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About Jeff D.

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Franklin, TN
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About Jeff
Music, and drumming in particular, continues to be an exciting lifetime journey for me and I find the greatest rewards in teaching students how to achieve their own musical and lifetime goals. Currently, I'm available to travel to your location to teach you on the comfort of your own drum kit, snare drum, or percussion gear. Or, I can bring the essential gear required to help you have fun learning all about music and drumming, such as playing in certain styles or training your coordinated independence between hands, feet, and voice. As a teacher, I work with all ages of beginner to advanced students, specializing in middle school and high school percussion studies in addition to music therapy for special needs children.
I have over 25 years experience in all areas of drum set and percussion education, recording, and performance. I
was principal percussionist and drumline captain throughout my high school career participating in the concert, symphonic, jazz, and marching bands. I was selected for All-State Jazz Band during my senior year and went on to study music education at the University of Georgia while being selected for a slot in the Redcoat Marching Band and the University Steel Drum Band during my freshman year. I completed my music business degree from Georgia State University, while studying under world class teachers like Jack Bell, principal percussionist for Atlanta Symphony for over 30 years.
Throughout my career, I continue to be influenced, inspired, and taught through private lessons, master classes, videos, books, and recordings from David Garibaldi, Simon Phillips, Rod Morgenstein, Neil Peart, Gregg Bissonette, Jerry Fields, Jim White, John Lawless, Billy Degnats, Eric Darken, Gary Chaffee, Kim Plainfield, Chuck Silverman, Steve Houghton, Jeff Hamilton, Jeff Porcaro, Buddy Rich, Gene Krupa, Tito Puente, Steve Gadd, Dave Weckl, Steve Smith, Vinx, and Zorro.
As your drum teacher, I can help students excel in school music programs to pursue scholarships, transform the garage band into a gig-ready act, bring laughter and joy for special needs, encourage senior citizens trying something new with music in their golden years - all of these scenarios and more with the ultimate goal to coach you to becoming the creative musician you dream of becoming based on the musical artists that inspire you. Let's get started today.

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I'll have you playing and understanding rhythmic concepts right away. I love to start lessons off by learning from my students who their favorite drummer is or what music track inspires them. Then we turn "I wanna do that!" into "I can do that!"
I customize each lesson to each particular student's goals, although I have many solid foundation concepts and exercises that I employ at the appropriate times. I keep the lessons extremely positive and encouraging, but I will drive and challenge my students to help them find joy in pushing themselves through a difficult new concept or overcoming a physical hurdle.
I try to broaden my students' appreciation for multiple genres of music with a lot of historical or anecdotal stories which fit within the context of whatever contemporary methods we are actually studying. As much as possible, I incorporate technology into our lesson time with click track (metronome), play-along music, and other developmental tools.
Listening is a critical skill that I constantly emphasize, and yes, I do assign "homework" between lessons, but I make the assignments fun and they usually help to quickly unleash the creative spirit of each student!
My greatest joy is when a student has a band performance I can watch or a positive audition experience I can celebrate with them after having helped them prepare for the event.

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Drum kit, multiple hand percussion instruments, PA system, practice pad kit, dry erase boards, and multi-media.

*** Travel Equipment ***
The students should have a new three-ring binder or a spiral notebook to track weekly lessons and assignments. Ideally, students should have sticks/mallets, a snare drum, drum set, hand percussion (bongos, conga, djembe, cajon), or perhaps a school-supplied instrument. If none of those items are owned or available, that's not a problem. I can provide practice pad(s) and or small drum and percussion supplies to help us get started until students/parents can invest in their own gear later on based on their specific interests.

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Drum Set - Musicality & playing drum beats from day 1. Also, reading music & rhythmic training.

