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About Steven O.

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Albuquerque, NM

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About Steven
I love to learn music! So do my students.

After childhood lessons, and BA and MA degrees from Minnesota and Iowa, I worked for private conservatories in Los Angeles, while teaching and playing for church events and celebrations. In that real-world school, I learned the music that the world loves.

I use that knowledge to fire my students' imaginations. If Bach or Mozart motivates them, we set goals to learn the Toccata in D minor or the Turkish Rondo. These are realistic goals!
Maybe you would like to study Easter hymns for church, as one student did recently. Perhaps you would like to perform Beethoven's Tempest in front of sixty people at a nice recital hall.

*** Lesson Details ***
All my students can expect an experience focused on their musical goals, with lesson plans geared to twenty minut
es of daily practice. Set the bar as high as you want! My students all choose to have a lesson every week except for scheduled breaks, under the recurring lesson plan. This helps them to make quick progress.
My studio has a big grand, and a digital piano. The neighborhood is quiet.
Come with confidence, to a studio licensed in Albuquerque for twenty years. I have passed TakeLessons and Albuquerque Public Schools background checks.
After three months, a busy eight-year old beginner could have an easy rendition of "Ode To Joy" or "When The Saints Come Marching In" to perform for loved ones.
My students study technique, rhythm, fingering, expression and general musicianship. All this, while enjoying great musical selections.

*** Studio Equipment ***
The studio lessons are taught in a living room studio exclusively used for piano lessons including a Steinway piano. No pets. Parking in the right side of the driveway.

*** Specialties ***
Mostly classical, with occasional jazz, contemporary Christian, and popular. I mostly teach from notes, though occasionally from lead sheets or through improvisation. The Adventures, Keys for the Kingdom, and Step By Step methods are preferred until the student can play composers' original notes. Then, their recital works tend to come from such as Bach, Beethoven, Clementi, Debussy, and Chopin.

I welcome online students with a desire to learn and an ability to focus. Young students should have a parent or guardian near to direct their attention, if needed.
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Jacques V. August 7, 2018
· Piano · Online
Excellent first lesson. Steve was patient and encouraging, and looking forward to future lessons.
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Cecily P. October 31, 2014
· Piano · In studio
Mr. Steven is an excellent teacher, and really engages my son each week. He is new to piano, and has helped my son progress very quickly with reading notes, tempo, and so much more. Mr. Steven makes every lesson rewarding. I recommend him!
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Shannon A. November 3, 2013
· Piano ·
An excellent, intuitive teacher

Mr. Steve is an outstanding teacher whom I would recommend without reservation. He works at the pace of each of my children and they are eager to work for him too. My son bores quickly, but Steve challenges him with encouragement and speed. My daughter is slower to catch on and he accommodates her speed with equal talent. He is creative in his teaching methods and also in his approach to advising more practice or encouraging practice methods. I hesitate to write this review because I don't want to share the gem we have found in Steve. He is kind, patient, encouraging, excited about the music and the kid's efforts, witty, professional and accommodating. 5 stars.
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Steven O.

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About Samuel B.

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Austin, TX

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About Samuel
I've been a performing singer-songwriter since 1993. My influences include Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, and Richie Havens. I've been teaching private lessons since 2011.

We'll begin with major scales. That way, your fingers will get to know the notes that comprise the chords you'll eventually be learning. Eventually, you'll be able to play whole songs with both major and minor chords and play solos over them (also based on the scales).

I'm a primarily self-taught musician. The bulk of my knowledge came from listening to and imitating delta blues artists such as Robert Johnson and Mississippi John Hurt. Though you will have learned to play campfire standards in fewer than eight lessons, the blues (particularly the form originating from the Mississippi Delta) is the foundation of ALL A

