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About Caleb M.

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I give beginner piano students a great head start in their musical education, with a solid foundation covering piano technique and an introduction to music theory which would serve them well whether they continue to pursue piano, or pick up another instrument along the way.

About Caleb
Caleb moved from his hometown of Wichita, Kansas, to Chicago in 2008 to attend DePaul University, where he received his Bachelor’s in Trumpet Performance studying under Matt Lee and Tage Larsen. Since then, Caleb has picked up a variety of regular gigs across a wide spectrum of styles, genres, and types of events.

Caleb performs in Chicago with soul-pop band The Right Now, the progressive Pocket Radio, the soulful Bassel and the Supernaturals, the genre-defying Willy Dynomite, the Latin-grooved Contrabanda, and funk outfit Nasty Snacks. He has played in horn sections for Latin, funk, and big-band jazz bands, as well as Afrobeat, indie rock, R&B/soul, and hip-hop/rap groups.

He has also played the national anthem for the president at opening night of the Chicago Bulls season, been featured at Chicago Blackhawks games, principal trump
et in symphony orchestras, pit orchestras and in the DePaul Screamin’ Demons Pep Band at Madison Square Garden. Caleb also regularly lends his solo talents to wedding parties and church services, and is one-fourth of the Chicago for-hire horn section Revolution Horns. Other musical endeavors include a performance on the Steve Harvey Show, playing trumpet for the Broadway musical I Love Lucy in downtown Chicago, and a coveted chance to perform in master classes for his idols Adolph “Bud” Herseth and Chris Martin.

Caleb has been teaching privately in the Chicago area for 6 years now and is eager to teach students with any amount of experience, especially those who are eager to approach music from a variety of perspectives.

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I believe that the best way to teach a brass instrument at any level, is simply to check in and make sure that the student has a great understanding of what a beautiful sound is on their instrument. This is done in a patient and positive environment, filled with the best possible music making to serve as a model to aspire to. With small, attainable goals and encouragement to practive at least a small amount on a daily basis, you cannot help of improve, and hopefully have a good time playing whatever music interests you while doing so. The journey is a bit different for everyone, but anyone can make a beautiful sound, and go from there!

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I like to strike a balance of teaching out of various method books(depending on the student and their level of ability, some are more suitable than others of course and I help guide the way), and learning to play by ear, which can be almost anything the student wants to learn, provided it's not overly complicated for them. Technique has it's place, but is certainly not the whole story. Learning music that is fun, while at the same time learning to get better at your instrument, makes the overall process enjoyable and rewarding. Once you have the right tools, music is something that can be fulfilling for the rest of your life, especially when you learn to do it in a fun and healthy way.
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Jessica June 17, 2017
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Caleb is patient, creative, and understanding. My 13 year old son takes lessons from him and says that he is empathetic and easygoing, but still provides structure and clear instructions. Highly recommended!
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Blake B. June 14, 2017
· Trumpet · Online
Caleb was very friendly, obviously knowledgeable and right on time! Looking forward to many more lessons with him
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Joy June 10, 2017
· Trumpet · Online
Caleb has been my son’s trumpet instructor for almost a year now. He has a keen ability to get across everything needed for a highly effective online lesson. I cannot tell you what a HUGE convenience it's been for us to have these expert lessons in the comfort and convenience of our home. I would have to drive 45 minutes over a mountain pass to get to the nearest qualified instructor. In the middle of snowstorms, and even with my son in p.j.'s, we can have our lesson right here at home. In an ordinary lesson environment a parent usually is expected to leave the room. With Caleb, I can be nearby while my son receives his lesson. This is helpful for me to reinforce points that Caleb made during his lesson with my son when he is practicing during the week. Currently he's working with my son on his honor jazz band audition, as well as a classical oratorio piece that he'll be playing on tour in Europe with our local community orchestra. Caleb is qualified to teach any style of music. He’s super friendly but never loses his honesty with the student. We often have special requests for each lesson and Caleb is able to tailor each lesson to work on the new pieces and still fit in valuable instruction with scales and solid technique. Not only is Caleb a great teacher, but he is on many professional recordings, and is a regularly-working professional musician in Chicago. My son is very lucky to have him as an instructor. We're very impressed with Caleb and know you will be too!
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About Ryan B.

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Mainly for younger students, I teach piano basics, including reading music, chords and lead work

About Ryan
Hey There! My name is Ryan B. I play and teach guitar, bass and drums, and piano and would love to teach you or help you improve your abilities! I have been playing all four instruments for 25 years, and I have a personal, laid-back style that helps connect with each student.

I have been with TakeLessons for over four years now, and am truly blessed to have worked with so many great students.I will teach you what YOU want to play, regardless of style or genre you like in music. I design my lessons around YOU, and what YOU want to learn!

