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About Robin O.

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*** Travel Equipment ***
I tell students what they need to buy and they do, although I will pick up books that they then pay me for.

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Piedmont blues, delta bottleneck blues, folk, beginning guitar

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Tanya July 13, 2016
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
As a beginner & my first lesson was today , Robin was very helpful and had so much to share. I feel confident in her ability & knowledge to help me in learning to play the guitar .
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William February 17, 2016
· Singing · In studio
I loved my teacher. Very professional and fun! I will not be continuing my lessons due to time restraints.
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Greg January 19, 2016
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Really worked to help me learn what I wanted to learn
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Robin O.

Robin O.

Lee, MA 01238
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About John L.

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Hastings on Hudson, NY

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About John
Hello,

Thanks so much for taking the time to inquire about studying music with me.

Music and studying music has always been a passionate experience for me. I have been so blessed with the teachers and fellow musicians in my life. You should realize that your study of music may start with me, but it will last your entire lifetime. I hope that all of your life you will have a rewarding relationship to music and the spirit of great sounds!

I have performed in great jazz clubs in New York, on Broadway, and performing arts centers across the country. I'm currently playing in many great performing ensembles. I have put out two CD's as a leader and played on multiple CD's for other artists.

It has been my pleasure to teach privately, as well as in the classroom for 15 years. I enjoy performing many different types of music. I pri
de myself on being very open minded in terms of musical taste. Never apologize for liking what you like! I bet there is something in that music which is great. I can't wait to learn something from the music you introduce to me.

I be glad to provide a full resume to anyone who requests it.

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My most important goal for each student is that they get to where they want to be musically.

I want the student to be able to play the way he or she wants to play. If you want to learn to play one song, that is great! If you want to learn to play one classical etude that is just as great! If you want to learn how to play in a salsa band, bravo! I treat the desires of my students as my curriculum. Each student will receive special prep time from me each week. I pride myself in taking the time and energy to prepare for each meeting. Every time you complete a lesson, it is my hope that you are walking away as a better musician.

In the beginning I hope to find what will musically interests you the most. Usually, you might have a goal that requires you to play on a higher level than you do presently. If that is true, we might take some time to figure out a road map to get you to that place. Along the way, I'm sure you and I will learn many new concepts and techniques that aid you in becoming the bassist/musician you want to be.

And rest assured, the teacher always learns from the student...this is the best part of teaching: learning from the student.

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Studio: 3 electric basses, plenty of amps and chords, one acoustic bass, piano, ukulele, guitar, computer playback and recording.

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As requested

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I have been lucky to play tons of different types of music. I believe I can give musicians and aspiring musicians a deep understanding of what is most important in many different styles of music. Music I have been lucky enough to study and play professionally: Jazz, Rock, Funk, Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, Blues, Classical, Pop.
I'm also a very good transcriber, so if there is a song you heard on the radio we can definitely play it! Ear training could be an area in which I could be of service to you as well.
I have many arranging and composing credits and I would be glad to help students in this area whenever requested.
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Aidan September 9, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Very comfortable atmosphere. John asked my son what his goals were and tgen taylored instruction to help him meet those goals..We were very pleased! We highly recommend him.
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Okokon O. March 5, 2015
· Guitar · In home
Mr Lang is great guitar tutor.
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Aviane V. October 30, 2013
· Piano ·
Love my lessons

John is an amazing teacher all around. Very professional and good at getting me to understand things which may be a bit confusing. I am currently reading and playing between four books and I never thought it would be possible especially just after taking lessons for a year. Sometimes I feel a bit frustraited when I am not able to play certain pieces or when I dont understand a concept but John is great at breaking everything down and making it easier. I am now realizing how my piano skills can be utilizied in my other music projects. When I attend my lessons I am reminded why I love having them so much. With him as my instructor I can see my skills improving and I know I will only get better. I recommend piano lessons to everyone and if you are looking to have a great teacher John is your go to person !
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John L.

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About Michele R.

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About Michele
I have been teaching strings, piano, harp and drums since 1999. Many of my students have studied with me for years and developed a lifelong love of music. Some have gone on to be professionals.

I have been tutoring music therapy students as well as teaching music composition for seven years.

I strive to help students achieve their musical goals however I can, but I do not tolerate laziness or half-hearted attempts.

Music can be a tool and thus, summers are dedicated to fun, composition and learning to record.
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Jan September 7, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
So far Michele is a talented instructor. She is a down to earth person and knew my strengths and weakness right away. I am looking forward to my next class with her.
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Michele R.

Michele R.

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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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Sky December 28, 2017
· Classical Voice · Online
Polina is wonderful and friendly. My daughter has loved her lessons and has been more confident with singing since she started.
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Ella Y. December 1, 2017
· Classical Piano · Online
Wonderful first online lesson for my daughter! My daughter had been taking local lessons for a while but had to abandon them due to other commitments. Polina's methods and instruction in the first lesson have already exceeded our expectations. I feel our daughter will start progressing much faster now and start appreciating classical music under Polina's guidance.
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Fan November 19, 2017
· Classical Piano · In studio
Polina inspires me on different genres, articulation on Bach WTK, flowing and rubato on Debussy, and joyful expression on Mozart, etc
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Polina D.

Polina D.

Schenectady, NY 12305
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About April C.

