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My name is David, and I am a music teacher of many different subjects. These include guitar, piano, bass, ukulele, recording, music theory, production, composition and film music composition.

All styles, and all ages. Classical, Rock, Alternative, Slide Guitar, Blues, Jazz, and more!

I have a Masters Degree in music from The University of Melbourne in Australia, as well as having the distinction of a Bachelors Degree in Music from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle.

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Many times a student will come to me after having been with another teacher for some time,.. they express to me that the other instructor did not teach them what they wanted to learn, nor did they achieve the result that they wanted.

The instructor perhaps had them mired in endless exercises and studies that were great
to get you READY to play music, but perhaps was not music in and of itself.

I find that when I get right down to the nitty gritty of playing, and show my students a song they love and know, and get them playing guitar by the end of the session that they are usually thrilled and excited.

In the end it makes them work harder and practice long because THEY ARE PLAYING MUSIC ON THE GUITAR!!!

Certainly exercises are of paramount importance, but when you can make that connection with a student and help them to relate to the guitar the exercises are ultimately easier to them, and the experience of playing guitar an enjoyable and less alienating task.

Grab your guitar and start today!! Let's get you playing TODAY!!!!

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“I've been working with David for a couple of months, and it has been a great experience. I'm new to bass, with a little guitar experience--he quickly sized up what I knew and had me working on exercises and a great bass line that got me playing right away. He has been very flexible and accommodating of my schedule needs, and he gives plenty of positive and constructive feedback. I've been working in education for nearly 30 years, and I know a great teacher when I see one. David fits the bill, and I'm lucky to be working with him.”

Rudy Ford, Principal
Charles Wright Middle School

“My son had been taking lessons for seven years and was losing interest. David's passion for music, knowledge of music theory, ability to read the student and know the best way to approach the lessons is exactly what my son needed. Along with his background in a wide variety of genres….classical, rock, jazz, etc. has made learning more exciting, resulting in a renewed interest.”

Tammy Sartain, University Place

“David is an outstanding instructor! My son is 5 years old and loves him. My son is occasionally a difficult child with his own special quirks, but David is so patient and observant and tailors the lessons as we go along week to week to keep my son engaged, encouraged and learning. I also have two younger children who must tag along to the lesson and even they are excited during the lessons and are already asking when they start their lessons! We will be starting at least one more child's lessons with him during this coming school year! He is great!”

Cherise Hartman, Parkland

“Loving the relaxed atmosphere with David. Bargain prices for the one on one experience with such an awesome, educated and talented musician.”

Raven Rose, Tacoma

“David is an amazing talent and provides me with much needed inspiration. In little over a year, I have learned a tremendous amount about nearly all styles of guitar, classical and lead guitar in particular. It's very helpful to have an awesome instructor who is extremely knowledgeable and very patient. His lesson plans are geared towards what I want to learn and the lessons that we work on cover all the techniques that are necessary to take my skills to the next level. He makes every lesson fun and he works with me until I am comfortable to move on.”

Larry Larrivee, Gig Harbor

“David tailors each lesson dynamically to my own progression which has been great. Gauges progression and gives you things to work on before the next lesson. Highly recommend him!”

Kory Jamison, Tacoma

"David has been our son's guitar instructor for the better part of a year. During that time we've appreciated his patient encouragement, especially during the early weeks of instruction. His ability to individually tailor his teaching to his students , incorporating their musical interests has helped our son progress quickly and helped keep him motivated. he really is a wonderful teacher."

Amy Lawty, Tacoma

"Where do I begin? I started with a guitar and a couple of chords...(A lot of desire but basically an empty canvas)." 'This was my life for a number of years until I met David.

Now I must first admit, I am ADD so teaching me and captivating my attention is no easy task...David not only broke through that barrier but opened the door to world of music I had aways felt and now suddenly I could touch.

If you posses the desire to learn and the drive to work...the sky is the limit."

