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Kerry M.

Houston, TX

About Kerry

I am a Biology student at Texas Southern University with a minor in music. I am a band leader, singer, songwriter, percussionist, bassist and guitarist. I have been a contract music teacher for over 10 years. I have taught music in various schools from 1st grade to high school in the Houston Independent School District, Spring Branch Independent School District and several charter schools throughout the Greater Houston Area. I have instructed and led large guitar ensembles 25+, percussion ensembles, a pop/ rock/ stage band, an elementary school choir, one on one private lessons, etc. I have de
signed curriculum and written lesson plans.

*** Lesson Details ***
Fun lessons based on your personal favorite songs and music. You'll be exposed to and learn different styles of popular music. After a few months and a personal commitment to practice, students will have a thorough understanding of the musical instrument they are studying and how to sight read.
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Kerry M.

Kerry M.

Houston, TX 77021
starting at
$29 / 30-min
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John M.

Baytown, TX

Despite what TakeLessons says about my location, I can come to you even if you don't live on the East side.

About John

I have an associates degree in music and I have been teaching lessons for more than five years now. I also have two years experience as a substitute teacher. As a substitute, I have taught all grades, all subjects, and I have helped out many kinds of students each with their own way of learning.

Besides teaching, I love learning too. Anytime I have a question I immediately start seeking out the answer. Learning never stops!

*** Lesson Details ***
My lessons will be very informative. I have a lot of information to get out all the time. Don't be surprised if something I show you blows you
r mind. I also like to have fun and I'm sure my students do too. There won't be a boring lesson from me.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide my acoustic guitar, picks, and tuner and that's really all they need as well. If they do not have an acoustic guitar, an electric guitar with an amplifier is also fine.

I'll occasionally bring my laptop with me to use some music software to assist in my lessons.

I'll always have pens and paper so I can make notes or diagrams if needed.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in many musical genres including rock, ska, punk, progressive, jazz, folk, and more.
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Melinda A. May 18, 2016
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
My son was new guitar player, he has now had several lessons with John. We have seen his skills grown exponentially. John really connects with him and keeps him engaged. He has taught him soo much in such a short span of time. John is a fantastic teacher!
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Kay-Leigh D. April 6, 2016
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
A wonderful teacher easy for young kids to understand
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Kristina S. October 29, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In home
Verified Student
John seems to customize his lesson to you. He teaches the basic, and theory behind why these chords go together and helps you learn the music you are interested in. He goes at a slow pace, so that you have time to practice and really pick up what he is showing you
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John M.

John M.

Baytown, TX 77521
(4)
starting at
$20 / 30-min
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Troy W.

Houston, TX

I have been teaching this subject for over 10 years. There is no specific curriculum as each student will come to lessons with their own unique skills, needs, and goals. Lessons are tailored to those specifics. It is not necessary to know how to read music at the first lesson. However, learning to read is required for subsequent lessons. Many young composers have great ideas but can only hear them in their heads or play them on an instrument. Lessons will allow you to obtain the skills to write them down with greater speed, accuracy, and clarity. More advance students will also include exploring a wider range of harmonic languages, advanced notation, instrumentation, orchestration, and aural skills. Students should come to the first lesson with examples of their work, either notated or recorded in a digital format. They should be prepared to discuss their background & goals and the plan of their course of study. Lessons are a minimum of 60 minutes once per week.

About Troy

Composer Troy W. graduated from the New England Conservatory, earning his Bachelors, Masters (cum laude) and Graduate Diploma while studying with mentor Malcolm Peyton. After spending a year studying with Lukas Foss in Boston, Mr. W. moved to Houston in 2001 where he continued graduate studies at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music.

During his time as a teacher with the Michael P. Hammond Preparatory Program at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music, Troy taught classes in music fundamentals and music theory for pre-college students. He has also served on the faculty of the Summ
er Institute for Piano teaching courses in Form & Analysis for pre-college students.

Troy also has maintained a private studio, tutoring and teaching private lessons in composition, ear training, voice, piano, literature, and history for over ten years. Students who have studied with him come from a wide range of backgrounds with different goals. Those who have continued with musical studies in college have consistently placed out of at least the first two semesters of music theory and achieved advanced placement in their chosen fields of study. Those who chose a different path continue to benefit from the education and training they received from taking music lessons.

*** Lesson Details ***
There is no "standard formula" to lessons. Each student has their own unique background, needs, and goals. Lessons tend to be somewhat casual but are structured in such a way as to meet the unique requirements of the student.

To accomplish your goals, there are a few requirements and basic expectations that the student and parent must meet.
The first is practice. Students are expected to practice daily for at least the length of their lesson time. This, above all else, is essential to progress. It is also expected that a parent will attend lessons for students who are too young to drive themselves here. It's important for a parent to guide the student's practice time (particularly for younger students) to ensure that the most is gained from it. This is why I ask that a parent observe lessons.
Each student or parent should bring to each lesson a notebook, pencils (with erasers). The notebook will be used to record notes about each lesson, homework, practice advice, etc. Pencils (not pens...nobody's perfect!) are used by composers to record their creations and performers to mark their music. Both of these essential practices are subject to changing thought and must be open to change. So no ink, please!

