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Joshua C.

Dallas, TX

About Joshua

Music has always been a part of Josh's life. He started playing around with instruments at the age of three and singing at the age of seven. He instantly fell in love with music and grew a passion for it. At the age of five he attended his first musical concert, Garth Brooks. Josh loved every minute of it and he could see himself on a stage like Garth Brooks in the future. One day he heard someone playing guitar down in an alley and from that day forward he knew he wanted to play that instrument and it would become his specialty. In high school he played in the jazz band and was the lead
guitarist. He also picked up the trumpet and played it in the jazz band. During his high school days music became his life and he created his own personal band. He wrote songs for his band and learned how to mix and record all of his own songs. When he graduated high school Josh pursued music in every way. He continued to play in bands and was on stage anytime he could be. Later he decided he wanted more schooling in music and he attended the Dallas Sound Lab for a year. While at the Dallas Sound Lab he perfected his recording and mixing skills. He won rewards for his mixing skills and also won battle of the band contests. Josh had a passion for music and wanted to share this passion with his friends so he started teaching his friends how to play guitar. While doing this he fell in love with teaching because he was able to see his friends face light up when they had accomplished a particular guitar skill finally after lots of hard work and practice. He loves seeing his student's reactions when they finally get it. Josh will create a passion for music in students and will teach them how to be successful in playing guitar or any Instrument that he is teaching. He has an abundance of knowledge he will share about music in general and the guitar along with any other instrument that he teaches. He creates creative lesson plans using his student's interest so he can hook them to their instrument. He encourages all of his students to become the most successful musician they can be. Josh looks forward to working with his future students and creating that passion that once was created in him.

*** Lesson Details ***
During each lesson the first rule is to always have fun! Whether its guitar, piano, or any other instrument you are trying to learn just have fun with it. I am a very easy-going and patient teacher, but I expect my students to always do their best which means practice. Practice makes perfect and if you put 100% of PERFECT EFFORT into your lessons than you will receive the best benefit. During my lessons if you are beginner I will get you familiar with your instrument. For example if you are playing guitar I will teach you how to tune it and maintain it. In the next lessons to come you will learn how to start playing the main chords that are used in most every song, and eventually you will be able to play your favorite songs. After you get familiar with chords/notes you will be on your way to songwriting. You will learn everything you need to know including music theory to write your own songs and to start performing them for your friends. As you are getting better you will be able to start recording these songs and sharing them with anyone you want to. In a few months you will be a perfectionist at your own craft whether that be guitar, piano, singing, songwriting, or anything else you want to learn about music. No matter what you want to know about music I will be able to show you in a fun learning environment which will lead to you wanting to know more.

*** Studio Equipment ***
The In-Studio lessons are taught in the living room recording equipment, guitars, amps, and seating. Free parking is available

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect my students to have a guitar or instrument that they want to learn so the student can practice outside of lessons.

*** Specialties ***
Songwriting, guitar lessons, voice lessons, piano, and Baseball
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Elizabeth F. June 16, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Josh is an excellent guitar teacher. He is very patient and has a lot of experience. My son has learned so much in a short period of time and always looks forward to his lessons with Josh.
Josh is super professional and always prepared for the day's lesson plan. He is also supportive and gives encouragement to his students building confidence in their guitar playing.
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Chris S. August 18, 2013
Singing
Verified Student
Very Helpful Singing Instructor

Josh has been teaching me singing for 3 months now and I feel like i've made a world of improvement. He works with me to find what my problems are and how I should go about fixing them. I think that any level of singer will be able to learn a lot from him.
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Jessica P. March 16, 2013
Guitar
Awesome guitar teacher!!!!

Josh is a great guitar teacher. He is patient when he needs to be and makes me work hard when he needs me too. I have learned a great deal about guitar taking lessons from Josh. Not only do I know how to play guitar but he also teaches me the theory behind the music and for a bonus he teaches songwriting also. Everything you need to be the best musician you want to be. I would definitely recommend Josh to anyone who wants to start learning guitar. He can teach all ages so don't wait.
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Joshua C.

Joshua C.

Dallas, TX 75238
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starting at
$29 / 30-min
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Monica L.

Dallas, TX

I have taught a broad range of students including youth and adults, beginner to advanced. I have taught singers wanting success in the music industry and have prepped others for competitions. I teach classical, jazz, and rock piano. For more advanced students, I teach composition and theory. Additionally, I can encourage a beginner pianist/singer who has the focus and the desire to learn.

