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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. 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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Lindsay S. October 27, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Kristen is amazing! She has a beautiful voice and she is a great teacher! She is willing to work with you at your own pace and has excellent exercises for you to practice at home. She has great suggestions for different songs to sing that will help you reach your full potential. I would HIGHLY recommend Kristen for your singing teacher!
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Kristen R.

Kristen R.

North Salt Lake, UT 84054
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Caitlin A.

Salt Lake City, UT

About Caitlin

I am a life-long musician and active performer that moved to Salt Lake City in the summer of 2015 from Chicago, IL. I've been playing music since age 5 and have variously studied piano, cello, and percussion. As a double major in Anthropology and Music at Lawrence University (Appleton, WI), I am drawn to music as a creative cultural phenomenon that resonates between all people and it is for this reason that I love to share, teach, and learn music with others. As I build a studio here in SLC I am excited to share my love of cello and piano and my commitment to making music fun as I work to buil
d students into life-long musicians.

My primary instrument is the cello and I have performance experience as a soloist, as well as orchestral and chamber musician. Upon arriving in Chicago in 2010, I served as Principal Cellist with the University of Chicago Symphony Orchestra for two years and took gigs as a classical and improvisational chamber musician throughout the city. I recently completed a set of improvisatory sketches for amplified cello and loop station that integrate classical techniques with rhythmic and percussive elements. In addition to building a private studio I was the primary cello instructor at Musical Chairs Studio, Inc. (Lincoln Square) and Ortegan School of Music (Ravenswood).

I am also a percussionist with Salt Lake's own Samba Fogo, an afro-Brazilian inspired percussion ensemble. I have studied Brazilian music with some of the major musicians and scholars in the field at California Brazil Camp in Cazadero, California. My training in percussion has brought an entirely new perspective to my musical practice that highlights rhythmic fluency and precision as a foundational element for both left and right hand stringed instrument technique.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am excited to offer lessons to people of all ages and ability levels and have experience teaching within and beyond the Suzuki Method. Lessons are tailored to each student’s experience, individual needs, and most importantly, their goals! Lesson plans will combine interactive rhythmic, singing and listening exercises away from the instrument with music theory and technique-building exercises. The aim is to cultivate musicians with strong rhythmic, aural, and technical foundations that will open many doors as you or your child grow into your talent.

I aim to develop well-rounded musicians and performers by focusing on these 5 teaching priorities:
1. Balanced posture of body including instrument and bow hold
2. Balanced tone production or "tonalization"
3. A system of "perfect" or excellent intonation
4. Artistic musicianship in performance
5. Learning notes and bowings to new pieces

While learning notes and bowings is lowest on the priority list; it must be taught first! Fun listening games aid in the development of aural memory as I help students acquire listening skills that will stay with them for years to come and allow them learn to play any tune they can imagine. Once my students can do the note choosing on their own we are free to focus on the other teaching priorities during lesson time.

I also focus on teaching my students how to practice EFFICIENTLY. We want to get the most improvement with the least amount of practice time. I like to combine practice at the instrument with games and exercises that can be done away from the instrument to give each student a degree of flexibility for those busy weeks when it's hard to find time to sit down and play. Students leave each lesson with a detailed practice plan that breaks down the difficult question of "what" and "how" to practice into a clear, concise checklist of familiar exercises. Students will also have suggested YouTube videos to watch some of the best musicians of all time and learn from their mastery of technique and musicality!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Home Studio and Basic Recording Equipment available at my home.

Basic instrumental recording and mixing equipment to record audition CDs for summer programs, festivals, or college auditions.

Experience with extended cello techniques and amplified cello techniques using loop and distortion pedals to layer and explore the variety and versatility of the cello.

*** Travel Equipment ***
2015 Subaru Forester that will get me to your lesson with all my instruments and any other equipment each and every time!

I travel to lessons with a music stand, metronome, and all teaching materials that would be present at a lesson taught in my home or studio.
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Wanying W. April 9, 2015
Cello · In home
Verified Student
I took some in-home lessons. Caitlin is an excellent teacher! She always came up with effective ways to help me with my problem areas. I so agree with a review above--she made learning cello so approachable!
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Magdalena B. November 15, 2014
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
She is a wonderful teacher. My daughter is always excited about the classes. She is very well organized and has a great lesson plan for young children. She is very patient and I highly recommend her.
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Teresa Z. October 13, 2014
Cello · In home
Verified Student
Caitlin is an experienced, enthusiastic teacher. She is always ready with a variety of methods, exercises and suggestions that make learning cello fun and approachable. I give her an A+ and would recommend her for other adult learners.
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Caitlin A.

Salt Lake City, UT 84102
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Thomas (TJ) J.

Salt Lake City, UT

About Thomas (TJ)

Hi, there! My name is TJ and I can't wait to meet you! I've been teaching private lessons in Drumming for 15 years and have loved helping my students achieve there goals. My teaching style is that of structure. I believe with structure, learning takes place automatically without the student even noticing it until there goals are meant. I look forward to helping you reach your goals!
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Ralynne Phillips November 15, 2015
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
His teaching style was very good for me because he told me , showed me how to do it and then had me practice & gave specific feedback as to what I needed to fix. He was patient as I learned.
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Skye S. November 5, 2015
Drum · In home
Verified Student
TJ was enthusiastic about what he teaches, clear with his instructions, and had had good teaching technique. It was a very good first lesson and made me feel confident that I will reach my goals as a drummer.
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Thomas (TJ) J.

Layton, UT 84041
(2)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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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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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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Canyon C. February 5, 2015
I was playing guitar for about 2-3 years prior to getting lessons. Sure I was learning some things but not even close to the amount I've learned from Mike. I think Mike is a great teacher and if you're interested in learning how to play guitar, I'd definitely recommend taking lessons from him.
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Mike J.

Mike J.

Ogden, UT 84403
(3)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Craig A.

Layton, UT

About Craig

Craig A. has been performing as a musician, vocalist, and actor for the past 40 years. His vocal training came from Dan Truhitte who played Rolfe in the Original Sound of Music Motion Picture. Craig Also studied theater and vocal technique at Sacramento State University California. Craig performed professionally throughout the western states including the Hiltons, Sheratons, Holiday Inns and Harrah’s Hotels. Craig has also worked as a sound designer and sound technician at many live theaters throughout California and Utah.
“My goal in teaching is to help students reach their fullest pot
ential as singers and to build their confidence in the process. 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. Lessons focus on each student as an individual and can include anything from vocal technique and song choice, to audition coaching and recording sessions for ear training.”
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Aaron April 24, 2016
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Really knows his stuff, and is great at personalizing the lesson. My rating will only go up I'm sure!
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Janae K. September 14, 2015
Vocal Training · In studio
Craig Anderson was my first and favorite voice teacher! As a young teen I was shy and insecure, Craig made me feel safe and assured in my talent! Because of him I am now studying voice at BYU, I sing for a nationally ranked Acapella group, and have started my own band. I'm not just saying it started with Craig just to boost him, I sincerely mean it when I say he helped get not only my voice in shape but the confidence to sing it out loud and proud! Craig is highly recommended to all singers!!!!!
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Cynthia September 13, 2015
Vocal Training
I first heard Craig sing live, and was so impressed. So I sent my teenage daughter to him for lessons. My daughter loved working with him. She has become an amazing vocalist in a band and an accapella group. Craig's instruction played a big role in her transformation.
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Craig A.

Craig A.

Layton, UT 84041
(4)
starting at
$25 / 30-min

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