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About James W.

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Nashville, TN

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About James
A versatile musician and teacher, Nashville-born musician James is dedicated to music through education, performance and personal growth. James has a diverse background in the musical arts. He has served as violinist and principal violist in many orchestras and ensembles. As a vocalist, James has sung in opera, oratorio, master-classes and recitals as a countertenor soloist. He has served as director of the Clarksville Youth Orchestra at Austin Peay State University and currently serves as the Director of Music Ministries and choirs for a local Presbyterian Church in Nashville, TN. He maintains a private studio in Nashville, TN and is on the faculty of the Allegro School of Music.

James has studied with many experts in vocal science and pedagogy and has had the wonderful opportunity to study with Linda Ferrara, D. Lance Respess, R
ichard Miller, world-class early music expert Nancy Zylstra and twentieth-century vocal music expert Sharon Mabry. He has had masterclasses with the Metropolitan Opera's Bodo Igesz, Metropolitan Opera Singers Daniel Taylor, Jennifer Lane (with whom he still studies), French-diction coach Elvia Pucinelli, vocal pedagogue Richard Miller, and Thomas King, director of the AIMS Gratz program. As a violinist and violist, James has studied with music-education specialist Sara Johnson, Francis Elliot, Nashville Recording-Artist Randall Olson, and concert violinist Stefan Petrescu.

As an educator, he has served on the faculties of the Cumberland Arts Institute, W.O. Smith School of Music, Murfreesboro City School System, School of the Arts at Austin Peay State University, Allegro School of Music and the East Nashville School of Music. He has taught hundreds of students in various formats ranging from one-on-one studio settings to entire youth symphony orchestras and choirs. He has been active as an adjudicator, participant, and member of various competitions and education-related conventions. He also maintains membership with various educational organizations such as the American String Teacher's Association, Music Educator'€™s National Conference, and Early Music America.

In addition to working with and coaching Grammy award-winning and nominated artists, Mr. W's students have auditioned, been selected and have performed in the Tennessee Mid-State and All-State Choir (principal positions) and Orchestra Festivals (violin and cello, in addition to being members of the Curb Youth Orchestra and Philharmonia at the Blair School of Music.

His students have also performed in several professional and amateur performances across the Southeast. They have also gone on to major in music earning tens of thousands of dollars in scholarships from prestigious conservatories and colleges across the country. Many of his students have become professional musicians across many genres, educators themselves, or satisfied amateur hobbyists.

*** Lesson Details ***
As a teacher many have described my style as nurturing-but-firm. When I see a student's potential, I make sure that student can attain it. I expect a willingness to learn, a desire to succeed, and a want for excellence. In return, I offer the tools to get the student there!

I know that not every student benefits best from only one method. As such, I employ a variety of teaching tools and methods to best suit each student. Strings students can expect to see a little bit of traditional training, a little bit of Suzuki and little bit of contemporary training. Voice students can see some Sieber vocalizes, some Vaccai, classical, jazz, and musical theater training built on an old-world teaching technique. It's all about giving the student the tools to do whatever he/she wants with his/her music of choice!

On your first lesson, I'll go over the materials needed, what you need to work on, and the very basics so you can immediately get to enjoying your new craft. In a few months, you'll be confident making new music or making better music. Within a year, you should be well prepared for one of my studio recitals!

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have a commercial music teaching studio used solely for the purposes of teaching. In the studio there is a piano, my music library, photo copier, computer, audio equipment, stereo, music stands, standing mirror, and various teaching tools. There is a waiting area for parents, siblings and other visitors.

*** Specialties ***
Voice: All Genres -- child-adult, all levels (beginning through advanced).
Violin: All Styles -- all levels (beginning through advanced).
Viola: All Styles -- all levels (beginning through advanced).
Cello: All Styles -- beginning through intermediate.
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Larry March 26, 2017
· Cello · In studio
James has been a wonderful teacher. He has greatly helped me advance in my beginning cello skills by carefully observing, demonstrating as needed, then showing me the things I can do to improve. He does this in such a manner that instead of feeling discouraged, I am even more motivated to improve. I am learning cello as an adult simply for the fun of trying something new. My wife, who played flute on scholarship through college and some professionally has noticed, and commented, on the improvement. In summary, I highly recommend James for both adults and for kids. He just has a great knack for teaching.
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Dwight T. May 1, 2016
· Opera Voice · In home
The best instructor I ever had he is very very good at what he does
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Madison January 10, 2016
· Violin · In studio
James was great. He realized very quickly my daughter was nervous and took the time to help her calm down before continuing with the lesson.
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James W.

