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Vandell A.

Coppell, TX

About Vandell

Hailing from the "Birthplace of Jazz", Vandell's path to greatness and his purpose in music would not be too hard to find. While studying music at the age of 13 at a local jazz summer camp in the Treme' area of New Orleans, it was there that he learned to play the trumpet. After an entire summer of playing the trumpet at the camp, he was approached by one of his teachers that challenged him by stating his embouchure would work better with the saxophone. Being that this influential teacher was the coolest saxophonist in the world in the eyes of this young, budding jazz musician, Vandell took th
is challenge as a compliment that his teacher would even consider training him on his new instrument. 

Soon after cultivating his craft on the alto saxophone, he joined the world renowned St. Augustine "Marching 100" Marching Band. This experience afforded Vandell the opportunities of performing in events and parades all over the world as a member of the prestigious marching band, which would ultimately convince him that performing and playing music was what he wanted to do for a living after graduating from high school.   

Shortly after graduation, he enrolled in classes at Southern University at New Orleans, and studied with the legendary Edward "Kidd" Jordan. After a month of studying with Kidd, the catastrophic devastation of hurricane Katrina took the city of New Orleans by storm. At the age of 18, and after enduring the life-altering changes brought on by Katrina, Vandell realized that he wanted to seriously pursue a career in music and began to write original compositions. In just a few short years, this decision has led to him sharing the stage with a vast array of artists, from multiple genres of music, and at venues across United States and Europe. He has also opened and shared the stage with several internationally acclaimed artists and musicians, including Grammy award winning jazz saxophonist Kirk Whalum and the legendary smooth jazz saxophonist Tom Braxton.

In June of 2011, Vandell released his debut album entitled "Years Later”. This album is a collection of original musical compositions that has been written since he relocated to Texas following the aftermath of hurricane Katrina in his hometown of New Orleans. The "Years Later" album, to date, has been getting rave reviews from smooth jazz fans, music lovers and critics across the world. With the success of "Years Later" Vandell decided to release an uptempo 5 song EP called "Turn It Up". Since it's release, the leading single "Let's Ride" has reached #1 on the Billboard Charts!

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide books, music stands and writing utensils. I expect the student to provide chairs to sit.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize mainly in jazz, but am proficient in all other genres. I focus on the basic fundamentals needed to play and improvise in the genre. I always make sure that my students understand theory. From sight-reading and understanding harmony, from scales to chord structures and playing styles.
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Nicholas C. December 27, 2015
Saxophone · Online
Verified Student
I've had saxophone instructors in the past, but Vandell is by far the best. He's incredibly knowledgable, patient, and makes the lesson fun. Plus, its really cool to see some of his past gigs and covers on YouTube and know you're learning from someone with legitimate expertise. Looking forward to increasing my proficiency through his teachings.
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Leonardo Q. December 15, 2015
Saxophone · Online
Verified Student
Excellent!!!
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Kieth November 5, 2015
Piano · In home
Waited for several lessons to take place before I gave a review. Vandell is a very patient instructor with my son. The lessons are progressing at a great pace. My son is learning jazz piano.
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Vandell A.

Vandell A.

Coppell, TX 75019
(5)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Brian S.

Denton, TX

About Brian

I have been teaching students privately since December 2012, and am currently working as a Teacher's Fellow at a high-profile college of music. I teach a variety of styles, from classical to jazz to your favorite pop songs, and I always cater my lessons to the students' personality and preferences. Music should be fun!
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Henry N. January 29, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
He is a very nice guy and a great teacher. I wish I could continue, but I hope to eventually start back up again with Brian.
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Andy November 24, 2015
Piano · In home
Brian inspired first my daughter and then my son to really love playing the piano. They were really proud of their accomplishments and were able to show it off at various recitals that Brian organized. We were very sorry to see him move from Chicago! He's easy going, relatable and cares a lot about the kids. I'd highly recommend.
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Tom November 23, 2015
Saxophone · In home
I couldn't have asked for a better teacher. Brian was able to take me from not playing the sax in 10 years to playing in front of 200 people at my wedding in 6-7 sessions. I'd highly recommend him to anyone looking for lessons.
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Brian S.

Brian S.

Denton, TX 76201
(5)
starting at
$27 / 30-min
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Jordan D.

Grapevine, TX

About Jordan

13 years ago, I picked up a guitar and began my life-long pursuit of music. This pursuit has led me in a wide variety of directions. Today, I am the worship leader for Living Life Church, an on-staff music-producer and session musician at Drive35 Productions, and a passionate instructor.

I have a passion for a wide variety of styles of music. For several years, I was the lead guitarist, singer, and songwriter for multiple independent rock bands, the most notable being an indie psychedelic band called Tod The Fox. I have led worship for many churches including Grace Fellowship UMC, Brazos
Pointe Church, The Cornerstone College Ministry at UTA, and FUMC Allen in varying capacities. At UTA, I studied Jazz and Classical guitar under acclaimed guitarists Sam Walker and Billy Robertson. Here, I also studied theory, piano, sight-singing, and music-production extensively. I graduated Magna Cume Laude with a Bachelor of Music-Media from UTA. After school, I spent 9 months interning/assistant engineering with acclaimed musician/composer/producer Brad Nyght at The Bakery Studio in Dallas- whose credits include being the drummer for The Michael Gungor Band and Desperation Band. Then, got hired as an on-staff session musician and music producer at Drive35 Productions. I have also played guitar, mandolin, and bass for multiple pit orchestras and guitar for the North Lake Jazz Ensemble with director Jim Eger.

