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About Jessica D.

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Hello! Thanks for checking out my profile. Please feel free to ask me any questions. -Jessica

***About Jessica***
Jessica is known worldwide for her music which incorporates her original comedy, artwork and videos. She spent a decade touring the US and the UK and has performed in many festivals including the Reading & Leeds Festival, Latitude Festival, Montreal Comedy Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Dublin Comedy Festival, End of the Road Festival, NY Funny Songs Festival, NY International Children’s Film Festival and more.

Jessica’s music and comedy is inspired by being the oldest of 6 girls and growing up in a small town in Maine, where she taught Sunday school and counseled teens and twins in a local after school program for four years. When Jessica was 19, she moved to Philadelphia to study animation after receiving a par
tial scholarship to the Art Institute of Philadelphia, and relocated to NYC shortly after graduating.

Her unique music, performances, art and internet videos have won many awards and critical acclaim.

She has performed her music and written segments and songs for television (including ABC’s “Good Morning America”, MTV’s “I Bet You Will”, Fox News “Red Eye with Greg Gutfeld”, IFC's "Comedy Music Hall of Fame", HGTV's Flea Market Flip, TBS’s “Saving Grace” website and “The Tyra Banks Show”), radio (including "The Dr. Demento Show", "The Jackie Martling Show", WFMU's "Spreading Yourself Thin with Jessica D" and “The Opie and Anthony Radio Show” on SiriusXM, BBC’s “Loose Ends Radio Programme” and BBC’s “The Simone Show” in the UK), feature films (including “What Would Jesus Buy?” directed by Morgan Spurlock), commercially for major clients and also on stages across the US and the UK (including London’s prestigious Soho Theatre, NYC’s Irving Plaza, Joe’s Pub and The Bowery Ballroom as John Waters’ opening act, and LA’s Troubadour).

*** Lesson Details ***
Jessica brings a lot of fun to her lessons. She is like a cool aunt or a big sister who likes to have a good time but who also wants to teach you to play guitar or ukulele and sing, hopefully at the same time. Jessica's laid back style and attention to your needs as a student will help you reach your goals, whatever they may be. Together, you will go as fast or as slow as is comfortable for you. Jessica works with classic rock, pop, folk and all your favorite songs as your step ladder for learning. Jessica also can help you develop your own musical style and teach you to write YOUR OWN SONGS from beginning to end, if that is of interest to you.

*** Studio Equipment ***
amp, microphone, keyboard, guitar, ukulele, music stands

*** Travel Equipment ***
Guitar and Ukulele. Students can rent instruments initially but must get their own, as soon as possible

*** Specialties ***
Classic stringed instruments such as acoustic / electric guitar and ukulele, and several unusual instruments such as singing saw and electronic and standard autoharp, singing, songwriting and guidance on how to monetize your band, including acquiring sponsorships and arranging local and international tours.

***What Are Lessons Like?***
Student(s) and teacher sit together and start with the basics, then move on to learn others' songs (The Beatles or other classics are a good place to start) and then may even try to compose original songs, if that is of interest.

***Affiliations***
Women In Music
ASCAP
The Recording Academy, Associate Member
Comedy Musician's Coalition
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Terence May 24, 2017
· Ukulele · In studio
Really enjoyed my first lesson. I got a lot of applicable tips for my future processing. Jessica is very talented. Hoping my next set of lessons so be just as promising!
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Ron March 9, 2017
· Ukulele · In studio
Jessica is a virtuoso on the ukulele. She has the patience of a saint with less than adept students. Yet she is insistent, in a gentle way, about instilling correct form in her students' approach to the uke. In addition, she is a walking encyclopedia of songs that span the range from traditional to standards to current day favorites, and from country to r&B to rock and roll.
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James March 7, 2017
· Ukulele · In studio
I am so fortunate to have found Jessica to teach the Ukulele. She is sweet, kind and truly a pleasure. very unassuming yet so focused on my particular needs when I lose my way. I strongly recommend her. I am so fortunate. Wait, did I say that already? Thank you Jessica.
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About Shelia L.

