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About Kimberly A.

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I have been teaching acoustic guitar full-time for 15 years. I teach all levels of pop music, beginning to intermediate folk/fingerstyle and all levels of jazz and blues. I also teach beginning classical guitar.

I can teach reading, theory and technique.

I am extremely patient and construct the areas of study to each students specific goals.

About Kimberly
I started playing music around the Kansas City area twenty five years ago. I graduated from The University of Southern California with a degree in studio/jazz guitar (cum laude). While at USC, I received a merit scholarship and an award for professional leadership and service within her department. I also graduated with honors from Musicians Institute (GIT), of Hollywood, CA.

I have toured the U.S. and Canada playing venues such as The Portland Rose Festival, The Playboy Jazz Festival, The Santa Monica Twilight Concert Series, Irvine Lake Blues Festival,The Burnaby British Columbia Blues Festival and the Long Beach Blues Festival. The headliners at these events included Robben Ford, The Neville Brothers, and Johnny Winter.

I have released two solo CD's that have received first-rate reviews, as well as international airplay. Af
ter the second CD, I was biographied for AMG (All Music Guide) the internet's first source for music information. Here are excerpts from the AMG bio:

... there are also elements of Jimi Hendrix (arguably the first true heavy metal/hard rock artist), Jeff Beck and Stevie Ray Vaughan in her playing, and she clearly has a strong appreciation of jazz--not only jazz-rock fusion improvisers like John Scofield, Larry Coryell and Mahavishnu Orchestra founder John McLaughlin, but also, straight-ahead bop favorites such as Kenny Burrell, Grant Green, Wes Montgomery and Joe Pass.......eclectic outlook is one of her strong points; her ability to move from a tough, aggressive blues-rock groove to a more cerebral, fusion-minded approach to the occasional soul-jazz/hard bop number has made for some very unpredictable albums.

I have been teaching full-time for the past 15years. I have taught all ages and popular styles. In 2008, my blues guitar method was published and distributed through Amazon.

*** Lesson Details ***
I incorporate a tailored curriculum to help people achieve their personal goals. Learning music is not a "one-size fits all" proposition. I can show you the songs that you want to play. I can also teach you music theory, technique, improvisation, reading and more. I adjust your course of study according to your areas of interest. If you are dying to learn a Led Zeppelin tune, or are planning on auditioning for a college level jazz guitar program, I can help you achieve these goals. I have taught hundreds of beginners along side more advanced students. My students have gone one to study music at GIT, Fullerton College, Pasadena City College, Berklee, Cal State LA, and USC.

Most of all, I am extremely patient. The ability to playing a musical instrument is measure on a calendar, not on a watch. I often work at a slow, systematic pace. I am generally very laid-back. On the other hand, if you learn very quickly, I can readily show you the skills you need to meet your goal. I have fast-tracked many individuals that were seeking admittance to an academic program.

My teaching studio is computer equipped. This allows me to incorporate computer software that enhances learning. One such program, Band in a Box, generates accompaniment for students so that they can work on their soloing skills. Another program can slow recorded music down so that the student can practice slowly with it. Also, I often give out play-along practice CDs for improved learning.

The aspect of performance is often not addressed by many. I am able to work with my guitar students while accompanying by performing live bass or drum parts, or work with bass students while playing the guitar or drum parts. This allows the student to understand his or her roll in an live band.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Dedicated music room room w/ guitars, bass, drum set, pa system, and seating for parents

*** Specialties ***
I teach all popular guitar and bass styles.
I am a expert in Jazz, Blues, and R&B. (degree in Studio/Jazz guitar)
Great with theory, technique and reading.
Have given recording lessons with CUBASE.
Now teaching drum kit to beginners
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Celeste May 18, 2018
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She's really cool and I'm excited to learn guitar!!!
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Mitch October 24, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
After a few classes with Kimberly I wrote review which went like this “I have been taking lessons from Kimberly for the last few weeks. As a comparison, I have taken lessons a number of times in the distant past. Kimberly is by far the very best guitar instructor I have had. Kimberly is extremely knowledgeable, highly skilled and very personable”.
In the end I took about 2+ years of classes with Kimberly, one class per week. Further, that was about three years ago. Whereas the only reason I stopped was I moved from the area. I know I could have continued with Skype or some other remote technology. I keep thinking I will. As the complications of life continue to get in the way.
The real story is with Kimberly skill, attention and personable nature, my guitar playing advanced more under her ‘wings’ then at any other time. Thank you Kimberly!
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About Marc M.

