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About Allison V.

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One of my primary goals is to take the stress out of practicing. Students often come to me overwhelmed with a piece they need to learn and leave the lesson much more relaxed with a plan to tackle the difficult parts. Students can expect a peaceful learning environment where they confidently develop all the skills of flute playing: tone, posture, technique, music theory, etc. I use a mix of the Rubank method and Flute 101 books with supplemental handouts.

About Allison
Welcome to my profile! I provide a warm and encouraging environment for students to make the mistakes necessary for learning an instrument and exploring their musical creativity. My passion for music has inspired me to pursue teaching and performance professionally in order to help others achieve their musical dreams.

My ultimate goal is for my students to gain all the skills necessary for creating meaningful musical experiences for themselves. Specifically I try to help them gain clean technique, a pleasing and expressive tone, basic understanding of music theory, and enough knowledge of music history to play with appropriate expression. I try to accomplish these goals by clearly explaining careful and deliberate practice techniques that remove the stress often associated with daily practice. Students will reap the benefits if they a
re committed to a regular practice schedule, are attentive during lessons, ask questions, and are honest with themselves about what is and is not working.

I began my teaching career in college while earning a Bachelor's in Music from Southwestern University (magna cum laude). I currently play as a soloist and with groups including AURORA: Trio for Flute, Harp, and Cello, the Shimmer Flute Choir, and Sounds of Silver Flute Quartet. I am also an active member of the Music Teacher's National Association and volunteer coordinator of the Houston Flute Club.

Although classically trained I also enjoy classic rock and appreciate music from other cultures as well.

I frequently write arrangements for flute choir and other ensembles, and so I can help students who want to learn more about arranging and composition.

In addition to the flute I also have experience with the piccolo, alto, and bass flute. I love performing and I share my passion for music with my students.

*** Lesson Details ***

Flute Lessons:

I offer lessons that cover just about every aspect of playing the Western concert flute. Students can expect to become well-rounded musicians who are knowledgeable about flute technique, tone, music theory and history. I use a combination of the Rubank Method and Flute 101 books with handout supplements.

The biggest changes I've seen in my students after a few months is a better understanding of how to practice efficiently as well as improved tone. Furthermore, every year many of my students earn superior ratings of 1 on their UIL solos.

Every Spring my students and I participate in Flute Fest, a day-long celebration of all things flute, including concerts, masterclasses, and a solo and ensemble contest. A few weeks later we have our annual studio recital where everyone shows off their hard work.

A NOTE ABOUT WOODEN FLUTES

Occasionally I am asked to help students play wooden, non-western flutes. Although the very basic fundamentals are the same, I do not play these flutes and can only offer very limited help.

Piano Lessons:

Piano is not only fun to play for its own sake, but provides a foundation for all music making. Students will learn about proper posture and hand-positioning, note-reading, rhythm, and a little history as well, using the Piano Pronto book series.

Music Theory Lessons:

I can help students of any instrument better understand the fundamental concepts of music theory: scales, intervals, chords, part-writing, etc. Theory lessons take place at the piano to demonstrate concepts. However, students do not have to play piano to take theory lessons. I typically use a combination of the Master Theory curriculum and other handouts, unless the student is already working out of another textbook.

**Online theory lessons** use the same curriculum, but with the screen share feature to help my demonstrations.

Summer Curriculum:

During the summer I offer additional group classes on different subjects, including theory and ear-training. I try something new every year to provide a variety of opportunities for students to learn and grow in their musicianship.

***Tuition Packages***
I have added my own features to the two tuition options TL already offers. I consider the Recurring Schedule a Subscription Package, where clients pay the same amount every month, equal to the value of four lessons, regardless of the number of lessons attended. This guarantees a permanent reservation of your time slot. I call the Schedule-As-You-Go the A La Carte Package, for those who cannot commit to a regular time. There is no reservation of a time slot and you pay for a few lessons at a time. I am happy to answer questions about tuition through the Ask A Question feature!

