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About Larisa K.

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Violin, viola instructor, performing art.
Classical music. Mostly traditional Russian method of violin teaching, also Suzuki.

About Larisa
Began violin lessons at age 8.
At age 15 was accepted into the elite program at the School of Music in Odessa, Ukraine.
Continued on to one of the premier music Universities in the world: Kiev State Conservatory, where I received a Masters degree in Teaching and Performing arts.
Throughout my higher education I have held Violin Instructor positions first at the Kiev Music School and then at the Conservatory.

My Professional Career in Ukraine and USA includes performance with numerous symphony and chamber groups, such as Kiev Chamber Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, San Francisco Opera, San Jose Symphony.
I am passionate and dedicated to my Art which is reflected in my teaching style and in the results my students consistently achieve.
My ultimate goal as an instructor
is to convey to my students the beauty of making music. I define success to be the ability to see the joy that playing for yourself and others brings to you and your audience.

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My Method and Goals:

Proper technique is the key to producing extraordinary sound and growing as a violist. I ensure that my students gain solid understanding of these fundamentals first and foremost.
A significant part of the first few lessons will be devoted to developing proper posture and hold of the instrument. A good violinist must be relaxed to prevent muscle tension and produce those rich, spellbinding notes. Soon the instrument begins to feel like an extension of the hands, and students begin to progress much quicker, seeing (and hearing) surprising results.
I can follow the Suzuki method if requested, but much prefer principles of the Russian School. I will be happy to discuss the benefits of each with you.

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on ground floor of townhouse w/ seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
Student has to have his own instrument. I can provide the music sheets

*** Specialties ***
Classical music. Mostly traditional Russian method of violin teaching, also Suzuki.
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Tatum C. September 9, 2015
· Violin · In home
Larisa is giving my daughter the perfect balance in modeling both professionalism and allowing her to grow..learn ... a love for the violin . We are still at the beginning ....but I think she is a very good fit for my daughter.
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Linda K. December 18, 2013
· Violin ·
Incredible Training - A Perfect Match

We interviewed many teachers, and then I found Larisa. Providing incredible training in classical techniques combined with a spirit of playfulness and fun, she’s been the perfect teacher for my daughter
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Sara D. December 18, 2013
· Violin ·
A Great Violin Teacher

My daughter has been taking lessons with Larisa for three years and has made incredible progress. She began as a viola player and Larisa gave her lessons on that instrument as well. She was very helpful in making the transition to violin. Larisa works on technique as well as musicality so that the student develops into a well rounded musician. Larisa is the type of teacher who communicates clearly so that the student is able to immediately grasp the new concepts. She is a wonderful violinist and is able to demonstrate by playing beautifully as well as explaining. Larisa is extremely knowledgeable about the different periods of music and composers and shares this in her teaching. She has an easygoing personality and my daughter immediately connected with her. I would highly recommend Larisa for your student.
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Downingtown, PA

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I can help beginning students on violln learn the basics.

About Thomas
Thomas J. W. is an active music teacher, composer, adjudicator, and clinician in the greater Philadelphia area. He has over fifteen years experience as a concert band director, marching band director, jazz improvisation instructor, choral director, private instructor, and marching drill writer. His directing career has included small rural band programs, small metro programs, large high-achieving suburban programs, and non-profit youth bands. In addition to his band compositions, he also has over forty unpublished vocal arrangements to his credit, most written for use with collegiate men's a cappella groups. Thomas taught over 600 online and local private music lessons in 2016.

Thomas has a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from The Pennsylvania State University. He holds a teaching certificate in the states of Pennsylvania
and New Jersey and has taught at the secondary level in both states. In addition to both instrumental and choral ensembles at Penn State, Thomas was a student leader in the Penn State Blue Band and a member of the brass section of the Cadets of Bergen County Drum and Bugle Corps in 1993 and 1994. He served as an Associate Director of the Warren Junior Military Band of Youngstown, Ohio from 1995 to 2005. He also served as a visual staff member for the renowned North Penn Marching Knights of Lansdale, PA for one season in 2004.

He is a current adjudicator with Drum Corps International and Cavalcade of Bands. He is a member of MENC, PMEA, NJMEA, ASCAP, CASA, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and the National Band Association. He appeared in the Marquis Who's Who Among American Educators in 2004 and 2005, an honor rarely bestowed upon teachers, as students who appear in the Who's Who Among American High School Students must nominate them. He currently is a music teacher at the Center for Performing and Fine Arts of the PA Leadership Charter School in West Chester, PA and resides in Downingtown, PA with his wife and two sons.

