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Terry P.

Henderson, NV

As a composer, song writing/composition is one of my strongest subjects. I am a natural writer myself and have been highly trained in classical composition. I have also regularly dealt with rock/pop/progressive writing as well including lyric writing.

About Terry

Terry P. is a composer, producer, and a multi-instrumentalist specializing in guitar and piano. He has been teaching all types of people at all levels for over eight years at Axis Music Academy in Southfield, and has taught over 8,000 lessons. Terry has a Bachelors of Music with a concentration in Composition and Theory from Wayne State University. In 2012, Terry was awarded the prestigious Kresge Arts Fellowship in the performing arts category.
This is Terry's bio from the Kresge Arts In Detroit website:

Terry had already started making a lasting impact on the local rock scene – in hi
s influence over other artists and his musical innovations – prior to studying music composition at Wayne State University. Terry has used this classical training toward his goal of elevating the musical consciousness of popular music audiences by exposing them to compositional techniques they would otherwise never hear without listening to classical music. Terry, a multi-instrumentalist, has focused his efforts on the exploration of these techniques in contemporary genres, specifically progressive metal. In recent years, he has employed himself as a private instructor and has started scoring music for film.

*** Lesson Details ***
I make sure that lessons are fun for the student, and that the student is learning material that they like. At the same time, I make sure that my students become well-rounded musicians by teaching them skills in reading and music theory. Lessons are tailored to the student, and my approach varies with everyone I teach. I will fast-track you toward your goal while supplementing your lesson experience with exposure to new things that will challenge you in a fun way. I have learned to play almost every instrument and will teach just about anything, although I am strongest with the piano and guitar. I am open to teaching all ages, all genres/styles, and have even taught students with various disabilities. My extensive training also makes me a good tutor for undergraduate music students taking classes in ear-training and theory.
Beginning students should expect to be playing a handful of their favorite songs after studying with me for a few months, and as well they will have a basic understanding of reading notes on the instrument, and a basic understanding of music theory fundamentals. Advanced students will find that they are continually inspired and challenged.

*Special note about locations taught*

I am centered in Ferndale, but would like to keep my travels north of 8 mile road. If you live south of 8 mile but still feel that you live in a safe neighborhood, we can deal with locations on a case by case basis.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide my own instrument and practice amp. for guitar/bass, the student must have their own instrument and amp. piano students must have their own piano and drum students must have their own drum kit. I can bring books and other materials and may recommend that students buy certain books etc.

*** Specialties ***
For piano, I specialize in classical, and can teach anyone from 5-year-old beginners to advanced players. I can teach any style.
For guitar, I specialize in metal and progressive rock. I can teach any ability level and any style.
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William M. September 28, 2014
Drum · In home
Verified Student
Starting off really well even though Terry's main instrument is not drums he strikes me as being proficient in all of the instruments he teaches. A really nice guy.
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Ben B. August 6, 2014
Guitar · In studio
I have worked with Terry for 5 years and I have had nothing but a positive experience working with him. Terry always makes lesson fun while challenging me and pushing me to become a better musician. Working with Terry I have learned about music theory, music history, songwriting, and guitar performance. You will be had pressed to find a teacher who cares about their students as much as Terry does. He works to make you the best you can be and takes pride in the fact that he turns out great musicians. Terry made me the musician I am today and I am very thankful to have worked with such a wonderful teacher. Whether you are a serious musician that wants to take their playing to the next level or a learning a new instrument, you can not go wrong working with Terry.
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Cameron T. July 28, 2014
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Terry is a great instructor. He will custom tailor the lesson to your needs and teach you how to play guitar the way you want. In the year I have been working with him I have learned how to play many songs and made improvements in rhythm, picking, and dynamics. He can transcribe music or help you use your ear to do it yourself. During lessons Terry will discover and correct bad habits

Terry isn't just another instructor that gives you some homework and prays for the best. He is passionate about music and will teach you to play better.
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Terry P.

Terry P.

Henderson, NV 89074
(4)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Mark S.