Wes Hough
City of Destiny
Tacoma, WA

"I am very happy with my decision to take lessons with David. In just 2 months I've gone from strumming some chords to understanding picking patterns, learning how to put together an entire song, and expanding my techniques. I am very surprised at how much technical skill I have been able to pick up in such a short period of time"

Marianne Burch, Tacoma

"I'm 46 years old and my only known talent is for overcomplicating things. I've always admired a good guitar player and wanted to learn to play myself--who doesn't?--but felt I didn't have the talent or just "couldn't do it." Then I found David and he said, 'Oh yes you can. Commit to 4 lessons up front and you'll see that you can.' I took the leap and sure enough, he had me playing blues riffs in less than one month. All I had to do was listen and do as he instructed me to and it all comes very naturally. There's no stress, just a whole lot of fun! If you're like me and you thought you couldn't play guitar, start with David and just have some fun with it. It's simple. You won't want to put the guitar down again!"

Dan DuBeau, Tacoma

I had been playing guitar for about 5 years and had only been self taught. I found myself completely stuck playing the same chords and not able to play riffs or solos at all. In my first lesson I was playing the blues with slides and hammer ons and pull offs. In a couple of lessons he had me soloing in different keys and playing riffs from guitar gods! He was able to teach me in a couple lessons what took me years trying to teach myself! He makes lessons so much fun because not only are you learning the music theory but he relates it to popular songs that you can practice along with. He also has so much knowledge in other aspects as well. He can teach you about music gear and amps or help you compose your own music. He caters to your style and taste in music and can teach you ANYTHING!

Ashley Allen

I love guitar period, but it's overtly frustrating when you have no idea where to start, or how to play at all. I went through multiple guitar instructors trying to learn how to play and each of them weren't very specific, or didn't hone in on any one thing at a time so you could really start to get it down and process it. Then we happened to find David, and he was really what we were looking for. I started picking up chords like no other, It helped, and is helping tremendously. He goes into depth about the song,letting you comprehend it a little more, and ultimately learning it quicker and better.

Skye Reed, Tacoma WA

I have had 4 different Blues guitar Teacher in the last 6 months, getting nowhere as far as really playing some Blues until I ran across David. The other teachers just wanted me to learn the pentatonic scales, Major and Minor. That took a lot of boring weeks and I am sure I will need to know those scales but I just wanted someone to show / teach me Blues chords, related to Blues songs and the timing to the chord changes so I could start playing some kind of Blues. I have had 6 one hour lessons so far with David and I am playing the Blues. The first 4 hours Dave showed me a E, A, B7 blues chord progression with some step up and step down notes. The 2nd 2 hours Dave showed me a A, D9, A7,E9 Blues chords and Blues timing with slides.

I take one hour Lessons every Thursday and in 6 hours I am playing the Blues. I picked up the guitar about 6 months ago, started teaching myself and not really getting anywhere. I am not a fast learner, about average in learning something new. Now I set a home Learning my guitar and polishing the Blues songs that David has taught me, starting to get FUN.

Les Fairley Tacoma, Wa.

Working with David has made me focus on areas of my chops that needed fine tuning. He provides the basic exercises and tools that, when practiced enough in a zen-like manner, clarifies your understanding of movement on the fret board, and makes you sound a bit more professional. Questions regarding speed, theory, notation, composition, and even string size, are ready for answer with David, which is what keeps me working with him. From begining, to intermediate, to professional levels, if you're looking to improve your chops, Dave's your guy.

Frank Lorenzo, Seattle WA

I had tried many different instructors and had become very frustrated with trying to learn guitar. Within one lesson David had me playing ACDC and RUSH! David just has a way of explaining things so that they make sense and doesn't waste any time getting right down to the nuts and bolts of guitar. A lot of other instructors spend alot of time getting you 'ready' to play guitar, but with David we got down to playing guitar right away!

