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David R.

Cary, NC

David’s 35 years of teaching and performing experience, coupled with intensive years of formal studies with many of the world's greatest guitarists, 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. David is committed to helping students enjoy and excel in playing the music they love.

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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Sabil July 17, 2016
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Great teacher ... thorough and provides instruction based on students skill and need
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Daphne S. June 1, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
David pointed out how I was moving incorrectly from one chord to another, I didn't even realize I was doing it. He showed me an exercise to break that bad habit, it is also helping me to move from one chord to another smoothly and easily. I can already tell the difference in just a few days. He explained things in a way, I fully understood. I had a great lesson and cant wait till the next!
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John W. September 28, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Great lesson today. I particularly like the focus on fundamentals. David is helping me to refine my guitar playing and thereby open new windows for me. Great sense of humor too.
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David R.

David R.

Cary, NC 27519
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starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Emily M.

Durham, NC

Lessons for beginners usually start with simple single note melodies, basic chords (C, G, D) and simple songs using those chords so as to put them to practical use as fast as possible and keep students interested. After that comes bar chords and more complex riffs into full solos. I try to tailor my lesson plan to what each student is most interested in so they will stick with it!

About Emily

Emily began singing at 4 years old and picked up her first guitar at 12. At 16 she started playing local venues around town. She attended Berklee College of Music in Boston from 2008-2012, one of the top contemporary music schools in the world. She has a degree in Contemporary Writing and Production, professionalizing her music transcription and recording skills. In 2008 Emily began teaching her first guitar and voice lessons at Belvoir Terrace, a performing arts camp for girls in Western Massachusetts. It was there that she fell in love with teaching and has since picked up several private vo
ice and guitar students. As a teacher, Emily strives to help her students find their musical passion and keep it alive through fun and informative exercises. She also loves to work with songwriters, teaching them how to brainstorm ideas, play with rhyme, and get over “writers block.” She teaches some students how to use recording equipment to make their own demos or record other bands.
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Dave May 7, 2016
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
First lesson was great. Since I am an intermediate guitarist she is taking the time to assess where my skills are at which is exactly what she should do. She already taught me some stuff that made an immediate improvement.
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Wesley N. February 12, 2016
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
My son is really enjoying working with Emily!!!
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Kimberly G. February 13, 2013
Songwriting
Verified Student
she is awesome and she knows and understand music

way cool and she make it fun instead of work ! this is fun i would like to do this as a occupation
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Emily M.

Emily M.

Durham, NC 27705
(3)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Kevin D.

Raleigh, NC

I am a career music teacher and teach beginning guitar in school. I can teach notation and tab. What do you want to learn?

About Kevin

I am a professional music teacher with 30+ years experience. Very experienced at teaching all band instruments. Expert at Saxophones - Clarinet. I am Nationally Board Certified as a Band Teacher. I can teach a student what they need from specific solos to audition materials to Jazz Improvisation. I currently perform throughout the area. I am experienced at teaching students of ALL ages what they want to learn about the saxophone and clarinet. I can play and demonstrate for you as a musician. I own and play Soprano, Alto and Tenor Sax. Bari as well but do not own one. I also play clarinet and
flute. I am a good young piano teacher.

I have successfully taught many students to success at district and honors band level auditions, as well as prep for Governor's School and College Auditions.

I can teach you what you would like to know to be successful at your instrument.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Stands, Chairs, Recording Equipment and Sound Playback if needed.

Can do Smart Music.

*** Travel Equipment ***
My Chrysler 2011 - if needed.

*** Specialties ***
Saxophones and Clarinets - Young Piano. Beginning ALL Band Instruments.
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Connor August 3, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Kevin is a great teacher for my little beginner.
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Barry Walsh January 8, 2016
Saxophone · In studio
Verified Student
Excellent instructor, very relaxed atmosphere and provided a lot of good information. Especially liked that fact that he took the time to cover what was needed rather than strict adherence to the clock. Highly recommend his as a music instructor.
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Peter K. July 3, 2015
Clarinet · In studio
Verified Student
Kevin is very well versed in musical instruments. We took an older clarinet to him and he identified what type it was and was able to play it and teach how to play it. Looking forward to more lessons.
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Kevin D.

