Learn about rhythm, harmony, melody, and dynamics in great detail.
Music is often taught excessively by rote, and I feel it's very important to understand the logic behind everything just like you would in mathematics. So take that leap and explore the science of music.
*Disclaimer* I'm currently not taking beginner students on voice/singing, guitar, bass, drums, piano, and ukulele. I highly recommend my studio partners Melissa though. Please check out her profile:
I've been playing with classical ensembles and rock bands since 2001. Even though I started on classical trombone and rock guitar, I have come to expand my repertoire to a variety of instruments and genres. During my time in college I performed with the University choir, orchestra, and band. I also have organized, wrote/arranged for, and performed with a variety of bands in my home state of New Mexico, as well as Japan, and the San Francisco Bay Area.
Since 2006 I have been an active teacher. This profession has taken me everywhere from working with classical guitar cla
sses in New Mexico high schools to Elementary students in Japan to a variety of private students of various musical instruments and genres everywhere I've been. Since relocating to the Bay Area in 2010, I've had the pleasure of working with lots of great students from kids to adults with a wide range of ambitions. Since 2012 I've been running my own full time studio.
Philosophy of Learning
Lessons are generally designed to work towards giving students the tools to accomplish their goals and become increasingly independent over time. While all students will study similar fundamentals regarding technique, theory, and performance, every lesson is as different as every person. What kind of music do you want to make? I'll tell you what you need to do to get there, and help you take the steps to achieve your aspirations. It's really important to know though that everyone makes their own experience. The process of learning music involves you learning as much about your own mind and body as it does any external concepts, so please keep in mind only you can move yourself forward.
I also love to help students put together a song, record, and produce it for them so that they can have a recording to share with their friends and family.
I also hold events for my students. (Check out our pictures and videos below!) Younger students have opportunities to perform for friends and family at my studio every few months. Adult students also occasionally have events where they get a chance to get together and play music as well.
Aside from in-studio lessons, students also have the option to sign up for online lessons via Skype. (*Online lessons offered during different times than in-studio lessons.)
*Unfortunately due to scheduling issues, I'm not currently accepting students for bi-weekly lessons. I can do regular weekly lessons, or occasional drop-in lessons, but bi-weekly appointments make it really hard for me to give the best scheduled times to my existing weekly students. I'm sorry for the inconvenience.
My studio is equipped with:
*A P.A. System
*Vocal and instrument microphones
*Guitars, Basses, Ukulele, Banjos, etc
*Two guitar amps and a bass amp
*Various percussion including a fully equipped acoustic drum set
*A Roland V-Drums electronic drum set
*An electric piano console and Yamaha organ
*A MicroKorg Synthesizer
*A Tuba, Trombone, Cornet, Saxophone, and Flute
*An extensive physical and virtual music library
*A recording system that students are not only welcome to use but encouraged to
*HD Webcam and condenser microphone for high fidelity online lessons via Skype
Jesse has given directions on how to successfully become a better musician. His approach and explanation on musical theories was much more understandable than what I was previously reading. Overall, I found the lessons to be very usefull.
June 28, 2019
Super kind, patient and teaches a lot in each session!
March 25, 2019
Jesse is very friendly and a fun teacher to be around.
Music Theory combined with Guitar,Bass lessons,sight reading,scales,modes,and how to use them when you improvise.
Hello and Welcome to the right place to enhance your knowledge as a musician on Guitar,Bass,Bouzouki and Music Theory or your Greek Language skills in modern Greek.
I am a Conservatory trained Guitar player singer songwriter with a Music Theory-Harmony degree from the Athens Conservatory (Athens -Greece) and A Degree in Musicology from Stockholm`s (Sweden) University.
I have studied Jazz Guitar in Stockholm and in Athens.
I have been teaching guitar for many years and I have had many happy and satisfied students, some of them are now professional musicians.
All of my students love my lessons and benefit greatly from them because I love to watch them making progress and becoming better with each lesson.
After the first lesson I realize what the student wants to achieve and I am making a plan to help him/her get th
ere enjoying every step on the way .
Every lesson includes Music Theory ,which the student learns while playing the songs they like while introducing them to scales ,rhythm and lead playing, ear training and how to play and jam with others.
I have been playing regularly at BBKING`s in NYC from Jan. 2006 till 2018 performed at the Lincoln Center playing festivals in U.S.A and in Europe.
