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About Rob R.

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Austin, TX

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About Rob
I'm a professional bass player in Austin Texas, the Live Music Capital of the World. At one time or another I've played just about every style of music, and I have more than a decade of teaching experience. I love 'opening doors' for students, helping them understand how music works and how they can sound better than ever. I graduated from B.I.T. in Los Angeles and I have thousands of hours of teaching, gigging, and recording experience. I'll share that experience with you!

*** Lesson Details ***
I like to use real music to show how technical concepts work. Once I've gotten to know you and your musical goals and preferences, I'll point you towards the knowledge you need, and show you how that knowledge works in the music you like.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music room: recording equipment, bass, amp, chairs, music stands, additional seati
ng for parents.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I bring my bass, iPod, tuner, drum machine,manuscript paper,etc. The student needs to provide adequate space and amplification.

*** Specialties ***
Theory, fingerstyle, thumb, reading notation & chord symbols, blues, country, funk, jazz, rock, soul.
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Chuck June 26, 2017
· Bass Guitar · In home
very good first lesson. I look forward to the next one. Thanks.
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Doug K. August 30, 2015
· Bass Guitar · Online
Explains material and lessons clearly a great instructor.
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John C. August 1, 2014
· Bass Guitar · In home
I have been studying bass playing techniques and music theory with Rob for several months now. Short story: he's great.

Rob's lesson format is pretty open. If you have specific questions/goals, Rob makes sure that they are addressed. He's been able to give me some great information on various techniques and styles, and I've picked up a good bit of general practical bass knowledge this way.

Rob is VERY knowledgeable about music theory, and its evolution over the centuries. That being said, discussions on music theory are always made relevant to bass playing. This makes learning the theory and patterns very practical, and for me, more approachable.

Thanks Rob!
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About Jeff S.

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Perth Amboy, NJ

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Jeff is a seasoned instructor in guitar, songwriting, music performance and music business. He also offers lessons in public speaking, voice-over performance and ukulele. He welcomes students of all ages and experience and has successfully and happily taught beginners to pro-level musicians and recording artists. Jeff is pleased to announce that he is currently accepting Takelessons online students via Skype.

Jeff can teach guitar and songwriting in all styles and is an adept acoustic and electric guitarist. His knowledge of chords is extensive and his acoustic fingerpicking skills are formidable. Jeff structures all lessons around the individual goals and playing level of his students. Jeff's students tend to study with him for quite some time, as his wealth of knowledge, diversity of instruction and patience are extraordinary
. Jeff prides himself on customizing every student's lessons based on their particular preferences, goals and skill level. "It's a very personalized kind of instruction, as I never take a cookie-cutter
approach to teaching…".
Jeff's 3 promises to all students is to give them personalized lessons, be attentive to their needs and goals. and to make them feel like every lesson is worth their investment of time and money. As long as students practice regularly, they can expect to dramatically increase their clarity of playing, their chord "inventory", their musical ear and awareness and play the songs they've always wanted to learn.

After honing his craft as a songwriter and performer, Jeff created and taught songwriting and music business classes at colleges,universities, and music schools throughout the country for many years. Some of the places he taught include UCLA Extension, Santa Monica College, Pasadena City College and The Harrison School Of Music.
When asked to summarize his views on teaching and music: "Teaching and playing music always puts a smile on my face; especially when I see that the student is having fun, learning what they want to learn and feeling the passion about music that motivated me to pursue my own musical career".

As a working singer/songwriter/guitarist, Jeff is known for his memorable melodies, intelligently crafted lyrics and heartfelt vocals. His compositions have earned him over 35 awards from various national and international songwriting contests and he's a former staff songwriter for the long-standing New York City-based publisher, Bourne Music. He has also won best music video awards at 3 international film festivals.

Some of the artists that Jeff has been compared to as a guitarist and vocalist include Keb' Mo', James Taylor, Kenny Loggins, Ry Cooder, John Mayer, Bill Withers, Jim Croce, and Don Henley.

Jeff is a NJ native, but lived and performed in Los Angeles for many years, where he worked in the studio or shared the stage with well-known artists such as Dave Koz, Norman Brown, John Daversa, Hiroshima, Little Richard and N'Dea Davenport.

