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About Luke P.

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Winston Salem, NC

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All musicians benefit enormously from an understanding of how it all works. I love teaching theory from the ground up, mastering the simplest concepts in order to understand the most sophisticated effects and applications. Theory is painless and fun, and understanding it will enhance your listening, your playing, and your composing.

About Luke
I majored in music at Berea College, then went on to The University of North Carolina School of the Arts, where I completed a Masters degree in guitar performance and served as the graduate assistant to the guitar department.

For the past ten years I have earned a living performing and teaching guitar. I am a certified Suzuki instructor, and I've held teaching positions at Winston Salem State University and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, along with at least half a dozen other schools and institutions. I've been featured on other artists' records, and received a grant to release an album of my own songs. I regularly perform in a wide variety of bands and ensembles.

I love to teach, and over the years I have taught hundreds, maybe even thousands of lessons. Having learned something from each and every one
of my students, I am now at a point where I excel at honing in on the individual interests and learning styles of whoever comes to me for help. There are many ways to learn guitar. The best one is the one that engages and inspires you the most. That said, there are also music fundamentals that we all need to know. My joy as a teacher lies in finding a way for you to master the fundamentals while at the same time following your personal bliss and intuition. We plot the course together, combining your curiosity and enthusiasm with my years of experience.

I also love working with kids. While they are having fun jamming, I discretely provide them with the technique and musicianship they'll need to excel in any musical environment, whether it's conservatory study or playing in a great band.

*** Lesson Details ***
Your enthusiasm is the key to your success, so my lessons are tailored to the interests and abilities of each student. That said, my classical background and dedication to effective teaching inform everything I do.

All of my students learn Music Fundamentals:
-Technique (habits of movement)
-Theory (how music works)
-Aural skills (hearing pitches, chords and rhythms clearly)

Many of my students use books. There are hundreds of great books these days, and I will work with students from any book they choose. Listed here are the books I regularly use. They all deliver great results:

-Aaron Shearer "Leaning The Classic Guitar"
-Will Schmidt and Greg Koch "The Hal Leonard Method"
-Joe Pecoraro "Read This First"
-David Oaks "Music Reading For Guitar"
-William Leavitt "A Modern Method For Guitar"
-Mateo Carcassi "Melodic and Progressive Studies, Opus 60"
-Leo Brouwer "Simple Studies"

Many of my students prefer to work without a book, and that is a great option too. These students learn scales, chords and theory and develop a repertoire of songs. I will show you how to play any song you'd like to learn. You can also work on writing your own songs or compositions, or improvising in any context, be it jazz, blues, Indian raga or flamenco.

Singing is also encouraged!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Home studio: music stands, extensive library of all kinds of music, great sound system and ability to stream any song, several guitars, recording equipment, footstools, keyboard and percussion instruments.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I'll bring my guitar and books, accessories as needed.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in versatility. I regularly play gigs doing classical, jazz, blues, rock, pop, and world music. All of these genres have a place in my heart, and I've devoted years to learning to play and teach them well.

I am equally polyamorous when it comes to the various things musicians do. I love to sing pop songs, dissect jazz lines, delve into expressive groupings with classical pieces, drill scales and arpeggios, you name it. Reading, improvising, composing and notating, transcribing and playing by ear, memorization, classical technique, blues technique, bluegrass technique, theoretical analysis... hit me up for any of that, or whatever else interests you.
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matthew J. November 21, 2016
· Ukulele · Online
What a great teacher. Very kind and patient. Definitely knows his stuff. Highly recommend to all.
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Casey October 28, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
I've learned a lot through my lessons with Luke. He's a great teacher, incredibly talented and an all-around good guy. Very highly recommended.
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Casey September 11, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Luke is incredibly knowledgeable and a wonderful teacher. I'm only a few lessons in so far but I'm already understanding concepts that eluded me for the last 12 months of teaching myself. Highly recommended.
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About Thomas G.

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I can help you with your knowledge of music theory and composition.

