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About Allison C.

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Auburn, AL

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About Allison
Hi! I am originally from Auburn, Alabama, and am absolutely in love with this area. I moved to Baton Rouge to study music at Louisiana State University for four years. After graduation, I decided to come back home to Auburn to share my love of music and pursue a degree in Civil Engineering, my other love. I love teaching almost as much as I love playing music and solving problems. Let me help you master these subjects and learn to appreciate them as much as I do!

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My goal as a teacher is to help you determine and achieve your goals as a musician or a math student. Whether you are looking to pursue a career in music or math, or just having fun, we'll work together to help you get where you're going! I will tailor our lessons around your goals, and make sure you have a great time learning!

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In-home studio; music stand chairs seating for parents; computer set-up for online lessons

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I have played and taught classical, big band, and jazz styles. I am an engineering student with both classroom and field experience applying the subject of mathematics.
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Lily August 11, 2015
· Music Performance · In home
Allison's dedication to teaching is obvious from the moment you start with her. As someone with a lot of trouble sticking with the more tedious parts of practice, her consistency and energy did volumes for my attitude and ability to stay on track. That she's still a student herself seems to inform her teaching all the time - Allison understands that some things just click more than others, and she doesn't get frustrated when you need extra help or encouragement. I would recommend her to anyone!
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Allison C.

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About Shurajit G.

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Travelers Rest, SC

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About Shurajit
Shurajit Gopal, a professional Carnatic Music Vocalist, hails from the culturally rich city of Chennai (Madras) in Tamil Nadu, South India.

He has had training in South Indian Classical Carnatic Vocal Music for over 18 years from five maestros in Carnatic Music.

He began his initial training, along with his sister, at the age of 7 from his mother Smt. Meenalochani Gopalakrishnan, who is a prodigy in Carnatic Music herself. Shurajit then learnt music from Shri. Baluswamy Dikshitar, Shri. Ramnath Sharma, Shri. Pattamadai S. Krishnan, and Shri. T. K. Padmanabhan.

Shurajit sings for live Bharatanatyam dance recitals as well.

He now imparts training in Vocal Carnatic Music and Bhajans to beginners and advanced level children and adults in the South Carolina Upstate as well as online Skype and FaceTime. His specialty in teaching mus
ic is the personalized and customized approach that he has for students according to every student's learning pace and ability.
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Sivakami May 30, 2017
· Vocal Training · Online
My son has been learning classical music from professor Shurajit from the tender age of 6 yrs. He is almost 11. We started with group lessons and now have moved onto to one on one. Shurajit is a patient, knowledgeable and excellent teacher. I highly recommend him.
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Koriander July 3, 2015
· Indian Classical Vocal Music · In studio
Shurajit is an expert in the venerable tradition of Carnatic music. He takes care to make sure that I'm doing things correctly, whether it is sight reading, pronunciation, counting talam and, of course, vocal rendition. He will never cut corners! Yet all is done in a spirit of joy and respect for the student whatever their cultural background or level. As an adult student, born in the US, who had no prior experience with Carnatic vocals, I find that the challenge of learning this rich and complex music is exciting and fun. I have deep respect for the spiritual traditions with which it is infused. Shurajit is an excellent communicator, he cares about his students, and he enjoys teaching. I highly recommend Shurajit as your first call if you are thinking about lessons for your child or for yourself.
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Venkatesh June 29, 2015
· Indian Classical Vocal Music · In home
Shurajit Gopal is by far the best Carnatic vocalist and teacher in South Carolina, perhaps the best in the Southeast of US. I live in Columbia, SC but I drive to Greenville every weekend to learn Carnatic vocal music from him. Although he offers Skype lessons for remote learners, face 2 face lessons is invaluable and worth every bit of it. Shurajit gives his all to a dedicated, devoted student and takes a very personal interest in the student's technical development. He makes sure that the student never goes off key and that he/she maintains clockwork precision on Talam. Shurajit makes learning Sangathi-variations so much fun. Sometimes when the variations don't land on the beat as it is supposed to, he devices creative methods so students are able to pick it up. It's like the American Idiom "there are multiple ways to skin a cat". Furthermore, I admire Shurajit because he is very personable and approachable. If you desire to be an "authentic" carnatic singer, @shurajit is the place to go.

