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About Katrina D.

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Gainesville, FL
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About Katrina
Hello! I am a graduate of Berklee College of Music, with a Bachelor’s degree in Writing and Production. I am attending NYU as a graduate student at Steinhardt. I have been teaching privately for over ten years, and performing for over 20!

My first love is piano, as I began lessons at age 7. I wrote my first song at age 8 and started playing guitar the next year. I am an accomplished songwriter, arranger, producer, performer, teacher and director. I recently moved here from Boston where I was the Music Director at All Souls Church in Braintree, MA and performed jazz/blues, funk, and kid's music. I love teaching and excel at finding unique ways to teach music and keep it interesting! I want you to have fun and learn what you find most interesting so we will work together to reach your goals.

Along with instrument and vocal lessons,
I offer tutoring in all subjects of music and songwriting, and specialize in offering lessons tailored to each student’s needs. I refuse to hand out a book and go from front to back - expect handouts, impromptu lesson material to help you learn any specific concept you may be struggling with, CD’s with study material, exploratory homework, and thinking outside the box! We will do whatever it takes to get you wherever you want to be.

*** Lesson Details ***
I focus my curriculum on the goals of each student, their needs and their abilities. Everyone is different, so every student should have a different set of goals and a unique curriculum to reach them! I want to offer the most well-rounded education possible, so we will be regularly evaluating your goals and the materials you are using to reach them. I am easy-going and realistic - if you aren't interested in what you are learning then you aren't going to practice. So lets have some fun!

I work with every age group and integrate the following into all lessons: Piano, Guitar, Voice, Drums

• coordination
• rhythm - sometimes we will use our hands or bodies, or the drums or tambourine
• contemporary styles and songs - all my students get to choose their songs from my music library or their own!
• ear training - I help students to hear major and minor as well as the different notes of a chord. My singers work with solfege (do re mi) to gain early sight-reading skills
• singing together on simple songs - especially for young students to put them at ease and express themselves through music with something they already know (aka Twinkle Twinkle)
• scale work - I start my student young with the C scale and progress as each student can handle
• music theory - you won't even know you are learning it! My extensive training in this area allows me to find simple ways to teach these skills
• Performance technique: my voice students get to sing with a microphone and PA system to their favorite karaoke tunes and learn performance aspects. I also work with piano, guitar, and drums on performance skills.
• SONGWRITING: optional. I like to spend a class time every several sessions to help my creative students write their own song from start to finish! We can even record it if you like!

I work with several instruments in order to help my students get the most well-rounded music education they can until they choose a specific direction of their own (such as classical piano or acoustic guitar).

If you would like to focus only on one area, that is never a problem! I simply offer a variety of music lessons so that I can tailor the lesson to each student's goals. I will work with you to create a lesson plan.

Recitals are offered each Summer and Winter.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Studio: KORG weighted 88 key keyboard, acoustic and electric guitar and amp, PA system for performance in vocals, microphones. Parents may sit in on lessons or wait nearby. There is a library across the street, as well as a Dunkin Donuts.

For recording and production lessons, I use industry standards such as Logic Pro, Pro Tools, and Sonic. I give out weekly handouts and tailored homework assignments in most subjects. I can purchase books for students, or they can acquire the recommended books on their own.

*** Specialties ***
Young children music and piano 4 years and up; Piano; Voice - beginner and advanced; Musicality: can't decide what to study? I can work with you in a variety of areas including rhythm, percussion, songwriting, piano, guitar, singing, improvising, etc.
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Marlene November 7, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Great introductory lesson with Katrina. She asked good questions to evaluate what I already know and then wrote up a lesson plan for me to start on. Since I'm returning to piano after many years off, there is so much I've forgotten and need to start over on. And yet other things that I still remember. That makes a lot of pieces to put together to keep it interesting.
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Nick September 27, 2017
· Speaking Voice · Online
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Lydia R. September 21, 2017
· Singing · In home
My daughters experience was amazing! She loved Mrs. Katrina and is excited to go back.
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About Melanie H.

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Augusta, GA

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About Melanie
I have a wonderful family (husband and 3 children) with whom I love spending time. I love to sing and play the piano, and I believe the ability to play and create music is a gift from God. No matter what we are doing in life (going to school, playing an instrument, working) we are to be doing it to His glory!

I love teaching piano and helping students grow musically. I am thankful for the opportunity that I have had to teach over the past 20 years. One of my favorite quotes is from Bach: "I play the notes as written, but it is God who makes the music."

New Offering --- WunderKeys Preschool Piano -- specifically designed for the very young student (ages 4-6). This is an excellent way to introduce the very young to the piano.
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Zella D. November 9, 2017
· Piano · In studio
We are new to this and did not know what to expect,; Melanie was so warm and welcoming, she was wonderful with my six-year-old and her lesson environment was absolutely perfect! She was a real professional & I would recommend her to anyone!!
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Amarri R. July 15, 2016
· Piano · In home
Melanie is an awesome musician. My grandson absolutely adores her....total awesomeness!
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Bridgett July 13, 2016
· Piano · In studio
I had a great lesson with Melanie. She made me feel comfortable and was very patient. I am looking foward to working with Melanie so that I can become a skilled piano player .
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Melanie H.

