James Director of Music at Akiba Academy graduated from Richardson HS in Richardson Texas. He holds a BM in Jazz Performance from the University of North Texas and is a certified k-12 music teacher in both Texas and Colorado. James started his professional performance career in 1990 with Dallas' own Blues great Al 'TNT' Braggs, and continues to perform in various local groups. As a professional player, he has experienced both national and international tours while playing with a multitude of outstanding performers. James has over ten years experience teaching in public schools, from elementary
music to middle/high school band & choir; to adjunct saxophone at Mesa State College in Grand Junction Colorado. As a Band director, he inspires a strong foundation of musicianship ensuring meaningful musical experiences for his students both in rehearsal, and in performance. Additionally, he has been teaching private music lessons for over 20 years and has developed a very efficient and flexible teaching style, which ensures for his students, the maximum musical enjoyment that comes with an invaluable sense achievement.
*** Lesson Details *** Lessons are planned and tailored to the specific needs and goals of each student.
Basic outline of music curriculum:
• Instrument assembly, care, and maintenance. • Hand and body posture/technique. • Tone production, articulation, multi-phonics and vibrato. • Method Books/Etude Books. • Strategies for efficient practicing and performance prep. • Reading music • Music theory - scales, arpeggios, harmony, and ear training • Repertoire - build a list of pieces that you study and perform • Purposeful listening • Improvisation/composition • Transcribing
Materials needed: • Instrument in good playing condition • All sheet music, books, and recordings • Lesson logbook • Metronome - mobile app is acceptable • Tuner - mobile app is acceptable
*** Specialties *** Saxophone full well-rounded approach utilizing several books/recordings. I am a strong theory teacher and stress proper technique throughout. I always tailor my methods and materials to the specific needs of each student. I also stress good practice skills/habits and make a point to build a performance repertoire and provide students with performance opportunities often.
Aliva K. February 12, 2014
Piano Verified Student
Mr Falcon James is a wonderful teacher and we are very happy with his teaching skills and ability. He is a great teacher and a wonderful person. We are very excited to have him as our child's instructor!!
I teach the fundamentals of electric bass, including rhythm and lead bass techniques
Hey There! My name is Ryan B. I play and teach guitar, bass and drums, and piano and would love to teach you or help you improve your abilities! I have been playing all four instruments for 20 years, and I have a personal, laid-back style that helps connect with each student.
I have been with TakeLessons for over two years now, and am truly blessed to have worked with so many great students.I will teach you what YOU want to play, regardless of style or genre you like in music. I design my lessons around YOU, and what YOU want to learn!
For guitar, bass and drums, I can teach the basi
c beginner to the advanced. I teach electric and acoustic guitar, electric bass and acoustic and electric drums
For piano, I teach beginner levels only.
*** Lesson Details *** Students can expect my lessons to focus on your goals. I cover a lot of fundamentals and basics to start, and then go through more advanced techniques as the student progress. In a short period of time, you will know chords, notes, techniques, rhythm and timings, just to name a few!
Guitar students will learn basic chords, barre chords and soloing techniques. Bass students will learn bass notes, bass lines and soloing.
Drum students will learn timing, fills, soloing and lead drumming.
Piano students will learn how to read music, fingering, chords and song performance.
*** Studio Equipment *** Equipment available: keyboard 6-string acoustic guitar 12-string acoustic guitar electric guitar 2 amplifiers
My name is Perry Brooks N. and I am a professional classical and electric guitarist performing and recording in the Dallas area. I studied with Robert Guthrie at SMU for many years, as well as Brad McLemore of "Soul Food Cafe" and professional jazz musician Chuck Pangburn at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts.
I am familiar with all styles. I teach using a foundation in classical/flamenco style and technique. I have found that for my own career as a recording artist in both the classical, acoustic and electric guitar fields that the classical/fla
menco styles are the most useful for developing and training the hands to become a consummate professional.
