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About Michele M.

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Minneapolis, MN
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About Michele Denise
As a professional teaching artist and vocal coach, I have been helping students of all ages and abilities find their voice for over 20 years. My goal is simple: to give you singing lessons that will change your life forever. You can build unshakable confidence and have fun while learning techniques professional singers take onto the stage and into the studio. And, you can have a great time doing it!

About my vocal lessons/coaching:
Most students come into lessons with the same question: "Am I any good? Is there hope for me?" Well, here's the thing... The vast majority of professional vocalists never went to school for singing! Most professional vocalists had family and friends that told them they were talented and that they should pursue singing. Most professional vocalists started out copying the sound of other recording artists
, struggling for years to find their own unique voice.

The KEY difference between professional vocalists and average singers is (9 times out of 10) the presence of an influential teacher/mentor!

The right teacher/mentor pushes you to grow continuously; beyond what you think is possible. The right teacher/mentor has wisdom and information to share from inside the music industry. The right teacher/mentor genuinely cares about you as a person.

I teach so that I can be that life-changing mentor for my students, giving them that missing link for success.

About me:
I grew up in NYC and "cut my teeth" across a variety of genres: rock, jazz, R&B, gospel and choral/classical. You name it; I've sung it. In addition to being a vocal coach, I travel the nation as a musician/performing artist, professional speaker and author. Please take a moment to watch the video clip below.

Unlike most teachers that take on any/all students, I limit my roster to 15 students at any given time. During our first few lessons, I commit to offering you honest and professional feedback about your strengths and weaknesses. I want to help YOU find YOUR own voice. I want to take a look at YOUR goals, YOUR dreams, and figure out what makes you tick.

During lessons, I draw on my dual B.A. degree in vocal performance & music business as well as industry experience. I offer insights on what works and what doesn't as a vocalist, whether you are looking to pursue singing vocationally or just as a hobby.

I can help you:
- Stop feeling nervous
- Develop impeccable technique
- Learn the “ins and outs” of being in the music business
- Assemble a press kit, record a demo and start to get gigs
- Much more!

I would love the opportunity to meet you and hear where you want your singing to take you. Please, get in touch!

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Studio Equipment:
I teach out of my residence-based studio in downtown Minneapolis. It's centrally located with free parking and easy access to skyways and public transportation. Do you work downtown? Consider taking lessons over your lunch break!

I have everything we need for lessons in my studio: instruments, laptop, mics, etc... I will provide you with all audio files and any written materials for our lessons.
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Joel L. February 24, 2017
· Singing · In home
Michele is excellent. She makes you feel comfortable, relaxed, and says just the right thing to help you understand how you should think about what and how you're singing. she's helped me tremendously.
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Eden January 27, 2017
· Vocal Training · Online
We liked the first lesson very much!
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Eden January 26, 2017
· Vocal Training · Online
Amazing!!!
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About Michelle H.

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Houston, TX
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About Michelle
I have enjoyed tremendous success as a Singer/Songwriter, Vocal Coach, Actress, Musician,Composer, Director, and teacher. I am originally from Ohio, but am now based out of Houston, Texas

I also Teach Stage Presence, and all of my students participate in live Recitals to showcase their progress. Music Theory to ensure that all students are equipped with the tools to succeed.

*** Lesson Details ***
Michelle has been teaching privately for over 13 years to students of all ages and is well versed in most styles: jazz, blues, rock, funk, gospel, classical, etc. I cover topics ranging from learning how to play starting from the basics.
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Tara A. January 16, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Professional
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Abhilash K. August 4, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Awesome teacher..very helpful and teaches good learning techniques
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Jamie Lynn J. July 13, 2016
· Singing · In studio
Michelle is absolutely FABULOUS!!! She was really knowledgeable, patient & thorough! My lesson was fun and empowering. Although I have some work to do, lol, I am SUPER EXCITED about singing again and looking forward to my growth as a Singer. ⭐️ 6stars!
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About Jeremy I.

