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Grady T.

24 Reviews
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  • Speaks Spanish
  • Teaching since 2010
  • Teaches students 2 and up
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Grady T.

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Focusing on a holistic approach of what you want to express and how to reach the hearts of the audience.

About Grady

My personal philosophy of music is to explore and learn as much from my students as I can teach them. For me teaching is like going on an adventure to find something together. I've been able to play all over the world and tour with many different musicians and the thing that made the core of every

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Joel
Grady was patient and a great teacher to our then 5 year-old. We had to discontinue lessons only because we moved.
Maru
Grady is a great teacher! His patience and enthusiasm really have helped me progress in my ear training practice.
Richard
Smart, enthusiastic, patient. I'm an older adult who has some basic piano ability (very basic), and within moments Grady evaluated and then clicked in with my needs. I suspect he would be perfect for children also.
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Brian H.

10 Reviews
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Starting at $25
  • Speaks German, English
  • Teaching since 2007
  • Teaches students 7 to 65
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Brian H.

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Want to perform on the stage and be amazing? Want to be better at singing or performing in front of an audience? I will show the tips and tricks of the trade for music performers!

About Brian

I am a former band director with 12 years classroom experience. I have taught and performed professionally in the Jackson, TN and Memphis, TN regions for 7 years and have been active as a director, performer, and private instructor in central Florida since 2014. I graduated from the University o

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Huei-Mei
Brian is very passionate about music, and teaches with details. Lessons are organized and informational. Highly recommend!
Cliff
We hired Brian to work with our barely 3 year old to play the drums we got him for his birthday. He loves it! We don’t have any grand aspirations for him, but he likes to bang around and we wanted to give him some direction to see if he latched on to it. Our main objective is that he has fun. Brian is GREAT with him and he looks forward to it every week. 10/10!
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Kevin T.

25 Reviews
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Starting at $90
  • Speaks Chinese (Mandarin), English
  • Teaching since 1990
  • Teaches students 3 to 93
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Kevin T.

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Develop your performance skills as a singer, guitar player, keyboard or piano player, or any musical instrument. Learn stage presence. Learn how to sing and play well at the same time. Learn the skills you need to SHINE!

About Kevin

Kevin T. is a music professor at MUM, Vice president of the San Diego Songwriters guild, and CEO of Songwriting Planet. He is an instructor of guitar, bass, voice, piano, songwriting, composition, orchestration, jazz arranging, music theory, ear training, production and engineering, and music busin

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Keith
I’ve been taking lessons from Kevin for about 2 months. Before that I’d been kind of aimlessly playing around with guitar. I was playing by myself for about 20 years and basically had no timing and rhythm. I’m not a funk master yet but Kevin has given me tools that have greatly improved my timing and for the first time actually believing that I’m going to do this. Thanks
Asam
I started taking lessons with Kevin about a month ago I took lessons when I was a kid, and remember some things, but my hands do not yet so what my head is telling them. Kevin has been great, adjusting to what I already know and adding a lot of music theory, which I never had learned before. Highly recommend Kevin.
Jo
I started learning Ukulele with Kevin and then picked up Guitar lately, Kevin has a systematic way of teaching, instead of covering each and every chords, he summarizes them by different shapes, and also their variations, so you can memorize the basics and find their "relative" chords easier. He also taught music theories, how each chord is formed, and if you want to play a specific song, he's also glad to help on finding the exact chord and transfer them into different notes that suits you. Definitely have your notebook ready since there's a lot to learn. The harder thing for myself is with the online class, it's not as efficient as a face-to-face one, I also tend to be less motivated to practise but you ought to just find your own motivation!
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Brian C.

26 Reviews
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  • Speaks Spanish
  • Teaching since 1995
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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Brian C.

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We have weekly jam sessions for all levels. I have a teaching studio where we learn to play as a group with drums, guitar, bass, keyboards & vocals. Students choose songs they want to work on & I coach the band!

About Brian

I graduated Cum Laude from New York University, where I received a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Guitar Performance. I have performed all styles of music on club dates, college shows, concerts, and recording dates. I have also released a full length commercial recording of my original pop/rock musi

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Edward
Off to a great start - thanks, Brian.
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Brian is cheerful, patient and very encouraging. I improved my singing by a considerable amount in just a month, I would definitely recommend him.
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Ivan S.

