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About Caitlin A.

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I am a life-long musician and active performer that moved to Salt Lake City in the summer of 2015 from Chicago, IL. I've been playing music since age 5 and have variously studied piano, cello, and percussion. As a double major in Anthropology and Music at Lawrence University (Appleton, WI), I am drawn to music as a creative cultural phenomenon that resonates between all people and it is for this reason that I love to share, teach, and learn music with others. As I build a studio here in SLC I am excited to share my love of cello and piano and my commitment to making music fun as I work to build students into life-long musicians.

My primary instrument is the cello and I have performance experience as a soloist, as well as orchestral and chamber musician. Upon arriving in Chicago in 2010, I served as Principal Cellist with the Universit
y of Chicago Symphony Orchestra for two years and took gigs as a classical and improvisational chamber musician throughout the city. In addition to my private studio, I was the primary cello instructor at Musical Chairs Studio, Inc. and Ortegan School of Music in Chicago.

I am also a percussionist and teacher with Salt Lake City's Samba Fogo, an afro-Brazilian music and cultural organization. I have studied Brazilian music with some of the major musicians and scholars in the field at California Brazil Camp in Cazadero, California. My training in percussion has brought an entirely new perspective to my musical practice that highlights rhythmic fluency and precision as a foundational element for both left and right hand stringed instrument technique.

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I am excited to offer lessons to people of all ages and ability levels and have experience teaching within and beyond the Suzuki Method approach.

Lessons are tailored to each student’s experience, individual needs, and most importantly, their goals! Lesson plans will combine interactive rhythmic, singing and listening exercises away from the instrument with music theory and technique-building exercises. The aim is to cultivate musicians with strong rhythmic, aural, and technical foundations and great problem solving skills that will open many doors as you or your child grow into your talent.

I aim to develop well-rounded musicians and performers by focusing on these 5 teaching priorities:
1. Balanced posture of body including instrument and bow hold
2. Balanced tone production or "tonalization"
3. A system of "perfect" or excellent intonation
4. Artistic musicianship in performance
5. Learning notes and bowings to new pieces

While learning notes and bowings is lowest on the priority list; it must be taught first! Fun listening games aid in the development of aural memory as I help students acquire listening skills that will stay with them for years to come and allow them learn to play any tune they can imagine. Once my students can do the note choosing on their own we are free to focus on the other teaching priorities during lesson time.

I also focus on teaching my students how to practice efficiently and use excellent problem solving skills! We want to get the MOST improvement with the LEAST amount of practice time. I like to combine practice at the instrument with games and exercises that can be done away from the instrument to give each student a degree of flexibility for those busy weeks when it's hard to find time to sit down and play. Students leave each lesson with a detailed practice plan that breaks down the difficult question of "what" and "how" to practice into a clear, concise checklist of familiar exercises. Students will also have suggested YouTube videos to watch some of the best musicians of all time and learn from their mastery of technique and musicality!

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I also have experience with extended and amplified cello techniques using loop and distortion pedals to layer and explore the variety and versatility of the cello.

*** Travel Equipment ***
2015 Subaru Forester that will get me to your lesson with all my instruments and any other equipment each and every time!

I travel to lessons with a music stand, metronome, and all teaching materials that would be present at a lesson taught in my home or studio.
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Taylor C. September 7, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Caitlin is the bee's knees! Great at explaining things in a simple format and passionate about teaching! I would highly recommend her for all your musical needs!
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Christian N. December 9, 2016
· Cello · In home
Wonderful! I haven't seen my son this excited about the future of his music in a very long time. She helped him correct a few issues and listened to what was important to him in continuing his musical journey then made a bit of a plan to continue forward. She even stayed a little longer to help with a piece he will be performing in a couple of weeks. She seems to have a very strong classical base but has expanded into other areas, which is exactly what my son needs at this time.
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Tara A October 5, 2016
· Cello · In home
Caitlin is a committed teacher and life-long learner. Having experienced Caitlin's passion for music through her riveting performances and devoted teaching, I cannot recommend her more. She is a sensitive, communicative and passionate teacher and musician, and one of the best teachers you will find.

From first hand experience of observing her teaching, she masterfully matches the energy of her students. She is able to effectively direct and keep their focus, while fueling their enthusiasm through encouragement. She takes the time to tailor each lesson for each individual, helping them (for example) notate the melody of the Star Wars theme. She's a trained and experience pedagogue, and has attended Suzuki and other teacher trainings.

Caitlin's dedication to her own musical learning is impressive-- she attends and teaches workshops for percussion often, and is actively involved in the SLC music and arts community.
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Caitlin A.

