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About Darla W.

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Newport News, VA

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About Darla
Hello, I am a professional musician with over 21 years of service as a military bandsmen. I've been stationed all over the world and have had the privilege to perform in some of the greatest concert halls. I love to work with students of all ages and can teach beginning-intermediate piano, and beginning-advanced flute. Prior to joining the military, I taught general music in the Texas Public School system. I have a bachelor€'™s degree in music education from the University of Texas at Arlington. I am a very active flutist in this area, performing with The Tidewater Winds, The Hampton Roads Philharmonic, and various small chamber groups.

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I believe in creating a very positive environment for my students. I am very patient and upbeat. Whether you are a beginner, or more advanced, I can tailor the lessons to your ne
eds. I will give you a solid foundation in the fundamentals of music in a creative and fun way! I enjoy working with students of all ages. If you are just starting to learn, or have decided to come back to music lessons, I believe you will enjoy studying with me! ***Also, be advised, that if you are a beginner, I only teach 30 minute lessons! This is best for all beginners, whether a young student, or an adult student!! (Also, FYI, we do have cats in our home!)

*** Studio Equipment ***
Home studio with an upright piano for lessons.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Music stand, instrument and any books I recommend.
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Wanda September 16, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Great experience!
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LaDorna P. May 21, 2017
· Flute · In home
I am near the top-end of her student's age bracket... I hope she increases her range in a year or two. I'm returning to lessons for my own enjoyment....and, in the first two weeks she taught more than a year with others. Specifically she showed me how to practice non-vibrato long tones to increase my volume and tone; she is helping me get solo pieces metrically correct, before I start adding the dynamics. And, she is helping to adjust my posture while playing,
I enjoy playing duets with her near the end of the lesson and hearing her play professionally at concerts around the peninsula.
I wish the lessons were longer.
I highly recommend her!
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Claire December 17, 2016
· Flute · In home
She is the best flute instructor and flutist in the area. My daughter loves to learn from her.
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Darla W.

Darla W.

Newport News, VA 23602
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About Barbara M.

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Virginia Beach, VA
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About Barbara
Music has been an integral part of my world, playing a major role in both my personal and professional life. I embrace the chance to be immersed in it, to share my enthusiasm for and expertise in the area of the music education experience, promoting creative development and student performance skills.

I am an original New Yorker but have lived in Virginia Beach for the past 12 years. I began studying piano at the age of 8 and have not stopped playing since. It is a gift and a joy to be able to share my love of music performance with people of all ages and abilities. I have also sung in many choirs in addition to performing professionally on the piano and the guitar, both as a soloist and ensemble member.

I rejoice in the success that I see in my students as they learn and gain an appreciation for the gift of music. They become more
and more eager to share and more and more open to the possibilities ahead.

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I listen well to my students. They are free and encouraged to express their goals and soon, they become more and more comfortable doing so. They begin to understand that even though I am their instructor, we are working as a team and that my goals for them are directly tied to the goals they have set for themselves.

My teaching style is natural, relaxed and yet, very enthusiastic, all at the same time. I have patience in abundance and my continual student affirmation is well received. I give most attention to personalizing instruction for each of my students. My passion for musical expression is contagious and readily shared. It is a joy to teach music, to contribute to the growth and delight that I witness through a student's progress.

I have taught music to both children and adults, from beginner to advanced levels. My teaching approach remains the same, save for the goals that suit the specific student, which we discover early on, sometimes even at the first session, together, right from the start. My beginning students receive the attention necessary to encourage their desire to persevere, which includes positive feedback (which is abundant) and a teaching style that fits his/her level of learning. My student's success is my goal. This is my jubilant mission.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano, guitars,

*** Travel Equipment ***
I own 4 guitars, 1 classical, 2 acoustic/electric, and 1 electric, which I can provide for the lesson, if necessary.
I own a Baldwin Acrasonic piano.

The students will need to buy their books.

*** Specialties ***
Methods: Clear presentation of the instrument and the most comfortable way to achieve the best playing results. Emphasis on Theory including chords and improvisation.