My performance experiences range from solo gigs with my original music at the North Texas Music and San Diego Women's' Festival to intimate showcases at local cafes. I've performed “The Mikado” with the Garland Civic Theater. And during my UNT days, my band “Treehouse” enjoyed gigs at Avenue Cafe, Club Clearview, Club Dada and Denton's Main Event.

Recently, I performed with two variety/rock bands and was the vocal director for a progressive rock project. I am currently working on arranging my original compositions for a full length album. I also enjoy performing in local area cafes.

About Monica

I am a University of North Texas School of Music graduate and an experienced teacher, having taught vocal, choral, and piano music. I am a certified Music Educator with over 20 years of experience. My Texas Teaching Certification is All- Level Music.

I have taught a broad range of students including youth and adults, beginner to advanced. I have taught singers wanting success in the music industry and have prepped others for competitions. I teach classical, jazz, and rock piano.
I also specialize in composing music and performing original and popular music.

* Piano lessons - all levels
and all styles
* Voice Lessons- all levels and all styles
* Songwriting, Chord Exploration
* Music theory
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Ben M. October 2, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Great instructor! Monica made me feel comfortable doing something I've never done. She's very knowledgeable at her craft and has outstanding teaching methods.
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Monica L.

Dallas, TX 75244
(1)
starting at
$20 / 30-min
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Thomas S.

Richardson, TX

Having written a national song writing competition winning song, and collaborating with other musicians writing songs for over 20 years, I have valuable knowledge to share with you.

About Thomas

Hello, I'™m Thomas, but most people call me T. I started taking private drum lessons when I was 6 years old from Lucy Flohr. Ms. Lucy was one of the most influential and important people in my development not only as a drummer but in life as well (she's the lady in my profile picture). I met her at 6, and we'™re still friends 30 years later.
After Lucy I started lessons with professors at UNT (which in those days was NTSU). My glam band, Skin Deep, was getting major record deal offers, but it was 1992 when grunge took over. So under guidance of our attorney we didn'™t sign any offers. W
ith my high hopes deflated and a musically defeated heart I had to make a change. So instead of going to UNT to study music which I had been being groomed to do, I chose to go to Austin and attend UT. I graduated from UT in 1997 with a degree in psychology and decided to move to Los Angeles to follow my dream. My band broke up about a month later, but I formed a new one (Milkweed, which morphed into a blue grass band after I left, now called River Rouge) and got an indy record deal. We released "Milkweed....For Breakfast" on my birthday in 2000, and we did lots of regional touring for the next 3 years. Then I moved back to Dallas and joined JackAcid. We released "Life Through a Crazy Straw" on another independent label and toured regionally for a few years. Next was Crossing Ellum, which was fronted by Matthew JC (Founder of Emmy winning Small Guy Music and œMatthew JC and the All Stars). I spent several years playing with a heavy rock band named Social Jab that unfortunately ended before we released our CD titled S3V3N Years... I currently play in Marquis of Vaudeville.
I started teaching classmates in 7th grade and continued through high school. Then I took a hiatus from teaching with just a student here and there during college and my touring days. Now I'm back to teaching more than I'm playing, and I love it! I believe music is a phenomenal gift to us all in every facet, from listening, to learning, to creating, to performing, and it'™s an honor to be able to share my knowledge and experiences to help others learn to appreciate the blessing of music.

*** Lesson Details ***
My lessons are catered to each individual student. If you want to learn theory, we will start from the beginning. If you just want to learn how to play your favorite songs, then that's what you'll learn. Your personal goals for drumming determine how I teach you.

*** Studio Equipment ***
In-home music room w/ two drum kits (if needed) and seating for parents. Piano, guitars, bass, and recording equipment.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I will provide any manuscript paper necessary for first lesson, then I would expect students to purchase a blank manuscript book along with any books chosen to study.

*** Specialties ***
My lessons are catered to each student's goals.
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Lori R. September 23, 2015
Drum · Online
Verified Student
Greet first lesson! Looking forward to more!
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Jason S. August 10, 2015
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
There are no words to describe the benefit of drum lessons for my son. It goes well beyond drums. T is a fantastic drummer, a fantastic teacher, and now friend. As a fellow musician I learned a lot watching the lessons. Amazing experience and an amazing instructor.
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Kandice R. February 28, 2015
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
I have been taking lessons with Thomas for a year and a half. He is very patient and explains things very well. I had no drum experience before I met him. I can read music and play better than I ever though I could for the limited amount of time I have been paying. I highly recommend Thomas for adults and kids. I have a busy work schedule and he has been gracious and flexible with my schedule.
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Thomas S.

