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About Frank V.

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Riverside, CA

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ABOUT MYSELF
I started late on the guitar in a family of musicians. I picked up the guitar when I was 18 years old when I found an old acoustic at my grandfather’s house. From then I was self taught listening to Punk Rock, New Wave, and learning from friends. My love for the instrument and music drove me to really apply myself to really learning how to play. I would sit and just be creative, writing my own songs and putting little back yard bands together with my cousin and friends. Then, it was time for college and had to make a decision on what to study. Music was my passion and I never really taken a lesson before. I prepared myself by studying with Stephan Ferrara-Grand in San Clemente,CA for a short time to audition into the music program. I passed! I graduated with a Bachelor's degree from the San Diego State University School of M
usic and Dance in 1999, and I studied jazz guitar with international guitarist/violinist Art Johnson and theory with David Ward-Steinman. From the time I graduated, I have been playing professionally and recorded five releases of my own as well as made appearances on others and have toured the country several times playing my own original music. My bands have opened and/or toured with the likes of Dee Dee Ramone, Blink 182, Green Day, Voodoo Glow Skulls, Jimmy Eat World, Ten Foot Pole, Big Drill Car, and Leeland. I also play for Day 7 and Revival Christian Fellowship where I shared a stage with Greg Laurie, Franklin Graham, Raul Reis, and Jon Courson.

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I have been teaching music for over 10 years. I love my lessons to be laid back, light, yet focused. The lessons are tailored for the students needs/levels. For the beginning student we start from the basics. for example, tuning, vocabulary on the parts of the guitar, to basic chord shapes and strum patterns. Almost from the beginning, I introduce music theory to the student. I believe it is important to the musician, because music is a language that is spoken through the instrument and also read by the musician. Not just piano or band instruments, but guitar too! Guitarist always seem to get left behind in this. I teach it hand in hand with the guitar and it comes naturally while learning. Some students want to learn songs and/or to write songs. This is what I have been doing for many years and enjoy it! As the student progresses, I love to pull the creativity out of the students. Music is also art and a passage for the individual to express him/herself. It is a joy to see and help a musician to mature on the instrument!

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amps, cables, tuner.

*** Specialties ***
Songwriting, Music Theory, Performance, Technique, Learning Songs
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Michael W. January 27, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
I just had my 1st lesson and I can tell I'm going to learn a lot from Frank. He's really nice and easy going, and he really knows his stuff.
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Bella W. December 14, 2015
· Guitar · In studio
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Jim Juengel October 17, 2015
· Guitar · In studio
My first lesson was more of a meet and greet. Frank and I went over where I am and where I would like to go with my guitar playing. Frank was very nice and easy to be with. I think he will be a fine instructor.
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About Jeff S.

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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".

*** Lesson Details ***
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 Ben Z.

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Ben Z. has been helping people achieve their goals in guitar and music since 2001, and is passionate about teaching students of all ages and skill levels. As an instructor, Ben combines traditional teaching methods with ear training and improvisation to create well rounded experience for the student. Proficiency and creativity are both emphasized in lessons that are designed to be both fun and rewarding. Ben is an avid performer, regularly playing a wide variety of genres. Blues, Oldies, Soul/R&B, Funk, World Music, Classic Rock, Country, Musicals, Ragtime, Gospel, Acoustic fingerstyle, Travis picking, Chicken pickin', Slide guitar, Chord melody/solo arrangements, Lead/rhythm techniques, Music theory, and reading music are all topics that can be covered in lessons. Ben welcomes children and beginners with the same enthusiasm as adults and
experienced players. Ben also offers Lap Steel, Pedal Steel, and Banjo lessons for beginners.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Breedlove AC25/SR Plus Acoustic Guitar
Gibson Les Paul
Fender Telecaster
Goldtone Dojo (Banjo/Dobro)
Emmons Pedal Steel
Gretsch Lap Steel
VOX AC-30 amp
Fender Bassman amp
Fender GDEC amp
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Lance August 9, 2017
· Country Guitar · In studio
My first lesson with Ben was great. He got straight to what I was interested in learning and even helped me figure out the chords to a song I've been wanting to play. Can't wait to learn more :)
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Rick June 6, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Just my first lesson with Ben. But clearly he's very knowledgeable and loves what he does. He quickly assessed where I was, stayed positive, and gave me some things to work on and practice before our next lesson. Glad I found him!
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Sandra B. May 24, 2017
· Banjo · Online
Ben was on time on Skype. In fact he called me earlier to make sure I was able to connect to his site. First time with on line class, so far would recommend Ben highly
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About Marti C.

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About Marti
My passion is helping you accomplish what you want to do and get you where you want to go. I LOVE teaching and laughing and giggling with my students through every lesson. I am intensely interested in how the voice works and presents itself in each new student.

* I have performed in and can teach anyone to sing in any style including classical, Broadway, opera, jazz, pop, and choral

* I have taught voice on the University level at four different universities: BYU-Provo, USU, BYU-Idaho, & FSU

* I am a Member of NATS (National Association for Teachers of Singing) and support and uphold the standards expected from one affiliated with the organization.

