I can help beginners get started or coach advanced students who are preparing for auditions.
Thomas J. W. is an active music teacher, composer, adjudicator, and clinician in the greater Philadelphia area. He has over fifteen years experience as a concert band director, marching band director, jazz improvisation instructor, choral director, private instructor, and marching drill writer. His directing career has included small rural band programs, small metro programs, large high-achieving suburban programs, and non-profit youth bands. In addition to his band compositions, he also has over forty unpublished vocal arrangements to his credit, most written for use with collegiate men's a cappella groups. Thomas taught over 600 online and local private music lessons in 2016.
Thomas has a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from The Pennsylvania State University. He holds a teaching certificate in the states of Pennsylvania
and New Jersey and has taught at the secondary level in both states. In addition to both instrumental and choral ensembles at Penn State, Thomas was a student leader in the Penn State Blue Band and a member of the brass section of the Cadets of Bergen County Drum and Bugle Corps in 1993 and 1994. He served as an Associate Director of the Warren Junior Military Band of Youngstown, Ohio from 1995 to 2005. He also served as a visual staff member for the renowned North Penn Marching Knights of Lansdale, PA for one season in 2004.
He is a current adjudicator with Drum Corps International and Cavalcade of Bands. He is a member of MENC, PMEA, NJMEA, ASCAP, CASA, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and the National Band Association. He appeared in the Marquis Who's Who Among American Educators in 2004 and 2005, an honor rarely bestowed upon teachers, as students who appear in the Who's Who Among American High School Students must nominate them. He currently is a music teacher at the Center for Performing and Fine Arts of the PA Leadership Charter School in West Chester, PA and resides in Downingtown, PA with his wife and two sons.
Thomas will happily work with students on the autism spectrum or students with ADD.
*** Lesson Details *** My lessons are tailored to the needs and interests of each student. If a student is involved in school music ensembles, we will work with their lesson books from school in addition to material outside of the books, including SmartMusic, Noteflight, and teacher-created materials. We will focus on building proper tone production and individual technique - something that often is difficult to learn in a large ensemble setting.
I am capable of starting a beginner student on any band instrument including percussion, any classical string instrument (violin, viola, cello, string bass), and piano. I can begin a student on drum set and work with them through their first method book, but I would then recommend they find a specialized drum set teacher after a period of six to twelve months.
For advanced students, I work from selected conservatory etude books on developing advanced skills and can work with students on audition pieces for honors bands/orchestras or college auditions.
My lessons are a half-hour once a week, with the option of working for 45 minutes or 60 minutes.
Thomas is honestly an amazing musician and teacher. He was really patient with me. Despite having to deal with major timezone differences (as I live in Myanmar), he took the time to figure it out. Also, he helped me figure out the stuff it took me months to figure out. He also really knows what he's doing. I learned so much in that hour of practice. 10/10 would recommend him.
May 26, 2019
April 28, 2019
Fabulous! What a great teacher! And SO KNOWLEDGEABLE about all kinds of music! THANKS! looking forward to all my lessons!
Hi There! I have been teaching for 14 years, and I love sharing the love of music and the flute. My lessons, regardless of age and level, focus on building technique as a means to musical freedom. Lessons are tailored to the student's goals and personality, whether that is preparing for all-state or college auditions, or playing and composing the student's own music! I have performance BM and MM degrees from SUNY Purchase College and Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, and have been a freelance musician with many orchestras over the years. I am comfortable and have experience working with students with disabilities.
Hi! I am a teacher and performer who loves exploring and learning new things, with flute and in life! I love to work hard but always have fun, and I try to make flute lessons the same for my students. In addition to playing flute, I enjoy the outdoors, playing with my cat Abbie, and travel.
