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About Jared J.

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Guitar is my primary instrument and I can teach it in a variety of styles. Most of my formal education is in Jazz but I have been a part of rock bands, folk groups, and many others small and large.

I also teach various forms of slide guitar:
Slide (Bottleneck) for the standard guitar, Lap-style Dobro (Open G Tuning), Lap Steel Non-Pedal 6 String Electric Guitar (C6 Tuning), and 10 String Pedal Steel Guitar (E9 Tuning).

About Jared
I am overjoyed and grateful to say I have been playing music for more than half of my life. It has never stopped being the light in my day and now it is my hope to shed some of that light onto you or your child. I am a very friendly and fun teacher with a great deal of professionalism and patience, even more importantly I love teaching and music with a passion.

I have been playing an instrument since the 4th grade (cello) and, as I learned more about how music works, was slowly able to pick-up a greater variety instruments with an increasing degree of ease. In high school, I decided to pick-up the guitar just to "have fun and rock out". I joined a band, played in the high school orchestra, joined the high school jazz band and began to practice songwriting and cover songs. Still, it was not until after I took my first class on music the
ory that I knew how much I not only loved the thrill of playing music but the discovery of how it worked. With this experience I can show you or your child why learning an instrument can be not only an exciting experience but an interesting and enthralling one as well.

I have been teaching music for over 7 years and have had the privilege of teaching children as young as 4 to adults in their late 80's. I am a very attentive teacher who can not only help get you moving in the right direction but keep you on that path until your are a self-sufficient musician. A level of musicianship that simply means you can learn whatever you want on your instrument on your own, whether it be for business, pleasure or for mere self-improvement.

Through my own student career in private lessons I had the chance to study with graduates of the Musician's Institute (MI), the California Institute of the Arts (CAL Arts) and Berklee College of Music. This has provided me with an inside look into how and what each institute teaches, as well as a first hand look at the techniques and ideas that the great players from these remarkable schools have come to produce.

My formal music education consists of 2 years at Pasadena City College where I obtained my general Associates Degree (much of the studies included music) and a semester at California State University Long Beach as a Jazz Guitar Performance Major. Additionally, I completed a great deal of California State University Long Beach's teaching credential program (focusing on the teaching of history/social studies), where I learned strategies and theories of how and what to teach my students - making me that much more knowledgable of my craft. At Pasadena City College I studied with jazz/classical guitarist, Ron Berman, who has played with such jazz greats as Herb Ellis and Jimmy Wyble. At Cal State Long Beach I studied with jazz guitarist Ron Eschete, a former teacher at MI who has toured with the likes of Ray Brown, John Dizzy Gillespie and Jim Hall.

Most importantly I hope to show you or your child a new way to love and appreciate music. And to provide you with the ability and know-how to have the most fun on your instrument as possible.

*** Lesson Details ***
Throughout my lessons, I always encourage basic skills including scales, sight-reading and technical exercises. But what I hope to give all my students is a basic understanding of music and their instrument, providing them with a practical ability to navigate the vast world of music for a lifetime.

Beyond these skills, I always have songs, styles and theory for you to work on but I am often more interested in what you as an individual want to learn on your instrument. Getting to learn concepts that you have chosen yourself will help encourage practice and will make the finished product all the more the rewarding.

I can custom tailor a teaching curriculum and/or style for any of my students: we can focus on learning songs, learning to read, how to write music, how music works, and even how to play specific styles of music (including funk, rock, jazz, Latin, flamenco, classical, country and blues). I also self tailor my own worksheets and set weekly goals with my students to help encourage practice, understanding and progress. For students interested in more advanced concepts, I can also teach ear training, music theory, advanced jazz improvisation as well as advanced playing techniques.

All this in a friendly and easy-going teaching environment.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Located in my home garage, it is equipped with a small stage, an upright piano, an electric keyboard, a PA system, amplifiers, a drum set, a lap steel guitar, a pedal steel guitar, 2 cellos, multiple guitars, 3 mandolins, a dobro, a 5-string banjo, a 4-string tenor banjo, 2 ukuleles, 2 accordions and 2 electric basses.

