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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 Kay S.

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Avalon, WI
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About Katherine (Kay)
Taught 41 years as a band director
Principal Trumpet with Beloit/Janesville Symphony

I like to teach in a style that is functional and interesting. Students will be doing a variety of activities at each lesson. The focus will be determined by their needs.

As students become more proficient in music their enjoyment of musical activities will increase. The success of completing various levels of musical achievement will carry over to other lifetime skills.

*** Lesson Details ***
I will work with each student depending on their individual needs. We will strive to produce steady improvement in player proficiency.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Student should have a music stand and instrument

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I like to teach based on the individual. I have taught group and private lessons. The materials I use are varied, with an emphas
is on scales, theory, and also some duet playing. I also like to incorporate some music history into each lesson. I feel that each student needs to work from known to the new areas. I often use supplementary materials (solos or small ensembles) to reinforce my teaching.
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VICTORIA June 22, 2016
· Drum · In home
Kay is awesome. My daughter loved her. She is very patience and kept Victoria engaged.
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Angelique B. June 7, 2015
· Saxophone · In studio
Kay is very knowledgeable, kind and accommodating. She is very encouraging and never makes me feel dumb when I hit a sour note. (As a beginning beginner, that happens a lot!) I am amazed at how much I have learned in such a short time!
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Kay S.

Kay S.

Clinton, WI 53525
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About Eric W.

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Rockford, IL

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About Eric
For over 20 years I've helped students of all ages to maximize their vocal potential. Embracing a variety of vocal styles, from classical to contemporary, my students have excelled in musical theater, aced college auditions, traveled as lead singers with rock bands, recorded music videos and reached the higher levels of American Idol auditions.

I hold both Bachelors and Masters degrees in vocal music and have directed vocal groups traveling internationally to more than 20 countries on four continents. I've personally produced more than 20 full-scale musical/theatrical productions with casts of over 200 and ticketed audiences of up to 10,000. I've also promoted concert events for more than 40 nationally known artists including Randy Travis, Chris Tomlin, Aaron Schust, Jeremy Camp and Mercy Me.

My lessons blend solid vocal technique,
while reflecting the unique needs and goals of each student. My passion is to enable those I work with, beginner to advanced, to maximize their vocal potential. I currently teach from my home studio in Rockford, Illinois.
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John T. January 20, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Good lesson I'm just starting out at 26 and so far lessons are going good
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Leah July 6, 2016
· Singing · In studio
Seriously such an incredible instructor. He understood where I was beginning from (the absolute minimum) and taught me accordingly. I still value everything I learned from him, and the techniques have come in handy in various areas of my life. As someone who officiates weddings, is an entrepreneur that predominately uses videos to share my business, as well as being a busy aunt of 4 incredible nieces and nephews and has to project my voice-I use gold nuggets of what Prof. Eric Walker taught me on a daily basis. I STRONGLY recommend him-even if it is for a short while! Note-I had him for one semester and grew so much.
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Emily February 13, 2016
· Classical Voice · In studio
For five semesters I studied voice with Eric Walker at Rock Valley Community College. He took the time to show me the basics of using your voice properly in singing. Mr. Walker was patient in teaching me how to breathe deeply which has helped me in my singing today. Also, he taught me how to have more forward resonance when singing. In addition, he prepared me well for my college auditions. I was able to walk into my auditions confidently and sing with clarity.
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Eric W.

Eric W.

Rockford, IL 61107
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$22 / 30-min

About Fernando T.

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Fort Wayne, IN

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About Fernando
I am a professional vocalist who regularly performs with orchestras, rock bands, jazz bands and as a singer/songwriter. I teach beginners to professional touring artists and can break down the seemingly complex vocal techniques in simple to understand concepts and exercises. My focus areas are breath, placement and freedom from tension in order to increase your efficiency, stamina and flexibility between registers and musicality. (See my online tutorials for a quick idea of what it might be like to work with me)

I have a degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Michigan and have worked professionally from Opera to Pop. I started my professional music career at the age of 10, traveling the world with the American Boychoir School in Princeton, NJ. I moved to the San Francisco Bay Area where I worked as an instructor and vocal
coach for the Grammy Award Winning Pacific Boychoir. I also sang professionally for ensembles such as the San Francisco Symphony Chorus, Clerestory, American Bach Soloists and San Francisco Pocket Opera.

