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Jon A.

Cincinnati, OH

I teach and perform styles ranging from classical and Jazz to country, classic rock and even metal. I enjoy teaching all styles and ability levels.

About Jon

I have been playing guitar since the age of 9. I have studied Classical, and Jazz at CCM's Prep Dept. in middle school and throughout high school as well as rock, folk, country etc. with other local teachers. I started teaching lessons at the age of 18 in local music stores and have never stopped. While doing this I attended The College of Mount St. Joseph where I studied Classical and Jazz guitar as well as Music Ed. In addition to my 22 years of private lesson experience, I have 2 years of classroom experience teaching general music in elementary schools. I believe it is my years as a s
tudent and instructor that enable me to be an effective teacher, having had learned what worked for me as a student, and what has shown to work as a teacher.

*** Lesson Details ***
I cater my lesson to the individual. I like for students to have a structured practice routine and working knowledge of music and their instrument, but it has to be fun. I have students who learn Classical, rock, and Jazz. Each lesson is different. Some people just want to be able to play their favorite songs by a camp fire, and others want to go on to perform at Carnegie Hall. I enjoy teaching both lessons and put forth the same enthusiasm for each one. You get out of the guitar or bass what you put into it in terms of learning and practicing. The level of achievement is up to you, I will help guide you to meet your goals regardless of how large or small they are.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Spare music room: guitars, amps, bass; computer with recording software, ProTools seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
I have all the equipment necessary. I would like the student to have an instrument, but if not I can provide one for the lesson.

*** Specialties ***
I'm really pretty versatile. Over 18 years of teaching anywhere from 80 to 100 students a week will do that.
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Matthew L. August 21, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
I have been working with Jon for coming up on a year and i am thrilled. a great guy who has the knowledge/skill with the guitar, but also excellent ability to communicate. even when i couldn't get something (my own inability) he found other ways of presenting/teaching that make a difference - i highly recommend Jon for beginners (i was one) and experienced players alike
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Tricia R. January 20, 2014
Guitar
Verified Student
Amazing Teacher

Jon is a great teacher, I went in not having any experiance. Jon has taken his time with me and Ive learned so much in the month that I have been taking lessons. All and all hes the perfect guy for the job.
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Hyman B. November 20, 2012
Verified Student
Amazing teacher!

Jon is a very good teacher. He takes the time to explain the concepts of the lesson for the week and then presents a good example of style and technique to help make me a better player.
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Jon A.

Jon A.

Cincinnati, OH 45255
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starting at
$20 / 30-min
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James M.

Cincinnati, OH

About James

James M. is a Classical Guitarist currently residing in Cincinnati, Ohio. In addition to a wealth of teaching and performing experience James has studied with world renowned performers such as: Oscar Ghiglia, David Russell, Marcin Dylla, Zoran Dukic, Florian Larousse, Carlos Perez, Jason Vieaux, Lily Afshar, William Kanengiser, and Pavel Steidel. James holds a B.M. of Performance from Eastern Kentucky University and completed his Masters of Music at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music.

James began his concert career in 2013 and since has given concerts in Ohio and Kentucky. Most recentl
y he has given solo concerts at Eastern Kentucky University, Jenny Wiley State Resort Park, and the Cincinnati Art Museum’s ‘Something Different’ Series.

In the fall of 2013 James was chosen among other international students to take part in the Incontri Chitarristici di Gargnano with Oscar Ghiglia and Elena Papandreou.

With the turn of the new year he has been in the process of recording his first professional album and arranging concerts for the 2014 season.

*** Lesson Details ***
I design lessons to give students the tools that they need to reach their individual music goals, no matter what those might be. In addition to this, I also supplement any student's learning to provide them with the resources and understanding to pursue musical avenues which they did not know they were capable of. When a student achieves their goals and is still as curious as before they began studying I feel I've done my job.

I teach all styles. While my masters degree is in classical guitar performance, my undergraduate was in electric and classical guitar performance. I've spent many years in jazz bands, ensembles, and giving solo performances.

Lastly, I wholeheartedly believe that anyone has within them the ability to play music. Over the years I've found that people simply learn differently and this is one of the reasons I enjoy my job. It's very interesting for my to find ways to help others understand the very thing that brings me such joy, music.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Home Studio

*** Travel Equipment ***
All students will need a guitar, tuner, and notebook.

*** Specialties ***
Classical, Jazz, Rock, Metal, Folk, etc. I've played and taught most genres. I choose methods specifically suited to each student's needs and goals.
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Robin S. May 5, 2013
Guitar
Verified Student
rsteele@zoomtown.com

James is a great guitar teacher. He is easy to communicate with when giving me tips and instruction.
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James M.

James M.

Cincinnati, OH 45223
(1)
starting at
$23 / 30-min
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Margaret O.

Cincinnati, OH

I have been teaching guitar for the last 7 years. Originally a classical trained pianist I became the leader of an ensemble which included several guitarists. If order to lead them I had to learn how they think. So I bought a guitar and started learning from them. My method of teaching combines my classical background from the piano with styles used in playing with the ensemble. Most guitarists don't read music but my students learn to read music from the very beginning. Music theory is one of my strengths and I pass that on to my students.

About Margaret

I have taught the piano along with guitar and voice for over 40 years, since I was 16 years old. I started lessons at 9 and continued lessons while I began teaching beginners at a music studio. Since then I have had many different experiences with all kinds of students. I love sharing the gift of music with my students. My goal is to give them a wonderful musical experience and allow them to expand their knowledge of music in a structured manner and can grow to become a casual or professional musician.

