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About Tracy D.

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I can help those, who are new to the instrument, to become familiar with scales, progressions, technique, reading, and musical styles. I enjoy helping students find their voices and tastes by using videos and music that inspires them. If students already have some songs that they wish to learn, I can help them achieve those goals, as well.

About Tracy
I have been playing the drum set in various bands since 2001. I have also been playing with the OKC Community Orchestra since 2009. I have played in symphonic and jazz bands and a percussion ensemble. I have taught a percussion class, private lessons, and I have been a full time music teacher in the OKC district. I have recorded in the studio also, and I enjoy doing a bit of my own production. Rocking on stage is my favorite activity! I can teach you how to be an integral part of a band and play along to your favorites. I enjoy bringing out the best in a student and teaching to his/her strengths. Let's run!

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I am a very easygoing and patient teacher. I fully understand that the drum set requires a high level of coordination, and I am mindful of this while working with students. I will begin with proper gr
ip and stroke technique as well as the use of a metronome. I will teach the student to read rhythms and drum set notation. I know how to isolate difficult patterns, break them down into understandable parts, and reintegrate them into a piece. I like to use the music that a student enjoys to relate to the written music. I have found YouTube to be an indispensable tool for this, and my students have responded very well. I will work on snare drum technique as well, because it is the primary voice on the set, and the touch and nuance required to play it well relate to the set as well. I will tailor my instruction to suit the student's learning style and preferences. I want to make the learning fun, so I will help the student quickly gain the basic skills to play along with their favorite bands. This promotes musicality as well as solid time. It will also aid in transcription, which will come with development and is a valuable tool. I will use this in tandem with technique-building exercises to form a well rounded musician. I believe that a student should have a familiarity with his/her instrument, so we will also go over the anatomy and tuning of the set. Above all, music should be fun!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music room w/ drum set, hand drums, and seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
I have a practice pad, snare drum, and sticks. If a student wishes to have drum set lessons in his/her home, that instrument should be there.
**Please note** I do have a drum set in my home.

*** Specialties ***
For the drum set, I am the most experienced in rock, country, and bluegrass styles. I am comfortable with both Stevens and Burton grips for mallet instruments.

1. *** See my article on drum set tips! ***
http://takelessons.com/blog/how-to-read-drum-sheet-music
2. ***See my article about the benefits of learning drums as an adult.***
http://takelessons.com/blog/learning-to-drum-as-an-adult
3. *** See my article on Efficient Practice Methods. ***
http://takelessons.com/blog/how-to-practice-drums-z07
4. *** See my article on Coordination Exercises. ***
http://takelessons.com/blog/hand-eye-coordination-exercises-for-drummers-z07
5. *** See my article on Snare Drum Basics. ***
http://takelessons.com/blog/5-exercises-to-master-snare-drum-basics-z07
6. *** See my Gear Guide article on drum sticks. ***
http://takelessons.com/blog/which-drum-sticks-are-the-best-z07
7. *** See my Gear Guide article on Drum Sets. ***
http://takelessons.com/blog/best-drum-set-brands-z07
8. *** See my Gear Guide article on cymbals. ***
http://takelessons.com/blog/drum-cymbals-z07
9. ***See my article about different grips.***
http://takelessons.com/blog/how-to-hold-drum-sticks-z07
10. **See my article about drum apps. ***
http://takelessons.com/blog/apps-for-drummers-z07
11. **See my article about drum thrones. ***
http://takelessons.com/blog/drum-thrones-gear-for-drummers-z07
12. **See my article about nailing performances.**
http://takelessons.com/blog/drum-performance-tips-z07
13. ***See my article about rudiments.***
http://takelessons.com/blog/7-essential-drum-rudiments-z07
14. ***See my article about tuning your drums.***
http://takelessons.com/blog/drum-tuning-z07
15. ***See my article about reading drum charts/tabs.***
http://takelessons.com/blog/drum-charts-for-beginners-z07
16. ***See my article about different types of sticks/effects.***
http://takelessons.com/blog/types-of-drum-sticks-z07#comment-910418
17. ***See my article about Bass Drum Technique.***
http://takelessons.com/blog/bass-drum-technique-z07
18. ***See my article on Snare Drum Technique.***
http://takelessons.com/blog/how-to-play-snare-drum-z07
19. ***See my article on Fills.***
http://takelessons.com/blog/drum-fills-z07
20.*** See my article on Different Drum Types.***
http://takelessons.com/blog/guide_to_different_types_of_drums_z07

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Ava September 24, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · Online
Tracy did a wonderful job with my 12 year old today. I highly recommend her.
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Ayla S. June 11, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Tracy was good at engaging my 5 year old. She is very excited to learn more!
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About Sandra H.

