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About Tom G.

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Wheat Ridge, CO

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About Tom
My goal is to provide insight along your musical path. In addition to preparing for performances and auditions, I encourage spending time on your favorite songs, and enjoy learning with them with you (often by transcribing the material). I also recommend a structured daily trumpet routine, one that grows as you develop.

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Tom Gershwin is a bandleader, trumpeter, and composer based in Denver, Colorado.

In 2015, Tom was selected to be in KUVO’s 30 under 30 series, which featured young musicians contributing to the jazz scene in Colorado.

​Tom has recorded two full length jazz albums: “Sweet Pastimes”, a duo project featuring classic standards, and “Live at Mighty Fine”, a quintet performing collaborative compositions and improvisations. Tom's current six piece group has been featured at Nocturne, the Five Points Jazz Fe
stival, the Estes Park Jazz Festival, and Dazzle Jazz.

As a freelance trumpeter, Tom has performed and/or recorded with The Temptations, John Batiste, Father John Misty, Chris Potter, One Republic, DeVotchKa, Leftover Salmon, Juno winner Jayme Stone, and Portugal. The Man at venues including Red Rocks Amphitheater, the Blue Note, and City Park Jazz.

​Tom has been a faculty member of the Colorado Conservatory for the Jazz Arts (CCJA) since 2016.

​Tom’s professional career began in the United States Army Band, where he performed for 3 years across the Pacific Northwest and Japan. He was promoted to sergeant before receiving an honorable discharge. He received his jazz performance degrees from CU Boulder (undergraduate) and NYU (master’s). At NYU, Tom also served as an adjunct faculty member of the Jazz Department.

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I will guide you to your goals. I write my own materials for each student's individual goals. If you want to learn a song and I don't know it, I will learn the song with you, sharing the process. After several months of study, you will have an understanding of not only what to practice, but how and why to practice.

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Music room w/piano, trumpet, and optional seating for parents

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I provide music, accessories (tuner, metronome, portable speakers), and books. I can bring an extra trumpet for beginners.

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Trumpet- Caruso Method, breathing exercises, and other mechanics depending on student level.
Improvisation- Theory, ear training, free play, jazz standards.
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Greta June 22, 2018
· Trumpet · In studio
My teenage son was skeptical about taking private trumpet lessons. But to my surprise he seem to be enjoying them so far. I think Tom is a great teacher. According to my son, he is a very good listener and provides good feedback on what he needs to improve on. It is definitely worth an hour drive each way.
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pam June 2, 2018
· Trumpet · Online
Tom has been a very knowledgeable and patient instructor for my son. We appreciate him.
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Hunter May 23, 2018
· Bugle · Online
My son had his first lesson yesterday and really enjoyed it. He can't wait to start practicing.
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About Scott M.

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Nazareth, PA

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Hi! I'm Scott. I perform with a one-man band setup I created which utilizes a modified guitar and home-made foot pedals to control a drum set, while I sing on top of it all. I have a recording studio at home, and have performed with bands as a singer, guitarist, saxophonist, bassist, percussionist, and as a sound engineer. I've written, performed and recorded my own album which made it to the 2nd round of the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards, and was a voting member of the Philadelphia Chapter of the Grammy Committee and NARAS (National Association or the Recording Arts and Sciences.) I started piano lessons from age 5 and just kept picking up more instruments and gear as I got older and never stopped learning or enjoying it!

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I have been teaching Guitars, Basses, Percussion, Piano, Saxophone, Music Production, Re
cording, and Live Sound for 16 years.

I can teach you note-reading, tabs, ear training, music theory, composition, improvisation in just about any style of music.

Working with people writing songs is something I enjoy thoroughly; I can help you write and record your own songs. A computer and internet access are preferred to take full advantage of the technology for learning and producing music.

Knowledgeable in Instrument repair, set-up, and maintenance, I can help you fix it, and how to spot a good instrument.

