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Traditional approach to learning how to master one of the world's most celebrated instruments. Focuses on ergonomically-correct technique and longevity.

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A versatile musician and teacher, Nashville-born musician James is dedicated to music through education, performance and personal growth. James has a diverse background in the musical arts. He has served as violinist and principal violist in many orchestras and ensembles. As a vocalist, James has sung in opera, oratorio, master-classes and recitals as a countertenor soloist. He has served as director of the Clarksville Youth Orchestra at Austin Peay State University and currently serves as the Director of Music Ministries and choirs for a local Presbyterian Church in Nashville, TN. He maintains a private studio in Nashville, TN and is on the faculty of the Allegro School of Music.

James has studied with many experts in vocal science and pedagogy and has had the wonderful opportunity to study with Linda Ferrara, D. Lance Respess, R
ichard Miller, world-class early music expert Nancy Zylstra and twentieth-century vocal music expert Sharon Mabry. He has had masterclasses with the Metropolitan Opera's Bodo Igesz, Metropolitan Opera Singers Daniel Taylor, Jennifer Lane (with whom he still studies), French-diction coach Elvia Pucinelli, vocal pedagogue Richard Miller, and Thomas King, director of the AIMS Gratz program. As a violinist and violist, James has studied with music-education specialist Sara Johnson, Francis Elliot, Nashville Recording-Artist Randall Olson, and concert violinist Stefan Petrescu.

As an educator, he has served on the faculties of the Cumberland Arts Institute, W.O. Smith School of Music, Murfreesboro City School System, School of the Arts at Austin Peay State University, Allegro School of Music and the East Nashville School of Music. He has taught hundreds of students in various formats ranging from one-on-one studio settings to entire youth symphony orchestras and choirs. He has been active as an adjudicator, participant, and member of various competitions and education-related conventions. He also maintains membership with various educational organizations such as the American String Teacher's Association, Music Educator'€™s National Conference, and Early Music America.

In addition to working with and coaching Grammy award-winning and nominated artists, Mr. W's students have auditioned, been selected and have performed in the Tennessee Mid-State and All-State Choir (principal positions) and Orchestra Festivals (violin and cello, in addition to being members of the Curb Youth Orchestra and Philharmonia at the Blair School of Music.

His students have also performed in several professional and amateur performances across the Southeast. They have also gone on to major in music earning tens of thousands of dollars in scholarships from prestigious conservatories and colleges across the country. Many of his students have become professional musicians across many genres, educators themselves, or satisfied amateur hobbyists.

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As a teacher many have described my style as nurturing-but-firm. When I see a student's potential, I make sure that student can attain it. I expect a willingness to learn, a desire to succeed, and a want for excellence. In return, I offer the tools to get the student there!

I know that not every student benefits best from only one method. As such, I employ a variety of teaching tools and methods to best suit each student. Strings students can expect to see a little bit of traditional training, a little bit of Suzuki and little bit of contemporary training. Voice students can see some Sieber vocalizes, some Vaccai, classical, jazz, and musical theater training built on an old-world teaching technique. It's all about giving the student the tools to do whatever he/she wants with his/her music of choice!

On your first lesson, I'll go over the materials needed, what you need to work on, and the very basics so you can immediately get to enjoying your new craft. In a few months, you'll be confident making new music or making better music. Within a year, you should be well prepared for one of my studio recitals!

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I have a commercial music teaching studio used solely for the purposes of teaching. In the studio there is a piano, my music library, photo copier, computer, audio equipment, stereo, music stands, standing mirror, and various teaching tools. There is a waiting area for parents, siblings and other visitors.

