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About Jessica P.

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Saint Charles, MO

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About Jessica
I love music! Living in a musical family can be challenging and inspiring. I began to learn Flute at age 7 and have picked up a variety of instruments since. I began to take lessons in middle school for Tenor Saxophone and Trumpet and continued playing jazz for 6 years. At age 14 I began to take lessons for French Horn, which is now my main instrument. I performed in various middle school and high school state solo and ensemble competitions on all four instruments over the course of 7 years. I am knowledgeable in solo and small ensemble repertoire for all four instruments.

I attended Lindenwood University where was Principal to the L.U. Symphonic Orchestra for 4 years, a section leader for the L.U. Marching band for 5 years, and Principal of the L.U. band for 5 years. I also performed in various chamber concerts with brass choirs and
quintets. I have also organized the University's first woodwind quintet (consisting of: flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, and horn) for a senior recital. Over my college years I have performed for several community groups and churches. I have been a featured guest and helped with sectional instruction for the St. Charles Youth Orchestra.

I am starting up my fourth season playing French Horn with the Alton Symphony Orchestra. I have been a board member since November 2015 and will be accepting role of Vice President as of June 2016.

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I like to tailor each lesson to suit individuals. Everyone learns differently and I can adapt easily. I believe in a "no stress" environment. Stress and tension can affect how you learn and if you're relaxed and having fun then you'll absorb more. My lessons will help inspire creativity and confidence. In our first lesson, we will discuss what YOU would like to get out of the lessons, whether you want to learn a new genre of music, prepare for solo and ensemble, improve technique, and anything else that comes to mind.

For beginning students, we'll learn notes, scales, time signatures, and technical aspects of the instruments and music. For intermediate-advanced students, the lessons will depend on what knowledge you already have and what you would like to learn.

Daily practice is encouraged! A teacher can teach, but it takes a student to put that into practice. I can teach Flute, Saxophone, Trumpet at beginner levels. I can teach French Horn from beginning to advanced levels.

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I can provide music and pencils. I expect my students to provide a music stand and a positive attitude. Miscellaneous cleaning/care products and reeds should be provided by the student.

*** Specialties ***
Classical, Baroque, Romantic
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Sheryl D. July 12, 2017
· Flute · In home
Jessica is extremely patient and kind. My daughter had a great time with and learned so much. I would absolutely recommend her to others.
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Yanna D. October 13, 2015
· Flute · In home
Jessica is very patient and kind. My daughter is looking forward to her next lesson.
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Jessica P.

Jessica P.

Saint Charles, MO 63303
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About Bill B.

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Saint Louis, MO
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Hi, I'm Bill! I have over 12 years experience with both children and adults, and more than 30 current students. I have a bachelor's degree in music (piano performance).

I love helping others foster their passion for music and become proficient at the piano. I can help you learn the pieces YOU want to play, whether the style be classical, jazz, pop, spiritual, etc. I can help you with: sight reading, playing by ear, chord theory, and more. I have experience with both children and adults of most skill levels.

I can't wait to hear from you and help you start your musical journey!

I request that you contact me before signing up for lessons. Note that my current availability is limited to weekday mornings and early afternoons until around 3:30. I only offer weekly lessons. Thanks!
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Pamela R. March 2, 2016
· Piano · In home
A great start after not playing for 50 years!
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Katelyn February 19, 2016
· Piano · In home
The kids piano is improving in just these few weeks. They enjoy playing and look forward to lessons with Bill. He is very patient with them and a great instructor.
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Shandi O. August 8, 2015
· Piano · In home
Me Boyer arrived on time. My daughter was very excited to meet him and get started. Since she had previously had lessons I was very impressed by his first question of "would you like to show me what you know?" I very much like the way Mr Boyer interacted with my daughter. More importantly, she likes Mr Boyer!
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Bill B.

Bill B.

Saint Louis, MO 63126
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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 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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About Anna F.

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Saint Louis, MO

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I grew up surrounded by a musical family and was taught to love music at an early age. I hope to pass on that love of music to any student who walks through my doors.

I have a bachelors degree in piano performance, and have been giving private piano lessons since 2011. I have experience teaching beginning and intermediate piano students of all ages, and am comfortable teaching from a variety of method books. I aim to choose material that will be fun, engaging, and learning appropriate for each individual student. Though my training is classical and I believe this provides a good building block for learning music, I like to incorporate many different styles of music, based on students' interests.

*Please note: I currently teach from my home, and we do own a cat. If you are allergic to cats, please let me know - I am happy to make sur
e the cat is put away during your lesson time and to vacuum/dust as needed.
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Emily February 4, 2017
· Piano · In studio
My daughter left her first lesson and said "that was a lot of fun, I can't wait to go next week"
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Adam G. July 30, 2016
· Piano · In home
So far, I've had three lessons with Anna, and she's pretty good. I'm looking forward to having many more lessons with her.
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Hannah G. July 30, 2016
· Piano · In home
Anna is a wonderful teacher, my kids enjoy and look forward to having their weekly piano lessons with her. We're very happy to have found her!
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Anna F.

Saint Louis, MO 63130
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About Ryan M.

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Saint Louis, MO

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Ryan M. is the Music Director at St. Barnabas the Apostle Catholic Church in O’Fallon, Missouri, where serves as organist, choirmaster, and cantor. He recently completed a six month term as Interim Organist of the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, during which he played for over fifteen bishops, Carlo Maria Viganò, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, and Louis Alphonse of Bourbon, Duke of Anjou.

