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About Kay S.

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Avalon, WI
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About Katherine (Kay)
Taught 41 years as a band director
Principal Trumpet with Beloit/Janesville Symphony

I like to teach in a style that is functional and interesting. Students will be doing a variety of activities at each lesson. The focus will be determined by their needs.

As students become more proficient in music their enjoyment of musical activities will increase. The success of completing various levels of musical achievement will carry over to other lifetime skills.

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I will work with each student depending on their individual needs. We will strive to produce steady improvement in player proficiency.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Student should have a music stand and instrument

*** Specialties ***
I like to teach based on the individual. I have taught group and private lessons. The materials I use are varied, with an emphas
is on scales, theory, and also some duet playing. I also like to incorporate some music history into each lesson. I feel that each student needs to work from known to the new areas. I often use supplementary materials (solos or small ensembles) to reinforce my teaching.
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VICTORIA June 22, 2016
· Drum · In home
Kay is awesome. My daughter loved her. She is very patience and kept Victoria engaged.
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Angelique B. June 7, 2015
· Saxophone · In studio
Kay is very knowledgeable, kind and accommodating. She is very encouraging and never makes me feel dumb when I hit a sour note. (As a beginning beginner, that happens a lot!) I am amazed at how much I have learned in such a short time!
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Kay S.

Kay S.

Avalon, WI 53505
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About Lyle R.

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Sun Prairie, WI

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About Lyle
- Degree in Music Theory / History from University of Wisconsin - Whitewater.
- 25 years' teaching and performing experience.
- Fluent in all electric styles, plus acoustic and classical.

*** Lesson Details ***
I like to cover the fundamentals while focusing on your personal goals. All stages of ability are welcome, from rank novice to pro. We'll determine what you wish to learn, and build a roadmap to get there.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Home Office in his Townhouse: Music stand, recording equipment, two chairs.

*** Specialties ***
All types of jazz, from swing to modern. Rock, Metal, Blues and Country. Composition and improvisation.
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Mack M. November 7, 2017
· Banjo · Online
When the lesson started we got right to the point and decided the best direction to take with the limited experience I have. I have goals for the next lesson and something to work with and someone to help me along the way.
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Mack M. November 7, 2017
· Banjo · Online
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· Banjo · Online
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Lyle R.

Sun Prairie, WI 53590
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About William D.

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Madison, WI
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About William
I love teaching and feel that I have a gift for it. I have taught over 250 students - all ages, levels, and styles - who would describe me as a patient, consistent and authentic teacher who gets great results, while maintaining a positive, low pressure teaching environment. My teaching style is "student centered." I believe it is important for students to learn and understand music at their own pace and on there own terms in order to achieve the best results. It is my job to take every opportunity to encourage students' interests while providing them with the tools, skills and knowledge that will transform those interests into unlimited musical abilities.

I am very good with children and served as the Program Coordinator (and guitar teacher) for the Salvation Army Creative Arts Program for Youth in Billings, MT. During my time ther
e I instructed over 200 young people ages 6 to 18. It was a wonderful experience. However, I wanted to boost my skills as a teacher and performer. I auditioned and was accepted, with a scholarship, to the Masters of Music program in guitar performance at Arizona State University. Since, then I have earned my M.M. and am teaching full time in the central Phoenix area.

Styles: Classical, Rock, Jazz, Blues, Popular, Folk
(I specialize in Classical Guitar)

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How I Teach Guitar:

I am a patient, consistent and authentic teacher who maintains a positive, low pressure teaching environment. My teaching style is "student centered." I believe it is important for students to learn and understand music at their own pace and on there own terms in order to achieve the best results. I do not "harp on" students to practice more, but rather, I am constantly searching for ways to instill self-motivation in my students. I will teach my students whatever they want to learn. However, I teach currently with their music of interest, a progressive curriculum of technique and theory based repertoire that will enhance playing for any style of guitar. Specifically, all of my students are taught to read music - not just classical and jazz students, but rock and blues students too. Also, I think performing is very important for a student of music, so I have frequent student recitals. Recitals are a lot of fun and a good way for students to feel proud about their progression. I like to have recitals every three months and have all of my students play some music that they have been learning. I believe student recitals should be a "no pressure" event, so I never make students play in them if they don't want to. But, really, they always want to.

What my students should expect to get from my teaching:

I believe each student progresses at their own rate and students progress the fastest when they are interested. I help my students to continually progress, and more importantly, I help them become more and more interested in playing music. My students will be surprised at their own abilities as they develop a love for playing the guitar.

Curriculum,  I use a myriad of curriculum and books from the Suzuki Method to that of my own. I really try to custom make a different curriculum for each student. In general, I will use a method book specific to the style of music that the student is learning, and with that will assign solo's and other technique building repertoire in addition to music that the student is requesting to learn.

