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About David M.

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Saint Louis, MO
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Composer and guitarist David began formal music training at the age of 5 on the drums. He taught himself guitar as a teenager and began playing in local rock bands. Initially entering college as a Journalism major, his passion for music led him to Meramec College where he studied Music Theory with Robert C. Howard and classical guitar with Larry Bolles. From 1990 through 1993, he attended Webster University, and became only the second composer in the school's history to receive the BM/MM Scholarship. While at Webster, he studied composition with Dr. Kendall Stallings, Robert Chamberlin, and Kim Portnoy, Jazz History with Paul Demarinis, and 18th Century Counterpoint with Dr. Eloise Jarvis. During his education, he performed with many student ensembles and sat in on master classes by the great sitarist and surbaharist, Imrat Khan and jazz
guitarist Peter Leitch.

In 1993 he started St. Louis SoundWorks with Grammy nominated Adam Long and Mark McClanahan that specialized in mobile recording, and composing music for films and commercials.

As a musician, David has composed over 200 pieces for various instruments and combinations from small chamber ensembles to full orchestra. He was bandleader of two creative ensembles that focused on alternative notation compositions and improvised music, and later co-founded the avant-garde influenced rock band Diverted Course which released two CD's.

As a teacher, David has taught classical guitar and musicianship as an adjunct faculty member at Meramec College and Webster University. He has given seminars on the music of Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman, and Anthony Braxton. He has been teaching privately for 23 years and many of his students have gone on to successful music careers and performed all over the world.

*** Lesson Details ***
I teach students of all ages in a fun and positive manner. I am flexible and will tailor the lessons to satisfy your own individual goals. Whether you are a beginner that wants to gain a foundation in technique, sight reading, and basic theory or an intermediate or more advanced player that wants to increase their knowledge and polish their skills, I will devise a plan to meet your needs. I encourage regular practice and like my students to keep a journal to monitor their progress.

I teach a variety of styles including classical guitar, blues, rock, jazz, and avant-garde.

Ultimately, I believe everyone needs a creative outlet, a way to express themselves, and has something unique to say, and I aim to help those students find their own voice.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Extra guitars and amps at both places. Mixing board at the studio. Only has a upright piano at his home address but has a keyboard at studio

*** Travel Equipment ***
Expect my students to provide the guitar. Amplification is optional.

*** Specialties ***
Classical, jazz, rock, blues, and avant-garde.
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Daniel M. April 28, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
My son is excited to be learning!
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Joe February 13, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Dave has been able to take me on a great journey! We have covered many kinds of music, and I'm greatly appreciative of his patience and encouragement. He was able to tell after just a couple of lessons that my original plans for getting lessons was never going to be enough. He introduced several topics, and whetted my appetite for more! If only all teachers could open doors this way!!!
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Sam N. October 16, 2016
· Guitar · In home
We are extremely happy with our decision to go with David. He is extremely encouraging and positive during his lessons and his teaching skills are top notch!!!
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Saint Louis, MO 63128
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About Ryan B.

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Saint Louis, MO

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Ryan is a Music major currently attending UMSL studying composition and performance. He has finished an Associates in Music from STLCC, and has been giving private lessons since 2012. Ryan has participated in multiple STL groups and performed at many popular venues including Blueberry Hill, Roberts Orpheum Theatre, Off Broadway, The Broadway Oyster Bar, and The Gramophone to name a few. He performs a wide range of styles including Jazz, Classical, Rock, Funk, Reggae, Blues, and Progressive music. Ryan participates in Concert/Jazz choir, as well as Jazz band at both High school and Collegiate levels. In his lessons, Ryan gives students a mix of formal and informal training that involves studies with proper technique and sight-reading along with a curriculum that focuses on the students preferences in musical taste, songs, and style!
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Joseph N. September 2, 2017
· Piano · In home
Ryan was very enthusiastic and encouraging. My son looks forward to his next lesson
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Nicolas N. September 2, 2017
· Piano · In home
Ryan was very encouraging and patient with my son. He looks forward to practicing and having another lesson.
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Katie P. August 29, 2017
· Singing · In studio
This was Katie's first lesson. Ryan was very patient, worked to engage her, and she left feeling very proud of what she'd learned.
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Ryan B.

