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About Shannon S.

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AFFILIATIONS:
Music: AAUP, AFM, ASOL/LAO, CMS, HFC, NFA, IDRS, ICS, NASA.
Fitness: ISSA, NDETA, ASHI, USAT, LCT, BAM, HRTC.
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MUSIC (see fitness below): Shannon has numerous years experience teaching all skill levels on woodwinds, and beginning-intermediate piano & classical strings, using various approaches to best suit the students learning style, personality and needs.

Shannon is an active musician, who has been featured as a soloist, and in the flute and woodwind sections with various orchestras, chamber ensembles, opera orchestras and musical theatre within the United States, Italy, and Mexico. She is presently Principal Flute of the Baytown Symphony, Director of the Da Capo Chamber Ensembles, and is a substitute musician with the Orquesta Sinfnica de Monterrey, Symphony of Southeast Texas, and Opera in the He
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Shannon has been a faculty member at various colleges, is currently Adjunct Professor of Music at Brazosport College, and also has an active private studio, Leigh Studios. She is the College Music Society South-Central Regional President; and is an Advisory Board member for the Houston Flute Club.

Shannon received her Masters of Music degree in Performance from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. She also studied at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and received her B.A. degree in Performance, and B.S. degree in Music-Business from Winona State University, and has studied with world-renowned instructors.

Shannon has received grants for her work, from the Minnesota State Arts Board, American Federation of Musicians, Rome Festival Orchestra, and the Winona Music Guild, and was the 1997 recipient of the Vivian Menees Nelson Music Award.

Shannon is also a sponsored triathlete and trainer/coach/race director, and gives workshops on the importance of healthy living, nutrition and exercise for musicians. She is a board member for The Lake Charles Triathletes. And she is a strong advocate for music, health, and triathlon. Sponsors: Maggie Martinez-LMT, Eating for Performance, Bikesport, DeSoto Sport, Gu Performance Energy, Rudy Project, Amit Jethva-DDS, Leigh Enterprises. Her primary sports growing up were track, gymnastics, and cycling.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am pretty easy going. I want you to feel comfortable and at ease, but we do need to focus and can have fun doing it. :)
I utilize various methods for each instrument, which is determined by the students learning style and ability; needs, so this can change as time goes on (not sticking to one particular publishers materials). I have done (and continue to do) extensive research into materials available for each instrument I teach, and supplement with my own, to utilize the best out there for "YOU" for the best possible progress. While ensuring an extremely well-rounded musical education, so you can progress at the best possible rate. Since each student's potential is different, each will progress differently. This is also determined by your dedication to daily practice (the more you practice, the quicker you will progress & the more accomplished you will become). This is a 'Team Effort'; I give the guidance and tools. You practice, utilize learn these tools, and off we go! The sky is the limit!

*** Specialties ***
Classical, jazz
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FITNESS: Shannon has been athletic most of her life. She is a Certified Personal Trainer, Specialist in Exercise Therapy, and running / multisport (swim/bike/run) coach for 15 years.

She is a sponsored athlete, and a 2018 World Championship Qualifier and Participant in Denmark, representing Team USA, and has also placed in her age group at numerous endurance events.

She applies her years of teaching experience to helping you reach your physical and nutritional goals, to be the healthiest you can be. She's not for quick fixes/results. It's all about a transformational lifestyle change. Enjoy the journey! It's well worth it! (see info above).
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Amber L. October 8, 2018
· Clarinet · Online
Very experienced and friendly
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Diana October 8, 2018
· Saxophone · Online
Very happy with the teacher!
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Katrina October 2, 2018
· Clarinet · Online
Very skillful teacher and accommodating.
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Shannon S.

Shannon S.

Houston, TX 77047
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About Tomas B.

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Conroe, TX
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Experienced, skilled guitar teacher, expert in Flamenco, Easy Listening, Latin Folk, Rancheras.