My love of music and musical talent was discovered when I was just five years old. An uncle gave me a plastic recorder and, without lessons or help from anyone, I was playing melodies within days. Soon after I started taking private lessons on Saxophone and Clarinet. I played my first paying job at age 14. When I was 15, my private instructor, asked me if I would be interested in teaching. He put me on the County list of private instructors and and soon I had my own thriving studio of Sax and Clarinet students. From that time on, I have almost continuously been involved in music education. Though I had listened to the rock "guitar gods" of the 60's I never became interested the guitar until, at the age of 15, I first heard Maestro Andres Segovia through his televised master classes. About the same time, I was amazed by the chord
melody genius of jazz artists like George Van Eps, Joe Pass, and Bucky Pizzarelli. It was then I realized that the guitar could be an "orchestra." In the small town where I grew up, there were no guitar teachers so I studied with outstanding Guitarist Ed McGuire. Later, I studied formally with several renowned professors of guitar, including Bruce Holzman at FSU and Randy Reed, a professor at Duke University in Durham North Carolina. I have also performed in Master Classes for Classical Guitarists Atigoni Goni and Dimitri Diatchenko. Before making North Florida my home, I toured and played throughout the Northeast, Midwest and Southeast in a variety of venues and styles from Rock to Jazz to R&B. Even after settling down I have stayed active in the music business, playing and teaching. I continue to work regularly performing solo, or in ensembles throughout Florida from Tallahassee to Jacksonville.
*** Lesson Details *** I am a laid back teacher who prefers to motivate my students by instilling my love of, and enthusiasm for, music in them rather than using any kind of "scare" tactics. I had a very few "knuckle rapper" style teachers over the years and found them to be very unmotivating. A large percentage of the progress a student makes happens between the lessons. The more they practice, the faster they improve. I also believe in building a solid foundation that my students can build upon. A good teacher teaches a student how to teach themselves. On guitar, I encourage, but don't insist on, my students learning to read music. Some styles of guitar do not require it, but I do mention the gigs I have gotten over the years because I could read. On all instruments, I am a big believer in great technique, musicianship and improvisational skills.
*** Studio Equipment *** Studio is in back of the house as an addition. It has its own separate entrance and is approx 160 sq feet. Well lit and with heat and air.
*** Travel Equipment *** I will provide a music stand if needed. Students must have their own instrument. They will need to get their own books, though I do provide much supplemental material.
I have been Randall's student for a few years. Randall is very knowledgeable about music and an excellent teacher. Additionally, Randall is courteous, professional, and punctual. I highly recommend Randall as your new music instructor.
July 14, 2017
Randall has been teaching my son clarinet for the past 2 years in his home and we couldn't be more pleased with my son's outcome. He knows how to work With students and get them to advance to their highest potential.
July 14, 2017
Randall has been teaching guitar to my 12 year-old son for about 3 years. He is very knowledgeable and patient. He knows and can teach many different styles of music on several different instruments. I highly recommend Randall for students of any age.
all levels (beginning through college, advanced, adult.
Affiliations: American Association of University Professors American Federation of Musicians American Symphony Orchestra League College Music Society Houston Flute Club International Double-Reed Society International Clarinet Society National Flute Association North American Saxophone Alliance
MUSIC (see fitness below): Shannon has numerous years experience teaching all skill levels on woodwinds, and beginning-intermediate piano & classical strings, using various approaches to best suit the students learning style, personality and needs.
Shannon is an active musician, who has been featured as a soloist, and in the flute and woodwind sections with various orchestras, chamber ensembles, opera orchestras and musical theatre within the United States, Italy, and Mexico. She is presently Principal Flute of the Baytown Symphony, Director of the Da Capo Chamber Ensembles, and is a substitute musician with the Orquesta Sinfnica de Monterrey, Symphony of Southeast Texas, and Opera in the He
Shannon has been a faculty member at various colleges,and is currently Adjunct Professor of Music at Jessup University and Brazosport College, and also has an active private studio, Leigh Studios. She is the College Music Society South-Central Regional President; and is an Advisory Board member for the Houston Flute Club.
Shannon received her Masters of Music degree in Performance from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. She also studied at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and received her B.A. degree in Performance, and B.S. degree in Music-Business from Winona State University, and has studied with world-renowned instructors.
Shannon has received grants for her work, from the Minnesota State Arts Board, American Federation of Musicians, Rome Festival Orchestra, and the Winona Music Guild, and was the 1997 recipient of the Vivian Menees Nelson Music Award.