Nashville, TN 37214
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About Sean M.

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In 2012, I graduated from Millikin University as a Commercial Music Major. Millikin University taught me many ways of being a professional live and studio musician. I have enjoyed playing in groups of a variety of different genres, such as Jazz, Indie, Pop, Country, Rock, etc. These are the genres I would be teaching my students to make them great musicians not only in a live performance setting but in the studio as well.

I moved to Nashville, TN in 2013 and since then I have been playing for many different touring artists and have recorded on a hand full of records. I am currently playing full time with Christian Singer/ Songwriter Matthew West and have been enjoying that so much!
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Sean M.

Sean M.

Hermitage, TN 37076
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$45 / 30-min

About Missy M.

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Goodlettsville, TN

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About Missy
Missy is a multi-talented vocalist and vocal coach experienced in electric and acoustic guitar and piano. Since graduating from world-renowned Berklee College of Music in 2003, Missy has performed live with bands from the San Diego Indie Music Fest to CBGB's and as a solo·acoustic artist across the country, as well as teaching private lessons in voice, piano, and guitar. Graduating as a Professional Music Major, Missy focused on Music Business and Songwriting and uses this background·in addition to Music Theory to help her students to become well-rounded musicians. As a professional musician, Missy has worked as a back-up vocalist, acoustic guitarist (Katie Armiger, Cold River Records), demo-singer, and songwriter (Megatraxx, LA). Missy studied under top-notch vocal coach, Mark Baxter (Aerosmith, Goo Goo Dolls, Journey) and utilizes Baxte
r's techniques in conjunction with her own to help singers of all levels and styles. Missy's notable students include singer/songwriter Rachel Brown and Paul Mitchell from America's Got Talent ('Tommy Mitchell')
For Songwriting style, check out Boston to Austin (Co-written with Will Champlin of ABC's The Voice, Mike Verge)

*** Lesson Details ***
I am here to teach you at the pace that works best for you! Everyone is different and everyone likes different styles of music- I try to cater to that as much as possible. I will always set the expectation bar as high as you're willing to go.

For piano, when teaching in books, I normally go for the Faber! For guitar, various renditions of Hal Leonard, and for voice, The Rock and Roll Singer's Survival Manual. If you feel that you're better suited to learn primarily by ear or without the specific training of instruction books, let me know and we can pursue alternatives.

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Great room setup for lessons with keyboard and instruments. Parents can sit in on lessons.

*** Specialties ***
Mark Baxter (Steven Tyler, Steve Perry vocal coach) method- geared toward pop/rock/country/blues.

I work well with all types of beginner piano and guitar players and excel with people interested in learning how to write songs, learn chords and fun rock riffs.
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Jacob S. February 19, 2014
· Singing ·
Missy is a great teacher!

Missy has been very helpful, and I started seeing almost immediate improvement in my vocal range, which ultimately led to greater confidence. She is fun to work with and talk to. She not only gives vocal exercises and tricks, but explains the reasons for doing them, how they're going to help. I reccomend her as highly as possible!!!
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Doug S. February 4, 2014
· Piano ·
Great teacher for multiple instruments

This instructor has a solid foundation in music theory which can help students of all skill levels and instrument choice...including voice. I have already benefited from her expertise on both piano and voice as instruments, as well as general music concepts like voice leading, use of scale, tonal variation and dynamic. Very easy to understand and work with. I have no reservations about recommending this instructor.
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Wayne S. May 3, 2013
· Singing ·
great local talent

Missy is very professional and provides some interesting pointers, (HeHe), not laughing. I expect to gain much ability from her input. I am a beginner singer, but elderly. I believe Missy will be able to extend my vocal range. I entered a singing contest last year for the first time and this is why I have chosen to get some lessons. See you on the Ryman stage in the latter part of this year.
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Missy M.

