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Alex M.

Saint Paul, MN

I have been writing compositions & songs since the day after I picked up music in early 2002, everything from Barbershop Quartets to chamber orchestral music to progressive rock to film scores.

About Alex

Hey, my name is Alex. I'm a multi-instrumentalist (guitar, bass, keyboards, voice, drums, flute, etc.), composer, performer, recording artist, arranger/orchestrator/transcriber, recording engineer/producer & music educator.

I graduated from the University of St. Thomas "Cum Laude" in 2011 with a Bachelor's Degree in Guitar Performance, with minors in Music Production & Composition. While attending St. Thomas I served as the Music Theory tutor, as well as the live sound/stage/light/recording technician for student & faculty recitals.

I have been playing professionally & teaching for over
a decade. My passion for music is something that I love to share with anyone else who feels inclined to make music. My goal is to share the skills & knowledge I've acquired throughout my experiences with those willing to learn & dedicate themselves to the craft of making music.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am experienced in most major genres of music: classical, jazz, blues, rock, funk, folk, metal, acoustic fingerstyle/slap, instrumental rock, "shred," pop, world music, electronica, etc. & feel comfortable conveying the techniques, approaches & idioms to a student by breaking them down into digestible components, while making these new ideas relatable to material they are already familiar with.

In the end, I want the student to learn what they're most interested in learning. I'm here to answer any questions they may have & with my vast experience, I feel confident that I will be able to either answer these questions or point them in the right direction. Some topics covered:

Scales/modes
Ear training
Guitar-specific techniques (ie bending, tapping, sweep picking, etc.)
Songwriting & Composition
Arranging & Orchestrating
Sight-reading
Improvisation
Chordal theory & how to read charts
Practice routines & approaches
Guitar maintenance
Guitar-based gear (guitars, amplifiers, effects, picks, slides, capos, etc.)

The student will learn at the pace they set for themselves & can only get out of it the amount of time they put into it. I expect my students to practice on a regular basis (however brief each session may be). Consistency is key for progress to be made, & if they hold up their end of the bargain, the payoffs will be quite substantial!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Practice amplifier, tuner, music stand(s), guitar picks & cables.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide guitar neck paper. I expect the students to have their own instrument & any materials they may need to achieve the goals they've set for themselves (such as a weekly notebook).

*** Specialties ***
Progressive rock, classic rock, blues, jazz, funk, disco, classical, acoustic fingerstyle/slap, flamenco guitar; music theory, sight-reading, composition, songwriting, film scoring, music production.
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Kai W. September 22, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
I had a great experience taking guitar lessons from Alex. He was easy to work with and always professional. He can teach pretty much any genre and was able to make music theory understandable to the beginner. Highly recommended.
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Brianna B. August 28, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
My daughter really enjoyed her lesson and felt like she had some new techniques that will really help her going forward. She is excited to see what comes next!
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Brooke B. August 28, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
My daughter loved the lesson and is excited to continue. Her comment was, "finally someone who understands me!"
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Alex M.

Alex M.

Saint Paul, MN 55117
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starting at
$20 / 30-min
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Andra S.

Minneapolis, MN

About Andra

Raised on a beef and wheat farm in North Dakota by folk musicians, Andra began touring and performing at festivals at a young age. Classically trained and a veteran of musical theater, the guitar-playing singer moved to Minneapolis in 1996, where she has gone on to make a name for herself as one of the finest vocalists around.
A regular performer on the national radio show A Prairie Home Companion, Andra has performed around the world, singing with such artists as Brad Paisley, Mindy Smith, Emmylou Harris, Chris Thile and soprano Renee Fleming. She has recorded with a wide range of indie, roc
k, blues and folk acts, including The Honeydogs, Jonny Lang, Peter Ostroushko and Soul Asylum’s Dave Pirner.
Although mainly known as a vocalist, Andra has been quietly honing her songwriting craft, self-releasing a solo album in 2006 called Patchwork Story. She is signed to Grammy-winning label
Red House Records, and has released her new album Little Heart. Full of infectious originals, the album is a twang-tinged mix of country, rock, folk and blues, which is sure to be a favorite on Americana and AAA radio. Already generating a lot of buzz and media interest, this album shows that Andra is poised to become the next big voice in country, Americana and roots music.

3 years as a vocal teacher at The School Of Rock

1 year at St. Olaf College and Bismarck State College studying music theory and composition.

