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Charles N.

Raleigh, NC

About Charles

Charlie is a certified music teacher, who teaches in areas surrounding Clayton and travels to teach in the Raleigh and Knightdale areas. He first began teaching guitar and piano during his music studies at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, MS. At the university and after receiving his degree in music education, he has taught and performed in various musical settings and venues which has included the genres of classical, jazz, blues, rock, folk and country. Besides teaching and performing, Charlie also is a songwriter who writes songs for his groups performances and
teaches his more advanced students songwriting.

Drawing upon his education and experiences as both performer and teacher, he strives to relate his background to his student's learning experiences and progress. As each student comes with his or her individual musical wants and interests, student lessons are designed to meet these needs of a particular student. Charlie has young students of ages 5 to 14 as well as students of upper ages. According to a student's level of musicianship (beginner, advanced or in between), students are taught how to read music, music theory in relation to their progress, chords, scales and how to write/compose their own songs. He has designed a method of teaching which is full of great musical exercises & fun illustrations for the young student to enjoy while learning skills on their instrument.

For example, students can began with simple fingerings of chords & beginning melodies played in slow rhythms to allow the student to develop at a comfortable pace. Students that can not read music notation begin simple reading exercises of note recognition, time signatures, note values, eye hand coordination and more.

*** Lesson Details ***
I design student lessons according the age, playing level and music related interests as lessons can cover a broad range of interests and musical styles. For my beginning students- to develop their understanding of playing chords and rhythms,
I teach chords as they relate to musical keys and some common rhythm patterns used in many popular songs.

For guitar students, I have designed & developed my own materials for guitar (sheets & accompanying CD) which guide students in practicing chords progressions, strum/rhythm patterns & scales/melodies in relation to chords. My students have shown much success in these methods of concentrating on developing that essential sense & feel for playing different rhythm styles. Piano instruction is centered on learning to read music notation and music theory as it relates to the student's progress.

As students advance, more emphasis is placed on improvising on melodies, different approaches to soloing and chord extensions and substitutions. Also, students are taught music theory as it relates to their progress to enable them to create their own music.

I have a good selection of method books and materials to fit each student's level of musicianship and choice of playing style(s) to extend upon their interests and goals.

My approach to teaching is to make lessons fun and enjoyable in a comfortable and relaxed setting to allow the student full
concentration on each lesson. But, also to provide the necessary guidance and encouragement to challenge and motivate students to improve and develop natural strengths and new skills.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I have a good selection of materials (many I've developed), extra instruments if needed and recording equipment. The student will need the instrument and an amp for electric guitar.

*** Specialties ***
Teach theory as relates to students progress- examples, chords as relate to major scales, understanding of I IV V chords
in popular music genres, develop knowledge of chords & rhythmic sense before learning songs. I teach in styles of blues,
rock. jazz, country and classical.
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Vaden Y. April 18, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Vaden is really enjoying the lessons!
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Emily D. October 29, 2014
Piano · In home
Verified Student
We enjoy having Mr. Charlie come to our house and teach our 5 year old son Xavier how to play the piano. He makes sure our son stays focused and goes at a pace that works for him. Xavier has learned a lot, and we are grateful to Mr. Charlie.
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sue M. December 1, 2013
Guitar
Verified Student
excellent teacher

Mr Nichols is an excellent teacher, he is always patient and understanding. He is willing to stop and review the lesson no matter how long it take the student to understand it.
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Charles N.

Charles N.

Clayton, NC 27520
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Kevin M.

Fayetteville, NC

About Kevin

Taking a profound interest in the guitar at the age of 3, I developed a keen sense of improvisational skills in my earlier years, eventually playing in multiple styles of amateur bands that included Rock, Jazz, Funk, Bluegrass, and improvisational Jam-bands.

After high school I gained great experience "gigging" professionally in various experimental bluegrass, rock, and Jam-bands but soon sought more stable work as a musician and composer.

I returned to school to obtain a degree in music performance and composition. After rapidly advancing on the piano and furthering my studies in clas
sical and jazz music in college, my interests gravitated toward advanced studies in music theory and composition.

Since then I have performed professionally for private and public recitals, festivals, musical contests, conventions, restaurants, weddings, etcetera.

