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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.

*** Lesson Details ***
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

*** Travel Equipment ***
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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Nick June 27, 2018
· Classical Guitar · In studio
Jon has exceeded my hopes and expectations as an instructor. His depth of knowledge in all aspects of guitar instruction continues to be an inspiration to me in my journey with the guitar.
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Paula June 27, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Jon is a great teacher. He is very patient with my 8 year old and has been very flexible in working with us if we need to reschedule. He makes sure that she continues to build her basic skills (musical notation, playing techniques, etc.) while also making it fun by using current songs. He is amazing- would highly recommend him!
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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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Jon A.

Jon A.

Cincinnati, OH 45248
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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.

Kate U.

Mason, OH 45040
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About David R.

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Covington, KY
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About David
I'm an experienced brass tutor with almost twenty years teaching experience, and I'm currently accepting students in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.
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Tommy June 15, 2018
· Trombone · Online
Great teacher. Listens well and knows how to help.
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Logan June 8, 2018
· Trumpet · Online
Great instructor for my 11 year old. Thanks!
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Robert June 7, 2018
· Trombone · Online
David is great!
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David R.

Covington, KY 41016
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About Shon M.

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Hamilton, OH
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My Name is Shon M.

I was raised in a family that has a tradition of passing the art of music down from generation to generation. I began playing at age 5 and I play 5 instruments professionally and 15 instruments in all. I studied music at Morehead State University and Musician’s Institute. I've been a touring and studio musician since the age of 16. I have been teaching music for more than 35 years. Many of my alumni have gone on to become professional musicians and teachers themselves. My approach to music education is somewhat unique, although it is gaining popularity in the mainstream of music education. I view music more like a language, as opposed to what some have called more of a data entry approach. Don't get me wrong, reading music is important and I do it everyday, but your music lessons should be teaching you how to play a
n instrument, not spending the majority of your time in learning to read right out of the gate. Yes there basics you must learn, but when you were a child, you didn't learn to read as you spoke your first words. You were learning to speak your language long before your learned your ABC's. There are many musicians with little formal training who play an instrument so well you'd swear you can see smoke coming from their fingers. Let me tell you, they weren't born that way. They learned to speak the language of music. The fact is, it's so much easier to learn to read music, after you have a basic understanding of how to speak the language. So say good bye to the frustrations of banging you head against the wall with the complexities of reading music and wondering how much longer you're going to have to endure this ongoing torture before you learn to play something cool, and say hello to having fun while learning how to play an instrument and the songs and styles you want to play...

You may have studied music before and given up because it was too difficult. Please know that's not uncommon. But I’m here to tell you, there is a better way! So if you've ever wanted to learn to play an instrument or sing, there is no better time than now.
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Vernon S. June 25, 2018
· Vocal Training · In studio
Absolutely outstanding teacher and musician!!!!
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David January 27, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
As an adult student, Shon caters to my learning style and adjusts accordingly. Lessons are relaxing. I have the freedom to go as fast as I am able.
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Julie-Anne December 4, 2017
· Piano · Online
My piano/songwriting lessons with Shon never got off the ground. On one occasion he showed up 30 minutes late and left me waiting forcing me to cancel due to another appointment. The following week he cancelled literally teo minutes before our session was due to begin, saying he was sick. Then the following week he left me waiting and didn't show up for our scheduled session at all. When I emailed him he said he is overwhelmed with his new work schedule, won't be able to do our lessons and that I should get a refund.

I had even agreed to change my day/time when he said it would be better for him, only to be let down.

What a complete waste of my time and energy. Incredibly unprofessional and inconsiderate conduct.
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Shon M.

Shon M.

Hamilton, OH 45011
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About Andy V.

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Cincinnati, OH

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I am an educator, composer, and performer based in Cincinnati, OH. I have studied piano for 25 years with masters and doctoral degrees in piano and composition from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.

Piano students should expect progress in technique, reading, aural skills, and improv/composition. I enjoy teaching a variety of ages and levels from beginners to those that want to major in instrumental performance. I draw out each student's natural creativity, motivation, and strengths so that they develop into a unique and independent musician. The ultimate goal is to teach myself out of a job.

As a composer, I have been commissioned to write pieces for pre-college students across the country, concert pianists, Cincinnati Public Radio, and regional piano competitions. I am also the director of the Creative Co
mmissions project that pairs creative professionals with pre-college music students to collaborate on creating unique and accessible new works.
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Ruchi B. September 28, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Our son absolutely loved learning piano from Andy. We are both lucky and fortunate to get lessons from Andy for our son. Andy has an amazing way to connect with kids, to teach at their level, he paces himself with the child's development, and he has a passion for teaching. Andy is constantly working towards making the learning experience outstanding. Thank you, Andy!
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Andy V.

Andy V.

Cincinnati, OH 45208
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About Andy S.

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West Chester, OH

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I started playing guitar in the late 60s. Started playing professionally for approximately 5 years around 1978. Played music off and on until 1993 when I got involved with my churches worship band. Began teaching around 2008 at Sidekick Studios.

I teach beginners and intermediate students of all types, from 9 yr olds wanting to play Taylor Swift songs to 55 yr old guys wanting to learn blues. I can play and teach a variety of styles including country, pop, rock, blues, folk and introduction to jazz.

