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Review by Christian
"Wonderful teacher! Thank you so much."
Washington, DC teacher:
Review by Ben
"Thank you Eddie! Ben said enthusiastically"I liked Eddie ALOT!" I'm so pleased - Ben looks forward to his guitar lessons with you for the rest of the su
mmer. Thank you!"
Sacramento, CA teacher:
Review by Aaron
"My dream instructor
When I first heard about Take Lessons and the ability to take guitar lessons over Skype, I was skeptical. Turns out it has been an am
azing effective and convenient way for me to learn guitar. At one point I was a very active musician, mostly playing bass guitar, but I had not played a lot in the last 10 years. Eric has been able to expand my knowledge, my dexterity, and just my overall enjoyment of guitar in the few months I have been taking lessons with him. I was always a solid player, but Eric has been able to add a new layer of ability and really increase my skills. I recommend him to anyone who asks me about taking guitar lessons!!"
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Kelsey
"I've had a great experience taking violin lessons with Kristen for the past year or so. I only wish I had started sooner! She is an excellent teacher: she
is patient, answers all of my questions with ease, and clearly cares about her students. My lessons have been challenging but fun, and I am very happy with the progress I have made with her."
San Francisco, CA teacher:
Review by Dan
"Melody is a delight! Her knowledge, understanding and passion for music and teaching is evident in one lesson. She is supporting and understanding of yo
ur goals and will do everything in her power to help you reach them. Melody an effective communicator, knowing just what you need delivered in a nurturing way. You will not be dissappointed"
Minneapolis, MN teacher:
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New York, NY teacher:
Review by Jordyn
"This was our first lesson, and Richard jumped right in. He gave my daughter some suggestions on form, assessed where she was and had her learning right fr
om the beginning."
Austin, TX teacher:
Review by Jane
"So easy even this old timer can get it
Tim is an excellent, patient and caring instructor. I am a brand new guitar owner from a rural area in North Dakot
a. I was looking for a guitar teacher but all required a 30-60 minute drive. I found Tim through the Betterfly website and have taken several lessons through Skype. It has been a great experience that I would recommend to anyone from beginner on up"
Portland, OR teacher:
Review by Ineta
"we have two children playing! Lessons very interested. Children waiting for instructor. We have been playing for 3 years. very warm, inteligent teacher, v
My inspiration first started when I was seven years old and in second grade. I was pondering if I wanted to dedicate myself to the music field. A substitute piano teacher came in that day and played and my admiration decided me to pursue this ambition for my life work.
I studied and played guitar and auto-harp as a child because of our lack of piano. The guitar was a gift and I played it for years and studied vocal music throughout school.
When I was a young teenager I started playing with a group that I met in a barn and I was thrilled. Many other musicians
have been part of my story and as a young person I studied privately with such greats as Michelle Barone Horsefield as well as with with studio musicians such as the Scott Steeleman Studio and John Sayer.
When I was a little older I started studying at the Community Music School at Capital University in Columbus Ohio. I studied with Joan Hall Huet and enjoyed her style and training as well as Steve Caricciola out of Capitol who played organ and taught me composition. Those are only two of the wonderful teachers with whom I trained.
As I was studying, there came an opportunity for me to study and work with the founding member of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra. He was Mr. Robert Buchsbaum of Coronet Recording Studio. I came into his studio to make a demo tape and he offered me a job.
He was a fantastic engineer as well as the finest of oboists. We talked music for nine years together. He changed my life in so many countless ways that it would take a book to explain what was brought to me musically at that time.
I continued to play as well as help in the studio wherever and whenever I was needed. I recorded and wrote many original pieces and became copyrighted as well as a member of BMI and ASCAP.
I won the USO talent show in 1985 and was offered the possibility of travel, but I chose to stay in Columbus. I was very blessed to have met and worked with many of the finest professors in the country as they were a part of our Artist-In-Residence Series in the studio.
