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Bass Guitar, Classical Guitar, Guitar, Mandolin, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Violin
I draw on my twenty years of playing music and share the insights I've learned along the way. I am available nationwide via Skype or through Google Helpouts for Guitar, bass and Violin lessons.
I have performed at the French Quarter Jazz festival at age 18 and alongside Russell Malone during the season's conclusion at the Fine Arts Center in downtown Atlanta. I applied and was accepted to Belmont University in Nashville, TN. I studied guitar under John Pell and Paul Abrams. While in school I majored in Commercial Music with an emphasis on music business. When not attending class I spent time performing with various groups including an a cappella chamber singing group, various bands and learning the ins/outs of studio recording and mixing. I found an internship with Yamaha musical instruments where I tuned and maintained instruments for players like John Hiatt, Christopher Cross, Peter Frampton, Tommy Sims, Drew Zingg, Kenny Greeneberg, Larry Carlton, Skunk Baxter and Martin Taylor. Sitting in on rehearsals and sessions with these artists provided insight and experience no college course could. After graduation I went on the road for Yamaha providing artist relations for the H.O.R.D.E. tour where I worked alongside the Barenaked Ladies, Ben Harper and Blues Traveler.
I have opened for various artists including Buckwheat Zydeco, Hubert Sumlin,The Nighthawks, and the late Sean Costello. I have also performed with the Temptations. I have played professionally with Johnnie and the Lowdowns, The Groove Motive and was a session player for the Tammi Kamin band. My guitar talents have also been used to teach preschool children, lead worship at churches and provide musical consolation at funerals. My album credits include student records at Belmont University and the EP titled, Johnnie and the Lowdowns. I am a fan of surf, jazz, and blues and have recorded some of my own creations with my own group, the C.A.T.
As a teacher I strive to show others how to play and create music. My lessons focus on providing the budding musician with the tools to become a proficient player. I have taught privately, group instruction and college level guitar. I have over ten years experience in teaching in classrooms and studios. By focusing on dedication, self discipline and consistency my students have gone from learning to read simple notation to understanding chord theory and how to improvise musically over changes as well as playing their role in an ensemble. Keeping lessons fun is an integral part of practical instruction and I bring my enthusiasm for music to each student. Creativity through knowledge is the core of my instruction.
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Expect to learn a lot about your instrument, playing, performing, and professionalism.Through consistent practice progress is made on any instrument. I teach all of my beginning students to read music. This along with a chord syllabus provides a foundation for us to build a musician from the ground up.
*** Studio Equipment ***
music studio room w/ piano, organ, guitars, amps, seating for parents, recording capabilities
*** Specialties ***
Nashville numbers, chart writing, jazz theory and improvisation. Blues and standards, chord chart reading and writing. Reading music on guitar.
Acting, Broadway Singing, Dance, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Piano, Singing, Songwriting, Speaking Voice, Theater Acting, Theatrical Dance
I am a life long singer, musician, dancer, teacher and student. I have performed, taught, and toured around the country in many capacities for over twenty years, and have an extremely varied musical background. I love nothing more than to share my knowledge, instruction and love of music and theater to those wishing to improve their musical skills and hone their craft.
In addition to teaching, I have been a full time musician for several years, and have experience performing and recording in many facets and genres, as a vocalist, musician and engineer. I have sung with Disney World’s Voices of Liberty, worked with hit #1 songwriter Rick Giles (Reba McEntire, Rascal Flatts), and opened up for artists including The Black-Eyed Peas, The Roots, Common, Wycelf Jean, Julian Marley and The Little River Band. My voice can be heard on several recordings, ranging from Classical, Rock, Hip Hop, Children’s Music, as well as on my original album, “All My Days”, which is available on iTunes.
I have had so many opportunities to perform and learn, constantly challenging me to be a performer and teacher. I want help those wishing to take their careers and skills to the next level, and to open them up to the possibilities available for singers and performers. My goal is to offer real world experience in addition to solid technical foundation and musical knowledge.
References and full resume are available upon request.
I have had many mentors and teachers myself throughout my career, and have learned many invaluable lessons professionally and personally. Having a private teacher is invaluable for those wanting to take their talent to the next level, and I love nothing more than to share my knowledge and passion for music and performance to those looking to be better singers and musicians. If you or your child is looking for a mentor, who will be inspiring and challenging, and always encouraging, take a lesson and see what you think!
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WHY SHOULD YOU STUDY PRIVATELY?
There are many benefits to working with a private teacher. Individual lessons are not only extremely beneficial to those wishing to become better singers and musicians, they have also been proven to improve brain function, instill confidence and positively enhance other areas in life. Lessons will be set on a student by student basis, depending on ability, goals, practice, etc.
Every voice and instrument is different, just as every person has different goals and a different approach to reaching those goals. I will work with your natural abilities and your unique qualities, strengths and weaknesses to help you reach your full potential, no matter what your skill level. I teach a solid foundation of technique and performance that will translate into all genres of music, including Musical Theatre, Opera, Pop, Rock, Country and R&B.
WHAT TO EXPECT IN OUR LESSONS
Here are some areas we will address in our lessons together:
Breath Support - Technique
Vowel Placement - Diction - Smoothing The Passagio ("break")
Musical Expression - Harmonies
Repertoire Development - Audition Prep - Performance Etiquette
Sight Reading - Ear Training - Music Theory - Solfeggio - Chart Reading
Songwriting & Composition - Recording - Engineering - Music Business
Guitar & Piano Technique - Sight Reading - Chord Theory - Classical - Contemporary
Fingerpicking - Strumming - Improvisation
*** Studio Equipment ***
I ask that students bring with them:
Practice Log Notebook
Recording Device (some smart phones can do this)
Sheet Music/Method Books
Guitar (if taking)
I have a piano, guitar(s), and recording capabilities at my home studio.
*** Travel Equipment ***
I have a guitar and/or keyboard that I could bring with me, as well as tons of sheet music and material.
*** Specialties ***
Voice (Beginner - Advanced):
Technique - Vowel Placement - Breathing - Diction - Sight Reading - Ear Training - Solfeggio - Smoothing the Passagio - Musical Expression - Performance - Auditioning - All Genres
Guitar (Beginner - Intermediate):
Technique - Sight Reading - Strumming & Rhythm - Fingerpicking - Reading Charts - Nashville Number System - Expression - Performance - Recording
Piano (Beginner - Intermediate):
Technique - Sight Reading - Ear Training - Performance - Musical Expression - Chart Reading
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"Steven is very professional and extremely helpful. He always has a smile on and is serious about helping you phrase the music. I would highly recommend him to anyone."
"It's been really exciting so far! Jordan has been so helpful, so knowledgeable. I could not have found a better instructor and I'm getting better and better every day."
"My daughter's wedding was weeks away and I had never been able to dance a step. With Jenny's help, I came further than ever before in such short time in any subject."