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Kristen R.

Salt Lake City, UT

About Kristen

Hi! My name is Kristen and I am a 25 year old singer who loves music. I started my music career at the early age of 8 and haven't stopped singing since. Originally from Monterey, CA I grew up singing with my family. It has always been one of my favorite past times to sing with my dad. My family is one of the most important things to me, followed closely by music! Having been both an instrumentalist and vocalist, I feel it is important to not only know how to sing, but to be able to read music and understand what you are singing. After graduating with a music degree from BYU-I, I feel I ha
ve the tools to teach these and more.
Through my years as a musician, I have come to appreciate many different kinds of music ranging anywhere from Broadway to opera to Jazz, etc. I feel this gives me the ability to cater to my student's individual goals as musicians. One of my goals as a teacher is to help you to learn to sing what you love while giving you the correct foundation to build on. Music is supposed to be fun!
I believe self confidence is extremely important as a vocalist. "Stage fright" is common thing that holds us back from reaching our full potential. Singing with confidence makes you feel great, and sound even better. Sometimes it is all that's missing from a potentially amazing singer. I have helped many students overcome this road block and emerge filled with confidence and self assurance.

*** Lesson Details ***
Did you know that people can hear a smile in your voice? Smiling while singing actually produces a different sound that is pleasant to the ear. I want this experience to be fun for my students. That said, however, I believe self discipline is a very important aspect of music. I will encourage students to practice regularly and come prepared to learn. I will usually request that students bring a recording device so they can take home our lessons and practice. This also allows you to hear how you sound during lessons and reproduce(or improve) that at home.
During my lessons, we will cover topics ranging from improving your technical skills, basic singing principles, ear training, sight-reading, to theoretical knowledge. We will also discuss voice maintenance. That said, I feel it's important to get out of the lessons what you want, so I don't have a set curriculum. I tailor each lesson to the student.
All in all, I am a patient, fun-loving teacher who will work hard to bring out the very best in all my students. I will neither push too hard nor be too lenient as we strive to reach the goals we have set together.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano and music books provided

*** Travel Equipment ***
I will provide some music for the student. I would prefer that the student have access to a piano and bring a tape recorder and notebook to each lesson.

*** Specialties ***
Although I was classically trained and studied opera in college, my younger singing experience largely involved musical theatre. I have always been told I am a natural on stage. I strive to instill that confidence into my students because confidence really is half the battle.
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Lindsay S. October 27, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Kristen is amazing! She has a beautiful voice and she is a great teacher! She is willing to work with you at your own pace and has excellent exercises for you to practice at home. She has great suggestions for different songs to sing that will help you reach your full potential. I would HIGHLY recommend Kristen for your singing teacher!
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Marsha M. March 7, 2014
Singing
Verified Student
amazing with confidence

Kristen Has a amazing way of making anyone feel at home and at peace. My daughter loves singing lessons and I truly believe that my daughter has gained confidence as well. This was the best gift I could have given my daughter.

Kristen we appreciate and recommend her
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Carolyn T. November 19, 2013
Singing
Verified Student
Excellent voice lesson teacher

Kristen was an excellent voice teacher for two of my daughters. She helped boost their confidence and willingness to share their singing talents by increasing their knowledge and abilities. She instructed them on how to harmonize and encouraged them to stretch themselves with different music. Kristen provided a fun and easy atmosphere for voice lessons. I would highly recommend her!
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Kristen R.

Kristen R.

Salt Lake City, UT 84102
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starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Kevin S.

Salt Lake City, UT

About Kevin

Kevin began studying music at the age of 4, beginning with the piano. Since then, he has learned to play multiple instruments, including bass, guitar, ukulele, and mandolin, and has cultivated a deep understanding of music theory and music history. Kevin began teaching private lessons in 2011 while studying music at the University of Utah. He graduated with a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance in December 2014 and currently maintains a diverse studio of students, teaching multiple instruments to students of all ages and skill levels.

