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About Adia L.

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Durham, NC
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About Adia
Adia has been described as having “a voice full of personality and expression.” Her vocal stylings have been called soulful, soothing, and classy. Dedicated to the preservation of jazz music, her energetic and exciting performances are marked by a blend of jazz standards, original compositions, and an exploration of the elements of jazz found in contemporary music genres. For over ten years Adia performed with Generations, a jazz ensemble dedicated to the preservation of jazz music, consisting of some of the most seasoned jazz musicians in the triangle area, opening for Jimmy Heath and performing with Gary Bartz. Her debut CD First Take, features Generations. Adia is still often accompanied by her father, Generations bassist Freeman L., a bassist with over thirty years of jazz performing experience.

A skilled and passionate performer,
Adia works with various jazz instrumentalists. She currently performs with the her Quartet which routinely features jazz professionals, instructors, and students from North Carolina and the US east coast on drums, bass, piano, and horns.

A native of Durham, NC, Adia holds Bachelors degrees in Music Education and Jazz Studies from North Carolina Central University and a Masters degree in Jazz Performance from New York’s Queens College. She was chosen as an outstanding performer by Downbeat Magazine in 2006, and was selected to participate in the 2006 Betty Carter Jazz Ahead International Jazz Residency and Performance Project. She was selected as a 2008 NC Arts Council Emerging Artist. Her sophomore CD, Take 2: Rendezvous with Yesterdays was well received internationally and reached the top ten on the CMJ jazz station charts.

Adia most recently was the featured performer for the 2011 Durham Arts Council Emerging Artist Ceremony and was chosen to be on the 2012-2014 Durham Arts Council CAPS rooster, bringing the arts to public and private schools. She also served as the music director for United Way’s “Shakespeare on Base” held at Fort Bragg Military Base in Fayetteville, North Carolina.

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I am a laid back instructor with an incredible love for music. I will tailor each lesson to the needs of each individual student. I love teaching dedicated and diligent students. I am well versed in teaching various styles of music including but not limited to classical, jazz, and musical theater. I encourage my students to become musicians and not just vocalist. Each lesson will be comprised of a vocal warm-up, vocalizing exercises, ear-training, music theory, and singing. I will include a little history and diction when needed. When you study with me you will leave with the ability to sing any type of music of your choosing. I will infuse each student with my own passionate spirit for music. Lets sing!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living room set up for lessons with piano and microphones. Parents are able to sit in on lessons.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can bring my own keyboard and tape/cd player. I would like for students to have a mirror and a cassette tape or other recording method for practicing purposes.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in Jazz Vocal Performance, though I was trained to sing Classical and Broadway music as well.
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Candyee C. May 31, 2017
· Singing · In home
Asia is an amazing instructor!!!
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Amy B. May 1, 2016
· Singing · In studio
Very nice and kind, very knowledgeable. I am looking forward to learning how to sing better. I believe she has a lot to teach me.
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Janet August 7, 2015
· Singing · In studio
I only didn't give a 5 because I really do reserve 5 stars for the beyond exceptional.. in all things.

But Adia has helped me already in ways that other teachers have not!! I highly recommend her and I'm increasing the time of my lessons with her as a consequence.
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Adia L.

Adia L.

Durham, NC 27707
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About Charles N.

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Knightdale, NC
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About Charles
Charlie is a certified music teacher, who teaches in areas surrounding Wendell and travels to teach in the Raleigh, Zebulon and Knightdale areas. He teaches in his home in Wendell and travels to other areas on certain days. (See availability)

He first began teaching guitar and piano during his music studies at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, MS. At the university and after receiving his degree in music education, he has taught and performed in various musical settings and venues which has included the genres of classical, jazz, blues, rock, folk and country. Besides teaching and performing, Charlie also is a songwriter who writes songs for his groups performances and teaches his more advanced students songwriting.

