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About Danny V.

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About Danny
Danny is a recording artist, singer, published songwriter and motivational speaker. Danny has to work in professional acting, singing with various local bands, improvisation live, acapella groups.

Danny has been vocal coaching since 1999 and has learned that the best way to develop a voice is by isolating a vocalists range and working as a team to strengthen what needs developmental work and also reinforcing long term knowledge of longevity.

There is no one size fits all. Each student has a custom plan developed on day one with time lines and short/long term goals. Think of it as personal training, but for the voice. There are areas to think about;

-Blending
-Range
-Control
-Riffs and Runs
-Miliplue registers and how to use each one
-Vocal mixing
-Twang
Each technique can be demonstrated and taught by your instructor in
a gradual progression.

These classes are best recommended for singers who have "real goals in mind". With that said the classes will put you to work as a vocalist and challenge you to work the best parts of your voice, but also parts of your voice that are underdeveloped or need work. If you are the type of singer that says, " I just want to see what happens" but with no real goals. It will be harder for us to work together as our classes need a goal to work towards.
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John July 14, 2017
· Singing · In studio
This was a great lesson. He knows his stuff and can really develop a person. I did 20 minute lessons to start, but honestly the more time you can the better. He taught me way more than I expected I could learn, but I could tell there's so much more he can do with more time. My lesson was as long as it took to drive there but it was worth it even for how short it was. I'm doing longer next time for sure.
Danny's really great to work with. He's very skilled and I'm glad he's teaching what he knows because I'm pretty sure he keeps himself busy with a lot of projects. I highly recommend lessons with Danny. It's fun and comfortable because he's a great person and funny and easy to be around even if you haven't taking any lessons on singing.
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Kayden C. July 7, 2016
· Singing · In studio
Love his classes!
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Norma H June 6, 2016
· Music Performance · In home
Danny came to our house and did lessons for my son in our living room. My son used to take group classes with Danny at a Network for Young Artists, a non-profit but since we moved out of that area, we needed more one on one time. My son has improved in confidence, singing has gotten better. He even sang at a family birthday party for his little sister and even did a speech. I would have never imagined that type of confidence.
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Danny V.

Danny V.

San Antonio, TX 78201
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About Kate W.

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About Kate
I graduated from UTSA in the Fall of 2008, with a Bachelor of Music with a Vocal and Piano Emphasis. I have been teaching private piano and voice for 11+ years. I am fun, energetic, and patient. It brings me such joy to be able to teach children something I am so passionate about!

*** Lesson Details ***
Students need to practice 15 minutes a day. They are required to complete everything that is assigned to them that week, and be prepared for their lessons for the following week. A beginner usually in 3-6 months should be familiar with reading the basic treble and bass clef staff, be familiar with dynamic markings, beginning to understand basic music theory, tempo and minimal sight reading. Voice students study basic vocal technique, and learning to sing properly.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I usually provide the books after the paren
ts have paid for them. They should have their own instrument to work with.

*** Specialties ***
I use the Alfred method for piano.
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Aliyah September 8, 2017
· Singing · In home
Great first lesson. Was unsure what to expect but Kate made us feel welcome and my daughter felt comfortable. Looking forward to the next lesson!
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Clark P. August 19, 2015
· Singing · In studio
My impression is that Kate is an experienced and knowledgeable instructor. Excellent lesson.
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Gia July 2, 2015
· Singing · Online
Within minutes, I could tell that she was a very haopy person and that I would have no problem talking with her. She also challenged me to sing outside my range. I felt unsure but she encouraged me and I did okay. I can't wait for my next lesson.
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Kate W.

San Antonio, TX 78247
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About Jim B.

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About Jim
My name is Jim-B. I am a guitarist and vocalist.
When I am not playing a guitar; I like to shoot video,
record music, hike, workout, read, watch movies,
travel, and hang with my wife and family.

YOU ARE NEVER 'too young' or 'too old' TO LEARN guitar.

I love taking the gift of music - give it on to others – then watch them come alive.

MY FOCUS IS TO TEACH YOU AS MUCH ABOUT MUSIC AS I CAN.

So, I’m HERE for YOU, When YOU are ready TO LEARN.

*** Skills that YOU will Develop ***

We will follow a Guitar lesson plan, use practice journals, show you the basics, and you can then learn songs of your choice. You will learn the rhythm Guitar standard chords, advanced chords, power chords, barre chords, string techniques, music theory, music dynamics, picking/strumming, and alternate chord positions for sound/variety us
ing transitions with chord progressions. I can teach popular music styles from 1920's to Current hits in your chosen styles and genre. 