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Galveston, TX
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About Shelia
If you will notice - I am the only accordion teacher that only teaches accordion. That is what I play, that is all I play, I have studied with the best - Willard Palmer & Bill Hughes. I have owned and operated an accordion music school for over 20 years - with as many as 300 students at any one time.

I have conducted Master Accordion Workshops all over the US and in Alaska. I have produced instructional You Tube lessons and several DVDs.

I have had my own performing combo for 22 years and a history of strolling in Italian and German restaurants since I was 16.

I teach the piano keyboard accordion as well as the B & C system Chromatic. I also have written lesson materials for the 3 row Diatonic Accordion. I currently have an accordion teaching staff of over 6 instructors and 125 students.

*** In Studio Lesson ***
The student
will bring instrument. AND Cd player (IPhone) - if using accompaniment selections or wants selections recorded for practice purposes.

*** On-Line Lesson***
Lesson material will be emailed in advance. Min. Charge based on selections used.

*** Lesson Materials ***
I use Palmer & Hughes instruction books and personally arranged selections for the taste of the student. I use personally produced accompaniment CDs for enhanced performance of students. I train classically and instruct to the style the student wants. Italian, German, French, Cajun, Tex-Mex, etc.

My philosophy - if it ain't fun - it ain't worth it!!!! Please check out our Facebook - Houston Accordion Performers
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Meredith F. November 17, 2017
· Accordion · Online
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Avraham F. November 3, 2017
· Accordion · Online
fun! upbeat.
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Carol October 12, 2017
· Accordion · Online
SHEILA LEE IS THE PERFECT TEACHER FOR ME. SHE KNOWS MUSIC THEORY AND ACCORDION TECHNIQUE NOT AVAILABLE ELSEWHERE!
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Shelia L.

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About Teresa Y.

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Northridge, CA

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About Teresa
A musician since age 4, Teresa's dad took her early passion for music seriously. So she respects the power that parents have to foster their children's musical lives! She notes the many stories she has heard over the years: "If someone had just supported my interest"... "If my teacher had listened to what I wanted to learn."

These stories and her own passion for music-making inform her approach. A degreed music educator and multi-instrumentalist, she celebrates and uses the musical interests of her students to move them forward. She has three grown sons, including two touring musicians. Their musical lives also influence her work with children, young people, and adults. The point is to celebrate and develop each student's unique, interest-based musical self-expression.

In her home teaching studio in Sherwood Forest, CA, 30 minutes
is the perfect lesson time for most purposes. Options include piano, voice, ukulele, beginning guitar, music reading/theory, and preparation for auditions. Teresa also conducts early childhood music sessions for 3 to 5 year-olds and is available to do group sessions.

45-minute and 60-minute sessions are also available as needed. Teresa recommends 45 minutes to an hour for audition preparation.
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Anna September 23, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Teresa really takes the time to help her students learn and develop in music. I've made a good amount of progress vocally in the past year and a lot of it is thanks to her coaching. I hope to learn more as I take more lessons with her.
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Stephen September 21, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Great start!
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Eric August 24, 2017
· Singing · In studio
She's an absolutely incredible instructor! She has helped me through many of my problem areas & brought out a better & more confident singer in me. Whatever you do, DON'T LOSE HER!!! She's truly amazing!!!
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About Stephen B.

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Irvine, CA

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About Stephen
I've teaching and performing professionally for 18 years.
I've studied with some of the top teachers in California:
- Jim Fagen (classical guitar)
- Erik Halbig (rock, jazz & country)
- Jim Witzel (head of jazz guitar at CSUSF)
- Ron Eshcete (jazz guitar)
- Carl Verheyen (everything).

