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David M.

Carmichael, CA

About David

I have been a working musician and occasional private music teacher for over 40 years. During that time I had a career in the professional audio and video industry, during which I learned how to successfully deal with people. I recently returned to school and completed a Bachelor of Music in Music Education degree at CSU Sacramento. My goal is to bring excitement and enthusiasm for music and playing an instrument to my students, and to create musicians who will make and enjoy music throughout their lives. I play guitar, bass guitar and flute, and enjoy teaching all of them to all age groups.

*** Lesson Details ***
Playing music is supposed to be fun. Lessons include playing, so they should be fun as well. My lessons are both focused and fun. I believe you get out of music what you put in. If a student doesn't practice in between lessons, I will know. If a student does practice, I will know that as well. My lessons stress not only what to practice, but how. In 3-6 months, the beginning student can expect to be able to make a pleasing sound on the instrument, and be able to play beginning repertoire. Most importantly, the student will be able to play well enough to enjoy the instrument, which inevitably leads to more productive practice and continued improvement. This continued improvement is what lessons are all about.

*** Travel Equipment ***
If I travel to a student's home, I will bring my instrument only. I expect the student to provide all other equipment necessary for the lesson.

*** Specialties ***
Folk guitar, rock and roll and blues bass, classical flute, analog and digital recording, music theory
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Mike D. September 20, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Good start! Fed me the right amount of info for a "total beginner".
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Bill M. February 25, 2016
Bass Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Had a great time , I got a lot of new information and insight about my playing right from the get go. Looking forward to next week.
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Destiny D. October 9, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
It was an honor to meet David. He has a wonderful personality and a comfortable disposition. I have confidence regarding his teaching skills and I am truly excited about the lessons to come. I have faith that my desire to learn to play my guitar will be an incredible journey.
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David M.

David M.

Carmichael, CA 95608
(3)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Nathan B.

Sacramento, CA

Do you want to learn Songwriting?

Have fun learning in a patient and enthusiastic environment. Begin the journey into your creativity and musical understanding!

About Nathan

TEACHING METHOD & PHILOSOPHY

Nathan knows that learning music can be intimidating. Because of this, he emphasizes patience, kindness, and encouragement: he wants the student to be as comfortable as possible. Nathan gently guides the student through various fundamentals which include scales, counting, finger exercises, melodic and harmonic patterns, and rhythmic structures. Then you move into working on a song or other piece of music (as lessons progress, you often begin with the song and work back toward the exercises). Nathan counts the beat or plays along with the student as needed.

St
udents of theory, songwriting and composition learn the names of notes, and then learn how these notes make scales and chords. There is also work on rhythm. With these elements, we move into exploring how musical pieces – songs, compositions – are made. Student original work is highly encouraged.

There is of course space for the spontaneous: students often will play something new, outside the lines of the lesson, and wonder what it is they made. Nathan shows them how to notate their creations so they may play them again. Also, students often have questions, and Nathan highly encourages the asking. They may be wondering about a song they heard or already enjoy, or something will rise from the work of the lesson. All music questions welcome.

LESSON STRUCTURE

Half-hour lessons are recommended. Thirty minutes of focused concentration can be a lot of time – especially for children (you often just need to be open to more spontaneity) – and much work can be done in that space. For those wanting a longer lesson, Nathan suggests considering learning two instruments at once, and/or complementing your instrument by going more in-depth with theory. What you learn on one instrument can be translated onto another. The lesson time would be split between the two areas of focus.

For drums and piano, Nathan use the adult and children’s versions of the Alfred Beginner Series. With guitar and bass (and often with drums), Nathan encourages students to bring material of their choice (as well as acquiring a tuner), however he can make recommendations depending on the student's needs and goals. Students of these instruments generally seem more motivated at the beginning by the thought of learning a song, or learning how to write a song, while the piano lends itself more naturally to learning notation. Nathan asks all students to use spiral notebooks. This helps track the lessons and brings clarity to what will be expected for the next lesson. For students, writing down their music goals is very helpful, too. With children, these books are great for communication, as well as aiding the parents in helping their children keep up with practicing. Nathan also recommends music manuscript paper (learning an instrument CAN make you a composer).