Patient and experienced, with a broad knowledge of music in most areas, I can give you hundreds of good references from previous students I've taught over the years

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Guitars, basses, percussion and drum sets, a piano, saxophones, hand drums, a 20-track digital recording studio with monitors that are equalized to the room's acoustics for accurate listening and mixing, plus an assortment of microphones, amps, mic stands, cables, and connectors.
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Liam May 10, 2018
· Piano · In home
Had our first lesson with Scott. He was great with my 7 year old. We look forward to future lessons with him!
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Eric December 12, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Very personable and eager to share his love of music. He’s not looking to teach you “his way” but meeting you where you’re at and helping you get to where you want to go, musically.
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Ghaus B. November 17, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Excellent, very knowledgeable, skillful, courteous and very humble instructor with lots of patience . A great teacher indeed.
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About Fabian D.

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El Cajon, CA

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About Fabian
My goal as a teacher is to direct my students to a more extensive use of their instrument without losing that special quality that sets each individual apart. I will help you establish a solid foundation of technique so you can meet any musical challenge squarely and with confidence. I love working with students of all ages and experience levels and I can't wait to meet you!
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jacob June 27, 2018
· Piano · In home
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jacob June 13, 2018
· Piano · Online
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Christopher June 4, 2018
· Singing · Online
Noticing a difference already, and the lessons are a lot of fun. I'll be buying more lessons once I'm able to.
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About Sara N.

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Chicago, IL

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Sara Neilson grew up in Alexandria VA, and began her musical career as a violinist. Though she always wanted to play music for a living, it wasn’t until college that she fell in love with the bass and decided to pursue it professionally. After earning degrees in both Music Education and Music Performance, she received a master's degree in Bass Performance from DePaul University, where she was runner up in the Concerto Competition. Since graduating, she has taught double bass in a variety of settings around Chicago. Her students have performed at the Obama Foundation, the Aspen Music Festival, and Carnegie Hall. She had performed at the Chautauqua Institute, Eastern Music Festival and Brevard Music Festival and has appeared locally with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, the Elgin Symphony Orchestra and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. Her te
achers include Rob Kassinger, Ira Gold, and Owen Lee. In her free time, Ms. Neilson enjoys knitting sweaters, doing vinyasa yoga, and daydreaming about her future dog, Button.
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Joshua July 5, 2016
· Music Performance · In home
Sara has a great eye for detail, and has various ways of articulating what she either sees or hears in a person's playing. She does well in meeting the student where they are in order to encourage them along the way, while maintaining the teacher student relationship, something not easily done. Her experience, willingness to help and patience all make her a very excellent instructor in my opinion!
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Elizabeth S. March 30, 2016
· Upright Bass · Online
Sara is patient, professional, thorough and encouraging. She is really helping me along with my bowing technique. Highly recommended :)
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Sini H. November 23, 2015
· Upright Bass · In home
Our high school son bounced around from teacher to teacher till he met Sara. She is an excellent straight forward teacher. Who just brings the best out in his playing. She is detailed and focused. Highly recommended.
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About Rebecca T.

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Gainesville, FL

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About Rebecca
Hello, my name is Rebecca and I am so excited that you have decided to check out my teacher profile.

I want to use all of my knowledge to help guide every student to their personal success. I am a music educator and clarinetist. I'm working on a master's degree in clarinet. I work with woodwind players from beginning to advanced. If you're looking to start taking clarinet lessons to quickly improve, I am knowledgeable in the pedagogy. if you're looking for an extra boost before college auditions, I can help from not only personal experience of the audition process but extensive knowledge in the required repertoire for many universities. If you're looking for help in learning and long range goals for flute, oboe, or clarinet, I am more than happy to work with you at every step to achieve your goals!

As a fully certified public scho
ol teacher, I have the training and knowledge to work with students with special needs. Please don't hesitate to contact me to see what I can do for you.
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Brian June 11, 2018
· Clarinet · Online
Rebecca has worked with me for a few lessons and each time I can see improvement. I would highly recommend to anyone, including adult learners.
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Heather October 29, 2017
· Clarinet · Online
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About Cole P.

