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About Michael R.

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Dallas, TX

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Whether it’s to increase your confidence at karaoke night or to prepare for your first on stage performance, I’m very interested in helping you improve your singing. Ever been told that you’re "a little pitchy," or that you “just need to give it more support?” Tips like these often leave people frustrated because they don’t actually give anyone a plan for improvement. In my lessons we will focus on specific issues, and make sure you have a great plan for clear, noticeable improvement of your singing abilities.

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I would provide some music literature with lessons and customized exercises to each student with lessons. I would expect students to acquire their own literature additionally, and to purchase copies of any pedagogical book I may be using.

*** Specialties ***
Classical singing and opera voice lessons
are my primary specialty, and they were the focus of my BM and MM degrees. I also have some experience in Jazz singing and saxophone. I encourage a knowledge of music theory in a students interpretation of a piece of literature, which makes me different from many other instructors. I believe this makes for a more well-rounded musician.
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Michael R.

Michael R.

Dallas, TX 75238
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$29 / 30-min

About Ryan B.

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Allen, TX

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Hey There! 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 ran
ge 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!

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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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Eli July 5, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Ryan's style is relaxed and friendly. He walked carefully and deliberately through the material in the first lesson, but not so slow that it was boring.
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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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Ryan B.

Allen, TX 75002
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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.

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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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Steve June 24, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Great guy! Really simplifies things for ya. I've been playing almost 20 years and I learned something integral to my becoming a better musician. Highly recommend.
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Tommy F. April 4, 2018
· Banjo · In studio
Looking forward to my next lesson I think I can learn a lot from Michael
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Carl I. March 8, 2018
· Piano · In studio
My Dad ha s really enjoyed the lessons
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Michael E.

Michael E.

Dallas, TX 75238
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About Dusty S.

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McKinney, TX
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Our music studio Sanoon Violin Academy offers piano and violin lessons. PhD in piano performance. Conveniently located near El Dorado and Ridge in McKinney.
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Jack April 5, 2016
· Violin · In home
She is very kind, and professional. And she really understood how to teach my son!
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Charles K. May 19, 2015
· Violin · In studio
We love Dusty! She is very patient and really great at explaining things so that my 10 year old understands. I just signed him up to continue with more lessons.
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Dusty S.

McKinney, TX 75070
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About Maureen K.

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Dallas, TX

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About Maureen
Maureen has been teaching private voice and piano lessons since 2009, and currently runs her own studio, as well as traveling to students' homes to teach lessons. She teaches anyone with an interest and willingness to learn, regardless of experience level.

Maureen received her Master of Music from the University of Maryland 2017 with an emphasis in Opera Performance. Her teaching style is tailored for each individual student, in that what works for one student won't necessarily work for the next (particularly in regards to singers), and strives towards finding the optimal method that encourages and helps students to improve. She firmly believes that anyone who is willing to dedicate the time and effort to learning a new instrument is capable of doing so, and looks forward to helping new students achieve their goals.
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Eva H. October 11, 2018
· Vocal Training · In home
Maureen helped my daughter progress with the first lesson. We specified that she needed help with sight reading and the lesson consisted of exactly that. She was very thorough--kept the lesson moving but slowed down to my daughter's speed when necessary. Great first lesson.
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Annalee Noel September 6, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Maureen is fabulous! She was quick to pick up where my skill level was and I'm looking forward to my next lesson!
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Olivia June 12, 2018
· Singing · In studio
She quickly was able to point out ways I could fix problems that I have been having for quite some time. She was very fun to work with and I would definitely recommend for students of all ages!
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Maureen K.

