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About John S.

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Minneapolis, MN
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About John
Hi, I'm John! I'm a full-time musician, currently splitting my time between teaching drums and touring with indie rock band Step Rockets. I've been fortunate enough to spend the past 12 years teaching, recording, and performing across North America.

I started drumming at the age of 10, honing my chops under the tutelage of drummer/vibraphonist Steve Roehm, member of the acclaimed Twin Cities jazz trio, The New Standards. I continued my musical education at St. Olaf College, where I played drums in the college's nationally accredited Jazz One ensemble while studying percussion with jazz veterans Phil Hey and Dave Hagedorn. I then spent three years teaching students in St. Paul Public Schools while developing a strong base of private drum students in the Twin Cities.

I love sharing my passion for drums with people of all ages
and musical backgrounds. I provide a fun and stimulating learning environment in which students can foster their drum skills and grow their love of music. I have a thorough understanding of drumming technique coupled with an in-depth knowledge of different styles and genres, which I've accumulated through playing with a wide variety of bands and ensembles.

*** Lesson Details ***
I provide a laid back atmosphere, ensuring that lessons are equal parts fun and education. I tailor my curriculum based on my students' skill level and interests. I can teach any number of drum set skills, from technique and music reading to advanced coordination and improvisation.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Sound-Proof Studio w/ Full Drum Kit

*** Specialties ***
Sight-Reading; Rudiments; Improvisation; Technique; Genres: Funk, Hip-Hop, Rock, Jazz, Latin (Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, Latin-Jazz), Pop, Country, etc.
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Maddy August 7, 2018
· Percussion · In home
John is our perfect instructor: approachable, positive, encouraging, upbeat, makes my shy child comfortable and motivated. We love him!
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Santiago July 24, 2018
· Drum · In home
John has been awesome. My 8 year old son is very excited with his drum classes. John sets a very inviting tone and great environment to learn. Would highly recommend.
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Maddy July 10, 2018
· Percussion · In home
John is a perfect instructor for my daughter, who is shy & responds to positive yet structured instruction. She is already practicing for next week :)
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John S.

John S.

Minneapolis, MN 55418
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About Mark H.

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Maple Grove, MN
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Mark H. has been a professional teacher, musician, and singer for over 20 years. He has taught Voice, Guitar, Acting, Bass Guitar, & Music Theory to students of all ages in various settings ranging from private lessons to college classrooms. He is a fun, experienced, passionate teacher willing to work with students of all levels from beginners to professionals. Mark absolutely loves helping all his students achieve their individual goals.

Mark has performed in musical groups that have played locally and toured nationally. He has opened for national recording artists such as Eddie Money, Blackfoot, Kenny Wayne Shepard, Molly Hatchet, and Shooting Star (to name just a few). He has extensive songwriting experience and has composed original songs for various local bands. He has also produced musical scores for theatrical productions at t
he University of Minnesota, Harmon Place Players, and the Rhombus Theater Company.

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Students can expect lessons to be structured while being tailored to their desires and goals. Mark likes to focus on what students want to learn while pushing them to challenge themselves. His goal is to “bring out the artist” in his students but he also understands lessons should be fun.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I will suggest necessary teaching materials/books. Students need their own instruments.

*** Specialties ***
Rock, Jazz, Funk, Blues, Pop, etc
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Elliott July 22, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Great teacher! Really knows what he's talking about and gives great examples to help better understand the exercises. Highly recommend.
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Houa February 24, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Mark did a great job with my sessions. He is knowledgeable and patient. It was a pace that suited me. I would highly recommend Mark to anyone.
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Kari February 13, 2018
· Guitar · In home
Mark is awesome! So patient and encouraging!
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Mark H.

Mark H.

Maple Grove, MN 55311
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$35 / 30-min

About Eric C.

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Saint Paul, MN

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Performing and recording musician with several groups for over 15 years. Current projects include, Hot Date and Batteryboy among others. I have been teaching private lessons and classes in community education to students of all ages since 2007. I have also taught music in early childhood education as well as music therapy programs at Minnesota Veterans Homes. I am always excited to witness my students joy as they reach and exceed their goals.

*** Lesson Details ***
Relaxed lessons geared toward the students goals. Various styles and techniques; Fun and efficient practice exercises; Improvisation; Patience and attention to progress; Wide Chord Vocabulary; Music Theory in a way that is easy to understand; Tone development and playing by ear.

Every student is an individual and responds better to different teaching styles as well
as learn at their own pace. My goal as a teacher is to give you an enjoyable experience in learning a new instrument and to tailor the lessons based on your interests and goals. After the first few months a beginner student can expect to have learned basic techniques and useful skills to allow them to play simple songs and melodies with ease.

