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About Adrienne K.

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From the Beatles to Bach to the Beastie Boys.

About Adrienne
"So Russell, what do you love about music?"

"To begin with...everything."

One of my favorite quotes from my favorite movie, Almost Famous.

I'll spare you the snooze worthy details of my background, which is probably similar to everyone's profile on here. Instead I'll highlight what sets me apart.

Broad Music Style and Interest - On any given day, I can listen to, perform, practice, or play everything from the Beatles to Bach to the Beastie Boys

Extensive Training - I studied with the Principal Harpist of the Philadelphia Orchestra and have performed with the prestigious Curtis Symphony Orchestra

Focused but Fun - I keep students on task but have a light hearted, humorous approach to teaching.

Communicative - I'm available 24/7 (well, minus the hours I'm sleeping) if you have any questions during your practice durin
g the week. I accept text messages and videos. I support you at all times!

References and Experience - I've been teaching for over 5 years and believe I have a fresh approach to an outdated teaching method.
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Jan E. January 27, 2017
· Harp · Online
What a great first lesson! I chose Adrienne for a harp teacher because of her description, "From the Beatles, to Bach, to the Beastie Boys..." I'm a classically trained guitarist, full-time guitar teacher, and contemporary guitar/vocal performer. I bought a Celtic harp last spring, thought maybe I could learn via Youtube videos. Nope. Not enough good instruction, not enough motivation. I was thrilled to find that Adrienne is BIG on technique, as I am with my guitar students. She was so encouraging throughout our Take Lessons Classroom session! I have a lot of practicing to do before next week's lesson, and I am so psyched!
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Chris January 24, 2017
· Harp · In studio
Adrienne taught my daughter Harp. Adrienne was incredible with her, making her feel comfortable and happy to be playing, even when my daughter did not want to play. I especially liked how she was always on time, never late.
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Juanita S. April 21, 2016
· Harp · In studio
As an adult beginner, I was a little apprehensive but Adrienne immediately made me feel comfortable. She's very interested in my goals and dedicated to helping me achieve them. Working a full-time job with inconsistent hours can be challenging and she's always accommodating.
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He's also had the privilege to study under Alabama's Dixie State Pianist Ms. Sue Payne Ried for 10 years.
Donny's training and experience has led to many accolades including winner of the All-State Piano and Percussion Competitions. He's known to have a keen ability to connect well with students of all ages. Donny's teaching styles include contemporary, pop, blues, jazz, classical, funk, R&B, country, fusion, latin, rock and swing

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Donny is a professional recording artist, drummer, guitarist, electric and acoustic bassist, and pianist. He's had an impressive performance history touring around the nation with many notable artists. Donny pursued Jazz Studies and the Commercial Music Program at both Middle Tennessee State University, as well as Jazz Studies at Belmont University. He's also had the privilege to study under Alabama's Dixie State Pianist Ms. Sue Payne Ried for 10 years.
Donny's training and experience has led to many accolades including winner of the All-State Piano and Percussion Competitions. He has been teaching privately for over 10 years, and he's enjoyed every bit of it - he's known to have a keen ability to connect well with students of all ages. Donny's teaching styles include contemporary, pop, blues, jazz, classical, funk, R&B, country, fusi
on, latin, rock and swing.Donny also attended the University of Tennessee, Knoxville for graphic design.
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Red March 29, 2017
· Ear Training · Online
Susannes comment makes me wonder if theres a very intimate or personal relationship between Susanne and Don! Is this story true??
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Suzanne January 22, 2017
· Piano · In home
Found Donny in my driveway taking cocaine waiting for my son and I to come back to the house. Absolutely horrifying. Do not work with this person. He was always on his phone as well during my son's lessons and would cut lessons short.

DO NOT WORK WITH HIM!
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Will K. April 19, 2015
· Piano · In home
Donny is a great teacher. I really enjoyed my first lesson and can't wait until next week. I would highly recommend him!
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About Carl S.

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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.

