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Don p.

Lebanon, CT

About Don

We provide a complete learning experience beyond your traditional guitar lesson format! We begin by teaching you the skills needed to play and perform your music confidently. The main curriculum is our own Electric Crown Guitar Method which is the result of many years of testing what works best for students in a one on one learning situation. In addition we do supplement our studies with additional learning material.

Learning skills is useless if you don't actually apply them in a real musical way. Playing cool songs that Rock is a large part of our program!!! We use a large variety of pop
ular rock songs ranging from Led Zeppelin to The Beatles to Metallica and so on. We use real band backing tracks which you will be able to take home to practice along with. We will then record YOU playing the guitar parts with the band!

Finally we provide performance opportunities where you can either perform a solo piece or team up with other students and share the spotlight. This includes both stage and video production studio performances!

We strive to give you much more then guitar lessons. We offer you a complete guitar experience! Come join the experience!

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in Classic Rock, Modern Rock,Metal and Acoustic rock styles. I also specialize in Music Theory and songwriting for the guitar.
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Cameron Z. August 14, 2014
Guitar · In studio
Learning to play guitar can be a daunting task. Don breaks it down into easy to understand lessons. After each lesson he sends me home with practice homework so I constantly feel like I'm making progress.

The most important thing for me when i wanted to take lesson was that the teacher new his stuff, Don definitely does. I'm not just learning to play guitar, i'm also learning more about music.
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Andrea H. August 3, 2014
Guitar · In home
When looking for a guitar teacher for my daughter, I was so pleased to find Don. He knew exactly where to begin with her and started her playing music right away. His creative techniques keep her engaged and excitedly looking for what's coming next. He is professional, yet warm at the same time, putting both her and I at ease. It is amazing to see the transformation in my daughter's guitar abilities as well as the transformation in her confidence. Don's expertise and patience is perfectly blended.
Thanks Don!
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Brian W. August 1, 2014
Guitar · In studio
Don has taught my son for over four years. He couldn't even read yet and Don was still able to get through to him. Great blend of modern rock and classics. Don blends the ability to teach skills, theory, and essential building blocks while also working in stuff that the students want to play.

Also, from a technology standpoint, Don uses a great site with file uploads, customize backing tracks and the ability to schedule. I would recommend to anyone interested in learning guitar from someone who cares about his students.
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Don p.

Lebanon, CT 06249
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starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Max S.

West Hartford, CT

About Max

I am a performing musician who is passionate about helping students achieve their goals.

I currently perform over fifty concerts a year with the Asylum Quartet, an award-winning ensemble acclaimed for virtuosity, creativity, and innovation. I have also performed with the Juilliard Orchestra, the U.S. Coast Guard Band, and International Opera Theater. As tenor saxophonist in the Ineo Quartet, I received honors in the J.C. Arriaga, Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), and North American Saxophone Alliance (NASA) chamber music competitions. I hold a Master's in Music from The Hartt Sc
hool and a Bachelor of Music summa cum laude from Arizona State University (ASU).

I have eight years of private teaching experience. Additionally, I completed a ten-week private teaching mentorship at the Hartt Community Division with saxophone instructor Sheri Brown.

Though I specialize in saxophone, I also love teaching beginning and intermediate piano.

*** Lesson Details ***
I strive to make lessons fun, challenging, and inspiring. I love teaching students of all levels.

Here is my teaching philosophy in more detail:

Why learn music? Music shares many the benefits of other subjects. Learning an instrument teaches multi-level techniques of problem solving, responsibility, teamwork, literacy, and self-expression. But unlike any other subject, music unites three domains of learning: psychomotor (physical motion), cognitive (analytical thought), and aesthetic (assessment of artistic beauty). Music is a mode of self-expression shared by all cultures - this powerful universality suggests that music should be part of a well-rounded education. At its most basic, music requires us to learn to listen. The process of listening and learning from others is fundamental to human civilization, and music helps us develop listening skills to their full potential.

Why learn the saxophone? Invented in 1856, the saxophone is a relatively young instrument. Yet in its short history, the saxophone has rocketed to immense popularity. The saxophone plays well with others - in jazz combos and big bands, concert bands, saxophone quartets, and reed quintets - and projects effortlessly as a solo instrument. A hybrid between woodwind and brass instruments, the instrument is capable of the softest murmurs, the loudest bellows and honks, lovely singing lines, agile leaps and mesmerizing runs, and much more. Studying the saxophone offers the student access to stylistic variety and rich performance traditions second to none. Yet as a young instrument, the saxophone beckons with endless unexplored possibilities to the creative performer.

Why learn with me? The famous violin teacher Shinichi Suzuki wondered, "Japanese children can all speak Japanese!...How, by what means, does this come about?" We all now know the answer. Japanese children have abundant access to great models of Japanese-speaking: the adults around them. So as a teacher, I seek to provide a great model of saxophone playing. I rely on teaching by example, and encourage students to learn by ear whenever possible. In conjunction with ear training, I address fundamentals (breathing, tone production, articulation, voicing, reading music, and technique) in every lesson, so that students develop great technical ability on the instrument. Finally, I hope to provide a model of responsibility, empathy, and creativity, which I believe are central to our development as musicians and people.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Students should have a working saxophone with appropriate mouthpiece and reeds (with my help if needed!), a music stand, and other lesson materials (metronome, tuner, notebook, method books / pieces, personal recording device, etc.). I often provide handouts of music and exercises in lessons.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in classical saxophone, but also have experience performing, studying, and teaching jazz. My goal is to give students a solid set of fundamentals in saxophone playing, forge strong aural and reading skills, and engender a broad curiosity in listening habits. I believe modeling great playing is key. Of course, I want students to internalize and replicate a good saxophone sound. But I also want students to form the critical listening skills of mimicking and blending with other musicians. I believe these things will enable them to excel as musicians in any field.
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Max S.

