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Portage, MI
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Beginner to Advanced. Classical and jazz.

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At the age of four, after watching a group of children playing their violins on the television show, “Sesame Street”, I became inspired to learn how to play the violin. Since that time I have studied violin with Daniel Vega-Albela, Dr. Joseph Koob and Renata Knific. In 2006, I graduated from Western Michigan University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Studies. During my undergraduate studies, I learned beginning jazz guitar and improvisation from jazz guitarist, John Riemer. Leading up to my attending WMU, I had participated in Master Classes with Sally O’Reilly, Dr. Barry Ross, Stephen Clapp, Benny Kim, Katie Lansdale, David Barg, and Ronda Cole. I was a member of the Kalamazoo Junior Symphony for five years and I was the concertmaster during my senior year. I also won the Kalamazoo Junior Symphony’s soloist competition duri
ng my senior year of High School. I was a featured youth soloist with the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra during their youth concerts in 2003. I also performed as a soloist on WMUK’s radio program, “Bravo!” I played in the Western Michigan University Symphony Orchestra for two years. Over the years I have attended several different summer music institutes including “Aria” in Muncie, Indiana, “Steven’s Point” in Steven’s Point, Wisconsin, “Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp” in Muskegon, Michigan, and “Sound Encounters” in Ottawa, Kansas.

In addition to playing classical and jazz music, I thoroughly enjoy the music of the fiddle. I have played fiddle with a few different bands in Chicago, IL, Virginia Beach, VA and Southwest Michigan. I have played in numerous pit orchestras for musical theater productions in the Southwest Michigan area.

In addition to being an accomplished musician, I have been happily teaching music lessons for the past six years. As a Certified Suzuki teacher, I believe in providing a positive, nurturing environment for my students to learn. I am committed to providing a friendly approach to teaching music lessons. I strive to make the learning process fun and interesting for them. I respect my students. I love helping each one of them find creative ways to achieve their unique set of musical goals. I teach classical, jazz, bluegrass and rock music.

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Lessons take place in a large class room at a local church conveniently located right off of I-94. There is a lobby area with chairs where the parents can wait. Parents can also watch their younger children in the nursery area.

To start: If you don't already have an instrument, I will help you find a nice one and the proper equipment. I will also provide you with recordings of the music that you will be learning. I believe that listening to your pieces ahead of time is a great help when it comes time to learn them.

During your first three to six months of lessons, I will discover your main learning style. For example, you may learn music more easily using a visual, auditory, or kinesthetic approach. You will have lots of fun developing a beautiful tone on your instrument as we focus our attention on developing your technique. I will show you how to practice the music on your own so that you can make the most of your practice time. Your confidence and self-esteem will increase as you build a repertoire of music from the very beginning of our time together.

As you progress in your musical skills and artistic development, you will become fluent in performing your favorite pieces. Each lesson contains technical and musical points covered in a carefully thought out, step-by-step progression. You will eventually gain the skills and knowledge to play your instrument at whatever proficiency level you desire. When teaching, I divide skills into smaller units so that you will always be successful. I like to give you immediate, honest, and specific feedback after each time you play your instrument for me. I always respect my students and acknowledge the effort that they put forth.

Since music reading skills take time to become equal to playing skills, I usually teach music reading skills after the first six to eight months of lessons.

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Classrooms in building, space for parents to wait in lobby, nursery for parents with younger children.

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I specialize in teaching fiddle and the classical Suzuki violin and viola method.
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Josiah S.

Josiah S.

Portage, MI 49002
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I have been teaching violin for over fifty years. I teach using a progressive Suzuki method. I have a unique method of teaching scales using a pattern system which makes scale studies quick and easy to learn in all positions on the violin. I have tutorial videos to go along with your lessons for both Suzuki pieces and scale studies. I teach fiddle and Jazz violin for those who are interested. I also teach on line lessons
I have experience playing in theater, Orchestras, and small ensembles. I am currently playing in the Timpanogos Symphony in Highland Utah. I am also playing in a string quartet.
My students sit in the first chairs in their School Orchestras. I have a good relationship with the School Music Teachers. I always put the school music first and help the student to be comfortable in their surroundings.

