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About Anthony D.

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New Orleans, LA
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About Anthony
Having an ear for music of all styles and genres, I had an interest in playing music and instruments at a very young age. At just 5 years old, I took my first piano lesson. I studied with that piano teacher for another 10 years, working on technique, theory and classical music, including playing piano recitals as a performer. I practiced piano to become a solo classical musician. Then in middle school, I joined the symphonic band where I was exposed and learned to play instruments in the percussion section, including drums, xylophone and marimba, and other instruments. At the same time, I joined the middle school jazz band. This was my first transition both as a piano player and musician into a new genre of music and playing. Needless to say, I fell in love with the music. In 2005, I auditioned and was the only pianist accepted into the c
lassical piano department in the School of the Arts High School of San Francisco. There I went through rigorous classical training and learned vast amounts of repertoire. At the same time, I still studied and played jazz in the high school Big Band, Latin Jazz band and small jazz combo. It was during this time that I deeply focused on not only Jazz music and improvisation, but also Salsa, Latin Jazz, R&B, Funk, Pop. Basically all other forms and styles of music. I learned what it means to be in a band and how to make an ensemble sound good and to make an audience like and cheer for the music. I was lucky to have bands and musicians to play with all around San Francisco, including jazz festivals.

After graduating as the only student to study in the Piano department for 4 years in my graduating class, I was accepted with scholarship to Berklee College of Music in Boston. I started my first semester in 2009, and declared a Piano Performance and Jazz Composition Dual Major in 2010. At Berklee, I studied under amazing piano teachers to focus on my jazz playing and technique and repertoire. Some of the classes I took included music theory, ear training, composition and arranging, scoring and analysis, even guitar and bass labs. As well, I was the main piano player for the Berklee Salsa Ensemble for 3 straight years. I was also involved with bands and playing recitals, shows, clubs, outdoors and indoor venues throughout Boston and Massachusetts. I had the honor of being hired by Berklee to travel and play along with other selected students at the Carnaval de Barranquilla honoring Joe Arroyo. This was the most memorable musical experience for me yet, as I played along great musicians for hundreds of people in a theater, including Joe Arroyo sharing the stage with the band.

All of this experience and training is what I bring to my lessons and tutoring sessions. I teach my students how to prepare themselves for any kind of musical situation, from music theory and technique, to piano playing and repertoire, and understanding and playing all kinds of styles and genres of music. Most of all, I teach my students to be unique in their musical endeavors and to bring out their own voice through music. And the most important element of all, the happiness and joy it brings to the students and others.

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In my piano and music lessons, you will be learning music theory, proper piano technique, ear training, sight reading, and repertoire. It will be up to the student to determine what genre and style of music they want to learn and study. It can be anything from classical music, jazz, or even Funk and R&B music and more. My students will also develop an ear, meaning that instead of only focusing on written material and music in sheet music format, they will learn to hear intervals and chords, and also play or sing back melodies.

My teaching style is very easy to get along with. I don't pressure or push students by being too strict. When learning music, being hard and strict gets the student nowhere. I approach the student with listening and understanding. It's my job to see the students advantages and keep them strong, as well as working on bringing up weaknesses and what's needed to make the student excel in both playing technique, and all other musical aspects.

When it comes to proper piano technique, I always teach my students with "Hanon, the Virtuoso Pianist in sixty excercises", and "Scales, Chords & Arpeggios" by James Bastien. After 3-6 months as my student, you will progress in your technique skills, ear training, repertoire and memorization

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Main keyboard: Nord Stage 2 88 keysRecording equipment: M-Audio ProFire 2626 interface (modified), Black Lion Audio Inst/Mic Preamp, Black Lion Audio Master clock, KRK Rokit 6's, Shure SM57/SM58, Sterling Audio ST57 FET Condenser microphone, MacBook Pro with Logic, Ableton Live, Reason, Digital PerformerBass: Fender '57 reissue P Bass, made in JapanGuitar: Fender Deluxe Players Stratocaster, made in MexicoAmps: Behringer PA/Keyboard amp, Fender DeVille 2X12 60W all tube Guitar amp

*** Travel Equipment ***
Sheet music material and copied pages from books. Student should be able to provide their own books.

*** Specialties ***
Classically trained in Piano. Most recent styles and genres include Jazz, Fusion, Blues, Rock, Funk, R&B/Soul, Latin, Latin-Jazz, Salsa, Afro-Cuban
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Kaoru S. September 25, 2018
· Audition Prep · In home
Anthony is an excellent teacher for audition preparation.
He is a sincere and wholehearted person. His teaching method is really easy to understand for my little daughter. She has improved a lot thanks to his great lessons. I do appreciate his hard work and patience.
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Wolf November 1, 2015
· Piano · In home
We've only had a few leasons so far but Anthony is great with our 5 year old. Very patient and great instruction and gentle disposition.
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Caitlin D. October 20, 2015
· Guitar · In home
He was very good, friendly professional, great with my daughter,,
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Anthony D.

