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Kimberly H

Kimberly H

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I started playing the piano when I was 7 and the cello when I was 8.  I took lessons in both instruments growing up, adding playing the guitar in High School and the violin in college.  In public and private schools, have taught elementary classroom music, elementary orchestra, and High School Orchestra.  

Byron D

Byron D

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Ever since I met the great string teacher George Neikrug, I've been inspired to share all his knowledge about Dounis (the world's greatest string teacher). This information is the most exciting way to learn cello, violin, or viola. It's all about using your "native instincts" instead of conditioned reflexes. All the knowledge given me by this great teacher, plus the experience of playing concerts in Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and around the world with the world's best artists is my great joy to pass on.

Natalie J

Natalie J

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My musician experiences began early on the piano, then the violin and flute were added shortly after that. I began teaching/coaching in high school, and continued on teaching privately while majoring in music in college. I received numerous scholarships for my playing. My students continue to play today. I am always thoughtful and positive about my teacher to student comments, giving encouragement as much as possible. I am a lifelong learner, and music is an excellent way to promote this interest.

Caitlin P

Caitlin P

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In addition to teaching private lessons, I also maintain a career as a freelance cellist. I studied under the tutelage of Dr. Erik Anderson from 2006-2011 while performing in symphonies, jazz combos, and rock bands. During my time as his student I was encouraged to explore as many different avenues to music as possible. Through my experience in a wide variety of genres, I have been fortunate to travel and meet fantastic musicians from all around the country. I enjoy allowing my students to cultivate a passion for a variety of musical styles.

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...Harmonically, this doesn’t really fit, but the cycle of fourths progression will be strong enough that it will sound correct. A good rhythm section will hear what you’re doing and play the chords. Likewise, you should hear when a rhythm section hits that bII chord on beat one and know what they’re doing. If they don’t hear what you’re doing, it’s okay. It still sounds good. For the cadence in this example, I used “Coltrane changes”. This is another example of something that isn’t quite correct harmonically, but sounds good because of its strong internal harmonic motion.   In addition to altering the harmony ... Read More

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...produce sound. Although practicing without an amplifier is possible (and done quite often), it is not advisable at the early stages because you can develop some bad habits.   Whatever decision you make when choosing your first guitar, here are a few pointers that will make your playing more fun. First of all, your instrument should have a straight neck, easy action, and tone controls that provide you with the sound you want. Let’s take a closer look at these:   A straight neck: This is vital to the usability of the guitar. A slight bend is common but a curved neck ... Read More
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