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Louisville, KY

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I am an energetic, enthusiastic teacher who cares deeply about the student's musical learning experience.

My music studies began in Louisville with well-regarded teachers John Roy (drumset) and Rick Mattingly (percussion). I later studied music at Bellarmine College and the University of Louisville School of Music. As a professional musician I have shared the bandstand with countless masters of jazz, rock and blues. A partial list includes legend jazz guitarist Jimmy Raney, vocalist Helen Hume (sang with Count Basie), local guitar legend Jeff Sherman, rhythm and blues group Backstreets, and many more. I currently play weekend nights at Volare Restaurant with multi-style group Jazz Vineyard. I do individual dates with Jazzcrafters, regularly record at two local studios, and Sundays I play in a Christian rock group
at St. Francis in the Fields.
My hope is that my passion for music, experience, enthusiasm, and caring attitude will be a winning combination for my students.

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You can expect a teacher who is dedicated to helping the student realize his or her potential. My preference is to combine music reading, technique, and real-world playing experience; encouraging progress, but working at the student's pace. Reading music is important to the music student--since it is the language all of us musicians use. Some students may not care to read, and that is okay. We can work on technique and specific drum styles and patterns. All students are welcome to bring their music preferences to our lessons but I will usually attempt to expand the student's repertoire.
Lesson materials include: method books covering reading, styles, technique; specific songs suggested by either student or teacher; and materials written by the teacher.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons in nice office studio which is located on the first floor of our Highlands home. Full keyboard available for the piano lessons.

*** Travel Equipment ***
The student will need to have his/her instrument.
I will provide music samples and method books or list of books the student should buy.
Drum set, drums pads, and/or electronic drum set, xylophone, and percussion instruments supplied in teacher's studio.

*** Specialties ***
My strongest genres include jazz, jazz rock, latin jazz, rock, blues, and country but I teach others as well. I help the student build on the basics, creating a strong foundation, and then we branch out... .
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Oscar B. November 22, 2013
· Music Performance ·
Jump at the chance

I've known Tom for decades. I have played alongside him; listened to him play rock, jazz, and blues; listened to and analyzed music with him.
Jump at the chance to study with him!
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Anna K. March 13, 2013
· Drum ·
Great music instructor!

Tom is an excellent drum instructor. He makes lessons fun but also covers the important material. He has a lot of experience in multiple styles and is able to share that with the student.
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Thomas H.

Thomas H.

Louisville, KY 40205
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About Thomas M.

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Crestwood, KY
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I am a professional musician who can give instruction on many musical styles ranging from Classical to Folk Music from several different countries. All ages are welcome!
As a student, I was involved for many years as a violist with The Louisville Youth Orchestra, I became a graduate of the Youth Performing Arts School in Louisville, Ky. in 1981 majoring in music and theater. I have since performed in a a broad spectrum of musical involvements including accompanying international folk dance troupes, performing Celtic and traditional music at events in several countries, composing music for, and directing several theatrical productions. At the same time I have been involved in educating children in music in several Community Schools throughout the Eastern U.S.. I now reside in Crestwood, Ky, where where I teach and operate a repair shop
out of my home called 'Hewn from the Mountain Music Cafe''. I also perform in the viola section of the Louisville Philharmonia, and have served as as Public Relations Director on the Board of Directors.

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My objective is to encourage enthusiasm and diligence in my students towards Music and the Performing Arts, focusing on self-esteem, presentation, and public performance. For strings, I incorporate sight reading with ear training using various acclaimed methods modeled after the Suzuki method, which I am in the process of obtaining certification. I value the importance of ensemble playing, and will orchestrate many such activities.

The TakeLessons.com program has many advantages because it is a completely interactive data sharing system for Teachers, Students and Parents. I believe it will be well worth your investment.

