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Marcus R.

Austin, TX

I am comfortable with all ukulele voices/tuning (soprano, tenor, baritone) and typically tailor uke lessons towards each individual student's goals. Typically, we'll learn all of the basic chords and strumming patterns in the first few weeks of lessons while also working on tools for soloing and sight reading songs.

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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nancy July 2, 2015
Ukulele · In studio
marcus was familiar with one of the songs and was able to break it down to learn easily. very nice person. he prefers to keep you on the right track with learning and gets all the mistakes cleaned up right away. validates you as a person and your experience so you find acceptance. first lesson was impressive for me. he did not let anything pass by him while he was getting to know me. was a very good instructional class for the first class. i was glad i met marcus.
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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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Marcus R.

Marcus R.

Austin, TX 78756
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starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Adam P.

Austin, TX

Due to its smaller size,ukulele is a great introductory instrument for younger students whose hands might not quite fit around a standard guitar neck. Plus, with only four strings, chord shapes can be easier to remember, and can eventually be translated and expanded to guitar. I like to take a fun approach to teaching it by showing a few very basic, easy chords and getting right to strumming familiar pop and folk tunes.

About Adam

I've been involved with music in some capacity pretty much from the get-go, whether as a player, a teacher, a sound engineer, or even building and repairing instruments. Music is my passion, and has been a source of many wonderful things in my life, and I hope that I can pass that on to my students.

I initially took up bass guitar when I was 10 years old, then moved on to electric guitar within a couple of years. With help from a teacher, I developed my skills simply by learning how to play my favorite songs, and this is the same approach I like to take with my own students. I eventually
went back and learned a lot of the theory behind what I was doing, but playing along with records was what made it fun and kept it interesting for me. Being a technical sort of guy, I studied audio production in college, then spent more than a decade in Chicago, working steadily as an engineer, both in studio, and in live sound reinforcement. The cold winters there broke me, though, so I made my way to the warmer, more relaxed environs of Austin.

In 2004 I began learning to play pedal steel guitar, and it quickly became my primary instrument as I found myself playing out regularly with several Chicago-based country and western outfits, as well as rock bands that were looking to add a very unique sound to their mix. It certainly isn't the most common instrument around, but it's a ton of fun to play, and I get very excited about showing it to others.

In addition to teaching guitar and steel guitar, I operate my own piano tuning and repair service, AP Piano Service. Ironically, I don't actually play piano, but I've got great ears and a knack for fixing things, so if you've got a piano sitting around the house in need of a tuning, well, that's an added bonus.

*** Lesson Details ***
Whether you're starting from the very beginning, or if you already play a bit and want to brush up and learn something new, I'm happy to teach students of all abilities and ages. My lessons are tailored to fit each student's current skill level, yet still be challenging. At the end of the day, I want my students to have fun while they're playing, and then to feel that they've accomplished something great when it comes time to put down their instruments.

I start beginners off with the basic fundamentals, and a few exercises just to get their fingers moving. You gotta crawl before you can walk, right? Very quickly, we move on to some simple chord shapes and apply them by learning songs that the student knows and loves. From there we progress at whatever pace is comfortable for the student, gradually adding more chords and progressions, learning riffs and lead lines, etc... Along the way, I like to pepper lessons with a bit of basic music theory, just so that students can get a little better grasp of what they're doing and how it all works. By no means does that have to involve endless hours spent practicing scales. That's all great for advanced musicians, but I feel that learning to play songs is far more productive for less experienced students. Music is like any other language, and I think it's fair to say that most people first learn to speak before they learn the rules of spelling and grammar.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have numerous acoustic and electric guitars in my home studio, as well as amplifiers, cables, etc. Students are welcome to use my equipment, if they choose.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Depending on the student and the styles of music that we're studying, I either bring along my own acoustic guitar or an electric and a small practice amplifier, along with the necessary cables, picks, and other accessories.

*** Specialties ***
Classic and modern Rock 'n' Roll, Pop, Country and Western, Folk, Lap Steel, Pedal Steel.

In addition to regular 6-string guitar, I teach 6, 8, or 10-string lap steel and pedal steel.
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Alisa A. May 30, 2013
Guitar
Verified Student
Great teacher!

