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About Victor K.

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Cincinnati, OH

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About Victor
I received my Bachelor of Music Degree in Organ Performance from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music in June of 2010, studying under Dr. Roberta Gary. I have completed all the coursework for the Master of Music Degree in Organ Performance. I will receive the degree in late 2014 or early 2015 after performing one more solo recital.

I began playing the piano at the age of 5, later moving to the organ at 9. I have held a church job since then, working in multiple different denominations and settings. I have a strong background of piano, accompanying, theory, sacred liturgy, and musical performance. I enjoy studying and listening to many genres of music as well as performing them. I am very interested in historically informed performance and understanding different techniques as they are related to the composition style of
different time periods.

I enjoy working with students of all ages. Regardless of your ability, age, or experience, I will work with you. We can work out a plan for lesson times, intensity of practice and work, and tailor the lesson to the right pace for you.

*** Lesson Details ***
My lessons tend to be tailored to the needs of individual students. I am not as much a fan of a strict curriculum that I use on each student. For beginners, one can expect to be given method books to get them moving in the right direction. As one advances, we eventually move on to repertoire. I take an approach to lessons that emphasizes total body awareness and high level mental awareness. The most important thing anyone can learn in music is that it isn't just about the right notes; it isn't about the right rhythm. It is about the complete musicianship and the complete awareness needed to truly understand and perform a work of music. In order to make this approach work, my strictness as a teacher varies depending on the level of devotion the student is willing to put forth. After six months with me as a teacher, expect to notice changes in the way you see music and comprehend your technique at the keyboard.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect students to purchase their own music. For beginners with method books, I have these available to the students to purchase from me.

*** Specialties ***
I am very highly trained in performance practices of the Baroque era, especially on the organ. I am also very specialized in body movement and efficient keyboard technique. I also have a lot of experience in the Romantic repertoire of the piano. Lastly, I am also well trained as an accompanist on both the organ and the piano.
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Nicholas S. July 11, 2016
· Music Theory · In studio
I have enjoyed working with Victor. He is very knowledgeable about the music in particular the Baroque period. He brings a very good perspective that has enriched my understanding of early music. I can say clearly that one leaves sessions with a desire to learn more and with an understanding of music as serious branch of human study rather than something that is simply fun (in the sense of being mundane amusement).
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Lisa O. April 24, 2016
· Piano · In home
Victor is an amazing teacher and we have loved working with him for many years now. He taught all 3 of my boys at all different levels and they all progressed very well in piano. He has also served as accompanist for my son who plays the trumpet. I highly recommend Victor as an amazing teacher for all levels who truly wants to help the kids learn.
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Dennis W. March 7, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Victor is gifted in teaching. I feel that playing the piano and teaching the piano are two separate gifts. Victor is gifted with both abilities. If you are hesitating because your not sure whom you would like to choose, choose Victor you will not be sorry.
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Victor K.

Cincinnati, OH 45249
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About Jon A.

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Cincinnati, OH

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I have been playing guitar since the age of 9. I have studied Classical, and Jazz at CCM's Prep Dept. in middle school and throughout high school as well as rock, folk, country etc. with other local teachers. I started teaching lessons at the age of 18 in local music stores and have never stopped. While doing this I attended The College of Mount St. Joseph where I studied Classical and Jazz guitar as well as Music Ed. In addition to my 22 years of private lesson experience, I have 2 years of classroom experience teaching general music in elementary schools. I believe it is my years as a student and instructor that enable me to be an effective teacher, having had learned what worked for me as a student, and what has shown to work as a teacher.

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I cater my lesson to the individual. I like for students to have
a structured practice routine and working knowledge of music and their instrument, but it has to be fun. I have students who learn Classical, rock, and Jazz. Each lesson is different. Some people just want to be able to play their favorite songs by a camp fire, and others want to go on to perform at Carnegie Hall. I enjoy teaching both lessons and put forth the same enthusiasm for each one. You get out of the guitar or bass what you put into it in terms of learning and practicing. The level of achievement is up to you, I will help guide you to meet your goals regardless of how large or small they are.

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Spare music room: guitars, amps, bass; computer with recording software, ProTools seating for parents

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I have all the equipment necessary. I would like the student to have an instrument, but if not I can provide one for the lesson.

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I'm really pretty versatile. Over 18 years of teaching anywhere from 80 to 100 students a week will do that.
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Natalie January 25, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Works really well with my 11-year old son and treats him with respect. My son looks forward to the lessons.
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Caroline April 22, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
My daughter loved her first lesson! She is excited to go back.
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Ethan February 28, 2016
· Guitar · In home
My son feels very comfortable with Jon. Jon's enthusiasm and passion for music and teaching is very evident. My son can't wait for his next lesson and practices diligently.
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Jon A.

