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I have written and recorded with numerous songwriters and Artists such as Dell Grey from Little Texas, Josh Brock and Russel Jenkins.

About Jon
I have been playing guitar since the age of 9. I have studied Classical, and Jazz at CCM's Prep Dept. in middle school and throughout high school as well as rock, folk, country etc. with other local teachers. I started teaching lessons at the age of 18 in local music stores and have never stopped. While doing this I attended The College of Mount St. Joseph where I studied Classical and Jazz guitar as well as Music Ed. In addition to my 22 years of private lesson experience, I have 2 years of classroom experience teaching general music in elementary schools. I believe it is my years as a student and instructor that enable me to be an effective teacher, having had learned what worked for me as a student, and what has shown to work as a teacher.

*** Lesson Details ***
I cater my lesson to the individual. I like for students to have
a structured practice routine and working knowledge of music and their instrument, but it has to be fun. I have students who learn Classical, rock, and Jazz. Each lesson is different. Some people just want to be able to play their favorite songs by a camp fire, and others want to go on to perform at Carnegie Hall. I enjoy teaching both lessons and put forth the same enthusiasm for each one. You get out of the guitar or bass what you put into it in terms of learning and practicing. The level of achievement is up to you, I will help guide you to meet your goals regardless of how large or small they are.

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Spare music room: guitars, amps, bass; computer with recording software, ProTools seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
I have all the equipment necessary. I would like the student to have an instrument, but if not I can provide one for the lesson.

*** Specialties ***
I'm really pretty versatile. Over 18 years of teaching anywhere from 80 to 100 students a week will do that.
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Natalie January 25, 2017
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Works really well with my 11-year old son and treats him with respect. My son looks forward to the lessons.
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Caroline April 22, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
My daughter loved her first lesson! She is excited to go back.
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Ethan February 28, 2016
· Guitar · In home
My son feels very comfortable with Jon. Jon's enthusiasm and passion for music and teaching is very evident. My son can't wait for his next lesson and practices diligently.
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About Brian C.

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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

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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.

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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

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Music Stands;
Foot Rests

*** Specialties ***
Song Transcriptions - Use your ear to learn and notate song melodies and the guitar parts
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About Matt B.

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I teach composition in a wide variety of styles. Regardless of whether you want to write songs, write for band/orchestra, etc., I can help you reach your goals.

About Matt
I earned a Bachelor's of Music in Classical Guitar Performance from Capital University in Columbus, OH.

I currently teach private guitar lessons, sing and play guitar in the Chicago rock band Dead Parade, and transcribe music professionally for a wide variety of clients. Occasionally, I write articles or do interviews that appear in magazines such as Guitar World. In the past, I worked for 8 years as a guitar teacher, transcriber, consultant, and free-lance writer for a popular subscription guitar site. I also served as a guitar instructor/lecturer at Capital University's Community Music School under the direction of renowned music educator Dr. Rebecca Johnson. Over the duration of my 18 year teaching career, I have taught over 1000 students of all ages and levels of experience.
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Janice January 18, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Matt is EXCEPTIONAL with kids. Both of my girls take lessons with him, and they LOVE it. He’s very patient and kind and really has a knack for explaining things to kids in a way that’s fun, interesting, and easy to understand.
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David January 15, 2018
· Bass Guitar · In studio
Matt is insanely talented. It's pretty crazy. He plays guitar, bass, sings, writes music, engineers, transcribes, etc...He does it all and can teach you how to do it in a very easy to understand and logical manner. Hire Matt! You won't regret it!!!
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Joan October 28, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Matt's a great teacher! I learned so much and had a great time too. He's really friendly and make's the learning environment a really comfortable space.
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About Christian L.

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Emphasis on basic music theory knowledge and heavy emphasis on transcribing and learning songs.

The absolute best way to become a competent songwriter is by listening to and learning other artist's music. By listening, you discover what elements you want in your own music and by learning (with a basic understanding of music theory), you discover how to put those elements into your own music.

