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John C.

Boone, NC

About John

Classically-trained in piano since age five, I've been singing and playing and entertaining crowds since age eight. I've been the leader and lead singer/songwriter of groups that have been signed to a major label, toured the country, and had videos on VH1 and MTV. I've performed as part of a Broadway touring musical, and been musical director for many regional theater musicals. I am an award-winning writer, and have served as the music minister at my church. I've been a much-loved teacher at Calusa Prep, Killian Oaks Academy, The Mandelstam School, and for private students in South Florida for
many years. I have recently relocated to Boone, NC to finish a graduate degree in piano performance.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am an instructor who is patient, professional, motivating, challenging, and above all, encouraging. I strike a balance between demanding and understanding because I am by nature a very easy going, friendly individual who does his best to hold himself to the highest standard, both artistically and generally speaking. I believe that learning music is built upon a strong relationship between teacher and student. This relationship involves good communication, honesty, open mindedness, and the sincere desire to LEARN.

For piano students I like to start out by using the Thompson Series and/or Piano Adventures series by Faber & Faber. These are fun musical pieces, most of which are adapted from familiar classical works that have been arranged to teach you a certain technique. I also teach technique from Hanon and Czerny and start teaching music theory essentially from the beginning of our lessons. As a student grows I introduce more classical repertoire and any appropriate popular pieces the may wish to play. Students have opportunities to perform twice yearly at recitals, and once before an juror at the National Piano Guild Auditions, of which I am a member.

For voice students I like to use a mix of Classical, Broadway, and Popular music, depending on your needs and desires as a singer. I like to assign a "teaching song" (a song that is good for training your voice) and a "fun song" (a song of your choice that you would like to sing just for fun!).

For guitar students, I use the Hal Leonard series, and for drum students, I use Stick Control.

For all music students, I incorporate a balance of technique, music theory, and creative interpretation.

For students who desire to write, I use several resources, including over a decade's worth of experience writing for established acts, theater productions and film & TV.

Each lesson will involve warm-ups, games, reviews, new concepts, rehearsal, coaching, assignments, and rewards.

During our lessons, we will set short-term and long-term goals based on what you want to accomplish as a musician, what you expect from me, and what I feel you should be working on.

Each one of the you has your own unique voice, hands, and ideas of what music means to you. My job is to get to know you and your musical self, and then design exercises and songs that will specifically fulfill your needs as a musician, actor or writer. Skill and technique are extremely important when learning to act, sing or play a musical instrument, but we must never forget what drew us to the art in the first place! While we work on technique, we will also be discussing creativity, and the art of self expression, and have tons of fun in the process!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Kohler & Campbell upright piano. Yamaha Motif 6. Casio Privia PX S5. Protools M-Audio Record Studio. Music stands. Ibanez acoustic guitar. Extensive music library.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I would expect a student to have a piano (in tune) or at least a two octave keyboard, guitar, drum set, depending upon which instrument they wanted to learn.

*** Specialties ***
I am classically trained in piano, I studied voice in the Miami Boys Choir and through High School and college, and was in a Major Label band that toured the USA in the early 21st century. Have worked as a musician at Julliard, Miami City Ballet, and done Broadway shows and toured the Americas. I am also a songwriter with songs in film and TV, an accomplished (and published) poet.
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John C.

John C.

Boone, NC 28608
starting at
$35 / 30-min

Michael C.

Catawba, NC

About Michael

I have a Masters Degree from Central Michigan Univ. I am an Air Force Veteran.

Two deep leadership at all times and parents have waiting areas visible to classes. I love guitar and playing music, I think I have taught so long I would not know what to do without a music/teaching career. I have made a living playing guitar for 24 years.

*** Lesson Details ***
I have been a music teachers so long I have become very simplistic. I teach the following:

(1) To practically play while having fun (3 locations to choose).

(2) Music Theory.

(3) Playing by ear.

(4) Leadership Skil
ls. I am still having a great time teaching, so we do it a lot. I love to teach and enjoy it very much, I owe a lot to my music career and want to pass it on. We are in Rotary and support many community activities.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have - 3 Professional teaching studios - that are in nice locations.

