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David R.

Cary, NC

About David

David discovered his love for music early on at the age of seven with the musical/movie: The Sound of Music. He and his siblings would entertain their babysitter by acting out the entire musical - singing and dancing along with the soundtrack. To make it even more fun, they would sometimes speed up the vinyl record and perform in extra-fast mode! (And that was way before 'Wii - Just Dance!')

He vividly remembers his first real musical instruction back in elementary school:
“Everyone in 4th Grade was given a Recorder to learn how to play 'Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star'. When the
music teacher had the class play together, she noticed that I wasn't looking down at my music booklet as I played, since I was 'playing by ear'. Not only was my booklet turned to the wrong page; it was upside down as well! To admonish me, she had me stand up in front of the whole class and play solo - as she held the booklet in front of me. Enthusiastically, I rendered the complete song correctly, only pretending to read from the page as she held it, but actually 'playing by ear'. Upon getting to the end of the tune, I suddenly broke out in a jazzed-up, improvised version of 'Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star', arousing the whole class to spontaneously tap their feet in rhythm and clap with delight . . . my first solo performance!”

David eventually took up guitar in his teens, becoming involved with playing for musicals such as "Godspell" and "Jesus Christ Superstar". During high school, he also played in the Bluegrass band 'Odell & Zeke', and in the Rock band 'Ring Wraith', performing for local dances and proms.

Extremely versatile within classical and popular guitar styles, David played in the Top-40-Hit music video, Shine Shine, by The Bee Gees' Barry Gibb – alongside pop-star legend - Michael Jackson. David is also mentioned in Just Jazz Guitar Magazine for his jazz endeavors; and he has years of experience as a church music director.

As a Classical concert guitarist, David has performed throughout the USA and Europe. His live performances have been broadcast on television and radio: NPR’s Performance Today (USA); CBC’s Arts National (Canada); RAI Television’s In Concerto (Italy), and the Hungarian National Television. Successful in competitions, David won First Prize in the 20th International Guitar Competition in Milan, Italy and First Prize in the National Wurlitzer Artist Competition, USA. He has received other awards and grants as well, including a Solo Recitalist Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Governor's Award from Department of State, Florida. Moreover, he was chosen for the rosters of both the California State Touring Program and the North Carolina Visiting Artists Program.

David’s 35 years of teaching and performing experience, coupled with intensive years of formal studies with many of the world's greatest guitarists, including Andres Segovia, Eliot Fisk, David Russell, Christopher Parkening, Holzman, Ghiglia, Morgen, Tomas, Isbin - have afforded him a rich and in-depth understanding of music and the guitar. He shares all of this with his students in an insightful and uniquely original manner.

Education:

Florida State University - Master of Music - Guitar Performance

Florida State University - Bachelor of Music - Guitar Performance

Certificates of Professional Study:
- L'Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Italy
- Aspen Music Festival

*** Lesson Details ***
Wouldn't you love to play the music that you enjoy listening to the most?
Ever listen to your very favorite songs on your iPod or on the radio and really wish you could just play along? Well, here's your opportunity! Even if you are just beginning, I can help get you up and strumming in no time! You can choose your favorite songs to play - and I will show you how! Imagine playing along with Taylor Swift, Maroon 5, Fun, Ke$Ha, Demi Lovato, Flo Rida, Alex Clare, Ne-Yo, and more!
And for you adults: imagine playing your favorite songs from the 60's, 70's, and 80's. What a wonderful way to re-kindle all the fun, memories and meaningful songs of your youth!

I am committed to helping you really enjoy and excel in playing the music you love! You will find our lessons fun, interesting, and always inspiring. What better way to be motivated to learn and play, than having fun . . . and enjoying it along the way?!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Separate, professional studio in a nice setting. Lots of windows, art, books make it inviting and cozy. Special separate adjacent room for parents and siblings, allowing parents to watch lessons through glass doors without "intruding".

