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Tyanna W. Raleigh, NC

About Tyanna

Music is one of the biggest, most important things in my life! I love how music allows me to express myself. A lot of joy is brought to people through music. I strive to change lives for the better through singing and teaching others how to be great singers! I have been teaching for about 7 years, but performing for 20. As a performer, I believe I am able to provide insight from both teacher's and performer's standpoints. I have been in the same position as my students so I am able to relate. *** Lesson Details *** In my studio, you will find a very relaxed environment. While I am strict when it comes to proper technique, I believe in encouragement and CONSTRUCTIVE criticism. You will not leave my studio feeling unaccomplished or discouraged. I create my own curriculum ...

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LARRY G. June 14, 2013
Singing
Verified Student
Tyanna West

The first singing class I had with Tyanna,she made me feel relax.She is a very good teacher. Tyanna first explain to me how the class will go.She have a very relaxed environment,she have great insight and view on how to sing the proper way. Tyanna have a very nice way in using constructive criticism.I learn somethings that will help me to be a better singer everytime I was in class.
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Charles N. Raleigh, NC

About Charles

Charlie is a certified music teacher, who teaches in areas surrounding Clayton and travels to teach in the Raleigh and Knightdale areas. He first began teaching guitar and piano during his music studies at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, MS. At the university and after receiving his degree in music education, he has taught and performed in various musical settings and venues which has included the genres of classical, jazz, blues, rock, folk and country. Besides teaching and performing, Charlie also is a songwriter who writes songs for his groups performances and teaches his more advanced students songwriting. Drawing upon his education and experiences as both performer and teacher, he strives to relate his background to his student's learning experiences ...

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Emily D. October 29, 2014
Piano · In home
Verified Student
We enjoy having Mr. Charlie come to our house and teach our 5 year old son Xavier how to play the piano. He makes sure our son stays focused and goes at a pace that works for him. Xavier has learned a lot, and we are grateful to Mr. Charlie.
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sue M. December 1, 2013
Guitar
Verified Student
excellent teacher

Mr Nichols is an excellent teacher, he is always patient and understanding. He is willing to stop and review the lesson no matter how long it take the student to understand it.
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 ...

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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!
Autumn B. Raleigh, NC

About Autumn

I have been actively involved in music all my life. I started playing violin 15 years ago. I never would have expected it to take me where I am today. It has guided me to become a confident, respectful, and creatively evolving adult. I teach mostly classical style violin, but do have a few students who are mainly interested in church music, pop, folk, and fiddle. I love to arrange popular music for my students, and encourage this side of the violin as well as the classics. I have played in a few symphony orchestras on the west coast Including the Orange County H.S. of the Arts Philharmonic, and the Spokane Honors Symphony. I have been involved in the creating of Composition Clubs, and String Quartets as well as String Trios in the Pacific Northwest. My main focus with the ...

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Kelly S. August 3, 2014
Violin · In home
Verified Student
We could not have asked for a better violin instructor for our 7-year-old daughter. Autumn is exactly what she needed: someone engaging, flexible, creative, and most of all fun! Obviously she is tremendously skilled and a master of her craft, but this does not always make a great teacher. But Autumn is a great teacher, which makes her an absolute gift and inspiration! We are so lucky to have found her! Thanks, Autumn!!!
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Lori B. June 8, 2014
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Autumn is encouraging and enthusiastic and helpful and fun. I am an adult and an experienced violinist who stopped playing for 20 years. I am just getting back into it and am delighted to find that I haven't forgotten how to read music and play, but I am really wanting to improve my sound. Autumn is happy to work on just what I want and need. I don't believe I could have found a better instructor for me.
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Vito I. February 14, 2014
Violin
Verified Student
Autumn falls magically!

So here I am on yet another fork in the road and now I have REAL aspirations of making wonderful sounds with my violin! I'm just an old silly man chasing a dream, and Ms. Autumn is making it happen! No matter how much I make annoying squeaking ear drum popping noises, she's right there making it all sound.....imaginary! Ms. Autumn rocks! Ms. Autumn rolls! She is the best of the best! I can't wait for each new lesson! Thanks so much!!!
Sylvia M. Falcon, NC

About Sylvia

I like what Plato said, "I would teach children Music, Physics and Philosophy but most of all Music because with Music and all the Arts, you are teaching them the patterns that are the key to learning everything." *** Lesson Details *** I use the Alfred books. I try to keep lessons fun. I work to keep a student interested and bonded with the process so that boredom never sets in. One of my strengths as a teacher is inspiring students to reach for their best as well as conveying to them that their best is expected. I instill in them that achieving excellence is very attainable. Students understand that they are valued. Personally, I have had some incredible teachers that taught me lessons on going the distance. Learning to play the piano is a lot about going the distance. I'm thankful ...

Nanci M. Garner, NC

About Nanci

I have over 20 years of experience. I graduated from Wagner Music Conservatory in Miami, Florida and also earned more than 85 credit hours towards a BA in Music Education from Florida International University. I have experience teaching all ages from 7 to 70! I use the John Thompson Piano Method and supplement teaching with fun pieces to keep children interested and engaged.

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