Cincinnati, OH 45255
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About Kate U.

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Mason, OH
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About Kate
I started teaching piano lessons privately while I was a student at the University of Texas. My students range from 5 to 14 years old, introductory to intermediate playing levels.

I have an extensive background in music theory including classical piano training, contemporary guitar, years of choir, and personal voice coaching.

I have a special ability to work with young and inexperienced students. I am the perfect teacher for a student that is just being introduced to the world of piano. I am also a great teacher for those students who have a light background but are just starting to be re-introduced to the piano.
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Scott February 17, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Both of our kids (8 and 6) have been taking lessons from Kate for several months. Our kids started lessons with no experience and have made great progress in a short amount of time. Kate has a teaching approach that has been well received by our children. Kate ensures the kids remain challenged week to week while still having fun. We are lucky to have found Kate and highly recommend her if you are looking for a great piano teacher.
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Jack June 17, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Great first lesson! Excellent, engaging and patient teacher. Wonderful experience for my son.
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Annabel May 18, 2016
· Piano · In studio
We've only had one lesson, and already love Kate. She took the time to listen to Annabel and then catered the lesson straight to her needs and personality. Thanks!
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Kate U.

Mason, OH 45040
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About Jenna S.

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Cincinnati, OH

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About Jenna
Dear Future Student,

It is my experience that if you can speak, you can sing. In these lessons I combine my knowledge of vocal pedagogy as well as extensive personal study of the voice with my background in yoga in order to provide you with a well rounded education of the voice as a full body instrument. Your lesson will be tailored to you and your goals. Whether you are interested in classical music, pop or anything in between, this technique applies to you. It is my true joy to guide students in the discovery of their voice. I look forward to helping you do just that. Click the green button to get started!!

All the Best,
Jenna
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Jeff Wells September 26, 2016
· Singing · In studio
Great first lesson
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Holden February 20, 2016
· Singing · In studio
Great first lesson! Jenna is extremely knowledgable and helpful, can't wait to keep learning from her!
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Reese January 31, 2016
· Singing · In studio
My daughter really enjoyed Jenna's style and the lesson--she didn't want to stop!
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Jenna S.

Jenna S.

Cincinnati, OH 45241
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About Stephen V.

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Newport, KY
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Still a performer, I play piano for opera companies around Cincinnati and have spent the last three summers as head vocal coach for Pittsburgh Festival Opera. This year (2017), I will be returning to Northern Kentucky University as an adjunct professor, teaching Music History and Class Piano. In addition, I also music direct an outreach opera company that brings a short 30-minute piece to schools that have had their arts cut.

I have degrees from Baylor University (B.A. in Composition), Oklahoma City University (M.M. in Vocal Coaching) and Cincinnati Conservatory of Music (Artist Diploma). Having a diverse background in study, I still enjoy playing Broadway shows in addition to my opera career.

I started playing piano at age 6, and I have played with symphonies in Texas, opera companies around the US (including Cincinnati Opera) and ha
ve performed multiple recitals.
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Stephen V.

Stephen V.

Newport, KY 41076
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$42 / 30-min
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About Todd T.

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Cincinnati, OH
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About Guitar Lessons With Todd

"Todd is a very gifted and motivated guitarist with an uncommon aptitude for teaching."
Rodney Stucky

"Todd is passionate about teaching, and dedicates himself to this with utmost energy and purpose. He is always extremely successful in producing a high level of achievement with every student." Jeffrey Van

One of the most important duties of a competent instructor is teaching students how to practice. This is just as true for the rank beginner as it is for the advanced student, or even professional. Everyone can learn to play music and play it well if given competent instruction. Learning to play well is learning about the mind and body, and how to use it to one's potential. As the awareness of the self is refined, not only is the playing improved, but the potential for greatness is elevated. Lea
rning to perform music with security and confidence is fun!
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Eric S. January 14, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Great first day!
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Holly January 13, 2016
· Guitar · In home
Todd was great to start from the very beginning with me. I have no experience at all with the guitar but his confidence in his teaching and in me is encouraging.
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Todd T.

Todd T.

Covington, KY 41014
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About allison G.

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Cincinnati, OH
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I am a woodwind specialist with my primary instrument being clarinet. But, I also teach beginning to intermediate strings, piano, bagpipes, percussion, and if needed voice.
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Mae August 1, 2016
· Piano · In home
My first lesson in a long time! Allison is very nice and patient and we made great progress in just 45 minutes. Looking forward to my next lesson!
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allison G.