merican music. The better you understand and are able to play it, the more options you will have created for yourself musically. Once you've gained confidence playing the blues, I'll introduce informal jazz. For more information about my curriculum, you may review my published articles on TakeLesson's Teacher Blog. Please note that I'm available to teach both in-person and online: http://takelessons.com/blog/learning-guitar-without-sheet-music http://takelessons.com/blog/reasons-to-learn-guitar-scales http://takelessons.com/blog/beginner-guitars http://takelessons.com/blog/blues-chord-progressions http://takelessons.com/blog/best-guitar-solos http://takelessons.com/blog/guitar-barre-chords http://takelessons.com/blog/learning-guitar-styles http://takelessons.com/blog/expand-your-guitar-solos http://takelessons.com/blog/maximize-acoustic-guitar-lifespan http://takelessons.com/blog/are-you-ready-to-play-guitar-solos http://takelessons.com/blog/blues-guitar-exercise http://takelessons.com/blog/writing-a-song-on-guitar-z01 http://takelessons.com/blog/writing-a-song-on-guitar-lyrics-z01 http://takelessons.com/blog/guitar-tips-for-open-mic-z01 http://takelessons.com/blog/preparing-for-bluegrass-guitar-lessons-z01 http://takelessons.com/blog/2-simple-tricks-to-play-country-guitar-z01 http://takelessons.com/blog/how-to-write-a-jazz-guitar-song-z01 http://takelessons.com/blog/famous-guitar-players-who-are-not-virtuosos-z01 http://takelessons.com/blog/5-jazz-guitar-licks-z01

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Raphael September 20, 2018
· Acting · In studio
I found Samuel to be very good at making me feel comfortable at acting, even though I'm a fairly introverted person. Also he adapts to the subject and managed to have me memorize 3 pages of script, which is not something I thought I anyone could get me to do.
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Andy February 18, 2018
· Blues Guitar · In home
Sam is very patient and knowledgeable about the guitar.
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Rich February 15, 2018
· Blues Guitar ·
Sam Bean is a thoughtful, perceptive person who is sensitive to people’s learning styles. He has a lot of experience in playing, as well as teaching guitar. He is also someone of high integrity.
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Samuel B.

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About Brian C.

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Portland, ME
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About Brian
I have been playing guitar for 30 years. I am a state certified K-12 music teacher with over 7 years experience teaching guitar privately and in the classroom. I teach not only children but also adults of any level - beginner, intermediate, or advanced. Students can learn acoustic or electric guitar, and fingerstyle or pick playing. Styles taught include classical, rock and pop, blues, jazz, folk and country. Sight-reading, music theory, and learning by ear are skills all students will develop.

"I like Mr. C. because he always cheers me up if I do something wrong on guitar. He helps you through step by step." -- Aaron, age 9

"I would emphasize your patience with me and your ability to simplify coursework." -- Fedja, age 37

"Excellent teacher with lots of patience. Kick-started me into the musical world and inspired me to learn gu
itar and start singing." -- Angelina, age 16

*** Lesson Details ***
Each lesson will begin with tuning the guitar and warm-ups. Then we'll move on to either our practice books or a song or piece you have chosen to learn and study not found in the books.

If you are beginner, we'll start with how you handle the guitar and any technique issues. Then we'll work on note and chord recognition, the ability to sight-read and play from memory.

*** Studio Equipment ***
2011 Apple iMac;
MXL 910 microphone;
Yamaha Nylon-String Electric-Acoustic Guitar;
Yamaha Steel String Guitar;
Gibson Les Paul Special Electric Guitar;
Esteve Spanish Classical Guitar;
Roland Cube 80 electric guitar amplifier;
Ibanez T80 acoustic guitar amplifier

*** Travel Equipment ***
Music Stands;
Foot Rests

*** Specialties ***
Song Transcriptions - Use your ear to learn and notate song melodies and the guitar parts
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Jo July 20, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Very good first lesson.
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Brian C.

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About Paul B.

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Portland, ME
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About Paul
I am a musician who has played in many bands. My primary instrument is piano and voice. I also play rhythm guitar. My current group is a "Who" tribute band, performing a complete history of the rock group, The Who. Please check out our website magicbustour.com
I play by ear but also read music. If you are looking for an old school, rigid, teacher who only has students only follow books, then you should look elsewhere. If you want to be able to play or sing with feel and learn music theory with some reading in a comfortable working studio then contact me.

*** Studio Equipment ***
-Petrof upright piano
- Mackie PA system
- Guild F15 acoustic guitar

*** Travel Equipment ***
-Roland Midi 2
- Guild F-15 acoustic guitar

*** Specialties ***
Patient, creative, flexible and fun.
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Alicia February 28, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Very good. 1st
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Tyler December 7, 2017
· Singing · In home
Paul is a great teacher. I would highly recommend him to anyone interested in improving their voice.
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Annmarie W. October 5, 2017
· Music Theory · In studio
The first lesson was extraordinary the teacher is very good
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About Alexander S.

