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About Susan T.

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Grand Prairie, TX

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I teach beginning to intermediate theory in conjunction with any lessons taken on piano, guitar, ukulele, or voice.

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 encouragement 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 thr
ough 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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Kirby M. April 22, 2018
· Piano · In home
Susan is a excellent teacher, she has shown great patience and allows you to learn at your own pace. For an adult student with very little childhood training and having taken lessons once before as an adult she has done a masterful job learning what I want to learn and has been very open minded on which direction to go in as far as my lessons go. I am amazed that she has pulled some thoughts and ideas out of me that I didn't realize I had and has taught me patience in learning the piano.
If you are an adult student wanting to learn the piano or advance in piano Susan is the perfect teacher, she is flexible and takes the time to learn what your individual goals are in the piano. She has changed courses with my learning based on my interests, and for that I am thankful. If you are looking for a very talented music teacher (especially if you have done lessons before and have been thinking of giving it one last try) I would highly recommend Susan as the person to work with. 5 stars all the way!!
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Kirby M. October 3, 2017
· Piano · In studio
very good lesson, Susan has been a pleasure to work with. I continue to learn a lot from her style of teaching in a very relaxed environment. After 3 lessons I have retained more from her than any one I have worked with in the past.
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Brian V. August 3, 2017
· Piano · In home
Susan was very welcoming and patient. My son is excited for more lessons.
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Susan T.

Susan T.

Grand Prairie, TX 75052
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About Michael R.

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Dallas, TX

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About Michael
Whether it’s to increase your confidence at karaoke night or to prepare for your first on stage performance, I’m very interested in helping you improve your singing. Ever been told that you’re "a little pitchy," or that you “just need to give it more support?” Tips like these often leave people frustrated because they don’t actually give anyone a plan for improvement. In my lessons we will focus on specific issues, and make sure you have a great plan for clear, noticeable improvement of your singing abilities.

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I would provide some music literature with lessons and customized exercises to each student with lessons. I would expect students to acquire their own literature additionally, and to purchase copies of any pedagogical book I may be using.

*** Specialties ***
Classical singing and opera voice lessons
are my primary specialty, and they were the focus of my BM and MM degrees. I also have some experience in Jazz singing and saxophone. I encourage a knowledge of music theory in a students interpretation of a piece of literature, which makes me different from many other instructors. I believe this makes for a more well-rounded musician.
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Michael R.

Michael R.

Dallas, TX 75238
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About Laurie D.

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Euless, TX
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Instruction in musical terminology, structure, historical context and more!

About Laurie
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. I currently have good openings on Tuesdays from 6:00-6:30PM and Thursdays 5:30-6:30PM. 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

Beginning and intermediate piano
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Anum M. March 28, 2016
· Classical Voice · In studio
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Alizay M. February 20, 2016
· Classical Voice · In studio
My daughters enjoyed their respective class.
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Angela A. August 13, 2015
· Singing · Online
Great first lesson!
I appreciate that a lot!
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Laurie D.

Laurie D.

Euless, TX 76039
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About Ray M.

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Arlington, TX

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Beginner to advanced. I put heavy emphasis on diatonic (major scale) theory, including scales, building and inverting triads and 7th chords,
arpeggios, etc.

About Ray
Born in Arlington, Texas, I began playing guitar and bass guitar in high school. After studying for several years under Joey Faust, I studied Jazz, Classical Guitar, and Music Theory at TCC in Fort Worth. I began teaching in my free time to friends and family in 2003; by 2008 I was teaching full time, my students ranging in age from 3 to over 70. I also play piano, mandolin, banjo, ukulele, and auto harp.

*** Lesson Details ***
I believe lessons should be fun, so all lessons are tailored to the individual student, based on the student's interests and goals. Students are free to progress at their own pace, and to choose their own learning material. Styles and techniques include Rock, Country, Blues, Bluegrass, Jazz, Shred, Slide Guitar, Classical Guitar, and Slap Bass, to name a few.

