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Janice M. Hollywood, FL

About Janice

I love to use mnemonics and rhymes as a tool in learning, especially in the beginning. I stress lots of practice but lots of fun. I ensure my students understand that they will reach their goals if they trust in the process. I use a tender touch approach as oppose to tough love because that's what always worked best for me. I received training in classical piano and clarinet, as well as music theory over a period of 11 years, and performed and perfected my skill for many more after that. I studied music theory and performance for both instruments at Florida International University. *** Lesson Details *** From week to week we begin each lesson with students playing what they practice and learned in the previous lesson. I use the Alfred's Piano Library as a basic course for ...

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Diana M. December 15, 2014
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
She is excellent. Patient and enthusiastic. Very knowledgeable and knows how to explain the material. Could not have asked for a better teacher =)
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Sharon T. November 26, 2014
Piano · In home
My daughter Julia, 9 years old, loves Ms. Janice. She's been taking lessons for one year. Not only have I seen improvement in her playing but in her confidence as well. Janice is great at being patient in guiding Julia and praising her efforts and successes. I am very happy with her teaching method.
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Nicole K. March 12, 2013
Piano
Beginner

Janice is an excellent teacher very knowledgable and patient definitely know's her stuff!
Allen P. Miami, FL

About Allen

I am a University of Miami School of Music graduate with extensive experience in music education, theory, songwriting and arranging. As a winner of the Florida State Concerto Competition at 17, and having performed with some of South Florida's best singers and musicians, I offer a wealth of knowledge about how to connect music theory with music practice. *** Lesson Details *** I specialize in creating individual lesson plans - no 'cookie cutter' methods, and no lectures about practicing! My teaching style is free-flowing and relaxed. I'm very willing to adapt to any and all situations in order to make music education work for YOU. We offer group lessons that help young students learn socially and with fun activities. Our music reading curriculum teaches "easy success", in a ...

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Val C. March 6, 2014
Verified Student
A-1

It's been a real pleasure!!!!!!!! Can't wait to get back!!!!!!!! Merry Christmas!!!!!!!!!!!
Andy M. Fort Lauderdale, FL

About Andy

With an AA at Broward College as a Voice major and piano minor, 3 years with Gold Coast Opera chorus, Former Musical Director and lead voice instructor at Paul Green School of Rock, and over 30 years teaching mentoring and performing, I am able to offer a diverse innovative range of educational resources. I'm currently seeking personal training in music therapy to be able to better serve my exceptional and at risk students. I'm also in the process of developing Pre-kinder and after school music programs using interactive whiteboards. *** Studio Equipment *** Studio: 88 key weighted digital piano, drum kit, basses, guitars, amps, recording gear, computer, seating for parents Six(6) 66 key electric keyboards for Group Piano Classes. *** Travel Equipment *** Students must ...

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Tommy B. January 21, 2015
Guitar · In studio
I've been trying to teach myself guitar for 8 years now, just bits and pieces of a lot of songs, but after taking lessons from Andy for the last 2 month's, I can now play almost 40 songs all the way thru, and getting ready to put a band together, I couldn't have done it without Andy, He is an Awesome Teacher, Very Easy to work with, I would recommend taking lessons from Andy, If you want to take your guitar playing to the Next Level.
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Cindy S. December 16, 2014
Music Performance · In studio
Andy is a great musician, teacher and person. He doesn't just understand music, he lives it. He is very patient and supportive with people and his talent definitely needs to be passed on to as many people who are lucky enough to get the chance!
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Kolby S. December 14, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
I had looked at several people before settling on Andy for vocal lessons and I'm very happy I did. Even after a few lessons, I've noticed large strides in progress. He's very diligent and not complacent at all. He has stacks of books about voices and vocal faults- he's constantly trying to become better so you can be sure he'll do the same for you.

I've been very happy with my lessons so far and am giddy to see continued progress under Andy.
Johnny C. Fort Lauderdale, FL

About Johnny

I have been performing for 50 years on the Conga drum and a teacher of How to play the Conga drum for over 30 years. I have performed with such notables as Carlos Santana, Johnny Lang., Orianthi, Sergio Mendes, Eddie Palmieri, Johnny Pacheco. and many many other Grammy winning artists. Lessons are conducted around your availability. Lessons can be an hour to an hour and a half long and you will have homework. you will need your own Conga drums. Learn from one of the best player/teachers in the world today *** Lesson Details *** Here is is my curriculum for my Conga drum course The study of the Conga drum.... Cuban methods as taught in Cuba today, and also my methods developed over 30 years of teaching Sound development-utilizing the 5 parts of the hand ...