About Speedy
I have been teaching music for over fifty years. I have taught many professional teachers and students over the years. I have played professionally in Many Classical and Jazz groups. My quick start method gets beginners playing music right away.
I studied classical violin from Don Samuleson, Professor at Western Washington College during my Junior High and High School years. I also studied from Lamar Barus at Ricks College and Paval Farcus at the University of Redlands and from Leslie String of the Redlands Symphony.
I studied Classical guitar from Seko Sessoko a Brazilian guitar player and Jazz guitar from Studio musicians Howard Roberts, Joe Pass and Horace Hatchett.
I have played violin in the Bellingham Junior High School Orchestra, the Bellingham High School Orchestra, the Ricks College Orchestra, the University of R
edlands College Orchestra, the Riverside Symphony, the Palomar Symphony, and the North Coast Symphony in San Diego. I am currently playing with the Timpanogos Symphony in Highland Utah.
I played guitar with the Woody James big band and with the big band and hall of fame orchestra. I've played classical guitar for weddings and dinner parties. I played guitar with the variety band "Sound Investment" and other rock, blues and jazz bands
My theater performance experience includes play violin for Annie, Hello Dolly, Chess, Cinderella and more. I also played guitar in theater performances of Les Miserable, Man of La Mancha, Hairspray, Marvelous Wonderettes, and Catch Me if You Can.
My studio, The Speedy Beers Music Studio is a highly professional studio equipped with computer, recording equipment and video lighting and camera for making highly professional videos.
I teach all styles of music on the guitar and violin including classical, jazz,rock, blues, country, folk and fiddle. I have a strong back ground in applied music theory that works for all instruments.
I have a Bachelors degree from the University of Redlands and I have studied privately from some of the best teachers in the world.
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Gary D. January 4, 2018
· Guitar · Online
Speedy is very competent and is a great teacher, he will take me on a musical journey, thanks
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Hope December 19, 2017
· Violin · Online
Speedy is a very patient & knowledgeable instructor to my super active (not always attentive) 8 year old. He has been making many improvements.
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Miranda November 26, 2017
· Viola · Online
I've been getting lessons for 2 years and I've improved greatly.
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About Grace Y.

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Before switching to primarily playing viola, I trained and performed as a violinist for ten years and graduated from the Suzuki Violin Method. I now play violin as my secondary instrument.

My teaching style is inspired by my initial training in the Suzuki method, and my studies with violist and pedagogue Karen Ritscher at Oberlin Conservatory. Please note, I have not yet received training as a Suzuki teacher and use the Suzuki method books and the teaching I received as a Suzuki student as a jumping off point for working on each student's individual needs.

About Grace
I studied viola at Oberlin Conservatory of Music and moved to Portland three years ago to pursue performance and teaching opportunities. Since then I have performed with Classical Revolution PDX, Cascadia Composers and ARCO PDX and am a member of Macaulay Balkan.

My initial studies were on violin using the Suzuki method, which has greatly influenced my teaching approach. However, I am dedicated to customizing the lesson time and structure to the needs and priorities of my students.

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Very few "viola teachers" play viola as their primary instrument. As a full-time violist, I can help you learn how to play this idiosyncratic instrument from my own experience.
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Olivia July 30, 2018
· Violin · In studio
I feel Grace is a great teacher for my eight year old daughter. This is my daughters first time playing an instrument. Grace is so patient and respectful to my daughter. Grace is teaching us a little at a time which I believe is a good pace for us. I have had to learn as well so I can assist my daughter in her practice at home. This part I didn't expect but Grace offers guidance. I feel through Graces lessons she not only is learning how to play the violin but learning self discipline and respect.
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Lynda June 27, 2018
· Violin · In studio
Grace is an awesome teacher! My son has special needs and she customized her lessons each week by following his lead. I highly recommend her as a teacher.
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Marie May 23, 2018
· Viola · Online
My daughter is enjoying learning from Grace. She is an amazing source of knowledge, techniques and tips. She is very patient with my daughter. My daughter learned how to tackle an advanced piece from Grace. We are very pleased.
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About Kari K.

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Experienced violin teacher of 8 years available for students of all ages and levels! 2014 violin performance (Bachelor's) graduate of Butler University and holder of a Master's in violin performance from the University of Oklahoma. I believe every student is different and therefore do not teach one method, but a mix and match of different methods tailored to each student. Depending on the level of the student, I use the following method books: Essential Elements, Suzuki, Solos for Advanced Violinists, and standard repertoire, etudes, and pop music. I also believe that an understanding of music theory is essential for all violinists, so some of my teaching is devoted to theory.

About Kari
Kari Krafft is a classically trained violinist who performs and teaches in the Los Angeles area. She currently serves on the faculties of Bertrand’s School of Music in Pasadena and Cornerstone Music Conservatory in West LA as well as coaching chamber music with the Santa Clarita Youth Orchestra. Kari holds a Master’s in Violin Performance from the University of Oklahoma and a Bachelor’s in Violin Performance from Butler University. Her main teachers include Mr. Hal Grossman, Dr. Gregory Lee, and Mr. Larry Shapiro.

While pursuing her degrees, Kari developed a passion for music education. She is dedicated to providing quality and personalized instruction to all of her students. She uses method books such as Essential Elements and Suzuki as well as standard etudes and repertoire. Kari has experience teaching violin and viola to students o
f all ages and levels. She has held teaching positions with several music organizations, including the Sooner Strings Project at the University of Oklahoma, El Sistema Oklahoma, Norman Music Institute, and the Butler Community Arts School, as well as keeping a private studio out of her home.

