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Guitarist/ Singer/Composer/Arranger/Music Producer, Andy S., is an experienced, well-versed musician in many disciplines of music. He has a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz studies from the prestigious University of North Texas and Masters in Jazz Arranging/Composition from the University of North Texas. He has also been an educator of the art since 1993 and performing for over 25 years. He is Professor of guitar/voice/bass and Director of SFA State University's contemporary ensembles as well as their arranger.
As an Arranger/Composer/Producer:
Andy has written, arranged, produced, performed and recorded for a variety of artists over the years including an original composition by world renowned jazz artist, Kurt Rosenwinkel, which was performed by Kurt himself along with the, Grammy award winning, Universi
As a Performer:
Andy is accomplished in jazz, classical, rock, r&b as well as well other styles of music. He has performed regularly with several jazz and original groups around the DFW area. He also has performed with and co-produced for recording artists from the Nashville, Miami and Washington D.C. areas. He also currently holds a position at First United Methodist Grapevine as guitarist, singer and part time arranger.
Andy also strongly believes that service to humanity is of the utmost importance. He has performed for and been a part of many worth while causes such as the Dallas Life Foundation, Juvenile Diabetes, Food For Hunger Organizations, Medi Send, as well as Habitat for Humanity.
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
· Guitar · In studio
· Vocal Training · In studio
Dustin W. became interested in piano while growing up in a musical home. His eldest brother was an accomplished pianist from an early age so it was an easy choice for Dustin to also study music at age 8. Piano is something Dustin has always enjoyed. While in high school, Dustin not only played for the school choir but also played in the jazz band as well as sang bass in his school's Chamber ensemble. Dustin started playing piano in 1995.
While attending Pepperdine University in 2005 on full merit/music scholarship, Dustin began to give piano lessons to young students in the area as well as his fellow classmates who needed help on improving their performance. This allowed Dustin to hone his skills in teaching both beginner and advanced level students. Dustin has received several awards
The highlight of his music career is being able to take what was taught to him by his favorite and very accomplished teacher, Mr. Krystrof Brzuza, and apply that to his own students. This helped him be a teacher to many wonderful students he picked up over the years. Dustin has also taught piano in Shanghai where he built up a full studio in 5 years. The saddest part for Dustin when leaving Shanghai was leaving his piano studio. Some of Dustin's students have gone on to study various majors with musical minors due to Dustin bringing out their love of music. Other students were much younger and would be left with another bright teacher in Shanghai. Having wonderful students is why he began teaching, having them grow to love music and continue music throughout their life is why he continues to teach. As long as he can help his students learn to not only enjoy music but to keep it with them their entire lives, then he know that he has been successful with that student whether they are 6 years old or 56 years old.
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For beginners to Intermediate I use the Bastien piano books which I have found have the best balance for teaching both technical ability as well as love of music and song.
For advanced students I focus on tailor-making the repertoire to fit what kind of music my student enjoys as well as will improve them in technical/musical areas that are lacking. Generally I follow the one from each of the major periods plan for older students, e.g. 1 Baroque, 1 Classical, 1 Romantic, 1 Contemporary. This gives each student a good exposure to different types of compositions as well as experience in playing varied types of music.
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While experienced in teaching young students to love music, Dustin specializes in taking intermediate students who are skilled and turning them into advanced Pianists who will both excel at piano performance as well as learn to love piano for the rest of their lives.
· Piano · In studio
Even as an older beginner, Dustin really knows how to show all the details of piano and help me understand them
· Piano · In home
· Piano · In home
Want to be part of my studio? I am a fun person, very patient and I like learning from each student as well. My way of teaching is personalized because everyone learns in different ways.
Are you a beginner? I can help you start playing!
Are you an advanced student? I can help you prepare for orchestral auditions, chamber music, as well as help you polish technique and musicality.
I hold a Masters degree in violin performance from University of Miami. In addition to this, I have many years of experience in orchestral performance, chamber music, teaching, music festivals and more.
