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About Shealeen P.

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About Shealeen
Some of my earliest recollections involve me tinkering on an old upright piano at my grandparent's house in Albuquerque, NM. My parents signed me up for piano lessons in 1997. After a few years of basic training, I began to study classically under Juilliard graduate, Tonja Voorhees until 2008, when she retired. Throughout the years I have continued my training, studying under different jazz, blues, and theory teachers. I have completed several Berklee College of Music courses online through Coursera.

After graduating from high school, I began giving private lessons to students ranging from about 5 - 16 years old. When I moved from Albuquerque in 2013, I was teaching about 25 students at a Children's Music School. Since moving to Nashville, I have continued my career as a full time music teacher, teaching both from a music Academy in Fr
anklin, as well as teaching lessons in people's homes.

Coming from a musical family, my siblings and I played together often growing up, and frequently led worship at our family's church. We began recording songs we had written together, and in 2008 began to tour after getting signed to a record label based in Seattle. Since then, I have had the opportunity to tour the country, and was even asked to play at a festival in Germany called "Rock without Limits." We've played with artists such as Switchfoot, NEEDTOBREATHE, and For King & Country. Since 2008, my siblings and I have released 4 albums, and make our living as full time musicians.

*** Lesson Details ***
Students of mine should always expect a fun, creative, and full lesson that is specifically tailored to fit the students needs and learning style. I work great with kids, and I have plenty of experience with students even as young as 5 or 6 years old!

I am patient and kind, but I insist that my students work hard and stay positive. I begin lessons by asking if the student practiced, and then ask how their practice went. I always make sure that the curriculum is understood before moving ahead, and I will work hard to form good habits such as proper technique, counting aloud, and sight reading.

More than anything though, I desire to inspire a LOVE for music and piano in my students. I want them to enjoy their lessons and enjoy learning music. I'm so grateful for the teachers who helped me grow into the musician I am today, and I'm incredibly passionate about passing on my knowledge and passion for music to the next generation of artists and world changers.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Upright Mason & Hamlin Piano in my home. Seating for parents in living room.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I don't bring equipment with me beyond writing material & stickers. Student should have a piano or full size keyboard as well as their music books.

*** Specialties ***
Sight reading, classical technique, theory, chords, ear training.
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Amy August 9, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Shealeen is the best! We have been with her for 4 years now, and my daughter's love of piano and skill level have really grown. It's the highlight of her week to learn from Shealeen, who is not only a gifted teacher, but an incredible person as well. If there were more than 5 stars, we would give them all to her!
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Lauren B. August 2, 2017
· Piano · In home
Shealeen is a great teacher and was wonderful with my daughter! She arrived promptly and worked with her the whole lesson time. Highly recommend!
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RN July 28, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Shealeen is an Awesome and Gifted Mentor to our son! She challenges him so that he can reach his true potential and achieve his goals! She makes playing the piano fun for him and he looks forward to showing her how hard he's worked! God has Blessed her with an Awesome gift! We are truly Blessed to have her as our son's Mentor!!
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Shealeen P.

Nashville, TN 37210
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About Jeff D.

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Music, and drumming in particular, continues to be an exciting lifetime journey for me and I find the greatest rewards in teaching students how to achieve their own musical and lifetime goals. Currently, I'm available to travel to your location to teach you on the comfort of your own drum kit, snare drum, or percussion gear. Or, I can bring the essential gear required to help you have fun learning all about music and drumming, such as playing in certain styles or training your coordinated independence between hands, feet, and voice. As a teacher, I work with all ages of beginner to advanced students, specializing in middle school and high school percussion studies in addition to music therapy for special needs children.
I have over 25 years experience in all areas of drum set and percussion education, recording, and performance. I
was principal percussionist and drumline captain throughout my high school career participating in the concert, symphonic, jazz, and marching bands. I was selected for All-State Jazz Band during my senior year and went on to study music education at the University of Georgia while being selected for a slot in the Redcoat Marching Band and the University Steel Drum Band during my freshman year. I completed my music business degree from Georgia State University, while studying under world class teachers like Jack Bell, principal percussionist for Atlanta Symphony for over 30 years.
Throughout my career, I continue to be influenced, inspired, and taught through private lessons, master classes, videos, books, and recordings from David Garibaldi, Simon Phillips, Rod Morgenstein, Neil Peart, Gregg Bissonette, Jerry Fields, Jim White, John Lawless, Billy Degnats, Eric Darken, Gary Chaffee, Kim Plainfield, Chuck Silverman, Steve Houghton, Jeff Hamilton, Jeff Porcaro, Buddy Rich, Gene Krupa, Tito Puente, Steve Gadd, Dave Weckl, Steve Smith, Vinx, and Zorro.
As your drum teacher, I can help students excel in school music programs to pursue scholarships, transform the garage band into a gig-ready act, bring laughter and joy for special needs, encourage senior citizens trying something new with music in their golden years - all of these scenarios and more with the ultimate goal to coach you to becoming the creative musician you dream of becoming based on the musical artists that inspire you. Let's get started today.

