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About Allison V.

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Houston, TX

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About Allison
Welcome to my profile! I provide a warm and encouraging environment for students to make the mistakes necessary for learning an instrument and exploring their musical creativity. My passion for music has inspired me to pursue teaching and performance professionally in order to help others achieve their musical dreams.

My ultimate goal is for my students to gain all the skills necessary for creating meaningful musical experiences for themselves. Specifically I try to help them gain clean technique, a pleasing and expressive tone, basic understanding of music theory, and enough knowledge of music history to play with appropriate expression. I try to accomplish these goals by clearly explaining careful and deliberate practice techniques that remove the stress often associated with daily practice. Students will reap the benefits if they a
re committed to a regular practice schedule, are attentive during lessons, ask questions, and are honest with themselves about what is and is not working.

I began my teaching career in college while earning a Bachelor's in Music from Southwestern University (magna cum laude). I currently play as a soloist and with groups including AURORA: Trio for Flute, Harp, and Cello, the Shimmer Flute Choir, and Sounds of Silver Flute Quartet. I am also an active member of the Music Teacher's National Association and volunteer coordinator of the Houston Flute Club.

Although classically trained I also enjoy classic rock and appreciate music from other cultures as well.

I frequently write arrangements for flute choir and other ensembles, and so I can help students who want to learn more about arranging and composition.

In addition to the flute I also have experience with the piccolo, alto, and bass flute. I love performing and I share my passion for music with my students.

*** Lesson Details ***

Flute Lessons:

I offer lessons that cover just about every aspect of playing the Western concert flute. Students can expect to become well-rounded musicians who are knowledgeable about flute technique, tone, music theory and history. I use a combination of the Rubank Method and Flute 101 books with handout supplements.

The biggest changes I've seen in my students after a few months is a better understanding of how to practice efficiently as well as improved tone. Furthermore, every year many of my students earn superior ratings of 1 on their UIL solos.

Every Spring my students and I participate in Flute Fest, a day-long celebration of all things flute, including concerts, masterclasses, and a solo and ensemble contest. A few weeks later we have our annual studio recital where everyone shows off their hard work.

A NOTE ABOUT WOODEN FLUTES

Occasionally I am asked to help students play wooden, non-western flutes. Although the very basic fundamentals are the same, I do not play these flutes and can only offer very limited help.

Piano Lessons:

Piano is not only fun to play for its own sake, but provides a foundation for all music making. Students will learn about proper posture and hand-positioning, note-reading, rhythm, and a little history as well, using the Piano Pronto book series.

Music Theory Lessons:

I can help students of any instrument better understand the fundamental concepts of music theory: scales, intervals, chords, part-writing, etc. Theory lessons take place at the piano to demonstrate concepts. However, students do not have to play piano to take theory lessons. I typically use a combination of the Master Theory curriculum and other handouts, unless the student is already working out of another textbook.

**Online theory lessons** use the same curriculum, but with the screen share feature to help my demonstrations.

Summer Curriculum:

During the summer I offer additional group classes on different subjects, including theory and ear-training. I try something new every year to provide a variety of opportunities for students to learn and grow in their musicianship.

***Tuition Packages***
I have added my own features to the two tuition options TL already offers. I consider the Recurring Schedule a Subscription Package, where clients pay the same amount every month, equal to the value of four lessons, regardless of the number of lessons attended. This guarantees a permanent reservation of your time slot. I call the Schedule-As-You-Go the A La Carte Package, for those who cannot commit to a regular time. There is no reservation of a time slot and you pay for a few lessons at a time. I am happy to answer questions about tuition through the Ask A Question feature!

*** Studio Equipment ***
My studio is located in the front room of my home and includes a music stand, piano, and comfortable chairs in case parents would like to stay for the lesson.

*** Specialties ***
I primarily concentrate on classical music, but I also have experience with extended techniques, which include singing and playing at the same time, key clicks, and multiphonics.
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Jo B. June 22, 2017
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Kinjal R. January 26, 2017
· Flute · In home
She's super friendly and understands your need!! She's open to challenges and likes to discover stuff with her students which is a great value she possesses n I really appreciate her for that!!! She can make u feel extremely comfortable and assist you in clearly understanding the instrument n it's requirements!! Overall she's been great for Day 1! Look forward to many more!!!

