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Popular Classical Guitar Teachers Near Swarthmore

Jonathan H.

Hatfield, PA
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Peter A.

Morrisville, PA
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Luis G.

Ardmore, PA
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Jonathan H. Hatfield, PA

Subjects Taught

Bass Guitar, Classical Guitar, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Piano

About Me

I started my musical education in a children'€™s choir at age 6.
When I turned 8 years old, I began piano lessons. I started violin
at 9 and trombone at 10. I am now proficient on the guitar, bass, and piano. Having completed my tour of duty in the U.S. Army, I am currently on the Dean'€™s list as a music/audio production major, and plan to continue my music education until I earn at least a masters in performance and composition. I started my teaching career at Milestones in Music, a local studio, as an independent contractor, where i was able to gain valuable experience and fine tune my curriculum. I am a member of the Grammy U Recording Academy, and have had opportunities to work with a lot of different musicians. (The Recording Academy is the organization that created the most prestigious
award in music, the Grammy). I am the band leader at my church Montco Bible Fellowship, and the lead audio tech for an audio/video group.. Sanctuary Sound. I also do consultant work for organizations looking to setup a sound system/studio. I enjoy recording my own music in my home studio, and learning to play new instruments. I hope to pass my love for music to the next generation!

*** Lesson Details ***
I am a very laid back instructor... as you will find out! I understand that not everyone learns at the same rate; however, I am a perfectionist and don't allow students to advance until they have learned a particular skill. I would rather a student take forever to learn a song, and practice it with good technique, than be able to play it right away with poor form and posture! I reinforce the value of working toward goals and celebrate with students when they reach them. I understand that every student has different interests and reasons for wanting to learn an instrument... I try to focus on the areas that are of interest to the student, because if you are enjoying yourself then you will excel. This does not mean that the subjects and skills that are not of interest will not be taught, because I believe in being a well-rounded musician. I teach both jazz (improvisation/reading chord charts) and classical (written/ composed music).

*** Studio Equipment ***
My studio is currently not optimal for teaching... I hope to change this within the next year!!

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide lesson books and other learning materials, but expect to be reimbursed. I expect the student to have their own instrument/equipment. Piano students are required to have a piano or a keyboard with weighted keys/hammer-action (preferably 88 keys), a piano bench and a pedal. Guitar/bass students must have an acoustic/electric guitar/bass with a strap or footstool, pick, and cable and amplifier if applicable! Digital audio students must have their own computer, Digital Audio workstation (software), digital audio interface, speakers/headphones and midi controller. All students must purchase a full size notebook with lined or staff paper!

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in classical and jazz piano! I am more than proficient at most production software including: cubase, reason, fl studio, melodyne, digital performer and protools... and other editing software such as sony sound forge, audacity, etc...

Peter A. Morrisville, PA

Subjects Taught

Acoustic Guitar, Arrangement and Composition, Banjo, Bass Guitar, Bluegrass Guitar, Blues Guitar, Classical Guitar, Country Guitar, Ear Training, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Piano, Songwriting, Ukulele

About Me

My name is Pete. I've been playing guitar for over 15 years. In 2011 I graduated from the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston with a degree in Professional Music. There, I spent several semesters studying with Tomo Fujita (former teacher of John Mayer and Eric Krasno). I've also studied with legendary guitarist Pat Metheny and Jack Pezanelli. Stevie Ray Vaughan, Wes Montgomery, and Jimi Hendrix are responsible for inspiring me to play guitar and I specialize in teaching blues and jazz guitar, bass, and piano. I firmly believe that every serious musician should study ear training and music theory and I incorporate these areas in my lessons as long as the student wants to study this way. I've performed with a bunch of great artists in the Boston and Philadelphia area.
In 2011, I successfully obtained my master's degree in Jazz Studies from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. The master's program was an intense submersion in music performance that shaped me into the musician that I am today. I was lucky to study with Don Glanden, Mike Kennedy, and Kevin Hanson.
I am also well versed in computer recording software and DAWs. I teach students how to use software programs such as Logic and Reason as well as notation software like Sibelius and Finale. With some basic training in these programs, I can teach a student how to effectively record and produce professional quality recordings so that a student can write, record, and produce their own music.

*** Lesson Details ***
Because I've studied with some legendary teachers who have taught some legendary students (like John Mayer), I'm able to pass on to my students the same knowledge that these incredible teachers passed on to me. I guarantee that I will be unlike any guitar teacher that you've had before. Along with instrumental training, I offer extensive lessons in music theory and ear training. My family is full of educators and I've experienced the teacher-student relationship from a young age. I am fully committed to developing lesson plans based on the route that a student wants to take, whether it's just learning the basics and playing along to your favorite songs or engaging in serious study and preparing for college auditions. I am available to teach at any location within the Philadelphia area.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living Room: guitars, amps, music stands, recording set up with mac, mics, couches and chairs, parents can sit in on lesson

*** Travel Equipment ***
If necessary, I would be able to temporarily provide students with an acoustic or electric guitar for lesson purposes. I would expect most students to have a guitar of their own, and preferably an amplifier if they choose to learn on electric. I can also provide copies of the books I teach out of but I will ask students to eventually buy their own copy.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in jazz and blues. At Berklee, I was able to take instrumental labs that spent an entire semester focusing on the playing style of certain guitarists. I've taken the Wes Montgomery lab, the Pat Martino lab, the Jimi Hendrix lab, the John Scofield lab, and the Stevie Ray Vaughan lab.

