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About Kevin F.

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Memphis, TN

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I have had a fairly diverse musical background, including playing with bands and orchestras, as well as participating in choral groups and opera. I have a master's degree in music performance for wind conducting, and a bachelor's degree in music with an emphasis on piano performance.

I have taught private lessons for several years now and I love every moment with my students! I have a real passion for sharing my knowledge and experience with others, both failures and successes. I believe everyone has creative potential, and I believe music is a real universal art form that anyone can tap into if they want. Above all, making and creating music should also be fun!

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I try to keep my lessons professional but comfortable too. I don't yell at students for messing up or anything like that. I usually have an agenda b
ut am willing to adjust and compromise if the situation dictates. If you don't have a curriculum in mind, I like Alfred's piano courses, but will do my best to find one that fits you as a student best. My initial goals are to make sure the basics of reading music and performing are set so that no matter what musical avenue you want to pursue, you will be successful. I do specialize in classical music but enjoy creating and playing in other genres as well.

I now also offer lessons online, as well as tutoring in most math areas!

***CANCELLATION POLICY***
I kindly ask for 24 hour notice whenever possible if a lesson is going to be missed. Generally speaking, if I don't hear from a student and their lesson time passes I will mark the lesson as missed, but I am also usually more than willing to make up the lesson at a later time.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have a piano keyboard at my home.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I would expect students to have their own instruments as needed, as well as music paper, pencils, etc. I may be able to provide some of those materials on occasion as well as some books/recordings, but will by and large expect students to purchase those for themselves.

*** Specialties ***
I am much more familiar with classical styles and Broadway. My music writing style tends to be somewhere between neo-classical and avant-garde.

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Emily B. May 19, 2017
· Piano · In home
He is a good instructor. Easy to talk to.
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Debora May 4, 2017
· Piano · Online
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Preston Mullins April 26, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Our son has been going to Kevin for over a year now. He is nice and great with our son. He has learned a lot during with time with Kevin and continues to grow as a student of music.
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Kevin F.

Memphis, TN 38133
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About John S.

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Collierville, TN

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About John
I have been teaching young people and adults how to play musical instruments for over 20 years. A lot of my students are well on their way to a rewarding future with music, some as professionals and others as hobbyists. In addition to being a teacher, I am also a professional performer who has worked in a wide variety of styles and I have a Masters degree in music composition and theory.

One of my main specialties is working with very young students and total beginners. There is a special skill to teaching young children that can only be developed through experience. For the older student, or the student who already has a musical background my specialty is helping you learn the styles that have always been of most interest to you. I can also help older students gain a broad understanding of music through some basic music theory.

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I can teach piano or keyboard to beginners and up to advanced students. On guitar and woodwinds I can teach beginners and up to intermediate level students.
My teaching style is fairly relaxed and very positive, but I will try to keep the lessons on a course that is going to benefit you the most.

For younger piano students and beginners I prefer the Alfreds piano system. The songs in the Alfreds books allow for immediate playing and note reading without any tedious memorization. The beginner books contain a lot of fun songs that kids really gravitate toward. For older students I try to gear the lessons toward whatever musical style you prefer. For students who have only had traditional piano lessons I can teach you how to read pop and jazz chord charts, as well as how to turn those chord charts into fully arranged music. I can also teach improvisation and the skills that are required to play specific styles of music in a professional band.

For my younger guitar students I have a variety of beginner material I have collected over the years, but for my older students I prefer to work on songs of their choice.
My beginner woodwind students will work with a Yamaha method book, while older students can learn improvisation and theory if they like.

I also can lead Orff styled tuned percussion ensembles. The Orff style of music performance allows for students from entirely mis-matched musical backgrounds to play music together, even on their first day of class.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Professional digital piano, many other keyboards, guitar, bass guitar, saxophone, flute, and four Orff tuned percussion instruments. I also have a comfortable seating area for parents, guests or observers.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide multiple keyboards, a guitar, saxophone, flute and 4 Orff style tuned percussion instruments, as well as countless books and literature.

