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About Richard D.

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Saint Louis, MO

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Music is my life. Since the age of 16, I have studied the guitar extensively. During my high-school years I was involved in band, marching band, choir, and independent music theory. I started my first band when I was 19 in the U.S. Army, and my life has never been the same since. I played music professionally in local bands while attending UMSL and have been teaching guitar and musical performance to many students privately for the last 7 years while developing and exploring my own musical goals. Recently I have written, produced, and performed on 5 original music albums, toured from St Louis to Texas and Colorado, and have learned many things about humanity and our culture's relationship to music. Those who share a passion for music form an extraordinary community. Come take the first step toward your potential...

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My students can expect professional, expert advise from a working performance artist. One of my main philosophies is a focus on fun. If music is fun, then students will practice more - which leads to accelerating returns. My students can expect lessons tailored to their specific goals. First I will discuss with the student musical influences and genre preferences, then I will assess the student's current abilities and we will begin designing a weekly regimen of practice and study. As a product of the Internet generation, I recommend using all the tools available to my students including the Internet to further their goals. My students will also learn to perform with other musicians, so we will typically have a segment of each lesson dedicated to jam time. Whether my students aspire to be professional performance artists, impress their love interests, or just rock out in their bedrooms, I work with my students so that they can do exactly that.

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one bedroom apt...hardwood floor...central room for studio...music stands, room parents to sit, chairs...

*** Travel Equipment ***
I bring a music stand, an acoustic guitar, my handout literature, and any other equipment (mic, stand, vocal amp, electric guitar, guitar amp) based on what my students want to learn. I expect my students to own whatever instruments they want to learn.

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I specialize in teaching acoustic and electric guitar and stage performance. I teach using handouts that I customize for students and have lessons made up around different concepts such as - learning to identify what key a song is in - how to use 3 chord combinations - learning scales and when to use them - these type of things. I usually teach based on how I learned, which includes - using the Internet to learn songs - how to figure out how a particular song is played - getting into good practice habits - etc. My genres of specialty are Blues, Rock/Classic Rock/Southern Rock, and Acoustic Singer/Songwriter. What I like to do is ask a student what kind of music or songs they would like to learn, then build them up to the level they need to be to play those songs or that style of interest.
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Kit E. October 21, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
My first lesson with Richard was great! He explained how to set everything up and a few fundamentals in a way that we were able to get through them fairly quick and we got right to the fun part. I found myself playing a few cords and jamming with Richard halfway through my first 45 minute class. This is exactly why I wanted to have an instructor, so I can reap the benefits almost immediately, which makes me want to come back for more.
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Dave W. May 12, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Combined a great balance of practice, instruction, theory, and suggestions for "homework." Didn't feel inadequate, like I did with another instructor from school of rock.
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Susan W. February 7, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
This was my first lesson ever! Richard was very professional, knowledgeable yet patient and kind!! He made this a great experience for me. I felt as if I were part of something...not just a first time student. Can't wait til the next lesson!
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Richard D.

Richard D.

Saint Louis, MO 63104
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Saint Charles, MO

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Scott brings nearly a quarter of a century of experience in private music instruction to music students of all ages and at all levels.

Although guitar is his main instrument, he also plays drums, bass, keys, writes for all contemporary instruments, full orchestra, vocal ensembles, and percussion ensemble.

He plays, composes and teaches a wide variety of styles including: rock, pop, jazz, jazz fusion, blues, R&B, P&W/Gospel, funk.

Scott has played as a full time musician since 1990 (having played guitar since 1980, drums since 1974).

He's played with dozens of bands, and was also the full time staff arranger, music director, guitarist at a mega church for 18 years.

Scott knows that each student is unique.

He is committed to fostering that uniqueness while making sure they each have a broad understanding and applicable use of what goe
s into finding their own sound on their instrument.

Then, he focuses on how to take those skills into a real world scenario.

Scott encourages each student to embrace the music that they already enjoy and to be open to other styles of music.

Scott's personal and tailored approach to each student, no matter what their age, level, or ultimate goals, inspires students to become their best, have fun and stay motivated beyond the lessons.
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Scott J.

