Ear training through aural exercises, theory and sight singing
Hello! I am a skilled teacher with a passion for helping others learn and excel! I hold my bachelor's degrees in music education and vocal performance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I completed my master's degree in vocal performance from the University of North Texas. I have been teaching over 15 years. I tailor instruction to your need. I can help you become a stronger musician, be ready for performances and auditions, prepare for special occasions, competitions, recitals, concerts and more!
I am also very interested in nutrition and cooking. I have thus studied these areas and love to share this knowledge with others. I can help you with healthy eating, meal planning and understanding nutrients to maximize your nutrition. Cooking is endless....I can show you many, many types. Just ask!
Contact me with any qu
estions or for information. The availability displayed is primarily beginning mid/late May through the summer, when school is out. If you are interested in cooking, please send me a message. I am sometimes able to accommodate cooking lessons on Sundays given that they take longer. Thank you!
*** Specialties *** Classical, Opera, Broadway, Sacred, Art Song, Church Music
recognizing and understanding intervals, scales, keys, melodies, chords, harmonies, and rhythms. when you hear it you should be able to name it and chart it - if that's important to you.
That's what it's all about! No more guessing...no more confusion.
I teach my students how to understand how music is put together so they can learn even more on their own.
I read, write, and play all styles and I focus on teaching the student fundamentals that work in all styles of music ....AND I get them going on the style they are interested in - pop, rock, country, folk, etc.
I have spent my entire life in the music industry and I can show you how to use what I teach to apply to the real world. I have also been a successful songwriter and I can work with students to learn about song structure and song writing.
I am also good at preparing students for college music classes.
*** Lesson Details *** I like to break it down into small steps and accomplish them, then move on to the next.
Each person learns differently and I am good at connecting with how you learn - then we can use a boo
k or CD or not according to your needs.
I have several books to choose from as well as CDs and other tools. BUT .....some things are learned best through 1 on 1 instruction and explanation without a book.
I like to see progress every week and I usually do.
*** Studio Equipment *** recording studio w/ seating for parents
*** Travel Equipment *** Student needs instrument only to start and discuss from there. I have many tuners, metronomes, props, books, etc
*** Specialties *** I teach using modern popular songs as vehicles but back up examples with theory and some reading and ear training. I usually get quick results and my students can understand the music as well as play it.
Really good at understanding where I made mistakes and very good atmosphere 😊
May 25, 2016
Billy is a great teacher with a wealth of music knowledge and experience! Our 9-year old son is taking guitar lessons with him. Billy has met him right where he's at, and has made the lessons fun and engaging for my boy. GREAT WORK, BILLY!!!
Gospel Piano or Organ by Ear. You could be playing songs like: Awesome (Charles Jenkins), The Anthem (William Murphy, Planet Shakers et al) Every Praise (Hezekiah Walker), Revelation Song (Kari Jobe)Holy Spirit (Franceska), First or I Will Trust in You (Lauren Daigle) or Home (Chris Tomlin et al) in a few months! Learn the secret to basic chording, finding the key of any song, transposing and how to read lead sheets. In addition, 2-HOUR GROUP LESSONS are available for MULTIPLE PARTICIPANTS.
***I HAVE CPR AND FIRST AID CERTIFICATIONS!***
I PROUDLY TEACH AND TUTOR THE FOLLOWING: **PHONICS** **ELEMENTARY READING & MATH - INCLUDING STAAR**
NEW 12 WEEK SHORT COURSES: --Piano for Song Writers --Piano for Worship Leaders --Piano for Band Leaders
NEW 24 WEEK SHORT COURSE: --Beginning Church Pianist I
*******PRIVATE, FAMILY AND GROUP CLASSES******* *HOMESCHOOLS*PRIVATE*PUBLIC & CHARTER SCHOOLS*
NOW ENROLLING FOR PHONICS, READING OR MATH TUTORING AND ENRICHMENT
PIANO, ORGAN AND SINGING CLASSES!!!
Reading and Phonics is a weekly or Bi-weekly Program. It can be taught as either a full learn to read program, homeshool course or as a tutoring program for problem or challenging areas.