Drawing upon his education and experiences as both performer and teacher, he strives to rel
ate his background to his student's learning experiences and progress. As each student comes with his or her individual musical wants and interests, student lessons are designed to meet these needs of a particular student. Charlie has young students of ages 5 to 14 as well as students of upper ages. According to a student's level of musicianship (beginner, advanced or in between), students are taught how to read music, music theory in relation to their progress, chords, scales and how to write/compose their own songs. He has designed a method of teaching which is full of great musical exercises & fun illustrations for the young student to enjoy while learning skills on their instrument.

For example, students can began with simple fingerings of chords & beginning melodies played in slow rhythms to allow the student to develop at a comfortable pace. Students that can not read music notation begin simple reading exercises of note recognition, time signatures, note values, eye hand coordination and more.

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I design student lessons according the age, playing level and music related interests as lessons can cover a broad range of interests and musical styles. For my beginning students- to develop their understanding of playing chords and rhythms,
I teach chords as they relate to musical keys and some common rhythm patterns used in many popular songs.

For guitar students, I have designed & developed my own materials for guitar (sheets & accompanying CD) which guide students in practicing chords progressions, strum/rhythm patterns & scales/melodies in relation to chords. My students have shown much success in these methods of concentrating on developing that essential sense & feel for playing different rhythm styles. Piano instruction is centered on learning to read music notation and music theory as it relates to the student's progress.

As students advance, more emphasis is placed on improvising on melodies, different approaches to soloing and chord extensions and substitutions. Also, students are taught music theory as it relates to their progress to enable them to create their own music.

I have a good selection of method books and materials to fit each student's level of musicianship and choice of playing style(s) to extend upon their interests and goals.

My approach to teaching is to make lessons fun and enjoyable in a comfortable and relaxed setting to allow the student full
concentration on each lesson. But, also to provide the necessary guidance and encouragement to challenge and motivate students to improve and develop natural strengths and new skills.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I have a good selection of materials (many I've developed), extra instruments if needed and recording equipment. The student will need the instrument and an amp for electric guitar.

*** Specialties ***
Teach theory as relates to students progress- examples, chords as relate to major scales, understanding of I IV V chords
in popular music genres, develop knowledge of chords & rhythmic sense before learning songs. I teach in styles of blues,
rock. jazz, country and classical.
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Alex R. March 1, 2016
· Piano · In home
I began piano lessons with Charlie as a total beginner and he quickly helped me find my footing. He was always patient and encouraging and asking questions designed to make sure the lessons were structured in a way that would most efficiently achieve my own personal goals. I'm usually a pretty nervous person, but Charlie has a warm presence that makes it easy even for people like me to be able to open up and focus on what's important, the music. I highly recommend him to anyone who's been thinking about learning the piano but hasn't quite been able to take the plunge yet.
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Vaden Y. April 18, 2015
· Piano · In home
Vaden is really enjoying the lessons!
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Emily D. October 29, 2014
· Piano · In home
We enjoy having Mr. Charlie come to our house and teach our 5 year old son Xavier how to play the piano. He makes sure our son stays focused and goes at a pace that works for him. Xavier has learned a lot, and we are grateful to Mr. Charlie.
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Charles N.

Charles N.

Wendell, NC 27591
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About David R.

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David discovered his love for music early on at the age of seven with the musical/movie: The Sound of Music. He and his siblings would entertain their babysitter by acting out the entire musical - singing and dancing along with the soundtrack. To make it even more fun, they would sometimes speed up the vinyl record and perform in extra-fast mode!

He vividly remembers his first real musical instruction back in elementary school:
“Everyone in 4th Grade was given a Recorder to learn how to play 'Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star'. When the music teacher had the class play together, she noticed that I wasn't looking down at my music booklet as I played, since I was 'playing by ear'. Not only was my booklet turned to the wrong page; it was upside down as well! To admonish me, she had me stand up in front of the whole class and play
solo - as she held the booklet in front of me. Enthusiastically, I rendered the complete song correctly, only pretending to read from the page as she held it, but actually 'playing by ear'. Upon getting to the end of the tune, I suddenly broke out in a jazzed-up, improvised version of 'Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star', arousing the whole class to spontaneously tap their feet in rhythm and clap with delight . . . my first solo performance!”

