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About Victor K.

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Cincinnati, OH
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About Victor
I received my Bachelor of Music Degree in Organ Performance from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music in June of 2010, studying under Dr. Roberta Gary. I have completed two years of additional graduate study at the Conservatory, and plan to utilize these credits to earn a Master's in Music in the next few years.

I began playing the piano at the age of 5, later moving to the organ at 9. I have held a church job since then, working in multiple different denominations and settings. I have a strong background of piano, accompanying, theory, sacred liturgy, and musical performance. I enjoy studying and listening to many genres of music as well as performing them. I am very interested in historically informed performance and understanding different techniques as they are related to the composition style of different time perio
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I enjoy working with students of all ages. Regardless of your ability, age, or experience, I will work with you. We can work out a plan for lesson times, intensity of practice and work, and tailor the lesson to the right pace for you.

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My lessons tend to be tailored to the needs of individual students. I am not as much a fan of a strict curriculum that I use on each student. For beginners, one can expect to be given method books to get them moving in the right direction. As one advances, we eventually move on to repertoire. I take an approach to lessons that emphasizes total body awareness and high level mental awareness. The most important thing anyone can learn in music is that it isn't just about the right notes; it isn't about the right rhythm. It is about the complete musicianship and the complete awareness needed to truly understand and perform a work of music. In order to make this approach work, my strictness as a teacher varies depending on the level of devotion the student is willing to put forth. After six months with me as a teacher, expect to notice changes in the way you see music and comprehend your technique at the keyboard.

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I expect students to purchase their own music. For beginners with method books, I have these available to the students to purchase from me.

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I am very highly trained in performance practices of the Baroque era, especially on the organ. I am also very specialized in body movement and efficient keyboard technique. I also have a lot of experience in the Romantic repertoire of the piano. Lastly, I am also well trained as an accompanist on both the organ and the piano.
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Nicholas S. July 11, 2016
· Music Theory · In studio
I have enjoyed working with Victor. He is very knowledgeable about the music in particular the Baroque period. He brings a very good perspective that has enriched my understanding of early music. I can say clearly that one leaves sessions with a desire to learn more and with an understanding of music as serious branch of human study rather than something that is simply fun (in the sense of being mundane amusement).
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Lisa O. April 24, 2016
· Piano · In home
Victor is an amazing teacher and we have loved working with him for many years now. He taught all 3 of my boys at all different levels and they all progressed very well in piano. He has also served as accompanist for my son who plays the trumpet. I highly recommend Victor as an amazing teacher for all levels who truly wants to help the kids learn.
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Dennis W. March 7, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Victor is gifted in teaching. I feel that playing the piano and teaching the piano are two separate gifts. Victor is gifted with both abilities. If you are hesitating because your not sure whom you would like to choose, choose Victor you will not be sorry.
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Dayton, OH 45415
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About Nicole K.

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Cincinnati, OH
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I have traveled around Europe from Finland to Italy with only a travel book. If you are interested in traveling I can help with it. I lived in Europe in youth hostels for several months.

I love music and can teach these subjects to any age group. I am certified in Orff Suzuki. I have ten years experience teaching piano and voice to date in schools and private instruction.
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Nicole K.

Nicole K.

Cincinnati, OH 45216
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$29 / 30-min

About Sarah W.

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Dayton, OH
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About Sarah
I'm Sarah Walk, a private music teacher located in Dayton, Ohio. I have over a decade of classical piano training and a bachelor's degree in music, and I want to share my passion for music with others through private lessons.

No matter what your current skill level is, I can't wait to work with you to bring your musical aspirations to life!
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Marilyn April 27, 2017
· Piano · In home
This was my 3 year old daughters first experience on a Piano. I know it is difficult to teach a 3 year old but I wanted her to start young. Sarah was patient with her and is getting her started and interested in the Piano. The location was very accommodating and inviting. I look forward to my daughter growing on the Piano and I feel that Sarah, even after only one lesson will be a great instructor to do so.
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John August 18, 2016
· Classical Piano · In studio
Sarah is a great teacher. She is very patient with my daughter and really easy to work with when schedules don't work out. I highly recommend her if you're seeking a wonderful piano teacher!
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Paul August 18, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Sarah has been a wonderful teacher to my 8 year old son. She gives clear goals, excellent feedback all while being kind and understanding. My son enjoys his time with her and has improved a great deal over the past year.
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Sarah W.