Mr. M. studied organ at Cleveland State University with Horst Buchholz and piano at Duquesne University with Natasha Snitkovsky. In 2011 Mr. Murphy came in third in the Rodgers North American Classical Organ Competition and was a winner of the 2005 Duquesne University Concerto Competition, playing Dimitri Shostakovich’s second piano concerto. A Colleague of the American Guild of Organists, he enjoys reading, dancing, and weightlifting in his
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Randy March 8, 2017
· Singing · In home
My first lesson was just what I was hoping it was. Very grateful to have Ryan as my teacher.

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Pete October 26, 2016
· Classical Piano · In studio
Ryan is an excellent piano instructor. He is patient, yet will drive you forward at a sensible pace. Whatever your current level of proficiency, you will see quick improvement, guaranteed. I recommend him unconditionally.
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Kathi October 24, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Ryan is an excellent teacher. He is very qualified. It doesn't matter your age. If you have a desire to learn Ryan is the person. He is approachable. If you have questions he is very happy to answer without hesitation.
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Ryan M.

O Fallon, MO 63366
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About Davis Wilton B.

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Saint Charles, MO

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Hello fellow guitarist! My name is Davis and I have been playing guitar for twelve years. I have received both classical and modern training and I still take lessons to this day (I never want to stop learning!). I created my first band when I was Junior in high school and have played in a number of bands since then spanning over multiple genres including rock, funk, metal, and folk. I now have my own solo project and I am writing my first solo record. Currently I am focusing on working with beginner and intermediate players. Lessons will be conducted out of my home studio or through TakeLessons Classroom. Whether you are looking to learn your favorite songs, get a grip on music theory, or learn what it takes to write your own songs, I am your guy!

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One of the first questions I ask a new student is
"what do you want to get out of learning the guitar?" Every student is unique in that every student wants to learn different things about the instrument and learns in different ways. I implicate a goal based approach to teaching/learning the guitar so that every student gets the most they can out of every lesson and has a good time doing so. That being said there are fundamentals in guitar playing technique that I make sure every student learns including knowing the "anatomy" of the guitar, strumming, note names on the fretboard, basic rhythms, etc. I like to use every resource available to me that I can including the internet, guitar books, handouts that I have created, as well as digital audio workstations for creating backing tracks to jam over. I often encourage younger students to take 30-45 minute lessons and students over the age of 14 to take 45 minute lessons at a minimum.

*** Studio Equipment ***

My studio is located in the finished basement of my home in St. Charles, MO. I have electric and acoustic guitars that students are welcome to play on during our lessons if they do not want to bring their own. I also have amplifiers, guitar pedals (so much fun!), an interface, DAW's, music stands, metronome, and more that are incorporated into most lessons. Parents of students are welcome to relax in the lounge area located right next to my studio (don't hesitate to ask for coffee or tea!). I also have basic supplies for creating a custom guitar binder/folder for every student to take home and practice with. All handouts are available in digital format for those wishing to learn online through Take Lessons Classroom.

*** Specialties ***

I specialize in teaching modern techniques for both electric and acoustic guitar. My introduction to learning the guitar came in the form of classical guitar lessons so I can also teach the basics of sight reading and classical guitar playing technique, though most lesson will focus on more modern styles of playing. I am well versed in rock, funk, blues, and traditional acoustic playing styles. I also specialize in songwriting and improvisation/jamming.
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Eric June 30, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
I also just want to add that I have been playing electric guitar for 10 years and play shows around the St. Louis area at least twice a month... Davis is very capable of teaching even more advanced players.

Not to mention his house and studio are very relaxing and inviting.
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Eric June 30, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
I have had some teachers in the past that have made me feel rushed when sitting down to learn. But as we know sometimes it takes a minute to really understand a technique and put it into practice... Davis takes the slow approach, knowing that it takes time to become a knowledgeable player, and he never rushes thru the learning process. I suggest the hour lessons because time flies when you're thinking about so much new information!!
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Kristen February 27, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Davis is so awesome! I knew nothing about the guitar before starting a couple weeks ago and I can't believe how much I have already learned. He is extremely patient and one of the nicest people I've ever met! His teaching skills are phenomenal! I HIGHLY recommend Davis!!!!
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Davis Wilton B.

Saint Charles, MO 63301
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About Olivia C.

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Saint Louis, MO
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I hold a Bachelor's degree in Music Theory from the University of Missouri, Saint Louis. I have been tutoring and teaching for the past two years, and currently teach voice and piano at School of Rock in Ballwin. I am comfortable with a wide range of styles and genres and seek to bring out the best in each individual student by focusing on their specific talents, needs, and musical goals.

I accept students who are eager to learn, have some very basic musical skills, and take lessons seriously and professionally. I respect all of my students' time and ask that my time also be respected, and I have an upright piano and vocal/piano sheet music in my home that I make available to all students. If I feel that a student is not a good match, I reserve the right to discontinue lessons.
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Sean and Katie B. September 16, 2016
· Classical Piano · In home
Olivia is amazing! We are so incredibly lucky to have found her! We have 4 children at varying skill levels and Olivia is able to coax each one to not only learn at their skill level but to love and understand music in the process. I was worried that my busy kids wouldn't want to practice but thanks to Olivia's enthusiasm for music my children will walk by the piano and practice completely on their own. We have enjoyed the lessons so much that we've added voice for our oldest and without fail Olivia has inspired her on that front as well. She is truly a talented teacher.
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Olivia C.

Olivia C.

Saint Louis, MO 63114
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About Juan L.

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Saint Louis, MO
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I am here to work with YOU on the fundamentals of technique, breathing, and extending your range, and we will choose songs to sing based on your own tastes and musical interests!
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Juan L.

Saint Louis, MO 63105
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