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Review by Sarah
"My Music Theory Teacher
My music teacher was well planned. She always summed up what we talked about from our previous lesson before building up on more
information. She taught me through my zone of proximal development. I was given the opportunity to practice what was shown from each lesson by doing homework. I found great happiness in studying the construction of music. Her teaching pedagogy was strong! She would incorporate mnemonic devices to help me learn the musical concepts easier. When I did not grasp a certain idea, she was patient with me. At times she would teach me from my own musical knowledge of various instruments. Other times she would share with me her own personal experiences and stories. I am thankful to have met such an amazing music teacher!"
Santa Fe, NM teacher:
Review by LARRY
The first singing class I had with Tyanna,she made me feel relax.She is a very good teacher. Tyanna first explain to me how the class will go
.She have a very relaxed environment,she have great insight and view on how to sing the proper way. Tyanna have a very nice way in using constructive criticism.I learn somethings that will help me to be a better singer everytime I was in class. Thank You L.D. Green"
Raleigh, NC teacher:
Review by Ann
"Very patient, she did a great job with my daughter. Her technique was very helpful to my daughter, who only wanted to learn one song when she signed up, b
ut ended up enjoying the lessons immensely. We definitely recommend her as a teacher!"
Philadelphia, PA teacher:
Review by Stella
Mr. Keene is an excellent teacher. He is very kind and patient and thoughtful. I would highly recommend him to anyone wanting to learn
San Antonio, TX teacher:
Review by Igor
"Professional and experienced teacher
Professional and experienced teacher, very flexible and attentive."
Chicago, IL teacher:
Review by Birgitte
"Great with children
My son (7) very much enjoys going to Ben's place for his drumming lessons because Ben makes the lesson enjoyable. Ben is serious and
dedicated and the progression in the lessons has been just right. There's a lot of repetition in the beginning, but Ben still manages to keep my son interested and attentive. I can highly recommend him."
San Francisco, CA teacher:
Review by Brad
"Kimberly is a great and patient instructor. She came ready to work with my two sons and they loved their lessons. We are all looking forward to future s
essions with Kimberly!"
Chicago, IL teacher:
Review by Ikovo
"Discovery of solfege. Professional. High level"
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by John
"John is a dedicated and caring music instructor who works to improve a students ability in a comprehensive and detailed fashion. I highly recommend him to
anyone who is serious about improving their skills as a musician."
Stacey is a professional soprano known as an active performer in the Cincinnati area. Stacey has sung for 9 seasons with the Cincinnati Opera as a member of the core chorus and sings with Cincinnati's professional chamber choir the Vocal Arts Ensemble. She also sings with the North American New Opera Workshop.
Stacey has studied piano from the age of 5 and is great for beginning or intermediate piano students.
Stacey has taught students of all ages and with various musical styles. Her students have included professional ballet dancers with Broadway aspirations, an 8-year-old girl
simply wanting to break out of her shyness, and high school students preparing for College auditions. Her students have performed in nationally known rock bands, been accepted into College music programs, they have been members of the May festival Youth Chorus, the Kentucky Governor's School for the Arts, and have traveled to Europe with competitive touring choirs.
Stacey's operatic performing credits include Autumn in Charles Halka's Layover with NANOworks Opera, the Mother in Amahl and Night Visitors with the Clermont Philharmonic Orchestra, Testo in Il Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda with the College-Conservatory of Music , Mimi from Puccini's La Boheme in the CCM's Opera scenes program, Donna Donna in P.D.Q Bach's The Abduction of Figaro , 1st Lady in Mozart's Die ZauberflÃ¶te and Juno in Offenbach's Orpheus in the Underworld all at the DePauw University Opera Theatre. Other partial roles/scenes performed include Suzel in Mascangi's Lamico Fritz, Countess in Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro, and Fiordiligi in Mozart's Cosi Fan Tutte.