Caitlin A.

Salt Lake City, UT 84106
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About Kait K.

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Salt Lake City, UT

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Kait K. has been teaching singers of all ages and abilities since 1997. She has taught in public schools, colleges and universities and privately in San Diego & Los Angeles, CA and Salt Lake City, UT. She has owned and operated The Performer Studio (a production company for high quality vocal productions) since 1997 and is the director of Salt Lake Singers Academy.

As a teacher, Kait's focus with each student is to help them understand both the anatomy and health of their vocal instrument and to help them tap into their very best sound in an engaging and fun way.

Kait: "Every singer has stumbling blocks. It is my passion to help them identify those, understand them and then...shatter them. Singers are complex people with complex instruments, and no matter what our expertise level, the DESIRE to sing is something to be protected an
d nurtured. I value honesty, discipline and detail work in the singing studio. I find those three things, meshed always with a genuine sense of FUN, are the keys to helping singers unlock and develop what makes them unique artists with something to say."

Professionally as a singer, Kait has headlined her own blues band, sung in several cover bands and also performed as a featured lead vocalist alongside John Lee Hooker Jr. (Blues Grammy artist nominee) on his western tour of the U.S. Kait was the lead singer and co-songwriter for the band Light Vizion and co-produced the band's debut album "Looking For An Angel" and can be heard as the solo vocalist on the album "True North" by Tristan Moore. She is currently a freelance vocalist in Salt Lake City, Utah. She has sung lead and solo in a large variety of venues, including Capitol Theatre, Abravanel Hall, Rose Wagner (Jeanne Wagner Stage) and several local clubs and restaurants as well as festivals and outdoor concerts including the annual Scarecrow Festival and the Brown Bag Concert Series and Furry Fiesta Fundraiser! While in Los Angeles, Kait performed in numerous clubs and blues music venues, including The Brown Derby, The Blue Cafe and BB Kings in Hollywood. She has also worked as a professional singer for several years in the Los Angeles Music Industry where she performed in several bands and worked as an in demand "session" singer (someone people hire to come in and quickly record vocals for various professional and experimental projects).

Kait's education as a singing performer includes a B.F.A. from the Actor Training Program at the University of Utah, an M.F.A. in Musical Theatre Performance from San Diego State University plus 5 years post-grad study in Los Angeles training in voice with world master voice teacher, Edward Sayegh.

In 2004 Kait returned to her roots in Salt Lake City, UT to continue both her singing and teaching career. She continues to write, arrange and record as a freelance singer, and has appeared as the featured vocalist with groups like Children's Dance Theatre and Ririe-Woodbury as well as other local blues and rock bands.

Kait: "My goal with each student is to help them to become the very best they can be as singing performers. But in addition, I aim to lift their spirit during the time they spend here, so that when they leave for the day, after the work they've done, they feel better, more inspired, more empowered and more confident and driven than they did when they arrived at my door. Teaching and watching my students evolve as both artists and people is thrilling! I have the honor of watching them find themselves through music while they build truly lifelong friendships with the performing peers they meet in the classes and performances they participate in here...they end up finding some of their 'kindred spirits' in life here, and that is something that is priceless as an artist."
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Nikki January 22, 2018
· Singing · In home
Love Kait, I’m so excited to learn and grow as a singer. I love her teaching style and willingness to connect with me on my own platform as well as introducing me to hers.
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Sadie B. November 6, 2017
· Singing · In home
Kait was great with Sadie! Looking forward to seeing Sadie come alive with her passion to sing! Kait is a perfect fit!
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Wendy October 10, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Great teacher!
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Kait K.

Kait K.

Salt Lake City, UT 84106
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About David C.

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West Jordan, UT
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David graduated from the Phillips Jr. College in Salt Lake City, UT to receive an Associates degree in 1994 for Business Management. He began playing drums at seventeen, and soon after studied under a professional instructor and musician for 2 years. He continued to study at Brighton Music for 4 years, learning to fine tune his technique and dynamics, studying jazz. Soon after, David began performing professionally in bands for rock, pop and Jazz, and started teaching part time. In 2004, David began teaching privately and at a local music school. He offers rock, linear playing, shuffles, fusion drumming, double bass, funk drumming, Latin styles, jazz, independence, snare drum studies, and stick control. I teach all levels from beginning to advanced. I care about my students, and want the best for them. I will always try to keep lesson
s fun. I will not hesitate to go the extra mile for students when learning to play the drums, even if that means spending extra quality time with them.
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David C.

David C.