People such as Rosemary Platt, a professor of Ohio State University, Paul Droste, TBDBITL and retired OSU marching band director. I came to Florida in 2001 and have expanded my musical adventures. I continue to play musically with a few local musicians and write music. I plan to continue to be an active force in the music field as well as teach other people how to be fine musicians.
I have been involved within the music industry for many years. My credits include working almost ten years in a classical recording studio of high reputation. I have trained with many fine teachers and have grown to love the music field more and more. My goal is to expand your knowledge into a lifetime love for the music field and not to frustrate you with seemingly impossible tasks.
Children and Adults:
I love children and have worked many years with all age groups as well as with adults. I have the patience and good disposition necessary to help you enjoy the musical experience.
The methods that I use while on a steady course with an accredited system will also include learning how to enjoy music, write music and read music. I have people who are devoted to music and who will have it in their lives always because of my guidance.
A Personal Note
My skills include many years of teaching and helping students become stronger and better equipped to face the best future that they can possibly reach. I have devoted my life to teaching people to read, study, write and perform well.
I have researched the many students that I have trained and I have developed quick and efficient ways to reach needed goals. I have tutored children in reading, writing and comprehension skills as well as contest preparation and test taking.
I have also been involved in many public speaking and performance opportunities. When I was a young child I had the privilege of training in phonics and in eighth grade was reading at a college level.
When my family moved to another community while I was in the ninth grade I was placed in twelfth grade classes and while I did not have the emotional maturity I did have the intellectual ability. I have been concentrating on teaching music for the last few years and have also addressed a need in raising the skill levels in other subjects.
I have also spent time teaching children to prepare for tests. That led me into training others how to develop study skills to help them in lifelong pursuits. I am a writer and love to use stories with a good solid moral point.
I have devoted myself to helping children and young people as well as adults and have many references and connections to my community. I have been published in syndicated newspapers and I am currently a member of the American College of Musicians.
I have been listed in various Who's Who Publications such as Who's Who for Entrepreneurs and have even been listed in European publications. I believe that I have changed lives for the better and this gives me a strong drive and purpose to equip and strengthen others.
*** Lesson Details *** I teach online with much success. You can stay in the comfort of your own home and I can teach your student as if I am right there. Give online a try and see if your student continues to grow musically.
My usual goal in a lesson is to promote thought and a natural interest in personal development.
1. I require that the students have the materials needed to get the best possible results I can suggest which ones are the best for the student. Materials are usually of minimal cost unless a student wants to do very serious training.
2. The first few minutes we go over their homework and decide if they need another week or if they are ready to move on. Most of the students can move on so I am going to give that scenario.
3. I then present a concept that will usually take some practice to master.
4. The last section is spent in going over what will be done in their own time.
I'll do my best to make sure that the student understands everything that is being presented to the best of their capacity.
Practice time is age appropriate and I am sensitive to the time constraints that are part of our society today.
*** Studio Equipment *** Yamaha keyboard, bel canto vocal set up, computer, Luna acoustic guitar, classical guitar, lesson books.
*** Travel Equipment *** I have a guitar but students need their own instrument and will need books.
*** Specialties *** I use touch therapy and associations as well as help people overcome stage fright. I also use Bel Canto in vocal training. In guitar I can teach up to early advanced. On piano and vocal I can take children 7 and up male or female. I use positive reinforcement. I have innovative programs that stimulate and rejuvenate.
Stephanie P. September 29, 2014
Lisa is an exceptional person, let alone teacher. I have had the privilege of having her as my Aunt, and writing and playing piano with her has always been a fond memory for me. She made it fun, and even when I struggled, she was able to lift my spirits with her positivity and her passion for music. As a teacher, she's able to explain things in different ways and cater to the individuality of the student, which I think is key to building a solid foundation when learning a new skill, and developing said skill over time. She has incredible drive, and I think any student who gets to work with her will excel, while having a good role model to aspire to!
henry G. September 28, 2014
Music Theory ·
Lisa is by far the most experienced and practical piano teacher I have studied under in recent times. Her teaching methods and relate-able knowledge of brain-muscle memory were keys in helping me progress.