I look forward to working with you and helping you become the singer you’ve always wanted to be!
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Andrew August 4, 2017
· Singing · In studio
I went through one lesson and Marti has demonstrated that she has both knowledge and skill, I already have shown major improvements from just 30 minutes of working with her. I cannot give a high enough recommendation that would do justice to her. She is absolutely phenomenal if you ever decide to take singing lessons I strongly encourage you take them with Marti.
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Heather June 23, 2017
· Singing · In studio
I have MANY set backs and fears when it comes to singing and have been scorned by teachers before. This is the first time in 7 years that I got the courage to go back to singing lessons and I was smiling the whole time! In just one lesson, Marti managed to give me back confidence that I thought was long gone. She knows her stuff and knows how to help you use the instrument that you have. I love her!
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Beth March 27, 2017
· Singing · In studio
I have learned so much from my lessons with Marti! She creates a safe and it encouraging environment that allows me to develop my vocal abilities.
When I think about where I was when I began to where I am now, I'm amazed at the progress I've made under her instruction. Not only in my technique but also in my confidence.
I come out of my lessons feeling good about myself. And even when I get discouraged she's always there to build me up and help me believe that I can accomplish what I set my mind to.
It has been a great experience!
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About Arthur W.

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Hello, future student of mine!
I am an experienced jazz musician and educator, with experience performing and teaching in the classical, rock, and pop realms, also. I am also very willing to assist with composition, arranging, entrepreneurship, and other facets of the music business. I LOVE TEACHING!
I am a saxophonist, composer/arranger, woodwind doubler, and rock guitarist/bassist that can teach all of these areas, and then some!
I'm a firm believer that, with hard work, YOU can be a successful musician!
I look forward to hearing from you!
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Sara October 18, 2017
· Saxophone · In studio
Arthur did a great job introducing our son to music!
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Carl S. October 12, 2016
· Saxophone · In studio
Arthur W. is one of my best friends in the saxophone and jazz community. He is a joy to work with and inspiring to listen to. His compositions have modern flare while paying homage to the traditional big band sound. I've hired Arthur to work with my students, and it was a remarkable experience for them. In addition to being a remarkable saxophonist, composer, and educator, Arthur is just a wonderful person who's positive personality is contagious. Book lessons with Arthur today. It will be one of the best decisions you make!
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About Carson C.

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Hi, there! My name is Carson C. and I can't wait to meet you! I've been taking private lessons since 2011 and before that have been in as many school and church choirs and orchestras as I could. Today I've taught my first lesson, and it went great. Now I’m not afraid to go ahead and continue in teaching others. I currently am going to BYU-Idaho to earn a degree in Music. I'm a friendly and fun loving person and am wanting to develop my own teaching style. I look forward to helping you love music just as much, if not more, than I do.
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Linda April 2, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Carson is an amazing teacher. He has helped me figure out what I need to work on in order to excel at singing. He is very fun and makes lesson very interesting. I personally recommend Carson if ever you need help.
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Jarom DePew March 28, 2017
· Singing · In studio
My experience with Carson has been great. I came here wanting to get better at singing and he has done just that. He pushes you the right amount to succeed and is very supportive throughout it. He focuses on what you need to improve upon and teaches you techniques on how you can improve that can be done in the lesson and at home. My experience has been great with him.
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Sammie March 28, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Carson is an awesome and talented instructor! He is very aware of his student's needs and will work with you on a one on one basis to get you to where you want to be.
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I am currently pursuing a Music Business degree with Jazz Voice being my principal instrument. I enjoy rock climbing, taking care of my younger siblings, singing at church and adventure.

I've been teaching private lessons for about 6 years, I began teaching at Florida International University, I taught voice, theory, and piano at the high school level.

For the past four years, I have teaching children that are home schooled music via K-12, which is the fundamentals to students who are primarily in elementary school.

Music and Math have always been my passion and has changed my life. I love having fun but being productive at the same time. Let's make music together, figure out the difficult math problems and have fun learning while becoming a skilled musician or mathematician.
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Sidelis Martinez January 20, 2017
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I think she was very helpful. This was an exelent learning experice and now I feel 5x as confident as I was before . Thanks ! Looking foward to more lessons!
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Being eager to develop different dimensions to share my creativity, I completed a vocal pedagogy course during my Bachelor degree in London. My professors and my students inspire me with the idea that communication is the transportation of human creativity. I feel greatly rewarded and satisfied when I help people create musical moments.
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About Stephanie O.

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Originally from Dallas Texas, I moved to Rexburg and graduated with an BMA in Vocal Studies and Performance along with a minor in Business Management from BYU-Idaho in the Spring of 2016. With over 12 years of private voice lessons and several years of teaching, my love and knowledge for music has grown immensely.

I LOVE teaching voice. I have worked with kids, teens and young adults from ages 5-27, including students with special needs. Over the course of our classes together, students can expect to improve their vocal techniques and skills significantly. Their knowledge of music, key terminology and theory will also increase.

During my studies, I was featured in several solo performances and roles such as Filia in Carissimi's oratorio Historia di Jephte, Agatha in scenes from the opera Der Freischutz, featured soprano soloist in M
ozart's Vesperae Solennes De Confessore (including performance of Laudate Dominum with famous pianist Alpin Hong), and many others.

My goal as your teacher will be to use my knowledge and skills to enhance your vocal talents to their peak potential. We will conquer any vocal plateau's, stage fright and confusion you may have and become a true, strong performer. I look forward to working with you!
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