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About Desiree S.

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Pittsburgh, PA

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About Desiree
I'm excited to be a TakeLessons instructor and to be able to share my experience and knowledge with you. I have been a singer and performer for over 20 years and have taught voice and beginning piano for over 12 years.

I received a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Rhodes College in Memphis, TN. I continued my studies in New York City in voice, acting and diction.

I continue to be an active performer specializing in musical theater, opera and concert. I began my professional career as an apprentice with the Portland Opera in Oregon. My love for music has taken me across the U.S. and around the world. I come to Pittsburgh via Memphis, Cincinnati, St. Louis, Portland, New York City, ports around the globe through Cunard Cruise L
ines, San José, and Chattanooga.

Currently, I can be seen performing the first Tuesday of each month with Aria412 at Wallace's at Hotel Indigo. I especially enjoy new music and have premiered new works with Pittsburgh Festival Opera, Alia Musica and the New Dischord Festival. The most exciting premiere was the title role in Eve Apart by composer Tim Hinck and my husband, which was produced both in Chattanooga and Pittsburgh. My favorite operatic role is Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute and I have had the pleasure of singing it with Undercroft Opera, Opera San Jose, West Bay Opera, Stockton Opera, Pocket Opera and as a Resident Artist at Portland Opera.

I premiered the role of Flora Dart in A New Kind of Fallout by composer Gilda Lyons and playwright Tammy Ryan with the Pittsburgh Festival Opera. That same season I portrayed Joe Boyd in PFO's gender bending Damn Yankees. Other theatrical performances include Roselinda in Die Fledermaus with Undercroft Opera, Despina in Cosi fan tutte with Mission City Opera, Blonde in Abduction from the Seraglio with Pocket Opera, Cunegonde in Candide with Arena Stage in Washington, D.C., and Rosa Bud in The Mystery of Edwin Drood with Chattanooga Theater Center. I have appeared as Abigail in The Crucible, Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance, Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Lucy in Threepenny Opera and Celeste #1 in Sunday in the Park with George.

As a soloist with Pittsburgh's new music ensemble Alia Musica, I premiered Kierkegaard's Pantoum by composer David Lidov, was soprano soloist in Shadow in the Hot Sun by Paris-based composer Nissim Schaul and Al Vacio by composer Federico Garcia, a work she premiered at the inaugural New Dischord Festival in Chattanooga. I created the role of Pamela in the premier of TOOWHOPERA by composer Sorrel Hays in Rome, GA.

I was named a world finalist in the Luciano Pavarotti International Voice Competition, a regional finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, a semi-finalist in the Jenny Lind Competition and a regional winner in the MacAllister Competition.

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Whether it is preparing for a competition, an audition or a role for the school play, I enjoy helping students of all ages reach their goals. I structure the curriculum to the individual needs of my students, focusing on healthy vocal technique, musicianship, stage presence, and joy in music.

During your first lesson, you will sing various vocalises to determine how you negotiate the changes in registration, what your vocal range is, and what you have to work on to improve your vocal quality, stamina, and flexibility.

If you do not see an available time, please call Takelessons. I sometimes have availability that is not visible on my calendar.

*** Studio Equipment ***

Living Room: baby grand, couch, chair, bench, small table, adjoining dining room where parents can wait.
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Isabella K. October 16, 2018
· Vocal Training · In studio
Desiree is an excellent voice teacher
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Tallulah March 29, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Desiree is fantastic and my 9 year old daughter really looks forward to her lesson each week.
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Cristal F. October 17, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Great job
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Desiree S.

Desiree S.

Pittsburgh, PA 15232
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About Amanda S.

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About Amanda
Amanda is a professional Pittsburgh-area flutist and private teacher. She has served as principal flutist with the Pittsburgh Philharmonic as well as second flute/piccolo with the Undercroft Opera. She has also served as a substitute flutist for the Edgewood, Westmoreland and Johnstown Symphonies. Amanda also performs with the Dolce Appassionato Trio, a chamber ensemble comprised of flute, cello, and piano. She is active as a soloist, performing in a variety of venues throughout the Pittsburgh region.

An ardent advocate of early music and historical performance, Amanda also plays the baroque flute. She has performed in masterclasses for internationally known baroque flutists Kim Pineda, Janet See, and Barthold Kuijken.

