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Lynn K.

Virginia Beach, VA

About Lynn

Your
relationship with music & your chosen instrument is unique &
will  be life long.  I look forward to sharing  your
excitement as we pursue the path to comfort, confidence & the
eventual, inevitable joy you will achieve with your new friend.

Whether  you are 5, 25, or  perhaps 75 years old when you make the decision to enter the world of music, you will be changing your life for the positive.  

*** Lesson Details ***
In a very calm, easy going atmosphere you can expect to laugh a bit, as it is called 'playing' music! You will have an understanding of how to read & play a minimum 3
songs each month, & will be picking up enough music theory as it applies to your instrument each week to feel confident & inspired to continue on as far as you desire. We will learn how to 'play well with others' in informal as well as more structured gatherings every few months, with no pressure, only compassion & encouragement.

For those wishing to join in the fun of playing bluegrass music, we will start out with technique exercises, scales, basic melodies & accompaniment patterns to prepare you to learn this unique & exciting style of American music. There are many gatherings in the area called 'Pickin' Parties' that I want to get you ready to participate in as soon as is humanly possible.

If you are one of those brave souls undertaking the lovely but challenging fretless instrument, the violin, my main focus is to get you started with the all the necessary basic techniques - holding the instrument & bow correctly, getting the best possible tone & pitch using efficiency & accuracy, mixed with a great deal of ear training & heart.

Specific songs you'd like to learn? Your reward for accomplishing what I deem necessary on whichever instrument you've chosen will be for us to listen to your desired piece & writing it out in either or tablature or standard notation.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lesson studios contain piano, electronic keyboard, electronic drum set, music stand, tuner, metronome, manuscript books available for purchase, easy parking in the well lit front lot.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Student must have own instrument & be willing to purchase necessary tools as recommended for their instrument, such as, music stand, tuner, pick, book, strap, etc.

*** Specialties ***
Bluegrass, Country, Country Rock, Contemporary Christian, Americana, Ragtime Blues Guitar, Fingerstyle, Flatpick, Accompaniment
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Harold W. December 10, 2013
Fiddle
Verified Student
A great teacher

Lynn is a great teacher. Of many that I have had over the years, she is the best, most knowledgeable, and most fun.
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Linda T. February 8, 2013
Verified Student
Why we like our guitar teacher.

Lynn is very understanding and patient when she goes over a lesson. She makes it fun! I would recommend her to anyone who is interested in the guitar.
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DarshelA July 26, 2012
Alice would like you to know that she got thru lesson 13 and will practice today but can't make today's lesson.
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Lynn K.

Lynn K.

Virginia Beach, VA 23455
(8)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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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.

Virginia Beach, VA 23462
(17)
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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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
(1)
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 relaxed, positive, 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 les
sons 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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Kiana G. July 27, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Cara is engaging, friendly & comfortable to work with. Cara McKinney sang with her & Kiana appreciated her talents. Makes it easy to relate to her because you can recognize her training background. She's cool
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John July 8, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
This is my first attempt at learning to sing - I have only been taking lessons for a few weeks. As others have said, she is a patient teacher, which is good for someone like me who is just starting to figure it out. That said, it's also clear to me that she has the capacity to instruct far beyond the level that I hope to achieve. I would recommend Cara to anyone looking to improve their vocals, regardless of their level of experience.
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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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Cara M.

Cara M.

Norfolk, VA 23507
(15)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Karen R.

Virginia Beach, VA

About Karen

Hello and thanks for checking out my, 'I love me' paragraph ; ).

But really this is about YOU. It's about how my teaching and life experiences may help you along your personal musical journey.

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.

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

Stay a child! Learn something new.

What are you waiting for?!
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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
(2)
starting at
$22 / 30-min

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