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About Renee G.

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Portage, IN
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About Renee
I have been teaching piano to students of all ages for the past 26 years. I studied piano at St. Bonaventure University under Laura Peterson. I have accompanied many in talent shows, and competitions. I presently play the piano at our church.
I have taught students that have gone on to higher learning in piano. Some of my students have competed in nationwide festivals and placed well. They have entered local and statewide contests. They placed well in their categories.
I believe that each student should have goals for their talent. I want to work with the student's goal to achieve their very best. I believe each student is a unique individual who will become a performer according to the practice that they put into it
I am looking for students who want to have fun while learning to play the piano.

*** Lesson Details ***
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ch beginning student will receive a curriculum that fits them best. I use a variety of curriculum. If the student already has begun in a curriculum we can continue to use that one if it fits their goals appropriately.
Each student will learn how to play the piano and the theory behind the music. We will do games to reinforce the lesson. We also learn scales and arpeggios and chords and how they fit together.
I expect at least 5 days of practice to progress consistently at their ability level. They will keep track of practice in an online journal.
Usually if the student follows the recipe of consistent practice they should finish each year's curriculum as scheduled. I include motivational activities we do as a group once a unit is finished. Some students finish before one year is up and are able to start the next level which is very exciting for them.
I encourage them to play for variety shows, fairs, church and other public places to help them with performance .
Its great to see their faces shine and the confidence they show once the student connects with the piano and learns their first song.
The other exciting thing I love to see is when a student comes to a difficult challenge and we break it down so they can actually learn the difficulty and experience success!!!
Wow what a motivation!!!
The student then learns that they can get over hurdles not only in piano but in life too.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano in a designated music room with a library full of music.
Space for integrated games from the lesson

*** Specialties ***
My specialties are really motivating students to have fun learning to play the piano.
We learn to read the notes, relate sound and express ourselves through the beauty playing the piano.
I am willing to use a variety of styles to help students learn to play the piano such as classical, rock , pop, hymn, jazz and more through the variety of method books such as Alfred, Bastien, Faber and Faber, and more.

I have taught Autistic children ages 8-15 who have a high recommendation. I also have taught a Down Syndrome girl.
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Linda J. September 24, 2016
· Piano · In home
I am really enjoying my lessons with Renee.
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Shawn Tamara V. February 21, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Renee is a very enthusiastic, kind teacher, and has a way of breaking things down to where they can be understood. She is very sensitive to the student, so a lesson is not generic- she pays attention to the student, not just the books. A great teacher!
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Stacy R. August 11, 2015
· Piano · In studio
She makes it exciting and fun for the kids to learn. Incentives to learn. Great rapport! Personable and pleasant. My daughter is excited for the lessons. All positive! I'm very happy we found her. Absolutely recommend!
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Renee G.

Renee G.

Portage, IN 46368
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About Nicholas K.

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Merrillville, IN
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About Nicholas
Nick comes from a family of four generations of music in the GREEK/Balkan repertoire. He graduated from Columbia College of Chicago with a concentration in Music Composition in December of 2009. Currently teaching and performing professionally, Nick enjoys all styles of music, but has been declared as an "old soul" by many of his friends. He enjoys playing lots of Motown, funk, and jazz, but is proficient in Classical, Rock, and Blues as well. When not playing music (rarely), he is a Board member for the GivingBackPack Foundation which provides school supplies to underprivileged children. Nick's dedication to education is shown through his music and his personal volunteer hours, he feels his diverse background gives his students an advantage to a broader perspective of music and theory.

*** Lesson Details ***
I set an individual c
urriculum based on students needs, wants and aspirations. We will focus on proper technique, theory, musicianship and sightreading to become a better all around musician. After a few months of lessons, you will have the proper fundamentals to grow as a musician and discover the art of music.

*** Studio Equipment ***
All necessities on site.

*** Specialties ***
I am well versed in many styles, I have played professionally and teach, ALL forms of Rock, Jazz, Blues, World (ethnic musics), Pop, Acoustic, Folk, and most other styles.
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Katherine Carter January 24, 2016
· Trumpet · In studio
I hadn't played the trumpet in 30 years. My first lesson with Nicholas was like starting from scratch. He is very knowledgeable, polite, professional, and definitely patient. I feel that that homework Nicholas assigned was spot on. I'm playing better already after only two days. I would certainly recommend him to a friend.
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Justin G. August 25, 2015
· Piano · In studio
Nicholas really tailored the lessons to what I needed. They weren't cookie-cutter lessons, and I appreciated that. He answered all the questions I had, and helped me understand some concepts that I never would have gotten just learning online. I definitely recommend him as a teacher.
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Enoch B. July 14, 2015
· Guitar · In studio
Nicholas was very patient, took the time to write down information that was helpful (very helpful). Nicholas understood where I was in reference to me knowing nothing about the guitar and he is very knowledgeable with the music trade. He was very clear and kept things simple. I truly enjoy his instructions, can't wait for the next lesson.
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Nicholas K.

