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Richard W.

Salt Lake City, UT

I began playing the guitar when I was 8 years old. I took private lessons for 7 years and decided to try and further my skills privately. I practiced along with many albums to perfect certain skills.
When I attended the University of Utah, I had no idea how little I knew about Music Theory.
I try to teach the fundamentals of music and allow a student to express themselves with this new found language.

About Richard

I began playing music at the age of six. I started with the piano and saxophone but found my true passion, by age eight, in the guitar. I took private lessons from a great teacher for the first seven consecutive years of my study and further developed my knowledge and skills through self-directed study. I received my Undergraduate degree in Music Theory from the University of Utah. The pursuit of this degree allowed me to study many different musical aspects, including: composition, music history, ear training, sight reading and music technology, along with classical and jazz guitar studies. O
ver the years, through my education and practice, I have learned a great deal, not just about the guitar, but also ways to teach music and engage students in their pursuit of musical knowledge.

I played in my first music group when I was 17 and started composing and arranging music at that time. I have performed at numerous events and venues, eventually touring in the western U.S. I have a true passion for music and I love sharing this passion and teaching others.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am a laid back instructor and teach in a relaxed, low-pressure environment. I offer private and small group lessons to students ages 6 and up. I like to joke around but I do expect my students to take their instrument seriously. Students are expected to practice the techniques and music outside of lesson time. I allow students to learn music they are interested in and teach them scales, chords, popular tunes and important performance techniques. Typically, after three months, a student will be able to play more proficient by themselves and in a group. He/she will be more confident about his/her guitar playing ability and overall music knowledge. For most students, after six months of regular lessons, they are able to begin composing simple pieces and have a good understanding of music composition.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I will teach in my living room, I have a piano, plenty of room for a parent to sit in on a lesson and a very comfortable environment.

*** Specialties ***
I enjoy approaching any instrument from a theoretical base. This allows the student to understand the fundamentals of music and helps them explore the instrument of their choice to the fullest extent.
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Brian B. November 23, 2013
Guitar
Verified Student
Rich is an excellent guitar & music teacher

Starting to study music and learn the guitar in my late 40's was pretty tough. After trying a community education class, and a different private instructor, I found Rich here on Take Lessons. After the first lesson I knew that I was going to learn a lot from him, and that I would enjoy the journey.

Rich is very knowledgeable about music, and he takes the time to teach it in a connected and practical way. As he says in his bio, he is laid back, but that does not mean that he is not serious about music and about teaching. For me his teaching approach is perfect, as he blends a deep understanding of all aspects of music with learning, and enjoying, the guitar.

My previous experience was focused mostly on learning chords, songs, and how to read tablature. On my own I discovered the Hal Leonard Method beginner book series, and started to teach myself to read music from it.

As I started my lessons with Rich he immediately did 3 things that impressed me. First he assessed what I knew, and what my goals were. He reviewed my progress in the Hal Leonard book and encouraged me to keep using it, making some key observations and suggestions during the first lesson that immediately helped me. And the most impressive thing was that he started teaching music theory from the very first lesson, showing me scales, introducing the Circle of Fifths, and demonstrating the application of understanding the principles, patterns, and theory. This made me very hungry to learn.

I don't want to just learn how to play songs on the guitar, rather I want to learn to make music with this instrument. That is what Rich is teaching. And his approach is very comfortable and fun. He adapted himself to my learning style and my needs from the beginning, and I can see myself continuing to learn from him for many years.
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Richard W.

Richard W.

Salt Lake City, UT 84108
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starting at
$20 / 30-min
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Katie D.

Spanish Fork, UT

If you take lessons with me, you can expect progression! This takes top priority in my mind. It is very important for my students to know that I encourage keeping track of their progress on their chosen instruments. Setting goals and reaching them can be very satisfying! I recognize that every student has different skill levels and I will teach to the style that they best adapt to. One final note to add, they will be loved!

About Katie

At just 6 months old my mom discovered me humming “Silent Night”. By age 2, I would sit in the bathroom, holding aloft a Reader’s Digest from which I would “read” aloud, belting gibberish at the top of my lungs. Needless to say, my mother quickly enrolled me in the children’s performing group “Sunshine Generation”, since then its been 23 years of singing, dancing, acting, playing piano, playing guitar and playing the ukulele non-stop.

I love music and I love teaching! I have been studying the subject for decades now, two and half to be exact. First, in private lessons with wonderful teache
rs, then in Junior High, and High School. Then I entered the realms of college at Citrus, Riverside City College and my current educating grounds, Brigham Young University(Commercial Music Major). I am a music composer. I write music, lyrics, and score to Film/TV/promotional videos. I am currently on iTunes. I am loving and caring about the students I teach. I've had experience in teaching individual lessons to over 100+ students, singing with touring jazz orchestras, pop/rock groups and directing choirs.

