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I have been playing violin for over 15 years. I recently graduated from Loyola University with a Bachelor of Music degree in Violin Performance. I enjoy performing all over the Greater New Orleans area, whether it is playing for weddings, in an orchestra, or in chamber ensembles. I have had the opportunity to work with a wide variety of teachers and perform in several areas of the country, including Carnegie Hall in New York City and the Eastern Music Festival in Greensboro, NC. I absolutely love playing violin and sharing this love of music with my students. I am inspired by violinists Hilary Hahn and Stefan Jackiw.
I have performed since I was 7 years old. My father was a world renowned international opera star.I have sung professional opera, musical theatre, composed music (both in composition for soundtracks and my own original symphonies, as well as being a contemporary song writer).I love all types of music and have spent the last 17 years teaching students based on the strengths and personal desires. My educational but most importantly, my professional on stage experience with professional companies for the last 27 years, has enabled me with the plethora of training that has found its way into the minds and hearts of hundreds and hundreds of students for almost 20 years. Growing up in Europe and in the U.S. & Canada, I have been intimately integrated into the arts culture trenches learning and performing with the best. MOST IMPORTANTLY, I LOVE WHAT I DO AND I LOVE PASSING IT ON TO MY STUDENTS.
I'm a lifelong musician and lover of teaching. Besides being a member of the New Orleans Opera Chorus you can often catch me singing on my pedicab around the French Quarter. I've been playing music since I was a toddler and graduated in 2009 from Wesleyan University with a Bachelor of the Arts in Music Performance and Composition. I received high honors for my rock opera, Black Friday, which was performed as a part of my senior thesis.
I am a recent graduate of the LSU percussion studio. I have spent the last four years becoming a trained musician and learning how to pass on my skills to others. I have played with Orchestras, Wind Ensembles, and Percussion Ensembles. I often play classical percussion (usually timpani) around town with Universities or Churches. Outside of that, I am currently playing synthesizer, singing saw, and multi-percussion in a rock band about to release its debut album. I am also in the process of starting a country-western project and I am always working on my solo avant-garde projects. I believe it is essential to every musician to try to expand the amount of styles and genres in the repertoire.
I am an enthusiastic and knowledgeable instructor who loves sharing my love of music with students. In 2011 I graduated from Haverford College as a Music Minor and History Major. I write songs constantly and have performed hundreds of times as both a solo artist and with bands that I have formed. I have performed in Maine, Massachusetts, New York, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, California, North Carolina, Texas and Louisiana. I work every day to become a better singer, songwright, and instrumentalist, and I appreciate working with those who share a similar drive to excel. I moved to New Orleans in May 2015 and formed a local band, Poor Peter. You might catch us performing at a local venue such as The House of Blues, Circle Bar or Hi-Ho Lounge.
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The main benefit of taking music lessons is that they help instill a love of music! Students who take music lessons are much more likely to enjoy many different types of music, because greater understanding increases musical appreciation. Music lessons also have been shown to improve students academic performance, resulting in higher test scores in maths, sciences, and linguistics.
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Review by Jennifer
Dave is a fantastic teacher. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to students that I think is invaluable. At the same time, this does not limit him from working with beginning students. He is very communicative with the parents as far as schedule changes. We are so grateful to have found him!!
Review by Susan
My daughter is extremely happy and comfortable with Rachel, and looks forward to her piano lessons every week. She is a very kind and patient teacher, always using positive reenforcement with my daughter, which makes all the difference in the world to children. We definitely are looking forward to continued piano lessons with her. So glad we found her.
Review by Jacob Solomon
Ileen is a very attentive instuctor. she is patient and works hard to see her student succeed. if a concept is unclear she expains it in other ways to ensure understanding. I would highly recommend ileen to students of all levels who want to learn guitar and music theory to thoroughly enjoy the instrument and music
Review by Brad Schimmer
I have been playing the drums for about 5 years and I have to say that Alvaro is very patient. He has opened me up to new styles of music and I can now play a Songo groove! What I liked most was that he was flexible in what I wanted him to teach me and would also bring in new material specifically to what I wanted him to show me. Overall, great patient teacher and would highly recommend! Thanks Alvaro!
Review by Howard
We value Chelsea for the quality of her lessons, but also for the flexibility of her schedule. She has worked around family vacations, impromptu summer camps and the upcoming school year. Emily is better prepared to start middle school band this year due to flute lessons from Chelsea and we plan to continue the lessons for the foreseeable future.
Review by Jermain
Mrs. Regnarene is an awesome teacher!!! She found musical aids that appealed to my 5 year old daughter and used them to help teach her piano. She has a lot of patience and I could tell she puts in the work before class to have a lesson ready for my daughter. She is always punctual, friendly and respectful. I would recommend her to any parents who want to start their kids off with a good foundation in piano. Jermain T. Riverview, FL
Review by Wilma
Gina is very supportive and encouraging. Even though I get frustrated with my progress, she can tell that I've been practicing and reminds me of how far I've come. She challenges me to learn new skills without giving me a piece that I cannot master (with practice). I'm happy that she is my music teacher and look forward to many more lessons in the future.
Review by Queen Natalia
Lara is highly intelligent and knowledgeable in her profession. She is cheerful and personable, and has established a good rapport with students and staff alike. I have found Lara to be a highly competent, personable, patient, kind-hearted, and deeply caring person who is skilled professionally and interpersonally.
Review by Terri
Caitlyn is friendly, helpful and still holds my high-school aged daughter accountable for practicing. She also makes sure the music technique is mastered correctly during the lessons - they work hard and still have a good time together. I can highly recommend her as a flute teacher. My daughter is very happy & grateful to have found Caitlyn as a teacher.