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About Luke P.

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All musicians benefit enormously from an understanding of how it all works. I love teaching theory from the ground up, mastering the simplest concepts in order to understand the most sophisticated effects and applications. Theory is painless and fun, and understanding it will enhance your listening, your playing, and your composing.

About Luke
I majored in music at Berea College, then went on to The University of North Carolina School of the Arts, where I completed a Masters degree in guitar performance and served as the graduate assistant to the guitar department.

For the past ten years I have earned a living performing and teaching guitar. I am a certified Suzuki instructor, and I've held teaching positions at Winston Salem State University and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, along with at least half a dozen other schools and institutions. I've been featured on other artists' records, and received a grant to release an album of my own songs. I regularly perform in a wide variety of bands and ensembles.

I love to teach, and over the years I have taught hundreds, maybe even thousands of lessons. Having learned something from each and every one
of my students, I am now at a point where I excel at honing in on the individual interests and learning styles of whoever comes to me for help. There are many ways to learn guitar. The best one is the one that engages and inspires you the most. That said, there are also music fundamentals that we all need to know. My joy as a teacher lies in finding a way for you to master the fundamentals while at the same time following your personal bliss and intuition. We plot the course together, combining your curiosity and enthusiasm with my years of experience.

I also love working with kids. While they are having fun jamming, I discretely provide them with the technique and musicianship they'll need to excel in any musical environment, whether it's conservatory study or playing in a great band.

*** Lesson Details ***
Your enthusiasm is the key to your success, so my lessons are tailored to the interests and abilities of each student. That said, my classical background and dedication to effective teaching inform everything I do.

All of my students learn Music Fundamentals:
-Technique (habits of movement)
-Theory (how music works)
-Aural skills (hearing pitches, chords and rhythms clearly)

Many of my students use books. There are hundreds of great books these days, and I will work with students from any book they choose. Listed here are the books I regularly use. They all deliver great results:

-Aaron Shearer "Leaning The Classic Guitar"
-Will Schmidt and Greg Koch "The Hal Leonard Method"
-Joe Pecoraro "Read This First"
-David Oaks "Music Reading For Guitar"
-William Leavitt "A Modern Method For Guitar"
-Mateo Carcassi "Melodic and Progressive Studies, Opus 60"
-Leo Brouwer "Simple Studies"

Many of my students prefer to work without a book, and that is a great option too. These students learn scales, chords and theory and develop a repertoire of songs. I will show you how to play any song you'd like to learn. You can also work on writing your own songs or compositions, or improvising in any context, be it jazz, blues, Indian raga or flamenco.

Singing is also encouraged!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Home studio: music stands, extensive library of all kinds of music, great sound system and ability to stream any song, several guitars, recording equipment, footstools, keyboard and percussion instruments.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I'll bring my guitar and books, accessories as needed.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in versatility. I regularly play gigs doing classical, jazz, blues, rock, pop, and world music. All of these genres have a place in my heart, and I've devoted years to learning to play and teach them well.

I am equally polyamorous when it comes to the various things musicians do. I love to sing pop songs, dissect jazz lines, delve into expressive groupings with classical pieces, drill scales and arpeggios, you name it. Reading, improvising, composing and notating, transcribing and playing by ear, memorization, classical technique, blues technique, bluegrass technique, theoretical analysis... hit me up for any of that, or whatever else interests you.
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Yanka C. August 30, 2018
· Classical Guitar · In home
I've had my very first lesson and I've learned so much of the bad habits that I built over the time that I was self-taught, I am looking forward to learning more and to keep pursuing what I love!
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Angela December 10, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Great first experience and looking forward to more! Apart from his expertise in many different playing styles, the most important attribute that he has is his patience.
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Trevor F. December 6, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Great instructor! Luke has helped me progress immensely in only a years time. He’s very knowledgeable about music in general and would be a great teacher for any level of student.
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About Ruthie T.

