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About Dennis L.

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Van Nuys, CA
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About Dennis
Dennis Leeflang (drummer for former Guns N' Roses lead guitarist RON "BUMBLEFOOT" THAL) has recorded and toured with many great artists all over the globe, including 80's hard rock queen LITA FORD, DANGER DANGER vocalist TED POLEY, WITHIN TEMPTATION, EPICA, SUN CAGED, TIFFANY GIARDINA (Disney), SHANE GIBSON (KORN) and many more.

Dennis offers 20 years of teaching experience, working with students of all ages and playing levels and is featured on Dom Famularo's MODERN DRUMMER list of recommended international drum educators, as well as an official member of the D'Addario Education Collective.

Subjects include:
- hand technique
- foot technique
- limb coordination
- limb independence
- practical sight reading
- drum tuning tricks to make you sound better than other drummers!
- playing with a band
- GROOVE! (how to get that inf
amous "pocket" everyone always talks about!)
- creating drum parts to music
- creative expression
- inspiration (applying inspiration you get from other musicians into your playing)
- FUN!

Extensive experience teaching students of ALL ages and levels!

The aim of the lessons is to prepare beginning drummers to function in a band setting, as a team player, and to develop comfortable technique and creativity in order to express him/herself as a drummer freely. No matter what your ambitions are! Just wanna be able to jam with friends? Or become the next drumming sensation? We'll do it!
For intermediate to advanced drummers, Dennis offers additional interesting exercises and and inspiring concepts. No matter what your playing level is, there is always something to learn!

BEST RATES IN THE AREA! Many references available upon request (current and former students)!
FREE pair of Promark sticks for every new student!
Several package deals and special pricing promos available.

Other student benefits include big discounts on drum gear, free drum gear and accessories and free concert/drum clinic tickets.

CONVENIENT VAN NUYS LOCATION!!
Dennis is an official endorser of PAISTE cymbals, Q DRUM CO. drums, PROMARK drum sticks, EVANS drumheads, DRUMTACS and AHEAD ARMOR CASES.
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Polina February 27, 2016
· Drum · In studio
I started taking drum lessons at age 22 so I felt too old to begin learning how to play a new instrument. I'm so glad that Dennis was my teacher. He gave me confidence and encouragement to become the great drum player I am today. His methods of teaching are well rounded, his lesson plans are efficient and since day one he guaranteed I would be ready to play songs with a band in only 6 months. Indeed I started playing with several bands after 6 months of having lessons with Dennis. I highly recommend him as a drum teacher and mentor!
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KV February 11, 2016
· Drum · In studio
V patient w/beginners and provided excellent tips and encouragement. Would recommend to anyone starting out on drums or adding another instrument to their repertoire. Provided great insight that also helped in cross-training, if already playing another instrument.
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Marshal February 9, 2016
· Drum · In home
I've studied with several teachers over the years, but Dennis was the best. I was a novice and Dennis took me to the next level. I'm forever grateful.
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Dennis L.

Dennis L.

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About Danilo H.

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Warwick, RI
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About Danilo
Danilo is a multi-instrumentalist originally from Long Island, New York and currently based in Rhode Island. He has maintained an active and successful performing career as a member of the groups David Wax Museum, Debo Band, The Superpowers, Rubblebucket, Full Tang and Watchout Kompa.

Danilo studied classical trumpet performance at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, MA with members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra (Peter Chapman, Steve Emery) as well as percussion and drums with other esteemed faculty members (Rakalam Bob Moses, Jamey Haddad). In addition to his conservatory training, Danilo has studied traditional West African drumming at the Dagbe Cultural Center in Kopeyia, Ghana.

Danilo has performed at many of the premier venues and festivals throughout North America including: Bonnaroo, New Orleans Jazz Festi
val, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Bumbershoot, Montreal Jazz Festival, Montana Folk Festival, Globalfest, SXSW and Luminato.

Education has long been a passion for Danilo and he has been teaching private music lessons as well as instruction in the Boston public schools for years. Danilo teaches all levels and ages. His students value his patience and ability to find an inspiring path to discovery for each individual. Danilo has also shown himself to be very effective in the classroom setting. He has been a general music teacher in the Boston Public School system as well as teaching master classes and clinics at music schools and universities around the country.

