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Music Lessons in Austin, TX

Austin is widely known as the "live music capital of the world," and for good reason. The city is home to a colossal number of venues and artists such as Willie Nelson, Ben Kweller, Spoon, Janis Joplin, Stevie Ray Vaughan and many, many more. In addition to bigger names such as these, Austin also plays host to hundreds, maybe thousands of unique new bands trying to break into the city's booming music scene.

If you want to get involved in the music scene, Austin music lessons are the perfect first step. With TakeLessons’ private music lessons, you could be on your way to becoming a successful, talented musician in no time. We have specialized teachers for 38 different lesson types, including singing, guitar, bass, drums, piano, violin and more. With teachers in Austin and surrounding cities such as Windsor Park, St. Johns and Highland, chances are we have a music instructor close by.

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Marcus R.

Austin, TX

About Marcus

I have been playing music since I was about 13 years old. I initially started out on guitar but I quickly picked up mandolin, banjo, and ukulele thanks to the great theoretical tools I'd learned from my first teacher! I started studying alto saxophone around the same time I picked up guitar and began extensively studying violin a few years later.

I quickly began writing songs and at 15, I recorded my first album of original material with production help from Grammy award winning producer/guitarist Joe Reyes. Joe and I would go on to make four other records together and I would wind up doin
g string arrangements for one of his albums as well.

While still in high school, I began playing with a number of bands in my hometown of San Antonio, Texas as well as a few groups in Austin, Texas all while still playing in my high school's orchestra! At 18, I got to tour the country playing violin/saxophone/musical saw with the Austin band Moth!Fight!

I earned my Bachelor's degree in music composition at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. At Trinity, I was able to fully explore my love of composing while honing my technique at classical violin and classical/jazz guitar. During this time, I was voted Best Instrumentalist by San Antonio's alternative weekly (the San Antonio Current). I also saw many of my compositions performed at many classical/new music festivals such as Seamus,ICMC, Spark Festival, and EMM and by ensembles such as the SOLI Chamber Ensemble.

In college, I also taught a "School of Rock" class at the Magik Children's Theater. In these classes, I taught young beginning instrumentalists how to play a number of pop/rock songs in the span of two weeks.

I moved to Valencia, California in the fall of 2012 as an MFA candidate in Music Composition at the California Institute of the Arts. Since moving to LA, I've had the opportunity to perform with internationally renewed pop bands such as Faust and Vinyl Williams in addition to performing/collaborating with well known composers around the city. I also have the wonderful job of co-teaching a musicianship skills class at CalArts!

As you can see, music is my life! I have experience playing a number of genres and I want to help you find your musical passion!

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons together will be laid-back and fun but also challenging. I truly believe that one of the best way for students to learn is for them to work on music that they enjoy. Therefore, I approach lessons by learning the interests and goals of my students and then teaching them the techniques they need to achieve their musical ambitions. If students aren't sure what they like yet then we'll try out a number of different styles until one or more stick! I am experienced playing lots of styles so feel free to bring anything in!

Beginning students can expect to learn a number of fun songs/exercises in order to familiarize themselves with basic techniques and reading practices. Once a student feels comfortable with basic technique, I work with them to find songs/pieces that interest them but also reinforce and develop their technical skill sets. Within a few weeks, you'll be able to play all sorts of songs! And within a few months you'll understand the basics of improvisation and theory!

I teach all of my students the basics of music theory. Understanding, the music you're playing is just as important as technique! I integrate this in a way that makes it relevant to whatever pieces or techniques we're working on at a time.

Students can expect to take home a small handful of exercises to practice after every lesson. For half hour instrumental lessons, I'll assign a song or piece (usually of the student's choosing) and a technical assignment/piece of some sort (these will be scales, improv exercises, or etudes of some sort). For 45 minute-hour long instrumental lessons, I'll assign the same material plus an additional song or exercise. Students studying recording programs like Ableton or Logic will have assignments that examine technical/musical aspects of the program every week. Students studying music theory or songwriting will usually have assigned readings and written assignments! Don't worry all assignments will be FUN and designed to fit your interests! Practice assignments can always be designed to fit the student's schedule as well.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Students are welcome to try various instruments during their first lesson but should be able to provide their own instrument for subsequent lessons

*** Travel Equipment ***
Students only need to provide their instrument. I can bring an amplifier if the student is studying electric guitar. I'm also happy to photocopy book pages/pieces for students.

