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James C.

Austin, TX

If you're looking to for a traditional, classical piano instructor, I am not the man for the job. However, I meet more people who want to learn how to play their favorite pop songs than Bach. They would rather be able to play by ear, transpose, understand, & create music than follow a 3 page score note for note. Don't get me wrong, reading music is a valuable skill, & I teach it, but I focus on understanding, interpreting, & personalizing music rather than mindless duplication. I spent years in college learning music theory & analyzing sheet music, but everything changed when I finally discovered how to connect theory to actual application. Similar to the way training wheels help you learn to ride a bike, the tools & methods I use make it easy to get started & grow surprisingly fast! They allow us to simplify complex ideas or even difficult songs into something even a beginner can play understand & play!

About James

I have been performing, recording, and teaching music for the past five years. After getting a degree in music theory, I began playing with a band full time. In addition to playing all around Austin, I have traveled to places like Seattle, Nashville, and Waikiki to play shows, record, and interview with with my band on live radio. Songs from our album were played on Austin's own KGSR. We also played on Fox 7's morning show, Good Day Austin. I enjoy playing and teaching a variety of instruments and a variety of genres. To me, understanding music is key to unlocking your full potential for ar
tistic expression. When I teach, I incorporate both what I learned in school and on stage.

*** Lesson Details ***
My goal is not to teach my students how to play a few cool songs on their instrument. Rather, my aim is to develop the knowledge and skills in them that will take them to the next level in their playing. Whether they are beginners or have been playing for years, whether young or old, there is always more to be discovered and experienced! I want to see my students become musicians, who never stop learning and growing. In my lessons, I try include a balanced blend of Music Theory (understanding how it works), Ear Training (learning to play by ear), Practice Exercises (developing speed and coordination), Sight Reading, Improvisation (learning how to jam!), & Song Writing.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I provide a weighted keyboard, acoustic & electric drum set, a PA system, amps & guitars for lessons.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Students need to have their own instrument at home. I will provide curriculum and other various resources.

*** Specialties ***
Blues, rock, country, sight-reading and performance.
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Alan A. January 26, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
James is an excellent instructor! As a beginner student, he worked with me to pin down my goals and tailored the lessons to fit me personally. He's great at many different instruments beyond piano, and this expertise allows him to explain music beyond just the notes on the page. He really helped me enjoy the lessons and feel like I've made great progress despite being a novice.
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Beverly N. December 3, 2013
Piano
Verified Student
We are very pleased with his progress so far.

Joshua started piano lessons with James in May, 2013. He has already learned to play numerous songs, and he has learned a great deal about different keys and chords in each key. James is very patient and utilizes every minute of our 30 minute lesson to cover as much as possible. Joshua likes and respects James a lot and looks forward to his piano lesson every week. Thank you James for being a great teacher!
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James C.

Austin, TX 78747
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starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Joshua A.

San Marcos, TX

Piano lessons are structured with a focus on what the student needs. We begin with a foundation of scales, note reading, and ear training, to give the student the versatility to go in any musical direction they like, and make them a well rounded musician. The book I usually begin in for piano is "Adventures in piano".

About Joshua

Joshua has been a musician for over twelve years and been a teacher for five. He is an award winning composer, critical thinker, and an honest teacher. Joshua has a high standards for his students and himself. Joshua has studied Suzuki method under Dr. Paula Bird for four years and has taught over 100 students. He performed his official Suzuki training under Dr. Laurie Scott. Joshua also teaches at the Texas State String Project under the direction of Dr. Ames Asbell and Dr. Karla Hamelin. He has done so since it's inception.

Joshua is an award winning composer and has composed over 80 pie
ces, ranging in style from classical symphony to electronic dance. He has also arranged hundreds of works for violin and piano.

*** Lesson Details ***
I'm a relaxed person with a strict teaching style. I have two critical expectations for my students.

1: I expect my students to practice everyday, with time depending on age. (10 minutes a day for 5 year old's, 20 minutes for 10 year old's, etc.) No exceptions. Lessons are a place for me to teach you, not a place to watch you practice.

2: I expect parents to participate in every lesson. You are the teacher 6 days a week, I'm only get to teach them one.

If everyone understands my expectations, students will grow and learn quickly, and have a great time doing it!

I develop a lesson plan depending on each students strengths, weaknesses, talents, and personality. No one student is identical to the next, so none will be taught the same, but everyone will follow a similar pattern.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano lessons with full keyboard. Stands, couches, and a small library of sheet music.

*** Specialties ***
Suzuki style instruction for violin technique. For songwriting and performance I focus on the analysis of music to find a middle ground of emotional expression and theory. Once that middle ground is found we explore what music means to the student, and how they can use it as a tool of expression.
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Jakeb M. March 6, 2016
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Great experience for a first time violin lesson
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Ethan G. February 20, 2016
Violin · In home
Verified Student
Joshua has been doing a great job. My nephew is autistic and Joshua has worked very well with him. He's patient and finds the best solutions for him to learn, and keep focused, on his lessons. Thank you Joshua!
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Rick B. January 23, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Great instructor. Makes my son to really think and is very patient. I highly recommend him.
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Joshua A.

San Marcos, TX 78666
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starting at
$20 / 30-min
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Brandon C.