My 9 year old daughter is taking guitar lessons with Adam. She looks forward to her lessons and enjoys them. Adam is very reliable and comes to our house on time. I have seen her progress very quickly and love the way he clearly explains things to her. As she puts it "Adam makes guitar learning fun."
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Adam P. May 26, 2013
Guitar
Great instructor.

I enjoy my lessons with Adam, it is clear that he has a passion for music. We go over the basics, but he also includes songs that I want to learn. He is professional, and his home studio is comfortable, with plenty of guitars to try out. Of course, his two cats are named after country stars, Patsy and Loretta. I am comfortable asking questions, as a student that needs a lot of explanation, he is patient and creative in making sure that I understand the aspects of a tune. I highly recommend Adam.
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Adam P.

Adam P.

Austin, TX 78748
(2)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Moses R.

Austin, TX

About Moses

Hello! My name is Moses. I have a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of North Texas. My main instrument is the guitar, and I specialize in teaching rock, blues, folk, and indie music. My strength is finding the strengths of my students and getting them off to a fast start. I have strong music theory skills, and my goal is to encourage my students to be as musically well-rounded as possible. I currently help lead the worship team at Austin Christian.
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Marshall A. June 14, 2015
Bass Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Moses made me feel comfortable. He spent lots of time preparing for the lessons and understood where I was coming from. Highly recommended!
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Kenneth S. May 19, 2015
Guitar · In home
I took lessons from Moses from the ground up. Starting in 8th grade. His lessons were structured to be simple, easy to grasp, songs that I like. So the practice was fun in the early stage and he helped me through every stage. I learned from him for over two years. As the music that I was playing became more complex and speedy (I am a metal player as well as others) he was teaching me theory so I understood why things sounded the way they did. He has a good understanding of multiple genres. He taught me songs and licks in other genres. Rock, blues, metal, jazz, and classical. I am currently pursuing a degree in music education for classical guitar. He first instilled the love of music that I have had in the guitar for over 6 years now. He is great for beginners, or experienced players to step up their game. Great teacher
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Moses R.

Moses R.

Austin, TX 78728
(2)
starting at
$20 / 30-min
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Derek V.

Austin, TX

I've been teaching uke for a few years and love it. I can teach anything from folk to hawaiian and more.

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 take 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 Mus
ic 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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Nancy V. June 5, 2015
Ukulele · In studio
Verified Student
He's a kind person. He works with you for what you want to work at. He will introduce new things to your capacity.
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Nancy V. April 28, 2015
Ukulele · In studio
Verified Student
he has helped me to memorize portion of my favorite song while learning a certain strum with accent on 2nd beat and working on it. he has helped me to organize time to learn. shown me strum pattern and how many in between per note while following and artists song. he is helping me to be disciplined not to think about it and do it subconsciously which is wonderful to learn. i am learning a finger pattern. all will take time. when i stumble he picks the same note up with me as i start again and helps me grow thru my difficulties with explanation and repeating over and over with me until i get it. very patient and nice person with good teaching skills.
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Mary A. April 10, 2015
Ukulele · In studio
Verified Student
Great Lesson
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Derek V.

Derek V.

Austin, TX 78704
(3)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Michael L.

Austin, TX

After studying music for many years I have taught myself how to play the ukulele. I have sought out and learned a variety of techniques and can play ukulele with a wide range of musical genres

About Michael

I am a classically trained, professional musician well versed with many different instruments and styles of playing. I have built my own instruments, taken lessons all over the world, studied music theory, and performed in a variety of bands in a variety of settings. I am also a special education teacher and have experience teaching children with special needs in both individual and group settings. I have introduced many friends to music and given them the tools to learn about their instrument.

After studying Spanish for 2 years at the university level and extensive travel to Latin America
I am fluent in Spanish in both the academic and conversational sides of the language.
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adrienne E. June 15, 2015
Songwriting · In home
Michael provided an amazingly comfortable environment in which I was able to excel as I wrote and recorded a song. He was most encouraging and helpful. With patience and an avidly apparent talent for music, I was inspired and pushed beyond what I thought I was capable of.
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Michael L.

Austin, TX 78723
(1)
starting at
$20 / 30-min

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