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About Carolyn C.

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Saint Louis, MO
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About Carolyn
I earned my degrees in music and elementary education at Southeast Missouri University. I taught music in school for seven years. in 1989 I began teaching only privately . I am constantly aware that the best way for students to learn is a program individually planned for him or her. I love teaching all ages..Through the years I have expanded my lessons to provide performance opportunities for those students who are interested.

*** Lesson Details ***
Each lesson is geared toward that one individual. I am familiar with all the music book publications so I pick and choose from them for each individual student.
Every lesson will be a positive experience with little treats at the end of their lesson. For the students who would like to participate we have recitals at Steinway Piano Gallery every three month.
For the vocal students wh
o would like to participate we do singing performances at Retirement Homes . I have many costumes from which to choose for the characters. Some of our favorite shows are Wizard of Oz, Sound of Music , Disney and Phantom of The Opera.
I Am located in the Crestwood,Webster, Kirkwood, South County area.

*** Studio Equipment ***
In my music studio I have a console Baldwin and a baby grand. I have microphones and audio equipment for practice for voice students. I record all voice lessons that the student takes home to practice.

*** Specialties ***
I design my lessons to fit the student I am teaching. I give certificates for progress. Stickers are given to younger students.
I am open to a wide range of music for piano and voice. My main interest is guiding you to your goals be it simple or accomplished. Whether you want to be more comfortable singing in church or the church choir or wanting to be in musicals or be The American Idol I will guide you in obtaining your goals. The same applies to pianist whether you are leaning for your own pleasure or want to become a professional. I can help you accomplish your goal.
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Florence G. May 30, 2014
· Singing · In studio
I've just started with Carolyn and have had only 3 lessons. She is very patient and encouraging. I have been singing in church choirs and community choirs most of my life. Just recently, I joined a non audition choral society that performs classical music and more demanding music. I was told that no one wanted to sit beside me because I was singing the wrong notes. If they thought that would deter me, they were wrong. I did drop out of the spring concert because I didn't have much time to improve. I have always wanted to take singing lessons but never created the opportunity. I am determined to learn to sing well and to join the choral society for the Christmas concert. I believe that Carolyn is the teacher who can help me achieve this goal.
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Kristi C. February 4, 2014
· Piano ·
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Excellent teacher, I was learning to read and she helped me tremendously and I would certainly recommend her with great reviews!
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Jessica H. January 22, 2014
· Piano ·
Rediscovering piano

After almost 20 years away I'm really enjoying taking piano lessons again. Carolyn has been great about tailoring lessons for an adult beginner, and focusing on the type of music that I want to play. She has also been flexible working with my schedule, something I very much appreciate.
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Saint Louis, MO 63126
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About Angela H.

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Saint Charles, MO

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Hi! My name is Angela, and I teach private piano, voice, and theory lessons. I love teaching, and have taught many ages (3 to 93) and ability levels (novice to advanced). I am a dependable, knowledgeable, and enthusiastic teacher. I offer lessons for 30, 45, or 60-minute weekly sessions in my home studio. I do not offer bi-weekly lessons or lessons in the student's home.

My home is a split-level, with my private living area above and my music studio below. There is a waiting area just outside the music studio, as well as a half-bath specifically designated for students and parents. The studio itself contains a piano and organ, my personal music library, and additional seating for parents. There is a full-length mirror for vocal students to watch their performance skills grow, and a gumball machine for when younger students have an exce
ptionally good lesson.

Making music is a skill which can bring lifelong joy to the musician as well as everyone around them. While I can easily ensure that my students enjoy music-making while they are taking lessons, my ultimate goal is that students continue to want to make music throughout their entire life, even after they stop taking lessons. I firmly believe that my job as a teacher is to train my students to be independent and self-sufficient musicians. Many teachers teach by rote, playing a passage to a student and then having the student play it back. Though this method is helpful in some situations, students who are taught in this manner often find that they are only able to play the songs taught to them in lessons, and that to learn a new song they must have a teacher by their side showing them how the song goes. In my lessons, however, students are taught to learn their own music through sight-reading, ear-training, music theory, and listening to and critiquing their own playing. Over time, this allows the student more and more freedom to make music without a teacher.
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Danielle K. July 30, 2018
· Singing · In home
She is really nice and fun to work with. She has a beautiful voice and really is a great teacher.
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Alex July 7, 2018
· Singing · In home
i’m 38 with a lifetime of classical piano and pop guitar behind me, and decided to learn to sing. Every lesson with Angela is a delightful adventure through Musicland, packed full of more fascinating tidbits and insights than i ever imagined i could learn, and always paced with an unstoppable professionalism that sets the bar for all future teachers. She is the best teacher i’ve ever had for anything!
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Jamie B. April 6, 2018
· Piano · In studio
I have taken piano lessons on and off since I was a little girl. Angela, is the best piano teacher I've had so far and this is including my time taking piano lessons for college classes. I wish I would've found her a long time ago.
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Angela H.

