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Cicero, IN
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Beginning through advanced trombone abilities. Trombone is this teacher's primary instrument. Beginners will implement your school's chosen method book while more advanced students will enjoy a variety of repertoire.

About Todd
Music is my life, and is something that I want to share with others! Because of that, I try my best to give positive experiences to all of my students. I have a byline that says "Music is Much More than Just Learning Notes." I believe that! Anyone can learn notes, fingerings, etc. What I try to do is add that "soul" element that each person has and cultivate that into meaningful music!

So, with all that said, here's what I try to instill:

A lesson is a place to share! I listen to students as well as teach. We all have something we can learn from each other!

While I want lessons to be fun and informative, I strive for complete understanding, which means any student will gain the needed mechanics with complete knowledge of why things happen and what they do to and for music. From there, I attempt to teach the "soul" of mu
sic and how emotion and spirit play a huge part in memorable music.

I don't believe in brow-beating, but I also don't want to pass over things. I don't believe practice makes perfect, but I do believe practice increases awareness!

I really try hard to help students move beyond the notes on the page. We may listen to music and describe how it makes us feel, or paint pictures both physical and mental of what the music is showing us. That is where I see the soul stepping in.

My Education

As stated before, I started on a little Magnus Organ. My grandmother told me years later that I would listen to television jingles and then try to play them on the organ!

Once we settled in our permanent home, my parents brought home a piano and I began working first with Robert Warnick, a local music teacher in the schools. He taught scales and chords. Then, Midge Bishop took me through John Thompson Grade 3, but then had to move away. Finally, I studied under Victoria Hope, lasting 13 years until I went on to college. She taught me the fine art of piano by continually challenging me to approach each piece as an artwork. She had me use the music to paint the picture. Naturally, the element of the soul came through as I put color to music.

My Experience

Throughout my elementary through high school days, I immersed myself in band, choir and drama. I played piano at church starting very young. I then began trombone in the band during 4th grade. Upon entering high school, I joined choir and participated in marching band, concert band, pep band and jazz band. During those years, I picked up the rest of the brass instruments as needed by my band director. In choir, I excelled both in voice and on piano through accompaniment. Later in high school, I joined up with the drama department where we ultimately had the opportunity to write our own musical. By the time I entered college, I had mastered all the brass instruments, piano and snare drum.

During college, I participated in the marching band, wind ensemble, jazz band, pep band, trombone choir, several pit orchestras, and the symphony orchestra. I also participated in the choir.

Since that time, I have mastered the woodwinds, organ, drum set guitar and bass guitar and a little violin. I have over 25 years experience teaching lessons. They occurred off and on throughout my younger days.

Subjects Taught

Private lessons on all instruments and voices, Music Theory, Music History, Art History, Architectural History, Acting, set building, lighting and sound.

Specialties

Piano, Trumpet, Trombone, French Horn, Baritone, Tuba, Voice, alto and tenor saxophone, percussion

Formal Education

1984-89 Bachelor of Science in K-12 Music Education
(Choral, Instrumental and General)
Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana

1991-95 Master of Divinity in Theology and Ministry
Christian Theological Seminary, Indianapolis, Indiana

Ages Taught

5 through 114 (I haven't seen anyone older, have you?) I believe it is a good idea that a child can read the written word. Reading music occurs in similar ways.

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I ask lots of questions so I can get to know you better. This is also an opportunity for you ask questions of me. At the beginning, I encourage parents to attend so they can see what these lessons entail. I give you assignments to work with and then you play them for me to receive praise and constructive suggestions. I also try to challenge my students to move beyond the normal curriculum to play other things that interest them.

Depending on the instrument and the experience you have helps me determine what curriculum I want to use. Again, I cater my lessons to the needs you have and by how you like to learn!

After 3 to 6 mos, I hope you have a good working knowledge of how music works and are now moving into intermediate level work. However, each student is different and work a different speeds. My main goal is for you to feel successful whenever you leave my studio!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Baby Grand Piano, electronic Keyboard, Drum Set, Snare Drum
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RON September 1, 2016
· Singing · In studio
Most excellent !
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Aaron C. December 15, 2015
· Tuba · In studio
great teacher! Easy to work with!
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Pat October 26, 2015
· Piano · In home
Knowledgeable, easy to work with fun!
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About Tina D.

