Lisa Cross

Lisa C.

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

Teaching since:
January 1997

I have been a music teacher and private lesson instructor for the past 20 years. I have a bachelor of science degree in Music Education and hold a teaching certificate for all-level Music Education. In my private studio I have taught students from 3-70 and have enjoyed them all! In addition to teaching music I also serve as the Music Minister for my church. Students coming to me can expect a tremendous amount of experience as well as a committed, honest and caring teacher.

*** Lesson Details ***
For beginning piano students at the pre-reading level (ages 3-6ish) I like to use the Faber "My First Piano Adventure" series. I love that this series enforces solid technique in a fun, child-friendly way.

For older beginners and players with some piano I like the Alfred series, supplemented, of course, with songs/styles of music that interest the student.

Guitar: I've found that guitar method books are nearly as diverse as the guitarists that play them! That being said, I typically start with the Essential Elements for guitar for a solid introduction to music reading and a touch of theory.

Depending on the style of play the guitarist is interested in I move on from there. Mel Bays Classical method is always a solid choice as is the Christopher Parkening Guitar method. I also have a few tab oriented books and some rock/blues oriented books.

For clarinet and oboe students I like to compliment what their band/orchestra director is using when possible. I also love the Klose method for clarinet. The Rubank is also a tried and true book I use. I've had a lot of success with these books.

Of course the best method books are for naught without adequate practice time! When theory and technique work get too dry it's always fun to throw in some fun selections to compliment the "work."

Voice students are a bit different in that I don't use a specific method to instruct. I have many books that I draw from when teaching voice due to the unique nature of the individual. Depending on the style of music, from classical to jazz/pop, I have music that will teach proper breath support, vowel placement and tone.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Home studio: converted dining room with 3 guitars, young percussion instruments, upright piano and f/w keyboard. Seating available for parents.
Music ministry at First Christian Church in Terrell. Access to choir room with upright piano. Seating available for parents.

*** Specialties ***
Degree in all-level music education with specialty in voice.

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Experience

Music Minister
Sep 2007 - Present
First Christian Church

Private Music Instructor
Sep 2000 - Present
Music Makers

Provide private lessons and small group lessons

Music Teacher
Sep 1998 - Feb 2012
Terrell ISD

Music Teacher
Dec 1997 - Jun 1998
Rockwall ISD

Education

B.S. Music Education
Aug 1993 - Dec 1997
TAMU - Commerce

Certifications

All-Level Teacher Certification
Dec 1997
Texas

Awards

Teacher of the Year
Jun 2005
Terrell ISD

Affiliations

American Federation of Teachers
Aug 1998

The American Federation of Teachers is a union of professionals that champions fairness; democracy; economic opportunity; and high-quality public education, healthcare and public services for our students, their families and our communities. We are committed to advancing these principles through community engagement, organizing, collective bargaining and political activism, and especially through the work our members do.

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Texas Music Educators Association
Aug 1997

Begun in 1920 as the Texas Band Teachers Association, the Texas Music Educators Association is an organization of over 10,000 school music educators dedicated to promoting excellence in music education. TMEA is comprised of five divisions: Band, Orchestra, Vocal, Elementary and College. On behalf of its members and Texas schoolchildren, TMEA carefully monitors the actions of all state decision-making bodies on issues affecting fine arts instruction in Texas. In addition to many member benefits, TMEA offers professional development opportunities for its members with Region workshops and especially with its annual Clinic/Convention. TMEA supports the future of music education by offering scholarships to music education majors and by sponsoring the Texas Future Music Educators, an organization through which high school students interested in careers in music education learn more about what to expect in their college education and future careers.

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Sigma Alpha Iota (ΣΑΙ)
Jan 1995

Sigma Alpha Iota is a professional International Music Fraternity for women. Formed to uphold the highest standards of music and to further the development of music in America and throughout the world, it continues to provide musical and educational resources to its members and the general public.Sigma Alpha Iota operates its own national philanthropy, Sigma Alpha Iota Philanthropies, Inc.

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Alpha Chi Omega
Jan 1995

Alpha Chi Omega is at the forefront of women’s fraternal organizations as we strive to position our members for success both today and in the future. The Foundation’s mission is to support the educational and philanthropic purposes of Alpha Chi Omega through effective fundraising and stewardship of financial resources.

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Gamma Beta Phi
Jan 1995

Gamma Beta Phi has chapters all across the United States. It regularly inducts thousands of academically excellent students who share its mission of promoting education and providing community service to their colleges and communities. The Society has made a major impact all across America. In recent years, The Gamma Beta Phi Society has collected thousands of books for St. Jude Children’s Hospital, six thousand pairs of shoes for citizens of Iraq, collected thousands of hats for the Heavenly Hats Foundation, thousands of letters to the service men and woman onboard the USS Kitty Hawk, and bought an Ark for Heifer International. The Society’s list of accomplishments is long and impressive; we would love to have you help us in our endeavors.

