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Richmond, Virginia is known for its diverse musical contribution to American culture. From Piedmont blues and country to urban and rock, Virginia’s state capital is known in the region for having talents such as Tim Barry, D’Angelo, Lamb of God and the River City Gang. With such a blend of musical talent, it’s no wonder that this college town is one of the best breeding grounds for aspiring and popular musicians.

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Clarence P.

Richmond, VA

About Clarence

Clarence P. saw one of his older friends playing a trombone in elementary school band and became intrigued with wanting to play it also. He approached his father about renting one and thus began Clarence’s musical experience.

George Ross, a nationally renowned contra-bassoonist was his first music instructor.

After elementary school, Clarence continued to play trombone in middle school under the direction of Dave Williams a well-known woodwinds player in the swing jazz community. He became first chair and continued his musical experience in high school under Paul Cartwright, a cellist
in the Richmond Symphony Orchestra and Robert Momchilov. He also learned to play the baritone horn and was awarded a medal for outstanding musicianship his senior year. With the encouragement of both his parents and Mr. Momchilov, Clarence applied for and was accepted into the music program of Virginia Commonwealth University.

While at VCU, Clarence played with other bands and developed a desire to compose music. Because of this desire he also saw the value of learning and knowing the piano and began piano training. His instructors would say, “The better you play the better you will compose.” After achieving a Bachelors of Music Education Degree, Clarence attending Graduate School at Virginia Commonwealth University studying music composition and electronic music.

Clarence has been involved with a number of performing arts schools and programs, with the movie industry, gotten a couple of songs published in Nashville and the experience of being in a professional Nashville Studio and being around professional Nashville Musicians, and taught a number of students of all ages. A number have gone on to major in music. He continues to compose, teach, and is involved with video and audio recording.

Clarence has been blessed with a number of outstanding instructors who have taught him that hard work, persistence/repetition and the desire to do well leads to success. Also with instruction and learning, patience is an important attribute. He tries to pass these lessons on to his students and strives to be conscientious towards them as his instructors were to him. As his instructors us to tell him, “you have to pay your dues (do the work)” but also to give back as you have been blessed. Be open-minded and look for the best. There is beauty in all things and all types of music.

*** Lesson Details ***
I strive to be thorough with my lessons. I want students to enjoy taking lessons but to understand that doing things correctly will help them to achieve a lot faster and become better musicians. Technique is very important and encourage my students to develop good form and habits when playing and practicing. We all have gifts to develop and our reward is the development of those gifts by the work and time we devote to them.

I use Hanon to develop finger strength and technique and inform the students that it is a method that beginners to professionals can always use. Understanding the basic rudiments of music such as scales, intervals, triads, chords, keys is also taught. Books that help with the basics of reading music are used but I progress the students according to their abilities. Their progress depends on their practice. I always encourage them to enjoy what they are doing and to build upon what they accomplish.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I require the students to have a piano or a keyboard with piano- sized keys

*** Specialties ***
I am comfortable teaching classical piano. I believe that students should receive a strong foundation in music. When they develop strong skills, they can move on to other genres.
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Stephanie T. June 20, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Clarence has been teaching my daughter for over a year. He is a wonderful teacher who is soft-spoken, persistent and has the perfect amount of firmness (that she needs). He sets clear expectations, teaches the critical skills and leaves some time for my daughter to play what she enjoys. She really enjoys her lessons with him and I am amazed with how much she enjoys learning piano.
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Clarence P.

Clarence P.

Richmond, VA 23227
(1)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Sandra H.

Henrico, VA

About Sandra

I studied under Mr. Willis Ley at Ley Studio for eighteen years. She was an accompanist for the Heritage School of Dance for twelve years and also played for the School for the Richmond Ballet for One Year. Sandra was trained in contemporary, patriotic and classical music as well as music theory. She has taught children and adults piano both in their homes as well as in her home. She is an accomplished pianist who will give the student a rewarding and fulfilling experience in mastering the keyboard to their fullest potential and play any song for there own enjoyment and for the enjoyment
of others.

*** Lesson Details ***
As a teacher, I would work with the student on learning there favorite song. This would be a goal to set for the student for the first three months. They would be taught to do the scale with their right hand. They would learn there sharps and flats and the difference between the two key signatures. They would also learn during the first six months some of the basic terms in music theory. I would set goals, but never overwhelm the student, but work with them according to how much they could take in. They would have weekly assignments. If an assignment is not mastered during that time, then we would review it and carry it to the next week. When one assignment is mastered, then the student would work on the next. This would be a step by step processed. My goal for the student the first six months is to get that child or adult to be able to play their chords in their left hand, octaves and fillings in their right hand and know how to work the pedals. They would understand and know the key signatures and what timing they are playing in. The student would also know some of the basic music terms. Please keep in mind that this depends on how much information that the student can process. With some it could take a little bit longer. With others it would take less time.

