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Dan C. Virginia Beach, VA

About Dan

Summary of Qualifications • More than twenty nine years of experience in music. • Private teaching of Bass guitar and beginner electric, acoustic guitar since 1990 • Uncommon knowledge of music gained since early age. • Remarkable ability to play pieces in a historically accurate way. • Flexibility, energy, and ability to practice daily. • High degrees of self-motivation- practice without supervision • Profound ability to listen to everyone's suggestions as well as an excellent team member when rehearsing and performing. • Excellent ability to respond quickly to verbal directions and aural cues. • Unmatchable ability to express self through music. • Uncommon enthusiasm for and ability in music and teaching. • Excellent organizational ...

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PhillipW October 3, 2011
First Impressions

They say first impressions are lasting, well Dan C. jumped right in and and set a very comfortable learning environment. As a novice beginner (Bass) I appreciated that and believe it or not I actually learned something in notes after just one lesson. Even with beginner mistakes he encouraged me to keep going until I got it right, and I did.I am a 20 year Navy VET and I've taught and know a good teacher when I meet one. Dan is one.Also, the take lessons organization has been very professional and timely in all of my questions etc.... I've made a great decision going with them!
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MarkM2 January 23, 2011
Dan's Feedback

January 23, 2011: In my opinion Dan is a fine instructor, very friendly and easy to talk to. My son took guitar lessons several years ago, he was taught in a style that went straight to playing songs by tablatureHe could not read the notes, so I appreciate Dan teaching me to read the notes and learn the timing. I appreciate the way that he encourages me and in a tactful way pushes me to play better. When his alarm goes off to signal the lesson is over, he doesn't just pack up and rush off. He will take the time to finish whatever we are working on and let me know what I need to work on to prepare for the next lesson. .....Thanks Dan!!![Update] December 6, 2011: I could not be happier that I had Dan as my guitar instructor over this past year and if not for obtaining a full time job on top of full time college I would be continuing my lesson with him. He is always professional while also being able to put a smile on your face. Most of all he is just a great guy that's fun to play with. He is also very good at judging and predicting your abilities and matching them up with songs to learn; Songs that you know and like, so as you are learning the song, timing is easier to get down and you really have fun learning.I picked one song to learn, he let me know that it may be a little too advanced for me but without discouraging me. I should have listened, because that song had me so discouraged and frustrated that I would not pick up the guitar for days. He is so easy to talk with I was able to call him at home. He was able to motivate me to practice a different way and the next lesson I was moving on to another song. Dan is a huge asset to your organization and certainly the more instructors you have like Dan the more your company will flourish.
Darla W. Newport News, VA

About Darla

Hello, I am a professional musician with over 21 years of service as a military bandsmen. I've been stationed all over the world and have had the privilege to perform in some of the greatest concert halls. I love to work with students of all ages and can teach beginning-intermediate piano, and beginning-advanced flute. Prior to joining the military, I taught general music in the Texas Public School system. I have a bachelor€'™s degree in music education from the University of Texas at Arlington. I am a very active flutist in this area, performing with The Tidewater Winds, The Hampton Roads Philharmonic, and various small chamber groups. *** Lesson Details *** I believe in creating a very positive environment for my students. I am very patient and upbeat. Whether you are a beginner, or

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Evelyn N. March 12, 2014
Piano
Verified Student
Learning is easy

Very professional in teaching works with students to ensure the learning experience is enjoyable.
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DanteD June 18, 2012
Darla is a very good teacher, very kind ,and patience. Highly recommended!
Cara M. Norfolk, VA

About Cara

I am an award winning vocalist and performer who loves to teach voice. My credentials and affiliations include a Bachelor's in Vocal Music, Hurrah Players, Governor's School for the Arts, and VA Opera. I specialize in opera, musical theater, religious/spiritual, jazz artist, but also record pop/rock. Trained by some of the very best artists and teachers in Virginia and Texas, I have gained extensive knowledge in vocal pedagogy that has allowed me to be very versed in numerous styles of singing and crossover to several genres. I fell in love with teaching several years ago and my students have achieved much success in the art world and their communities. I adore my students and I treat their voices with extreme care and provide a very positive, patient, relaxed, and supportive atmosphere. ...