West Hartford, CT 06119
starting at
$39 / 30-min
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Brian H.

Glastonbury, CT

About Brian

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Guitarist Brian H. studied at The Hartford Conservatory and the Hartt School of Music, graduating at the top of his class with honors from The Hartford Conservatory. Brian has been a guitar and bass instructor at Choate Rosemary Hall since 1999. Brian also teaches at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, The Music Shop in Southington, and is the owner of Guitar Star Studio, located in Glastonbury, CT. In the past, he taught at The Hartford Conservatory and Riccardo's Music in East Hartford.

Brian has performed in many bands with diverse styles of music. As a past member of the Jo
hn Jeski band for 13 years, he was a voting member of the Grammy Awards. Brian has 25 years experience playing in rock/pop bands, and currently performs with country artist Frankie Justin Lamprey. He has had the opportunity to perform several times at the Oakdale Theater, the Rock Cats Stadium, and has also done a number of radio and television interviews. Brian has provided liturgical music for many years in CT; also, in Sicily and Rome. Mr. H is a patient, enthusiastic teacher who enjoys helping his students master the art of guitar.

*** Lesson Details ***
In the first half of the lesson, students can expect to learn music fundamentals from a guitar method book, i.e. how to read music; I also teach guitar tablature. Depending on ability (beginner, intermediate, advanced), I will show them chords, scales and how to play a guitar solo. The second half of the lesson is spent with the student learning their favorite songs and building a repertoire (song list) for possbile future performances.

*** Studio Equipment ***
home: Seating for parents. I provide the amp, instrument cable and music stand. I expect the student to have a guitar and notebook. If the student does not have a guitar, I will give a referral for reasonably priced guitars.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect the student to have a guitar and notebook. If the student does not have a guitar, I will give a referral for reasonably priced guitars.

*** Specialties ***
Rock, Pop, Jazz, & Beginner Classical

Pick and Finger style Guitar & Bass
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Joannie M. June 25, 2014
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
I have been taking guitar lessons from Brian for a little over a year. His style is both patient and encouraging. I admire his ability to "hear the music"....every note ! I am an adult who has wanted to learn guitar for many years and thrilled to have found Brian. He truly displays a desire to teach at a pace that is comfortable. I would recommend him to folks of all ages.
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Brian H.

Glastonbury, CT 06033
(1)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Tim M.

Manchester, CT

About Tim

I am a Hartt School of Music trained classical guitarist raised on the electric guitar. With over 20 years of teaching experience, I have helped students of all ages achieve their musical goals. Whether it's getting into the school jazz band, a college degree program or simply playing for friends, I can help you get there. My studio is a spacious and equipped learning environment designed with the guitarist in mind.
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Derek D. May 5, 2015
Bass Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
very patient in helping me relearn some key basic knowledge and helping me realize what exactly i needed to focus on. He helped me improve my overall technique of the way i play.
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Jeff G. June 25, 2014
Bass Guitar · In studio
Tim came recommended from a friend. I had been playing guitar and bass for close to 20 years, without ever taking a single lesson. I'd been focusing on bass for the last 10 years, and decided that I wanted to take my bass playing to the next level - theory, reading music, etc.

Fast forward a year later, and I'm reading and learning music not only from sheet music, but from jazz charts - something I hadn't even imagined going in. I've gained a new appreciation for the music as a result.

Everyone that knows me well has commented on the improvement in my overall bass playing, from the wife to people who I've spent years jamming with. In short, if you're looking to expand your abilities, you can't go wrong with Tim.
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Tim M.

Manchester, CT 06042
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starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Numan S.

Vernon Rockville, CT

About Numan

Guitarist Numan S. studied Music at Central Connecticut State University, Graduating in 2003. Throughout his musical journey he has studied with famous musicians/instructors (Miami Sound Machine Guitarist) in the Northeast area. Numan S. has been a private guitar and bass instructor since 1998. He has performed in many bands within many genres/styles of music from Rock, Jazz, Blues, and Pop. Doing 250+ shows. Numan has had 20+ years experience playing in rock/pop, jazz and country bands in the Northeast and Southwest USA. He currently plays in music projects in the Hartford, CT area. He is an
enthusiastic and patient teacher who enjoys helping his students master their craft in music, guitar and bass.
Students can expect to learn music theory and utilize lessons from using tools from guitar instruction method booklets, and written lessons provided by the instructor, for example, music theory, chords, scales, sight reading, improvisation, picking techniques, teach guitar tablature, songwriting and lyric writing. Lessons will also incorporate having the student learn their favorite songs, and how to create their own songs.
Other training is also available including: Computer Recording, Digital Audio/MIDI, DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) creation, amp setups, guitar equipment, guitar setups and modifications, repairs, music industry knowledge, etc.
Equipment: Its expected that the student have their own guitar, bass and notation notebook for lessons.
Numan S. specializes in Metal, Rock, Blues, Pop, and Jazz.
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Jon July 4, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Numan is the real deal. I spent years putting off taking guitar lessons as I've never been the best student. A friend of mine recommend Numan and I thought I'd give him a try. His teaching style is very patient and thorough. He does not get frustrated and works with me at my pace. He's also the best guitar player I've ever known. In just a few months I'm playing at a level I never thought I'd be able to. I cannot recommend Numan enough.
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Numan S.

Numan S.

Vernon Rockville, CT 06066
(1)
starting at
$22 / 30-min

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