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About Heather M. L.

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Saint Augustine, FL

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Having studied piano performance at Westminster Choir College after teaching myself as a teenager, and having taught piano for over a decade has prepared me to teach any beginner and intermediate piano student, no matter her background. My students learn how to read music well, while playing with great style and proper technique.
In my home studio, we'll use a pro-level Yamaha keyboard with weighted keys.

About Heather M.
More important than my conservatory education and my experience as an educator and a performer is my passion for teaching music and acting and my undying belief that anyone can learn to be a musician and an actor.

I'm currently available to teach lessons in my own St. Augustine home studio and online around the globe.

I'm a cum laude graduate of Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey and a winner of its merit scholarship. I studied classical music there, grateful to have been taught by the likes of tenor Thomas Faracco, and renowned voice scientist and pedagogue, Dr. Scott McCoy.

After performing with the New York and Royal Philharmonics, the New Jersey and Virginia Symphonies, the American Boy Choir and the internationally renowned opera star, Andrea Bocelli, studying opera and piano at Westminster Choir College a
nd performance art and improvisational acting at East Carolina University in North Carolina, and appearing in shows and pageants across the east coast, I found my life's work in 2003 when I began teaching music.

I've taught hundreds of different students since 2003 with great success, from 5-year-olds with special needs to middle-aged professional opera singers, from a professor in Saudi Arabia to a 65-year-old doctor of music, from kids of Radio Disney to students of the famed Actors Studio in New York, from busy stay-at-home parents to retirees with bucket lists, from CEOs to touring singer-songwriters.

I've created and led a workshop about singing called, "The Whole Body Singer". I've written dozens of articles about music and music education for the blog at TakeLessons.com.

My extensive knowledge of the voice has encouraged and empowered hundreds of singers and prepared many of them to win competitions, pageants and auditions, as well as roles in operas and musicals, including lead roles in Limelight Theater and Curtis Camp productions. When a student comes to me in need of voice coaching, my job is to get to the root of mental blocks, to reveal why and how she's not singing at her optimum.

Before I received formal training at a conservatory, I learned piano on my own, and both have prepared me to teach almost anyone, with any experience, how to play.

The intensive training and education that I received at Westminster Choir College in songwriting, music theory and sight reading has benefited my students at every level.

My current work as singer and keyboardist in the acoustic folk rock duo, Timberwood, has strengthened my knowledge of a broad range of styles and genres. As a lifelong learner, I have a strong commitment to continuing my education. That's why I studied songwriting online with the Berklee College of Music in Boston in 2014.

In the lessons that I teach, I'm flexible, positive and encouraging. While I want my students to have fun and love music, not dread it, I expect hard work and persistence. I am caring, patient, nurturing, and compassionate.
In piano lessons, I usually allow the student to choose a piece with which to warm up and then move on to technique and repertoire.
In voice lessons, I usually warm up the singer and discuss technique and sight singing before focusing on song choices. Joan Frey Boytim wrote a book for voice that I like to use, and I like the Estelle Liebling exercises for the more advanced singer. Hanon exercises are a big part of my piano curriculum, and I enjoy the Bastien and Alfred books for young and old. I have used completely random songs pulled out of a piano bench and a karaoke CD for kids. I will use almost anything I can get my hands on if it means effectively teaching music.

Acting lessons consist of exercises and games that apply learned concepts, with an emphasis on stage acting and Meisner technique, as well as monologue and audition coaching.

Currently, I have only online availability for guitar students.
Students under the age of twelve will use the Alfred Guitar Book for Kids. All other students will start with the Hal Leonard Guitar Method.

Parents, siblings and spouses are always welcome to observe lessons quietly.
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Cahli February 13, 2019
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Nicole February 4, 2019
· Singing · Online
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About Matthew N.

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Naperville, IL
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Matthew has studied piano for over 20 years and has taught for over 10 years. Covering all styles you can expect a well rounded lesson with focus on theory and technique. Students will learn major and minor scales and keys and be able to identify chord types and shapes while reading music.

About Matthew
Matthew N. has been an educator and performer in the Chicago area and suburbs for over 15 years. Currently holding a studio of nearly 50 students he has become one of the area's many successful private instructors. Teaching piano, drums, and guitar Matthew can accommodate any student's needs and musical ambitions in those areas.

