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About Valerie T.

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About Valerie
I am an easy-going teacher who is passionate about music, and I want to help my students discover the joy of making their own music. I studied in the style of the French School of Flute with Jane Wadsworth, who studied with Julius Baker and a professor at Julliard.

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I focus on bringing out a full range of musical skills to lead to technical excellence and great performance.

*** Studio Equipment ***
In my studio I have the following equipment:
-two flutes
-music stand
-metronome
-tuner
-music books
-piano

*** Specialties ***
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I specialize in helping students who are participating in school band programs.

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I work to help students become comfortable with performing.

Technical Proficiency-
Through use of scales, etudes, and exercises, I help students learn to play their best.
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Grace D. August 26, 2016
· Flute · In studio
Great teaching!
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Valerie T.

Valerie T.

Orem, UT 84097
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$20 / 30-min

About Caitlin A.

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Salt Lake City, UT

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About Caitlin
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!

*** Additional Information***

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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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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Anna C. September 22, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Caitlin is absolutely amazing!! My 6 year old is super excited to attend every lesson with her. She is the best instructor we've had. She knows how to encourage her students and help them fall in love with the instrument. We enjoy her friendliness and professionalism. Also she is great at working with special needs kids. Thanks Caitlin for all you do!! I highly recommend her.
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Caitlin A.

Caitlin A.

Salt Lake City, UT 84106
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About JoAnne H.

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West Valley City, UT

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About JoAnne
B Mus from U of U 1975. M Mus Ed from Boston U 2008. Retired Orchestra Director and teacher (grades 5 - 12) Tooele HS & Jr HS + elementary program. Former Utah State Fiddle Champion. Past affiliation with Utah Oldtime Fiddlers.
I still love helping students reach their musical potential. I am currently directing the Salt Lake Valley New Horizons Orchestra (a group dedicated to helping older beginners and intermediates have fun while improving their music skills).
I offer a personalized approach, and I am able to tailor materials to best serve an individual student's needs. I am experienced at starting beginners, and also adept with intermediate students.
For special needs students I would need someone familiar with the student's needs to attend lessons with the student.
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Esther P. March 17, 2017
· Violin · In studio
JoAnne is easy going. She has lots of experience, and resources. She is very encouraging, and works with me at my level and interest. Makes my efforts more fun!
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Debbie F. January 13, 2017
· Violin · In studio
First lesson was awesome ..clear and relax information. Was spot on wonderful ..im so excited for the next lesson ...D Ferrell
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Rebeca September 16, 2016
· Violin · In studio
JoAnne was really nice and patient to my daughter and we can't wait to start playing beautiful music with her!
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JoAnne H.

JoAnne H.

West Valley City, UT 84120
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$20 / 30-min

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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Katie August 9, 2017
· Japanese · Online
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LuAnn June 8, 2017
· Classical Piano · In studio
Richard is extremely talented and understands the varying interests in the piano from student to student. He makes every effort to find or create music to learn that will motivate the child. He is patient and kind and I highly recommend him.
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Richard W.

Richard W.

Provo, UT 84606
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About Gregory H.

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Salt Lake City, UT
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About Gregory
I help my students discover and develop their own sound and use their own natural voice. I show them ways of using the voice that are new, adding on to what they already know, to make confident musicians who sing with ease and power.

I love aiding in the discovery process and being a part of the journey of curiosity my students embark on to identify their own natural voice. Together we cultivate musical skills which uncover this hidden gem and transform it into an impressive instrument of expression.
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Elizabeth March 15, 2016
· Opera Voice · In studio
Great experience! Gregory was helpful, informative and very kind. Thank you!
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Londonrose H. March 15, 2016
· Singing · In studio
Horrible - he was so unprofessional - and to open up his home as a source for the lesson environment - at least clean your home. It was flthy - dress like you are ready for the day - not just out of bed - Horrible experience for my daughter!
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Kresta January 18, 2016
· Singing · In studio
I think he is going to really help my daughter she had a good experience.
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Gregory H.

Gregory H.

Salt Lake City, UT 84107
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About Danny S.