Dayton, OH 45402
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About Shon M.

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Hamilton, OH
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My Name is Shon M.

I was raised in a family that has a tradition of passing the art of music down from generation to generation. I began playing at age 5 and I play 5 instruments professionally and 15 instruments in all. I studied music at Morehead State University and Musician’s Institute. I've been a touring and studio musician since the age of 16. I have been teaching music for more than 35 years. Many of my alumni have gone on to become professional musicians and teachers themselves. My approach to music education is somewhat unique, although it is gaining popularity in the mainstream of music education. I view music more like a language, as opposed to what some have called more of a data entry approach. Don't get me wrong, reading music is important and I do it everyday, but your music lessons should be teaching you how to play a
n instrument, not spending the majority of your time in learning to read right out of the gate. Yes there basics you must learn, but when you were a child, you didn't learn to read as you spoke your first words. You were learning to speak your language long before your learned your ABC's. There are many musicians with little formal training who play an instrument so well you'd swear you can see smoke coming from their fingers. Let me tell you, they weren't born that way. They learned to speak the language of music. The fact is, it's so much easier to learn to read music, after you have a basic understanding of how to speak the language. So say good bye to the frustrations of banging you head against the wall with the complexities of reading music and wondering how much longer you're going to have to endure this ongoing torture before you learn to play something cool, and say hello to having fun while learning how to play an instrument and the songs and styles you want to play...

You may have studied music before and given up because it was too difficult. Please know that's not uncommon. But I’m here to tell you, there is a better way! So if you've ever wanted to learn to play an instrument or sing, there is no better time than now.
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Vernon S. June 25, 2018
· Vocal Training · In studio
Absolutely outstanding teacher and musician!!!!
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David January 27, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
As an adult student, Shon caters to my learning style and adjusts accordingly. Lessons are relaxing. I have the freedom to go as fast as I am able.
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Julie-Anne December 4, 2017
· Piano · Online
My piano/songwriting lessons with Shon never got off the ground. On one occasion he showed up 30 minutes late and left me waiting forcing me to cancel due to another appointment. The following week he cancelled literally teo minutes before our session was due to begin, saying he was sick. Then the following week he left me waiting and didn't show up for our scheduled session at all. When I emailed him he said he is overwhelmed with his new work schedule, won't be able to do our lessons and that I should get a refund.

I had even agreed to change my day/time when he said it would be better for him, only to be let down.

What a complete waste of my time and energy. Incredibly unprofessional and inconsiderate conduct.
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Shon M.

Shon M.

Hamilton, OH 45011
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About Josh M.

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Dayton, OH

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I teach voice lessons to students looking to study Broadway or Classical voice.

All my students feel like rock stars! Because I make sure each lesson is both fun and enriching.

I provide students a clear lesson plan complete with goals, achievement levels, and performances.

I use a song based teaching system so my students are learning songs they love while they get the academic benefits of music.

I don’t overbook myself so my current clients get the full benefit of my energy.

Voice lessons have other great benefits like: Better grades, higher self esteem, more confidence, and good social skills. I’ve seen this proven over and over, and I know that I’m teaching so much more than music.

I’m exclusive. I have an incredibly high success rate because I only work with students that are truly excited about music.

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Niki .. April 21, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Josh was great! He made me feel at ease and already helped me learn some strategies to improve. I’m excited to work with him!
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Josh M.

Dayton, OH 45402
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About Andy V.

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Cincinnati, OH

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I am an educator, composer, and performer based in Cincinnati, OH. I have studied piano for 25 years with masters and doctoral degrees in piano and composition from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.

Piano students should expect progress in technique, reading, aural skills, and improv/composition. I enjoy teaching a variety of ages and levels from beginners to those that want to major in instrumental performance. I draw out each student's natural creativity, motivation, and strengths so that they develop into a unique and independent musician. The ultimate goal is to teach myself out of a job.