Amanda received a Bachelor of Music degree in music education from Seton Hill University, and a Master of Music de
gree in flute performance from Duquesne University, where she studied under Damian Bursill-Hall of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.
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Danielle W. August 12, 2014
· Flute · In studio
Amanda is a perfect instructor for my child. Friendly, knowledgeable and positive, Amanda has made my daughter's flute lessons and ongoing learning, a pleasant experience.
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Amanda S.

Pittsburgh, PA 15241
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About Jesica S.

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About Jesica
I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, where I started playing flute when I was 8 and bass when I was 13. In 2002, I moved to New York City to attend The Juilliard School, where I earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Double Bass performance. I came to Pittsburgh to attend Carnegie Mellon University, where I got a Master of Music degree and a post-graduate Performance Residency Certificate. Since finishing at Carnegie Mellon in 2011, I have been freelancing in Western PA, Ohio, and West Virginia.

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I want to provide a fun, relaxed environment in which you feel appropriately challenged and comfortable to make mistakes. I don't have a pre-set course of music and exercises that I give to every student. Rather, I prefer to have a variety of music and exercises at hand so that we can find material that addresses the s
tudent's learning needs and is enjoyable for that student. I love teaching to all ages and levels, and I understand that each student's learning style and goals are different - the needs of a small child are very different than the needs of a student looking to get into a college music program. I want to ensure that you are happy with your progress, that you learn proper technique, and that you have fun!

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Music stands, an electronic keyboard, mirrors so that students can see and make corrections to their form, a music library, and seating for parents. There's easily available parking on my street.

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I bring my own instrument to demonstrate on. I have an electronic keyboard that I can bring if a music theory student does not have their own piano or keyboard. Students are responsible for purchasing all books and materials.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in classical music of all eras, from baroque through 21st century compositions.
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Matthew T. November 19, 2016
· Upright Bass · In studio
Jesica takes the time to prepare my instument with tape makings and handwrites lessons for me to take home. Plus im playing 5 different scales after only two sessions with her. She also is starting to teach me the basics on how to read music. I couldnt ask for a better teacher to start me on the fundamentals of the upright bass. Very pleased so far and look foward to every lesson.
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Percy S. January 27, 2016
· Upright Bass · In studio
Knows her stuff.
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Justine C. November 11, 2015
· Flute · In studio
I was satisfied with the lesson. I wasn't noticing that Jessica had 2 E-Mails 'till the next day when I checked my PC. She said that she could be at at the bus stop when I got off the bus yesterday. That was alright anyway; I was a little bit early But she said that it was alright. Buses ether are early or late. (some times they don't show-up at all; I call the bus company several years ago & why it happened that way. They told me that they don't have time to look for another person to drive the bus & the guy calls up & he just wouldn't be there that day. Any was I liked the lesson & Jessica lives close to the 71C were I live. It was a short ride from my place were I live. It as a good lesson.
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Jesica S.

Pittsburgh, PA 15207
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About Andrew H.

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Rector, PA

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*Adults*
Whether you are a beginner or have been playing for years my comprehensive lessons will help you to quickly realize your musical goals. I tailor each lesson to fit your individual needs and will get you strumming your favorite songs, reading music, taking soaring solos, or writing your own melodies while simultaneously deepening your understanding of the language of music. At the end of each lesson you’ll receive an MP3 of all the material covered.

*Kids*
I believe in building music fundamentals while fostering a love of playing. My fun, imaginative, and age appropriate classes are just right for any budding musician! Each lesson is customized to get the individual student excited about music, that means playing songs they like and having fun while learning the essential techniques and developing musicality. I have extensiv
e experience working with children 5-16 and adapt my teaching to promote success for each unique student.

*Genres*
Pop, Folk, Rock, Blues, Jazz, Bluegrass, Songwriting, Classical.

