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Derek S. Tempe, AZ

About Derek

Hello there! I love music! To me, it truly is a universal language, and nothing else can capture and express emotion quite like it. Ever since I picked up a guitar 15 years ago, I've been on a quest to learn and speak the language of music. One discovery I have made along the way is that I love teaching it to others, too! Over the past 10 years, I've been busy immersing myself in music. The excitement of performing live on stage, the pride of writing a song that touches someone, the reward of watching a student learn something new—these are the things that fuel my passion. My dream is that my students will one day be able to experience these things! I've been teaching guitar lessons for over 5 years, and I just recently graduated from ASU with a B.S. in psychology. Also, I am ...

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Wynter H. May 17, 2014
Bass Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Derek is an awesome instructor and mentor, and his studio is comfortable and clean. I agree with previous reviewers who said... BOOK HIM NOW!

Derek has a broad range of music theory knowledge and can play anything you ask for. He's also amazingly kind and supportive, adapting to the student's needs as you go along rather than adhering to a rigid schedule.

I've been taking bass guitar lessons with Derek for two months and I feel inspired. He always makes me feel like a rock star, while constantly challenging me to take my skills to the next level. I originally debated between two instructors on this site and I'm so glad I made the right choice!
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Mark T. August 17, 2013
Guitar
Verified Student
Great teacher - book him

I took lessons with Derek summer 2013. Derek did a great job of answering all my guitar and music theory questions. The techniques I learned under Derek were inline with my music interests.

Derek always did a great job of communicating with email. He was very flexible with scheduling and I always felt comfortable learning in his in-home studio.

Derek can play anything and he is very easy to work with - highly recommended.
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LYNND June 20, 2012
Fantastic Instructor!

In two lessons, Derek has simplified music for me and given me the tools to play a ton of songs already. I love that his lessons encompass some music theory, understanding of the instrument, and actual playing of a song. I feel like I learn something valuable each time. He gauges your skill level pretty well and delivers instruction at just the right pace. A fantastic instructor who presents music in a way that's easy to understand. I'm so glad I chose him as a guitar/ukelele instructor!
Karen R. Mesa, AZ

About Karen

Karen R. was born and raised in a musical family in Lindstrom, Minnesota. Karen has loved to sing and play instruments almost all of her life, and became passionate about music early in her childhood. She has played 7 instruments proficiently including piano, bass guitar, acoustic guitar, ukulele, trombone, recorder, and voice (also an instrument). As a child, Karen took private instruction in piano and classical guitar. She sang and played guitar in her first band in the fifth grade! In high school she played trombone in band, bass guitar in stage band, and sang in the high school choir and stage chorus. In high school, she also sang and played acoustic and bass guitar in a rock band called the 6 pack, which performed for school dances and community events. Karen was also the singer and ...

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Hector L. July 28, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
My daughter goes to Karen for singing lessons. She loves going to her and enjoys the positive environment that Karen cultivates.
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Alice D. July 23, 2014
Music Performance · In studio
Karen’s recitals, showcasing 6 to 12 students each time, always thrill
me. Men, women, boys, & girls of all ages and various degrees of
achievement stand before their audience with confidence. They have
practiced, not only the pieces which they play, but showmanship, not
pushy or cocky, but polite and welcoming. They make eye contact and
smile; some invite the crowd to sing along on the choruses. Even the
1st year students exude confidence.

The crowd returns those smiles, along with cheers and clapping. One
can tell that Karen has kindly and persistently shown and encouraged
each student. If any show fear, she does not chide; she accompanies
them in the performance and nods approval as they continue. I watch
that fear subside. They are then met with handshakes and pats on the
back. Next time, they will be even more eager to share the pieces that
they worked on and not expect criticism.

Karen picks a theme and arranges guitar, piano, and voice selections,
intermingled into a program that leaves a person well entertained and
planning to come back next time. I am not related to any of the
participants and have no obligation to be at the recitals. I love the
music, the talent, and the progress that I see and hear. You, too,
will be glad you came.
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Allan S. July 17, 2014
Guitar · In studio
I am 73 years old and have always wanted to play a guitar, Karen is a member of our church choir and had mentioned that she teaches guitar and piano. I asked if I could take lessons this past June and she agreed to teach me. I am so happy that Karen is teaching me to play a guitar, I did not think I would ever be able to do that but I am learning thanks to her great teaching skills, patience and fantastic knowledge of music. She is very encouraging and teaches on my level of understanding never above my head. I would recommend Karen to anyone that has a desire to learn to play a guitar she is perfect for me!
Jaxon W. Mesa, AZ

About Jaxon

I am a graduate of ASU's guitar program, where I got my Master's Degree in Music- emphasis in Guitar Performance. I have been playing the guitar for 19 years and teaching for 10. My main style is classical, and due to the technical training I have had since I was very young, it has been very easy for me to learn and master other styles such as Rock, Jazz, Blues, Pop, Country, and other styles of guitar. I have a passion for performing and have played hundreds of solo and ensemble concerts. As a classical performer I was the Oregon State champion in their guitar competition for both 2005 and 2006 and won 4th prize at the Sierra Nevada International Classical Guitar Competition 2014. I have played concerts all over the United States as well as in Spain and Mexico. As a performer of ...

