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Learn theory, chord changes, reading music, and playing you want to play because you learn the system.

About Dansby
I am a graduate of Cal Poly Ponoma University with a BA degree in voice. I have 20+ year experience teaching voice and piano. Building people is my passion and commitment. My students learn by doing and I love the growth each student takes from their lessons as well as their performances. I am a working artist in the music field as a vocalist, conductor, and motivating speaker.

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Students in a 30min, 45min, or 60min lesson will experience technique which will be translated to songs that will give students a great opportunity to put the technique they learn and practiced to good use. In 3 to 6 months of lessons students will begin to see themselves growing and getting more control of their instrument, more confident, and wanting to start performing what they are learning.

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home studio is in a room with a piano and musical books. The room is large with a grand piano and keyboard.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Students need to provide piano though I am willing to work with students in getting equipment.

*** Specialties ***
In voice I have used the Alexander tech.
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Alana S. June 16, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Dansby was a true professional!! As anybody would be... We were a bit nervous but as soon as we met Dansby we were set us at ease, he was polite collected and we got down to work immediately. He kept the focus on my daughter but also gave us our respect as parents. Before all this went down my daughter was very adamant about wanting to have a female instructor because she felt that a woman would understand her better as an artist but dansby pushed all that aside with his knowledge, experience and demeanor. I'm so glad we did! She was won over by the end of the lesson and feels as if Dansby is exactly what she needs I'm so grateful and we look forward to our next lesson with her new instructor.
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Mohammad K. June 14, 2017
· Singing · Online
I have been taking lessons with Mr. Dansby for one year. Before I started taking singing lessons, I did not know anything about singing. Whenever I would try to sing, I would be ridiculed or put down and it really was a deterrent for me to try and sing. Until I started taking lessons with Mr. Dansby. Initially I thought I would be taking lessons for about 6 months because I thought I wouldn't be good at it. However after sticking with it, I started to enjoy singing because of the way Mr. Dansby teaches.

Mr. Dansby teaches in a manner that you can relate. His teaching methods are not like usual musical teachings with scales and octaves. He uses nursery rhymes and popular themes like wedding march or star wars theme to get you used to the notes and then he slowly fills in the details from there.

Mr. Dansby is a great instructor and I would recommend him to anyone who is interested in singing. He is a relatable, knowledgeable, and accommodating instructor. He works with you to teach you a skill that you could enjoy for the rest of your life.
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Raquel June 1, 2017
· Singing · In home
Awesome experience! Very inspiring!
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About Steven B.

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Private piano lessons are availabley for beginner to advanced beginner piano students. The curriculum includes learning to read music through a method book and applying that knowledge to real songs in chart form. Fingering, scales, rhythm, songs, duets, chords and basic chord progressions will be touched upon in the lessons.Travel available for in home lessons up to 15 miles pending location, scheduling, and availability. 2 weeks or more notice is required for discontinuation of lessons.

About Steven
I have been studying and performing music for 20+ years. After majoring in music at College of Dupage in Glen Ellyn IL, I went to step up my level of study at the Percussion Institute of Technology (P.I.T.) at Musician's Institute in Hollywood, CA in 2001 attaining a Performance Certificate from my time studying there.

Moving back to Chicago after L.A. in 2002 proved to be the right move as this is when I began my teaching career. With 13+ years of private and group music instruction experience, I have worked with Hix Brothers Music, Naperville Music, Roselle Music, Streamwood Park District, Roselle Park District, Schaumburg Park District, After School Enrichment Solution's Guitar Stars, Band For Today, Guitar Fundamentals, Chicago Guitar Instruction, Schaumburg Music Academy, Music Makers of Western Springs, Clarendon Hills Music Ac
ademy, and also maintain a private clientele. Well into a thousand lessons taught, students have stayed with me for up to 7 years. You, the student, will gain all the experience I have gained from my 20 years of study, performance, and instruction.

Performing with various bands in the 2000's, I pinpointed my style and mastered my technique that gave me many performance opportunities regionally and nationally, noting most current act U2 tribute Vertigo USA.

I am co-founder of the music licensing production company Blue Shade Music, co-writing with astute musicians in the Chicago area for music libraries in Florida and California currently.

With national and international touring experience, I was featured in an exclusive interview for Online Drummer in August of 2011 sharing my knowledge and experience of music and drums.

Thank you for reading, and I hope to have a fun and educational time with you!

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Practicing everyday with an occasional day off is very important in the student's progress. I always say 10 minutes is better than 0 minutes.

