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Thomas C.

Saint Paul, MN

About Tom

A love of music began in the third grade. I started on a silver metal clarinet and have not stopped playing. I am a musician, composer, arranger and performer. I hold a B.A. in music and have taught in the schools for 28 years. I bring extensive knowledge and humor to my teaching. I enjoy working with all age levels and pride myself on being intensely positive.

*** Lesson Details ***
The focus of music lessons is to overcome problems and increase skill and enjoyment in performance. I always want to focus on what was done well and carefully work on skills that will increase enjoyment. I wi
ll play with you to model and help you self correct as you learn musical concepts and musicianship. We will use method books for fundamentals and supplement with music that interest the students. After a time students will learn skills needed to perform a wider range of music

*** Studio Equipment ***
Most instruments

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect the student to provide an instrument, method book, stand and supplies for that instrument. I will bring an instrument to play along and model.

*** Specialties ***
Kodaly and Orff methods
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Griffin S. June 4, 2015
Saxophone · In studio
Verified Student
My son seemed to really enjoy his first lesson with Tom. Looking forward to more!
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Jennifer M. January 21, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Tom is wonderful, patient and understanding. My daughter is really enjoying working with him. We are confident that with his guidance and instruction she will reach her goals.
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Barb W. February 10, 2014
Singing
Verified Student
Vocal lessons with Tom

Tom is a great teacher. He is very encouraging and gives great advice on how to improve. Without his encouragement I do not think I would have tried out for the community choir. I made it through the audition and am back singing with a great group of people.
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Thomas C.

Thomas C.

Saint Paul, MN 55118
(14)
starting at
$29 / 30-min
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John S.

Saint Paul, MN

About John

I have spent over 10 years gigging, recording, and teaching drums in the Twin Cities. I am a full-time musician, splitting time between original indie-pop band Step Rockets and Minneapolis-based variety band Soul Tree. I teach from my music studio in St. Paul as well as traveling to students' homes.

I started drumming at the age of 10, honing my chops under the tutelage of drummer/vibraphonist Steve Roehm, member of the acclaimed Twin Cities jazz trio, The New Standards. I continued my musical education at St. Olaf College, where I played drums in the college's nationally accredited Jazz
One ensemble while studying percussion with highly regarded Twin Cities musicians Phil Hey and Dave Hagedorn. Since graduating, I've found a niche in the world of teaching. I spent three years teaching students in St. Paul Public Schools while developing a strong base of private drum students in and around the Twin Cities. I have a thorough understanding of drumming technique coupled with an in-depth knowledge of different styles and genres, which I've accumulated through playing with a vast variety of bands and ensembles. Check out my website (http://synhavsky.tumblr.com/) for more information about my musical endeavors.

I love sharing my passion for drums with people of all ages and musical backgrounds. I provide a fun and stimulating learning environment in which students can foster their drum skills and grow their love of music.

*** Lesson Details ***
John provides a laid back atmosphere, ensuring that lessons are equal parts fun and education. Based on his teaching experience with a wide range of ages and experience levels, John tailors his curriculum according to his students' input and the exercises that are most effective. John can teach any number of drum set skills, from basic mechanics and music reading to advanced technique and improvisation.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Sound-Proof Studio w/ Full Drum Kit

*** Travel Equipment ***
Given the short duration of each drum lesson, I expect the student to provide all of the drums, cymbals, and hardware for which he/she desires to learn the instrument.

