Hello!! My name is Mark and I am YOUR teacher! (YOU just don’t know it yet)
Simply put, I love music… every facet of it, in fact! Music has been a huge part of my life! From starting on alto and tenor saxophones as a kid and then learning acoustic and electric guitars, to ripping scorching solos on stage with Chris Cagle and singing background vocals with Reba McEntire, music has always inspired me! Now I hope to inspire you with creative, challenging, and fun lessons!!
Long story short, (too late) ☺ at a young age I dove head first into music, but more importantly, the electric gui
tar! I learned everything about them from how they are constructed to how magnetic pickups make sound come out of an amplifier. Then came the true challenge… I started meeting others like me and before too long I was playing in bands and making music! (which is the ULTIMATE GOAL of playing any instrument when you get down to it)
After many years of self study and private lessons, I took the initiative to move from Texas to Los Angeles, California to go to Musicians Institute’s Guitar program. I honed my chops as I studied with Paul Gilbert, Scott Henderson, George Lynch, Raphael Moreira, and Robben Ford just to name a few. I graduated with honors and received my AA degree in September 2001. (3 days after 9/11) Learning is great, but I NEEDED to make music… so I played in many bands (heavy metal, reggae, pop, country, blues rock) and shared the stage with many amazing musicians along the way including members of Black Label Society, Dakota Moon, Korn, and many others.
I STILL wasn’t satisfied, so I decided to learn how to make commercial music and spent 7 years learning the craft of recording, mixing, and producing music. I went back to school eventually and graduated with honors (again) from LA’s Recording Institute of Technology in 2009. I also received outstanding mix and got my ProTools HD Operators Certifications.
WHERE IS ALL THIS LEADING? Well, I’m glad you asked! ☺ I have the unique ability to help sculpt your goals and tailor your training because of the vast wealth of experience I possess. Notice I didn’t say “knowledge?” I’m still learning! As I hope you will be for the rest of your life! Any truly great musician knows that they’ll never know it all!
My wife and I moved to Nashville in November of 2012 to continue our musical adventures! She’s a touring background singer and songwriter and one of my biggest inspirations…. Hope I can become one of yours!
Can’t wait to meet you!
*** Lesson Details *** I am a very easy going, friendly, patient guy (And I'm quite funny.. I think) who believes that learning music is built upon a strong relationship between teacher and student. This relationship involves good communication, honesty, open mindedness, and most importantly the desire to LEARN and have FUN. I approach teaching music by knowing and understanding the student's musical goals, and teaching fundamentals, theory, and technique through the style(s) of music that the student wants to learn. For beginners, I tend to teach basic techniques and chords through simple songs to get the student playing music as quickly as possible.
My three promises to you as a student:
1) I guarantee that you will have fun during the time you're with me! I know lessons can be intimidating and stressful, but they have to be fun and that's part of my job.
2) I promise that I will gently push you to be the best you can be but never ask you to do something that I think you won't be able to achieve with practice.
3) I stand behind my education and experiences: I've learned music from the best in the field and you will get nothing less than that from me during a lesson.
My three expectations of you:
1) Come willing to try new and different things in a low pressure environment. I don't bite...I swear.
2) Come prepared to play. Why? If you want to play guitar, you have to play. Relatively simple, right?
3) Come prepared to make mistakes. No lesson is perfect and no lesson should be. Lessons are your opportunity to make mistakes without being judged, so make mistakes, commit to not making the same ones the next time and enjoy and appreciate the praise and feedback you get along the way. Music is a journey that cannot be completed in a few one hour sessions, so I hope and expect that you won't treat it that way.
Now let's make music together!
*** Studio Equipment *** Bill Nash, PRS, Suhr, Daion, Lance Alonzo Customs, Ovation, and Yamaha guitars. Marshall, Ceriatone, and Mojo amps. NinjaTone, Xotic, CAE, Strymon, Tech 21, Nobels, and Voodoo Labs pedals. Mac Pro, Apogee, Dangerous Audio, Genelec, Sterling Audio, Blue, Shure, Pro Tools 10, Logic Studio 9 recording gear.
*** Specialties *** I am well versed in rock, blues, & country guitar styles as well as some metal, jazz, reggae,and funk/R&B guitar. I also have extensive curriculum to draw from as the previous curriculum supervisor at Musicians Institute in LA.
Cheyenne August 2, 2015
Hi i never got lessons from Mark but was interested in getting some song writing lessons does anyone know if Mark has a fb age or phone number where i could get in touch with him if anyone could get back to me would be great thanks! :)
Theresa P. April 16, 2014
Songwriting Verified Student
Learned and improved my writing
I took songwriting lessons with Mark. I was looking to get to know the form and tools of songwriting to know what people were looking for and to make my songs better. He helped me out so much with music theory as you need that behind all songs and with helping me create some great songs. As i look back at my songs from when I started to now, they have grown and adapted so much for the better. My lyrics flow so much better and I know what people are looking for in the music industry as I have some great songs to show from these lessons. Mark is very smart guy in all music aspects, if your looking for lessons from guitar to songwriting to music theory, I would definitely recommend him. If you are willing to put in the time to learn and get better he will make sure of it!!!
Charissa T. September 2, 2013
I learned A LOT from Mark!!
Mark is a really knowledgable teacher who cares about your goals and progress. He is also a very patient and laid back person, (which made me feel better about trying new techniques since I was an absolute beginner when we started) and he REALLY took my guitar playing far. Now I understand music theory and how to apply it to my songwriting AND how to improvise over the chord changes in my songs. I'd also have to say he is very humble for how good of a guitar player he really is. You can learn a lot from Mark, and I still use and go through his curriculum. I would definitely recommend him to other students.
