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Justin W.

Franklin, TN

About Justin

Hello! My name is Justin, a Christian musician that recently moved to the Nashville/Brentwood area from Michigan. I'm a pianist, guitarist and bassist that loves performing, teaching, learning, and above all enjoying life. When I'm not working on music, I'm usually found biking or running through the hills of southern Nashville. I love nature and all of the opportunities that it gives us to explore and learn!

I started my formal music education when I was in the third grade, taking classical piano lessons at my parents’ request. I progressed steadily but never felt truly connected to w
hat I was doing. Two years later, I was introduced to pop piano music through the worship band at my church. I learned to play by ear and read chord charts, taking my abilities far beyond the reach of classical piano. By the time that I reached high school, I was playing piano, guitar and bass as well as singing and acting. By my senior year, music had consumed so much of my time that sports were pushed to the side. I loved it!

Before I knew it, I was being pressured into picking a college. I had planned on going to school for Computer Science, but knew that music was my passion. While the money would have been great, sitting in a cubicle just isn’t my style. I decided upon Cornerstone University, a small Christian school in Grand Rapids, MI. For two years, I studied piano, voice and guitar in the school’s Contemporary Christian Music program. The program was great, but I needed a more competitive environment that only a larger school could offer.

In the fall of 2008, I transferred to Grand Valley State University and loved it! My teachers were great, the other students were supportive, and overall there was a culture of learning and growth. I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Piano Performance from Grand Valley in April of 2011. I decided to take the summer off of working and enjoy the sunshine, then moved to the Nashville area in November of 2011. I’m currently serving as Worship Leader for a church in Nashville.

*** Lesson Details ***
I believe that every student is unique, therefore each lesson should also be unique. By understanding the student's motivation to study music and play an instrument, we can work together to set goals that will set the student up for success.

For piano, I prefer to use either the Bastien or Alfred series, depending on the student's goals, experience, and age. For guitar or bass, it depends on which style(s) of music the student would like to learn. I have plenty of resources available, so the sky is the limit. No matter which instrument you study, the ability to play properly is important from the very first lesson!

Above all, learning music should be fun! Life is about finding the balance between work and play - for me, music does that perfectly. What started as a simple hobby has turned into a wonderful career. With time and practice, it's amazing how much this small hobby can enrich your life!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Quiet home studio with seating for parents.

*** Specialties ***
While in college, I studied classical voice and piano, as well as a few semesters of guitar. During that time, I held positions as both a classical singer and a pianist at churches in town.

On the side, I specialize in pop and rock music. Before college, most of my piano experience was playing with bands, pit orchestras, coffee shop duets, etc.

Classical music is invaluable, but I realize that most students are more interested in learning how to play contemporary music. As a young musician that grew up playing what he heard on the radio, I'm able to incorporate classical music and technique with modern theory and aural skills. Once you have all of those basics, the student will easily be able to learn a variety of styles of music.
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ChampaP June 27, 2012
music lessons

The lessons are great he is finally improving on sight reading. Thank you.
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Justin W.

Franklin, TN 37064
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Steven F.

Franklin, TN

About Steven

Nashville guitarist Steve F. has 30 plus years playing and teaching experience. Having relocated from Ohio in 1999, Steve has played and toured with major recording artist's Blackhawk, David Lee Murphy, Rebecca Lynn Howard, 2005 Nashville Star Winner Erika Jo, and is currently touring with MCA recording artist Andy Childs, Robin Meade, host of HLN's Morning Express, and Eagles Tribute 7 Bridges, Rod Stewart Tribute featuring Rob Caudill, and American Floyd, a tribute to Pink Floyd. Steve also teaches privately in the Nashville area and maintains Grand Staff Music in Franklin, TN.

