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About Richard D.

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Saint Louis, MO
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About Richard
Music is my life. Since the age of 16, I have studied the guitar extensively. During my high-school years I was involved in band, marching band, choir, and independent music theory. I started my first band when I was 19 in the U.S. Army, and my life has never been the same since. I played music professionally in local bands while attending UMSL and have been teaching guitar and musical performance to many students privately for the last 7 years while developing and exploring my own musical goals. Recently I have written, produced, and performed on 5 original music albums, toured from St L
ouis to Texas and Colorado, and have learned many things about humanity and our culture's relationship to music. Those who share a passion for music form an extraordinary community. Come take the first step toward your potential...

*** Lesson Details ***
My students can expect professional, expert advise from a working performance artist. One of my main philosophies is a focus on fun. If music is fun, then students will practice more - which leads to accelerating returns. My students can expect lessons tailored to their specific goals. First I will discuss with the student musical influences and genre preferences, then I will assess the student's current abilities and we will begin designing a weekly regimen of practice and study. As a product of the Internet generation, I recommend using all the tools available to my students including the Internet to further their goals. My students will also learn to perform with other musicians, so we will typically have a segment of each lesson dedicated to jam time. Whether my students aspire to be professional performance artists, impress their love interests, or just rock out in their bedrooms, I work with my students so that they can do exactly that.

*** Studio Equipment ***
one bedroom apt...hardwood floor...central room for studio...music stands, room parents to sit, chairs...

*** Travel Equipment ***
I bring a music stand, an acoustic guitar, my handout literature, and any other equipment (mic, stand, vocal amp, electric guitar, guitar amp) based on what my students want to learn. I expect my students to own whatever instruments they want to learn.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in teaching acoustic and electric guitar and stage performance. I teach using handouts that I customize for students and have lessons made up around different concepts such as - learning to identify what key a song is in - how to use 3 chord combinations - learning scales and when to use them - these type of things. I usually teach based on how I learned, which includes - using the Internet to learn songs - how to figure out how a particular song is played - getting into good practice habits - etc. My genres of specialty are Blues, Rock/Classic Rock/Southern Rock, and Acoustic Singer/Songwriter. What I like to do is ask a student what kind of music or songs they would like to learn, then build them up to the level they need to be to play those songs or that style of interest.
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Kit E. October 21, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
My first lesson with Richard was great! He explained how to set everything up and a few fundamentals in a way that we were able to get through them fairly quick and we got right to the fun part. I found myself playing a few cords and jamming with Richard halfway through my first 45 minute class. This is exactly why I wanted to have an instructor, so I can reap the benefits almost immediately, which makes me want to come back for more.
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Dave W. May 12, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Combined a great balance of practice, instruction, theory, and suggestions for "homework." Didn't feel inadequate, like I did with another instructor from school of rock.
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Susan W. February 7, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
This was my first lesson ever! Richard was very professional, knowledgeable yet patient and kind!! He made this a great experience for me. I felt as if I were part of something...not just a first time student. Can't wait til the next lesson!
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Saint Louis, MO 63104
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About Adam T.

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Saint Louis, MO

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I hold a doctorate degree in Music and specialize in classical music from the Renaissance period, Baroque, classical periods, as well as pop and broadway. I teach all voice types, with expertise in mezzo soprano and countertenor literature. I use proven vocal techniques along side vocal yoga practices to help people to find their true voice.

Languages including French, German, Italian, Latin, and Spanish. I have considerable experience training children's voices to sing healthily, preserving their voices for longevity, of course including adults as well. I am studied in the Bel Canto tech
nique and have prepared many students for auditions, contests, and festivals. The techniques for singing that I use are to create a sound, healthy, and free voice. Hope to study along side you!
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Amber S. January 28, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Great person to work with !!!!
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Jasmine P. June 9, 2016
· Singing · In studio
Adam has a lot of passion for teaching students to find themselves and shine. As a parent, I would recommend Adam to anyone. My daughter is disecting and hearing the vowels to get better. Adam thank you for a great experience and more to come!
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Glen May 22, 2016
· Classical Voice · In studio
Adam is great to work with and heaven sent!!!!!!! He is so kind and encouraging and very professional all at the same time.
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Adam T.

Saint Louis, MO 63109
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About Stephen H.

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Saint Louis, MO
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I earned my bachelor's degree in music with emphasis in jazz performance in drums from Webster University in 2014.
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Justin March 8, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Awesome!!!
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Doug Bosso January 15, 2016
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I give Stephen 5 stars
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Debbie A. June 19, 2015
· Drum · In home
Stephen rocks! He is kind, patient, professional and an incredible drummer. He has proved exceptional at teaching drum mechanics to my 13 yo daughter, who looks forward to her lessons with Stephen, He is also flexible with our busy schedule, and even helped us put our new drum set together... :)
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Stephen H.

Saint Louis, MO 63111
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About Jonathan M.

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Saint Louis, MO

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About Jonathan
Jonny Martin is studying under Kurt Baldwin of the Arianna String Quartet. Having studied the cello for over 15 years, Jonny has had many opportunities to experience the joys of music. He performed in orchestras such as the Missouri High School All State orchestra, UMSL symphony, Saint Charles County Symphony, BYU Symphonic Orchestra and Young People's Symphonic Orchestra. Jonny has had the pleasure of participating in a master class with Zuill Bailey, Matt Hamovitz and Paul Katz. During this time Jonny has taught many students and greatly enjoys passing down his love for music.
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Dorian March 25, 2017
· Cello · In home
Great Experience. On time, polite and good teacher. My son liked him. He is a keeper.
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Isaac November 10, 2016
· Cello · In home
He was relatable to my 10 year old and thouroughly covered several essential techniques and excercises to practice.
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Maelon E. September 1, 2016
· Cello · In home
I could hear a difference in my son's playing within the first lesson. The lesson just ended and my son is already looking forward to lesson two, thanks to Jonny's combination of expertise, enthusiasm, patience and encouragement.
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Jonathan M.

Saint Louis, MO 63116
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About Thaddeus A.

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Belleville, IL

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Hi! I'm Tad, I'm a 15 year piano student currently studying Music at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana and I'm home for the summer looking to make some money and teach my favorite thing in the world before I go back. I have been classically trained by Leanne Halvorson since the age of four and am well versed in all forms of piano music as well as other instruments. I consider myself to be an enthusiastic and diligent individual and have complete confidence in my ability to teach this instrument as well as guitar. This is my greatest passion and what I want to do with my life, and
all I really want is to help other people and kids develop a love for music. I have experience teaching, playing in all sorts of bands, doing solo performances and improvising on the spot as well as sheet music and tabs. I've had articles wrote about me by the Daily Illini for how much I play on campus, and my dream job is to play professionally once I graduate.
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Thaddeus A.

Thaddeus A.

Belleville, IL 62223
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$20 / 30-min

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