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About Allison V.

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I can help beginner players of any age learn the fundamentals of playing the piano including posture, hand positioning, note-reading, and basic theory. I prefer to use the Piano Pronto book series.

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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Allison V.

Allison V.

Houston, TX 77095
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$25 / 30-min

About Eric B.

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While I teach music reading, as any other good teacher should do, for those students who are interested in learning to play by ear, I also concentrate on improvisation and playing from chord charts. Fun and effective, my approach will help you learn quickly and enjoy the process!

About Eric
For almost 25 years, I've had the privilege to have worked with thousands of performers who study with me from all over the world. I teach in-studio at my two locations in Houston and in The Woodlands, Texas. I also work with students who come to me from all over the globe via online over-the-web Skype lessons.

Originally from Detroit, I enjoyed being a "Jack of all styles" singer/musician for over 15 years. I was a professional musician performing Classical, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Gospel, Musical Theater, Commercial and Studio work, along with being very involved in Contemporary Christian music. While I very much loved to perform, I found myself drawn much more to the joy of teaching. Vocal instruction and improvisational piano teaching eventually became my passion, and so I've poured my time and energies into teaching singers and players t
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Michele S. October 6, 2016
· Singing · In studio
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Sid T. September 9, 2016
· Vocal Training · In studio
I have been singing in Choirs and Bands for a number of years and learned more about my voice and singing properly in a 45 minute session with Eric than I have in all my years of performing. I now understand why I have been struggling to sing in my upper register and Eric has put together a personalized program to help me develop my voice and gain back my vocal range. Eric has a great sense of humor and made the session very enjoyable as well as informative. I look forward to my next session and would highly recommend Eric as an instructor.
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JP March 28, 2016
· Singing · In studio
Eric has coached me for more than two years. Each lesson was personalized and has helped me to improve gradually. As I could download the recording of the lesson, I was able to practice between lessons. Eric has been very supportive and was very open to my unique music taste. I really feel comfortable now singing thanks to him.
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Eric B.

Spring, TX 77380
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About Debbie T.

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I have had my own Piano Studio for both group piano classes and individual lessons with elementary age beginners, transfer students and adults. In the Public School settings, I have had access to keyboards to use as instruction in general music classes.

About Debbie
Having been a public school teacher, as well as a private and group piano instructor, I've observed how differently students "digest" information, and piano lessons are a great way to make use of different learning styles. I emphasize knowing HOW to practice before you leave so you'll be successful at home, and you are welcome to contact me with problems during the week so you don't lose a week in progressing with your lessons. I've had students send a video of a tricky section to ask for alternative fingering, and photos to clarify how they are reading something!! I also perform with an orchestra and want to feel proficient among my peers, so I really know how it feels to make a mistake in front of everyone. I am here to help you feel proud of your progress.
My primary teaching objective is to have fun as I assist you on this wonderf
ul journey into music!

*** Lesson Details ***
I truly have fun making and teaching music. We celebrate all successes. Even the overcoming of the smallest "hiccups"!
There are games to make my students secure with the many concepts of music reading. I encourage improvisation and ensemble playing. We can add rhythm tracks to "jazz" up our scales and finger builders. Students can accompany with chords or melodic harmonies. I assign exercises to build finger flexibility, strength, fluidity and independence; Pencil work to master theory and reading skills; Pieces that contain the ideas we are focused upon; and pieces to add to your repertoire.

*** Studio Equipment ***
At my Home Studio,You will be playing on my 5'1" Knabe grand piano! I also have electronic keyboards. On occasion you may find yourself playing on my marimba - a definite pitch percussion instrument - like a giant xylophone. We often rehearse our rhythms on my variety of world drums! There are chairs available for guests.
Also, I share my home with my pet cats - so if you are allergic, I'd be happy to consider coming to your home for your lessons.

