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Desiree S.

Pittsburgh, PA

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 six 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 a
s an apprentice with the Portland Opera in Oregon. Since then, I have appeared with opera companies and orchestras throughout the United States and abroad and am a frequent guest vocalist and recitalist.

Recently, I performed with Alia Musica here in Pittsburgh premiering works by local composers and created the role of Pamela in the premiere of TOOWHOPERA by composer Sorrel Hays in Rome, GA. On the concert stage, I have recently appeared with the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Orchestra, Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra, Chattanooga Bach Choir and CreateHere'™s Hops and Opera.

Highlights of my performances include Queen of the Night in Die Zauberflote with West Bay Opera, Stockton Opera, Opera San Jose and Pocket Opera, Despina in Cosi fan tutte with Mission City Opera, Blonde in Abduction from the Seraglio and Yvette in La Rondine with Pocket Opera, Cunegonde in Candide with Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. Other roles include Rosa Bud in The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Abigail in The Crucible, Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance, Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Madame Herz in The Impresario, Lucy in Threepenny Opera, Monica in The Medium, and Pamina in The Magic Flute.

I was a featured performer in a series of concerts in Europe, South America, and Australia aboard Cunard'™s Vistafjord and Royal Viking Sun.

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.

*** Lesson Details ***
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.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living Room: baby grand, couch, chair, bench, small table, adjoining dining room where parents can wait.
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Sarah P. July 30, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
She was wonderful! Her teaching style is very personable. She is very flexible. She takes her time with you. Certainly recommend!
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Barry S. July 1, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
She has helped me tremendously! We have a good time learning and laughing during my lessons with her. She had also helped me to stop listening to what others think about my voice and focus on believing in myself as I learn and progress. Risks l thanks
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Michelle R. March 11, 2014
Singing
Verified Student
Desiree puts the fun in fundamentals!

I decided to take voice lessons for pleasure as a hobby to keep my mind off of the stresses of daily life. I had a lot of confidence issues to get over when I started taking lessons with Desiree; mainly because I didn't want to embarrass myself like those people I make fun of on American Idol. Her non-threatening teaching style has been the perfect fit for me...although she does raise her voice at me when I judge myself too harshly, but I won't count against her ;) My confidence has soared and I feel that I'm a much bolder and more comfortable singer. I’m enjoying every minute of discovering my voice with Desiree. I've still got some work to do but I'm confident she'll help me reach my goals.
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Desiree S.

Desiree S.

Pittsburgh, PA 15206
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starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Christian P.

Pittsburgh, PA

About Christian

My name is Christian and I am a recent graduate of Duquesne University with a degree Music Technology- Composition. While at Duquesne I also studied piano (classical and jazz), music theory and harpsichord. In 2010 I began teaching piano privately to students from ages 5-50. I am able to teach beginner to intermediate piano and music theory. Aside from classical music, I am also able to teach rock and improvisation.

*** Lesson Details ***
My lessons are always easy going and student oriented. I always allow the student to determine the pace of the lesson and progress, whether that is a var
iety of pieces to study or one at a time. For young beginner students, I use the Faber Piano "Adventure" Series and for adult beginners I use Alfred's "Basic Adult Piano Course." If the student has a different book they are more comfortable using, I am flexible with any edition.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Duquesne University Mary Pappert School of Music is An All Steinway School. Lessons will be held in practice rooms on campus with a selection of baby grand or upright pianos.

*** Specialties ***
Classical, Jazz, Improvisation, Rock Piano
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Shawna R. May 19, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Very patient and intelligent and explains everything in easiest terms. Also extremely talented.
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Christian P.

Christian P.

Pittsburgh, PA 15206
(1)
starting at
$15 / 30-min
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Cara R.

Homestead, PA

I teach all levels of piano. I integrate scales and technical exercises in with the lessons.

About Cara

My name is Cara, a college graduate of Grove City College with a Bachelor's Degree in Music. I've played flute for 15 years and piano for 10. I've been teaching for 3 years, and I absolutely love it. I love music and I love teaching anyone who is interested to learn about it! From the basics to the notes on the staff, to the circle of fifths and complicated theory, i would love to teach all aspects of music. I understand that everyone has different tastes in music, so i love doing all different styles. Classical, Pop, Broadway, Oldies, you name it. If you're a beginner, or you've been playing
for a few years, we can find where you are and get you started right away! I hope you will give me a chance :)

*** Lesson Details ***
I would like to use Alfred's Basic Piano Library, Schaum Scale Speller, and Schaum Fingerpower.

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

*** Travel Equipment ***
I would expect them to have a piano or a flute at home.
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Dr. Michael S. October 30, 2013
Flute
Verified Student
Cara is a great flute teacher!

Cara keeps my beginner lessons moving at a good pace. Her personality is upbeat and friendly. I have learned a lot in the 6 months that I have been taking flute lessons from Cara.
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Carla B. August 30, 2013
Piano
Verified Student
Great teacher

Cara is an excellent piano teacher.
She is professional, focused on the student's ability and
extremely patient.
Would highly recommend.
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Cara R.

Cara R.

Homestead, PA 15120
(2)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Helga S.

Pittsburgh, PA

Any age welcome

About Helga

-more than 10 year experience in piano teaching children and adults
-classically trained concert pianist, I gave concerts in Europe, USA
-undergraduate and graduate diploma in music
-currently pursuing PhD in music
-I have all Pennsylvania clearances required for teaching
-able to teach in 3 languages: English, Hungarian, Romanian
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Adam S. June 10, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Helga has been great. She is instructive and corrects flaws without condescending. She manages to push me forward out of my comfort zone without frustration. The accountability of regular lessons with someone so skilled helps keep me motivated and the progress I'm making adds to the love of playing.
Thanks Helga!
Adam
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Helga S.

Helga S.

Pittsburgh, PA 15211
(1)
starting at
$20 / 30-min
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Jessica H.

Pittsburgh, PA

Over the past four years, I've had the opportunity to teach over 40 piano students. I specialize in beginner to intermediate lessons for children ages 5 to 18, but also enjoy teaching adults returning to music later in life. I collaborate with students to work on repertoire they find fun and engaging whether that be classical, jazz, pop, or any other genre. I believe working on music that the student genuinely enjoys encourages practice and imparts a love of music that will last a lifetime.

About Jessica

I have been teaching flute, piano, and violin in the greater Pittsburgh area for four years though I began teaching while earning my degree in music performance at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. In addition to my teaching experience, I have 10 years of performance experience under my belt to share with students. I have experience in a wide variety of ensembles including: classical/orchestral, chamber music, contemporary ensembles, flute quartet, musicals, jazz combos, folk bands, traditional Irish music, and free improvisation accompanying poetry or narrative.
The levels I teach are: Flu
te - begginer to advanced, Piano - beginner to intermediate, Violin - beginner
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Krystle P. July 7, 2015
Violin · In home
Verified Student
She's very relaxed. Sweet nature. Never makes you feel like you're doing things wrong. She's never hard on you. Recommend!
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Ken J. April 9, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Seems to be very knowledgeable. Explanations are very clear and she is good at keeping a pace appropriate to her student(s). In the lessons I've had so far I feel like I've made a good bit of progress each time without getting ahead of my abilities.
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Krystle P. February 7, 2015
Violin · In home
Verified Student
Jessica is an exceptional teacher. We have had 3 lessons so far and she has been very encouraging. I highly recommend her.
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Jessica H.

Jessica H.

Pittsburgh, PA 15209
(3)
starting at
$20 / 30-min

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