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About David "Ray"
I have played piano since age 5, saxophone since age 13, and guitar since age 15. I received a Bachelor of Music from the University of Memphis, a Masters of Education from Union, and have taught music for Memphis City Schools for the past 6 years.

I love and play a wide variety of music including Classical, Contemporary, Rock, Folk, and Praise & Worship music.

*** Lesson Details ***
There won't be any fussing or hand slapping in my lessons. As long as a few simple procedures are followed, progress will soon come. Students will have an exercise book as well as a couple of pieces to learn. If a student is willing to practice about 20-25min daily, then at the end of 6 months he/she will be able to play their first piece!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living room w/ FW keyboard, guitar, and seating for parents

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I'd expect students to have their own instruments and to purchase their own books.

*** Specialties ***
Popular songs, Classic rock songs, Cinema Scores, Praise/Worship music, Standard classical piano works
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Ray M.

Memphis, TN 38120
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About Kevin F.

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Memphis, TN

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About Kevin
I have had a fairly diverse musical background, including playing with bands and orchestras, as well as participating in choral groups and opera. I have a master's degree in music performance for wind conducting, and a bachelor's degree in music with an emphasis on piano performance.

I have taught private lessons for several years now and I love every moment with my students! I have a real passion for sharing my knowledge and experience with others, both failures and successes. I believe everyone has creative potential, and I believe music is a real universal art form that anyone can tap into if they want. Above all, making and creating music should also be fun!

*** Lesson Details ***
I try to keep my lessons professional but comfortable too. I don't yell at students for messing up or anything like that. I usually have an agenda b
ut am willing to adjust and compromise if the situation dictates. If you don't have a curriculum in mind, I like Alfred's piano courses, but will do my best to find one that fits you as a student best. My initial goals are to make sure the basics of reading music and performing are set so that no matter what musical avenue you want to pursue, you will be successful. I do specialize in classical music but enjoy creating and playing in other genres as well.

I now also offer lessons online, as well as tutoring in most math areas!

***CANCELLATION POLICY***
I kindly ask for 24 hour notice whenever possible if a lesson is going to be missed. Generally speaking, if I don't hear from a student and their lesson time passes I will mark the lesson as missed, but I am also usually more than willing to make up the lesson at a later time.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have a piano keyboard at my home.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I would expect students to have their own instruments as needed, as well as music paper, pencils, etc. I may be able to provide some of those materials on occasion as well as some books/recordings, but will by and large expect students to purchase those for themselves.

*** Specialties ***
I am much more familiar with classical styles and Broadway. My music writing style tends to be somewhere between neo-classical and avant-garde.

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Emily B. May 19, 2017
· Piano · In home
He is a good instructor. Easy to talk to.
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Debora May 4, 2017
· Piano · Online
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Preston Mullins April 26, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Our son has been going to Kevin for over a year now. He is nice and great with our son. He has learned a lot during with time with Kevin and continues to grow as a student of music.
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Kevin F.

Kevin F.

Memphis, TN 38133
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About Andre L.

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Kissimmee, FL

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About Andre
Was born in Brazil in 1974. At age of 8, he began guitar studies at the Villa Lobos Conservatory where he completed the 7 years course. During the period from 1994 to 1996 he studied with Luiz Claudio Ferreira at School of Music and Fine Arts of Paraná – Brazil where he earned the Bachelors degree in performance.
Mr. L has been in the most important guitar events in the states such Guitar Foundation of America (CA), Stetson International Guitar Workshop (FL) and Guitar Symposium (GA). His activities as an instructor, clinician and performer have been intense and he has received great recognition.

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The ultimate goal is to mix Technic/Professional oriented instruction with a expectation of each student , depending on age, level and personal goal.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons are taught in my Home Studio
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A quiet and exclusive place for the lessons.
Music stand and foot stool are provided.
Each student must bring their own instrument.