*** Specialties ***
I play keyboards professionally in jazz, RnB, rock, reggae, Latin rock and other styles. I can help the student who has only had traditional lessons branch out and learn how to read chord charts, which in turn teaches them theory.
I am a certified Orff teacher as well.
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Robert G. October 9, 2018
· Piano · In studio
John is very knowledgeable, experienced, and friendly. He seems to work well with children.
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Elsie J. August 6, 2018
· Piano · In home
Great first lesson with John, he was patient and gave them goals to work for!
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Eoin (Owen) M. February 18, 2018
· Piano · In home
My son is enjoying his lessons so far and really thinks John is very nice. He makes my son feel at ease and confident. We are very glad we found John!
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John S.

Collierville, TN 38017
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$30 / 30-min

About Benjamin H.

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Caldwell, NJ
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An active teacher, as well as performer, Mr. Hellman has been teaching violin and viola since 2004. He has taught students of all ages and experience levels. He currently teaches violin at the Lindeblad School of Music in Pine Brook, New Jersey.
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Robert C. May 25, 2017
· Violin · In studio
Ben is such a nice guy patient with my son (15) he comes home proud of what he learned after each lesson!!
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Tommy N. November 30, 2016
· Violin · In studio
Benjamin is very good teacher, he has a lot of patience
teaching 71 years old person
and Yes Very nice person
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About Joel B.

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Memphis, TN
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About Joel
Guitar, Bass and Ukulele teacher with over 20 years experience located in Memphis, TN. With a fully customizable approach to teaching, Joel will have you up and playing the songs you want to learn as fast as after a few lessons. All ages at all levels of playing ability. Learning music is fun with Joel !

Not only will we be learning how to play the guitar, bass or ukulele and playing songs, but also learning how to sing them as well. As you progress along you will learn how to improvise and make a melodic solo. I will explain theory in an easy to understand way and how to compose your own songs too !

Joël has worked as a professional musician, teacher, producer/engineer, and concert promoter for the past 30 years. Joël studied composition at Humber College in Toronto before relocating to London with his alternative rock band Melt.
Melt quickly grabbed the attention of the critics, and received extensive play on BBC Radio One, XFM, and London FM. Rock journalists wrote rave reviews of Melt for Melody Maker and NME and was given "Single Of The Week" status. Melt performed with Supergrass, Modest Mouse, Eels, Julianna Hatfield, and Hefner.

Joël moved to New York and formed his next band, Mutronium who were voted #2 favorite of the year on WFMU Radio. Mutronium performed with Grizzly Bear, Au Revoir Simone, and BM Linx before disbanding. Joel then turned his attention to production work, producing and engineering recordings for TVT recording artists Ambulance Ltd. and 11 albums for U.K. band Hefner. Currently Joël is working on placement music for TV and films.
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Ernest March 30, 2019
· Ukulele · In studio
Cant say enough good things about Joel. He doesnt get frustrated when I don't grasp a concept he breaks it down to where I can understand and work through it. Works to play what I'm interested and what I really want to play. I thought going to learn an instrument at 27 would be rough but it has been fun and enjoyable.
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Ernest March 30, 2019
· Ukulele · In studio
Joel is an amazing instructor. I have had music instructors that get frustrated and roll their eyes or scoff. Not once have I gotten that from Joel. He breaks it down to where it is completely understandable and willing to work at your speed. I especially like that he isn't hung up on boring songs he pushes for what the student is interested in. Makes learning so much more fun. I thought trying to learn an instrument at 27 would make me feel dumb but Joel doesnt create that kind of environment. Only good vibes. Cant say enough good things about Joel.
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Laura M. December 18, 2018
· Ukulele · In studio
We are so glad that Joel is our 12 year olds Ukulele instructor. Joel is an extremely knowledgeable and skilled musician. He is especially gifted in putting students at ease and guiding them in pursuing their individual music styles. After only a short number of lesson with Joel, our shy girl is playing and singing her favorite popular songs !!
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Joel B.