Jeff catalog of over 450 songs and compositions spans virtually every genre, but many of his tunes are amalgams of pop, blues, jazz, R&B, country and rock. Quite a number of Jeff's songs
have appeared in film and TV. One that Jeff is particularly proud of, is the dynamic pop ballad, "Journey Of The Heart" (co-written by Jeanne Smith), which was licensed by the N.C.A.A. (National
Collegiate Athletic Association), who deemed it "the official anthem" of their NCAA Hall Of Champions facility in Indianapolis.

Jeff has commercially released 4 CD's of his original material: The most recent of these is his 2013 release, "Blujanova" (a merging of blues, jazz and bossa nova), which was praised by platinum selling and Grammy-nominated jazz star, Dave Koz: "Jeff's voice is so clean and pure...the production is lovely...warm and inviting...I love the interesting and surprising takes on some classics too, especially 'I Feel Good'…that brought a smile to my face!".
The other CD's stretch into other genres. "Truthteller" (bluesy pop/rock and singer/songwriter material) "Me, Myself, and I" (acoustic) and "The Spin" (pop, rock, and country-tinged singer/songwriter material). All of Jeff's albums are on his label, Relevant Records. The late great John Braheny, author of the best-selling "The Craft And Business Of Songwriting (Writer's Digest Books), gave high praise to Jeff's CD, "The Spin", calling it "honest, crafty, melodic and the songs are all exceptional". Patch.com called Jeff "a consummate songwriter".

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At the first lesson, I will ask you to tell me what songs you want to play and artists you want to play like and I will set the table for that by providing the chords you'll need, chord and scales and exercises to enable you to play them and guidelines and tricks on how to make it happen as quickly as possible. I know a wide variety of songs in all styles and styles, including current hit songs as well as pop, rock, blues, jazz, country songs. if you have a song or artist that I don't know already, I will learn it (often on the spot) and if not right then, at the next lesson. I have taught my students to play songs by artists as varied as Taylor Swift, U2, Jason Mraz, Adele, Eric Clapton, Django Reinhardt, Doc Watson. And that's just naming a few.

I always make it clear to my students at the first lesson: "There is no such thing as a stupid question". I want you to feel comfortable to stop me at any time to clarify what I am teaching you, ESPECIALLY if it is too difficult or vague. I pride myself on always being organized for your lesson and making sure that you grasp whatever it is I am teaching you. The goal is to get you to be able to play what you want as quickly as possible. This will take practice and dedication on your part, but I will do everything in my power to help you get there.

I never force anything on any of my students. but I feel it would be beneficial for you to learn to read music OR read tablature and chord diagrams. You tell me which one and we'll go in that direction. If you'd like to read music, then we can decide on a book for you. I have used Hal Leonard instructional books (with CD's! this way you can play with a backing track and get a sense of rhythm, which is very important), but I'm open to other method books you might have or like.

After 3 to 6 months, you will feel you are significantly more skilled on the guitar than you were before we started lessons. You will know more chords (and move from chord to chord), be able to do at least some basic fingerpicking and be able to read some music or tablature.

*** Specialties ***
Acoustic fingerstyle guitar (a la James Taylor, John Mayer, Eric Clapton, Keb' Mo', Jason Mraz, John Martyn, Jim Croce, etc.

Blues guitar a la Eric Clapton, B.B. King, Keb' Mo', Jorma Kaukonen, Ry Cooder, etc.

Bossa nova guitar

Songwriting (any aspect and any level; musically, lyrically, structurally, etc.)

the songs of Taylor Swift---quite a few of my younger students want to play her material, so I have about 15 songs ready to teach you and always learning more (by popular demand)

Adapting songs that are keyboard-based and creating arrangements of them for acoustic guitar. Examples include songs by Adele, songs by Elton John, Irina Menzel's huge hit song from "Frozen", John Legend's "All Of Me", Coldplay's "Viva La Vida", etc.

Recording on Garageband.
I became so skilled with Garageband that I was asked to give seminars at Apple Store locations, showcasing my recordings and how to use the program.

Voice-overs; performance, recording, etc.
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Sanal pookat May 19, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Great first lesson. Hoping for a great learning experience in lessons to come..
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Ira April 2, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
My first lesson with Jeff was great. He was patient, and tailored the lesson to meet my needs.
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Srikanth R. December 12, 2015
· Guitar · In home
Loved the lesson..
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About Giulia M.

