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About Cheryl (Cher) O.

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About Cheryl (Cher)
I love teaching music to anyone who has an interest! Just about everyone likes some kind of music and I want to be able to help you make your own! Whether you like classical music or that really great song on the radio we will get you to where you can play it.

MY PHILOSOPHY

Music touches our lives every day. Music is there for us to help express our emotions feelings, fears and hopes. With what you learn in your lessons you will be able to make your own music, whether it be from the printed page or something that you have composed yourself. I will provide a teaching environment that will be encouraging and caring. We will work together to create great music from your very own fingers and who knows, maybe one day you will share your talent with the world!!!

MY EDUCATION

My story started on the day my mom said “HAPPY BIR
THDAY CHER!! Today, for your 7th year birthday, you are going to start taking piano lessons!!” Well, I didn’t know what to think about that but I started piano lessons and I have been hooked ever since!

I studied piano for 6 years with a local teacher and then moved on to a teacher who could help me with more complex music. I was only able to study with her for a short time because we moved to a new town. There I found the greatest piano teacher ever. He helped me grow in my playing and performing.

After graduating from high school, I was accepted at Illinois Wesleyan University where I studied piano with Dr. Carol Thibodeaux. I also sang in the collegiate choir and had a great time in theory classes and music history.

MY EXPERIENCE

I have had many other great experiences as a musician and teacher that include:

1. I have played and sung at many weddings, parties, and social events.

2. I continue to accompany band and orchestra students even though I am no longer teaching in schools.

3. I directed the Bell Singers choir from AT&T for about 10 years.

4. I was the music & youth director for the First United Methodist church in McKinney, TX were I lead the adult choir. I also create a children’s choir program which was a great success. I was also the substitute organist when needed.

I have been involved with music of all kinds over the last 40 years and am looking forward to carrying on for many more years to come!

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When you arrive for your lessons do not have a worry. I am friendly, kind and very patient. We will work at your speed, not mine. If you are a beginner we will start out with the Bastien series. If you are more advanced than beginner we will select lesson materials just right for you.

*** Studio Equipment ***
baby grand piano, white boards, etc. , in a room dedicated to music

*** Travel Equipment ***
I would provide the teaching aids, writing materials . The student would have to have a piano, bench, chair and lesson books.

*** Specialties ***
I believe young students like to learn with touching and doing. I've use materials from Bastien, Thompson, Aaron along with aids I create for students to get the best learning experience. With adult students, we discuss what the goal is for taking lessons and in what ways they learn best.
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Leah V. August 30, 2017
· Piano · In home
My daughter took piano with Cheryl for about 3 years. She is a wonderful teacher and was great with my daughter. My daughter had so much fun during her lessons. Very understanding also if we had to cancel last minute. I would highly recommend her!
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Suzanne Shows February 19, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Cheryl- Is a fantastic teacher! She has been teaching my 8 year old piano for over 6 months now and I could not be more pleased. She is very good with kids. He is loving learning and she makes each lesson fun and keeps him motivated. I absolutely recommend her for lessons.
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Brandon Jones September 28, 2015
· Piano · In home
This was my first experience with TakeLessons.com and I am completely disappointed with the experience. After many days of anticipation, my very excited daughter and I arrived at the appointed time and place for her first piano lesson which was scheduled for 6:00pm on a Monday at Cheryl's house.

We drove up to a residence with trash scattered over the front porch and a dog barking loudly from inside. After ringing the doorbell, a sleepy young man answered and stared at us as though we were annoying solicitors. I explained that my daughter was scheduled to have her first piano lesson with Cheryl and he simply told us that she was "not home right now".

Surprised by his response, I asked him what time he was expecting her to return. He said he didn't know and suggested that I call her. He went on to explain that he was her son and he could not invite us inside because "the house was a wreck".

Surprised and dissapointed, we left the house and immediately called Cheryl's phone number. She answered and explained that our lesson was scheduled for 8:00pm, not 6:00pm as indicated in the official email from TakeLessons.com. After apologizing many times, she went on to explain that she also no longer gives piano lessons in her home and offered to give my daughter a lesson at another location in 2 hours.

I politely declined her offer and told her I would be initiating a refund for my payment. I hugged my daughter who was clearly disappointed by the whole experience and promised her I would pay a premium fee for a more reputable piano instructor.
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Cheryl (Cher) O.

Cheryl (Cher) O.

Arlington, TX 76017
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About Wendy H.

