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About James W.

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Palm Coast, FL

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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.

*** Lesson Details ***
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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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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About Alex Godson R.

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About Alex Godson
Welcome!!!
My name is Alex also known as Alex œGodson. I've got to be one of the luckiest men in the world. I've spent the last 25 years of my life working in the music business as a musician, producer, publisher, record executive, programmer, beat-maker, educator, and entrepreneur. In this time, I've had an incredible run working with the likes of Trak Masterz, Mona Scott Young, Sean Combs, Perri "Pebbles" Reid, Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis, Teddy Riley, Usher, Janet Jackson, Mariah Carey, Mary J Blige, and so many others. Now I'd like to share what I've learned with people who are just starting out and want to share their vision together. To share all of the insight, experience and/or stories, I've gained over 25 years in the music business.

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Music Production
Music Business Instruct
ion
Music Business Management
Artist Management
A&R Coordination
Administrative Coordination
Audio Software Instruction
Music Publishing
A/V Specialist
Drum Programming
Remixing
Recording and Mix Engineering
Live Sound Engineering
Just Name It.... Let's Do It!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Presonus 16.4.2
Various Professional Audio/Video Software
iMac Computer
Presonus Monitors
Presonus Mic

*** Travel Equipment ***
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Various Professional Audio/Video Software
iMac Computer
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Presonus Mic

*** Specialties ***
Music Production/Programming/AV Specialist/Business
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Alex Godson R.

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About Anne R.

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Take harp lessons from a GRAMMY® Award winner! Anne has some 30 years of performance and teaching experience and would love to help you get started learning to play the harp, or help you continue on your harp adventures if you have had some previous lessons and experience. And, you can now take lessons from Anne no matter where you live in the world through a webcam and TakeLessons.com!!

Here is what Anne can help you learn:

Proper hand technique
Sight reading skills
Improvisation skills
Music theory
Repertoire building-Learning Celtic, Classical, Renaissance, Folk, and all kinds of tunes
Arranging music for the harp
Accompaniment skills
Performance skills
And much more!

Anne studied music theory and received her formal music education at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). When the Celtic harp piqued her in
terest, she studied harp techniques from world-renowned harpist Sylvia Woods and later contributed to her book: Music Theory & Arranging Techniques for Folk Harps. Anne is an active member of the American String Teacher's Association.

Take lessons online at her studio in South Lake Tahoe, California, or in in Placerville, California.

FAQs:

Do I need to have any musical experience to learn to play the Celtic harp?

It's not necessary to have any prior musical background before embarking on harp lessons. If you have never taken up an instrument before, Anne will teach you harp technique and how to read music, too. It's a plus if you have some past musical experience, because you'll already know the rudiments of reading sheet music. Anne teaches from ages 7 and up. If your child is younger than 7 and anxious to play the harp, get them started on the piano first. This way, when they come to Anne at an older age, they will already know how to read music (harp sheet music and piano sheet music look alike).

Is the harp difficult to learn?

It's no more difficult to learn than any other instrument. If you really want to learn and you practice, you'll learn quickly. It's all about motivation.

Do I need to own a harp to learn to play?

For online lessons, you'll need to have your own harp. You can also buy a harp from Anne. She uses Triplett Harps as rentals and can help you get started on a rent-to-own harp, and is an authorized dealer if you decide you want to purchase a harp in the future. (Note: Anne only rents to students taking lessons from her in her studio. Rentals are not available to students taking online lessons.)

What does Anne teach?

Anne assesses your goals and your experience before designing a learning path that is right for you. For this reason, her lessons are always one-on-one and not taught in a group fashion. Of course, parents are welcome to sit in on their child's lesson.

What is Anne's experience?

