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About David R.

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About David
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

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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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$45 / 30-min

About Autumn B.

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Raleigh, NC

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About Autumn
Autumn Brand is a classically trained violinist of 20+ years. She is also skilled by way of original composition, songwriting, pop music arrangement, teaching, performance, and improvisation.

Autumn is an award-winning composer, songwriter, and violinist. She has won 1st place in the MENC’s national young composers award, 1st place in the Deep South Annual Open Mic Competition, 1st place in the 2006 WA State Solo & Ensemble Contest for violin solo and violin duet, the National Orchestra Person of the Year award in 2006, and 1st place in the national Shorty Award competition for her work in the band Season & Snare. She has been featured for her musical works on WRAL, WUNC, WKNC, Periscope, News & Observer, INDY, Oak City Sessions, SOFAR Sound, Raleigh Television Network, First Night Raleigh, and countless other media outlets.

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n studied Music Composition at Central Washington University after joining the Orange County HS of the Art advanced instrumental music program where she performed for the OC Chamber Ensemble, String Ensemble, and performed with the IMSO under the baton of Christopher Russell. She has played in countless honors orchestras, string orchestras, symphony orchestras, string quartets, trios, and duos. She currently plays violin for the Raleigh Civic Chamber Ensemble, the Raleigh Civic Symphony, and is the founder of Petals String Duo, and the Carolina String Society. She has studied with renown violinists such as Gene Wie of the Southern California Chamber Orchestra, and Concertmaster Carol Chung of the NC Opera and NC Symphony.

Autumn is currently in an Americana/alt country band New Reveille that is signed by the record label Loud & Proud Records.

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Always depending on the student's goals of course, I like to involve personal creativity into my lessons. From figuring out well known tunes, to eventually writing melodies, or at least coming up with the basis and foundation to a piece. I have learned that writing music on your instrument, in conjunction with learning to play the classics, opens up a vast array of musical knowledge and musical creativity. Everything depends upon what the student wants out of their lessons though.

I do enforce weekly homework in the form of scales, warm-ups, etudes, and selected works. All varying upon playing level, and progressing differently from student to student. Recitals are offered at local coffee shops and community churches. The student will have a choice on whether to play solo, with piano accompaniment, guitar accompaniment, or duet music for recitals.

After the first 6 months, the student should be able to comprehend most basic music theory, from note names and where they sit on the fingerboard, to basic scales, time signatures, and basic rhythms in order to effectively sight-read sheet music. The student will have developed a proper bow hold, and will be able to demonstrate a smooth and straight bowing pattern to obtain great tone!

Every student grows at a completely different rate, and this is what is expected of the average student.

*** Specialties ***
For my beginning students I use a combination of the Suzuki Method, All for Strings or Essential Elements, and Harvey Whistler's Scales in First Position.

Materials used for advanced students varies.

This instrument holds true to so much that occurs naturally in nature. The science behind the instrument is so fascinating, and I love to teach with that thought in mind!

THERE IS A REACTION TO EVERY ACTION YOU MAKE!
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Kelly S. August 3, 2014
· Violin · In home
We could not have asked for a better violin instructor for our 7-year-old daughter. Autumn is exactly what she needed: someone engaging, flexible, creative, and most of all fun! Obviously she is tremendously skilled and a master of her craft, but this does not always make a great teacher. But Autumn is a great teacher, which makes her an absolute gift and inspiration! We are so lucky to have found her! Thanks, Autumn!!!
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Lori B. June 8, 2014
· Violin · In studio
Autumn is encouraging and enthusiastic and helpful and fun. I am an adult and an experienced violinist who stopped playing for 20 years. I am just getting back into it and am delighted to find that I haven't forgotten how to read music and play, but I am really wanting to improve my sound. Autumn is happy to work on just what I want and need. I don't believe I could have found a better instructor for me.
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Vito I. February 14, 2014
· Violin ·
Autumn falls magically!

So here I am on yet another fork in the road and now I have REAL aspirations of making wonderful sounds with my violin! I'm just an old silly man chasing a dream, and Ms. Autumn is making it happen! No matter how much I make annoying squeaking ear drum popping noises, she's right there making it all sound.....imaginary! Ms. Autumn rocks! Ms. Autumn rolls! She is the best of the best! I can't wait for each new lesson! Thanks so much!!!
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Autumn B.

Autumn B.

Raleigh, NC 27606
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About Dr. Daniel C.

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Chapel Hill, NC

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About Dr. Daniel
Baritone Daniel Collins has performed at Carnegie Hall and with the Metropolitan Opera chorus in New York City. He received his Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the University of North Texas and earned both his Master of Music and Doctor of Music degrees in Vocal Performance from Florida State University. Dr. Collins was a finalist in the Dallas and El Paso Opera Guild Competitions, the NATS Singer of the Year Competition, and the NATSAA National Competition. He has performed in opera, concerts, and recitals throughout the United States and as a soloist at some of the most prestigious churches and synagogues in New York City and Washington, D.C. Dr. Collins was described by Tim Page with the Washington Post as a “funny, exuberant, and enormously likable” Papageno during Summer Opera Theater’s performance of The Magic Flu
te. The Post also celebrated him in Opera Theater of Northern Virginia’s The Barber of Seville as a “bright and bouncy” Figaro who delivered his lines with “aplomb.” He was a young artist in the studio programs of Portland Opera, Kentucky Opera, and El Paso Opera.