Math learning i
s in attainable and non-stressful increments designed to foster a complete understanding of mathematical concepts and their relationships and to foster a "I CAN DO IT! ATTITUDE!
Do you want lessons that will cater to your needs or the needs of your child and not a book?
My Reading and Phonics lessons are made to dazzle and awe your child into an understanding of letters, sounds, and the written page with several learning enrichment programs as well as numerous supplemental material. I also love to work with teachers when possible and use placement tests to determine where to start and periodically to know how to continue. (The kids just think they are games).
All of my lessons are designed to foster a love for reading, math or music and focus on your reading and Phonics goals or your dream in the music world as well as build knowledge and expertise for all three!
Whether it be a specific genre, general, academic reading, computation, repertoire, not wanting to stumble over words or just wanting to play or sing the songs you enjoy, I have the curriculum and supplemental material to reach your reading, math or music goals!
Beginner? We can get you started on the right foot! I have experience with tweens, teens, adult beginners, seniors and children of all ages. I have special curriculum and activities that enhance interest, reduce stress and help you to maintain what you learn.
Pre-schoolers have a curriculum all their own that teaches phonics, reading or music through lovable animal characters with games on tablet, computer and other resources that teach, reinforce and excite their hearts to learn and retain what they learn.
Does your child have some knowledge but just has not excelled in math, phonics or reading? We can tailor lessons for just that.
Maybe you have some music knowledge but just can't play or sing that special song? We can tailor lessons for that, too!
Maybe your child knows letters and sounds but just hasn't made the leap to reading? We can tailor the lessons to get your child from point B to Z! Perhaps math is a dirty word or causes your child to cringe or have great anxiety! I would love to help them to enjoy math instead of feeling annoyed at math.
Can you read music but not play on your own? Can you play by ear and not read music? I have experience bridging the gaps.
Is your dream to become a Soloist, harmonizer or karaoke star? Accompany yourself or others or just play for fun? Then why not you and I embark on that exciting journey together!
Is your dream just for your child to be able to read at grade level or above? I will give it my all for them to do so.
Is your dream to become a church musician or play for a choir? or Are you already a church musician but need help with a particular song, program or musical?
Does your Church just sing Hymns? We can do Hymn Lessons.
Does your Church sing only Gospel? We can do Gospel Lessons?
Does your Church only do Contemporary Christian? We can do Contemporary Christian Lessons.
Want to learn it all?
Worship to Him and service to others is the reason that I do what I do!
Try us! You'll be glad you did!!!!
*** Lesson Details *** I am a very laid back instructor, though the classes are very well structured.
Usually, we progress with a chosen curriculum according to the student's or parent's vision and initial overview during the 1st few classes. However, all curriculums are supplemented to enhance student performance and comprehension. Our supplemental material is used to go swifter for material that you grasp well and understand, and slower with more repetition for that that you need more practice, without being monotonous. It is also used to provide appropriate but exciting reinforcement of all material to ensure that material is retained.
We are forever updating material and also incorporate games and enhanced activities to keep lessons interesting and refreshing as well!
I also have experience in teaching autistic, ADD, ADHD and those with varying degrees of brain damage.
*** Studio Equipment *** Organs Keyboards with midi/Earphones Karaoke Machines with microphones and stands/TV capability Amplifiers Tablets Computer with music/reading/phonics games and software/TV capability
*** Specialties *** Pre-school and Elementary Children through adults of any age especially for traditional theory, technique, performance creativity and all around fun lessons in phonics, reading, piano, singing, organ, music theory and keyboard.
Beginning Organ lessons for any age including beginning church organist training.
Also Children, Adults and Teenagers in ear training, chording song specific and church music.
The class was wonderful, my daughter loved it. She was so excited to get home to practice. I am so happy We found Barbara.
October 7, 2018
Ms. Barbara had a very positive attitude and worked well with my son. I would definitely recommend her if you need someone who gives good advice on song choices that match the singing style of the student.
I can teach a student to hone and perfect their ear as a supplement to developing their guitar studies.
My name is Perry and I am a professional classical, flamenco and electric guitarist performing and recording in the Dallas area. I studied with Robert Guthrie at SMU for many years, as well as Brad McLemore of "Soul Food Cafe" and professional jazz musician Chuck Pangburn at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts.