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Itasca, TX
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With music programs being eliminated from many school's education, I feel it is even more important than ever for children, off all ages, to participate in some form of musical experience. Being a piano teacher for over twenty five years, I have seen many benefits for those taking music lessons. Some of these benefits are building self esteem and confidence, learning to focus, developing mental discipline, overcoming the fear of getting up in front of crowds, not to mention being able to play songs that we enjoy.

My philosophy of music is that you don't have to be an expert to be able to enjoy playing an instrument. It is not that difficult to learn to play piano or guitar; it just takes a little time and effort. I believe that practicing doesn't have to be hours a day either, unless you want to be a concert pianist or guitari
st, but you can accomplish a lot with 15 to 30 minutes of practice each day. There is time to fit music in with many other activities that we like to do. So keep that in mind as you are deciding how you can fit music lessons into your daily schedule.

I studied guitar for five years, then began to take piano lessons which continued through many years of my life. I studied under many classical teachers, and teaching methods such as Royal Conservatory of Music and Western Board. These lessons also included Music Theory. As I developed as a musician, I began to play piano and guitar in churches for worship services. I also accompanied soloists, both vocal and instrumental, and played for many special events such as weddings, funerals, graduations, etc. Eventually, I stepped into music ministry, which included planning music for church services, working with children's music programs, leading, rehearsing, and directing choirs etc. I have taught choir and music theory in schools over the years, as well.

At some point in my life, I decided it was important for me to go for a music degree. This degree gave me four years of classical vocal training, more classical piano instruction, and ensemble work. It also gave me more experience with directing choirs and orchestras.

My formal education is: Bachelor of Arts in Music Ministry with Applied Music.

Church Piano Certification

College Level Music Theory and Classical Voice

*** Lesson Details ***
When taking lessons from me, students can expect to work hard, but have lots of fun. Their music training will be very detailed and will include all aspects of learning music. In addition to learning how to read music and play piano or guitar well, students will learn theory and technic. Theory teaches students the understanding of how music is written; this will assist them in the future is their interests turn to writing and arranging music. Technique is the exercises for their fingers which teaches them control and agility. I accept students of all ages and abilities up to advanced intermediate levels in piano, guitar, and music theory. I accept beginning vocal students.

Piano lessons consist of learning to play and read music. Students can expect to be classically trained, but will also get to choose and play songs or musical styles that they enjoy. Theory and technique will be included in their study program.

Guitar lessons consist of learning how to play both notes and chords, and how to read both notes and chords, as well as lead sheets specifically written for guitar. Students will also learn the written theory for guitar. I like to include extra books of songs or music styles that the students like. This encourages them to learn and practice because they are playing something that they know and like to play.

Beginning classical vocal students will learn basic breathing technics, vocal exercises and will sings a variety of songs. I don't start out with classical vocal unless that is what the student wants. I let them choose music that they like to sing, as we can learn and practice vocal concepts with all types of music. I encourage vocal students to take at least basic piano lessons, so they can learn to read and understand musical concepts.

Music theory goes along with any instrument and vocal instruction. Piano theory is the basis for all music theory. I have the ability to teach through college level theory for those that are interested in writing or arranging music or wanting to have this level of theory to go along with their musical instrument.

Practice times start at 15 minutes a day, 5 days a week for beginners. As students progress, their practice time increases. Advanced beginners will practice 30 minutes a day, early intermediate level will practice 45 minutes a day, and intermediate level will practice at least 1 hour a day.

I encourage students to take one lesson a week for 1/2 hour. As they advance, then this may increase to a 45 minute lesson, once a week, then perhaps 1 hour once a week as needed.

After 3 months, beginning students will be able to play simple folk songs with right hand melody and left hand accompaniment. At 6 months, students will have learned 3 different positions or keys on the piano, will be playing songs that are a little more complex, and can now add supplemental fun books to their lessons. I encourage my students to participate in two recitals a year. I try to make this a fun, not a stressful, time for them. I also encourage family and friends to attend and cheer on the students. If students wish to compete in music competitions or adjudications, I can assist them in doing so, as well.

