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Carolyn B.

Cary, NC

About Carolyn

I am a pianist and theorist who is enthusiastic about helping you learn more about music! I have a Bachelors of Music Performance from Appalachian State University and a Masters of Music Theory from Bowling Green State University. Music is one of my passions, a passion I would love to share with you!

I have experience with classical, classic, jazz, and Broadway music, among other genres. My performance and scholarly studies were primarily classical, but not limited to classical music.

Whether you pursue performance, scholarship, a greater appreciation of music, or simply a fun experience
, I will help you reach your goals! None of these is exclusive, as all of them should be fun!

*** Lesson Details ***
I prefer to teach in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere where the student can ask questions and offer opinions without fear. I am a patient and encouraging teacher, though I do expect students to prepare for lessons and improve over time. Lessons and curricula are tailored to the individual, depending on the student's goals. Should those goals change over the course of his/her study, the curriculum and lesson format will reflect that change. I believe in a well-rounded education, incorporating not only memorization or sight-reading (for example), but the underlying theories and relevant historical information. Most importantly, I will endeavor to make lessons enjoyable as well as educational for all involved!

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide sight-reading/singing materials, handouts, and copies of music. I expect the student to provide his/her own instrument, textbook, and staff paper.

*** Specialties ***
Music Theory/Aural Skills: tonal through post-tonal theory, including counterpoint, part-writing, Roman numeral analysis, set theory; tonal and atonal sight singing (with solfege, numbers, and European letter names), rhythmic and melodic dictation, chord series

Piano: primarily tonal music (Baroque through Romantic), sight-reading, show tunes, popular songs
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Victoria B. January 2, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Excellent piano teacher!! Very patient, kind, reliable and communicates very well with my 10 yo son. She is so enthusiastic and has really gotten my son interested in music, despite that he is very shy. I have been impressed with how quickly my son has learned to play the piano in just a few months. We have been so thrilled with Carolyn that our other two children are to start lessons this month!!
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Abie E. November 16, 2013
Piano
Verified Student
Carolyn B. is an excellent piano teacher

Carolyn B. has been teaching my 6yr old daughter for a year. Carolyn has a very engaging style of teaching that works extremely well for kids. She has a tested ability to skillfully refocus kid's attention by injecting fun into the lesson and reassuring the kid that "they can". She's extremely patient, is always pleasant is good at easing a child into stepping up their ability and confidence. From the start, I signed up my daughter for 1-hour lessons, unsure if she will focus. I'm amazed at how Carolyn keeps her engegaed through the hour. My daughter's skills and interest in piano continues to grow. I strongly recommend Carolyn B. to teach piano.
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Rabia N. February 11, 2013
Piano
Verified Student
Great!

Carolyn has been teaching my 9 year old for just over 2 months and he has learnt immensely. She is very patient, friendly, soft spoken and my son loves her! He is a very shy kind and doesn't adjust to newer people so quickly but she is just phenomenal!
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Carolyn B.

Cary, NC 27519
(5)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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David R.

Cary, NC

About David

David discovered his love for music early on at the age of seven with the musical/movie: The Sound of Music. He and his siblings would entertain their babysitter by acting out the entire musical - singing and dancing along with the soundtrack. To make it even more fun, they would sometimes speed up the vinyl record and perform in extra-fast mode! (And that was way before 'Wii - Just Dance!')

He vividly remembers his first real musical instruction back in elementary school:
“Everyone in 4th Grade was given a Recorder to learn how to play 'Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star'. When the
music teacher had the class play together, she noticed that I wasn't looking down at my music booklet as I played, since I was 'playing by ear'. Not only was my booklet turned to the wrong page; it was upside down as well! To admonish me, she had me stand up in front of the whole class and play solo - as she held the booklet in front of me. Enthusiastically, I rendered the complete song correctly, only pretending to read from the page as she held it, but actually 'playing by ear'. Upon getting to the end of the tune, I suddenly broke out in a jazzed-up, improvised version of 'Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star', arousing the whole class to spontaneously tap their feet in rhythm and clap with delight . . . my first solo performance!”

David eventually took up guitar in his teens, becoming involved with playing for musicals such as "Godspell" and "Jesus Christ Superstar". During high school, he also played in the Bluegrass band 'Odell & Zeke', and in the Rock band 'Ring Wraith', performing for local dances and proms.

