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About Kevin

I have a Percussion Performance Degree from Arizona State University, have authored over 6 books on how to play better including: ART Approach to Keyboard Percussion Sightreading, ART Approach to Rhythm!, Turn It Up & Lay It Down, The Book (with Joe Bergamini and Spence Strand) I have over 26 years of teaching experience and constantly work to find better ways to show people how to be great. I am currently working on 4 new books in the Percussion area and about a dozen more for other instruments.I work with each student to find out what motivates them and how to set goals to reach whatever level they seek. I have worked with almost every age possible and find it exciting to see people find out how great they are. 

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Lessons with me will be positive and you will be pushed to be your best. I work with each student to f

ind out their goals and then show them the fastest and best way to reach those goals. As long as you follow instructions and practice, you can expect amazing results! Most of my students are in the top bands, make All-State auditioned groups, get highest ratings at Solo & Ensemble contests and know how to play!Even when time is a concern, I can still help you move forward. I always take where students are and show them how to get to the next step. I can move at any rate the student wants to move. I am committed to having them have fun and get better!

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2 Drumsets, Timpani, Vibraphone, Xylophone, Bells, Snare Drums, marching drum pads, Congas, Timbales, Bongos, Auxiliary Percussion (too many to list) and also TV/Audio equipment to help with playing with music while we do lessons!

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I have a series of Rhythm books that are used in multiple schools. I also am well-versed in Drumset, Concert Percussion, Marching Percussion, Steel Drums, and Mallet Percussion

September 21, 2019
Roberto de Ocampo
I am very happy with Kevin. He taught me a lot on the first class. He's very kind and patient in teaching me. I felt very at ease with him. I'm glad I chose him as my steel drum teacher. I highly recommend him!
February 21, 2019
I had my first lesson with Kevin this evening and thought he was excellent. He was clear, personable, knowledgeable and understood well what I was looking for.
December 11, 2018
Jan Arleth
Respectful, knowledgeable, on task. I recommend to anyone.

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About William

Welcome to my profile! My name is William Beck. Most people call me Billy.

I have been teaching mainly guitar and songwriting here and there for over 11 years. I started playing guitar at age eleven. I began writing my own songs at age thirteen and haven't stopped since. I am an artist above all things, and meditate frequently for continuous inspiration and insight. I graduated high school in 2005, now I am a full time student at SPC. I am going for my A.S. in Music Industry Recording Arts degree. It has been said a good teacher will remain a student. With me you will learn at a pace that is comfortable for you, yet challenging and encouraging. I would like you to have a pleasant experience, which is why patience, tolerance, and communication are very important to me. To sum it up I am an artist, musician, writer, student, and teacher,

eager to learn more, and inspired to pass it on.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have. Looking forward to meeting new people eager to learn with me.

October 22, 2019
Rebecca P.
Just had my first lesson with Billy and it was fantastic! He created the perfect balance of learning something enjoyable that I would be excited to go home and practice along with things that I had skipped over and knew I needed to re-visit in order to improve. I was impressed with his ability to quickly gauge my skill level and prior music knowledge so it didn’t feel mundane but challenged me just the perfect amount. Excited for our next lesson already!
July 14, 2019
Billy helped me understand what i wanted out of music and tailored the lesson to do just that...started w the basics but then let me direct whete i wanted to take my playing...easy going and made it so much fun....i would recommend him to anyone at the beginner/intermediate level, as he is adept at getting to know who u are as a player and goes at the appropriate pace....great teacher!
February 12, 2016
Gail P.
William is an awesome teacher. He is exactly what I was hoping for, very knowledgeable, low key, great personality. I am excited to be learning from him!

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About Jordan

Hello,Im Jordan. I have experience as a performer and as a teacher,i have been a full time musician for my entire adult life.Ive been on tour all over the country,Ive taught students from age 3-83.This experience allows me to take my students in whatever direction they want to go. Some of my past students have been concerned that they may not be talented enough to reach there goals on the instrument and Im happy to say a lot of them were shocked at what they are capable of and have even exceeded their goals at times.

I teach Guitar,Bass,and Piano,I can guide you with a practical method that allows you to grow progressively based on your natural skill set,needs,and interest

I teach Virtually all genres of music,not just how to play the music,but the fundamentals that go along with it,so that you can always continue to improve,so wh

atever your interested in...Lets make it happen!

September 6, 2019
Stacey H.
I have two sons that have been taking lessons with Jordan for 10 months. He is teaching both my sons, one the guitar and the other piano. I have used one previous instructor from takelessons.com for piano lessons and he was good. However, Jordan does not constantly reschedule lessons and I can see more progress in how fast my son is learning and his enthusiasm to learn. I am happy I switched my son who plays the piano to Jordan, whom was already teaching my other son guitar.