David eventually took up guitar in his teens, becoming involved with playing for musicals such as "Godspell" and "Jesus Christ Superstar". During high school, he also played in the Bluegrass band 'Odell & Zeke', and in the Rock band 'Ring Wraith', performing for local dances and proms.

Extremely versatile within classical and popular guitar styles, David played in the Top-40-Hit music video, Shine Shine, by The Bee Gees' Barry Gibb – alongside pop-star legend - Michael Jackson. David is also mentioned in Just Jazz Guitar Magazine for his jazz endeavors; and he has years of experience as a church music director.

As a Classical concert guitarist, David has performed throughout the USA and Europe. His live performances have been broadcast on television and radio: NPR’s Performance Today (USA); CBC’s Arts National (Canada); RAI Television’s In Concerto (Italy), and the Hungarian National Television. Successful in competitions, David won First Prize in the 20th International Guitar Competition in Milan, Italy and First Prize in the National Wurlitzer Artist Competition, USA. He has received other awards and grants as well, including a Solo Recitalist Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Governor's Award from Department of State, Florida. Moreover, he was chosen for the rosters of both the California State Touring Program and the North Carolina Visiting Artists Program.

David’s 35 years of teaching and performing experience, coupled with intensive years of formal studies with many of the world's greatest guitarists, including Andres Segovia, Eliot Fisk, David Russell, Christopher Parkening, Holzman, Ghiglia, Morgen, Tomas, Isbin - have afforded him a rich and in-depth understanding of music and the guitar. He shares all of this with his students in an insightful and uniquely original manner.

Education:

Florida State University - Master of Music - Guitar Performance

Florida State University - Bachelor of Music - Guitar Performance

Certificates of Professional Study:
- L'Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Italy
- Aspen Music Festival

*** Lesson Details ***
Wouldn't you love to play the music that you enjoy listening to the most?
Ever listen to your very favorite songs on your iPod or on the radio and really wish you could just play along? Well, here's your opportunity! Even if you are just beginning, I can help get you up and strumming in no time! You can choose your favorite songs to play - and I will show you how! Imagine playing along with Taylor Swift, Maroon 5, Fun, Ke$Ha, Demi Lovato, Flo Rida, Alex Clare, Ne-Yo, and more!
And for you adults: imagine playing your favorite songs from the 60's, 70's, and 80's. What a wonderful way to re-kindle all the fun, memories and meaningful songs of your youth!

I am committed to helping you really enjoy and excel in playing the music you love! You will find our lessons fun, interesting, and always inspiring. What better way to be motivated to learn and play, than having fun . . . and enjoying it along the way?!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Separate, professional studio in a nice setting. Lots of windows, art, books make it inviting and cozy. Special separate adjacent room for parents and siblings, allowing parents to watch lessons through glass doors without "intruding".

*** Travel Equipment ***
I carry my own iPad, computer, cd player.
Students should have instrument, capo, music. Ability for student to take video recording/audio recording is helpful. Often, we will use parent's iPhone at end of lesson to record important concepts/techniques/etc.

*** Specialties ***
I am versatile within classical and popular guitar styles: folk, country, rock, new age, praise, bluegrass. My in-depth understanding of music theory, guitar technique, and performance affords me a wealth of practical and artistic experience from which I lead students on their musical journey.
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Lara August 9, 2017
· Classical Guitar · In studio
David is the rare combination of a true artist who wants to help others discover their own musical voice. He is always able to find a solution to my technical problems, with the goal of helping me play more musically. He takes me seriously as a student, challenging and encouraging me with understanding, patience and kindness.
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Natalie P. December 17, 2016
· Ukulele · In home
David was very knowledgeable about music and made it easy to understand. This was especially important to me since I am starting new, not having any musical background other than a love for music and a passion to play. This instructor helped me realize I have potential which is also important. After just one lesson I was able to take what he taught me and put some of his advice together musically and it is starting to make sense. I am looking forward to my future lessons!
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Sabil July 17, 2016
· Guitar · In home
Great teacher ... thorough and provides instruction based on students skill and need
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David R.

