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About James W.

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Palm Coast, FL

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About James
I worked for Eddie Van Halen for five years in the 1990's in the Beverly Hills area of Los Angeles and was instrumental in providing help with development of the Peavey Wolfgang and Wolfgang Special Guitar by providing feedback on the prototypes Eddie was designing at the time. I learned a lot from Eddie and his brother Alex about music and the music industry. (All you have to do is pay attention! ) I have played in bands from Hollywood to Toronto and back both as a singer songwriter and guitarist. I bring the Musicians Institute way to the table and get things up and running quickly. I help students get it under their fingers fast and get it right the first time.

I believe in sharing the happiness of making music with anyone who loves music and the guitar in particular. I do my very best to get you playing the songs you love in Pop,
Rock, Jazz and Folk Music of your choice. Today's modern new guitars are easy to play and you will enjoy learning Guitar right away. That is how it should be.
When you study there is a basic understanding of Guitar to be learned that allows an ease of use for anyone for years to come. This will help you reach your goal and improve each week. My students learn to practice in a way that feels comfortable and makes sense. This takes all the stress out of learning and gives everyone something to smile about and look forward to each week.

The good feeling of playing along with friends and taking a solo is within every students grasp. I will show you the way there. And with a solid and straightforward approach to the theory as it applies directly to the guitar you will feel confident and unafraid of any music endeavor. We'll cover harmony and fingerboard theory and give you a road map of the guitar neck that makes it a pleasure to play. You learn the basics and much more than you thought possible retaining 90 percent of what you learn!

Having been a student myself I was deeply involved in music since age 12 and played in bands and duos for over 15 years . I can help you to be a well rounded player and performer with a smile, a laugh and a joy for music whether your in a band or a budding solo artist.

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Most students want to play the Guitar to play their favorite songs and I'm the same way. Music is something we carry with us in our hearts and minds. Students will learn what they wish to learn and work at a pace that is comfortable to them. Whether you are a student, “weekend warrior” or a parent whose child has expressed an interest in Guitar anyone can learn all there is to know about Harmony and Theory for the Guitar and how to play their favorite songs.

We cover theory in an easy and straightforward no nonsense way in the first half of each lesson and then apply it to the song you wish to learn. This creates an atmosphere where you understand and feel at home with the Guitar. You get an understanding right away and because it is immediately fun it allows you to feel comfortable at any level. Music is fun, and songs are the creative expression of what we feel. Combining theory and the freedom to play and sing songs allows us to express ourselves through music. 
After 6 months students will have a solid foundation in theory, and a road map of the guitar fretboard enabling them to advance to an intermediate level if they are ready to do so. Students will know enough that music as it relates to the Guitar, which is the world’s most popular instrument in contemporary music, is not a mystery but is a welcome friend. And they will be able to play songs by popular artists and advance at a pace that is satisfying and enjoyable.
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Student Comments:
What Students Are Saying About ~ James Teaching Style

“James’ patience, knowledge and under-standing made learning guitar fun. I like the lessons. He cares.”
--Rebecca L., guitar
student, Venice Beach, CA 2003

“James taught me to
play pop and rock, and
introduced me to
fingerstyle guitar. I love it!”
--Joseph E., guitar student, Vancouver, BC 2006

“I studied guitar privately with James in 2010. His style of teaching helped me to get
past my blocks. He opened new doors for me. Thanks!”
--Daniel S., guitar
student, Los Angeles, CA 2010
""James is a trustworthy man, great with answering back right away. Always ready to help with new members. I would definitely recommend him." ~ PJ Stover of PJ Stover Voices; Independent Film & Recording voice-over artist
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What James spouse says about working on songwriting with him:

"James is my husband for over 10 years now. Over the years, I have seen James give guidance and counsel to many hopeful musicians of all ages, and inspire others about how music influences and benefits our lives. I would highly recommend James to anyone who wants to learn guitar, voice, music theory, and acting. James is a great talent, and study with him would benefit anyone with the sincere desire to grow as an artist. When we married, I had fallen in love with James’ conversational style, and his vast knowledge of music. When I heard him play guitar, I knew that I wanted to write songs with him, and we released our first album, in 2012 on iTunes."

Regards,
Keri W.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Ovation Glen Campbell Artist Acoustic Electric Guitar, Ovation Pacemaker 12 string Guitar, Ibanez PF 5 Acoustic Electric Guitar, Fender Telecaster 6 string Electric Guitar. Korg Mini Pandora III Amplifier/Studio EFX, Toshiba Laptop Satelite Pro with PreSonus Studio One Artist Software, PreSonusUSB Audiobox, HD7 Studio Monitor Headphones, M7 Condenser Mic, PreSonus Studio Producer software with SoundCloud integration, iBook G4 with Garageband 3 and iLife Studio. Godin Summit CT Electric Guitar is the guitar I now endorse exclusively !