*** Specialties ***
Genres: Funk, Rock, Jazz, Latin (Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, Latin-Jazz), Pop, Country, Hip-Hop; Sight-Reading; Rudiments; Improvisation; Technique
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Lisa T. May 27, 2015
Drum · In studio
John quickly won over my son with his great personality and fun teaching style. I am impressed by how quickly Blake has improved in such a short amount of time. It's fun to see how much he looks forward to his weekly lessons. Thanks John!
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Joseph W. May 25, 2015
Drum · In studio
John has helped me take my drumming to the next level. When I started lessons I was fairly new to the drum set and did not know how to read music. Over the past two years he has completely transformed me from a beginner to a gigging musician. John is patient, laid back and very knowledgeable and I would highly recommend him to drummers of all skill levels.
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Ann W. May 23, 2015
Drum · In studio
I played drums in a school band and haven't played in a few years. I approached John about getting back into the art even though I was a little rusty. Previously I have taken lessons with people who were skilled gigging drummers but not the best educators. John is a great combination of professional musician and a skilled educator, as shown through his patience and ability to explain techniques and skills. I highly recommend John as a teacher for any level, because he has been so wonderful in getting me back on my musical feet!
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John S.

Saint Paul, MN 55114
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$30 / 30-min
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Jacob A.

Minneapolis, MN

About Jacob

Hi everyone. If you're reading this, that means you're taking the time to consider music lessons for yourself or a family member, which is fantastic. Most people play music because of one simple reason - it's fun. The fun and excitement of playing a song for the first time is a great experience that you don't forget. The benefits that musical study has on an individual, both young and old, are too many to list in full here. It provides a fun, relaxing hobby, it keeps the mind sharp, people who study music tend to do better in school and work, it can bring one out of a sad
mood, it is a fun social activity....... the list goes on and on!
As someone who has studied music for 25 years and taught for nearly 10, I understand the reasons why people become interested in studying music. I always strive to keep lessons fun yet ensure that students get the best educational experience from them as well. I treat each student as an individual, tailoring my approach to fit each student's personality and learning style. I also play and teach a wide variety of styles and feel that students can learn a lot and have fun from playing almost anything. Studying with me, you will definitely get to play the songs and styles that you've always wanted to. So if there's a song you've always wanted to be able to play yourself, now you will be able to!
I am currently studying piano and piano pedagogy in college and of course these experiences help a great deal in my teaching. Having played a lot of music on my own, and having had to figure a lot of things on my own as well, I feel I am especially well-equipped to teach students of all ages and abilities and to help students overcome any obstacle they may encounter. I firmly believe in keeping music-making an enjoyable, enriching part of people's lives and can't wait to do that for you.

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I am a teacher who is laid back, fun, and easy to talk to yet focused on ensuring that students get the most out of lessons. I base the curricula I use on each individual's taste, goals, ability level, and age. After 3 to 6 months of study, students can expect to have learned at least the basic musical and pianistic tools needed to become more proficient players.
A beginning lesson with me is very much a "get to know each other" meeting. I strive to get to know the student as well as I can, what his/her musical background is like, what his/her goals regarding musical study are, etc. I typically ask students who have played piano before to play one or two short pieces so that I can get a good idea of what level that student is at, what his/her strengths and weaknesses are, etc. Students who have never played piano before will still get to play some, figuring out keyboard topography, playing short, simple rote pieces, etc. I enjoy teaching students of all ages and ability levels. I work especially well with adult students, although I have substantial experience teaching children as well, and enjoy it very much.
My musical philosophy is based on the fact that music and music making is one of the most pleasurable activities one can engage in. The discipline and diligence needed to excel at music are proven to have positive impacts on other areas of life, and the joy one experiences from it also have incredibly positive effects on one's life. I hope to make music an enjoyable, refreshing part of the lives of all of my students and hope that, in turn, the joy of music making will spread to other areas of their lives as well.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide some, but not necessarily all, sheet music, and if students meet me at a predetermined location, a piano as well. If traveling to a student's home, they should have a piano or keyboard.

*** Specialties ***
I am classically trained but play and teach a wide variety of music. My specialties are in classical music, ragtime, and jazz, but I am capable of playing and teaching nearly all styles. I don't necessarily have one particular method or approach that is predetermined, for I prefer to wait until I have met each student before deciding what is the best one, based on said student's needs, goals, and wants.
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Chris M. October 29, 2013
Piano
Verified Student
Effective, pleasant, encouraging.

