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Travis P. Williamsburg, VA

About Travis

I can help you achieve your drumming goals, whether it is to simply enjoy playing your favorite song, make the drum line, win all district/all state competition, earn a significant scholarship to college, or play "Twist and Shout" in your wedding, I have done it all. I wrote and published a drumset method book that teaches students how to play solos, fills, beats, and improvise. I earned a bachelor's of music performance, theory, and composition from the College of William and Mary and have over 15 years of teaching experience. I teach all the major kinds of drumming: drumset, marching and concert snare drum, mallets, timpani, and auxiliary percussion. *** Lesson Details *** I believe that students learn the best when they are having fun. I do everything possible to provide a ...

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Christina P. December 5, 2013
Drum
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Enjoying classes!

Travis is doing a great job with our son! He is helping him on all different types of percussion instruments and our son's abilities are improving week by week! He is doing wonderfully in his band concerts at school now. We really enjoy our classes!
Darla W. Newport News, VA

About Darla

Hello, I am a professional musician with over 21 years of service as a military bandsmen. I've been stationed all over the world and have had the privilege to perform in some of the greatest concert halls. I love to work with students of all ages and can teach beginning-intermediate piano, and beginning-advanced flute. Prior to joining the military, I taught general music in the Texas Public School system. I have a bachelor€'™s degree in music education from the University of Texas at Arlington. I am a very active flutist in this area, performing with The Tidewater Winds, The Hampton Roads Philharmonic, and various small chamber groups. *** Lesson Details *** I believe in creating a very positive environment for my students. I am very patient and upbeat. Whether you are a beginner, or

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Evelyn N. March 12, 2014
Piano
Verified Student
Learning is easy

Very professional in teaching works with students to ensure the learning experience is enjoyable.
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DanteD June 18, 2012
Darla is a very good teacher, very kind ,and patience. Highly recommended!
Agnes H. Toano, VA

About Agnes

-Current Adjunct Faculty at Tidewater Community College, Norfolk Campus -Current Adjunct Piano Faculty at Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA -Former Piano Faculty at Levine School of Music, Washington DC -Former Music Theory and Piano Faculty at New School University, Mannes Pre-College Div, NYC -Member of MTNA, VMTA -served as an adjudicator for national piano guild audition (2007-Present) *** Lesson Details *** -Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced level -Choose well-balanced repertoire for classical players (Baroque, Classical, Romantic and 20th century pieces) -Prepare students to participate for national guild audition and all the events by MTNA (depends on students' interest) Style: From Classical to Broadway to Jazz to Hymns! *** Studio Equipment *** ...

Cara M. Norfolk, VA

About Cara

I am an award winning vocalist and performer who loves to teach voice. My credentials and affiliations include a Bachelor's in Vocal Music, Hurrah Players, Governor's School for the Arts, and VA Opera. I specialize in opera, musical theater, religious/spiritual, jazz artist, but also record pop/rock. Trained by some of the very best artists and teachers in Virginia and Texas, I have gained extensive knowledge in vocal pedagogy that has allowed me to be very versed in numerous styles of singing and crossover to several genres. I fell in love with teaching several years ago and my students have achieved much success in the art world and their communities. I adore my students and I treat their voices with extreme care and provide a very positive, patient, relaxed, and supportive atmosphere. ...

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Kelsey S. February 17, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Great voice coach! She is extremely experienced and knowledgable and fun to work with. She really cares and will work hard for your improvement. I highly recommend her!
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Velynda L. January 11, 2015
Broadway Singing · In studio
Verified Student
A phenomenal teacher! She's patient, teaches with positive reinforcement, and is a determined teacher. Definitively cares about her students and strives for excellence.
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William W. December 19, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Amazing artist! Very patient and out going! Puts her heart into training you and makes sure you understand it! Literally the best instructor ever!
Rachel G. Hampton, VA

About Rachel

Hi, there! My name is Rachel, and I can't wait to meet you! I've been teaching private lessons since 2002, and have loved helping my students learn to read and play, discover their own love of music, and conquer their fears of performing (so much "proud mama bear" happening!). In 2003, I earned my violin performance degree at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where I also studied piano and vocal pedagogy. I'm an encouraging and fun person to work with (if I may say so myself!), and my teaching style is fun, positive, and relaxed. I have worked with many students, including some with learning disabilities, physical limitations, PTSD, and just plain ol' stage fright! I work with you to set your own goals, and I look forward to helping you reach them... It's what I love about what I do.

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Jeff B. March 30, 2015
Mandolin · Online
Verified Student
I had a wonderful experience taking online mandolin lessons from Rachel. She was fun, easy to work with, and incredibly patient. I plan on learning the violin in the near future and will definitely use her again!
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Shawna L. March 10, 2015
Music Theory · Online
Verified Student
I have been taking theory lessons from Rachel for several months now to help learn the guitar. Learning theory can be very complex and quite a daunting task for a new music student. What I really appreciate is Rachel's patience and ability to try different approaches with me if a certain method doesn't quite resonate. She communicates and asks questions about the material she's going over to ensure that I'm comprehending what she's teaching. Another aspect that I'm very appreciative of is that Rachel gives me small, bite sized "chunks" of information that is easier to digest so that I'm not overwhelmed with learning too much at once. I intend to continue my musical journey with Rachel and also take on vocal lessons with Rachel as time permits. Her personality is very warm and personable and her commitment to helping others pursue their music goals really shines through. I consider Rachel to be a very well rounded musician and a master at her craft. I admire her musicianship and hope to attain her level of confidence and abilities as I pursue my own musical journey!!!
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Sams E. March 9, 2015
Viola · Online
Verified Student
I have always wanted to learn to play the viola but time has always been a fickle mistress with me so the viola I bought in late 2014 barely got played because of nursing school. I had an online violin lesson with Taylor Davis to support her new album and it gave me the idea to start taking lessons through skype. I spent my time looking through all the instructors on takelessons and chose Rachel because she plays the five string violin, which helps her understand both worlds and what can cross to violas and what can't. I took the plunge and signed up for lessons with her and it was one of the best decisions I've made.

Rachel is very knowledgeable and willing to work around a schedule, she's very quick to praise you when you get something right and also quick to correct to prevent bad habits from forming. Due to my inability to take lessons in real life I chose to take lessons from her but now that I am taking lessons from her I don't think I'd change to an in person instructor if I had the option.

Thank you Rachel for taking on someone who loves classical music and no idea how to play and starting me on the journey of one day playing the Walton viola concerto and the Vieuxtemps viola sonata.
Nicholas H. Newport News, VA

About Nicholas

Hello. I'm a postdoctoral researcher working at Jefferson Labs in Newport News. My passions are math, music, and physics. I offer instruction in all three, as well as general science. I hold a Ph.D. in nuclear physics from University of Paris 11 and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. I offer courses from grade school all the way up to the graduate level. My specialty in music is in piano and voice. I have been playing the piano from the age of five, and I am actively involved as a piano accompanist and service music pianist in the area.

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