****About Me****

I love music - so if you love music - we’ll get along great.

I believe every lesson you take gets you closer to being a guitarist.

I know that every time you pick up the guitar, you improve your talent.

I have promoted many concerts.

I was a music DJ on a radio station and am presently a radio Senior Manager.

I taught myself to play guitar. I have gone to school for music.

I have been a teacher all my life.

I have played guitar and vocals in 3 bands and have played in coffee houses, schools and churches for years. I am college trained in voice, performance, music theory, composition, and have played most instruments. I received a Bachelor’s Degree in Music & Communications.

I love to learn as much as I love to teach.
I am a web developer.
I am also doing video production.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have a tuner, cords, guitar amplifier, on-line computer, and a sitting area if you come with a friend or family. You need to bring your guitar, practice sheets, music journal books, and digital recorder (if you want to record a session).
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John May 7, 2017
· Guitar · In home
He's the best. Really easy going and nice guy. His wife even makes cookies for each lesson. As a beginner, Jim has streamlined and accelerated my learning ten fold since self teaching myself online. For references he gives you all the materials you need such as the music sheets he makes to form a lesson. They're very concise and easy to follow. I have bar chord sheet he made that's by far the best reference for those chords that I've seen.
It's really a fun experience and he takes joy in helping his students learn. Highly recommended.
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Bernice C. September 10, 2014
· Guitar · In studio
Jim is very patient and kind. He helps me with different techniques and positions for holding the guitar for my fingers on the harder cords.
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ErnieO March 2, 2012
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Jim is a great guy and excellent teacher, but was not up to date on the oldies instrumentals and that was my main profile request. I did learn things from him in other areas that will help me with other songs. Thank you
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Jim B.

Jim B.

San Antonio, TX 78209
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$30 / 30-min

About Rick P.

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About Rick
I been playing the guitar professionally for over 20 years. In that time I had the good fortune to perform and record with some really good musicians. I've played in various bands ranging from rock to jazz and flamenco. I received my bachelor's degree in recording engineer and record producer from LBCC.

I'm currently a Guitar Teacher for different music schools and have a number of private students as well.

*** Lesson Details ***
Play What You Want!!!!,Learn What You Need!!!
Focus on real-world guitar skills:
Starts on the Low E string;Learn chords from day one,from their root notes;Learn notes in a logical/alphabetical sequence;Perform rhythm and accompaniment parts right away (not just melodies).
What will my students learn: First position chords, rhythm riffs,patterns,blues and rock clichés.Music notation,tableture an
d chord charts.Pick and fingerstyle techniques,Improvisation and playing by ear.
NEW!!!! HOW TO PLAY LIKE!!!!
Break down songs and techniques into easily digestible chunks. Individual segments are played slowly first,then brought to speed.
You'll find you're learning and improving faster than you ever believed possible.
CLASSIC ROCK: From Aerosmith to ZZTOP.
GUITAR HEROES:From Randy Rhoads to Yngwie Malmsteen
TEXAS COUNTRY: From Randy Rogers to Charlie Robinson.
TEXAS BLUES: From Freddie King to Stevie Ray Vaughan.
METAL GUITAR: CLASSIC 70's to Today's Heroes
PROGRESSIVE ROCK-METAL: From Dream Theater to Periphery..
CLASSICAL GUITAR: From Bach to Vivaldi.
And many more Styles, send me a question and ask about your personal music choice.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Located in Specious one room of a three bedroom condo, Marshall amps ,Martin,Taylor Jackson, Dean, ESP,Takamine, Epiphone and Ovation guitars, use a plasma TV, guitar pro software, keyboards, recording softwear.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Guitar and amps. books.
Student: metronome and tuner.

*** Specialties ***
Finger Picking Techniques,MusicTheory and How to get a good sound with your guitar.
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Dylan September 15, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Rick's lessons have been really enjoyable. He starts off with fundamentals, but keeps it fun by helping you learn songs of your choice. When you get further into the lessons the songs start to make more sense and I was able to understand why they sounded how they did. My lessons with Rick have been great and I feel like I've learned a lot.
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Marcus July 2, 2017
· Flamenco Guitar · In home
Friendly, knowledgeable, great.
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Tony May 24, 2017
· Bass Guitar · In studio
Great instructor, patient, and willing to work at your pace.
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Rick P.

