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Matthew Z.

New Braunfels, TX

About Matthew

Since an early age I have studied multiple instruments under various instructors and learning environments. From formal one-on-one piano lessons at the age of 5, to youth church choir, to high school concert and marching competition as a saxophonist, to small class lectures studying fingerstyle guitar under classical guitarist Jacob Porter at Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi; I have experienced learning music as both a child and an adult, alone in my apartment with an acoustic guitar, playing bass with various jam bands, and playing saxophone with over 200 other musicians. I have led othe
r solid players in formal concert and marching band setting as section leader, and taught friends, family, and students how to play their favorite songs and basic music theory on the bass and guitar over the years in relaxed environments.

I believe these experiences give me a musical perspective which allows me to tailor my teaching style to the needs of both children picking up their first instrument, and adults who have always wanted to learn to play, and have now decided to go for it!

I am a patient teacher who focuses on fundamental principles while keeping the "big-picture" in mind, and encourages regular practice.

Applying this methodology to music, my students will be set up for lifelong musicianship, and will be fully capable of learning new instruments with minimal outside help as they progress in their musical journey.

*** Lesson Details ***
My lessons will walk the beginner through knowing the instrument inside and out, his/her role in the band as per chosen instrument, and the fundamentals that allow the musician to come up with creative licks on the fly in a band setting. My lessons have a strong focus on the eventual goal of improvisation within a band setting, and as such, scale/key/chord theory is a must! On stringed instruments, I teach by fingercharts and tabulature. In my opinion, this allows the beginner to become comfortable with his/her instruments faster without having to learn how to read music first, and also keeps the student interested knowing how to quickly learn his/her favorite songs. Combining fundamental practice with the excitement of playing modern popular songs is the key to keeping students interested in the short term, and focusing on using the fundamentals to create original music is what will keep the student interested for a lifetime.

In 3 to 6 months, I expect a beginner to feel comfortable holding the instrument in the proper position, memorize where every note is on the instrument, memorize at least all major modes, know how to read tabulature, begin to smoothly transition between notes and/or chords, and begin learning how to play with other musicians. The speed at which this happens is largely dependent on practice, so this is just a rough time estimate. With regular practice though, these goals are very attainable.

*** Specialties ***
Blues, folk, country, bluegrass, fingerstyle guitar, rock, jazz
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Kat January 7, 2016
Guitar · In home
My daughter, (13 yrs old) has been taking lessons from Matt for about 3 months now. I could not be happier with how Matt approached teaching her. No stuffy music books, or boring children songs... he taught her right out of the gate chords that allowed her to play familiar songs she knew thereby encouraging her to practice more because " she knows what its suppose to sound like from the radio". Kate is loving playing the guitar and has now picked up Ukulele too.. Matt is patient, insightful, creative in his teaching methods, AND he's cool. And lets face it, to the young ones, "cool" matters. Kate has FUN at practice. She looks forward to going. Side note. Matt is a gifted guitarist and plays beautifully himself. Classically trained. Worth Every Penny. Call him.
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Lee K. January 4, 2016
Matthew is a great guitar teacher, I've struggled with finger picking for years. He was able to break it down in a way I could relate to. I've had other teachers in the past that don't seem to care what your guitar goals are. This was not my experience with Matt. His lessons are fun, and I'm surprised how fast he was able to help me achieve the sound I've been looking for. I recommend him to anyone who is looking for an instructor that has your best interest at heart.

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Chuck S. July 10, 2014
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Matthew has been a great teacher thus far. He is patient with my daughter age 9. She is learning quickly, and we are sharing some great time with her "teaching" me what she learned. Coming to our home has been great as well, lesson night is not a 2 hour ordeal of driving to the lesson, a 45 minute lesson and then driving back home. It has reduced the "stress" associated with taking a lesson and has been very productive. Matthew has been flexible with scheduling and has been a pleasure to work with so far. I have played bass guitar for over 30 years and took lessons early on, I wish someone like Matthew was around then and I would have learned how to play music faster, Most instructors focus on just the basics of learning to read music, Matthew focuses on getting the student involved with "playing" as early as possible. This technique engages and encourages young people to stick with playing because it's actually fun to learn and they can hear their progress.
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Matthew Z.

New Braunfels, TX 78130
(3)
starting at
$38 / 30-min
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Joshua A.

San Marcos, TX

About Joshua

Joshua has been a musician for over twelve years and been a teacher for five. He is an award winning composer, critical thinker, and an honest teacher. Joshua has a high standards for his students and himself. Joshua has studied Suzuki method under Dr. Paula Bird for four years and has taught over 100 students. He performed his official Suzuki training under Dr. Laurie Scott. Joshua also teaches at the Texas State String Project under the direction of Dr. Ames Asbell and Dr. Karla Hamelin. He has done so since it's inception.

