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Richard D.

Saint Louis, MO

Music theory is a fancy term for "how to think about music". If you wish to learn how and why certain music sounds like it does or makes you feel the way it does, we can explore these theories and concepts to develop different strategies to help you reach the next level of artistic expression.

About Richard

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 L
ouis 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...

*** Lesson Details ***
My students can expect professional, expert advise from a working performance artist. One of my main philosophies is a focus on fun. If music is fun, then students will practice more - which leads to accelerating returns. My students can expect lessons tailored to their specific goals. First I will discuss with the student musical influences and genre preferences, then I will assess the student's current abilities and we will begin designing a weekly regimen of practice and study. As a product of the Internet generation, I recommend using all the tools available to my students including the Internet to further their goals. My students will also learn to perform with other musicians, so we will typically have a segment of each lesson dedicated to jam time. Whether my students aspire to be professional performance artists, impress their love interests, or just rock out in their bedrooms, I work with my students so that they can do exactly that.

*** Studio Equipment ***
one bedroom apt...hardwood floor...central room for studio...music stands, room parents to sit, chairs...

*** Travel Equipment ***
I bring a music stand, an acoustic guitar, my handout literature, and any other equipment (mic, stand, vocal amp, electric guitar, guitar amp) based on what my students want to learn. I expect my students to own whatever instruments they want to learn.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in teaching acoustic and electric guitar and stage performance. I teach using handouts that I customize for students and have lessons made up around different concepts such as - learning to identify what key a song is in - how to use 3 chord combinations - learning scales and when to use them - these type of things. I usually teach based on how I learned, which includes - using the Internet to learn songs - how to figure out how a particular song is played - getting into good practice habits - etc. My genres of specialty are Blues, Rock/Classic Rock/Southern Rock, and Acoustic Singer/Songwriter. What I like to do is ask a student what kind of music or songs they would like to learn, then build them up to the level they need to be to play those songs or that style of interest.
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Kit E. October 21, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
My first lesson with Richard was great! He explained how to set everything up and a few fundamentals in a way that we were able to get through them fairly quick and we got right to the fun part. I found myself playing a few cords and jamming with Richard halfway through my first 45 minute class. This is exactly why I wanted to have an instructor, so I can reap the benefits almost immediately, which makes me want to come back for more.
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Dave W. May 12, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Combined a great balance of practice, instruction, theory, and suggestions for "homework." Didn't feel inadequate, like I did with another instructor from school of rock.
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Susan W. February 7, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
This was my first lesson ever! Richard was very professional, knowledgeable yet patient and kind!! He made this a great experience for me. I felt as if I were part of something...not just a first time student. Can't wait til the next lesson!
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Richard D.

Richard D.

Saint Louis, MO 63104
(15)
starting at
$23 / 30-min
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David M.

Saint Louis, MO

Intervals, Chord/Scale relationships, Circle of Fifths, advanced musical form.

About David

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 K
im 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.

*** Lesson Details ***
I teach students of all ages in a fun and positive manner. I am flexible and will tailor the lessons to satisfy your own individual goals. Whether you are a beginner that wants to gain a foundation in technique, sight reading, and basic theory or an intermediate or more advanced player that wants to increase their knowledge and polish their skills, I will devise a plan to meet your needs. I encourage regular practice and like my students to keep a journal to monitor their progress.

I teach a variety of styles including classical guitar, blues, rock, jazz, and avant-garde.

Ultimately, I believe everyone needs a creative outlet, a way to express themselves, and has something unique to say, and I aim to help those students find their own voice.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Extra guitars and amps at both places. Mixing board at the studio. Only has a upright piano at his home address but has a keyboard at studio

*** Travel Equipment ***
Expect my students to provide the guitar. Amplification is optional.

*** Specialties ***
Classical, jazz, rock, blues, and avant-garde.
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Sam N. October 16, 2016
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
We are extremely happy with our decision to go with David. He is extremely encouraging and positive during his lessons and his teaching skills are top notch!!!
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Karl M. October 2, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Hands down the best guitar instructor in St Louis.

Since retiring in 2006 I tried a few others but David brings expertise in not only guitar mechanics and virtuosity but an understanding of deeper musical principles and its application to the guitar student.

Dave is a true genius in the art of Guitar, no matter the musical genre - or -whether its Led Zepplin or Brouwer classical guitar method.he can't be beat.

