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Popular Music Teachers Near Cary

David R.

Chapel Hill, NC
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Robert D.

Raleigh, NC
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Matt M.

Raleigh, NC
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David R. Chapel Hill, NC

Subjects Taught

Classical Guitar, Guitar, Music Performance, Ukulele

About Me

David discovered his love for music early on at the age of seven with the musical/movie: The Sound of Music. He and his siblings would entertain their babysitter by acting out the entire musical - singing and dancing along with the soundtrack. To make it even more fun, they would sometimes speed up the vinyl record and perform in extra-fast mode! (And that was way before 'Wii - Just Dance!')

He vividly remembers his first real musical instruction back in elementary school:
“Everyone in 4th Grade was given a Recorder to learn how to play 'Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star'. When the music teacher had the class play together, she noticed that I wasn't looking down at my music booklet as I played, since I was 'playing by ear'. Not only was my booklet turned to the wrong page; it was upside down as well! To admonish me, she had me stand up in front of the whole class and play solo - as she held the booklet in front of me. Enthusiastically, I rendered the complete song correctly, only pretending to read from the page as she held it, but actually 'playing by ear'. Upon getting to the end of the tune, I suddenly broke out in a jazzed-up, improvised version of 'Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star', arousing the whole class to spontaneously tap their feet in rhythm and clap with delight . . . my first solo performance!”

David eventually took up guitar in his teens, becoming involved with playing for musicals such as "Godspell" and "Jesus Christ Superstar". During high school, he also played in the Bluegrass band 'Odell & Zeke', and in the Rock band 'Ring Wraith', performing for local dances and proms.

Extremely versatile within classical and popular guitar styles, David played in the Top-40-Hit music video, Shine Shine, by The Bee Gees' Barry Gibb – alongside pop-star legend - Michael Jackson. David is also mentioned in Just Jazz Guitar Magazine for his jazz endeavors; and he has years of experience as a church music director.

As a Classical concert guitarist, David has performed throughout the USA and Europe. His live performances have been broadcast on television and radio: NPR’s Performance Today (USA); CBC’s Arts National (Canada); RAI Television’s In Concerto (Italy), and the Hungarian National Television. He currently partners with soprano/harpist - Janie Imperial of HeartStrings Music. Successful in competitions, David won first prize in the 20th International Guitar Competition in Milan, Italy and the National Wurlitzer Artist Competition, USA. He has received other awards and grants as well, including a Solo Recitalist Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Governor's Award from Department of State, Florida. Moreover, he was chosen for the rosters of both the California State Touring Program and the North Carolina Visiting Artists Program.

David’s 35 years of teaching and performing experience, coupled with intensive years of formal studies with many of the world's greatest guitarists, including Andres Segovia, Eliot Fisk, David Russell, Christopher Parkening, Holzman, Ghiglia, Morgen, Tomas, Isbin - have afforded him a rich and in-depth understanding of music and the guitar. He shares all of this with his students in an insightful and uniquely original manner.

Education:

Florida State University - Master of Music - Guitar Performance

Florida State University - Bachelor of Music - Guitar Performance

Certificates of Professional Study:
- L'Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Italy
- Aspen Music Festival

*** Lesson Details ***
Wouldn't you love to play the music that you enjoy listening to the most?
Ever listen to your very favorite songs on your iPod or on the radio and really wish you could just play along? Well, here's your opportunity! Even if you are just beginning, I can help get you up and strumming in no time! You can choose your favorite songs to play - and I will show you how! Imagine playing along with Taylor Swift, Maroon 5, Fun, Ke$Ha, Demi Lovato, Flo Rida, Alex Clare, Ne-Yo, and more!
And for you adults: imagine playing your favorite songs from the 60's, 70's, and 80's. What a wonderful way to re-kindle all the fun, memories and meaningful songs of your youth!

I am committed to helping you really enjoy and excel in playing the music you love! You will find our lessons fun, interesting, and always inspiring. What better way to be motivated to learn and play, than having fun . . . and enjoying it along the way?!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Separate, professional studio in a nice setting. Lots of windows, art, books make it inviting and cozy. Special separate adjacent room for parents and siblings, allowing parents to watch lessons through glass doors without "intruding".

*** Travel Equipment ***
I carry my own Ipad, computer, cd player.
Students should have instrument, capo, music. Ability for student to take video recording/audio recording is helpful. Often, we will use parent's iPhone at end of lesson to record important concepts/techniques/etc.

*** Specialties ***
I am versatile within classical and popular guitar styles: folk, country, rock, new age, praise, bluegrass. My in-depth understanding of music theory, guitar technique, and performance affords me a wealth of practical and artistic experience from which I lead students on their musical journey.

Robert D. Raleigh, NC

Subjects Taught

Accompaniment, Acoustic Guitar, Arrangement and Composition, Audio Engineering, Bass Guitar, Beatbox, Composition, Drum, Ear Training, Flute, Guitar, Harmonica, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Percussion, Photography, Piano, Saxophone, Singing, Songwriting, Stage Performance, Ukulele, Vocal Training

About Me

I am originally a self-taught musician, picking up piano and guitar on my own at the age of 13. In high school, I studied music theory and sound engineering formally, and often helped my fellow students understand their lessons and learn their repertoire. Since then, I have been lucky enough to make music my full-time endeavor, working as a recording engineer and session player for other artists, playing in live bands, and teaching private lessons to students of all ages.