I am currently a vocal instructor for Sweetwater Music Academy, music director for the Jesters (a theatre ensemble for people with developmental disabilities) and I sing for hospital patients as a Parkview Healing Artist. I have taught grade levels K-8 in private schools so I am accustomed to all age levels.

As a songwriter I have composed and performed music for MTV, VHI, E! and the Oxygen Network, and have acted on commercials for Southern Comfort, Old Spice, & Anthem Blue Cross.

I am also the songwriter and front man for the original regional RootsRock band, Fernando T. & The Wickersham Bros and have established myself as a teaching artist for young audiences through the Carnegie Hall Link Up Concert Series.

I look forward any questions you may have and hope to help you or your child find creative fulfillment from the most unique instrument in the world- your voice!

[PLEASE NOTE: I will be teaching exclusively online from June-December 2017 period and am happy to squeeze in as many in in location lessons you would like before then]
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Christian June 1, 2017
· Singing · Online
Fernando's lessons are very helpful. I have improved my singing technique within my first five lessons. He teaches based on the individual versus a cookie cutter method. I would recommend Fernanado, especially for beginners.
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Em Gee April 26, 2017
· Singing · In studio
I'm so glad we signed up for singing lessons! Fernando is a natural teacher for all ages. Don't hesitate to consult!

My 6 year old granddaughter, Avery, had so much fun (learning) about octaves, counting beats, singing and she accompanied Fernando with ease!
Thanks Fernando!
P.s. I was ready to join in too!
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Taras January 11, 2017
· Songwriting · In studio
Fernando is a true talent and an asset to the community of Fort Wayne, Indiana. My first experience with him was 7 years ago at St. Henry Community Center. Fernando sang and played guitar during our Christmas recital. I was completely amazed with his vocal range and ability to captivate an audience with his overall musical aura. Fernando also taught vocal lessons for St. Henry and continued to contribute his ideas and talents to enhance the community center. We were blessed to have him as a part of our staff. He is, without a doubt, the best vocal coach that one could ask for. If you are looking to make singing a goal of yours in 2017, do yourself a favor and sign up for lessons with Fernando.
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Fernando T.

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About Julie B.

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Loves Park, IL

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About Julie
Does your piano sit silently collecting dust? Did you take piano lessons when you were a kid, but don't remember how to play? Would you like to play your favorite songs, but aren't sure how? Would you like to see your child beam with pride while playing a song with no help?
If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, book with me today! I can't wait to help you or your child reach your musical goals!
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Alexis W. August 1, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Alexis really likes her piano lessons even though she gets fustrated. She looking forward to her next 5 lessons with you Julie B. She really likes you.
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Payton April 6, 2016
· Piano · In studio
I loved my first lesson!! As a beginner I was a little nervous walking in but Julie made me comfortable and didn't overwhelm me with too much. I actually learned more than I expected and can't wait for my second lesson!!!
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Terri August 13, 2015
· Piano · In studio
She is wonderful with my daughter!! She is very patient and very fun!
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Julie B.

Julie B.

Loves Park, IL 61111
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About Kay S.

