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Lebanon, CT

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I provide a complete learning experience beyond your traditional guitar lesson format! I began by teaching you the skills needed to play and perform your music confidently. The main curriculum is my own Electric Crown Guitar Method which is the result of many years of testing what works best for students in a one on one learning situation.

Learning skills is useless if you don't actually apply them in a real musical way. I use a large variety of popular rock songs ranging from Led Zeppelin to The Beatles to Metallica and so on. I use real band backing tracks which you will be able to take home to practice along with. I will then record YOU playing the guitar parts with the band!

I strive to give you much more than guitar lessons. I offer you a complete guitar experience! Come join the experience!

*** Specialties ***
I speciali
ze in Classic Rock, Modern Rock, Metal and Acoustic rock styles. I also specialize in Music Theory and songwriting for the guitar.
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Ron H. April 7, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
I asked questions, Don answered them. Very personable, to me, seems to know a great deal about teaching guitar. Looking forward to my next lesson.
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Cameron Z. August 14, 2014
· Guitar · In studio
Learning to play guitar can be a daunting task. Don breaks it down into easy to understand lessons. After each lesson he sends me home with practice homework so I constantly feel like I'm making progress.

The most important thing for me when i wanted to take lesson was that the teacher new his stuff, Don definitely does. I'm not just learning to play guitar, i'm also learning more about music.
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Andrea H. August 3, 2014
· Guitar · In home
When looking for a guitar teacher for my daughter, I was so pleased to find Don. He knew exactly where to begin with her and started her playing music right away. His creative techniques keep her engaged and excitedly looking for what's coming next. He is professional, yet warm at the same time, putting both her and I at ease. It is amazing to see the transformation in my daughter's guitar abilities as well as the transformation in her confidence. Don's expertise and patience is perfectly blended.
Thanks Don!
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Don p.

Lebanon, CT 06249
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About Max S.

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West Hartford, CT
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I am a performing musician who is passionate about helping students achieve their goals. My lessons focus on developing technique, practice strategies, a good sound, aural skills, music theory knowledge, and stylistic fluency.

I currently perform over fifty concerts a year with the Asylum Quartet, an award-winning ensemble acclaimed for virtuosity, creativity, and innovation. I have also performed with the Juilliard Orchestra, the U.S. Coast Guard Band, and International Opera Theater. I hold a Master's in Music from The Hartt School and a Bachelor of Music summa cum laude from Arizona State University (ASU).

I have eight years of private teaching experience working with students of all ages and backgrounds. Additionally, I completed a ten-week private teaching mentorship at the Hartt Community Division with saxophone instructor S
heri Brown.

Though I specialize in saxophone, I also love teaching beginning and intermediate piano.

*** Lesson Scheduling***

I offer lessons on a monthly basis (4 lessons total) or semester basis (17 lessons total). Committing to multiple lessons encourages students’ progress and dedication to the instrument, and enables me to reserve a regular time-slot in my schedule.

I do not accept students on a week-to-week basis.

***Lesson Materials***

Saxophone students must have an instrument in good repair and required accessories (reeds, mouthpiece, etc.). Piano students must have access to a tuned piano or a keyboard with touch-sensitivity. I am happy to recommend instrument and accessory brands; please check with me before a major purchase. Quality, working equipment is critical to students’ success.

I periodically request that students purchase books and other lesson materials.

IMPORTANT: If you are planning to buy a saxophone or mouthpiece, please consult with me first. Having a good quality saxophone and mouthpiece is essential to your success. There are a number of cheap saxophones and mouthpieces readily available, but they are often of poor quality. I can recommend options for your first saxophone or mouthpiece purchase that may be more expensive, but will help you succeed in the long term.
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Eric June 10, 2016
· Saxophone · In home
I am a local band director and have sent several students over to Max. From absolute beginners to your lead player Max tailors an approach that works for each individual. My students love studying with him!
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Ben R. January 12, 2016
· Piano · In home
My son gave Max 10 out of 10. He absolutely loved his flexible approach. Thank you Max!!
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Lathan A. September 20, 2015
· Piano · In home
Wonderful, engaging and clear. My six year old loved his first lesson and is looking forward to the next one.
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West Hartford, CT 06119
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About Cameron S.

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New Britain, CT

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STUDYING WITH ME:

Learning guitar should be interesting and fun! While we're studying all the different aspects of the instrument, you'll also be learning how to play your favorite songs and solos! I approach each student as an individual and structure their lessons according to what I determine they need, as well as what they are interested in musically. I concentrate on many different areas; ear training, theory, playing technique, improvisation, various styles of music, and, the physics of the guitar. Understanding how the instrument works is important in my opinion. My long term goal is to teach a student how they can teach themselves down the line. Understanding why you’re playing something is just important as knowing how to play it. I aim to give a student rich and well rounded one-on-one time!

GENERAL BIOGRAPHY:

I h
ave been teaching and performing for over a decade both in the US, and in England. I have played in various bands and have produced independent artists. I have worked for a recording studio and for various academic institutions including the Filomen M. D'Agostino Greenberg Music School in New York city.

