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Alex M.

Saint Paul, MN

About Alex

Hey, my name is Alex. I'm a multi-instrumentalist (guitar, bass, keyboards, voice, drums, flute, etc.), composer, performer, recording artist, arranger/orchestrator/transcriber, recording engineer/producer & music educator.

I graduated from the University of St. Thomas "Cum Laude" in 2011 with a Bachelor's Degree in Guitar Performance, with minors in Music Production & Composition. While attending St. Thomas I served as the Music Theory tutor, as well as the live sound/stage/light/recording technician for student & faculty recitals.

I have been playing professionally & teaching for over
a decade. My passion for music is something that I love to share with anyone else who feels inclined to make music. My goal is to share the skills & knowledge I've acquired throughout my experiences with those willing to learn & dedicate themselves to the craft of making music.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am experienced in most major genres of music: classical, jazz, blues, rock, funk, folk, metal, acoustic fingerstyle/slap, instrumental rock, "shred," pop, world music, electronica, etc. & feel comfortable conveying the techniques, approaches & idioms to a student by breaking them down into digestible components, while making these new ideas relatable to material they are already familiar with.

In the end, I want the student to learn what they're most interested in learning. I'm here to answer any questions they may have & with my vast experience, I feel confident that I will be able to either answer these questions or point them in the right direction. Some topics covered:

Scales/modes
Ear training
Guitar-specific techniques (ie bending, tapping, sweep picking, etc.)
Songwriting & Composition
Arranging & Orchestrating
Sight-reading
Improvisation
Chordal theory & how to read charts
Practice routines & approaches
Guitar maintenance
Guitar-based gear (guitars, amplifiers, effects, picks, slides, capos, etc.)

The student will learn at the pace they set for themselves & can only get out of it the amount of time they put into it. I expect my students to practice on a regular basis (however brief each session may be). Consistency is key for progress to be made, & if they hold up their end of the bargain, the payoffs will be quite substantial!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Practice amplifier, tuner, music stand(s), guitar picks & cables.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide guitar neck paper. I expect the students to have their own instrument & any materials they may need to achieve the goals they've set for themselves (such as a weekly notebook).

*** Specialties ***
Progressive rock, classic rock, blues, jazz, funk, disco, classical, acoustic fingerstyle/slap, flamenco guitar; music theory, sight-reading, composition, songwriting, film scoring, music production.
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Brianna B. August 28, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
My daughter really enjoyed her lesson and felt like she had some new techniques that will really help her going forward. She is excited to see what comes next!
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Brooke B. August 28, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
My daughter loved the lesson and is excited to continue. Her comment was, "finally someone who understands me!"
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jack H. May 28, 2015
Voice Acting · In home
Verified Student
Alex has been great - connecting up with my interests and helping me develop the basics.
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Alex M.

Alex M.

Saint Paul, MN 55117
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starting at
$20 / 30-min
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Dr. Huei-Mei (May) J.

Saint Paul, MN

About Dr. Huei-Mei (May)

Hi, my name is Huei-Mei but you can call me May. I have played the flute since I was 10, and speak English (and Chinese!) fluently. I offer a flute teaching studio in the Twin Cities with individual students from all levels, beginner to advanced. In general, some lesson topics include:

Why an excellent tone matters
How to accurately interpret music​
How to improve technique (e.g. fingering, vibrato, tonguing, ) ​
Why your breathing may be wrong, and tools for improvement

I also teach flute master classes in North Dakota and Minnesota, including the Minnesota Al
l State Band and International Music Camp. I am an active member of the Upper Midwest Flute Association, National Flute Association, Minnesota Music Educators Association, and Marcel Moyse Society.

I completed my Doctorate of Music at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities campus and my Masters in Music at the University of Miami, Frost School of Music.
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Sophie June 2, 2015
Flute · In home
Verified Student
Huei-Mei is a wonderful instructor. She was able to immediately spark a real interest in the flute for my daughter. She is patient and gave my daughter great tools so that she feels like she made great progress only after one lesson. We are looking forward to the next one!
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Dr. Huei-Mei (May) J.

