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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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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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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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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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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
(2)
starting at
$30 / 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 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, 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.

http://www.caraisadoramckinney.com
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Susanna Carlson August 28, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Cara is a library of information and tools to help you learn how to sing. She encourages her students to practice and learn proper form. With her help I've found my voice and am encouraged to continue perfecting it. She also helped me with some bad habits that I had picked up but now know better. I highly recommend Cara and she is a true professional with a beautiful voice who knows how to teach!
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Samantha U. August 2, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
I've recently started taking singing lessons with Cara and I've had a great experience so far. She is really concerned with teaching me correct technique which is very helpful. She is patient while I'm learning and practicing better technique and is supper supportive and encouraging as she sees progress!
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Robert V. July 31, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
I only had one lesson with Cara but she was very experienced and did her best to bring out the singer in me. She found songs that would suit me and she put a lot of effort into making that first lesson as valuable to me as it could be. I really felt like she cared deeply about my progress which meant a lot to me.
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Cara M.

Norfolk, VA 23507
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$25 / 30-min
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Lydia M.

Chesapeake, VA

About Lydia

When I was about to turn 8, I asked my parents for a violin as a birthday present! I have loved playing ever since. My mom is a piano teacher, so I learned to play the piano as well. I have played in orchestras, chamber strings, and quartets in Paraguay, Brasil, Guatemala, and the United States. The beauty of music is that it crosses all borders!
I was born and raised in Paraguay but I came to the USA to go to college. Currently, I am working on a doctorate in Clinical Psychology. I'm optimistic, responsible, and want to help others reach their full potential.
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Julvonne S. August 4, 2015
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
I had a great experience with Lydia for violin lessons for my child. Lydia is extremely flexible,had a great personality, works well with children and very knowledgeable. I would definitely recommend her to another other parent or student wanting to learn the violin.
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Kari C. May 28, 2015
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Lydia has excellent instructional ability and is talented and flexible. She is very professional and I learned something new and exciting every lesson as she pushed me to progress. I'm sad I have to move away from the area as I really enjoyed my lessons with her!
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Kady E. May 22, 2015
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Kady loved her first lesson with Miss Lydia. She can't wait for next week.
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Lydia M.

Lydia M.

Chesapeake, VA 23320
(4)
starting at
$15 / 30-min
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Andrew M.

Chesapeake, VA

About Andrew

I have loved music since I was a child. I began playing clarinet when I was 11 years old and slowly picked up new instruments like the saxophone, harmonica, guitar, ukulele, flutes, whistles, kazoo, and others. I enjoy any style of music and have a desire to learn as many instruments as possible. My line-up of new instruments to learn are: accordion, banjo, trombone, the cello.
I love to teach and share my passion for music with others. My hope to is make people into learners of music proficient in learning any instrument they wish.
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Lisa August 20, 2015
Ukulele · In studio
Andrew is a great teacher. I have been able to learn the ukulele at my own pace, and Andrew is super patient and encouraging. With his ability to teach and gifting in music he is the perfect instructor for anyone wanting to learn.
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Christal August 20, 2015
Guitar · In home
What can I not say about Andrew. He is so talented when it comes to instruments. Music is definitely a passion of his! You can tell that he loves teaching children and mentoring them through the language of music.
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Karen August 20, 2015
Ukulele · In studio
Andrew has been teaching my 11 year old daughter Ukulele lessons for several months. He is a great instructor and especially good at working with youth, as he is patient and understanding. He makes the lessons and learning fun, which has encouraged my daughter to want to practice her Ukulele at home on her own, without me having to ask her to practice her lessons. She has loved having Andrew as her instructor and I would highly recommend him for both youth and adults!
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Andrew M.

Andrew M.

Chesapeake, VA 23322
(3)
starting at
$25 / 30-min

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