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About Adrianna G.

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Irving, TX
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About Adrianna
Violinist, Pianist, Teacher and Conductor

I graduated December 2010 from Texas Tech University. I have my Bachelor of Music with a Teacher’s Certification in the area of strings and orchestral studies. My principle instrument is the violin and studied under Dr. John H. Gilbert as a part of my degree. I continued secondary piano studies with Dr. Carla D. Cash at Texas Tech University.

In the Fall of 2010, I completed my degree by doing a full time student teaching at Martin High School in Arlington, Texas. During my time teaching at Martin HS, the orchestra competed in TMEA String Honor Orchestra, where they placed third in the finals. This is the highest placement in this competition they have received since the mid-1980s. During my time in Arlington, I sat as a violin judge for region full orchestra and region string orchestra. I p
ersonally conducted 3 of the 5 orchestra and taught each class daily, either in sectionals or group instruction and conducting

At Texas Tech University, I worked two years as a teacher for the nationwide outreach program, String Project. With String Project, I would teach classes of 15 to 20 students at a time. These classes were forty-five minute violin classes held at the university twice a week. Each student had an additional thirty minute weekly, private lesson. My work, along with 4 other teachers, earned a position to lead two clinics at the annual ASTA convention, held in Atlanta Georgia in 2009.

During the Spring 2011 semester, I spent my week in the Houston area as an orchestra teacher at Fort Settlement Middle School. During my time at Fort Settlement, I ran a program of 164 middle school string musicians on violin, viola, cello, bass and harp. The orchestra ranged from beginner to upper-intermediate levels. I had the opportunity to take 3 of the orchestras to UIL contest. All three groups came back with outstanding awards, including Sweepstakes, the highest award possible.

I am a sought after violinist, pianist, accompanist, teacher, conductor, and adjudicator for several ensembles, musical organizations, and student recitals. I began my musical career at the age of eight playing the piano. I have continued to play and take piano lessons throughout my life. When I entered the sixth grade, at the age of 11, I began my violin studies. These violin and piano studies led to my eventual audition and acceptance at Texas Tech. Though one may think two is enough, I did not. After a year marching in the colorguard in high school, I began lessons on the clarinet at the age of 15 and joined the band. I continued to perform on the clarinet in the marching and concert bands throughout high school and college.

With 6 years of private, group and public teaching, I am a state certified music teacher for early childhood through 12th grade. Since the fall of 2011, I also teach full time as a middle orchestra teacher in Lewisville ISD. I am a current member of TMEA, TODA, TMTA, and ASTA. I have taught a wide range of students and enjoy sharing my passion for music making. As a teacher, I want my students to understand and learn music in many different aspects. Understanding how to read notes and rhythms is important, but combining them with the emotion and sensitivity of music makes playing any instrument fantastic. Music theory and technique are other important aspects of playing all instruments and are stressed in each lesson as well. As students practice and develop their skill and understanding, it is my desire for students to express the music from the depths of their heart.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am generally a very easy to get along with, but I do have high expectations from my students. For beginners, I run my lessons in sections with stretches, detailed warm-ups, repertoire, theory and end with an overview of the lesson and expectations for the next lesson. With my intermediate and advanced students, I expect them to come in already warmed up and prepared. I will have them play through technique exercises with brief reviews and explanations for the next expected exercise. We then go immediately into repertoire where students will "perform" prepared pieces for me. I stop and work on things throughout and then set an expectation for the next lesson for repertoire before ending the lesson.

*Note* I do expect all students to have an instrument to practice on. I highly encourage all beginners to RENT their first instrument from an instrument specialty store and not purchase one from a "department" or "super" store or online. Instrument specialty stores are always available to do repairs and upgrades with very decent prices. Purchased beginner instruments are hard to sell once grown out of. I do have names and numbers for multiple violin and piano shops in the DFW area, as well as a piano tuner.

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Front Room: Piano, music stand and mirror, chairs and couch, highly encourage parents to sit in on lessons

*** Travel Equipment ***
Students will need to provide all of their own equipment. I will bring any additional books on an as need basis. I will bring my own violin to violin lessons, but students will need to provide their own with accessories.

*** Specialties ***
Kodaly and Suzuki
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Isabella M. July 29, 2017
· Violin · In home
Great teacher, daughter enjoys the lessons
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Sarah J. February 18, 2017
· Violin · In studio
Adrianna was able to teach at my six-year-old daughter's level of understanding. She was pleasant and clear and it looks like we're off to a great start!
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Halleli L. October 20, 2016
· Violin · In home
We love Adrianna!
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Adrianna G.

