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Popular Music Theory Teachers Near Jacksonville

Heather L.

Saint Augustine, FL
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Angela C.

Saint Johns, FL
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Justin W.

Jacksonville, FL
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Heather L. Saint Augustine, FL

Subjects Taught

Acting, Broadway Singing, Meisner Technique, Music Performance, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Piano, Singing, Songwriting, Theater Acting

About Me

What is more important than my conservatory education and my teaching and performance experiences is my passion for teaching music and my undying belief that anyone can learn to sing, play piano, and read music. I'm a graduate of the prestigious Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey and a winner of its merit scholarship. After performing with the New York and Royal Philharmonics, the New Jersey and Virginia Symphonies, the American Boy Choir and the internationally renowned opera star, Andrea Bocelli, studying opera and piano at Westminster Choir College and performance art and improvisational acting at East Carolina University in North Carolina, and appearing in shows and pageants across the east coast, I found my life's work in 2003 when I began teaching music. I've successfully taught hundreds of different students since 2003, from 5-year-old with special needs, to middle-aged professional opera singers, to 65-year-old doctors of music. I've created and led a workshop about singing called, "The Whole Body Singer". My extensive knowledge of the voice has encouraged and enriched hundreds of singers and prepared many to win competitions, musicals, pageants and auditions. Having both taught myself piano and received formal training at a conservatory has prepared me to teach almost anyone how to play. The intensive training and education that I received at Westminster Choir College in songwriting, music theory and sigh-treading has benefited my students at every level.

*** Lesson Details ***
In the lessons that I teach, I'm laid back, positive and encouraging. While I want my students to have fun and love music, not dread it, I expect hard work and persistence. I am caring, patient, nurturing, and compassionate. For piano lessons, I usually allow the student to choose a piece with which to warm up and then move on to technique and repertoire. In my voice lessons, I usually warm up the singer and discuss technique and sight-singing before focusing on song choices. Joan Frey Boytim wrote a book for voice that I like to use, and I like the Estelle Liebling exercises for the more advanced singer. Hanon exercises are a big part of my piano curriculum, and I enjoy the Bastien and Alfred books for young and old. I have used completely random songs pulled out of a piano bench and a karaoke CD for kids. I will use almost anything I can get my hands on if it means effectively teaching music. Parents are always welcome to observe lessons quietly.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide an acoustic guitar to bring to voice lessons. I expect my piano students to have a piano, an organ or a keyboard.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in teaching classical, pop and musical theater singing, classical and pop/rock/chordal style piano, and sigh-treading, including solfege syllables. I enjoy using Estelle Liebling as my voice method and Hanon for piano technique. I also have coursework in jazz and pop theory and songwriting from Westminster Choir College.

Angela C. Saint Johns, FL

Subjects Taught

Flute, Music Performance, Music Theory, Piano

About Me

I am a flutist and teacher with over 20 years experience as a performer and 10 years in the classroom and private studio.

Flutists, want to make all-state band next year? I am looking for dedicated, motivated students with a desire to go further with their playing and education.

I also teach beginning level piano students ages 5+.

I have teaching experience in several age groups and areas of music education. Most recently, as a band/choir director in Duval County. I have also taught instrumental music at the elementary, middle and high school levels in my home state of Colorado. Since 1999, my private teaching experience has ranged from beginners of all ages to amateur adults and college music majors.

I currently perform as a flutist in the First Coast Wind Ensemble. Previously, I have served as director and played piccolo for the Cow Boy Band in Idaho Springs, CO, and held the piccolo/3rd flute chair in the Aurora Symphony Orchestra, CO.

*** Lesson Details ***
My goal for every student is consistent progress and growth. In our time spent together, we will focus on fundamentals and music theory, however, if there is something that interests you, we will explore that as well!

For the beginning student, within the first 3-6 months, we will begin to discover how to read music and produce a quality sound on the instrument. We'll learn how to play some of your favorite songs and learn some that you do not know also. We will create a practice routine and learn HOW to practice. We will figure out what you really want to learn and achieve that through our lessons as well as your individual practice.