*** Travel Equipment ***
An electronic keyboard with full-sized keys or a tuned piano must be available along with a proper height stool, bench or chair. A music stand for the books and good lighting is also needed. The family must agree that the 'lesson space' deserves to be quiet with no distractions. I can also bring one of my keyboards to use for duets, accompanying and improvising. Should there be another student (or potential student) in the home, they can use the extra keyboard with headphones for guided practice and creativity. Percussion students - primarily- mallets, would be better served at my home using my marimba. However, those who have bell kits could be taught in their home, with the possibility of using my marimba as an incentive.

*** Specialties ***
I am fortunate to have an extensive collection of piano method books and solos that I make available as part of my lending library. From it I can reinforce a concept or reward an accomplishment with an "oldie, but goodie" from John Thompson or Schaum, without having to charge the parents for another piece. For my beginning piano students of elementary school age, I have used the Robert Pace, Bastien, Faber & Faber and Schaum series. With adults, I invite them into the decision depending on what their experience is and what they would like to be able to perform one year from now. With transfer students, I have asked them to play their favorites from the lesson books they own, (and I ask them to evaluate their proficiency)- then we discuss where to go from there. Often it is positive to stay at the same level but use different literature so they can become comfortable with my style of explanations and expectations. This encourages a relationship where the student feels like they do know what they were taught and 'cements' those skills as a foundation for our moving forward together. I have a CD player handy for the books that include recorded tracks to go along with a learned piece.
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Brant January 11, 2017
· Piano · In home
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David L. July 8, 2016
· Piano · In home
I started taking piano lessons from Debbie three months ago. I have some previous experience as a violinist, but none with piano. With her guidance, I've gotten so much farther than I would have on my own! She's a professional music teacher, and it shows - she regularly gives me tips to improve musicality of a piece, or background on the composer. She's easygoing but always encourages you to try to go further. So glad to be learning from Debbie!
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Madison V. July 1, 2016
· Piano · In home
Ms. Debbie is so patient and sweet. She works at the students pace and makes the lesson really fun! :)
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Houston, TX 77070
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About Steven E.

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My lesson plans are designed to be musical and fun. I want my students to understand the language of the music by studying their favorite bands, reading music, and understanding the theory behind it. I have a strategy for everyone starting from beginner, intermediate, to advanced. I remember playing s piano for the first time and what a struggle it was to play my favorite songs. There is a method for achieving these goals and it is different for everyone. The one thing that will allow you to succeed is having a desire to learn and a passion for music. If you have those two things then I can direct you to the right path to achieve your musical goals!

About Steven
Steven E. is an American guitarist, pianist, singer, educator, producer, and song writer. Steve currently is a music director at CrossPoint Community Church. He also is a former member of Christian pop-rock group Press Play playing for thousands of people in Los Angeles, Ca. Steve holds a degree from one of the best contemporary music schools. At Musicians Institute he had an opportunity to study and play with some of the best teachers and students studying an eclectic array of musical styles. Learning from players such as Scott Henderson, Alan Hinds, Alex Machacek, Paul Gilbert, Chris Broderick, the list goes on.. During that time he produced several records. He also worked on projects for members of Melissa Ethridge as well as mixing projects for jazz virtuoso Marcus Singletary. Steve is also an educator giving music lessons for beginne
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Stacey November 9, 2016
· Piano · In home
Steven has been working with my daughter in piano and singing. The first lesson he discussed with her what she'd like to achieve, and they set goals for them to work towards, which I love. My daughter really enjoy's working with Steven and practicing piano is no longer a chore for her. He's teaching style is a great fit for her, and in 4 weeks she's learned more from Steven than she has from other instructors we've had. I have no trouble recommending Steven.
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Ashley September 14, 2016
· Piano · In studio
I would like to say Steven was an amazing piano teacher for my 5 year old and he really was able to teach him a lot of the basics and some neat tunes. He is great with kids and with my child being 5 and needing a lot of patience it was really a breeze for Steven to teach and keep his attention during the lesson. He is definitely a natural at what he does! I am very satisfied with Steven and his style of teaching. He is a well deserved five star rating and I can not wait till my son gets to start guitar lessons with him in the future.
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Keesha M. August 26, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Steven is an awesome teacher. He is extremely knowledgeable and will have you playing actual songs in record time! He also adjusts to your learning style to make learning the instrument easier. I recommend Steven to aspiring piano players of all ages and abilities!
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Houston, TX 77043
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About Adam C.

