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About Julie L.

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Hermitage, TN

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About Julie
I am passionate about Music and Music Education. It's rewarding for me to watch my students develop in their musical skill and enjoy making music more and more. My students range from the very young (5 years old) to school age children, to teens, and adults. My students benefit from my expertise in teaching Vocal and Piano music, my knowledge of Music Theory, and my encouraging teaching style. I have been involved in making music since I was a young child, and I have been teaching private students since I was a Music major at the University of Florida in 1982 when a fellow college student asked me to teach her voice lessons. I have a Music Education degree from the University of Florida; my major instrument was Voice, my minor was Piano. I taught as a public school music educator in Florida, California, and Tennessee between the years
of 1983 to 1997. I taught private students after school in my classroom while I was a public school teacher, and from my home since 1997. My post-graduate continuing professional education includes Tennessee Arts Academy at Belmont University, Kodaly Pedagogy and Solfege Level 1 (vocal teaching techniques, do-re-mi, ear training), Orff-Schulwerk Music for Children Level 1 certification, Yamaha M.I.E. (Music In Education) Piano Lab certification. My professionalism and expertise are at your service. I will work together with you to insure an enjoyable and informative learning experience.

*** Lesson Details ***
A typical lesson in my studio would begin with a brief question/answer time with the student to learn how their week has gone, and how their music practice is progressing.

For PIANO LESSONS we begin with Technique including scales and dexterity exercises, then we play from the Lesson book and a Recital selection. I typically let the student play through the pieces they have prepared without interruption, then I call attention to corrections that need to be made, I demonstrate the correction, and then ask the student to play the piece again. After that we go over the Theory assignments, and do Ear Training exercises. I am comfortable teaching from a variety of different methods courses. The methods course is chosen according to the student's interest. I never require a piano student to continue using books that are not inspiring. There so many methods courses available, that a student may always be able to have methods books they LOVE.

In my SINGING LESSONS we also begin with a recap of the student's week. Then we continue with Warm Up exercises to prepare the student's voice for the lesson. Then we study Sight Singing and Solfege Singing (do-re-mi-fa-sol-la-ti-do) to increase the student's listening skills. After that the student sings their selections. Like I do in Piano lessons, I listen to the pieces they have prepared without interruption, then I call attention to corrections that need to be made, I demonstrate the correction, and then ask the student to sing the piece again. I am comfortable teaching many styles of vocal music including classical, Broadway, pop, rock, and Christian.

For MUSIC THEORY lessons, the study material is chosen according to the student's interest and age. Topics include notation, chord structure, chord progression, melodic structure, and harmony. I also incorporate Music Listening in the Music Theory lesson in order to learn from the masters in many styles of music. My Music Theory students will also have the opportunity to develop composition and songwriting skills if they desire.

My teaching style is structured and friendly, keeping the student's goals and interests at the forefront. I enjoy motivating students to reach their highest potential.
After 3 to 6 months in my studio my students will see improvement in their musical technique, ear training, music reading, notation, and knowledge. They will be preparing recital pieces for an upcoming performance. I provide two recital opportunities a year: in December, and in May. Most importantly, the student's love and appreciation of music will be growing.

*** Studio Equipment ***
PIANO lessons in Living Room: piano near front entryway, couch, loveseat, over-sized chair, dining room table, open space, end table with chair, parents may sit in on lesson.

SINGING lessons in Recording Studio: keyboard, recording equipment, desk, 2 chairs, music stand, microphone, private room. Parents may wait in adjacent rec room or sit in on lesson.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide lesson books, the students should provide their instrument.

I do have a mobile keyboard to bring for SINGING lessons.

*** Specialties ***
Kodaly Pedagogy and Solfege Level 1

Orff-Schulwerk Music for Children Level 1 certification

Yamaha M.I.E. (Music In Education) Lab certified instructor
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Fabio September 4, 2017
· Piano · In home
Julie is great. She's been teaching piano to our 5-year old daughter and she loves Julie's encouraging and caring style. Highly recommended.
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Lina May 6, 2017
· English · Online
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Rita N. April 23, 2017
· Singing · In home
a great time for my daughter,she learnd alot and really enjoyed it every week. Julie is super Nice and a lovey person who has been sharing her knowlegde of singing With my 10 year old girl. Great experience ;)
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Hermitage, TN 37076
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About RaShelle M.

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Nashville, TN
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About RaShelle
From the age of 4, RaShelle composed music and played piano by ear, dreaming of the day when she would be able to hear her pieces played by full string orchestras and symphony orchestras. In high school, she began studying classical piano performance with Mrs. Patricia Randolph, graduate of Eastman School of Music. During her studies with Mrs. Randolph, she received “rating one” in 2003 and 2004 for her piano performances at the Nebraska Music Guild Competition. Later in college while studying jazz and tango in Buenos Aires, Argentina, RaShelle was inspired to pursue her passion for both electronic and acoustic composition. Upon returning to the United States, she studied electronic composition with Dr. Charles Nichols at the University of Montana, and acoustic composition with Dr. Eric Funk at Montana State University in Bozeman, Mont
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Currently RaShelle is teaching songwriting with the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, TN. She also runs the Writer's Workshop for The Martha O'Bryan Center's College Zone Program at Maplewood High School.

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Music lessons should be all about you and your unique goals and learning style. Be ready to have fun and enjoy the process of learning! We will be making short-term goals together to ensure that you will ultimately reach your long-term goal. Dreams are attainable and I want to help you get there!

