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Dallas, TX

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Jerry W. holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in Music Education from Oklahoma Baptist University, as well as a Master of Music Pedagogy and Performance from Oklahoma State University. He is a published research assistant as well as the author of 6 books on sight reading. He is also the inventor of the game "guitar bingo." He cites Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Eric Johnson, Paul Gilbert, Bill Lafleur, Alex Machacek and Monte Montgomery to be among his most powerful influences.

Lesson format is as follows: First, a short drill of fundamentals (this can include scales, arpeggios, exercises, etc.). Second, a short segment of reading. Third, the study of a piece of music (usually in the favored style chosen by the student). This third section of the lesson is very important as the focus is on the practical application of the fundamentals previ
ously studied. Fourth, a short segment involving improvisation (again, typically in the style of music chosen by the student).
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Alec November 7, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Great first session
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Allen F. April 4, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Excellent
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Dean January 16, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Great lesson, totally fun and informative
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Jerry W.

Jerry W.

Dallas, TX 75287
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About Michael E.

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Dallas, TX

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About Michael
My name is Mike E. I am a resident of Lake Highlands. I played by ear for eleven years before starting training on music and how to teach by Mr. Terrill Gardner. Terrill took me through music from the Rolling Stones all the way through "Modern Method for Guitar" books I, II, and III from Berklee College in Boston. He was my mentor and taught me a method that he spent thirty years perfecting. It works, guaranteed. He also taught me on bass guitar and banjo. I can help you.

Lessons are customized to meet the needs of the individual, with the primary focus on playing songs as soon as possible. I am talking about playing along with the pros, not reading notes for months and playing "Mary Had a Little Lamb." I have combined my "by ear" knowledge with Terrill's training to provide a unique approach to music, chords, music theory, ear trainin
g, and more. Even piano lessons start with learning chords. Chords are what the musicians play behind the vocals.

Give me thirty minutes of your time and I will show you why students keep coming back to me, even after stopping for a while. After getting to know you, we can move to hour long lessons if warranted.

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Note Reading provided on request only.

Beginner Guitar - We start with simple chords and eight easy one-verse songs. These teach chords, timing, hand technique, ear training, song construction, and the start of music theory.

Intermediate to Advanced Guitar - all of the above plus tablature, different styles, advanced chord theory, performance, lead guitar, and more.

Beginning Piano - We start with simple chords and go straight into the songs the students like. These teach chords, timing, hand technique, ear training, song construction, and the start of music theory. I can teach you every major chord on piano in one sentence.

Bass Guitar - We start with learning the location of notes on the neck and move immediately into major chords so you can start playing with songs. The chords are divided into their single notes, but viewed as chords because that is what the other musicians are playing during the vocals.

Banjo - I teach from the book "I Can Teach Myself Banjo" but you really need a teacher/mentor to show you all the things that seeing and being able to ask questions covers that just can't be covered in a book.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano, amplifiers, cords, computer, free WiFi, all in a spacious room with a window for parents to view the teacher and student. Parents have a large, comfortable waiting area. Restrooms and water fountain provided.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in mentoring, being a friend as well as a teacher. I have never gotten mad at a student and never will.

I have written three books on chord theory, "Chordmaster Chord Theory for Keyboard," "Chordmaster for Beginner Piano Students," and "Chordmaster Chord Theory for Guitar." You can learn more about these online.

You can read my article for Takelessons.com at http://takelessons.com/blog/lead-guitar-tips. Just paste the address in your browser.
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Avery January 29, 2018
· Banjo · In studio
Michael is very patient. He is a fabulous teacher.
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Vernon September 13, 2017
· Piano · In studio
You simply will not find a better instructor than Mike Ellis. He's very patient, helistens well and is easy to work with.

I recommend him highly for virtually all levels of instruction.
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Vernon August 9, 2017
· Piano · In studio
He cuts to the chase; quickly finding out exactly where you are musically and then goes from there.

Very patient and very clear.
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Michael E.

Michael E.

Dallas, TX 75238
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About Michael H.

