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East Meadow, NY
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Hi my name is Nicole; I have over 25 years of teaching experience. (I began teaching beginner students while I was in high school) and I myself began classical piano training at the age of 8 and continued through college. I also studied music theory, ear training and sight reading.
As a student, I participated in yearly NYSSMA competitions, performed in recitals and National Music Guild competitions as well. Following my passion made my decision to major in music the obvious choice. I wound up being the recipient of the first Ralph V. Ritchie Music Memorial Scholarship at Nassau Community College (which needless to say was a huge honor). I studied under Rose Tanner, who was a member of the Juliard faculty, performing many piano solo recitals as well as singing madrigals in a quartet. I truly loved what I was doing. I went on as a perfor
mance major at West Chester University in P.A. for three semesters and it was there that I realized that I wanted to teach piano. I've always been extremely creative and patient, so I thought teaching piano would be a perfect fit for me and it turned out that I was right! I also have had many other jobs working with children, such as being a camp counselor and a nanny for several different families and now I’m a mom as well ! I decided I wanted to write and perform my own music in an original band as well. So I decided to leave West Chester and began several of my own original musical projects and solo performance acts. I've played the piano/keyboard, wrote music/lyrics, sang lead and backup vocals or did a combination of the above.
During this time I worked closely with other advanced teachers and musicians to gain other methods, styles and techniques of playing and teaching music. I found out very quickly that playing a keyboard while standing up is both stylistically and technically different then sitting at the piano,
I'm patient, creative, positive and fun to work with and I really enjoy teaching. I love working with children and I'm passionate about passing my love of music along to my students. I also love to explore improvisation with students and song writing if the student and parents(s) are interested. I myself try to always be open to change and growth. I feel that if you think you already know everything, that you’re not open to learning..and should be).
If you feel your child and I would be a good fit, please feel free to call me. I'm always open for questions and conversation. :~)

*** Lesson Details ***
I specialize in teaching classical piano to students of all ages, including extensive experience in teaching autistic, special-needs and disabled children.
Sensitive to individual needs and abilities, I prepare students with curriculum, lesson plans and weekly assignments on a one-on-one basis.
Curriculum may include technique, sight reading, theory, ear training, scales, NYSSMA and performance/recital preparation. Working with both students and their parents together we can determine individual goals for each student.
Scheduling is maintained and coordinated to accommodate students and their families.
In the first three to six months, my intention is to instill a good practice ethic.
Students will be positive and motivated towards playing their instrument.
They will have a basic understanding of theory, scales and technique.
Additionally, students will be able to play a small repertoire of pieces.

Whether you are a beginner or an advanced student, my lessons are organized, productive and most of all - fun!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons in a recording studio. Where you have a choice of an acoustic upright piano or a digital Yamaha keyboard. I also own a farfisa organ and a moog synthesizer.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I always try to get a feeling from each individual student as to which series of beginner books will work best for them. Obviously if the student is more advanced (and already working on a specific piece) please bring that with you to the lesson. There are so many beginner books to start out with. I like to have a lesson book, a theory book and a technic book as well. Once the student has learned the basics, I like to occasionally let them choose a fun song (pop or rock) as a reward for working on the classical criteria that I prefer. I find it helps keep them motivated to plat their favorite songs to their friends and have some fun. (even though that would be work as well).

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in classical music for piano study. I have taught the Suzuki method with a few very young students. I have also taught other styles such as rock and roll , some Broadway songs and top 40 upon request. I also teach some students different styles of songwriting techniques.
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Jeff D. November 25, 2012
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Nicole is an awesome teacher!

As someone who was just starting out at piano, I have come a long way in a short time. She's VERY patient and I've never had so much fun learning!
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East Meadow, NY 11554
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About John O.

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Huntington Station, NY
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*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons in living room with stereo; teacher has own instruments, student needs their own

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect the student to have an instrument to play on.

*** Specialties ***
From Jazz to Brazilian, Cuban, Puerto Rican, world music from just about everywhere. Specialist in teaching students how to improvise on chord changes.
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Jeffery S. October 4, 2015
· Saxophone · In studio
John is very nice and patient teacher.
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tu Y. June 11, 2015
· Saxophone · In studio
Mr o. Is the best saxophone teacher I have never meet . He care about me so much . When I just start at jazz , he let me borrow a lot of CD to listen and learn . And that helped me so much . He had only be my teacher for one year , but he teach me so much that I have never thought .
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John O.