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I'll have you playing and understanding rhythmic concepts right away. I love to start lessons off by learning from my students who their favorite drummer is or what music track inspires them. Then we turn "I wanna do that!" into "I can do that!"
I customize each lesson to each particular student's goals, although I have many solid foundation concepts and exercises that I employ at the appropriate times. I keep the lessons extremely positive and encouraging, but I will drive and challenge my students to help them find joy in pushing themselves through a difficult new concept or overcoming a physical hurdle.
I try to broaden my students' appreciation for multiple genres of music with a lot of historical or anecdotal stories which fit within the context of whatever contemporary methods we are actually studying. As much as possible, I incorporate technology into our lesson time with click track (metronome), play-along music, and other developmental tools.
Listening is a critical skill that I constantly emphasize, and yes, I do assign "homework" between lessons, but I make the assignments fun and they usually help to quickly unleash the creative spirit of each student!
My greatest joy is when a student has a band performance I can watch or a positive audition experience I can celebrate with them after having helped them prepare for the event.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Drum kit, multiple hand percussion instruments, PA system, practice pad kit, dry erase boards, and multi-media.

*** Travel Equipment ***
The students should have a new three-ring binder or a spiral notebook to track weekly lessons and assignments. Ideally, students should have sticks/mallets, a snare drum, drum set, hand percussion (bongos, conga, djembe, cajon), or perhaps a school-supplied instrument. If none of those items are owned or available, that's not a problem. I can provide practice pad(s) and or small drum and percussion supplies to help us get started until students/parents can invest in their own gear later on based on their specific interests.

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Drum Set - Musicality & playing drum beats from day 1. Also, reading music & rhythmic training.

Percussion - School band and concert percussion (such as bells, xylophone, marimba, and vibraphone). Prep for auditions. Drum maintenance, tuning, and various hand percussion (conga, bongos, cajon, djembe, tambourine, etc.).
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Jack August 14, 2016
· Drum · In home
Our son loves Jeff. He's very patient with him and challenges him with new techniques by encouraging him to listen to other genres of music.
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Charlie January 3, 2016
· Drum · In studio
Jeff did a great job with my son's first drum lesson. His passion for teaching was evident. Jeff was encouraging, patient and positive. My son is looking forward to the next lesson!
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Jack D. November 22, 2015
· Drum · In home
My son was so excited about starting his lesson with Jeff and he didn't let him down. Jack has AD/HD so can be a bit chellenging at times but Jeff was very patient with him. I would highly recommend Jeff as an instructor.
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Jeff D.

Franklin, TN 37067
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About David F.

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Since beginning his teaching career in 1974 David has taught 7000 people how to play guitar! Some aspiring only to play at home for fun and others to pursue a career in the entertainment industry.

David F. has also taught advanced guitar and music theory to several professional musicians who already play other instruments fluently including Oscar nominee Scott Rogness, who co-wrote and performed the songs featured in the movie That Thing You Do. Scott had this to say about his study with David:

"I studied with David for about 8 months. Although proficient on keyboards, a singer and songwriter; I had never learned the guitar. I knew a lot about the guitar by osmosis, but technically was green. David let me look at the guitar in a whole new way, using infinite variations on basic chords, showed me how to move and follow vocal mel
odies and challenged me to SEE what I was playing. All at the speed of thought."

