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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!

*** Lesson Details ***
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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About Christine G.

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Springfield Gardens, NY

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“Give a man a fish, and you'll feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you'll feed him for a lifetime." This is my philosophy of teaching.

I specialize in Pop, R&B, Musical Theater, Spiritual, Gospel, and all other forms of contemporary music.

I started performing on stage at the age of four years old. I began formal private lessons in voice and acting at the age of 10 at The Newark School of the Arts and at The Children’s Theater Workshop in Essex County, New Jersey. As a young teen, I also began directing and leading the youth and adult choirs in church. As a result of my commitment to my craft I had numerous opportunities to perform and record as an accomplished artist throughout the United States and abroad.

As an international performer my credits include touring throughout the country of China as a lead singer for the
state of the arts Thai City Theater. Other recent credits include working as a lead production singer for the renowned cruise line, Carnival; sailing the Western and Eastern Caribbean islands performing Las Vegas style production shows.

I am currently the CEO of my own entertainment company 2-4-1 Entertainment and mobile music school. I perform regularly for various commercial establishments and private venues.

I studied Music and Theater at Montclair State University earning a BA degree along with a teaching license in performing arts.

With all that said, I describes my greatest accomplishments as sharing my passion to sing to all who are willing to learn. I am as passionate about teaching as I am about performing.

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If you love singing, then you should love your lessons. Lessons with me are fun, challenging as well as enriching.

Instruction will include:

-Light stretching exercises to reduce tension and relax muscles that can block good vocal production and vocal freedom.

-Carefully listen to, accessing and giving you feedback about your vocal potential and growth

-Identifying vocal range and limitations

-Proper vocal techniques with respect to vocal scales, learning to breathe, pitch, tonality, durability and posture

-Selecting music collaboratively that suits your tastes and ability

-Working with professional backing tracks like many contemporary artists in the industry

-Lyrical interpretation with respect to performance

-Sharing the understanding of vocal anatomy and how it affects singing

-Allowing you to tape record lessons for practice purposes.

-Comfortable environments where asking questions are encouraged and making mistakes are simply part of the learning process.

-Teaching and practicing good vocal health, including the need to drink water and monitor the speaking voice

-Building confidence as a singer and performer

As much as I loves teaching and building relationships with voice students in my studio, I does not believe lessons should be limited to the classroom. The training process may include performing small venues for family and friends to acquaint the student to performing in front of an audience.

My goal is to teach students who have a desire to perform, the necessary rudiments of singing and performing so he/she can go out into the world and shine as a polished singer!
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JR R. September 18, 2018
· Singing · In home
MS CHRISTINE IS VERY KNOWLEDGEABLE & CONCERN ABOUT MY SINGING NEEDS , SHE HAS A VERY PERSONAL TOUCH WITH MUSIC AND MY SCHEDULE , SHE`S VERY FLEXIBLE AND WITH JUST 2 SESSIONS WITH HER & I HAVE NO KIND OF BACKGROUND IN MUSIC I SEE AN IMPROVEMENT ALREADY , I`M VERY PLEASED WITH HER SERVICES
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Cali September 14, 2018
· Singing · In studio
I love my lessons with Ms. Christine! I always wanted to be a "better karaoke singer," but I never thought voice lessons were for people like myself. I was under the impression that only "serious singers" could take voice lessons.

Until I faced my fears, sent Christine an email and asked if she would be willing to show me a few things about singing. She was so warm, and welcoming I just had to meet such a nice woman.

I realized, this was all in my head....my lessons not only taught me about music but it taught me how to love "all" of me including my voice. I'm so grateful to Ms. Christine, thank you for all your inspiration and support!
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Charlie September 7, 2018
· Gospel Singing · Online
I would like to recommend Christine as a music and voice instructor for any student needing a dedicated and energetic teacher. Ms. Christine has shown herself to be a professional and conscientious with the many different musical needs our church has presented to her.

It is because of her reliable attitude that I highly recommend Christine for music and voice lessons.
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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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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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Chris August 19, 2016
· Piano · In studio
John does a great job and gets along great with the kids.
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John S.

Collierville, TN 38017
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About Tonya P.

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Hallandale, FL
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About Tonya
Hi, there! My name is Antonina and I can't wait to meet you! I've been teaching private lessons for over 10 years and although I help foster technically advanced students, I mostly pride myself on the fact that I help students fall into a lifelong love with music! Although with time students tend to lose their interest due to the self-discipline required to succeed at playing an instrument, I make sure to offer a fresh, inspirational, and engaging approach to my lessons. I introduce many different styles, performance skills, composition, and most importantly the ability for self-expression through music. I have been playing, teaching, and performing my entire life and have a huge passion to share the gift of music!
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Jonathan December 2, 2017
· Piano · In home
I've had several piano teachers over the years, but never came across anyone quite like Tonya. It's rare to find music teachers of her caliber in South Florida. Besides being a great teacher she is also an incredibly talented musician (song writer and singer) in her own right. Highly recommended!
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Helen December 2, 2017
· Piano · In home
Antonina is absolutely a great teacher!
My kids love her lessons and love practicing as well!
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Alina M. October 14, 2016
· Piano · In home
Tonya is great. My daughter is learning a lot from her. Thanks.
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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.