Saint Louis, MO 63103
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About Dawn S.

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I have a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education and a Master's Degree in Music Performance. I also performed as a musician with a military band for over 20 years, performing on oboe, English horn, saxophone, percussion, piano/synthesizer, and as a vocalist. I have been teaching privately for over 20 years and enjoy working one on one with students.
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Leathia R. S. November 4, 2017
· Oboe · Online
Fantastic fun class. Thanks for all your help.
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Briana J. October 4, 2017
· Oboe · Online
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Heather H. August 30, 2017
· Oboe · Online
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Dawn S.

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About Brandon F.

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Saint Louis, MO
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I hold a B.A. in Music from Covenant College, where my instrument of study was the mandolin. I studied for two years under Matt Flinner, winner of the National Mandolin Contest 1991 in Winfield, Kansas.

My particular strength as a player and teacher is on tone and technique. My lessons focus firstly on creating a clean, clear tone, practicing good right hand and left hand technique.

Though I do work with students to play by ear and improvise, I also like to emphasize reading music on the mandolin and understanding music theory. These emphases are balanced according to the particular interests and goals of the particular student. The goal of my teaching is to encourage the student to become a well-rounded musician. This way the student can achieve their current musical goals, but also will have the foundation to pursue additional u
nforeseen goals and interests as they progress.

If the student has interest, I also can teach lessons on mandola and tenor guitar.
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Russell May 25, 2016
· Mandolin · In home
I feel like my skills are improving.
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Brandon F.

Brandon F.

Saint Louis, MO 63130
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About Travis L.

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Saint Louis, MO
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Hey there! My name is Travis and I can't wait to meet you! I have been playing guitar for over ten years. I look forward to helping you reach your goals!
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Ivan February 15, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Very personable and related well to my son. Helped him learn a high interest song and made the lesson memorable.
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Harry September 20, 2016
· Guitar · In home
Seems like all will go well!
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Travis L.

Saint Louis, MO 63104
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About Todd A.

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Saint Louis, MO

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Hello. My name is Todd A. I've been playing music for most of my life. I recently graduated from Webster University with a BA in music after receiving an AA in guitar performance at SWIC. I play in several bands in the St. Louis music scene and try to play music as often as possible. I look forward to hearing from you.
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Chris March 9, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Todd is a fantastic guy! He's patient, informative, and genuinely educates you, even at the most basic level.

Highly recommended!
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T.C. March 3, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Great teacher, Nice and very informative!
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Todd A.

Todd A.

Saint Louis, MO 63118
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About Matt J.

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Matt J.

Bridgeton, MO 63044
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About Cole M.

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Saint Louis, MO
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I'm a student at Washington University by way of Chicago. I currently play bass in a jazz combo on campus, and also trade off roles as guitarist and bassist for a house band for a sketch comedy show. I've been playing for over seven years, and have been teaching lessons back home for the last three.

I spent the last four years working for Reverb.com, the worlds largest online musical instrument marketplace, where I contributed guitar-related web content and served as an authority on vintage guitar knowledge.
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Cole M.

Saint Louis, MO 63130
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About Joshua B.

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I’ve been teaching judo for the last year and a half, and some of my students have gone on to become marines or other members of our armed forces. Others have pursued other paths, but all have reported having grown as leaders and as warriors. This is something that I love to do, and I am proud to see my students succeed; in both judo, and in life. And yes, judo is 100% as cool as it looks on tv, but more importantly, it works in real life. As a student of mine, you’ll grow as a leader, no matter your age. You’ll grow in confidence, no matter your background. And you’ll grow in your ability to teach/help others, no matter your insecurities.
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Joshua B.

Saint Louis, MO 63108
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About Audrey M.

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Saint Louis, MO
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Irish musician from Ireland. I have been playing irish music since I was 3 years old. I am also an Irish dancer. I am currently living in the United States and hope to get more people here interested in Irish music.

I am a 5 time All Ireland Champion between Tin whistle and flute.

I have performed on many different music tours and at many different concert and festivals throughout the world. E.g Comhaltas tour of Ireland and Great Britain, Europeans People Fesival. I have also performed many times on irish radio and TV.

I teach music to students of all ages and abilities. All welcome! :)
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Audrey M.

Audrey M.

Saint Louis, MO 63108
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