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Kyle K. Cleveland, OH

Learn how music works! Keys, scales, modes, chords, etc.

I'll show you how to get specific feels, moods and emotions.

We start basic and go from there until you have a real working knowledge that can be used with any instrument or style of play.

About Kyle

I love music! To me, it's a way of life. From listening to playing to writing and of course teaching. I grew up with music at school and home. My dad was a piano player and teacher so music has been a part of my life since day one and I want to share what I have learned. Everyone has a unique musical talent and I enjoy helping them find it. I believe that anyone can be an excellent musician. Playing an instrument should be a fun and creative adventure. Whether it's strumming at home, playing out in the clubs, or writing the next big hit, I will do my best to get you there! My musical life began when I was in 5th grade and my dad bought me a saxophone, which I played for over 10 years. I quickly learned how fast I could improve if I simply kept playing. When I hit my teen ...

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Ryan B. September 24, 2014
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Kyle is a fantastic guitar teacher! He takes the time to show you how to play guitar with good fundamentals, and teaches you a little bit of music theory along the way without making it complicated. I tried learning on my own using online TABs and Youtube videos and a game called Rocksmith. This was a good start, but eventually I hit a wall and wasn’t really progressing. Kyle has really helped me develop my skills. We went over all the basics like how to hold a pick, how to hold the guitar, how to play single notes vs. chords, palm muting and alternate picking. I was missing all of this technique before and I was actually making playing the guitar more difficult than it needed to be! Kyle explained it all in a very easy to understand way and gives you as much detail as you need. I like lots of detail, so we went over everything! He knows a lot of little tips and tricks from playing as long as he has and this is the kind of priceless information you can't get elsewhere. He's very easy to talk to and has a breadth of knowledge on all kinds of music. We normally geek out about anything from Jimi Hendrix to 90’s music to more modern music and everything in between. I can’t say enough about how knowledgeable he is – highly recommended!
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Nicholle M. February 7, 2014
Guitar
AWESOME INSTRUCTOR!

Kyle is always friendly, patient and his enthusiasm for music is contagious. He does a fantastic job of keeping lessons fresh and fun. He has an extensive knowledge of musical theory and does a wonderful job of explaining it in terms that I am able to understand. I highly recommend Kyle as an instructor to anyone interested in learning and having fun.
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Paul M. January 13, 2014
Guitar
Great teacher!

I have been receiving lessons from Kyle for several months now and I am very impressed with his musical knowledge and his professionalism. Under his instruction, I have made gray progress on the guitar and my understanding of musical theory. Kyle is a very friendly and patient teacher as well. Highly recommended!
Udell H. Cleveland, OH

Theory is a very important part in learning to play and sing. I teach the meaning of notes, the types of notes, and how to read notes. I teach the meaning and purpose of the music, staff, timing,accidentals, phrases, and all other fundamentals of theory.
My method of teaching makes it fun and easy to learn.

About Udell

I have love and a great passion for music. I have been a musician for over 30 years, I have been a private instructor in piano, organ and voice for 10 years. I have trained and arranged music for several choirs and musicians. I have been music administrator for the church I attend for 12 years. I have instructed children's music classes at The Cleveland Clinic Children's Rehabilitation Hospital. I have toured with choirs, soloist, and musicians in the United States and Canada. I play for weddings and am currently on staff as a musician at a Funeral Home. I am a graduate of Evans Academy of Music in Buffalo, New York. I have studied music at Cuyahoga Community College. *** Lesson Details *** I have great patience in teaching. The piano and organ lessons start with music theory ...

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Drusilla K. October 10, 2014
Verified Student
Very good instructor. Has really enhanced my ability to play as well as my music ministry.
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Nakia H. May 14, 2014
Verified Student
Melody

Great teacher!!
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Yolanda P. February 12, 2014
Piano
Verified Student
Very good experence

Udell iis very pleasant and very uplifting in teaching my son. He present a comfortabe environment. He communicate to me the parent of lesson plans and lesson progress. Udell and my son conected very well. Very please with Udell.
Daniel C. Cleveland, OH

BA in Music Theory and Composition from Antioch College.

About Daniel

I am recent graduate of Music Composition and Theory from Antioch College, and I am a veteran of many bands, having performed in some of the largest venues around the country. I favor a 'learning through experience' instruction style where my students can gain an in-depth understanding of music through the practice of their instrument. My students will quickly and simply learn the essentials of music theory, an understanding of what musical concepts are right for each situation and why, and the ability to compose and improvise musically while they are gaining the technical abilities and skills to flawlessly perform on their instrument. *** Lesson Details *** My students will learn about scale, harmony, and its correct application. I will instruct them to quickly grasp the lay-out of ...