More than just singing opera Stacey is known for her versatility as a classical singer regularly doing cross over work. She regularly gigs as a jazz/popular singer accompanying herself on the piano. Her musical theater performing credits include Mama in Everybody's Buddy: The Buddy LaRosa Story, Shelia in Hair with DePauw University, Ensemble/Soprano Soloist in Sweeny Todd, Sonia in Godspell with the Lakeside Players and Yonah in Children of Eden with the Lakeside Players.
Stacey received her Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music where she studied with Barbara Paver. She graduated magna cum laude from DePaul University with a B.M. in Vocal Performance. She studied with Caroline Smith and Stanley Irwin.
Stacey is originally from Florence, Kentucky and takes pride in impacting her home community through music.
*** Lesson Details *** Stacey is known for adapting lessons for the individual. Each body is unique and thus each vocal instrument is unique. Stacey takes time to get to know each student and caters to their specific needs and goals. She believes in well rounded performers working often on dramatic intentions, overall professionalism, and stage presence. She also prepares her students with their audition packages and stresses the importance of regular performance. Stacey is a very open and caring individual but expects hard work from her students.
*** Studio Equipment *** Yamaha upright piano, Yamaha portable keyboard
*** Travel Equipment *** I have a portable keyboard. I expect a semi private space to teach.
David P. began formal training with St. Elizabethâs church organist on piano at age eight.Â His older brothers and sisters taught him how to play guitar at home, and at school he was a featured vocal soloist at concert performances.Â During his high school years, he began playing drums and singing at shows around the greater Cincinnati area.Â While attending Xavier University, David continued to play in several groups.Â He performed with the Xavier University Choir for four years under the direction of conductor and music department chair Helmut Roerig.Â David performed with the Xavier
University Percussion Ensemble and studied drums with John Gardner of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra for four years.Â He studied voice with Harriet Beebe and piano with Rebecca Slater among others for four year also.Â While studying electronic music at Xavier, David began teaching classes with professor James Hart.Â Today, professor Hart and David are co-composers at Ambient Studios.Â David has written countless compositions heard across the globe on networks such as Lifetime, MTV and VH-1.Â He is the head of Ambient Studios and Ambient Studios Music Academy.Â David has taught at Midwest Music, Queen City Music, Take Lessons, Willis Music, Music Makers, Norwood High School, and Roger Bacon High School.Â
*** Lesson Details *** Students will learn to read music literature, play songs, and have fun!Â I am an easy-going instructor, while at the same time, I still want to challenge students so they can excel at their instrument.Â Most students really look forward to their lessons all week. For drums, students will learn rhythm, rudiments, beats, and fills.Â I use a couple of Rick Latham's drum workbooks, and a couple of Ted Reed's workbooks among others.Â For beginner's I have eighteen lessons I've designed to get started.Â For piano, students will learn keys on the piano, chords, scales, key signatures, grand staff, read music and play songs of all styles, including classical, pop, jazz, folk, gospel, indie, and traditional.Â There are children and adult beginners and intermediate workbooks that will be referred to students.Â I also have a lot of material I like to use that I've designed.Â For voice, students will learn scales, keys, breathing techniques, delivery, and diction.Â Breath is the most important tool for proper pitch and vocal strength.Â Students are encouraged to play an instrument to help with voice lessons, but this is not necessary.Â For guitar, students will learn notes on the guitar, chords, scales, key signatures, read music and play songs, including, pop, rock, indie, jazz, folk, and traditional.Â Students can learn to play their favorite songs.Â I accept students from beginner to intermediate experience on guitar.Â For music theory, students will learn intervals, chords, scales, key signatures, harmony, composition, and figured bass.Â Students are encouraged to learn music theory using a piano, but another instrument may be used as well.