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Austin, TX
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About Giulia
My name is Giulia (sounds like Julia) and I'm from Florence, Italy.
I've been a tutor for over 12 years now and I'll be happy to help you with Italian, Spanish, or Music lesson (voice and guitar).
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KC June 29, 2017
· Vocal Training · In studio
Giulia is fantastic! She listened to my needs and started getting me going in the right direction right away. She's clearly passionate about music and is equally enthusiastic about teaching. I've learned a lot in a short period of time, and I feel more confident and "at home " singing!
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Terry February 3, 2017
· Italian · Online
Giulia, quite simply, is the best. Very patient, especially with someone trying to speak Italian with a Southern accent. Her lessons proceed in a very linear and logical way, aiding retention. She also delivers excellent fundamental rules of thumb that help a lot when encountering new material. And all of this is delivered in a superior style that combines equal parts gentle prompting and sound teaching techniques with a soupçon of Florentine humor and zest. My highest rating!
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steve July 28, 2016
· Italian · Online
Very helpful getting started, addresses needs, native Italian speaker, suggested a lesson book but could not find yet. Excellent start.
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About Scott S.

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Newbury Park, CA

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About Scott
I have been teaching private lessons since 1990 and am currently available to teach lessons at your home, or in my studio. I have helped students learn chords to accompany themselves when singing, learn rock, blues, and country lead guitar, and read music. Together we can tailor a course that will help you achieve your personal musical goals.

I have been playing guitar since 1968. I have enjoyed my life making music and love sharing my knowledge. I look forward to helping new students achieve their goals. My teaching style is fun, casual, and challenging. Let's make this happen for you!
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Barry March 26, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Scott is a great guitar teacher. Willing to work with my work schedule. Very patient and flexible in teaching methods and focuses on what I want to learn and not his own agenda. Just about the best guitar instructor I've ever had!
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Laura Netherlin March 3, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · Online
Scott is a great guitar instructor. Patient, relaxed and very encouraging. He makes learning guitar a wonderful experience for my 10 year old.
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Callie March 2, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
My daughter just had her very first guitar lesson with Scott. He kept her engaged and quickly seemed to find the pace she was comfortable with. I asked her on the way home what she thought and she said "I loved it"
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About weston G.

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Newport Beach, CA
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About weston
Whatever you want to learn on guitar, whether it be basic to advanced theory, various techniques, how to setup, maintain and work on your guitar, record yourself easily and cost effectively (I am a producer and multimedia composer aside from teaching guitar) I am your guy!

I went to one of the best music schools in the world and learned from amazing, talented teachers and friends. I was immersed completely with other musicians all in one small city. For these reasons, I think I would make a great teacher for you, your son, daughter, friend, family member, anyone!

If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask.
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About bob B.

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Chicago, IL
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I can teach students to read music and pursue excellence, to learn how to play contemporary music using chord sheets, or both depending on the goals and preference of the student while stressing the importance of training the ear, which is where the confidence lies .Using methods that enables musicians to play what they actually conceive rather than bore their listeners with licks and "notes that work. "I'm not gigging currently, but being versatile , experienced and having formal training helps to make a learning experience easy, stress free and fun,and, that is especially what beginning and aspiring students need.
Some of the musical styles I regularly teach: Rock, Hard Rock, Blues, Jazz, Funk, Soul, R&B, Classical.
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About Juliet K.

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Fullerton, CA
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About Juliet
Juliet has been recognized as a distinguished artist throughout the Southern California Region where she resides and teaches privately. She began her training at the Professional School for the Arts in Torrance, CA on a full-ride scholarship. She continued her education and training at Cal State Fullerton's renown Department of Theatre and Dance. Two years later she was accepted into Cal State Fullerton's School of Music in pursuit of a Bachelors of Music in Vocal Performance. Juliet specializes in opera, art song, musical theatre, jazz, folk, Christian worship, and pop. She has sung in over 15 languages and has performed at the Hollywood Bowl, Orange County's Segerstrom Concert Hall, Disneyland, at countless baseball stadiums. She has sung with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, sung solo with the Pacific Symphony, and performed with Grammy w
inners John Williams, David Newman, Sara Gazarek, and John Proulx. Juliet was also the soprano soloist in Faure's Requiem with CSUF's University Singers Tour to Paris, France and was the title role in CSUF's production of The Merry Widow.

