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Yvonne H.

Alvin, TX

About Yvonne

We will work together to learn and understand the fundamentals of piano and violin technique and theory at you own pace. No pressure and stress-free instruction.

Along with learning to play an instrument, research shows that you may have improvements in memory, language skills, ability to store audio information, discipline, ability for being attentive and planning, day to day actions such as being alert, motor skills, hearing, emotional perception (pick out exactly what others are feeling just by the tone of their voices; empathy, disappointment, etc.)

Music has always been a part
of my education since my elementary school years. I continued private training throughout college, as well as after. I have my Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Houston - Clear Lake, as well as my Life Coaching certification from The Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching. And I am always continuing to develop my musical skills.

Our time together is more than just about learning an instrument; it's about life improvements and developing the self!

I will encourage you, cheer you on, and support you in the way you need support to achieve your goals in piano and violin!

*** Lesson Details ***
Our time together will be relaxed, laid back and casual. Student focused instruction.

We will work on the essentials of playing the piano - from correct posture to reading music!

After 3 months you will definitely have a good foundation in order to continue forward.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I would expect my students to have a piano/keyboard and/or a violin with bow

*** Specialties ***
My primary instrument is the piano, beginning to intermediate. I also teach beginner to intermediate violin using the Suzuki method books.
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Taylor M. October 7, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Yvonne is an amazing instructor. We tried several instructions in the area and Yvonne has proven to be the best in the business. I'm glad we found the perfect match for our daughter. Awesome!!!!!
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Betty W. May 24, 2016
Violin · In home
Verified Student
Ms. Handy is a wonderful, caring teacher. It has been a joy just knowing her.
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Yvonne H.

Yvonne H.

Alvin, TX 77511
(2)
starting at
$37.50 / 30-min
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Shannon S.

Houston, TX

About Shannon

See details of "AFFILIATIONS", "MUSIC" and "FITNESS" below:

AFFILIATIONS:
Music: AAUP, AFM, ASOL/LAO, CMS, HFC, NFA, IDRS, ICS, NASA.
Fitness: ISSA, NDETA, ASHI, USAT, LCT, BAM, HRTC.
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MUSIC (see fitness below): Shannon has numerous years experience teaching all skill levels on woodwinds, and beginning-intermediate piano & classical strings, using various approaches to best suit the students learning style, personality and needs.

Shannon is an active musician, who has been featured as a soloist, and in the flute and woodwind sections with various orchestras, chamber
ensembles, opera orchestras and musical theatre within the United States, Italy, and Mexico. She is presently Principal Flute of the Baytown Symphony, Director of the Da Capo Chamber Ensembles, and is a substitute musician with the Orquesta Sinfnica de Monterrey, Symphony of Southeast Texas, and Opera in the Heights.

Shannon has been a faculty member at various colleges, is currently Adjunct Professor of Music at Brazosport College, and also has an active private studio, Leigh Studios. She is the College Music Society South-Central Regional President; and is an Advisory Board member for the Houston Flute Club.

Shannon received her Masters of Music degree in Performance from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. She also studied at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and received her B.A. degree in Performance, and B.S. degree in Music-Business from Winona State University, and has studied with world-renowned instructors.

Shannon has received grants for her work, from the Minnesota State Arts Board, American Federation of Musicians, Rome Festival Orchestra, and the Winona Music Guild, and was the 1997 recipient of the Vivian Menees Nelson Music Award.

Shannon is also a sponsored triathlete and trainer/coach/race director, and gives workshops on the importance of healthy living, nutrition and exercise for musicians. She is a board member for The Lake Charles Triathletes. And she is a strong advocate for music, health, and triathlon. Sponsors: Maggie Martinez-LMT, Eating for Performance, Bikesport, DeSoto Sport, Gu Performance Energy, Rudy Project, Amit Jethva-DDS, Leigh Enterprises.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am pretty easy going. I want you to feel comfortable and at ease, but we do need to focus and can have fun doing it. :)
I utilize various methods for each instrument, which is determined by the students learning style and ability; needs, so this can change as time goes on (not sticking to one particular publishers materials). I have done (and continue to do) extensive research into materials available for each instrument I teach, and supplement with my own, to utilize the best out there for "YOU" for the best possible progress. While ensuring an extremely well-rounded musical education, so you can progress at the best possible rate. Since each student's potential is different, each will progress differently. This is also determined by your dedication to daily practice (the more you practice, the quicker you will progress & the more accomplished you will become). This is a 'Team Effort'; I give the guidance and tools. You practice, utilize learn these tools, and off we go! The sky is the limit!

