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Rob B.

Austin, TX

About Rob

I have been playing guitar since August 1992. I cut my teeth on the alternative music that was popular at the time (Pearl Jam, Smashing Pumpkins, Soundgarden, Nirvana) but soon began to focus on earlier movements, specifically the playing styles and mindsets of Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, and Eric Clapton. I formed a band in 1996 and began gigging in Austin and throughout Texas. During this time, I immersed myself in jazz and did everything I could to bring the sonic palettes of Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, and Miles Davis into my playing, even taking up saxophone and piano in order to better
understand what they were doing.

I eventually moved back to my hometown of Lubbock, where I graduated from Texas Tech University with a BA in English and a minor in Music, having played guitar and saxophone in the Jazz Band in addition to taking several classes in theory. During this time, I was giving private lessons in Lubbock and setting up arts education programs at the Lubbock Boys & Girls Club and The Buddy Holly Center. Since then, I have started a family and begun writing fiction, both of which have given me a much wider spectrum through which to channel my songwriting.

*** Lesson Details ***
These are your lessons. I see my role as being nothing more than helping you get to the place that you want to be, in whatever fashion and at whatever pace that you set. While it would be disingenuous to say that I don't take pride in watching my students succeed, I believe that the instructor should only be as concerned with measurable results as the student. If the student wants to learn three scales and two songs every week, then it's the instructor's responsibility to have those ready to go, along with a few suggestions for additional work. If the student wants to learn a few chords and then spend ten minutes talking about Led Zeppelin, it's their dollar and their time to spend however they wish.

All of which to say, my teaching style varies dramatically from student to student. It can be laid-back, strict, calm, or rapid-fire, depending on the learning environment that the student prefers. My experience is that this approach leads to the greatest level of student satisfaction, which I consider to be of the utmost importance.

*** Studio Equipment ***
1 Paul Reed Smith, 1 Fender Stratocaster, 1 Jasmine Takamine 12-string, 1 Alvarez acoustic 12-string, 1 Jasmine Takamine 6-string, 1 Montana electric/acoustic bass, 1 '75 Gibson SG electric bass, 1 88-key electric piano, 100-watt Fender Twin tube amp, 35-watt Mesa-Boogie solid-state amp, 1 Fender bass, 1 Yamaha tenor saxophone

*** Travel Equipment ***
I have an acoustic guitar and I could provide one for the student, though he or she is not going to get very far without one to spend hours practicing on outside of the lesson.

*** Specialties ***
I'm best at teaching students music what they want to learn. I specialize in rock, blues, beginning to intermediate jazz, songwriting, and music theory in general.
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angela P. March 9, 2014
Guitar
Verified Student
I learned a lot in a short amount of time

Rob is an incredible guitar player who also has the ability to teach others what he knows. He taught me exactly what I requested and then some... in a very short period of time. I'd highly recommend Rob to anyone wanting to learn to play or simply needing to improve. He's great.
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Hooty A. February 10, 2014
Guitar
Verified Student
Excellent teacher, excellent person

Rob started giving my son lessons on piano and I was so impressed I had him give me guitar lessons also. He is not only a great teacher but an awesome person to hang with! Recommend him without a thought!!
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Dorothy J. November 28, 2013
Piano
Verified Student
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Rob is great as my piano teacher he is patient and kind. Rob help me to understand how and why it is done a certain way. I could not ask for better.
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Rob B.

Rob B.

Austin, TX 78729
(17)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Chris A.

Austin, TX

About Chris

I hold my B.A in Voice from the University of North Texas. I was a member of UNT’s A Capella Choir, ranked among the top five undergraduate choirs in the nation. I have worked with a range of vocal teachers from many backgrounds, from a metropolitan opera star to voice science academics to professional singer-songwriters. This breadth of experience and research over the last 11 years has enabled me to refine the art of teaching someone how to sing so that it is effective and feels good for the singer to do, no matter where they start. For me, seeing the joy on a student’s face when they ar
e able to stay in tune for the first time, or hearing their excitement on the phone when they tell me they've won a $20,0000 college vocal scholarship, makes it easy for me to say that I really love what I do!

