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About Diedrich W.

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Often times students want to learn more than one style on guitar and I encourage this. If you want to be a serious classical musician, I am not the teacher for you and I can refer you to one who is. But if you want to access certain pieces you love or want to simply explore classical guitar, that is terrific and I have great pieces for this.

About Diedrich
I hold a degree from Hamline University in St. Paul, MN, but that doesn't make me a good teacher. I've played professionally for over 25 years, have taught English as a Second Language, Hockey and Audio Engineering, taught people age 5 to 75, and have taught private music lessons full time in Minneapolis for the past 9 years, but this doesn't make me a good teacher. What makes me a good teacher is that I have an infectious love of music and a passionate commitment to helping people. I do have specialties, like helping singer/songwriters develop their lyrics, arrangements, voice, and performance as well as helping artists get through creativity blocks, stage fright and preparing for studio recording. My experience as a producer, studio musician and audio engineer has allowed me to understand what an artist needs from writing a song to rele
asing a CD that represents who you are at your best. I love what I do whether you have aspirations to be a professional musician or simply want you or your child to enjoy playing an instrument for yourself or friends and family.

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From the first lesson, my students learn, they grow, they feel good about themselves - and they get results. Whether adult, teenager or child, I find out what music inspires and I use this music to give access to learning regardless of level. Whether a Disney song, the Doors, or Debussy, I fuel your lesson with what lights you up. I am positive, attentive and also discerning. Quickly, I find out what learning style works best for my student; by ear, visually, or intellectually, and I spend the time to customize their materials and lesson plans to an extraordinary degree. If a student thrives with me being highly energized, or with me being more mellow, or if they have special needs, I'm able to adapt to what works best for my student. It is a joy and privilege to be a teacher, but especially a music teacher!

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I have instruments, amps, laptop, mics...anything we need.

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I often allow new students to use a loaner guitar of mine until they feel comfortable committing to purchasing their own. I help them find the right guitar for themselves by searching for used gear and accompanying them to the store. I provide all audio files and written materials.

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I teach ALL styles. I most often teach students wanting to play and sing songs from pop, show tunes, alternative, country, rock, singer/songwriter and jazz standards. I specialize in songwriting and often my students create their own compositions regardless of level. Improvisation (just playing!) is also a key part of my teaching.
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Evander A. Boynton September 17, 2015
· Acoustic Guitar · Online
Dietrich did a great job and helped me achieve my goals with harmonica and guitar
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Jordan July 28, 2015
· Singing · In studio
I had an amazing experience with Diedrich!! He was very astute to my needs and my goals. He was very patient but at the same time was able to motivate me to work harder. I came for vocal lessons but at the same time he instructed me on guitar basics, it was the first time taking a guitar lesson. I always left feeling upbeat and a tad more accomplished!! Thanks Diedrich!!
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Evander A. Boynton May 14, 2015
· Acoustic Guitar · Online
Does a great job of tailoring lessons to match your musical goals. Very patient
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About Mel P.

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Classical and finger picking styles. You will learn correct technique.
I am excited to show you!

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I have tons of experience and formal university training in music education.
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Louis O. January 7, 2017
· Violin · In studio
Mel is an excellent instructor, not to mention his experience and expertise as a violinist. Our son is five and looks forward to his lessons. We do not have a music background, and with Mel's instruction we have found it easy to practice at home.

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Anna August 10, 2016
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Although I was forced to select a subject of Acoustic Guitar on the review form, my children and I have also taken lessons with Mel Parker on every subject in the pick list plus a few more. Theory, composition, recording. Improvisation techniques, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, banjo, violin, bass, mandolin, ear training, techniques applied to all music genre's, group and solo performance techniques, ETC! The main point here is that as an accomplished and talented musician, Mel Parker is fluent in the music industry and very skilled at teaching all skill levels, from beginner to pro. He can teach very rigid focused lessons or he can shift and adjust the lesson instantly to meet the needs of the student. My children have been able to explore and experiment different instruments, genre's and other areas of the music industry as their interests grew and changed over the years. They have had many changes in their interests but the one constant has been the TEACHER! It is wonderful to be able to have 1 teacher adjust his education for the ever changing and growing needs of my family. Both of my children are now very accomplished award winning performers and we all agree that Mel Parker has been/is the primary influencer in their accomplishments.
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Kim August 10, 2016
· Violin · In home
My daughter has been one of Mel's violin students for 5+ years. He is an accomplished musician who teaches his students with a kind and gracious demeanor. She also has had the opportunity to play solo's in recitals and yearly contests that Mel's studio arranges for his students. Because of his well-rounded attention to instruction, practice, and performance, her growth as a violinist has been immense. This growth has also allowed her to compete at the district and state level in school.
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I have several advanced degrees in classical guitar and have had the pleasure of studying with some of the finest teachers in the world. My main teachers were Sulaiman Zai, Javier Calderon and Aldo Minella. I have alsy worked with Sharon Isbin, Ben Verdery, Apostolos Paraskevas, Ricardo Iznaoloa, Fred Hand and Kevin Gallagher.