Angela H.

Saint Charles, MO 63303
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About David M.

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Saint Louis, MO
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About David
Composer and guitarist David began formal music training at the age of 5 on the drums. He taught himself guitar as a teenager and began playing in local rock bands. Initially entering college as a Journalism major, his passion for music led him to Meramec College where he studied Music Theory with Robert C. Howard and classical guitar with Larry Bolles. From 1990 through 1993, he attended Webster University, and became only the second composer in the school's history to receive the BM/MM Scholarship. While at Webster, he studied composition with Dr. Kendall Stallings, Robert Chamberlin, and Kim Portnoy, Jazz History with Paul Demarinis, and 18th Century Counterpoint with Dr. Eloise Jarvis. During his education, he performed with many student ensembles and sat in on master classes by the great sitarist and surbaharist, Imrat Khan and jazz
guitarist Peter Leitch.

In 1993 he started St. Louis SoundWorks with Grammy nominated Adam Long and Mark McClanahan that specialized in mobile recording, and composing music for films and commercials.

As a musician, David has composed over 200 pieces for various instruments and combinations from small chamber ensembles to full orchestra. He was bandleader of two creative ensembles that focused on alternative notation compositions and improvised music, and later co-founded the avant-garde influenced rock band Diverted Course which released two CD's.

As a teacher, David has taught classical guitar and musicianship as an adjunct faculty member at Meramec College and Webster University. He has given seminars on the music of Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman, and Anthony Braxton. He has been teaching privately for 23 years and many of his students have gone on to successful music careers and performed all over the world.

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I teach students of all ages in a fun and positive manner. I am flexible and will tailor the lessons to satisfy your own individual goals. Whether you are a beginner that wants to gain a foundation in technique, sight reading, and basic theory or an intermediate or more advanced player that wants to increase their knowledge and polish their skills, I will devise a plan to meet your needs. I encourage regular practice and like my students to keep a journal to monitor their progress.

I teach a variety of styles including classical guitar, blues, rock, jazz, and avant-garde.

Ultimately, I believe everyone needs a creative outlet, a way to express themselves, and has something unique to say, and I aim to help those students find their own voice.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Extra guitars and amps at both places. Mixing board at the studio. Only has a upright piano at his home address but has a keyboard at studio

*** Travel Equipment ***
Expect my students to provide the guitar. Amplification is optional.

*** Specialties ***
Classical, jazz, rock, blues, and avant-garde.
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Brian S. April 12, 2018
· Guitar · In home
David is an excellent teacher and I’m really enjoying the lessons and learning a lot.
David approaches teaching based on the goals of the student and not a one approach fits all style.
I highly recommend him.
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Daniel M. April 28, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
My son is excited to be learning!
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Joe February 13, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Dave has been able to take me on a great journey! We have covered many kinds of music, and I'm greatly appreciative of his patience and encouragement. He was able to tell after just a couple of lessons that my original plans for getting lessons was never going to be enough. He introduced several topics, and whetted my appetite for more! If only all teachers could open doors this way!!!
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David M.

David M.

Saint Louis, MO 63128
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About Zelina B.

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Saint Louis, MO
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About Zelina
I am a professional singer and voice teacher. I perform as a lead vocalist with a popular top 40 band in St. Louis and can be seen singing with several other well known bands in the city and region. I graduated from Southern Illinois University with a Bachelors of Jazz Vocal Performance. My versatility, experience and formal training helps me to make the learning experience easy, low stress and fun!

Every voice has a unique timbre; I teach students to release built up tension and apply foundational techniques in order to unlock their own individual sound. I will teach students ear training, and proper breathing and vocal technique as well as to read music and understand music theory if the interest exists. I tailor my approach to the needs of each students individual needs and goals.
I can help any student to sing with more freedom,
confidence, and expression!

Some of the musical styles I regularly teach: Rock, Alternative, Pop, Musical Theatre, Blues, Jazz, Funk, Soul, R&B, Classical.