I received my education at the University of Wisconsin, majoring in Jazz Guitar. I've studied with some of the best guitarists in the Midwest, and have performed live and in recording studios all across the country in a variety of styles (Rock, Metal, Bluegrass, Jazz, Classical, Country). I've performed internationally, and my playing has been featured on several prime time television shows. I've always had a love of music, and it’s a passion that I try to instill in all of my students!
Through focus on note reading, chords, improvisation, and technique, I try to give my students tools that
they can take with them throughout their musical journey, whether playing music for fun or professionally!
*** Lesson Details *** I like to be laid back and very individual with my approach. I always introduce a curriculum designed to teach basic chords, note reading, and basic theory, but I also understand that each student has a particular set of interests, and I want to inspire them to follow those interests. Whether it's Rock, Blues, Country, Folk, or Classical, I want to give my students the tools and understanding that they need to excel at the music that drives them.
*** Travel Equipment *** I expect my students to have everything that they need to practice the materials that I give them, including an instrument, amplifier and tuner if necessary, and a music stand. I provide all lesson materials.
*** Specialties *** I specialize in rock, country, metal, blues, and jazz with an emphasis on theory and technique.
Sean M. September 15, 2015
Online Verified Student
Jordan has been a great teacher for us, and the girls have really rapidly progressed over the couple of months we have been taking lessons with him. We would definitely recommend him as a teacher.
Joyce R. August 3, 2015
In home Verified Student
Jordan is a great teacher! I really enjoyed how flexible he was with our busy schedule. Jordan was also very patient with my daughter which put my mind at ease. We would love to take more lessons with Jordan but he is moving out of our area. I highly recommend Jordan for others. Thank you!
Arshria P. July 11, 2015
In home Verified Student
I sure was very happy with Jordan. Jordan is an awesome teacher! He was on time and had a great attitude.
I received my bachelors degree in Music Production and Engineering from Berklee College of Music in 2010. I live and work in Nashville recording, mixing and playing music in studios and venues.
Hello! My name is Zack. I'm 27 and I've been teaching drums for many years to all different age groups and ability levels. I specialize in rock and jazz styles. I can read music and teach notation but that is not a requirement of my students, nor does it have to be the end goal. We can just learn technique and songs if that's what you are interested in! I also teach beginner guitar lessons. I teach music because of the same reason I play music: I love and and it's fun. Thanks!
I run a small production studio and specialize using Studio One.
I am a Nashville session musician, sideman and music teacher. I received a Bachelor of Music degree in Commercial Music with a Composition and Arranging Emphasis from Belmont University and I am currently pursuing a Masters in Music at MTSU. Coming from a family of Classical and Jazz musicians, I have been exposed to music my whole life. Over the years I have had the opportunity to play and record with many great bands and artists ranging from Country/Bluegrass to Rock to Jazz. I teach all genres of guitar, bass, banjo ukulele and mandolin.
*** Lesson Details *** I believe the ability to
play an instrument is only part of musicianship. I also strive to teach my students the theory behind the music they learn. I work hard to make sure that my students are doing everything in the easiest way possible. I want to ensure that they are able to progress quickly enough so that they can see the difference. The most rewarding moment as a teacher is when a student points out how hard something once was and how easy it has become.
*** Studio Equipment *** Music store environment. No pets.
*** Travel Equipment *** I travel with all teaching equipment needed but a music stand is recommended for the lessons and for practicing.
*** Specialties *** I am a very versatile teacher and player but I am often recommended based on my knowledge of Gypsy Jazz, Swing, bluegrass, country and rock teaching acoustic guitar, electric guitar, banjo, mandolin and ukulele
I have been working as a professional musician since 1987. In that time, I've played many roles alongside a wide range of established and emerging talent, from around the world, including band leader, accompanist, music producer, composer, arranger, co-writer, teacher, coach and mentor. Along the way, I have continued to pursue my passion for education, teaching private music lessons to amateurs, professionals and hobbyists from all walks of life.
As a recording artist, I have had four (4) independent releases. As a writer/producer, I have worked on projects with Amy Wilcox (Crazy Hearts: Nashville, A&E-TV), Haden Carpenter (Big Smo, A&E-TV), The Worsties, Ben Cyllus, Tara O'Grady, The Wailin' Canes, The LiNE and Sam Hunter, and enjoyed six (6) synchs on network and cable television including one (1) on The Good Guys (FOX), two (2) on Real World: St. Thomas (MTV) and three (3) on Bad Girls Club (Oxygen).
Beginner, intermediate and advanced are all welcome. I give the same attention to teaching amateurs as I do professionals.
Kim B. August 29, 2014
In studio Verified Student
WOW - you guys read my mind so let me start with saying my teacher Alan is TERRIFIC - and I do mean TERRIFIC - when I first met him I felt so comfortable - his way of teaching is very patient and informative. Alan has a method of teaching that allows you to absorb valuable information while learning a skill. He makes the lessons simple and fun. Alan gives you the opportunity to learn at your own pace and that's wonderful for mature students that wish to learn something new. If I could - I would let everyone know that there is a chance to experience your musical dream - Just take a chance as a matter of fact take a Lesson.
Chris S. July 1, 2014
Blues Guitar ·
In studio Verified Student
Ahh man, Alans great. He is patient and very good at explaining certain scales and techniques. He'll get you on that path you're trying to get on.
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