Memphis, TN 38107
(19)
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$25 / 30-min

About Luis M.

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Cordova, TN
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Hello, My Name is Luis I have been playing the guitar for some time now as a Hobby. I recently launched my new website providing pre-owned guitars, lessons, and merchandise. I'm currently a Third-year student at Berklee School of Music pursuing my BPS Music Degree through Berklee online. I found teaching to be one of the most rewarding contributions I can make to an individual.
I have a whole new perspective on how to present lessons. With my teachings, you will learn music through some of the proven methods taught at Berklee School Of Music. As well as concepts that I have found to have students play music and have fun quickly. The instrument can be overwhelming sometimes but with the good guidance of an instructor, you can truly begin to enjoy the guitar and all it has to offer. Visit me at for more information. Until then " Keep T
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FG August 16, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Awesome instructor. Easy to work with. My 14 year old son looks up to him.
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John April 2, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
I feel challenged with each lesson, because of this I think have advanced much faster then I was ever able to achieve on my own. His direction helps me me to stay focused on the weeks tasks.
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Stephanie March 9, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Great teacher!
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Luis M.

Cordova, TN 38016
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About Cole P.

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Memphis, TN

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Cole is a professional guitarist and studied music at Western Kentucky University from 2014-2017 with an emphasis in guitar under Professor John Martin. He has played guitar for 19 years in a variety of styles ranging from classical, jazz, blues, rock, metal, finger style, and many others. He has also studied under the phenomenal jazz-fusion guitarist Dani Rabin from the band Marbin and also Kieran Johnston from the Scotland metal band Perpertua. He has studied jazz improv under trumpeter Dr. Marshall Scott. Also has learned much from Grammy Award winner guitarist Greg Martin.

The goal as an instructor is to keep the lessons fresh, fun, interesting, and to ultimately guide the students to educate themselves as they gain experience and familiarity with the instrument. Students can have the
ir lessons catered to the music and styles they wish to pursue. Lessons are tailored to each individual student so that we can build upon their strengths and focus on lessons to improve weaker areas. Every student has different goals, for some it is their passion and some are starting a new hobby. Whatever the goal, I can provide the instructions to help the student succeed!

All ages and skill levels accepted. No books to buy, will provide all material needed!

Cole is a composer, arranger and also play a variety of other instruments as bass, piano, ukulele, mandolin, percussion, and extended range guitars.

Works with several music production softwares such as Finale, Cubase, Garage Band, Logic and Protools.

He has worked with artists, audio engineers, and producers such as Chris Robertson (Black Stone Cherry), Russell Brooks (The Schools, 00 The Rabbit, Solo artist) John King (Sixth Floor, South Bound, Mud River Revival), Kenton Embry (Nashville Session player and touring artist), , David Barrick (Barrick Studios), Jason Simpson (Colter Wall), Joel Whittinghill (7 time fiddle, mandolin, and bluegrass guitar champion).

Cole has an extensive knowledge of music theory which he applies to lessons, as well as ear training, harmony, solfege and sight reading just to name a few and depending on the wishes of the student. At his alma mater was a member in the guitar ensemble, guitar quartet, jazz band, and classical solo guitar. He also studied music theory, jazz improv, orchestral arranging, piano, choral arranging, ear training, musical form & analysis, conducting, aural skills, music drama, and music history.
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Josh S. March 19, 2019
· Ukulele · Online
Great first lesson! Super excited to continue to work with Cole.
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Keith March 1, 2019
· Blues Guitar · Online
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Pamela September 26, 2018
· Guitar · Online
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Cole P.

Memphis, TN 38135
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About Grace A.

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Memphis, TN

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I am a professional violinist and violist. I graduated with a Bachelors of Music from Rhodes College, concentrating in violin and viola.