There are studio locations in Colorado Springs, Colorado 80917 and Falcon, Colorado 80831

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano at both locations

*** Travel Equipment ***
Don't have the ability to travel to lessons at the moment.

*** Specialties ***
Classical piano is my strengths; however, I can teach any style from christian to contemporary to jazz. Vocal styles are basic classical, modern, and christian. Guitar styles include basic instruction on learning to play guitar, chording, fingerpicking, using different positions on the finger board. I can teach beginning to college level music theory.
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SARA October 6, 2016
· Singing · In studio
Great first day!
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Keana J. August 5, 2016
· Singing · In studio
Wendy was a nice teacher I enjoyed taking lessons with her
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Wendy is very knowledgeable and extremely patient. Wendy has a fabulous sense of being happy, helpful and cheery even if things aren't going as well as expected. A very experienced instructor and I am happy to have my daughter learning from her.
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Wendy H.

Wendy H.

Itasca, TX 76055
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About Ben H.

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Hello, my name is Ben and GUITAR IS MY BUSINESS...AND MY BUSINESS IS GOOD so please consider me. I've been playing guitar for over 18 years and have been in playing bands for 12 years. Recently after the band broke up, I decided to further my education and went to Musicians Institute in Hollywood California. There I was taught by the best guitar players in the world. Marty Friedman, Paul Gilbert, Scott Henderson, Tommy Emmanuel and Johnny Hiland were just a few of the great players who gave clinics there. I received a degree in Guitar Performance and the knowledge I received there made me UNDERSTAND the mystery that is the guitar.

I can teach Rock/Metal, Country (lead and rhythm), Blues, Alternative, Acoustic, Classical, Chord Melody, Melodic Soloing, Twang, Chords, Scales, Modes, Many different lead and rhythm techniques a
nd more importantly any song you want to go over.

I feel learning to play your favorite songs is the most important and the most fun about guitar playing. After playing songs, some of the information given (scales, chords, theory, ear-training) starts to make some since and you begin to slowly figure the guitar out.

Theory and Ear-training I feel are very important to learn when trying to understand music. It just gives you a basic mathematical way of understanding how music works. It can be very frustrating to learn and takes some time to sink in so if you don't want to learn it then that is great. Ear-training is cool because when you start to understand it you can actually hear music and not just listen to it. You can listen to a chord progression on the radio and go home and play it and also improvise over it.

I encourage BEGINNERS through EXPERT to at least hear what I have to say. I have A LOT of information to give about the guitar. I played for ten years made 2 demo CDs, one full length album, another demo specifically for Metal Blade Records, was in a big cover band and so I thought I knew it all and was a great guitar player. Then I went to GUITAR SCHOOL in Hollywood and reality hit me.
I wasn't as good as I thought. When you hear the best guitar players in the world everyday for a year and a half like I did at Musicians Institute it makes you want to be better and practice, practice, practice. I learned everything there about guitar and music and I know the Right way to teach.

Please consider me for your guitar teacher I will make it fun and a good learning experience as well.

Thank you,
Ben

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It depends on what level the student is on and that is where we will go with the lesson. If you are a beginner we will start with the very basics. I try to make it to where you can easily understand everything taught. The most important part of the lesson is you are having fun with playing the guitar and also getting as much information as possible. Upper level students may want to go over a song they are learning or want to know about theory or chords. Usually we will talk about where you are at with your playing and then go from there.

Thanks.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Acoustic and electric guitar PA system, small amplifier for student

*** Travel Equipment ***
Books and paper. They should have guitar and pick

*** Specialties ***
Teaching Rock, metal, country lead, blues, ear training, theory solo improvization. Scales and chords and how they go together. Melodic soloing and chord melody. Can teach out of a book and can read music. But most importantly have fun and learn cool songs
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Francis Govers December 8, 2017
· Guitar · In home
I've been very happy with Ben - he has been very helpful and encouraging, and his playing is very nice. He knows his stuff and is happy to share his knowledge and experience. I certainly appreciate his enthusiasm for the guitar.
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Nancy Cook August 21, 2017
· Mandolin · In home
Really flexible and very helpful. Prompt and friendly.
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Elijah F. June 23, 2017
· Classical Piano · In home
excellent, patient with the twins. they seem to be learning a little more each session. they are very comfortable with him. my husband and i really appreciate his professionalism when teaching especially when one of them can be very talkative and sometimes wanting to veer of lesson plan. we think he's Awesome. D. Fenwick
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Ben H.

Ben H.

Euless, TX 76040
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About Ray M.

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Arlington, TX

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Born in Arlington, Texas, I began playing guitar and bass guitar in high school. After studying for several years under Joey Faust, I studied Jazz, Classical Guitar, and Music Theory at TCC in Fort Worth. I began teaching in my free time to friends and family in 2003; by 2008 I was teaching full time, my students ranging in age from 3 to over 70. I also play piano, mandolin, banjo, ukulele, and auto harp.

