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Brian W.

North Olmsted, OH

About Brian

Brian has strong and diverse musical experiences to share as a teacher of piano beginning to intermediate), bass (all levels) and guitar (beginning to intermediate). He has also worked successfully as musical director, studio/touring musician, arranger and piano technician. Originally from the Washington, D.C. area, Brian is now based out of North Olmsted, OH.

As a teacher, Brian has taught privately for over ten years. Many of his students have gone on to forge their own successful, musically inspired careers. His local arts and charitable affiliations in Northeast Ohio are extensive.
In September, 2008 he affiliated his bass instruction studios with Royalton Music Center (North Royalton, OH)
and Studio 42 (Brunswick, OH). Through his work with the "Moss Stanley Trio" as "Cats On Holiday" Brian has provided extensive, "approachable" musical performance workshops for the Cleveland Metroparks and dozens of schools and libraries throughout NE Ohio. Not given to musical prejudgment, he instills confidence in his students as they prepare to take the stage, whether it is Severance Hall or the American Legion Hall.

As a recording artist, touring musician and perfomer, Brian has backed such legendary and diverse entertainers as American jazz greats Lionel Hampton and Doc Severson ("The Tonight Show"), children's programming pioneer Sheri Lewis (& Lamb Chop), Actor McLean Stevenson (M*A*S*H). He has performed extensively in Asia and the Caribbean. His studio bass, vocals and narrative can be heard on numerous CDs, most recently for Cleveland's own Cats On Holiday ("Workin' Man", COHTONE Records, 2007). Brian works in a scalable performance format with the Nitebridge Entertainment Group and is a first call bassist for regional performance and session work.

Brian's training began at age 3 with 18* woofer speaker and Ella Fitzgerald record. At age 9, he began his formal training on string bass in a progressive public school program in Prince William County, VA. He was fortunate to have excellent, dedicated teachers who brought out the best, including two years of private piano instruction. He taught himself bass guitar and at age 15 was selected to perform for the President as part of the American Bicentennial. With guidance from band director Roger Meyer, he co-arranged his first work for jazz orchestra at 17 and was tapped to perform for two seasons as a
bassist/vocalist for Kings Dominion (a Paramount corporation) theme park. He also interned as a production assistant and stagehand for the summer concert series. He continued his study of bass at ACU in Abilene, TX. Brian commuted to Denton, TX periodically for private instruction on upright bass with Master Teacher Dave Stone (Frank Sinatra, Barbara Streisand). Brian was a
member of the San Angelo (TX) Symphony and the Abilene Philharmonic. He is dedicated to a lifelong study of music theory, arranging and instrumental performance.

In teaching situations, Brian is noted for his patience, resourcefulness, thoroughness and his innate sense of approach to convey ideas. In the studio, he is appreciated for his relaxed and professional demeanor. His ability to balance creatively rhythmic lines with his one take, on the mark sight reading keeps him in demand.

*** Lesson Details ***
Brian enjoys teaching students who want to learn and want to improve. My credibility of experience ("street cred"), laid back but thorough style combined with the knowledge of what methods work. I am patient but highly goal oriented to what motivates the student learn. I like to try new things, challenge old concepts and continually improve. I expect the best from my students by helping them see the best in themselves. They don't disappoint.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano, Guitar (electric and acoustic), Upright Bass, Electric Bass

*** Specialties ***
I am classically trained but also adept in improvisation. I play and teach all styles of American and Western European music, including but not limited to rock (classic, alt, metal), r&b/soul/funk, latin and Afro Cuban, popular/show, and contemporary Christian.
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Beth A. February 16, 2016
Bass Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Knowledgeable and intuitive. Gently directing me out of my comfort zone.
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KathyI November 5, 2010
He's really excited about what he's teaching and he knows alot about music theory and the fretboard. He may need to slow down for me and stop referring to the notes until I actually catch up which may be longer. I really was excited to learn the things he taught but my fingers aren't catching up. That is also slowing down what I learned at first. He went out and got a requested James Taylor book for me that had TAB that I had never seen before and now I can relate it to what he's teaching. I also have a scales book that goes two octaves. Brian suggested learning one octave so that I can really know the notes.
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NicoleM October 5, 2010
Brian is an excellent teacher and works well with our son. He has helped him develop new key skills on the double bass, as well as gain confidence on the more challenging pieces his orchestra is taking on this season. On a personal level, Brian is very friendly and does a great job communicating both with our son and ourselves. He makes us feel at home, and our son enjoys working with him. We are looking forward to our son really growing through these lessons. I would highly recommend Brian to other students.
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Brian W.

Brian W.

North Olmsted, OH 44070
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Sylvia W.

Cleveland, OH

Students can expect well structured, engaging lessons that explore all aspects of music, from playing piano and learning to read music to improving listening, singing, theory skills, as well as patience and discipline. Lessons build upon one another with simple steps that set the foundation for lifelong musicianship.

