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About David W.

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Corvallis, OR
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About David
Whatever music you want to sing—any style, any time period—I promise I will teach you to sing it in your very best voice.

My name is David and I look forward to the opportunity to teach you how to sing your best, whatever style it is you want to learn. I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Music at Oregon State University, where I learned how to sing classical music well. In addition to that, I have years of experience in rock-and-roll bands, and have learned how to apply the lessons I learned from my classical voice teachers to my career as a (very) minor rock star. That's exactly what I want to help you with: whatever you want to sing, from any period in music history, I know how to teach you to sing with your best voice. Singing is one of the things that makes us all human and I relish the opportunity to help students of all ages a
nd skill levels sing a little bit better each week.

I began singing in high school choir, and quickly added piano and guitar to my repertoire of skills. By the time I began college, it was clear that a life of teaching music was in store for me. While studying music education and vocal performance at Oregon State University, I sang in the OSU Chamber Choir, which toured Arizona in 2005, eastern Europe in 2006, and San Francisco in 2007. After graduation, I worked for two years as a church music director and software tester before making the next move, to St. Louis. I earned a Master of Divinity degree at Covenant Theological Seminary in May 2014, and I plan to be a pastor, musician, and music teacher when all is said and done. While living in St. Louis, I sang and played keyboards at Memorial Presbyterian Church, and currently play piano at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Corvallis. In my free time, I enjoy the finest coffees, reading fiction, and watching soccer.

*** Lesson Details ***
When you're taking lessons with me, expect to work hard but to enjoy yourself. These lessons aren't meant to be fun in the way seeing a movie or playing video games are fun. They're fun because it's rewarding to work hard at discovering and doing something you love. I work hard to be encouraging and give all of the honest compliments that I possibly can.

But when there are areas you need to improve, I will certainly mention it and help you understand how to make those improvements. After a few months of lessons, you can expect dramatic improvements in your breath control, the energy of your tone, and achieving a beautiful, balanced resonance with your voice.

A typical lesson begins with warm ups. This consists of seven or eight minutes of easy vocal exercises that are meant to warm up the muscles in your voice and get your mind prepared to sing and learn. It will also give me a chance to hear how you're doing when you come in for your lesson.

Next, we spend a few minutes reviewing exercises and ideas from the previous week's voice lesson. This gives us a chance to check in on your progress and make sure that you're using your practice time well.

After the review, we'll work on some musical selections. I'll assign some of your music to you, and you'll choose some of your own music to sing. The best use of our time is to sing and work on polishing the songs you want to perform. As we work on a piece of music, I'll take note of places you're using good technique and areas that you need to improve in.

Finally, we'll work on vocal exercises to help you improve in those areas. These include passages of music that help you understand what it feels like when you're singing well. These exercises induce some positive aspects of singing in your voice, which helps you understand how to sing better when you're singing other passages of music. After warm-ups, we spend about half the remaining lesson time on exercises.
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Tam February 3, 2016
· Singing · In studio
Loved taking lessons from David. I'm very satisfied with the handful of exercises and advice he's given me to improve my singing. I definitely recommend him!
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Jasmine F. January 5, 2016
· Singing · In studio
David seems like a good fit. Very professional and easy to talk to. I would highly recommend him.
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Olivia G. August 20, 2014
· Singing ·
You'll find few singing instructors more in tune with (as it were) or more encouraging than David. He's extremely knowledgeable about music/voice theory and, as he gets to know your style and personality, will absolutely tailor lessons to your vocal strengths and needs. High recommendations all around!
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David W.

Corvallis, OR 97330
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About Matt L.

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Astoria, NY

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About Matt
Hello!

Thanks for choosing me as you private music instructor. I’ve enjoyed teaching music since 2001 and being a Takelessons teacher since 2008. I specialize in teaching beginner to advanced saxophone, beginner to intermediate clarinet, beginner flute, and beginner to advanced jazz improvisation. I welcome all ages and believe that it is never too late to pick up an instrument, even if you’ve had no prior experience in music. Specifically when it comes to beginners, I am able to provide virtually everything that you need to get started, including access to brand new and lightly used student model instruments that I have for sale at very reasonable prices.

I have been teaching and playing music professionally for almost 20 years and began studying music and playing the saxophone at age 11. I currently live and work in New York Ci
ty after moving here from Philadelphia in early 2001, after graduating from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia in 1999 with a Bachelors in Music Performance.

Throughout my musical career I have worked in a variety of capacities in addition to being a performer, including working as a composer and recording studio engineer. My main area of expertise is performing as a jazz saxophonist on alto, tenor, and soprano saxophones, and I regularly play throughout New York City in restaurants, jazz clubs, bars and other music venues.

As a private music teacher, I place an emphasis on giving the student an in depth understanding of his or her instrument, and I place the utmost importance on explaining advanced concepts in the simplest of terms in order to insure that the student fully comprehends the objectives of each lesson. Such concepts that I cover regularly are sight-reading, ear-training, technique, and creativity.