More than 10 years teaching experience with students of all ages.
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Kyle D. September 24, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Mr. Tomas is very patient and kind. My son enjoys his lesson every week!
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John October 30, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
I have been taking lesson from Mr Tomas for 7 months now , he is a very great person with the guitar & his personality is the best . He has taught me things with the guitar that I thought I could never do plus his attitude with beginners is the best .
If you need a guitar instructor talk to Mr Tomas & I think you are going to be amazed .
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Rina M. March 9, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Mr. Tomas Ballesteros is a great teacher. My 9 year old son began guitar lessons with Mr. Ballesteros in January 2016. Since then he has learned a lot. Mr. Ballesteros is very experienced, prompt, punctual and professional. We definitely would recommend his services.
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Tomas B.

Tomas B.

Conroe, TX 77302
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$25 / 30-min

About Paul W.

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Houston, TX

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Professional musician, engineer, producer, music educator with a lot of experience teaching kids and adults alike.
Taught in Germany, The Netherlands, Great Britain, Portugal, Africa , U.S.A. etc.
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Yvonne H. September 10, 2018
· Piano · In home
Our first lesson was Great!!!!
Yvonne called to tell me she likes Mr. Paul and she has homework.
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Tyra Anderson July 5, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Paul was wonderful . It was a little mixup on the location but everything turned out fine. Paul was able to identify the areas I need to work on and I’m looking forward to my next class.
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Eian Woodward December 8, 2017
· Bass Guitar · In studio
An amazing teacher that has truly changed my life, and challenges me to be a better musician every week!
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Paul W.

Paul W.

Houston, TX 77063
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About Katie L.

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Houston, TX

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Becoming a teacher is a special honor. As a teacher, sharing knowledge becomes an important part of life; not because you have to, but because you want to. I feel that I have great qualities that will enable me to be successful in this field. I have a Bachelor's and Master's Degree, and an Artist Diploma in Vocal Performance. I want to teach because I want to make a difference. I want to spark students’ interests; I want to challenge students to discover new things about themselves that they may not have otherwise known. I want to impart my fascination about music and love for singing with my students, so they too can enjoy a life filled with the arts and come to appreciate it on a whole new level. I strongly believe that when you love to do something, it shows, and because I am so passionate about music, my teaching will be that much mo
re effective; I believe music will help make each individual a well-rounded human being and ready to face the challenges of everyday life.
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Wes C. August 7, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Great teacher great motivator amazing voice makes you feel very comfortable and confident
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Siddhi July 15, 2017
· Singing · In home
Katie helped me achieve my goal and was very knowledgeable. She taught me some great things which will help me build on my singing.
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Parker M. June 30, 2017
· Audition Prep · In studio
Katie is fabulous to work with. She was very positive and encouraging as well as insightful with tips for dealing with nerves during the audition. Her approach includes technical tips which she introduces in a very hands on, experiential way that my 12 yr old with no vocal training could understand. My daughter felt more confident going in to audition after working with Katie.
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Katie L.

Katie L.

Houston, TX 77019
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$40 / 30-min

About Geoffrey L.

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Houston, TX
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Hello prospective students, I am a concert pianist, and have been performing since I was 13, both Internationally and across the United States. Besides my solo career, I am an avid collaborative pianist and repetiteur, conductor and composer. I have performed piano trios with the Mainly Mozart Festival in Miami, Cello Sonatas with the Chopin Foundation, and have worked as a pianist for Minnesota Opera, and currently as one for Houston Grand Opera. I hold a Bachelor's in solo piano performance and a Master's in collaborative piano performance fro the University of Miami.

If you study with me, you will find a passionate pedagogue who is both here to encourage and instruct, always willing to positively push you forward while expanding your horizons. Please feel free to message me should you have any further questions!
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Quincy W. November 13, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Great energy!
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Tim September 21, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Geoffrey is very professional and knowledgeable, has a great sense for the artistic side of music, and quickly adapts to your personal needs.
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Garrett September 4, 2017
· Piano · In home
Very good. Very professional
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Geoffrey L.

Geoffrey L.

Houston, TX 77019
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About Christopher L.

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Houston, TX

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Currently working on sprucing up my teaching space to bring you the best lessons possible!