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I have my degree in music education, with which I had to take many courses in music theory! :)

About Ruthie
My name is Ruthie and I graduated from the University of Northern Colorado in May of 2007 with a Bachelors of Music Education degree with an emphasis in voice. Through my collegiate experiences, I had the privilege of participating in a Concert Choir, Barbershop/A Capella Ensembles, Vocal Jazz Ensembles and Performance in Solo Voice. The jazz program at UNC is one of the finest in the United States, and to be selected as a member of one of the vocal jazz ensembles was an honor in itself. From these experiences I have gained knowledge about the importance of vocal performance and music advocacy. I accepted a position as a general music teacher in Colorado in the fall of 2007 and then worked part time for a school in Laguna Niguel, CA until June of 2012. I recently moved from California to Minnesota and am trying to get my music student cli
entele established. I love to sing all different styles and I'd love to help you find your style and help discover your passions.

My passion for music started for me as a young child. I grew up in a musically inclined family, and was inspired and motivated by family members to use my gifts and talents to educate students about the world of music. My immense love for children, coupled with my educational experiences and my passion for music qualify me as a fun and exciting teacher.

I am huge lover of Barbershop/Sweet Adeline music and I recently competed in the International Young Women in Harmony Quartet Contest in Nashville, TN. My quartet, Vogue, won the competition. The Young Women in Harmony contest is for girls 25 years old and younger. I recently sang with a quartet called, Dolce. We competed in two International Competitions in Denver and Hawaii and placed 10th and 15th in the world. I was also a member of the International Gold Medalist Chorus, Harborlites, which is comprised of 180 female singers.

"Music isn't just learning notes and playing them, You learn notes to play to the music of your soul." - Katie Greenwood

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My lessons will be educational and fun. I want to find your passions and interests and from there I will create lesson plans to enhance your learning experience in your specified concentration. Voice lessons will start with vocal warm ups and exercises and then we will proceed to work on vocal techniques and preferred repertoire. During the lessons we will create goals and work on those goals so you become a successful musician.

I am a very patient and caring teacher and I am able to create the lessons to your style and needs. Music is fun and I want to make it that way for you!

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have a full keyboard.

*** Specialties ***
I studied music education in college with a vocal emphasis. I am classically trained but studied jazz as well. I also am a member of an internationally ranked barbershop chorus and quartet. I specialize in singing bass and lead in barbershop.
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Marissa February 9, 2017
· Piano · In studio
She was very accommodating to our schedule. Very friendly and really motivated my daughter to want to learn and practice!
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About Angela C.

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Music theory instruction and exercises involving various instruments, worksheets, and games! Theory makes sense when applied to real-life situations, so lessons are interactive.

About Angela
I offer private music lessons in voice, piano, and guitar. Primarily specializing in musical theater, jazz, pop, and contemporary worship styles, students enjoy having their own voice in song selection. Lessons offer a variety of technique exercises, music theory, performance practice, and repertoire expansion. I also have songwriting experience and can help students develop their own writing and improvisational skills.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can bring an acoustic guitar to lessons as well as applicable teaching materials. I will need students that are taking piano lessons to have access to their own piano or keyboard. (Also applies if voice students would like piano accompaniment.)

*** Specialties ***
Vocal Styles: Jazz, Musical Theater, Pop, Classical, Folk

Piano: Classical, Pop, Praise/Worship, Folk Songs

Guitar: Pop, Prai
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Victoria September 18, 2018
· Singing · Online
Great to work with! Kind and patient with my daughter but also seems to know her stuff!
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Mary June 14, 2018
· Vocal Training · In home
Angela is extremely knowledgeable in all things voice and instrument. She is very talented in both singing and teaching. I took voice lessons from her & I can say I learned so much about technique, breathing, & how to care for my vocals. Angela taught me to embrace my range & love my voice. She is a great teacher I would recommend her to anyone that wants to learn more in this area.
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Makayla June 12, 2018
· Vocal Training · In studio
Angela helped me to expand my range, and also taught me "how to breathe," which helped me get the support I needed to make clear sounding notes. I sang alto in chorus for years and she taught me how to successfully hit high notes and have them sound good too. She also worked with me at the tail-end of High School, when my anxiety ran rampant. But somehow she managed to make me a more confident singer and person overall. Thank you Angela! :)
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King, NC 27021
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About Robert R.

