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About Susan T.

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Grand Prairie, TX

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Hello and welcome to my teaching world! I love teaching any one, and any age, piano, as it has always been my strongest instrument. I can start as young as four or five (if that child knows her/his ABCs and numbers 1-10, use a pencil and crayons); or any teen or adult wanting to refresh their early piano training.

Learning piano is excellent for those young minds entering the school system. Most kids studying any musical instrument become honor (AP) students. Learning music is especially helpful in learning math as music and math are based on patterns. Engineers and musicians have the same thing in common: they learn to recognize patterns easily.

For very young beginners, I use Alfred's Young Beginner course. For students 6-7-8 years of age, I lean toward John Thompson Easiest Piano Course (or JT's Modern or Adult courses) as they include a variety of genres learned early, with emphasis on classical technique after students become familiar with five-finger hand positions

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. 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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Russ W. August 3, 2017
· Piano · In studio
SUSAN B. Gave me new direction and a great platform
in continuing to be a better musician. Also gave me
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Susan T.

Susan T.

Grand Prairie, TX 75052
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About Tasha J.

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Can help with beginning piano skills but only up to age 10 please!

About Tasha
*** Specialties ***
I studied and graduated in Vocal Performance, where I was trained to excel in music performance, opera voice, music theory and singing.

I am more than happy to help you and your child reach their musical goals singing, or even tutoring :)
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Kevin January 24, 2017
· Singing ·
My daughter and I were very satisfied with the voice lessons and attention provided by Tasha. She took personal interest in my daughter’s desire to improve her singing, and Tasha went above-and-beyond in coordinating a Christmas caroling opportunity for my daughter . I would highly recommend Tasha for any students interested in improving their singing skill; we were very happy with her teaching!!
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Tasha J.

Tasha J.

Dallas, TX 75287
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About Ray M.

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Beginner to intermediate.
Piano is maybe the ideal instrument for a beginning musician. One can develop skills and acquire knowledge of music that can used for the rest of his or her life, and can be transferred to any number of other instruments.
I mostly teach beginner piano (most of my students are 6-10 years old), but I can also help those casual players out there who'd like to tighten up their playing, or maybe improve their sight reading.

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.

*** Studio Equipment ***
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 have access to my computer and all of my teaching materials.
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. In addition I teach slap style bass guitar, as well as slide guitar. I am also a classical mandolin and tenor mandola player. I am currently the director of and first mandolin player for the Fort Worth Mandolin Orchestra.
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Tommy August 28, 2017
· Banjo · In studio
I thought it was great, Ray was very patient, looking forward to my next class.
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Michael July 24, 2017
· Bass Guitar · In home
I am so glad I chose Ray. He is a natural teacher. He has a great personality and immediately I felt very relaxed with him. He has a great way of breaking down ideas and is very patient. I look forward to years of training under Ray.
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Clemon W. June 12, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Mr. Ray is not only the greatest Guitar instructor ever, he is a great man. He does not just teach the instruments he also is a great mentor. Mr. Ray taught my two boys from 2 grade to 8grade. He taught them life lessons that they use today. He challenges his student to be the best they can be in school and out. I am proud to call him my friend and brother.
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Arlington, TX 76015
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About Melodie B.

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Learn to play a variety of styles of music while also learning the basics of music theory.

About Melodie
Music has been a very important part of my life for a long time. I began taking piano lessons at age 9 and also started as a church musician that same year. Some people would say I was a very fast learner! I was, and still am, very interested in every aspect of music. I began singing in church and school a few years after that. I have played and performed a variety of styles of music but I have the most experience with Christian music, classical, pop and R & B. I am confident that I can teach you whatever style you are interested in! I am currently a high school choral director and a minister of music for church. I also play in a band with a group of my co-workers where we perform mostly pop, rock and oldies. I have been doing private lessons since I was in high school and have taught school music for 25 years. I've taught genera
l education, choir, band and general music. I also do some composing.

I attended Jarvis Christian College (1984-1989) where I majored in All-Level Music Education. I received a Bachelor of Science in Education degree in May of 1989.

After I was hired at my first school, I started working on additional certification at Texas Christian University and Texas Wesleyan University. I completed the required subjects and received certification in general education in 1991. I am currently certified in 3 areas: General Music 1-8, All-Level Music K-12 and General Education 1-8.