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Santa Barbara, CA
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About Alexander
I've been a personal academic tutor since August of 2013 specializing in basic math, pre-algebra, algebra, and algebra 2 as well as English and German. I also love teaching music. I specialize in ukulele and guitar and have been playing guitar since I was 15 and picked up the ukulele at 18. I have experience teaching people of from 8 - 70 years old and with a wide range of backgrounds, needs, and goals.

A little about myself. I was born and raised in the Sacramento area. I have 3 younger siblings ranging from 10 to 12 years younger than me, so I have experience teaching younger children as well. One of my sisters is special needs with autism and mild CP. I understand the difficulties children with special needs can face in school especially in math and language arts. I am currently studying at Sierra college with a major in computer
science. I love teaching and learning and helping people succeed. There is no greater accomplishment than helping someone go from staring blankly at the task in front of them, to them suddenly grasping it, sharing in their success and sense of accomplishment is magical.
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John February 23, 2016
· Ukulele · Online
Alexander taught just the right amount of information in a natural way an individual student learns and he did this very well.
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Erin T. February 23, 2016
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Alexander provided a wonderful tuoring experience for my 12 year old nephew. Alexander is patient, easygoing and so easy to work with. Highly recommended instructor!
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Loyce S. February 6, 2016
· Ukulele · In home
First lesson and off to a good start with good communication as Alex seems to have heard me and I'm ready to commit to "homework" and practice and even cutting my fingernails.
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Alexander S.

Alexander S.

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About Michael S.

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Wayne, NJ
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About Michael
I've been teaching students of all ages about piano/keyboards, guitar, and voice lessons for the last 16 years. I cover many styles and methodologies depending on the needs of the student. My lessons can be structured to cover theory, sight-reading, technique as well as how to play by ear and music transcription. It can be a very traditional approach or more contemporary if your goal is to play in a band or be a solo performer. Whatever it is that you want to learn or improve, I can help you achieve your goals. I have a BA in music with classical piano as my focus. I was the music director at two Methodist churches in NJ, and I still occasionally play with the parish drive band when they need me. I play in an 80's rock band called My You Choose, where we raise money for various organizations like CUMAC to help feed hungry people in NJ. I
also do solo gigs or parties whenever I get the opportunity.
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Michael S.

Michael S.

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$35 / 30-min

About Heidi M.

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Harpswell, ME

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About Heidi
I've taught at Concordia Conservatory in New York, the International School of the Hague and the Portland Conservatory. At the Oberlin Conservatory, I did a pedagogy minor and after completing a post-graduate degree at the Juilliard School I spent over a decade teaching at Conservatories and performing in the major concert halls in New York and around the world. During my fifteen years in Holland, I founded my own music school specializing in violin, piano and voice and then taught instrumental music including conducting the orchestra and chorus at the International School of The Hague. Most recently, I've been playing in the Tahoe Toccata Symphony and instituting an instrumental program at an International boarding school. For me, playing the violin has been a lifelong source of learning and great joy and giving that to others is a privi
lege I value highly.
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Heidi M.

Heidi M.

Harpswell, ME 04079
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$42 / 30-min

About Alex D.

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Brunswick, ME
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"AXEL'S BASS GUITAR LESSONS"

Only requirement: bring your bass to Brunswick, Maine.Message to learn more or set up a time with me.

Training & Qualifications:

- A graduate of Music Theory Associates Degree Course at NSCC Danvers, MA- A bassist with other 3 years of experience playing, including several improv gigs- Took 5 lessons with Berkeley Music College of Music graduate

Availability & Preferences:

Every Sunday (appointment required)
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Alex D.

Alex D.

Brunswick, ME 04011
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$30 / 60-min

About Nick M.

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Windham, ME

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I am drummer / musician with nearly ten years of playing under my belt. I push to expand my knowledge in all kinds of music, but have the most experience in rock and metal. My current projects include North of Eden, All Quiet Ire, and session work.

When it comes to music, I think it is important for everyone to find their voice. Whether on a microphone, horn, strings, or (most importantly to me!) drums, we all want to express ourselves. It is a continuing goal of mine to work with others on drums. Teaching is a vehicle in which I may help others learn, and in turn learn more myself.

My lessons can follow a set curriculum, though I first want to ensure the wants of the student. Everyone is at a different level with experience, strengths, weaknesses, and goals. I work to personalize it to the student and make sure they are pushed to a co
mfortable level, where they also notice improvement. If you are interested, you are welcome to send a message. Cheers!
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Nick M.

Nick M.

Windham, ME 04062
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