*** Lesson Details ***
I adjust my teaching style to the students goals. I like to sa
y I am laid back but do expect progress each week. I can teach the piano for beginner to advanced students. Some students are college bound and need to learn the disciplines of music. Other students just want to learn to play for enjoyment. My main goal to to keep them interested and practicing. I use a composite of different methods depending on the students goals. I have found that each publisher of method books focus on different styles of music. Over the years I have picked the best of each one and we will use the best of the best. I also have edited music for students over the years and have a wide collection of supplemental music. As an example I love Disney music and a beginner after 3 months they will be learning "A Whole New World" from Aladdin. I can teach beginning Guitar students. My specialty is teaching to read "real" music as opposed to tab. Beginners need lots of TLC with the guitar because of the length of time it takes to make "good" sounds of the guitar. Learning good technique in a fun way is essential for good student progress.

Also I can teach beginning-intermediate vocal lessons. My main focus is developing proper vocal technique with vocal exercises and breathing techniques and still making it interesting and fun.
With all of this, i also teach music theory. Whether by itself or along with instrumental lessons, music theory is an essential for all musicians. Music theory is the how and why of everything we do in music.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I currently have a baby grand, a spinet piano, 16 track sequencer, performance digital piano, acoustic guitar, bass guitar, electric guitar, flute, music stands and keyboard stands.

*** Specialties ***
For the piano I use a mixed method of teaching depending on the students goals. I have used Schaum, Faber, Alfred, Thompson and Bastien. I also use Hannon for advanced students and Duvornoy, Alfred and other types of pedagogy for technique and exercises. I have also edited many pieces of music for early beginners to have fun with. Disney is my favorite. I use these supplemental pieces along with the method books to keep their interest in practicing.
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Brenda D. October 27, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
U had a great time ....can't wait till next Tuesday
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Alicia September 30, 2015
Piano · In studio
Margaret is an excellent piano teacher! Her lessons are upbeat, informative and engaging for my eight-year-old son. She interacts with him so well, both encouraging him and also holding him accountable for the techniques she has taught him. Assignments each week include a wide variety of scales, warm-ups and pieces so that he never gets bored. In six short months, he has gone from not reading a note of music to having a nice repertoire of pieces that impresses his friends and family--including his church organist great-grandmother! We are so pleased with Mrs. Osinski's lessons. It was an excellent decision.
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Mary K. August 19, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Margaret is energetic and well versed in piano. We highly recommend her as a teacher.
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Margaret O.

Margaret O.

Cincinnati, OH 45245
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$25 / 30-min
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Spencer E.

Cincinnati, OH

Starting where you are to get you to where you want to be makes sense. You have music in your head that you've been listening to all your life; I take the songs you know and find the best way to break them down for you. I help you access them through your guitar, allowing you to recreate the music you already know.

I have had great success with this approach over the years. It provides built-in flexibility and accommodations for your interests in music, even as they change with time!

About Spencer

These lessons are about you and your personal aspirations in music. Break into playing music for the first time or bust past that professional plateau. I will help you set realistic short-term goals that aim at whatever long-term goals you already have (of being a rock star, fluent improviser, early childhood song-leader, praise-band leader, rock star, songwriter, garage/basement/bedroom music troll . . . rock star).

I teach beginners, professionals, and everyone in between. I hold a masters in music education, and have taught most styles of music, including (but never limited!) classic ro
ck, new rock, pop rock, rockabilly, blues, jazz, folk, country, bluegrass, Klezmer, solo acoustic, classical, and the Beatles (who get their own genre).
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Mark E. of Columbus October 30, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Spencer transfers his genuine appreciation of music and extensive guitar knowledge through a versatile teaching approach to meet individual needs. He fosters a challenging and fun learning session. He quickly tapped in to my musical interests and goals (I'm in my 50s) and instructed me, in a way, that encouraged both growth and confidence in playing. Spencer mentored and advised me on songwriting development, as well as provided practical advice/feedback on performance. If you want to learn about guitar, improve on your skills, and have fun doing it, Spencer is your guy.
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April October 28, 2015
Guitar · In studio
My daughter has been taking guitar lessons from Spencer for 2 years. Spencer's professionalism and his ability to keep my teen interested in learning new music are the main reasons she has become the musician she is.
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Matt October 27, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Spencer is a fine teacher. Very good communicator, inspires his students and he's so organized. I've been in the music biz for over 30 years---Spencer is a cut above, no kidding.
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Spencer E.

Spencer E.

Cincinnati, OH 45213
(3)
starting at
$27 / 30-min
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Todd T.

Cincinnati, OH

Students learn to practice effectively and efficiently, and to play with security and confidence.

About Todd

About Guitar Lessons With Todd

"Todd is a very gifted and motivated guitarist with an uncommon aptitude for teaching."
Rodney Stucky

"Todd is passionate about teaching, and dedicates himself to this with utmost energy and purpose. He is always extremely successful in producing a high level of achievement with every student." Jeffrey Van

One of the most important duties of a competent instructor is teaching students how to practice. This is just as true for the rank beginner as it is for the advanced student, or even professional. Everyone can learn to play music and play it well if
given competent instruction. Learning to play well is learning about the mind and body, and how to use it to one's potential. As the awareness of the self is refined, not only is the playing improved, but the potential for greatness is elevated. Learning to perform music with security and confidence is fun!
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Eric S. January 14, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Great first day!
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Holly January 13, 2016
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Todd was great to start from the very beginning with me. I have no experience at all with the guitar but his confidence in his teaching and in me is encouraging.
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Todd T.

Todd T.

Covington, KY 41014
(2)
starting at
$25 / 30-min

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