*** Lesson Details ***
I believe lessons should be fun, so all lessons are tailored to the individual student, based on the student's interests and goals. Students are free to progress at their own pace, and to choose their own learning material. Styles and techniques include Rock, Country, Blues, Bluegrass, Jazz, Shred, Slide Guitar, Classical Guitar, and Slap Bass, to name a few.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons in my home stud
io are definitely more beneficial to the student, because I have all my toys here! Besides having all of my other instruments here for demonstrations, or being able to freely change between electric or acoustic guitar for example, I have access to my computer and all of my teaching materials.
I also find that students who are at home (especially the children) tend to be more distracted, whether it's from lack of privacy due to the area chosen for the lessons, or often (again, this goes especially for the kids) there are pets that they like to play with while I'm trying to talk to them.
When they're guests in my home, however, I find I have their strict attention.

*** Specialties ***
I am primarily a guitar player specializing in electric lead guitar and solo acoustic guitar/vocal performance. I also teach beginner to advanced bass guitar, primarily finger-style. In addition I teach slap style bass guitar, as well as slide guitar. I am also a classical mandolin and tenor mandola player. I am currently the director of and first mandolin player for the Fort Worth Mandolin Orchestra.
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Tara February 1, 2018
· Banjo · In home
Great first lesson!
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Tommy August 28, 2017
· Banjo · In studio
I thought it was great, Ray was very patient, looking forward to my next class.
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Michael July 24, 2017
· Bass Guitar · In home
I am so glad I chose Ray. He is a natural teacher. He has a great personality and immediately I felt very relaxed with him. He has a great way of breaking down ideas and is very patient. I look forward to years of training under Ray.
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Ray M.

Ray M.

Arlington, TX 76015
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About Heidi S.

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Fort Worth, TX
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Heidi is back in Fort Worth, TX for the summer. She spends most of her time in Guatemala teaching music to children in the orphanages, but she continues to accept new, online flute and piano students. She has students in 10 different states and across the world, including Guatemala, Africa, China. Heidi's been teaching flute and piano since 1980. She has taught flute at New Mexico State University, and at the University of North Texas and Baylor University as a graduate student. For six years she was the Advertising Editor for the National Flute Association's "Flutist Quarterly." She founded the Albuquerque Flute Association with her flute teacher, Frank Bowen in 1984. She completed all but her dissertation at the University of North Texas for a Doctorate of Musical Arts in flute performance. She arranges music for her students a
nd for flute choir. She owns five auxiliary flutes-an Eb flute, a piccolo, a bass flute, two alto flutes, and plays on a handmade Brannen-Cooper flute. She has had articles published in "Flute Talk" and "Emerson Flute Forum." Heidi is delighted to share her vast knowledge of music with her students.
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Adria November 9, 2017
· Piano · Online
Heidi teaches our 10 year old daughter piano via Skype. Heidi is fantastic. She is absolutely perfect for our daughter. Our daughter loves her and is extremely comfortable with her. We highly recommend her.
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Jill August 28, 2017
· Flute · Online
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Ping C. March 1, 2017
· Flute · Online
Heidi is a fantastic music teacher. My daughter has been with many music teachers. Heidi is her most favorite. Heidi has demonstrated extraordinary initiative, creativity and insight in the planning and implementation of lessons. Based on my daughter's individual needs, she responds by making appropriate adjustments in her instruction.

Heidi uses skype to teach and also uses it to communicate with us that makes us feel she is always there. She always responses to our questions.

She created a fun chart for my daughter for day to day practice assignments that helps my daughter to keep on track of her practice and she is eager practice and ill the chart. She also upload the videos and audios to help my daughter day-to-day practice.

Thank you Heidi!
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Heidi S.

Heidi S.

Fort Worth, TX 76133
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About Melodie B.

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Music has been a very important part of my life for a long time. I began taking piano lessons at age 9 and also started as a church musician that same year. Some people would say I was a very fast learner! I was, and still am, very interested in every aspect of music. I began singing in church and school a few years after that. I have played and performed a variety of styles of music but I have the most experience with Christian music, classical, pop and R & B. I am confident that I can teach you whatever style you are interested in! I am currently a high school choral director and a minister of music for church. I also play in a band with a group of my co-workers where we perform mostly pop, rock and oldies. I have been doing private lessons since I was in high school and have taught school music for 25 years. I've taught genera
l education, choir, band and general music. I also do some composing.

