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I prefer to teach classical. However, I do teach other styles and I believe if you have a good technique and know how to play classical music you will be able to play any style you want :)
Lisa has studied music in Missouri and Texas, receiving her Master’s degree in Composition from North Texas State in 1985. She resided in Los Angeles for four years, writing and doing session vocals as well as being a part of the LA Jazz Choir ~ a group which has performed and recorded with Rosemary Clooney, Steve Allen, Bob Hope and Linda Ronstadt among others. (more....) Since moving to Nashville, she has pursued a career as a singer/songwriter/ pianist, and has songs cut in the U.S., Canada and Europe. She is involved in the production of artists and special projects in Nashville, Chicago and Mexico. It has also been her pleasure to return to teaching piano and voice both privately and at the W.O. Smith Music School.
I have been teaching off and on my entire adult life. I have taught guitar at a Jr. College in Illinois(Parkland), for a guitar store(First National Guitar Store, Urbana, IL) and currently teach music at a private academy in Old Hickorey, Tn(Family Christian Acadey). I love working with students to help them find and develop their musical growth. I also currently teach private students in my home studio. I try to work with students to develope not only the technical aspects of their instrument, but, also their overall musicianship; melodic perception, solid, staedy rhythm, tone, and dynamics. All of which can and should be used to help the student grow and enrich their own musical experience and passion. I'm comfortable teaching students of all ages and look forward to finding new students to share my musical knowledge and abilities with.
I'm all about getting a good laugh in here and there. MUSIC IS FUN, FOLKS! If it's taken too seriously, it can cause stress and stress leads to tensing the muscles. You can't get much work done with tense muscles or by overthinking now can you? I once heard a brilliant professor put it like this: "Good voice technique combines an understanding of what's going on in your body and also being really aware of your mental process." I think this is very important. I will push my singers to stand on their own two feet as musicians. Under my instruction, they will obtain the musical foundation necessary to make their lives easier when the gig comes along. They will have the sight reading, transcription, and ear training skills necessary to move foreward into professional settings. I want them to be confident in leading a band, counting off, reading the music in front of them, and picking up harmony on the spot. I am also looking to work with beginners on the instrument of voice and/or piano. I remember distinctly being facsinated with my vocal chords at a very early age. What am I doing? How can I sing that one low note? Why does it sound weird when I sing this way? Or at this time of day? Will I ever be able to belt that Eb!? I love discovering these new things with beginners and showing them the steps to exercise their curiosity in an effective way. I believe, with my experience in music, I can give students a unique look into the life of a professional musician that will hopefully not only mold them into the artist they can be, but inspire them to come back week after week ready to sharpen their creative minds and grow as individuals.
I am a motivated and energetic instructor who finds joy in sharing the world of music with students of all ages and backgrounds. I graduated from Belmont University with a Bachelor of Music degree in Commercial Guitar Performance and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Music Business. I have been living, performing, and teaching in Nashville and the surrounding areas for the past five years. Before then, I taught guitar and music fundamentals in my hometown in Texas. It has been a great experience so far and I look forward to the future.
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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 Tuvana
He is incredibly patient and really customizes his teaching style to the child. Both of my children are learning piano with him; they have learned so much and really enjoy the lessons. In fact, my daughter asked to learn another instrument (guitar) with him and is making great progress with that, too.
Review by Heather Berest
I started my 5 yr old daughter with Karleen this Fall. Karleen has a calm and honest disposition. My daughter adores her and cannot wait for her arrival. I was concerned because my daughter is not so willing to "practice" during the week. Karleen advised me to allow her habits of practicing to evolve naturally as her love and understanding of piano increases. She emphasized how nurturing my daughter's love of music is most important. This was music to my ears :)
Review by Joshua Thompson
I have known Erin since I attended graduate school at the Hartt School in Connecticut. Last year she came to the college I teach at to give a master class and talk about her experiences as a musician abroad. She has proven that she is a capable and wonderful musician and educator. I highly recommend studying with her if you're lucky enough to have the opportunity!
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 Steve Newman
My daughter began learning sax in her school band, but she didn't begin PLAYING sax until she started lessons with Debra. From scales and exercises to actual pieces, Debra coached my daughter with real insight, sensitivity, and patience. Her knowledge of the instrument and feeling for music - along with her easy-going,"kid friendly" personality - make Debra the ideal teacher and musical mentor.
Review by Travis Dalenberg
Travis is the greatest. He knows his music and how to teach it. He gives you time to learn, but will not allow student time to get lazy. I know he teaches all age groups. Young pre-teens to us old folks 78 years young. I have been taking lessons from him since early December 2014. He is a true professional. You can't go wrong with him.
Review by La from Issaquah
thank you musika and ed. I never thought of looking for an in-home lesson until I found musika. I have absolutely no hesitation that Ed is beyond capable. He's even offered to meet us at a music store to purchase the correct fitting instrument. how fabulous is that! We've also decided to extend the lesson time from 30 to 45 minutes. All this and just one lesson under our belt. He quickly understood where my daughter is at in level and her style of music. I'm thrilled as can be.
Review by Nancy
Darrell is A-Maz-Ing! He demands results from his students and therefore results come quickly. The time he spends teaching is intense and packed with great instruction. He is a tough teacher but offers lots of valuable instruction that is applicable for music as well as life in general. I highly recommend Darrell if you are ready for results!
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