San Antonio, TX 78259
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About Alfredo V.

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About Alfredo
I studied classical percussion in college and then specialized on drums at the Drummers Collective in New York City. I have toured with bands and played many times in front of crowds of more than 25 000 people. I have TV experience as well. I also have worked as a session drummer on several records for big labels (BMG and Sony Music among them). I work as a producer and my approach to teaching comes from my love of Music in general. I have been a drums instructor for more than 30 years and my students always get the gigs. I speak English and Spanish. My teaching style is fun and has a very clear outline, remaining flexible within it. I keep learning and practicing every day, and am very open to having fun together while learning. If you practice, the results are shown on every lesson and you will really notice it!

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We start by learning how to Play, reading is not the first approach, but will be learned around the 3rd month . Everyone can do it and if you feel you can't, I'll prove otherwise during the first lesson. Afterwards we practice simple techniques and start with simple independence exercises, which feel great. You will be playing a beat with simple independence the first time we try it, which can be during the first lesson and no longer than three lessons afterwards. As you progress with the independence in rock style, we will work in other styles like funk, jazz, Latin, odd meters and African and the main focus will be that you become a great drummer. Whether you are aiming to become a pro or playing as a hobby, you will find great value in these lessons.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have 11 drum sets, recording gear, guitar and bass amplifiers and a pa system.

*** Travel Equipment ***
His own set. I could also rent them a set if needed, but having their own set is better for me. Sometimes I rented a set to my students in order for them to decide if they wanted to buy one.

*** Specialties ***
I use the Drummers Collective approach. I teach styles such as rock, jazz, funk, Afro-Cuban, pop, Brazilian, etc...
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Ambur January 3, 2017
· Drum · In studio
Professional, organized and the lesson was fun!
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David B. October 16, 2015
· Drum · In studio
Alfredo is a great musician and a wonderful drum instructor. I'm thrilled with the material presented and the enthusiasm in which he conducts his lessons.
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Tara D. October 29, 2014
· Drum · In studio
He is very knowledgeable. He is always very patient and finds what works best for the student.
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Alfredo V.

San Antonio, TX 78259
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About Michael K.

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Hello! I'm Michael. Music has been 'my thing' since I found a guitar in my Mom's closet at age 9 and didn't move until figured out "Mary Had A Little Lamb". That's the curiosity I try to instill in my students! Although I started playing trumpet and guitar in elementary school, my music education at University of Texas in SA opened up musical doors I never knew existed! Currently I teach trumpet, guitar, piano, drums and saxophone, ages 6 to 45, as well as play trumpet around town when the sun goes down. I passionately emphasize music reading ability, improv techniques through jazz studies, and a solid music theory foundation- no matter what age you are!!!

LESSONS DETAILS
Every lesson, concepts are reviewed and emphasized, then we crawl forward through new music, discussing the technique and theory of every piece we play. I've accumul
ated an expansive library of teaching material to create a very diverse path when exploring the wonderful world of music. I always try to include a classical piece and a jazz piece in the repertoire. Popular music and original compositions are fun encouraged too!
Whatever your idea of music is, we will build on it, playing pieces you want to play!

THE INSTRUMENTS
A variety of instruments are at our disposal here in the studio, including...

Piano & electric keyboard, acoustic and electric guitars, trumpet & cornet, clarinet, flute, upright acoustic bass, 7-piece drum set & auxiliary percussion.

THE HOUSE
The house is very friendly and comfortable, great with children and families. Lots of natural light! There's a large front porch patio to relax on while you wait with a good book, or you can hang out inside with the siblings watching something on Netflix. I'll even give you the Wifi password ;)
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Joseph H. September 28, 2017
· Guitar · In home
He's good and patience
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John C. August 3, 2017
· Music Theory · In studio
He is a musically experienced young man that can easily communicate with an adult student to get to the issue and effectively address it.
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Daniel A. July 23, 2016
· Piano · In studio
My son doesn't talk much, but that challenge doesn't take away from Michael being a great instructor. My son loves his piano lessons and is learning so much.
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Michael K.

Michael K.

San Antonio, TX 78212
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$30 / 30-min

About Michael K.

