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About Susan T.

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Grand Prairie, TX
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About Susan B.
I would first like to say that I was born into a musical family. My Dad (choir director) and five older brothers were not only the majority of the choir in our large Catholic church, but Dad had a "tame" Frank Sinatra singing style. My mother played harmonica and piano by ear so acquiring musical intellects spread quickly to all of us. Most of my siblings sang and played instruments as we had a piano, guitar, organ, harmonica, trumpet, clarinet and a recorder to use as we pleased, with or without a music teacher.

I started singing and playing the piano at age four. With consistent encour
agement from my oldest sister (a professional organist for 40+ years), I learned piano and music theory while I was learning to read; started guitar at eight. A natural born singer, I learned the basics of voice while in choir from middle school through high school while accompanying myself on piano or guitar when singing privately or for others. I wrote my first song at 17 and worked my way through college playing original music in coffee shops while earning my bachelors degree. After college, I started touring across the US (this was long before American Idol and the Internet when if you wanted to make it, you had to "pay your dues" on the road first). Working in the studio was always the most fun and challenging, my first original song got air play in 1990 (this was before CDs).

I received international distribution of my original music starting 2004 - that summer I worked and sold CDs in Munich Germany; however, upon returning to the US realized that performing was not my preferred way of providing service to others - teaching then become my passion. So while working for a local public school district as substitute teacher for general music classes (orchestra, band, choir as well), I was asked to write and teach a beginning songwriting class. From the very first day I had kids' attention in the palm of my hands (some of those students eventually recorded their own songs in studios).

After 30+ years of professional musicianship spanning across two continents (US and Germany) with originally produced music available on iTunes and two CDs on the market, I have found a unique way of teaching music to others. I especially enjoy teaching families (children, parents, grandparents, cousins, etc.) that want to learn to play a variety of instruments and music together. Married couples are wonderful to teach as well, I can usually get any combination of two or more people playing music together.

I usually host annual recitals. I do not force anyone to play in the recital, however most everyone enjoys the experience.

*** Specialties ***
Piano: Beginning/intermediate classical piano; then onto pop, blues, jazz, hymns, praise music (piano/voice).

Guitar: Beginning Classical Guitar (nylon strings; notes, chords, fingerpicking); Beginning Acoustic Guitar (steel strings; notes, chords, fingerpicking, strumming, using a plectrum or flat pick).

Ukulele: Beginning note and strumming patterns while accompanying voice.

Voice: I can take you to professional levels! As proof, one of my adult male students, singer/songwriter/pianist/guitarist/trumpeter, came to me to enhance his "character" voice. After 30 lessons, and assistance arranging vocals (including mic technique) in home studio four-song demo, my student signed a four-song demo recording deal with an eight (8) time Grammy award winning music producer Joe Chiccarelli - in LA with studio right on Sunset Blvd.

Lastly, I would love to enroll students who want to learn Joni Mitchell's style of piano and guitar playing. Mitchell never had formal music training, she played by ear; particularly on guitar she used more than 50 open tunings.

*** Lesson Details ***
First of all, I'll need to know you or your children's goals, dreams and natural talent(s). What types of music do you love best? Are you more the serious type or fun-loving (I can work with both types of personalities but do require a respectful demeanor).

Lessons are once per week. It is extremely important to develop the brain, nervous system, physical coordination all together with momentum and repetitive physical movements; particularly, the first six months of learning.

I do schedule students on "Schedule-As-You-Go" however usually only after consistent weekly lessons.

If you already know an instrument and want to take Combination Lessons - Voice/Piano or Voice/Guitar - I am an excellent teacher for that purpose.

Please do not expect overnight success, hand/motor skills need to be developed and that doesn't occur with one or two lessons, unless you've had prior experience on your instrument and just need to refresh your brain's neural pathways.

If you are the creative type and wish to compose your own music, then by all means let me know as I teach not only composition, but arranging, music production, and the legal aspects of copyrights and international distribution.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano lessons will be given on my parlor grand piano. For guitar lessons, I use either my Yamaha acoustic-electric classical nylon string guitar OR my vintage Epiphone steel string guitar. Please see the photo noting the studio's microphones/vocal monitors, plus I have a variety of hand percussion.
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allyson May 23, 2017
· Piano · In home
Great experience! Instantly fell in love with Susan and her teaching patience and style with our 5 year old! She did not want to leave and cannot wait for her next lesson!
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Khanh L. April 28, 2017
· Piano · In studio
I just had my first lesson with her and I LOVE IT. I think I have chosen the right teacher for my piano journey. She is very friendly and passionate about music. I am looking forward to studying with her on my next lesson.
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Elaine H. March 16, 2017
· Piano · In home
Ms. Taylor's expertise and motivational teaching has led to my daughter being able to flourish with her piano lessons. In the 2 years that she has taken lessons, she became an intermediate student and has taken on more difficult pieces. Ms. Taylor is excellent in assessing her student's level and needs, and she encourages them to surpass their own goals.
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Grand Prairie, TX 75052
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About Brandon G.