In January 2014, Danilo was invited as a guest artist and educator at the Afghanistan National Institute of Music in Kabul where he taught and performed for young afghan music students.

Danilo considers his success as a performer to be in a direct relationship with the success of his teaching and he aims to spread to the joy of music making and appreciation as wide as possible.

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My teaching style is relaxed and supportive while always aiming to increase the knowledge of the student. My strong technical background combined with a deep sense for wide-ranging musical styles allows me to find what inspires a student initially, and use their interests and strengths to lead them to new discovery and technical efficiency.

Private study covers technical aspects of the instrument, including body awareness as well as reading, theory and musical expression and improvisation.

While each individual learns at a different pace, I strive to point out the progress my students have made because I find this recognition of achievement, no matter how small, is essential in a student's continued love of studying music.

*** Studio Equipment ***
lessons in dedicated music room with all instruments and equipment; upright piano, drum set and percussion.
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Priscilla C. December 13, 2017
· Drum · In studio
Danilo is a really great drum teacher. Challenging, but also meets you at what ever level you're at. When limbs don't know how to rally together for a new thing, he's a very good cheerleader until it comes together or helps make it make sense to break through that wall. Enjoys good music too. Super recommend.
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Charles June 4, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Great teacher. Fills me with confidence. Also it is awesome and inspiring to hear him play.
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Lynn May 2, 2017
· Piano · In home
Danilo is great! He adjusts each weeks lesson to adapt to my needs. Patient, easy going, and very knowledgeable about what I need to work on and giving me exercises to work on between lessons. Highly recommend!
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Danilo H.

Danilo H.

Warwick, RI 02889
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About Evan P.

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Aurora, CO

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Education, Certificates, and Training

Evan was awarded a Bachelor’s Degree in Piano Performance from the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music in 2011. He studied piano performance with Steven Mayer and David Genova. He is a certified Suzuki Piano Instructor. Mr. P. is a classically trained musician, and provides classical training for his students.

Awards, Certificates, and Professional Memberships

Awarded “Recital of Distinction” by the Lamont School of Music in 2010
Awarded a membership in Pi Kappa Lambda in 2011
Member of Music Teacher’s National Association
Member of Suzuki Association of the Americas

Performance Experience

Performed Rhapsody in Blue with the Aurora Symphony Orchestra in 2010
Two Recitals at the Newman Center in 2010 and 2011
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Nancy August 8, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Evan is a very good teacher. My son enjoys his lessons and is excited to learn piano.
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Dee Huntington March 5, 2016
· Piano · In home
Evan is devoted to excellence!
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Wiktoria September 24, 2015
· Piano · In studio
Evan Pilate is very professional about teaching music. He presents himself to the student in a professional manner
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Evan P.

Evan P.

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About Stan M.

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Coventry, RI

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Hi! I am a private music instructor offering lessons both in-studio and online. I hold a Bachelor of Music Degree from Berklee College of Music (Summa cum Laude) and I have over 36 years' full-time experience as an instructor.

I also have over four decades of experience as a professional jazz, rock, and theater musician. My experience has taken me from nightclubs to concert stages, as well as television studios, radio stations, and many recording studios.

Finally, I am a published author with several titles dedicated to helping musicians becoming the best they can be.

**** MY TEACHING STYLE ****

My teaching style is often referred to as laid-back, gentle, informative, and very supportive. My focus is on enrichment, encouragement, and results.

I don't work with “one-size-fits-all” methods. Each lesson is customized to mak
e the most of each student's own unique abilities, limitations, preferences, and interests. Whether students prefer, or do better with, traditional materials, playing/singing along with their favorite recordings, improvisation, or anything in between, I am more than happy to accommodate and bring out each student’s best!

I teach real music -- students begin playing music they love almost from day-one. For example, many of my piano and guitar students pride themselves on learning to play every song on the Beatles One album ... playing right along with the CD! Reading, playing by ear, improvisation (jamming), singing while you play ... there are so many ways to play and avenues to explore in music.

**** MY STUDIO ****

My studio is spacious (very spacious – no cubicles here!), well-appointed, and very quiet. Unlike music stores and multi-lesson facilities, there are no other lessons on the premises, no drummers going crazy on the other side of the wall. This means students can concentrate better and learn faster. There is also plenty of room for parents and siblings who may wish to sit in on lessons.