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Liverpool, NY

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About Jeremy
Jeremy was born and raised in Syracuse, NY. Jeremy picked up the bass guitar at the age of nine and has not put it down since. He was a consistent bass player throughout his entire grade school life, participating in every music program available. He continued to pursue music after high school and college, and it became his way of life. Jeremy has been playing bass guitar professionally over the last eight years. He has performed on cruise ships, several theater productions, performed with world-renowned musicians, and was with The Joey Leone's Chop Shop Band for eight years.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Amp, stand, several books, writing utensil's, tuners, laptop. The student must have a bass guitar, fully strung. An additional amp that they provide would be helpful, but not necessary.

*** Specialties ***
Country, Jazz, Rock, Po
p, music and chart reading, and methods.
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Jeremy I.

Jeremy I.

Liverpool, NY 13088
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About Jonathan O.

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Miami, FL

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About Jonathan
I provide lesson materials. I expect the student to have his/her own guitar.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in jazz, rock, blues, and funk and I teach essentials of improvising as well as rhythm guitar playing and accompaniment. I also teach beginner to advanced theory as well as composition.

I have always created my own lessons for students to follow, but I have no problem using books/curriculums.
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Jonathan O.

Jonathan O.

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About Dan M.

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Glen Ellyn, IL

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About Dan
Dan M. is a freelance musician and private lesson instructor in the Chicago area. Born in the Chicago suburbs, Mr. M. graduated from Northern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Music in euphonium performance, and traveled to Colorado where he earned a Master of Music in trombone performance at the University of Colorado at Boulder. As an active musician, he has performed on trombone and euphonium in many musical groups ranging form wind ensembles and orchestras to brass quintets and other chamber groups. Mr. M. was also a member of the Flatirons Brass Quintet at the University of Colorado, which toured to Beijing, China, and placed in the semi-finals of the internationally known Fischoff Chamber Music Competition.

As a teacher, Mr. M. has been teaching students of a wide range of ages and abilities for over eight years. Some of his
students have been selected to Honor Bands and All-State Bands across the country. Through quickly identifying strengths and weaknesses, and catering to ambitions and desires, his students experience a fun and inspirational learning environment that has been found with much success.
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Dane C. December 8, 2016
· French Horn · In home
Very pleasant teacher with good relationship with student. Flexible and easy to talk. Always on time and teaching with passion.
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Ethan P. June 3, 2016
· Euphonium · Online
Dan is teaching my teen online and has made the lesson engaging and beneficial for him.
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Ethan P. June 3, 2016
· Euphonium · Online
Dan is teaching my teen online and has made the lesson engaging and beneficial for him.
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About Howard R.

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West Hills, CA
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About Howard
I enjoy working with complete beginners as well as seasoned professionals. I teach classical and popular styles. I specialize in teaching learning how to learn, sight-reading, technique, improvisation, chord-reading, songwriting. One of my specialties is to help you break through your most stubborn blocks. These might be the strangest things that you think no one would ever understand -- fear of playing in public, feeling like your left hand is uncoordinated, practice procrastination, pain when playing, pain when reading notation, memory issues, musical dyslexia... ANYTHING. I can help you and I will never make you feel embarrassed.

*** All Levels, All Styles ***
-Classical
-Pop
-Country
-Gospel
-Blues
-R&B
-Rock
-Reggae
-Hip Hop
-Worship
-Church
-Hymns
-Techno
-50s
-Jazz
-New Age
-Folk
-Broadway
-Pop Ballad
-etc.

*** In Studio or Online ***
Of course it is more enjoyable if you can have lessons in person. But with modern technology, live online lessons come in a close second. I've been teaching for 40 years and I've been doing online lessons for about 7 years. I'm located in West Hills, which is a suburb of Los Angeles. If you are not local, using skype with a webcam works out surprisingly well. I have students in Sydney, London, Hong Kong and many cities throughout the US.

*** Use a Piano or a Keyboard for Practicing ***
I am not fussy if you use a keyboard but it needs to be a "weighted action" keyboard, so that it feels similar to a real piano. Ideally, you should also have a pedal and a stand if you are using an electronic keyboard.

