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David D. Scottsdale, AZ

About David

I've been playing guitar since I was 9 years old and teaching guitar since I was 14. I grew up playing in bands with friends. My parents would drive us (and a ton of equipment!) to wherever we were playing, which was sometimes 50 to 200 miles from home! I later did studio work and played as a solo entertainer. I also studied acting while in college, so being on stage and performing is very comfortable for me. I have extensive experience in teaching both individuals and groups with regard to several different venues, including guitar, bass guitar, acting, public speaking, songwriting and studio recording. I also provide a unique service that my students tell me is very helpful. I record instructions, or demonstrations, and email them to you - on the spot! This way you don't get home ...

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Susan C. May 11, 2014
Guitar
The Joy of Learning Music

He lights up the room when he picks up his guitar and plays! Dave draws his students in with his welcoming smile and sparkling eyes that seem to say, "I'm having so much fun here and I want you to have fun, too." His pure enjoyment ignites a spark in us. We're motivated to have that kind of fun with our music while studying hard to advance our skills and techniques and reach our personal goals.

Dave is the consummate teacher--he energizes and inspires, he is trustworthy, of impeccable character, a guitarist extraordinaire, a former counselor whose mission in life is to help others achieve success. He conducts every class with good humor and patience. He is an inventive instructor with a toolbox of unique ways students can learn skills and techniques more easily. He is an honest appraiser of our work whose positive comments encourage and motivate us. He's Dave, who knows and teaches every aspect of guitar repertoire--country, blues, gospel, pop, rock, etc. His instruction is centered on the student's music preferences and goals, and he integrates a progression of the skills and techniques we need to learn with the music we choose. Practice is welcome, as it brings us closer to playing the music we love. Dave is the teacher who opens doors to new aspects of music and encourages us to reach beyond our expectations for ourselves. It's amazing what we find beyond that horizon.

Dave is a teacher for all students. Whatever your talents and aspirations, you will achieve your goals. And along the way, you'll be the one saying, "I'm having so much fun here!"

Dave is a treasure, and taking lessons with him is a truly joyful experience!
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Henry M. December 13, 2013
Guitar
Great teacher, highly recommend

Excellent teacher - very knowledgeable with good tips on improving. Very enthusiastic and recognizes improvements that provide encouragement. Teaches at your pace and the music you want to learn. Highly recommend for all levels
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Milan D. December 11, 2013
Guitar
Verified Student
David

Would like to take the time to tell you how much I like taking lessons from David Doud. I have been taking lessons for 3 years now from teacher to teacher. The lesson's I was taking was not going directions I wanted to go. I just wanted to play guitar and make a song book up. When I called David up I explained to him what I wanted and he delivered. In a very short time I created a song book and my guitar playing getting better buy the week. January of next year I will turn 71 year old. I will continue to take lessons from David for a long time. I look forward to each weeks lesson with David because he make's lesson's so interesting and understandable and fun.I did not have that with other teachers they just made the lessons to hard and not fun. Milan
Al P. Phoenix, AZ

About Al

Al P. (Powerman 5000-Martin Sexton-Cypress Hill-Everlast-Lance Lopez-DYS) is a multi instrumentalist, educator, composer, producer, drummer-music director. Widely known as co founder-drummer for DreamWorks recording artist and multi platinum selling rock group Powerman 5000 (1990-02). His rock solid beats are deeply rooted in the long history of the art of drumming. Bio: Hailing from Pittsburgh, Pa. and educated by the prestigious Trinity College of Music, London Program (Pgh. center), Al served as external examiner teaching music theory and drums in private and ensemble settings at the U.S. center in Pittsburgh, Pa. from 1984-86 and further studies at Boston's Berklee College of Music, receiving a BM in Percussion Performance in 1992. Al is also a graduate of The Recording Workshop,

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Debbie R. April 17, 2015
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
WE LOVE OUR DRUM INSTRUCTOR! My son was an extremely high energy very distracted five year old when we started lessons with Mr. Al. Let's just say that my son is not an easy student, but our son had already developed an obsessive attachment to music, most intensely to drums. We expected someone would be able to teach him drums, but we also got someone who is patient, flexible, understanding, and always respectful and kind to our son. We see Mr. Al in his home studio, and at now at seven years old, Joey's skill has definitely progressed. In fact, his learning has a momentum that our entire family can see. But Mr. Al has given Joey so much more than just that. Joey's love of music has flourished beyond measure. Joey now tells Mr. Al that he loves him after every lesson, WOW! We have been so pleased that my seventeen year old daughter now also takes lessons with Mr. Al too. Mr. Al is the perfect instructor for us. My kids think he's cool, and we think he's just fantastic all the way around!
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RJ G May 14, 2014
One of the Best

I have studied with several instructors, and I found Al to be the best. He not only knows his craft and takes pride in it, but he has a unique way of connecting with his students.