Some topics I like to go over in a given songwriting lesson are as follows:

-Chord progressions and use of "color" chords
-Note choice and how to decide what note to sing/play
-Dynamics (basically intensity of the sections)
-Instrumentation (what instruments are playing what)
-Melodic phrasing (how you string notes together to make your musical "sentence")

About Christian
My name is Christian L. and I am a 28 year old guitar/music instructor in the Orlando area. My interest in guitar began when I was 12 years old and blossomed into a full time obsession about 3 years later when I started playing small gigs as a solo guitarist playing simple jazz and classical pieces for small art clubs and events. Alongside gigging, I also began teaching guitar, ear training, and music theory when I turned 18 and have been teaching full time ever since. During that time I also spent 4 years in music school for classical guitar. Currently I spend my time teaching, recording, and performing various styles including rock, jazz, pop, hip-hop, musical theater, metal, and country.

Throughout the 8 years I have been an instructor I believe I have refined my teaching style to be as versatile as possible to accommodate any learn
ing style a student may have. I am capable of teaching all styles of guitar at any skill level with an emphasis on ear training and general knowledge of guitar techniques.

Slight disclaimer in regards to lesson length, price, and student interest:

Over the past year or so I have tried a new teaching structure that I find to be quite rewarding for myself and the students I have had. My lessons do not have a maximum time limit, meaning a lesson could go for 2 hours, if that is what the student wanted, for the same price as a 45 min lesson.

This may sound strange in that I would be losing out on a large amount of potential money but the simple answer is this: I love music and guitar as well as teaching music and guitar. If we are in the middle of a great topic that you, the student, is really interested in, there is no way that I am simply going to stop talking about it when the "timer" stops and there is no way I am going to charge you more for getting into a topic you want to learn.

I find that students who spend more time in the lessons tend to become more interested in guitar and thus, better at playing. I do have to instill a minimum time limit of 45 mins however, any less is honestly just not enough time to get anything worth while accomplished.

One last thing, music and guitar have made up the majority of my daily routine for the past 10 or so years and have literally paid for everything that I currently own as I have never had any other type of job. What this means is that I take the craft very seriously and I project that in the lessons. Basically, if you are genuinely interested in learning guitar and music at any skill level, I will show you everything I possibly can to let you meet your goals. However, if you do not take it seriously, as in you don't pick up or even think about the guitar except for lesson days, the lessons may quickly feel pointless.

For more information on what I teach, feel free to look into the category entitled "Guitar" as well as any of the other subcategories that you are interested in.
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Jason W. January 19, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Absolutely blown away by his teaching style and friendliness. Can't wait for future lessons and plan on using him for all my kids lessons as well. Don't hesitate -- this is your guy for lessons.
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Richard R. January 19, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
First lesson was great and looking forward to more.
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Debbi S. April 30, 2017
· Guitar · In home
My son has really enjoyed and benefited from his lessons with Christian. He had no knowledge of the guitar. After a few months, I've seen a huge improvement in his playing ability. I've also noticed his enjoyment for music has increased significantly. The lessons are for an hour but he doesn't hesitate to stay longer if needed. Christian is a wonderful teacher and definitely was the perfect choice for my son.
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About Cândida L. B.

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In English, Español ou Português! The composition classes are a very fun and practical way to learn and create your songs, as well being inspired by other tunes! Can be based on playing by ear or writing scores and chords. Also, can include some trainings on technique, creativity and composing, to start putting your ideas together to create your own songs or your own arrangement for composers you like! Write your own music and tell your stories!

* Classes in studio in NYC too. Please ask for it by message!

PROGRAM:
- chord progressions
- melodies structures
- style characteristics
- writing lyrics and how to connect with melodies
- choosing chords
- analyzing songs
- Suggesting books for reading and working with
- how to produce and record your songs home

Practicing rhythms, melodies, harmonies, chords, you will develop your musicality and apply everything in your own repertoire. Using apps, videos, tracks, you will have amazing material to follow along, watch ...