Extremely versatile within classical and popular guitar styles, David played in the Top-40-Hit music video, Shine Shine, by The Bee Gees' Barry Gibb – alongside pop-star legend - Michael Jackson. David is also mentioned in Just Jazz Guitar Magazine for his jazz endeavors; and he has years of experience as a church music director.

As a Classical concert guitarist, David has performed throughout the USA and Europe. His live performances have been broadcast on television and radio: NPR’s Performance Today (USA); CBC’s Arts National (Canada); RAI Television’s In Concerto (Italy), and the Hungarian National Television. Successful in competitions, David won First Prize in the 20th International Guitar Competition in Milan, Italy and First Prize in the National Wurlitzer Artist Competition, USA. He has received other awards and grants as well, including a Solo Recitalist Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Governor's Award from Department of State, Florida. Moreover, he was chosen for the rosters of both the California State Touring Program and the North Carolina Visiting Artists Program.

David’s 35 years of teaching and performing experience, coupled with intensive years of formal studies with many of the world's greatest guitarists, including Andres Segovia, Eliot Fisk, David Russell, Christopher Parkening, Holzman, Ghiglia, Morgen, Tomas, Isbin - have afforded him a rich and in-depth understanding of music and the guitar. He shares all of this with his students in an insightful and uniquely original manner.

Education:

Florida State University - Master of Music - Guitar Performance

Florida State University - Bachelor of Music - Guitar Performance

Certificates of Professional Study:
- L'Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Italy
- Aspen Music Festival

*** Lesson Details ***
Wouldn't you love to play the music that you enjoy listening to the most?
Ever listen to your very favorite songs on your iPod or on the radio and really wish you could just play along? Well, here's your opportunity! Even if you are just beginning, I can help get you up and strumming in no time! You can choose your favorite songs to play - and I will show you how! Imagine playing along with Taylor Swift, Maroon 5, Fun, Ke$Ha, Demi Lovato, Flo Rida, Alex Clare, Ne-Yo, and more!
And for you adults: imagine playing your favorite songs from the 60's, 70's, and 80's. What a wonderful way to re-kindle all the fun, memories and meaningful songs of your youth!

I am committed to helping you really enjoy and excel in playing the music you love! You will find our lessons fun, interesting, and always inspiring. What better way to be motivated to learn and play, than having fun . . . and enjoying it along the way?!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Separate, professional studio in a nice setting. Lots of windows, art, books make it inviting and cozy. Special separate adjacent room for parents and siblings, allowing parents to watch lessons through glass doors without "intruding".

*** Travel Equipment ***
I carry my own iPad, computer, cd player.
Students should have instrument, capo, music. Ability for student to take video recording/audio recording is helpful. Often, we will use parent's iPhone at end of lesson to record important concepts/techniques/etc.

*** Specialties ***
I am versatile within classical and popular guitar styles: folk, country, rock, new age, praise, bluegrass. My in-depth understanding of music theory, guitar technique, and performance affords me a wealth of practical and artistic experience from which I lead students on their musical journey.
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Megan O. June 23, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
David is absolutely fabulous. He is flexible, caring and willing to work at my daughter's pace. Even when she gets frustrated, he stays totally calm and handles it with ease. He keeps things light and fun, but somehow manages to keep her on task at the same time. Best of all, my eight year old daughter is truly loving playing the guitar! I cannot recommend him highly enough.
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Sammy B. June 9, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
I started lessons with David a couple of months ago unsure about whether I'd stick with guitar lessons at all. I mean, the web is full of tutorials for playing. But I figured I'd give lessons a try.

I have been extremely pleased with my lessons and my progress thus far. Our lessons are a nice mix of learning songs and techniques and always emphasizing what I want to be learning. Considering I'm 39 and years out of school, this is important for me.

