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About Emerson W.

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Seattle, WA

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About Emerson
Thanks so much for your interest in starting music lessons with me. I’m so excited to share my passion for music with you! As Lao Tzu said: “Music in the soul can be heard by the universe."

Lesson details:
My main goal as a teacher is to help my students reach their goals. If my student wants to learn how to play rock, hip-hop, and jazz drums I believe that it's my job to teach them how to play those styles..! If my student wants to get accepted into a music school I will make sure that they are prepared for an audition whether it be for orchestral percussion, jazz drums, rock drums, etc.

What students should have:
All students should (but don't have to) have a 3-ring binder to organize handouts in...!

Things that drum students should have: A drum set, drum sticks, a drum pad, and a music stand.

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books for a beginning drum student:
Fundamentals for Snare Drum by Garwood Whaley
Elementary Snare Drum by Mitchell Peters
Encyclopedia for Reading Rhythms by Gary Hess

Things that guitar students should have: A guitar, a guitar tuner, and a music stand.

Recommended book: Hal Leonard Guitar Method (Complete Edition) by Schmid and Koch.

My specialties:

Drum specialties: Jazz, Latin (Brazilian, Cuban), African, Rock, Funk, Metal, Pop, Hip-hop, R&B, Blues, Country, Reggae, and Marching. I am proficient in drum reading, drum transcription, practice techniques, and drum rudiments and their application on the drum set.

Orchestral percussion specialties: keyboard percussion (marimba, xylophone, glockenspiel, vibraphone, chimes), snare drum, timpani, bass drum, cymbals, tambourine, triangle, orchestral excerpts, etudes, technique, important literature, and practice techniques.

Guitar specialties: reading music, tablature, chords, scales, improvisation, and technique.
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Marla Robbins March 4, 2016
· Guitar · In home
I enjoyed the learning process; I just hope my short fingers will stretch & curve in order to play the strings properly!
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azalin R. June 10, 2015
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Me. Emerson is the best instructor I've ever met! He really tries to keep the lessons fun and light. Plus he can always motivate his students to really learn and understand their instrument.
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Carol R. January 5, 2015
· Drum · In home
Emerson is an amazing instructor. Besides being a very knowledgeable and gifted musician, he’s patient, kind, and makes learning the drums fun. What I appreciate most about Emerson is that he’s interested in helping me reach my goals. I happen to be interested in learning Latin style drums and lucky for me, Latin is one (of many) of Emerson’s specialties. So many people have told me that Latin is hard to learn, but in four short lessons, I already know how to play a basic Bossa Nova beat. Emerson is a very organized and efficient instructor. We work with handouts, video (I record him as he instructs) and reading exercises from a book. A highlight for me in our sessions is when Emerson accompanies my drum playing with another instrument, the piano for example. I really get the feeling like we’re having a little jam session and it's fun because I can hear that I'm making music and that's an awesome feeling.

Choose Emerson as your music instructor and you will not be disappointed.
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Emerson W.

Emerson W.

Seattle, WA 98105
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About Serena E.

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Issaquah, WA

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Hello! My name is Serena!

Music shapes my life and has made me the person I am today. My experience in training in opera, musical theatre, jazz, and pop has expanded my musical skills and knowledge. Not only have I been trained in performance, but I have also studied music history, music theory, conducting, movement training, ballet, Alexander Technique, acting, yoga, stage craft, improvisation, other languages, diction and the International Phonetic Alphabet, voice science and anatomy, and vocal pedagogy. I have completed my Bachelor of Music in Operatic Vocal Performance from the prestigious Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University under the tutelage of the legendary Carol Vaness. I have also studied with acclaimed teachers and coaches around the world including Dr. Kari Ragan and Maestro Dean Williamson.

