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About Adrianna G.

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Irving, TX
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Violinist, Pianist, Teacher and Conductor

I graduated December 2010 from Texas Tech University. I have my Bachelor of Music with a Teacher’s Certification in the area of strings and orchestral studies. My principle instrument is the violin and studied under Dr. John H. Gilbert as a part of my degree. I continued secondary piano studies with Dr. Carla D. Cash at Texas Tech University.

In the Fall of 2010, I completed my degree by doing a full time student teaching at Martin High School in Arlington, Texas. During my time teaching at Martin HS, the orchestra competed in TMEA String Honor Orchestra, where they placed third in the finals. This is the highest placement in this competition they have received since the mid-1980s. During my time in Arlington, I sat as a violin judge for region full orchestra and region string orchestra. I p
ersonally conducted 3 of the 5 orchestra and taught each class daily, either in sectionals or group instruction and conducting

At Texas Tech University, I worked two years as a teacher for the nationwide outreach program, String Project. With String Project, I would teach classes of 15 to 20 students at a time. These classes were forty-five minute violin classes held at the university twice a week. Each student had an additional thirty minute weekly, private lesson. My work, along with 4 other teachers, earned a position to lead two clinics at the annual ASTA convention, held in Atlanta Georgia in 2009.

During the Spring 2011 semester, I spent my week in the Houston area as an orchestra teacher at Fort Settlement Middle School. During my time at Fort Settlement, I ran a program of 164 middle school string musicians on violin, viola, cello, bass and harp. The orchestra ranged from beginner to upper-intermediate levels. I had the opportunity to take 3 of the orchestras to UIL contest. All three groups came back with outstanding awards, including Sweepstakes, the highest award possible.

I am a sought after violinist, pianist, accompanist, teacher, conductor, and adjudicator for several ensembles, musical organizations, and student recitals. I began my musical career at the age of eight playing the piano. I have continued to play and take piano lessons throughout my life. When I entered the sixth grade, at the age of 11, I began my violin studies. These violin and piano studies led to my eventual audition and acceptance at Texas Tech. Though one may think two is enough, I did not. After a year marching in the colorguard in high school, I began lessons on the clarinet at the age of 15 and joined the band. I continued to perform on the clarinet in the marching and concert bands throughout high school and college.

With 6 years of private, group and public teaching, I am a state certified music teacher for early childhood through 12th grade. Since the fall of 2011, I also teach full time as a middle orchestra teacher in Lewisville ISD. I am a current member of TMEA, TODA, TMTA, and ASTA. I have taught a wide range of students and enjoy sharing my passion for music making. As a teacher, I want my students to understand and learn music in many different aspects. Understanding how to read notes and rhythms is important, but combining them with the emotion and sensitivity of music makes playing any instrument fantastic. Music theory and technique are other important aspects of playing all instruments and are stressed in each lesson as well. As students practice and develop their skill and understanding, it is my desire for students to express the music from the depths of their heart.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am generally a very easy to get along with, but I do have high expectations from my students. For beginners, I run my lessons in sections with stretches, detailed warm-ups, repertoire, theory and end with an overview of the lesson and expectations for the next lesson. With my intermediate and advanced students, I expect them to come in already warmed up and prepared. I will have them play through technique exercises with brief reviews and explanations for the next expected exercise. We then go immediately into repertoire where students will "perform" prepared pieces for me. I stop and work on things throughout and then set an expectation for the next lesson for repertoire before ending the lesson.

*Note* I do expect all students to have an instrument to practice on. I highly encourage all beginners to RENT their first instrument from an instrument specialty store and not purchase one from a "department" or "super" store or online. Instrument specialty stores are always available to do repairs and upgrades with very decent prices. Purchased beginner instruments are hard to sell once grown out of. I do have names and numbers for multiple violin and piano shops in the DFW area, as well as a piano tuner.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Front Room: Piano, music stand and mirror, chairs and couch, highly encourage parents to sit in on lessons

*** Travel Equipment ***
Students will need to provide all of their own equipment. I will bring any additional books on an as need basis. I will bring my own violin to violin lessons, but students will need to provide their own with accessories.

*** Specialties ***
Kodaly and Suzuki
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Isabella M. July 29, 2017
· Violin · In home
Great teacher, daughter enjoys the lessons
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Sarah J. February 18, 2017
· Violin · In studio
Adrianna was able to teach at my six-year-old daughter's level of understanding. She was pleasant and clear and it looks like we're off to a great start!
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Halleli L. October 20, 2016
· Violin · In home
We love Adrianna!
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Richardson, TX 75081
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About Ryan B.