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About Michael S.

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Chicago, IL
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About Michael
Expressing yourself is the ultimate goal of music and my job is to help you get your point across!

Like any musician, music is my life.
I love to soak it in any way I can! Whether it be listening to records, jamming with my friends or watching all the live concert footage of Stevie Ray Vaughan I can get my hands on.

I graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a Bachelor’s of Art in Music with a concentration on guitar performance. Throughout my undergraduate studies I performed in various ensembles within the college’s curriculum. Currently, my solo project gives me the opportunity to continue to grow through writing and performing my own original pieces. Throughout my career I have had the honor of performing with renowned songwriters Todd Rundgren and Charlie Sexton as well as being mentored by jazz drummer Frank Donaldson of
The Ramsey Lewis Quartet.

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Studying at the college level taught me a lot about what not to do as a teacher. The material is already difficult enough, so why would I be difficult with you?

I strive to be more of a mentor and friend rather than taskmaster. However, I do require structure and commitment to getting better. My curriculum will revolve around you and your needs with added material that I feel will help you succeed.

A typical lesson plan includes:

 physical technique

 chord and scale knowledge,

 soloing concepts

 and tying all of these ideas together by learning a song in a genre you love!

All of these concepts culminate in the discovery of your own personal voice!

*** Studio Equipment ***
My teaching studio is just steps away from the Belmont Blue Line stop! Our lessons will be held in a private practice space in my home. The large room has multiple amps and guitars, so there is no need to bring an instrument for lessons if you don't want to! (But, you do need an instrument to practice with outside of our lessons!)
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Armeda Winter September 10, 2019
· Guitar · Online
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Gillian September 6, 2019
· Guitar · Online
Fantastic instructor.

Extremely knowledgeable, has a strong background in music, accomplished guitarist, understands people learn different ways, always well prepared to teach and willing to help guide you through your musical journey.
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Todd B. September 5, 2019
· Guitar · Online
Fantastic instructor!!!

Extremely knowledgeable, has a strong music background, accomplished guitarist, understands people learn in different ways, always well prepared to teach and willing to help guide you through your musical journey.
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Michael S.

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About Jesse A.

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Alhambra, CA

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About Jesse
Music lessons were such a chore in my childhood. My mother drudgingly dragged me to lessons every week and forced me to practice at least once a week before my next lesson. I soon met a new teacher who offered a different perspective and genuinely made playing music fun.

I can honestly say that it changed my life.

I wouldn't come to understand how until much later. I couldn't have even imagined becoming a professional musician until college but I was certainly given the tools to be successful in whatever I pursued living in such a demanding and competitive world. Self-confidence, active critical thinking skills, consistent work ethic, maintaining a healthy imagination, a lifelong appreciation for the arts. These all stem from my time in lessons and later my career in music.

As a professional musician in the San Diego and Los A
ngeles area, I perform regularly with many different music groups and solo artists including Frankie J, San Diego Symphony, San Diego Winds, Sure Fire Soul Ensemble and many more. I have also coached the band programs at Helix, Hoover, Del Norte and Rancho Buena Vista High Schools on all woodwinds.

Originally a classically-trained saxophonist (concert band, orchestral, solo literature), I currently hold a Masters of Fine Arts degree in Music emphasis in Jazz from California Institute of the Arts and Bachelors of Music degree in Jazz Studies from San Diego State University. I specialize in teaching intermediate and advanced students but also work very efficiently with beginners.

In the spirit of my previous teachers, I encourage new and fun methods of music instruction while still reinforcing the basics. All with the idea of having fun while playing music!

Thank you for your consideration.
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Mariela July 8, 2015
· Ear Training · In home
I have been working with Jesse for a few years now. I am bummed that the subject section of this review only lets me select one subject. Jesse has helped me with ear training, theory and composition, piano, performance, harmony, and overall musician advice. I cannot think of a more authentic and caring mentor and teacher out there that could be as efficient and helpful as Jesse has been to my career. I have seen a lot of progress in my musical career and my confidence as a musician has grown thanks to Jesse! He genuinely cares about the art and his students, he gets involved in their music careers and makes sure that the lesson is learned. He is familiar with many approaches and works hard for his students. Music is very lucky to have Jesse as a teacher!
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Stephanie July 5, 2015
· Saxophone · In home
Jesse is a great teacher for musicians of any level. His passion for music and music education is evident in the way he communicates with his students. Jesse is extremely patient, and will cater to your individual needs. He's a teacher who is truly on your side and aspires to help you reach your goals! I highly recommend lessons with Jesse, he makes playing fun!
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Jesse A.

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About Victoria T.

