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Barbara M.

Virginia Beach, VA

About Barbara

Music has been an integral part of my world, playing a major role in both my personal and professional life. I embrace the chance to be immersed in it, to share my enthusiasm for and expertise in the area of the music education experience, promoting creative development and student performance skills.

I am an original New Yorker, but have lived in Virginia Beach for the past 12 years. I began studying piano at the age of 8 and have not stopped playing since. It is a gift and a joy to be able to share my love of music performance with people of all ages and abilities. I have also sung in man
y choirs in addition to performing professionally on the piano and the guitar, both as a soloist and ensemble member.

I rejoice in the success that I see in my students as they learn and gain appreciation for the gift of music. They become more and more eager to share and more and more open to the possibilities ahead.

*** Lesson Details ***
I listen well to my students. They are free and encouraged to express their goals and soon, they become more and more comfortable doing so. They begin to understand that even though I am their instructor, we are working as a team and that my goals for them are directly tied to the goals they have set for themselves.

My teaching style is natural, relaxed and yet, very enthusiastic, all at the same time. I have patience in abundance and my continual student affirmation is well received. I give most attention to personalizing instruction for each of my students. My passion for musical expression is contagious and readily shared. It is a joy to teach music, to contribute to the growth and delight that I witness through a student's progress.

I have taught music to both children and adults, from beginner to advanced levels. My teaching approach remains the same, save for the goals that suit the specific student, which we discover early on, sometimes even at the first session, together, right from the start. My beginning students receive the attention necessary to encourage their desire to persevere, which includes positive feedback (which is abundant) and a teaching style that fits his/her level of learning. My student's success is my goal. This is my jubilant mission.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano, guitars, mini-amp.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I own 4 guitars, 1 classical, 2 acoustic/electric, and 1 electric, which I can provide for the lesson, if necessary.
I own a Baldwin Acrasonic piano.

The students will need to buy their books.

*** Specialties ***
Methods: Clear presentation of the instrument and the most comfortable way to achieve the best playing results. Emphasis on Theory including chords and improvisation.

Styles: From Classical to Broadway to Folk to Rock to Jazz to Blues.
Genres: All
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Anderson W. May 12, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Barbara is a fabulous teacher. She keeps my son on track while still making it fun.
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Michal N. March 31, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
I would like to write a follow up review about Ms. Barbara.

I have been taking singing lessons for about 5 months with Ms. Barbara.
When I came to Ms. Barbara I had a few hurdles I needed help and assistance in. The end goal was to be able to have my performance on stage. Ms. Barbara composed the right vocal exercises for me to practice so my voice becomes stronger and more stable, that the breath taking is correct and will allow me to hold the notes i need better and even sing high notes.

I went on stage feeling happy, excited and confident. My performance was a success!
Thank You Ms. Barbara!!
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Michal N. November 12, 2014
Music Performance · In home
Verified Student
Barbara is very musical, very talented and very attuned to my needs. She is not only a singing teacher or a pianist, she is all and more. Most importantly, she is a mentor.
I highly recommend Barbara.
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Barbara M.

Barbara M.

Virginia Beach, VA 23462
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$40 / 30-min
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Simeon K.

Chesapeake, VA

About Simeon

Degrees held:
Indiana University Jacobs School of Music - MM, PD
Oberlin College and Conservatory - BM

I teach private piano lessons, music theory classes, and accompanying. Students of all ages/levels are welcome. My teaching method primarily focuses on the process of learning music. Students are encouraged to make manageable goals for each lesson so that they can feel a sense of achievement throughout the entire learning process. The smaller goals keep the students motivated constantly enabling them to become a better musician. By focusing on the process of learning, students are learni
ng a set of skills that will enable them to learn pieces quicker and allow for a more rewarding end product. They also are able to apply these learning skills to many different areas of study, which enhances their personal growth.

***Studio Equipment**
Boston Baby Grand - Teaching Room A
Yamaha Upright - Teaching Room B
Janssen Upright - Classroom
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Terrence J. May 2, 2015
Christian Gospel · In studio
Verified Student
What a great teacher with much energy and enthusiastic for teaching piano/music!!! If you are looking to advance and explore your music performance and education - look to Simeon, he's the one that can tailor to all your needs!!
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Simeon K.

Chesapeake, VA 23322
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$30 / 30-min
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Robert S.

Virginia Beach, VA

About Robert

My name is Robert S. I'm 30 years old. I teach voice and piano (beginner/intermediate/advanced and all ages starting as young as 5). I have taught piano for over four years now and have a knack for kids. I've had ample experience in music performance - touring around the world playing concerts in countries like Indonesia, Australia, Russia, and Japan - was a touring member for the Norfolk based rock group, MAE (Capitol Records, Tooth & Nail Records). Currently I perform regular gigs around Hampton Roads, solo and with bands. My expertise is piano and singing but I have a multi-instrumental und
erstanding of music (proficient in piano, guitar, drums, bass, etc).

"My goal with each student is to help instill a desire and passion to explore the deeper side of music. I try to keep my lessons fun, exciting, and interactive. I teach the fundamentals as music theory is crucial to understanding music, but I also teach on how to feel the true emotions in music. I believe that each student has his or her own personal musical journey. I'm sensitive to that and want to give each student a head start on that journey. Teaching another person how to play, understand, and feel music is something that makes me come alive."

*** Studio Equipment ***
I own two digital pianos, both with weighted keys. And I recommend that each of my students has a piano of their own with weighted keys.