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Voice: All Genres -- child-adult, all levels (beginning through advanced).
Violin: All Styles -- all levels (beginning through advanced).
Viola: All Styles -- all levels (beginning through advanced).
Cello: All Styles -- beginning through intermediate.
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Larry March 26, 2017
· Cello · In studio
James has been a wonderful teacher. He has greatly helped me advance in my beginning cello skills by carefully observing, demonstrating as needed, then showing me the things I can do to improve. He does this in such a manner that instead of feeling discouraged, I am even more motivated to improve. I am learning cello as an adult simply for the fun of trying something new. My wife, who played flute on scholarship through college and some professionally has noticed, and commented, on the improvement. In summary, I highly recommend James for both adults and for kids. He just has a great knack for teaching.
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Dwight T. May 1, 2016
· Opera Voice · In home
The best instructor I ever had he is very very good at what he does
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Madison January 10, 2016
· Violin · In studio
James was great. He realized very quickly my daughter was nervous and took the time to help her calm down before continuing with the lesson.
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I teach all levels of students. My specialty is beginner and intermediate level of students and children.

About Lisa
I am a Colorado Native with a Music Degree from the University of Denver. I started playing the violin in elementary school and never stopped! I picked up the Viola in college. I enjoy playing that as well.
I have been teaching group classes for the Cherry Creek School district for over 10 years and love that. I have been teaching private lessons for over 10 years as well. Both are challenging in very different ways.
I enjoy watching my students learn and grow through music.
I love playing with an orchestra and playing with a quartet. I've played with several different local groups over the years.

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I do not offer one size fits all lessons. I tailor my lessons to fit the needs and goals of each individual student. I use a variety of different method books based on the musical background of each studen
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You can expect that I will ask a bunch of questions at the beginning of your lessons, and I will try a bunch of things at first. And then will make a decision based on what I think will be the best fit.
I like to utilize what technology has to offer, and I have a keyboard and a computer available at every lesson. I use them for ear training and listening activities.
I like to make sure that music is fun, however I will expect that students are doing the work at home, so at home practice is expected.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living room w/ violin, piano, keyboard, music stands, and seating for parents.
Please note that I do have a dog in the home, please let me know if you have allergies.

*** Specialties ***
I teach beginning and intermediate violin. I teach a classic style.
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Jackie V. October 22, 2014
· Violin · In studio
My daughter, Katie, started her first violin lessons this year with Lisa. I wasn't sure if she was going to enjoy playing the violin as she is only 6 yrs old and pretty lively (hard to keep her still!), but Katie loved Lisa from the start. Lisa is friendly, patient, and easy going with Katie. Within a couple of months, Katie was already practicing her second song and sight reading her music. Lisa is a great violin teacher!
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Pam N. April 2, 2013
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Lisa is so patient with my active 5 yr old. She keeps my daughter interested in coming back!
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very patient teacher!

Lisa is very patient! My son is a typical 8 yr old boy with lots of energy and she is very good at keeping him focused. She is also very good at working on 1 thing at a time and not overwhelming students with no music experience. I would recommend her to anyone interested in learning violin.
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About Elisa B.

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Quality teaching by professional violin teacher with long time teaching experience. Accepting all levels from beginners to advanced students. Classical, Suzuki and fiddling methods used. Bringing teaching expertise from Finland!

About Elisa
Violin Teacher's Certificate - Sibelius Academy, Finland
Suzuki Teacher Training - Marylhurst University, OR

Classical and Suzuki options - starting Suzuki students as early as 3 yrs old. Teaching Suzuki Books 1-11.
Beginners, intermediate and advanced levels
I am using classical method books including Kayser, Wohlfart, Kreutzer, Mazas, Dont and Paganini Caprices with students looking for more rigorous studies and more advanced skills.
Keeping music and technique in balance - Learn how to enjoy performing - Find your own highest potential - Fall in love with music

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I am friendly and like to inspire my students to find their own best potential. Suitable challenges are fun and needed to keep the personal progress going on. "No suffering in my studio!" means that the process of learning needs to be enjoyabl
e but at the same time I am asking the students to give their best effort. Setting frequent goals in form of group classes and recitals keeps us in full sail and teach us to enjoy the act of playing both alone and in front of friendly audience.
I teach both classical and Suzuki methods. I like to keep my students musically well fed and encourage exploring music reading and music theory next to practical skills. I stir my students toward high standard personal level in their studies, an ingredient from Finnish cultural climate.