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"Experienced Piano teacher of 7 years available for eager students of all experience levels and ages! I structure my lessons so students learn what they want to learn, while also building a strong foundation of classical and popular piano skills. I specialize in rock, spiritual, patriotic and standard music and typically use the Alfred series books for all ages. I teach music theory, ear training, dynamics, technic as well as sight reading. I also have the following tools available to use during lessons: piano, sheet music, keyboard charts and more. Let a caring teacher bring the love of music into your life. Let your talent shine.

About Sandra
I studied under Mr. Willis Ley at Ley Studio for eighteen years. She was an accompanist for the Heritage School of Dance for twelve years and also played for the School for the Richmond Ballet for One Year. Sandra was trained in contemporary, patriotic and classical music as well as music theory. She has taught children and adults piano both in their homes as well as in her home. She is an accomplished pianist who will give the student a rewarding and fulfilling experience in mastering the keyboard to their fullest potential and play any song for there own enjoyment and for the enjoyment of others.

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As a teacher, I would work with the student on learning there favorite song. This would be a goal to set for the student for the first three months. They would be taught to do the scale with their right hand. The
y would learn there sharps and flats and the difference between the two key signatures. They would also learn during the first six months some of the basic terms in music theory. I would set goals, but never overwhelm the student, but work with them according to how much they could take in. They would have weekly assignments. If an assignment is not mastered during that time, then we would review it and carry it to the next week. When one assignment is mastered, then the student would work on the next. This would be a step by step processed. My goal for the student the first six months is to get that child or adult to be able to play their chords in their left hand, octaves and fillings in their right hand and know how to work the pedals. They would understand and know the key signatures and what timing they are playing in. The student would also know some of the basic music terms. Please keep in mind that this depends on how much information that the student can process. With some it could take a little bit longer. With others it would take less time.

*** Studio Equipment ***
f/w keyboard ("It's heavy, it was metal inside it!") w/ seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect payment on any music material that I purchase at the Music Store.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in Rock, Classical, Patriotic, Standard and Spiritual and also children's music for beginners. I do a wide range of music from the fifties up to today.
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Roy Wescott November 10, 2017
· Piano · In home
I was impressed. I took lessons years ago and she turned the light on to many things I have forgotten. She has inspired me to work hard to grow. I would highly recommend. I would have given 5 stars, but the comment “best teacher ever”, to me, would be inappropriate to any teacher or person of any field.
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Citty October 11, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Sandra is a very kind and patient teacher. I look forward to my lessons each week.
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Gloria August 12, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Professional, knowledgeable, interested in student, patient, personable
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About Dorla A.

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Picture yourself at the piano playing your favorite songs as you entertain your friends or alone as a way to soothe you soul.

I can teach you how.

With my experience teaching beginners I would love to help you make your piano dreams a reality!

About Dorla
Hello!
You may call me Miss Dorla, as my students affectionately call me!

Just imagine... you are just a few steps away from making music at the piano! Popular songs from your favorite artists are easier to play than you think! Bach, Beethoven and Mozart will be at your fingertips. Worship songs are a lesson away!

Let me tell you about myself: I have been teaching piano for more than 30 years. Received my undergraduate degree in Piano Performance at the University of Montemorelos in Mexico and a Master of Music degree in Piano Pedagogy (piano teaching) from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas.

After six years as Early Childhood Music Coordinator at TCU’s Music Preparatory Division I continue to maintain a full teaching schedule with over 30 students in my private studio, and as adjunct music instructor at Southwestern
Adventist University in Keene, Texas.

I am a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music and enjoy teaching my students how to make beautiful music!
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Delise July 15, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Ms. Dorla has been an excellent piano teacher to both of my children. They started group lessons when they were very young and moved to private lessons after a few years. Ms. Dorla employs an advanced pedagogical teaching style which is very eclectic making it a unique experience for each student. Group lessons are a wonderful, fun experience where Ms. Dorla incorporates all of students' senses so that they not only "play" music but "experience" it. Private lessons are uniquely designed with the students' interests and abilities in mind using a research-based curriculum that includes diversity of activities which include technology. Having witnessed my children's progress in their playing abilities and their increasing love of music I cannot hesitate in recommending Ms. Dorla to anyone that is interested in receiving top quality music education.
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About Dana B.

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Mechanicsville, VA

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I was formally trained in piano for over 10 years by a teacher from the National Guild of Piano Teachers and I have been playing for more than 30 years. I have extensive professional and volunteer experience teaching children/youth of all ages. Time slots are available both after school hours and during the school day for home-schoolers.

I taught piano from 1992-1997. I took a break to go full time into ministry and to raise my son. I began teaching again in August 2012.

