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About Lynn K.

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Virginia Beach, VA

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Basics of the language of music, also instrument specific

About Lynn
Whether  you are 5, 25, or  perhaps 75 years old when you make the decision to enter the world of music, you will be changing your life for the positive.  

Your relationship with music & your chosen instrument is unique &
will  be life long.  I look forward to sharing  your
excitement as we pursue the path to comfort, confidence & the
eventual, inevitable joy you will achieve with your new friend.

*** Lesson Details ***
In a calm, easy going atmosphere you can expect to laugh a bit, as it is called 'playing music', as well as become focused & disciplined to succeed.

You will learn to have an understanding of how to read & play a minimum of 3 songs each month, & will be picking up enough music theory as it applies to your instrument each week to feel confident & inspired to continue on as far as you desire.

We will learn h
ow to 'play well with others' in informal as well as more structured gatherings every few months, with no pressure, only compassion & encouragement.

For those wishing to join in the fun of playing bluegrass music, we will start out with technique exercises, scales, basic melodies & accompaniment patterns to prepare you to learn this unique & exciting style of American music. There are many gatherings in the area called 'Pickin' Parties' that I want to get you ready to participate in as soon as is humanly possible.

If you are one of those brave souls undertaking the lovely but challenging fretless instrument, the violin, my main focus is to get you started with the all the necessary basic techniques - holding the instrument & bow correctly, getting the best possible tone & pitch using efficiency & accuracy, mixed with a great deal of ear training & heart.

Specific songs you'd like to learn? Your reward for accomplishing what I deem necessary on whichever instrument you've chosen will be for us to then listen to & analyze your desired piece, & I will then write it out in either tablature or standard notation.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lesson studio contains music stand, tuner, metronome, & there is easy parking in the well lit front lot.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Student must have own instrument & be willing to purchase necessary tools as recommended at their first lesson for their instrument & playing level, such as music stand, tuner, pick, book, strap, etc. at a local music store or on line.

*** Specialties ***
Bluegrass, Country, Country Rock, Contemporary Christian, Americana, Ragtime Blues Guitar, Fingerstyle, Flatpick, Accompaniment, Ear Training, Theory, Harmony
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Kenneth C. November 16, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
I like Lynn
I think.she wi.be able to teach me what I want to know
Seams she know how to tailor the lesson
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Jonathan S. October 29, 2016
· Banjo · In studio
My first lesson was today - and I look forward to learning banjo from an experienced teacher!
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Rayna & Brandy C. March 17, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Very patient, knowledgeable, and encouraging!
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Lynn K.

Lynn K.

Virginia Beach, VA 23455
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About Barbara M.

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All music theory concepts covered and utilized during lessons; scales and chord formations.

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.

*** Lesson Details ***
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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Virginia Beach, VA 23462
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About Francis R.

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Music theory will be taught as a supplement to most other subjects I teach. I would avoid taking lessons in this subject unless you need extra help/tutoring in a music theory class in school.

If you are not a musician and want to understand music better, music theory will be a really boring place to start. It's no fun without context. Learn to play a guitar or a trumpet or something first!

About Francis
Hi everyone! I'm a hard-working musician with a background in live performance, songwriting, composition, and home recording. I want to help you perform the music you love, whether you're playing to your family, your webcam, or a 15,000 seat arena. I have been teaching private music lessons since 2007.

I am a graduate of UCSD, where I completed my bachelor's degree in music theory and composition. I have taken years of private lessons, played bass, guitar, and mandolin in local and touring bands, and my music has been featured on at least 7 albums. I want to make your goals accessible, and I want to help you find your sound.

*** Lesson Details ***
I focus on making lessons fun for my students. I emphasize the importance of practicing on your own and building confidence by performing live and/or writing your own songs. I love to hel
p people get better at sounding like themselves.

During lessons from me, you can expect to play, sing, clap your hands, and become completely immersed in the music you love. Whether your goal is to perform in front of an audience, record albums, or just play for fun in your living room, I'll help you make that happen.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music room, seating available, street parking.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I only teach students who provide their own instrument. I am willing to provide a loaner guitar for the week if a student's instrument needs to be repaired or is not accessible for any reason. I also provide homework when necessary :)

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in teaching confidence in performance practices, technique, singing and playing, and good microphone habits for singing, speaking, recording, and songwriting. I teach based on student needs, and I find each student benefits from a different curriculum.
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David B. July 20, 2017
· Singing · In home
Very personable, very talented, and very patient. Great first lesson!
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Kimberly July 10, 2017
· Ukulele · In home
Francis is a great instructor! He is patient and knowledgeable and takes the time to explain things. He is also super laid back and friendly and will customize lessons based on current level. I would definitely recommend him!
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John Lowe May 10, 2017
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An extremely attentive and helpful coach, was able to not only assist me in developing a stronger voice but also a passion for music. Would highly recommend!
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About Simeon K.