Anne studied music theory and received her formal music education at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). When the Celtic harp piqued her interest, she studied harp techniques from world-renowned harpist Sylvia Woods and later contributed to her book Music Theory & Arranging Techniques for Folk Harps. Anne also studied professional stage performance with Ed Hooks (San Francisco, CA) and at the Living History Centre (Novato, CA). Anne applied her formal training to teaching music for the Los Angeles Unified School District. She continues to work with students presenting educational demonstrations for school assemblies. Anne has given workshops to students in the Sacramento Waldorf School, El Dorado Union School District, Merced Union High School District, and Minden Elementary School. She has taught harp since 1987, offering educational demonstrations, focused workshops, and taking on private students. She performed on the 2015 GRAMMY® Award Winning Best New Age Album, "Winds of Samsara".
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Annette May 30, 2017
· Harp · Online
Anne Roos is an A+ teacher and a joy for my daughter to work with. She is an all around professional as a player and a teacher. I would definitely recommend her to anyone!
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Anji March 26, 2017
· Harp · Online
Anne is a marvelous teacher! She is wonderful and PROMPT in her communication, follow up and lesson sessions. She genuinely exudes joy in her teaching methods, is clear in her instruction and seems to honestly love my kids. We couldn't be happier with our choice in instructors.
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Laureen February 16, 2017
· Harp · In studio
Mrs Roos has been a kind, patient and gentle teacher with my two daughters. You will enjoy taking lessons from her as she has a wealth of experience to glean from and is an encouragement.
Mrs. Laureen Dodgson
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Anne R.

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South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
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About Jonathan G.

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Seattle, WA
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I have nearly thirty years of experience working with students of all ages, both in private and group settings. I have also taught in Latin America - in Spanish.
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Jordan July 14, 2017
· Violin · In home
Jordan really enjoyed his first lesson. Jonathan validated for him that the daily work he is putting in is helpful and gave him small steps to go forward with.
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Catalina March 4, 2017
· Violin · In home
Great first lesson! Friendly, and very easy to follow. Looking forward to our next lesson.
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Chad T. January 20, 2016
· Violin · In studio
Jonathan has a demonstrable amount of knowledge about the violin including different playing styles, music theory, and its practical application. His approach is incremental and measured that adapts to my specific strengths and weaknesses intermixed with an appropriate amount of patience. He is also very personable. I always look forward to our lessons together.
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About Sarah S.

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Saint Louis, MO

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Hi, I'm a 23 year old saxophonist attending Berklee College of Music on a full scholarship. I specialize in fundamentals, like technique, building a solid sound, and music theory. I also specialize in higher level playing such as jazz and improvising. I've been teaching lessons since I was a sophomore in high school. I have studied with the very best (Jim Odgren, Dino Govoni, Mike Lee, John Wojciechowski, Bob Mintzer, Marcus Strickland, to name a few). My teaching style is friendly and energetic; I want students to be excited about playing saxophone. It's my passion and I look forward to letting my students find their passion for music as well. I also work at a saxophone shop where I test out horns and mouthpieces and work with social media and sales.

My prices are negotiable! if you are having financial troubles I am glad to make a p
ayment plan or lessen my costs.
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David Durham April 9, 2016
· Saxophone · In home
Sarah is very easy to work with, always interested in helping you the student have fun with the sax, as she has. Despite her great experience and background (or because of it?) she never seemed bored or working beneath herself with a beginner. I could say more, but I better take this time to practice!
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Jerry L. January 24, 2016
· Saxophone · In home
My 10 years old son is learning Saxophone with Sarah. Sarah is very considerate and professional. 5 star.
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Jerry L. January 24, 2016
· Saxophone · In home
My 10 years old son is learning Saxophone with Sarah. Sarah is very considerate and professional. Highly recommended.
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About Zach M.

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Bonjour everyone , my name is Zach, I was born and raised in France in a small (tiny tiny) village called Galluis.

I have since then lived in Paris , Philadelphia and now New York.

He graduated from "Jean-Monnet European High-school" where I specialized in English and French Literature.

I have been teaching FRENCH and DRUMS for more than 12 years now.

About FRENCH LESSONS : ( section about DRUM LESSONS below )

Most people I've taught come to me saying "French is so hard , I will never be able to speak it" or "When I try to speak french, french people answer me in english"

--- THIS WILL NOT HAPPEN WITH ME :)

French is easy , you just need a good teacher who cares about you.
I do.

I can help you with :

• Pronunciation ( so that nobody will answer you in English )
• What to know if you go to France soon ( so
that you can know a little bit before you go )
• Basic to advanced conversation ( so you can make french friends and understand what they say )
• Train your ear
• Grammar / Vocabulary / Verbs

BUT DON'T WORRY , IT WILL BE FUN !

After the first lesson , ALL my students realize that learning french isn't scary anymore.

So : qui veut apprendre le français ?*

(*who wants to learn french?)