*** Lesson Details ***
I believe that all students can and will learn something if they put forth some effort! I also believe that learning music should be fun! I'm a pretty laid back person but I am very serious about my time and yours being well spent! I use a method book for piano lessons, as well as, a variety of other materials based on your interest and level. I also use a variety of materials for voice lessons. At the first lesson I will find out what your goals for learning music are. I will also find out what types of music you are interested in and we'll go from there! I do believe in challenging students. I do expect you to sincerely want to learn and to demonstrate your interest through weekly practice and attendance at your lessons.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Keyboards, microphones, recording equipment, music stands and supplemental books and materials

*** Travel Equipment ***
Students will need to have the required lesson book. All students will need a spiral notebook and a pen or pencil. Voice students will also need a black binder.

***Affiliations***
TMEA (Texas Music Educators Association) August 2002
TCDA (Texas Choral Directors Association) August 2002
MTNA (Music Teachers National Association) August 1990

*** Specialties ***
I teach a variety of genres but my strongest areas are all types of Christian Music and classical. I've trained many people to be church musicians. I've also done pop, jazz, Broadway, country and hip hop.
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Connie J. July 4, 2015
· Singing · In studio
Ms. Melodie is a wealth of knowledge, I've sang in school and church choirs for years and never learned the singing fundamentals she has taught me in the past five months. If you want to be challenged and truly develop your musical abilities, she can help you reach your destiny!
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Joseph H. July 1, 2015
· Singing · In home
Ms. Brookins is an excellent teacher. Although I had a few ideas of how to sing, I had no idea how technical it was. After a couple of weeks of struggling, she helped me further understand the complexity of the voice. She is great at going at the students pace while trying to help them grow musically.
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Kim S. July 1, 2015
· Singing · In home
We have been more than pleased with our experience. My son has learned so much in a very short period of time. Not only has he learned new strategies for maximizing his potential but he has fun while doing so. We highly recommend Ms. Melodie.
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Melodie B.

Melodie B.

Burleson, TX 76028
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About Marilyn J.

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Fort Worth, TX
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I teach classical piano. I include theory and ear training with piano lessons. I use some music games and play activity for young students. I have some materials that I provide but books are purchased by the parents.

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 Melody S.

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My goal as an instructor is to provide my students with an opportunity to discover their own musical potentials. From breaking the ice from playing for the very first time, to perfecting even the most structured and difficult pieces, I feel there are no limits. I feel comfortable teaching in any genre and always tailor my classes to match my students own individual learning style.

In my lessons, I highlight important principles right from the start, such as posture, proper fingering, and rhythm training, to ensure no bad habits form that later are hard to break. As we become more confident in our playing, we transfer some of the traits contained within us. Those traits become the character and style of our "musical speech," which will help to define us as musicians. I recommend books and provide sheet music when we start learning songs. Learning music with me has been said by many of my students as, "the most fun they have ever had playing music."

About Melody
My musical experience began at the age of 4 on the piano. I have been classically trained for most of my life. I have performed on soundtracks, played with bands (in genres from Jazz to Metal), and accompanied choirs. I have taught intro to piano and music theory since the age of 15. Currently, I teach throughout the Dallas metroplex, play in several bands, as well as write music for Television and Film.

I see music as a language. Once it is mastered, it can be shared with anyone, anywhere. My goal as an instructor is to provide my students with an opportunity to discover their own musical potentials. From breaking the ice from playing for the very first time, to perfecting even the most structured and difficult pieces, I feel there are no limits. I feel comfortable teaching in any genre and always tailor my classes to match my studen
ts own individual learning style. In my lessons, I highlight important principles right from the start, such as posture, proper fingering, and rhythm training, to ensure no bad habits form that later are hard to break. As we become more confident in our playing, we transfer some of the traits contained within us. Those traits become the character and style of our "musical speech," which will help to define us as musicians. I recommend books and provide sheet music when we start learning songs. Learning music with me has been said by many of my students as, "the most fun they have ever had playing music."

In addition to music, I teach science in the subjects of Chemistry, Biology, Anatomy and Physiology. I have my 200 hr yoga teaching certification and teach private class to aid people in living a healthy, fulfilling life.

Thanks again for reading my profile. Hope to meet you soon.
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Sophie October 24, 2017
· Piano · In home
First lesson went great. Miss Melody was prompt, professional, and kind. Listening in she seems very competent to instruct. My 10 year old was pleased.
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Omar September 25, 2017
· Vocal Training · In studio
I signed up with Melody for something unique - learning to speak from my diaphragm and speak with more bravado and projection. I've always been frustrated by how my voice goes out if I speak loudly in a crowded room.