*** Lesson Details ***
We will start with warm ups, and talk about fundamental ins and outs of singing such as breath, intonation, and protecting your voice. We will pinpoint where you are as a singer whether you are just starting out or have lots of experience. You will have clear knowledge of what to work on between lessons to reach the goals we set together that are tailored individually for you. You will wind up with a skill set for singing that will stay with you wherever your singing may take you.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music room: pro tools, PA, microphones, keyboard, wurlitzer, guitar, bass, additional seating for parents.

*** Specialties ***
Specialize in Folk, Country, Pop, Rock, Blues, Beginning theory, and twelve years as a nanny so also young children
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Adam G. August 26, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Andra is an amazing teacher. She help me find my voice and was able to help build confidence in myself as a singer. She is down to earth, professional, and makes each lesson worthwhile and enjoyable. If you want your friends, families, and audience members ears to perk up in awe when you start signing, Andra's lessons are the way to go.
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Andra S.

Minneapolis, MN 55412
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starting at
$29 / 30-min
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Mark H.

Maple Grove, MN

About Mark

Mark H. has been a professional teacher, musician, and singer for over 20 years. He has taught Voice, Guitar, Acting, Bass Guitar, & Music Theory to students of all ages in various settings ranging from private lessons to college classrooms. He is a fun, experienced, passionate teacher willing to work with students of all levels from beginners to professionals. Mark absolutely loves helping all his students achieve their individual goals.

Mark has performed in musical groups that have played locally and toured nationally. He has opened for national recording artists such as Eddie Money, B
lackfoot, Kenny Wayne Shepard, Molly Hatchet, and Shooting Star (to name just a few). He has extensive songwriting experience and has composed original songs for various local bands. He has also produced musical scores for theatrical productions at the University of Minnesota, Harmon Place Players, and the Rhombus Theater Company.

*** Lesson Details ***
Students can expect lessons to be structured while being tailored to their desires and goals. Mark likes to focus on what students want to learn while pushing them to challenge themselves. His goal is to “bring out the artist” in his students but he also understands lessons should be fun.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I will suggest necessary teaching materials/books. Students need their own instruments.

*** Specialties ***
Rock, Jazz, Funk, Blues, Pop, etc
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Mark R. March 7, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Mark is an excellent voice coach! He has been very helpful in teaching me breathing techniques, voice health, understanding my vocal range and how to improve my range. He has made me feel more confident in my abilities and I am looking forward to future lessons.

Thanks Mark!
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Kevin R. December 28, 2012
Singing
Verified Student
I couldn't of picked a better voice instructor!

I've always been a confident songwriter but when it came to singing I struggled; especially with pitch. Thats when I started my lessons with Mark and right away knew he was the right instructor. Instead of making me follow some completely pre-scripted lesson plan, Mark helped me correct my pitch and overall singing while practicing songs I had written myself.

I've been working with him for almost two years now and I've noticed significant improvements across the board and have gained so much more confidence in my singing abilities. Enough that I actually just finished recording a 13-track album of songs all written and sung by me. I can't thank Mark enough for helping me follow my dreams and for continuing to help me grow as a singer.
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BrendaK1 January 24, 2012
You are doing a great job with Robbie. He is still having a difficult time remembering the chords and he refuses to practice at home because of this. If you could give him one song to remember to practice at home that may help. He would like to practice at home but he gets so frustrated because of his memory with this. Robbie also enjoys you.
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Mark H.

Mark H.

Maple Grove, MN 55311
(7)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Don S.

Minneapolis, MN

Coaching and instruction for aspiring songwriters

About Don

Upbeat, fun and patient. Professional performer/teacher with a BA in music (with honors) and English from Wesleyan University, graduate study in music education from University of St. Thomas and film production/screenwriting with honors from Minneapolis College (MCTC). I specialize in helping you to unleash your creativity and self-expression. Guitar, songwriting, composition/music production (Garageband, etc), computer-based "beat-making", ensembles, and pop vocal coaching. Tutoring and computer help also offered. Many years experience in K-12 music and digital media technology (audio and vid
eo) working with gifted/talented and special needs students as well as in-school artist residencies. Adult students are a specialty of mine and are most welcome as well.

*** Lesson Details ***
In individual lessons, instruction will be tailored to the individual desires and needs of each student. Fun "family-style" lessons with parent(s) and young children are also a new option.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Guitars, ukuleles, bass guitars, strum-sticks, various percussion instruments, ProTools Digi002, Garageband, Kurzweil 2500, Mac Pro Desktop computers, various keyboards, synthesizers and music composition/production software and amps.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Teacher brings instruments/supplies/books as needed, and can arrange to provide instruments for students as well.