Being a studio engineer who is learning to produce, the fundamentals which Lisa has taught me are critical. Thanks Lisa!
Santina R. November 3, 2013
Guitar Verified Student
Excellent for children
Lisa is very structured and patient with my 8 year old son. She is clear with her instructions in class and for practice.. We are extremely happy with Lisa's teaching skills and highly recommend her.
My name is Rufus and I am eager to share my 43 + years of drum experience to help you reach your desired playing goals, you will learn the basics and begin to find your own rhythm as a drummer...let me show you how you can be the best drummer possible!
Performing Experience: * Play with Local Group - Tropical Heat * Recently played with National Recording Artist Michael Anthony at Cork and Olive in Brandon • Musician in Mystic Sheiks of Morocco, Rock a Doo Whop, Christmas Show at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay • Tutored in South America, Europe and Canada over 20 yrs. • Drummer for New Salem
M.B Church for last 20 yrs. • 4 yrs marching in the Florida A&M University Marching Band & Percussion Ensemble • 43 + yrs of rudimentary drumming
Audio: Specialize in digital audio work station software – Cubase 7 – Wavelab 8 and Waves plug-ins.
Recording Background: Owner of a home based recording studio.
Seasoned with Latin(2014)
The Bottom Line featuring the vocals of Ms. Amella "D"(2013)
True Love- collection of pop music (2012)
Lift Off - A high energy dance song.(2012)
The Spencer Project - a Gospel collaboration with various artists.(2010)
Master Works - variety of different styles of music.(2009)
Lift Off- a high energy dance song (2010)
Iron-man Marathon Music - (1983)
*** Lesson Details *** We will cover from the basics to the flashiness in drum playing and cover techniques in studio drumming.
If you are looking to venture into song writing,studio recording ,gear and software I have a studio complete with all the tools you will need to help carry you to the next level.
*** Studio Equipment *** Drum room with seating for parents. 5 piece Yamaha drum set, hi- hat cymbal, ride cymbal, music stand.
Digital audio work station software: Cubase 7.5 – Wavelab 8 and Waves plug-ins
Soft synths: Omnishere,Trilian,Native Instruments,korg legacy collection, Steinberg, Sample tank host of loops
*** Travel Equipment *** Lap top with earphones so student can experience playing along with music.
*** Specialties *** R&b, Gospel, Hip Hop, Jazz
Timothy A. April 4, 2015
In home Verified Student
Great teacher. Teaching in steps and then adding more to it and repeating is the best way to go and Rufus is doing just that with me. All ready in 3rd lesson as a beginner and im getting the hand of it pretty quick. I will learn this song in no time and perhaps a few more just for the fun of it.
Tracy T. October 7, 2013
Drum Verified Student
Terrific teacher and studio.
Rufus is an outstanding teacher. He is passionate about music and enthusiastic during lessons. He caters to a variety of learning styles, offering studio work and music tracks as well as traditional beats. Rufus has been a working musician for many, many years and provides real world experience and insight into the music industry. My son and I highly recommend him.
ChristinaS1 March 16, 2012
My son loves to write lyrics and beats and Rufus is teaching him how to record his music digitally. Enthusiatic, high energy, patient, encouraging, knowledgeable, and an accomplished musician. My son is fully engaged in learning with this teacher.
