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About Anthony D.

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New Orleans, LA
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About Anthony
Having an ear for music of all styles and genres, I had an interest in playing music and instruments at a very young age. At just 5 years old, I took my first piano lesson. I studied with that piano teacher for another 10 years, working on technique, theory and classical music, including playing piano recitals as a performer. I practiced piano to become a solo classical musician. Then in middle school, I joined the symphonic band where I was exposed and learned to play instruments in the percussion section, including drums, xylophone and marimba, and other instruments. At the same time, I joined the middle school jazz band. This was my first transition both as a piano player and musician into a new genre of music and playing. Needless to say, I fell in love with the music. In 2005, I auditioned and was the only pianist accepted into the c
lassical piano department in the School of the Arts High School of San Francisco. There I went through rigorous classical training and learned vast amounts of repertoire. At the same time, I still studied and played jazz in the high school Big Band, Latin Jazz band and small jazz combo. It was during this time that I deeply focused on not only Jazz music and improvisation, but also Salsa, Latin Jazz, R&B, Funk, Pop. Basically all other forms and styles of music. I learned what it means to be in a band and how to make an ensemble sound good and to make an audience like and cheer for the music. I was lucky to have bands and musicians to play with all around San Francisco, including jazz festivals.

After graduating as the only student to study in the Piano department for 4 years in my graduating class, I was accepted with scholarship to Berklee College of Music in Boston. I started my first semester in 2009, and declared a Piano Performance and Jazz Composition Dual Major in 2010. At Berklee, I studied under amazing piano teachers to focus on my jazz playing and technique and repertoire. Some of the classes I took included music theory, ear training, composition and arranging, scoring and analysis, even guitar and bass labs. As well, I was the main piano player for the Berklee Salsa Ensemble for 3 straight years. I was also involved with bands and playing recitals, shows, clubs, outdoors and indoor venues throughout Boston and Massachusetts. I had the honor of being hired by Berklee to travel and play along with other selected students at the Carnaval de Barranquilla honoring Joe Arroyo. This was the most memorable musical experience for me yet, as I played along great musicians for hundreds of people in a theater, including Joe Arroyo sharing the stage with the band.

All of this experience and training is what I bring to my lessons and tutoring sessions. I teach my students how to prepare themselves for any kind of musical situation, from music theory and technique, to piano playing and repertoire, and understanding and playing all kinds of styles and genres of music. Most of all, I teach my students to be unique in their musical endeavors and to bring out their own voice through music. And the most important element of all, the happiness and joy it brings to the students and others.

*** Lesson Details ***
In my piano and music lessons, you will be learning music theory, proper piano technique, ear training, sight reading, and repertoire. It will be up to the student to determine what genre and style of music they want to learn and study. It can be anything from classical music, jazz, or even Funk and R&B music and more. My students will also develop an ear, meaning that instead of only focusing on written material and music in sheet music format, they will learn to hear intervals and chords, and also play or sing back melodies.

My teaching style is very easy to get along with. I don't pressure or push students by being too strict. When learning music, being hard and strict gets the student nowhere. I approach the student with listening and understanding. It's my job to see the students advantages and keep them strong, as well as working on bringing up weaknesses and what's needed to make the student excel in both playing technique, and all other musical aspects.

When it comes to proper piano technique, I always teach my students with "Hanon, the Virtuoso Pianist in sixty excercises", and "Scales, Chords & Arpeggios" by James Bastien. After 3-6 months as my student, you will progress in your technique skills, ear training, repertoire and memorization

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Main keyboard: Nord Stage 2 88 keysRecording equipment: M-Audio ProFire 2626 interface (modified), Black Lion Audio Inst/Mic Preamp, Black Lion Audio Master clock, KRK Rokit 6's, Shure SM57/SM58, Sterling Audio ST57 FET Condenser microphone, MacBook Pro with Logic, Ableton Live, Reason, Digital PerformerBass: Fender '57 reissue P Bass, made in JapanGuitar: Fender Deluxe Players Stratocaster, made in MexicoAmps: Behringer PA/Keyboard amp, Fender DeVille 2X12 60W all tube Guitar amp

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Sheet music material and copied pages from books. Student should be able to provide their own books.

