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Rob R. Austin, TX

About Rob

I'm a professional bass player in Austin Texas, the Live Music Capital of the World. At one time or another I've played just about every style of music, and I have more than a decade of teaching experience. I love 'opening doors' for students, helping them understand how music works and how they can sound better than ever. I graduated from B.I.T. in Los Angeles and I have thousands of hours of teaching, gigging, and recording experience. I'll share that experience with you! *** Lesson Details *** I like to use real music to show how technical concepts work. Once I've gotten to know you and your musical goals and preferences, I'll point you towards the knowledge you need, and show you how that knowledge works in the music you like. *** Studio Equipment *** Music room: recording ...

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John C. August 1, 2014
Bass Guitar · In home
Verified Student
I have been studying bass playing techniques and music theory with Rob for several months now. Short story: he's great.

Rob's lesson format is pretty open. If you have specific questions/goals, Rob makes sure that they are addressed. He's been able to give me some great information on various techniques and styles, and I've picked up a good bit of general practical bass knowledge this way.

Rob is VERY knowledgeable about music theory, and its evolution over the centuries. That being said, discussions on music theory are always made relevant to bass playing. This makes learning the theory and patterns very practical, and for me, more approachable.

Thanks Rob!
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John O. April 3, 2014
Bass Guitar
Verified Student
Gave me excellent instruction and direction for my future bass guitar practicing and development

After only five lessons last summer, I was not able to continue with Rob due to personal time constraints and lack of practice time, but during those lessons Rob gave me invaluable instruction, fixed my hand positions, took me in the direction I wanted to go, and as my last request from him, developed a very comprehensive long term development plan I could follow on my own, as time permitted. Rob was very patient and seemed extremely knowledgeable regarding the specifics of bass guitar technique and theory. Thanks, Rob, for giving me a direction and helping me get started the right way.
Megan C. Austin, TX

About Megan

I am a violinist, composer, and general music nerd who would love to share my nerdiness with others! I compose and produce music for film and video games and have been playing violin since I was 9 years old.

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Art P. September 25, 2014
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
This review is for both VIOLIN lessons and ARRANGEMENT & COMPOSITION, as I'm taking BOTH types of lessons from Megan.

I don't find ANYTHING wrong with Megan as a teacher of music lessons.

But I've only just started taking the lessons (have just had my third lesson), so not sure I can totally judge in so short a time.

I actually wrote a more-detailed and longer review a few days ago, but the system indicated I had taken too much time and so it wanted me to log in again. --By then all that I had typed had disappeared.

So I'm rating Megan FIVE STARS. But I'm rating TakeLessons' review-writing system only ONE STAR. --Hey gimme time to go into DETAIL, Man!
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Bill N. September 5, 2014
Violin · In home
Next to the five star rating there is a little blurb meant to clarify what a "5 star rating" really means. It says "best instructor ever" and I can say, without hesitation, that this is true for Megan.

I was extremely nervous about learning the violin for a few reasons.

First, I'm a folk guitarist and I worried that my learning style would not jive with structured lessons. I couldn't have been more wrong. Megan quickly sized up my current ability and somehow sussed out that I was not the "Play Twinkle 100 times by next week" type.

Secondly, and this may go against the first point, I went to college for music. I didn't finish, but I got far enough to think I know a bit about Theory. It has been a while of not using that part of my brain, though, and I worried about returning to it. I thought that Megan would either underestimate my knowledge and bore me or overestimate my knowledge and leave me embarrassed to ask for help. Again, I was quite wrong. Megan made it crystal clear what I needed to know without dragging me along.

Our first lesson was largely technical: how to hold the violin, tuning, bow arm posture and where the fingers go (a mystery to me who was used to fretted instruments).

Megan is a master composer and an inspiration to be in the same room with. She is as jovial and down to earth as any folk musician I've met but has the quiet dignity of a symphony's first chair.

I couldn't recommend her more.
Tara G. Austin, TX

About Tara

I graduated from University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA! I received a BFA in Musical Theatre. What a change that was to go from Texas to Philly! I auditioned for many different schools, and know what it takes to get there. I then moved to New York City 2 days after graduating, on my 22nd birthday! I had 13 wonderful, and also challenging, years in NYC. Lots and lots of auditions, of every kind! Broadway, Off-Broadway, TV, Soaps, Film, Commercials, Concerts, Readings, Showcases, etc. I have sung for ABBA (Mama Mia), Stephen Schwartz (Wicked), Hal Prince (Gypsy). I was also up for leads in Mama Mia, Wicked, Rent, Hairspray. So, I definitely have a lot of versatility, and knowledge of what they're looking for! I did a Eugene O'Neil play called "Ah Wilderness" at the Guthrie ...