**** STYLES / GENRES ****

I believe that students make the most progress learning music they love and I am very happy to teach every student the style of music he or she loves most.

My most requested genres are: pop, rock, country, blues, classic rock, jazz, and classical. Some students arrive knowing exactly what they want, but most are happy to explore various styles that interest them in search of the perfect fit. It is not at all uncommon for a student to spend part of their lesson polishing up a Beethoven piece or jazz standard, then finish up playing the chords to “Hotel California” along with the CD. Another student might start off their lesson learning a Taylor Swift hit, then move over to doing some blues improvisation. Variety is a wonderful thing and it is highly encouraged!

**** MY STUDENTS ****

Over the years, I have taught students from four years old to eighty-somethings. I’ve taught absolute beginners (most of my students start from square-one), hobbyists, seasoned professionals, even a Grammy nominee and a Grammy winner! Many of my young students have gone on to perform in school bands / jazz bands and/or professionally. In all cases, they acquire a skill that will last for a lifetime and provide joy, enrichment, and satisfaction.

Do you have a song or two in your heart. Contact me today and I will help you reach your musical goals and have a good time doing it!
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Rhinda C. March 1, 2018
· Guitar · Online
I have just started guitar lessons with Stan and the lessons are going very well. It's exciting to be learning note reading which is something I have always wanted to do. Stan is thorough and clear in his instructions and I look forward to each lesson. I feel lucky to have Stan as my teacher.
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Samuel K. September 30, 2017
· Singing · In home
Stan is very knowledgeable about singing, and he teaches more than just voice lessons. It seems like he looks for the best in you as an artist, and try to take it to another level. I'm a new student of his, and it's been great so far. Looking forward to the weekly lessons.
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Cullen June 1, 2017
· Blues Guitar · In studio
Stan is obviously both knowledgeable and talented but he is also a very good teacher and will tailor your lessons not only to your ability but also to your own personal goals

Stan has my highest recommendation
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Stan M.

Coventry, RI 02816
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About Kyle B.

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Providence, RI
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I don't just teach students how to play an instrument, I teach students important creative techniques for developing musical skills. Making music is a life skill that helps children and adults of all ages realize, develop, and utilize their expressive and creative talents. In my studio, I focus on the union of music theory, history, and performance no matter the piece! Whether you'd like to play the theme from "Jeopardy" or how to analyze the distinctive components of a sonata form, I can help you acheive your musical goals!
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Kayla (daughter) June 10, 2018
· Clarinet · In home
Overall, he's a fantastic teacher! My daughter always comes out of lessons with a smile on her face. He's inspired her to work hard and go from 10 minutes a day of practicing-- what her beginning band teacher prescribed, to 30 minutes to an hour. Kayla and I are both very thankful for the quality of his lessons as well as the motivation he gives her! Thank you!
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Ben August 9, 2017
· Saxophone · In studio
Kyle gave me a few lessons during my college woodwinds methods class on the sax. As a pianist attempting to learn a wind instrument Kyle's advice and time were a HUGE help to a total beginner like myself. He definitely knows the sax inside and out and without his help my sax test grades in woodwinds would have been considerably lower than what they were. I definitely encourage any students looking for a sax teacher to choose Kyle because of his extensive knowledge on the instrument and approachable nature.
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Jordan July 29, 2017
· Saxophone · In studio
Kyle has helped me with some very difficult passages in my solo repertoire! Incredibly helpful! I made a lot of progress in little times.
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Kyle B.

Kyle B.

Providence, RI 02908
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About Vince W.

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East Providence, RI

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Hi, my name is Vince. I’m a professional guitarist, producer and recording engineer. Since studying guitar and music production at Berklee College of Music, I've been splitting my time between recording and touring with my band Bent Knee; and mixing, producing, and teaching from home.

As a guitar teacher, I’ve taught in many contexts; working for a small music studio working mostly with beginners between 5-12, and teaching from home and online with adult students. While I was at Berklee I studied guitar with some of the best  guitar players/musicians playing today, including David Tronzo (Club D’Elf, Medeski, Martin & Wood), and Dave Fiuczynski (Screaming Headless Torsos, Hiromi). In addition to guitar exercises, I work with my students on ear training and understanding musical harmony to help them be better musicians.