I teach beginner to advanced students of any age. I also can provide pro and amateur electric guitarists an in-depth study of correct hand postures and left-hand/right-hand technique which can help to refine their overall technique and stylistic approach. I can also advise professional electric guitarists on their electronics, effects pedals, and amplifiers to achieve their own individual sound. I also teach Bass, and reading the Bass clef.
My teaching specialties include: Solfeggio, Sight Reading, Music Theory, Scales and Modes, Left and Right Hand Technique, Blues Progressions, Jazz Standards the Classical Repertoire, Flamenco techniques and repertoire, and the works of Sor, Giuliani, and Carcassi, Brouwer, Aguado, Villa-Lobos, Sabicas and Paco de Lucia.
I have an in-depth knowledge of the stylistic approaches and techniques of such guitarists as Eric Johnson, Jeff Beck, Joe Satriani, Randy Rhoads, Jimi Hendrix, Robert Fripp, Adrian Belew, and SRV to name a few, and I can teach you the components they use to build their signature licks.
As a rule I only transcribe to give the students examples for lessons. I intend for all of my students to grow as musicians, so my lessons do not consist solely of transcribed solos and riffs.
I have a vast library of music, so I can draw from my own resources to teach you, or from a method of your choosing.
My schedule has a few openings right now. I do teach outside of my stated teaching radius, but ONLY at the 60 minute rate.
I teach people of all ages, from children to adults. I believe everyone is on an even keel, if they are willing and eager to learn.
*** Lesson Details *** Emphasis on classical posture and technique. Emphasis on sight-reading. All students learn to play basic blues and jam Technique varies depending on the particular style the student wishes to learn.
*** Studio Equipment *** I presently don't teach in my home studio. I can bring a folding music stand or extra footstool if necessary.
*** Travel Equipment *** I can provide a limited number of learning materials such as copied exercises, listening or practicing CD on occasion. However, I feel that it is the student's responsibility to provide their own guitars, and the bulf of their own learning materials and necessary electronic equipment. This can include footstools, music stands, method books, amps, cables, pedals, etc.
*** Specialties *** I've been playing guitar for more than 20 years, and this has given me the time to study, perform, and perfect many styles of guitar playing.
I studied classical and flamenco guitar with Robert Guthrie for 4 years before and after my studies in the SMU program. I've also played in jazz and rock ensembles since the age of 14. I studied with Chuck Pangburn, pro jazz cat, and Brad McLemore, an indie rock songwriter, early on in my studies as an adolescent.
I encourage most students to learn to play on a classical or nylon-string guitar early on in order to develop proper technique, posture, sensitivity, and sensibility. I also encourage all students to learn to sight-read at a very early point in their studies. Once, this hurdle is cleared many other challenges are easily surpassed.
Presently, I am developing a new method which incorporates solfeggio, blues and popular music forms, and improvisational playing. I also am exploring the vanguard of new guitar technology such as the Moog Guitar, analog effects, and various guitar synthesizers.
I try to introduce an understanding of music theory early on so that students develop a full comprehension of not only the written language of music, but also the sonic-aural language of music.
Kimberly K. February 8, 2014
Guitar Verified Student
Excellent Guitar Teacher
Within a month of lessons with Perry, my daughter was in love with the guitar! Perry is professional and great with kids! He couples the basics with discourse about genre, and is very encouraging! Perry helped guide us in the right guitar and accessories to get us set up before the lessons began, which was incredibly helpful. We are very glad we selected Perry to teach our 7-year old to play guitar and look forward to watching her grow under his guidance.
I have played bass guitar in varying capacities for several years now. I specialize in contemporary, rock, blues bass but also have professional experience in classical bass. I have played bass for several worship ensembles, rock bands, and am currently playing for an orchestra at Covenant Christian Academy.
13 years ago, I picked up a guitar and began my life-long pursuit of music. This pursuit has led me in a wide variety of directions. Today, I am the worship leader for Living Life Church, an on-staff music-producer and session musician at Drive35 Productions, and a passionate instructor.