About Eugene
I have been teaching guitar for over 27 years and have had the privilege of studying with some of the finest guitarists in the world which include Aldo Minella, Sulaiman Zai, Javier Calderon, Dr. Lily Afshar, Benjamin Verdery and Kevin Gallagher. I also studied jazz with Berklee professor Sal Difusco and Chris Buono.

As a teacher. I have been a high school teacher for the past 15 years and am certified in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as a history teacher. I have worked with all types of learning styles and test preps. As an educator, I have gone through all the background CORI checks already.
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Joshua S. July 24, 2017
· Classical Guitar · In studio
I really enjoyed working through beginner/intermediate classical guitar with Gene. He was always prepared and very knowledgeable about the different pieces we were working on. He helped my technique tremendously, and structured my progress in a way I wouldn't have been able to do myself. If you are serious about wanting to learn guitar I strongly recommend getting a teacher, and if you live in the Boston area I highly recommend Gene.
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Mike July 11, 2016
· Ukulele · In home
Gene is incredibly patient and always has materials ready for the two of us to work with. I am so lucky to be working with him as I learn a new skill.
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Charlie S. August 17, 2015
· Ukulele · In home
Amazing Job. Enjoyed session very much and learned alot.
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About Ben G.

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Pacoima, CA
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I have been teaching guitar for multiple years and have taught students of all ages. In our lessons, you will learn to improvise, read both tablature and sheet music, music theory, chord formations, and all the things that are required to make you a GREAT guitar player all while having fun and learning the songs that YOU want to be able to play. I love teaching and am always eager to work with new students.

About Ben
Ben is a professional musician located in Los Angeles, CA. In 2015, he completed his coursework at the University of Redlands where he received his Bachelor of Music Degree in Guitar Performance.
As a musician, Ben performs solo for weddings, corporate events, restaurants, and other private parties. While studying to receive his degree, Ben studied one-on-one with guitar greats such as Jody Fisher, Stuart Green, and Paul Murphy.
As an educator, Ben offers the knowledge he has accumulated over the past four years of intensive conservatory-styled study. He has been teaching students of all ages through his private studio for many years. Whether you are just learning to play the guitar or you've been playing for years and want to understand music theory or learn a new style, Ben can provide the tools to get you there.
During the week, Be
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Antonio J. August 5, 2015
· Guitar · In home
Fantastic instrcutor. Ben was very professional! I liked that he tailored every lesson for me. Ben sure knows what hes doing on the guitar and I enjoyed my lessons with him.
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Robinson M. June 9, 2015
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Ben has always been very helpful to me. He takes me step by step and doesn't move on until he is sure that I understand the lesson. One of the best things is that he teaches you songs that you want to learn so that you learn the style that you want to. If there are no online chords or tabs, he takes the time to figure them out for you. Ben is also very punctual. Along with being punctual, he is very flexible with his schedule. I would recommend him.
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Robinson M. June 9, 2015
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Ben has always been very helpful. He is very flexible with his schedule, very patient with his students, and asks them for songs they would like to learn so that he can teach them the style that they want to learn. He also understands when other priorities come first, and has no problem adjusting. He takes his students through step by step. I would definitely recommend Ben.
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About Justin M.

