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Lisa P. Brandon, FL

About Lisa

My Background in Music: My inspiration first started when I was seven years old and in second grade. I was pondering if I wanted to dedicate myself to the music field. A substitute piano teacher came in that day and played and my admiration decided me to pursue this ambition for my life work. I studied and played guitar and auto-harp as a child because of our lack of piano. The guitar was a gift and I played it for years and studied vocal music throughout school. When I was a young teenager I started playing with a group that I met in a barn and I was thrilled. Many other musicians have been part of my story and as a young person I studied privately with such greats as Michelle Barone Horsefield as well as with with studio musicians such as the Scott Steeleman Studio and ...

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Stephanie P. September 29, 2014
Songwriting · In studio
Lisa is an exceptional person, let alone teacher. I have had the privilege of having her as my Aunt, and writing and playing piano with her has always been a fond memory for me. She made it fun, and even when I struggled, she was able to lift my spirits with her positivity and her passion for music. As a teacher, she's able to explain things in different ways and cater to the individuality of the student, which I think is key to building a solid foundation when learning a new skill, and developing said skill over time. She has incredible drive, and I think any student who gets to work with her will excel, while having a good role model to aspire to!
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henry G. September 28, 2014
Music Theory · In studio
Lisa is by far the most experienced and practical piano teacher I have studied under in recent times. Her teaching methods and relate-able knowledge of brain-muscle memory were keys in helping me progress.
Being a studio engineer who is learning to produce, the fundamentals which Lisa has taught me are critical. Thanks Lisa!
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Santina R. November 3, 2013
Guitar
Verified Student
Excellent for children

Lisa is very structured and patient with my 8 year old son. She is clear with her instructions in class and for practice.. We are extremely happy with Lisa's teaching skills and highly recommend her.
Rufus S. Brandon, FL

About Rufus

My name is Rufus and I am eager to share my 43 + years of drum experience to help you reach your desired playing goals, you will learn the basics and begin to find your own rhythm as a drummer...let me show you how you can be the best drummer possible! Performing Experience: * Play with Local Group - Tropical Heat * Recently played with National Recording Artist Michael Anthony at Cork and Olive in Brandon • Musician in Mystic Sheiks of Morocco, Rock a Doo Whop, Christmas Show at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay • Tutored in South America, Europe and Canada over 20 yrs. • Drummer for New Salem M.B Church for last 20 yrs. • 4 yrs marching in the Florida A&M University Marching Band & Percussion Ensemble • 43 + yrs of rudimentary drumming Audio: Specialize in digital audio work station

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Tracy T. October 7, 2013
Drum
Verified Student
Terrific teacher and studio.

Rufus is an outstanding teacher. He is passionate about music and enthusiastic during lessons. He caters to a variety of learning styles, offering studio work and music tracks as well as traditional beats. Rufus has been a working musician for many, many years and provides real world experience and insight into the music industry. My son and I highly recommend him.
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ChristinaS1 March 16, 2012
Awesome teacher!

My son loves to write lyrics and beats and Rufus is teaching him how to record his music digitally. Enthusiatic, high energy, patient, encouraging, knowledgeable, and an accomplished musician. My son is fully engaged in learning with this teacher.
KeriAnne N. B. Brandon, FL

About KeriAnne N.

Dramatic Soprano & Palm Bay School of Music Director, KeriAnne B., is an alumna of California State University, Fullerton, where she holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Vocal Performance. She is the Director and Instructor of the Palm Bay School of Music. In addition, KeriAnne B. holds an Associate of Arts Degree in Music from Yuba College where she studied Vocal Performance and Piano Performance. Recently she made her Florida professional singing debut with the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra as soprano soloist for their production of Messiah and Christmas at the Movies. She has performed selections from the roles of Gilda (Rigoletto), Rusalka (Rusalka), Lakme (Lakme), Fiordiligi (Cosi fan tutte), Carmen (Carmen), Susannah (Susannah), Pamina/First Lady (Die Zauberflote), Susanna (Le Nozze ...

