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About Yajaira M.

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Flower Mound, TX

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About Yajaira
Music is my life! I graduated at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, NC and received my Bachelor's Degree in Music Education with a Concentration in Voice (2005). I have been involved in musical productions as early as my middle school years. Some of the many musicals I have participated include Anything Goes 1999, lead role: Reno Sweeney, Grease 2000, role: Rizzo, Waitress Lead: Jen (1997). During my college years I participated in Operas, and Operettas such as: Orpheus and the Underworld (production won first place at the National Opera Association Opera Production Competition), Amahl and the Night Visitors, The Magic Flute, Pirates of Penzance, Cavalleria Rusticana. I became a member of Sigma Alpha Iota Music Fraternity, Music Educators of North Carolina (MENC), American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), and the North
Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE).

Over the past six years I have privately instructed over fifty students, many of which have been accepted to prestigious camps and ensembles such as:
- NC Honors Chorus
- Winston-Salem School of the Arts NC
- Syracuse Music Theater Summer Camp, NY
- Summer Theatre Institute at the Julliard School, NY
- US School of Performing Arts, Washington DC
- US School of Performing Arts, New York NY
- Northwestern University National High School Institute Theatre Arts Division IL

With my experience, attention to detail, and ability to bring out the best in each student; I know I can help you achieve your musical goals.

*** Lesson Details ***
I believe that every students has more potential then they realize. My goal is to help bring out their potential while providing a professional, personal, and enjoyable experience. I give my best and I expect my students to do the same.

My background is in classical music and this provides a solid foundation to successfully transition into all genres of music. During a standard lesson, I will begin with vocal warm-ups, sight reading and ear training exercises. The bulk of the lesson will consist of teaching them to sing correctly, melodic expressions, and performance showmanship. 90% of singing is feeling and 10% is technique...meaning you have to feel how things are done with your body correctly to understand and continue to model the correct and safe way to sing any style of music. I finish every lesson with constructive criticism, positive reinforcement, and a quick summary of how to prepare at home for the next lesson.

My teaching philosophy is that a great teacher is measure by the success of their students. I understand that each student learns differently, therefore, I always adjust my teaching style to meet the needs of the individual students.

Yajaira is a Certified
Music Teacher in 75070

*** Studio Equipment ***
The In-Studio lessons are taught in the music study room. The room is semi-acoustical with an 88 semi-weighted keyboard. Seating is available. No pets. Parking on the side of the house or driveway!

*** Travel Equipment ***
I have all types of vocal music books. I prefer that the student provide a piano or keyboard but I own a keyboard and I am willing to bring it if the students do not have one.

*** Specialties ***
My methods of teaching is classical training for all students. This allows my students to be well rounded in all types of genres: from classical, contemporary, to broadway music.
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David S. April 23, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Yajaira made huge, and undisputibly positive changes in my tone, breathing and control. Her lessons are easily worth every penny.
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Mario M. August 11, 2015
· Singing · In studio
Yajaira is an awesome instructor and I would recommend her to other students. She has a real passion for it and she is just the best.
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Oscar R. February 25, 2015
· Singing · In home
Sorry not really a review but is there anyway i can contact you. Just have a few questions. Thanks
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Yajaira M.

Yajaira M.

Flower Mound, TX 75028
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About Kailey C.

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Garland, TX
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Hello there! Welcome to my profile.

My name is Kailey, and I'm 27 years old. I am a graduate of Abilene Christian University with a degree in Music (concentration in Voice). I have taken voice lessons ever since the age of 13, but I've been singing ever since I was in a crib. I've learned many things along my journey, and I would love to help other singers realize their full potential.

I have also played the piano ever since the 1st grade, and have taken lessons up through college. I offer lessons to beginners, young and old!

I teach lessons in my home studio on weekday evenings and on weekends. I also teach lessons online!

Music will always be my passion!

“Ah, music," he said, wiping his eyes. "A magic beyond all we do here!”
― Dumbledore, J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

*** THE LESSON ***

I am a very easy going person and I like to have fun! I strive to be kind and understanding to people, especially students.

Here is what you can expect from a lesson with me:
Kindness
Support
Encouragement
Understanding
FUN

Each lesson is tailored to the student's unique needs. I use music that will suit the student's voice and experience level, and will help the student to improve in certain areas. Also, I allow students to bring in their own music that they would like to work on. I have had students bring in music for upcoming auditions, church solos, and even pieces solely for entertainment.

My lessons are all about doing things right. I focus on correct breathing, posture, etc, and help the student to learn what to listen for and feel in their own voice.