Percussion - School band and concert percussion (such as bells, xylophone, marimba, and vibraphone). Prep for auditions. Drum maintenance, tuning, and various hand percussion (conga, bongos, cajon, djembe, tambourine, etc.).
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Jack August 14, 2016
· Drum · In home
Our son loves Jeff. He's very patient with him and challenges him with new techniques by encouraging him to listen to other genres of music.
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Charlie January 3, 2016
· Drum · In studio
Jeff did a great job with my son's first drum lesson. His passion for teaching was evident. Jeff was encouraging, patient and positive. My son is looking forward to the next lesson!
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Jack D. November 22, 2015
· Drum · In home
My son was so excited about starting his lesson with Jeff and he didn't let him down. Jack has AD/HD so can be a bit chellenging at times but Jeff was very patient with him. I would highly recommend Jeff as an instructor.
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About Kelly B.

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Saratoga Springs, NY
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About Kelly
Kelly has studied music education at SUNY Fredonia with Dr. Sarah Hamilton, then went on to do her graduate degree in Oboe Performance with Bert Lucarelli at the Hartt School, and continued on with Lucarelli at SUNY Purchase for her Artist Diploma.

Kelly has appeared with many orchestras throughout New York and Connecticut, such as the Chelsea Symphony, the One World Symphony, the Southern Tier Symphony, the West Harford Symphony Orchestra, and Curtain-Up Productions. Recently, Kelly was featured with the Chelsea Symphony in her NYC solo debut, playing the Vaughan Williams Concerto. She has traveled with the Rome Festival Orchestra, and played with varying chamber ensembles throughout her career.
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Kelly B.

Troy, NY 12180
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About Michael R.

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Albany, NY
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As a recent graduate of the Conservatory of Music at SUNY Purchase, I have been a performing classical pianist for nearly 20 years. I hold a Masters Degree in Piano Performance, and have had the great advantage of studying with many of today's top classical musicians, including Steven Lubin, Stephanie Brown, Paul Ostrovsky, Julia Lichten, and Stuart Isacoff. I've won many top prizes in competitions and have performed extensively throughout New York State. I'm very lucky to have had the opportunity to perform for the Governor, and both NYS Senators.

Having taught music since the age of 15, I am also an experienced and motivated teacher. Nothing excites me more than sharing my love and knowledge of music with others. Whether you are looking to boost your NYSSMA score, and compete in competitions, or are just starting out, I can tailor
lessons to your specific level and musical interests. Being in my 20's, I have a great rapport with children, and adults alike.
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Reba September 6, 2017
· Piano · In home
As a senior who is trying to return to playing after an absence of over 30 years, I really appreciated Michael's patience and knowledge of various study materials.
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Jacob J. February 23, 2016
· Piano · In studio
He is very good my son loved it
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Grace February 23, 2016
· Piano · In home
Wonderful first lesson! He was very warm and kind and my daughter felt very happy with his instruction. He took the time to discover her musical interests which set the right tone with her from the start.
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Michael R.

Michael R.

Albany, NY 12203
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About Polina D.

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Schenectady, NY

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About Polina
I am an experienced classical pianist with honorable degrees obtained from the most prestigious musical institutions in the world - State Academy of Music (Russian conservatory of music) located in Minsk, Belarus, as well as The College of Saint-Rose, Albany, New York, Unites States. Piano has been my main area of concentration since I was five years old, so I consider myself to be a top professional in the music field.

I really enjoy working with highly motivated students and welcome various ages and levels. I have worked both with professional musicians and beginner level music enthusiasts. As a teacher and piano soloist, I have worked in various countries including Russia, Italy, France and the United States. My international teaching experience has been showing wonderful results, and I am proud of my students winning the highest p
laces in the international auditions, competitions and festivals worldwide.

My thoroughly developed teaching method is built on the best combination of Russian and European traditions in music education, and it is intended to build and advance skills in reading, technique, theory, to enrich music appreciation by exploring compositions of variety of styles and genres, to discover the internal abilities and approach to an instrument, and master performing techniques.
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Alisha September 19, 2017
· Classical Voice · Online
Great first lesson experience. Excited to learn more, and the teacher is very nice!
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ben August 29, 2017
· Classical Piano · In studio
Polina is an amazing instructor.
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Shawn August 15, 2017
· Classical Voice · Online
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Schenectady, NY 12305
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About Acacia F.