*** Specialties ***
Classically trained in Piano. Most recent styles and genres include Jazz, Fusion, Blues, Rock, Funk, R&B/Soul, Latin, Latin-Jazz, Salsa, Afro-Cuban
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Wolf November 1, 2015
· Piano · In home
We've only had a few leasons so far but Anthony is great with our 5 year old. Very patient and great instruction and gentle disposition.
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Caitlin D. October 20, 2015
· Guitar · In home
He was very good, friendly professional, great with my daughter,,
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Tina W. April 17, 2015
· Piano · In studio
Anthony is a really great piano teacher and has been a great fit with my 12 YO son. Having said that, I can imagine that he'd do just great with any person in any age group. If you're looking for a terrific teacher, look no further. A+ in book!
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Anthony D.

Anthony D.

New Orleans, LA 70118
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About Denise B.

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New Orleans, LA

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About Denise
Thank you for your interest in viewing my profile! Here is a short description of my educational and professional background. I hold a Master's in Voice Performance degree from University of New Orleans and Bachelor of Science degree in Voice Performance from State Music Academy, Sofia, Bulgaria.
In 2001, I toured with International European Opera Company which performed numerous times in Denmark, France, Italy and USA.
I currently perform and teach in the New Orleans area and love to share my knowledge and experience with my students. There is so much more to performance then just beautiful vocalizing.....

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My teaching is based on my own personal, classical training from Europe and North America. Whether it's opera, o
ratorio, musical theater or pop-style singing that is desired, I believe that classical technique is an essential source of proper singing that can be used to train singers of all genres.
Just like a piano, flute or violin, your voice is an instrument.
The purpose of voice lessons is to help you develop a beautiful and dynamic singing voice and also to teach you to use your voice in a healthy age-appropriate way that will keep you singing for many years to come!
As your teacher, I want your lesson to be more than just singing through a few songs.
While what specifically happens during a voice lesson can vary greatly from student to student and from week to week, the overall structure of the lessons remains similar.
We will always start with some combination of warm-ups for your breath, body, and voice. Just as you wouldn't go running without first stretching and warming up your muscles, you don't want to start singing full songs without first getting your body and voice warmed up.
Warm-ups will also introduce you to new techniques for properly using your voice in a healthy and beautiful way.
After warm-ups, we will work on songs. Typically, you will sing through the song once, and then we will go through it in small, manageable chunks, applying the techniques from the warm-ups to the songs.
During the lesson we will also work on expression and acting. A song isn't just pretty notes—it tells a story. If it's a song from a musical, there's a specific character that sings it. It's your job as a singer to tell the story and to make it fun and exciting for the audience.
While there's a lot of hard work that goes on during a lesson, voice lessons are lots of fun! As your teacher, I am here to encourage you, support you, and guide you in your vocal studies. I look forward to working with you soon!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music studio room, 2 full size keyboards, music stands, book shelf, desk, parking lots (free).

*** Specialties ***
Classical, Music Theater, Jazz
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Sharon September 16, 2017
· Singing · In studio
After only one lesson I already know she is the perfect teacher for me. She has so much talent and so great with people but above all she knows what she is doing and she is fantastic. I am excited for more.
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Ester September 6, 2017
· Singing · In home
Very excited to work with Denise. She is spot on with her comments, and tries to find ways to express what she thinks needs improvement, encouraging, motivating and honest. Looking forward to next week!
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Mihir September 2, 2017
· Singing · Online
Very very good teacher and great lesson. Just perfect in every way!
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Denise B.

Denise B.

New Orleans, LA 70118
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About Jorge C.

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Metairie, LA
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Bass/Guitar instructor w/ 15 years of teaching experience and previous member of a national touring band. Students who study with me will learn the basics behind playing music and how to set and accomplish personal goals in addition to learning how to play in a band while putting their musical knowledge to use.

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I'm a fairly laid back instructor, however I am meticulous about the student getting the exercise correct and assimilating the info. I use a progressive curriculum starting from the basics and going to the advanced. After 3-6 months of study with me, guitarists will be able to compose their own songs and will have learned basic soloing methods. Bass students will be able to compose simple walking lines over basic chord changes and have a good understanding of the bass guitar's function in a band setting.