For DRUM lessons, the student can expect to learn:
*to read music notation and music charts
*to read drum notation
*songs by real bands
*timekeeping via a metronome
*hand technique and foot technique
*rudiments
*all styles of music
*double bass
*drum grooves and drum fills
*marching band/concert band material (if involved in school)

For PIANO lessons, the student can expect to learn:
*to read music notation
*to read music charts/lead sheets
*music theory
*intervals
*chords and inversions
*chord progressions
*scales
*fingering
*styles of blues, jazz, pop, rock, and traditional
*songs you wish to learn

For GUITAR + BASS lessons, the student can expect to learn:
*to learn to read music notation
*to learn to read a music chart
*music theory
*scales
*chords
*chord progressions
*fingering
*styles of pop, rock, and blues
*songs you wish to learn

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide no equipment. The student must have an acoustic or electric drum set, a practice pad, a music stand, a metronome, sticks, curriculum book(s), headphones, an acoustic or electric guitar, and an acoustic or electric piano.

*** Specialties ***
Rock, Funk, Blues, RnB, Soul, Country, Jazz, Latin, Pop, Metal

**Travel available for in home lessons up to 15 miles pending location, scheduling, and availability. 2 weeks or more notice is required for discontinuation of lessons.**
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Melanee J. October 9, 2016
· Guitar · In home
I'm a true challenge since I am very green with little music capability. Great introduction with plenty to work on.
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Dui S. December 7, 2015
· Guitar · In home
My son is enjoying playing the guitar cause of Steve. He is a great instructor. I would recommend him to anyone.
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Meg D. April 15, 2015
· Guitar · In home
Steven is a great teacher! He's flexible, and works well with all ages! He's teaching my 3 kids, drums, guitar and bass. He's very receptive and adjusts his lessons according to what my kids are interested in. For example one of my kids was learning notes, but then the other wanted to learn a specific song and he easily adjusted to focus on what each of them wanted to do to. My kids love him!
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About Zach R.

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Los Angeles, CA
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Mostly jazz piano and jazz harmony. Limited basic piano technique.

About Zach
I have been teaching trumpet, music theory, jazz harmony, jazz piano, and music composition to students of all ages since late 2008. I work very well with young, beginning students as well, and can teach all levels.

I am a touring trumpet player currently working with SAINT MOTEL, and have experiences performing and touring all over the world. In addition to excellent musical education, I apply lessons I have learned from travel that I find truly help as an educational supplement.

Working at UCLA for my degree in music performance has taught me what it takes to be a good teacher, and I am patient, understanding, and believe there's no greater feeling than watching my students flourish. I like to take the time to get to know my students, and plan lessons around their individual needs, rather than plug them into a system set in ston
e. I have a routine I do, that I will start students with, but am very open to modification based on student needs/desires.

I perform jazz professionally in Los Angeles, and have spent time touring in playing in the San Francisco Bay Area, New York, the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Macedonia, Canada, and have performed or led groups internationally at the Umbria Jazz Festival, the North Sea Jazz Festival, the Montreux Jazz Festival, the Tuscia Jazz Festival, the Angel City Jazz Festival and the Monterey Jazz Festival. You can hear my original compositions and playing on bandcamp or soundcloud.
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FA March 13, 2016
· Piano · In home
Perfect. My daughter is so happy. This teacher is very nice. He teaches very well.
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ali January 26, 2016
· Trumpet · In home
Prompt. Courteous. Extremely friendly and knowledgeable. Thrilled to have found him and eager for more lessons.
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Luke J. September 23, 2015
· Trumpet · In home
He was great
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About Luther A. B.

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Bridgeport, CT
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The student will be instructed on the basics of proper playing techniques, music theory, and musicianship. They will learn to read music and also play by ear which will make them a well rounded player.

About Luther A.
Mr. Blackwell unique talents as educator, instrumentalist, conductor, vocal coach, cinematographer, composer and arranger make him a sought-after teacher. Currently, Luther is working with the Bridgeport Board of Education at Roosevelt Elementary School for President Obama's Arts and Humanities Turn-Around Arts Initiative he is the Executive Director and Program Director of Blackwell's School of Music and Film and Minister of Music Director for New Hope Missionary Baptist Youth Singers located at 1100 Park Ave. in Bridgeport, CT.
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Yasin July 1, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Had a great time, felt comfortable and am looking forward to my future lessons. Luther is great!
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Wilmary R. May 17, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Luther made me feel very comfortable. I was able to follow his direction without having any prior musical training.
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Monica March 24, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Luther is a fantastic teacher. He is extremely knowledgeable, mulit talented and good with kids of all ages. He is teaching our 17 year old guitar and 12 year old the saxaphone. We highly recommend him.
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About Graham Y.

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Round Rock, TX
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Experienced piano teacher of over 15 years available for creative students of all experience levels and ages as young as four. Adult beginners welcome, too! I have an affable personality that seeks to draw out the uniqueness of each student’s abilities and interests. I specialize in Suzuki piano which I use for most young beginners, and I tend to use the Royal Conservatory or Celebration Series books for others.

