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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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Lauren R. January 23, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Barbara is fantastic. She is makes learning music fun with grounded basics and fundamental teaching. The environment is welcoming and well suited for music learning. Barbara has helped Lauren move her music knowledge forward in one session that was very meaningful. Lauren was able to practice her guitar later that evening stress free with joy and confidence. Lauren has been dreaming of taking guitar lessons for a while and this first experience has been s dream come true. Thank you takelessons for helping me to connect Lauren and Barbara.
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Burden L. July 19, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
I had a musical background growing up. I played the piano and the cello for years and sang in several choirs. I also took piano lessons for a number of years as a young adult - but, when I came to Barbara, I hadn't touched a musical instrument for at least 3 decades. For me, what makes Barbara extraordinary as a teacher is that, even with all the musical background I have, she brings out music in me that I never knew was there - and we laugh a lot too - you can't do better than that!
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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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Barbara M.

Barbara M.

Virginia Beach, VA 23462
(18)
starting at
$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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Brionna R. October 26, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Positive, flexible, dedicated, inspiring, fun, polite, AWESOME instructor. Very knowledgable and skilled.
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Izabella M. August 15, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
My daughter adores Simeon! He listens and understands her strengths and more importantly, her weakness. So far it's been a great journey.
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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
(3)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Cara M.

Norfolk, VA

About Cara

Hi there! My name is Cara. 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 safe and friendly environment. In a relaxed, positive, and supportive atmosphere; students will improve their breath control and support, projection, phrase length, range, intonation, quality, comfort, stage performance and presentation skills, as well as other technical and stylistic aspects. I am currently available to teach lessons at my studio and onlin
e.

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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Larry February 4, 2016
Singing · In studio
Exactly what I need! Cara is teaching me the fundamentals of singing and I can't wait for each lesson. I have tried voice lessons on cd's from amazon in the past but having a super knowledgeable and experienced instructor in person is so much more effective!
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Somara January 8, 2016
Singing · In home
Verified Student
It was a great first experience. This was my daughter's first experience with any kind of professional lessons and Cara was patient and helped my daughter feel comfortable. She had fun and cannot wait until her next lesson.
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Christine December 7, 2015
Speaking Voice · Online
Great instruction, clear and concise! Absolutely easy to work with!
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Cara M.

Cara M.

Norfolk, VA 23507
(29)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Karen R.

Virginia Beach, VA

About Karen

Hello.

Making music is unlike anything else you've done. At the same time, making music will strengthen everything else you WILL do!

I've learned a great deal in my 20 years of teaching;

- patience
- persistence
- keep it fun
- change it up

It's my belief that music fundamentals are critical and we will create a solid musical foundation by learning the language, understanding the critical issues of timing, rhythm, and reading and learning how to learn!

I enjoy working with all ages but specialize in children and adults that act like children!

Stay a child! Learn som
ething new.

What are you waiting for?!
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Madison M. January 6, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Five Stars - Karen is very nice, personable, loves teaching. She's an excellent Instructor.
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Jonathan G. July 6, 2015
Fiddle · In studio
Verified Student
Karen is thorough. You will find out immediately that she will find your weaknesses and work on those. She is a pro - she knows what she is doing and she knows what her students need. She listens to what her students want to accomplish and then she will add to her responses extra instructions that will focus on big picture success. She really understands the difference between playing alone and playing with a group. She knows exactly how every band member will respond to what you are playing.
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Rob Wirth W. October 30, 2014
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
We love her!! She is very good with Bryson and gives good instructions. We also like the home work that Karen gives. We highly recommend her to anyone learning piano.
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Karen R.

Karen R.

Virginia Beach, VA 23455
(3)
starting at
$22 / 30-min
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Del D.

Chesapeake, VA

About Del

My name is Del Jr. I am a Chesapeake, Virginia native who loves everything about music, especially teaching it. I have been a musician since I was 12 years old and have been working professionally as a musician since age 17. My specialty is piano, keyboard, and organ, but I have been playing the drums and bass guitar for the past several years now. I am a professional music producer based in Chesapeake as well as the music director for my church in Norfolk. I've been teaching for almost 10 years and have loved sharing my knowledge with excited new learners and seasoned musical veterans alike.
I love Jazz, Gospel, Rock, Pop, R&B, Rap, Dance, Classical, and Country music. I've taught it all, and love playing and creating many different forms of music. My greatest pleasure is helping students discover for themselves what kind of music they love to make the most!
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Lewie J. February 2, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Del is a very good choice for my son. He took the time to get to know my son and learn about his interests and what HE wanted to learn. I am looking forward to a very productive experience.
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Lewie J. February 2, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Del is a very good choice for my son. He took the time to get to know my son and learn about his interests and what HE wanted to learn. I am looking forward to a very productive experience.
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Del D.

Del D.

Chesapeake, VA 23320
(2)
starting at
$25 / 30-min

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