*** Travel Equipment ***
I carry my own iPad, computer, cd player.
Students should have instrument, capo, music. Ability for student to take video recording/audio recording is helpful. Often, we will use parent's iPhone at end of lesson to record important concepts/techniques/etc.

*** Specialties ***
I am versatile within classical and popular guitar styles: folk, country, rock, new age, praise, bluegrass. My in-depth understanding of music theory, guitar technique, and performance affords me a wealth of practical and artistic experience from which I lead students on their musical journey.
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Megan O. June 23, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
David is absolutely fabulous. He is flexible, caring and willing to work at my daughter's pace. Even when she gets frustrated, he stays totally calm and handles it with ease. He keeps things light and fun, but somehow manages to keep her on task at the same time. Best of all, my eight year old daughter is truly loving playing the guitar! I cannot recommend him highly enough.
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Sammy B. June 9, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
I started lessons with David a couple of months ago unsure about whether I'd stick with guitar lessons at all. I mean, the web is full of tutorials for playing. But I figured I'd give lessons a try.

I have been extremely pleased with my lessons and my progress thus far. Our lessons are a nice mix of learning songs and techniques and always emphasizing what I want to be learning. Considering I'm 39 and years out of school, this is important for me.

David has also been a remarkable teacher for my 8 year old son. Both my wife and I are very happy with the instruction we have received. Yes, David is slightly more expensive than some others here, but you get what you pay for! I wouldn't hesitate to recommend him for anyone looking for lessons.
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Paul J. January 25, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
I began taking guitar lessons from David over year ago after several years of lessons with other teachers. I feel quite lucky to have found David, who is not only an extremely talented guitarist but an exceptional teacher. The guitar can be a somewhat intimidating instrument for a “mature adult” student such as myself, but David makes every lesson a positive, fun experience that I always look forward to. He patiently demonstrates techniques, explains concepts in clear, understandable terms, and gently critiques my playing. I have made a great deal of progress in a short amount of time under David's mentorship and I unequivocally recommend him to anyone who wants to become a better guitarist.
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David R.

David R.

Cary, NC 27519
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Gabriel A.

Carrboro, NC

About Gabriel

I'm a 24 year-old performing musician with 8 years of teaching experience. I'm an active member in the NC Triangle music scene as a performer and recording artist. I also teach Pilates, where I learned the value of self-awareness and balance, which is at the core of my teaching principles.

I feel I have something to offer to all levels and ages and have found my method to be highly engaging for young children and beginners.

:: My Home Studio ::

I have a living room studio in Carrboro equipped with my band gear, making for fun multi-instrumental lessons! Recording gear and a power
ful PA allow us to play to various audio tracks and record our own material. These tools are invaluable and key to my personal development as an artist.

:: Teaching at Your Home ::

You don't need a drum kit to start taking lessons!

I'll bring a drum pad, sticks, and a metronome, and occasionally some hand drums. All you need to supply is a pen and paper.
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Sam K. August 1, 2014
Drum · In studio
Learning drums with Gabriel was an excellent experience. He's patient, skilled, communicative, and eager to be teaching. I'd recommend him to folks of all ages and skill levels.
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Phil T. August 1, 2014
Drum · In home
I've collaborated on a number of musical projects with Gabe -- mixing, writing and recording in studios. He is extremely talented and has always been a pleasure to be around. I would definitely recommend him to my own students (I teach guitar in Durham), as his patience and ability to explain complicated ideas is excellent.
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Samantha M. June 21, 2014
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
My son who is 13 took lessons with Gabriel and had a great experience. We were only able to pay for 30 minute lessons due to a tight budget, but none the less Gabriel used those short times to teach my son as much as he could! Putting his musical knowledge to use while incorporating things such as the importance and benefits of stretching your arm muscles before playing was very cool and useful, and I would highly recommend lessons with him to anyone considering drum lessons!
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Gabriel A.

Gabriel A.

Carrboro, NC 27510
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Georgiary B.