Huntington Station, NY 11746
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About Calvin A.

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Costa Mesa, CA

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Songwriting is often made out to be difficult, it's not! We will write several songs in your first lesson. The trick to it is finding inspiration and bridging that inspiration with your knowledge of music. Chord progression, melody, literature, the spoken word and studying how other songs are written are some of the things we'd work on. Whether you already play an instrument and want to learn to write songs or would like to integrate songwriting with your current instrumental studies, it is worthwhile regardless and can actually help you better understand your instrument as well as music as a whole.

About Calvin
As a teacher, I have worked with of many ages and backgrounds. One of my students, Skylar Stecker, has gone on to become a successful major label recording artist recently becoming the youngest artist to receive a number 1 on the dance billboard charts. I recently had the opportunity to tour with her as her guitarist and pianist.

I have studied, performed and taught music for over 10 years. I hold a B.A. in music from USC. My professional experience as a musician and teacher has led me to many areas of the music business. I've worked as an apprentice to several established film composers and arrangers and have had the opportunity work with Lionel Hampton New York Big Band, Metropole Orchestra, Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, Clayton Brothers, Rachelle Farrell, Michael Buble, and Charles Aznavour. I play guitar, mandolin, piano,
bass, ukulele, banjo as well as write music.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am extremely patient and firmly believe that anybody can learn to play music.

I try to keep my teaching philosophy simple. We figure out your musical goals and aspirations and carve out a path to achieving them. Along the way I will try to illuminate how the path to attaining your goals and aspirations is best taken at an enjoyable, relaxed pace and with a strong work ethic.

I always prepare for your lessons based on your interests, integrating relevant books and videos, creating handouts tailored to what we are studying in order to maintain clarity.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Guitars, Keyboards, Ukuleles, Microphones, Amplifiers, Recording Equipment

*** Specialties ***
Any style you prefer (Rock, Pop, Folk, Country, Jazz, Bluegrass, etc.)
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Daisy January 22, 2019
· Ukulele · In home
Just had the first session with Calvin. He showed up on time, he was very patient the whole time.
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Skylar December 18, 2018
· Ukulele · In home
Terrific young man. We look forward to more time with him. Super positive and professional.
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David September 4, 2018
· Guitar · In home
First lesson with Calvin was fantastic. Looking forward to the next. Great teaching on proper technique adapted to what I want to learn. Highly recommend.
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About Schroeder S.

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Minneapolis, MN

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There are only 12 notes (pitches) in equal temperament tuning that we use in Western music. AND only 7 letters. It's all the same. Wanna learn how to navigate it?

About Schroeder
" There's a difference between playing the notes and making the Music. Wanna know the difference? "I've been a professional musician and teacher for over 35 years. I have a degree from the University of Minnesota and I studied music at the University of St. Thomas when I was in high school. I've performed and recorded with numerous artist including The Temptations, Peter Noone (Herman's Hermits), Bobby Z, Billy McLaughin, Presidential Inauguration 2005, The Shirelles, Martha Reeves, Larry King, The Guess Who, Quiet Riot, Loverboy, J. Hoye and many more. I received the Certificate of Achievement from Billboard Magazine for production and songwriting, etc.,etc. enough about me though.

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Every student is different so I like to base lessons for each student upon their strengths and weaknesses. Some students are just
beginning, others want to improve upon their skills. Some students want to learn more about Classical music, others want to learn jazz and improvisation, others rock and roll or country et. al.. Others want to know how music works-the theory
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PatriciaC March 21, 2012
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Excellent flute teacher. Inspiring and motivating. An exploratory journey in music and very enjoyable. I look forward to my lessons!
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WesleyS March 8, 2012
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Great teacher---I really enjoy the lesson.
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KathyH November 11, 2011
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wow! so knowledgeable, I can't believe what I have learned in 3 lessons. And I never feel intimidated or feel I can't learn it. And this comes from an over the hill piano player. Highly recommend Schroeder!!
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About Moa M.

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Los Angeles, CA

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Learn how to structure a song and how melody and chords work together and how to write killer lyrics!
I am signed myself as a songwriter with BMG and will give you my best tips and tricks (#1: do it every day).