I am an adult student. Jacob has been great. Timely, responsible, motivational, interesting, knowledgeable, encouraging, extremely accomplished (PhD), creative (varying music styles), etc. I highly recommend him.
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Jacob A.

Jacob A.

Minneapolis, MN 55417
(1)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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William B.

Minneapolis, MN

About William

I'm a recent graduate from Berklee College of Music where I studied Music Performance (for Drum Set) and Music Education. I've studied under great teachers including Rod Morgenstein, Bob Gripp, Henrique De Almeida, Eric LeVan, Jackie Santos, Steve Wilkes, and the list goes on. I also have experience performing in a wide variety of contexts and genres. In your lessons with me I will help you to achieve any musical goals you have as well as to take your current skills up to the next level and beyond. I have a wealth of knowledge about music theory and teaching methodology, as well as experie
nce in execution of these skills. Your lessons with me will be fun as well as informative, and if you are willing to put in the work I can guarantee you will make progress as my student.

*** Lesson Details ***
I'm an easy-going guy, so I won't push you very hard unless you want me too. My lessons will focus on achieving your goals. If you want to master your instrument in general, we will focus on theoretical concepts and technique. If you are looking for a fun time and just trying to learn a few songs, I will help you to do that as well. Regardless of your learning goals, I will strive to make my lessons entertaining as well as informative, and together we will make rapid progress if you're willing to put in some work!

Excepting students of all ages and all levels in and around the greater Twin Cities area.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Students must provide their own instruments and have something available to take notes with, but I will provide materials and anything else that is needed.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in Drum Set, all genres, but my strongest ones are Rock, Jazz, and Latin styles. I can teach lessons through advanced levels on drums of all sorts and percussion. I can teach or tutor Music Theory to a very high level as well. I am also proficient enough to teach beginner-intermediate piano.
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Logan July 21, 2015
Music Performance · In home
Verified Student
William is a great teacher. I would recommend him for anyone seeking a teacher for children. He teaches both of ours (5 and 8). He has infinite patience, and power of redirection!

They both enjoy lessons--and they're learning!
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Lynette K. May 5, 2014
Drum
Verified Student
An excited learning experience

I have had lessons for a month with Billy, and will continue to study with him in future. He is an excellent teacher. Nothing to neat pick, everything is just amazing. He taught every single details of what I should know about drumming, recommended a really helpful textbook to me, and even helped to make my practice a great fun other than a dull work for a beginner. I really appreciate those. If someone is expecting to have an effective and pleasing learning experience, just go ahead try to work with Billy. It is absolutely worth the time and effort. Hope that'd be helpful.
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William B.

William B.

Minneapolis, MN 55417
(2)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Matthew S.

Saint Paul, MN

About Matthew

M.M. in Piano Performance, B.A. in Performance and Pedagogy. Offering an accelerated course of all styles tailored specifically to each individual. No extra costs of materials, everything provided by Mr. Sieberg. His Focus is to make music fun for any level student and encourage students to be creative, no matter their goals.

As important as performing is to Matthew, teaching is also an essential part of his mission. His wide knowledge of the instrument's power and his ability to adapt to your goals and learning needs makes him one of the best in the field. Current students range from young
to wise.

Biography

Pianist Matthew S. is a Mankato, Minnesota native and began performing for the public as a choir accompanist and church musician at age 11. Participation in piano competitions and master classes also helped fuel his passion for the instrument early in life. Still today he is an active chamber musician and also thrives as a soloist.

With the little free time that remains on his schedule, he shares his music with schools, churches, hospitals and friends. He looks forward to continuing his education and to a career of teaching and concertizing.

Mr. S. owes his success to the support of his family and the patience of his mentors.

www.matthewsieberg.com
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Yer Y. July 11, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Matthew is a very passionate and excellent teacher.
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Brooklyn L. March 24, 2015
Classical Piano · In studio
Verified Student
He was a great teacher. Very friendly and knowledgable. Even we learned just from listening to his teaching.
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Matthew S.

Matthew S.

Saint Paul, MN 55104
(2)
starting at
$23 / 30-min

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