*** Specialties ***
Styles: Jazz, Rock, Reggae, Metal, Funk, Progressive Rock, Classical, Folk, Bluegrass, Country, Various forms of Latin Music, Blues, and a few others.

Instruments: Beginning to Intermediate - Drums, Accordion and Piano.

Beginning to Advanced - Guitar, Mandolin, Cello, Banjo (5 String), Irish Tenor Banjo (4 String GDAE), Tenor Banjo (4 String CGDA), Electric Bass, Ukulele, Dobro, Lap Steel Guitar (6 String C6 Tuning), Slide Guitar, Pedal Steel Guitar (10 String E9 Tuning).

I also teach the beginning and advanced concepts of:
Music Theory, Ear Training, Sight Reading, and Song Writing.
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Hilda U. July 13, 2017
· Piano · Online
My son and I started this lessons and it has being a wonderful experience and we both are able to read and play the music notes. He is a very patient teacher and I highly recommend him for all ages.
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Deborah C. April 3, 2017
· Cello · Online
My son has been taking cello lessons with Jared for almost two years and my son very much enjoys his lessons and he is learning so much. Jared keeps me informed about my son's progress and he is always encouraging my son with regard to his music. As a mom paying for lessons I can not ask for more.
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Amelia B. October 29, 2016
· Guitar · Online
Jared is awesome. Very knowledgeable, fun and relaxed. Highly recommend:)
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About Lawrence D.

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Destin, FL
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Beginners: Learn how to tune your guitar properly, how to finger and strum basic chords, and how to read chord charts to learn new songs.

Intermediate: Learn basic finger picking styles, scales, modes, reading tablature to get you on your way playing melodies.

About Lawrence
With a Bachelors Degree in Music Education, Masters Degree in Computer Science and Education, over a quarter century of teaching and performing experience, and awards and recognition too numerous to list, I can help you define your vision, set your goals and objectives, and teach you the tools you need to move from where you are to where you want to be.

*** Lesson Details ***
Private Lessons in our home in Destin FL. On-Line lessons provided via Adobe Connect, Skype, Google, or any other technology of your choice. Travel to your location at current IRS rate.

*** Specialties ***
I do not provide the "standard" studio lessons of repeating rote exercises. Rather, I work with you on the material YOU want to use as a vehicle to help you grow your skills in your craft. I work with all genres, with a cappella being my specialty.
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Patrick June 21, 2017
· Singing · In home
Larry and his wife are so friendly and knowledgeable. I came away from my first lesson feeling much more confident in my ability and encouraged to develop it further. They critiqued my current ability without being mean or hurtful, and they gave me plenty of positive feedback on the things I'm doing right. Being self-taught will only get you so far. Having an actual instructor who can create a plan based on your specific needs is invaluable. I highly recommend.
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ethan May 22, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Great lesson, my son came away excited about what he had learned and motivated to work on his musical interests!
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Mary Boyce March 5, 2017
· Singing · In home
Great first Singing lesson. My coach really knows how to explain and Demonstrate as needed to set Me on the right path to improved singing. He is patient
and thourough with describing, demonstrating,
Vocalizing as needed. After 1 session, friends
Noticed my improved delivery of a song. Yeah!
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About Kelsey P.

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Grand Rapids, MI

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I teach guitar lessons for beginner level up to intermediate. I use FJH curriculum for younger students and New York Guitar school curriculum for older students. Students will learn how to read music, play chords and rhythms, and learn how to play their favorite songs!

About Kelsey
I love singing! I've been singing for as long as I can remember, and I've been creating songs and playing guitar since shortly after that. I have a Bachelor's in Music from Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, MI and I have been a full time working musician for 8 years.

In March 2017 I started a YouTube channel called, Simply Songcraft. I write a song week, and vlog about it. I also post weekly tutorials on songwriting, guitar, and voice.