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Lessons are taught in a studio with amps, acoustic guitars and electric guitars, ukuleles, along with fretless and fretted bass guitars, drums, microphones, recording equipment and software, are available for a student to use during the lesson time.

*** Specialties ***
Simplifying concepts and process. Breaking down elements of how to play Pop, Jazz, Funk, Blues, Rock, Folk etc.
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Burnam July 19, 2018
· Drum · In home
Eric did a great job encouraging my son to participate. He was very patient and kept my son engaged in the whole session. We are looking forward to our next lessons.
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Taylor June 27, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Great first lesson. Attentive, and I felt like we got right to playing. The hour went by real quick, but I feel like I gained something already, and expect to learn more in future lessons.

Did a great job of meeting me halfway on my experience level.
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Jonathan June 26, 2018
· Guitar · Online
Patient and communicates well. Is able to translate his experience into lessons
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Eric C.

Eric C.

Saint Paul, MN 55101
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About Josephine L.

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Minneapolis, MN
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6 Years professional private violin teaching experience

Loves to play and teach classical, bluegrass, and Celtic genres!

Lessons catered to meet your goals!

Beginners - Intermediate

Learn to read music, sight read, theory, history, and play with passion.

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Lessons catered to your needs and goals!

Learn Classical, bluegrass, or Irish fiddling.

I typical beginner classical lessons follows this structure:

-warm up and scales

-Theory (All for strings theory workbook)

-Etudes (Essential Elements for Strings)

-Songs and classical pieces (Suzuki or Essential Elements for Strings)

*** Specialties ***
Classical, Bluegrass, or Irish fiddling lessons!
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Barb C. June 5, 2018
· Fiddle · Online
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Tish B. April 24, 2018
· Fiddle · Online
Learning some awesome new techniques!
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Brooke A. April 18, 2018
· Fiddle · Online
Josie has been an amazing to my teenage son. He is 13 and loves fiddle, but we don't have any teachers in our rural farming community. Josephine has helped him strengthen his playing using songs that he knows as well as introducing him to new Celtic tunes that he is really excited about. She's also teaching him to personalize his playing with the use of ornaments. We are all really happy with his online lessons. Thanks, Josie!
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Josephine L.

Josephine L.

Minneapolis, MN 55405
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$30 / 30-min

About Richard W.

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Minneapolis, MN
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About Richard
Rick's been teaching Guitar, Banjo, and Ukulele at his home, and at the Mount Olivet School of Music in South Minneapolis, ever since graduating with a degree in Music from the University of Minnesota Duluth in 2003. He also teaches traveling lessons to students in the south and southwest metro areas. Rick plays around town in 3 bands and also does the occasional Musical Pit Orchestra and Wedding gig. He also taught at Dayjams Rock Music camp in St. Paul for the five summers of its existence. In his spare time he writes YA Stories and Musicals, as well as running a Songwriting and Music Theory Blog about Tonal Trends in popular music, and a Guitar Curriculum Blog based on Karate Belts.

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Depending on student interest, lessons can consist of Ear Training, Improv/Jamming, learning Popular Guitar Riffs/Changes/Parts/
Etc., Note Reading, the Music Biz, and learning about all the cool new Music Technologies of the day. Rick also loves to transcribe any and all music the student wants to learn but for which they cannot find the sheet music or internet tab. Rick prefers to teach what the student wants to learn, but if they're not sure what that is, he helps them figure that out.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Wifi, Computer, and iPhone. I make good use of technology during lessons. Much used apps include Guitarbots, Slow Down Music Trainer, TabPro, and the Guitar Toolkit (metronome, tuner, etc.)

*** Travel Equipment ***
Music Stand (if needed), and iPhone tech.

*** Specialties ***
Music Theory and Songwriting.
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Nathan February 5, 2018
· Banjo · In home
I've had a great experience with Rick so far. He quickly identified my level of play and has provided good content for me to learn as well as new styles. Very knowledgeable on banjo, I would recommend to anyone looking to improve their banjo skills.
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Penelope S. July 15, 2017
· Ukulele · In home
Richard was willing to introduce my 4 year old granddaughter to the instrument and he helped her with the most basic aspects of playing - how to hold it (he adjusted the strap to fit her properly) how to strum and how to use her left hand on the frets, etc. He was clear, concise, encouraging and patient!
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Huda G. March 12, 2017
· Ukulele · In studio
Great teacher! Funny, easy going and went along with me at the right pace. Totally recommend him.
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Richard W.

Richard W.

Minneapolis, MN 55409
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About Annie A.

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Minneapolis, MN

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HI, my name is Annie and I have been teaching horn for 9 years. I recently graduated from the University of Minnesota with my Masters in Music Performance on Horn.

I work with each student and their parents to find out what their goals are and create a lesson plan based on where they are and where they want to be. I like to make lessons fun because who doesn't like to have fun? I have also found that students are much more likely to stick with something they are having fun doing and are much more successful.