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TinaB1 June 26, 2012
Very Happy

I'm very happy with my teacher. I feel very comfortable trying to learn something that is new to me and Daniel always answers all of my questions.
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BernieA January 9, 2012
Instructor is very good and easy to work with. I seem to be making progress (slowly).However, I found an "app" called ultimate guitar chords that give fingering for all notes and lets you hear alternate (simpler) fingering to test how it would sound.Depending on how that comes out will may change my plans to continue with lessons after the first four.
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SteveW2 June 23, 2011
great teacher

Daniel is a great teacher. He takes his time and makes the lessons easy to understand.
George F. H. Cleveland, OH

*** Lesson Details ***
My teaching method is very practical and customized to every individual. I do not believe that you can use the same style with every student because everyone learns differently.

Although I teach music theory alone, it is usually related to a given instrument (piano, voice, guitar, etc) that the student is interested in exploring. Whatever the case, I gather where the student is at currently and go from there, starting from total beginner to advanced chord and extended scale study. Sometimes a guitar player, for example, will want something very specific, such as composing a melodic guitar solo over a given chord progression. A vocalist may want to learn how to harmonize with themselves in key. I strongly emphasize teaching theory, and then applying.

I tend to cut a lot of the 'fat' out of the typical theory study and go right to what the student will need for their given goal.

Some theory topics:
Keys, and key building
Scales
Modes
Transposing

About George F.

I've been playing and singing music professionally for about 20 years. As a family man and father of two, I also I earn my living and support my family with music. I have a very student-driven teaching style, work with students of all ages, with focus on helping the student achieve his or her individual goals, small or large. I try to keep the lessons fun but focused at the same time. I bring a balanced and personalized teaching style to my lessons, based on a well rounded education and wide range of real-world life experience. I have a B.A. in Liberal Arts and have performance experience on many different fronts, from local rock cover bands to Top 40, from acoustic soloist to fronting a nationally touring Metallica tribute. I come from a musical family - my father is also a pro

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Sidd A. March 26, 2015
Classical Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Very knowledgable, easy to establish rapport, and great teacher with great resources.
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Dave C. February 22, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
I really enjoy taking singing and guitar lessons from George. He always makes me feel comfortable and the lessons are always interesting and informative.

I am a 61 year old guy that just wants to have fun playing and singing with other people and during our lesson George makes me feel like I am singing and playing with a friend. I started out with a 45 minute lesson but increased it to an hour so that I could record a video of a summary of my lesson on my cell phone.

It is very easy to schedule a lesson with George. I have an appointment every 2 weeks at the same time and day of the week. I leave each lesson with a lesson plan so that I can practice the technique before my next lesson.
I highly recommend George.
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Eric A. December 5, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
I've been a guitar player for many years, but was never confident enough to sing to myself, let alone in front of friends and never in public.

I found George here at "Take Lessons" and had the objective of becoming competent enough to be able to sing in front of friends and family, this was not a quest for stardom.

After 4 or 5 sessions with George he has certainly assured me that I can carry a tune, and we are working on expanding the range as I develop confidence that I really can do this. Even now, he tells me, I could hold my own at an open mike night, Even though that is not what I am looking for, he is a great confidence builder and is willing to tailor the lessons to the areas of interest to me.

He provides an environment where it is safe to expose your weaknesses. He provides the safety net to not be embarrassed, and the instruction and encouragement needed to polish the rough spots into something that is really quite comfortable.

We have a ways to go, however, George has already provided a great boost for my confidence, and I'm satisfied that he is going to lead me to a much broader range of material that I can confidently perform in front of even strangers.
Alex B. Lakewood, OH

I hold a degree from Baldwin-Wallace College in Music Education, and can teach beginning theory through advanced.

About Alex

I have a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from internationally recognized Baldwin-Wallace College. I have been playing and touring professionally for 9 years now with a band called Ward 9, and 4 years with a band called Dan Miraldi & The Albino Winos. I currently produce and run my own recording studio, and offer lessons as well. I am certified to teach all ages, any instrument, but focus mainly on bass, guitar, piano and vocals. *** Lesson Details *** When taking lessons with me, students can expect to move just a little faster than their perceived pace. I say this because students feel like they can accomplish A, but I know they are capable of more! They can expect to be held accountable to correct technique and gain a fundamental base of music theory as well. If they put ...

