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I studied jazz and world music in college, so I have extensive knowledge of advanced music theory. I also help students with ear training so they can figure out songs on their own. While I believe that music theory is second in importance to being able to play your instrument, I feel it is essential in creating well rounded musicians.

About Aaron
Hello fellow and future musicians, and thanks for checking out my profile!

To tell you a little about myself, I was exposed to music at a very young age since my dad was a musician. I first picked up the drums at the age of 5, and took piano lessons for a year when I was 6. I later played the saxophone in 4th grade, and finally discovered the guitar when I was 9. (Ironic since my dad is a guitarist and the guitar was around the house forever!) He showed me my first chords and really got me started on the instrument, and I played in several local bands in high school playing a range of musical styles from rock, blues, funk, and reggae. I really didn't take music seriously until I was in college, and began studying under Jerry Coelho, a member of the very first graduating class of the Guitar Institute of Technology in Hollywood, CA, and
Dominic Castillo, a graduate of Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, who was a student of Jerry's as well. After studying under these talented musicians, I went on to pursue my education in music and received my BA in Music from San Jose State University in 2004. I started teaching music privately during my time with Jerry and Dominic and continued to teach during college up until the present, and have taught hundreds of students since. I now live in San Diego where I teach, work as a freelance musician, and play in local funk/jazz/rock group Science Fiction Jazz and gypsy/kickstomp outfit Quel Bordel!

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I am a very easy going, friendly individual who believes that learning music is built upon a strong relationship between teacher and student. This relationship involves good communication, honesty, open mindedness, and most importantly the desire to LEARN and have FUN. I approach teaching music by knowing and understanding the student's musical goals, and teaching fundamentals, theory, and technique through the style(s) of music that the student wants to learn. For beginners, I tend to teach basic techniques and chords through simple songs to get the student playing music as quickly as possible.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living Room: couches, table and TV, music stand, student can borrow instrument for first lesson, parents can sit in on lesson

*** Specialties ***
My main musical styles that I perform and teach are rock, blues, jazz, funk, R&B, and reggae. I studied jazz in college so I also have extensive knowledge of jazz theory.
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Chad M. May 16, 2017
· Music Performance · In studio
For the past couple months, I've been holding down the drum chair for a local San Diego band Aaron and I play with regularly called Quel Bordel! Aaron is super passionate about creating music and provides a fun atmosphere when playing live. He's encouraging, quick witted, enthusiastic and REALLY GOOD! Watching a crowd go crazy during his solos is definitely a testament to his skill as a guitar player and performer. Playing with someone with such a high skill set pushes me to play better myself and hopefully so will you!
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Chris May 4, 2017
· Guitar · Online
Aaron is really patient. I'm grateful for the lessons.
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Jessica B. February 22, 2017
· Ukulele · In home
He was very good in explaining the steps to Jessica and took time with her to make sure she understood.
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About Jonathan S.

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Winchester, VA
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Beginner theory up to serialism of the 20th century.

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I am a Florida native, active doctoral student, teacher and practitioner. My career includes performing and recording as a guitarist and teaching subjects such as music or math. Grade-school academic strengths in mathematics represent my enthusiasm for the subject. The math equivalent in music can be considered music theory, which is another passion of mine. I hope to take these well-rounded characteristics to teach and influence others with what I have learned in my education and career thus far.

Education & Teaching Experience:

I am currently pursuing my Doctorate of Musical Arts from Shenandoah University and hold a Masters of Music from the University of Akron and a Bachelor of Music from Stetson University (all degrees with a guitar performance emphasis). I also have a temporary teaching certificate for Music K-12 fro
m the Florida Department of Education. I have taught in Florida as a preferred substitute for general music classes, K-12. In college, I have given study sessions for music theory levels ranging from 4-part writing to post-serialism.

Degrees:
Doctorate of Musical Arts: Guitar Performance; Shenandoah University, expected May 2017/2018
Master of Music: Guitar Performance; University of Akron, May 2014
Bachelor of Music: Guitar Performance; Stetson University, 2011

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I ensure that every student receives fundamental foundation pertaining to the subject. While learning the basics, I advise that the student organizes their lessons and materials in a way that displays progress over time. With the proper knowledge, we can treat the heart of a subject with refinement in order to grasp it's purpose and reason---whether its music or math.