Dr. Huei-Mei (May) J.

Saint Paul, MN 55113
(1)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Mary S.

Minneapolis, MN

About Mary

I began taking piano lessons on a whim in middle school, but it didn't take long before I realized I was completely in love with music. I enjoy playing and teaching many types of music, from classical to rock to hymns and church music. I learned to play by ear at the same time I learned to sight read, and both approaches have helped me to learn and enjoy the music I play.

I graduated in December 2010 with a BA in Music Performance from North Central University, here in the Twin Cities. I have been teaching piano lessons for the last 6 years, as well as directing a children's choir. Watch
ing other people learn to play music is one of the greatest rewards I've received.

*** Lesson Details ***
I believe music has incredible educational value, but I also believe that it should be enjoyable. Every music student is different and has a different purpose for wanting to learn music, and I enjoy working with students to help them achieve their goals.

Being a well-rounded musician has not only helped me in my music career, but it has helped me experience and enjoy many different kinds of music. I expect students to play different types of music with a main focus on one genre. If you want to learn to play classical music only, I teach sightreading, technical skills, and with a little time and practice you or your child can be playing some of the simpler masterworks by the end of the first year. But I also encourage classical pianist to try out a rock song or improvisation.

The same goes for those who are only interested in learning how to play rock music or church music. Being able to sightread is invaluable to a musician, and after a few lessons on chords and ear-training, I like to introduce basic sight-reading.

Developing a love for the instrument you play is just as important as developing the technical skills to play it. I do my best as a teacher to learn what it is that students enjoy most about playing and incorporate that into lessons.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Fellowship Hall - Baby Grand or Sanctuary w/ Grand; seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide sheet music samples for student to choose from (when applicable) and listening examples from pieces. I expect students to provide the piano, bench, and personal music books.

*** Specialties ***
I can play and teach in a variety of genres, from classical to pop to church music. I teach students to sight-read, and I can also teach students to play off a chord chart or by ear if these are things that student expresses an interest in.

I've found that the method books available to piano students are thorough and effective, especially for beginning students of elementary age. I've used different books, including Faber & Faber, Alfred, and Hal Leonard. All of these have strengths and weaknesses, and I like to pick the method depending on the personality of the student.

Depending on the student, I've incorporated ideas from different methods (Dalcroze, Orff, etc.) as aids in teaching rhythm and musical interpretation. However these methods are usually a curriculum in themselves, and I've never been trained in any particular one.
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Angela F. April 2, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Mary is a stellar piano teacher. She is so creative in her techniques in helping kids to learn and enjoy playing music. She makes playing piano fun for my son-he even asks if he can practice! I work in the early childhood education field and am so impressed with Mary's skills working with my 6 year. She is a natural!

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Jen W. December 2, 2013
Piano
Verified Student
Mary is EXCELLENT

Mary has been teaching my daughter Ava piano for the past year and a half. Ava loves lessons every week and practices without being asked. Mary is supportive while still challenging Ava. Highly recommend Mary!
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Donald L. May 3, 2013
Piano
Verified Student
A gifted teacher for teaching Piano Lessons

Mary has inspired my daughter Joanne to want to play piano. She has a way of balancing what the kids like to play and what the parents want in a music lesson for their kids. Joanne has not lost interest like we thought she might, but has wanted to Accelerate learning piano. She gets them playing music right away and then little by little explains more and more about music itself. It is an all-around winning strategy, especially when teaching kids.
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Mary S.

Mary S.

Circle Pines, MN 55014
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starting at
$22 / 30-min
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Jessica Y.

Minneapolis, MN

About Jessica

Over the course of my music career, I've worn a lot of different hats including: member of the Board of Admissions for Berklee College of Music, singer/songwriter independently releasing 2 albums of original music, touring artists performing around the country, monthly singer/songwriter series host in both Chicago and Boston, band leader with many different musicians, and music teacher of the internationally acclaimed early childhood program, Music Together, in both Chicago and the Twin Cities.

