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I love to teach chords as well as how the chords are formed and teach scales and notes.

About Ruthie
My name is Ruthie and I graduated from the University of Northern Colorado in May of 2007 with a Bachelors of Music Education degree with an emphasis in voice. Through my collegiate experiences, I had the privilege of participating in a Concert Choir, Barbershop/A Capella Ensembles, Vocal Jazz Ensembles and Performance in Solo Voice. The jazz program at UNC is one of the finest in the United States, and to be selected as a member of one of the vocal jazz ensembles was an honor in itself. From these experiences I have gained knowledge about the importance of vocal performance and music advocacy. I accepted a position as a general music teacher in Colorado in the fall of 2007 and then worked part time for a school in Laguna Niguel, CA until June of 2012. I recently moved from California to Minnesota and am trying to get my music student cli
entele established. I love to sing all different styles and I'd love to help you find your style and help discover your passions.

My passion for music started for me as a young child. I grew up in a musically inclined family, and was inspired and motivated by family members to use my gifts and talents to educate students about the world of music. My immense love for children, coupled with my educational experiences and my passion for music qualify me as a fun and exciting teacher.

I am huge lover of Barbershop/Sweet Adeline music and I recently competed in the International Young Women in Harmony Quartet Contest in Nashville, TN. My quartet, Vogue, won the competition. The Young Women in Harmony contest is for girls 25 years old and younger. I recently sang with a quartet called, Dolce. We competed in two International Competitions in Denver and Hawaii and placed 10th and 15th in the world. I was also a member of the International Gold Medalist Chorus, Harborlites, which is comprised of 180 female singers.

"Music isn't just learning notes and playing them, You learn notes to play to the music of your soul." - Katie Greenwood

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My lessons will be educational and fun. I want to find your passions and interests and from there I will create lesson plans to enhance your learning experience in your specified concentration. Voice lessons will start with vocal warm ups and exercises and then we will proceed to work on vocal techniques and preferred repertoire. During the lessons we will create goals and work on those goals so you become a successful musician.

I am a very patient and caring teacher and I am able to create the lessons to your style and needs. Music is fun and I want to make it that way for you!

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have a full keyboard.

*** Specialties ***
I studied music education in college with a vocal emphasis. I am classically trained but studied jazz as well. I also am a member of an internationally ranked barbershop chorus and quartet. I specialize in singing bass and lead in barbershop.
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Marissa February 9, 2017
· Piano · In studio
She was very accommodating to our schedule. Very friendly and really motivated my daughter to want to learn and practice!
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Ruthie T.

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About Rich L.

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About Rich
Music has always been my biggest passion. I started playing guitar at the age of 10, and I haven't been able to put it down since. In grade school I started my first gigs playing in bands and spent all of my time outside of school playing guitar.

Coming from a family of eight where there wasn't much money for schooling, I put myself through high school and college gigging, and teaching.

I earned a music degree from Wayne State University in performance guitar, studying under the likes of Joe Fava and Charles Postlewate. At the same time playing extensive clubwork, shows, concerts, studio work and teaching.

My styles include virtually all elements of guitar. Rock, Blues, Metal, Country, Classical and Jazz.

In "2006", I opened up a guitar studio in South Lyon Mi, where I taught, along with lessons from my home.

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I take a very serious, professional approach to my music studies and my teaching, but with a very humorous, and free-flowing concept to keep my students interested. I am very patient, and truly care about the progress of each student.

Each student that I teach has a different lesson structure depending on what the student wishes to accomplish. I tailor each lesson to help them move closer at a rapid pace to whatever style of music they have the strongest interest in. But because guitar is such a diverse instrument with many different established forms of technique, I do advocate developing proficiency in multiple styles of playing.

While I completely approve of learning to play music from TAB which expedites the playing of actual songs, I highly recommend that beginning guitarists learn to read music as you never know what they might end up doing with their knowledge. (Studio work, shows, teaching, or other scenarios where reading music is essential).

Starting to learn any instrument can be a challenge. But with persistence, guidance, and actual progress, learning how to play an instrument can be of the most rewarding experiences, regardless of your age. With my help, you or your child will be able to enjoy the experience of discovering how fulfilling playing can be.

*** Studio Equipment ***
lessons in living room, music stands, acoustic & electric guitars, amps/cables

*** Travel Equipment ***
Will provide a loaner guitar for a lesson if necessary.

*** Specialties ***
All styles - Rock, Country, Jazz, Classical, Blues, Metal

Look Forward to seeing you!
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ViolaL December 24, 2009
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very nice and good to student and make the student wants to come back and learn more
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About Jacob P.

