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About Joel M.

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Arlington, TX

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About Joel
I started playing recognizable melodies on the piano at 18 months old. At that time I was told that I even had perfect pitch. By age 5, my mother started giving me classical, gospel, and improvisational lessons. I was one of her 50 students until my senior year in high school. Through elementary, junior high, and high school, I received a lot of performance experience from school marching/concert bands, choirs, church choirs, piano concerts, band/choral conducting, and composing.

I received my BBA in Finance from the University of Texas at Arlington; through college and to the present, I have received over 25 years of performing/directing experience from overseeing two mega-church music ministries. At these ministries, I served as the department head, responsible for lead piano, directing, arranging, worship leading, and departmen
tal oversight.

I have produced 10 personal instrumental projects, and I have produced and recorded over 40 projects for other local, regional, and international artists. I currently travel with national, jazz, recording saxophonist, Joseph Vincelli, and my personal band Zamar. We have performed with a number of acts from Kirk Franklin, Darren Rahn, Kirk Whalum, Boney James, Fred Hammond, and many more.

As an instructor, I have been blessed with an ability to be relatable, relevant, musical, creative, fun, and engaging. I understand the language of music as a performer, and instructor, but most importantly, I value the ability to help the student find their own path of learning the joy of making music vocally and instrumentally. With over 18 years of private teaching experience and 30 years of group experience, I have gained a wealth of knowledge on how to be instructive and personal with the young or older beginner, intermediate and even advanced players. Let's grow together musically.

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My teaching style is very laid back, although goal-oriented. We have fun while seeing progress. For piano, I typically use the Alfred Series "Alfred Basics 1 - 6" or the Adult All-in-One for the Older Beginner. In the first 3 - 6 months, one will become familiar with basis technics and concepts behind creating music. These concepts will be the foundation behind learning how to read music, play by ear, and create your own songs in any style.

We would move a little faster for the older beginner and work through the Alfred's All in One in conjunction with introducing my 5 steps to performance for any popular style. These steps have been very valuable for those that are wanting to play piano, guitar, bass, or even sing.

For vocalist, I work through Estelle Liebling, Vocal Course, Alfred Piano (as an instrumental reference) and a number of practical performance techniques that I have gained over the years to sing in more of a pop, jazz, gospel setting. We will work on performance techniques and develop the ear to gain confidence to perform in various popular settings. I will also introduce creative ways to make up original music using basic theory and ear training.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Acoustic Piano, Yamaha MOXF8, Roland Fantom, Protools 9, Logic ProX, Midi Keyboards, Bass Mod 5 String Bass, Acoustic and Electric Guitar, and Tama Drum Kit.

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I specialize in gospel, R&B, Neo Soul, Blues, jazz improvisation, arranging, lead sheets, rhythm charts, and music arrangement theory
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MARK October 31, 2018
· Singing · In home
Joel was awesome ! Very knowledgeable, extremely talented, and down to earth. I was very nervous at first, but after 5 minutes he put me at ease and I was singing as if I was singing alone !
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elias June 21, 2018
· Piano · In home
Great teacher. Always finds a way to engage each student and very patient. Truly passionate about what he does.
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Spencer July 11, 2017
· Music Theory · In studio
Awesome teacher. Answers every question and explains all concepts thoroughly.
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Joel M.

Joel M.

Arlington, TX 76002
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About Lisa C.

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I have been a music teacher and private lesson instructor for the past 20 years. I have a bachelor of science degree in Music Education and hold a teaching certificate for all-level Music Education. In my private studio I have taught students from 3-70 and have enjoyed them all! In addition to teaching music I also serve as the Music Minister for my church. Students coming to me can expect a tremendous amount of experience as well as a committed, honest and caring teacher.

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For beginning piano students at the pre-reading level (ages 3-6ish) I like to use the Faber "My First Piano Adventure" series. I love that this series enforces solid technique in a fun, child-friendly way.

For older beginners and players with some piano I like the Alfred series, supplemented, of course, with songs/styles of music that i
nterest the student.

Guitar: I've found that guitar method books are nearly as diverse as the guitarists that play them! That being said, I typically start with the Essential Elements for guitar for a solid introduction to music reading and a touch of theory.

Depending on the style of play the guitarist is interested in I move on from there. Mel Bays Classical method is always a solid choice as is the Christopher Parkening Guitar method. I also have a few tab oriented books and some rock/blues oriented books.

For clarinet and oboe students I like to compliment what their band/orchestra director is using when possible. I also love the Klose method for clarinet. The Rubank is also a tried and true book I use. I've had a lot of success with these books.

Of course the best method books are for naught without adequate practice time! When theory and technique work get too dry it's always fun to throw in some fun selections to compliment the "work."

