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Lynnwood, WA

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I have been playing guitar and bass for 19 years. In that time I have written, recorded and produced 6 albums of original music and toured the west coast three times. In 2011, I began my formal music training at Shoreline Community College. I am well versed in the many genres of rock and roll as well as classical, jazz, country, and worship music. I have performed in jazz groups, worship teams, rock bands, solo classical guitar and played orchestra guitar in Shoreline Community College's production of the play "Working" by Stephen Schwartz. In addition to my varied performance experience I have contributed original compositions to 8 student games produced at DigiPen Institute of Technology. I am a well rounded musician with a ton of relevant experience and I am looking for an opportunity to share that with others.
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Draven February 4, 2016
· Banjo · In home
Well, it was my nine year olds first lesson and we're all feeling optimistic, so that's a good sign! Ryan gave me some pointers on banjo shopping before I ever signed up for lessons, told ya what book we would need, and he showed up with parts I didn't know we needed! Looking forward to next week :)
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About Aldo B.

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Aldo is a San Diego native with over 9 years of professional performing, and teaching experience. His musical path started at a young age in middle school and was initially self-taught on guitar. Throughout his early years he learned as much as he could on his own to be able to perform and did so and began performing in bands at the age of 18. Once he began his performing career, he also began studying music at Mesa College. During his years in school, he studied Music Theory as well as Classical Guitar under the guidance of George Svoboda and Jude Weirmier. As he was studying music and performing, he wanted to pass on his knowledge to others to help prepare others for the "real world" of musicianship. Aldo started his teaching career at Music Central at the age of 20 and was offering lessons to students of all ages, from beginners to ear
ly intermediate.To this day, Aldo continues to perform locally around San Diego in several bands as well as he runs his own independent record label to help promote other local musicians. He has never stopped teaching throughout the years as it is has been and always will be a true passion for him. Aldo is completely immersed in music on a daily basis by being an active musician, teacher, mentor, and overall lover of music. Aldo's knowledge of guitar touches every genre and style imaginable, from Bach to rock, jazz, metal, you name it! His goal is make you succeed and excel at your instrument.In his spare time, Aldo enjoys skateboarding. 

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My lesson plan is very simple. First of all, it revolves all around you and what you want to do with guitar. It doesn't matter if you want to master your skills before you hit the recording studio, prepare for the stage, learn the song you have always wanted to play, or just learn the instrument because it has always been your dream. I can help you. My approach is very relaxed and encouraging and I will always provide feedback to make sure you are going to hit your goals.After determining your goals, I will cater your lessons to help you reach them. Students who would like to read music will go through method books and supplemental material. Those who would like to start playing right away will start off with chords, understanding charts, counting rhythm, learning tablature, and reading simple sheet music. Intermediate to advance students can expect to focus on areas where they need help. New techniques can introduced or improved such as sweep arpeggios, tapping, speed picking, and performance tips.For Classical Guitar, I can help students from a beginning level to an early intermediate level. I will help them work on their sight reading and technique along the way. My classical guitar lessons will have a strong emphasis on the performance of the pieces assigned. 

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Aldo's studio is fully equipped with practice and performance amplifiers. A spare electric guitar is available for students if they happen to forget theirs. Recording equipment, drums, bass guitar, and bass amp is also available for accompaniment. Repair and maintenance tools are also available for quick adjustments or restringing a guitar.

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rock, pop, blues, metal, classical, speed picking, finger picking
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Erik K. August 1, 2013
· Guitar ·
Aldo is the best guitar instructor I have ever had

Now granted, I haven't had too many. Half a dozen at most. But let's be real, here. Most guitar instructors are terrible. They don't have any kind of cohesive lesson plan, or they show up to the lesson high, or they spend the whole half hour "showing you what you will eventually be able to do" by jamming on their own, while you watch.

Not Aldo.

Aldo is like the quintessential guitar instructor. He shows up on time. He has lessons prepped, including printed AND digital sheet music (courtesy of an excellent iPad app). He carefully monitors your progress and updates the lesson plan accordingly.

But my absolute favorite thing about taking guitar lessons from Aldo is that he teaches you EVERYTHING. Technique, Chops, Chords, Music Theory, Improvisation, he knows it all. Also, literally any song you bring in to him, asking him to learn how to play, he will be able to learn in 5 minutes flat and teach you, at least the basics, in half an hour.

