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About Aleena W.

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San Antonio, TX

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About Aleena
I've been teaching piano and art for more than 9 years and I've been associated with TakeLessons for 7 of those years in 2 different cities. I teach beginning and intermediate piano students at my studio.
Teaching is a very gratifying experience.
Although my training was in classical music, I currently compose and perform a variety of genres besides classical.
I also create multi-media 2-dimensional art.

Music improves math and other cognitive skills. Einstein used the violin to relax and there are scientific studies correlating brain development with the acquisition of music skills.
I'm an encouraging and flexible teacher because every student is different and requires their own focus and individualized lesson plan.
I find it critical and enjoyable communicating with the parents of children.

****One of my students was a 16 y
ears old virtuoso in classical guitar. He came to me because he never learned how to sight read. Within 6 months he was writing his own music and decided to change his specialty from guitar to piano.
*****Another one of my students was dyslexic and he was told he would never be able to read music but he was reading music and within a few months he was writing it himself.

I look forward to helping you reach your goals! I encourage anyone who is interested in learning to begin lessons with the knowledge that they can eventually create any kind of art they desire.
I continue to perform and create which enables me to sharpen and maintain my skills.

I hope to have an opportunity to meet you soon and I encourage you to ask any questions you have!!!

*****I highly encourage scheduling only 30 minutes for beginning children younger than 12. Students are more likely to focus and enjoy their lessons when they are shorter in the beginning. They can always be extended later.
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Lisa July 26, 2017
· Drawing · In studio
Great listener and teaches the preferences requested. Very knowledgeable of different methods of drawing
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Sarah July 6, 2016
· Drawing · In home
My daughter had her first art lesson with Eleena today, and she was welcoming, knowledgeable, and inspiring. She's really looking forward to her future lessons!
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Sarah July 6, 2016
· Drawing · In home
My daughter had her first art lesson with Eleena today, and she was welcoming, knowledgeable, and inspiring. She's really looking forward to her future lessons!
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Aleena W.

Aleena W.

San Antonio, TX 78216
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About Danny V.

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About Danny
Danny is a voice development/performance coach, recording artist, singer, published songwriter and motivational speaker. Danny has to work in professional acting, singing with various local bands, improvisation live, acapella groups.

Danny has been a voice teacher since 1999 and has learned that the best way to develop a voice is by isolating a vocalists range and working as a team to strengthen what needs developmental work and also reinforcing long-term knowledge of longevity.

There is no one size fits all. Each student has a custom plan developed on day one with timelines and short/long-term goals. Think of it as personal training, but for the voice. There are areas to think about;

-Blending
-Range
-Control
-Riffs and Runs
-Multiple registers and how to use each one
-How to transition between vocal registers
-How to sin
g around vocal break (Passagio)
-Vocal mixing
-Twang
Each technique can be demonstrated and taught by your instructor in a gradual progression.

These classes are best suited for students who are goal-oriented and who already have proficient knowledge of singing/vocal technique as a recommendation.
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Josh July 25, 2018
· Singing · Online
My First lesson was outstanding, we picked up and move pretty wuick. Taught me about the voice and how it works, Danny is very adaptable to your needs and knows how to find your sweet spot. Great motivator as well. Highly recommended.
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Jeffrey April 29, 2018
· Singing · Online
Great 1st lesson
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John July 14, 2017
· Singing · In studio
This was a great lesson. He knows his stuff and can really develop a person. I did 20 minute lessons to start, but honestly the more time you can the better. He taught me way more than I expected I could learn, but I could tell there's so much more he can do with more time. My lesson was as long as it took to drive there but it was worth it even for how short it was. I'm doing longer next time for sure.
Danny's really great to work with. He's very skilled and I'm glad he's teaching what he knows because I'm pretty sure he keeps himself busy with a lot of projects. I highly recommend lessons with Danny. It's fun and comfortable because he's a great person and funny and easy to be around even if you haven't taking any lessons on singing.
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Danny V.

San Antonio, TX 78201
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About Thomas R.

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San Antonio, TX
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About Thomas

BA Music St. Mary’s University San Antonio Texas 1986 Cum Laude
BA English UTSA 1989
Classical Guitar primary Instrument
Familiar with all Genres
Lived in San Antonio since 1979
Possess Texas Teaching Certificates for Elementary and Secondary Music
Taught Music at the Elementary and Secondary Levels


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We will establish your goals whether they be professional or amateur. Of course, you will have a lot input into what music you will play.
First we will start with melody and then add interesting things to the melody. We will do a lot of duets and it will be about making music. I will also use harmonica, recorder, and piano so we will play a variety of music.
We will also spend time on how to practice. Effective practicing develops your skills quickly!!!!

