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Kevin F.

Memphis, TN

Been playing piano since age 5, flute since 4th grade and much more music encompassing a lot in the classical field, some jazz and other genres as well. I have a Master's degree in wind conducting and am fully capable of teaching any standard subject in music.

About Kevin

I have had a fairly diverse musical background, including playing with bands and orchestras, as well as participating in choral groups and opera. I have a master's degree in music performance for wind conducting, and a bachelor's degree in music with an emphasis on piano performance.

I have taught private lessons for several years now and I love every moment with my students! I have a real passion for sharing my knowledge and experience with others, both failures and successes. I believe everyone has creative potential, and I believe music is a real universal art form that anyone can tap i
nto if they want. Above all, making and creating music should also be fun!

*** Lesson Details ***
I try to keep my lessons professional but comfortable too. I don't yell at students for messing up or anything like that. I usually have an agenda but am willing to adjust and compromise if the situation dictates. If you don't have a curriculum in mind, I like Alfred's piano courses, but will do my best to find one that fits you as a student best. My initial goals are to make sure the basics of reading music and performing are set so that no matter what musical avenue you want to pursue, you will be successful. I do specialize in classical music but enjoy creating and playing in other genres as well.

I now also offer lessons online, as well as tutoring in most math areas!

***CANCELLATION POLICY***
I kindly ask for 24 hour notice whenever possible if a lesson is going to be missed. Generally speaking, if I don't hear from a student and their lesson time passes I will mark the lesson as missed, but I am also usually more than willing to make up the lesson at a later time.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have a piano keyboard at my home.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I would expect students to have their own instruments as needed, as well as music paper, pencils, etc. I may be able to provide some of those materials on occasion as well as some books/recordings, but will by and large expect students to purchase those for themselves.

*** Specialties ***
I am much more familiar with classical styles and Broadway. My music writing style tends to be somewhere between neo-classical and avant-garde.

***Blog Posts***
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Ryan Daulton August 8, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
He was very patient and accomodating. He is able to adjust to your own individual pace.
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Fangyi Z. June 10, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Kevin had been my teacher for piano and music composition until I left Memphis. As a person, Kevin is very kind. He has naturally gentle personality. As a music teacher, he is knowledgeable and patient, with great musicmanship and sincere love of music. He points out where I could do better, but never criticize. He helped me improving my piano playing to a higher level of techniques and musicality. I learned a whole lot from him also on music theory and composition. The lessons were both pleasurable and rewarding. I really miss the lessons with him and will highly recommend him to anyone.
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Delma B. May 4, 2015
Piano · Online
Verified Student
Kevin is great. He is very patient, understanding, friendly and very kind. He is and was always willing to work with my schedule and always had good feedback. He never made me feel like I was doing things wrong. He always was very encouraging. I can't wait to take classes again with him. thanks!
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Kevin F.

Kevin F.

Memphis, TN 38133
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starting at
$15 / 30-min
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Russell R.

Germantown, TN

About Russell

My name is Russell "Rusty" Rainey. I have been a professional guitarist for 25 years. During the past 25 years I have managed the area's largest music stores, opened a Guitar Repair Center and became a "Certified *Fender Guitar Technician" . My experience with other musicians on stage and in the studio is without parallel. A "school" cannot duplicate real world experience. I understand the frustrations associated with finding the right person who understands how to treat you as an individual. A great instructor will not teach out of a book, they will write a book for you. A real Educati
on in "playing guitar" is much broader than what you can learn from a book. I can help you understand the guitar in a practical and logical way, how to become a "guitar player" - not just how to "play the guitar". Lets talk about how I can help you meet your goals.

*** Lesson Details ***
I want to make our time together something that you will look forward to each week. The guitar is a very expressive and diverse instrument. My goal as your instructor is helping you reach your own goal. I teach each student in an individual way based on your interest, and my assessment of how to help you reach those goals, every lesson is time YOUR time! I take time before each lesson planning our time together. Commit 3 months and you will be amazed at what you can accomplish, 6 months and you'll begin to play through songs, after a year you will look back with pride and realize how much you have learned. I consider myself "laid back" and easy to talk too, but I will encourage you to accomplish what I know you can. When you put forth effort forth, and follow your lesson plans, you will have a great experience! ~Rusty

*** Studio Equipment ***
HOME: lessons in dedicated music room, guitars, amps, bass guitar, music stand, cords, cables, picks, tuners, stand.....

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide any materials and or equipment relative to the area of study for myself in addition to the student should that situation present itself.

*** Specialties ***
Classic Rock, Hard Rock, Blues, and Country. I teach "slide" guitar for those students who are interested in learning more about "delta-blues" and rock guitar utilizing the slide in style very similar to Z.Z. Top.
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Nathan C. July 21, 2015
Harmonica · In studio
Verified Student
I enrolled in lessons as a beginner. Russell did a great job with the 5 lessons that I took with him.
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Nathan C. June 23, 2015
Harmonica · In studio
Verified Student
He was great. The first session made me look forward to the next session. He was fantastic and very easy to talk to. I feel very fortunate to have gotten such a great instructor. I feel very fortunate!
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SusanD2 July 16, 2012
My daughter Margaret is taking lessons from Rusty. He is excellent with her. This is totally new to her. He is very patient and precise in his explanations during his lessons. Margaret really enjoys having Rusty as a teacher.
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Russell R.

Germantown, TN 38138
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$75 / 45-min
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John S.

