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Tara G.

Austin, TX

About Tara

I graduated from University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA! I received a BFA in Musical Theatre. What a change that was to go from Texas to Philly! I auditioned for many different schools, and know what it takes to get there. I then moved to New York City 2 days after graduating, on my 22nd birthday! I had 13 wonderful, and also challenging, years in NYC. Lots and lots of auditions, of every kind! Broadway, Off-Broadway, TV, Soaps, Film, Commercials, Concerts, Readings, Showcases, etc. I have sung for ABBA (Mama Mia), Stephen Schwartz (Wicked), Hal Prince (Gypsy). I was also up for lead
s in Mama Mia, Wicked, Rent, Hairspray. So, I definitely have a lot of versatility, and knowledge of what they're looking for! I did a Eugene O'Neil play called "Ah Wilderness" at the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis, MN. We opened there, and then toured it all over the Midwest for 6 months. I did appear on NBC's Law & Order as a featured role, with the late Jerry Orbach. Lot's of experience, lot's of knowledge, and I'm excited to share it with you!

*** Lesson Details ***
I like to teach in a laid back manner. That's not to say that I don't expect you to work too though! I don't necessarily teach one specific method. I feel like if you can get ALL the information, and different methods, then you can choose what best works for your voice , or your piano playing. I want my students to feel comfortable and safe to explore all different facets of their talent. After all, the little imperfections are what make us all unique!

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have a keyboard, among many other instruments! My husband uses those, I use the piano. There's definitely a comfortable living room, for the parents or caregivers to sit and wait.

*** Travel Equipment ***
If I go to the students house, they must have a piano, or keyboard. I can bring books of music.

*** Specialties ***
I can teach any style of singing! I majored in Musical Theater, but I sing everything. I played piano for 10 years. I have many many years of music theory lessons! I had surgery on my vocal chords, back in 1995, and had 4 years of speech and vocal therapy, so I have lots of experience with that as well. I don't use a specific method with my acting. It depends on what they would want to work on! I have many books of music, and music theory, and piano learning. In terms of learning piano, I would start with scales, and chords, and learning the right hand, then the left.
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Kalliegh K. January 24, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Tara is still perfect! My daughter loves her and looks forward to Fridays for her lesson.
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Emilee Earthman January 18, 2016
Acting · In home
Verified Student
Tara is a wonderful instructor to work with! I could not be more pleased with all the help she has given me with my college auditions. She is experienced and really knows how draw out emotions in your acting. I 10/10 recommend her to anyone!
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Brittany January 12, 2016
Music Performance · In studio
Tara is wonderful instructor. She made my daughter feel confortable immediately.
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Tara G.

Austin, TX 78745
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starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Matthew Z.

New Braunfels, TX

About Matthew

Since an early age I have studied multiple instruments under various instructors and learning environments. From formal one-on-one piano lessons at the age of 5, to youth church choir, to high school concert and marching competition as a saxophonist, to small class lectures studying fingerstyle guitar under classical guitarist Jacob Porter at Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi; I have experienced learning music as both a child and an adult, alone in my apartment with an acoustic guitar, playing bass with various jam bands, and playing saxophone with over 200 other musicians. I have led othe
r solid players in formal concert and marching band setting as section leader, and taught friends, family, and students how to play their favorite songs and basic music theory on the bass and guitar over the years in relaxed environments.

I believe these experiences give me a musical perspective which allows me to tailor my teaching style to the needs of both children picking up their first instrument, and adults who have always wanted to learn to play, and have now decided to go for it!

I am a patient teacher who focuses on fundamental principles while keeping the "big-picture" in mind, and encourages regular practice.

Applying this methodology to music, my students will be set up for lifelong musicianship, and will be fully capable of learning new instruments with minimal outside help as they progress in their musical journey.

*** Lesson Details ***
My lessons will walk the beginner through knowing the instrument inside and out, his/her role in the band as per chosen instrument, and the fundamentals that allow the musician to come up with creative licks on the fly in a band setting. My lessons have a strong focus on the eventual goal of improvisation within a band setting, and as such, scale/key/chord theory is a must! On stringed instruments, I teach by fingercharts and tabulature. In my opinion, this allows the beginner to become comfortable with his/her instruments faster without having to learn how to read music first, and also keeps the student interested knowing how to quickly learn his/her favorite songs. Combining fundamental practice with the excitement of playing modern popular songs is the key to keeping students interested in the short term, and focusing on using the fundamentals to create original music is what will keep the student interested for a lifetime.

In 3 to 6 months, I expect a beginner to feel comfortable holding the instrument in the proper position, memorize where every note is on the instrument, memorize at least all major modes, know how to read tabulature, begin to smoothly transition between notes and/or chords, and begin learning how to play with other musicians. The speed at which this happens is largely dependent on practice, so this is just a rough time estimate. With regular practice though, these goals are very attainable.