*** Travel Equipment ***
Guitar, Harmonica
, and Recorder
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Deardra S. December 11, 2015
· Guitar · In home
Thomas is very patient, and he is good at knowing where you are, in regards to skills. He can easily pick styles of music that suit your playing style. Whenever I can, I will be continuing!
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Georgianna G. October 6, 2015
· Guitar · In home
Tom is still an outstanding teacher! We are still taking lessons with him and he remains to be flexible with us which makes everything so much easier for my daughter. Tom keeps Josephine interested with a variety of different approaches and is even branching out to other instruments for us. Thank you for everything Tom!
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Georgianna G. November 19, 2013
· Guitar ·
Very patient with young children, an outstanding guitar teacher!

Tom has been teaching my daughter guitar for her first year of lessons. She is now 6, and can be moody, very easily distracted and will not sit still for long. To keep her focused, Tom combines harmonica and slide whistle lessons along with her guitar lessons, and it works very well. He also brings in different kinds of guitars (electric and classical) to keep the lessons interesting for her. Every week he reviews what she has learned, and also brings new music and will even write requested songs (using fret # a good approach for kids at this age). He shows up for lessons like clockwork, and she has learned much more than we had expected her to.
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Thomas R.

Thomas R.

San Antonio, TX 78216
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About Kate W.

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About Kate
I graduated from UTSA in the Fall of 2008, with a Bachelor of Music with a Vocal and Piano Emphasis. I have been teaching private piano and voice for 11+ years. I am fun, energetic, and patient. It brings me such joy to be able to teach children something I am so passionate about!

*** Lesson Details ***
Students need to practice 15 minutes a day. They are required to complete everything that is assigned to them that week, and be prepared for their lessons for the following week. A beginner usually in 3-6 months should be familiar with reading the basic treble and bass clef staff, be familiar with dynamic markings, beginning to understand basic music theory, tempo and minimal sight reading. Voice students study basic vocal technique, and learning to sing properly.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I usually provide the books after the paren
ts have paid for them. They should have their own instrument to work with.

*** Specialties ***
I use the Alfred method for piano.
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Aliyah September 8, 2017
· Singing · In home
Great first lesson. Was unsure what to expect but Kate made us feel welcome and my daughter felt comfortable. Looking forward to the next lesson!
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Clark P. August 19, 2015
· Singing · In studio
My impression is that Kate is an experienced and knowledgeable instructor. Excellent lesson.
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Gia July 2, 2015
· Singing · Online
Within minutes, I could tell that she was a very haopy person and that I would have no problem talking with her. She also challenged me to sing outside my range. I felt unsure but she encouraged me and I did okay. I can't wait for my next lesson.
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Kate W.

San Antonio, TX 78247
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About Jim B.

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About Jim
My name is Jim-B. I am a guitarist and vocalist.
When I am not playing a guitar; I like to shoot video,
record music, hike, workout, read, watch movies,
travel, and hang with my wife and family.

YOU ARE NEVER 'too young' or 'too old' TO LEARN guitar.

I love taking the gift of music - give it on to others – then watch them come alive.

MY FOCUS IS TO TEACH YOU AS MUCH ABOUT MUSIC AS I CAN.

So, I’m HERE for YOU, When YOU are ready TO LEARN.

*** Skills that YOU will Develop ***

We will follow a Guitar lesson plan, use practice journals, show you the basics, and you can then learn songs of your choice. You will learn the rhythm Guitar standard chords, advanced chords, power chords, barre chords, string techniques, music theory, music dynamics, picking/strumming, and alternate chord positions for sound/variety us
ing transitions with chord progressions. I can teach popular music styles from 1920's to Current hits in your chosen styles and genre. 

****About Me****

I love music - so if you love music - we’ll get along great.

I believe every lesson you take gets you closer to being a guitarist.

I know that every time you pick up the guitar, you improve your talent.

I have promoted many concerts.

I was a music DJ on a radio station and am presently a radio Senior Manager.

I taught myself to play guitar. I have gone to school for music.

I have been a teacher all my life.

I have played guitar and vocals in 3 bands and have played in coffee houses, schools and churches for years. I am college trained in voice, performance, music theory, composition, and have played most instruments. I received a Bachelor’s Degree in Music & Communications.

