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Downingtown, PA

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I can help beginners get started or coach advanced students who are preparing for auditions.

About Thomas
Thomas J. W. is an active music teacher, composer, adjudicator, and clinician in the greater Philadelphia area. He has over fifteen years experience as a concert band director, marching band director, jazz improvisation instructor, choral director, private instructor, and marching drill writer. His directing career has included small rural band programs, small metro programs, large high-achieving suburban programs, and non-profit youth bands. In addition to his band compositions, he also has over forty unpublished vocal arrangements to his credit, most written for use with collegiate men's a cappella groups. Thomas taught over 600 online and local private music lessons in 2016.

Thomas has a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from The Pennsylvania State University. He holds a teaching certificate in the states of Pennsylvania
and New Jersey and has taught at the secondary level in both states. In addition to both instrumental and choral ensembles at Penn State, Thomas was a student leader in the Penn State Blue Band and a member of the brass section of the Cadets of Bergen County Drum and Bugle Corps in 1993 and 1994. He served as an Associate Director of the Warren Junior Military Band of Youngstown, Ohio from 1995 to 2005. He also served as a visual staff member for the renowned North Penn Marching Knights of Lansdale, PA for one season in 2004.

He is a current adjudicator with Drum Corps International and Cavalcade of Bands. He is a member of MENC, PMEA, NJMEA, ASCAP, CASA, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and the National Band Association. He appeared in the Marquis Who's Who Among American Educators in 2004 and 2005, an honor rarely bestowed upon teachers, as students who appear in the Who's Who Among American High School Students must nominate them. He currently is a music teacher at the Center for Performing and Fine Arts of the PA Leadership Charter School in West Chester, PA and resides in Downingtown, PA with his wife and two sons.

Thomas will happily work with students on the autism spectrum or students with ADD.

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My lessons are tailored to the needs and interests of each student. If a student is involved in school music ensembles, we will work with their lesson books from school in addition to material outside of the books, including SmartMusic, Noteflight, and teacher-created materials. We will focus on building proper tone production and individual technique - something that often is difficult to learn in a large ensemble setting.

I am capable of starting a beginner student on any band instrument including percussion, any classical string instrument (violin, viola, cello, string bass), and piano. I can begin a student on drum set and work with them through their first method book, but I would then recommend they find a specialized drum set teacher after a period of six to twelve months.

For advanced students, I work from selected conservatory etude books on developing advanced skills and can work with students on audition pieces for honors bands/orchestras or college auditions.

My lessons are a half-hour once a week, with the option of working for 45 minutes or 60 minutes.

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music, band, orchestra, flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, saxophone, trumpet, french horn, trombone, euphonium, tuba, violin, viola, cello, string bass, piano, Percussion
classical, jazz improvisation
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Victoria March 27, 2018
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I really enjoyed by first lesson with Mr. West, he was very knowledgeable , it was a lot better than I expected.
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Gene K. February 28, 2018
· Piano · Online
After well over a year with Thomas, he is still the best instructor! Patient, insightful and generous in his knowledge and experience- looking for a great teacher? Thomas is the one.
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Terese R. January 3, 2018
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iI just finished doing a lesson with Thomas, and he has helped me tremendously wiTh my scales and embrasure building
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About Christian D.

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Fairport, NY

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French Horn can be a difficult instrument to learn! Learn the skills to develop a great sound, a good ear, and a large range...especially those high notes!

About Christian
Christian D. has been playing professionally for 12 years. He completed his BM in Music Education and Saxophone Performance at SUNY Fredonia. There he studied classical and jazz saxophone.
Christian completed his MM in Jazz performance at New Jersey City University. There he studied saxophone with Bob Malach, Joel Weiskopf, Walt Weiskopf, Allen Farnham, and Nathan Eklund. He also studied flute and clarinet with Ed Joffe. He actively played gigs in the New York City and suburban area while at school.
Christian D. has played with numerous recording artists, including Conrad Herwig, Dave Douglas, Kurt Elling, Steve Wilson, and Steve Davis. Currently, he plays with Nik Entertainment Co. and other various groups in the Western New York area. Christian also spent some time playing professionally on Royal Caribbean's cruise ship, Adv
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Currently, Christian D. is employed as a high school instrumental music teacher in the New York State public school system. He also runs his own music studio with around 35 students. Christian specializes in teaching improvisation, saxophone, flute, and clarinet with extensive professional performing careers in each area. He also has 6 years experience teaching and playing double reed and brass instruments both privately and in the public school setting.

