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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.

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Living Room: baby grand, couch, chair, bench, small table, adjoining dining room where parents can wait.
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Susie Z. May 1, 2019
· Singing · In studio
I would recommend Desiree, she put me at ease right away.
I left feeling energized and wanting more !
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Skye P. December 11, 2018
· Piano · In home
Desiree is very good and patient with my Granddaughter. I believe this is a great fit. I am excited that my Granddaughter is finally interested in learning how to play the piano. Thanks Desiree
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Isabella K. October 16, 2018
· Vocal Training · In studio
Desiree is an excellent voice teacher
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Desiree S.

Pittsburgh, PA 15232
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About Dale J.

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New Kensington, PA

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About Dale
I've taught public school elementary band for 30 years, have been a church organist for 70 years, and taught piano and organ for 57 years. I enjoy teaching music and working with students and believe that learning to read music will enable the student to play with other musicians and enjoy music as much as I have. I try to put myself in the student's place to think as he/she does and help them understand music and perform it.
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Joe March 5, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Dale is an exceptional piano instructor. His program of study is comprehensive and well-designed. He offers patient, thorough instruction, and his many years of experience equip him to tailor lessons to each student's needs and strengths.
I'm extremely pleased with the highly positive experience my children have in studying with him.
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Dale J.

Pittsburgh, PA 15238
(1)
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$15 / 30-min

About Bennie D.

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McKeesport, PA
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About Bennie
Hello. If you want to learn to play and understand piano and music,... I can help you!

I teach, play and compose a variety of styles, such as pop, rock, blues, classical, jazz, and new-age music. I can show you how to listen to a recording and to play it without written music. Also, I can teach you to read a lead sheet/fake book/chord chart or the grand staff for piano. I can teach you simple or fancy chords/scales/songs.

I have played keyboard and or piano for the "Diana Ross Show Review", "Beatlemania" and various notable restaurant/clubs in Pittsburgh, Pa. I studied music at Duquesne University and studied privately with Frank Cunimondo for Jazz improvisation.

I enjoy helping students learn to play the piano and understand music. We will have a good time.

I can teach you the fundamentals and beyond and help you pursue all
of your musical goals.

Please listen to my CD, "Spaces With Time", on the "Bandcamp.com" website. I hope you enjoy it.

Ready to play? Let's schedule some lessons together soon.
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Bob S. January 7, 2016
· Piano · In studio
I couldn't ask for a better teacher. Bennie has the talent and experience to help anyone trying to either learn from scratch or improve their current skill level. Due to the fact that I travel quite a bit with my business I used the holiday season to get a refresher course and Bennie was the right teacher for this. He gave me more in 5 lessons then I could have gotten from anyone else if I had 20 lessons. Unfortunately, I travel a lot for my business and I can't commit to a regular lesson schedule.
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Bennie D.

McKeesport, PA 15132
(1)
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$35 / 30-min

About David B.

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Latrobe, PA

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About David
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.

Pittsburgh, PA 15233
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$20 / 30-min

About Carlene B.

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Pittsburgh, PA
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About Carlene
I am a mother of four. I have been teaching piano and clarinet lessons for over 20 years to children and adults of all ages. I have a Bachelors of Fine Arts and a Masters in Music in Clarinet and Piano Performance. I also have a Masters in Education in Early Childhood. In addition to private lessons, I teach preschoolers music and movement as well as introduce them to the piano as young as 3 years old. No one is ever too young or too old to begin music in any capacity, as long as they have the love, enjoyment and willingness to learn. I have valid criminal, child abuse and FBI clearances as part of my education degree as well as for teaching music lessons. These are available upon request.
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Carlene B.

Pittsburgh, PA 15229
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$35 / 30-min
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About Lisa C. B.

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Carnegie, PA

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About Lisa C.
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 and 2018 ASTA National Conferences. She currently performs with the Edgewood Symphony Orchestra and with outreach quartets. 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 audience.

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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Debra April 21, 2019
· Cello · Online
I think Lisa is a wonderful instructor who provides clear instruction and also knows pedagogy. She starts with a step-by-step approach to build a foundation. I am an older adult and her warmth and good sense of humor help, too.
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Debra March 31, 2019
· Cello · Online
"Old Dog Learns New Tricks"
I couldn't ask for more in a teacher. I am a newbie to the cello and Lisa made me feel very comfortable and also, her teaching style is very clear, logical, starting with the basics and building step-by-step. She has a good sense of humor, too. All said, after only my first lesson, I think my learn a new trick: playing a song or two on the cello. Deb Bisacchi, MEd, MSW
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Debra March 30, 2019
· Cello · Online
Clear, focused, warm and friendly, and very knowledgeable, too.
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Lisa C. B.