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Yucaipa, CA

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This I have would have to say is my stronger set out of all the guitars I teach. I play my acoustic guitar about every day. We will start after simple when learning the acoustic guitar and will get more complex. We will talk about the tonality of acoustic guitar and what makes it so special.

About Jacob
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Jacob was born and raised in Palm Springs; California. Growing up with parents who had very different musical backgrounds, which led him to want to live in world full of music. At the age 10, he picked up his first guitar and began to take his first piano lessons and a year later then picking up the first pair of drumsticks. He developed a self-taught technique for drum set, while being mentored by his older brother, Sean, (endorsed by Aquarian Drumheads, and former student of LA Music Academy and University of Oregon) traditional jazz artist, Allen Goodman. (Goodman has performed with many famous jazz artists in his during his drumming career and was mentored by Buddy Rich. He wrote the intro to the George of the Jungle cartoon series, and is now playing with many jazz artists at Vickys of Santa Fe in Indian Wells, California
, with the Desert Cities Jazz Band) Gregory Whitmore, Band Director at Cathedral City High School, has also been a mentor to Jacob.

In 2009, he performed Ron Nelsons Danza Capriccio with the Cathedral City High School Symphonic Band and world renowned saxophonist Kenneth Tse at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. That event was followed by a performance tour of the United Kingdom with the Cathedral City High School Symphonic Band.

In 2011, he ventured off to France and Germany with the CCHS symphonic band for his second performance tour with the group. Playing at many venues including, Heidelberg Castle in Germany and Chateau Vaux-le-Vicomte, outside of Paris, France. He has been on national television performing at the Pacific Life Holiday Bowl in 2007 and in the Hollywood Christmas parade in 2010 with the CCHS Marching Band. He has performed with various groups within the community throughout the years.

In 2012, began studies at the Art Institute of California Inland Empire studying Audio Engineering and received his Bachelor's of Science in the subject in December of 2015. During the time of his undergraduate studies, Jacob was working with various local artists at local venues around the Inland Empire and Los Angeles. Eventually joining the band, "Eva and the Vagabonds" in 2015 and worked on the recently released EP as a recording and mastering engineer. With the band he has played at Dreamworks, SOKA university, American Parlor Songbook, and DVAC. Now, Jacob attends Cal State San Bernardino studying for a teaching credential in Career and Technical Education. As well, Jacob now works on American Parlor Songbook on NPR as an audio engineer, working with various actors, comedians, and artists from LA and all of over the United States.

*** Lesson Details ***
Beginner to intermediate for Guitar and Drum Lessons

Professional Style Studio Recording

*** Studio Equipment ***
Fender Stratocastor HSS
Ovation Acoustic Guitars
Epiphone EJ-200 CE
DanElectro NOS '59

Grestch Custom Set 10", 12", 14",20"
Grestch Energy 10' 12', 16', 22'
Tama Snare Artwood All Maple 14"
Sabin SR2 Crash 16"
Sabian Hi-Hats 14"
Sabian Dry Bell Ride 21"
Paiste Rock Crash 14"
Paiste Thin Crash 12" and 14"
Vator Drumsticks

SoundGear:
Alesis Multimix8/iO4
PreSonus FireStudio
ART TPS II
ART VLA II
MXL 604 Pencil Condenser
Blue Spark SSL Condenser
SM 57's
MXL A-55 Kicker Dynamic
Audio Technica ATH-M45 Headphones
M-Audio BX5 Monitars
Alto Professional PA Speakers
M-Audio 49 Venom Synth VA/Midi
Arturia MicroBrute

‹Software:
Logic Pro 9, X
Main Stage 3
Protools 10
Max MSP
Macbook Pro
IMac

*** Travel Equipment ***
Epiphone EJ-200 CE
MacBook Pro

*** Specialties ***
Recording Services!
All genres of music!
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Ryan September 25, 2017
· Drum · Online
great start!
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Káel B. February 15, 2017
· Drum · In studio
My son was really energized by his first lesson and looks forward to his next!
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Robert September 30, 2016
· Guitar · In home
Jacobs a real nice kid and he's patient. I enjoyed the time with him and I think he can help advance me in learning the guitar
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About Kelsey P.

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Grand Rapids, MI

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I will adapt lesson style to your needs. If you want to learn how to sight read music, we will work with the Hal Leonard Guitar Method for Beginners. For children, I use the FJH Beginner Guitar Method series. If you want to learn to play chords and play your favorite songs, then we will use Guitar for Absolute Beginners by the NYC Guitar School. Along with these books we will also choose some of your favorite songs and learn to play them.

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
ce.

Songwriting-
*break through writer's block
*explore your creativity
*journal every week

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

*** Studio Equipment ***
Office Space
Piano
Guitar
Internet

*** 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 Dustin N.

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Houston, TX

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There are many styles affiliated with Acoustic Guitar - Folk, Country and Classical. We can dive into one or all styles once proficient technique is learned.

