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About Kevin F.

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Minneapolis, MN
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About Kevin
I have a Percussion Performance Degree from Arizona State University, have authored over 6 books on how to play better including: ART Approach to Keyboard Percussion Sightreading, ART Approach to Rhythm!, Turn It Up & Lay It Down, The Book (with Joe Bergamini and Spence Strand) I have over 26 years of teaching experience and constantly work to find better ways to show people how to be great. I am currently working on 4 new books in the Percussion area and about a dozen more for other instruments.I work with each student to find out what motivates them and how to set goals to reach whatever lev
el they seek. I have worked with almost every age possible and find it exciting to see people find out how great they are. 

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons with me will be positive and you will be pushed to be your best. I work with each student to find out their goals and then show them the fastest and best way to reach those goals. As long as you follow instructions and practice, you can expect amazing results! Most of my students are in the top bands, make All-State auditioned groups, get highest ratings at Solo & Ensemble contests and know how to play!Even when time is a concern, I can still help you move forward. I always take where students are and show them how to get to the next step. I can move at any rate the student wants to move. I am committed to having them have fun and get better!

*** Studio Equipment ***
2 Drumsets, Timpani, Vibraphone, Xylophone, Bells, Snare Drums, marching drum pads, Congas, Timbales, Bongos, Auxiliary Percussion (too many to list) and also TV/Audio equipment to help with playing with music while we do lessons!

*** Specialties ***
I have a series of Rhythm books that are used in multiple schools. I also am well-versed in Drumset, Concert Percussion, Marching Percussion, Steel Drums, and Mallet Percussion
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Marisa V. January 31, 2017
Verified Student · Drum · Online
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Tanel E. April 20, 2016
Verified Student · Drum · In studio
My daughter had an easy time connecting and was very excited about drumming.
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Tanel E. April 20, 2016
Verified Student · Drum · In studio
My daughter had an easy time connecting and was very excited about drumming.
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Kevin F.

Kevin F.

Minneapolis, MN 55433
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About Mary O.

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Saint Cloud, MN
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About Mary
One of my earliest memories is of listening to my older sister practice her violin. My mom used to have her play for me when I cried. It always worked to help me feel better, and music has the same effect on me to this day! I remember wishing I was old enough to play myself, and I was very excited when I started playing the piano when I was still in Kindergarten. Along with taking orchestra classes in school and attending fine arts camp over the summers, I took private lessons throughout high school. I have had the pleasure of playing with several orchestras and symphonies, including the
Anchorage Symphony Orchestra and the Tifereth Israel Community Orchestra in San Diego. Although most of my training has been in classical music, I have expanded my horizons to include Blues, Rock, Celtic, and Country music. I have had a wide variety of experiences on stage and in the studio, and I have had fun sharing my knowledge with students of all ages!

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For the past year I have had the pleasure of teaching private violin and music lessons with Take Lessons and at the Chula Vista Academy of Music. While enjoying the benefits of being a musician and private music teacher, I have also spent the last twenty years working as an elementary school teacher. I currently have a Special Education credential, and most of my experience has been with teaching students, with special needs, in small groups or on an individual basis. My classroom experience has taught me to be patient and to persevere. I have been successful at helping many students overcome challenges to meet their potential.
My approach is positive in which I focus on student's strengths and give praise. The curriculum is simple and sequential so that students may build on prior skills. One of my greatest goals is that students feel successful every step of way! I believe my love of music is contagious.

*** Studio Equipment ***
one bedroom condo...big space in in dining room...keyboard, Yamaha...88 weighted keys

*** Travel Equipment ***
I would expect the student to provide an instrument, music, and a music stand.

*** Specialties ***
I was trained as a classical violinist, but I have experience with several types of music, including Blues, Rock 'n Roll, Irish, Country music.
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Michelle April 28, 2016
Verified Student · Violin · In home
Mary has been an excellent and patient teacher! As an Adult with no prior experience it is scary to think about learning something new but she makes it easy and I feel accomplished in just a few short weeks. I would highly recommend her.
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MindyL1 January 29, 2012
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awesome!

She's so friendly! Went at my own pace. Looked forward to her lessons.
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Mary O.

Saint Cloud, MN 56303
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$25 / 30-min

About Cheri S.

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Osseo, MN

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I earned my B.A. in piano, 1979, from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, where I was steeped in Bach and Chopin. My Masters work at Emory University in Atlanta further deepened my knowledge of classical performance practice and music history. I have studied with jazz pianists Laura Caviani and Sean Turner of the McNally School of Music, both of Minneapolis/St. Paul. Today I am an active solo party pianist, and leader/arranger for my own five-piece r&b band, Wild Honey. I have received statewide air-play performing Bach on Minnesota Public Radio. At the other end of the spectrum, my band W
ild Honey has been featured on KBEM Jazz 88 FM’s program, “Jazz and the Spirit,” as well as KARE-11 Television’s morning program, “Minnesota Showcase." I serve as an exam judge for the Minnesota Music Teachers Association, and helped write its ground-breaking Popular Styles Exam Syllabus. I am a 2012 recipient of the Maureen Conway Award for Inspiring Teaching.
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William December 9, 2016
· Piano · In studio
I have an awesome time taking lessons from Cheri. From the beginning when I was learning lessons from different books to currently learning pieces by ear, from playing solo pieces to being part of a band, she has always been patient and fun and very knowledgeable. Being an adult student is an interesting and challenging experience and Cheri has been very supportive every step of the way. She even helped me write a song that included guitar and vocals that we performed with some fellow students at a recent recital. I've appreciated all the time she's worked with me and hope to continue taking lessons from her as long as I enjoy playing the piano.
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Marion September 18, 2016
· Piano · In studio
My daughters and I have been taking lessons with Cheri for almost 5 years now and are absolutely amazed at both the breadth and the depth of her ability. The things she has taught us have ranged from standard classical fare to jazz, improvisation skills (in a variety of musical styles), theory and ear training and lead sheet reading. We have participated in the MMTA contests and both my daughters have received "high distinction" as their result. What I have loved most is that she is so willing to work with each student on their own musical priorities. My 14 year old daughter was asked to be on the Congregational Worship team at church as the piano player. Cheri spent lots of time each lesson working on the specific songs that my daughter needed and helped her get the confidence she needed to play introductions, accompany soloists, match rhythms, and vary the style from verse to verse to make it musically interesting. My younger daughter loved the fact that Cheri also taught guitar skills and spent a year transferring her piano skills to a different instrument. And I have loved the fact that she is gentle with the adult piano learner and has a flexible lesson schedule that will accommodate my busy schedule!

