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Popular Music Teachers Near Raleigh

Charles N.

Raleigh, NC
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Carolyn B.

Cary, NC
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Robert D.

Raleigh, NC
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Charles N. Raleigh, NC

Subjects Taught

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

About Me

Charlie is a certified music teacher, who teaches in areas surrounding Clayton and travels to teach in the Raleigh and Knightdale areas. He first began teaching guitar and piano during his music studies at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, MS. At the university and after receiving his degree in music education, he has taught and performed in various musical settings and venues which has included the genres of classical, jazz, blues, rock, folk and country. Besides teaching and performing, Charlie also is a songwriter who writes songs for his groups performances and teaches his more advanced students songwriting.

Drawing upon his education and experiences as both performer and teacher, he strives to relate his background to his student's learning experiences and progress. As each student comes with his or her individual musical wants and interests, student lessons are designed to meet these needs of a particular student. Charlie has young students of ages 5 to 14 as well as students of upper ages. According to a student's level of musicianship (beginner, advanced or in between), students are taught how to read music, music theory in relation to their progress, chords, scales and how to write/compose their own songs. He has designed a method of teaching which is full of great musical exercises & fun illustrations for the young student to enjoy while learning skills on their instrument.

For example, students can began with simple fingerings of chords & beginning melodies played in slow rhythms to allow the student to develop at a comfortable pace. Students that can not read music notation begin simple reading exercises of note recognition, time signatures, note values, eye hand coordination and more.

*** Lesson Details ***
I design student lessons according the age, playing level and music related interests as lessons can cover a broad range of interests and musical styles. For my beginning students- to develop their understanding of playing chords and rhythms,
I teach chords as they relate to musical keys and some common rhythm patterns used in many popular songs.

For guitar students, I have designed & developed my own materials for guitar (sheets & accompanying CD) which guide students in practicing chords progressions, strum/rhythm patterns & scales/melodies in relation to chords. My students have shown much success in these methods of concentrating on developing that essential sense & feel for playing different rhythm styles. Piano instruction is centered on learning to read music notation and music theory as it relates to the student's progress.

As students advance, more emphasis is placed on improvising on melodies, different approaches to soloing and chord extensions and substitutions. Also, students are taught music theory as it relates to their progress to enable them to create their own music.

I have a good selection of method books and materials to fit each student's level of musicianship and choice of playing style(s) to extend upon their interests and goals.

My approach to teaching is to make lessons fun and enjoyable in a comfortable and relaxed setting to allow the student full
concentration on each lesson. But, also to provide the necessary guidance and encouragement to challenge and motivate students to improve and develop natural strengths and new skills.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I have a good selection of materials (many I've developed), extra instruments if needed and recording equipment. The student will need the instrument and an amp for electric guitar.

*** Specialties ***
Teach theory as relates to students progress- examples, chords as relate to major scales, understanding of I IV V chords
in popular music genres, develop knowledge of chords & rhythmic sense before learning songs. I teach in styles of blues,
rock. jazz, country and classical.

Carolyn B. Cary, NC

Subjects Taught

Music Theory, Piano

About Me

I am a pianist and theorist who is enthusiastic about helping you learn more about music! I have a Bachelors of Music Performance from Appalachian State University and a Masters of Music Theory from Bowling Green State University. Music is one of my passions, a passion I would love to share with you!

I have experience with classical, classic, jazz, and Broadway music, among other genres. My performance and scholarly studies were primarily classical, but not limited to classical music.

Whether you pursue performance, scholarship, a greater appreciation of music, or simply a fun experience, I will help you reach your goals! None of these is exclusive, as all of them should be fun!

*** Lesson Details ***
I prefer to teach in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere where the student can ask questions and offer opinions without fear. I am a patient and encouraging teacher, though I do expect students to prepare for lessons and improve over time. Lessons and curricula are tailored to the individual, depending on the student's goals. Should those goals change over the course of his/her study, the curriculum and lesson format will reflect that change. I believe in a well-rounded education, incorporating not only memorization or sight-reading (for example), but the underlying theories and relevant historical information. Most importantly, I will endeavor to make lessons enjoyable as well as educational for all involved!

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide sight-reading/singing materials, handouts, and copies of music. I expect the student to provide his/her own instrument, textbook, and staff paper.

*** Specialties ***
Music Theory/Aural Skills: tonal through post-tonal theory, including counterpoint, part-writing, Roman numeral analysis, set theory; tonal and atonal sight singing (with solfege, numbers, and European letter names), rhythmic and melodic dictation, chord series

Piano: primarily tonal music (Baroque through Romantic), sight-reading, show tunes, popular songs

Robert D. Raleigh, NC

Subjects Taught

Accompaniment, Acoustic Guitar, Arrangement and Composition, Audio Engineering, Bass Guitar, Beatbox, Composition, Drum, Ear Training, Flute, Guitar, Harmonica, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Percussion, Photography, Piano, Saxophone, Singing, Songwriting, Stage Performance, Ukulele, Vocal Training

About Me

I am originally a self-taught musician, picking up piano and guitar on my own at the age of 13. In high school, I studied music theory and sound engineering formally, and often helped my fellow students understand their lessons and learn their repertoire. Since then, I have been lucky enough to make music my full-time endeavor, working as a recording engineer and session player for other artists, playing in live bands, and teaching private lessons to students of all ages.

