Piano, Singing, Classical Guitar, Music Theory, Songwriting, Ukulele
I would first like to say that I was born into a musical family. My Dad (choir director) and five older brothers were not only the majority of the choir in our large Catholic church, but Dad had a "tame" Frank Sinatra singing style. My mother played harmonica and piano by ear so acquiring musical intellects spread quickly to all of us. Most of my siblings sang and played instruments as we had a piano, guitar, organ, harmonica, trumpet, clarinet and a recorder to use as we pleased, with or without a music teacher.
I started singing and playing the piano at age four, With consistent encouragement from my oldest sister (a professional organist for 40+ years), I learned piano and music theory while I was learning to read English, started guitar at eight. A natural born singer, I learned the basics of voice while in choir from middle school through high school while accompanying myself on piano or guitar when singing privately or for others. I wrote my first song at 17 and worked my way through college playing original music in coffee shops while earning my bachelors degree. After college, I started touring across the US (this was long before American Idol and the Internet when if you wanted to make it, you had to "pay your dues" on the road first). Working in the studio was always the most fun and challenging, my first original song got air play in 1990 (this was before CDs).
I received international distribution of my original music starting 2004; however, around that time I learned that performing was not my preferred way of providing service to others - teaching then become my passion. So while working for a local public school district as substitute teacher for general music classes (orchestra, band, choir as well), I was asked to write and teach a beginning songwriting class. From the very first day I had kids' attention wherever I went; and some of those students eventually recorded their own songs in studios.
After 30+ years of professional musicianship spanning across two continents (US and Germany) with originally produced music available on iTunes and two CDs on the market, I have found a unique way of teaching music to others. I most enjoy teaching families with two or more siblings (along with parents, grandparents, etc.) that want to learn to play a variety of instruments and music together.
Guitar, Piano, Music Recording, Music Theory, Songwriting
My name is J and I have been playing the piano since Elementary school and the guitar since High School. A piano upbringing instilled in me the core basics of music and music theory. Which eventually led me to teaching myself the guitar; which led to writing my own songs; which led to opening up all different kinds of music genres.
Pardon my candor but as a child my parents forced me to learn the piano and I hated it at the time. I guess it was a rebellious stage! Now, as an adult, I am most grateful to my parents for making me stick with it.
My teaching style is simple: FUN with FUNdamentals! I will help my students conquer their fears of the myth that learning music is difficult and convoluted. We will take it slow, step-by-step, and allow the student to progress naturally.
I have had my fair share of playing in recitals and concerts and the privilege of performing live in a few bands. But my rock star dreams have been laid to rest and as the saying goes, "Those who can, do; Those who can't, teach."
Nothing gives me more joy than to see someone finally "Get It!" and start to play along to one of their favorite tunes.
Thank you for your consideration. Hope to see you soon!
Drum, Guitar, Piano, Music Theory, Percussion, Songwriting
I started playing at about the age of three. My father was a drummer
who played semi-professionally part time. I would accompany
him to rehearsals and gigs. I would occasionally sub for him starting
at the age of six or seven. He also coached the school band that I
played in. Once out of high school, I studied with Henry Adler,who
authored Buddy Rich's snare drum book, and then jazz and big band
drummer Sonny Igoe. Although I was already gigging, I was very much
interested in Big band, Jazz, and Fusion and wanted to sharpen my
skills in reading charts and improvisation. I could not have asked
for a better teacher than Sonny, who I consider my mentor. During
these years of study I was gigging and recording with everyone I
could. I studied music theory, guitar, and piano with several of the
fine musicians I met along the way. Since then my
on the job training has spread across all styles of music; rock,
blues, jazz, fusion, theater, and playing with a number of big bands,
including several years of touring. I also ran my own band for
several years, as well as writing, arranging, and recording music for other artists.
Guitar, Piano, Classical Guitar, Music Recording, Music Theory, Songwriting
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.
Bass Guitar, Drum, Piano, Singing, Music Recording, Music Theory, Songwriting, Organ
I started playing recognizable melodies on the piano at 18 months old. At that time I was told that I even had perfect pitch. By age 5, my mother started giving me classical, gospel, and improvisational lessons. I was one of her 50 students until my senior year in high school. Through elementary, junior high, and high school, I received a lot of performance experience from school marching/concert bands, choirs, church choirs, piano concerts, band/choral conducting, and composing.
I received my BBA in Finance from the University of Texas at Arlington; through college and to the present, I have received over 25 years of performing/directing experience from overseeing two mega-church music ministries. At these ministries, I served as the department head, responsible for lead piano, directing, arranging, worship leading, and departmental oversight.
I have produced 7 personal instrumental projects, and I have produced and recorded over 40 projects for other local, regional, and international artists. I currently travel with national, jazz, recording saxophonist, Joseph Vincelli, and my personal band Zamar. We have performed with a number of acts from Kirk Franklin, Kirk Whalum, Boney James, Fred Hammond, and many more.
As an instructor, I have been blessed with an ability to be relatable, relevant, musical, creative, fun, and engaging. I understand the language of music as a performer, and instructor, but most importantly, I value the ability to help the student find their own path of learning the joy of making music vocally and instrumentally. With over 10 years of private teaching experience and 25 years of group experience, I have gained a wealth of knowledge on how to be instructive and personal with the young or older beginner, intermediate and even advanced players. Let's grow together musically.
Bass Guitar, Drum, Guitar, Piano, Singing, Classical Guitar, Mandolin, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Percussion, Songwriting, Speaking Voice, Ukulele, Accordion, Organ
I teach my students how to understand how music is put together so they can learn even more on their own.
I read, write, and play all styles and I focus on teaching the student fundamentals that work in all styles of music ....AND I get them going on the style they are interested in - pop, rock, country, folk, etc.
I have spent my entire life in the music industry and I can show you how to use what I teach to apply to the real world. I have also been a successful songwriter and I can work with students to learn about song structure and song writing.
I am also good at preparing students for college music classes.
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