As a regularly performing musician in New York City, I can be seen every Sunday night at Ba'sik (a very popular bar in Williamsburg Brooklyn) where I lead an open jazz jam session. A few of my adult students have even been able to reach a level in jazz improvisation that they've been able to come out and sit in with the band.

YOUNGER STUDENTS: I’ve found that in most cases, it is very difficult for students younger than 8 or 9 years old to learn instruments like the clarinet, saxophone and flute. Occasionally, an exception can be made if a younger student is taller than average for his or her age, but most of the time the size of a student’s hands, as well as his or her amount of a physical strength, are not adequate enough until around the ages of 8 or 9. A worthwhile alternative, if a student is absolutely enthusiastic about learning a woodwind instrument, is to begin them on an instrument called the recorder. The recorder is a real instrument, but it is a more primitive, smaller, and simpler of an instrument than the saxophone, clarinet, or the flute; however, it is a great way for young students to begin learning the basics of playing a woodwind instrument and also learning important musical concepts such as reading music notation, pitch, and rhythm. I have also been introduced to a new line of instruments that are developed for younger students by a company called Nuvo. These instruments are smaller and simpler analogs to the saxophone, flute, and clarinet, and they can function as the next step in a younger student’s progression between the recorder and an actual saxophone, flute, or clarinet. The specific instruments that I deal with are called the jSax and the DooD by Nuvo Instrumental. I was asked to demo these instruments and you can check them out if you scroll down to the video section of my profile and look for the videos entitled “jSax and DooD review and demo. Nuvo Instrumental” or “jSax and Dood demo. Nuvo Instrumental”.

In addition to teaching woodwind instruments and jazz improvisation, I also have experience teaching Sibelius music writing software, and audio engineering and editing with Pro-tools LE and Logic Pro X.

PLEASE NOTE: Because the NYC area is very different geographically from other parts of the country, especially in terms of transportation, I may appear outside of your area in terms of where I am available to travel. If you are very interested in taking lessons with me, but you are outside of my travel zone, please feel free to follow up with a Takelessons counselor and have them contact me personally to see if we might make an exception. I am available to travel to virtually all areas of Queens, Brooklyn, and Manhattan as well as Jersey City and Hoboken, depending on if the day and time selected allows me acceptable travel time between other scheduled lessons. If my location in Astoria Queens is not convenient for you, and you are unable to have lessons in your home, then there is also an option where I can most likely find a very affordable teaching studio in an area that is more convenient for you that we may rent by the hour and split the cost for your lesson.

*** Lesson Details ***
Any student, regardless of age or experience level, learns best when engaged in an activity that he or she understands and enjoys. Part of my success as a teacher can be attributed to my willingness to take into account every student's particular musical interests and strengths, and attempt to teach directly to those areas. For instance, in the initial stages of developing a student and teacher relationship, I like to request that the student compile a "wish list" of approximately ten pieces of music that he or she would like to be able to play. This list may include pieces in such genres as classical, jazz, and popular music, just to name a few. It is through this list that the student can begin almost immediately learning exactly what he or she likes, and by default, I can then teach the student all of the technical components needed to perform on his or her instrument, as well as determine the specific areas where the student needs to receive more focused instruction. More importantly, this "thinking outside of the box," customized approach provides a fun atmosphere and enables the student to enjoy learning the art of playing music by not being solely dependent on instructional booklets which many students, regardless of age and experience, find boring and tedious.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Additional saxophones for students who do not currently have a saxophone to use during a lesson. Recording equipment, including software and microphones. Mac book pro with music writing and recording software. Full 88 key keyboard.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Additional saxophones. Macbook pro with recording and music writing software

*** Specialties ***
music, music theory, home recording, saxophone, clarinet, flute,
all styles
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CHAIM P. September 5, 2018
· Saxophone · In studio
Matt is great
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Candice August 28, 2018
· Clarinet · Online
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Richard May 30, 2018
· Saxophone · In studio
First class was awesome, Matt really knew how to help me with getting the correct articulation on the Alto Sax and made it very easy to understand the keys and musical notes, Can’t wait to advance and learn more.
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About Mark B.

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Corvallis, OR

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Playing the trumpet is a joy and passion I love sharing with my students. Seeing each trumpeter progress as an individual on a path of discovery and learning gives me pride and pleasure. From beginners to high school and college students, to come-back players, I help each student create and set goals, and encourage them in the musical journey we make together.
I’ve taught hundreds of students of every level and discovered many secrets along the way to performing better with greater ease and efficiency. My 25 years of trumpet teaching experience and 13 years serving as Principal Trumpet with an orchestra have given me a wealth of musical knowledge which enriches my teaching methods. From smart practicing tips to performance techniques, I help all my students get the best preparation advice. My experience as a trumpet soloist in Europe and
the USA working with orchestras, pianists, vocalists, and organists has also given me a deep understanding of the art of music making as a soloist.