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Johnny C. September 18, 2014
Congas · In studio
From Mark and Diane after their 3 day Intensive with me...they came from Seattle,WA..where they had also taken some lessons with me...here is what they said abut their experience with me.

Hey Johnny,

Want to Thank you and Maggie for your hospitality and good cheer while Diane and I were visiting. This was truly a great experience for us. Trying to remember all the individual details we learned and very glad we recorded everything. You certainly did take us to the next level and over the next several months we will review and improve. The metronome will now be standard in our practice for quite a while as well as working for speed. You showed us many fun rhythms but more importantly you taught us a clear path for development which is what we have been missing.

Be in touch in the future and already starting to think about an early winter return for another 3 day intensive--but for the time being we are finally on path. Just playing a bit over the weekend we were so much more focused and also very realistic about our renewed dedication.

Thanks, Mark & Diane
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Johnny C. September 18, 2014
Congas · Online
Recent testimonial from ongoing pupil Charles B.

I’ve been studying the conga drum with JC for just over two years and I just want to give my total thumbs-up to his approach as a teacher and percussion professional. As a Brit with musical tastes ranging from rock, funk, jazz, hip-hop (and latin music!), I came to JC professing a slightly uncertain attraction to conga drums. Without a well-defined notion of what I really wanted to learn, JC took me through the basic strokes, rhythms and rudiments, developing my knowledge and skills in Afro-Cuban music and much else besides. JC’s experience in the music biz is obviously amazing and one of the best things about learning from him (aside from the great stories) are the unique rhythms and styles he’s acquired (and invented) over the years, from hanging and playing in so many “scenes“. So if you want a proper idea of how to play alongside funk, disco and other r n b styles, this is your guy. Needless to say, he’ll also makes sure you know the essentials behind the instrument, most importantly its deep roots in African music and traditions, and its obvious dominance in Afro-Cuban music. Not only that, JC is a very attentive teacher and is well up on things like “cognitive discovery”, which emphasises learning through hearing and hands as much as through more logical processes. Learning through Skype is also a lot easier and effective than it sounds. It’s been a great experience, revealing the full potential of the instrument to me and motivating me to keep up practice and lessons
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Johnny C. September 18, 2014
Congas · In studio
From Mark D.-Texas...
I just returned last night from a week at Jonny's intensive...
I'm already planning a time when I can go back.
No BS here, it started with JC picking me up at the airport on a Sunday evening, we had dinner at a Cuban restaurant and hit the drums the next morning... For 6+ hours a day! everyday for 5 days.

I have to admit, I thought for sure it would go down something like... He would give me an exercise, and then come back in half an hour while I worked on it. No way... He sat right next to me every hour of every day for the entire week. " sit up straight... relax your hands...breathe...Don't tap the drum, hit it...not enough wrist...get your hand off the drum...mark your time...you're too stiff...

JC is a guy who believes TEACHING is an art form, and he is good at it. He has a system, it's not random, he has thought it thru...He breaks it down so that you are doing something you understand, and you understand WHY you are doing it. A lot of guys can play, but not every guy who can play...can teach. Johnny can do both.

I really felt like it wasn't just a job for JC...he was sincerely interested in me being successful. He did everything he could do to make sure I got the most out of everyday I spent there. Many days, we worked late, no complaint, no reminder that the lesson was over... We went as long as I lasted. And, when we weren't playing, we were watching DVDs of Cuban Rumberos, or listening to Mongo or Puente from records he bought 45 years ago... Awesome

There is not enough time for me to have been able to learn as much as I learned from JC on my own. It is amazing to me that he was so willing to give me so much of what took him a lifetime to accomplish. I will be forever grateful to JC for giving me that.
Steve G. Pompano Beach, FL

About Steve

Music has been a part of my life for over 4 decades. I stepped onstage when I was 15, and have been active in the music business ever since. I was raised in the New York / New England area, and played in many bands in the 70's and 80's, most notably the band AVALON. I moved to Florida in the late 80's and began to develop a one man show, using the emerging technology available. I called the show YIN YANG, the infinite possibility of Music. I chose the name, as it is the Oriental symbol for balance, and used it to represent the balance between the electric and acoustic, and the technology of today with the classic music from yesterday. Midi guitar and guitar synthesis became my trademarks as I pushed the boundaries of how I could express myself on the guitar. Being able to play sax, ...