I have a deep love for music in all its forms, and I love to inspire that feeling in others. I strive to teach every student that they are in control of their own musical progress - I can show them the information they need to further understand a topic, but it is up to them to internalize and strengthen that understanding. With this approach, I try to instill a sense of ownership to a student's musical abilities, resulting in a growing interest in learning and mastering their art.

I customize my lessons, working with the student to meet their individual goals, while at the same time offering my perspective of their abilities and aspirations. I like to give beginning students a basic understanding of music theory right in the beginning, so that they can immediately begin to understand the patterns and relationships within the notes they play or sing.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am encouraging, patient, and pleasant in my lessons. I try to make my students understand that mistakes are not embarrassing flukes or failures on their part, but simply a part of the process of learning. The art of identifying and correcting your mistakes is a key part of progressing as a musician.

I prepare my lessons individually for each student, providing them with exercise material they will enjoy practicing and songs they want to learn. I encourage students to ask questions and tell me what skills they want to develop, but also offer my own perspective to them to encourage a well-rounded musical foundation.

My ultimate goal is to teach the joy of creating music. Music is an infinitely rewarding art form, and I love to inspire excitement and confidence in a student who may have been uncertain about his or her abilities.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Home studio w/ full weighted keyboard, synth action keyboards, acoustic, electric, and bass guitars, concert ukulele, alto saxophone, flute, 2 electronic drum sets, percussion instruments, recording equipment, and seating for parents.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Guitars, alto sax, flute, keyboards, percussion instruments, portable recording equipment.

*** Specialties ***
Jazz, Rock, Metal, Blues, Pop, Electronica, Fusion, Funk, RnB, Reggae, and Neo-Classical

Autumn B.

Raleigh, NC
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Matt M.

Raleigh, NC
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Kevin D.

Raleigh, NC
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Autumn B. Raleigh, NC

Subjects Taught

Violin

About Me

I have been actively involved in music all my life. I started playing violin 15 years ago. I never would have expected it to take me where I am today. It has guided me to become a confident, respectful, and creatively evolving adult.

I teach mostly classical style violin, but do have a few students who are mainly interested in church music, pop, folk, and fiddle. I love to arrange popular music for my students, and encourage this side of the violin as well as the classics.

I have played in a few symphony orchestras on the west coast Including the Orange County H.S. of the Arts Philharmonic, and the Spokane Honors Symphony. I have been involved in the creating of Composition Clubs, and String Quartets as well as String Trios in the Pacific Northwest.

My main focus with the violin is in a folk pop band called Saints Apollo, where I perform and arrange string parts with Kaitlin Grady, an accomplished local cellist. I am also heavily involved in the rock/pop/indie music scene in Raleigh, and I frequently provide session work in and out of the studio for local artists.

*** Lesson Details ***
Always depending on the student's goals of course, I like to involve personal creativity into my lessons. From figuring out well known tunes, to eventually writing melodies, or at least coming up with the basis and foundation to a piece. I have learned that writing music on your instrument, in conjunction with learning to play the classics, opens up a vast array of musical knowledge and musical creativity. Everything depends upon what the student wants out of their lessons though.

I do enforce weekly homework in the form of scales, warm-ups, etudes, and selected works. All varying upon playing level, and progressing differently from student to student. Recitals are offered at local coffee shops and community churches. The student will have a choice on whether to play solo, with piano accompaniment, guitar accompaniment, or duet music for recitals.

After the first 6 months, the student should be able to comprehend most basic music theory, from note names and where they sit on the fingerboard, to basic scales, time signatures, and basic rhythms in order to effectively sight-read sheet music. The student will have developed a proper bow hold, and will be able to demonstrate a smooth and straight bowing pattern to obtain great tone! Every student grows at a completely different rate, and this is what is expected of the average student.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music stand, yamaha keyboard, multiple violins, guitar,

*** Travel Equipment ***
Music Stand, Violin, Violin Bag O' Tricks

*** Specialties ***
For my beginning students I use a combination of the Suzuki Method, All for Strings or Essential Elements, and Harvey Whistler's Scales in First Position.

Materials used for advanced students varies.

This instrument holds true to so much that occurs naturally in nature. The science behind the instrument is so fascinating, and I love to teach with that thought in mind! There is a reaction to every action you make!

I enjoy teaching classical styles, but also encourage exploration into popular music as well, and provide arrangements if the selection is appropriate.