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Common-Practice Harmony: Triads and Seventh Chords

Scales, Intervals, Keys, Progressions

Solfège (Do-Re-Mi)

Basic Score Analysis

Analysis and Interpretation

About Robert
Both my mom and dad were musicians and taught private lessons at home, so I grew up wanting to be a part of the music making. Now I am a university music educator who performs frequently as a soloist and collaborative pianist. I hold piano performance degrees from Carnegie Mellon and Yale. In addition, I've studied chamber music at the American Conservatory in Fontainebleau (France) and vocal accompanying at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. I perform as a church musician, choral accompanist, and recital pianist in traditional and more modern styles. I'm active as a collaborative artist in competitions, auditions, and recordings. In the past three years I've been studying ballroom dancing for fun and as an extension of my interest in experiencing music from the standpoint of total body movement. It's been a game-changer for sure!

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I favor an easygoing approach to lessons as a joint venture (and Adventure) between the student and me. I enjoy encouraging students and responding to their individual needs and levels of accomplishment. I have taught beginners of every age as well as more experienced pianists. For beginners I aim to establish a comfortable relationship with the instrument so that they can feel at ease in playing in high and low registers and everywhere in between. For more advanced players the goal is to connect good technique with their own innate musical skill. Students at all levels will work on their music-reading and sight-reading skills. If your dream is to learn to play piano, I can help you to get started. If you already play, I can help you to prepare for auditions and recitals and, in short, to reach the next level. Let's roll!

*** Studio Equipment ***
six foot grand in living room seating for parents

*** Specialties ***
For many years I taught young children from the Frances Clark "Music Tree" series. With more intermediate and advanced students I used the Alfred Series as well as volumes by James and Jane Bastien. I also enjoy teaching and coaching students in the art of accompanying, particularly in choral music and vocal art songs. This is a specialty of mine, as I have made my living as a collaborative pianist. In recent years I have studied more popular genres that include piano arrangements of Gershwin, Porter, Kern, Rodgers, and many other American composers. While I shy away from teaching these to young students (even of high school or college age), I do occasionally teach contemporary arrangements of hymn tunes (Mark Hayes, Larry Shackley, and others) to students who show promise in handling modern genres, which of course require no small amount of technique and discipline.
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Tatiyana February 11, 2018
· Piano · In home
Great first lesson. He really gave lots of encouragement and sent her home with homework.
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Lucy January 28, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Highly skilled, positive, and kind!
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Brena' N. April 20, 2015
· Piano · In studio
Robert is a great teacher! He was very patient with me and designed the lessons to accommodate my needs as an adult beginner.
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About Josh L.

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I studied music theory in college. I tutored many students while taking classes myself. I teach my students not only to solve theory problems but to understand the greater concepts of music theory.

About Josh
I am a professional singer, pianist, songwriter, and recording artist. I graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University with a Bachelors of Music, specifically voice.

Voice students can expect to improve week to week in their vocal technique. Every voice has a unique timbre; I teach students to release built up tension and apply foundational techniques in order to unlock their own individual sound. I can help any student to sing with freedom, confidence, and expression.

I teach piano students of all different ages and experience levels. I studied classical piano for 16 years, and contemporary keyboard for 7 of those. I can teach students to read music and pursue classical excellence, to learn how to play contemporary music using chord sheets, or both depending on the goals and preference of the student.

As a professional recording a
rtist I frequently take trips to Nashville for co-writing, recording, and meeting with record labels. I have written with well-known writers like Mia Fieldes from Hillsong, Tony Wood from Provident Label Group, Stu G from Delirious?, and Jon Steingard from Hawk Nelson. I love to mentor students who want to become effective, dynamic songwriters.

My personal passion is contemporary music but I firmly believe that great technique is essential to any and every style. I look forward to meeting you and helping you to become a better musician!
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David P. April 12, 2018
· Songwriting · Online
great lesson. Excellent instructor
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Benjamin January 31, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Josh is awesome. Great guy and amazing teacher!
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Hadley S. October 25, 2017
· Singing · In home
Josh was amazing! My daughter was nervous and he found a way to connect with her and help her feel comfortable using her voice
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About Jae L.

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Jae Lee is an award-winning New York-based composer, organist, pianist, and educator. As a versatile classical musician, he breaks boundaries between genres and is equally at home with jazz, gospel, and pop idioms. He actively concertizes around the United States and is commissioned by many ensembles around the world. He has been featured in prestigious venues like Carnegie Hall (Stern Auditorium), John F. Kennedy Center, and Fox Theatre in Atlanta.