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Finger-style and flat pick approach

About Marc
I teach all styles of guitar, as I have been in many different types of music situations: Soloist (Classical) Ensemble (Classical and Jazz) Lead and Rhythm (Various Rock and Roll bands) Songwriting and Recording. I am a people person that learned the guitar from many different sources. Most of my learning came from watching others and communicating with others. I like to learn about the people I am teaching so that I can better understand their needs as a musician. My education came as a practical necessity in order to get better as a teacher and performer, as well as make a living doing it. But, by no means do I preach the need to be "educated" but only to be a working, practical musician. I will surely go over the need to read music once the need becomes evident, enlighten you as to why it may be important to understand certain aspect
s of music as opposed to just "picking and grinning", IE learning only "By Ear." I do specialize in music theory, and have many students taking lessons simply for this excellent foundation for songwriting also.

I am a classically trained guitarist that performs both as a soloist and for ensemble in a wide variety of styles. I graduated in 1996 from Schoolcraft College with an Associates degree in Music performance, and then, studying under the tutelage of Brian Roberts went on to receive my Bachelor's degree in Guitar Performance with a secondary in Jazz from Wayne State University in 2004. While at Wayne State and along the way I've performed and participated in several masterclasses with renowned artists: William Kanengiser, John Holmquest, Philip Candelaria, Jason Vieaux, Scott Tennant, and Antigoni Goni. I have also completed the teacher requirements for books 1-a and 1-b for the Suzuki Guitar Institute.

Many of my classical guitar and electric guitar students have went on to study further at the collegiate level, some achieving scholarships. My most recent students are current Berklee school of music graduates now in a band called "Flight of Fire", recently opened for Bonjovi this past summer and are getting air time on local radio stations... well on their way to living the dream! …the bulk of my students become full time professional musicians.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am an extremely patient person who has been teaching for over 20 years. I am laid back so there will be no pressure. With my electric and steel string guitar students, I host a special "Jam Session" 2 - 3 times a year to which will be one of your goals to participate in. This includes playing with a drummer, bassist, singer and another guitar player (usually me) and having it recorded. This should serve as your motivation to practice. This really eliminates the need for me to pull out a "yardstick" and "smack" your hands over the knuckles when not practicing your scales as many old traditional teachers may have done!

At your first lesson I will talk with you and give you examples of music that is played with a Flat-Pick, or music that uses the Finger-Style technique. This will be an important process as it will dictate which direction you will go in as a musician and especially during our lessons.

For the most part, playing with a Flat-Pick is generally used with the electric guitar and with most mainstream styles of music like "Rock and Roll", "Blues", "Rock-a-Billy" "Funk", and playing with the Finger-Style technique is used in styles like "Classical" and "Folk." After a while, I will introduce you to the other style of playing as well, as most great guitar players use both techniques in their playing...musicians (guitarists) such as: “Jimmy Page“, “Brian Setzer”, “Stevie Ray Vaughan”, “Joe Satriani”, “Lindsey Buckingham”, “Paul McCartney”, “John Mayer”, and many, many more.

To make learning the guitar Fun, I make sure to incorporate your main interest(s) first. Whether it be learning your new favorite song(s), learning how to write a song, or just learning some basics that you can use for when sitting around the campfire. This will be intertwined with which style you choose to start with: Flat-Pick or Finger-Style.

Pending on the level that you are starting at, (beginner, intermediate, advanced) I will include tidbits of music theory that will be used in a consistent manner. These will usually be progressive, pending on your level. For example, the songs you learn will be written out in an easy to understand chart that will have the fundamental aspects of theory (IE, chords, key, and rhythm pattern) that all musicians should understand.

With Children learning with a Flat-Pick, I encourage the use of a basic guitar instruction book.
Level One (beginners) :

"Hal Leonard Guitar Method Book One" by Will Schmid.

I will also use as a substitute for Level One:
"Alfred's Basic Guitar Method" by Alfred's Publishing Co.

More advanced players who can read music already (and graduates from book one) I prefer;
"Hal Leonard Guitar Method Book Two"

With Adults, I will ask if learning to read music interests you. It is a vital part of a practicing musician, but sometimes your needs may require a more one dimensional approach as time may be of essence. Again, I learned by ear and educated myself later...so I understand the person who wants to hold off on reading right away.

Students who want to learn the Classical (Finger-Style) approach will be encouraged to purchase a beginners book that I use written by one of my first instructors/mentor. It is a very intuitive book that covers the technique in great detail yet is very easy to understand (along with my help.) I will provide means of acquiring this book at your first lesson.