I was a student of Aldo's for 2 years, and in that time my skill as guitarist grew by leaps and bounds, and I looked forward to Thursdays at 5:30 more than any other time of the week. I seriously cannot recommend him enough, and I hope you get to take a lesson from him soon.
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Pullman, WA

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My name is Heidi P. I graduated with a Bachelor's degree in music, with an emphasis in vocal performance. I love teaching my students! We always have a fun time singing and reaching goals. I have a great passion for singing opera and classical music, but I teach vocal techniques that can be applied to any genre of music. I have been apart of many operas and performances including the roles of Maddalena in the opera Rigoletto, GrimGerde in Ride of the Valkyries, Carmen in the Opera Carmen, and Chorus in Suor Angelica, and La Traviata. I have also been in the Boise Music Week Productions of Hello Dolly, Beauty and the Beast, and Brigadoon. I let my students choose what type of music they would like to sing, I don't want to force my own style on my students because I want them to enjoy what they sing! Voice lessons are not a place for me to
judge you. Is it a place for us to work together to make your voice the best it can be. Singing is a beautiful art form that is challenging but should also be fun! As I teach, I will give insight to breathing techniques, posture, and vocal anatomy in order to better understand how the voice works! Please feel free to ask me any questions you may have, I am here to help. Hope to hear from you soon!
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Randy March 4, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Heidi is such a great teacher. She really cares about her students and wants them to improve. She is so kind and will help you with the songs you want to learn. She is the best teacher in town.
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Lynn March 3, 2017
· Vocal Training · In studio
I LOVE Heidi:-) It has been a little over 3 years since I have taken formal lessons and I was so happy that I found Heidi. Not only is she qualified but her prices are perfect for grad students who have very little money to spare but still want to train with a quality vocal coach. She is encouraging and is always sincerely excited about the progress you make. She teaches with clarity and helps you understand how to bring out your best voice:-) I love it!
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Andrea March 2, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Heidi is such an amazing teacher!! Since the very first lesson I noticed an improvement in my voice. She knew just the right exercises to help my voice reach notes I didn't think I could reach! Learning from someone with such a love and knowledge of music really made it a wonderful experience and helped me so much!
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About Karl K.

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New York, NY

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Professional internationally touring musician for 20+ years, Classical, Broadway, Experimental, Early music. Bachelor of Music; Norwegian State Academy, Master's of Music; Mannes College of Music, Doctor of Musical Arts; Stony Brook University (expected completion Spring 2015). Faculty positions held at Rowan University, NJ, University of Tennessee, TN, University of Akron, OH, International Festival Institute, TX, Siena Summer Music, Siena, Italy
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Eve August 4, 2017
· Norwegian · In studio
Excellent Norwegian teacher. I can highly recommend Karl!
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Valeria W. February 26, 2017
· Norwegian · Online
He really caters to your own needs and methods of learning. He is incredibly flexible, thorough, and complete with his lessons. Would totally recommend him if interested in learning Norwegian.
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Carl February 4, 2017
· French Horn · Online
Very enjoyable first online lesson!
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About Jamie B.

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Springfield, IL
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Rising soprano Jamie Balter most recently received recognition by both The American Prize in Voice and New York Lyric Opera Theatre Competition for her performance of works by Strauss, Mozart, and Wagner. A native of Baltimore, Ms. Balter earned her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music. In the 2017/18 season, Ms. Balter will be a guest artist in Vision of Dreams where she will perform selections from Samuel Barber's Hermit Songs, Libby Larsen's Try Me, Good King, and Richard Wagner's Wesendonck Lieder. This July, she made her role debut as Donna Anna in Mozart's Don Giovanni at the Centre for Opera Studies in Italy. During the 2015/16 season, Ms. Balter returned to the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival as Marcellina in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, where she also covered Countess Almaviv
a under the baton of Maestro James Richman. In addition, she appeared as La Chatte/L’Écureuil in Ravel’s L’Enfant et les Sortilèges. Previously, Ms. Balter joined the roster of Russian Opera Workshop, where she covered Zemfira in Rachmaninoff’s Aleko and the title role in an abridged version of Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet. Balter began the 2016 season as a guest artist in From Heidelberg to Hanover, where she performed Strauss’ Four Last Songs in addition to selections from Lohengrin, Der Freischütz, and Tannhäuser with Lyric Opera Baltimore Artistic Director, James Harp. Highlights of the 2014/15 season include Second Lady in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte with the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival, Alice (cover) in Verdi’s Falstaff with Harrower Opera Workshop, and An Evening of Opera & Song with the McDonogh Guest Artist Series. Ms. Balter is currently a student of Justin John Moniz. She holds the position of Artistic Administrator for the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival having previously served as Director of Admissions.  
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Sophia February 25, 2016
· Piano · In home
Loved her!! My daughter is 5 years old very high spirited and she really knew how to keep her attention. Can't wait until her next lesson!! Happy mommy!
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Melissa E. January 20, 2016
· Piano · In home
Nice, professional, great energy! My daughter loved her from the minute they started her first class. She is very patient and makes the class really enjoyable.
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Mela V. January 20, 2016
· Singing · Online
First lesson was great, can't wait to continue!
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New Orleans, LA

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Hello!