Thomas will happily work with students on the autism spectrum or students with ADD.

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My lessons are tailored to the needs and interests of each student. If a student is involved in school music ensembles, we will work with their lesson books from school in addition to material outside of the books, including SmartMusic, Noteflight, and teacher-created materials. We will focus on building proper tone production and individual technique - something that often is difficult to learn in a large ensemble setting.

I am capable of starting a beginner student on any band instrument including percussion, any classical string instrument (violin, viola, cello, string bass), and piano. I can begin a student on drum set and work with them through their first method book, but I would then recommend they find a specialized drum set teacher after a period of six to twelve months.

For advanced students, I work from selected conservatory etude books on developing advanced skills and can work with students on audition pieces for honors bands/orchestras or college auditions.

My lessons are a half-hour once a week, with the option of working for 45 minutes or 60 minutes.

*** Specialties ***
music, band, orchestra, flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, saxophone, trumpet, french horn, trombone, euphonium, tuba, violin, viola, cello, string bass, piano, Percussion
classical, jazz improvisation
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Victoria March 27, 2018
· Bass Clarinet · Online
I really enjoyed by first lesson with Mr. West, he was very knowledgeable , it was a lot better than I expected.
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Gene K. February 28, 2018
· Piano · Online
After well over a year with Thomas, he is still the best instructor! Patient, insightful and generous in his knowledge and experience- looking for a great teacher? Thomas is the one.
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Terese R. January 3, 2018
· Trumpet · Online
iI just finished doing a lesson with Thomas, and he has helped me tremendously wiTh my scales and embrasure building
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About Nicole C.

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During lessons, we will learn proper playing techniques and reading notation. I can prepare you for a School orchestra or if you just want to learn popular songs for fun. My goal is to make all lessons with be fun, engaging, and you will look forward to the next lesson.

About Nicole
Nicole began her musical journey in Long Island, New York when she began piano lessons at age five. While receiving training on piano, she joined her elementary school orchestra in the 3rd grade and quickly soared with violin. During this period, Nicole began learning music theory and the art of reading music. As a fourth grader, Nicole would go on to conduct and tune every instrument in her orchestra during rehearsal. She always competed and won many NYSMA competitions for violin while attending music seminars and workshops. It was then that her teacher realized she had a gift. Nicole continued with piano lessons and began teaching herself guitar. Later, after college, she bought herself a drum set and began to teach herself drums.
As an adult, Nicole studied to become an elementary teacher and worked in the New York State Sch
ool Districts for over five years. Shortly after receiving her master€'s degree for Literacy Education, Nicole decided to attempt to share her passion for music. In 2007, Nicole opened a music studio in Holbrook, New York. Here, she refined her music teaching skills while establishing Nicolex Inc. Music Island as a leading source of quality music education. Her summer traveling music program allowed her students to experience live performances as well as create music groups with peers with the same passion for music.
Nicole now resides in Tampa, Florida with hopes to spread her business as well as the joy of music to children and adults. She currently is the singer for a local original rock band. In this band, Nicole writes songs, sings, plays guitar/piano (not all at the same time). Needless to say, she understands the importance that music has had in her life and wishes to ignite that passion in other music lovers.

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My teaching style is best labeled as kind but firm. I take my job very seriously and want wholeheartedly for my students to have music as a part of their life, not just a part of their day. I love to laugh and have fun but I will definitely expect my students to practice and complete any homework I assign and be prepared for the following lesson. Simply stated, music is fun and the love of my life, but if I still practice, you will as well. Otherwise, I always believe in teaching songs my students are interested in and will expand their musical skills. My experience as a public school teacher had enhanced my sense of finding individual needs of every student. Therefore, I always differentiate lessons to suit my students interest while teaching them the foundations every musician needs in order to be successful. My specialty is teaching a variety of instruments. I play drums, guitar, bass, piano, and sing as well. So, if one instrument is not for you, I can teach you something different without a problem. Long story short, friends, you are in good hands.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Full Service music room: Keyboard, Full drum kit, Electric Guitar with 30 watts Amp and Microphone/ vocal monitor.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can bring a 76 key Yahama YPG-235 Keyboard for your household to use for lessons for a small monthly rental fee. I have an Epiphone Electric Guitar with 30w amplifier. Will also bring microphone and monitor for vocal lessons.

