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Russell R.

Germantown, TN

About Russell

My name is Russell "Rusty" Rainey. I have been a professional guitarist for 25 years. During the past 25 years I have managed the area's largest music stores, opened a Guitar Repair Center and became a "Certified *Fender Guitar Technician" . My experience with other musicians on stage and in the studio is without parallel. A "school" cannot duplicate real world experience. I understand the frustrations associated with finding the right person who understands how to treat you as an individual. A great instructor will not teach out of a book, they will write a book for you. A real Educati
on in "playing guitar" is much broader than what you can learn from a book. I can help you understand the guitar in a practical and logical way, how to become a "guitar player" - not just how to "play the guitar". Lets talk about how I can help you meet your goals.

*** Lesson Details ***
I want to make our time together something that you will look forward to each week. The guitar is a very expressive and diverse instrument. My goal as your instructor is helping you reach your own goal. I teach each student in an individual way based on your interest, and my assessment of how to help you reach those goals, every lesson is time YOUR time! I take time before each lesson planning our time together. Commit 3 months and you will be amazed at what you can accomplish, 6 months and you'll begin to play through songs, after a year you will look back with pride and realize how much you have learned. I consider myself "laid back" and easy to talk too, but I will encourage you to accomplish what I know you can. When you put forth effort forth, and follow your lesson plans, you will have a great experience! ~Rusty

*** Studio Equipment ***
HOME: lessons in dedicated music room, guitars, amps, bass guitar, music stand, cords, cables, picks, tuners, stand.....

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide any materials and or equipment relative to the area of study for myself in addition to the student should that situation present itself.

*** Specialties ***
Classic Rock, Hard Rock, Blues, and Country. I teach "slide" guitar for those students who are interested in learning more about "delta-blues" and rock guitar utilizing the slide in style very similar to Z.Z. Top.
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Nathan C. July 21, 2015
Harmonica · In studio
Verified Student
I enrolled in lessons as a beginner. Russell did a great job with the 5 lessons that I took with him.
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Nathan C. June 23, 2015
Harmonica · In studio
Verified Student
He was great. The first session made me look forward to the next session. He was fantastic and very easy to talk to. I feel very fortunate to have gotten such a great instructor. I feel very fortunate!
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SusanD2 July 16, 2012
My daughter Margaret is taking lessons from Rusty. He is excellent with her. This is totally new to her. He is very patient and precise in his explanations during his lessons. Margaret really enjoys having Rusty as a teacher.
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Russell R.

Russell R.

Germantown, TN 38138
(12)
starting at
$75 / 45-min
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John S.

Collierville, TN

About John

I have been teaching young people and adults how to play musical instruments for over 20 years. A lot of my students are well on their way to a rewarding future with music, some as professionals and others as hobbyists. In addition to being a teacher, I am also a professional performer who has worked in a wide variety of styles and I have a Masters degree in music composition and theory.
One of my main specialties is working with very young students and total beginners. There is a special skill to teaching young children that can only be developed through experience. For the older student, o
r the student who already has a musical background my specialty is helping you learn the styles that have always been of most interest to you. I can also help older students gain a broad understanding of music through some basic music theory.

*** Lesson Details ***
I can teach piano or keyboard to beginners and up to advanced students. On guitar and woodwinds I can teach beginners and up to intermediate level students.
My teaching style is fairly relaxed and very positive, but I will try to keep the lessons on a course that is going to benefit you the most. For younger piano students and beginners I prefer the Alfreds piano system. The songs in the Alfreds books allow for immediate playing and note reading without any tedious memorization. The beginner books contain a lot of fun songs that kids really gravitate toward.
For older students I try to gear the lessons toward whatever musical style you prefer. For students who have only had traditional piano lessons I can teach you how to read pop and jazz chord charts, as well as how to turn those chord charts into fully arranged music. I can also teach improvisation and the skills that are required to play specific styles of music in a professional band.
For my younger guitar students I have a variety of beginner material I have collected over the years, but for my older students I prefer to work on songs of their choice.
My beginner woodwind students will work with a Yamaha method book, while older students can learn improvisation and theory if they like.
I also can lead Orff styled tuned percussion ensembles. The Orff style of music performance allows for students from entirely mis-matched musical backgrounds to play music together, even on their first day of class.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Many keyboards, guitar, bass guitar, saxophone, flute, and four Orff tuned percussion instruments.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide multiple keyboards, a guitar, saxophone, flute and 4 Orff style tuned percussion instruments, as well as countless books and literature.