Students who want to learn the Folk (Finger-Style) approach will usually start in the above book, unless your an adult who just wants to learn some basics.

At your first lesson I will also provide you with documentation that goes more in depth about the various styles of guitar as the above info is scaled down.

*** Studio Equipment ***
-Amps

-Guitars (Electric, Acoustic, Classical, Bass)

- PA (loud speakers so you can Turn it Up! When playing along)

-Band in a Box (to play along with real prerecorded instruments seamlessly interleaved into a band type setting with almost unlimited genre choices...very impressive technology)

- Pro Tools (recording gear for all needs)

- Guitar Pro and Finale (to transpose music into sheet music)

-Skype (for out of town interactivity. Can do lessons via Skype)

-Basement with plenty of seating for parents, and or observers.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in Classical Guitar, Electric Guitar, and Acoustic Guitar; Improvisation, Songwriting, Backup Vocals, Fretboard Harmony, Music Theory, Performance, and Recording.
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Chris February 8, 2018
· Songwriting · In studio
I only got to take lessons from Marc for a couple of months in the summer of 2016 (I had to move away for work), but he is hands down the best music teacher I've ever encountered. It's a year and a half later and I'm still benefitting from his tutelage. From beginner to advanced, you've found the right guy for the job.
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Annette August 21, 2017
· Classical Guitar · In studio
Marc is a great classical guitar teacher. He makes learning fun and easy. I highly recommend him.
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Matthew G. August 9, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Friendly, motivating, honest and awesome guy.
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About Ted M.

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I specialize in various methods on fingerpicking for all types of music!

About Ted
Ted M.
Guitarist, Composer, Producer, Luthier, Instructor, Engineer, Hopeless Gearaholic and Lion Tamer
Ted M. and his band released two albums in the early eighties to high critical acclaim and never looked back, launching a career that spans 30 years and encompasses the epitome of composition, production, performance, and now education, sales and luthiery skills.
Ted M. is a master technician and a compassionate guitar teacher who still performs live.
Ted M. is a dynamic personality and is, admittedly, a hopeless gearaholic who enjoys building, repairing and designing stage rigs for some of the best guitarists in the business.

Discography:
1978 Robben Banks Independent Release
1979 Thunder On The Mountain KAZY compilation release
1981 Illustrated Victims Dagger Records
1983 Ted M. Dagger Records
1984 Artful Dodger Dagger Rec
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1997 L.I.T.A. Blue Hair Records 2000 Get A Life Get A Life Records
2000 Tornado Alley GAL Productions
2001 Workin It GAL Productions
2002 Ritmo Del DeSeo GAL Productions
2003 BadAss GAL Productions
2003 The World Within GAL Productions
2006 It Is What It Is Tree Daddy Records
2008 Magdalene, Woman Of Light MM productions 2010 EP Tree Daddy Records
2001-2003 Guitar and Amp Sales, Guitar Center, Arvada, CO. 2003-2004 Sales Rep Cornford Amps, United Kingdom 2003-2004 Sales Rep Rowan Guitars Garland, TX.
2009-Present 2012-Present
Western Tour Manager for Carl Verheyen Band Guitar Tech for Supertramp

Current Personal Gear Lineup
PRS Hollowbody II w/ Piezo
Tom Anderson Custom Cobra
USA Strat w/ Lollar pickups
PRS Singlecut
Custom Builds
Taylor 314
Carol Ann OD3r
Divided By Thirteen JRT 9/15
Amplified Nation 2x12 cab with EV12L and Jensen jet Alnico
Amplified Nation 1x12 w/Bludo voiced ASW KTS70
Strymon Timeline
Strymon Mobius
Axess Buffers
Radial Big Shot I/O Input Switchers
S.I.B. Varidrive Tube OD
Analogman K.O.T.
Rockbox Boiling Point
Fulltone Wah
TC electronic HOF Reverb
Peterson Tuners
Radial JDI Direct Box
Lehle Dual A/B/Y Switcher
Pedaltrain boards
Voodoo Lab 2 Power Supplies
Zaolla. Lava and George L Cables
Safe Case and New York Case CO. ATA Road Cases

The Day Jobs
Education and Certification
Red Rocks Community College-School Of Luthiery
2011-2012
Bill Lawrence, Instructor Dale Bruning, Instructor Carl Verheyen, Instructor
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2011-present

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"My lessons incorporate not just the basic fundamentals of the instrument, but an insight and comprehensive journey into the art of making music and the business of ensemble production. This is augmented by time spent in the studio with students, recording their progress, giving them benchmarks and something to show for their efforts."