8 Reviews
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  • Speaks English, Chaldean, Arabic
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Teaches students 5 and up
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Ivan S.

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Learn the skills needed to overcome stage fright and mind blanks while performing!

About Ivan

Hello! My name is Ivan. I am a classically trained pianist. I have been playing the piano for 17 years and have been teaching for 5 years. I like to give my students the opportunity to not only progress in skill, but also enjoy what they are learning! My lessons focus on 5 things: - note re

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Kevin O.
Ivan is the best, he really worked with my daughter and she enjoys her lessons a lot. She's learned a lot in a short period of time. Ivan is very effective with the online format we chose to use during the pandemic. Couldn't be happier.
Nick
Best piano teacher ever!
Gerardo
I would like to highly recommend Ivan Shallal as a music teacher for children. Ivan is a gifted piano teacher. He is very well-respected in Rochester Hills and Troy, Michigan. This community is extremely fortunate to have a music teacher of his caliber to teach in this area.

Ivan is passionate about music. His love for the art is evident in his enthusiastic and energetic teaching techniques. He is exceedingly patient with all students, encourages them, and coaxes the very best effort from each one. Although he is one of the best music teachers in the zone, his prices are extremely reasonable. In my opinion, he is worth every penny he charges, and I certainly believe I have received excellent service for my money.

It is my great pleasure to recommend Ivan Shallal as a music teacher. I am tremendously grateful to him for everything he has taught my daughter.
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Francesca V.

101 Reviews
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  • Speaks Spanish, English
  • BM, Vocal Performance from CSULA
  • Teaches students 3 to 75
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Francesca V.

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Francesca has been a music performer for decades. She has performed in front of tens of thousands of people on 4 continents, in the worlds most famous venues for princes and presidents. As an expert in artist development, Francesca is most comfortable on stage.

About Francesca

Alumnae of CSULAs music department with an emphasis in classical voice and guitar, Francesca's skills cover a vast ocean of information. With a background and formal education in opera and "the classics", Francesca is equally comfortable on stage at The House of Blues as she is at Disney Hall.

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Nicole M.
Francesca is the best singing teacher I've ever had, she's incredibly kind, patient, energetic, and understanding.
Sarah
She gave me good feedback and is helping me prepare for a singing competition
Mary
Francesca is a great teacher!

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Average Cost of Music Performance Lessons

The average cost of 60-minute music performance lessons is $71. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and location, you should expect to spend between $30 and $300 per hour.
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"Glenn has so much experience as a performer that he offers very practical suggestions!"
Louise
Took Music Performance lessons from Glenn W.
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"I have known Greg for over 25+ years. He can play any style and at the highest levels. He has never disppapointed us by either in his performance or teaching. He is the best and highly recommend."
Eric
Took Music Performance lessons from Greg C.
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"Great teacher with lots of knowledge to impart and tons of patience. I highly recommend."
David
Took Music Performance lessons from Melissa G.
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"Love Antonio's Spanish guitar, he is the only flamenco guitarist I have seen perform in the area! He makes his guitar sing:)"
Cierra Herring
Took Music Performance lessons from Antonio G.
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"For the past couple months, I've been holding down the drum chair for a local San Diego band Aaron and I play with regularly called Quel Bordel! Aaron is super passionate about creating music and provides a fun atmosphere when playing live. He's encouraging, quick witted, enthusiastic and REALLY GOOD! Watching a crowd go crazy during his solos is definitely a testament to his skill as a guitar player and performer. Playing with someone with such a high skill set pushes me to play better myself and hopefully so will you!"
Chad
Took Music Performance lessons from Aaron D.
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"I cannot express enough how much Mr Steven has been a blessing in our school! The children love him!! He has so much talent!!!"
Jennifer
Took Music Performance lessons from Steve G.
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"We just wanted to thank you so much for all your help over the last few months in preparing Sara for her recitals. Her talent show at school was last night and she did fabulously and projected for all to hear and she couldn’t have done it without your teaching!"
Jennifer
Took Music Performance lessons from Melissa M.
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"Love Ron. Plus he really knows his stuff. Exactly what I was looking for."
Rosa Wright
Took Music Performance lessons from Ronald A.
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"Shanita Jackson is fabulous singer with an exceptional range. She is a powerful solo act but also works beautifully with an ensemble. A consummate professional and a pleasure to work with, Shanita understands how to interact with her audience and shines in a diversity of vocal styles, from Jazz to Pop and Reggae."
Julie
Took Music Performance lessons from Shanita J.
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"Mrs. C is a dedicated and accomplished musical performer and teacher who shares her enthusiasm while providing the foundations of musical education to young learners. As a wife and mother with two children of her own, Mrs. C is certainly a woman you can trust to provide professionalism and care when dealing with students. Highly recommended to children of all ages - even teens and young adults - who hope to cultivate and develop their musical passion into a skilled hobby."
Matt M.
Took Music Performance lessons from Hallie C.
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Private Music Performance Lessons Near You

