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About Jonathan S.

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Tarzana, CA
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About Jonathan
I am a professional musician based in the Tarzana area of Los Angeles, having recorded and performed in a wide variety of styles and projects. I am best known for my work in contemporary music styles that combine classical, jazz and pop sensibilities.

Jonathan is perhaps best known for working with Alan White (Yes, John Lennon, George Harrison, Plastic Ono Band), a member of the band 'White' since 2008, and with a number of music's leading lights, including Mike Keneally (Frank Zappa, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai), Joe Travers (Zappa Plays Zappa, Duran Duran, Billy Idol), and Turn On Red – a jazz fusion collective dedicated to the music of bass legend Jaco Pastorius, featuring such luminaries as Grammy winning guitarist Frank Gambale (Chick Corea/Return to Forever), Mike Keneally, Spencer Campbell (Wynonna/Lee Ann Womack/Kenny Rogers), Ch
ris G (Pamela Moore, Mike Keneally, Nick D'Virgilio).

Additional collaborations between studio and stage include members of Heart, Queensrÿche, Blues Traveler, Zappa Plays Zappa, Marc Bonilla, Kris Meyers (Umphrey's McGee), John Ziegler (Volto), Lee Oskar, Tracy Bonham, Neal Morse, Randy George (Neal Morse Band, Ajalon), Chris Quirarte (Redemption), Dave Meros (Spock's Beard), and Geoffrey Castle.

My background in music education and studies at the University of Oregon range in experiences steeped in the classical tradition (piano performance, composition) to jazz improvisation, songwriting and electronic music.

Lessons are tailored to an individual's abilities, interests and goals. I teach the value of listening as an effective approach to practicing. With the aim of encouraging students to explore their own musical voice, I create personalized road maps with the guidance of musical examples and exercises. The benefits prove to become keys to directly opening doors into the joy of improvising, or simply "making music"!
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Robyn N. April 24, 2013
· Piano ·
Awesome Instructor!

Jonathan has been amazing! He's provided the tools and techniques I need to jump to the next level of playing, spending extra time with me on several different pieces. Jonathan is professional, knowledgeable, attentive, and well versed in a variety of styles. His passion for music is truly motivating. Highly recommended!
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Jonathan S.

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About Ken B.

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Greensboro, NC

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About Ken
I was born and raised in the Mid-Western US where I played and performed in several circuit bands, some which received record contracts! I also have 2 national product endorsements. After 10 years of playing in the mid-west, I then set my eyes on the Southern US where I currently resides and performs. I have over 27 years of total experience in the industry. This experience includes guitars, equipment, booking, marketing, effects, amplifiers, recording and live music mixing. I have hands-on experience in many musical styles such as Rock, Heavy Metal, Pop, R&B, Country, Top 40, Funk and Folk music.

Over the past 10 years, I have started my teaching practice and I've taught students who range from 7 years of age and up. The one thing I have learned is that lessons absolutely have to be fun! I target each student’s lessons to uniquely foll
ow your goals and get YOU to where you want to be.

Some of my guitar influences are Van Halen, Steve Vai, ACDC, Guns ‘n Roses, Led Zeppelin and James Brown just to name a few. I've shared the stage with Eddie Money, David Lee Roth, Great White and several other national touring artists. I have a passion for music and love to share this with others willing to learn the instrument.

*** Lesson Details ***
Some example lessons would be as follows:

I target each student uniquely. No cookie-cutter lesson plans! I learn your short and long-terms goals and set the lesson material appropriately to help the student achieve their goals. Lessons absolutely have to be fun, so if you like to laugh and have a good time while learning guitar, this is right up your alley!

I use both written and media formats for my lessons. For example, the written material may include chords, modes or scales while the MP3 files (which I send via email) will cover the application of this material and can be used by the student for reference at home. Often the MP3 files include the material performed at a very slow speed and then again at normal speed to help the student understand the lesson and material.

All you need is a positive attitude and a desire to make music and you will be able to do it with a smile!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music Studio: couches, music stands, recording equipment, amps and guitars, chord diagrams, room for parents to sit in on lesson

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide a guitar for the lessons although I expect that the student will need one of their own to practice

*** Specialties ***
Rock Guitar, Pop, Top 40
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Carla March 15, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Ken has a great way of converting material. It is easy to understand and he makes it fun. He had a way of telling each lesson and moving my abilities forward so I can improve and have fun playing guitar.
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CoreyG August 22, 2011
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he is a great teacher. he knows where you need help in. also he breaks it down so you can learn faster and have fun at the same time. I didn't know anything about a guitar until I started with ken. he is an all around good person, and a great teacher.
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Ken B.

Ken B.