*** Specialties ***
I have taught mostly Rock, Blues, and Classical genres for Piano, Guitar, Drums. Vocally, I specialize in R&B, Broadway, Pop, Top 100 and alternative/Hard Rock. I will adapt to your needs.
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Joy T. April 2, 2018
· Ukulele · Online
Our 1st lessons was a disappointment my iPad and laptop are in perfect condition she kept telling us she couldn’t hear us we were like crazy trying to figure out what was wrong on our end but there is nothing wrong with my set up. We wasted a good 20minutes out of the 30 minutes.we used FaceTime on my cellphone instead for approximately 10mins.Before the lesson I told Nicoele that my daughter wants to learn a part of the song Havana she is having trouble with. Nicoele said to just omit that part instead and said that’s easy fix! Really? She didn’t teach her how to learn the part.then she asked my daughter what other songs she is working on and my child she said A million dreams. She let her play for about 2minutes and then said try learning this strumming pattern and jumped to the song You are my sunshine! What the !!! My daughter said Miss Nicoele I really want to learn the Havana song .Nicoele said play you are my sunshine!!!! Really? We lost $27.00 plus the $12.00 placement fee which Frank said he will wave that fee when I enrolled! Very disappointed student. She has a show to attend to on April 10 and never was taught the part of the song Havana that she planned for the day! Waste of money and time! After she hanged up she texted and she said she figured out what was wrong with her computer or set up! She should have credited me a few minutes of what we lost. She told us to find a live teacher or another teacher too before she hanged up the FaceTime!
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Caden F. March 18, 2018
· Guitar · In home
Nicole was very patient and encouraging with my son. Great lesson!
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Sophia January 14, 2018
· Guitar · In home
Great 1st lesson for my 6 year old daughter. She was great at explaining concepts and steps to my daughter. And she kept my daughter engaged and interested.
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About Cameron K.

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About Cameron
I give lessons from my house in north Houston and I sometimes go to students homes depending on location. I teach beginner through advanced violin. As a violin and viola teacher, my goal is to give my students fun and productive lessons. I teach my students all the essential technical and musical principles which help them to succeed at reaching their goals and avoid developing harmful habits along the way. I do not follow an exact method or course. My approach is to teach each student according to his/her particular needs which will usually require a combination of books or methods.

I have had the privilege of learning violin under some of the top violin teachers in the US. Many of my teachers were graduates of Juliard and other top music schools where they studied with some of the most famous violin teachers of the 20th century incl
uding Ivan Galamian and Josef Gingold. I have also studied with Texas String Teacher of the Year winner Henry Rubin.

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stacy April 25, 2017
· Violin · In studio
My first lesson was today. I know I have made the right choice of instructors.
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Tim K. February 24, 2017
· Violin · In home
Cameron is great and really wants his students to learn violin the correct way. I tend to want to take shortcuts and he encourages me to learn the foundation and work from there.
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Romie October 10, 2016
· Violin · In studio
Cameron was great we really enjoyed him working with my 6 year old.
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About Calvin G.

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Humble, TX

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Learn all of the fundamentals and skills to becoming a great violinist!

About Calvin
Hello and welcome to my profile here on takelessons.com thanks for stopping by! My name is Calvin and I’ve been teaching students of all ages for more than 16 years now.
I started my personal music journey at 4 years old first learning piano and guitar and multiple other instruments from there. My father was my first music instructor which grounded me in the foundation and theory of music while at the same time knowing that ear training and learning how to play with other musicians was just as important. From there I had the privilege of learning jazz, blues, and many other styles from the late Hal Stesch at UNLV School of Music who played piano and organ for many great artists including Elvis, The Platters, Frank Sinatra, and many more. Currently my wife and lead Praise and worship 3 to 4 times weekly a two different church campuses an
d also perform every Saturday at a Branson style show in Liberty, Texas.
My approach to teaching music is to customize lessons to the student’s interests while still maintaining the essentials and foundations including music theory, scales, and reading music. I like to incorporate particular songs and genres of music that the student likes by providing customized tracks with their particular instrument taken out so that feel a sense of accomplishment and get the practice of playing along with other musicians which benefits in the ear training process. I look forward to meeting and "jamming" with you soon!
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alex April 4, 2016
· Guitar · In home
Great beginning!
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Douglas M. March 2, 2016
· Piano · In home
It only took one lesson to realize I made the right decision selecting Calvin. He is patient and truly customize your lessons for reaching your goals. If you are serious about playing, I would recommend him as an instructor.
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Anita T. January 12, 2016
· Piano · In home
My son had his first piano class with Calvin and he enjoyed the lesson very much!
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About Ruth N.