Nicholas K.

Merrillville, IN 46410
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About Teresa D.

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About Teresa
I am passionate about music and during lessons, besides flute, you will learn to read music and lovely melodies on the flute.

I earned a MM at San Diego State University, and a BM at Universidad Autónoma de Baja California (UABC), studying with Pamela V. Martchev, Catherine Ransom and Leopoldo González.

I have work as flute teacher at Point Loma Nazarene University, San Diego; REDES 2025, Tijuana and maintains a private studio in San Diego. A founding member and current teacher at ‘Música para la Paz’, AC; a non-profit organization in Ensenada, Mexico; where non-privileged and orphanage kids receive weekly and free music lessons.

I have participated in master classes with Lorna McGuee, Leslies Newman, Pattrick Gallois and Ransom Wilsom at The Banff Centre (2015–16), Jean Ferrandis at San Diego Flute Guild Spring Festival (2015)
, Martin Michael Köfler (2015), Jim Walker at Colburn School of Music (2014), Carol Wincenc, John Barcelona and Rena Urso-Trampani at CSU Monterey, Flute Comprehensive Seminar (2013). On 2015, she won 2nd place on the Excerpt Competition organized by San Diego Flute Guild.

In concerts I have performed with figures as Plácido Domingo and Ana Maria Martínez; and recently recorded an album with Orquesta de Baja California–Sinfónica de Querétaro accompanying the Mariachi Vargas de Tecatitlán.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide a music stand and music that each student will require.

*** Specialties ***
Classical music.
Have been teaching for 10 years in a wide range of ages and programs, from College classes to individual lessons.
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Stefanie P. April 1, 2017
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Teresa is a wonderful flutist and teacher who is very passionate about her students. She is highly dependable and thorough in everything she does, and is extremely personable and friendly. I highly recommend her as a teacher!
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Divya N. January 25, 2017
· Flute · In home
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Kristen K. January 11, 2017
· Flute ·
Teresa is a fantastic teacher, patient, kind, encouraging, and knowledgeable. She is a very skilled flutist and can demonstrate anything. She works very hard, is always prepared and is very accommodating. I would recommend her for all levels of students and for any personality type. Teresa is a great flutist and teacher!
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About Blake C.

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Lowell, IN

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Hi, my name is Blake. I teach guitar, piano, and singing online and at my Lowell, Indiana studio.

I have been a professional musician - session musician and teacher for 26 years. I was formally trained at the American Conservatory of Music and the Chicago Musical College, both located in Chicago. I won the Presidential Scholarship in Classical Guitar Performance at the American Conservatory of Music and another full-ride scholarship in Classical Guitar Performance to attend the Chicago Musical College.

My primary Classical Guitar Instructor at both institutions was Paul Henry. I also studied Rock Guitar with Dave Uhrich while attending both institutions and privately studied Jazz Guitar with Scott Reed. I studied voice with Audrey Evans at the American Conservatory of Music and Robert Long at the Chicago Musical College.

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ave participated in Classical Guitar Master Classes with:
• Hubert Kappel
• Dale Kavanagh
• Eleftheria Kotzia
• Bruce Holzman
• Stephen Aron
• Raphaella Smits
• Richard Provost
• Nicholas Goluses
• William Buonocore.

*** Lesson Details ***

I design lessons individually according to the needs and "wants" of each student. I specialize in developing and correcting technique to improve the student's overall skill. Students that dedicate the time and effort each week to practicing see rapid and sustained results.

However, if you have a busy life and merely want to learn guitar for personal enjoyment, I will design your lessons to develop your skill at a pace that works for you, which can fluctuate according to your schedule.

***Young & Special Needs Students***

I currently teach children as young as 13 years old and adults of any age. When teaching younger children and individuals with special needs, it is significantly beneficial for parents to attend each lesson - I have parent seating available. When parents attend lessons, the parent can assist the younger student while practicing during the week at home.