About Graham
My approach to teaching is informed by sound pedagogical training over two post-secondary degrees, and balanced by my affable personality that seeks to draw out the uniqueness of each student’s abilities and interests. I firmly believe that all people are innately musical, that musical training as a form of self-expression promotes overall well-being and self-improvement, and that piano lessons and practicing are an enjoyable journey of self-mastery and self-discovery.

I hold two post-secondary degrees in piano performance. Each included rigorous training in performance, pedagogy and repertoire study. In addition, I trained as a Suzuki piano teacher under master instructors who learned directly from Dr. Suzuki and Dr. Kataoka (co-founder of the piano method).

Follow me at www.cypresspiano.com and www.facebook.com/cypresspiano!
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Sarah November 1, 2016
· Suzuki Method · In studio
Graham Yates is an exceptional piano instructor. He worked with two of our sons (ages 6 and 8) for a little over a year while in Austin. During that time he was able to connect with each of our sons (who have very different personalities and attention spans) and instruct them in a way that engaged, inspired, and challenged them. While he was their instructor they always looked forward to their lessons and practice time at home. In addition to this Graham was always extremely professional, kind, and helpful by providing resources and tips (especially on his blog) so we could support our children by creating meaningful practice time at home. We have had a hard time finding a new instructor for our children since Graham moved because very few people seem to work with the dignity, passion, and professionalism that you will encounter in Graham Yates.
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Steve August 30, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Mr Yates is my favorite teacher for my kids' musical instruction. He is a gifted teacher, skilled pianist, and I understand he also an accompanist. I trust him and like him and recommend him.
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Parker August 15, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Graham taught both my daughter and I for a couple of years. We both learned a lot and had a great time along the way. Graham was super patient with my daughter and challenged her while still making sure she was able to learn at her own pace. I really looked forward to my sessions with Graham because he knows so much about music theory and history, and so he was able to provide fascinating context to whatever piece we were learning. I couldn't recommend Graham more highly to kids or adults who are interested in learning to play piano. It would be a challenge for you to find a teacher who is more patient, capable, and engaged.
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My goal as a teacher is to foster a strong and healthy foundation, so that students are well equipped to pursue and explore music as they desire. Lessons focus on developing core skills, such as music literacy and a healthy, proficient technique, and on fostering a healthy learning process – one that ensures that music is not just fun, but a rewarding, joy-filled process of discovery for a student. It is easy to focus on producing results and treating music competitively, but in my own studies, I have found that it is vital to be able to enjoy the process of learning, or else that original joy for music will be stifled. It has taken me years to learn this, and I hope to spare students that lost time. To this end, lesson materials are chosen specifically for each student, to best cater to their strengths, weaknesses, and musical tastes and goals. I teach attentively, ensuring that students are working on music that engages them, and am always working to discern a pace that encourages ...

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Brandon Davis is a New York-based bassist, composer and educator. He is a recent dean’s list graduate of the Manhattan School of Music’s Masters in Music program for Jazz Performance as an upright bass major. He primarily plays and teaches upright bass and improvisation, but also offers lessons in electric bass, beginner to intermediate guitar, and beginner ukulele and piano. As a performer, Brandon has experience playing in jazz, folk, and classical settings all throughout Toronto and New York.

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My goal as a teacher is to foster a strong and healthy foundation, so that students are well equipped to pursue and explore music as they desire. Lessons focus on developing core skills, such as music literacy and a healthy, proficient technique, and on fostering a healthy learning process – one that ensures that music is
not just fun, but a rewarding, joy-filled process of discovery for a student. It is easy to focus on producing results and treating music competitively, but in my own studies, I have found that it is vital to be able to enjoy the process of learning, or else that original joy for music will be stifled. It has taken me years to learn this, and I hope to spare students that lost time. To this end, lesson materials are chosen specifically for each student, to best cater to their strengths, weaknesses, and musical tastes and goals. I teach attentively, ensuring that students are working on music that engages them, and am always working to discern a pace that encourages and gently challenges students.
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About Michael F.

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Ridgewood, NY

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Whether you want to accompany a singer, play in a band, write and perform your own songs, or just take up a new instrument I can sow you the fundamentals of piano!

About Michael
I have been teaching music both in private and group lessons as well as ensembles for over 12 years. I specialize in jazz and contemporary music (pop, rock, r and b, etc), world music, and classical/chamber music. As an active performer I have performed or recorded with Run DMC, Lee Ritenour, Ambrose Akinmusire, Daniel Platzman (imagine dragons), Knower, Esperanza Spalding, Billy Hart, and Ari Hoenig among many others. I earned my Bachelor of Music from U Miami and my masters of music from NYU.

I have been featured on NPR, ESPN, bass player magazine, LA Times, Wall St Journal, Downbeat, Miami Herald, NYTimes, Spinner, and many other publications.