About Sylvia

Sylvia grew up in Auburn, AL studying violin and piano, and by 2007 she was teaching her own students. Since then she has continued to train as a teacher, taking pedagogy courses through the Schwob School of Music as well as teaching through their preparatory department. Now an established musician based in Cleveland with a BM in violin performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music, Ms. Wehrs is continuing her education by perusing a MM in violin performance and Suzuki Pedagogy also through CIM. A certified teacher through the Suzuki Association of the Americas, she teaches Suzuki violin a
t The Music Settlement, Laurel School, and violin, viola, and piano at Warren Henry Music School. She has also taught at Aurora School of Music, Strongsville Academy of Music, and the Hellenic Academy and Chisipite School in Harare, Zimbabwe. She also maintains her own private studio of over thirty students in Cleveland and Zimbabwe with ages ranging from two year olds to adults.
Ms. Sylvia performs regularly throughout the Cleveland area with the Akron Symphony, Firelands Symphony, and by herself in a variety of settings, from concert halls to hospitals. During the summers she has participated in Bowdoin International Music Festival, National Repertory Orchestra, and Music Inspire Africa, a program that allowed her to share her love of performing and teaching music with the people of South Africa and Zimbabwe.
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Nate September 19, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Seemed to relate well to my son and was very friendly.
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Kylie N. September 18, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Wonderful!
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Luxi (Lou-She) X. September 18, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Sylvia was patient and very knowledgable.
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Sylvia W.

Sylvia W.

Cleveland, OH 44106
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starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Noel S.

Beachwood, OH

Hello! I've been helping students succeed at performing piano music since 2001. Enjoy performing great compositions right away when we use Bastien's Favorite Classic Melodies. These books allow pianists to practice music from master composers. Fun supplemental materials include music from Blues, Boogie Woogie, Pop & famous Show Tunes.
My advanced piano students launch into an excellent series from Keith Snell which features the best Classical composers' finest solo piano compositions.

About Noel

Guitarists: Check out my TakeLessons article - Master These Metal Scales so You Can Shred http://takelessons.com/blog/metal-guitar-scales-z01

Pianists & other Musicians continue exploring here:
A professional music venue hosts spring and fall recitals; Instruction from a paid performer; I hold a Master of Music degree and an Ohio Teaching Certificate!
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As one of my students, you can come to expect a friendly welcome at the beginning of the lesson and then throughout expect our main goal to be helping you make your best music possible. I possess a wealth of knowledge
and skill collected from decades of practice, master classes, winning competitions, earning degrees and performing both in bands and as a solo artist.
I am relaxed and happy, disciplined and product-oriented while at the same time understanding the difference between practicing for improvement and statically repeating the same exercise or passage over and over. We want to make the most of our time during the lesson and your practice sessions by focusing on achieving your goals quickly.
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Noel S.

Noel S.

Beachwood, OH 44122
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$25 / 30-min
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Kimberly Z.

Brunswick, OH

Students can expect a fun and educational lesson. You will not only learn how to read music and play piano but you will also be learning music theory and piano technique.

About Kimberly

I have been playing Piano for 15 years and have studied music at the college level. I have been teaching private lessons since 2012.
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Tessa October 18, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Kimberly Is excellent with my daughter, I look forward to seeing how she progressives.
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John R. October 5, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Kimberly has great with my daughter! My daughter looks forward to her session every week.
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Amy H. September 14, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Organized, professional, great with kids
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Kimberly Z.

Kimberly Z.

Brunswick, OH 44212
(3)
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$20 / 30-min
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Carey V.

Olmsted Falls, OH

I've been teaching keyboard and music theory for almost 40 years and my students have learned to express themselves through music. My students have performed in recitals and in professional bands. Within the first few lessons, you'll be able to read and play piano music and as time goes on you'll be able to improvise and compose their own music!. I specialize in jazz and pop, typically use the Faber or Bastien books for beginners and the John Thompson books for more proficient students.

About Carey

Carey Viton has been teaching private lessons since 1976 and is currently available to teach lessons at your home, and online. Carey has helped students become proficient in different styles of music (rock, pop, jazz and classical), increased their confidence and self esteem , improved ability to improvise and achieve a greater understanding of music theory.
Carey Viton received his training at The Ohio State University in 1976 where he received a Bachelor's degree in music theory and composition. As an expert in his field, Carey looks forward to helping new students achieve their goals. Care
y's teaching style is patience with a good amount of humor!
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Maeve, C. November 17, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Carey was relaxed and knowledgeable. My kids are excited about what they learned and looking forward to more lessons!
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Reagan B. September 1, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Really great first lesson!
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Leslie July 13, 2016
Piano · In studio
Our son took piano lessons from Carey for 2 years & enjoyed every minute that he interacted with Carey. He stopped taking lessons due to time constraints only. Carey is very gifted musicality and very patient with his students. He definitely works with the student that is in front of him, selecting pieces that are enjoyable for the individual to learn. He even worked with our son on some compositions that our son was writing. I would definitely recommend Carey to anyone who is seeking a piano instructor.
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Carey V.

Carey V.

Olmsted Falls, OH 44138
(3)
starting at
$25 / 30-min

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