*** Studio Equipment ***
bass and guitar amp, music stand, sheet music books/magazines, home recording system w/ seating for parents

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I can provide a guitar amp..I expect the student to have a guitar

*** Specialties ***
Sight Reading, All Modern techniques Pertaining To Guitar and Bass... Specialize in the Rock/Funk Genre
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Nicholas D. June 7, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Jorge is a cool guy. Really talented. I am enjoying my lessons. Jorge explains the lessons so that they easy to understand. I would definitely recommend him.
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Michael L. August 16, 2015
· Guitar · In studio
Very good
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Michael Z. April 11, 2015
· Bass Guitar · In studio
Very good lesson. Good mix of theory and practical application!!!! Would recommend Jorge to any bass player!!!
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Jorge C.

Jorge C.

Metairie, LA 70005
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About Christopher D.

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New Orleans, LA

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Hi, My name is Christopher DiBenedetto and I have been a professional musician for over 10 years. My music career all started when I was much younger and developed a passion for singing. Throughout my high school years I participated in Louisiana Regional and Louisiana All-State Choir as well as attended the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts during the summer semester in Vocal Performance. While attending, University Laboratory School in Baton rouge I also completed the International Baccalaureate curriculum in Music Studies, while furthering my vocal Instruction with teacher Skip Harris and teaching myself the piano. I have studied vocal styles in blues, soul, R&B, funk, jazz, and classical music.

Throughout the summer of 2017, I will be joining the Love Swimming team becoming an instructor for small kids aged 6 months-10 years
old. This experience has and will continue to allow me to specialize my music lessons for my younger students. I am excited to continue to learn from this outstanding New Orleans business a few times a week.
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Aibhlinn C. February 23, 2017
· Vocal Training · In studio
When I decided to take vocal lessons, the first thing that was important to me was a teacher I could communicate with frequently if I had any questioo as well as them being flexible. I also wanted a teacher that would be willing to listen to what I wanted to achieve from my lessons, not just have them tell me what they think I need to do and Christopher was all of that and then some! From the first message I sent him when I inquired into when he was taking new students all the way up to the day we had our first lesson, he was always willing to answer my questions, discuss what I wanted out of our lessons and despite how nervous I was, he put my mind at ease and we had a GREAT time at our first lesson together! He truly cares about his students and loves what he does. If you're nervous, he does everything in his power to make you feel better. He certainly did that for me! Trust me when I say that if you choose him as your teacher, you will not regret it!
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Christopher D.

Christopher D.

New Orleans, LA 70119
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$20 / 30-min

About Kenny W.

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New Orleans, LA

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I am a professional working musician and a licensed K-12 instructor in the State of Louisiana, having graduated from Loyola University New Orleans with a Bachelors of Music Education, with a Minor in Jazz Studies in the spring of 2016. I play the guitar (electric, steel/ nylon string acoustic), the trombone (tenor/ bass), and the drums (kit).
Guitar students can and should expect to improve in some facet every week after every lesson. Every person approaches music differently, and thereby, approaches the guitar differently. Different bodies mean different physical methods for successful playing. Different brains mean different musical realities- and whatever the state of yours is, I want to help you make it better.
There are so many different ways to be musical, and as your teacher I want to make you aware of them, and help you use every
tool in your toolbox, as well as give you some new ones. Music is not too vast to understand, and all it takes is one little push to be off on your way, making your own musical adventures.
As someone who has thrived in most ensemble scenarios from Concert Bands, Orchestras, Big Bands, to Rock Bands and Jazz Combos, I can help prepare you for any musical undertaking. I love students who love music and want to get better at it, regardless of what style it might be in.
So whoever you are, whatever you like, and wherever your skills are at, I want to help- to impart you with skills and knowledge you might need to play at the level you want. I look forward to meeting you and helping you be even more awesome!
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Kenny W.

Kenny W.

New Orleans, LA 70115
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$15 / 30-min
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About Robert S.

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Kenner, LA

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I love talking music and giving piano lessons. I have a masters degree in piano performance.

