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About Josiah S.

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Portage, MI
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About Josiah
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.

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

*** Specialties ***
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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$30 / 30-min

About Tom S.

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Bryn Mawr, PA
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I have had a varied background growing up, from being an Eagle Scout, to holding a black belt in Judo.  Growing up in Arizona and being the youngest of three boys from a very musical family, I found classical music and it became my passion. I began with piano at age 9, while also sang in many church musicals.In 2006 I graduated from Northern Arizona University with two degrees: a bachelors in vocal performance and a bachelors in piano/choral education. At NAU, I sang in many operas and piano recitals and spent three months in Germany teaching choir through the Department of Defense.Shortly after, I graduated with a masters in vocal performance from Washington University in St. Louis. The studies I learned from Wash U catapulted my love for teaching!Recently, I have been teaching out of St. John School of the Arts, where I worked with v
oice and piano students ages 7-60. All of my students had varying styles, but I was able to help them build a foundation of technique that would allow them to sing with a free and healthy tone in any style.I believe we all have the ability to create music and I can help you discover it!

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My goal in voice lessons is first and foremost to establish a solid vocal technique.  My philosophy is "singing is simple, but not easy!"  We will focus mostly on two things: breath and space for singing.  This method of teaching is known as "bel canto".  It helps build a strong foundation that then allows you to sing almost any style!  Because everyone is different, we will tailor a set of exercises to fit your needs and will help you build that strong foundation!  Once these principles begin to settle in, we will work on music.  I have a huge library of songs to chose from, but I highly encourage you to bring in your favorite songs. Remember, everyone is different and progresses at different rates, but don't be discouraged! This is not a race, but a life skill that you will continue to master!

In piano, I am classically trained.  Through a series of music books, we will work on music theory, finger dexterity, music history, ear training, eye/hand coordination, and pure enjoyment of making music. Again, everyone is different, but with some outside commitment, you will improve! Classical piano training is a great foundation for all other styles, such as jazz, pop, singer songwriter, country, etc. Piano also helps with in other aspects of your life such as memory, math, history, reading, etc.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have a full size keyboard and music stand.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Please provide a piano, music books, music stand (if needed), and a lesson book for notes.

*** Specialties ***
I am a classically trained baritone specializing in bel canto. I have found this technique to be a great foundation for all styles of singing, from opera to pop. I am also classically trained at the piano. I focus on natural hand positions, note identification, music theory, and ear training. And I have fun doing it!
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Suzanne May 16, 2018
· Piano · In studio
My daughter takes piano lessons combined with singing lessons with Tom and she absolutely loves it!! Tom is great with kids (my daughter is 6 1/2) and she looks forward to class every week. It is great to see her excited and passionate about learning an instrument. We couldn’t be happier with our teacher selection 😁
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dean February 21, 2018
· Singing · In studio
I had a great experience in learning the correct mechanics of my instrument and how to use and apply.
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Annie M. February 6, 2018
· Music Theory · Online
Tom has been working with our daughter to aid her in understanding the concepts of music theory. He is patient and provides outside material for her to reinforce the concepts they are working on together. He has a passion for teaching music and it is evident in his desire for his students to grow.
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About Stan M.

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Coventry, RI

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Hi! I am a private music instructor offering lessons both in-studio and online. I hold a Bachelor of Music Degree from Berklee College of Music, where I graduated Summa cum Laude, and I have over 36 years' full-time experience as an instructor.

I also have over four decades of experience as a professional jazz, rock, and theater musician. My experience has taken me from nightclubs to concert stages to churches, as well as television studios, radio stations, and many recording studios.

Finally, I am a published author with several titles dedicated to helping musicians becoming the best they can be.

**** MY TEACHING STYLE ****

My teaching style is often referred to as laid-back, gentle, informative, and very supportive. My focus is on enrichment, encouragement, and results.

I don't work with “one-size-fits-all” methods. Ea
ch lesson is customized to make the most of each student's own unique abilities, limitations, preferences, and interests. Whether students prefer, or do better with, traditional materials, playing/singing along with their favorite recordings, improvisation, or anything in between, I am more than happy to accommodate and bring out each student’s best!

I teach real music -- students begin playing music they love almost from day-one. For example, many of my piano and guitar students pride themselves on learning to play every song on the Beatles One album ... playing right along with the CD! Reading, playing by ear, improvisation (jamming), singing while you play ... there are so many ways to play and avenues to explore in music.

**** MY STUDIO ****

My studio is spacious (very spacious – no cubicles here!), well-appointed, and very quiet. Unlike music stores and multi-lesson facilities, there are no other lessons on the premises, no drummers going crazy on the other side of the wall. This means students can concentrate better and learn faster. There is also plenty of room for parents and siblings who may wish to sit in on lessons.

