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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".

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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 Dr. Daniel C.

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New York, NY

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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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Josh C. May 18, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Dan provides detailed, tailored guidance as I learn how to control my voice and stretch its range and stamina. He is seriously fun, and focuses his training around the needs of the individual. I could not recommend him more highly!
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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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Dr. Daniel C.

Dr. Daniel C.

Durham, NC 27713
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About Debbie F.

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Pittsboro, NC

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Introduction:

Debbie is available for lessons in her home studio in Potterstone Village, Pittsboro. Music is a lifelong gift that Debbie is so excited to share with you and help you accomplish all your musical dreams and goals. She especially loves to work with children and adults with ADD and ADHD because she knows personally how music can positively impact and benefit the brain of one diagnosed with those conditions. In fact, ADD and ADHD are conditions that are viewed as a benefit when learning music, and strengthens your ability to learn and play an instrument. And conversely, learning a musical instrument actually increases your ability to focus and concentrate, translating to all other areas of your life as well.

Debbie has been playing guitar, ukulele, and clarinet for over years 30 and has been giving private lessons since
1997. Debbie teaches children and adults from beginner to intermediate levels. She especially enjoys teaching parents who want to learn just a few basic chords on guitar and ukulele to give them the ability to create a fun and engaging musical experience that they can share with their children. Getting started is really easy and lots of fun in the process!

Debbie enjoys a variety of musical genres including, but not limited to; classical, jazz, folk, rock, pop, and children's music.

So, if you are looking to change your life or the life of your child, give them the gift of music by scheduling a lesson with Debbie right now. If you do not see a time on her schedule that is convenient for you, please contact her and she will make every effort to work with you to get you scheduled for a time that works best for you.

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Debbie attended Suffolk College in Selden, New York, where she earned her degree in music performance as a clarinet and voice major. She continued her musical training in music performance at the prestigious Aaron Copeland School of Music at Queens College in Flushing, Queens, NY, where admittance is by audition only, also majoring in clarinet and voice. In addition to learning about musical performance, she also received vigorous training in music theory, sight reading, dictation, and ear training. All these skills are paramount to succeeding as an exceptional musician and musical instructor.

Although Debbie was trained as a classical clarinetist and vocalist, she was also a member of the guitar ensemble and played clarinet and alto sax in the jazz band, giving her experience in other genres of music as well beyond classical.

After graduating college, Debbie spent a few years playing her clarinet and alto sax in the orchestra for numerous musicals in theaters around the New York area. In addition, she also sang and played acoustic guitar during college with her band in local establishments around Long Island.

Most recently, before the birth of her children, Debbie was active in the musical program of her church in Cary, NC, where she sang in the choir, played clarinet in the chamber orchestra for special musical events, and played guitar and ukulele, and sang for the children's Sunday school. Activities she looks forward to returning to in the near future.

Currently, Debbie plays mostly for her own pleasure, and plays guitar and ukulele on a regular basis for her Wife and two young children, engaging them in fun singing and dancing musical time. "Music is a staple in our home and I hope to help you make it a staple in your home as well. Music truly brings people and families together!"

"Music is life. That is why our hearts have beats." ~ Cecily Morgan
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Debbie F.

Debbie F.

Pittsboro, NC 27312
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$30 / 45-min

About Jacob S.

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Hello! I just finished my second year as elementary general music, chorus and band teacher in Swampscott, Massachusetts. I recently relocated to Cary, North Carolina. I graduated from Gordon College with a B.M. in Music Education. My primary instruments are saxophone and bass guitar, but I also teach beginning band, piano and guitar lessons for students of all ages. I am passionate about jazz and classical saxophone as well as all styles of music for bass guitar, from hip hop and R&B to country and blues. Piano lessons available in home on electric keyboard, but otherwise I must travel to you for all other lessons.
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Tracy and Ryan S. September 18, 2017
· Ukulele · In home
We had a great lesson with Jake. Very professional, personable and knowledgable. We felt very at ease with his lesson and look forward to learning the ukulele with Jake!
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Jacob S.

Jacob S.

Cary, NC 27513
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About Le'Andra M.