*** Specialties ***
classical, traditional folk, international folk, Israeli folk dance music, popular dance music, others
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Rayne December 11, 2015
· Violin · In home
Mr McShane does an excellent job teaching my granddaughter violin She enjoys the lessons and is learning quickly.
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Sami July 27, 2015
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I was very blessed to be on of Tom's students for a few years, working along side him in his shop. I was the untraditional student, an apprentice in a world where such students have become lost. Already a seasoned musician, that didn't mean there wasn't room for me to learn from Thomas. He helped teach me how to play his folk harps, as well as make them and repair them. I learned a great deal of folk traditions, and with his help, stepped outside of my classically trained box. Not to mention, his guidance and support actually gave me the confidence to become a performer, well paid at that. He encouraged me in ways most of my musical teachers failed me...all the more reason to praise his abilities because he was able to help me make many breakthroughs despite many bad teachers over the years. My college education was actually in education, and so, i can proudly say, he was also the most excellent teacher in teaching me how to teach. I was able to witness many of his lessons. Thomas is full of patience, love of music, and enthusiasm...all of which foster any student, no matter what the age or curriculum, to do his or her best. The years I spent with Tom will always be years i remember as extreme growth and fond memories.
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B July 23, 2015
· Violin · In studio
Tom McShane has exposed me to a lot of great folk music from a variety of cultures and time periods. He gets you into playing songs right away. This preserves the joy of making music and gives you a sense of accomplishment . I'd taken instrument lessons in the past where the instructor would get all bogged down in technique and I'd never get to play any music, which destroyed my natural joy and motivation. Now I'm regaining it back, so for that I am very grateful.
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Thomas M.

Thomas M.

Crestwood, KY 40014
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About Justin W.

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Louisville, KY

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Justin W. is a professional performer, composer, and educator based in Louisville, Kentucky. Justin received his Bachelor of Music Performance in Voice from the University of North Florida and his Master of Music in Choral Conducting at the University of Louisville. He has performed alongside the Louisville Chamber Choir, Louisville Orchestra, Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, and Brevard Symphony Orchestra, and has toured internationally with the prestigious University of Louisville Cardinal Singers under the direction of Dr. Kent Hatteberg.
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Anthony December 31, 2018
· Classical Piano · In studio
My first lesson with Justin went well. I have social anxiety so meeting new people is always a stressful experience for me. I was much more comfortable than expected and learned a lot. I definitely recommend Justin if you are looking for lessons in any of the areas he offers.
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John R. December 30, 2018
· Guitar · In home
Justin was excellent. Very knowledgeable of not only the guitar, but all aspects of music.
In addition he is a very nice person and easy to learn from.
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Sofia November 14, 2018
· Piano · In home
My daughter 1st class exceeded her expectation and she is looking forward to her next class
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Justin W.

Justin W.

Louisville, KY 40242
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About Hannah M.

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Louisville, KY
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About Hannah
Hello! My name is Hannah. I am a student at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of music for viola performance. I have played viola for about 10 years and have studied music theory for about 4. I am passionate about assisting beginner and intermediate students. I love what I do, and I want to share that love with someone who wants to grow as an artist!
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Evelyn September 10, 2017
· Viola · Online
We went over the lesson in details. I learned a lot today!
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Brian T May 11, 2017
· Viola · Online
Talented musician that makes learning easy. I would recommend her to anyone wanting to take their viola playing to the next level.
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Carly H. May 4, 2017
· Music Theory · Online
Really great teacher!
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Hannah M.

Hannah M.

Louisville, KY 40223
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About Carly H.

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Louisville, KY
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Hello, my name is Carly. I'm currently pursuing a bachelor's degree in music education at the University of Louisville. Throughout the past couple of semesters I've been learning many different methods for teaching, privately and publicly. I have 6 students of my own, and would love to expand my studio and take in more cellists. I've been playing cello about 10 years and love to share my passion with others. The most effective way of learning about anything is by actually doing it!
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Tom B. January 23, 2018
· Cello · In studio
Carly is very personable and knowledgeable. From the first lesson she caters the instruction to my needs and interests while building on solid basic techniques and music theory. I’m excited about the goals we’ve set.
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Hannah May 8, 2017
· Cello · In studio
She is an amazing teacher! She explains things in a way that best fits my perspective. She is understanding and very helpful.
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Brant May 6, 2017
· Cello · In home
I was so happy to see the detail Carly went into teaching me the cello. She made a very comfortable environment to learn. I felt like she was interested in seeing me succeed!
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Carly H.

Carly H.

Louisville, KY 40205
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About Tristan S.

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Louisville, KY

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My name is Tristan Svoboda, and one of my favorite things to do is teach. I love kids, and have my own little sister who I give lessons to. I have studied pedagogy and other famous teachers so that I can better teach my own students. As I have been through the whole process of learning violin, I have all the resources and skills I need to take others through the same journey I went through. In addition to teaching violin, I have taught English and French in the past and I find that teaching any kind of subject follows the same basic pedagogic principles.
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Tristan S.

Tristan S.