Why?
My students have grown with confidence through a sense of accomplishment. Success does not only affect a person's well-being but can also impact other dimensions of their lives.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Equipment available if needed:

Foot stools
Music stands
Pencils
Complete home recording studio
Computer/tablet/smartphone w/ internet
Speakers and playback devices
Reference books

*** Travel Equipment ***
Each student is expected to bring with them (if applicable):

Notebook or log
Reference/score materials
Instrument(s) and case
Accessories
Portable sound recorder (optional)

*** Specialties ***
Classical, Jazz and Rock Styles.

Performance, Music Theory, Arranging, Composition.

Elementary Math, Pre-Algebra, Algebra, Geometry, Statistics, Trigonometry, Pre-Calc.
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Gina A. August 7, 2015
· Piano · In home
Jonathan is a wonderful teacher. I would recommend him to others for lessons.
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Shanna T. July 3, 2015
· Guitar · In studio
Great instructor...very good at breaking things down to help you succeed.
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Nan Z. June 29, 2015
· Trumpet · Online
My daughter really enjoyed the lesson and interaction.
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Jonathan S.

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Winchester, VA 22601
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Been playing piano since age 5, flute since 4th grade and much more music encompassing a lot in the classical field, some jazz and other genres as well. I have a Master's degree in wind conducting and am fully capable of teaching any standard subject in music.

About Kevin
I have had a fairly diverse musical background, including playing with bands and orchestras, as well as participating in choral groups and opera. I have a master's degree in music performance for wind conducting, and a bachelor's degree in music with an emphasis on piano performance.

I have taught private lessons for several years now and I love every moment with my students! I have a real passion for sharing my knowledge and experience with others, both failures and successes. I believe everyone has creative potential, and I believe music is a real universal art form that anyone can tap into if they want. Above all, making and creating music should also be fun!

*** Lesson Details ***
I try to keep my lessons professional but comfortable too. I don't yell at students for messing up or anything like that. I usually have an agenda b
ut am willing to adjust and compromise if the situation dictates. If you don't have a curriculum in mind, I like Alfred's piano courses, but will do my best to find one that fits you as a student best. My initial goals are to make sure the basics of reading music and performing are set so that no matter what musical avenue you want to pursue, you will be successful. I do specialize in classical music but enjoy creating and playing in other genres as well.

I now also offer lessons online, as well as tutoring in most math areas!

***CANCELLATION POLICY***
I kindly ask for 24 hour notice whenever possible if a lesson is going to be missed. Generally speaking, if I don't hear from a student and their lesson time passes I will mark the lesson as missed, but I am also usually more than willing to make up the lesson at a later time.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have a piano keyboard at my home.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I would expect students to have their own instruments as needed, as well as music paper, pencils, etc. I may be able to provide some of those materials on occasion as well as some books/recordings, but will by and large expect students to purchase those for themselves.

*** Specialties ***
I am much more familiar with classical styles and Broadway. My music writing style tends to be somewhere between neo-classical and avant-garde.

***Blog Posts***
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Emily B. May 19, 2017
· Piano · In home
He is a good instructor. Easy to talk to.
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Debora May 4, 2017
· Piano · Online
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Preston Mullins April 26, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Our son has been going to Kevin for over a year now. He is nice and great with our son. He has learned a lot during with time with Kevin and continues to grow as a student of music.
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About Jillian V.

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Oakland Gardens, NY

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Are you a guitar player in an awesome band unable to read music? A singer with a beautiful voice who has recently joined a choir? No matter what your main instrument, being able to read and write music will help and support your educational and professional goals. I have a very loose and flexible approach to music therapy. With a staff notebook, a keyboard, and a sense of humor, you can do all the things you never thought you could!