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San Luis Obispo, CA

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After 20 years of playing and a BA in Music, I know how to break down the guitar and teach it to anyone willing to learn. I take the 80/20 approach to learning guitar and will get you up and playing in no time. If you are tired of trying to figure out how to learn guitar online or you feel stuck at your current level, then I can show you the most effective and efficient way to get your playing to the next level. Lessons will teach you the following:

* songs you actually want to play
* how to read music and guitar tablature
* music theory tailored to suit your needs
* composition and improvisation
* performance practices and music history
* how to play solo pieces and jam with your friends

About Justin
Like most guitarists, I had always wanted to play the guitar as a little kid. Luckily, my parents finally caved to the request (ok ok, incessant begging) and I began my guitar journey at the age of 11. After now 20 years of playing and 12 years of teaching, I am excited to share my experience and thoughts about how to learn music and guitar.

My journey with the guitar has taken me from the electric rock of Jimi Hendrix, to the shredding of Joe Satriani, then the otherworldly sounds and speed of Al di Meola, and, finally, to the broad world of classical guitar, Flamenco and world music. Over the years, I have compiled a set of skills, techniques, and theories from all corners of the musical globe to help teach students the fastest path to guitar mastery. My goal is to show you how to master the fundamental skills of guitar in order to
play in any style and ultimately create your own music.
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San Luis Obispo, CA 93405
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About Nick M.

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San Francisco, CA

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File your nails and grab your footstool. Classical guitar demands lots of attention to detail, but the reward is always worth it. Learn everything from reading sheet music to techniques like trills and tremolo to make the music come to life.

About Nick
Nick is a musician born and raised in Michigan with a degree in guitar performance. He has over five years of professional music experience as a music educator, performer, and composer/arranger. Nick’s teaching career has included private lessons in Central Michigan, guitar classes in suburban Chicago, tutoring at Grand Rapids Community College, classes in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and private lessons in San Francisco. Nick’s performing career has included performances in the Mid-America Guitar Ensemble Festival in 2014, and as a presenter and performer at Eastern Michigan University’s Undergraduate Symposium in 2015. He has also been an avid performer in pit orchestras for musical theatre productions such as "The Last Five Years", "Little Shop of Horrors", and "Hairspray". Nick received his Bachelor's Degree in Guitar Performance from Eastern
Michigan University in 2016.
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anita wadia March 24, 2017
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Very friendly, kind and knowledgeable teacher
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Kevin Chuang March 10, 2017
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Nick is an excellent instructor. He's great about teaching the fundamentals of finding chords and strumming patterns so that I'm really feeling like I'm learning how to play the right way. Also great about adapting his teaching to my type of music, so I'm learning to play a lot of the songs I enjoy. Also a really friendly and easy-to-work with guy. Highly recommend Nick if you're looking to learn guitar!
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Evan Waddell February 23, 2017
· Guitar ·
Nick is very knowledgeable in music theory and does a great job in explaining the details behind certain chord progressions. Very easy and flexible to work lessons into your schedule.
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I taught and directed performances at the School of Rock for almost seven years. I can teach any style and figure out songs on the spot. I play in metal bands Nihilist and Monarch and was classically trained by Master Fred Benedetti at Grossmont College. I offer lessons in playing and theory. I'm confident I can bridge the gap to your goals.

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Let's build the bridge to your goals:
Over 16 years of music experience.
Self-taught, and classically trained by guitarist Master Fred Benedetti.
Previously a director/instructor at the School of Rock for six years.
Currently performing in the bands Nihilist and Monarch.
Studio Master at Muffhaus Studios.

Any music style from classical to metal. Theory, technique, composition, improvisation instruction in guitar, bass, drums, and piano.
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About Amy N.

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Hi! I'm Amy and I love music and I think of teaching music as a way of coming beside someone to help them discover their own love for music, too.

About Amy
Music is my life's purpose and I am committed to helping anyone and everyone I can to reach their musical potential. Whether that is as a hobby, an experience or fulfilling their own life's purpose.

From 2013-2015 I taught group music classes through Soli Encore in Orange County, CA, in violin, guitar and K-2 creative music (Orff-based instruction with singing, xylophone, hand percussion and flutophone). The last two years of that position I managed the entire program including hiring teachers, writing curriculum, and teaching classes myself. I had also consistently held private violin, viola, and guitar students. In both violin and viola I saw my students move up chairs in their orchestras and excel in local, district and state honor orchestras. I sent students to great schools for music like Orange County School of the Arts and Ne
w England Conservatory.

