Guitar, Classical Guitar, Music Theory
From classical concertos to progressive fusion rock, Mathew has many notches in his musical belt. With his guitar on his shoulder, he entertains audiences with high energy and passion. He has performed in St. Louis, MO and in Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN as a solo artist and in many groups. As a solo act, he serenades cocktail lounges and private events with the silky sounds of a nylon string. With bands, his electrified sound brings a new balance to grace and grit.
As a magna cum laude graduate from McNally-Smith College of Music with a Bachelor of Music in Guitar Performance, Mathew is passionate about teaching. He shares his love of theory and technique with all of his students who range in age and skill level.
Guitar, Singing, Mandolin, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Songwriting, Speaking Voice
I've been around music all my life. My skills have grown through the education of school, which I was in band and choir, and also through life experience. I perform regularly as a guitar player/singer and eagerly seek students to learn what I've learned There are a lot of different aspects to playing guitar, whether you want to just sing and play rhythm, come up with cool riffs, or shred a mouth dropping solo in front of your friends, I can show you these things. I've taught a lot to myself through online resources and simply watching other guitar players on YouTube or in real life. So I want to show the student how to learn for himself also.
I've recieved A+ when I was in high school, so I started tutoring then in both basketball and some elementary education. I delved heavily into computers and music education in college. Even though my background on computers was programming and web design, I eventually used those skills to learn how to do music recording. So over the past 8 years my main focuses have been teaching, playing, and recording music. I hope you would like to learn some of these things.
I have been playing guitar for 40 years!
I love to teach, and I specialize in beginner students.
I stress proper form and techniques,with an emphasis on acoustic guitar.My students have fun learning their favorite songs from the very first lesson,while learning to read music and strum chords.
Bass Guitar, Drum, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Recording, Percussion, Songwriting
-14+ years of guitar, drum, and performance experience.
A military-brat born in Sacramento, California. Dennis spent the early years of his life on numerous bases in the US and overseas where his exposure to various people with different backgrounds and interests certainly influenced his eclectic taste in music. Dennis joined his school band at age 11, as a percussionist, and participated in orchestral, marching, and performance activities gaining experience on drum-set, marching drums (Snare, Bass, and Tenor), and auxiliaries like marimbas, hand-drums, tympani, and cymbals with emphasis in all genres from Jazz, Country, Rock, and Classical. Due to demand of multi-instrumental students, Dennis soon picked up guitar, bass, and piano to cover parts on various songs with emphasis in the same genres listed above. Dennis currently runs a home-studio and YouTube channel that promotes and collaborates with local artists to deliver music news, produce originals, covers, and music spoofs.
Bass Guitar, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Theory, Songwriting
Music is my life. Since the age of 16, I have studied the guitar extensively. During my high-school years I was involved in band, marching band, choir, and independent music theory. I started my first band when I was 19 in the U.S. Army, and my life has never been the same since. I played music professionally in local bands while attending UMSL and have been teaching guitar and musical performance to many students privately for the last 7 years while developing and exploring my own musical goals. Recently I have written, produced, and performed on 5 original music albums, toured from St Louis to Texas and Colorado, and have learned many things about humanity and our culture's relationship to music. Those who share a passion for music form an extraordinary community. Come take the first step toward your potential...
Bass Guitar, Guitar, Classical Guitar, Music Theory, Songwriting
Composer and guitarist David began formal music training at the age of 5 on the drums. He taught himself guitar as a teenager and began playing in local rock bands. Initially entering college as a Journalism major, his passion for music led him to Meramec College where he studied Music Theory with Robert C. Howard and classical guitar with Larry Bolles. From 1990 through 1993, he attended Webster University, and became only the second composer in the school's history to receive the BM/MM Scholarship. While at Webster, he studied composition with Dr. Kendall Stallings, Robert Chamberlin, and Kim Portnoy, Jazz History with Paul Demarinis, and 18th Century Counterpoint with Dr. Eloise Jarvis. During his education, he performed with many student ensembles and sat in on master classes by the great sitarist and surbaharist, Imrat Khan and jazz guitarist Peter Leitch.
In 1993 he started St. Louis SoundWorks with Grammy nominated Adam Long and Mark McClanahan that specialized in mobile recording, and composing music for films and commercials.
As a musician, David has composed over 200 pieces for various instruments and combinations from small chamber ensembles to full orchestra. He was bandleader of two creative ensembles that focused on alternative notation compositions and improvised music, and later co-founded the avant-garde influenced rock band Diverted Course which released two CD's.
As a teacher, David has taught classical guitar and musicianship as an adjunct faculty member at Meramec College and Webster University. He has given seminars on the music of Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman, and Anthony Braxton. He has been teaching privately for 23 years and many of his students have gone on to successful music careers and performed all over the world.
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