David R.

Cary, NC 27519
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About Attila S.

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Attila has garnered recognition for his commanding stage presence, inspiring performances and outstanding cello instruction throughout Asia, Europe and North America.
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Arienna November 30, 2016
· Cello · In studio
Attila is a very engaging, talented teacher with a seemingly boundless supply of encouragement the new student. His website is very easy to use - the lesson recordings and practice logs really help you stay on track.
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Attila S.

Cary, NC 27511
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starting at
$35 / 30-min

About Robert G.

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Raleigh, NC
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Fun & highly individualized lessons
Patient teacher who tends to your needs with a flexible schedule
Specializing in theory, soloing, technique & ear training
Worksheets in pdf form and each lesson written out in Google docs

Versatile performer, recording artist and teacher in private lessons for over 20 years. A musical journeyman from the Boston area and a resident for the past 10 years in Raleigh, NC, Rob's unique, eclectic playing style and tailored-to-your-needs teaching approach have been a proven success.

Rob studied with Berklee graduate Paul DiBartolo (Spread Eagle/MCA Records) and guitar extraordinaire Gary Hoey (Wazoo Music Group) also Berklee Professor's Jon Finn and Joe Stump. This lead to the Summer Performance Program at Berklee College of Music and was entitled a Certificate of Completion on August 8th, 2003.
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Kyle June 28, 2016
· Guitar · Online
Incredibly knowledgeable in physical techniques required for guitar; He is a master of all the subjective hands-on knowledge you can't learn from a video or a book, like individual hand/wrist placement, strength building, muscle memory, string bending. His curriculum is excellent for developing the raw ability to play as desired.

We initially did lessons in person then transitioned to Skype once I moved away. I found no difference between in-person or Skype.
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Alex June 18, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Before I became a student under my teacher, I thought that my previous teacher was good. However, looking back, my first teacher (Not Robert Grant), was horrible. The one distinct difference between many of the casual guitar teachers and Robert is that he has a great curriculum for teaching kids and adults the proper techniques, different styles, and practices for playing the guitar. I remember on the first lesson, he immediately commented my wrong form for my picking hand. Since then he has assisted me in correcting bad technique, pursuing my strengths and passions, and expanding my knowledge in music theory, both specific for guitar and for music in general. His curriculum is equal if not better than many college courses for music(classical, jazz, etc. courses). I have been with him for 3-4 years now and I find myself greatly improved from when I first started. I would recommend going to Robert if you want to seriously learn how to play the guitar with a brilliantly structured course.
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Justin June 18, 2016
· Guitar · Online
I've been playing guitar for 28 years and Robert has done more to advance my playing in the last 5 months than anything else I've done over that time. Whether online or in person, Robert has a great mix of laid back attitude with a task-master's approach; he encourages his students to have fun with the guitar, but to take it and their work with it seriously. In a really short time, I've picked up a wealth of music theory and my technique has improved dramatically. Most importantly, I'm having more fun playing than I have in years. I can't recommend Robert highly enough.
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Robert G.

Robert G.

Raleigh, NC 27616
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About Julie C.

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Raleigh, NC

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I have a very complete formal classical music education background. I have been learning piano when I was 5, and I have been learning flute when I was 9. I was educated in music school during middle school, high school, undergraduate, and graduate school (New York University). I also took many classes, which are related to woodwind teaching in college. I've started my teaching career since 2011, I am good at providing different teaching methods for different students. It would be really fun to work with me, you will definitely like playing flute and piano.

I worked in an orphanage when I was a sophomore. I worked as a general music tutor, some of them were kids who needed special cares, and I did a successful work there. I taught them how to play with music.

And I have organized four solo flute concerts and other different kinds of
chamber and orchestra concerts. You will definitely learn more than you thought form me!!
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Meera August 12, 2017
· Piano · In home
Wonderful patient teacher flexible pace with me. Clearly very talented. I'm so excited to be learning from her!
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Julie C.

Julie C.

Raleigh, NC 27605
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$50 / 30-min

About Lindsay T.