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Plano, TX

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About Victoria
Victoria has been playing the French horn since 2008 and the piano since 2001. She is currently majoring in horn performance and jazz French horn at the University of Illinois, where she studies under Bernhard Scully, a horn player who has played in the world-renowned Canadian Brass.

Victoria accepts students of all ages, skill levels, and musical goals, and she firmly believes in personalized instruction. Her students may learn music history, improvisation, the physics of sound, effective practice methods, audition prep, and their favorite tunes in addition to playing the instrument. Above all, Victoria helps her students to love music!
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Stacy April 27, 2019
· French Horn · Online
Victoria is very knowledgeable and was very engaged throughout the lesson. She asked good questions to assess my goals and playing level, and tailored the lesson appropriately. I am looking forward to my next lesson.
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Mia January 15, 2019
· French Horn · Online
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Alessandra C. October 12, 2018
· French Horn · Online
Today lesson really helped my daughter Alessandra learn the different breathing techniques that is needed to play the French Horn. Victoria seem very knowledgeable and my daughter is really excited for her next lesson. Thanks Victoria.
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Victoria T.

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About Ryland S.

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Los Angeles, CA
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About Ryland
Hi there! My name is Ryland and I am a full-time vocal coach. Thanks for taking a look at my profile here on TakeLessons - I know you have a lot of options, so let me tell you a little bit about what makes my teaching approach so unique and successful.

I received formal education for Vocal Performance from New York University. Since then, I have worked in nearly every angle of the entertainment industry from backup singing in a divey pub to vocal coaching and music directing a major motion picture, you name it. Understanding and coaching the artist at any particular juncture in their journey is one of the beautiful things about my job.

I work with singer-songwriters, pop artists, and theater performers not only to craft a sustainable approach to singing, but to connect with your voice and your material in a way that makes your per
formance unforgettable.

I have coached dozens of artists like you, dedicated to developing their instrument - be that for a gig, for an audition or to enhance their technique and the everyday reliability of their voice.

Recent credits include vocal coaching for the major motion picture musical "Drama Drama" (Winter 2020), and creation and instruction of a new vocal development program for the transgender and non-binary community at the Los Angeles LGBT Center's Trans*Lounge and across the country.

Feel free to reach out with any questions you may have; I'm already looking forward to working with you! - RS

PS - In addition to the session offerings I have listed on this site, I also offer 30 MINUTE LESSONS FOR CHILDREN AGES 8-17.
To book half-hour children's lessons, please contact TakeLessons directly at 877-231-8505. Adjusted rate is $80/ half-hour and available for children of the above listed age range only.
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Ryan D. July 16, 2018
· Singing · In studio
I had singing classes before for years, but before meeting Ryland I had a 2 year hiatus for many reasons. I needed someone that could help me evolve my rusty technique to gain vocal power while going thru FTM hormone therapy. In the first few weeks I already noticed a big difference in my voice, being able to hit such power that I didn’t had before. He would also notice my strenghts and weaknesses, and work on them with easy to understand concepts and techniques. Each week it gets more challenging and with him I’m able to get better each time, so it does end up not being challenging at all! He also understands that my voice is going thru changes, so everything is done in a healthy way, pushing forward my knowledge and practice while making it a safe transition! He’s kind enough to give me lessons that I work at home in-between classes as well. And to top it all, we both have the same sense of humor, so after a tough day at work, being able to do what I love while being a funny and relaxing experience it’s gold! Thank you Ryland! Can’t wait for my next class! :)
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Sonja July 6, 2018
· Vocal Training · In home
Ryland is the real deal. He’s an amazing teacher and has helped me resolve an issue that I’ve had my entire life with my voice. I always felt I was straining my voice and always had to make a huge effort trying to be heard and yet my voice would not project and often people would have a hard time hearing what I was saying. I always felt very frustrated because our voice is such an intimate expression of ourselves and I felt that I was making this huge effort and my voice did not feel like a natural expression of myself. Instead I felt tense and uncomfortable. When I picked up acting, the issues with my voice, the need to be heard and to have a confident vocal range became more urgent. I didn’t really believe it would be possible because I had tried a speech therapist in the past but Ryland has taught me how to make lasting changes to my voice that have made a huge difference in my life. Ryland is incredibly gifted. He has an amazing ear and can hear things about my voice that I don’t even know how to put into words. We worked over a period of several months and he was a truly wonderful teacher, not only in terms of the work we did during the lessons but also his kindness, compassion and nurturing were equally important in helping me make the changes. I can’t recommend him highly enough.
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Mark June 26, 2018
· Singing · In home
Ryland is an exceptional communicator, helping me learn to get out of my own way and trust my voice that's already here. Together we developed a daily practice, specifically designed to strengthen my weaknesses and carve out the grooves I need in order to do my best work. Join forces with Ryland and you will build confidence, you will build YOUR voice, and you will move forward with excitement and anticipation!
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About Samara E.