Let's work together! Can't wait to meet you!
M.M Diana R
I’ve played guitar since I was very young and started seriously focusing on music when I was a teenager. As a teen, I helped lead worship at my church by playing guitar and singing. Since then, I’ve played at small venues, showing the music that I’ve written myself. (However, stage fright prevents me from continuing with this)
I taught my first student in 2014. He didn’t know much at all about guitar, but he wanted to be in his school’s jazz band. I led him through the steps, focused on his strengths, and six months later, he was accepted into the jazz band and they went to nationals!
Parents, your children’s interest in music could not only b
Fellow adult creatives, nothing is stopping you on your journey from pursuing what you really want to learn, and I’d love to partner with you in taking those steps!
He had his training in flute from M.Nataraja Iyer and in the Hindustani system,he had Pt.C.L.Srivastava, Padmashri N.Rajam and Pt.Jotin Bhattacharya for his guidance.The logical progression of phrases from the mandra to the tara sthayi with a reposeful and melodic development is the novelty
The longer flute which he use, produce a warm, mellow sound which was soothing to the ears. He utilizes to advantage some of the strong points of Hindustani music-ample room available in it for swara elongations and comfortable staying on the pitches in the gamut, in tune-- which made a deep impact on the listeners.
It is again the southerners who have stolen a march over their northern compatriots in the matter of mastery over and performance of Hindustani music in concerts.
R regular broadcaster over the All Indian Radio and Doordarshan Kendra is working as Programme Officer in Doordarshan Kendra Varanasi.Dr. R.K.Srinivasan was also invited as a Visiting Professor in University of Michigan,U.S.A.during Sept-October2007. Your browser may not support display of this image.The versatile flutis Dr.Surmani.R.K.Srinivasan ranks among the country’s leading flutists and hailing from a family with a musical background, Srinivasan was initially trained by his father,Vidwan Srirangam R.Kannan,a Carnatic musician and Professor at the Banaras Hindu University
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Why do I like to bring art and music into the learning journey? Let me tell you one of the biggest secrets I've dis
Speaking of the arts, I play guitar, ukulele, charango, piano, and I sing! I've been a musician since 2000, and I've successfully turned a hobby into something my husband and I have been doing full time for several years. For beginners, something that works best is taking a song that you LOVE and turning it into your anthem on the instrument of your choice. So pick your song and message me!
Last but not least, I'm a painter. Painting is my favorite part of any day. About my childhood, I can candidly say I had the best stepmom. She would let me take her enormous canvases, oil paints, and brushes and just let me at it. Of course at first they were all of my hand prints and rainbows, but she got me curious, and eventually we started going to museums. I've seen Vangogh, Monet, Divinci, Picasso, and many more as they toured through our city. I began to study their techniques and grow my gift. My "Mama Sue" gifted me a hunger for creativity and excellence, and I can't thank her enough. Painting with me, you will grow in your technique, skill, and confidence, and pick up a little artist history along the way.
I'm looking forward to meeting you and helping you accomplish your dreams!
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Mia has performed with NOVA Ensemble, ensemble75, Sounds Modern, and the Arizona Contemporary Music Ensemble and is a founding member of both Amorsima St
Mia served as Violin Teaching Fellow at the University of North Texas where she maintained a studio of private violin students and coached chamber music ensembles. She has also taught for El Centro College, Tarleton State University, Arizona State University String Project, and the Tallahassee Youth Orchestra. She holds a Master of Music from Arizona State University and a Bachelor of Music from Florida State University. She is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts as a student of Felix Olschofka.
Love the gentle, pretty sound of fingerpicking on an acoustic guitar? Guitar teacher Jerry W. shares three simple fingerpicking patterns you can use to start making beautiful music today... Many guitar players focus only on strumming patterns or guitar solo licks and miss out on the beauty and simplicity of fingerpicking. Although fingerpicking can be quite complex, a lot of music can be played with just a few simple fingerpicking patterns. Since most music is written with four beats per me … Read More
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