I consider myself a Blues-Rock specialist with a vast knowledge of the Blues, the British Blues and classic Rock.
My playing is influenced by the British masters such as Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, David Gilmour, Robin Trower, and American guitarists Johnny Winter, Stevie Ray Vaughan, B.B.King, Lee Ritenour, Larry Carlton and many others.
I am looking forward to meeting you and having you as my student!
*** Lesson Details *** I customize the lessons to fit the level of proficiency of my students,and to fit to their schedule of practicing.
*** Studio Equipment *** Guitars,Bass,Amps,recording equipment
*** Specialties *** Guitar,Bass,& Music Theory teacher. Blues/Rock/Jazz
Spiros is an amazing highly experienced teacher with deep knowledge of music. He is very friendly makes you fel very comfortable from the first moment you meet him. I think that i wouldnt find a better teacher than him. He is awesome!
April 12, 2019
Spiros was really great. Very friendly. I look forward to taking more lessons from him.
March 15, 2018
Spiros is my guitar instructor for over a year now, I’m so happy to be learning with such an amazing Guitar master 😊.
Not only did I learn how to play, he actually thought me how to read music and work on my vocals.
I couldn’t be happier 😃.
I absolutely recommend to take him as your teacher, you will not regret it!
I have been working as a professional musician since 1987. In that time, I've played many roles alongside a wide range of established and emerging talent, from around the world, including band leader, accompanist, music producer, composer, arranger, co-writer, teacher, coach and mentor. Along the way, I have continued to pursue my passion for education, teaching private music lessons to amateurs, professionals and hobbyists from all walks of life.
I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Theory & Composition, as well as one year of graduate studies towards my Masters in Education with an emphasis on Vocal Music.
Beginner, intermediate and advanced are all welcome. I give the same attention to teaching amateurs as I do professionals.
Cancellation/Rescheduling Policy: Forty-eight (48) hours advance notice is necessary to cancel or reschedule any lesson. Otherwise, students are responsible for the full payment. In the event of a last-minute reschedule, with your cooperation, I will always do my best to find us a make-up slot. However, I cannot guarantee one. This option is only available if it does not postpone any future lessons or exceed seven (7) days. Thank you, in advance, for your consideration and cooperation.
Alan is a fantastic teacher! Both for voice and guitar, he will be patient and thorough, building solid technique but also adding your emotional and creative abilities to be more musical !
October 25, 2017
Awesome instructor, musician, coach, person! Listened to me for just a few minutes and confidently outlined a plan to help me meet my goals. Goals he painstakingly sought to clearly understand. This is going to be a fun journey.
I will help my students with the musical alphabet and basic notation to jazz chords and harmony, to analyzing classical pieces. Learning music theory can seem daunting and very difficult at times. But I will help each of my students find a way that makes sense to them!
I am a vocal and piano instructor based in Doylestown, PA! I also teach essay writing. I went to the University of the Arts in Philadelphia where I obtained a masters and bachelor's in voice. I have been teaching voice and piano for 8 years. I am upbeat and excited about sharing my passion for music with my students!
My teenager son loves his singing lessons with Kara. He has been going for a couple months and I have noticed a rapid improvement in his singing. I highly recommend Kara she is a great teacher and very friendly. My son is always looking forward to his next lesson, it is the highlight of his week. Thank you so much Kara for the great work you do!
May 31, 2017
I am a college level jazz musician.
My primary instruments are jazz guitar and upright bass.
Growing up I have always wanted to sing but never could find a qualified teacher.
Luckily, after extensive research online for vocal teachers I discovered Kara.
I have been taking lessons with her for a while now and she's wonderful.
I always have many questions for her in my lessons and she always has a knowledgable response.
I feel like I'm progressing and finally learning how to sing properly with someone who knows their stuff.
I would highly recommend studying with her.
May 31, 2017
I enjoyed our first voice lesson last week. Kara is a gifted music professional with great teaching ability. She has the ability to pick up on things that help facilitate the learning process. Great job!
Experienced classical guitarist, mandolin and ukelele player and teacher of 20 years available for eager students of all experience levels and ages! I structure my lessons so students learn what they want to learn, while also building a strong foundation of classical and jazz theory. I specialize in classical, jazz, world, and rock music theory and improvising. Theory is a great tool for adding variety and spice to your playing, improvising and compositions.
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.
