Don grew up in Indianapolis, and began his musical interest in church as a 9 year old. "Most everyone sang the melody during the song service, and I wanted to be different. So I started picking out parts to sing by ear." His first formal music began in the fifth grade when he took up the trumpet. From there he became involved in band and choir in high school and went on to major in music at Tennessee Temple College in Chattanooga. Later he earned a master's degree in music from Butler University, and studied voice and choral conducting at Pensacola Christian College for 2 summers. He has traveled across most of the eastern United States as part of a college ensemble from 3 different colleges. He has performed in and directed numerous church musicals as well as performing in 2 ...
Holding a PHD in music composition/theory and music history I have a vast knowledge in the subject. My education enables me to teach anything from the most basic concepts in theory to the most advanced, which one would encounter in graduate studies. I have five years of experience of teaching theory and composition at the university level and have taught at both the undergraduate and graduate level. Whether you would like to master your theory and history classes, prepare for entrance exams, or simply learn how to compose, notate, orchestrate or arrange music - I will competently advise and tutor you. Besides my musical education, I am a native speaker of German and have taken several German classes during my university studies in the United States, which not only makes me a highly ...
I offer assistance in basic songwriting, notation, publishing and copyrighting. Lessons can be utilized on their own or in combination with vocal and piano lessons.
I am an ERYT200 Yoga Instructor, A.A.S. Vocal Performance, singer, songwriter, producer, entertainer, writer and visual artist. I have spent the past ten plus years teaching ages three to seventy-five and am comfortable with all demographics and ages. I have spent the past ten years immersed in very different communities and demographics nationwide. I thrive on sharing self-empowerment and inspiring creativity passion and life within others. I have recorded and co-produced five albums and have self-produced four music videos. When not touring and recording, I am teaching yoga, building costume designs and producing music videos. I also specialize in dance, movement and creativity as a tool for trauma relief.
Listen. My lessons are NOT for everyone! Even though I've coached some top professionals over the years in songwriting and artist development - the coaching style I've developed works THE BEST with beginner and intermediate musicians.
My goal is simple...help YOU achieve YOURS!
WE start were YOU are!
WE use practical, proven strategies that I've used for 18.5 years to get YOU the RESULTS you are TRULY after!
You are NOT just a "student"..
YOU are an artist - RIGHT NOW!
IN THIS MOMENT!
I'm Jake. Let me start by saying that I have been a music coach for over 18 years, and have had the privilege of guiding, to date, 1,422 clients to overcome their fears and truly succeed in their musical dreams. There are few things that I enjoy more than connecting with others and helping them to recognize their potential...then growing into it. Maybe you've never sang a note or even touched a guitar - or maybe you've been at it for awhile and are just unsure as to how you can improve upon your existing skills... Wherever YOU are... I'm here for YOU! This isn't my job - this is my PASSION THIS is what I care about. THIS is what I do. THIS is who I am. Helping YOU to see what's been locked away inside of you... Your. Creative. Expression
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