For theory, song-writing and composition, you use the aforementioned spiral notebooks as well as the manuscript paper. Nathan typically uses the piano and drums to teach these topics, but if the student wishes, you may enter this work through another instrument.

LOCATION

Lessons may take place in Nathan's home music parlor in Midtown, Sacramento or at your location. Lessons online via Skype are available.

COST

$25/30 minutes
$40/45 minutes
$50/60 minutes

BIO

With 5+ years teaching experience (and over 30 years music experience), Nathan is here to offer beginning level lessons in drums, piano, electric bass, guitar, theory, songwriting and composition. If there is a more advanced musician who just needs a refresher, or possibly some different ideas, Nathan is available to you as well. Learning music can be terrifying, and Nathan wants to be the one to help you get past that fear, to help you feel how joyful and fun it is to make music.

Nathan entered the world of music by listening and appreciating music (first memory – at age 2 or 3 – is being fascinated by the sounds of a Neil Diamond record). At age 11, he began to learn the drums. At 12, he joined the junior high Jazz ensemble and has been enjoying the drum set ever since.

After high school, Nathan dived into his study of music theory, songwriting and composition (and began studying piano, guitar and bass) and soon had an AA in Music from Sacramento City College. After a number of years wherein he composed and performed my own material, Nathan wanted to broaden his compositional palette. He transferred to the University of California, Davis, where he received a BA in Music. Diving ever deeper into composition at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, Nathan earned an MFA in Creative Inquiry, Interdisciplinary Arts. His MFA Thesis included composing and recording an album of all-original material for solo piano.

Throughout his teens, Nathan performed drums and percussion in numerous music groups, including marching and concert bands, symphony orchestras, instrumental and vocal Jazz ensembles, show pop groups as well as drumming in a band with close friends. In his late teens and early twenties, Nathan branched out, learning other instruments, songwriting and composition. At 23 he had his first solo show featuring his own songs, and soon after had his first band. Since then he has maintained various ensembles as well as working as a sideman in numerous groups. From wild and chaotic Noise and Free Jazz shows to the sad solemnity of memorials to the joyful bliss of wedding celebrations, Nathan has enjoyed and continues to enjoy performing in diverse situations and venues. Equally close to his heart is the writing: he maintains a composition practice, which he nurtures daily.

INFLUENCES

Nathan enjoys soaking in the influences of various styles of music. Jazz, Classical, Rock & Roll, Rock Steady, Progressive Rock, Hip-Hop, Folk, Blues, Heavy Metal, R & B, Reggae, Pop, Funk, Latin, New Age, Punk, World Beat, Trance, Country, Adult Contemporary, and Soul: all these styles influence his playing and writing.
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Laith G. September 13, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Nathan is a really great guy , he was very nice and patient with my 4 year old, welling to work with me on my busy schedule. Very kind and helpful.
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Kylie K. February 12, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Great Teacher for young children.
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Gizelly C. December 9, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
It took us a while to find a good music instructor but I am glad though, because we found Nathan! With our children having short attention span, some instructors don’t have patience with kids like that.
Nathan is not only patient but also very calm and good with children. I recommend him to my family and friends. :-)
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Nathan B.

Nathan B.

Sacramento, CA 95816
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starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Loren R.

Elk Grove, CA

Many people would like to learn to make up songs. Some aspire to include lyrics and communicate to the world. This can start with trying it out with a teacher. Lessons can provide an excellent bridge between the initial stages of gathering your musical tools and actually delivering a song to others with a recording or performance.

About Loren

Loren is a well-known music instructor and has been teaching private music lessons in the Elk Grove area since 2002. He has been teaching for years and years, has two music degrees and is an active performer in many styles, enjoying a steady gigging schedule in the Sacramento area. He's "the real deal."