She took me through different exercises she's borrowed from her singing lessons and applied it to my specific case. I have a much better idea of how my voice should sound and where the sound should come from. Although I still revert back to my old ways, I recognize it and from here on out it's about me actively trying to improve it with the skills provided to me.
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Ellhen August 8, 2017
· AP Chemistry · In home
Here is my fake 5 star review that looks like a child's writing review because I have bad punctuation and run-on sentences but rest assured this is a student not an instructor trying to plump up my own reviews!Thank you teacher. Signed another funky spelling of a 1st name.
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Melody S.

Dallas, TX 75234
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About David D.

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I've been teaching piano for 20 years and my students have gone on to develop a solid foundations on music, playing contemporary music. Within the first few lessons, you'll learn the 5 basic foundations and as time goes on you'll be able to read, to play songs, and harmonize. I specialize in Jazz and Pop Music, typically use my own method and Dick Grove´s Method and many musical applications.
I love working with students of all ages and experience levels and I can't wait to meet you!

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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Ken L. January 31, 2017
· Piano · In studio
This was my first lesson, it went great.
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Mark April 19, 2016
· Piano · In studio
David is a very enthusiastic, talented, and experienced instructor. We're definitely on the same page musically and I have the utmost confidence that he can help me achieve my goals. Can't wait for my next lesson!
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Efrom Moore February 21, 2016
· Piano · In home
Awesome lesson
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Carrollton, TX 75006
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About Cindy H.

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I have bachelor of music and master of arts degrees and have been teaching piano for 15 years. I teach using a traditional method (Alfred), but also teach Suzuki when requested. I have taught at multiple music schools as well as public school. My favorite part of teaching is instilling the love of music to my students.

About Cindy
I hold bachelor of music and master of arts degrees. I have 20 years of experience teaching violin, viola, cello, and piano and 7 years of experience teaching public school orchestra. My favorite part of teaching is instilling the love of music to my students.
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Rodney D. November 2, 2017
· Violin · In home
Great teacher, very kind and patience.
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Ishta R. August 24, 2017
· Violin · In home
Ms. Cindy is a wonderful teacher. She is very patient and sweet. She has a lot of great tips and tricks to make the lessons easier and fun for even the youngest learners. I highly recommend Ms. Cindy.
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James July 18, 2017
· Cello · In home
Very patient and knowledgeable. Great lesson.
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Euless, TX 76040
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About Anthony H.

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Piano is the instrument of choice for songwriters and composers. As such it is integral to learn for any instrumentalist or vocalist who wants to begin writing ad composing.

About Anthony
I am a professional vocalist, instrumentalist ( guitar, mandolin, piano, bass, ukulele), actor, writer and string theorist with a degree in Theatre from Oklahoma State University. I sing, act and play instruments for professional Equity theatres in the Dallas area and have music directed community and childrens productions. I am largely self taught and consider myself my own best student and once in college built a guitar completely out of materials found at home depot. I have also studied voice, piano and guitar with several industry professionals.

I place a large emphasis on ear training, which helps you to hear the structure and flow of music. Ear training is imperative for more advanced students to learn before they can begin improvisation. Its like giving a man a fish vs teaching a man to fish. Its also a great transition in
to the theory part of your instrument specifically for kids who often pick up and latch on to the concept. Ear training properly though is not only a daily process but can be difficult for some so if you feel like this isn't for you that is okay because it all comes down to what you want.

My voice students will learn to relax into their singing and to strengthen their voice week to week. Each student receives a personalized plan of daily exercises based on their needs and weekly performance. I also offer audition coaching for those in the musical theatre community. For kids and beginners we start with basic breath control and diction. For more advanced students we work on improvisation

My instrumental students will begin by learning ear training and basic structure from there I make it about you and what you want to learn. I am a big believer in genre bending instruments. I for instance play jazz and blues mandolin. If you're wondering why you have never heard of this its because you can count the number of culturally relevant jazz and blues mandolinists on one hand. There are also reasonably few people who teach this as it is something so rarely done. If you have latched on to a particular genre of music I'd love to help you explore it.

Acting students are encouraged to dabble in all parts of theatre and film as many roles require you to be a jack of many trades. Character development and emoting convincingly is only part of the game.
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Sebastian W. November 7, 2017
· Piano · In home
Anthony is patient and kind and taught my 4 year old quite a bit during his first session.
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Jess November 2, 2017
· Acting · In studio
We love Anthony! He has worked with my oldest and youngest kids and his talent and patience with the kids is top notch! He truly puts his whole heart and soul into working with them and you can see it in the final results!
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Frisco, TX 75034
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I received a B.A. in music from Arizona State University. I have experience with orchestral, jazz and popular styles of music. Lessons should be fun and oriented to the interests of the student. I have worked with all ages and experience levels and look for ways to challenge myself as a teacher.