Las Vegas, NV

About Mark

I just turned 49, and have been playing electric bass and guitar since I was 14, and took up flute a few years, later, and eventually saxophone as well. I graduated from St. Mary's College of Maryland in 1985 with a Bachelors degree in classical guitar, and have been teaching guitar and electric bass for over 25 years. I'm an eclectic player who has studied and integrated many concepts from varying styles including classical, flamenco, jazz, blues, and rock, and I've developed a unique and highly effective teaching method that draws from and builds upon the CAGED system and other established
successful methods. My approach to teaching emphasizes simultaneously learning musical concepts, knowledge and skills, and is a highly analytical approach that stresses simplifying, understanding, and mastering "the basics" of musical and instrument-specific knowledge and skills. I specialize in teaching ambitious and highly-motivated students who want to learn as much as they can, go as far as they can, and are prepared to commit to diligent study and practice, and I've developed a system that makes doing so as easy as possible -while utilizing the strengths and adapting to the goals of the individual student(s).

*** Lesson Details ***
My lesson approach is disciplined yet laid-back and supportive, emphasizing identifying and understanding the most basic musical and instrument-specific knowledge and skills upon which everything else is based. My approach is holistic, and emphasizes understanding the connections between everything; with new students who know nothing, I of course start from scratch; with students who do have some knowledge and/or skills, I'll emphasize reinforcing their knowledge and skill and "connecting" "puzzle pieces" -knowledge they already have- to increase that understanding they already have. Early lessons emphasize acquiring knowledge of the CAGED system (especially chords, arpeggios and scales), knowledge of basic musical concepts (especially intervals and chords), tuning the instrument, and proper playing/practice technique.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Upstairs in loft or living room with bass/guitar amp, keyboard and seating for parents.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Students coming to my home can use my amps & cords (if applicable). I provide paper & printed lesson info. I expect students to have/use their own instruments. Of course, I also have a keyboard, for reference & use.

*** Specialties ***
Jazz, classical, rock & blues -with a strong flamenco influence. My approach emphasizes learning/practicing knowledge & skill(s) at the same time, using many exercises to facilitate this. I prefer teaching advanced and/or highly-motivated "serious" students. I play/teach electric, steel-string, classical guitar -both fingerstyle & pick- and electric bass. I'm also a highly-competent flute and saxophone instructor.

I strongly emphasize learning the basics of music and the Western musical alphabet, the basics of music theory, and eventually, more complex elements/aspects of music -such as advanced harmony, counterpoint, and composition.
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Joe R. April 17, 2015
Saxophone · In home
Verified Student
Mark is extremely knowledgeable in music. His instruction was very enlightening.
His personality is well suited for teaching mo matter the age of the student.
Very, very satisfied. Thank you Mark...
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Scott A. February 26, 2014
Bass Guitar
Verified Student
Fantastic Teacher

Mark is a musical genius in my opinion. His patience level is far beyond any teachers in any learning environment I have encountered. He is very connected with my progress and puts 100 percent into every session with me. I feel very fortunate to have crossed paths with Mark and appreciate his time and knowledge he shares with me in a craft he is very passionate about. Fantastic straight forward honest individual. Won't find a better teacher in my opinion!
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Kelly K. June 6, 2013
Guitar
Verified Student
great teacher

Mark is a great teacher and is easy to work with. I have been a musician for many years(different)instrument and Mark has made it easy to make the transition from drums to guitar.

Rock on
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Mark S.

Mark S.

Las Vegas, NV 89145
(9)
starting at
$22 / 30-min
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Coren Z.

Las Vegas, NV

I am a songwriter and an ASCAP Member. I was a songwriting major at Dick Grove School of Music. My teachers were K Parker protege to Diane Warren, Jack Smalley, Jack Braheny and Robin Randall. All of these teachers have amazing credits in the songwriting community. I have worked with many students helping them start their songwriting careers or helping them hone them. I teach lyric writing as well as melody writing. Sarah Thiele is one of our pro songwriting students she has released 6 albums and has hit songs on television shows such "One Tree Hill". My partner was a composing and arranging major at Dick Grove and teaches melody writing and lyric writing also along with arranging for rhythm sections.