About Dustin
I hold music degrees from both Belmont and McKendree University. I've been playing guitar since I was 12 and violin since I was 18. I've been teaching private lessons when I graduated high school and loved it. I decided to make teaching my career, I currently teach at Spring Woods Middle School teaching orchestra.
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Jillian December 8, 2017
· Violin · In home
He takes time to help you understand where you made mistakes so you can get better.
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Isaiah April 9, 2017
· Cello · Online
Dustin rocks!!!
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Jeffrey Helle March 25, 2017
· Cello · In home
First lesson - I'm an older student and I'd highly recommend Dustin.
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Newark, DE

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Hi! I'm Amy and I love music and I think of teaching music as a way of coming beside someone to help them discover their own love for music, too.

About Amy
Music is my life's purpose and I am committed to helping anyone and everyone I can to reach their musical potential. Whether that is as a hobby, an experience or fulfilling their own life's purpose.

From 2013-2015 I taught group music classes through Soli Encore in Orange County, CA, in violin, guitar and K-2 creative music (Orff-based instruction with singing, xylophone, hand percussion and flutophone). The last two years of that position I managed the entire program including hiring teachers, writing curriculum, and teaching classes myself. I had also consistently held private violin, viola, and guitar students. In both violin and viola I saw my students move up chairs in their orchestras and excel in local, district and state honor orchestras. I sent students to great schools for music like Orange County School of the Arts and Ne
w England Conservatory.

As for my performance career, I have committed to always being a member of an orchestra, band or performing group of some sort because it's my passion and I endeavor to teach from personal experience. Over my last ten years in SoCal I performed with several groups including the Blackbird Music Project, Montage Orchestra and Symphony Irvine. My last year concluded my position as Principal viola of the Dana Point Symphony for four seasons. I was in two bands during my college years. With Galanis I was a part of several Western U.S. tours that took us through California, Arizona, Utah, Idaho and Montana. I have had the privilege of working with artists such as violinist Anne Marie Calhoun, Jimmy Hopper, Andy Grammer and Stevie Nicks. Some of the larger productions I have been a part of include appearances on TV shows like Melrose Place and the Bachelorette, and performances for former President G.W. Bush and at the Governor's Ball for the Academy Awards.

My performance career continues to grow here on the East Coast, where I have lived since August 2015. I have been a member of the McLean Orchestra and have been added to rosters for the Alexandria Symphony, Arlington Philharmonic and Washington Sinfonietta. I currently hold a Bachelor's of Music in Viola Performance from Azusa Pacific University where I studied with Robert Becker, founder of the American String Quartet with a BM and MM in Viola Performance from Juilliard. I am now enrolled as a graduate assistant for my Master's of Music in Viola Performance at the University of Delaware.

When I'm not making music I'm running far, studying nutrition, cooking or spending time with my beloved friends and family!
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Melissa August 7, 2017
· Violin · In home
Amy is a wonderfully gifted teacher! My teen daughter loves her teaching style and encouraging personality. Amy has a knack for understanding a student's strengths and weaknesses and guiding them to reaching their potential. We highly recommend her!
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A major priority of my guitar teaching is to have students making expressive music every time they touch the instrument.

I begin by working on tone production on the open strings of the guitar, so that students are able to produce a full, beautiful tone on the first day. From there, we study left- and right- hand techniques in the context of real pieces of music, giving students the chance to apply the mechanics of guitar playing to the expression of musical ideas. At the same time, I work with students through progressive studies and warm-up exercises that have built-in expressive goals, so that they can learn to rely on their own ears to further refine their playing.

As I believe that a good guitarist is, first and foremost, a strong musician, I fold a number of diverse activities into weekly lessons, developing skills in music theory, ear training, sight reading, composition, and improvisation, all of which reinforce the acquisition of strong technique.

About Jeff
I’m a composer and guitarist, with 20 years of experience playing and performing on classical and electric guitars. I’ve given solo and chamber performances across the United States, with recent Seattle performances including Astor Piazzola’s complete "Histoire du Tango", the world premiere of Brian Cobb’s "Campfire Songs," and the Seattle premiere of James Bonney’s electric guitar concerto "darkLIGHTness."

In 2010, I received a Bachelor of Arts degree in classical guitar performance and composition from Stanford University, where I performed solo recitals of Bach, Mozart, Turina, and Henze, collaborated with the Stanford New Ensemble on contemporary chamber pieces, and played lead guitar in the heavy metal band Full Metal Apocalypse.
I recently received a Doctorate in music composition from the University of Washington in Seattle, wher
e I’ve taught music theory, composition, and musicianship at the college level for seven years, and where I continue to perform with the UW Modern Ensemble, Inverted Space Ensemble, and Seattle Modern Orchestra.