About Cândida L.
Write me a message! Piano, voice, ear training, music theory, music history, composition, and song writing in person or online!

I'm a Brazilian musician around 30 years old, MASTER in Piano Performance, Professor at a University in BRAZIL and in the US, also Bachelor in Singing and Composition. I love interacting with classes of piano and Jazz singing, for kids and adults. I have a big repertoire of classical music, pop, musical theater and all the Brazilian songs. Also, the practice can include harmony studies, ear training, improvisation and composition. The concept of my methodology is using creativity, technology and good music to make the students play all the songs they want and develop skills. I can teach in English, Portuguese or Spanish.

PLAY Music - LEARN Music - CREATE Music
Use the piano or voice to play a great varie
ty of songs, from classical to pop, crossing jazz, Brazilian and Latin tunes, american classicals, etc. Using sheets, chords, iPad/iphone, "play by ear", books or just improvising!
Add to your training elements of Music Theory, Harmony, Music History and Ear Training with interactive material online and books.
Creativity!!! Jam every class, learn to songwrite, to create your melodies, change chords, write lyrics and produce your songs! Acoustic and digital support, many tools to express your ideas, kids to adults!

FOR ONLINE CLASSES, I developed a great structure working with your ipad/ tablet, Skype and more, to work everywhere in the world. Ask me more about it!
See you soon!

ABOUT THE CLASSES:
I recommend starting with an online or in studio classes of 30 minutes. Ask me how and I help you setting everything for an amazing, affordable and comfortable class!
In home classes, minimum legth of 45min.
Want a longer class, double or mixed subjects like piano and singing? Let me know!
I can also work in groups, so invite your friends and family!

Any doubt or special case? Write me a message! I'll be happy to consider your request!

Las clases también pueden ser en ESPAÑOL y con el repertorio latino!

Ou se preferir, com a alegria de se falar PORTUGUÊS em aula!

FROM MY WEBSITE:

Professor Cândida L. B. is an inspiring world class musician, classically trained and rooted in Brazilian culture. Her artistic work mixes folkloric music, bossa nova, pop, latin and african music, jazz, and all styles of world music. After 15 years teaching in a University in Brazil and in the United States, now she created a program in which she offers her experience as a music educator for all ages music students and from all over the world. Master in Piano Performance, Bachelor also in singing, composition, studies in music production and electronic music, sound therapy, special needs and coaching, Professor B. is a true educator and artist.

Her methodology consists of modern approach to music education and music therapy, that connects creativity, repertoire, technology and skill development. Choose your subject: piano, keyboard, jazz voice and singing, music theory, ear training, harmony, songwriting.

Also, engage in a warm community that shares music, shows, meetings and encouragement!

LANGUAGE

You choose to learn in Portuguese, Spanish or English. Practice music and a new language at the same time.

REPERTOIRE

Huge possibilities, many styles. Expertise on classical, Brazilian and Latin jazz, pop. Do what you like!

BACKGROUND

Ms. B combines her formal academic studies in University as an artist and educator with studies and certifications in Dalcroze, Linklater, improvisation, circle singing, music production, technology and especially her experience in studios and playing with musicians all over America. Special call to “O Passo” – a Brazilian methodology on rhythm and pitch, connecting body and voice to learn music, performance and reading. Fantastic!

ONLINE LESSONS

You can connect by Skype or you can also choose to use FaceTime or Google Hangout. There are easy instructions that you receive to make sure you are all set to start. You have the chance to record your class and you will receive a link to all the material we use in class. In tour or local, classes must go on!

IN NEW YORK

If you are in New York Area, come for class in one of the studios. We are at midtown west, in great locations and professional studios.

PRICES

You can choose between 30, 45, 60 and 90 minutes lessons. Combo choices of more than 1 subject – you can combine piano and singing, or singing and songwriting for example.