A devoted educator, he currently teaches music theory to highly gifted students at Juilliard's Pre-College Division. While a student, he was a Lecturing Teaching Fellow in the Music Theory Department at Juilliard, a position he held since his third year of undergraduate studies. He also served as the Graduate Studies Teaching Assistant for classes on Beethoven and the American Symphony.

He graduated with his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degree from Juilliard from the “highly selective” Accelerated Bachelors/Masters program

About Jae
Jae Lee is an award-winning New York-based composer, organist, pianist, and educator. As a versatile classical musician, he breaks boundaries between genres and is equally at home with jazz, gospel, and pop idioms. He actively concertizes around the United States and is commissioned by many ensembles around the world. He has been featured in prestigious venues like Carnegie Hall (Stern Auditorium), John F. Kennedy Center, and Fox Theatre in Atlanta.

A devoted educator, he currently teaches music theory to highly gifted students at Juilliard's Pre-College Division. While a student, he was a Lecturing Teaching Fellow in the Music Theory Department at Juilliard, a position he held since his third year of undergraduate studies. He also served as the Graduate Studies Teaching Assistant for classes on Beethoven and the American Symphony.

He graduated with his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degree from Juilliard from the “highly selective” Accelerated Bachelors/Masters program studying under Dr. Christopher Rouse. He also graduated with "Academic Honors," which was only awarded to six students in the entire graduating class of 2017.
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About William R.

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I tutor both western classical and jazz music theory and composition. To enroll in theory and composition lessons, a musical background on an instrument is not necessary. However, learning an instrument in tandem to theory lessons is strongly encouraged since it will be more rewarding to be able to apply what you have learned. I teach lessons in guitar, bass guitar and ukulele, but as a music education major, I have training on most western instruments. If you play another instrument, such as brass, strings, woodwinds, percussion, or voice, then I can adapt theory lessons to your particular instrument. Whether you are interested in writing songs casually to share with friends or preparing for music study in college and a career in music, I can develop our music theory lessons accordingly.

If you are a beginner with music, we will start with learning notes, intervals, scales, chords, rhythms, and reading notation. You will also learn to play these on your instrument. You will also ...

About William
Thank you for visiting my profile and for your interest in studying music! Some of my greatest privileges have been studying and performing with master musicians from around the world in various styles, and I hope to be able to pass on what I have learned over the years.

My history with music

My lifelong love of music began early. Coming of age in the early 90s grunge rock era, I began letting out my teenage angst and adrenalin as a rock, punk, and metal guitarist in high school. While I became interested in jazz and classical midway through high school, the real turning point for me was seeing Leo Kottke play live for the first time. I was greatly inspired by his ability to play melody, bass, and chords all at the same time on one instrument, and it broadened my horizons as to what the guitar was capable of. I promptly went home an
d spent half the night practicing finger-picking and getting my hands to move across the fretboard. Fast forward years later, I devoted my education to the study of music education and classical guitar at the University of Vermont. I have always believed in the value in improving myself holistically as a musician, so in addition to classical guitar, I also studied jazz guitar, classical and jazz piano, performed saxophone in concert band, sang in large and chamber choirs, played in percussion ensembles, and routinely performed bluegrass, Appalachian, and Celtic music with an old-time music group. I am currently finishing a master’s degree in ethnomusicology from the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa, where I have been studying various Asian and Polynesian music traditions from Japan, China, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Hawai'i. I have also done fieldwork in Japan, studying traditional Japanese koto, shakuhachi, and ichigenkin music. Drawing wisdom from so many places and people I feel has helped me develop strength and versatility as a musician and as an educator.

As part of my undergraduate degree, I worked at Burlington High School in Burlington, VT, teaching and conducting concert band, leading small jazz ensembles, and teaching music theory and composition. I have over ten years of experience teaching private lessons with students ranging from five-year-old beginners to advanced adults; from children with special needs, to non-native-English students. I always develop each day’s lesson and each student's curriculum to fit the needs of each student.

