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About Mark F.

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Chanhassen, MN

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About Mark
Dear Students and Parents,
You have come to the right guitar teacher if you are looking to start playing guitar, if you are giving a gift to someone to start lessons, or if you have played for a while and are looking to take your playing to the next level. I am an accomplished guitarist with a Performance Degree from Southern Methodist University with a passion for helping others learn and grow. I am a very calm, patient and encouraging teacher. I have the gift of taking someone with either no experience or a lot of experience and help them to realize their dream of playing better, either jus
t for fun or for playing in front of an audience. I make lessons fun and enjoyable and at the same time challenging so that my students can see---and hear---their playing improve.
Making music makes me happy and I want to share that experience with you or your child on the guitar. The guitar is a great instrument for sharing the joy of making music.

Thanks for taking the time to check out my page and I hope to see you soon!

Mark F.

*** Lesson Details ***
I've had some great guitar teachers in my life and I've learned a lot from them about music and playing the guitar. I will use what my teachers taught me to help you or your child learn how to play the guitar. I teach beginning to advanced players (except for classical guitar which I teach beginning to intermediate levels), kids and adults, and will work with you in a fun and challenging environment to make sure you are getting the most out of your investment. I am a very calm and friendly teacher who will make our lessons fun while also encouraging you to make progress. I will strive to keep you motivated to improve and will document your progress with the use of technology like audio recordings and video so you can see and hear your progress. I like to work from guitar method books so we can establish specific and measurable goals, but I do respect and accommodate different learning styles. And, of course, we willwork progressively on any songs that you have your heart set on learning so that you can soon be playing the music that you love!
I believe that there is always room for improvement. I continue to look for new ways to improve my own playing. I am sure that I will be learning some things from you, too, so let's get started!

*** Studio Equipment ***
I currently teach in the living room of my home while my basement music room is being remodeled. I provide a music stand, a metronome, a tuner and recording capability so students can see and hear themselves play. I expect the student to bring his or her own instrument and to purchase the book(s) that we'll be working from.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide a small amp for electric guitar if the student doesn't have one. I expect the
student to provide his or her own instrument, a music stand, and to
purchase the book(s) that we'll be working from.

*** Specialties ***
I can teach you to play guitar in any style of music that you want to play, from folk to rock , country to classical and bluegrass to contemporary Christian. I specialize in fingerstyle acoustic guitar that I have adapted from my many years of classical guitar training, but I also love to play the electric guitar, too.
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HUAMAO M. August 16, 2016
· Classical Guitar · In studio
I had never played guitar before and knew nothing about the music theory. Mark is my first classical guitar teacher. He is very patient answering my questions and he can always find a way to deal with them. Also He encouraged me a lot when I got a little progress. That makes me feel more confident and more happy playing guitar.
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Jessica I. June 29, 2016
· Classical Guitar · In studio
Mark was great. Very knowledgeable. Has a calm approach. Nice guy.
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Rick April 5, 2016
· Guitar · In home
Great technical tips!
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Mark F.

Mark F.

Chanhassen, MN 55317
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About Jason S.

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Chaska, MN

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Music comes from our souls and is an incredibly passionate form of expression. When individuals perform for people, including a teacher, they put their confidence and abilities and imperfections out to be seen. That's why it is important for students to feel safe and confident in their instructor, something you will find in our teacher-student relationship.

I have been teaching acoustic, electric, and bass guitar for 11 years. My passions lie in folk, blues, rock, and indie music, and I love to share that passion with my students in an encouraging and patient environment. Communica
tion is key in a learning environment to ensure that students are working and progressing toward their goals. I have given lessons to students from age 7 through 75, and understand that each student has a unique interest and skill set to be developed. Music would be pretty dull if everyone was the same, wouldn't it?

I have been a singer/songwriter out of the Twin Cities for the past 11 years and have played in venues all over the world. These include coffee shops, events, and churches in Minnesota and go as far as various establishments in Guatemala. My debut album was released in 2007 and I have been a part of numerous projects since that time. I have also had the privilege of taking intensive blues lessons with Michael May and vocal lessons with Helen Lapakko.

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I am a laid back, patient, flexible, and caring teacher. I have experience with and enjoy teaching all ages and abilities. I like to guide students through material that they choose to work on, as long as it is within their ability. During my lessons, I will cover everything from the introductory basics, improving your technical abilities, ear training, theory, and improvisation. Time can also be taken to work through electric guitar basics involving amplifiers and effects and guitar maintenance.

*** Studio Equipment ***
None

*** Travel Equipment ***
Musical Materials, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Amp, Pedaboard, Metronome

*** Specialties ***
I prefer to teach people starting out in tablature, as I feel that they can more easily access songs in this method. I will, of course, teach them some basic note reading and the fretboard. I feel that learning chords and strumming is a great way to ensure that students feel success as they progress...as they can begin to play simple songs. I play all sorts of music myself, from rock to folk to blues.
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Jaime April 27, 2017
· Guitar · In home
My kids just love jason!!
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Mike October 10, 2016
· Guitar · Online
Great intro to guitar.
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Charlotte P. November 17, 2015
· Guitar · In home
Jason is an awesome guitar instructor. I am brand new to playing an instrument. He is very patient with me and delivers his instruction in a manner that is easy to understand!
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Jason S.