Music is a lifestyle, and it is the lifestyle I love to live. If you want to learn your music skills, let me teach you! Im super fun and I will help you get to the next level! Thanks for reading this, I appreciate it. Don't you feel like you know me a little bit better?

*** Lesson Details ***
If you take lessons with me, you can expect progression! This takes top priority in my mind. It is very important for my students to know that I encourage keeping track of their progress on their chosen instruments. Setting goals and reaching them can be very satisfying! I recognize that every student has different skill levels and I will teach to the style that they best adapt to. One final note to add, they will be loved!

*** Specialties ***
Many genres excite me, however, I excel in Pop, Jazz, R&B, Classical, Country, Contemporary Christian, Broadway, and Singer/songwriter.
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Michelle R. February 22, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Katie is extremely talented and I have enjoyed taking piano lessons from her. She has a great personality and inspires me to live my live with purpose and intent.
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JaimeL November 25, 2011
Katie is awesome. Samantha loves her lessons and feels she is learning. Her confidence is growing as well.
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TomF3 November 9, 2011
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Years ago I majored in guitar at USC, and I taught it for years as well travelled around the world performing. I am particular with my daughter's teachers. Katie is great. She's knowledgeable, relates to my daughter well, and she sounds great, which is why we picked her in the first place!
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Katie D.

Katie D.

Spanish Fork, UT 84660
(3)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Randy H.

West Valley City, UT

Luthier Repairs Intonation Strings Setup Truss Ron Adjustments Bridge

About Randy

Salt Lake Community College Fret Board Theory 1 Group Guitar 1 & 2 Music 1610 1660 & 1710
Paul Green School of Rock ( Teacher ) I evaluated students interest's aptitude temperaments and individual characteristics in order to determine suitable instrument instruction.
Sound Column Studio Work Shop Recording & Theory Certificate
Guitar Repairs / Fret Board Filling Intonation Set up
Wrote and Recorded Original Songs
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Randy H.

Randy H.

West Valley City, UT 84120
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Megan C.

Midvale, UT

Using songs you already know and I love, I teach you how music works, and how it applies to the guitar. You will learn common chord progressions, strumming and finger picking patterns, as well as how to read standard notation and tablature music. Most importantly, you will discover the fun and joy of learning the guitar!

About Megan

My name is Megan, and I love teaching guitar lessons! I originally got my bachelor's degree from the University of Utah in Elementary Education. I taught 6th grade for a couple of years, and then went on to teach guitar classes at a private school for another couple of years. At this school, I directed the classical guitar ensemble, and had children from 5-14 playing challenging music together. I started slowly taking on private students in my spare time, and my business has grown, so that now it's all I do!
I was a music major before I switched over to Elementary Ed. I have experience in
playing in groups, solo, composition, as well as the fundamentals of different styles of playing. I specialize in teaching children, but of course love to teach adults as well. I can teach folk, blues, classical, and the music theory behind soloing in any style.
My passion for music, and knowledge of how we all learn make me very capable of guiding you toward your own musical goals.
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Rachel K. June 24, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Megan is is such a great teacher! I personally take lessons from her and am so impressed with her. I have had teachers that are really good at their instrument, but cannot communicate and teach well. Megan has a teaching degree from the University of Utah, so she really knows how to teach. She is so good at the guitar and can teach anything you want to learn. She is fun, kind and understanding. Take lessons from her!
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Elli M. June 15, 2015
Classical Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Unfortunately I didn't think this is going to be a good match. She is a nice person but it was not a good match with my daughter's personality. Thank you any way. We will not be going back.
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Tonnie L. April 14, 2015
Guitar · Online
Verified Student
Megan is AMAZING! Megan has taught me so much. She allows her students to take the lead and choose the pace they're comfortable with. Her sheet music collection is incredible, and she lets you choose which song you want to learn. Megan is kind and patient with her students. If you really want to learn how to play guitar and you want to have fun while doing it, choose Megan as your teacher!
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Megan C.

Megan C.

Midvale, UT 84047
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$22 / 30-min
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Braxton B.

West Valley City, UT

I have been playing guitar for 11 years and professionally playing and teaching for 7. I tailor lesson plans to each individual student depending on there current skill, age, desired music and style of teaching best fits them. My goal is to motivate and drive improvement with a effective lessons that you with have a blast in.

About Braxton

My name is Braxton. I have been teaching acoustic and electric guitar for 7 years now. I also work as a Corporate Trainer professionally because I love helping people achieve their goals. I have taught a wide variety of ages from 8 years old to 50 years old. I make sure to keep a fun learning and development environment and tailor the lessons to how the student learns best. My goal is to help you get better every day and have a great time doing it!
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Braxton B.

Braxton B.

West Valley City, UT 84119
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$20 / 30-min

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