My inspiration and philosophy

Early in my musical training, I studied guitar with Phil Sargent, a phenomenal jazz guitarist in the Boston/greater New England area. In one of our lessons, he detailed his daily practice routine. This involved scales, arpeggios, chord practice, ear training, solo transcribing, repertoire building, and more—all totaling six to eight hours of practice each day. I asked him why he spent so much time practicing, and I will always remember his answer: “to have the ability to play whatever I imagine on stage—to me, that is freedom.” I was awestruck by this seemingly counter-intuitive concept—that true freedom takes a lifetime of discipline. Of course, I don’t ask my young students to practice that much! But I do make it my purpose as a music teacher to gently guide students to developing the discipline to achieve their individual musical goals.

Discipline aside, I am greatly inspired by the power of music to bring people together, to foster passion and creativity in individuals, and to nourish the body and soul. It is my dream to pass on the many music traditions that have inspired me and brought so much meaning and wonder to my life.

If I seem like a good match to help further your musical goals, then I would love to hear from you!
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Beth July 9, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
I just got back into playing guitar but this teacher got me up to speed right away and taught me some things I have never learned about music theory. As someone who already is an intermediate flute player, I found his lessons about scales and theory pertaining to guitar a wonderful refresher! I will definitely continue to take lessons with this teacher and would recommend him to anyone!
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Tyler June 14, 2018
· Classical Guitar · In studio
A very good instructor. Gave accurate and clear instruction.
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Malka R. February 26, 2018
· Classical Guitar · Online
I've had two lessons with Bill now, and they've both been great! I came in already knowing some guitar stuff (like chords and whatnot) but never having studied classical guitar before. Bill was easily able to tailor lessons to my skill level and ability. Both lessons have been fun, and filled with lots of practical tips and techniques that have already improved my playing by lightyears! At first I wasn't quite sure how an online guitar lesson would play out (pun intended), but it actually went really well.
He also suggested several great resources for me to check out as to where to get music to learn and practice with (I'm focusing on Renaissance lute music). Bill is a very versatile player and teacher though, so I'm sure he could coach me in a variety of styles besides Renaissance music. I'm excited for many more lessons!
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About Jack F.

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I am currently earning a post-baccalaureate certificate in Music Theory at University of North Carolina, Greensboro. I am especially fond of aural skills and ear training, though I am quite well-versed in college level music theory across disciplines.

About Jack
Jack Fanning has been teaching the bassoon since 2015. He is currently available to teach lessons online, or at the student’s home (and is ready and willing to travel within the NC Triad area). Jack aims to make each lesson fun, enjoyable, educational, and informative. He has helped middle school and high school students win positions in youth orchestras and honor bands in California and North Carolina.

Jack studied bassoon performance with Dr. David Wells in Sacramento, CA, and is currently studying bassoon performance with Dr. Michael Burns in Greensboro, NC. The tutelage of these great bassoonists fostered a love of music education and sharing the magic of bassoon playing with younger students.

Jack is an accomplished bassoon reed maker and makes his reeds available to purchase for his students. The importance of a good reed to
a young bassoonist is paramount; it is key to making great music and being successful from day to day.
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Claire June 13, 2018
· Bassoon · Online
Very knowledgeable and friendly, and a great communicator about bassoon technique. Today was my daughter’s first lesson with Jack - She learned so much and has some good assignments to work on before the next lesson. We totally recommend Jack as an instructor!
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Amy June 13, 2018
· Bassoon · Online
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Nicole April 25, 2018
· Bassoon · Online
I couldn't be more happy with the bassoon lessons that Jack has with my daughter. The online lessons are so convenient and a great way to work with this fantastic teacher. Jack's teaching style is extremely positive and supportive. He encourages my daughter to push out of her comfort zone and grow as a musician. The progress that she has made with him is incredible. He is very knowledgeable about music and integrates music theory, sight reading, and rhythm studies into their lessons. You can see that he loves playing and teaching the bassoon and that excitement carries over to my daughter. She never wants to put her bassoon down after their lessons! Lessons with Jack have been the best thing we've done to support her playing bassoon.
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Greensboro, NC 27412
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I can help young percussionists understand what takes place during the process of their music-making. My music theory sessions can be customized for what you are looking for. Whether it be transcribing your favorite song, or simply improving your knowledge of scales, keys, and chords.