I have taught at colleges, public and private schools, as well as an international school in Portugal. I am now looking to expand my studio online, and invite new students who are excited about playing the trumpet.
Studying trumpet methodologies has given me insight into solving many problems brass students encounter as they learn to play. My methods help students tackle challenging music, understand theory and harmony, and prepare technically, musically, and emotionally for performances.
My students learn how to extend their range up and down the horn, broaden their tonal and dynamic palette of sound, and gain confidence and endurance in their playing abilities. Through coaching and creative imagination, I empower my students to reduce performance anxiety and develop more comfort and control in playing the trumpet. My students benefit also from learning techniques I’ve developed such as informed sight reading, transposition freedom, tone enhancement, breath control, ornamentation and improvisation.
I have great teachers to thank from the Boston Symphony, Boston Pops, Philadelphia Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic and other orchestras, as well as trumpet soloists who shaped and broadened my knowledge over many years of study. I invite you to watch my videos and look forward to helping you advance as a trumpeter and musician.
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Mark B.

Mark B.

Corvallis, OR 97333
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About Logan W.

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Salem, OR

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Want to learn to sooth your growing bassist soul by learning soul and jazz? Want to become a metal god? Want to lay down the funk and hip hop bass lines? Want to learn the basics all the way to scale progressions,tap patterns, and even writing? With 13 years of experience and being a professional musician myself, I want to help you succeed! These lessons are all about you! Beginner? Mediocre? Lets work together to help your talents of being a bassist blossom!
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Karla June 5, 2018
· Bass Guitar · In studio
Logan is extremely experienced and patient. I've only requested to be taught a few bits of songs on bass and guitar and it's been such a fun learning experience! Affordable and friendly!
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Logan W.

Logan W.

Salem, OR 97306
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About Paul M.

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Colorado Springs, CO
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About Paul
Here are a few of my accomplishments over the years:
Earned 6 media awards for best live and studio recordings
Mixed Grammy artists Lee Greenwood and John Popper and Latin Artist, Melina Leon
Live/Recording Technician for Amy Grant, Take 6, Brian McKnight, Restless Heart, Jamie O'Neal, Sandi Patti, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Kid Rock
Recorded and mixed over 16 studio & live albums
ADR/Sound FX/Editing/Mixing for 10 video projects including live performances, video games and documentaries
Taught over 60 classes on live sound, recording, mixing and mastering for hundreds of students
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Paul M.

Paul M.

Online
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$75 / 60-min
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About John R.

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Southfield, MI

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I just moved back to the area from Nashville, Tennessee. I have been playing guitar since the age of six (23 years) and I absolutely love teaching!

I teach guitar, mandolin, bass, dobro, music theory and audio engineering. I have a Bachelor of Science from Full Sail University in Recording Arts and am currently working on my 2nd bachelors in Music Composition and Theory so as to obtain my Masters in Music Education.

I am familiar with both playing and teaching a wide variety of styles including rock, blues, bluegrass, classical, traditional Irish, pop, rockabilly, heavy metal, R&B and soul!
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James August 1, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
John is a natural teacher. He breaks down each concept into digestible pieces that makes it easy for students to understand. I am happy to recommend him to anyone who is interested in learning guitar.
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Leila August 1, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
John had me playing fun stuff - Clapton, Pink Floyd, Tom Petty - in the first couple of months, while still managing to sneak in the boring drills and theory in a way I didn’t even notice.
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John R.

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About Kristi H.

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Tempe, AZ
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Clarinetist Kristi Hanno has performed for various communities across the United States, and throughout Europe in Belgium, France, Germany, Spain, Iceland, and Croatia as both a soloist and as a chamber musician. Discussing and workshopping various topics concerning the clarinet, chamber music, sustainability, interdisciplinary and sociological aspects are what Ms. Hanno enjoys to share with communities of all ages and levels of ability in masterclass and recital settings. As an advocate for utilizing her instrument in all genres of music, Ms. Hanno strives to shatter any traditional assumptions towards what it means to be a musician today. Presently, Ms. Hanno is a doctoral candidate for Clarinet Performance at Arizona State University and is a teaching artist in the Phoenix metropolitan area.
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Kristi H.

Kristi H.

Online
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$50 / 30-min

About Serg C.

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Harlingen, TX

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Hi! Music is my passion and, apart from my family, is my world! I play guitar, bass and sing. I have been playing since I was 12 years old and been teaching others since I was 15. I have recorded five albums with bands of my own and several albums as a studio musician. I have also played in most of the major cities in Texas where I am from. I currently play at my local church and have a few new projects coming up. I even play weddings. I love many types of music, but enjoy metal and oldies/classic rock the most. My favorite band is Metallica, but I also love the Beatles.

I am a self-taught musician and teach like one...with simplicity and fun. My teaching motto is simple...I want to get you playing something you recognize and enjoy quickly! Even though I have picked up some music theory over time, I find nothing beats the satisfaction
of learning how to play something you know and love!

Whether you want to play an acoustic guitar by the camp fire, play your favorite heavy metal riff, play in church or just play your favorite song, I can lend a helping hand. I can tailor your lessons to your preference. Just send me a message to see if I am the teacher for you! Rock on!
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Serg C.

Serg C.

Online
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$15 / 30-min

About Abby Y.

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Hermitage, MO
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Hello! My name is Miss Yohn and I am looking forward to learning about you and helping you with your needs.
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Abby Y.

Abby Y.

Online
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