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Laurel, MD

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I have been a performer for 15 years for places such as Disneyland, Brigham Young University, Olympic College, as well as a featured soloist for several church congregations and community venues. I currently direct a volunteer community choir in Montgomery Village, MD. I have an Associates degree in music, but have been studying and mentoring in private voice since age 12, and piano since age 8. I specialize in classical and musical theater voice, but am comfortable teaching jazz and pop as well, if desired.
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Lori August 8, 2016
· Broadway Singing · In studio
Acacia is a very good teacher. She was able to adjust to my skill level and offered excellent practices. She is very professional and personable.
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Lori August 8, 2016
· Broadway Singing · In studio
Acacia is a very good teacher. She was able to adjust to my skill level and offered excellent practices. She is very professional and personable.
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Pete February 11, 2016
· Singing · In studio
Acacia is an wonderful instructor - very knowledgeable, with a very pleasant disposition. I enjoy working with her and am making progress after only a few sessions.
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About Kelly M.

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Offering beginner plectrum guitar lessons for children - tailored to the age, experience, and musical interests of each student. I have played guitar for ten years and mandolin for nineteen years, studying with master musician Lou Martin. My teaching approach includes a combination of guitar playing basics: explanation of the structure of the instrument, note reading, emphasis on correct technique for both hands, and exercises and songs adapted to the individual young player. I am excited to help students learn this wonderful instrument.
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Kelly M.

Kelly M.

East Greenbush, NY 12061
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About Amber W.

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Schenectady, NY

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I have been teaching private lessons since 2008, but have been studying music since I was only 4 with non stop private and in school lessons. I now have my Bachelor's degree in Music education and am working toward my Masters in Music performance and Instruction.
I love working with my students. Watching them succeed at what they do is what makes my day great. I always love to have a fun atmosphere around me and enjoy every minute it. Music is great for self expression a great Escape or an easy pass-time. It's nothing that should be stressful, but the opposite and that is what my lessons aim to do. Provide an educational, but fun and expressive learning experience to carry with you or your child throughout your lives.
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Kitty December 5, 2016
· Piano · In studio
So far, so good !!
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Greg H. December 1, 2016
· Violin · In studio
Amber is really patient with a new student. I'm glad to be her student.
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Tina September 12, 2016
· Piano · In studio
My son takes piano from Amber and I cannot say enough on how talented she is. She has so much patience and cares about her students. He responds well to her and is learning so quickly! She challenges him to continue to grow but does it in a way that is fun for a child his age. We think she is great!
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Amber W.

Amber W.

Albany, NY 12203
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About Jiana W.

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Pompano Beach, FL

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About Jiana
Hey there! My name is Jiana Wessel and I can't wait to meet you! I've been teaching private lessons since 2014 and have loved helping my students sing comfortably, develop a beautiful tone, and expand their vocal ranges. I have studied voice at MDC college, FAU and New World School of the Arts. I earned a degree in Music in 2014 from MDC.

I have been singing and performing for over 8 years. I am also an Independent artist currently working on her debut E.P. I Welcome all ages, and all genres of music, and all styles of singing besides classical singing. I'm firm, friendly and a patient person and my teaching style is challenging, encouraging, and I will push you to your highest potential! I look forward to helping you reach your goals!
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Katie H. August 2, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Jiana is fabulously talented but also an extremely professional teacher. She helped me relax and put my nerves at ease because I am a complete beginner. She has a spacious home studio which is perfect for one on one attention. We did breathing exercises and she taught me many technical aspects of singing that I enjoyed. I'm looking forward to the rest of my lessons with Jiana, she is both challenging and kind with her instruction.
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Steve Paulachok January 29, 2017
· Singing · In home
Jiana is great! Very good with a beginner like myself!
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alexander R. October 10, 2016
· Singing · In home
Great lessons, recommend to others.
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About Isabella P.