Kevin’s teaching style focuses primarily on broad mus
ical concepts. Students are as diverse as music itself, each with their own interests, goals, and capabilities. Kevin works with each student to determine what they are most interested in learning, and then tailors lesson plans that meet those individual expectations, while also introducing and strengthening fundamental musical concepts. All students, regardless of instrument and personal interest, can expect to learn how to read different types of musical notation, how to play a broad selection of chords and scales, how to read and feel rhythm, and many other important and exciting musical concepts.

Kevin currently offers 30, 45, and 60 minute lessons at a location of the student’s choosing. He also offers 30, 45, and 60 minute online lessons in two different formats: 1) entirety of lesson in realtime; 2) Half the duration as realtime lesson, half as recorded video lesson.

Kevin regularly performs in Salt Lake City and Park City with The Hot Club of Zion, Electric Cathedral, and Charles Ellsworth. He also spends time as a studio musician and producer.
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Tami July 30, 2015
Guitar · In studio
My 8 year old daughter has been taking lessons with Kevin for almost a year. She likes that the lessons are fun, Kevin taught her the Super Mario Brothers theme song, and I like that she is being challenged while also developing an appreciation for all types of music. Even though my daughter is taking guitar lessons, Kevin occasionally incorporates other instruments (piano, mandolin, ukulele) into her lessons. We both love this! Kevin is always on time and comes to each lesson with a planned agenda. He is also great to work with when rescheduling. We hope to continue our lessons with Kevin! He is awesome!
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Becky July 30, 2015
Mandolin · In studio
Kevin Schultz is an extremely qualified teacher of many instruments. I have taken Mandolin and Piano from him and is able to match his instruction to my way of learning. I have seen him perform with his band Electric Cathedral as well and was
amazed at their talent.
I would highly recommend lessons from Kevin Schultz.
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Bruce July 29, 2015
Bass Guitar · In studio
I have been taking bass guitar lessons from Kevin for over six months now. He was able to teach me the fundamentals of music in a way that allowed me to progress with an understanding of how music works and how it works specifically in playing the bass. I have reached the point where I can start applying that understanding to the playing of songs in context. It makes a huge difference. Highly recommended.
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Kevin S.

Salt Lake City, UT 84115
(10)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Eric S.

Salt Lake City, UT

About Eric

I am by trade a musician who specializes in drums and drum education. I have played as a professional musician in the Salt Lake City, UT, and greater Los Angeles, CA, areas. My project involvement ranges from hip hop, metal, jazz, funk, blues, indie, reggae/ska, rock, pop, fusion, singer/songwriter, and electronica.

I instruct private lessons and workshop sessions to students of all ages, including those with varying levels of experience. I have also expanded my knowledge base by being included on tracks and albums of many professionally recorded albums.

I am a graduate of the Musicians
Institute college of contemporary music in Hollywood, CA, with a performance degree for drums and percussion.

*** Lesson Details ***
Here is the biggest thing you need to know about taking lessons from me: IT'S ALL ABOUT YOU!! lesson pace, curriculum, and progress, all revolve around YOU. Each individual is different, and is attracted to the drums for different reasons, with different goals in mind. I customize your lessons based on what YOU want to learn, how quickly YOU learn, and what YOUR goals are. Here are some generic things that I focus on:
-Good habit building
-Technique
-Positive reinforcement
-How to effectively practice
-Goal attainment
-Time keeping
-Styles [music genres]
-Making lessons FUN, yet INFORMATIVE

*** Studio Equipment ***
teaching studio detached from the house with a few drum kits w/ seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
PROVIDED: material, spare sticks, drum keys, music books, practice pad.
NEED: drum kit, practice pad, metronome, sticks.