My teaching style varies from student to student. Music is a wonderfully diverse subject and every student has his own aspirations. I will do my best to cater each lesson to the student's goals and interests. Whether that is classical guitar method, rock, jazz, folk, country, pop or anything in between.

I have an excellent internet connection and microphone set up for online lessons. I also utilize screen-sharing to make the lessons as close to real life as possible.

A few of my favorite artists include: Michael Gungor, Joe Pass, Andrew Bird, Chopin, Led Zeppelin, Glen Hansard, and Radiohead.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons will vary significantly from student to student. Not only does every student have different goals in mind, they all learn differently as well. I do my best to customize my lessons for each student's goals and needs. A typical guitar, bass, ukulele, or piano lesson may involve music-reading, chord studies, technical work, scale practice, theory, and of course learning awesome songs!

I consider myself a healthy balance between professional and light-hearted. As much as I want to make efficient use of the lesson-time, my primary goal is for the student to truly understand and enjoy music.

I have worked hard to be a flexible musician and teacher. I am competent in jazz, rock, classical, contemporary, blues, worship, country, and beyond and will be happy to teach any (or all) of these styles to any student.

*** Studio Equipment ***
My at-home studio includes:

- Chairs
- An 88-key Casio Privia keyboard
- Professional grade recording equipment (003r interface, behringer ada8000 with BLA mod, RNC by FMR, and more)
- High speed Internet access
- A printer
- A library of music resources
- Novation Launchkey MIDI controller
- Rode K2 condensor microphone
- Sm57
- Several Naiant stereo pair microphones
- 2 acoustic guitars (Cort and Zaeger), 2 electric guitars (Epiphone CS Custom, Fender Nashville Tele)
- An electric bass guitar (Epiphone Thunderbird with Bartolini Pickups)
- Lanakai Ukulele
- A Savannah Mandolin
- Double input amplifier (vox AC15C1)
- Music stand
- Metronomes/tuners
- Recording studio quality monitors (Yamaha HS8s)
- Large pedal board and pedal chain

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in contemporary, rock, blues, and worship guitar, but have extensive experience in classical and jazz guitar as well. I am also an on-staff session guitar player for Drive35 Productions and can help anyone interested in the skills necessary to play for a studio.

For piano, I teach beginner to intermediate level students in a variety of genres. I use piano on a daily basis for composing, arranging, and performing.

For bass, I can also teach a variety of genres. I specialize in blues/rock/contemporary but have experience in classical and jazz bass as well.

For ukulele, I specialize in pop music adaptation and classical.

For mandolin, I teach basic beginner music skills- reading and strumming techniques.

***STUDIO POLICIES***
My studio offers 2 different types of contracts, Schedule-As-You-Go and Monthly contracts. Monthly contracts require commitment to at least a full-month's worth of lessons (holdiays and summers are exceptions), all lessons are paid for up front and this reserves your weekly slot. I will always be willing to work out make-ups when possible. Schedule As You Go lessons are scheduled week-to-week and do not reserve your slot for anything beyond that week.
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Riley F. January 31, 2016
Ukulele · In studio
Verified Student
Jordan was great. Excited to keep learning and improving.
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Brennan G. November 23, 2015
Ukulele · Online
Jordan is a talented teacher knowing how to best start you out on an instrument but not hesitant on challenging his students with more difficult material. I learned heaps in my first five lessons with Jordan and was stoked on the outcome!
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Keith Roberts November 15, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
First meeting. All went as expected.
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Jordan D.

Jordan D.

Grapevine, TX 76051
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starting at
$30 / 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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Bob Wiedemer November 30, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Great instructor, very knowledgable
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Michael L. November 29, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Michael is an encyclopedia when it comes to guitar. We are working on theory, and he just knows it from A to Z. He is patient. Explains every detail when I ask for the minutiae. He inquired what I wanted to learn, and he formed my lessons around my goals. But it has an organic feel in that what i initially wanted has changed as I understand more. He moves in that flow and adjusts our target in lessons.

But what is most important is he is not an adversary when it comes to lessons. In the past I have taken lessons and it was the instructor's way or no way at all. Michael's lessons are like hanging out with a friend who is a great guitarist that is willing to share his knowledge.

I look forward to lessons.
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prasad May 23, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Nice instructor, has wealth of guitar knowledge and concepts
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Michael H.

Michael H.

Lewisville, TX 75067
(7)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Marilyn J.

Fort Worth, TX

About Marilyn

Music is soothing to the soul. It can calm us when anxious. It can teach young children focus, concentration and improve fine motor skills. I feel classical piano is a basic foundation to learn many instruments and types of music. I include theory and ear training with piano lessons. My goal is to try and turn on the student's love for music so that he or she wants to spend time at the piano at home improving skills.
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Dedrick A. June 8, 2015
Piano · In studio
Marilyn is extremely patient and understanding. The best personality, super nice and open ideas and suggestion with the student and parents! Would recommend her to anyone looking for an amazing piano instructor!
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Jaci P. May 28, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
I have completed my first month of lessons with Marilyn and I AM learning to play the piano!! Marilyn's knowledge, technique, personality, perseverance, and kindness are attributes which are so conducive to a pleasant learning experience.
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Elizabeth H. August 25, 2014
Piano · In studio
I have had many piano teachers in the past and Ms. Marilyn is my favorite by far. She is patient, understanding, and she takes time to explain what I have questions on. I would recommend her for students of any age. She really is a wonderful teacher :)
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Marilyn J.

Marilyn J.

Fort Worth, TX 76131
(4)
starting at
$28 / 30-min

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