Matt M. Raleigh, NC

Subjects Taught

Drum, Music Performance, Music Theory, Percussion, Piano

About Me

At heart, I'm a rock-nerd.

But the beautiful thing about music and especially music theory is that you start to realize that every composer, be it Bach or The Beastie Boys, uses the same tricks.

I can teach an arpeggio on piano and play a bit of a Beethoven song and then switch right to a Muse song and hear that exact same lick. With drums, I can teach a rudiment (the building blocks of percussion) and then play a Nirvana song back to back with a concerto and hear the exact same pattern played on the snare. It's all the same, in the best way. And at the risk of sounding corny, I think it speaks to the universal spirit of music.

*** Lesson Details ***
Drawing on his touring experience and knowledge of several instruments, Matt helps engage his students in the process of learning an instrument and playing in a band. Blending the discipline of learning fundamentals to the expression and fun of playing music, lessons will be tailored to the student's goals as well as a practical perspective of music reading and ear training. He pushes his students to practice and yet is open-minded of kids and adult's busy schedules. Each lesson is different and includes a variety of learning games/activities.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Full Drum set, Snare, Roland Digital Piano, Roland keyboard/synthesizer, computer, library of musical books and sheet music, acoustic guitar, loop station, two microphones, effects pedals, congas, and general purpose amplifier.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I might bring my guitar on occasion, but mostly just a notebook and other books if needed. The student would need to provide the instrument if I come to their home, otherwise I have everything (and more) at my home studio. For drums only a drum pad and sticks are necessary for beginners. Piano players need a weighted keyboard or acoustic piano.

*** Specialties ***
Matt turned his habit of tapping rhythmically on chairs, desks, car seats, floors, (and nearly anything else) into a profession. When he was ten, his mother finally decided that maybe a drum set and a small keyboard would be a better outlet and he began channeling that energy into something musical.

Now after over 20 years of musical experience including national tours opening for acts such as Bonnie Raitt, Bobby McFerrin, The Average White Band, and even Styx (yes Styx!), he is dedicating his career to teaching.

Having trained since middle school with various private instructors, he studied with some of the top musicians of the region at Denver University's Lamont School of Music as well as Auckland University in New Zealand. Known as a multi-instrumentalist with a focus on drum set, he is also adept at piano, keyboard, and is also a nationally-recognized vocal percussionist (beatboxer) having performed around the country. He has won awards for vocal percussion, a Capella arranging, and live-looping, and has been featured on various radio stations and podcasts.

He passion, however teaching fresh faces how to find self-expression through an instrument through discipline and patience. He has taught drums and piano privately for over eight years and developed an engaging and effect method to learning the instruments. Mixing technique and ear training, Matt believes that leading student's to their voice and helping them develop discipline and intuition is the highest goal of any music teacher.

He teaches out of his home studio just outside Raleigh next to Cary where he and the student have access to a rich variety of resources. He also teaches kids and adults alike, how to play in a band as he will play guitar, piano or drums to whatever the student is learning to allow them to be conformable in a group setting.

This can be the first step towards a lifetime of musical expression!

Kevin D. Raleigh, NC

Subjects Taught

Clarinet, Music Theory, Piano, Saxophone

About Me

I am a professional music teacher with 29 years experience. Very experienced at teaching all band instruments. Expert at Saxophones - Clarinet. I am Nationally Board Certified as a Band Teacher. I can teach a student what they need from specific solos to audition materials to Jazz Improvisation. I currently perform throughout the area. I am experienced at teaching students of ALL ages what they want to learn about the saxophone and clarinet. I can play and demonstrate for you as a musician. I own and play Soprano, Alto and Tenor Sax. Bari as well but do not own one. I also play clarinet and flute. I am a good young piano teacher.

I have successfully taught many students to success at district and honors band level auditions, as well as prep for Governor's School and College Auditions.

I can teach you what you would like to know to be successful at your instrument.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Stands, Chairs, Recording Equipment and Sound Playback if needed.

Can do Smart Music.

*** Travel Equipment ***
My Chrysler 2011 - if needed.

*** Specialties ***
Saxophones and Clarinets - Young Piano. Beginning ALL Band Instruments.

Raleigh Music Lessons

As you may already know Raleigh, NC is well known for its Oak trees, however what may surprise you is that its music industry is also quite popular. The city is rich in history and has a blossoming culture specifically in theatrical performances. In fact, this city has a number of performance venues including the Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion, Raleigh Memorial Auditorium and Theatre in the Park. With so many possible venues to showcase your talent, all you need is to choose the best Raleigh music lessons, and maybe one day you’ll be lucky enough to perform in one of Raleigh’s music venues.

Who knows, you could be the next Evan Rachel Wood, a famous resident of Raleigh that is known to have participated in Raleigh music lessons. She developed her talents to singing and acting ...

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