Matthew has studied at the collegiate level at the University of Iowa and holds a Bachelors in Percussion Performance. He has also been performing professionally at many of Chicago's finest venues for many years. Matthew is an audio engineer certified in Pro Tools and Logic Pro, which are industry standard programs. Students are able to record and learn the art of production as they learn their instrument if they so choose. This allows students to hear themselves and learn from their performance as well as shar
e their passion with family and friends as they create music.

BM in Percussion Performance
University of Iowa

Studied with:
Dr. Dan Moore, Vern Spevak, Chic Evans, Ron Spaeth, Jim Dreier

Received Music Scholarship to attend U of Iowa

Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences
-Received Many Certifications and Degree
-Certified in Pro Tools Recording Software and others

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I encourage my students to pursue all types of music. I like to use “method books” to help with reading and music theory no matter which instrument they choose. I always use supplemental materials that follow the student’s interests and level. I often use technology in lessons to motivate and help students grow. For example, I use many apps for theory, note reading, and rhythm training.

A cancellation 24hrs in advance is always appreciated.
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Kevin C. February 16, 2019
· Guitar · In studio
Matt taught me for a 3 month period and helped me drastically with learning how to improvise guitar solos. I can't thank Matt enough for his help in helping me with a rather unorthodox time to start getting lessons. Each week he told me to bring 3 songs with a guitar solo I would like to learn in different genres and each week we broke down the solos for me to practice and gather their techniques. Thank you so much Matt!
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Tejas A. December 31, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
My 9 year old son had his first session yesterday, and he loved it. Matthew is great, responsive and especially patient! My son is looking forward to having more sessions!
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Gabriel S. November 16, 2018
· Classical Piano · In home
Matt is an amazing instructor. I highly recommend him.
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About Dee F.

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Kalispell, MT

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I am classically trained, as piano was my major instrument in college. I perform professionally currently and teach classical piano, with 30 years experience teaching and performing.

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Books. Students must have their own instrument (keyboards are acceptable for taking piano lessons). I always council students on brand, quality of instrument they are purchasing before they buy it.

*** Specialties *** I have been a public school music educator for over 28 years, have taught private music lessons for over 30 years. I have taught band, orchestra, and choir which enables me to teach many instruments and voice. I also have been a language and reading tutor for over 6 years and have worked with students with special needs for over 10 years. I studied classical guitar with master guitarist, Christopher Parkening, at Montana State University where I graduated with a B.M.E. I also did graduate work at MSU in composition. I am completing a Masters Degree in Teacher Leadership currently at Gran
d Canyon University. I teach Suzuki piano and violin. I am an accomplished composer/songwriter with many published and recorded songs and instrumental works through ASCAP. I endeavor to make learning fun, and enjoy teaching students of all ages!

Online student requirements: A fast, reliable COMPUTER; HIGH SPEED INTERNET (at least 400 kbps); SKYPE software; WEBCAM (preferably HD); MICROPHONE (most laptops or tablets have mikes built in). Be sure your camera is focused on you and your instrument, if applicable.
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Scott January 29, 2019
· Mandolin · Online
See is patient, knowledgeable, and makes lessons fun.
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Christine January 28, 2019
· Violin · In home
Dee is a great teacher and very efficient. I am just starting, but I can tell I will be learning quickly. She is very cheerful and communicates clearly. Loving it so far!
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Marcus R. January 14, 2019
· Organ · Online
Dee is friendly and understanding and she explains things very well.
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About Lydia H.

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Croton, OH

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She wanted to share her gift of music with others and started teaching piano lessons when she was 17. Lydia was hired on as a teacher with a local professional music company and worked there for 4 years. During that time she continued her education and received the necessary training on how to effectively teach students of any age.

About Lydia
Lydia started her musical journey at age 8 with piano and later adding harp when she was 12. She wanted to share her gift of music with others and started teaching piano and harp lessons when she was 17. Lydia was hired on as a teacher with a local professional music company and worked there for 4 years. During that time she continued her education and received the necessary training on how to effectively teach students of any age.

Currently Lydia is a full-time professional harpist and music teacher maintaining a studio of 40 students. Lydia has performed well over 800 times in Columbus and the surrounding areas and has recorded 3 CDs of her beautiful music. She is the principal harpist for the Cardinal Health Chamber Orchestra and also plays with the orchestra at Northwest Bible Church.

Lydia enjoys sharing the gift of mus
ic with others and seeing their joy from being able play for themselves.

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14 years experience

2 optional recitals per year (Spring and Christmas)

Ages 4 through adult
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Dharma December 29, 2018
· Piano · In home
Excellent patience.
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Wanda October 11, 2018
· Harp · Online
We really enjoy our weekly lessons with Lydia
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Diane S. August 11, 2018
· Harp · Online
Lydia is very helpful and goes beyond the norm to help you learn. She gives great ideas. She is very knowledgeable and an excellent harpist.
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About Brianna S.