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Desoto, TX
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About Brandon
Graduate from Full Sail University majoring in Music Production. I have produced and recorded many hit songs. I also have the following skills: Songwriting, Composing, Recording, Midi, Music Theory, and Arranging.
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Brandon G.

Brandon G.

Desoto, TX 75115
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$20 / 30-min

About Ronnie W.

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Lancaster, TX

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About Ronnie
Mr. Ronnie W. is native from Dallas, Texas. Mr. W attended Dallas Lincoln Humanities / Communications Magnet High School. As a student of music growing up he was taught how to play the saxophone during his 7th grade year. Mr. W. started to flourish on the instrument and was quickly moved from Beginning Band to Advanced Band. Mr. W. continued to play Saxophone all through High School. As a Senior in High School he was honored with several different scholarship opportunities to attend the college of his choice. Mr. W. chose Grambling State University where he participated in several different ba
nds and organizations. In 2004 I created a group in honor of Grover Washington, Jr., which is named after his Grammy Award winning album "Winelight Jazz". Throughout his career Mr. W. has been instrumental in helping students to make it to the State Music Festivals. Background Check has been done through Texas Teacher Background and is available upon request.
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Rod April 15, 2017
· Saxophone · In studio
Mr Walker was very helpful in teaching me the fundamentals of playing saxophone. I didn't know anything and he helped me with reading, music theory and jazz improvisation. I am a better musician because of his expertise.
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Jay April 7, 2017
· Saxophone · In studio
Great session! Learned a lot so quickly! Mr. Ronnie you are great!
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Ronnie W.

Ronnie W.

Lancaster, TX 75146
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About Jake B.

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Dallas, TX

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About Jake
Hi!

I've been teaching all sorts of subjects all over the world for the last decade (and some change), and I'm looking forward to connecting with -you- (or your mom/dad/dogs/cats/washcloth--whomever wants to study! ^^)!

I'm very flexible in terms of what's taught and like to adjust my lessons to meet the goals, needs, and preferences of students.

I've taught:
- Ukulele Lessons
- Guitar Lessons
- Voice Lessons
- ESL Lessons (Yonsei University and Gangneung Wonju University as well as Berlitz in Korea)
- 5th through 8th grade science
- English/Grammar/Creative Writing
- Zoology
for kids at a zoo!

I have a BA in Music (Vocal Performance) and am currently studying biology and en route to an MS in Evolutionary Biology!

(I also work at a zoo! ^^)

And...I used to street perform ukulele regularly abroad!

Please don't hesitate to reach out with any questions, comments, pies-you-want-to-throw; I'm game for all of it!

Looking forward to hearing from you!
- Jake
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Doug May 29, 2017
· Ukulele · In studio
Jake was a really involved instructor. He offered a few people a course which didn't just cover how to pay the ukulele but also the philosophy behind how to listen to music and try to play tunes accurately. He also introduced non-traditional ways to approach learning the ukulele that boosted confidence and decreased the learning time involved.
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Courtney May 26, 2017
· Ukulele · In home
Jake is an amazing teacher! I have zero experience, and he is patient with all of my questions and limited background knowledge. He's fun and engaging, and I would recommend him for anyone looking to learn a new skill or practice an existing skill with an energetic and enthusiastic teacher.
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Joe May 24, 2017
· Ukulele · Online
My lesson was awesome. I've been trying to teach myself ukulele for a while but had a lot of problems. I started telling Jake about it and he knew just what to do. Very knowledgeable, very clear instructions.
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Jake B.

Jake B.

Dallas, TX 75223
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$30 / 30-min

About Jules W.

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Fort Worth, TX
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Jules's professional debut was at the popular HBO series Prison Break industry party. Since, his career has been substantial and successful. In the past eight years he has performed a range of musical styles from classical, jazz, and blues to rock, pop, and EDM. His more broad professional resume includes several notable performances. Such performances include the solo recital at the Prison Break industry party, providing entertainment at the TCCD Fine Arts Gallery, a concert in the Omni Penthouse for a donor's reception held by TCCD, with President Shimon Peres in attendance, college recitals
, and successful scholarship auditions, as well as popular establishments such in DFW.
His most notable and commercially successful work was achieved in a solo act Only to be rivaled by the popularity of the notable groups he's been in over the years. Jules recorded, pressed, and published a demo, EP, and several singles, and played several performances in support of all the released material.
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Fred May 27, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Jules had the unique ability to relate to students of all ages and levels .
He is a competent instructor
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Stacy May 27, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Jules is a gifted and talented guitarist. He is very competent at teaching at all levels.
I highly recommend him
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Jules W.

Jules W.

Midlothian, TX 76065
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$25 / 30-min

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