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Ladies and Gentlemen – Cassondra Meyer on Vocals!

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?A wish is something you want to magically happen without effort, a goal is something you work hard for and strive to reach.? —Cassondra Meyer

DSC 0018 1024x685 Ladies and Gentlemen   Cassondra Meyer on Vocals!
Cassondra Meyer has been dazzling her crowds with charm and laughter since she was 16 years of age. From blissful to desolate expression, Meyer will move you with her committed performances. She can energize any situation and make you laugh till you cry.
Her true goal is to perfect herself in the crafts of teaching, performing, poetry, songwriting, and most of all inspiring.
She has been guided along her journey by some astonishing vocalists including Debbie Duncan, Judi Donaghy, Lori Dokken, and Erin Schwab. Meyer has completed four year degree at McNally Smith College of music for vocal performance. After graduation in May of 2010, Meyer left to work on Holland America Cruise Lines. She spent her eight months as the lead singer in the party band on board. Cassondra currently works all over the Twin Cities and surrounding areas combining her stylistic versatility in jazz, Latin, soul, country, rock and musical theatre. She has also taught private piano and voice lessons since 2008. Meyer has performed with Boogie Wonderland, Doctor Mambos Combo, Rookai, Retro Phonic, Higher Ground, The Tuesday Night Band at the Artist Quarter and many more.

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Welcome Eli Elstad! Our newest Guitar and Bass Instructor

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Eli Elstad has been playing music for 16 years, 11 of which have been for
guitar and bass.? Throughout the years he has maintained original groups
focusing on funk/rock/jazz.? When he was younger he studied bass with Jeff
Bailey, in high school he studied music theory and jazz guitar with Kevin
Daley, and during college he studied jazz with David Crittenden.? In 2004 he
won $2000 worth of recording time at MasterMix studios and since then has
continued to be active in the Minneapolis music scene recording several of
his own projects as well as some for other Minneapolis musicians.? He
currently plays guitar in an original funk/rock/progressive trio and is on
staff as a bass player at Mt. Olivet Lutheran church in Plymouth.? In the
last two years he has been instructing guitar around the metro and is
excited to share his unique experience with new students.

guitarpic1 300x225 Welcome Eli Elstad! Our newest Guitar and Bass Instructor

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Ladies and Gentlemen introducing James Gould on Guitar and Violin!

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Head Shot 300x195 Ladies and Gentlemen introducing James Gould on Guitar and Violin!
James Gould graduated from the University of Minnesota Duluth with a Bachelor of Music in Theory and Composition. During that time, he studied composition with Dr. Justin Rubin and Dr. Thomas Wegren (one of the founding members of the Chicago Transit Authority). In 2003, he was awarded an Undergraduate Research Opportunities Project grant for a study in film composition. The result was the multimedia piece Quartet of Colors that was completely filmed and scored by James. His work on this project was awarded 2nd prize in the first annual Below the Belt competition at the Walker Art Center, and runner-up at Duluth?s Frozen Yeti film competition. He was also awarded 2nd and 3rd prize in the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra?s Composition Competition in 2003 and 2004 for the orchestral compositions La Valse du Bien et du Mal, and On Horsal Common. He has also had his compositions played by the Verder Trio as well as Dou 46. At the University of Minnesota, James studied jazz guitar with William Barnard and classical guitar with Maria Annoni. In 2005, he was chosen to participate in a master class with the world renowned guitar duo, Sergio and Odair Assad. Since graduating college, James has been playing guitar in the Minneapolis area with rock bands The 4onthefloor(recently featured on CityPages.com) and The Early Effect, as well as heading up music composition projects such as the MPLS Music Group. James also currently works for MakeMusic, Inc. ? the world?s leading music notation software.

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Welcome Guitar Instructor, Greg Membrez!

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Photo 1 300x225 Welcome Guitar Instructor, Greg Membrez!

Greg has a long history of music education, he started playing music when he was just a young boy in Kindergarten. The first instrument was Violin, which he played for a few years and then moved onto Piano. Greg continued to play Piano until 5th grade when he was allowed to join band and at that time he switched to Alto Saxophone. During all of this time, Greg hadn’t really found the right instrument. Greg’s father pushed him to be active musically, and he remembers hearing “once you hit 9th grade, you can stop playing music if you want”. Once 9th grade started he stopped playing the Saxophone and stayed away from playing until Junior year of high school. It was that summer that Greg’s father encouraged him to pick up the Guitar and take lessons.

Greg began taking music lessons for the summer and it didn’t take long for him to realize that playing guitar was what he wanted to do with his life. Greg now attends Mcnally Smith College of Music for guitar performance and has about one year left until he earns his Bachelors. Since attending Mcnally, he’s opened up to more and more music. Currently Greg listens to Jazz, Country, Classical, Rock, electronic and even Video game music. Greg has a passion for playing different styles of music as well, but his favorites are Solo classical guitar, American Fingerstyle, Fingerstyle Jazz, Rock, Video Game music and Gypsy Jazz. Greg recently started a video game music group in which he has been doing the arranging for along with an original band from school and a Gypsy Jazz group as well.

