Styles: All styles
Ages: All ages
Years of Experience: 19
Education: MM Piano Performance UNC-Greensboro,
BA Piano Performance Peace College
Rates: $25/30 minutes, $37.50/45 minutes, $50/60 minutes
Availability: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Tel: (919) 900-0472
Ms. Adams is a classically trained pianist, educator, and performer from Raleigh, North Carolina. Ms. Adams began private piano study at the age of six under her grandmother, Vivian Mooney. With credentials including Associate and Bachelor degrees in Music and a Master in Piano Performance, Ms. Adams began her secondary education with a music scholarship at Peace College (where she studied under Dr. Ray Kilburn) and graduate work at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (where she studied under Dr. Joseph DiPiazza) and the Universitat Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. After graduating from UNCG Ms. Adams continued her music studies under Dr. Milton Laufer from 2006-2010. She continues to study piano in the area with various instructors. Ms. Adams' professional life has included regional music competitions, study abroad, and master classes with world-renowned musicians, composers, and music educators. A music educator, Adams began her personal instruction of students while an undergraduate at the Raleigh Community Music School, a small, local education program dedicated to locating talent and fostering a love of music among all, regardless of socioeconomic background. From 2007-2010 she was summer music camp coordinator and instructor at The Lexington School in Lexington, Kentucky. As well, she has served as full time instructor at The Music Academy of North Carolina in Greensboro, Diamond Music Academy (an Explore Creative Learning Center), and Raleigh Community Music School. She worked as coordinator of the Summer Private Lessons Program at Ravenscroft School from 2005-2015 and served as piano instructor at Ravenscroft School from 2003-2015. Currently Ms. Adams is Coordinator of the Private Lessons Program at Trinity Academy of Raleigh. Ms. Adams also maintains a small private home studio, coordinates the Triangle Youth Piano Festival and Competition, runs a studio in Cary, North Carolina, adjudicates for competitions and festivals, and is a volunteer pianist at Greystone Baptist Church. Her students participate in state wide piano festivals and competitions which include Federation, Royalty Competition, Royal Conservatory, ECU Piano and Organ Competition, Triangle Youth Piano Festival and Competition, and Guild. Ms. Adams is also an active member of The National Guild of Music Teachers and National Federation of Music Clubs.
Instruments/Subjects: All sizes and flavors of Saxophones and Clarinets, and Recorder too!
Styles: Anything that makes the toe tap or the heart sing! (Includes concert band/classical, and jazz styles:) Ages: Generally 8-108. Feel free to call to discuss younger students
Years of Teaching Experience: 22
Education: BFA in Music, BS in Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences, MS in Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences, University of Arizona
Rates: $30/half-hour. FREE INTRODUCTORY LESSON!
Availability: Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday
Tel: (520) 304-5329
Hello! I am a saxophone/clarinet player. After teaching and performing while based in Tucson, AZ for over 20 years, I relocated to the Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill, NC area in August of 2015. I have performed professionally in the United States and abroad with various groups since the age of 17.
My Teaching Background
I have been teaching music privately since 1993, and enjoy teaching people of all ages and skill levels. I have two bachelor's degrees from the University of Arizona. One degree is a bachelor of fine arts in music (2000), and the other is in speech, language, and hearing sciences (2012). I also have a master's degree in speech-language pathology (2014). In addition to being a music teacher, I am also a licensed speech-language pathologist in the states of Arizona and North Carolina. In the period from 2007-2010, I was given the opportunity to teach several children with Asperger syndrome, developmental disabilities, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. The richly rewarding experience of introducing these children to the language of music inspired me to seek a degree in speech-language pathology to complement my skills as a music teacher. I enjoy the challenge of combining my music and speech-language pathology skill sets in order to provide specialized music instruction to individuals on the autism spectrum, those with attention, or developmental deficits, as well as typically developing students of all ages. Performing and teaching music are great passions in my life and I love to share my experience with anyone who is interested to learn!
My Teaching Philosophy
I believe that the most important thing to keep in mind when learning something new is to HAVE FUN. If you are having fun, you will be much more likely to go home and practice- and ultimately that is the key to your musical success! We will design an individualized plan for you to build on your strengths so you will WANT to go home and work on your weaknesses. Anyone can benefit from private lessons! Whether you are a beginner or have been playing for years, one-on-one instruction will allow you to progress more quickly.
