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About Charles N.

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Knightdale, NC
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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.

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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.

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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 Autumn B.

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Raleigh, NC

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Materials used for advanced students varies.

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

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

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

Autumn B.

Raleigh, NC 27606
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About 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 Robert G.

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Raleigh, NC
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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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About Rebecca W.

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

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

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

Rebecca W.

Pittsboro, NC 27312
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About Danielle L.

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

Danielle L.

Raleigh, NC 27610
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About 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.

Lindsay T.

Apex, NC 27539
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About Jeanetta H.

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Durham, NC

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jeanetta H.

Durham, NC 27707
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$50 / 30-min

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

David J.

Raleigh, NC 27607
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$35 / 30-min

About Treana H.

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Morrisville, NC

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

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

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

Treana H.

Morrisville, NC 27560
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