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Chris W. August 7, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
What a great experience!!! I'm a mid-thirties male with zero performance background of any kind. I can't say enough about my experience. Alex is full of information and he's able to explain the fundamentals in an easy to understand way. I was nervous going into the session, I've never sang in front of anyone, by the time the session ended I was ready for my next one. I would highly recommend Alex to anyone looking for music lessons. I couldn't imagine a better first experience.
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Bill L. May 30, 2014
Bass Guitar · In home
Verified Student
What a fantastic find! Alex has been instructing my 2 sons (middle school and high school age) for the past year in our home once a week. We divided the hour lesson to cover bass guitar for one and guitar for the other. I can't say enough about Alex. He is professional, knowledgeable, friendly and has really pushed the boys to a new skill level. His academic and performance background enhance what he brings to each lesson, not to mention the fact that he's a genuinely nice guy and very flexible in working around our family's hectic schedule. The boys look forward to each lesson and I'm impressed with the advancement in their guitar playing. I highly recommend Alex!
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Brittany F. May 29, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Alex is an amazing person and an awesome singing coach. I came to him with absolutely no experience at all had a wonderful time learning the basics and experimenting in the studio for the first time. He is very easy going and made me feel comfortable. Without Alex's help I wouldn't have been able to come out of my shell enough to continue my lessons.

I definitely recommend Alex if you are in the Cleveland are and are looking for a great singing coach!
Matthew H. Cleveland, OH

I can teach beginner, intermediate and advanced classical and jazz theory. I cover topics such as key signatures, circle of fourths, heptatonic, octatonic and chromatic scales, modes of major, melodic minor and harmonic minor, diatonic transposition, triads, seventh chords, chord progressions, etc.

About Matthew

Dear Parents and Students, May I be a personal tutor for you or your child? I have been successfully tutoring for over 12 years. I have some glowing letters of recommendation, and among the highest ratings in this region. I graduated with honors, Summa Cum Laude from Case Western Reserve University, where I made the Dean's List. I also earned a Provost Academic Scholarship for my excellent test scores, including 34 in ACT mathematics and 780 in SAT mathematics. In addition to teaching for Cleveland schools, I currently teach 20 private sessions each week, 1st through 12th grade, as well as college students and business professionals. I have also served on the faculty at Cuyahoga Community College. I am patient, friendly and many students tell me that I explain concepts more ...

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Lyn D. March 3, 2015
Saxophone · In home
Verified Student
We switched my son from clarinet to saxophone in the middle of the school year and hired Matt to help get him caught up with his bandmates. Matt relates very well to an 11 year-old boy, and although he was serious and got to work immediately, he put Josh at ease from the start. I was initially worried that a 90 minute lesson would push the limits of my son's endurance, but he has really enjoyed the sessions, and the longer time has been very beneficial. Overall a 100% positive experience
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Fran R. August 12, 2014
LSAT · Online
Verified Student
Exc dialog/connect that Matt picked up on fairly quickly. He became familiar with my learning style; I became familiar with his teaching style. A win-win for both!
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Matthew H. July 17, 2014
Basic Math · In home
I would like to start off by saying, I was very nervous about hiring a tutor for my first grader! I wasn't sure about the dynamics of my daughter with someone she didn't know in our home working on "school stuff" that was already a topic of anxiety. But all that went out the window when we met Matt! My husband and I sat at the table with Matt and my daughter and presented her strengths and weaknesses. Matt jumped RIGHT IN and picked up on exactly what she needed help with within minutes. He kept it fun and exciting for her, even when she started to get tired. He used a calm voice and steady lessons to keep her engaged and LEARNING. Matt came right down to a first graders level and used simple words and instruction. After only two hours and the end of our session, she was mocking Matt's instruction and repeating numbers and sequences to her dad and I with confidence! Matt continued to encourage her through out the lesson and kept thing light and humorous. Evee was laughing and smiling with him from the first moment. My daughter is quite shy around strangers and by the time Matt left, out daughter not only shook his hand, but gave him a giant hug and asked me when he was coming back again. Matt is an amazing tutor and I would very HIGHLY recommend him to any parent looking for the extra help. He was energetic and made learning fun for my daughter. After only two hours, she had A LOT more confidence about Math and numbers and coins. Without any hesitation, I would tell any parent to not be nervous about hiring a tutor, and to feel assured and relaxed to hire Matt. There is not a single thing I would critique about his lesson or his ability to work with a 7 year old. He got right down to work and didn't waste a single moment of time. His lessons were full and easy-going and targeted our specific area of need. My husband and I absolutely loved working with Matt, he was an absolute pleasure. I would highly recommend him to any one! Thank you Matt and WyzAnt for putting our fears at ease and helping my daughter get up to par! Confidence in school work for my daughter is PRICELESS to me and I have Matt and WyzAnt to thank for taking a lot of the fear and panic out of getting there ourselves. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Karla D. - Cleveland, OH

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