He listens, observes, and then starts to create a curriculum that is specific to the student. He can then convey this material in a manner that is fun, easily understood, and constructive.

I would highly recommend Al as an instructor.
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Rob S. January 17, 2014
Guitar
Verified Student
MY daughter loves playing!!

I tried to teach my daughter, Rose, how to play the guitar and I couldn't get her to follow through with her lessons. Al has made the guitar fun for her. She'll play AT LEAST an hour a day now, learning songs given to her and playing warm-ups like scales.

Al also teaches music theory so Rose understands music more. Any teacher that gets a student that excited is doing something right.
Richard C. Phoenix, AZ

About Richard

I started taking piano lessons at the ripe age of 4, but I quickly found my calling on the guitar. At the age of 20, and with 13 years of playing experience, I graduated from the Roberto-Venn School of Luthiery (guitar building), after building both an acoustic and an electric guitar and receiving repair certification from Fender. I later completed my Bachelor’s Degree of Music in the field of classical guitar performance, at ASU in 2007. During this time I expanded to other instruments such as the Ukulele, Banjo, Mandolin, Dulcimer and Bass Guitar. I am involved with a number of extra musical activities that are available for you. First, I am part of a weekly jam session where my students meet and jam on a rotation with other music students in the phoenix area (drummers, singers, ...

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Allen R. April 7, 2015
Banjo · In home
Verified Student
Richard focuses on what the student wants out of the lesson, and takes steps to lead the student to a goal. His knowledge of music is excellent, and he imparts that knowledge adequately.
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Marni N. December 8, 2014
Banjo · In studio
Verified Student
Awesome teacher! I'm so glad I started lessons!
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Cristy B. February 12, 2014
Ukulele
Verified Student
Amazing Teacher

I really enjoy my lessons and look forward to them each week. I trust Richard and am happy to continue to do lessons and recommend him to others!
Merrill L. Scottsdale, AZ

About Merrill

I excel at mending breaks, achieving tonal accuracy from 'sloppy' or 'off-pitch' singers, strengthening the voice where it is weak and sweetening it where it is harsh, expanding range toward its physical possibilities, focusing the voice, bringing ease and confidence where there was strain and worry. In short, I teach students how to remove the obstacles that block us from joyfully expressing our hearts in song. Vocal studies include many years with vocal Masters - people who know how to free and enhance each individual voice at a rapid pace - and an M.A. in Voice. (See Musical Training below.) I have taken this training onto the stage and into my own teaching studio and used my experiences of what does and does not work - and what is most effective in the least amount of time - to

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Norlisa K. July 14, 2014
Singing · In studio
Merrill is excellent! She has done wonders with my voice. She works with you to bring out the best in your voice, and lesson after lesson, she teaches you not only technique, but also ways to really connect with your music and bring it to life. She uses humor--lessons are FUN! Merrill is also very personal; she doesn't have a cookie-cutter approach to teaching. Merrill gets to know you, and makes sure that she is teaching you and working on your voice, and every aspect to make it your best. She listens VERY intently to every note you sing, and helps every aspect of your voice that she can. I consider it a precious gift to have a teacher who won't let you or your voice get away with "mediocre," but patiently takes you to your best. Together you and Merrill set measurable goals, and as a student, I can say that I am defeating "vocal demons" and reaching heights that were only pipe dreams before. Thank you, Merrill, for taking my voice and music to a whole new level--and for making it so much fun in the process.
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Jere G. June 30, 2014
Country Singing · In studio
Is there any way that I could give Merrill 10 stars? If there was, I'd surely do it! I've been working with Merrill for a while, and she has helped me grow from a tentative novice to a full-fledged confident performer. With each lesson, I leave with a better understanding of my voice, and what I need to do to be the best that I can be. Thank you, Merrill!
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Wesley C. June 30, 2014
Singing · Online
I've been a full time touring singer/songwriter for years and although I get lots of praise for my voice, I've always felt it could be better. Merrill saw me perform in Los Angeles and was able to point out exactly what I thought might be lacking with my voice already. Since I've started working with Merrill via Skype (I live in Atlanta), my understanding of my own voice and what it can do has gone to a new level. I'm learning things that, I feel, will take me from being a pretty good singer who is resting on what he can get by with naturally to being a real vocalist. I'm excited to find out what my full potential is and it's with her guidance that I will get there. She's a blast to work with and nothing gets past her. If you want to improve and have fun doing it, you should get in touch with her ASAP :)
Marty T. Scottsdale, AZ