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Prospect Park, PA

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I enjoy teaching beginning technique including making a sound, learning slide positions, reading bass clef notation, and learning to play in tune with a tuner.

About Tina
I've been teaching private lessons for over 15 years. I am a high school music teacher/band director and a freelance musician. I'm looking forward to making music with you!

Your lessons are up to you! If you know what you want to learn, I'll help get you there. If you don't know where to start, I can lead you through the fundamentals and help you set goals.

I like to keep things positive in music lessons. Music is, after all, for fun and enjoyment! I like to blend teaching technique and musicianship, while keeping things fun.

If you're a beginner, we'll get started with all the fundamentals you need to begin making music. If you've been playing for a while, I'll help you perfect things you've been working on, expand your musical experience, and help you reach your fullest potential as a musician.

My home studio has chairs, mus
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Elisabeth M. S. February 28, 2017
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Tina is an amaziNguyen and patient teacher! My son has loved every minute of having her as a teacher!
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About Steven B.

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Lancaster, TX
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Instruction will focus on etudes and technical foundations for trombone playing. The student will become familiar with the history of the instrument and how it applies to Classical, Jazz and Pop settings.
The Rubank Series for trombone playing will be the text beginning, intermediate or advanced.

About Steven
Hello, a little about myself, I have a bachelors degree in Music Education from Florida A&M University and Specialist Certificate in Jazz Composition and Arranging from Berklee College of Music. I have been teaching for the last 17 yrs as either a elementary or middle school band director. I have lead many of my students to All City Honors, superior ratings at Solo and Ensemble and alike. I am a woodwind specialist who can teach brass performance. I would like to extend an invitation to all students who are interested in jazz studies as it relates to scales, interpreting chord symbols, establishing tunes for your repertoire and overall performance.
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Alfred B. July 15, 2016
· Saxophone · In home
Best Instructor! Very knowledgeable and patient. His heart is really into his instructions. I would recommend him to anyone and everyone. I'm progressing very well. I look forward to advance lessons!!!
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Nick April 18, 2016
· Flute · In home
Excellent job. I learned a great amount of info and basic technique in my first lesson!
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About Justin H.

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Highlands, NJ

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Whether you have never seen a trombone before or just want to brush up in your skills, you'll learn how to improve your flexibility, endurance and musicality, no matter what kind of music you like!

About Justin
Justin has been an in demand musician for well over a decade. He received his Bachelors Degree and Masters Degree from New Jersey City University. During his time in school, he studied with Bud Burridge (Currently playing on Broadway in the production of "If/Then with Idina Menzel), Saturday Night Live's Earl Gardner, Vincent Penzarella (Former NY Philharmonic Member),Joe Magnarelli, Richard Vitale, Grammy Nominee Pete McGuinness and Jazz Historian Bill Kirchner. Prior to studying music in college, Justin attended the Manhattan School of Music Prep Division, where he studied classical/jazz trumpet, theory, improvisation and ensemble performance. He had the opportunity to work with people such as Jeremy Manasia, Nathan Warner and Jacob Manricks. He has received numerous scholarships and played in the All-State Intercollegiate Jazz Ensemble
several times. Justin was also a part of the New York Youth Symphony Jazz Band, playing lead and the solo chair. He has performed nationwide and has had the opportunity to perform in clubs such as Jazz at Lincoln Center, Blue Note, Birdland, Smoke, FatCat, Cleopatras Needle, Starland Ballroom, Highline Ballroom and Symphony Space. Justin has also toured with the International Vans Warped Tour all over the country and in parts of Canada. He has worked with people such as John Pattitucci, James Moody, Jimmy Heath, Randy Brecker, Charles McPherson, Arturo O'Farril, John Pizzarelli, Joe Lovano, Maria Schneider, Eddie Palmieri, Peter Erskine, Brian Lynch, Luis Bonilla, Jason Rigby, Joe Lovano, Dave Douglas, Joe Magnarelli, Pete Mcguinness and Mike Holober.
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Christian D. December 29, 2014
· Jazz Improvisation · In home
I attended Graduate Studies with Justin and have played numerous shows with Justin. He is a high caliber player and his demeanor is always professional. He is enthusiastic to share his knowledge and would make a great teacher.
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Rob R. July 14, 2014
· Trumpet · In home
Justin showed my 10 year old son how to play the trumpet and did a great job. He was patient, made my son feel comfortable and was able to help him get a better sound by the end of the very first lesson. Jalen does not give high praise easily so we were impressed that he enjoyed learning from him. My mother listened in on some of the lessons and she also said Justin did a great job - friendly personality and great tips on how to play. We highly recommend him.
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About Billy D.

