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Kay S.

Avalon, WI

About Katherine (Kay)

Taught 41 years as a band director
Principal Trumpet with Beloit/Janesville Symphony

I like to teach in a style that is functional and interesting. Students will be doing a variety of activities at each lesson. The focus will be determined by their needs.

As students become more proficient in music their enjoyment of musical activities will increase. The success of completing various levels of musical achievement will carry over to other lifetime skills.

*** Lesson Details ***
I will work with each student depending on their individual needs. We will strive to produce steady improveme
nt in player proficiency.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Student should have a music stand and instrument

*** Specialties ***
I like to teach based on the individual. I have taught group and private lessons. The materials I use are varied, with an emphasis on scales, theory, and also some duet playing. I also like to incorporate some music history into each lesson. I feel that each student needs to work from known to the new areas. I often use supplementary materials (solos or small ensembles) to reinforce my teaching.
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Angelique B. June 7, 2015
Saxophone · In studio
Verified Student
Kay is very knowledgeable, kind and accommodating. She is very encouraging and never makes me feel dumb when I hit a sour note. (As a beginning beginner, that happens a lot!) I am amazed at how much I have learned in such a short time!
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Kay S.

Kay S.

Avalon, WI 53505
(1)
starting at
$20 / 30-min
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Clare B.

Madison, WI

About Clare

I grew up as a Suzuki violin student in rural Washington state. I received a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance from Central Washington University. I then moved to London for an academic year to study one-on-one with a violin teacher there. Following my time in London I lived in Seattle, WA and performed as a freelancer and also taught extensively. I am now working on my final year of a Master of Music degree at UW-Madison.

*** Lesson Details ***
My teaching method draws on the Suzuki method, but also includes ideas and repertoire from other methods and influences. My favorite part
s of the Suzuki method are the emphasis on learning by ear and the belief that music should be taught to improve people's lives not just to produce competition-winning professional musicians.

I also have a background in something called Body Mapping, which is essentially a method for teaching musicians to be aware of their bodies while playing so as to avoid physical problems (such as tendonitis, etc.). This also influences my teaching and I focus on helping each student be physically well set up, especially since the violin can be an awkward instrument to hold at first.

Although I primarily play and teach classical music I enjoy exploring other genres if that is what the student is interested in. My own personal experience includes working with movie music, jazz, rock, and folk.

I like to have a very positive environment in my studio. I will be no-nonsense, but never at the expense of being friendly and encouraging.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons will be in my living room--plenty of seating for parents!

*** Specialties ***
Suzuki method, "Body Mapping", mostly classical but some jazz and fiddling as well
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chelsie M. January 18, 2013
Verified Student
Clare is amazing she is patient and has various approaches of explaining things so that you get an through understanding. I really enjoy my lessons.

Clare is patient and an excellant teacher I look foward to my weekly lessons. She is very good at the way she teaches.
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Clare B.

Clare B.

Madison, WI 53713
(1)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Lyle R.

Sun Prairie, WI

About Lyle

- Degree in Music Theory / History from University of Wisconsin - Whitewater.
- 25 years' teaching and performing experience.
- Fluent in all electric styles, plus acoustic and classical.

*** Lesson Details ***
I like to cover the fundamentals while focusing on your personal goals. All stages of ability are welcome, from rank novice to pro. We'll determine what you wish to learn, and build a roadmap to get there.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Home Office in his Townhouse: Music stand, recording equipment, two chairs.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Student provides guitar, amp, music stand. I bring l
aptop and speakers when necessary.

*** Specialties ***
All types of jazz, from swing to modern. Rock, Metal, Blues and Country. Composition and improvisation.
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kevin Z. July 7, 2015
Bass Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Lyle provided a great first experience in my bass guitar lessons. He is very knowledgeable and created a custom lesson plan to what I am looking for.
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Jakob J. May 17, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Excellent with my 9 year old son!
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Adam K. March 27, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Lyle has been a great instructor so far. He has taught me how to think about and practice guitar better. He has a wealth of experience and knowledge that he shares in an easy-going way. I feel better prepared and confidant that I can reach my desired skill level, rather than it seeming like a fantasy. Highly recommended.
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Lyle R.

Lyle R.

Sun Prairie, WI 53590
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starting at
$20 / 30-min
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Dafydd B.

Madison, WI

About Dafydd

I am an active freelance hornist in the Madison, WI area. Beginning my studies at the age of nine, I have been playing the horn for 15 years. After finishing high school in Houston, Texas, I relocated to Baton Rouge, Louisiana where I began my undergraduate work at Louisiana State University under the instruction of Seth Orgel of the Atlantic Brass Quintet.

