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About Casey C.

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Atlanta, GA

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About Casey
Hi I'm a 29 year old professional musician that has worked hard to become a first call drummer for performance, instruction, and studio session work in the Atlanta area. Over the past 5 years I have toured nationally, recorded with countless regional, national and local artists, and have gained a positive reputation in the Atlanta community as a unique, innovative, and passionate drum teacher. I studied music at The University of Mississippi and I am qualified to teach numerous styles including Rock, Pop, Hip Hop, Jazz, Electronica, World and many others. I have years of experience teaching
private and group lessons (I'm a recurring Camp Counselor in Summer music programs). I offer inspired beginning drummers of all ages the chance to learn the art of drum set playing within a basic, relaxed, and fun context.

*** Studio Equipment ***
My drum studio includes 2 drum kits to help aid in visual learning, percussion instruments from around the world, a PA system to play along to music and great vibes!

*** Travel Equipment ***
For student's home lessons I require at least one drum or drum set.

*** Specialties ***
Based within a fun, relaxed context, Casey has developed a natural teaching method that focuses on learning and understanding the building blocks of drum set playing, familiarizing and connecting these building blocks, and applying them to individual expression. He has the ability to take nearly anyone without prior drum set or rhythmic experience, and, within days, turn them into beat playing drummers. His approach focuses on: HAVING FUN, building an understanding and relationship with each drum, the basic rudimentary foundation of drumming, how to approach the drums, hold the sticks, set up the drums, and tune the drums, basic mechanical techniques, development of each limb, learning how to read basic drum charts and play to them, learning and playing the most significant beats and patterns in the history of drum set, and gaining the ability to effectively teach oneself how to improve as a drummer.
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Caleb December 29, 2015
Verified Student · Drum · In studio
Casey is easily a five-star instructor. My kind of guy! My eight (8) year old Caleb is excited and has not stopped practicing since we got home. Thanks Casey!
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Mioshey T. December 10, 2015
Verified Student · Drum · In studio
He is great with my son. He's very friendly and able to teach my son who is autistic. Very pleasant!
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Eliza F. November 21, 2015
Verified Student · Drum · In studio
Casey is an incredible teacher! Within a few lessons I made an enormous amount of progress all the while having a great time. He is a genuinely kind, personable guy who I would highly reccomend to anyone who wants to learn how to drum, or just wants to better their current abilities!
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Casey C.

Casey C.

Atlanta, GA 30312
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$35 / 30-min

About Ronald A.

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Morrow, GA
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About Ronald
I am an experienced professional with a background in music performance, education, composition, theory and arranging.

*** Lesson Details ***
Few musicians or music students have identical goals, musical interests or physical size. So, It is NECESSARY to customize the course of study to meet student requirements. There are common issues for any serious pursuit of learning involving the guitar; right and left hand technique, fingerboard knowledge, chord knowledge, reading and interpretation.

However, to progress, it is also necessary for the student to practice daily.

I try to maint
ain a healthy balance between the focus on performance and technical issues.

*** Studio Equipment ***
16 Channel Mixer for Recording and Playback
16 Channel Audio Interface for Recording and Playback
PA Speaker System
55" Flat Screen display for projection of materials
Record to Cassette Tape, and Computer

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N/A

*** Specialties ***
Jazz, Pop
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Wesley B. January 16, 2017
Verified Student · Bass Guitar · In home
Ronald is a really good instructor and I'm pleased with the progress
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William B. July 16, 2016
Verified Student · Bass Guitar · In studio
Good Lesson, Ron is very organized, multimedia presentation is clear and I am able to understand and put the concepts into daily practice immediately.
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Aaron T. June 2, 2016
Verified Student · Bass Guitar · In studio
Ron is exactly the teacher who I was looking for. He went above and beyond to genuinely show interest in my individual progression as a student. I am very excited about these lessons.
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Ronald A.

Ronald A.

Morrow, GA 30260
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About Joy W.

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Atlanta, GA

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Hi, there! My name is Joy and I hope we get to work together! I've been singing for over 15 years, teaching private lessons since 2007 and I enjoy helping my students learn basic vocal technique, ear training, control, dynamics, and performance. Lessons are tailored individually based upon each student's style, level of skill and need.

A little about me... I have traveled, written, and sang with Grammy award winning songwriters and am a performer/recording artist myself. (Songs on iTunes and Soundcloud.) I sing all styles including Gospel, Jazz, Pop, R&B, Blues, Country, Hip Hop and Rock.
I have trained at Berklee College of Music and also taught Contemporary Voice at an Arts School when I lived back in VA.*

I'm an easy-going and lively person. My teaching style is very relaxed, but thorough. I want my students to have a fun and comfortable learning environment. If you think I'm what you need, contact me so we can talk about your goals. Can't wait to meet you!

Joy

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Simonee June 8, 2016
· Singing · Online
Joy has such a pure patient heart to teach others how to perfect the gifts and talents that they have. I love that she remembered personal technical issues that I struggled with as the lessons progressed. I wasn't just another number or a person who would bring her additional income. She provided genuine, positive feedback when needed but was also very honest with me about areas that I needed to improve. What's best is that I improved my skills! I got everything I needed from the lessons! I would recommend her services to all especially because of her vast and diverse knowledge in music!
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Zhacary S. May 3, 2016
Verified Student · Singing · In home
Very thorough and detailed. Joy was just that - a Joy to work with. Awesome job. :)
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Joy W.