Collierville, TN

I have a masters degree in music theory and can teach you whatever you want to know, especially as it applies to playing music such as jazz, rock, RnB and other current styles.
Knowing music theory will open up whole worlds for you and give you a broader knowledge of the music you are playing. Pieces will become much easier to memorize because you will understand how they go together. Theory also opens the door to skilled improvisation.

About John

I have been teaching young people and adults how to play musical instruments for over 20 years. A lot of my students are well on their way to a rewarding future with music, some as professionals and others as hobbyists. In addition to being a teacher, I am also a professional performer who has worked in a wide variety of styles and I have a Masters degree in music composition and theory.
One of my main specialties is working with very young students and total beginners. There is a special skill to teaching young children that can only be developed through experience. For the older student, o
r the student who already has a musical background my specialty is helping you learn the styles that have always been of most interest to you. I can also help older students gain a broad understanding of music through some basic music theory.

*** Lesson Details ***
I can teach piano or keyboard to beginners and up to advanced students. On guitar and woodwinds I can teach beginners and up to intermediate level students.
My teaching style is fairly relaxed and very positive, but I will try to keep the lessons on a course that is going to benefit you the most. For younger piano students and beginners I prefer the Alfreds piano system. The songs in the Alfreds books allow for immediate playing and note reading without any tedious memorization. The beginner books contain a lot of fun songs that kids really gravitate toward.
For older students I try to gear the lessons toward whatever musical style you prefer. For students who have only had traditional piano lessons I can teach you how to read pop and jazz chord charts, as well as how to turn those chord charts into fully arranged music. I can also teach improvisation and the skills that are required to play specific styles of music in a professional band.
For my younger guitar students I have a variety of beginner material I have collected over the years, but for my older students I prefer to work on songs of their choice.
My beginner woodwind students will work with a Yamaha method book, while older students can learn improvisation and theory if they like.
I also can lead Orff styled tuned percussion ensembles. The Orff style of music performance allows for students from entirely mis-matched musical backgrounds to play music together, even on their first day of class.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Many keyboards, guitar, bass guitar, saxophone, flute, and four Orff tuned percussion instruments.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide multiple keyboards, a guitar, saxophone, flute and 4 Orff style tuned percussion instruments, as well as countless books and literature.

*** Specialties ***
I play keyboards professionally in jazz, RnB, rock, reggae, Latin rock and other styles. I can help the student who has only had traditional lessons branch out and learn how to read chord charts, which in turn teaches them theory.
I am a certified Orff teacher as well.
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Ed M. March 31, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
My 9 year old son came from School of Rock, which was organized chaos, to now where John has implemented a real strategy for him to learn faster and to focus on reading notes. My son has retained his interest and is excelling under John's guidance. I would highly recommend John for students of all ages.
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Dreanna A. June 10, 2014
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
John is Awesome! John adjusts his training style to the needs of the student and encourages along the way! After three lessons I honestly feel this is something I plan on pursing for the long run!
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CharlesC April 4, 2012
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John have been very friendly and patient person .. He can teach my son a great music .. I am looking forward to see my son gets alot of skills and be a pro rock star!!
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John S.

Collierville, TN 38017
(8)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Julia O.

Memphis, TN

Learn the elements of music—rhythm, harmony (harmonic function), melody, structure, form, and texture.

About Julia

I enjoy sharing my passion and love for music education. My desire is to create a suitable environment that 1) develops innate talents, 2) enables the learning of music at all levels and 3) teaches how to excel in goals.

My piano and voice training programs foster creativity through developing musical talent in a positive environment conducive to learning to play the piano and sing.
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Brittney R. June 16, 2015
Vocal Training · In studio
Verified Student
Julia is a great teacher! She really listened and understood my goals. Her curriculum was excellent, and her hard work helped me get where I wanted to be. She is a very understanding and personable instructor. I recommend Julia as a teacher!
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Brittney R. April 15, 2015
Vocal Training · In home
Verified Student
Julia is GREAT!
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Gina S. December 15, 2014
Vocal Training · In studio
Verified Student
Julia is great and my daughter is the enjoying the lessons.
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Julia O.

Julia O.

Memphis, TN 38141
(3)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Bethania B.

Memphis, TN

About Bethania

Hi there! My name is Bethania. I am currently teaching voice lessons and directing the opera program at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, AR. I am a doctoral student in Memphis, Tennessee where I am finishing up my doctorate in Voice Performance. My Master's is also in Voice Performance from the University of Arizona and my Bachelor's degree is in Music Education. I primarily sing opera and my teaching is based on the classical approach to singing. I also enjoy singing and teaching musical theater and jazz.
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John Neely August 28, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Awesome teacher, totally recommend. You won't go wrong.
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ANTHONY C. September 14, 2014
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Beth has been extremely helpful in everything from helping us set realistic goals to honing technique to make you a better singer. Both myself and my wife have learned so much in a short period of time. Beth is a talented musician and very experienced instructor. She makes learning fun as well as very targeted in helping improve vocalists ranging from beginners to experienced singers.
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ANTHONY C. August 13, 2014
Vocal Training · In home
Verified Student
Beth is a very talented vocal teacher - as a guitar player with no vocal experience Beth helped me find my natural vocal range and taught me to sing on pitch in the first lesson. After 2 lessons I am breathing correctly, have the self confidence to sing in public and helped me to become a more versatile musician. We since added my wife as well - we will continue to take lessons from Beth. Anyone serious about improving or learning for the first time would benefit from her knowledge and expertise.
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Bethania B.

Bethania B.

Memphis, TN 38111
(3)
starting at
$25 / 30-min

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