Greg is a wonderful performer whom will be a delight to students across the metro area. Lesson Match welcomes him to the team and can’t wait to hear from his students!

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Lesson Match welcomes Casey Moo! Vocal Instructor!

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casey2 Lesson Match welcomes Casey Moo! Vocal Instructor!
Hailing from the great state of Alaska, having studied liberal arts at University Alaska Fairbanks, Casey Moo is enjoying the opportunity to share his vocal techniques and experiences with our students!
Having studied with Cab Calloway, Chris Calloway (jazz), Renee Craig (barbershop), Dr.Rodney Eichenberger (classical), Dr.John Hopkins (opera) while developing his own unique teaching style, Casey can show you new ways to engage your vocal ability if you’re a seasoned singer and start you on your way learning proper techniques to get the most out of your voice if you’re a beginner!

Twenty-five years as a vocal instructor.
Thirty years as a professional musician, producer and composer.

Currently Casey can be found performing around the twin cities area with A Capella doo wop group Black Velvet and alternative rock cover band Red On Red..

As a keyboardist, vocalist, and consultant, Moo has worked with: Wind and Cloud Records, national recording artists; Natural Selection, Lincoln Brewster, “Grammy” nominated vocal arranger Ross Martin, and members of international recording act; Lords of Acid.

As a vocalist, Moo is acknowledged by the producers of the television program “Guinness Book Primetime Live” as having the lowest (compass) singing voice in the world including the lowest vocal note “E flat 0″.

As a founding member of former twin cities 80′s hairband tribute act, Jet City, Moo opened for bands Great White, Ratt, and the number one Van Halen tribute act, Atomic Punks when he wasn’t touring the Midwest as part of Doug Allen and the Chicago Mob.

As an actor, a skill Casey developed by performing music over the years, he plays the lead role in feature film, “Roach Motel” (post -production) and was previously cast as the lead in animated short :”LITHIUM”(–LA Short Film Festival, Shocker Film Festival, and recipient of award at International Animated Film Festival).
As a professional musician, producer, and voice talent; Moo continues to be active in Minnesota and on a national level.

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Lesson Match has a new drum teacher!! Welcome Miguel Hurtado!!

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18044404 300x253 Lesson Match has a new drum teacher!! Welcome Miguel Hurtado!!

Miguel Hurtado, drums. Born in Minneapolis, MN, on May 9, 1988. He began playing drums at age 11 while attending Ramsey International Fine Arts Center. While attending Minneapolis South High School he played in the Jazz Ensemble, Wind Ensemble, various school musicals, and the Minnesota Youth Jazz Band. From the age of 14, he has been performing regularly at local venues and festivals including the Dakota Jazz Club, Artists? Quarter, and the Twin Cities Hot Summer Jazz Festival with youth bands and with well known local musicians. Upon graduating from high school, he moved to New York City where he studied at the Manhattan School of Music under scholarship and gigged around the city. Miguel has had the opportunity to study/play with Justin Dicoccio, John Riley, Gary Dial, Scott Wendholt, Steve Wilson, Steve Slagle, Willie Jones III, Dana Hall, Mark Turner, Bruce Forman, Cecil Bridgewater, Charmaine Neville, Kevin Washington, Jay Epstein, J.T. Bates, Floyd Thompson, and many more. In May 2010 he earned his Bachelor?s of Fine Arts from the Manhattan School of Music and is currently living in the Twin Cities area.

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Lesson Match is happy to announce new vocal instructor Jacy Clare!

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Photo 41 300x225 Lesson Match is happy to announce new vocal instructor Jacy Clare!
Jacy Clare transformed a youthful urge to sing into a lead frontwoman with a stage presence rare to someone so young, maybe because, as she says, ?Music is my passion in life.? She sings soulful, dreamy, playful, and intense ? whatever mood she, her music, and her lyrics intend to convey. As a recent graduate from McNally Smith College of Music with a bachelors degree in Vocal Performance, she has had the privilege of studying with many talented musicians including Judi Donaghy, Lori Dokken, Erin Schwab, Alicia Wiley, Kristin Sponcia, and Jennifer Parker. Because her watchwords are ?I play every show as if it were my last,? when you attend any of her performances, you know she?s going to be giving it her all.
-Mike Ransom (mikeransom.com)

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New Approach to Traditional Music Lessons

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Lesson Match is Minnesota’s only real full-service singing and music lesson provider, we offer customized private in-home lessons! Lesson Match offers a wide variety of lessons including guitar lesson, vocal lessons, drum lessons, piano lessons, violin lessons, and many more! All of our lessons are fully customized to each students needs and goals. Our instructors are certified to teach lessons for students of all ages and experience levels. You’ll find everything from violin lessons for kids, vocal lessons for teens and guitar lessons for adults. Just search for your lesson type using your zip code and we’ll get you started!

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