*** Studio Equipment ***
My studio is located in the front room of my home and includes a music stand, piano, and comfortable chairs in case parents would like to stay for the lesson.

*** Specialties ***
I primarily concentrate on classical music, but I also have experience with extended techniques, which include singing and playing at the same time, key clicks, and multiphonics.
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Jo B. June 22, 2017
· Music Theory · Online
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Kinjal R. January 26, 2017
· Flute · In home
She's super friendly and understands your need!! She's open to challenges and likes to discover stuff with her students which is a great value she possesses n I really appreciate her for that!!! She can make u feel extremely comfortable and assist you in clearly understanding the instrument n it's requirements!! Overall she's been great for Day 1! Look forward to many more!!!

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Al Vacek October 13, 2016
· Flute · In home
I have played several instruments professionally over the years and decided to take up the flute. Allison is one of the best teachers I have ever had! She has shown me music tips and techniques that I have never been shown before, and I look forward to continuing with her in order to learn more. Excellent teacher!
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Houston, TX 77095
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About Shannon S.

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all levels (beginning through college, advanced, adult.

Affiliations:
American Association of University Professors
American Federation of Musicians
American Symphony Orchestra League
College Music Society
Houston Flute Club
International Double-Reed Society
International Clarinet Society
National Flute Association
North American Saxophone Alliance

About Shannon
See details of "AFFILIATIONS", "MUSIC" and "FITNESS" below:

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 Heights.

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.

*** 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, and Specialist in Exercise Therapy, with 10 years experience in triathlon. She is a sponsored athlete. 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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Yuliya C. July 25, 2017
· Flute · In studio
I have known Shannon for years now: among many talents she has, Shannon is a super positive person and it makes lessons with her fun and enjoyable. She is very attentive in details and is always very helpful, trying to find the best solution.
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Maximus G. February 26, 2017
· Cello · In studio
Very thorough and enthusiastic.
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Raeann M. November 11, 2016
· Flute · In studio
My daughter shared with me that her lesson went well and she was able to accomplish a lot.
Shannon has been great. She is willing to work with us on our crazy schedule and she keeps in touch with me which is very much appreciated.
Thank You Shannon
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Shannon S.

Shannon S.

Houston, TX 77047
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About Jesse M.

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Learn about rhythm, melody, harmony, and dynamics, and how they apply to the flute. Explore the range of your instrument through various scales. Build solid skills through understanding the mechanics of how your body and instrument work together.

About Jesse
*Disclaimer*
I'm currently not taking beginner students on guitar, bass, drums, piano, or ukulele. I highly recommend my studio partners Andrew and Melissa though. Please check out their profiles for the following topics:

Guitar, Bass, Drums, Piano, and Ukulele
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Piano and Ukulele
https://takelessons.com/profile/melissa-m62

My Background

I've been playing with classical ensembles and rock bands since 2001. Even though I started on classical trombone and rock guitar, I have come to expand my repertoire to a variety of instruments and genres. During my time in college I performed with the University choir, orchestra, and band. I also have organized, wrote/arranged for, and performed with a variety of bands in my home state of New Mexico, as well as Japan, and the San Francisco Bay Are
a.

Since 2006 I have been an active teacher. This profession has taken me everywhere from working with classical guitar classes in New Mexico high schools to Elementary students in Japan to a variety of private students of various musical instruments and genres everywhere I've been. Since relocating to the Bay Area in 2010, I've had the pleasure of working with lots of great students from kids to adults with a wide range of ambitions. Since 2012 I've been running my own full time studio along.

Philosophy of Learning

Lessons are generally designed to work towards giving students the tools to accomplish their goals and become increasingly independent over time. While all students will study similar fundamentals regarding technique, theory, and performance, every lesson is as different as every person. What kind of music do you want to make? I'll tell you what you need to do to get there, and help you take the steps to achieve your aspirations.

I also love to help students put together a song, record, and produce it for them so that they can have a recording to share with their friends and family.

