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Robert M.

Fort Worth, TX

My experience with beginners and intermediate extends to all ages, focusing on the rudimentary exercises, scales, positions, chord progressions, music reading, Pentatonic/Chord Shape Theory, Singing with Instrumental Accompaniment, etc.

About Robert

I am a Music EC-12 Certified Educator with a degree from The University of St. Thomas, working on my Masters of Music Education from Texas Christian University of which I am on full scholarship as the Graduate Music Education Assistant. I am also teaching at the All Saints Catholic School as the youth choral director, bringing on the development of future music programs, ensembles, and curriculum at this growing institution.
My previous career role was in General Music for Stafford Elementary School in Stafford Municipal School District from 2011-2015. My education experience covers many
schools and programs in the Houston area, including various HISD schools as well as working for the University of St. Thomas Music Preparatory school as vocal, ukulele, bass guitar, music history/theory, and piano instructor. In Fort Worth, I have already been part of several music opportunities such as doing contract work for the Cool Cats Studio and Music Junkie Studio in addition to holding a summer music camp at All Saints Catholic school.
My background in music is mostly vocal, working with choirs and ensembles my entire life. I have also spread my abilities to work with Bass Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Piano, ukulele, and voice. I have many experiences with different genres such as American Folk Music, Jazz (Early to Fusion), and contemporary Rock/Pop, World Music, Christian/Worship/Catholic Liturgy, Rn'B, and Country music.
As an Music Educator, I have the strengths of being a distinguished musician and Professional educator which provides me with advanced knowledge in my field of study and interest, teaching for every age group from pre-school to Adult as well as influencing the fun, creativity, and expression of music no matter what the instrument.

*** Lesson Details ***
The music lessons will consist of a concise and strong education of their instrument as well as essential theory and history. I develop individual lesson plans for each student and subject, working on formative goals and objectives to work towards for every lesson and throughout the year. I look forward to being able to help students accomplish and enjoy their instrument, utilizing their interests and genres with a variety of texts and literature at many levels, looking to always expand my own collection to meet the needs of the students. I am comfortable with providing digital and paper materials as well as providing recordings and video studying resources with YouTube. I know in my heart and mind that I have something to offer to any student at any level in my studio, and, I am equally as passionate about providing an honest atmosphere for evaluation and positive criticism. With every lesson I always encourage brief reflection over the practice, study, and instruction, responding to every critical juncture that comes along the way. Being a certified educator and music instructor, I know that respect, understanding, honesty, human emotion, communication, and professionalism are the most critical components of a healthy Teacher-Student relationship.

Over 1200 Lessons taught with Takelessons.com since 2010

*** Studio and Resources ***
I have the necessary tools to operate in and out of my studio. Within my workplace I always have my electric keyboard, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bass guitar, ukulele, music library, printer/scanner, recording equipment, full sound system with mixer amp, guitar amp, microphone and stand, tuner, music stands, iPad stand, and comfortable space and seating. I also have expanded my studio capabilities that is an entirely digitized database and curriculum. Starting in August 2015, I will also be able to provide lessons out of the Music Department of Texas Christian University.
I expect for the students to provide their own instrument so that they are able to practice at home. I operate on MAC OS and IPad systems that maximize the technological uses of my in home studio.
Be prepared to learn more than you ever anticipated as I provide many resources. I also push for supplemental music instruction within the lessons, adding basic training and music learning skills needed for accompaniment instruments such as the acoustic guitar, ukulele, and piano which allow for students to have a stronger understanding of their music.
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Rick J. December 14, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Great lesson, enjoyed it very much.
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Andrew Ponder August 30, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
I don't have much to compare to since this is the first teacher I have ever had on this subject matter. What I can tell you is Robert for exceeded any expectations I had for a music teacher. He is effective and can tackle individual challenges from unique perspectives that will help you overcome you hindrances all while being very personable. I received Sheet music, training CD's and training documentation. Additionally I received recordings of each lesson which I you will not believe how helpful that is, it's like have the lesson all over again.

Robert takes the approach of an professional educator with high expectations of his students, if you truly want to improve in the realm of music, singing or otherwise, you will improve with him. He wont have it any other way!
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Davey C. June 5, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Davey is loving his singing lessons
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Robert M.

Fort Worth, TX 76110
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starting at
$28 / 30-min
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Ray M.

Arlington, TX

Beginner to advanced.
Guitar is the greatest instrument in the world. No other instrument has it's versatility, it's range of techniques, or it's expressive capability.
I am first and foremost a guitar player. I've been playing for almost 30 years, and can teach multiple styles and techniques.