-Venkatesh
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About Sara C.

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Bloomington, IN
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About Sara
Hi! My name is Sara. My studio began in 2000, teaching one violin student. I took a break and went to college to earn my A.A. in Music and my Piano Performance Certificate from Riverside Community College in California. I graduated Great Distinction and was on the Dean's list. I received many piano and academic scholarships. While in college I started my studio in Riverside California teaching Piano to an autistic child. I taught him 3 times a week and made exceptional progress. I enjoyed it so much I started teaching full time in 2008 teaching piano, harp, violin, voice, guitar, flute and clarinet. Soon I had 50 students and created a 501 (c) (3) non-profit music school. My students and I perform for the public, including nursing homes. The performances are important for the students progress as well as the Piano Guild where students are
adjudicated by judges in a non competitive environment. Moving back to my hometown, I am excited to meet new students!
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Lauren September 6, 2017
· Harp · Online
Wonderful lesson! I am so excited to continue my lessons with Sara!
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Maryam August 23, 2017
· Harp · Online
I really enjoyed my first lesson with Sara. She is friendly and encouraging, and gave me some very useful instruction to improve my playing. It was my first lesson with a harp teacher, and I'm glad it was with her, as I felt I received a much needed confidence boost! I look forward to future lessons with her.
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Meghan July 17, 2017
· Ukulele · Online
Sara introduced my 6 year old son to ukulele though online lessons. She was patient, positive, and knowledgeable. I highly recommend Sara if you are thinking about having your son or daughter try out an instrument.
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About Victoria T.

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Plano, TX
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About Victoria
Victoria has been playing the French horn since 2008 and the piano since 2001. She is currently majoring in horn performance and jazz French horn at the University of Illinois, where she studies under Bernhard Scully, the current horn player in the Canadian Brass.

Victoria accepts students of all ages, skill levels, and musical goals, and she firmly believes in personalized instruction. Her students may learn music history, improvisation, the physics of sound, effective practice methods, audition prep, and their favorite tunes in addition to playing the instrument. Above all, Victoria helps her students to love music!
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Satya M. August 9, 2017
· French Horn · Online
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Rachael K. June 16, 2016
· French Horn · In home
11 year old daughter loved working with Victoria and is looking forward to her next lesson
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Victoria T.

Victoria T.

Urbana, IL 61801
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About Stephanie R.

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Bronx, NY
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About Stephanie
Stephanie has been classically trained since 1996 and is currently available to teach lessons at your home and her home studio. Stephanie has helped students strengthen their rhythmic foundation, expand their theory skills, and build confidence in performance.

Stephanie first received her training at Bloomingdale School of Music in 1996 where she was taught by pianist Dr. Roberto Hidalgo. Passionate in her field, Stephanie looks forward to helping new students achieve their goals. Each student requires an individual approach, making each teaching lesson uniquely different.
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Mary March 23, 2017
· Classical Piano · In home
Stephanie is patient, professional, and makes learning fun! She is an excellent and humble pianist and a passionate instructor!
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About Arturo B.

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Chicago, IL
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I've been a guitar player for the past 20 years, also a sound engineer and music producer for the past 10-11 years. Most of the experience I have adquired in my career it's been in the studio, playing with professional bands and recording albums, but I've been teaching guitar and music production through the years because I love to inspire people. We'll have a lot of fun, you'll learn what you want to learn! I'm going to teach you how to play lead and rhythm guitar, also about guitar pedals, amps, how to sound profesional and also we'll record your improvement each week.
For those who are interested I'll teach you about songwriting and performance if you're interested too. Check me on youtube performing with Blacklist Regulars.
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Arturo B.

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About Natalie T.