Kevin D.

Raleigh, NC 27614
(4)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Robert G.

Raleigh, NC

"Experienced guitar teacher of over 20 years available for students of all experience levels and ages! I structure my lessons so students learn what they want to learn, while also building a strong foundation of music theory. I have written 6 Levels which have been modified over the years and produce results quickly. All material used to teach with is in pdf form and is easily explained. My goal is for you to be the best you can be.

About Robert

Fun & highly individualized lessons
Patient teacher who tends to your needs with a flexible schedule
Specializing in theory, soloing, technique & ear training
Worksheets in pdf form and each lesson written out in Google docs

Versatile performer, recording artist and teacher in private lessons for over 20 years. A musical journeyman from the Boston area and a resident for the past 10 years in Raleigh, NC, Rob's unique, eclectic playing style and tailored-to-your-needs teaching approach have been a proven success.

Rob studied with Berklee graduate Paul DiBartolo (Spread Eagle/MCA Recor
ds) and guitar extraordinaire Gary Hoey (Wazoo Music Group) also Berklee Professor's Jon Finn and Joe Stump. This lead to the Summer Performance Program at Berklee College of Music and was entitled a Certificate of Completion on August 8th, 2003.
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Kyle June 28, 2016
Guitar · Online
Incredibly knowledgeable in physical techniques required for guitar; He is a master of all the subjective hands-on knowledge you can't learn from a video or a book, like individual hand/wrist placement, strength building, muscle memory, string bending. His curriculum is excellent for developing the raw ability to play as desired.

We initially did lessons in person then transitioned to Skype once I moved away. I found no difference between in-person or Skype.
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Alex June 18, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Before I became a student under my teacher, I thought that my previous teacher was good. However, looking back, my first teacher (Not Robert Grant), was horrible. The one distinct difference between many of the casual guitar teachers and Robert is that he has a great curriculum for teaching kids and adults the proper techniques, different styles, and practices for playing the guitar. I remember on the first lesson, he immediately commented my wrong form for my picking hand. Since then he has assisted me in correcting bad technique, pursuing my strengths and passions, and expanding my knowledge in music theory, both specific for guitar and for music in general. His curriculum is equal if not better than many college courses for music(classical, jazz, etc. courses). I have been with him for 3-4 years now and I find myself greatly improved from when I first started. I would recommend going to Robert if you want to seriously learn how to play the guitar with a brilliantly structured course.
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Justin June 18, 2016
Guitar · Online
I've been playing guitar for 28 years and Robert has done more to advance my playing in the last 5 months than anything else I've done over that time. Whether online or in person, Robert has a great mix of laid back attitude with a task-master's approach; he encourages his students to have fun with the guitar, but to take it and their work with it seriously. In a really short time, I've picked up a wealth of music theory and my technique has improved dramatically. Most importantly, I'm having more fun playing than I have in years. I can't recommend Robert highly enough.
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Robert G.

Robert G.

Raleigh, NC 27616
(5)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Tyler L.

Raleigh, NC

I use color-coded methods proven to help students learn twice as fast!

About Tyler

I attended North Carolina State University class2010, majored in Biological Sciences, Psychology and minored in Arts Entrepreneurship - a minor focused on building, marketing and successfully operating Arts Businesses.

Soon after college I spent 3 years as General Manager (head of business operations, managing ~30 employees, ~20 of which are music instructors) at NAMM top 100 music school and dealer (recognized as a top 100 music school and store front).

In addition to being GM ; I also held two other positions as Lead/Managing Music Instructor (managing +20 instructors, combined teach
ing +2,000 lessons per month).

During this period of growth I became the head of the Rock Academy Program, where handpicked students of similar age, talent level and taste in music formed into bands. The Rock Academy played gigs at local venues and benefit concerts for local charities.
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Tyler L.

Tyler L.

Raleigh, NC 27601
starting at
$25 / 30-min

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