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About Michael J.

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Milwaukee, WI

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Michael has been a drums/percussion/guitar and Chess instructor for over 8 years. Having studied and performed all styles of music, from Jazz, Blues, Rock, Symphonic Band and Marching Band music, he has a firm knowledge of varies styles of music and techniques.

Michael currently works as a percussion instructor for UW-Waukesha and Wauwatosa East High School. He has also been a private instructor at White House of Music, Uncle Bob's Music Center, the Theater on Main in Oconomowoc and currently owns and operates a private studio in West Allis, WI.

As a Chess instructor, he has worked and managed a private Chess Academy in Milwaukee since 2008. He works exclusively with schools districts like Wauwatosa, Hartland, Milwaukee and many private schools for their after school chess program.

*** Lesson Details ***
The lessons with Mi
chael will cover a wide variety of topics and areas. Each lesson will focus on at least 2 different topics with an emphasis on what the student would like to work on.

Drums/percussion: Main areas of focus will include rudiments, basic drum set patterns, reading music, proper technique and what the student would like to learn.

Guitar: Areas of focus include open/bar chords, strumming, scales and applying those lessons to the music a student likes and wants to learn.

Chess: Based on experience, students will learn basic movement to advance strategy. Maneuvers like Forks, Pins, Skewers, openings and end game are all included in the lessons.

*** Studio Equipment ***
My studio is equipped with everything needed for each student. All supplies and major instruments provided. My studio is NOT a basement or private residence. The studio is located in the main business district of West Allis along with 80 other businesses.

*** Specialties ***
Drums: reading music, rudiments, proper technique. I teach mainly out of the book Basic Drumming by Joel Rothman

Guitar: Open chord and bar chord strumming that applies to learning the songs a student wants to learn.
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Ariana E. March 5, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Mike is very patient with my daughter. My daughter looks forward to and is excited about going to every lesson so far!!
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Richard March 5, 2016
· Drum · In studio
Lessons with Michael are fun, challenging and rewarding! He motivates me to do better and is flexible with my changing schedule. I look forward to continued lessons with Michael. Thank you all concerned.
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Nathan February 23, 2016
· Drum · In studio
First lesson went well. Michael is very helpful.
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Michael J.

Michael J.

Milwaukee, WI 53214
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About Gabriel H.

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I graduated with a BA in jazz studies from Columbia in 2007 and have been teaching since 2005. I have played in many different projects, covering many styles including Rock, Jazz, Latin, Hip hop, classical, orchestral, and country. So, I have a strong understanding on the specifics of each of these styles, and a big part of my lesson plan is to teach my students to be as versatile as possible. Hence they have many options as far as playing music. I also play a wide variety of instruments including Piano, Latin Percussion, Mallets, Drum set, Guitar, and bass, so if at any point a student has an interest in trying something different t they have many options.

*** Lesson Details ***
Gabriel has been drumming professionally for nearly a decade, and teaching for seven years. In 2007 Gabriel received his BA in Jazz Studies/percussion pe
rformance from Columbia college Chicago, where he studied Drumset with Chicago legend Tom Hipskind, conga virtuoso's Rubin Alverez, and Giovanni Hildalgo, and studio vibraphonist Rick Embach. Gabriel has a high success rate with his students including the winner of the "Heat Strokes" drum competition 2007, Joey Handley. Gabriel's method of teaching is relaxed, yet enthusiastic he strives for making even the most complex musical ideas as simple as possible, and overall making learning fun.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music, Music Stands, Acoustic Piano, Keyboard, Fender Rhodes, Drum Set, Hand Drums, Guitars, Bass, metronome, amps, computer and more!

*** Travel Equipment ***
When teaching at a student's home I am able to bring: Music, Music Stand, Drum Sticks, Hand Drum, Guitar, Bass, Computer, metronome and more!

*** Specialties ***
I work out of various books for drums: Stick Control, Advanced Bop Drumming, A Funky Primer for The Rock Drummer, and also have an assortment of my own exercises and rudiments.
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Barbara October 7, 2016
· Drum · In home
I had my first lesson with Gabriel today. He created a relaxed atmosphere. He based the lesson on my needs and goals. He is an excellent teacher. The 45 Min. of lesson time went quickly. I'm ready to practice and improve my drumming skills.
I'm happy I chose to take drum lessons with Gabriel.
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William W. September 7, 2016
· Guitar · In home
William LOVED his first lesson with Gabe! He was so patient and put him right to work - which was great! We look forward to next week.
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Terrance M. February 22, 2016
· Piano · In studio
He was very patient with my 5 year old
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Gabriel H.