*** Specialties ***
Pop/Rock (all kinds!), Jazz, Blues, Folk/Country, Classical, Music Theory, The Recording Programs Logic and Ableton, Songwriting
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Amy B. December 3, 2014
Fiddle · In home
Verified Student
My 11-year-old daughter is loving her fiddle lessons with Marcus. He is patient, flexible, and encouraging. He manages to infuse the lessons with humor and fun while also facilitating serious technical progress. We recommend him highly!
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Christopher L. October 23, 2014
Ukulele · In studio
Verified Student
Marcus is great! I have been working with him for over three months. I am 37 and did not consider myself to be a musician at all when I started working with Marcus. I set a personal goal to learn to play something, and I can do that now. Marcus is friendly, communicates well, adapts to my learning style and pace, and has been really patient in helping me learn the basics.

He has been super-flexible with scheduling. I was a little apprehensive about going to a stranger's home, but it's not weird at all. His place is comfortable and inviting.
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Rosemary V. May 1, 2014
Violin
Verified Student
Excellent instructor-Highly recommended

Marcus has been an excellent instructor. He is friendly, patient, and professional. He does a great job of explaining concepts. If I need to reschedule a lesson he is always willing to work with whatever times are best for me.

He is very knowledgeable about different music styles and bands.

At our first lesson, he asked if I had any music I was specifically interested in learning. I appreciated his focus on making the lessons more personal instead of just following the instruction book.
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Marcus R.

Marcus R.

Austin, TX 78756
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starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Michael F.

Austin, TX

About Michael

Hi I'm Mike!
I've been playing/teaching drums for over 20 years. I started out playing in Punk and Metal bands. I later got interested in Jazz which led me to the University of North Texas. I graduated there in 99 and boy did I learn a thing or two. Attending such a highly competitive school taught me a few things about learning new concepts and setting goals. I have since adopted a philosophy that yields results and have eliminated the "busy work" approach that most drum teachers use. My main interest is to see my students achieve their dreams!

*** Lesson Details ***
I'm a pretty
laid back teacher. I let student drive the intensity of the lessons. I have a few set goals that all my students must achieve but it is up to the student to determine how soon they meet them. After 3 months my students will be able to play a handful of songs chosen by them. They will also be able to play rudiments as wells as improvise with them on the kit. After 6 months a student should be able to learn drum parts by ear. At that point my students should also be able to take any memorized beats or fills and "remix" them spontaneously!

*** Studio Equipment ***
The In-Studio lessons are taught in a separate room which includes 2 drum sets and recording equipment. 1 dog kept separate. Seating available.

*** Travel Equipment ***
The student should provide a permanent space where the drums are located and either a video recorder or hand held audio recorder. The student must also provide a metronome capable of being heard over the drums.

*** Specialties ***
I concentrate on drum set. I teach lots of styles at any level. I encourage learning by ear before I teach reading.
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Geoff A. March 30, 2015
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
Mike is an excellent teacher. Passionate and knowledgeable about all things drumming, and just a chill personality overall, unlike teachers I've had in the past. I find him very easy to work and communicate with. I live an hour away from Austin, and often have to reschedule lessons due to a hectic and unpredictable work schedule. Mike has always been flexible when needed, and very fair when it comes to cancellations. If I could, I would take lessons more often.
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Suellen L. November 21, 2014
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
I am thrilled to be working with Michael! I am a first time "OLDER" student who has never played the drums. Michael is an excellent teacher and I am very comfortable working with him! His personality and teaching style works great for me! I like his hands on learning approach and feel like I am moving forward at a good pace. I have only had three lessons, but so far so good! If you are looking for a drum teacher Michael is wonderful!
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Thomas B. October 27, 2014
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
5/5- Mike is an excellent drum teacher for any skill level. He doesn't waste time with useless exercises, but instead shows you how to become a drummer that can creatively express yourself in the moment. Plus he has some of the best prices on here! If you're on the fence, I highly, highly recommend lessons with him!
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Michael F.