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About Kelsey P.

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Grand Rapids, MI

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About Kelsey
I love singing! I've been singing for as long as I can remember, and I've been creating songs and playing guitar since shortly after that. I have a Bachelor's in Music from Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, MI and I have been a full time working musician for 8 years.

In March 2017 I started a YouTube channel called, Simply Songcraft. I write a song week, and vlog about it. I also post weekly tutorials on songwriting, guitar, and voice.

I want to help you reach your biggest dreams! Here's what you can expect when you sign up for lessons with me.

*** Lesson Details ***
Singing-
*sing warm ups at the beginning of every lesson
*choose songs that are at your level of singing, this means that if you choose a song I don't think you're ready to sing, we'll choose a different song until you're ready.
*set goals for performan
ce.

Songwriting-
*break through writer's block
*explore your creativity
*journal every week

Guitar-
*Learn your favorite songs!
*Learn scales, chords, and basic music theory

*** Studio Equipment ***
Office Space
Piano
Guitar
Internet

*** Specialties ***
Singing
Writing
Guitar
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Marlina/Jonah H. March 5, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Kelsey has been so great with my 10 year old twins! They are having a blast and learning so much so quickly! :)
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Norman C. September 23, 2015
· Singing · In home
Kelsey's lessons are really helping me reach my goals. The time allotted for the lessons really flies
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Mya G. August 10, 2015
· Guitar · In home
Great instructor with kids! Very patient!
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Kelsey P.

Kelsey P.

Grand Rapids, MI 49503
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About David S.

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Grandville, MI
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About David
Playing the trumpet for 17 years, David has performed all across the country with high praise.

A native of Grand Rapids, MI; he performed for two seasons with the Grand Rapids Youth Symphony before attending Western Michigan University to earn a Bachelor's degree in Music Performance. While in Kalamazoo, David frequently performed in area pit orchestras, most frequently appearing with the Kalamazoo Civic Theater. He also served as a substitute musician with the Southwest Michigan Symphony and the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra.

Following an audition at The Juilliard School in New York City, David was invited to study trumpet with Kevin Cobb; an internationally-renowned chamber musician with The American Brass Quintet. While attending graduate school, David was a charter member and principal trumpet of the Hartford Independent Chamb
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David currently serves as the principal trumpet with the Grand Rapids Symphonic Band while teaching, performing, and composing.
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DavidP. January 31, 2016
· Trumpet · In home
David is the definition of professional. His trumpet knowledge and ability to help me improve in lessons week to week has been beyond beneficial. His talents extend much further than the trumpet and that aids in the lesson experience as a whole.
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DavidP. January 31, 2016
· Trumpet · In home
David is the definition of professional. His trumpet knowledge and ability to help me improve in lessons week to week has been beyond beneficial. His talents extend much further than the trumpet and that aids in the lesson experience as a whole.
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Sam G. December 15, 2015
· Trumpet · In home
Great first lesson!
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Grandville, MI 49418
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About Aziza P.

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Grand Rapids, MI
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About Aziza
My name is Aziza P. and I am a classically trained mezzo soprano singer from the Grand Rapids, MI area. I have been studying voice for over 18 years and am your classic, underdog who rose to the top by competing for grants in college for voice, performing in honors recitals, and now I have toured the country and Europe with my classical symphonic metal band Aria Flame.
I have studied with opera sensation Nicholas Loren (has performed at the Metropolitan Opera), Dr. Stephen Barton (head of GRCC music department), Bill Bokhout (Opera Grand Rapids), Diane Koperski (GRCC voice program), Mary Zimmer (international performer and teacher; vocalist of White Empress), Melissa Ferlaak (international performer and teacher), Pamela Moore (Queensryche), and many more. I know the fundamentals of breath support, technique, and can teach many different
styles. i am here to help you become the singer you dream of becoming. I also have an extensive theater and film background on top of being a former casting director's assistant. Therefore, I can also help you become not only a good singer, but a good performer!

NOTE: Right now, I am very booked up but have some slots open on Sundays. Im sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.
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Aziza P.

Aziza P.

Grand Rapids, MI 49525
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About Hannah B.

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Grand Rapids, MI

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About Hannah
Hello!
I am looking forward to meeting you and your child! I'd love to do introductions in person, but let me tell you a few things about me:

I am a Michigan-born twenty-something who recently got married (yay!). Before moving to Kentwood to live with my husband, I taught piano at Marshall Music in Kalamazoo and was an Administrative Assistant at a local church for about 4 years.
Before that I received my Bachelors in Business Administration and a Minor in Music at Indiana Wesleyan University. I was homeschooled all the way from Kindergarten to 12th grade and graduated with my other homeschool friends.

I have taken piano lessons for about 20 years and have learned a few things from my amazingly talented teachers. One, develop a relationship with your student by having conversations about everyday life, two, have a great structur
ed reward system for students who practice, and three, ALWAYS have fun.