*** Specialties ***
Good habit building, technique, positive reinforcement, how to effectively practice, goal attainment, time keeping ---

Jazz, Funk, Fusion, Blues, Reggae, Pop, Rock, Hip Hop, Country/Western, Electronica
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Travis J. December 2, 2014
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
I have had a handful of lessons, only, but recognize that Eric is a very good instructor. His instruction is geared around me and my pace and provides relevant material to help me along the journey of learning a new instrument.
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Bobbie M. November 25, 2014
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
My 10 year old daughter has been taking drum lessons from Eric for almost 1 year now, she absolutely loves it, and looks forward to going every week. Eric makes her lessons fun and easy for her to understand, she has progressed so much. I would definitely recommend Eric to anyone.
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Michelle T. July 9, 2014
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
Eric is my son's drum instructor. He just barely turned 7, and struggles with focus and attention. To help him with this, I thought learning to read music and play an instrument would be quite beneficial. We first tried violin: He cried every time driving to lessons, so that ended fast. Then I thought piano, in our home. That idea didn't work either. Now we are with Eric, and my little guy is progressing. He likes Eric, which is (more than) half the battle.
Eric really does customize his lessons based on progress. He's great with my son, and makes it fun for him. He encourages him to practice at home every day, and pays close attention to the progress he makes each week. Eric also pays close attention to form, such as foot placement on the pedals, and obviously where his little hands should be, and remain, while playing.
Alex now is able to read (beginning) sheet music, and is working on his coordination, too. As his mom, I really believe this has turned out very well! We've been in lessons now for almost 2 months, which is much longer than violin and piano lasted. I can already tell my son will stay with it.
It's exciting for me to see the progress he's making. Each week, he seems to be more focused and stays on task. Of course he still has a ways to go for his age. But again, Eric is really patient, kind, supportive and wonderful with Alex.
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Eric S.

Salt Lake City, UT 84102
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starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Richard W.

Salt Lake City, UT

About Richard

I began playing music at the age of six. I started with the piano and saxophone but found my true passion, by age eight, in the guitar. I took private lessons from a great teacher for the first seven consecutive years of my study and further developed my knowledge and skills through self-directed study. I received my Undergraduate degree in Music Theory from the University of Utah. The pursuit of this degree allowed me to study many different musical aspects, including: composition, music history, ear training, sight reading and music technology, along with classical and jazz guitar studies. O
ver the years, through my education and practice, I have learned a great deal, not just about the guitar, but also ways to teach music and engage students in their pursuit of musical knowledge.

I played in my first music group when I was 17 and started composing and arranging music at that time. I have performed at numerous events and venues, eventually touring in the western U.S. I have a true passion for music and I love sharing this passion and teaching others.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am a laid back instructor and teach in a relaxed, low-pressure environment. I offer private and small group lessons to students ages 6 and up. I like to joke around but I do expect my students to take their instrument seriously. Students are expected to practice the techniques and music outside of lesson time. I allow students to learn music they are interested in and teach them scales, chords, popular tunes and important performance techniques. Typically, after three months, a student will be able to play more proficient by themselves and in a group. He/she will be more confident about his/her guitar playing ability and overall music knowledge. For most students, after six months of regular lessons, they are able to begin composing simple pieces and have a good understanding of music composition.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I will teach in my living room, I have a piano, plenty of room for a parent to sit in on a lesson and a very comfortable environment.

*** Specialties ***
I enjoy approaching any instrument from a theoretical base. This allows the student to understand the fundamentals of music and helps them explore the instrument of their choice to the fullest extent.
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Brian B. November 23, 2013
Guitar
Verified Student
Rich is an excellent guitar & music teacher

Starting to study music and learn the guitar in my late 40's was pretty tough. After trying a community education class, and a different private instructor, I found Rich here on Take Lessons. After the first lesson I knew that I was going to learn a lot from him, and that I would enjoy the journey.

