Thank you for taking the time to view my profile- I look forward to helping you achieve your musical goals. I'm excited to announce that I'm now available to teach via Skype if you're outside of my teaching radius or are seeking a more convenient alternative.
I'm a professional guitarist with a background in jazz, heavy metal, blues, classical, and bossa nova. In 2006 I graduated from the Berklee College of Music and am lead guitarist for the Atlanta band Leaving Babylon.
Whether you are a beginning guitarist or a seasoned professional, I can expand and enhance your playing in any dire
ction you choose. I look forward to getting to know you as a student and learning about what course of study will bring out not only your understanding of music but a musical style that is unique to you.
Having a long time love of all music I have always enjoyed discussing music and educating others on its many aspects. As such I began teaching during summers home from Berklee and found that it was something I had a great deal of talent for. Now, with seven years of teaching experience behind me, I look forward to bringing my skills and insights to students of all ages and bring not only ability on the guitar but a greater love of music to a fresh crop of open minds!!
In addition to guitar, I am also qualified to teach voice, public speaking, dramatic acting, and all aspects of music theory, the latter of which I incorporate into all of my music lessons.
PLEASE NOTE: I am able to take students either in my home studio or at the student's residence. In both cases students who are under 18 years of age are required to have a parent or guardian present during all lessons. Additionally, please note I have two cats as well, in the event that allergies may be an issue.
*** Lesson Details *** Although I follow a specific lesson plan, its important to customize that to each student's skill level and specific needs. Thus, I will spend the first lesson evaluating where the student is in terms of overall musical awareness, existing skill on the instrument, and long term interest.
By the end of the first month, my beginning students will be able to perform basic chromatic and major scales, name the notes on the instrument, and have command of a few basic chords. With these core concepts and regular, committed practice, they will be able to learn and perform songs in a wide variety of styles after 3 to 6 months have passed.
My more advanced students will have a lesson plan customized to their specific goals and desires. In 3 to 6 months with such a student I will have them well on the path to accomplishing their long term goals, whether those be playing, composition, harmonic awareness, understanding of theory, or all of the above.
*** Studio Equipment *** dedicated music room; cables/amps; electric & acoustic guitars; keyboard
*** Travel Equipment *** Electric or acoustic guitar as needed.
*** Specialties *** Having graduated from the Berklee College of Music, I follow their approach in educating the student. In this regard I teach music theory along with the physical act of playing the guitar, which serves to not only enrich the experience for the student but demonstrate how what they are learning is applied to music on the whole.
I am fluent in many genres and specialize in rock, jazz, the blues, and various fusion genres. Because music functions off of the same principles regardless of genre, I can take whatever style the student might best appreciate and structure my lesson plan around it.
Jerry E. July 30, 2013
Singing Verified Student
Great Instruction for all levels
I am in my mid-thirties and have never had any formal musical instruction until I started taking lessons with Jordan a few months ago. I was a little nervous about starting the lessons, but Jordan made me very comfortable right away. You definitely can tell he knows music inside and out. He is also very helpful about incorporating just enough music theory into each lesson, so I can expand my knowledge of theory, but not so much that I get overwhelmed. I would definitely recommend Jordan to anyone looking for a great vocal or guitar instructor.
TimothyM June 12, 2012
Jordan is an excellent instructor. I'm very pleased with the guidance that I have received thus far. With the limited amount of time spent in a 30min session, we always seem to cover a lot of ground. I would recommend lessons with him for any guitarist looking to take their guitar skills to the next level.
MayA October 16, 2011
Jordan is very knowledgeable and professional. I am very pleased with his teaching style and making me comfortable learning to play.
Music has always been apart of my life! After hearing my great-grandmother and her siblings sing various Spirituals, I knew I wanted to become a singer as well. I began singing in my middle school choir and I have been an active chorale member since. I began taking voice and piano lessons in 2007 at Georgia Perimeter College (GPC). While attending GPC, I had many performance opportunities in groups such as: chorale, opera, jazz and musical theater. I was also enrolled in piano lessons as well as a keyboard techniques class. Fall 2009, I transferred to Kennesaw State University (KSU) were I was
active in Chamber Choir, Gospel Choir, and Opera Theater. During my first semester I had the opportunity to experience my first leading role in a full opera (The Medium). In 2010, I also began performing with Peach State Opera Company where I appeared in multiple opera scenes, as well as "Carmen" and "The Magic Flute". I began teaching Piano lessons in Spring 2011 and Voice in Spring 2012. I always knew there were two things I wanted to do career wise. I wanted to help people in some way or become a professional singer. Well, when I was first approached by a friend in 2010 who needed a substitute for piano, I realized I could fulfill both dreams in one! I truly believe children are our future therefore I understand I must be sensitive to their needs. Another thing I mention to the parents of my students, it's never too late to begin studying music. I am very patient with my students, I encourage them to move at there own pace and I do not allow "I Can't's" in our lessons. Also, I come up with lesson plans that work for the student individually because we all have different needs. Another thing is that I always make myself available, I make sure students know I am only a call, text or email away!