About Jillian
I have a Master's degree in Music Therapy, am a nationally board certified music therapist (MT-BC); performer and vocal instructor (Bachelor's in Classical Voice); certified yoga instructor and meditation guide (200+); certified and attuned Reiki master; professional freelance writer and editor.

...I find joy in a lot of places! And often I find these areas of study inform and augment each other.

Music therapy has afforded me a great deal of experience working with children, teens, and adults with special needs including, autism, Down's syndrome, cerebral palsy, emotional disturbances and developmental delays as well as teens and adults with psychosocial issues, including but not limited to anxiety, depression, grief, ADHD, personality disorders, and more.

I incorporate my experience as a therapist into the educative setting.

As a voice teacher, I want to help my students settle comfortably into their own musicality by showing them the building blocks of a solid technique, drawing particularly from the things that helped me grow as a vocalist. I want my students to feel strong in their body, comfortable and relaxed in their breath, and confident in their performance.

I am a professional vocalist in NYC. I perform liturgical and classical music, as well as musical theater repertoire. I participate in professional operas, choral groups and other concert series. Performing gives me a sense of bliss and completeness that is indescribable.

As a certified yoga instructor, I teach in many locations throughout Westchester. I was trained at Yoga Haven in Scarsdale, New York with Betsy Kase, and earned a 200-hour certificate in Asana, Pranayama, and Meditation. I offer private yoga instruction and meditation at my home studio. My studio comes fully equipped with all yoga props, aromatherapy, and music. Hands-on-assists and personalized classes offered to deepen your experience.

It is a joy to offer Reiki to curious, open clients in need of energy healing. Reiki is a noninvasive energy healing technique totally separate of any religious affiliation and available to anyone. It is a difficult to describe the relaxing, soothing, and deep-healing effects of Reiki to someone who has never experienced.

Please feel free to inquire about any of my services!

*Note: If you don't see a time slot that is suitable to your needs but would like to try a session or lesson with me, feel free to register for the Flex Plan, and we will work out week-to-week times!!**

**Note: If you are interested in music therapy, please email me with a bit about yourself and your personal goals.
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Paul B. September 27, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Patient, knowledgable, good location, easy parking
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Abid September 11, 2017
· Singing · Online
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Kathy T. September 8, 2017
· Music Therapy · In studio
Jillian is a phenomenal music instructor and therapist. My kids love sessions with her. We've been going for almost a year now and it has made a huge difference in their behavior most noticeabley their attention spans! Thanks Jillian!
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About Rachel W.

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Music theory is a very fascinating subject. Students learn theory along with their instrument of choice. Theory can be taught as a separate subject if the student is only interested in help with that particular topic.

About Rachel
Hi! My name is Rachel and I can't wait to meet you! I've been teaching private lessons since 2004 and have loved helping my students with preparation for auditions, competitions, college, and personal musical skill development. I went to Williamson College and earned a degree in Worship, Imagination and The Arts, in 2013. I enjoy working with students of all ages and helping them reach their personal and professional goals. I look forward to helping you reach your goals!

*** Lesson Details ***
Rachel see 20-30 students on a weekly basis. The lesson is schedule a set session once a week that will be 30 min or 1 hour. Once the time spot is set students are expected to come to that time on a weekly basis. Students need the accountability of their teacher on a weekly basis to keep them progressing forward. Each student can expect progre
ss depending on their level of commitment to lessons and at home practicing.

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Separate room outside the house, 88 - weighted keyboard, music stand, stereo, computer, and chairs in the waiting area. Parking in street I front of house.

*** Specialties ***
Piano- most genres.

Piano Students work from the Alfred Method Primer piano books or Faber. We learn scales, chords, and chord progressions. Students learn music theory and how to read music.
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Shannon S. December 9, 2016
· Piano · In home
It was my first lesson and the session was only 30 minutes so it met my expectations. I should have taken an hour because 30 minutes isn't long enough for a first lesson. Rachel is a good instructor so far.
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Jonathan G. November 7, 2016
· Piano · In home
Our daughters really enjoy lessons with Rachel! She is a very qualified teacher and great person. My wife and I highly recommend her
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Jonathan G. November 7, 2016
· Piano · In home
Our daughters really enjoy lessons with Rachel! She is a very qualified teacher and great person. My wife and I highly recommend her
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About Lola M.

