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Popular Guitar Teachers Near Dallas

James F.

Dallas, TX
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Kelsey T.

Fort Worth, TX
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Ryan B.

Allen, TX
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James F. Dallas, TX

Subjects Taught

Bass Guitar, Clarinet, Drum, Guitar, Music Theory, Percussion, Piano, Saxophone

About Me

James Director of Music at Akiba Academy graduated from Richardson HS in Richardson Texas. He holds a BM in Jazz Performance from the University of North Texas and is a certified k-12 music teacher in both Texas and Colorado. James started his professional performance career in 1990 with Dallas' own Blues great Al 'TNT' Braggs, and continues to perform in various local groups. As a professional player, he has experienced both national and international tours while playing with a multitude of outstanding performers. James has over ten years experience teaching in public schools, from elementary music to middle/high school band & choir; to adjunct saxophone at Mesa State College in Grand Junction Colorado. As a Band director, he inspires a strong foundation of musicianship ensuring meaningful musical experiences for his students both in rehearsal, and in performance. Additionally, he has been teaching private music lessons for over 20 years and has developed a very efficient and flexible teaching style, which ensures for his students, the maximum musical enjoyment that comes with an invaluable sense achievement.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons are planned and tailored to the specific needs and goals of each student.

Basic outline of music curriculum:

• Instrument assembly, care, and maintenance.
• Hand and body posture/technique.
• Tone production, articulation, multi-phonics and vibrato.
• Method Books/Etude Books.
• Strategies for efficient practicing and performance prep.
• Reading music
• Music theory - scales, arpeggios, harmony, and ear training
• Repertoire - build a list of pieces that you study and perform
• Purposeful listening
• Improvisation/composition
• Transcribing

Materials needed:
• Instrument in good playing condition
• All sheet music, books, and recordings
• Lesson logbook
• Metronome - mobile app is acceptable
• Tuner - mobile app is acceptable

*** Specialties ***
Saxophone full well-rounded approach utilizing several books/recordings. I am a strong theory teacher and stress proper technique throughout. I always tailor my methods and materials to the specific needs of each student. I also stress good practice skills/habits and make a point to build a performance repertoire and provide students with performance opportunities often.

Kelsey T. Fort Worth, TX

Subjects Taught

Classical Guitar, Guitar, Music Recording, Music Theory, Piano, Songwriting

About Me

Kelsey T. is a composer of music for quartet, string ensembles, piano, guitar, and chorus. While studying music at the University of North Texas, Kelsey was classically trained to play guitar and piano, while performing in the Men's Chorus. His piece "Colors" (2010) for string quartet & piano became a point of interest in the writing of "161 Glass: Site Specific Music in an Artistic Context" by Christina Rusnak, Composer and Executive Director of Philadelphia's award winning ensemble, Orchestra 2001. Having been influenced by the musical works of Reich, Glass, and Xenakis, Kelsey's composition style is attributed to his interdisciplinary study of Music & Architecture. Today, he continues his work as a music teacher, contemporary composer, and as an architectural drafter for various architects in the Dallas-Fort Worth Area.

*** Lesson Details ***
I tailor each of my lessons to the needs of my students, in the direction that he/she would like to see their musical skill grow. I begin each new student's first lesson by getting to know a student's weaknesses and strengths, and prepare each lesson based on the student's pace of learning. In addition to the teaching of the instrument, all of my students learn to read music, as well as ear training, sight-reading, and theory. I've found that by giving my students a more rounded understanding of music, it not only opens a broader range of interest in music, but makes the learning experience that much more meaningful.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living Room: Seating Area for parents who choose to sit in on lesson. Equipment List: Music Stand, Casio Keyboard, Gibson Flying V Electric Guitar and Amplifier, Keystation Pro MIDI Controller, OscarSchmidt Acoustic Guitar, SilverTone Electric Guitar and Amplifier, SoundTech PA System, Valencia Classical Guitar, and more.