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Allen, TX

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Hey There! My name is Ryan B. I play and teach guitar, bass and drums, and piano and would love to teach you or help you improve your abilities! I have been playing all four instruments for 25 years, and I have a personal, laid-back style that helps connect with each student.

I have been with TakeLessons for over five years now, and am truly blessed to have worked with so many great students.I will teach you what YOU want to play, regardless of style or genre you like in music. I design my lessons around YOU, and what YOU want to learn!

Let's talk guitar! Guitar is the ultimate instrument to learn! It is versatile and portable and you can learn quickly, regardless of your favorite style. I teach acoustic and electric guitar. I cover basics, such as chords, scales and solo work. I cover a wide range of artists such as: The B
eatles, Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran. Regardless of your favorite band or style, I can help you accomplish your goals!

Piano is one of the most important instruments to learn, especially for children. The benefits are endless. For piano, I teach beginner through intermediate students. Piano is a popular choice because it has a very friendly layout with the keyboard. I use a proven 6 level method to take you from Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star to Ode to Joy! I cover how to read sheet music and cover a wide variety of musical styles!

Do you like the deep, powerful sound of the bass guitar? Well, I cover that too! The bass is a FUN instrument that is very friendly to learn. If you ever want to join a band, the bass is essential instrument, because it goes well with the drums. I cover a wide range of styles from blues, funk, rock and jazz! Go for it!

As a kid did you set up pots and pans or pillows and hit them with spoons like I did? Well, then the drums may be for you! You can learn drums with a pair of sticks! Drums are a total BLAST to play, and if you are not one who wishes to read sheet music,then the drums are perfect for you! I cover a TON of different styles, and if you have a favorite drummer, you can learn to play like him or her relatively quickly!

Need academic help? Well I can help with that too! I tutor in most subjects, including: Math, Science, Reading, Writing Skills and ACT and SAT prep

Here is a breakdown of specific areas of subjects I teach and tutor with:

Math: Pre-Algebra, Algebra I and II, Geometry
Science: Biology, Chemistry and Physics
Reading: Comprehension, Analysis, Annotation and general reading improvement methods
Writing Skills: Essay Writing, Editing, Analysis
Test Prep: I can help with the GED, ACT and SAT

I offer private in-home lessons, lessons at my studio and on-line lessons!

*** Lesson Details ***
Students can expect my lessons to focus on your goals. I cover a lot of fundamentals and basics to start, and then go through more advanced techniques as the student progress. In a short period of time, you will know chords, notes, techniques, rhythm and timings, just to name a few!

Guitar students will learn basic chords, barre chords and soloing techniques. Bass students will learn bass notes, bass lines and soloing.

Drum students will learn timing, fills, soloing and lead drumming.

Piano students will learn how to read music, fingering, chords and song performance.

For academic tutoring, I design my lessons around the specific need of the individual student. I thoroughly research each student needs and customize my tutoring around your child's strengths and weaknesses.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Equipment available:
Keyboard
6-string acoustic guitar
12-string acoustic guitar
Electric guitar
Bass Guitar
2 amplifiers
Full Drum Set

*** Travel Equipment ***
acoustic guitar, bass guitar

*** Specialties ***
I love and can play almost every style of music imaginable! Whatever style of music you like, I can help you improve and learn!
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Camelia August 16, 2017
· Piano · In home
Ryan reconnected our son with the love of piano. His class is fun, relaxed and totally engaged. Our son made lot of progress with him and most importantly he loves piano and enjoys it
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Phil T. December 23, 2016
· Drum · In studio
I am having a blast, Rayn really knows how to customiz your lesson for you. I am always looking forward to my next lesson
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Phil December 16, 2016
· Drum · In studio
I am an intermediate drummer. Lessons with Ryan have been awesome. He is easy going, laid back but keeps you totally engaged. He is well versed in many instruments and music theory. I'm always looking forward to mynext lesson. I highly recommend him for anyone.
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Allen, TX 75002
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About Samuel C.

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Santa Cruz, CA

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After graduating from the University of Virginia in 2010 with degrees in Music and History, I spent several years touring and recording with artists on the East Coast, teaching as many as 20 private lessons a week, and studying tabla (Indian hand drums) to keep my own musical education alive and moving forward. I have a passion for music of all kinds, and specifically for drums and percussion. As a result of the diversity of my tastes, I have an eclectic performance background. Over the past decade I have performed with rock and metal bands, jazz ensembles, percussion ensembles, various independent singers and songwriters, musical theater productions, African drum ensembles, and even a contemporary dance company. I am excited to be living in Santa Cruz and continuing my own education as a PhD student in Music at UCSC!
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Aimee September 12, 2016
· Drum · In home
Sam has been teaching our son Sam for a year now. He is an enthusiastic, focused and motivating instructor. What our son loves about Sam is that he is teaching him to play drums through the music that our son loves and relates to. This makes it that much more "fun" to learn.