I am familiar with all styles of guitar from fingerpicking to Bebop/Swing. I teach using a foundation in classical/flamenco style and technique. I have found that for my own career as a recording artist in both the classical, acoustic and electric guitar fields that the classical/flamenco styles are the most useful for developing and training the hands to become a consummate professional.
I teach beginner to advanced students of any age. I also can provide pro and amateur electric g
uitarists an in-depth study of correct hand postures and left-hand/right-hand technique which can help to refine their overall technique and stylistic approach. I can also advise professional electric guitarists on their electronics, effects pedals, and amplifiers to achieve their own individual sound. I also teach Bass, and reading the Bass clef.
My teaching specialties include: Solfeggio, Sight Reading, Music Theory, Scales and Modes, Left and Right Hand Technique, Blues Progressions, Jazz Standards the Classical Repertoire, Flamenco styles, techniques and repertoire, DADGAD and other alternate tunings, and the works of Sor, Giuliani, and Carcassi, Brouwer, Aguado, Villa-Lobos, Sabicas, Paco de Lucia, Pat Martino, John Fahey, and Davey Graham.
I have an in-depth knowledge of the stylistic approaches and techniques of such guitarists as Eric Johnson, Jeff Beck, Joe Satriani, Randy Rhoads, Jimi Hendrix, Robert Fripp, Adrian Belew to name a few, and I can teach you the components they use to build their signature licks.
As a rule I only transcribe to give the students examples for lessons. I intend for all of my students to grow as musicians, so my lessons do not consist solely of transcribed solos and riffs.
I have a vast library of music, so I can draw from my own resources to teach you, or from a method of your choosing.
My schedule has a few openings right now. I do teach outside of my stated teaching radius, but ONLY at the 60 minute rate.
I teach people of all ages, from children to adults. I believe everyone is on an even keel, if they are willing and eager to learn.
*** Lesson Details *** Emphasis on classical posture and technique. Emphasis on sight-reading. All students learn to play basic blues and jam Technique varies depending on the particular style the student wishes to learn.
*** Travel Equipment *** I can provide a limited number of learning materials such as exercises, listening or practicing CD on occasion. However, I feel that it is the student's responsibility to provide their own guitars, and the bulk of their own learning materials and necessary electronic equipment. This can include footstools, music stands, method books, amps, cables, pedals, etc.
*** Specialties *** I've been playing guitar for 25 years, and this has given me the time to study, perform, and perfect many styles of guitar playing.
I studied classical and flamenco guitar with Robert Guthrie for 4 years before and after my studies in the SMU program. I've also played in jazz and rock ensembles since the age of 14. I studied with Chuck Pangburn, pro jazz cat, and Brad McLemore, an indie rock songwriter, early on in my studies as an adolescent.
I encourage most students to learn to play on a classical or nylon-string guitar early on in order to develop proper technique, posture, sensitivity, and sensibility. I also encourage all students to learn to sight-read at a very early point in their studies. Once, this hurdle is cleared many other challenges are easily surpassed.
Presently, I am developing a new method which incorporates solfeggio, blues and popular music forms, and improvisational playing. I also am exploring the vanguard of new guitar technology such as the Vo-96, analog effects, and various guitar synthesizers.
I try to introduce an understanding of music theory early on so that students develop a full comprehension of not only the written language of music, but also, the sonic language of music.
Great personality and knowledge of music, really makes the lessons very personalized, fun and interesting. Definitely a good choice!!
May 8, 2017
Perry takes the time to explain flamenco and related styles deeply and thoroughly. He also provides detailed micro-scale feedback on hand/arm placement, orientation, range and which muscle groups to engage. But more than the technical, he has an awesome vibe and makes learning guitar quite an enjoyable experience.
Ear training is paramount when learning to play music. It is the tool that connects the ideas in our head to the instrument itself - allowing you to express yourself more accurately.
In comparison... Ear training is equivalent to hearing the words in your head the split second before you say them - allowing you to say the exact words you mean to say.
