Lisa Cross
Rockwall, TX
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Lisa Cross

Lisa C.

Rockwall, TX
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Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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About Lisa C.

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 where I am background checked annually. 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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Suzanne F.
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Great experience. i was nervous and Lisa made me laugh and comfortable.

Posted Apr 6, 2020
lindsey
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Great first lesson! Very helpful and patient!

Posted Mar 16, 2020
Macklynn M.
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Lisa is so thorough and detailed, and really knows how to connect with the student the way they learn. Highly recommend!

Posted Feb 11, 2020
Juan L.
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My kids its very happy!

Posted Feb 4, 2020
Kristen
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She was very nice and went slow. She understood what I was confused about and went slow for me.

Posted Jan 26, 2020
Bridget A.
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Lisa is a beautiful woman, inside & out, and we loved meeting her! My daughter is encouraged and challenged, and she is absolutely looking forward to more lessons and more learning. Thank you!

Posted Aug 28, 2019
Brock
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Very patient, cheerful, attentive.

Posted Aug 12, 2019
Deborah Schleif
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Brock is very interactive with Lisa, enjoys lessons. She will not practice with me, grammy. Miss Lisa is a positive influence for Brock.

Posted Jul 19, 2019
Richard Agan
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Understood my time is limited
Very patient and willing to help

Posted Jun 25, 2019
Isabella M.
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Amazing teacher!!! First class my daughter asked to stay for extra time with Lisa.

Posted May 1, 2019
Abby
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Abby loves her first lesson and is looking forward to more.

Posted Apr 26, 2019
Isabella
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Lisa helped us get ready for a singing competition and was wonderful. I'm still growing into my voice potential and Lisa is helping with my journey. Thank You Lisa.
Bella

Posted Apr 10, 2019
Abby F.
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My daughter enjoyed the first lesson very much. She always wanted to sing for her personal enjoyment and loves the musical Les Miserables. She loved that she got to sing, "Think of me" with Ms Lisa. She loved the positive feedback and positivity as well.

Posted Nov 18, 2018
Edna
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My experience with Lisa has been amazing! I’ve learned so much in so little time, she’s patient, skilled, and great all around. I would recommend her to anyone!!

Posted Jul 4, 2018
Betsy
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Lisa is an awesome teacher and I am so thankful I came across her! I would have loved to continue lessons but my work season is picking up which leads me to travel to much. I would highly recommend Lisa, she is very skilled and knowledgeable as well as patient in teaching and fun to take lessons with!

Posted Apr 10, 2018
Leslie K.
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Lisa has a fun personality that puts my child at ease. She is also very knowledgeable and helpful and takes the time necessary to make sure my child understands.

Posted Mar 10, 2018
Paula
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I thoroughly enjoy my lessons with Lisa. She pushes me and encourages me to get out of my comfort zone and explains things in ways that I can understand and apply them. I am learning a lot and can already see improvement in my singing!

Posted Sep 21, 2017
Michelle M.
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Mrs. Lisa was absolutely a joy to work with. My granddaughter was visiting for a few days when she mentioned she would like guitar lessons. A few calls later we had lessons set up with Mrs. Lisa. Michelle was so excited when she finished her first lesson and said, "Mrs. Lisa is just like my Aunt Jenn.. She is sweet, kind, she encouraged me and made me feel like I could learn to play my guitar."
Thank you Mrs. Lisa...I believe you may have "hooked" her.

Posted Jul 29, 2017
Deborah
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Encouraging to an elderly person who never sings solo but wants to learn to sing better. . . . to develop better habits and stretch the range.

Posted Feb 23, 2017
Joey K.
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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.

Posted Feb 3, 2017
Tyler M.
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Great teacher! Wish she was close by😕

Posted Jan 11, 2017
Jeriel L.
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Lisa is very dedicated and makes class fun!

Posted Oct 26, 2016
Sharon
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Delightful, very helpful and very knowledgeable!!!

Posted Sep 10, 2016
Garret M.
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Both of my son's ages are 8 & 22 years, love Lisa. She's the real deal. Thanks Lisa.

Posted Sep 6, 2016
Valcus B.
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My son had an awesome time with Lisa. She makes learning fun!

Posted Sep 3, 2016
Hannah R.
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Lisa is so nice and friendly my daughter definitely wants to continue piano lessons

Posted Jul 20, 2016
Monica M.
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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. :)

Posted Jul 13, 2016
Abigail G.
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Lisa is great. We are so glad we found her. Abby is excited about learning from Lisa.

Posted Apr 7, 2016
Victoria G.
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Very enthusiastic and caring!

Posted Mar 31, 2016
Hannah Bishop
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Great teacher! Patient and fun.

Posted Mar 27, 2016
Clara B.

Wonderful and knowledgeable voice teacher.

Posted Mar 3, 2016
heather Moore

Such a great teacher! very positive and encouraging and is always smiling! I have learned a lot from her and recommend her to anyone.

Posted Mar 3, 2016
Sophia W.
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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.

Posted Feb 24, 2016
Karen L.
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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!

Posted Jan 21, 2016
Karen
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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.

Posted Jan 21, 2016
Chloe & Lily
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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.

Posted Jan 21, 2016
Mason Evans
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Lisa is a very knowledgeable teacher

Posted Jan 21, 2016
Mason Evans
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Good teacher..all ok.. Mason

Posted Jan 20, 2016
Irene C.
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Great teacher. So patient. Really worked well with my daughter who is very shy and introverted. I recommend her highly.

Posted Sep 1, 2015
Donna C.
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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.

Posted Aug 10, 2015
Karen L.
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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!

Posted Aug 9, 2015
Louise Bush
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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

Posted Aug 9, 2015
Angela C.
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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.

Posted Aug 9, 2015
stashia C.
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My daughter gained confidence and better vocal sound with Lisa's help!

Posted Aug 8, 2015
Vanessa D.
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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.

Posted Jun 12, 2015
Julie C.
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Lisa is very patient and encouraging. My daughter has developed in a short amount of time. Great teacher!

Posted Mar 18, 2015
Delores T.
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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.

Posted Oct 6, 2014
Larry A.

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.

Posted Apr 23, 2014
Taryn M.

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.

Posted Mar 4, 2014
Mirren M.

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!

Posted Mar 4, 2014
Donna C.

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.

Posted Feb 6, 2014
Irene C.

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.

Posted Oct 31, 2013
Angela C.

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!

Posted Mar 18, 2013
Marisol R.

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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!

Posted Feb 13, 2013
Maria G.

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.

Posted Jan 1, 2013
KarenB3

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

Posted Jul 13, 2012
SabrinaM

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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.

Posted Jun 23, 2012
LeaS

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.

Posted May 30, 2012
CandaceK1

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.

Posted May 25, 2012
RubenE

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.

Posted May 25, 2012
DustinD

she is a good teacher. if you tell her what you want to learn she will help you get there.

Posted Apr 28, 2012
EmilyJ

i enjoy working with Lisa she's doing a good job

Posted Mar 15, 2012

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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.
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.
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.
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.
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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