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Popular Guitar Teachers Near Richmond

Jesse S

Doswell, VA
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Jeff H.

Richmond, VA
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Connor T.

Richmond, VA
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Jesse S Doswell, VA

Subjects Taught

Banjo, Bass Guitar, Classical Guitar, Flamenco Guitar, Guitar, Harmonica, Mandolin, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Piano, Singing, Songwriting, Ukulele

About Me

I started to fall in love with music when I saw the Beatles Anthology on TV; got my first guitar when I was 15 and have been hooked ever since. I started playing in Rock Bands in high school and started teaching lessons my senior year of high school in Dale City Virginia; then I got real serious about music and decided to go to Music School.

I received my bachelor degree in music performance from VCU in 2006 and have been teaching lessons in the Richmond area ever since. I play many instruments around Richmond and Central Virginia, and you can most notably see me playing mandolin with bands such as, The River City Band and A Good Natured Riot.

I teach every style that a student is willing to learn, everything from Italian Opera to Hip-hop funk. If a student is passionate about a certain area of music then I will help them to further there knowledge on that particular style. I teach students from age 5-100 and have also taught many students with special needs. I love listening to, playing, and teaching others about music. Music is something that once it gets inside of you, it is hard to get out; it becomes a part of you, so hopefully we can make you love and appreciate music as much as I do. Thank you for taking the time to read a little bit about me.

*** Lesson Details ***
My lesson style is patient and laid back, but I am a fan of hard work and details. I believe the harder you work, the more you will be rewarded; but work can be fun, especially when it comes to music. I first try to find out what music the student is passionate about and go from there; once we have found out what the student is interested in we expand on that more, but always paying attention to the fundamentals of music. A student can learn about music theory in a Taylor Swift song just as much as they can from a Mozart song.

I like to work out of Hal Leonard, Mel Bay and Alfred Music Books, but I use a lot of personal notes and songs from previous teachers of mine. If a student is interested in performing I try to have them play out in public either at a show or a recital of mine. After a couple of months of lessons students should be able to have a greater appreciation of music and music styles while being able to read music and play some songs/tunes. Hopefully we will be playing music together in the future, thank you for your time

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music Stand, Piano, small keyboard, midi keyboard for use with macbook pro, Acoustic Guitar-Steel string and Nylon string, Electric Guitar, Two Guitar Amplifiers, banjo, mandolin, electric bass, ukulele, vocal microphones, harmonicas

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide whatever is needed, but the student can provide books or amplifiers if they have certain ones they prefer.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in one on one lessons in any genre, but have done many group lessons. My best areas are classical, jazz, bluegrass, country, and rock n roll/pop

Jeff H. Richmond, VA

Subjects Taught

Classical Guitar, Guitar, Music Theory, Piano

About Me

Jeff began playing guitar at the age of ten. His very first performance was in the fifth grade, performing in a rock band. In high school he sang in the concert choir, chamber ensemble and studied music theory piano and classical guitar. After high school, Jeff obtained a Bachelor and Masters Degree in Music Composition from Virginia Commonwealth University and continued classical guitar studies with Jesus Silva who studied with Andres Segovia. After graduating college, he directed the guitar program at J Sergeant Reynolds Community College for nearly a decade, receiving a faculty recognition and achievement award for five or more years of outstanding service. Jeff currently performs with his own group called the Jeff H. trio, specializing in contemporary jazz performing at various venues and occasions.

Jeff’s music theory and teaching ability is extremely varied and ranges from classical to rock, blues to jazz. Some of his top skills are improvisational guitar techniques, which include sight-reading, understanding chord theory, and how to improvise melodically over various chord changes. Teaching by example and coaching students through performance is not only good practice, but a great confidence builder for the student.

Over the years, Jeff has developed a specific method of teaching that has proven to be extremely effective regardless of age or skill level. Jeff uses a three-pronged approach that focuses on music knowledge, method, and skills training. Through this method, students not only learn their instrument, but enjoy their lessons. This is key aspect for students to achieving their goals. Lastly but important is making the lesson fun and enjoyable for both the student and teacher.