Let's talk guitar! Guitar is the ultimate instrument to learn! It is versatile and portable and you can learn quickly, regardless of your favorite style. I teach acoustic and electric guitar. I cover basics, such as chords, scales and solo work. I cover a wide range of artists such as: The B
eatles, Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran. Regardless of your favorite band or style, I can help you accomplish your goals!

Piano is one of the most important instruments to learn, especially for children. The benefits are endless. For piano, I teach beginner through intermediate students. Piano is a popular choice because it has a very friendly layout with the keyboard. I use a proven 6 level method to take you from Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star to Ode to Joy! I cover how to read sheet music and cover a wide variety of musical styles!

Do you like the deep, powerful sound of the bass guitar? Well, I cover that too! The bass is a FUN instrument that is very friendly to learn. If you ever want to join a band, the bass is essential instrument, because it goes well with the drums. I cover a wide range of styles from blues, funk, rock and jazz! Go for it!

As a kid did you set up pots and pans or pillows and hit them with spoons like I did? Well, then the drums may be for you! You can learn drums with a pair of sticks! Drums are a total BLAST to play, and if you are not one who wishes to read sheet music,then the drums are perfect for you! I cover a TON of different styles, and if you have a favorite drummer, you can learn to play like him or her relatively quickly!

Need academic help? Well I can help with that too! I tutor in most subjects, including: Math, Science, Reading, Writing Skills and ACT and SAT prep

Here is a breakdown of specific areas of subjects I teach and tutor with:

Math: Pre-Algebra, Algebra I and II, Geometry
Science: Biology, Chemistry and Physics
Reading: Comprehension, Analysis, Annotation and general reading improvement methods
Writing Skills: Essay Writing, Editing, Analysis
Test Prep: I can help with the GED, ACT and SAT

I offer private in-home lessons, lessons at my studio and on-line lessons!

*** Lesson Details ***
Students can expect my lessons to focus on your goals. I cover a lot of fundamentals and basics to start, and then go through more advanced techniques as the student progress. In a short period of time, you will know chords, notes, techniques, rhythm and timings, just to name a few!

Guitar students will learn basic chords, barre chords and soloing techniques. Bass students will learn bass notes, bass lines and soloing.

Drum students will learn timing, fills, soloing and lead drumming.

Piano students will learn how to read music, fingering, chords and song performance.

For academic tutoring, I design my lessons around the specific need of the individual student. I thoroughly research each student needs and customize my tutoring around your child's strengths and weaknesses.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Equipment available:
Keyboard
6-string acoustic guitar
12-string acoustic guitar
Electric guitar
Bass Guitar
2 amplifiers
Full Drum Set

*** Travel Equipment ***
acoustic guitar, bass guitar

*** Specialties ***
I love and can play almost every style of music imaginable! Whatever style of music you like, I can help you improve and learn!
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Camelia August 16, 2017
· Piano · In home
Ryan reconnected our son with the love of piano. His class is fun, relaxed and totally engaged. Our son made lot of progress with him and most importantly he loves piano and enjoys it
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Phil T. December 23, 2016
· Drum · In studio
I am having a blast, Rayn really knows how to customiz your lesson for you. I am always looking forward to my next lesson
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Phil December 16, 2016
· Drum · In studio
I am an intermediate drummer. Lessons with Ryan have been awesome. He is easy going, laid back but keeps you totally engaged. He is well versed in many instruments and music theory. I'm always looking forward to mynext lesson. I highly recommend him for anyone.
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About Bill W.

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Cornelius, NC

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Can quickly a student's level of play, past instruction, and music materials.
Then taylor instruction in basic skill areas, such as reading, playing technique, theory, musicality, practice habits,etc. to advance the student from their current level.
My degree in Piano and playing experience in classical, jazz, gospel, liturgical music enables me to give a great learning experience.

About Bill
Extensive knowledge of piano/organ technique. repertoire
Education from Texas Southern University and Indiana University
Experience with many styles of music including classical, jazz, gospel, liturgical, Theatrical songs, Popular
Loves to make music lessons FUN !
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Bill W.

Bill W.

Cornelius, NC 28031
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About Sue D.

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Charlotte, NC

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I teach piano to students of all ages and levels. I try to make it fun while helping you to reach your goals. Whether you want to play for enjoyment or play in recitals or bands, we can get you where you want to be. The type of music studied (classical, pop, jazz) depends on the student. If there is no preference, I encourage learning different genres.

About Sue
I enjoy teaching students of all ages and levels. Each lesson is customized to meet the individual students' needs and goals. I have over 15 years of teaching experience.