About Dana
Hi. My name is Dana B. I have a passion for teaching students how to read music, understand basic theory and even choose some of your own music without feeling the frustrating pressure that is often associated with music lessons. I teach a foundation of piano method, technique and theory, using classics with a good mix of fun and contemporary music thrown in! I also teach voice and performance.

I was formally trained in piano for over 10 years by a teacher from the National Guild of Piano Teachers and I have been playing for more than 30 years. I have extensive professional and volunteer experience teaching children/youth of all ages. Time slots are available both after school hours and during the school day for home-schoolers.

I would love to share my knowledge and enthusiasm about music with you and your child!
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my S. October 26, 2017
· Piano · In home
Wonderful lesson! Dana really takes the time to get to know you and teach based on your current skill level and best learning style.
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Jeorose Basilan September 18, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Ms. Dana has a way with my daughter that promotes excitement to learn and interest in being better. We love her .
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Frank September 18, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Dana helps her student quickly identify and begin improving upon areas needed to gain proficiency, doing so with warm encouragement and a positive, collaborative process. I'd highly recommend her to aspiring performers or those wanting to improve their skills!
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About Michael M.

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I have been instructing students on piano for over 10 years and teach any age! From the elementary level to the pre-collegiate my students achieve success through a fun and personalized curriculum. I use a variety of methods and books that differ for each student and plan professional student shows that give my students a practical application to their instruction!

About Michael
Hello, My name is Michael and Im excited to meet you! I've been teaching private & Professional lessons since 1997! I love helping students accomplish their goals like, getting into college, hit auditions, and more, but above all I love to inspire the love of Music and Performance Arts!

Throughout my professional career I have toured and played with bands such as Soul Fire, 3 Door Down, and others, and have performed for companies such as 4 County Players in Virginia, Busch Gardens Williamsburg, and Carolina Players in NC. I play multiple instruments from woodwinds, brass, to guitar, mandolin, violin and have training in singing and vocal training and more!

I use a number of established teaching methods to instruct my studies as well as my own methods that I have perfected through my 18+ years of teaching. My philosophy is that
it is important to stay fluid and adjust to each student's learning style to create successful students at any age from 3 to 100!

My only goal is to help you reach yours!

-==Some of My Studio Equipment=--
Marshall, Crate, & Fender Amps
Williams and Yamaha Digital Pianos
Woodwind instruments
Violins of all sizes
Brass Instruments
Acoustic and Electric Guitars (Fender, Epiphone, Breedlove, etc..)
Computer and Multimedia Supplemental material
And others!

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I teach Suzuki Method when appropriate, as well as popular scholastic methods when needed for a school band program however, I mostly teach to the student. Each student gets a unique and personalized experience tailored to their specific goals and needs using a variety of available materials, but above all I strive to teach fun when learning the arts!
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Justine February 28, 2017
· Cello · In studio
I am an adult who has no experience with any type of instrument and was very nervous and intimidated at first. Then I met with Michael, and though there was a ton of information we had to go through, he really made me feel at ease. He has the knowledge, patience, and understanding I was really looking for in a teacher and I'm so happy I found him!
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Holly September 12, 2016
· Violin · In studio
With his flexibility and willingness to accommodate us my daughter learned a lot from him. He was a wonderful teacher and a great person to do business with.
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Sharon September 12, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Michael is very energetic and passionate about music. My kids have really enjoyed their time with him and we would recommend him to anyone!
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Powhatan, VA 23139
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About Emily C.

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Astoria, NY

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With years of experience live and in the studio, I specialize in teaching students theory, chords and song structures. Students will progress quickly by learning to play chords and scales, and improvise. I balance traditional sight reading with playing by ear and following chord charts. I am the perfect teacher for someone looking for a new approach to learning piano, and/or someone looking to play in a band or accompany their singing. I have played in the studio for Katy Perry and live on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

About Emily
Emily has been working professionally for over 15 years and teaching for nearly as long. Professionally, she has worked with labels like Universal and Sony, and with artists like Katy Perry and Billy Joel. Former students have gone on to perform on Broadway, national tours and American Idol.

Every student's individual voice and style is taken in to consideration when forming their training. No two voices are alike, and thus, no two lessons should be alike.

Emily will focus on helping you find the strengths in your voice and then finding and overcoming your weaknesses. Emily is a firm believer, that the voice is a muscle system that must be worked and strengthened, just like any other; and she will provide you with the proper strength training to achieve your artistic goals.