In my experience, the overall musical development and progress of younger students improve at an increased rate and thoroughness when parents are involved.

***Thoughts on Musical Talent***

Musical talent is a gift. However, correct technique is not easily acquired without proper instruction. Your skill level eventually plateaus, and your ability to learn and perform more complicated music is inhibited unless you have a solid foundation in music theory as it applies to your instrument(s) as well as proper technique.

I can help you build this solid foundation and will guide you through the development of musical skills; correcting flaws in technique is my specialty.

TakeLessons Articles I've Written:

Tips for Parents: Help Your Child Succeed in their Music Lessons
http://takelessons.com/blog/parents-help-children-succeed

Improving Guitar Technique
http://takelessons.com/blog/guitar-exercises-for-technique

Why Piano Theory is Important for ALL Musicians
http://takelessons.com/blog/piano-theory-for-all-musicians

Guitar Basics: Technique
http://takelessons.com/blog/guitar-technique

How to Play the Song "Breathe" by Ana Nalick on Guitar
http://takelessons.com/blog/cool-songs-to-learn-on-guitar-breathe
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Tiffany S. October 17, 2017
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Stefano &. June 2, 2017
· Guitar · Online
Blake not only knows his stuff but he also knows how to teach. Phenomenal teacher.
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Antoinette May 11, 2017
· Singing · Online
Excellent instructions
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Blake C.

Blake C.

Lowell, IN 46356
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About Cheryl S.

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Highland, IN

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About Cheryl
Hello! My name is Cheryl, and I would be delighted to help you reach your music goals! I've been teaching private lessons and classes since 2000. Helping students learn how to play their instruments and develop a life-long appreciation of music is my passion. I hold bachelors and masters degree in music education as well as music teacher licenses in Indiana, Illinois, and California. I have been recognized in the publications "Who's Who Among America's Teachers" and the Rancho Santa Margarita Patch "Whiz Biz". My teaching style is student-centered, goal-oriented, and fun. I look forward to helping you reach your goals!
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Jennifer February 9, 2018
· Clarinet · In studio
Cheryl is extremely knowledgeable in the field of music. We have been very pleased with all the lessons. She is very friendly and patient. My daughter looks forward to her lessons each week. Since my daughter has started taking lessons, she has improved greatly!
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Madison September 9, 2017
· Flute · In studio
Cheryl is a very friendly instructor. She has extensive knowledge in music and instruments. She is patient and willing to explain any questions you may have. I highly recommend Cheryl to anyone that is looking for an instructor.
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Jim June 30, 2017
· Saxophone · In studio
Very technique orinated. Will sign up for more lessons with her
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Cheryl S.

Cheryl S.

Highland, IN 46322
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About Blake C.

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Lowell, IN
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Hi there! My Name is Blake C. II, I am 18 years old and I have been teaching guitar with my father, Blake Sr. of Blake C. Music, since 2012. Through these last few years working with my father, I have had the opportunity to teach people of all ages; children all the way up to adults who have been playing longer than I have been alive!

I have had the great fortune of having a dad who has been playing for over 30 years in all genres: rock, blues, classical, country, etc. My dad has taught me not only how to play guitar, but how to teach it to others in a way that makes sense; a way that makes learning guitar fun.

One major thing I have taken away from working, learning, and teaching with my dad is that technique is key! We do not teach to keep you coming back for years and years, we teach you how to ultimately learn by yourself usin
g the skills we have taught you.

Without practical application of the skills we teach, lessons would be a bore. So, many times we find songs that exemplify the skill we are working on. This makes the learning process fun and educational at the same time!

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GUITARS & BASSES: Gibson, Charvel, Fender, Peavey, Cordoba, Guild, Takamine, Yamaha

GUITAR & BASS AMPS: Blackstar, Egnater, Fender, Line 6, Peavey, Roland, and Behringer

MICS: Mojave Audio, AKG, Audio Technica, CAD Audio, Rode, Sennheiser, Shure, Studio Projects, and Yamaha

KEYBOARDS & SYNTHESIZERS: Korg, Roland, Yamaha, Casio

DRUMS: Pearl, Roland Digital

OUTBOARD GEAR: Universal Audio, JDK Audio, Alesis, Art, Audio Logic, Behringer, and Studio Projects

SOFTWARE: Cakewalk Sonar Platinum, Cakewalk Sonar X3 Producer, Universal Audio UAD-2 Quad Flexi DSP, Soundtoys Bundle, Celemony Melodyne, Slate Digital FG-X, Steven Slate Drums Platinum, Antares Auto-Tune, Aspire, Antares Articulator, Choir, Harmony Engine, Throat, WAVES Waverider, OneKnob Series Bundle, CLA Artist & Kramer Signature, XLN Audio Addictive Drums, BBE Sonic Maximizer, Line 6 POD Farm 2.5 w/multiple packs
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Blake C.