*** Specialties ***
I play keyboards professionally in jazz, RnB, rock, reggae, Latin rock and other styles. I can help the student who has only had traditional lessons branch out and learn how to read chord charts, which in turn teaches them theory.
I am a certified Orff teacher as well.
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Ed M. March 31, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
My 9 year old son came from School of Rock, which was organized chaos, to now where John has implemented a real strategy for him to learn faster and to focus on reading notes. My son has retained his interest and is excelling under John's guidance. I would highly recommend John for students of all ages.
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Dreanna A. June 10, 2014
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
John is Awesome! John adjusts his training style to the needs of the student and encourages along the way! After three lessons I honestly feel this is something I plan on pursing for the long run!
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CharlesC April 4, 2012
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John have been very friendly and patient person .. He can teach my son a great music .. I am looking forward to see my son gets alot of skills and be a pro rock star!!
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John S.

John S.

Collierville, TN 38017
(8)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Bethania B.

Memphis, TN

About Bethania

Hi there! My name is Bethania. I am currently teaching voice lessons and directing the opera program at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, AR. I am a doctoral student in Memphis, Tennessee where I am finishing up my doctorate in Voice Performance. My Master's is also in Voice Performance from the University of Arizona and my Bachelor's degree is in Music Education. I primarily sing opera and my teaching is based on the classical approach to singing. I also enjoy singing and teaching musical theater and jazz.
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ANTHONY C. September 14, 2014
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Beth has been extremely helpful in everything from helping us set realistic goals to honing technique to make you a better singer. Both myself and my wife have learned so much in a short period of time. Beth is a talented musician and very experienced instructor. She makes learning fun as well as very targeted in helping improve vocalists ranging from beginners to experienced singers.
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ANTHONY C. August 13, 2014
Vocal Training · In home
Verified Student
Beth is a very talented vocal teacher - as a guitar player with no vocal experience Beth helped me find my natural vocal range and taught me to sing on pitch in the first lesson. After 2 lessons I am breathing correctly, have the self confidence to sing in public and helped me to become a more versatile musician. We since added my wife as well - we will continue to take lessons from Beth. Anyone serious about improving or learning for the first time would benefit from her knowledge and expertise.
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Bethania B.

Bethania B.

Memphis, TN 38111
(2)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Jennifer D.

Memphis, TN

About Jennifer

Born and raised in Memphis, Jennifer is an active soloist, orchestral and chamber musician with a passion for teaching. She has been fortunate to study with some of the best flutists in the world and is committed to passing on to her students what she has learned from her teachers. Her flute studio is open to students of all ages, abilities, and musical backgrounds, from those looking to pursue a career in music to those wanting to learn to play the flute simply for the joy it can bring to everyday life.

Jennifer holds music degrees from Middle Tennessee State University (B.M.) and Boston
University (M.M.). Her primary teachers include Dr. Deanna Little (MTSU), Ruth Ann McClain, Linda Toote (Boston U.), and Trevor Wye. She also studied in England for two years with legendary flutist and pedagogue Trevor Wye at his studio.
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Colleen M. June 8, 2015
Flute · In studio
Jennifer Davis is a fantastic flutist and teacher. She listens critically and consistently gives accurate and constructive feedback to musicians of all ability levels. Any student would be lucky to have the opportunity work with Jenny.
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Jennifer D.

Jennifer D.

Memphis, TN 38119
(1)
starting at
$32.40 / 30-min
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Keturah B.

Memphis, TN

About Keturah

My name is Keturah. I have experience working with and teaching kids 5 and up. I have worked through professional companies such as Inspirational Keys and Children in Harmony. I am fun, compassionate, and experienced and I can provide references for the families and companies that I have for.
My degree is in Music and Music Business and I specialize in Voice, Piano, Songwriting, and Theatre
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Lark D. August 26, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Fun and she really knows what she's doing
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Amber July 28, 2015
Theater Acting · In home
Great at scene development and character analysis. Critical thinker which is definitely necessary for developing the total character. She truly has a passion for instructing and inspiring a since of creativity in her students. Overall awesome instructor!
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Zazita July 19, 2015
Singing · In studio
I am 10 years old,I took voice lessons with Keturah for almost a year. I really enjoyed meeting up with her at MTSU once a week. I would tell anyone to take lessons with her. She is a nice voice coach and funny.
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Keturah B.

Keturah B.

Memphis, TN 38125
(3)
starting at
$40 / 30-min

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