I am a 29 year old, energetic teacher of almost any instrument, with my main instrument being trumpet. I have my masters in jazz studies from The University of North Texas, near Dallas Texas. I also have been teaching since 2008!
As a performing musician in the DFW area my goal is to help students understand how music works, develop great practice techniques, and create a hobby or profession that will last a lifetime.
*** Lesson Details *** Each lesson is an hour long consisting of several different parts to help students to understand music from several different view points. - First we engage in some guided listening to broaden our perspective of music and learn about the history of music. - Second we work on fundamentals that help us to play music. This is like learning the alphabet before you learn to spell. We don't ski
mp on this part! - Third we work our mind from a theoretical approach to understand the math behind how music works. - Finally we spend the last third of the lesson applying all of this knowledge to a solo, song, or lesson book.
I aim to give you the tools to study the music you want to study!
*** Equipment *** Students should have a stand and their instrument for our first lesson. After the first lesson we will pick a book, song, or solo based on your level. If you need help, I can help you to find an affordable quality instrument.
*** Specialties *** Jazz Improvisation/Performance Classical Trumpet Cover Band (Trumpet) Beginner Trumpet or Piano Theory at all levels. Solo Music Preparation Audition Prep. How to make a band. Music Management (how to manage a band). How to get a gig (any age level).
My son started taking lessons a year ago, Nick used his strengths to help him learn. He has become inspired with the trumpet, and started to play a little every day.
July 8, 2019
I am taking online lessons with Nick, and he has helped me to understand what it is to be a musician. Before I started taking lessons, if someone asked me to play something, I was not able to do it without getting a sheet of music out and struggling A LOT. Now I am starting to be able to play the music I want to play, both by ear and reading. He teaches much more than just playing band music. I wish I could take more than a few lessons this summer.
July 6, 2019
I have a 8 year old daughter and 10 year old son both have been learning Piano for the last 2 years. Nick takes a holistic approach in teaching piano as opposed to sticking with the book. It includes creating a passion about listening different music, learning scales and chords outside of the book. I have recommended Nick to all my friends
Students will learn how to distinguish notes, rhythms and chords from music they hear. Students will be able to write what they hear and/or perform what they hear.
As far back as I can remember I have always enjoyed performing music. I can remember during my elementary school years how I would play drums during church service. Some days I would sneak in my dad's closet to play his saxophone. I began learning how to play saxophone in middle school and by the time I was in high school I was learning piano, performing jazz, and composing music. I went on to get a Bachelor of Music at the University of North Texas. I have been performing professionally for over 18 years. I also have taught band for 11 years in Dallas ISD. I enjoy teaching and mentoring other up and coming musicians. It's a joy to see another world open up to them through music. Through my warm and positive personality and experience as a certified music teacher and music performer, I understand how to meet the social and education
al needs of each music student. I am well versed at solving problems and helping students thrive and reach their full potential. I think that I do this best by personalizing the instruction experience for each unique situation. I love to encourage students and help them discover the music in them.
*** Lesson Details *** Like me, students can expect to enjoy the process. Students will discover that I am very encouraging during lessons. I keep everything upbeat and positive. I will help you come up with goals musically. I am very patient, all while coaching you so that you get positive results.
*** Studio Equipment *** Upright Baldwin piano, electronic keyboard 88 keys, music stands, sitting area for parent, CD/iPod stereo.
*** Specialties *** Jazz, Gospel, Pop, Classical, Various styles
A full-time operatic performer and music educator, Maureen Kelly has been teaching voice and piano lessons since 2009. She currently runs her own private studio, in addition to traveling to students' homes to teach lessons. She happily teaches anyone who has an interest and willingness to learn, regardless of experience.
Ms. Kelly received a Master of Music from the University of Maryland in 2017 with an emphasis in Opera Performance. In teaching, her goal is to find the optimal method for each individual student that will encourage them to grow and improve. She firmly believes that anyone who is willing to dedicate the time and effort to learning a new instrument is capable of doing so, and looks forward to helping new students achieve their goals.
Lessons are scheduled to best accommodate the student's schedule, and as such can be
at a regular day/time or determined on a weekly basis. Please be aware that Ms. Kelly is an opera singer who periodically travels for performances. As such, she may need to reschedule lessons from time to time, but will always give as much advance notice as possible.
