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About Dr. Ossie M.

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Decatur, GA
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About Dr. Ossie
I started taking piano lessons at the age of eight under the instruction of Robert Wilson before switching to Rosaline Saunders Music Studio. I play by ear, but also read music. I graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Louisiana at Monroe with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music. My purpose is to create well rounded musicians, who can play all genres of music, and who will also know how to set the atmosphere with their music. I love teaching piano and I love teaching all ages. I began teaching piano in 2003 before becoming the founder of The Master's Hands Music Studio in 2004. My greatest joy is seeing the knowledge and gift of music passed to others that was afforded me by the sacrifice of my late parents.

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I am patient but expect my students to practice so that our lessons are a continuation
of the lessons taught before and not practice sessions in themselves. I use the Alfred's Basic Piano Lesson and Theory books. I believe in custom tailoring the lesson to each student. Finding out what you love and working to get you to the place of playing that music.

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Teach all genres, specialize in gospel and R&B
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Herbert J. M. September 30, 2015
· Piano · In studio
Excellent
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Cheryl G. December 3, 2013
· Piano ·
Ms. Ossie is an awwesome instrutor!!!!

I wiould like to let anyone know if they are interested in learning to play the piano, especially an older adult that Ms. Ossie is the instructor for you. She is very patient and extremely knowledgeable in piano as well as teaching. I have learned more from Ms. Ossie in a short period of time, than I did from taking lessons for a year, with another. I want to thank take lessons for hiring such a competent, passionate instructor.
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DwightA May 7, 2012
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Very passionate!!

Ossie is a great instructor! She is very passionate about what she does. She is very patient and very easy to work with. Ossie passion translate well with my daughter, it helps with her confidence and makes her a better player. She's also very detail in her instructions, making it very easy to understand. I would recommend Ossie to anyone looking to learn to play piano. She is a very nice person and my daughter looks forward to the next lesson each and every week. She's great!!
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About Paul B.

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Schenectady, NY
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About Paul
Over 14 years of teaching and playing experience in many areas of music. I have a Masters Degree from Boston University. I love teaching and playing rock, jazz and classical on both drum set and mallet instruments.

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D.W drum set with Zildjian cymbals.
Yamaha Marimba, 4 1/3 octave rosewood.
Musser M-55 Vibraphone.
Two Ludwig Timpani.
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Paul B.

Paul B.

Schenectady, NY 12304
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$30 / 30-min

About Kendra R.

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Hendersonville, NC

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About Kendra
Hello. My name is Kendra and I have been performing and teaching professionally for over 25 years. Utilizing the Suzuki curriculum and supplemental methods, I like to provide a solid technical foundation as well as tailor each lesson to my students' personal musical interests and goals including classical, Irish and Bluegrass fiddle styles, jazz, blues, and popular music.
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Alana May 28, 2018
· Violin · Online
My daughter loved her first beginner violin lesson!
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Dylan February 6, 2018
· Violin · Online
Thank you Kendra for the wonderful lesson. I look forward to the next!
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Audrey January 19, 2018
· Violin · Online
Kendra is amazing!!!! So happy & encouraging!!! Has patience for questions and if you don't understand something right away!!!! I'm loving my violin lessons!!!!
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Kendra R.

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About Amber W.

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Schenectady, NY

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About Amber
I have been teaching private lessons since 2008, but have been studying music since I was only 4 with non stop private and in school lessons. I now have my Bachelor's degree in Music education and am working toward my Masters in Music performance and Instruction.
I love working with my students. Watching them succeed at what they do is what makes my day great. I always love to have a fun atmosphere around me and enjoy every minute it. Music is great for self expression a great Escape or an easy pass-time. It's nothing that should be stressful, but the opposite and that is what my lessons aim to do. Provide an educational, but fun and expressive learning experience to carry with you or your child throughout your lives.
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Tyrese P. November 3, 2017
· Saxophone · In studio
Amber is nice. I can tell she has a lot of knowledge and i can tell she cares for her students.She is very easy to approach with questions or concerns. I cant wait for my next lesson
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Kitty December 5, 2016
· Piano · In studio
So far, so good !!
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Greg H. December 1, 2016
· Violin · In studio
Amber is really patient with a new student. I'm glad to be her student.
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Amber W.