I have been formally teaching beginning to advanced studies on the guitar and piano to all ages, while continuing to perform professionally.

I invite all to explore my profile and listen to my guitar and piano music.

Why Choose Kevin as your Music Teacher?

As a young, developing musician, I was always frustrated with many of my teachers whom taught on a "need to know" basis. This left me with many unanswered questions about music and practice that would have to be answered over much time spent practicing and studying.

Understandably, this was due to the many abstract musical concepts and performing techniques, each of which have many levels of complexity. This made comprehension and execution of these concepts and techniques a step by step process that would take much time and practice spent on each step. It was a, seemingly necessary, general to specific method of teaching that was intended to prevent students from becoming overwhelmed and discouraged.

Nonetheless, I had always felt that I could have saved myself much unnecessary time and struggle that could better be utilized by being devoted to more efficient and aggressive progress within my practice, if presented with the "big picture" so to speak. As I progressed further through a lifetime of music studies, I increasingly confirmed this to be true. I began to question exactly who were teachers trying to make the music lesson easier on, the student or themselves. After all, isn't it the teacher's job, first and foremost among many other duties, to promote and inspire understanding as completely as possible, despite the difficulty in presentation and explanation? Of course, teaching methods often should be, and are adapted to fit each individual student, but I quickly noticed a dramatic difference in my own, as well as my student's, ability, understanding, and overall progress when applying an analytically and full explanation of both theory and technique within my music lessons.

General Overview:

In general, the lessons I offer focus on various styles of interest, learning to play favorite songs and exercises with related scales and chords, timing and rhythm, playing by ear, physical technique, reading tabs or staff music, and basic to advanced compositional techniques and song writing skills.

It is always best to start in a lesson book of appropriate age and skill level, but the lessons can also take on a more informal approach if desired.

Lesson Plan

All lessons despite levels of ability consist of a basic lesson plan of warm-up's with technique building exercises, theoretical concepts, ear training and dictation, performance, and outline of practice plans and goals for the following lesson. Each lesson is followed up by lesson notes that contain updated progress reports, review of lesson, tips and goals for practice to assist in the student's practice throughout the week and keep students on track.

Lesson Material Covered

Musical Alphabet, Tonal Orientation, Tuning, Right and Left Hand Positions and exercises, Picking and Strumming exercises, Playing Notes on the Neck, Rhythm, Time Signatures, Counting, Basic Musical Intervals (Whole Steps & Half Steps), The Chromatic Musical Alphabet and Scale, The Major Scale, Scale Degrees, Intervals of the Major Scale, Interval Qualities, Keys, Key Signatures, The Circle of Fifths, Chords, Triads, Chord Inversions, Relativity and Determining Chord Quality, Easy Chord Building, Major Scale Triads, Major Scale Modes, Common Chord Progressions, 7th Chords, 9th Chords, 11th Chords, 13th Chords, Bar Chords, Accompaniment, Solos, Phrasing, Chops, Improvisation, Creative Song Writing and More.

Beginning to Advanced Lessons

For beginning musicians, the first lessons focuses on orientation of the instrument, tuning, basic theory, playing technique, and becoming familiar with basic chords related to song chosen by the student or outlined in book. Depending on difficulty of song chosen, duration of lesson, and amount of time students have for practice, most songs can be accomplished within 2 -3 lessons.

Intermediate Lessons , and Advanced Lessons begin with a quick evaluation of knowledge, technique, ability, and any current material or songs the student has been working on to determine a strong jumping off point.

Moving At Your Own Pace

Kevin provides patient and relaxed music lessons while instilling a perfect balance of challenge that drives the learning process keeping it all passionately fun and exciting. As an educated composer with twenty-seven years of performance and practice experience, Kevin is a goldmine of knowledge for those who seek to know the "What", "Why", and "How" of music. Kevin is also accustomed to strictly focusing on performing for those who want to get playing songs as soon as possible. He has had 10 years of experience teaching both children and adults.