Stevie Johannsen, Olympia WA

“I started receiving lessons from David a few years ago, to improve my guitar abilities. I always used to tell people, "I've been playing guitar since the Eighties, though you would never know it." At the time I started, I knew some Metal riffs, three-chord Punk Rock progressions, and simple 12-bar blues. Though I took two guitar classes and first-year Music Theory in college in the early Nineties, the only scale I could say I knew was "blues pentatonic," emphasis on the quotation marks.

My goal was to relearn Modes/Scales, and brush up on theory, so that I could write more complex material. David taught me that, and so much more. Over these few years, I've learned Progressive Rock, Fusion/Jazz, and even some Country styles, as well as a great deal more about Metal and, yes, even Punk from David. I can play leads and solos with much more proficiency, in timing with the rhythm, and more tonally correct, than I ever could before. He has also helped me read music better, construct more professional-sounding compositions, and has started me on my own path to produce my own recordings, from recommending and using recording software, to capturing dynamics with mic placement, to mixing the rough takes to get the most out of the sound.

For a musician of any level or caliber, having an instructor like David is a true asset--for he has the knowledge and skills to take an entry-level musician every step of the way to becoming a professional performer, recorder, mixer, engineer, and producer. The only limit to the lesson's potential is your own level of determination, which David quite expertly helps you to improve with every session. Even if your goal is to simply learn to play one song on one instrument--and David teaches MANY instruments--he will have you playing that song like the musician who wrote it before you realize it--as long as you stick with your practice between lessons. That part's up to you!”

Marc Q Digby, Apple Valley CA

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University trained mind and honed skills. Who cares about the software.

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Generally come from conservatory/ classical background so utilize classical methods of teaching with a contemporary application to suit modern day application
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Elisabeth B. November 29, 2017
· Piano · In home
My son loves to impress David with his progress. David provides great instruction and encouragement. My son has greatly improved his piano playing due to this fantastic teacher.
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Daniel June 17, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
I have had one lesson with David, and it is enough to tell that he is a great teacher. He clearly knows how to play guitar. He is both encouraging and firm. He explained to me the expectations for my practice and what he wants me to learn by next week, but was also very understanding whenever I made a mistake. I told him about my experience in other hobbies, and from that he was able to use analogies that made sense to me that would help me learn the techniques he was teaching. I am very happy to have David as my guitar teacher.
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Rod February 1, 2017
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David is a great teacher. He's patient and he never talks down to me as I can be a little slow.
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About Stephanie F.

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For over 25 years, Stephanie has enjoyed success as a singer/songwriter, musician, director and teacher. Beginning her music education at age four, she continued to study piano and voice through college. While attending The Ohio State University, she studied vocal performance and communications.

The last 18 years of her vocation has been as a Music/Worship Director in the large church setting. During this time, she had the privilege of directing and leading adult and children’s groups. She has led a variety of groups including vocal choirs, praise teams, bell choirs, drama teams, instrumental groups and musicals. Recently, she has retired from this role to focus on private teaching. Stephanie recently auditioned for and joined a Classic Rock/Funk/R&B band. That has always been on her bucket list!

Stephanie has enjoyed worki
ng with hundreds of students of all ages, abilities and interests. Many of her students have become professional musicians, singers, songwriters and actors.
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Mindie June 26, 2017
· Singing · In home
Personable, fun, organized and dependable! Highly recommend!
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Jacob V. May 26, 2017
· Piano · In home
Our instructor is very friendly, enthusiastic and knowledgeable. So glad we found her!
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AC October 27, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Miss Stephanie is so patient with new students and truly has a heart for what she does!
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Stephanie F.

Middletown, OH 45044
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About Zaky N.

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Independence, KY
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Hi, my name is Zak! Music is a beautiful thing. It has the so much power. It can be used to send a message, move and inspire people. Music can impact emotions, it is a beautiful and powerful thing!

Music, and teaching have always been a big passion in my life. The ability to take knowledge of a subject that you have, and show, share, and shape someone and pass on that knowledge to them. It is an amazing feeling. I am a passionate, and caring instructor. My teaching style is encouraging, motivating, and educational. I fully believe that you can do anything you set your mind to, and I use that by showing my students that I believe in them.

