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Patrick L.

Arden, NC

I love to apply current music as a guide to show relationship to theory. It is a fun way to teach this way.

About Patrick

Hi there, my name is Patrick, and I am now a new resident of the Asheville area. I am a music teacher of Trumpet, Piano, Voice and Sound Recording with more than 20 plus years of experience. Below, I relate some of my experiences and philosophies as a teacher of music since 2002.

*** Lesson Details ***
Trumpet Lessons
I have worked with adults and children, with beginners, and with more experienced players looking for a push or a new direction. I have developed many different teaching methods based on what each of my students wants to get out of lessons. The heart of most lessons I teac
h is learning to play or understand songs. Usually, I rely on my students to select the songs they wish to study, which I then transcribe to make personal arrangements fitted to their abilities. Of course, I will suggest or recommend songs at times. I also supply relevant exercises and music theory to accelerate the learning process.

Piano Lessons
I differentiate between concepts and skills, while stressing the importance of mastering both. As important as it is to understand the intervalic relationships in something like the major scale, this knowledge does little for the pianist if she or he cannot pick out the notes to the different scales in real time. In observing that each person demonstrates unique learning patterns and abilities, I have learned that some people will come to understand the conceptual through mastery of memorized tasks while some will succeed with technical mastery only after achieving some conceptual understanding.
Voice Lessons
Having first begun singing at 22 years old, I know first hand that it’s never to late to start singing. Having some experience in school but not fully as a professional till in my 20′s, I have learned from some of the top professionals in the South Florida area. My first vocal lessons was with Gloria Estefan’s back up singer Jon Secada. Jon has his first hit “Just Another Day” that stayed at #1 for several weeks. His one lesson really helped me use singing in my gigging around town. From that time on, I have used this technique for all my students. focusing on JUST BREATHING, has helped many of my students.

Teaching Sound Recording
Working in the early 1980s with recorded music and computers, I was introduced to the new wave of recording at its birth. At Miami Dade Community College, I taught and assisted students in Composition, Sound Development, and Sound Recording using Mac computers and PC’s. As of this day, I personally teach recording in Logic Pro, Bias Peak and Mastering using Waves plug ins and having finished products in Mp4 format and or CD’s.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Mac with logic pro software instruments, piano seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
expect students to provide paper and pencil and put in practice time on their respected instruments at least 30 min a week

*** Specialties ***
Alfred,Hanon,Rubank Advanced Method for instruments.
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Andrew G. August 1, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Great first lesson for my 9 year old son. Patrick is friendly, professional, and kept my son interested and engaged.
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Tino B. May 18, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Looking forward to more sessions with this guy! I've composed two new records since i had a session with him, it seems like he's helped me from overthinking that this is hard and with all the technology there is today its just simple. just do it!
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Tino B. May 15, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Hello music world this is Tino b here! I want to let everyone out there who is interested in taking their music to the next level and is searching for someone to help them do so, well look no further Patrick Lopez can help you do so. My first
lesson with him gave me my confidence back and has me producing music on a totally different/higher level.
Better writing and music composition is what im learning,
how to listen to today's music melodies and transform them into a sound of my own. Check him out!
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Patrick L.

Patrick L.

Charlotte, NC 28223
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starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Michael C.

Catawba, NC

I understand Music Theory at a very high level (respectfully).

About Michael

I have a Masters Degree from Central Michigan Univ. I am an Air Force Veteran.

Two deep leadership at all times and parents have waiting areas visible to classes. I love guitar and playing music, I think I have taught so long I would not know what to do without a music/teaching career. I have made a living playing guitar for 25 years.

*** Lesson Details ***
I have been a music teacher so long I have become very simplistic. I teach the following:

(1) To practically play while having fun (3 locations to choose).

(2) Music Theory.

(3) Playing by ear.

(4) Leadership Skill
s. I am still having a great time teaching, so we do it a lot. I love to teach and enjoy it very much, I owe a lot to my music career and want to pass it on. We are in Rotary and support many community activities.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have - 3 Professional teaching studios - that are in nice locations.

I really enjoy my job and have a lot of great equipment; we work hard, but have a lot of fun too.

*** Travel Equipment ***
(1) Respectfully what is reasonable. I am a full time musician, I am flexible and happy - we can work these things out.

(We have a lot of equipment, I am very thankful). We have very good business relationships in the community.

I appreciate my job.

*** Specialties ***
(1) Group interactive method based on theory.
(2) Students show leadership in their own program.
(3) Students work with me (instructor) on Lesson Plans.
(4) Students pick out material they want to study.
(5) Students work on (ear training) and reading music.
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William A. July 14, 2016
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
Michael has been a great teacher,always positive and encouraging.
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Joshua June 7, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
great teacher! very talented, very impressive and also made us feel comfortable. loved the 1st meeting & lesson!
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Tina March 24, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Michael is an exceptionaly talented musician, as well as a wonderful mentor who has taught so many students and enriched their lives. He has students with only 2 yrs of experience who sound as if they have been playing for 20 years! What a Role Model!!! With a lifetime of experience under his belt, Michael has mastered music and recording. He will help you; It really doesn't get any better than that. I am a reporter for a good paper. I wrote this about Michael after an interview. Michael and his band had the placed packed, all ages, and everyone insisted on being as close to the music as humanly possible. Michael works as a guitar instructor and runs several studios. Michael is truly a "gifted guitar player" and his vocals are just as nice and polished. The Next time this gifted musician and band rolls into town check him out.
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Michael C.

Michael C.

Catawba, NC 28609
(7)
starting at
$100 / 120-min
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Phil B.

