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Astoria, NY

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Although I am primarily a saxophonist, clarinet is a secondary instrument that most saxophonists also have to know how to play. As a performer it is an absolute necessity that I be able to double on the clarinet and be just as proficient.

My goal as a teacher is to provide an in depth understanding of the instrument to my students. Whether we are learning technique specific to the instrument or general musical concepts, it is important to me that I take the time to insure that my students not only learn how to do something, but also the reasons why we are learning a specific concept or technique. At the end of the day, my ultimate goal is to teach you how to teach yourself, so that you may enjoy playing the instrument outside of our lessons together.

I prefer not to conform to a specific teaching style, because every student is different, and I have been fortunate to have a great variety of types of students throughout my years as a teacher. Some of my students are ...

About Matt
Hello!

Thanks for choosing me as you private music instructor. I’ve enjoyed teaching music since 2001 and being a Takelessons teacher since 2008. I specialize in teaching beginner to advanced saxophone, beginner to intermediate clarinet, beginner flute, and beginner to advanced jazz improvisation. I welcome all ages and believe that it is never too late to pick up an instrument, even if you’ve had no prior experience in music. Specifically when it comes to beginners, I am able to provide virtually everything that you need to get started, including access to brand new and lightly used student model instruments that I have for sale at very reasonable prices.

I have been teaching and playing music professionally for almost 20 years and began studying music and playing the saxophone at age 11. I currently live and work in New York Ci
ty after moving here from Philadelphia in early 2001, after graduating from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia in 1999 with a Bachelors in Music Performance.

Throughout my musical career I have worked in a variety of capacities in addition to being a performer, including working as a composer and recording studio engineer. My main area of expertise is performing as a jazz saxophonist on alto, tenor, and soprano saxophones, and I regularly play throughout New York City in restaurants, jazz clubs, bars and other music venues.

As a private music teacher, I place an emphasis on giving the student an in depth understanding of his or her instrument, and I place the utmost importance on explaining advanced concepts in the simplest of terms in order to insure that the student fully comprehends the objectives of each lesson. Such concepts that I cover regularly are sight-reading, ear-training, technique, and creativity.

As a regularly performing musician in New York City, I can be seen every Sunday night at Ba'sik (a very popular bar in Williamsburg Brooklyn) where I lead an open jazz jam session. A few of my adult students have even been able to reach a level in jazz improvisation that they've been able to come out and sit in with the band.

YOUNGER STUDENTS: I’ve found that in most cases, it is very difficult for students younger than 8 or 9 years old to learn instruments like the clarinet, saxophone and flute. Occasionally, an exception can be made if a younger student is taller than average for his or her age, but most of the time the size of a student’s hands, as well as his or her amount of a physical strength, are not adequate enough until around the ages of 8 or 9. A worthwhile alternative, if a student is absolutely enthusiastic about learning a woodwind instrument, is to begin them on an instrument called the recorder. The recorder is a real instrument, but it is a more primitive, smaller, and simpler of an instrument than the saxophone, clarinet, or the flute; however, it is a great way for young students to begin learning the basics of playing a woodwind instrument and also learning important musical concepts such as reading music notation, pitch, and rhythm. I have also been introduced to a new line of instruments that are developed for younger students by a company called Nuvo. These instruments are smaller and simpler analogs to the saxophone, flute, and clarinet, and they can function as the next step in a younger student’s progression between the recorder and an actual saxophone, flute, or clarinet. The specific instruments that I deal with are called the jSax and the DooD by Nuvo Instrumental. I was asked to demo these instruments and you can check them out if you scroll down to the video section of my profile and look for the videos entitled “jSax and DooD review and demo. Nuvo Instrumental” or “jSax and Dood demo. Nuvo Instrumental”.

In addition to teaching woodwind instruments and jazz improvisation, I also have experience teaching Sibelius music writing software, and audio engineering and editing with Pro-tools LE and Logic Pro X.