Saint Charles, MO 63304
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$30 / 30-min

About Ryan B.

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Saint Louis, MO

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Ryan is a Music major currently attending UMSL studying composition and performance. He has finished an Associates in Music from STLCC, and has been giving private lessons since 2012. Ryan has participated in multiple STL groups and performed at many popular venues including Blueberry Hill, Roberts Orpheum Theatre, Off Broadway, The Broadway Oyster Bar, and The Gramophone to name a few. He performs a wide range of styles including Jazz, Classical, Rock, Funk, Reggae, Blues, and Progressive music. Ryan participates in Concert/Jazz choir, as well as Jazz band at both High school and Collegiate levels. In his lessons, Ryan gives students a mix of formal and informal training that involves studies with proper technique and sight-reading along with a curriculum that focuses on the students preferences in musical taste, songs, and style!
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Joseph N. September 2, 2017
· Piano · In home
Ryan was very enthusiastic and encouraging. My son looks forward to his next lesson
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Nicolas N. September 2, 2017
· Piano · In home
Ryan was very encouraging and patient with my son. He looks forward to practicing and having another lesson.
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Katie P. August 29, 2017
· Singing · In studio
This was Katie's first lesson. Ryan was very patient, worked to engage her, and she left feeling very proud of what she'd learned.
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Ryan B.

Saint Louis, MO 63116
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About Kathy S.

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Saint Louis, MO

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About Me: I am an experienced classically trained Pianist who has been playing since the 3rd grade. I enjoy all styles of music and love sharing that enjoyment with my students. I have certification from the State of Missouri that I am proficient in educating beginning Piano students and have continued to expand my knowledge through my participation with local musicians’ groups. I am also working on expanding my instrumental abilities through perfecting my percussion skills and planning to learn guitar.

Experience: I have taught students for over 30 years and have seen many changes in both student’s preferences and the style of Music and instruments preferred. I am comfortable with both traditional pianos and organs and modern electronic keyboards. I have given lessons in my home, my students’ home and retail studios.

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hilosphy: I start my students with the John Thompson Piano Course, First Grade Book. I began with this one myself and have found it the most productive and enjoyable for my students. I like to use this in conjunction with the John W. Schaum Note Speller as a good foundation in Music Theory. I believe that a good grounding in Theory is essential as a student who becomes proficient in sight reading, no matter how well he/she plays by ear, will find that the doors for lifetime musical fulfillment with be much wider.

Lesson Style: I also believe that Piano Lessons should be fun. Since I generally teach one on one, lessons can be tailored to each student and I add supplementary material to the Piano course as soon as possible based on the student’s progress and interests. I am willing to add supplementary music in most any genre from current radio hits, to Pop Standards and soundtracks, as well as Holiday Music based on the student’s culture. There is no proper pace as long as the student is willing to practice and is interested in learning. I am always surprised and happy when a student “gets” the language of music and really starts to express himself/herself through the instrument and I always find that my students teach me as much as I teach them
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Tammy February 13, 2017
· Piano · In home
I am VERY pleased with Kathy as my daughter's piano teacher! She is patient and knowledgeable giving a very well rounded lesson. She includes theory in her lesson plan and I think that helps my daughter in her understanding of the whys...
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Kathy October 18, 2016
· Piano · In home
Kathy came to my home for my lesson. She has a very pleasant personality and it is very easy to follow her instructions. She kept the pace up, yet did not overload me. It's been a number of years since I have played and she did an excellent job on getting me back on the keys. I am looking forward to our next lesson.
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Ellie I. June 16, 2016
· Piano · In home
Ellie really enjoyed her first lesson with Kathy....She can't wait untill next week for another session with Kathy.
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Kathy S.

Saint Louis, MO 63146
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About Mel P.

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Union, MO

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I have tons of experience and formal university training in music education.
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Louis O. January 7, 2017
· Violin · In studio
Mel is an excellent instructor, not to mention his experience and expertise as a violinist. Our son is five and looks forward to his lessons. We do not have a music background, and with Mel's instruction we have found it easy to practice at home.

