and at time bring me out of my comfort zone, which is good. She has the ability and training to teach students from early age to older adults like me. In addition, she also teaches piano, which my wife started lessons with Lucy K at the same time I started violin. She has my recommendation if you have interest in either violin or piano.
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Lucy K.

Chesterfield, MO 63017
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About Anna F.

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Saint Louis, MO

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I grew up surrounded by a musical family and was taught to love music at an early age. I hope to pass on that love of music to any student who walks through my doors.

I have a bachelors degree in piano performance, and have been giving private piano lessons since 2011. I have experience teaching beginning and intermediate piano students of all ages, and am comfortable teaching from a variety of method books. I aim to choose material that will be fun, engaging, and learning appropriate for each individual student. Though my training is classical and I believe this provides a good building block for learning music, I like to incorporate many different styles of music, based on students' interests.

*Please note: I currently teach from my home, and we do own a cat. If you are allergic to cats, please let me know - I am happy to make sur
e the cat is put away during your lesson time and to vacuum/dust as needed.
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Emily February 4, 2017
· Piano · In studio
My daughter left her first lesson and said "that was a lot of fun, I can't wait to go next week"
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Adam G. July 30, 2016
· Piano · In home
So far, I've had three lessons with Anna, and she's pretty good. I'm looking forward to having many more lessons with her.
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Hannah G. July 30, 2016
· Piano · In home
Anna is a wonderful teacher, my kids enjoy and look forward to having their weekly piano lessons with her. We're very happy to have found her!
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Anna F.

Saint Louis, MO 63130
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About Ryan M.

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Saint Charles, MO

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Ryan M. is the Music Director at St. Barnabas the Apostle Catholic Church in O’Fallon, Missouri, where serves as organist, choirmaster, and cantor. He recently completed a six month term as Interim Organist of the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, during which he played for over fifteen bishops, Carlo Maria Viganò, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, and Louis Alphonse of Bourbon, Duke of Anjou.

Mr. M. studied organ at Cleveland State University with Horst Buchholz and piano at Duquesne University with Natasha Snitkovsky. In 2011 Mr. Murphy came in third in the Rodgers North American Classical Organ Competition and was a winner of the 2005 Duquesne University Concerto Competition, playing Dimitri Shostakovich’s second piano concerto. A Colleague of the American Guild of Organists, he enjoys reading, dancing, and weightlifting in his
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Randy March 8, 2017
· Singing · In home
My first lesson was just what I was hoping it was. Very grateful to have Ryan as my teacher.

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Pete October 26, 2016
· Classical Piano · In studio
Ryan is an excellent piano instructor. He is patient, yet will drive you forward at a sensible pace. Whatever your current level of proficiency, you will see quick improvement, guaranteed. I recommend him unconditionally.
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Kathi October 24, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Ryan is an excellent teacher. He is very qualified. It doesn't matter your age. If you have a desire to learn Ryan is the person. He is approachable. If you have questions he is very happy to answer without hesitation.
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Ryan M.

Saint Charles, MO 63303
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$24.75 / 30-min

About Travis L.

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Saint Louis, MO
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Hey there! My name is Travis and I can't wait to meet you! I have been playing guitar for over ten years. I look forward to helping you reach your goals!
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Ivan February 15, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Very personable and related well to my son. Helped him learn a high interest song and made the lesson memorable.
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Harry September 20, 2016
· Guitar · In home
Seems like all will go well!
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Travis L.

Travis L.

Saint Louis, MO 63104
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About Amy C.

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Saint Louis, MO

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Hello! My name is Amy. I am a senior at UMSL (University of Missouri-St. Louis), pursuing a degree in Music Education. I am passionate about both learning and teaching. I have been playing cello since 2004, and have studied cello with Kurt Baldwin since 2014.

I have been teaching private cello lessons since January 2016, working with students between the ages of 7 and 60+ years old.

In order to cultivate individual skill and musicality, I emphasize a strong, technical foundation built on scales and etudes (which eventually leads to playing the cool stuff, I promise!). Together in lessons, we will find creative ways to practice efficiently and effectively, so that every time you pick up your cello, you will improve your musicianship and love your sound.
I am confident that we will have a blast learning together!

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Hannah D. August 23, 2017
· Cello · In home
My daughters enjoyed their lesson with Amy. They can't wait to see her again. Amy is very positive, thoughtful, and helpful. I'm sure my daughters will make good progress as they continue their lessons with Amy. Thank you!
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Ashlynn February 10, 2017
· Cello · In home
Immediate connection. My daughter is looking forward to her next lesson with Amy. Amy makes it fun & exciting - exactly what one needs for encouragement.

Thank you Amy!
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Mark T. February 4, 2017
· Cello · In home
Amy is very enthusiastic and knowledgeable. She is flexible and willing to accommodate my needs as an adult amateur.
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Amy C.

Amy C.

Saint Louis, MO 63117
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About Todd A.

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Saint Louis, MO

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Hello. My name is Todd A. I've been playing music for most of my life. I recently graduated from Webster University with a BA in music after receiving an AA in guitar performance at SWIC. I play in several bands in the St. Louis music scene and try to play music as often as possible. I look forward to hearing from you.
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Chris March 9, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Todd is a fantastic guy! He's patient, informative, and genuinely educates you, even at the most basic level.

Highly recommended!
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T.C. March 3, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Great teacher, Nice and very informative!
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Todd A.

Todd A.

Saint Louis, MO 63118
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$15 / 30-min

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