For the intermediate-advanced flute student, we will begin understanding more music theory and different types of scales. Soon, you'll be playing solos with ease and be able to identify patterns in the music. We'll learn about playing techniques, breathing, tone production and musicality! We will also learn performance techniques, how to work with technology, and how to have a great stage presence in front of a live audience. We will then begin learning more challenging music.

For all of my students, it is a journey that is exciting, unique to each individual, and one that we will embark on together!

Because music is a performing art, I aim to coordinate one to two music recitals each year for students who are interested. This is an optional event, but is highly encouraged as part of the learning experience.

*My studio is in a safe, family-friendly home, and smoke-free environment. We have a small, friendly dog-named Kevin. He is low key and very quiet. You may or may not see him at your weekly lessons. We also have a gray cat, but you probably will not see her regularly.

So! What do you say? Shall we BEGIN THE JOURNEY TO MUSICAL SUCCESS? :)

*** Studio Equipment ***
I provide a safe, well-lit, studio space on the first floor of my home. I will have some sheet music, CD's, a laptop computer with a subscription to Smart Music, a metronome, a tuner, and a music stand. You should plan to bring your instrument, music, and a pencil.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide some music and a metronome. I expect students to provide their instrument, music stand, recommended sheet music, tuner, and a metronome.

*** Specialties ***
Classical Style

Justin W. Jacksonville, FL

Subjects Taught

Bass Guitar, Broadway Singing, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Piano, Singing, Songwriting

About Me

Justin strives to instill his passion for music in everyone whose path he crosses. As a performer, Justin is an active tenor soloist and choral singer who has appeared onstage at venues throughout the state of Florida, performing repertoire ranging from Baroque to contemporary works. Drawing influence from singers such as Andrea Bocelli, Luciano Pavarotti, and Hansi K├╝rsch, Justin has developed into a versatile performer recognized for his beautiful tone and expressive musicality.

A native of Florida, Justin was born and raised in the Melbourne area, where he studied under Metropolitan Opera singer Mark Baker until his relocation to Jacksonville, where he studies with James Hall at the University of North Florida while pursuing his degrees in Music Education and Music Performance.

With my knowledge and experience, I am confident I can guide you through whatever instrument or skill you desire, be it guitar, piano, bass, voice, or songwriting. I look forward to meeting you soon!

*** Lesson Details ***
Although I have a relatively laid-back personality, I expect dedication from my students. Daily practice is a requirement for progress, whether it be breathing exercises, fingering positions, or songwriting. Students are encouraged to work at their own pace, but will continue to be challenged in order to better themselves.

Through personalized lesson plans, I plan on guiding you to mastery of the two most important aspects of musicianship: technique and creativity. Along the way, you will learn basic music theory, how to read music, how to play scales and chords, sight-reading, and popular repertoire, as well as training in improvisation and group performances. And of course, any personal goals you may have will be added to the curriculum, so you can achieve exactly what you want out of our lessons together!

I highly encourage all of my students to bring a notebook, writing utensil, and a recording device of some kind to all of our lessons. For our first lesson, come prepared to answer questions regarding your goals, musical preferences, and any prior experience. Lessons will begin and end on time.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Seating for parents, music area, guitar, bass, keyboard, amps.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Students are responsible for providing their own instruments and materials.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in classical, blues, and metal. However, in my six years of experience, I have touched on a a variety of different styles, including pop, ska, jazz, reggae, and rock.

Raymond (Remi) L.

Jacksonville, FL
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James W.

Jacksonville, FL
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Jason T.