*** Studio Equipment ***
f/w keyboard ("It's heavy, it was metal inside it!") w/ seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect payment on any music material that I purchase at the Music Store.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in Rock, Classical, Patriotic, Standard and Spiritual and also children's music for beginners. I do a wide range of music from the fifties up to today.
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Ping H. December 6, 2014
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Sandra has been a wonderful piano teacher for my daughter Ayn. Ayn started taking lessons from Sandra in April this year. Within the short period of time, she has made a lot of progress. Sandra is also a very caring person.

I highly recommend Sandra if you are looking for someone to teach piano.

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Ping
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Chidi A. November 24, 2014
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Sandra is patient with the kids and appears knowledgeable. I will recommend her for future students.
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Hidden Garnet C. July 3, 2014
Piano · In home
Sandra H. is a teacher you can rely on to encourage you to perform not only for yourself, but for an audience. I can't remember a lesson day when Ms. Sandra wouldn't tell me, once I had mastered a piece, to play for the church congregation, or to one of her colleagues' open recitals. One specific time, I was asked to play 3 songs for the congregation by someone who heard Ms. Sandra specifically praising my skill. I was told to form a group of 3 total, so I invited a friend and my brother to play the trumpet and the violin, respectively. Ms. Sandra was very encouraging and determined to assist in perfecting the pieces I would do within the week I had to prepare, and I'm certain that without the help, the performance would have been a complete, total disaster. She not only provided a teacher's support - helping me practice the correct rhythm and speed, to name the parts I had trouble with - she also gave me a friend's support, telling me not to allow stage-fright to consume my confidence before I even had a chance to start.

What can I say? She's a great teacher, and cares for her students beyond the borders of the musical world.
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Sandra H.

Sandra H.

Henrico, VA 23294
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starting at
$29 / 30-min
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Jeff H.

Richmond, VA

About Jeff

Jeff began playing guitar at the age of ten. His very first performance was in the fifth grade, performing in a rock band. In high school he sang in the concert choir, chamber ensemble and studied music theory piano and classical guitar. After high school, Jeff obtained a Bachelor and Masters Degree in Music Composition from Virginia Commonwealth University and continued classical guitar studies with Jesus Silva who studied with Andres Segovia. After graduating college, he directed the guitar program at J Sergeant Reynolds Community College for nearly a decade, receiving a faculty recogniti
on and achievement award for five or more years of outstanding service. Jeff currently performs with his own group called the Jeff H. trio, specializing in contemporary jazz performing at various venues and occasions.

Jeff’s music theory and teaching ability is extremely varied and ranges from classical to rock, blues to jazz. Some of his top skills are improvisational guitar techniques, which include sight-reading, understanding chord theory, and how to improvise melodically over various chord changes. Teaching by example and coaching students through performance is not only good practice, but a great confidence builder for the student.

Over the years, Jeff has developed a specific method of teaching that has proven to be extremely effective regardless of age or skill level. Jeff uses a three-pronged approach that focuses on music knowledge, method, and skills training. Through this method, students not only learn their instrument, but enjoy their lessons. This is key aspect for students to achieving their goals. Lastly but important is making the lesson fun and enjoyable for both the student and teacher.

*** Lesson Details ***
As a teacher, recognizing a students goals and creating a strategy to reach them applies to all levels of guitar playing. Jeff will evaluate each student’s abilities and skills and tailor the lessons appropriately. In general, Jeff has at least four approaches on how you may learn and process information: by example, analogy, hypothetical, and by written instruction. In addition to teaching things to students, another primary task of the teacher is to develop the strategy that will get the student where they want to go. The student will establish the goals and together student and teacher will stay focused on the result they want to achieve.

Jeff has been dedicated to music and the teaching of music at all educational levels. Teaching music teaches you to be human; it helps you recognize and appreciate beauty so you learn to be sensitive; music gives you something to cling to when all else fails; music helps you to have more love, more compassion, more gentleness, more good, in short more life. That is why Jeff teaches music.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Amps, stands, upright piano, lessons in front living room w/ seating for parents.

*** Specialties ***
My teaching methods are three pronged, to teach, coach and mentor all in one lesson. I take each student at whatever level they are at to assist in setting their goals and achievements. For example, as part of the mentoring segment i do encourage students to perform for each other, open mics and other performances to help give the student positive musical self esteem. I do teach in the areas of classical, jazz and blues with a concentration in contemporary jazz, jazz arranging, jazz theory and jazz transcriptions.
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CarlaH June 10, 2012
Jeff is a great teacher. He makes learning guitar and reading music fun, easy, and exciting. Jeff has great patience and experience in different genera's of music so, I am getting a variety of styles of music!
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EdY November 6, 2011
Jeff has been a great instructor! His patience, instruction, and quality have been remarkable. We could not have been set-up with a better instructor!
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Jeff H.

Jeff H.

Richmond, VA 23224
(2)
starting at
$29 / 30-min
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Connor T.