*** Studio Equipment *** Lessons are held at Ambient Studios, a professional commercial recording studio where famous legends like Bootsy Collins have recorded.Â Here, students are able to record their own performances, and perfect their craft.Â Available instruments are a Roland V-drum set, a Mapex acoustic drum set, a Studiologic 88-key grand piano, Fender, Yamaha, Gibson, and Martin guitars, and state-of-the-art pre-amps and microphones.
*** Specialties *** I specialize in pop, rock, and funk drums. For piano I specialize in classical, pop, rock, and gospel. For voice I specialize in pop, rock, classical, broadway, and gospel. For guitar I specialize in pop, rock, and folk.
Lucas B. September 30, 2013
Singing Verified Student
He is a stupendous teacher. He makes his students feel comfortable, which is essential for optimal performance, without being excessively lax. The diaphragmatic breathing technique he began our first lesson with has proven to be incredibly valuable in signing and in my life in general.
Alex C. September 13, 2013
Piano Verified Student
Has a gifted teaching ability
David has been an excellent teacher for my young children. He is patient, encouraging, and has a good teaching method. My children made good progress and although they were skeptical about taking lessons, once they had a lesson with David, they continued to come back and made very good progress.
Zach B. August 22, 2013
Singing Verified Student
David is an incredible teacher and mentor. I recommend him without any reservations.
David is not only gifted at building your talent and ability - he will help you build your confidence. I took weekly singing lessons with David, starting with no experience at all, and he took me to a place I never thought I could be. Lessons are relaxed, efficient, and directed at your own pace, and David has a way of making you very comfortable with his patient, kind demeanor. He is a diamond in the rough, and easily worth 2x the money.
I received my Bachelor of Music Degree in Organ Performance from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music in June of 2010, studying under Dr. Roberta Gary. I have completed all the coursework for the Master of Music Degree in Organ Performance. I will receive the degree in late 2014 or early 2015 after performing one more solo recital.
I began playing the piano at the age of 5, later moving to the organ at 9. I have held a church job since then, working in multiple different denominations and settings. I have a strong background of piano, accompanying, theory, sacred liturgy, and m
usical performance. I enjoy studying and listening to many genres of music as well as performing them. I am very interested in historically informed performance and understanding different techniques as they are related to the composition style of different time periods.
I enjoy working with students of all ages. Regardless of your ability, age, or experience, I will work with you. We can work out a plan for lesson times, intensity of practice and work, and tailor the lesson to the right pace for you.
*** Lesson Details *** My lessons tend to be tailored to the needs of individual students. I am not as much a fan of a strict curriculum that I use on each student. For beginners, one can expect to be given method books to get them moving in the right direction. As one advances, we eventually move on to repertoire. I take an approach to lessons that emphasizes total body awareness and high level mental awareness. The most important thing anyone can learn in music is that it isn't just about the right notes; it isn't about the right rhythm. It is about the complete musicianship and the complete awareness needed to truly understand and perform a work of music. In order to make this approach work, my strictness as a teacher varies depending on the level of devotion the student is willing to put forth. After six months with me as a teacher, expect to notice changes in the way you see music and comprehend your technique at the keyboard.
*** Travel Equipment *** I expect students to purchase their own music. For beginners with method books, I have these available to the students to purchase from me.
*** Specialties *** I am very highly trained in performance practices of the Baroque era, especially on the organ. I am also very specialized in body movement and efficient keyboard technique. I also have a lot of experience in the Romantic repertoire of the piano. Lastly, I am also well trained as an accompanist on both the organ and the piano.
Finnegan S. September 23, 2015
In studio Verified Student
My son loves his lessons and looks forward it each week!
RUTH B. May 22, 2015
In home Verified Student
Very satisfied with the first day lessons. It was as expected. Thank you.
Robin S. September 17, 2014
In home Verified Student
I have 3 kids who take lessons from Victor. The kids have very different personalities and abilities. Victor adjusts his teaching style to each child and they have each improved dramatically. Victor is flexible and easy to work with. All three love him.