*** Specialties ***
Suzuki method and classical method, fiddling, beginning jazz, improvising
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Julia V. January 7, 2019
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Elisa strikes that rare balance of being both kind and professional - you are comfortable yet know you will be progressing to a high level.
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Rachel September 18, 2018
· Cello · In studio
I have taught myself a couple of instruments but decided I wanted an instructor to learn cello. I've learned SO MUCH from Elisa, she's helped me understand parts of music that had never "clicked" with me despite 6 years of band in middle and high school.

I highly recommend Elisa!
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Sherry M. May 26, 2018
· Viola · Online
I just completed my first lesson with Elisa. I felt so good at the end of the lesson. As an adult learner, I am often uncomfortable with my beginner skill levels and end up feeling embarrassed and apologetic when working with a teacher (silly I know). But she did not make me feel this way at all.

She quickly assessed where I was with my playing and identified quick and easy technical practices to enhance my technique as well as took in my own personal goals. I feel super motivated to practice and look forward to my next lesson with her. I'm so glad I found her!
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About Speedy B.

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I have been teaching violin for over fifty years. I teach using a progressive Suzuki method. I have a unique method of teaching scales using a pattern system which makes scale studies quick and easy to learn in all positions on the violin. I have tutorial videos to go along with your lessons for both Suzuki pieces and scale studies. I teach fiddle and Jazz violin for those who are interested. I also teach on line lessons
I have experience playing in theater, Orchestras, and small ensembles. I am currently playing in the Timpanogos Symphony in Highland Utah. I am also playing in a string quartet.
My students sit in the first chairs in their School Orchestras. I have a good relationship with the School Music Teachers. I always put the school music first and help the student to be comfortable in their surroundings.

About Speedy
I have been teaching music for over fifty years. I have taught many professional teachers and students over the years. I have played professionally in Many Classical and Jazz groups. My quick start method gets beginners playing music right away.
I studied classical violin from Don Samuleson, Professor at Western Washington College during my Junior High and High School years. I also studied from Lamar Barus at Ricks College and Paval Farcus at the University of Redlands and from Leslie String of the Redlands Symphony.
I studied Classical guitar from Seko Sessoko a Brazilian guitar player and Jazz guitar from Studio musicians Howard Roberts, Joe Pass and Horace Hatchett.
I have played violin in the Bellingham Junior High School Orchestra, the Bellingham High School Orchestra, the Ricks College Orchestra, the University of R
edlands College Orchestra, the Riverside Symphony, the Palomar Symphony, and the North Coast Symphony in San Diego. I am currently playing with the Timpanogos Symphony in Highland Utah.
I played guitar with the Woody James big band and with the big band and hall of fame orchestra. I've played classical guitar for weddings and dinner parties. I played guitar with the variety band "Sound Investment" and other rock, blues and jazz bands
My theater performance experience includes play violin for Annie, Hello Dolly, Chess, Cinderella and more. I also played guitar in theater performances of Les Miserable, Man of La Mancha, Hairspray, Marvelous Wonderettes, and Catch Me if You Can.
My studio, The Speedy Beers Music Studio is a highly professional studio equipped with computer, recording equipment and video lighting and camera for making highly professional videos.
I teach all styles of music on the guitar and violin including classical, jazz,rock, blues, country, folk and fiddle. I have a strong back ground in applied music theory that works for all instruments.
I have a Bachelors degree from the University of Redlands and I have studied privately from some of the best teachers in the world.
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Troy December 23, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Speedy is patient, knowledgeable, and very talented. This was my first lesson with him and his encouragement and positive feedback helped me solidify my desire to learn.
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Gary D. January 4, 2018
· Guitar · Online
Speedy is very competent and is a great teacher, he will take me on a musical journey, thanks
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Hope December 19, 2017
· Violin · Online
Speedy is a very patient & knowledgeable instructor to my super active (not always attentive) 8 year old. He has been making many improvements.
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I have taught beginning-advanced violin lessons for over 20 years. I was an orchestra director for a school district for 7 years and specialize in theory, various genres including classical, jazz.

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*** Travel Equipment ***
Books. Students must have their own instrument (keyboards are acceptable for taking piano lessons). I always council students on brand, quality of instrument they are purchasing before they buy it.