*** Specialties ***
Blues, folk, country, bluegrass, fingerstyle guitar, rock, jazz
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Kat January 7, 2016
Guitar · In home
My daughter, (13 yrs old) has been taking lessons from Matt for about 3 months now. I could not be happier with how Matt approached teaching her. No stuffy music books, or boring children songs... he taught her right out of the gate chords that allowed her to play familiar songs she knew thereby encouraging her to practice more because " she knows what its suppose to sound like from the radio". Kate is loving playing the guitar and has now picked up Ukulele too.. Matt is patient, insightful, creative in his teaching methods, AND he's cool. And lets face it, to the young ones, "cool" matters. Kate has FUN at practice. She looks forward to going. Side note. Matt is a gifted guitarist and plays beautifully himself. Classically trained. Worth Every Penny. Call him.
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Lee K. January 4, 2016
Matthew is a great guitar teacher, I've struggled with finger picking for years. He was able to break it down in a way I could relate to. I've had other teachers in the past that don't seem to care what your guitar goals are. This was not my experience with Matt. His lessons are fun, and I'm surprised how fast he was able to help me achieve the sound I've been looking for. I recommend him to anyone who is looking for an instructor that has your best interest at heart.

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Chuck S. July 10, 2014
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Matthew has been a great teacher thus far. He is patient with my daughter age 9. She is learning quickly, and we are sharing some great time with her "teaching" me what she learned. Coming to our home has been great as well, lesson night is not a 2 hour ordeal of driving to the lesson, a 45 minute lesson and then driving back home. It has reduced the "stress" associated with taking a lesson and has been very productive. Matthew has been flexible with scheduling and has been a pleasure to work with so far. I have played bass guitar for over 30 years and took lessons early on, I wish someone like Matthew was around then and I would have learned how to play music faster, Most instructors focus on just the basics of learning to read music, Matthew focuses on getting the student involved with "playing" as early as possible. This technique engages and encourages young people to stick with playing because it's actually fun to learn and they can hear their progress.
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Matthew Z.

New Braunfels, TX 78130
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starting at
$38 / 30-min
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Joshua A.

San Marcos, TX

About Joshua

Joshua has been a musician for over twelve years and been a teacher for five. He is an award winning composer, critical thinker, and an honest teacher. Joshua has a high standards for his students and himself. Joshua has studied Suzuki method under Dr. Paula Bird for four years and has taught over 100 students. He performed his official Suzuki training under Dr. Laurie Scott. Joshua also teaches at the Texas State String Project under the direction of Dr. Ames Asbell and Dr. Karla Hamelin. He has done so since it's inception.

Joshua is an award winning composer and has composed over 80 pie
ces, ranging in style from classical symphony to electronic dance. He has also arranged hundreds of works for violin and piano.

*** Lesson Details ***
I'm a relaxed person with a strict teaching style. I have two critical expectations for my students.

1: I expect my students to practice everyday, with time depending on age. (10 minutes a day for 5 year old's, 20 minutes for 10 year old's, etc.) No exceptions. Lessons are a place for me to teach you, not a place to watch you practice.

2: I expect parents to participate in every lesson. You are the teacher 6 days a week, I'm only get to teach them one.

If everyone understands my expectations, students will grow and learn quickly, and have a great time doing it!

I develop a lesson plan depending on each students strengths, weaknesses, talents, and personality. No one student is identical to the next, so none will be taught the same, but everyone will follow a similar pattern.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano lessons with full keyboard. Stands, couches, and a small library of sheet music.

*** Specialties ***
Suzuki style instruction for violin technique. For songwriting and performance I focus on the analysis of music to find a middle ground of emotional expression and theory. Once that middle ground is found we explore what music means to the student, and how they can use it as a tool of expression.
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Rick B. January 23, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Great instructor. Makes my son to really think and is very patient. I highly recommend him.
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Camille R. April 14, 2013
Violin
To the point

No beating around the bushes, Directly to the point about what is wrong and how it needs to be fixed. Willing to be flexible. they are good quality affordable lessons for any age.
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Joshua A.

Joshua A.

San Marcos, TX 78666
(2)
starting at
$20 / 30-min
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Keith L.

Martindale, TX

About Keith

I was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana and have a vast musical background. Very skilled with jazz, classical, and many other genres of music. My speciality is German Lieder(German solo songs) and I can sing in over 4 different languages. My musical background and upbringing can help students unlock potential they never thought they had in a very fun way! Relating to students and their instruments are my speciality as well, and I will teach students not only about the performance techniques of the instruments but i will also teach about instrument and music history. Students will have
a keen interest in music once taking lessons with me, and will want to pursue music more on their own rather than being forced too.
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Mitch January 4, 2016
Classical Voice · In studio
Such a great teacher brought my son to him for voice lessons. He's a really smart instructor with a nice method of teaching
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Monica January 4, 2016
Piano · In home
Love that he does in home lessons
My little girl has Downs Syndrome feel so blessed to find a teacher who was this amazing and had such patience with her able to teach my little girl some piano! Its the highlight of her week when he walks through the door she asks about him all week long wanting to play her piano with him <3
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Annie January 4, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · In home
This guy is really amazing he was able to do in home lessons and teach my daughter guitar in a unique way I thought she would lose interested but Keith, every lesson gave her more and more to love and learn about the guitar. My daughter loves him and she plays guitar all the time now, Keith even teaches music theory so my daughter plays everything from classical to covers of her favorites songs! This guy is truly amazing, Highly recommend him!
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Keith L.

Keith L.

Martindale, TX 78655
(3)
starting at
$17 / 30-min
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Evelyn C.

San Marcos, TX

About Evelyn

I am an international student in Texas State and just got my master's degree in Music Performance. I can play both clarinet and piano. I have learned the piano for about 15 years and the clarinet about 10 years. I love teaching kids. I had taught kids before and absolutely had a lot of fun.
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Evelyn C.

Evelyn C.

San Marcos, TX 78666
starting at
$25 / 30-min

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