Kannapolis, NC

About Phil

In addition to earning degrees in music from San Francisco State University (B.M.) and The University of North Texas (M.M.) I have completed the teacher education program at Old Dominion University. I continue to engage in a diverse career as a professional tubist. This experience consists of extensive freelance work such as orchestral playing, chamber music occasions and commercial entertainment. More permanent positions include my service in The United States Continental Army Band, Ft. Monroe, VA, and the 380th Army Reserve Band, Richmond, VA and as a musician at Busch Gardens, Williamsburg
, VA during the 2011, 2012 and 2014 seasons. In addition to time spent in fine ensembles such as the Virginia Wind Symphony, University of North Texas Wind Symphony and the University of North Texas Symphony Orchestra, I have had the great fortune of time spent as a marching member of the World Champion Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps.
While pursuing a master’s degree in tuba performance I was active as a private lesson teacher at the middle and high school levels. I continue to teach students privately. Experience in teaching adults includes work as a private ear-training and sight-singing tutor at the collegiate level.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Cerveny "Piggy" Model CC tuba
B&S "Sinfonie" Model F tuba
Dr. Beat Metronome
Professional Recordings
Hi Fi Stereo
Music Stands

*** Travel Equipment ***
Cerveny "Piggy" Model CC tuba
B&S "Sinfonie" Model F tuba
Dr. Beat Metronome
Professional Recordings

*** Specialties ***
I have had experience performing and teaching music of various styles including Orchestra/Concert band, Classical/Solo, Jazz and Pop.
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Joanna V. December 6, 2015
French Horn · In home
Verified Student
Mr. Becker is fantastic. My son has Asperger's and Phil was wonderfully patient. He often adapted the lesson based on my son's focus. Mr. Becker pushed my son to learn and excel but only as much as he could take without getting frustrated. In a short time, he learned the horn a did really well. I was very pleased and would definitely recommend Phil Becker to anyone.
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Phil B.

Phil B.

Kannapolis, NC 28081
(1)
starting at
$27 / 30-min
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Joseph R.

Charlotte, NC

I have completed four semesters of Music Theory at UNC Pembroke, and four semesters of Structure and Style of Music (Music Theory) at UNC Charlotte. I practice music theory everyday, and most importantly, I have found how to APPLY music theory to guitar in performance. Music theory is more than just a course. It is the understanding of music theory that provides world-class musicians the tools necessary to interpret the music beautifully!

About Joseph

Joseph Rincon has been honing his abilities in guitar for over seventeen years and has performed extensively throughout the east coast. He earned his B.M. in Performance degree from The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, as well as receiving a formal recognition as “Outstanding Performer” by the faculty of the department of music. He also received two additional recognitions and scholarships from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke for his exceptional skill in music performance.

Over the years, he has been recognized for his outstanding musicality and his passionate perfor
mances. His guitar playing and musicianship has been described as “a combination of deep and moving musical ideas with beautiful sound and refined technique”. His performances are energetic and highly expressive, whether he is performing for a large audience or a small and intimate gathering.

In addition to frequently performing in the Charlotte, Lake Norman, and surrounding areas, he is also an inspired music teacher. He teaches various styles of guitar, including electric and steel-string acoustic guitar, as well as different musical genres such as rock, blues, and folk. As an instructor, he wants to share his love of music with his students, and his goal is to awaken the musical potential in them. He is a highly dedicated professional with a desire to not only teach students how to play the guitar but to learn how to use the guitar as a vehicle of musical expression.
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Lilliana Y. July 6, 2016
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Was great with my 7, 9, 10 year olds! They all enjoyed their lessons.
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Richard P. January 19, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Joey is a very talented musician and he is an excellent teacher. He's very patient and I have learned something new with every lesson. I would definitely recommend Joey for a beginner or someone like me who already has some experience.
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Lula A. January 10, 2016
Bass Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Joey R. He really wants to share his experience. And over all he is patient and repeated many times to make sure if you catchup .He is the best instructor I found
Current student Lula
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Joseph R.

Joseph R.

Charlotte, NC 28203
(17)
starting at
$26 / 30-min
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Jon S.

Concord, NC

Students will learn everything from reading beginner musical notation for their particular instrument to how to analyze large pieces of music.

About Jon

Jon started playing music in 2007 at the age of 12 first starting on acoustic guitar and then adopting electric guitar and bass guitar as well. He has played in many local bands and directed the Remix Worship Band at Concord First Assembly from 2012-2015. Some of his directorial duties included training beginner musicians to play their instruments, how to perform in a live situation, and how to play with a band. He specializes in rock and roll (both new and older styles), metal, blues,and worship music but has experience playing and performing all genres.He has travelled all over the United S
tates performing with bands and playing conferences and camps to all ages. He is currently pursuing a degree in Guitar Performance and being classically trained by master guitarist Charles Vaughn at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
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Vicki August 18, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Referred to Jon by a friend. I knew within 2 minutes of meeting him we were going to be happy with our choice. I love to listen in while he is instructing my granddaughter. He is so patient and kind but yet firm enough to manage a beginning student and keep them motivated. My 12 year old granddaughter practices every day without prompting because he advised her that was an expectation. I would highly recommend him!
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Reggie July 16, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Kind, patient, and very knowledgeable.
Great teacher
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Wayne R. May 23, 2016
Guitar · Online
Verified Student
My son enjoyed his first lesson and he is enthusiastic to learn more
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Jon S.

Jon S.

Concord, NC 28027
(11)
starting at
$20 / 30-min

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