I love to learn as much as I love to teach.
I am a web developer.
I am also doing video production.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have a tuner, cords, guitar amplifier, on-line computer, and a sitting area if you come with a friend or family. You need to bring your guitar, practice sheets, music journal books, and digital recorder (if you want to record a session).
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Bobbie June 25, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Jim is a great guitar instructor - very knowledgeable and easy to follow instructions. Looking forward to my next lesson.
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John May 7, 2017
· Guitar · In home
He's the best. Really easy going and nice guy. His wife even makes cookies for each lesson. As a beginner, Jim has streamlined and accelerated my learning ten fold since self teaching myself online. For references he gives you all the materials you need such as the music sheets he makes to form a lesson. They're very concise and easy to follow. I have bar chord sheet he made that's by far the best reference for those chords that I've seen.
It's really a fun experience and he takes joy in helping his students learn. Highly recommended.
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Bernice C. September 10, 2014
· Guitar · In studio
Jim is very patient and kind. He helps me with different techniques and positions for holding the guitar for my fingers on the harder cords.
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Jim B.

San Antonio, TX 78209
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About Alfredo V.

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San Antonio, TX

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About Alfredo
I studied classical percussion in college and then specialized on drums at the Drummers Collective in New York City. I have toured with bands and played many times in front of crowds of more than 25 000 people. I have TV experience as well. I also have worked as a session drummer on several records for big labels (BMG and Sony Music among them). I work as a producer and my approach to teaching comes from my love of Music in general. I have been a drums instructor for more than 30 years and my students always get the gigs. I speak English and Spanish. My teaching style is fun and has a very clear outline, remaining flexible within it. I keep learning and practicing every day, and am very open to having fun together while learning. If you practice, the results are shown on every lesson and you will really notice it!

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We start by learning how to Play, reading is not the first approach, but will be learned around the 3rd month . Everyone can do it and if you feel you can't, I'll prove otherwise during the first lesson. Afterwards we practice simple techniques and start with simple independence exercises, which feel great. You will be playing a beat with simple independence the first time we try it, which can be during the first lesson and no longer than three lessons afterwards. As you progress with the independence in rock style, we will work in other styles like funk, jazz, Latin, odd meters and African and the main focus will be that you become a great drummer. Whether you are aiming to become a pro or playing as a hobby, you will find great value in these lessons.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have 11 drum sets, recording gear, guitar and bass amplifiers and a pa system.

*** Travel Equipment ***
His own set. I could also rent them a set if needed, but having their own set is better for me. Sometimes I rented a set to my students in order for them to decide if they wanted to buy one.

*** Specialties ***
I use the Drummers Collective approach. I teach styles such as rock, jazz, funk, Afro-Cuban, pop, Brazilian, etc...
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Kyle M. May 6, 2018
· Drum · In studio
Great first lesson. Instructor is both friendly and knowledgeable. Can't wait to continue doing more lessons with him and learning everything I can.
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Kevin April 3, 2018
· Drum · In home
My 12 year old daughter has a learning disability and a noise anxiety but really wanted to take drum lessons. She was extremely nervous and shy at first but Alfredo made her feel relaxed and comfortable. His encouragement and praise really brought out the best in her and after one hour of practicing together, she was able to use her arms and legs independently and keep a beat. He has a knack for explaining things so that even us non-musicians understand. My daughter is already looking forward to her next lesson which is a nice surprise compared to previous instruments and activities she's tried. Highly recommended.
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Jeremy February 21, 2018
· Drum · In studio
Alfredo is a great instructor and he has a true passion for the drums.
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Alfredo V.

San Antonio, TX 78259
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About John L.

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John "MuscleMouth" Lugo is a professional performance trombonist and composer/arranger currently residing in San Antonio, TX. His versatility has taken him from performing a sold out Hollywood Bowl with Ziggy Marley's band (backing Bob Andy and Freddie McGregor) to performing a sold out Moe’s Alley Blues Club with George Clinton. MuscleMouth has performed and recorded with members of such bands as Parliament/Funkadelic, The Circle Jerks, Bad Brains, the Eels and Fishbone. He is a veteran of the Vans Warped Tour, has appeared on MTV numerous times with Robi Draco Rosa (Menudo) and can be heard on the New York Times website in an Emmy winning performance behind some of the biggest names in film. Look for his horn arrangements and performances on the upcoming Trulio Disgracias album, as well as his recordings with The Bashments, Cousin Juneb
ug, Watts Ensemble, Marcus Very Ordinary, Thelonious Monster, Bucketfunk, Tawali, Soul Turtle and many others. His solo projects are released under the name MuscleMouth. John Lugo is also a composer in the classical medium. Albums and sheet music are available through E-TIP Records and E Tú Productions Ltd. John aka MuscleMouth is a former Band President of Judson High School in Converse, TX.
BM Composition and Theory, Cum Laude
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John L.