Section about DRUM LESSONS:

On the music side of my studies: I attended the American School of Modern Music of Paris for 3 years and moved to Philadelphia to study with Joe Morello's former student Sam Ruttenberg at the University of the Arts in 2012.

I perform as a professional jazz drummer between Europe and America.

~~Teaching Philosophy~~

IF YOU CAN SAY IT , YOU CAN PLAY IT !

•I teach beginners to advanced students , all ages and styles are welcome

I can teach you ( how to ) :

• read
• improvise
• play with other musicians
• the history of the drums
• your role as a drummer
• make music with an instrument that at first doesn't seem very musical
• swing
• latin / afro cuban grooves
• rock
• correct your grip on the sticks
and everything else you may ask... the possibilities and endless
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Matt September 1, 2017
· French · In studio
Zach is a fantastic teacher! He is very organized and patient, but he's also willing to push and encourage. I'm excited for the next one! Merci Zach
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SHUAI Z. December 19, 2016
· French · Online
Excellent teacher! Zach is wonderful. He is very knowledgable, patient and intelligent. I just moved from China to America, so my English is not so good. However, Zach is so kind and patient to encourage me to study French. I really enjoyed my first French lesson with Zach! And I am looking forward to continuing my lessons.
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Rajeev September 3, 2016
· French · In studio
Very good first lesson. Instructor is professional, helpful, and invested.
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Zach M.

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About Nikolas P.

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With 10 years of live band experience, 8 years of music composition, and 7 years of teaching guitar, I offer vast expertise and a large musical background for very affordable rates! My lessons are described by former/current students as being laid-back, detail-oriented, and very encouraging. My students range in age from 8 years old to adults in their 30's. You can always learn something new!

Most of my musical experience has entailed Rock, Indie-Rock, Blues, Acoustic, Bossa Nova, and Experimental/Contemporary. If students are looking to expand into a genre which I am not necessarily familiar with, I am always able to examine and learn the material myself in order to pass along to the student.

My students always decide the curriculum and pace which they would like their lessons to held at. I make sure to break the lesson down into simp
le, fundamental bullet points so that students do not find themselves lost or confused. Overall, my combination of friendly attitude and communication skills means that all my students get a lesson they enjoy, remember, and improve with.
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About Hui L.

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About Hui
Hui currently maintains a small studio of artistic and music loving kids, while traveling across cities for her orchestral work. She currently plays with the Reno Phil, the Reno Chamber Orchestra, the Boise Phil, the Las Vegas Phil and the Berkeley Symphony.

Hui has taught violin to music minors at the UNR, and also taught at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts-School of Young Talents, which takes in musically gifted young children.

While learning the violin, her students can also expect to learn about focus, problem solving and the joy of performing music. Parents are encouraged to join at the last quarter of the lesson.
A fun students recital is held at the end of each year.
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zhang September 19, 2017
· Violin · In studio
My son has been learning under Hui for a few months now, and i have seen everything improve. he is practicing everyday and enjoying much more than before.
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Hanna September 14, 2017
· Violin · In studio
Hui has been such an amazing teacher. My daughter has progressed at rocket speed under her. She is patient and loving, also takes time to make sure I know what to work on for my daughter each week. My daughter actually said she wants to become a violinist in future.
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About Dan V.

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I began taking music lessons when I was eight. My teacher inspired a passion for music and learning in me that has brought perpetual fulfillment and joy to my life.

In college I earned degrees in both classical piano and guitar. I subsequently toured the United States for six months, playing music in myriad of venues -- classical, rock, folk and blues. After returning to California, I taught music in a Bay Area high-school.

I recently relocated to San Diego and am teaching private music lessons to students of all skill levels. I want my students to reach their full musical potentials in whatever capacity best aligns with their goals.
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Craig September 19, 2017
· Classical Guitar · Online
I really enjoy learning from Dan. He is good at relating things back to a way I can understand and improve. He is so versatile in his music knowledge that I can litterally throw anything his way that I'm curious about and he points me in the right direction. I've taken guitar, bass, vocal, and even production lessons from Dan. By far the most value I have ever got from an instructor.
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Ben September 19, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
My son looks forward to the lessons. Jordan does a great job with him. He has also been very accommodating with our schedule if things have come up.
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Amber September 19, 2017
· Piano · In home
Dan is a great teacher. He is patient but also catches my mistakes so I can fix them. I'm excited about getting better at piano.
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