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Rachel A.

Oakland, CA 94610

(5)

Private Ableton Teacher

I perform and write regularly using Ableton, which is an amazingly flexible program for editing and live performance. Get in touch if you want to learn how to add that electronic touch to your recordings or live performances using this the most accessible of audio editing & performance programs.

About Rachel

I love teaching and I love singing! I'm a listener, and love bringing a fun and creative tone to my lessons while teaching the highest level of healthy technique and style. My students are usually focused on a goal: singing for fun or meditative purposes, going for auditions or performances, and recording and touring at a professional level. They've appeared on multiple stages around the world, including as a finalist on The Voice (Ireland). I taught voice and performance for several years at a university in Europe, as well as in workshops with a lot of different community organisations.

I've studied the following voice and movement practices, too: Alexander Technique, Estill Voice Training, Speech Level Singing, Pop Vocals, Experimental Voice, Trigger Point Therapy, Yoga, Pilates, Contemporary Dance.

By taking lessons with me, no

t only are you contributing to your own music-making, but you're essentially becoming a patron for me as I travel around writing music for commissions and doing shows. I love teaching online because I get to share the excitement of all of this with you!
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September 20, 2019
Alexandra S.
Alexandra said she loved lesson!
May 26, 2018
Maggie
I’ve been taking singing lessons from Rachel for over a year now. All of my sessions have been online, and I’ve been super happy with my progress and her teaching style.

The classes are structured around my own interests (specific songs, breath control, body technique, etc.), and she’s always ready to answer questions. I don’t have any formal background in musical theory, but I’ve been able to still learn so much from her. I should also mention these classes have been a god-send for my public speaking (I don’t lose my voice anymore and can project easily now).

Rachel is easygoing and has been flexible with me and my schedule changes (you just have to give her some notice). I would definitely recommend her to anyone just starting out like I did—she’s experienced, knowledgeable and professional. :)
April 18, 2018
Jade
I love that she always gives me an option on what I do or don't want to do at the moment, but still pushes me to challenge myself. I get to sing the songs I like, and learn the things I need. It helps me stay an interested student. It's fun to train with her too, because Miss Austin knows how to lighten the mood but still keep me on track during lessons. I'd say that my voice's improvements in such a short time would have never happened without her.

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Rachel A.

Oakland, CA

(5)
Private Ableton Teacher

I have been using Ableton for over 10 years, and have conducted official clinics with Ableton throughout the country.

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 guita

r, mandolin, bouzouki, keyboards, or bass in folk, classical,
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May 16, 2019
Laura
Super Knowledgable. Psyched to learn more.
May 16, 2019
Dennis
Derek is a very knowledgable instructor, easy to talk to, and I found his teaching technique is very motivating. He set realistic practice goals for the next session, which will require me to do my part, but that's the reason we show up, to learn how to play a musical instrument.
I highly recommend him.
March 15, 2019
Luis R.
Derek was very helpful! No time was wasted! Awesome 1st lesson!

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Joey E.

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*Navigating Software
*Developing a workflow
*Recording
*MIDI Data
*Using Built-in Plugins
*Mixing and Mastering
*Live Performance
*Push Tutorials
*Audio Production

About Joey

Joey Earnest is a Southern California musician and educator who specializes in keyboard, saxophone, composition, and production. In addition to teaching private music lessons, he teaches several rock and jazz history courses at Mesa College. He received a BM in Jazz Studies: Saxophone Performance from UC Irvine, an MM in Composition from San Diego State University, and an MA in Education from National University. Joey also produces and composes electro-acoustic music under the pseudonym, M_NKY. His compositions and improvisations are influenced by Jazz, European Classical, Experimental Electronic Music, Drum & Bass, Reggae, Rock, R & B, Hip-Hop, Indian Classical, Native American, Appalachian Folk, Afro-Cuban, and many more genres of music. Joey can be heard performing in and around San Diego with his band, The Munks.