Sam is always on time, very communicative, professional, passionate about drums and great with kids! We highly recommend Sam as an instructor.
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Aimee September 12, 2016
· Drum · In home
Sam has been teaching our son Sam for a year now. He is an enthusiastic, focused and motivating instructor. What our son loves about Sam is that he is teaching him to play drums through the music that our son loves and relates to. This makes it that much more "fun" to learn.

Sam is always on time, very communicative, professional, passionate about drums and great with kids! We highly recommend Sam as an instructor.
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Jose and Deborah Vasquez July 23, 2015
· Drum · In home
Sam is wonderful drum instructor. He is very friendly and my teen son feels very comfortable around him. They worked for several months on drums and Sam even took time to listen to my son's DJ music production. Sam gave him his opinion and suggestions for improvements. We are very happy with how fast my son began to play drums only after the start of a few lessons. We highly recommend him!!!
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Samuel C.

Samuel C.

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About Benjamin H.

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Caldwell, NJ
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About Benjamin
An active teacher, as well as performer, Mr. Hellman has been teaching violin and viola since 2004. He has taught students of all ages and experience levels. He currently teaches violin at the Lindeblad School of Music in Pine Brook, New Jersey.
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Robert C. May 25, 2017
· Violin · In studio
Ben is such a nice guy patient with my son (15) he comes home proud of what he learned after each lesson!!
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Tommy N. November 30, 2016
· Violin · In studio
Benjamin is very good teacher, he has a lot of patience
teaching 71 years old person
and Yes Very nice person
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Benjamin H.

Benjamin H.

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About Alexander K.

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Plano, TX

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Hello there my name is Alexander. Thank for taking the time to read my bio. I have been playing the piano for over 35 years. I have been teaching piano for over 20 years. In addition to teaching piano I am elementary school music teacher for over 18 years. I currently teach students as young as 5 and as old as 65. Whether your a beginner or an experienced player I am passionate about teach music and help each develop a love of playing the piano. I have earned an Associate of Performing Arts in Piano from Nassau Community College, a Bachelors of Arts from Hofstra University and a Masters of Education-Music K-12 from Hofstra University. I am married to my lovely bride-Keyla for 15 years and I have two amazing children Ally and Matthew both of which take piano lessons from yours truly. I teach and play most styles of music and I am able to t
each students how to read and play by ear. I would love to help you reach your musical goals.
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Christopher Sewick May 21, 2017
· Classical Piano ·
Alexander is an exclent instructor and musician. He has the ability to make leaning the piano challanging yet fun. My 9yr old looks forward to his lesson every week and has thrived under Alexander's tutelage.
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Shawn McCall March 7, 2017
· Piano ·
As an adult beginner, I cannot recommend Alex more highly. He is patient, instructive, and is ready to help through any challenges. I was very nervous to embark on learning the piano at 46, but it has been an amazing journey so far and I have learned so much in a relatively short amount of time, all thanks to Alex! No matter your skill level, I think Alex is a fantastic teacher who will help you reach your goals.
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Olivia Buchanan March 7, 2017
· Piano ·
I have enjoyed piano lessons from Alexander so much! I love his teaching style, he makes it so easy and fun! He is very patient and works with my schedule! This is my first experience learning piano, I've been putting it off for 20 years, and I'm glad I found Alexander to be my piano instructor!
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Alexander K.

Alexander K.

Plano, TX 75025
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About Elisa B.

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Plano, TX

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Elisa grew up in Austin Texas and started playing piano at the age of 5. She comes from a family of pianists and piano teachers, and played piano throughout high school.

In 2013 she attended University of Rochester, and took piano lessons at the highly acclaimed Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. In college Elisa found she couldn't go a day without playing the piano. Sight reading and discovering new music was her true passion, and she developed a taste for classical music outside of lessons. Elisa accompanied friends in talent shows, and started teaching piano to other students. She got accepted to Southern Methodist University's Division of Music for Piano Education! She is also the pianist at Westview United Methodist Church.

Elisa loves helping people discover their passion for music, whatever style it may be. She
loves the journey of music discovery, and is excited to share her knowledge of piano with her students!
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Jiya M. October 10, 2017
· Piano · In home
Elisa is just awesome with my 7 year old. I can see that she thoroughly enjoys her lessons and has made good progress very quickly.
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Elisa B.

Elisa B.

Plano, TX 75025
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About Ari S.

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Brooklyn, NY

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I am a guitarist, bassist, writer and composer based in South Brooklyn. With international touring experience, songs licensed to film and television, and a degree from The New School, I have an approach that is both holistic and comprehensive. I am easygoing, adaptable and excited to approach music education from an inclusive angle!