Amber W.

Schenectady, NY 12302
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$25 / 30-min

About Francesca S.

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Schenectady, NY
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About Francesca
I am friendly and patient. My priority is to make music fun and enjoyable without the pressure of being perfect all the time.
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Mary Latini September 19, 2017
· Classical Piano ·
As a fellow teacher I Will say that if you're with Francesca you're in good hands !
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Noemi September 19, 2017
· Classical Piano · In home
Francesca is an amazing piano teacher. In just one year my 12 yo daughter plays the piano beautifully! Francesca is a fun, caring, patient, and dedicated piano teacher who strives to make her students excel in playing the piano. I highly recommend her!
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Sylvana September 19, 2017
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On time, pleasant and fun to be around.
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Francesca S.

Francesca S.

Schenectady, NY 12306
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About Melanie C.

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Schenectady, NY

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As a professional flutist, I've performed with orchestras, and do a lot of chamber music, including new music. I've performed with piano, guitar, harp for both Celtic and classical, cello, woodwind quintet, string quartet, choirs, jazz piano trio, and free improvisation with cello and bass. I graduated from SUNY Fredonia for music performance and music education, and got my Master's degree in flute performance from the Hartt School of music.

My philosophy of teaching: I teach music because it is unique and necessary. Students learn best in a relaxed, nurturing environment. I believe in order to successfully teach, I need to be encouraging, and truly care about the students. My goal is to always have the students improve. To do this, I think students need a well-balanced diet of tone (Moyse De la Senorite can be used), technique (
scales for younger students, Maquarre Daily Exercises or Taffanel and Gaubert Daily Excercises for more advanced students), etudes (Melodious and Progressive Studies), and pieces (I consult the NYSSMA manual for appropriate pieces for the students level). Having taken Alexander Technique, I strongly emphasize posture so that students can use their bodies in the most efficient way. Individualized instruction allows for teachers to cater to the needs of the student, challenging the students without frustrating them. Everyone is unique and learns at different rates, so no two lessons will ever be the same. I teach students how to practice, so that they can progress outside of the 30 min. or hour long lesson. As for performance standards, I have used rubrics for tone, technique, articulation, phrasing, and breathing. Once strengths and weaknesses are assed, I create a plan to help the student improve, which is what students and teachers want to hear.
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Melanie C.

Melanie C.

Schenectady, NY 12308
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$32 / 30-min

About Gibb M.

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Miami, FL

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Howdy! My name is Gibb Mandish. I am a percussionist living in Miami, FL with extensive teaching and performing experience. I am able to teach a wide variety of styles and techniques in a concise, easy-to-digest format. I also try to inspire the student to foster a love for the culture and tradition surrounding the music that they wish to study. I just received my MM in jazz performance from the Frost School of Music and my BM in jazz studies from the University of Arizona in 2016. Would love to hear from you! Ciao!
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Gibb M.

Gibb M.

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About Sophia V.

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About Sophia
I am a professionally performing and touring pianist, recording artist, educator, and event producer. I graduated from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music with a Bachelor of Music in piano performance and from Manhattan School of Music with a Master of Music in piano performance.

As an educator, I have been teaching piano for over a decade, and have worked with everyone from beginners through very advanced adults and college students. I have also taught workshops, coached music ensembles, and helped prepare young musicians for auditions.

As a performer, I travel nationally for concerts and have also performed internationally, most recently in Mexico and South Africa. Venues I've performed in include The Kennedy Center and the United States State Department in Washington, DC, and The Apollo Theatre and National Sawdust in Ne
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Last year, I released a full-length album on a label and self-released and produced two EPs. I also co-founded and co-direct an organization that produces concerts in collaboration with scientists and researchers. We've produced concerts around the East Coast and have collaborated with researchers at schools including Harvard, MIT, Johns Hopkins, and NYU. I'm also part of an electroacoustic duo that creates across genres.
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Sophia V.

