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Bill S.

Scottdale, GA

About Bill

I am a career musician and teacher. I am always looking for more good students, performance opportunities and studio session work. I began playing drums at the age of 10. I hold a Bachelor's degree, and am a Magna Cum Laude graduate of GA State University's Commercial Music Recording / Production program. I studied with Atlanta Symphony Principal Percussionist - Jack Bell, Mike Cebulski - Atlanta Ballet, Mark Yanchich - Atlanta Symphony, Robbie Coleman - Freddy Cole, and Ted Howe. As a career musician, I have played drums and percussion in more than 100 bands to date, touring mainly in the Eas
tern US, from the Mississippi east. I have performed with members of the Allman Bros., The Derek Trucks Band, The Atlanta Symphony, Grateful Dead, Widespread Panic, The Dixie Dregs, Boston, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Col. Bruce Hampton's Aquarium Rescue Unit, Blue Note recording artists Marcus Printup, Russell Malone, and many, many more. Let me tap on my vast knowledge and experience on the drums to provide you guidance as you travel your path to becoming all you can be on drums.

*** Lesson Details ***
I teach all styles, ages, and skill levels, and I am here to help you.
I am serious about drums and drumming, but I do want you, the student to be
comfortable in the lesson setting, so you will find I teach in a casual
manner. I want you to have fun while you learn how to play! For your first
lesson all you need is a pair of drumsticks and a plain spiral bound
notebook. I will go over some basics, like how to hold the sticks, how to
move the sticks, and begin introducing you to the rudiments of drums. I feel
it is important that you learn how to read drum music, so I will have you
get a good method book. I prefer Haskall Harr's Snare drum Method, Book I.
For the drum set, I will write out exercises that start simple and build from
there. I always try to give you info that is practical, and you can use to
play music you choose. As time goes by, you will find yourself building
confidence and competence as you meet and exceed your goals on your
instrument. I will always encourage you to ask questions so can tailor the
info to meet your specific needs and desires. If you have already been
playing for a while, and need help, I encourage you to come to me. I will
give you new good information, and help find the holes in your abilities, and
fill them as you work towards your individual goals of becoming the kind of
performer you want to be. Thanks for your time, I look forward to hearing
from you!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lesson room - Separate from main house. Seating for parents available.

*** Specialties ***
On the snare drum, or pad, I focus on the tradition of drums and drumming through the rudiments, concert style, and reading. On the drum set, I teach all styles of rock, jazz, fusion, R and B, country, blues, zydeco, and even polkas, etc.
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Charlie P. July 22, 2015
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
I've only been going for a month or so, but have been really impressed being a first-timer in the field of music. Despite not playing any instrument before, he's been a big help not worrying about the overwhelming feeling of having so much to learn - focusing on one thing at a time.

He obviously very much knows what he's talking about and seems to be good at picking up things that I may not of noticed just following online courses only.
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richard O. June 19, 2015
Drum · In studio
I started pretty late in life taking drum lessons, 49. Met Bill and have been drumming ever since. For the first few years I studied weekly with Bill and have continued off and on ever since. He has given me a better understanding of different types of music as well helping to instill the confidence and discipline to stick it out through the early, clumsy phases of learning and through his encouragement made it fun. As a teacher, I don't see how he could be beat. He has a very large knowledge base, great sense of humor, and shows keen interest in what direction his students want to go. Not to mention, he's a damn good drummer!
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Hal D. January 13, 2015
Drum · Online
I have been taking lessons on and off for about 10 years with Bill. No matter how good I have become, there is always something more that Bill can teach me. He makes lessons fun and always has me playing music that I enjoy. My band mates love what he's done for me as well. lol
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Bill S.

Bill S.

Scottdale, GA 30079
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starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Ossie M.