*** Travel Equipment ***
Lesson Plans, Godin Summit CT Guitar, Fender and Ovation Guitars, Tuner, Android Smartphone and apps, iPads, Korg Mini Pandora Amp, Toshiba Satelite Pro Laptop. Android LG Smartphone with Tuners, Voice Recorder, and Metronome and Chord Reference Guide, and Guitar Tuner, iPod Touch Pro Studio.

*** Specialties ***
Songs in the following styles: Pop, Rock and Modern Country Music. Also Composition Analysis while learning the song.
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Erin Virgili April 6, 2017
· Improv Acting · Online
James was a wonderful instructor! Not only did he make my son feel confident about taking lessons he offered great advice and guidance about the acting industry. I would definitely recommend him to anyone seriously interested in improving their acting skills. My son is 12 years old.
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Erin Virgili February 10, 2017
· Improv Acting · Online
James made my son feel very comfortable for his first session!
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JW February 6, 2017
· Singing · In home
Good experience.
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James W.

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About Joel P.

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Oklahoma City, OK
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There are some restrictions based on the maturity of the child and the goals of the lessons. Kids under 13-14 years of age are not very focused on practicing or conceptual musical ideas. If we are just teaching and reinforcing basic things and exposing the child to music, it's a great time to teach them. Otherwise I could be wasting your money.
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Joel P.

Joel P.

Online
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$20 / 30-min

About Elena A.

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Rodeo, CA
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About Elena
Highly Motivated & Excited Teacher and Inspiration Mover. Building confidence in various subjects from Art to Dance to Computer Skills.

Come to the class one way, and leave a brand new person regardless of which class you take with Elena A.

Founder & CEO of MMTB- Movie Making Throughout the Bay! Inc. a 501c3 Non Profit Organization, Elena teaches classes to support the community and continues to boost careers in the Bay!
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Jonathan September 30, 2015
· Filmmaking · In studio
MMTB's day-long intensives with Elena are astounding. DO NOT go in with a closed mind, or thinking you know things - if you do, you will walk away bitter and confused, because Elena will challenge everything you know - BUT you will walk away with a completely new perspective if you allow yourself to learn. The days are intense (as expected), so be prepared to abandon everything you knew on the fly - and be prepared to have your mind blown, and explore aspects of your art you've never explored before.
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Elena A.

Elena A.

Rodeo, CA 94572
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About Melissa M.

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Sunnyvale, CA

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About Melissa
I have been teaching since 2006 on a variety of topics. I graduated with an BA from the University of Wisconsin. My degree is in History with and emphasis on East Asian history.

I've taught all age groups from age 2 up to retirees. My teaching experience includes one-on-one and group classes in a variety of settings. I've taught corporate classes, private lessons, small groups, and traditional classroom lessons.

We have a student-centric philosophy of learning. Lessons are generally relaxed and designed to work towards accomplishing student determined goals. While all students will study similar fundamentals regarding technique, theory, and performance, every lesson is as different as every person. Special focus on topics like music theory, self-accompaniment, composition, song writing, and home recording are available as well.


What are your personal goals? We'll tell you what you need to do to get there, and help you take the steps to achieve your aspirations.

Lessons with small children are more focused on just having fun while developing a good musical foundation, but we prefer for them to have as much personal ownership of their lesson as possible.
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Marla November 9, 2017
· Ukulele · In studio
Melissa is a wonderful teacher. She is very patient. She ensures that I understand the fundamentals. It has been a very enjoyable and educational experience.
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nina/olivia September 5, 2017
· Piano · In studio
fun and upbeat
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Katie August 28, 2017
· Ukulele · In studio
My 8 yo daughter just started taking ukulele lessons with Melissa and always looks forward to her upcoming lessons! Friendly, upbeat, patient, and wonderful teacher.
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Melissa M.

Sunnyvale, CA 94086
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About Suchaya R.

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San Francisco, CA
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A UC San Diego class of 2016 graduate, majoring in Economics and minoring in Visual Art Studio.
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Marisa October 29, 2017
· · In studio
I would recommend taking an art class from her. Suchaya not only was able to guide me, as a beginning artist, to better understand perspective and color, she also has a wonderful positive and encouraging teaching style.
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Soontree April 23, 2017
· Math · In home
Suchaya is an excellent teacher. My daughter, an eleventh grade, has been taking math class with her for 8 months. She really does make math fun to learn. My daughter's grade is improving and her view about Math has definitely changed.
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N. Ortiz April 23, 2017
· Drawing · In home
Experienced instructor. Very professional and i always have fun in her class.
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Suchaya R.

Suchaya R.

San Francisco, CA 94117
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About Sarah L.

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San Bruno, CA
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About Sarah
Hello, and thank you for visiting my page! I have been an artist for my whole life and I am passionate about sharing my love of creativity with others. I earned an MFA in Costume Design from UCLA in 2007 and have been a freelance costume designer, college professor, photographer, illustrator, and jewelry designer.

As much as I love to create, what I really love is to help somebody learn to do something they love and create something they can be proud of! I am happy teaching all ages, and I specialize in helping each student find his or her unique vision.

