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The Joy of Teaching Guitar Lessons in Austin, the “Live Music Capitol of the World”

By Alan R. - Austin Guitar Teacher

As many of you know, and as the world learns more and more every year, Austin, Texas is an amazing place to be a musician. It has all the ingredients of a great up-and-coming American city: a strong entrepreneurial spirit, openness to newcomers, a thriving entertainment and arts scene, and that indescribable feeling of opportunity in the air. However, what sets Austin apart from other great American cities is the community’s unique embrace of the musical arts. Austin is one of the few remaining cities that still has a thriving nightlife based on the people’s love of live music performance.

The live music scene in Austin boasts countless rock groups, at least half a dozen major jazz big bands, and blues every night of the week. It also has an active and lively classical music scene, including the amazing Austin Symphony Orchestra. Folk, bluegrass, Latin music and countless other genres are performed and created here every day of the year.

As teachers and performers living in the midst of such creativity, we have the wonderful opportunity and responsibility to teach our students by example. With our specialized training and experience, those of us teaching guitar lessons in Austin can share a deep appreciation for the art of sound with our students by showing them that a lifetime of musical enjoyment begins with an uninhibited sense of curiosity.

My most influential teachers were always the ones that led by example. They played and recorded professionally, had worldwide compositional recognition, won Grammys, and published books, yet were still there on time for our lessons every week. They came ready to share new insights gained through a lifetime of professional musicianship. Through these experiences I learned that being a student does not end when one receives a degree or achieves a certain instrumental proficiency. Knowing that my teachers continually strove to practice and improve themselves as musicians still inspires me to this day.

I would like to encourage my fellow teachers to continue to lead our students by example as we teach guitar lessons in Austin. I hope to hear you all out there soon in this wonderful “Live Music Capitol of the World!”

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Alan R.

Austin, TX

Beginner to advanced guitar skills.
Includes: efficiency of technique, fretboard logic, practice skills, reading skills, improvisation, theory of harmony with applications for the guitar, strong rhythm skills, jazz guitar, and more.

About Alan

Alan is a graduate of Berklee College of Music (BM Jazz Composition) and is an active freelance composer and professional guitarist.

He is a founding member of Live Oak Trio, a string trio specializing in weddings and special events based out of Austin, TX.

His extensive performance experience includes appearances with: Adam Rudolph & GO Organic Orchestra, Zilker Hillside Theatre Productions, The Vintage 15, the Georgetown Palace Theatre, The James Anderson Collective, The Elevation Quartet, The Azmaris, The Austin Flute Project, and award-winning composer T. Benton Roark. He is a membe
r of The American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) and his compositions have been performed by ensembles including NAJO Jazz Orchestra, Modus Novus Musica, and the Austin Flute Project.

LESSONS
The development of fundamental music skills, such as a basic understanding of harmony and critical listening skills, are an integral part of my approach to instrumental studies. With over 12 years of teaching experience, I have worked with students of all ages and interests. There is always more to explore, and everyone has room for improvement. Above all, my approach to teaching and personal practice is all about exploration and curiosity.
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ChristineP May 5, 2012
Alan is very encouraging and talented. He knows just how to keep Solly interested and motivated! Finally, a great guitar teacher. Hip, hip, hooray!
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AntonioR February 7, 2012
Alan is a great teacher and he is very especific with guitar theory also very patient.
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YanaS May 14, 2011
Super great

Wonderful instructor! My son enjoy his lessons very much. Thank you so much, dear Alan.
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Alan R.

Alan R.

Austin, TX 78723
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starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Aimee B.

Austin, TX

Individually catered guitar lessons in pop, rock, country, blues, etc.

All in-home lessons are an hour minimum.

About Aimee

Aimee's Teaching Mission:
To provide an inspiring environment for students to learn their favorite songs and to encourage creativity through exploring songwriting. Aimee demonstrates a clear self-awareness…revisionary”–Austin Chronicle

“Nothing short of a work of art”–Performing Songwriter

*Over ten years experience as a professional performing and touring musician
*Five years teaching private and group classes in guitar, piano, bass, songwriting
(over 100 private students)
*Three years instructing Rock Camp USA Austin (children band camp)
*Selected as a “Top 10 Band” by Austin Mo
nthly
*Featured in Austin’s premiere photo journal, Sound of Austin
*Charted co-written songs in Europe
*Songs commissioned and licensed to film
*Performances with Dr. John, Ian McClagan (The Faces, Rolling Stones),
Alejandro Escovedo, Ian Moore, Freedy Johnston, Thao and The Get Down Stay Down and more

Aimee''s Music Studio is a privately operated studio for music instruction hosted by award winning and international touring songwriter/performer, Aimee, in downtown Austin, TX. Both private and group lessons are available in guitar, piano, electric bass, and songwriting. Students vary in age from 5 years to 60 + years and are of a beginner and intermediate level. Lessons are conducted in 30 to 60 minute intervals. Styles studied are in the popular music genre (rock, pop, country, blues and fingerpicking techniques). Music fundamentals in reading, tablature, scales, and ear training are stressed and all lessons are supplemented with audio and visual reference material recorded during lessons.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Acoustic & Electric Guitars
Upright Piano
Recording Gear to Record Lesson to E-mail Student
Music Stand
Copier/Paper/Scanner

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide my instrument, stand, music and charts.
The student provides their instrument and a quiet, undisturbed working space.

