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About Melissa M.

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Melissa specializes in the Alfred Series for piano and My First Piano Adventure for young students. This approach focuses on ear training and reading music. Custom exercises and choice of material is based on the student's level and field of study. Lessons are scheduled at the student's convenience as per availability. Frequency and length of lessons is based on the students needs.

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WHAT TO EXPECT
When meeting with a student for the first time we always discuss his or her needs or goals. After that, we get into the foundation of building technique, starting with posture. Next, the student is assigned breathing exercises to practice. These exercises are structured to energize the body and manage the breath. Every single student learns about appoggio. This is the term used for the process of suspending exhalation while keeping the torso in the position of inhalation by using the transverse abdominis and obliques. Students also learn that the action of the diaphragm is involuntary, therefore the exercises in which we engage are in place to have command over physical activity that we can control.

A TYPICAL VOICE LESSON
After posture and breathing are addressed the students begin to learn how to produce tone,
which encompasses the vocal onset and the closure of the vocal folds. Students realize that proper breath management and producing tone go hand in hand. The ideal that the student and I work towards is a balance between superfluous air flow and and pressed pressure. This concept leads to a clean onset in which the edges of the vocal folds cleanly come together and stay closed during singing.

Students also learn how to negotiate and coordinate the vocal registers. This means that every student who walks into my studio learns where and what the larynx is. It is my job to be a second set of ears to help the student optimize his or her tone quality by maximizing vocal resonance. This concept may be different across genres, however every student learns how to begin coordinating the vocal process.

HOW I TEACH
My aim as a teacher of voice is to be flexible and innovative, and provide students with a clear and honest assessment. I strive to explain to each singer exactly how to complete a task, whether maintaining the position of inhalation or correcting posture. In lessons, I refrain from being demonstrative so that the student can find his or her own unique sound without attempting to copy my sound. I use this method so that the student learns how to be her own teacher. This way, the student will be able to identify and correct her own vocal problems. When I am not present, the student will have confidence in her skills and can make educated corrections in practice, rehearsals, and in performances.

TECHNIQUE
Throughout the course of lessons, it is my job to identify the most effective resonating space for the student and give her the skills to maintain that space. It is through the combination of effective breath management using appoggio and flow-phonation that the student becomes most efficient. Finding the most efficient technique for the student involves discovering the proper laryngeal position for the student’s voice type and by practicing continuity through all of the registers.

As all of the aspects of technique are being built in the studio, it is my job to ensure that I am building a musician. This means that I go over how the student needs to learn a piece and how to perform a piece. Often times with young students, they do not have the musical skills to teach themselves the pieces assigned. Sometimes the voice teacher’s job is to “plunk out the notes.” I highly encourage my students to take piano lessons and to use technology resources to aid them in building musicianship so they feel confident reading music. This process takes time, but it is the first step in building a competent performer.

MY GOALS
I always cater to the students tastes while still meeting requirements, if any. I believe that this fosters joy and excitement in music. My goal as a voice teacher not only involves building a good singer, but creating a performer. I make sure that I not only find performing opportunities for my students, but also I create them. Every semester I hold a studio recital for my students to perform their repertoire in front of an audience. In the Fall of 2015 I founded a local opera company in order to bring classical music to the community. My students made up the chorus of Handel’s Messiah that we performed that December. In addition, I have invited my students to participate in the church choir I direct every week. I believe that learning how to sing must take place in the studio, but the most important thing that I can do as a teacher is to make sure that the student knows how to transfer the skills learned in the classroom to real-world performing experiences.

APPROACH
I believe in a holistic approach to teaching, which involves connection to the text and acting. Though I cover many of these aspects in the studio, it is extremely beneficial for students to go outside of the studio and engage in physical courses such as yoga, Alexander technique, acting and dance. I personally engage in these activities to relate to my students and to be able to explain how we need to engage the body in singing. I also encourage my students to have coachings with other professionals to gain more insight into their repertoire.

Not every student who comes to my studio wants to sing opera. Many students want to sing in choir, in church, or just for fun. Overall, I always come from a place of acceptance and non judgement. Every voice is unique and I strive to help my students not only reach their goals, but surpass them.