*** Lesson Details *** I would consider myself a laid back instructor. Being a student myself showed me what I enjoyed from my professors. And I did well in classes where I was able to loosen up. Music should be exciting, of course there are rules but it's important to keep in mind that it's not what you say but how you say it.The curriculum is based on the students needs. For example, a beginner student will start with note values and posture, intermediate students review of the staff and sight reading and so forth. After 3 or 6 months with me, a student will learn note values, proper posture, hand placement, dynamics and basic articulations and various songs.
*** Travel Equipment *** I have multiple books for instruction but I would recommend purchasing a set book so that they are able to practice throughout the week. Also, if I am traveling to the home, I would expect there to be a piano or keyboard available.
*** Specialties *** I specialize in being able to instruct students in transitioning between genres while supporting the voice.
Will is from a long line of World Renowned Drummers. His uncle Ed played in the Tonite show band with Johnny Carson, his cousin plays drums for Billy Joel ( Liberty DeVito). Will himself took to the drums at the age of 7. By 13 years old he was already gigging in special events, Jazz Bands and local community concerts. Since he has performed with Mr Louie Bellson ( Legendary Jazz drummer) , Lou Soloff ( Trumpeter for Blood , Sweat and Tears), JIm Chapin ( Legendary Jazz Drummer, father of Harry Chapin and author of some of the best Drumming Technique books still employed today. Mr S. is a co
nsummate performer and educator with over 30 years of World Tour performances in some of the Globe's most notable venues and stages. He attended SUNY Plattsbugh with degree in Jazz Studies. Real world experience and a passion for music, drums and world percussion make Will a highly sort after entertainer and educator. He has been an artist in residence at many schools and Universities over the course of his 25 years of instructing. He is actively performing and teaching both locally in Metro Atlanta and online.
*** Lesson Details *** For most of us drummers and rhythmatists we cannot go an hour without banging something or tapping or humming or moving.. if this describes you or your child then Im the guy who would be delighted to foster your development in your lifelong pursuit of the ultimate beat. I cannot give you God given talent , but I can take what talent god has given you and accentuate the positive. Work with you on fundamentals, technique, timbre, timing, tuning, sight reading..the list goes on..Its a lifelong pursuit..How long you choose to pursue it is up to you.. Im here to be your mentor.
Im pretty laid back with teaching discipline. Either you got it or you dont. I cannot push you or force you into practicing.. You must inherently love music and love rhythm and love drumming or percussion. If I am working with you on Kit drumming you will be starting out with the basics unless you have experience. I normally do an assessment to determine where you are at.. If I am teaching you hand percussion or African or Asian based drums then its strictly an aural based learning experience. No books just memorization. Kit drumming will require either you have your own Drum kit if I am coming to your house or of you travel to my studio I will have 1 drum kit to share , but you must have your own sticks. I do employ books in Drum Kit lessons. I will give you the names of the books based on what I think your level is and we can go from there..
Music is a complex yet beautiful language. Once you are immersed in the culture of the beat your journey thus begins. And journeys like these last a lifetime. I hope I can be a part of your experience.
Many Blessings One Rhythm One Love
*** Studio Equipment *** Medium Size Studio Room at Buddha Bike & Drum 6215 Johns Creek Commons- Johns CReek, Georgia 30097 with One complete drum set . The studio room is sound proofed. Students must bring their own sticks and any books required during the time of the lesson
*** Travel Equipment *** I have percussion, I have my own sticks, students should have their own drum kit and any percussion gear they want to learn
*** Specialties *** Steeldrum or Pan, World Percussion: West African, Latin American, SE Asian, Chinese and Japanese
Hayden June 28, 2016
In home Verified Student
Willy is patient, knowledgeable & approachable. It can be a bit intimidating when learning from someone as talented as Willy, but my son felt completely comfortable. He's looking forward to the many future lessons to come.
Peter S. January 4, 2016
In home Verified Student
I am pleased with the instruction which I have received and results experienced to date. I am increasing in confidence, independence, and comfort. I am further pleased with instructor availability and ability to adapt instruction to address multiple styles, genres, and concerns. I recommend Willy and am happy to serve as reference.
