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About Christopher J.

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Havelock, NC

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Chris has been teaching private lessons since 2009 and is currently available to teach lessons at your home and online. Chris has helped students make premier bands, excel in school, win state competitions, and win auditions to highly competitive youth symphonies.

Chris received his education and training at San Jose State University, and the Naval School of Music. Chris currently plays professionally for the United States Marine Corps Band, and is finish his Bachelors in Music Education and Jazz Studies. As an expert in his field, Chris ensures new students achieve their personal and musical goals. Chris's lessons are personalized, flexible, and ensure standards are met with knowledge from some of the worlds greatest musicians. Chris also has experience teaching students with special needs.

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Michele June 3, 2016
· Trumpet · In home
Incredibly patient, supportive, and knowledgeable.
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Michael H. June 13, 2014
· Trumpet · Online
Chris taught one lesson to my son, then he cancelled the following week's lesson and never returned numerous phone calls, emails, and text messages. He didn't respond, then the following week at our next scheduled instruction he called me 30 mins before the lesson asking if he could move the date.

Needless to say, it was very unprofessional of him, and we intended to end our relationship with him as my son's instructor.

The thing got worse when he proceeded to schedule my son for a weekly reoccurring lesson for the next year. I've had to manually cancel each lesson, at least until Jan 2015.

I would strongly warn you against signing up with Chris if you expect an instructor who is reliable and responsive to your communications. I'm sorry it didn't work out, but the other problem is that this was my son's first experience to music lessons, so it was a bad first experience.
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Bill C. May 27, 2014
· Violin · Online
We're giving 3 out of 5 stars since that seems fair. With regards to the lessons themselves, Chris certainly met our expectations with our son's violin lessons. However, with regards to communications and scheduling, it could have been much better. More than once my son was waiting on Skype after receiving the "You have upcoming lessons" email from TakeLessons. Chris needs to learn how to cancel the lessons ahead of time. He rarely responded to emails (was trying to get him to stop showing our email openly to all his other students, really needs to learn how to use BCC). He never returned phone calls. Due to the canceled lessons, our TakeLesson pay date came prematurely, and since I waited until our son's paid lessons were completed before paying for new ones, we got dropped from the schedule and lost our time slot. Too many frustrations led to finding a new teacher.
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About Bonnie P.

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Clermont, FL

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About Bonnie
Bonnie started piano at age 4, clarinet by third grade, and oboe in the 8th grade. In High School, she played oboe, bagpipes, and saxophone in the jazz band winning the Best Jazz Soloist Award. She also won the Young Artist Competition and played with the Tampa Symphony. While attending USF, she continued to perform with the Tampa Symphony and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree. She then attended the University of Michigan and received her Master of Music degree and performed with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and many chamber groups in the area.

In 2003, she created the Pop Oboe series with 4 CDs, a member of the Recording Academy and had her cds on the Grammy Nomination list.

Now in the Orlando area, she is a freelance musician and has performed at Universal, The Museum of Art, The Winter Park Art Festival,and many mor
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In 2012, she created a piano curriculum that uses animals to teach note reading and piano. Creating this curriculum makes learning music FUN!

All along the way, she was teaching private music students, Kindermusik and also Homeschooling her three children for 10 years.
Using several curriculum for phonics, and reading, while Homeschooling, is why she is offering this service through Take Lessons.

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FUN and More FUN can be expected with the background of Kindermusik and Homeschooling! Bonnie has learned that students best respond to learning if the environment is FUN and engaging. Through homeschooling and her years of teaching background, your students can expect LOTS of PATIENCE because Bonnie relates to each student and how they learn best on an individual level. Every student has a different way they learn, and Bonnie quickly tunes in to their way of learning.

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Oboe, Recorder,Bagpipes (chanter), Flute, Keyboard
Student should have their own instrument

*** Travel Equipment ***
Keyboard for Piano
Student should have their own instrument

*** Specialties ***
Pop, Rock, Classical
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Sasha P. January 2, 2018
· Oboe · Online
She is a very good instructor who has taught me a lot in a very short time.
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Sheela S. November 5, 2017
· Oboe · Online
She is a very good instructor.If the student has some difficulty at any point ,she teaches an alternative way to make them understand.
My daughter is very happy to have her as her Oboe teacher.
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Cheryl October 16, 2017
· Oboe · Online
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About Brian C.