Dr. Collins has sung the roles of Sharpless in Madama Butterfly, Sid in Albert Herring, Figaro in The Marriage of Figaro and in The Barber of Seville, Papageno in Die Zauberflӧte, Belcore in L’elisir d’amore, Jupiter in Orphée aux enfers, Dr. Falke in Die Fledermaus, Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Masetto in Don Giovanni, Schaunard in La Bohème, Clayton McAllister in Cold Sassy Tree, the Clock in L’Enfant et les Sortilèges, the Mandarin in Turandot, and Haushofmeister in the world premiere of Dorian Gray. Dr. Collins has had the pleasure of singing in the choruses of the Metropolitan Opera, Washington National Opera, and Fort Worth Opera. He has performed roles with the American Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, Kentucky Opera, El Paso Opera, Summer Opera Theater, Bel Cantanti Opera, Amarillo Opera, Crested Butte Opera, Portland Opera To Go, Opera Southwest, Opera Theater of Northern Virginia, Concert Royal, Ash Lawn Opera, Bay View Music Festival, and Seagle Music Colony.

Dr. Collins is currently on the voice faculty at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and maintains a private voice studio at the National Opera Center in New York City where he teaches singers of all skill levels including those who perform on Broadway and at the Metropolitan Opera. He has a passion for vocal instruction and is dedicated to the success of each individual student. Dr. Collins keeps an active record of each student’s progress, vocal exercises, repertoire, performances, and personal goals. He is a member of the College Music Society, the American Guild of Musical Artists, the National Association of Teachers of Singing, Pi Kappa Lambda, and Opera America.
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Greg November 28, 2017
· Audition Prep · In studio
Dr. Daniel was great. After some initial work getting to know my voice, he was able to offer several exercises tailored to me. Looking forward to continuing our work together.
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Augusta September 12, 2017
· Opera Voice · In studio
This was my first private lesson with Dr. Daniel, most importantly he made me feel very comfortable and I wasn't afraid to sing notes in front of him. Dr.Daniel took the time to gather my history and take notes about what I said. Dr. Daniel was very thorough for our first visit, even though I had only booked my first class to be 30 minutes. I look forward to taking more lessons with him and am excited for our next lesson! Thank you so much!
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Patrice O. August 4, 2017
· Singing · Online
Dr . Daniel is great in his field and very honest to talk to .
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Dr. Daniel C.

Dr. Daniel C.

Chapel Hill, NC 27514
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About Rebecca W.

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Pittsboro, NC
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Whether you are serious about landing a role in the school musical, are an emerging singer/songwriter desiring better technique to sell yourself or your band, want to prepare to audition for "The Voice" or other major performance or career, or just want to learn singing for fun, Rebecca will help you find your voice with a custom plan right for you. Her students gain healthy vocal technique, confidence, stage presence, musicianship, and learn in a fun but serious way how to release and find their own sound. Piano students learn solid piano foundations, technique, theory, and appropriate, challenging but fun repertoire. Lessons are designed around the individual student need at their own pace.

About Rebecca: Master level music educator, Rebecca holds an MM degree from GA State and 20+ years experience. A Rhodes College (TN) grad,
she has three CD's to her credit, a vocal jazz arrangement with Sony Music, and performed in the US, England, Scotland, Wales, France, and Japan. Students have won scholarships, leading roles, and recognition in Billboard and as Time Warner New Artist of the Year, exceled in contests, produced albums, and appeared on NBC's “The Voice”. More info, please visit her website.
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Ashli July 10, 2017
· Vocal Training · Online
I had the pleasure to work with this wonderful teacher in studio when she was in Atlanta, and when I found out I could study with her online I was so excited!! She is very professional and is always their to help her student overcome any musical obstacle. She always brings a positive vibe to all of her lessons, and is extremely patient with all her students. I have loved and continue to love working with her, and I would recommend her to anyone!!!
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Gary June 6, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Rebecca has been a fantastic teacher. I was very nervous getting in starting, because I am beginning this experience later than most and was concerned about "an old dog learning a new trick". With the stress of everyday life, I did not want to create stress, but was looking for new ways to expand and focus my mind. She has made this experience rewarding, fun and enlightening. The lesson time seems to fly by and I always anticipate getting back home after work so I can continue to work on what she has taught me.

This has been very rewarding for me!
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Christine May 27, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Rebecca is a wonderful teacher, I started lessons a couple of months ago and I didn't have any musical background or experience. But I'm already singing with confidence and joy.
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Rebecca W.

Rebecca W.

Pittsboro, NC 27312
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$50 / 30-min

About Danielle L.