I encourage my students to spend time on their pieces outside of our lesson and emphasize the difference that practice can make. Trust me, I can tell when my students haven't practiced!

Most importantly, I strive to make my lessons enjoyable!

*** THE STUDIO ***

My studio is located at my house in a separate room. I have a keyboard, seating, music library, and a computer with speakers.

We have pets, but they are kept in a different part of the house during lessons.

*** SPECIALTIES ***

I strive to break bad habits, teach correct singing, and establish good technique. I have taught opera and pop styles, though I'm open to anything! My main focus is to get the student to sing correctly and efficiently. After that, style choice can come into play. With the correct technique, you can sing anything!
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Joelle October 1, 2017
· Singing · In studio
She is very sweet. She seems knowledgeable about different kinds of music.
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Hunter & Blake B. September 10, 2017
· Singing · In studio
The boys had a great time. She is very nice with children.
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Genny G. July 18, 2017
· Singing · In home
Very friendly. Supportive of a total beginner.
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Kailey C.

Kailey C.

Garland, TX 75043
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About Ryan B.

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Allen, TX

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Hey There! Summer is here! Let's play some music!!

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 Beatles, 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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Robert S. February 15, 2018
· Drum · In studio
Ryan is a great teacher! Very patient and encouraging!
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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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Ryan B.

Allen, TX 75002
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About TOYA N.

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Dallas, TX
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About TOYA
I have taught acting to small children, teens, and adults in community, private, and collegiate settings. I taught acting at the legendary Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute in New York City. My love of the arts has enabled me to study and perform in various cities throughout the US; including Los Angeles, where I studied at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute, to Europe, Mexico, South America; then back to New York City, where I earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in Acting from the prestigious Actors Studio Drama School.

I currently work professionally as an actor, singer, and TV and radio host. I've been fortunate enough to work in film, TV, theater, musical theater, hosting, commercials, improv, and voice-overs. I am also a vocally trained mezzo-soprano. Because I am still a working artist, I can not only teach you craft
, but can assist you in making the right choices to navigate your own way in the business. I offer private coaching to actors in theater and film, and singers in the US and abroad. I would love to share my knowledge and experience with you.

*** Lesson Details ***
I offer private coaching to children, teens, adults who have an interest in acting or singing performance, and for those who simply have an interest in performing or speaking in front of others. In addition to coaching those who wish to better their skills in acting, voice and speech, and singing, I also offer coaching for non-actors; i.e., attorneys, business professionals, teachers, politicians, pageant participants, and other creatives, who want to improve their public speaking and communication skills.

*** Studio Equipment ***
High definition, quality camera for video and stills
High quality lighting equipment and MAC monitor
Ideal for video auditions and on-camera classes

*** Travel Equipment ***
High definition, quality camera for video and stills
High quality lighting equipment and MAC monitor
Ideal for video auditions and on-camera classes

*** Specialties ***
Acting for film, TV, theater, and commercials
Audition Etiquette and Technique
Light Career Coaching
Agent Ready Coaching
Voice and Speech
Public Speaking
Neutral American Speech
Singing; including Musical Theater
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Hal March 6, 2018
· Speaking Voice · In studio
Toya is great! Exactly what I was looking for in a voice coach. She identified my areas for improvement, recommended exercises, and outlined a plan. She has excellent teaching skills and a delightful personality. I am very pleased.
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Osungu February 26, 2018
· Acting · In studio
I absolutely love Toya!. She pushed me out of my comfort zone which has greatly helped me as an actor. I’m more confident and relaxed.
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Nicholas January 9, 2018
· Acting · In studio
If you want to work with a professional who knows exactly what she’s doing and knows exactly how to get you where you wanna go, then Toya Nash is the person for you.
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TOYA N.

Dallas, TX 75244
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$79 / 30-min

About Riley W.

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Since 1985, Riley has been one of the nation's premier guitar and bass teachers. He's been a working professional guitarist/singer since 1972, teaching since 1985 and a writer since 1987. You're read his work in "Electronic Musician," "Gig," "Guitar World," "Guitar School," "Real to Reel" and "Vintage Guitar" magazines, where he wrote the popular "Gigmeister column for 12 years! He's the author and publisher of "Guitar Made Simpler- An Intelligent Approach, a new book that applies the GIT approach to beginner guitar pedagogy. Past and present students include George Bond (Lakewood Rats, Mirror Image), Mark Keith and Michael Wooten (BlackWatch), Alan Tyler (Tarnished), Tad Walters (Bob Margolin, solo artist) Michael Moore and many others. Today, he still maintains a busy teaching schedule at his state of the art home studio in North Texas
. Guitar and bass guitar lessons are available on a limited basis.