Rich is very knowledgeable about music, and he takes the time to teach it in a connected and practical way. As he says in his bio, he is laid back, but that does not mean that he is not serious about music and about teaching. For me his teaching approach is perfect, as he blends a deep understanding of all aspects of music with learning, and enjoying, the guitar.

My previous experience was focused mostly on learning chords, songs, and how to read tablature. On my own I discovered the Hal Leonard Method beginner book series, and started to teach myself to read music from it.

As I started my lessons with Rich he immediately did 3 things that impressed me. First he assessed what I knew, and what my goals were. He reviewed my progress in the Hal Leonard book and encouraged me to keep using it, making some key observations and suggestions during the first lesson that immediately helped me. And the most impressive thing was that he started teaching music theory from the very first lesson, showing me scales, introducing the Circle of Fifths, and demonstrating the application of understanding the principles, patterns, and theory. This made me very hungry to learn.

I don't want to just learn how to play songs on the guitar, rather I want to learn to make music with this instrument. That is what Rich is teaching. And his approach is very comfortable and fun. He adapted himself to my learning style and my needs from the beginning, and I can see myself continuing to learn from him for many years.
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Richard W.

Salt Lake City, UT 84108
(1)
starting at
$20 / 30-min
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Mike J.

Ogden, UT

About Mike

Hi. My name is Mike J. I am a full time music instructor with over 30 years of experience teaching, performing and writing music. I teach both steel string guitar (acoustic or electric) and classical (nylon string) guitar as well as the electric bass and the ukulele.

I incorporate music theory into my lessons but can also teach theory by itself.

I cover rock, folk, pop, blues, jazz, gospel, country or classical. I teach fingerpicking and flat-picking. I strive to find a good balance each lesson between the study of reading, technique and music theory and learning songs you know and like
.

I have had excellent results with this approach so that typically ¼ of my students have stayed and studied with me for over 3 years!

Here's an article I wrote on some of the reasons I enjoy teaching:
http://takelessons.com/blog/teaching-guitar-helps-you-improve

I look forward to the possibility of helping you reach your musical goals.
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Jeff V. February 22, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Most of my life I've wanted to learn how to play the guitar so a couple years ago I started teaching myself from online tutorials. With no real structure and no one to hold me accountable, I had very little success. So 9 months ago I gave Mike a call. I'm a very busy individual but Mike was willing to work around my schedule and fit me in when it was convenient for me. The first few months were fairly difficult because I had developed some bad habits and was still very green. Mike ask me what kind of music I wanted to play, fixed my bad habits, and now he has me playing songs from Darius Rucker, Luke Bryan, The Eagles and more. Playing the music that I like has made it fun and motivates me to get better. Mike is an incredible guitar player and instructor! I'm looking forward to what he can teach me over the next few years.
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Troy T. February 6, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Mike is a great guitar instructor. I have been taking lessons from him using my electric guitar to learn how to play rock and metal, but he has also been teaching me theory and all things important to being really good at playing guitar in general. I have never learned to play any instrument before but have always wanted to. Mike definitely knows his stuff and is an expert at playing guitar and teaching it. I've only taken lessons for about 4 months now but am surprised at myself by how well I can already play by applying the exercises and technique he teaches me, and being an adult that says a lot, because I don't always get to practice as much as I would like. I definitely plan on continuing my lessons with Mike because it is exciting to see my progress, and I know he will help me reach my goals to play. I've had some friends tell me that it took them 2 years of playing before they even started playing songs like Master of Puppets and I'm already about to start, and have already been able to play simpler songs completely. Also, every time I have a question about anything in guitar Mike always is able to explain it to me in a way I can understand.
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Canyon C. February 5, 2015
I was playing guitar for about 2-3 years prior to getting lessons. Sure I was learning some things but not even close to the amount I've learned from Mike. I think Mike is a great teacher and if you're interested in learning how to play guitar, I'd definitely recommend taking lessons from him.
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Mike J.

Mike J.

Ogden, UT 84403
(3)
starting at
$25 / 30-min

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