About Tyler
I have been in a music student for most of my life having begun playing the piano at an early age. I began playing bass guitar at the age of 10 and the double bass and studying orchestral music at the age of 12. Bass guitar is the instrument that I feel most comfortable playing in a variety of styles and genres. This comfort on the bass guitar has been supplemented by training on the double bass through a better understanding fingering technique and how notes on the instrument are arranged and organized. I continued with both instruments throughout my time at Newman Smith High School in Carrollton, Texas. While at Arizona State University I was able to focus on the double bass and become more knowledgeable about music theory, history and composition. I used this knowledge to increase my abilities to train my hands on the bass but also the
piano and guitar as well.
I have been fortunate enough to be able study and perform in an eclectic variety of musical genres and styles during the majority of my musical development. This diversity of experience has allowed me to understand multiple ways of explaining a concept: use of solfege improvisation and using rhythmic patterns to name a few. I employ this diversity to help students develop their instrumental, aural and reading abilities. Through my experiences with music I have been able to perform in Orchestral Ensembles, Jazz Quartets and Big Bands, Latin Jazz Bands, Rock Bands, Funk and Blues groups, Pop groups as well as compose original music. To me music is multifaceted and so are good musicians. In addition to learning an instrument I hope my students learn problem-solving skills for their own benefit. While working with students my goal is to show that investing in quality practice only builds confidence and refines the ability express and articulate their creativity.
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Tyler S.

Dallas, TX 75287
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How to Improvise on Piano and Keyboard | Exercises for Beginners

How to Improvise on Piano and Keyboard | Exercises for Beginners

Forgo the sheet music and try your hand at improvising! Get started with this exercise from Tucker, GA teacher Linda L...   Improvising, in music, is making up your own music on the spot. It is truly “playing with” music, in the more common sense of the word “play.” It’s fun, creative, and, well, playful. When it comes to piano improvisation, I tend to think of jazz, blues, and rock. But one can definitely improvise in any musical style. There is a lot you can learn when it … Read More

How to Improvise on Piano and Keyboard | Exercises for Beginners
Forgo the sheet music and try your hand at improvising! Get started with this exercise from Tucker, GA teacher Linda L...   Improvising, in music, is making up your own music on the spot. It is truly “playing with” music, in the more common sense of the word “play.” It’s fun, creative, and, well, playful. When it comes to piano improvisation, I tend to think of jazz, blues, and rock. But one can definitely improvise in any musical style. There is a lot you can learn when it
Learning the Piano: 5 Ways to Bring Out the Melody in Songs
How do you make your melodies shine when you're learning the piano? Read on as Powell, OH teacher Sara Marie B. shares some exercises to try...   As you're learning the piano, one of the most difficult things to do, especially for young children or beginning pianists, is to bring out the melody. Simply saying it does not help, so I've found I need to provide students with ways to practice this at home, guiding them toward the correct sound. If you're listening well and spending ti
Pianist Spotlight: Billy Joel, The Modern-Day Piano Man
Sing us a song, you’re the piano man. Sing us a song tonight Well, we’re all in the mood for a melody And you’ve got us feelin’ alright If you’ve ever visited a piano bar, you may understand what Billy Joel is singing about in his legendary song, “Piano Man”. For a piano man, sheet music is not always part of the equation. Lounge patrons often call out the names of songs they would like to hear, and the pianist is expected to quickly comply and keep the patrons happy and in a celebratory
How Often Should You Tune a Piano?
Just as you go to the doctor for check-ups from time to time, your piano needs maintenance and care throughout its life. You may notice, especially if you have a keen ear or a tendency to sing along with your practice, that your piano drops in pitch, particularly during the summer and winter months. This is because your piano is mostly made of wood, and your wooden soundboard will contract when the weather is drier -- or the heating is on! -- and cause the pitch of the strings to drop. While k
5 New Year's Resolutions Every Pianist Should Make
Thinking about making some New Year's resolutions? If you're new to the piano, we challenge you to make some specific to your lessons! Here, St. Augustine, FL teacher Heather L. shares a few suggestions...   The beginning of a new year is fast approaching, and the one thing that comes to the minds of most of us this season is that formidable word "resolution." We can choose to think of the word with dread and annoyance, reminded of all the times that we've tried to stick to our resolu

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