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Susan T.

Grand Prairie, TX

I teach beginning to intermediate theory in conjunction with any lessons taken on piano, guitar, ukulele, or voice.

About Susan B.

I would first like to say that I was born into a musical family. My Dad (choir director) and five older brothers were not only the majority of the choir in our large Catholic church, but Dad had a "tame" Frank Sinatra singing style. My mother played harmonica and piano by ear so acquiring musical intellects spread quickly to all of us. Most of my siblings sang and played instruments as we had a piano, guitar, organ, harmonica, trumpet, clarinet and a recorder to use as we pleased, with or without a music teacher.

I started singing and playing the piano at age four. With consistent encour
agement from my oldest sister (a professional organist for 40+ years), I learned piano and music theory while I was learning to read English, started guitar at eight. A natural born singer, I learned the basics of voice while in choir from middle school through high school while accompanying myself on piano or guitar when singing privately or for others. I wrote my first song at 17 and worked my way through college playing original music in coffee shops while earning my bachelors degree. After college, I started touring across the US (this was long before American Idol and the Internet when if you wanted to make it, you had to "pay your dues" on the road first). Working in the studio was always the most fun and challenging, my first original song got air play in 1990 (this was before CDs).

I received international distribution of my original music starting 2004; however, around that time I learned that performing was not my preferred way of providing service to others - teaching then become my passion. So while working for a local public school district as substitute teacher for general music classes (orchestra, band, choir as well), I was asked to write and teach a beginning songwriting class. From the very first day I had kids' attention wherever I went; and some of those students eventually recorded their own songs in studios.

After 30+ years of professional musicianship spanning across two continents (US and Germany) with originally produced music available on iTunes and two CDs on the market, I have found a unique way of teaching music to others. I most enjoy teaching families with two or more siblings (along with parents, grandparents, etc.) that want to learn to play a variety of instruments and music together. Married couples are welcome too, I can get any combination of people playing music together.

I hold an annual recital every September. I do not force anyone to play in the recital, however most everyone enjoys the experience.

*** Lesson Details ***
First of all, I'll need to know you or your children's goals, dreams and natural talent(s). What types of music do you love best? Are you more the serious type or fun-loving (I can work with both types of personalities but do require a respectful demeanor).

I stress taking lessons once per week. It is extremely important to develop the brain, nervous system, physical coordination all together with momentum and repetitive physical movements; particularly, the first six months of learning.

Please do not expect overnight success, hand/motor skills need to be developed and that doesn't occur with one or two lessons, unless you've had prior experience on your instrument and just need to refresh your brain's neural pathways.

If you are the creative type and wish to compose your own music, then by all means let me know as I teach not only composition, but arranging, music production, and the legal aspects of copyrights and distribution.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano lessons will be given on my baby grand piano. You will need your own guitar or ukulele, I will be using my Yamaha acoustic-electric classical nylon string guitar OR my Epiphone folk steel string guitar. Please see the photo noting the studio's microphones/vocal monitors, plus I have a variety of hand percussion. There are wide varieties of musical opportunities and experiences with me.

*** Specialties ***
Piano: Beginning/intermediate classical piano; pop (piano/voice). Guitar: Beginning classical guitar (fingerpicking only), or beginning general guitar (notes, chords, fingerpicking, strumming, using a pick). Ukulele: Beginning note and strumming patterns. Voice: I can take you to professional levels! Lastly, I would like to take on students who want to learn Joni Mitchell's style of piano and guitar playing. She has never had any formal music training, only plays by ear, particularly on guitar she uses many open tuning inspired from sounds of nature (i.e., birdsongs, ocean waves, etc.).

Here are three recent written recommendations:

"I would highly recommend Ms. T. She has been coming into our home to teach myself and my three children ranging in age from 10 to 4. She tailors each one of our lessons to our ability level and she approaches each lesson with tenderness, care and respect. She has even created special lessons for my 4 year old to engage his creativity and ideas.We have used other instructors before, but have never had such personal attention. I couldn't imagine using anyone else."
Erin O. May 2012

"Ms. T has been teaching my 6 year old daughter classical piano for almost three years. Ms. T is very patient, knowledgeable and encouraging. My daughter wasn't excited about taking piano lessons initially but has really grown to love to play and looks forward to lessons with Ms. T. I recommend other moms give her a call."
Cathy C. March 2012
Year First Hired: 2011
Top Qualities: Personable, On Time, High Integrity

"I am a 58 year old man who has always wanted to learn to play the piano. It wasn't until I met Susan that this dream became possible. I wasn't sure I could learn a new skill like this but she had me reading and playing music within the first couple of lessons. I am impressed with her teaching skills but her performance skills as well. She made me feel relaxed and confident from the beginning. I would highly recommend her to anyone wanting to learn a new instrument and whether you are 4 or 84 she can help make your dream of playing a reality." R. Roberts January 2013
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Jennifer E. January 5, 2016
Verified Student
She's really nice and very welcoming. Recommend!
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Angela B. December 11, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
I loved my first lesson and I have already learned so much! I can't wait to go again!
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Dianne M. July 27, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Susan really tries to work with each individual. She finds out what they are interested in and implements that into the lessons. She really engages the student. Recommend!
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Susan T.

