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Learning music, especially at a young age, can have a positive impact in life. From simply playing music in the home to performing music for large audiences, the basic goal is the same: the enjoyment of being a proficient musician. I have written a bit about my experience and how I can use this to help you to become a great musician. I began studying music when I was 8 years old. My early lessons taught me not only about music but about music teaching. As a result of these experiences, I vowed to teach students music that is meaningful to them.
Moving along, in high school I played in rock bands with my friends. I can never stress how important it is to play with other people. I always encourage my students to form bands, join music groups in school, or just find a friend to jam with. Not only does this raise the level of musicality, it is a great motivational tool. After high school, I studied music at Colorado State University, where I focused on jazz performance, theory, classical performance, and double bass pedagogy. I earned a bachelor of arts in music from Colorado State University in 2000. I have been a musician for 16 years. I have played rock, pop, classical, jazz, and electronic music professionally for over 10 years. I have performed in the U.S. and Europe with many talented artists, and I have won various awards in performance and academics. Although I enjoy a busy professional career in music, I am extremely committed to teaching the young and casual learner as well as career oriented individuals. At this stage in my career, I am enthusiastic towards the education and development of talent.
My home studio is fully equipped with guitars, basses, keyboards, amps, and digital recording equipment. I am highly knowledgeable in audio and midi recording through the use of recording software. Apart from music, I have been an English teacher for eight years. I recently completely work my Master's degree in music theory. I look forward to sharing my skills and experience with you or a member of your family.
*** Lesson Details *** My lessons usually follow the following steps: Presentation of material Instruction Practice Performance In a typical lesson, we may take a look at a piece of music through an audio or video recording. After we listen and/or watch, we discuss and examine the music. For example, this could be as simple as saying, What do think about this part? It could also be more in depth - What's the time signature? Next, we focus on a specific part to learn. The student learns by watching demonstrations, making attempts at playing it, and listening to suggestions and instruction. Just as there are many ways to teach there are also many ways to learn. I try to incorporate as many different methods as possible while being mindful of different learning styles to ensure that the student is successful. Finally, when the student has become sufficiently proficient on a piece of music, we'll play it together as a team. Sometimes, I accompany a vocalist on guitar to get a pop/rock feel. For my guitar or bass students, I trade between lead and accompany roles. I may bring other accompanying instruments to the lesson for a different vibe. The idea is to have fun playing music, and I like to have fun. People often ask if I am strict or laid back. I am neither. We work hard, but we're also so focused and motivated that the time flies by before we know it. Lastly, I never ask my students to copy anyone. I encourage my them to be original. The music I give them is only a guide. The goal is to motivate them to play what is in their hearts.
*** Studio Equipment *** 12 x 12 room...equipped with all instruments: piano---Casio 88 key fully weighted, guitar, bass, amps, computers, and recording software
*** Travel Equipment *** If students do not possess the instruments they want to play, I will provide all the necessary equipment for them.
*** Specialties *** I teach rock blues, jazz, classical, and pop music.
Darina G. June 10, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Very knowledgeable and patient teacher.
Pamela M. February 28, 2015
In home Verified Student
Mark has been great! I don't fit easily into a student level because I have had some piano training before -- but not in a long time. He has picked up very quickly on my skill level and has been very good about letting me pick my own music and helping me to learn. I feel that I am progressing as fast--or eve faster--than I had hoped. I highly recommend him for piano!
Nateh September 30, 2011
Mark you are a excellent singing instructor. I could not ask for a better teacher. I want to thank you for every thing. I know this is getting me ready for bigger and beter things.
Education- Currently a music performance major at Temple University Associates in Applied Science Major- Sound Recording and Music Technology I can teach all styles from reggae, funk, jazz, rock or blues to heavy metal. I can also introduce students to recording and preparing for the studio. I am currently in TOOL tribute band and working on several recording projects. Paul Green School of Rock Music, Music Director 2001-2009 Philadelphia/Southampton, PA Produced and directed 25 concerts of varied genres of music Responsible for teaching students reading techniques, song form, sound
production and drumming fundamentals. Educated individuals and groups in an extensive variety of musical styles Instructed students ages 6-18 yrs in drum set and snare studies
St. Martin’s Catholic Elementary, Drum Instructor Feb 2000-Jan 2011 Philadelphia, PA Taught percussion ensemble Tutored intensive individual instruction Facilitated drum and snare studies Prepared students for school concerts
Lansdale Catholic School, Drum Instructor Sept 1991-June 2000 Lansdale, PA Taught marching band
*** Lesson Details *** My lessons are laid back and fun. I set short and long term goals for my students. Beginners will learn song form, basic beats, sticking patterns and proper technique as well as a focus on playing the music that is most inspiring to them. As our lessons progress we'll work on reading more advanced music, drum set technique, soloing, playing more difficult songs, music theory and learning about all the great drummers in the world! After a few months you'll be booking yourself gigs!