I really enjoy my job and have a lot of great equipment; we work hard, but have a lot of fun too.

*** Travel Equipment ***
(1) Respectfully what is reasonable. I am a full time musician, I am flexible and happy - we can work these things out.

(We have a lot of equipment, I am very thankful). We have very good business relationships in the community.

I appreciate my job.

*** Specialties ***
(1) Group interactive method based on theory.
(2) Students show leadership in their own program.
(3) Students work with me (instructor) on Lesson Plans.
(4) Students pick out material they want to study.
(5) Students work on (ear training) and reading music.


Travis Mc... August 24, 2015
Guitar · In studio
"Very kind and attentive guitar instructor, Mr. Christian has taught a lot of students and loves guitar". I Recommend this Professional Musician to anyone.
Michael C. August 10, 2014
In studio
Great Instruction and team effort with Michael and Rachel. Great Guitar players and mentors.

Best Wishes,

Louis C.

Best Instructor ever and loyal.
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Michael C.

Michael C.

Catawba, NC 28609
starting at
$150 / 120-min

Jessica B.

Lenoir, NC

About Jessica

Hello, friends! I am a recent graduate of the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University, where I received my Master's Degree in Oboe Performance. Prior to Peabody, I received my Bachelor's degree in Music Performance at Appalachian State University in the small town of Boone, North Carolina. 

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I believe that it is crucial for students to be completely comfortable with their teachers. I know what it's like to be under a great deal of stress while practicing or performing - it can cause unnecessary and harmful tension in the body and flaws in the performance. Because
of this, you can expect me to be very kind in my lessons. I make sure my students have fun while also making progress throughout the year. One unique thing about my method of teaching is that I love to compose music for my students. I take notice of their strengths and weaknesses each week and apply them to our new weekly exercises. I also make reeds for my students if needed!

I hope to hear from you soon,

Jessica B
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Jessica B.

Jessica B.

Lenoir, NC 28645
starting at
$35 / 30-min

Ethan A.

Lincolnton, NC

About Ethan

My name is Ethan A. I love music more than anything else in this world. It is my passion and art. I have always enjoyed it, and have been playing music myself for nearly 9 years. The main thing I am good at teaching is guitar. I can teach various styles and genres, techniques, and many aspects of music theory along the way. The way I teach is an aim to make it very simple, easy and understandable to students. I can have students go a long way in understanding music and guitar in just 1 lesson! I also have experience with piano and SLS (Speech Level Singing) vocal technique, and am a singer mys
elf. My main passion is singing, though as far as teaching and instructing, I mainly teach guitar and music theory in general. I have helped several people unlock abilities in music and guitar specifically before.

If anyone would like music lessons with me, I am widely available. I prefer to do lessons over Skype, but can drive to places within the Charlotte area in North Carolina. I look forward to working with many students and helping them unlock guitar and musical skill. :)
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Ethan A.

Ethan A.

Lincolnton, NC 28092
starting at
$15 / 30-min

Dwight M.

Hickory, NC

About Dwight

I began playing guitar at age 5 1/2. I learned to read music at same time as learning to read written words. I studied cello briefly through the 7th grade. I took up upright bass to play in the high school jazz band. I majored in double bass in college, earning Bachelors degrees in Music Education and Music Performance, including two years as the recipient of the Alyse Smith Reynolds Performance Music Scholarship. I spent six years on the road with The Graphic and 3 years with jazz rock trio Toys Don't Hate. I have had the honor of performing with jazz artists Clark Terry, Zoot Sims, Eddie Dan
iels, Marian McPartland and Dave Brubeck and others. Several of my students have gone onto touring bands and some are 1st call players in New York and LA.


Al F. June 9, 2015
Bass Guitar · Online
A true professional bassist who has worked with some of the best in the music industry, Dwight has a knack for bringing you up to your next level of performance. His lessons are well planned and make the best use of your time online and in the "woodshed".

I highly recommend Dwight to anyone looking for a "hand up" to your next level!
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Dwight M.

Dwight M.

Hickory, NC 28601
starting at
$22 / 30-min

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