*** Specialties ***
Classical, jazz
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FITNESS: Shannon has been athletic most of her life. she is a Certified Personal Trainer, and Specialist in Exercise Therapy, with 10 years experience in triathlon. She is a sponsored athlete. She applies her years of teaching experience to helping you reach your physical and nutritional goals, to be the healthiest you can be. She's not for quick fixes/results. It's all about a transformational lifestyle change. Enjoy the journey! It's well worth it! (see info above).
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Raeann M. November 11, 2016
Flute · In studio
Verified Student
My daughter shared with me that her lesson went well and she was able to accomplish a lot.
Shannon has been great. She is willing to work with us on our crazy schedule and she keeps in touch with me which is very much appreciated.
Thank You Shannon
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Jenny August 18, 2016
Running · In studio
Shannon is my personal trainer and running coach. She adapts to my body requirements as needed. I'm running better, losing weight, eating better, etc. She's amazing. Results are great! I would recommend her to anyone. Love her!
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Barbara August 17, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Shannon has been great to work with and gears lessons to my learning style and abilities.
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Shannon S.

Houston, TX 77047
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starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Troy W.

Houston, TX

About Troy

Composer Troy W. graduated from the New England Conservatory, earning his Bachelors, Masters (cum laude) and Graduate Diploma while studying with mentor Malcolm Peyton. After spending a year studying with Lukas Foss in Boston, Mr. W. moved to Houston in 2001 where he continued graduate studies at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music.

During his time as a teacher with the Michael P. Hammond Preparatory Program at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music, Troy taught classes in music fundamentals and music theory for pre-college students. He has also served on the faculty of the Summ
er Institute for Piano teaching courses in Form & Analysis for pre-college students.

Troy also has maintained a private studio, tutoring and teaching private lessons in composition, ear training, voice, piano, literature, and history for over ten years. Students who have studied with him come from a wide range of backgrounds with different goals. Those who have continued with musical studies in college have consistently placed out of at least the first two semesters of music theory and achieved advanced placement in their chosen fields of study. Those who chose a different path continue to benefit from the education and training they received from taking music lessons.

*** Lesson Details ***
There is no "standard formula" to lessons. Each student has their own unique background, needs, and goals. Lessons tend to be somewhat casual but are structured in such a way as to meet the unique requirements of the student.

To accomplish your goals, there are a few requirements and basic expectations that the student and parent must meet.
The first is practice. Students are expected to practice daily for at least the length of their lesson time. This, above all else, is essential to progress. It is also expected that a parent will attend lessons for students who are too young to drive themselves here. It's important for a parent to guide the student's practice time (particularly for younger students) to ensure that the most is gained from it. This is why I ask that a parent observe lessons.
Each student or parent should bring to each lesson a notebook, pencils (with erasers). The notebook will be used to record notes about each lesson, homework, practice advice, etc. Pencils (not pens...nobody's perfect!) are used by composers to record their creations and performers to mark their music. Both of these essential practices are subject to changing thought and must be open to change. So no ink, please!

Performers: It is not necessary to know how to read music at the first lesson for beginners. However, learning to read is required for subsequent lessons and will be a large focus for all non-readers. Lessons are not learned "by ear." A certain amount of theory will be a part of every lesson just as technique and repertoire. Concerning repertoire, it will be selected based on the student's learning needs but also with their input. The main emphasis on performance lessons, however, will be technique and reading. Students should come to the first lesson prepared to discuss their background & goals and the plan of their course of study.
Note: Voice students must be at least 16 years of age.

Composers: Just as with performers, it is not necessary to know how to read music at the first lesson. However, learning to read is required for subsequent lessons. Many young composers have great ideas but can only hear them in their heads or play them on an instrument. Lessons will allow you to obtain the skills to write them down with greater speed, accuracy, and clarity. More advance students will also include exploring a wider range of harmonic languages, advanced notation, instrumentation, orchestration, and aural skills. Students should come to the first lesson with examples of their work, either written, notated, or recorded in a digital format. They should be prepared to discuss their background & goals and the plan of their course of study.