*** Studio Equipment *** recording gear, two drum sets, rehearsal space seating for parents
*** Travel Equipment *** I have a studio with two drumsets set up
*** Specialties *** I specialize in Rock, Funk, Prog, Reggae, Folk, and Jazz
Jesse F. October 7, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Julia W. December 3, 2013
Drum Verified Student
Tim is knowledgable, patient, and tuned in to my child's needs. He has an easygoing nature and teaches around my child's musical interests. I would highly recommend him!
Maria T. May 4, 2013
Drum Verified Student
Tim is great, he is teaching my son so much, he loves going to his lessons and learns so much from Tim, he taught him how to read music and the different types of drums and the different sounds they make, He tells everyone he is taking drum lessons. Tim answers any questions we may have and knows the drums very well, he is also very flexible and outgoing, Tirstan has lots of fun and enjoys his lessons very much. I will recommend Tim to anyone who is looking for a drum instructor.
I work with logic x. I can help you with garageband as well. Mic placement, mixing, and getting the right guitar tone are all areas I can assist you with.
I have been teaching music for 20 years. I grew up on the 2nd floor of my father's music store in Central PA and have been around music my whole life. I earned a bachelor’s degree in Music Performance from the University of the Arts where I studied jazz guitar with Pat Martino, Jimmy Bruno, Steve Giordano, and Tom Giacabetti. I was one of the original teachers during the formative years at the Paul Green School of Rock Music where I later went on to be the Music Director of the Philadelphia and Downingtown Schools. During that time, I helped many students prepare and get accepted to music
schools, ran and developed music summer camps, and organized concerts where the students performed the music of Led Zeppelin, the Beatles, and many more of rock's finest band at every major venue in Philadelphia.
I have been active in the local music scene recording and playing sold-out shows at the Electric Factory, Union Transfer, TLA, Trocadero, Johnny Brenda's and World Café Live with such acts as Work Drugs, 722, Bebek, Franzschubert, Sensi Star, Clean Equations, The Black Lodge Ensemble, Dani Mari, Ashley Phillips, and The Smash Brothers. I have played jazz at the Kimmel Center, musical theater at the Walnut Street and Arden Theaters, reggae bass at the Jersey Shore, and rocked out at CBGB's and the Filmore. I have toured throughout the east coast and as far as Shanghai and Stockholm. I bring all this range of experience to each lesson.
*** Lesson Details *** I am a very easy going and patient teacher. My objective is for a guitar, bass, uke, mandolin or banjo lesson to be both educational and fun. I do not adhere to a strict curriculum because I have found over the years that everyone learns differently. I cater my lessons to the individual goals and tastes of my students.
Whether it is a 7 year old successfully playing a D chord or teenager connecting the dots of music theory, the most satisfying experiences for me is when a student has that “ah hah” moment. I feel it is my job not only to channel creativity but also to help students develop discipline. A typical lesson will consist of learning new skills such as working on rhythm and developing a good ear but most importantly, we will do a large amount of playing.
My teaching studio is furnished with two practice amps, a small PA, and a music stand. I have several guitars both acoustic and electric, plus a bass, keyboards, and several percussion instruments around the house to play with. I really enjoy working with students to develop their own music and am equipped to record demos. I also have an extensive songbook and guitar tab library as a resource to learn songs from. I do have a cat, just to let you know, and my house very easy to get to via public transportation.
*** Specialties *** Improvisation, Classical, Jazz, Rock
Sonja R. April 6, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Nero is very laid back and friendly. Good guy, great teacher.
MarieO July 18, 2012
I had a great experience with this teacher. He was patient and incorporated my musical taste into the lessons. I've learned so much working with Nero!
JoanB May 16, 2012
I recently started playing mandolin on my own - and decided to take lessons to make sure that my technique was correct. -- All I can say is that Nero is the best music teacher I have ever had - not to mention, a gifted musician. He makes learning fun, and his approach and patience allows you to easily pick up new techniques and skills. I hope to take lessons with Nero for a long time!!!!
Learn what's involved in taking music from the instrument to the sound system. We'll cover everything from recording and mixing principles to signal flow concepts. You'll be fluent with your favorite digital audio workstation in no time!