*** Lesson D
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Lessons will be tailored to the students needs and interests. I cover anything from rock, jazz, country, blues, music theory, songwriting, and more. I will teach songs, lead guitar techniques, solos, riff's, all while explaining the theory and concepts behind the subject matter being studied! I feel that taking lessons should be an enjoyable experience and I try to make learning fun and rewarding at the same time.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Fender electric guitars, Fender Deville amp, VHT Pitbull amp, a wide array of effects, Taylor Model 810 Acoustic, and everything needed to effectively teach a wide variety of subject matter. Online lessons will include written communication via email, text, or fax, depending on availability.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I will provide my own needs, a guitar and small amp, music stand and paper, metronome, capo, etc. I expect the student to have a guitar and amp (if needed), and books we would be working out of, and basic accessories.

*** Specialties ***
Electric Lead and Rhythm Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Rock, Blues, Jazz and Country guitar styles, Nashville Number System, Songwriting, and more........
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tijana H. March 3, 2014
Guitar
great teacher

I have been taking lessons with Steve for almost 2 years now and have improved greatly in that time period, both in my skill and my love for music.I enjoy taking lessons with Steve and look forward to doing so in the future.
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David T. February 21, 2014
Guitar
Great teacher and loads of fun!

I've been taking lessons from Steve for almost 8 years (that in itself should say much about his instruction!). He is able to teach whatever category of music to any person at any level be it acoustic, electric, or theory. I would highly recommend Steve for any age group and for the novice or experienced player wanting to improve. After the many years learning from Steve I wouldn't think of taking lessons from anyone else!
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Bruce D. February 21, 2014
Guitar
Fantastic Teacher!

I tried to play guitar on my own for years, but until I started taking lessons from Steve, I never really made any progress. Steve is a great teacher that has both the natural ability to teach and play, which rare in the music lesson world. Don't waste your time and money taking lessons from someone that can't deliver what you are looking to accomplish. I believe you will be very pleased with your guitar progress if you decide to take lessons from Steve; I have personal knowledge of at least five persons of all ages taking lessons with him now and many others he has helped with various playing issues. If you need guitar lesson, Steve's your guy.
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Steven F.

Franklin, TN 37064
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$25 / 30-min
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Erica H.

Goodlettsville, TN

About Erica

Erica makes her home in Nashville after years of performing on the road with cruise ships, theme parks, and a Broadway tour. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor's of Music in Commercial Voice from Belmont University and is currently an adjunct professor for the university. Privately, she teaches pop, country, musical theatre, jazz, rock, and folk singing. She also works closely with the youth program at Street Theatre Company, producing and directing Class Act Dramatic musicals.

*** Lesson Details ***
Erica works with students of all ages to study correct singing practices, inc
reasing range, tone quality, breath support, and a well rounded repertoire. She also concentrates on the performance side of singing. This builds confidence, poise, and self-esteem in any student as well as emphasizes the importance of the story-telling aspect of a singer.

She works with the student to create a curriculum that will keeps the student's goals in mind while creating an atmosphere that stimulates creativity in the teaching style that is most effective for the individual.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Erica teaches out of the Rob H. home studio in Goodlettsville and out of her home studio in East Nashville.

*** Specialties ***
All Styles: Jazz, Musical Theatre, Country, Rock, Pop, and Folk.
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Tina S. March 6, 2014
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wonderful

Erica has been a great voice teacher for my daughter. My daughter has only been taking lessons since July and she has come a long way & really enjoys Erica & her lessons. Erica encouraged her to sing a solo in the Christmas Recital recently & over time, my daughter, felt confident enough to perform and she performed wonderfully. Erica has also been very flexible at switching our lesson days b/c my daughter is also involved in sports and have had many scheduling conflicts.
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Tish R. September 6, 2012
Verified Student
My daughter LOVES Erica!!!!!

Erica is great, easy going and knows how to handle younger children. Aiden is so excited to go to see her!!!
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Erica H.

Franklin, TN 37064
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$29.50 / 30-min
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Andy W.