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Front Royal, VA

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Music theory can be a daunting and sometimes unpleasant element of learning an instrument, whether it's piano, guitar, bass, or your voice. I love teaching the elements of music theory in a fun, easy to understand way. If you want to improve your ability to understand and learn music theory, come see me!

About Lola
I have more than 30 years of musical experience. I’ve taught guitar, piano, bass, and theater in private schools, art schools and I’m currently teaching at Classic Axe Guitar Gallery in Gainesville, VA. I’ve taught over 250 students in all levels of experience, tailoring each lesson to fit each student, covering all genres, so that learning their instrument is fun. It’s been exciting to see some of them become music majors, some of them become performers, and some using their skills and gifts to teach others. I love teaching and sharing my musical knowledge with people of ALL ages. I believe anyone can learn music, with the right approach and encouragement. Nothing gives me more pleasure than watching my students accomplish more than they ever dreamed possible.
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Paula W. June 23, 2017
· Guitar · Online
Perfect in everyway possible. #1 being listening skills !
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rose March 22, 2016
· Acoustic Guitar · Online
Lola is great!She is an excellent guitarist.
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Heather E. March 15, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Lola has been my guitar teacher off and on over the past 18 years. She has always made understanding easy, fun, and interesting. She has taught me not only how to play but also how to teach so that I can use my passions the way she has! I've never had a more devoted teacher!
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Front Royal, VA 22630
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About Michael R.

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I've been studying music theory for years while working on my Bachelor and Master of music degrees at UNC School of the Arts.

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I moved to Las Vegas in August to pursue a doctorate of music in guitar performance. I'm also teaching at UNLV part time, and want to expand my teaching into the local community. I've been teaching for many years now, at universities, music stores and private in-home lessons like I'm offering on this site.

I aim to give my students the skills to pursue whatever they would like on the guitar. I'm a professional classical guitarist, but I got my start playing rock and roll and am comfortable teaching a variety of genres if the student wants to learn a specific style. I feel I am a great teacher for total beginners as well, I make sure the student has a rounded approach and avoids developing bad habits.
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Scarlet October 29, 2017
· Classical Guitar ·
I met fellow classical guitarist, Michael, a few years back. I remembered him for his fun personality, stellar performance, and friendliness. Now that he is my classmate, I've gotten to know him better as a person and guitar player. I can say he is same in personality and friendliness as when I met him a few years ago, and his performances ROCK!
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Tripp October 19, 2017
· Classical Guitar · In studio
I sat in on every lesson Michael gave my daughter, who had not studied guitar before. He uses the time effectively, balancing sight reading, repertoire development, music theory (which he presents in very practical and immediately useful ways), and at all times instilling the technique necessary to sustain rapid progress. My daughter really enjoyed studying with him, and I really enjoyed watching her go from a blank slate to a guitarist you want to listen to. I completely and unreservedly endorse this teacher.
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About Paul W.

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Learn the fundamentals of music theory! Understand harmony, harmonic function, rhythm, analysis, and voice leading so you can break the rules!

About Paul
I am a classically trained guitarist whose mission is to help my students reach their goals while inspiring a love and passion for music. Never picked up a guitar before? No problem! You’ll be playing your favorite songs in no time. Been playing for years but need a little help overcoming that next hurdle? Great! You’ll be playing better and with more confidence than ever before. In order to truly improve you need determination and dedication, and that’s why I try to keep things fun and inspired from the very first lesson.
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Loretta M. April 20, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Paul is a very talented educator. I am in a unique situation, needing to learn guitar for my job. After working with Paul, my lessons have become the highlight of my week. I am eager to practice and work on new techniques he introduces to my skillset. He works very hard, so I always appreciate when he is flexible with my changing schedule. Before Paul, I had a teacher who simply did not meet my learning style. Paul is incredible. Thank you so much. Learning guitar has become my new passion project and I enjoy my lessons so much!
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Lauren July 25, 2016
· Classical Guitar · In home
Paul is a fantastic guitarist and an even better teacher. My child had a fantastic experience learning from him, and came home playing a whole song on day 1! Couldn't recommend him enough.
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Kyle July 13, 2016
· Classical Guitar · In studio
Paul is a phenomenal instructor with the personality and charisma it takes to teach such a distinguished instrument. Whether you are trying to learn 3 chords to impress a special someone or you have a nerve racking collegiate performance, Paul will be able to help. There is a list of qualities that come to mind when I think of the best instructors I've had and Paul checks off all those things. He is extremely helpful, he is mindful of your wants and needs in parallel to your skill level, he has a gift for attention to detail, he is passionate about the subtle art of the guitar, and he pushes you as a musician in discipline and skill. Highly recommended and easily works with your schedule.
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About Randy M.