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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 less
ons, 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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Minna August 17, 2017
· Oboe · Online
Great teacher, very knowledgeable. Learnt quite a lot of stuff even after being rather experienced in music.
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Eve August 5, 2017
· Songwriting · Online
Carl is a fantastic instructor. My lessons have evolved from bass to songwriting. I'm having so much fun and am learning more than I imagined. I can't recommend him enough!
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Leathia R. S. August 1, 2017
· Oboe · Online
very good at knowing the difference of periods of music.
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About Anthony
Formally educated in flute, piano, percussion, and vocal performance, Mr. Smith has won several regional and national competitions on each of his primary instruments, and has had the privilege of studying with and participating in masterclasses led by some of the the top artists in the world.

Before moving to his current position as Bass Section Leader at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, he enjoyed a long relationship playing in recital at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart (where he also served as Bass Soloist and Section Leader) with Dr. Patrick Carlin, piano/organ. He can also be heard in performance (on both piano and flute) with the Quux Collective, a Richmond based new music ensemble directed by Dr. Sheri Oyan. Most recently, he has been a featured artist with Classical Revolution RVA, a group whose mission is to spread classical musi
c outside of the concert hall and into the community. Anthony has also sung (and played piano and percussion) with the Virginia Chorale, a Norfolk, VA professional choral ensemble led by Chuck Woodward.

Mr. Smith has worked as pianist, vocal coach, musical director, and orchestrator for several professional theater companies across the country. Anthony has enjoyed a long collaboration with Virginia Repertory Theatre, where his credits include The Color Purple, Nunsense, Blue Ridge Mountain Christmas, Always Patsy Cline, The Producers, The Music Man, Fiddler on the Roof, and several others! Anthony is also the Musical Director in Residence at the University of Richmond and Maggie Walker Governor's School.

An active proponent of new music, Mr. Smith has been involved in the world premieres of several new operas and musicals, most recently "The Snow Maiden" by Andrew Haile Austin and "Kept" by Kristin Kuster and Megan Levad. Anthony is also the Music Director and Conductor of the National Tour of Felipe DeLeon's "Noli Me Tangere", one of two operas originally composed in Tagalog.

Anthony is Conductor of the Peninsula Youth Winds, a group comprised of advanced high school students with an interest in the wind band repertoire.

Mr. Smith is a strong believer in the importance of music education, and maintains an active private studio comprised of flute, percussion, piano, and voice students. He has also works with several educational camps, including Virginia Repertory Theatre’s “Stage Explorers” Summer Camps and Young Performers' Institute and the Advanced Musical Theatre Camp at Swift Creek Mill Theatre.
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About Leslie Z.

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As a music education graduate from James Madison University, I have worked with students from Kindergarten to lifelong learning groups in both classroom and one-on-one settings. I have especially enjoyed working with young students who are just being introduced to music.

I have taught beginner piano at several locations including Mike's Music in Ellicott City, Maryland and Nova Music Center in Manassas, Virginia and look forward to introducing your beginning student to the piano.

About Leslie
My name is Leslie, and I recently graduated from James Madison University with a degree in music education. I've been involved with teaching in various capacities from about age 8 until now, but have been teaching voice and piano lessons anywhere from Pre-K to lifelong learning groups for the past several years now.

I grew up learning classical methods for voice and have been able to translate those healthy techniques to other styles of music. I have most recently performed in operas through JMU and other professional groups, have been involved in their musicals as well as in semi-professional productions, and have enjoyed my time singing in jazz combos. Participating in both performance and education has always been important in my life, and I hope to continue this trend. Not only do I find both settings incredibly enjoyable, but I a
m a firm believer that teachers should be able to practice what they preach as far as skill acquisition and work ethic!

While voice is my primary instrument, I also offer piano for beginning and intermediate students as well as ear training lessons. While we have fun in our lessons and with music, a certain amount of discipline and practice time is necessary for improvement. You'll find that I'm very organized in my approach for all subjects, as I take the time that you are paying for seriously. I work hard to offer comprehensive lessons that will help you with whatever genre you're learning or skills you're working to hone.

If you have any questions at all- about lessons, your teacher search, or scheduling, feel free to send me a note, and I'll be happy to get back to you as quickly as possible!
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Kristina February 5, 2017
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Gifty T. August 24, 2016
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Leslie is an amazing teacher she was really great with my daughter and she loves her. I wish is was still in our area but all the same I wish her all the best in her new area. God richly bless you Leslie.
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Dawn N. August 4, 2016
· Singing · In home
I had a blast! The lesson was a lot of fun, and was very informative! I look forward to the next one.
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I started piano at 4 and never looked back. I am well versed in everything from early note reading, to late romantic sonatas, jazz standards and improvisation. Whatever level you're at, I can help.