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Kelsey S. February 17, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Great voice coach! She is extremely experienced and knowledgable and fun to work with. She really cares and will work hard for your improvement. I highly recommend her!
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Velynda L. January 11, 2015
Broadway Singing · In studio
Verified Student
A phenomenal teacher! She's patient, teaches with positive reinforcement, and is a determined teacher. Definitively cares about her students and strives for excellence.
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William W. December 19, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Amazing artist! Very patient and out going! Puts her heart into training you and makes sure you understand it! Literally the best instructor ever!
Karen R. Virginia Beach, VA

About Karen

Hello and thanks for checking out my, 'I love me' paragraph ; ). But really this is about YOU. It's about how my teaching and life experiences may help you along your personal musical journey. I've learned a great deal in my 20 years of teaching; - patience - persistence - keep it fun - change it up It's my belief that music fundamentals are critical and we will create a solid musical foundation by learning the language, understanding the critical issues of timing, rhythm, and reading. I enjoy working with all ages but specialize in children and adults that act like children! Stay a child! Learn something new. What are you waiting for?!

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Rob Wirth W. October 30, 2014
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
We love her!! She is very good with Bryson and gives good instructions. We also like the home work that Karen gives. We highly recommend her to anyone learning piano.
Rachel G. Hampton, VA

About Rachel

Hi, there! My name is Rachel, and I can't wait to meet you! I've been teaching private lessons since 2002, and have loved helping my students learn to read and play, discover their own love of music, and conquer their fears of performing (so much "proud mama bear" happening!). In 2003, I earned my violin performance degree at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where I also studied piano and vocal pedagogy. I'm an encouraging and fun person to work with (if I may say so myself!), and my teaching style is fun, positive, and relaxed. I have worked with many students, including some with learning disabilities, physical limitations, PTSD, and just plain ol' stage fright! I work with you to set your own goals, and I look forward to helping you reach them... It's what I love about what I do.

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Jeff B. March 30, 2015
Mandolin · Online
Verified Student
I had a wonderful experience taking online mandolin lessons from Rachel. She was fun, easy to work with, and incredibly patient. I plan on learning the violin in the near future and will definitely use her again!
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Shawna L. March 10, 2015
Music Theory · Online
Verified Student
I have been taking theory lessons from Rachel for several months now to help learn the guitar. Learning theory can be very complex and quite a daunting task for a new music student. What I really appreciate is Rachel's patience and ability to try different approaches with me if a certain method doesn't quite resonate. She communicates and asks questions about the material she's going over to ensure that I'm comprehending what she's teaching. Another aspect that I'm very appreciative of is that Rachel gives me small, bite sized "chunks" of information that is easier to digest so that I'm not overwhelmed with learning too much at once. I intend to continue my musical journey with Rachel and also take on vocal lessons with Rachel as time permits. Her personality is very warm and personable and her commitment to helping others pursue their music goals really shines through. I consider Rachel to be a very well rounded musician and a master at her craft. I admire her musicianship and hope to attain her level of confidence and abilities as I pursue my own musical journey!!!
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Sams E. March 9, 2015
Viola · Online
Verified Student
I have always wanted to learn to play the viola but time has always been a fickle mistress with me so the viola I bought in late 2014 barely got played because of nursing school. I had an online violin lesson with Taylor Davis to support her new album and it gave me the idea to start taking lessons through skype. I spent my time looking through all the instructors on takelessons and chose Rachel because she plays the five string violin, which helps her understand both worlds and what can cross to violas and what can't. I took the plunge and signed up for lessons with her and it was one of the best decisions I've made.

Rachel is very knowledgeable and willing to work around a schedule, she's very quick to praise you when you get something right and also quick to correct to prevent bad habits from forming. Due to my inability to take lessons in real life I chose to take lessons from her but now that I am taking lessons from her I don't think I'd change to an in person instructor if I had the option.

Thank you Rachel for taking on someone who loves classical music and no idea how to play and starting me on the journey of one day playing the Walton viola concerto and the Vieuxtemps viola sonata.
Nicholas H. Newport News, VA

About Nicholas

Hello. I'm a postdoctoral researcher working at Jefferson Labs in Newport News. My passions are math, music, and physics. I offer instruction in all three, as well as general science. I hold a Ph.D. in nuclear physics from University of Paris 11 and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. I offer courses from grade school all the way up to the graduate level. My specialty in music is in piano and voice. I have been playing the piano from the age of five, and I am actively involved as a piano accompanist and service music pianist in the area.

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