Styles: From Classical to Broadway to Folk to Rock to Jazz to Blues.
Genres: All
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Katie S. January 21, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Very personable and takes the time to listen. She's also very patient
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Joanne January 16, 2017
· Piano · In studio
time very well-spent!
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Stephen November 16, 2016
· Piano · In studio
I'm retired and finally getting around to learning piano. Barbara is moving me quickly according to my ability so I learn and stay challenged.
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Barbara M.

Barbara M.

Virginia Beach, VA 23462
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$40 / 30-min

About Simeon K.

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Chesapeake, VA
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About Simeon
Degrees held:
Indiana University Jacobs School of Music - MM, PD
Oberlin College and Conservatory - BM

I teach private piano lessons, music theory classes, and accompanying. Students of all ages/levels are welcome. My teaching method primarily focuses on the process of learning music. Students are encouraged to make manageable goals for each lesson so that they can feel a sense of achievement throughout the entire learning process. The smaller goals keep the students motivated constantly enabling them to become a better musician. By focusing on the process of learning, students are learning a set of skills that will enable them to learn pieces quicker and allow for a more rewarding end product. They also are able to apply these learning skills to many different areas of study, which enhances their personal growth.

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Boston Baby Grand - Teaching Room A
Yamaha Upright - Teaching Room B
Janssen Upright - Classroom
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Toni July 16, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Simeon is awesome! My 8-year-old son connected with him in seconds and enjoys every lesson. Looking forward to many, many years of lessons with Simeon!
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Gabriel March 30, 2016
· Piano · In studio
It was a lot of fun! I highly recommend Simeon!
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Nikolas K. February 29, 2016
· Piano · In studio
He is best instructor ever.My son likes his teacher and enjoys every lesson.Simeon is high rank professional
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Simeon K.

Simeon K.

Chesapeake, VA 23322
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$30 / 30-min

About Cara M.

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Norfolk, VA
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About Cara
Hi there! My name is Cara. I am an award winning vocalist and experienced performer who loves to teach singing. My goal is to demystify vocal technique for students and help them “find their voice" pretty quickly with patience and care in a safe and friendly environment. In a relaxed, positive, and supportive atmosphere; students will improve their breath control and support, projection, phrase length, range, intonation, quality, comfort, stage performance and presentation skills, as well as other technical and stylistic aspects. I am currently available to teach lessons at my studio and online.

My credentials and affiliations include a Bachelor's in Vocal Music from Lamar University, Hurrah Players, Governor's School for the Arts, Opera Breve, and VA Opera. I specialize in opera and musical theater. I also record and perform pop, roc
k, R&B, and jazz. Trained by some of the best artists and teachers in Virginia and Texas, I have gained extensive knowledge in vocal pedagogy that has allowed me to become versed in numerous styles and crossover genres. Contact me and we can discuss in more detail want you are looking for in a voice teacher, your vocal goals and experiences, as well as availability and location details. Do not miss the opportunity to work with someone who is really dedicated to nurturing voices and serving art in a down to earth way and will get you where you want to go fast.
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Daniel H. September 8, 2017
· Vocal Training · Online
She said she would be able to help me with an issue in falsetto but was not able to help. We spent most of the lesson doing exercises that had nothing to do with my issue. Afterwards she sent info from wikipedia on how to sing falsetto. That's not what the issue was, nor did I pay for something I could get for free on the internet. I found another teacher who was able to help - we worked directly on my issue and I learned how to resolve it. This lesson was a complete waste of my money.
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Cammy April 25, 2017
· Vocal Training · In home
Cara was professional and kind. She is clearly at the top of her game. My girls learned so mucn from her during their in home lessons. They are still singing together and using some of the techniques from her. We appreciated her expertise and heart to teach!
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Mike April 6, 2017
· Vocal Training · In home
A few months ago after researching a number of vocal instructors in the area and speaking with a few friends, I decided to give Cara a try based on her teaching approach, and resume. Since I had virtually no vocal experience (other than some off-key excursions in the car) I was surprised that I could actually sing the correct notes during my first lesson with her.
Cara's positive, but meticulous approach has helped me improve my vocal ability farther than I ever imagined over the last 6 months. She is fun to work with and I would recommend her to anyone.
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Cara M.

