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About Alex M.

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Minneapolis, MN

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About Alex
Hey, my name is Alex. I'm a multi-instrumentalist (guitar, bass, keyboards, voice, drums, flute, etc.), composer, performer, recording artist, arranger/orchestrator/transcriber, recording engineer/producer & music educator.

I graduated from the University of St. Thomas "Cum Laude" in 2011 with a Bachelor's Degree in Guitar Performance, with minors in Music Production & Composition. While attending St. Thomas I served as the Music Theory tutor, as well as the live sound/stage/light/recording technician for student & faculty recitals.

I have been playing professionally & teaching for over a decade. My passion for music is something that I love to share with anyone else who feels inclined to make music. My goal is to share the skills & knowledge I've acquired throughout my experiences with those willing to learn & dedicate themselves
to the craft of making music.

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I am experienced in most major genres of music: classical, jazz, blues, rock, funk, folk, metal, acoustic fingerstyle/slap, instrumental rock, "shred," pop, world music, electronica, etc. & feel comfortable conveying the techniques, approaches & idioms to a student by breaking them down into digestible components, while making these new ideas relatable to material they are already familiar with.

In the end, I want the student to learn what they're most interested in learning. I'm here to answer any questions they may have & with my experiences, I feel confident that I will be able to either answer these questions or point them in the right direction. Some topics covered:

Scales/modes
Ear training
Instrument-specific techniques (ie bending, tapping, sweep picking, etc.)
Songwriting & Composition
Arranging & Orchestrating
Sight-reading
Improvisation
Chordal theory & how to read charts
Practice routines & approaches
Instrument maintenance
Instrument-based gear (guitars, amplifiers, effects, picks, slides, capos, etc.)

The student will learn at the pace they set for themselves & can only get out of it the amount of effort they put forth. I expect my students to practice on a regular basis (however brief each session may be). Consistency is key for progress to be made, & if they hold up their end of the bargain, the payoffs will be quite substantial!

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Practice amplifier, tuner, music stand(s), guitar picks & cables.

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I can provide guitar neck paper. I expect the students to have their own instrument & any materials they may need to achieve the goals they've set for themselves (such as a weekly notebook).

*** Specialties ***
Progressive rock, classic rock, blues, jazz, funk, disco, classical, acoustic fingerstyle/slap, flamenco guitar; music theory, sight-reading, composition, songwriting, film scoring, music production.
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Eric April 19, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Alex was awesome. Super knowledgeable and a great teacher. It was an all around wonderful first lesson.
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Dave L. March 3, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Had a great experience the first lesson. Look forward to the next one.
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Kyle November 4, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Very knowledgeable! Look forward to the next lesson!
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Alex M.

Alex M.

Minneapolis, MN 55406
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About John S.

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Minneapolis, MN
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About John
I have spent over 10 years gigging, recording, and teaching drums in the Twin Cities. I am a full-time musician, splitting time between original indie-pop band Step Rockets and Minneapolis-based variety band Soul Tree. I teach from my music studio in St. Paul as well as traveling to students' homes.

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 highly regarded Twin Cities musicians Phil Hey and Dave Hagedorn. Since graduating, I've found a niche in the world of teaching. I spent three years teaching students in St. Paul Public Schools while dev
eloping a strong base of private drum students in and around the Twin Cities. 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 vast variety of bands and ensembles. Check out my website (http://synhavsky.tumblr.com/) for more information about my musical endeavors.

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.

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John provides a laid back atmosphere, ensuring that lessons are equal parts fun and education. Based on his teaching experience with a wide range of ages and experience levels, John tailors his curriculum according to his students' input and the exercises that are most effective. John can teach any number of drum set skills, from basic mechanics and music reading to advanced technique and improvisation.

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

*** Travel Equipment ***
Given the short duration of each drum lesson, I expect the student to provide all of the drums, cymbals, and hardware for which he/she desires to learn the instrument.

*** Specialties ***
Genres: Funk, Rock, Jazz, Latin (Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, Latin-Jazz), Pop, Country, Hip-Hop; Sight-Reading; Rudiments; Improvisation; Technique
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Sidney T. April 2, 2017
· Drum · In home
Good!
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Dylan March 11, 2017
· Drum · In home
My son only recently started his lessons with John but he likes his laid back but focused teaching approach. I feel very encouraged that John has a positive attitude, and is punctual.
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Lisa T. May 27, 2015
· Drum · In studio
John quickly won over my son with his great personality and fun teaching style. I am impressed by how quickly Blake has improved in such a short amount of time. It's fun to see how much he looks forward to his weekly lessons. Thanks John!
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John S.