ABOUT ME
I have been teaching voice and piano since 2010. Not only an avid teacher, I have performed in music festivals all over the world including The American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria, Accademia Europa dell’Opera in Lucca, Italy, Angel Vocal Art in Los Angeles, CA, Russian Opera Workshop in Philadelphia, PA, and Highlands Opera Studio in Haliburton, Ontario. I have also performed with companies including Opera San Jose, The Napa Valley Music Association, The San Francisco Youth Chamber Orchestra, Opera on the Spot, and The Solano Chamber Society.

I earned my Doctorate of Musical Arts in Vocal Performance, Pedagogy, and Literature from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA with Kevin McMillan. During my time in Harrisonburg, I founded Harrisonburg Opera Theatre and was the church choir director at Sunnyside Retirement Community Meredith Chapel.
I completed my Post-Graduate Artist Diploma in Voice at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music under the tutelage of acclaimed opera singer, Deborah Voigt. While in San Francisco, I interned in the Education Department of San Francisco Opera and taught Kindergarten and First grade music with the San Francisco Conservatory in the Schools mentor-ship program. I also received a full scholarship to attend the Rubin Institute for Music Criticism.

I earned my Masters of Fine Arts in Vocal Performance from the University of California, Irvine at the Claire Trevor School of the Arts where she sang the National Anthem for President Barack Obama at the school’s 50th Anniversary Celebration. At UC Irvine, I received critical acclaim for my portrayal of Euridice in Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice, and as the Soprano in Pergolesi's Stabat Mater.

I specialize in the Alfred Series for piano and My First Piano Adventure for young students. This approach focuses on ear training and reading music. Custom exercises and choice of material is based on the student's level and field of study. Lessons are scheduled at the student's convenience as per availability. Frequency and length of lessons is based on the students needs.

Young voice students are taught general concepts, music theory, and ear training. After the voice is more mature, advanced and serious vocal study can be pursued. Melissa's students receive a well-rounded training in the style of their choice: Classical, Popular, Musical Theatre, and Jazz.

I emphasize solid technique, posture, breathing, and control, in addition to music fundamentals.
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Roger November 6, 2018
· Classical Voice · In studio
Love Dr. M! I've wanted to take voice lessons forever but I have been hesitant due to my lack of experience. Dr. M not only made me feel comfortable but also confident in the voice that I have. She's personal and warm but also very professional. She never gets frustrated with obstacles I face in my lessons; instead she helps ways to overcome them.

I've never left a lesson feeling disappointed with my ability, something I experienced with other voice teachers. I feel confident in my voice and I owe that all to Melissa. For instance, during one lessons I was feeling a little off. Rather than getting frustrated she helped me focus on great ways to approach singing when not feeling your best. Dr. McCann rocks!

If you are looking for a voice teacher new or experienced I would definitely recommend Dr. McCann. Top notch lessons and overall awesome woman!
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Kassondra November 5, 2018
· Classical Voice · Online
Dr. M. is a phenomenal teacher who does a great job customizing her lessons to the needs of the student. She has helped me make amazing progress with my voice, and just as importantly has helped me gain the confidence to be able to sign.

Her lessons are fun, effective, and very positive. All of which help the student learn more and get more out of the lesson. I highly recommend Dr. M. as a teacher to anyone (at any level) who is interested in becoming a better singer.
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Isabel November 5, 2018
· Classical Voice · In studio
I recommend Melissa as a voice teacher! She has a very easy going personality and gets along great with my 11 year old daughter. She got to know my daughter personally, and chooses music to fit her personality. She is very easy to work with and extremely knowledgeable as a voice teacher. My daughter has definitely made progress over the last two years!
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About Darrell V.

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Piano and electronic keyboard

About Darrell
Why these lessons are different:
- Formally trained conductor/composer/producer
- Individual or group session options including full band production
- A long roster of satisfied clients
- Broad base of musical styles (rock, classical, jazz, blues, metal, bluegrass, folk, theater, big band, symphonic, pop, punk, country, march, gospel, avant-garde...)
- Over 20 yrs teaching experience and work with recognized professionals including work in some of the top-rated private schools in the United States
- Over 30 years performing experience

Instrument-specific instruction:
- Voice
- Guitar [Spanish, acoustic, electric]
- Electric Bass
- Piano/Keyboard
- Woodwinds [specializing in saxophones]
- Percussion
- Brass & Bowed Strings [performance preparation only]