I want to help you reach your biggest dreams! Here's what you can expect when you sign up for lessons with me.

*** Lesson Details ***
Singing-
*sing warm ups at the beginning of every lesson
*choose songs that are at your level of singing, this means that if you choose a song I don't think you're ready to sing, we'll choose a different song until you're ready.
*set goals for performan
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*break through writer's block
*explore your creativity
*journal every week

Guitar-
*Learn your favorite songs!
*Learn scales, chords, and basic music theory

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*** Specialties ***
Singing
Writing
Guitar
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Marlina/Jonah H. March 5, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Kelsey has been so great with my 10 year old twins! They are having a blast and learning so much so quickly! :)
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Norman C. September 23, 2015
· Singing · In home
Kelsey's lessons are really helping me reach my goals. The time allotted for the lessons really flies
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Mya G. August 10, 2015
· Guitar · In home
Great instructor with kids! Very patient!
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About Ben G.

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Pacoima, CA
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I have been teaching guitar for multiple years and have taught students of all ages. In our lessons, you will learn to improvise, read both tablature and sheet music, music theory, chord formations, and all the things that are required to make you a GREAT guitar player all while having fun and learning the songs that YOU want to be able to play. I love teaching and am always eager to work with new students.

About Ben
Ben is a professional musician located in Los Angeles, CA. In 2015, he completed his coursework at the University of Redlands where he received his Bachelor of Music Degree in Guitar Performance.
As a musician, Ben performs solo for weddings, corporate events, restaurants, and other private parties. While studying to receive his degree, Ben studied one-on-one with guitar greats such as Jody Fisher, Stuart Green, and Paul Murphy.
As an educator, Ben offers the knowledge he has accumulated over the past four years of intensive conservatory-styled study. He has been teaching students of all ages through his private studio for many years. Whether you are just learning to play the guitar or you've been playing for years and want to understand music theory or learn a new style, Ben can provide the tools to get you there.
During the week, Be
n works at a successful recording studio in North Hollywood.
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Antonio J. August 5, 2015
· Guitar · In home
Fantastic instrcutor. Ben was very professional! I liked that he tailored every lesson for me. Ben sure knows what hes doing on the guitar and I enjoyed my lessons with him.
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Robinson M. June 9, 2015
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Ben has always been very helpful to me. He takes me step by step and doesn't move on until he is sure that I understand the lesson. One of the best things is that he teaches you songs that you want to learn so that you learn the style that you want to. If there are no online chords or tabs, he takes the time to figure them out for you. Ben is also very punctual. Along with being punctual, he is very flexible with his schedule. I would recommend him.
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Robinson M. June 9, 2015
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Ben has always been very helpful. He is very flexible with his schedule, very patient with his students, and asks them for songs they would like to learn so that he can teach them the style that they want to learn. He also understands when other priorities come first, and has no problem adjusting. He takes his students through step by step. I would definitely recommend Ben.
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Saint Paul, MN

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20 years playing experience, 12,000+ lessons taught! You choose the music, I'll get you there. I structure my lessons so students learn what they want to learn, while also building a strong foundation of technique and theory skills. I have taught many styles and will get you playing something you like right away!

About Alex
Born and raised in north Minneapolis, Alex began taking guitar lessons at age 11 and after high school graduation was accepted to both Berklee and McNally Smith College. Alex graduated from McNally and also studied classical music in Germany at Musikhochschule Luebeck. Alex believes that well-rounded people make the best musicians and has strived to impress that idea upon his students in over 10,000 lessons since 2008.
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Holly April 6, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Alex has inspired my son to love playing music for the rest of his life. I can't think of a more wonderful gift. His technique in teaching allowed my son to enjoy learning guitar by playing songs he wanted to play. This made him want to practice just for the fun of it! Alex taught my son from the time he was 9 years old until he was 15. The easy going, positive attitude Alex exudes encouraged my son along his journey and made a strong bond and connection between the two of them. I wholeheartedly encourage anyone who would like to learn to play guitar to sign up for lessons with Alex!
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Christopher February 10, 2016
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Alex is a superb teacher and is very patient and well schooled. I look forward to my lessons every Friday.
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Krystal November 10, 2015
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Alex is incredibly knowledgeable and great with students off every age group! I took lessons from him for five years and my only regrets were not having more time to practice so I could get more out of my lesson times.
During lessons we worked on sight reading, ear training, memorizing chords and scales, different picking and strumming patterns, theory lessons, and anything else that I discovered and wanted to try.
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About Richard D.