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Anna August 10, 2016
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Although I was forced to select a subject of Acoustic Guitar on the review form, my children and I have also taken lessons with Mel Parker on every subject in the pick list plus a few more. Theory, composition, recording. Improvisation techniques, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, banjo, violin, bass, mandolin, ear training, techniques applied to all music genre's, group and solo performance techniques, ETC! The main point here is that as an accomplished and talented musician, Mel Parker is fluent in the music industry and very skilled at teaching all skill levels, from beginner to pro. He can teach very rigid focused lessons or he can shift and adjust the lesson instantly to meet the needs of the student. My children have been able to explore and experiment different instruments, genre's and other areas of the music industry as their interests grew and changed over the years. They have had many changes in their interests but the one constant has been the TEACHER! It is wonderful to be able to have 1 teacher adjust his education for the ever changing and growing needs of my family. Both of my children are now very accomplished award winning performers and we all agree that Mel Parker has been/is the primary influencer in their accomplishments.
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Kim August 10, 2016
· Violin · In home
My daughter has been one of Mel's violin students for 5+ years. He is an accomplished musician who teaches his students with a kind and gracious demeanor. She also has had the opportunity to play solo's in recitals and yearly contests that Mel's studio arranges for his students. Because of his well-rounded attention to instruction, practice, and performance, her growth as a violinist has been immense. This growth has also allowed her to compete at the district and state level in school.
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Union, MO 63084
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About Kelsey L.

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Saint Louis, MO

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Hello there! My name is Kelsey, can't wait to meet you! I am fairly new to teaching private lessons, I started this January 2017. I love teaching, and I am very passionate about the flute! I'm excited to share my knowledge of this instrument with students, and to help them to achieve their best sound. I achieved my minor in flute performance at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, and graduated with my Bachelor's in 2012. I have personally been playing the flute for 20 years, and am able to teach students both to read music, and to improv. I perform in a duo several times a month around St. Louis and surrounding cities, specializing in flute improv and flute solos. I am a very patient, and enthusiastic person, and my teaching style is flexible and fun, focusing on attainable goals so the students can experience success.
I look forward to helping you reach your musical goals!
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Linda August 8, 2017
· Flute · In studio
I was referred to Kelsey by a co-worker when I decided to start my seven year old on my old flute. We weren't sure if flute would be the right instrument, but since I already had one, it was the first logical step.

After the first lesson, my daughter had a good handle on identifying the notes in the treble clef. Half the battle is getting Chloe to pay attention. A stuffy, boring instructor would never keep her interest.

Kelsey is friendly, and reliable, and keeps lessons fun.
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Bethany August 8, 2017
· Flute · In home
We switched to Kelsey for lessons in January, and the difference in my 9-year-old beginner flute player was very noticeable. Brittany has been more motivated to practice, and has moved forward two seat-ranks in school band since starting lessons with Kelsey. Brittany loves her. They relate in a unique way, "woman to woman," so to speak. Kelsey is very dedicated, and knowledgeable about the instrument. Brittany is in good hands.
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Kelsey L.

Kelsey L.

Saint Louis, MO 63118
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$20 / 30-min

About Daniela K.

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Saint Louis, MO

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Hi ! My name is Daniela and I can't wait to meet you!
I have been teaching piano and theory since 1994 and have loved helping my students discover the beautiful world of music. Seeing my students grow into well rounded and educated people that love art, are able to recognize different styles of music, express their feelings and emotions on this wonderful instrument makes me really happy. My students range from people who simply want to learn how to play proficiently as a hobby to students who are considering making music their future career.
I strongly believe that a chance to go on a big stage and play on a great Steinway piano in front of people, makes a big difference in children's lives: teaches them self control, gives them great sense of accomplishment and satisfaction. Taking part in festivals and piano competitions helps
with building high self esteem even more.
I look forward to helping you and your children to reach your goals!
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Scott June 1, 2017
· Piano · In home
After my first lesson with Daniela I knew she was the perfect instructor. She was very patient but didn't let you slide when you messed something up. That means a lot as an adult learning to play. If you are looking for an instructor, look no further than Daniela.
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Andrea P. April 10, 2017
· Classical Piano · Online
She is a skillful pianist and a talented musician. Video and sound quality over her side is well equipped for the online lessons.
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Riley C. March 28, 2017
· Piano · In home
So far, wonderful experience - kids enjoy her and she is making sure they learn ;) Thanks!
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Daniela K.