A little about me:
Been playing drums since I was 13, but my musical scope and teaching style involves the bigger picture with you as a musician.
Experience with Piano, Drums, as well as Theory

Attended HCC for Audio Engineering

Co-creator of City Promotions in Houston, TX
Booked bands for 2 years in many local venues
Live Sound and Studio Engineer
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Christopher L.

Christopher L.

Houston, TX 77057
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$30 / 30-min

About Ada W.

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Dr. Ada is an accomplished pianist, performer, educator, and musical artist who is originally from Taiwan. She possesses an extensive education in the realm of music, recently earning her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance from University of Texas at Austin in the Spring of 2018 under Professor Gregory Allen’s studio. She also obtained her Master of Music and Bachelor of Music, both in Piano Performance, from The Boston Conservatory and National Taiwan University of Arts (NTUA) in 2015 and 2012 respectively, where she studied with Dr. Jonathan Bass and Dr. Chi-Yin Lin.
Moreover, Dr. Ada is a seasoned performer and a veteran of the concert stage. She has performed as a soloist but has also collaborated with various instrumentalists in a variety of different settings. She attended the Mozarteum Internationale Sommerakademie
in Salzburg in 2013 and 2014, where she studied in Professor Ya-Fei Chuang’s studio. Also in 2014, she attended the Duxbury Music Festival and studied Chamber Music with Mr. Jeffrey Cohen and Mr. Amir Elden, as well as Solo Piano with Dr. Jonathan Bass. In February 2014, she participated in the New Music Festival, where she had the opportunity to work with talented composer Louis Andriessen, performing his piece “Joli Commentaire.” In November of 2014, she performed two of Ligeti’s Piano Etudes (“Fanfares” and “Arc En Ciel”) again at the New Music Festival. In addition, she has had the honor of working closely with Boris Berman, Brian Ganz, Eugene Pridonoff, Graham Scott, Jung-Ja Kim, Kirill Gerstein, and Victor Rosembaum.
Dr. Ada has held over ten piano solo recitals and performed in a multitude cities, including but not limited to Kaohsiung, Taipei, Austin, Boston, New York, and Salzburg. From 2016 onward, she began focusing on collaborating with an array of instruments and groups. She also began studying with Dr. Colette Valentine and Dr. Anton Nel. As of lately, she has performed at multiple concerts, including a duet with cello in May of 2018, a duet with bassoon in October and November of 2017, and a trio in April of 2017. Furthermore, she is an energetic, inspirational accompanist, and has been meticulously working in Dr. James Morrow’s studio at University of Texas at Austin, performing for lessons, seminars, university choirs, and Bach cantata projects.
Presently, Dr. Ada provides instruction in her personal studio and educates students utilizing her own unique strategies and methods she has refined throughout the course of her musical career. Ultimately, she strives to continue performing, teaching, and enriching people’s lives through her heartfelt music.

Teaching Philosophy ----- Giving students to achieve their dreams
Dr. Ada teaches piano lessons, viola lessons, music theory in levels of beginner, intermediate and advanced, from age 4 and up.
I have a deep passion for teaching, especially when I see student's development with their musicality and creative ideas. As a teacher, teaching students is a reward to me. I divide my teaching strategy into different levels.
For beginners, the fundamental studies have always played an extremely significant role in their future learnings. I focus on the specific aspects, such as the hand posture, relaxation, or rhythm. From their first few lessons, I start to build their good habits on piano practice. Also, during lessons, I divide time into sections, 2/3 on pieces, 1/3 on studies (like scales or some exercises) and theory. Generally, I ask beginning students to practice as lesson length daily.
In intermediate, (the level from sonatines or above) I ask students to define their interests on specific genres and composers. But I also open and assign them to a variety of repertoires. It helps them to build the enjoyment of piano playing. For motivations, I train students for piano contests based on their willingness. Generally, I also ask intermediate to practice as lesson length daily.
For advanced students, the lessons concentrate on building their professionality and musicality. I focus not only on musical techniques but also on artistic expressions. I describe piece as a story, which creates imaginations and helps on creating their musical ideas. But I even analysis piece logically, it helps them to memorize.
Moreover, I use different learning modalities by aural, visual, or kinesthetic learners, always demonstrate in lessons.
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Theo & Victoria O. August 11, 2018
· Piano · In home
Lovely teacher, kids are having a great time with her.
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Mike July 30, 2018
· Piano · In home
I enjoy the time learning piano with Ms. Ada since she is so nice and she shared every bit that she knows about music with me!
Having had around three years from previous teacher, I find that Ms. Ada gives me a refreshing and useful way to learn piano!
Highly recommend!
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Wu May 7, 2018
· Piano · Online
A great teacher with patience and passion. Technically, she offers couple ways for students to practice a complicated phrase in the lessons. she lets me know how to present the music emotionally but logically. I made a great deal of progress after working with her!
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Ada W.