In addition to her teaching obligations, Kari performs regularly as a freelance violinist with artists and groups such as the Young Musicians Foundation, Richard Clayderman, and the Pacific Opera Project. Kari has also won permanent positions with the Amarillo Symphony of Amarillo, Texas, and Resonance Horizon, a new orchestra in Southern California dedicated to performing music from video games, anime, TV series, and films. Kari is also a founding member of the Sunset String Quartet, a new quartet servicing all areas of Southern California with music for weddings and other events.
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Beckie R. August 16, 2018
· Violin · In home
Kari is an amazing instructor. She has a lot of great methods for teaching which comes with experience. She really knows what she is doing and is great at teaching it as well.
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Phyllis Y. August 7, 2018
· Violin · In studio
Kari is very knowledgeable and skilled with music and violin. My first lesson was enjoyable and progressive. Kari showed patience and understanding on her approach to teaching. I hope to build a continued relationship with Kari learning music and violin together.
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David September 29, 2016
· Violin · In studio
Great lesson. I am making great strides in improving my playing ability everyday.
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I have been teaching violin since 1998. 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 presently teach music at 3 schools (1 college) and only have a few lessons slots available. I look forward to working with you.

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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 presently employed at Hobe Sound Bible College and Christian Academy. I presently have 4 students in China and the Turks and Caicos Islands that I teach using Skype. Fortunately, I have a few 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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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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Sean October 1, 2017
· Harmonica · Online
This experience has far exceeded expectations!
I loved and learned more than I could imagine!
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I believe in a friendly, comfortable atmosphere between teacher and student that promotes the optimal mindset for the student to progress, and to believe in themself.

Technique-wise, there will be lots of work on intonation, tone production, and accuracy of rhythms!

Musically, I like to ask the student for their own ideas, and offer my input afterwards. Music is an expressive art, and the teacher's job is to help the student best express themselves.

About Josiah
I am currently a graduate student (Master of Music in Violin Performance) at the University of Oklahoma, where I am on fellowship as a violinist in the resident graduate string quartet, the Crouse Quartet. In addition, I serve as co-concertmaster of the University of Oklahoma Symphony Orchestra. Regarding the teaching sphere, I am the studio Teaching Assistant for Dr. Gregory Lee at OU.

Previously, I earned a Performer's Certificate at the University of Wyoming, where I served as concertmaster of the UW Symphony Orchestra and the UW Chamber Orchestra.

I have advanced to the national finals in the MTNA Young Artist solo competition twice, and been guest soloist with the Northwest College Symphony Orchestra. During my time in Wyoming, I performed in the Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra and the Wyoming Symphony Orchestra as a fully contrac
ted section violin, and in the Fort Collins Symphony Orchestra as an alternate violin.

For four years, I taught for the University of Wyoming String Project, where I served as a private violin and viola teacher to elementary, middle, and high school students in the Laramie, Wyoming school system. Currently, I serve as both a beginning/intermediate orchestra conductor and a private teacher mentor for the Sooner String Project at OU. My students have won leadership positions in their school and string project orchestras, as well as the distinction of All-State Orchestra.
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I am very passionate about teaching unique individuals in unique ways. I build my lessons around what you want to learn and how you learn most easily. I am very skilled in multiple different styles for the violin, classically trained my whole life, I was also trained by a Jazzmaster, Willie Ruff. I have been in a Celtic band, have played Hungarian / Russian "Gypsy" music and have played electric violin in rock and roll bands. So I can help you with any style you are interested in learning, and very dedicated to making it easy, fun, low-stress and enjoyable.

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I am very passionate about teaching everyone in their own unique way based on your goals and your learning style.
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Cincinnati, OH
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The Violin is one of the most difficult instrument in the world. However, there are so many useful secrets method for playing the violin easily. You just need to spend several years then you can somehow play as good as me. I spent a lot of time to study the secret method for playing the violin. It works for almost all my students. Now, I am DMA Violin student in University of Cincinnati. I recalled my own experience of studying the violin, there are so many things can be avoided and save more time to get this level. There are also so many very helpful things for me to get this level. I analyze these elements and try to let my students has shortcut in there study life. If you learn with me. I am very happy to teach you with these important secrets in my life.

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A native of China. Violinist and instructor Shuchen earned Master of music degrees at the University of Cincinnati College- Conservatory of music under Pitor Milewski. Now continue to study Doctor of music arts at the same school.
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With me, I like to make sure that the students are going at their own pace and have more of a say so in what they want to do for their goals. Whether it be a classical song they love or learning a hip hop song from the radio, in order to make the experience personal to them I want the student to first identify what they want and use it as a goal to keep lessons productive and fun.

About Leanne
I am a classically trained violinist and performer. I have my own business where I also play Hip Hop, RnB, Jazz, and other genres for events such as parties and weddings. I am currently a junior Music Performance Major at Hampton University but I am originally from Atlanta, GA and I always come home for the summer. I love teaching and spreading the love of music❤️
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Alana June 12, 2018
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Leanne was very friendly, and knowledgeable. My daughter took to her immediately. We look forward to her next lesson.
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Twenty years of experience with string instruments. Each lesson will focus on improving both your tone and ability.

Techniques utilize both Suzuki and Mini Zweig's String Pedagogy.

Come start your journey to playing our choice of viola or violin.

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Twenty years of experience with string instruments. His primary instrument is viola. Offering instruction for violin, viola, cello, bass and guitar.

In college he was part of the Univerity of Wyoming String Project, where he learned to teach all the string instruments. He is trainined in the Suzuki method.

A Wyoming Certified Music Teacher. Played for Mannheim Steamroller
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