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BettyM May 16, 2011
KeriAnne B. is absolutely awsome!! She always encourages and instills confidence in my grandaughter's abilities to play any piece she desires.
Phil H. Brandon, FL

About Phil

I have my degree from The Eastman School of Music and have played rock and roll for decades. My joy is bringing people to music and music playing. As Music is an infinite language it has always been an eternal joy to teach and relate to my beloved students what music can say to them and what they can convey to others. *** Lesson Details *** "If music is not fun it is useless" I urge my students to play their instruments not practice! I will teach music theory as I teach you any style or all styles. Patience is the key and I am constantly filled with it. You will progress as you learn the ins and outs of your instrument and music. *** Studio Equipment *** Room setup for lessons, with small keyboard and instruments. Ample parking available, parents can sit in on lessons and waiting area ...

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Shulamit G. May 19, 2013
Drum
Verified Student
great teacher

my son has really been enjoying hand drum lessons with phil. he's courteous and kind, and is good at engaging my almost-six year old and keeping him on task. he also is laid back and creates an atmosphere of fun, letting my son take the lead at times and being very collaborative.
Chip D. Tampa, FL

About Chip

Faculty Member at The University of Tampa, FL Member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. Active Professional. Familiar with Alexander Technique, Estill Method, Voice Science. LESSON DETAILS Voice lessons addressing the personal needs of each student. Flexible scheduling! Well versed in contemporary styles - music theater, belt, rock and pop. My focus is to get you comfortable with your voice and producing a sound that you think is beautiful. From foundation building for beginners to the diagnosis and correction of vocal faults in advanced singers, my goal is to strengthen and improve the student's understanding of 'the voice' and ensure safe and consistent technical growth. I encourage students 14-16 to start with 1/2 hour lessons. Please, ...

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Robinette W. March 6, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Chip has been an inspiration for me from the very beginning. During our initial call he assured me that anyone can learn to sing any genre they wanted. This is exactly what I needed to hear because I was very nervous about whether I could actually learn to sing. I've had four lessons with Chip and I am so very impressed with the progress we have already made. I find myself eager to grow so I can show him just how much of an impact he makes in the lives of those he teaches. He gets so excited when he see progress that it motivates you to want to rehearse more so he can see the improvement the following week as well. I am extremely grateful to have found takelessons and Chip! The added bonus is that the lessons are affordable! I would / will recommend Chip to anyone looking to grow in the areas he teaches.
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Dan P. March 4, 2015
Speaking Voice · In studio
Verified Student
I've been looking for the right voice over coach for some time now, and was lucky enough to find (Chip) at Takelessons. Extremely knowledgeable, personable,and easy to work with.
I'm only into two lessons so far, but I feel real good about the direction my training is going.
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Kat B. February 12, 2015
Singing · In studio
I have been singing for several years (intermediate / advanced, mixed voice, pop and other genres). I have had two other voice teachers. Chip is by far the most effective. He quickly corrects mistakes in a way that is positive and easy to understand. He is not only very talented, but a good guy; he takes the pressure off any self-conscious student, which is so important. When I sing, I pretend there's a little Chip Dugan listening on my shoulder, so I am reminded to use the good techniques I learned from him
Jennifer S. Gibsonton, FL

About Jennifer

I graduated with my associates degree from musicians institute in Hollywood, California for vocal performance. I have been singing since the young age of 4 and was always in the school choir. I have experience in singing, song writing, piano and studio recording. I have always believed that music is a great outlet to escape from life's everyday stresses or worries, therefor music should always remain fun. They say home is where the heart is...well.music is my home!!! *** Lesson Details *** When taking lessons with me you can expect a laid back environment. I believe music should always remain fun to keep a creative flow. You can expect to broaden your vocal range and and learn the creativity of music performance and writing. "You know what what music is God's little reminder that

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Kari G. September 7, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
(This is Kari's daughter writing the review as I am the one receiving the lessons) Jennifer is honestly the best instructor I have ever had. She's so understanding about having to reschedule due to personal issues. She teaches in a way that's very focused for your individual learning style and she's also very honest which is always nice when you're learning a skill. I love Jennifer and I would definitely recommend using her for your child.
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Kyla T. August 21, 2014
I've know Jennifer for most of my life and music has always been one of her greatest passions. Her love of all types of genres of music allows her to be open to different styles and techniques. If your looking for a great music teacher, then she's your best pick! Talented with patience and a great musical ear! : )
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LaVonna R. August 12, 2014
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Jennifer worked hard with my daughter every minute. She worked on correcting her with positive feedback and encouraging words. She has been fantastic!

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