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Portland, ME
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About Brian
I have been playing guitar for 30 years. I am a state certified K-12 music teacher with over 7 years experience teaching guitar privately and in the classroom. I teach not only children but also adults of any level - beginner, intermediate, or advanced. Students can learn acoustic or electric guitar, and fingerstyle or pick playing. Styles taught include classical, rock and pop, blues, jazz, folk and country. Sight-reading, music theory, and learning by ear are skills all students will develop.

"I like Mr. C. because he always cheers me up if I do something wrong on guitar. He helps you through step by step." -- Aaron, age 9

"I would emphasize your patience with me and your ability to simplify coursework." -- Fedja, age 37

"Excellent teacher with lots of patience. Kick-started me into the musical world and inspired me to learn gu
itar and start singing." -- Angelina, age 16

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Each lesson will begin with tuning the guitar and warm-ups. Then we'll move on to either our practice books or a song or piece you have chosen to learn and study not found in the books.

If you are beginner, we'll start with how you handle the guitar and any technique issues. Then we'll work on note and chord recognition, the ability to sight-read and play from memory.

*** Studio Equipment ***
2011 Apple iMac;
MXL 910 microphone;
Yamaha Nylon-String Electric-Acoustic Guitar;
Yamaha Steel String Guitar;
Gibson Les Paul Special Electric Guitar;
Esteve Spanish Classical Guitar;
Roland Cube 80 electric guitar amplifier;
Ibanez T80 acoustic guitar amplifier

*** Travel Equipment ***
Music Stands;
Foot Rests

*** Specialties ***
Song Transcriptions - Use your ear to learn and notate song melodies and the guitar parts
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Brian C.

Brian C.

Portland, ME 04103
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$24 / 30-min

About Paul B.

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Portland, ME
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About Paul
I am a musician who has played in many bands. My primary instrument is piano and voice. I also play rhythm guitar. My current group is a "Who" tribute band, performing a complete history of the rock group, The Who. Please check out our website magicbustour.com
I play by ear but also read music. If you are looking for an old school, rigid, teacher who only has students only follow books, then you should look elsewhere. If you want to be able to play or sing with feel and learn music theory with some reading in a comfortable working studio then contact me.

*** Studio Equipment ***
-Petrof upright piano
- Mackie PA system
- Guild F15 acoustic guitar

*** Travel Equipment ***
-Roland Midi 2
- Guild F-15 acoustic guitar

*** Specialties ***
Patient, creative, flexible and fun.
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Tyler December 7, 2017
· Singing · In home
Paul is a great teacher. I would highly recommend him to anyone interested in improving their voice.
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Annmarie W. October 5, 2017
· Music Theory · In studio
The first lesson was extraordinary the teacher is very good
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Dan R. June 19, 2017
· Piano · In studio
First lesson from Paul was perfect. So much to learn and so little time. I am confident with his great listening skills and musical knowledge and my need for so much improvement, this is a perfect match already.
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About Nick B.

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Las Vegas, NV
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About Nick
About Nick:

He is a full-time professional musician who has taught hundreds of students how to play. You can see him play six nights a week at The Stratosphere Hotel & Casino, performing guitar duties in the new hit show: World's Greatest Rock Show!

Nick has also transcribed over a dozen books for the Hal Leonard Publishing Co.

He has spent time as a private guitar and bass instructor at an accredited Conservatory of Music, two music stores, three private schools, as well as in his own private studio before relocating to Las Vegas to pursue more playing opportunities!

His playing experience includes, but is not limited to: original funk/rock/fusion groups, jazz ensembles, metal bands, improv bands, and various cover/tribute bands.

His performance experience has found him entertaining on large festival stages throughout t
he midwest, as well as intimate club and casino gigs, private parties, corporate events and weddings.

Nick has been teaching private lessons and masterclasses since 2004. He has a extensive experience teaching all styles of electric and acoustic guitar, including extended range instruments. Additionally, he teaches bass, improvisation, music theory, songwriting, and advanced techniques.