Joshua is an award winning composer and has composed over 80 pie
ces, ranging in style from classical symphony to electronic dance. He has also arranged hundreds of works for violin and piano.

*** Lesson Details ***
I'm a relaxed person with a strict teaching style. I have two critical expectations for my students.

1: I expect my students to practice everyday, with time depending on age. (10 minutes a day for 5 year old's, 20 minutes for 10 year old's, etc.) No exceptions. Lessons are a place for me to teach you, not a place to watch you practice.

2: I expect parents to participate in every lesson. You are the teacher 6 days a week, I'm only get to teach them one.

If everyone understands my expectations, students will grow and learn quickly, and have a great time doing it!

I develop a lesson plan depending on each students strengths, weaknesses, talents, and personality. No one student is identical to the next, so none will be taught the same, but everyone will follow a similar pattern.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano lessons with full keyboard. Stands, couches, and a small library of sheet music.

*** Specialties ***
Suzuki style instruction for violin technique. For songwriting and performance I focus on the analysis of music to find a middle ground of emotional expression and theory. Once that middle ground is found we explore what music means to the student, and how they can use it as a tool of expression.
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Rick B. January 23, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Great instructor. Makes my son to really think and is very patient. I highly recommend him.
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Camille R. April 14, 2013
Violin
To the point

No beating around the bushes, Directly to the point about what is wrong and how it needs to be fixed. Willing to be flexible. they are good quality affordable lessons for any age.
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Joshua A.

San Marcos, TX 78666
(2)
starting at
$20 / 30-min
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Tim K.

Schertz, TX

About Tim (William)

My name is Tim and I live in Schertz, Texas. I hold a BM and a BME from UTSA and an MM from Texas State. I also studied drama for 3 years at Trinity University. I have been a music teacher for 26 years. I have taught elementary music, secondary choir and college level music courses. I have performed in operas, musicals and plays in San Antonio and I have sung at Carnegie Hall in New York. I studied voice with Herald Stark and guitar with David Underwood. I have led a professional singing group and a professional dance troupe. I have composed choral music which has been performed in San Anton
io and entered into international competitions. I have spent years learning techniques to help students sing in tune and learn how to read music. I have experience teaching students of all ages from 3 year olds to adults. I teach students from Northeast San Antonio, Selma, Schertz, Live Oak, Universal City, Cibolo, Bracken, Garden Ridge, Converse, Marion, Seguin and New Braunfels.

*** Lesson Details ***
For my younger guitar students, I use the Progressive Guitar Method for Young Beginners series. This book includes a CD to help the student practice at home. For my older guitar students I use a progressive guitar curriculum of my own creation.

For my voice students I use Pathways of Song, Hall Johnson Spirituals, 24 Italian Songs and Arias, Alfred's Folk Songs for Solo Singers, Carl Fisher's The Young Singer series as well as song materials based upon the student's personal interests, such as arts songs and Broadway show tunes.

For my piano students I use the Piano Adventures series by Nancy and Randall Faber and the Alfred Piano Series. Music reading, ear training and theory is part of my instruction. With daily practice you will see a noticeable improvement in musicianship, aural skills and music-reading ability.

I am also an experienced tutor. I have worked with students of all ages and with various learning differences. I have tutored students in reading, writing, math, social studies, ESL and test preparation.

Through online instruction, I am available around the clock and around the globe for tutoring and music lessons.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano, classical and folk guitars
My home studio has glass doors through which one may observe the lesson.

*** Travel Equipment ***
2 guitars

*** Specialties ***
Classical guitar, operatic singing, folksongs, spirituals, music reading, solfege, ear training and sight-singing
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CJ D. February 5, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Mr K. takes a very solid and practical approach. He has really helped me understand what the body needs for singing. I would recommend him to anybody really wanting a formal instruction and a "backbone" for vocal technique.
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Taylor P. January 17, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Great start.
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Sailor M. December 9, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Great! My daughter loved it and is excited to continue voice lessons with Mr. Tim!
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Tim K.

Schertz, TX 78154
(21)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Rick P.

San Antonio, TX

About Rick

I been playing the guitar professionally for over 20 years. In that time I had the good fortune to perform and record with some really good musicians. I've played in various bands ranging from rock to jazz and flamenco. I received my bachelor's degree in recording engineer and record producer from LBCC.

I'm currently a Guitar Teacher for different music schools and have a number of private students as well.

*** Lesson Details ***
NEW :GUITAR LAB PLUS MUSIC CREATOR 6 SOFTWARE; Learn how to use GUITAR PRO 6,Basic PRO TOOLS RECORDING and FL STUDIO 10 (Fruit Loops)I will show you ho
w to do things the best way from the start. We will pick up the best book for your level, there are too many to list just one. Also: alternate picking, sweep picking, tapping, two hand tapping, tremolo picking, finger picking, arpeggios, string skipping, modes, drop "D", drop "C" tunings and more... styles include: Neoclassical, metal, rock, blues, jazz, gypsy jazz, acoustic, classical, flamenco and more...

