Mark A.

Mark A.

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Mesa, AZ

About Mark A.

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Mark teaches: Males 5 and up
Females 5 and up
Teaching since: September 1991
Last sign in: Yesterday
Average response time: 13 hours

Overview

I am not only a Grammy winning musician with over 15 years of touring and recording experience, but also a classically trained performer and instructor. I teach various instruments covering all styles and levels and believe in making your learning experience fun and interesting.

Music and the adventure in learning music has been my life's greatest experience. As I travel on that journey, the greatest thing is being an instructor and having the opportunity of taking my students along and sharing the gift of music and feeling the joy of discovery as we play, perform, compose and whatever other elements of music that come before us as we advance towards our goals.

I invite you to hop on board, buckle up and get ready for one of the greatest rides life has to offer.



*** Lesson Details ***
My philosophy with regards to teaching and sharing my experience with students, is firstly to create an environment where learning is fun. This serves to keep a student interested and motivated to learn.

How I do this is to allow the student to choose the music they are interested in, then for myself to provide them with the tools necessary to learn and perform their music. These tools include the theoretical and practical information, knowledge and technique needed to play the songs, then recording and performing these songs and learning by listening back as well as practicing to backing CD's.

I have over the years been fortunate enough to learn several instruments and not only perform and record them but also work them into my teaching program. I teach voice to beginners and intermediate students. With a focus on correct breathing and projection techniques, then we utilize professional backing tracks for practice


*** Travel Equipment ***
Students must have their own instruments to practice.

*** Specialties ***
My official training is in the Segovia technique of classical guitar, but I have performed and taught varied genres from folk to country, rock and pop. Jazz and Latin are included in my repertoire, and I also have experience in gospel and contemporary Christian music. I won a South African Grammy in 1992 while performing with the group Jo Day.

Photos and Videos

Instrumental original guitar composition.

Education

Bachelors Degree In Performing Arts Jan 1987 - Nov 1990
University of South Africa UNISA

Languages Spoken

Afrikaans Professional Proficiency
English Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

Certification of music theory with Merit Mar 1987
Unisa

Awards

South African Grammy Jun 1992
SA Grammy Awards
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Gina F. November 24, 2014
Piano · In home
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We are entering our third month of piano lessons with Mark and in that time my daughter Maya, 8 years old has made more progress than she did in one year with her previous teacher. As a mom of 4, it was important for me to be able to stay home for lessons and of course have it be affordable. But I also wanted someone I could trust to nurture my daughter's love of music. Mark does a really good job with that. He is very knowledgeable and he's a great teacher. Maya really enjoys the fun he makes out of learning. I'm so happy to see her thriving with her love of music and Mark has become a very important part of that.
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Jeff E. June 1, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Mark is awesome. He's really helped me out a lot with vocals and getting better with guitar. When I don't understand something completely he puts it in a way that I can understand and tells me not what I want to hear, but what I need to hear. No matter what you are trying to improve on, Mark will make it happen and teach you some tricks you wouldn't be able to find on YouTube or anywhere else.
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StormyA February 22, 2012
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I have never had a teacher like Mark. He takes his time and is never hurried or rushed during the lessons. He is very gracious and understanding. He never gets upset when it takes you some time to learn things or get the hang out it. When i Come back for more lessons, you can bet that i will fight for Mark to be my teacher