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Cole Porter is a professional guitarist and studied music at Western Kentucky University from 2014-2017 with an emphasis in guitar under Professor John Martin. He has played guitar for 19 years in a variety of styles ranging from classical, jazz, blues, rock, metal, finger style, and many others. He has also studied under the phenomenal jazz-fusion guitarist Dani Rabin from the band Marbin and also Kieran Johnston from the Scotland metal band Perpertua. He has studied jazz improv under trumpeter Dr. Marshall Scott. Also has learned much from Grammy Award winner guitarist Greg Martin.

The goal as an instructor is to keep the lessons fresh, fun, interesting, and to ultimately guide the students to educate themselves as they gain experience and familiarity with the instrument. Students can have their lessons catered to the music and sty
les they wish to pursue. Lessons are tailored to each individual student so that we can build upon their strengths and focus on lessons to improve weaker areas. Every student has different goals, for some it is their passion and some are starting a new hobby. Whatever the goal, I can provide the instructions to help the student succeed!

All ages and skill levels accepted.

Cole Porter is a composer, arranger and also play a variety of other instruments as bass, piano, ukulele, mandolin, percussion, and extended range guitars.

Works with several music production softwares such as Finale, Cubase, Garage Band, and Protools.

He has worked with artists, audio engineers, and producers such as Chris Robertson (Black Stone Cherry), John King (Sixth Floor, South Bound, Sons of the Revolution, and John King and the Mud River Revival), Kenton Embry (Nashville Session player and touring artist), Russell Brooks (The Schools, 00 The Rabbit, Solo artist), David Barrick (Barrick Studios), Jason Simpson (Colter Wall).

Cole has an extensive knowledge of music theory which he applies to lessons, as well as ear training, harmony, solfege and sight reading just to name a few and depending on the wishes of the student. At his alma mater was a member in the guitar ensemble, guitar quartet, jazz band, and classical solo guitar. He also participated in music theory, jazz improv, orchestral arranging, piano, choral arranging, form & analysis, conducting, aural skills, music drama, and music history.
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Pam June 20, 2018
· Guitar · Online
Cole has been working with my son for six months and it is great! He is very tuned in to Wylee's interest and is very helpful getting him going on the songs he wants to learn on both his electric and acoustic guitar. Wylee is very energized after each lesson. It is a great way to learn guitar from our rural location!! We are very happy with the progress he is making.
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Dwight June 19, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Patient, kind, and a great teacher! Couldn't ask for anyone better
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GRACE June 19, 2018
· Ukulele · Online
WHAT A GREAT TEACHER! NO PLANS OF STOPPING LESSONS. SO HAPPY WITH OUR PROGRESS. THANK YOU!
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About Carter W.

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Tustin, CA

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About Carter
I believe that everyone has the ability to enjoy and be expressive on an instrument. It is miss instruction and a lack of passion in music education that allows students to become frustrated and bored, ultimately pushing them to quit their instruments.

My goal as a music educator is not only to teach the mechanics of an instrument, but to also inspire a life-long passion for music. Therefore I make a point to encourage students to explore all the music there is to be had in their surrounding environment! This includes attending concerts, listening to great recordings and savoring all the music that our modern-day media has to offer!

With this consistent musical exploration I teach a thorough curriculum of scales, exercises, duets and standard solo repertoire pieces. Surrounding all this is a foundation in music theory. This pedagogi
cal study will enable a fun and easy experience when students pick up their instruments to perform music!

In addition to this private study I strongly encourage my students to pursue extra-curricular musical activities outside their school music programs. This includes auditioning for honor bands/orchestras, chamber music, music competitions and effective musical examinations such as Certificate of Merit. I believe a constant setting and achieving of goals is the foundation of growth in anything we do and music is no exception.