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Jordan, is good at assessing a student’s abilities and interests and adjusting his lessons accordingly

He makes the lessons fun and challenging.

He has gone out of his way to learn about my sons and their interests, so when they were introduced to guitar and piano, they were able to learn and play music that they already enjoyed listening to

He is a gifted musician but also highly skilled at teaching. He works well with families and has a flexible schedule.

He is fair but firm with students

The highlight for me was hearing my sons have a jam session together

Jordan has a wonderful ability to relate to people. He has excellent skill and enthusiasm, making my sons WANT to learn.

I would highly recommend him as a teacher.
November 29, 2018
Jordan is amazing, he can just learn a song by ear the first time he hears it, I’ve been working with him for a little over a year and I never thought I’d be able to do that, but my ear has really started to develop. He always offers positive critique, never negative and always patient!!
November 29, 2018
Jordan is a good teacher. Talented. Patient. Smart.
My daughter responded well to him.

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Amy V.


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About Amy

Hi! My name is Amy Gruber and I have been teaching voice since 1995! I am here for my students in every way. If you have a goal, I will get you there. If you are unsure, then I can guide you to something greater. My major instrument is voice, and I continuously study, hone, and polish my instrument to keep myself current, so I can be the best teacher I can be for my students. I have studied voice with Kathleen Blixt, Edgar Dittemore and other well regarded voice teachers, as well as Opera with Julia Koci, a highly esteemed Opera singer from Austria. You can catch her at the Volksoper if you are ever in Vienna!
I am currently continuing my Opera studies with Cynthia Balme at the Balme Music Studio in Middletown NJ.
I am a certified music teacher k-12 and have a BS in Music Ed with a concentration in vocal studies from Hofstra University

and an MS in Foundations of Ed also from Hofstra. I sang professionally as well as taught general music, voice, and choral groups while employed by the Brentwood music Department on Long Island for several years before having kids. I now teach general music, voice programs and private voice instructions at the Victorious Voices Studio, located in Toms River, New Jersey :)

Victorious Voices Performing Arts studio offers a wide variety of programs for all ages. In my studio, I use eclectic styles and teaching methods. My Philosophy is to use your body, mind and soul in music. I really try to cater to the needs of each individual student.

August 19, 2019
Ed R.
She is wonderful. She is clear on her instruction, and has a great knowledge of music and voice
May 1, 2019
Natalya B.
my granddaughter very happy with Amy.looking forward to next lesson!
January 23, 2019
Christopher N.
So kind and knows how to motivate my young singer

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Randy M.


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About Randy

I am an eclectic pianist-singer with dual Bachelor of Music degrees in Performance and Jazz Studies from Shenandoah Conservatory. My skills are diverse and I enjoy using them as I teach at any level. Other than teaching, I compete in voice and piano competitions, perform as a soloist and accompanist, arrange, and compose. I also play in a funk band called Souled Out, stationed in Winchester, VA. My passion is in classical and jazz music, as well as musical theatre, but I teach all contemporary styles.


July 11, 2019
Randy has helped me accomplish my goals. He is an excellent teacher and mentor. He helped me believe in myself by believing in me as well. I highly recommend him!!!!
January 9, 2019
Interesting and funny classes
October 23, 2018
Mark R.
Was a good 1st lesson

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Michele G.


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About Michele

I've been teaching piano for 26 years and my students have gone on to develop a love of music with life long skills that have brought them to the stage & recording studios, awards in the Musical Theater Industry, conservatories and sharing their music on a daily basis with confidence and joy! Within the first few lessons, you'll be able to understand how to read and comprehend music in much the same way you read a book and as time goes on you'll be able to use these skills to fuel a large repertoire in any style of music. I specialize in Classical, Pop, Broadway and New Music, typically use Faber&Faber Books for beginning pianists, and on to the Royal Conservatory of Music Syllabus and Main Stream Repertoire to support each style of music and have the following tools available for your lessons: Books, Worksheets, Charts and more! I love

working with eager students of all ages and experience levels, including those who have years under their belt and would like to improve their skills and I can't wait to meet you!