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I like to cater my lessons to the students' wants and needs. I suggest various exercises to study in effort to make each student reach their fullest potential. I have high expectation for every student and push each and every one to achieve their greatest potential, regardless of their goals as a musician.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Selmer Series III Soprano
Selmer C** Mouthpiece with Vandoren Java 4s
Selmer Mark VI Alto
Vintage Berg Larsen with Rico Jazz Select 2H
Selmer Reference Tenor
Vintage Otto Link with Rico Jazz Select 3S
Buffett R13 Clarinet
Brad Behn Mouthpiece with Vandoren 3.5
Armstrong Flute
Casio Privia Piano
MacBook Pro
Zoom Recorder
Smart Music
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Various method books and music

*** Specialties ***
Woodwind Doubling
Jazz
Classical
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Swee Wah May 19, 2018
· Clarinet · Online
Christian is an encouraging teacher, who knows music techniques very well. He teaches very clearly and my daughter improves significantly under his guidance!
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Julie Price January 18, 2018
· Trumpet · Online
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vida L. January 13, 2018
· Clarinet · Online
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About David L.

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I have ten years' experience teaching all brass instruments. Emphasis on tone production while learning embouchure and interval control, as well as music reading and performance.

About David
I am an experienced music teacher with over 20 years’ playing and performance experience. My specialties are in trumpet and electric bass, with additional experience teaching all brass instruments and beginning guitar. Many of my students are not only successful in their bands but in regional honor bands and Solo and Ensemble competitions as well.

I believe in tailoring each lesson to each student's individual abilities and learning methods. For students in school bands, I try to provide lessons that augment and complement what they learn in band class, focusing on areas of performance that may not receive attention in a group setting. For all my students, regardless of level or instrument, I help them learn music that they want to learn, while making sure they get the fundamental training that they need. I encourage and assist my stud
ents in finding opportunities to perform in solo performances and with other groups. I also pride myself in creating an environment where the students are comfortable asking questions to help improve their playing.

Contact me for lessons today to enhance your playing.

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All my lessons are very personalized based on the student's interests, strengths, and weakness. For all my students, I try to find music for them to play that they are interested in learning while still covering the everything they need to get a solid foundation on their instrument. For my brass players, I place a huge emphasis on tone quality and production.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Eclipse and King trumpets
Benge trombone
Music Man, Fender, and Delta basses
GK, Ampeg, and SWR bass amps
Full recording capabilities!

*** Travel Equipment ***
Eclipse trumpet
Benge trombone
Music Man bass
Takamine acoustic guitar

*** Specialties ***
Brass (trumpet, trombone, French horn, euphonium/baritone, tuba), electric bass
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LeOnna August 16, 2017
· Trumpet · Online
David was perfect for my son. Patient, flexible and very talented. We will be using him again in the future!
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Sridevi R. February 11, 2017
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Bloomington, IN

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I studied with Dale Clevenger at Indiana University for my Masters degree and bring the philosophy of musical goals first and foremost. The most important part of playing horn is sound and I will work with you to get the best sound possible.

About Olivier
My name is Olivier Huebscher. I am a Doctoral Candidate in Horn Performance at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University.
I was born in Switzerland in 1989, and have performed in wide variety of cultures and venues, from television soundtrack recording in Thailand, to full opera productions. I am equally comfortable performing in studio recordings, opera pits or symphonic stages.
I am a dedicated chamber musician, performing with Volante Winds at the prestigious Fischoff Chamber Music Competition as well as recording Mahler’s Symphony No 9 with the Kammermahler ensemble. I was also a member of Santa Monica Symphony, American Youth Symphony, Columbus Philharmonic and Redlands Symphony as well as being a finalist for Macau Symphony and semi-finalist for New World Symphony. I have also performed in sections with Dale Clevenger, Jef
f Nelsen and Elizabeth Freimuth. My teaching style relies on simplifying breathing and focusing on achieving the best possible musical results. I take into account each student's goals and desires and tailor lessons to get the end result they want. I have worked with many beginning students as well so whether your goal is an upcoming school or ensemble audition or just trying to sound as beautiful as possible I will help you achieve your goals.
I also have a minor in music theory as well as years of theory tutor experience ranging from teaching how to read music notation to Schenkerian analysis.
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Roger April 28, 2018
· French Horn · Online
My daughter started taking lessons over a month ago and has vastly improved her playing thanks to Oliver
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About Karl K.