Joey teaches music

lessons for piano, saxophone, composition, and production. He has taught all levels and ages for over 10 years. Joey has been playing the saxophone and piano for over 20 years. In addition to working as an adjunct professor at Mesa College, Joey has coached saxophone at Westview and Mt. Carmel High School, and taught college level courses in electronic music and music production at SDSU. Joey has a very adaptable approach when he teaches. He understands that all students have very different learning styles and interests. His broad range of musical and educational training allows his students to learn many styles and genres of music while understanding fundamentals like theory and technique. Students will be empowered to hone their craft as an instrumentalist, composer, producer, artist, or all of the above.
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May 26, 2016
Aron
We love joey!!! He's a great teacher because he teaches the way that is right for the student. He comes to our house twice a week to teach our 5-year-old son, who wasn't particularly interested in learning the songs from the book, scales, etc, so Joey changed it up to make it fun for him by focusing on making up songs and improvising (while still sneaking in some of the technical stuff). Our son looks forward to his lessons so much! Joey is obviously a masterful pianist and could teach at any skill level.
May 20, 2016
Latha
Joey is a gifted musician and even more gifted teacher. My 14 year old has been taking piano lessons with Joey for about eighteen months now. We lived in San Diego for a year and my son started in person with him for close to ten months. Joey's teaching style and connection with my son was so effective that we decided to continue lessons via Skype. My son is a highly gifted kid for whom lots of learning comes easily. Not so with music, but he is inspired and motivated by Joey. Joey's ability to meet the learner where they are and push them beyond their normal comfort zone is impressive. I am very, very glad that we found him. Joey's teaching style is engaging and encouraging while holding the learner accountable to practice, development, and growth. I wholeheartedly recommend him for both in person and online lessons.
October 8, 2015
Nina
Joey has been teaching piano to our now 8 and 11 yo boys for more than a year. Although my kids aren't musical per say and don't tend to practice during the week, thanks to Joey their piano skills are impressive! Without ignoring the theory, Joey was able to adapt his teaching style to their personalities and has taught them to play their favorite songs. My younger son was so excited to to learn Fall out Boy's "Centuries" he would run to the piano to practice! Both boys are clearly proud of their accomplishments and love to show them off to their friends. Thank you Joey!

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Joey E.

Online

(5)
Private Ableton Teacher

I've had to record my own band's albums for years, and have recorded a lot of local bands as well. Mixing and producing has become a huge passion of mine since the first time I learned what a compressor could do. Letting the music shine through while maintaining clarity and punch is an art that I love teaching.

About ryan

Hi, my name is Ryan and I would love to teach you how to play guitar. I've been playing for over 10 years and have been gigging for a little less than that in my band. Over the years I have gained a lot of experience performing on stage and teaching to people of all ages. If you want to shred, jam, or rock out then look no further. I okay all styles of music and pride myself in building a fun and educational curriculum based solely on you or others who have had similar interests as you. This means if you have a question about guitar or music in general, 9 times out of 10 I can answer it. The remaining tenth is either a well kept secret, or something that is left to be found. So if you're ready to start your journey or just need a guide to help you on your way, let's​ go!

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May 12, 2017
Mark Herr
Ryan was great! He's obviously a talented guitarist and he is very laid back and makes you feel comfortable. He shows you in detail what you need to do to become a better guitar player. My ONLY advice, and the reason he doesn't get 5 stars, is I think he should have more visual aids with his lessons. For example, write down the different scales or transcribe the first several measures of a song. Then, one has something to refer back to when you are practicing and invariably get stuck. Other than that, I would highly recommend Ryan as a guitar teacher!
January 19, 2017
Jasmen malave
Ryan is prompt and very respectful and patient.
October 3, 2016
Nancy Christensen
We are so happy to have Ryan as our guitar instructor. Ryan is very knowledgeable and kind. Our son really enjoys having Ryan as a teacher.

Nancy and Andy.

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ryan S.

Online

(3)
Private Ableton Teacher

If you want a lesson longer than 30 mins you can combine lessons to make them longer.