I can teach sewing by hand and on a machine, including how to read and understand the instructions in commercial patterns. Bring your project and I'll help you make it happen! I am highly skilled at teaching life drawing, as well as marker rendering and watercolor fashion illustr
ation. Photography is my other passion, and I look forward to helping you understand how to use a camera's many features, and your eye, to create art.
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Ken May 27, 2017
· Photography · In studio
Sarah was on time and she did her homework! She uses a Cannon and have have a Nikon, she read the owners manuel prior to the first lesson, very impressive. She answered all my questions and looking forward to the next lesson.
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Brandon February 10, 2017
· Sewing · In studio
Sarah is amazing, I truly enjoyed learning from her. She opened my eyes to the sewing world in general, and specifically to what I was interested in. I am grateful for the experience and am better because of it.
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Clifford December 17, 2016
· Photography · In studio
Working with Sarah has been great! She has shared her knowledge freely, has a keen, artistic eye, and provides lots of creative solutions. I hope to enlist her services again in the future.
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Sarah L.

San Bruno, CA 94066
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$20 / 30-min

About Tim L.

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Casselberry, FL
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Greetings! My name is Tim and I can't wait to get you started on the awesome journey of visual arts! I've been teaching private lessons since 2014 and have loved helping my students with the basics of creative problem-solving, understanding different workflows, and how to achieve their desired results. I went to Full Sail University and earned a degree in Digital Arts & Design in 2016. I'm just your friendly neighborhood art guy who has a passion for teaching. I also understand that no two students are the same, so I catered to the individual needs of my students. Stay inspired, be creative, and I look forward to our journey ahead!
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Tomeka October 16, 2017
· Adobe Photoshop · In studio
Tim is very patience and taught me a lot during our first lesson. I left feeling confident and I'm excited to learn more from him.
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Chris D. June 1, 2017
· Illustration · Online
Tim is an excellent instructor! You can really tell he has a passion for both art and people. He's very approachable and you can ask him for feedback and tips at anytime. I would highly recommend taking any of his courses if you are hoping to increase your knowledge of Photoshop, Illustrator or are looking to have a better understanding at creating your own illustrations.
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Shari Nicol May 26, 2017
· Adobe Illustrator · Online
Tim has such an admirable passion for teaching and art. I'm so glad I was able to learn new techniques with him. Definitely would recommend anyone who would like to up their skills to take his online teaching course!
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Tim L.

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$35 / 30-min

About Dennis W.

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Palo Alto, CA

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I have been playing drums since I was 9 and have been teaching for 4 years. I currently play in a professional band in the bay area. I specialize in many genres and odd signatures. I make sure that every one of my students understand and play with proper technique and dynamics to perform like the professionals. I teach how to read music, play various types of rhythms, play to a metronome, and play along to any of your favorite songs. I will often times play another instrument with my students to give them an understanding of what it is like to play in a band setting. I also offer group lessons where multiple students learn to play different instruments together to make music.
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Dennis W.

Dennis W.

Palo Alto, CA 94301
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$30 / 30-min

About Margarita M.

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Sunnyvale, CA

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About Margarita
Margarita is a VFX & Compositing Artist and a Fine Arts Instructor based in the San Francisco Bay Area.
She has obtained Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the School of Animation and Visual Effects at the Academy of Art University, San Francisco, and Associate of Art Degree in Graphic Design.

Since 2005 Margarita has been working with traditional and digital media in her studio to provide graphic design and post-production services, as well as to create artwork for various publishing and Visual Effects houses. She has been involved into numerous projects, among which is her outstanding compositing work in promotional videos for Tyco Electronics, one of the largest electronics companies in California, as well as being the Visual Effects Supervisor for the animated film "Helena's Dream", which entered and won recognition in film festiv
als abroad and in the US.

Margarita has taught fine arts classes at several schools in the San Francisco Bay Area and currently she is an Art Instructor at Gundolina Art Studio, where she effectively teaches art appreciation and promotes creativity among her students.

Favorite quote: “Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” – Pablo Picasso.
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Parul November 16, 2017
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My daughter started this class in kindergarten n now she is in grade 4th, she learnt a lot about Arts n Sketching. She loves the class and her teacher too.
Miss Maggie is so professional and an excellent teacher, one thing I love about her that she always explores and introduces new form of Arts in the class and give the students chances to try that out.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!!
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Anubha November 10, 2017
· Drawing · In studio
Excellent teacher
Very professional, very dedicated & expert knowledge in her field
We feel lucky to send our daughter to her class
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Shikha November 8, 2017
· Drawing · In home
Great teacher and a wonderful experience. My daughter loves to go to class and have lots of fun while learning new techniques.
Kids are actually exposed to various mediums. The really good part is you can also see older kids working on really good pieces of art, which is a very motivating for the younger ones. Personally Ms Maggie is very kind and gentle and a pleasure to know. I recommend any parent looking to enroll their kids into an art program to take them to her class and you WON'T regret it!
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Margarita M.

Margarita M.

Sunnyvale, CA 94087
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$34 / 60-min

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