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My approach to teaching is welcoming and encouraging, but I also set [reasonably] high expectations for students. I believe everyone has potential to become skilled at whatever they're passionate about, but it takes diligence, patience, and practice to get there. I make sure to supplement that process with plenty of inspiration, whether that means listening to great recordings, suggesting certain live performances, or learning to play like the artists a student admires. Any meaningful learning experience is accompanied by curiosity, joy, struggles, and ultimately, fulfillment. I strive to provide my students with a balance of these elements.
With 17 years of professional experience as a musician (multi-instrumentalist, producer, recording engineer) a bachelor's degree in English literature and education, and 10 years experience as a public school teacher, coach, lessons instructor, etc., I am a proficient educator in each of these areas. My musical focus is in the styles of folk, jazz, and classical; my theatrical focus is in Improv comedy and stage acting, and for English/language arts I specialize in literature, reading, composition and public speaking. Currently I work full time as a musician, producer, and recording engineer. When I'm not on the road, I love to fill my home life with teaching lessons or tutoring. I began studying percussion at age 6, and mostly learned jazz and classical until late high school, when I
Students of Michael J. will be taught the tools to hit the ground running playing their guitar. Students will learn the basics of open and bar chords, strumming, electric or acoustic and how to apply basic theory the music they would like to play.
Michael J. has been the beginning guitar instructor at Sound Check Studios for the past year and a half and previously taught private in home students.
Michael has been a drums and percussion instructor for over 8 years. Having studied and performed all styles of music, from Jazz, Blues, Rock, Symphonic Band and Marching Band music, he has a firm knowledge of varies styles of music and techniques. Michael currently works as a percussion instructor for UW-Waukesha and Wauwatosa East High School. He has also been a private instructor at White House of Music, Uncle Bob's Music Center, the Theater on Main in Oconomowoc and currently owns and operates his own studio in West Allis, WI. *** Lesson Details *** The lessons with Michael will cover a wide variety of topics and areas. Each lesson will focus on at least 2 different topics with an emphasis on what the student would like to work on. Some main areas of focus will include ...
Teaches chords and the Songs you want to learn!
I graduated with a BA in jazz studies from Columbia in 2007 and have been teaching since 2005. I have played in many different projects, covering many styles including Rock, Jazz, Latin, Hip hop, classical, orchestral, and country. So, I have a strong understanding on the specifics of each of these styles, and a big part of my lesson plan is to teach my students to be as versatile as possible. Hence they have many options as far as playing music. I also play a wide variety of instruments including Piano, Latin Percussion, Mallets, Drum set, Guitar, and bass, so if at any point a student has an interest in trying something different t they have many options. *** Lesson Details *** Gabriel has been drumming professionally for nearly a decade, and teaching for seven years. In 2007 ...
-Graduate at the Santa Cecilia Conservatory of Rome (Italy). -Highly trained and talented in classical guitar performance. -Excellent teaching abilities honed with experience in one-on-one and group environments. -Wide variety of interests and experiences in performance of various musical genres as guitarist and vocalist both solo and as part of ensembles and groups. -Profoundly sensitive and creative singer-songwriter. -Ample experience in theater as both a musician and an actress. *** Lesson Details *** The aim is to find a personal journey, to know and hopefully love the different musical repertoires ... and even a little Italian! *** Studio Equipment *** Livingroom studio, 2 classical guitars,1 keyboard, music stands, chairs, bookcases. Nice and cozy with beautiful ...
Beginner students are welcome and shown how to enjoy music in a simple and fun way along with learning songs too.
* Chords and strumming patterns
* play your favorite songs
* learn melodies and solos
* the basics of your guitar (tuning and maintenance)
* keeping time, reading music,
* or just taking it slow and having a little fun...
Intermediate students can improve areas in which they wish and learn new areas or another instrument.
* chord voicings, triads, music theory
* soloing, double stops, scales, arpeggios
* improvising, ear training,
* fingerpicking, classical/acoustic/pop
Advanced students can really improve their music by learning more difficult aspects of music, technique and songs. They can also use the recording studio for their lesson to practice or record their own music.
* advanced soloing and improvising techniques
* composition and songwriting and recording
* favorite songs written out in tab or music notation
* major & minor scales & modes & ...
***My goal as a teacher*** I try to teach what the students are interested in and make it fun and interesting so that they learn the lessons and their favorite songs. Every student is different and needs to be taught in a way that makes learning easy and fun for them. I have a passion for all people and all ages and am blessed to be able to teach from the very young, (ages 2-5 Kindermusik lessons) to teens and adults.....all the way to senior citizens. I've had many older students all the way up to a 93 year old gentleman who is taking singing lessons and asked me to put music to his lyrics. We have recorded over 50 songs together. ***Background*** I started playing trumpet in 5th grade and knew that music was for me. I also liked playing with drums and piano also ...
I've been teaching guitar for three years but have been playing for over a decade. I am fortunate to have had the opportunity to play many different styles of music, and so have a strong foundation in many forms of music. I aim to help you discover music that moves you, and we work on developing the necessary tools to play that music. But most importantly, music is fun!! Whether you're striving to be a professional musician or just strum chords for leisure, I am confident we can grow together!
--Attended Berklee College of Music (Boston, MA) --Wide variety of musical interests and experiences both in teaching and performing. --Actively performing in the Greater Milwaukee, Madison and Chicago areas. I aim to help students discover and pursue their own musical interests. Music is my passion, and I love helping others discover their own voice within music!
"Steven is very professional and extremely helpful. He always has a smile on and is serious about helping you phrase the music. I would highly recommend him to anyone."
"It's been really exciting so far! Jordan has been so helpful, so knowledgeable. I could not have found a better instructor and I'm getting better and better every day."
"My daughter's wedding was weeks away and I had never been able to dance a step. With Jenny's help, I came further than ever before in such short time in any subject."