My process is based on (but does not adhere strictly to
) the Classical approach to Western tonal harmony and asks that the students develop certain fundamentals of technique and theory. In my experience, this structure creates the strongest foundation for pupils to build the rest of their musical lives on, whether professionally or solely for personal enjoyment. All of my students are on the fast track to studying music theory. Whatever level they are at when I start with them, I guide their efforts into bringing the students up to a certain level of comprehension regarding the mathematical aspects of music and how it relates to their instruments. This understanding of theoretical principles of sound allows the students to play any style of music they wish, no matter how their tastes may change throughout their lives.

Curriculum Gradation:
Elements of rhythm
Elements of pitch
Elements of dynamics
Elements of articulation
Reading/Writing notation
Tone development
Finding/Expanding your range
Dexterity, speed, and accuracy
How to project
How to advance to the next level
Music theory
Playing by ear
Improvisational techniques
Finding your signature style
Expression/Lyricism
Composition/Arrangement
Project Management
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Trien B. March 4, 2019
· Piano · In home
Darrelia a good teacher. He is very knowledgeable and fun to work with. We would like to book him for a next 5 weeks.
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Harvill W. February 18, 2019
· Singing · In studio
Gave detailed assignments/homework to help learn reading script music. Great insight into stumbling blocks to avoid. Measured my effective voice range. Easy to get along with and very encouraging to a basic beginner. I told him I understand why his students gave him rave reviews.
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George July 20, 2018
· Arrangement and Composition · In home
Just completed another project with Dr D and I'm always impressed with his work ethic. His arrangement and production skills are top notch.
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About Evelyn L.

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Los Angeles, CA
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A conservatory trained pianist, Evelyn makes piano playing a rewarding experience. It is in her firm belief that anyone can play the piano, but to play it well requires proper guidance in both fundamentals and artistry.

In addition to piano, she also teaches music theory and aural musicianship. She has guided many students through ABRSM, Certificate of Merit (MTAC) and AP Music Theory.

About Evelyn
Evelyn is a conservatory-trained classical pianist, who enjoys working with students of all levels and ages. Born in Korea and raised in the United States, Evelyn has placed at numerous piano competitions, and has performed throughout the United States, Asia, and Europe.

Evelyn is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Piano Performance at the University of Southern California. She previously studied at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and the Eastman School of Music, and her teachers include Bernadene Blaha, Yoshikazu Nagai, and Enrico Elisi.
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Rick January 6, 2019
· Classical Piano · In studio
Evelyn is a fantastic teacher
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Jillian K. October 9, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Evelyn is very sweet and encouraging and made my first lesson so much fun. After my seven year hiatus from studying piano, she quickly assessed my strengths and weaknesses and created an action plan. She assigned beautiful pieces and really crammed a lot into an hour session. Feeling very excited to continue working with her.
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Aissulu June 19, 2018
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About Josh M.

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Menlo Park, CA
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Fun, interesting, and quirky, but completely personalized to you and your goals. We'll work on your sound, your touch, and your connection to the piano. We'll discuss and develop your technique while solidifying your musical style. We'll have fun, we'll laugh, but ultimately you'll grow a lot. This is an upbeat, encouraging, but fast-paced learning environment. You'll come away exciting about the piano, excited to practice, and feeling like you've learned a lot--all while having loads of fun!

About Josh
I'm a prize winning pianist and a music enthusiast. I started piano at age 5 and started winning competitions at age 10. I've won prizes at the local and national level. Ultimately though, I'm just passionate about all-things piano and would love to share my passion with you.

My background is in the Taubman technique, having spent 12 years working with one of Dorothy Taubman's personal students. However, whatever your technical background, I'm excited to help you find more freedom, power, and passion in your playing!
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Lavanya K. September 27, 2018
· Piano · In home
Josh is patient and extremely knowledgeable teacher! Had a great first class. Looking forward for my next lesson.
Overall he is supercool !

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Emiliano September 13, 2018
· Piano · In home
My son is so happy with Josh!
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Maegan B. June 4, 2018
· Piano · In home
I've had a great experience with Josh. He's an incredibly skilled player and fantastic teacher. He's helped me improve my technique in a very short amount of time and has done a great job pushing me to challenge myself. Highly recommend him!
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About Dave L.