I have a passion for a wide variety of styles of music. For several years, I was the lead guitarist, singer, and songwriter for multiple independent rock bands, the most notable being an indie psychedelic band called Tod The Fox. I have led worship for many churches including Grace Fellowship UMC, Brazos
Pointe Church, The Cornerstone College Ministry at UTA, and FUMC Allen in varying capacities. At UTA, I studied Jazz and Classical guitar under acclaimed guitarists Sam Walker and Billy Robertson. Here, I also studied theory, piano, sight-singing, and music-production extensively. I graduated Magna Cume Laude with a Bachelor of Music-Media from UTA. After school, I spent 9 months interning/assistant engineering with acclaimed musician/composer/producer Brad Nyght at The Bakery Studio in Dallas- whose credits include being the drummer for The Michael Gungor Band and Desperation Band. Then, got hired as an on-staff session musician and music producer at Drive35 Productions. I have also played guitar, mandolin, and bass for multiple pit orchestras and guitar for the North Lake Jazz Ensemble with director Jim Eger.
My teaching style varies from student to student. Music is a wonderfully diverse subject and every student has his own aspirations. I will do my best to cater each lesson to the student's goals and interests. Whether that is classical guitar method, rock, jazz, folk, country, pop or anything in between.
I have an excellent internet connection and microphone set up for online lessons. I also utilize screen-sharing to make the lessons as close to real life as possible.
A few of my favorite artists include: Michael Gungor, Joe Pass, Andrew Bird, Chopin, Led Zeppelin, Glen Hansard, and Radiohead.
*** Lesson Details *** Lessons will vary significantly from student to student. Not only does every student have different goals in mind, they all learn differently as well. I do my best to customize my lessons for each student's goals and needs. A typical guitar, bass, ukulele, or piano lesson may involve music-reading, chord studies, technical work, scale practice, theory, and of course learning awesome songs!
I consider myself a healthy balance between professional and light-hearted. As much as I want to make efficient use of the lesson-time, my primary goal is for the student to truly understand and enjoy music.
I have worked hard to be a flexible musician and teacher. I am competent in jazz, rock, classical, contemporary, blues, worship, country, and beyond and will be happy to teach any (or all) of these styles to any student.
*** Studio Equipment *** My at-home studio includes:
- Chairs - An 88-key Casio Privia keyboard - Professional grade recording equipment (003r interface, behringer ada8000 with BLA mod, RNC by FMR, and more) - High speed Internet access - A printer - A library of music resources - Novation Launchkey MIDI controller - Rode K2 condensor microphone - Sm57 - Several Naiant stereo pair microphones - 2 acoustic guitars (Cort and Zaeger), 2 electric guitars (Epiphone CS Custom, Fender Nashville Tele) - An electric bass guitar (Epiphone Thunderbird with Bartolini Pickups) - Lanakai Ukulele - A Savannah Mandolin - Double input amplifier (vox AC15C1) - Music stand - Metronomes/tuners - Recording studio quality monitors (Yamaha HS8s) - Large pedal board and pedal chain
*** Specialties *** I specialize in contemporary, rock, blues, and worship guitar. I am also an experienced pit orchestra musician and jazz guitarist.
For piano, I teach beginner to intermediate level students in a variety of genres. I use piano on a daily basis for composing, arranging, and performing.
For bass, I can also teach a variety of genres. I specialize in blues/rock/contemporary but have experience in classical and jazz bass as well.
For ukulele, I specialize in pop music adaptation and classical.
For mandolin, I teach basic beginner music skills- reading and strumming techniques.
***CANCELLATION POLICY*** If you do not inform me at least 24 hours (preferably a couple days) prior to your lesson that you are going to cancel, you will still be charged. No matter the situation I will be happy to work with you to schedule a make-up though.
Mike R. October 10, 2015
In studio Verified Student
I am such a newbie.
Instructor was very patient with me.