Goodlettsville, TN 37072
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About Dave L.

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Hermitage, TN
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About David
Education Experience:

Private Lessons - 20 years
Public School - 4 years

Instruments taught: piano, woodwinds

Dave holds a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from The University of Central Florida. While teaching for the St. Johns County School system in St. Augustine Florida from 2002-2006, Dave was twice nominated for Teacher of the Year and wrote several award winning grants for his school's music program. Certifications from the state of Florida he has held include K-12 instrumental music.

Performance Experience:

Dave as performed and worked throughout the United States, including Hawaii, and also in Europe, & the Caribbean. His primary instruments include keyboard instruments and saxophone.

Dave has performed or toured directly with artists such as 80's Pop icon Tiffany, Heidi Newfield (formerly of the platinum
selling band, Trick Pony), late Opry star, Mel McDaniel, Grammy nominated vocalist, John Berry, and has been touring and recording with platinum selling band, Sister Hazel since 2012.

Dave has appeared on the Grand Ole Opry numerous times as well as national television, with shows including The Late, Late Show w/ Craig Ferguson, The Academy of Country Music Awards, and various TV specials on the Trinity Broadcast Network.

Prior to and since moving to Nashville in late 2007, Dave has always established a solid reputation among the professional musical community and continues to reach new goals each year as a musician and music educator.

Professional endorsements include, Nord Keyboards, Accusound Cables, and Westone In-Ear Monitors.

*** Lesson Details ***
All students who sign up for lessons will receive a basic fundamental foundation of musical knowledge. Once the fundamentals are understood and assessed, we can then begin to take a more in depth approach in reaching the student's specific goals as a musician. Aspiring songwriters, usually playing piano or guitar will have a different agenda than a high school saxophonist practicing for their state music assessments. Lessons are built around each student's specific interests.

It is important to know that your musical goals can be met with consistent practice, discipline, and dedication to your chosen instrument. So what is the most valuable and sometimes the most difficult skill musicians must learn and subscribe to? HOW to practice...and that will be the underlying theme to each and every lesson we share. The way we practice shapes us as musicians!

Remember that each time people hear you play or sing, you are only compared to the best there is. Smart practice makes perfect!

*** Studio Equipment ***
88 keys fully-weighted, music stand; iPad, Metronome, musical literature.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Apple iPad, metronome

*** Specialties ***
Traditional methods for all instruments; begin with fundamentals while measuring consistent application of skills learned from week to week. For piano in addition to traditional methods, I also can teach a songwriter based course with more emphasis on chord structures, ear training, and chart writing. I also place a big emphasis on HOW to practice rather than just how often.
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Mark M. January 8, 2018
· Saxophone · In studio
Good first lesson with Dave. He's a great communicator and seemed to understand my level of music experience; he knew the right subjects to linger on, and what information he could skip over, confident that I already knew it. I felt like we were able to cover a lot of ground in 45 short minutes.
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Mike May 25, 2017
· Saxophone · In studio
Dave is a great saxophone instructor. He's friendly, knowledgeable and an active touring musician. He also took into account my 25+ years of experience as a guitarist when introducing me to musical ideas and concepts for the saxophone. Highly recommended!
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Mike December 3, 2016
· Saxophone · In studio
David was very positive, accessible and knowledgeable.
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Dave L.

Hermitage, TN 37076
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About P.G. B.

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Murfreesboro, TN

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About P.G.
I have been playing guitar, writing songs and studying music for over 20 years. I graduated from Boston College with a degree in Music composition and theory. I am also a recording engineer and write music for TV, film and advertising. I love to teach and work with students who want to learn. Basically, I like to make music and have fun!