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Los Angeles, CA

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With the classical piano lessons, the beginners will work on music theory, note recognition, and counting rhythms. We will also work on beginner piano pieces.

Intermediate students will focus more on technique, fingering, advanced pieces using both hands, starting to memorize pieces.

About Brianna
Hi, I'm Bri! I'm a graduate of North Central College with a BA in Music (Emphasis in Composition and Percussion) and a minor in History. I absolutely love music, every single aspect of it. I love to make music a part of everybody's lives who want and need it. I want to help you with your musical needs. I have been playing percussion for 19 years, singing for 25, and playing piano for 20 years. I was a member of a recording and performing Chicago band, Oblio and Arrow, where I provided backing vocals and helped with the song arrangements. I am currently a member of Trip City Lights, an LA local funk/soul band, where I provide lead and backing vocals. I also record vocals for different artists hooks, jingles, choruses, and songs (covers and originals). I have also composed/arranged various pieces for ensembles, bands, vocal groups, choirs,
plays, musicals, commercials, etc. I've worked with folks locally in LA, and all over the world. I love what I do!

History has always fascinated me. The way our world has developed and changed and continues to evolve is amazing. Everything can be tied back to the past, and I feel it's important to take a look back, put yourself in that time, and really study how things were to help understand why things are the way they are now.

Crocheting and knitting are a couple of good habits/hobbies I picked up about 10 years ago. I sell scarves online and I'm always working on some sort of project. I will have you knitting and pearling with the best of them!

Music, history, crochet, and knitting....I'm your girl!
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Megan September 22, 2017
· Knitting · Online
Super kind and patient while I stumbled my way thru the basics
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Glory June 27, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Brianna was a great teacher for my child.
She was encouraging and positive. She
tailored lessons to fit the range, talent and
interest of the student.
I would recommend her strongly.
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Jill April 26, 2017
· Crocheting · Online
Very patient with me... I am what you call a true beginner...
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About Matt S.

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A complete overview of how to read and fully understand classical sheet music for piano. A certain degree of music theory is necessary for this subject. I have over 20 years experience and professional training that tailors the instruction to the weaknesses and strengths of each student.

About Matt
With most of my music students, we focus on several key areas to ensure success of overall technique and knowledge: WARM-UPs, SCALES, MUSIC THEORY, SIGHT-READING, and PREPARED SONGS. I tailor my approach and style to each student. Although I'm very detail-oriented with lessons and followup, I'm constantly in search of finding FUN ways to make sure the student is enjoying the journey. I also prefer to work on a song that the STUDENT wants to learn. It's music, and it should be fun!

Please review the rest of my profile and send me any questions or concerns you may have. If I don't think I can be the best teacher for you, I will gladly refer you to someone else on Takelessons or elsewhere.

I've been a lifelong musician, and love finding unique and fun ways to motivate my students. I've worked with most styles of music before,
and arranged music for many as well, so I'm very comfortable helping students with a variety of disciplines and interests. My professional experience in both the civilian and military music communities has given me an open-minded yet direct approach to WHAT you should learn, and HOW to develop each student's individual skills. I'm able to teach most students to an advanced level.
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Shelley July 29, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Matt is an excellent teacher. He provided acoustic guitar and keyboard lessons for my 11 year old son and drum lessons to my 9 year old daughter. He always brought all the equipment needed for a successful learning environment and was interactive with each child. I highly recommend Matt as a music teacher for any instrument because his professionalism, kindness and patience toward my children was alway evident.
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Wendy February 18, 2018
· Singing · In home
Matt is an exceptional musician. His knowledge of a variety of music genres, ability to sight read and transpose into any key is extraordinary and makes him the accompanist of choice. As a man of faith, he inspires others to celebrate music as a gift from God, that should never be taken for granted.
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Ling February 9, 2018
· Piano · In home
Matt has the ability to keep his students interested in their music while bringing out their appreciation and musical creativity. I would highly recommend him as an instructor no matter the age of the student.
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About Connor C.

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Los Angeles, CA
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I've played piano since I was 5 years old. Playing piano has greatly influenced my life, as I went to college for piano and composition. I love the piano and I love teaching piano. I teach all levels of piano with an emphasis on performance technique, practice technique, theory, and creativity. I encourage students to explore their own musical feelings and voice. I teach all genres of piano- not only Classical. If a student wants to learn to accompany or write their own music, I can help! If a student is interested in traditional Irish piano accompaniment, I can teach that!

