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Justin W.

Franklin, TN

About Justin

Hello! My name is Justin, a Christian musician that recently moved to the Nashville/Brentwood area from Michigan. I'm a pianist, guitarist and bassist that loves performing, teaching, learning, and above all enjoying life. When I'm not working on music, I'm usually found biking or running through the hills of southern Nashville. I love nature and all of the opportunities that it gives us to explore and learn!

I started my formal music education when I was in the third grade, taking classical piano lessons at my parents’ request. I progressed steadily but never felt truly connected to w
hat I was doing. Two years later, I was introduced to pop piano music through the worship band at my church. I learned to play by ear and read chord charts, taking my abilities far beyond the reach of classical piano. By the time that I reached high school, I was playing piano, guitar and bass as well as singing and acting. By my senior year, music had consumed so much of my time that sports were pushed to the side. I loved it!

Before I knew it, I was being pressured into picking a college. I had planned on going to school for Computer Science, but knew that music was my passion. While the money would have been great, sitting in a cubicle just isn’t my style. I decided upon Cornerstone University, a small Christian school in Grand Rapids, MI. For two years, I studied piano, voice and guitar in the school’s Contemporary Christian Music program. The program was great, but I needed a more competitive environment that only a larger school could offer.

In the fall of 2008, I transferred to Grand Valley State University and loved it! My teachers were great, the other students were supportive, and overall there was a culture of learning and growth. I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Piano Performance from Grand Valley in April of 2011. I decided to take the summer off of working and enjoy the sunshine, then moved to the Nashville area in November of 2011. I’m currently serving as Worship Leader for a church in Nashville.

*** Lesson Details ***
I believe that every student is unique, therefore each lesson should also be unique. By understanding the student's motivation to study music and play an instrument, we can work together to set goals that will set the student up for success.

For piano, I prefer to use either the Bastien or Alfred series, depending on the student's goals, experience, and age. For guitar or bass, it depends on which style(s) of music the student would like to learn. I have plenty of resources available, so the sky is the limit. No matter which instrument you study, the ability to play properly is important from the very first lesson!

Above all, learning music should be fun! Life is about finding the balance between work and play - for me, music does that perfectly. What started as a simple hobby has turned into a wonderful career. With time and practice, it's amazing how much this small hobby can enrich your life!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Quiet home studio with seating for parents.

*** Specialties ***
While in college, I studied classical voice and piano, as well as a few semesters of guitar. During that time, I held positions as both a classical singer and a pianist at churches in town.

On the side, I specialize in pop and rock music. Before college, most of my piano experience was playing with bands, pit orchestras, coffee shop duets, etc.

Classical music is invaluable, but I realize that most students are more interested in learning how to play contemporary music. As a young musician that grew up playing what he heard on the radio, I'm able to incorporate classical music and technique with modern theory and aural skills. Once you have all of those basics, the student will easily be able to learn a variety of styles of music.
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ChampaP June 27, 2012
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The lessons are great he is finally improving on sight reading. Thank you.
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Justin W.

Justin W.

Franklin, TN 37064
(1)
starting at
$20 / 30-min
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Dustin B.

Nashville, TN

Professional piano lessons for electric or acoustic.

No matter what age, learning piano is a wonderful instrument to an introduction to music, as it sounds great from the start and is easy to start playing songs, and creating music while having tons of fun.
Learn: Beginner to advanced techniques, how to play comfortably, scales, playing exercises, fundamentals of music, genres such as Classical, Jazz, Rock and R&B, learn Improvisation, performance techniques, stage presence, and much more.

As with all the lessons I teach, being comfortable in the lesson and with your craft is crucial for making great music! Lesson are customized for each students needs and goals preparing a plan that is enjoyable, fun and motivating.

About Dustin

Education Experience:

Private Lessons - 22 years
Public and Magnet Schools - 7 years

I've tutored 100’s of students from ages 4 to 58. Teaching primarily saxophone I've also tutored on Clarinet, Flute, piano, guitar, bass, percussion, tuba, trumpet and voice. I also give instruction in music theory, improvisation, arranging, composition, engraving, music notation, and general studio operations from recording to engineering. I have given lessons privately and under many school and magnet programs from Iowa, Miami and currently the Nashville school systems.

I hold a Degree from the hig
hly accredited University of Miami in Coral Gables Florida, and have also taken courses at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls Iowa in classical performance and education.

Professional Experience:

As a musician I have traveled to and performed in over 51 countries around the world, all the major cities in the US and many famous venues in New York City, London and Rome. I've appeared with such artists as: Michael Brecker, Arturo Sondoval, Jerry Bergonzi, David Sanborn, Bob Mintzer, David Liebman, Joe Lovano, Jamey Aebersold, Bobby Shew, Poncho Sanchez, Duffy Jackson, American Idol's Kimberely Locke, Earth wind and Fire, Lionel Richie, Clarence Clemets, William Shatner, The Miami Heat American Airlines Arena Band, and most recently in Nashville with Steve Martin’s Bluegrass Band.