About Thomas
From the time I began musical training at the age of 5, I knew that music making would always be an important part of my life. It became my muse and I followed it all around the world. I have performed in Japan, England, Scotland, Wales, Italy, France, Austria, and the United States. I know what makes a good musician and a good performer and I'm pleased to be able to share that with my students! MY STUDENTS WIN AUDITIONS! I taught in several of the States and in London. I am also a certified teacher in Missouri, Kansas and other States including England, Scotland and Wales. I hold a Bachelor’s degree and Doctorate from Ball State University, and a Master’s Degree from the University of Bridgeport. I have studied on fellowship at the Aspen Music Festival and University of London. While teaching in London I performed at many famous venues s
uch as Queen Elizabeth Hall, St. John’s Smith Square and Somerset House. I sing at Lyric Opera of Kansas City where I have appeared in over 90 productions. Upcoming: Mozart: Magic Flute, November 9-17, 2013 and Puccini: La Bohème, March 15-23, 2014   I also sing professionally at Grace and Holy Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Kansas City. Whether you are seeking coaching on technique, Broadway, Opera or the American Songbook, I would be happy to work with you to realize your full potential. I get excited about helping students become good performers! Let me help you become the best musician you can be, IN PERSON or ONLINE!

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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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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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John D. May 3, 2013
· Singing ·
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I never thought anyone and I mean anyone could get me past the fear of singing. I have over three decades of acting, including a prestigous acting school, but never developed confidence in singing. Thomas taught me. He helped me develop my new voice. Wow! Thank you sir!
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Kansas City, MO 64113
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About Indigo S.

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In my opinion, the way music theory is commonly taught makes the subject miserable and difficult. Over many years I've developed a method of breaking it down into user friendly and bite size pieces, that can begin to be applied right away. I'm particularly well versed in teaching theory as applied to the guitar. Fun and satisfying!

About Indigo
Indigo has been working in the performing arts since she was biting ankles, first as a dancer and vocalist, and later as a guitarist. She's composed music for and/or sung dozens of international television commercials, spots on Law and Order and songs in Films premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, and as a lead guitarist and vocalist, toured the US, Canada, Europe and Iceland, extensively, performing in hundreds of theaters and rock clubs around the world, including-- Madison Square Garden, BAM, The Beacon Theater, Music Hall Of Williamsburg, The Bowery Ballroom, Club Nokia (LA), The Santa Barbara Bowl, The Chicago Theater, Baby's All Right, The Mercury Lounge, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass (SF), Pickathon (Portland)

As a teacher, Indigo's method has, at it's core, a commitment to the idea of teaching a man to fish rather than giving hi
m a fish, and every student, regardless of age or experience will be taught to understand, first and foremost, how music works, so that he or she comes away, not only with the skills to play the material covered in the lessons, but, eventually, the ability to teach themselves any other material they're interested in.

With an emphasis on ear training, her natural approach to learning theory, makes even the most wary or challenged student understand with ease, and find pleasure in the process of learning. Rote memorization is eliminated and replaced by a deep understanding, which grows naturally, while technique improves alongside it. Students quickly find themselves able to play, sing and understand things previously only dreamed of.

These universal building blocks of music apply across all genres. Technique will be tailored to your specific interests, and from the start, a portion of each lesson will be devoted to learning the material of your choice.

Indigo also specializes in coaching songwriters, and can, in a gentle and non-invasive way, help to guide you through the process of both mastering craft, and establishing your own individual voice as a writer.
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Daniel September 17, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Indigo is able to break down the guitar in a way that is clear and empowering, and very musical. You will be a better musician if you follow through on her revelations.
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Jeff August 16, 2017
· Songwriting · Online
Indigo is a fabulous and diverse teacher! I've been taking lessons with her for about 9 months. Although my lessons are "officially" for songwriting, we divide our time among that, guitar technique, and music theory. I've experienced so much progress and fun in several areas, and I attribute that to Indigo's teaching and guidance. I even wrote and produced my first solo song! Don't miss the chance to work with a great musician and teacher!
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Geoffrey L. May 17, 2017
· Music Theory · Online
Indigo is simply the best at simplifying music theory into bite size pieces that are easy to grasp. She is a very gifted teacher.
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About Jonathan G.

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As a composer, this is one of my specialties, from the evolution of music to contemporary composition!

About Jonathan
Professional musician since age 11 in NYC. Worked with the Coasters, Drifters, O'Jays, Platters & Temptations plus the Ringling Bros/Barnum & Bailey Circus before the age of 30. Earned a Bachelor's Degree in Music Performance with a minor in Jazz Studies from VCU in 1985. Recorded with the Ray Charles rhythm section, Jimmy Knepper, Kenny Washington, Loren Schoenberg, Joel Futterman, Paul Renz, Russell Scarborough, Steve Bassett, The Upper East Side Big Band (Pollack Prize Winner), Central Virginia Jazz Orchestra (CVJO) which was nominated for a Grammy Award. Currently performing with my own Jazz Warriors, Emme St James & Her Jazz Gentlemen plus Attraction & CVJO.

