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About Gabriella P.

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Columbus, OH
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About Gabriella
A graduate from Illinois Wesleyan University, Gabriella has earned her degree in Violin Performance from Illinois Wesleyan University and recently earned her Masters in String Pedagogy at the Ohio State University under Robert Gillespie.
A few notable performances she has participated in are three solo recitals, concerts with the Danville, Lakeview, Wheaton and Illinois Wesleyan Civic Orchestras, and many performances with her quartet, including performances at the Consular Corps. Ball in Chicago. She has developed an advanced repertoire for her instrument and greatly enjoys imparting what she has learned with others.

*** Lesson Details ***
Each student is expected to attend each lesson scheduled with all materials prepared over the week. Students are expected to practice 3 to 5 days each week. The student should be engaged and act
ive in each lesson, music is so exciting! It is highly encouraged to participate in local youth orchestras and chamber music programs as well as attend concerts in the area. These events are tremendous learning opportunities!
Although I am not a "strict" teacher, I do adjust my expectations to each student and do expect each student to make progress from lesson to lesson. Within the first few months together, I can assure better posture, a more comfortable playing experience and strong technical foundations. I promise to customize a suitable lesson plan to each student in my studio to ensure they receive the best learning experience possible.

*** Studio Equipment ***
We will meet at my home and a stand, music, and writing utensils will be provided.
Students should have their own instrument and accessories, i.e. shoulder rest, at home stand, rosin, etc.

*** Specialties ***
I like to incorporate a variety of musical styles such as Eastern European and Spanish traditional dances to broaden horizons.
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William L. July 25, 2017
· Violin · In studio
Just finished my first lesson and love Gabriella! She listened to my goals and created a personalized plan to teach my goals! Can't wait for next week!
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Aidyn July 23, 2017
· Viola · In studio
Very impressed with her teaching methodology, great skills and, most importantly, I believe our daughter will thrive musically with Ella.
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Amber B. December 9, 2014
· Violin · In home
I have learned so much in my short time taking lessons with Gabriella. She is incredibly attentive and great at explaining both theory and technique in a way that is easy to understand and remember. She is really comfortable and easy to work with!
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Gabriella P.

Gabriella P.

Columbus, OH 43221
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About Bradley A.

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Westerville, OH

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Brad has specialized in Vocal Performance developing talent and technique for the likes of Miss Ohio 2001, Touring Professionals, Karaoke Singers, and Conservatory Students. He has a large range of interest and ability in the Musical and Theatrical Arts and has performed with Cantari Singers, Columbus Light Opera, Weathervane Playhouse, and toured in Italy, Germany, Wales, England, France, Austria, Switzerland. He has given Masterclasses in vocal technique to his Alma Mater and German Diction in Sevilla, Spain. He's as comfortable playing Captain Von Trapp as Charlie Brown. He has appeared as a World Premiere Vocalist, Phantom of the Opera, 1st Trumpet with the select OSU Repetoire Band, and in International Competition.

He holds a Bachelor of Music Performance and a Bachelor of Music Education from The Ohio State University. His
passion for music extends from intense listening to creative expression. He is ready to share his Love of the Performing Arts with his next students.
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Sarah S. October 3, 2017
· Christian Gospel · In studio
My daughter was so happy to have her first lesson with Mr Bradley which went well. She is looking forward to her next class thank you Mr Bradley.
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PHONG May 30, 2017
· Piano · In studio
GOOD TEACHER AND VERY HELPFUL.
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Conrad December 17, 2016
· Singing · In studio
I have attended lessons under Mr. Bradley for several months, and I would highly recommend him to others. He is patient, understanding, and persistent. His competence is unquestionable, and I look forward to studying under him in the future.
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Bradley A.

Bradley A.

Westerville, OH 43081
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About Steven F.

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Columbus, OH
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About Steven
Steven F offers instruction for electric or acoustic bass guitar, upright bass, mandolin and ukulele as well as music theory.

Steven F., a professional musician and teacher for over fifteen years, graduated cum laude with a performance degree in the upright bass from The Ohio State University where he studied and performed everything from classical to classic rock. Indeed, from the blues to bluegrass, from rock to classical, he has done it all. He currently plays with The Spikedrivers, Fox ‘n’ Hounds Bluegrass Ensemble, and Neil Jacobs' American Gypsy. He recently performed with guitar legends GE Smith and Jorma Kaukonen and David Grier.

