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About Colin M.

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Saint Paul, MN
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About Colin
Colin has 20 years of experience spanning all genre's and styles of music. Countless hours of stage performance with bands. A love, drive and passion for music and drumming you won't find in any other instructor! Multiple studio recordings both behind the mixing board and behind the drum set. 10 years of teaching experience, realizing the importance of setting a unique curriculum for each student tailored to fit each individual's goals and interests. I have been involved in bands ever since middle school, starting with rock, and moving on to perform in country bands, hip-hop performances, indie rock bands, and progressive rock bands. A strong knowledge of jazz techniques and music theory as well as the ability to read drum sheet music make me a perfect instructor for any student.
I have had many beginner and intermediate level student's
and have become proficient in determining what skills each individual student needs to work on as well as helping students progress in their interests, keeping the lessons fun and the student motivated. I can easily transcribe any song as well! So any song you might want to learn, even if there is no sheet music, is totally doable. I love working in odd time signatures and I prefer fancy hi-hat work over heavy double-bass drum use. Progressive / Indie rock is my favorite genre of music to play, but I have tons of fun playing hip-hop, punk, metal, I dabble in jazz, Latin rhythms, and pretty much anything else. I'm always excited to play drums, and I pass this excitement on in my teachings.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons and curriculum's are built around a students experience level, age, and goals. Students will learn the fundamentals of drumming, as well as the ability to add flair and pizzazz to their playing. Within the first 3 months, a beginning level student will have the ability to play basic beats found in many styles of music, as well as feeling comfortable playing to a metronome and keeping time. Lessons will include routines to be practiced by the student on their own time, as well as fun, exciting techniques to keep students interested and motivated to continue playing.
Each Lesson will hold its own highlights depending on the student. I believe getting to know the student and their goals for their drumming is one of the most important aspects of teaching lessons. Understanding whether the student is looking to drum as a hobby and for fun will change the lesson style dramatically compared to a student looking to make a living off drumming. The types of routines, styles and techniques taught should fit into helping the student reach their desired destination.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons in the basement, full band rehearsal set up with 2 drum kits, one for the student, one for the teacher in an acoustically treated room.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I would expect the student to have a drum set and drum sticks. I can provide a drum set for lessons but it is important for the student to have a drum set or practice pad to practice.

*** Specialties ***
I have touched on almost every genre of music. I specialize in rock, progressive rock, funk and fusion.
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Kacen V. January 19, 2018
· Drum · In home
Colin is very friendly and sociable. He taught us how to set up the drum kits on the first day.
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Luke December 16, 2017
· Drum · In studio
Relaxed, novel lesson that has kept me thinking.
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Ryan H. April 14, 2015
· Drum · In home
Colin has been an awesome drum teacher for my son! He is very supportive and flexible with my sons abilities. Colin makes the lessons fun and really boosts his confidence. It is easy to tell that Colin has a lot of teaching experience and that he loves to share his musical talents.
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Colin M.

Colin M.

Saint Paul, MN 55106
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About Karen H.

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Saint Paul, MN
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Karen has a B.A. in Music Education and has run her own business Karen's School of Music for 25 years! We just celebrated our 25 years Karen's Schools of music with a big Recital!!Karen is comfortable teaching all methods: Faber and Faber, Bastien, Alfred, Suzuki, etc. We will find the best method that works for your student!
Being a Music Teacher in Elk River and St. Paul Area Schools, I teach Orff instruments, teach classroom Music, and Direct Choirs and Concerts. This gives me a tremendous background in all approaches to
Teaching Music. Having half my Masters in Music Education, my Piano and Voices have won State, and National Music Contests! I even have one International Piano Contest winner, and was awarded Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award 2 years in a row!

Learning in the home, they become very comfortable
in playing the piano, and have opportunities to sing and perform for other students in occasional groups lessons. There are opportunities to perform in recitals monthly, and earn theory and performance certificates through St. Paul Piano Teachers Assoc. We perform at Mall of America at Christmas time, and have a large Recital at the end of the year!