Have a 3 ring binder, tuner and metronome (tuner and metronome are available at app store for free).
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Brandon October 7, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Stephen is the best guitar instructor I have ever had. He uses the music that you enjoy to keep you motivated and makes the exercises fun. He doesn't just tell you where to place your fingers, he explains the music theory behind it. Stephen has helped me to become a much better player and I always look forward to my sessions.
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Tommie W. August 4, 2017
· Bass Guitar · In home
First lesson went great; looking forward to more.
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John D. June 15, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Great instructor!
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About Matt E.

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River Falls, WI

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Matt integrates the art of music with the discipline of virtue in his teaching. Life has ups and downs, and music can be the glue that holds people together. With formal pedagogical training at McNally-Smith College of Music, and years of experience, Matt has a plethora of teaching skills to impress passion, integrity, and fun onto his students.
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Joe April 19, 2016
· Guitar ·
Matt Ecklund has the characteristics of a professional teacher.
He is patient, a superb communicator, and has vast knowledge of his instrument. I highly recommend him to teach any and all levels of guitar playing.
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About Craig J.

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Boston, MA

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Craig has been teaching private lessons for three years and is currently available to teach lessons in studio, and online. His approach to singing is functionally based, with an emphasis on current vocal pedagogy. Craig has helped students feel comfortable as a performers, how to properly and efficiently produce sound, gain confidence as a singers, and learn the audition process of the singing business.

Craig received his BM at Capital University in 2016 where he specialized in Vocal Performance with an emphasis in Music Theatre/Opera. He is currently a Master's Candidate for Vocal Pedagogy at The Boston Conservatory at Berklee. As an Associate Member of NATS (National Association of Teacher's of Singing) he is a beginning pedagogue in his field. Craig looks forward to helping new students achieve their individual goals. Mr. J's teachi
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Alex A July 31, 2017
· Vocal Training · In studio
Craig is a wonderful instructor. Very kind and fun. He customizes his lessons to meet my needs and is really starting to help me find my voice! He has strong grasp of the fundamentals of vocal pedagogy and makes them so easy to understand and learn from - my voice has begun to improve already! Thanks, Craig!
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Jenny June 18, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Craig is a wonderful instructor. He pays close attention and gives helpful tips and exercises for everything, from breathing, to posture, diction, and intent of the piece. I'm looking forward to the next lesson!
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James May 23, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Craig is a very good teacher who can make singing much easier than once thought. He creates a very comfortable environment in his studio and is good at giving constructive criticism.
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About William B.

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I began my music education on trumpet in 1982. Started percussion 1986. Throughout high school I took private lessons for the drum set, played in bands in school and in Hollywood, CA I started teaching private lessons during the early 1990's. I took a leave of absence from instructing and performing for a few years 2015 I returned to continue my studies at Fort Lewis college in the music program as a music educator, K-12 BA degree. I currently play percussion, piano and guitar. I'm also part of the worship team at Light House Baptist Church.
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William B.

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About Greg K.

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Sykesville, MD
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I started playing when I was 11 years old. It is my great passion and teaching others (including my 7 year old daughter) has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. I look forward to helping you find the same gratifying experiences through music.
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Grayson October 29, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Greg had been great in helping our 7 year old navigate his passion for guitar. Greg is very patient and does really well explaining the basics so that our son undertands and remains interested.
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Meg October 5, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Greg was great and did a wonderful job making our son comfortable and interested in learning more about the guitar. Our son hasn't put it down since he had his lesson! It's been great to watch!
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About David T.

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Union City, GA

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DISCOGRAPHY

1992 Men At Large
Platinum/Atlantic

1994 One Size Fits All
Gold/Atlantic

1997 Love Struggle & Progress
Rival (Indi)

2007 Back On Top
Couzan (Indi)

2009 Blaq Pavarotti
FBMG (Indi)

2015 Somethinlikethegreatest
Spectra (Indi)

2016 Date Night (#14 Billboard A/C)

A LITTLE BIT ABOUT DAVE:

