Garine Adams

Garine A.

Casselberry, FL

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Garine delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:
May 2006

I am a music educator. I received my Bachelor’s in Music Education from the University of Central Florida in 2011.
My higher education started in the Fall of 2006 when I began attending Daytona Beach Community College. My two years there were spent fully engaged in all activities. I finished my GED requirements while participating in many ensembles like the Ormond Beach Symphony Orchestra, Daytona Beach Community College Concert Band, Brass Ensemble, Falcon Pans (steel drum ensemble), Pit Orchestra for musicals, and Choir. All of these ensembles helped me increase my awareness of many different teaching and directing styles. I enjoyed participating in the college’s annual Medieval Yuletide Feast while playing the trombone, tuba, and singing in the choir. These experiences augmented my ability to manage my time while having the opportunity to go to school.
Almost every summer since 2005 my church has help send me to Port-du-paix, Haiti, for two weeks at a time. There we are encouraged to do many things involving teaching children, feeding the elderly and needy, and meeting new people that have made a difference in each of our lives. One of the opportunities I had during the summer of 2006 was helping teach two rehearsals of a small brass ensemble. The teacher who was heading the project had brought many donated instruments with her from Kentucky, and distributed them to the students prior to my arrival. She didn't know much about brass instruments (saxophonist), so I got to step in and take the players aside to teach the basics. Even though there was a language barrier, I was able to communicate using hand gestures, my little knowledge of Creole, and the universal language of music. This was one of the best times I have had in my life.
Another great accomplishment I have had is being a contra player in the Teal Sound Drum and Bugle Corps for the 2008 season. This opportunity ensured my discipline to tough through hard. The sole act of carrying a brass instrument that weighs over 25 lbs around all summer is a difficult task, but I had a lot of fun doing it. I also got to meet many people all over the United States that play the same instrument I do and have a similar life as mine. We had the overall score of fifth place, but our hard work and perseverance is obvious in our finals performance video.
I am a proud sister of Sigma Alpha Iota. I have held important positions including Corresponding Secretary and have headed many chair positions. The sisters of Zeta Tau are a very supportive group full of diversity. Having our weekly meetings and formal business meetings keep me up to date with Robert’s Rules of Order. I have transferred the things I have learned from these meetings to other organizations like CMENC. At the time when I was leaving the college level, I receive the Sword of Honor from our province officer. Every Spring I attend FMEA in Tampa. I made many very important connections with other educators and soon to be educators.
I also taught three years at a Title I elementary school in Osceola County, FL. It was a very tough three years, but I am grateful for all of the strategies and steps I've learned to make me a better teacher. In my second year at the school, I received the honor of being voted Teacher of the Year for our school. That was such a humbling time in my career.

*** Lesson Details ***
Expect to be engaged in learning. That said, I love teaching, and I will work hard to motivate you. Improvement only comes when you've put in the effort, and I'll hold you to that.
Each lesson is personalized, depending on the individual (vocational/ avocational).

*** Studio Equipment ***
Main Room Music: piano, two row of buttons on her accordion, she has all instruments, parents can sit in on lesson, chairs, one couch

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide music stands. The student must either buy the music on his/her own or purchase it from me. I would contact the parent or student prior to the lesson.

*** Specialties ***
I am a certified music teacher in the state of Florida k-12 (ESOL Certified). When it comes to the instruments I teach, my specialization is low brass (I am a tuba player), and the rest I have taught up to an intermediate level.

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Private Lessons Instructor
Aug 2006 - Present

I've been giving lessons ever since I was in high school, and I love doing it. It's helped me grow as a musician as well.

Music Teacher
Aug 2011 - Jun 2014
Osceola County School District

General Music


Bachelors in Music Education
Aug 2008 - May 2011
University of Central Florida


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Haitian Creole
Limited Proficiency
Limited Proficiency


Apr 2014
Osceola County

Teaching students who are not native english speakers

Teaching Music k-12 Certificate for the State of Florida
Jul 2011
State of Florida


Teacher of the Year
Aug 2013
Kissimmee Elementary, Osceola County
Sword of Honor
May 2011
Sigma Alpha Iota


National Education Association
Aug 2011

The National Education Association (NEA), the nation's largest professional employee organization, is committed to advancing the cause of public education. NEA's 3 million members work at every level of education—from pre-school to university graduate programs. NEA has affiliate organizations in every state and in more than 14,000 communities across the United States.

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National Association for Music Education
Aug 2008

Founded in 1907, NAfME is among the world’s largest arts education organizations. NAfME advocates at the local, state, and national levels; provides resources for teachers, parents, and administrators; hosts professional development events; and offers a variety of opportunities for students and teachers.

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Photos & Videos

Gators in the Sawgrass is a country string band from Gulfport, FL. I play upright bass and sing backup vocals with these talented guys.
Send Me on My Way by Rusted Root.
I'm the one on bass jamming out on stage! What a show!!
This is one of my first recordings of an original song. Enjoy!
I love music, and I hope you do too! This video is full of pictures and clips of me playing and teaching. The accompaniment music is not me.
Photo by Garine A.

Photo by Garine A.

Photo by Garine A.

Photo by Garine A.
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8 Reviews

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K Maxson Jul 6, 2017
Piano · In home

Garine has tought our young daughter piano for several years. She is amazing! Our daughter is not the easiest pupil. She requires an unusually high level of direction and patience and we were very concerned that we wouldn't be able to find a music instructor who could both keep her enthusiastic about music and also get her to learn. Ms. Garine has done a fantastic job with her!

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Paul Jan 19, 2017
Upright Bass · In home

Great first lesson. Garine was very pleasant, informative, and motivating. She is patient. Enjoyed every minute of it.

Parker Nov 14, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In home

G is a great teacher! My daughter looks forward to her lesson every week.

Victoria Oct 7, 2015
Piano · In home

Garine is very patient with our 5-year old and is doing a great job keeping her focused and on-task during her lessons!

Connor Apr 21, 2015
Piano · In home

Excellent - Connor is very excited and can't wait to his next lesson.

edwinm Aug 14, 2011


she is great.

JanetS Jul 21, 2011

Great personality and very upbeat. Could use a little more structure and I maybe a book for the new students. Probably very good with students that have some experience already and can improvise.

MichelleC4 Jul 17, 2011

Great Experience

My son has learned alot and I have had a positive experince with his teacher.Thanks alot and keep up the great work!!!

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