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A Closer Look at Music in Oklahoma City

By Beverly M. - Oklahoma City Piano Teacher

I’ve lived in some interesting places in my life — Paraguay, South America: Roswell, New Mexico; and Scottsdale, Arizona - just to name a few. I can tell you a lot about Paraguay and Roswell, because I spent long periods of time in each of those places. But in the 8 ½ years I have lived and taught piano lessons in El Reno, Oklahoma, I had no idea until today that there was a famous musician from this sleepy little town.

Surprisingly, there is a famous musician from my little town—and a very good one at that! Sam Rivers is a jazz musician and composer who performs on soprano and tenor saxophones, bass clarinet, flute, harmonica and piano. He was born in 1923, currently resides in Orlando, FL, and performs regularly with his orchestra and trio.

The other thing I discovered today came during a moment of self reflection. You would have thought as a musician I would have searched for the musical history of my new home, but I didn’t. I got busy — very busy — and put my blinders on like a good workhorse and got right to work. I had to build a business teaching piano lessons in Oklahoma City from the ground up.

Not only did I not know about Sam Rivers, but I also didn’t know about the Damrosch Music Club, which has existed in this town for five years. The monthly meetings that I attend with that group of musicians and singers are now one of the highlights of each month, and I totally missed it for five years. I only discovered it because the chorus director of the group came to a piano recital of her nephew and immediately asked me to perform at their meeting the following week. If I had only done some research, I could have been a part of this group when I first arrived in town. Our Christmas performances at the Federal prison are THE performance experiences of the year for me.

I would have to say that I have found teaching piano in El Reno/Oklahoma City more challenging than in other areas I have lived, but not in a way that you might think. In each community I have always had a few students who were special needs or had physical handicaps, but it wasn’t until recently that I realized that 28% of my 48 students have some sort of learning disability or physical handicap. It’s not that this community has more special needs population than any other—far from it! It’s somewhat of a mystery to me as to how these students found me, but I must say that I am SO blessed that they did! Although I have no special training to teach them, somehow we always figure out a way to make it work. What an eye-opener it has been for me to realize that ANYONE can learn to play piano! My “orchestra” is full of musicians who are “different.” What wonderful flavor they add to my life, and to the music that fills the air in this community.

If we’re not careful, we can become so one dimensional, so focused, so caught up in our own little world, we forget to look around to see all the incredible talents that have blazed a trail before us, or appreciate who is blossoming around us. From time to time, let’s look up, take the blinders off, and look to see who else in playing in the orchestra or singing in the chorus of life! I encourage you to remember this as you begin your musical journey taking piano lessons in Oklahoma City.

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I love to teach piano! I want the student to have fun and love learning this instrument. I love to see light bulbs go off as they have mastered or completely understood a skill.

About Ruthie
My name is Ruthie and I graduated from the University of Northern Colorado in May of 2007 with a Bachelors of Music Education degree with an emphasis in voice. Through my collegiate experiences, I had the privilege of participating in a Concert Choir, Barbershop/A Capella Ensembles, Vocal Jazz Ensembles and Performance in Solo Voice. The jazz program at UNC is one of the finest in the United States, and to be selected as a member of one of the vocal jazz ensembles was an honor in itself. From these experiences I have gained knowledge about the importance of vocal performance and music advocacy. I accepted a position as a general music teacher in Colorado in the fall of 2007 and then worked part time for a school in Laguna Niguel, CA until June of 2012. I recently moved from California to Minnesota and am trying to get my music student cli
entele established. I love to sing all different styles and I'd love to help you find your style and help discover your passions.

My passion for music started for me as a young child. I grew up in a musically inclined family, and was inspired and motivated by family members to use my gifts and talents to educate students about the world of music. My immense love for children, coupled with my educational experiences and my passion for music qualify me as a fun and exciting teacher.

I am huge lover of Barbershop/Sweet Adeline music and I recently competed in the International Young Women in Harmony Quartet Contest in Nashville, TN. My quartet, Vogue, won the competition. The Young Women in Harmony contest is for girls 25 years old and younger. I recently sang with a quartet called, Dolce. We competed in two International Competitions in Denver and Hawaii and placed 10th and 15th in the world. I was also a member of the International Gold Medalist Chorus, Harborlites, which is comprised of 180 female singers.