I also hold events for my students. (Check out our pictures and videos below!)
Younger students have the "Young Musicians Showcase" every few months where individual students and band classes have a chance to perform and celebrate their accomplishments with friends and family.
Adult students occasionally have events where they get a chance to get together and play music as well.

Aside from in-studio lessons, students also have the option to sign up for online lessons via Skype.
(*Online lessons offered during different times than in-studio lessons.)

*Unfortunately due to scheduling issues, I'm not currently accepting students for bi-weekly lessons. I can do regular weekly lessons, or occasional drop-in lessons, but bi-weekly appointments make it really hard for me to give the best scheduled times to my existing weekly students. I'm sorry for the inconvenience.

My studio is equipped with:

*Multiple Music Stands

*P.A. System

*Vocal and instrument microphones

*Guitars, Basses, and a Banjo

*Two guitar amps and a bass amp

*Various percussion including a fully equipped acoustic drum set

*A Roland V-Drums electronic drum set

*An electric piano console

*A MicroKorg Synthesizer

*A Tuba, Trombone, Cornet, and Flute

*An extensive physical and virtual music library

*A recording system that students are not only welcome to use but encouraged to

*HD Webcam and condenser microphone for high fidelity online lessons via Skype
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Rajeev July 18, 2017
· Trumpet · In studio
After a break of more than a year I wanted to restart my Trumpet lessons. I chose Jesse based on the reviews and Jesse did not disappoint. He is very patient and focused teacher. I liked his structured method and tools he uses. I was able to get back in groove in no time.

Highly recommended.
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BRIAN July 18, 2017
· Japanese · Online
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About Pam I.

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I have been teaching flute for 20 years and I enjoy working with students of all ages to help them reach their goals. At the beginning level, I use the Rubank Method, Suzuki Book 1 and 40 Little Pieces. At the intermediate level, students advance to the Rubank Method (Book II), Suzuki Book II and III and beginning etudes and scales and at the advanced levels I work on tone, technique, standard repertoire and college requirements.

About Pam
*** Specialties ***
I use the Suzuki method for younger flute students and a combination of Blocki Flute Method and Rubank for students who are in fifth grade and above. I work with students to set specific goals for their progress and encourage them to enter solo and ensemble, all county and all-state competitions and I prepare them for those competitions if they want to enter them. I also work with adults and teenagers. I teach piano up to the intermediate level using the Faber books.
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Annette T. June 15, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Mrs. Irwin is fantastic with my son. She is very professional and knowledgeable and has much patience with young children. I have been taking my son to her for piano lessons for quite sometime now and he has learned so much. I highly recommend Mrs. Irwin.
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Lauren B. December 11, 2016
· Harp · Online
I can't wait to have my second lesson!
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Nicole D. January 31, 2016
· Harp · Online
Patient, explains things well. Great instructor.
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Pam I.

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About Michelle J.

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I use games & technology to make difficult concepts easy & to create a comfortable, entertaining, & relatable learning environment for each student. I look at students as the unique individuals that they are and, because no two students are alike, I work hard to tailor every lesson to suit your age, personality, learning ability, and level of experience.

About Michelle
I will use my experiences from 11 years of teaching private lessons for piano and flute and 8 years in a full-time music classroom to create lessons that suit your age, personality, and level of experience. I will mix traditional methods with technology and games to teach a wide range of musical concepts and skills. It is my goal to help you learn to become a musician beyond simply playing your chosen instrument.
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Anna P. June 2, 2015
· Music Theory · Online
I am impressed by her passion for music, her desire to teach others, and her commitment to client satisfaction. She is punctual, professional, and fun to work with!
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Katelyn Salem May 31, 2015
· Classical Piano · Online
Michelle is an absolutely wonderful instructor. She is easy to work with, informative, and very patient. You can expect to have timely responses to questions, and everything is presented in an extremely well organized manner. Top-notch professional. Will definitely be recommending to family and friends who are looking for a new approach to learning music!
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Jon E. May 31, 2015
· Piano · In studio
I took some piano lessons as a child, but hadn't played in 10 years when I took some lessons from Michelle. She was always on time, personable, friendly, and enthusiastic, and did a great job tailoring her instructions to me based on what I already knew, both about playing the piano and in terms of general musical knowledge. Now I play keys in a band, and it's all thanks to Michelle helping me get started again!
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About Paul W.