Joy W.

Atlanta, GA 30315
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$45 / 30-min

About Raymond A.

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Jonesboro, GA

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MY BACKGROUND:
Originally from Port Huron Michigan Ray A. began learning to play the piano at age 5. His formal studies in piano include training at Bellarmine University (jazz studies) and the Naval School of Music (classical and jazz studies). Ray also completed electronics and computer studies DeVry University to stage his background for electronic music and music media.

MY EDUCATOR EXPERIENCE:
Ray served as the Music Media/MIDI Specialist and piano instructor at the Naval School of Music during the mid and late 90's and 2010-2014. His expertise allowed him to design develop and impl
ement a music media/MIDI program for the Armed Forces Music Program. This program played a significant role in futurizing the way military musician's train produce and perform music. As a private instructor Ray has continued to developed and influence many musicians at the beginner intermediate and advanced levels of training. His practical systematic and thorough teaching method allows students to develop quickly and rise to their full potential. Retiring from military music recently Ray is busy working on various recording projects and freelancing as a pianist/keyboardist teaching private lessons and providing music media services in the greater Atlanta area.

MY PERFORMANCE:
As a performing artist Ray has worked as a professional musician for the last 25 years performing around the world in more than 20 different countries with various ensembles. He has recorded on numerous albums with various artists to include the Army Ground Forces Band, Orquesta Sensacional, and most recently with the Ian Charleton Big Band (Brain Chatter Album available on Spotify). Ray is fluent and proficient in many different styles and genres of music. Specializing in jazz and Latin styles he is truly a master improviser and soloist. Ray's style of playing is influenced by artist like Herbie Hancock Chic Corea Oscar Peterson and Thelonious Monk. Ray has also performed and,or recorded with some of the most accomplished musicians from around the world to include Grover Washington Jr., Hillary Jones, Gerald Chavis, Roy Richardson, Gary Harris, Don Tillman, Brett Anderson, Corey Cross, Alfie Moss, Abdu Salim, Joel Joyner, Dexter Whitaker, Jim Lambie, Jamie Abersold, and Wayne Bergeron just to name a few. He has also had the distinguished honor to perform for former presidents Ronald Regan and George Bush. Ray aspires to be the consummate musician.

FOR BEGINNER PIANO STUDENTS:
For students just starting out I use the Leila Fletcher Piano series, John Thompson, or Alfred series. After students are doing establish the basic and are doing well I introduce music theory and technique (scales, basic chords, and technical exercises) as well.

FOR INTERMEDIATE AND ADVANCED LEVEL STUDENTS:
I define intermediate level students as students who already have had 2 yo 4 years of lessons and experience and can already play pretty well. With this level of student I work on strengthening their foundation and rounding out and diversifying their skill set. usually with this level of student they have specific goals in mind that we work towards as well.

The intermediate level is also where various piano and music styles are addressed to include classical, pop, rock, R&B, country, blues, jazz (modern & swing) and Latin, contemporary christian, and gospel. The technical aspects of playing these styles like chords, chord progressions, scales, modes, licks and ornaments,technical exercises, sight reading, lead sheet interpretation, music theory, ear training, playing by ear, song form, and improvisation, intros & endings, and performance concepts and techniques are addressed as well.

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Overall my students that apply themselves usually progress quickly and exponentially. some of them have went on to be professional musicians and band leaders and have far surpassed their initial intended goals and objectives.
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Marilyn G. December 16, 2016
Verified Student · Piano · In home
Great instructor
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Scarlett A. October 19, 2016
Verified Student · Piano · In home
My daughter has really been enjoying her lessons. Raymond is very patient and makes it easy for her to understand.
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Vennessa C. August 15, 2016
Verified Student · Piano · In studio
My 14yo daughter told me she learned more in one hour with Ray than she did in two months with a previous instructor. I think that says it all! Thanks Ray.
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Raymond A.

Jonesboro, GA 30238
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About Justin T.

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Atlanta, GA
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Hi, My name is Justin and I love playing music and want to help you unlock your hidden potential and find new ways to express your creativity! I love picking up an instrument and improvising or playing along to my favorite songs and I want to show you how to do the same! I have over 4 years experience teaching in home lessons to students of all ages and all styles of music!
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Broc January 26, 2017
Verified Student · Guitar · In home
Justin was great -- very professional and patient. Looking forward to more lessons!
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Brandon October 27, 2016
Verified Student · Guitar · In home
Awesome. Was nervous about being really rusty from a long layoff, but Justin was easy-going and unassuming. Thank you!
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Katie October 3, 2016
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Justin is a great guitar teacher to my 10 year old son. He has shown patience with a child that has a hard time focusing. He has taught him to both read and write music. My son gets excited for lessons now. We are very pleased with him and can highly recommend him to others with children.
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Justin T.

Justin T.

Atlanta, GA 30306
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