*** Unconventional Approach ***
Each student is taught with a customized approach. You get to tell me what areas you want to focus on. Sometimes there may be a block or something that is a weakness that you need to bolster. Sometimes it is a narrow niche within music that you want to give your attention to. One way that I'm unconventional is that I actually have found that it is NOT better if you practice every day. I recommend that you build in about three days of rest per week. Just like people who work out at the gym learn that the off days are when the muscles regenerate, the same is true for your brain. This allows your subconscious mind to do its job and your progress will actually be faster, not slower. Another example of my unique approach is how I treat beginners. Even though you may not yet read music very well or at all, it doesn't mean that you can't start working concurrently on a more advanced piece. This is because READING notation is a comparatively slow process, but why should we restrict your ability to play something that you love to your rate of reading music? Usually, our FINGER TECHNIQUE develops much faster than our READING so I'm happy to guide you on one or two more difficult pieces and help spoon-feed it to you, bit by bit, "by rote."

*** Areas of Focus ***
-Finger Technique. How to play fast with ultimate control.
-Sight-Reading How to Read Music at Sight
-Rhythm Training
-Music Theory
-Interpretation
-Injury-Retraining
-Relaxation, Removing Unnecessary Tension
-Pain-Reduction
-Practice-Optimization - How to learn more in less time. -How to memorize music.
-Biomechanical Efficiency - Maximum power with minimum effort.
-Time-Management
-Improvisation and creativity development techniques
-Composition & Songwriting.
-How to create melodies for your poems and lyrics.
-How to put chords on your melodies.
-How to create “song sheets,” lead sheets and how to write music down on paper.
-How to notate your song so others can play it, without knowing how to read music!
-Chord-Reading and How to Play Lead Sheets & Fake Book
-Musical Styles and Piano Arrangements (Pop, Country, Gospel, Blues, R&B, Rock, Reggae, Hip Hop, Worship, Church, Hymns, Techno, 50s, Jazz, New Age, Folk, Broadway, Pop Ballade, etc.)
-Ear-Training (How to Play by Ear, Playing by Ear)
-Singers’ Tools
-Pitch Control Training
-Self-Accompanying
-How to Sing Harmony
-Sight-Singing (How to Hear the Notes in Your Mind)
-Self-Accompanying techniques in every style - Learn how to accompany yourself or learn how to accompany singers. (see “Musical Styles” above.)
-Audition Preparation - I will record the melody of the song for you so you can learn it.
-How to put melody to lyrics
-College Preparation
-Performance Anxiety, Stage Fright, Fear
-Releasing Emotional Obstacles to Playing Emotional Blocks, Healing Piano Trauma and Previous Performance Disasters, Piano Therapy
-Learning Disabilities including ADD, ADHD, Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, Dyscalculia, Dyscalculea, Sensory Integration Disorder
-Motiviation Issues - Solving your procrastination and avoidance of your musical growth issues.
-How to Look Like You’ve Played Piano for Years (for Actors, Singers and Celebrities Who Have A Role Deadline and Need a Crash Course.)

*** Celebrity Piano Teacher ***
Over the years, I've taught many pro musicians and celebrities. These include: Vonda Shepard, David E. Kelley, Dick Gautier, Michelle Pfeiffer, Pray Harper, Peter Horton, Michael Goodrich, Brianna Haynes, Starr Parodi, Briana Evigan, Stuart Ross, Roger Burnley, Chris Hardin, Stu Simone and Ben Bram.

*** Howard's Teachers Go Back To Beethoven ***
I feel grateful that my own training included top teachers of both the “German School” and “Russian School” of piano technique. Generally, the German School teaches how to play with close-to-the-key hand placement preparation and fingering efficiency, and is known for great speed and accuracy. The Russian School teaches how to play with gravity and relaxation and is known for beautiful tone production. Each approach has its strengths and weaknesses. In my own playing and teaching, I have incorporated the good aspects of each and have discarded the bad. The result is a blueprint for biomechanical efficiency and beautiful sound, making it the best of both worlds. Please see the photo of the "piano lineage chart."
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Oz B. May 16, 2016
· Piano · In home
Howard is very caring and detailed oriented. He really knows how to inspire and encourage children to learn piano. He makes it challenging and fun!
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Edward April 12, 2016
· Piano · Online
Howard's approach is patient while at the same time he actually leads my son forward - not just listening to what he practiced that week. Howard does not make the weekly lesson a "test" but rather a session to work together and my son enjoys the lessons instead of worrying if he prepared enough.

We moved from Los Angeles so we chose to transition from lessons in Howard's house to weekly lessons online - it continues to work beautifully.

Howard can accommodate any style of student - I know because I took lessons from Howard myself until my work built up too much to continue.

