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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.

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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.

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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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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.

Lewisville, TX 75067
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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.

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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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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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Brenda July 31, 2018
· Banjo · In home
Ray is patient, knowledgeable and very talented. I am having fun learning to play the banjo.
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Ray M.

Arlington, TX 76015
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About Joel M.

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Arlington, TX

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Practical, classical theory approach that is function in all genres. Scales, Intervals, Chord Theory, Progressions, Arrangements.

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.

*** Lesson Details ***
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.

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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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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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Haley May 9, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Joel is not only an outstanding musician, he is also a great teacher! I had the pleasure of taking piano lessons from him and enjoyed every minute of it and learned a ton. His instruction was a wonderful supplement to what I learned at the University. His is very knowledgeable, competent technically and hilarious! In addition to everything he offers musically, he is one of the best people I've ever known. Thank you Joel, for sharing your gifts!
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Joel M.

Arlington, TX 76002
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About Tammye D.

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I teach all levels and all ages.

About Tammye
I am a 2008 graduate of the University of North Texas with a Bachelor of Arts in Music degree. While at North Texas I taught trumpet lessons in the Denton area. I have also taught piano, clarinet, and saxophone as well as all the other brass instruments. I have performed with the UNT Concert Band, the UNT Brass Band, the UNT Nine O'Clock Lab Band, the Collin County Jazz Band, and the San Jose Metropolitan Band.

Currently, I teach clarinet, saxophone, trumpet and piano in the DFW area. I also play trumpet in the both the Frisco Community Band and the Frisco Community Brass Ensemble.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am a laid back teacher who gets you playing from the first day.

*** Studio Equipment ***
All students are required to purchase the Musician's Practice Planner, which you can find at any music store. You will also need to g
et any books that we play through (but I'll give you time to get them, so don't worry.) Any books that we use will be easy to find and won't cost a whole lot of money.

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I will always bring my instrument with me when I attend a lesson, so I expect my students to do the same when they come to my studio. Also, make sure you have any books and music that we will be playing out of. I always have a copy of anything that we are playing, so I expect the student to have a copy as well.

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Trumpet
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Yesenia August 9, 2018
· Saxophone · Online
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Colben May 21, 2018
· Trumpet · Online
Tammy has enough patience for the least attentive learners.
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Barbara May 15, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Very good, patient teacher. She created a charming, humerous environment making the lesson an absolute pleasure.
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The Colony, TX 75056
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About Carl W.

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Fort Worth, TX

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Basic and advanced music theory

About Carl
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.

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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
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Arnette A. September 5, 2018
· Piano · Online
If you are looking for a piano teacher that teaches gospel music Carl is the one.
Carl is the best piano instructor that I ever had. I am 68 and I haven't taken lessons in years. I was afraid that because of my age I would have trouble remembering what I learned in the past. I have only had 3 lessons so far and I am already playing a gospel song. Carl's teaching approach is excellent. and he has a lot of patience. I am remembering things that I learned when I was young and Carl's approach to teaching gospel music is excellent. I am learning how chords are created in a way that I never learned before. Even though I take online piano lessons, it seems like Carl is in the same room with me. It's amazing how he can see me as well as my piano keyboard and I can see him and his keyboard. We talk to each other as if we are in the same room. I highly recommend him to teach all ages because he has a lot of patience.
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Arnette A. August 21, 2018
· Piano · Online
Carl was excellent. I took lessons when I was a child but Carl's way of teaching makes it so easy for me to understand. I can/t wait for my next lesson.
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Gabriel July 21, 2018
· Saxophone · In studio
Carl is a great teacher! My son is very excited to learn every time.
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Fort Worth, TX 76112
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About Ric F.

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I have taught all levels (I-4) of theory at colleges & universities (including Berklee College of Music).
I know the common practice form of college teaching well.
If I am tutoring, I stick to what the teacher / program requires (curriculum).
If this is not tutoring I determine what the student want to accomplish by knowing theory and proceed from there - for writing music?, improvisation?, what style / genre?, etc.
I am extremely good at communicating theoretical subjects in a way that can be easily understood (kind of a specialty of mine).
I have also studied Schillinger System (highly advanced theory). I studied it over 7 years (privately) with a student of Joseph Schillnger. I am a certified Schillinger instructor though I do NOT emphasize Schillinger concepts in general teaching.

About Ric
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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Arlington, TX 76002
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About Maureen K.

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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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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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Kaden D. June 11, 2018
· Singing · In home
My son was shy at first but she really connected with him and I think he enjoyed it!
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Maureen K.

Dallas, TX 75206
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About Katie A.

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I am a K-12 Certified Music Teacher in the state of Texas, and have experience teaching Pre-AP and AP Music Theory (College Board).