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I love teaching students of all ages and levels! I have a Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degree in Piano Pedagogy and Performance. I’m a nationally certified teacher and am active at the state and local level. This means lots of opportunities for students to play in evaluations, recitals, fun events and even competitions, if interested. I have small group informal performance classes for students to get to know one another and share their music.
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Jeff November 2, 2017
· Piano · In studio
I took lessons with Lindsay for two years when I was in my 50s. Since completing two years, I have played in 2 bands and am having a great time now in my 60s. It's never too late to learn the keys, and Lindsay is the the right person to be teaching them. Her way is easy, low pressure, and WORKS!
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Craig October 15, 2017
· Classical Piano · In studio
Our daughter took piano lessons with Lindsay for 2 years. She absolutely loved taking lessons from Lindsay. Lindsay has a great approach to working with younger piano students. She's very encouraging, makes lessons fun and develops a great relationship with her students. I would highly recommend Lindsay as a piano teacher for your child.
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Lindsay T.

Lindsay T.

Apex, NC 27539
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$45 / 30-min

About Malik D.

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I have been intensely studying music for 5 years specializing in piano and vocals. I aspire to be a performer and composer in genres that include jazz, R&B, soul, and classical. I also love to instruct to share my gifts and abilities through teaching. I've been living in Durham North Carolina for 3 years now and really love the area! I'm a 22 year old senior at North Carolina Central University and am excited to here from people looking to increase their skills in piano proficiency!
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Malik D.

Durham, NC 27707
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$25 / 30-min

About Roddy T.

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Raleigh, NC

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I began playing Clarinet in middle school band. I quickly discovered that music was what I wanted to do with my life. Through years of hard work, I began to make that dream a reality. I studied Clarinet Performance with Robert Chesebro at Furman University where I earned my Bachelors degree in Music Performance. I began teaching at this time and loved every minute of it. From there I went to LSU for graduate school and studied with Robert DiLutis.

I joined the US Army as a Clarinet player and spent 4 years performing with the 82nd Airborne Division All-American Band and Chorus.

I love teaching and I love making music. I've had many different experiences that I believe contribute to my teaching style in positive ways. My only goal in teaching is the success of my students. If you learn anything new from me then I consider that a s
uccess.

Let's make music together!
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Gail February 7, 2018
· Clarinet · In home
I'm Roddy's Mother, so I'm biased, but when he was growing up, we would watch a movie, & then he would play the music from the movie we just watched. With no written music. He's 'a very talented musician, & everyone says so.
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Paulette January 16, 2018
· Clarinet · In studio
Roddy is a fantastic musician and teacher. He is patient yet firm, and is very fair and encouraging. As a band director, I would absolutely recommend him to my students. He is wonderful with students of all ages and ability levels.
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Robert DiLutis January 15, 2018
· Clarinet · In studio
Roddy is a wonderful teacher and mentor for students. He works well with students of all ages and is kind and disciplined. Exactly what most students need in a great teacher!
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Roddy T.

Raleigh, NC 27607
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Raleigh, NC

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I am 30 years old, and I have been a musician for over 20 years. I started playing the drums when I was 12 and I have loved playing ever since. The drums are so expressive and so energetic. I have played drums in primarily live contemporary christian worship music for about 15 years, and I love coaching people in that arena.

I have been a worship pastor for the last 6 years. I love working with all of my musicians, but especially the drummers. Coaching and creating the right rhythm to match the song and blend with the other musicians is really fun and such a creative process.

If you are someone who is looking to develop your ability to play with a live band, then I might be the instructor for you. Especially if you're interested in the contemporary christian worship music genre. Learning how to play within a band, learning how to add t
asteful elements spontaneously, and learning how to play in a way that complements what the other instruments are doing are all things that take time outside of just learning the mechanics of playing a drum set.

If you are someone who is looking to learn to play the drum set, but you don't necessarily know if you're going to play in a live band, that is great too! I can teach you to read drum-kit sheet music that will help you develop and very well rounded and versatile set of rhythms and beats.
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Jordan M.

Raleigh, NC 27606
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