*** Travel Equipment ***
Piano or keyboard.

*** Specialties ***
Speech level singing, classical and contemporary piano, classical and contemporary music composition, and songwriting.
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Dylan S. May 3, 2013
· Piano ·
Great with kids

My 4 year old daughter expressed an interest in playing the piano but neither my wife or I know how to play. I'm very pleased we found RaShelle. She's patient, positive and enthusiastic. Our daughter looks forward to each lesson, which is more than I could have hoped for. And, she's learning a lot.

What impresses me most is that RaShelle is also helping her learn to sing in key while she plays. My daughter is only 4 and already knows how to do things that I can't. That's pretty exciting.
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Dee F. February 26, 2013
· Piano ·
Enthusiastic Teacher!

RaShelle has a God-given musical talent and it shows in her enthusiasm for music - not only in piano, but guitar and singing, as well.

RaShelle's love for music~ is evident in the way that she teaches and inspires you as a student to want to excel to the same level of excellence.

I strongly recommend this young woman as a teacher.

DeeDee
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RaShelle M.

RaShelle M.

Nashville, TN 37207
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About Kenji Luis T.

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La Mirada, CA

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About Kenji Luis
I grew up speaking English, Portuguese & Japanese in a multilingual family and from a young age developed a strong affinity & penchant for languages. I attended an English-Portuguese Bilingual school through 6th grade and studied Japanese 4 years in high school, along with weekend Japanese school classes. In college I went on to major in International Relations & Diplomacy with a concentration in French studies, also honing my Spanish that I had picked up along the way (with Romance Languages, I have a very easy time of language absorption). I've gone on to work for international companies wherein my language skills have been highly sought after, translating & communicating often in all my language strengths.
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marilyn September 19, 2017
· Spanish · Online
It was my first lesson, but I really enjoyed it and feel confident about continuing.
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Raquel August 28, 2017
· Japanese · Online
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Bob August 11, 2017
· Portuguese · Online
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Kenji Luis T.

Kenji Luis T.

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About Efrat B.

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Forest Hills, NY
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About Efrat
Shalom! My name is Efrat and I recently moved from Israel to New-York, I lived in Israel almost my hole life, Hebrew is my tongue language, I have a MA in Sociology from Tel-Aviv university, I have vast knowledge on Israeli society. I have been teaching different academic subject for a few years.
I am very passionate about teaching in my lesson you will also can have an added value of knowing Israeli culture and society if that interests you.
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Marcus R. November 4, 2016
· Hebrew · Online
Today was my second class with Efrat. I already feel I am learning a lot. I am enjoying my class time as Efrat is very friendly and easy to talk to. She takes the time to make sure I understand the lesson and answer my questions.
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Marcus R. November 4, 2016
· Hebrew · Online
Today was my second class with Efrat. I already feel I am learning a lot. I am enjoying my class time as Efrat is very friendly and easy to talk to. She takes the time to make sure I understand the lesson and answer my questions.
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Efrat B.

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About Alexandra A.

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Los Angeles, CA
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Greetings!, Hello!, Hi!, Hey!

I've been teaching English and ESL since 2000 and taught all ages from kids to adults. Two incredible experiences were teaching in Eritrea, E. Africa and Guatemala, C. America. Not only do I enjoy making grammar and conversation accessible to all students, but my goal is to help students to become fluent and obtain the skills to have both professional and social conversations.

Most importantly, I love teaching and helping students get on their own path of "the love of learning"!
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RAQUEL August 31, 2017
· English · In studio
I am very happy to have met Alexa during my stay in Los Angeles. Her classes were excellent as well as her methodology. She helped me a lot to improve my English skills and suggested me a lot of books, apps, podcasts and other support tools.
I really recommend her as an ESL teacher!
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Cecilia T. August 5, 2017
· English · In studio
Best English teacher! I highly recommend her.
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Elixalen Z. July 21, 2017
· English · In studio
As of now I can say I like this program. Takelessons has a good communication with me through email. I really like my teacher. She has a great humor and I like the way she explains everything to me. She is really helpful to me. I have only been with this program for a month and I have no complains.
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Alexandra A.

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About Ky M.

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Athens, GA

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Bonjour!! I have a strong passion for the French language. Any opportunity I get to speak in my second language, I take it! I have traveled to France several times and have been to Quebec, Canada once. After spending nine months in Lyon France, I took a leap of faith in 2005 and began teaching at my former French immersion elementary school. I became a French immersion teacher and taught for eleven years. I loved every minute of it! I truly enjoy sharing my passion for French with others.
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Julia April 4, 2017
· French · Online
I Love working with Ky. She's fun, makes lessons fun and informative. She speaks French beautifully and makes the language Unintimidating. I look forward to continuing my lessons with Ky .
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Ky M.

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About Candace R.

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Madison, TN
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I was born in the USA and my Dad was born in Cuba when HIS Dad worked as a chef in 1 of the big hotels. Mom is US born as well, but her Dad was born in Cuba. I grew up in Miami and have been bi-lingual my whole life. I speak Spanish every opportunity I can to expand my vocabulary. What we don't use, we loose. When I speak I do not have an accent. It is wonderful to say something in Spanish to a stranger and watch their face light up :) That is my goal for my students .... to give them the confidence to speak Spanish easily whenever and wherever their travels may take them. My current goal is to visit Mexico in 2017 to experience the food & culture myself. Then, I will be able to decide where I would like to spend 6 months of the year when I retire from my job. Viva Mexico!
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Candace R.

Candace R.

Madison, TN 37115
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$15 / 30-min

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