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About Samuel B.

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Austin, TX

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About Samuel
I've been a performing singer-songwriter since 1993. My influences include Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, and Richie Havens. I've been teaching private lessons since 2011 and I tailor my lessons according to the individual needs of my students. Everyone learns at a different pace and in a different way. My objective is to provide instruction that both challenges as well as respects your rate of progress.

I'm a primarily self-taught musician. Although I impart knowledge of scales (the major and the blues ones specifically) and the theory behind them (both of which I learned from formal instruction) as a central component of my curriculum, the bulk of my knowledge came from listening to and imitating delta blues artists such as Robert Johnson and Mississippi John Hurt both of whom displayed
remarkable intricacies in their art.

We'll begin with the major scale in the key of C (as seen in the video) which you'll hear me indicate as being the white keys on the piano. Afterwards, you'll learn a spiritual and an American standard with just the three major chords comprising that key (C, F, and G7). The key of D will be taught in a very similar manner (a scale and then three chords) before the blues is introduced.

Though you will have learned to play campfire standards in fewer than eight lessons, I'm a believer in imparting the roots of the form and not just its recognizable elements. The blues (particularly the form originating from the Mississippi Delta) is the foundation of ALL American music. Therefore, I consider it essential to the curriculum.

I've always found E to be the most blues-friendly of all the keys. We'll be spending more than twice the amount of time we will have spent in C or D learning multiple progressions and chord formations in E. Afterwards, you'll be introduced to the blues scale and receive the basis for playing lead (solos). You'll learn some rudimentary jazz within this segment of the process as well.

For more information about my curriculum, you may review my published articles on TakeLesson's Teacher Blog:

http://takelessons.com/blog/learning-guitar-without-sheet-music
http://takelessons.com/blog/reasons-to-learn-guitar-scales
http://takelessons.com/blog/beginner-guitars
http://takelessons.com/blog/blues-chord-progressions
http://takelessons.com/blog/best-guitar-solos
http://takelessons.com/blog/guitar-barre-chords
http://takelessons.com/blog/learning-guitar-styles
http://takelessons.com/blog/expand-your-guitar-solos
http://takelessons.com/blog/maximize-acoustic-guitar-lifespan
http://takelessons.com/blog/are-you-ready-to-play-guitar-solos
http://takelessons.com/blog/blues-guitar-exercise
http://takelessons.com/blog/writing-a-song-on-guitar-z01
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http://takelessons.com/blog/guitar-tips-for-open-mic-z01
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http://takelessons.com/blog/2-simple-tricks-to-play-country-guitar-z01
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http://takelessons.com/blog/famous-guitar-players-who-are-not-virtuosos-z01
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NOTE: I travel strictly by bicycle and bus. Any in-home lessons must be within a three-mile radius of my home in Zilker/Barton Hills.
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Allan Brandt April 5, 2016
· Guitar · In home
Samuel has been a top notch teacher and is very patient with my son. My son always tells me that he's inspired after every lesson. So much so that another one of my other sons has observed these lessons and is interested in taking lessons from Samuel as well.
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Ron A. April 9, 2015
· Guitar · In studio
Over the past 20 years I have taken guitar lessons twice. The episodes were separated by 15 years. I was engaged and even intense about learning. Both times ended in frustration and more important, failure. After only 5 lessons with Samuel Bean, I have learned to strum chords in time, learned several scales, 12 bar and 8 bar patterns and a bit of music theory. The result is playing to a level that provides personal satisfaction. I look forward to playing. So for you beginners and frustrated musicians out there, you know who you are, give it a try. I predict success.
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Ted D. January 23, 2015
· Guitar · In home
I have had known Sam for many years. I am friends with his parents and his sister Emmy, also a very talented musician.
Although I don't live near him, unfortunately, when he visits NYC I make it a point to check in with him and ask for his his advice on my rather limited guitar skills. I always come away from our sessions feeling much better about my playing and can see what an improvement he has made for me. He is very patient and so eager to help, even a beginner like myself. i just wish he lived closer!
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Samuel B.

Samuel B.

Austin, TX 78704
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About Susanna L.

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Susanna has studied piano since the age of 5, and has been fortunate to study with the late Professor Danielle Martin at the University of Texas. Susanna has her Bachelor's Degree in music for the University of Texas and has taught piano and voice since 2004. She enjoys working with people and uses her patience and perceptiveness to communicate music to others. Susanna is a church musician and was a member of the University of Texas Longhorn Singers and also attended Berklee College of Music studying jazz and popular music.