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Raleigh, NC
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Hi, Im a 33 year old college student, that has a son. I am a experienced singer, I taught myself to sing 12 years ago. Because I always wanted to learn. I have good teaching abilities that make it easy for my students to learn. I also taught myself spanish, which took one year, I was'nt perfect but I was at 90%, when I was 17. I took singing music class in elementary and found it boring, mrs.mayfield was a good music teacher but it was boring. We didnt sing envogue or swv.
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Danielle L.

Danielle L.

Raleigh, NC 27610
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About Philip O.

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Durham, NC

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I am a professional concert violinist and teacher. I hold a Master's Degree in Violin from University of Oklahoma, where I was the concertmaster of the university symphony and an assistant teacher to the violin professor. My extensive musical training has given me the needed skills to be the best teacher I can be.

I have been happily teaching violin for over 10 years, and it becomes more enjoyable each day. I currently teach at The Musicians Learning Center in Raleigh, as well as privately. My experience has included beginner students, highly advanced violinists in music school, and any level in between. Every student is completely different from the next, demanding a very dynamic and sensitive teaching style on my own part. My success in this has allowed my students to consistently thrive under me and to look forward to each lesson as m
uch as I do.

My performance career has included positions with numerous professional symphony orchestras around the country, including the Austin Symphony , the Wichita Symphony, the Amarillo Symphony, and many more. I have also performed in hundreds of public concerts and functions as a soloist and an ensemble musician.

Whether you are picking up the violin for the first time, would like help learning/writing your favorite song, or are an advanced violinist preparing for music school auditions, I am eager to meet you!
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Erin October 3, 2017
· Violin · In studio
Philip has been teaching my 8 year old daughter violin for over a month now and I could not be more happy with him! He is patient, entertaining and so creative when it comes to teaching children! And my daughter is always excited for the next lesson. I look forward to many future lesson So!
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Holly September 30, 2017
· Violin · In home
Philip was so patient and effective with my daughters. They never felt the least bit frustrated, because he always made learning the violin feel so easy and natural! Even though they only were able to study with him for a short time due to distance, they both made great gains during that time! He has a real gift for putting young children at ease, and finding how to draw out their best abilities!
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lingfan September 24, 2017
· Violin · In studio
Philip teaches my daughter violin every Saturday. She has made a lot of progress since she started taking lessons with him three weeks ago. We really appreciate Philip's hard work and patience. Looking forward to many more lessons in the future!
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Philip O.

Philip O.

Durham, NC 27707
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$28 / 30-min

About Jeanetta H.

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Durham, NC

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I am an experienced pianist, violist and music educator. I graduated with my degree in Music Education from Jackson State University with a concentration in piano.

Piano and Strings students can expect to improve from week to week with proper technique. Knowing that every student learns differently I take the time to understand how you learn and apply it to maximize learning. Lessons with me include not only repertoire but we set goals.

I teach all levels of piano, violin, and viola. I studied classical piano and viola for over 15 years. In addition to playing classical music, I am also able to play gospel and rhythm and blues music.

Students can expect to learn technique, music theory and a diverse repertoire of music.

I am a firm believer of teaching a solid musical foundation and exposing my students to diverse music literature.

I look forward to meeting each and everyone of you.
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Jeanetta H.

Jeanetta H.

Durham, NC 27707
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$50 / 30-min

About David J.

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I graduated from Berklee College of Music in 2009. Since then, I have gone on tour with a few bands in numerous styles and taught music in public schools for 4 years. I believe in making music FUN. So while reading and theory are an important part of every lesson, sometimes I like to get off the page and just jam or be creative and have the student make up a song using what we have learned.
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David J.

David J.

Raleigh, NC 27607
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$35 / 30-min

About Scott M.

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Raleigh, NC
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Hey guys!! My name is Scott Mulligan! I just moved to Raleigh North Carolina to work on my music career and help others along the way! I moved here from New York City just after recently finishing a nine month run of Tarzan for Disney while playing the lead role as Tarzan and flying over 3,000 people every night. As a fully trained singer, actor, and dancer from the best music school in the country “Boston Conservatory at Berklee School of Music” where I received my Bachelor of Performing Arts in Musical Theatre, I surpass the qualifications for teaching the craft more than the majority of people in this area. With my expertise and rigorous years of training, along with all of my professional experience— from Broadway caliber productions, to working among the most talented musicians in this country—including Broadway directors, I can t
ransform any student into their highest potential and enable them to succeed far beyond what they could ever dream possible. I will help you reach your dreams because I’m living mine and I’m walking proof that it takes years of training from the best to be the best! I look forward to meeting you and transforming you into everything you hope to be!
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Scott Mulligan
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Scott M.

Raleigh, NC 27614
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Morrisville, NC

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Roll Call! Who wants to learn how to sing and perform?

That's where I come in! Treana here and singing and acting are my specialty. I am super passionate about these two things and hope that you are too!
I have been teaching since 2013 and love each moment of it! Each of my lessons are catered to where the student is and where they want to go.
Broadway and Classical are what I teach best and I would love to teach you proper breathing techniques and vocal placement to help you in these two things. Technique and theory are only half of it, we tend to have a little fun too!

Let's make some music, shall we?
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Treana H.

Treana H.

Morrisville, NC 27560
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