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Waterbury, CT
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(Style) I can teach you how to play the guitar in many style's. Blues, jazz, finger jazz, country, rock, punk rock, classic rock, modern rock, classical guitar, metal and thrash. Also I can teach bass guitar.

(In The Lessons) You can learn tuning, notes, reading tablature and/or notations, chords, strumming patterns, scales, pentatonic scales, wide pentatonic, patterns, scales, dimished scale, solo's, two hand taping and eight finger taping, arpeggios, alternate picking, sweep picking, economy picking, legato, technique, exercises, transposing, composing, song learning and more.

When taking a lesson from me, you will receive a .pdf file tab or a gpx tab that I transcribed for you to follow. I use guitar pro and it helps my students work on the lesson while they use the program.

I can teach you a lesson or you can suggest your own. All I need from you is a style, lesson, song name and artist and I can prepare a lesson ahead of time that will fit in what you would like to ...

About Richard
I started learning how to play the guitar around 15 years old. I have over 35 years experience. I took lessons for three years of reading, writing tab and notations, chord charts, melodies, classical guitar, soloing, taping, techniques, song learning, ear training and transposing. From the songs, I've learned to play the rhythm and solo. Over the years I self taught myself guitar by listening to my favorite artist. I played in local bands for many years and performed in venue's in my home town. When I play in bands, I'm always labeled the lead guitar player of the group. I help everyone out with their parts and timing. I have recording experience in the studio as much as my home studio using Steinburg's Cubase. I took a music theory course and received a certificate.
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Garrett September 30, 2016
· Guitar · In home
My time with Rich was really strong. I took lessons from Rich for a short while when living in Connecticut. The time I spent with him was VERY helpful to me as a novice guitar player. Rich has an unbelievable knowledge of the instrument and is quite an accomplished player. He is a really strong instructor and genuinely wants his students to get better.

In short, Rich is a very talented instructor/player and I would definitely take lessons from him again.
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Music made simple! Whether you want to learn your favorite songs, build up your theoretical foundation, or develop your ear, I will show you how to achieve your goals in the most streamlined way possible. I'm a lifelong musician (drummer and guitarist) who has spent the last five years developing my curriculum while earning my Bachelor's degree in Music. My lessons are designed to develop your muscle memory and have you ready to rock in no time!

About John
I am a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter from Oceanside NY. With a background deeply rooted in punk and progressive rock, my philosophy is focused on developing the musical acuity and passion of my students.

A drum student since age 6 and a guitarist since age 12, I have spent my life studying both the method of music theory as well as the art of songwriting, and received my Bachelors degree in Music from The City College of NY. By focusing on aural development and comprehension, my curriculum is designed to prepare students for the unique challenges that accompany group performance.

In addition to seeing quick improvements in your raw ability to play your instrument, you will also notice your ear for music rapidly expand. You will learn the make up of what creates a great song.

I currently play guitar in It Came From Space, a Lon
g Island based post/math rock band.
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Joe July 28, 2017
· Drum · In home
I take both drums and guitar from John and he makes them both so easy! In addition to practicing on each instrument, I get to practice jamming with someone in a band setting. He's gotten me into all sorts of new music too. Hire him!!
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I am the director and lead instructor of Triumph Music Academy, the highest rated music school in Grand Rapids, MI. What makes my teaching style so unique and sought after is my ability to communicate exactly how music works and how it operates as a language - all with guidance that anyone can understand. My students often surpass their goals; playing songs, writing their own material, playing gigs, and even recording in studios. If you would like to really get serious about your playing, I can help you make anything happen!