Riley employs the latest in teaching curriculum and uses software like Garage Band, Transcribe, Guitar Pro, Logic , Sibelius and Pro Tools to ensure students learn quickly and enjoy the process!

Due to his gigging schedule, regular student lessons are occasionally rescheduled for in the field "research" in the form of live shows. Unlike college professors, this "research" is used to rigorously test information in the "line of fire." This means students learn the latest techniques that work under real world conditions.

Don't settle for mediocre! If you're been looking for the best in learning guitar or bass, contact TakeLessons now!
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Brent P. March 29, 2018
· Bass Guitar · In home
Great 1st lesson and covered a lot in only 45 minutes. Very knowledgeable and professional. Looking forward to some practice time and my next lesson with Riley.
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Sharla May 20, 2016
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Event after more than 13 years of guitar instruction with Riley, there is always a new technique or song structure lesson to learn. He knows an incredible amount about music, performance, and (to be honest) living a good life. He is an inspiration to me both musically and personally, and his enthusiasm for both is unmatched.
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Eric May 19, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
In my opinion, I have very little natural talent for music. I hadn't played an instrument with any proficiency in the past. Well, I had played air guitar and guitar hero before, but neither of them really prepared me for actually playing a guitar. Sometimes I'd sing in the safety of my commute to work, but that's about it.

Riley helped me pick a guitar, gave me a book, and play along recordings. He had me playing classic chords in about two lessons. I can now read guitar music and have come up with some of my own tunes. I wasnt a very good student at first, but I showed up for my lessons. Just that took me a long way until I actually wanted to practice and really started to enjoy my guitar.

I was missing something in my life - all I did was work, eat, and sleep. I hadn't considered music as an outlet. My wife just signed me up one night and then told me I was going to learn something new. I was kind of mad at her at first (and hence my resistance to practicing), but I'm really glad she did that for me - and I thank her every time I play guitar.

Riley is great - he has a ton of patience with me. Considering that he went to one of the best guitar schools in the country (MIT/GIT), and can pretty much play wherever he wants, this really shows how much he loves to teach. Riley can play the obscure tune, pop, metal, classical guitar (he's got me on Beethoven now), and he even played yngvei with serious proficiency. The man has mastered the guitar and wants to teach. He is a working musician, and has had gigs every week that I've known him. He understands the music business, so he can give sound advice if you want a music career. So far as lessons go, it's just a matter of practicing what he tells you. There is no guitar, amp, or pick that can make you sound better. But Riley can.

I wish I (or my wife) had signed me up a long time ago. Best money I spend each month. Anyway, I better get back to practicing.
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Riley W.

Frisco, TX 75035
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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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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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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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Alexander K.

Plano, TX 75025
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About Sue B.

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Plano, TX

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I started playing piano at the age of seven, classically trained then branched off to spiritual, pop, jazz, contemporary, funk. folk and every genre except country. Took music history, music appreciation, song writing, music theory, ear training and have performed at church, synagogue, parties, and weddings.

Students learn to read music and some by ear or combination of both to be well rounded pianist. Watching students pursue and fulfill their goals are my primary objectives.

My passion is to create and write my own music, however; my gift is my love of teaching and to guide each individual student to obtain their goals.
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Presley T. April 18, 2018
· Piano · In home
We’ve been very pleased with Sue thus far. She’s been well prepared, timely, patient with our children. She is also very knowledgeable and a professional.
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Jennifer February 20, 2018
· Piano · In home
Sue is very patient with my daughter. My daughter enjoys taking lessons.
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Mehreen February 20, 2018
· Piano · In home
Sue has been a great piano teacher for my daughter. She is firm yet very kind. My daughter loves her and looks up to her. She is very knowledgeable and you can see her passion for music and teaching. She will be an amazing teacher to any child. I highly recommend her.
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Plano, TX 75024
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About Stevie B.

