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Russell S.

Gastonia, NC

About Russell

Located in Gastonia, NC, Russell brings unparalleled experience and value to his students in the Charlotte, metro area. Russell Sharp is a seasoned veteran drummer with over 35 years of varied experiences. His lessons will significantly benefit beginner, intermediate and advanced students regardless of their age.

You will learn all that is necessary in order to possess a very strong and solid foundation that is required of a drummer. Russell is a caring, nurturing and patient drum instructor.

A lifetime of percussion experience ranging from recording studios to live shows has developed
Sharp's simple and highly effective approach to teaching students. His ability to convey basic and advanced drumming elements help students develop rock-solid foundations along with sharp motor skills, physical coordination, limb independence and endurance.

Students have said Russell's lessons are lots of fun, productive, energizing, highly effective, etc.

Drum lessons can include the following:(For Beginners & Advanced Students)

* Learning Basic Fundamentals
* Reading Musical Notation
* Getting Your Meter Down To Excellence
* Gaining Independence Of Limbs
* Improving Overall Technique And Approach
* Learning To Be A Total Groove Drummer
* Building Up Incredible Speed-Metronome Work
* Learning Odd Time Signatures
* Learning The Double Bass Drum Fundamentals And Advanced

Genres of music include: Hard Rock, Soft Rock, Rock-Pop, Classic Rock, Blues, Shuffles (Double Bass Drum), Funk, Alternative, R&B, Jazz, Progressive Rock and Heavy Metal among others.

With his many years of experience, Russell Sharp is a dynamic, powerful and original drummer with distinct style and technique.

He has played in many bands around the country and has been giving drum lessons for over 10 years in Los Angeles, Arizona, Florida and now in Charlotte, NC.

He has also taught several students with learning disabilities such as ADHD and ADD and their confidence and ability has grown from learning to play drums.

Also learn how to approach lead singing behind the drum set.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living Room Drum Studio: Drums, Stereo System, Two Stick Pads, Bass Drum Kick Pads, DVD's, CD's, Additional seating for parents.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I would bring 2 stick pads w/ stands and also kick drum pads.

*** Specialties ***
Rock, Progressive Rock, Fusion, Blues, Alternative, Funk, Dance, Disco, Latin
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James March 11, 2016
Drum · In home
I look forward to the lessons every week. Russ takes the time an ensures that the information provided is understood as well as performed correctly. Homework is always a blast. How many times can anybody say that? I would recommend Russ to any level of performer, if just to sharpen exisiting skills or start from the very beginning, Russ has the ability to get you to the level "you" want to be at with your drum playing. Russ will also introduce books that can be practiced out of when that homework is assigned. Great instructor and as become a good friend. If you want to learn the drums....call Russ!
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Frank W. March 10, 2016
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
Russell is the man! Patient, attentive, precise and an outstanding professional with a passion to teach you proper technique and to help you reach your drumming goals! He is an Awesome teacher and musician!
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Greg F. May 30, 2015
Drums · In studio
I've been working with Russell for several months now. I took instruction 35 years ago but never progressed. As I was young and moving on to other things. Fast forward to now, I'm 51 years old and working with him on a weekly basis has taken farther faster than I could have imagined. He makes lessons fun and I really look forward to them. I have also seen him play live and sing. He's an amazing talent!
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Russell S.

Russell S.

Gastonia, NC 28056
(5)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Michael C.

Catawba, NC

About Michael

I have a Masters Degree from Central Michigan Univ. I am an Air Force Veteran.

Two deep leadership at all times and parents have waiting areas visible to classes. I love guitar and playing music, I think I have taught so long I would not know what to do without a music/teaching career. I have made a living playing guitar for 25 years.

*** Lesson Details ***
I have been a music teacher so long I have become very simplistic. I teach the following:

(1) To practically play while having fun (3 locations to choose).

(2) Music Theory.

(3) Playing by ear.

(4) Leadership Skill
s. I am still having a great time teaching, so we do it a lot. I love to teach and enjoy it very much, I owe a lot to my music career and want to pass it on. We are in Rotary and support many community activities.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have - 3 Professional teaching studios - that are in nice locations.

I really enjoy my job and have a lot of great equipment; we work hard, but have a lot of fun too.

*** Travel Equipment ***
(1) Respectfully what is reasonable. I am a full time musician, I am flexible and happy - we can work these things out.

(We have a lot of equipment, I am very thankful). We have very good business relationships in the community.

I appreciate my job.

*** Specialties ***
(1) Group interactive method based on theory.
(2) Students show leadership in their own program.
(3) Students work with me (instructor) on Lesson Plans.
(4) Students pick out material they want to study.
(5) Students work on (ear training) and reading music.
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William A. July 14, 2016
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
Michael has been a great teacher,always positive and encouraging.
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Joshua June 7, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
great teacher! very talented, very impressive and also made us feel comfortable. loved the 1st meeting & lesson!
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Tina March 24, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Michael is an exceptionaly talented musician, as well as a wonderful mentor who has taught so many students and enriched their lives. He has students with only 2 yrs of experience who sound as if they have been playing for 20 years! What a Role Model!!! With a lifetime of experience under his belt, Michael has mastered music and recording. He will help you; It really doesn't get any better than that. I am a reporter for a good paper. I wrote this about Michael after an interview. Michael and his band had the placed packed, all ages, and everyone insisted on being as close to the music as humanly possible. Michael works as a guitar instructor and runs several studios. Michael is truly a "gifted guitar player" and his vocals are just as nice and polished. The Next time this gifted musician and band rolls into town check him out.
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Michael C.

