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About Charles N.

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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.

*** Lesson Details ***
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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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 Jamila S.

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Boca Raton, FL
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About Jamila
Masters Degree in Piano Performance
Bachelors of Fine Arts in Jazz Piano Performance
Golden Key International Honor Society
Member MTNA

*** Lesson Details ***
My philosophy is to push you to exceed your expectations and reach your goals while still having fun. I will push you, but gently and show you a lot of effective ways of practicing so that you achieve more in less time. I am big on technique and really believe in the importance of developing a solid technique, which I will help you to acquire.
A strong technique will give you the tools you need to play whatever you want skillfully. With a commanding technique you will be able to focus on making beautiful music.
Are you a singer? Develop your piano/keyboard skills and you can learn to accompany yourself.
I generally divide the lesson into three sections:

Tech
nique
Repertoire
Music Theory

I feel it is important to bring all of these elements into all areas of music education, particularly performance.

What is most important is that you are enjoying your music educational experience. Looking forward to your lessons, enjoying your practice time and having a sense of accomplishment. I will push you to exceed your own expectations but you will set the pace as well as determine what music you desire to play.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Baldwin Piano

*** Travel Equipment ***
Ipad
Music Scores
Music Books
Music Theory Books
Music Theory Worksheets
Music Theory Assignment Sheets
Practice Assignment Sheets

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in developing a strong technique at the piano to help the student facilitate dexterity and independant finger strength. With these skills I find you will be able to execute any style of performance with a great deal of ease.
Are you a singer? Learn to accompany yourself.
Vocal Coaching Provided
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Eric August 18, 2015
· Piano · In home
Jamila has been giving our 7-year-old twin boys piano lessons for six months, and my wife and I are blown away by what an incredible teacher Jamila is. Our boys began never having played a note in their life, and in just six months they play at a level we didn't think they would reach for at least a year and a half or more. Family and friends who hear the boys play are amazed because their own kids took lessons for years and didn't achieve the same level of skill and knowledge of musical theory so early on--and it is 100% thanks to Jamila! She doesn't underestimate kids or teach down to them. She teaches proper technique and theory in a positive, encouraging, yet rigorous way that I imagine most kids will respond very well to. We feel blessed to have found her.
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Rebekah L. May 16, 2015
· Piano · In home
One word..... AMAZING!!!

Before Ms. Jamila was my piano teacher, I had little interest in the piano. My other teacher gave me boring, easy songs, which didn't help. After that, I despised the piano, and thought I never would play it. Then, Ms. Jamila came along. Unlike my other teacher, she asked my interests and what song I really liked. Now, I don't know how I ever hated it. I believe I will go far with her as my teacher. She posts articles on her blog and her website which deepens my understanding of music. I would reccomend her to anyone, because on a scale of 1 to 10, she's infinity!
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Danny R. May 15, 2015
· Piano · In studio
Jamila is great!

She is patient and extremely knowledgeable about music.
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Jamila S.

Jamila S.

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About Melody H.

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Los Angeles, CA

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About Melody
Music Genres:
Pop, Jazz, Modern Rock, Broadway/Musical.

Specialized in:
Vocal Warm Ups
Vocal Range Development
Troubleshoot Problem Areas
Mask Resonance
Vocal Interpretation
Stage Performance
Microphone Techniques

Lesson Details:
A step-by-step instruction to developing vocal technique, geared towards contemporary styles. Exercising, developing, strengthening, and troubleshooting vocal registers. During the 1st lesson there will be an in-depth vocal assessment being conducted to determine the student's strength and trouble areas regarding vocal ranges, vocal tonality, breathing, and posture. Will discuss with the student for his/her goals in terms of singing, then design a personalized training plan to help the student reaching his/her goals.

The exercises listed below will be included(but not limited) in a normal class
session.
*Simple body exercises
*Vocal warm ups
*Vocal range development exercises
*Practice songs of student's choice(or suggested by the instructor)
*Develop vocal interpretation through practicing songs

Languages:
English
Mandarin Chinese
(Both fluent)

Education:
Musicians Institute College of Contemporary Music - Hollywood, CA
Professional Certificate: Music(Vocal Performance)

Cal State Fullerton - Fullerton, CA
Bachelor of Arts: Communications/Advertising

*** Studio Equipment ***
88-Key Digital Piano
Microphone Set
Vocal Booth & Ambient Reflection Filter
Amplifier
Recording Interface
Music Stand
Sofa
Chair
Mirror
TV/DVD
wifi

*I do have a cat at home. If you are allergic to cats it's better to book In-Home lessons(I'll drive to your place for lessons).

*** Travel Equipment ***
I do have a 88-key digital piano at the studio. Piano students need to have at least a 54-key keyboard at home.