West Jordan, UT 84081
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About Braxton B.

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West Valley City, UT

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About Braxton
My name is Braxton. I have been teaching acoustic and electric guitar for 7 years now. I also work as a Corporate Trainer professionally because I love helping people achieve their goals. I have taught a wide variety of ages from 8 years old to 50 years old. I make sure to keep a fun learning and development environment and tailor the lessons to how the student learns best. My goal is to help you get better every day and have a great time doing it!
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Dave B. November 30, 2015
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Braxton is an excellent instructor. He came to my house, making it very convenient for me, and help me get off to a good start. I highly recommend him to anyone looking for a guitar instructor.
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Aksel R. September 28, 2015
· Guitar · In home
Aksel absolutely loved his first lesson! He even gave us a little "concert" tonight after dinner! He is looking forward to Wednesday's lesson!!
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Braxton B.

Braxton B.

West Valley City, UT 84119
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About Richard W.

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Provo, UT

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About Richard
My goal is to help students ENJOY the piano by finding ways to make it easier and doable. I have a very useful approach in helping students become self sufficient to sight read very well, to see patterns, understand music theory to either help them play well, or to even create their own music(I compose a lot of great music as well)

I couldn't sight read very well until I was 16, but I had a great sight reading teacher that showed me how to develop it, and now I can say that I'm one of the best sight readers out there that I know. I was a ballet pianist at Brigham Young University for several years where all I did was sightread binders full of ballet/classical music. I play for choirs, church congregations, jazz bands, or musical jam sessions all the time, and I couldn't do that at all if I didn't learn how to sight read well.
I would love to help you learn the piano, and I will do my best to make learning as effective as possible. I especially enjoy teaching those who quit and would like to try again, because I know what that is like.

Concerning my musical background, I've played, arranged, and composed piano for choirs, bands, jazz combos, singers. I've been in bands all my life, and have composed for jazz bands, choirs, and orchestras at BYU and in Eastern Europe. I also play about 10 different instruments. I won two Student Emmys in Hollywood for my compositions to BYU's animations in 2010 & 2014.

I am currently writing music for video games.
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Valerie L. February 5, 2018
· English · Online
Richard is a great teacher, and is patient, always ready to answer my questions. I am becoming more confident in my conversations.
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Valerie L. December 15, 2017
· English · Online
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Rachel M November 27, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Richard is awesome with my daughter. He continues to be patient with her and with me, as often my work schedule conflicts with lessons. He continues to work with me despite the schedule conflicts. My daughter is enjoying Piano more and more, as he continues to find ways to help her learn. Thanks for all the hard work.
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Richard W.

Richard W.

Provo, UT 84606
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About Ryan M.

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Salt Lake City, UT

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As a guitar teacher, my goal is to help students be able to grow their passion for music and attain the skills needed to express themselves musically.

There are so many methods of learning to play the guitar that it can be overwhelming knowing where to start.

I have been playing guitar for over 15 years and have studied with many amazing music teachers which have helped shape my methods of teaching.

Lessons are designed to help students not only learn to play the songs they love, but learn how those songs were built and how they can pull the songs apart and create something of their own.

A few of the skills student will learn include:
- Proper technique
- Chords, how they are built
- Scales and how to use them
- Ear training
- Sight reading/guitar tablature
- Fingerpicking
- Rhythmic notation
- Strum patterns
- Pickin
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- Intervals
- Triads and their inversions
- Arpeggios

I teach students of all age and experience levels!
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Steve February 12, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Ryan is fantastic. He'll give me a few options of what I want to work on, and that makes it really enjoyable.
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Cody P. July 14, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Ryan was a great instructor. Took time to teach and created an enthusiastic music student.
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Matt February 21, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Ryan cares to make the lessons personal for what I need in my learning of guitar. Other teachers just show up, open a book, and see what you got. I feel that Ryan prepares lessons so that I get the most out of them.
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Ryan M.

Ryan M.

Salt Lake City, UT 84106
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About Danny S.

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I've played drums over 28 years and taught lessons over 18 of those years. I have a background in Drumset soloing, marching band, rock bands and Troopers drum corps. Also playing in jazz, concert and orchestra bands gave me opportunity to perform and compete many places including P.A.S., scoring a 1 @ state and G.C. drum off. I took private lessons for a few years before leaving to college in Hollywood, CA, attending M.I.(Musicians Institute). With one of my instructors becoming the current drummer for Korn, "Ray Luzier". I now teach mostly out of my own books on how to read music, coordination, grooves, soloing and playing with bands. I have 1-2 recitals each year and prefer in-person lessons. If you are not local, I offer online lessons too. Accepting beginner to advanced drummers, come check it out.
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Scott February 19, 2018
· Drum · Online
Danny is awesome, looking forward for continued lessons
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Elizabeth January 6, 2017
· Drum · In home
Patient, knowledgeable, motivating! Perfect for me!
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David November 26, 2016
· Drum · In studio
Danny is patient with kids, but if you want to be driven to perfect your talent, he has that within himself too. He has the education and passion to help you go as far as you decide to go.
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Danny S.