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Victorville, CA
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Samara E.

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About Alix E.

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About Alix
Hello! My name is Alix! I have an MA in Musical Theatre as well as a teaching certification from the Royal Academy of Music in London. I have worked with and learned from some of the best people in the industry including Patti LuPone and Claude Michel-Schonberg (composer of Les Miz) just to name a few.

Whatever your vocal goals are, I can help you get there. Whether you want to improve technique, work on acting through song, learn a new style etc. You can expect to improve week by week. Singing isn't only about sound, it involves your whole body, so my students can expect exercises that will release tongue, jaw, and neck tension as well as increase breath control.

Let me know if you have any questions, just let me know. I look forward to meeting you!
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Alix E.

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About Alexander G.

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Los Angeles, CA

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About Alexander
I am a Filipino-American guitarist who recently relocated to Los Angeles to experience and participate in the vibrant art & music scene. I earned a Master’s Degree in Music Pedagogy from Texas Woman’s University under the internationally-recognized guitarist, Carlo Pezzimenti.

Playing across the US and Europe with many national touring acts, I have been fortunate enough to experience many different avenues for music-making, as a solo, orchestra pit, big band, rock, and studio musician.

Completely fascinated with guitar gear (both old and new, acoustic, electric, classical), constantly researching tone, amps, and the latest pedals and effects.

I love to experience and perform music from many different cultures and regions. Therefore, I feel comfortable teaching a wide variety of styles (classical, jazz, rock, metal, bossanova, F
ilipino kundiman, etc.). I always strive to use my medium to observe, explore, and celebrate different cultures as well as my own.

My lessons are personally catered to each student’s interests and abilities. Whether you are a beginner, looking to learn the basics, or a seasoned player, looking to maybe hone your skills, I can help! Contact me today and let’s make some music!
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Cassandra September 17, 2019
· Classical Guitar · In studio
Alex is an excellent teacher! He worked at my pace and gave me a good foundation of exercises and instructions on how to build hand strength and proper posturing for playing classical guitar. He's very down to earth and makes you feel comfortable and capable throughout each lesson. My favorite songs we worked on were the duets.
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Alexander G.

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About solange S.

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Dundee, IL

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Solange Sior, soprano
Founder and Artistic Director of “Soirée Lyrique NFP”, Ms. Sior is a former winner of the Canadian Music Competition and winner of the National Bel Canto Competition, as well as finalist of The Metropolitan Opera National Council.

Ms. Sior has performed with many organizations in the Midwest and in Canada, including Lyric Opera of Chicago, Florentine Opera Company, Light Opera Works, Lincoln Opera, Chamber Opera Chicago, Chicago Concertante, New Music Chicago, New Millennium Orchestra, Albany Symphony Orchestra, Elgin Symphony Orchestra, Elgin Choral Union, and Youth and Music Canada.

At the prestigious Shaker Mountain Music Festival she performed 3 years in a row and sang the lead roles of Marguerite (highly acclaimed!), Suor Angelica, and Manon. She sang Mimi in La Bohème at the Amalfi Coast Music Festival in
Italy. She has also performed the roles of Madama Butterfly, Violetta, Musetta, Pamina, Fiordiligi, Monica, and the title role in Rose-Marie and The Incomplete Education by Chabrier.

Last season, Solange served as Stage Director and producer for Soirée Lyrique’s productions of Die Fledermaus and Tosca, as well as singing the lead role of Rosalinda.

She is the recipient of the 2014 Margaret Hillis Award for the Arts and received Elgin’s 2010 Image Award for her ten years of accomplishments as the Artistic Director of Elgin OPERA.
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solange S.

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About Carolyn T.

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San Francisco, CA
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About Carolyn
Carolyn Tillstrom is a Bay area musician and teacher. Originally from the suburbs outside of Philadelphia, Carolyn grew up playing piano, guitar, trumpet and tuba. She moved out west to pursue a Master’s Degree under the tutelage of Jeffrey Anderson at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music where she serves as the brass department graduate assistant. She hold’s a Bachelor’s Degree in performance and has won first place in the Mid Atlantic Brass Band festival solo competition. Carolyn has performed and taught with numerous youth organizations such as: Philadelphia Sinfonia, Philadelphia Sinfonia Player’s, Philadelphia Youth orchestra, Philadelphia Young Artists Orchestra, Rowan Youth orchestra, Bravo Brass and various brass quintets. She has taught lessons and Master classes to all brass at various schools in the bay area.

Carolyn’s stud
ents usually range from age 4 to adult, and she encourages the skills of learning music to be adapted for all of children’s activities and for them to grow with an ability to use music to expand creativity.
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Carolyn T.

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