During your lessons you will work on anything from absolute basics, your favorite songs, reading notes, music theory and ear training to technique, improvisation, composition and anything in-between! And you will be learning in ways that are fun to play, sound good and can be applied immediately to your current playing!

Stop waiting! It's time to begin or extend your guitar knowledge and get you achieving that sound you're looking for!

Although an occasional book may be recommended, and any book you already have can be used, all other lesson materials will be provided (sheet music, charts, scale info, jam tracks, etc.) by your instructor!

Check out Nick's latest TakeLessons.com blog here: http://takelessons.com/blog/cruise-ship-musician-jobs
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Alex F. July 7, 2016
· Bass Guitar · In studio
My grandson really enjoyed his first lesson with Nick.
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Josette June 8, 2016
· Guitar · Online
Nick is a fabulous instructor. As a novice player taking lessons from a pro, he is able to instruct and motivate me to improve my skills. What I like most is his ability to be flexible when teaching the lessons. (I just learned how to pay Purple Rain because I was devastated when Prince died). I shared my feelings with Nick, and he showed me the chords.
He makes my on-line classes feel as though I'm in his home. He is highly skilled and supports my vision of being in a Rock Band one day. He chuckles and ... We Rock on!! I highly recommend Nick!
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JT June 8, 2016
· Blues Guitar · In studio
Excellent teacher! Highly recommend
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About Alexander K.

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Plano, TX

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Hello there my name is Alexander. Thank for taking the time to read my bio. I have been playing the piano for over 35 years. I have been teaching piano for over 20 years. In addition to teaching piano I am elementary school music teacher for over 18 years. I currently teach students as young as 5 and as old as 65. Whether your a beginner or an experienced player I am passionate about teach music and help each develop a love of playing the piano. I have earned an Associate of Performing Arts in Piano from Nassau Community College, a Bachelors of Arts from Hofstra University and a Masters of Education-Music K-12 from Hofstra University. I am married to my lovely bride-Keyla for 15 years and I have two amazing children Ally and Matthew both of which take piano lessons from yours truly. I teach and play most styles of music and I am able to t
each students how to read and play by ear. I would love to help you reach your musical goals.
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Christopher Sewick May 21, 2017
· Classical Piano ·
Alexander is an exclent instructor and musician. He has the ability to make leaning the piano challanging yet fun. My 9yr old looks forward to his lesson every week and has thrived under Alexander's tutelage.
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Olivia Buchanan March 7, 2017
· Piano ·
I have enjoyed piano lessons from Alexander so much! I love his teaching style, he makes it so easy and fun! He is very patient and works with my schedule! This is my first experience learning piano, I've been putting it off for 20 years, and I'm glad I found Alexander to be my piano instructor!
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Shawn McCall March 7, 2017
· Piano ·
As an adult beginner, I cannot recommend Alex more highly. He is patient, instructive, and is ready to help through any challenges. I was very nervous to embark on learning the piano at 46, but it has been an amazing journey so far and I have learned so much in a relatively short amount of time, all thanks to Alex! No matter your skill level, I think Alex is a fantastic teacher who will help you reach your goals.
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About Luc B.

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South Portland, ME

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After drumming for almost 40 years, I feel like I've nearly done it all, having played played Rock, small and big group Jazz, Classic R&B/Soul, Fusion, Funk, Folk, Reggae/World Music, Top-40, Heavy Rock, Classic and Contemporary Country, Blues, Electronic, Theater, and Cinematic/Soundtrack music.
I was self-taught at first by listening and playing along with recordings, and then studied under Maine greats Dick Demers and Steve Grover, and attended the University of Maine-Augusta in the Jazz and Contemporary music program. During the past few years, I've also started to play the Chapman Stick, and I've increased the amount of hand percussion in his bag of tricks.
My reputation in the Maine music scene is as a solid, first-rate musician, and throughout all of this, I've appeared on many recordings. I'm now the drummer in the 80’s party/
dance band “The GE3KS” and in the original band “Goss”, with an Adult Contemporary/Alt Rock album currently being written and recorded, as well as hard rock originals with Jerry Perron, with an alum completed and slated for mastering at Abbey Road Studios over the summer and fall of 2017.
I've taught drum set in one-on-one settings since 1992, first at Spectrum Music in Lewiston and Brunswick, Maine, then at The Music Centre in Brunswick, and at The Drum Shop in Portland, as well as in my own home. I've also lectured at summer percussion camps, and authored a drum method book, "Beginning Drum Set Coordination," and published the first edition in 2004, with an updated second edition printed in 2016. In mid-2016, I re-joined the teaching staff at The Drum Shop, and shortly after joined the staff at The Midcoast School of Music, also in Portland.