I get the most satisfaction when a student latches on to an idea and runs with it, or when a student thinks they can't do something and together we work and accomplish it!

I am going into my TENTH year of teaching and plan on being around a long while!

Also, I am currently playing in an acoustic rock duo and also enjoy playi
ng solo acoustic gigs at small venues around town.
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Patrick June 3, 2018
· Electric Guitar · In studio
Our son was a student of Andy's for 5+ years and truly enjoyed his experience with Andy. Andy is a very patient and an inspiring instructor who really knows music and guitar well! Andy was always good about being available for our son during the week if he had questions about his homework or guitar lesson for the week! Andy always praised our son when needed and challenged him in a professional manner to increase his love of the instrument!
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Melanie March 15, 2018
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Andy started teaching Pranav at age 6. Pranav took lessons from Andy for over 8 years. Andy has a wonderful encouraging style. He knows when to be firm and when to be kind. We moved to China, otherwise we would still be there every Saturday :) when we return in the summer, Andy is always on our list of people to visit.
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Andy S.

Andy S.

Cincinnati, OH 45251
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About Kelly J.

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Cincinnati, OH
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About Kelly
I would love to help you learn to play the flute! In my lessons, we work on scales, notes, reading music, tone quality, and much more. I will help you learn to be a well-rounded musician who can read music fluently and produce beautiful music!

My lessons are a great compliment to school band programs in the area. I am the music teacher and band director at a Catholic school in the Mariemont/Madeira area, and I am happy to help with your school's band curriculum and music. I am also happy to help you prepare for collegiate and honor's bands auditions.

My lesson are also great for the stand-alone musicians who simply want to learn flute for individual fulfillment. We can start with our first lesson being one where you learn how to put your flute together and make those first sounds!
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Annie June 30, 2018
· Flute · In studio
Kelly is a wonderful teacher! She is knowledgable, encouraging and patient. My 11 year-old daughter takes flute lessons from her and she told me recently that, "Mrs James is good teacher because she is fun and encourages me, but also tells me when I make a mistake and how to fix it. I like that she is honest with me and shows me how to get better."
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Jill June 27, 2018
· Flute · In studio
Kelly is a very knowledgeable, patient, and encouraging teacher. She genuinely cares about her students. My shy daughter immediately felt at ease with Kelly and cannot wait until her next lesson. I highly recommend Kelly for anyone looking to learn to play the flute.
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Kelly J.

Cincinnati, OH 45219
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About Sabra C.

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Cincinnati, OH
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About Sabra
Hi there! My name is Sabra Charles and I am excited to work with you. I have been playing piano for 11 years and have been teaching for 3. I have 4 younger siblings who all play instruments so I have seen first hand how important it is to start music education at a young age.

With students I like to stress the importance of sight reading and pitch. I teach using John Brimhal, and Dog and Bird methods. Many of my lessons focus on chords, chord structures, and chord progressions.

I encourage students to start with classical music and then branch out into other genres. I myself enjoy jazz as well as classical and pop. Students will also learn about piano composition as that is a great way to express themselves.

In addition to piano I play guitar, ukulele, and drums. When I am not playing music or teaching I enjoy swimming and bowling. I
also help with the music program at Seton high school. I work full time at in Tri-Health radiology.

I look forward to working with you! Have a blessed day.
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Sabra C.

Sabra C.

Cincinnati, OH 45238
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$17 / 30-min

About Gita S.

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Cincinnati, OH

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About Gita
I am the principal cellist for the Northern Kentucky University Philharmonic Orchestra. I am passionate about good music, good grammar, and good communication. I am fluent in Spanish. I am 21 years old, and I effectively transfer information and knowledge to my students with neither condescension nor impatience. I ultimately empower my students with the drive and work ethic to achieve anything they can imagine. With my instruction, they will achieve that 5 on their AP English Literature exam (or their AP Environmental Science exam--I can teach that, too!), they will grasp the fundamentals of cello playing, they will understand and speak basic Spanish with an excellent accent. After my instruction, my students will apply their newly-bulletproof work ethic to realize their wildest dreams. They will have intrinsic motivation to teach themsel
ves new skills. They will be unstoppable.
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Gita S.

Gita S.

Cincinnati, OH 45242
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$21 / 30-min

About Zhen W.

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Cincinnati, OH
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I'm a professional pianist that's been practicing for 16 years and am currently studying at University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music. I am familiar with a wide variety of teaching and performance styles through working with experts of different schools and ideologies around the world. I am also familiar with piano playing for all difficulties, ranging from professional international competitions to playing for a local church choir. During Summer I am available most of the time and during school time I'm usually available in the afternoons and the full weekend. Any schedule and length of lessons are welcomed. Lessons will be professional, friendly, effective, to-the-point, interesting, and fun!

I hope to work with my students on any and all problems on their piano journey, using many approaches I learned first-hand from c
redited experts of schools around the world. It is my dream and vision that I can become of help for people that has love for music and is going through the same struggles that I once went through as an aspiring musician. My style is "keeping it simple"-- if one can't explain the most complex topics in the simplest words, that person does not understand the subject, as I have been the victim of unfriendly, fancy and over-the-top ineffective teaching for my career, and I seek to make the change and put an end to this in my teaching. It will be my honor to be working with every one of you!
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Zhen W.

Zhen W.

Cincinnati, OH 45219
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