*Instruments* Guitar, Ukulele, Mandolin, Harmonica

*About*
My name is Andrew Hendryx and I am a Grammy-balloted musician with over twenty years of experience teaching, performing, and recording. My playing has been featured on NPR, CNBC, FOX, CMT and on RollingStone.com. I am a passionate educator and teach for Vintage Guitar Magazine and the historic Calliope School of Folk Music. I have a bachelor’s degree in Music Performance from Elon University. I’d love to assist you on your musical journey, please feel free to reach out with any questions!
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Debbie B. August 5, 2018
· Mandolin · Online
Andrew is great. Everything I was hoping for. He is so nice and fun to work with. I know I'm going to learn a lot from him.
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Chris May 4, 2018
· Mandolin · In studio
I have been studying with Andrew for over a month now and I find mt his teaching technique is simply awesome. Andrew skillfully assessed my strengths and weaknesses and geared my lessons for n a way that showed benefits right from the start.
Oh ya, he’s a monster player too.
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Scott May 1, 2018
· Guitar · Online
Hi, I've been studying electric mandolin and guitar with Andrew for some time. He is so kind and enthusiastic, and really understands how to teach me at my level. He has been teaching me the deep theory behind improvisation in bluegrass, newgrass, rock, folk...and has an incredible mind full of music, riffs, scales, and chords from all genres. I've gone back and forth from guitar to mando with him, translating the same information onto the different fretboard, building my knowledge and appreciation of music, and I can now improvise confidently while playing out!
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Andrew H.

Rector, PA 15677
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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 1993 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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Zoe September 26, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Doing a great job teaching my 13 year old daughter.
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Aliza S. August 15, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Worked very well with my six year old daughter.
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Annabel R. August 13, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Went to David about a year ago for audition help! I didn't have much piano experience, but the school was requiring violinists to perform a basic piano piece as well. He totally helped me become an expert in the single piece as well as teaching me other piano basics!

He's a very patient teacher and awesome personality to study with!
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David B.

David B.

Latrobe, PA 15650
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About Lisa C. L.

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Carnegie, PA

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After playing the violin for over 20 years, Lisa was inspired to share the gift of music with others by her teacher, Susanna Sonnenberg. Lisa is a member of the American String Teacher’s Association, and has attended the 2017 ASTA National Conference. She currently performs with the Edgewood Symphony Orchestra. Lisa has played in recitals, the Chartiers Valley High School Orchestra, and was accepted to the 2006 PMEA District Orchestra. She has studied with Larry Weiss, Linda Andersen, and others. Lisa can’t remember a time before she learned how to play the violin; it has brought her great joy. Her favorite piece to play is the Bach Double Concerto in D Minor.

At 8 years old, Lisa fell in love with the violin. Throughout school, she studied with private teachers and played with the school orchestra. At home, her dogs were a great audie
nce.

Lisa went on to study history at the University of Pittsburgh, and later earned her law degree from Duquesne. She never forgot her violin, though, and continued to play in her spare time.

Music adds beauty to the world, and finally, after years of keeping the violin to herself, Lisa decided to share her playing with others. Lisa teaches traditional, classical method. The method books she uses include: Essential Elements for Strings, Samuel Applebaum, and All for Strings, among others. She supplements the technical exercises with repertoire from the Suzuki series. Lisa enjoys playing all types of music, in addition to classical, and teaches these songs, as well. Additional music includes pop artists like Taylor Swift, classic rock, electronic music like Lindsey Stirling, celtic, folk, and just about any other type of music you can think of. As a teacher, Lisa strives to be positive and encouraging. She believes that music should be fun, so her main goal is to make sure her students are having a good time!
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Lee August 18, 2018
· Violin · Online
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Tracy Pampena August 6, 2018
· Violin · Online
Love my lessons and my teacher! She’s very patient with me and explains everything in simple terms.
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Kiryn L. July 9, 2018
· Violin · Online
very enlightening
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Lisa C. L.

Lisa C. L.

Carnegie, PA 15106
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About Evgeny T.

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Pittsburgh, PA
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About Evgeny
Hello everyone,
My name is Evgeny Taimanov and I am a clarinet teacher at Carnegie Mellon University, as well, as associate member with Columbus Symphony Orchestra(OH).
I maintain my private studio at home and help my students to achieve their goals,going through auditioning process and getting the highly expected results as a reward of hard working combined with my instructions.
To be successful you need a strategy and I am the one who will help you to build the one and guide you through it.
My teaching philosophy is simple- the teacher is your friend who tells you the things as they are, and provides solutions that simplify the tusks making them part of fun to resolve.
Thank you for your time.
Hope to hear from you soon.