PLEASE NOTE: Because the NYC area is very different geographically from other parts of the country, especially in terms of transportation, I may appear outside of your area in terms of where I am available to travel. If you are very interested in taking lessons with me, but you are outside of my travel zone, please feel free to follow up with a Takelessons counselor and have them contact me personally to see if we might make an exception. I am available to travel to virtually all areas of Queens, Brooklyn, and Manhattan as well as Jersey City and Hoboken, depending on if the day and time selected allows me acceptable travel time between other scheduled lessons. If my location in Astoria Queens is not convenient for you, and you are unable to have lessons in your home, then there is also an option where I can most likely find a very affordable teaching studio in an area that is more convenient for you that we may rent by the hour and split the cost for your lesson.

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Any student, regardless of age or experience level, learns best when engaged in an activity that he or she understands and enjoys. Part of my success as a teacher can be attributed to my willingness to take into account every student's particular musical interests and strengths, and attempt to teach directly to those areas. For instance, in the initial stages of developing a student and teacher relationship, I like to request that the student compile a "wish list" of approximately ten pieces of music that he or she would like to be able to play. This list may include pieces in such genres as classical, jazz, and popular music, just to name a few. It is through this list that the student can begin almost immediately learning exactly what he or she likes, and by default, I can then teach the student all of the technical components needed to perform on his or her instrument, as well as determine the specific areas where the student needs to receive more focused instruction. More importantly, this "thinking outside of the box," customized approach provides a fun atmosphere and enables the student to enjoy learning the art of playing music by not being solely dependent on instructional booklets which many students, regardless of age and experience, find boring and tedious.

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Additional saxophones for students who do not currently have a saxophone to use during a lesson. Recording equipment, including software and microphones. Mac book pro with music writing and recording software. Full 88 key keyboard.

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Additional saxophones. Macbook pro with recording and music writing software

*** Specialties ***
music, music theory, home recording, saxophone, clarinet, flute,
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Andrea P. January 9, 2019
· Clarinet · Online
Matt is great, he is teaching 3 of my kids! Clarinet, alto sax, and flute. Very patient with my daughters as they work through their new instruments. They have progressed so much faster than the rest of their classmates, and discouragement has turned into excitement. They look forward to their weekly lessons.
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Judy Meredith January 8, 2019
· Saxophone · Online
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Quincy December 28, 2018
· Clarinet · Online
Matt is an excellent instructor for this adult learner! He was quick to identify my current level of ability and assign lessons based on my current and desired skill level and learning style. I recommend him without hesitation.
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About Gio A.

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I took up clarinet several years ago and have done some writing and recording for clarinet. I'm happy to offer my skills and to work with novice players on proper fingering and technique, embouchure, music notation reading and theory, phrasing, and musicality.

About Gio
I studied music at UCF (Orlando), focusing on classical and jazz guitar, but I also have years of experience playing rock, blues, folk, hip-hop, and musical theater on both guitar and drums.

I have been teaching guitar, drums, and piano for about eight years to students of all ages. Music is what I'm passionate about and it's what I enjoy. I want to inspire that same passion into the hearts and minds of others.

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I am a laid-back teacher, fun, and I focus on the needs, abilities, and ambitions of the student. In turn, students must realize that learning an instrument takes a lot of work and dedication. One can't expect to learn very much if s/he only practices or thinks about the instrument during the lesson. If the student is willing to put some time into practicing, then I will help them go far!

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I have several guitars, a drum kit, djembe, mandolin, clarinet and full-size keyboard.

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Guitar: Classical, jazz, American or Irish folk, rock and pop; lead or rhythm.
Drums & Percussion: All genres
Piano: Classical (includes sight reading)
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Hardy S. August 22, 2018
· Harmonica · Online
tough connecting, but success...next week will be easier
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Michelle P. January 11, 2018
· Banjo · Online
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Ian C. July 7, 2017
· Drum · In studio
1 lesson and he wants to go back so it is a win for me.. Gio is an educator and knowledgeable on many instruments.
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About Theresa D.

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Rosedale, MD

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Do you want to learn from the beginning or are you getting ready for an audition? Well I can help. I will tailor you lesson to suit your needs.