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CarolR March 6, 2014
Beautiful voice..Beautiful person

I watched Tara grow up while attending our local Center Stage Theater in Houston . which by the way was lead by a very professional staff ....Tara was featured in most of the productions and did an amazing job...even back then she had a strong work ethic. I recently had the pleasure of hearing her sing again when Center Stage held their 30th Reunion in November.....She is such an amazing performer/singer...with a wonderful personality which would work well teaching students.....I highly recommend Tara as a teacher/coach...
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JustinW March 6, 2014
Quality lessons from a quality human being.

I have known Mrs. Gillespie for the majority of my life and have seen her love for art, gymnastics, theatre, dance and song, grow significantly through the years. If you, your child, or anyone you know would like to gain experience and confidence, Mrs. Gillespie will help you soar.
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Beverly March 6, 2014
Talented

I have known Tara for many years. She is one of the most talented people I know. she has an incredible voice and her professionalism is apparent. She has extensive theatre, acting, auditioning, etc. experience from having a Musical Theatre degree and her years in New York City. She is exceptionally good with dealing with children and has a personable personality and works with you on your level. A delight to know and have her share her talent.
James C. Austin, TX

About James

I have been performing, recording, and teaching music for the past five years. After getting a degree in music theory, I began playing with a band full time. In addition to playing all around Austin, I have traveled to places like Seattle, Nashville, and Waikiki to play shows, record, and interview with with my band on live radio. Songs from our album were played on Austin's own KGSR. We also played on Fox 7's morning show, Good Day Austin. I enjoy playing and teaching a variety of instruments and a variety of genres. To me, understanding music is key to unlocking your full potential for artistic expression. When I teach, I incorporate both what I learned in school and on stage. *** Lesson Details *** My goal is not to teach my students how to play a few cool songs on their ...

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Alan A. January 26, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
James is an excellent instructor! As a beginner student, he worked with me to pin down my goals and tailored the lessons to fit me personally. He's great at many different instruments beyond piano, and this expertise allows him to explain music beyond just the notes on the page. He really helped me enjoy the lessons and feel like I've made great progress despite being a novice.
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Beverly N. December 3, 2013
Piano
Verified Student
We are very pleased with his progress so far.

Joshua started piano lessons with James in May, 2013. He has already learned to play numerous songs, and he has learned a great deal about different keys and chords in each key. James is very patient and utilizes every minute of our 30 minute lesson to cover as much as possible. Joshua likes and respects James a lot and looks forward to his piano lesson every week. Thank you James for being a great teacher!
Gfire Austin, TX

About Gfire

Gfire has been teaching and performing music full-time for over 17 years. Based in Austin, Texas, the "Live Music Capital of the World," she offers voice, piano, songwriting, yoga, folk guitar, and DJ'ing lessons to students from 5-105 and she specializes in sculpting her lessons to the strengths and desires of each individual student. Her students range from beginning to advanced levels, and they sing and play a multitude of musical styles, including classical, pop, rock, r 'n' b, country, folk, singer-songwriter, musical theater, blues and more. Gfire loves to share her talents with her students. She prides herself on instilling a "sense of mastery" to each of her singing and piano students, no matter on which level they are. The students come away with a real sense of ...

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Alan L. March 29, 2015
Piano · Online
Verified Student
An absolutely wonderful experience taking lessons from Gfire. She's professional, patient, highly knowledgeable, and truly a wonderful teacher. If you're considering taking lessons, do yourself a favor and just jump in with Gfire...you'll be glad you did!
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Kimberlee S. March 12, 2015
Gospel Singing · Online
Verified Student
Gfire is a great teacher! She's good at starting where YOU are. She's encouraging, easy going, and helps you to relax and feel comfortable enough to sing. She's really good at keeping you on course.
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Eric R. March 11, 2015
Singing · Online
In 15 lessons, Gfire helped me accomplish so much! I now sing a song with clearer phrasing and better note accuracy. Overall, my tonal quality and singing ability has improved greatly.
David H. Austin, TX

About David

A graduate of Berklee College of Music with a Degree in Music Performance. I would love to teach you how to play your favorite songs, compose,music theory,to read music, and play lead guitar!

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John O. March 22, 2015
Guitar · In studio
David is not only a great guitar player but a great teacher! He encourages his students to learn the basics so that once you start learning the other songs and riffs it makes sense and is easier to learn.I just wish he didn't move to Texas!
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Jaclyn L. September 19, 2014
Acoustic Guitar · In studio
David is very knowledgeable and talented. It is very rewarding learning from someone who takes his craft so seriously and passionately. I am looking forward to continuing my education with David as my teacher.
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Gary C. September 15, 2014
Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
David is extremely enthusiastic and knowledgeable. He loves to share the knowledge that he has obtained, through his schooling and performing, with people wanting to learn the guitar. I am very happy to have him teaching me.

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