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About Jesse M.

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*Disclaimer*
I'm currently not taking beginner students on guitar, bass, drums, piano, ukulele, trumpet, trombone, euphonium, tuba, flute, and saxophone. I highly recommend my studio partners Tyler, Andrew, and Melissa though. Please check out their profiles for the following topics:

Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, Piano, Trumpet, Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba, Flute, & Saxophone
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Guitar, Bass, & Ukulele
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Piano, Ukulele, & Drums
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My Background

I've been playing with classical ensembles and rock bands since 2001. Even though I started on classical trombone and rock guitar, I have come to expand my repertoire to a variety of instruments and genres. During my time in college I performed with the University choir
, orchestra, and band. I also have organized, wrote/arranged for, and performed with a variety of bands in my home state of New Mexico, as well as Japan, and the San Francisco Bay Area.

Since 2006 I have been an active teacher. This profession has taken me everywhere from working with classical guitar classes in New Mexico high schools to Elementary students in Japan to a variety of private students of various musical instruments and genres everywhere I've been. Since relocating to the Bay Area in 2010, I've had the pleasure of working with lots of great students from kids to adults with a wide range of ambitions. Since 2012 I've been running my own full time studio.

Philosophy of Learning

Lessons are generally designed to work towards giving students the tools to accomplish their goals and become increasingly independent over time. While all students will study similar fundamentals regarding technique, theory, and performance, every lesson is as different as every person. What kind of music do you want to make? I'll tell you what you need to do to get there, and help you take the steps to achieve your aspirations.

I also love to help students put together a song, record, and produce it for them so that they can have a recording to share with their friends and family.

I also hold events for my students. (Check out our pictures and videos below!)
Younger students have opportunities to perform for friends and family at my studio every few months. Once or twice a year we'll also stage a larger event off site for more individual students and bands classes to perform.
Adult students also occasionally have events where they get a chance to get together and play music as well.

Aside from in-studio lessons, students also have the option to sign up for online lessons via Skype.
(*Online lessons offered during different times than in-studio lessons.)

*Unfortunately due to scheduling issues, I'm not currently accepting students for bi-weekly lessons. I can do regular weekly lessons, or occasional drop-in lessons, but bi-weekly appointments make it really hard for me to give the best scheduled times to my existing weekly students. I'm sorry for the inconvenience.

My studio is equipped with:

*Music Stands

*A P.A. System

*Vocal and instrument microphones

*Guitars, Basses, Ukulele, Banjos, etc

*Two guitar amps and a bass amp

*Various percussion including a fully equipped acoustic drum set

*A Roland V-Drums electronic drum set

*An electric piano console and Yamaha organ

*A MicroKorg Synthesizer

*A Tuba, Trombone, Cornet, Saxophone, and Flute

*An extensive physical and virtual music library

*A recording system that students are not only welcome to use but encouraged to

*HD Webcam and condenser microphone for high fidelity online lessons via Skype
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· Violin · In studio
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Brian August 29, 2017
· Trumpet · In studio
This was my son's first lesson, and he is looking forward to playing his trumpet and coming back for more lessons. I was hoping to spark his interest in music and so far so good.
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About Brian C.

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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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Brian C.

Brian C.

Portland, ME 04103
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$40 / 30-min

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.

Paul B.

Portland, ME 04102
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About Steph D.

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Coal Township, PA

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About Steph
Hello! My name is Steph and I can't wait to hear you play! I will absolutely enjoy teaching you regardless of your age or playing ability. :)

Beginner students: We will mostly work on pieces out of Kathy Blocki's flute method books as well as exercises composed by myself to make sure your fundamentals are solid from the beginning. Plan on learning new notes and rhythms each lesson as well as having scale and playing assignments. You will learn a lot each week while having a super awesome time :)

Intermediate students: We will be working on honing the fundamentals (tone, technique, articulation) through various etudes and intermediate solo pieces, depending on playing level. Vibrato will be introduced as well as phrasing, breathing, and everyone's favorite: intonation! Weekly assignments will include memorizing scales and preparing a
ll pieces covered in lessons. Prepare to take notes and laugh frequently at my jokes!

Early-Advanced students: We will learn about body awareness and work on playing without tension. We will work on developing tone colors (warm, sweet, bright, hollow, etc.), developing technique through daily exercises, as well as further developing the fundamentals. We will work on repertoire for your auditions, more advanced solo pieces, etudes, and technical exercises. Weekly assignments will include practicing at least 45 minutes per day to have material fully prepared for the lesson. You will get really good at taking notes!

