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John W.

Pittsburgh, PA

About John

Learn to play the songs you want to play.....

I am a professional performing Singer/Guitarist/Songwriter with 25+ years experience playing and teaching. I have a Bachelor's Degree in Jazz Guitar Performance from Temple University and spent 6 years performing in NYC with various groups and ensembles. I have studied and teach Classical guitar, Theory from both a classical and Jazz view point, Composition/Arrangement, Counterpoint and performance techniques such as repertoire building and maintenance.

*** Lesson Details ***
I will tailor the lesson toward you goals..... It's all about mak
ing music and having fun....

For beginning students we will begin with chromatic exercises to start building hand dexterity and comfort with the guitar as well as working out of Mel Bay's guitar method book 1 for note reading, or straight into chords and strum patterns. Intermediate students will be evaluated based on goals and will be given supplementary material to build repertoire of tunes in the style of your choosing....

If you choose I can delve into Theory, Improvisation, Composition or any of the other more advanced concepts to take you as far as you want to go and meet all your goals.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Dining Room, excellent acoustics, office has computer for lessons

*** Travel Equipment ***
Students should have own guitar and provide chairs, music stand, metronomes and guitar tuners. Access to computer is helpful but not required.....

*** Specialties ***
beginning to advanced guitar..all styles....improvisation.....jazz .... beginning classical.... rock, country, bluegrass performance including singing.... I try to get the student having fun playing music as soon as possible.... Students achieving success playing and (hopefully singing) songs that they like and are excited about is my goal.... building and maintaining a performable repertoire......
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ChuckC May 10, 2012
John is an excellent teacher. He is obviously extremely knowledgable about music in general and the guitar in particular.He combines patience with high expectations of his pupils (at least this pupil).Very encouraging.I recommend him highly!
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BrianH1 April 30, 2012
Patient and knowledgeable

John has been teaching my 9 year old daughter for several months now and I am extremely impressed with his knowledge and patience. My daughter looks forward to her lessons and practicing comes much easier and regular with John's laid back approach. I highly recommend John to anyone looking to take any level of guitar lessons.
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JeremyR March 26, 2012
Very patient. Great motivator. Excellent delivery of instruction and material. John makes learning guitar FUN!
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John W.

John W.

Pittsburgh, PA 15205
(6)
starting at
$22 / 30-min
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Mike E.

Carnegie, PA

About Mike

I am a professional percussionist and recording engineer with a Bachelors in Music Technology from Duquesne University. I have been playing for 14 years and am versed in in many drumming styles including rock, funk, jazz, Afro-Cuban, and Brazilian. As a recording engineer I have recorded every genre from classical to metal. I cover everything from sound theory and physics to hands on application.

*** Lesson Details ***
Beginning lessons involve the rudimentary study of rhythm and their application to drumming as a whole. Building a sense of independence in each hand so that both are equally a
s comfortable and strong will be emphasized. From their students will learn the intricacies of the drumset and develop a sense of interdependence between their limbs. I will start the student with a general overview of all the different styles and as they progress we will focus in on their preferred style. A strong emphasis will be placed on how to play with other musicians and I will accompany the student on either piano or guitar.

For recording and music technology students, beginners will start with a broad overview of what studies encompasses these fields. From their we will focus in on the students topic of choice and begin with practical application to get students working with the tools and technology available to them. Afterwards, we will move into more advanced studies including sound theory, physics, digital formats, etc.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music Room: computer work station for recording, drum set and percussion instruments, parents can sit in lesson

*** Travel Equipment ***
-I provide sticks, other small percussion instruments
-students should provide their own primary instrument in case of large instruments

*** Specialties ***
*Teachers classified as a Student Favorite have taught a minimum of 25
lessons and have received the highest feedback rating from students.I cover all genres and styles for percussion/drums and can work with any recording/music technology hardware/software setup.
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Lori and Shawn S. July 2, 2014
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
Mike has been awesome at teaching my 7 year old son for the past 2 years. He is very patient and able to provide direction for even the entry level student. Mike has been able to keep my son interested and excited about learning new songs and improving each week.
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LauraT May 22, 2012
Michael is an extremely competent and intelligent teacher. He was able to quickly assess my skill level and provide instruction accordingly. His knowledge of sound production technology is impressive. Michael is easy to understand and a great teacher.
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ArjunV April 2, 2011
Patient and Systematic

Mike is an awesome instructor. He was very patient with me and systematically took me through the basics of hand-drumming. I am looking forward to practicing more and making enough progress to impress Mike the next time we meet up!
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Mike E.

Carnegie, PA 15106
(3)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Cory P.

Pittsburgh, PA

About Cory

I grew up around Atlanta, GA and started playing piano when I was around 7 years old and bass and guitar when I was 11. Most of my education has been on the upright bass. I've studied classical bass performance at major music schools on the east coast and in the midwest. I've studied and worked with musicians from many of the great orchestras around the world.

I enjoy working with students who are just coming to the bass, guitar, or piano for the first time and getting them started with music in a rewarding way as well as more advanced students that need finer musical direction or auditi
on coaching.

*** Lesson Details ***
I try to keep a relaxed environment while still being motivating and inspiring. I tailor lessons around what the individual student's goals are. There are materials that I like to use with most students but I'm open to using anything that meets the needs and desires of the student.