*** Studio Equipment ***
Dedicated music room: seating for parents, music stands, recording gear, spare amps.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I bring my guitar and books and expect them to provide the same.

*** Specialties ***
I tailor each set of lessons with the personality and talent level of each individual student.
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Jeremy May 19, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Ted is extremely knowledgeable about music theory and is a talented guitarist. We had talked briefly before our first lesson so he could assess my goals...and he literally managed to fill in the missing pieces and get me the information that I needed in the very first lesson to be able to achieve my goal. It's an overwhelming amount of information, and now it's on me to silly what I've learned and practice, practice, practice! But in five short lessons my understanding of music has changed dramatically, and as a result, my playing has improved as well.

Thanks Ted!
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Jeremy May 17, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Ted is extremely knowledgeable about music theory and is a talented guitarist. We had talked briefly before our first lesson so he could assess my goals...and he literally managed to fill in the missing pieces and get me the information that I needed in the very first lesson to be able to achieve my goal. It's an overwhelming amount of information, and now it's on me to silly what I've learned and practice, practice, practice! But in five short lessons my understanding of music has changed dramatically, and as a result, my playing has improved as well.

Thanks Ted!
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Bill H. June 24, 2013
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Ted is a great instructor who adjusts the pace to match my capability, keeping it interesting and challenging. He has taught me about equipment design and theory as well as music theory and playing skills. Always an enjoyable time at lessons.
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Who doesn't want to play guitar like a pro with little effort ?!

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Playing Music &/or singing is like >>Avatar>Pandora

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Sarah B. June 15, 2018
· Hebrew · In home
I had a hard time booking Shamaya because of timing issues but I’m glad I did. She jumped into our first lesson at the exact spot needed (I’m trying to speak to my mother in law, not learn the aphabet). She speaks fast, but goes over everything in such detail and with repetition so by the end of the lesson I was repeating her. I haven’t learned a language before so thought I’d be intimidated, but she’s really easy to talk to. I recommend her to anyone trying to give it a go for the first time.
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Sheila R. May 26, 2018
· Vocal Training · In home
Excellent instructor. Highly recommend.
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Ron S May 26, 2018
· Hebrew · In studio
Former student. She is very talented and the best of teachers. Taught me a lot and taught me very well. She has a lot of knowledge in many areas. Highly recommend her as your teacher for your preferred subject.
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Play your favorite songs, learn music notation and theory, become the best musician you can be! Specializing in Rock, Blues, Alternative, Punk, Country, Worship, Classical and Folk styles. Customized guitar, bass or ukulele lessons in a professional music studio attached to a full-service music store!

About Todd
Hi! I'm a full-time music teacher (guitar, bass and ukulele) who's been teaching 50+ weekly students for over 12 years! I am very easy-going and do my best to make lessons fun for all of my students. I have been playing in performing (not garage) bands for over 25 years and have an actual AA degree in music from Sierra College! I am versed in songs from classic rock up up through today and am always trying to be on the cutting edge of teaching, using my iPad, Youtube and the Amazing Slow Downer app with almost all of my students. No books to buy--I write out your lesson on my tablet and send it to your e-mail to practice! Feel free to hit me up with any questions.
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Duncan September 1, 2017
· Bass Guitar · In studio
I took lessons from Todd for a few years and he was always a great teacher.
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Brenda September 1, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Both my sons have taken lessons from Todd for over a year. They love going to lessons and look forward to it throughout the week. I have been impressed at how quickly they have learned to play actual songs. Todd teaches reading TAB, and also music reading. He is very kind and patient. He always lets us know about schedule changes ahead of time and is especially accommodating if we need to change our schedules.
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Nicolle August 31, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
I was part of a Beginner Guitar group lesson with Todd. In that class, he managed to give us all personal attention. Since then, I've had a weekly lesson for years and he's always had me progressing at my own rate. I like how we spend our time with a quick review of whatever it is I've been learning before we move on to something new. It's amazing how much we pack into a lesson. Todd is always very flexible with whatever I want to learn so we can take detours into favorite songs or artists (and we even added a bit of harmonica at my request). Even if I pick a difficult piece he can adapt it to my skill level (and then add the complexity as I progress). And through it all, he has shown endless good humor and patience.
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Learning Guitar can be fun! From beginners to advanced. With almost 30 years of playing and 10+ years of teaching experience, I can help you learn guitar while having fun. Any genre and both acoustic and electric are welcomed.
For beginners, we will start from the basics. Guitar and gear talk. Favorite band and music. Basic chords and notes.
For intermediate, we will talk about simple solos. Basic scales, chords, triads and arpeggios.
For advanced, we will talk about some great solos played by the masters(jazz, rock, blues). Guitar harmony and voice leading.