I look forward to meeting you and helping you to become a better musician!
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Leslie September 27, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Zelina has a warm manner that puts you at ease as a beginner and I thought she put great effort in creating a program to fit my need in the short time we have each week. Also it was fun.
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Becky May 9, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Great lessons! Very happy I found a teacher who not only focuses on singing techniques, but helps instill confidence in me. Highly recommend!
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Zelina B.

Zelina B.

Saint Louis, MO 63122
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About Mel P.

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Union, MO

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About Mel
I have tons of experience and formal university training in music education. I know how to take the complex and make it simple.

There are very good reasons my students rise to the top. Experience makes a difference, and I have more professional teaching experience than 99% of other instructors.

Learning the best way, helps you learn faster and have fun while you succeed!
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Elizabeth Coyne August 7, 2018
· Banjo · In home
Mel is a very patient and knowledgable teacher. I feel like I fumble along at the beginning of a lesson but by the end Mel has improved my technique and timing. I would definitely recommend Mel to anyone who wants to learn or improve on their instrument!
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Lew B. February 27, 2018
· Fiddle · Online
Mel is a great listener. My first lesson was great.
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Vern B. February 20, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
He is an excellent instructor. His teacher technique are easy to understand and follow. His talent with the guitar is that of a professional. I’m looking forward in learning as much as I can from him.
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Mel P.

Mel P.

Union, MO 63084
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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.
Chris T.
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Lucy K.

Lucy K.

Chesterfield, MO 63017
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$32 / 30-min

About Jonathan M.

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Saint Louis, MO
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About Jonathan
Jonny Martin is studying under Kurt Baldwin of the Arianna String Quartet. Having studied the cello for over 15 years, Jonny has had many opportunities to experience the joys of music. He performed in orchestras such as the Missouri High School All State orchestra, UMSL symphony, Saint Charles County Symphony, BYU Symphonic Orchestra and Young People's Symphonic Orchestra. Jonny has had the pleasure of participating in a master class with Zuill Bailey, Matt Hamovitz and Paul Katz. During this time Jonny has taught many students and greatly enjoys passing down his love for music.
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Dorian March 25, 2017
· Cello · In home
Great Experience. On time, polite and good teacher. My son liked him. He is a keeper.
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Isaac November 10, 2016
· Cello · In home
He was relatable to my 10 year old and thouroughly covered several essential techniques and excercises to practice.
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Maelon E. September 1, 2016
· Cello · In home
I could hear a difference in my son's playing within the first lesson. The lesson just ended and my son is already looking forward to lesson two, thanks to Jonny's combination of expertise, enthusiasm, patience and encouragement.
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Jonathan M.

Jonathan M.

Saint Louis, MO 63109
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About Todd A.

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Saint Louis, MO
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About Todd
Hello. My name is Todd. I've been playing music for most of my life. I recently graduated from Webster University with a BA in music after receiving an AA in guitar performance at SWIC. I play in several bands in the St. Louis music scene and try to play music as often as possible. I look forward to hearing from you.
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Anthony December 1, 2017
· Guitar · In home
My son has really enjoyed his lessons and even practices without my nagging!
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Chris March 9, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Todd is a fantastic guy! He's patient, informative, and genuinely educates you, even at the most basic level.

Highly recommended!
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T.C. March 3, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Great teacher, Nice and very informative!
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Todd A.

Todd A.

Saint Louis, MO 63118
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About Juan L.

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Saint Louis, MO
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I am an experienced musician, singer, and teacher. I have six years of performing and touring experience, and six years teaching private lessons as well as at the School Of Rock in Ballwin, MO. I like to work with my students on their specific needs/interests/desires as singers and musicians. Whether that is on technique, performance, extending range, learning songs, or simply feeling more comfortable with your singing voice and your performing abilities, I am happy to help you grow as a singer and musician.
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Livier M. September 16, 2018
· Drum · In home
Awesome instructor. Very flexible with the schedule.
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Kevin June 5, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Off to a great start with Juan! He is very patient and teaches to where you are.
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Juan L.

Juan L.

Saint Louis, MO 63105
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$30 / 30-min

About Joshua B.

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Saint Louis, MO
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I love being able to help others learn. I’ve worked as a preschool teacher for two and a half years, and as a martial arts instructor for the last year and a half. I am currently in college pursuing a degree in psychology and social work with plans of becoming a counselor specializing in adolescent development. I tutor in all basic grade school subjects. I have a comprehensive knowledge of Spanish and American Sign Language, as well as being versed as an ESL tutor. I am also very experienced in working with hyperactive kids (and adults). If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.
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Joshua B.

Joshua B.

Saint Louis, MO 63108
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$20 / 30-min

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