Emily also teaches songwriting and piano, tailored to c
ontemporary artists.
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Paytra January 4, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Emily has been a god send ! As a professional and working recording artist in NYC... I was in need of a vocal coach who catered to my style. She taught me control and changed my voice completely. The best teacher I've had by far!
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Stephanie January 4, 2017
· Songwriting · In studio
Emily isn't just a great singing teacher- she also gave me the support, confidence and knowledge I needed to turn my musical ideas into completed songs for the first time.
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Casey January 4, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Emily Carlstrom is a total badass. I've taken a handful of voice lessons with her. They were so simple, yet so extremely helpful and motivating. She really knows how to listen and that makes her a great friend, artist and teacher.
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About Antonio G.

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Music is a language. If you wish to improve your overall musical abilities, learn how to be more expressive, and become more fluent in the language of music, these lessons are for you. I have over 20 years of experience in music and 10+ years in teaching at schools, privately, church teams, and traveling with recording artists. No matter your skill level or abilities, we can make progress together in your musical life.

About Antonio
I believe that music is a language. Before you ever spoke your first word, you already knew a lot about the language you now speak. Just think about it. You were "jamming with the pros" way before you begin to speak. I have over 20 years of experience in music and 10+ in teaching at schools, privately, church teams, and traveling with recording artists. No matter your skill level or abilities, we can make progress together in your musical life.
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About Kayvon E.

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All ages and skill levels are welcome, as lessons will be catered to your needs. I have more than 15 years of experience in the field of music, everywhere from piano to singing and percussion to clarinet. Music theory and ear training skills are also my passion. With my gentle Midwestern touch, I will show you different ways of looking at your technique and musicality. My keen observation and perfectionist skills will benefit you in the long run because I will not miss a thing. Music is my life and the most important thing in it.

About Kayvon
A highly-achieving pianist and composer, Kayvon has been studying music since the age of five. In addition to the piano, he is also proficient in playing percussion instruments and even more impressive is his vocal abilities. He has led multiple community theatre productions in various roles, both onstage and behind-the-scenes (i.e. music directing, accompanying, conducting the orchestra). Prior to his undergraduate studies, Kayvon was invited to perform with the top ensemble of the Illinois Music Educator’s Association District Jazz Band, the Western Illinois University Band Camp, and many other events both as a solo and/or as part of ensemble quite successfully. In addition to performing, he also has had a prominent conducting career as well. Beginning with choirs and musical theatre shows, Kayvon is now the assistant conductor of the n
ewly-formed Beverly Hills Youth Orchestra.

In his flourishing arranging and composing career, Kayvon has created arrangements for such groups as the Truman State University marching band, East Peoria Community High School band, Illinois State University Big Red Marching Machine, and the Illinois State University Concert Choir and Symphony Orchestra in a combined arrangement of Eric Whitacre’s “Glow” for the sold-out holiday concert. As for composition, one of his most successful ventures was when his orchestral work "Unsung Hero" had its world premiere at Carnegie Hall in New York. In May of 2016, Kayvon graduated from Illinois State University with his Bachelor’s degree in music composition, where he studied privately with Drs. Roy Magnuson, Carl Schimmel, and Joshua Keeling. Following his studies at Illinois State University, Kayvon attended the University of California at Los Angeles to pursue his lifelong dream of film scoring. Since then, he has completed successful internships at Hans Zimmer's studio Remote Control Productions and Heitor Pereira's studio Backyard Industries. Some of his favorite film score composers include Alexandre Desplat, James Newton Howard, Thomas Newton, and Mark Isham among many others.
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About Liudmila I.

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I have St.Petersburg Conservatory Master of Music (Diploma with Honor) My teaching experience began after Conservatory. I teach piano at the Music School for gifted children . I teach harp at Hight special music school of the St.Petersburg Conservatory. During 20 years I teach piano and harp at my home studio. My mission is to nurture creativity, perseverance, focus, musicianship and the limitless potential of every student. I 'm looking piano and harp student of all ages.

About Liudmila
I am a very experienced harpist, holding over 20 years of experience. I have performed in over 4,000 concerts and have had the privilege of performing as the Principal Harpist at St. Petersburg Opera Theatre and Mariinsky Theatre in Russia. I also hold a Master’s degree in Harp from the St. Petersburg Conservatory in Russia.

1988-1992 St.Petersburg Conservatory Symphony Orchestra SPb,Russia
St.Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra SPb,Russia
1992-1998 Mariinsky (Kirov) Ballet and Opera House SPb,Russia
1999-2017 The St.Petersburg Chamber Opera SPb,Russia

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Basic piano for little fingers!

About Katerina
I am a professional singer with piano skills currently studying at the Aaron Copland School of Music pursuing a Bachelors of Music Performance with vocal concentration. I'm trained in multiple styles of music such as musical theater, classical music, and pop, and I have a great deal of experience with younger children, and children with special needs.
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Katerina H.

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