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About Jerred B.

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About Jerred
I'm a young, enthusiastic, energetic, and patient pianist with a B.A. in Jazz Piano Performance from Lewis and Clark College.

So, born in Dallas, I've spent parts of my childhood in various parts of the country, from Washington D.C. to Carbondale, Colorado to Portland, Oregon, and now in hot and humid Houston, Texas. America has a plenty to offer and our great country's musical history is rich and eclectic. I first started playing piano at a very young age from a very old lady. It was something I resented my parents for, not really understanding the whole point of playing music. But now, in retrospect, I thank them indefinitely for exposing me to one of the most important passions of my life. It was in 6th grade that I joined a rock n' roll band, singing and playing all sorts of keyboards and having a ball with music. The idea that I w
as having fun playing music finally dawned on me and the verb "playing" music finally made perfect sense to me. Without passion, music is simply another endeavor, so this realization propelled me into the realm of music indefinitely.

In high-school I finally learned what jazz music was and fell in love with the idea of spontaneous improvisation. Learning theory really helped and I started jamming with my buddies, eventually starting a cover band. Although I've never lost sight of my classical roots, trying to improve my technique as well as my sight-reading, it was in jazz that I really found my calling. So in college, I started studying with a great jazz pianist, Randy Porter, and found my fingers wrapping themselves around my own music in a way I never thought possible. So that's that, I've recently graduated, having played gigs and teaching kids, and found my way into a new city with new possibilities.

When it comes to teaching, most teachers adhere to a strict curriculum. While I do love my curriculum, I will often change things around in order to cater to my students' different needs. Through all my experiences, I've learned that positive reinforcement is ideal and that a good association with a learning experience often paves the way for more of them. Working with me gives students the opportunity to make headway in an instrument without painstaking monotony. The more that somebody enjoys learning, the more that they learn. I love to have fun when I'm teaching, so my students tend to have fun as well. Like I said earlier, music should be "played," and playing should be fun!

*** Lesson Details ***
My lessons will usually begin with a recap of the last week, what the student has practiced, and what they accomplished since the last lesson. For some students, I will assign listening over the week, so at the beginning of the lessons, I read over the observations that they made in regards to the songs they listened to.
One thing I require of all of my students is a notebook devoted solely to the lesson, where the student writes down what he/she thinks about in terms of accomplishments and what they want to learn. I will also write down in the notebook different techniques, assignments, and various other things related to the lesson for the betterment of the student. My typical lesson will involve a communication between the student and myself, trying best to learn where the student is coming from and cater to his/her necessities in terms of learning. I am laid back, for the most part, but will encourage the student to practice. I do not get angry, but I will try to inspire the student through various techniques, becoming more disappointed than enraged at a student's lack of enthusiasm. Lessons for me are fun and I try and convey that jovial enthusiasm to my students.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons in living room with upright piano, couch. I do have cats, so heads up if you're allergic.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I may or may not bring music paper and lesson books. If it is the first lesson, I'll definitely bring some material. I expect a piano in the home of the student given the enormous stature of the instrument.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in jazz piano, first and foremost. Although I was coached in classical as a child and can easily teach most intermediates, jazz is my forte and my major in college. In terms of teaching styles, it all depends on the student. More than most teachers, though, I put a heavy weight on listening to music in order to fully understand it. Technique is very important and must be taught, but feel is probably paramount and should be emphasized. Before a student can accurately play a piece of music, he/she must be able to connect with the music. When it comes to the piano, especially jazz piano, theory and knowledge of how the sounds of the instrument interact are also crucial. I will teach an appropriate amount of theory to the students given the style of play and pieces they are learning.
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Nicholas R. June 20, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Very knowledgeable. Very articulate. I'm looking forward to future sessions.
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rifhat W. December 1, 2013
· Piano ·
Piano lessons

Jerred is an easy going, flexible and professional teacher who teaches my 7 years old son. My son sees him as his role model and has taken to Jerred's style of teaching very well. Very impressed with what he has achieved so far. Currently we go to his apartment which is in a great location.
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LizK April 27, 2012
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Jerred A+++++

We really like Jerred, he is laid back yet enthusiastic. My daughter is currently taking vocal lessons, but we hope to add piano before the end of the year. TakeLessons is very lucky to have him on the team!
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Jerred B.

