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About Richard D.

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Saint Louis, MO

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About Richard
Music is my life. Since the age of 16, I have studied the guitar extensively. During my high-school years I was involved in band, marching band, choir, and independent music theory. I started my first band when I was 19 in the U.S. Army, and my life has never been the same since. I played music professionally in local bands while attending UMSL and have been teaching guitar and musical performance to many students privately for the last 7 years while developing and exploring my own musical goals. Recently I have written, produced, and performed on 5 original music albums, toured from St L
ouis to Texas and Colorado, and have learned many things about humanity and our culture's relationship to music. Those who share a passion for music form an extraordinary community. Come take the first step toward your potential...

*** Lesson Details ***
My students can expect professional, expert advise from a working performance artist. One of my main philosophies is a focus on fun. If music is fun, then students will practice more - which leads to accelerating returns. My students can expect lessons tailored to their specific goals. First I will discuss with the student musical influences and genre preferences, then I will assess the student's current abilities and we will begin designing a weekly regimen of practice and study. As a product of the Internet generation, I recommend using all the tools available to my students including the Internet to further their goals. My students will also learn to perform with other musicians, so we will typically have a segment of each lesson dedicated to jam time. Whether my students aspire to be professional performance artists, impress their love interests, or just rock out in their bedrooms, I work with my students so that they can do exactly that.

*** Studio Equipment ***
one bedroom apt...hardwood floor...central room for studio...music stands, room parents to sit, chairs...

*** Travel Equipment ***
I bring a music stand, an acoustic guitar, my handout literature, and any other equipment (mic, stand, vocal amp, electric guitar, guitar amp) based on what my students want to learn. I expect my students to own whatever instruments they want to learn.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in teaching acoustic and electric guitar and stage performance. I teach using handouts that I customize for students and have lessons made up around different concepts such as - learning to identify what key a song is in - how to use 3 chord combinations - learning scales and when to use them - these type of things. I usually teach based on how I learned, which includes - using the Internet to learn songs - how to figure out how a particular song is played - getting into good practice habits - etc. My genres of specialty are Blues, Rock/Classic Rock/Southern Rock, and Acoustic Singer/Songwriter. What I like to do is ask a student what kind of music or songs they would like to learn, then build them up to the level they need to be to play those songs or that style of interest.
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Kit E. October 21, 2016
Verified Student · Guitar · In studio
My first lesson with Richard was great! He explained how to set everything up and a few fundamentals in a way that we were able to get through them fairly quick and we got right to the fun part. I found myself playing a few cords and jamming with Richard halfway through my first 45 minute class. This is exactly why I wanted to have an instructor, so I can reap the benefits almost immediately, which makes me want to come back for more.
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Dave W. May 12, 2016
Verified Student · Guitar · In studio
Combined a great balance of practice, instruction, theory, and suggestions for "homework." Didn't feel inadequate, like I did with another instructor from school of rock.
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Susan W. February 7, 2016
Verified Student · Guitar · In studio
This was my first lesson ever! Richard was very professional, knowledgeable yet patient and kind!! He made this a great experience for me. I felt as if I were part of something...not just a first time student. Can't wait til the next lesson!
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Saint Louis, MO 63104
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About Ryan B.

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Saint Louis, MO

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I am a Music major currently attending UMSL studying composition and performance. I have finished an Associates in Music from STLCC, and have been giving private lessons since 2012. I have performed in multiple STL groups and have performed at many popular venues including Blueberry Hill, Roberts Orpheum Theatre, Off Broadway, The Broadway Oyster Bar, and The Gramophone to name a few. I perform a wide range of styles including Jazz, Classical, Rock, Funk, Reggae, Blues, and Progressive music. I have performed in Concert/Jazz choir, as well as Jazz band at both High school and Collegiate levels
. I give students a mix of formal and informal training that involves studies with proper technique and sight-reading along with a curriculum that focuses on the students preferences in musical taste, songs, and style!
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AshLeah D. February 24, 2017
Verified Student · Bass Guitar · In studio
Ryan was awesome! He taught my daughter about the parts of the guitar, helped her tune it, and showed her the many ways of how to pluck the strings. I would recommend him to a friend.
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Rachel December 10, 2016
Verified Student · Piano · In studio
I've had several lessons with Ryan so far and have gotten a lot out of them. Ryan is very knowledgeable and makes his students feel comfortable while learning new skills.
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Antonio J. December 5, 2016
Verified Student · Singing · In home
Ryan is definitely a well informed, awesome instructor! So glad that I'm able to learn from him. He knows his stuff.
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Saint Louis, MO 63116
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About Anna F.