I have taught the piano along with guitar and voice for over 40 years, since I was 16 years old. I started lessons at 9 and continued lessons while I began teaching beginners at a music studio. Since then I have had many different experiences with all kinds of students. I love sharing the gift of music with my students. My goal is to give them a wonderful musical experience and allow them to expand their knowledge of music in a structured manner and can grow to become a casual or professional musician.
*** Lesson Details *** I adjust my teaching style to the students goals. I like to sa
y I am laid back but do expect progress each week. I can teach the piano for beginner to advanced students. Some students are college bound and need to learn the disciplines of music. Other students just want to learn to play for enjoyment. My main goal to to keep them interested and practicing. I use a composite of different methods depending on the students goals. I have found that each publisher of method books focus on different styles of music. Over the years I have picked the best of each one and we will use the best of the best. I also have edited music for students over the years and have a wide collection of supplemental music. As an example I love Disney music and a beginner after 3 months they will be learning "A Whole New World" from Aladdin. I can teach beginning Guitar students. My specialty is teaching to read "real" music as opposed to tab. Beginners need lots of TLC with the guitar because of the length of time it takes to make "good" sounds of the guitar. Learning good technique in a fun way is essential for good student progress.
Also I can teach beginning-intermediate vocal lessons. My main focus is developing proper vocal technique with vocal exercises and breathing techniques and still making it interesting and fun. With all of this, i also teach music theory. Whether by itself or along with instrumental lessons, music theory is an essential for all musicians. Music theory is the how and why of everything we do in music.
*** Studio Equipment *** I currently have a baby grand, a spinet piano, 16 track sequencer, performance digital piano, acoustic guitar, bass guitar, electric guitar, flute, music stands and keyboard stands.
*** Specialties *** For the piano I use a mixed method of teaching depending on the students goals. I have used Schaum, Faber, Alfred, Thompson and Bastien. I also use Hannon for advanced students and Duvornoy, Alfred and other types of pedagogy for technique and exercises. I have also edited many pieces of music for early beginners to have fun with. Disney is my favorite. I use these supplemental pieces along with the method books to keep their interest in practicing.
Alicia September 30, 2015
Margaret is an excellent piano teacher! Her lessons are upbeat, informative and engaging for my eight-year-old son. She interacts with him so well, both encouraging him and also holding him accountable for the techniques she has taught him. Assignments each week include a wide variety of scales, warm-ups and pieces so that he never gets bored. In six short months, he has gone from not reading a note of music to having a nice repertoire of pieces that impresses his friends and family--including his church organist great-grandmother! We are so pleased with Mrs. Osinski's lessons. It was an excellent decision.
Mary K. August 19, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Margaret is energetic and well versed in piano. We highly recommend her as a teacher.
Jenny M. June 28, 2015
In home Verified Student
My daughter has had 3 lessons so far and is really enjoying it. She really likes Ms. Margaret, she gives great instruction without being demeaning, and is very patient, and positive.
It is my experience that if you can speak, you can sing. In these lessons I combine my knowledge of vocal pedagogy as well as extensive personal study of the voice with my background in yoga in order to provide you with a well rounded education of the voice as a full body instrument. Your lesson will be tailored to you and your goals. Whether you are interested in classical music, pop or anything in between, this technique applies to you. It is my true joy to guide students in the discovery of their voice. I look forward to helping you do just that.
All the Best,
Daniel Dominguez September 4, 2015
Vocal Training ·
In studio Verified Student
Great teacher and good lessons :)
Courtney H. July 17, 2015
Broadway Singing ·
In studio Verified Student
Jenna is warm and caring, very supportive of a beginning student. She is very knowledgeable and patient. We are looking forward to future lessons!
Deborah N. July 13, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Jenna is perfect in every way! Kind, patient, inspiring, creative, and very professional and intelligent! I am very grateful for the experience! THANK YOU!! I highly recommend Jenna for any age or genre.
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