About Ray

Born in Arlington, Texas, I began playing guitar and bass guitar in high school. After studying for several years under Joey Faust, I studied Jazz, Classical Guitar, and Music Theory at TCC in Fort Worth. I began teaching in my free time to friends and family in 2003; by 2008 I was teaching full time, my students ranging in age from 3 to over 70. I also play piano, mandolin, banjo, ukulele, and auto harp.

*** Lesson Details ***
I believe lessons should be fun, so all lessons are tailored to the individual student, based on the student's interests and goals. Students are free to progress at
their own pace, and to choose their own learning material. Styles and techniques include Rock, Country, Blues, Bluegrass, Jazz, Shred, Slide Guitar, Classical Guitar, and Slap Bass, to name a few.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons in my home studio are definitely more beneficial to the student, because I have all my toys here! Besides having all of my other instruments here for demonstrations, or being able to freely change between electric or acoustic guitar for example, I have access to my computer and all of my teaching materials.
I also find that students who are at home (especially the children) tend to be more distracted, whether it's from lack of privacy due to the area chosen for the lessons, or often (again, this goes especially for the kids) there are pets that they like to play with while I'm trying to talk to them.
When they're guests in my home, however, I find I have their strict attention.

*** Specialties ***
I am primarily a guitar player specializing in electric lead guitar and solo acoustic guitar/vocal performance. I also teach beginner to advanced bass guitar, primarily finger-style. In addition I teach slap style bass guitar, as well as slide guitar. I am also a classical mandolin and tenor mandola player. I am currently the director of and first mandolin player for the Fort Worth Mandolin Orchestra.
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Jeremiah J. July 7, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
He's personable. Good ideas, good instructor. Follows through and is very encouraging. Recommend!
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Sue N. March 13, 2015
Banjo · In home
Verified Student
What a great experience! I like Ray's approach and his willingness to share no nonsense remarks about his expectations. Yes, practice is key to becoming a good banjo player. Imagine that!
I appreciate the fact that Ray was so open in sharing the fact that many of his students underestimate the importance of regular practice. I whole-heartedly agree. Since we share the same philosophy and approach, this is the start of a great relationship. (Can't give it 5 stars though, solely because of the traffic. The lessons are worth the trip!)
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Carla D. April 12, 2014
Piano
Verified Student
Awesome

Ray is an awesome teacher. He has great communication skills and was brilliant talking with my teen daughter, assessing her skill level and instructing accordingly. Great job!!
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Ray M.

Ray M.

Arlington, TX 76015
(10)
starting at
$34 / 30-min
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Ric F.

Arlington, TX

Guitarist-Composer Ric F. began his music career as a recording session musician and performer in southern California. He studied with jazz guitarist Barney Kessel, Horace Hatchett (jazz), Ted McKown (classical), Ricardo de Escobal (flamenco) and Ron Middlebrook (general).
Ric studied composition-theory with many teachers including Pulitzer Prize nominated Dr. Albert Harris. Ric is completing an MM in composition and has taught at Biola University, SW Seminary as well as tutoring theory students online from Berklee College of Music and others. He also completed the UCLA Film Scoring program winning awards for his picture scoring as well as from Billboard Magazine, American Song Festival, and ASCAP. Ric’s “Letters” album was a pre-nomination Grammy candidate.
Ric has performed and composed music for recordings ranging from the London Symphony Orchestra to Megadeth. His recordings have charted radio and have been featured in television and film. Ric’s recordings have included ...

About Ric

Guitarist-Composer Ric F. began his music career as a recording session musician and performer in southern California. He studied with jazz guitarist Barney Kessel, Horace Hatchett (jazz), Ted McKown (classical), Ricardo de Escobal (flamenco) and Ron Middlebrook (general).
Ric studied composition-theory with many teachers including Pulitzer Prize nominated Dr. Albert Harris. Ric is completing an MM in composition and has taught at Biola University, SW Seminary as well as tutoring theory students online from Berklee College of Music and others. He also completed the UCLA Film Scoring progra
m winning awards for his picture scoring as well as from Billboard Magazine, American Song Festival, and ASCAP. Ric’s “Letters” album was a pre-nomination Grammy candidate.
Ric has performed and composed music for recordings ranging from the London Symphony Orchestra to Megadeth. His recordings have charted radio and have been featured in television and film. Ric’s recordings have included original music, Hymn and Christmas arrangements, orchestral music all in a wide variety of styles and ensembles.
Ric has been on recording projects with David Benoit, John Patitucci, Eric Marienthal, Brandon Fields, Russell Ferrante and Wayne Bergeron. He has also performed as the opening act for Bob James, Richard Elliot, Rick Braun and Michel Camilo.
Since being in Texas Ric has performed and written music for many ensembles including the Fort Worth Symphony and the Dallas Jazz Orchestra. He has released several recordings recorded in Texas, Nashville and Los Angeles and also published his book “Guitar Tips” available on Barnes & Noble, Amazon and others. His published guitar music has been distributed by Columbia Pictures Publications.
Ric’s Etude (from his composition “Moonlit”) was selected by the Texas Jazz Educators Association for the Texas All-State Competition and he was asked to be a presenter at the Conference in San Antonio.
Ric is currently an Instructor of Music at Weatherford College where he teaches and directs the Improv & Small Instrumental Ensembles, Director of Rhythm Section for the Jazz Band, Co-Director of the Jazz Band and has been commissioned by WC for compositions and arrangements for the Jazz band which they have premiered. He also teaches Jazz and contemporary guitar and also teaches composition, arranging and theory online with students worldwide.
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Andrew November 24, 2015
Guitar · In studio
I had my first lesson with Ric last week and it was great! I look forward to my future lessons with him. He is a great teacher as well as a very accomplished musician, composer and many more attributes.
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Cosima Y. March 6, 2014
An excellent teacher who loves to see his students excel