"Music isn't just learning notes and playing them, You learn notes to play to the music of your soul." - Katie Greenwood

*** Lesson Details ***
My lessons will be educational and fun. I want to find your passions and interests and from there I will create lesson plans to enhance your learning experience in your specified concentration. Voice lessons will start with vocal warm ups and exercises and then we will proceed to work on vocal techniques and preferred repertoire. During the lessons we will create goals and work on those goals so you become a successful musician.

I am a very patient and caring teacher and I am able to create the lessons to your style and needs. Music is fun and I want to make it that way for you!

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have a full keyboard.

*** Specialties ***
I studied music education in college with a vocal emphasis. I am classically trained but studied jazz as well. I also am a member of an internationally ranked barbershop chorus and quartet. I specialize in singing bass and lead in barbershop.
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Marissa February 9, 2017
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She was very accommodating to our schedule. Very friendly and really motivated my daughter to want to learn and practice!
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Ruthie T.

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About Tracy D.

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I can help those, who are new to the instrument, to become familiar with scales, progressions, technique, reading, and musical styles. I enjoy helping students find their voices and tastes by using videos and music that inspires them. If students already have some songs that they wish to learn, I can help them achieve those goals, as well.

About Tracy
I have been playing the drum set in various bands since 2001. I have also been playing with the OKC Community Orchestra since 2009. I have played in symphonic and jazz bands and a percussion ensemble. I have taught a percussion class, private lessons, and I have been a full time music teacher in the OKC district. I have recorded in the studio also, and I enjoy doing a bit of my own production. Rocking on stage is my favorite activity! I can teach you how to be an integral part of a band and play along to your favorites. I enjoy bringing out the best in a student and teaching to his/her strengths. Let's run!

*** Lesson Details ***
I am a very easygoing and patient teacher. I fully understand that the drum set requires a high level of coordination, and I am mindful of this while working with students. I will begin with proper gr
ip and stroke technique as well as the use of a metronome. I will teach the student to read rhythms and drum set notation. I know how to isolate difficult patterns, break them down into understandable parts, and reintegrate them into a piece. I like to use the music that a student enjoys to relate to the written music. I have found YouTube to be an indispensable tool for this, and my students have responded very well. I will work on snare drum technique as well, because it is the primary voice on the set, and the touch and nuance required to play it well relate to the set as well. I will tailor my instruction to suit the student's learning style and preferences. I want to make the learning fun, so I will help the student quickly gain the basic skills to play along with their favorite bands. This promotes musicality as well as solid time. It will also aid in transcription, which will come with development and is a valuable tool. I will use this in tandem with technique-building exercises to form a well rounded musician. I believe that a student should have a familiarity with his/her instrument, so we will also go over the anatomy and tuning of the set. Above all, music should be fun!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music room w/ drum set, hand drums, and seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
I have a practice pad, snare drum, and sticks. If a student wishes to have drum set lessons in his/her home, that instrument should be there.
**Please note** I do have a drum set in my home.

*** Specialties ***
For the drum set, I am the most experienced in rock, country, and bluegrass styles. I am comfortable with both Stevens and Burton grips for mallet instruments.

