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About Shealeen P.

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Nashville, TN

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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 David F.

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About David
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."

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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."

*** Lesson Details ***
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 Melanie A.

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I have been giving voice lessons for the last 10 years. I have taught from elementary school students to adults, new/fresh beginners to intermediate. I am a great encourager and am eager to see you grow in your talents and abilities. I have been singing in church choirs and receiving private voice lessons since I was 6 yrs. old. With a BA in Music, I graduated from William Jessup University, emphasis in voice. From there I went on to teach at a Music Academy and then a music focused college known as "Instituto Canzion". I have received additional instruction from classes and private lessons at Musician's Institute located in Hollywood, CA and continue to gain teaching techniques from many different professors. One of my main goals as a teacher is to make sure you are constantly growing and being challenged. As a teacher I hope to provide
specifically for each students need. I have experience with instructing for pop, rock, indie, country, musical theater, and contemporary christian genres. I have worked with choir pieces as well as solos and duets, and have spent some time in recording studios, Coaching vocalists as well as doing some recording of my own. My desire is that every student would feel comfortable sing/performing
in front of an audience while having fun, because that's what it's
about, after all, that feeling of accomplishment after you've worked so
hard. So let me help you to feel confident while performing and have a great time!

*** Lesson Details ***
My teaching style is somewhat laid back. I always tell my students, "You will get out of these lessons only as much as you are willing to put in." I can be strict if that helps a student, but I try to work with each individual at a pace that works best for them. I do challenge my students to reach and push themselves to what I know they are capable of. One of the first things I will do in a lesson is to set a personal goal with the student. This helps to have something to work towards. In lessons I will focus on areas like correct breathing, posture, relaxing tension, vowels, pitch, pronunciation, performance, and others. These are some of the areas that should definitely show noticeable improvement after 3-6 months. Other things like vocal physiology and ear training will be implemented as well as some sight reading. In the end it's really all about what you want to learn. I don't claim to know it all, but I am a life long learner and am continuing to better myself through further education.

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Keyboard, Mirror, Recorder, Music stand. The student needs to provide their own flash drive to download lessons.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I have a keyboard and a recorder, but I need to be informed as to whether I need these items or not. The student needs to provide his or her own flash drive to download lessons.

*** Specialties ***
I mainly teach Pop, Country-pop, pop-rock, Musical theater, Christian and contemporary genres.
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Marty August 11, 2017
· Music Performance · In studio
She is a great teacher. She loves God and wants to serve him to the highest. Awesome experience.
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Chase S. June 24, 2016
· Singing · In studio
Love Melanie!!
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Jynette February 15, 2016
· Singing · In home
Melanie is phenomenal! I'm a professional artist and songwriter here in Nashville, TN. When I came to Melanie, I explained all of my trouble areas a long with areas of poor technique and bad habits. Not to mention her incredible niche for hearing all the areas in my voice that needed to be fixed. In just the first two lessons with her, my voice became stronger and healthier. I recommend her for any areas that you may need rather it be maitenence on your voice, beginner lessons or pro lessons. She's amazing!
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Melanie A.

Melanie A.

Murfreesboro, TN 37129
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About Justin W.

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Hello! My name is Justin, a Christian musician that recently moved to the Nashville/Brentwood area from Michigan. I'm a pianist, guitarist and bassist that loves performing, teaching, learning, and above all enjoying life. When I'm not working on music, I'm usually found biking or running through the hills of southern Nashville. I love nature and all of the opportunities that it gives us to explore and learn!

I started my formal music education when I was in the third grade, taking classical piano lessons at my parents’ request. I progressed steadily but never felt truly connected to what I was doing. Two years later, I was introduced to pop piano music through the worship band at my church. I learned to play by ear and read chord charts, taking my abilities far beyond the reach of classical piano. By the time that I reached hi
gh school, I was playing piano, guitar and bass as well as singing and acting. By my senior year, music had consumed so much of my time that sports were pushed to the side. I loved it!

Before I knew it, I was being pressured into picking a college. I had planned on going to school for Computer Science, but knew that music was my passion. While the money would have been great, sitting in a cubicle just isn’t my style. I decided upon Cornerstone University, a small Christian school in Grand Rapids, MI. For two years, I studied piano, voice and guitar in the school’s Contemporary Christian Music program. The program was great, but I needed a more competitive environment that only a larger school could offer.

In the fall of 2008, I transferred to Grand Valley State University and loved it! My teachers were great, the other students were supportive, and overall there was a culture of learning and growth. I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Piano Performance from Grand Valley in April of 2011. I decided to take the summer off of working and enjoy the sunshine, then moved to the Nashville area in November of 2011. I’m currently serving as Worship Leader for a church in Nashville.

*** Lesson Details ***
I believe that every student is unique, therefore each lesson should also be unique. By understanding the student's motivation to study music and play an instrument, we can work together to set goals that will set the student up for success.

For piano, I prefer to use either the Bastien or Alfred series, depending on the student's goals, experience, and age. For guitar or bass, it depends on which style(s) of music the student would like to learn. I have plenty of resources available, so the sky is the limit. No matter which instrument you study, the ability to play properly is important from the very first lesson!