Max was a former instructor at Dubspot, the renowned electronic music production and DJ school in New York. You can watch his production tutorials on the Dubspot YT channel. He has been featured on the Ableton blog, and performs and teaches with his Ableton setup around the world. Max's lessons are individually tailored to each student, according to their musical tastes, personal goals, and skill level.

***THINGS YOU WILL LEARN***
We will always focus on the things you want to learn, but here are some of the concepts I often teach:
-Layout of Live
-Session View and Arrangement View
-Programming beats with Drum Rack
-Playing with a MIDI controller like PUSH
-Sound design with Analog, Operator, and Wavetable synths
-Using plugins
-Sampling
-Arrangement and song structure
-Mixing and mastering

About Max

Hi, my name is Max. I have been teaching for over 15 years, teaching a range of instruments from saxophone, clarinet, and flute, to jazz piano. I also teach music theory, ear training, song-writing, and electronic music production. I teach students of all ages and skill-levels and hold a Masters degree in jazz saxophone performance from Manhattan School of Music, where I am currently on faculty to teach Music Theory and Eartraining at the Precollege Division. I also direct the jazz band at Gill St. Bernard’s School in New Jersey.

I love helping students achieve their goals, and I think learning music should be something fun and enjoyable. I also believe every student learns in a different way and at a different pace. With this in mind, I tailor my lessons towards each individual student and help them set achievable goals, making sure

they are having fun in the process.

Besides playing and teaching the saxophone, I also teach the clarinet, and flute, as well as music theory and electronic music production with Ableton Live. From my wide experience as a performing musician I can teach in a variety of genres, including jazz, classical, pop, and World Music.

I have been fortunate to have taught students all over the world, including Singapore, Africa, and the UK, many times performing along the way. I have led my own band for many years, with performances around the world, and with which I have recorded numerous albums, which can be found on Spotify and iTunes.

When I am not playing or teaching music I love to hang out with friends, be outdoors, and travel to places I have never been before.

I look forward to meeting you and helping you realize your goals in music.
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February 23, 2019
Ana C.
Great instructor, he’s very knowledgeable and also patient when teaching. Highly recommend.
September 14, 2018
Amy
My first lesson was extremely productive. I am an adult student and hadn't played in many years and Max focused on techniques to help me with my weaknesses, and to quickly surpass the level of playing I was previously at. He is patient, encouraging and an excellent teacher.
August 27, 2018
Tessa
Max is a fantastic teacher! As a parent I would recommend him to anyone who is looking for a very experienced, kind, and fun teacher. Max is all of these things plus more. What I really like about him, besides that he is very knowledgable and amazingly talented, is that he always has a positive attitude! Lila loves to go to her lessons and she learned so much during her time with Max.

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Max W.

Online

(5)
Private Ableton Teacher

Learn Ableton with an experienced master.

Matt Starling has taught Ableton as a professional music teacher in the Salt Lake City area public schools for 8 years, and teaches Ableton at the college level at Salt Lake Community College.

Starling is also a successful producer, composer and band leader. In 2009, he founded the critically acclaimed Salt Lake Electric Ensemble, an experimental computer music group of 10 members where each musician plays Ableton. Starling's various music projects have been published on nine record labels, including Philip Glass's Orange Mountain Music company. His music has been streamed and purchased over 150,000 times.

Starling holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Utah and a Master of Music Technology degree from Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis.

Starling's educational philosophy is simple: serve the needs and desires of the student as completely and thoughtfully as possible. This means that each ...

About Matt

Hello, I'm looking for dedicated students who have a deep desire to succeed in music. Taking lessons from me means that you'll be getting individualized instruction from a teacher with an excellent combination of teaching experience and real world success in music.

I've taught as a licensed and background checked teacher in the Salt Lake City area public schools for over 8 years, and at Salt Lake Community College.

I hold two music degrees: a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Utah, and a Master of Music Technology from Indiana University Purdue University in Indianapolis, where I earned my degree online.

