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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 Christopher E.

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Williamsburg, VA
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About Christopher
I received my Doctorate of Musical Arts from Rutgers University in January of 2017, and have over ten years of professional teaching and performing experience. Whether you are just starting out on a horn or have a few years under your belt, I can help you realize your musical potential and show you how rewarding playing a musical instrument can be!

*** Lesson Details ***
The focus of each lesson depends heavily on the level of each student... beginning students can expect a larger portion of the instruction to focus on fundamentals and music reading so as to lay a foundation for further success. For these students I will generally work out of an existing band method as these are more than adequate, and perhaps add a few supplemental materials which in include simple exercises specific to the instrument, scale patterns, and rhythm/musi
c reading examples.

More advanced students can expect to review proper technique and work on appropriate etudes and solo repertoire. I spend a lot of time working on practice technique. Confidence building if necessary. If the student plays in a jazz band we can work on bebop/swing/improvisation as well.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have a stand, tuner, metronome, and video and audio recording devices should we decide to use them.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide teaching materials and can bring a music stand. Student needs working instrument, and should own a tuner, metronome, and music stand. For a tuner/metronome I recommend a Korg TM-50. Nearly anything will do for a stand but I'd avoid a flimsy fold-up stand. I recommend an On-Stage SM7211. Can't go wrong with a Manhasset black stand either.

*** Specialties ***
Classical solo repertoire and audition preparation. Blues and bebop improvisation. Musicality and lyricism. Technique.
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Keira F. October 30, 2015
· French Horn · In home
Chris is kind and patient. He is not a French horn player, but is able to teach the basic components. He discusses the form of playing a lot. My daughter has enjoyed learning from him.
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Catherine M. March 25, 2014
· Trombone ·
Fantastic Experience!

As a colleague of Chris' I can heartily recommend his teaching to any trombonists wishing to hone their skills as musicians. Chris focuses on the individual needs of each student, working to tailor his lessons to meet their specific needs and face their unique challenges. His attention to detail and patience helps each student build a strong foundation in musicality and fantastic brass playing. I recommend him highly as both a superb educator and performer!
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Steve O. March 2, 2014
· Trumpet ·
Trumpet Lessons for my son

My son is 12 years old, has been playing Trumpet and Flugelhorn for about 5 years, and he needed a private instruction to take his music to the next level. He has made great progress under Chris' guidance, and his easy going manner has made our son feel very comfortable with the lesson environment. He is very talented, and would highly recommend Chris for anyone looking to further their capabilities.
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Christopher E.

Christopher E.

Williamsburg, VA 23185
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$45 / 45-min

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.

Agnes H.

Toano, VA 23168
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$30 / 30-min

About Karen R.

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Virginia Beach, VA

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About Karen
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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Virginia Beach, VA 23455
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About Danielle F.

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Virginia Beach, VA

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Hello! My name is Danielle and I'm a classical strings teacher (don't worry - I teach the fun stuff too!). I've been playing violin since age 5, viola since age 13, and 'cello since age 18. I have Bachelors Degrees in Violin Performance and Music Education from James Madison University, and I play both Violin and Viola in Symphonicity, the volunteer orchestra in Virginia Beach.

I've taught everything from private lessons to private school to public school and am a truly passionate teacher. I currently teach general music, choir and strings at an elementary school but I love to fill my nights/weekends with private students - that's where the real fun is!

I've taught ages 4-44 and all skill levels. I take particular pride in developing technique and fundamental skills while keeping lessons light hearted and fun! It is my ultimate goal
to spark a love and passion for music in each of my students.

I always encourage students to explore music on their own and bring me repertoire that they'd like to play (from their favorite movies, TV shows, video games, etc.). Those are a great and engaging supplement to the solo repertoire I choose!

Send me a message to get to know more about me and my teaching. I look forward to hearing from you!
Musically,
Danielle
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Chloe M. September 17, 2017
· Violin · In studio
My daughter just had her first lesson with Danielle, I was very nervous about her first lesson bc while I want her to learn, I want her to have fun. She learned a lot in one quick lesson and is anxious to practice and come back for her next lesson!
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Lily August 10, 2017
· Viola · In home
Great instructor. Our daughter loved her lesson and can't wait for her next one!
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Jessica May 12, 2017
· Violin · In studio
Danielle is great! Fun yet challenging lessons.
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Danielle F.

Danielle F.

Virginia Beach, VA 23464
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About Tristi C.

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Chesapeake, VA
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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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Tristi C.

Tristi C.

Chesapeake, VA 23322
(4)
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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 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 Christopher B.

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Norfolk, VA
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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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Christopher B.

Christopher B.

Norfolk, VA 23503
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$34 / 30-min

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.

Rebecca J.

Norfolk, VA 23503
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