Daniela K.

Saint Louis, MO 63141
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About Lucy K.

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Chesterfield, MO
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Hi There! I am a violin, viola and piano teacher with over 39 years of experience as a professional violinist. I earned a Master of Arts degree in Violin Performance and Instruction from the Higher Musical Pedagogical Institute in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. I teach traditional European method, and my students’ ages vary from children to adults. Many of my students play in the Webster University Music School and the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra. All of my students read notes and count very well. I look forward to helping you achieve your goals as well!
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Steven F. December 2, 2016
· Violin · In home
Very knowledgeable and experienced in not just playing the violin but teaching it as well.
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Chris T. January 5, 2016
· Violin · In home
At the age of 58 I decided to start taking violin lessons for 2 reasons, enjoyment of playing music and exercise my brain. I found Lucy K on the takelessons.com website and she was able to accommodate my request for lessons in my home on a Sunday. Starting from scratch, she taught me the fundamentals of playing and I have made some progress over the last 8 months. She is patient with me yet will push me along and at time bring me out of my comfort zone, which is good. She has the ability and training to teach students from early age to older adults like me. In addition, she also teaches piano, which my wife started lessons with Lucy K at the same time I started violin. She has my recommendation if you have interest in either violin or piano.
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Lucy K.

Lucy K.

Chesterfield, MO 63017
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$32 / 30-min

About Chris S.

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Saint Louis, MO

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Hi! My name is Chris, but a lot of people call me Luppy (pronounced "loopy"). I am a professional musician in the St. Louis area specializing in jazz as well as performing with my band Sky West Trio (www.skywesttrio.com). I am classically trained but also play by ear. I have years of experience in the music business. I toured the country for 8 years with a band (LP Outsiders) that led to a publishing deal with Windswept Pacific, landing a song on the Three To Tango movie soundtrack, appearing on the Disney Channel Show "2 Hour Tour" with 98 Degrees, and opening for many national acts. We even toured with Big Bad Voodoo Daddy for a year. I also played trumpet on a b-side on Natalie Imbruglia's multi-platinum selling single to "Torn," and did some songwriting with Robbie Nevil (of "Ce La Vie" fame).I also have performed all over the wor
ld including many caribbean islands like Aruba, Barbados, Curacao, St. Maarten and St. Kitts.

I offer lessons to people of ALL AGES! I customize my lessons to focus on the things YOU WANT TO LEARN. My favorite thing to teach is how to play by ear! I can teach you the system that all professional musicians use to be able to play songs instantly after hearing it once. It really is possible with a little practice.

I do also teach the classical repertoire if that is what you are more interested in. For most students, I teach a combination of playing by ear and learning music theory, as well as some classical repertoire.
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John Daniels September 19, 2017
· Piano · In studio
excellent first lesson
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Steve July 26, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Chris has been teaching me music theory along with my piano lessons. He is great and I plan to continue as long as possible.
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Brendan June 15, 2016
· Piano · In home
Great first lesson! As an adult who's always wanted to relearn piano, I feel confident that I made the right choice in Chris.
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Chris S.

Saint Louis, MO 63139
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About Karen V.

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Saint Louis, MO
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I am both a Texas and Missouri certified teacher. I recently relocated to the St. Louis area from central Texas where I owned a fine arts private teaching school and also tutored students from elementary through high school levels. I have vast experience in all types of performance including theater, art, and music.
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Kim February 14, 2017
· Violin · In studio
Without Karen by my son's side, I don't think he would've gone as far as he did! After just a few years, he was hired to perform solo at a wedding. She made the lessons fun and enjoyable for him, while always encouraging him to do better! We were so sad to see her leave and miss her terribly!
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Karen V.

Saint Louis, MO 63116
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