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Bass Guitar, Classical Guitar, Flute, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Theory, Saxophone, Songwriting
I just turned 49, and have been playing electric bass and guitar since I was 14, and took up flute a few years, later, and eventually saxophone as well. I graduated from St. Mary's College of Maryland in 1985 with a Bachelors degree in classical guitar, and have been teaching guitar and electric bass for over 25 years. I'm an eclectic player who has studied and integrated many concepts from varying styles including classical, flamenco, jazz, blues, and rock, and I've developed a unique and highly effective teaching method that draws from and builds upon the CAGED system and other established successful methods. My approach to teaching emphasizes simultaneously learning musical concepts, knowledge and skills, and is a highly analytical approach that stresses simplifying, understanding, and mastering "the basics" of musical and instrument-specific knowledge and skills. I specialize in teaching ambitious and highly-motivated students who want to learn as much as they can, go as far as they can, and are prepared to commit to diligent study and practice, and I've developed a system that makes doing so as easy as possible -while utilizing the strengths and adapting to the goals of the individual student(s).
*** Lesson Details ***
My lesson approach is disciplined yet laid-back and supportive, emphasizing identifying and understanding the most basic musical and instrument-specific knowledge and skills upon which everything else is based. My approach is holistic, and emphasizes understanding the connections between everything; with new students who know nothing, I of course start from scratch; with students who do have some knowledge and/or skills, I'll emphasize reinforcing their knowledge and skill and "connecting" "puzzle pieces" -knowledge they already have- to increase that understanding they already have. Early lessons emphasize acquiring knowledge of the CAGED system (especially chords, arpeggios and scales), knowledge of basic musical concepts (especially intervals and chords), tuning the instrument, and proper playing/practice technique.
*** Studio Equipment ***
Upstairs in loft or living room with bass/guitar amp, keyboard and seating for parents.
*** Travel Equipment ***
Students coming to my home can use my amps & cords (if applicable). I provide paper & printed lesson info. I expect students to have/use their own instruments. Of course, I also have a keyboard, for reference & use.
*** Specialties ***
Jazz, classical, rock & blues -with a strong flamenco influence. My approach emphasizes learning/practicing knowledge & skill(s) at the same time, using many exercises to facilitate this. I prefer teaching advanced and/or highly-motivated "serious" students. I play/teach electric, steel-string, classical guitar -both fingerstyle & pick- and electric bass. I'm also a highly-competent flute and saxophone instructor.
I strongly emphasize learning the basics of music and the Western musical alphabet, the basics of music theory, and eventually, more complex elements/aspects of music -such as advanced harmony, counterpoint, and composition.
Clarinet, Drum, Flute, French Horn, Music Performance, Music Theory, Oboe, Percussion, Piano, Saxophone, Singing, Trombone, Trumpet, Violin
I am an experienced musician and teacher with over 25 years of experience! I was trained at the Boston and New England Conservatories BME and MM), and a DMA from Rutgers University. I have also been a former student of Leon Russianoff (NYC), Anthony Gigliotti (Philadephia Orchestra), and William Wrzesien (Boston Pops/Esplanade).
*** Travel Equipment ***
Students are to supply their own music stands, instruments, and music/supplies.
*** Specialties ***
I am consistent with teaching warm-up exercises, scales (major and minor w/arpeggios), lesson book, and solos. Lesson books and solo books vary with instrument and student interest.
Arrangement and Composition, Audition Prep, Bass Clarinet, Clarinet, Composition, Ear Training, Flute, Music Theory, Saxophone
Hello, my name is Gizmo, woodwind and composition instruction. I am 23 years old and have been pursuing music for over ten years. A Vegas native, I am an alum of the Las Vegas Academy for Performing and Visual Arts ('08 graduate!). I've studied extensively with artists like Nathan Tenouye, Dave Perrico and Dave Loeb.
I am experienced with an array of different musical styles both classical (contemporary saxophone literature) and modern (jazz, sca, and more!) Weather gearing up for solo and ensemble festival and you need to learn the Fuzzy Bird Sonata or battle of the bands and you need to learn that one sca line, I can help.
If you're interested in improving your ear or music theory skills, you're in the right place.
I am currently finishing a Bachelors of Music at UNLV in Jazz Composition, free for lessons almost any time.
"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."