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Deanna D

Deanna D

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I love the art of communicating or telling a story through music. I am a professional performer and vocal instructor, and have sung on professional stages such as Mount Baker Theater's repertory theater and the Whatcom Symphony opera series in Bellingham, Washington. I am a classically trained musician and relish singing folk, jazz, and other popular styles of singing. After graduating with my masters in voice performance from University of Nebraska - Lincoln, I decided that the Twin Cities would a fantastic place to extend my love for teaching and get back on the stage.

Kayla B

Kayla B

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I'm a very passionate and energetic teacher who loves working with students. I have been a musician for 15 years and teaching for over 10 years. I majored in music as a flautist and learned piano, woodwinds, brass, percussion, and strings while I was in college. My performance experiences have only strenthened my belief that music should be a part of every person's life. 

David C

David C

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There is nothing in the world quite like seeing a students eyes light up when they play their favorite song for the first time. In order to achieve progress there must be a pace established that is special to the student, and at no point should the student ever feel pressured to play something they don't understand. To say teaching has brought joy to my life would be an understatement, and I thank God and my family for this gift of music. I believe we never stop learning and that applies especially to music.

Susan S

Susan S

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I began taking piano and ballet lessons at age ten, and flute at age eleven. I poured myself into practice and competitions in these fields, earning scholarships and recognition in all. From 1979 - 1981, I was a member of the Missouri Symphony Society Performance Arts Center combined student-professional orchestra, on full scholarship. I also participated in Missouri State and District Solo Competitions and Band auditions, and was awarded highest ratings and first chair flute. -- When I am in the zone, the dialogue between notes I have played and notes yet to come is rapid and coherent. I actively listen to myself as I play, while simultaneously holding a desired sound in my mind's ear, essentially matching the creative real-time activity to my intended outcome. Often my initial plans are improvised and amended mid-phrase, leading to pleasant discoveries and novel and creative musical expression.

Nick B

Nick B

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Confidence is the key to any artistic endeavor. I like to try and develop the way that students feel about themselves, because music involves a lot of detail and a lot of repetitive practice in order to gain the basic skills needed to be proficient. If a student is not confident, they have a hard time with the motivation needed to keep at the skill practice that is necessary. I prefer to do some work that doesn't involve music because that keeps the fire burning, which is a major concern especially with younger kids.

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