*** Lesson Details ***
As a teacher, recognizing a students goals and creating a strategy to reach them applies to all levels of guitar playing. Jeff will evaluate each student’s abilities and skills and tailor the lessons appropriately. In general, Jeff has at least four approaches on how you may learn and process information: by example, analogy, hypothetical, and by written instruction. In addition to teaching things to students, another primary task of the teacher is to develop the strategy that will get the student where they want to go. The student will establish the goals and together student and teacher will stay focused on the result they want to achieve.

Jeff has been dedicated to music and the teaching of music at all educational levels. Teaching music teaches you to be human; it helps you recognize and appreciate beauty so you learn to be sensitive; music gives you something to cling to when all else fails; music helps you to have more love, more compassion, more gentleness, more good, in short more life. That is why Jeff teaches music.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Amps, stands, upright piano, lessons in front living room w/ seating for parents.

*** Specialties ***
My teaching methods are three pronged, to teach, coach and mentor all in one lesson. I take each student at whatever level they are at to assist in setting their goals and achievements. For example, as part of the mentoring segment i do encourage students to perform for each other, open mics and other performances to help give the student positive musical self esteem. I do teach in the areas of classical, jazz and blues with a concentration in contemporary jazz, jazz arranging, jazz theory and jazz transcriptions.

Connor T. Richmond, VA

Subjects Taught

Bass Guitar, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Theory, Piano

About Me

I first fell in love with music at the age of 7 after hearing Led Zeppelin’s “Black Dog”. I soon after got my first guitar and started learning all of my favorite classic rock songs. Over time my tastes began to branch out to include all kinds of music from country to jazz. Knowing that I wanted to pursue a long-term career in music, I decided to choose a college with a strong music program, and received a bachelor's degree in music performance and jazz studies from Virginia Commonwealth University in May 2010.

As a jazz guitarist, I perform regularly in a variety of settings with various ensembles. For the last several years I have played at various venues in the Richmond area, such as Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens, Tobacco Company restaurant, Havana 59, Maymont, and at private functions including MCV and VCU Alumni Association events, Long & Foster open houses, and Twin Hickory Home Owner's Association wine tastings, to mention a few. I also play and compose original tunes in various styles and instrumentations.

I love to listen to, play, and teach many styles of music ranging from classic rock to country, jazz, metal, classical, and pop. Since 2008, I have been teaching music professionally to all ages from 5 to 50. I teach all levels and styles of guitar, as well as beginner piano and beginner to intermediate level bass guitar.

*** Lesson Details ***
Music should be fun, therefore, I firmly believe that music lessons should be tailored to a student’s interests, tastes, and goals as much as possible. If you want to learn pop, then I will gear your lessons toward pop. If you want to learn jazz, then we will move in that direction from day one. I still focus on all of the basic techniques of playing, reading music, rhythm, and theory but never exclusively within the sometimes sterile pages of a method book. I will often challenge students by suggesting tunes or exercises that I think will be beneficial to their long-term development, but I also like for students to guide their own learning as much as possible so that they enjoy music above all. The lesson style and level of difficulty will vary depending on the student’s prior experience and skill level.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Student should provide their own instrument, music stand, and amp (if necessary), as well as some of the music to be learned (preferably the method book, if applicable). I will provide my own guitar and amp and much of the supplemental music to be learned.

*** Specialties ***
Specialize in jazz, rock, blues, metal, pop, country, and funk. Experience in classical music.

Jonathan G.

Richmond, VA
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Steve A.

Richmond, VA
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Elliott M.