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Lessons in my home stud
io are definitely more beneficial to the student, because I have all my toys here! Besides having all of my other instruments here for demonstrations, or being able to freely change between electric or acoustic guitar for example.
I also find that students who are at home (especially the children) tend to be more distracted, whether it's from lack of privacy due to the area chosen for the lessons, or often (again, this goes especially for the kids) there are pets that they like to play with while I'm trying to talk to them.
When they're guests in my home, however, I find I have their strict attention.

*** Specialties ***
I am primarily a guitar player specializing in electric lead guitar and solo acoustic guitar/vocal performance. I also teach beginner to advanced bass guitar, primarily finger-style.
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Robert M. November 15, 2018
· Banjo · In home
Easy to talk with, seems knowledgeable, patience. Pleased with my first lesson.
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Brenda September 17, 2018
· Banjo · In studio
Ray is very patient, knowledgeable and makes the lessons fun. Ray is complimentary on my progress and that is exactly what beginners need.
Ray rocks!
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Dylan D. July 31, 2018
· Guitar · In home
Ray is super patient and has a great ability to break things down simply ;)
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Arlington, TX 76015
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About Andrew S.

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Keller, TX

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About Andrew
Education/Experience:

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
ty of North Texas’s One O’clock lab band in Spring of 2010.

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.

Service:
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.
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Sydney H. December 2, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Andrew has been a wonderful teacher. Funny and patient.
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Mike July 1, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Excellent knowledge, presentation and communication. He taught at the right level for me. He's a great teacher.
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Lily N. April 8, 2017
· Vocal Training · In studio
My daughter has really enjoyed her first lesson . Andrew has been very flexible with our schedule to meet my daughter's need. She's going to have the final singing on next month. He will help her to get through. I highly recommend him as a great teacher.
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Andrew S.

Keller, TX 76248
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About Marilyn J.

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Fort Worth, TX
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Music theory is included with piano lessons. Theory is important as it will apply to any instrument or voice that a student might be interested in learning.

About Marilyn
Music is soothing to the soul. It can calm us when anxious. It can teach young children focus, concentration and improve fine motor skills. I feel classical piano is a basic foundation to learn many instruments and types of music. I include theory and ear training with piano lessons. My goal is to try and turn on the student's love for music so that he or she wants to spend time at the piano at home improving skills.
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Dedrick A. June 8, 2015
· Piano · In studio
Marilyn is extremely patient and understanding. The best personality, super nice and open ideas and suggestion with the student and parents! Would recommend her to anyone looking for an amazing piano instructor!
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Jaci P. May 28, 2015
· Piano · In home
I have completed my first month of lessons with Marilyn and I AM learning to play the piano!! Marilyn's knowledge, technique, personality, perseverance, and kindness are attributes which are so conducive to a pleasant learning experience.
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Elizabeth H. August 25, 2014
· Piano · In studio
I have had many piano teachers in the past and Ms. Marilyn is my favorite by far. She is patient, understanding, and she takes time to explain what I have questions on. I would recommend her for students of any age. She really is a wonderful teacher :)
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Marilyn J.

Fort Worth, TX 76131
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About Maureen K.

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Dallas, TX

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Learn about the fundamentals of music and how a given piece is structured.

About Maureen
Maureen has been teaching private voice and piano lessons since 2009, and currently runs her own studio, as well as traveling to students' homes to teach lessons. She teaches anyone with an interest and willingness to learn, regardless of experience level.

Maureen received her Master of Music from the University of Maryland 2017 with an emphasis in Opera Performance. Her teaching style is tailored for each individual student, in that what works for one student won't necessarily work for the next (particularly in regards to singers), and strives towards finding the optimal method that encourages and helps students to 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.
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Eva H. October 11, 2018
· Vocal Training · In home
Maureen helped my daughter progress with the first lesson. We specified that she needed help with sight reading and the lesson consisted of exactly that. She was very thorough--kept the lesson moving but slowed down to my daughter's speed when necessary. Great first lesson.
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Annalee Noel September 6, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Maureen is fabulous! She was quick to pick up where my skill level was and I'm looking forward to my next lesson!
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Olivia June 12, 2018
· Singing · In studio
She quickly was able to point out ways I could fix problems that I have been having for quite some time. She was very fun to work with and I would definitely recommend for students of all ages!
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Maureen K.