Practice:

I have no specific time requirements for at home practice, but I strongly suggest daily practice to all my students (I give younger students a practice schedule checklist to help them to remember). Inevitably, students who don't practice will quit playing.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Couch and plenty of room for parents to sit in studio as well as a waiting room. Guitars available for use.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect the student to provide their own instrument for in home lessons.

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I can teach all styles of guitar beginner to advanced. My greatest strength is classical guitar, but I enjoy teaching any style. I have taught drums and piano both at a beginner and intermediate level. I incorporate music theory into all of my teaching. I have never taught composition, but I have written and recorded any popular songs and instrumental compositions and am certain I could teach up to an intermediate level.
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Julie M. May 20, 2013
· Guitar ·
Great teacher

Professional. Talented. Very supportive and encouraging.
I wanted new skills, feedback and direction out of taking lessons and I get that in every session. I feel like I am making real progress in learning to play the guitar!
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Gil S. May 3, 2013
· Guitar ·
Patient, reliable and effective

Bill has been teaching my six year old son for several months and I am amazed at his progress, Bill is a patient, reliable and effective teacher. I would strongly recommend him.
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FredR April 24, 2012
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Bill is an excellent instructor. He is very student focused and is highly skilled in guitar techniques. I enjoy our sessions and I am learning.
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William D.

Madison, WI 53703
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About Emily W.

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Los Angeles, CA

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I teach to help people find their inner rock star. Everyone can sing! But for many people, fear is an obstacle. I know firsthand how much courage it takes to stand up and sing. I teach to help others experience the same healing I have experienced through music. My approach to singing is informed by my education and years of performance experience. I teach my students how to embrace their fears and move through them to the other side. I also facilitate a supportive student/teacher relationship based upon mutual respect and kindness. Most importantly, I encourage my students to trust themselves and their innate musical gifts. This develops their self confidence and ultimately leads them to their purest, most authentic sound.

I also teach the more experienced singer how to fine tune their instrument. Everyone can learn to sing with ease.
I understand the frustration that comes from wanting to sing without tension or feeling restricted in range or ability. I spent years feeling unsure about my vocal abilities until I learned how to develop a truly solid vocal foundation. I can teach you the tools that I continue to use for my own singing today.

I lived and breathed music and singing throughout my childhood, and I continue to today. I have over fifteen years of classical music training and performance experience. I attended California State University Northridge where I studied classical voice, art song, and opera performance. Since attaining my Bachelor of Music in Vocal Arts I have performed opera and musical theatre professionally across Los Angeles. I have since left opera performance to focus on my true musical passions: pop, R&B, jazz, musical theatre, and teaching.

**Lesson Details**
I tailor my teaching to each student's needs and desires. I teach all levels of singing, child to adult, beginner to advanced. If you are a beginner, I will quickly help you understand and access your instrument. If you are a more experienced singer, I will help you identify your opportunities for growth and we start from there. I focus on releasing tension and building a strong core foundation. You will learn how to develop consistent breath control, expand your range, and grow your voice into a powerful and beautiful sound! **Please note: I am not a trained pianist or accompanist. I focus on vocal technique, vocal production, and vocal expression. I do not accompany my students on the piano when we work on songs/repertoire.**

**Studio Equipment**
Piano
Acoustic guitar
Music stand
ZoomH2 microphone and recording device
Access to a wide selection of popular, classical, and musical theatre sheet music

**Specialties**
I teach the same technique for all styles of singing - pop, R&B, jazz, gospel, musical theatre, and classical. I help my students make minor changes for each style, but the core foundational technique remains the same. I specialize in breath support, vocal chord closure, range expansion, vocal register negotiation, body alignment, relieving tension, healthy belting, emotional support, and acting for singers.
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Emma August 10, 2017
· Singing · In home
As a college student in a women's chorus, I have already learned how to sing chorus-style at school. This summer I took lessons with Emily in order to gain technique and confidence in more contemporary singing. In addition to providing a flexible schedule and an accommodating environment in her home, Emily worked with my specific needs and taught me a lot in a short amount of time. She does a great job of explaining how sound resonates within your mouth and articulating how to "tune your instrument" so that your voice travels freely and sounds strong. Three months ago I had no idea how to belt, and now I have a pretty solid understanding of how it works. If you are practicing a specific song, Emily can communicate the specific techniques used by the artist, as well as help you decide what works well for your own voice. I couldn't imagine a better experience this summer than learning from Emily.
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Rosa Maria Yoshida August 7, 2017
· Singing · Online
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Kari July 15, 2017
· Singing · In home
I'd never taken vocal lessons before I met Emily so I had no idea what to expect.
My boyfriend starting working with her on his voice and vocal skills for about a year, and I noticed very significant changes in his voice fairly quickly. He sounded better every week, so I decided to start taking lessons as well.
I've always enjoyed singing, and used to sing socially when I was younger, but my job schedule really didn't allow for that anymore. To invest time and energy into myself, I decided to start singing again, and Emily is ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC! She is very patient, and teaches a great technique - she explains everything is very tangible terms. She is also very intuitive and knows when you need a little push to move past any insecurities or fears that you may not hit a note. To round the experience out, she is a very fun person! After 7 lessons with her, I can very honestly say that I can sing much more freely and always look forward to my next lesson.
I cannot sing her praises enough, and highly recommend you schedule a lesson with her.
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About Wei C.

