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About Carolyn B.

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About Carolyn
I am a pianist and theorist who is enthusiastic about helping you learn more about music! I have a Bachelors of Music Performance from Appalachian State University and a Masters of Music Theory from Bowling Green State University. Music is one of my passions, a passion I would love to share with you!

I have experience with classical, classic, jazz, and Broadway music, among other genres. My performance and scholarly studies were primarily classical, but not limited to classical music.

Whether you pursue performance, scholarship, a greater appreciation of music, or simply a fun experience
, I will help you reach your goals! None of these is exclusive, as all of them should be fun!

*** Lesson Details ***
I prefer to teach in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere where the student can ask questions and offer opinions without fear. I am a patient and encouraging teacher, though I do expect students to prepare for lessons and improve over time. Lessons and curricula are tailored to the individual, depending on the student's goals. Should those goals change over the course of his/her study, the curriculum and lesson format will reflect that change. I believe in a well-rounded education, incorporating not only memorization or sight-reading (for example), but the underlying theories and relevant historical information. Most importantly, I will endeavor to make lessons enjoyable as well as educational for all involved!

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide sight-reading/singing materials, handouts, and copies of music. I expect the student to provide his/her own instrument, textbook, and staff paper.

*** Specialties ***
Music Theory/Aural Skills: tonal through post-tonal theory, including counterpoint, part-writing, Roman numeral analysis, set theory; tonal and atonal sight singing (with solfege, numbers, and European letter names), rhythmic and melodic dictation, chord series

Piano: primarily tonal music (Baroque through Romantic), sight-reading, show tunes, popular songs
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Rennee C. July 13, 2016
Verified Student · Piano · In home
Very nice and friendly. My daughter enjoyed the lesson and seems very excited to practice and get ready for next week!
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Sandy W. January 4, 2016
Verified Student · Piano · In home
It was a very nice first lesson.
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Victoria B. January 2, 2015
Verified Student · Piano · In home
Excellent piano teacher!! Very patient, kind, reliable and communicates very well with my 10 yo son. She is so enthusiastic and has really gotten my son interested in music, despite that he is very shy. I have been impressed with how quickly my son has learned to play the piano in just a few months. We have been so thrilled with Carolyn that our other two children are to start lessons this month!!
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Carolyn B.

Carolyn B.

Cary, NC 27513
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About David R.

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About David
David discovered his love for music early on at the age of seven with the musical/movie: The Sound of Music. He and his siblings would entertain their babysitter by acting out the entire musical - singing and dancing along with the soundtrack. To make it even more fun, they would sometimes speed up the vinyl record and perform in extra-fast mode! (And that was way before 'Wii - Just Dance!')

He vividly remembers his first real musical instruction back in elementary school:
“Everyone in 4th Grade was given a Recorder to learn how to play 'Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star'. When the
music teacher had the class play together, she noticed that I wasn't looking down at my music booklet as I played, since I was 'playing by ear'. Not only was my booklet turned to the wrong page; it was upside down as well! To admonish me, she had me stand up in front of the whole class and play solo - as she held the booklet in front of me. Enthusiastically, I rendered the complete song correctly, only pretending to read from the page as she held it, but actually 'playing by ear'. Upon getting to the end of the tune, I suddenly broke out in a jazzed-up, improvised version of 'Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star', arousing the whole class to spontaneously tap their feet in rhythm and clap with delight . . . my first solo performance!”

David eventually took up guitar in his teens, becoming involved with playing for musicals such as "Godspell" and "Jesus Christ Superstar". During high school, he also played in the Bluegrass band 'Odell & Zeke', and in the Rock band 'Ring Wraith', performing for local dances and proms.

Extremely versatile within classical and popular guitar styles, David played in the Top-40-Hit music video, Shine Shine, by The Bee Gees' Barry Gibb – alongside pop-star legend - Michael Jackson. David is also mentioned in Just Jazz Guitar Magazine for his jazz endeavors; and he has years of experience as a church music director.

As a Classical concert guitarist, David has performed throughout the USA and Europe. His live performances have been broadcast on television and radio: NPR’s Performance Today (USA); CBC’s Arts National (Canada); RAI Television’s In Concerto (Italy), and the Hungarian National Television. Successful in competitions, David won First Prize in the 20th International Guitar Competition in Milan, Italy and First Prize in the National Wurlitzer Artist Competition, USA. He has received other awards and grants as well, including a Solo Recitalist Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Governor's Award from Department of State, Florida. Moreover, he was chosen for the rosters of both the California State Touring Program and the North Carolina Visiting Artists Program.

David’s 35 years of teaching and performing experience, coupled with intensive years of formal studies with many of the world's greatest guitarists, including Andres Segovia, Eliot Fisk, David Russell, Christopher Parkening, Holzman, Ghiglia, Morgen, Tomas, Isbin - have afforded him a rich and in-depth understanding of music and the guitar. He shares all of this with his students in an insightful and uniquely original manner.

Education:

Florida State University - Master of Music - Guitar Performance

Florida State University - Bachelor of Music - Guitar Performance

Certificates of Professional Study:
- L'Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Italy
- Aspen Music Festival

*** Lesson Details ***
Wouldn't you love to play the music that you enjoy listening to the most?
Ever listen to your very favorite songs on your iPod or on the radio and really wish you could just play along? Well, here's your opportunity! Even if you are just beginning, I can help get you up and strumming in no time! You can choose your favorite songs to play - and I will show you how! Imagine playing along with Taylor Swift, Maroon 5, Fun, Ke$Ha, Demi Lovato, Flo Rida, Alex Clare, Ne-Yo, and more!
And for you adults: imagine playing your favorite songs from the 60's, 70's, and 80's. What a wonderful way to re-kindle all the fun, memories and meaningful songs of your youth!