Richmond, VA

About Connor

I first fell in love with music at the age of 7 after hearing Led Zeppelin's "œBlack Dog". I soon after received my first guitar and started learning all of my favorite classic rock songs. Over time my tastes began to branch out to include all kinds of music from country to jazz. Knowing that I wanted to pursue a long-term career in music, I decided to choose a college with a strong music program, and received a bachelor's degree in music performance and jazz studies from Virginia Commonwealth University in May 2010.

As a jazz guitarist, I perform regularly in a variety of settings wit
h various ensembles. For the last several years I have played at various venues in the Richmond area, such as Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens, Tobacco Company restaurant, Havana 59, Maymont, and at private functions including weddings, receptions, wine tastings and private parties for such organizations as the MCV and VCU Alumni Association and the Science Museum of Virginia. I have also performed in professional pit orchestras for Christian Youth Theater, Richmond Triangle Players, and Theater IV/Virginia Rep. In addition, I compose and perform original tunes in various styles and instrumentation.

I love to listen to, play, and teach many styles of music ranging from classic rock to country, jazz, metal, classical, and pop. Since 2008, I have been teaching music professionally to all ages from 5 to 70. I teach all levels and styles of guitar, as well as beginner piano and beginner to intermediate level bass guitar.

*** Lesson Details ***
Music should be fun, therefore, I firmly believe that music lessons should be tailored to a student's interests, tastes, and goals as much as possible. If you want to learn pop, then I will gear your lessons toward pop. If you want to learn rock, then we will move in that direction from day one. I still focus on all of the basic techniques of playing, reading music, rhythm, and theory but never exclusively within the sometimes sterile pages of a method book. I will often challenge students by suggesting tunes or exercises that I think will be beneficial to their long-term development, but I also like for students to guide their own learning as much as possible so that they enjoy music above all. The lesson style and level of difficulty will vary depending on the student'™s prior experience and skill level.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Student should provide their own instrument, music stand, and amp (if necessary). I will provide my own guitar and amp and much of the music to be learned. Over time, students may be encouraged to purchase certain method books to further their progress.

*** Specialties ***
Specialize in jazz, rock, blues, and music theory. Experience in pop, classical music, country, bluegrass,metal, and funk.
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JeffJ May 15, 2012
My kid loves his lessons.

Connor has done a great job with our 9 year old. He is very patient and tries to make the lessons fun. Our son is even more interested in learning guitar since he started the lessons.
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AlbertT August 20, 2011
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i'm having a good time learning and Connor has been great at keepimg my inteest in mind,rhanks
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SeanD April 4, 2011
Connor is a great teacher! He has alot of patience and takes his time with the students.
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Connor T.

Connor T.

Richmond, VA 23235
(4)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Jonathan G.

Richmond, VA

About Jonathan

Professional musician since age 11 in NYC. Worked with the Coasters, Drifters, O'Jays, Platters & Temptations plus the Ringling Bros/Barnum & Bailey Circus before the age of 30. Earned a Bachelor's Degree in Music Performance with a minor in Jazz Studies from VCU in 1985. Recorded with the Ray Charles rhythm section, Jimmy Knepper, Kenny Washington, Loren Schoenberg, Joel Futterman, Paul Renz, Russell Scarborough, Steve Bassett, The Upper East Side Big Band (Pollack Prize Winner), Central Virginia Jazz Orchestra (CVJO) which was nominated for a Grammy Award. Currently performing with my own Ja
zz Warriors, Emme St James & Her Jazz Gentlemen plus Attraction & CVJO.

I teach students on an individual level according to what they want to accomplish. Each lesson is custom tailored to fit their objective. Mastering the instrument and understanding music theory are two important subjects that I offer. Along with that, a student can focus on any musical style from classical to jazz plus other important aspects like composing, reading and recording music.

I am willing to share my professional experience with any student who wants to become a player!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Steinway Grand Piano,
Electric Piano
Electric Bass
Synthesizers
French Horn
Trumpets

*** Travel Equipment ***
I bring music books to augment the student's library. However, students must provide their own instruments.

*** Specialties ***
Suzuki method for the 3 year old plus my father's method for ages 5 and older. After that, I teach according to the student's abilities and their goals.
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Jeanie M. December 29, 2014
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
He is GREAT at making me understand theory, which I never have. He's also exciting and challenging in learning how to look at music and anticipate/understand where it's going versus my habit of only looking one note ahead at a time. I wish he was a little more interested in teaching classical music, but I also understand that the new stuff I am learning from him will greatly improve my playing of that.
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Roy S. October 2, 2014
Verified Student
Jonathan has extraordinary knowledge of music and teaching technique. He has patience and understanding which is both helpful and encouraging. It is a pleasure and an honor working with him.
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Debra B. July 3, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Jonathan has an exceptional background in music theory, which has been implemented well throughout my daughter's lessons. He is positive and encouraging as her vocal abilities rapidly expand. Jonathan has gone above and beyond measures I expected. He is an excellent vocal instructor!
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Jonathan G.

Jonathan G.

Richmond, VA 23225
(13)
starting at
$28 / 30-min

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