*** Travel Equipment ***
During the first couple of weeks, I can provide the reading material by email, in PDF format. After the introduction, the student is expected to purchase the book to keep up with the learning pace, in order to make his/her independent practice more efficient. The student is expected to use his/her own instrument, and be prepared with blank sheet music paper and other supplies for note-taking. If the rehearsal is at my home studio, I can provide the keyboard, studio equipment, and other supplies needed for our lesson.

*** Specialties ***
I've composed in various contrasting styles of music from baroque-style counterpoint, classical Galant style, to Post-1970's Avant-Garde. In my own music, I specialize in contemporary technique, minimalism, electro-acoustic, as well as experimentalism of the late 20th century into the 21st.

*Teachers marked as a Student Favorite have taught a minimum of 25 lessons and have received the highest feedback rating from students.

Ryan B. Allen, TX

Subjects Taught

Bass Guitar, Classical Guitar, Drum, Guitar, Music Recording, Percussion, Piano

About Me

Hey There! My name is Ryan B. I play and teach guitar, bass and drums, and piano and would love to teach you or help you improve your abilities! I have been playing all four instruments for 20 years, and I have a personal, laid-back style that helps connect with each student.

I have been with TakeLessons for over a year now, and am truly blessed to have worked with so many great students.I will teach you what YOU want to play, regardless of style or genre you like in music. I design my lessons around YOU, and what YOU want to learn!

For guitar, bass and drums, I can teach the basic beginner to the advanced. I teach electric and acoustic guitar, electric bass and acoustic and electric drums

For piano, I teach beginner levels only.

*** Lesson Details ***
Students can expect my lessons to focus on your goals. I cover a lot of fundamentals and basics to start, and then go through more advanced techniques as the student progress. In a short period of time, you will know chords, notes, techniques, rhythm and timings, just to name a few!

Guitar students will learn basic chords, barre chords and soloing techniques. Bass students will learn bass notes, bass lines and soloing.

Drum students will learn timing, fills, soloing and lead drumming.

Piano students will learn how to read music, fingering, chords and song performance.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Equipment available:
6-string acoustic guitar
12-string acoustic guitar
electric guitar
2 amplifiers

*** Travel Equipment ***
acoustic guitar, bass guitar

*** Specialties ***
I use tab and chord chart methods, as well as sheet music.I have experience in all styles of music

David B.

Dallas, TX
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Ian G.

Hurst, TX
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Ric F.

Arlington, TX
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David B. Dallas, TX

Subjects Taught

Bass Guitar, Classical Guitar, Guitar, Music Theory

About Me

I believe in: the power of music to enrich human existence and create community; the value of all styles of music; the creative potential of every individual; the value of trust, integrity and respect within a learning environment; instilling in an individual an unending belief in ones self; and excellent and inspiring musical mentorship.

I hold a BA in music performance, have over 25 years of professional music experience and am dedicated to providing a quality, comprehensive learner-based music education.

Programs available include: Private guitar and bass lessons, improvisation, music theory, ear training, rhythm studies, fingerboard knowledge and more.

*** Lesson Details ***
I offer learner-based music instruction tailored to each student's interests, ability and goals.

Beginners: Learn everything necessary to give yourself a strong musical grounding while learning how to play the music you love.

Intermediate or Advanced Musicians: Would you like to maximize your potential? Learn a new style? Break down your creative barriers? I can help you make changes and grow into the musician you would like to be.

Improvisation – Any instrument, style and level. Learn (or un-learn as the case may be) the tools and techniques needed to create spontaneously.

Music Theory & Ear Training – Any instrument, style and level. Deepen your musical understanding and enhance your performance and listening experience by exploring the structure of music.

Fingerboard Knowledge - Any style and level. Feeling lost on your instrument? Locked into the same old patterns and licks? Break free from your habits and learn the entire neck and unlock your creative potential.