Ada W.

Houston, TX 77046
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About Frances W.

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Hi, I'm Frances! I have been playing viola since 1989 and teaching off and on since 1998! I started playing violin in 1996, and have been teaching it for almost just as long. I'm originally from Minnesota, but Texas heat is perfect for me. I teach all ages, special needs, and all skill levels. I have experience playing on worship teams for over 10 years. With that experience comes the ability to improvise. That being said, if reading music isn't right for you that's okay! That's what our ears are for! In my lessons, each student is taught more than just the instrument. I teach self discipline, self worth, how to be a team player, and perseverance. Music overall is my passion. It's a language that knows no boundaries, a language we can all speak. It breaks down walls, heals broken hearts, and brings us all together. It's our common ground
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John K. July 7, 2018
· Viola · In home
Very satisfied with Frances. Very important setup to having the correct viola support pieces figured out! Much appreciated and needed step.
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Michelle June 16, 2018
· Violin · In home
What A Blessing! Frances has been my daughter's private violin instructor for a couple years now. She comes weekly to our house for lessons ranging from 30 min-1 hr depending on the material that my daughter is needing to practice. Having studied Music in college, Frances offers a very well-rounded approach to her lessons, including both reading/playing music. Students are expected to practice daily and complete assigned tasks. She is a fantastic Encourager for students of all ages!
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Tyra June 16, 2018
· Viola · In home
My daughter has just completed her 1st year with Frances Witherspoon. I am amazed at how much progress she has made. More importantly, I have witnessed how patiently she works with my daughter, who can be quite inquisitive, asking numerous questions during sessions. Also, my daughter has a tendency of declaring defeat when she encounters challenges, but Frances encouragingly reassures her that she can perform the piece and pushes hers to excel, while acknowledging her frustration. In each case where my daughter wanted to give up, she was playing portions of the tune successfully by the end of the lesson. Frances is great with kids and very talented also. My daughter looks forward to her viola lessons and her grades are great in her orchestra class. I don't typically fill out these reviews, but as a parent I want the right person working with my child, so I am paying it forward by letting other parents know that she is a great instructor. Superb student- centered service with a smile.
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Frances W.

Frances W.

Houston, TX 77069
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$43 / 30-min

About Taylor M.

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Hi! If you've always wanted to learn to play along to your favorite song, then let's get started rocking out!
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Taylor M.

Taylor M.

Houston, TX 77035
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$34 / 30-min

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Spring, TX

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I am a member of Houkulele, Houston's Social Ukulele Club and have been an elementary teacher since 1996. I am currently a teacher at Great Oak School in Tomball, Texas. Check the faculty page at Great Oak School's website for my full bio. I have attended Uke Teacher Training courses with Kevin Carroll in Austin, I follow and use James Hill curriculum and supplement with whatever music interests my students have and I am continually learning new things, attending uke workshops and music conferences and festivals to continually improve my teaching.
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Lisa November 3, 2018
· Ukulele · In studio
Laura is a very thoughtful teacher and gently guides me along in my learning of ukulele. She is always growing in her own practice and finding new ways to teach. I have learned so much from her and enjoyed it at the same time!!
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laura G.

laura G.

Spring, TX 77388
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