Student Lesson Details:

Most importantly, I believe music should be fun and music lessons should also be fun. Not only is it important to learn music but also to PLAY IT! I teach a simple and effective system to all students learning music or an instrument for the first time. It is my goal to achieve that students potential in the shortest amount of time and at the highest level.

It is important that all students learn the fundamentals of the language of music however I’m very flexible to each student’s individual needs and desires.

Teacher Equipment and Studio:

The lesson studio is located in the heart of Nashville’s Music Row. It is a professional recording studio and an isolated space offering a noise free environment. The studio is also equipped with a waiting area where parents can view the lesson through a large glass window. There is also a lavatory and free parking.

The studio offers professional recording gear and an 88 weighted key piano. I can also provide all lesson materials and books required for learning and some additional instruments are also available.

**Special services**

For the same price as the lesson time I can also provide instrument repair service. I have many years experience working on saxophones, clarinets, flutes and other instruments dealing with general maintenance, to complete overhaul. Please inquire for more details.
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Tyrone J. June 23, 2015
Saxophone · Online
Verified Student
Starting off good!
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Lisa L. April 30, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Dustin was awesome, real helpful, encouraging & educational. I enjoyed it so much! Thanks!
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J C M. March 22, 2015
Saxophone · Online
Verified Student
This is my second lesson with Dustin. Dustin is a knowledgeable cool young man with a keen ear for for the saxophone tones. I've learned something at both lessons. I plan to continue to learn from Dustin. I would recommend Dustin to anyone who wants to learn how play the saxophone. J.C.
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Dustin B.

Dustin B.

Nashville, TN 37212
(6)
starting at
$21 / 30-min
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RaShelle M.

Nashville, TN

About RaShelle

From the age of 4, RaShelle composed music and played piano by ear, dreaming of the day when she would be able to hear her pieces played by full string orchestras and symphony orchestras. In high school, she began studying classical piano performance with Mrs. Patricia Randolph, graduate of Eastman School of Music. During her studies with Mrs. Randolph, she received “rating one” in 2003 and 2004 for her piano performances at the Nebraska Music Guild Competition. Later in college while studying jazz and tango in Buenos Aires, Argentina, RaShelle was inspired to pursue her passion for both ele
ctronic and acoustic composition. Upon returning to the United States, she studied electronic composition with Dr. Charles Nichols at the University of Montana, and acoustic composition with Dr. Eric Funk at Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana.

Currently RaShelle is teaching in low-income schools with Teach for America, which is a non-profit working to close the achievement gap. In addition, she is working on the completion of her master’s degree at the University of Montana.

*** Lesson Details ***
Music lessons should be all about you and your unique goals and learning style. Be ready to have fun and enjoy the process of learning! We will be making short-term goals together to ensure that you will ultimately reach your long-term goal. Dreams are attainable and I want to help you get there!

*** Travel Equipment ***
Piano or keyboard.

*** Specialties ***
Speech level singing, classical and contemporary piano, and classical and contemporary music composition.
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Dylan S. May 3, 2013
Piano
Verified Student
Great with kids

My 4 year old daughter expressed an interest in playing the piano but neither my wife or I know how to play. I'm very pleased we found RaShelle. She's patient, positive and enthusiastic. Our daughter looks forward to each lesson, which is more than I could have hoped for. And, she's learning a lot.

What impresses me most is that RaShelle is also helping her learn to sing in key while she plays. My daughter is only 4 and already knows how to do things that I can't. That's pretty exciting.
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Dee F. February 26, 2013
Piano
Enthusiastic Teacher!

RaShelle has a God-given musical talent and it shows in her enthusiasm for music - not only in piano, but guitar and singing, as well.

RaShelle's love for music~ is evident in the way that she teaches and inspires you as a student to want to excel to the same level of excellence.

I strongly recommend this young woman as a teacher.

DeeDee
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RaShelle M.

RaShelle M.

Nashville, TN 37208
(2)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Brianne A.

Nashville, TN

My first lesson with a student is a meet and greet where I get to pick their brain about passions, interests and goals. From there, I put together a custom lesson plan to make sure they succeed and keep interest in whatever those goals may be.

But most importantly, I take very seriously the role of instilling confidence in my students. Creative confidence spills over into all pools of life and is not only something I recognize, but take pride in being involved with.

Can't wait to meet you and start the journey!

About Brianne

I am a working artist/songwriter with placements on Nickelodeon, NBC, Rockband, international radio airplay and was featured on "This Sing Off" 2014 Holiday Special with Timothy's Gift (video below). I graduated from Belmont University in 2009 with a BA in Commercial Voice-emphasis in music business. I am currently the co-owner of The Recording Republic here in Nashville, TN where my partner and I write/produce music and help develop artists. I have been teaching voice, piano, theory, performance and songwriting on and off for the past 5 years and love every second of it. I Can't wait to mee
t you and see what goals we can reach together!