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Aubrey, TX
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I have been recording and touring for almost twenty years. I started the band Drowning Pool around 1997. Started out playing clubs in Dallas. Signed my first record deal 2000. I have co written a few hits and sold few million records. All this time later, I still love recording, touring, and teaching. I am down to teach guitar, bass, and ukulele.
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Vicki March 24, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Best guitar instructor ever! Stevie has been teaching my son guitar for about a year and a half now. He has been amazing every step of the way! My son absolutely adores him! When we moved an hour and a half away, don't think we quit lessons... I won't go anywhere else, we make the drive for lessons with Stevie! My son is able to play guitar unbelievably well! I'm very impressed with the quality of lessons and how far my son has gotten! He was 8 years old when he started and is now 10 years old.... and this kid can JAM!
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Pickles March 24, 2018
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I have absolutely zero natural musical talent. However I can play just about any bar cord on guitar and know how to somewhat play every basic note on guitar due to Stevie showing me a few things here and there over the years. I’ve never actually taken an official ‘lesson’ from Stevie. Yet I can play my guitar. That’s how good of s teacher Stevie is.
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Jacob March 23, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Can't say enough great things about Stevie! My daughter started taking guitar lessons about a year ago and now my son is learning the bass. His patience and care for teaching is amazing! I wish he also taught drivers ed because I'm dreading doing that myself.
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Aubrey, TX 76227
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About Sam K.

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Hello! I am a singer, and have been in many choirs as well as done many solo gigs as well! I do Broadway musicals, along with classical operatic selections. My choir directors and vocal coaches have sparked a lifelong interest. I want to make sure that all people have the ability to sing!

I would be a fine addition to any young, as well as young at heart, aspiring vocalists! I am most comfortable teaching classical technique, but have experience with Broadway, as well as country.

If you want to learn to sing, in a friendly environment, then don't hesitate to take lessons from me! I will also answer any questions as promptly as am able to!
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Sam K.

Aubrey, TX 76227
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$25 / 30-min

About Luis R.

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Irving, TX
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Originally from Guadalajara, Mexico has studied orchestral conducting under Pedro Bocotan, Leonardo Gasparini, Lynn McLain, Dr Suzanne Pence, Glenn Richter, Carlos Riazuelo and Hector Guzman.
He has conducted several orchestras in Mexico, as a guest conductor appearing in various cities throughout the country, conducting Mozart, Mendelssohn, Sibelius, Vivaldi, Mascagni and Beethoven among others. He currently works as the cover conductor for the Plano Symphony Orchestra and Irving Symphony, as well as working as assistant to Maestro Hector Guzman.
In the operatic field, he has conducted the operas Elixir of Love by Gaetano Donizetti, Rigoletto by Verdi and Amahl, the Night Visitors by G. C. Menotti and Dido and Aeneas by Henry Purcell.
​He earned his bachelors degree from the University of Texas at Austin where he majored in voice perform
ance and minored in conducting, continuing his education at LSU's school of music where he earned his Master's degree in orchestral conducting. In Austin, he conducted works by Stephen Sondheim (Into the Woods) and Dan Studney (Reefer Madness.)
​As a voice performer, he has sung the roles of Papageno (The Magic Flute), Ramon (La Curandera), King Balthazar (Amahl and the Night Visitors), Rigoletto (Rigoletto by Verdi), Belcore (Elixir of Love), Warrick (Plump Jack), The Phantom (Phantom of the Opera) among others. He has been heard regularly as a recitalist both in Mexico and throughout the US.
He earned his bachelors degree from the University of Texas at Austin where he majored in voice performance and minored in conducting, continuing his education at LSU's school of music where he earned his Master's degree in orchestral conducting. In Austin, he conducted works by Stephen Sondheim (Into the Woods) and Dan Studney (Reefer Madness.)
​Mr. Rodriguez currently serves as cover conductor for the Plano Symphony Orchestra, as well as administrator and librarian for the Irving Symphony.
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Luis R.

Luis R.

Irving, TX 75062
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As a beginner singer, it's important to understand how unnecessary tension affects your tone and your breath support. Here, NY teacher Nadia B. shares what to keep in mind and how to combat that tension...   Singing is, in many ways, a very natural activity. We all have a voice, and it is meant to be used to communicate in speech and in music. However, when one delves more into the art of singing through voice lessons, practice, and performance, tension sometimes creeps in. It can see
5 Violin Techniques Every Beginner Should Master
Are you new to playing the violin? As a beginner, it's important to create a strong foundation of which you can work off. Below, violin teacher Montserrat P. shares five violin basics every beginner should master... Congratulations! You've been introduced to the wonderful art of music through one of the most beautiful instruments, the violin. As you continue to discover this wonderful instrument, it's important to slowly build your skill set. After all, learning to play the violin can be
How Much Are Piano Lessons for Kids?
Determining the right budget your child’s piano lessons can be difficult. Some teachers charge very little, while others may charge an arm and a leg. So how does anybody know how much to pay? In this article, we address the question, "How much are piano lessons for kids?" The Average Price of a Piano Lesson and What Determines the Cost If you look around on the Internet, you’ll find that the average half-hour lesson costs between $15-$40. While this may seem like a wide range, several fact

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