John L.

San Antonio, TX 78247
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$30 / 30-min

About Missy V.

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Hello performers!

My name is Missy and I’m so excited to work with all of you! I first began my career as performer with an Off Broadway production at the age of four. Growing up in NYC came as a great advantage to learn about the entertainment business first had and at such a young age. I was fortunate enough to attend Frank Sinatra school of the Arts High School where I worked with some of the best voice, music and theatre directors. Through them I was able to perform as an opening act for The Radio City Music Hall Rockettes, performed for artists such as Whoopi Goldberg, Anne Hathaway and Julie Andrews at a special Gala event at Cipriani in NYC. Being that Tony Bennett is the founder of the school, he was a frequent visitor and audience member/performer with us students. In fact we performed for him to celebrate his 70th birthday
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In 2009 I graduated from Frank Sinatra School of the Arts High School with an advanced music diploma as a Vocal Major and a Musical Theatre concentration. Following high school I was accepted into Five Towns College where I graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Arts. Immediately following my degree I have been working and traveling almost non stop.

My performance career has taken me to some of the most beautiful places and has had me meet some amazing people along the way. From world premiers to cruise ships, to theme parks, you too can have a wonderful career just like myself with life long memories to last!
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Rose August 6, 2018
· Musical Theater · In studio
I had been taking Classes with Missy for a long time, and she helped me come out of my shell and be able to discover new techniques and different ways to open up, using theater. She has opened doors for me and always kept the classes fun! I never wanted them to end!
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Maria August 6, 2018
· Singing · In home
My daughter took singing lessons and Missy was wonderful She taught my daughter great technique helped her with the breathing and gave her such great confidence. Missy was so sweet, kind, and her talent so amazing. I would recommend her to everyone
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Thomas August 5, 2018
· Film Acting · In home
Missy was amazing at instructing! I have always had wanted to get into acting so friends of mine who were in the business referred me to Missy due to her patience with you, her experience, and how excellent she is at teaching you down to the core. Awesome teacher!
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Missy V.

San Antonio, TX 78230
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About Miguel T.

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Miguel "Mike" Torres III has been teaching private lessons since 2006 and is currently available to teach lessons at his home studio in San Antonio, in your home, or online! Mike is very proud of the work he has been able to help his students accomplish and looks forward to expanding his studio here in the Alamo City. Whether it is learning the basics of playing an instrument, learning to read music, expanding your performance repertoire, getting to the next level of music theory, or advancing your skill level, helping students in expanding their musical capabilities is the ultimate reward for Mike.

Originally from California, Mike began his musical journey at age 2. Beginning on drums, Mike later began to also study and become proficient on congas, timbales, guitar and piano before taking up trumpet and trombone for his scholasti
c musical career. After studying Jazz and Music Management at the California State University @ Sacramento, Mike made the move to Texas in 2008 to pursue a career in the Tejano music industry. Immediately immersing himself in the local music scene, Mike performed in many local bands before forming his own group. Mike Torres III & The Grooveland Chicano Band released an EP and a full length album which earned the group a nomination for “Best New Artist” at the 2012 Tejano Music Awards. Mike also had the honor of being part of the 2013 PBS special “Vamos Al Baile” as bass player for the world renowned accordionist, pianist, and record producer Joel Guzman and his band Conjuntazzo.

In January of 2014, Mike was tapped to go on tour with five time Grammy award winning Texas legend, Little Joe. Playing bass and providing backup vocals until the end of their 2017 tour, Mike was able to tour nationally and internationally with the Little Joe y La Familia, as well as record two full length albums on which he earned arranging credits in 2015 and 2017.

A proud endorsing artist of GK Bass Amps, Mike is also an in demand studio musician and has recently began producing projects for other artists. In December of 2016, Mike independently released an acoustic Christmas album, and in May of 2018 released the debut EP of his band LA•45.
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Miguel T.

Miguel T.

San Antonio, TX 78252
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$30 / 30-min

About Katherine B.

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I’m excited to share my love of music with the next generation of pianists. I speacialize in teaching beginner piano, with a focus on learning the building blocks of reading music and understanding music theory. While my training was mainly classical, I’ve worked in music therapy for several years and have learned a wide variety of styles.

I have a Bachelors of Music in Music Therapy and 5 years of experience working with children and music, including those with special needs.
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Anna F. September 19, 2018
· Piano · In studio
I worked with Katherine professionally and got to witness her interactions with individuals with a wide variety of ages and skill-sets. She is patient, engaging, and a skilled musician.
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Katherine B.

San Antonio, TX 78250
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