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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.

*** Lesson Details ***
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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$25 / 30-min

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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Evie June 14, 2018
· Ukulele · In studio
Evie came back very proud of what she learned in her first lesson & excited for more.
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Danielle March 7, 2018
· Piano · In studio
I am thoroughly enjoying my piano lessons so far! Lyle is very accommodating, fun, and great teacher! I am looking forward to many more lessons. Thanks Lyle!
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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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Lyle R.

Lyle R.

Sun Prairie, WI 53590
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$25 / 30-min

About Helen Q.

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Summerfield, FL

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About Helen
I have over 40 years of playing piano for enjoyment and as accompanist for several musical productions and choral groups, and, 10 years of teaching experience. I can teach children or adults, and beginner to intermediate is my specialty. I also have experience with teaching special needs children (ADHD and Autism). HOME SCHOOLERS don't forget - I am available to come to your home to fulfill your music requirements!

*** Lesson Details ***
As a busy mom of four children, I can fully appreciate your time as very valuable. That is why I will come to YOUR home for YOUR piano lesson. I will make it as convenient as possible for you - daytime, afternoon or evening! I love to have fun while teaching. Laughter is part of the great time we will have! I adore watching the student learn and grasp the concepts of piano and duets are a great way t
o get both of us involved. Each student is an individual and pace will vary with each student. We will learn using the Faber's Piano Adventure series of books. Our time will be used for learning a lesson or two from the book, a performance piece is worked on until perfected, and piano theory will be learned along the way. You will need to practice everyday and everything will noted in a workbook. Either if you have been away from the piano and need a refresher or you have the desire to learn, I am ready for you with my total interactive method.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Have a keyboard I can bring and extra books

*** Travel Equipment ***
I have a keyboard and extra books I can bring with me. I can shop for the books so they don't have to. They just need to pay for the books and I get them. Convenience is my goal for you.

*** Specialties ***
Faber Music Adventures
Beginner-Intermediate Students
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James June 19, 2018
· Piano · In home
“Helen is phenomenal. She understands how to connect with children. what a great teacher. She will be missed tremendously.”
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Ruth June 19, 2018
· Piano · In home
“We have truly enjoyed working with Helen! She is extremely talented and her patience with our kids has been unmatched! She really has a gift for matching their skill level with their attention span and somehow getting them to learn! We also love her recitals, they are small, casual and intimate, like a way family gathering.”
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Heidi June 19, 2018
· Piano · In home
“Helen Quinlan have been our family's piano teacher for 6 years, and she is fantastic. From the day she walked in the door she has brought a lot of joy an d eagerness for the kids to play the piano. She is great with teaching a 4 year old or our teenagers, she is a true gift and we highly recommend her as a piano teacher.”
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Helen Q.

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About Darrell V.

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Austin, TX

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About Darrell
Why these lessons are different:
- Formally trained conductor/composer/producer
- Individual or group session options including full band production
- A long roster of satisfied clients
- Broad base of musical styles (rock, classical, jazz, blues, metal, bluegrass, folk, theater, big band, symphonic, pop, punk, country, march, gospel, avant-garde...)
- Over 20 yrs teaching experience and work with recognized professionals including work in some of the top-rated private schools in the United States
- Over 30 years performing experience

Instrument-specific instruction:
- Voice
- Guitar [Spanish, acoustic, electric]
- Electric Bass
- Piano/Keyboard
- Woodwinds [specializing in saxophones]
- Percussion
- Brass & Bowed Strings [performance preparation only]

My process is based on (but does not adhere strictly to
) the Classical approach to Western tonal harmony and asks that the students develop certain fundamentals of technique and theory. In my experience, this structure creates the strongest foundation for pupils to build the rest of their musical lives on, whether professionally or solely for personal enjoyment. All of my students are on the fast track to studying music theory. Whatever level they are at when I start with them, I guide their efforts into bringing the students up to a certain level of comprehension regarding the mathematical aspects of music and how it relates to their instruments. This understanding of theoretical principles of sound allows the students to play any style of music they wish, no matter how their tastes may change throughout their lives.