Chaska, MN 55318
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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, B
lackfoot, 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 the 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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Mike April 13, 2017
· Singing · In home
I've been a guitar player for a while and have wanted to learn how to sing along with the guitar. Mark has done an excellent job determining where I currently am as a singer and how I can get to where I want to be as a singer. He has started with the basics and explaining to me how you can improve as a singer by making routine out of several exercises. He has done a great job not just explaining what the exercises are, but why they are beneficial to me as a vocalist. After gathering a better sense of my voice, I have started bringing my guitar to lessons and he has helped me immensely to blend my voice with my instrument. Since doing these lessons, I've had the confidence in my voice to start performing at open-mic nights in the Twin Cities and I thank Mark for that! He is wonderful!
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Erik K. February 8, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
I found Mark through TakeLessons a little over a year ago when my dad and I were looking to start learning guitar. I could not have been more pleased with how accommodating Mark was with our schedules and different skill levels. Whether its reviewing what we learned the week prior or taking on something new we are being challenged every lesson. My dad and I have come a long way since we started last year and Mark is to thank for our success. I highly recommend Mark if you are just starting out or have a few years under your belt. He is crazy knowledgeable!
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Mark January 11, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Really knows his stuff and is very patient. Cares about you wanting to play to the best of your ability and really stays on topic and down to business but at the same time makes you feel comfortable when talking about your influences.
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Mark H.

Maple Grove, MN 55311
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$35 / 30-min

About Mariana L.

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Maple Grove, MN
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Born in Panama City, Panama, Mariana completed a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Shenandoah Conservatory and completed a Master of Music in Vocal Pedagogy at the Catholic University of America with an emphasis in Latin American Music in 2009. She has sung on the stages of Italy and Spain participating in performances of Die Zauberfl te, L'Elisir d'Amore and La Traviata. Mariana has sung in the DC area with Zarzuela Di Si and the In Series as well as The City Choir of Washington and The Washington Chorus.
As a voice teacher, Mariana has experience teaching students of all ages but
mostly children and teenagers. Her approach is simple yet effective, speaking in terms that are easy for each individual student to understand and remember.

*** Lesson Details ***
Students will develop a strong vocal technique and build healthy vocal habits. They will learn all aspects needed to become a well rounded singer: diction, interpretation, musicianship, breath support and focus, all of this while having fun! Also, they will acquire the tools to keep up the work they've done during their lessons in the time between meetings with the teacher.
Pianists will learn to read music and play by ear while acquiring a healthy technique to avoid any injuries.

*** Studio Equipment ***
You'll be learning to play on a beautiful Kawai upright piano.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I own a traveling keyboard but prefer to use a larger instrument if available at the student's home. I also provide musical scores and the use of metronome.

*** Specialties ***
Classical, pop, musical theatre, rock
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Sophia August 23, 2016
· Singing · In studio
She is a wonderful teacher. So easy to work with. My daughter loves her!
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Richard leRoy August 19, 2016
· Spanish ·
Outstanding! Mariana is funny and is easy to work with. She takes time when you are struggling and pushes you when you are not.

I woukd highly recomend her to anyone wanting to learn spanish.

She is the best! Rick L
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Sabina March 16, 2016
· Piano · In home
We absolutely love Mariana. She relates beautifully to our girls, she's positive, encouraging and creative. We are thrilled to have found such a lovely teacher.
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Mariana L.

Maple Grove, MN 55311
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$35 / 30-min

About Stanford F.

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Minneapolis, MN

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About Stanford
Stanford Felix, D.M.A. has a national reputation as a bass-baritone singing classical and musical theater, and has been teaching private voice lessons since 1998. Stan is currently available to teach lessons at three locations in the Twin Cities area: his voice studio in downtown Minneapolis (see https://www.facebook.com/sfelixvoicestudio/), his home in Farmington, MN just south of St. Paul, The String Academy in Owatonna, MN, and online.

Dr. Felix works with all voice types, from beginning to professional and enjoys watching his students grow stronger every week as they reach to obtain th
eir optimum vocal range and brilliancy of sound. Please contact him today!

Bio: Stanford Felix is Founder and Executive/Artistic Director of Minnesota Concert Opera, based in Minneapolis, MN, and currently teaches voice and performs primarily in the Twin Cities area. Having earned his B.F.A. in Theater and Voice from the University of Kansas in Lawrence, KS, Dr. Felix based his singing career in New York City for twelve years, received his M.M. in voice performance from the Manhattan School of Music in New York, was on the Voice Faculty of Texas A & M University, Kingsville where he ran the opera department for two years, and then returned to Lawrence, KS to get his D.M.A. in Voice Performance. He then taught as Assistant Professor at Emporia State University in Emporia, KS for five years.
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Christine August 18, 2016
· Singing · In studio
Wonderful experience!
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Chad August 2, 2016
· Classical Voice · In studio
Stan is an outstanding teacher and has an amazing understanding of the human voice. I am so much more comfortable and expressive with my voice since working with him over the past year and a half. I HIGHLY recommend him to anyone seeking to improve their abilities professionally.
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Natalie July 31, 2016
· Singing · In studio
Lessons with Dr. Felix have improved my solo and choral singing immensely. I would definitely recommend him for anyone looking to improve their singing confidence and vocal technique.
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Stanford F.

Stanford F.

Minneapolis, MN 55403
(4)
starting at
$40 / 30-min

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