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Saint Louis, MO

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About Anna
I grew up surrounded by a musical family and was taught to love music at an early age. I hope to pass on that love of music to any student who walks through my doors.

I have a bachelors degree in piano performance, and have been giving private piano lessons since 2011. I have experience teaching beginning and intermediate piano students of all ages, and am comfortable teaching from a variety of method books. I aim to choose material that will be fun, engaging, and learning appropriate for each individual student. Though my training is classical and I believe this provides a good building bl
ock for learning music, I like to incorporate many different styles of music, based on students' interests.

*Please note: I currently teach from my home, and we do own a cat. If you are allergic to cats, please let me know - I am happy to make sure the cat is put away during your lesson time and to vacuum/dust as needed.
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Emily February 4, 2017
Verified Student · Piano · In studio
My daughter left her first lesson and said "that was a lot of fun, I can't wait to go next week"
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Adam G. July 30, 2016
Verified Student · Piano · In home
So far, I've had three lessons with Anna, and she's pretty good. I'm looking forward to having many more lessons with her.
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Hannah G. July 30, 2016
Verified Student · Piano · In home
Anna is a wonderful teacher, my kids enjoy and look forward to having their weekly piano lessons with her. We're very happy to have found her!
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Anna F.

Saint Louis, MO 63130
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About Jonathan M.

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Saint Louis, MO

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Jonny Martin is studying under Kurt Baldwin of the Arianna String Quartet. Having studied the cello for over 15 years, Jonny has had many opportunities to experience the joys of music. He performed in orchestras such as the Missouri High School All State orchestra, UMSL symphony, Saint Charles County Symphony, BYU Symphonic Orchestra and Young People's Symphonic Orchestra. Jonny has had the pleasure of participating in a master class with Zuill Bailey, Matt Hamovitz and Paul Katz. During this time Jonny has taught many students and greatly enjoys passing down his love for music.
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Isaac November 10, 2016
Verified Student · Cello · In home
He was relatable to my 10 year old and thouroughly covered several essential techniques and excercises to practice.
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Maelon E. September 1, 2016
Verified Student · Cello · In home
I could hear a difference in my son's playing within the first lesson. The lesson just ended and my son is already looking forward to lesson two, thanks to Jonny's combination of expertise, enthusiasm, patience and encouragement.
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Frank June 25, 2016
· Cello · In home
A wonderful teacher. I only had a few lessons from him before I had to move, but they were excellent and I was thoroughly impressed. Great with kids too; he taught a young girl lessons right before mine. Patient, kind, knowledgeable.. all the best qualities!
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Jonathan M.

Saint Louis, MO 63116
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About Sarah N.

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Saint Louis, MO

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I love to teach because I love music, and I love sharing it with the world!

I am an experienced teacher with a bachelor of music degree in piano performance. I have worked extensively as a professional musician, as a soloist, accompanist, and musical director.

If you study with me, you can learn everything from piano technique and music theory, to improvisation and composition. Lessons are always catered to the individual needs and goals of every student, and my aim is always to produce well-rounded musicians and foster a love of music that will continue for the rest of your life.
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Amy February 22, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Sarah taught our daughter piano lessons for 3 years. Her approach in the way that she teaches not only the lesson portion but also the theory helped advance our daughter significantly. Sarah has great patience and comes across in a way that a student feels comfortable to learn. We would still be with her if we did not have to relocate across country. Highly recommend Sarah
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Saint Louis, MO 63121
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