Born in the city of Rock n Roll (Cleveland) David (Dave) a.k.a. "Blaq Pavarotti" was destined for music success. Son of a Gospel singer, nephew of a nationally celebrated radio announcer and gold selling BMI award winning writer, and Grandson of a man who once sang for President Roosevelt what else was he to do. His future was preset like a wedding between two royal families. Starting at age 4 he began singing in the church and eventually directed the children's choir. By the age of 15 Dave was summoned to become a
part-time radio announcer under his Uncle Lynn. This brought instant success to a teenager in his junior year of high school. For 16 years he would successfully lock down the #1 spots of any time slot he held. During his radio tenure Dave also spent a stint in the Virgin Islands as co-host of the Big Fat Morning Show. During those radio days he would go on to interview some of music's biggest stars from Martin Lawrence to L.L. Cool J, break major records, and work every shift in 5 different formats. The world of the music for Dave started with a bang as the late great Gerald Levert handpicked Dave and Jason Champion for Men At Large whom later would contribute to music history and topping charts and selling millions of albums.As well as singing Dave has appeared in over 26 stage plays, 9 movies as well as a host of judging, and hosting appearances across the country. He often takes time to mentor young artists who are trying to fInd their way in the biz with helpful advice or intuitive vocal and staging techniques. To date he has released 2 acclaimed solo albums. "Blaq Pavarotti " 2009 and "SomethinLikeTheGreatest" 2015 which yielded the top 4 single "Home". Home was also placed on TV shows "Single Ladies and "Scream Queens". Being a trendsetter for the plus sized and his love for looking and smelling nice Dave is starting a unisex vest line called "Invested". Vests in his eyes can be worn for all levels of events and can also be used as bulge hiders, which is the main reason for his passion for wearing vests.

Through it all Dave is a survivor and refuses to change his style for the watered down stylings of today'
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About Nicole F.

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Hastings, MI
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Nicole Frazee, a native of Grand Rapids, Michigan, began playing the flute at age thirteen. At a young age, Frazee showed great promise as a musician and was piccolo/third flute of the Grand Rapids Youth Symphony under the direction of John Varineau, Associate Conductor of the Grand Rapids Symphony. She received her Bachelor of Music in Flute Performance in 2009 from Grand Valley State University, where she studied under Judith Kemph (flute/piccolo of the Grand Rapids Symphony) and Nancy Stagnitta. Her freshman year she was winner of the chamber orchestra concerto competition, and later a winner of the upper division scholarship competition, symphony orchestra scholarship and symphonic wind ensemble scholarship. During her years at Grand Valley, Frazee was very involved in the performing ensembles. She was principle flute of the symp
honic wind ensemble, piccolo/third flute of the symphony orchestra, and piccolo/third flute of the pit orchestra. She was also principle flute and piccolo of the GVSU New Music Ensemble, under the direction of distinguished composer Bill Ryan. In 2009, Frazee was one of four students from the New Music Ensemble invited to perform In C at Carnegie Hall with Terry Riley, the Kronos Quartet, and other new music all-stars in celebration of the 45th anniversary of the work. The same year, Frazee was a performer with the New Music Ensemble on their CD, In C: Remixed, recorded by River City Studios. In C: Remixed was nominated for a Grammy, and referred to by Terry Riley as “...one of the best performances of In C ever...” The Washington Post, Time Out Chicago and All About Jazz named In C:Remixed as one of the top ten classical releases of 2009.
Frazee earned her Master of Music degree in 2011 from East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina, where she studied with Dr. Christine Gustafson and received a tuition scholarship and graduate flute assistantship. While at East Carolina, Frazee was principle flute of the symphony orchestra and symphonic wind ensemble, third flute/piccolo of the pit orchestra, and was a student member of the ECU Faculty’s Eastern Symphony Orchestra.
Frazee is both an active performer and teacher. She has attended many master classes throughout the United States and Canada and has had the opportunity to work with such flutists as Carol Wincenc, Nicholas Duchamp, Regina Helcher Yost, Nina Assimakopolous, Valerie Coleman, Denis Bluteau and world-renowned violinist, Dylana Jenson.
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