*** Specialties ***
Usually I use any easy method for kids to initiation as a base material.
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Yoimer A. December 15, 2012
· Classical Guitar ·
Excellent Teacher.

I'm an experienced player, so I can't exactly say that he'd be good for someone who's just picking up a guitar. But he does an excellent job teaching technicality and musicality, which is something that many teachers lack these days. When I looked for a teacher I wanted someone who would help me better myself as a musician in a style I wasn't very familiar with. By musician, I mean someone who is not only technically proficient, but also very musical and a very good interpreter of music. So far he's helped me a lot in all of those aspects, while managing to keep a comfortable learning pace. I'd recommend him to anyone who really wants to push themselves musically.
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Hilary H. December 10, 2012
· Guitar ·
Wonderful Teacher

Best instructor ever! Very patient, and has an instinctive ability to understand how a student best learns, and focuses on that style, thus producing results I never dreamed I could accomplish. It is a joy to work with Andre.
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sajimon G. November 4, 2012
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This teacher is wonderful

Andre is an excellent guitar teacher. Very encouraging and helpful. Understands my ability and interest.
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Andre L.

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About John S.

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Collierville, TN

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About John
I have been teaching young people and adults how to play musical instruments for over 20 years. A lot of my students are well on their way to a rewarding future with music, some as professionals and others as hobbyists. In addition to being a teacher, I am also a professional performer who has worked in a wide variety of styles and I have a Masters degree in music composition and theory.

One of my main specialties is working with very young students and total beginners. There is a special skill to teaching young children that can only be developed through experience. For the older student, or the student who already has a musical background my specialty is helping you learn the styles that have always been of most interest to you. I can also help older students gain a broad understanding of music through some basic music theory.

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I can teach piano or keyboard to beginners and up to advanced students. On guitar and woodwinds I can teach beginners and up to intermediate level students.
My teaching style is fairly relaxed and very positive, but I will try to keep the lessons on a course that is going to benefit you the most.

For younger piano students and beginners I prefer the Alfreds piano system. The songs in the Alfreds books allow for immediate playing and note reading without any tedious memorization. The beginner books contain a lot of fun songs that kids really gravitate toward. For older students I try to gear the lessons toward whatever musical style you prefer. For students who have only had traditional piano lessons I can teach you how to read pop and jazz chord charts, as well as how to turn those chord charts into fully arranged music. I can also teach improvisation and the skills that are required to play specific styles of music in a professional band.

For my younger guitar students I have a variety of beginner material I have collected over the years, but for my older students I prefer to work on songs of their choice.
My beginner woodwind students will work with a Yamaha method book, while older students can learn improvisation and theory if they like.

I also can lead Orff styled tuned percussion ensembles. The Orff style of music performance allows for students from entirely mis-matched musical backgrounds to play music together, even on their first day of class.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Professional digital piano, many other keyboards, guitar, bass guitar, saxophone, flute, and four Orff tuned percussion instruments. I also have a comfortable seating area for parents, guests or observers.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide multiple keyboards, a guitar, saxophone, flute and 4 Orff style tuned percussion instruments, as well as countless books and literature.

*** Specialties ***
I play keyboards professionally in jazz, RnB, rock, reggae, Latin rock and other styles. I can help the student who has only had traditional lessons branch out and learn how to read chord charts, which in turn teaches them theory.
I am a certified Orff teacher as well.
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Chris August 19, 2016
· Piano · In studio
John does a great job and gets along great with the kids.
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Pat S. May 9, 2016
· Piano · In studio
John was very good and very patient. I really think I am going to love this
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Carter March 1, 2016
· Piano · In studio
John is a great teacher! This was my son's first piano lesson last night. He enjoyed it and also learned quite a bit during the half-hour session. My other son has been taking guitar lessons from John for over two years, and he has been a pleasure to work with during this time. We highly recommend him for lessons of various instruments!
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Collierville, TN 38017
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About Jason O.