I wholeheartedly recommend Cheri to anyone who is looking for a piano teacher!
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Cheri S.

Cheri S.

Osseo, MN 55369
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$25 / 30-min

About Karen H.

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Saint Paul, MN

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Karen has a B.A. in Music Education and has run her own business Karen's School of Music for 25 years! We just celebrated our 25 years Karen's Schools of music with a big Recital!!Karen is comfortable teaching all methods: Faber and Faber, Bastien, Alfred, Suzuki, etc. We will find the best method that works for your student!
Being a Music Teacher in Elk River and St. Paul Area Schools, I teach Orff instruments, teach classroom Music, and Direct Choirs and Concerts. This gives me a tremendous background in all approaches to
Teaching Music. Having half my Masters in Music Educat
ion, my Piano and Voices have won State, and National Music Contests! I even have one International Piano Contest winner, and was awarded Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award 2 years in a row!

Learning in the home, they become very comfortable in playing the piano, and have opportunities to sing and perform for other students in occasional groups lessons. There are opportunities to perform in recitals monthly, and earn theory and performance certificates through St. Paul Piano Teachers Assoc. We perform at Mall of America at Christmas time, and have a large Recital at the end of the year!

Your student will love Piano lessons and will learn quickly with daily practice! :)

*** Lesson Details ***
We start warming up with technique and scales, quickly reviewing our theory.

Students play 2-3 pieces from their Lesson books of Faber & Faber, Suzuki, Bastien, Alfred, or whatever works best for them. These are fun repertoire pieces they will enjoy playing.

We finish the lesson with a special Performance piece they are working on, or Melody Bober, Robert Vandall, Martha Mier, Catherine Rollins specialty pieces. We even play duets!

Students will love lessons and feel a sense of accomplishment as they enjoy singing &/or playing the piano! :)
They will want their friends to join along! :)

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano in the Living room.

*** Specialties ***
Suzuki, Faber & Faber, Bastien, State and National Music Teacher's Association Theory, skill, and repertoire standards, and State Competition with Minnesota Music Teacher's Association.
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Terri R. August 12, 2015
Verified Student · Singing · In studio
According to my daughter who is taking lessons " My instructor is pretty Chill" :)
Just started the lessons and already notice significant improvement . Looking forward to future lessons
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Karen H.

Karen H.

Elk River, MN 55330
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About Jacob J.

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Saint Joseph, MN

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I teach both academic subjects and guitar lessons.

For guitar: I have been playing guitar for nearly 20 years, in styles including rock, blues, folk, and finger style. I love playing songs by Leo Kottke, Mumford and Sons, Chris Smither, Walk the Moon, The Killers, The Beatles, and roots music like bluegrass and folk. I like to keep things fun in lessons and focus on building my students love of music.

For academic lessons: I earned my Ph.D. in Sociology from Southern Illinois University in 2009, and taught at South Dakota State University in the Sociology & Rural Studies department s
ince then. I have been teaching at the college level for nearly a decade, and love helping people learn! I can talk about difficult subjects in plain language, and help students who are just shy of the grade they want earn that "A." I have had many students who started out hopeless, but who were able to learn things they never thought they could, and get better grades than they ever imagined, with my help.

I have worked with all kinds of students, some with jobs and kids, some fresh out of high school, and some working on getting their graduate degree. Helping them learn, grow as people, and accomplish their goals has brought me joy and satisfaction as I watched them succeed. Many have gone on to earn a Master's or Doctoral degree, or earn jobs as police officers, business people, and more.
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Kelsey January 26, 2017
· Sociology · Online
Jacob is not only a fantastic teacher but an amazing mentor as well. He encouraged me to not just memorize the material but to engage with it on a deeper level. He also provided me and other students with essential advice on how to put together applications for graduate programs and his tips on how to put together a personal statement were a large reason why I was accepted into and received a scholarship for law school. I did and will continue to recommend Jacob to anyone!
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Tiff November 23, 2016
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Really enjoyed lessons! Really wanted to learn songs by my favorite band and despite not being musically inclined, felt at ease and ready to learn. Jake was patient and really helped me be able to play my favorites.
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Ben November 23, 2016
· Acoustic Guitar · Online
Jacob got me from no guitar experience to playing several fun songs in no time. He was super friendly and nice and answered even my stupid questions. I highly recommend him to anybody.
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Jacob J.

Jacob J.

Saint Joseph, MN 56374
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$25 / 30-min

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