Catawba, NC 28609
(7)
starting at
$50 / 60-min
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Jen S.

Rock Hill, SC

About Jen

Jen has an extensive musical background. At 7 years old, she started taking piano lessons, and at 10 years old, she started playing the saxophone. She continued playing and studying seriously through high school, and then majored in music education in college. She graduated from Wayne State University (Detroit, Michigan) in 1998 with a Bachelor of Music Degree. Jen has performed on saxophone with many ensembles through the years...concert bands, symphonic bands, jazz bands, church / community bands...and has taught private lessons on piano, clarinet and saxophone for over 20 years. Jen wa
s an Assistant Elementary Band Director in Southfield, Michigan (1998 - 1999), General Music Teacher at two elementary schools in Port Huron, Michigan (1999 - 2000), Private Lesson and Keyboard Band Director in Cooper City, Florida (2000 - 2001), Director of Bands at Polo Park Middle School in Wellington, Florida (2001 - 2009), Kindermusik Educator and Business Owner in Rock Hill, South Carolina (2013 - present), and Private Lesson Instructor (present).

*** Lesson Details ***
All lessons will begin with students playing assigned pieces for instructor to assess the performance, and then new musical selections will be discussed, explained, demonstrated, and rehearsed with student. Finally, weekly assignments will be given.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I teach out of the loft in our home...it's a big, open room. I have an electronic keyboard for piano students to use. There are specific method books I like to use for teaching, and those will be required of students. I also have sheet music that will periodically be given to students as part of their weekly assignments. I have extra chairs for caregivers to stay and listen...family members are always welcome to stay for the lessons.

*** Travel Equipment ***
No travel equipment...instructor teaches out of private studio.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in beginner, intermediate, and advanced piano students. Having been a middle school band director, and a woodwind player myself, I do have experience teaching all wind instruments and percussion instruments. However, at this time, I am only accepting piano students.
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Deonta L. September 26, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Very patient and professional.
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Genevieve McDevitt August 28, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
My daughter really liked her. Looking forward to many lessons and growth.
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Rick G. March 6, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Jen dove right in and is a great listener. She will cater her teaching to your specific needs. I know I have chosen the right person for the job...VERY happy, I am learning from the best!
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Jen S.

Jen S.

Rock Hill, SC 29732
(5)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Jonathan T.

Charlotte, NC

About Jonathan

I currently play and teach all the orchestral string instruments, all forms of guitar, electric bass, and all forms of brass instruments. I earned a Bachelor of Music degree in trumpet performance from Emory and Henry College and then went on to earn a Master of Music degree in Trumpet Performance with a concentration in Music Theory and Composition from the University of Louisiana at Monroe. I have performed in many ensembles throughout his career including: the New River Brass Quintet, the Symphony of the Mountains, the Monroe Symphony Orchestra, the Emory and Henry Trumpet Ensemble, the ULM
symphony orchestra, the ULM Wind Ensemble, and the ULM Jazz Ensemble. I had the opportunity to travel to Austria and Germany to perform as well as across the United States at events such as the International Trumpet Guild Conference. I currently serves as the Albemarle Road Middle School Director of Strings as well as teaching private lessons in wind and string instruments. I am a member of the National Association for Music Educators, the International Trumpet Guild, as well as the American String Teachers Association.
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Lisa October 27, 2016
Mandolin · In studio
Verified Student
JT makes learning fun and is very knowledgeable in many areas of music!
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Joseph Y. October 20, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Fantastic teacher!!!
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Bekah S. October 7, 2016
Tuba · Online
Verified Student
Jonathan is a fantastic teacher! My son has learned a ton and loves lessons. My son's band teacher is very impressed with the progress he is making and the quality of instruction he is receiving. Jonathan provides excellent instruction and great follow up with lessons. We are thrilled to have him as our teacher!
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Jonathan T.

Charlotte, NC 28278
(13)
starting at
$29 / 30-min
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Debra R.

Clover, SC

About Debra

Debra Rivas has been teaching private lessons since 2002 and is currently available to teach lessons in her home studio, and online. Debra has helped students learn to read, write and perform music in a fun and relaxed environment.
Debra received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from Morgan State University with a concentration in Piano in 2004. As an expert in her field, Debra looks forward to helping new students achieve their goals. Debra’s teaching style is creative, fun, and focuses on the musical development of the individual technically and artistically.
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Adrian September 22, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Great patience.
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Elijah A. September 22, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Great patience.
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Sarah May 24, 2016
Piano · In studio
I've had the pleasure of having Debra on our teaching staff at Lanti Music for the past two years. She is an incredibly patient, creative and knowledgeable instructor who goes above and beyond to help create well-rounded musicians! Each quarter we receive parent feedback regarding her teaching style, quality of instruction, and communication - and the comments are always exceptional!! The ease and warmth she demonstrates will instantly make your child feel welcomed. I highly recommend Debra for piano lessons!!
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Debra R.

Debra R.

Clover, SC 29710
(4)
starting at
$25 / 30-min

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