About William
I am a percussionist excited to help others grow and explore what speaks to them within the percussion idiom. I have done undergraduate and graduate study at some of the top conservatories in Chicago and NYC and want to give back to the next generation of musicians! While classical percussion is my specialty, I have experience playing jazz, rock, and funk as well as traditional Brazilian percussion.
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Mike September 23, 2018
· Percussion · In studio
William worked with our middle school percussionists in a group sectional, and the students loved it. He can speak at their level and give them the proper fundamentals/next steps to help them progress on both snare and mallet technique. I highly recommend William as a percussion instructor.
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About Karl R.

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Whether you're an undergraduate music major, a high-schooler taking AP Music Theory, or just someone wanting to gain a richer understanding of music, I am here to help. I have a Doctor of Musical Arts degree and extensive experience studying and teaching music theory. I've taught Music Theory Fundamentals, Diatonic Harmony, and Chromatic Harmony at the University of Hartford's prestigious Hartt School and Advanced Music Theory at The Hartt School Community Division. I've privately tutored many students in theory as well. I am excited about music theory and always strive to teach in a fun and engaging manner.

About Karl
Dr. Karl is a passionate musician and educator. Growing up on a farm in rural Minnesota, he began singing at a very early age, often serenading his father in the tractor during long days in the field. He soon started piano lessons with his mother and in school began playing French horn and cello. Karl was the member of several orchestras, bands, and choirs until his high school graduation, achieving All-State status in all three disciplines. In college, Karl studied cello performance and business. He went on to earn three advanced degrees in cello performance, culminating with a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2016. An active cellist, Karl frequently performs with area symphonies in addition to solo and chamber engagements. He has collaborated with many elite musicians including Joshua
Bell, Nadja Solerno-Sonnenberg, Sergey Antonov, Béla Fleck, Amy Grant, Molly Ringwald, members of the Emerson and Juilliard quartets, and many others. Karl is a dedicated pedagogue, teaching cello students of all ages and abilities to play with purpose and joy. He is also an experienced music theory teacher.

Karl resides in Greensboro, NC with his wife, a violist, and two young children. He enjoys reading and book collecting, traveling , running, baking, and tossing a frisbee.
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Greensboro, NC 27455
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Piano music doesn't have to be all classical, all the time! Here's what you need to know about getting started with jazz piano chord progressions, courtesy of St. Augustine, FL teacher Heather L...   Thelonius Monk, Herbie Hancock, and Duke Ellington are just a few of the great jazz piano players. What beautiful and fascinating sounds fill our ears when their names come to mind! The seemingly illusive progressions and spontaneous elements, like syncopation and improvisation, sound
How to Prepare for Sight Reading at an Audition | 3 Helpful Tips
Nervous about the sight reading portion of an upcoming audition? Find out how to work sight reading practice into your routine in this guest post by Saddle Brook, NJ teacher Christian D...   “Be prepared to sight read.” That dreaded requirement on all auditions that makes us all nervous. But the fact is, you shouldn’t be! Sight reading is a learned skill, just like everything else in music. Think of it as sight reading a passage from a book in front of an audience. With so many
4 Painless Steps to Help You Learn Music Theory
Sure, music theory is complex -- but there's no need to fear it! Here, Jamaica Plain, MA teacher Noaa R. shares four steps to get you started...   Many students tend to avoid studying music theory and harmony. This can stem from a fear of compromising one’s creativity with rules and numbers, a failure to connect concepts with application, or from feeling overwhelmed by the perceived volume of material to be learned. However, when you approach theory as an exploratory process that help
Subdivision: The Easy Trick for Reading Rhythms Right
As you're learning to read music, you'll come across complex rhythms at some point. Here, Saint Augustine, FL music teacher Heather L. offers some helpful tips to help you get through the tricky parts...   Have you ever found yourself sitting in a big concert hall, or in your room, listening to a soloist play a practically perfect rhythm? Almost all of us have, and almost all of us have asked ourselves, "How do they do that?" Their secret is subdivision. You might be just begin
Why Learning Piano Theory is Important for All Musicians
Struggling to understand music theory? Try heading over to the piano -- seeing a visual representation can help a ton! Here, Lowell, IN teacher Blake C. shares how to get started...   Many musicians avoid learning music theory altogether because it can feel much like learning a foreign language; as a result, many musicians enlist in the anti-music theory organization. I will admit it – I was a member of the anti-music theory organization in my early years, declaring that music theory

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