...ask me again after lesson number 20
Patrick L. September 17, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Patrick is very happy with Jordan and is learning quickly!
Thomas September 15, 2015
Acoustic Guitar ·
I met Jordan while he worked at a local cafe and he was always very kind to me and my 2 sons as they were growing up from a very young age. During one of our many conversations, Jordan mentioned he was a music instructor. He is not the only person in the cafe who played instruments but Jordan's guidance related to music was always VERY genuine. You could easily tell he knew what he was talking about while others just gave answers on a whim.
Both of my kids showed some interest in guitar and we began lessons with Jordan a few months ago. I could not be happier. I have also joined in and we quickly learned how to play songs. His lessons are great and it is amazing how he keeps my 8 and 10 year old so focused. I have been learning too. I would give more stars if I could. Jordan is a very talented musician, a great person and an excellent educator. I would highly recommend him to anyone wanting to seriously learn guitar.
Nothing can beat seeing an experienced person playing the bass, except being able to ask that person questions and get answers. One on one private lessons are what I offer in a comfortable, relaxed environment. I can show you exactly how to make all the moves for playing correctly. This makes progress exponentially faster. We also get into theory, which is WHY you are playing the notes you play in songs.
My name is Mike E. I am a resident of Lake Highlands. I played by ear for eleven years before starting training on music and how to teach by Mr. Terrill Gardner. Terrill took me through music from the Rolling Stones all the way through "Modern Method for Guitar" books I, II, and III from Berklee College in Boston. He was my mentor and taught me a method that he spent thirty years perfecting. It works, guaranteed. He also taught me on bass guitar and banjo. I can help you.
Lessons are customized to meet the needs of the individual, with the primary focus on playing songs as soon as possible.
I am talking about playing along with the pros, not reading notes for months and playing "Mary Had a Little Lamb." I have combined my "by ear" knowledge with Terrill's training to provide a unique approach to music, chords, music theory, ear training, and more. Even piano lessons start with learning chords. Chords are what the musicians play behind the vocals.
Give me thirty minutes of your time and I will show you why students keep coming back to me, even after stopping for a while.
*** Lesson Details *** Note Reading provided on request only.
Beginner Guitar - We start with simple chords and eight easy one-verse songs. These teach chords, timing, hand technique, ear training, song construction, and the start of music theory.
Intermediate to Advanced Guitar - all of the above plus tablature, different styles, advanced chord theory, performance, lead guitar, and more.
Beginning Piano - We start with simple chords and go straight into the songs the students like. These teach chords, timing, hand technique, ear training, song construction, and the start of music theory. I can teach you every major chord on piano in one sentence.
Bass Guitar - We start with learning the location of notes on the neck and move immediately into major chords so you can start playing with songs. The chords are divided into their single notes, but viewed as chords because that is what the other musicians are playing during the vocals.
Banjo - I teach from the book "I Can Teach Myself Banjo" but you really need a teacher/mentor to show you all the things that seeing and being able to ask questions covers that just can't be covered in a book.
*** Studio Equipment *** Piano, amplifiers, cords, computer, free WiFi, all in a spacious room with a window for parents to view the teacher and student. Parents have a large, comfortable waiting area. Restrooms and water fountain provided.
*** Specialties *** I specialize in mentoring, being a friend as well as a teacher. I have never gotten mad at a student and never will.
I have written three books on chord theory, "Chordmaster Chord Theory for Keyboard," "Chordmaster for Beginner Piano Students," and "Chordmaster Chord Theory for Guitar." You can learn more about these online.
You can read my article for Takelessons.com at http://takelessons.com/blog/lead-guitar-tips. Just paste the address in your browser.
Jim J. October 22, 2014
In studio Verified Student
Mike is great, he simplifies a complex music reading into plain simple English. Within a few lessons, Mike had me playing all the major chords and using them to play songs. I look forward to being able to play more complex songs with Mike.