Irving, TX 75063
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About Jerry W.

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Dallas, TX

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Jerry W. holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in Music Education from Oklahoma Baptist University, as well as a Master of Music Pedagogy and Performance from Oklahoma State University. He is a published research assistant as well as the author of 6 books on sight reading. He is also the inventor of the game "guitar bingo." He cites Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Eric Johnson, Paul Gilbert, Bill Lafleur, Alex Machacek and Monte Montgomery to be among his most powerful influences.

Lesson format is as follows: First, a short drill of fundamentals (this can include scales, arpeggios, exercises, etc.). Second, a short segment of reading. Third, the study of a piece of music (usually in the favored style chosen by the student). This third section of the lesson is very important as the focus is on the practical application of the fundamentals previ
ously studied. Fourth, a short segment involving improvisation (again, typically in the style of music chosen by the student).
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Allen F. April 4, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Excellent
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Dean January 16, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Great lesson, totally fun and informative
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Yanem M. October 12, 2016
· Guitar · In home
Jerry is not only a phenomenal instructor, but also a great coach, which is what you have to be in order to keep an 8 year old engaged. My son is very much engaged and enjoying the lessons. Thank you Jerry!
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Jerry W.

Jerry W.

Dallas, TX 75287
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About Ray M.

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Arlington, TX

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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.

*** 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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Ray M.

Ray M.

Arlington, TX 76015
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About Ken W.

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Frisco, TX

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About Ken
Hey everyone! I have been teaching guitar for 5 years and have been playing since I was 13. I have dedicated my life to music and am eager to help you reach your goals, no matter your age or skill level!

Students of mine can expect to improve from week to week and can look forward to making consistent progress with me. My focus in each lesson is always based on the idea that 20% of what you do generates 80% of your results. By focusing on that 20% you will get results as fast as possible while avoiding stagnant plateaus. I believe this 20/80 concept is the key to mastery and the art of learning. This allows me to be methodical but also flexible and adaptable to each individual student.

I specialize in Rock/Blues, but am also capable of teaching Pop, Alternative, Contemporary, Metal, Country, Punk, and Indie. No matter the genre, I am c
ertain that I can improve your technique to allow you to play just about anything!

If you're looking for a fun and passionate teacher who loves music, and can guarantee results, shoot me a message and let's get started!

I look forward to meeting you. :)
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Ken W.

Ken W.

Frisco, TX 75035
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$34 / 30-min

About Juan J.

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Dallas, TX

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Do you feel stuck with your instrument, overwhelmed with all the information you can access, not sure which is the right direction to get to the next level you desire? I’ve been through that, and I can help you meet you goals, leave frustration behind and have fun!
I’m a music passionate and guitar player for 25 years, with interest in all type of music styles and playing. My goal is to improve your instrument and musical knowledge, but especially to help you have as much fun as possible with it. BEGINNERS ARE VERY WELCOMED !!!I adjust my teaching method and techniques to your goals, besides style and preferences. Acoustic and/or electric, blues, rock, fingerstyle, composition basics, the music theory grounds to play better, and much more! I support my work with YouTube, a few books according to your style and lots of backtracks, self-re
cording and tailored methods to achieve your success. Currently teaching students from TX, MN, CA, NY and LA. Let’s give it a try!
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Tessa August 8, 2017
· Ukulele · In home
He is so patient and helpful! Always sends a detailed summary after each lesson. Great instructor.
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Marla P. April 13, 2017
· Ukulele · Online
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Fadi O. October 19, 2016
· Guitar · In home
three lessons in and already learning my first song! i couldn't be happier :)
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Juan J.

Juan J.

Dallas, TX 75204
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About Stan W.

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Fort Worth, TX
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I am a professional singer and pianist with degrees from the Eastman School of Music. I have taught piano and voice privately for many years and have served on the music faculties of the Aspen Music Festival, AIMS, Southwestern Seminary and Union University.

I love working with young singers and helping them discover their talent. With an understanding of proper breath control and vocal placement the voice can develop quickly in size, range and quality. There's nothing more rewarding than seeing a student's passion and creativity blossom through their instrument!

Piano training is essential for any serious musician. Developing keyboard skills is fun and rewarding, and also lays the groundwork for music theory, ear training and note reading. Young students can learn the basics very quickly but a person of any age with an interest in musi
c can master the skills with practice. I take great joy in guiding every new student through the process!
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Stan W.