Gabriel H.

Milwaukee, WI 53212
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About Keith W.

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*** Travel Equipment ***
Student must provide their own instrument and private place for lesson with NO distractions

*** Specialties ***
Although I can teach beginning and advanced guitar techniques my specialty is Jazz guitar as I am a professional jazz guitarist.
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Keith W.

Keith W.

Milwaukee, WI 53218
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$25 / 30-min

About Becky H.

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Becky H. instructs students on beginning through advanced flute, clarinet, and saxophone as well as beginner through intermediate oboe. She earned a Bachelor's degree in Instrumental Music Education (K-12) from UW-Platteville in 2001 and has been teaching private and group lessons since 1998. Becky currently teaches at Brass Bell Music Store and at her home studio.

Becky has played and currently plays with many local groups in the greater Milwaukee area. Some groups of note include: Brew City Big Band, Wauwatosa Community Concert Band, Tosa Jazz, Shorewood Summer Community Band, Cardinal Stritch University Concert Band, and more. Becky also frequently plays in pit orchestras for local musical productions for theater companies such as Sunset Playhouse, DSHA (Divine Savior Holy Angels) Theater, Shorewood Players, Port Washington Players,
University School of Milwaukee Theater and more.

In addition to performing, Becky is a certified Master Level Adjudicator for the WSMA Solo and Ensemble Music Festivals. She also has significant experience coaching students to prepare for the WSMA Solo & Ensemble music festivals, State Honors Ensemble auditions, MYSO auditions, UWAY auditions, college auditions and more. Many of Becky's students have gone on to major in music performance or music education.

Becky tailors her lessons to each individual student's needs, interests, and goals. She strives to make music fun for every student!

*** Lesson Details ***
Becky tailors her lessons to each individual student's needs, interests, and goals. She has significant experience coaching students to prepare for the WSMA Solo & Ensemble music festivals, State Honors Ensemble auditions, MYSO auditions, UWAY auditions, college auditions and more.

Becky strives to make music fun for every student regardless of their ability!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Private studio space. Chairs. Music Stands. Piano. Music. Metronome. Tuner. Personal instruments.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Music. Music Stand. Metronome. Tuner. Personal instruments.

*** Specialties ***
Preparing students for the WSMA Solo & Ensemble music festivals, State Honors Ensemble auditions, MYSO auditions, UWAY auditions, college auditions and more.

Jazz Ensemble, Concert Band, Orchestral, and Classical performance and more.

Instruments taught and performed: Flute, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, and Baritone Saxophone.
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Rebecca April 25, 2017
· Flute · In home
Becky was a phenomenal instructor! She has a genuine enthusiasm for teaching and music is obviously a large part of her life. She provides great analogies to help her students grasp concepts. And she inquired about my goals and was a great resource for pursuing them. I had to suspend my lessons because life got a little too busy, but if I find the time again, I'd definitely look to return to her for instruction.
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Serafina W. December 10, 2016
· Flute · In studio
Very friendly, great teaching ability.
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Nedra August 16, 2015
· Flute · In studio
My daughter was shy in the beginning, but Becky made her feel special and happy. She always encouraged her and praised her for all her progress no matter how small. She is a wonderful instructor.
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Becky H.

Becky H.

Milwaukee, WI 53212
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About Paul N.

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***My goal as a teacher***

I try to teach what the students are interested in and make it fun and interesting so that they learn the lessons and their favorite songs. Every student is different and needs to be taught in a way that makes learning easy and fun for them.

I have a passion for all people and all ages and am blessed to be able to teach from the very young, (ages 2-5 Toddlermusik lessons) to teens and adults.....all the way to senior citizens. I've had many older students all the way up to a 93 year old gentleman who is taking singing lessons and asked me to put music to his lyrics. We have recorded over 50 songs together.

***Background***

I started playing trumpet in 5th grade and knew that music was for me. I also liked playing with drums and piano also because they seemed exciting. I've competed in WSMA (Wi
sconsin School Music Assoc.) for many years which taught me a lot about performing for judges, being relaxed, and the importance of preparation.

I started playing the guitar and bass guitar when I was 13 and have never stopped practicing and performing since. I also have done a lot of writing, recording, producing, and have a Pro Tools Studio for students to use.