My education in music is extensive. I was principal cellist at the Interlochen Arts Academy orchestra in Interlochen, Michigan. I have a Doctorate from Indiana University in Music Composition and Music Theory. I also studied piano and cello at Indiana University. I have a Masters degree in music from Butler University in Indianapolis. My major was composition but I also studied piano.

My teaching experience is also extensive. I have taught intermediate campers at the Interlochen Center for the Arts summer camp as well as at Butler University and Indiana State University. I have been writing music and teaching private piano, cello, music theory, and composi
tion lessons in Charlotte, NC for the last ten years.

My compositions include solo and chamber pieces as well as electronic works, symphonic band works, and orchestral works. In 2004 I won the Judith Lang Zaimont award from the International Association of Women in Music.

I love music and enjoy sharing it with others. So whether you are 5 or 90, or somewhere in between, let's have some fun!

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons are customized for each student. Weekly assignments will be given. Please bring a notebook to the first lesson for lesson assignments.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect the students to buy the appropriate music books and have the appropriate instrument.

*** Specialties ***
I teach in all genres - pop, rock, classical, new music, jazz, new age, etc.
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Carter April 5, 2016
· Cello · In home
My first lesson was excellent. Sue was very helpful and pushed me just enough. I'm looking for ward to the next one!!!
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Hubert F. January 28, 2016
· Piano · In home
It was a great experience, she made me feel very comfortable while trying to pursue a task that I was clueless about.
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Ava S. January 6, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Wonderful!!
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About Michelle J.

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Charlotte, NC

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With over 15 years of experience, I provide versatile piano training, tailored to fit each students' interests and needs. Do you prefer classical training? Let's play some Mozart. Are you a Star Wars fanatic? Let's learn the theme song! Do you want to perform? Let me find you some opportunities to get in front of a crowd. Enjoying the music itself is the greatest motivation towards becoming an excellent musician. Let's discover your potential together - and have fun along the way!

About Michelle
I took private music lessons (piano and voice) until I graduated from high school, and gained experience as a performer and accompanist. I obtained a regular role playing at our church when I was in the 7th grade, and became a regular accompanist for the school choir and various community activities. I was the pianist/music director in each high school drama production and gained experience working with an orchestra and singing in and directing the choir.

I continued as an accompanist and vocalist in college. Since college, I have provided music for weddings and events.

I love to share music with others. Music is happiness! It brings people together and aids development for children. It's truly enjoyable for me to pass along the love of music to my students.
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Rosemary N. April 20, 2017
· Piano · In home
Michelle is a great teacher. She helps students with rhythm counting and is very patient. She is someone that you will feel very comfortable around and trustworthy toward.
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Mark April 13, 2017
· Piano · In home
Michelle is a very patient and attentive instructor; exceptional with elementary school aged children. She is upbeat, enthusiastic, creative, and maintains our children's interest in playing piano. We highly recommend Michelle!!!
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Brittney rodas April 6, 2017
· Singing · Online
She is very kind and compassionate. She is helping me with my vocals and it's going great!!!
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About Melissa M.

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Sunnyvale, CA

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Beginning Piano students will be taught the basics in a fun but productive way. I will teach a strong foundation so a student can move forward with confidence. Lessons would be individualized to focus on areas that need the most guidance.

Students will learn the basics about rhythm, harmony, and melody and how they apply to piano. They will become fluent in the 12 basic keys to a degree where you can play simple songs in any of them.

About Melissa
I have been teaching since 2006 on a variety of topics. I graduated with an BA from the University of Wisconsin. My degree is in History with and emphasis on East Asian history.

I've taught all age groups from age 2 up to retirees. My teaching experience includes one-on-one and group classes in a variety of settings. I've taught corporate classes, private lessons, small groups, and traditional classroom lessons.

We have a student-centric philosophy of learning. Lessons are generally relaxed and designed to work towards accomplishing student determined goals. While all students will study similar fundamentals regarding technique, theory, and performance, every lesson is as different as every person. Special focus on topics like music theory, self-accompaniment, composition, song writing, and home recording are available as well.


What are your personal goals? We'll tell you what you need to do to get there, and help you take the steps to achieve your aspirations.

Lessons with small children are more focused on just having fun while developing a good musical foundation, but we prefer for them to have as much personal ownership of their lesson as possible.
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Judith F. November 11, 2016
· Vocal Training · In studio
Melissa is a knowledgeable, direct and friendly instructor. I appreciated her foundational growth method. Teaching from the basics and building from there. I am looking forward to future lessons. Thank you Melissa!
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Diana August 27, 2016
· Watercolor Painting · In home
Melissa was a great teacher. She was clear, patient, and provided the right amount of instruction. She provided very interesting information about the subject. I really enjoyed the lesson and will continue.
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About Debra R.