I teach students on an individual level according to what they want to accomplish. Each lesson is custom tailored to fit their objective. Mastering the instrument and understa
nding music theory are two important subjects that I offer. Along with that, a student can focus on any musical style from classical to jazz plus other important aspects like composing, reading and recording music.

I am willing to share my professional experience with any student who wants to become a player!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Steinway Grand Piano,
Electric Piano
Electric Bass
Synthesizers
French Horn
Trumpets

*** Travel Equipment ***
I bring music books to augment the student's library. However, students must provide their own instruments.

*** Specialties ***
Suzuki method for the 3 year old plus my father's method for ages 5 and older. After that, I teach according to the student's abilities and their goals.
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Shiloh November 20, 2016
· Piano · Online
This instructor is very helpful when learning new concepts and adjusts his lessons to match your skill level.
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Don W. September 9, 2016
· Organ · Online
Lesson 1 - we are off and running with both of us on the same page. I just need to do my part; practice.
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Jim August 31, 2016
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Need an accordion player for a party. Any suggestions or contacts.
Doing Oktoberfest theme. Great gig, pay is good.
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About Victor P.

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Kansas City, MO

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There is a theoretical component to ALL the lessons, masterclasses, and seminars I do. Music "Theory" isn't really "theory..." It's REALITY. It's the language we use to talk about our art, it's the ideas and concepts that make music work. Composition is part of this, and you'll know your stuff if you study with me. No brag, just fact ;-).

About Victor
With a Doctor of Musical Arts from the prestigious Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, and 12 years of University music teaching, you will be hard pressed to find a more comprehensive, diverse, and qualified music teacher anywhere. Let me help you create a music lesson experience tailored to YOUR specific interests and needs! One size does NOT fit all, and I have the experience you help you reach your musical goals in a way that focuses on your strengths, while catching you up on those less-strong bits. Lessons are friendly, relaxed experiences that not only teach you to play the instrument of your choice (and the recording studio is an instrument!), but also supply you with valuable theoretical and historical context to provide a richness to your musical experience that most players never receive. Beginners to Professional, le
ssons to coaching to masterclasses, I cater to all skill levels, genres, and musical goals.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons are given in my studio. Lessons are tailored to your interests and musical goals, and can change and evolve as your own musical expertise improves. Call today to start your musical journey.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Fully equipped recording and teaching studio
Logic Pro X, Digital Performer, Ableton Live, Reason, and any other DAW you'd like to learn.
24-track recording capability, treated mixing environment.

*** Specialties ***
Guitar, bass, viola da gamba and other Early Music instruction (Medieval through 18th-century), specialties in Rock, Blues, Jazz, Country, and other popular genres. Lessons also available in piano, banjo, mandolin, recorder.
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susan H. February 11, 2015
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Victor is great,at piano and guitar!
Thank you Victor :-)
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susan H. February 11, 2015
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Victor Penniman is an incredible teacher! He is really kind, prompt, super intelligent! Our kids really enjoy the lesson because it's fun and the progress is truly amazing! I would recommend Victor to ask my friends! Thanks SO much Victor!
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susan H. February 11, 2015
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Victor is very patient, with us. He is nice and a very good teacher. We have had Victor as our teacher for about 8-9 months now and we have improved so much. FOxtrot is always on time and on a great mood. I could barely play Mary had a little lamb and now I can play Nintendo songs and play the blues.-Luke
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Kansas City, MO 64114
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About Michael C.

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Kansas City, MO

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Students will learn how music is structured in the Western Tonal Tradition. More advanced students will learn contemporary methods of composition.

About Michael
I have experience working with students from beginning students picking up the horn for the first time to college freshman. I have studied with members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Lyric Opera, and Kansas City Symphony. I have a Bachelor of Music from the University of Central Missouri and a Master of Music from DePaul University.
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Michael C.

Michael C.

Kansas City, MO 64118
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About Paul W.