I obtained my degree from Purchase College in New York and am a member of their Conservatory of Music.

*** Lesson Details ***
I construct lessons for each individual student depending on their musical tastes, goals, and current skill level etc. I want each person to get as much from their time studying with me as possible. Within three to six months, I'll have you working on timing, theory, ear training, improv, and songs/styles of music you may be interested in. I'm laid back, however, I expect at least the minimum practice time between lessons, which I'll change throughout the course of our time together depending on your skill level etc. Practice materials I draw up are included. I write out everything in plain English and do not require the use of sheet music!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Small recording studio, piano, various guitars, bass, and amps.

*** Travel Equipment ***
guitar, bass, laptop, digital recorder.

*** Specialties ***
I concentrate on ear training, improvisation, and explore styles ranging from pop, alternative, rock, prog, and blues, to metal, funk, and folk etc. I do not require sight reading skills for any level of student. Rather, I work with the student with theory and arrangement conventions to really understand the music. This intern, greatly sharpens their musical ear and helps them to learn music much faster because they understand how it is put together; why and how it works, etc.

***Teaching Special Needs***
I have experience teaching students who have been visually impaired,
blind, hearing impaired, or who have had mild learning disabilities. I
am also comfortable with a student bringing their service dog or
therapy dog to our lessons if they wish.
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Kim K. June 12, 2015
· Piano · In studio
I enjoyed my first lesson with Cameron. He explained things clearly so I could understand. Can't wait for my next lesson.
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Pat A. February 14, 2013
· Guitar ·
A solid teacher with a lot of experience

Cameron is great at tailoring the lessons to my musical taste without compromising the theory, basics and fundamentals.
I have been taking lessons for one year and will not go elsewhere anytime soon. His vast musical knowledge helps merge the theory with concrete examples. No question remains unanswered.
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JimH1 November 17, 2011
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great instructor

I've been taking bass lessons from Cameron for a few months now. He's a great instructor. Very knowledgeable, very patient, and puts in time outside our lessons to be prepared to teach or play new material that I am interested in. I always look forward to my lessons. If you're looking for a good bass or guitar teacher (not sure what else he might teach) Cameron is your guy!
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Cameron S.

Cameron S.

New Britain, CT 06053
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$25 / 30-min

About Thomas F.

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Torrington, CT

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Tom has a music degree focused in guitar performance and a combined professional teaching and performance career that spans over twenty years.

Tom began teaching in 1994 and still practices today instructing students of all ages on guitar and bass techniques, as well as music theory.

Tom is very laid back and embraces working at the pace that each of his students feels most comfortable. Lessons are about the student’s ambitions. If it is learning their favorite songs or a deep dive into music theory, jazz improvisation or songwriting it can be covered in strides that seem fit to the student. Books can be used for guidance and a custom lesson plan created that will fit specific criteria desired to be achieved by the student. Remember, practice makes perfect. The more you put in, the more you will get out of it!!
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Ed C. March 21, 2017
· Blues Guitar · In home
Very knowledgable so far after one lesson
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Thomas F.

Torrington, CT 06790
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About Steve K.

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Ellington, CT
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I am a Musical Director who has scored original music for many motion pictures and television and was musical arranger for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. I've scored and arranged original music for several television shows including, Desperate Housewives, MTV's Making the Band, It's Showtime at the Apollo and numerous series on PBS, A & E and Disney, . I have also served as on-set vocal and piano coach for many Disney TV series.

As a piano instructor, I believe in giving every student a foundation in classical music.. I enjoy teaching and playing Jazz and pop as well.

I've worked with students ages 5-90. I simply love the teaching process and respect every student's journey. Mixing structure and discipline with a positive teaching style, I work to inspire students to be their best within a well structured curriculum that is fu
n and engaging.

Music must be fun...always!

*** Lesson Details ***
My students see progress. I don't believe in cookie-cutter instruction. I take the time to learn a students individual comprehension of the musical language and their learning style. I also build a practice schedule that is realistic and creates growth. Music instruction should not feel like a burden, but should be joyful. It's a process I have respected. Whether you are 90 or 9, you can learn music, love music and feel its presence by playing an instrument or singing. My job is to communicate that joy and show you how you can do it for yourself.

Learning to master a musical instrument is a two way commitment and I will always give you my full effort as I love the results.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have a digital upright piano for piano and vocal instruction.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I will provide the lesson material and help students with purchasing the right method books.

*** Specialties ***
For beginning Piano-Intermediate, I have embraced the James Bastien series, as I believe it paces the young student and builds a foundation on a musical and pedagogical level.
Vocally, I follow a classical technique, but use that foundation as a basis to meet the goals of the singer for the style they want to achieve.
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JOHN November 9, 2016
· Singing · In home
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Gianna October 16, 2016
· Singing · In home
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Jack S. July 19, 2016
· Piano · In studio
it was my sons first lesson and he thought Steve was very good! He is excited to go back for another lesson.
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Steve K.