1. *** See my article on drum set tips! ***
http://takelessons.com/blog/how-to-read-drum-sheet-music
2. ***See my article about the benefits of learning drums as an adult.***
http://takelessons.com/blog/learning-to-drum-as-an-adult
3. *** See my article on Efficient Practice Methods. ***
http://takelessons.com/blog/how-to-practice-drums-z07
4. *** See my article on Coordination Exercises. ***
http://takelessons.com/blog/hand-eye-coordination-exercises-for-drummers-z07
5. *** See my article on Snare Drum Basics. ***
http://takelessons.com/blog/5-exercises-to-master-snare-drum-basics-z07
6. *** See my Gear Guide article on drum sticks. ***
http://takelessons.com/blog/which-drum-sticks-are-the-best-z07
7. *** See my Gear Guide article on Drum Sets. ***
http://takelessons.com/blog/best-drum-set-brands-z07
8. *** See my Gear Guide article on cymbals. ***
http://takelessons.com/blog/drum-cymbals-z07
9. ***See my article about different grips.***
http://takelessons.com/blog/how-to-hold-drum-sticks-z07
10. **See my article about drum apps. ***
http://takelessons.com/blog/apps-for-drummers-z07
11. **See my article about drum thrones. ***
http://takelessons.com/blog/drum-thrones-gear-for-drummers-z07
12. **See my article about nailing performances.**
http://takelessons.com/blog/drum-performance-tips-z07
13. ***See my article about rudiments.***
http://takelessons.com/blog/7-essential-drum-rudiments-z07
14. ***See my article about tuning your drums.***
http://takelessons.com/blog/drum-tuning-z07
15. ***See my article about reading drum charts/tabs.***
http://takelessons.com/blog/drum-charts-for-beginners-z07
16. ***See my article about different types of sticks/effects.***
http://takelessons.com/blog/types-of-drum-sticks-z07#comment-910418
17. ***See my article about Bass Drum Technique.***
http://takelessons.com/blog/bass-drum-technique-z07
18. ***See my article on Snare Drum Technique.***
http://takelessons.com/blog/how-to-play-snare-drum-z07
19. ***See my article on Fills.***
http://takelessons.com/blog/drum-fills-z07
20.*** See my article on Different Drum Types.***
http://takelessons.com/blog/guide_to_different_types_of_drums_z07

Recording Credits: "The Mary Rose" and "Normandie" from the album, Demos and Premiers, by Callen Clarke and Kyle Dillingham
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Ayla S. June 11, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Tracy was good at engaging my 5 year old. She is very excited to learn more!
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Cab B. November 28, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Tracy was very welcoming and patient! She asked music my son liked to increase interest and took the lesson from there!
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Gayla A. September 12, 2016
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She is the best!
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Tracy D.

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Edmond, OK 73003
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About Beverly M.

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I am qualified to teach piano by note from beginner through early advanced (all ages)

By ear, I teach beginner through very advanced.

I also have experience teaching special needs students, students with physical handicaps, and students with physical limitations (Ex: Autism, delayed learning, ADD, ADHD, Multiple Sclerosis, arthritis, etc.), and feel that anyone can learn to play. We may need to slow the pace or change the technique, but I haven't found a child or an adult who couldn't learn to play piano, if they really have the desire to do so. In many cases, I've seen students who struggle in other areas of life excel in the area of music.

About Beverly
My greatest desire is that I will instill in each of my students the love I have for making music. I consider it to be the language of the heart, and nothing equals the moment you realize you are hearing your thoughts and feelings in the music you are playing. What a priceless gift to give yourself!

Perhaps you've decided to become a professional musician, or maybe you've decided to follow a dream you've had for a lifetime, to play piano for your own enjoyment---whatever your goal is, I can lead you there! It's NEVER too late to follow a dream!

I am a classically-trained pianist, and received music education in Paraguay, South America, and at Southwestern Assemblies of God University, Waxahachie, TX. I have also excelled at playing many styles by ear. I am fortunate to also love teaching, which allows me the incredible privile
ge of sharing my musical knowledge and my love for playing with anyone who wants to join me on this amazing journey.

I have 30+ years of experience teaching piano--from numerous four-year-olds to an eighty-six-year-old student. In addition to teaching students to play by note, I enjoy teaching students to play by ear. Together, we will explore many different types of music--Easy-listening, Country, Southern Gospel, Black Gospel, Blues, Latin, Contemporary, Classical, etc.

I am qualified to teach piano by note from beginner through early advanced (all ages); by ear, beginner through very advanced.

I also have experience teaching special needs students, students with physical handicaps, and students with physical limitations (Ex: Autism, delayed learning, ADD, ADHD, Multiple Sclerosis, arthritis, etc.), and feel that anyone can learn to play. We may need to slow the pace or change the technique, but I haven't found a child or an adult who couldn't learn to play piano, if they really have the desire to do so. In many cases, I've seen students who struggle in other areas of life excel in the area of music.