Susan T.

Grand Prairie, TX 75052
(15)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Robert M.

Fort Worth, TX

I enjoy sharing the necessary knowledge of music theory and history as it applies to all music forms. Luckily, i find teaching music theory through playing and improvising is best without having to be bore down with too much reading and text.

About Robert

I am a Music EC-12 Certified Educator with a degree from The University of St. Thomas, working on my Masters of Music Education from Texas Christian University of which I am on full scholarship as the Graduate Music Education Assistant. I am also teaching at the All Saints Catholic School as the youth choral director, bringing on the development of future music programs, ensembles, and curriculum at this growing institution.
My previous career role was in General Music for Stafford Elementary School in Stafford Municipal School District from 2011-2015. My education experience covers many
schools and programs in the Houston area, including various HISD schools as well as working for the University of St. Thomas Music Preparatory school as vocal, ukulele, bass guitar, music history/theory, and piano instructor. In Fort Worth, I have already been part of several music opportunities such as doing contract work for the Cool Cats Studio and Music Junkie Studio in addition to holding a summer music camp at All Saints Catholic school.
My background in music is mostly vocal, working with choirs and ensembles my entire life. I have also spread my abilities to work with Bass Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Piano, ukulele, and voice. I have many experiences with different genres such as American Folk Music, Jazz (Early to Fusion), and contemporary Rock/Pop, World Music, Christian/Worship/Catholic Liturgy, Rn'B, and Country music.
As an Music Educator, I have the strengths of being a distinguished musician and Professional educator which provides me with advanced knowledge in my field of study and interest, teaching for every age group from pre-school to Adult as well as influencing the fun, creativity, and expression of music no matter what the instrument.

*** Lesson Details ***
The music lessons will consist of a concise and strong education of their instrument as well as essential theory and history. I develop individual lesson plans for each student and subject, working on formative goals and objectives to work towards for every lesson and throughout the year. I look forward to being able to help students accomplish and enjoy their instrument, utilizing their interests and genres with a variety of texts and literature at many levels, looking to always expand my own collection to meet the needs of the students. I am comfortable with providing digital and paper materials as well as providing recordings and video studying resources with YouTube. I know in my heart and mind that I have something to offer to any student at any level in my studio, and, I am equally as passionate about providing an honest atmosphere for evaluation and positive criticism. With every lesson I always encourage brief reflection over the practice, study, and instruction, responding to every critical juncture that comes along the way. Being a certified educator and music instructor, I know that respect, understanding, honesty, human emotion, communication, and professionalism are the most critical components of a healthy Teacher-Student relationship.

Over 1200 Lessons taught with Takelessons.com since 2010

*** Studio and Resources ***
I have the necessary tools to operate in and out of my studio. Within my workplace I always have my electric keyboard, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bass guitar, ukulele, music library, printer/scanner, recording equipment, full sound system with mixer amp, guitar amp, microphone and stand, tuner, music stands, iPad stand, and comfortable space and seating. I also have expanded my studio capabilities that is an entirely digitized database and curriculum. Starting in August 2015, I will also be able to provide lessons out of the Music Department of Texas Christian University.
I expect for the students to provide their own instrument so that they are able to practice at home. I operate on MAC OS and IPad systems that maximize the technological uses of my in home studio.
Be prepared to learn more than you ever anticipated as I provide many resources. I also push for supplemental music instruction within the lessons, adding basic training and music learning skills needed for accompaniment instruments such as the acoustic guitar, ukulele, and piano which allow for students to have a stronger understanding of their music.
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Rick J. December 14, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Great lesson, enjoyed it very much.
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Andrew Ponder August 30, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
I don't have much to compare to since this is the first teacher I have ever had on this subject matter. What I can tell you is Robert for exceeded any expectations I had for a music teacher. He is effective and can tackle individual challenges from unique perspectives that will help you overcome you hindrances all while being very personable. I received Sheet music, training CD's and training documentation. Additionally I received recordings of each lesson which I you will not believe how helpful that is, it's like have the lesson all over again.

Robert takes the approach of an professional educator with high expectations of his students, if you truly want to improve in the realm of music, singing or otherwise, you will improve with him. He wont have it any other way!
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Davey C. June 5, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Davey is loving his singing lessons
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Robert M.

Robert M.

Fort Worth, TX 76110
(19)
starting at
$28 / 30-min
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Heidi S.

