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Kristen R.

North Salt Lake, UT

About Kristen

Hi! My name is Kristen and I am a 25 year old singer who loves music. I started my music career at the early age of 8 and haven't stopped singing since. Originally from Monterey, CA I grew up singing with my family. It has always been one of my favorite past times to sing with my dad. My family is one of the most important things to me, followed closely by music! Having been both an instrumentalist and vocalist, I feel it is important to not only know how to sing, but to be able to read music and understand what you are singing. After graduating with a music degree from BYU-I, I feel I ha
ve the tools to teach these and more.
Through my years as a musician, I have come to appreciate many different kinds of music ranging anywhere from Broadway to opera to Jazz, etc. I feel this gives me the ability to cater to my student's individual goals as musicians. One of my goals as a teacher is to help you to learn to sing what you love while giving you the correct foundation to build on. Music is supposed to be fun!
I believe self confidence is extremely important as a vocalist. "Stage fright" is common thing that holds us back from reaching our full potential. Singing with confidence makes you feel great, and sound even better. Sometimes it is all that's missing from a potentially amazing singer. I have helped many students overcome this road block and emerge filled with confidence and self assurance.

*** Lesson Details ***
Did you know that people can hear a smile in your voice? Smiling while singing actually produces a different sound that is pleasant to the ear. I want this experience to be fun for my students. That said, however, I believe self discipline is a very important aspect of music. I will encourage students to practice regularly and come prepared to learn. I will usually request that students bring a recording device so they can take home our lessons and practice. This also allows you to hear how you sound during lessons and reproduce(or improve) that at home.
During my lessons, we will cover topics ranging from improving your technical skills, basic singing principles, ear training, sight-reading, to theoretical knowledge. We will also discuss voice maintenance. That said, I feel it's important to get out of the lessons what you want, so I don't have a set curriculum. I tailor each lesson to the student.
All in all, I am a patient, fun-loving teacher who will work hard to bring out the very best in all my students. I will neither push too hard nor be too lenient as we strive to reach the goals we have set together.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano and music books provided

*** Travel Equipment ***
I will provide some music for the student. I would prefer that the student have access to a piano and bring a tape recorder and notebook to each lesson.

*** Specialties ***
Although I was classically trained and studied opera in college, my younger singing experience largely involved musical theatre. I have always been told I am a natural on stage. I strive to instill that confidence into my students because confidence really is half the battle.
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Ray R. August 1, 2016
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Kristen is so wonderful to work with. She sees my needs and we work on my singing capacity. Kristen is always happy to adjust on days and times when needed. I love working with her and she is a really great person.
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Ray R. April 21, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
We had a great introduction and lesson for our first time. Kristen was very sweet and friendly. She created an atmosphere that induced learning and her instructions were right on for my singing style. I was really impressed I feel we will work well together to accomplish my goals!!
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Ammon R. October 21, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
First off she has a beautiful voice. She doesn't waste your time in any way, she gets right to it when it's time. She helps you know what you need to do in order to become the type of singer you want to be. She's not only a good singer, but also a great listener and problem solver.
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Kristen R.

North Salt Lake, UT 84054
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Samantha O.

Bountiful, UT

About Samantha

Samantha has been teaching private lessons since 2013 and is currently available to teach lessons at her home. Samantha has helped students gain confidence, expand their range, learn healthy singing habits , and helped prepare them for auditions, such as choir, etc.

Samantha received her training at Southern Utah University, where she received a degree in Music/Vocal Performance in 2012. As an expert in her field, Samantha looks forward to helping new students achieve their goals. Samantha's teaching style is relaxed and engaging, yet professional.
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Arianna June 28, 2016
Singing · In studio
Love Samantha as an instructor! Very patient, kind and knows her stuff! Highly recommend her to all my musical friends
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Samantha O.

Bountiful, UT 84010
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Mike J.