Curriculum Gradation:
Elements of rhythm
Elements of pitch
Elements of dynamics
Elements of articulation
Reading/Writing notation
Tone development
Finding/Expanding your range
Dexterity, speed, and accuracy
How to project
How to advance to the next level
Music theory
Playing by ear
Improvisational techniques
Finding your signature style
Expression/Lyricism
Composition/Arrangement
Project Management
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George July 20, 2018
· Arrangement and Composition · In home
Just completed another project with Dr D and I'm always impressed with his work ethic. His arrangement and production skills are top notch.
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Magnus July 9, 2018
· Songwriting · In home
The smell of smoke was intense. My son didn’t feel comfortable.
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Dulcie C. December 27, 2017
· Singing · In home
My 16 year old son loves his lessons with Darrell and looks forward to them every week. He'd been taking guitar lessons elsewhere that were okay-ish, but this is so much more. Darrell is great, not only does he get along with and make my son want to learn, but at the same time they are working on voice, he is also teaching keyboard and working on the guitar! We really couldn't have asked for a better instructor.
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Darrell V.

Darrell V.

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About Ethan W.

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Madison, WI
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About Ethan
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
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Madison, WI

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About Sherman
Hello, my name is Sherman and I'm currently a student at the University of Wisconsin Madison. I've played piano for about 14 years, and I participated in my high school orchestra for all 4 years. I passed the Grade 8 Piano Exam for ABRSM (Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music) and I've completed the Diploma test for ABRSM. I've very excited to be helping young kids finding their love and passion and music and I will also help them stay committed to it.
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Sherman N.

Sherman N.

Madison, WI 53706
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$25 / 30-min

About Dayna N.

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Selden, NY
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About Dayna
Hello!,

My classical training began at age 10, when I started to play the viola. From there, I was able to translate my musical skills to violin, guitar, piano, voice, composition, and songwriting.

Originally a biology major at SUNY Purchase College, I quickly became restless knowing that I was unable to focus on music enough. So, I switched it up, followed my passion, and began studying music theory and production. Since then, my life has been focused on teaching, performing, writing, and recording music- and I wouldn't have it any other way!
It's been quite a journey, and I can't wait to share all that I've learned along the way with you.

Whether you are just starting out, or are looking to further the knowledge you already have, I will meet you at where you are, and help you to achieve your personal goals.

Together we can work o
n technique, theory, improvisation, ear-training, songwriting, and more!
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Veronique October 24, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
I am a beginner and I was very nervous about taking guitar lessons at first. However, Miss Dayna made it so easy for me to learn by using relatable words to explain the techniques and concepts involved with playing guitar. Great teacher!
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Dayna N.

Dayna N.

Online
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$50 / 30-min

About Rush F.

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Chicago, IL

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About Rush
I'm hoping to get to work with students who want to dive right into mastering their camera and all it has to offer, whether we're shooting on film or digital, both of which I can offer instruction in. Learning to be in absolute control of your camera and how your settings will affect your photos is key to creating your images & making sure they come out exactly the way you envision them. Our time together will be a full immersion into light-writing. Over the years, I have had approximately 4 years of cumulative formal instruction on the subject, and have been freelancing since 2011, for events such as weddings, anniversaries, baby/bridal showers, graduation and engagement photos, live concerts, and just about anything else you can think of. Previously a Photography student of Daytona State College in Florida, I made the move up to Chicago
in 2015, and am currently studying at Harold Washington College. In the spring I will graduate with my Art Studio AFA. I genuinely look forward to any time spent with someone with a desire to hone their craft, and hope to bring more inspiration to those wanting to bring forth their vision. Aside from photography, I also teach a handful of other subjects that you or someone else may be interested in!
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Charlotte C. January 24, 2018
· Photography · Online
Rush is really nice and answered all my questions, he gave me tips and tricks, and different kind of photographs I could take. So if you're looking for a photography teacher then you have to give Rush a shot!
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Marcela Z. January 12, 2018
· Photography · Online
Really helpful.
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Miguel D. December 3, 2017
· Photography · In studio
Rush is awesome! He broke down the camera into easy-to-understand steps and focused on areas I was struggling with. I learned a lot in a very short amount time.
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Rush F.

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About Cherie N.

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Janesville, WI
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About Cherie
As a musician I wear many hats. I am a music director in a church, teach preschool music classes, direct a community children's choir, teach private lessons, all while still performing original music I have written and recorded in Nashville with Dove and Grammy Award Winning Producer, Phil Naish (Steven Curtis Chapman).
I believe life is more fun when you color outside the lines. I bring that philosophy to my piano teaching by encouraging my students to compose their own songs, arrange music more to their liking, play new styles of music, and finding cool songs from the internet. I've seen many students rise to great heights by jumping ship from method books to try new and exciting repertoire. I love to fine tune learning to each student's interest. Music should be a reflection of who we are.
I love working with all ages
... from young beginners to adults and I know you will meet your goals as we work together.
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Cherie N.

Cherie N.

Janesville, WI 53548
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$25 / 30-min

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