***College and Teaching***

I began teaching music lessons in college and enjoyed it very much. I received my B.A. in Music from the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point. There I was very much involved with guitar, piano, voice, trumpet, and being in bands and writing music. After receiving my B.A. I also took 3 years of Education classes at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. I write, produce, and perform my music along with performing with bands around the Midwest.

***Life in Music***

After receiving my B.A. in Music, I continued teaching and opened up my home studio. After a year and a half I had enough students that I was able to quit my factory job and teach music full time. I've been teaching, performing, and writing music ever since.

***Performing and more***

I have been on stage performing music since I was 11. In school band, marching band, competing in music competitions, and in bands touring the Midwest.

I have recorded many CDs with bands and on my own. My most ambitious project was a CD of my original music called, "Girls". I've performed my music and promoted it by being interviewed on Milwaukee radio stations along with internet music sites such as CD Baby. It is very exciting talking on live radio about my music and my passion. It is also even more exciting, and scary, playing my music live on the radio, lol.

***Instruments Taught***

I have been teaching for over 2 decades. Students take lessons for:
* guitar (electric / acoustic)
* piano
* voice
* drums
* trumpet
* saxophone
* harmonica
* music theory / ear training
* studio recording / songwriting

I also give kindermusik lessons to 2-5 year old all the way up to senior citizens 70-93. I play parties, concerts, and Nursing Home performances.

I am experienced as an online (Skype) instructor, and I have taught online lessons worldwide. I've witnessed great results from my online students (both national and international).

I hope I can help you with all of your musical goals and get you going in a positive musical direction.

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Brian July 23, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
I meet Paul about three months ago, While not a complete beginner, I had tried to teach myself thru out the years and picked up a lot of bad habits. Paul helped me to see and fix my habits. Paul is a very qualified teacher, of many instruments, drums, keyboards, guitar, and others. I'm 59 years old, Paul doesn't mind my age, doesn't treat me like I'm too old to learn new stuff. And is more than willing to see me thru complete guitar instruction. Thanks Paul...
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Steve May 11, 2017
· Harmonica · In studio
Good start to my first music lesson in my life
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Johnny D. March 28, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Awesome job. Made it fun, easy to understand and listed to what my goals are. Fantastic teacher
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Paul N.

Paul N.

Milwaukee, WI 53227
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About David R.

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Waukesha, WI

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I have been giving guitar lessons for 10 years and playing guitar since I was 12 years old. I will customize each lesson to meet your needs and give you the tools that you need to achieve your goals. Along the way, I will broaden your horizons to accomplish more than you thought possible!
I have 15 years of experience playing in bands with a wide variety of music styles. I also have experience with song writing and recording as well as performing. I can help you learn to play Pop, Rock, Classical, Country, Bluegrass, Folk, Heavy Metal, and Thrash Metal music.
If you have any questions, just ask. Don't forget to click the "GREEN BUTTON" to get started right away!
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Lucas B. August 30, 2016
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
It's always overwhelming when your trying out a new instrument for the first time but David is the one to show you in the right direction. In just a short hour, he had showed me the basic principle on how to play and how to read the notes off the page which were greatly helpful. I can't wait to go to my next session!
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Kevin R. August 12, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Very nice and friendly instructor. I sure will recommend Dave.
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Jerry January 25, 2016
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
I really like taking guitar lessons from Dave R. He makes the lessons fun and I learn a lot! I can He show all my friends and my mom the new songs that I'm learning. Dave R. is very patient with me if I have trouble learning something. never rushes me and lets me learn at my own speed.
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David R.

David R.

Waukesha, WI 53186
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About Sarah A.

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I am a music teacher in Southeastern Wisconsin, specializing in clarinet and harp. I graduated from VanderCook College of Music, and previously studied clarinet at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music. I have been playing harp for more than 15 years, performing for various events, both as a soloist and in ensembles. Clarinet and Saxophone were next, widening my performance experience, and inspiring me to continue learning to play and teach various instruments. I added other woodwind and brass instruments into my repertoire until I became a certified K-12 music teacher. I still perform, but my main focus will always be teaching!

Instrumental lessons are ideal for school music students, but are available for anyone who wants to learn. Your goals determine our progression, and it's never too late to start!

Harp can be a daunting instrument
for beginners, and I strive to make it as accessible as possible. Students may choose to play on my harp for as long as they would like before purchasing their own instrument.
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Sarah A.