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George K. April 6, 2014
Guitar
Verified Student
Steve G: A Superb Instructor

I'm a student of Steve G.'s and am in my 40's. I had previously taken classical piano lessons from the age of 7 until 18, but I wanted to try my hand at guitar. Having come from a long line of teachers in my own family, I am well acquainted with the great (but often under-appreciated) skill it requires to be a quality instructor of any kind. A superb instructor (like Steve G.) should possess the following qualities:

1. Patient: Prodigies or masters of their art often lack the ability to convey their ability on a small scale to their pupils. Steve is an amazing performer and artist, and yet he is humble enough to walk alongside you, particularly when you are establishing the fundamentals of guitar technique. He will find the areas that need work and allow you to see how a small amount of persistence can result in large gains.

2. Encouraging: Steve is always optimistic. You can feel his passion for music in every word he speaks. He has the rare gift of making you see the flashes of your own talent, and he will help you build on those. He will not only help you figure out ways to overcome your obstacles in playing, but he will also deepen your appreciation of the instrument itself. He even went with me to the store to pick out an awesome acoustic guitar!

3. Individualizing: Steve doesn't have a once-size-fits-all method of teaching. He is a very keen and observant instructor who will challenge you based on your progress as well as your natural abilities. He will get to know you as a human being and as a budding artist. He will find ways to allow you to take your own inspirations and use them to drive you forward in your musical exploration.

4. Exemplary: Steve has tremendous integrity, not only as an artist but also as a professional instructor. He is also a tremendous guitarist with a broad repertoire, and watching him play will motivate you to become even better.

I hope this review is helpful to anyone who is considering taking lessons. Sign up with Steve and you won't regret it! Good luck on your journey!
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Susan S. December 23, 2013
Guitar
Verified Student
You make lessons fun....

From age 6 until high school I took piano lessons. But guitar was always an unexplored desire. I started taking lessons with Steve a few weeks ago. From the very beginning he has been just so easy and comfortable to work with. He willingly adapts his style of coaching to my specific needs as a student, learner and musician. He's so strong in his fundamentals that I can pick the music and he builds lessons around my choices. Really makes me look forward to my own practicing and even more to my next lesson. Thank you from the bottom of my heart Steve, for bringing music back into my life.
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Stephanie F. December 5, 2013
Ukulele
Verified Student
THE BEST MUSIC TEACHER EVER!!!

I have been wanting to learn how to play the ukulele for the past two years, but I have been too shy to take lessons because I was scared I would be judged. I finally got the courage to put all my fears aside. I am extremely glad I did, and I was so happy to find Steve as my music teacher. He is very down to earth and never judges. He is very understanding and teaches me at my level. When he sees me getting nervous, he always tells me ," Relax, this is fun.' He makes me feel very comfortable. I'm not scared to ask him questions, or to learn from him. He is always giving me compliments on how I am improving. I believe he is the best music teacher ever, and I wouldn't ask for anyone else!!
Dyce K. Hollywood, FL

About Dyce

Dyce’s action-packed lessons get aspiring students learning real songs in no time—all while teaching them music theory and scales that connects the music to relatable, practical theory. His custom-tailored lessons are based on this realization. “I know that all of my students are unique, both as people, and as musicians,” Dyce states, “so I realized that my lessons should celebrate these differences.” Instead of following a rigid, “cookie-cutter” approach to teaching, he makes allowances for these differences, and custom tailors a lesson plan that enriches their musical tastes, goals, and strengths. Dyce has learned, over two decades of playing and teaching professionally, when to push students—and when to stay out of the way. This sort of expert guidance helps students flourish, ...

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DIONA L. April 25, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Great teacher, has a wealth of knowledge to share ! I haven't been playing long and found him to be extremely patient and professional.
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Michael M. April 25, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Upon meeting Dyce his talent on guitar immediately blew me away!

He is a great teacher and a true inspiration. I was self taught and didn't realize a lot of bad habits I picked up. Dyce has helped fine-tune my skill in a short period of time. His teaching style will make you feel very comfortable and confident.

I would recommend lessons from Dyce to anyone with the desire to become an accomplished guitarist/musician!
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Ariel D. April 25, 2015
Guitar · In studio
It's a honor to be able to work and learn from Dyce Kimura.
I've been playing for over 30 years and every time I get together with Dyce I do learn something new.
Beginners, Inter-levels and Pro-players they all have a blast and a great fun time learning from a truly amazing and professional guitar player.
I feel blessed to be around Dyce and I'm looking forward for the next 100 years playing together!!!

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