My music training began when I was a young girl in church choir in Memphis, TN. Since then, I've
had the opportunity to study in a lot of different ways including guitar lessons at the age of 10, classical training on flute throughout high school and a year at UMass Amherst, coursework in ear training, harmony and guitar at Berklee College of music, guitar lessons at the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago, and Music Education courses at Concordia St. Paul.

All of these experiences have exposed me to a variety of skill levels and forms of musical expression – working with people from infancy through adulthood. I love exposing people to new styles and sounds and helping to make singing and playing guitar an accessible form of expression in daily life.

*** Lesson Details ***
Having spent the last 4 years working with children and families, I have a special place in my heart and a knack for lesson planning for family music. So, if you are a parent hoping to make music with your children, I'm your teacher! And, if you are the parent of a budding musician who's ready to try an instrument, I can help with that, too!

Having spent the last 7 years as a professional singer/songwriter, I have a special place in my heart and a knack for lesson planning for singer/songwriters! So, if you're a budding songwriter looking for gentle feedback or constructive criticism on your songs, I can help! Or, if you're interested in contemporary singer/songwriter music, I can help you expand your repertoire.

I was taught to play guitar and sing at the same time, so I will always encourage that in my students. However, if you are looking for help with basic note or tab reading and want to get some scale patterns in your fingers for soloing, I can get you started on that path as well. I am best suited for work with very beginners (from choosing an instrument and strumming your first chords) to intermediate players (who already know a few chords and are looking to expand their repertoire).

Guitar is a great social instrument in that it is portable, affordable and can easily be incorporated into events like family cookouts, campfires and holiday get together. My goal is to help you make music a regular part of your daily life and I look forward to hearing your goals!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Our studio is a separate room in our house. We have a, keyboard and various percussion and stringed instruments for instruction and gigging that we may occasionally incorporate into lessons. We also have seating for parents.

*** Specialties ***
I have been trained and registered Music Together Teacher for early childhood music education. As a guitarist, I specialize in folk music and songwriting.
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Don Collyard August 18, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
First lesson was great...looking forward to the next one.

Jessica is incredibly cheerful, genuinely encouraging...all is good!
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Katelyn H. May 14, 2014
Acoustic Guitar
Verified Student
Adult Beginner Loving My Lessons!

I picked up the guitar a couple of months ago and have been taking lessons with Jess since I started playing. She tailors the lessons to what I want to learn, so I'm very motivated to practice and play. I picked up the guitar for fun, and Jess has helped make it so enjoyable. As a beginner, I really appreciate her patience and encouragement. She has a really laid back, comfortable style, and I always look forward to my lessons. I've improved a ton taking lessons from her!
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John R. February 17, 2013
Guitar
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Jessica teaches our two boys ages 7 and 11 together. They have now had four lessons with her and they look forward to going each week. In a matter of weeks she has them learning songs they love, like Bon Jovi's Living On a Prayer.

She is always prepared for lessons, keeps it fun for the boys and motivates them to keep working by setting good goals and sending them Utube videos to play along with her.

We drive 20 miles to do lessons with her and its worth every mile. She really is the best!
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Jessica Y.

Jessica Y.

Minneapolis, MN 55413
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starting at
$20 / 30-min
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Aaron T.

Saint Paul, MN

About Aaron

I am extremely passionate about music, and even more so passionate about helping others. To combine the two through providing musical instruction is something I have always enjoyed doing.

I have been playing guitar and drums for over a decade and teaching for about half of that time. I have a Bachelor of Music in Contemporary, Urban, and Pop Music with guitar as my primary instrument and drums as my secondary. I obtained my degree from Columbia College Chicago. While in school, I also spent much of my time studying songwriting and music production. I have played and toured with many differe
nt bands with music from a variety of styles and genres, and have spent vast amounts of time in the studio recording and producing myself and various other artists.

In terms of teaching lessons, I realize that all students have individual ways of learning and have their own goals in mind in relation to their musical ability. I desire to provide lessons that allow students to reach those goals in the most enjoyable and effective way possible. 
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andy B. November 24, 2014
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Aaron has been an excellent teacher for my 9 year old son.
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Aaron T.

Aaron T.

Saint Paul, MN 55112
(1)
starting at
$25 / 30-min

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