Michael F.

Austin, TX 78752
(7)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Samuel B.

Austin, TX

About Samuel

I've been a performing singer-songwriter since 1993. My influences include Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, and Richie Havens. I've been teaching private lessons since 2011 and I tailor my lessons according to the individual needs of my students. Everyone learns at a different pace and in a different way. My objective is to provide instruction that both challenges as well as respects your rate of progress.

I'm a primarily self-taught musician. Although I impart knowledge of scales (the major and the blues ones specifically) and the theory behind
them (both of which I learned from formal instruction) as a central component of my curriculum, the bulk of my knowledge came from listening to and imitating delta blues artists such as Robert Johnson and Mississippi John Hurt both of whom displayed remarkable intricacies in their art.

We'll begin with the major scale in the key of C (as seen in the video) which you'll hear me indicate as being the white keys on the piano. Afterwards, you'll learn a spiritual and an American standard with just the three major chords comprising that key (C, F, and G7). The key of D will be taught in a very similar manner (a scale and then three chords) before the blues is introduced.

Though you will have learned to play campfire standards in fewer than eight lessons, I'm a believer in imparting the roots of the form and not just its recognizable elements. The blues (particularly the form originating from the Mississippi Delta) is the foundation of ALL American music. Therefore, I consider it essential to the curriculum.

I've always found E to be the most blues-friendly of all the keys. We'll be spending more than twice the amount of time we will have spent in C or D learning multiple progressions and chord formations in E. Afterwards, you'll be introduced to the blues scale and receive the basis for playing lead (solos). You'll learn some rudimentary jazz within this segment of the process as well.

For more information about my curriculum, you may review my published articles on TakeLesson's Teacher Blog:

http://takelessons.com/blog/learning-guitar-without-sheet-music
http://takelessons.com/blog/reasons-to-learn-guitar-scales
http://takelessons.com/blog/beginner-guitars
http://takelessons.com/blog/blues-chord-progressions
http://takelessons.com/blog/best-guitar-solos
http://takelessons.com/blog/guitar-barre-chords
http://takelessons.com/blog/learning-guitar-styles
http://takelessons.com/blog/expand-your-guitar-solos
http://takelessons.com/blog/maximize-acoustic-guitar-lifespan
http://takelessons.com/blog/are-you-ready-to-play-guitar-solos
http://takelessons.com/blog/blues-guitar-exercise
http://takelessons.com/blog/writing-a-song-on-guitar-z01
http://takelessons.com/blog/writing-a-song-on-guitar-lyrics-z01
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Ron A. April 9, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Over the past 20 years I have taken guitar lessons twice. The episodes were separated by 15 years. I was engaged and even intense about learning. Both times ended in frustration and more important, failure. After only 5 lessons with Samuel Bean, I have learned to strum chords in time, learned several scales, 12 bar and 8 bar patterns and a bit of music theory. The result is playing to a level that provides personal satisfaction. I look forward to playing. So for you beginners and frustrated musicians out there, you know who you are, give it a try. I predict success.
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Ted D. January 23, 2015
Guitar · In home
I have had known Sam for many years. I am friends with his parents and his sister Emmy, also a very talented musician.
Although I don't live near him, unfortunately, when he visits NYC I make it a point to check in with him and ask for his his advice on my rather limited guitar skills. I always come away from our sessions feeling much better about my playing and can see what an improvement he has made for me. He is very patient and so eager to help, even a beginner like myself. i just wish he lived closer!
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Erin B. January 12, 2015
Healthy Cooking · In studio
When I joined Sasona's housing cooperative community, I didn't know how to do anything. Sam provided an orientation for me that was above and beyond. Whenever I didn't know how to do something I knew I could ask him and he would not only tell me how, he would teach me how. Teaching is an integral part of who he is. He is conscientious, compassionate, and committed to his students. I absolutely recommend him as an instructor for people of all ages.
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Samuel B.