*** Studio Equipment ***
NEW JUST ADDED: GUITAR LAB AND MUSIC CREATOR 6 SOFTWARE: M-AUDIO PRO TOOLS,GUITAR PRO6 AND FL STUDIO 10 (FRUIT LOOPS) . Located in Specious one room of a three bedroom condo, Marshall amps, Jackson, Dean, ESP,Takamine, Epiphone and Ovation guitars, use a plasma TV, guitar pro software, keyboard, recording.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Guitar and amps. books.
Student: metronome and tuner.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in teaching: 7 & 8 string guitar, neoclassical, metal, blues, jazz , gypsy jazz, acoustic, flamenco and classical. Music Theory and recording.
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Leonard Sgarlata August 24, 2015
Bass Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Rick is a wonderful teacher. I already have some previous music experience, so he is working with me at my level instead of starting me from the beginning. I would definitely recommend him as a teacher.
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Jasen W. August 4, 2014
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
I've been taking lessons from Rick for over 1.5 years and have shown steady improvement thanks to him. He is always prepared and gears the lessons toward the style of music I enjoy playing. He is patient and keeps the lessons at a comfortable pace while also making sure to push me to progress my abilities.
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Chris H. August 4, 2014
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
I'm a mid 40's guy who's wanted to play guitar since I was a kid. After a failed attempt in my teens, I hadn't revisited it (unless air-guitar counts) until this year. Fortunately for me, through Take Lessons, I found Rick. He is so very patient, friendly and flexible. The one thing I most enjoy about our lessons is that it's like visiting with a friend for an hour each week - whether we talk about music theory, new guitars or just about our lives, he always is engaged and accessible.

I can't say enough about Rick, he is a very knowledgeable musician, he genuinely cares that you reach your goal and is a really, really pleasant person. If your dream is just to play some of your favorite songs, or to go on to be a professional musician - Rick is definitely who I would recommend.
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Rick P.

San Antonio, TX 78259
(15)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Alfredo V.

San Antonio, TX

About Alfredo

I studied classical percussion in college and then specialized on drums at the Drummers Collective in New York City. I have toured with bands and played many times in front of crowds of more than 25 000 people. I have TV experience as well. I also have worked as a session drummer on several records for big labels (BMG and Sony Music among them). I work as a producer and my approach to teaching comes from my love of Music in general. I have been a drums instructor for more than 30 years and my students always get the gigs. I speak English and Spanish. My teaching style is fun and has a very cle
ar outline, remaining flexible within it. I keep learning and practicing every day, and am very open to having fun together while learning. If you practice, the results are shown on every lesson and you will really notice it!

*** Lesson Details ***
We start by learning how to Play, reading is not the first approach, but will be learned around the 3rd month . Everyone can do it and if you feel you can't, I'll prove otherwise during the first lesson. Afterwards we practice simple techniques and start with simple independence exercises, which feel great. You will be playing a beat with simple independence the first time we try it, which can be during the first lesson and no longer than three lessons afterwards. As you progress with the independence in rock style, we will work in other styles like funk, jazz, Latin, odd meters and African and the main focus will be that you become a great drummer. Whether you are aiming to become a pro or playing as a hobby, you will find great value in these lessons.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have 11 drum sets, recording gear, guitar and bass amplifiers and a pa system.

*** Travel Equipment ***
His own set. I could also rent them a set if needed, but having their own set is better for me. Sometimes I rented a set to my students in order for them to decide if they wanted to buy one.

*** Specialties ***
I use the Drummers Collective approach. I teach styles such as rock, jazz, funk, Afro-Cuban, pop, Brazilian, etc...
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David B. October 16, 2015
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
Alfredo is a great musician and a wonderful drum instructor. I'm thrilled with the material presented and the enthusiasm in which he conducts his lessons.
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Tara D. October 29, 2014
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
He is very knowledgeable. He is always very patient and finds what works best for the student.
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Alan W. July 28, 2014
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
Alfredo is an incredibly accomplished Drummer and musician! His professional musical experience and accomplishments are quite impressive. It's humbling to have someone with his professional music background as a teacher. But don't let his background intimidate you. He is very patient, and has a well structured methodology to teach you how to become a good drummer. Alfredo's technique is not directed to just learn easy groves to play along with music. Rather, he is committed to teaching you the proper techniques that will give you the foundation to become a skilled drummer if you are willing to put in the time. It's challenging, to say the least, but I think it will pay dividends in the long-run. When you are around Alfredo, it's obvious that he "loves" playing the drums, as well as composing and playing other music/instruments. It's also great fun to play your exercises, while Alfredo plays along with you (challenging not to be distracted) on his drum set or bass guitar. Great FUN!
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Alfredo V.

Alfredo V.

San Antonio, TX 78259
(3)
starting at
$35 / 30-min

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