Ponte Vedra, FL
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Raymond (Remi) L. Jacksonville, FL

Subjects Taught

Bass Guitar, Classical Guitar, Guitar, Music Theory, Organ, Piano, Songwriting, Ukulele

About Me

I completed musical studies at the Conservatory of Music of San Juan, Puerto Rico and graduated MAGNA CUM LAUDE, with Majors in Musical Education and as a Performing Artist.
I am a qualified bilingual Music Instructor.
I have performed as a guitarist with several orchestras, musical groups, bands and as classical guitar soloist I have given numerous recitals and concerts.
I have worked as a Music Educator at the Social & Pedagogic Academic Institutes teaching pedagogic & didactic principles to teachers and at the same time I have been teaching classical and popular guitar at all levels and ages at several other music schools.
I wrote a guitar method “MELODIC GUITAR” for beginners from 7 years of age and up, and this method has been translated from Papiamentu into the English and Spanish languages.
Although my music background is classical, I play and teach popular music, which I love.
Just to mention a few guitarists who appeal to me: Carlos Santana, George Benson, Paco de Lucia, Julian Bream.
I also teach electrical and acoustic guitar, bass-guitar, piano/keyboard, ukulele, venezuelan & PR cuatro, songwriting and music theory.
Music is an International language; a way to express inner feelings!
And Teaching it, is my passion!

*** Lesson Details ***
Studying with me will be more than moments of instruction and learning.
In addition to acquiring musical knowledge and technical skills, each class is really a musical experience.
The dynamic during class is focused on making music and in having fun, developing new technical skills and reaching your goals!
The Students will be constantly experimenting with various aspects of music: the Melody, Harmony, and Rhythm. I will be at all moments musically accompanying the student, developing his or her musical hearing pitch, musical aesthetic values, creativity, and artistic expression.
I offer quality Music Lessons!

*** Studio Equipment ***
A Studio equipped with comfortable chairs, desk, keyboards, guitars, white board, music stands, amplifier,
Parents can sit in on lessons

*** Specialties ***
Pop, Blues, Modern, Latin, Classical and Popular Music

James W. Jacksonville, FL

Subjects Taught

Acting, Film Acting, Guitar, Harmonica, Improv Acting, Jazz Dancing, Method Acting, Music Recording, Music Theory, Percussion, Singing, Speaking Voice, Theater Acting

About Me

I believe in sharing the happiness of making music with anyone who loves music and the guitar in particular. I do my very best to get you playing the songs you love in Pop, Rock, Jazz and Folk Music of your choice. Today's modern new guitars are easy to play and you will enjoy learning Guitar right away. That is how it should be.
When you study there is a basic understanding of Guitar to be learned that allows an ease of use for anyone for years to come. This will help you reach your goal and improve each week. My students learn to practice in a way that feels comfortable and makes sense. This takes all the stress out of learning and gives everyone something to smile about and look forward to each week.

The good feeling of playing along with friends and taking a solo is within every students grasp. I will show you the way there. And with a solid and straightforward approach to the theory as it applies directly to the guitar you will feel confident and unafraid of any music endeavor. We'll cover harmony and fingerboard theory and give you a road map of the guitar neck that makes it a pleasure to play. You learn the basics and much more than you thought possible retaining 90 percent of what you learn!

Having been a student myself I was deeply involved in music since age 12 and played in bands and duos for over 15 years . I can help you to be a well rounded player and performer with a smile, a laugh and a joy for music whether your in a band or a budding solo artist.

*** Lesson Details ***
Most students want to play the Guitar to play their favorite songs and I'm the same way. Music is something we carry with us in our hearts and minds. Students will learn what they wish to learn and work at a pace that is comfortable to them. Whether you are a student, “weekend warrior” or a parent whose child has expressed an interest in Guitar anyone can learn all there is to know about Harmony and Theory for the Guitar and how to play their favorite songs.