Instruments/Subjects: All brass instruments
Styles: classical and jazz
Ages: All ages
Years of Experience: 20
Education: Curtis Institute of Music
Rates: $35/30 minutes, $45/45 minutes, $55/60 minutes
Availability: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Tel: (919) 601-2858
Lisa Burn began her professional career as a trumpeter while still a student at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, performing with the North Carolina Symphony. After receiving her degree from the Curtis Institute of Music, she continued her career with the Winnipeg Symphony in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. While in Winnipeg, Ms. Burn developed a successful private trumpet studio and was frequently engaged as a trumpet clinician for the area music educators. Upon returning to her native North Carolina in 2003, she accepted a position as band director at Franklin Academy in Wake Forest and developed both the concert and jazz bands to levels of distinction.
Lisa currently maintains an active schedule as a trumpeter, performing as a freelance professional and serving as principal cornet of the Triangle Brass Band, as well as a private instructor and music education consultant for the Triangle Area. As a jazz educator, Ms. Burn directs the Triangle Youth Jazz Ensemble II for the Philharmonic Association and the Ravenscroft Jazz Ensemble.
Principal Cornet, Triangle Brass Band
Director of Jazz: Ravenscroft, Triangle Youth Jazz Ensemble II
Private Instructor: Leechford Music, Ravenscroft, Wake Forest Studio
Brass Clinician: Athens Drive HS
All brass instruments
Instruments/Subjects: piano and voice
Styles: all styles
Ages: 6 to adult
Years of Experience: 15
Education: The Gnesins College, Moscow, Russia. Choir conducting specialty diploma with choir director and music teacher qualifications.
Rates: $40/45 minutes
Tel: (919) 633-9272
Alexandra Chibukhchyan is a piano, voice and music teacher. She has more than 15 years of teaching experience. She conducts piano, voice and music theory lessons for children and adults with different skill levels – from beginners to advanced level students. Alexandra teaches individuals and groups. She organizes and directs kids singing ensembles and prepares students for performances and competitions.
During her career, Alexandra has held teaching positions in public schools and kids development centers, and she conducted private lessons. As a member of musical collectives, she also performed in recitals and shows on various stages, including theatres, churches and international festivals.
Alexandra volunteers as a singer and regent assistant in the church choir.
Alexandra graduated from the Gnesins Musical College, Moscow, Russia, and she holds a specialty diploma in choir conducting and music teaching.
Instruments/Subjects: Viola, violin, piano
Ages: Kindergarten through high school
Years of Teaching Experience: Four
Education: BM in Viola Performance, Appalachian State University
Rates: $115/month for 30 minute lessons
Availability: Tuesday, Thursday
Phone: (919) 589-2964
Instruments/Subjects: All woodwinds
Styles: All styles
Ages: 8 to Adult
Years of Teaching Experience: 22
Education: BM and MM, UNC School of the Arts
Rates: $35/30 minutes
Availability: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
Phone: (919) 612-4199
Wayne Leechford is a multi-instrumental musician and music educator from Raleigh, North Carolina. As a woodwind specialist, he performs with many of the area's top musical ensembles. He maintains a busy schedule of live performances and teaching.
He brings over thirty years of performing and over twenty years of teaching experience to his work as a music educator. He is committed to excellence in teaching his students the fundamentals of music while helping them master their instruments.
Wayne Leechford is the adjunct professor of saxophone at Meredith College. He has worked as an instrumental music teacher for North Carolina State University, Wake Technical Community College, Shaw University, and Ravenscroft School. In addition, he has taught as guest instructor/clinician for Saint Augustine’s College, North Carolina School of Science and Math, Durham School of the Arts, Franklin Academy, St. David’s School, St. Timothy’s School, Durant Road Middle School, East Millbrook Middle School, Salem Middle School, Athens Drive High School, Enloe High School, Green Hope High School, Middle Creek High School, Holly Springs High School, Fuquay-Varina High School, Cary High School, And, he served as adjudicator for Governor’s School of North Carolina and Wake County All-County Band.
Please visit Wayne Leechford's website for more details on public performances and extensive listing of personal accomplishments in the music business.