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As a person I am laid-back, I take the same attitude toward teaching, however I am strict when it comes to getting work done & getting it done well. For piano I use the Alfred series. After 3-6 months I would want my student to have learned the basics of rhythm & note identification. Fo
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*** Studio Equipment ***
Roland wieghted 88 key full size electric piano

*** Specialties ***
classical, pop, r&b
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Haley July 14, 2016
· Piano · In home
Ms. Susanna is very professional and attentive. She is patient and kind. I am happy to be having my lessons with her.
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Irinat July 7, 2011
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Great Voice Instructor!

I have been taking lessons with Susanna for close to 6 months and she has been a great teacher. I feel a lot more confident in my singing ability and I look forward to each lesson. I learn something new everytime. I am completely new to singing and she makes sure that you are comfortable in the environment and caters to your needs and what you would like to work on.
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ZaibM May 3, 2011
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Great instructor. She actually shows interest in her students and I love that about her. I've learned so much after a short period of time.
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Susanna L.

Susanna L.

Pflugerville, TX 78660
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About Brandon C.

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Austin, TX

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Brandon has been surrounded by music since a young age, having both parents as musicians. Brandon began his musical carrier playing the trumpet eventually branching out to piano, a little violin, composing, and conducting. He attended the University of Central Florida where he received a BA and MA in composition and conducting respectively.

While in Orlando, Brandon worked as a part of the A Gift for Music program teaching beginning violin to inner-city elementary school children. He was also the conductor of the A Gift for Music Core Orchestra, a group of very talented young string students. Brandon was also the Brass Instructor for a local Jr./Sr. High School where he taught trumpet lessons, coached brass ensembles, and accompanied students on the piano. On top of this Brandon also had a small studio in the area.

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don is a graduate student at the University of Texas in Austin where he is studying composition.

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As a teacher I find the most important thing is to make sure the student has fun making music. I realize that everyone is different and I try to cater to the needs of the individual while still making sure that there is advancement in technique and musicianship. It is also a goal of mine to make sure that every students learns to practice without having someone ask them to do it.

I believe it is important to have a strong foundation when playing music. If that foundation is there it is easier to have fun making music and far less likely for a student to fail. For beginners I generally start with basic technique and gradually shift into playing pieces. If a student has been playing for a while, I will find out where they are in their musical journey and take it from there. I also try to focus on developing musicianship and individuality. I can not stress how important it is to not only have fun but to practice. It takes a great deal of dedication and effort to become a good musician.

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I can provide some music and small things like the occasional rosin or valve oil. I can also help students find rental venues for instruments. I would expect the students to have their own instrument/s and material to properly take care of the instrument. I would also expect them to keep the music we are currently working on with them.

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I specialize in classical music though I can teach popular music and basic improvisation. I try to focus on expression and technique with students.
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Daphny K. April 16, 2017
· Piano · In home
Daphne raves about Brandon's teaching skills..
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Ursula H. August 11, 2016
· Trumpet · In home
Brandon has been teaching my son for the past 3 years and has been a fantastic instructor in both trumpet and piano. He is very patient, encouraging and understanding with my son. Brandon is diligent and requests the best performance from the kids without being pushy or overbearing. His knowledge of trumpet and piano are exceptional and his demonstrations are impressive. He is always punctual and super nice. I would recommend Brandon as music teacher for any student.
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Juliet J. July 25, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Brandon is by far the best piano teacher I've ever had in my 7-ish years of instruction. He truly cares about your advancement as a student, and goes above and beyond to ensure that you are learning AND having fun. Just within my first lesson with Brandon, he helped me to identify quite a few bad playing habits I had no idea I had developed over the years. He's astoundingly observant and perceptive, and is helping me to improve my posture, my reading skills, etc. Habbits are difficult to break, and I really appreciate his patience and constructive criticism, and that he challenges me to take difficult yet important steps to improve. In the past, I would learn one piece each week with an instructor, then move on without taking the time to perfect it. Brandon will take the time to show you how to TRULY master a piece, even if it takes 5 lessons. I cannot convey how valuable such an experience has been to my own progression. He's also very fun to talk to and makes you feel comfortable and at ease. BEST PIANO TEACHER EVER - HIGHLY RECOMMEND FOR ALL AGES
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Brandon C.

Austin, TX 78728
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About Michael L.

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Austin, TX

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I am a classically trained and professional musician who has worn many different musical hats over the years. I began playing drums when I was 14, in Houston, TX with Craig LeMay, and since then I have learned many different string and world instruments. I studied music theory and vocal performance at the Florence University of the Arts in Italy, taken sitar lessons from Mita Nag in Kolkatta, India, and jazz performance in Austin, TX with Joey Colarusso. I have played in many different bands over the years, such as accompanying Michael Kiwanuka with the musical saw, accompanying Katie Sachs with the musical saw, playing bass guitar with Halaska and DJing private events with Spacecraft Entertainment. I have been teaching music to special education students, in Austin public schools, and foster children with Kids in a New Groove. I have als
o built and modified many of my own instruments and ready to teach you some quirky musical production skills as well. I believe listening and being adaptable to an individual student's needs are the keys to teaching anyone to express themselves through music.