*** Travel Equipment ***
If need be I can bring a digital piano with me for in-home lessons.
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Mike F. November 9, 2014
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Robert has the great ability to combine theory with fun! He quickly assessed where I needed the most work and tailored his lessons to those areas. He's very professional, positive, and encouraging. I would highly recommend Robert to anyone interested in learning or improving upon their piano skills!
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Jamilyn L. September 25, 2014
Piano · In home
Robert is absolutely wonderful! My 7 year old daughter is autistic and her attention span is very short. Robert is always very patient with her and praises her learning. He took the initiative to research different ways to approach her piano lessons so her learning was more effective. He is punctual and respectful to everyone in the house (including the needy french bulldog) He is very good at what he does. What a great person to shape the future of music!
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Robert S.

Virginia Beach, VA 23451
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starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Cara M.

Norfolk, VA

About Cara

Hi there! My name is Cara Isadora McKinney. I am an award winning vocalist and experienced performer who loves to teach singing. My goal is to demystify vocal technique for students and help them “find their voice" pretty quickly with patience and care; in a relaxed, postive, and supportive atmosphere. My goal is to help students improve breath control and support, projection, phrase length, range, intonation, quality, comfort, stage performance, presentation skills, and other technical and stylistic aspects in a safe, energetic, and friendly environment. I am currently available to teach less
ons at my studio, at your home, and online.

My credentials and affiliations include a Bachelor's in Vocal Music from Lamar University, Hurrah Players, Governor's School for the Arts, and VA Opera. I specialize in opera and musical theater. I also record and perform pop, rock, R&B, and jazz. Trained by some of the best artists and teachers in Virginia and Texas, I have gained extensive knowledge in vocal pedagogy that has allowed me to become versed in numerous styles and crossover genres. Contact me and we can discuss in more detail want you are looking for in a voice teacher, your vocal goals and experiences, as well as availability and location details. Do not miss the opportunity to work with someone who is really dedicated to nurturing voices and serving art in a down to earth way and will get you where you want to go fast.
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Steve M. June 13, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Patient, friendly, encouraging, and empowering Cara's instruction pushes you past your mental boundaries in a way that facilitates objective progress and predictable growth. I was and continue to be impressed in how Cara has helped me find and perfect my voice! Learning to be your best is easier when you feel and know that you're being guided by the best.
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Lauren L. June 5, 2015
Vocal Training · In studio
Verified Student
I have been taking lessons from Cara for only a short amount of time, and I have learned more from her, so far, than from any other instructor I have ever worked with! She is incredibly knowledgable in ways to improve my voice and really takes the time to help me understand what will benefit my voice. I cannot wait to see how much more I will grow with her training.
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Tracy B. June 5, 2015
Singing · In home
Cara (Miss Isadora) has been amazing! We were not sure if it was too early to begin vocal training (she was only 7) but after the first lesson we were amazed at the initial improvements. Our daughter loves to sing and has a true passion for performing and in less than a year we've heard and seen real improvements in all areas of performance. Cara is patient and so creative in applying very high level techniques for our child and we have witnessed real results. And when we get to hear Cara's angelic voice fill the house...well, can't believe we are fortunate enough to have our daughter under her tutelage. Highly recommend and applaud her flexibility in working with many different types of music and pushing students to grow in all areas of performance.
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Cara M.

Cara M.

Norfolk, VA 23507
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$25 / 30-min
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Rachel G.

Hampton, VA

About Rachel

Hi, there! My name is Rachel, and I can't wait to meet you! I've been teaching private lessons since 2002, and have loved helping my students learn to read and play, discover their own love of music, and conquer their fears of performing (so much "proud mama bear" happening!). In 2003, I earned my violin performance degree at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where I also studied piano and vocal pedagogy. I'm an encouraging and fun person to work with (if I may say so myself!), and my teaching style is fun, positive, and relaxed. I have worked with many students, including some with learnin
g disabilities, physical limitations, PTSD, and just plain ol' stage fright! I work with you to set your own goals, and I look forward to helping you reach them... It's what I love about what I do.
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Susie May 31, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Good instructor I enjoyed my first lesson looking forward to the next lesson.
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Jeff B. March 30, 2015
Mandolin · Online
Verified Student
I had a wonderful experience taking online mandolin lessons from Rachel. She was fun, easy to work with, and incredibly patient. I plan on learning the violin in the near future and will definitely use her again!
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Shawna L. March 10, 2015
Music Theory · Online
Verified Student
I have been taking theory lessons from Rachel for several months now to help learn the guitar. Learning theory can be very complex and quite a daunting task for a new music student. What I really appreciate is Rachel's patience and ability to try different approaches with me if a certain method doesn't quite resonate. She communicates and asks questions about the material she's going over to ensure that I'm comprehending what she's teaching. Another aspect that I'm very appreciative of is that Rachel gives me small, bite sized "chunks" of information that is easier to digest so that I'm not overwhelmed with learning too much at once. I intend to continue my musical journey with Rachel and also take on vocal lessons with Rachel as time permits. Her personality is very warm and personable and her commitment to helping others pursue their music goals really shines through. I consider Rachel to be a very well rounded musician and a master at her craft. I admire her musicianship and hope to attain her level of confidence and abilities as I pursue my own musical journey!!!
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Rachel G.

Rachel G.

Hampton, VA 23666
(9)
starting at
$25 / 30-min

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