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New York, NY

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25 years of professional experience in the fields of solo, chamber music, orchestral, opera and commercial. I will teach you sound production, articulation, style and repertoire, basic and extended techniques. 10 years+ of college teaching experience.

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Professional internationally touring musician for 20+ years, Classical, Broadway, Experimental, Early music. Bachelor of Music; Norwegian State Academy, Master's of Music; Mannes College of Music, Doctor of Musical Arts; Stony Brook University (expected completion Spring 2015). Faculty positions held at Rowan University, NJ, University of Tennessee, TN, University of Akron, OH, International Festival Institute, TX, Siena Summer Music, Siena, Italy
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Liz Sanders February 16, 2018
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Awesome lesson! Really helpful intro to Norwegian in preparation for my trip.
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Denise November 3, 2017
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Karl was explained things in a way I completely understood. He patiently and thoroughly addressed all my questions; and, didn't mind my interruptions or requests to repeat himself.
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New York, NY

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Playing the horn has been a life long passion of mine and has been both rewarding and demanding. It has kept me on the road and enabled me to meet wonderful people from all walks of life as well as great musicians and artists who have been truly inspiring. They have strengthened my belief in a close knit world wide family of generous and creative human beings striving to change the world for the better. As a performer and a teacher, I am involved in numerous projects with young musicians and artists, and I would love to share the knowledge I've learned from my teachers, and experience as performer with music lovers at any level, from beginner to the advanced student.

About Trevor
Playing the horn and sharing the joy of music is one of my greatest passions in life. As a teacher, I am committed to nurturing my students’ talents and abilities. I aim to help each one recognize and reach their fullest potential, and help them find and discover new opportunities and possibilities for their musical lives.

I love to keep my students motivated and focused in a very positive and creative atmosphere. I am here to instill my students desire to make great music, and develop, grow, and achieve a greater confidence in themselves as performers.

My students can expect to improve week to week in their technique and music making. Every student has different specific needs, and it is my job to develop a custom tailored approach to ensure their needs are met.

My teaching methods are derived from my own experience as a performer, a
nd from my training at Interlochen Arts Academy, The Juilliard School, and in Europe, handed down to me from my teachers including Radovan Vlatković, Frøydis Ree Wekre, and Hermann Baumann.

I teach music students of all different ages and experience levels. My goal for new or beginning students is to apply solid foundational techniques and foster a disciplined daily practice routine to ensure their progress on the horn accelerates. In order to become a great horn player for many years and maintain a beautiful sound, it is essential to have a strong solid foundation and daily routine. Together, we will find a suitable warm up method, as well as daily exercises and etudes in order to develop a strong embouchure, unlock their own individual sound, and play as relaxed as possible.

For the intermediate level or advanced students, I work on higher level etudes and technical exercises, and the building and refinement of the solo horn repertoire.

I am also glad to assist with school/orchestra audition preparation, and any other specific needs or goals the student is interested in or requests.

While my personal passion and musical endeavor is the French Horn, I am open to assisting other musicians and instrumentalists interested in developing their musical skills.

I look forward to meeting you and helping you to become a better musician!

For more information about me please see my personal website.
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About Phillip M.

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Rochester, MI

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I use a variety of materials to best fit what the student needs and would like to get out of taking lessons. I enjoy teaching and playing music and I try to make sure my students have fun as well!