Luis G. Ardmore, PA

Subjects Taught

Classical Guitar, Guitar, Music Theory, Ukulele

About Me

I am a husband and father of 3 girls [Elaine, Grace and Emma]. I studied Music Performance with a concentration in Classical Guitar at Eastern University, where I met my wife Allison who currently teaches Voice and Piano with Take Lessons. I just recently received my Honorable Discharge for 8 years in the US Army and work at The University of Pennsylvania in the School of Medicine. I am currently taking classes at the University of Pennsylvania to finish my degree in Music.

I'm very easy going and patient. I focus on technique and music reading skills rather than building repertoire. I would rather a student that is confident in their ability to play a few songs to a high standard than an unsure student that can play many to a lower standard.

As far as my own musical interests, I love classical guitar and the folk/singer songwriter genre. Artists I listen to regularly include The Swell Season(Glen Hansard), Gregory Alan Isakov, Iron and Wine, The Milk Carton Kids, Simon and Garfunkel, M.Ward, Mumford & Sons, Nick Drake, Elliot Smith, Ray LaMontagne, The Mountain Goats, Andrew Bird, Dawes, Neutral Milk Hotel, Woodpigeon. I'm just realizing that could go on for a long time... I stay up to speed on most contemporary artists for the sake of my students. I regularly teach songs by Gotye, Adele, Bruno Mars and other current pop artists.

My real passion is in Classical Guitar music. There are few things that give me more joy than playing classical guitar. I love any opportunity to share that with someone eager to learn.

*** Lesson Details ***
In my lessons I like to start by reviewing what has been learned in the previous lesson, making sure to address any concerns before teaching something new. To ensure the student is truly learning and maintaining what I teach during our lessons we will do some short musical exercises which apply to that weeks lesson, as well as some musical repertoire that reinforces the new principles taught in that lesson. I feel that correct repetitive practice of these exercises and music will ensure happiness with your progression as a musician. I do my best to learn the musical interests of my students and to personalize each lesson/assignment so that they remain engaged and excited.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have small studio space connected to my family room with a Piano and my guitars (and any other instruments my wife and I have collected over the years). Parents can sit in studio or relax in the family room during lessons. It's a nice quiet suburban area and I have off street parking just outside the door.

Warning: I have friendly cats!They will rub up against your leg and may even purr loudly! In the most extreme cases, they have even been known to fall asleep while snuggling in an unsuspecting parents lap.

Mike S.

Lehighton, PA
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Mandel L.

Gibbstown, NJ
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Nick W.

Philadelphia, PA
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Mike S. Lehighton, PA

Subjects Taught

Bass Guitar, Broadway Singing, Cello, Classical Guitar, Drum, Fiddle, Flamenco Guitar, Guitar, Mandolin, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Organ, Percussion, Piano, Reading, Singing, Songwriting, Speaking Voice, Ukulele, Upright Bass, Viola, Violin

About Me

A professional musician and music instructor for over 30 years, Mike has established himself as not only a world class player but also an excellent teacher of all ages and skill levels. He teaches for several area conservatories and hosts master classes on composition, performance, guitar and bass improvisation. Mike now offers lessons in his professional home studio.

*** Lesson Details ***
Mike's approach is to use the student's own musical tastes to develop an appreciation for the instrument. If you like rock, you learn by playing rock. If you like jazz, you learn by playing jazz. Mike's approach makes it painless to learn to read, train your ear and develop monster chops quickly.

*** Studio Equipment ***
1) Recording studio - 1200 square feet - all instruments and seating for parents

2) Private teaching room w/ all instruments and seating for parents

*** Specialties ***
For the last few years I've had good results teaching theory as part of a greater performance focus. I've taught Hal Leonard and Suzuki Method in the past, but find this more enjoyable and rewarding for the students.

Mandel L. Gibbstown, NJ

Subjects Taught

Bass Guitar, Classical Guitar, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Theory, Songwriting

About Me

Mandel

Music Instructor and Performer

Germantown MD. Career Objective

Contribute to the success and direction of dedicated musicians, of all ages and levels, by encouraging and engaging them into learning to play music, entailing the presentation of music through listening, reading sheet music, and performing alone and in group settings.

Qualifications

I've preformed music since age of 5, studied music from age of 26. I am a seasoned technically trained experienced musician. Talented in most styles of popular music, Jazz, Latin, Reggae, Rock, Blues. I have outstanding people skills, including strong written and oral communications. I have conceived of, pioneered and advanced theory and practice techniques in the application of "The New Intervallic Cite Reading Approach" which reduces the time it takes to learn and advance proficient reading of the musical staff.

Professional skills

I've developed and spearheaded a music curriculum at The House of Khamit in Washington DC., this was the largest and oldest cultural store that Washington D.C. had to offer as of 3/12/12.

