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About David M.

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Saint Louis, MO
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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.

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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.

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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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Brian S. April 12, 2018
· Guitar · In home
David is an excellent teacher and I’m really enjoying the lessons and learning a lot.
David approaches teaching based on the goals of the student and not a one approach fits all style.
I highly recommend him.
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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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David M.

David M.

Saint Louis, MO 63128
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About Matthew V.

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Saint Louis, MO

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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.

Matthew V.

Saint Louis, MO 63103
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$39 / 60-min

About Zelina B.

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Saint Louis, MO
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About Zelina
I am a professional singer and voice teacher. I perform as a lead vocalist with a popular top 40 band in St. Louis and can be seen singing with several other well known bands in the city and region. I graduated from Southern Illinois University with a Bachelors of Jazz Vocal Performance. My versatility, experience and formal training helps me to make the learning experience easy, low stress and fun!

Every voice has a unique timbre; I teach students to release built up tension and apply foundational techniques in order to unlock their own individual sound. I will teach students ear training, and proper breathing and vocal technique as well as to read music and understand music theory if the interest exists. I tailor my approach to the needs of each students individual needs and goals.
I can help any student to sing with more freedom,
confidence, and expression!

Some of the musical styles I regularly teach: Rock, Alternative, Pop, Musical Theatre, Blues, Jazz, Funk, Soul, R&B, Classical.

I look forward to meeting you and helping you to become a better musician!
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Leslie September 27, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Zelina has a warm manner that puts you at ease as a beginner and I thought she put great effort in creating a program to fit my need in the short time we have each week. Also it was fun.
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Becky May 9, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Great lessons! Very happy I found a teacher who not only focuses on singing techniques, but helps instill confidence in me. Highly recommend!
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Zelina B.

Zelina B.

Saint Louis, MO 63122
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$40 / 30-min

About Ryan B.

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Saint Louis, MO
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Ryan has accomplished a Fine Arts Degree in Music as well as a Bachelors Degree in Music Composition & Jazz Performance from the University of Missouri St. Louis. He 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 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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Malcolm W. August 16, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Ryan was great for me. He taught some very good foundational fundamentals to knowing how to play the piano. If I was still in St. Louis id still be with him today!
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James M. August 2, 2018
· Ukulele · In home
Ryan is relaxed, knowledgeable, and personable. I’m learning a lot and look forward to each lesson.
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Elazar Z. June 26, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Personable , intuitive , talented , exceptional teacher
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Ryan B.

Ryan B.

Saint Louis, MO 63103
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About Travis L.

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O Fallon, IL
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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.

Travis L.

Saint Louis, MO 63104
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About Karen V.

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Saint Louis, MO
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I am both a Texas and Missouri certified teacher. I recently relocated to the St. Louis area from central Texas where I owned a fine arts private teaching school and also tutored students from elementary through high school levels. I have vast experience in all types of performance including theater, art, and music.
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Yuko Soyama July 16, 2018
· Violin · In studio
I really enjoyed the lessons.
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Michael May 20, 2018
· Violin · In studio
Karen is a fantastic teacher. Very flexible schedule and comfortable environment. She has accommodated any pieces that I have thrown her way, and I'm thrilled at the progress I've made since starting as a complete novice 8 months ago. 5 stars!
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Kim February 14, 2017
· Violin · In studio
Without Karen by my son's side, I don't think he would've gone as far as he did! After just a few years, he was hired to perform solo at a wedding. She made the lessons fun and enjoyable for him, while always encouraging him to do better! We were so sad to see her leave and miss her terribly!
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Karen V.

Karen V.

Saint Louis, MO 63116
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About Todd A.

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Saint Louis, MO
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About Todd
Hello. My name is Todd. 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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Anthony December 1, 2017
· Guitar · In home
My son has really enjoyed his lessons and even practices without my nagging!
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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 Sammy E.

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Saint Louis, MO

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About Sammy
Hello, I'm Sammy!

Making music is one of my favorite things to do. I believe that music is for everyone and lessons are about you, the student. So we can tailor your lessons to whatever you need. Whether you're a beginner, playing/learning for fun, or looking to enhance your playing, I can help you!

I am a graduate of the music program at University of Missouri - St. Louis (UMSL) where I studied cello and music theory with the Arianna String Quartet. During my time there, I played cello in the university orchestra and in some other smaller groups. I played one season with the Oregon East Symphony and I have played at several church services.

Through my teacher at UMSL, I am connected to a line of great cellists and teachers. His teachers can be traced back to Pablo Casals, the great master cellist By taking lessons with my you c
an join that lineage!

I also enjoy watching Netflix, cooking, hiking, and eating Indian food.
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Thomas S. September 24, 2018
· Cello · In home
Thomas and Sammy connected right away. Thomas had a terrible experience last year and following that, wouldn't even pick up his cello without proadding and arguing. This afternoon he picked up his cello and started playing the minute he got home from school. Yea! Prayer answered!
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monica August 9, 2018
· Cello · In studio
I have known Sammy over a year as a cello teacher. He is knowledgable, kind and an all around great teacher! Recommend him highly!
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Loree August 8, 2018
· Cello ·
Sammy and his wife Amy did a wonderful job teaching beginning cello, violin and viola students at the Summer Strings Music Camp in Pendleton, of which I was the Director July 23-27. They worked hard to prepare interesting, innovative and creative methods to teach rhythms, note-reading and beginning orchestra to 13 students ranging in age from 5 - 11. I was very impressed with their final orchestra presentation at the final concert of Camp July 27th!
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Sammy E.

Sammy E.

Saint Louis, MO 63104
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About CJ C.

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Florissant, MO

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My name is CJ I have been singing since I was in elementary school. I started singing in church choirs until the age of 11. Then I began to sing with a 7x gospel recording artist for 9 years by the name of Kathy Horry. She was a secular singer for some years and moved over to gospel. She is a vocal teacher and a piano teacher. I traveled with her and got all my training from her. I then became assistant director over the youth choir and then I moved locations and was Director over the entire music department at Gateway River Church for awhile. I taught the musicians and singers. I trained a drummer. I began to teach at different locations and organizations quite often with a variety of genres of music. My favorites are. Gospel,Hip Hop and Country. Weird combo but I love those 3. Lol. I am connected to many producers here in the St.louis a
rea and outside. I am willing to travel if need and I am also releasing my first single November 9th 2018 stay tuned for that!!
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CJ C.

CJ C.

Florissant, MO 63034
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$21 / 30-min

About Dan D.

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Belleville, IL

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Hi! I am a musician, writer, podcaster, videographer, and entrepreneur. I play guitar, piano, bass, drums, and mandolin. I am self-taught and teach an original method that prioritizes teaching you techniques you can use to eventually teach yourself. As a musician, you should always be learning new things. My philosophies and methods keep new and experienced students from getting stuck in practice ruts.

I am also experienced in writing and video production. Visit my website to see examples of my work. dandrake333.com I look forward to working with you.
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Dan D.

Dan D.

Belleville, IL 62221
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