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Matthew V.

Saint Louis, MO 63103


About Matthew

I teach because I love it... I love seeing a student reach their goals.

I’ve been working with music students for long enough now that I am able to quickly determine what their next best action should be… the action that will enable them to grow & evolve as guitar players. I have a keen sense of ascertaining a student’s skill level, so that I can quickly get them into working on the musicianship skills that will transform their playing. My sessions are efficient: they are very effective, very quickly.

As a beginner, you can approach the learning process in a way that keeps it fun & exciting while building the techniques & vocabulary that you use every day.
The cool thing about the guitar is that all of the chords & strumming patterns that you learn from day one are the same chords & strumming patterns you’ll use as an intermediat

e or advanced player. You don’t have to start with super basic “baby” steps & then learn what the “real” players use later down the road. You get to immediately start with the real deal.
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Matthew V.

Saint Louis, MO

David M.

Saint Louis, MO 63128

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About David

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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October 19, 2019
Robin K.
Dave is great. Very patient and a good teacher.
November 24, 2018
Landon
David is a fabulous teacher. I am very pleased, he was very good with my eight year old grandson.
November 22, 2018
Landon
A wonderful teacher, very good. Jesse Sittner

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David M.

Saint Louis, MO

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Carolyn C.

Saint Louis, MO 63126

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About Carolyn

I earned my degrees in music and elementary education at Southeast Missouri University. I taught music in school for seven years. in 1989 I began teaching only privately . I am constantly aware that the best way for students to learn is a program individually planned for him or her. I love teaching all ages..Through the years I have expanded my lessons to provide performance opportunities for those students who are interested.

*** Lesson Details ***
Each lesson is geared toward that one individual. I am familiar with all the music book publications so I pick and choose from them for each individual student.
Every lesson will be a positive experience with little treats at the end of their lesson. For the students who would like to participate we have recitals at Steinway Piano Gallery every three month.
For the vocal students wh

o would like to participate we do singing performances at Retirement Homes . I have many costumes from which to choose for the characters. Some of our favorite shows are Wizard of Oz, Sound of Music , Disney and Phantom of The Opera.
I Am located in the Crestwood,Webster, Kirkwood, South County area.

*** Studio Equipment ***
In my music studio I have a console Baldwin and a baby grand. I have microphones and audio equipment for practice for voice students. I record all voice lessons that the student takes home to practice.

*** Specialties ***
I design my lessons to fit the student I am teaching. I give certificates for progress. Stickers are given to younger students.
I am open to a wide range of music for piano and voice. My main interest is guiding you to your goals be it simple or accomplished. Whether you want to be more comfortable singing in church or the church choir or wanting to be in musicals or be The American Idol I will guide you in obtaining your goals. The same applies to pianist whether you are leaning for your own pleasure or want to become a professional. I can help you accomplish your goal.
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May 30, 2014
Florence G.
I've just started with Carolyn and have had only 3 lessons. She is very patient and encouraging. I have been singing in church choirs and community choirs most of my life. Just recently, I joined a non audition choral society that performs classical music and more demanding music. I was told that no one wanted to sit beside me because I was singing the wrong notes. If they thought that would deter me, they were wrong. I did drop out of the spring concert because I didn't have much time to improve. I have always wanted to take singing lessons but never created the opportunity. I am determined to learn to sing well and to join the choral society for the Christmas concert. I believe that Carolyn is the teacher who can help me achieve this goal.
February 4, 2014
Kristi C.
Piano Lessons

Excellent teacher, I was learning to read and she helped me tremendously and I would certainly recommend her with great reviews!
-James R.
January 22, 2014
Jessica H.
Rediscovering piano

After almost 20 years away I'm really enjoying taking piano lessons again. Carolyn has been great about tailoring lessons for an adult beginner, and focusing on the type of music that I want to play. She has also been flexible working with my schedule, something I very much appreciate.

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Carolyn C.

Saint Louis, MO

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Chris S.

Saint Louis, MO 63139

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About Chris

Hi! My name is Chris, but a lot of people call me Luppy (pronounced "loopy"). I am a professional musician in the St. Louis area specializing in jazz as well as performing with my band Sky West Trio (www.skywesttrio.com). I am classically trained but also play by ear. I have years of experience in the music business. I toured the country for 8 years with a band (LP Outsiders) that led to a publishing deal with Windswept Pacific, landing a song on the Three To Tango movie soundtrack, appearing on the Disney Channel Show "2 Hour Tour" with 98 Degrees, and opening for many national acts. We even toured with Big Bad Voodoo Daddy for a year. I also played trumpet on a b-side on Natalie Imbruglia's multi-platinum selling single to "Torn," and did some songwriting with Robbie Nevil (of "Ce La Vie" fame).I also have performed all over the wor

ld including many caribbean islands like Aruba, Barbados, Curacao, St. Maarten and St. Kitts.