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As a lover of music since 7 years of age, and growing up in a musical household, I have gained detailed knowledge of the piano through my education and performing experience. I help students in solving technical issues that arise from the beginning, and offer the tools necessary for productive enjoyable practice.

Whether the student is prepping for auditions or playing for themselves, I help keep them on solid technical ground, and encourage them to love the sounds they are making.

About Adam
Hi, my name is Adam Vincent Clay, 29, and I have been playing piano since I was 7 years old, and teaching private lessons for 8 years in Oklahoma and Texas areas. Since childhood I have been fascinated with the instrument, and I have never stopped falling in love with music.

I've worked with students of all ages and abilities (including adults) on technique, repertoire, ear-training, composition, improvisation, music theory, and application. I take a personalized approach with each student, incorporating multi-sensory elements, and educational extra-lesson assignments. This further enriches the students' understanding, appreciation, and application of the material being presented. I want for each student to develop the love and excitement for music that I have, and to have the practical and technical skills to support their musical
pursuits.

My experience as an arts organizer and performer will allow me to help you build confidence through your performance, and a relaxed natural piano technique that will allow you to go as far as you desire in the study of piano performance. I am passionate about helping you achieve your personal musical goals while giving you a strong foundation in piano technique for support.
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Karen June 25, 2016
· Classical Piano · In home
Adam is a fantastic teacher! He teaches for all learning styles: visual, auditory and kinesthetic. I've had ineffective teachers in the past because they only related to one learning style. He's great with all ages and his passion for music is contagious.
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Adam C.

Houston, TX 77084
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About Robert C.

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Even though guitar is my major instrument, I had to play piano all through college as part of my music degree. Therefore, I can help someone learn to play the piano from beginning to intermediate level.

About Robert
Robert began playing guitar in Houston, Texas at the age of 12. It was not long before he began playing in bands and played his first professional gig at age 17. Robert performed in and around the Houston area for five years before deciding to study music on the college level. He attended the University of North Texas and later attended Musicians Institute. While a student at MI, Robert was given the Outstanding Student of the Year Award for 1991-'92. Robert began teaching at MI in the guitar school (GIT) in 1993. He has played with Bo Diddley, Tim Bogert, Chevy Chase, Floyd Radford, Deacon Jones, Joe Houston and countless others. He has performed for Buddy Ebson and Chevy Chase and has partied with the Monkees. In addition to playing guitar Robert also plays and teaches bass guitar and piano.

*** Lesson Details ***
Robert teache
s serious beginners from ages 5-99. He can also help intermediate, advanced students and pro players fine tune their skills and learn to play the music they hear. His laid back but structured approach has helped many of his students over the years become solid musicians and attain their musical goals. Robert uses a combination of his own teaching materials combined with the best of what he has learned over the years studying with countless world class teachers and players. With his over 20 years of teaching experience he is able to synthesize all this knowledge and make it easily accessible to all of his students. Robert teaches a variety of styles which include blues, classic rock, R&B, pop, country and jazz. All lessons are tailored to the individual student's interests and goals. In addition to this Robert makes his lessons fun too!
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Twyla J. July 14, 2016
· Guitar · In home
Robert is very nice and polite. I think the lesson was sufficient for the first lesson. He gave me homework to work on the D, G, and C chords. We went over the right hand numbering PIMA. I need to determine what my goals are in playing the guitar.
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Valerie P. June 9, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
I am very happy with my guitar lesson with Mr. Calva. He is very knowledgeable and very patient. He found out my musical background and goals. He used that to structure my lessons today. He then gave me homework, tips, and short term goals. I am super pleased with his style of teaching. By the way, I am 50 years young...
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Wilbert M. January 17, 2016
· Piano · In home
I felt very comfortable and learned a lot the first lesson. I'm going to continue with him. Waiting to get my schedule for up coming week.
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Houston, TX 77066
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About Ambria M.