Justin is an excellent teacher!! He is a master guitarist, always punctual, very courteous and gives 100% to my lesson. I am learning classical guitar and jazz guitar with him and I am delighted with the progress I've made in just a few months. I am playing beautiful songs and before his lessons I could not play any classical guitar songs at all. Justin tailors the lessons to help me learn the songs I am excited about learning to play. I most highly recommend him as a teacher for any style guitar. Amazingly he also teaches ukulele and mandolin too! He has a degree from Cal Poly in music and guitar and has over 20 years teaching experience. If you really want to learn how to play guitar easily and quickly, take lessons with him!
November 13, 2017
Justin has been awesome. He really knows his stuff, and he has a natural gift for teaching. I am learning everything from reading tabs to playing my favorite songs. I'm having a blast!
Extremely helpful! We broke down a piece of music I had for class that I was having some trouble with and by the end of the hour I was much more comfortable playing it! What I really liked is that she pointed out things I would have not noticed that made the rhythms easier to understand. Great advice on HOW to practice and how to best approach a difficult part in your music.
I can teach the basic knowledge you need to become a musician
I am a professional bassonist. I graduated from Vicente Emilio Sojo Music Conservatory (Barquisimeto - Venezuela) with a Bachelors of Music, specifically Bassoon.
The Bassoon is one of the most beautiful instruments but also one of the difficultest to play. Every bassoon player has a unique timbre; I teach students to release built up tension and apply foundational techniques in order to unlock their own individual sound. I can help any student to play with freedom, confidence, and expression.
I teach bassoon students of all different ages and experience levels, or even begginers. I studied classical bassoon for 10 years.
I've play in different orchestras, chamber groups and also as a soloist player in numerous occasions. So I can help students to be prepared for any audition or concert they have scheduled.
My personal passion is clas
sic music but I firmly believe that great technique is essential to any and every style. I look forward to meeting you and helping you to become a better musician!
Lessons will touch on everything from reading and writing music to understanding sheet music. Topics that will be covered include music dictation, harmony, and rhythm. (and most importantly how they all fit together)
Music, in every sense of the form, is a bridge to our emotions. Performing it sends chills down our spines, while listening to it causes us to feel whatever we need to feel in that moment. Music has always been a part of my life, I have 10 years of experience on violin, 8 on guitar and piano, and I've been singing ever since I can remember. I've been teaching singing to fellow students and people from my town for 3 years now, and I truly love sharing my passion for music. I hope to share it with you as well!
"I have been learning music from Frankie for a couple years now. He has always been extremely knowledgeable about music. Whether I want to learn guitar sca
les or learn to write songs, he is always able to help. He is also very supportive, friendly, and interested in your well-being as a person and as a music student."
"Peter is an incredible instructor. His breadth of knowledge and understanding is unparalleled to that of anyone I have ever encountered. He is patient, an
d kind and genuine all around good guy. I enjoy working with him."
"Awesome teacher. Answers every question and explains all concepts thoroughly."
"My middle-school aged son did a two hour session with Dr. Darrell one day where I would venture to say they covered a month's worth of music theory materi
al. After a while I got tired listening to it, but my son didn't. Darrell is patient yet firm, tough but caring. The pairing of Darrell's deep knowledge with a student who wants to learn is a powerful combination. He is committed to the success of his students."
"I have enjoyed working with Victor. He is very knowledgeable about the music in particular the Baroque period. He brings a very good perspective that has
enriched my understanding of early music. I can say clearly that one leaves sessions with a desire to learn more and with an understanding of music as serious branch of human study rather than something that is simply fun (in the sense of being mundane amusement)."
"Steph is very knowledgeable about singing and music. She has a wonderful personality that is very encouraging to her students. I strongly suggest that you
take lessons with her!!!!"
David is a great tutor and teacher! He helped me to understand the basic fundamentals of music theory and how to develop the skills to be able
to practice it at home. He gave me really good tips that were easy to understand and fun to learn. If you really want to learn how to compose, write and read music go to David!!"
"Extremely supportive, positive, encouraging teacher. We worked on form and theory, and always left me with things to work on until our next lesson. Really
helped me get started. Thanks Victor!"
"Greg helped me onto the path of speaking the language of music and why it matters. Music theory is not daunting if someone can show you how to apply it co
rrectly. Greg has decades of experience and application. Let him help you!"
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