My experience as a musician began 25 years ago with piano lessons at the Haddonfield School of Performing Arts, and continued as I studied music production and engineering at Berklee College of Music. Now I teach others with lessons in instrument technique, music theory, and the recording arts. It's hard for me to overstate how much I love music, and I do my best to impart that feeling to my students.
In fact, I think it's crucial that everyone have some level of music education, however small. Why? Music has an enormous impact on our lives, whether we realize it or not. From emotional movi
e scores to sound design in video games to applications in therapy, music is everywhere. It's as fascinating to study as it is beautiful to listen to.
Every new student has the opportunity to learn and grow, and I truly look forward to guiding you along your journey!
Note: I do not currently offer lessons to students living in Pennsylvania. My apologies for any inconvenience.
Andre H. October 10, 2015
In home Verified Student
Philip did an excellent job of evaluating where my skills were and implementing lessons that could help me grow. He is an excellent teacher!
Sean September 20, 2015
To say Phil is a well-rounded textbook example of artistic and education integrity is an understatement. I have known Phil for many years as a colleague and friend. As an educator I have found myself employing his teaching methods and I have seen very positive outcomes as a result. Without reservation, I would recommend his premier services to anyone
Taylor September 20, 2015
My instructor Mr. Phil is a very good teacher because he is patient during my lessons. He takes the time to make sure that I fully understand what he's teaching me.
Overview of home recording techniques, mic placement, guitar choice, gear choice, setting up a harmonious home work space.
Born in raised on the south side of Chicago Illinois, I grew up listening to A LOT of great Chicago blues guitarists. After receiving my first acoustic guitar I quickly gravitated towards learning to play blues and blues rock guitar at the age of 13. As my hunger for knowledge grew, I began learning and studying other genres of music through private lessons and lesson videos in the styles of Progressive Rock, Shred, Funk, Fusion and Jazz. Music was a way for me to find structure, discipline, self worth and personal expression outside of the confines of the 9-5 work life. Through that I grew as
a person and a musician. My sole reason for teaching is to help others find that passion and those qualities within themselves to live a beautiful and fulfilling life through his/her instrument.
Lead Guitarist for:
-"The Voice" Country Star, Audra McLaughlin
-Hip-Hop recording artist, Drew Smith
-Italian pop singer, Giada J.
-Rock band, The RAKNOSS
Guest Lecturer at University of Akron, OH "Pentatonic Scales the Western Integration"
Featured online instructor via Ibanez Guitars USA
Author and teacher of online lesson videos. "S. Shred Tips"
Guitarist for multiple projects in the Chicagoland area for over 7 years
12 years of Guitar repair and modification experience
Extensive knowledge of guitar effects and applications
2009-2013 Harmony and Theory at Rumoro Academy of Jazz Guitar in Chicago, IL
2004-2008 Experimental Sound/Production The School of the Art Institute Chicago
*** Lesson Details *** Students should expect a relaxing learning environment that is cultivated to bring the fundamentals of guitar playing to the student and promote individuality in the player through a meditation of self-awareness while using the vehicle of Guitar. Lesson are taught out of my home studio space located in the East Falls/Manayunk Philadelphia!
Lessons are structured around: Finger exercises, Chord building, Strumming patterns, Scales, Arpeggios, Harmony studies and Improvisational chop building.
Some lesson materials referenced are:
The Real Book 6th Edition Jazz Standards 30 hour Guitar workout Steve Vai The Music Lesson Victor Wooten
after just 3-6 short months, students will see an increase in comfortability with the notes on the fret board, basic chord progressions and single note soloing!
*** Studio Equipment *** iMac i7 Mavericks
*** Travel Equipment *** student only needs guitar
I have amps
*** Specialties *** Rock, Blues, Country and Jazz approaches to guitar as well as home recording practices
Shawn C. September 14, 2015
Acoustic Guitar ·
Online Verified Student
Just wrapped up 5 lessons with Ryan S. He is very easy going and patient with any questions you have. Definitely feels like he takes you the long way around so that you end up with a more thorough understanding of the guitar and how to use it as efficiently as possible. I've been strumming this guitar for about 8 years and am learning a lot of things that I never even knew existed. Great teacher. Highly recommended.
Brett H. August 11, 2015
Acoustic Guitar ·
In studio Verified Student
Ryan gears lessons to my ability to learn. His encouragement and enthusiasm for teaching, is about music and not limited the guitar. I have learned more in 6 lessons than I have in the last 6 months.
jiasheng Zhu July 27, 2015
Acoustic Guitar ·
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