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This course is best for students with no prior knowledge or skill. This course will also benefit those individuals who know how to play the piano by hearing, but never learned how to read. All students will be taught:
- How to read sheet music
- How to identify and play major and minor chords
- How to identify and play major and minor scales
- Music Theory, including vocabulary.
- Various Genres of Music, including seasonal music such as Patriotic songs/hymns, Easter, Christmas, etc.
- Pedaling Techniques

About Ambria
My name is Ambria M.! I was born and raised in Jackson, MS, but moved to the DMV area in August of 2010. I graduated from Howard University in 2014 and worked for the Environmental Protection Agency on for a year and a half before changing careers. I am currently an 8th Grade Science Teacher in Houston, TX. I am passionate about science, the environment, and the arts. I am a trained pianist and dancer. I started playing the piano at the age of 8 and competed locally for 7 consecutive years, receiving Superior Ratings, medals, and trophies. I also started dancing at the age of 5. I attended a performing arts school for Dance my 4th grade year until the completion of my studies from high school. While there, I was trained in Ballet, Modern, Jazz, and Hip Hop. I was also a member of a contemporary dance company called I.AM.WE during the 2013
-2014 school year at Howard University. Lastly, I have been teaching all of the aforementioned styles since October of 2013 in addition to Liturgical and Religious Mime Interpretive Dances.

I am excited about meeting you, whether you are a parent or prospective student, I look forward to building a strong relationship and foundation for whatever your learning needs are.
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Ambria M.

Houston, TX 77079
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About Jonathan G.

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With a Bachelor's in Music Education and 3 years of Piano study, I am able to customize each lesson to the student's individual needs. In piano we will learn: how to read and write music, how to play songs, and music theory

About Jonathan
Jonathan received his training at Houston Baptist University in 2016 where he received a degree in Music Education. Jonathan has taught lessons through public school districts, Guitar Center Lessons (where he served as instructor and later as Department Manager) and as an independent private teacher.

Jonathan is also a professional musician, performing shows around the city every week.
Thanks to his expert training, Jonathan is able to customize and adjust every lesson to suit each student's individual needs and learning traits in order to optimize enjoyment and success.

In lessons, all facets of music can be addressed, including music theory, tempo and rhythm, improvisation and soloing, grooves, ear training and any other techniques needing to be developed.

Study into specific genres is also an option, including jazz, funk, s
oul, R&B, reggae, latin, rock, pop, metal, etc.

Another major focus in lessons is helping each student develop their own "voice" in their playing. This is the most rewarding part of being a musician, as learning how to develop your playing to channel your own mental, physical and emotional feelings and ideas leads to great self discovery, self confidence and awareness. It is also a great stress reliever and can be very therapeutic!

Lessons with Jonathan are highly engaging and educational, but they are also fun! Jonathan creates a lesson plan unique to each student's needs and skills to ensure maximum results and progression inside of a comfortable and fun atmosphere! All the educational material means nothing if you aren't finding the enjoyment and fun in the lesson to actually practice and learn the material outside of it! Jonathan approaches lessons with a professional and laid-back demeanor looking to keep a smile and interest on the student's face from the beginning of the lesson to the end!

Studio Gear:
TC Electronic BG250 12' Combo Amp
Fender USA Modified Jazz Bass
(Above 2 items are also used for travel lessons)

Acoustic 15' Combo Bass Amp
Ernie Ball Sterling 5 string Bass

Korg Krome 61 Keyboard
Behringer 12' speaker
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Jonathan G.