Sophia V.

Troy, NY 12180
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$40 / 30-min

About Luke O.

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Eau Claire, WI
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About Luke
A member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, baritone Luke Otto is versed in the Operatic repertory and classical art song tradition, and performs in and music directs musicals. Originally from the Village of Rosholt, Wisconsin, Luke is also a member of the National Music Teacher’s Association, Wisconsin Music Teacher’s Association and the Chippewa Valley Music Teacher’s Association. Luke teaches classes on performing, pedagogy and auditioning with the Chippewa Valley Theatre Guild and he is a certified Adjudicator with the Wisconsin School Music Association, an organization that has also recognized him as an exemplary artist. He is also an Adjudicator for the NATS auditions in WI, in which he was a finalist in the High School division. ​Luke earned his Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance from the University of Wiscons
in-Eau Claire, Magna cum Laude in 2014. Luke has travelled with the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Concert Choir regionally and internationally to Greece. Luke was also a Wisconsin Ambassador of Music to England, France, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Italy and Luxembourg. Luke has performed as soloist with the UWEC Symphonic Choir, and as a member of the Opera Program during his collegiate career. His performance credits include, Gabriel von Eisenstein in Strauss’ Die Fledermaus, Second Priest in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, among others. In addition, Luke has premiered works by contemporary composers such as Karl Lepp and Phillip Reilly. Moreover, Luke was a member of the Young Artist Immersion program to New York, New York as a student at UWEC, performing in Master classes with Claudia Catania, David Sytkowski, Mark Moliterno, and performing for students at the Brooklyn School of the Arts. Luke’s conducting credits include, Benjamin Britten’s The Little Sweep and Rossini’s La Cenerentola, along with assistant music directing Into the Woods by Stephen Sondheim and music directing Irving Berlin’s White Christmas. Recently, Luke has performed regularly with the Eau Claire Municipal Band, The Chippewa Valley Jazz Orchestra and with Eauxpera which premiered the summer of 2017. Students are regularly winning local talent competitions, auditioning for shows like The Voice and American Idol and are thriving at the collegiate level.
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Reagan June 22, 2018
· Vocal Training · In studio
As a student, I can say that Luke Otto is absolutely amazing. His teaching strategies are awesome, and they have helped me learn so much. I can tell how much my voice has developed for the better since I started lessons. Not only is he an amazing teacher, but he is also an amazing person! I look forward to seeing Mr. Otto every week for lessons because he is kind, funny, and easy to talk and listen to. He has truly made a difference in my life through his amazing vocal training. I would highly recommend him to anyone who wants to take lessons.
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Tari June 21, 2018
· Vocal Training · In studio
Our daughter has been taking voice lessons from Luke Otto the past 4 years. The growth in her voice and performance level has been amazing! She has performed in 3 Eau Claire Children’s Theater productions, 5 musicals at her high school and made it to the State Solo Emsemble the past 3 years. This year she received a perfect score at the state level. She also made it to the finals of ECCT’s Star Quest competition. Luke is so musically talented himself and shares his knowledge with his students. He is a great teacher who can motivate his students by example and with humor. I strongly believe Luke is the best vocal teacher in the Eau Claire Area. His compassion for music and his students are 2 of his many gifts.
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Cori June 21, 2018
· Vocal Training · In studio
Luke is an incredible instructor. His knowledge and expertise is of the highest caliber. He has high expectations of his students but it super friendly, fun and laid back. He is flexible regarding scheduling and is professional but also personable. We could not be more pleased with Otto Performance Studio.
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Luke O.

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About Nate S.

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Stanfield, NC
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I have played music and performed on stage since I was a kid, and I’ve loved every second of it! I currently work as a Special Events DJ/MC, and do modeling and acting on the side. Teaching is one of my many passions and I strive to go above and beyond the call of learning an instrument. My students also learn the importance of a stage presence and how to record their own music (if interested) through music, you also learn the importance of discipline and dedication that can and will lead you to become successful in life.
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Nate S.

Nate S.

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$20 / 30-min

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