I offer lessons to people of ALL AGES! I customize my lessons to focus on the things YOU WANT TO LEARN. My favorite thing to teach is how to play by ear! I can teach you the system that all professional musicians use to be able to play songs instantly after hearing it once. It really is possible with a little practice.

I do also teach the classical repertoire if that is what you are more interested in. For most students, I teach a combination of playing by ear and learning music theory, as well as some classical repertoire.
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February 12, 2019
Angela L.
Chris is a stellar piano teacher. He figures out student's level very quickly and starts from there.
October 13, 2018
Jason
Chirs is an awesome teacher. definitely looking forward to the next class.
June 11, 2018
bruce
Chris found out quickly what my experience was and what my goals were. Were working toward that. Thanks Chris.

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Chris S.

Saint Louis, MO

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Nicholas S.

Saint Louis, MO 63139


About Nicholas

Having performed most of his life, Nick Savage seems to be effortlessly skilled as a drummer, keyboardist, singer, and songwriter.

Nick has had the pleasure of sharing the stage with great performers, such as, Tony award winning Beth Leveal, American Idol runner-up Justin Guarini, Gavin Degraw, John Scofield, Joshua Redman, Lou Donaldson, Lonnie Smith, Jeff Coffin, Victor Goines, Joe Lavano, and many more reputable artists. His notable performances in St. Louis, nationally, and internationally have led him to a mastery of the elements of good music. In addition, this has developed him into one of St. Louis’ strongest composers, arrangers, educators, and clinicians from behind the drum kit and the soundboard. Nick received his Bachelors of Arts and Masters of Music in Jazz Performance from Webster University. To date, Nick has played, p

erformed, and/or produced on over 100 recordings.

To date Nick serves in the following positions: lead singer and drummer for St. Louis band Fresh Heir, percussion and drum kit instrumentalist at Salem United Methodist Church, the Program Director and Lead Instructor for LINC to Music, LLC, The Music Director at Sacred Heart School in Valley Park, the Lead Drum Instructor at Kirkwood Music Institute, the drum kit and percussion instructor at De Smet Jesuit College Prep High School and the Lead Consultant for Diamond Empire Band St. Louis.
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Nicholas S.

Saint Louis, MO

Keith B.

Ballwin, MO 63021

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About Keith

I was a combined piano performance and theory major at Texas Christian University. I was fortunate to have studied with some of the best teachers in the world, including Mme. Lili Kraus, Miklos Ivanich and Dr. Stephen Swedish. After college I taught fro several years to mostly grade and middle school students. I happy to say the after many years I am still in touch with many of them and they are still playing, and appreciate that I taught them the love of music. I work at my student's pace. I do stress learning everything correctly before advancing. Students work at different paces, which is why I do not feel that group lessons are useful for many students. I am very patient with a student's progress as long as he or she is learning.

Playing piano is more than playing the right notes. It is more than adding your feeling to the music.


It is what inspired the composer to write a certain piece of music. What was his inspiration? It is the responsibility of the teacher to have studied in depth the composers to be able to transfer that message to the students.

My students range from total beginners (adults and children) to college students needing additional help preparing for juries and recitals.
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July 22, 2019
Christopher
He was very patient and the lesson was well structured for a novice beginner like myself. Highly recommended
July 21, 2019
Jose
He was kind, accommodating and obviously accomplished.
February 28, 2019
Cooper
Keith is awesome, patient, and communicates at a level that a 6 year old can understand. Great start!

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Keith B.

Ballwin, MO

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Joe M.

Ballwin, MO 63021

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Hi there! I've been playing guitar for over 13 years. Throughout those years I've been in many many bands. The first started in my buddy's garage (because his parents actually bought him a drum set!). I've been taking lessons ever since I was in 7th grade and love playing all different genres of music. Nowadays, I am a music student at SIUE studying Jazz Guitar and teaching myself blues riffs. I write and record my own music and play around town as often as I can.

I love sharing the gift of music with others and seeing the look on students' faces when they play their favorite songs. I am extremely patient and guarantee I can teach even the most stubborn students. I am also very flexible when it comes to lesson plans. The first thing I like to do is sit down with the student and determine his or her own goals. Do you want to learn your

favorite songs? Or maybe you want to learn how to improvise and solo like your favorite guitarist. We will definitely focus on learning to play with others. After all, music is meant to be shared!