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Cranston, RI
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I am a private music instructor for voice and piano for all ages. My students range from ages 5 to 85. I believe in engaging my students by creating a curriculum (including technical training) focused around their own personal musical interests. This way they look forward to practicing each week and make incredible progress!

About Dave
My name is Dave and I’m an international pianist/singer with over twenty years experience. Music is my life and I love to share my knowledge with others. Learning an instrument is great in so many ways: it improves self confidence, helps brain development and inspires creativity.
What song have you always wanted to learn? Or what songs do your kids sing in the car? You are never too young or too old to start learning about music.
Hope to hear from you!

Dave
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Jan P. January 29, 2019
· Piano · In studio
Enjoyed the first lesson! Dave's guidance was clear and helpful.
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About Christine W.

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Kingston, RI

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My name is Christine and I am a piano performance major at University of Rhode Island. I am a classical pianist, very advanced in music theory and I can also read sheet music very well and fast. I have been playing piano for 16 years and taught by various professors from Hong Kong, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. I also have intermediate knowledge in jazz piano and would be able to teach that as well.
I like to be able to expand your music knowledge as well as making you a better pianist. In order to expand your knowledge, I will teach you various things in music theory that will help you have a better understanding of what you are playing. Music theory is part of the lesson, so please don't be alarmed that you aren't playing piano for the entire lesson.
If you allow me, I will do to the best of my ability to fulfill your musical potential.

About Christine
Hi! I am Christine. I am a very goal-oriented person and I believe that practice makes perfect. I am a professional pianist who is currently focusing on classical but I can play or teach any genre.

I have worked with vocalists, chamber ensembles, to a full orchestra and many more. I started playing piano at a young age of 5, and discovered a sincere passion for this instrument being taught by world-class musicians. As I grew older, I grew a much deeper appreciation into the theory which has allowed me to understand music SO MUCH MORE! I would love to share my skills and knowledge with you, hoping to make you the best player you can be and develop the passion that I have developed for the piano.

My availability is very flexible, however, I can commute to anywhere reasonable in order to teach you. For intermediate to advanced pianists
, a binder is required to each and every lesson.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. Thank you and I look forward to meeting and working with you.
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Manabu August 31, 2018
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Christine is very friendly with a bubbly personality! I don't know her teaching, but she is a very good pianist.
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Rebecca July 28, 2018
· Piano · In home
Christine played piano in my graduate composition recital. She is an excellent pianist, sight reader, and accompanist. I think a student at any level would benefit from her teaching.
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William July 26, 2018
· Music Theory · In home
Christine is very knowledgeable, sharing her insights and education from URI.
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About Caroline E.

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Brooklyn, NY
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I like to focus on cultivating a love for music in my lessons! Too often, I have heard adults tell stories of giving up on music lessons at an early age, just because they didn't enjoy it! I think every kid learns differently, and creating a lifetime passion for music is the most important part of beginner lessons!

About Caroline
Hi, I'm Caroline! I love to sing, write songs, play the piano, saxophone, and a little guitar! I recently graduated from the Frost School of Music in Miami, where I got my degree in Songwriting and Music Entrepreneurship. My favorite classical composer is Chopin, but I am a huge musical theater nerd, and love to learn Broadway songs on the piano!
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Viktoria M. January 18, 2019
· Piano · In home
Caroline was great- my daughter really enjoyed her lesson, and is inspired to learn piano most importantly :)
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Luca A. September 6, 2018
· Piano · In home
Caroline was great. She was punctual, patient, engaging and had whole bag of tricks to keep a distract-able 6year old on task.
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About David G.

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Piano should be fun! I've taught for 10 years all ages and abilities. We choose songs that student is interested in a. Any genre that he/she is passionate about. I include some exercises and theory based around the songs we are working on. This makes it easier to memorize , read and understand music. It is like reading notes as words rather than a jumble of dots. I love jazz and classical and have toured domestically/internationally with pop acts.

About David
Classical, Jazz, Pop, R&B. Anything you are interested in! I include a variety of activities during the lesson that help keep it engaging and develop a complete understanding of the piece. This includes some light ear training, theory and exercises which can all be tapered to ability and repertoire. I have been performing for 17 years and teaching for 10. I enjoy working with all age groups and have lots of experience with younger students.
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About Nicholas H.