I have written more than 200 songs (mostly Gospel and some easy listening), with numerous ones having been recorded by various artists. Several have been arranged and published for church choirs.

Having lived in South America as a child, I am bilingual and qualified to give piano lessons in English or in Spanish.

I would be honored to share my knowledge and love of music with you. Give yourself a priceless gift that will last a lifetime!

*** Lesson Details ***
Our sessions will be laid back and comfortable, yet challenging. Humor will often find its way into our sessions. I am patient with my students, while helping them master new songs or techniques. I understand that every student learns in a way that is unique to them, and I will do my best to discover each student's learning method. I do not expect perfection, but I do strive for excellence. I believe every student should work to be the best pianist they can possibly be, while having fun doing so!

I believe it is important for students to have a strong foundation of learning to read notes--so much so, that I will not teach a young student to play by ear, who is is not willing to learn to play by note as well.

Adults who have never had piano lessons are encouraged to learn to play by note as well, and will be given the opportunity to learn to play by ear if they desire. Adults who have a good knowledge of reading music will truly enjoy learning to play many styles by ear, and learning how to improvise (adding extra elements to written music).

Each lesson will conclude with an assignment of songs given to work on throughout the week--usually 2-3 songs for 30-minute lessons, and 4-5 songs for an hour-long lesson. These will be the same songs we have worked on during the lesson time, so you will go home with the knowledge you need to master each song. Music theory sheets and technique exercises will also be included in the assignments.

Daily practice is strongly urged, in order for the student to progress. If a student doesn't practice, they won't progress. If they don't progress, they will become bored. It's a very short path from boredom to quitting. That's a tragedy that can very easily be avoided, by making a commitment to practice 5-6 days a week. The amount of recommended practice times varies according to age and level of skill.

Students will showcase what they have learned at a yearly recital, the second Saturday in December. I also encourage students to share their talent in community and school talent shows, at church, at family gatherings, and for friends. In just a few weeks you'll be playing songs that others will recognize!

Note: I do have cats in my home. Unfortunately, I do not have a way to block their access to the music studio. If you or your child has a problem with cat allergies, I can teach the lesson next door in our church.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons are taught in the front room on a studio piano. There is a couch for seating for parents who wish to stay and observe a lesson. The yearly piano recital is conducted at First Assembly of God (next door to the studio), and students will enjoy playing my 5'9" grand piano located in the church sanctuary.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I purchase the necessary books and lesson binder, and the student reimburses me. I provide weekly lesson sheets for the lesson binder. Every student needs to have a piano or keyboard, plenty of good lighting, and a reasonably quiet room.

*** Specialties ***
Classical, Country Gospel, Floyd Cramer Country, Black Gospel, Easy Listening, Easy Rock, Contemporary Christian, Latin, Pop. By note and by ear.
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Keri December 7, 2015
· Piano · In home
Mrs. Moss has taught all three of our children, who are of various ages and various abilities/styles of learning. Each child has enjoyed working with her! Mrs. Moss approaches teaching with a loving heart and a desire to share the gift of music with her students. She uses a mix of teaching by note and by ear, using various styles of music. I especially like the fact that, in addition to assigning pieces, she encourages students to learn pieces of their choosing. She communicates expectations very clearly with students and parents, which is much appreciated.
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Debby G. November 5, 2013
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I like this product.

Ms Bev is such an awesome teacher. She makes learning fun.
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Myra P. November 5, 2013
· Piano ·
Awesome!

Excellent experience! Skills, professionalism, communication, and reliability are second to none!
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Beverly M.

Beverly M.

El Reno, OK 73036
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Amanda is a classically trained pianist well versed in multiple styles of music and music theory throughout the eras. Your lesson will begin by getting to know your individual goals and desires. An individualized plan will be developed to help you meet your goals. You will learn to read and understand music and be able to play full songs as well as learning exercises to develop your technique. Amanda uses hard work and positive reinforcement and encouragement to keep lessons fun.