Greensboro, NC 27410
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About Rachel H.

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Houston, TX

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About Rachel
I started my musical path in a Ballet Studio. I fell in love with the crackle of the vinyl record playing as I learned to listen and dance with the rhythm.

I started playing the guitar when I was in elementary and took classical lessons until I was a teenager.I really enjoy the art of practice and the journey of patience. The process of learning has helped me carve out and cultivate my style of music. It's opened up a lot of doors for me in my life. I've had the honor to play with a lot of great performers and have been lucky enough to tour the U.S. and Canada with festivals and showcases such as Vans Warped Tour, South By Southwest and the Halifax Pop Explosion.I've been the opening act for Carolyn Wonderland, Maria Taylor, Tsunami Bomb, Tilly and the Wall, Basia Bulat, Rise Against, Strike Anywhere. Anathallo, Cursive, Milton Hopki
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When I have free time I volunteer with the Houston Chapter of Girls Rock Camp to help teach girls empowerment through songwriting and music.

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I began teaching as an afterschool job when I was 16. I was homeschooled, so I feel that the experience taught me that everyone learns differently and that there is not just one standardized method to playing music.

My teaching style varies with each student, but the one constant is my ability to make each and every client I encounter completely fall in LOVE with music. It's my super power.

Lesson plans are tailored for your specific needs and to help you achieve your musical goals and aspirations at your desired pace. I enjoy my students and making music with them.

Here is an overview of the lessons that I provide.

Guitar:
Finger Picking, Song Writing, Rhythm, Lead, Scales,Modes & Ear Training.

Songwriting and composition: Learn techniques, how to brain storm and plot your musical story line. This class pairs great with vocal lessons or guitar lessons.

Bass:
Scales, Rhythm, Beginner and Advanced song structure, Ear Training

Ukulele :
Technique, Intro to Chords, Ear Training, Strumming patterns - Ukulele is one of my favorite classes to teach. You simply can not help but smile when playing this instrument!

Vocals :
Breathing techniques, Scales, Harmonizing
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Chris August 1, 2018
· Ukulele · In studio
Interesting teacher very patient easy to talk to cares to know how you learn best
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Al June 18, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Rachel is the best guitar teacher I have ever had...period...EVER! Her easy going method allows me to learn just enough as a beginner to enjoy and then move on to the next lesson. We are not concerned with learning lengthy songs or long, drawn, out scales as I am only a beginner! But at the same time we are not learning row-row-row-your boat. I am learning chords, arpeggios, hammer-ons, lite theory, and all at a very short easy pace which is what I want. Five stars for her as a teacher by far!!!
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Jim L. March 27, 2018
· Ukulele · Online
Rachel is amazing! 5 lessons in and our 7 year old daughter is excited every week to learn more from Rachel and is showing promise and continued passion for music. Rachel is always positive and upbeat yet incredibly patient with our easily frustrated ukelele-pro-in-training. We look forward to more lessons and wisdom from an awesome teacher!
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About Rebekah P.

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Winter Park, FL
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About Rebekah
With a degree in classical voice and over 10 years of teaching experience, I can help you reach your musical goals! Using proven methods, you can learn the techniques necessary to sing like the pros or make the ivory keys of your piano dance!

My teaching style would be best described as fun and flexible. I'm a total stickler for proper technique and classical learning theory, but I also give my students the power to choose what repertoire they work on. I often tell my pupils, "I don't really care what you're playing or singing, as long as you focus on the fundamentals learned in lessons". I believe students will practice music they like, so I encourage them to pick songs they enjoy hearing. The concept that purposeful learning can be achieved using almost any repertoire is at the core of my teaching philosophy.
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John H. July 11, 2018
· Singing · In studio
For me Rebekah was exactly what I needed in a singing teacher. I have been taking lessons with her weekly for over a year and a half and the improvement in my singing ability continues. Rebekah is friendly but no nonsense and put to rest a lot of preconceived notions I had about how to sing. She had endless exercises and drills for me and allowed me to pick my own material. She encouraged me to take risks but also cut me no slack if I was falling short. I would say her lessons were like having a Zen Master as many of her teachings went right over my head until over time when there would be another "Ohhhh now I get it" moment. Rebekah would always build on my previous knowledge in improving my abilities and my understanding of what my body is actually doing as I sing. I've seen her work with all ages and levels of students and I think she is uniquely talented and I feel very lucky to have found her. So if you're looking for an awesome voice instructor this wannabe rock star gives Rebekah P. his highest recommendation. - John Hauser
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Andrew W. January 24, 2018
· Piano · In home
Rebekah is a great teacher. In just five lessons I feel really comfortable sitting in front of the piano.
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Omar September 21, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Rebekah is very professional and have tons of patience with her students. Definetly improves the way I sing and the way I prepare for songs.
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About John S.

