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Gabrielle E.

Carnegie, PA

About Gabrielle

Originally from Baltimore, classical pianist Gabrielle E. studied at Peabody Preparatory with a focus in performance and music theory. Later, she moved to Pittsburgh and received her Bachelor's Degree in Music Performance from Duquesne University and her Master's of Music Degree in Music Technology: Composition/Piano. She has won the Spring Piano Competition of the Duquesne Piano Department for three years in a row. She frequently records all periods of repertoire and also many original compositions. She has a strong passion for performing and writing the highest quality of music. If you are c
onsidering becoming a professional musician or are just interested in developing a rewarding hobby, she will help you accomplish your musical goals.

*** Lesson Details ***
First and foremost I want any potential student to know that I thoroughly enjoy teaching and want to help you explore your hidden talents and reach your fullest potential. With that in mind, the learning environment in my studio is relaxed and fun. I never condescend or put pressure on a student who makes mistakes. I encourage students to try new techniques and make mistakes along the way. I also work very closely with my students to achieve their own personal goals. I know that there are many different types of learners who all have different aspirations and I feel it is my job to ensure that my students are satisfied with their progress. I understand that someone hoping to attend a conservatory will have different needs than a small child. I promise to give nothing less than the highest quality teaching in an environment conducive to learning.

For piano students, I will spend much time on proper technique and making sure the student does not compromise the wrist, fingers, arms, or back which may create discomfort later. In the first 3-6 months a student can expect to learn technique, repertoire, and basic musicianship skills such as sight reading and transposition.

Composition/ Songwriting students will be coached according to what their specific goals and interests are. I incorporate the technical aspects of writing music along with music business which will help students get their music played and recorded.

Music theory students will practice skills such as four part writing, melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic dictation, modulation, roman numeral analysis, sight singing, and score analysis.

I do encourage the use of specific curricula but I am always willing to explore something new if you have a preference or have found success with something else. I hope that music will give my students lifelong enjoyment and I encourage you to come make music with me.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Aeolian Baby Grand Piano

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect piano students to have their own piano but beginning students can start out on a keyboard if need be. Also, students are responsible for purchasing all books and materials for lessons.

*** Specialties ***
*Teachers classified as a Student Favorite have taught a minimum of 25
lessons and have received the highest feedback rating from students.I specialize in classical piano in all eras from baroque through twenty-first century music. I also am trained in various compositional styles including baroque through twentieth century harmony as well as jazz, pop, and songwriting.
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Anna A. September 1, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
She is very nice. My daughter likes her very much. She explains very good. Excellent teacher. Definitely recommend!
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Gerri K. August 12, 2013
Piano
Verified Student
Great Experience!

Gabrielle has been teaching my son CJ for two years now and she is simply the best! Very patient, kind, and concerned that the student's love of music in not compromised by instilling confidence during each lesson. Thank you!
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Lisa H. May 8, 2013
Piano
Good with children

Miss Gabby has been teaching my daughter piano for a few years, and she does so good with her. My daughter doesn't always have the best attention span, but Miss Gabby does well to redirect her and get her back on track. I absolutely recommend her for beginners and little ones. She has a very gentle and caring personality.
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Gabrielle E.

Gabrielle E.

Carnegie, PA 15106
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$30 / 30-min
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Melody M.

Valencia, PA

About Melody

*For more information on SKYPE lessons, please read the "lesson details" section.

Melody is a certified Speech Level Singing Instructor. She maintains this certification through the continuous rigorous training and evaluation program created by celebrity vocal instructor Seth Riggs whose students include Michael Jackson, Kelly Clarkson, Stevie Wonder, Josh Groban, and many more. Melody utilizes over 10 years of vocal study to help her students connect head and chest voice, create a strong mix voice, and extend their ranges.
She creates a fun and relaxed atmosphere where mist
akes are considered part of the learning process, and thus encouraged. She has studied with Seth Riggs (CEO SLS), Greg Enriquez (SLS), Kathy Kennedy (SLS), Virginia Norwood (SLS), Guy Babusek (SLS), Charlene Chi (PHD. Voice UCSB), Dr. Randal Wagner, and Steve Mortier.

Melody has been a professional musician, vocalist, and actress since she was 16 years old. She began her career in musical theatre and graduated to film and television, starring in the independent hit "Down and Out with the Dolls." Her rolls in theatrical productions include Ti Moune in Once on This Island, Rizzo in Grease and numerable others. She has enjoyed a career as a professional vocalist performing in nightclubs, music festivals, casino's, and as an opening act for many national and touring performers. As a teacher, Melody draws from her experiences on the road, in front of the camera, and in the studio. She currently holds a Bachelor's of Music Degree from San Diego State University's Don Powell school of Music and Dance, and is a Certified SLS Vocal Technique Instructor. She teaches all ages, from young children to seasoned adults.