About Amanda
Recently moving back home from working as an actress and singer in the entertainment business in Los Angeles, Amanda is bringing her teaching to the OKC area. Amanda has taught piano and voice for 18 years. She is also a board certified Music Therapist who works with children and adults with special needs. Amanda has also performed in national tours of music theater shows and is a singer/songwriter with 2 country albums available on iTunes.

She was trained classically in both voice and piano. Amanda specializes in teaching classical piano and theory of music/reading music. Classical, opera, and music theater for voice as well as performance/vocal coaching for all other styles of popular music.

Amanda enjoys catering to the individual goals and needs of each student and developing an individualized plan that includes the repertoir
e and desires of the student. She believes in positive reinforcement and encouragement and keeping music fun while working hard to meet their goals.

There is also a yearly recital for students.
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Chaden January 31, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Amanda is an awesome teacher. We have been to other singing teachers in the past and did not learn near as much as my son did in just this first lesson. My son and I are looking forward to working with her.
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Keri September 30, 2016
· Singing · In studio
My first lesson ever. Amanda made me feel comfortable and I really enjoyed the lesson and learned so much... Looking forward to learning more...
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Baylee K. August 19, 2016
· Singing · In studio
Professional and personable! Seems to love what she does and be very good at it!!
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Oklahoma City, OK 73132
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I've graded piano labs at the university level and teach jazz piano voicings to my jazz ensemble pianists at the university that I teach music at. I am currently Director of Jazz Ensembles and Instructor of Saxophone at South Dakota State University. For booking, please sign up with TakeLessons today, and then we'll arrange a mutually agreeable meeting time.

About Carl
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Dr. Carl S. will be teaching at Oklahoma State University as a Lecturer of Saxophone and Music Theory during Dr. Jeffrey Loeffert's sabbatical replacement beginning August 2017. His duties include graduate saxophone lessons, graduate music theory review, graduate saxophone pedagogy, and saxophone studio class. Carl has an online music studio through TakeLessons, where he teaches several instruments privately and in group settings including saxophone, guitar, oboe, music theory, flute, oboe, and piano.

Prior to working at OSU, Carl was Instructor of Jazz and Saxophone at South Dakota State University from 2014-2017. His responsibilities included directing the annual SDSU/Brookings Optimist Jazz Festival, directing Jazz Ensembles I-II, Jazz Combo, Jazz Improvisation lessons, Jazz Pedagogy, online Jazz Appreciation,
private saxophone lessons, saxophone quartets, private oboe lessons, and group guitar class.

Carl completed his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in saxophone performance at the University of Kansas in 2014, and his Master of Music Pedagogy and Performance from Oklahoma State University in 2011. He graduated from Harrah High School in 2002, earned his Bachelor of Music Education from Southwestern Oklahoma State University in 2008, and was a 5th-12th grade Head Band Director at Fairview Public schools. He is currently a member of the North American Saxophone Alliance, the Jazz Education Network, Music Teachers National Association, treasurer of the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors, and an Honorary Member of Tau Beta Sigma. He has held previous memberships with Kappa Kappa Psi, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Kappa Delta Pi, and the Oklahoma Bandmasters Association.

While at KU, Carl was also a graduate teaching assistant for the saxophone studio and jazz studies program. His responsibilities included Assistant Director of the KU Jazz Festival, directing Jazz Ensembles II-III, directing Jazz Combo III-VI, assisting with the KU Jazz Festival, directing Saxophone Quartets II-III, teaching private saxophone lessons, assisting in saxophone studio class, and teaching the music education woodwind methods course. His Lecture Recital Document, A Performer’s Analysis of Selected Jazz Works for Saxophone Quartet, featured an interview with Bob Mintzer. Carl was a member of KU Jazz Ensemble I, KU Saxophone Quartet I, and KU's Helianthus New Music Ensemble. As a member of KU's Jazz Ensemble 1, Carl has performed with Dave Douglas, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Alex Sipiagin, Steve Owen, Gary Foster, Steve Houghton, Clint Ashlock, David von Kampen, Peter Epstein, Jeff Miley, James Miley, Roger Shew, and Brian Hamada, Brandon Draper, Rich Wheeler, Beau Bledsoe, Jeff Harshbarger, and Matt Otto. In July 2014, Carl went on a European tour with KU Jazz Ensemble I featuring Steve Leisring and Deborah Brown. Together, they performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, the Vienne Jazz Festival in France, and performed in several cities in Germany. Recordings by this band resulted in KU winning the DownBeat Student Award (Graduate College Large Jazz Ensemble Division) in 2015.