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New York, NY
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I hold a piano performance major master degree in New York University and a Music education bachelor degree in Xi'an conservatory of Music in China.
My working background includes serving as an adjunct teaching faculty in New York University Steinhardt, where I gained more than 1000 hours of teaching experience in two years. My students are undergraduate level non piano-major students coming from diverse cultural and educational backgrounds.
I have experience of learning piano pedagogy for two years as I get my bachelor degree in Music Education. Then I put them into use when I was teaching. With a strong believe that learning music will benefit one’s whole lifetime, I’m devoted to promote music and hoping to bring happiness to all my students.
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Wei C.

Online
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$35 / 30-min
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About Kay S.

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Whitewater, WI

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Greetings, my name is Kay Sparling. I have been singing and acting professionally since the age of 8. I started in Broadway Musicals and am presently an Opera and Sacred singer. I have a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education and a Masters in Voice Performance. I have taught private voice lessons in New York City and southeast Wisconsin. My students vary in age from upper elementary to adult professional singers. These students are performing in schools, community theatres, professional dinner theatres, and professional stages in WI, Las Vegas, New York and L.A. The vocal technique I teach is unique and gives fast results. I love singing and helping other singers and actors reach their goals!
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Kasara April 10, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Kay is great to work with and extremely flexible in scheduling lessons. She has so many helpful suggestions and exercises to try. I have been taking voice lessons for years and even have a degree in music and taking voice lessons with Kay has changed my singing and helped me advance as a singer.
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Anna March 4, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Kay is the kindest and best voice teacher I have ever had! Not only does she train you in proven and highly skilled breathing techniques, but she also improves the quality, tone & stamina of your voice. It's life-changing! Her techniques really work! And she truly cares about each one of her students, young or old. If you're skilled & looking for a new voice teacher or just to try lessons for the first time, I whole-heartedly recommend Kay!
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Tim February 28, 2017
· Singing · In studio
I'm looking forward to learning more with Kay. She's super knowledgeable and professional. I've been in the rock scene for many years, now it's time to learn how to sing properly and I feel confident that Kay will deliver!
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Kay S.

Kay S.

Whitewater, WI 53190
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About Ethan W.

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Madison, WI
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My name is Ethan. I'm a trombone player in the Madison WI area. I received a Bachelors degree in Music Education from Missouri State University and I'm currently working on my Master of Music Performance at University of Wisconsin-Madison.

I have taught private trombone lessons since June of 2014. Currently I teach private lessons at Madison East High School and at Rhapsody Arts Center in Verona, WI.
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Ethan W.

Ethan W.

Madison, WI 53703
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$15 / 30-min

About Alex C.

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North Hollywood, CA

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Hello prospective students!
I am a kind, reliable and patient person as well as an accomplished musician, teacher and producer. My experience singing and teaching covers virtually any style including pop, jazz, rock, rnb, musical theater and more. I’ve been very lucky to have amazing teachers in my life from Berklee to Julliard who not only have empowered me with the skillset to succeed in music but also the freedom to be myself. My aim is to continue this tradition by enriching the lives of my students with knowledge and a role model as well as having fun in the process. Thank you for your consideration.

ABOUT ME:
I have over twenty years experience singing. My background in music performance is very rich. I started when I was four in church choir then moved on to starring in the school musicals then to having my own rock band that wo
n a statewide rock band competition and played a major festival.

Following High School, I got accepted in the prestigious Berklee College of Music as a voice principal. There I was able to study with some of the top teachers in the world from Janice Pendarvis to Donna McElroy and others. In addition to taking lessons on voice, I also studied music production and ultimately graduated in 2014 with a degree in Contemporary Writing and Production. Now with Berklee under my belt, I was able to sing, write, and produce professional quality songs.

Following music school, I moved to LA to further my music career. Since being here, I made it to the judges round of America’s Got Talent where I sang in front of 4,000 people including Simon Cowell. I also linked up with Warner Brothers Entertainment as a writer and producer and have finished three contracts for them. One of my originals songs was recently featured on “The Real” on BET four times.
I also had the privilege of traveling the world as a singer with Carnival Cruise Lines singing all genres of music from Motown to rock to the music of today.
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Joseph November 21, 2017
· Singing · In home
Never have I felt more certain about a teacher than with Alex. Not only are his voice skills amazing, but his teaching style is friendly and encouraging, and I felt very comfortable pushing myself to try new techniques in front of him. I really recommend him as a teacher to any new students or anyone trying to improve, because you’re learning from one of the best.
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Alex C.

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