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Urbana, IL
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I am a flutist and music teacher new to the state of Illinois. I received a Bachelor of Music in Flute Performance and Music Education at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2012 and a Master of Music in Flute Performance in 2015. I have experience performing in orchestras, wind ensembles, wind quintets, as well as solo music. I have appeared as a concerto soloist with the Oberlin Baroque Orchestra and the Five College Early Music Program’s Euridice Baroque Orchestra, and I have attended the Baroque Performance Institute at Oberlin College. My numerous years of experience as a performer and education background inform my philosophy as a music teacher.

I recently finished a second Master’s Degree in Historical Performance as a recipient of the Conservatory Dean Scholarship from Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio. There I learned t
o play many types of flutes, including the Renaissance flute, Baroque flute, Classical flute, and recorder. I am interested in the history of the flute, and learning to play new instruments is always an exciting challenge. I encourage my students to develop their physical skills as musicians, and also explore their own passions. Though my recent area of study has been historical music, I also have significant experience in more recent music as well.

I look forward to becoming your teacher!
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Natalie T.

Natalie T.

Urbana, IL 61801
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About Steve M.

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San Diego, CA

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I'm a saxophonist, pianist, arranger & songwriter. I graduated from Berklee College of Music with a Professional Music Degree, and currently run a sheet music startup called NiceChart. I have been a Music Director for Middle School and High School Bands and also have over 15 years experience teaching privately. Private lessons allow a better transfer of knowledge and I love watching students progress!

I have been in touring bands, jazz bands, wedding bands, funk bands, and pop bands. Fun Fact: I was even once in a bossa nova Guns n' Roses jazz trio called Guns n' Nova. You could say I've played a lot of different styles.

I teach my clients in my comfortable home teaching studio in Clairemont, San Diego. I work with beginner and intermediate piano students and all levels for saxophone. I'm open to students of any age and music
al goals.

In my music career I've performed with Steffan Lessard (Dave Matthews Band) and Ed Robertson (Bare Naked Ladies) and played in bands that have opened for Guster, Blues Traveler, and The Wailers.

Some of the musical styles I regularly teach: Pop, Blues, Jazz, Funk, Soul, R&B, and Classical.
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Steve M.

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About Tim C.

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Urbana, IL

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About Tim
I am originally from Long Island, NY. I studied music education at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA, where I was a saxophone student of Dale Underwood. After undergrad, I moved back to Long Island where I taught high school band for eight years. Also during that time, in between school years and over four summers, I earned a masters degree in music education from Northwestern University. Most recently, I became a Teaching Assistant and PhD student at the University of Illinois.
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Andrew September 26, 2017
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Never had a music teacher that could motivate me more. A great mix of humor and hard work made classes and lessons fly by and come out of them learning so much
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Larissa August 30, 2017
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Mr. Caskin was my instructor for 3 years in a concert band setting. Under his guidance I constantly felt challenged, but also constantly improved. In those 3 years he made me a better musician than I ever thought I was capable of being. He is not only an efficient and effective teacher, but also a genuinely amazing person who is a pleasure to work with. I highly recommend Tim Caskin!
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Sam August 29, 2017
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I was very lucky to have been taught by Mr. Caskin for my entire high school career. I was in his high school band class during his first four years on the job and had the pleasure to watch him grow as both a musician and a teacher. Mr. Caskin's innate musical talent is undeniable---his passion for music and positivity resonates throughout every session.

During my senior year, I had an independent study with Mr. Caskin. He helped me grow, not only as a percussionist, but also as a piano player as well as a songwriter. As a student who has always had the passion of pursuing music as a career from a young age, Mr. Caskin went above and beyond what can be expected from a high school band teacher to not only mentor me, but he also guided me in the right direction. In fact, Mr. Caskin was one of the reasons I pursued music into my secondary education, as he was always very supportive of the idea, and helped me through the process.

Mr. Caskin is an incredible teacher and mentor--anybody would be lucky to learn from him, as he is certain to bring the best out in any student he instructs!!!
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Tim C.

Tim C.

Urbana, IL 61801
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