There are a few things on the side that I like to do or have done in the past (this information might be useful to tell your son or daughter). I was a very busy homeschool student. Sports were very important to me growing up, I did softball, volleyball and soccer. I also was highly involved in performing arts. I currently enjoy doing crafts like sewing, card making, refinishing furniture, and cooking/baking. I am also a pet lover!

I can't wait to learn more about you at our first lesson.
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Belmari August 1, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Excelente teacher who taught my son four years. He did not know anything when he got started and Hannah taught him to play the piano and to love music. He is loving it so much that now he plays the piano an also trombone in band too, thanks to Hannah. She is such a great teacher that I ended up taking clases too and I am loving it. She makes it really fun.
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Dawn July 29, 2017
· Piano · In home
Hannah is a very sweet and patient young lady. I took piano lessons from her a few years ago. I didn't know how to read music and had never played before. At age 60 it was one of the things I wanted to accomplish on my bucket list. She helped me achieve that.
I highly recommend her for anyone. Young or old!
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Kristina July 14, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Hannah is not only a wonderful piano teacher, she is also a wonderful person. She is kind and cares about her students. At the same time, she sets high expectations for them to achieve success. We feel lucky to have found Hannah. She taught my daughter to love music, and to work hard."
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Hannah B.

Grand Rapids, MI 49548
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About Jessica P.

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Holland, MI
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About Jessica
Hello! My name is Jessica Proper, and I am currently a Music Education major at Hope College in Holland, MI! I graduated from Grand Ledge High School and was involved in many different programs, such as NHS, color guard, all of our Musicals (including Mary Poppins, Shrek, and a few others), the Wind Symphony, and an SSAATTBB chorus known as the Madrigals. I am excited to teach private lessons and introduce people to the world of flute playing! When I am not prepping for classes or juries, I like to settle down with a good book. I used to nanny, love Star Wars, any and all Disney, and being active- like hiking. I hope you enjoy flute playing as much as I did, and I cannot wait to be in contact with you!
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Sam October 6, 2017
· Flute · Online
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Holland, MI 49423
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About Zach T.

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Grand Rapids, MI

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About Zach
Hello! I'm a full-time private music tutor who currently teaches over 50 lessons each week. In 2007, I began studying the education of historical child prodigies, like Mozart and Picasso, and the curriculums they used as children. At the same time, I was studying cognitive neuroscience, which informed my practice as a teacher. In 2009, I opened a set of fine arts studios for kids which was dedicated to teaching arts that improved the developing brain.

In 2015, I published an article on cognitive ergonomics on the practice of optimizing learning materials for ease and efficiency. In 2016, I filed a patent on a music notation system cognitively optimized for young beginners on piano and stringed instruments, especially violin, viola, cello, and guitar, and started a website designed for self-learning, kindergarten-to-college. As the lead
curriculum designer, my job is to make a modern music curriculum more successful at getting young beginners started loving to play music than any other in the world.

I'm currently beginning work on the foreign language song sets for German, Spanish, and French, as well as the Partner Song Series, which is based directly on a piano curriculum written by Bach for his students, and was used by both Mozart and Beethoven as children!

I've worked with many special needs learners, including ADD/ADHD, low IQ, Autism, Down Syndrome, and blind students. The nature of my curriculum, designed for very young learners, naturally accommodates older learners with special needs.
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Kathryn November 19, 2017
· Violin · In studio
I really appreciated that Zach was very understanding and flexible with crazy changing work schedules. He does a good job of mixing music theory, technical exercises, while still being open and even encouraging the student to working on styles and pieces they are interested in and enjoy. Zach is great about asking the student what they want to learn and work on, while still making sure that they are always learning something new and always pushing themselves. Zach always seems to genuinely care and get excited about music, teaching, and his students.
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Becky November 10, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Zach is very personable and figured out a great method to motivate my reluctant child--fake money!! He also developed his own musical notation to aid in helping students learn how to read music but in such a way that isn't as complicated as the standard notation. My son really likes him.
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Dawn November 8, 2017
· Violin · In studio
My daughter is very shy and quiet. Zach is fantastic and she loves him! He is patient and funny. His way of teaching works! She is just 6 years old and is already playing songs after just 6 weeks. His music curriculum is so easy to understand and play! We've been very impressed.
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Zach T.

Zach T.

Grand Rapids, MI 49504
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About Meredith M.

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Grandville, MI
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Hi! Welcome, I love to play the violin, viola and cello so I thought after attending a local college teaching was the best way to share. I hold a recital once a year.

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Meredith
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Meredith M.

Meredith M.

Grandville, MI 49418
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$20 / 30-min

About Brittany B.

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Hudsonville, MI
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I have been teaching lessons for four years and online lessons for two! I have a bachelor's in voice with piano as my secondary instrument. I love playing piano for weddings and church services as well as singing in and directing choirs.
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Brittany B.

Brittany B.

Hudsonville, MI 49426
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