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Winchester, VA

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A vital subject for a performer, the study of music theory allows us to explore the reasoning behind the music we create and possibly create. In sessions, we discuss a variety of objectives, including rudiments, notation, compositional techniques, and ear training.

About Randy
I am an eclectic pianist and singer with dual Bachelor of Music degrees in Performance and Jazz Studies from Shenandoah Conservatory. My skills are diverse and I enjoy using them as I teach at any level. Other than teaching, I compete in voice and piano competitions, perform as a soloist and accompanist, arrange, and compose. I also play in a funk band called Souled Out, stationed in Winchester, VA. My passion is in classical and jazz music, as well as musical theatre, but I teach all contemporary styles.
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Gus June 21, 2017
· Classical Piano · In studio
Mr. MC is an excellent instructor. He always takes into account students' background and interests in order to develop meaningful lessons. He explains and presents new music material clearly, and always models in order to facilitate learning. He also monitors progress continuously and provides feedback on students' performance. One of the best instructors I have had the pleasure to work with.
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About Katelyn K.

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Music theory lessons are a great way to prepare for college placement exams or push an especially motivated student! Students can expect to learn basic music theory above and beyond what we can cover in private flute lessons.

About Katelyn
Hello! I am thrilled to welcome you to Kaiser Flute Studios. Private music lessons are a lot of fun and I can't wait for us to get to know each other!

There are a few things you can expect of me as your music teacher. You can always expect me to respect you and your time. Respect is very important to me. I ask that you also respect me, my time, and my home.

You can expect me to come prepared for your lessons and to be attentive during your lessons. Your lesson time is our time to work together and I will never give you less than 100% of my focus. When we are in the studio, my attention is yours.

You can expect me to be non-judgmental and open-minded and to always listen to your questions and concerns. I want my studio to be a safe place for your to express. You can talk to me about anything, even if it doesn't relate to the flute. Y
our thoughts, feelings, and concerns are important to me..

From you, I only expect that you will come to your lessons prepared every week and ready to learn. I ask that you communicate with me freely. I want to know what is going on in your life outside of music lessons. Please never be afraid to ask a question or make mistakes. My studio is a non-judgmental place!
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Margaret August 7, 2017
· Flute · In studio
When my son Charles approached me asking to take flute lessons I was skeptical. Our family is not musical and I had no idea where to begin the search for a flute teacher! Fortunately, Katelyn was teaching a friend of Charlie at the time and allowed us to come in and observe the lesson before we jumped in to flute lessons. Her rapport with the students and the bond she works to build with them is amazing. Charlie learned so much more than the flute during his time with Katelyn--she encouraged his creativity in all aspects of his life and helped him build self-confidence during hard times. Charlie is no longer playing the flute but the things he learned with Katelyn continue to help him in his daily life.
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Jennifer August 7, 2017
· Flute · In studio
Katelyn taught flute to my daughter Elizabeth through all of high school. She began in ninth grade and Katelyn helped her excel in her band program, at solo and ensemble festival, in all-state band and orchestra, and eventually in college auditions. Elizabeth is now a sophomore at Ohio State University where she majors in music education and we don't believe she could have done it without the gentle encouragement and support of Katelyn during her high school years! Music lessons are a great investment in your child's future and we would recommend them to anyone!
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