In addition, Fox is a gifted instructor with over twelve years of experience. He incorporates music theory and technique in lessons so his students are able to go farther than just readin
g music. They learn to create music, to play with other musicians, and to play by ear.

Although Fox is serious about music he is able to keep lessons entertaining for students, and offers instruction in many musical genres. Many of Fox’s students have gone on to study music in college and have started successful careers in the field.
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Sharon January 16, 2018
· Upright Bass · Online
My Instructor was very clear and specific so that what he was teaching made sense to me, both in concept and actual playing the double bass. I would give him 10 stars if I could.
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Tony P. October 21, 2016
· Ukulele · Online
I find Steven to be very encouraging, his explanations are clear and concise, and the lessons are a lot of fun. I am amazed at how much we're able to accomplish in a thirty minute lesson.
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Steven F.

Steven F.

Columbus, OH 43212
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About Lauren S.

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Pickerington, OH
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About Lauren
Hello! My name is Lauren S., and I am excited to bring out the musician in you!

Whether you're searching for yourself or your child, I would love to invite you to my beautiful creative space and help you meet your musical goals.

I focus on developing true artistry with my students and giving them the fundamental tools to be able to play and write various styles of music including classical, musical theater, folk, contemporary, Christian, and more.

We play from the very first lesson and learn other concepts such as music theory, literacy, and technique in subsequent lessons.

My students are involved in school ensembles, church choirs, community choirs, community and children's theater, and district contests. I support and seek out these opportunities according to their interests.

Please send me a note! I can't wait to get
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Michaela April 27, 2017
· Violin · Online
My 16 year old daughter is not only enjoying her lessons with Lauren and motivated to practice regularly, she is advancing at a strong pace due to the intuitive and creative teaching skills that a Lauren creates for my daughter! I get the sense that lessons are prepared with thoughtful consideration and attention to my daughter's needs and ability with the future goals always attended to! So far Lauren has been an excellent teacher for my child!🤗
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Dulce A. February 11, 2017
· Classical Piano · In studio
Very nice teacher
Good lesson
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Sebastian F. December 31, 2016
· Violin · In studio
Great first session with Lauren today. Our son is super excited to continue learning with her.
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Lauren S.

Lauren S.

Pickerington, OH 43147
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About Ben U.

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Columbus, OH

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Music Lessons & Tutoring

Welcome to my studio, where I will instruct you in your musical and academic endeavors. What sets me apart is that I offer diverse instruction in two different areas. In my music studio, I give lessons in piano, violin, guitar, and composition. In my tutoring center, I specialize in Latin (learning from scratch and tutoring). I instruct students of all ages at different skill levels.

My in-studio lessons are given on a grand piano.

Education

BM Music Composition -- Ohio State University, Autumn 2012
BA Classics (Greek and Latin) -- Ohio State University, Autumn 2012
Classics Fellowship -- Indiana University, 2013-2014
Piano Training: Collegiate lessons from Steven Glaser and private lessons from George Haddad

Accomplishments

As a high school senior, under the tutelage of OSU Profess
or Emeritus and world-renowned pianist George Haddad, I performed the first movement of Shostakovich's Second Piano Concerto with the chamber orchestra.

I performed different self-composed pieces at seven OSU Composers' Workshops and won the Audience Favorite Award at the Johnstone Woodwinds Composition Competition in 2012. My Senior Composition Recital was performed on October 25, 2012. It showcased several of my three-movement works: string quartet, clarinet solo, set of classical songs for piano and voice, set of pop songs for piano and voice. Interspersed with these were two solo piano pieces and a duet for piano and violin.

My background makes me a knowledgeable and effective tutor. I was valedictorian at Delaware Hayes High School in 2009 and received OSU's Maximus Scholarship based on my ACT and SAT scores.
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Lillian J. January 12, 2018
· Piano · In home
Ben was on time and he was very patient with my 5 year old daughter.
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Catherine August 30, 2017
· Violin ·
My son enjoyed his experience and he was patient with him.
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Catherine H. August 21, 2017
· Violin · Online
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Columbus, OH 43220
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About Amy C.