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About April
I have picked up and loved the flute for 13 years, and I wish to share this passion and creativity with students. I have had the opportunity to study under Emily McKay and Marco Granados, as well as perform in masterclasses with Trevor Wye, William Bennett, and Lorna Mcghee. As a recent Denver citizen, I wish to grow my roots as a teacher who fosters flute playing as a fun and outside-the-box activity.
I have started teaching private lessons since high school, and into my college and graduate school years. I have taken classes on pedagogy and teaching artistry in creative ways, such as teaching students to do improvisations and asking questions in order to get them engaged in the learning process. I have played classical, jazz, pop, and latin music, and can teach an array of different genres. I believe music contributes to a well-ro
unded individual, and will gladly accept students of all experiences and ages. My goal will to always keep the student engaged and having fun!
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Ovella B. December 22, 2017
· Flute · In home
Five Star. Wonderful teacher.
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Tony R. December 28, 2016
· Flute · In home
I would give 6 stars if I could. She's an excellent instructor. Very diligent and has great attention to detail. I have learned more than i could have imagined from lessons with April.
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Tony June 30, 2016
· Flute · In home
April is wonderful. She is finding 'hidden' problems with my breathing and use, or at times misuse of my neck muscles and breathing that would be very hard for a lesser teacher to detect and work to correct.
Her ear for pitch/tone and the various 'artifact' background variances in my blowing/breathing structure and ways toward a remedy is amazing.
Any teacher can show a student posture and finger placement, but her teaching techniques go far beyond that.
I am more than pleased with her commitment to excellence.
Thank you April.
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April C.

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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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Tyrese P. November 3, 2017
· Saxophone · In studio
Amber is nice. I can tell she has a lot of knowledge and i can tell she cares for her students.She is very easy to approach with questions or concerns. I cant wait for my next lesson
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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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Amber W.

Amber W.

Albany, NY 12203
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About Brandon C.

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New Orleans, LA

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Hi!

My name is Brandon, and I'd love to give you guitar lessons! Over the past year, I have acquired a passion for teaching that spawned when I was just showing some family members a few pointers here and there. I realized that over the course of my musical life, I have kept all of the knowledge I gained from all of my musical experiences mostly to myself. I realized how fulfilling it would be to pass on that knowledge!

I studied jazz at the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts (NOCCA). I also studied for one year at the University of New Orleans (UNO), where I studied with the jazz guitar educator legends Hank Mackie and Steve Masakowski. I now currently study classical guitar as well as composition at Loyola University New Orleans.

Looking forward to working with you!

-Brandon
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Brandon C.

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About Amanda S.

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Garden City, ID
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About Amanda
My name is Amanda and I love helping students become accomplished pianists.

An Etude is a piece of music that focuses on one area of technique, but is then performed because of its artistic merit; I think learning to play the piano should function the same way. In lessons I teach technique and theory to develop your overall musicianship, but we also enjoy the music and have fun because creativity should be enjoyed!

I received my B.A. in Music Education with an emphasis in both Piano and Voice from Vanguard University of Southern California, and have taught private piano lessons for the last eight years. I specialize in beginning students, children with developmental disabilities, and those who have taken lessons before but were not taught how to read music/theory.

Each student is taught not only how to play the piano proficientl
y, but to be a well-rounded musician. Everyone has a unique learning style, and the curriculum is tailored to match those needs without compromising in any area of musicianship. The curriculum includes aural (ear) training, music theory, composing, sight reading, and musical expression. Each lesson is also fun! We play music games, composing activities, and play hard while we work hard (yes, even if you're an adult student). Music is a skill, but an exciting one, and lessons reflect the balance between creativity, fun, and hard work that makes playing the piano so rewarding.
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Amanda S.

Amanda S.

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About Justin F.

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Baltimore, MD

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About Justin
Hi! I'm Justin, and above all I honor God as the source of my life and the originator of music itself!

It's funny that what got me hooked into music was video games. The music played during epic adventures and quests made me feel incredible; it helped me escape into another world, a world of wonder. That's how music should make everyone feel. I got my first keyboard in 2005, and since then I began teaching myself piano and later began formal lessons in my last year of high school. After that, I attained my Bachelor's of Arts in Music Performance from Morgan State University.

My time at Morgan was incredible! How rich it was, being able to learn from so many incredible teachers such as composer James Lee III (who has had his music performed by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra), along with my time in the world-renowned Morgan State Choi
r (who has traveled the globe and even performed at the White House for former President Barack Obama. I've been thoroughly trained in classical music: Piano, choral, and orchestral, and bring that wealth of knowledge with me to enrich YOU.

Besides my formal training, I am a recording artist with Holy Host Ministries, a Christian rap and worship group from Baltimore, Maryland with whom I co-produce music, song-write, and perform.

I also help lead worship at my church, Church At Baltimore, 2-3 Sundays out of the month. So, I am passionate about and well-versed in Christian music.

I love God and love people, and get great joy out of being able to help develop them in their musical goals while reaching their destiny!
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Justin F.

Justin F.

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About Tarshaye F.

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About Tarshaye
Hi, I’m Tarshaye, but I go by Vett. I’m a student who is currently in the senior year of high school and I enjoy utilizing my talents by teaching people of all ages to exceed in their singing abilities. I’ve struggled with stage fright and accepting constructive criticism, but I’ve overcome those struggles and so can you. Whatever you want to learn, I’ll be happy to teach you!
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Tarshaye F.

Tarshaye F.

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