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Review by Tracy
"Teacher with great humor teaches technique and interpretation.
After a long hiatus from singing, I began taking lessons with Wendy. I thank my lucky star
s that this occurred. Wendy is not only a consummate professional, uber-talented and a thoroughly knowledgeable and dynamic teacher; she is also compassionate and caring, with a keen understanding of the many issues surrounding study of the arts and performance.
Wendy is a teacher who invokes trust from a student as she, 'knows the score;' the musical score, and life's score, both big contributors to the development of the voice itself. Wendy is a gifted individual who works with students to improve, enhance, and enjoy artistic abilities already in place, and those yet to be discovered!"
Chicago, IL teacher:
Review by Aiyana
"Scott made me feel comfortable and I feel more confident!"
Detroit, MI teacher:
Review by Anna
"My 8 year old loves his music lessons! Peter was great at finding the right balance between theory and play to keep my son's love for music alive and offe
red to mix piano and drum lessons, second being my son's favourite instrument. Peter is very knowledgeable and he knows how to work with children which was very important for me."
San Francisco, CA teacher:
Review by Patrice
"I loved the lesson...Jennifer is an awesome teacher"
Houston, TX teacher:
Review by Sergio
I took guitar lessons from Steve for over 2 years, he took me to levels i did not think were possible. i began by taking lessons to improve on my b
lues techniques and within those 2 years i was able to not only learn blues but also notation, scales and structuring. I have also recommended friends that have had great results through him as well."
Miami, FL teacher:
Review by Alanna
"Molly is very gifted at teaching singing and theater. She is reliable, trustworthy, and reasonable. My non profit, Boldly Me, has had her teach classes
I am a college graduate and lifetime learner of musical artistry having 4 years practical piano teaching experience after 25 years of employment at a local higher education institution. I can engage the beginner in such a way that they will be motivated to continue into advanced and a professional level. I started my own music education at the age of 5 and have loved music ever since. My music career began in 3rd grade when I performed in a musical play and participated in vocal choral groups. I continued to improve in piano and vocal skill and traveled extensively with a national organizati
on and a college representative team. My travels took me to Europe where I had the privilege to perform in places such as Notre Dam, palace of Versailles, the Basilica in Rome and other places. I currently teach groups of 6 in community programs in Kirkland and Bellevue. I teach any style of music from classical to gospel. I have a strong classical background so I enjoy teaching all my students, even as young as 4 to learn about and play classical pieces (e.g. Beethoven, Bach, Mozart). Since my vocal involvement has allowed me to participate in school, church and community music groups and singing solo, I have a strong background in pianist accompaniment which is a unique skill that every piano musician should master. This creates a well rounded approach so that the pianist can participate and showcase their talent in various ways. I like to teach students to play beyond what is in the written page, and to develop a musical ear through improvisation and memorization. My students have the opportunity to play in optional recitals with other students and for family members.
*** Lesson Details *** I will teach you how to read music, play by ear and improvise. I believe theory, technique, scales, chords and memorization is the foundation of a strong musical background. While learning the basics a student is working on classical, popular, jazz, and secular, or church music. I am strict about fingering, technique, and interpretation, enforcing this in a caring way, playing an example of what I require. I like each student to be able to have a knowledge of the entire keyboard not just the middle octaves. I teach rhythm as the tempo and note variations are the soul of a song. If possible, and providing scheduling coordination, the student may be teamed with other students for a portion of their lesson for group learning. The group learning allows for a fun approach to theory and rhythm learning. I use lots of games to reinforce learning.
*** Studio Equipment *** Baldwin Acoustic Piano Casio Fully Equipped Electronic Keyboard Whiteboard, background Play Long CDs, games, worksheets
I have been playing guitar since I was 14 and I have not looked back since. I love music and I love helping other people discover the joys it can bring. In college I studied classical guitar and got experience playing in many different groups. I currently perform in and around the Seattle area.
*** Lesson Details *** My lessons are tailored to each individual student, to their interests and needs. I generally use the Hal Leonard Guitar method but I will use any method best suited for the goals you want to reach. Whatever method we use will be supplemented with other songs and exercises.
My lessons tend to be laid back and fun but also challenging. I expect students to do their best and make an effort.
*** Studio Equipment *** The lessons are taught in my studio with an amp, guitar, music stand, books, and seating.
*** Travel Equipment *** Students are required to have their own instrument. I do have instruments available to rent.
*** Specialties *** *Teachers marked as a Student Favorite have taught a minimum of 25 lessons and have received the highest feedback rating from students.Fingerstyle Guitar, Classical Guitar, Folk, Rock, Christian, Worship, Hal Leonard Method
Charlie A. March 6, 2014 Verified Student
Greg is knowledgeable, patient, and a fantastic teacher. Attending lessons is a great way for me to take a break from my work day and Greg makes it a relaxing experience.