Austin, TX

Piano - I teach beginning through lower advanced piano. It is important that each student enjoys what they play while developing a firm understanding of the technique for the instrument. Each student will be able to master 3 - 12 major scales within the first six months of playing along with the first 2 - 10 Hanon exercises. Students will also work on various pieces/songs ranging from classical to pop depending on the students interests. I try to cater lessons to the individual learning styles of each student while trying to introduce new and interesting ideas to push the student to the next level. For those that have been playing for a while I will find out where they are on their journey and help guide them from there. For very young children (ages 4 - 5) I encourage parents to take part in their child’s lessons so they can help when their child is practicing at home. It is also important that every student learns how to relax while playing along with forming good practice habits. ...

About Brandon

Brandon has been surrounded by music since a young age, having both parents as musicians. Brandon began his musical carrier playing the trumpet eventually branching out to piano, a little violin, composing, and conducting. He attended the University of Central Florida where he received a BA and MA in composition and conducting respectively.

While in Orlando, Brandon worked as a part of the A Gift for Music program teaching beginning violin to inner-city elementary school children. He was also the conductor of the A Gift for Music Core Orchestra, a group of very talented young string stude
nts. Brandon was also the Brass Instructor for a local Jr./Sr. High School where he taught trumpet lessons, coached brass ensembles, and accompanied students on the piano. On top of this Brandon also had a small studio in the area.

Currently Brandon is a graduate student at the University of Texas in Austin where he is studying composition.

*** Lesson Details ***
As a teacher I find the most important thing is to make sure the student has fun making music. I realize that everyone is different and I try to cater to the needs of the individual while still making sure that there is advancement in technique and musicianship. It is also a goal of mine to make sure that every students learns to practice without having someone ask them to do it.

I believe it is important to have a strong foundation when playing music. If that foundation is there it is easier to have fun making music and far less likely for a student to fail. For beginners I generally start with basic technique and gradually shift into playing pieces. If a student has been playing for a while, I will find out where they are in their musical journey and take it from there. I also try to focus on developing musicianship and individuality. I can not stress how important it is to not only have fun but to practice. It takes a great deal of dedication and effort to become a good musician.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide some music and small things like the occasional rosin or valve oil. I can also help students find rental venues for instruments. I would expect the students to have their own instrument/s and material to properly take care of the instrument. I would also expect them to keep the music we are currently working on with them.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in classical music though I can teach popular music and basic improvisation. I try to focus on expression and technique with students.
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Olivia May 19, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Very nice and knowledgeable. 5 stars are well deserved.
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Bella O. April 16, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Brandon is very punctual and is passionate about teaching and music. My 6 year old daughter loves her lessons! Thank you Brandon!
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Allison L. March 23, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Brandon is a fine pianist with exceptional knowledge in all areas of music. He has let me stay in my comfort zone of classical piano while helping me branch off into something i've never EVER tried: composition. Brandon is very methodical and will address every conflict he finds in your playing with a solution. He has a warm personality and is certainly the type of teacher you can have a conversation with. If you are seeking well-rounded lessons which target your weaknesses and make them strengths, Brandon is your guy
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Brandon C.

Brandon C.

Austin, TX 78722
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starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Derek V.

Austin, TX

I've been teaching beginner piano for over 2 years and can focus on a range of subjects including music reading, theory, and pop/ folk/ rock songs.

About Derek

TEACHING MISSION: Capture the joy of playing music. Inspire continual playing and/or practice, regardless of student's lifestyle/career choices.
I start the first lesson with a student wish list (songs, goals, etc) and every lesson we take significant steps towards the goals.

Skills: Guitar/Mandolin/Piano/Bass/Banjo/Recording/DJ Technology

Education: B.M. Classical/ Jazz Guitar Performance, University of Colorado, 2003
B.S. Audio Engineering/ Production, Middle Tennessee State University, 1997

Teaching Experience:
-The Musicians Woodshed (Austin) Sept 2013- Present
-Brooklyn Music
Lessons (NYC) 2010-2013
-University of Colorado (Boulder) 2000-2010
-Naropa University (Boulder) 2007-2010
-The Lesson Studio (Boulder) 2005-2009

Performance Experience:
Freelance Musician/ Arranger/ Composer 2000-Present
I have played guitar, mandolin, bouzouki, keyboards, or bass in folk, classical,
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Marianne C. January 21, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
As an 'older' beginner, Derek tuned into what it is I'm wanting and tailored my lessons perfectly!
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Mary A. December 3, 2015
Ukulele · In studio
Verified Student
Derek is very professional and friendly. Really knowledgeable about music, and he let me go at my own pace. Very patient! He's a great teacher!
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Nancy V. June 5, 2015
Ukulele · In studio
Verified Student
He's a kind person. He works with you for what you want to work at. He will introduce new things to your capacity.
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Derek V.

Derek V.

Austin, TX 78704
(5)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Evelyn C.

San Marcos, TX

I've learned piano for 15 years and have taught piano for about 3 years. I had a lot of experience working with kids and absolutely love teaching kids. The first lesson I will discuss with students what they want to learn and what level are they in and start from there.

About Evelyn

I am an international student in Texas State and just got my master's degree in Music Performance. I can play both clarinet and piano. I have learned the piano for about 15 years and the clarinet about 10 years. I love teaching kids. I had taught kids before and absolutely had a lot of fun.
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Lisa February 20, 2016
She is great with children and adults alike, very helpful, patient and kind.
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Evelyn C.

Evelyn C.

San Marcos, TX 78666
(1)
starting at
$25 / 30-min

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