We will analyze a few of your favorite tunes and figure out how to recreate those elements and put your own flavor on it.

About Moa
Having grown up with two teaching parents and a teaching sister, I think it was pretty clear what I was going to be when I grew up. After touring all over the world, having songs on TV and radio and being signed both as an artist and a songwriter, I have learned some amazing things and I love passing that knowledge on through teaching. Being able to share the joy music has continued to bring me is an awesome feeling.

As my student, you will learn how to play and sing your favorite tunes, write songs, learn songs by ear, music theory and everything in between. You will also learn from my mistakes (like how to keep playing after breaking your foot on tour) and get real-life tips and tricks to help you reach your goals, no matter how big or small. I got you! I specialize in pop/rock and guitar for girls, but all genres and students are w
elcome.

You can contact me with questions above ^^ or book your first lesson to the right —> to get started today!

Choose from one of my exciting lesson plans!

- Guitar 101: (acoustic or electric) We will work on your favorite songs, chords, melody, ear training, technique, scales, theory and more. I will also provide instruction on playing guitar and singing simultaneously.

- Singing 101: We will cover the basics you need to sing with proper technique. We will also tackle breath support, upper, middle and lower register, vocal stamina, scales and we will learn your favorite songs. I will provide instruction on singing harmonies, tackling extreme vocals, and how to play guitar and sing simultaneously. We will also cover artist development for students who are interested.

- Songwriting: We will cover how to structure a song and how melody and chords work together. We will also cover how to write killer lyrics! I am signed myself as a songwriter with BMG and will give you my best tips and tricks (#1: do it every day). We will analyze a few of your favorite tunes and figure out how to recreate those elements and put your own flavor on it. We will also cover artist development for students who are interested

Some of my recording credits include:
Signed to BMG Production music, writer for Vanderpump Rules on Bravo and my single “Better With You” received airplay on national radio in Sweden. I am currently working on my sophomore ep to be released later this year through The Den//BMG.

Some of my live credits include:
I have toured all over the US with several different bands and played
Warped Tour, Kiss Kruise, Kid Rock Cruise, Monsters of Rock Cruise, Hard
Rock Hell Festival (UK), Sweden Rock Festival, army bases in the Middle
East and Japan and more. I currently play bass and sing for Bay Ledges.
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Jurnee P. May 30, 2019
· Singing · In studio
Moa is an amazing teacher! She’s patient and very helpful and I’d definitely recommend her to anyone looking for singing lessons.
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Kelly B. May 24, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Moa is a great teacher. She really understands how to bring out the best in people.
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Paige February 12, 2018
· Singing · In studio
I've been talking lessons with Moa for the past month and I've already learned a lot and can tell my voice is getting stronger. She's a great instructor.
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About Joseph M.

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Huntington Station, NY

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35 + yrs playing/teaching/composition experience
Classical to Jazz
Fun mixed with work

About Joseph
Local tutor;

Will travel to you, or we can use my studios located in Nassau, Suffolk and all 5 boroughs.

My name is Dr. Joseph M., Ba/Ma/Dma, in Education and Performance. I have reference lists a mile long, (with phone #'s, so you contact my previous and current

clients), full of success story after success story!

22 yrs teaching experience. I have sent thousands of children to Nyssma. Most of my students have scored; "Outstandings", (lvls 1-4), and A+'s, (lvls 5-6). Have gotten students

into All-County,

All State, and All National honor bands. This requires a ranked Nyssma level 6 score of 100.

I have prepared students for auditions to the finest music schools in the world, Julliard, The Curtis Institute, Berklee, etc.

My students have appeared on Broadway, have played at Birdland/the Bluenote, and have won
Grammys.........

I play and teach all styles; Classical, rock, Broadway, jazz,pop, etc.....

I have performed at the world class, A-list level in all the above mentioned styles as well.

I believe it is critical to be humble, down to earth and easy to work with, no matter how accomplished, student, teacher, or parent. :)..................
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Oscar June 9, 2019
· Tuba · In home
It is a womderful time for my kid.
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Dana September 18, 2016
· Saxophone · In home
Very professional and thorough!
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louis R. August 9, 2016
· Saxophone · In home
First lesson with my grandson. My grandson enjoyed it. Joseph was very professional.
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Joseph M.