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Chesapeake, VA
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AP theory exam or college level theory

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.

***Studio Equipm
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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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Chesapeake, VA 23322
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About Beau S.

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I'll break it down as much as you need. I am even happier to discuss more difficult musical topics.

About Beau
*** Lesson Details ***
I studied music performance at UMass Dartmouth. I have the tools and resources to teach the students what they need to know in order to teach themselves. In lessons, I focus on what the student wants to learn, however for younger students I tend to stick with the methods books for a while.
I am a big fan of applying relevant elements of music theory to the music we're learning: it helps to understand the science behind the music. Noticing patterns and understanding common terminology will make it easier to learn pieces and play with other musicians.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Kimball baby grand piano.
I can teach at my house in Attleboro as well as come to you.

*** Specialties ***
Music theory and classical piano. (Classical and pop)
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Erika T. September 13, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Beau is very nice with kids and a great teacher. The first class was wonderful. I strongly recommend him to teach piano for kids.
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Anne January 25, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Beau is patient and kind, and yet persistent and focused with my 8 year old daughter. She has major anxiety issues and is often both frightened by new people and hyper sensitive to correction. Beau navigates her through her fears and shares his love of the music. She has had half a dozen lessons now, and we fully intend to continue lessons with Beau.
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Hannah September 2, 2016
· Piano · In home
My daughter was thrilled with the job Beau did on the first lesson and has a renewed drive to really work at playing. I'm very impressed. Even my younger daughter listened in and said "he's amazing". Looking forward to the next Lesson.
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About Robert S.

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Virginia Beach, VA
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Music theory is always incorporated into piano lessons. It is crucial to understand how music works. I will use theory to help you understand what you are playing and how to use it to your advantage when composing or writing songs.

About Robert
My names is Robert. I teach piano, voice, guitar, bass, and drums (beginner/intermediate/advanced and all ages starting as young as 5 - kids and adults alike. I've had ample experience in music performance - touring around the world playing concerts in countries like Indonesia, Australia, Russia, and Japan - was a touring member for the Norfolk based rock group, MAE (Capitol Records, Tooth & Nail Records). Currently I perform regular gigs around Hampton Roads, solo (MUSICPLAYER) and with bands (LADADA) and (DEJA). My expertise is piano and singing but I have a multi-instrumental understanding of music (proficient in piano, guitar, drums, bass, etc).

"My goal with each student is to help instill a desire and passion to explore the deeper side of music. I try to keep my lessons fun, exciting, and interactive. Music theory is crucial to
understanding music, but I also teach you how to sense the emotions in music as well as using your ear. I believe that each student has his or her own personal musical journey. I'm sensitive to that and want to give each student a head start on that journey. Teaching another person how to play, understand, and feel music is something that makes me come alive."

*** Studio Equipment ***
I own two digital pianos, both with weighted keys. And I recommend that each of my students has a piano of their own with weighted keys.

*** Travel Equipment ***
If need be I can bring a digital piano with me for in-home lessons.

***Booking Lessons***
When booking lessons please contact me beforehand to make sure I can accommodate your schedule. My calendar changes on a weekly basis.
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Rocky May 23, 2017
· Music Performance · In studio
Wow!
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Jillian P. February 17, 2017
· Piano · In home
Robert is the best teacher and role model!
Couldn't be more pleased with his instruction and interaction with my daughter.
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Berkley October 6, 2016
· Piano · In studio
my daughter absolutely loves going to Robert's for her piano lessons! always a good experience!
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Virginia Beach, VA 23451
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About Marcelo M.

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WHen it comes to teaching music theory there is no secret. I go through the material step by step and make sure that the student is always learning every week. At the end of 2 months period, the beginner student should have a greater idea of harmony concepts and how to analyze music. The intermediate and advanced students are also able to clear some grey areas or just learn new material.

About Marcelo
Established New York musician. Berklee College of Music Graduate. Have been teaching for many years and know that each student has their own mindset and we need to work around each person`s goals and interests. I teach mainly pop, rock, blues, jazz, classical, funk, RnB. All ages and levels are welcome.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons are very relaxed and we will focus on ways to practice and getting the student to learn what he/she wants. Some people just want to come and learn a few tunes, some want to really learn the instrument and practice all the time. It all depends on the individual and I`m more than ready to adapt for each one of my students with the methods I have.
On our first class we will spend some time discussing what are the goals of the student and I will formulate a good plan so we can reach those goals in no time
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I usually have 3 main paths that the student can choose.
1st - Learn the instrument enough so you can play your favorite songs and have fun with friends.
2nd(most requested) - Learn the instrument from scratch. Study technique, repertoire, a little of reading and music theory and learn how to improvise. This will allow the person to have their own tools to study on their own after attending classes with me.
3rd - Usually people who have been playing before like this one. We will go deep in music theory, ear training, reading, improvising and technique. Always leaning challenging tunes that will develop the student skills. This one allows the student to follow a professional path on the future, or maybe go into a music college.