I am committed to helping you really enjoy and excel in playing the music you love! You will find our lessons fun, interesting, and always inspiring. What better way to be motivated to learn and play, than having fun . . . and enjoying it along the way?!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Separate, professional studio in a nice setting. Lots of windows, art, books make it inviting and cozy. Special separate adjacent room for parents and siblings, allowing parents to watch lessons through glass doors without "intruding".

*** Travel Equipment ***
I carry my own iPad, computer, cd player.
Students should have instrument, capo, music. Ability for student to take video recording/audio recording is helpful. Often, we will use parent's iPhone at end of lesson to record important concepts/techniques/etc.

*** Specialties ***
I am versatile within classical and popular guitar styles: folk, country, rock, new age, praise, bluegrass. My in-depth understanding of music theory, guitar technique, and performance affords me a wealth of practical and artistic experience from which I lead students on their musical journey.
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Natalie P. December 17, 2016
Verified Student · Ukulele · In home
David was very knowledgeable about music and made it easy to understand. This was especially important to me since I am starting new, not having any musical background other than a love for music and a passion to play. This instructor helped me realize I have potential which is also important. After just one lesson I was able to take what he taught me and put some of his advice together musically and it is starting to make sense. I am looking forward to my future lessons!
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Sabil July 17, 2016
Verified Student · Guitar · In home
Great teacher ... thorough and provides instruction based on students skill and need
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Daphne S. June 1, 2016
Verified Student · Guitar · In studio
David pointed out how I was moving incorrectly from one chord to another, I didn't even realize I was doing it. He showed me an exercise to break that bad habit, it is also helping me to move from one chord to another smoothly and easily. I can already tell the difference in just a few days. He explained things in a way, I fully understood. I had a great lesson and cant wait till the next!
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David R.

David R.

Cary, NC 27519
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$30 / 30-min

About Emily M.

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Durham, NC
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About Emily
Emily began singing at 4 years old and picked up her first guitar at 12. At 16 she started playing local venues around town. She attended Berklee College of Music in Boston from 2008-2012, one of the top contemporary music schools in the world. She has a degree in Contemporary Writing and Production, professionalizing her music transcription and recording skills. In 2008 Emily began teaching her first guitar and voice lessons at Belvoir Terrace, a performing arts camp for girls in Western Massachusetts. It was there that she fell in love with teaching and has since picked up several private vo
ice and guitar students. As a teacher, Emily strives to help her students find their musical passion and keep it alive through fun and informative exercises. She also loves to work with songwriters, teaching them how to brainstorm ideas, play with rhyme, and get over “writers block.” She teaches some students how to use recording equipment to make their own demos or record other bands.
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Lily February 1, 2017
Verified Student · Guitar · In home
My daughter loved her lesson. In fact she asked if we could go again today 😊
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Dave May 7, 2016
Verified Student · Guitar · In home
First lesson was great. Since I am an intermediate guitarist she is taking the time to assess where my skills are at which is exactly what she should do. She already taught me some stuff that made an immediate improvement.
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Wesley N. February 12, 2016
Verified Student · Guitar · In home
My son is really enjoying working with Emily!!!
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Emily M.

Emily M.

Durham, NC 27705
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$30 / 30-min

About Jennifer M.

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Chapel Hill, NC

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About Jennifer
My name is Jennifer and I'm an Education major and Creative Writing minor at UNC Chapel Hill. I've been trained in Common Core Math and special education. I've played the flute for approximately 12 years and have received national solo awards. I've worked with students aged 4 to 32 and enjoy working with anyone of any age! I currently teach science at the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center as well as working on curriculum with Kidzu Children's Museum. I look forward to having more students and helping them reach goals!
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Sophie V. October 11, 2016
Verified Student · Flute · In home
Jennifer is a wonderful teacher! My daughter looks forward to each lesson because Jennifer makes learning fun. This is my daughter's first time learning a musical instrument and Jennifer is very good with a beginner. She's prompt, kind, patient and encouraging. We will continue taking lessons from her!
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Annika N. October 9, 2016
Verified Student · Flute · In home
Jennifer is a fantastic teacher!
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Jennifer M.

Chapel Hill, NC 27514
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$20 / 30-min

About Le'Andra M.

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Durham, NC

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About Le'Andra
Le’Andra McPhatter was born into a clan of musicians, singers, as well as music lovers. Since the age of 3, she has been enthusiastic about music, especially the piano. Growing up as a self-taught pianist, she gained her start in the church and studied theory and musical notation independently. Music has influenced her life so eloquently that she is en-route to her BA in Jazz Studies with a Certification in Teaching (Dec 2017). Along with piano, LeAndra also has experience training vocals and playing clarinet in both middle and high schools. She is a multi-genre performer who takes great joy i
n instructing people of all ages about the fun, beautiful journey music has to offer. She believes that the most beautiful thing about music is how it allows people to share a piece of their world with complete strangers – creating an intimate, undeniable connection that people will never forget.
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Breonna February 10, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Le'Andra is an amazing artist, teacher, and composer. The lessons I received have not only made me proficient but made me want to come back to her specifically because she is genuine in her approach to making sure you are well prepared. Her attention to detail and love for teaching is felt even in the introductory session. If you are a person who really wants to learn piano or even lessons with vocals-Le'Andra is the teacher to have! Your investment will reap a great reward at the end of your lessons.
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Sharon M. February 10, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Le'Andra is one of the best teachers I've come across. She's passionate, professional, caring, and enthusiastic! We've been with her for a year and I'm looking forward to my daughter continuing under her tutorage for many years to come.
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Le'Andra M.

Le'Andra M.

Durham, NC 27707
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starting at
$20 / 30-min

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