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"You have been a huge inspiration for Joslyn, and I appreciate all the time you've spent teaching her to play her clarinet and bassoon over the past few years. You've been a great role model for her!" - Tammy Parsons
“Thanks for all your help and guidance. I really don’t know how I would have gotten into college without it!” - Sam Carter
"You are a phenomenal musician and a patient instructor. Thanks to you my son has had much success playing tenor and bari saxophone." - JoMarie Holtshouser
Ages: Ages 10 and up
Years of Experience: 30+
Education: Northwestern University, Manhattan School of Music, UNCW
Rates: $250 monthly for weekly hour-long sessions, $125 monthly for weekly half-hour sessions. Free initial consult.
Tel: (919) 818-7229
Melody is a passionate and committed music educator with students drawn from throughout the county. She specializes in working with children ages 10 and up. And, Melody particularly relishes working with high schoolers and all-levels of adult learners. Her teaching career spans over three decades. She individualizes lesson material based upon student need. Typically, she uses the Suzuki and Mark O’Connor materials and methods combined with supplementary scales, etudes, and finger exercise. She is committed to supporting each student's growth as a person and a musician and believes that her job as a teacher is to share with each student her knowledge, her teaching skills, and her love of music. Melody firmly believes that teaching is a privilege and is an inspiring, hands-on, sensitive, caring, and empowering instructor. She teaches private lessons from her home studio in Raleigh and at Leechford Music in Cary.
As a performer, she has worked regularly as a sub or guest musician with countless orchestras from Chicago to Myrtle Beach. Among the most notable, Melody has played as a sub with Chicago Symphony and played as Assistant Principle Violist in the Chicago Chamber Orchestra for over a decade. She also was a founding board member and principle violist with the Long Bay Symphony in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
She has studied in Chicago, Illinois at Northwestern University, with violists Robert Slaughter and Robert Swan and with Chicago Symphony’s Principle violist, Milton Preves, Her education continued in New York City at the Manhattan School of Music with imminent violist Paul Doktor and with Nobuko Imai, premier violist, currently teaching at Conservatoires in Amsterdam and Geneva.
Please visit Melody’s website for more details on her teaching policies, philosophy and training at http://www.melodystringinstruction.com
Instruments/Subjects: All brass instruments
Styles: classical and jazz
Ages: All ages
Years of Experience: 24
Education: University of Maryland College Park
Rates: $30/30 minutes, $45/45 minutes, $60/60 minutes
Availability: Tuesday, Friday
Tel: (919) 210-7352
Renee Todd is a native of the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Ms. Todd holds a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from the University of Maryland. While there, Renee served as principal trumpet in the Wind Ensemble, Drum Major and Section Leader for the Mighty Sound of Maryland, and received the Otto Siebeneichen Award for Most Outstanding Senior Musician. Ms. Todd is currently in her fifth year as Director of Bands at Ligon GT Magnet Middle School and twenty-fourth year of teaching music. Under the direction of Ms. Todd the Ligon Band program has grown to over 250 band members, with four wind bands and a jazz ensemble achieving superior ratings at both local and national music festivals. The Ligon Band was chosen to perform for the NC Music Educators Convention in 2015 and in 2016 Ms. Todd was awarded Band Director of the Year for the NC Central District.
Before her appointment at Ligon, Renee was nominated Teacher of The Year at Dillard Drive and at Wendell Middle. Under her direction, the Wendell Band program grew to three wind bands, and two jazz ensembles, achieving superior ratings at local and national festivals. Ms. Todd has served as site host for the Central District Band Middle School MPA and for the Wake All County Middle School Band. She is a member of the National Association for Music Education, the North Carolina Music Educators Association and Tau Beta Sigma. Renee is currently on the Board of Directors for the Central District Band Association.
Ms. Todd is an active freelance trumpeter, guest clinician and conductor for concert and jazz honor bands as well as a private instructor in the Triangle area. She has a private studio in Wake Forest and Raleigh. Renee performs with area orchestras, bands and brass quintets, including the Triangle Brass Band and Resurrection Lutheran Brass. She has also performed with the Triangle Wind Ensemble, North Carolina Wind Orchestra, Raleigh Symphony Orchestra, and Tar River Symphonic Band.