I attended Jarvis Christian College (1984-1989) where I majored in All-Level Music Education. I received a Bachelor of Science in Education degree in May of 1989.

After I was hired at my first school, I started working on additional certification at Texas Christian University and Texas Wesleyan University. I completed the required subjects and received certification in general education in 1991. I am currently certified in 3 areas: General Music 1-8, All-Level Music K-12 and General Education 1-8.

*** Lesson Details ***
I believe that all students can and will learn something if they put forth some effort! I also believe that learning music should be fun! I'm a pretty laid back person but I am very serious about my time and yours being well spent! I use a method book for piano lessons, as well as, a variety of other materials based on your interest and level. I also use a variety of materials for voice lessons. At the first lesson I will find out what your goals for learning music are. I will also find out what types of music you are interested in and we'll go from there! I do believe in challenging students. I do expect you to sincerely want to learn and to demonstrate your interest through weekly practice and attendance at your lessons.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Keyboards, microphones, recording equipment, music stands and supplemental books and materials

*** Travel Equipment ***
Students will need to have the required lesson book. All students will need a spiral notebook and a pen or pencil. Voice students will also need a black binder.

***Affiliations***
TMEA (Texas Music Educators Association) August 2002
TCDA (Texas Choral Directors Association) August 2002
MTNA (Music Teachers National Association) August 1990

*** Specialties ***
I teach a variety of genres but my strongest areas are all types of Christian Music and classical. I've trained many people to be church musicians. I've also done pop, jazz, Broadway, country and hip hop.
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Connie J. July 4, 2015
· Singing · In studio
Ms. Melodie is a wealth of knowledge, I've sang in school and church choirs for years and never learned the singing fundamentals she has taught me in the past five months. If you want to be challenged and truly develop your musical abilities, she can help you reach your destiny!
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Joseph H. July 1, 2015
· Singing · In home
Ms. Brookins is an excellent teacher. Although I had a few ideas of how to sing, I had no idea how technical it was. After a couple of weeks of struggling, she helped me further understand the complexity of the voice. She is great at going at the students pace while trying to help them grow musically.
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Kim S. July 1, 2015
· Singing · In home
We have been more than pleased with our experience. My son has learned so much in a very short period of time. Not only has he learned new strategies for maximizing his potential but he has fun while doing so. We highly recommend Ms. Melodie.
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Melodie B.

Burleson, TX 76028
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About Carl W.

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As far back as I can remember I have always enjoyed performing music. I can remember during my elementary school years how I would play drums during church service. Some days I would sneak in my dad's closet to play his saxophone. I began learning how to play saxophone in middle school and by the time I was in high school I was learning piano, performing jazz, and composing music.
I went on to get a Bachelor of Music at the University of North Texas. I have been performing professionally for over 18 years. I also have taught band for 11 years in Dallas ISD. I enjoy teaching and mentoring other up and coming musicians. It's a joy to see another world open up to them through music.
Through my warm and positive personality and experience as a certified music teacher and music performer, I understand how to meet the social and education
al needs of each music student. I am well versed at solving problems and helping students thrive and reach their full potential. I think that I do this best by personalizing the instruction experience for each unique situation. I love to encourage students and help them discover the music in them.

*** Lesson Details ***
Like me, students can expect to enjoy the process. Students will discover that I am very encouraging during lessons. I keep everything upbeat and positive. I will help you come up with goals musically. I am very patient, all while coaching you so that you get positive results.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Upright Baldwin piano, electronic keyboard 88 keys, music stands, sitting area for parent, CD/iPod stereo.

*** Specialties ***
Jazz, Gospel, Pop, Classical, Various styles
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Sharonda January 29, 2018
· Piano · Online
He is nice and smart and a good teacher. I would recommend him to anyone that is needs lessons.
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Kristina R. January 18, 2018
· Saxophone · In studio
I look forward to my lesson every week! Wouldn’t dare choose another instructor
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Nancy December 21, 2017
· Saxophone · Online
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Carl W.

Fort Worth, TX 76112
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I hold bachelor of music and master of arts degrees. I have 20 years of experience teaching violin, viola, cello, and piano and 7 years of experience teaching public school orchestra. My favorite part of teaching is instilling the love of music to my students.
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Rodney D. November 2, 2017
· Violin · In home
Great teacher, very kind and patience.
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Ishta R. August 24, 2017
· Violin · In home
Ms. Cindy is a wonderful teacher. She is very patient and sweet. She has a lot of great tips and tricks to make the lessons easier and fun for even the youngest learners. I highly recommend Ms. Cindy.
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James July 18, 2017
· Cello · In home
Very patient and knowledgeable. Great lesson.
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Cindy H.