I really love teaching, sharing my musical knowledge and meeeing new people.

About Steven
Hello!
I am a musician, guitarist and a educator. I have been playing guitar for over 30 years. I have been playing Rock, Blues, Jazz, Funk and Gypsy guitar. I have graduated from Berklee College of Music '07. At that time, I've played as an accompanist for the Berklee Vocal Dept. for many years and played shows with various faculties. I have been teaching music since 1999 privately. Also I am a faculty at the Seoul Digital University Music Dept. for 6 years and counting.

Interaction between players are one of the most important elements in music. As a musician, I highly value that. As for my teaching, I love to interact with my students. Hopefully I can let them know how music is wonderful like I did.

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Quality music lessons in a fun environment. I base my curriculum around my student's goals and interests.

About Alan
I have been around music my whole life and have been teaching music lessons for 10 years. My passion for music is matched only by my passion for teaching and seeing my students succeed. Alongside teaching, I enjoy performing and writing original music.
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Arianna P. June 6, 2018
· Ukulele · In studio
He's a great instructor and he's very good with children.
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Cristiana February 20, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
I took guitar lessons with Alan for two years. Now my sons take piano, guitar, and drum lessons with him. I would recommend him because he is patient, very knowledgeable, and is a good teacher.
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Aurelia February 18, 2018
· Classical Voice · In studio
Alan is a great teacher and has a tremendous amount of patience and understanding.
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I am a Music Compsition Major from Wayne State University with a focus on Jazz Guitar and Theory/Composition. I have been playing for some 22 years now and have been teaching as my main job for over 15 years. I help students with Note Reading, Theory, Scales, Arpeggios, Chords, Strumming Patterns, Chart Reading, and much more. I am very personable and have a tremendous amount of experience teaching all ages and all levels.

About Robert
I am a Wayne State Music University Music graduate. I have a Bachelors degree in Music Theory/Composition with a focus on Jazz Guitar. I have been playing for over 23 years now and teaching for over 15 years. I am comfortable with all ages and all skill levels. Chords, Scales, Arpeggios, Chart Reading, Theory, Songs of all genres, and anything else that a student may need help with I'm comfortable with. I've averaged around 50 students for the past 10 years so I have plenty of experience.
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Jeremiah May 25, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Rob is an amazing guitarist and a very easygoing guy. Highly recommended.
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Nicole April 17, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Rob is a talented musician and an excellent intructor.
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Rob is a HIGHLY skilled guitarist! And from personal experience I also know Rob to be an extremely professional and laser focused musician; given that I currently am in a musical endeavor with Rob, and recently acquired a position working with him as a fellow music teacher. Rob also routinely exhibits his musical knowledge, experience, and schooling; through his OUTSTANDING ensemble/listening skills, and through his ability to create very appropriate, tasteful, and unique guitar melodies. All this being said, he is one of the best guitarist I have ever worked with, and I would HIGHLY recommend that you choose Rob as your teacher!
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When taking a private lesson you as the student is looking for someone that is professional but also looking for someone thatis relatable. I am both, I have 16 years of experiencd on guitar and another 5 years on ukulele. I teach for the students needs, with a speciality in special needs instruction as I am myself. As a visual learner I teach my students individually in there learning style to be benefical for themto succeed.

I was personally trained by some of the first call musicians in Sacramento on Guitar. Where I currently play in a 20 piece Jazz Big Band.

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To be able to learn without the anxiety is the key of learning a instrument. Let me bring my expertise to your learning.
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Passionate about teaching kids to love and create music. I have 5+ years teaching elementary and younger. I am eager to instruct students of all ages who desire to learn a new art and develop a creative outlet. Music has changed my life and I desire to give you the skills and knowledge allow the discovery of music to change yours as well.

About Brent
I am a professional musician who has a love for children and a desire to inspire young minds with the wonder and beauty of music. I have been working with children professionally for 5+ years and would be thrilled to bring music into your homes and lives. I use music, guitar, and voice every day of my life and with good application of music theory have been successful not only at a personal level, but in instruction and inspiring students to dream bigger and achieve more. I am 25 years old with a wife and child (2 year old son) who are my absolute joy in life. Our familie’s love language is music and there is no greater joy than a home filled with music.
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