Very lovely lady and very patient with me. I’m 64 years young and i’m trying to recapture those lessons I took in my teens.
August 24, 2019
I started off as an absolute beginner at singing and made a lot progress under Maureen's guidance. She is a very patient and knowledgeable teacher who prioritized proper support and healthy technique. I would strongly recommend taking lessons with her to anyone seeking to improve their singing.
June 11, 2019
Maureen is a fantastic teacher for anyone looking to improve their singing skills. I came in with no background in music, and she was very capable in assessing my level and getting me started on exercises and practices to improve my vocal control, posture, and more. She is very friendly and patient, and is always excited to practice and improve. I would definitely recommend Maureen for beginners and beyond who are looking to improve their singing.
I have experience teaching strategies for ear training so that students ages 8 and up can listen to music and write what they hear in musical notation. This also helps students learn how to listen to music they like and figure it out on their instrument.
I am a professional musician and educator. I have always enjoyed and been eager to share the musical knowledge that I learned from the very first music lesson I ever had; this feeling in me has never changed. I simply love to help people who want to learn new instruments. I am patient and encouraging, helping you to always believe in yourself and I believe and have the educational means to help you do it. Whether it is piano, guitar or some other instrument you want to learn, I can help you. I was became entirely dedicated to music when I was 14 years old. I learned Classical/Jazz/Pop Guitar, Piano and Flute/Recorder/Alto Sax. As soon as I started learning, I started teaching. In my church there were a lot of kids that didn't have the opportunity to learn music, so I volunteered and became their music teacher passing on to them whateve
r I learned myself. As I grew older, I kept on studying and teaching music as a church volunteer and noticed that my own skills would dramatically improve just because I was devoted to my student's learning. I pursued a degree in Music Education in New York City at the Aaron Copland School of Music. The education and experience I gained from college, drastically improved my teaching skills and I was able to work as a Music Teaching Assistant for a private school in NYC, a Senior Chess instructor for after school programs and a Private Music Studio teacher. Nowadays I am an active music teacher and performer, looking for new students and opportunities to share the love of music. I always reach out to people who have musical interests and want to further develop or experiment with music.
I had my very first lesson today with Sal, and I’m excited about some very cute things he taught me in just a short period of time. He is very talented, approachable, enjoyable to work with, and knows what he’s doing. I look forward to learning and growing with him.
February 26, 2019
This brief lesson was helpful, especially since its my first time learning. I learned a few chords and now have some homework to do. Very personable and straightforward! I just moved back to Dallas and needing some instructions to finally get started.
"I highly recommend, he is for sure one of the best teachers I've ever had in my life. Carlos has an awesome method that takes you to another level very qu
"I found Carlos to have the vest combination of traits to find in a teacher. He is knowledgeable about his subject, he explains the material well to the st
udent, and he is a warm person. TO me this is the definition of an excellent teacher! Thank you Carlos."
"Really great stuff !!"
"When I was in school, my teachers never taught theory or ear training. Michael was very patient teaching an old dog new tricks. I am now able to do close
listening to music, and can sometimes figure out how to play a piece of music without it written down. Thank you so much!"
"We worked on technical exercises that focused on the intonation areas I wanted to improve. I have a lot to practice."
"I am 3 lessons in, and I am very satisfied with the pace we are taking the lessons and the advice I am receiving for my music career. I like to cover a l
ot of material in lessons and in homework and we are keeping busy as I like. If you're serious about music, you will probably like Troy as your instructor."
"My musical experience was playing a lot of bass from tabs or from others telling me where to follow along from. Mesrop was very helpful at helping hone my
ear to follow along and distinguish notes and rhythm more clearly."
"First lesson went very well. Zack held our daughters interest and she was quite interested in the piano lesson."
"I found Howard to be a terrific teacher. He propels and inspires; never manifests negativity - which is what a great teacher should do. His pedigree and q
ualifications are absolutely top-notch and I very much endorse him. For anyone seeking to learn piano, music theory, ear training, or other musical skills, you will find in Howard the rare combination of heart, insight and virtuosity."