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Al Vacek October 13, 2016
· Flute · In home
I have played several instruments professionally over the years and decided to take up the flute. Allison is one of the best teachers I have ever had! She has shown me music tips and techniques that I have never been shown before, and I look forward to continuing with her in order to learn more. Excellent teacher!
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Allison V.

Allison V.

Houston, TX 77095
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About Hsiao-Lan W.

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About Hsiao-Lan
I have been playing the piano since age 3 and violin since age 8. Besides regularly performing, teaching has been one of the most important things in my life. For more than 20 years, I have taught piano, violin, composition, theory, and music technology to music lovers of all ages. My students have gone on to win prizes both locally and nationally. I enjoy sharing with students my love for music in a nurturing atmosphere.

*** Lesson Details ***
Note-reading, technique, theory, improvisation, standard and not-so-standard pieces. Occasionally, we also include pop, jazz, blues, and musical theater works in our lessons. I have been described by my students as funny, strict, nice, and patient. I am not afraid to tell my students they need to step up the effort if I see potential in them to do well. I also know when to give them the support
when they feel frustrated. Students' interests will be taken into consideration for the pieces chosen and the style of lessons given. Teaching has always been my passion. I get to know the personality of my students so we can work together to bring out the musical talent in each of them. Student recital is held at least once every year. I encourage all students to participate in the recital.

*** Studio Equipment ***
One Yamaha upright piano and one Yamaha grand piano (for advanced students)

Dedicated chair for parents who choose to wait or observe during the lesson.

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*** Specialties ***
I am a classical musician by training, although I do play other styles as well.
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Carmen D. June 9, 2015
· Piano · In studio
Hsiao-Lan started teaching my 3 year old. She has incredible patience and shows the kids how much fun you can have while playing the piano. My daughter loved her and was always looking forward to her piano classes. I would highly recommend this teacher to anyone who is looking for their kids to have fun while they learn to play the piano. Unfortunately, we were not able to continue the classes but in a near future i would love for her to teach my daughter once again. Hsiao-Lan truly has a gift in teaching young children.
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paige H. November 19, 2013
· Piano ·
wonderful teacher

I asked my 10 year old son what rating I should give Dr. Wang and he said "5 stars". She is very patient and friendly when teaching my son who is a bit shy. She has chosen songs that are fun that he enjoys playing, and I never hear a complaint about going to lessons. She is helpful with all aspects of learning to play the piano, and I have noticed his playing becoming more personal rather than simply following notes.
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Jane J. November 13, 2013
· Piano ·
nice and patient

The teacher is nice and patient, My daughter just turned 4 when she first started the lesson. I was afraid she was going to find this difficult and boring. But instead she has enjoyed each lesson and has made surprising progress. The lesson is talored to her short attention span, mixed with games and fun motivation. We have enjoyed the lessons.
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Hsiao-Lan W.

Hsiao-Lan W.

Houston, TX 77074
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$40 / 30-min

About Dat N.

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Houston, TX
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Combine theory and practice, training focused on theory, sight seeing, ear-training, along with technically building strength and dexterity in your fingers along with musical internalization, introduction to different musical styles and notable composers and their contributions to music developments as well as exemplary compositions. Goal end is to have prepared the learner pathway and readiness for achieving professional career in classical and modern genres.
I studied Music with Concentration in Piano & Organ at Northern Virginia Community College and transferred to George Mason University to advance in pedagogy. I have taught music for 15 years and joined several different bands playing at parties, concerts, and events in VA and now in Texas. Passion and Patience are all you need when it comes to learning music. So join me and I can
help you with your journey to the exciting world, it's music world!!

*** Lesson Details ***
I use "the Bastien Piano" Series for kids and "John Thompson's Adult Piano Course" for adults. The Complete Keyboard Player series by Kenneth Baker will be taught to keyboard students. I will also accept your own preferred music material. By the end of second month, the student would be able to play instrument with some confidence.

Beginning to advanced, tailoring to individual needs and objectives with focus technically on ability to play efficiently, solo and accompanying, using all music mechanics.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music room: Piano (88 keys/weighted), Organ, music stands, recording device. Additional seating for parents.

*** Specialties ***
cllassical and rock styled music
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Dat N.

Dat N.

