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About Susan T.

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Grand Prairie, TX

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About Susan B.
I would first like to say that I was born into a musical family. My Dad (choir director) and five older brothers were not only the majority of the choir in our large Catholic church, but Dad had a "tame" Frank Sinatra singing style. My mother played harmonica and piano by ear so acquiring musical intellects spread quickly to all of us. Most of my siblings sang and played instruments as we had a piano, guitar, organ, harmonica, trumpet, clarinet and a recorder to use as we pleased, with or without a music teacher.

I started singing and playing the piano at age four. With consistent encour
agement from my oldest sister (a professional organist for 40+ years), I learned piano and music theory while I was learning to read; started guitar at eight. A natural born singer, I learned the basics of voice while in choir from middle school through high school while accompanying myself on piano or guitar when singing privately or for others. I wrote my first song at 17 and worked my way through college playing original music in coffee shops while earning my bachelors degree. After college, I started touring across the US (this was long before American Idol and the Internet when if you wanted to make it, you had to "pay your dues" on the road first). Working in the studio was always the most fun and challenging, my first original song got air play in 1990 (this was before CDs).

I received international distribution of my original music starting 2004 - that summer I worked and sold CDs in Munich Germany; however, upon returning to the US realized that performing was not my preferred way of providing service to others - teaching then become my passion. So while working for a local public school district as substitute teacher for general music classes (orchestra, band, choir as well), I was asked to write and teach a beginning songwriting class. From the very first day I had kids' attention in the palm of my hands (some of those students eventually recorded their own songs in studios).

After 30+ years of professional musicianship spanning across two continents (US and Germany) with originally produced music available on iTunes and two CDs on the market, I have found a unique way of teaching music to others. I especially enjoy teaching families (children, parents, grandparents, cousins, etc.) that want to learn to play a variety of instruments and music together. Married couples are wonderful to teach as well, I can usually get any combination of two or more people playing music together.

I usually host annual recitals. I do not force anyone to play in the recital, however most everyone enjoys the experience.

*** Specialties ***
Piano: Beginning/intermediate classical piano; then onto pop, blues, jazz, hymns, praise music (piano/voice).

Guitar: Beginning Classical Guitar (nylon strings; notes, chords, fingerpicking); Beginning Acoustic Guitar (steel strings; notes, chords, fingerpicking, strumming, using a plectrum or flat pick).

Ukulele: Beginning note and strumming patterns while accompanying voice.

Voice: I can take you to professional levels! As proof, one of my adult male students, singer/songwriter/pianist/guitarist/trumpeter, came to me to enhance his "character" voice. After 30 lessons, and assistance arranging vocals (including mic technique) in home studio four-song demo, my student signed a four-song demo recording deal with an eight (8) time Grammy award winning music producer Joe Chiccarelli - in LA with studio right on Sunset Blvd.

Lastly, I would love to enroll students who want to learn Joni Mitchell's style of piano and guitar playing. Mitchell never had formal music training, she played by ear; particularly on guitar she used more than 50 open tunings.

*** Lesson Details ***
First of all, I'll need to know you or your children's goals, dreams and natural talent(s). What types of music do you love best? Are you more the serious type or fun-loving (I can work with both types of personalities but do require a respectful demeanor).

Lessons are once per week. It is extremely important to develop the brain, nervous system, physical coordination all together with momentum and repetitive physical movements; particularly, the first six months of learning.

I do schedule students on "Schedule-As-You-Go" however usually only after consistent weekly lessons.

If you already know an instrument and want to take Combination Lessons - Voice/Piano or Voice/Guitar - I am an excellent teacher for that purpose.

Please do not expect overnight success, hand/motor skills need to be developed and that doesn't occur with one or two lessons, unless you've had prior experience on your instrument and just need to refresh your brain's neural pathways.

If you are the creative type and wish to compose your own music, then by all means let me know as I teach not only composition, but arranging, music production, and the legal aspects of copyrights and international distribution.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano lessons will be given on my parlor grand piano. For guitar lessons, I use either my Yamaha acoustic-electric classical nylon string guitar OR my vintage Epiphone steel string guitar. Please see the photo noting the studio's microphones/vocal monitors, plus I have a variety of hand percussion.
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Elaine H. March 16, 2017
Verified Student · Piano · In home
Ms. Taylor's expertise and motivational teaching has led to my daughter being able to flourish with her piano lessons. In the 2 years that she has taken lessons, she became an intermediate student and has taken on more difficult pieces. Ms. Taylor is excellent in assessing her student's level and needs, and she encourages them to surpass their own goals.
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Joseph J. December 1, 2016
Verified Student · Piano · In home
She is very patient with my son. My son enjoyed his first lesson.
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Jordan R. November 28, 2016
Verified Student · Piano · In home
Mrs. Susan was a perfect match for my son. She's very patient, knowledgeable and very kind! My son walked out from his first lesson with her with such excitement in jumping back into lessons after a five month break. Looking forward to many more!!
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Susan T.