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Commitment to your advancement.

About Paul
Professional musician, engineer, producer, music educator with a lot of experience teaching kids and adults alike.
Taught in Germany, The Netherlands,Great Britain,Africa etc.
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Brian Ellis February 23, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar ·
Paul has been a tremendous instructor for me and my journey on learning acoustic guitar. During lessons he has also taught me music theory and explained it simply, and through that I feel like the guitar and music in general has been opened up to me and I now see music more clearly. I highly recommend him as an instructor!
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Amber Williams January 22, 2017
· Music Recording ·
Paul is an amazing teacher and mentor. Today we tackled harmonies while recording and it was so special to me. Paul is dedicated to his craft and his students. He prepares for each lesson, whether vocal or piano, and pushes me further along while reinforcing what we learned previously. He's just the perfect balance of strict and encouraging, always leaving me with a lesson that I had not anticipated and a whole lot of fun. I am so happy I found a teacher as great as Paul, he is truly one of a kind!
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Rhoda Seplowitz November 28, 2016
· Piano ·
My son is really enjoying his piano lessons with Paul. Paul is very talented, punctual and engaged.
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Houston, TX 77071
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About Elyse K.

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I am a woodwind player and took a flute class in college. Students can expect to do some listening to other flute players (as homework), work from a book or books on technique and musicality. Flute sitting position and finger position is very important, too. We will master the scales: major, minor, melodic minor, and harmonic minor.

About Elyse
Hi, Everyone! Thank you so much for taking a moment to read my blurb! My name is Elyse, and I can't wait to meet you! I've taught music in small ensembles since July, 2007 by helping out marching bands. It was so much fun! Teaching and music are my biggest passions.

**If you're going to make a mistake, make a loud one!!**

I want my students to know right off the bat it's okay to make mistakes! My philosophy is: You make mistakes. Mistakes don't make you. :) We fix them and learn together.

I have classroom taught since 2010 - General Music and Choir. I have been teaching private lessons since 2014, and I have absolutely LOVED helping my students read music, excel at playing or singing songs that they enjoy, and seeing their happiness and excitement when they realize how much they have achieved.

In 2009, I graduated from Kent S
tate University, located in Kent, OH, and I earned my Bachelor's degree in Music Education. I'm definitely a fun-loving, outgoing person, and my teaching style is tailored to my students; a think-outside-the-box style, and hands-on.

Let's get together, reach for those stars, and grab your goals!
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Clayton July 18, 2017
· Trombone · In studio
Very friendly and worked well with my son on his very first lesson
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Lily January 14, 2017
· Clarinet · In home
Elyse is a good teacher. She is very nice and very patient. My 8-year-old likes her clarinet lessons.
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Austin October 28, 2016
· Saxophone · In home
Elyse taught me a few years ago when I was going to try out for my school's jazz band. She was real helpful in helping me select reeds to change my sound and even pointed me in the right direction of jazzier mouthpieces to try. Our lessons were lots of fun, especially when she taught me how to improvise.
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Sugar Land, TX 77498
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About Stephen F.

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I enjoy teaching flute students of all ages, especially beginners and intermediate students!

About Stephen
Stephen graduated from Ithaca College with degrees in Music Education and Clarinet Performance. He has studied with Michael Galvan at Ithaca College, Richard MacDowell of University of Texas-Austin, and has also studied with Edward Palanker of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Peabody Conservatory. Stephen's performance engagements include with the Cortland Repertory Theatre, Ithaca College Symphony Orchestra & Wind Ensemble, and Ithaca College Jazz Combos. He over 10 years' experience private teaching clarinet, saxophone and flute lessons to students of all ages.

