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Ted D.

3 Reviews
Raleigh, NC
Starting at $30
  • Teaches students 12 and up
  • BA Music Performance from Towson University
  • Teaching since 2005
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Ted D.

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I have a simple, no-nonsense approach to vocal training, helping students build the vocal strength and coordination necessary to sing efficiently, using principles and exercises learned through over a decade of intensive vocal study in NYC.

Please be advised that I expect students to learn their music on their own (although I'll certainly give you some learning strategies, help with tricky passages, etc.). If you are looking for someone to "teach you the notes," I'm probably not who you're looking for. But, if you want to learn how to sing well and are willing to put in the work, I'd love to help you achieve your goals!

About Ted

My name is Ted D. and I have been teaching private lessons in both guitar and voice for over a decade. I began playing guitar at age eleven and continued into college, where I majored in guitar performance. While in college I began studying voice seriously, adding a vocal performance major to my de

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Knows his stuff, great teacher.
“If you can sing opera you can sing anything.” This is something I learned while taking vocal lessons with Ted Dougherty. Many voice teachers aim to silo you into one style of singing but that is not the case with Ted. He will help you build your voice to be the strongest it can be while encouraging you to practice and sing the types of music you are passionate about. Ted is an extremely talented musician who not only has the knowledge to teach you new techniques, but also has the ability to demonstrate those techniques. I started voice lessons with him when I was 12 years old and only ended my lessons with him when I went away to college years later. I truly believe, were it not for my lessons with Ted, I would not have the quality voice I have today. If I lived anywhere near Raleigh, NC, nothing would be able to stop me from going for voice lessons with Ted as often as possible.
If you are a singer, do yourself a favor and get lessons with Ted! I took voice lessons with him for two years it's been quite the game changer. I've been a singer since I was 6 and have had a lot of different vocal training and Ted's lessons were unlike any other. I never expected the techniques. They are designed to make you re-conceptualize how to make the sound until your voice is in the right place. The first few months of lessons were unlearning and really strange because it seemed like he was telling me to make ugly sounds most of the time. Later I realized how foundational and fundamental these practices are for a strong and healthy voice. If you stick with it, and practice regularly on your own, you will be able to do what you thought was not possible with your voice. Like perform Queen of the Night, or Defying Gravity, or Carry Underwood. It's been amazing to transform my voice so drastically, and I would never have gotten there without these lessons.
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Clayton, NC
Starting at $25
  • Teaches students 7 and up
  • Teaching since 1983
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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Professional Musician and Instructor for over 30 years, now offering private music lessons out of a Home Studio, conveniently located right in Clayton NC.

(beginner to advanced level, all ages 7 and up...)

Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Ukulele

Proven method to get you playing the songs you love as quickly and efficiently as possible, by focusing on the core fundamental skills and knowledge needed to play the biggest variety of music, including:

All open Chords for the 5 most common guitar keys, taught from easiest to harder (G, C, D, A, E). With even a few of these Chords and a capo you can play 100’s of popular songs!

All notes in the open 1st position, allowing you to play 100’s of melodies and also learn proper fingering and picking technique to play more complex pieces later.

Essential Theory to understand easily how music works, and how it is constructed

For Intermediate / Advanced students– lead guitar/improvisation, barre chords, and advance chord forms ...


I have played Guitar professionally for over 30 years, and currently perform all over the Southeast in 2 local Raleigh bands. I am the owner of a music school in N Raleigh as well, and have developed a proven and efficient method to get students playing the music they love quickly. Bass Guitar and

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Garrett M.

4 Reviews
Holly Springs, NC
Starting at $35
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Distribution and Logistics from East Carolina University
  • Teaches students 5 and up
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Garrett M.

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I can play any number of styles from blues and country to hard rock and heavy metal I've been playing guitar for about 15 years now. I know music theory very well and I'm great with making the theory part fun to learn while teaching to play a style that the student prefers. I'm an easy going guy and really patient. I make the promise to every student that I will give them every bit of effort and support I can to propel them in their music career. I'm one of those people who gets along with everybody and I like to make my lessons fun for each student.

About Garrett

I've been playing guitar for about 15 years now and I've played in just about every type of band. After playing in a metal band for about 5 years I switched over to a classic rock group for a couple years. In both of those groups I was lead guitar/lead vocals. Now for the last few years I've bee

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Great lesson, loads to learn!!!
I tried learning guitar a number of years ago. Garrett was great getting me started back into guitar. He quickly got me going with some simple chords and techniques. He has a strong understanding of guitar and makes it easy to understand. + he can play anything!
What can I say about Garrett. I have never met a better guitarist in my 20 years of playing. Taking lessons with him was one of the best decisions I ever made. I would pay him double. No matter the guitar style, Garrett seems to have played it for years and has real insight on any of the different styles from Blues, to Country, to Rock, to Classic Rock, to Metal. He helped me not just learn riffs or songs but scales and has bug in teaching me more advanced music theory as well. He truly is the perfect mix of good person and amazing guitarist. Don’t miss the chance to learn from one of the best no matter your skill level!