Organize and direct student bands, for performing at recitals', and other small events.

I've been teaching guitar, bass and music theory for well over the last 15 years, often in group or band settings, as well as individual classes. All ages are preferred.

A brief summery of my curriculum includes (not in any particular order), picking out an instrument, learning to sit or stand with the instrument. Learning a simple complete song. Learning the notes while learning how to finger the instrument while learning the scale and a simple melody all in the first position, in short multi-tasking the first five frets. Learning note values. Playing complete songs with chord charts, then playing by reading staff. Playing complete melodies. More left hand fretting and right hand picking technique with and or without a plectrum. Ear and rhythm training.
Music history, as it pertains to Spanish, Classical, Jazz, Blues, Rock, also the history of the origins of techniques as it pertains to individual artist that advanced the genres.
Transcribing music for use in sight reading in different keys.

Employment History

"Bravo Music Lessons" from 2/07/09 to present.

"Arena Sound" Arlington Va. 4/10/2008 to present.

"The House of Khamit" Washington DC. from 4/12/05 to the 3/13/12.

"B Sharp C Natural" from 01/01/98 I have been training students under this name for over 10 years, this is my trade name.

I perform at various, events mostly as a solo artist, at coffee houses, bookstores weddings, and small events, private parties.

Education

I continue to study, and practice music, for myself my students and fans. With no "formal" music education, I am well acquainted with pedagogy of the guitar and bass, song structure, and also the techniques which are in demand and specific to the instruments of guitar and bass.

My training includes an in depth knowledge and understanding of music theory, as it is applied to many styles of music, mostly in the tradition and direction of Jazz and Jazz improvisation.

References Available Upon Request

*** Lesson Details ***
A brief summery of my curriculum includes (not in any particular order), picking out an instrument, learning to sit or stand with the instrument. Learning a simple complete song. Learning the notes while learning how to finger the instrument while learning the scale and a simple melody all in the first position, in short multi-tasking the first five frets. Learning note values. Playing complete songs with chord charts, then playing by reading staff. Playing complete melodies. More left hand fretting and right hand picking technique with and or without a plectrum. Ear and rhythm training.
Music history, as it pertains to Spanish, Classical, Jazz, Blues, Rock, also the history of the origins of techniques as it pertains to individual artist that advanced the genres.
Transcribing music for use in sight reading in different keys.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Custom SG Epiphone, Boogi Man limited Epipnone, Washburn J6, and several others. Two Fender P basses and one Epiphone. Twin speaker 212 Crate guitar amp, Fender half stack, a crate practice amp, these are what i use for the guitar. For the bass i Use a Hartke bass 12 inch woofer bass amp. Foot pedals include Zoom kidney.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I like to travel light, when I do I'll take the Taylor Big Baby with me. If I travel heavy then it's the Fender Steel resonator guitar the FR 48 I prefer going Acoustic for the cozy feel. I have many other guitars these are my preference. sometimes I'll mike the Fender as in the video "Blast To Future/Half Mile Of Sound, with a blow horn, it really gets a half mile of sound when I hit it right.

My electric set up can go from Epiphone SG's or John Lee Hooker's signature series to the Washburn J6 connected to a Fender half stack or a twin speaker Crate 212 amp. I like it loud.

I use zoom pedals.

*** Specialties ***
My main specialty beyond all else is the ability to improvise and hear the specifics of a piece of music and adapt, often times playing full verses of music on the first or second approach after only hearing it once.

Adaptation of reading in real time with my "Intervallic Sight Reading Method.

It's all music, all day and all night. I am well versed in most of the popular styles, Blues, Jazz, Reggae, Rock, Latin. I've developed "The New Intervallic Site Reading Approach" which drastically reduces the time it takes to read the staff.

Nick W. Philadelphia, PA

Subjects Taught

Acoustic Guitar, Classical Guitar, Guitar, Logic Pro Software, Music Performance, Music Theory

About Me

I've been playing guitar since I was 9. I'm from Washington, DC originally and have been based in Philadelphia since 2010. Living in such eclectic cities has introduced me to a wide variety of musical styles and has taught me to appreciate them all. I've played in rock, funk, go-go, folk, bossa nova, choro, hip hop and jazz groups and have studied classical and jazz styles at Temple University. I'm still currently enrolled at Temple finishing up a degree in Music Education with Jazz Studies.
I've been teaching since early high school and have always loved doing so. My students have ranged from ages 5 to 50 and I've had a blast playing with all of them.

*** Lesson Details ***
I've taught students in so many different settings and with such different backgrounds that it's hard for me to give an accurate description of my lessons without knowing who the student is. I believe what's powerful about music is the balance it maintains between the personal and the universal. Keeping this in mind, I try to engage my students mostly in what they find connects to them in music and I try to help them build this on top of a more standard musical foundation.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I will provide some books, a metronome, a music stand and can provide an amp/cable if necessary. Students will need their own guitar and to purchase their books if necessary.

*** Specialties ***
Jazz, classical, rock, funk and Latin styles.

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