Always remember: You will get out of lessons what you put into them! The magic always happens during practice. The more you practice, the more I am able to teach you, and the better you will play!

A little bit about myself: I will be attending SUNY Purchase College in August to start my Master's degree in flute performance! I recently graduated Summa Cum Laude with Honors from Bloomsburg University with a Bachelor's of Arts degree in Music, where I focused on flute performance. Upon graduating, I have been freelancing in PA where I play in pit orchestras for musicals, solo recitals at churches, and chamber orchestras for formal gigs. I maintain a studio of 10-12 flutists of all ages and abilities, and I have taught more than a hundred lessons (and loved all of them!) I have studied many major classical works as well as modern works with extended techniques. I was principal chair of Bloomsburg University's Wind Ensemble and Concert Band for three years, and I was actively involved in our New Music Ensemble. I would love to help you improve your playing and I truly can't wait to teach you :)
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Seow June 19, 2018
· Flute · Online
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Angela June 19, 2018
· Flute · Online
I had a great first lesson!
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Michael S. May 17, 2018
· Flute · Online
good progress.am inspired to practice more every day.thank you.
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About Luc B.

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South Portland, ME

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After drumming for almost 40 years, I feel like I've nearly done it all, having played played Rock, small and big group Jazz, Classic R&B/Soul, Fusion, Funk, Folk, Reggae/World Music, Top-40, Heavy Rock, Classic and Contemporary Country, Blues, Electronic, Theater, and Cinematic/Soundtrack music.

I was self-taught at first by listening and playing along with recordings, and then studied under Maine greats Dick Demers and Steve Grover, and attended the University of Maine-Augusta in the Jazz and Contemporary music program. During the past few years, I've also started to play the Chapman Stick, and I've increased the amount of hand percussion in his bag of tricks.
My reputation in the Maine music scene is as a solid, first-rate musician, and throughout all of this, I've appeared on many recordings. I'm now the drummer in the 80’s part
y/dance band “The GE3KS” and in the original band “Goss”, with an Adult Contemporary/Alt Rock album currently being written and recorded, as well as hard rock originals with Jerry Perron, with an alum completed and slated for mastering at Abbey Road Studios over the summer and fall of 2017.

I've taught drum set in one-on-one settings since 1992, first at Spectrum Music in Lewiston and Brunswick, Maine, then at The Music Centre in Brunswick, and at The Drum Shop in Portland, as well as in my own home. I've also lectured at summer percussion camps, and authored a drum method book, "Beginning Drum Set Coordination," and published the first edition in 2004, with an updated second edition printed in 2016. In mid-2016, I re-joined the teaching staff at The Drum Shop, and shortly after joined the staff at The Midcoast School of Music, also in Portland.

Since November of 2016, I have been an artist endorser for Rich Sticks. Check them out; they make a fantastic quality product and they're a top-notch crew!
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Scott August 24, 2017
· Drum · In studio
I've had the pleasure of working with Luc in many varied performance settings. He has also provided me with top-notch recorded drum tracks for several recording projects. Super versatile and always musical, Luc is my go-to guy for all things percussive.
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Kacey August 15, 2017
· Drum · In home
Luc is an incredible drum teacher. My son has been taking lessons from Luc and he truly enjoys each lesson. Luc is always professional, student focused, always on time and very flexible when working with us to arrange lessons. He listens to his students and encourages them to challenge themselves.
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Jim August 7, 2017
· Drum · In studio
I have been learning music and playing music with Luc for over 30 years. He is a true student of the art and a patient and confident teacher. His depth of understanding and passion for music go far beyond just his substantial drumming, vocal and Chapman Stick talents. He is able to engage in the technical minutiae and the broad philosophical aspects of all styles. Time spent with Luc in the musical space will move you forward!
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South Portland, ME 04106
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About Melanie S.

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Hicksville, NY

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Melanie is a freelance musician and private instructor with over 20 years of teaching experience and a BA in Music from SUNY Stony Brook. She has a proven record success as teacher with students displaying high NYSSMA scores, placing into All State and All County festivals, preferred seating in auditions, and a high acceptance rate of students who have auditioned into college music programs

In addition to the basic fundamentals of playing, Melanie teaches musicianship skills such as theory and ear training. She also incorporates music history into the lessons. In addition to learning the techniques required for solo performance, ensemble skills are also covered so each student can develop into a well rounded musician
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Melanie S.