Personal Message: "Learning how to sing is fun!! It is also a lot of work. =) My goal for each student in every lesson is that they EXPERIENCE something new and better when it comes to vocal technique, and that they EXPERIENCE what I like to call the "happy music feeling." The perfect hybrid is when vocal technique is no longer an issue, and singing songs becomes effortless, joyful, and ripe for self expression and passion. This does not happen overnight, but with practice, dedication, and a patient impatience that keeps the student striving for perfection while simultaneously enjoying the process.

I teach all ages and I don't require an audition like many other highly trained teachers. I understand that you are coming to me to learn HOW to sing, and this is why I love beginners so much! I have spent many years studying to become the best voice teacher I can because I find teaching others the joy of singing incredibly rewarding. I understand the demands of a rigorous performance schedule, and I love the opportunity to help fine tune a working singer's vocal technique. Whether you are a beginner, a professional, or somewhere in between, I can teach you to sing higher, stronger, and faster with more ease than you probably thought possible. I look forward to working with you and your voice!"

Here are some nice things people have said about her:

"A rock chanteuse with a bold attitude and a set of seductive, versatile pipes. . "
-Anthony Davis Texarkana Gazette

The Forum Newsweekly
"Melody stands poised to take the national stage with a unique style and dynamic performing presence."

The Shreveport times
"She sat in for a set at the Noble Savage Tavern and as soon as she hit
that first chord and that first note, everybody stopped talking and
faces were pointed to the stage."

Dan Garner
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The Shreveport Times
"Whether she's playing solo shows or gigs with her band, [Melody] has a
keen ability to translate her emotions about dreams lost and chased
into bluesy, heartfelt, tumultuous vocals."

Michael Pickett
"Hey Melody! Thanks so much for jumping into the 2007 Lake Roosevelt
Musicfest. You were a huge hit up here!! The mayor was sitting around
with some of her volunteers and told me 'we think Melody takes
the prize this year'. It was just a great addition the event and you
made me look really good by just knocking everybody out like that! "

Personal thank you letter from Michael Pickett, promoter of annual Musicfest in Marcus, Washington.

*** Lesson Details ***

SKYPE LESSONS: Since I moved to Pennsylvania from San Diego, I have begun taking all of my lessons from Seth Riggs via Skype. I also maintained almost my entire San Diego student base by teaching via Skype, and in addition starting accepting students from all over the country and the world. I now have a very busy studio with an over 70% Skype student base due to the high demand for SLS technique and a balanced approach to singing instruction.
My youngest Skype student is 4 years old, and I recently held my first Skype Student integrated recital where online students performed live on a big screen from the comfort of their own homes! I'm constantly thinking of new ways to engage students from all corners of the world, create an online studio community, and offer performance and learning opportunities. Skype lessons are a great option for those without access to good vocal technique instructors or those who have tight schedules and prefer not to battle traffic on the way to the voice studio.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Keyboard, piano, microphone,
Guitars.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Will travel for:
Studio coaching for artist recording.

*** Specialties ***
Voice: I teach pop, musical theatre, Jazz, rock and blues styles.
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Debbie C. March 23, 2015
Singing · Online
Verified Student
She is the greatest teacher! 5 stars just isn't enough! She is very patient, very skilled and I love Melody!
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Nancy L. March 20, 2015
Singing · Online
Verified Student
Melody has taught my granddaughter vocal lessons for over three years now. Her technique, along with her vibrant attitude has really helped Lizzie grow as a vocalist. Over the past three years it has been a joy to watch Lizzie perform at recitals and on stage for theater and solos at church. Melody has given Lizzie confidence by instilling the basics of singing and developing her style, technique, stage presence, and much more. Lizzie quickly build a good relationship with Melody and felt very comfortable during lessons. She was consistent with her practice since she took what Melody taught to heart. Lizzie started at 7 years of age and is almost 11, so I know that any young person would benefit from Melody's teaching. I also know that Melody is a great teacher for any age as I have heard her students sing in recitals. We are so very happy to have been connected with Melody and feel confident that Lizzie greatly benefited from her lessons. We love you, Melody!
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Delphine B. December 3, 2014
Songwriting · Online
Verified Student
Melody works with me both on songwriting and singing. She is a dynamic instructor and really cares about each student. Melody works to build confidence of the student so that they can do with their music / singing what they dream of doing. I highly recommend Melody.
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Melody M.