*** Lesson Details ***
I teach adults beginner to advanced, and teens who are committed to developing their vocal skill.

It is critically important to me that I give honest feedback, but not by judgement. I will never say to you "That sounds bad" for two reasons:

1) No one feels better and more motivated to practice when they are given a judgement over their singing.

2) The phrase or message of "that sounds bad" is completely useless for learning how to sing, because it doesn't describe what is happening. You can have perfectly healthy singing be categorized as "bad" simply because the listener doesn't like that genre!

I give feedback through details. So if you don't sound "good" to yourself, I will help you figure out whether you are making that sound in a healthy way. Assuming that the singing is already in tune, we make sounds we don't like when we are tightening our throat. This is about half the time. The other half of the time, we are simply singing in a sound color/genre that we don't like that we picked up in our singing for whatever reason, and it's fairly simple to change that.

Because I'm only going to teach you what works for you, we may have to try a lot of things to help you find the coordinations involved in singing, but you'll never be stuck with the same exercises that don't seem to help!

I work with the students that have tried other teachers but felt that the instructions weren't clear enough to apply, and had no explanation as to why they have to do a particular exercise.

I explain every exercise that I give in detail and I make sure that every exercise will work towards your vocal goals. I will explain what habits apply to ALL vocal sounds and what habits only apply to some, why some people can belt and why others strain immediately when they try, and help give you a map to navigate through all the sounds that your voice can make.

Confidence on Stage

Some of my students are perfectly happy with their technique but fear singing in front of other people.

Technique can be helpful for confidence on stage because you can remember what to do with all the nervous energy rather than just try to hold it back. Technique alone, doesn't equal confidence.

In lessons, we learn what it takes to develop your confidence on stage, and many times this has to do with building a solid memory of your song.

If you know your song backwards and forwards, every note you sing is memorized and 100% comfortable, and your mind and heart are on a mission to express the message of the song, nervous energy is just extra fuel to the fire on stage. This is good!

As a singer, one of the toughest things for me was memorizing my song and figuring out when a song was performance ready. Between my college experience with voice professors, professional singers of multiple genres, acting experience, and my own research, I was able to develop ways to both quickly and solidly learn a song.

During lessons we will take efficient routes to show you what parts of the song are the easiest to remember, which ones need more repetitions to remember, and how to get them solidly memorized so you feel ready to perform them.

Another block to confidence on stage, besides technique and memorization, is knowing where to direct your thoughts and focus when you're singing. If your song is memorized and practiced, we'll work on how express the message using concrete, specific ways to make your expression of a song come alive on stage.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano and Voice Recorder.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Here are your supplies you will want for every lesson:

-CDs and/or MP3s of your songs
-Notebook paper
-Recording device of some kind
-List of songs you would like to sing
-Pencil
-Sheet Music we are working on

*** Specialties ***
I teach vocal habits that make all genres to sing easier in every way.

I also teach:

Sight-Reading
Singing Harmony
Speaking Technique
Music Theory for Singers
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Mele A. November 14, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
My daughter has been taking voice lessons for a few years and is fairly advanced in her ability and technique. We were crushed when her voice teacher (a sought after University vocal Director) moved out of state, and we found ourselves in the market for a new teacher. We were beyond pleased to find Chris as her new vocal coach. He has helped my daughter fine-tune her vocal tone quality, expand her musicality, and overall take her singing ability to a new level. His professionalism is a breath of fresh air; he's always on time and has a fantastic demeanor. We would highly recommend!
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Nazira S. October 26, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
I've really enjoyed taking singing lessons from Chris. He's got very cheerful personality and excellent teaching qualities. Coming from no Voice training what so ever, I can carry on a song without hesitation. I totally recommend Chris as a professional Voice instructor without any doubt! Thank you, Chris!
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Hemal S. June 6, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Chris is amazing with my daughter. She has been taking lessons with Chris for past 6 months and her singing technique has improved exponentially. He lets her pick the songs and works at her pace. He is very adjusting of any schedule change (even if it is last minute). My daughter always looks forward to her singing lesson with Chris.