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onderfully packed with performance for Seattle Opera. I just closed out a 78 performance run of CINDERELLA IN SPAIN where I sang the role of CINDERELLA and was even on the poster! I also performed the roles for the Seattle Opera preview performances of GRETEL in HANSEL UND GRETEL, VIOLETTA in LA TRAVIATA, KATYA in KATYA KABANOVA, and QUEEN OF THE NIGHT in MAGIC FLUTE. I made my Seattle Opera debut singing ALITSA and RACCOON in their touring production of "OUR EARTH", as well as performing on the mainstage in many productions. My upcoming performances include singing in the Seattle Opera kick off to the season SUMMERFEST in July; and OLYMPIA in LES CONTES D'HOFFMANN with Pacific Northwest Opera. My other roles include ALKANDRE in PENELOPE with Vespertine Opera in Seattle, WA; FRASQUITA in CARMEN with OperaBend in Bend, Oregon and Pacific Northwest Opera; and SUSANNA in LE NOZZE DI FIGARO with the Seattle Opera Guild. I also made my international debut in December 2014 singing GRETEL in HANSEL UND GRETEL with Opera Mariposa in Vancouver, BC. I have also been the featured soloist as "Christine" in Ten Grand's Phantom of the Opera at Benaroya Hall in Seattle, WA, and many lead roles in both opera and musical theatre: such as Semele (Semele), Marie (La Fille du Regiment), Gretel (Hansel und Gretel), Countess Ceprano and Gilda (Rigoletto), Blondchen (Die Entfuehrung aus dem Serail), Maria (West Side Story), La Fee (Cendrillon), Sarah Brown (Guys and Dolls), Cathy (The Last 5 Years), Rosina (Barber of Seville), and more! I have also been part of jazz ensembles, and won the Battle of the Bands at Indiana University with a rock group! I am proud to have won the Seattle Opera Guild/Opera Plus Young Artist Scholarship Award for the 2015/2016 season, the Encouragement Award in the Metropolitan Opera National Council District Auditions, First Place in the National Classical Singers Competition, the C.M. Gerber Scholarship, Music Dean's Scholarship, Music Faculty Award, First Place at Washington State Solo and Ensemble Competitions, First Place in the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) National Competitions, and many more!

Teaching brings me such joy! To share the love of music and to educate the musicians of tomorrow is both gratifying and inspiring. I have been teaching since 2005 and provide a fun and focused learning experience where there are no "wrong" questions, and everybody's unique voice is celebrated! Many of my students have gone on to study music in college, and have landed lead roles in musical theatre, choir solos, All State and All Northwest choirs, and won awards in Classical competitions.

In my spare time, I like to hike, eat good food, and spend time with family and friends!

*** Lesson Details ***
My studio provides musical knowledge through private lessons including healthy vocal technique, basic understanding of music theory, and basic piano skills. I encourage a fun and focused environment. Come ready to learn, and let's make music!

A typical lesson will include vocalises that detail proper technique, some ear training work, some music theory training, and will be followed by repertoire. During this time, students will learn how to produce clear and authentic diction (English and other languages), breath management, phrase shaping, smooth transitions between higher and lower pitches, stylistic ornamentation, as well as dramatic involvement of the piece.

Students will learn the importance of the foundations of breath support, and how to create a healthy sound for any genre while keeping the unique qualities of their own voice-- no cookie-cutter singers here! Students will also learn how to read music, practice effectively, perform authentically, and take care of their delicate instrument for a lifetime of singing!

While Skype is a marvelous tool that has revolutionized the world of teaching, nothing can replicate natural acoustics. In-studio lessons are suggested for a clearer and more personable lesson.
**Skype lessons are reserved for long distance students only**

STUDIO ABSENCE and CANCELLATION POLICIES:
Regularly scheduled and attended lessons are the best way to see positive changes in your voice! The smooth running of the Studio Schedule helps make that happen. Therefore, missing lessons is discouraged and make up lessons/cancellations are not given in the Studio unless:
- I have had a performance or rehearsal that conflicts with our lesson time and cannot have the lesson as scheduled. If this occurs, I will inform you of the event as soon as possible and give you the option of a make up lesson or cancelling the lesson.
- Notices of foreseen cancellations (family vacations, religious holidays, school functions, special occasions etc.) are eligible for rescheduling or cancellation if given before the first lesson of the month.
- Of course, life can throw us for a loop! Illness, emergencies, and unforeseen events may possibly be given make ups or cancellations and will be determined at the Studio's discretion. (In the matter of illness: standard procedure is that if the student can attend work/school, they should come to their lesson. A cold can easily be worked around. If the voice is affected (for singing students), Studio time can still be used to work on ear training, music theory, music history, etc.)

All other absences will result in the lesson being marked as "missed". A hard copy of the Studio Policies and further details will be given to the student at the first lesson. Please feel free to ask any questions or clarifications.

*** Studio Equipment ***
The studio lessons take place in a designated area of my home. The room includes seating for parents to observe lessons as well as a weighted keyboard (88 keys), music stand, desk, and materials. No pets. Lots of street parking is available. Shopping and coffee/food located within walking distance.