I teach students of all ages, and have given an average of 40 lessons per week in a variety of formats (private, group, after school programs, online). My tastes in music are as varied as my experiences - nothing is off limits and everything has the potential to teach us both something.

I own and operate an independent music collective/label with a focus on thoughtful rock, pop and R&B. We are adept at finding the right team for our artists, and have had success in music and video production, national tourin
g, marketing and branding, and licensing. I'm currently a member of 3 original bands and have continued to do an array of session work on both guitar and bass.

I am endorsed by Lakland basses and am a member of SESAC. I love coffee, chocolate, and like my eggs over medium.
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Jonathan July 11, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Fantastic and versatile teacher, able to cover all styles comfortably. Definitely recommended for in-home lessons for adults or kids. Relaxed & easygoing, Ari can also push when you need to get over that next practice hurdle. Super nice guy and great teacher.
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Carolyn July 11, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Wonderful teacher. Creative patient and kind
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George July 11, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Ari is very knowledgable but presents information in a relaxed, approachable way. It's obvious that he really enjoys teaching and his low key manner makes students feel at ease. Highly recommended!
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Ari S.

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About Steve R.

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San Jose, CA

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Long time pro with 11 CD's released worldwide and extensive touring in Europe and the US. Not only do get a teacher who has an affinity for playing rock/metal you get the knowledge of a pro that can help with everything from guitar set up/gear to how to record/ compose and arrange songs. Lessons geared to your goals. I teach you what you need to
know and want to play.
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Guy July 28, 2017
· Guitar · Online
I have no idea who Steve is but he sent me an email asking that I review him. Sounds like a really honest guy. Right? Yeah, no. Never even heard the guy play. Bummer.
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Steve R.

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About Miguel M.

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Richardson, TX

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I received my Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from Sam Houston State University in May of 2016, where I spent five years studying clarinet pedagogy, improving my individual ensemble and musicianship skills, and learning how to be a music educator.

I teach students of all ages, and I've taught middle and high school students, beginning and intermediate students. Every student learns at a different rate, in different ways, and I have a consistent, but flexible teaching style depending on the student. For beginners I use the Standards of Excellence book for developing tone, musicianship, and reading music. As for intermediate and advanced students, I have a variety of methods and exercises that I've gained during my time at SHSU.

During my time at SHSU, I was a member of both the Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble, as well as several s
mall chamber groups. I am also a member of the orchestra for Rockwall Summer Musicals, where I have been involved with three professional level productions.

I believe everyone deserves to be a part of the musical world, and my passion is introducing people and students of all ages into this world.
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Miguel M.

Miguel M.

Richardson, TX 75082
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$25 / 30-min

About Shaunessy R.

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McKinney, TX

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Shaunessy began playing the violin when she was seven years old and has been studying under Ronald Neal, founder of the Dallas Chamber Orchestra and former student of Ivan Galamian. When in Germany, she studies under Dr. Peter Gries, the director of the Musikacademie in Kassel. At age 11, Shaunessy made her solo debut when performing with the Dallas Chamber Orchestra. Shaunessy has done solo and chamber master classes with Ralph Fielding (Lynn University), Julia Bushkova (University of North Texas), and Arkady Fomin (Dallas Symphony Orchestra). She played in the New Conservatory of Dallas for six years and was the Associate Concertmaster of its top orchestra which performed at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas. Ms. R attended the North Texas School of Irish Music for two years and has recorded a CD with them. She has been w
ith the Dallas Millennial Orchestra since 2013 and participated in the orchestra tour and CD recordings across the U.S. In the past five years, Shaunessy has attended the Music in the Mountains summer program in Durango, Colorado and the acclaimed Meadowmount School of Music in upstate New York. She has also been a top prize winner at the Dallas Symphonic Festival, Texas MTNA Competition, and Collin County Young Artist Competition. In addition, Shaunessy is the founder of Brighter Future for Kids music program, a community outreach for underprivileged kids for which she provides free instruments, teaches them weekly lessons and organizes recitals for them in the McKinney, TX area. She created a website to provide students with a guide to become a successful violinist. Besides classical music, Shaunessy also likes to explore other genres like Jazz, Pop, and Irish fiddling.
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Julio October 8, 2017
· Violin · In studio
A great and wonderful teacher , loves and understands kids. She has also lots of learning resources for them. I thank her too much for teaching my girl.
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CAROLINA September 25, 2017
· Violin · In studio
It is amazing that such a young person has so many qualities together: talent, knowledge, patience and a great heart. She works very hard and deserves the best . My family is very lucky to have met her.
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McKinney, TX 75071
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