Above all, learning music should be fun! Life is about finding the balance between work and play - for me, music does that perfectly. What started as a simple hobby has turned into a wonderful career. With time and practice, it's amazing how much this small hobby can enrich your life!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Quiet home studio with seating for parents.

*** Specialties ***
While in college, I studied classical voice and piano, as well as a few semesters of guitar. During that time, I held positions as both a classical singer and a pianist at churches in town.

On the side, I specialize in pop and rock music. Before college, most of my piano experience was playing with bands, pit orchestras, coffee shop duets, etc.

Classical music is invaluable, but I realize that most students are more interested in learning how to play contemporary music. As a young musician that grew up playing what he heard on the radio, I'm able to incorporate classical music and technique with modern theory and aural skills. Once you have all of those basics, the student will easily be able to learn a variety of styles of music.
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ChampaP June 27, 2012
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The lessons are great he is finally improving on sight reading. Thank you.
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Justin W.

Justin W.

Franklin, TN 37064
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About Erica H.

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Goodlettsville, TN

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Erica makes her home in Nashville after years of performing on the road with cruise ships, theme parks, and a Broadway tour. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor's of Music in Commercial Voice from Belmont University and is currently an adjunct professor for the university. Privately, she teaches pop, country, musical theatre, jazz, rock, and folk singing. She also works closely with the youth program at Street Theatre Company, producing and directing Class Act Dramatic musicals.

*** Lesson Details ***
Erica works with students of all ages to study correct singing practices, increasing range, tone quality, breath support, and a well rounded repertoire. She also concentrates on the performance side of singing. This builds confidence, poise, and self-esteem in any student as well as emphasizes the importance of the story-te
lling aspect of a singer.

She works with the student to create a curriculum that will keeps the student's goals in mind while creating an atmosphere that stimulates creativity in the teaching style that is most effective for the individual.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Erica teaches out of the Rob H. home studio in Goodlettsville and out of her home studio in East Nashville.

*** Specialties ***
All Styles: Jazz, Musical Theatre, Country, Rock, Pop, and Folk.
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Tina S. March 6, 2014
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Erica has been a great voice teacher for my daughter. My daughter has only been taking lessons since July and she has come a long way & really enjoys Erica & her lessons. Erica encouraged her to sing a solo in the Christmas Recital recently & over time, my daughter, felt confident enough to perform and she performed wonderfully. Erica has also been very flexible at switching our lesson days b/c my daughter is also involved in sports and have had many scheduling conflicts.
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Tish R. September 6, 2012
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My daughter LOVES Erica!!!!!

Erica is great, easy going and knows how to handle younger children. Aiden is so excited to go to see her!!!
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Erica H.

Franklin, TN 37064
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About Brittany H.

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Nashville, TN

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Brittany offers private lessons in commercial and/or classical voice, songwriting, music theory, and ear training. She graduated the commercial music program at Belmont University with a focus on voice, songwriting, and music business in 2013.

Brittany brings a unique skill set to the table, having studied and performed a range of musical styles with hands on experience in Nashville's music industry. Brittany frequently writes on Music Row with professional songwriters, is a demo singer in professional recording studios, and performs with her special event band, The Golden Band.

Brittany has years of paid, professional experience as a singer in several different settings, so her ability to relate to any student and help them truly understand and achieve their goals is notable. Brittany has performed as a solo artist in restaurants
and other public venues, singing country and pop music; she has also performed as a soloist in classical settings, as part of a duo in a wedding band, as a member of several choirs and ensembles, including a capella groups; she has also been cast in several lead roles and ensemble roles in countless musicals.

For the same price as your average voice lesson, you will gain so much more knowledge in the field of music while you sharpen your skills with Brittany! Each student is different, so Brittany clearly identifies each student's specific goals and designs a unique lesson plan to achieve them.
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Robert Crabtree December 13, 2016
· Singing · Online
Brittany is absolutely fantastic with my 13 year old daughter who has never had any vocal training before. We are five lesson in, and from day one, you could tell Brittany really knows her stuff. We have seen fantastic progress in such a short time. Brittany's knowledge, patience, enthusiasm, and own personal talent shine through. My daughter looks forward to each and every lesson. We were lucky to find Brittany and I highly recommend her.
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Bradyn September 16, 2016
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Amazing!!!!! Works with me!!!
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Anna June 24, 2016
· Country Singing · Online
Awesome!!! Inspiring and technical!
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Brittany H.

Brittany H.

Nashville, TN 37209
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About Barton D.

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Hello! I am a Nashville native and have been playing 5-string banjo for 7 years now. I am an avid songwriter and formed an Americana-roots band, Boy Named Banjo, back in 2011. We played Bonnaroo in 2015, and have performed at many historic venues like The Bijou Theatre, The Altamont Theatre, Eddie's Attic, and Mercy Lounge, to name a few.

In May of 2016, I graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Sewanee: The University of the South, where I was an American Studies Major (with a focus on American music) and a Music Minor.