Voice students are a bit different in that I don't use a specific method to instruct. I have many books that I draw from when teaching voice due to the unique nature of the individual. Depending on the style of music, from classical to jazz/pop, I have music that will teach proper breath support, vowel placement and tone.

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Home studio: converted dining room with 3 guitars, young percussion instruments, upright piano and f/w keyboard. Seating available for parents.
Music ministry at First Christian Church in Terrell. Access to choir room with upright piano. Seating available for parents.

*** Specialties ***
Degree in all-level music education with specialty in voice.
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Edna July 4, 2018
· Singing · In studio
My experience with Lisa has been amazing! I’ve learned so much in so little time, she’s patient, skilled, and great all around. I would recommend her to anyone!!
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Betsy April 10, 2018
· Guitar · In home
Lisa is an awesome teacher and I am so thankful I came across her! I would have loved to continue lessons but my work season is picking up which leads me to travel to much. I would highly recommend Lisa, she is very skilled and knowledgeable as well as patient in teaching and fun to take lessons with!
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Leslie K. March 10, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Lisa has a fun personality that puts my child at ease. She is also very knowledgeable and helpful and takes the time necessary to make sure my child understands.
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Lisa C.

Lisa C.

Terrell, TX 75160
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About Ric F.

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Arlington, TX
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I teach music composition-arranging-orchestration-songwriting (music), music tech. (production), theory and all related subjects.
I have taught at 4 colleges (California & Texas).
Masters (MM Composition).
I have also done many guest composer appearances at colleges & universities around the country.
Tutored theory-composition students from Berklee College of Music.
As a professional writer, I have extensive credits including:
The London Symphony Orchestra, Fort Worth Symphony, The Vatican, Plano & Irving Symphony, many recording orchestras and other ensembles in LA, Nashville and other.
My recordings have charted radio, been used in television.
Awards for television scores.
Hundreds of published pieces in printed music (J.W. Pepper, Sheet Music Plus, other).
I have extensive technology (Finale 25.5/DAW(s)/GPO 5/Loops) that I
use in production - I know technology well and have taught it at colleges / universities.
I have written literally over 1 thousand pieces of music in just about all genres and ensembles (and can demonstrate that).
I have taught online worldwide for about 7 years. Recent students have included composers from the Transformer Movies (orchestration).
Studied composition & related subjects with Dr. Albert Harris, John Shaffer Smith and many others.
I am not a purely "academic" oriented musician. Most of my work has been in the music industry, but (as shown above), I have also worked a lot in academia and know that world well to council students if they are involved in higher education.
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Andrew November 24, 2015
· Guitar · In studio
I had my first lesson with Ric last week and it was great! I look forward to my future lessons with him. He is a great teacher as well as a very accomplished musician, composer and many more attributes.
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Cosima Y. March 6, 2014
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An excellent teacher who loves to see his students excel

Several years ago I was privileged to have Ric contribute his talent to my CD project. He is an amazing musician and a gentleman!

Ric is an excellent teacher and musician who genuinely desires to impart his expertise to those he teaches. He is relevant and experienced. His vast musical knowledge and sphere of influence are a tremendous asset to the music community with years of experience and a sincere attitude that is infectious.

I am highly confident that all Ric's student will be treated with great care and service and I highly recommend and appreciate Ric.
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Ric F.

Ric F.

Arlington, TX 76002
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About Cindy H.

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Corsicana, TX

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I love getting the best out of my students. I love having fun with them and challenging them to try new things. I have been teaching voice and piano for about 30 years now and never get tired of it! Some of my students have gone on to professional careers as opera singers and blues singers. Regardless of your style, I make sure that everything we do is grounded in good technique so you have the skills to play and sing for the rest of your life.
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Jeremiah and David E. August 28, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Great!
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Cindy H.

Cindy H.

Corsicana, TX 75110
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About Karla V.

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Arlington, TX
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I graduated from Sul Ross State University with a bachelors in vocal performance. I am currently a public school mariachi teacher and have been teaching for about 5 years. I also belong to a professional mariachi group where I play violin and sing, as well.

I teach students of all different ages and experience levels. I studied violin for about 2 years, studied and have been playing mariachi for 18 years, and studied voice for 6 years. I can teach students to read music and pursue a career in mariachi or classical music. I can also teach students how to play any of the mariachi instruments (violin, trumpet, guitarron, vihuela, guitar) and teach them how to sing, as well.

As a professional mariachi player, I play every weekend during the evenings and nights and sometimes travel to different places around the United States to perform fo
r big artists.