Upon completion of my Bachelor of Music degree in 2011, l moved to Chicago, IL where I spent the next two years earning a master's degree in music performance. During this time I studied with Dale Clevenger, long time Principal Horn of t
he Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

During my career, I have performed in a wide variety of settings including orchestral performances, musicals, operas, chamber music, and solo performances.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am highly enthusiastic about teaching the art of music and brass playing to all who wish to learn. I developed my teaching philosophy by combining the teaching styles of my own personal teachers. I start by focusing on the fundamentals of brass playing. These include skills such as breathing, tone production, scales, and arpeggios. I believe that once learned, these skills can be used as tools in order to make beautiful music. The next phase of teaching focuses more on the music its self. Things such as phrasing, dynamics, tone color, and style are what separate the good performers from the great ones. I use a proven combination of method books, etude books, and my own personal exercises and pieces that I have created to both fix certain problems, as well as perfect the art of music making.

While this may sound intimidating to a new student or their parents, DO NOT BE AFRAID! I am very good at what I do, and I promise that I can teach you all of these skills and more. In the end, it all comes down to the joy that can come from making music, and my teaching method can get you to the point where you can have more fun than you ever imagined performing music.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Chairs
Music Stands
Sheet music and exercises

*** Travel Equipment ***
I could provide sheet music and exercises.
I expect my students to have a instrument that is in working condition.

*** Specialties ***
I focus on using a variety of method books and etude books, combined with the standard orchestral, band, and solo repertoire in order to teach the art of music making, as well as the skills necessary to play the instrument proficiently.
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Cheryl J. May 10, 2014
Trumpet
Verified Student
Dafydd is a Top Notch Instructor

Dafydd is an incredibly gifted trumpet instructor. He is knowledgeable, enthusiastic, innovative and artful. I have noticed great improvements in my breath control, technique and overall sound since I began taking lessons from him. He tailors the lessons to capitalize on my strengths and improve my weaknesses by stressing good trumpet playing basics. He has helped me to achieve the competitive edge I was looking for and to gain the confidence I need to succeed as a trumpet player. The lessons are challenging and enjoyable.
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Dafydd B.

Dafydd B.

Madison, WI 53716
(1)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Vladislava H.

Madison, WI

About Vladislava

I have almost 30 years teaching experience with all ages and levels here in the US and Russia.I have a Doctoral of Musical Arts in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from a premier Russian Conservatory.I believe that an individual approach in teaching is a key to achieving professional goals in studying a musical instrument and playing technique. I select individual learning materials for each student and use my own methods, which I have developed during my professional teaching career. I encourage students to perform at different venues – from formal classical to informal talent shows and festiva
ls. My goal is for my students to experience the joy of performing and exhibit fearlessness on the stage. Many of my students have participated in national auditions and competitions both here and in Russia, and have continued their professional music education.I also teach ensemble playing with different instruments, accompaniment, duets and voice as children love this form of expression.
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Andrea July 15, 2015
Classical Piano · In studio
I am an adult student who has taken piano lessons with Vlada for a number of years, and I am extremely impressed with Vlada as a teacher.

I played the piano off and on through high school (with a different teacher), and then took a break for many years without any formal instruction.

Now that I have returned to the piano, Vlada has helped me advance my playing well beyond my expectations. She helps me choose appropriate pieces that I will enjoy working on and that challenge me in new ways. She is masterful at identifying the reasons why I am struggling with particular passages and suggests techniques to help me improve many, many details.

I highly recommend Vlada!
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Monika July 13, 2015
Classical Piano · In home
My daughter took piano lessons with Vlada for 5 years--I specifically searched for a Russian teacher because I knew about their exacting hand placement and methods. Emma was years ahead of other students. When we moved, the pianist for the Milwaukee ballet agreed to give her lessons after hearing her audition (she didn't take students but was Russian so I begged). Totally wonderful experience--my daughter learned alot and progressed well beyond her peers. When we went to competitions, kids who were 12 were playing what my daughter played at 7. I could see the difference Vlada's tutelage had made and so could the judges
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Svetlana July 12, 2015
Classical Piano · In studio
An excellent and exceptionally talented piano teacher and performing pianist. Both our girls studied with Vladislava for nearly 5 years. They had to stop taking formal lessons in high school (due to heavy academic load and extracurriculars), but even then they would ask her for occasional lessons during summer breaks or before a recital. The lessons were outstanding: highly professional, well planned and thought through with appealing and challenging music pieces carefully selected for the student’s age, ability and temperament. What struck me especially was the fact that V. provided ample opportunities for all students (starting at a young age) to perform in front of life audience (other students and their families) several times during each school year. I came to appreciate these recitals as a great teaching tool: not only they kept students motivated and engaged in their studies, they inspired the development of real performing skills early on, cutting to the core of any instrument playing: an ability to convey an emotion, a thought via music. And all the applause made the little artists ☺ proud and appreciative of their own achievement of course!
Our family would highly recommend Vladislava as a terrific music teacher to students of any age
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Vladislava H.

Vladislava H.

Madison, WI 53705
(3)
starting at
$40 / 30-min

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