About Marty

Hi I'm Marty T. and there is nothing I love more than playing and teaching the guitar (except for my wonderful family)! I was born and bred in New York City where I learned the art of guitar playing from the finest musicians in the world. By the age of 16 I was performing in the famous Catskill Mountain hotels. Being surrounded by famous musicians and musical acts gave me the drive to continue my studies with renowned guitarist / teacher Howard Morgan. While attending the City of New York University I continued my studies with legendary guitarist Joe Monk. I also studied with Joe Ravo and Billy Bauer. By the time I graduated college, I had more musical work than I could handle so I opted to be a professional musician. In this endeavor I ended up playing every venue possible in the ...

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AllisonM April 4, 2012
Makes lessons fun and informative

Marty is really enthusiastic about teaching guitar. He is patient, willing to take the time to explain things and he wants the student to enjoy the experience of learning and playing guitar. My daughter is enjoying her guitar lessons with Marty. Thank you so much for your efforts Marty!
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CynthiaI March 23, 2012
Marty is the best!He is patient and extremely knowledgeable.He is able to break down music concepts so they are easy to understand and learn.He mixes lessons from the book with contemporary song choices (selected by you) so that you have fun learning!
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MilanD December 15, 2011
Marty

Marty is an excellent teacher. He is fun and easy to work with his approach in teaching with a new students I think is excellent. Thank you Marty for lessons we had. Milan
Mollie K. Phoenix, AZ

About Mollie

I have been a musician all my life -- started learning the piano at age 3. I am classically trained, was going to be a concert pianist, but then when I became 18, I realized that I wanted to explore other genres of music. I have played big band jazz, was in a professional original rock band and played on the stage with many famous rock musicians, have played with many different bands in almost every style of music (including hip hop), and am an accomplished studio musician as well. I love music, period. I also am a percussionist and vocal coach. I also can teach church musicians to play "outside the hymnal." (I have played in almost every kind of church, including gospel) *** Lesson Details *** I am very laid back, I use a variety of curriculums and methods, depending on what is ...

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Debbie F. January 26, 2014
Piano
Extremely talented and patient

Mollie has a gift. I can't get enough of listening to her play the piano. She is an accomplished pianist and performer. Mollie has taught children of all ages and is extremely patient and effective with them. I believe if you are wishing to grow musically, than Mollie can help you whether you are a child wishing to play the piano or an adult wishing to write music. I highly recommend Mollie as a music teacher.
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Mark C. January 25, 2014
Music Performance
Making Music Fun For Everyone!

Mollie is a great instructor with a great knowledge base. She genuinely wants everyone to enjoy music as much as she does. She cares enough to mold the lessons around her students, i.e. if one wants to learn a particular song first, then that is what happens. She makes it fun too. She is kind, patient, and very humble. She knows music, to the core and back again. It has been a real honor to have been able to study with Mollie. If you need someone who can play the entire music genre, classic piano to the latest hits on the radio, Jazz Standards to Improvisational Masterpieces, Mollie is tops.
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Carolyn E. January 25, 2014
Piano
Mollie is the one piano teacher who was able to get through to me and make it so it was easy and fun to use my left hand. I highly recommend her!

Mollie is the one piano teacher who was able to get through to me and make it so it was easy and fun to use my left hand. She is patient, and very knowledgeable. Even though I came to her as an adult, I've observed her interacting with children of different ages over the years and she always treats people with respect and dignity. Furthermore, I have known of several of her students going on to enjoy successful music careers. I highly recommend her!

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