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About Michael S.

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Chicago, IL

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About Michael
Expressing yourself is the ultimate goal of music and my job is to help you get your point across!

Like any musician, music is my life.
I love to soak it in any way I can! Whether it be listening to records, jamming with my friends or watching all the live concert footage of Stevie Ray Vaughan I can get my hands on.

I graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a Bachelor’s of Art in Music with a concentration on guitar performance. Throughout my undergraduate studies I performed in various ensembles within the college’s curriculum. Currently, my solo project gives me the opportunity to continue to grow through writing and performing my own original pieces. Throughout my career I have had the honor of performing with renowned songwriters Todd Rundgren and Charlie Sexton as well as being mentored by jazz drummer Frank Donaldson of
The Ramsey Lewis Quartet.

*** Lesson Details ***

Studying at the college level taught me a lot about what not to do as a teacher. The material is already difficult enough, so why would I be difficult with you?

I strive to be more of a mentor and friend rather than taskmaster. However, I do require structure and commitment to getting better. My curriculum will revolve around you and your needs with added material that I feel will help you succeed.

A typical lesson plan includes:

 physical technique

 chord and scale knowledge,

 soloing concepts

 and tying all of these ideas together by learning a song in a genre you love!

All of these concepts culminate in the discovery of your own personal voice!

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My teaching studio is just steps away from the Belmont Blue Line stop! Our lessons will be held in a private practice space in my home. The large room has multiple amps and guitars, so there is no need to bring an instrument for lessons if you don't want to! (But, you do need an instrument to practice with outside of our lessons!)
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Tia M. March 6, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
This was the first time I ever took a guitar lesson and I found Michael to be friendly and easy to understand his instructions.
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Patrick C. February 27, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · Online
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Yuv P. February 11, 2018
· Guitar · Online
Great lesson for my son after some technical difficulties. But Michael was very helpful through the whole process.
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About Loretta M.

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Chicago, IL

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About Loretta
I have always been fascinated with how music is created and who works behind the scenes of performances and recordings. I started playing the flute in elementary school, piano in junior high school, and singing in high school. Once I got to UMASS, Dartmouth I chose the Music option for my major. I then moved on to NYU. I have been teaching for over ten years now. Working with students both in person and online has been amazing. With online lessons I am able to work with students who love the convenience of being at home and in person I can show students what it is like to really grow! I love my students of all ages, and can only hope to show others how amazing music can be. I have worked with a handful of students with special needs and am comfortable teaching in a non-traditional style. I am currently preparing to complete my certificat
ion in music therapy. Those who can do teach, and those who can teach totally do!

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You will set the pace for your lesson. I want you to enjoy your time in music, so your lessons will be completely customized. We will develop a goal plan for you so that our time together is interesting, fun, and we make progress! In 3-6 months, you will have a stable technical program and have started a portfolio of music for performances, no matter what level you are. We can share sheet music in person or online (I can even email you great links to amazing performances). Just let me know where you want to be in music, and we'll work together to make it happen. I can't wait to meet you!

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First - YOU MUST HAVE YOUR OWN INSTRUMENT FOR PRACTICE AT HOME BEFORE BEGINNING LESSONS!!! Consistency is very important for learning, and weekly lessons ARE NOT enough for growth. My home studio is in a private music room. Parents can relax in our family space with coffee or tea and enjoy their children's learning at their leisure. My studio includes a 88-key keyboard, technology setup with an iMac, microphone and stand, a mirror for posture and musical instruments. I carry books for the lessons themselves (not for practice at home), and we can download or print out music as desired. If you take lessons online, I can email you links and sheet music as needed. Feel free to bring any additional equipment music you would like to share. I have some great recommendations for music books designed for both children and adult learners.

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jazz, contemporary, classical (instrumental), original, computer music composition
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Brandon G. March 20, 2018
· Piano · Online
I have participated in Loretta's TakeLessons online Live group classes recently and I have not been disappointed. Loretta takes her time to introduce new material and ensures that her students understand the material. She is very easy going and demonstrates the skill set of what a pianist should be able to do. I would highly recommend Loretta as a private teacher or recommend her TakeLessons Live group classes.
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Amber February 26, 2018
· Music Theory · In studio
Loretta is an amazing teacher! She makes it a joy to study music theory and piano.
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Victoria September 17, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Loretta has been a very patient and open-minded voice teacher. She uses a holistic approach, listening to student needs and fears while continually, gently encouraging growth. I've never felt uncomfortable with her style of feedback and her approach has really helped me to find and unlock my voice.
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About Lauren D.

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Nashville, TN
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Lauren Douglas, a native of Chicago and former resident of Vero Beach, FL, fits into just about every genre of music with her fiddle playing. Her malleability within the industry has afforded her multiple opportunities performing and recording with artists who have styles ranging from Classical to Bluegrass.