I teach a variety of levels, beginners, intermediate, and advanced students and cater my lessons to their needs and specific goals that they have set for themselves.
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Karla V.

Karla V.

Arlington, TX 76010
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Arlington, TX

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I am a classically trained trumpet player that has build his studio of students at the middle/high school level in Arlington and Mansfield ISD, and I am the brass marching tech at Lamar high school. I received my bachelor's in music education from The University of North Texas and my master's in trumpet performance from The University of Texas at Arlington. I currently play in the Crossroads Christian Church band, have played in concerts with the Arlington Community Band, and am looking to play professionally in orchestras around the metroplex.

The biggest plus I give my students is fixing the technical issues in their playing so that it is possible for them to pursue the playing goals of their choice. Many players who are passionate about music simply cannot pursue their dream because they are hindered by severe problems in range
, tone, sight-reading, endurance, finger technique, musicality, etc. I myself was not the most naturally gifted player out there and I had to really consider how the instrument worked in order to progress. Today, those issues are not problem to me now. There are many fine trumpet players out there who are great musicians but ineffective teachers of fundamentals as they simply never experienced the kinds of problems in their playing that many students unfortunately have. As a student, I too had many teachers like this. They were wonderful people, but not very helpful.

To sum it up, I can show you how to fix the problems in your playing so that you can make the music you want to make.
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Simon May 29, 2018
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Very nice and connects with students verry well and under him my range increased a half step in both directions
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Matthew S.

Matthew S.

Arlington, TX 76018
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About James B.

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Mesquite, TX

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My name is JAMES BROWN and I FEEL GOOD!!! I am a professional drummer of 25 years and teacher for 8. I love people and I have a deep passion to play the drums and teach. Lessons with me are more than just about playing the drums but its also about doing life with my students and being there as well. When the light bulb goes off inside of my students and they get it. Seeing that is one of the best feelings in the world. Take lessons with me and change your life FOREVER!!!!
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James B.

James B.

Mesquite, TX 75181
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$25 / 30-min

About DJ M.

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DJ Mike Production has over 30 years in the DJ business and we will teach you every aspect of DJing. Here are some of the things that you will learn.

music theory (counting beats & bars )
* ethics (do's and don'ts of professional DJ-ing, what it means to be a professional DJ)
* intro to beat-mixing (how and when to mix. How to create your own break in a mix)
* techniques to reading any crowd
* music organization (set-up folders and crates)
* intro to video mixing - earn more as a video DJ 
* methods to marketing yourself or DJ business (get booked!) 
* hands-on instruction
* equipment knowledge
* proper mic technique
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DJ M.

DJ M.

Dallas, TX 75203
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$100 / 60-min

About Erskine H.

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Arlington, TX

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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.

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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.

Erskine H.

Arlington, TX 76018
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About Brandon S.

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Arlington, TX
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Mr. Brandon S and his personal studio has taught private and group music lessons since 2011 and is currently available to teach lessons at your home, at his studio, and online.

Mr. S believes that all of his students are unique individuals who need a secure, caring, and stimulating atmosphere in which to grow and mature emotionally, intellectually, physically, socially, and of course MUSICALLY. His desire as a music educator to help his students meet their fullest potential in those areas is to provide an environment that is safe, supports risk taking, and invites a sharing of ideas. Himself as the teacher acting as a guide, allowing the child's natural curiosity to direct his/her learning, and promoting respect for all things and all people are three elements Mr. S believe are conducive to establishing such an environment.

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11 years of receiving rigorous private music instruction.

2009 - Obtained a Specialist Certificate in Voice Technique and Musicianship from Berklee College of Music.

2010 - Received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from the University of Phoenix.

2010-present - Teach general, choral, and instrumental music to students in Pre K - 8th grade that are homeschooled, attend public and private schools, prefer lessons in their home, or at his studio.
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Lawrence October 26, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Where do I start? Mr. S is a God sent music educator. My children and their friends give raving reviews about how AWESOME music class was and how funny Mr. Smith is. I've never seen them so happy about any specials classes besides PE and Art and thanks to him, my kids love, enjoy, and appreciate music. Thank you Mr. Smith!
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Dwight Jr. October 25, 2018
· Gospel Singing · Online
Fabulous. This guy knows his stuff. He’s a knowledgible and has tools to drive success. I’d recommend him to anyone who truly wants to get better at singing.
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Larry October 24, 2018
· Piano · In studio
THE BEST! My granddaughter has never enjoyed music class. She would come home telling me how boring music class was. That was until she met Mr. S. He is gifted and passionate about music and it shows through the heart of my grandchild and her classmates. We love Mr. Smith and highly recommend.
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Brandon S.

Brandon S.

Arlington, TX 76010
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