Shannon is also a sponsored triathlete and trainer/coach/race director, and gives workshops on the importance of healthy living, nutrition and exercise for musicians. She is a board member for The Lake Charles Triathletes. And she is a strong advocate for music, health, and triathlon. Sponsors: Maggie Martinez-LMT, Eating for Performance, Bikesport, DeSoto Sport, Gu Performance Energy, Rudy Project, Amit Jethva-DDS, Leigh Enterprises. Her primary sports growing up were track, gymnastics, and cycling.
*** Lesson Details *** I am pretty easy going. I want you to feel comfortable and at ease, but we do need to focus and can have fun doing it. :) I utilize various methods for each instrument, which is determined by the students learning style and ability; needs, so this can change as time goes on (not sticking to one particular publishers materials). I have done (and continue to do) extensive research into materials available for each instrument I teach, and supplement with my own, to utilize the best out there for "YOU" for the best possible progress. While ensuring an extremely well-rounded musical education, so you can progress at the best possible rate. Since each student's potential is different, each will progress differently. This is also determined by your dedication to daily practice (the more you practice, the quicker you will progress & the more accomplished you will become). This is a 'Team Effort'; I give the guidance and tools. You practice, utilize learn these tools, and off we go! The sky is the limit!
*** Specialties *** Classical, jazz ----------------------------------
FITNESS: Shannon has been athletic most of her life. She is a Certified Personal Trainer, Specialist in Exercise Therapy, and running / multisport (swim/bike/run) coach for 15 years.
She is a sponsored athlete, and a 2018 World Championship Qualifier and Participant in Denmark, representing Team USA, and has also placed in her age group at numerous endurance events.
She applies her years of teaching experience to helping you reach your physical and nutritional goals, to be the healthiest you can be. She's not for quick fixes/results. It's all about a transformational lifestyle change. Enjoy the journey! It's well worth it! (see info above).
Howdy! My name is Ryan and I can't wait to meet you! I've been teaching private lessons for ten years and have loved helping my students receive exceptional tone, fluidity, and control of their instrument. I look forward to helping you reach your goals! I received my knowledge from Berklee College of Music where I received a B.A. in Performance and Music Education. My teaching style is simple, straightforward, and fun.
I was very impressed with how Ryan engaged my son during his first lesson. He was able to make it fun and educational for him. I think what made a huge difference was his ability to hone in on what what kinds on music my son was interested in and some how work it in to the initial lesson plan. He showed him how much fun it could be and then was able to incorporate the basics from there. Also, he is extremely patient and laid back making it stress free. Thank you for a great lesson! We look forward to continuing more.
December 13, 2017
I've been trying to learn piano 19 years now and after just one lesson with kid everything seems soo clear. THANK YOU FOR YOUR KNOWLEDGE!
October 9, 2017
We scheduled Ryan to come to our house at a specific time to teach our 15 YO son. He did not show up and called 2 hours after the scheduled time to say he was misinformed by Take Lessons as to the time (even though we had confirmed the time at the beginning). We planned to resume the following week and again he did not show up. He did not reply to texts, his voicemail was not set up on his phone and he made no efforts to let us know that he had cancelled with us.
My philosophy is to help the students focus on their mental and physical states while practicing and performing. If both their body and mind are relaxed when playing, they will accomplish more and be happier with their performance!
I have been taking private flute lessons for over 14 years and have experienced many different teaching styles and philosophies. I began teaching my own private lessons six years ago, and since then I have learned a lot about helping students progress quickly and efficiently.
Each in person lesson will begin with a duet so that I can evaluate the student's progress since their last lesson. Every online lesson will begin with a warm up. We will proceed to discuss their practicing and what the student believes is working for them and what they are struggling with. I can then address any issues or concerns that they have throughout the lesson.
Students will be asked to study technical and tonal exercises as well as repertoire. I will help the student ...
Leanna is available for at-home and online lessons and loves to teach students of all ages. She has been playing the flute for 16 years and is eager to share her knowledge and expertise of the instrument! Her passion and enthusiasm for teaching comes through in each lesson. She likes to tailor each lesson to the student's various interests in music.