Cordova, TN 38016
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About Paul M.

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Massapequa, NY
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As a music teacher, I want to help you find and develop your innate musical talents! Through finding and developing your potential, I believe we can start this journey together!
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Peggy August 12, 2017
· Flute · In studio
I hired Paul last November to help my daughter, Kara, with her middle school NYSSMA audition. Paul assessed my daughter, asking her to play a song she already knew and took notes on what she was already good at and what to improve on. When Paul taught Kara her NYSSMA solo, he was very meticulous, paid much attention to Kara's playing, and taught her techniques on how to correct certain mistakes and methods on how to improve what was already good to make her stick out. On the date of her NYSSMA audition, she was very confident, got a perfect score, and made it into the All-County Band :).
I could not recommend Paul more. His experience and methods of teaching technique especially caught my eye, and is what differentiates him from other instructors. He is very patient, kind, honest, and sits down with you to set realistic expectations and goals and how to achieve them. I still book him today for my daughter who is now in High School and has even made All-State Bands because of Paul. He may be in college, but he has music wisdom way beyond his years!!

Thank you Paul for all you do,
Peggy Ghiraldi
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About Tara S.

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Bryn Athyn, PA

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I graduated from Temple University in 2000 with a degree in music education with a concentration in cello and music technology.

I have taught cello and music theory privately for 20 years with great success. I have taught all different ages and levels of students. I have a studio in my home and I also travel to you if necessary. I am classically trained but I enjoy teaching contemporary music regularly to my students. I have the ability to arrange music from any genre for any instrument.

I am enthusiastic about the process of learning the cello and music theory. I love catering the journey to the needs of each individual student. I strive to figure out a student's true goals for music and help them obtain those goals.
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Denise May 3, 2018
· Cello · In studio
Tara taught both of my children when they were 8 years old. She helped my daughter get started on the viola and when ready moved her to a dedicated viola teacher. Tara taught my son, who is now 16 for 4.5 years. I am grateful to Tara for instilling the love of the cello and recognizing my son’s raw talent. She also teachers Music to elementary school
children and she has an incredible gift with keeping kids interested and engaged. She helped my figgidity young boy stay focused, often giving him a choice of what he wanted to play next for his level. My son is in 10 th grade and continues to play and wants to study Cello Performance and Music. Both my children play in the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra and in small chamber groups and have reached the Regions and All states level with school. She has an incredible gift with children and her love for playing is infectious. I highly recommend her. She has a wonderful reputation in the community.
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Sig March 15, 2018
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Tara is very knowledgeable and patient. She guides me though my lessons do that I learn and feel good about my progress.
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Marguerite March 12, 2018
· Cello · In studio
Tara is one of those teachers who is not only personally super talented in her own musical career, but also knows how to engage and inspire her students. My daughter learned so much from her and loved her as a teacher!!
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About Isabelle B.

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Flagler Beach, FL
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About Isabelle
Isabelle is a graduate of Wittenberg University where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Music. She has performed with the Johnstown Youth Symphony Orchestra, the Nashville Youth Symphony Orchestra, and the Wittenberg University Chamber Orchestra. She has studied with some of the most prestigious violinists in America, including Virgilio Joven, Klara Berkovich, Professor James Lyon of Penn State University, Ara Sarkissian, and Dr. Elizabeth Hofeldt of the Dayton Philharmonic.

In 2011, she performed a recital at Wittenberg University's Krieg Hall including the Mozart Violin Sonata No. 18 and Vittorio Monti's Czardas. In 2012 performed her first full-length solo recital, highlights of which were the Cesar Franck Sonata for Violin and Piano and Beethoven Violin Sonata No. 8.

While earning her degree in music, Isabelle studied the violin
daily and worked with her violin instructor on a weekly basis. She studied advanced music theory, sight-singing, and keyboarding, and also took advanced, writing-intensive courses in music history, spanning medieval music to the post-tonal era.

When she was a camp counselor at Interlochen Center for the Arts, Isabelle realized how much she enjoyed working with children. This ability has helped her work well with even very young violin students.

Aside from classical music, she enjoys playing jazz, classic country, and pop. The most recent band she was involved with is the North Creek River Band, which performs pieces by such country greats as Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, and Willie Nelson at several concerts throughout the year at the Clifton Opera House in Clifton, Ohio.

Isabelle now performs as a soloist and with ensembles at weddings and community events in addition to providing violin instruction.
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Elijah's parents August 30, 2018
· Violin · In studio
We miss having you as an instructor!
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Andrea August 2, 2018
· Violin · In home
Isabelle was fantastic with my daughter Isabella. She was always punctual and had lesson plans prepared ahead of time. She was also available via Skype should Isabella need help with a lesson or tuning her violin.

Isabelle was extremely reliable and dedicated to her teaching. I would highly recommend her to teach other students.
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About John S.

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Hello, I am looking forward to teaching you how to play the guitar. I am patient, kind-hearted and dedicated to seeing you succeed.
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John S.

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