John S.

Minneapolis, MN 55418
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About Yasmin B.

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Minneapolis, MN

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About Yasmin
I studied classical piano and theory with Sr. Cecile Amore, jazz theory and mellophone with be-bop saxophonist John Mastroianni, jazz piano with Noreen Grey, and jazz history with the late Bill Finegan- big-band leader and acclaimed arranger for Tommy Dorsey and Glenn Miller.

I enjoy playing classical music (primarily Mozart, Beethoven and Chopin) tango, and pop songs as well. I have played keyboards and bass guitar professionally and enjoyed some commercial recognition in California when invited to open for a well known Bay Area band ("Foxboro Hot Tubs" a.k.a. "Green Day") at The Roxy and a handful of other west coast venues.

My music students are introduced to basic music theory, notation, and technique to enable them to play fun, simple melodies after the first lesson, and fun simple arrangements after the first month.
My stude
nts can expect lessons to suit their tastes and goals, whether they intend to pursue music formally, professionally, or for personal enjoyment.

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Expect this to be fun! All lessons will incorporate proper playing technique and elements of the most basic theory, no matter the style of music. If students can devote some time to practice every week, they will see results. If students practice daily, they may exceed their expectations!

With each new song or lesson to be learned, I walk you through each part so that your practice time alone is fruitful. I encourage students to tell me what they want to learn. Any arrangement, classical or pop, can be made accessible to any level.

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In-Studio lessons take place in teacher's home or at Chanson Voice and Music Academy in St. Paul.

*** Specialties ***
Ear training, music notation & sight reading, music theory, tablature, lead sheets, solo and ensemble.
Classical training, for those so inclined!
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Suzanne August 24, 2016
· Piano · In studio
She is very passionate about music and does a nice job with keeping you motivated.
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Benjamin B. July 18, 2016
· Piano · In studio
SIMPLY AWESOME!!
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Benjamin B. February 19, 2016
· Piano · In home
YASMIN, WAS AWESOME SHE REALLY MADE ME FEEL WELCOMED,AND CONFIDENT THAT I CAN ACTUALLY LEARN.
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Yasmin B.

Yasmin B.

Minneapolis, MN 55406
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About Kate D.

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Saint Paul, MN

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About Kate
I have been teaching music lessons since 2004. I come from a family of music teachers and have always loved teaching music. I am classically trained: I received my Masters of Music from the U of MN and love playing orchestral, concert band, and brass quintet music. I have experience playing rock, blues, jazz, folk, and free improvisation as well. I currently play trumpet with Brass Lassie, a Scottish big band; the Twin Cities Trumpet Ensemble, a swing band, pop music cover band, and an original folk music group. I also occasionally play with the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra and various brass quintets in the Twin Cities.

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What can parent and students expect from me? I emphasize good habits and technique from the very first lesson. I like to get to know my students and find out their goals as well as interests
so that the student maintains interest and has fun. This is important to me.
I incorporate music theory, ear training, and rhythm into my lessons for a well rounded musical approach. I also teach beginning students how to read music. I am able to teach a variety of genres of music and am more than happy to explore them with all of my students.
What do I expect from students? I expect students to come to lessons prepared: I expect them to have their instrument, music, and to have practiced at least 3-4 times that week. In my experience this is the best way to truly master a musical instrument.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have a large studio space with an upright piano, sturdy chairs, and music stands. I have a variety of different types of trumpets for intermediate-advanced students to experiment with: a Fluegel horn, piccolo trumpet, C trumpet, and a cornet.

*** Specialties ***
-My specialty is in teaching trumpet lessons. I am able to teach any level of trumpet lessons, from beginner to advanced.
-I teach beginner to intermediate piano lessons.
-I teach music theory lessons and can teach from a beginner to an advanced level.
-I teach free improvisation and encourage the ability to play freely and harness creativity.
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John O. May 6, 2017
· Trumpet · In studio
Kate has been a really fantastic teacher so far. I've played trumpet on and off for the last ~20 years, and for my most recent "on" I decided to take it more seriously and sign up for lessons instead of doing it on my own. I'm really glad I did!