My name is Grant and I’ve been helping students grow for almost 10 years now! How time flies! I started playing music at the age of 9 and have been in love with it ever since, staying active in my local music scene as an instructor, performer, manager, and booking agent. I have also earned a degree in Creative Writing from Louisiana State University for all of the students wishing improve their writing skills!

In addition to freelance work, (weddings, jazz brunch gigs, etc.) I am the lead guitarist for the Funk/R&B band Water Seed and the soul project RetroFit. I attended Indiana University for jazz guitar and have studied under jazz greats Dan Miller, Corey Christiansen, and Oteil Burbridge.

I pride myself in taking a students learning needs and using that as my basis for their specific lesson plan, always on a case-by-c
ase basis, tailored to each individual student. Everyone is at a different waypoint on their path so why would I use a predetermined formula to try and help them, am I right? I am excited to meet and grow with every single one of you, let's learn to love the life we have and let our studies become radiant!

I teach all kinds of disciplines from guitar, mandolin, banjo, and clarinet, to creative writing, meditation, and even astrology. If you have any questions about my teaching methods, skill level in a certain discipline, or anything thing you can think of I would be more than happy to answer you!

Musically yours,
Grant
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Deborah C. August 8, 2017
· Banjo · Online
I was hesitant about taking lessons on line but I was unable to find an instructor in my local area. Grant was fantastic!!! He was very patient with me and I was able to easily understand his instruction. He provided a lot of helpful information and I learned a TON in the first lesson. I highly recommend Grant as an instructor for anyone wanting to learn to play the Banjo.
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Bryan H. May 30, 2017
· Banjo · Online
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Bryan H. May 22, 2017
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About Ray C.

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This teacher is professional guitarist playing many genres including jazz, blues, rock, pop, and funk. He performs solo guitar and with jazz groups in venues and events all over his area. He studied guitar under many reputable teachers and has a bachelor of music degree. He has had the privilege of playing with trombonist Robin Eubanks and pianist/composer Bob Dorough. He also has a clean background check and clearances necessary to teach privately.
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Hi there! Thanks for checking out my profile!
I am an avid believer than music can help people find their own unique voice. Everyone has a different style of music they enjoy to listen to, or play. Music is such a personal experience, and because of that, I think each person who is striving to become a musician or who finds themselves interested in learning music should have an individual experience on the journey of being taught and guided. While I think the fundamentals, such as learning scales, arpeggios, finger exercises, etc. are very important, I also want to focus on guiding and helping all my students (hopefully YOU, too!) achieve the specific short term and long term goals that they have set for themselves. Maybe that means learning a specific song, maybe that means beginning the journey of mastering all one can about music. Wha
tever it may be, I will tailor my instruction to incorporate technique and fundamentals, while also taking steps to reach your goals. I am patient, and while I believe that excelling in music takes focus and discipline on the part of the student to practice, I also think it should be a fun journey of musical experimentation and maybe even some self discovery.
I have been playing piano for over 10 years. I studied classical piano, as well as contemporary/modern and jazz piano. I have been playing the guitar for several years as well. I have had the privilege of taking lessons from many very accomplished musicians, who have studied and worked with many well-known musicians and singers. I am also a singer-songwriter. I want to pass on the wisdom that I've learned from my teachers onto students looking to explore music, as well. I believe that creating your own songs adds another level of self expression to music. I'd be happy to give students who are looking to compose or write their own pieces some helpful tips and guidance when it comes to that.
Overall, I am a fun, outgoing, patient teacher who would love the opportunity to help others find the same joy in music that I have! Let's start the journey!
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About Michelle K.

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The first song that made me want to learn guitar as a kid was Smoke On The Water and Nancy Wilson of Heart inspired me to be a Rock guitarist. I've studied guitar and music from grade school all through college and spent countless hours listening to my favorite songs over and over to figure them out (yeah, that was before youtube was a thing :).

I've played guitar in school jazz bands and classical guitar ensembles both recreationally and professionally. I'm currently in two working bands (www.facebook.com/VCRidaho, and www.facebook.com/coldrail), have played on, co-produced and recorded three CDs (BlindHorizon - ColdRail, Christmas At Home by the Karel Sisters, The Taste of Life Itself - Sagin' Time).

My personal philosophy is that life should be fun and learning music should be GREAT FUN. In all my years of teaching one of t
he things I've found that makes music fun for the student is when I'm able to teach something they thought was complicated in an easy way that makes the student smile and say "that's it!?! I thought it was more complicated. I can do this!". If that sounds like the kind of lesson experience you'd like to have then get in touch and let's make music!

One last thing. I have completed a 3rd party independent background check and am most happy to provide you that information so feel free to ask.
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Moscow, ID 83843
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