I am a faculty members at several music schools including NJPAC where I have been and artist faculty since 2015.
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Max S. June 19, 2017
· Upright Bass · In home
Michael is patient, warm, and friendly. My son (almost 9) is excited to move forward with lessons.
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Josue Alvarez May 6, 2017
· Upright Bass · In home
Best lesson I've had in a long time. Been searching for a teacher like Michael. Great mentor who knows his stuff with over 15 years of experience. Solid studio space. Cheaper to book 1 hr.
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Daniel Davis May 6, 2017
· Bass Guitar · In home
I just finished my first lesson with Michael on bass! He's a great teacher, he's patient and has ALOT of experience. The in home studio was cool, a great space with every instrument. Good rate. Worth the money.
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About Rachel J.

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The curriculum I teach from includes the Suzuki Method with supplemental materials to develop music theory understanding as well as sight-reading.

About Rachel
Pianist Rachel Jackson began formal music training at the age of 6. While in high school, she began teaching privately, and her studio grew to more than 20 students prior to college. Rachel remains passionate in encouraging and inspiring young musicians who share a love for music.

She has performed as soloist in several venues including the Troy Hayner Cultural Center, Wright State University's Arts Gala, and Washington College. Rachel's Sorelle Piano Trio was invited to perform a masterclass with Maestro Keith Lockhart, conductor of the BPO. Another chamber group, Troika, in which she was also pianist received alternate place in the MTNA Chamber Music Competition. The summer she was accepted as a collaborative piano apprentice in the National Music Festival, studying with Professor Michael Gurt.

Her musical mentors include Dr. Jackson
Leung and Dr. Kate Boyd. She holds a BM degree in performance from Wright State University. Most recently, she has been accepted into Butler University's graduate program with a collaborative piano assistantship where she plans to continue her studies this fall. Her awards include the Pemberton-Toomey Piano Scholarship, Sophie Kerrigan Memorial Scholarship, Irene Romanowski Piano Scholarship, and Harley Flack Memorial Scholarship.
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About Natasha B.

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The Colony, TX
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I create a step-by-step monthly plan that I tailor to each student taking into account their music goals and education level.

About Natasha
I am an opera singer and pianist who studied at the Aaron Copland School of Music in NYC and I recently moved to Texas to continue my studies in Music Education.

I started teaching piano and voice privately in New York City in 2012 and I continued in Texas. I have experience teaching ages 4 to 65 in both voice and piano.
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Craig Ongley June 6, 2017
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Outstanding. I have had four lessons and I am very pleased with Natasha.
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Saha Reddy April 10, 2017
· Classical Piano ·
Great teacher.Knows very well how to teach to our rather shy daughter.
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Rob Cassidy March 9, 2017
· Piano ·
I'm new to piano and Natasha has been great! I've had 4 lessons with her as of this review, and I'm happy with my progress so far. Natasha explains technique, and musical theory in an easy to understand way. She's also really patient and encouraging.
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I believe music to be one of the most enjoyable, even spiritual, things we can do. It is a great thing for ourselves and also for those around us. I seek to make piano lessons fun, inspiring, motivating. I have over 11 years of experience helping both children and adults ages 6 through 84 in multiple areas of piano, including classical, pop, rock, and piano improvisation. Prior to takelessons.com, I have 5 years of experience teaching students online. As for adults, I have helped everyone from total beginners in theirs 70s or 80s to working adults who haven't taken lessons since they were kids. My ideal student is motivated with a true desire to learn piano, and a willingness to learn the habit of daily practice in order to make consistent progress.

About Chris
I have been teaching piano for 11 years. Since 2012, I have run "Piano Lessons in Sacramento," my personal piano studio in Northern California. My studio has been a finalist two years running in a local "best of" contest for local businesses called the Sacramento A-List. I have also been featured on a local morning show called "Good Day Sacramento," broadcast through the CW network. I specialize in personalized attention with the student, as I always aim to get to know the student's particular music desires, strengths, and weaknesses, and help them to grow not only as musicians, but as people. I subscribe to the philosophy that learning is 80% psychology, and 20% actual skills. Therefore, I am big on helping students have the mindset to succeed at their musical goals while guiding them to to gain the knowledge to do so. I find this
approach works very well with adults, who often need the guidance of someone who believes in them. I also aim to help students experience the joy of learning. I believe that with true desire and dedication, any student will surprise themselves by how much they learn.

More generally about my musical background: I am a graduate of UC Berkeley with honors with a BA in Music, and I am a life-long musician, songwriter, and composer. I have performance experience in nearly every area of music, including pop, rock, musical theater, classical, and hip hop, and have performed for or with clients as diverse as retirement homes, high schools, colleges, and community centers throughout the Bay Area and Sacramento.
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