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About Kevin F.

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Memphis, TN

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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!

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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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Memphis, TN 38133
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I have been playing the cello for over 20 years. Throughout that time I have been taught in many of the popular training techniques, including but not limited to: Suzuki, All For Strings, Alexander Technique, Popper, and Schroeder studies.

In my career as a cellist, I have performed in professional level orchestras in Central California, Southern California, and Southern Arizona. I have also been playing for private events and weddings for over 16 years, playing almost every genre of music imaginable. In my short career so far, I have had the privilege to play for numerous popular bands and record and multiple record albums. All of my experience in practical music applications helps me to inform a student that there is a large amount of opportunities for musicians to play outside of a traditional orchestra. It is important to know tha
t the cello is an instrument that has broken through traditional barriers and is used in almost every genre of music currently.

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When I teach a lesson I make sure that the student is my first priority and they each have a unique lesson plan designed to focus on their strengths and give them the best opportunity to succeed. Each student that I teach is encouraged to set a goal for themselves that will challenge them without making them feel too much pressure. My goal is to make lessons fun so that there is incentive to practice every day and feel a great sense of accomplishment after every week of practicing and lessons. Even though I know that not all of my students will go on to play cello professionally, I teach them with the expectation that this will become a deep passion that they will cherish for the rest of their lives, just like it happened with me.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Dining area setup for lesson with keyboard, guitar and cello, waiting area for parents available in living room. Guest parking available. No pets.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide stands and some music. Students need to provide instrument, chairs, a location to teach.
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John August 28, 2015
· Cello · In studio
Brenton is a compulsive liar. Buyer beware.
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Brenton M.

Memphis, TN 38103
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About John S.

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Collierville, TN

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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 Chris B.

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Butler, NJ

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My name is Chris B. and I've been playing music for most of my life.

The best lesson that I've personally learned is that a musician is never done learning. Once you start believing that you know everything there is to know about your instrument, or that your style of playing is superior to others, then you've stopped growing musically. Perhaps you excel in one area of your playing but need further development in another. Personally, I've also learned that I enjoy sharing my knowledge of music with others and exposing students to new techniques and musical concepts.

I strongly believe that these traits are the most important aspects of teaching music to others. No matter how advanced my playing skills might progress, I’ll always be able to relate to any type of student because I’m still learning something new everyday!
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Terri Krzesinski November 7, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Chris is a great teacher! He makes you feel very comfortable. As a beginner player, Chris breaks down everything so you can easily follow. He is friendly and patient and I highly recommend him! He is the BEST!!
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Pennie October 4, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
I've been taking lessons from Chris for 2 months now. He's exceptional in his teaching methods and makes each lesson enjoyable. I'm a beginner and learning my first chorded song. He's been excellent at taking his time and breaking the song down to where I feel comfortable playing.
He's easily reached by email, and has sent me audio files of himself playing the song we're working on to help me with my practice. I leave my lessons pumped and excited to play. I highly recommend him!!
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Pennie July 21, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
I had my second lesson with Chris today. He's exactly the type of teacher I've searched for. He's very easy going and optimistic. I appreciate the fact he grabs his guitar and plays along with me, it makes learning rhythm so much easier for someone who learns by seeing and following along. I highly recommend him.
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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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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 Leander S.

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A little about me: I am the French horn player with the touring wind quintet the City of Tomorrow. In addition to my work with the City of Tomorrow, I hold positions with the Oregon Ballet Theater Orchestra and the Portland Opera Orchestra. I also play regularly with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra and the IRIS Orchestra in Germantown, Tennessee. As well as teaching private students, I am the horn instructor at both Rhodes College and the University of Mississippi at Oxford.

My Teaching Philosophies:
- Fundamentals are the key to success. Understanding and integrating basic principles of brass playing (including air-support, embouchure, and articulation) are the primary goals of most exercises.
- Lessons should be fun and full of experimentation. During lessons, there will be times when we improvise, try to make different noises on
our instruments, and try out new ways of solving problems.
- Music can be understood instinctually and intellectually. Both are important to being a musician. During lessons we will improve the instinctual understanding of music by singing, listening, and exploring options of musical expression. Intellectual understanding will be deepened through study of music theory, composition, and historical performance-practice.

Good luck with your teacher search!
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Leander S.

Leander S.

Memphis, TN 38104
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About Marissa H.

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Memphis, TN

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My name is Marissa Howard I am currently studying at the University of Memphis for my Masters in classical voice. I have been studying piano for 14 years and voice for 8. I began my education at the Denver School of the Arts studying under Brian Stinar and Anne Van Etten, where I had the opportunity to play in prestigious halls such as Jordan Hall at New England Conservatory and John Paine Hall at Harvard University. For my undergraduate I attended the Chicago College of the Performing Arts and I had the opportunity to work with Thomas Studebaker and Cynthia Clarey studying piano under Dr. Rachel Park. I had the great opportunity to work with great artists such as Nicole Cabell and Isabelle Leonard and worked with local theaters such as the Greenhouse Theater. As a pianist I had the opportunity to work with composers such as Doug Green,
Nicholas Gutierrez, Justus Richardson, and Andrew Meixner to perform new works. As a teacher I believe in a strong foundation in hard work and fun. Music should be enjoyable and I enjoy working with students both young and old. I would love to work with finding your passion or hobby and help encourage you along the way.
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Nicole November 9, 2017
· Piano · In home
If you are creative and looking for an advanced music teacher, forget this one.
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Marissa H.

Marissa H.

Memphis, TN 38118
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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 Joy C.

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I was a Theater and English teacher for the past 3 years, and have traveled and worked in many different countries. I came back from Croatia this summer after working as a Nanny and Bartender. I am here to make your lessons fun, energizing, and challenging as we work towards your goals!
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BURN November 13, 2017
· Piano · In home
Great teacher! Always easy to communicate with/change piano times. Helped me get faster at reading music.
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Victoria November 13, 2017
· Classical Piano · In home
Joy is a great piano teacher! As an older woman, I was very nervous about learning piano. However Joy was very easy going, provided the best materials, and really helped me grow my piano skills. I am now able to play christmas carols when my grandchildren come to visit!
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