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About Randall C.

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Tallahassee, FL
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About Randall
My love of music and musical talent was discovered when I was just five years old. An uncle gave me a plastic recorder and, without lessons or help from anyone, I was playing melodies within days. S
oon after I started taking private lessons on Saxophone and Clarinet.
I played my first paying job at age 14.
When I was 15, my private instructor, asked me if I would be interested in teaching. He put me on the County list of private instructors and and soon I had my own thriving studio of Sax and Clarinet students. From that time on, I have almost continuously been involved in music education.
Though I had listened to the rock "guitar gods" of the 60's I never became interested the guitar until, at the age of 15, I first heard Maestro Andres Segovia through his televised master classes. About the same time, I was amazed by the chord melody genius of jazz artists like George Van Eps, Joe Pass, and Bucky Pizzarelli. It was then I realized that the guitar could be an "orchestra."
In the small town where I grew up, there were no guitar teachers so I studied with outstanding Guitarist Ed McGuire. Later, I studied formally with several renowned professors of guitar, including Bruce Holzman at FSU and Randy Reed, a professor at Duke University in Durham North Carolina.
I have also performed in Master Classes for Classical Guitarists Atigoni Goni and Dimitri Diatchenko.
Before making North Florida my home, I toured and played throughout the Northeast, Midwest and Southeast in a variety of venues and styles from Rock to Jazz to R&B.
Even after settling down I have stayed active in the music business, playing and teaching. I continue to work regularly performing solo, or in ensembles throughout Florida from Tallahassee to Jacksonville.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am a laid back teacher who prefers to motivate my students by instilling my love of, and enthusiasm for, music in them rather than using any kind of "scare" tactics. I had a very few "knuckle rapper" style teachers over the years and found them to be very unmotivating.
A large percentage of the progress a student makes happens between the lessons. The more they practice, the faster they improve.
I also believe in building a solid foundation that my students can build upon. A good teacher teaches a student how to teach themselves.
On guitar, I encourage, but don't insist on, my students learning to read music. Some styles of guitar do not require it, but I do mention the gigs I have gotten over the years because I could read.
On all instruments, I am a big believer in great technique, musicianship and improvisational skills.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Studio is in back of the house as an addition. It has its own separate entrance and is approx 160 sq feet. Well lit and with heat and air.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I will provide a music stand if needed. Students must have their own instrument. They will need to get their own books, though I do provide much supplemental material.

*** Specialties ***
Jazz, Classical, Blues, Flamenco
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Rick R. July 13, 2016
· Classical Guitar · In home
Randall was a pleasure. He is very patient and very thorough. I was given far more information than I expected. I'm very anxious for my next lesson. I would recommend Randall to anyone wishing to take up classical guitar.
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Amy R. December 15, 2013
· Guitar ·
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Randall is a great teacher who is very flexible with his teaching and willing to teach you anything that you want to learn about guitar.
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Randall C.

Randall C.

Tallahassee, FL 32305
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About Philip L.

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Tallahassee, FL
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About Philip
Guitarist Philip L. was born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida, where he began his musical studies at a young age. He was accepted to Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, named by the Grammy Foundat
ion as the top performing arts high school in the nation, and after graduating, received a scholarship to attend Stetson University. Under the direction of Dr. Stephen Robinson, the head of the guitar department at Stetson University, he was able to refine his skills and learn a great deal about the interpretation of music on the guitar.
After receiving a Bachelor’s degree in Music, Philip became an instructor at University High School in Orange City, Florida. There he directed the guitar program, which he built, and, outside of teaching, Philip performed professionally (guitar and voice) around Central Florida in various groups and styles of music, including Rock, Pop, and Jazz. Since then, he was awarded a full scholarship to the University of Akron as a Teaching Assistant and later received his Master’s under the tutelage of Stephen Aron. Philip is currently working towards his Doctorate at FSU. Philip has played a number of feature concerts and masterclasses with great guitarists of our time, such as David Russell, Andrew York, Dusan Bogdanovic, Roland Dyens, Michael Chapdelaine, and many other artists.
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*** Lesson Details ***
The first step will be evaluating the student's musical and technical skill level, then I build a curriculum from that point. As an example, a beginning student would learn how to read music, play basic rhythms, use proper left and right hand technique, and the notes in the first position on individual strings. After I have evaluated the current level of the student and their musical interest, I will begin to move my curriculum around their various needs.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I will have a music stand for you to use at your lesson. I require the student to have their own instrument so that they may practice outside of their lesson.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Music Stand

*** Specialties ***
Classical - Pop - Jazz - Songwriting - Digital Arts - Recording - Music Production - Theory - General Music
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Alex B. September 11, 2016
· Singing · In studio
Philip knows what's up. Strongly recommend him
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Jennifer C. May 17, 2015
· Guitar · In studio
He is a great instructor, with a lot of patient. His classes are very easy to understand. I would highly recommend him.
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Jackie D. May 14, 2013
· Guitar ·
I recommend Phillip as a guitar teacher.

Besides being a very skilled guitarist, Phillip is very professional and reliable. He has a very laid back personality which really worked well for my shy 7-year-old daughter. He was patient and encouraging.
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Philip L.

Tallahassee, FL 32303
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$30 / 30-min

About Marshall J.

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Tallahassee, FL
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About Marshall
I am a recent graduate with my Doctor of Music degree in Music Theory and Composition from Florida State University. I have taught music theory, aural skills, and composition there as a graduate assis
tant over the last three years. For 11 years prior to that, I worked as a full-time church music director. My main two instruments are piano and horn.

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music theory, composition, piano, French horn,
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Marshall J.

Tallahassee, FL 32306
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$30 / 30-min

About Alex B.

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Tallahassee, FL

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INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/alec9522/

Self-taught multi-instrument musician and DJ/Producer, Alex Boulos built his talent on his home piano listening to his father's compositions. He had t
he chance to be surrounded by a home music studio with several electronic instruments and softwares. A fascinating world to a young boy.

He won an international competition of piano played by ear from David Sides Playgroud Sessions when he was 13 years old.

Alex started giving piano improvisation and Djing lessons since 2012, and has been having very positive feedback from his students. He uses his experience and passion in his syllabus in order to make it an intuitive and fun course. His motto is : "Play to learn, learn to Play"
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NadaY. October 31, 2016
· Piano · In home
Best teacher ever! He puts his heart at what he does! Highly recommended!
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Kristelle B. October 30, 2016
· Ableton · Online
Alex taught me how to use Ableton with my little keyboard step by step over skype sharescreen. He was very patient and it was all very easy to follow. I highly recommend him. You'll truly learn from a master !
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Alex B.

Tallahassee, FL 32304
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