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Along with being a songwriter, performer, and recording artist, I have over 30 years of teaching electric and acoustic guitar in all styles and levels, specializing in rock. We can focus on technique, reading music in standard or tablature, music theory, improvisation, or simply learning your favorite songs. The bottom line is making sure you meet your musical goals!

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I will begin your lessons by pinpointing exactly what you wish to focus on, then devise an organized plan so that we can maximize our progress. It's all about YOU!

*** Studio Equipment ***
I always have an amp in my teaching studio (although it's not mandatory that you play through it), and extra guitars if you're not able to bring yours. I can also play CDs or mp3s on the spot to learn your favorite songs, and I have complete and accurate tabla
ture to thousands of songs, all alphabetized!

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I excel in teaching technique - specifically alternate picking for speed and sweep picking for arpeggios - I can definitely help you reach your maximum potential on these techniques, among others. I also excel in the repertoire of acoustic and electric rock songs that I can teach you. I am patient as well. We can progress at your level.
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Richard June 13, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Had a great first lesson with Michael. We spent most of the time talking about theory and chord progression. Practiced for a half hour when I got back home. Looking forward to next week.
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Bryan A. September 24, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Michael is great guitar instructor, he always starts out wiith asking if I have any questions about previous lessons or assignments. Michael is great about teaching me better ways of playing something to break bad habits I taught myself and he explains the guitar theory if you want to learn that as well.
I renewed my lessons and would recommend Michael for any level of player.
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Chuck Castleman May 17, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Very knowledgable and friendly. Explains so you can understand.
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Michael H.

Michael H.

Lewisville, TX 75067
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About christabel W.

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Frisco, TX
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Hi, My name is Christabel W. and I can’t wait to meet you! I am a responsible and creative teacher with years of teaching experiences. My major was piano and graduated with the Certificate of Completion Music Field of Study. I enjoy working with young children as well as adults and teaching all ages (kindergarten-adults) and all levels (beginner-advanced) students. Due to a member of Plano Music Teacher Association (PMTA) and a Certified member of Music Teachers National Association, I will provide the opportunity for my students to participate PMTA’s Piano Festival and States Theory Test (1-12 level).

My goal is to let students have fun with music and to find melodies that mean something to play. I will provide quality individualized lesson plans to my students while they learn the music they also learn the music theory, sight reading
, and ear training. In Addition, I was studying with Dr. Allison and attended Sheila Paige's Keyboard Wellness Seminar, I will use Keyboard Wellness method to teach my students how cooperate the body, arm, hand, and finger moving together to make the playing so easily, efficiently, and music artistry.

I speak English and Chinese.
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Seth January 29, 2017
· Piano · In home
Christabel was pleasant and knew just how to handle my 8-year old beginner. He is eager to return for his next lesson.
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Nava H. January 15, 2017
· Piano · In home
Christabel is awesome. My daughter enjoyed her class.
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Rong L. November 28, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Christabel is very patient and really cares about students. My 5 yrs old twin boys really like her.
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christabel W.

Frisco, TX 75035
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About David D.

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Carrollton, TX
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David has been teaching private lessons since 1984 and is currently available to teach lessons at your home, at his studio, and online. David has helped students to improvise in Jazz Music, To play piano with a solid ttheoretical foundation, getting the musical tools to reach their goals in the music, and learn how to study and grow up musically.

David received his training at Dick Grove School Of Music in 1996] where he took the Course Harmonic Relationships. As an expert in his field, David looks forward to helping new students achieve their goals. David's teaching style is step by step, medible, specific covering 5 areas: Technique, Harmony, Sight-reading, Rhythm and Metrics, Styles, looking to make easier as possible the learning path cause the music it´s not easy, That´s why he is concerned to give all the most practical applicati
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Ken L. January 31, 2017
· Piano · In studio
This was my first lesson, it went great.
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Mark April 19, 2016
· Piano · In studio
David is a very enthusiastic, talented, and experienced instructor. We're definitely on the same page musically and I have the utmost confidence that he can help me achieve my goals. Can't wait for my next lesson!
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Efrom Moore February 21, 2016
· Piano · In home
Awesome lesson
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David D.