Euless, TX 76040
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$35 / 30-min

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Burleson, TX

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I have been playing the violin for over 24 years. I like to teach beginning, intermediate, and advanced students regardless of their age. I would prefer beginners to take at least one year of piano lessons prior to learning how to the play the violin. This way students can transfer basic music knowledge into violin playing, especially in the field of reading and learning new music. My goal is to help music lovers learn how to teach themselves one day when a music teacher is no longer available.

I started teaching in 2011 while I was completing the Master of Music degree at Rice University. As I am finishing my Doctor of Musical Arts degree in December 2017, I would like to build and expand my own studio in Burleson, TX.

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Barrie February 21, 2018
· Violin · In studio
Within a half hour lesson I learned the proper way hold the bow and the chords to pluck for twinkle twinkle little star. You can feel how excited she is to be teaching someone her passsion. I'd definately recommend her.
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Chaul Y.

Burleson, TX 76028
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$42 / 30-min

About Cliff C.

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I've produced, mixed and mastered my own music for 15 years as well as performed countless shows with many different bands. I have a very friendly and easy going attitude and have experience in teaching individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds. I've learned a lot of tricks and shortcuts that many other lessons I've seen have lacked or skip over.

I grew up listening to rock and roll but eventually got into heavier metal which is my passion.
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Cliff C.

Cliff C.

Arlington, TX 76018
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$25 / 30-min

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Being a mom is hard work, way harder than being  rockstar, yet somehow these amazing women do it all! In honor of moms everywhere, music teacher Jessica D. highlights a few amazing women in music who deserve a great big breakfast in bed this Mother's Day... Where did you get your love of music? Was your mom musical? Maybe she played an instrument, sang in church or in a band, or splurged (or currently splurges) so that you could take guitar lessons? Regardless, this Mother’s Day, we can’t … Read More

Happy Mother's Day! Shout Out to 5 Amazing Rock and Roll Mamas
Being a mom is hard work, way harder than being  rockstar, yet somehow these amazing women do it all! In honor of moms everywhere, music teacher Jessica D. highlights a few amazing women in music who deserve a great big breakfast in bed this Mother's Day... Where did you get your love of music? Was your mom musical? Maybe she played an instrument, sang in church or in a band, or splurged (or currently splurges) so that you could take guitar lessons? Regardless, this Mother’s Day, we can’t
Exercises for Practicing Guitar Chords
There are several ways to master the technique of changing chords, so let’s look at a couple of exercises using basic guitar chords. The basic guitar chords are C, D, Dm, E, Em, F, G, A, and Am. Some instructors add C7, D7, E7, G7, A7 and B7. The F chord is always the most difficult for the beginning guitar player because you hold two strings down with one finger. Ideally, you want your basic guitar chords to sound clean and crisp – no muffled strings. Keep practicing the individual chords un
Piano Tips: How to Master Large Leaps on Piano
Are you intimidated when you see a large leap coming up in your piano music? Don't fret! Take control with these tips from New York, NY teacher Nadia B...   Leaps are one of many piano techniques, but an especially important one because they are common and often challenging to execute; moreover, in learning to execute leaps you will also master other important piano techniques, including preparation, rotation, breathing, and making use of the weight of the hand. The following tips
Video: Nick Jonas "Close" Guitar Tutorial
Nick Jonas may have taken some flack lately after a guitar solo gone wrong at the ACM Awards, but  don't let that fool you, the young musician is a very talented guitarist. In this guitar tutorial, State College, PA guitar instructor Jonathan B. teaches you how to play Nick's new song "Close". Before you watch the video, make sure you have a basic understanding of the following guitar concepts: How to Use a Capo Basic Chord Progressions Guitar Strumming Techniques Use the le
How to Get Ready for Your First Piano Recital [Infographic]
A good piano performance takes plenty of patience, practice, and persistence. And your first piano recital can be nerve-wracking, on top of that! Here, music teacher Liz T. shows you exactly how to prepare...   If you're new to playing piano, your first piano recital is a wonderful opportunity to showcase what you've learned in front of family and friends! However, performing can be nerve-wracking for kids and adults alike. Here is a suggested timeline to help you perform at your

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