Your student will love Piano lessons and will learn quickly with daily practice! :)

*** Lesson Details ***
We start warming up with technique and scales, quickly reviewing our theory.

Students play 2-3 pieces from their Lesson books of Faber & Faber, Suzuki, Bastien, Alfred, or whatever works best for them. These are fun repertoire pieces they will enjoy playing.

We finish the lesson with a special Performance piece they are working on, or Melody Bober, Robert Vandall, Martha Mier, Catherine Rollins specialty pieces. We even play duets!

Students will love lessons and feel a sense of accomplishment as they enjoy singing &/or playing the piano! :)
They will want their friends to join along! :)

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano in the Living room.

*** Specialties ***
Suzuki, Faber & Faber, Bastien, State and National Music Teacher's Association Theory, skill, and repertoire standards, and State Competition with Minnesota Music Teacher's Association.
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Terri R. August 12, 2015
· Singing · In studio
According to my daughter who is taking lessons " My instructor is pretty Chill" :)
Just started the lessons and already notice significant improvement . Looking forward to future lessons
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Karen H.

Saint Paul, MN 55119
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$34 / 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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Andrea August 21, 2018
· Ukulele · In studio
As an adult learner, I was put at ease and able to work on songs I was interested in right away. Wonderful teaching style.
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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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Richard W.

Richard W.

Minneapolis, MN 55409
(17)
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$25 / 30-min

About Stanford F.

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Farmington, 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. He has been teaching private voice lessons since 1998, previously in New York City and Emporia, KS, and in the Twin Cities area since 2011. Stan has voice studios in his home outside of Farmington, MN just south of St. Paul, and the The String Academy in Owatonna, MN.

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

Bio: Stanford Felix is the former 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 earn
ed 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. While in Kansas, he was founder and Executive Director of Kansas Concert Opera. He returned to the Twin Cities in 2011 and lives with his wife, Antonia, four cats and two dogs on ten acres just east of Farmington, MN.
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Chase W. August 22, 2018
· Vocal Training · In home
He is very great at teaching my daughter to train her voice, not just sing one song well. We have been very pleased.
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Kate July 31, 2018
· Broadway Singing · In studio
fantastic
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Gus O. July 14, 2017
· Singing · In home
Stanford has been an incredible instructor and has taught me so much about the voice. I hope to continue working with him for a long time
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Stanford F.

Stanford F.

Farmington, MN 55024
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About David W.

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Minneapolis, MN
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About David
I have been a professional musician for 35 years. I taught individual and group lessons for 10 years, from 1987 - 1997. I am thrilled to be diving back into sharing my knowledge of music with others.
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David W.

David W.

Minneapolis, MN 55427
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$25 / 30-min
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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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Matt E.

Matt E.

Saint Paul, MN 55113
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$18 / 30-min

About Abby V.

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Saint Paul, MN
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IMPORTANT NOTICE: ** Because my private lessons are sporadically scheduled between other teaching, and I have found students over age 12 to need in depth lessons, the minimum time for them per session is ONE HOUR. ******

Due to my maternal grandfather's career as a Chicago vaudeville orchestra leader, from early childhood, the performing arts have been in my blood. Starting to study classical flute at age 12, then playing in the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestras and taking professional jazz/classical flute workshops/master classes, I've been teaching and playing all styles of flute music professionally since my 20's.

Vocal study began at age 15 with some great artists/educators in SF, Seattle, and Europe, including Bobby McFerrin, Mark Murphy, Broadway singer Adrian West, David Tigner- SF Opera, Davida Kagan-Seattle Opera, and Rol
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Manhattan Transfer coach /NY Academy of Dramatic Arts. Through many years of teaching experience, I've developed a very successful, uniquely simple 8 part method to help cross cultural individuals/groups of all ages , styles, and levels, sing optimally from their hearts. The necessary basic vocal techniques can be taught effectively in 4 to 8 lessons, though the learning process takes longer and can continue throughout one's lifetime.

With a BA in Theater Arts from SFSU, and over 50 years directing, acting, and musical experience, including the last 15 years also working successfully as an ESL educator, I have gained the confidence to help almost any student achieve their personal and/or professional goals.
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Alida December 6, 2017
· Singing · In home
Good teaching philosophy, experienced, patient and kind.
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Jason November 8, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Excellent teacher on the subject
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Elizabeth D. July 15, 2017
· Singing · Online
Wonderfully encouraging and knowledgeable.
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Abby V.