Since graduating Ithaca College, Stephen has completed a post-baccalaureate at the University of Maryland College Park to apply to Dental School. In addition to his 10 years' music teaching experience, he is able to tutor students in Biology, General Chemistry, Organic
Chemistry, and DAT Prep.
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Jacqueline August 28, 2016
· Saxophone · In home
Stephen has been my son's sax teacher for a year. I was reluctant to look for a teacher online, but was frustrated and unsuccessful in finding one through traditional methods. Stephen far exceeded my expectations. Stephen enhanced and furthered my son's musical education, tailoring lessons and including the music my son was eager to learn. The music director at school asked where my son was taking lessons because she could hear the difference when he played, saying that his individual practice time at school was focused and directed in a meaningful way.

Stephen also guided my son through the college audition process, providing targeted feedback on everything from music selections to proper preparation, while offering realistic insight into the process. Stephen has been a fantastic influence and I am most grateful.
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Elizabeth Jenkins August 17, 2016
· Saxophone · In studio
I have had such an excellent experience with my saxophone teacher, Stephen. He is extremely patient, always encouraging and is very easy to work with.
Stephen has made may alterations to his teaching style to accommodate my visual impairment, enabling me to continually learn music in a most rewarding fashion.
I am learning how to read music, play by ear and practice songs of my choosing as well as standard practice lessons.

I am grateful to have such a professional, patient and understanding teacher who is excited about music and teaching it.

I have to recommend taking lessons with him as a beginner and as an advanced skilled individual looking to brush up on your skills

I am excited at the beginning and end of every lesson. I walk out with something to look forward to practicing and something to come back to my lesson to show.
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Bruce August 14, 2016
· Saxophone · In studio
As a beginner Sax player and also being new to music, I could not have found a better instructor! Although Stephen is well versed in music beyond his years, he still has the patience and willingness to meet me at my level and explain concepts that makes his class fun and interesting! He has a technical approach that I like and is prepared to discuss music theory to help broaden my understanding! You will also like his personality!!
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Need help making the first sound on clarinet? Auditioning for university music schools? I can help you achieve your flute goals! We'll focus on your goals, address areas of concern, and improve your flute skills to make music even more enjoyable.

About Rebecca
Hello, and welcome to my TakeLessons home page! My name is Rebecca and I am so excited that you have decided to stop by.

I am a former music educator and current graduate student! As I'm working towards my master's degree in clarinet and music education, I have the time and flexibility to work on a personal dream of mine: to teach music privately to students!

I want to use all of my knowledge to help guide every student to their personal success. I specialize in working with woodwind players from beginning to advanced. If you're looking to start taking flute, clarinet, or oboe lessons to quickly improve, I am knowledgeable in the pedagogy. if you're looking for an extra boost before college auditions, I can help from not only personal experience of the audition process but extensive knowledge in the required repertoire for many un
iversities. If you're looking for help in learning and long range goals for flute, oboe, or clarinet, I am more than happy to work with you at every step to achieve your goals!

As a fully certified public school teacher, I am afforded the training and knowledge on working with students with special needs. Please don't hesitate to contact me to see what I can do for you.
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Ariana July 13, 2017
· Clarinet · Online
I'm having fun learning new notes
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Gretchen July 6, 2017
· Clarinet · Online
She is very helpful and cares if I get the notes right!
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· Clarinet · Online
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Experienced flute teacher available for students of all ages and skill levels! Educated at The University of Michigan and Rice University.

About Amanda
Hello! I am a freelance flutist and teacher. I received my bachelor's degree in music education and flute performance from The University of Michigan and my master's degree in flute performance from Rice University. I have extensive experience teaching students ranging from age five to adult, beginning through advanced.

I have been a faculty member at the Vivaldi Music Academy and the Belvoir Terrace Fine Arts Camp and also on staff as a private instructor at Cook Middle School, The Village School, Strake Jesuit Preparatory and The British International School. An experienced adjudicator, my students have scored consistently well in solo and ensemble and region band auditions. In addition to my private teaching, I have taught elementary basic musicianship classes and elementary general classroom music.