About James
I am a professional musician for hire, composer/songwriter, and teacher who makes a living in West Michigan. My career in music started in my teens, playing in bands, recording original music, and touring. For college, I majored in Guitar Performance under Brian Morris and Andrew Bergeron at the GRCC Music Center; Carlos de la Barrera at Grand Valley State University. I also minored in upright bass studies with Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra bassist Michael Crawford and majored in composition with GVSU New Music Director Bill Ryan. I have made a career as a live backing musician, session player, composer, teacher, and business owner. Music is my life and I really enjoy helping people achieve their personal dreams and goals!

I started my private teaching career when I moved to Grand Rapids, MI in 2005 while attending music school. My ex
perience started with teaching lessons out of apartments I lived in, then on to most of the local are guitar stores (Firehouse Guitars, Rainbow Music, etc.), and then starting programs at local community institutions and hosting lessons at the colleges I attended. I now own Grand Rapid's highest rated extracurricular music school, Triumph Music Academy, established in 2011. I have been teaching online lessons for the past 4 years and have developed a cohesive and streamlined curriculum.
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Grand Rapids, MI 49506
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I'm Dave Strumfeld (yes, that's my real last name), I've been touring the country full time with Band of Lovers for the past four years. I've performed over 700 shows in 40 states and been on countless TV and radio stations (including WYCE). I've been on Daytrotter and Sofar Sounds, and played at festivals with acts such as Willie Nelson, Rusted Root, and Kris Kristofferson.

I'm originally from NY, and after four years on the road I've decided to set some roots in Grand Rapids. I'm available to teach students of all ages and abilities who are passionate about learning music.

I have a Masters degree in music composition, 8 years of teachings experience in guitar, piano, ukulele, music theory, songwriting and arranging, and I now have 4 years of real life, on tour experience that I'd love to share!

About Dave
Music has always been my passion. I started on the piano when I was 5 and I picked up the trumpet in elementary school. When I got my guitar at age 12 there was no looking back. In fact, that guitar is the same guitar that I play today and it has toured the country with me for the last four years.

My lessons are always fun and exciting and I encourage creativity in addition to technique and theory. Plus, I have a great sense of humor, so we'll be laughing a lot!
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I am passionate about seeing students grow. I strive to be energetic yet patient when teaching to create a comfortable dynamic in my lessons that encourages excitement about music.
I have been playing guitar for 9 years, and have performed professionally with groups playing styles ranging from jazz, country, rock, blues, funk, and even musical theatre. I am capable of teaching beginners as well as intermediate students.
My lessons encourage a strong knowledge of fundamentals, so that a student can continue to develop years down the road with their acquired understanding of music, but I also am also careful to tailor lesson material according to a student's interests, personality, and natural learning methods.

About Chris
I love the guitar, and so getting to teach students how to play something that is so dear to me is an absolute joy. I have been playing for 9 years and only keep getting more interested i the instrument. I love playing everything from jazz to country, to finger-style, to blues and used to even dabble in some metal. My professional performance experience includes solo guitar gigs, rock band shows, musical theatre pit work, dance band playing, and gigs along the east coast with rising country acts.
I will graduate from Belmont University in the Spring of 2018 with a degree in Commercial Music, so I have had the "conservatory training" in regards to theory, music history, and studying the guitar, but before college I was largely a self taught player and am now a professionally performing musician here in Nashville. That being said, I can
teach all of the "correct" notions of music from my academic background, but I also have real experience regarding what a musician needs to be able to do if they want to become a professional.
I do my best to make lessons relaxed. I don't ever want a student to be nervous for a lesson with me because they did not practice as much as they think they should. While I encourage as much practice as possible, I care more about a student realizing the positive force that music can be in their lives; music doesn't need to be a stressor.
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