About Phillip
Hello! My name is Phillip Mallender and I have been playing the Horn for 15 years now. I started back in elementary school and haven't looked back since. After high school, I went to Central Michigan University where I earned my Bachelor of Music in Horn Performance while studying under Dr. Bruce Bonnell. While I was at CMU, I performed with the Symphony Band, Wind Symphony, Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, Marching Band, Horn Choir, and a Horn Quartet. I then went to Western Illinois University where I studied under Dr. Randall Faust and earned my Masters in Horn Performance. While at WIU I performed with the Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, Brass Ensemble, and Horn Ensemble. I also played with several local organizations while at WIU including the Quincy Symphony Orchestra, Monmouth Civic Orchestra, Quincy Community Theatr
e, and the Knox-Galesburg Symphony. I also have solo experience and have put on a junior recital, senior recital, two graduate recitals, and I performed the Hindemith Horn Sonata with the WIU Symphony Orchestra as a Concerto Competition winner as well as participate in many horn studio recitals during my college career. I am now living in Rochester Hills where I have been teaching private lessons, teaching Horn sectionals to local schools, and performing in several local orchestras including the Oakland Symphony Orchestra and Macomb Symphony Orchestra. I am willing and happy to teach all levels of musicians and I hope you consider me if you are interested.
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About Breanna E.

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Howard City, MI

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Always loved the sound of the horn? Looking to further your abilities and build up your chops? I teach all levels and all ages, across all genres, in student-tailored lessons that help you build a solid technique on the instrument while explaining the "hows" and "why" of music with integrated theory. Wanting to learn more? Don't be shy - send me a message!

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With 15+ years of experience, I am a learner-centered educator and Artist-Teacher-Scholar with a genuine interest in student engagement and cognitive growth. In our lessons, I strive to create motivating and rewarding learning environments through effective communication, a keen sense of student needs, and passion for teaching. Teachers are only as great as their students, which is why I encourage self-driven learning through example.

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Breanna Ellison, lauded for performances "flawless in execution and vivid in characterization" (Boston Musical Intelligencer), is a dynamic and highly sought-after horn player throughout the Midwest and East Coast. Breanna has played with numerous groups throughout the US, including Boston's conductorless chamber orchestra A Far Cry, the Kansas City Sy
mphony Orchestra, the Ad Astra Festival Orchestral, Michael Tilson Thomas's New World Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, Radius Ensemble, the Topeka Symphony Orchestra, and currently plays in the Hays Symphony Orchestra, among others. Recently, she served as principal horn with the Geneva Light Opera in their production of Così Fan Tutte, acted as section coach and chaperone in the Boston Youth Philharmonic Orchestra for the 2015 European Tour, and this summer served on faculty at the High Plains Music Camp as a collaborative pianist and hornist.

Equally at home in symphonic, opera, and chamber music worlds alike, Breanna has performed in music festivals across Europe and the United States. In 2011, she served as principal horn at the Eutiner Opernfestspiele in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. She attended the Colorado College Music Festival in summer 2012, and later that summer attended the Ameropa Chamber Music Festival in Prague, Czech Republic. While in Prague, Breanna performed with an international chamber group that took second place in Ameropa's International Concertante Competition. The quartet performed Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante K295b in the Czech Philharmonic's Rudolfinum, Dvořák Hall with Camerata Filarmonica Bohemia. In the summer of 2015, by invitation, Breanna studied with world-renowned hornist and pedagogue Frøydis Ree Wekre in Oslo, Norway.

Holding performance degrees in both horn and piano from the University of Kansas, Breanna attended the Cortona Sessions for New Music in Cortona, Italy as a pianist in 2010. There, she met kindred spirits amongst the composers attending and later that year, invited them to Kansas to hear their commissions performed by her brass quintet, the Lawrence 5. The concert served as both premieres of their works and as a benefit concert to aid in the building of schools for girls in Pakistan and Afghanistan through the Central Asia Institute. While at the University of Kansas, Breanna was a recipient of the Zakoura Collaborative Pianist Scholarship. Much of her pianistic time was spent collaborating with instrumentalists and vocalists from all realms, often in premieres of new works by colleagues in composition. Regarding hornistic studies while studying at KU, she was assistant then fourth horn of the Topeka Symphony Orchestra, the first job she won at age 20.