IMPORTANT NOTES:
• To reschedule a lesson, more than one day notice is required.

• Make up lessons must be scheduled before the next regular lesson.

• A make up lesson cannot be scheduled in place of a regular lesson.

• If, for any reason, two 30-minute lessons are scheduled one right after the other, they will be charged as two 30-minute lessons, not one 60 minute lesson which is a different rate.

• If, for any reason, two 45-minute lessons are scheduled one right after the other, they will be charged as two 45-minute lessons, not one 90 minute lesson which is a different rate.

• the studio space is also inhabited by two lovely cats. Do consider this when signing up for lessons.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Yamaha DGX-650 weighted 88 keys full sized keyboard
area for parents to sit and observe lessons.

*** Specialties ***
Main area is in classical music and media scoring with secondary focus on musical theatre vocal performance and composing/arranging.
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Jonathan September 28, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
I sang my first karaoke song flawlessly thanks to Troy. I still have a long ways to go, but I see improvement every week. Troy is professional, optimistic, and talented. Thank you Troy!
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Rebecca Girardet September 8, 2016
Opera Voice · In studio
Verified Student
Troy is a terrific teacher. He's helped me address breath and diction issues that have plagued me for years. I can't recommend him highly enough!
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Landon T. March 8, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Great teacher
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Troy W.

Troy W.

Houston, TX 77006
(41)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Sarah W.

Friendswood, TX

About Sarah

Ms. W has been teaching for 8 years in various settings across the country. She currently teaches high school IB music in Houston and has taught privately in Boston, Indianapolis, and Houston.

Ms. W holds a masters degree in Opera from the Longy School of Music as well as Bachelors in Vocal Performance from Gordon College. Ms. W has also studied at IU's Jacobs School of Music and participated in the Summer Opera Workshops at BU.

Ms. W is a versatile performer whose experience includes opera, musical theatre, recital performances, and choral music. She has performed with various companie
s across the Northeast, Midwest and South in a wide range of operatic and musical theatre roles. Ms. W. has also toured North America, Canada, and Italy singing in choirs under the direction of Derrick Johnson (Walt Disney Music Orchestrator, Voices of Liberty) and C. Thomas Brooks. She worked from 2011-2015 with the Houston Symphony Chorus. Ms. W is the 2011 Encore winner for the category of "Best Singer in a Musical" for her role as Laurey in Oklahoma!

Past teachers and mentors have included Karol Bennett, Lois Alba, Patricia Wise, Robert Honeysucker, Tom Enman, and Donna Roll. She has participated in masterclasses with Broadway singer Darius de Haas and Opera directors Ron Luchsinger and Louis Burkot.

Currently, Ms. W is an active performer in and around Houston, Texas.

*** Lesson Details ***

Voice:
I use the first 1/3 of the lesson to warm up and teach technique using specific vocal excercises. The last 2/3 of the lesson are focused on the songs that you are working on - both learning the music as well as applying the techniques that we are learning. It's very important to me that you, as the student, understand WHY you do what you do and HOW the mechanics of singing work. It's also very important to me that you enjoy the music you are singing! I will always give my students a say in what they sing! I think communication during a lesson is paramount - I want to make sure that you understand what you are learning so that you can progress! However, I am a laidback person, who loves to laugh and get to know her students - the rapport between a teacher and student can be a great direct factor in progress, so having fun is always a goal!

*** Specialties ***
classical voice/opera, musical theatre, performance
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Sarah W.

Sarah W.

Friendswood, TX 77546
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Zachary B.

Houston, TX

About Zachary

I have 20 years experience teaching privately and at the university level. I've worked with classical opera singers, musical theatre, and pop singers. I can help you find the basis of healthy technique and adapt it to the stylistic needs of whatever you want to sing.Because of my conservatory training and performance experience, I can teach you the basis of solid technique which will allow you to sing well, no matter the style, and avoid the vocal injuries which have become so common among popular singers. My training and stage experience in acting will afford you the opportunity to become a c
omplete performer.
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Raul September 28, 2016
Classical Voice · In studio
I started voice lessons with Dr. Bruton in 2014

