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About Kevin F.

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Memphis, TN

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

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

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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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Kevin F.

Kevin F.

Memphis, TN 38133
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About John S.

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Collierville, TN

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

*** Specialties ***
I play keyboards professionally in jazz, RnB, rock, reggae, Latin rock and other styles. I can help the student who has only had traditional lessons branch out and learn how to read chord charts, which in turn teaches them theory.
I am a certified Orff teacher as well.
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robert G. October 9, 2018
· Piano · In studio
John is very knowledgeable, experienced, and friendly. He seems to work well with children.
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Elsie J. August 6, 2018
· Piano · In home
Great first lesson with John, he was patient and gave them goals to work for!
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Eoin (Owen) M. February 18, 2018
· Piano · In home
My son is enjoying his lessons so far and really thinks John is very nice. He makes my son feel at ease and confident. We are very glad we found John!
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John S.

Collierville, TN 38017
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About Richard S.

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Brooklyn, NY
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About Richard
Hello! My name is Richard Saunders, and I work as a professional singer and songwriter based in New York City. I’ve worked with artists such as Chance the Rapper, Thirdstory, and Tori Kelly. Check out the videos below to get a sense of the type of music I can help you create—I specialize in soul, pop, jazz, and folk styles of singing and songwriting.

A typical lesson begins with vocal warmups that help build range and strength. We then explore repertoire according to your unique preferences and goals. I teach via Skype, written/recorded critique, or in person.
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Lorraine Coffey C. December 2, 2014
· Vocal Training · In home
Richard taught my 14 year old son. My entire experience was a pleasure from begining to end! Richard is a very talented young man who teachers with patience, encouragement and all the right technic a child should be learning! My son and I enjoyed the lessons very much. He was always on time, courteous, and responsible. We are looking foward to sometime in the future to take some more lessons! Sincerely, Lorraine Coffey
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Richard S.

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About Luis M.

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Cordova, TN

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Hello, My Name is Luis I have been playing the guitar for some time now as a Hobby. I recently launched my new website providing pre-owned guitars, lessons, and merchandise. I'm currently a Third-year student at Berklee School of Music pursuing my BPS Music Degree through Berklee online. I found teaching to be one of the most rewarding contributions I can make to an individual.
I have a whole new perspective on how to present lessons. With my teachings, you will learn music through some of the proven methods taught at Berklee School Of Music. As well as concepts that I have found to have students play music and have fun quickly. The instrument can be overwhelming sometimes but with the good guidance of an instructor, you can truly begin to enjoy the guitar and all it has to offer. Visit me at for more information. Until then " Keep T
he Dream Alive "
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FG August 16, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Awesome instructor. Easy to work with. My 14 year old son looks up to him.
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John April 2, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
I feel challenged with each lesson, because of this I think have advanced much faster then I was ever able to achieve on my own. His direction helps me me to stay focused on the weeks tasks.
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Stephanie March 9, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Great teacher!
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Luis M.

Luis M.

Cordova, TN 38016
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About Daniel Y.

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Philadelphia, PA

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About Daniel
I am an avid saxophonist, flautist, and clarinetist with a passion for performing and teaching at the highest level. Since graduating from Temple in 2016, my teaching career has offered me many opportunities in the world of education. From my experience in public schools, to managing my own private lesson studio, I have gained an immense respect and appreciation for the craft of teaching.

I believe in a skill-based learning approach. I encourage all of my students to learn the foundations of musicianship in conjunction with the fundamentals of their instrument to guide them in their life-long music learning.
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Lily September 26, 2018
· Ear Training · Online
Dan is a wonderful teacher. He took the time to talk to me before we started playing to assess my existing knowledge and how we could build on it. He is clearly a passionate teacher which as an educator myself I sincerely appreciate! I would definitely recommend him to anyone interested in taking lessons!
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Jessica September 20, 2018
· Flute · Online
I actually met Dan through Thumbtack a few months ago. I was originally hesitant to try taking lessons online, but he had such excellent feedback from his previous students, I had to give him a try. I am glad I did!
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Abdul September 19, 2018
· Flute · Online
Dan really takes teaching seriously. From the second I contacted him through the first few lessons, I have felt like my flute playing is a priority of his! I'm very glad I went the direction I did in hiring him.
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About Melissa F.

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My name is Melissa & I am from Salt Lake City, Utah! I have an associates degree in piano performance and interior design.

I have eight years of teaching experience, and have taught students from ages 5 - 20.

Teaching piano is something that I find joy in & I love seeing my students progress each week! I try to teach each student individually & know that everyone learns differently. This has helped my students learn at a much faster rate, as well as assigning them songs that they are wanting to learn & know. I try to teach musicianship skills so they can learn how to write their own music eventually & explore other musical instruments.

