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About Lynn K.

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Virginia Beach, VA

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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 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.

*** Lesson Details ***
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 Agnes H.

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Toano, VA
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About Agnes
-Current Adjunct Faculty at Tidewater Community College, Norfolk Campus
-Current Adjunct Piano Faculty at Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA
-Former Piano Faculty at Levine School of Music, Washington DC
-Former Music Theory and Piano Faculty at New School University, Mannes Pre-College Div, NYC
-Member of MTNA, VMTA
-served as an adjudicator for national piano guild audition (2007-Present)

*** Lesson Details ***
-Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced level

-Choose well-balanced repertoire for classical players (Baroque, Classical, Romantic and 20th century pieces)
-Prepare students to participate for national guild audition and all the events by MTNA (depends on students' interest)

Style: From Classical to Broadway to Jazz to Hymns!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Grandpiano

*** Specialties ***
-Specialized in teaching
classical piano w/ traditional method.
But I've been also adding rearranged jazz, Hymns and popular pieces (depends on students' interest) as part of my students' repertoire.
-include music theory, ear training and sight reading as part of piano lesson
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Jared July 29, 2017
· Piano · In home
Agnes is wonderful! I look forward to many more lessons with her!
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Trey S. January 3, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Trey was ecstatic about his music teacher and the fact that he is going to learn how to make music come out of the piano.
He is looking forward to his next lesson.
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Melvin April 27, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Ms Han was very personable any easy to work with. She explains the lesson concepts very well.
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Agnes H.

Toano, VA 23168
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About Dorothea G.

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About Dorothea
LATEST NEWS!
Not only am I am coach, but I also am a recording artist, singer/songwriter and composer. I just released my first EP, Beautiful Warrior, recorded at my own studio as well as throughout Greater Los Angeles studios.

EDUCATION
I started piano at age 4 and continued study for decades under top talent. I perform solo and in bands and keep up to date on techniques in the music industry through seminars, showcases and conferences. My own compositions blend classical piano with pop elements, which I have created throughout various local professional recording studios, including my own.

EXPERIENCE
I lend over 20 years of music and academic excellence to helping you realize your musical dreams: coaching, accompanying, performing (solo, ensembles, bands and rock bands), competing, arranging, composing, singing, songwriting an
d directing. I have experience working with singers, songwriters, live performers, DJ’s, producers, recording artists, stars and celebrities. From beginners to pros, I teach piano and songwriting in many styles: classical, contemporary, pop and rock. I specialize in classical and electronic pop.

I maintain professional association with ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers), IMDB (Internet Movie Database), LAWIM (Los Angeles Women In Music), NSAI (Nashville Songwriters Association International), the CCC (California Copyright Conference), and Phi Theta Kappa Honorary Society Alumni.

SPECIALIZATION
My unique journey as a musician/artist has led me to deeply understand what it takes to break away from the traditional grind of work and life to pursue professional musicianship and greatness as an artist. Although I train musicians of any age or skill level, I focus on those who are either professionals or who are motivated and committed to becoming professionals. I specifically teach (i) piano (with classical emphasis) (ii) the craft of songwriting, which has many multi-faceted components and (iii) composition. With extensive experience in classical and contemporary (pop, ambient, down tempo) music, I put equal focus on technique and fostering a musician’s personal style and passion for music.

PHILOSOPHY
I want you to achieve your greatest musical abilities. Moreover, I want to help you discover who you are as an ARTIST. So, to pull the very best out of you as your coach, I consider it my job to be requiring of you. To challenge you. To assign homework when needed (most often theory-related), but to balance it with fun. To encourage technique which will allow you the ability to play, or even write music, free form. To set realistic goals with you that you can be accountable for, and to dream beyond those initial goals.

I will provide you access to materials and opportunities unique to your interests, in and outside of lesson times. But I will let you determine your own pace. I will encourage and inspire you to move beyond any misconceptions; that notions of age or talent have nothing to do with achieving the success you desire. But I will respect the level of success you wish to achieve.

LESSON DETAILS
Basically, what you need to start is motivation and commitment! I will then spend the first lesson discussing your materials needs based on what method/keyboard you currently use or prefer to use (if you have one), allowing you to make requests for information before proceeding further. Otherwise, I will provide you with informed recommendations. Equally important, at your first lesson I will work with you to determine what specific goals you have so we can track them, together, and meet them, one by one!

I make special efforts to invest in each student’s particular needs to help them move beyond blocks and weaknesses, utilizing a variety of tools such as flash cards and supplemental workbooks, e.g. ear training, sight reading, note spelling, etc. as necessary.

Set your own pace with flexible teaching times--Suggested reading materials--Suggested mobile downloads to complement learning--Opportunities throughout L.A. county to practice, perform and/or learn musically--MIDI training with Logic Studio

UNIQUE OPPORTUNITIES!
2011 marked the successful launch of Rockstar For A Day, a trademarked artistic development program and production I developed to help give music students a taste of rock stardom. You’re invited to participate!