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Sherman Oaks, CA
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Experienced professional pianist/keyboardist, specializing in teaching the techniques real, working musicians use when they play. All ages and levels of experience welcome. What I teach is a simple, direct, and accessible way of looking at music that takes it off of the page and into the student's ears and fingers. My students learn not only to play in their genre of choice (be it Classical, Jazz, etc.), but also how that knowledge enables them to transition to another genre if they so desire. In the process they also how to sight-read and improvise. Please send me a message if you would like more information! I would love to hear from you.

About Nicholas
I am a professional pianist/keyboardist. I graduated from Brown University with a degree in Music. I grew up in New York and Los Angeles.

I've worked extensively as an accompanist, booking regular jobs at the Tony-winning Trinity Repertory Company, Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Rockwell Table and Stage, as well as solo cabaret shows for such actors as Marilu Henner (Taxi, Chicago on Broadway).

I have also done work for a number of LA's top wedding band agencies, such as West Coast Music and Downbeat LA. I perform both as a keyboardist for the main reception, where I play pop synthesizer, and am often al the pianist for the cocktail reception or ceremony.

It is the breadth and variety of my experience that makes me a good piano teacher. I am proficient in a just about every genre of music, having had to play
it at some point or another. I approach music the way a professional musician has to: efficiently. Learning to play piano does not mean making music more complicated, it means making it simpler.
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Shawn January 30, 2019
· Piano · In home
I started working with Nick about 3 years ago, I had taken piano lessons when I was kid, but nothing stuck l. Nick brought me back to basics, he was really patient, really funny, and he really knows what he's talking about. Highly recommend.
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About John J.

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Waltham, MA

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I've been providing private piano and voice lessons in my student's own homes for over 15 years. I provide all materials to my students. I have taught students of all ages and abilities in an authentic, caring, nurturing way. I appreciate and teach music as a therapeutic and cognitive activity.

About John
John M. Jannis received his Bachelor's of Arts in Music degree from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth and his Master’s Degree from Bridgewater State University. He has lead liturgical music in parishes from Martha’s Vineyard to Rhode Island. He has taught private piano and voice study for over 10 years to individuals and groups from elementary schools to the elderly. He is currently music director at Saint Elizabeth Seton Parish in North Falmouth, Massachusetts where he plays the organ and directs the choirs. He continues to learn and inspire others in their own musical journey. He is now working on writing the next album which will contain more spiritual works.

John M. Jannis has dedicated his life to touching the spirit of others through the power of music. John began his musical journey when he was only six years old, firs
t learning piano then later teaching himself to play the organ. Furthering his education, John earned his B.A. in Music from UMass Dartmouth before going on to achieve his Master of Music Education degree from Bridgewater State University. John began to “Sing to God Joyfully” at the age of fifteen when he became an organist for the churches of Martha’s Vineyard. He has since taken on roles of varying degrees with numerous churches across the New England region, leading him to his current role of Director of Music at St. Elizabeth Seton in North Falmouth, MA. After the masses have been celebrated, John continues to spread the joy of music through his profession as a private music teacher. With students ranging from young children to the elderly, he continues to inspire and be inspired as he helps them along their own musical journey.

“St. Augustine once said, ‘He who sings, prays twice.’ So let us pray!” ~ John M. Jannis
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Kara March 17, 2019
· Piano · In home
John is an amazing Piano Teacher and person. His positive energy is contagious. His ability to connect with his students so they are absorbing the informations is perfect. I highly recommend John as a piano teacher for any level of learning. My son is 17 and he is very appreciative of John. We are so thankful we found him a couple of years ago!
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Gwen March 16, 2019
· Piano · In home
John Jannis is a wonderful teacher. He is kind , patient, and willing to adapt his teaching methods to his individual student's level of ability and knowledge! I highly recommend John Jannis to anyone interested in either beginning or continuing their musical journey.
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Chris March 16, 2019
· Classical Voice · In studio
John was extremely encouraging and patient with my efforts to revive my singing after a 50 year hiatus. I strongly recommend him to anyone who is eager to sing but is a bit unsure of their ability
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