Dallas, TX 75206
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Rowlett, TX
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Hello! My name is Ariana! I am a graduate from the University of the Incarnate Word and although I did not finish with a music degree, I did study it for about 4 years. I am so passionate about music and everything that has to do with it. I would love to help you be passionate about it as well! I have been playing the clarinet and guitar for about 10 years now and piano for about 3 years. I really want to help others learn and fall in love with Music!
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Tommy Stuchell January 12, 2016
· Guitar · In home
Since I am slightly more skilled than a beginner (i.e. I can play some chords), we spent our first lesson assessing my skill level, working on some finger exercises and developing a game plan for future lessons. I can tell she will be patient and knows her way around a guitar. If Ariana can get me to the next level, and show me some blues guitar, I would be more than happy to give her that 5th star!
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aleyna August 9, 2015
· Guitar · In home
My daughter said she was very nice and patient. She really enjoyed her lesson. Im glad shes her teacher
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Sherry M. June 18, 2015
· Guitar · In home
Ariana was professional and kind. I'm older and a little slower but she was patient with me. On my first lesson I felt like I learned some chords. And even if I find that I'm not naturally mucical inclined, I feel that I could still learn to play the guitar because of the way she teaches.
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Ariana C.

Rowlett, TX 75089
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$20 / 30-min

About Anthony H.

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Plano, TX
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I am a professional vocalist, instrumentalist ( guitar, mandolin, piano, bass, ukulele), actor, writer and string theorist with a degree in Theatre from Oklahoma State University. I sing, act and play instruments for professional theatres in the Dallas area and have music directed community and childrens productions. I am largely self taught and consider myself my own best student and once in college built a guitar completely out of materials found at home depot. I have also studied voice, piano and guitar with several industry professionals.

I am a treasure trove of information about instruments. Consultation is included in the price and this includes everything from selecting a new instruments to basic set up and repair.

I place a large emphasis on ear training, which helps you to hear the structure and flow of music. Ear trai
ning is imperative for more advanced students to learn before they can begin improvisation. Its like giving a man a fish vs teaching a man to fish. Its also a great transition into the theory part of your instrument specifically for kids who often pick up and latch on to the concept. Ear training properly though is not only a daily process but can be difficult for some so if you feel like this isn't for you that is okay because it all comes down to what you want.

My voice students will learn to relax into their singing and to strengthen their voice week to week. Each student receives a personalized plan of daily exercises based on their needs and weekly performance. I also offer audition coaching for those in the musical theatre community. For kids and beginners we start with basic breath control and diction. For more advanced students we work on improvisation

My instrumental students will begin by learning ear training and basic structure from there I make it about you and what you want to learn. I am a big believer in genre bending instruments. I for instance play jazz and blues mandolin. If you're wondering why you have never heard of this its because you can count the number of culturally relevant jazz and blues mandolinists on one hand. There are also reasonably few people who teach this as it is something so rarely done. If you have latched on to a particular genre of music I'd love to help you explore it.

Acting students are encouraged to dabble in all parts of theatre and film as many roles require you to be a jack of many trades. Character development and emoting convincingly is only part of the game.

Cancelation policy: 24 hour notice or in case of emergency with doctors note.
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Sebastian W. November 7, 2017
· Piano · In home
Anthony is patient and kind and taught my 4 year old quite a bit during his first session.
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Jess November 2, 2017
· Acting · In studio
We love Anthony! He has worked with my oldest and youngest kids and his talent and patience with the kids is top notch! He truly puts his whole heart and soul into working with them and you can see it in the final results!
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Anthony H.

Anthony H.

Plano, TX 75023
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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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Sue B.

Sue B.

Plano, TX 75024
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$32 / 30-min

About Xiaoyan W.

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Teaching piano is my passion.

I hold a bachelor’s degrees from Shenyang Conservatory of Music in China in musicology, two master’s degree from Texas Tech University and West Texas A&M University in piano pedagogy and piano performance, and a doctor of musical arts degree (the music version of a PhD) from University of Alabama.

I have been teaching piano since I was 18 years old, and have found it to be the most rewarding aspect of being an artist. Not only do I have the opportunity to guide the next generation of young musicians, but teaching also gives me the opportunity to learn about myself and humanity itself.
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Xiaoyan W.

Rowlett, TX 75088
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$50 / 30-min

About Luis S.

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For over two decades, pianist Luis has maintained an active career as soloist, collaborative artist, and teacher. He has appeared in concerts in the United States, South America, Europe, and Asia. He is currently Associate Professor of Piano and Head of Keyboard Studies at Texas A&M University-Commerce. Luis joined the Steinway Artist Roster in 2012.
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Luis S.

Luis S.

Rockwall, TX 75087
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$42 / 30-min

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