My goal is to help each student love the piano & the music they are playing!
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Melissa F.

Melissa F.

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$42 / 30-min

About Brendan K.

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Madison, WI
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About Brendan
I excel at the process of teaching and guiding students to get results. I know how to relate to students in different ways to help them understand problems and find solutions. I understand how frustrating and mentally exhausting practicing can be, and I know what to teach and when to teach it. I also understand that every student fits music into their life in a different way.

When studying with me a student can expect to be shown best practices in technique and musicianship, patient answers to questions, and to have time to absorb new information. Students will never be condescended to or belittled. Music is about adding joy to your life, and I can help.

I have studied nearly every style of music from medieval chant to Indian classical music. For over twenty years I have taught students in guitar, songwriting, classical composition,
music theory, and applied musicianship at all levels from beginners to graduate courses and students.
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Devin October 2, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
My son really enjoyed the lesson with Brendan and was amazed at his guitar skills.
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Sally September 7, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
I have had a couple of lessons with Brendan. I was still taught and knew little about technique. He has made both technique and theory relatable and has improved my playing immensely. I've already learned a couple of songs I've always wanted to play so I'm jazzed about that and looking forward to learning more. I highly recommend Brendan.
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Sarah August 21, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Brendan spent time helping me clean up my sound and increase my speed. He was very patient and knowledgeable. He was able to approach my problem in a way that helped almost immediately.
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Brendan K.

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About Adam C.

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Gales Ferry, CT

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I'm the principal tubist with a premier U.S. service band and also the New Haven Symphony Orchestra. I have been a featured soloist several times with the band, and just recently appeared on a CD release as soloist. I've been playing professionally in New England for almost 20 years, having been involved with various orchestras, quintets, and brass ensembles.

I enjoy performing, but teaching has unique rewards as well. I teach from home and prefer to do so in person, but I'm open to online lessons if students/parents feel confident in their technical knowledge. I expect students to ask questions and be ready to "put in the work" outside of lessons, because that is where progress is made.
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Adam C.

Adam C.

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$60 / 45-min

About Byron C.

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Saint David, AZ

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I am the band director/music teacher in the small school unified school district of St. David, AZ about 40 minutes southeast of Tucson. I received my bachelor's degree in instrumental music education from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, MI. During my time at WMU, I was an active member of the university bands, including the 300-member Bronco Marching Band, pep bands, and concert ensembles. I also studied saxophone as an undergrad and had many opportunities to perform in various settings, including large ensemble, small group, chamber ensembles, and solos.

I moved out from Michigan to Arizona in the summer of 2016 to launch my career and secure the job I always wanted to have - a middle school/high school band director. At St. David, I teach band on grades 6-12, one choir in grades 9-12, and elementary/general music. In additio
n to being a school music teacher, I always love to find as many opportunities to perform as a saxophone player. I'm currently the lead alto saxophone player in the Sierra Vista Community Band down in Sierra Vista, AZ.

My personal passion for that of the saxophone is the classical/concert repertoire, however, I can and am willing to teach any kind of musical style/genre, including but not limited to jazz, fusion, rock, etc. Aside from my conservative musical knowledge and training, I listen to most any kind of music in my spare time. My favorite kind is classic rock! Aerosmith, Led Zeppelin, The Who, Bachman-Turner Overdrive, Creedence Clearwater Revival are some of my favorites - just to name a very short list!

My versatility, training, and passion make lessons with my students energetic, stress-free, and fun! I teach students of all ages and backgrounds - from beginning to intermediate to advanced. My curriculum consists of strong foundational skills of saxophone performance (including tone, technique, tonguing, scales, breathing, advanced musicianship, etc.), but I always make it a priority for my students to reach their highest level of potential!

My lessons are customized and catered to meet the needs and desires of students on an individual basis. I look forward to meeting you and helping you become a better musician!
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Byron C.

Byron C.

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$34 / 30-min

About Alvin D.

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Saint Paul, MN

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About Alvin
I am a collegiate violist, violinist, pianist, composer, recording technician and sound designer. I expect to gradate from Macalester college with a Bachelor of Arts, specifically in music (viola).

Viola/violin students can expect to improve week to week in their playing technique. Every musician has strengths and weaknesses; I teach students to both express themselves and expand their horizons through implementation of foundational techniques. I can help any student to play with poise, confidence, and expression.

I teach students that are age 7 or older and of any experience level. I have studied classical viola for 9 years, classical/fiddle violin for 8 years, and sound design/composition for 2. I teach students to read music and pursue classical excellence, to play contemporary modern music using their ear, or both depending on the g
oals and preference of the student.

My personal passion is romantic and minimalist music, but I firmly believe that great technique is essential to every style. I look forward to meeting you and helping you to become a better musician!
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Alvin D.

Alvin D.

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$42 / 30-min

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