Since November of 2016, I have been an artist endorser for Rich Sticks. Check them out; they make a fantastic quality product and they're a top-notch crew!
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Scott August 24, 2017
· Drum · In studio
I've had the pleasure of working with Luc in many varied performance settings. He has also provided me with top-notch recorded drum tracks for several recording projects. Super versatile and always musical, Luc is my go-to guy for all things percussive.
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Kacey August 15, 2017
· Drum · In home
Luc is an incredible drum teacher. My son has been taking lessons from Luc and he truly enjoys each lesson. Luc is always professional, student focused, always on time and very flexible when working with us to arrange lessons. He listens to his students and encourages them to challenge themselves.
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Jim August 7, 2017
· Drum · In studio
I have been learning music and playing music with Luc for over 30 years. He is a true student of the art and a patient and confident teacher. His depth of understanding and passion for music go far beyond just his substantial drumming, vocal and Chapman Stick talents. He is able to engage in the technical minutiae and the broad philosophical aspects of all styles. Time spent with Luc in the musical space will move you forward!
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South Portland, ME 04106
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About Sean B.

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South Portland, ME
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Hi there! I’ve been performing and recording music for 17 years and music has given me the opportunity to go places and meet people that I never dreamed possible, as well as enriching my life and instilling values in me that carry weight beyond the arts.
Music is a discipline everyone can enjoy, and I can help you get the most out of the time you put in!
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Sean B.

Sean B.

South Portland, ME 04106
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$20 / 30-min

About Leigh C.

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Westbrook, ME

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Learn to Play Piano:

It's never too late or too early to learn music!

Whether you are the parent of a child, or an adult learning piano for the first time, returning to music, or looking to broaden your skills in a particular area, we'll approach your musical journey with a relaxed, fun attitude and a pace and direction always tailored to your individual needs and goals. Step-by-step, we'll learn the fundamentals in a simple, clear, straightforward way, and dive right in to get you playing your favorite songs, having fun, and finding your musical style. As an experienced teacher, attendee of the Frost School of Music, USM School of Music graduate, and professional performer, music arranger, and recording engineer, I will focus our lessons around essential, foundational skills including sight-reading, ear-training, music theory, pla
ying technique, and more - but always in a way that is fun, natural, and incorporated into the music we're playing, and at an age/skill-appropriate level. Music may be a vast art form, but you'd be surprised how much you can learn and accomplish just by taking the first step of getting started, which will open the door to a lifetime of enjoyment and inspiration. Where will your journey take you? Let's find out and get started!

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Learn Music Theory:

Hi, and thank you for your interest in learning music theory with me! Whether you are a complete beginner or an experienced musician, looking for help with a music theory class, or simply interested in learning more about this topic to enhance your own musical pursuits, this is a worthwhile subject to study.

The word "theory" sounds like it describes the opposite of an artistic process, but a basic foundational understand of music theory will actually greatly benefit you artistically, removing a lot of guesswork and confusion. At a pace that works for you and based on what is most relevant to your musical goals, our lessons will cover some of the basic music concepts: notes, chords, keys, time signature & tempo, rhythm, scales, and how to read music on a staff - incorporating listening and ear training skills as well as conceptual understanding. For students already familiar with these concepts, we can branch out into more advanced ear training skills and theory knowledge including interval and chord recognition, transcription, harmonic substitutions, modal harmony, secondary dominants, harmonic analysis, songwriting, and more. However you plan to apply this knowledge, we will come up with an individual plan tailored to your goals, so you can be a comfortably confident musician!
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Westbrook, ME 04092
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