About Theresa
I am a former instrumental music teacher in the Catholic school system. I have been teaching in some way, shape or form for the past 20 years. My methods of teaching vary depending on the student and what they need to succeed. I make myself available between lessons via text, phone and email for questions regarding the lesson. Please let me know if you have issues with animals, I can put them in another part of the house. I have both cats and a dog. All of which are friendly.
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Pooja July 20, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Theresa is amazingly talented! She is very patient. I was quite nervous during the first session. She made sure I was comfortable and she definitely makes learning super fun. I enjoy the classes.
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shiela marie summers October 18, 2017
· Drum · In studio
Theresa does a wonderful job guiding me along in my lessons. She carefully watches my technique, suggesting slight changes I can make in order to improve my style.
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Charles I. March 25, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Enjoyed the lesson. Received new perspective on concept practice and theory. Looking forward to my next lessons.
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About Doyle B.

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Hobe Sound, FL

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I have been teaching clarinet for 22 years. I have an earned Masters degree in music and enjoy teaching students of all ages. I am happily married with 5 children at home--4 of them are musicians as well (the youngest is 4).. Students will quickly learn not only the basics of music theory, but will be playing songs as early as their first lesson. It is extremely rewarding watching students have fun, excel, and fall in love with making music. I look forward to working with you.

About Doyle
Hello, my name is Doyle B. and I am eager to help you reach your goals! I've been teaching private lessons since 1992 and have loved helping my students win competitions at the state level, learn how to advance rapidly on their instrument, and fall in love with making music. I have 3 earned degrees from Pensacola Christian College (B.S. in Music Ed., 1992), Hobe Sound Bible College (A.A., 1993) and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (Master of Church Music, 1996). I have experience teaching all of the band instruments, violin, guitar, and piano. I'm an enthusiastic, upbeat person who greatly enjoys working with people of all ages. I am presently employed at Hobe Sound Bible College and Christian Academy. I presently have students in New Jersey, South Dakota, Florida, and Maryland, who I teach using Skype or FaceTime. Fortunately,
I have a couple openings in my schedule to teach any one who is serious about excelling on his/her instrument. I look forward to helping you reach your potential.
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Jim January 8, 2019
· Guitar · In home
Doyle was fabulous. He was patient & caring. I think I can learn alot from him. Great teacher.
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Fred G. August 14, 2018
· Harmonica · In studio
Doyle is very understanding of Fred, who has dementia and has previously played the harmonica. His approach is positive and caring. We are looking forward to future lessons.
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Hope February 26, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Great teacher!!! Learned a lot my first class and surprisingly wasn’t overwhelmed! Thank you Doyle! Looking forward to many more lessons from him!
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About Nicole R.

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Glen Rock, PA
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We will work on learning to read music and gradually adding new notes to our repertoire as we work together through a lesson book.

About Nicole
I have been singing my entire life and teaching since I was 18. I am very passionate about private instruction, as I have personally found the most success through this method of learning music.

When I am not working, I can be found singing in my church choir, playing saxophone and/or bassoon in our Sunday School Orchestra, singing and playing bass in a 5 piece classic rock band, and spending time with my husband and our families and friends.

I will do my best to provide as much of the music as possible, as I know that can be a huge added expense to private lessons, but there may be a couple of books or sheet music that you will need to purchase personally. I will tailor your lesson plan to help you meet your personal goals. I look forward to working with you/your child.
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Nicole R.

Nicole R.

Glen Rock, PA 17327
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I teach beginner to advanced students!

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Hello my name is Tyreese. I'm a professional flautist located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. I've played the flute for about 20 years. I hold a degree in Music Performance from Delaware State University. I've participated in various ensembles such as marching band, concert band, pep band, wind ensemble, orchestra, jazz band, etc... As your instructor, I will be able to transform you into a well-rounded musician. Practice is the key. I strive for excellence! My philosophy of music is, "Enhancing the minds of students through music". Let's make music! Are you ready???

I teach online and in-home lessons to students. I create an encouraging, fun, and focused lesson atmosphere. I assess a student’s readiness and ability. I teach weekly flute lessons as well as other woodwind instruments to students of all ages and ability levels (especially beg
inning and intermediate levels)  I'm flexible with my schedule academic school year and summer months. I also teach all ranges of styles and repertoire
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Charles R. October 3, 2018
· Clarinet · Online
Very good, very clear, very patient. I can actually make a sound out of the clarinet.
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Nox Ntuli February 26, 2018
· Flute · Online
The teacher was wonderful. But the platforms connection was poor. Really enjoyed the lesson.
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Kathleen D. January 18, 2018
· Flute · Online
Today was a really good lesson. I am really getting into it. I thank You from the bottom of my heart.
Kathleen
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About Corey A.