TESTIMONIALS:
"I started to learn to play piano at the age of 31. Dorothea introduced me to the world of piano. She was very patient with me and tailored the class toward my pace and interests. She is a fun and enthusiastic person. I felt really sad when she told me that she had to move." ~Duoli, PhD, Tucson, Arizona

"Dorothea's teaching style and level of comprehension from a students viewpoint is unprecedented. Her ability to naturally sync with my learning style has left me with an absolute understanding of my musical abilities, ones I never thought I possessed. She has a seamless ability to progress from musical theory to practical application, and it continues to feel as if she knows the right direction to continue that progression. I drive from San Diego to Los Angeles to attend her classes, probably passing at least 50 other instructors along the way. I would, without a doubt, recommend Dorothea to beginner, intermediate, or advanced students of all ages and backgrounds. With her you will succeed." - Jesse, radio broadcast DJ, San Diego, California
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Andrew April 16, 2017
· Piano · In home
Thea is organized and pushes our son to learn the foundation of playing piano. She's a great teacher.
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Grace S. July 31, 2013
· Piano ·
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Dora is the best piano teacher I've ever had. Her methods are so solid and she is so great at communicating. Without her knowledge, she motivates me to practice at home :) She's seriously awesome. So take lessons with her :D
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Bill S. April 9, 2013
· Piano ·
Broad background muscially, interesting, and effective communicator

I’m an adult who has played the piano for years on and off. Because of my prior experience I often ask questions that a beginner would not think about. Such as, is this a better scale fingering than the traditional one? Or what is a common key to use to accompany a sing-a-along group on a piano? Dorothea consistently provides intelligent and sometimes surprising answers to my questions.

She also is very focused on what you want to accomplish. Unlike past piano teachers, and I loved them all, who seemed intent on my learning the full classical literature, Dorothea asks what your main interest is. Is it composition, or playing, or arranging? Then she drives the lessons in that direction. Very customized lessons.

Another interesting example is scales. What’s new in that area, I thought? So she pulls out a book that has clearly defined levels of accomplishment. For example, if you can play the C major scale, quarter note = 80, with your left hand, you get one “point”. If you can do the same with your right, that’s another point. Playing with both hands together is yet another point. Playing both hands together but in contrary motion is another point. This pattern is repeated at increasing tempos and the number of points accumulated indicates your skill level. With that approach it’s not a matter of how long one practices but one practices long enough to reach a desired, measurable, skill level. I think that approach is novel and I had never seen it used before meeting Dorothea. In short, she is an interesting teacher with interesting ideas, methods, and very student focused. I don't think you will find a better teacher.
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About Cara M.

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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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Really great teacher and very sweet!
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David October 15, 2017
· Broadway Singing · In studio
Cara is a very patient teacher and is great at making you feel comfortable singing. She has lots of experience as a both teacher and a performer and it shows. I'm a busy person and I don't always have time to practice as much as I should, many music teachers are agressively critical in such situations but Cara is very understanding and teaches at the pace you can manage.

She has the experience to recommend songs which really showcase your voice to the greatest degree but is also is willing to take input on what kind of music you prefer to sing, so you're never bored or out of your depth while practicing.

I'm very glad I found Cara and I can't recommend her services enough.
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Brian October 14, 2017
· Vocal Training · In home
Cara was punctual and professional. She provided excellent instruction and helped me achieve my goals as a musician. I found a great improvement in my singing ability after going through a course of study and instruction with her. She was friendly and knowledgeable.
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Norfolk, VA 23508
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About Karen R.

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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 Crystal G.

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My name is Crystal and I've played viola for over 25 years. I can teach both violin and viola. I play professionally and just for fun. I have a bachelor's in music from Vanderbilt University where I studied with Kathryn Plummer. Although I've only taught sporadically over the years, I am looking to start a teaching studio now that I'm a new mom. The good news for you is that my rates will be discounted at first as I build my studio! I look forward to teaching people of all ages how to make music.
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Michael M. January 29, 2017
· Violin · In studio
My nine year old grandson had his first lesson with Mrs. Graves today and she was wonderful with him! We were both very happy with his lesson.
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Crystal G.

Williamsburg, VA 23185
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About Rebecca J.

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Norfolk, VA

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Fun, outgoing teacher with over a decade of experience. I think outside of the box to teach my students in accordance with their learning styles and personalities. Have fun while learning and get ahead of your classmates in band or just have fun playing duets and learning inside tips and tricks to sound better on your instrument.
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Rebecca J.

Norfolk, VA 23503
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About Elyse E.

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I recently moved to the Peninsula from Texas, where I taught piano for the Texas Christian University Music Preparatory Division for five years. I earned my Masters of Music in Piano Pedagogy degree from TCU in 2014, and before that my Bachelors of Music in Piano Pedagogy degree from the University of Oklahoma. I have lots of experience teaching students of all ages and ability levels. My main goals are for my students to learn to read music, understand basic music theory concepts so they can apply them through improvisation and composition, use effective practice strategies to learn any piece they want to learn, and to always enjoy the process of learning to play piano. I also really enjoy tailoring curriculum to each individual students learning style and interests. I know that students who play music they enjoy will practice more and I
'm very willing to accommodate special learning requests.
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Elyse E.

Yorktown, VA 23693
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I'm new to TakeLessons but not to teaching. I have been playing piano for 26 years and teaching almost a decade. I've performed in the United States, Canada and England. I have instructed 150+ students and look forward to working with many others like you! My experience working with mentors was inspiring and now I'm passionate about carrying that tradition forward of helping others create artistry at the keyboard.
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Tim D.

Norfolk, VA 23508
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