Scott Rogness
Singer/Songwriter/Keyboardist/Guitarist

David F. plays a custom built guitar with Bartoline electronics made by Jay Rhyne in Atlanta, GA. For live performances, David uses a Roland Guitar Synth and an Apple PowerBook with Logic audio for mixing his arsenal of software synthesizers and samplers, as well as Guitar Rig for guitar effects processing. When in Nashville contact David F. for private guitar lessons.

I am always looking for the band that will allow me to express myself, my influences include Hendrix, Page, Dimeola, Weather Report, Chick Corea, Emerson Lake and Palmer, and many others.

I read music and charts, and between practicing, teaching, playing, and recording, I have spent 80+ hours a week for the past 34 years with a guitar. I like to soar in the wind when I am playing."

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Almost all of my students learn bar chords and how to use them in song they want to play in the first hour of lesson time.

Almost all of my students begin in the first lesson with songs like Little Wing and Georgia On My Mind, and Stairway To Heaven, with the right chords in sheet music form. Once you learn how to do that you can begin to take yourself through songbooks, if you learn how to use the printed music, there is a vast amount of it available everywhere.

Almost all of my students are reading melodies using real notation by the 4th or 5th lesson. Reading melodies they like and want to play. Although my students know how to use tab, Notation is the best way and they all prefer it, once they know the difference. Like the Stairway To Heaven Solo, or any of the beautiful Spanish melodies from J.Rodrigo, or blues ,jazz,rock and roll, once you can read, you can read anything in print on your own.

All of my students learn rhythm skills playing scales and songs with a metronome, so you learn how to play in time, as you develop stronger rhythm skills you can play better alone or with other people.

All of my students learn the Music Theory. What Time Signatures are and mean, Scales and scale harmonization. Chord progressions and playing through the chord changes. All of these and more are the fundamentals you will begin to work on in the first 4-5 hours of lessons with me.
I just don't show you songs, I teach you to teach yourself and begin to become musically independent.
Work on picking and speed and most importantly touch and feel.
Work on Finger picking as well, learn to use all 5 fingers on your right hand. or use the pick and 3 fingers, with me you WILL use your pinky or little finger.
By 3-4 months we will have covered the fundamentals and be working on more advanced material, songs and technique.

*** Studio Equipment ***
separate room with seating for parents

*** Specialties ***
I use a Learn to play Guitar book that i wrote and self publish in full color. I also use several books by Jerry Coker with some jazz students,and I recommend the Harvard Dictionary of music to students
I teach the fundamentals of music applied to the guitar and bass, as well as metronome skills,sight reading and music theory.
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Mike L. December 8, 2014
· Guitar · Online
I have increased my lesson frequency to two one-hour sessions per week simply because of my progress under David's direction. After only three months of weekly lessons, I can now read music and play while reading. David has introduced me to effective melodic soloing, has significantly improved my understanding of barre chords up and down the fretboard, and has convinced me to abandon "guitaristic" thinking in favor of really understanding the potential of the guitar beyond shape memorization.
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Mike L. September 23, 2014
· Guitar · Online
For those players serious about music, who are willing to devote the time and attention required to improve, and who appreciate not only learning to play guitar but the theory and history behind the music, David is your man. I have taken lessons in the past, usually consisting of a teacher asking what riffs I wanted to work on that day. Sound familiar? Not David. Within the first two weeks, he has me focused on plucking the strings with more feel, using a pick and fingers simultaneously with my right hand, practicing scales to the tempo of a metronome while using the forwards and backwards technique, etc. He has convinced me that I can become as accomplished a player as I put my mind and heart to. His mantra is to work towards playing at the speed of thought, which, for the first time in my life, looks to be a possibility with time. Thank you, David.
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Lewis G. May 15, 2014
· Classical Guitar · In studio
Just had my first lesson with David. Gave a wealth of info now it's up to me but with his approach I know it will be all good. Have had other teachers but David is not only an accomplished player he is also is able to instruct and teach. Will write again after a few more lessons.
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David F.

David F.

Nashville, TN 37209
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About Alan B.