Leanna grew up in a learning environment, as both her parents are teachers. Her mother teaches music in her hometown, so Leanna had the fortune of observing and listening to countless private lessons in her home. She has gained experience teaching group and private lessons of her own for the past 6 years. If you do not see an available time on her schedule that works for you, please feel free to contact her with the time that you prefer!
Leanna received her Master's Degree in Flute Perfo
rmance from Northwestern University where she taught the non-major flute students and is currently pursuing a Performer's Certificate at Lynn Conservatory in Boca Raton, FL. Leanna is excited to meet new students and help them create a plan for their success!
Students can expect to grow as a well-rounded musician. I will teach the students about the basic fundamentals to the advanced methods of effective practices. As a professional musician, I will focus my time and energy on making sure students understand how much practicing can will improve playing. Students will have a weekly progress book. Get ready for great lessons!
Hello my name is Tyreese. I'm originally from Harrington, DE. I'm a professional flautist located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. I've played the flute for about 21 years. I hold a degree in Music Performance from Delaware State University. I plan on pursuing my Master's in Music Performance at Southeastern Louisiana University in the Fall of 2019. I've participated in various ensembles such as marching band, concert band, pep band, wind ensemble, orchestra, jazz band, etc... As your instructor, I will be able to transform you into a well-rounded musician. Practice is the key. I strive for excellence! My philosophy of music is, "Enhancing the minds of students through music". Let's make music! Are you ready???
I teach online and in-home lessons to students. I create an encouraging, fun, and focused lesson atmosphere. I assess a student’s re
adiness and ability. I teach weekly flute lessons as well as other woodwind instruments to students of all ages and ability levels (especially beginning and intermediate levels) I'm flexible with my schedule academic school year and summer months. I also teach all ranges of styles and repertoire
Tyreese is super patient and thoughtful in his instruction and fine-tuning. Couldn’t have asked for a better instructor after a 30 year hiatus from an instrument that is fast becoming so dear to me once more!
October 3, 2018
Very good, very clear, very patient. I can actually make a sound out of the clarinet.
February 26, 2018
The teacher was wonderful. But the platforms connection was poor. Really enjoyed the lesson.
I teach beginning flute, get a great start with lessons from me on flute. I will prepare you for intermediate or advanced band!
Hello, my name is Stephen Layton, I'm 36 and I am a professional musician, educator, and composer. I am currently teaching in two locations, Riverside County, and in Orange County. I earned a B.A. in Music Education at California State University Fullerton. I also have a Single Subject Teaching Credential from the State of California, through the completion of the credential program at California State University Fullerton. During my time at Fullerton I was a member of all the top ensembles. I also studied with Grammy nominated and award-winning musicians like Bill Cunliffe, Francisco Torres, Kye Palmer, and more!
In addition to my training I have over twenty years of performance experience. I have been playing trombone and bass guitar since 1994 and I have been teaching privately since 2005. As a brass instructor I specialize in breat
hing techniques, embouchure development. range, flexibility, endurance, and improvisation. As a bass guitar and guitar instructor, I specialize in flexibility, endurance, speed, song writing, ear training, improvisation, and much more!
I’ve been a professional musician for several years and I have backed groups like The L.A. Swing Barons, The Inland Empire Swing Orchestra, Sonora Santanera groups, Willie and The Road Tramps, Irie Nationz, The Goodlow Company, Domestic Imports, Buddha Bomb, Angry Babies, Space Camp Stowaways, The Debonaires, and more! I am currently in a few different groups playing all over Southern California and beyond.
My education philosophy is very student focused. I draw from a lot of different teaching concepts like Kodàly method, Orff method, Susuki method, and more. I will push you or your student to edges of their abilities, and you will see improvement.