Franklin, TN

About Andy

Andy is a professional drummer who has been playing and studying drums for over 20 years! He had the privilege of touring with Casting Crowns for over 6 years and playing alongside artists such as Natalie Grant, Steven Curtis Chapman, and Phil Joel from The Newsboys. He understands the struggle of trying to achieve lofty goals as a musician but he also remembers the joy of sitting behind a drum kit for the first time! Andy has been mentoring drum students for about 7 years from his home studio and ROOTS academy in Franklin, TN. He genuinely enjoys seeing students flourish not only as musicians
, but more importantly, as individuals.
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Ozzy C. August 13, 2015
Drum · In home
Verified Student
Andy is absolutely fantastic! Especially with our young boys, they loved the lesson and his enthusiasm was contagious.
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Cash C. August 13, 2015
Drum · In home
Verified Student
Andy is absolutely fantastic! Especially with our young boys, they loved the lesson and his enthusiasm was contagious.
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Scott B. February 5, 2015
Drum · In studio
More son has been taking drum lessons from Andy for over a year and we and he, love it. Andy is a great teacher! Very knowledgable and really makes it fun. Andy does a great job of relating to the kids. Thanks Andy!
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Andy W.

Franklin, TN 37064
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$35 / 30-min
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Cesar M.

Spring Hill, TN

About Cesar

Cesar's first musical adventures started very early. In elementary school, the school faculty noticed Cesar's aptitude while testing for music skills. He was chosen to attend a local gifted program.

Soon after, he met his first true love, the Guitar. The ensuing fever which struck Cesar was unlike anything he had ever experienced. "Obsession" didn't even touch the tip of the iceberg. Cesar would learn half of the songs on one CD in a single day! All of his spare time was spent in his room, learning everything he could about the guitar.

It's that passion that brings Cesar to teach. See
ing every individual's face light up as they proficiently play their favorite passage from a song is such a reward for Cesar. His teaching style can be described as a combination of technique and motivation to keep each student interested, whether it's learning a new style or mastering their favorite song on the radio. Cesar believes that learning guitar CAN be fun and exciting!
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John August 31, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In home
Taking lessons with Cesar is one of the highlights of my week. He makes learning guitar fun, informative and productive by not only teaching me how to play properly but why. Having an understanding of why I should hold my hand in a certain position or strum/pick a specific way not only makes the lessons more interesting but gives me motivation to perfect the techniques in-between my lessons. Cesar is very encouraging even when I make mistakes and his positive attitude about guitar (and life in general) keeps the lessons interesting and fun.

Cesar always takes time to write down what I learned so I can practice during my free time and he allows me to record him playing to ensure I can match my technique when he's not there to correct me. This is very helpful since it helps me continue improving when I practice on my own.

I would highly encourage anyone looking for lessons to give Cesar a call. Whether you're a beginner, such as myself, or an experienced player I have no doubt that Cesar has the knowledge and skill set to help you grow as a guitar player.
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Steve August 20, 2015
Guitar · In home
Cesar is the best guitar instructor ever. He loves to teach, is patient and caring, passionate about his music and tailors each lesson to your interest and level of ability. I greatly look forward to each lesson and am disappointed when I can't manage time for a lesson because of the pressures of my work. Not only is Cesar a great teacher, he and incidentally also his family, with whom we have become great friends, are wonderful people.
I have been taking lessons from him now for several years and would unreservedly recommend him to anyone, adult or child, looking for quality instruction from a great guy.
PS His beautiful wife Erin is a great piano teacher too!!
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Jains July 27, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Both of my kids were bit hesitant to return for guitar lessons because they didn't have good experience in the past. Now it has been over 2 years and a smooth sailing..Very happy kids and always excited for their lessons. All the credit goes to Cesar. He works with them tirelessly, makes learning fun for all, no stress environment, works around with our schedules as much as possible..we never had any issue what so ever..Kids practice at home because they enjoy it more than ever..getting better class by class...And parents are pleased because not only kids are learning but energy well spent...(did I say money well spent ..hahaha) THANKS CESAR!!
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Cesar M.

Cesar M.

Spring Hill, TN 37174
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$27.50 / 30-min

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