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About Thomas G.

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Kansas City, MO

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Thomas began playing the piano when he was three, had a private teacher at age seven, and studied in high school at Jordan College of Music, Butler University. When he began his music studies at Ball State University, he learned that he could also sing! He earned his Master’s degree at University of Bridgeport, and returned to Ball State for a Doctor of Arts in Voice. His postgraduate education continued winning a fellowship at Aspen Music Festival (Fiora Contino, Margaret Hillis and Charlene Archibeque), Clare College Cambridge (where his teachers included John Rutter, Sir David Willcocks and Stephen Cleobury), The Britten-Pears School (Hugues Cuenod) and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities to Mozart’s Worlds in Vienna.

Thomas shared that studying at Clare College Cambridge, deciding to remain in London, and
teaching at the Hall Mead School gave him an opportunity to broaden his horizons. He developed a close relationship with British composer Dal Strutt, who composed several pieces for his voice and sang premieres of Strutt’s work at the Greenwich Festival, the British Music Information Center, All Saints Society, Essex, and other venues around London. The guitarist Martin Vishnick invited him to sing songs by the Renaissance English composers John Dowland and Thomas Campion on his recitals. Thomas performed as soloist with the Capella Singers, Ramsey Singers, and the Pink Singers, as their soloist in West Berlin for Hans Eisler’s “Die Mutter.”

Thomas sang the first performances of John Rutter’s “Shadows” for voice and guitar, with guitarist Ramona Hartmetz in Kansas City as well as Rutter’s “Mass for the Children” with the Philharmonia of Kansas City. He served as baritone soloist for Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral, KC, and on tour in Salzburg, Paris, Florence, Westminster Abbey and the cathedrals of Christchurch, St. Mary’s, Southwell, Ely, St. Patrick’s, St. Davids, Birmingham, Wells, Bristol, Worcester, Exeter and Norwich.

After singing opera throughout his college years, his first ‘professional’ opera was “Die Fledermaus” at New Haven Opera. Lyric Opera Kansas City hired Thomas in 1981 for the chorus of “Fidelio” and the rest is history! One hundred plus shows, and counting!

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I am a laid back teacher with a great sense of humor. You will also learn a lot of music theory and music history from me! My lessons begin with some training in reading music (Music Theory) and I suggest that you purchase Alfred's Music Theory Volume One or Two depending on your level of understanding.

After refreshing your music reading and rhythm skills, we will listen to you sing and begin to vocalize. I will develop exercises just for you, to help you develop your voice, making it stronger and more flexible.

When you have warmed up your voice with vocal exercises, we will work together on the music you wish to learn. It could be a song, an aria, a Broadway or Opera aria, or a religious piece.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Large 30 foot living room with two pianos, music stands, keyboard, couches, seating area.
Mac computer, multiple cameras and great sound system.

*** Specialties ***
Classical Bel Canto (beautiful voice) style, operatic singing, Broadway style, Art Songs (Lieder in French, German and Italian.)
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Jo Ann September 20, 2017
· Singing · In home
He may be good if you want to sing opera. I just didn't connect with him and his 'Style' of teaching. I was looking for more current music and that was where a very large disconnect was.
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Jocelyn B. April 5, 2017
· Singing · In home
Right off the bat I could tell that my daughter will flourish with Dr. G. He is very encouraging while simultaneously effective at improving a weak nuance of her current skill set without making it feel like a negative critique. She is very excited to see what he can help her accomplish.
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Meta Evans July 21, 2015
· Singing · In studio
Awesome teacher! The good Dr. knows his stuff and has the credentials to prove it. If you want to improve your voice give him a try. You won't be disappointed.
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Kansas City, MO 64113
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About Jessie Z.

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Overland Park, KS
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I am a native Chinese. I did public speech at least once a year for couple years during school. I have taught some Americans about basic Chinese grammar, and i understand the process of learning a second language. I deeply understand the difference between learning Chinese and English, I can make any plans based on your needs, basic communication, reading, grammar, or whatever you need.