Sarah A.

Milwaukee, WI 53215
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$43 / 30-min

About Coltyn V.

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I am a professional singer in the Milwaukee area currently performing with a band that plays original pop/rock music and as a member of several professional choruses, such as Bel Canto, in which I am a section leader and soloist. I learned to sing by taking lessons at a young age which progressed into a degree in vocal music education from Wisconsin Lutheran College in Milwaukee. After teaching at two different schools in the Greater Milwaukee Area I moved onto teaching individual voice lessons, as it fit my teaching style better.

Students taking lessons in my studio can expect to learn something new every week while reviewing old material to maintain peak performance level. I pick lessons based on fixing flaws in individual voices that I hear as well as building strengths. I've narrowed all vocal techniques into a list of seven categor
ies, from which I pick one per week to focus on. The list is: 1. Thinking 2. Posture 3. Breathing 4. Phonation 5. Resonance 6. Articulation and 7. Communication.

Once students understand what they are doing and how to control it, they will be able to sing whatever style song they would like. It is my philosophy that good singing should never be an accident.
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Coltyn V.

Coltyn V.

Milwaukee, WI 53220
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$34 / 30-min

About Krystal E.

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I have been teaching private trumpet lessons since 2006 and have been playing professionally for nearly as long. I received my Bachelor of Music in Instrumental Music Education (505, 506) from University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in 2009. I spent a year teaching privately and gigging, and went back to school for my Master of Music in 2010. I graduated from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2013 with my Master of Music in Trumpet Performance and Wind Conducting. I spent my time at UW-M as a Graduate Conducting Associate and Teaching Assistant, working with students ranging from middle school through post-college. Since then, I have been maintaining a regular trumpet studio and freelancing in southeast Wisconsin.

I have performed in a wide variety of groups and ensembles throughout the years; consequently, I am comfortable teaching a
wide variety of styles to a variety of age groups. I have performed with the Madison Chamber Orchestra, Madison Symphony Orchestra, Lake Geneva Symphony Orchestra, and the Milwaukee Philharmonic. I am a regular member with Milwaukee Festival Brass, a European-style brass band, as principal solo cornet, as well as the Beloit-Janesville Symphony on Principal Trumpet. Contrastingly, I also freelance regularly with New Orleans-style brass bands similar to Mama Digdown’s Brass Band, jazz ensembles (I am an active member in the East Side Jazz Orchestra), funk and blues bands, in ensembles accompanying professional choirs, and for religious services in the Milwaukee area.
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Dana October 18, 2017
· Trumpet · In studio
My daughter has been taking trumpet lessons with Krystal for many years and loves her time with her. She is professional in all ways and has limitless knowledge of the instrument. My daughter has faced a few challenges since starting and Krystal has gotten her through them all, working with her to prepare my daughter to audition for and be placed as one of the youngest students in our local community youth orchestra, as well as earn first ratings on her district solos. She is beyond accommodating with our hectic schedule, which is incredibly rare for a private instructor. Krystal is a huge reason my daughter loves playing as much as she does and I cannot recommend her enough. As a parent, the most important aspects I require in a private instructor are a love of music and a love of teaching. Krystal embodies these both, and we are lucky to have found her.
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Krystal E.

Krystal E.

Milwaukee, WI 53207
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About Silver F.

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I have a bachelor's degree in violin performance from Miami University (in Ohio) and am currently pursuing a master's degree in violin pedagogy at UWM.

I believe that learning music should be a positive experience, and that learning to play an instrument greatly enhances the quality of one’s life. While teaching you or your child how to play the violin, I will also incorporate musicianship skills such as music theory, technique, ear training, and sight-reading. Above all, I will always maintain a positive learning environment. I will be using a combination of Suzuki method techniques and other methods (such as Mimi Zweig and Paul Rolland principles) and repertoire. For more info, go to my website at silverflightstudio(.)weebly(.)com (without the parentheses).
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Angela October 20, 2017
· Violin · In studio
Silver is such a caring and conscientious instructor! They are able to adapt and pull from many methodologies in order to meet the needs of the students. I felt like the instruction was tailor made for my child. What I liked most was Silver's focus on only one skill at a time and constant use of positive remarks to motivate my daughter. In addition, Silver challenged her to practice regularly. It continues to be a fantastic experience for our family.
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Silver F.

Silver F.

Milwaukee, WI 53211
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