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About Rodolfo G.

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Vocal Coaching & Wellbeing Singing

I have been teaching singing for 10+ years. I've enhanced singing lessons into a complete program of vocal mastery/songwriting with a blend of wellbeing techniques.

I am an active music artist, music production collage graduate, "The voice" ex-participant and vocal producer with vast experience in online music marketing.

Today's music industry requires to be prepared and aware of its fundamentals. Voice mastery, digital distribution and streaming, producing, audio recording, royalties, interpretation, social media, songwriting, copyright, are all random pieces of a puzzle you must put together in order to succeed.

I've been making music for over 22 years and I've felt the pain of figuring out this puzzle by myself. I've been copyright stolen, false magic lesson invested, lousy contract scamme
d, paying to perform, falling short of budget, trading soul for fame and many other beauties of this industry in my journey to try to make a living out of expressing myself.

My goal today is to use my experience to shorten the learning curve of others. My scope is on keeping you focused on your craft and introducing you to technologic tools that will allow you to keep expressing yourself purely and make it a sustainable lifestyle or an empowering hobby by seeing progress and results.

Stay focused on your dreams

Rodolfo
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Jorge May 26, 2018
· Singing · In studio
great guy! so far i have only had a 1 hour session with him, but i feel that I learn a lot during that one hour!
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Kena May 16, 2018
· Vocal Training · In studio
I worked pre-production with Rodolfo. He was so professional and pacient. He gave me confidance I need for performing. Best regards Rodolfo
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Greg March 26, 2018
· Vocal Training · In home
Great artist and teacher
Super recomended!!!
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Rodolfo G.

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About George W.

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My name is George, I have been playing guitar for ten years. I am a music enthusiast and love every aspect of the guitar, my passion lies in teaching others to love guitar too. I appreciate all music and won’t shy away from anything you want to learn. I have experience in teaching in group and private settings, all ages.
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George W.

Sanford, ME 04073
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-Great Drum lessons by Christian Finger!
I am a professional drummer (with MA and BA Degrees) for over 30 years and have played with some of the best musicians in New York City and abroad.
I also love to teach and have many years of experience.
You will:
Learn and improve your drumming skills in a fun and efficient way with highly qualified lessons!

All Ages/ Levels (beginners/kids welcome) and Styles (e.g. Rock, Pop, Funk, Hip-Hop, Jazz, Latin, World etc...)

You'll be surprised how much you learn from a:

- Holder of BA teaching & MA percussion degrees
- Patient, friendly and encouraging teacher (23 years of experience)
- Award winning, very versatile professional drummer in all styles, born and raised in Germany
- Writer for the famous "Modern Drummer" Magazine (see pix)
- Endorsed by Gretsch Drums & Vic Firth Sticks
- Judge at "
DRUM OFF" competition
- Author of "The Drum Workbook" drum book

Curriculum consists of:
- All kind of Grooves, Solos & Fills
- Snare Drum Technique, Rudiments, Matched and Traditional Grip

- Foot Technique
- Coordination and Independence

- Sight Reading
- How to function in a band, what to listen for, how to "play in the pocket"
- How to create and read Drum Charts
- Expanding your ideas and vocabulary on the drums
- Special attention to musicality & detail
- Sound & Tuning

Use of tried & true materials/concepts:
- Play Along Tracks
- Transcriptions of the Masters
- Practicing w/ Metronome
- Books

- Videos
- Recording/filming drumming progress

-Drum Apps and more

All this will lead to a specially developed curriculum set according to YOUR needs.
Very high success rates: students have played w/ famous artists like Debbie Harry, recorded CD's, went on tour, won competitions and auditions and play actively in NJ, NY venues and abroad.

I can teach in English, German or Dutch; Gift Certificates now available.

"... loves to teach and it shows."
Mike D.
"...You know, you're pretty amazing. I've had 2 lessons with you and you have already improved my playing!! I am astounded. Thanks a million!!"
George D."
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Tarek June 13, 2018
· Drum · In home
Amazing knowledge of drumming and music in general. Great personality. My son liked Christian a lot and he really improved tremendously with him.
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Evan June 13, 2018
· Drum · In studio
Christian is knowledgeable about all styles of music, is patient, and impresses upon the student the value of the mastery of the basic elements of music, in particular the importance of the pulse.
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