Performers: It is not necessary to know how to read music at the first lesson for beginners. However, learning to read is required for subsequent lessons and will be a large focus for all non-readers. Lessons are not learned "by ear." A certain amount of theory will be a part of every lesson just as technique and repertoire. Concerning repertoire, it will be selected based on the student's learning needs but also with their input. The main emphasis on performance lessons, however, will be technique and reading. Students should come to the first lesson prepared to discuss their background & goals and the plan of their course of study.
Note: Voice students must be at least 16 years of age.

Composers: Just as with performers, it is not necessary to know how to read music at the first lesson. However, learning to read is required for subsequent lessons. Many young composers have great ideas but can only hear them in their heads or play them on an instrument. Lessons will allow you to obtain the skills to write them down with greater speed, accuracy, and clarity. More advance students will also include exploring a wider range of harmonic languages, advanced notation, instrumentation, orchestration, and aural skills. Students should come to the first lesson with examples of their work, either written, notated, or recorded in a digital format. They should be prepared to discuss their background & goals and the plan of their course of study.

IMPORTANT NOTES:
• To reschedule a lesson, more than one day notice is required.

• Make up lessons must be scheduled before the next regular lesson.

• A make up lesson cannot be scheduled in place of a regular lesson.

• If, for any reason, two 30-minute lessons are scheduled one right after the other, they will be charged as two 30-minute lessons, not one 60 minute lesson which is a different rate.

• If, for any reason, two 45-minute lessons are scheduled one right after the other, they will be charged as two 45-minute lessons, not one 90 minute lesson which is a different rate.

• the studio space is also inhabited by two lovely cats. Do consider this when signing up for lessons.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Yamaha DGX-650 weighted 88 keys full sized keyboard
area for parents to sit and observe lessons.

*** Specialties ***
Main area is in classical music and media scoring with secondary focus on musical theatre vocal performance and composing/arranging.
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Jonathan September 28, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
I sang my first karaoke song flawlessly thanks to Troy. I still have a long ways to go, but I see improvement every week. Troy is professional, optimistic, and talented. Thank you Troy!
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Rebecca Girardet September 8, 2016
Opera Voice · In studio
Verified Student
Troy is a terrific teacher. He's helped me address breath and diction issues that have plagued me for years. I can't recommend him highly enough!
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Landon T. March 8, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
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Troy W.

Troy W.

Houston, TX 77006
(41)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Jeremiah L.

Houston, TX

*Rock
*Metal
*Blues
*RnB
*Cuban
*Latin
*Song Writing
*Jazz
*Country

About Jeremiah

As a Musicians Institute graduate, I've learned from exceptional drummers in the Los Angeles music industry. I gained and learned many tricks of the trade and can offer the same quality education to anyone. As a student myself, I realized that having great sound, solid timing and groove are just as essential as having cool beats to play. There are more technicalities to drumming than being able to play fast or having the best chops.
Aside from learning how to play drums, knowing how to think about music, how to listen to music, and how to study music will give a great foundation to any stude
nt of any style.

I first like to determine the students ability and understanding by working on a few coordination exercises and reading exercises.
From a good foundation, I build a curriculum, and deter any obstacles by constantly changing my approach to further and benefit the student playing.
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Ben W. December 4, 2016
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
Ben (8) loved his first drum lesson. He says 30 minutes was way too short. We're excited to go forward with the rest of his lessons
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Jack G. June 26, 2016
Drum · In home
Verified Student
Jeremiah is very professional and has a great demeanor for kids.
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Sean June 24, 2016
Drum · In home
An excellent teacher who takes the time to teach practical skills and techniques that can be used in an array of situations.
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Jeremiah L.

Jeremiah L.

Houston, TX 77043
(7)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Bo W.

Pasadena, TX

In this course you will learn to get in touch with your good or sad stories and put them to words in a song format.

About Bo

With over 40 years of professional playing on small and large stages I am able to offer my students a diverse range of educational resources.
I am still playing actively in bands in surrounding area.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am easy going and I want you to feel comfortable and at ease, but we do need to focus & can have fun doing it.
I utilize various methods , which is determined by the students learning style & needs, so this can change as time goes on
(not sticking to one particular publishers materials). I have done (& continue to do) extensive research into materials available for
Piano and supplement with my own, to utilize the best out there for "YOU" for the best possible progress. While ensuring an extremely well-rounded musical education, so you can progress at the best possible rate. Since each student's potential is different, each will progress differently. This is also determined by your dedication to daily practice (the more you practice, the quicker you will progress & the more accomplished you will become). This is a 'Team Effort'; I give the guidance & tools, and you practice, utilize & learn these tools, & off we go! The sky is the limit!!! :-D

*** Studio Equipment ***
Keyboard with stand
Recording with Sonar X2, assorted mics.
I also can do demo recordings and one sheets for professionals.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Travel up to 16 miles
Portable keyboard with stand and chair

*** Specialties ***
Pop, Country
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Nancy Haussler October 19, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Bo is very patient but makes sure that he challenges his students. You definitely learn from him.
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Stacey O. August 28, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Bo has been an excellent keyboard teacher for my son. He is very patient with my 9 year old, and I highly recommend him.
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Jocelyn M. April 19, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
I started classes March 2015 and can honestly say Bo is an excellent instructor. He is very patient especially with someone who had no experience. He has a diverse range of taste in music so if you don't want to pay classical he can teach you the blues, jazz, rock, etc. I would definitely recommend this instructor for anyone from no experience to experience.
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Bo W.

Bo W.

Pasadena, TX 77505
(10)
starting at
$40 / 30-min

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