Houston, TX 77006
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About Katie L.

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Becoming a teacher is a special honor. As a teacher, sharing knowledge becomes an important part of life; not because you have to, but because you want to. I feel that I have great qualities that will enable me to be successful in this field. I have a Bachelor's and Master's Degree, and an Artist Diploma in Vocal Performance. I want to teach because I want to make a difference. I want to spark students’ interests; I want to challenge students to discover new things about themselves that they may not have otherwise known. I want to impart my fascination about music and love for singing with my students, so they too can enjoy a life filled with the arts and come to appreciate it on a whole new level. I strongly believe that when you love to do something, it shows, and because I am so passionate about music, my teaching will be that much mo
re effective; I believe music will help make each individual a well-rounded human being and ready to face the challenges of everyday life.
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Wes C. August 7, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Great teacher great motivator amazing voice makes you feel very comfortable and confident
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Siddhi July 15, 2017
· Singing · In home
Katie helped me achieve my goal and was very knowledgeable. She taught me some great things which will help me build on my singing.
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Parker M. June 30, 2017
· Audition Prep · In studio
Katie is fabulous to work with. She was very positive and encouraging as well as insightful with tips for dealing with nerves during the audition. Her approach includes technical tips which she introduces in a very hands on, experiential way that my 12 yr old with no vocal training could understand. My daughter felt more confident going in to audition after working with Katie.
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Katie L.

Katie L.

Houston, TX 77019
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About Geoffrey L.

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Houston, TX
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About Geoffrey
Hello prospective students, I am a concert pianist, and have been performing since I was 13, both Internationally and across the United States. Besides my solo career, I am an avid collaborative pianist and repetiteur, conductor and composer. I have performed piano trios with the Mainly Mozart Festival in Miami, Cello Sonatas with the Chopin Foundation, and have worked as a pianist for Minnesota Opera, and currently as one for Houston Grand Opera. I hold a Bachelor's in solo piano performance and a Master's in collaborative piano performance fro the University of Miami.

If you study with me, you will find a passionate pedagogue who is both here to encourage and instruct, always willing to positively push you forward while expanding your horizons. Please feel free to message me should you have any further questions!
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Tim September 21, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Geoffrey is very professional and knowledgeable, has a great sense for the artistic side of music, and quickly adapts to your personal needs.
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Garrett September 4, 2017
· Piano · In home
Very good. Very professional
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Ziwen April 1, 2017
· Piano · In studio
My 5 year old daughter had a very good learning experience with Geoff at her first lesson. Geoff is patient and effective coach. My daughter thinks Geoff is fun and she is also exited about the learning.
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Geoffrey L.

Geoffrey L.

Houston, TX 77019
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About Eddie L.

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Houston, TX

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About Eddie
Eddie Lewis has a unique teaching style that helps you learn how to teach yourself. He teaches a learning philosophy he calls The Art of Accumulative Practicing. When done correctly, Mr. Lewis' methods will make every minute of your practice time count towards your progress. If you practice ten minutes, then you will be ten minutes better when you put your instrument in its case.

Trumpet students should know that Mr. Lewis has written a number of method books, some of which have been used by trumpet players around the world to help them with their tone, range and endurance. If you are having trouble with your chops, Lewis' reputation as a "Chop Doctor" may be precisely what you're looking for.