Houston, TX 77072
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$20 / 30-min

About Michelle H.

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Houston, TX

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About Michelle
I have enjoyed tremendous success as a Singer/Songwriter, Vocal Coach, Actress, Musician,Composer, Director, and teacher. I am originally from Ohio, but am now based out of Houston, Texas

I also Teach Stage Presence, and all of my students participate in live Recitals to showcase their progress. Music Theory to ensure that all students are equipped with the tools to succeed.

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Michelle has been teaching privately for over 13 years to students of all ages and is well versed in most styles: jazz, blues, rock, funk, gospel, classical, etc. I cover topics ranging from learning how to play starting from the basics.
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Tara A. January 16, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Professional
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Abhilash K. August 4, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Awesome teacher..very helpful and teaches good learning techniques
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Jamie Lynn J. July 13, 2016
· Singing · In studio
Michelle is absolutely FABULOUS!!! She was really knowledgeable, patient & thorough! My lesson was fun and empowering. Although I have some work to do, lol, I am SUPER EXCITED about singing again and looking forward to my growth as a Singer. ⭐️ 6stars!
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Michelle H.

Houston, TX 77084
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About Adam C.

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Houston, TX
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Hi, my name is Adam Vincent Clay, 29, and I have been playing piano since I was 7 years old, and teaching private lessons for 8 years in Oklahoma and Texas areas. Since childhood I have been fascinated with the instrument, and I have never stopped falling in love with music.

I've worked with students of all ages and abilities (including adults) on technique, repertoire, ear-training, composition, improvisation, music theory, and application. I take a personalized approach with each student, incorporating multi-sensory elements, and educational extra-lesson assignments. This further enriches the students' understanding, appreciation, and application of the material being presented. I want for each student to develop the love and excitement for music that I have, and to have the practical and technical skills to support their musical
pursuits.

My experience as an arts organizer and performer will allow me to help you build confidence through your performance, and a relaxed natural piano technique that will allow you to go as far as you desire in the study of piano performance. I am passionate about helping you achieve your personal musical goals while giving you a strong foundation in piano technique for support.
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Karen June 25, 2016
· Classical Piano · In home
Adam is a fantastic teacher! He teaches for all learning styles: visual, auditory and kinesthetic. I've had ineffective teachers in the past because they only related to one learning style. He's great with all ages and his passion for music is contagious.
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Adam C.

Adam C.

Houston, TX 77084
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About Ambria M.

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Houston, TX
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My name is Ambria M.! I was born and raised in Jackson, MS, but moved to the DMV area in August of 2010. I graduated from Howard University in 2014 and worked for the Environmental Protection Agency on for a year and a half before changing careers. I am currently an 8th Grade Science Teacher in Houston, TX. I am passionate about science, the environment, and the arts. I am a trained pianist and dancer. I started playing the piano at the age of 8 and competed locally for 7 consecutive years, receiving Superior Ratings, medals, and trophies. I also started dancing at the age of 5. I attended a performing arts school for Dance my 4th grade year until the completion of my studies from high school. While there, I was trained in Ballet, Modern, Jazz, and Hip Hop. I was also a member of a contemporary dance company called I.AM.WE during the 2013
-2014 school year at Howard University. Lastly, I have been teaching all of the aforementioned styles since October of 2013 in addition to Liturgical and Religious Mime Interpretive Dances.

I am excited about meeting you, whether you are a parent or prospective student, I look forward to building a strong relationship and foundation for whatever your learning needs are.
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Ambria M.

Ambria M.

Houston, TX 77079
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$37.50 / 60-min

About Barry P.

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Houston, TX

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Barry has been studying the Art of the Guitar for the past 15 years. After graduating from the grammy award winning Las Vegas Academy for the Performing Arts, Barry spent 2 years in the Jazz program at the University of Las Vegas Nevada, and after, attending the Musician’s Institute in Hollywood, California to expand his areas of interest to recording and other styles of guitar such as progressive rock and fusion. Barry has been teaching private lessons for 5 years with students ages 10 and up.
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Dwight, Fort Bend November 18, 2016
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
I started taking guitar lessons with Barry shortly after I inherited an old vintage Martin that has been in my family for a while. I had not played in nearly 25 years. Barry's patience and creative spirit enabled me to begin really enjoying playing again. He actively listened to what I wanted to achieve and concentrated on those skills that have taken me to another level. After just a few lessons, I now play better than I ever could in my younger days. I highly recommend him for both a coach for experienced musicians and a teacher for those beginning to experience the joy of playing guitar.
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Barry P.