I use a curriculum that was taught to me, and has been used in schools and universities. This curriculum fits all age groups and skill levels. Starting with Rock, moving to Funk, ending with Jazz.
When drumming playing with music, learning improvisation, and playing by ear is important. I also focus on this, having students learn their favorite songs, and learn to play with new music as well. This keeps students interested, and adds a fun personal element to their lessons. I also have implemented use of a teaching app, so while practicing if students have a question they can ask me right then so to not forget, and I can give feedback. It also has a practice tracker tool. If you have any questions feel free to email me.

I look forward to meeting you, and helping you reach your music goals!

~ Zaky N.
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Brenda S. November 10, 2017
· Drum · Online
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Andrea October 16, 2017
· Percussion · In studio
Zaky is great with my son who has a history of brain injury which causes him to have short term memory problems. In just a few weeks he has much more confidence in himself and is even a slight bit ahead in band class. He is now able to help some of the other students which he loves. There are very few things that at school that don't overwhelm him, and Zaky has helped him find success in music.
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Caroline I. October 12, 2017
· Adobe Illustrator · Online
Great guy -- very knowledgeable and accommodating, despite technical issues with classroom
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Zaky N.

Independence, KY 41051
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About Tamika T.

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Cincinnati, OH

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Tamika T was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is an 20˜04 alum from The School for the Creative and Performing Arts (SCPA) with a dual diploma in Creative Writing and Drama. Likewise, she is the youngest of three, and a first generation college graduate in her family from The Ohio State University. She received her B.A. in Communication Analysis and Practices and a double minor in Theater and Fashion Retail. As a Theater minor she was a part of the following productions: Wine in the Wilderness and A Song for Coretta. She joined the Cincinnati Black Theater Company family in October 2012 and has had the privilege to be in Black Nativity, The Delaney Sisters and Shakin da Mess Outta Misery. Currently, she is working on a project that she hopes to be released by the beginning of 2016. Also, she is a member of many arts organization
in Cincinnati such as Elementz Youth Hip Hop Center, Bad Girl Ventures women entrepreneurship, Dress for Success and AmeriCorps to name a few.
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Christian November 16, 2017
· Theater Acting · In studio
Tamika is very knowledgeable and professional. What I like most about her is how honest she is about your work and progress because that is difficult to find in a acting teacher.
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Lisa F. September 27, 2017
· Speaking Voice · In studio
I worked with Tamika to get help with improving my voice and presence. She is very professional and fun to work with. She listens to what you need help with and finds different ways to bring out the best in you. I would definitely recommend her as a teacher.
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Briana August 30, 2017
· Film and TV Acting · In studio
Tamika is such a great instructor. She helped me break out of my comfort zone and worked with me to schedule lessons around my work schedule. I only got to be her student for a short period of time because school started back up, however, I would DEFINITELY recommend her to anyone who is interested in taking lessons with her. She will bring out the actress/actor in you you never knew was there!
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Tamika T.

Cincinnati, OH 45246
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Orlando, FL

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A confident, energetic, and physically fit dancer who has developed her skills in dance and has moved on to perform for many different audiences. During her career, she has performed in art shows, plays, movies, as feature in showcases, and as a background dancer for various great artists and events. She has experience dancing and choreographing in Modern, Contemporary, Praise Dance, and Hip Hop. Bianca also has experience Krumping and performing as part of a Drill Team. Bianca desires to use her learning experiences and compassion for dance to impart into future students and audiences alike.
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Layla R. October 15, 2017
· Dance · In home
Bianca did an excellent job!
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Stephanie September 12, 2016
· Algebra · Online
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Micah W. April 20, 2016
· Hip Hop Dance · Online
it was good looking for future lessons and getting better
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International Billboard hit singer/ songwriter - Laura L.'s hit single "Boys Just Wanna Have Fun" hit #5 on the UK Music Week Pop/ Dance Charts, and #27 on the US Billboard Dance charts in the same week!