Louisville, KY 40241
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$34 / 30-min

About Tammy S.

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Louisville, KY
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Hi, I’m Tammy!
I’m good at forming strong personal connections, and my desire is for students to enjoy and excel at playing the piano. I've been teaching private lessons out of my home and at a local music shop, and have loved helping my students learn to play and read music, prepare for recitals, and prepare for solos and accompaniment at their schools and churches. I’m patient, encouraging, and like to see students really understand music and grow in their ability to play. My lessons are challenging, but fun. I like students to choose some of their own music and participate in choosing their direction and pace. I find that playing songs they know and like helps to facilitate at home practice and faster learning, as students enjoy their practice time! I look forward to helping you reach your goals!

I have 13 years of experie
nce taking piano lessons. During that time I played with my church’s music team, accompanied a choir, and became an experienced soloist and accompanist. I have experience accompanying singers, choirs, violinists, and bands. I additionally competed in music competitions and took home the highest award for piano in the state of Wisconsin, and accompanied several singers who also received highest awards. I was accepted into the University of Wisconsin Madison School of Music, but after my first year chose to shift my focus to the sciences, obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Biology, followed by attending Northwestern Health Sciences University where I received a Doctor of Chiropractic Degree. After a successful career in chiropractic, I sold my practice to become a homemaker and tutor, and am excited to once again return to my first love, music.
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Terri November 12, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Tammy is fun and great with students. Tammy encourages students and is not critical. My daughter has special needs and is progressing well in her piano skills. She loves going to her lessons.
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Tammy S.

Tammy S.

Louisville, KY 40220
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About Anthony A.

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Buffalo, NY
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Hey! My name's Anthony, I'm a working multi-instrumentalist with a focus on multi-media crafting, with a Masters Degree in percussion performance. I play drums, percussion, (mallets, hand percussion, drum set, orchestral, world etc.) guitar, piano, and bass. I have been a guest conductor, film, dance, and poetic accompanist for six years. I have taught in several schools beginning my teaching career in 2013. I have performed with groups such as Dallas Brass, Silver Synchro Sounds, Jacksonville Civic Orchestra, to name a few. I currently live in Buffalo where I do work with composers, film makers, authors, and architects. I have no bias in genres, and have played in everything from blues, to classical, to metal groups throughout my career. I hope to share some inspiration and knowledge of a working musician with you!
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Anthony A.

Anthony A.

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About Lizzie C.

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Louisville, KY

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About Lizzie
Hi there! My name is Lizzie, and I am a professional Horn player and teacher. I graduated from Jacobs School of Music of Indiana University, and I have studied under the instruction of Richard Seraphinoff and Jeffrey Nelsen. I have studied in Europe as well as America, so I have a wide variety of experience that helps make me a versatile teacher. When I'm not playing or teaching Horn, I enjoy cooking, painting, and ballroom dancing. I love animals, and I am the owner of two fur-babies and a turtle. I love to travel, and I have lived in Vienna, Austria for 6 months when I was a Junior in college. I can't wait to share some of the magical music of the horn with you!
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Lizzie C.

Lizzie C.

Louisville, KY 40241
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$42 / 30-min

About Neil R.

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Louisville, KY
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About Neil
I am a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, holding the BM in Percussion Performance. My compositions have been performed by groups including the Louisville Orchestra and Louisville Youth Orchestra. Teaching successful private students, however, is my greatest accomplishment. I love seeing my students become the musicians they want to be, and I do everything I can to help them achieve their goals. My goal is for the student's experience to be exactly what they need to succeed.

Studying with me, you can get a vary wide variety of skills. My varied background goes from playing drum set in bands in college, to commissioning and performing classical percussion music, to touring with an orchestra performing 9 concerts in 13 days. While not all of those skills are for everyone, all of them share a demand for strong fundamental techniq
ue which is part of what I teach all students.

Many of my students are interested in succeeding in their band and orchestra classes. These students go through a curriculum which can be tailored to their strengths and weaknesses to ensure they have the best chance for success in the classroom. This curriculum can be made available upon contact.

My home studio has the following instruments:
Adams 4.3 octave Padouk Marimba
Mapex 4-piece drumset with cymbals
Pearl Philharmonic Snare Drum
Set of 4 Ludwig Universal Timpani

Whatever your musical interests may be, I can help you succeed. I look forward to meeting you!
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Neil R.

Neil R.

Louisville, KY 40242
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