Maureen K.

Dallas, TX 75206
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About David D.

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Carrollton, TX
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We´ll cover Contemporary Harmony, Sight-reading, Rhythm and Metrics

About David
David has been teaching private lessons since 1984 and is currently available to teach lessons at your home, at his studio, and online. David has helped students to improvise in Jazz Music, To play piano with a solid ttheoretical foundation, getting the musical tools to reach their goals in the music, and learn how to study and grow up musically.

David received his training at Dick Grove School Of Music in 1996] where he took the Course Harmonic Relationships. As an expert in his field, David looks forward to helping new students achieve their goals. David's teaching style is step by step, medible, specific covering 5 areas: Technique, Harmony, Sight-reading, Rhythm and Metrics, Styles, looking to make easier as possible the learning path cause the music it´s not easy, That´s why he is concerned to give all the most practical applicati
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Louise April 7, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Can’t wait for my next lesson
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Christina April 4, 2018
· Piano · In studio
David is a wonderful and patient teacher. He is dedicated and an expert in his field. He is a very admirable mentor and I would recommend him to anybody!
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Ken L. January 31, 2017
· Piano · In studio
This was my first lesson, it went great.
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David D.

Carrollton, TX 75006
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About Erskine H.

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Arlington, TX

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I hold a degree in Jazz Piano and a minor in Music Theory. I truly enjoy helping students understand how music works.

About Erskine
I am a professional touring musician and I have passion for teaching others. I have a jazz piano degree from the University of North Texas and have been blessed to travel the world with several artists in various genres of music (Eminem, Rihanna, David Foster, Babyface, Jessie J, Leon Bridges, Zendaya, Eric Benet, Tamela Mann, Chrisette Michele, and many others).
To build a solid foundation for learning piano, I like to incorporate a little bit of music theory into each lesson.
In the most humble way, I can assure you that there is no other piano teacher on Take Lessons who has the diversity, experience, and teaching style that I possess.
I design all of my lessons to fit the passion and personality of each individual student, and together we identify your goals and develop a plan that will help you achieve them.

I’m truly lookin
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Kyle D. September 2, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Erskine is absolutely fantastic! He’s a wealth of information, having insight from both the road and the classroom. Great teacher, and I still find myself using the piano exercises I learned from him to this day. I’ll never forget one of the most valuable lessons he taught me. “People will forgive bad notes, they will not forgive bad timing.” Couldn’t recommend him more!
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Rashad September 2, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Erskine is the real deal! I enjoyed my time as his student and recommend him for all levels. He challenged me in every lesson and encouraged me to keep going further. If you are looking for a piano instructor, Erskine is the guy!!
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Kahlia September 1, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Erskine of Key Element is a very skilled, professional, and friendly music teacher. He provided lessons for both my young daughter and myself. As a beginner to music, he was very patient with my daughter. Me, being a piano player by ear, Erskine provided me with exercises, tools, and even recommended an app to help with learning music theory and reading scales. Again, I HIGHLY recommend Key Element if you are looking for quality services. He is one of the best.
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Erskine H.

Arlington, TX 76018
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About Jaron P.

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Fort Worth, TX
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I can help with school work and college theory classes

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Hello, my name is Jaron Porter , I am passionate about music and sharing it with others. I have a ton of experiences and would love to inspire the next generation of musicians. You should book me because I will help you reach your goals and learn a lot about yourself and your gifts. I am primarily a Bassist but I also play piano As well as composing music . I am a few months away from finishing my BA in Music at Texas Wesleyan a University I believe I can help every student in their musical endeavors.
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Jaron P.

Jaron P.

Fort Worth, TX 76107
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