I have over 10 years of experience in training and coaching singers, musicians and songwriters. I truly enjoy pouring all of my knowledge, skills and experience to assist singers and musicians in reaching their musical goals. With every lesson, every student, every triumph, and every milestone I strive to change the world by selflessly sharing my gifts with others. Driven by my motto, “Your goals are my goals”, I assure you that I will be the key factor in the fruition of aspiring stars’ dreams. As I walk further on the road of my purpose, it is evident that wherever it leads me, it will be an
inspiration for all.
*** Lesson Details *** Expect a great experience! When learning to sing you want to make sure the experience was worth while. Singing is fun, relaxing, and can bring out a different confidence within. I aspire to teach you in a manner that caters to each student. In order to progress, you must practice your craft, so yes expect homework. When you return for your next lesson, the time you spent practicing on your own time will reveal itself.
*** Studio Equipment *** Studio Office: keyboard, keyboard stand, music stand, and laptop video recorder and seating for parents. Recording equipment.
*** Travel Equipment *** keyboard, keyboard stand, music stand, and tape recorder.
*** Specialties *** classical voice, jazz voice, musical theatre voice, r&b/pop voice and vocal recording.Beginners Piano.
KentM September 13, 2011
A great teacher!
Kadina is very knowledgable, encouraging, and makes learning to sing a very fun experience!
PorcheaC September 11, 2011
Kadina is AWESOMW!! =D Very patient and very much interested in helping to reach my personal goals
The mission of my studio is to create well-rounded, educated musicians who will always have a lifelong passion for the art no matter their long-term goals. I strive for my students to be:
(1) Lifelong learners who develop successful learning habits. (2) Creative and critical thinkers who will become effective communicators. (3) Responsible and respectful members of society who respect other cultures. (4) Able to set short-term and long-term goals and be able to see them through to their success.
It is of the utmost importance that my stude
nts are well-educated in their chosen instrument; they must know and understand music and music-making. Students who can play are a dime a dozen, but students who understand the music they are playing are often hard to find. I teach students to know music thoroughly, not just to “play.” I desire my students to comprehend elements of the score, to use their bodies effectively to make good sound, and to interpret music creatively and according to historical performance practices across all genres of music. Thus, I give students a purposeful education in technique, quality literature, performance and artistry, music theory, and music history.
Although students differ in ability and development, I maintain high expectations for our students. I expect attention and respect in lessons, faithful and diligent practice, careful adherence to instructions, and an “I’ll-do-my-best” attitude. If students regularly meet these expectations, then they will excel to the level that they are able. It is my joy to help students master their music, to do the best they can, and to strive for and achieve excellence.
Lastly, I want students to enjoy and appreciate their instrument, music, and music-making; and I know as as a teacher, I am very influential in making this happen. Students develop enjoyment of music by understanding music, experiencing success in music, being exposed to good and varied genres of music, and receiving instruction from a teacher who is enthusiastic and encouraging. It is my goal to provide all of these opportunities for students, and as a result their lives will be enriched as they enjoy their instrument.
Aayat N. July 17, 2016
In studio Verified Student
Advaith T. June 11, 2016
In studio Verified Student
Maira has been a blessing. She is very patient and is willing to work with students of every level. She is awesome!
Jacob L. May 8, 2015
Maria has been an absolute blessing for our family. Piano is something both my wife and I wanted for our children to learn, but having 4 boys where their interests are only video games and football, it can be difficult. Also since my wife and I are from from musical, we had absolutely no clue what to expect. We had gone through 3 other teachers where our kids didn't advance at all. Maria was our last try and we are so thankful for the referral.
Maria really connects with the boys and they absolutely love her. To top it off, she's very motivating, organized, and for the first time with any teacher, she had an action plan. We knew where are kids were with progress regularly. We also we informed how to keep them motivated at home and how to get them to practice. My oldest son (14) has gone through 3 levels in 1.5 years and has actually been asking about joining the jazz band at his school. My 3 other sons (6,8,9) have been steadily going through the levels and most importantly are able to apply what they are learning to music Maria doesn't teach them. My 8 year old was actually describing what a chord progression was the other day to his grandfather and used the word cadence. I had to google what that meant on my phone!
Her location is also perfect. As long as they have something to do, Maria doesn't mind them sitting in the living room while she teaches a lesson so it enables me to run to the grocery store or bank which are less than 2 miles from her home while the kids are in lessons.
We are extremely pleased with Maria and I would recommend her to anyone. She is worth every single penny. Our family will be moving to John's Creek this October and we will be making the drive once a week through Atlanta traffic happily.