*** Lesson Details ***
I start working with new students by setting goals. My philosophy is to have fun and make music. Ultimately, my goal is for the student to be able to "jam" with other musicians. I picked up the guitar at age thirteen because I was inspired by Nirvana. I was quickly turned on to Jimi Hendrix, which eventually led to me discovering jazz, classical music, songwriting and eventually bluegrass. Music is a vast world and I believe in teaching songs that the student wants to play. So
I start by working on songs that are of interest to each individual student.

*** Home Equipment ***
Lessons are taught in my home. Seating for parents available. No pets. Bass and electric guitar amplifiers are provided as well as cables.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide a guitar tuner and learning materials (i.e. music sheets and learning material). I expect the student to have a guitar, bass, banjo or ukulele to play. I also advise an amplifier for electric guitar students. I am able to bring a small practice amplifier to lessons at student location.

*** Specialties ***
On Guitar: Acoustic & Electric guitar, Rock n' Roll, Blues, Jazz, Improvisation, Merle Travis chicken pickin', slide guitar and music theory. In the world of audio recording, I am well versed in Logic Pro X. I operate Logic in my personal studio to write and record music for TV, film and advertising.
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Karen N. May 20, 2014
· Guitar · In studio
P.G. is an awesome laid back teacher. His knowledge of music is amazing! He takes his time in guiding you and he really listens to you. He encourages you with positive feedback on your progress. I highly recommend P.G. for anyone wanting to learn to play guitar!
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Russ C. May 15, 2013
· Guitar ·
Outstanding Guitar Teacher

I've been wanting to learn to play the guitar for a long time and finally decided to go for it. I chose P.G.B based on his extensive music background and am glad I did. He's energetic, easy going, adjusts to your likes and learning style, provides excellent feedback, and motivates you be excited about learning the guitar. I've easily memorized a handful of chords and several songs already after only two lessons and we were even jamming in the second lesson. Can't wait to see how I'm playing in a month or two from now. I highly recommend him if you're wanting to learn guitar, he's makes it easy and a lot of fun. .
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P.G. B.

Murfreesboro, TN 37130
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About Hayes H.

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Hendersonville, TN

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I've played sax for 20 years, bass for 15, and taught many students and performed with a variety of acts. I studied music and education at Kent State University, obtaining a bachelor's degree in 2006. I can help you apply what you learn in your performance, or get you to a level that you will be comfortable performing with other musicians.

*** Lesson Details ***
I'm patient and easy to get along with. When dealing with younger students I will supplement my teaching with whatever curriculum they are already studying. Each lesson will cover technique, learning pieces, ear training and improv. I deal with each student on an individual basis.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Large and small condensor mics, ribbon mic, multi-track digital recorder.

*** Travel Equipment ***
band in a box, speakers, laptop, charts. Student can provide book o
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*** Specialties ***
Ear training, Sax upper register development (tenor) tone development, improv.
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Jennifer S. January 22, 2017
· Saxophone · In home
Hayes is super helpful and encouraging. I walked in feeling a little intimidated because I haven't really played in 30 years. He made me feel very comfortable and motivated. Good first lesson.
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George June 28, 2016
· Bass Guitar · In studio
As a middle-aged guy who has played drums all my life, I wanted to add the bass guitar to my repertoire. Hayes is exactly the right guy and was able to show me how to get off to a quick start and then be able to add to my skills as I keep playing. I would recommend him highly!
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Nicole H. December 15, 2015
· Saxophone · In studio
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Hayes H.

Hayes H.

Hendersonville, TN 37075
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About Nancy C.