I would help you find the best learning way yourself more than just giving you the basic advice. I would help you how to use your mouth to pronouns words correctly more than just letting you imitate. Besides, if you want to know some business skills like PPT, EXCEL and so on, i also could offer the help.
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Erin December 4, 2017
· Mandarin Chinese · In home
Jessie is such a joy to work with. She is patient with those she instructs. She helps students enjoy the process of learning not only the language but also the culture in which it resides.
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Jack November 7, 2017
· Mandarin Chinese · In home
She is a very patient and responsible Chinese teacher
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Mel November 5, 2017
· Mandarin Chinese · In home
I would highly recommend Jessie for anyone wanting to learn the Chinese language! She is a native speaker so you will learn accurate pronunciation and grammar. Not only that she is very patient, encouraging, and challenges your thinking! If you want to learn Chinese, don't miss this opportunity! Jessie is the right choice for you!
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Jessie Z.

Jessie Z.

Overland Park, KS 66210
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$25 / 30-min

About Mohammed B.

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Itasca, IL

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Passionate about teaching esp. teaching foreign languages. Happy to help!
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Elmos A. August 28, 2018
· French · Online
Mohammed is a great teacher. He went above and beyond during my lesson and provided valuable resources, tools, and advice. I would highly recommend his services.
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Mohammed B.

Mohammed B.

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$35 / 30-min

About Gracie C.

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Knoxville, TN
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I am truly passionate about both the spanish language and culture. I love getting to share my interest and knowledge with others. I have spent time learning and practicing the language in the Dominican Republic and Guatemala and am currently majoring in Hispanic Studies. I strive to give my students to most authentic and fun spanish learning experience! I look forward to working with you.
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Jeff September 19, 2018
· Spanish · In home
Gracie is a patient, thorough, and intuitive instructor. She can quickly assess learning styles and apply the appropriate pace. I found the sessions productive and my retention improving each week. I highly recommend Gracie.
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Charlie September 19, 2018
· Spanish ·
Gracie would be an amazing tutor. She is extremely competent in Spanish and is amazing at teaching information to students. She’s has personally taught me a lot of Spanish just from clarifying my questions and informal tutoring.
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Becca September 19, 2018
· Spanish · In studio
Gracie is an amazing tutor!! was really struggling in spanish before i reached out to her, helped me out a lot.
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Gracie C.

Gracie C.

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About Jessica W.

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Bedford, TX
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Hello! Hola! My name is Jessica and I'm an experienced Spanish teacher. I was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico and I've been teaching Spanish for the last 10 years.
I am fluent in both English and Spanish. Some of my classroom settings include private lessons, group lessons, online lessons, among others. I have experience working with students of all ages and backgrounds such as children, adults, college students, etc.
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Wilson September 27, 2018
· Spanish · In home
Jessica is currently tutoring both of my children and they are so excited and motivated after every lesson!
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Kimberly September 21, 2018
· Spanish · In studio
Jessica is a compassionate, caring teacher. She has a gift with teaching and makes learning fun. My kids love her, & my 12yr says she is his favorite teacher..
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About Andrew S.

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Kansas City, MO

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I am a professional Flute, Oboe, Clarinet and Saxophone instrumentalist. I graduated from the University of Memphis with a Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in Management Information Systems with a Minor in Oboe Performance.

Students learning Flute, Oboe, Clarinet and Saxophone can expect to improve week to week in their technique. 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 can help any student to play Flute, Oboe, Clarinet and Saxophone with freedom, confidence, and expression.

I teach Flute, Oboe, Clarinet and Saxophone students of all different ages and experience levels. I studied Flute, Oboe, Clarinet and Saxophone for 20 plus years. I can teach students to read music and pursue classical excelle
nce and pop music, depending on the goals and preference of the student.

I have played professionally with Navy Band Mid-South of Memphis, Tennessee for four years and played with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, Memphis Repertory Orchestra, Corinth Symphony Orchestra. I've played with the pit orchestras of Theatre Memphis, Playhouse on the Square, Germantown Community Theatre, DeSoto Family Theatre, University of Memphis Musical Theatre, Harrell Theatre and many more.

As a professional, I currently play Clarinet in the Kansas City Wind Symphony, play in the pit orchestras of Musical Theatre Heritage, Barn Players and Mid-Life Players .

I firmly believe that great technique is essential to any and every style. I look forward to meeting you and helping you to become a better musician!
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Andrew S.

Andrew S.

Kansas City, MO 64156
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$42 / 30-min

About Jeniffer K.

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Wichita, KS
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- Currently teaching Korean language in college
- Experience with Kids and adult teaching Korean
- Teach college prep for Korean ,Sat Korean
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Jeniffer K.

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