Kate clearly knows her stuff, and she was quickly able to identify important things for me to work on that I would've had a hard time hearing myself. Even if I had identified those things wouldn't have known what to do about them.

I would definitely recommend to Kate to anyone, of any skill level, looking to improve their trumpet skills.
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Devin D. April 28, 2017
· Trumpet · In home
Her teaching skills helped me to organize and understand my practicing method. Her knowledge of the trumpet and music exceeded my expectations from her on-line description. She found a way to identify and improve my weak areas of performance. She is an excellent instructor, a motivator and sets a good example.
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Kate D.

Kate D.

Saint Paul, MN 55113
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$27 / 30-min

About Rachel R.

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Maple Grove, MN

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Hi there! I'm Rachel and I'm so glad you're looking into taking lessons with me! I've been teaching private lessons for 8 years. I graduated from Luther College with a Music Education degree. I currently teach K-5 general music at Hamilton Elementary in Coon Rapids. I'm actively taking student ages 2-17 for my summer roster. I look forward to hearing from you! Thanks!
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Andrea May 22, 2017
· Cello · In studio
My daughter took cello with Rachel and loved it. Rachel is patient, motivating, fun, professional, and an excellent pianist for accompanying her students. I heartily recommend her.
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Mira H. November 11, 2016
· Ukulele · In home
Super fun teacher!
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Katie N. July 1, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Rachel has an excellent rapport with students. She has a solid knowledge of music theory and guitar instruction.
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Rachel R.

Rachel R.

Maple Grove, MN 55311
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About Laura P.

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Minneapolis, MN

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About Laura
Laura has been teaching private lessons and classes since 2009 and is currently teaching in the Dinkytown neighborhood of Minneapolis. Laura has helped students begin new musical journeys, whether at age five or age fifty-five, and encourages seekers of all ages to approach the power of music in their lives as a personal and interpersonal process.

Laura received her musical training at Valparaiso University (Indiana), the Conservatoire de Saint-Maur-des-Fossés (France) and the Sorbonne. As an expert in her field, Laura looks forward to helping new students achieve their goals. Laura's teaching style centers on relaxation, consistency, and developing student independence.
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Glen June 27, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Very good.
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Mery January 2, 2017
· Piano ·
Laura was the 1st piano teacher of our daughter Julie - 6 years old at the time at
the Conservatoire de musique d'Ézanville - France. Laura clearly set the basis for Julie to progress steadily, she is good with children, flexible and firm on what need to be done (like practicing regularly at home)
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Ruth November 28, 2016
· Singing · In studio
Laura is my daughter's voice teacher and has helped her grow as a student and as a vocalist. Laura tailors her lessons to what my daughter's interests are and pushes her into new territory. She is kind, professional, creative and is an incredible teacher. She focuses on technical and artistic aspects of voice working on music theory, technique and performance. My daughter always looks forward to seeing Laura- she is a gift to our family!
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Laura P.

Laura P.

Minneapolis, MN 55414
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$30 / 30-min

About Nicole C.

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Minneapolis, MN

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Nicole C. is available for in-home, in-studio, and online lessons. Nicole has been singing for over 25 years and teaching music since 2012. Her latest project, Vox Medusa, has performed the last 3 years at the MN Fringe Festival, winning them Audience Choice. Nicole teaches all experience levels from beginner to intermediate and advanced.

Nicole developed her own method of teaching to positively enhance the student's strength, confidence, ear-training, memorization and techniques. Her positive and approachable personality sets the tone for a good singing experience.

Beginning lessons are used to discuss goals of the student and to establish the students skills level, beginning with vocalizes. Reading music isn't mandatory. She continues on to explore some classical technique rooted as a foundation for good breath support and qualit
y of tone. After, student's continue to explore other styles including jazz, musical theater, world, improvisation, rock, and contemporary, depending on the student's goals.