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Hi, I'm Marshall. I was born into a family of actors, artists, and musicians and was raised on the stage of the Theatricum Botanicum in Topanga, California, a family-run theater. I started music lessons at four on piano and later began cello at twelve. As a middle and high school student, I played with community orchestras throughout Los Angeles, and after graduation from the Hamilton Academy of Music, went on to study at Cal State University, Northridge, double majoring in cello and English literature. I afterwards moved to Germany for almost a decade, studying in Trossingen, Mannheim, and Berlin, resulting in a lot of great teachers, masterclasses and performance opportunities. After recently moving back to Los Angeles, I work as an assistant to a number of different Film/TV composers here in LA as well as playing orchestra and doing st
udio work whenever I can. It's about time for some cello lessons though, wouldn't you say?

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Lea January 29, 2017
· Piano · In studio
I wanted to improve my piano skills (I'm an actor- it comes in handy). So far, I've had about ten lessons with Marshall at his studio in Topanga, and I'm already so much more confident. We started out reviewing what I knew- scales, arpeggios, etc, and now we are on to full pieces (Chopin, Mozart) and sight-reading skills. Marshall is AWESOME and has a great sense of humor. Super happy to have found him.
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Rachel January 29, 2017
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Marshall is such a delight! My ten-year-old son has been studying cello with Marshall for the last year and has no plans of stopping. I couldn't be happier with this find. Marshall is very nurturing but also sets clear strong goals, and my son now has a much more effective at-home practice strategy. Marshall's studio is also wonderful for me- it has an outdoor garden where I can sit and read or do work during my son's lesson.
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Learning to play the piano doesn't have to be a boring process! I love teaching people to play so that they can use their gifts! I received my bachelors in piano performance from Samford University, and then my Masters in piano performance from the University of Alabama.

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My name is Cassie Porterfield and I am married with three kids, ages 16, 14, and 11. I have always enjoyed teaching piano because I prefer to work one on one with people- especially kids- and know that the learning to play can be something that is enjoyed and utilized for a lifetime. Creating music is something that makes our world a lovelier place, and I enjoy seeing others find joy in the little successes of learning.
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As a music instructor, I am eager to cater to the needs of each individual child and to provide them with engaging musical experiences in supportive environments. I have previously provided violin, viola, and piano lessons to students of all ages both through Thompson Tutoring in Portage, Michigan and Reverb Lessons in Chicago, Illinois. I have approximately six years of private teaching experience.

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I provide engaging violin, viola, and piano lessons to students of all ages and am eager to help you learn!
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Zach July 6, 2017
· Violin · In home
One lesson in, I'm feeling ready to tackle a Bruch concerto!
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Brenda quayle January 24, 2017
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Laura has been amazing from the first message. She answered many questions and helped us understand what was needed to help make it possible for my step daughter Aelia to take lessons. She was patient and listened to us. We are excited to see Amelia excel with a dream of hers.
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From Lionel Hampton and PM Dawn to Chuck Jackson, Freddie Jackson and Elton John,
And from distant places around the world, to NYC's Times Square . I have gathered an incredible amount of applicable practical musical knowledge thru music education, stage ,touring, radio/tv and recording engagements. This translates into helping you achieve your individual/particular goals. Please feel free to contact me so we can start to make your musical desires and dreams a reality...

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Hello future musicians.....I am a professional pianist, keyboardist and recording artist. I have a 2 year diploma from Berklee College of Music in Performance. I have been in the music industnry since 1988.
My career has allowed me to travel from Maine to Mongolia on musical adventures and has opened doors for me to play on stages from The Apollo Theatre to The Lincoln Center.
I am also a musical director internationally, and locally in nyc , and with my great attention to detail(and exceptional communication skills) I can shape your ideas and dreams and make them a reality. Some of the musical styles I regularly teach are Blues, Rock,Jazz, Funk, Soul, R&B and Classical.
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