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Cole T.

Osseo, MN

About Cole

Music lessons are meant to help the student grow in more than just competence in their instrument. They build personal confidence, social skills, and a love for the arts. With my ability to teach piano, vocals and guitar, your student has my experience to tap into as they grow as a musician.

I have been performing professionally for churches, theaters, and restaurants since the age of 16, applying my education and training in the music industry. Growing up, I took piano lessons from ages 5 - 18, then went on to continue my passion for music by taking music composition and theory courses. T
his allows me to link piano, guitar and voice together in and out of lessons. You, and your student, have everything to gain from hiring me as a teacher!

*** Lesson Details ***
I teach piano by the book, but supplement the curriculum with a blank manuscript book. This allows the student to write, compose, and learn more about music theory as I help them with their weekly lesson material. Once the student has a basic understanding of theory and note reading, I include songs that they enjoy to listen to. Often times, I teach them how to score out music they listen to for playback on the piano.

Guitar and vocals have a slightly different approach. I focus on the basics, giving tips on how to be a good player or singer. We learn songs that build technique, often chosen by me to fit their needs.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide books and other items when the need arises. The student should own the instrument they are interested in.

*** Specialties ***
For piano, I have used various methods for child beginner and adult beginner to child intermediate to adult advanced (Alfred, Bastien, Faber). I prefer to ask what specific goals the student may have to accomplish, and focus on a tailor-made curriculum that fits their goals. For example: If a student wishes to know about jazz improvisation on piano, we discuss scale methods and chord settings that apply. If a guitar student wants to know about soloing, we discuss scale patterns and study other solos.

I can work in any genre or style that fits the needs of the student.
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Melissa K. January 23, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Cole was a great instructor for Owen. He has moved on to a new gig in Hawaii, best of luck!
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Cole T.

Cole T.

Osseo, MN 55369
(1)
starting at
$20 / 30-min
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Kevin F.

Minneapolis, MN

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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Tanel E. April 20, 2016
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
My daughter had an easy time connecting and was very excited about drumming.
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Tanel E. April 20, 2016
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
My daughter had an easy time connecting and was very excited about drumming.
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Dean April 10, 2016
Percussion · In studio
Verified Student
Kevin asked pertinent questions about my background and used that information to tailor the first lesson. He went beyond the scheduled 30 minutes to provide a complete and coherent beginning to my studies: the extra time did not upset my schedule and I appreciated his going beyond to get me off to a good start. Kevin had a lot of stuff to present yet allowed me to interrupt with questions, which he knowledgeably answered. His personality is relaxed and friendly. Observing him with another student before my lesson, I saw that he offered criticism considerately.
My first lesson was a good experience (4 stars). I don't know if he is the best ever (5 stars), but he must be darn close.
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Kevin F.

Kevin F.

Minneapolis, MN 55433
(5)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Amanda Y.

Minneapolis, MN

About Amanda

Hi! My name is Amanda and I have been teaching private lessons since 2002. I teach both French Horn and Piano lessons in my home studio or at your home. I believe that everybody learns differently so there is no "cookie cutter" lesson plan with me. Your lessons will be tailored to your musical interests and style of learning. Young beginning piano students can expect to learn theory through games and coloring projects for example. I strive for a dynamic studio so that all involved have fun learning.

I am also a registered Wunderkeys instructor. Wunderkeys is a piano method specifically desi
gned for preschoolers aged 3-5 years old. Using pictures, rhymes, singing, games, and more, lessons are so much fun that students don't even realize they're learning! Children don't need to have any musical background or knowledge to learn with the Wunderkeys method.

I hold a Bachelors degree in French Horn performance from the University of MN-Duluth with piano being my secondary instrument. I also hold a Master's Degree from Wichita State University. I held the position of Assistant French Horn in the Wichita Symphony and have freelanced and subbed with numerous orchestras and groups in the midwest including the Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra.
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Tony S. April 24, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Amanda is a friendly teacher who communicated and motivated my 9 year old well.
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Melissa January 3, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
First lesson with Amanda went very well -- great experience. Can't wait until the next lesson.
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Hanna R. December 27, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
My 8 year old son has focusing issues and is tough to reel in at times. He loves his lessons with Amanda. She makes them fun by playing games and helping him write his own music. She is so patient and calm with him. He looks forward to his lessons and always wishes he could say longer. I would highly recommend Amanda!
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Amanda Y.

Amanda Y.

Minneapolis, MN 55448
(7)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Karen H.

Saint Paul, MN

About Karen

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
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
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
(1)
starting at
$29 / 30-min
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Sara S.

Minneapolis, MN

About Sara

Sara is a musical theater performer AND a teacher. You get the teacher part and the experience advice from an actress that still works in the theater world as a performer.

Sara S has been trained by many vocal teachers throughout the years. Starting private voice lessons at age seven, she took lessons from Kristy Wisso, and Bruce Messer at the beginning, winning talent contests like The Minnesota State Fair Talent contest, all over the state of Minnesota even as young as ten years old. She started taking voice from Shannon Unger at MacPhail Center of Music in Minneapolis in high school a
nd then took lessons from resident artists at The Minnesota Opera Company during her year long internship there in 2004. She then took private lessons during college in New York City from well-known opera singer Catherine Christensen. She currently is taking voice lessons from singer/teacher/director Courtney Crouse, who recently moved to Oklahoma to become assistant professor of voice at the prestigious Oklahoma City University. She now Skype's their lessons over the internet.

Other than her private studio, Sara also taught musical theater classes and private voice lessons at The Studio Performing Arts School in New Canaan, CT for two years, and was a guest instructor at Laurel Arts theater camp in Somerset, PA this summer. She is now a teaching artist in Minneapolis at Stages Theater company, The Minnesota Opera Company, and The Children's Theatre of Minnesota.

Sara's teaching includes all types of music; musical theater, opera, classical, pop, and folk. Any gender and any age are welcome to sing with Ms. S. She likes to focus on making the singer feel comfortable and confident in their own unique voice. She emphasizes breathing skills and getting back to the basics of filling the room with sound in a healthy way. Her way of reaching freedom in someones specific sound is by using physical and mental exercises to get sound fluid and moving breath through the body, and then working on a song, of the singer's or Sara's choice. She can also help with learning rhythm, sight reading, and harmony.
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Iris May 5, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Iris really loved her first lesson and can't wait to take more lessons.
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Kim C. March 24, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Sara greatly exceeded my expectations. This was my first voice lesson ever, but I really can't imagine that someone could be a better teacher than her. I feel very lucky to have chosen her to navigate me through this life journey!
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Karina D. February 24, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Sara's experience in vocal training allows her to identify what would benefit your voice. She has different warm ups and techniques that will aid you not just in the sound you are looking for but prepare you for all types of singing. What I really like about these lessons is that I have pinpointed the weaknesses in my technique, that I myself could not identify, and that I leave with the ability to work on those weaknesses . Sara is really cool and down to earth making it it a comfortable environment to work in. Lastly, she has a singing cat which you need to see...I kid you not.
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Sara S.

Sara S.

Minneapolis, MN 55448
(5)
starting at
$30 / 30-min

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