I am proud to say that the majority of my students develop great interest in classical music, fueling them to push past their difficulties and achieve a high standard of musical performance!
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Matthew March 7, 2018
· Clarinet · In home
Before beginning lessons with Carter, playing clarinet was something that I dreaded to do to say the least. Once I started lessons I experienced exponential growth in my playing abilities and began to enjoy the instrument. Fast forward 6 years, because of the help of Carter, I have the opportunity to perform in prestigious youth groups, and have experiences that I wouldn't have had otherwise. Because of my lessons I have developed a love for playing clarinet and music that I wouldn't have had without Carter. -Matthew 6 years
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Donna March 7, 2018
· Clarinet · In home
Carter has been instrumental in my son's growth and development as a musician and clarinetist. He has worked with my son over six years and has displayed patience, exceptional teaching ability and coaching, and clear talent as a musician. Due to Carter's support and teaching over the years, my son has realized tremendous success. He has been First Chair in his Wind Ensemble group at school, a member of the Pacific Symphony Youth Wind Ensemble, and a member of the California All-State Music Ensemble. I strongly believe that, without Carter, these accomplishments would have not been possible!
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Chris March 5, 2018
· Flute · In home
"My daughter started flute lessons with Carter 4 years ago, and it has been an immensely positive experience. Carter is very knowledgeable and professional. He strikes exactly the right balance between encouraging my daughter and challenging her. As a consequence, she has gone from a beginner to a very proficient player in a children's orchestra. Carter also helps his students to enlarge their musical activity by giving concerts, joining ensemble groups and listening to other musicians. I would highly recommend him as a teacher to either beginners or more advanced players."
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About Alex G.

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San Diego, CA

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I enjoy a diverse and adventurous musical life, here in San Diego and around the world. As a member of the Hausmann Quartet I'm an Artist-in-Residence at San Diego State University, where I teach cello and chamber music. As a long-time member of The Knights chamber orchestra (based in Brooklyn) I've performed throughout the U.S. and Europe, from New York to Vienna, Ireland, Germany and the Canary Islands, and appeared at the festivals of Caramoor, Dresden, Ojai, Ravinia, Tanglewood, and last season in Aix-en-Provence and the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg. I've recorded for Ancalagon, Bridge, Canary Classics, Cantaloupe, In a Circle, Koch, Naxos, Warner Classics and Sony records.

I'm a committed educator who's been teaching cello for twenty years, and enjoy working with students of all levels and ages to help them fulfill their musical goa
ls and dreams. I regularly coach individuals and groups of pre-college students at the Hausmann Chamber Music Program (at SDSU's Community Music School) and adults as part of the Hausmann Quartet's Living Room Program of community chamber music.

My varied interests have led to collaborations with dance companies, recordings for film, television and commercials, early music work and performances throughout Mexico. Locally, I'm a founding member of the San Diego Baroque Soloists, a mainstay on the Art of Élan series, an affiliated artist with San Diego New Music and appear regularly with Bach Collegium San Diego. I have degrees from the Eastman School of Music (BM) and CUNY Queens College (MA). My teachers have included Steven Doane, Marcy Rosen, Ross Harbaugh, Joseph Elworthy and Andre Emelianoff. I live in North Park.
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Dan April 30, 2018
· Cello · In studio
My 16 year old daughter has been taking lessons from Alex for two years. He's a very accomplished cellist with a strong background in all areas of playing the cello. He has been very patient with my daughter. He makes the lessons fun. Her skill level has steadily improved and can be directly attributed to lessons with Alex. Most importantly, he has helped her gain more confidence in her playing! I highly recommend him to anyone who wants to become a better cellist!
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Bren April 23, 2018
· Cello · In studio
Alex is an excellent cello teacher! He is very perceptive and offers solid suggestions to help you improve your technique and grow as a player. Learning a new instrument can be quite stressful, but Alex is a supportive teacher whose friendly smile and casual demeanor will help put you at ease in your studies.
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About Fausto J O.

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Fausto has been a guitar and percussion teacher since 2002. He is a seasoned performer in many styles including Latin, Rock, Blues and World Music among others. Fausto studied Music and Musical Education at Universidad Del Atlantico (Barranquilla, Colombia) and has a Technical Degree in Music performance from Escuela Distrital de Artes E.D.A. (Barranquilla, Colombia). Mr. Ojito has worked as producer, session musician and band member for artists such as: Lizandro Meza, Joe Arroyo, Checo Acosta, Joe Quijano, Juan Carlos Coronel, Juventino Ojito, Francisco Zumaque, Altafulla, Chane Meza, Karen Lizarazo, among others. Two times Latin Grammy Awards nominee.
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