Cara M.

Norfolk, VA 23508
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About Karen R.

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Virginia Beach, VA

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Hello and thank you for the opportunity to serve.

There is no greater blessing than to use the gifts you've been given to directly benefit others! If you love what you do you will never work a day in your life!

Be certain, making music is unlike anything else you've done. At the same time, making music will strengthen everything else you WILL do!

Whether you choose me to help to you along the way or another teacher, please be sure to get a teacher that is patient, experienced and disciplined. Your first year of music lessons will either create a strong foundation or collapse under the partially built structure. Give the teacher a chance to make their point. Don't be too quick to judge based on the inexperience of the student. The fundamental lessons must be repeated until learned.

Whatever you do, get a teacher. Do not wa
ste time believing you can 'self teach'. Your technique needs to be monitored by someone who knows music.

I've learned a great deal in my 20 years of teaching;

- patience
- persistence
- keep it fun
- change it up
- don't compromise the fundamentals
- encourage musical discipline
- tuning, warm-up, scales, technique, repertoire, new material
- repeat!

It's my belief that music fundamentals are critical and we will create a solid musical foundation by learning the language, understanding the critical issues of timing, rhythm, reading and learning how to LEARN!

I enjoy working with all ages but specialize in children and adults that act like children!

Stay a child! Learn something new.

What are you waiting for?!

If you don't see an availability you would like, please feel free to contact me via the TakeLessons site and ask questions!
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Giovanni L. July 30, 2017
· Piano · In home
We would like to thank Karen for patiently teaching our son Federico. It was a pity we had to come back to Italy and w're missing such a positive inspiration for our son. Thank you again Karen for your professionalism and love in teaching our young son.
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Luanne F. May 15, 2017
· Violin · In studio
My daughter has loved having Karen as her teacher. She is kind and patient. My daughter has made tremendous strides and is loving the violin! I even catch her practicing without being asked!
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Anna-Margaret B. April 16, 2017
· Violin · In studio
Karen is so patient, yet challenging! She has a great personality, and she is super encouraging!
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Karen R.

Karen R.

Virginia Beach, VA 23455
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About Tristi C.

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Chesapeake, VA
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Teacher in SK Piano Academy
Accompanist

I teach private piano lessons and music theory. Students of all ages are welcome. My teaching philosophy is to assist students to achieve their personal goals in music in a tailored, enjoyable, and efficient manner.

I encourage students to perform and share their talents through participating in studio recitals and masterclasses. My students have the opportunities to participate in local music events such as competitions, theory tests, and auditions.

I am an accompanist in Old Dominon University, Norfolk State University, and Nansemond-Suffolk Academy. I offer accompanying services for events.
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Amelia B. February 11, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Tristi is an excellent teacher. She uses a great balance of positive comments about your performance and comments about areas that need improvement. She plays beautifully, which provides good models for learning. Her knowledge of composer's styles and the periods of music is excellent. She is also very personable.
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Genevieve C. January 28, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Tristi is a great teacher, she really explained the lesson well. Very much recommend her.
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Alexandria G. January 5, 2017
· Classical Piano · In studio
Cautiously optimistic. Only my first lesson, but she seemed very knowledgeable and was certainly patient with my questions and bumbling. I look forward to future lessons with her!
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Tristi C.

Tristi C.

Chesapeake, VA 23322
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$30 / 30-min

About Kenneth W.