Abby V.

Saint Paul, MN 55124
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About Maxwell L.

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Saint Paul, MN
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I am a Twin Cities based composer. I've written music for soloists, chamber groups, orchestra, electronics, and the stage. My music has been performed from Iowa to Italy, Las Vegas to Abu Dhabi, by performers such as the Nevada Chamber Orchestra, the Mivos Quartet, the New Mexico Contemporary Ensemble, the NEXTET ensemble, Julia Bentley and many others. I have received grants from the Nevada Arts Council and the American Harp Society.

I received his MM at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas as the last graduate student of the esteemed Ukranian composer Virko Baley. I received his BA at Luther College under Dr. Brooke Joyce, where my collaborative piece with Kimberly Osberg, The Page-Turners' Retort, received the honor of performance at the National Conference of Undergraduate Research.

I've taught both private lessons and classes in gu
itar, composition and music theory and have received uniformly good post semester reviews. I focus on fundamentals and how those develop into more complex skills.
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Maxwell L.

Maxwell L.

Saint Paul, MN 55105
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$40 / 30-min

About Steve O.

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Saint Paul, MN

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I am a professional musician and music educator with 37 years of highly successful experience in teaching students of all abilities (beginners to advanced level performers), and all ages (young children to adults)!

I have an undergraduate music education and trumpet performance degree from Concordia College - Moorhead, and a Masters in Music Education degree from the University of Minnesota.

Students can expect to improve week to week in their instrumental technique. Every student is unique, and I meet students where they are at, and help them to achieve their goals (and often exceed their expectations of what they thought was possible!).

I teach students of all different ages and experience levels, and special needs students. I teach students to read music, pursue classical or jazz excellence, help them to achieve higher levels
of performance excellence, sharing all that I have learned during my many years of experience as a teacher, performer and life-long learner in the wonderful world of music (aligned with the goals and preferences of the student).

My experience as a teacher includes 20 years as a Band Director at Rosemount HS, 12 years as Band Director at Eden Prairie HS, and several years as a Beginner Band Director in the Rosemount/Apple Valley/Eagan school district.

I look forward to meeting you and helping you to grow as a successful and happy musician!
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Natalie August 6, 2018
· Trumpet · In studio
Steve is a great teacher with many years of experience in the public schools and as a private instructor. My grandson currently takes lessons with Steve and loves it! From beginning to advanced students, Steve is a fantastic instructor!
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Steve O.

Steve O.

Saint Paul, MN 55124
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$30 / 30-min

About Zach B.

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Minneapolis, MN

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I started music when I was 5. My grandma, an amazing classical pianist, would put quarters on the backs of my hands as I played my first songs and if they didn't fall off, I could keep them. I started guitar when I was 12, and I've been teaching for 12+ years. I currently teach over 40 lessons a week through the MN School of Music and independently.

I will create a lesson experience that is personalized for you, helping you to become the guitarist you want to be. I love working with:

Kids (as young as 6):
The most important thing for a child beginner is that music becomes a positive part of their life. I have many ways to teach kids the foundations of music and guitar while having fun at the same time. I want each to kid to be successful, which means balancing fun with structured, goal-oriented lessons. Your child will set goals
each lesson and leave with a clear practice plan to succeed.

Aspiring Songwriters:
Songwriting is the main reason I play and teach music. The songwriter's goal is to communicate their feelings, thoughts, and imagery through their own musical language. I will help you build your language with music theory lessons, improvisational exercises, and sharing knowledge from my never-ending study of great songwriters. We can even record demos during lessons.

Adults:
Some of my favorite students are adults who decided to give it a shot. For one, adults learn faster and function better, and it's fun to watch them improve rapidly, play (and sometimes perform!) their favorite songs.

Lessons will be held in my home recording studio next to the MIA.
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Zach B.

Zach B.

Minneapolis, MN 55404
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$25 / 30-min

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