*** Specialties *** I have been a public school music educator for over 28 years, have taught private music lessons for over 30 years. I have taught band, orchestra, and choir which enables me to teach many instruments and voice. I also have been a language and reading tutor for over 6 years and have worked with students with special needs for over 10 years. I studied classical guitar with master guitarist, Christopher Parkening, at Montana State University where I graduated with a B.M.E. I also did graduate work at MSU in composition. I am completing a Masters Degree in Teacher Leadership currently at Gran
d Canyon University. I teach Suzuki piano and violin. I am an accomplished composer/songwriter with many published and recorded songs and instrumental works through ASCAP. I endeavor to make learning fun, and enjoy teaching students of all ages!

Online student requirements: A fast, reliable COMPUTER; HIGH SPEED INTERNET (at least 400 kbps); SKYPE software; WEBCAM (preferably HD); MICROPHONE (most laptops or tablets have mikes built in). Be sure your camera is focused on you and your instrument, if applicable.
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Marcus R. January 14, 2019
· Organ · Online
Dee is friendly and understanding and she explains things very well.
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Lane L. December 30, 2018
· Singing · In home
Dee went to a lot of work in preparation for our first lesson. A good start.
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· Singing · Online
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I teach basic through intermediate violin using the Essential Elements repertoire and my own personalized string exercises. Group lessons are available but I do not teach Suzuki. For the specific times and days for group lessons please contact me first.

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Hello potential students! I have a B.A. in instrumental music education and composition. I have taught private lessons for over 12 years. Teaching private music lessons is my primary job, so I have much experience and wisdom compared to teachers who teach "on the side." Students of all ages stay with me a long time because I am very flexible in my teaching and know how to interact with many personalities and learning styles, producing great results and progress. My specialties are piano, woodwinds, and music technology (i.e. recording and production).
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Monica December 23, 2017
· Piano · In home
Kyle is a great piano teacher! He is very patient with my 12-year old son. Just yesterday he referred to him as “fun Kyle” because he teaches him small songs on the side that he can show friends and family or are for upcoming holidays. He’s always punctual and respectful of our family and home. I’m grateful to have found him!
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Thalia J. June 4, 2016
· Piano · In home
Kyle is patient and a great instructor.
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Laura May 31, 2016
· Upright Bass · In studio
Kyle has given me contra bass, aka upright bass,weekly lessons from August 2015 through May 2016. I have never played a string instrument prior to this, although I do play piano and have played the flute, bagpipes, and piccolo over the years. I did not need education in reading music.

Kyle was able to take me from sounding like a lower octave version of Jack Benny (a mid-20th century comedian famous for his howlingly horrid violin playing) to a level where I know how to hold the instrument and the bow, the fingerings, bowing technique, and how to get a very respectable sound from the instrument.

He also installed the strings when I received the new instrument, found a manufacturing flaw in the bridge height that the manufacturer subsequently paid to repair, and diagnosed a resonance issue with the instrument that was corrected with a balance weight on the string below the bridge.
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Christine believes that music is a basic and essential human activity, and the joyful and fulfilling pursuit of creating it ought to be offered to all individuals. She sympathizes with the Suzuki perspective that encourages teaching toddlers and knows that Every Child Can, regardless of circumstance. Christine also supports adults who wish to begin or restart their musical journeys. She derives great joy from working with students coming from a variety of different circumstances and helping all of them to experience the bliss of making beautiful music in an ensemble and individually.

About Christine
Since starting her musical journey twelve years ago, Christine Bryant has rarely put down the violin. This led her to the University of South Carolina where she graduated with a Bachelors of Music in Music Education in 2016. She studied under violinist Neil Casey for eight years. The University of South Carolina provided her with a myriad of teaching experiences. She taught at String Project for four years, teaching both private lessons and string classes. After earning her degree, Christine directed Fairfield Middle and Fairfield High School’s orchestra program. In the summer of 2015, Christine received her Violin Suzuki Certification at the University of East Carolina. These diverse pedagogical influences have left her well-versed in both the Galamian and Suzuki methods.