Decatur, GA

About Ossie

I started taking piano lessons at the age of eight under the instruction of Robert Wilson before switching to Rosaline Saunders Music Studio. I play by ear, but also read music. I graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Louisiana at Monroe with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music. My purpose is to create well rounded musicians, who can play all genres of music, and who will also know how to set the atmosphere with their music. I love teaching piano and I love teaching all ages. I began teaching piano in 2003 before becoming the founder of The Master's Hands Music Studio in 2004.
My greatest joy is seeing the knowledge and gift of music passed to others that was afforded me by the sacrifice of my late parents.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am patient but expect my students to practice so that our lessons are a continuation of the lessons taught before and not practice sessions in themselves. I use the Alfred's Basic Piano Lesson and Theory books. I believe in custom tailoring the lesson to each student. Finding out what you love and working to get you to the place of playing that music.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Formal Living Room w/ f/w keyboard and seating for parents

*** Specialties ***
Teach all genres, specialize in gospel and R&B
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Cheryl G. December 3, 2013
Piano
Verified Student
Ms. Ossie is an awwesome instrutor!!!!

I wiould like to let anyone know if they are interested in learning to play the piano, especially an older adult that Ms. Ossie is the instructor for you. She is very patient and extremely knowledgeable in piano as well as teaching. I have learned more from Ms. Ossie in a short period of time, than I did from taking lessons for a year, with another. I want to thank take lessons for hiring such a competent, passionate instructor.
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DwightA May 7, 2012
Very passionate!!

Ossie is a great instructor! She is very passionate about what she does. She is very patient and very easy to work with. Ossie passion translate well with my daughter, it helps with her confidence and makes her a better player. She's also very detail in her instructions, making it very easy to understand. I would recommend Ossie to anyone looking to learn to play piano. She is a very nice person and my daughter looks forward to the next lesson each and every week. She's great!!
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PlezJ December 30, 2011
An Awesome Learning Experience

My 10-year old daughter's lessons have exceeded my expectations. Ossie M. is professional, very knowledgeable, patient, yet challenging! My daughter took piano lessons at her school for 5 years before TakeLessons and it is like she is learning a new instrument: the attention to detail, the learning of music theory, the ability to learn to read music and play-by-ear are all outstanding attributes and she's only been taking classes for a month! I can't wait to see how good she is doing this time next year. I wish I could give Ossie M. TEN STARS!!!
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Ossie M.

Ossie M.

Decatur, GA 30034
(3)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Letha H.

Atlanta, GA

About Letha

With a performance degree from the University of Georgia, teaching certification from Georgia State and over 25 years of professional teaching experience, I am able to offer my students a diverse range of instructional resources.

*** Lesson Details ***
My lessons include a warmup, music theory work, vocal or instrumental technique and then a vast selection of song repertoire to support new ideas in both technique and theory. Students are directed to watch or listen to examples of master performances in their field of studies. Clear weekly goals are made between lessons and I am always enco
uraging! Whatever life throws at you during the week doesn't have to stop your studies cold- we will come up with a plan that fits your lifestyle.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have a small Protools setup with microphones and a Kurzwell keyboard. I like to be able to go online for some resources.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I regularly use the internet in lessons as well as standard published educational texts.

*** Specialties ***
I have been told that I am especially good at helping people make the jump from playing by rote to reading from the page. In vocal instruction, I am familiar with three schools of technique: the psycho-imagery school, the "anatomical" school, and the Italian "open throat" approach. My background in acting also contributes basic vocal projection techniques to vocal training. I am comfortable with all genres of music, including pop, rock, soul, R&B, gospel, jazz and opera. In instrumental studies, I am a woodwind doubler, reading fluently and transposing on-the-spot . As a jazz and gospel artist I improvise primarily on the flute and saxophone. My piano skills are equivalent to a second-year college piano major. I can improvise accompaniments as well as read piano scores. In addition to being a certified teacher in Georgia, I attained national certification through the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards in 2004.
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Swapna A. July 7, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
My 6 year old son has been taking keyboard lessons with Letha for a year now. She is wonderful and always very flexible. She is so patient and knows how to make it interesting for kids. My son enjoys playing keyboard.
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Lacy H. January 22, 2014
Piano
Verified Student
Piano lessons

My daughter loved her first lesson with Letha! After Letha left, she wanted to continue to practice, practice, practice! Thank you, Letha, for making piano lessons fun!
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Letha H.

