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About Charles N.

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

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

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

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

*** 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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Charles N.

Charles N.

Wendell, NC 27591
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About Dr. Daniel C.

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New York, NY

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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 Jacob S.

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About Jacob
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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$35 / 30-min

About Robert G.

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

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

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

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

Robert G.

Raleigh, NC 27616
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$25 / 30-min

About DaNece L.

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About DaNece
I started the violin when I was eight years old and taught my first student when I was 17. As a musician, I love the experience of making music in professional orchestras, chamber groups, and solo playing as much as I love teaching it to students of every age and level. I am an approachable, nurturing teacher who will provide you with valuable technical skills needed to become the violinist you want to be! I am a registered Suzuki teacher.
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Bill Barmes September 29, 2017
· Violin · In home
Very patient teacher appreciate her skills
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DaNece L.

DaNece L.

Cary, NC 27511
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$25 / 30-min
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About Malik D.

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Durham, NC
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I have been intensely studying music for 5 years specializing in piano and vocals. I aspire to be a performer and composer in genres that include jazz, R&B, soul, and classical. I also love to instruct to share my gifts and abilities through teaching. I've been living in Durham North Carolina for 3 years now and really love the area! I'm a 23 year old senior at North Carolina Central University and am excited to here from people looking to increase their skills in piano and vocal proficiency!
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Malik D.

Malik D.

Durham, NC 27707
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$25 / 30-min

About Roddy T.

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Raleigh, NC

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

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

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

Let's make music together!
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Priya April 29, 2018
· Audition Prep · In home
Roddy is a super clarinet instructor. Our son was seeking audition prep and building confidence in his technique. Roddy was always on time, polite and encouraging. He is a great communicator with children. He provided helpful guidance on the use of complementary tools such as a metronome. He recommended adjustments on the instrument which provided optimal play and made it easier for our son to achieve his goals. We would highly recommend Roddy as a Clarinet teacher without reservation.
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Ryan March 8, 2018
· Clarinet · In home
Roddy arrives early. I am totally new to clarinet. Today's guidance has been very productive. He is a wonderful teacher of his trade, and I am glad that I found him on here. I would highly recommend him for lessons.
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Gail February 7, 2018
· Clarinet · In home
I'm Roddy's Mother, so I'm biased, but when he was growing up, we would watch a movie, & then he would play the music from the movie we just watched. With no written music. He's 'a very talented musician, & everyone says so.
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Roddy T.

Roddy T.

Raleigh, NC 27607
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$25 / 30-min

About Ellen B.

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Raleigh, NC
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About Ellen
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.

Ellen B.

Raleigh, NC 27613
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$25 / 30-min

About Alex J.

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Hello, my name is Alex joy. I grew up in Raleigh, NC, and I have always been into music. I've been playing trumpet since 6th grade and I have over 4+ years of experience on trumpet. My favorite music is jazz music, I love working on improvisation and anything that gives the musician their own space or "artboard" to play on. My main inspiration for playing trumpet came from both Maynard Ferguson and Wayne bergeron. I have experience in both marching band and jazz band in panther creek high school. I love seeing improvements as I know how it feels to go from being the worst to being the best
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Patrick Roberts May 31, 2018
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Haley May 28, 2018
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Alex is a really good trumpet player. I hear him play in school every day. He has a high range and he is really good at improvisation. He also gives very helpful advice.
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Alex J.

Alex J.

Cary, NC 27519
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$15 / 30-min

About Dorien D.

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Durham, NC
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Hey Guys!!!

My name is Dorien Dotson. Percussionist, Drummer, Music Enthusiast.

I am gigging and traveling musician, who also teaches and advocates higher musical learning for ages and levels. My motive is to supply you with the MOST enjoyable, MOST energetic, MOST motivating, & MOST encouraging teaching experience ever. My students in previous years have been nominated for countless awards, and have gone on to pursue some form of musical career.

I’ve studied my craft in detail for years, and also have tried different methods of teaching throughout my career. My drive and willingness to extend my knowledge to you is what I live for. So lets get you signed up, and playing some drums!
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Dorien D.

Dorien D.

Durham, NC 27707
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$34 / 30-min

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