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Kayla S.

Arlington, TX

About Kayla

I'm a young, enthusiastic piano teacher living in the Arlington area. My musical journey started when I was 10 years old when I received my first piano lesson. Since then, I have been studying piano with several amazing teachers, including some that have studied at the top music institutions in the nation, such as Eastman School of Music, University of North Texas, and the Peabody Institute. At current, I am finishing my Bachelor's in Music Media at the University of Texas at Arlington and have also obtained a Associate of Arts degree from Tarrant County College.

*** Lesson Details ***
I a
m a fairly laid back teacher, however I do expect my students to practice. After 3-6 months with me, you will have learned how to read music, learned all basic piano terms, and how to execute most basic piano techniques. Whether you have dreams of playing in concert halls or just for your friends in your bedroom, I am confident that I can help you get there!

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect the student to provide a piano(not an electric keyboard) with 88 working keys, a metronome, and music books.

*** Specialties ***
In piano, I specialize in classical music. I teach from every period of music(Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Contemporary).
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Angie A. June 13, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
I think she is the best Piano teacher I have a month taking piano lessons with her and my progress has been awesome!
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Dustin B. June 4, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Kayla is sweet and patient. She always starts her lesson on time and is reliable. My son really enjoys having her as his piano instructor.
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BELINDA June 1, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Kayla as an instructor is great. However, she is unprofessional. She is ALWAYS (and this is no exaggeration) 10-20 minutes late for lessons. Most of the time without notification or apology. The proverbial "straw" was after we had to reschedule a lesson due to her being out of town. We scheduled a 1:45 lesson. It was 2 and I haven't heard from her. After a text, she said she could be there in about 20 minutes because a previous lesson ran over or reschedule. I opted to keep the lesson since I arranged my schedule to fit a lesson. She was supposed to be at my home at 2:20 and it was 2:50 before she showed up. Prior to her arrival, I did send a text that we needed to discuss our schedule. Upon her arrival, she told me that most parents give her a 15 min grace period. This is not listed in her description or was it discussed prior to lessons. I explained the value of professionalism and punctuality. If she is late, it sets my schedule off. I offered a resolution: that we can set the new time to 1:45 since that's the time she arrives anyway. She STILL wanted this "grace period." I offered to cancel my lessons, but she said she would be here Friday at our new scheduled time. Later that night, I sent a text explaining that our talk should move us in a positive direction. She informed me that she took my daughter off her roster shortly after she left my home. Let's be reminded, this was AFTER she said she would be here Friday. That is unprofessional. She is obviously unable to accept being told what is expected for a PAID service. I hope she learns the value of customer service, professionalism, and consideration of others.
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Kayla S.

Arlington, TX 76006
(5)
starting at
$20 / 30-min
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Adrianna G.

Irving, TX

About Adrianna

Violinist, Pianist, Teacher and Conductor

I graduated December 2010 from Texas Tech University. I have my Bachelor of Music with a Teacher’s Certification in the area of strings and orchestral studies. My principle instrument is the violin and studied under Dr. John H. Gilbert as a part of my degree. I continued secondary piano studies with Dr. Carla D. Cash at Texas Tech University.

In the Fall of 2010, I completed my degree by doing a full time student teaching at Martin High School in Arlington, Texas. During my time teaching at Martin HS, the orchestra competed in TMEA String Honor O
rchestra, where they placed third in the finals. This is the highest placement in this competition they have received since the mid-1980s. During my time in Arlington, I sat as a violin judge for region full orchestra and region string orchestra. I personally conducted 3 of the 5 orchestra and taught each class daily, either in sectionals or group instruction and conducting

At Texas Tech University, I worked two years as a teacher for the nationwide outreach program, String Project. With String Project, I would teach classes of 15 to 20 students at a time. These classes were forty-five minute violin classes held at the university twice a week. Each student had an additional thirty minute weekly, private lesson. My work, along with 4 other teachers, earned a position to lead two clinics at the annual ASTA convention, held in Atlanta Georgia in 2009.

During the Spring 2011 semester, I spent my week in the Houston area as an orchestra teacher at Fort Settlement Middle School. During my time at Fort Settlement, I ran a program of 164 middle school string musicians on violin, viola, cello, bass and harp. The orchestra ranged from beginner to upper-intermediate levels. I had the opportunity to take 3 of the orchestras to UIL contest. All three groups came back with outstanding awards, including Sweepstakes, the highest award possible.

