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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.

Brian C.

Portland, ME 04103
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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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Paul B.

Portland, ME 04102
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About Eli B.

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Chicago, IL
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About Eli
One of the great things about being a bassist is that you can play with a lot of different groups. From jazz combos and rock bands, to bluegrass bands and string quintets, the bass can be an integral part of each. For me, learning and playing many different types of music has added to the joy of being a bass player. Through teaching and performing, I hope to share my enthusiasm for the instrument.

I have had the benefit of working with great teachers throughout my bass playing career, including members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago Lyric Opera, and the Chicago Jazz Ensemble. Because of this, I understand what a difference the right teacher can make. Furthermore, I know what teaching styles and techniques work best for me as a current student, so I am able to relate, and tailor the lesson to fit the student's needs.
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Jonathan F. October 30, 2016
· Upright Bass · In home
Super cool guy. A lesson with Eli is the perfect blend of his knowledge, expertise, patience, and overall chill. 5 stars all the way.
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Justin September 29, 2016
· Bass Guitar · In home
Eli is professional, courteous, & patient. All qualities that make him a good instructor. We are very satisfied & glad our son enjoys his lessons.
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Zack Botkin February 26, 2016
· Bass Guitar · Online
If you are looking for an excellent bass teacher, look no further. You would be wasting your time. I've had a number of music instructors over the years, and I can easily say that Eli ranks at or near the top of that list.

Eli knew exactly where to start with me... he truly has an amazing ability to gauge where the student's level of knowledge is, and tailor the lesson exactly to that. Within a few lessons, I had improved my form tremendously. We covered everything that I wanted to learn, and wasted no time on things that I already knew.

What's more, a few of the instructors I have had in the past came off as a bit elitist and snobby. Eli is one of the most genuine guys around. He'll guide the lesson at your own pace, always willing to pause and show you something a second, third, or fourth time... At no point do you ever feel like you are going to ask a dumb question. This is a crucial trait of a good instructor, and Eli definitely has that going for him.

He is also quite accommodating. We typically do Skype lessons, but one there was one time that his room mate had made a slight miscalculation in the internet bill, which resulted in no internet that day. Rather than let that stop him, he actually brought his bass and amplifier on the bus, and came to my apartment to give me the lesson in person. He will make sure you get your lesson, one way or another.

My only regret is that I don't have a 6th star to give the guy! I definitely recommend him to anyone looking to learn how to play the bass guitar.
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Eli B.

Eli B.

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About Chialing P.

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Bloomington, IN
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About Chialing
I am currently pursuing a bachelor degree with Eric Kim at Jacobs School of Music. If you are in school and are looking to get into all state and need help with school orchestra, or if you are an adult learner and just want to learn how to play, you are at the right place. I am a firm believer of having a good setup and I am excited to share it with you the secret to having good posture, having no soreness when you play, and how to have a good bow hand..etc. If you need help learning how to practice efficiently-that means practicing less but with greater outcome, you can also come to me. Playing the cello should be enjoyable and with the right method that I can provide for you, You will be able to improve tremendously.
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Chialing P.

Chialing P.

Online
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$30 / 45-min

About Natasha B.

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The Colony, TX
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About Natasha
I am an opera singer and pianist who studied at the Aaron Copland School of Music in NYC and I recently moved to Texas to further my studies in music education.

I started teaching piano and voice privately in New York City in 2012 and I continue to in North Texas. I have experience teaching ages 4 to 80 in both voice and piano. I started training in both singing and piano in 2001 and as result have performed from Carnegie Hall to the Vatican.
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Kusha September 23, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Natasha is a great instructor who is passionate about her students and every facet of music. Very well rounded instructor with extensive knowledge of music and how to apply to the piano.
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Tracey N. August 15, 2018
· Singing · In studio
I adore Natasha. She is patient and talented. I know I’m in good hands with her.
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Sherley Aramath August 11, 2018
· Classical Piano · In studio
Ms. Natasha has been teaching our daughters piano lessons for more than a year, she does an excellent job with the girls, she is very patient, thorough and detailed and works her best to perfect their skills. My daughters love having her as their piano teacher!
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Natasha B.

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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
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Heidi M.

Heidi M.

Harpswell, ME 04079
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$42 / 30-min

About Matthew W.

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Oakland, CA

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About Matthew
I am currently in Graduate school pursuing an MFA in Electronic Music and received my dual degree BM from Berklee College of Music in Composition and Electronic Production and Design.

I am an alto/tenor saxophonist and clarinetist, performing in symphonic wind ensembles, orchestras, and musical theatre pit ensembles. I also sing in concert choirs as a baritone/bass, and have played lead and supportive roles on stage in musical theatre shows.

As a composer I write choral, chamber, musical theatre and electroacoustic music. My other works include sonic installation pieces that encompass recording, sampling, mixing, surround sound, and production. I have also written music and created sound effects for several video games and trailers.

I can teach composition, orchestration, and basics in mixing, production, and sound design. In in
strumental studies I teach classical, contemporary, or musical theatre pit orchestra, and musical theatre training for voice and/or acting.
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Matthew W.

Matthew W.

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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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$30 / 30-min

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