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About Lydia H.

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Croton, OH

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Lydia started her musical journey at age 8 with piano and later adding harp when she was 12. She wanted to share her gift of music with others and started teaching piano and harp lessons when she was 17. Lydia was hired on as a teacher with a local professional music company and worked there for 4 years. During that time she continued her education and received the necessary training on how to effectively teach students of any age.

Currently Lydia is a full-time professional harpist and music teacher maintaining a studio of 40 students. Lydia has performed well over 800 times in Columbus and the surrounding areas and has recorded 3 CDs of her beautiful music. She is the principal harpist for the Cardinal Health Chamber Orchestra and also plays with the orchestra at Northwest Bible Church.

Lydia enjoys sharing the gift of mus
ic with others and seeing their joy from being able play for themselves.

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14 years experience

2 optional recitals per year (Spring and Christmas)

Ages 4 through adult
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Diane S. August 11, 2018
· Harp · Online
Lydia is very helpful and goes beyond the norm to help you learn. She gives great ideas. She is very knowledgeable and an excellent harpist.
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Chase A. August 6, 2018
· Harp · Online
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Gabriel June 4, 2018
· Piano · Online
It was my first lesson but I got comfortable with the teacher really quick (and that’s not me, it usually gets for ever to get comfortable with someone).
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Lydia H.

Lydia H.

Croton, OH 43013
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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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Alyssa August 24, 2018
· Broadway Singing · In home
My daughter has learned so much from Bradley already, and it’s only her 5th lesson. He teaches her breathing as well as vocal techniques to maximize her performance.
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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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Bradley A.

Bradley A.

Westerville, OH 43081
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About Steven F.

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Columbus, OH
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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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Faith August 1, 2018
· Bass Guitar · In studio
Quickly assessed appropriate level to begin at and jumped right in. Really impressive musician with great communication.
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john May 15, 2018
· Upright Bass · Online
Steve is a very talented teacher and bassist with great teaching capacity.
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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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Steven F.

Columbus, OH 43212
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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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Lisa S. September 10, 2018
· Latin · Online
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Joe A. August 15, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Good so far, first one so getting bearings but should be what I need, very helpful and supportive
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Mary R. June 19, 2018
· Piano · In home
Ben goes patiently and slowly with my 3 granddaughters, ages 7 and 8.
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Ben U.

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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Frank B. July 19, 2018
· Piano · In home
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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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Amy C.

Amy C.

Columbus, OH 43202
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About Anthony W.

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Columbus, OH
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Tony, originally from Buffalo, NY, attended SUNY College at Fredonia where he received a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education. While at Fredonia he received a Performer’s Certificate in trombone. Tony then attended Duquesne University where he earned his Master of Music degree in trombone performance. After graduation, he spent time freelancing and teaching in the greater Pittsburgh area. Tony then attended Indiana University, continuing his graduate work focusing on trombone performance. After his time at IU and freelancing in the greater Indianapolis area, he moved to Columbus, OH and completed his Doctor of Musical Arts in Trombone degree in August 2015 at Ohio State University. While in Columbus, he has thrived as a freelancer while keeping a busy teaching schedule. His principal teachers have included Carl Mazzio, Scott
Parkinson, Peter Sullivan, Peter Ellefson and Joe Duchi.
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Lucas March 16, 2016
· Trombone ·
Dr. Tony Weikel is an amazing musician and brass player. He understands well the instruments and their idiosyncrasies. He will definitely help you become the best musician you can be.
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Sean February 13, 2016
· Music Performance · Online
Tony is a fantastic and patient teacher with a rich background of experience and mentorship to draw from. Highly recommended!
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Megan February 13, 2016
· Trombone · In studio
Tony is a great instructor! He is very knowledgeable and patient. I have greatly improved my playing since he started teaching me. I highly recommend him!
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Anthony W.

Anthony W.

Columbus, OH 43206
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$30 / 30-min

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 Kristen S.

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Canal Winchester, OH

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I am a classically trained vocalist and pianist.
I graduated from the University of South Dakota with Masters in Vocal Performance. I also have a Master of Arts in Church Music from Trinity Lutheran Seminary at Capital University.

When I started voice lessons in high school I started at the very bottom. I am a better teacher for having to start at the very beginning.

Voice students can expect to improve week to week in their vocal technique. Every voice has a unique timbre; I teach students to release built up tension and apply foundational techniques in order to unlock their own individual sound. I can help any student to sing with freedom, confidence, and expression.

I teach piano students of all different ages and experience levels. I studied classical piano for 13 years. I can teach students to read music and pursue classi
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Kristen S.

Kristen S.

Canal Winchester, OH 43110
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$25 / 30-min

About Vivien H.

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Westerville, OH
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Hi, nice to meet you!

I hold a Master degree of Music in Flute Performance from The Ohio State University and a Bachelor degree in Music Performance from Minzu University of China.

As a winner of the University of Central Oklahoma Concerto Competition, I played the Mozart Flute Concerto in D Major as a soloist with the UCO Symphony Orchestra.

I am capable of teaching students at all levels, and all music styles: Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Contemporary. My lesson often included warm-up, etude, repertoire, theory, and orchestral excerpts.

Please don’t hesitate contacting me! I’m happy to answer all questions!

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Vivien H.

Vivien H.

Westerville, OH 43081
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About Amy J.

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Pickerington, OH
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Hello! My name is Amy Jackson and I am so excited to meet you. I've loved music since day 1, so much that I chose to major in it! I recently graduated from Capital University in May of 2018 with a Bachelors in Music Education, and I currently teach elementary school music and choir in Springfield, OH. Throughout my career, I've performed classical voice and opera. Additionally, I've always had a sincere interest in musical theatre, and have played roles like The Witch in "Into the Woods," Aunt Eller in "Oklahoma,"and "Mme. Thenardier" in Les Miserables. I currently am a cantor at Our Lady of Peace church in Clintonville.

I am so passionate about helping others find their voice and I fervently believe everyone can sing. In my studio, students of all ability levels are welcome to engage in vocalises, multiple genres of music, and singing g
ames that will challenge students while meeting them where they're at. I'd love the opportunity to work with you at my voice studio in Pickerington, or at your home.
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Amy J.

Amy J.

Pickerington, OH 43147
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$34 / 30-min

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