I love to teach and I take great pride in helping each student succeed. I am a Minnesota native who loves the outdoors, gardening, and baking. I look forward to working with you!
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Annie A.

Annie A.

Minneapolis, MN 55426
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$35 / 30-min

About Jake P.

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Saint Paul, MN

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Music fills virtually my entire life. When I was 12 years old I picked up my dad's old guitar, played a few chords, and haven't put it down since.

I am currently studying Composition at Macalester College, but my experience goes far beyond the classroom. I sing in the advanced Concert Choir, as well as in Macalester's premier acapella group, and I am the frontman of a locally prominent band. I have been performing since I was 14, and have opened for several noteworthy artists, including Lion Babe, Lil' Dickie and T-Pain.

With me, students can expect to not only learn the guitar but also invaluable performance techniques, music theory, music history and more. Whatever your musical goals, be it acoustic songwriting like Taylor Swift or Ed Sheeran, shredding guitar solos like Jimi Hendrix or Joan Jett, or intricate rhythmic strummings li
ke John Frusciante or Nancy Wilson, I am determined to help you succeed.
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Monica K. July 24, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Super knowledgeable/knows what he’s doing! Loved my first day!!
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Caroline W. June 28, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Jake has been a wonderful instructor: very knowledgeable, gives great tips & advice, and always encouraging. Thanks, Jake!
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Tyler May 29, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Great teacher. Very flexable. Defiantly glad I made the dession to start lessons. I have leared alot.
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Jake P.

Jake P.

Saint Paul, MN 55105
(12)
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$34 / 30-min

About Laurie S.

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Minneapolis, MN
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About Laurie
I am a violinist and private teacher in the beautiful city of Minneapolis, and I play various genres including Classical, Blues, Jazz and Rock. My mission as a musician and business person is simple - to provide excellent music and superior, personalized service. My goal as a teacher is to nurture the love of music in my students.
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Laurie S.

Laurie S.

Minneapolis, MN 55416
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$35 / 30-min

About Sergey K.

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Saint Paul, MN
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*AVAILABILITY: The calendar here is not up-to-date. Please send me a message what days/times you are looking for and I'll try to accommodate. Thank you! *

I am a composer and arranger from Minsk, Belarus with a teaching experience for more than 35 years. I have taught at Minsk Musical College (accordion performance) and Belarusian University of Culture and Arts (music theory and contemporary music arrangement) along with piano lessons after getting my Master of Music from the Belarusian State Conservatory. In 1995, I have founded the Chamber Ensemble, whose concert program was based on my arrangements of Renaissance, classical, sacred, and popular music. Currently, I am a music director at Episcopal church in St. Paul, Minnesota; composing and arranging music, receiving commissions from around the United States and across the world,
and an active educator in the Twin Cities area, teaching piano, chamber ensembles, composition and accordion lessons.

*As a composer, I am a winner of four International and American composers’ competitions. Among them are the Dallas Wind Symphony contest for new Fanfares (2006), the Faith Partners Program of the American Composers Forum (2005), the VocalEssence contest "Welcome Christmas" for a new Christmas carol (2001), and Boston Metro Opera’s International Contemporary Americana Festival (2010). In 2000, I received a commission for the Belarusian Rhythmic Gymnastics Team for the Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia, in which they took second place.
My music had been performed by many world-recognized groups such as The Rose Ensemble from the United States (a winner of the International Choir Festival in Tolosa, Spain, 2007 and 2012); Spanish vocal ensemble Kromatika, a winner of many prestige National Competitions; Salt Lake Choral Artists; the Choir of Stellenbosch University, South Africa (a winner of the World Choir Games in China in 2010 and Cincinnati, Ohio in 2012 ); and many others.
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Sergey K.

Sergey K.

Andover, MN 55304
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$27 / 30-min

About Nicole W.

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Minneapolis, MN

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Passionate about acting for the theatre? Me too! Looking for individual coaching for an upcoming audition? I can help you prepare your material whether it be monologues, or sides for a specific role. You'll go into your audition feeling confident, prepared and ready to take on the part!

Or do you need specialized focus on a role you've already booked? We'll dive deep into the text and really work through your dialogue, character background and your motivation in order to bring out your best performance possible.

A little about me: I'm a proud member of Actors' Equity Association and have been acting professionally in theatre across the country for over 12 years. I graduated with my BFA in Theatre Performance from the University of Texas at Arlington, have trained in improvisation with Upright Citizens Brigade in Los Angeles, and am
a graduate of the Acting Intensive Program at the Regional Tony Award winning South Coast Repertory.

I look forward to meeting you, and am excited to work together!
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Nicole W.

Nicole W.

Minneapolis, MN 55407
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$40 / 30-min

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