About Coren

Coren Z

Coren has played many different venues across the world from the Las Vegas Casinos, Rivera and MGM to European television "Bueno Dominica" Milan Italy, Circus World, Florida, and the Philadelphia Civic Center. Coren has opened for such entertainment greats such as The Temptations, 3 Dog Night, Holly Dunn & George Carlin. She has performed with blues greats Leon Blue (Ike & Tina Turner Revue, Muddy waters, BB King) and Mike Rogers (John Lee Hooker Jr., Big Mama Thorton, Bobby Blue Bland), Coren uses her singing, dancing and acting skills as Sherry in the Las Vegas Show Frankie & She
rry (Frankie Valley Tribute Show) formerly at The Greek Isles Casino. Graduating from the vocal performance and songwriting programs at the prestigious music Conservatory The Dick Grove School of Music Coren won the school's coveted vocal achievement award in 1989. Studying the Seth Riggs Speech level Singing method while at Dick Grove, Coren became a certified teacher of the method in 1994. She was certified as a level 4 instructor until 2009. Coren teaches many professional singers including Billy Hufsey (Fame Television show & Confessions of a Teen age Idol VH1, Days of Our Lives), Disney Star & Kids Choice Award winner "Favorite TV Actor 2012" Jake Short (Disney's "Ant Farm" & "Mighty Med"), Sarah Thiele Recording Artist, Hazel Payne (4x Grammy Winner) A Taste of Honey, Jennlee Shallow (Nala in Lion King Broadway, Germany, Austrailia), Marla McRenyolds, (Dreamgirls & The Color Purple Broadway), 2011 Kids Choice Nominee James Maslow ( Big Time Rush), and Gail Bennett (Understudy to Mary Poppins in the broadway touring Company of Mary Poppins) to name a few.
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Rico W. August 20, 2015
Vocal Training · In studio
Verified Student
I'm so grateful that I found this amazing teacher. I was looking for a teacher who could teach me ways to improve. In the past I felt like I was at a block. If you feel there's more potential in your voice. I guarantee she will help you reach it. I never have felt this excited for the next lesson to learn more especially since I hear improvements in my voice each week. I'm technical so I like to know what's going on in the inside. She has answers to all my questions. I'm comfortable with her, she's encouraging, and a great person.
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rikki virginia August 17, 2015
Singing · Online
Coren is amazing! I absolutely love her! She's not only a great singing coach but also an amazing person all together. She makes me feel so comfortable and more and more excited every singing lesson I have with her. She is great to talk to and I almost feel I can go to her for anything because she shows she cares about her students. She's there when you need her and is always reassuring me that I'm doing great and getting better. I really notice improvement in myself as well. She has a great way of applying the things I need to know about singing into my actual life. It's so refreshing to meet someone who only wants to see you succeed and not tear you down.. especially in vegas! ha! thx for everything Coren and look forward to more lessons!!!
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Makenzie R. July 25, 2015
Music Performance · In studio
Verified Student
First lesson went well. Too soon to judge.
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Coren Z.

Coren Z.

Las Vegas, NV 89102
(10)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Andrew C.

Henderson, NV

the art of writing

About Andrew

Andrew is a multi-instrumentalist (guitar, banjo, mandolin, ukulele, percussion, backing vocals) who settled in Las Vegas in 2013. After graduating from Musicians Institute in 2008, he wrote a collection of acoustic guitar pieces licensed to The Weather Channel, then spent 5 years working as a show musician and top-40 musician for 3 cruise lines. Upon arrival in Sin City, Andrew co-founded the local band “Tin Toy Cars” which consists of various Cirque du Soleil musicians from 2 shows. The band has completed their debut album, due out in October 2015, and members are currently endorsed by We
ber instruments. They are set to share the stage with "Blues Traveler" on October 22nd, 2015 at The Brooklyn Bowl in Las Vegas. Andrew also owns an arranging and publishing company, Mojave Sun Sound, which produces arrangements and sheet music for various members of Cirque du Soleil, Celine Dion, some local Las Vegas performers, and a few cruise ship entertainers. He is also the founder and director of the non-profit organization “Band Together Music Charities." The organization provides free music lessons to children from families falling under Federal Poverty Guidelines, and employs local professionals at rates outlined by The Las Vegas Musicians Union, allowing instructors to contribute to their health plans and pension funds. Andrew also teaches a few weekly lessons and plays Sunday evenings at Las Vegas’s “Family Worship Arts Center.” During the lessons, Andrew uses the same software as his professionally arranged sheet music, to keep a journal for each student as they learn, and the journal is regularly emailed to the student as a PDF file. He also includes video examples on the take lessons website for every instrument that he advertises teaching, for the benefit of perspective students, and is happy to answer any questions through the Take Lessons platform.
*** Lesson Details ***
Music Theory (Building Scales, Harmonizing Scales into Chords)
Ear Training
Single String Concepts (Scales, Arpeggios, Intervals)
Rhythm Concepts (Chords, Blending with a Band)
Learning Songs
Writing Licks, Lines, Chord Progressions, Charts, and Songs
Techniques (Pick vs. Fingers vs. Hybrid Picking)
Acoustic vs. Electric vs. Nylon String
Slide and Steel Guitar
Mandolin, Banjo, Ukulele, and Other Doubling Instruments
Playing in a Stylistically Appropriate Manner
Choosing the Right Equipment for the Gig or Project
Music Reading
How to Practice
How to Market Yourself to Acquire Work

*** Studio Equipment ***
various electric and acoustic guitars, mandolin, ukulele, banjo. A few different amplifiers, and many different pieces of effect and accessory equipment.