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Alana D.

Teaches Online
Starting at $50
  • Speaks Spanish, English
  • Teaching since 2012
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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Alana D.

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I am so excited to sing with you! I know how to help you improve tremendously while providing a fun, light-hearted environment. The areas I can provide most expertise include but are not limited to:
-audition prep
-expanding repertoire
-healthy vocal techniques
-practical warm-ups & warm-downs
-sight reading
-acting techniques & methods
-character development & analysis
-proper placement for your range and desired vocal styles or genres

About Alana

Greetings! I have been a performing professional singer and teacher for many years. I've had solo performances at Dodger's Stadium, The Staples Center, St. Peter's Basilica, Disneyland Resort, Knott's Berry Farm, Restaurants, and many regional and professional theatres, to name a few. I graduate

Justin L.

Teaches Online
Starting at $59
  • Cello from Eden Prairie Schools
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Teaches students 5 and up
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Justin L.

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Justin is a freelance cellist and private teacher. Along with his passion for teaching private cello lessons, he also enjoys traveling. He looks forward to hearing from you!

About Justin

My name is Justin and I have been actively teaching cello for the past 4 years. I have experience teaching online lessons, which require a slightly different approach than normal in person lessons. My goal as a teacher is to help you achieve your musical goals. I try my absolute hardest to create

Jason T.

5 Reviews
Teaches Online
Starting at $40
  • Speaks Spanish
  • Teaching since 2000
  • Awarded Best Doorguy from Guitar Center
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Jason T.

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I am a professional drummer and educator with 26 years experience teaching and performing. My background includes live/session experience in multiple styles and musical genres, including pop, rock, jazz, funk, fusion, latin and electronic, in additional to compositional study and theory.

We will design our lessons together as student and teacher, and I am able to adapt my teaching style to each students' specific needs and abilities. Learn the fundamentals while playing along with your favorite songs! Advance your skills in a comfortable setting, with lots of encouragement and support.

I have experience with all ages and abilities, including students with physical and intellectual disabilities.

About Jason

I am a professional drummer, recording artist, and educator, with over 26 years performing and teaching. I graduated from Stony Brook University with a minor is Jazz, and as a founding member of the university's big band, the "SBU Blowage," under the direction of legendary trombonist, Ray Anderso

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Travis V.
He continues to be extremely patient and awesome. My boys are learning so much and really enjoy playing with Jason.
Griffin V.
Jason was unbelievable patient and nice. This was my boys first ever lesson and they absolutely loved it!! They can't wait till their next lesson. He was awesome!!!
Jason is a very talented musician and an excellent instructor. He is has been a patient, kind and effective teacher for my son. Can't say enough about him!

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"Lessons with Kathryn have been a great start to learning how to sing. As a complete beginner, she made it comfortable and engaging. I jumped right in and have been enjoying the lessons (not to mention learning a lot along the way)"
Took Singing lessons from Kathryn Z.
"really nice, knows her stuff :)"
Took Singing lessons from Vanessa L.
"Very nice and professional"
Took Piano lessons from Karen S.
"I appreciated Holly's enthusiasm and great information that motivates me to practice and improve."
Took Trumpet lessons from Holly S.
"Very professional, engaging and knowledgeable"
Took Singing lessons from Elaina R.
"She is very nice and it is obvious that she knows what she is doing. I just had my fifth lesson but I felt a great improvement in my singing since the first one. I will definitely keep taking lessons with her."
Took Singing lessons from Judy F.
"Mary is very knowledgeable and personable. She gives excellent instruction and gentle correction in a way that makes you want to do your best in every aspect of the learning process. Mary is also very attentive to your needs and your development as a student. She knows when to allow for the errors that a beginner like myself will make, and when to present challenges that will push you, and show you that your skill and talent are growing. She also gives homework assignments that will help you grow your talent when you're in between lessons, which I really appreciate. I absolutely recommend Mary to anyone wishing to take music lessons!"
Took Violin lessons from Mary W.

Marci, is a great singing teacher. She always gives positive feedback and always takes interest in my personal life. She let me try new music, and is the one who showed me my potential, and introduced me to my favorite genre--Broadway. She is very flexible and works around my schedule. She makes every lesson fun and interesting and I've grown as a singer/performer because of her. Thank you for everything, Marci!!!"
Took Piano lessons from Marci S.
Took Singing lessons from Steve K.
"John is so encouraging, and he was able to read my abilities and needs in just a few moments. I'm looking forward to more lessons!"
Took Bass Guitar lessons from John B.
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