Dramatic Soprano & Brandon School of Music Director, KeriAnne B., is an alumna of California State University, Fullerton, where she holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Vocal Performance. She is the Director and Instructor of the Brandon School of Music. In addition, KeriAnne B. holds an Associate of Arts Degree in Music from Yuba College where she studied Vocal Performance and Piano Performance. Recently she made her Florida professional singing debut with the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra as soprano soloist for their production of Messiah and Christmas at the Movies. She has performed selecti
ons from the roles of Gilda (Rigoletto), Rusalka (Rusalka), Lakme (Lakme), Fiordiligi (Cosi fan tutte), Carmen (Carmen), Susannah (Susannah), Pamina/First Lady (Die Zauberflote), Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro), Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Lauretta (Gianni Schicci), Lay Sister (Suor Angelica), Semele (Semele), and Xerxes (Xerxes). She has appeared as soloist with the Yuba Sutter Master Chorale, Yuba Sutter Youth Chorus, Yuba Sutter Bel Canto Singers, First United Methodist Church of Redondo Beach as Soprano Section Leader and Soloist, CSU Fullerton University Singers, CSUF Chamber Singer, CSU Opera Production, and the CSU New Music Ensemble. She appeared as the soprano soloist with the Bel Canto Singer's production of the Stabat Mater of G.B. Pergolesi. She has sung as soloist for works such as the Vivaldi Gloria, Handel Messiah, Ralph Vaughn Williams Serenade to Music, John Rutter Gloria, John Corigliano Fern Hill, and other such works. She has appeared in productions with the Shoreline Opera Scenes Program singing Mozart, Offenbach, Chausson and others.
KeriAnne has studied voice under Joaquina C. Johnson, Dawn Hays-Weiss, Dr. Gerald Seminatore, Dr. Nicole Baker, Kathryn Rundus, Rhona Klinghofer, Meg Stecker-Thorsen. She has studied piano under Howard Johnson, Dr. Robert Bowman, Lavinia Livingston, Dr. Terry Watson, Dr. Monica Lee, Jensina Byington-Oliver, and most recently under Dr. Charles Enlow. She also has studied vocal pedagogy under Joaquina C. Johnson and Dr. Patricia Prunty. Extensive studies in piano pedagogy were completed under Dr. Robert Bowman. Post-Undergraduate studies have included opera and piano studies at California State University, Chico, Fullerton College, El Camino College and Shoreline College.
She has sung under the the highly esteemed and world renown choral conductor John Alexander, and acclaimed women's choral director, Dr. Vance Wolverton. She has also sung professionally under choral conductors Grant Gershon, of the Los Angeles Master Chorale and Los Angeles Opera Chorus, Dr. Robert Istad (Long Beach Camerata Singers), Dr. Nicole Baker, Joaquina Johnson, Dr. Lynn Bielefelt, Sean Boulware, Linda Waterman, and the acclaimed Keith Lockhart of the Boston Pop's Orchestra. She has toured with the Boston Pop's Orchestra and has sung as professional section leader and soloist for Redondo Beach Methodist Church. She has performed for world famous composer, Morten Lauridsen, singing his piece Mid Winter Songs. She has had the opportunity to tour California with the Cal State Fullerton Chamber Singers. She has also had her compositional work "Snow Falling in a Quiet Night" premiered by the New Music Ensemble at CSU Fullerton. She has studied composition under Dr. Pamela Madsen.
KeriAnne's teaching career has included teaching at elementary school, high school, college, and university levels and has had several experiences with music education. She has tutored college/university level theory, piano performance, class piano, coached voice students, taught voice and has accompanied vocal and instrumental soloist. She has acted as the Assistant Director to the Yuba Sutter Youth Chorus, Assistant Director to the Yuba Sutter Master Chorale, and Assistant Director to the Yuba Sutter Bel Canto Singers. She has taught throughout public schools and private schools throughout California, Florida, Texas and Washington State. Matthew's Music (CA), Orange County Music Academy (CA), Redondo and Hermosa School of Dance and Music (CA), Manhattan Beach Middle School (CA), Lennox Unified School District (CA), A Sharp School of Music (TX), Allegro Piano Studio (TX), Alamo School of Music (TX) and Aria School of Music, Palm Bay School of Music and Brandon School of Music her privately owned and operated voice and piano studio. She has also accompanied singers in the San Antonio Independent School District vocal programs (Luna Middle School). Most recently, she has obtained her K-6 Elementary Education Teaching Certification from the State of Florida.