Laura Leighe is also a finalist in the 2017 Unsigned Only International Music & Songwriting Competition, with 2 of her songs making the top 12 of their genres out of 6,000 submitted.

For 11 years, Laura has been a private vocal instructor in Los Angeles, OKC, and Skype. Certified in the "Singing with Ease" (Seth Riggs S.L.S) method and teaches from the perspective of someone who's voice and life has been changed, strengthened, and brought to it’s full healthiness, range, and ability through the holy grail of techniques. Degree in Vocal Music Edu. from Oklahoma University.

As a piano instructor and songwriter, she has devel
oped a simple system of teaching music theory and chording to her clients, which is ideal for vocalists and songwriters to learn to accompany themselves, as well as for the beginner or intermediate pianist to learn a combination of traditional sight-reading and reading / composing chords on their own. Laura and her husband, Trent own and operate a Recording Studio & Writing Room in Santa Monica, CA.
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Sheryl December 11, 2017
· Singing · Online
The most amazing vocal teacher I've ever had and she gives you great tips and she encourages to be the best you!!!!!! I am so lucky to have found Laura as a teacher
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Lee Roy K. August 30, 2017
· Singing · In home
She's great
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Julianna S. May 10, 2017
· Piano · In home
Laura is super friendly and helpful! She is an amazing teacher & very accommodating. I definitely recommend her! I've been taking piano lessons with her for a little over a month & can see my skills improving!
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About Kyle C.

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Hamilton, OH

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I have a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Wright State University. As of December 2017, I have completed my Masters degree in music education. I have a current teaching license for the states of West Virginia and Ohio.
I have played violin since the age of 9. I played all through high school and college as well as a community orchestra until 2014.
I participated in the Cincinnati Boychoir for five years. During that time, I traveled to many venues performing with this world class choir. I also participated in the Cincinnati May Festival Youth Chorus.

I am currently teaching at Saint Louis elementary school two days a week, teaching kindergarten through eighth grade music, and I also teach an afterschool choir. Last year I taught orchestra and choir in West Virginia, we’re my students received superior ratings at various c
ontests and festivals. I currently teach a variety of instruments including violin, Viola, piano and voice.
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Alex November 28, 2017
· Classical Piano · In studio
We had a very good experience! He explains really good. Alex said he loves piano lessons and he is looking forward to the next lesson.
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Jennie Armour June 23, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Kyle is a great teacher. My grandson Franklin has trouble with paying attention, but Kyle was great when it comes to keeping him focused and interested. He has been with Kyle for close to a year now, and even though he is only 8 years old, he has learned a lot! I would highly recommend taking lessons with Kyle. He makes both grandparents and students happy and, my grandson looks forward to lessons every week with him.
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Brian June 10, 2016
· Violin · In home
Kyle does a fantastic job understanding the needs of the student and is able to relate to them in a way that helps them to learn.
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Hi ! Welcome to my profile!! Here's a bit about me: I'm a classically trained opera singer with a Bachelor and Masters degree in vocal performance. I'm recently relocated to the Dayton area from Chicago. In Chicago I performed with various opera companies including the Floating Opera Company and the Gilbert and Sullivan opera company. I attended grad school at Depaul University where I had the opportunity to be a soloist in The Fairy Queen, L'Orfeo and The Queen of the night in Mozart's Magic Flute. Outside of Depaul I was selected as a soloist for The Messiah as well as a competition finalist for the Sinfonietta Bel Canto Competition. Most recently I played the Five Year Old in Milton Granger's The Proposal and Top Bottom in The Quantum Mechanic. I would love to teach you lessons in classical singing or provide audition prep for those
needing help for college or grad school auditions! I would also love to chat with anyone about next steps for employment in the performance world!
In addition to Voice lessons I teach violin as well. I have studied violin since the age of 10 and played all the way through college. I learned through a mix of Suzuki and Essential Elements technique books. I would love to help beginners and intermediate students develop their skills further as a violinist!
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Nicole May 23, 2017
· Opera Voice · In home
It was so much fun!!!! She's very easy to be comfortable around!!!!!
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Maya H. January 13, 2017
· Singing · In home
Emily is so sweet and so very positive! My daughter just loves her and learning from her!
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Dick October 8, 2016
· Singing · In home
It was a wonderful lesson. I can't wait for the next session.
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Dayton, OH 45402
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Milford, OH