Evgeny.
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Anzu October 11, 2017
· Clarinet · In home
Mr. Evgeny is a wonderful clarinet teacher. I have been able to learn a lot from his lessons and the lessons have helped me tremendously with auditions. He is very thorough in his teachings and methods which help increase your tone quality as well as technique. I high recommend taking lessons from him.
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Andy October 8, 2017
· Clarinet · In studio
Evgeny's the best. Evgeny is not only one of the best clarinetists in the country but also makes learning fun. I'm 48 and started playing about 6 years ago and learning the clarinet from him has been a rewarding experience.
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Matthew October 5, 2017
· Clarinet · In home
Mr. Evgeny has helped me develop a beautiful sound through his results driven approach to teaching the art of clarinet performance. He has patiently provided the necessary coaching to help me overcome obstacles and allowed me to discover strengths and use them to my advantage. I truly value our lesson time, and highly recommend Mr. Evgeny to anyone who wants to improve as a player.
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Evgeny T.

Pittsburgh, PA 15215
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About Dustin G.

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Mr.Dustin is a freelance bass trombonist and professional musician in the Dallas-Fort Worth Area. Dustin holds a bachelor’s Degree in music performance from Texas Christian University and has performed with Center Stage Brass, The Brass Roots, and The Balcony Big Band. Dustin leads an active and versatile freelance career playing in ensembles of a wide range including orchestral settings as well as jazz and commercial settings while also running his own private lesson studio.

Dustin has a background check from Pittsburgh and is certified to work with students at the Carnegie Mellon University Preparatory school!
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Jude M. June 22, 2018
· Trombone · In studio
Dustin was Fantastic! Could hear an immediate improvement with a cleaner sound of my son's playing. Dustin is calm and easy going but still addressed the issues my son was having in a positive and relatable manner.
So excited that we are able to have Dustin tutor my son for the trombone.
Monica Disbrow
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Dustin G.

Dustin G.

Pittsburgh, PA 15217
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About Miranda Bartira S.

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About Miranda Bartira
Hi! My name is Miranda and I'm a Bassist and Music teacher. I've been playing and teaching Music for more than 15 years, and I've had students of all ages.

I'm Brazilian, and I've performed in several orchestras, both in Brazil and in the US. I've also played in musicals (Cabaret, Gypsy, The Wizard of Oz, Fiddler on the Roof, among others) - this is something that I really enjoy doing! I'm also a singer, and I've sung in choirs and in Bossa Nova and Jazz bands.

I have a Master's degree in Performance (bass) and another one in Popular Music (Brazilian Music). Right now I've just moved to Pittsburgh, PA, for my PhD in Musicology.I love to learn about Music!

A little bit about my experience as a Music teacher: I've taught at universities, conservatories, social projects, private studio, K-12... I love to teach Orchestra, and I'm a
conductor. I write arrangements for my orchestras now and then, mostly with a pedagogical intent.

I enjoy to teach kids very much, and I'm a certified Suzuki teacher. I also hold a standard certificate for Music (K-12), issued by the state of Texas, and I'm a member of TMEA. That doesn't mean I don't like to teach adults; my oldest student ever was 72! It's never too late to learn Music and to have fun doing it! If you want to give it a try, I can help you. Just contact me!
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Aracy August 11, 2018
· Upright Bass · In studio
I am an orchestra director and worked closely with Miranda in a school district. Miranda is not only very knowledgeable in bass performance, pedagogy and repertoire, but she has been also highly successful in ensemble teaching. I highly recommend Miranda as a teacher!
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Miranda Bartira S.

Pittsburgh, PA 15217
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About Ricky S.

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I am from Dallas, Texas but moved to Pittsburgh to study with Michael Rusinek of the Pittsburgh Symphony. I received my Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Southern Methodist University and my Master of Music and Advanced Music Studies Certificate from Carnegie Mellon University.

I taught middle and high school students in the Dallas area while I was working on my Bachelors degree and even completed an entire semester of student teaching to receive my Teacher Certification to teach public school in Texas.

What I enjoy about teaching is helping students reach their goals and being able to see their improvement from week to week. Everyone learns differently so it is a lot of fun to try different things and find the specific way that each student will thrive.
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Ricky S.

Pittsburgh, PA 15232
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