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Beginner, intermediate and advanced are all welcome. I give the same attention to teaching amateurs as I do professionals.
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Elisa July 31, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
relaxed, progress, professional... perfect
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Rudy April 21, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
A true professional in every sense of the word!
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Kim B. August 29, 2014
· Guitar · In studio
WOW - you guys read my mind so let me start with saying my teacher Alan is TERRIFIC - and I do mean TERRIFIC - when I first met him I felt so comfortable - his way of teaching is very patient and informative. Alan has a method of teaching that allows you to absorb valuable information while learning a skill. He makes the lessons simple and fun. Alan gives you the opportunity to learn at your own pace and that's wonderful for mature students that wish to learn something new. If I could - I would let everyone know that there is a chance to experience your musical dream - Just take a chance as a matter of fact take a Lesson.
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Alan B.

Nashville, TN 37208
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About Natalie L.

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Hi, everyone!

I'm so excited to be in Music City! I just moved to Nashville from New York City where I worked with Broadway performers and kids auditioning for some of the most competitive performance schools in the country. I'm confident I can help you achieve your music goals, whether they be learning to produce a powerful, resonate, healthy sound with your voice, becoming proficient in piano from everything from Bach to Billy Joel, or writing clear, catchy songs that will have a big impact on an audience.

Please check out my bio below and feel free to ask me any questions about lessons with the "Ask a Question" button.

Hope to be working with you very soon!

xoxo
Natalie

NOTE** My available hours currently listed are my summer hours (Memorial Day-Labor Day) and are subject to change in the fall.

Natalie is a compose
r/lyricist, pianist, vocalist, and music educator born in Irving, TX and raised in Annapolis, MD. She has a Master of Music in music theory and composition from New York University, a Bachelor of Music in musical theater from the Catholic University of America, a certificate in vocal performance from the Peabody Preparatory, and is an alumnus of the famed BMI Lehmen Engel Musical Theater Workshop. She is also a pianist of twenty-seven years, trained under a graduate of Oberlin Conservatory.

In addition to music, Natalie has also studied child and adolescent development, psychology, and music education. She has been teaching music students of all ages privately and in classrooms since 2006. She personalizes her instruction to fit the learning style of each student, focusing on technique, theory, and repertoire while making sure the student does not lose his or her love of music in the process.

As a composer, she has written for both the piano and the stage and is listed in The Directory of Contemporary Musical Theater Writers at Contemporary Musical Theater.com. She wrote the music, book and lyrics to Deployed, which premiered off-off Broadway at the Abingdon Theatre Company in November 2013 and played again at the Gene Frankel Theatre in January 2014 to sold-out audiences. It was featured in the Musical Theater Factory’s 4x15 in March 2015 and continues to be developed. Other work includes: Hall Pass ("Flyers and Fryers," Grace Church School, produced by Blake McCarthy), The Big C (songs, Dramatists Guild), "Performance Anxiety" (music/lyrics, The Flea Theatre, Raw Impressions Musical Theatre Marathon),The Music of Natalie (The Duplex), and "Movement to Contact" (score, Veteran Artist Program PSA). She has served as rehearsal pianist for the New York Musical Theatre Festival, and accompanist and music director for NYU’s Tisch School for the Arts.
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Stephanie July 3, 2017
· Singing · Online
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· Singing · Online
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Meadow A. April 11, 2017
· Piano · In home
We have only had one lesson so far but my kids really like Natalie. I had a lot of questions before booking and she was very patient and prompt with her answers. Glad we found her!
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Natalie L.

Nashville, TN 37214
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About Dr.Tem T.

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“As an artist/educator who has a childlike soul, I both feel and sense life, and reflect this through my art; teaching is the best way to share and convey this understanding to younger generations. “Revealing students’ spirits with the love of music and helping them to use it with passion while making music” is my main philosophy in teaching.”

Dr.Tem

A composer and music technologist. Composing experience is diverse and includes composing for orchestras, and composing with computers for multimedia, computer games and film. Academic, research and work experience in Music Composition, Film Scoring, Music Theory and Ear Training, Piano, E-Learning, Music Technology, Computer Music, Sound Design, Game Audio and Game Technologies among favorite areas. Teaching in institutes offering such curriculum.

Has been the Director of Music & S
ound Production Department at SEBIT LLC., Between 1996-2015. SEBIT's primary areas of focus are E-Learning, Multimedia and Game Development, as well as research in these areas. It is located at Skysong, Arizona State University, Scottsdale AZ, USA.