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Mount Juliet, TN

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I have been teaching for over 30 years. I love to teach students of all ages. My education is classical in nature and this is how I approach my lessons, but I also mix in current music that is of interest to each particular student. I have also been a church musician for over 40 years. I studied with the Dr. Perkins, Head of the Music Department at Eastern Montana College, now Montana State University, Billings. I have also studied with Dr. Peggy Daugherty, a concert level pianist. I have a Certificate in Piano Pedagogy from Valley City State University in North Dakota..
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Dave B. February 8, 2017
· Piano · In home
Ms. Nancy was excellent with our daughter. She encourage her to learn and enjoy the piano
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Sue December 12, 2016
· Piano · In home
My 10 year old son has taken piano lessons with Mrs. Cole for a couple of years. She was very kind, patient and encouraging to him as he developed his musical talent. I would highly recommend Mrs. Cole as a first rate piano teacher!
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Becky November 19, 2016
· Piano · In home
It has been a joy and a blessing to have Nancy as a piano teacher for my two children over the past 6 years! She has given them not only a sound, well-rounded piano education, but she has also gone above and beyond by truly caring about each of them and giving of her very self for their benefit. She has taken the time to listen, to investigate, and to find ways to encourage each of them to overcome challenges and to grow in their unique styles and talents. She has used a multi-faceted approach with my children, simultaneously building their knowledge of music theory, ability to sight-read, and understanding of varying kinds of music (including but not limited to: classical, jazz, show tunes, popular music, hymns, praise/worship)... all the while fanning the flames of each child's God-given passions and talents. (For example, she has helped them develop their compositional and improvisational skills as well.) I am very thankful for the role Nancy has played in my children's lives! I know absolutely that having her as a piano teacher has had a profound positive impact on their musical journeys.
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Nancy C.

Mount Juliet, TN 37122
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About Jordan M.

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Hey, my name is Jordan M. and I can't wait to play music with you! I've been teaching music since 2005 and have loved helping my students learn to read music, tackle auditions, play at a higher level, and appreciate all sorts of music. I went to The University of Akron and earned a Masters Degree in Percussion Performance and I also have a Bachelors Degree in Music Education. I'm a determined and open minded person and my teaching style is always catered to your learning needs I look forward to meeting you and helping you reach your goals!
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Greg Hasselblad August 24, 2015
· Drum · In studio
This is our first time using take lessons and we've had a great experience. Jordan has been easy to work with and has quickly built a rapport with our son. Thomas is excited about his lessons and is learning each time. Highly recommend Jordan.
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Jordan M.

Goodlettsville, TN 37072
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About John P.

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You’ve surely heard the old refrain: “I took piano lessons as a kid, but I don’t play anymore.” That makes as much sense to me as saying, “I rode a bike as a kid but not now.” If learned properly, the piano can provide anyone with a lifetime of recreation and pleasure.
Hi, my name is John, and I am an experienced pianist, educator and music journalist. I am the Nashville Scene’s classical music critic, and over the years I have written about music for The Washington Post and National Public Radio, among other places. I have also been an adjunct associate professor at Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music and teach privately in my own studio. I am a very patient and nurturing teacher, but I am also methodical, which is a huge benefit for my students. In short order, they all become comfortable and confident at the keyboard.
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Jen May 16, 2016
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John is an excellent piano teacher! He is patient and encouraging with my son, and he makes lessons fun with inventive and creative approaches that match the individual learning style of each student. He also adapts the pace of the lessons to the progress of the child to always keep things challenging. My son has progressed from beginner to accomplished player of Mozart, Chopin, and Beethoven under John's instruction. I highly recommend this teacher!
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John P.

Hendersonville, TN 37075
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About Zach H.

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Hendersonville, TN
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Zach Heyde (b. 1993) is an American composer, pianist, & educator based in Tennessee. Heyde entered The Hartt School of Music in 2011, studying composition & jazz piano. During his time in college and following graduation, Heyde served actively as a music educator in his hometown of Darien, CT. He recently completed teaching through the Darien Arts Center & Crescendo Music before moving to Tennessee, and continues his love of music education by offering private piano & composition lessons.
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Alexis September 27, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Zach was a very personal and knowledgeable teacher. He was always prepared and ready to work on whatever I needed. He helped me with my ear training skills as well as general music theory and applications. He's engaging and fun; I highly recommend him.
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Kelly August 22, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Zach taught both my 7 yr old son and my 11 yr old daughter piano. They both had other instructors previously and were losing steam/interest. Zach really reignited their interest in learning piano. They both performed beautifully at the piano recital here in town. We were REALLY sad to see him leave.
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Jenny August 17, 2016
· Arrangement and Composition ·
My daughter had a blast composing with Zach!
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Zach H.

Hendersonville, TN 37075
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