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Danville, VA
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Have taught and performed live for over 30 years; am an experienced teacher and seasoned performer. Graduated from Appalachian State University with a degree in Social Theory.
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John S.

John S.

Ruffin, NC 27326
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About Giulia M.

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Austin, TX
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My name is Giulia (sounds like Julia) and I'm from Florence, Italy.
I've been a tutor for over 12 years now and I'll be happy to help you with Italian, Spanish, or Music lesson (voice and guitar).
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Susan October 1, 2018
· Italian · In home
Giulia is fabulous. She speaks the Florentine dialect, which was I was looking for. She’s patient and positive and helpful. I highly recommend her.
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Mikki A. March 23, 2018
· Italian · In home
Giulia is a wonderful, patient, intelligent teacher who has been great to work with!! I have been working with Giulia once a week for an hour and I have loved every second. She is focused on teaching me not only how to speak but to write Italian as efficiently as possible and is such a wonderful teacher!! I currently work full time and she is nice enough to work around my schedule and really help me continue my education. She is a joy to learn from and I am very glad I found such a great teacher. 10+++ stars!!
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Treena November 13, 2017
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Giulia was awesome. Made me feel super comfortable the entire time. Recommend her without reservation :)
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About Debbie F.

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Pittsboro, NC

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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.

Experience:

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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About Charles B.

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Lafayette, IN

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I have been teaching stringed instruments for over 25 years. I use both the Suzuki and traditional methods.
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Yuki A. February 20, 2018
· Viola · Online
Charles is very nice teacher.My kids like so much.
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About Jack F.

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Greensboro, NC

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About Jack
Jack Fanning has been teaching the bassoon since 2015. He is currently available to teach lessons online, or at the student’s home (and is ready and willing to travel within the NC Triad area). Jack aims to make each lesson fun, enjoyable, educational, and informative. He has helped middle school and high school students win positions in youth orchestras and honor bands in California and North Carolina.

Jack studied bassoon performance with Dr. David Wells in Sacramento, CA, and is currently studying bassoon performance with Dr. Michael Burns in Greensboro, NC. The tutelage of these great bassoonists fostered a love of music education and sharing the magic of bassoon playing with younger students.

Jack is an accomplished bassoon reed maker and makes his reeds available to purchase for his students. The importance of a good reed to
a young bassoonist is paramount; it is key to making great music and being successful from day to day.
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Claire June 13, 2018
· Bassoon · Online
Very knowledgeable and friendly, and a great communicator about bassoon technique. Today was my daughter’s first lesson with Jack - She learned so much and has some good assignments to work on before the next lesson. We totally recommend Jack as an instructor!
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· Bassoon · Online
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Nicole April 25, 2018
· Bassoon · Online
I couldn't be more happy with the bassoon lessons that Jack has with my daughter. The online lessons are so convenient and a great way to work with this fantastic teacher. Jack's teaching style is extremely positive and supportive. He encourages my daughter to push out of her comfort zone and grow as a musician. The progress that she has made with him is incredible. He is very knowledgeable about music and integrates music theory, sight reading, and rhythm studies into their lessons. You can see that he loves playing and teaching the bassoon and that excitement carries over to my daughter. She never wants to put her bassoon down after their lessons! Lessons with Jack have been the best thing we've done to support her playing bassoon.
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Jack F.

Greensboro, NC 27412
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About Karl R.

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Greensboro, NC

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Dr. Karl is a passionate musician and educator. Growing up on a farm in rural Minnesota, he began singing at a very early age, often serenading his father in the tractor during long days in the field. He soon started piano lessons with his mother and in school began playing French horn and cello. Karl was the member of several orchestras, bands, and choirs until his high school graduation, achieving All-State status in all three disciplines. In college, Karl studied cello performance and business. He went on to earn three advanced degrees in cello performance, culminating with a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2016. An active cellist, Karl frequently performs with area symphonies in addition to solo and chamber engagements. He has collaborated with many elite musicians including Joshua
Bell, Nadja Solerno-Sonnenberg, Sergey Antonov, Béla Fleck, Amy Grant, Molly Ringwald, members of the Emerson and Juilliard quartets, and many others. Karl is a dedicated pedagogue, teaching cello students of all ages and abilities to play with purpose and joy. He is also an experienced music theory teacher.

Karl resides in Greensboro, NC with his wife, a violist, and two young children. He enjoys reading and book collecting, traveling , running, baking, and tossing a frisbee.
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Karl R.

Karl R.

Greensboro, NC 27455
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