Music Theory Lessons, weekly progress and focus:

Theory I

1.) Elements of The Music; Staff, Scales, Key Signatures 2.) Intervals 3.) Composition Guidelines and Chords 4.) Duration; Time Signatures 5.) Cadences: Authentic; Half 6.) Cadences; Minor Keys, Picardy Third, Empty Fifth 7.) Part Writing; Single Chords, Repeated Triads, Cadences 8.) Part Writing: Phrase Lengths, Melody Harmonization 9.) Key Board Harmonization 10.) Subdominant Triad 11.) Melodic Line: Period, Sequence 12.) Melodic Line; Intervals, Range, Climax Tone 13.) Transposition; C Clefs 14.) Triad Inversions 15.) Part Writing Inversions 16.) Review of Composition

Theory II

1.) Review of Theory I. (2.) Harmonic Progression; Analysis. (3.) Harmonic Progression; Part Writing and Composition Guidelines. (4.) Non-harmonic Tones; Passing, Neighboring Tones. (5.) Non-harmonic; Suspensions. (6.) Non-harmonic Tones; Other Dissonances. (7.) Dominant 7th and Supertonic 7th Chords. (8.) Submediant and Mediant Triads. (9.) Melodic Line. (10.) Keyboard Harmonization. (11.) Dominant and Subtonic Triads. (12.) Harmonic Sequence. (13.) Secondary Dominant Chords. (14.) Modulation Use of Finale Program. (15.) Part Writing Modulations. (16.) Review and Composition

Theory III

(1.) Review of Theory II. (2,) Modulation Analysis. (3.) Composition; Modulation: Part writing. (4.) Diminished Triad: Analysis. (5.) Diminished Triad Part Writing. (6.) Modulations with Diminished Seventh. (7.) Modulation with Diminished Seventh Part-writing. (8.) Binary and Ternary Forms. (9.) Sonata Form. (10.) Instrumental Part-writing. (11.) Melody Harmonization. (12.) Diatonic Seventh Chords Harmonic Sequence. (13.) Modal Mixture. (14.) Neapolitan Sixth, Augmented Triads. (15.) Augmented Sixth Chords. (16.) Composition Review

Theory IV

(1.) Review. (2.) A6th Modulations. (3.) A6th Misc. Composition Guidelines. (4.) 9th Chords (5.) 11th & 13th Chords. (6.) Complex Harmonic Progressios. (7.) Romanticism. (8.) Evasion of Tonic (.9) Impressionism. (10.) Quartal Harmony, Modes. (11.) 20th Century Harmony. (12.) Serialism techniques. (13.) Serialism in Composition. (14.) Aleatory, Electronic, Minimalism. (15.) Review and Composition.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Classical, electric, and acoustic guitars, Piano, Amplifier, Foot Pedals, Library of Lesson Books and sheet music songs and exercises, Recording Studio, Computer, CD Player, Music Stands, Space for Parents, Webcam, "Peace and Quiet" Parent Lounge with coffee and TV.

Everything needed to produce the optimal learning environment

*** Travel Equipment ***
Electric, acoustic, classical guitars, portable grand piano, music book, sheet music, music stands.

*** Specialties ***
Music Theory and Composition, Rock, Jam-band, Classical Guitar, Improvisation, Bluegrass, versatility in style and genera.
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Kevin M.

Kevin M.

Fayetteville, NC 28303
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$25 / 30-min
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Nanci M.

Garner, NC

About Nanci

I have over 20 years of experience. I graduated from Wagner Music Conservatory in Miami, Florida and also earned more than 85 credit hours towards a BA in Music Education from Florida International University. I have experience teaching all ages from 7 to 70! I use the John Thompson Piano Method and supplement teaching with fun pieces to keep children interested and engaged.
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Nanci M.

Nanci M.

Garner, NC 27529
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$25 / 30-min
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Ivet I.

Fayetteville, NC

About Ivet

I am Ivelina and I love teaching piano. I love working with kids.
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Ivet I.

Ivet I.

Fayetteville, NC 28311
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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brittani W.

Clayton, NC

About brittani

Hello!
I graduated in 2012 from the University of Mount Olive with a Bachelor's degree in Muwic Education. I teach all styles of singing. My company, GiftsofLife focuses on helping the student embrace and enhance their own unique sound.
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brittani W.

brittani W.

Clayton, NC 27520
starting at
$25 / 30-min

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