Breanna graduated with honors from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, MA under full Presidential and Merit scholarship with her master's degree in horn performance, studying with James Sommerville, principal horn of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. During her time there, she also earned her Music-In-Education Concentration under the guidance of movement-founder Larry Scripp. She received her undergraduate degrees from the University of Kansas School of Music in horn performance, studying with Paul Stevens, and piano performance, studying with Jack Winerock. Breanna is currently Interim Professor of Horn at Fort Hays State University and continues to be a collaborative pianist at the University and throughout the state of Kansas. When not pursuing musical endeavors, she enjoys creating raw desserts, planning her worldwide backpacking trip, and learning mad, Balkan rips to busk with on accordion.
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Terran April 19, 2018
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I had next to no piano experience before Breanna started teaching me. In one semester, I was fluent in scales and common chord progressions. Because of her lessons, my Piano Tech classes for my Music Performance degree are a breeze. Breanna easily incorporates ear training, theory, and history into her lessons. She’s extremely knowledgeable in many various areas of music. I give her my full and strongest recommendation.
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Sara April 9, 2018
· French Horn · In studio
Breanna is very kind and patient! I loved that she was a pianist as well, it was nice to be able to have accompaniment whenever we wanted. Definitely recommend!
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Dara April 8, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Breanna was very friendly and kind to my daughter. She is very knowledgeable and finds ways to make lessons fun while encouraging her students to maintain high musical standards. She can provide appropriate musical instruction to all ages and ability levels according to whatever your personal goals may be and she will deliver with a smile!
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About Payton K.

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Experienced teacher of 5 years able to teach all levels of experience. I am a graduate of The New School of Jazz and Contemporary music. While at the New School I studied with some of the masters including Reggie Workman, Billy Harper, Jane Ira Bloom, Matt Wilson, Dave Glasser, Peter Bernstein, Vic Juris and many others. Additionally, I was a tutor for three years in every subject so I know their curriculum back to front. I am available to teach Ear training, Sight Reading, Improvisation, Music Theory, Rhythm, Arranging, Composition, Music Appreciation, Guitar doubling on bass and much more. I am able to teach all music styles. I also play French Horn and bass at a high level. I love teaching and helping students on their own musical paths. I am looking forward to meeting you and finding YOUR voice together!

I have been playing French horn for about 13 Years. I played all through school and in several New England Music festivals. We can work on everything from basic technique to ...

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Payton Kerkes is an guitarist, French hornist, composer, and educator living in Brooklyn, NY. Payton’s music is rooted in everything from jazz, rock, classical, and pop. Along with his unique combination of influences, his music is focused around expressing specific emotions and feelings through composition. He has had the opportunity to perform in the Burlington Jazz Festival, Flynnspace, as well as several venues in New York City. Payton is a graduate of The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music.
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Nick May 1, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Payton has done a great job helping me grasp the material. He knows how to pinpoint what is giving you trouble and how to effectively solve it. Overall my playing has greatly improved since taking lessons with him and I would highly recommend.
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Marie May 1, 2018
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Payton is a fantastic musician and guitar instructor. He is able to teach any type of music from beginner to advanced. He is fun to take lessons with and very helpful with any problems you may come across. I have improved tremendously since taking lessons from him. He also can help with composition, theory and ear training. I would highly recommend him!
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Ben Fortunato April 30, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Payton is a fantastic teacher who is extremely knowledgeable about all things guitar and music. He is very reliable and a great person. I've enjoyed every lesson and learned so much!
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Hello! My name is Katie and I currently study music education at Grand Valley State University. I have been playing on the french horn since August 2007. I am looking to build my studio with beginning to intermediate players. I am also wanting to teach basic music theory lessons along with rhythms. I have been in marching band as a mellophone player for 6 years. I am willing to make at home visits and to have lessons held at my home.

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I love to inspire students to practice, that is where the real magic happens. I love to see them not only set goals for themselves but reach them. I am willing to do whatever it takes to see them succeed. I love working with people and encouraging them. I have been a horn player since August 2007. I am studying french horn at Grand Valley State University but am also efficient in euphonium, piano, music theory, aural (reading rhythms and reciting them aloud), and trumpet. I have been in marching band for 6 years on mellophone so I can also help with teaching marching techniques and mellophone playing since it is very different from french horn.
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Dom April 16, 2018
· French Horn · In studio
I have known Katie both professionally and under her tutelage. She is incredibly honest and responsive. I have seen her work incredibly well with students of various ages!
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