I am a sought after violinist, pianist, accompanist, teacher, conductor, and adjudicator for several ensembles, musical organizations, and student recitals. I began my musical career at the age of eight playing the piano. I have continued to play and take piano lessons throughout my life. When I entered the sixth grade, at the age of 11, I began my violin studies. These violin and piano studies led to my eventual audition and acceptance at Texas Tech. Though one may think two is enough, I did not. After a year marching in the colorguard in high school, I began lessons on the clarinet at the age of 15 and joined the band. I continued to perform on the clarinet in the marching and concert bands throughout high school and college.

With 6 years of private, group and public teaching, I am a state certified music teacher for early childhood through 12th grade. Since the fall of 2011, I also teach full time as a middle orchestra teacher in Lewisville ISD. I am a current member of TMEA, TODA, TMTA, and ASTA. I have taught a wide range of students and enjoy sharing my passion for music making. As a teacher, I want my students to understand and learn music in many different aspects. Understanding how to read notes and rhythms is important, but combining them with the emotion and sensitivity of music makes playing any instrument fantastic. Music theory and technique are other important aspects of playing all instruments and are stressed in each lesson as well. As students practice and develop their skill and understanding, it is my desire for students to express the music from the depths of their heart.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am generally a very easy to get along with, but I do have high expectations from my students. For beginners, I run my lessons in sections with stretches, detailed warm-ups, repertoire, theory and end with an overview of the lesson and expectations for the next lesson. With my intermediate and advanced students, I expect them to come in already warmed up and prepared. I will have them play through technique exercises with brief reviews and explanations for the next expected exercise. We then go immediately into repertoire where students will "perform" prepared pieces for me. I stop and work on things throughout and then set an expectation for the next lesson for repertoire before ending the lesson.

*Note* I do expect all students to have an instrument to practice on. I highly encourage all beginners to RENT their first instrument from an instrument specialty store and not purchase one from a "department" or "super" store or online. Instrument specialty stores are always available to do repairs and upgrades with very decent prices. Purchased beginner instruments are hard to sell once grown out of. I do have names and numbers for multiple violin and piano shops in the DFW area, as well as a piano tuner.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Front Room: Piano, music stand and mirror, chairs and couch, highly encourage parents to sit in on lessons

*** Travel Equipment ***
Students will need to provide all of their own equipment. I will bring any additional books on an as need basis. I will bring my own violin to violin lessons, but students will need to provide their own with accessories.

*** Specialties ***
Kodaly and Suzuki
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Aprille September 20, 2016
Violin · In home
Adrianna is giving violin lessons to my young daughter, a beginning violin player. Adrianna is patient yet energetic and has such a great rapport with my daughter already. My daughter looks forward to her lessons and loves learning something new each week. I don't know a ton about music or the violin specifically, but I can tell that Adrianna has a great system for teaching and my daughter loves her! I couldn't have asked for a better instructor!!
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Catherine C. September 18, 2016
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Ms. Adriana was very effective during my daughter's first lesson. I can tell she is experienced in teaching children and is great at redirecting my sometimes-distracted daughter. She is friendly and patient.
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Suneel J. October 22, 2014
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Adrianna is the best instructor. I am so impressed with her teaching abilities. I am just a beginner and even then I am able to grab as much as possible and all that happened with her teaching abilities.
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Adrianna G.

Adrianna G.

Irving, TX 75063
(9)
starting at
$29 / 30-min
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TOYA N.

Dallas, TX

About TOYA

I have taught acting to small children, teens, and adults in community, private, and collegiate settings. I taught acting at the legendary Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute in New York City. My love of the arts has enabled me to study and perform in various cities throughout the US; including Los Angeles, where I studied at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute, to Europe, Mexico, South America; then back to New York City, where I earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in Acting from the prestigious Actors Studio Drama School.

I currently work professionally as an actor, singer, and TV
and radio host. I've been fortunate enough to work in film, TV, theater, musical theater, hosting, commercials, improv, and voice-overs. I am also a vocally trained mezzo-soprano. Because I am still a working artist, I can not only teach you craft, but can assist you in making the right choices to navigate your own way in the business. I offer private coaching to actors in theater and film, and singers in the US and abroad. I would love to share my knowledge and experience with you.