Training: • Riverside City College; A.A. Humanities Philosophy, and Art; Cert. Music Performance • California State University Fullerton; B.A Music Education • California State University Fullerton; Credential Program (student teaching)
Performance Experience: • Junior College Ensemble Performances: Riverside Community College Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Lab Jazz, and Small Jazz Combos • Four Year College Ensemble Performances: California State University Fullerton Symphonic Winds, Wind Symphony, Fullerton Jazz Orchestra, Fullerton Big Band, Latin Ensemble • Recent Recitals: April 5, 2018 Senior Recital, Recital Hall, California State University Fullerton • Commercial Performances: L.A. Swing Barons, Sonora Santenera, Irie Nationz, The Goodlow Company, Buddha Bomb, Domestic Imports, Topshelf Brass Band, Space Camp Stowaways, Angry Babies, Dumb Luck, The Debonaires, Mark Denny’s Band
Principal Teachers: • Trombone: Steve Williams, Steve Suminski, Bob Sanders • Jazz Improv: Dr. Peter Curtis, Charlie Richards, Dr. Chuck Tomlinson, Bill Cunliffe, Francisco Torres • Masterclasses: Kevin Mayse, Charlie Richards, Dr. Mitch Fennel, Dr. Mallory Thompson, Frank Ticheli, Bill Cunliffe, Anthony Plog, Louis Bonillia, Francisco Torres, Michito Sanchez, Roger Woods, Ashley Bathgate, Dieter Mack, Paul Kreibich, Joey Sellers, Benny Maupin, Kim Richmond, Freddy Payne, Anne Fennel, Doc Severinsen, Shannon Limon, Kye Palmer, Harry Waters, Ken Waters
Volunteer Experience: • Riverside Community Band / Swing Band • Carl E. Gilbert Elementary School, Buena Park, California
Additional Information: • Private Instruction: Teaching privately for over ten years • Memberships: SCSBOA, NAfME, NBA, OAKE, KASC, ITA, and NAMM member
The best lesson I have taken! I look forward to future lessons because I am learning so much!
November 11, 2017
Steven is a very good instructor. He has a wonderful personality. He!s firm, knowledgeable, and knows how to encourage the student to work hard. My son has learned a lot from him in a short period of time as a beginner. I’d definitely recommend Steven.
August 11, 2017
Really like Steve's teaching ! Very easy and simplified instruction.Thank you ! Can't wait for the next Lessons.
Loretta is clearly an experienced music professional. She has an excellent attitude and a true desire to give students the gift
of music making, on whatever level they are looking for. Speaking as a former music teacher myself (different instrument), I can see that she is flexible in her approach and tailors her lessons to each unique student. I give her a 10 out of 10! I would recommend her to anyone."
"My daughter is a beginner to lean flute. Jerry is nice and patient to teach her."
"Awesome. Had no idea this could be so great."
"Sue is an excellent teacher. I have only had my first lesson but I know I will benefit from her instruction. I have already learned several things in our
first lesson that will improve my tone."
"I highly recommend Sarah. She has excellent skills for any teacher - she's encouraging, knowledgeable and patient. I'm an adult who played piano years ag
o and always wanted to play the flute but I was frustrated, squeaky, out of breath, and out of tune. With a few weeks of lessons I'm further along than I was trying to teach myself over years. I had years of serious music study with critical music teachers who made me embarrassed about mistakes and dread my lessons. With Sarah, the learning is fun and I now look forward to every lesson."
"My daughter started flute lessons with Ms Heidi a few weeks ago. She really enjoyed her class."
"Great class very responsive and friendly and encouraging"
"Sulina Baek is a good teacher that I had the fortune of working with over the past 2-3 months. She is patient and gives useful coaching tips to improve te
chnique. At the same time, I never felt overwhelmed with too much information during our lessons. Sulina kept everything manageable and actionable and that helped me make a lot of progress. Thus we often covered a lot of ,music lesson, and frequently ran out of time. She is also very knowledgeable in canon and in theory, which has helped me figure out what standard to aim at during my own practice. Sulina helped me turn my motivation into audible results."
"Tyreese is a great instructor. He understands what my needs are as a beginner, As an older adult I am learning how to study all over again. Tyreese is pa
tient and giving me the confidence to be great at playing my flute. One of my many dream goals is learning the flute. You’re never to old to learn new things!"
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