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Columbus, OH

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Are you interested in learning piano, or do you have a child who is? I can't wait to help you turn this desire into reality! My name is Amy, and I am a piano teacher who specializes in teaching children. I descend from a long line of musicians (both my mother and grandmother were piano teachers) and have played piano for 21 years, studying with a private instructor for 13 of those. I received my BFA at Goddard College (’14) and my MFA at Boston University (’16).

Over the past seven years I have taught piano to students of all ages and levels in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Boston, Massachusetts, and now Columbus! I am currently accepting students for the Winter 2018 Semester! As a member of the Ohio Music Teacher’s Association, I can offer your child multiple performance opportunities throughout the year, as well as small group lessons in my s
tudio. Learning an instrument is beneficial for many reasons. Aside from the obvious enjoyment one gets out of playing beautiful music, working at a skill week after week helps children build confidence and grow in all areas of life. I coach my students to take pride in their accomplishments, to exude an air of assurance and poise when sitting at the piano, and to become self-directed learners.

MY TEACHING PHILOSOPHY:
One of the wonderful (and obvious) benefits of private instruction is that each student's unique abilities and shortcomings can be brought into clear focus and addressed. I am highly skilled at encouraging students through a careful balance of praise and constructive criticism. I make sure they are aware of (and take pride in) their strengths so that when challenging moments arise, they are motivated to do the work.

I maintain high expectations for my students, constantly reminding them that it's the quality (not the quantity) of their playing that counts. It is much more important to me that a student learns to play one piece well rather than ten pieces poorly. There is no race to the finish line. I believe in taking however much time is necessary to help a child understand a concept—we might spend the majority of a lesson on it if we have to. Learning must be done at the child's own speed. Children benefit enormously from having 100% of my attention during lessons; they will never need to try and "catch up" with other students.

METHOD:
Most method books for young students focus on teaching the child to read notes on a page, and as one can only learn to read music so fast, children are therefore stuck playing songs that keep the hands rooted on or around Middle C. There are so many problems with this method, least of all the fact that it's quite boring. A bigger issue is the lack of focus on technique and playing. Children are naturally musical--they love to sing and dance. Playing piano should be no different. Children can be taught songs using no music at all; rather, they can learn simple melodies by identifying patterns on the piano. This helps train their ear AND frees the child up to focus on technique rather than scrutinizing the notes on the page. My students get to use the entire keyboard almost right away (both black keys and white keys) rather than being crowded around Middle C.

Another issue with the Middle C position is that it creates an awkward twisting inward of the wrists, which breeds tension. The first thing students should learn is how to play with relaxed wrists, not tense ones!! This is one of the building blocks of good piano technique. Keeping kids rooted around Middle C for the first six months of their piano education does not set them up for good technique.

Now, all of this is not to say that I don't teach children to read music--I do. Absolutely! I introduce intervals and guide notes as soon as possible. I think the intervallic approach is super useful, especially when dealing with children who are coached from a young age to look for patterns. Alongside reading music, though, it is important to teach songs that are only for playing.

For beginning students, I like to use the Piano Safari method. These books offer a wonderful blend of rote pieces (for playing, not reading) and reading pieces that use the intervallic approach. These pieces are fun and engaging--some parents complain about how their children won't stop practicing them! Here is a sampling book of other books and materials I may use:

Beginning Students: Tales of a Musical Journey Books 1 + 2, Piano Safari Books 1 + 2, Carl Czerny's The Little Pianist, Bastien Piano Literature Book 1, Royal Conservatory Series Preparatory Books A & B and Book 1

Intermediate Students: Piano Safari Book 3, Bastien Piano Literature Books 2-4, Royal Conservatory Series Books 2-6

Advanced Students: Bastien Piano Literature Books 5-6, Early Advanced Classics to Moderns, Royal Conservatory Series Books 7-10
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Ali R. January 9, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Very engaging first lesson! Ali is excited to continue.
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Jasmine R. November 16, 2017
· Piano · In home
We had our first piano lesson today and Amy was absolutely fantastic. My daughter left very excited and looking forward to her next lesson.
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Mickey M. February 23, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Amy has been great. She adjusted quickly to my skill level (somewhere between beginner and intermediate), tailored what she taught me to my interests, and is generally very patient and helpful. She's skilled, knowledgable, and is great to work with!
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Amy C.

Columbus, OH 43202
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About Blaze J.