*** Lesson Details ***
The lessons are of the highest quality available as the student learns to read music, is guided in music theory with ear training, technique, and performance, however performance remains optional. There are options.

We often begin with songs that the student alre
ady likes. Sometimes that's the ticket. From Bach to the Beatles, Taylor Swift to Bob Dylan, there are always great entrance points.

Theory, (chords, intervals, scales, cadences, etc.) Reading music, (tabs, traditional music notation, charts), Technique, (right and left hand patterns), it's all covered. It's fun and legitimate education.

*** Specialties ***
Lessons in piano or guitar cover all popular music styles including country, rock, and classical.
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Nicole L. September 22, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Loren is a great instructor and my granddaughter loves him as a teacher. He is creative with her which stimulates her desire to learn more and to enjoy her journey. He is timely which is so much appreciated.
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Micah H. September 22, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Loren is a great instructor and my grandson loves him as a teacher. He is creative with my grandson which stimulates his desire to learn more and to enjoy his journey. He is timely which is so much appreciated.
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Micah H. September 22, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Loren is a great instructor and my grandson loves him as a teacher. He is creative with my grandson which stimulates his desire to learn more and to enjoy his journey. He is timely which is so much appreciated.
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Loren R.

Loren R.

Elk Grove, CA 95624
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starting at
$32 / 30-min
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Eddie R.

Sacramento, CA

All styles of popular songwriting. Covers form, structure, theory, lyrics and arrangements

About Eddie

I'm a Sac State B.M. Graduate who loves to teach! I specialized in Jazz at CSUS, but I love playing rock, blues, country, folk, punk, funk, you name it! I also studied English with an emphasis in Creative Writing, so if you're an aspiring fellow songwriter, I can surely help you out with that as well. I tailor each lesson to the individual needs and wants of the student. Just starting out? Welcome! Want to learn to write your own songs? I gotcha. Want to learn to sight read so you can pass an audition or play in a school band? No problem! Want to learn to improvise like Wes Montgomery, Jimi He
ndrix, Eric Clapton, etc (just a few of my favorites)... let's get to work!
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James B. January 13, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
My son's reaction when he finished, "Just one word, AWESOME ".
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Kevin September 4, 2015
Guitar · In home
Eddie is a true musicologist. He's helped me with theory, scales, modes, music reading, song writing, and helped me to incorporate many different computer programs into my composing and recording. If you want to improve you music, Eddie can help.
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Eddie R.

Eddie R.

Sacramento, CA 95826
(2)
starting at
$30 / 25-min
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Kevin B.

Sacramento, CA

In addition to my musical experience, which includes having a degree, I wrote music for a band I was in, Eden's Requiem. I am happy to teach about how to get over songwriting writer's block, methods of songwriting, and to work on your songs with you!

About Kevin

I've been teaching private lessons for the past year and am very passionate about my students - making you succeed is my life's blood and whatever your goal is, that's my goal too! I've performed in many different musicals and operas in Sacramento, and been hired to sing professionally both as a soloist and a chorus singer. I went to California State University, Sacramento and earned my Bachelor of Arts in Music in 2015. I've since been very active in the music theatre scene in Sacramento, and my music theatre students love me! I'd love to see what we can do to make you a great singer!
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Lisa August 17, 2016
Vocal Training · In studio
My 12 year old son had private vocal lessons with Kevin and really enjoyed the time Kevin spent working with him. I appreciated Kevin's ability to assess my son's skill level and develop an individualized plan to help him work towards his goals at his own pace. Kevin maintains a relaxed, stress free atmosphere during his lessons, and my son really appreciated that. I highly recommend!
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Peter H. July 22, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Kevin was on time, courteous and very positive with my son. Great 1st lesson!
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Billy Priest June 30, 2016
Piano · Online
Verified Student
Kevin is friendly, easy to talk to, and very knowledgeable about music theory. He's also an active performer, so that experience applies to his lessons. I strongly recommend Kevin for early beginners and advanced theory students.
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Kevin B.

Kevin B.

Sacramento, CA 95826
(15)
starting at
$25 / 30-min

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