I try to find a nice balance of technique work and music. It's important to develop healthy technique from the very beginning. It's very easy to develop bad habits that can have serious health risks down the road (i.e. tendonitis, carpal tunnel, back pain, etc.) that can make it difficult if not impossible to keep playing. I've spent many years undoing bad habits that I developed from the first years that I played bass without any formal instruction. Yoga, Alexander technique, massage, and many great teachers have helped me overcome the issues I had and have helped me develop healthy habits. I try to pass this education on to my students so that they can have an enjoyable and healthy experience with music for the rest of their lives.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano and music stand. Living room with seating for parents.

The students need to provide their own bass and bow or guitar and music.

*** Specialties ***
Classical. I have studied with members of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, and New York Philharmonic and my teaching and playing reflect the traditions of these teachers and orchestras.
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Angela R. June 16, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Patient teacher for a young beginner. Cory knows how to teach a young kid.
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Matthew X. April 13, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Very patient teacher.
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Barry S. November 27, 2013
Guitar
Verified Student
awesome teacher

great and very helpful teacher. his willingness to listen to your ideas is wonderful! couldn't have asked for a better teacher to learn from! grt job!
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Cory P.

Cory P.

Pittsburgh, PA 15216
(10)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Anne S.

Pittsburgh, PA

About Anne

Thank you for looking at my profile! Teaching private music lessons is my absolute favorite thing to do. I tailor your entire lesson to your specific needs. Love Bach? Passionate for Duke Ellington? Broadway? Your lessons will be crafted to suit your interests. No boring scales required! I graduated from Mt. Lebanon High School and Northwestern University with a Bachelor of Music in Music Education. I've worked with students from ages 5-75 and enjoy all ability levels equally. I'm the Director of Music at a major downtown Pittsburgh church where I play organ, piano, and conduct the choir for
weekly services.  Outside of music I love roller blading, gardening, cooking, and chasing after my 2 yr old daughter. 

*** Lesson Details ***
I believe that we learn best when we are having fun. Lessons are fun and flexible, yet provide appropriate musical challenges for students to master. Piano students ages five and up will benefit from using Alfred's Basic Piano Library method books, supplemented with ear training and composition exercises. My favorite piano genres are Baroque, Classical, Musicals, Pop, Blues, and Jazz.  Vocal students should be age thirteen or older and typically begin by working on familiar folk songs to develop vocal strength, breath support, and technique. Ear training, diction, and stylistic decision making are all elements covered in vocal lessons. My favorite vocal genres include Broadway, Hymnody, Folk Songs, Jazz, German Art Music, and Italian Art Music. Whatever your musical taste - I will find quality literature to suit your needs.

*** Studio Equipment ***
A piano, MP3 speakers, recording ability, sibelius software and midi keyboard.

*** Specialties ***
Kodaly, Alfred's Basic Piano Library method books, baroque keyboards, improvisation, composition, jazz, gospel.
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Emilie G. February 12, 2014
Piano
Verified Student
Wonderful teacher

Anne is a wonderful piano teacher. She knows music incredibly well and makes you feel at ease right upon meeting her. She knows how to choose great music to fit your style and preference which I found to be a great attribute of hers. I recommend Anne to anyone who plays piano at any level!
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MaryKimH March 2, 2011
Zach's mom

Singing lessons with Anne is a great experience for Zach AND me. Being there for the lesson, I have learned a lot about what is involved in proper voice technique, and know Zach is learning from a warm, considerate and professional teacher.
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NancyB1 November 6, 2010
Singing Lessons

Anne presents a caring, relaxed atmosphere, which allows for a feeling of comfort while learning. She is patient and follows through with whatever personal help and tips are needed for my specific desires. I am extremely pleased with my experience with Anne.
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Anne S.

Anne S.

Pittsburgh, PA 15234
(7)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Erin S.

Pittsburgh, PA

About Erin

Erin S. - Cello

I studied cello performance at Carnegie-Mellon University with Anne Martinadale-Williams, principal cellist of the Pittsburgh Symphony. I also studied with members of the Boston Symphony, the Chautauqua Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra and the Beaux Arts Trio. I have performed extensively around the country and in Europe, including New York City’s Carnegie Hall. In the Pittsburgh area, I have played with the Westmoreland Symphony, Altoona Symphony and spent several years as principal cellist of the Pittsburgh Philharmonic. I teach privately in the Pittsburgh area, where I
have maintained a teaching studio for over 18 years.

In addition to my classical career, I have extensive experience in rock, jazz, country and bluegrass and have been featured in over 50 recordings on cello, electric cello, upright bass and bass guitar.

Benefit from my decades of experience and there will be no limit to what you can learn!

*** Lesson Details ***
Most of my lessons follow a standard curriculum of etudes, pieces, bowing and position exercises, and duets. I allow my students a certain amount of freedom in choosing their "fun" pieces and often will transcribe popular songs that my students request. Anything from "Game of Thrones" to Macklemore to video game theme songs. I encourage all my students to learn music theory basics and improvisation skills, but I understand that improv is not for everyone and I don't push those who have no wish to learn it. I've had many adult students and understand how to teach those with limited practice time.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have two cellos and a piano, music stand, and lesson books, but require students to bring their own cellos and books.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in teaching classical cello techniques and applying them to a wide range of musical genres. I also have had great success in teaching my students how to improvise.
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Adrian S. October 1, 2014
Cello · Online
Verified Student
Erin is in my opinion the best qualified cello teacher on this website. I have reviewed many other teachers and I have found her background and teaching methods the best. She is very patient and has a natural love for music and the cello.
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Erin S.

Erin S.

Pittsburgh, PA 15216
(1)
starting at
$30 / 30-min

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