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Hello my name is Blaze Johnson I am a singer songwriter artist and producer. I am a NBC’s the voice alumni season8 with many years of experience under my belt I am also a talent scout. I specialize in gospel pop R&B and many other genres of music I believe if you are looking to be taught in a more advanced level as well as basic level I can be the one to teach you. Thank you for your time for viewing my profile I hope to work with you really soon!
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Jaida B. June 16, 2016
· Singing · In studio
Still a great instructor I definitely would reccomend
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Jaida B. March 11, 2016
· Singing · In studio
(So far on first impression) He's very approachable, very professional, will help with any questions you may have. I'm looking forward to continuing to work with Mr.Johnson. :)
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Blaze J.

Blaze J.

Reynoldsburg, OH 43068
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About Aaron H.

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Columbus, OH
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Saxophonist and Producer Aaron Holbrook is a Juilliard trained musician who has performed and toured with many notable artists
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Erica S. December 4, 2017
· Saxophone · Online
Aaron has really inspired my son to pick up the Sax again after a six month hiatus. Aaron pushes him musically and challenges him daily on scale work, music theory and song performance. I could not be happier.
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Connie P. October 15, 2017
· Saxophone · Online
Aaron was patience and she felt comfortable with him.
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Lee August 30, 2017
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I have been taking soprano saxophone lessons with Aaron for about 8.5 months now. Aaron is enthusiastic, energetic and knowledgeable. His serious training shines through and he encourages your development along the lines that the student desires. Your musical goals become his for you. I am fortunate to have him as my teacher.
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Aaron H.

Aaron H.

Columbus, OH 43240
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About Gabrielle S.

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Columbus, OH

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About Gabrielle
Meet Gabrielle:

Gabrielle has coached individuals, choirs, and camps locally and internationally to perfect their tone and sing with skill and freedom. Aside from teaching, she also is a traveling performer, and a host of creative music production workshops in elementary schools and other family friendly venues.

Musical History:

As a professional singer formerly signed to Sony Records and Cherrylane Publishing she has a few songwriting credits in movies, television, albums and video games. After starring in a reality show, releasing an album, touring with some of music's biggest names, walking the red carpet, and performing at the Billboard awards, she returned home to really find her sound after her music group disbanded.

"It has been such a journey. Now that I've found my voice, I want to help others discover theirs too.
It's so important to me. As a striving musician, successes and failures have only deepened my passion and taught me the importance of knowing myself as an artist. I love helping others believe in themselves and release what's truly inside them."

She is very diverse and able to do all kinds of genres. She is also a producer and is passionate about music arrangement, song writing and recording. She currently runs RunSong Studios.

What to Expect as a Student:

* Train to hear the note, tune tone, sing on key 

* Learn to create and control runs and ad libs

* Find the perfect harmonies automatically 

* Strengthen diaphragm and learn to breathe correctly 

* Learn to sing with emotion and let the true individual shine through

* Push the limits with the right exercises and free the voice to truly soar 

* Be empowered and encouraged as a singer and a raw artist, whether this is a hobby or an epic dream

I recommend children's session be no shorter than an hour. 30 minutes goes by very quickly and children's classes are more about building confidence as well as skill which takes a bit longer.
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April December 4, 2017
· Vocal Training · In studio
Gabrielle is an expert in music and vocal training. She has helped me discover a voice I didn’t know I had and she’s helping me find my creativity.
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Kayla April 19, 2017
· Vocal Training · In home
Gabrielle has a deep passion for music and for teaching people how to excel in their musical gift. She also has an excellent ability to compose music and helped me with composing a melody for a song I had written. Gabrielle used to be apart of a musical group where many of her vocal skills and talents were showcased. Because of her experience in the musical industry, my personal experience that I had with her, and her passion, I have no doubt that Gabrielle is the perfect instructor for anyone needing vocal training.
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Gabrielle S.

Gabrielle S.

Columbus, OH 43203
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About Sarah L.

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Pickerington, OH
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Hello! My name is Sarah. I have been playing the piano since I was 5 years old. I studied all throughout elementary, middle, and high school. I attended Capital University in Columbus, Ohio as a Music Major and studied voice but also took piano classes. I also enjoy singing and playing the ukulele. I can't wait to teach you!
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Sarah L.

Sarah L.

Pickerington, OH 43147
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