We cover theory in an easy and straightforward no nonsense way in the first half of each lesson and then apply it to the song you wish to learn. This creates an atmosphere where you understand and feel at home with the Guitar. You get an understanding right away and because it is immediately fun it allows you to feel comfortable at any level. Music is fun, and songs are the creative expression of what we feel. Combining theory and the freedom to play and sing songs allows us to express ourselves through music.á
After 6 months students will have a solid foundation in theory, and a road map of the guitar fretboard enabling them to advance to an intermediate level if they are ready to do so. Students will know enough that music as it relates to the Guitar, which is the world’s most popular instrument in contemporary music, is not a mystery but is a welcome friend. And they will be able to play songs by popular artists and advance at a pace that is satisfying and enjoyable.
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Student Comments:
What Students Are Saying About ~ James Teaching Style

“James’ patience, knowledge and under-standing made learning guitar fun. I like the lessons. He cares.”
--Rebecca L., guitar
student, Venice Beach, CA 2003

“James taught me to
play pop and rock, and
introduced me to
fingerstyle guitar. I love it!”
--Joseph E., guitar student, Vancouver, BC 2006

“I studied guitar privately with James in 2010. His style of teaching helped me to get
past my blocks. He opened new doors for me. Thanks!”
--Daniel S., guitar
student, Los Angeles, CA 2010
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What James spouse says about working on songwriting with him:

"James is my husband for over 10 years now. Over the years, I have seen James give guidance and counsel to many hopeful musicians of all ages, and inspire others about how music influences and benefits our lives. I would highly recommend James to anyone who wants to learn guitar, voice, music theory, and acting. James is a great talent, and study with him would benefit anyone with the sincere desire to grow as an artist. When we married, I had fallen in love with James’ conversational style, and his vast knowledge of music. When I heard him play guitar, I knew that I wanted to write songs with him, and we released our first album, in 2012 on iTunes."

Regards,
Keri W.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Ovation Glen Campbell Artist Acoustic Electric Guitar, Ovation Pacemaker 12 string Guitar, Ibanez PF 5 Acoustic Electric Guitar, Fender Telecaster 6 string Electric Guitar. Korg Mini Pandora III Amplifier/Studio EFX, Toshiba Laptop Satelite Pro with PreSonus Studio One Artist Software, PreSonusUSB Audiobox, HD7 Studio Monitor Headphones, M7 Condenser Mic, PreSonus Studio Producer software with SoundCloud integration, iBook G4 with Garageband 3 and iLife Studio. Godin Summit CT Electric Guitar is the guitar I now endorse exclusively !

*** Travel Equipment ***
Lesson Plans, Godin Summit CT Guitar, Fender and Ovation Guitars, Tuner, Android Smartphone and apps, iPads, Korg Mini Pandora Amp, Toshiba Satelite Pro Laptop. Android LG Smartphone with Tuners, Voice Recorder, and Metronome and Chord Reference Guide, and Guitar Tuner, iPod Touch Pro Studio.

*** Specialties ***
Songs in the following styles: Pop, Rock and Modern Country Music. Also Composition Analysis while learning the song.

Jason T. Ponte Vedra, FL

Subjects Taught

Music Theory, Trombone

About Me

More than anything, I have a passion for music. I do have a bachelor's degree in instrumental music performance from Oklahoma Christian University and a couple of years of teaching experience already, buy my main qualification is my passion. I want to help you or your child become a MUSICIAN and a PERFORMER, not just a skilled player or music theory student. Learning and developing technical skills are vital, and they are a huge part of my teaching method, but learning MUSICIANSHIP is just as important, and it comes across in every note you play. I want young musicians to really understand what they are playing and why, and to be able to play their music skillfully and artistically.

*** Lesson Details ***
I get results! My middle school students go from last chair to first, and my high school students make their all-region band and get superior scores on solo/ensemble competitions. That's because my teaching method blends technical, fundamental skill development with general musicality training and FUN! All three are vital to the student's improvement. Band directors and judges are consistently impressed with my students' performance because they not only learn the music they're supposed to play, but they improve their understanding of musical concepts and learn to express themselves musically.

*** Specialties ***
Music theory, low brass technical skill development, music appreciation development.

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