**** STYLES / GENRES ****

I believe that students make the most progress learning music they love and I am very happy to teach every student the style of music he or she loves most.

My most requested genres are: pop, rock, country, blues, classic rock, jazz, and classical. Some students arrive knowing exactly what they want, but most are happy to explore various styles that interest them in search of the perfect fit. It is not at all uncommon for a student to spend part of their lesson polishing up a Beethoven piece or jazz standard, then finish up playing the chords to “Hotel California” along with the CD. Another student might start off their lesson learning a Taylor Swift hit, then move over to doing some blues improvisation. Variety is a wonderful thing and it is highly encouraged!

**** MY STUDENTS ****

Over the years, I have taught students from four years old to eighty-somethings. I’ve taught absolute beginners (most of my students start from square-one), hobbyists, seasoned professionals, even a Grammy nominee and a Grammy winner! Many of my young students have gone on to perform in school bands / jazz bands and/or professionally. In all cases, they acquire a skill that will last for a lifetime and provide joy, enrichment, and satisfaction.

Do you have a song or two in your heart? Contact me today and I will help you reach your musical goals and have a very good time doing it!
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Rhinda C. March 1, 2018
· Guitar · Online
I have just started guitar lessons with Stan and the lessons are going very well. It's exciting to be learning note reading which is something I have always wanted to do. Stan is thorough and clear in his instructions and I look forward to each lesson. I feel lucky to have Stan as my teacher.
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Samuel K. September 30, 2017
· Singing · In home
Stan is very knowledgeable about singing, and he teaches more than just voice lessons. It seems like he looks for the best in you as an artist, and try to take it to another level. I'm a new student of his, and it's been great so far. Looking forward to the weekly lessons.
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Cullen June 1, 2017
· Blues Guitar · In studio
Stan is obviously both knowledgeable and talented but he is also a very good teacher and will tailor your lessons not only to your ability but also to your own personal goals

Stan has my highest recommendation
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About Juliet K.

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Fullerton, CA

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About Juliet
Juliet has been recognized as a distinguished artist throughout the Southern California Region where she resides and teaches privately. She began her training at the Professional School for the Arts in Torrance, CA on a full-ride scholarship. She continued her education and training at Cal State Fullerton's renown Department of Theatre and Dance. Two years later she was accepted into Cal State Fullerton's School of Music in pursuit of a Bachelors of Music in Vocal Performance. Juliet specializes in opera, art song, musical theatre, jazz, folk, Christian worship, and pop. She has sung in over 15 languages and has performed at the Hollywood Bowl, Orange County's Segerstrom Concert Hall, Disneyland, at countless baseball stadiums. She has sung with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, sung solo with the Pacific Symphony, and performed with Grammy w
inners John Williams, David Newman, Sara Gazarek, and John Proulx. Juliet was also the soprano soloist in Faure's Requiem with CSUF's University Singers Tour to Paris, France and was the title role in CSUF's production of The Merry Widow.

Experience and awards:

Overall Grand Prize Winner of the CSUF School of Music- Music Associates Concerto Competition,
1st Place Upper Division in the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia American Music Soloist Competition,
Classical Singer Magazine's first round finalist and nationals advance,
Lucy Dunn Vocal Scholar,
Winner of the Vidal Vocal Scholarship,
Board Member on the Los Angeles Opera - College Advisory Committee,
Recipient of the Cal State Fullerton's College of the Arts: Artsweek Executive Director Scholarship,
Selected performer for the CSUF School of Music accreditation performance and review,
Franc D'Ambrosio's Search for the Phantom's Christine Competition,
Singer in Orange County's Afternoon Singers,
Soloist on CSUF's 8-Track Debut Recording,
LA Music Center's Spotlight Awards Prelim Finalist,
Miss High Desert 2009 Talent Award,
Kern County Honor Choir Soloist,
Mojave High School Drama Department, Music Department, and Art Department Award,
Professional School of the Arts Scholarship,
Thelma Rae Kern County Music Scholarship,
and Finalist in the LA Regional National Association of Teachers of Singing Competition.
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Juliet K.

Juliet K.

Online
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$50 / 30-min

About Andrew H.

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Arlington, VA

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Andrew started playing piano at the tender age of 3. His mom wanted him to spend his endless energy on something artistic so she started him on piano lessons. Very early on it was clear Andrew had a natural, unique ability to connect with the piano. He played in school bands throughout grade school and began performing around DC in high school. While Andrew also plays guitar, drums, and bass, the piano has remained his first love and primary instrument.

At the age of 17 Andrew left DC and started college at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York City. Andrew studied Jazz Piano but also led big bands, wrote and arranged music, produced and engineered. Shifting from Jazz to Rock in his early 20s, Andrew joined the band Ambulance LTD with which he played all over NYC and the US as well as internationally.