A major priority of my guitar teaching is to have students making expressive, compelling music every time they touch the instrument. And as I believe that a good guitarist is, first and foremost, a strong musician, I fold a number of diverse activities into weekly lessons, developing skills in music theory, fretboard knowledge, ear training, sight reading, composition, and improvisation, all of which reinforce the acquisition of strong technique.

I teach a wide array of styles—including classical, folk, rock, flamenco, and heavy metal—and I look forward to helping you realize your musical goals!
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About Zach T.

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Grand Rapids, MI

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Greetings! I'm a full-time private music tutor who has taught more than 22,000 lessons in the past 15 years! I teach beginner-advanced violin, viola, cello, guitar, and piano, I specialize in working with young beginners (ages 4+), I currently teach 50+ students each week, and I'm the Chief Curriculum Designer for a web-based music lesson service.

Exact Notes is a self-learning music notation system for kids. The site is a comprehensive resource for classrooms, private teachers, self-learners, and homeschoolers. It has everything you need to stay on track before, during, and between lessons. It features an easy-to-read notation that takes the hard work out of learning music, and is so easy that 4 year olds can learn songs on their own!

As the lead curriculum designer, my job is to make sure every student has a fun and successful experience! Every student who joins the website gets a free orientation from me, and a free first lesson. If you're nearby, this could be at my private ...

About Zach
Greetings! I specialize in introducing beginners to piano, and have worked with students as young as two and a half! If you're looking for a teacher who makes learning to play piano fun, then please contact me!

I recently filed a patent for an easy-to-read music notation system for beginners, which is so easy that 4 year olds can read and play songs on their own! The basic idea is that just playing the instrument is much easier than reading the notes. For example, instead of reading classical notation, a lot of guitarists play very complex music using tablature, which is a way of writing notes using numbers instead of dots on a staff; it writes music in a language they can already read, so that's what I did with piano, then violin, viola and cello.

Students around age 10 and under have a hard time orienting the piano staff because
lower notes go left on the keyboard and higher notes go right, so I start young students by orienting the piano staff in the same direction as the keyboard (left is left, right is right), then the notes are read top-down. You can see in Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, in the examples below. When the music is easy to read, it means students can play literally dozens more songs each day, even from the first few lessons. Yesterday, my 4 and a half year old literally played over 40 pages of music. (It helps that dad teaches music...)

Students around 10 and older usually don't have problems with the staff orientation, so they start with a modified staff closer to standard notation. The modifications in my patent, though, make it easier to play music that would otherwise be years away. Many students play Fur Elise in their first few weeks, or sometimes their first lesson. Others move into Moonlight Sonata and the like within just a month or two.

There are samples below, but the complete collection is currently available only on my website until I compile them into books. I compiled a few violin books a couple of years ago, but I was changing the notation system so much that I realized they'd become obsolete. They have, and need to be remade.

It takes better planning for young beginners to be successful with video-based lessons, which is why I've done a tremendous amount of work organizing my new website, and I'm pleased that it's become a core learning component for a few dozen of my local students. I'm also sure that many of the families currently using it would be happy to share their experiences with you, and I'd be happy to get their permission if you'd like to contact them!

Every new student gets a free trial lesson, and I'm happy to help any way I can to help you get started in music!
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Sofya December 9, 2017
· Violin · Online
My 6 yo is taking violin classes with Zach online. The classes are high energy, very engaging, informative, and fun.
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Sofya Tairova December 1, 2017
· Violin · Online
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Kathryn November 19, 2017
· Violin · In studio
I really appreciated that Zach was very understanding and flexible with crazy changing work schedules. He does a good job of mixing music theory, technical exercises, while still being open and even encouraging the student to working on styles and pieces they are interested in and enjoy. Zach is great about asking the student what they want to learn and work on, while still making sure that they are always learning something new and always pushing themselves. Zach always seems to genuinely care and get excited about music, teaching, and his students.
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About Tudor B.

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I have been playing my acoustic for years. Let me teach you how to nail this piece of wood!

About Tudor
I have been playing for 13 years consistently.I am definitely looking towards a beginner to intermediate musician. If you are interested, I would be happy to devote my time and attention to you!
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About George P.

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Have fun playing guitar! Learn songs you love and sing along while playing. All aspects taught- chords, scales, notation, theory and of course, songs.

About George
Guitar- playing for 40 years. Semi-professional. All ages. Took formal lessons for seven years. Currently playing in an acoustic guitar group. Taught several students for blues, rock n' roll and jazz. Can teach country too. Gardening- certified by Institute of Ecosystem Studies. Home Gardener for 20 years.
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