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Nicole D. January 8, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Jaxon is a wonderful instructor and very patient. I highly recommend him!!
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Loreto S. January 3, 2015
Classical Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
What I've seen from Jaxon after a few lessons is that he is very attentive to detail and takes his craft seriously. He focuses on fundamentals and watches your technique carefully and makes sure to correct them when he sees you drift back into bad habits. He is very personable and flexible as well. I would highly recommend without reservations.
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Cameron R. August 6, 2014
Classical Guitar · In studio
It goes without saying that Jaxon is an outstanding teacher - I think that anyone who studies with him would agree. Both Jaxon's verbal instruction and his playing demonstrations are clear and well articulated. His ability to select interesting repertoire seems limitless, for even an advanced student such as myself. He will guide you with techniques and tips while also keeping in consideration your own interests and goals.
Lauren B. Scottsdale, AZ

About Lauren

My Background: I have been teaching privately for seven years. During this time, I have taught students ages 4-adult, all of whom came from various musical backgrounds with a large range of interests and abilities. I have a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education and a Master's in Music in Voice Performance. I recently began a Doctoral Degree in Voice Performance at Arizona State University where I also teach privately lessons and a few classes. I have been blessed to study with many fantastic voice teachers and coaches throughout my career all of whom have contributed to my personal skill sets as a teacher. I am currently studying voice with Carole FitzPatrick who is a professor at ASU with an extensive resume that spans throughout opera houses in Europe and the US . I am proud to say ...

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JoyB1 October 24, 2011
Best teacher ever!

Lauren is the best teacher ever! She is patient, she understands what you need to learn. She is very nice,respectful and fun to be with. I have learned so much being with her! She knows exactly what songs to teach. She is just over all GREAT!
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RonaldG May 3, 2011
music professional

I really enjoy learningthe puano This is something I SHOU;\LD HAVE DONE A LONG TIME ago, LAUREN IS AN EXCELLENT TEACHER very professional and encouregong in her approach to teaching, aim rnjoyong the experience very mudch
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StephanieG March 13, 2011
awesome!

Lauren is awesome! She is extremely patient, warm and respectful. She's passionate about teaching and singing...even musical theater. Every lesson was catered to my needs and we focused on what would make me the best performer at my audition. She even helped me with my monologue. If I was staying in Chicago, she would definitely become a permanent teacher for me. Highly recommended.
Aaron B. Mesa, AZ

About Aaron

Teaching drums professionally since 1998, Aaron has influenced hundreds of budding musicians to get the most from their instrument. He has studied privately with Rob Laytham (Modern Drummer columnist), Joe Leroux (marching band guru), Gary Chaffe (legendary drummer) and many others throughout the years. He has taken the best techniques and teaching styles from his influences and molded them together to form what he considers to be the most effective and inspiring method available. I teach drum set in nearly every style and hybrid imaginable, as well as percussion and drum circle facilitation. Accomplishments include recording 7 albums with various groups, touring with national acts across the west coast, drumming for the Warner Brothers Television house band, and still actively ...

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Michelle M. August 18, 2014
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
Aaron is a great instructor! I've been taking drum lessons with Aaron for over 2 years. He brings enthusiasm and positive energy into each lesson. He is very talented, and his passion for drumming is evident in the way he teaches. Lessons are always fun. Aaron is patient and encouraging. I have a very random work schedule, and Aaron is always willing to accommodate me when scheduling a lesson.
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ScottB2 July 1, 2011
Good Job! Listens to my feedback and then challenges me with it.
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RebeccaB1 August 9, 2009
Gramma

The kids are ver excited about the lessons - Like Aaron. We can see that the are really learning and able to apply the lessons to their music.
Mark A. Mesa, AZ

About Mark

I am not only a Grammy winning musician with over 15 years of touring and recording experience, but also a classically trained performer and instructor. I teach various instruments covering all styles and levels and believe in making your learning experience fun and interesting. Music and the adventure in learning music has been my life's greatest experience. As I travel on that journey, the greatest thing is being an instructor and having the opportunity of taking my students along and sharing the gift of music and feeling the joy of discovery as we play, perform, compose and whatever other elements of music that come before us as we advance towards our goals. I invite you to hop on board, buckle up and get ready for one of the greatest rides life has to offer. *** Lesson ...

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Gina F. November 24, 2014
Piano · In home
Verified Student
We are entering our third month of piano lessons with Mark and in that time my daughter Maya, 8 years old has made more progress than she did in one year with her previous teacher. As a mom of 4, it was important for me to be able to stay home for lessons and of course have it be affordable. But I also wanted someone I could trust to nurture my daughter's love of music. Mark does a really good job with that. He is very knowledgeable and he's a great teacher. Maya really enjoys the fun he makes out of learning. I'm so happy to see her thriving with her love of music and Mark has become a very important part of that.
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Jeff E. June 1, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Mark is awesome. He's really helped me out a lot with vocals and getting better with guitar. When I don't understand something completely he puts it in a way that I can understand and tells me not what I want to hear, but what I need to hear. No matter what you are trying to improve on, Mark will make it happen and teach you some tricks you wouldn't be able to find on YouTube or anywhere else.
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StormyA February 22, 2012
Mark

I have never had a teacher like Mark. He takes his time and is never hurried or rushed during the lessons. He is very gracious and understanding. He never gets upset when it takes you some time to learn things or get the hang out it. When i Come back for more lessons, you can bet that i will fight for Mark to be my teacher

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