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Houston, TX

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Jazz theory as applied to performance

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Professional musician, engineer, producer, music educator with a lot of experience teaching kids and adults alike.
Taught in Germany, The Netherlands,Great Britain,Africa etc.
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Brian Ellis February 23, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar ·
Paul has been a tremendous instructor for me and my journey on learning acoustic guitar. During lessons he has also taught me music theory and explained it simply, and through that I feel like the guitar and music in general has been opened up to me and I now see music more clearly. I highly recommend him as an instructor!
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Amber Williams January 22, 2017
· Music Recording ·
Paul is an amazing teacher and mentor. Today we tackled harmonies while recording and it was so special to me. Paul is dedicated to his craft and his students. He prepares for each lesson, whether vocal or piano, and pushes me further along while reinforcing what we learned previously. He's just the perfect balance of strict and encouraging, always leaving me with a lesson that I had not anticipated and a whole lot of fun. I am so happy I found a teacher as great as Paul, he is truly one of a kind!
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Rhoda Seplowitz November 28, 2016
· Piano ·
My son is really enjoying his piano lessons with Paul. Paul is very talented, punctual and engaged.
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About Alastair W.

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I am currently pursuing my doctorate in music, and have a long and varied background in music theory. I can take you through the most basic introduction to music theory, to college preparation and assistance.

About Alastair
I serve on faculty at the University of Central Missouri as Instructor of Saxophone. I am a Conn-Selmer endorsing artist. I have been teaching all ages and levels of saxophone for 8 years. I hold music performance degrees from the Birmingham Conservatoire of Music (Bachelors), UK, and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (Masters). I am currently completing my Doctorate in Music Performance at the University of Missouri Kansas City.
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Charles July 27, 2017
· Saxophone · Online
Very much looking forward to the next lesson. He's perfect for the adult learner.
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Matthew K. May 14, 2016
· Saxophone · In studio
Overall, Alastair does a great job teaching. Stay tuned.....
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Matthew May 14, 2016
· Saxophone · In studio
Alastair has a wealth of experience and knowledge about the saxophone. He's very patient and understanding and only wants you to get better. I hope to be learning under him as well as working with him for years to come.
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About Rob F.

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Shawnee, KS

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I took lots of Music Theory classes in college. I have written 2 progressive rock albums with lots of chords and studied Jazz which is loaded with music theory. We can work on getting a great handle on what the music is doing theory wise.

About Rob
My name is Rob Foster. I teach violin and viola lessons in the KC area. My parents started me on the Suzuki Method at 3 years old. I have played and taught lots of Classical music but I am also passionate about other kinds of music as well. Rock, Blues, Jazz, Country, Funk and Improvisation. I have played in many bands playing all of those genres. We can go any direction you want. I usually use the Suzuki books for sight reading and classical practice/technique, and also do ear training exercises. Come check out my website for more information. Thanks. www.robmusicianfoster.com
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Lindsey Eusterwiemann May 14, 2017
· Violin · In home
Rob is a great violin teacher. He is very competent and knows how to break the steps down to help our 6-year old learn this complex instrument. We are excited to see her learn and grow!
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Lindsey April 29, 2017
· Violin · In home
Rob is a great teacher. Highly recommended.
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Paul L. March 20, 2017
· Violin · In home
Mr. Foster is thorough. He understands the difficulties beginning students face and he has a nice way of helping you to work through them.
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Shawnee, KS 66216
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About Brandan S.

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Santa Clara, CA

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Beginners will learn the basics of music theory and notation. This includes notes, staffs, key signatures, note duration, and simple melodic and chordal structure. These are the necessities for learning to read and write music of any genre. Students will receive a workbook to practice with. This is an excellent and necessary skill to learn for anyone who is looking to read, write and, most importantly, play music!

About Brandan
As a baritone with over 10 years of performing as a soloist and in numerous ensembles, Brandan has had experience with a wide variety of genres including musical theater, classical voice, opera, jazz, and pop.

He has performed roles with the SJSU Opera Theater. Solo works include the Fauré and Brahms Requiem, both with San Jose Staté University. In the summer of 2015, he appeared with the Symphony Silicon Valley in R.V. William’s Serenade to Music and in 2016 he performed Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass with the Ireland Limerick Sinfonia. Most recently he joined Peninsula Cantare as a soloist in the Carmina Burana and Mozart Vespers.

In addition to classical and opera, Brandan has performed roles in a number of musical theater productions including Les Miserables, Little Shop of Horrors, Bye Bye Birdie, and Lil' Abner. In addition, he perf
ormed with the award winning vocal jazz ensemble Syncronicity from West Valley College. While at San Jose State University, Brandan founded and music directed the co-ed a cappella ensemble, The Spartones.
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Brandan S.

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