If your one of those people who has some experience with the guitar but maybe you've put it down for a while and want to jump back in, then I'm your guy. You've already got some knowledge and muscle memory. Let's work with that and get you rockin' again.

If desired, I can offer crash courses in recording your own music, singing while playing, and how to get started writing your own songs. Really I'm here to help you get where you want to be. And if you don't know where to start, don't worry! I've been there too and would love to be the one to get the ball rolling with you. Playing an instrument will be one of the most fun and rewarding experiences of your life.
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May 5, 2019
Manny
I spent a lot if time searching/researching/talking with various guitar instructors....finding teacher fit is PRIORITY #1 for me. Joe was patient, thoughtful and most importantly all about what will work best for my young son. Lesson one was a big success in my book.....I am grateful and blessed to have found Joe. On to lesson #2. :)

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Ballwin, MO

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Gina K.

O Fallon, MO 63366

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I have been in the entertainment industry for over twenty years! I sing baritone in a competitive female barbershop quartet Fource of Nature, along with playing trumpet, harmonica, and lead vocals in my band Campus Drive.

My decision to acquire a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Vocal/Choral Music & Master of Arts in Education from Lindenwood University was based on my love of performance and encouraging today’s youth. She has taught ages that range from pre-k through adulthood.

I have been quite blessed to be teaching for eleven years and could not think of anything else I would want to be doing with my life.

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Bryan
"Tom is a great drum instructor. He took an active interest in the music I liked during the very first interest, and when I came back for the second lesson
he had taken the time to listen to all of the bands that I mentioned. I wasn't really expecting that and it showed me that he really wanted to tailor the lessons towards what I listen to.

He teaches out of his house, with two drum sets and full electronics setup for other things as well. It really helps when both you and him can play something at the same time, compared to other places where there is only one drum set available.

I would highly recommend Tom to anyone interested in learning how to play the drums."
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Ursulz
"We love Fawn! Our daughter has been having a fabulous experience participating in lessons with Fawn. Fawn is super friendly and helpful. Fawn's personalit
y is lovely and she is so enthusiastic and engaging with kiddos from a very young age to adult kiddos! Our daughter sings all the songs she is assigned and we hear great improvement each week! Fawn's teaching style is clear that as much as her lessons are super fun, she's also laying the foundation for the kids to play/sing music well, have a good knowledge of theory and be music enthusiasts. She encourages individuality and gives our daughter a chance to expand and improvise etc. There is a ton out there in terms of music lessons for kids, but we think that Fawn is more than worth the cost and we intend to keep her as part of our routine for the foreseeable future."
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Cori
"Theresa is the best! I am 28 years old and have never played cello before now, and she makes me feel comfortable and encouraged each lesson. She's is rela
table, and her teaching style is fun. She makes you want to learn. I am sure if you were good at your instrument ( unlike me) she could push you along as well. I only wish I practiced more for her ! Because she deserves the best students out there."
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Wenshu Xie
"Arron is a great teacher... and very patient....everything is being explained clearly during the lesson.."
Jonathan
"Kat is awesome

Kat is a fantastic teacher. Having never taken any music lessons before, I was a bit nervous going into it, but Kat's enthusiasm, patience
, knowledge, and depth of experience have made this a truly enjoyable experience. She is a classically trained musician who plays in a rock band - she really knows her stuff and keeps the lessons fresh, fun, and relevant.

Also as an adult taking lessons for the first time, she has made sure the lessons stay challenging and engaging. I plan to keep taking lessons from Kat for the foreseeable future."
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Marco
"I just took my first saxophone lesson and it wouldn't be better! Michael is very enthusiast and knowledgable, he guided me through the basic steps of play
ing sax. He made me feel confortable and confident, which is very important when somebody starts to do any new activity. I am looking forward to my second class and I know it will be a blast. Great guy Michael is."
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diana
"As a beginning adult piano student, I was a little apprehensive to start lessons.
But Laura made me feel comfortable and is very patient with my slow p
rogress.

Laura has also been extremely patient when I have had to cancel or change lessons. She has done everything possible to work around my schedule changes and fit me in at another time."
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Alexandra
"She was great. Very knowledgeable and my daughter was very comfortable with her and thought she was super nice. We are looking forward to much success w
ith her :)"
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Ryan S.
"Fawn has excellent skills and a great personality. She is easy going, yet tough; the perfect combination. I have learned more with her in a year's time th
an I ever did with other teacher's in five years. I only wish I had found her sooner! I look forward to year two with her. Can't say enough good things about her!"
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