*** Specialties ***
Specialties: Classical/Opera
Other styles and genres: Musical Theatre, Jazz, Pop, and Rock.
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Chuck June 17, 2017
· Opera Voice · In studio
My daughter has been taking lessons from Serena for more than two years. We are very happy with her and plan to continue. Training is for classical opera and focus is on basic technique.
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Alaka June 17, 2017
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Serena has taught me so much about music and performing. She's a wonderful teacher and friend, and she is very professional; there is no one I'd rather be learning music from!
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Narcisa K. January 20, 2016
· Opera Voice · In studio
10 stars! She's very strict but in a good way. Keeps the students motivated! Recommend!
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Serena E.

Serena E.

Issaquah, WA 98029
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About Chad W.

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North Bend, WA

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Lessons for both electric and acoustic guitar.
I teach building blocks for many musical styles- such as Jazz, Blues, Classical, Rock, R&B, Country, Latin and Folk
Beginners to more experienced players will benefit from these lessons.
I am a very patient teacher. Since I was once a beginner myself, I understand whatever level you are at with your playing at the moment is OK.
The musical skills I teach will enable you to continue developing as a guitarist.

I am a graduate from Cornish College Of The Arts cum laude, with focus on instrumental performance.

*** Studio Equipment ***
student guitar (optional) and amp (optional)

*** Travel Equipment ***
I do not provide any equipment when traveling to your location. At your location, you the student should have a guitar, music stand and any other accessories needed (such as pic
ks, strings, amplifier, staff paper etc.)
I'm more than happy to help you find what you are looking for!
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Steve January 18, 2016
· Music Theory · In home
Chad is very knowledgeable, open minded and great at communicating concepts.
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Gregory F. January 16, 2016
· Music Theory · In home
Chad Walker teaches the full spectrum of music theory. Though jazz is his true love, classical, pop, rock, R&B, blues, folk, are all part of his forte. I have learned valuable lessons about using scale theory as the starting point to craft improvisation, and how to create complex cords that carry original melodies when writing original jazz. He is a patient thorough mentor that helped me develop my own personal voice. But if you are a beginner, I highly recommend Chad Walker because he can build the platform for a person to enjoy playing music for a lifetime.
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Paul G. January 15, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Chad is a very comprehensive and thoughtful teacher. He is well organized and has a deft ability to tailor lessons to the needs of his students. He also has a thorough knowledge of equipment and accessories related to playing guitar.

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Chad W.

Chad W.

North Bend, WA 98045
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About Jake L.

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Seattle, WA

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I'm a contracted studio and touring musician for a major Seattle record label (Barsuk) who has 8 years of experience tutoring the arts to all ages. I’ve played hundreds of shows, and my guitar and bass playing appears on a handful of albums. Since 2009, I've been a part-time K-12 arts tutor with a nonprofit called 826 National. I've taught lots of kids, big and small, the ropes of the fretboard, the chord books, and the fundamentals of rhythm, melody, and musical hearing. I studied theatre and classical guitar at Whitman College, so I can help you improve your technical playing and performative abilities too.

As of May 2017, I'm new to TakeLessons/charging money for teaching privately, so please know how much I appreciate your patronage and audience. I know the importance of a patient, encouraging, knowledgeable teacher when learning t
he arts, and I think I can help you find strength in self-musical expression. Every person is different and every student learns differently; I think the best tutors can be flexible to their students' needs and be able to provide alternative learning solutions when roadblocks appear. We will communicate well with each other about learning goals and tactics, and we will have a LOT of fun on the guitar together! By the end of 5 lessons, I'll help you be more confident and/or versed in your guitar playing, and we'll only have lots more to learn and explore!
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Jake L.

Jake L.

Seattle, WA 98125
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$20 / 30-min

About Will V.

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Seattle, WA
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I am a patient, professional teacher with over 20 years of experience working with students of all ages, from beginner to advanced. If you are a beginner, I will get you off to a great start and you be surprised at how much you wil be able to play after only one lesson. If you've already been playing for a while, I can make suggestions that will immediately improve your playing. I customize your lessons to match your learning style, so you can learn faster. The lessons are enjoyable and challenging enough to edge you to the next level of your playing.
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Jim August 17, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Will is very enjoyable to work with. He understands the students goals and focuses on clearly states the path needed to achieve the goals. Will is not only a knowledgeable guitar player, but also a knowledgeable teacher.
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John V. November 30, 2016
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Wow! Will is an amazing teacher/philosopher/ and friend. He loves music, and is very patient. In a couple of months of working with Will I learned a lot of practical application, some theory, and had more fun that I thought was possible while strumming and picking my guitar. Because of a job change I had to quit, and despite the many other great things about Seattle, I'll miss this the most. Peace: John V
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John V. September 21, 2016
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
good teacher and I appreciate him so much
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Will V.

Will V.