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your interest in my profile! I hope to get the chance to work with you.
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Courtney April 27, 2018
· Guitar · Online
I really enjoyed my lesson with Vince. He made some really great analogies that helped me with musical concepts, and gave me some really great pointers and exercises to improve my playing. Thanks!
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Carissa March 8, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Dependable , patient and great with teaching our 10 yr old son.
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Lara March 5, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Vince worked with my 5 year old son on guitar. He helped him to learn some basic tunes to get him started with playing, while also working on some of the fundamentals of music. We only ended our lessons because of his touring. I would definitely recommend Vince.
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Vince W.

Vince W.

East Providence, RI 02914
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$34 / 30-min

About Candace A.

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Bristol, RI

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About Candace
Do you want to have fun? AND learn piano? Then I am the piano teacher for YOU! I've learned tricks of the trade, secrets of playing (that I'll only share with my students) and have lots of great ideas of how to help you achieve your goals.

The process of learning to play piano, or continuing to improve your skills, can be just as much fun as the end result!

We've all read how good for the brain playing piano is...using left and right sides...concrete and abstract...but let's not forget the FUN factor! I'm lucky to be able to do what I do and I can help you be so lucky, too!

I took piano lessons for 19 years and can play (and teach) classical, pop, rock, jazz, theory and composition. I've been teaching piano to students from 3 years old to 85 and they've all enjoyed themselves.

I've also had quite a bit of experience in teach
ing people with a variety of special needs. There is so much benefit to learning and playing the piano for all of us, but you can only imagine how great it is for people who have special needs.

Teaching piano is my passion and I'm excited to share it with everyone.
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Eliza June 19, 2018
· Piano · In studio
I started lessons with Candy in early elementary school and continued through high school. The skills I learned in piano lessons were foundational for all my music skills as I later learned to play the flute, and majored in voice in college. After 13 years as a professional music educator myself I know that the skills learned at Candy’s piano, both musical skills and teaching technique were formative for me professionally and personally. She is positive, patient, encouraging and committed to determining the learning styles of her student. Given the option, I would give her more than 5 stars.
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Kerry January 23, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Candy is sweet as sweet can be! She has always been so patient with my daughter who has some physical limitations as well as sensory issues. When time came for the recital, Candy gave her the confidence she needed to get up and play in front of all those people. My daughter won't ever play piano with me she, but always enjoys going to play with Miss Candy!
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Gideon January 5, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Over the almost three years that I have been taking lessons with Candy, I have learned many new things about playing piano. She always makes it a positive experience and not only has me play the songs from the book, but also lets me learn some songs that I choose. Also, she is funny and always makes me laugh. Overall I would rate Candy 5 stars without question.
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Candace A.

Candace A.

Bristol, RI 02809
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About Dave L.

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Cranston, RI

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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.
I’m now taking new students in the Rhode Island area. Hope to hear from you!

Dave
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Dave L.

Dave L.

Cranston, RI 02920
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$32 / 30-min

About Kelsey F.

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Warwick, RI

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I am a violinist, graduating with a B.A at Rhode Island College. I am currently pursuing a Master's degree from the Univerity of Rhode Island. I have played in various ensembles around Rhode Island and Massachusetts. I have also played many weddings and other formal events around the area. I have been teaching for two and a half years, teaching all ages and experiences! My goal is to make my lessons with students both fun and engaging!
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Anupriya May 12, 2018
· Violin · In home
excellent teacher
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Kelsey F.

Kelsey F.

Warwick, RI 02886
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About Angela L.

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Providence, RI
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I am an enthusiastic college student that is hoping to share my love and passion for music! I have played the piano (and the flute) for fourteen years, and have given private lessons to kids in my neighborhood for the past few years. I am excited to work with people of all ages who are eager to learn more about music, regardless of your level of proficiency. I can help a beginner learn their way around a keyboard and music theory, or help a more advanced student develop their technique. I am classically trained, which really is useful in developing a solid foundation. I am willing to travel to your location and make the music creating process as fun and easy as possible! I look forward to hearing from you!
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Angela L.

Angela L.

Providence, RI 02906
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