About Katie
Thank you for visiting my profile on TakeLessons! Please see my website for details regarding lessons and availability. If you are interested in taking lessons with me, please message me through my website, not TakeLessons. Thanks! -> kandersonmusic.net

Katie Anderson was born and raised in Dallas, a fourth generation Dallasite. She graduated from Texas Christian University with a Bachelor's of Music Education, Vocal Emphasis. She began her teaching career as Music Specialist at Stonewall Jackson Elementary School in Dallas ISD, before moving to Woodrow Wilson High School as Head Choral Director where she served for four years. She is a member of the Texas Music Educator's Association and holds a K-12 Music Certification with the state of Texas.

Katie studied piano privately from the age of five to sixteen, including classic
al and contemporary studies with Neila Hook, Teresa Bledsoe, and Susan Bourne, and two years of jazz piano with Wade Cottingham. In college, she studied piano with Guillermo Martinez. She continues to play for work and fun to this day.

Katie began singing with the Children's Chorus of Greater Dallas in the fifth grade, under the direction of Cynthia Nott and Linda Harley. She began private voice lessons in the eighth grade, studying classical and contemporary music with Terrie Preskitt-Brown until graduating from Woodrow Wilson High School. In college, she studied with Angela Turner-Wilson all four years, culminating in a senior recital that included songs in English, Italian, French, German, and Spanish. Her choral directors in college included Dr. Sheri Neill, Dr. Dennis Shrock, Dr. Ronald Shirey, and Dr. Ken Davis.

Katie has taught private piano and vocal lessons periodically since 2014. She is now doing so full time in the Bishop Arts/Winnetka Heights/Kessler area of Dallas.

Katie has lived in Bishop Arts for two years with her husband, Brett, their two cats, Jake and Elwood, and their dog, Luna. They enjoy their neighborhood, trying new restaurants in Dallas, and traveling back to Fort Worth for various TCU sporting events. (Go Frogs!)
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Katie A.

Dallas, TX 75208
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About Erskine H.

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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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How to Transition from Classical Pianist to Jazz Pianist

How to Transition from Classical Pianist to Jazz Pianist

Piano music doesn't have to be all classical, all the time! Here's what you need to know about getting started with jazz piano chord progressions, courtesy of St. Augustine, FL teacher Heather L...   Thelonius Monk, Herbie Hancock, and Duke Ellington are just a few of the great jazz piano players. What beautiful and fascinating sounds fill our ears when their names come to mind! The seemingly illusive progressions and spontaneous elements, like syncopation and improvisation, sound … Read More

How to Transition from Classical Pianist to Jazz Pianist
Piano music doesn't have to be all classical, all the time! Here's what you need to know about getting started with jazz piano chord progressions, courtesy of St. Augustine, FL teacher Heather L...   Thelonius Monk, Herbie Hancock, and Duke Ellington are just a few of the great jazz piano players. What beautiful and fascinating sounds fill our ears when their names come to mind! The seemingly illusive progressions and spontaneous elements, like syncopation and improvisation, sound
Subdivision: The Easy Trick for Reading Rhythms Right
As you're learning to read music, you'll come across complex rhythms at some point. Here, Saint Augustine, FL music teacher Heather L. offers some helpful tips to help you get through the tricky parts...   Have you ever found yourself sitting in a big concert hall, or in your room, listening to a soloist play a practically perfect rhythm? Almost all of us have, and almost all of us have asked ourselves, "How do they do that?" Their secret is subdivision. You might be just begin
All in Order: Tricks for Identifying Key Signatures
What are the "keys" to identifying different key signatures? Read on for some great tips from Tucson, AZ teacher Lourdes C... In reading music, there are a few things that give musicians the biggest headaches. One major migraine-maker is determining keys from the key signature and then remembering the order of sharps and flats. This chart gives musicians a quick way to help with identifying key signatures. Key Signatures at a Glance Major sharps: the name of the key can be fou
Why Learning Piano Theory is Important for All Musicians
Struggling to understand music theory? Try heading over to the piano -- seeing a visual representation can help a ton! Here, Lowell, IN teacher Blake C. shares how to get started...   Many musicians avoid learning music theory altogether because it can feel much like learning a foreign language; as a result, many musicians enlist in the anti-music theory organization. I will admit it – I was a member of the anti-music theory organization in my early years, declaring that music theory
How to Prepare for Sight Reading at an Audition | 3 Helpful Tips
Nervous about the sight reading portion of an upcoming audition? Find out how to work sight reading practice into your routine in this guest post by Saddle Brook, NJ teacher Christian D...   “Be prepared to sight read.” That dreaded requirement on all auditions that makes us all nervous. But the fact is, you shouldn’t be! Sight reading is a learned skill, just like everything else in music. Think of it as sight reading a passage from a book in front of an audience. With so many

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