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Popular Music Teachers Near Charlotte

Ryan B.

Mount Pleasant, NC
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Steve C.

Matthews, NC
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Michael C.

Catawba, NC
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Ryan B. Mount Pleasant, NC

Subjects Taught

Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Bluegrass Guitar, Blues Guitar, Country Guitar, Ear Training, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Songwriting

About Me

First and most importantly, I'm a 40 year-old dad to two great little boys and a husband to a fantastic wife - but before I was either one...I was a rocker.

I got my first guitar when I was 15 years old (I had wanted one for 5 years but my sister cried too much about piano lessons so she blew it for me - but that's another story), and started taking lessons from a fantastic teacher shortly thereafter. By the time I was 18, I moved off to college, where I proceeded to focus all my attention (much to my parents' dismay) on playing and forming a band. My parents got kinda mad, but I put together that band - which lead to a bigger, better band and a record deal. I spent my early and mid 20s touring, making a record and getting so close to rock stardom that I could taste it - but it wasn't meant to be.

I moved home, got married, got a "real" job, had kids and did everything society "tells" you to do - but something was missing. About a year ago, I figured out what it was; sharing music with other people.

I've been teaching for over a year now, and I'm having a ball. The joy of seeing a new guitar player string 3 chords together is just as exciting to me now as playing a great song on stage was way back when. I'd love to have the opportunity to share that feeling with you too!

*** Lesson Details ***
We'll spend our first lesson getting to know each other. Music is all about the connection you make to the sounds you hear - and since we'll be making lots of those together, we should learn a little about each other. I'll discover how much (if any) musical experience you have, and determine a proper starting point for your education.

Like other instructors, I'll teach you chords, scales, rhythm and theory - but I'll do it in a way that's fun and exciting for you. Part of getting to know you is finding out what kind of music you enjoy. Do you like pop? Rock? Metal? Country? I use songs to illustrate the lessons each week, so I'll do my best to find music that you'll enjoy playing. There will be times where our song of the week might not be your cup of tea, but hopefully I'll be able to show you why that song's important, and maybe even broaden your musical horizons.

At the end of each lesson, you'll head out with new sheet music, links to videos of the original songs, and any other supplemental material you may need. By the end of the first month, you should be playing songs!

*** Studio Equipment ***
1991 Gibson Les Paul Standard
1986 Fender Stratocaster
2010 Ovation Celebrity Acoustic
2013 Gibson Songwriter Deluxe Acoustic

Vox AC30 212 Combo Amp

*** Specialties ***
Pop, rock, metal, singer/songwriter, acoustic

Steve C. Matthews, NC

Subjects Taught

Music Performance, Music Theory, Piano, Songwriting

About Me

Originally from Columbia SC, Steve began music lessons at age 8. He continued with them for ten years then enrolled at The University of South Carolina as a music major. Steve studied piano with Dr. John Williams Emeritus Professor of Music, studied music theory and composition with Dr. Peter Gerschefski and was a member of the Choir led by Dr. Arpad Darazs. All of these great musicians and teachers had a major influence on Steve.

After college Steve traveled extensively and playing and performing in Las Vegas Style show bands.Steve moved to Charlotte in 1982 married Debra and began a Family, At that time a neighbor asked Steve to teach his son piano. Steve discovered he enjoyed sharing his knowledge and love of music. The rest, as they say, is history. Steve has been a full time private piano teacher for the last seven years.

Steve is a member of Charlotte Piano Teachers Forum and conducts recitals and performance opportunities for its members.
Steve continues to teach full time and perform with various groups.

*** Lesson Details ***
For beginners, I use a fairly traditional approach. I start students with the Bastien Books, John Schaum note speller, and a scale book. I emphasize chord recognition as soon as possible and show the student how to build on these patterns. I am very patient and not at all overly demanding. I realize children ( and adults) and very busy with many activities and piano is just one of them.

Of course having said that, you will get out of it what you put into it. I am a good teacher, but I can't sprinkle magic dust on you and make you a good musician. My teaching philosophy is totally positive reinforcement.

For more advanced students, I recommend certain classical repertory and popular music if they are interested. Let's pull out the I-Pod and play along with Coldplay, McCartney, Beatles, Black eyed Peas, Glee -Whatever interests you!

*** Specialties ***
in addition to teaching piano lessons I am proficient in synth sounds and running an instrument like the Yamaha Motif, Sequencing, and creating soundbeds.

Michael C. Catawba, NC

Subjects Taught

Algebra, Arithmetic, Basic Math, Bass Guitar, Classical Guitar, Drum, Elementary Math, English, Geometry, GMAT, GRE, Guitar, Harmonica, History, Language, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Pre Algebra, PSAT, Reading, SAT, Singing, Songwriting, Statistics

About Me

I have a Masters Degree from Central Michigan Univ. I am an Air Force Veteran.

Two deep leadership at all times and parents have waiting areas visible to classes. I love guitar and playing music, I think I have taught so long I would not know what to do without a music/teaching career. I have made a living playing guitar for 24 years.

*** Lesson Details ***
I have been a music teachers so long I have become very simplistic. I teach the following:

(1) To practically play while having fun (3 locations to choose).

(2) Music Theory.

(3) Playing by ear.

(4) Leadership Skills. I am still having a great time teaching, so we do it a lot. I love to teach and enjoy it very much, I owe a lot to my music career and want to pass it on. We are in Rotary and support many community activities.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have - 3 Professional teaching studios - that are in nice locations.

I really enjoy my job and have a lot of great equipment; we work hard, but have a lot of fun too.

*** Travel Equipment ***
(1) Respectfully what is reasonable. I am a full time musician, I am flexible and happy - we can work these things out.

(We have a lot of equipment, I am very thankful). We have very good business relationships in the community.

I appreciate my job.

*** Specialties ***
(1) Group interactive method based on theory.
(2) Students show leadership in their own program.
(3) Students work with me (instructor) on Lesson Plans.
(4) Students pick out material they want to study.
(5) Students work on (ear training) and reading music.

Music Lessons in Charlotte, NC

North Carolina is predominantly famous for its old-time music, including artists such as John Coltrane and Dizzy Gillespie, but also plays host to a variety of rock, punk and metal bands. If you are thinking of learning an instrument in Charlotte, TakeLessons is here to help!

Taking Charlotte music lessons is the easiest way to start your path to becoming a successful musician. At TakeLessons, we take pride in offering high-quality lessons for a variety of singing and instrument types, including (but not limited to) drums, guitar, bass, piano and violin. We have music teachers located in Charlotte, Huntersville, Indian Trial and surrounding cities, making it simple to get started. If there is an instrument that you want to learn, we make it easy to find a prescreened, affordable, local ...

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