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Memphis, TN

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I graduated with a Master's Degree in Music Performance from Florida State University. My primary instrument is Saxophone, but I also teach Clarinet. I studied for one college semester at the presitgious Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, England. During undergrad at Samford University in Birmingham, AL, I was a two time winner of the Concerto-Aria Competition. I have played Saxophone for 30 years, and I have years of experience teaching beginner level to degree-seeking students.
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Leah December 14, 2015
· Saxophone · In studio
Jason was able to to teach my daughter and improve her playing in a short amount of time. Would recommend to anyone!!!!
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Floud December 4, 2015
· Saxophone · In studio
I had the pleasure of seeing and hearing Jason's exquisite talent with the saxophone recently in a private concert. I was extremely impressed with his talent and I think anyone wishing to learn to play the sax or just improve your own talents would benefit from Jason's dedication and expertise.
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Jason O.

Memphis, TN 38117
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About Joel B.

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Memphis, TN
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Guitar, Bass and Ukulele teacher with over 20 years experience located in Memphis, TN. With a fully customizable approach to teaching, Joel will have you up and playing the songs you want to learn as fast as after a few lessons. All ages at all levels of playing ability. Learning music is fun with Joel !

Not only will we be learning how to play the guitar, bass or ukulele and playing songs, but also learning how to sing them as well. As you progress along you will learn how to improvise and make a melodic solo. I will explain theory in an easy to understand way and how to compose your own songs too !

Joël has worked as a professional musician, teacher, producer/engineer, and concert promoter for the past 30 years. Joël studied composition at Humber College in Toronto before relocating to London with his alternative rock band Melt.
Melt quickly grabbed the attention of the critics, and received extensive play on BBC Radio One, XFM, and London FM. Rock journalists wrote rave reviews of Melt for Melody Maker and NME and was given "Single Of The Week" status. Melt performed with Supergrass, Modest Mouse, Eels, Julianna Hatfield, and Hefner.

Joël moved to New York and formed his next band, Mutronium who were voted #2 favorite of the year on WFMU Radio. Mutronium performed with Grizzly Bear, Au Revoir Simone, and BM Linx before disbanding. Joel then turned his attention to production work, producing and engineering recordings for TVT recording artists Ambulance Ltd. and 11 albums for U.K. band Hefner. Currently Joël is working on placement music for TV and films.
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Lisa Murdock October 25, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Joel did a great job of explaining why you need to do things certain ways which was helpful. He was very patient and encouraging.
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Albert September 20, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Joel is a very good instructor, he makes sure his students develope good work ethics and lays a foundation that keeps a students interest and desire to learn.
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Leslie August 25, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Joel is a great instructor he is so calm and incouroging! He make it fun!
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Joel B.

Memphis, TN 38107
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About Liza W.

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Van Nuys, CA
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About Liza
Liza W. is a professional singer, harpist, and composer. As a soloist and ensemble musician, Liza brings a new dimension to the harp’s role in contemporary music, striving to expand the possibilities for this unique instrument in Jazz, Classical, Folk, Latin, and World music. She grew up immersed in the vibrant musical culture of the San Francisco Bay Area and now is based in Los Angeles. Liza began teaching in high school and loves to share her passion for music with her students. She teaches voice, harp, music theory and history, music composition and arranging, and world music genres including Celtic and Latin music. Liza hold a Master's in Music from USC Thornton School of Music and a Bachelor's in Music from IU Jacobs School of Music.
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Wendy September 28, 2017
· Harp · Online
Liza is extremely flexible and patient. She has tailored each lesson to my specific needs and has given me tools I needed to make me a better harp player. She chooses pieces that challenge me and has allowed me to chose from several different pieces/styles that I would enjoy learning, too. If I had to miss a lesson for some reason she went above-and-beyond to accommodate a make-up lesson. She has always been very encouraging and I have loved having her has my harp teacher! --Olivia (14 years old)
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Jesscia S. September 27, 2016
· Harp · In home
Liza is a wonderful and dedicated teacher. She his young, smart, patient and it is abvious to us that she cares and loves teaching harp. In the last few years, my daughter have had several teachers through out her piano and harp lessons, and I never seen her so excited before and after the her music lesson. She has been inspired and highly motivated from the first moment that she met Liza.
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About Mark A.