Carnegie, PA 15106
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About Paul S.

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Cranberry Township, PA

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Hey guys! My goal is to have this lesson be all about you! Whether you want to learn the basics or just your favorite song, I'm here to teach and have fun!
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Call M. June 25, 2019
· Guitar · In home
The kids adored him and are super excited to continue learning with Paul.
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Nick June 13, 2019
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Wow. Laid back and listened to me. I’m playing music I like now. Thank you Paul. Beginning a new chapter
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Mike w May 10, 2019
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Thank you 🙏. I can rock and the girls love it. Haha. Thanks
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Paul S.

Cranberry Township, PA 16066
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About Sally R.

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Eighty Four, PA
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About Sally
Greetings! I'm an enthusiastic teacher who makes learning fun, as evidenced by the fact that most of my students stay for years! I have taught over 150 students from six school districts in the South and West Hills of Pittsburgh, along with students from Bishop Canevin, OLSH, and CAPA.

I build on a solid foundation of good technique to help you achieve your vocal goals. I work to instill a love of music and provide compassion for the whole person, while working to bring out the very best that your voice can be!

I offer the study of musical theory as an option for interested students. Music theory is highly recommended for any student who wishes to major in music, or music-related fields of study, such as music therapy.

I have a varied background, musically speaking. I started in community theater at age 12, and entered coll
ege with one of my majors being Theater. I switched to Vocal Performance and studied opera with Claudia Pinza.

I have always used my music in my church. For most of my adult life, this has meant a contemporary Christian music setting, being a worship leader for our church's worship team, directing and fronting a full band. I can help to develop you as an effective worship leader, in addition to being a solid worship vocalist.

My former students include professional actors, opera students, and a Best Actor and Best Actress award winner at the Gene Kelly Awards for High School Musical Theater.

And parents, you can rest easier, knowing that I have my PA Background Clearances. I teach in my in-home studio. The studio has glass doors, so your student is always visible. Parents may sit in on any lesson; they're also welcome to wait in my living room, right outside the studio room. My home is conveniently located 10 minutes from Waterdam Plaza on Route 19, in McMurray, PA.
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Chuckie January 9, 2019
· Singing · In studio
Sally is a truly amazing teacher. I took lessons from her throughout high school so that I could improve my singing in the school musicals. Sally's instruction is very practical, healthy, and effective. I'm so much happier with my voice now than when I started lessons. Aside from her teaching, Sally is just an amazing person. She quickly becomes friends with all of her students and is great at coaching voices of any age level. If you take lessons from Sally, you're going to make a great friend and you're going to love the singing results!
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Cailee November 10, 2018
· Vocal Training · In studio
I took lessons from Sally for 6 years and have absolutely no regrets. Over the 6 years, we tackled a variety of musical styles and she was able to help me through each one incredibly. From learning how to sing healthily to furthing my vocal capabilities, Sally made it a wonderful and fun experience. I couldn’t be more thankful for the time I spent in her studio and would recommend her to anyone who wants to reach new levels in the vocal world.
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Sally R.

Eighty Four, PA 15330
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$65 / 45-min

About Brooke S.

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Pittsburgh, PA

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About Brooke
I believe that making music should be a fun and creative experience. I specialize in teaching piano functionally which means helping you to learn the type of music you want to play as quickly as possible while giving you the tools to add your own style to a piece.

When a new student is learning music, it is most important to establish a love of the instrument in order to see results. This is made possible by teaching music theory, sight reading, technique, and ear training led by the student's natural interests. I have over ten years of experience working with kids across a variety of settings with one year experience in special needs and four years working in music composition and performance.

Please let me know if you have any questions, I'd be happy to speak with you!
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Angela July 8, 2019
· Piano · In home
Brooke was both warn and knowledgeable. My daughter not only learned new piano skills but even more importantly, is now super excited to learn and practices all the time on her own. Thank you Brooke!
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Brooke S.

Pittsburgh, PA 15214
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$25 / 30-min

About Christian R.

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Canonsburg, PA

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About Christian
My name is Cj Rhen and I am a composer, trumpet player, sax player, and producer. I have experience writing, producing, and performing in various genres and I focus on marketability and foundations with my students. I professionally record sax and other loops with Sounds.com which is run by Native Instruments. I will work with a range of students and listen to their goals and point them in the right direction while giving them the foundation they need to succeed.
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Christian R.

Canonsburg, PA 15317
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$34 / 30-min

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