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New York, NY

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If you are looking to take your tombone playing to the next level, you came to the right place. I am currently a trombone major at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music and have studied with some of the best trombonists in New York. I have a lot of playing and teaching experience, having performed at venues such as Carnegie Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, and many other venues around the city. I can teach you any style you are interested in and will make sure you have fun doing it.

About Billy
My name is Billy and I am a trombonist/guitarist currently living in New York City. I am studying Jazz Trombone at the New School For Jazz and Contemporary Music in Greenwhich Village. I have a lot of performing and teaching experience, performing in venues such as Carnegie Hall (Stern Auditorium and Zankel Hall), Dizzy's Club Coca Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Jazz Standard, Smoke Jazz Club, and many other venues around the city. I have had several students for both trombone and guitar, and teach music theory, composition, and ear training as well. I have experience in a variety of different styles of music. I really enjoy sharing my love for music with my students, and my main priority is making sure that my students' learning experiences are as effective and enjoyable as possible.
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Niamh H. May 16, 2018
· Trombone · In home
Billy was really kind and patient with my 8-year old son and did a great job helping him to convert from the French solfege system of music reading.
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Claudia M. April 22, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Being a beginner (guitar) I attended my first class with a positive mind and no set expectations. I left class joyous, as Billy mastered to introduce me to guitar theory in such a simplified manner, which made it easy to grasp. I attended my second class last week, and feel that I have advanced/internalized greatly in such a short period. Further, I appreciate that Billy has always been prompt to attend my inquiries. Based on the aforementioned experiences, I look forward to my upcoming classes, and I’m very curious to know the end result - without hesitation, I'm certain it will be positive. Billy is a very gifted guitar teacher, hope he can teach for many years to come - as many can benefit from his great talents.
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Raymond April 20, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
I cannot say enough about Billy. At first I wasn’t sure what to expect. Billy put me at ease immediately. I find him professional, friendly and extremely considerate. He also tailors each lesson to his client. I wanted to delve more into theory. Billy knows his stuff across a spectrum of instruments. He wrote music for me and gave me the building blocks for more skills. I can see Billy really loves music and teaching. It shines through every time I see him, and that makes me more hopeful. I’d say that’s as much as you can ask for a teacher.
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About David R.

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Covington, KY
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I am a professional orchestral trombonist and I have been an active brass teacher for almost twenty years. I have played in orchestras across the USA and Europe, including the Cincinnati Symphony, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra and many more.

I aim to give my students a solid understanding of the technical skills required to play a brass instrument, and to share with them the musical knowledge I have gained from studying with some of the best brass teachers in the world.

About David
I'm an experienced brass tutor with almost twenty years teaching experience, and I'm currently accepting students in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.
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Tommy June 15, 2018
· Trombone · Online
Great teacher. Listens well and knows how to help.
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Logan June 8, 2018
· Trumpet · Online
Great instructor for my 11 year old. Thanks!
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Robert June 7, 2018
· Trombone · Online
David is great!
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About Matthew S.

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Fort Smith, AR

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I am a current band director focused on your student's success and mastery on the trombone. We will work on tone, range, and develop technique through a tailored lesson that will fit you or your student. I am also happy to supplement your child's band instruction and work on area/region honor band auditions with your child.

About Matthew
Hi, I am Matt Shewmaker. I am a band director in the Fort Smith, AR area. I am in my 7th year teaching band and love every minute of it. I have recently decided to return to teaching private lessons, and would love to help you with your auditions, festival music, AP music theory exams, or just learn some skills on becoming a better musician. Outside of the audition music, we continually work tone production, range, and confidence on any brass instrument. In college I had a small guitar studio as well. Some of those guitar students have gone on to study at the collegiate level and gig around town today! I am comfortable teaching at all levels, but my expertise is centered around student development at the middle school to high school level.

