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Laura S.

Sarasota, FL

About Laura

Of course you want an experienced, passionate, patient and compassionate teacher! Teaching is not my job; it is my calling and I am very good at it.

I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education (1987, Ball State University) and a Master of Music degree in Voice (1994, University of South Florida). I've taught in public schools in Sarasota. Currently I am adjunct staff for State College of Florida (formerly Manatee Community College) teaching private voice and piano lessons and music appreciation classes.

My music studio has been serving music students in the Sarasota area since
1991.

All are welcome! Lessons are for students of all abilities. Some students come with just the desire to sing or play better for their own pleasure, others come with prior training, some are preparing for an audition and some even wish to make a career in music. Some people have come seeking help with their speaking voice for public speaking. My goal is to help my students meet and exceed their goals and have more life through the joy of music, to help them gain greater appreciation of music and increase their confidence both in music and in life!

*** Lesson Details ***
When a student and I first meet I ask the student what her/his hopes, goals, tastes and prior experience are. Then we talk about plans for achieving those hopes and goals.

Most of my students are studying music just because they love music and want to improve for their own benefit. Because of that, while I want students to progress, I am very patient. I understand that some weeks it's harder to find time for practice. I provide instruction and tools for growth, and show how to practice, then the students go home, use them and discover what works best for them.

Vocal lessons are tailored to each individual. Exercises include posture, breathing, diction, projection of the voice, unification of the voice, improvement of tone, range and flexibility. Healthy, beautiful singing is the goal. The confidence that goes along with that is amazing!

CDs with exercises and accompaniments are provided. And students can make CDs of their own performances!

Piano instruction is also tailored to the needs of each individual student. With young beginners I often use the "Faber" method. It has books for music theory, technique, lessons and performance. And students enjoy playing along with the Cd that goes with their pieces.

For older beginners, including adults, I often use the "Bastien, Older Beginner" or "Alfred, Adult Beginner". Both quickly teach melody and chord reading so that students can play more interesting pieces within a month. The lesson materials are supplemented by simple classical pieces or other music the student is interested in.

When a student comes in with prior training I continue with what she/he has been working on and adjust it as necessary. Literature for more advanced students is chosen with their abilities, technical and expressive needs.

*** Studio Equipment ***
The studio area is closed off from the rest of the house. There is a small seating area for parents which is separated by a screen from the lesson area. I have a Yamaha CVP-103 digital keyboard with weighted and touch sensitive keys, plus lots of different instrument sounds and beats to make playing and singing more fun. I can also adjust the pitch of songs so that they fit the student's voice. The keyboard is plugged into a Super Scope Cd recorder; a microphone is plugged in as well. This allows me to make recordings of accompaniments and practice exercises, as well as recording students' performances. (See below for photos.)

*** Specialties ***
I have been teaching professionally since 1987; I have Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Music. I discover the goals a student has and give them the tools to reach those goals. My teaching style is structured yet highly personalized for the individual. I teach music ranging from Classical to Popular always using the best techniques.
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Joshua January 1, 2017
Classical Voice · In home
I first started taking voice lessons from Laura Spaulding in 1998 when I was a freshman in high school. She did an excellent job at teaching me proper vocal technique through vocal exercises and breathing exercises. I learned to take proper care of my singing voice while I was growing up and my voice was still developing. I learned the importance of not belting and not doing anything to damage my voice and impair and even possibly lose my ability to sing in the future. She is very good at teaching her students to take proper care of their natural instrument so they can share it with the world their whole lives. Because of how she trained my voice I am a classically trained singer with ability to sing musical theater as well. I currently sing in my church choir and do local community theater plays. Those are just two examples of what I'm able to do as a result of Laura Spaulding's voice training. I highly recommend her to anyone who is looking to learn how to sing and have opportunities open up as a result.
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Kathy January 1, 2017
Singing · In studio
I was an abject beginner, over 65, who couldn't sing Happy Birthday in tune before I worked with Laura. I looked forward to my lessons. She has a method that works and will move you up quickly and surely from whatever level you start with. She is very personable and professional to deal with.
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diana January 1, 2017
Piano · In studio
As a beginning adult piano student, I was a little apprehensive to start lessons.
But Laura made me feel comfortable and is very patient with my slow progress.

Laura has also been extremely patient when I have had to cancel or change lessons. She has done everything possible to work around my schedule changes and fit me in at another time.
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Laura S.

Laura S.

Sarasota, FL 34235
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Jeff F.

Cape Coral, FL

About Jeff

*** Travel Equipment ***
When I travel, they're expected to have an instrument, amp (if necessary) and note book.

*** Specialties ***
Having taught for so long I rely on my own experience as a musician, using my extensive knowledge of music theory and the guitar as an instrument to impart a heightened awareness and love of performance and the rewards of a disciplined and focused practice habit to my students. Whether a student wants to learn rock, blues, jazz, pop, folk or other genres, I give them key insights and the right approach to achieve his/her goal in the minimum amount of time.
Practice is essential to growth.
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Robert January 8, 2017
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Jeff made me comfortable right away. He is very knowledgeable and had no problem figuring our what direction I want to go in.
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Sammy R. October 6, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Jeff is very patient and caring. He is very knowledgeable and I believe with practice I will become great.
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Jim September 22, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Very helpful instruction! Looking forward to next week.
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Jeff F.

Jeff F.

Cape Coral, FL 33904
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$30 / 30-min
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marcus R.

Sarasota, FL

About marcus

Marcus is a world class Violinist who holds a Master's Degree in Violin performance from Indiana University(Bloomington). Marcus was Adjunct Professor of Violin at the University of Louisville(Kentucky) before recently moving to Sarasota, Florida. He has been a successful performing and recording artist for decades and offers the highest level of teaching, recording, and performing skills. Marcus also offers experience in electric violin lessons.
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Adrienne January 30, 2016
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
I feel very lucky to have Marcus as a violin teacher! He is a great violinist and has a very thorough way of teaching. He's also a really cool person. I look forward to my lessons and can't wait to see how I progress on violin in the future!
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Kenzie M. November 9, 2015
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Marcus has incredible technique and wants to be sure Kenzie learns everything right from day 1. We are very pleased.
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marcus R.

Sarasota, FL 34233
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$30 / 30-min
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Alonzo S.

Port Charlotte, FL

About Alonzo

I started playing drums at the age of 5,piano at the age of 8 and Bass guitar at the age of 12.I listen and learned classical,pop,jazz,blues and rock and roll.I attended the American Conservatory of Music and Majored in Music Education where I learned to play all the instruments and learned theory.I performed in bands in Chicago since High school playing with my fathers band and my own band.I taught at Michaex Music,Music Center,Central Music and the Kenosha Conservatory of music.
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Michael James S. July 9, 2016
Piano · In studio
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He is the best
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Alonzo S.

Alonzo S.

Port Charlotte, FL 33952
(1)
starting at
$20 / 30-min
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Jonathan D.

Sarasota, FL

About Jonathan

I am a current student at the University of Florida, pursuing a degree in Music Education with an Instrumental Emphasis and am expected to graduate in April 2017. My primary instrument is in the Saxophone and can serve as a private instructor at all levels, including advance. I also teach beginner wind instruments in the woodwind and brass family. Also capable to teach music theory/ear training and music history. As two-time Drum Major of the University of Florida 'Pride of the Sunshine', I also instruct in conducting and secondary school leadership.
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Jonathan D.

Jonathan D.

Sarasota, FL 34237
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$20 / 30-min

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