After studying Spanish for 2 years at the university level and extensive travel to Latin America I am fluent in Spanish in both the academic and conversational sides of the language.
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Alex Derzhi July 31, 2016
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Michael is doing a great job getting me started on my piano journey. The exercises and drills he is teaching me have helped me feel comfortable at the keyboard. I've even learned a song already, after just 2 lessons!

Highly recommended.
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Alaina ( Ally) Robertson June 17, 2016
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My 8 year old daughter took piano lessons from Michael and she really enjoyed learning the basics in fun ways. He was VERY patient and able to meet her where she was at, but still knew how to challenge her. I would recommend Michael to any beginner level piano player!
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Daniel Elsner April 9, 2016
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Really good teacher. I had never played piano before and Michael was great at instantly giving me things to work on and gave off the impression that lessons were tailored to what I was interested in and the direction I personally wanted to go with the piano. I'd definitely recommend him to anyone else looking for a good instructor in piano or any other musical instrument he works with.
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Michael L.

Michael L.

Austin, TX 78723
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About Rom G.

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Manchaca, TX

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About Rom
Rom is an international awarded session drummer from Israel and drummer of Electronica Rock band - Seek Irony.

Rom is a professional A list session drummer for hire, with a decade of experience in the music industry - He has recorded drums on various albums, performing over 1000 shows with various artists in different styles of music and has appeared in over 10 music videos - taking part in over 50 music projects around the globe.
In Israel, Rom taught for the two best music schools, and had 50 students per week.
A link to the drummer's blog on Modern Drummer- http://www.moderndrummer.com/site/2015/02/drummer-blog-seek-ironys-rom-gov-talks-moving-tel-aviv-austin/

" I believe that a lesson should be fun, easy, and challenging at the same time. As a teacher, the thing that is the most important to me, is to inspire my students. T
here is nothing better than making a student feel like he wants to go home and practice. "
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Sofia November 10, 2017
· Drum · In home
Rom was wonderful. He has a great way with a kid. My daughter had a great smile on her face and cannot wait for next lesson.
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RJ W. October 23, 2017
· Drum · In studio
Extremely patient and encouraging with our eight year old.
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Jan for grandson October 18, 2017
· Drum · In studio
He is very patient with our grandson who is 10 years old. And he knows how to really work well with children. We are very pleased.
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Rom G.

Rom G.

Manchaca, TX 78652
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About Hilary K.

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Austin, TX

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I am a professional singer in Austin Texas. I play live shows, I have gone on tour and have released an album. I love teaching people what I know. After singing behind closed doors for a portion of my life and secretly dreaming of being a singer, one day, I decided to take the plunge and start living my dream. I began writing music, playing live shows and training to teach voice. Shortly after, I started accepting students and helped them conquer their fears.

After I conquered my own fears of singing, the world of opportunity opened up for me. I filled the role of choir director for a local church and my music now plays on Pandora, Spotify and I-tunes! I love to share my knowledge as a singer and aspire to teach fellow singers everything I know as a vocalist.
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Kay S. July 27, 2017
· Singing · In studio
She is a supportive, knowledgeable singing teacher
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Anna L. June 11, 2017
· Singing · In studio
I have been taking lessons with Hilary for a while, longer than a year. I dont have a natural gift, and got interested in singing later in life, but she has helped me gain confidence and comfort with my voice. She is very bubbly and friendly. For me, it helps to have a teacher that puts me at ease since I am shy. She has helped me with pitch and voices. She is helping me work on vocal runs. I have progressed enough to start writing my own songs. BTW, her singing is amazing and I am happy for the opportunity to work with her!
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Jana P. August 14, 2016
· Singing · In home
Hilary was very helpful.
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Hilary K.

Austin, TX 78745
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About Austin L.

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About Austin
Hello there, I'm Austin. I've been playing guitar since I was a kid. I've been performing live for the better part of the last decade, and have taken various college level music courses as well. In fact, I still study with a great jazz guitar teacher; Guitar is an instrument where there is always more to learn. I can help you learn anything from strumming along to a Bob Dylan song all the way through the ins and outs of the brilliant technique of Eddie Van Halen and Steve Vai. I can also teach you music theory as it applies to the guitar; such as how to read music, build and name chords (and why they work), scales and arpeggios (and how to use them in your playing), as well as an understanding of rhythm and time (a shortcoming of many aspiring guitarists!). I look forward to working with you!
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Austin L.

Austin L.

Dripping Springs, TX 78620
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$30 / 30-min

About Tim T.