Stan W.

Fort Worth, TX 76109
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$42 / 30-min

About Anthony H.

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Frisco, TX

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I am a professional vocalist, instrumentalist ( guitar, mandolin, piano, bass), 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. 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 into the theory part of your instrument specifically for kids who often pick up and latch on to the conce
pt. 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.
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Morgen September 21, 2017
· Singing · In studio
In the summer of 2017, I had the pleasure of attending a handful of youth musicals at the Georgetown Palace Theatre (Austin, TX area). As a theatre major, after having viewed these shows it was evident to me that the team which helped put them together really knew their stuff, and that in particular music director Mr. Anthony had gone above and beyond to make these shows something special. I spoke with him a little about the rehearsal process and was amazed to learn not only that he had taught the kids all of the music in only two weeks, but that he was only a seasonal staff member there for the summer programs and was essentially fresh out of college. Mr. Anthony’s professional presence and expertise would lead one to believe he was a tenured staff member at the Palace. Additionally, my childcare background allows me to appreciate how difficult it can be to get 20+ kids still, quiet and paying attention all at once. Mr. Anthony did that, AND taught them an entire musical soundtrack in a period of only two weeks, and when show time came the kids knew what lyrics and notes to sing for their solos! I still remember, after having rehearsed the same songs in music class for months in grade school, having to sing under my breath in the middle of a song and follow along with the rest of the choir because I STILL didn’t have the words memorized! Maybe that’s just me? Either way, whatever Mr. Anthony is doing, it works. Oh, and the kids were crazy about him!

The Palace Theatre found a real gem in Mr. Anthony this summer and I hope his excellent work continues to inspire! He is so passionate about his work and cares about his clients’ success. He is great with kids, they will have tons of fun learning from him. If you or your child are looking for a top-notch teacher, look no further!
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Anthony H.

Anthony H.

Frisco, TX 75034
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$20 / 30-min

About Zak T.

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Dallas, TX
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I Have been a guitarist, singer and songwriter, for the last 10 years.

My guitar students can expect to improve from lesson to lesson in their skill and technique. Every student has a unique style and a unique set of goals. We can customize a curriculum suited to your needs. I look forward to meeting you and helping you to become a better musician!
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Zak T.

Zak T.

Dallas, TX 75234
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$25 / 30-min

About Patrick S.

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Plano, TX
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Music is my life! I primarily play bass guitar for a living, but I also play drums in a rock band. Playing bass has taken me all over the US and to Europe twice. I live for the studio and, to me, the best memories are listening back to great music I got to record on. I love great sounding gear and good vintage instruments are fantastic! My main bass is a 1978 Fender P Bass that I've owned for 7 or 8 years. I also play the upright bass and I've had the pleasure of recording it several times. I really started playing music when I was 17 and within a year I knew that was what I wanted to do with my life. No matter what people told me, I never let myself get demotivated and I've stayed the course. I absolutely love teaching others how to do what I do!

Currently playing bass in a whole bunch of bands you haven't heard of yet. You ma
y have heard of Jim Suhler & Monkey Beat. I'm in Jim's band (when he's not busy playing second guitar with George Thorogood & The Destroyers!). I played with a blues rock guitarist named Lance Lopez for 2 years. I've gotten to hang out and record with Dug Pinnick of King's X. Done studio work all over Texas and in California. Performed with Scott Weiland & The Wildabouts former guitarist Nick Maybury. Backed up former Fleetwood Mac and Bob Seger guitarist Rick Vito.
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Patrick S.

Patrick S.

Plano, TX 75023
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About Leslie R.

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Dallas, TX

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Originally from Memphis, TN, Leslie "Zeke" Ratliff has become one of the most promising up and coming musicians in the DFW Metroplex. Graduating from SMU in May of ’15, Leslie is an Independent Musician. He is involved as a drum instructor at FBC School of the Arts, main drummer for The Redwine Band and Aaron Flores Trio, and Music Director of Movmnt Band of Dallas, TX.

Growing up in Memphis, TN and studying drums under John Bryant at SMU, Leslie has gained a wealth of knowledge and musicality where he has become an expert in performance and creativity. Studying music over the years, Leslie specializes in Jazz, Gospel, Rock, CCM (Contemporary Christian Music), and Fusion. Being comfortable with these genres allows him to be able to excel in other genres such as Country, Blues, Hip Hop, and Pop.
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Leslie R.

Leslie R.

Dallas, TX 75287
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