March 11, 2019
I was recommended by a friend to have Michele as a piano teacher. I was recently retired and available to follow my dreams of playing the piano. Michele more than filled my expectations as I found enjoyment playing classical and favorite tunes.
She is wonderful!
March 10, 2019
Michele is more than a fantastic musician, although she is that as well. She has a deep understanding and love of music which is demonstrated in her teaching, her composing and her playing. What sets her truly head and shoulder above all the teachers I’ve had, several as a child and three as an adult, is her ability to tailor lessons to deepen knowledge. She is very attuned to her student and will adapt her teaching techniques if a student doesn’t learn well initially. She is comfortable with a wide range of musical styles from classical and jazz to pop and even throws in a rap beat when called for. Michele would be an excellent teacher for any student, young, mature, beginner to advanced because she has both a gift for music and a gift for teaching and connecting with students.
March 6, 2019
Michele is a sensitive fun loving player and composer who also brings so much kindness and understanding to her students. I know because I was one of them along with my kids. She's passionate and serious without being stuffy!
We love her.
Edie Brickell.

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John C.

Cooperstown, NY 13326

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I am a professional Singer/Songwriter with over 15 years of experience in the music industry. I fell in love with music and especially guitar when I was in middle school and haven’t been able to put it down since then. During my high school career I was a member of a National Championship marching band, I played lead guitar for FCA, and jazz band, and even started my own band which toured all over the country. Since then I have worked with fellow musicians all over and I am currently residing in Cooperstown, New York and I work as a songwriter for a record label based out of Nashville, TN called Big Machine. My goal as a guitar teacher is to make sure you become the best musician and guitarist you can be. I can’t wait to get started with your lessons! Feel free to ask any questions you may have!


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John C.

Cooperstown, NY

About Hannah

Hannah L is a New York City based clarinetist and educator.

She taught her first clarinet student at a very young age, and realized her passion for teaching music as she watched her student go from playing his first notes to making the all-district band within the first year. She has since worked with many students of all ages and ability levels, and enjoys creating individualized lessons that cater to the needs of each student. She has taught both independently and on the faculty of Anderson Music Workshop in Cincinnati, where she held the position of Instructor of Clarinet, Saxophone, Flute, and Beginner Piano.

A founding member of three clarinet ensembles, The BATH Quartet, Trio Confiant, and The Blue Ridge Clarinet Collective, Hannah has a passion for performing and collaborating with other musicians. In Spring 2016, she travele

d to Port of Spain, Trinidad with members of the Virginia Tech Clarinet Studio to perform concerts with an emphasis on electronic music in collaboration with the clarinet studio at the University of Trinidad and Tobago. A personal highlight of hers was performing on the Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall as a member of the VT Wind Ensemble.

Hannah received her Master of Music in Clarinet Performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music in May 2019. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Clarinet Performance and Music Education from Virginia Tech. She has studied with Ronald Aufmann of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Dr. Phillip Paglialonga, and Thomas Crawford.

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"Linda is an excellent teacher! Linda is very patient and accommodating and flexible. Linda is extremely personable, extremely open minded and well rounded
. She is a wealth of knowledge with all types and genres of music. Linda makes me feel calm and relaxed during our lessons!"
"Excellent teaching skills. Outgoing personality. Big Heart for teaching the arts. Plus we share the same name."
"A perfect fit for our daughter! She felt right at home with Suzan. She was so excited to share what she had learned with the rest of us. I feel this has s
parked an ongoing interest in music. Suzan is personable, friendly and warm. Making us feel comfortable from our first contact. We couldn't be more pleased to know our 9 year old daughter is in such caring hands."
"Such a great experience for all ages!

Kristen is not only a great person, but also a great teacher! I have learned so much about my voice and I have only
been taking lessons from her for about a year. She is also very open and puts you out of your comfort zone (In a good way). Her teaching style is very reliable and consistent which is great (especially) for those who have busy schedules."
"My daughter Yasmín first lesson went Great!! Amanda took her time and patience to teach my daughter on what to practice for her first lesson. I couldn’t
be more happier than to see my daughter excitement about learning the flute. She can’t what till next week lesson. Thank you Amanda."
"Kristapor is a wonderful teacher. He not only taught my son violin, but also inspired him to be a better violinist. He spent hours with my son to come u
p with a high standard audition tape for applying a summer music camp. My son got accepted & had a great time learning music at the camp. Thank you, Kristapor!!!!"
"He's super friendly, patient, and knowledgeable. I'm really enjoying my work with Jason!"
"Alicia is a wonderful flautist and an even better teacher! She is incredibly kind, patient, and supportive, and will make even an absolute beginner feel a
t home and encouraged. Alicia has a wealth of experience playing the flute in a variety of settings and it's clearly one of her lifelong passions. If you've ever wanted to learn to play the flute, or improve your playing, you couldn't ask for a better person than Alicia to guide you on your way!"
Nicole and Chad
"Grant is a great teacher. He is wonderful with my 9 year old son. We love him!"

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