I have a deep love for music in all its forms, and I love to inspire that feeling in others. I strive to teach every student that they are in control of their own musical progress - I can show them the information they need to further understand a topic, but it is up to them to internalize and strengthen that understanding. With this approach, I try to instill a sense of ownership to a student's musical abilities, resulting in a growing interest in learning and mastering their art.

I customize my lessons, working with the student to meet their individual goals, while at the same time offering my perspective of their abilities and aspirations. I like to give beginning students a basic understanding of music theory right in the beginning, so that they can immediately begin to understand the patterns and relationships within the notes they play or sing.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am encouraging, patient, and pleasant in my lessons. I try to make my students understand that mistakes are not embarrassing flukes or failures on their part, but simply a part of the process of learning. The art of identifying and correcting your mistakes is a key part of progressing as a musician.

I prepare my lessons individually for each student, providing them with exercise material they will enjoy practicing and songs they want to learn. I encourage students to ask questions and tell me what skills they want to develop, but also offer my own perspective to them to encourage a well-rounded musical foundation.

My ultimate goal is to teach the joy of creating music. Music is an infinitely rewarding art form, and I love to inspire excitement and confidence in a student who may have been uncertain about his or her abilities.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Home studio w/ full weighted keyboard, synth action keyboards, acoustic, electric, and bass guitars, concert ukulele, alto saxophone, flute, 2 electronic drum sets, percussion instruments, recording equipment, and seating for parents.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Guitars, alto sax, flute, keyboards, percussion instruments, portable recording equipment.

*** Specialties ***
Jazz, Rock, Metal, Blues, Pop, Electronica, Fusion, Funk, RnB, Reggae, and Neo-Classical

Matt M. Raleigh, NC

Subjects Taught

Drum, Music Performance, Music Theory, Percussion, Piano

About Me

At heart, I'm a rock-nerd.

But the beautiful thing about music and especially music theory is that you start to realize that every composer, be it Bach or The Beastie Boys, uses the same tricks.

I can teach an arpeggio on piano and play a bit of a Beethoven song and then switch right to a Muse song and hear that exact same lick. With drums, I can teach a rudiment (the building blocks of percussion) and then play a Nirvana song back to back with a concerto and hear the exact same pattern played on the snare. It's all the same, in the best way. And at the risk of sounding corny, I think it speaks to the universal spirit of music.

*** Lesson Details ***
Drawing on his touring experience and knowledge of several instruments, Matt helps engage his students in the process of learning an instrument and playing in a band. Blending the discipline of learning fundamentals to the expression and fun of playing music, lessons will be tailored to the student's goals as well as a practical perspective of music reading and ear training. He pushes his students to practice and yet is open-minded of kids and adult's busy schedules. Each lesson is different and includes a variety of learning games/activities.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Full Drum set, Snare, Roland Digital Piano, Roland keyboard/synthesizer, computer, library of musical books and sheet music, acoustic guitar, loop station, two microphones, effects pedals, congas, and general purpose amplifier.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I might bring my guitar on occasion, but mostly just a notebook and other books if needed. The student would need to provide the instrument if I come to their home, otherwise I have everything (and more) at my home studio. For drums only a drum pad and sticks are necessary for beginners. Piano players need a weighted keyboard or acoustic piano.

*** Specialties ***
Matt turned his habit of tapping rhythmically on chairs, desks, car seats, floors, (and nearly anything else) into a profession. When he was ten, his mother finally decided that maybe a drum set and a small keyboard would be a better outlet and he began channeling that energy into something musical.

Now after over 20 years of musical experience including national tours opening for acts such as Bonnie Raitt, Bobby McFerrin, The Average White Band, and even Styx (yes Styx!), he is dedicating his career to teaching.

Having trained since middle school with various private instructors, he studied with some of the top musicians of the region at Denver University's Lamont School of Music as well as Auckland University in New Zealand. Known as a multi-instrumentalist with a focus on drum set, he is also adept at piano, keyboard, and is also a nationally-recognized vocal percussionist (beatboxer) having performed around the country. He has won awards for vocal percussion, a Capella arranging, and live-looping, and has been featured on various radio stations and podcasts.

He passion, however teaching fresh faces how to find self-expression through an instrument through discipline and patience. He has taught drums and piano privately for over eight years and developed an engaging and effect method to learning the instruments. Mixing technique and ear training, Matt believes that leading student's to their voice and helping them develop discipline and intuition is the highest goal of any music teacher.

He teaches out of his home studio just outside Raleigh next to Cary where he and the student have access to a rich variety of resources. He also teaches kids and adults alike, how to play in a band as he will play guitar, piano or drums to whatever the student is learning to allow them to be conformable in a group setting.

This can be the first step towards a lifetime of musical expression!

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