Lauren’s latest release, Reminiscent + Relevant, features an array of talent from artists Nathan Taylor, Marc Greenspon, and Maggie Chafee. The eight-track album encapsulates the soul of traditional, Old Time fiddle, while incorporating a cheeky, bluesy element. The album also includes hints of Celtic fiddle, as well as Dance from the Black Sea, an Indian-influenced tune. The tracks take listeners on a journey through time, as well as exploring the different cultural possibilities of string instruments.

Before moving to Nashville t
o pursue music performance studies at Belmont University, Lauren was concertmaster of the Vero Beach High School Orchestra for two consecutive years. She has won multiple concerto competitions within her hometown, as well as fiddle competitions. Lauren founded the classical string quartet, Seaside Strings, in her hometown, and folk/fiddle trio, Elle & the Rootabega Boys. Since living in Nashville, Lauren has had multiple opportunities to participate in local, multi-style recording sessions and performances. She has played most regularly with local Kansas-born singer-songwriter, Savanna Chestnut, and together they toured Florida last Spring to play the 2016 Strawberry Festival in Plant City. Lauren founded and hosted Jamboree, a monthly jam session for students, as well as fiddle video series, Rootabega Sessions.

Currently, Lauren is apart of a classical quintet, a multi-style wedding trio, folk/Americana band, Michelle Knopick & the Screwdrivers, World Fiddle Ensemble, the Belmont University Symphony Orchestra, and most recently, the Nashville-based Bluegrass band, Almanac Ridge. Other notable musicians Lauren has performed with include Belmont alumni, Brave Town, and Kentucky-based Irish band, Feckless Fear Dearg in 2015 and 2016. In October 2016, Michelle Knopick & the Screwdrivers played the Neewollah Festival, Kansas’ largest Fall Festival. Lauren kickstarted her solo recording career by releasing a cover of Natalie MacMaster’s Volcanic Jig in 2015, followed by Reminiscent + Relevant in 2016. She studies privately with Juilliard graduate and protégé of Dorothy Delay, Elisabeth Small, and Grammy Award-winning Tammy Rogers-King of The SteelDrivers. Lauren’s influences include Hanneke Cassel, Brittany Haas, and The Punch Brothers.

Bandcamp: https://laurendouglas.bandcamp.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ldviolin/
YouTube Channel: https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCLd3u0042m0qFlH0Mfjb2GQ

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The first lesson will consist of establishing professional contact between student and teacher. Student repertoire will be determined during this time, based upon current level and initial results.

Lesson schedule may vary, depending on convenience of both the student and the teacher. I will always try to be flexible with your schedule. Please just contact me with interest, and we will figure something out that works.
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Ryan L. January 23, 2018
· Violin · Online
Lauren is a great instructor. She is somehow both quick and thorough and helped me significantly within the first 45 minutes. Couldn't be happier.
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Laurie November 2, 2017
· Violin · Online
Lauren is a great teacher and very knowledgeable. In the short time I’ve been with her I’ve been able to regain some of the technique I had lost.
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Chuck October 9, 2017
· Fiddle · Online
Awesome as always! Lauren is simply the BEST! She is very patient and so knowledgeable! I learn so much at every lesson!!
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About Paul N.

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Reseda, CA
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Graduate of California State University Northridge's illustrious Jazz Studies program, Paul has studied various styles of guitar for many years. He has taught in and around the Los Angeles area while simultaneously remaining active as a performer.
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Cornelius October 26, 2017
· Music Theory · In home
I appreciate Paul's approach to teaching music theory. Paul's talents , patience and encouraging teaching-personality enhances my interest in learning. Thank you.
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carrie October 19, 2017
· Ukulele · Online
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May A. January 18, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Paul is an excellent teacher ,very professional and know how to deal with youth and let them love music and guitar ,my granddaughter enjoyed his lessons and I ll not hesitate to recommend him to my friends and family .
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About Edna B.

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Rockton, PA

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About Edna
Welcome to my Music Studio where you can learn the skills you need to reach your musical dreams. It's a privilege to collaborate with students pre-school through geriatrics. Together we explore the satisfying process of reaching musical goals. After earning a Bachelor of Music Education, I studied Kodaly Music Education while applying the methodology in school and studio. I offer over 30 years performing and teaching experience along with a genuine enjoyment of people.
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Lee ann S. April 11, 2018
· Flute · Online
Patient and fun teacher. Able to help with so much. Very experienced
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Lee ann S. April 4, 2018
· Flute · Online
SOme technology issues but a great class, a great teacher. Very patient and positive
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Lee ann S. March 28, 2018
· Flute · Online
Great ! Lots to work on
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About David B.