Fort Worth, TX

I teach a course at Tarrant County College called "Fundamentals of Music" that I also like to teach to in private lessons to those interested in knowing more about the technical side of music. This is for students who need more of an understanding of music so they can play their instrument better or this is for students who know nothing about music and want to spend some time learning the basics of music theory. Topics studied are treble clef, bass clef, scales, rhythm, terms, intervals, chords and chord progressions. 2 CDs test ear-training skills. The text is available at most music stores. Heidi S. studied Music Theory and Ear-Training as a graduate student at Baylor University. Text needed is “Alfred’s Essentials of Music Theory: A Complete Self-Study Course for All Musicians (Workbook includes volumes 1-3 and 2 CDs)

About Heidi

Heidi teaches flute and music appreciation classes at Tarrant County College and flute and piano lessons in her music studio in Fort Worth, TX and online to students in 10 different states and across the world, including Africa and China. She's been teaching flute, piano, and flute choir since 1980. She is a valued teacher for TakeLessons and is on their Advisory Panel. She has taught flute at New Mexico State University, and at the University of North Texas and Baylor University as a graduate student. She was Advertising Editor for the National Flute Association's "Flutist Quarterly" and
founded the Albuquerque Flute Association. She completed all but her dissertation at the University of North Texas for a Doctorate of Musical Arts in flute performance. She arranges music for her students and for flute choir. She owns five auxiliary flutes-two alto flutes, an Eb flute, a piccolo, a bass flute and plays on a handmade Brannen-Cooper flute. She writes a blog for her website, and has articles published in "Flute Talk" and "Emerson Flute Forum." Heidi is delighted to share her vast knowledge music with her students.
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Rhonda B. February 10, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
The teacher is very nice..and good
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Roger M. February 6, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Heidi has been a wonderful instructor and friend to my daughter, who began taking piano lessons from her and has now decided to take on the flute. At 7 years old, Heidi handles the challenge with patience, grace, and positivity!! We look forward to our lessons every week, it's truly a highlight. We absolutely and completely recommend Heidi to any prospective beginners out there, as well as parents considering a teacher for their little one. Heidi is an angel.
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anna January 24, 2016
Flute · Online
Verified Student
so wonderful. to be starting at over age 60 with a confident, encouraging teacher who explains everytjing so well. a joy!
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Heidi S.

Heidi S.

Fort Worth, TX 76133
(47)
starting at
$20 / 20-min
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Carl W.

Fort Worth, TX

Basic and advanced music theory

About Carl

As far back as I can remember I have always enjoyed performing music. I can remember during my elementary school years how I would play drums during church service. Some days I would sneak in my dad's closet to play his saxophone. I began learning how to play saxophone in middle school and by the time I was in high school I was learning piano, performing jazz, and composing music.
I went on to get a Bachelor of Music at the University of North Texas. I have been performing professionally for over 18 years. I also have taught band for 11 years in Dallas ISD. I enjoy teaching and mentoring ot
her up and coming musicians. It's a joy to see another world open up to them through music.
Through my warm and positive personality and experience as a certified music teacher and music performer, I understand how to meet the social and educational needs of each music student. I am well versed at solving problems and helping students thrive and reach their full potential. I think that I do this best by personalizing the instruction experience for each unique situation. I love to encourage students and help them discover the music in them.

*** Lesson Details ***
Like me, students can expect to enjoy the process. Students will discover that I am very encouraging during lessons. I keep everything upbeat and positive. I will help you come up with goals musically. I am very patient, all while coaching you so that you get positive results.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Upright Baldwin piano, electronic keyboard 88 keys, music stands, sitting area for parent, CD/iPod stereo.

*** Specialties ***
Jazz, Gospel, Pop, Classical, Various styles
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Dalton February 4, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
My son had a great first lesson. Carl was patient and explained things on my sons level. Carl made the lesson fun and Dalton can't wait until next week.
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Jack February 2, 2016
Piano · Online
Verified Student
First piano lesson and first online learning experience. Looking forward to next week!
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Sebastian E. January 26, 2016
Saxophone · In home
Verified Student
Very helpful ... very good experience ..
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Carl W.

Carl W.

Fort Worth, TX 76112
(15)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Josh L.

Arlington, TX

This is literally just a Beginners Course to get you just enough knowledge to be able to converse in the language of music. You will learn to understand the Music Alphabet, Intervals, Scales, Chords, and Keys.

About Josh

Josh grew up listening to classic rock and country music, but wasn’t focused on becoming a musician in his early years. When Josh started High School in Long Beach, MS, he ended up joining band, where he landed in the tuba section. He learned to read music and play with a group, and his love for music grew even more.

Josh decided to learn guitar, and in his senior year of High School began teaching the instrument to beginners. Josh continued on to study music theory and ear training at Tarrant County College, where he honed his skills of reading and writing music. Josh performed with colleg
e singers as a tenor, and played bass guitar. Since then, Josh has been playing, writing and performing music in pursuit of becoming a full-time musician.

Josh is inspired by his wonderful wife, Becca, and his 2 daughters, Amelia “Bug” and Adrienne "Bit".
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Rebecca February 9, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Josh is an AMAZING teacher. He is thorough in his knowledge of music and is a very patient teacher. :)
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Wayne R. February 1, 2016
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
I LOVED what he taught me. Down to earth, practical, just what I was looking for. I HIGHLY recommend Josh Lee as an instructor.
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Joseph January 1, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Josh Lee is honestly one of the reasons I am the musician I am today. I've had lessons in both bass guitar and vocals. I've played in national tours and have headlined in numerous venues throughout the metroplex. Very well versed in music theory and practice/application. I wholeheartedly recommend him, as he teaches multiple facets of music.
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Josh L.

Josh L.

Arlington, TX 76018
(17)
starting at
$40 / 30-min

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