Carlene B. September 14, 2012
Guitar Verified Student
I highly recommend Greg...
Greg is an excellent teacher. Very easy going manner and willing to start where ever you are as a musician. Gives great feedback, lessons to work on that are challenging and fun, and at a pace that's comfortable.
LizP2 May 22, 2012
Great Experience. Can't wait for my second lesson.
*** General Bio *** Hi! My name is Nick and I was born and raised in the pacific northwest. Initially from the Olympia, WA area, I have lived in Seattle for the past 13 years and received my education at UW in music performance.
I am perhaps most known in the northwest marching percussion community from a recent 7-year stint instructing and coordinating the University of Washington Husky Drumline. During my time with UW, I helped propel the UW drumline from regional to national prominence. In the summer of 2013, I also led the Cascades Drum & Bugle Corps to their highest percussion scorin
g in 6 years. Last but not least, I have also been involved with both the Seahawks Blue Thunder Drumline & Sounders Sound Wave.
Outside of marching percussion, I currently tour with cinematic-electro-pop band HARPS (fb.com/thesoundofharps) and maintain a busy private lesson studio.
I proudly endorse Pearl Drums, Remo Drumheads, and Vic Firth Drumsticks.
*** Lesson Details *** I believe that good teaching revolves around finding the right balance of three things: what the student wants, what the student needs, and what the student can handle.
As your teacher, I will do my very best in making you a more complete and well-rounded musician while helping guide you toward your goals. Whether you're just starting out, or an experienced pro wanting to brush up on a few new skills, I can help you. Over the past decade, I have successfully instructed folks from every age range and skill level. I'd love to have the opportunity to help you, too!
One thing I pride myself on is the ability to go at the students pace. I will teach in whatever way gets you the best results. In my experience, some people respond well to strict, regimented curriculum while others prefer a more laid back approach. I let everyone of my students know up front the amount of work it's going to take before X, Y and Z are going to happen.
My curriculum utilizes recordings, videos, demonstrations, transcriptions, books, play alongs, etc. I focus a great deal on maintaining great posture with relaxed playing technique, as well as reading and ear training. As a big influence of mine, Dave Weckl, once said: "Technique is a means to an end, and hopefully that end is good feeling and sounding music."
One thing I love about drums is that no matter how good you get, there's always a laundry list of things that you could still improve upon!
How do you eat an elephant?
Easy, one bite at a time.
*** Studio Equipment *** Sound panels, two drum kits, sound equipment, practice pad station (w/mirror setup).
*** Specialties *** Jazz, Rudimental, Drum Corps, R&B, Rock, Funk, Pop
Dana C. June 7, 2013
Way Beyond Excellent
Have you ever had something so amazing that you did not want to share it? Well, that is how I've felt about Nick's lessons. Nick has inspired and challenged my son to become a well rounded percussionist. Nick's professionalism, punctuality, and teaching skills far exceeds five stars. After each lesson, you will receive through notes on what was covered and what needs to be worked on. With all the different learning styles it usually pretty easy to note and area where an instructor could use improvement. This is absolutely not the case with Nick. If you a searching for an outstanding instructor, you've discovered him. My secret is out.
Morgan B. February 15, 2013
Well-rounded lessons that are worth your time.
I feel a little bit ridiculous for writing 5/5 stars for everything, but I have got to admit, Nick is an excellent teacher. I have been taking lessons on the marching snare with him, and have seen improvement over even the shortest periods of time. Nick can be quite serious when it comes to putting in a good effort, but he is very laid-back and makes the lessons fun, too. He has many approaches to teaching techniques in order to ensure that the student understands, and has helped me discover some of my true potential. I highly recommend Nick, whether you're a beginner, or trying to make the Husky Drumline.
David C. February 15, 2013
Nick does a great job in all respects. He's well-versed in a lot of styles and is capable of teaching pretty much anything you want to learn on drum set. One thing that's set him apart from other teachers I've had is how he's able to precisely identify flaws in your playing while offering specific and direct ways to eliminate those flaws. If you take lessons from Nick and follow his instructions you're definitely going to become a better player.
Hello! My name is Chris. I'm a private tutor and piano teacher in and around Seattle. I have a terrific time learning about the things I enjoy in life. I would like to share this kind of fun with you or your son or daughter!
Piano lessons and tutoring. Reading, writing, math, test prep, etc. Affordable, fun, professional, effective.
Academics: B.A. from Columbia, 2370 SAT (800 Math, 800 Reading, 770 Writing), 1590 GRE (800 Verbal, 790 Math), seven years' tutoring experience, all ages, almost all abilities.