Cincinnati, OH 45244
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$25 / 30-min

About Isaiah P.

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Cincinnati, OH
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About Isaiah
Isaiah is a passionate teacher of the flute and piccolo. He has been teaching private lessons since 2014. He is currently available to teach lessons at his home studio or online. Isaiah has helped students prepare for performances in Cincinnati and Japan, scholarship auditions, and begin the flute from scratch.

Isaiah is pursuing his Bachelor of Music in Flute at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music as a student of Randy Bowman, Principal Flute of the Cincinnati Symphony. Isaiah understands the needs of young students and works to instill confidence in every musician he teaches. Isaiah's teaching style is dynamic, grounded in known pedagogical methods, and tailored to every student's individual goals. Isaiah's students have achieved many honors, including 'Superior' ratings at solo and ensemble festivals.

Isaiah's personal m
usical highlights include performances with the CCM Philharmonia, Wind Orchestra, and Chamber Players. In high school, he was Principal Flute of the OMEA All-State Orchestra and a member of the Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra. He has performed under the batons of Louis Langrée, Glenn Price, Gene Chang, and Sandra Dackow. He has performed in masterclasses for Bonita Boyd, Aaron Goldman, and Terri Sundberg.
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Shelley June 24, 2016
· Flute · In studio
Isaiah's passion for the flute and teaching is evident. He is skilled and knowledgeable, and able to communicate well. Isaiah instills confidence with his patient and encouraging demeanor. He is attentive to detail and meticulous in his instruction. He is flexible, adjusting lessons as requested. Exposure to Isaiah's symphony performances is inspiring. he is highly recommended as a flute instructor.
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Dakota June 11, 2016
· Flute · In studio
Very patient, and wonderful to learn under. He is very aware of the steps it takes to get started, and it helps progression immensly. Can say that i had one of the best privte instruction experiences in terms of anything from this gentleman. I definately reccomend giving him some thought when your looking for an instructor!
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Dakota June 11, 2016
· Flute · In studio
Very patient, and wonderful to learn under. He is very aware of the steps it takes to get started, and it helps progression immensly. Can say that i had one of the best privte instruction experiences in terms of anything from this gentleman. I definately reccomend giving him some thought when your looking for an instructor!
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Isaiah P.

Isaiah P.

Cincinnati, OH 45255
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$20 / 30-min

About Hayley T.

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Milford, OH

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About Hayley
Hello! I am about to go into my senior year at Miami University as a Music Major with a focus on vocal and general music education. I have been trained in singing for almost 8 years now and have experience with music theatre, opera, classical voice, and choral performing. I can help students with a variety of goals to performing/ auditioning or music theory, aural skills, and music reading. I have worked with all ages from kindergarten to adult and will gladly work with any age! This past year I had several vocal students and even helped one prepare and audition for the voice department at Miami and they were admitted. In the past few years I have had multiple teaching opportunities through music education courses and also at a local church.
My focus for students is to encourage musical and performance excellence: proper singing t
echniques, learning to read music, and creating characters for repertoire. My approach to teaching voice is different for every student and what they need. But I will challenge every student to always do their best and improve after each and every lesson.
I will NEVER give up on any student!
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Adam June 19, 2017
· Vocal Training · In studio
I was a student of Hayley's during my first semester in college at Miami University. Hayley consistently paid great attention to detail and helped me to improve in any way possible. She truly cared about my development and sought to bring out my best through both instruction and encouragement. Hayley seems to have an excellent handle on elements of vocal technique and teaches them in a way that is easily understandable by music majors and non-music majors alike.
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Hayley T.

Milford, OH 45150
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$18 / 30-min

About David M.

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Cincinnati, OH
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Hi! I am a student at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where I just finished a Bachelor of Music degree in Cello Performance. In the fall I will stay here to begin a Master of Music degree. I am primarily trained in classical music, but have ventured out into different genres and styles and can help you meet your musical goals. I believe a strong foundation and technical ability is important in playing any genre of music, so lessons should normally be formed around cellistic development. I teach all levels and would love to help you explore learning an instrument.

I also teach German. I began learning German as a child, and after several years moved to Germany for a time with my family. There I was enrolled in the school system and learned to speak the language at a near-native level. I strongly believe that
anyone can learn a language, and regardless of what your goals are, I would love to help you in this process!
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David M.

David M.

Cincinnati, OH 45219
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