I tailor my lessons to my st
udents' specific needs and enjoy finding new ways to develop each child's potential. I use creative approaches to assist in musician growth, including singing, composing, dictation (writing melody and rhythm by ear), and body movement.

I look forward to working with you!
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Sean Z. August 20, 2017
· Flute · In studio
Amanda's location is just opposite to St. Stephen's Episcopal School, which is very convenient for us living in River Oaks Area. Today Sean had the first class with her. She was very passionate and experienced in teaching.
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Susan April 3, 2017
· Flute · In studio
I have loved my daughter taking lessons from Amanda! She has been taking lessons from Amanda for 4 years and has helped her to enjoy playing the flute more and achieve her goals.
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Katelyn March 12, 2017
· Flute · In home
I was taught by Ms. Galick for 3+ years. I learned so many things from her and had such a great time being her student. She knows how to fix the things that need fixing and always has great analogies for things. We would joke in lessons very often; she was funny and knew how to get me on track. I improved so much in the years we spent together.
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Amanda G.

Houston, TX 77098
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Should Drummers Focus On Just One Style or Genre?

Should Drummers Focus On Just One Style or Genre?

If you're new to the drums, should you focus on drum music from one particular genre -- or explore several different styles? Here, Decatur, GA teacher Paul S. shares his advice...   It’s a thrilling time to be a musician, let alone a drummer. 2015 will continue to reveal the trend of a brave new world, a world where one person can record a fantastic album alone in their bedroom and a viral musical sensation can blow up overnight. While capitalizing on Internet success may occasionally p … Read More

Should Drummers Focus On Just One Style or Genre?
If you're new to the drums, should you focus on drum music from one particular genre -- or explore several different styles? Here, Decatur, GA teacher Paul S. shares his advice...   It’s a thrilling time to be a musician, let alone a drummer. 2015 will continue to reveal the trend of a brave new world, a world where one person can record a fantastic album alone in their bedroom and a viral musical sensation can blow up overnight. While capitalizing on Internet success may occasionally p
Japanese Vocabulary: 10 Ways to Express Yourself
It's important to be able to express yourself in any language, and learning to express yourself in Japanese can help you communicate more effectively with native Japanese speakers. Here, Washington, DC language teacher Taro T. teaches you some words, phrases, and Japanese vocabulary to express your emotions...  Japanese culture is what anthropologist Edward T. Hall might call a high-context culture. In a high-context culture, you don't have to say much in order to be understood. When someone
TakeLessons Community Shout Outs – Week of 9/22/14
Each week, TakeLessons students and teachers send us their shout outs. We’re thankful to be a part of this positive and thriving community, so we’d like to share these messages with you. Here are the shout outs we received this week: Emily B. in Saint Paul, MN, wrote, "Congratulations to my acting student, Rachel, who just scored a lead role in her school's production of Joseph and the Amazing Dream Coat. She's going to be great!" Shannon K. in Boulder, CO, wrote, "This week I had two amaz
Jam Along to JPop: 6 Fun Songs to Help You Learn Japanese
While language lessons are the best, most effective way to learn Japanese, you can learn faster and have more fun when you listen to popular Japanese music. J-Pop (Japanese pop) is great for beginning Japanese students because the songs have simple lyrics and catchy rhythms. Plus, Jpop has taken Japan, and the rest of the world by storm, so you may already be familiar with some of the most popular songs and Jpop artists. Get ready to learn Japanese vocabulary and impress your friends a
3 Life-Changing Reasons to Learn Korean
When it comes to learning a foreign language, Spanish, French, and Italian seem to be the most popular choices. While Korean may not be at the top of your list, there are several fantastic reasons to learn Korean. In this guest post, Billy Go from Go! Billy Korean explains the benefits of learning Korean, and shares his tips to help you overcome  three common challenges you may face on your Korean-language journey.  People often ask, "Why should I learn Korean?" I may be a bit biased

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