Ellington, CT 06029
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About Alec F.

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Milford, CT

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Hello! I have been teaching the fundamentals of classical singing for many years now and I have received both a Bachelor of Music and Master of Music in vocal and opera performance. I promote a fun and healthy learning environment and make sure that my students learn the technical fundamentals in breathing, relaxation, production, and projection while also enjoying the lessons! I teach all styles of singing and enjoy doing it very much. My classical and operatic training has given me a wealth of vocal knowledge and allows me to make sure all other styles of singing are done as easily and healthfully as possible allowing my students to express their talents as much as they can for the least amount of effort.
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Zeqiong May 22, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Alec is a great teacher! His instructions are very clear and helpful. I enjoyed the class and can feel my progress always.
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Silas April 24, 2017
· Singing · In home
Alec is a phenomenal teacher. Highly recommended.
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Ellen March 28, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Alec is an excellent teacher. Not all talented performing artists and/ or musicians have the ability to teach well . Alec is really remarkable in his ability to assess individual ability and learning needs and to implement a plan of instruction based on sound theory. He is professional, courteous, reliable and well informed. What else is there?
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Alec F.

Milford, CT 06460
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About Bob P.

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Windsor, CT

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Take Guitar or Bass Guitar lessons from an experienced teacher and Hartt College graduate. In person one on one private lessons or webcam lessons if that is more convenient. Your lessons will be customized for what you want to learn. Rock, Blues, Folk, Country, Classical, Music Theory, chord playing, lead guitar, music reading, songwriting etc. Lessons can be as easy or challenging as you like depending on your goals. If you are new to guitar or bass guitar, if you tried playing guitar before and it didn't work out, or if you have been away for awhile, I'll do my best to make it a rewarding experience. If you have been playing for many years but feel stuck in a rut, I can get you out of it and teach you things you have wanted to learn. Great teaching environment. I also have free supplementary lesson videos available here (at takelessons)
and on my website.
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Charlie June 14, 2017
· Guitar · Online
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Bruce F. February 8, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Bob is a pro. He is extremely patient, The lesson is set up to make you fall in love with playing the guitar. The progression is on point. Very cool perceptive teacher.
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Patrick G. October 28, 2016
· Guitar · In home
Patient teacher, great for beginners.
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Bob P.

Bob P.

Windsor, CT 06095
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About Thomas A.

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New Haven, CT
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Thomas is a pianist, teacher, and composer. He is dedicated to helping students appreciate music and express themselves artistically. His teaching style adapts to the needs of each student and he has experience working with all ages, levels, and a wide variety of musical styles (classical music, musical theater, pop, rock, jazz, liturgical). Thomas graduated from the Jacobs School of Music and is highly trained in piano performance, music theory, choir, accompaniment, and conducting; he is also a strong advocate and teacher of injury prevention for musicians.

Thomas has offered piano lessons since 2008. He previously taught in New Mexico, North Carolina, and Indiana, and he now resides in Connecticut. In addition to his private studio, he also teaches at the Neighborhood Music School and the New Haven Academy of Performing Arts.
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Katie August 25, 2016
· Piano · In home
During college, I had the fortunate opportunity to study with Thomas Allen. He is patient, thorough, and concerned about the entire health of the performer. Knowing the impact that poor technique can have on pianists, I learned the importance of being released and free while playing."
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Amanda August 25, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Thomas is a wonderful instructor! Starting lessons as an adult is daunting, but Thomas really makes each lesson both enjoyable and informative. He covers both the basics, like how to read music, and more advanced concepts, like the proper way to strike a key. He is really receptive to my own needs and tastes, tailoring the lessons to the type of music I would eventually like to play. Even though I'm starting from scratch, Thomas makes me believe I can actually play real music!
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Thomas A.

Thomas A.

New Haven, CT 06510
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$30 / 30-min

About Daniel K.

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Teaches a variety of music related lessons.
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Nicholas S. April 24, 2017
· Piano · In home
Great first day!!!!
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Jerry February 28, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Excellent accompaniment.
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Daniel K.

Daniel K.

Hartford, CT 06114
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$20 / 30-min

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I specialize in orchestral clarinet and music theory, and can tailor my lessons to each individual student's needs. I believe technique is the foundation upon which all of music takes place. An apt comparison is language; if you cannot speak, say, French, how could I expect you to write poetry in French? The same holds true for music and clarinet - without a solid foundation in technique, it is not possible to express everything you want to say about a piece, beginner or advanced. All of my students begin with exercises in embouchure and finger techniques, which continue throughout our studies.

I recently received my Masters degree in clarinet performance from the Hartt School of Music, under Ayako Oshima. My previous instructors include Sarah Porwoll-Lee and Greg Balfany, during my undergraduate studies at the University of Wisconsin-L
a Crosse. I have played clarinet since age ten, and have experience in a number of different ensembles, including the school orchestras at UW-La Crosse and Hartt, the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra (substitute), and the Nutmeg Symphony Orchestra.
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Justin A.

Justin A.

Avon, CT 06001
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