Several years ago I was privileged to have Ric contribute his talent to my CD project. He is an amazing musician and a gentleman!

Ric is an excellent teacher and musician who genuinely desires to impart his expertise to those he teaches. He is relevant and experienced. His vast musical knowledge and sphere of influence are a tremendous asset to the music community with years of experience and a sincere attitude that is infectious.

I am highly confident that all Ric's student will be treated with great care and service and I highly recommend and appreciate Ric.
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Ric F.

Ric F.

Arlington, TX 76002
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starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Jan R.

Hurst, TX

I teach beginning, intermediate, and advanced guitar. I teach reading notes, reading tablature, music theory as it relates to guitar, chord theory, fingerpicking, flat picking, and improvising. I teach all styles of guitar. Classical guitar and arranging for solo finger style guitar are my specialties.

About Jan

I have a Masters of Music Performance Degree from Southern Methodist University and a Bachelors of Music Performance Degree from Wichita State University. I have been teaching all styles of guitar since 1975 in college settings and privately.
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Ashleigh & Lauren C. January 22, 2016
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
His patients and easing into the first lesson has been a great start. Looking forward to many more.
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Aubrey October 28, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In studio
I could not have had a better learning experience than the one I've had with Jan Ryberg. Regardless of the question I presented, he's always been able to not only dissect and demonstrate, but is wonderful at simplifying and conveying a method that is graspable and less intimidating to me as well. His capability of performing a copious amount of styles and techniques, exposed me to several I was not even aware of yet. His patience and flexibility of curriculum towards my needs has helped me gain confidence in performing and song-writing.

There are too many great things I could say about Jan, but I'll just close this review with this: Jan Ryberg is probably best thing that could happen to anyone wanting to learn guitar.
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Gabriel September 24, 2015
Guitar · In studio
My 12 year old son has taken both classical and acoustic guitar with Jan for nearly 5 years. Jan has been nothing short of an amazing teacher. He is extremely patient and has made lessons quite fun. He also has a wealth of knowledge about different techniques and styles, as well as music history and composition.
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Jan R.

Jan R.

Hurst, TX 76053
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starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Josh L.

Arlington, TX

Hi, I would love to share my knowledge with an eager to learn individual. I provide very basic teaching to get right to performing. With steady practice and focus, you can be playing tons of songs in a short time!

About Josh

Josh grew up listening to classic rock and country music, but wasn’t focused on becoming a musician in his early years. When Josh started High School in Long Beach, MS, he ended up joining band, where he landed in the tuba section. He learned to read music and play with a group, and his love for music grew even more.

Josh decided to learn guitar, and in his senior year of High School began teaching the instrument to beginners. Josh continued on to study music theory and ear training at Tarrant County College, where he honed his skills of reading and writing music. Josh performed with colleg
e singers as a tenor, and played bass guitar. Since then, Josh has been playing, writing and performing music in pursuit of becoming a full-time musician.

Josh is inspired by his wonderful wife, Becca, and his 2 daughters, Amelia “Bug” and Adrienne "Bit".
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Rebecca February 9, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Josh is an AMAZING teacher. He is thorough in his knowledge of music and is a very patient teacher. :)
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Wayne R. February 1, 2016
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
I LOVED what he taught me. Down to earth, practical, just what I was looking for. I HIGHLY recommend Josh Lee as an instructor.
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Joseph January 1, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Josh Lee is honestly one of the reasons I am the musician I am today. I've had lessons in both bass guitar and vocals. I've played in national tours and have headlined in numerous venues throughout the metroplex. Very well versed in music theory and practice/application. I wholeheartedly recommend him, as he teaches multiple facets of music.
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Josh L.

Josh L.

Arlington, TX 76018
(17)
starting at
$40 / 30-min

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