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Whitewater, WI

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Greetings, my name is Kay Sparling. I have been singing and acting professionally since the age of 8. I started in Broadway Musicals and am presently an Opera and Sacred singer. I have a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education and a Masters in Voice Performance. I have taught private voice lessons in New York City and southeast Wisconsin. My students vary in age from upper elementary to adult professional singers. These students are performing in schools, community theatres, professional dinner theatres, and professional stages in WI, Las Vegas, New York and L.A. The vocal technique I teach is unique and gives fast results. I love singing and helping other singers and actors reach their goals!
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Kasara April 10, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Kay is great to work with and extremely flexible in scheduling lessons. She has so many helpful suggestions and exercises to try. I have been taking voice lessons for years and even have a degree in music and taking voice lessons with Kay has changed my singing and helped me advance as a singer.
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Anna March 4, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Kay is the kindest and best voice teacher I have ever had! Not only does she train you in proven and highly skilled breathing techniques, but she also improves the quality, tone & stamina of your voice. It's life-changing! Her techniques really work! And she truly cares about each one of her students, young or old. If you're skilled & looking for a new voice teacher or just to try lessons for the first time, I whole-heartedly recommend Kay!
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Tim February 28, 2017
· Singing · In studio
I'm looking forward to learning more with Kay. She's super knowledgeable and professional. I've been in the rock scene for many years, now it's time to learn how to sing properly and I feel confident that Kay will deliver!
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Kay S.

Kay S.

Whitewater, WI 53190
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About Bryan B.

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Granada Hills, CA

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About Bryan
I am a Composition Scholar at California State University Northridge, rated as one of the best film score composition universities in the world. There, I worked on numerous award-winning projects and senior theses for film festivals at USC and UCLA, with my work premiering in International Film Festivals in Korea and Australia.

I was also the recipient of the 2016 Igor Paltsev Scholarship Award awarded to emerging composers who demonstrate the strongest potential. Having studied under the tutelage of orchestrators Neal Desby (Guardians of the Galaxy) and Benoit Grey (Assasin’s Creed: Brotherhood) and composer Scott Glasgow (Captain America: Civil War), I have garnered a plethora of experience producing for a variety of genres and media outlets.

If you're serous about composition, I can help take your skills to the next level, whether i
t be orchestration, conducting, and even music production (from recording, mixing, etc). If you choose to study with me, you will have opportunities to get your pieces played by string quartets, bands, and possibly orchestras as well!

As for teaching experience, I have taught all levels of music theory, piano, and guitar for the last 5 years. In college, I was President and Founder of a highly active music teaching organization, that garnered over 30+ active members a week. We helped and tutored all students of all ages (from 9 to 65 years old), in musical theory and with instruments. I have helped all of my students achieve their goals, whether they have been: achieve higher grades, become proficient at an instrument, or even to just play as a hobby!

I can easily provide references and I am positively sure I can help you and your needs with music, as well as making it a fun learning experience! :) I'm a very open, kind, and patient person, and aim to teach in a way that is both engaging and efficient. I love what I do and I love what I teach, structuring complex information to be more easily understandable.

I'd love to work with you and your specific needs and am looking forward to an exciting time! Shoot me a message!

Thanks. :)
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Bryan B.

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About Sharon S.

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Winnebago, IL
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It is a joy and privilege to instill the love of music in students of all ages. I use a variety of curriculums to meet the needs of each individual students. Each lesson is tailored so the student will make significant progress. I love teaching all ages! Give me a call and let's get started accomplishing your musical goals.
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Sharon S.

Sharon S.

Winnebago, IL 61088
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$25 / 30-min

About Emily V.

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Rockford, IL
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My passion is working with people one-on-one and in small groups to help them grow and become the best version of themselves. I have a Bachelor of Arts in Music with an Minor in Education Studies, and I'm working on a Master's in Organizational Leadership so I can one day move into a position as a worship pastor, music minister, or a leader in a wholesome organization. I dream of being able to impact the world one person at a time. I believe that all the skills and dedication music requires develop people mind, body, and spirit, and teaching music gives me a way to reach my dreams of helping others.

In lessons with me, I will always try to get to know you first so I can teach you in the way that works best for you. I try to teach life skills such as goal-setting that you can take with you even if you decide to end music lessons. I'm alw
ays open to changes in how I teach because I want to keep myself learning and growing along with my students.
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Emily V.

Emily V.

Rockford, IL 61107
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