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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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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.

North Olmsted, OH 44070
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$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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Ceste S.

Cleveland, OH

For beginning piano students, I use Marilyn Lowe's Music Moves for Piano series. If a student already has purchased piano books or has piano books from an older sibling, I would not ask the student to purchase more books until we had used what they already had to its full capacity. For adults and older beginners, I try to find out what the student is interested in, and guide my instruction accordingly to keep the lessons engaging and fun, no matter their ability level.

About Ceste

I'm a passionate, motivated instructor who loves working with students of all ages. In 2003, I graduated from Bryan College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education with a vocal emphasis and in 2011, I graduated from James Madison University with a Masters of Arts degree in Music Education with a Kodaly emphasis. I have performed in the past with the Fine Arts Chorale of Kansas City, Washington Kantorei, Choralis, Arundel Vocal Arts Society, the U.S. Navy Band Sea Chanters, and the Three Rivers Dulcimer Society.
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Kathleen K. January 19, 2016
Piano · In home
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Having been away from instruction for many years, I was delighted with Ceste's gentle, accepting approach. I do believe that I will improve with her direction and my practice. I especially appreciated her listening to my goals for this experience.
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Rebecca November 9, 2015
Vocal Training · In studio
My son felt Ceste was an amazing, kind, and funny teacher who worked with him exactly where he was and toward his personal goals.
I felt she was very child-friendly, described things in ways my son understood. She worked on teaching him multiple warm-up methods and styles of singing, so he truly developed his skills, instead of just becoming dependent on a teacher or the same song. After only 2 months other people noted a difference in his voice.
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Virginia October 31, 2015
Flute · In home
When I finally decided to follow my dream to learn how to play the flute I knew Ceste would be a wonderful teacher for me. With the exception of singing in church and along with my favorite songs on the radio I had very little experience with anything musical. Ceste was very patient as I learned how to read music accurately and when I didn't practice as much as I should because my job got hectic. Throughout our lessons Ceste was my biggest cheerleader; when I struggled she thought of different ways to explain something to me or searched for a different piece of music to help me reach a different note. Ceste truly cares about her students and seeing them succeed in their musical dreams/goals.
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Ceste S.

Cleveland, OH 44111
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$30 / 45-min
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Charles F.

Cleveland, OH

Whether a beginner or an advanced student, I can help guide you through the keys and help you get on your way to becoming a up and running pianist! Been playing for about 11 years and teaching for 4 and I enjoy what I do.

About Charles

Currently a student pursuing my Bachelor's of music at Cleveland State University. An experienced Musician/Pianist with a comprehensive background in performance. More ore than 8 years experience as a soloist, an accompanist and in a variety of ensembles. Proficient in sight-reading new pieces from start to finish with a high degree of accuracy and at tempo.
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Mark Liam September 29, 2015
Piano · In home
Wonderful teacher, very patient with new comers, and has an awesome sense of humour ! I learnt so much from how to read and play as well as techniques of how to practise on my own. You will not be disappointed at all :) !
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Charles F.

Charles F.

Cleveland, OH 44115
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$20 / 30-min
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Ben M.

Lakewood, OH

I teach to the student, figuring out the best ways to help convey the skills and craft of playing piano at whatever level (s)he is currently at.

About Ben

I have 10 years experience teaching piano and a master's degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music. I am also an experience voice and cello teacher and accompanist. I believe in working with any student of any age in the ways which will work the best to help them learn an instrument and have a wonderful time doing it.
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Ben M.

Lakewood, OH 44107
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$25 / 30-min

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