Grand Prairie, TX 75052
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About Barbara D.

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Fort Worth, TX

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About Barbara
Want lessons that will cater to your needs or the needs of your child and not a book?

My Reading and Phonics lessons are made to dazzle and awe your child into an understanding of letters, sounds, and the written page!! I also love to work with teachers when possible and also use placement tests to determine where to start and periodically to know how to continue. (The kids just think they are games).

My Music lessons are designed to foster a love for music and focus on your dream in the music world as well as build knowledge and expertise from that focal point!

Whether it be a sp
ecific genre, general, academic repertoire or just wanting to play or sing the songs you enjoy, I have the curriculum and supplemental material to reach your music goal!

Beginner? We can get you started on the right foot! I have experience with adult beginners, seniors and children of all ages. I have special curriculum and activities that enhance interest, reduce stress and help you to maintain what you learn.

Pre-schoolers have a curriculum all their own that teaches music through lovable animal characters with games on tablet, computer and other to teach, reinforce and excite their hearts.

Have some knowledge but just can't play or sing that special song? We can tailor a lesson just for that.

Can you read music but not play on your own? Can you play by ear and not read music? I have experience bridging the gaps.

Is your dream to become a Soloist, harmonizer or karaoke star? Accompany yourself or others or just play for fun? Then why not you and I embark on that exciting journey together!

Is your dream to become a church musician or play for a choir? or Are you already a church musician but need help with a particular song, program or musical?

Worship to Him is the reason that I do what I do!

Try us! You'll be glad you did!!!!

*** Lesson Details ***
I am a very laid back instructor, though the classes are very well structured.

Usually, we progress with a chosen curriculum according to the students music vision and initial overview during the 1st few classes. However, all curriculums are supplemented to enhance student performance and comprehension. Our supplemental material is used to go swifter for material that you grasp well and understand, and slower with more repetition for that that you need more practice, without being monotonous. It is also used to provide appropriate but exciting reinforcement of all material to ensure that material is retained.

We are forever updating material and also incorporate games and enhanced activities to keep lessons interesting and refreshing as well!

I also have experience in music therapy, teaching autistic, ADD, ADHD and those with varying degrees of brain damage.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Organ
3 Keyboards with midi/Earphones
3 Karaoke Machines with microphones and stands/TV capability
2 Amplifiers
Tablet
Computer with music games and software/TV capability

*** Specialties ***
Pre-school and Elementary Children through adults of any age especially for traditional theory, technique, performance creativity and all around fun lessons in piano, singing, organ and keyboard.

Beginning Organ lessons for any age including beginning church organist training.

Also Children, Adults and Teenagers in ear training, chording song specific and church music.
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william powell March 12, 2017
· Organ · Online
She knows her stuff. Very skilled teacher. Chose the best for organ lessons.
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William P. February 11, 2017
Verified Student · Organ · Online
She is tops, patient, and knows her stuff. Glad I chose her..
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Robert M. February 7, 2017
Verified Student · Singing · In studio
Mrs. Davis is very knowledge and patient, which makes for a productive and comfortable atmosphere. She pushes me to strive for greatness, which I need being the shy individual that I am. I absolutely love my singing lessons with Mrs. Davis
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Barbara D.

Barbara D.

Fort Worth, TX 76119
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About Ray M.

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Arlington, TX

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Born in Arlington, Texas, I began playing guitar and bass guitar in high school. After studying for several years under Joey Faust, I studied Jazz, Classical Guitar, and Music Theory at TCC in Fort Worth. I began teaching in my free time to friends and family in 2003; by 2008 I was teaching full time, my students ranging in age from 3 to over 70. I also play piano, mandolin, banjo, ukulele, and auto harp.