Melody M.

Valencia, PA 16059
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starting at
$35 / 30-min
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James S.

Pittsburgh, PA

About James

*** Studio Equipment ***
Separate studio: Guitars, amps, recording software, mics

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide both electric and acoustic guitars, but I prefer my students to have there own instruments.

*** Specialties ***
I focus on music theory and apply it to the genre of music the student likes. Most of my students play Rock, Country, Jazz and popular songs over the past four decades. I specialize in teaching guitar
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James S.

James S.

Pittsburgh, PA 15227
starting at
$22 / 30-min
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Matthew H.

Pittsburgh, PA

Songwriting can be an intimidating process, especially if you're new to music. Although there are many different musical styles out there, the important part of songwriting is the same: tell an honest story.

With that type of an approach, we can figure out what it is you're trying to say and how to do that effectively. Whether you are a solo artist or collaborate in a band, we can work together based on your specific needs and situation.

I've been writing my own music for about 11 years now. Read a blog post I wrote on writing lyrics here: http://takelessons.com/blog/how-to-write-lyrics

About Matthew

I am a world traveler with 10 years of tutoring experience. Currently working on my PhD in sociolinguistics at the University of Pittsburgh, I received my MA in Spanish from NYU and can help you with many different areas. My experience as an editor for a publishing company, combined with other professional experience in a variety of positions, allow me to offer students a unique perspective on diverse subjects.

Check out some blog posts I have written for the TakeLessons website!

Writing
http://takelessons.com/blog/creative-writing-tips
http://takelessons.com/blog/how-to-write-lyrics

http://takelessons.com/blog/unique-writing-topics
http://takelessons.com/blog/learning-how-to-write-with-childrens-books
http://takelessons.com/blog/college-writing-skills

Study Skills
http://takelessons.com/blog/study-skills-for-high-school
http://takelessons.com/blog/literature-study-guides
http://takelessons.com/blog/kinesthetic-learning-strategies

Acting
http://takelessons.com/blog/first-lesson-acting-exercises
http://takelessons.com/blog/becoming-an-actor-no-experience

Foreign Language
http://takelessons.com/blog/learning-a-new-language
http://takelessons.com/blog/best-language-learning-software

Miscellaneous
http://takelessons.com/blog/how-to-request-a-letter-of-recommendation
http://takelessons.com/blog/tutors-for-special-needs-students

Let's learn and grow together!

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons with me are structured, yet flexible, centering around your strengths and weaknesses. Since everything is catered around your individual needs, no two students share the same exact experience. I learn what works best for you based on your study habits, interests and personality and implement any necessary assignments to help you achieve the best possible results. I adopt a very hands-on approach and provide you with additional information and avenues (both creative and technological) to continue learning beyond our sessions in a fun way.

*** Studio Equipment ***
MacBook Pro with necessary Office Suite, PRAAT software, Skype and additional recording material; keyboard and amps

*** Travel Equipment ***
Same as above: MacBook Pro with software; recording equipment as necessary.

*** Specialties ***
Languages- English, Spanish, Greek, Portuguese, Turkish, Aramaic.

Knowledge of historical and cultural elements of different groups of people.

Detail-oriented; strong analytical skills.

15 years experience as a vocalist, 9 Bel Canto technique (Full Lyric Tenor)
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Matthew H.

Matthew H.

Pittsburgh, PA 15224
starting at
$20 / 30-min
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Xinlei C.

Pittsburgh, PA

To me, song writing is a liberating, therapeutic, and organic method of expressing yourself through music. In these lessons, I will help the student discover what genres of music they enjoy, and will help them expand their knowledge of the characteristics of said genre. I will assist them in understanding form, harmony, and the basics of orchestration.

About Xinlei

I started taking music lessons when I was 7 years old. I have earned a bachelor's degree in music composition from the Tianjin Conservatory of Music in China, and a master's degree in music composition from Duquesne University. I have years of experience teaching voice, composition, ear training, and music theory in both private lessons and in classroom settings. I am very friendly and outgoing, and I'm very easy to work with.
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Russell W. August 19, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
My son enjoyed his lessons with Xinlei. I like how engaged she kept my son through every lesson. Xinlei was also very knowledgeable about the material which showed in the way she taught. l I thought that Xinlei was a good teacher and I would definitely use her again in the future!
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Amber B. July 6, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
My daughter loved her and looks forward to working with her. Very professional knows what she's doing!!!
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Xinlei C.

Xinlei C.

Pittsburgh, PA 15202
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starting at
$25 / 30-min

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