Blake C.

Lowell, IN 46356
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About Vicki P.

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Highland, IN
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Vicki Pastore earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in music education from Roosevelt University in Chicago with a piano/vocal emphasis and a specialty in the field of piano pedagogy.

Vicki has over thirty five years of performing and teaching experience in the Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana areas. Her experience includes accompanying and directing musical theater productions, choirs, instrumentalists, and vocal soloists in school, church, and community settings.

Vicki especially likes helping students prepare for exams, auditions, and performances. It gives her great joy to watch students perform well, succeed, achieve their goals, and live their dreams.

Mrs. Pastore is comfortable working with students of all ages and levels. She is personable, friendly, upbeat, exciting, positive, and patient. You can tell that she loves teachi
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Bailee C. October 24, 2016
· Singing · In home
Vicki is great. Very helpful. Extremely please to in instructing a novice singer!
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Abel October 23, 2016
· Classical Piano · In studio
Enjoyed my first lesson.
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Kyrie September 3, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Great teacher!
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Vicki P.

Vicki P.

Highland, IN 46322
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$20 / 40-min

About Cesar M.

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Chicago, IL

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Cesar is a guitarist born in Leon GTO, Mexico and raised in Chicago, IL. His music and guitar playing has been described as authentic and energetic. Cesar graduated from both
Chicago High School for the Arts and Roosevelt University with guitar performance degrees. He plays Jazz, Rock, R&B and Brazilian and traditional folk music.
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Cesar M.

Cesar M.

Chicago, IL 60617
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$32 / 30-min

About Parry A.

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I've been playing for decades in all situations - the studio, a band, the street corner. I can help you with everything you want help with.
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Parry A.

Parry A.

Munster, IN 46321
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$25 / 30-min

About Sophia Z.

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Milwaukee, WI

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About Sophia
I am a professional opera coach and have subbed as a coach at the Kansas City Lyric Opera House. I have my Master's in Vocal Performance from the Conservatory at UMKC, and my Bachelor's of Music from Luther College. I have performed under the baton of Maestro Lorin Maazel and sung on stage with The Rolling Stones and Barry Manilow in addition to serving on faculty at summer opera programs after my fellowship as an opera coach at Aspen Opera Theatre.

Voice students can expect to improve their tone from week to week by learning healthy vocal technique. I have taught all ages and skill levels, and specialize in teaching younger children to sing in a vocally healthy way. Students learn about releasing tension, good breath support, placement, head/chest voice and mix, as well as solfege and ear training.

I have also been playing pi
ano for over 20 years and did competitive piano as a child, and won statewide and midwest regional competitions. Because of my piano background, I can record helpful tracks for each student, such as warm up tracks, as well as practice tracks.

My passion is teaching kids to sing in a vocally healthy way by building on basic foundational techniques such as good posture, good breath support, ear training and release of tension. As a child, I was told often that singers were born, not taught, and I am here to tell you that I learned how to sing well during my college and grad school years, and was not a "born" singer! I learned so much about healthy singing in school that I wish I had known when I was younger, so my personal goal is to install good vocally healthy habits in all of my students.
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Lindsey February 22, 2018
· Piano · In studio
After taking lessons from Sophia for around a year at the Kansas City School of Music, I feel privileged to have learnt under such a wonderful player, and person. Sophia adjusted her curriculum to fit my needs and made certain I was enjoying my material. While taking lessons from Sophia we explored many composers and styles and my technique grew tremendously. Due to her lifetime of experience in piano I felt comfortable knowing my time and money were being well used to benefit my playing. While learning from Sophia i received a I rating at the Kansas state piano competition; an acheivement that previously seemed out of my reach. Sophia not only went out of her way to build lessons tailored to my needs, but showed true interest in my life. To have such strong communication skills both in lessons and out is rare to come by, but I felt Sophia to excel in this area. A great understanding, supportive teacher to nourish any musician’s needs!
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Sophia Z.

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