Nicole attended McNally Smith College of Music, St. Paul, MN. She also continues to perform nationally and Internationally with various groups locally, while teaching at local performing arts schools in the Twin Cities.
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Teagan G. December 9, 2016
· Singing · In home
Nicole is great!
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Sonja November 1, 2016
· Singing · In studio
Nicole is musically knowledgeable, enthusiastic, open and joyful. She is most pleasant and competent.
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Jeanne October 2, 2016
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Nicole is extremely gifted in music all aspects of music, reading, writing, recording and teaching.
She has been involved in music all her life. She started at St. Edwards Catholic church singing in the choir at the age of 9. After that she joined Angelica Youth Choir, at this time started piano and voice lessons. She received several awards in voice. She added guitar to her lessons as well. In her senior year at Thomas Jefferson High school she was selected after her audition to the Show Choir “Connection”. Her participation leads “Connection” to win in their competitions. She stared in Thomas Jefferson’s Musical “Anything Goes”. After High School Nicole went to a music school “Music Tech” in Minneapolis. She developed many long lasting relations which continue to this day. Her performances moved to different types of Bands original and cover bands. She has recorded CD’s with their Bands Mad Love and Wookie foot. She composed two cover songs for Mad Love. Nicole went back to Angelica participating in the Alumni Choir.
Music is a part of Nicole it is her expression, compassion it encompasses her spiritual understanding, creates her courage and develops her knowledge. It is her language it is her compass as it guilds her through her life. She embraces all of it and shares all that it is to her. It is an honor to her to teach what she has learned and been given. She does not see Music as a single expression by as one that needs to be of many.
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Nicole C.

Nicole C.

Minneapolis, MN 55431
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About Katie M.

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Hastings, MN
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Hi! My name is Katie and I am a licensed pre-primary and elementary teacher in Minnesota. I love kids, I love to teach, and I love music. I have been playing piano since I was a child and am not only qualified to teach you and or your child, but I know how to make the lessons fun and engaging!
Looking forward to meeting you and getting started!
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Katie M.

Katie M.

Hastings, MN 55033
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$30 / 30-min

About Devin T.

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Minneapolis, MN

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I am a drummer/percussionist in the greater Minneapolis-St. Paul area. I have been playing drums for 12 years as a part of many groups and ensembles, including cover bands, original bands, percussion ensembles, orchestras, and world music groups. I am proficient in many different percussion instruments. I am well versed in jazz, pop, rock, metal, classical, world (Latin, Arabic, etc), and other genres. I earned a bachelors degree in music from St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, MN. Although percussion and drum set were my main focus, I took part in many aspects of music; emphasizing in composition and new media programs as well.

I teach students ranging from child to adult. With the exception of basic rudiments, technique, and other time keeping knowledge, I primarily give student led lessons; guiding the student when needed wit
h questions and answers. I have found this to be the most productive, as the student remains actively engaged with the lesson. I incorporate other instruments into my lessons; this helps the student understand music as a whole and how their parts fits in. For example, I often reference other percussion instruments and melody instruments when listening to recordings. I also will play simple bass or piano lines to accompany the drum set groove played by the student. With todays technology, I stress the importance of recording and critiquing oneself. I offer this as a part of my lessons.

I love playing drums and I look forward to sharing my knowledge with you!
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Michael Huwert December 14, 2016
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I had the pleasure of taking drum lessons from Devin during my senior year of high school. I was looking to attain a stronger skill set in multiple areas of percussion before attending college. Devin is very personable, articulate, and has a fun personality that made it easy to learn. He is very knowledgable, and I feel that I gained an edge going into college by taking lessons from him.
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Devin T.

Minneapolis, MN 55414
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About Sahar H.

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Saint Paul, MN

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For the last six years I have been the artistic director of Ladyslipper Ensemble, and also perform with the group (ladyslipperensemble.org)

In the past I have taught at New England Conservatory’s Division of Preparatory and Continuing Education, Wellesley College, Phillips Exeter Academy, in New Hampshire, Salve Regina University, in Newport, Rhodes Island, College of St. Benedict/St. John’s University, in Collegeville, Minnesota, as well as the Wellesley Composers’ Conference, where I was a chamber music coach. Also in Minnesota, I taught privately at Stillwater Area High School, The Saint Paul Conservatory of music, as well as St. Joseph's School of Music. In 2015, I joined the voice faculty at McNally Smith College of Music.

I earned her Master of Music from the New England Conservatory, and studied at the Hochschule for Musik in Mu
nich, Germany and the Conservatoire de Versailles in France. In addition, I am a recipient of a 2017 Artist Initiative grant made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature; and by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. (saharhassan.com)
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Hartman July 1, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Sahar is very patient, detailed and supportive in her approach.
Not only is she an excellent technician, but she is also a wonderful artist.
She explains things very clearly and allows me to be musical and expressive. She also works with me at my own pace, which has helped me make very steady progress.
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Sahar H.

Sahar H.

Saint Paul, MN 55107
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