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Grayslake, IL
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I am a band director who has played clarinet professionally for the last 20 years. I like to balance my lessons with a variety of excercises and repertoire that are catered to each student's interests, strengths and weaknesses.

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I have both a Bachelors and Masters degree in music education in addition to extensive professional clarinet performance experience and enjoy teaching the clarinet. I am a Grammy nominated Music Educator and encourage students to explore classical and popular styles in lessons.

If there is a special time request that is not currently available please reach out. I've taught very beginners to helping adults land successful military band auditions. Am a certified music Educator with a K-12 endorsement in music in IL.
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Keri July 3, 2018
· Clarinet · In home
Corey was a great instructor for my 4th grader. We wanted him to keep up with his clarinet lessons over Summer break. My son gets very easily frustrated when he struggles and Corey handled it all very well, always giving a new suggestion on what he could do to improve. In just 5 short lessons, Corey helped my son with his embouchure, finger placement, tounging and my son was finally able to play his B and C notes. That had really been holding him back from playing lots of music. Highly recommended!
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Sean April 3, 2017
· Clarinet · In studio
Mr. Ames has been one of my favorite teachers during my time at LA. He is always willing to listen and help his students if they go to him. He is passionate about teaching, his main goal is to help his students succeed in whatever way he can. He always tries to make a fun and worthwhile experience everyone should appreciate the great teacher that he is.
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Jacob April 3, 2017
· Clarinet · In studio
Mr. Ames is an amazing teacher! He helped me land a spot in the all district band my freshman year in high school and constantly pushed me to strive and be my best. I highly recommend him for anyone that is looking to have fun and be a better clarinet player.
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I started out playing Clarinet in elementary school before switching to flute.

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Passionate about teaching ASL to everybody!! Weather you're a business owner looking to expand your communication boundaries, or a parent learning to help communicate with a child, or even a child, who is HOH/ deaf, or has friends who are deaf and want to communicate better with them, I am your gal!! I also have extended experience in helping nonverbal children communicate using sign in the world of special education..I am flexible, and I love teaching/signing. Welcome to the world of singing, it's a glorious art!
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Barry M. November 26, 2018
· Saxophone · In home
Jill was awesome.
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About Andrew L.

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Want to develop a beautiful clarinet sound while avoiding awkward squawks and squeaks? As both a saxophone and clarinet player, I can help with many of the technical challenges that may affect a beginning or intermediate player. My curriculum focuses heavily on the Cyril Rose studies for clarinet, as well as the Rubank Advanced Method.

About Andrew
I have been an active professional musician in the Utah Valley for the past 4 years. I came to Utah from Portland, Oregon in 2011 to study at Brigham Young University under Ray Smith, where I earned a BM in Saxophone Performance in 2018. While there, I performed as a member of the BYU Synthesis Big Band as a performer and featured soloist, sharing the stage with the likes of Gladys Knight, Peter Hollens, Konrad Herwig, Ed Calle, Corey Christianson and others. In 2016 I went with Synthesis on a tour of Eastern Europe, where the band and I performed at the Salkrastu Jazz Festival. I can be heard as a featured soloist on the tracks “Laura” and “Downtime” from the BYU Synthesis Album “Downtime” (2018). On the classical side, I was selected as a finalist three years in a row for the BYU Concerto Competition, played tenor saxophone from 2015 to
2017 in the BYU Wind Symphony, and played principal clarinet in the BYU Symphony orchestra in 2018.

In addition to my performances at BYU, I have performed and collaborated with numerous groups and artists on the Provo and Salt Lake music scenes as both a commercial and studio artist, such as my collaboration with Utah-based vocalist Emily Merrell in her performance at the 2018 Jazz Education Network Conference in Dallas, Texas. I also returned to the northwest in 2015 to take part in the Port Townsend Jazz Festival, where I studied with jazz greats such as Terrell Stafford, Steve Wilson, Bob Mintzer and others.