*** Travel Equipment ***
various electric and acoustic guitars, mandolin, ukulele, banjo.

*** Specialties ***
All Contemporary Styles (Rock, Blues, Country and Country Rock, Mo-Town, Jazz, Latin, Latin Jazz, Fusion, Metal and Tapping Style, Theater)
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Jonathan U. August 16, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Andrew is incredible. He is a master motivator, extremely skilled at playing and instructing, and absolutely wonderful to be around. Andrew is great at meeting me where I am - he teaches me important music theory and fundamentals about the instrument, but he does it while helping me learn to play music that I love. Andrew is very creative - if I am in a rut, he finds new angles to try and he is always really encouraging. I've come to regard my lessons with Andrew as a highlight of my week. I'd never want another instructor!
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Justin L. August 16, 2015
Ukulele · In studio
Verified Student
Great teacher, very knowledgable. Gets you playing right away. Integrates music theory while playing to give you a stronger understanding.
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Nicholas July 19, 2015
Banjo · Online
Verified Student
really fun light lessons gives you just enough to work on till the next lesson
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Andrew C.

Andrew C.

Henderson, NV 89014
(8)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Oliver B.

Las Vegas, NV

Meaning of the song, Lyrics, Chords, Key of song (in order to fit vocal range), Simple recording techniques (to hear how a part sounds), Song style, Overall goal of the song, Melody, Harmony, Rhythm, Emotional tone of song etc.

About Oliver

Oliver B. is an all around musician having just moved from Chicago IL. He has 15 years experience playing drums, 6 years experience playing piano, and 5 years experience playing guitar. Through his understanding of these instruments, he has developed a thorough sense for the fundamentals of music.

Along with writing, recording, and performing, Oliver has a deep passion for teaching. He values making lessons fun, challenging, and rewarding. For him, learning music should not only teach you how to improve on your instrument, but it should give you valuable skills that can help you in life.
He does his best to provide this instruction all while creating a positive and fun experience.

After graduating high school, Oliver earned a degree in Music Education with a minor in Jazz Studies from Elmhurst College. During his years in college, he was able to perform in different ensembles such as Band, Choir, Vocal Jazz, Percussion Ensemble, Jazz combos, and Electric Guitar ensemble. Graduating in June 2013, he began teaching both privately and in schools.

With such a broad skill set and a love for teaching, Oliver provides great instruction for anyone who is willing to learn.

***Lesson Details***

All lessons are documented by the teacher through a notebook kept by the student. Important concepts, musical graphs, musical exercises, and weekly goals are added to the notebook each week. Fundamentals of Rhythm, Pitch, and Tone are emphasized for all instruments.

Lessons are goal oriented, fun, and exciting. Any musical challenge is addressed from different angles in order to find a solution. The teacher uses "jamming" (improvising together) as a way for students to get better while having fun. Oliver can jam with the student through playing different instruments.

All musical lessons are open to what the student wants to learn.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano (Casio Privia)
Electric and Acoustic Guitar
amplifier

*** Travel Equipment ***
Guitar
Ukelele
Drum sticks
Teacher Lesson Books

*** Specialties ***
Rhythm
Pitch
Tone
Jamming
Songwriting
Recording
"Big Picture" of Music
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mike s August 6, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In home
I took guitar lessons from Oliver about 1 year ago. Everything on his profile that he describes about his teaching style is pretty much spot on. I can say that my guitar skills totally improved. Very Patient and fun teacher!
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Harvey S. June 30, 2015
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
so far everything went well. Very nice young man.
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Walter C. May 20, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
My daughters confidence while singing has improved since taking lessons with Oliver. And while listening in last week I could definitely here the improvement in her voice. He has helped take her to the next level.
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Oliver B.

Oliver B.

Las Vegas, NV 89101
(7)
starting at
$20 / 30-min

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