Barry P.

Houston, TX 77092
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$35 / 30-min

About Rene M.

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I'm 18 years old, currently a senior at Cypress Woods High-School who has been a participant in music since the age of 10. Music to me is something very important, so important that I love it when I'm able to share the experience with others. I believe that's what we need, some sort of medium to remind us who we are as people, when we die our sound will still remain on Earth. I have astronomical dreams of becoming a producer and if I can somehow gain financial help by also helping others with music that would be a fair trade-off. I'm someone who will make learning an instrument fun, no one should have to leave the experience of learning something because of the instructor. You're child can explain his/her goals and I will do by best to help in achieving those goals while still keeping in mind the technical aspect of practicing.
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Michael April 28, 2017
· Piano · In home
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Rene M.

Rene M.

Cypress, TX 77429
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$15 / 30-min

About Holly D.

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Houston, TX

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As a professional performer, teacher and master teacher with a Master's degree from Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor's degree from California State University, Chico, I have performed with orchestras, chambers groups and choirs throughout the United States and Europe.
Comfortable in both classical and musical theater genres, my knowledge of vocal production and the musical skills needed to succeed in music make me an excellent teacher. I pride myself in having a great ear and instinctual understanding of each student's individual instructional needs.

Before relocating to Houston, I owned and operated a successful full-time private teaching studio in the Atlanta area with voice students succeeding in All-State Chorus, the Governor's Honors Program, college auditions, local competitions, community thea
ter, and school chorus auditions. As a successful soloist and vocal instructor, I pride myself in teaching proper technique, nurturing each student's vocal development, helping singers develop a true love of music, and gaining an appreciation of their unique vocal gifts. Many of my vocalists learn the skills of reading music by learning keyboard and basic theory through piano lessons, which I am also able to teach.

With a creative and personable teaching style, I am able to connect with each student where they need to be met. My students of all ages see an immediate improvement when applying the techniques that I share with them. Focusing on healthy vocal production, good breath support, and proper techniques of support and vowel placement, I am able to help students reach their musical goals through vocal exercises and drills, direct application to selected music, and assigned home practice between lessons. After learning the basics of vocal production, we can further focus on interpretive elements of the songs and students will feel the rewards of making beautiful music with their own free and unique sound.
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Mary Ann October 17, 2017
· Vocal Training · In studio
My children took voice and piano with Holly and learned so much. She taught to each of their specific needs and strengths and worked patiently with different learning styles. They each grew remarkably with their music training in skill and technique. The DiClaudio family is a warm loving family that not only give great teaching, but true love for the students and their art!
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Mia R. October 17, 2017
· Musical Theater · In studio
Great teacher!
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Avika June 29, 2017
· Classical Voice · In studio
I had the opportunity to study classical voice with Holly for 3 years in high school. She was not only a phenomenal teacher, but also a wonderful life mentor and friend. Once a part of many voice groups as a child, I grew to love instrumental music and sacrificed my singing career for the flute. When I decided I wanted to come back to the world of vocal music, Holly helped me find my voice again and gave me confidence not only in my talent, but also in myself. She taught me great techniques on how to open up my voice and adapted her teaching style as my voice continued to grow. An overall incredibly understanding and patient person, Holly is the reason I was such a successful soprano. She genuinely cares for all her students and is solely interested in furthering their vocal careers. If I had the opportunity, I would gladly be a student of hers again, any day.
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Holly D.

Holly D.

Houston, TX 77095
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About Sarah S.

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Hello! I graduated from Houston Baptist University in 2013 with a bachelors in vocal performance. I began teaching piano and voice during my sophomore year in college and enjoyed it immensely! I believe the key to a great lesson is a connection between the teacher, the student, and the parent. My goal is to make learning as much fun as possible and to incorporate interests of the students into each lesson. I love playing the piano, I love singing, I love teaching, and I think it's amazing that I get to do something that I love!
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Sarah S.

Sarah S.

Sugar Land, TX 77479
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