While at OSU, Carl was a GTA for the saxophone studio and music theory programs. His responsibilities included Music Theory I-IV tutoring and grading, sight-singing grading, piano labs, classical and jazz saxophone lessons, saxophone quartet coaching, saxophone studio Webmaster, and saxophone studio class. Carl was a member of the OSU Wind Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble 1. He had a regularly performing jazz trio and played in OSU's X2End saxophone quartet. The X2End quartet performed locally at the 2011 Navy Band Saxophone Symposium in Washington D.C., at the 2011 NASA Region IV Conference, and has won the state and division rounds of the 2010-2011 MTNA Chamber Music Competition. The X2End quartet went on to win the 3rd place prize at the national final round of the MTNA Chamber Music Competition. They also were the Division II Chamber Ensemble winners at the 2011 Hubbard Music Competition where they were awarded the 2nd place prize in the overall finals. Carl's final degree paper at OSU was a study of composer/performer collaboration. He traveled to Texas, Michigan, and Ohio to interview saxophonists and composers including David Dees, Peter Fischer, John Sampen,Marilyn Shrude, Joe Lulloff, and Charles Ruggiero. He has presented his lecture at the 2011 Navy Band Saxophone Symposium, the 2011 NASA Region IV Conference, and the 2012 OSU Single Reed Summit. As a member of OSU's Jazz Ensemble 1, he has performed with Bob Sheppard, Conrad Herwig, Wayne Bergeron, and Andy Martin.

While at SWOSU, Carl performed as a member of the marching band, wind ensemble, Jazz Ensemble A, saxophone quartet, and his own jazz combo named Five-Seven. As a member of SWOSU's Jazz Ensemble A, he has performed with Dan Haerle, Bob Bowman, Jack Mouse, Fred Forney, Janice Borla, Eddie Daniels, Pamela York, Lynn Seaton, Carl Allen, Dr. Michael Cox, Tom Williams, Dr. Robert Chambers, Dave Hanson, Drori Mondlak, Delores Williams, Byron Stripling, Frank Wess, Kenny Drew Jr.,Dennis Mackrel, Bill Watrous, Rich Eames, Jennifer Leitham, and Randy Drake.

Carl's primary saxophone instructors have been Vince Gnojek, Dr. Jeffrey Loeffert, Dr. Ann Bradfield, Dr. Keith Talley, and William Rodney Hull. He has had additional instruction in lessons and masterclasses from Gary Foster, Dr. Joseph Murphy, Dr. Michael Cox, Bob Sheppard, Johnny Salinas, Dr. Kimberly Goddard Loeffert, Dr. Geoffrey Deibel, Dr. Jonathan Nichol, Dr. Griffin Campbell, Dr. James Laughlin, and Dr. David Dees. Carl's jazz directors have included Dan Gailey, Bob McCurdy, Dr. Jonathan Martin, Dr. Keith Talley, and Dr. Terry Segress.

​Carl lives in Brookings, South Dakota. He enjoys recording several instruments in his home studio and composing new music. His compositions that have been performed include his big band arrangement of Cat Battles by Joshua Redman,September in the Refrain (alto saxophone and electronics), Funk-o-matic (jazz combo), Smooth (jazz combo), and The Deadline Arrives at Dawn (alto saxophone and electronics). As an advocate of new music involving the saxophone, he has participated in a commissioning consortium for Alone Together by composer David MacDonald through Kick Starter. In 2013, Carl performed the premier of Cuento #3 by Nelson Ramirez Diaz. During summer of 2014, he recorded selections from Dr. John Walker's "The Alto Saxophone in the Attic," published by Carl Fischer. At the 10th Annual SDSU/Brookings Optimist Jazz Festival in 2015, Carl directed SDSU Jazz Ensemble I's premier of Dog, Tired by David von Kampen.