*24 hour advance cancellation notice is required to change or reschedule lessons.
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Orlie August 8, 2017
· Singing · Online
I was inspired to start lessons from watching the last season of American Idol. I started with a 12 pack of online lessons. I was so nervous to sing out load (even in the privacy of my home) but Melody was always positive and encouraging. Even though I didn't practice as much as I should, to my surprise I've gotten better at hitting notes. It's helped even at work (female engineer) for me to easily speak louder and lower when needed. I've been taking lessongs for over a year now and it's still challenging but I always feel awesome afterwards (just like a great workout!) When I listen to singers now I have a whole level of of appreciation. It's like Melody introduced a new language. She's an awesome singer herself and I aspire to sing like her!
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Madelyn R. July 4, 2016
· Singing · In studio
Really great with kids..she has so much patience with my daughter and love how she takes time with her to explain everything..highly recommend her to anyone..
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Cole M. May 23, 2016
· Piano · In home
It's only our first lesson but she was UH-MAY-ZING! Both my kids loved her and my son HATES piano lessons. And she can teach singing and piano...gold mine.
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Melody H.

Melody H.

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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.

Attila S.

Cary, NC 27511
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About Victoria K.

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Raleigh, NC

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I've been teaching piano since 2012 and have been playing since 2000, although my first instrument was the clarinet, which I began learning in 1996. During my final two years at Atkinson County High School, I conducted the band at games and assisted the high school director in leading the band class whenever he was absent or otherwise occupied. My first two years of college were concentrated in piano performance, with more courses in music theory, world music, ear training, and music appreciation. In addition to my music background, have one bachelor's degree in philosophy and religious studies, and took my electives in sociology, gaining an award of excellence from the department of sociology, anthropology and criminal justice from Valdosta State. I then went on to Savannah College of Art and Design and graduated with a degree in Visual
Communications, concentration in photography.
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Grace P. November 14, 2016
· Classical Piano · In studio
Grace seemed very pleased with VICTORIA.
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Jan D. October 13, 2016
· Piano · In home
I just had my first piano lesson, and Victoria is lovely. She is knowledgeable, patient, and clear. I look forward to my next lessons :)
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Ryan C. February 24, 2016
· Piano · In home
Fantastic time and great instructions
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Victoria K.

Victoria K.

Raleigh, NC 27610
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$25 / 30-min

About Dan G.

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New Paltz, NY

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I am not one of the lucky few who was born with inherent musical talent. I've had to work hard for my knowledge and ability and I believe that this gives me an edge over teachers who are naturally musical. I once struggled to learn even the basics of music. This enables me to personally identify & understand the struggles that a developing student faces. Many teachers born with musical talent fail to be good guides through the musical wilderness because sometimes they simply cannot relate to a student's struggle. I've been teaching for six years. For four of those years I taught guitar at Aleoop, a musical enrichment program at the Brookside & Hillside elementary schools in Allendale. I work best with younger students. I've found that because of my age young students find me more relatable than my older counterparts. My aim as a teacher i
s to empower my students with the gifts of self-expression and confidence. My focus is on artistic enrichment, enjoyment and technical proficiency.
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Dan G.

Dan G.

Online
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$70 / 60-min

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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starting at
$50 / 30-min

About Gregory C.

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Helena, MT

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Hey there! Greg here... I am VERY excited to help you get to your best potential through lots of flight hours as quickly as you like! I hope you'll pick me to help you avoid common set backs in your progress. I look forward to helping you be your best on your instrument!

Gregory is a cutting edge multi instrumental musician, accomplished on electric bass, upright pizzicato bass, electric and acoustic guitar, drums, and vocals.  He performs in a large variety of ensembles, combos, bands, and performs as a solo bassist.  Gregory recently joined Wylie and the Wild West and is loving every minute of it! He has helped thousands of private students step into a life of music since his first student in 1989.  Greg’s talent and ability have been recognized frequently. In 1994 he was one of ten finalists worldwide in Bass Player Magazine’s Billy
Sheehan scholarship contest, that same year he became a key volunteer staff member at the annual Bozeman Bass Bash.

Gregory has shared the bill and / or performed along side: Bob Babbitt, Victor Bailey, Jean Baudin, Jeff Berlin, Blondie, Suzy Bogguss, Brian Bromberg, Oteil Burbridge, Yves Carbone, Christopher “C3” Cardone, Anthony Cox, Billy Dickens, Emerson Drive, Foghat, Marc Grabowski, Wylie Gustafson, Carol Kaye, Geno Kreis, Rob Kohler, Michael Manring, Stewart Mckinsey, Darren Michaels, Brady Muckelroy, Vince Neil, Adam Nitti, Dave Pomeroy, Psycadelic Furs, Benny Reitveldt, Kelly Roberty, Rich Ross, Billy Sheehan, Russell Smith (of the Amazing Rhythm Aces), Norm Stockton, Randy Tico, Eddie Tsuru, Twisted Sister, Michael Tyrrell, Gerald Veasley, Trip Wamsley, Doug Wimbish And Neil Zaza.
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Bradyn July 18, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Great attitude every time you came in to practice. You can tell he has a passion for what he does and that he wants you to learn and understand guitar. It was an incredible experience getting to work with him. I still have every song and music theory paper he gave me, and I still study them. All in all he is a great teacher.
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Audrey July 11, 2017
· Bass Guitar · In studio
Greg helped me start playing bass and to progress to the level where I'm playing on my church's worship team 2x per month with comfort and fun! He's very knowledgeable and easy to learn from.
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Cory July 11, 2017
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Gregory is a fantastic teacher! He is very knowledgeable and conveys this knowledge in a way that is easy to understand. He is attentive to the needs of his students and supportive of individual goals!
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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.

Apex, NC 27539
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