Houston, TX 77022
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$30 / 30-min

About Nathan S.

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At the Sounds of Perfections Music Center our goal is for each student to leave feeling better about themselves and their instrument.Our private and buddy lessons are designed to give you the confidence you need to play and enjoy music for a lifetime! We offer flexible lesson times that accommodate your busy schedule,we teach all styles and instruments. Our instructors are degree in music or significant teaching performance experience. We offer each student recital at completion of performance.

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Nathan S.

Nathan S.

Houston, TX 77070
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$60 / 45-min

About Ally S.

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As a musician with twenty-three years of experience I take a classical approach to teaching voice and piano. I have been teaching privately for four years and enjoy teaching genres including contemporary, jazz, opera, and broadway.
I am a coloratura soprano with a BA in music from California State University Stanislaus. I have preformed with the Houston Symphony Orchestra Chorus, Townsend Opera Players, Modesto Symphony Chorus, and Northstar Community Opera. All of my singing students are taught that singing begins with proper breathing, good posture and a lack of tension. From there we discover what your unique voice sounds like and together we will shape it to into it’s optimal sound. My main approach in teaching voice is to cultivate vocal growth in a healthy way.
All piano students will learn basic music theory, how to read music and music composition. I use the Faber books, but I am always willing to adapt my teaching to my student's needs. When studying music, I find that ...

About Ally
I am a professional singer, actress and songwriter/composer. I have had the opportunity to perform with Northstar opera as Despina in Cosi Fan Tutti, Gianetta in The Elixir of Love, and Sara Brown in Guys and Dolls. I have also been fortunate in getting to play Margot in The Merry Widow, Pitti-Sing in The Mikado, and Spirit II in The Magic Flute with Townsend Opera. I sang with the Houston Symphony Orchestra Chorus for three years and Modesto Symphony Chorus for four year. I have enjoyed composing music for several local theater groups and enjoy writing my own music.
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Helen August 10, 2017
· Singing · In studio
As someone who hasn't been very comfortable singing, Ally has been absolutely wonderful in getting me to be more comfortable with my range. She is very knowledgeable about quality techniques to not only not strain my voice but to have clarity and intonation. She is very patient, nice, but also a perfectionist, which is great because I do not want mediocrity.

She has prepared me for audition pieces and continues to follow up on each one to build my repertoire.

Highly recommend for any one who is seeking to be more comfortable with their voice or help with auditions.
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Ally S.

Cypress, TX 77433
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How To Write a Song Today: 4 Easy Steps
Learning how to write a song is easier than you think! Greeley, CO teacher Andy W. outlines the steps here...  Don’t you wish you could write a song that tells your own story - whether it’s about love, hardships, or finding humor in life? There’s no reason that you can’t do that today! To help get you started, here are four easy steps to writing your own song: 1. Play chords or a riff. 2. Sing or hum over the harmony. 3. Repeat steps 1-2 to form a chorus and then a bridge. 4. Place
5 New (and Fun) Piano Practice Warm-Up Routines
Are you in search of some new piano practice warm-up routines? Below, piano teacher Liz T. shares some fun piano practice warm-ups you can try before your next practice... You wouldn't go for an hour-long run before properly warming up. So, why wouldn't you warm-up before an hour-long piano practice session or lesson? No matter what instrument you play,  it’s extremely important that you go through a series of warm-ups before you start playing. In this post, we will discuss why you
How to Scream Sing Without Hurting Your Vocal Cords
Do you love metal, punk, or "screamo" music? As a vocalist, you'll need to take extra precautions if you're singing in these styles. Read on for tips from Austin, TX teacher Gfire M...   I live in Austin, Texas, the “live music capital of the world,” so I have worked with loads of vocalists who sing in touring rock bands. Some of these students only have one section of a song in which they scream -- others scream for an entire set -- so I work with them to not hurt their vocal cords.

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