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Richard D.

Saint Louis, MO

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
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
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
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
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
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
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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Richard D.

Richard D.

Saint Louis, MO 63104
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$23 / 30-min
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David M.

Saint Louis, MO

About David

Composer and guitarist David began formal music training at the age of 5 on the drums. He taught himself guitar as a teenager and began playing in local rock bands. Initially entering college as a Journalism major, his passion for music led him to Meramec College where he studied Music Theory with Robert C. Howard and classical guitar with Larry Bolles. From 1990 through 1993, he attended Webster University, and became only the second composer in the school's history to receive the BM/MM Scholarship. While at Webster, he studied composition with Dr. Kendall Stallings, Robert Chamberlin, and K
im Portnoy, Jazz History with Paul Demarinis, and 18th Century Counterpoint with Dr. Eloise Jarvis. During his education, he performed with many student ensembles and sat in on master classes by the great sitarist and surbaharist, Imrat Khan and jazz guitarist Peter Leitch.

In 1993 he started St. Louis SoundWorks with Grammy nominated Adam Long and Mark McClanahan that specialized in mobile recording, and composing music for films and commercials.

As a musician, David has composed over 200 pieces for various instruments and combinations from small chamber ensembles to full orchestra. He was bandleader of two creative ensembles that focused on alternative notation compositions and improvised music, and later co-founded the avant-garde influenced rock band Diverted Course which released two CD's.

As a teacher, David has taught classical guitar and musicianship as an adjunct faculty member at Meramec College and Webster University. He has given seminars on the music of Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman, and Anthony Braxton. He has been teaching privately for 23 years and many of his students have gone on to successful music careers and performed all over the world.

*** Lesson Details ***
I teach students of all ages in a fun and positive manner. I am flexible and will tailor the lessons to satisfy your own individual goals. Whether you are a beginner that wants to gain a foundation in technique, sight reading, and basic theory or an intermediate or more advanced player that wants to increase their knowledge and polish their skills, I will devise a plan to meet your needs. I encourage regular practice and like my students to keep a journal to monitor their progress.

I teach a variety of styles including classical guitar, blues, rock, jazz, and avant-garde.

Ultimately, I believe everyone needs a creative outlet, a way to express themselves, and has something unique to say, and I aim to help those students find their own voice.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Extra guitars and amps at both places. Mixing board at the studio. Only has a upright piano at his home address but has a keyboard at studio

*** Travel Equipment ***
Expect my students to provide the guitar. Amplification is optional.

*** Specialties ***
Classical, jazz, rock, blues, and avant-garde.
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Sam N. October 16, 2016
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
We are extremely happy with our decision to go with David. He is extremely encouraging and positive during his lessons and his teaching skills are top notch!!!
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Karl M. October 2, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Hands down the best guitar instructor in St Louis.

Since retiring in 2006 I tried a few others but David brings expertise in not only guitar mechanics and virtuosity but an understanding of deeper musical principles and its application to the guitar student.

Dave is a true genius in the art of Guitar, no matter the musical genre - or -whether its Led Zepplin or Brouwer classical guitar method.he can't be beat.

KM
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Max N. September 22, 2016
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
David was extremely professional and positive. His enthusiasm was great and he was versatile in adapting his lesson to the needs of our twin sons who both want to play guitar!
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David M.

Saint Louis, MO 63128
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Aria T.

Saint Louis, MO

About Aria

I hold a doctorate degree in Music and specialize in classical music from the Renaissance period, Baroque, classical periods, as well as pop and broadway. I teach all voice types, with expertise in mezzo soprano and countertenor literature. I use proven vocal techniques along side vocal yoga practices to help people to find their true voice.

Languages including French, German, Italian, Latin, and Spanish. I have considerable experience training children's voices to sing healthily, preserving their voices for longevity, of course including adults as well. I am studied in the Bel Canto tech
nique and have prepared many students for auditions, contests, and festivals. The techniques for singing that I use are to create a sound, healthy, and free voice. Hope to study along side you!
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Jasmine P. June 9, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Adam has a lot of passion for teaching students to find themselves and shine. As a parent, I would recommend Adam to anyone. My daughter is disecting and hearing the vowels to get better. Adam thank you for a great experience and more to come!
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Glen May 22, 2016
Classical Voice · In studio
Adam is great to work with and heaven sent!!!!!!! He is so kind and encouraging and very professional all at the same time.
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Eddie B. January 9, 2016
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Adam is amazing him took the time to work with my special needs child on a very professional level. He used different methods to find the best to be able to teach my child to use his voice. Eddie is excited about learning to sing and is already practicing. He loves to do his homework. Can't wait for the next lesson. Thank you so much Adam. Johna Brown
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Aria T.

Saint Louis, MO 63109
(11)
starting at
$20 / 30-min
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Anna F.

Saint Louis, MO

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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Adam G. July 30, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
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
Piano · In home
Verified Student
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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Annie April 9, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Lovely first lesson. Anna was helpful and encouraging, and she also has a very cute cat to assist.
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Anna F.

Saint Louis, MO 63130
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$20 / 30-min
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Jonathan M.

Saint Louis, MO

About Jonathan

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
Cello · In home
Verified Student
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
Cello · In home
Verified Student
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.

Jonathan M.

Saint Louis, MO 63116
(9)
starting at
$25 / 30-min

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