Letha H.

Atlanta, GA 30341
(2)
starting at
$23 / 30-min
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Ginger T.

Lilburn, GA

About Ginger

I have been teaching music to young people since 1987. I began as an elementary music specialist and taught in public schools for thirteen years. After starting my family, I began to teach part time as a Preschool music and movement teacher and private piano instructor. I now have fifteen years experience in this field. In the fall of 2013, I added a group keyboard class to my schedule for young beginners. My experience in the music classroom and the piano studio continues to inform my teaching and approach to working with music students of all ages. Students respond positively to the exci
tement and beauty of making music.

During every piano lesson I aim to help the student play musically and beautifully. We listen to different styles of music and use expressive technique to recreate that style.

My piano studies began in the first-grade. I studied the piano through high school and entered college as a music major with piano as my principal instrument. I chose the flute when middle school band was offered and continued to play through high school and college. My degree course was classroom/choral music which lead me to be a University Singer at Ole Miss during my four years there. It's fair to say that music has contributed greatly to make me the person I am .

I lived in Yokkaichi Japan after graduation from college where I taught conversational English and served as a Christian missionary. When I returned to the Atlanta area, I began my music education career. My music library has grown to include books, cds and music in American Folk music, multi-cultural folk music, classical and jazz music. I've also had the privilege of gaining many hours of professional training in Orff Schulwerk , Kodaly, Choral education and working with young children .

My mission is to bring music to life in my lessons and my students' lives!

*** Lesson Details ***
I think my best teaching characteristic is encouragement. When you're learning something new, you need time to get it right. I use Alfred's Premier Performance series because it includes duets for the teacher and student to play together. This is a fun way to play rhythmically and have ensemble sound while getting started. Alfred also introduces multiple styles of music, simple folk songs to more complicated boogie and dance rhythms as well as classical selections. My students prepare music for the winter holidays and a spring recital. I introduce scales for students who are ready by the second and third year and supplement course books with popular and classical pieces.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Petrof studio upright piano, drums, CD's, library of supplemental piano music.

*** Specialties ***
Traditional method series instruction for young students through adult. I recently added the Musikgarten "Making Music at the Keyboard" curriculum to my method choices. The Musikgarten approach focuses on aural training, leading students to internalize the music they learn before playing it at the keyboard. It emphasizes hearing, singing and playing the rhythmic and melodic patterns before reading them. Like learning to read words, this approach starts with "speaking" the language of music followed by reading and writing it.
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Denise Burcham, Academy D. July 24, 2015
Piano · In studio
Ginger has taught classes through the Smoke Rise Academy of Arts for 4 years. As the Academy Director, I have watched Ginger teach and interact with children of all ages. She is very competent and nurturing in her teaching children. I would not hesitate to enroll my children in her studio!
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Abili July 24, 2015
Great music teacher for all age. Ginger thought music to our kids at their preschool & privet lessons at her studio. She is great!!
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tegist G. July 23, 2015
Piano · In studio
I love Ms Ginger. She has patience with my boys and is very good in teaching them what they need to know. They have improved and learned a lot for the last year they've been taking lessons with her.
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Ginger T.

Ginger T.

Stone Mountain, GA 30087
(9)
starting at
$24 / 30-min
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Matthew T.

Decatur, GA

About Matthew

Matthew holds a BA in Voice and Classical Guitar from Wake Forest University, and a High School Performance Degree in Violin from the N. C. School of the Arts. Musical Director credits include the New American Shakespeare Tavern, the Georgia Renaissance Festival, Dad’s Garage, Actor’s Express, and Savage Tree Arts Festival. He has been teaching private lessons since 1996 and serving the Kirkwood community of Atlanta since 2003.
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Matthew T.

Matthew T.

Decatur, GA 30030
starting at
$30 / 30-min

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