*** Lesson Details ***
The most important things I focus on in my lessons are positivity and building confidence. The confidence learned expressing yourself creatively is something that bleeds over into all aspects of life. It's so wonderful watching a kid (or an adult!) gradually come out of their shells during the process.

During the first lesson, I sit down with the student and talk to them about their dreams and goals. That way, I can build a curriculum that perfectly fits their needs. We can learn anything their heart desires-from classical Beethoven to writing their own music! For basic piano I love to use the "Bastien" and "Alfred" basic collections because they are what I grew up on.

Can't wait to meet you!

*** Studio Equipment ***
In my studio I have a weighted keyboard, mic, amp, mirror and video for recording performances.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Mic, amp and video recorder are portable. Student must provide piano for in home visits. And plus, you'll need one to practice!

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in beginner classical piano and improvisation, beginner-advanced voice, theory, performance and songwriting of all styles.
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Doug F. October 24, 2014
Singing · Online
Verified Student
Brianne is working with my 11 year old daughter on basic vocal training. Brianne is an excellent instructor and vocalist. She has challenged my daughter and yet maintains a very positive attitude. We are thrilled with the lessons and plan to continue with Brianne.
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Evan D. November 23, 2013
Piano
Verified Student
Highly recommend Brianne!

I started taking piano lessons with Brianne a little over two months ago, and I have seen a huge improvement in my performance and confidence. Brianne is very professional and experienced, and she knows exactly what she's talking about. My favorite thing about the lessons is that she is takes time to get to know her students to find out exactly what their goals are and what they hope to get out of the lessons. I came in with some piano experience and an idea of what I wanted, and she was able to customize my lessons so that they perfectly fit me. Brianne is very encouraging and wants you to succeed. I would definitely recommend taking lessons from her!
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kyle L. November 22, 2013
Piano
I've learned soo much in such a short time

i've always wanted to learn how to play the piano but I never could find the right teacher. Brianne has really helped me find my place as a budding piano player. She is very thorough and makes learning fun. She creates such a calm atmosphere with no judgment and i really enjoy that. Another thing that separates her from the other teachers i've had is that she doesn't teach based on her agenda she teaches me what i want to know. I can't wait fro my next lesson!
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Brianne A.

Brianne A.

Nashville, TN 37207
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starting at
$37 / 30-min
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Drew M.

Nashville, TN

I've been a musician for nearly 20 years, have composed, recorded, and published my own album, and have a passion for learning new instruments. I believe music is powerful and I love helping others experience and create it. No matter what direction you want to go with the piano (classical, pop, blues, etc.), I can help you get there.

About Drew

Learning is my passion. I love to learn new things and I love to help others learn. With a Masters degree in Learning Technologies, I have designed curriculum for Higher Education classes, corporate trainings, and K12 tutoring. I began teaching as a Media Specialist helping university students and faculty learn to use various software and media equipment. After earning my Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science with minors in Math, Game Development, and IT, I began writing curriculum and teaching corporate technology courses. I have also worked with K12 teachers to implement learner-centered ins
tructional practices and technology into the classroom, as well as worked with students from Elementary to High School to create media using a wide variety of tools.

As your tutor and learning partner, I promise to always focus on helping you achieve your goals. I don’t require a specific book or curriculum. There are plenty of quality resources out there. Instead, we will focus on using the available resources to get you to where you want to be.

I believe my biggest asset is my ability to learn. I have studied and performed research in the area of learning, and have a deep understanding of the process. In our sessions, you will learn not only subject-specific skills, but how to be self-directed in your own learning no matter the content. You will cultivate confidence in your abilities and a mindset of lifelong learning that will be useful in every area of your life.

As an avid learner, the subjects I tutor are varied. I have nearly 20 years of experience in music. I play piano, guitar, trumpet, hammered dulcimer, mountain dulcimer, harmonica, and more. I have studied music theory and even composed, recorded, and published my own original music.

With a degree in Computer Science, I also tutor a lot of technical subjects. I have programmed in C, C++, Objective-C, Swift, Python, PHP, ActionScript, JavaScript, MySQL, and more. I have written apps for iOS and even developed video games. Technology is always changing. So even if the subject is brand new, I can help you learn it.

I work with people from elementary students to adult learners. Look through my subjects and let me know what you’re interested in. I look forward to helping you learn and improve your skills.
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Patrick C. June 22, 2015
Dulcimer · In home
Most teachers aren't the most pleasant people to be around. Drew, on the other hand, was a teacher I always looked forward to learning from. All around, a super nice and knowledgable guy.
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Wade C. June 21, 2015
Adobe Creative Suite · In home
Drew is knowledgeable and personable. You know you are getting good information from him and that he knows his stuff. But at the same time, you also can relate to him and this creates a better atmosphere for good communication and learning.
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Drew M.

Drew M.

Nashville, TN 37208
(2)
starting at
$30 / 30-min

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