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Latrobe, PA

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Hi, there! My name is David B. and I look forward to meeting you! I've been teaching private lessons since 1994 and have loved helping my students learn music in a way that not only increases their skill and knowledge, but also builds self esteem, allows for creative expression of themselves and creates lifelong music lovers. I went to St. Vincent College and earned a degree in music education, with a voice concentration and studies in piano and organ, in 1998. I'm a positive, helpful person and my teaching style is demanding yet patient. I strive to push students to be their very best, yet am patient while working to overcome the stumbling blocks we all encounter when learning. I look forward to helping you reach your goals!
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Matt May 2, 2018
· Classical Piano · In studio
David is an excellent teacher due to his cheerful attitude, his patience, and his ability to identify the issue that is hampering progress. I picked him specifically due to his years of experience and I can confirm that he is extremely knowledgeable in musical theory and good at explaining it as well. The only issue he might have is that he can be a bit talkative although personally I find it endearing. I Would highly recommend him to anyone that learns best through positive reinforcement.
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Brian April 4, 2018
· Piano · In studio
I was feeling a bit apprehensive, but David made me feel at ease. Looking forward to my next lesson!
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Damon June 22, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Amazing first lesson. Can't wait to learn more from David.
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About Kyle C.

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Hamilton, OH
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I have a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Wright State University. As of December 2017, I have completed my Masters degree in music education. I have a current teaching license for the states of West Virginia and Ohio.
I have played violin since the age of 9. I played all through high school and college as well as a community orchestra until 2014.
I participated in the Cincinnati Boychoir for five years. During that time, I traveled to many venues performing with this world class choir. I also participated in the Cincinnati May Festival Youth Chorus.

I am currently teaching at Saint Louis elementary school two days a week, teaching kindergarten through eighth grade music, and I also teach an afterschool choir. Last year I taught orchestra and choir in West Virginia, we’re my students received superior ratings at various c
ontests and festivals. I currently teach a variety of instruments including violin, Viola, piano and voice.
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Alex November 28, 2017
· Classical Piano · In studio
We had a very good experience! He explains really good. Alex said he loves piano lessons and he is looking forward to the next lesson.
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Jennie Armour June 23, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Kyle is a great teacher. My grandson Franklin has trouble with paying attention, but Kyle was great when it comes to keeping him focused and interested. He has been with Kyle for close to a year now, and even though he is only 8 years old, he has learned a lot! I would highly recommend taking lessons with Kyle. He makes both grandparents and students happy and, my grandson looks forward to lessons every week with him.
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Brian June 10, 2016
· Violin · In home
Kyle does a fantastic job understanding the needs of the student and is able to relate to them in a way that helps them to learn.
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About Betty I.

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I have worked as a registered nurse for 29 years and have taught nursing in the academic setting for ten years. I love working one on one with nursing students and have been asked to tutor many times over the years. If you're struggling with ABGs, Maternal Newborn or just need help overall to pass that do or die exam, come see me!

As for music, I have played the piano since I was 6 years old and have taught lessons on and off for the last 35 years (depending on my work schedule as a nurse). My training is in classical piano, but I have expanded to contemporary piano and piano accompaniment for soloists and choirs. I received organ training in college and have played many years for my local congregation. As for vocal training, I started at age 14 and have sung as a soloist and in various choirs. I love working with beginners and i
ntermediate students.

If you have questions, please let me know. I'd love to help!
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Carlin A. February 13, 2018
· Piano · In home
Betty is great at identifying what my child needs to be successful. She listens and adjusts quickly when needed. She always ends her lessons with a fun activity which makes the my child walk away smiling and feeling proud.
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Nicholas January 19, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Today was my first lesson. Betty is a great instructor and very kind and patient. I would definitely recommend her to anyone looking to learn to play the piano.
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Kaitlyn April 2, 2017
· Piano · In studio
She is great with kids. My 6 yr old is excited about playing the piano and really likes Betty.
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Indiana, PA 15701
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About Marie H.

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Hyattsville, MD

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Hello Everyone,
My name is Marie and I love to teach students and adults all I know about Music. I have been teaching for 15 years. I love what I do and I love to see the smile on my students face, when they reach their goals. My motto is work hard and finish stronger. Thank you!
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Jonae May 17, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Awesome
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Conni November 14, 2017
· Piano · In home
Marie has been excellent with my 7yo son. She is wonderful at redirecting him and keeping him on task. She has set realistic expectation for practice and lesson times which I appreciate.
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Arthur September 10, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Marie is wonderful. I had a wonderful first singing lesson. I can't wait for the next one.
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About kenaniah S.

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Music is an avenue of expression that I believe should be explored by all. whether it's to tell your story or live out someone else's story music always finds a way to connect us all. Hello, My name is D.K Simmons and I have been a part of three award-winning choirs, three Broadway plays, and I have traveled the world singing gospel and opera music. I specialize in vocal training and sight reading. I attended Morgan State where I received extensive training in musicianship and showmanship. I offer a full in-depth course teaching: the ins & outs of music theory ( note value, dynamic markings, key signatures, and circle of fifths ) and the ins & outs of singing (voice placement, breath control, posture, stylizing, phrasing, etc ). The program that I would have you go through is custom made for the individual since we all are unique so is e
ach person's lesson. I base my lesson plan off of your goals, strengths, and weaknesses. I would provide reading material, sheet music, and music(mp3) to strengthen you in this endeavor that we call music. I charge 25$ an hour (1) and anything over three (3) hours in a session will be discussed in private, and I am willing to travel to you.
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