​Dr. Carl is a Conn-Selmer Endorsing Artist. He hosted the North American Saxophone Alliance Region 3 (ND, SD, NE, MN, IA) Conference at South Dakota State University on March 17-18, 2017. On Saturday, April 8, 2017, Carl performed Dreams in the Dusk by David Biedenbender with South Dakota State University's Wind Symphony, directed by Dr. Jacob Wallace. On Monday, February 6, 2017, Carl will be performed the premiere of Lhotse for alto saxophone and percussion by Steve Danyew with Dr. Aaron Ragsdale.
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Arthur W. July 21, 2017
· Saxophone ·
Carl S. is a FANTASTIC performer and educator. I've seen him perform and teach in a variety of settings, and I respect him immensely. He is a wonderful, compassionate, motivated teacher. I wouldn't hesitate to send any student looking to improve their musical abilities. You will have made the right choice!
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Ravina P. July 13, 2017
· Oboe · Online
Carl is a great instructors. Many teachers are never vocal about what they want their students to do, they just tell them to do it. However, Carl talks a lot about technique and how to apply that technique to enhance your music skills. He is also VERY experienced and knows how to make the class fun. We will for sure be taking many more classes!
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Deborah W. July 10, 2017
· Oboe · Online
Carl is very friendly and patient. His first concern was to understand me and what I want to get out of my lessons. He gave me outstanding resources throughout our lesson, and I have clear objectives for next time. We used our time very efficiently - I was impressed!!

Excellent teacher - so pleased I selected him. :)
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Carl S.

Harrah, OK 73045
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Want to start learning the piano? I will show you the fundamentals of melody, harmony, and rhythm while learning standard repertoire and songs you are interested in. My beginning piano students have had many accomplishments including getting into their top high school jazz bands. Most of my students can play a song by the end of their very first lesson! I also use an internationally recognized curriculum so you can be assured you are learning what you need to.

About Chris
My name is Chris and I am a professional trumpet player and educator. I have been teaching private music lessons since 2005 and have loved helping my students prepare for auditions, learn the fundamentals of their instruments, and grow as musicians. I went to Mercyhurst University and earned a Bachelor's of Music Degree in Music Education in 2009. I then went on to perform around the world as a lead trumpet player on cruise ships. I'm a passionate and determined person and my teaching style is goal oriented, encouraging, and personalized. I look forward to helping you reach your goals!
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Lee July 17, 2017
· Trumpet · Online
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Spencer March 13, 2017
· Trumpet · Online
Very knowledgeable and helpful!
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Shana March 6, 2017
· Piano · In home
Chris is teaching my 9-year-old to play piano for the first time. He's very patient with him and helps him stay focused. He's made practice easy for him to follow and seems to be moving at a pace fast enough to keep my son interested and challenged. Chris is able to work with this energy level really well. I know my son is having fun and excited to be learning piano.
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Chris W.

Oklahoma City, OK 73120
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I’ve played piano most of my musical life. I took regular lessons throughout high school and college. I take slightly different approaches in teaching piano, depending on the student’s age. Most importantly tough, I try to get students familiar with or reading music as soon as possible.
Intermediate piano students of mine become fluent in all major and a few minor keys, plus they meet regular goals through the use of method books. I’ve even taught students how to accompany other instruments and play in ensembles.

About David
My name is David and I'm a professional musician who just moved to North Austin. I came from Cincinnati, where I went to the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, taught dozens of students at all levels and played regular gigs every weekend. I have been teaching for over fifteen years, and I'm looking to get a few new students.
I teach guitar, piano, bass guitar and even upright bass. If it's a tutor you are looking for I can also teach music theory and appreciation. I have a knack for teaching young people, probably because I was young when I started my musical journey. I've been very successful at inspiring a student's love of music and instilling the patience required to take on the challenge of playing an instrument.
The first thing I like to do is get to know you, the music you enjoy and your goals. In a way, I l
ike to begin by letting the student lead.
In addition to learning from you, I intend to present you with new information, to try and broaden your musical tastes and teach you how to be an active listener.
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Andy June 21, 2017
· Piano · In studio
he's very patient without being condescending or patronizing. works very well with my 13 yo son.
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Trevor G. June 7, 2017
· Ukulele · Online
Wonderful first lesson. Well thought out with actionable steps for me to work on this next week.
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Luciano May 29, 2017
· Ukulele · In studio
David was fantastic with my son... extremely patient, better than anyone we've worked with in the past as far as keeping my son engaged and interested in the subject. He has a great feel for feeding out just enough information without overwhelming the little ones.
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David L.