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I have the proper experience and understanding to help you with ANY of your musical needs. Classical guitar and Rock are my specialty! I obtained my Bachelors degree in Guitar Education from the University of Texas at Brownsville as well as my Masters in Guitar Performance from the University of Texas at San Antonio. I am a QUALIFIED TEACHER.
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Roland June 23, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Good experience. Tailored the lesson to my experience and likes.
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Anthony January 3, 2016
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
My skill has increased profoundly with Michael Keplinger. 5/5 ! He has been able to pin point what I could improve on and has helped immensely.
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Isabel January 3, 2016
· Classical Guitar · In studio
Michael is a very professional and talented musician who is sure to teach you to become a skillful guitarist wether it is your first time or an experienced player. My lessons have been a breeze and look forward to continue being Michaels student!
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Michael K.

Michael K.

San Antonio, TX 78249
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$25 / 30-min

About Haley S.

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About Haley
Haley began a performing career in her hometown of San Antonio, Texas at the young age of 15 as the lead singer for a highly successful regional band, “The Oh So Good!”
In 2007, was catapulted from a regional favorite to the international stage when she earned a spot in the Top 10 American Idol Season 6. She appeared on Regis and Kelly, Ellen DeGeneres, Jay Leno, to name a few as a guest artist.
Haley is currently touring with Symphony Idol performing with The Maryland Symphony, The Phoenix Symphony, The Winnipeg Symphony, and The Spokane Symphony, among many others. She has opened up for many Country stars including Gary Alan, Aaron Tippin, just to name a few. She has sung the National Anthem for many International boxing events and NBA finals. Haley devotes a lot of her time to philanthropic endeavors including her recent appearanc
e as the Celebrity Ambassador for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Texas and loves every minute of it.
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Haley S.

Haley S.

San Antonio, TX 78226
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$75 / 30-min

About Layla B.

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"Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy" - Ludwig Van Beethoven.

Hey there! Thanks for stopping by my profile! My name is Layla - like the awesome Eric Clapton song :) I am an aussie residing in the big state of Texas and have been playing and teaching music for 10 years. When I was 12 years old, my parents bought me an electric guitar for my birthday. I learnt to play and I was lucky enough to have a talented brother who was learning the drums, so we were able to play together a lot and learn from each other. Jamming out to Nirvana in our upstairs bedroom was a very frequent occurrence – smells like teen spirit was the first song we learnt. This started the basis of the next 5 years of our musical careers. The first band I was in was called “ The Nobodies”, 3 teenagers playing cover gigs at pubs and clubs, learni
ng the ropes young, and I could never be more thankful for it. This band eventually changed names to “The River City Rumblers” and in the year of 2010 we appeared on national Australian Television on the show “Australia’s Got Talent”. It was really an amazing experience and exposed me to not only a huge audience, but the music industry itself. I continued to pursue my musical passions for years to come, this included teaching. I began teaching guitar to young students (around 8 years and up) with one on one lessons. I taught out of my home in the lounge room at first, then out of a studio that we eventually built. I also had the opportunity to teach young groups in a classroom environment at a local school. I would teach groups of 3-5 kids ranging from ages 6-12, split up into age groups. I moved around Australia a little to tried and break into the music industry, then moved back home, studied, until life brought me my husband and now I am in the USA. Somewhere along the line though, adulthood got in the way. I lost music for a while, and got caught up in the 9-5 jam. I have decided it is time to put my passion first. I absolutely adore teaching. It is so very rewarding to me and I hold it very dear to my heart. Combine it with music, and I am living the dream! I would love the chance to share that with you or whomever you may be reading this for. Thank you so much for your time and I look forward to meeting my future students!
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Alayna C. September 4, 2017
· Guitar · In home
My daughter is shy but she loved Layla and is excited to learn guitar from her.
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Michael August 14, 2017
· Bass Guitar · In home
Layla was easy to follow and I had fun learning from her!
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Layla B.

San Antonio, TX 78250
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About michael T.

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I believe that everyone has that one thing that makes you truly special. I believe that I can accommodate your own learning style and have always had an easy time finding that in my clients. You are truly the one that makes this job something where it becomes a way of life to see you reach your potential in learning percussion, drum-set, or even marimba which I also have a good background in. I trust that you will put the same amount of effort that I will put in my lessons, because you wouldn't be reading this if you weren't. I have studied percussion for 17 years plus with many teachers and with Allis Gomez from San Antonio College.
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michael T.

michael T.

San Antonio, TX 78229
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