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Richard D.

Saint Louis, MO

About Richard

Music is my life. Since the age of 16, I have studied the guitar extensively. During my high-school years I was involved in band, marching band, choir, and independent music theory. I started my first band when I was 19 in the U.S. Army, and my life has never been the same since. I played music professionally in local bands while attending UMSL and have been teaching guitar and musical performance to many students privately for the last 7 years while developing and exploring my own musical goals. Recently I have written, produced, and performed on 5 original music albums, toured from St L
ouis to Texas and Colorado, and have learned many things about humanity and our culture's relationship to music. Those who share a passion for music form an extraordinary community. Come take the first step toward your potential...

*** Lesson Details ***
My students can expect professional, expert advise from a working performance artist. One of my main philosophies is a focus on fun. If music is fun, then students will practice more - which leads to accelerating returns. My students can expect lessons tailored to their specific goals. First I will discuss with the student musical influences and genre preferences, then I will assess the student's current abilities and we will begin designing a weekly regimen of practice and study. As a product of the Internet generation, I recommend using all the tools available to my students including the Internet to further their goals. My students will also learn to perform with other musicians, so we will typically have a segment of each lesson dedicated to jam time. Whether my students aspire to be professional performance artists, impress their love interests, or just rock out in their bedrooms, I work with my students so that they can do exactly that.

*** Studio Equipment ***
one bedroom apt...hardwood floor...central room for studio...music stands, room parents to sit, chairs...

*** Travel Equipment ***
I bring a music stand, an acoustic guitar, my handout literature, and any other equipment (mic, stand, vocal amp, electric guitar, guitar amp) based on what my students want to learn. I expect my students to own whatever instruments they want to learn.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in teaching acoustic and electric guitar and stage performance. I teach using handouts that I customize for students and have lessons made up around different concepts such as - learning to identify what key a song is in - how to use 3 chord combinations - learning scales and when to use them - these type of things. I usually teach based on how I learned, which includes - using the Internet to learn songs - how to figure out how a particular song is played - getting into good practice habits - etc. My genres of specialty are Blues, Rock/Classic Rock/Southern Rock, and Acoustic Singer/Songwriter. What I like to do is ask a student what kind of music or songs they would like to learn, then build them up to the level they need to be to play those songs or that style of interest.
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Susan W. February 7, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
This was my first lesson ever! Richard was very professional, knowledgeable yet patient and kind!! He made this a great experience for me. I felt as if I were part of something...not just a first time student. Can't wait til the next lesson!
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Tracy B. February 2, 2016
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Very knowledgeable, encouraging, and let's you learn at your own pace.
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Noresheca M. October 5, 2014
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
My 16 year old son has been taking guitar lesson with Richard D. for a few months now. First I must say Richard is a extremely nice person. My son think he is a cool guy and looks up to him. My son never played the guitar prior to lesson with Richard, now I can actually hear a song when my son play his guitar. Thank you Richard::::
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Richard D.

Saint Louis, MO 63104
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Ryan B.

Saint Louis, MO

About Ryan

I am a Music major currently attending UMSL studying composition and performance. I have finished an Associates in Music from STLCC, and have been giving private lessons since 2012. I have performed in multiple STL groups and have performed at many popular venues including Blueberry Hill, Roberts Orpheum Theatre, Off Broadway, The Broadway Oyster Bar, and The Gramophone to name a few. I perform a wide range of styles including Jazz, Classical, Rock, Funk, Reggae, Blues, and Progressive music. I have performed in Concert/Jazz choir, as well as Jazz band at both High school and Collegiate levels
. I give students a mix of formal and informal training that involves studies with proper technique and sight-reading along with a curriculum that focuses on the students preferences in musical taste, songs, and style!
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Zach April 21, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
I've had a great experience with Ryan. In 5 sessions he has greatly improved my singing abilities. He's taught me some old blues music as well as some modern rock, so he can apply his lessons to a wide variety of genres. A great teacher for people of all ages.
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Serenity P. April 19, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Had a great lesson with my young daughter
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Autumn K. April 13, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
He is awesome
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Ryan B.

Saint Louis, MO 63111
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Stephen H.

Saint Louis, MO

About Stephen

I earned my bachelor's degree in music with emphasis in jazz performance in drums from Webster University in 2014.
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Justin March 8, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Awesome!!!
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Doug Bosso January 15, 2016
Verified Student
I give Stephen 5 stars
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Debbie A. June 19, 2015
Drum · In home
Verified Student
Stephen rocks! He is kind, patient, professional and an incredible drummer. He has proved exceptional at teaching drum mechanics to my 13 yo daughter, who looks forward to her lessons with Stephen, He is also flexible with our busy schedule, and even helped us put our new drum set together... :)
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Stephen H.

Saint Louis, MO 63111
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Jennifer L.

Saint Louis, MO

About Jennifer

Hi, there! My name is Jennifer and I can't wait to meet you! I've been teaching private lessons since 2011 and have loved helping my students have fun with music, experience playing with other students, and focus on what they want to learn. I went to Southeast Missouri State University and earned a B.A. degree in Music in 2012. I'm a kind and caring person and my teaching style is patient, honest, and helpful. I look forward to helping you reach your goals!
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Lisa E. February 18, 2016
Cello · In home
Verified Student
My teacher is excellent.
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Jennifer L.

Saint Louis, MO 63104
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$39 / 30-min
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Alex B.

Saint Louis, MO

About Alex

Hi! My name is Alex and I am a recent graduate of Saint Louis University. I have been working as an independent tutor for about 1 year now and I specialize in guitar performance, French, and Philosophy. I have had numerous students of all ages and absolutely love teaching others. I am planning on going to graduate school to get a degree in Philosophy and I also play in a local band as the lead guitarist/vocalist. I enjoy a wide range of activities including: soccer, rock climbing, songwriting, video games, movies, reading, and more. I enjoy teaching and fostering a good relationship with my s
tudents as a teacher should also be a mentor and a role model.
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Julie V. November 5, 2015
French · In home
Verified Student
Alex was prompt, courteous, and knowledgable in the language and culture. I have only had 1 lesson, but know that he will be a delight to work with.
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Alex B.

Saint Louis, MO 63108
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