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San Marcos, TX
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After teaching for several years and seeing what works best for students, I've learned that the best way to teach piano is to first teach you the patterns that are in music. We couple that with learning piano fingering patterns, how to read music, and a little bit about the different styles and techniques of piano. I can teach you to do virtually anything you can dream of with the instrument in what typically is about a 6 month process. :)

About Ashleigh
Hello, and thanks for visiting! I have been teaching piano, voice, & various aspects of music for 10+ years now. I have a degree in Sound Engineering from Texas State University (2011), with a piano focus. More importantly, I've been playing the piano & singing for 27 years, and have developed a deep love for all things music.

I write my own music & perform nationally playing piano & singing. I have also done over 500 classical performances & worked as an accompanist at the college level. You can visit my webpage at: http://www.ashleighstonemusic.com.

I prefer to ask my students what their main goal is and work from there. Most students don't want to be classical pianists. Many of the students I work with just want to be able to play songs, write songs, or jam with their friends. I can teach you all of those things as well as the tr
aditional piano and classical methods.

I look forward to hearing from you and helping you realize your musical dreams.
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Marc June 1, 2016
· Choir · In studio
As a local music teacher and performer who has worked with Ashleigh on many occasions, I highly recommend her to teach piano, voice, and any other music instruction. She is a first-rate musician with an extensive knowledge of theory and piano technique. And, her pleasant nature makes her very comfortable to be around!
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Ashleigh S.

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Oklahoma City, OK
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I like to interact with students and will let class be interesting. Students can learn piano without pressure.I would like my students to enjoy playing piano.

About Hsin Hua
Hello, my name Hsin Hua. I have Bachelor and Master degrees of Piano Performance. I love teaching piano and I will be happy to see my students to improve their playing from my guidance. Welcome to join my class if you like music.
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Alexis S. June 23, 2017
· Piano · In home
It was Alexis first lesson but I could tell she enjoyed the lesson with Hsin. She's excited for her next one. Hsin very pleasant and friendly. Looking forward to future lessons and how Alexis improves over time.
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Salwa January 23, 2017
· Piano · In home
Hsin Hua is an excellent piano teacher. She knows her material. is very patient, helpful and takes time to explain what the student should do.
I'm very satisfied with her and look forward to her lessons.
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Gloria August 3, 2016
· Piano · In home
Great experience. Pleasant and friendly interaction. My boy said that he likes her teaching in piano.
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Oklahoma City, OK 73112
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I'm an experienced teacher who loves working with beginners to get them excited about the piano! It has been proven just how helpful learning the piano has been for cognitive and mathematical skill development within the brain, so learning piano can help with school! Having the youth I have, allows me to connect with students on a less intimidating and more friendly level, making them excited to go see their friend.

About Madi
Hello! My name is Madison, but I go my Madi. I love the piano and the beauty and creativity it allows as you learn more about it. It may seem intimidating at first, but it will soon become your best friend. As you come to learn your favorite songs on the instrument, a fire you didn't know you have, will ignite inside you, and I would love to be that person to watch it grow.
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Margaret June 26, 2017
· Piano · In home
I am so impressed with Madi as a piano instructor for a simple reason-- she has both a real love and natural talent for music AND she knows her technical stuff-- music theory and how to teach different ages. Too many teachers are either/or that way so I really connected with how she balances both the artistic and music loving aspects with solid technique on the piano. I definitely would recommend her as a piano instructor.
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Rain June 26, 2017
· Classical Piano · In home
She had a great connection with my daughter and was very patient. She used every minute of our time and was very thorough with answering questions. Definitely recommend!
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