SPECIAL PROJECTS AND COMMUNITY

You will start making part of our special projects, that include shows, concerts, events, CDs, month challenges, gifts, and other surprises. Touring different cities, you will make part of a community that gets together to watch shows, to perform and to travel – our performances happen in different cities, including New York and Rio de Janeiro! If you are looking to explore the world, might be a good opportunity!

Once you sign up, you will be connected to our links.

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Divya October 5, 2017
· Portuguese · Online
Great first lesson!! It was very organized and I loved going over in detail the song I picked. Thanks Candida! Looking forward to the next.
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Tamesha Morris September 6, 2017
· Singing · Online
She is the most helpful teacher ever
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Tamesha Morris September 2, 2017
· Singing · Online
very positive, helped me up front I'm happy to be seeing her again
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Through the foundation I've gained by the influences of Mel Bay, Hal Leonard, and Suzuki musical instruction methods, I compile my own teaching materials. Using personally constructed guitar lessons, I demonstrate, instruct, and guide the student based on my assessment of their individual needs, skill level, and progress. Lessons are formulated in Modules, and advancement through them is based on the student's personal aptitude, skill level, and practice commitment. Learning is accomplished by ear as well as through essential methods of musical notation (tablature, 5-line staff, rhythmic comprehension). Students are trained to perform written music as well as to write and express the music within themselves.
I'm an encouraging and motivating guitar teacher with a casual relaxed approach. Teaching new guitarists is very rewarding to me. To see the light come on and watch a student perform a song, express themselves musically, and create their own composition is an awesome experience.

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Through formal and self- instructed lessons from age 12, I've learned country, folk, blues, rock, and metal techniques and formed several local bands as lead vocalist and lead/rhythm guitarist.
Writing and recording my own music has been a hobby for over 30 years.
Teaching new guitarists is very rewarding to me. To see the light come on and watch a student perform a song, express themselves musically, and create their own composition is an awesome experience.
An active music enthusiast from a young age, I learned clarinet technique and music theory from age 9 through public schools, performing in orchestra and marching band.
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Leah November 27, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
This is my first time ever taking lessons and learning guitar with an instructor. Scott has been amazing and I’ve learned so much from only two lessons so far. After leaving my first lesson with Scott I had the excitement to start learning and Couldn’t wait to get home to practice!
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John November 22, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Scott is patient, develops a plan that is geared to me and my style of playing and level of learning. I enjoy progressing slowly but steady to improve on what I've learned
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Erin March 23, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Scott is information and patient. He's knowledgeable about the topics and the music.
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About Todd H.

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What does it take to write music? A great melody or a memorable 'hook'? Unforgettable lyrics?

We will explore existing musical devices and techniques that make great songs. I combine theory, basic keyboarding, chordal ear training and charting with practical lyrical study and development for great song composition. We will listen, analyze and write music/lyrics during this course, discovering the tools, ideas and themes that make a good/great song. Then we will combine these as we (YOU) paint your musical masterpiece! Someday is here, so let's get started!

About Todd
What do Star Wars, Billy Joel and Dallas Holm all have in common?

All three inspired me to attempt to play music.

Music has played a very significant role in my life since high school, where 'study hall' was my chance to first play by ear on a grand piano. I LOVED playing music and singing!

Evidently it 'took.' I sooned gained admission through audition to the University of Tennessee where I studied classical, jazz and vocal music with Dr. Bill Dorn, Dean of Piano, and acclaimed jazz master and author Dr. Jerry Coker.

From the World's Fair to the Biltmore House, I have enjoyed performing at these and many other venues. Yet, teaching is my first love musically.

Over the years I have found teaching not only sight-reading based methods but chordal and ear training to be essential elements of enhancing my students and student
performers.

You see, reading sheet music is only a piece of the pie. When you add ear-training, active listening, performance training, multi-genre analysis, accompaniment and collaboration to the educational mix, students begin to understand and LOVE music.

Once students love music, there is no stopping them! Students practice and PLAY more, and they get better because of their enhanced practicing. It becomes less work and more PLAY!