Now teaching at Tennessee State University in Nashville, TN as a professor.
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Gabriel February 9, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Dr. Tem is a wonderful teacher for any age and audience. If you only want to learn to play, then you will be satisfied. However, if you are interested in music as art and a form of expressing one self, you will find this is where Dr. Tem's ability to teach really shines through.
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Kolby K. February 7, 2016
· Piano · In home
This man is amazing, we are so blessed.
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Lara February 6, 2016
· Film Production · In studio
I really enjoyed our lessons with Dr. Tem. He is friendly, funny and extremely knowledgeable. He gave me excellent feedback on my ideas and I could not have completed my assignments on time without his help. Thank you!!!
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Dr.Tem T.

Nashville, TN 37221
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About derik T.

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Providing quality musical instruction since 2012, my passion is to provide students with an overall musical experience based on traditional teaching methods combined with instruction personalized to each student. Extending beyond just piano lessons, my goal is to provide students with an education that spans across the music spectrum including instruction in theory, composition, and history. Whether you are looking for lessons for your child, college tutoring, or have developed an interest in music lessons later in life, I have something to offer you.
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derik T.

Nashville, TN 37209
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About Joel M.

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I am a fan of a wide variety of music. I am especially fond of music that provides a structure for improvisation and the unexpected results that can arise when musicians allow themselves to explore their instruments without the restrictions that typically more formulaic styles impose. However, I also enjoy music that is incredibly orchestrated and requires exact mechanics and pristine technique. Most of all, I need music to feel generous toward the listener or I lose interest very quickly. Music is a gift. It can change your life if you let it. If you are adventurous and willing to challenge yourself you can find all the treasures of the universe in the mastery of an instrument. Did I mention its a lot of fun? Pick me, you wont be disappointed.
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Joel M.

Nashville, TN 37228
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About Susan S.

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Hello my dear future piano students! I'm a classically trained pianist who plays and teaches all styles of music. I've been teaching piano for over 35 years. I bring my expertise, joy and love of teaching to every lesson. I focus on the most relaxed way to approach the keyboard which sets me apart from many other piano teachers. I also add a bit of theory, composition and improvisation to the mix. I love teaching students who play at every level - from beginner to advanced and any age from 7 on up. I've had many adult students as well as children. I look forward to meeting you.
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Carol July 10, 2017
· Piano · In home
I started piano lessons as an adult. Susan has a relaxed and encouraging style that created a stress-free learning environment. I would have continued indefinitely except I started losing my ability to hear pitches due to hearing loss. She is a great teacher!
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Tanya July 10, 2017
· Classical Piano · In home
Susan is a wonderful piano teacher. She taught my older son for about 2 years, and my younger sin studied with her for 7 years. He received an excellent foundation in classical piano.
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Nashville, TN 37210
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About Sharon T.

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Sharon Taylor has more than 30 years of teaching experience (in both her private studio and public schools) to offer you or your child. A classically trained vocalist and pianist, as well as an accomplished arranger and writer, Mrs. Taylor can also help you learn to sing, even play the piano by ear, using a variety of traditional and non-traditional teaching methods to best bring out your best!

Sharon Taylor Music Studio Training Can Include:

Classical Training (Piano & Voice)
Non-Traditional Piano (Playing by ear)
Vocal Coaching
Music Theory
Nashville Number Charts
Playing with Chord Charts
Classical Singing Style
Modern Vocal Training (Pop/Gospel/Country/Jazz)
Extending and Improving Vocal Range
Musicality and Stage Presence
Ear Training and Pitch Improvement
Audition Preparation for Theatre or Talent Competitions
Sig
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General Music Education

Her personalized approach with each student is as unique as their learning style. Sharon customizes each lesson to fit each student's ability and skill level, for where they are now and hope to be in the future. No two students are alike and no two lessons are either. Sharon's students leave with a smile after each lesson because they connect with her on a personal level and she makes learning the language of music FUN!

You're never too old to learn, either. Mrs. Taylor happily shares her musical knowledge with ages 7 through adult. Music is great for the brain at any age! So, whether you want to play or sing for your own enjoyment or want to make a career out of your love of music, Sharon can help you get started on the right track!
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Sharon T.

Dickson, TN 37055
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