Richmond, VA
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Jonathan G. Richmond, VA

Subjects Taught

Accordion, Bass Guitar, Broadway Singing, Drum, French Horn, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Organ, Percussion, Piano, Singing, Songwriting, Speaking Voice, Trumpet, Upright Bass

About Me

Professional musician since age 11 in NYC. Worked with the Coasters, Drifters, O'Jays, Platters & Temptations plus the Ringling Bros/Barnum & Bailey Circus before the age of 30. Earned a Bachelor's Degree in Music Performance with a minor in Jazz Studies from VCU in 1985. Recorded with the Ray Charles rhythm section, Jimmy Knepper, Kenny Washington, Loren Schoenberg, Joel Futterman, Paul Renz, Russell Scarborough, Steve Bassett, The Upper East Side Big Band (Pollack Prize Winner), Central Virginia Jazz Orchestra (CVJO) which was nominated for a Grammy Award. Currently performing with my own Jazz Warriors, Emme St James & Her Jazz Gentlemen plus Attraction & CVJO.

I teach students on an individual level according to what they want to accomplish. Each lesson is custom tailored to fit their objective. Mastering the instrument and understanding music theory are two important subjects that I offer. Along with that, a student can focus on any musical style from classical to jazz plus other important aspects like composing, reading and recording music.

I am willing to share my professional experience with any student who wants to become a player!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Steinway Grand Piano,
Electric Piano
Electric Bass
Synthesizers
French Horn
Trumpets

*** Travel Equipment ***
I bring music books to augment the student's library. However, students must provide their own instruments.

*** Specialties ***
Suzuki method for the 3 year old plus my father's method for ages 5 and older. After that, I teach according to the student's abilities and their goals.

Steve A. Richmond, VA

Subjects Taught

Classical Guitar, Guitar, Music Recording, Music Theory, Songwriting

About Me

Steve A. is a musician, guitarist, composer based in Richmond, VA. His musical journey started upon hearing a rendition of “Puff the Magic Dragon”,played by his uncle along with other folks songs of the day.  Since then, he’s been soaking up every ounce of music that he can absorb.  Over the years, he has played guitar, bass, piano, violin, saxophone, and various other electronic instruments.  Guitar always and forever will be his primary instrument. He’s been playing for close to twenty-six years, teaching for ten. Having received a Masters of Music degree from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2005, he’s continued at said institution as a member of both the guitar faculty and theory faculty. When not wearing my professorial hat in the classical realm, he keeps a roster of private students that covers all ages, styles and skill levels that keep him on his toes. Each student brings their own character and style to lessons, forcing him into new and creative ways of presenting the given material so music makes sense to each and sparks their musical creativity. At the heart of his teaching, Steve A. strives to give students the necessary techniques and musical vocabulary to express themselves through their instrument. This creative energy flows into my own compositions, which finds him splitting time between writing music in the more traditional “songwriter” vein and soundscapes that vere towards the classical and electronic world of sound.  

*** Lesson Details ***
Each lesson I teach focuses on building the techniques and music vocabulary for students to expressing their creativity through their chosen instrument.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Proficient in using Pro Tools, Ableton Live, Reason, Kontakt, Reaktor.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Taylor 414, Fender Tele, MacBook Pro

*** Specialties ***
experimentation with tape loops.

Elliott M. Richmond, VA

Subjects Taught

Classical Guitar, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Theory

About Me

I have been teaching guitar for 4 years now, and will be completing my Undergraduate Degree in music in the Spring of 2014. I offer a fun and encouraging teaching environment, and believe that, with practice, anything can be achieved.

*** Lesson Details ***
I teach classical, blues, folk, and beginner jazz guitar. My lessons consist of reading music, scales, arpeggios, rhythm and sight signing exercises, reciting pieces, and musical interpretation.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Larry Breslin Classical Guitar, Kenneth Hill Classical Guitar, Fender Acoustic Guitar, Fender Stratocaster Electric Guitar, Fender 25 watt amp with effects, condenser microphone for recording, web cam for online lessons, music stands, and sheet music.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Kenneth Hill Classical Guitar, Fender Stratocaster Electric Guitar, Fender 25 watt amp with effects, Fender Acoustic Guitar, Music Stands and sheet music

*** Specialties ***
My specialties include sight reading sheet music, and musical interpretation.

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