About Connor
I'm a film composer by trade, but I love teaching as well. I love sharing my passion for music with others. I have a BM from Appalachian State University in piano performance and music theory/composition. I also have an MFA in music composition for the screen from Columbia College Chicago. I studied abroad in Ireland for a summer and learned traditional Irish music. I've been playing piano and composing since I was a young child, and picked up folk instruments along the way. Folk music has been a constant source of joy in my life, and I am continually learning more about it. Music is what gets me out of bed in the morning!
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Mike D. October 16, 2018
· Accordion · In studio
Very pleasant person and extremely effective as my instructor. She is very knowledgeable and patient, and makes the lesson fun. I'm really looking forward her making me into a capable accordionist.
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Meredith W. April 22, 2018
· Accordion · Online
Connor is so amazing with my 14 year Old daughter! She taught my daughter to play a full song after one lesson! Great instruction, great attitude, great communication!
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Joe March 26, 2018
· Mandolin · In studio
It was a perfect lesson! I highly recommend Connor as an instructor
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About Alena K.

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Killeen, TX

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If you are looking for professional music lessons for learning to play the piano, I am a perfect match for you.
I am a professional pianist with substantial experience in teaching piano for students of different ages. I hold a Mater of Music in Piano Performance from Kharkiv National University of Arts, Ukraine, and a Master of Music degree from Anton Rubinstein International Music Academy, Germany in cooperation with " Giacomo Puccini's" State Music Conservatory, Italy.
While in Germany, I was performing as a solo pianist, playing chamber music and teaching at a private music academy.
As an experienced piano teacher I would say that no matter what kind/style of music you prefer to play, it is always better to have a classical background. It does not mean that you only need to focus on the classics, but learning and working on things like your technique, understanding harmony and music theory will help you in the future no matter what you decide to do: teaching, performing, ...

About Alena
As an experienced musician and piano teacher, I offer piano lessons for everyone who is willing to learn how to play the instrument and is passionate about it.
For some of us playing the piano could be a serious, life changing way of making a career as a famous musician and bringing your dream and passion to the next level.
For some of us it could be a nice hobby, where you can express your feeling and emotions by performing or composing music.
It's for you to decide but no matter what you are doing in your life, you should be passionate about it!

Being a music instructor for over 10 years and having experience teaching in Ukraine, Germany and USA, I try to combine different methods and find individual style of teaching for everyone, who is willing to learn (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced).

I offer individual lesson plans a
nd music material depending on your music taste and personal needs. You don't need to worry about anything, just enjoy what you're doing and I will take care of the rest!

I have been playing piano myself for over 20 years and I would like to share my knowledge with others and have them fall in love with music as I did.
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Grace K. September 2, 2018
· Piano · In studio
My daughter is 15 years old and she has been practicing piano since 5 years old.
We recently moved to TX . We are very thankful to have Ms. Alena as our daughter's piano teacher.
She helped her pick songs that she wanted to play and where on her level. So now she is enjoy practicing at home and leaning new techniques.
I would highly recommend Ms. Alena
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Benjamin W. August 18, 2018
· Piano · In home
First lesson was great! I am as beginner as they come, and Alena was extremely patient and helpful. WIth Alena's instruction, I am excited to continue my journey into becoming a musician!
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Hayden July 30, 2018
· Piano · In home
Alena is friendly, professional, and wonderful with children! Highly recommend her for piano lessons.
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About Alya I.

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I’ve been classicslly trained in Saint-Petersburg, Russia, one of the best places in the world where one can learn how to be a musician. Since then I’ve learned how to love and play jazz, pop, and rock, as well as how to sing, compose and understand the principles of composition and music theory. I graduated from Conservatory in Almaty and Berklee College in Boston and I’m pursuing Master of Arts, while teaching and performing in Boston area. Teaching experience is as fascinating as piano performance and yet, is more challenging at times. My focus is to make sure my students understand what they do and why they do it in music and seeing them grow is one of the greatest feelings I’ve had.

About Alya
Hi there! I’m a classical and jazz piano teacher, accompaniator and composer. I like church music, I have perfect pitch and I play Rachmaninov. I do enjoy teaching little fingers to play their first music ever! I do also get along well with elderly students, I like history, philosophy and I do incorporate it into the learning process. What is your favorite composer or pianist? Let’s find it out together!
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