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Clover, SC

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My goal is to inspire artistry, confidence, and great self esteem by sharing over 20 years worth of musical experiences and knowledge. All students will learn to play the piano in a fun and creative way that is beneficial and suitable for their particular learning style. I aim to make learning this beautiful instrument as easy as possible and the students love it!

About Debra
Debra has been teaching private lessons since 2002 and is currently available to teach lessons in her home studio, and online. Debra has helped students learn to read, write and perform music in a fun and relaxed environment.
Debra received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from Morgan State University with a concentration in Piano in 2004. As an expert in her field, Debra looks forward to helping new students achieve their goals. Debra’s teaching style is creative, fun, and focuses on the musical development of the individual technically and artistically.
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Rion April 28, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Inaya has gained an incredible interest in playing the piano since beginning her classes. She practices on her own now very consistently. Debra is patient with her and that goes such a long way! I am proud of Inaya and highly recommend Debra as a piano instructor.
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David April 28, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Debra was patient, fun and very warm. We felt welcomed the moment we met at her studio. Debra creates an environment that truly fosters learning with several brain games and activities for the kids to help them on the instruments.
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Gabriel December 16, 2016
· Piano · In home
Debra is very talented as a musician and teacher. I am excited about what I have learned and about my next lesion.
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About Christina E.

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With in a few lessons students will be able to play a simple song and with continued practice and teaching from me develop love and understanding of music

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Hi, there! My name is Christina E. and I can't wait to meet you! I've been teaching private lessons since 15 plus years and have loved helping my students on preparing for concerts, school auditions, and just learning music. I went to Alabama School of Fine Arts high school and Queens University of Charlotte and earned a degree in Music Therapy in 2001. I'm a calm and patient and my teaching style reflects that. I look forward to helping you reach your goals!
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Cassie W. July 19, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Christina is super patient with my teenage girls! Her gift has so graciously been translated into a new creative outlet for my girls! She has cultivated the art of teaching in such a way that my kids treat their lesson like a session. There's a sense if appreciation woven into the way Christina teaches that helps her students love what they are learning! Makes nagging the girls to do daily practice a non-issue! They love trying out what they've learned! Love, love Christina! She is truly a gem! -Shana W. (Cassie and Scotlyn's mom)
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Kimberly C. July 2, 2017
· Violin · In studio
Our daughter Kimberly first volin lesson went great. Christina explained the different parts of the volin and how to hold the unit correctly. I do believe we will continue more lessons in the future. Marcus C.
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Kiaente C. July 2, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Thank you Christina. Our daughter Kiante explain to us, the piano lessons were great. Christina is a very good listener and was patient with our daughter. Christina takes the necessary time to evaluate her students abilities. And is able to assist her students reach their full potential. Thanks again. Marcus.
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About Dan B.

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Having taught ages 3 to 73 for over ten years, I tailor my lessons to the needs and musical interests of all of my students, always striking a balance between note-reading/scales, and learning the songs and solos that inspire you to improve!

I'm a composer, arranger, audio engineer, and recording artist, based in Lake Wylie, SC, just outside of Charlotte. My experience involves all-ages instruction of Music Theory, piano, guitar (acoustic, electric, and bass), drums/percussion, and alto saxophone. I provide studio and in-home lessons, for both individuals and small groups.

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Having taught ages 3 to 73 for over ten years, I tailor my lessons to the needs and musical interests of all of my students, always striking a balance between note-reading/scales, and learning the songs and solos that inspire you to improve!

I'm a composer, arranger, audio engineer, and recording artist, based in Lake Wylie, SC, just outside of Charlotte. My experience involves all-ages instruction of Music Theory, piano, guitar (acoustic, electric, and bass), drums/percussion, and alto saxophone. I provide studio and in-home lessons, for both individuals and small groups.
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Clover, SC 29710
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About Douglas T.

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Charlotte, NC

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I've had the extreme pleasure of playing piano and guitar for 27 years and my passion is to share my enjoyment of music with everyone.
Learning to play music can be one of the most rewarding and enjoyable hobbies and when you take lessons with me, I make sure that you are learning everything needed to start playing your favorite songs and writing your own songs.
I have had the honor of teaching music for nearly 15 years and I look forward to discussing your goals and helping and ensuring you achieve them.

About Douglas
Hi, my name is Douglas and I've been teaching music for nearly 15 years.
I play piano, guitar and drums and love classical music as well as rock, blues, jazz, some country music and some pop music.
My passion is to teach and to share my love of music to everyone.
I look forward to learning your goals and helping you reach your goals
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Douglas T.

Charlotte, NC 28210
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