Eddie Lewis is also an established jazz improvisation teacher. Some of his past students are considered the best jazz musicians of our day.
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Christopher January 19, 2017
· Trumpet · In studio
Mr. Lewis has extensive knowledge in both classical and jazz disciplines. His extensive study and performance in both genres on the horn offer invaluable knowledge to cater to his students. I think the defining factor of Mr. Lewis is that he will guide his student to where the STUDENT wants to go. He will always work towards the STUDENT'S goals, the STUDENT'S sound, and the STUDENT'S aspirations. He never makes the lessons about himself, or sounding like him. He makes lessons personal and STUDENT-GUIDED. And with his endless vault of knowledge, there is no limit to how far he can take a student.

Mr. Lewis remains professional but can also develop sympathetic, personal relationships with his students. He is always organized and EVERY bit of work that he does for his students remains on the top of his priority list on his computer. His organization makes every lesson expedient and effortless. He remains to be the most caring and thoughtful teacher and human that I have met.

I have had multiple trumpet teachers in the past, but no one I have studied from amounts to a fraction of what Mr. Lewis is. Mr. Lewis isn't just a great trumpet teacher, or classical teacher, or even jazz teacher. He embodies the role as a mentor and guide through the study of expression through the medium of music, and has helped me become a more mature individual.
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Houston, TX 77089
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About Amanda G.

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Houston, TX

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Hello! I am a freelance flutist and teacher. I received my bachelor's degree in music education and flute performance from The University of Michigan and my master's degree in flute performance from Rice University. I have extensive experience teaching students ranging from age five to adult, beginning through advanced.

I have been a faculty member at the Vivaldi Music Academy and the Belvoir Terrace Fine Arts Camp and also on staff as a private instructor at Cook Middle School, The Village School, Strake Jesuit Preparatory and The British International School. An experienced adjudicator, my students have scored consistently well in solo and ensemble and region band auditions. In addition to my private teaching, I have taught elementary basic musicianship classes and elementary general classroom music.

I tailor my lessons to my st
udents' specific needs and enjoy finding new ways to develop each child's potential. I use creative approaches to assist in musician growth, including singing, composing, dictation (writing melody and rhythm by ear), and body movement.

I look forward to working with you!
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Sean Z. August 20, 2017
· Flute · In studio
Amanda's location is just opposite to St. Stephen's Episcopal School, which is very convenient for us living in River Oaks Area. Today Sean had the first class with her. She was very passionate and experienced in teaching.
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Susan April 3, 2017
· Flute · In studio
I have loved my daughter taking lessons from Amanda! She has been taking lessons from Amanda for 4 years and has helped her to enjoy playing the flute more and achieve her goals.
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Katelyn March 12, 2017
· Flute · In home
I was taught by Ms. Galick for 3+ years. I learned so many things from her and had such a great time being her student. She knows how to fix the things that need fixing and always has great analogies for things. We would joke in lessons very often; she was funny and knew how to get me on track. I improved so much in the years we spent together.
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Amanda G.

Houston, TX 77098
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About Tony Q.

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I have been teaching Saxophone, Clarinet and Flute for over 25 years and I am a Certified Band Director for the State of Texas for All Level Music K-12th grade. I am also a professional Jazz Musician playing Alto Saxophone with my Jazz band named 'The Talk of the Town" here in Pearland, Texas. I have also taught Private Music Lessons at the Music Factory for over 10 years and have many references to that affect...
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Daniel August 23, 2017
· Saxophone · In studio
inspires, pushes you to be your very best, will always make you smile, and will teach you better than any one in the world could. I had Mr T when I was a young man to teach me alto sax and I don't think I could have learned it so well with out him. He will quickly become more than just a teacher to you I promise he will be your friend
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Maureen August 23, 2017
· Saxophone · In studio
Tony taught my son saxophone all through junior high & high school. He is very skilled in music theory & a very talented professional musician. He definitely knows his instruments. His communication is great & he was very thorough. Tony was always willing to take the time to keep me updated about my son's progress & helped me keep tabs on what my son was to be practicing between lessons. He was also great about reminding me of upcoming lessons, which was a great help with the busy schedule we haf going. I would definitely reccommend him as a great teacher with much to offer.
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Tony Q.