Chris is patient, well rounded in different genre's of music, fun to work with, and an experienced professional. I would highly recommend him.
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Chris A.

Austin, TX 78729
(8)
starting at
$39 / 30-min
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Ryan F.

Austin, TX

About Ryan

Greetings! My name is Ryan and I'd love to be a part of your journey in music! I have been a musician my whole life (I'm 33 yrs. old), coming from a very musical family, I've had some sort of sound making device at arms reach since I was a child. I've played in many bands, across all genres from Pop to Rock and Jazz, and studied Jazz Performance on Bass and Piano at the University of Colorado, Denver. I love teaching, and have a wealth of experience in creating a curriculum with students and parents which fits their specific aptitude, practice schedule, and desired results. Looking forward to
hearing from you!
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Darren A. July 13, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
My lessons with Ryan have been fantastic. I have been playing the keyboard for a few years casually, and we have been studying both music theory and piano in parallel, which I would recommend for anyone looking to learn theory or piano. On the keyboard, Ryan's expertise shines through in his approach to technique and awareness of the mechanical skills necessary to play musically. Most importantly, he always places emphasis on leading me where I want to go. When I've had an insane week at work and can't put the pressure of practice on myself, he has always been willing to help me relax through jamming while still teaching me important theory and application lessons. I also want to mention how friendly and approachable Ryan is. If, like me, you want an understanding instructor who knows his craft (we're working up to the nuances of jazz) inside and out, I couldn't recommend Ryan more.
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Aimee F. June 5, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
He's the best! The kids have come very far ! They enjoy playing piano even outside of the lessons! He works with the kids and teaches to what they want to learn.
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Sherrie M. August 4, 2014
Classical Piano · In home
Verified Student
Ryan has been teaching me classical piano for about a month now, and I couldn't be happier with his teaching style. I'm an intermediate student, who took more than 20 years off, and had forgotten most of my theory lessons. Ryan is patient, professional, and very knowledgeable. Ryan makes it possible for my brain to actually understand theory.

I highly recommend Ryan. He's the type of piano teacher who is there to help and not just earn a paycheck.

Thank you, Ryan, for making it possible for me to like piano lessons again.

Sherrie
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Ryan F.

Ryan F.

Austin, TX 78759
(3)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Kathleen W.

Round Rock, TX

About Kathleen

Kathleen has been teaching private lessons since 2006 and is currently available to teach lessons at her home, or at your home. Kathleen has helped students excel, master, achieve, and confidently complete student goals. Kathleen received a Bachelor in Music and Masters in Education at Schreiner University in 2011/12. As an expert in Music and Educational Courses, Kathleen looks forward to helping new students achieve their goals. Kathleen's teaching philosophy compassionately encourages individual students to achieve set goals with patience, dedication, practice and incorporate unique learnin
g styles that match student. She is passionate about teaching, making it fun, applicable and desirable to keep learning.
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Abigail H. June 10, 2015
Cake Decorating · In studio
Verified Student
Thank you again, Kathleen
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Diane H. June 10, 2015
Cake Decorating · In studio
Verified Student
Excellent instructor. Kathleen was knowledgable and open to any and all questions. Great lesson planning.
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Kathleen W.

Kathleen W.

Round Rock, TX 78681
(2)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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John S.

Round Rock, TX

About John

Hey! I'm a graduate from the music department of Abilene Christian University. I have much experience in performing guitar, including Rock, Metal, Pop, Jazz, Blues, and Classical styles of music. I like to personalize my lessons for every student depending on their musical tastes and interests. My personal favorite styles of music are Rock, Metal, and Classical.
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Steve July 23, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In studio
John did a super job working with our 11 year old son. He made it fun and customized it to meet the needs and desire of my son. John was recommended by a music professor at a university and I was glad we used him.
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Cassie July 16, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In studio
John is a great guitar instructor! He is patient, prepared, knowledgeable, and flexible. My daughter loved learning from him! I would recommend him to anyone!
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John S.

John S.

Round Rock, TX 78664
(2)
starting at
$20 / 30-min

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