Terry K. February 23, 2014
Mike amazed me!
On a free introductory meeting with Mike, he taught me every major chord on the piano in ONE SENTENCE! Then he taught me every minor chord in ONE MORE SENTENCE. His personality and demeanor matched his knowledge. Most of all, he made it all fun.
Students are raving about their Bass Guitar instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Steven
"Really enjoying learning to read music and more!"
Las Vegas, NV teacher:
Review by Jennifer
"Seriously the best!
I've been taking lessons from Bjorn for nearly 7 years now (since I was 15) and I honestly could not have asked for a better experien
ce so far! He is a phenomenal teacher that covers everything from theory and technique to improvisation and incorporates your own unique music preferences, influences, and interests into every lesson. He is a true rocker and a great friend. He is patient, but knows how to push you to be your best and that, among everything else I've listed and more, is what makes him so amazing. If you want to learn from the best in a super chill environment with an amazing guy Bjorn really is the teacher for you :)"
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Marty
"Matthew is a laid back instructor who really knows what he is teaching. I am learning Jazz on the bass and I enjoy it very much. In just a short time i le
arned more with him than I did with my previous instructor . Would recommend him to anyone wanting to learn jazz."
Tampa, FL teacher:
Review by John
"Gave me excellent instruction and direction for my future bass guitar practicing and development
After only five lessons last summer, I was not able to c
ontinue with Rob due to personal time constraints and lack of practice time, but during those lessons Rob gave me invaluable instruction, fixed my hand positions, took me in the direction I wanted to go, and as my last request from him, developed a very comprehensive long term development plan I could follow on my own, as time permitted. Rob was very patient and seemed extremely knowledgeable regarding the specifics of bass guitar technique and theory. Thanks, Rob, for giving me a direction and helping me get started the right way."
Austin, TX teacher:
Review by Mat
"online class is better than i thought...!
the on-line class is great! Eric J made learning the bass guitar easy. he is awesome and he is very patient. ca
nt wait for the next class!"
New York, NY teacher:
Review by John
"I've been taking lessons with Kim, off and on as finances allowed, for 10+ years. Kim has a brilliant knack for being able to quickly assess what is need
ed to keep me moving forward in my study of music. We have primarily focused on bass with some guitar thrown in. That speaks to the flexibility and patience that this instructor possesses. She will keep lessons focused and moving forward,challenging me when it's called for, all in a gentle, affirming manner. I cannot speak highly enough about Kim's abilities both as a performing musician or as a music instructor. Nobody could go wrong with Kim as a teacher, she's been great!!"
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Robin
"Great dude, even greater Teacher.
I have only had Jacob for 3 lessons so far and I have already seen a massive improvement in my technique and knowledge
of the bass guitar. Jacob is great at using the musical knowledge I already posses and translating that towards bass performance. So far every lesson has covered tons of ground, and he offers a great rate for a 1 hour lesson! He even did the first lesson for free!
Jacob is very good at communicating ideas and is totally open to questions so I never feel self-conscious about my own skill. And during the lesson it is very clear Jacob really wants to help you GET BETTER, not GET THROUGH the lesson, which is what I have sometimes experienced with other teachers. I guess I should also mention Jacob is a fantastic bass player and tons of experience in several bands and genres. I am so glad I ended having Jacob as my teacher and I am really excited to see where my skills are at in just a few months!
Seriously, PICK THIS GUY!"
Bridgeport, CT teacher:
Review by Joe
"Very knowledgable and patient
Michael is a great teacher with a wide variety of experience. I have learned many new techniques and skills while under his
direction. He has been very patient with me as I get re-acquainted with the instrument. He is flexible and quickly adjusted to my learning style."
Philadelphia, PA teacher:
Review by T. Tajiri
"It's one thing to be a great musician but it's another to be a great teacher... and Corey is BOTH! Super exciting to be able to have a kickass bass playe
r as your teacher AND have his instruction be impeccably professional as well. Highly recommended."