When I first started my voice was really bad, I had a range of a 6th. I could not sing "legato" and everything was nasally and bright. I could not act nor felt comfortable on stage when I had to in our studio voice labs. As the first year went by, my notes and voice where making a huge difference, I was singing for connected and also with some support. I went to GHNATS and also placed in the final rounds. His technique helped a lot, his technique is very unique and very helpful when it comes to singing on the breath and also support. His style of teaching is very clear and he gives you tips / comments on what to work for during the week prior to the next lessons. He suggests a journal which is pretty standard in every voice studio the professor usually asks to keep a "practice log"

Dr. Bruton is very personal with every single one of his students, and is very caring and passionate for all his studios. His passion really shows in the way he teaches and the way he focuses on every student he works with. I learned a lot from him, not only voice technique but also acting and how to break down an aria / art song. His method of analyzing the dramatic text from the literature is very helpful in performance. By the time I finished my studies and Junior recital al SJCC, I was singing repertoire by Duparc, Respighi, and heavy / dramatic roles for the Tenor voice because his technique allowed me to do so without tiring or hurting my voice which is a crucial thing. He is very pro vocal health and would not make you do anything that would hurt the instrument, which is great in a voice professor.

Dr. Bruton's help and teachings I was able to successfully apply, audition and got accepted to some of the most prestigious music schools in the nation for voice. Because of his technique and help, I was accepted to Cincinnati Conservatory, UNT, UT at Austin and also I was in the top 40 auditioners for admission to The Curtis Institute, which only two out of those 40 receive acceptance every once a year.

If it wasn't for his time and effort, I would have not been able to get to where I am today and probably the future. If you live in an area where he teaches at, I strongly invite any future voice major who is starting to invest time especially if you go to any of the schools Dr. Bruton gives lessons at. You will learn so so much and will be 1000% worth it. He has opened many doors for me and he can do the same for you.

I have nothing but great, amazing, positive things to say about him. I could keep going on and on. His love for his students and job really shine through in every lesson.

He is the most amazing human being, teacher and the best voice teacher I have ever studied with or that I have been around of.
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Raul September 28, 2016
Classical Voice · In studio
I started voice lessons with Dr. Bruton in 2014

When I first started my voice was really bad, I had a range of a 6th. I could not sing "legato" and everything was nasally and bright. I could not act nor felt comfortable on stage when I had to in our studio voice labs. As the first year went by, my notes and voice where making a huge difference, I was singing for connected and also with some support. I went to GHNATS and also placed in the final rounds. His technique helped a lot, his technique is very unique and very helpful when it comes to singing on the breath and also support. His style of teaching is very clear and he gives you tips / comments on what to work for during the week prior to the next lessons. He suggests a journal which is pretty standard in every voice studio the professor usually asks to keep a "practice log"

Dr. Bruton is very personal with every single one of his students, and is very caring and passionate for all his studios. His passion really shows in the way he teaches and the way he focuses on every student he works with. I learned a lot from him, not only voice technique but also acting and how to break down an aria / art song. His method of analyzing the dramatic text from the literature is very helpful in performance. By the time I finished my studies and Junior recital al SJCC, I was singing repertoire by Duparc, Respighi, and heavy / dramatic roles for the Tenor voice because his technique allowed me to do so without tiring or hurting my voice which is a crucial thing. He is very pro vocal health and would not make you do anything that would hurt the instrument, which is great in a voice professor.

Dr. Bruton's help and teachings I was able to successfully apply, audition and got accepted to some of the most prestigious music schools in the nation for voice. Because of his technique and help, I was accepted to Cincinnati Conservatory, UNT, UT at Austin and also I was in the top 40 auditioners for admission to The Curtis Institute, which only two out of those 40 receive acceptance every once a year.

If it wasn't for his time and effort, I would have not been able to get to where I am today and probably the future. If you live in an area where he teaches at, I strongly invite any future voice major who is starting to invest time especially if you go to any of the schools Dr. Bruton gives lessons at. You will learn so so much and will be 1000% worth it. He has opened many doors for me and he can do the same for you.

I have nothing but great, amazing, positive things to say about him. I could keep going on and on. His love for his students and job really shine through in every lesson.

He is the most amazing human being, teacher and the best voice teacher I have ever studied with or that I have been around of.
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Zachary B.

Zachary B.

Houston, TX 77062
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$45 / 30-min

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