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Durham, NC

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About Le'Andra
Le’Andra was born into a clan of musicians, singers, as well as music lovers. Since the age of 3, she has been enthusiastic about music, especially the piano. Growing up as a self-taught pianist, she gained her start in the church and studied theory and musical notation independently. Music has influenced her life so eloquently that she is en-route to her BA in Jazz Studies with a Certification in Teaching (Dec 2017). Along with piano, LeAndra also has experience training vocals and playing clarinet in both middle and high schools. She is a multi-genre performer who takes great joy in instructing people of all ages about the fun, beautiful journey music has to offer. She believes that the most beautiful thing about music is how it allows people to share a piece of their world with complete strangers – creating an intimate, undeniable conn
ection that people will never forget.
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Mei April 26, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Le'Andra is a great piano teacher. I enjoyed my first class with her.
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Ruth W. April 26, 2018
· Piano · In home
What a wonderfully sweet and capable young woman. Wise beyond her years.

My wife was very happy with her. Thank you very much for finding Le'Andra for us.
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Joceline April 15, 2017
· Piano · In home
Le'Andra was wonderful for our first visit. She arrived on time and was very professional. She kept the lesson fun and engaging for my 8yo daughter which helped her stay focused for the hour. They were giggling and having fun while also learning! My daughter really enjoyed their time together and is looking forward to her next lesson.
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Le'Andra M.

Le'Andra M.

Durham, NC 27713
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About Philip O.

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Durham, NC

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I am a professional concert violinist and have been happily teaching violin for 11 years. I have my Master of Music degree in Violin Performance from University of Oklahoma and a Bachelor of Music degree in Violin Performance from Western Michigan University. During my student years I had the pleasure of serving as the concertmaster and assistant concert master of my university symphony orchestras, and was a paid member of the University of Oklahoma Graduate String Quartet, which served to showcase the music school in regular public concerts.

I have enjoyed a rich orchestral career, which has taken me across the country to perform with professional orchestras such as the Austin Symphony Orchestra, the Wichita Symphony Orchestra, the Battle Creek Symphony, the Amarillo Symphony, and many others. Additionally I have performed in numerous
public concerts and events as a soloist and an ensemble musician. I recently settled down with my newly wedded wife in North Carolina and have been building a music studio of enthusiastic musicians of all ages and levels.

In addition to my home studio instruction, I am also a teacher at Cary School of Creative Arts, Little Arts and Smarts, and have regularly taught at Musicians Learning Center in Raleigh.
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Yeo S. July 16, 2018
· Violin · In home
Very helpful person to work with, understanding of my student's transportation difficulties and great about rescheduling. The girl likes him and is learning.
Good choice
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Sawyer O. June 14, 2018
· Violin · In studio
Philip is a terrific teacher. He gives lots of positive comments, and worked very well with my 7 year old. We’ve only had one lesson so far, but I would certainly recommend him.
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deirdre May 1, 2018
· Violin · In home
My son came to Philip as an intermediate violin player, and I can already see progress in his playing in the two months since he started lessons. Philip really engages my son, and gets him excited about playing. He is patient, and seems to really enjoy interacting with my son. I would highly recommend Philip.
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Philip O.

Durham, NC 27707
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About Scott M.

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Raleigh, NC

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Scott is a multi-talented singer-songwriter and actor from Seattle, WA and a graduate from “Boston Conservatory at Berklee School of Music." After finishing a seven month run of the Broadway Musical "Tarzan" for Disney at Tuacahn Amphitheater where he played the lead role as Tarzan for 3,000 people a night, Scott moved to Raleigh, NC to pursue his music career. Since being in Raleigh, Scott has had the chance to work with super producer Sam Harmonix along with several other incredibly talented local musicians and producers. Scott has also had the chance since his arrival to perform his original music on the runway at Charlotte Fashion Week, be apart of the cast of Gypsy at North Carolina Theatre, and perform his original music in downtown Raleigh at the Pour House Music Hall!

As a fully trained singer, actor, and dancer from the
#1 music school in the country “Boston Conservatory at Berklee School of Music” where Scott received his Bachelor of Performing Arts in Musical Theatre with an emphasis in songwriting, he surpasses the qualifications for teaching the craft more than the majority of people. Scott has worked closely with Tony award winning Broadway directors such as Liesl Tommy (Frozen Live, Broadway’s “Eclipsed”), Jason Michael Webb (Music arranger for “Frozen” and Music Director for Broadway’s “Color Purple”), and Glenn Casale (Broadway’s “Peter Pan”). Scott’s credits also include the original cast of Frozen Live (Disney Land), Rock of Ages (Norwegian Cruise Lines), Hunch Back of Notre Dame (Tuacahn Amphitheater), Peter Pan (Tuacahn Amphitheater), and Marius (Les Miserables). Scott is also a proud member of The Actor’s Equity Association (AEA).