*** Specialties ***
Performance:
As a professional performing artist I help intermediate students adapt songs for performance and explore performance from a background in acting. From the moment you walk on stage the performance has begun. We discuss how to introduce a song, talk on the mic between songs, and how to deliver an energetic engaging performance.

Songwriting/Recording:
I work directly with students wanting to compose and write their own songs. We look a different techniques to help you get "un-stuck" and to widen your chord range and feel in songs.
Co-writing is included upon request.
I have with both beginner and intermediate students arranged recording sessions with professional studios to document songs in a professional environment complete with band and all!

Young Students:
I combine a both classical note reading/theory with learning by ear. I simplify chords to get students playing quickly and to reap fulfillment from the very first lesson.

Adult Students:
I provide you with the basics in the first three lessons and resources online to help you get moving quickly. We discuss your specific performance goals and track your progress weekly.
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MARY E. July 21, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
We got right to work on a song I selected. Aimee gave me a range of interlocking to work on which was just enough of a challenge. I've really enjoyed p.o. king up my guitar and practicing. Can't wait for the next lesson.
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jon S. April 20, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Had my first lesson yesterday. I play a bit, so we started with chords, and she showed me the caged system. Quite a revelation. Really enjoyed her easy way and
her focus. Very fast hour.Afterwards,she played me one of her tunes. Really great songwriter too!. Definetely looking forward to next weeks lesson.
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Robert April 5, 2016
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Off to a great start after the first lesson.
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Aimee B.

Aimee B.

Austin, TX 78703
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Matthew K.

Austin, TX

I teach electric and acoustic contemporary guitar.

Learn your favorite songs, how to write your own songs, and how to solo/play with a band.

Learn all the techniques:
Slide, Hammer-On, Pull-Off, Tremolo, Palm Muting, Finger-Picking, Tapping, Artificial Harmonics and Bending.

Learn to read music charts, build your own chord voicing and improvise.

About Matthew

Matthew grew up in Austin, TX attending the Waldorf School and playing music of various styles on saxophone and guitar. For his musical education, he took 8 years of private lessons starting at age 12.

His first teacher was Billy Green aka Wil Greenstreet who currently plays a residency atop the Empire State Building. Green taught guitar and saxophone lessons to Kelly back to back and unleashed a powerful passion for music within. When Green moved to NY, Kelly was refered to Scott McIntosh, a world-traveled saxophonist and arranger from Quebec. For Kelly that was when it got real..

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er 5 years of jazz theory and saxophone lessons with McIntosh, Matthew was invited to join a funk band in High School and the band's SXSW showcase at the old Alligator Grill was the beginning of his musical career.

Over the past 12 years Kelly has gone on to play with a long list of different ensembles across many state lines.

At age 19 he moved to the San Francisco Bay Area and once there studied under virtuoso saxophonist Joshua Smith and master guitarist Andy Tran.

Kelly found a residency with a local San Jose group and did six months with The Craig Robinson Blues Band while he was gaining music students and slowly transitioning into a full-time music life. He also played with Lowfat an established Bay Area original dance band, was hired by the Darell Patrick Jazz Ensemble for private events and recorded for The Jake Makey Band before moving to Colorado in search of a higher chance of musical success paired with a lower cost of living.

In Fort Collins, CO Matthew sat in as a guest artist regularly with local jazz pianist Mark Sloniker at his residency at Jay's Bistro. Busking paid very well and helped keep the bills paid. Then Kelly could pursue playing 2 instruments in an original jam band The Hot Coal.

While in Fort Collins Kelly gave 6 months of guitar lessons to 2016 Scene Magazine coveree Elise Wunder to help her accomplish her performance goals. Today she travels the world playing her amazing original music.

In 2011 Matthew felt the need to return home. Knowing Austin is the real place to share the music and being from here, he rode his bicycle back here and eventually found the musical projects that he plays in today.

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Bourgeois Mystics

To hear Matthew's guitar playing and bass guitar approach visit his Soundcloud.
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Earnell January 11, 2017
Saxophone · In studio
Verified Student
Just had my first lesson with Matt and had to come home and immediately write about it. Matt is a fantastic teacher with loads of music knowledge. He truly has a soul for music and can easily break down complicated musical teachings to a beginner level. He is extremely talented and personable and I cannot wait for my next lesson. I have not felt this excited about playing in along time and a lot of this excitement is due to how much learned in my first session with Matt and how much more I have to look forward to. Matt is a true musician in every since of the word and I highly recommend him to anyone that wants more than just to learn how to play notes but learn to play soulful, beautiful music of any genre.
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Chiaki Williams May 23, 2016
Bass Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
I recommend Matt to be your music teacher.
He's nice, chill, fun, easy to talk to, flexible...

I learned so much from his lessons because he can come down to beginners level.
The way he explains things are simple and easy to understand even I didn't have any music background.