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Memphis, TN

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I was born into a musical family and have always had a love of music from an early age. I started playing guitar at age 10 and piano a few years after that. My love for music led me to Visible Music College in Memphis TN where I graduated with a bachelor in guitar performance in 2014. I have been teaching private and group lessons to children and adults in both guitar and piano for 8 years. I have a very modern approach to music teaching, putting the emphasis on theory and technique to equip any student with the tools they need. I love seeing my students succeed and grow musically and most importantly to have fun playing any style of music!
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Mark A.

Mark A.

Memphis, TN 38117
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About Derrick M.

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Memphis, TN

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Derrick has been a professional bass player for over 20 years. His less is more approach has been the backbone of his style and career alike. A strong work ethic and positive attitude has helped make Derrick a first call bassist for both live touring and studio recording.

Shortly after moving to Nashville, TN in 2005, Derrick landed a job with the band Danica, touring the casino circuit across the country. Averaged 180 shows/year from ’06-’11!! Played in over 30 States including the Virgin Islands!

After 5 strong years on the road, Derrick moved to Memphis and worked with some great local Memphis bands such as Mudflap King, Pulse Party Crew, and Country Artist Derek Joseph.

In August 2014, Derrick made the leap back to Nashville and became the touring bassist for McKenzies Mill. Derrick was also the session bassist for McKenzies
Mill’s EP, recorded with New Voice Entertainment in 2015.

Shortly after, Derrick became the house session bassist for Loud Sound Ridge Productions. Recording radio quality tracks for artists Paul Newton and Jay Bragg.

In April, 2016, Derrick made Memphis, TN home-base again. While still holding on to all of his Nashville contacts, Derrick is also working with such Memphis bands/artists as Derek Joseph, Nick Garrison and Radiometer. As of July, 2016, Derrick is now the in-house bass instructor at Circle Music Center and Martin Music.

Starting in October, 2016 Derrick became the first call drummer for MGP Studios, recording bass tracks and performing in live showcases for the various artist under the MGP Record Label. MGP, Mark Goodman Productions, features Mark Goodman, Grammy Award Winning Recording Engineer. Mark has worked with hundreds of artists throughout his 4 decade career.
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Derrick M.

Derrick M.

Memphis, TN 38104
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About Lora G.

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Memphis, TN

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Lora Gubanov received the Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance from the University of Memphis. She completed her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Piano Performance from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville in 2011. As an enthusiastic educator, Dr. Gubanov is currently teaching students of all ages and skill levels. Some of her distinguished awards include 1st prize winner of the MTNA State Piano Competition in 2006, University of Tennessee's Concerto Competition winner in 2007, recipient of a full assistanship in teaching Class Piano to Undergraduate college students at the University of Memphis in 2011, finalist at the University of Memphis Soloist Competition in 2013, and a participant in the Wideman International Piano Competition in Shreveport, LA in 2014. As an Adjunct faculty at the University of Memphis in th
e Spring of 2015, Dr. Gubanov taught private and chamber music lessons to Undergraduate students.

Lora's performing experience includes solo and chamber performances in the U.S., Bulgaria, Austria, and Germany.

Currently on the Executive Board of Tennessee's Music Teachers Association, Dr. Gubanov serves as Chair of Elementary Piano competitions. She is a certified Suzuki piano teacher and a member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas, Music Teachers National Association, GMMTA, and National Guild of Piano Teachers.
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Lora G.

Lora G.

Memphis, TN 38117
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