I've been giving piano lessons for over 20 years. I get along well with both children and adults. Many of my students refer me on to other students.

Take lessons from me and you will be playing piano in no time.
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Robert S.

Robert S.

Kenner, LA 70065
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$42 / 45-min

About Edward P.

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New Orleans, LA

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Hello all! Welcome to my TakeLessons page! My name is Edward Porter and I play piano, trumpet, and a little bit of guitar. I am a private music lessons teacher for ages 5 and older and I teach piano, trumpet, and musical theory. If you want to meet for lessons or have any questions, just message me and I'll answer back in no time.

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Teaches: Beginnier to Advanced piano, Beginnier to Advanced Trumpet, Beginnier music theory.

Experience: Taught trumpet, music theory, and marching techniques as a volunteer teacher for The Roots of Music for three years. Started playing piano, trumpet, and guitar at the age of five. Assistant coach for a FURY youth league basketball team for two years.

Education: Finished music minor and is going for a bachelor's degree in music at Tulane University.

Languages: English (first language), a bit of Sp
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Awards: Received two gold medals for piano and three gold medals for trumpet from the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA). High school band received two gold medals from the New York State School Music Association and played in Carnegie Hall.

Musical groups: Award winning high school concert band, Tulane pepband (Soundwave), Tulane University Marching Band, The Roots of Music.
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Donovan September 6, 2017
· Trumpet · Online
My son enjoyed his lesson and wanted to show us what he had learned. Happy that he is enjoying playing again!
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Natalia August 6, 2017
· Piano · In home
Great guy, good with kids. The lessons were very effective and my son showed much improvement. Very affordable and well worth.
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Edward P.

Edward P.

Slidell, LA 70458
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$15 / 30-min

About Matthew Y.

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Metairie, LA

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Professional singer-songwriter who has studied music composition at southeastern Louisiana University

. Written songs for indie bands out of California, San Diego area

. Worked with local recording engineers and producers in pop and commercial music
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Matthew Y.

Matthew Y.

Metairie, LA 70006
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$25 / 30-min

About Michael C.

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New Orleans, LA

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About Michael
I am a recent graduate of shenandoah conservatory where I spent my time focusing on the abilities needed to become a lead trumpet player. Durring my time there I had the honor of working with members of the nations Millitary jazz ensembles including: The Army Blues, The Navy Commodores, and The Airmen of Note. This past summer I was a member of the 2016 Disneyland All American College Band where I worked with artists such as Wayne Bergeron, Gordon Goodwin, Ron Carter, and many others. In our lessons, we will be working on expanding your potential as a trumpet player through range excersizes and breathing/endurance techniques that have been taught to me by many lead players all over the country.
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Joel August 18, 2017
· Trumpet · In home
Michael was a great instructor for my 11 year old son. We decided to lake lessons after playing a few years with instruction from Dad. He was ready for a new challenge and probably a new instructor. We asked Mike to give him some Jazz lessons. It was so fun listening to them play together almost immediately. Michael is very patient as a teacher and made it fun for my son. We would still be taking lessons today if we lived in the same state. I highly recommend Michael as an instructor for any level of student.
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Michael C.

Michael C.

New Orleans, LA 70119
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$20 / 30-min

About Jason F.

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New Orleans, LA

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I am a professional jazz pianist and composer. I attended the Florida State University studying jazz under some of the best jazz musicians in the world including Scotty Barnhart, director of the Count Basie Orchestra and Marcus Roberts, pianist for Wynton Marsalis. I have been playing music professionally since 2011 with my own bands and other groups including the Tallahassee Jazz Symphony Orchestra and a jazz trio here in New Orleans. I truly enjoy teaching anyone interested in learning more about jazz because playing jazz can truly help one grow in their musicianship. I also enjoy exploring more contemporary genres of music like Neo-Soul, R&B, and electronic music. I released a single on Spotify in 2016 called The First Breath and plan on releasing more music. Some of my biggest musical inspirations are Herbie Hancock, Quincy Jones, and
Robert Glasper. I hope to reflect my musical influences and experiences on all of my students.
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Jason F.

Jason F.

New Orleans, LA 70119
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$34 / 30-min

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