Durham, NC

About Georgiary

You’ll be delighted with the music you can make! I have a Stanford B.A. in music with a piano performance concentration, and a Duke Ph.D. in musicology. I’ve been teaching children and adults music for over 30 years and I love every minute of it. Music connects us with our spiritual, creative and intellectual genius. I strive to facilitate the discovery process in my students.

If you’ve had difficulty finding age-appropriate lessons for your preschool child, look no more. You will love the WunderKeys program. WunderKeys engages preschoolers right where they are. Then it steadily builds th
eir skills, knowledge and confidence through fun, hands-on activities.

I welcome students from age 3 to 99, and would love the opportunity to embark on this musical adventure with you and/or your child.
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Holly N. April 28, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Wow! She is such an awesome instructor. She truly understands how to work with children, and to not only make it interesting, but fun!!! My son enjoys going to piano, and talks about his finger friends on a regular basis. I am so glad I chose her to be my son's instructor. Thank you for your time, energy, skills, and awesome personality!!! See you soon!
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Georgiary B.

Georgiary B.

Durham, NC 27701
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Brandon B.

Durham, NC

About Brandon

I am a trained educator of English. I am a published author and spoken word performance poet with also much experience in theatre performance. I have much experience tutoring high school students, college students, and adults in English, Creative Writing, and Poetry.

I have also taught elementary students, 3rd and 4th grade at risk students, on all subjects.

I can also work with Spanish speaking students on tutoring English and vocabulary building.

My 2 published books can be found here, http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=dp_byline_sr_ebooks_1?ie=UTF8&field-author=Brandon+Basile&search-ali
as=digital-text&text=Brandon+Basile&sort=relevancerank

And I have videos on my youtube page here
https://www.youtube.com/user/RestlessSoul13/videos
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Naomi July 16, 2015
Poetry · Online
Brandon is an amazing poet, speaker, and overall communicator. All of the input he has given on my writing has been insightful and constructive.
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Brandon B.

Durham, NC 27707
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$25 / 30-min
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Bobby W.

Chapel Hill, NC

About Bobby

Bobby graduated from South Brunswick High School in 2011 where he performed in the wind ensemble and the marching band. During high school he also performed in the Brunswick Concert Band, Brunswick All-County Band, South Eastern All-District Band and the first ever UNC-Wilmington Honors Band.

Bobby attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he majored in Music and Biology. During his time at UNC he performed in several ensembles including the UNC Wind Ensemble and Symphony Band, Tuba Quartet, Marching Band and the University Band. He received private instruction from Mik
e Kris on Euphonium all four years and held two solo recitals. Following his freshman year he began to give lessons to local middle and high school students. He graduated from UNC in May of 2015.

Bobby now works as a research technician in the Fowler lab at Duke University in the Division of Infectious Disease where he conducts research on the bacteria Staphylococcus Aureus.
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Bennett July 30, 2015
Euphonium · In studio
He creates a relaxed environment that really allows students to develop without the pressure that other instructors can create. He is also exceptional at shaping his instruction to fit your musical level and goals. Finally, he is so kind and friendly.
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Dustin July 29, 2015
Trombone · In studio
Bobby was so easy to work with. He is time flexible and can help you whether you are just working on certain skills or auditioning for a solo. Bobby can teach you individually or in a group. If you play a brass instrument I would strongly recommend Bobby.
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Tyler Rizzieri July 29, 2015
Trombone · In studio
I couldn't have asked for a better instructor. Bobby was extremely flexible with my schedule and he made lessons fun. He is willing to work with each student how ever vigorously they desire, which is a great perk. If you are someone who wants to be great, he will certainly get you to that level. If you are someone who just wants to work on skill, Bobby does a great job of helping with that too. He is also someone you can regularly converse with and he becomes a friend, not just a teacher. I highly recommend Bobby as an instructor.
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Bobby W.

Bobby W.

Chapel Hill, NC 27517
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$25 / 30-min

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