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Suffolk, VA
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Hi, there! My name is Kenneth and I can't wait to meet you! I've been teaching private lessons since 2009 and have loved helping my students sight read, play by ear, and further their music knowledge in theory. I went to Norfolk State University and majored in Music Education. I'm a knowledgeable, caring, and disciplined musician who will have high expectations of the students I teach. With me being your child's teacher you can also look forward to me being an awesome role model for your child. I am one of the youth leaders at my church and have a few youth musicians under my tutelage there as well. I am fully aware that not every person learns the exact same way, with that being said you can rest assured that I will cater to you and your child's learning needs. I look forward to helping you and/or your child reach your goals!
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Jimeka F. April 5, 2017
· Piano · In home
Mr. Kenneth is professional, pleasant, punctual and dependable to say the least. I couldn't have prayed for a better instructor for my 9-year old son Michael (MJ). He's very patient with my son. MJ has learned quite a bit in this timeframe. When Mr. Kenneth leaves MJ is able to execute with excellence as he has been instructed. Mr. Kenneth is a true inspiration. MJ is eager to practice all he's been taught because of the cultivating environment that's been set before him. He's reading notes and more! I highly recommend Mr. Kenneth!!!
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Amir B. January 25, 2017
· Piano · In home
Awesome instructor
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Akilah January 20, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Kenneth is an awesome piano instructor! My son was diagnosed with high function autism and he doesn't open up to people that easily. Kenneth did an amazing job with my son and I am forever grateful. Thanks Kenneth!
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Kenneth W.

Kenneth W.

Suffolk, VA 23434
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$15 / 30-min

About Anna-Margaret B.

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Virginia Beach, VA

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About Anna-Margaret
As a music therapist, I firmly believe that anyone can learn to play and appreciate music! Whether learning a Bach prelude, your favorite broadway musical tune, or a popular hit from the radio--- it is never too early or too late to begin the journey of playing a musical instrument!

Check out my website!

http://www.musicbyamb.net/
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Jasper, M. September 19, 2017
· Piano · In home
She is super patient and fun. Try's to connect with student and meet their personal needs and interests.
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Anna-Margaret B.

Anna-Margaret B.

Virginia Beach, VA 23451
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$20 / 30-min

About Beth D.

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Chesapeake, VA

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Are you new to playing the flute? Or have you been playing for a while, and you want to improve? Do you need to work on music for band or orchestra? I can help in all of these areas. I was in both band and orchestra from middle school on up, marching band included. I have been a teacher my whole career, teaching flute and then becoming an English teacher.

I started flute at age 10. My own teacher was the student of the principal flute of the Pittsburgh Symphony, Bernard Goldberg. My teacher taught me everything that she herself was learning from Goldberg, who himself had learned from the renowned flautist George Barrere.

We will work on tone, embouchure, and correct breathing and posture as well as music fundamentals, phrasing/interpretation, and of course, good technique. I try to teach with a sense of humor, joy, and encouragem
ent. My goal is to teach not only how to play the flute but also to help all my students learn to love music and to be proud to be a musician.
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Julieta May 10, 2017
· Flute · In home
I count Ms. Beth among the best teachers I have ever had. She is good at explaining things so that anyone can understand. She is always patient and kind, and brings fun and humor into the learning process. With Ms. Beth you will advance quickly if you follow her instruction on how to practice. She knows her stuff, but more importantly, she knows how to teach it so that you understand, remember, and really enjoy your flute lessons! As as student I knew that Ms. Beth really cared about me and I can definitely say that I wouldn´t be where I am today without her. PLEASE don´t miss the opportunity to take lessons with her! She has all the qualities of the kind of teacher people look for but rarely find.
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Erika May 10, 2017
· Flute · In studio
Ms. Beth is a talented, patient and encouraging teacher. After trying 2 other teachers, my daughter's enthusiasm for music has blossomed under her instruction. We are truly grateful for Ms. Beth!
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Debra May 10, 2017
· Flute · In studio
Beth is an excellent teacher with a gentle manner. She works well with people of all ages and is especially gifted in her work with children.
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Beth D.

Beth D.

Chesapeake, VA 23322
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$26 / 30-min

About Tara B.

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Chesapeake, VA
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LETS MAKE MUSIC!! With viola being my main instrument after falling in love with the music over 15 years ago I have taken a liking to the cello and violin as well. I am a degreed musician that is classically trained. Jazz band, symphony orchestra, quartets, weddings and various studio recordings have helped in creating the musician I am today. Being able to connect and make music relatable to any student is something i take pride in. Some students aren't able to have one on one time with their conductor and I believe that is where the private teacher comes in.

Let's build. Let's grow. Let's make music!
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Prim M. September 18, 2017
· Violin · In home
very happy with Tara- very patient teacher- Prim is excited about the violin
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Tara B.

Tara B.

Chesapeake, VA 23320
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