Huntington Station, NY 11746
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About Eric C.

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Upland, CA

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For about five years now, I have been actually completing playable music. The past couple years, my school's jazz combo has even taken a couple of my songs to compete with at different jazz festivals. I have studied under the fantastic composer, guitarist, and teacher, Tom Hynes the past couple years. Prior to my studies, I was self taught, as a way of expanding my improvisation. I write primarily for Chamber ensembles, Jazz small ensembles, and even some pop music.

I use Handwritten, Finale and Logic pro for notation, so whichever is most convenient, I'll use. In lessons, I will ask students to bring in material they have written each week, which we will review together. I'll add some suggestions, but will not change the integrity of the music, just refine it. We shall look at composing in different styles, as well as expanding upon the styles in which the student is most interesting in pursuing.

About Eric
Hi! I'm Eric, a Saxophonist, Composer, Singer, and Teacher that was born and raised in Southern California. I've been playing the saxophone for over ten years now, writing music for as long as I can remember, and singing since I was in elementary school. I play for a variety of groups in Los Angeles, and sometimes perform in L.A. and surrounding areas at venues such as The LightHouse, Saint Rocke, Hotel Café, The Study, Avalon, The Mint, the Baked Potato, and more.

I keep my lessons fun, efficient, and applicable. I give students assignments to work on, not only so they don't forget what we talk about, but also so they can expand upon the concepts given in lessons, (which familiarizes them more with the information). I look forward to helping you unlock your potential!
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Faisal March 7, 2019
· Clarinet · Online
My son was very happy with the lesson and his self-esteem jumped upwards 100% Thank you, Eric!
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Jeff P. November 15, 2018
· Saxophone · In studio
Eric shows concern for helping you work on where you want to go in my music journey
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Zac M. September 26, 2018
· Clarinet · In home
Eric is an excellent teacher. He is very knowledgeable and very thorough when he is teaching his students. He is very talented and player numerous instruments. I would recommend him to anyone for lessons.
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About Ardalan V.

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Indianapolis, IN
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I have years of experience teaching foundations of composition , music theory and aural skills. The focus have been on understanding of chords, harmonic analysis, form and structure analysis and harmonization. The Aural skills focuses on melodic, rhythmic and harmonic recognition through the process of dictation and or melodic-rhythmic imitation. Extra emphasis on color & tune through use of pedal techniques , alterations, grace notes are also introduced, in parallel to basic musical skills.

About Ardalan
Five reasons why my lessons can be a unique experience for you.... if, and only if:
1- You are looking for a professionally trained performing artist and instructor (with more than 25 years of experience teaching ranging from beginner toddlers at home to advanced musicians in academic studio setting) who is fun to work with and learn from.
2- You look for an individualized approach tailored to your musical needs (Piano Technique, sight-singing, Score reading, Theory, Aural skills).
3- You or your child are busy and want to make the best of your time learning or practicing and therefore need a well-disciplined teacher who can match your schedule; I have a strong Time Management & Follow up System for the lessons. (My philosophy specially for beginners : If it is not measurable , it is not done the right way. )
4- You actively and
carefully read the details (of education and teaching experience) of instructors profile and ask for reviews because you care enough for your time and money to know the difference between a true performing artist (with Master Degree in Music from the Nation's top-ranked music school) versus another "teacher" who has played in their high-school band, and teaches 10 instruments since last month while working on his BA! (Profile pictures and "statements" can always look good though...!)
5- You prefer to have the flexibility of receiving private (or group) lessons in your own home, or you prefer to receive lessons in a studio setting ( I can offer either one).
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Zavier F. March 31, 2019
· Classical Piano · In home
Knowledgeable and incredibly patient. A wonderful find
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Jonathan Chern December 22, 2018
· Classical Piano · In studio
While I was at Indiana University, I had the great fortune of studying with Ardalan! He was an incredibly patient teacher who was able to cater to what I needed individually. He was able to impart a great deal of knowledge and I couldn't recommend him enough! Thank you so much for all you have taught me Ardalan.
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Pantea December 22, 2018
· Piano · In studio
I took piano lessons with Ardalan for quite a while. He’s knowledgeable, patient and caring. He is experienced working with both adults and children and modifies his approach to meet each student’s needs. I had a bad experience learning music when I was a child and was reluctant to take lessons as an adult. Ardalan definitely helped me gain that confidence back and feel that I could actually enjoy the music while learning it. Besides his teaching skills, Ardalan is a wonderful artist and anyone who takes a class with him will look forward to each session and learn a lot from him.
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About Pablo R.