Upon ret
urning to New York from a hectic performance schedule, Andrew began assisting younger students at The New York Piano Academy—helping them to develop their playing skills, as well as their composing and arranging pursuits. The experience exposed his innate ability to build students’ talents through patience and encouragement, consistently taking them farther than they thought they could go. Andrew discovered his passion for teaching and began working with students of all ages, from 3 year-old children to seniors. As a teacher, Andrew focuses on making learning enjoyable while teaching all types of music—pop, rock, jazz, classical, and even Broadway. He tailors his programs to the students and teaches them not only how to play, but also how to hear, enjoy and love music.
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Nell March 26, 2018
· Piano · In home
Andrew is a gifted teacher and musician. I was beyond 50 when I started lessons with him, sure there was no way I could actually learn to play the piano. His patience, kindness and expertise overcame my fears and deficit of innate talent. I love his lessons and I enjoy practicing and I can actually play a few tunes!!! He is great at mixing things up - interweaving melodies and theory - and creatively finding new approaches to overcome obstacles.
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Emma March 5, 2018
· Piano · In home
My 7-year-old daughter had her first lesson today. Our goal was for her to enjoy it so that she would stick with it. When it was over, she told us she thought she had the best piano teacher ever, and she wished she had lessons every day. We couldn't be happier.
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Katie March 1, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Andrew has been an outstanding instructor! I was a beginner/novice when we started, and he helped me with my note reading so I could start playing songs I love. Andrew is very patient and encouraging during the lessons, and I highly recommend him to anyone who wants to enjoy learning the piano.
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About Maiya H.

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Vicksburg, MI

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Hey there! I'm glad you're here :) If you're on this sight, it probably means you're passionate about music! So look at that, we already have something in common. Or no? Perhaps your just curious. Maybe you have always wanted to see how people can make a metal tube sing, or perhaps your precious child has been BEGGING you to take lessons but you're unsure because you know you wont be able to help them? I get it, and you are still in the right place.

I grew up around music, and was always so in love with the arts. I did everything from dance to painting but nothing compared to the profound experience of making music. Music has influenced my life in so many ways. It has always been a form of release, expression, and passion in times both good and bad. It gave me the opportunity to hear, rather than see, my own hard work bring success. I
t brought me contentment where I never realized I needed it. However, there is one thing that music will never fail to bring to my life, and that is joy. My goal in pursing music is that I can help others experience that same joy, and allow music to have the same amazing impact on them as it did on me.

Sound like something you're interested in? Have questions about my experience? Maybe questions about my method of teaching? Feel free to shoot me a message and I would be so glad to speak with you about any question you may have! Let's meet so we can continue down your musical path together!
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Maiya H.

Maiya H.

Vicksburg, MI 49097
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$21 / 30-min

About Raed M.

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Kalamazoo, MI

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Learn your favorite song on the piano!

An upbeat and fun piano teacher, who takes pride in teaching young talents the successful keys to musicianship and piano repertoire.

Open to all musical genres, with deep experience in classical and improvisational music. Musical theory, ear-training, and hand techniques are included in each lesson.

Open to all students of all skills and ages.
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Raed M.

Raed M.

Kalamazoo, MI 49004
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$42 / 30-min

About Tracy O.

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Pleasant Grove, UT
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Tracy grew up in Bountiful, Utah and studied violin with Jack Ashton, a member of the Utah Symphony. She was chosen to be in the high school Utah All-State Orchestra for three years. She also played in the Utah Youth Symphony and Mormon Youth Symphony.

Tracy attended Brigham Young University, majoring in Music Education. There, she studied viola with David Dalton. She was in the Honors Quartet for two years, and was the principal violist of the BYU Philharmonic. She went on BYU Study Abroad to Vienna for six months and toured China and Taiwan with the BYU Chamber orchestra.

After graduating, she taught high school orchestra for 4 years in American Fork. She played in the Utah Valley Symphony for 22 years and currently plays in the Timpanogos Symphony.

She also enjoys fiddling and played in a fiddle band for five years. Tracy does recor
ding jobs for LA East and other local recording studios. She has taught violin, viola, cello, and piano for 30 years and studied Suzuki training with several teachers. She has seven children who all play a stringed instrument.

Tracy loves teaching music lessons!
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Tracy O.

Tracy O.

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About Orly R.

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Kalamazoo, MI
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Hi there! If you want to learn to play violin from Tchaikovsky to Rock and Roll I can't wait to work with you. I play classical music as well as Irish fiddling and Klesmer music. I play a traditional violin and an electric one and love working with both. Violin doesn't have to be boring, I'm here to tell you that there is much more than Mozart for this stringed instrument.
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Orly R.

Orly R.

Kalamazoo, MI 49006
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