My teaching style involves pushing my students to reach their full potential, while encouraging them along the way. My curriculum includes the Suzuki method, sight reading, and note reading. Students can improve their technique and become more advanced players. I also offer special lessons in chamber music and orchestral playing.

I teach students of all ages and levels, but specialize in beginner or intermediate violin and viola students. Students will be able to operate at a comfortable pace based on their individual level.

I frequently play gigs in Memphis, Southaven, and Olive Branch, and have recently accompanied several high profile artists at Royal Studios. I will teach my students how to tak
e full advantage of their abilities, and how to market themselves for gig opportunities.
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Grace A.

Memphis, TN 38118
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$50 / 30-min

About Claudia K.

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New York, NY

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About Claudia
Over 30 years teaching students of all levels: children, adults, professionals/teacher training. Professor at Hunter College and on faculty at Manhattan School of Music Pre-college.

I feel responsible to get my students excited about classical music and pique their curiosity about contemporary music. These students are the future of our art, if not as performers, then definitely as audiences, patrons and administrators. It is our mandate to guide these students to appreciate and understand how the study of music will enhance their lives, no matter what field they choose.

Music is an essential aspect of who we are as human beings. My goal, then, is to develop in students a love of music, and an enjoyment of learning how to play the piano. I host performance opportunities for students to perform on stage, as well as piano parties an
d piano 4-hands group-a-thons. I use technology when appropriate to help kids get excited about learning.

I’m often asked whether I enjoy starting young children at the piano. My answer is always the same: give me a student, and I will be thrilled to guide my pupil and get him or her excited about studying. The age is unimportant. The challenge is keeping a student engaged and enthusiastic along with the hard work that goes into training. No matter the student’s age or level, educators have an enormous responsibility to create and nurture life learners, and to ignite a curiosity and passion for the arts.

What matters, then, is to develop the skills inherent to studying music: discipline, inquisitiveness, problem-solving, and, most importantly, active and acute listening.
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Paul August 20, 2018
· Piano ·
Claudia Knafo is a master — a master teacher, a master performer. I cannot recommend her highly enough. She has an extensive background in piano pedagogy and works superbly with students of all ages and levels. She is warm, compassionate and beloved by all. She runs a very professional studio and provides her students with countless learning and performing opportunities. She is a magnificent player and is able to provide magnificent guidance and inspiration. Lucky are those who have the opportunity to study with Claudia Knafo.
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Joli August 19, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Our 10 year old son began learning from Claudia nearly 3 years ago. We all love her! We weren't sure if he would enjoy learning the piano, but Claudia ignited his interest and he has been very engaged ever since. The hour that he spends with her each week is rigorous, yet it passes quickly and he always leaves with a smile. His level of playing far surpasses our expectations. Each week, she emails us a custom practice log with notes about which pieces he should study. She is thoughtful about making sure that he has a grounding in the mechanics, while enabling his talent and natural feel for music. Each piece that he is assigned to play is purposeful and he really enjoys his repertoire. We are due to purchase a piano and Claudia is giving us tips in that process as well. We feel so lucky to have found Claudia!
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Claudia K.

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About Abraham B.

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New York, NY
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Hello! I am a friendly and creative young teacher with almost 10 years of teaching experience already under my belt. I studied classical music at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, Austria, and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. Although I trained rigorously as a classical violinist, I now tour internationally as a singer, composer and violinist performing my own music with my band and collaborating with diverse ensembles. Because of this I am comfortable to teach a variety of styles, from strictly classical to free improvisation and folk music!

I have performed at such venues as the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., the Public Theater NYC, Royal Festival Hall London, and the Czech National Philharmonic, among many others. I was 2017-18 Artist in Residence at National Sawdust in Brooklyn.
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Tamar March 28, 2019
· Violin · In home
Abeaham is very knowledgable, patient and passionate about teaching! He’s an excellent instructor to work on my skills with and I have greatly imporved my technique while working with him!
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Abraham B.

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