*** Specialties ***
Individual or group instruction in folk, jazz, blues, rock, guitar/vocal performance coaching, songwriting, lyric writing, instrumental improvisation, digital media production/composition, iMovie, Garageband, "beat-making" and therapeutic music for youth, adult and special needs students. Tutoring/homework help in English, mac computers and basic academic subjects for K-12 and adult students. Technology (geek) help/support with computers, digital gadgets (especially Apple) for "non-techies".
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Amanda J. July 19, 2015
Ukulele · In studio
Verified Student
Don was a great instructor. I only had a limited amount of time to dedicate to learning the Ukulele during the summer, but he helped me meet and exceed my goals. He is very friendly and personable. I highly recommend anyone interested in lessons that they give Don a try.
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Lauren F. June 12, 2014
Guitar · In studio
This has been a truly enjoyable experience.

Don was teaching several of my charter high school students in guitar/vocal and music production. After a quick observation of his classes, I signed up for lessons as well. I am an adult student and have been taking guitar/vocal performance lessons with Don for three years. This has been a truly enjoyable experience. Don combines proper technique with enough creativity to make our lessons fun. Don is an inspirational teacher. He tuned into my musical tastes and tailored his lessons to my desires. I highly recommend Don to any adult or youth students interested in furthering their skills and enjoyment of music performance.
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Sage H. March 28, 2014
Ukulele
Family Fun on Ukelele and Strumstick

Don has been wonderful to work with as a Ukelele and Strumstick instructor. I had an idea to get music lessons for my husband and 5 year old daughter as a Christmas gift. The thought was to have special Daddy and daughter time; sharing something that my husband loves to do. Don has worked with us to create a whole experience for them around music lessons. Don has succeeded in building an environment for our daughter to enjoy the music lesson experience. The first time she played 'hot crossed buns' brought a tear of joy to my eyes. He has even included me in the group lessons on Strumstick. My husband has expanded his knowledge of musical instruments and enhanced his playing skills with Don's skillful instruction. Don has made the whole experience delightful for our family.
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Don S.

Don S.

Minneapolis, MN 55426
(3)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Rick W.

Minneapolis, MN

Having written over 200 original songs, I love to share my process, as well as the songwriting processes of other songwriters, which I've learned through various channels, including everything from University studis to Rolling Stone articles.

About Rick

Rick's been teaching Pop Styles Guitar at the Mount Olivet School of Music in South Minneapolis (M-Th) ever since graduating with a degree in Music from the University of Minnesota (T.C. and Duluth Campuses) in 2003. He also teaches traveling lessons to students in the south and southwest metro areas. Rick plays around town in 3 bands and also does the occasional Musical Pit Orchestra and Wedding gig. He also taught at Dayjams Rock Music camp in St. Paul for the five summers of its existence. In his spare time he writes YA Stories and Musicals, as well as running a Songwriting and Music Theory
Blog about Tonal Trends in popular music, and a Guitar Curriculum Blog based on Karate Belts.

*** Lesson Details ***
Depending on student interest, lessons can consist of Ear Training, Improv/Jamming, learning Popular Guitar Riffs/Changes/Parts/Etc., Note Reading, the Music Biz, and learning about all the cool new Music Technologies of the day. Rick also loves to transcribe any and all music the student wants to learn but for which they cannot find the sheet music or internet tab. Rick prefers to teach what the student wants to learn, but if they're not sure what that is, he helps them figure that out.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Wifi, Computer, and iPhone. I make good use of technology during lessons. Much used apps include Guitarbots, Slow Down Music Trainer, TabPro, and the Guitar Toolkit (metronome, tuner, etc.)

*** Travel Equipment ***
Music Stand (if needed), and iPhone tech.

*** Specialties ***
Music Theory and Songwriting.
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Jake December 15, 2015
Ukulele · In studio
Rick did an excellent job with teaching me how to play the ukulele! Very fun person to be around and also very patient, as I do not have much experience. Will recommend to others throughout the area!

5 Star!
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Kate October 19, 2015
Ukulele · In home
Rick has been doing a wonderful job with our 6.5 year old son. Nice pacing, good at encouraging and reinforcing, fun and relaxed.
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Laurie F. September 16, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
It has been a great, easy going and super helpful experience. Highly recommended!
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Rick W.

Rick W.

Minneapolis, MN 55409
(7)
starting at
$25 / 30-min

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