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44 Reviews

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Deborah Feb 23, 2017
Singing · In studio

Encouraging to an elderly person who never sings solo but wants to learn to sing better. . . . to develop better habits and stretch the range.

Joey K. Feb 3, 2017
Guitar · In studio

Lisa makes learning fun and allows my son to branch out into songs he's interested in. She lets him lead, and yet guides/teaches him allong the journey.

Tyler M. Jan 11, 2017
Piano · In studio

Great teacher! Wish she was close by😕

Jeriel L. Oct 26, 2016
Guitar · In home

Lisa is very dedicated and makes class fun!

Sharon Sep 10, 2016
Singing · In home

Delightful, very helpful and very knowledgeable!!!

Garret M. Sep 6, 2016
Piano · In studio

Both of my son's ages are 8 & 22 years, love Lisa. She's the real deal. Thanks Lisa.

Valcus B. Sep 3, 2016
Piano · In studio

My son had an awesome time with Lisa. She makes learning fun!

Hannah R. Jul 20, 2016
Piano · In studio

Lisa is so nice and friendly my daughter definitely wants to continue piano lessons

Monica M. Jul 13, 2016
Piano · In studio

Very thorough, interesting and knowledgeable with her music lesson, she knows how to ignite a child's love for music. We're happy to find her. :)

Abigail G. Apr 7, 2016
Singing · In home

Lisa is great. We are so glad we found her. Abby is excited about learning from Lisa.

Victoria G. Mar 31, 2016
Singing · In studio

Very enthusiastic and caring!

Hannah Bishop Mar 27, 2016
Singing · In studio

Great teacher! Patient and fun.

Clara B. Mar 3, 2016
Singing ·

Wonderful and knowledgeable voice teacher.

heather Moore Mar 3, 2016
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Such a great teacher! very positive and encouraging and is always smiling! I have learned a lot from her and recommend her to anyone.

Sophia W. Feb 24, 2016
Piano · In studio

Read the other reviews on the site & checked out the other instructors in the area. I know after both of my grand darlings started taking lessons with Miss Lisa, the best decision was made! The youngest one absolutely loves her & n asked for more lessons. The other one is a apprehensive on going, but Lisa has handled her with kid gloves & helped her work through her difficulties and building the confidence she needs.

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Karen L. Jan 21, 2016
Clarinet · In studio

Our daughter has made amazing progress with Lisa's instruction. Lisa is easy to work with and really connects with her students. She makes learning so much fun too!

Karen Jan 21, 2016
Oboe · In home

Our daughter is taking Oboe and Piano lessons with Lisa. Lisa has taught her more than she has learned from anyone else (including her instructors at school), she is always encouraging our daughter to reach a little higher than her current level, and interested in the music she wants to learn to play instead of just the lesson book. As a parent that knows very little about music, Lisa has always gone out of her way to help us with any questions we have about buying instruments or just in general.

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Chloe & Lily Jan 21, 2016
Piano · In home

We are sisters who have been taking voice, guitar and piano from Ms. Lisa for the last two years and LOVE going to her house for lessons! She is very patient and nice. She makes learning music a fun thing to do.

Mason Evans Jan 21, 2016
Guitar · In studio

Lisa is a very knowledgeable teacher

Mason Evans Jan 20, 2016
Guitar · In studio

Good teacher..all ok.. Mason

Irene C. Sep 1, 2015
Piano · In studio

Great teacher. So patient. Really worked well with my daughter who is very shy and introverted. I recommend her highly.

Donna C. Aug 10, 2015
Singing · In studio

Lisa is phenomenal with my daughter. Anna is a multi instrument child and in high school band. Lisa is always there for her to help her not only with her singing lessons, but piano, saxophone, flute...whatever Anna needs Lisa is there to assist. Lisa knows how to teach without being pushy or over bearing and she understands the kids at their age levels. As Anna gets older I see how Lisa's style adapts. Her strategies are sound and she's a delight to work with.

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Karen L. Aug 9, 2015
Clarinet · In studio

Lisa has been amazing! Our daughter decided to start clarinet lessons in April in preparation for joining the high school band program in the fall. Working with Lisa, she has made increditable progress! Lisa is very encouraging to her students, makes the lesson time a fun experience while being a great music teacher!