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Austin, TX

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I have fifteen years of experience playing on stage. I play guitar, bass, drums and percussion at a professional level. I have performed on the big stages of Spain, Italy, Germany, France, England, and many others. I participated in many different music festivals, playing on one stage with Lenny Kravitz, Sting and other well-known musicians. I also have professional experience in music production and remixing. I've been composing, arranging and recording for many years. I have worked in studios as a session musician for many years. I am currently living in Houston and teaching guitar and drums. I love working with kids and I'm great at catching interest and finding the right approach for each individual. My students say my lessons are fun and the time goes by quickly. I am responsible, punctual, dedicated, inspired, easy going. I have
been in love with playing music since early age and I would love the opportunity to help the students find inspiration and fulfillment thru music.
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Kate July 10, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Tim is an amazing teacher! My 8-year old son likes to go to his lessons. Tim is very organized and systematic in his teaching.
Highly recommend !
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Alex July 6, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Tim has a very good sense of rhythm and is good at teaching riffs and solos
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Elizabeth July 4, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
I have had a great experience working with him. Tim makes learning guitar fun, and it is always exciting to be able to learn new material.
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Tim T.

Austin, TX 78730
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About Victoria H.

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With a rich experience in the arts, music, and sciences, Victoria reaches students of all ages. She honors all cultures and teaches with joy and enthusiasm. With a genuine desire to foster and inspire the growth of every individual, private instruction is tailored to fit each students goals and passion.

Currently, Victoria offers instruction for violin and viola (beginning to advanced), piano (beginning to intermediate), guitar (beginning), voice training (beginning), and singer/songwriter (beginning).

A natural musician and vocalist, Victoria was drawn to the piano and taught herself to read and play music at 8 years of age, and she has been singing and playing violin professionally for more than 20+ years with 7 years of formal classical training starting at 10 years of age, 2 years training of Texas Style Fiddling and 15+ years of
experience as a blues violinist with rock, rhythm and blues, and jazz influences as a live and studio performing artist, musician, and songwriter. And, she began playing guitar at age 15.

Her most recent releases fuse a blues / rock / jazz foundation with multiple cultural influences, such as; Latin Brazilian, Arabic, Classical, and more.

In the summer and fall of 2011, Victoria accepted contract positions with Mobile Music Academy (Austin, Texas), traveling to and teaching students in their home in Austin and the surrounding area, as well as with Danny Rays Music (Round Rock, Texas), teaching violin, viola, piano, voice, and guitar. In addition, through word of mouth, she continues to add students to her roster.

From August 2011 to present, Victoria has taught 150+ students, ages ranging from 4 years of age to adult.

Victoria's experience also includes teaching piano, voice, and Texas style fiddling courses to groups of children and adults at the Arlington Texas Community Center, and a violin enrichment program to elementary students at the Community Montessori School at Georgetown.
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Debbie June 22, 2017
· Music Performance · In home
Victoria was a good choice to get my child off the ground in her piano instruction. She helped give my daughter confidence (which is saying something, as my daughter is a perfectionist and therefore very insecure) through her friendly, patient approach. Though I had higher expectations with regards to disciplines like posture, proficiency development through things like scales/arpeggios/drills, or development of sight reading, as I had in my own musical upbringing (though I practiced under one of the top violin instructors in Seattle) I'm nonetheless grateful to have started the first few years of beginner lessons to give my child sheer enjoyment of music performance, as Victoria clearly has a love for music herself. I'm also very grateful that she was willing to drive all over Austin to meet in homes, as that was invaluable for my schedule. Thanks a lot, Victoria!
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Carlos Guzman June 8, 2017
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Victoria is an attentive instructor who will cater to the individual learner needs. She also challenges her student to have a stretch goal to improve continuously.
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Jill Gardner December 9, 2016
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We were so happy to have found Victoria! She is very professional and easy to work with. My daughter loved going to her lessons and I enjoyed Victoria's gentle approach and patience. She inspired my daughter, we look forward to booking again with Victoria!
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Victoria H.

Victoria H.

Round Rock, TX 78681
(10)
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$50 / 30-min

About Alexander P.

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Music has been my passion ever since I picked up an instrument, and I hope to pass that passion along to the students I work with. I work to build a curriculum to suit each student's personal needs and goals. Every student is different, and I never expect one student to follow the same path as another.

I student taught in Waco ISD at the end of my time at Baylor University and graduated this past May with a Bachelor's of Music Education, with an emphasis on Saxophone and Instrumental music.
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Max M. October 18, 2017
· Saxophone · In home
Alexander is a wonderful teacher, very positive, patient and gets a lot of work done in each lesson.. I can hear the improvement from beginning and end to each lesson. We’ve been through a few other teachers and Alexander is the bomb!!
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Alexander P.

Round Rock, TX 78664
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