Samuel B.

Austin, TX 78745
(5)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Hope G.

Austin, TX

About Hope

An extremely organized Educator of 15 years with significant expertise in Music, Math, and English. Hope has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music with the Concentration in Vocal Jazz; Minor in Radio, Television, Film at Howard University. Extensive experience with elementary and secondary school choirs, mentoring and coaching college preparatory students. Enjoys celebrating the joy in students when they excel beyond their expectations, begin to develop self-confidence to realize their dreams, and become excited about the world of learning.
Hope's Musical Background:
Hope has always enjoyed sin
ging and writing Music since the tender age of five. While in high school, she was a member of the International Thespian Honor Society & Senior Choir of Western Hills High School and performed "The Wiz", "Hello Dolly", and the "Malcolm X" plays. While attending Howard University in Washington, D.C., Hope was under the direction of Grady Tate and the late great Webster Lewis. She performed with the Legendary Shirley Caesar and Wynton Marsalis. Hope performed at the 20th Anniversary of the Kennedy Center Honors. She also performed with the Howard University Jazz Ensemble & Howard University Chorus. Hope's recent performance was in Austin, TX with the Gospel Musical Genius... Richard Smallwood.
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Shannon C. May 26, 2015
Music Performance · Online
Verified Student
Great enthusiasm, a lot of connectivity issues, but that may be on both ends.
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Charity G. September 24, 2014
Singing · In home
Hope is a Phenomenal Vocal Teacher!!! She really puts her heart into what she does! Furthermore, she believes in her students even if at first they don't believe in themselves (I for one can attest to that!) No matter what the genre is, Jazz, Pop, or Rock, Hope HAS the ability and gift to move her students to not only sing on key, but also with passion! You'll be glad to have her as your Teacher. Her lessons with you will take you a long way!
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Anthony J. September 24, 2014
Algebra · Online
I needed to prepare for the Electrician Test. It was told to me ahead of time that Algebra is a big part of the test and imperative to know. Being that I've been out of school for decades, I needed to brush up on math. Not knowing a tuitor, but learned about great thing about Hope from my wife, we set up an over the phone tuitor session. Who does that? Normally people need to sit down face to face. Ms. Hope was so skilled she was able to write down the math problems and help me. I actually learned and was prepared enought to take the exam. The amazing part is that Ms. Hope conducted the tuitor session over the phone. If that's not a skillful person, then I don't know what is. I strongly recommend Hope. She also has an upbeat personality. Me being a grown man, I still asked questions and no question is a "dumb" question for her.
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Hope G.

Austin, TX 78701
(5)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Giulia M.

Austin, TX

About Giulia

My name is Giulia (sounds like Julia) and I'm from Florence, Italy.
I've been a tutor for over 12 years now and I'll be happy to help you with Italian, Spanish, or Music lesson (voice and guitar).
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Charlotte R. March 19, 2015
Spanish · Online
Verified Student
Giulia is patient and kind and works with you at your level. She finds unique and fun activities to do for "homework" and encourages you often. I enjoy working with her and would recommend her to anyone wanting to learn more than conversational Spanish.
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Jim M. February 10, 2015
Italian · Online
Verified Student
Giulia is very kind and she tailors her teaching to your level.
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Teresa T. November 30, 2014
Spanish · Online
Verified Student
Giulia has been my Spanish teacher for a few weeks now and I love her teaching style! She is kind, patient, and tries to find ways to make learning enjoyable. She will work with you in whatever your style of learning is and she will make sure you understand before proceeding. I definitely recommend Giulia for your educational needs!
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Giulia M.

Austin, TX 78704
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starting at
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