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Springville, UT

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I've played drums over 27 years and taught lessons over 17 of those years. I have a background in Drumset solos, marching snare, 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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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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George June 6, 2016
· Drum · In studio
Danny is the best Drum teacher I have ever met. He is super patient and can get the kids playing really well. He did so good with one of my kids that I added another one and they both love playing the drums. Also his recitals are great and it gets the kids a chance to perform on a stage with an audience. I highly recommend Danny as a drum teacher.
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Danny S.

Danny S.

Springville, UT 84663
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$25 / 30-min

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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$40 / 30-min

About Antonio G.

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SPANISH GUITAR: Flamenco & Classical

Check out my artist bio at:

http://jaredgl14.wixsite.com/antoniogarcia/biography
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Cierra Herring September 4, 2016
· Music Performance · In studio
Love Antonio's Spanish guitar, he is the only flamenco guitarist I have seen perform in the area! He makes his guitar sing:)
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Daniel Oliveira September 1, 2016
· Music Performance · In studio
Had the opportunity of listening to Antonio at the Latino Festival in Provo. Brilliant technique and wonderful refreshing music, one of a kind in Utah
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Vania September 1, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Antonio is a great teacher! He is very patience and is always willing to help me improve my guitar skills. He has great passion for music and of course for the guitar. I'm very glad I was able to find Antonio because I have learned guitar concepts in English and Spanish!
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Antonio G.

Antonio G.

Provo, UT 84601
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About Brian J.

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Spanish Fork, UT

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Hi, I'm Brian Jackson. I am 41 years old. I'm married to the love of my life, Calee, and together we have six children (four girls, two boys), ages 5-14. I am a creative director by trade. I received my degree in graphic design from Brigham Young University (BYU). I have taught as an adjunct in design at BYU, UVU, and WSU.

I’ve been playing drums for 25 years. 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.

I am not a typical instructor. My drum set is modest, but I can tell big stories with it. I believe the benefits of drumming reach well beyond the drum set. Improved coordination, focus, discipline, and self-confid
ence are all byproducts of playing the drums.

My family and I are excited to meet you. Let's play drums together.
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Brian J.

Brian J.

Spanish Fork, UT 84660
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About Elizabeth A.

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Salt Lake City, UT
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I have a BA in Classical Performance, a BA in Jazz Performance and a BA in Buisness. I had almost completed a Master’s Degree in Performance when a performance opportunity took me away from school and on the road tour the U.S. This is currently what I am and have been doing for the last 10 years. And it has been an amazing experience.
I currently play in several bands, Classic Swing Jazz, Avant Garde Jazz, Jam Band, 70’s Fusion, Cajun/Zydeco, Classical and last but not least Country.
The country project has had much success over the years performing for multiple 20,000 people concerts and touring the US. Their freshman single hit 50 on the Country radio charts and sophomore single that has just been released to much praise and is looking to climb even higher.
The original jazz project that is made up of members original comp
ositions has been very successful locally playing all of the largest city events such as The Utah Arts Festival for several years in a row.
Also performed in 4 musicals as a pit musician, recorded several albums and asked to do session work for studios nation wide. I compose my own classical and jazz music and regularly perform them.
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Hannah July 20, 2017
· Violin · In studio
I've been taking lessons with Liz for almost 10 years and have loved everything about it. I tried taking other music lessons over the years but nothing stuck quite like violin. Liz is a lot of fun, experienced, educated greatly in music, and most important for me, always constructive but never harsh. With Liz i've learned songs from a variety of genres and even learned to make arrangements of my own. Liz is great with all ages and all talent levels. 10/10 would recommend!
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Brenda July 20, 2017
· Violin · In studio
I have been taking lessons from Liz for over 10 years now. I have been learning classical and fiddle. I especially love how she keeps the songs we learn based on my personal interest as well as giving me those that challenge me. Liz is great with children, youth and adults and easily adapts to the learning needs of all ages.
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Kathryn July 19, 2017
· Violin · In studio
Liz is a wonderful music teacher who is able to teach classical and non-classical music in a way that makes it all fun. She teaches you not only how to play music, but also how to create and arrange it. She finds pieces she knows you'll be able to play, and pushes you to be a better musician.
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Elizabeth A.

Elizabeth A.

Salt Lake City, UT 84106
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$34 / 30-min

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