Danny S.

Springville, UT 84663
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About Emily H.

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Salt Lake City, UT
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Born in southeastern Wisconsin, I began playing horn at the age of ten. For the past two summers, I have been a member of the Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theatre Company in Logan, Utah. In the summer of 2013, I was in the pit orchestra for the Ohio Light Opera Company. My other festival activities include the Atlantic Music Festival (2012 orchestral fellow), the Music Academy of the West, and the Aspen Music Festival (2010 brass quintet fellow). As an orchestral musician, I have appeared with the Glens Falls Symphony, Cape Ann Symphony, Thousand Oaks Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Jewish Symphony, the American Youth Symphony, and the Orquesta de Baja (Tijuana, MX). I have been a private horn instructor for eleven years and a private piano instructor for 6 years.

While living in the Midwest, I developed a love of orchestral horn play
ing. I earned my bachelor’s degree in horn performance from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. I earned my master’s degree in horn performance at the University of Southern California. Currently I live in the Greater Boston area.

My other interests include swimming, reading, and baking.
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Emily H.

Emily H.

Salt Lake City, UT 84111
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About Brian J.

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Spanish Fork, UT

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I'm Brian and I'm excited to help you reach your drumming goals!

I believe the benefits of drumming reach well beyond the drum set. Improved coordination, focus, discipline, and self-confidence are all byproducts of playing the drums.

I have studied with some of Utah’s most renowned drum teachers, including; James Clark, Jay Lawrence, and Mitch Lee. This past year, I decided to pair my love of drumming and my love of teaching to offer drum lessons in my home studio on Main Street in Spanish Fork.

My family and I are excited to meet you. Let's play drums together.
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Dan January 29, 2018
· Drum · In studio
Have watched and leanred from Brian for over 20 years. Very talented and knowledgable. Best drummer I know!
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Brian J.

Spanish Fork, UT 84660
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About Bobby C.

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Salt Lake City, UT

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I am a drummer from Salt Lake City, Utah. I have worked with many bands from Utah and have recorded with artists all over the Western coast of the U.S. I graduated in 2014 from Westminster College with a minor in Orchestral Percussion.

I can teach students how to read drum sheet music, learn songs, compose their own beats, keep the rhythm of the song, rudiments, and help students play in odd time signatures.

I am currently looking to teach beginner and intermediate students of any age range. I teach my clients in my creative and comfortable home in Sugarhouse, Utah.

Some of the genres of music I regularly teach are Rock, Indie, Hard Rock, Funk, R&B, Country, Pop and Metal.
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Matt R. October 1, 2017
· Drum · In home
Bobby has a wealth of knowledge and passion about music and can help you learn how to play your favorite songs on drums from any genre (alternative, indie, pop, hip-hop, jazz, classic rock, dance and more). 2 months ago, I knew nothing about drums, and in just 9 lessons so far I can now play a handful of songs and grooves. I learn so much each lesson, and Bobby does everything he can to help me succeed. I highly recommend Bobby.
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Michael August 1, 2017
· Drum · In studio
Bobby is a fantastic instructor. He spent several years himself studying drums from different people well versed in different techniques, so his approach is very broad and versatile; he is very knowledgeable and familiar with all kinds of different styles of music and drumming. As a teacher, he is very enthusiastic and energetic, his passion for his craft definitely guides the lesson along. He is very patient and takes the time to explain himself thoroughly and to help with problems or questions. He is very dedicated and professional, he always keeps his appointments, on time, and is considerate of your time, and he makes the most of the lesson time. He is very easy to reach and communicate with for rescheduling and such. I would highly recommend him to anyone.
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Joan July 27, 2017
· Drum · In studio
I've been taking lessons from Bobby for 6 months. I already play piano.... but drums are very different from piano. I like his teaching technique and his patience. He's very understanding, his lessons have lots of variety and are fun. He takes the time to get to know his students, so he understands what each student wants to achieve from their lessons. I'm learning a lot from him...two thumbs UP.
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Bobby C.

Salt Lake City, UT 84106
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