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Hello! I am about to go into my senior year at Miami University as a Music Major with a focus on vocal and general music education. I have been trained in singing for almost 8 years now and have experience with music theatre, opera, classical voice, and choral performing. I can help students with a variety of goals to performing/ auditioning or music theory, aural skills, and music reading. I have worked with all ages from kindergarten to adult and will gladly work with any age! This past year I had several vocal students and even helped one prepare and audition for the voice department at Miami and they were admitted. In the past few years I have had multiple teaching opportunities through music education courses and also at a local church.
My focus for students is to encourage musical and performance excellence: proper singing t
echniques, learning to read music, and creating characters for repertoire. My approach to teaching voice is different for every student and what they need. But I will challenge every student to always do their best and improve after each and every lesson.
I will NEVER give up on any student!
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Adam June 19, 2017
· Vocal Training · In studio
I was a student of Hayley's during my first semester in college at Miami University. Hayley consistently paid great attention to detail and helped me to improve in any way possible. She truly cared about my development and sought to bring out my best through both instruction and encouragement. Hayley seems to have an excellent handle on elements of vocal technique and teaches them in a way that is easily understandable by music majors and non-music majors alike.
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Oxford, OH 45056
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Hello!
My name is Malaki, and my passion is aerial fabric!

I was a competitive gymnast for eight years before I trained and taught with Circus Mojo and gained more skill through learning on my own volition with the Rebecca Leach book series.

I continued my education by performing with the Cincinnati Circus for three years and doubled the number of students during my time instructing in their aerial fabric program.

I have also dedicated my life to seeking out new knowledge to share through various coaching experiences in Actor's Gymnasium in Chicago, IL; Elevated Arts in Bloomington, IN; and with Bella Florza in Lexington, KY.

See you on the silks!
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This Fun Activity Helps Your Child Learn Languages
Did you know that participating in performing arts can help your child learn a new language? In this article, Mariella Gambardella from eSpectacularKids.com shows you how theater and language-learning go hand in hand...   When I moved to Spain with my family, neither my husband nor I spoke a word of Spanish. Our one-year-old daughter had not been exposed to the language yet either. Having lived in a few countries before, though, we were very aware of the importance of learning the
Musical Theatre Audition Songs: 6 Great Options for Kids
Does your son or daughter have an audition coming up? Here are some ideas for musical theatre audition songs, courtesy of Hayward, CA teacher Molly R...   It's not always easy to find the right musical theatre audition songs--and the same can definitely be said when it comes to kids' repertoire! Is there a way to avoid warhorses like "Annie" and "Oliver" while finding songs that will excite your young actor and the audition panel? YES! Here are some suggestions that will make y
8 Improv Acting Tips to Create the Best Scenes Possible
Interested in learning more about improv? Get started with these improv acting tips from Brooklyn, NY teacher Liz T... Improv acting is believed to be one of the most fun types of acting, and although it may not look hard, it is also one of the most difficult forms of acting! It requires constantly being on your toes, because you never know what will happen next in your scene. Many of the actors that have performed on popular shows like Saturday Night Live have studied the craft for many ye
How to Write Your First Professional Dance Resume
Do you dream of being a professional dancer someday? Beyond just dance skills, you'll need to know how to write a dance resume to start on your career path. Read on for some great advice from New York dancer and teacher Caitlin J.: For the pre-professional dancer, landing your first paid gig can be a daunting task. With only a few contacts, it is difficult to know where to start. Most jobs require a minimum submission of a headshot and resume. While you might feel like your resume is spar

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