With Scott’s expertise and rigorous years of training, along with all of his professional experience— from Broadway caliber productions, to working among the top notch musicians and directors in this country— he knows what it takes to transform someone into their highest potential and enable them to succeed far beyond what they could ever dream possible. Scott will help you reach your dreams because he’s living his and he’s walking proof that it takes years of training from the best to be the best! Whether you are training for your next big Broadway audition or your just learning to sing for the first time, Scott has all the tools to help you. He can train someone in any vocal style they need, or even piano, and can help with acting the song to book an audition! He knows the inside scoop of what it takes to excel because he has excelled himself is in the business. Scott looks forward to meeting you and transforming you into everything you hope to be!
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Anastasia C. July 5, 2018
· Broadway Singing · In home
First lesson with Scott and extremely impressed. Look forward to many more sessions.
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Megan June 16, 2018
· Classical Voice · In studio
When I started taking lessons with Scott, the only thing I really knew how to do was carry a tune. After a lesson a week for about 4 months, I've been picked to be a Semi-Finalist in a singing competition called So You Think You Can Belt in New York City, with one of the judges being a former producer from X factor (UK/US), has done consulting work for American Idol and America's Got Talent, and currently recruits for The Voice. Scott works miracles!
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Megan February 26, 2018
· Broadway Singing · In studio
Scott is absolutely FABULOUS! He is everything you need in a vocal coach and more. I signed up for lessons with Scott to prep for some Broadway auditions. I'm a dancer who knows nothing about singing in an audition. Scott to the rescue! He helped me put together a songbook, taught me how to properly speak to the accompanist, and act out the lyrics I was singing. He has such a great background and knowledge in musical theater and it shows! Scott has a great personality and is so much fun to work with! 10 out of 5 stars!
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Scott M.

Scott M.

Raleigh, NC 27614
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About Ellen B.

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One of my primary goals teaching violin is to instill a love for music in my students and provide them with a vehicle for self expression. My interest in the violin started when I was 6 years old. I discovered quickly that playing music was a wonderful way for me to express myself. Through my violin I could speak an entirely different language.
I have played the violin for over 30 years and have been playing with various community orchestras and ensembles throughout my adult life, including the Windsor Community Orchestra, Orchestra Toronto (Ontario, Canada) and the Peninsula Symphony (San Mateo, California). I am a registered violin teacher with the Suzuki Association of the Americas and have received teacher training from the Southwestern Ontario Suzuki Institute and the Suzuki Institute of Montreal.
Over the last 8 years my focus
has been on children. I have three children of my own and have worked very closely with kids and their families at the preschool and elementary school level as a teacher assistant, parent volunteer, board member and more recently as a private violin teacher. Seeing a child's capacity to learn, witnessing their keenness to observe and their ability to adapt has ignited my desire to guide children in their creative expression, to reach their full potential.
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Ellen B.

Raleigh, NC 27613
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About Isaiah S.

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Raleigh, NC
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Former attendee of North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston Salem as well as SUNY Purchase School of Music.

I've worked as a professional church choral music director, and have extensive experience teaching (in addition to piano) hand drums, drumset, singing, and beginning guitar -- all in a variety of genres.

I help singers achieve vocal freedom, connecting most directly to songs as well as their natural voice.

I perform around my local area in a variety of venues from upscale wine bars to weddings.

I live, teach, and play with passion -- and look forward to sharing that with every new student I meet.
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Russell for Bequia May 14, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Isaiah was patient and helpful, a good music teacher who gave my daughter the skills to improve in her instrumental music class.
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Akshada May 13, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Isaiah worked with me to identify my vocal range, and where I fell short in my vocal abilities. Isaiah gave me tailor made exercises to improve my singing . I began to hear the change in just a couple of sessions. He is really patient and individualistic in his approach, which makes him in awesome teacher. I would recommend Isaiah to anyone in a heartbeat.
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Joshua April 29, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Isaiah is professional and kind teacher. He's always had the best attitude and approach to your education, especially if you put the effort forth to work on your skills. I recommend him for all ages.
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Isaiah S.

Raleigh, NC 27603
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Hi this is Jalessa Moses from Durham NC. I go by Mz. Lisa and I teach singing and rap. I have over 20 years experience in singing. And 15 years of experience in rap. I have taught a few ppl how to rap and my daughter Izzy how to sing. I'm fairly new to professionally teaching other people. But I can adapt anywhere and with anyone. My motto for teaching is being sweet but direct. Hope to see you guys soon 😉
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Jalessa M.

Durham, NC 27701
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