*** Lesson Details ***
I believe lessons should be fun, so all lessons are tailored to the individual student, based on the student's interests and goals. Students are free to progress at
their own pace, and to choose their own learning material. Styles and techniques include Rock, Country, Blues, Bluegrass, Jazz, Shred, Slide Guitar, Classical Guitar, and Slap Bass, to name a few.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons in my home studio are definitely more beneficial to the student, because I have all my toys here! Besides having all of my other instruments here for demonstrations, or being able to freely change between electric or acoustic guitar for example, I have access to my computer and all of my teaching materials.
I also find that students who are at home (especially the children) tend to be more distracted, whether it's from lack of privacy due to the area chosen for the lessons, or often (again, this goes especially for the kids) there are pets that they like to play with while I'm trying to talk to them.
When they're guests in my home, however, I find I have their strict attention.

*** Specialties ***
I am primarily a guitar player specializing in electric lead guitar and solo acoustic guitar/vocal performance. I also teach beginner to advanced bass guitar, primarily finger-style. In addition I teach slap style bass guitar, as well as slide guitar. I am also a classical mandolin and tenor mandola player. I am currently the director of and first mandolin player for the Fort Worth Mandolin Orchestra.
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Steve S. March 18, 2017
Verified Student · Banjo · In studio
I must qualify the Best Ever rating, I don't know any other Banjo Instructors. I have paid for a number of piano lessons for my kids over the years. He is definitely in the category of Best Instructors. For me I do not know any other instruments. I appreciate the encouragement and confidence he provides me. Lessons are relaxed, and he is patient when answering questions and explaining and demonstrating various techniques.
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Wuontay R. March 13, 2017
Verified Student · Guitar · In studio
Ray was professional and patient considering my 3 year old granddaughter in attendance! He definitely knows his instrument and has that passion to play as well as teach! Some choice of words can fly over my 8 year old grandson's head (more every day word use for 8 year olds would be recommended). Otherwis we're looking foward to the next lesson...He's the man so far!
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Nan May 17, 2016
Verified Student · Piano · In studio
He was fantastic. Hew knew where to start so I could better at piano. I'm really looking forward to all the other lessons.
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Ray M.

Ray M.

Arlington, TX 76015
(16)
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$34 / 30-min

About Carl W.

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Fort Worth, TX

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About Carl
As far back as I can remember I have always enjoyed performing music. I can remember during my elementary school years how I would play drums during church service. Some days I would sneak in my dad's closet to play his saxophone. I began learning how to play saxophone in middle school and by the time I was in high school I was learning piano, performing jazz, and composing music.
I went on to get a Bachelor of Music at the University of North Texas. I have been performing professionally for over 18 years. I also have taught band for 11 years in Dallas ISD. I enjoy teaching and mentoring ot
her up and coming musicians. It's a joy to see another world open up to them through music.
Through my warm and positive personality and experience as a certified music teacher and music performer, I understand how to meet the social and educational needs of each music student. I am well versed at solving problems and helping students thrive and reach their full potential. I think that I do this best by personalizing the instruction experience for each unique situation. I love to encourage students and help them discover the music in them.

*** Lesson Details ***
Like me, students can expect to enjoy the process. Students will discover that I am very encouraging during lessons. I keep everything upbeat and positive. I will help you come up with goals musically. I am very patient, all while coaching you so that you get positive results.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Upright Baldwin piano, electronic keyboard 88 keys, music stands, sitting area for parent, CD/iPod stereo.

*** Specialties ***
Jazz, Gospel, Pop, Classical, Various styles
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Nikki C. February 24, 2017
Verified Student · Piano · Online
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Benjamin L. December 31, 2016
Verified Student · Piano · In studio
Very patient and knowledgeable. We look forward to continuing our son's lesson with Carl.
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Michael Wade December 22, 2016
Verified Student · Saxophone · In studio
Great first lesson. Carl provided some much needed structure for my approach to jazz improv. We reviewed modes and patterns and he accompanied me on piano while I played sax.
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Carl W.

Carl W.

Fort Worth, TX 76112
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$30 / 30-min

About Francesca W.

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Grand Prairie, TX
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About Francesca
Hello! My name is Francesca and I can't wait to meet you! I am the oldest of 5 children and am a Texas native. I attended Brigham Young University and am now finishing my degree online. I have a passion for teaching, no matter the subject. I first started teaching at age 13 when I started my own piano lesson business. I love helping students learn! There is nothing more rewarding than seeing a student have their "Aha!" moment!

Learning an instrument should always be fun! I look forward to helping you improve your musical abilities.
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Francesca W.

Francesca W.

Grand Prairie, TX 75052
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$15 / 30-min

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