KM
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Max N. September 22, 2016
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
David was extremely professional and positive. His enthusiasm was great and he was versatile in adapting his lesson to the needs of our twin sons who both want to play guitar!
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David M.

David M.

Saint Louis, MO 63128
(38)
starting at
$20 / 30-min
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Ryan B.

Saint Louis, MO

Lessons will focus on analyzing sheet music, and learning how to write music!

About Ryan

I am a Music major currently attending UMSL studying composition and performance. I have finished an Associates in Music from STLCC, and have been giving private lessons since 2012. I have performed in multiple STL groups and have performed at many popular venues including Blueberry Hill, Roberts Orpheum Theatre, Off Broadway, The Broadway Oyster Bar, and The Gramophone to name a few. I perform a wide range of styles including Jazz, Classical, Rock, Funk, Reggae, Blues, and Progressive music. I have performed in Concert/Jazz choir, as well as Jazz band at both High school and Collegiate levels
. I give students a mix of formal and informal training that involves studies with proper technique and sight-reading along with a curriculum that focuses on the students preferences in musical taste, songs, and style!
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Matt November 21, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Great first lesson
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Freedom W. November 18, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
I am just so grateful and excited. Good vibes! It's obvious that he knows what he is doing yet still allowing himself to grow in his craft. I just can't wait to bring the music in my head and heart to life. I am confident that Ryan will help me get there. I feel like we are supporting each other. Looking forward to our next lesson and I can't wait to compose my first song!
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Rebekah W. November 4, 2016
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Ryan is great! He knows what he's talking about and wants to make sure you understand everything that goes into what you're working on. I'm so glad I found him!
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Ryan B.

Ryan B.

Saint Louis, MO 63116
(28)
starting at
$20 / 30-min
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Stephen H.

Saint Louis, MO

I have 2 years teaching music theory, I love it! In college I became a total theory nerd, and I love discussing and teaching it. I can teach classical theory or jazz theory, and also implement ear training exercises. I start out teaching notes on the treble and bass clefs and move to key signatures, chords, and harmonies.

About Stephen

I earned my bachelor's degree in music with emphasis in jazz performance in drums from Webster University in 2014.
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Justin March 8, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Awesome!!!
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Doug Bosso January 15, 2016
Verified Student
I give Stephen 5 stars
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Debbie A. June 19, 2015
Drum · In home
Verified Student
Stephen rocks! He is kind, patient, professional and an incredible drummer. He has proved exceptional at teaching drum mechanics to my 13 yo daughter, who looks forward to her lessons with Stephen, He is also flexible with our busy schedule, and even helped us put our new drum set together... :)
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Stephen H.

Saint Louis, MO 63111
(4)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Daniela K.

Saint Louis, MO

Learning music theory through games can be a lot of fun and will give the student much needed foundation for playing any musical instrument.

About Daniela

Hi ! My name is Daniela and I can't wait to meet you!
I have been teaching piano and theory since 1994 and have loved helping my students discover the beautiful world of music. Seeing my students grow into well rounded and educated people that love art, are able to recognize different styles of music, express their feelings and emotions on this wonderful instrument makes me really happy. My students range from people who simply want to learn how to play proficiently as a hobby to students who are considering making music their future career.
I strongly believe that a chance to go on a
big stage and play on a great Steinway piano in front of people, makes a big difference in children's lives: teaches them self control, gives them great sense of accomplishment and satisfaction. Taking part in festivals and piano competitions helps with building high self esteem even more.
I look forward to helping you and your children to reach your goals!
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Krystal November 29, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
My daughter has never played a piano before and she was very nervous to start her first lesson. Daniela made my daughter's first lesson very interesting so now Krystal is looking forward to her second lesson w/o being nervous.
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Jin J. November 7, 2016
Piano · Online
Verified Student
My first lesson went very well. My teacher Daniela was very nice and succinct in her teaching which makes up for the somewhat disconnect online teaching format. The connection via takelesson was very noisy so we switched to using Skype midway and the rest was much better.
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Amaye P. October 18, 2016
Piano · Online
Verified Student
Amaye is having a good experience so far with Daniela-I will be scheduling her next 3 lessons
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Daniela K.

Daniela K.

Saint Louis, MO 63141
(19)
starting at
$30 / 30-min

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