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Louise Bush Aug 9, 2015
Piano · In home

Lisa is a wonderful teacher! She is so patient and explains everything so well! I would highly recommend her to young and old! Louise Bush

Angela C. Aug 9, 2015
Singing · In home

Ms Lisa has taught both of my girls voice, piano & guitar over the last year or two. My girls always enjoy their lessons and they like the relaxed home environment. Give her a try and you won't go back to a music school or other instructor.

stashia C. Aug 8, 2015
Singing · In home

My daughter gained confidence and better vocal sound with Lisa's help!

Vanessa D. Jun 12, 2015
Guitar · In studio

My first lesson was very informative. I learned how to tune the guitar, 2 chords, and played a song all in 30 min. I now have confidence that I can learn to play the guitar.
Thank you so much.

Julie C. Mar 18, 2015
Singing · In home

Lisa is very patient and encouraging. My daughter has developed in a short amount of time. Great teacher!

Delores T. Oct 6, 2014
Guitar · In studio

Lisa is a very patient and kind teacher. She is also very qualified with music education and experience. I would recommend her to anyone wanting to take lessons.

Larry A. Apr 23, 2014
Piano ·

Recommendation for Lisa

Lisa is an excellent teacher and musician. She's perfect for an old guy like me in his 60's that has had no lessons in decades! She is supportive and encouraging, yet critical and instructive when needed. She loves her work and it shows through her sweet spirit. I'm lucky to have found her.

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Mirren M. Mar 4, 2014
Singing ·

Sets student instantly at ease

Lisa has a warm friendliness that allows one to be instantly at ease. She is gracious, helpful, and a skilled musician. She has had a listening ear as I have explained vocal difficulties and has been quick to provide helpful solutions. :) She is a wonderful teacher!

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Taryn M. Mar 4, 2014
Singing ·

Helped pull our more sound

She was a very good help at showing me how to relax and get more sound out when singing. Very patient, worked with my specific needs well.

Donna C. Feb 6, 2014
Singing ·

wonderful teacher

Lisa has been phenomenal with my daughter. She is able to keep her engaged. She's very talented and has a great approach with her students.

Irene C. Oct 31, 2013
Piano ·

Great instructor

Ms. Lisa is a great piano teacher. I have seen my daughter learn so much in the last year. I have been pleasantly surprised. She strives to make Lisa proud of her which says a lot to me about how much she likes her teacher.

I highly recommend Lisa.

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Angela C. Mar 18, 2013
Singing ·

Very kind talented teacher

We are so happy to have found Lisa! She's sweet, always prepared and really listens to Chloe and what she wants to do. She is very talented and Chloe can't wait to go back each week for her next lesson.

After over a year of struggling finding the right voice teacher, I think we finally have!

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Marisol R. Feb 13, 2013
Piano ·

This product has great features

Ms. Lisa is just what we were looking for! She is sweet and really knows how to talk to my daughter. Stephanie loves her! We are very happy with her!

Maria G. Jan 1, 2013
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TakeLessons is a great place to be when you want to learn music.

I have enjoyed my lessons with Mrs. Lisa from the very begining. Mrs. Lisa is very pleasant and knowledgeable. TakeLessons is a great place to learn music.

Thank you

Kristen G.

KarenB3 Jul 13, 2012
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Upbeat, wonderful teacher - very good with young children. This teacher is very patient and kind and is a just great music teacher.

SabrinaM Jun 23, 2012
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Fantasia's Review

Lisa is exactly what my daughter needed, an instructor who provides positive and constructive feedback. My daughter has chosen to stop playing the clarinet. but when or if she chooses to play something else I hope it's one Lisa teaches. Lisa has done a great job in building up my daughter's confidence. We would highly recommend her.

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LeaS May 30, 2012
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Our whole family loves Lisa, who has just begun teaching our 6 year old piano. Lisa is a natural with children and she encourages lessons with her little ones to be playful, although she is guiding them through lessons so that they are learning all the while.

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RubenE May 25, 2012
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father of student

It was a wonderful experience to have Mrs. Lisa worked with my daughter so professional and such an amazing talent I will rate her at the highest range, definably she is great.

CandaceK1 May 25, 2012
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Feedback on Lisa....

Lisa is exactly what my daughter needed, an instructor who provides positive and constructive feedback. My daughter had a pretty harsh Choir Teacher, and she wore her confidence level down. Lisa has done a great job in bringing that back up. We had to stop lessons for now due to end of school activities, but I would highly recommend her.

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DustinD Apr 28, 2012
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she is a good teacher. if you tell her what you want to learn she will help you get there.

EmilyJ Mar 15, 2012
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i enjoy working with Lisa she's doing a good job

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