Piano: repertoire from Beethoven to Chopin to Ravel
to Mussorgsky, experience as a symphony and opera critic in college, comprehensive knowledge of classical music and music theory, 15 years' experience playing, all ages, beginner to strong-intermediate abilities.
Academics: I tutor because I want to work against the worst aspects of school, and embody the best ones. I tutor to make school more worthwhile and more fun for my students. I tutor to relieve anxiety and frustration and stress. I tutor to help students cultivate their sense of curiosity. I'll raise your or your kid's grades by putting school in the right context, and giving them the skills to deal with it, emotionally and intellectually.
Piano: My lessons are fun. I love music, and I can help you love it too! I want to teach you how to play what you want to play, how you want to play it, and to that end I promote a relaxed atmosphere while also gently emphasizing technical skills to bring out your musicality. This doesn't mean you won't learn -- quite the contrary! -- it means that you'll be put in a better mindset to learn, since you'll have a great time coming to lessons and you'll want to practice. I can motivate you to discover what you like most about music and enjoy the gift of musicianship well into adulthood.
Reading and writing: Everyone needs language skills. With the rise of the Internet, the increasing difficulty and subjectivity of college admissions, and the competition for scarce jobs hinging on resumes, interviews, and communication skills, a proficiency in reading and writing is more critical than ever before. I've written for, and been paid by, several different websites on topics ranging from modern TV to old literature and card games. I was an English literature student at Columbia. I read and write compulsively. I tutored writing in 2007 to students ages 9 to 18, and was a content editor and proofreader for a boutique educational-software firm in 2007, 2008, and 2011-2012.
Math: Nearly every math class could be aced by a majority of students, but math is poorly taught. I can help by teaching conceptually. In high school, I was three years ahead in math, finishing AP Calculus AB as a sophomore, AP Statistics as a junior, and AP Calculus BC as a senior. I scored a 5 on each of those AP tests. I played poker (a math-based game) professionally from 2010 to 2011.
Test prep: Test-prep is one of the easiest and cheapest investments you can make. My SAT score was 800 in Math, 800 in Reading, and 770 in Writing. My GRE scores were 800 in Verbal and 790 in Math. I got 5's on the AP US History, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, and Statistics tests, and 4's on the English Language and Composition and European History tests. As a gamer, I'Âm well-versed in the 'strategic' aspect of test-taking.
It's important to me that my lessons remain affordable to maintain the kind of diversity and plurality of experience in my students that makes education worthwhile.. For music or academic tutoring, my rate is well below the industry standard at expensive aggregators.
*** Lesson Details *** Lessons from 30 minutes to 120 minutes, either in your home, or my warm and welcoming studio / home just off I-5 in Ravenna.
*** Studio Equipment *** Boston grand piano, nice piano bench and couches, extensive music library; snacks, caffeine, pets, and an otherwise welcoming vibe
*** Travel Equipment *** The works!
*** Specialties *** Classical piano, 19th-century music, music theory, music and literature, ethnomusicology, having fun
Allen E. January 2, 2015
College Admissions ·
Chris did a good job of meeting me halfway, encouraging me to apply to the colleges I was already interested in, and telling me about a few more I’d never heard of. I’m now going to one of the latter and am so glad I booked a few hours with Chris!
Zach M. January 2, 2015
We needed a last-minute replacement when our keyboardist bowed out of our wedding. We called Chris. He was professional and courteous, and his playing is one of many happy memories from that evening. He should be far from your last option!
Richard N. October 21, 2014
I knew I couldn't study for the test by myself as soon as I saw the first page of math questions. Chris makes dusting off a decade of math a matter of a little study; one of my classmates even helped me out, too, and I’m now a grad student in the field of my choice.
H, there! My name is Chris, and I love teaching people how to sing! Whether it's brushing up on your karaoke skills or getting ready for the next school contest or professional audition, I'd love to help!
I attended Pacific Lutheran University for Vocal Performance, where I studied voice with Marcia Baldwin of MET Opera fame, and before that with George Peckham - the teacher of Merrilee Rush, and Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart. I've had the great privilege of working with such noted professionals as Marvin Hamlisch, Asher Fisch, and Peter Phllpsand with local Jazz legends such as Frank Dem
iero and Phil Matson.
In addition to teaching and singing, I conduct Illumni Men's Chorale (America's Got Talent, Season 6!), and I was the staff Vocal Coach for the Seattle Choral Company, Seattle SeaChordsmen, and the Seattle Men's Chorus - the largest male choir in the world.
I love teaching all styles of music, and while affectations may vary, the basics are all the same. If you're interested in lessons, please say hello!
Allyson M. June 25, 2015
Classical Voice ·
In home Verified Student
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