June 2012 - June 2015 I was the head band director of Waldron High School. We won several awards
through our marching and concert band program. I also ran after school lessons in which many students made our region honor band.

June 2015 - Present
I am currently the head director at Trinity Junior High in Fort Smith. I run a 7-9 band program that includes both marching and concert band seasons. Our student involvement is quite high as our band program serves about 50% of our total student population.
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Lesley May 17, 2018
· Trombone · Online
My son had a wonderful experience with Matthew! Matthew is very knowledgeable and committed to helping students grow musically and perform at their very best. Would highly recommend!!!
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Hilda U. January 23, 2018
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Junior trombone performance student at Ohio University. I am an experienced beginning and intermediate private instructor and I will help you achieve better playing through tone development, proper instrument handling, and repertoire study among other things. I am very flexible as a teacher and I want you to have the teaching style that you need to learn! Shoot me a message and lets start improving!

"We don't need anyone else who plays trombone, we need more people who play music."
-Shachar Israel - Assistant Principal Trombone - Cleveland Orchestra

About Nolan
I am a student studying Trombone performance at Ohio University through the Honors Tutorial College. I play in several ensembles across campus as well as performing in a low-brass trio semi-professionally.

Students can expect weekly practice assignments and a structured plan for improvement. My lessons focus primarily on the nuances of trombone playing, but will also cover setting goals, effective practice habits, maintaining motivation, related music theory, and the professional world of music. Students studying with me will not only gradually improve their instrument performance, but they will also be exposed to the successful musicians of our age and their teachings synthesized into a private lesson curriculum.

I want to help you harness your talent to improve your musicality and introduce you to one of the most inspiring art fo
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Patty April 1, 2018
· Trombone · Online
My son is severly dyslexic and Nolan has been amazing. We used a different takelessons instructor for 6 months before we found Nolan and the difference in my son amd his level of playing has been substantial. We have been with Nolan for about 7 months, he is kind, patient, and very knowledgeable.
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Nolan Miller is an excellent trombonist who possesses all the qualities to be an excellent trombone teacher: He is intelligent, organized, diligent, and has a passion for music. I have full confidence in his abilities to teach and inspire young trombonists.
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About Michael S.

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I am an incredibly spirited and determined musician and educator who takes great joy in sharing music with as many people as I can. I am currently working on a BME from Indiana University, and while I still have a long way to go, I know full well in my ability to demonstrate my talent as a musician and educator. Performing all over the country has been one in a long list of wonderful and highly impact performances in my time as a musician, and I have played in settings ranging from Lucas Oil Stadium to IU's very own Recital Hall. I hope to further myself and those around me by taking on students, and I have not a doubt in my mind that everyone is a musician at heart.

About Michael
My teaching experience dates as far back as my high school days, as I began giving lessons to 6th graders almost 6 years ago. Since then, I have taught and met with dozens of students, and helped them flourish as musicians, teaching both as a partner in local schools and out of my own home. The skill levels at which I teach range widely, as I have taught both beginners, learning how to hold their instrument for the first time, to advanced players almost better than me! I like to capitalize on making sure a student is setting proper goals and is achieving them at a consistent, healthy, and fun pace.

If my students are not enjoying themselves then I do whatever I can to change that! I am always ready to teach for all ages! For the newest of players who may also be children, I usually begin teaching out of The Yamaha Advantage series for
beginners. Once the student has demonstrated a strong understanding of the fundamentals of brass playing, I will begin introducing them to different solos, scales, and other repertoire in the hopes that they may want to perform in competition or recital.

For more advanced players, I try to find out what the student's specific goals are, and work with them to best achieve said goals. I have a plethora of etudes, solos, and other material to keep them interested in building up their abilities. Few things are as rewarding for me than being able to witness one of my students thrive in the performing arts! Therefore, it is important that my students have as much fun as possible and can feel accomplished achieving firm, yet reachable, personal goals. Acknowledging accomplishments helps students feel valued and like their efforts are worth something - fostering a readiness to learn more. I want to do whatever I can to help my students achieve greatness - however they may see fit. By trying to find out what inspires my students, I can successfully engineer my instruction to their wants and needs.
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