David has also been a remarkable teacher for my 8 year old son. Both my wife and I are very happy with the instruction we have received. Yes, David is slightly more expensive than some others here, but you get what you pay for! I wouldn't hesitate to recommend him for anyone looking for lessons.
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Paul J. January 25, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
I began taking guitar lessons from David over year ago after several years of lessons with other teachers. I feel quite lucky to have found David, who is not only an extremely talented guitarist but an exceptional teacher. The guitar can be a somewhat intimidating instrument for a “mature adult” student such as myself, but David makes every lesson a positive, fun experience that I always look forward to. He patiently demonstrates techniques, explains concepts in clear, understandable terms, and gently critiques my playing. I have made a great deal of progress in a short amount of time under David's mentorship and I unequivocally recommend him to anyone who wants to become a better guitarist.
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David R.

David R.

Cary, NC 27519
(9)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Eryn J.

Cameron, NC

About Eryn

Hello! My name is Eryn J., and I have been playing the lever harp professionally since 2005, and teaching beginner harp lessons since 2009. In my lessons I like to focus on playing technique and encouragement, and I offers lessons in sight reading, playing by ear, and harp with vocal accompaniment.

You might be surprised at the variety of music harp has to offer; i.e. my top three favorite songs to play on the harp are "Canon in D," "Hallelujah" by Jeff Buckley, and "Nothing Else Matters" by Metallica! I can hold the lesson at my home office in Cameron, or I can drive to the student. A ren
tal harp is available.

*** Lesson Details ***
Out of all the instruments I have played over the years (including piano, guitar, and violin), I have by far enjoyed playing the harp. It is the easiest and most forgiving instrument to play, whether you are a beginning learner with no prior training, or a seasoned musician.

I start out my students on playing technique, holding the harp, posture, etc. Once the basics are solidified, we move on to a much more fun stage: reading music and/or playing by ear, whichever the student prefers. Lessons can range from 30-60 minutes, depending on student attention span, the pace at which they are learning the basics, etc. Each student is going to have their own pace, varying prior musical knowledge, etc, and I prioritize each person's individuality and learning style.

*** Specialties ***
Celtic harp, classical harp, folk harp, rock harp, reading sheet music for beginners, playing by ear, playing by chords, playing with vocals.
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Gabrielle H. March 12, 2014
Harp
Harp Lessons

Eryn has brought my daughter's love of the harp, appreciation of the harp and ability to play the harp to a whole new level. We had two years of Suzuki previously. I don't know what she does, but she has the ability to challenge, yet engage my child into playing the harp with enthusiasm.
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Eryn J.

Eryn J.

Cameron, NC 28326
(1)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Gabriel A.

Carrboro, NC

About Gabriel

I'm a 24 year-old performing musician with 8 years of teaching experience. I'm an active member in the NC Triangle music scene as a performer and recording artist. I also teach Pilates, where I learned the value of self-awareness and balance, which is at the core of my teaching principles.

I feel I have something to offer to all levels and ages and have found my method to be highly engaging for young children and beginners.

:: My Home Studio ::

I have a living room studio in Carrboro equipped with my band gear, making for fun multi-instrumental lessons! Recording gear and a power
ful PA allow us to play to various audio tracks and record our own material. These tools are invaluable and key to my personal development as an artist.

:: Teaching at Your Home ::

You don't need a drum kit to start taking lessons!

I'll bring a drum pad, sticks, and a metronome, and occasionally some hand drums. All you need to supply is a pen and paper.
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Sam K. August 1, 2014
Drum · In studio
Learning drums with Gabriel was an excellent experience. He's patient, skilled, communicative, and eager to be teaching. I'd recommend him to folks of all ages and skill levels.
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Phil T. August 1, 2014
Drum · In home
I've collaborated on a number of musical projects with Gabe -- mixing, writing and recording in studios. He is extremely talented and has always been a pleasure to be around. I would definitely recommend him to my own students (I teach guitar in Durham), as his patience and ability to explain complicated ideas is excellent.
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Samantha M. June 21, 2014
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
My son who is 13 took lessons with Gabriel and had a great experience. We were only able to pay for 30 minute lessons due to a tight budget, but none the less Gabriel used those short times to teach my son as much as he could! Putting his musical knowledge to use while incorporating things such as the importance and benefits of stretching your arm muscles before playing was very cool and useful, and I would highly recommend lessons with him to anyone considering drum lessons!
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Gabriel A.

Gabriel A.

Carrboro, NC 27510
(3)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Kenny J.