Richardson, TX 75081
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starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Michael E.

Dallas, TX

While there's no magic formula for writing songs, there are certain constructs to follow to make your songs better. You'll gain insights I've gained over years of writing and researching how songs are constructed. I'll share what I've been told by the hit makers.

About Michael

My name is Mike E. I am a resident of Lake Highlands. I played by ear for eleven years before starting training on music and how to teach by Mr. Terrill Gardner. Terrill took me through music from the Rolling Stones all the way through "Modern Method for Guitar" books I, II, and III from Berklee College in Boston. He was my mentor and taught me a method that he spent thirty years perfecting. It works, guaranteed. He also taught me on bass guitar and banjo. I can help you.

Lessons are customized to meet the needs of the individual, with the primary focus on playing songs as soon as possible.
I am talking about playing along with the pros, not reading notes for months and playing "Mary Had a Little Lamb." I have combined my "by ear" knowledge with Terrill's training to provide a unique approach to music, chords, music theory, ear training, and more. Even piano lessons start with learning chords. Chords are what the musicians play behind the vocals.

Give me thirty minutes of your time and I will show you why students keep coming back to me, even after stopping for a while.

*** Lesson Details ***
Note Reading provided on request only.

Beginner Guitar - We start with simple chords and eight easy one-verse songs. These teach chords, timing, hand technique, ear training, song construction, and the start of music theory.

Intermediate to Advanced Guitar - all of the above plus tablature, different styles, advanced chord theory, performance, lead guitar, and more.

Beginning Piano - We start with simple chords and go straight into the songs the students like. These teach chords, timing, hand technique, ear training, song construction, and the start of music theory. I can teach you every major chord on piano in one sentence.

Bass Guitar - We start with learning the location of notes on the neck and move immediately into major chords so you can start playing with songs. The chords are divided into their single notes, but viewed as chords because that is what the other musicians are playing during the vocals.

Banjo - I teach from the book "I Can Teach Myself Banjo" but you really need a teacher/mentor to show you all the things that seeing and being able to ask questions covers that just can't be covered in a book.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano, amplifiers, cords, computer, free WiFi, all in a spacious room with a window for parents to view the teacher and student. Parents have a large, comfortable waiting area. Restrooms and water fountain provided.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in mentoring, being a friend as well as a teacher. I have never gotten mad at a student and never will.

I have written three books on chord theory, "Chordmaster Chord Theory for Keyboard," "Chordmaster for Beginner Piano Students," and "Chordmaster Chord Theory for Guitar." You can learn more about these online.

You can read my article for Takelessons.com at http://takelessons.com/blog/lead-guitar-tips. Just paste the address in your browser.
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craig April 21, 2016
Banjo · In studio
Verified Student
Easy to learn with Michael's instruction method
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Helen L. February 16, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
It was so refreshing to find such a wonderful teacher, understanding,patient .
Looking forward to next lesson.
Helen
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Madhavan R. February 5, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Michael is an excellent and natural instructor whose joy of playing and teaching is very inspiring to the student from day one. Take it from me, because I just wrapped up my first lesson and can attest!
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Michael E.

Dallas, TX 75238
(6)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Clay S.

Carrollton, TX

From basic arrangements to advanced melody phrasing. We will break down both contemporary compositions to classical structure.

About Clay

I started playing guitar when I was 14 years old, and I continued to pursue music as a serious profession when I attended McLennan College for Commercial Songwriting. Now I am currently teaching guitar and basic drums for a music school, while also performing in a live Top 40 cover band. I consider myself a serious songwriter as well, and I have been writing and recording my own tracks for 8 years.

I encourage my students to bring in music they are interested in learning because learning how to play guitar or drums is more than just theory and techniques. Music is meant to be fun! I also p
ersonalize each lesson for every student based on what they are looking to learn and improve. Every student learns at a different pace and there is no rush to get where they want to be -- patience is just as important as practice.
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Juan April 14, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Clay is an excellent instructor with a lot of patience and excellent music knowledge. He knows how to transmit his knowledge of the guitar and my son is very happy and motivated with his class. We recommend him and we think his class is really good.
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Anmol April 9, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Mr.Clay is very nice and talented. When I'm having trouble learning a song, he works with me very comfortably till I learn the song. He is the best guitar teacher ever!
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Jason April 2, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Clay is an awesome guitar teacher. My kids really enjoy talking classes from him.
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Clay S.

Clay S.

Carrollton, TX 75007
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starting at
$20 / 30-min

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