Christine recently moved to Durham, North Carolina. She cur
rently works with Duke University’s Continuing Education Department and is earning her MAT in Elementary Education from North Carolina State University. She is excited to begin teaching lessons in the triangle.

During her time away from work, Christine enjoys playing jazz and bluegrass with her husband, Carsten. Though Christine is new to the Durham area, you may see her perform at Nash Street in Hillsborough or at various churches around the area. She also performs with the Chapel Hill Philharmonia.
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Having studied under Irish fiddle masters, I teach the traditional Irish fiddle for all levels. Whether you've never played before or simply are interested in Irish music, I will meet you at your level! I provide online or in person lessons with a flexible schedule.

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Born and raised in Nashville and coming from a diverse musical background, I have been playing the traditional Irish fiddle from a very young age. I've studied under teachers such as Gretchen Priest-May and Rose Conway Flanagan in the past, and currently am under the brilliant tutelage of the Sligo fiddle master Brian Conway while I am in college.

Building a repertoire of trad tunes is my forte, as well as knowing the intricacies and history of the Irish fiddle. Whether you are a complete beginner or have been playing for some time and are interested in traditional Irish music, I will meet you at your level. I am passionate about passing on the music that is my heritage, and will provide online or in person lessons with a flexible schedule. Any age or experience level is welcome!
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Antioch, TN 37013
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I play jazz, bluegrass, folk, americana, and even rock music. I have my degree in Music from St. Mary's College of Maryland and am currently touring as the fiddle player for The Dirty Grass Players. I played classical music through college, but then found a love for improvisation. I have a broad knowledge of music theory and teach the instrument in a fun and practical manner. Let's get you playing with other people, let's learn the instrument in and out so that we are capable of playing in any scenario, and let's make the music you want to make. Want to groove? Let's learn to chop and lay down some bass lines. Want to prep pieces for tri-county orchestra? Let's concentrate on the trouble spots of your pieces and provide some better fundamental exercises to get you playing more accurately. Want to learn to improvise in jazz or other keys? Let's do exercises that allow us to play in any key. Want to just play for fun? We can do that too!

About Crosby
Hello! I play anything from bluegrass to jazz and in between. I love teaching the violin in a practical manner and one that gets you playing with people (in a band, jam group, or orchestra) as efficiently as possible. I can teach improvisation, theory, playing with effects pedals, maintaining and honing a healthy and sustainable way to play the violin, backing up a soloist and grooving, getting those classical etudes in top form, or just about anything you need to work on.

I played in the orchestra at St. Mary's College of Maryland from 2012-2016 and graduated with my degree in Music and a minor in Education. I played in the Chesapeake Orchestra for the summers of 2013 and 2014. I studied abroad in Dublin, Ireland in the fall of 2015 and gained interest in improvisational genres. I started playing with effect pedals and played in a ja
m band once I got back to the states. I graduated in 2016 and worked as an audio engineer for awhile and had to essentially reteach myself the violin in a more practical manner. Classical training gets you stuck in a box a lot of the time and being able to know the instrument more completely and not in terms of positions and such is very freeing! Ever since I have been teaching myself new genres and currently I am very into chopping and playing rhythmically on the violin. I have played for 19 years and I also play guitar and sing some.
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Caroline December 20, 2018
· Violin · Online
Crosby is a very encouraging teacher, and has crafted lessons around my goals. We work on ear training and perfecting individual skills alongside a couple full pieces every week.
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Meghan December 19, 2018
· Violin · In home
Crosby was very helpful with my beginner student! He has a way of explaining things that is easy to understand and is very patient and kind. I would recommend him to anyone from beginner to advanced, as he has plenty of experience!
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Greg M. December 19, 2018
· Violin · In studio
Talk about a learning opportunity! I've been taking lessons with Crosby for over a year now and I've grown not only as a musician but as a person. Every lesson is personally crafted and he demonstrates the right techniques to focus on for every song. I started playing Christmas songs on the fiddle to taking ripping bluegrass solo's in the time I've spent working with him. He specializes in old time, bluegrass, jazz and funk fiddle so he's a multi faceted musician and teacher.

Highly reccomend!!!
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