*** Lesson Details ***
I offer private coaching to children, teens, adults who have an interest in acting or singing performance, and for those who simply have an interest in performing or speaking in front of others. In addition to coaching those who wish to better their skills in acting, voice and speech, and singing, I also offer coaching for non-actors; i.e., attorneys, business professionals, teachers, politicians, pageant participants, and other creatives, who want to improve their public speaking and communication skills.

*** Studio Equipment ***
High definition, quality camera for video and stills
High quality lighting equipment and MAC monitor
Ideal for video auditions and on-camera classes

*** Travel Equipment ***
High definition, quality camera for video and stills
High quality lighting equipment and MAC monitor
Ideal for video auditions and on-camera classes

*** Specialties ***
Acting for film, TV, theater, and commercials
Audition Etiquette and Technique
Light Career Coaching
Agent Ready Coaching
Voice and Speech
Public Speaking
Neutral American Speech
Singing; including Musical Theater
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Taylor D. June 4, 2016
Child Acting · In studio
Verified Student
Toya is great. She focuses on the goals that you would like your child to accomplish and customizes the lessons to achieve it.
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Yolanda C. January 13, 2016
Gospel Singing · In studio
Verified Student
I really enjoyed my first lesson. Toya is very competent, highly skilled, and professional. She is also very kind and patient. I look forward to continuing to work with her!
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Yolanda C. January 12, 2016
Gospel Singing · In studio
Verified Student
I really enjoyed my first lesson. Toya is very competent, highly skilled, and professional. She is also very kind and patient. I look forward to continuing to work with her!
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TOYA N.

TOYA N.

Dallas, TX 75244
(9)
starting at
$59 / 30-min
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Michael H.

Lewisville, TX

About Michael

Along with being a songwriter, performer, and recording artist, I have over 30 years of teaching electric and acoustic guitar in all styles and levels, specializing in rock. We can focus on technique, reading music in standard or tablature, music theory, improvisation, or simply learning your favorite songs. The bottom line is making sure you meet your musical goals!

*** Lesson Details ***
I will begin your lessons by pinpointing exactly what you wish to focus on, then devise an organized plan so that we can maximize our progress. It's all about YOU!

*** Studio Equipment ***
I always h
ave an amp in my teaching studio (although it's not mandatory that you play through it), and extra guitars if you're not able to bring yours. I can also play CDs or mp3s on the spot to learn your favorite songs, and I have complete and accurate tablature to thousands of songs, all alphabetized!

*** Specialties ***
I excel in teaching technique - specifically alternate picking for speed and sweep picking for arpeggios - I can definitely help you reach your maximum potential on these techniques, among others. I also excel in the repertoire of acoustic and electric rock songs that I can teach you. I am patient as well. We can progress at your level.
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Bryan A. September 24, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Michael is great guitar instructor, he always starts out wiith asking if I have any questions about previous lessons or assignments. Michael is great about teaching me better ways of playing something to break bad habits I taught myself and he explains the guitar theory if you want to learn that as well.
I renewed my lessons and would recommend Michael for any level of player.
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Chuck Castleman May 17, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Very knowledgable and friendly. Explains so you can understand.
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James May 8, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Exactly what I needed. Michael adjusted to my skill level and got me going.
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Michael H.

Michael H.

Lewisville, TX 75067
(11)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Sarah Y.

Dallas, TX

About Sarah

I hold a BA in Music with an Ethnomusicology Emphasis. I started studying violin with the Suzuki method at the age of 3. My senior year of high school, I started taking lessons with a teacher who taught traditional violin lessons. I also participated in district and state solo and ensemble festivals. I studied violin as part of my undergrad.
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Gia T. August 30, 2016
Violin · In home
Verified Student
My daughter enjoyed her 1st lesson
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Mary J. August 11, 2016
Violin · In home
Verified Student
Sarah is patient and encouraging. I enjoyed my lesson with her.
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Joshua W. July 13, 2016
Violin · In home
Verified Student
Sarah has been a pleasure to work with, I highly recommend her! She is always prompt, gets right to the lesson, and is extremely patient with my daughter. Sarah has great direction and it's apparent she knows what she is doing.
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Sarah Y.

Sarah Y.

Dallas, TX 75236
(12)
starting at
$28 / 30-min

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