Along with her teaching, she has acted as the Assistant Youth Chorus Director for the acclaimed Sacramento Opera Company in the production of La Boheme. KeriAnne has had an extensive performing background in choral music, vocal performance and piano performance. She has acted as cathedral pianist for the San Fernando Cathedral in San Antonio, TX. She has been involved and competed in the NATS auditions as well as has performed in solo concerts and recitals within Yuba Sutter area, Seattle Metropolitan area, Orange County, Brevard County and Los Angeles County areas. In addition, she is a church musician that has sung in the Aldersgate Chorale and UMC of Redondo Beach and has performed numerously as soloist for several various churches. KeriAnne has had an extensive list of activities as a pianist, accompanist, coach and teacher. Some of her pianist involvement include, accompanist for instrumentalist and vocalist, pianist for weddings, funerals, parties and entertainment venues. She has had extensive experience in church music and served as pianist for four years.
Most recently, KeriAnne has been accepted in the Central Florida Lyric Opera as a member of the Resident Artist Training Program. Auditions for local opera companies are in the works, and she is looking forward to starting her Master of Arts Degree in Vocal Performance at the University of Central Florida in the Fall of 2013. Her goals include getting an Artist Agent to manage her singing career and having the opportunity to sing internationally.
KeriAnne is a Certified Music Teacher in 32907
*** Lesson Details *** Lessons can expect to be educational, fun, motivational and full of lots of singing. You will learn how to have fun playing music, musical techniques, sight-reading, musicianship, note-reading, ear training and theory. After 3-6 months of lessons, you will be either playing the piano or singing at a high level. You will be learning new music, having fun and enjoying what you are learning in my teaching studio.
*** Studio Equipment *** Yamaha Upright Piano, Music Stand, Parent Waiting Area with comfortable chair and couch, Lighting, Bookcase with Music Books and Music Supplies, etc.
*** Specialties *** I specialize in Classical/Operatic Voice Techniques, but am able to teach musical theatre. I do not teach popular vocal styles, such as rap, rock, indie, soul, country, hip hop, gospel, punk, or pop music styles. For piano, I teach a little bit of every genre and style. Guitar I teach basic techniques, chording and strumming. Music can range from classical, folk, jazz to more popular tunes.
BettyM May 16, 2011
KeriAnne B. is absolutely awsome!! She always encourages and instills confidence in my grandaughter's abilities to play any piece she desires.
I have my degree from The Eastman School of Music and have played rock and roll for decades. My joy is bringing people to music and music playing. As Music is an infinite language it has always been an eternal joy to teach and relate to my beloved students what music can say to them and what they can convey to others.
*** Lesson Details *** "If music is not fun it is useless" I urge my students to play their instruments not practice! I will teach music theory as I teach you any style or all styles. Patience is the key and I am constantly filled with it. You will progress as you learn the ins
and outs of your instrument and music.
*** Studio Equipment *** Room setup for lessons, with small keyboard and instruments. Ample parking available, parents can sit in on lessons and waiting area available.
*** Travel Equipment *** The student is expected to provide the instrument including full keyboard or piano.
*** Specialties *** all
Shulamit G. May 19, 2013
Drum Verified Student
my son has really been enjoying hand drum lessons with phil. he's courteous and kind, and is good at engaging my almost-six year old and keeping him on task. he also is laid back and creates an atmosphere of fun, letting my son take the lead at times and being very collaborative.
I am the tutor who makes it too easy to learn to play piano. I teach any genre and any level.
Elizabeth M. March 19, 2015
Ear Training ·
I have always thought of playing-by-ear as being mysterious and beyond the reach of most humans. I thought one had to be born with that ability. I was SO wrong. Osmond proved to me that this ability is within the reach of everyone. He de-mystified the whole process WONDERFULLY. When he revealed to me how easy the process is, and when I saw and heard myself doing what I previously thought was impossible, I cried ( tears of joy).
Mary R. March 19, 2015
I am amazed at how rapidly my 6 year old daughter learned to play 2 of her favorite songs ( after just 4 lessons ). She is even adding some fancy flourishes to give her playing a professional sounding touch. Absolutely wonderful.
Owen B. March 19, 2015
I didn't know playing piano could be so easy. This is my 5th instructor and what a revelation!!!!! I am glad I kept looking for the best. I have finally found it.
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