*** Specialties ***
Jazz, improvisation, fingerboard knowledge, music theory, creativity.

Ian G. Hurst, TX

Subjects Taught

Classical Guitar, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Theory

About Me

My music life began in middle school, where I was introduced to music theory, and learned to play the violin and double bass. After a few years of orchestra, I had an overwhelming urge to "rock out" and play loudly, so I switched over to the guitar. I basically taught myself everything I wanted to know about it. It wasn't until about 6 years ago that I realized my love for the classical guitar. Playing three parts at one time (bass, harmony, and melody) is so much fun to me. In the past few years, I've attended several music classes and private lessons, as well as performances with the Tarrant County College Guitar Ensemble and Tarrant County College String Ensemble. 

*** Lesson Details ***
I'm very laid back, and try to keep stress out of the lesson. I keep it fun and light hearted, all the while learning useful components. My curriculum is based on each individual student and what their personal goals are. After 3 months, you can expect to be able to read standard notation and tablature, understand basic concepts of the guitar to shape into any style you want, and know enough chords to write your own songs.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Guitar (classical or electric), music stand, and foot stool.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in the classical guitar method, although I can also teach the basics of guitar which make up the foundation of any style.

Ric F. Arlington, TX

Subjects Taught

Ableton, Acoustic Guitar, Arrangement and Composition, Audio Engineering, Audition Prep, Bass Guitar, Bluegrass Guitar, Blues Guitar, Christian Gospel, Classical Guitar, Composition, Country Guitar, Ear Training, Film Scoring, Flamenco Guitar, Guitar, Logic Pro Software, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Pro Tools Software, Songwriting, Synthesizer

About Me

Ric is an award-winning arranger-composer who teaches all subjects relating to music composition including arranging-songwriting & production.

Ric has taught at colleges, universities, conservatories, workshops and teaches privately at his studio and also online worldwide. He also teaches and tutors for various organizations.

Ric holds an MM in composition (completing) and has studied privately with many well-known composer-arrangers. He is also certified to teach Schillinger studies (theory).

Ric is on the Board of Directors for the College Music Society, South Central Chapter (Jazz) and is the author of books and articles which have been endorsed by musicians from American Idol & The Voice.

Ric has students of all ages and styles from beginners – advanced. Recent students includes students from Berklee College of Music and Liberty University.

COMMENT FROM STUDENT: "Hey Ric, I just wanted to let you know that I took my entering placement test over theory today and I knew EVERYTHING on it! I am so thankful for all that you did to help me get where I am! You are such an amazing teacher and I hope to work with you again in the near future. Thank you so much" (D.T. - Berklee College of Music).

*** Lesson Details ***
I have a quiet and comfortable teaching studio. Many of my students are online. I have a very good online system for teaching and have students worldwide.
My basic teaching philosophy is that I teach the student...with the subject. Each student is unique to me.
I allow students to send me materials (via email) before each lesson that I review beforehand so I come to the scheduled less time prepared.
I also have a recording studio that allows students to "hear" as well as see (if it is on paper) their results.
I frequently blog and write articles for other website journals and send out notices to students using various social media.
I use various textbooks and other supplemental materials so that a student has materials that gets them from "A" to "Z" in a measured way.

*** Studio Equipment ***
DAW - Reaper
Many other programs used for teaching and recording online.

*** Specialties ***
All subjects related to the Composing and Production of music.

Time to Rock n' Roll in Dallas

By Drew S. - Dallas Guitar Teacher

Dallas, Texas is a constantly evolving musical metropolis. The music scene of Austin often casts its shadow over the great opportunities that Dallas provides to musicians of all abilities. Deep Ellum is home to many clubs where budding guitarists can gain exposure and experience with live performance. While larger venues such as the House of Blues showcase the talents of many different professional musicians, The Afters, The Toadies, and (most notably) ZZ-Top all started playing in the small venues within the Dallas music scene.

Dallas is most well-known for its gospel-funk, rock, country and coffeehouse styles of music. Dallas Baptist University and the University of North Texas, both located in Dallas, have some of the best graduate programs for ...

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