Pittsboro, NC

About Kenny

The way of fiddling that I teach is deeply rooted in authentic old-time Southern styles, especially from the Appalachian mountain region - traditional music that I've played and taught for decades. I learned this music first hand during many visits with elder masters, from countless hours of listening to and deciphering the music on old commercial and field recordings, and over many years of playing at fiddler's conventions, on back porches, and in kitchen sessions.

I have performed at major folk and traditional music festivals, and on radio and television broadcasts in the US and overseas,
including A Prairie Home Companion, Good Morning America, and BBC-Belfast. With the many concerts, dances, and other venues where I've also played, I guess you could say that I have gotten around a good bit with my music.

I've been a founding member of several top-notch traditional string bands since the 1980;s, including The Rhythm Rats, Big Medicine, and The Bow Benders. With these, and as a solo artist, I have recorded a number of critically-acclaimed CDs of traditional music.

In addition to being a player, I also compose original pieces in the traditional idioms, as well as more contemporary instrumental music that is deeply rooted in traditional music.

My teaching experience goes back almost 25 years, doing private lessons as well as workshops and music camps around the country. In addition to teaching fiddle, I also teach old-time banjo styles to beginning and intermediate students. Please feel free to contact me via TakeLessons for more information.

Old-time fiddling is an lifelong pursuit, something you can enjoy by yourself or with others on the front porch or in the parlor, at parties, and at famous fiddlers conventions like Mt. Airy, Galax, Clifftop, and others. I hope that you'll let me help you along your fiddling path!

*** Lesson Details ***
My approach is to teach each student as an individual, rather than use a cookie-cutter method. I want to help you on your path to "speaking the language" fluently and expressively, learning to play by ear, in keeping with the authentic nature of traditional music.

We will work a lot on bringing out the rhythms and phrasing of the music in a way that makes your fiddling sound like the real deal. You'™ll learn to play tunes that are set in standard violin tuning, but also in traditional altered/cross tunings that lend the music unique character.

I a™m happy to work with folks who have had no formal musical training as well as those looking to make the leap from classical training to folk fiddling.

If you are a complete beginner, I'™ll help you develop a good foundation with the instrument that will be useful whether you choose to pursue Old-Time, Celtic, or other fiddle styles. You'™ll learn some simple versions of old-time favorites, versions based in authentic sources and styles rather than generic fakebook versions.

If you've been playing awhile and want to take your playing to another level, we can work with more expanding your repertoire, honing your technique, and learning to play more challenging tunes.

If you a™re an experienced player, you can have the opportunity to work with me on discovering nuances of fiddling that only come with many years of playing, listening, and exploring. As always, lessons will proceed according to individual needs.

In addition to fiddle, I also teach acoustic guitar (folk flatpicking and fingerstyle), and old-time banjo (clawhammer and 2- and 3-finger picking styles).

I support your learning with audio and video recordings as well as tune transcriptions when any of these may be helpful. To get the most out of your lessons, I also encourage you to make your own audio/video recordings of lesson material.

We can meet for lessons at Crow Hill, my home studio just outside of Pittsboro, North Carolina, or online via Skype -“ a great way to study with me if you live too far away for in-person lessons. If you haven't used Skype before, you can get more information and a free download of the program at Skype. In addition to the software, you will need a webcam and a high-speed internet connection.

Ordinarily I teach ages 12 and up, but I will consider working with a motivated and well-behaved child. A sincere enthusiasm for traditional music goes a long way. An adult must accompany any student younger than 16 for in-person lessons.

*** Specialties ***
Old-time fiddle from the American South, particularly the Appalachian region. I also have an interest in other styles of traditional fiddle music, especially Irish. In addition, I play and teach old-time banjo, including clawhammer and fingerpicking styles. I am also a guitarist with 40+ years of playing under my belt, including bluegrass and folk flatpicking and fingerpicking styles.
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Sue W. May 22, 2014
Fiddle · Online
Kenny Jackson is one of the world's best fiddle players! He is able to break down knowledge about his craft for the beginner to understand, and teach at any level. I am a beginning fiddle player, and while I am in awe of his musical skill, I still find him an encouraging, clear, and excellent teacher.
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Kenny J.

Kenny J.

Pittsboro, NC 27312
(1)
starting at
$35 / 30-min

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