Experience and awards:

Overall Grand Prize Winner of the CSUF School of Music- Music Associates Concerto Competition,
1st Place Upper Division in the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia American Music Soloist Competition,
Classical Singer Magazine's first round finalist and nationals advance,
Lucy Dunn Vocal Scholar,
Winner of the Vidal Vocal Scholarship,
Board Member on the Los Angeles Opera - College Advisory Committee,
Recipient of the Cal State Fullerton's College of the Arts: Artsweek Executive Director Scholarship,
Selected performer for the CSUF School of Music accreditation performance and review,
Franc D'Ambrosio's Search for the Phantom's Christine Competition,
Singer in Orange County's Afternoon Singers,
Soloist on CSUF's 8-Track Debut Recording,
LA Music Center's Spotlight Awards Prelim Finalist,
Miss High Desert 2009 Talent Award,
Kern County Honor Choir Soloist,
Mojave High School Drama Department, Music Department, and Art Department Award,
Professional School of the Arts Scholarship,
Thelma Rae Kern County Music Scholarship,
and Finalist in the LA Regional National Association of Teachers of Singing Competition.
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About Victoria N.

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Urbandale, IA

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I started playing the clarinet in the 5th grade and have been playing for 18+ years. I enjoy sharing my passion for playing the clarinet and enjoy teaching and looking for ways to help someone learn. I specialize in scales, fundamentals and general study for beginners (all ages). I will have some intermediate level positions opening up this fall, I will update my profile once I am available to take on additional students.

I have performed with local (SEIBA), collegiate (Central College & University of Iowa), and state (Iowa) honor bands with the clarinet.

Lessons take place in my home office (in person or virtually); message me to see if this might be a fit for you.

Instagram account for my students: iowaclarinetist

Fun Facts:
* I have a rescue dog whose name was Princess in the shelter. I couldn't bare the thought of taking
her "title" away, so her full title is "Princess Molly of Merriam" - Call her Molly :)
* I also play the tuba, flute, marimba, valve trombone & piano
* I love home projects
* Did you watch my video? You'll see that I have worked with some pretty incredible accounts (work related, not music related)
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Victoria N.

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Urbandale, IA 50322
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About Pamela F.

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Omaha, NE

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I have spent a good part of my life sharing my love of music and the piano with students. I believe the Suzuki approach is the most natural way to learn music. You are never too old, and rarely too young to benefit from this method, which focuses on a nurturing and musically stimulating environment.
My specialty in Suzuki lessons offers a parent opportunity to learn about music and watch the child grown in poise, confidence and talent through the study of piano. Parent, teacher and child work together, sharing a delight in music and a respect for everyone's role and abilities. Students and families will be part of a larger music community through my membership in MTNA, NMTA and SAA. Get in touch today so we can start working together.
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Diana August 19, 2017
· Piano · Online
Doing online Suzuki piano lessons with Pamela has been fantastic--so much better than I had imagined it could be. Pamela is very kind, encouraging, and inspiring as she interacts with my children. The online lessons have worked just fine, really I do feel like we get almost the exact same quality as we would if the lessons were in-person. I really wanted a Suzuki teacher, as I am committed to the method, but the nearest teacher is a 45 minute drive for us, so having lessons online has been a perfect fit for our family.
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About Curtis G.

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I am currently a Senior Saxophone Performance and Composition major at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. I currently have a private saxophone studio where I teach classical music, jazz and theory concepts. I have been teaching since 2015 and have had a steady studio since the beginning. I have background checks and clearances furnished upon request. I look forward to working with you or your child on improving/beginning their saxophone skills.
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Hayley August 15, 2017
· Saxophone ·
I have had the pleasure of working with Curtis in various ensembles for 3 years now. He has proven to be an excellent musician and saxophonist, and kindly shares his knowledge with those around him!
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Jeff August 12, 2017
· Saxophone · In studio
Curtis is very knowledgeable when it comes to teaching the fundamentals and basics of the saxophone. I've seen him teach beginners and adult saxophonists and he is very clear and has multiple ways to teach the same concept.
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