As for my performance career, I have committed to always being a member of an orchestra, band or performing group of some sort because it's my passion and I endeavor to teach from personal experience. Over my last ten years in SoCal I performed with several groups including the Blackbird Music Project, Montage Orchestra and Symphony Irvine. My last year concluded my position as Principal viola of the Dana Point Symphony for four seasons. I was in two bands during my college years. With Galanis I was a part of several Western U.S. tours that took us through California, Arizona, Utah, Idaho and Montana. I have had the privilege of working with artists such as violinist Anne Marie Calhoun, Jimmy Hopper, Andy Grammer and Stevie Nicks. Some of the larger productions I have been a part of include appearances on TV shows like Melrose Place and the Bachelorette, and performances for former President G.W. Bush and at the Governor's Ball for the Academy Awards.

My performance career continues to grow here on the East Coast, where I have lived since August 2015. I have been a member of the McLean Orchestra and have been added to rosters for the Alexandria Symphony, Arlington Philharmonic and Washington Sinfonietta. I currently hold a Bachelor's of Music in Viola Performance from Azusa Pacific University where I studied with Robert Becker, founder of the American String Quartet with a BM and MM in Viola Performance from Juilliard. I am now enrolled as a graduate assistant for my Master's of Music in Viola Performance at the University of Delaware.

When I'm not making music I'm running far, studying nutrition, cooking or spending time with my beloved friends and family!
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Melissa August 7, 2017
· Violin · In home
Amy is a wonderfully gifted teacher! My teen daughter loves her teaching style and encouraging personality. Amy has a knack for understanding a student's strengths and weaknesses and guiding them to reaching their potential. We highly recommend her!
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About Jeff B.

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A major priority of my guitar teaching is to have students making expressive music every time they touch the instrument.

I begin by working on tone production on the open strings of the guitar, so that students are able to produce a full, beautiful tone on the first day. From there, we study left- and right- hand techniques in the context of real pieces of music, giving students the chance to apply the mechanics of guitar playing to the expression of musical ideas. At the same time, I work with students through progressive studies and warm-up exercises that have built-in expressive goals, so that they can learn to rely on their own ears to further refine their playing.

As I believe that a good guitarist is, first and foremost, a strong musician, I fold a number of diverse activities into weekly lessons, developing skills in music theory, ear training, sight reading, composition, and improvisation, all of which reinforce the acquisition of strong technique.

About Jeff
I’m a composer and guitarist, with 20 years of experience playing and performing on classical and electric guitars. I’ve given solo and chamber performances across the United States, with recent Seattle performances including Astor Piazzola’s complete "Histoire du Tango", the world premiere of Brian Cobb’s "Campfire Songs," and the Seattle premiere of James Bonney’s electric guitar concerto "darkLIGHTness."

In 2010, I received a Bachelor of Arts degree in classical guitar performance and composition from Stanford University, where I performed solo recitals of Bach, Mozart, Turina, and Henze, collaborated with the Stanford New Ensemble on contemporary chamber pieces, and played lead guitar in the heavy metal band Full Metal Apocalypse.
I recently received a Doctorate in music composition from the University of Washington in Seattle, wher
e I’ve taught music theory, composition, and musicianship at the college level for seven years, and where I continue to perform with the UW Modern Ensemble, Inverted Space Ensemble, and Seattle Modern Orchestra.

A major priority of my guitar teaching is to have students making expressive, compelling music every time they touch the instrument. And as I believe that a good guitarist is, first and foremost, a strong musician, I fold a number of diverse activities into weekly lessons, developing skills in music theory, fretboard knowledge, ear training, sight reading, composition, and improvisation, all of which reinforce the acquisition of strong technique.

I teach a wide array of styles—including classical, folk, rock, flamenco, and heavy metal—and I look forward to helping you realize your musical goals!
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About Rob K.

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You'll come away from every lesson more confident and ready to perform!

About Rob
Hey, thanks for visiting my bio! I'm a guitar teacher by trade and have been playing for over a decade. I was raised with a music background and have always loved performance.

My students can expect to improve in some way every single week. If you're not doing well, I'm not doing well! I will lead you to be able to perform freely and with total confidence.

Personally, I'm passionate about contemporary music styles as well as some classics, but really enjoy learning about what others appreciate as well. I look forward to meeting you and helping you become a better guitarist!
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