Pearland, TX 77584
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About Megan W.

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Houston, TX
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Megan is a teaching assistant and viola performance master's student at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University. She also earned her bachelor's degree at Rice in viola performance and music history. She is a substitute musician with the Houston Grand Opera, Mercury, and the New World Symphony. She has held two fellowships at the Aspen Music Festival, including one mentor fellowship. She grew up in Dallas and was active in her local and school orchestras. Megan was a four-time Texas All-Stater and is very familiar with coaching students through the Texas All-State and UIL processes.
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Megan W.

Houston, TX 77005
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About George H.

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Houston, TX

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As a guitarist, composer, educator, and collaborator, Houston musician George has worked with a wide variety of artists, organizations, and schools. Equally at home in a diverse range of styles, the genre-hopping musician has played guitar with many of Houston’s leading music and theater organizations, local songwriters and rock/pop bands, and numerous churches and contemporary worship services. He has composed and contributed music for television, radio, theater, jazz and chamber ensembles, and rock/pop acts. In 2016, his setting of Psalm 88 was premiered by Duo Scordatura at Carnegie Hall. Since 2004, George has taught music in a number of capacities, from teaching general elementary school music, to music theory and electronic composition at a tier one university.
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George H.

George H.

Houston, TX 77004
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About Jillian B.

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About Jillian
Hello! My name is Jillian, I have been playing violin for 12 years, about to be 13 here shortly. I am a fun, energetic person who loves watching others succeed. My teaching style really depends on the student, I started teaching back in 2011, and had students from 3 to 50 that obviously needed different methods for learning. I modify every lesson plan specifically to the student, taking in to consideration what genre they like, and where they want to be with proficiency.

I love all genres of music, I started with classical, then branched to rock and popular songs with songs like Carry on my Wayward Son, Stairway to Heaven, Viva La Vida and then to movie scores such as Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Jurassic Park, etc. I am a huge fan of music, and the healing and stress relieving powers it has.

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it's up to the teacher to put them in a position that they can and will prevail. Music should be fun for everyone!
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Jillian B.

Jillian B.

Houston, TX 77027
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About Tszto W.

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Houston, TX

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Hi there! My name is Tszto and I am originally from Hong Kong. I graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Music with a Master degree in Cello Performance and Suzuki Pedagogy. I recently moved to Houston to continue my studies as a graduate student at the Shepherd School of Music of Rice University.

Having 20 years of playing experience definitely helps my teaching. Also, I have been through a period of three years without a cello teacher and having to re-work myself for all the basics and fundamental work after I started taking lesson again. This experience taught me so much on how to start learning the instrument from scratch and also how to "rehab" your bad habit.

As a pedagogue, this is my 8th year of teaching the cello. I am fully trained and registered with the Suzuki Association of Amercas. I have a Master degree in Cello Pedagog
y. I am teaching mainly in Suzuki Method. I was an assistant teacher at the Sato Center for Suzuki Studies for two years. I take students from age 3 up and in any level.

As a cellist, I have the privilege to work with some of the greatest musicians in the world such as Lorin Maazel, Lynn Harrell, Peter Salaff and the Cavani Quartet. I received the Appassionata Endowed Scholarship in Music from Shepherd School to study with Norman Fischer. Before I moved to Houston, I studied with Mark Kosower, who is the current cello principal of the Cleveland Orchestra. I have had the honour to receive the Hong Kong Arts Circle Fellowship from Asian Cultural Council and the Ohio Federation of Music Clubs music scholarship for my studies. I am also the Gold Prize Winner in Cleveland Cello Society Competition – Collegiate Division and the 1st Place Winner in American Protégé International Piano and Strings Competition in 2016.
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Tszto W.

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Houston, TX 77005
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