Ogden, UT

About Mike

Hi. My name is Mike J. I am a full time music instructor with over 30 years of experience teaching, performing and writing music. I teach both steel string guitar (acoustic or electric) and classical (nylon string) guitar as well as the electric bass and the ukulele.

I incorporate music theory into my lessons but can also teach theory by itself.

I cover rock, folk, pop, blues, jazz, gospel, country or classical. I teach fingerpicking and flat-picking. I strive to find a good balance each lesson between the study of reading, technique and music theory and learning songs you know and like
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I have had excellent results with this approach so that typically ¼ of my students have stayed and studied with me for over 3 years!

Here's an article I wrote on some of the reasons I enjoy teaching:
http://takelessons.com/blog/teaching-guitar-helps-you-improve

I look forward to the possibility of helping you reach your musical goals.
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Sherry August 21, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Mike has been a great instructor. I am a beginner and he has been very helpful and patient with my lack of knowledge and ability. He answers all my questions and has been very encouraging and helpful. I am looking forward to continuing and finally being able to play the guitar!
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Jeff V. February 22, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Most of my life I've wanted to learn how to play the guitar so a couple years ago I started teaching myself from online tutorials. With no real structure and no one to hold me accountable, I had very little success. So 9 months ago I gave Mike a call. I'm a very busy individual but Mike was willing to work around my schedule and fit me in when it was convenient for me. The first few months were fairly difficult because I had developed some bad habits and was still very green. Mike ask me what kind of music I wanted to play, fixed my bad habits, and now he has me playing songs from Darius Rucker, Luke Bryan, The Eagles and more. Playing the music that I like has made it fun and motivates me to get better. Mike is an incredible guitar player and instructor! I'm looking forward to what he can teach me over the next few years.
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Troy T. February 6, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Mike is a great guitar instructor. I have been taking lessons from him using my electric guitar to learn how to play rock and metal, but he has also been teaching me theory and all things important to being really good at playing guitar in general. I have never learned to play any instrument before but have always wanted to. Mike definitely knows his stuff and is an expert at playing guitar and teaching it. I've only taken lessons for about 4 months now but am surprised at myself by how well I can already play by applying the exercises and technique he teaches me, and being an adult that says a lot, because I don't always get to practice as much as I would like. I definitely plan on continuing my lessons with Mike because it is exciting to see my progress, and I know he will help me reach my goals to play. I've had some friends tell me that it took them 2 years of playing before they even started playing songs like Master of Puppets and I'm already about to start, and have already been able to play simpler songs completely. Also, every time I have a question about anything in guitar Mike always is able to explain it to me in a way I can understand.
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Mike J.

Ogden, UT 84403
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Mary J.

North Salt Lake, UT

About Mary

with a B.M. From the University of Utah and an M.M. From Rice University's Shepherd School of Music, I can help you find your self expression through technical mastery of the violin. Are you ready for the challenge?
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Mary J.

North Salt Lake, UT 84054
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$25 / 30-min
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Gregory H.

Salt Lake City, UT

About Gregory

I help my students discover and develop their own sound and use their own natural voice. I show them ways of using the voice that are new, adding on to what they already know, to make confident musicians who sing with ease and power.

I love aiding in the discovery process and being a part of the journey of curiosity my students embark on to identify their own natural voice. Together we cultivate musical skills which uncover this hidden gem and transform it into an impressive instrument of expression.
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Elizabeth March 15, 2016
Opera Voice · In studio
Great experience! Gregory was helpful, informative and very kind. Thank you!
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Londonrose H. March 15, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Horrible - he was so unprofessional - and to open up his home as a source for the lesson environment - at least clean your home. It was flthy - dress like you are ready for the day - not just out of bed - Horrible experience for my daughter!
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Kresta January 18, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
I think he is going to really help my daughter she had a good experience.
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Gregory H.

Gregory H.

Salt Lake City, UT 84102
(7)
starting at
$18 / 30-min

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