Most of us have sat in the audience for a mind-blowing musical performance that no one wanted to end. We've likely also been in the audience for music performances that couldn't end soon enough. Of course all musicians — whether beginners just starting out in a recital or professionals taking the stage at a concert house — want to be in the first group of amazing performances. 

The best to become a great performer is to study music performance formally. If you have a musical talent you're ready to share with the world or an upcoming recital that's racking your nerves, then signing up for music performance classes can help you! 

Why Learn How to Perform Music?

Musicians decide to study music performance for several reasons. For many, these lessons are about underst

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anding the music business: concert promotion, venues, and audiences. Others want to improve their performance skills. They want to learn about using a stage, connecting with an audience, or performing expressively. Lessons can also help you arrange performances, perfecting the order of songs and their delivery. 

Beginners often turn to lessons in order to develop confidence and overcome stage fright. Experiencing performance anxiety is normal when you're new to music performance or to your instrument. If you're just starting out, then learning more about performance from an experienced teacher will help you know what to expect on stage, give you the tools you need to gain confidence, and empower you to pull off a performance without a hitch. 

The Best Way to Learn How to Perform Music and What You'll Study Along the Way

Sure, it's easy to find plenty of tips, tricks, and free music performance classes online. The best way to learn how to perform music, however, is by studying with a private teacher. In private music performance lessons, you'll receive immediate, personalized feedback that allows you to learn new concepts fast, while overcoming challenges quickly.

No two private lessons are exactly alike. For example, music performance classes for children differ greatly in terms of teaching methods and course content from music performance lessons for adults. In private lessons, your music performance tutor will work to keep you motivated, interested, and always improving.

Sample Curriculum for Beginner Music Performance Lessons

If you have little or no experience performing or experience extreme performance anxiety, then beginner lessons are right for you. In these classes, you'll ease yourself onto the stage and into the limelight at a pace that's comfortable for you. Your music performance teacher might choose to cover some of the following topics:

  • Strategies to overcome performance anxiety
  • Confidence building exercises
  • Learn how to memorize music
  • Get comfortable using your space on stage
  • Learn performance practicing strategies

Sample Curriculum for Intermediate Music Performance

If you have some previous experience with music performance, but want to improve your skills, then intermediate classes are where you belong. In these lessons, you'll learn new strategies for improving your performance and captivating your audience, while challenging yourself to perform more and more. Your intermediate music performance teacher might choose to cover some of the following topics:

  • How to create a captivating program
  • Learn to perform expressively
  • Connect with your audience
  • Develop your stage presence
  • Create an intriguing opening and exciting finale

Sample Curriculum for Advanced Music Performance

If you're pretty well-versed in music performance, you can still improve your performance skills and open yourself up to new performance opportunities in advanced classes. In these lessons, you'll learn more about the music business and creating truly enjoyable experiences that your audience won't be able to get enough of. Topics learned in advanced lessons depend greatly on the student's individual goals and interests, but your teacher might cover some of the following topics:

  • Creating memorable audience experiences
  • Finding your audience
  • Music business advice
  • Audition coaching
  • Performance preparation

How to Find a Music Performance Teacher Near You

If you're ready to take your musical skills to the stage or have an upcoming recital that's giving you the jitters, then private lessons are for you. Luckily TakeLessons makes finding a private music performance tutor easy. A quick search will direct you to hundreds of qualified and experienced teachers who offer classes near you and online. We recommend browsing several teacher profiles and reading reviews left by other music performance students. It's also a good idea to look for a teacher with direct experience in performing your instrument or musical genre of choice. 

The price of music performance classes varies, but most teachers base rates on the length and frequency of lessons. Regardless of cost, studying with a private music performance teacher is an investment that's sure to pay off. As you overcome stage fright, gain confidence, and learn to wow your audience, you'll be happy you signed up for private lessons!

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