I'm active as a producer, composer and band leader too. I've led the Salt Lake Electric Ensemble since 2009; we recently signed with Philip Glass's record label and released our fourth record with them. As a c

omposer my music has been released by numerous record labels and publishers and has generated over 150,000 sales and streams.

I encourage you to get in touch if you have any questions.
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December 26, 2018
Nate
Matt has been amazing. He's an absolute expert and has a great teaching style. I'd recommend him to anyone. For real, it's been awesome learning so much and he's made me a much better musician.
December 26, 2018
Christian
Matt does a great job of adapting his instructions to match where the students knowledge is currently. I started taking lessons from him after spending a few years learning bits and pieces of ableton on my own. Matt quickly figured out where I was, what I can do to improve what I've learned, and helped me make steps moving forward. No matter you're experience level I can't recommend learning from Matt enough. I leave every lesson with so much more knowledge than before that I can immediately start applying to my own work and work flow. Thank you Matt! Looking forward to many more lessons.
December 26, 2018
Chris
I have done several "music production" lessons with Matt online. He is extremely flexible, which has been a big plus for me since I live in Denver and use Studio One 4. Even though his expertise lies in Ableton, the lessons have still been helpful as a Studio One 4 user. Matt is EXTREMELY knowledgeable. He has been able to satisfactorily answer all of my questions. During our lessons, we will work on songs that I am developing. He will listen to the track and suggest areas of improvement. Rather than just telling me what to change, however, he always explains why it would be helpful to make those changes. I've already noticed that I am independently making those improvements in my songs since meeting with Matt. While I can't speak for Matt's other areas of expertise, I would highly recommend taking lessons with Matt for any production/mixing needs!

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Matt S.

Online

(4)
Private Ableton Teacher

My lesson plan is to give you the production you need to write refined and catchy songs. We will go step by step and my style of teaching is very interactive, so before you notice, you’ll have the tools to write great songs in your hands!
Through personalized feedback, I will help you build a portfolio of songs.

About Alper

My name is Alper Tuzcu and I’m an educator, ASCAP member songwriter and music producer. I love teaching songwriting and music production, as well as collaborating fellow musicians around the world to make great music! An alumni of Berklee College of Music, my professional education credits include Harvard University, Simmons College, Digital Media Academy and Yamaha Music School. All levels welcome!

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Alper T.

Online

Private Ableton Teacher

Want to learn how to create industry quality music on your laptop using Ableton and other fun free online tools? Interested in curating your own unique sounds while also drawing inspiration from tracks being played today? My teaching approach will be tailored to your experience level to help you develop as an artist, and eventually be able to produce, mix, and master your own tracks. I believe that you learn the most when you are in the driving seat, and for that reason YOU will guide the way as we make a track together! I will help and give you creative suggestions along the way, it can really be a great time. Please contact me if you think I may be a good match as your instructor and mentor.

About Clay

Hello! Little bit about me, I am a very energetic and uplifting individual who always loves to get creative and make unique moments. I studied Recording Arts and Electrical Engineering at Loyola Marymount University and taught Recording Arts students throughout my whole academic career. I am currently working at Universal Audio working in the hardware engineering department. I think that this is something unique about myself as an instructor, I not only draw from creative influence, but also from technical influence. I find this to be a good blend of attributes as a music producer and engineer. Please contact me if you ever want to set something up with me!

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lp me understand, in the simplest terms, how to use Live to record music and use Midi to enhance your work. Super, Super man, Kyle is. I highly recommend Kyle if you need a teacher. John G."
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"Matt has been amazing. He's an absolute expert and has a great teaching style. I'd recommend him to anyone. For real, it's been awesome learning so much a
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Christian
"Matt does a great job of adapting his instructions to match where the students knowledge is currently. I started taking lessons from him after spending a
few years learning bits and pieces of ableton on my own. Matt quickly figured out where I was, what I can do to improve what I've learned, and helped me make steps moving forward. No matter you're experience level I can't recommend learning from Matt enough. I leave every lesson with so much more knowledge than before that I can immediately start applying to my own work and work flow. Thank you Matt! Looking forward to many more lessons."
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Trever
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