As a composer, I have been commissioned to write pieces for pre-college students across the country, concert pianists, Cincinnati Public Radio, and regional piano competitions. I am also the director of the Creative Co
mmissions project that pairs creative professionals with pre-college music students to collaborate on creating unique and accessible new works.
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Ruchi B. September 28, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Our son absolutely loved learning piano from Andy. We are both lucky and fortunate to get lessons from Andy for our son. Andy has an amazing way to connect with kids, to teach at their level, he paces himself with the child's development, and he has a passion for teaching. Andy is constantly working towards making the learning experience outstanding. Thank you, Andy!
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Andy V.

Cincinnati, OH 45208
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About Paul E.

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Dayton, OH

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Hello, I'm Paul. I grew up in a family of musicians. I have mastered many instruments and aspects of music in over 30 years! The guitars are my foremost specialty, then singing, percussion, and music theory. Rock is my favorite of many many genre.
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Andrew June 3, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Paul is a great teacher who is very knowledgeable in all things guitar. A great choice for learning not only how to play the guitar but to know why all the notes fit together
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Paul E.

Dayton, OH 45415
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$34 / 30-min

About Andy S.

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West Chester, OH

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I started playing guitar in the late 60s. Started playing professionally for approximately 5 years around 1978. Played music off and on until 1993 when I got involved with my churches worship band. Began teaching around 2008 at Sidekick Studios.

I teach beginners and intermediate students of all types, from 9 yr olds wanting to play Taylor Swift songs to 55 yr old guys wanting to learn blues. I can play and teach a variety of styles including country, pop, rock, blues, folk and introduction to jazz.

I get the most satisfaction when a student latches on to an idea and runs with it, or when a student thinks they can't do something and together we work and accomplish it!

I am going into my TENTH year of teaching and plan on being around a long while!

Also, I am currently playing in an acoustic rock duo and also enjoy playi
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Patrick June 3, 2018
· Electric Guitar · In studio
Our son was a student of Andy's for 5+ years and truly enjoyed his experience with Andy. Andy is a very patient and an inspiring instructor who really knows music and guitar well! Andy was always good about being available for our son during the week if he had questions about his homework or guitar lesson for the week! Andy always praised our son when needed and challenged him in a professional manner to increase his love of the instrument!
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Melanie March 15, 2018
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Andy started teaching Pranav at age 6. Pranav took lessons from Andy for over 8 years. Andy has a wonderful encouraging style. He knows when to be firm and when to be kind. We moved to China, otherwise we would still be there every Saturday :) when we return in the summer, Andy is always on our list of people to visit.
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Andy S.

Andy S.

West Chester, OH 45069
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About Samuel F.

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Cincinnati, OH
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Samuel Fronk is recognized as one of the top Percussion instructors in the Cincinnati area. Samuel has taken the Finneytown percussion program to new heights by achieving superior ratings in state finals for the first time in recent history and multiple percussion ensembles have achieved superior ratings. Samuel Fronk has 31 private students taking lessons in all areas of percussion from snare drum to mallets to world percussion to drum set. All of these students are excelling and are performing in concerts, solo recitals, and competitions achieving superior ratings. These students learn in a fun environment and love to learn in their percussion lessons!
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Samuel F.

Samuel F.

Cincinnati, OH 45231
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$50 / 30-min

About Gita S.

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Cincinnati, OH

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I am the principal cellist for the Northern Kentucky University Philharmonic Orchestra. I am passionate about good music, good grammar, and good communication. I am fluent in Spanish. I am 21 years old, and I effectively transfer information and knowledge to my students with neither condescension nor impatience. I ultimately empower my students with the drive and work ethic to achieve anything they can imagine. With my instruction, they will achieve that 5 on their AP English Literature exam (or their AP Environmental Science exam--I can teach that, too!), they will grasp the fundamentals of cello playing, they will understand and speak basic Spanish with an excellent accent. After my instruction, my students will apply their newly-bulletproof work ethic to realize their wildest dreams. They will have intrinsic motivation to teach themsel
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Gita S.

Gita S.

Cincinnati, OH 45242
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