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Ruth has taught violin for over 30 years. She has taught over 2000 private students as well as a violin class at an elementary school for four years.

About Ruth
Ruth Ann was born and raised in Utah and recently returned to Utah after teaching piano, voice and violin at the Happy Valley Arts Academy in Oregon.
Ruth has trained approximately 2000 private piano, violin and voice students over the past 30 plus years. She loves teaching and takes pride in helping her students reach their goals, gain self confidence and become self disciplined.

Ruth has performed extensively in a variety of genres. She has played the leading lady in several plays, musicals, operettas and operas including, Etta Place in the musical "Butch & the Kid" at Robert Redford's Sundance Theatre.

In addition, Ruth has performed as Soprano Soloist with the Utah Symphony, Salt Lake Symphony, Utah Valley Symphony and BYU Philharmonic Orchestra. She played 2nd Violin with the Murray Symphony Orchestra in Utah.

Ruth
has won several classical singing competitions. She was a finalist in the International Bach Vocal Competition, "Musica Sacra."

Ruth Ann is currently working as a private music teacher and music composer.
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Bruce April 10, 2018
· Classical Voice · Online
Other than some word choice I absolutely love her! She said "Retarded" during my lesson and I am not comfortable with that word. (My sister is autistic)
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Caroline March 18, 2018
· Classical Voice · Online
Ruth has years of experience teaching and performing! She has helped me perfect my singing and is a pro all around. I would highly recommend her services, I'm so thankful I am able to learn from her vast knowledge of music!
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Natasha May 22, 2017
· Violin · Online
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About Landon L.

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I have been playing violin for quite some time now and am excited to share my passion with others. My method is simple, teach one aspect of playing at a time so as to not get overwhelmed, and continually compound each aspect so that it grows into mastery!

About Landon
Hello, my name is Landon, I have been playing the violin and viola for many years and I am excited to share this passion with others. I can't wait to meet you!
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Phoenix July 21, 2017
· Violin · In home
Landon is very patient with Phoenix. Phoenix is autistic and sometimes gets distracted and Landon is able to get him back on track.
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About David L A.

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My name is David I'm a current Orchestra Teacher director for Houston ISD. I graduated from Sam Houston State University in Music Education where I studied Saxophone.
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Johnny B. June 16, 2018
· Saxophone · In home
I'm learning more than I thought with David. When I don't understand something he keeps finding ways to tell me until I understand it.
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I have been playing violin for about 14 years now, and teaching for around 5 years. I teach a variety of styles of violin, from your base classical experience all the way out to celtic fiddle. There is a good balance of music theory mixed in to the lesson as well, enabling the student to not only play the music they're given, but also to understand it at a deeper level.

About Brandon
Hi there! I am a multi-instrumentalist that plays and teaches Violin, Guitar (Acoustic and Electric), Piano, Ukulele and the Mandolin! I play professionally with a band as well as do solo work.

I've played violin for almost 15 years now, and have been teaching for 4 years or so. I have a set curriculum in place that has seen much success in achieving a well rounded player knowledgeable not only in playing, but also in the theory behind the playing.

I've played guitar for 8 or 9 years now and have taught for 4 years as well. I play a range of styles, including but not limited to: acoustic fingerstyle, blues, and heavy metal. I teach stage performance along with guitar to prepare you for anything that might come your way in your playing career!
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About Frances W.

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I teach what you want to learn and at your pace! I also teach improv in case reading music isn't for you! I make sure no matter the age or skill level of my student, they are having fun, learning, and feeling proud of themselves. It's a team effort.

About Frances
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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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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Becky June 15, 2018
· Violin · In home
Frances is a fabulous violin teacher who takes the time to get to know her students! She knows my daughter's strengths and weaknesses and creates lessons specifically for Emma. Because of this, Frances is able to challenge my daughter and has high expectations for her. The amount of growth my daughter has made this year is absolutely amazing! Frances is the reason Emma loves playing violin!
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