I really enjoyed lessons from him. If my time works out, I would love to come back to his class again!
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Joseph M. September 9, 2015
Saxophone · In home
Verified Student
I enoyed my initial lesson with Matt. Looking forward toward my next.
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Matthew K.

Matthew K.

Austin, TX 78741
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starting at
$20 / 30-min
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Derek V.

Austin, TX

I've been playing guitar for 25 years, and teaching guitar for 10 years. I can teach a beginner from step one, or a jaded advanced guitarist looking for inspiration.

About Derek

TEACHING MISSION: Capture the joy of playing music. Inspire continual playing and/or practice, regardless of student's lifestyle/career choices.
I start the first lesson with a student wish list (songs, goals, etc) and every lesson we take significant steps towards the goals.

Skills: Guitar/Mandolin/Piano/Bass/Banjo/Recording/DJ Technology

Education: B.M. Classical/ Jazz Guitar Performance, University of Colorado, 2003
B.S. Audio Engineering/ Production, Middle Tennessee State University, 1997

Teaching Experience:
-The Musicians Woodshed (Austin) Sept 2013- Present
-Brooklyn Music
Lessons (NYC) 2010-2013
-University of Colorado (Boulder) 2000-2010
-Naropa University (Boulder) 2007-2010
-The Lesson Studio (Boulder) 2005-2009

Performance Experience:
Freelance Musician/ Arranger/ Composer 2000-Present
I have played guitar, mandolin, bouzouki, keyboards, or bass in folk, classical,
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David November 10, 2016
Banjo · Online
Verified Student
Great teacher, very clear, patient communication. Can't wait for the next lesson!
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John White October 30, 2016
Mandolin · In studio
Verified Student
Talented guy, easy to understand and very patient!
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Steve September 30, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
First lesson... the teach has the talent!!! I'm impressed.
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Derek V.

Derek V.

Austin, TX 78748
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James E.

Austin, TX

I teach many different genres and ensure that all of my students develop their musicianship with a broad understanding and practice in music theory and ear training.

About James

Hello,

My name is James Essary. I offer private music lessons in piano, guitar, bass, drums, music theory, songwriting and music composition. I've taught through my own private studio for the past 8 years and have also taught music theory and composition for CCISD's WAVE program.

I pride myself on offering fun lessons that incorporate a strong development in music theory, ear training, sight reading, improvisation, and composition. I find it very important to put each student's individual interest first. I believe if you are learning what you truly connect with then all other aspects of
music become fascinating and meaningful.

I have a Bachelor's in Music Composition with piano as my main instrument as well as an associates degree in classical guitar. I also have professional experience as a recording session musician and live touring musician. Through this experience I've studied several genres including classical, jazz, pop, rock, folk, and country which helps me adapt to each student's taste and goals.

In addition to teaching, I also work as a producer, recording engineer, and composer. This background allows me to offer my students a special inside view and education on how songs are written, arranged, and recorded. I've often written pieces and produced recordings for students of mine.

I teach in home lessons and have my own private studio. The studio has a private recording studio and a teaching studio. The teaching studio is equipped with a Chickering console piano and also provides proper equipment for guitar and bass instruction.

I look forward to hearing from you!
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Pastor November 17, 2016
Piano · In home
James is the most thorough music teacher I have had. His lessons are personalized yet comprehensive. He has a way of listening to how his students learn and adapting. While at the same time, he considers all aspects of learning an instrument important and will incorporate music theory, instrument technique and rhythm to ensure a complete understanding of what his students are practicing or playing. Just one lesson with James can set you on a motivated learning path, imagine what consistent lessons could do.
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Joshua November 16, 2016
Bass Guitar · In home
I remember when I wanted to learn Beatles covers on bass. Westley owns this giant book of sheet music for every Beatles song and how to play it. So I was learning the exact way it was recorded. I remember coming to his house and showing him a short cut I found to play the song easier with my clumsy fingers. I showed him and he didn't say anything. I asked him what was wrong with the short cut I found and he smiled and said "that's not how Paul played it". I thought I was just learning Beatles covers, but Westley was teaching me to play bass like Paul McCartney.

Amazing instructor and great guy.
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Allison November 15, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · In home
I learned to play the piano as a child and recently wanted to learn the guitar. Wes was recommended to me by a friend, and after engaging him as a teacher, I soon also had him teaching my son (Ukulele and Piano), and my daughter (Piano). Although I already was proficient on the piano, Wes has been amazing at teaching me (what I should have learned previously) about Music Theory and Voicing and many other aspects of playing solo & in groups. He often has my children and I playing the same songs (from different angles) so that we can play together. He adapt to our crazy schedule and often provides insights and tips throughout the week via text messages (so we don't get stuck). We all play in various informal groups and Wes helps us practice and with arrangements. He is fun to talk to - has great insights and we all look forward to our weekly lessons. We are in Houston and visit with Wes in person 2x a month and Video lesson 2x a month. Both work really well. I highly recommend Wes as a teacher for all ages.
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James E.

James E.

Austin, TX 78702
(6)
starting at
$30 / 30-min

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