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Kokomo, IN
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About Isabella
I am a seasoned guitarist with 12 years of experience, 4 years of performing experience, basic working knowledge of music theory, and the drive to help students achieve their goals and reach their full potential as a musician.

If you're tired of:
- Over-paying to be taught what your teacher wants you to learn instead of what you want to learn.
- Looking for a guitar teacher who will personalize the lessons to your own needs, preferences, and skill level.
- Finding yourself having learning frustrations and getting stuck in your learning process.

Or if you simply haven't tried guitar yet and are looking for a reasonably priced yet skilled teacher, and don't know what to expect:

The following are benefits I offer:

- We will work at your own pace, based on your preference. The lessons are for your benefit and growth; I am mere
ly here to help you along your way to reach your potential.
- I have 12 years of experience, and maintain an extensive repertoire of songs and knowledge of a wide variety of genres.
- Areas of expertise: acoustic guitar, electric guitar, rock, blues, solo improvisation, basic working knowledge of music theory, performing experience, eclectic approach to music, appreciation for many genres, pattern recognition, and the desire to help others on their way to success.
- Offering lessons for beginners of all ages
- $10 per half hour. $20 per hour.

Get what you paid for. No more, no less.

If you want to learn your favorite song during a lesson, rock riffs the next, and a blues scale improvisation the next lesson, with a teacher who has a flexible schedule, open mind, and sessions that are personalized to your own desires and preferences, these lessons are here for you.

I hope to hear from you and help you along your journey to become a great musician!
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Isabella P.

Isabella P.

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About Tanner L.

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Lawrence, KS
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Going into his 4th year of receiving a bachelors in music education from the renowned University of Kansas Tanner has completed all knowledge acquisition and pedagogy courses. Tanner is in his 3rd year as the director of percussion at Basehor-Linwood High School, formerly holding the same position at Free State High School for two years.

Tanner's performance experience is heavily influenced by his love for chamber music. Having performed on the Bernstein Festival and prestigious College Band Directors National Association concerts at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts with the University of Kansas Wind Ensemble Tanner believes large ensemble experience to be important. He is a member of the University of Kansas Percussion Group which regularly performs unconducted chamber works, Tanner's favorite kind of music. Having been no
minated and accepted to perform on the University of Kansas' Undergraduate Honors Recital his second year in school Tanner looks forward to graduate school auditions and other competitions.

Tanner has participated in master classes with world-class performers such as Svet Stoyanov (Frost School), Michael Compitello (New Morse Code), Cliff Walker (Gateway WGI), and Kevin Bobo (Jacobs School).

Having had students in the KC Youth Symphony, earn perfect scores at state solo competitions, consistently advancing to the state solo and ensemble competitions and earning "superior" ratings, earning first chair in their schools band, earning the first chair at international music camps, participating in the Fountain City Youth Brass Academy, making regional and state bands, and having fun on the journey to greatness all speak to his breadth of knowledge and grasp of pedagogical techniques.

Tanner's principal teachers have been: Kenneth Anderson (2008-2013) a freelance musician with a masters from the University of Kansas, W. Lee Vinson (2013-2015) former Navy Band a Boston Symphony percussionist, Ji Hye Jung (2014-2015) former professor at KU now at the Vanderbilt School, Dr. Michael Compitello (2015-present) University of Kansas.
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Erica July 31, 2017
· Percussion · In studio
Tanner is a phenomenal musician, and a fantastic teacher. He works well with students at any stage of learning to boost playing confidence and overall musicianship. When I struggle with a specific skill, Tanner helps to break it down and then build up to it's best. I definitely recommend him as a percussion instructor and mentor.
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Curtis July 29, 2017
· Percussion · In studio
Great musician! Very effective at improving students skills/technique immediately.
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