*Location
Classes can take place at my studio or at your own location with an extra fee for transportation.

*Under 18 students
For children under 18 parents are more than welcome to stay for the classes, tell me if there is any specific goal you are looking for or talk about any subject that you might want.

*AUDITION PREP
I also help people to prepare for auditions. For this subject, I will tell you how to get ready for an audition. If you are trying to get in a college I have many contacts around the country and know how most auditions work and can help you with any question there might be. For auditions for orchestras or band we can work on repertoire and behavior to get you ready and all set to get accepted.
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Sarah August 28, 2017
· Bass Guitar · In studio
Great teacher! Marcelo has been teaching me for the past 2 months and the progress I had during this time was bigger then I had with any other teacher before, highly recommended.
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Matheus August 23, 2017
· Upright Bass · In home
I have known him for a while and he is really good musician! Very dedicated and professional
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Nirva July 14, 2017
· Bass Guitar · In studio
Great teacher and lesson!
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About Tristi C.

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Theory lesson to strengthen the fundamentals in classical music

About Tristi
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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Chesapeake, VA 23322
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About Caroline S.

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I use a practical, hands-on approach to teaching music theory that is catered to the student's learning style. Music theory should be fun, not scary or tedious!

About Caroline
I am a composer, conductor, arranger, and flautist with a BA in Music from American University in Washington, DC! I have been playing the flute for over 15 years and have had almost 10 years of formal composition and theory training thus far.

I teach beginning and intermediate flute players of all ages and in all styles! Since my primary background is in composition, I am able to create custom exercises and arrangements of the music in which my students are interested. This includes music from TV shows, videogames, Top 40 hits, and everything in between! Building confidence while enjoying practicing and skill-building on the instrument are my goals. I am also willing to collaborate with school band and orchestra teachers to further enhance a student's learning and performance.

I also teach beginning music theory and songwriting! As
a poet, songwriter, and composer, I want to share what I've learned about improvisation, refining raw ideas, and getting ideas from one's mind onto the page. Creative expression is a tremendously important part of life, and understanding the foundations of music can help us appreciate and interact with it on a higher, more fulfilling level!

My studio is in Hilltop, Virginia Beach. I am comfortable teaching a variety of styles and ages - nothing is too "out there" for me! I look forward to meeting with you and helping you achieve your goals!
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Daniel June 19, 2017
· Songwriting · In studio
I had the pleasure of performing Caroline's original composition Onwards, Ever Against the Snow both for recital, as well as jury boards. The score is written for piano and alto saxophone and is written as a programmatic work featuring a Beethoven-ian hero. The piece received glowing reviews from internationally acclaimed composers and applied musicians at both the recital and jury boards. Take lessons with Caroline confidently!
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Kaitlyn June 19, 2017
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I worked with Caroline for her senior composition recital, performing a solo violin piece that she wrote. She was incredibly easy and pleasant to work with; we had several rehearsals together leading up to the recital, and she was always patient, kind, helpful, and clear when helping me interpret her piece. She was very professional to work with in terms of scheduling rehearsals as well, and was always open and prompt when communicating about scheduling. Working with Caroline was extremely enjoyable and easy!
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Virginia Beach, VA 23451
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We can dive right in and learn melody, harmony, chords, scales and what scales go with what chords. Learn how how composers use keys to develop compositions. Learn how to improvise through harmony and to write lead sheets and scores.

About Christopher
I have been a professional bassist for 28 years and teacher in the Tidewater area for over 20 years. As a teacher I've taught in the public school system for 14 years as an orchestra director. I have also taught at the Governors Magnet School for the Arts, Chesapeake Public Schools Summer Jazz Camp and held adjunct faculty positions at the College of William and Mary as well as Christopher Newport University.
As a performer I am a member of the Virginia Symphony Jazz Orchestra playing with artists like Shirley Jones, Bernadette Peters and Debbie Boone . I have also performed with notable jazz artists such as Frank Foster, Steve Wilson, Rick Margitza, John Abercrombieand, Joe Locke and John Fedchock. I also perform regularly with Hampton Roads Jazz artists Woody Beckner, John Toomey, Jae Sinnett, Jeff Smith and the Roy Muth Big Ba
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Norfolk, VA 23503
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