I am a passionate teacher and am happy to take students of all levels, over Skype or in person.
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Roger January 7, 2019
· Saxophone · In studio
We just completed the first lesson. Andrew is very nice. He is very knowledgeable. He plays the saxaphone well. I think we are going to have a good student- teacher relationship.
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Irene November 26, 2018
· Saxophone · Online
Andrew explains concepts and techniques very thoroughly and patiently. He is very nice and helpful. He is encouraging and has helped me become a better sax player.
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Isaac November 14, 2018
· Saxophone · Online
Andrew teaches my 12 yr old son. He looks forward to his lessons which is great! Andrew is patient, encouraging. I would definitely recommend him.
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About Madyson T.

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I have been playing clarinet since 2002, and teaching since 2009. I have taught in the public school setting, as well as private teaching since 2013 for beginners, intermediate, and high school level students. My goal is to provide accurate and practical information in playing your instrument. The sound of the clarinet becomes unique to each player, and coupled with proper technique in all areas of playing (finger technique, tone, articulation, note identification/reading, rhythm comprehension, musical expressions), this will springboard the enjoyment of practicing and playing music. This beautiful and melodious instrument completely encompasses the miracle of music, and working with me will create a solid foundation for such music making. Using a clarinet specific method book, we will begin with fundamental tone production, rhythm reading, and note reading so a solid foundation is created for life long music playing.

About Madyson
Hi, I'm Mady! I have been an enthusiast for the clarinet since I started in 6th grade in 2002. At the beginning of the Disney movie, 101 Dalmatians, the moving sheet music and clarinet sound had me hooked on wanting to learn how to play. Even before beginning band, I was trying to figure out how this instrument worked, and have loved every second of it since. Playing and teaching is my niche, and I cannot wait to help you in your musical journey! I have a Bachelor's in Music Education from an accredited Arkansas college, Arkansas Tech University. While studying all aspects of teaching all kinds of instruments, I studied with a clarinet professor, and still love learning about how to be even better on this instrument.

I earned top chair in the top University Ensemble several semesters in a row, and competed in a solo competition, where
I placed in the top 3 of soloists.

In 2014 I taught K-12 music in the public school setting, and currently I am a Clarinet Adjunct for Junior Highs and High Schools in the Greenwood/Fort Smith area. I have been an active adjunct for 2 years, since 2016, first in the Cabot/Little Rock area, and now in the Fort Smith area. I also take on private lessons for all ages and levels of players from first year players through sixth year players, typically high school level students. I teach fundamental sounds and music reading, as well as prep students for auditions in All-Region material, and solo material.

I have been a speaker at a university sponsored Clarinet Day in 2014, where area Middle, Junior, and High school level students attend to learn more about the clarinet. My topic of presentation was over "Back to Basics", making a big review over all the best fundamentals for the clarinet to improve sound and technique. I also co-hosted a professional development session for area band directors on best teaching methods on reeds/equipment for clarinet from the experience of collegiate lessons.

During the summers of 2012-2016, I was hired to be a clarinet adjudicator, group and individual lesson teacher at the ATU Band Camps, a week long camp that housed all students working on band instruments to rehearse and perform a concert.

Teaching clarinet has become a great passion for me, and anyone that shows any kind of interest should have access to someone who loves to teach and play, and I feel that is where I am available to be that resource.
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Ryan November 14, 2018
· Clarinet · In studio
I have employed Madyson as an adjunct teacher at Waldron Public Schools in Arkansas where I teach. She has taught clarinet sectionals and lessons for us at the high school and middle school. She has done a fantastic job with our students. They have learned and gained a lot from her teaching. I recommend her to anyone looking for clarinet private instruction and/or group instruction.
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Trevor November 12, 2018
· Clarinet · In studio
My son has been taking lessons once a week from Madyson since July, and I am very pleased with the progress he has made with her. She has a very energetic and outgoing personality that helps him enjoy the work he's putting forth.
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Carol November 11, 2018
· Clarinet · In home
Very patient, great sense of humor and very well priced. Been a flautist for 25 years and been playing the clarinet for several months now. It's what I always wanted to learn but couldn't till recently. Mady is great!
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