In my 3 years of teaching the banjo, I've always emphasized to my students the importance of jamming with others. I want you to experience the joy of playing music with somebody else as soon as possible - that's what it's all about! While giving you a solid foundation, I will dedicate time during each lesson to doing just
that, so YOU can take what I give you and run with it!
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Josh B. November 7, 2016
· Banjo · In home
I sought an instructor who would be interested in what I hoped to learn, melodic beautiful banjo as well as blue grass staples. As a song writer that elicits specific emotions in his music and an accomplished player, Barton fits that bill well. Most important he bring a joy to playing that is infectious, and he is careful to teach technique. I've had a lesson per week since early July and have been thrilled with the progress.
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Tess October 27, 2016
· Banjo · In studio
Barton is the BEST! He is really patient and extremely good at the banjo and I would recommend him to anyone who wants to learn. Really nice guy and a great teacher
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Erin October 27, 2016
· Banjo · In studio
Barton was very prepared and organized for each lesson. I really enjoyed taking from him while he was still in college at Sewanee. He helped me get started and now I've been playing for several years! I would highly recommend him to anybody learning the banjo for the first time!
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Barton D.

Nashville, TN 37215
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About Chris C.

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I love the guitar, and so getting to teach students how to play something that is so dear to me is an absolute joy. I have been playing for 9 years and only keep getting more interested i the instrument. I love playing everything from jazz to country, to finger-style, to blues and used to even dabble in some metal. My professional performance experience includes solo guitar gigs, rock band shows, musical theatre pit work, dance band playing, and gigs along the east coast with rising country acts.
I will graduate from Belmont University in the Spring of 2018 with a degree in Commercial Music, so I have had the "conservatory training" in regards to theory, music history, and studying the guitar, but before college I was largely a self taught player and am now a professionally performing musician here in Nashville. That being said, I can
teach all of the "correct" notions of music from my academic background, but I also have real experience regarding what a musician needs to be able to do if they want to become a professional.
I do my best to make lessons relaxed. I don't ever want a student to be nervous for a lesson with me because they did not practice as much as they think they should. While I encourage as much practice as possible, I care more about a student realizing the positive force that music can be in their lives; music doesn't need to be a stressor.
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Chris C.

Nashville, TN 37203
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About Anthony Q.

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Hailing from New York, Anthony picked up his first pair of sticks at the ripe young age of 9. After high school, he attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts where Anthony was immersed in music for three years before graduating in 2016.

Anthony has studied with teachers such as Neal Smith, Bob Gullotti, Tony ‘Thunder’ Smith, Casey Scheuerell and Gustavo Agatiello during his time at Berklee and was also greatly influenced by classes and conversations with Ralph Peterson jr, Steve Wilkes and John Pierce.These people have shaped Anthony’s musicianship and professionalism, giving him the right tools for just about any musical situation.
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Mark September 28, 2017
· Drum · In studio
My son Logan took drum lessons in New York with Anthony and my son loved him. Anthony was dedicated, patient, and took the time to follow up with Logan to ensure he was understanding. You could really tell that Anthony loved teaching and working with kids. It was a real shame that he moved back to Nashville.
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Rick September 27, 2017
· Drum · In home
Awesome lessons from Anthony. He took the time to customize a drumming lesson plan that fit my schedule and ability. I improved at the pace I was able to commit to.
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Donna Ingui September 27, 2017
· Drum · In home
Anthony has been wonderful with my son. His patience and friendliness eases my son's nerves. Not only is he wonderful with my son he is very personable with us. Anthony is a very knowledgeable percussionist which is evident when we hear him teach and explain things to my son. My son thinks he is very cool. I would recommend Anthony as a music instructor to people of all ages!!
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Anthony Q.

Nashville, TN 37210
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About Joe P.

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Hello! I'm a professional jazz pianist and composer, but classically trained first. I moved here in 2015 to be around the best musicians. My jazz really took off here, and I'm playing private events as background music on weekends. Making music has always been a love affair for me, and along the way I want to share how others can make the same, and new beautiful music of their own! I hope I can inspire and entertain your next step in the journey of piano.

Fun fact: my classical college piano teacher takes lessons with Leon Fleischer, who studied with Schnabel, who studied with Beethoven!
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Joe P.

Joe P.

Nashville, TN 37212
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Looking for some beginner-friendly country songs to play on guitar? Here, Katy, TX guitar instructor Zachary A. shares some of his favorite classic country songs that are easy to learn and fun to play... Country music has changed a lot over the past couple decades, but the classic country songs from the 50s and 60s still highlight the country music genre. The music written by Hank Williams Sr., George Jones, Carl Perkins, and Waylon Jennings was revolutionary. Each one of these artists has le
Why Your Daughter Shouldn’t Sing (ONLY) Taylor Swift Music
Is your daughter begging you for voice lessons, so she can learn to sing just like Taylor Swift? Awesome! But she also shouldn’t be limiting herself to the pop-country crooner. Read on as Nashville teacher Heather E. explains why… Lets get this straight right off the bat - I don’t hate Taylor Swift.  I think she’s a great performer, a great businesswoman, and her early songs (the ones she wrote herself) are pretty good.  If your daughter is looking for a role model, TSwift’s story of stardom wi

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