I recommend Howard without any reservation.
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Rusty Tinder October 12, 2015
· Piano · In studio
Folks, I'm excited to write this review for a true master in piano pedagogy and so many other skills! Howard is worthy of the title! In all my years that I have taken lessons from teacher at universities and privately, I've never come across someone with the genius and in-depth philosophy that Howard has. You may think this may be some fluff to help a guy out but my words will still not be enough to quantify the abilities of this man! I went from having severe arthritis in my wrists from playing with terrible technique to never having problems again and experiencing a huge leap in my playing abilities!

If you want to experience a paradigm shift in your playing, get ready to open yourself to a new way of thinking and playing that will lift you up! If your attitude to learn matches Howard's abilities to teach you will not believe the progress you will make. Its true what they say, when you are ready the master will come! I hope you are ready because Howard is the real deal!!!

Enjoy your paradigm shift!!!
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Elgin, IL
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Hello! My name is Miguel (Alex) and I am excited to begin working with aspiring vocalist. I began teaching voice in 2014 to close friends who had wish to grow vocally and gain the confidence they needed for choir. I enjoy helping young vocalists grow with their voice and to help them explore the capabilities of their voices! I am a very fun, caring, hard-working, and dedicated individual and teacher. I wish nothing more than to see students grow and realize the full potentials of their voices. I will be receiving my Bachelor of Music degree in Voice Performance in 2019 from Northern Illinois University . I am very involved in Dekalb with numerous ensembles
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Miguel R.

Online
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About Thomas B.

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Flushing, NY

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Hello, my name is T.J. Barnes and I'm currently finishing my bachelor's degree in Vocal Performance. I am a pianist and vocalist with a passion for music theory and vocal pedagogy. I've performed in a wide array of venues and styles and have experience as a music director and collaborative musician. I'm soon going to be pursuing my master's degree in choral conducting, but until then I have a desire to share the knowledge I have obtained in my years as a performer, musician, and director. I'm new to takelessons, though I'm not new to giving them, so say hi and ask some questions!
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Thomas B.

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About Adam C.

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Brooklyn, NY
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About Adam
Hey drummers! I love music, and the only thing I love better is sharing the art of making music with you! I feel that drums are the backbone of music and that rhythm is essential to synchronizing all the emotions we express through music. Let's embark on a journey together to explore how playing music becomes exponentially more fun the better you get!
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Alex D. August 26, 2017
· Drum · In home
I hadn't had a music lesson in about 35 years, so I wasn't sure what I was getting into. I had bought a drum set for kicks and was screwing around a bit but hadn't really focused on much of anything and was pretty much treading water. Incremental improvement but nothing to write home about.

I've found that Adam is ready to meet you at your level and he has got me working on some basics (a reminder of just how sloppy my playing was/is) and I (think) I'm improving pretty rapidly and am starting to recognize things I hadn't noticed before. If there's an issue, it has been my erratic practice schedule. He has also been really flexible with respect to schedule, lesson length etc. - important for someone like myself who is works and has kids with their own busy schedules.
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Alex August 9, 2017
· Drum · In studio
I'm completely new to the drums and decided to do a trial lesson with Adam several months ago. The lessons are fun and informative, and I have improved so much since I started lessons with Adam. He does a great job of starting good drumming habits, and building off of basics so that you can be a well-rounded drummer. He is a great teacher, combining his expertise with what you as a student want to learn so that it's fun and interesting. Highly recommended for both beginners and drummers with experience looking to improve!
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Suzie August 9, 2017
· Drum · In studio
I'm completely new to the drums and decided to do a trial lesson with Adam several months ago. The lessons are fun and informative, and I have improved so much since I started lessons with Adam. He does a great job of starting good drumming habits, and building off of basics so that you can be a well-rounded drummer. He is a great teacher, combining his expertise with what you as a student want to learn so that it's fun and interesting. Highly recommended for both beginners and drummers with experience looking to improve!
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About Zachary A.

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Omaha, NE
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I have over 13 years of experience as a player. I have been to College for Music and understand theory and techniques. My father was a guitar instructor for over 25 years. My goal is to have a one-on-one experience with every student and make sure that we have a lesson plan that caters to each individuals level of experience, whether it is beginner or more advanced.
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Zachary A.

Zachary A.

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