Carrollton, TX 75006
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About Haiyang W.

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Dallas, TX
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Haiyang Wang started learning musical instruments at age four. He began playing the flute at age eight and have won competitions from local to international levels including the 1st prize of the Second Asian Youth Music Competition in 2004. He studied at Shenyang Conservatory of Music as a flute performance major since his middle and high school years and had his first solo recital at age sixteen. Haiyang relocated to the US at age eighteen and continued his study in music. He is currently studying at University of North Texas, and his teachers include Prof. Terri Sundberg, Dr. James Scott, and Dr. Lee Lattimore.
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Haiyang W.

Dallas, TX 75287
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$20 / 30-min

About Baya K.

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Anna April 29, 2017
· Classical Piano · In studio
I love learning piano from Professor Kakouberi. I blessed to have her push me to do my best.
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James April 27, 2017
· Classical Piano · In studio
Pushes you to do your best. Supportive but expects you to do your work. Very good teacher.
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Queenie April 26, 2017
· Classical Piano · In home
Very involved and patient. There are many who are excellent musicians but not many teachers.
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Baya K.

Dallas, TX 75252
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$50 / 30-min

About Natasha B.

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The Colony, TX
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About Natasha
I am an opera singer and pianist who studied at the Aaron Copland School of Music in NYC and I recently moved to Texas to continue my studies in Music Education.

I started teaching piano and voice privately in New York City in 2012 and I continued in Texas. I have experience teaching ages 4 to 65 in both voice and piano.
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Kim November 16, 2017
· Vocal Training · In studio
First class is excellent!
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Kelly October 15, 2017
· Broadway Singing · In studio
Natasha was very helpful and very friendly. She is a very knowledgeable instructor and I look forward to working more with her.
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Craig Ongley June 6, 2017
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Outstanding. I have had four lessons and I am very pleased with Natasha.
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Natasha B.

Natasha B.

The Colony, TX 75056
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About Caroline S.

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Dallas, TX
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Caroline is trained and registered as a Suzuki viola and violin teacher through Book 4. With a background in both violin and viola, she is currently a master's student in viola performance at the Southern Methodist University, studying with Barbara Sudweeks. She completed her undergraduate work at the University of Michigan with Yizhak Schotten. She attended Interlochen Arts Academy for her last two years of high school, and has participated in many major summer festivals, such as the Texas Music Festival, the Brevard Music Festival, and the Castleman Quartet Program. She has played in master classes for such teachers as Mate Szucs, principal violist of the Berlin Philharmonic orchestra, Karen Ritscher, and Jeffrey Irvine. Her orchestral experience includes many acclaimed symphony orchestras, such as the Grammy-nominated University Sympho
ny Orchestra at the University of Michigan, opera and ballet orchestras, and string orchestras, holding frequent principal positions throughout her career. She is an avid chamber musician, having performed with numerous string quartets and other small ensembles. She has premiered several new works for solo viola, string quartet, and orchestra. She is passionate about teaching every bit as much as performing.
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Tasha September 17, 2017
· Viola · In studio
My daughter was in Book 3 when we started with Caroline, and she improved so much during her lessons. Caroline was very patient and encouraging.
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Marco September 17, 2017
· Violin · In studio
Caroline helped me a lot with violin and my lessons were really fun
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Elli September 17, 2017
· Viola · In studio
Thanks for being a great teacher!
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Caroline S.

Dallas, TX 75231
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About Troy L.

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Plano, TX
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Why trust me to teach you about music?
I believe that learning music is more than mere imitation and repetition. Musicians need to grow and develop in an organic and inquisitive way, reaching beyond simple mechanics.

The concepts and choices behind the music are powerful and helpful in learning how to play any instrument. What makes certain songs sound so good? How are they written in a way that is both logical and magical? What key are they in? What scale is the best choice for a solo?

Questions like these, and the answers behind them, are just one facet of my teaching philosophy and method. We’ll build a solid foundation with flexible, customizable lesson plans, and my 30 years of experience as a multi-instrumentalist will give your musicianship and creativity both the space and support it needs to grow.
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Troy L.

Plano, TX 75023
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