And passionate students become PERFORMERS! Whether for audiences of one or hundreds, the satisfaction and sense of fulfillment is amazing, and THAT is why I teach. The rewards and excitement are mutual, for the student, for me and their audiences.

I have been performing and teaching for over 35 years and love to share my amazing musical experiences (and experience). It could change your approach to music, enhance your appreciation and understanding of music, and quite possibly change your musical life.
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Judy August 4, 2017
· Piano · In home
I have been taking lessons for two years and am very happy with my progress. He is very encouraging and highly skilled in all subjects. I would recommend Todd for new beginner and professional level students.
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Carol August 4, 2017
· Jazz Voice · In home
Excellent instructor! Todd is knowledgeable, encouraging & patient while always staying on task. I've worked with him for 3 years now and have gained comfortability and confidence in my playing while staying motivated.
Todd is the 4th piano instructor I've worked with in my 12 years of living in WNC and I find him to be the best of all.
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Ann August 3, 2017
· Piano · In studio
I had 2 years of piano lessons as a child followed by 6 years of flute in High School as an intermediate student. After hearing Todd perform at a special event, my life was changed! His passion for performing and playing inspire, engage and transform a room! Of course I wanted to take lessons! As a teacher he took me beyond the fundamentals into theory, key changes, cordal ear training, musical stylizing and so much more. Todd is very patient and knowledgeable; a wonderful communicator, entertainer, and teacher. I highly recommend him!
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My passion for music began when I was seven years old. It all started for me with composition and improvisation. I love to create my own original music and I have since the very beginning of my musical journey. To this day, composition and improvisation are some of my favorite things to do and favorite things to teach. My love of creating original music inspired me to write an educational book on the topic and develop my own unique method for approaching these topics.

My teaching philosophy includes an integrated method of intellectual and creative development. It is truly unfortunate that so often music theory is presented as a mere collection of naming systems and rules. To me, understanding music with the mind is a key ingredient to becoming an effective and inspired artist. In music lessons, I teach not just how to talk about music but the fascinating complexity of how music operates - the fundamental principles that illuminate the translation of sound into thoughts and ...

About Ryan
Ryan is a composer, improviser, author, music theorist, pianist, music producer, and teacher. He has won awards for his original music, such as his first place award for Best Original Film Score in the Montgomery County Film Festival in 2011. He also has performed in prestigious venues like the Takoma Park Jazz Festival and the Siemens Competition Awards Ceremony hosted in the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium.

Ryan writes and performs in a variety of styles ranging from classical to jazz to electronic. He has experience writing music for large ensembles such as orchestras and jazz big bands. As a music producer, he has worked with big and small groups of musicians alike in professional-level recording studio environments. His expertise also extends to the mixing, mastering, and synthesis applications of music technology that have become so
central to the modern music industry.

Ryan holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Berklee College of Music in Contemporary Writing and Production. He was accepted in 2013 with a scholarship and finished the four-year program only two and half years later. He has studied with great teachers such as the amazing composer and concert pianist Jeffrey Chappell. He has also studied guitar performance on the side and experiments with different instruments whenever he can. In recent years, Ryan has focused on teaching workshops, classes for small groups, private lessons, and on creating his new book The Theory and Creation of Music.

In addition to his musical pursuits, Ryan also has a profound passion for self-growth, psychology, and spirituality. He is well-versed in a number of different self-development practices including Vipassana meditation, circling, and re-evaluation co-counseling. Complementing his practical experience, he has also developed a deep understanding of related intellectual fields like integral theory, developmental psychology, and eastern philosophy. Ryan plans to write his next book on his newly created system of self-growth: Adoga.
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Lynn December 9, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Ryan has a passion for creating and playing music that he clearly wants to share with those new to the art as well as those with experience. His joy is greatest when he is able to foster musical connections for others and help them grow in their own enthusiasm and understanding. Ryan is a an excellent teacher; patient and kind. If you are looking for a task master, Ryan is not your guy. But if you are looking for someone who can spark passion and a deeper appreciation for the craft of creating and playing music, there is no better person I can recommend.
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