Seattle, WA 98177
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$30 / 30-min
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About Garrett R.

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Seattle, WA

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Hey! Let me tell you a little bit about myself. My name is Garrett Reynolds and I'm a professional record producer, violinist, and head recording engineer at the Electrokitty Sound Studio in Seattle, WA. I've been playing music since I picked up the violin at the age of 5 and I've continued to learn and grow in music ever since. Nowadays I am a graduate of the Berklee College of Music and a full time record producer at Electrokitty Recording. I get to work with all sorts of artists in the studio, from local indie bands to grammy award winning musicians on major labels. As a violinist, I have 21 years of playing and performance experience under my belt and I've been fortunate enough to tour the country with a handful of acts. As an instructor I take pride in sharing my knowledge with young musicians and seasoned pros alike. Wether you're l
ooking to pick up the violin and learn to play, or trying to figure out how to record your band at home...I'm here to help!
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Rubina November 27, 2016
· Violin · In home
Garrett is a really knowledgeable teacher. He has really helped me improve my skills. I got lessons with Garrett in order to become more confident in my position as principle second. He helped me become a better leader and refine my skills further. Now I have better posture and are playing more properly. He is also a friendly and likable person. I don't like tutors with no personality because I get bored. Even though I have a busy schedule between work, cheer and school, we are always able to squeeze in a lesson somewhere. If you are busy like me and have an irregular schedule, Garret is your guy!
Overall, I am glad I chose Garrett as my Violin teacher because I've improved a ton since I've started lessons with him!
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Garrett R.

Garrett R.

Seattle, WA 98103
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$48 / 30-min

About Luke H.

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Seattle, WA

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Luke Hagerman is a bassist, composer and educator hailing from Northeast Ohio who now resides in Seattle, Washington. Luke's musical identity is deeply rooted in jazz tradition as well pop, funk, rock, Latin, world, and R&B. As a student of music, Luke has developed a highly accessible and thorough method of teaching that ensures success in each student. Great attention is paid to each student's individual abilities and interests, nurturing the specifics while also equipping students with skills applicable to all musical situations.
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Mitch October 31, 2016
· Music Performance · In studio
Luke knows what's up man. Super smart and makes learning jazz easy peasy.
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James October 31, 2016
· Music Theory · In home
Thanks for the lessons, Luke!
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Eric September 30, 2016
· Upright Bass · Online
Luke is very cool and knows a lot about jazz. I used to only play in orchestra but now I play in jazz ensemble too and if there's a bass solo I don't get as nervous.
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Luke H.

Seattle, WA 98122
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$35 / 30-min

About Briellen L.

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About Briellen
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My names is Briellen, and I am a piano instructor from Tacoma, WA. I have been instructing piano for four years, both in group and private settings. I am able to teach in the student's home or at a set location discussed prior to first lesson.
In 2015, I received a B. M. degree from Pacific Lutheran University where I majored in Piano Performance. During my time at PLU, I received multiple music scholarships including the Forestine Wise Monsen Scholarship, and the Bertha Gilbertson Music Scholarship. I am currently instructing piano at the Morgan YMCA in Tacoma.

I love the piano, and I get super excited when others want to learn how to play it.
If you are interested in taking piano lessons, DO! You won't regret it. And I would love to be the one who helps you achieve your musical goals.
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Donna August 2, 2017
· Classical Piano · In home
Miss Briellen is an amazing piano teacher, and I would highly recommend her to you if you're interested in learning how to play piano!
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Briellen L.

Tacoma, WA 98405
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About Iris O.

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Graham, WA
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Hello! My name is Iris Olive and I have been living in this area my whole life. My hobbies include songwriting, playing multiple instruments including guitar (and ukulele!), keyboard, and cello. I also enjoy outdoor exploring and playing with my guinea pig, Link. I am passionate about all forms of music and strive to provide a friendly, productive and welcoming learning environment.
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Iris O.

Graham, WA 98338
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$17 / 30-min

About Alina T.

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Seattle, WA

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Hi there,
I am a vocalist, pianist, composer, and arranger.
I offer voice and piano lessons to all ages and levels.
I've been involved in music, dance, and theater most of my life, and I love passing on the knowledge of music to other people. I believe that anyone can learn music regardless of age, and I enjoy connecting with others through music, and empowering people by helping achieve their goals.
A perfect balance between fun and learning is what I strive for during our sessions.

Taking lessons with me will boost your confidence, reduce stress level, all while challenging you to be your best self.

Making music is known to transform lives, so come transform yours!
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Alina T.

Seattle, WA 98116
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