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Portland, OR

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Writing music can be one of the hardest things to do, but it can also be the most rewarding. Writing music is my passion. I have developed a curriculum designed to break down the process of writing music through a theoretical, conceptual and creative approach. I believe creativity is something that can be taught. Like any type of music, it is a skill that when practiced the right way, can improve. I can teach composition of any genre of music from singer-songwriter music, to rock/pop to advanced modern jazz. Together we will work to help you write your own songs and unlock the creativity you have in you.

About Pablo
With years of teaching and gigging experience in a wide variety of musical styles, I can teach students whatever they are interested in learning. I believe the most musical improvement occurs when the student is having fun with the process of learning. My lessons are a fun and relaxed environment where my students will learn about music as a whole while we talk about the specific subjects the student is interested in. I primarily teach trumpet and songwriting.

Trumpet students can expect noticeable improvement from week to week through my unique teaching approach. Anyone can tell you to practice scales out of method books, but my teaching incorporates a theoretical foundation helping my students understand music as a whole. In my own experience, this has helped me the most in my own trumpet playing.

Songwriting students can expect t
o have their own songs written from month to month as we work to demystify the difficulty of song writing. I have developed my own unique approach to songwriting designed to make the process easy and methodical.

I graduated from Whitman College in 2015 with a degree in Jazz Studies. By that time, I was already teaching and actively gigging in the Eastern Washington area. This year I moved to Portland Oregon where I currently reside and am an active member of Portland's music scene. I have performed in large jazz ensembles, symphony orchestras, pit orchestras, ska bands, salsa groups, and jazz combos.

I will be releasing my debut studio album this year comprised entirely of my own compositions that I have been working on for three years.

My other interests include weight lifting, running, hiking, and cooking.
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About DAMIAN J S.

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Miami, FL
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Greetings!
First and foremost I want to congratulate you for choosing to follow a path in the Arts!
Music is one of the most sacred skills humans possess for no other species on the planet truly comes close to mimicking this treasured ability.
My mission is to help guide you on your quest to making music. I ask very little in return but your full satisfaction in knowing you made the right decision today.
Should you accept our time together will be well spent focusing on your strengths in music and eliminating the weaknesses.
I invite you to listen to music, explore different genres and make your mind up as to what you would like to play.
Sound is everything so that is my first goal and the hardest to achieve being from a distance. My anecdotes will prove to be useful in getting you to produce the best possible tone quality on the instrument.
Technique is what truly unlocks all doors in music having the ability to play anything comes from scale practice and patterns. ...

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Greetings!
First and foremost I want to congratulate you for choosing to follow a path in the Arts!
Music is one of the most sacred skills humans possess for no other species on the planet truly comes close to mimicking this treasured ability.
My mission is to help guide you on your quest to making music. I ask very little in return but your full satisfaction in knowing you made the right decision today.
Should you accept our time together will be well spent focusing on your strengths in music and eliminating the weaknesses.
I invite you to listen to music, explore different genres and make your mind up as to what you would like to play.
Sound is everything so that is my first goal and the hardest to achieve being from a distance. My anecdotes will prove to be useful in getting you to produce the best poss
ible tone quality on the instrument.
Technique is what truly unlocks all doors in music having the ability to play anything comes from scale practice and patterns. Metronomes are a vital part of your success.
Finally reading and basic music theory is the essential skill that separates men from minnows in the sense of making music consistent. The discipline necessary to do this is minimal but important.
I trust that you will excel in my class because my methods are tried and true. If at the end of the first lesson you feel you will not progress on your mission with me I completely understand but do think that will be unlikely as I want to share with you my deepest thoughts on how this can be done and in return you will receive the best education possible.
Thank you for your time and I look forward to providing you with some great lessons!
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Susie June 27, 2019
· Oboe · Online
Very professional! Damian taught me tricks that I could take with me. I feel much more confident after my lessons
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