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I have been immersed in music theory for the last 13 years & have been tutoring/mentoring people in this field for about as long as I've been studying it. From the basics up to serial/spectral music & everything in between. Comfortable in traditional, pop & "rock" music theory, & what goes into each style to make it what it is.

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 experiences, 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
Instrument-specific techniques (ie bending, tapping, sweep picking, etc.)
Songwriting & Composition
Arranging & Orchestrating
Sight-reading
Improvisation
Chordal theory & how to read charts
Practice routines & approaches
Instrument maintenance
Instrument-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 effort they put forth. 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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Eric April 19, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Alex was awesome. Super knowledgeable and a great teacher. It was an all around wonderful first lesson.
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Dave L. March 3, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Had a great experience the first lesson. Look forward to the next one.
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Kyle November 4, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Very knowledgeable! Look forward to the next lesson!
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Alex M.

Alex M.

Minneapolis, MN 55406
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About Amy W.

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I have a music education degree, which included years of music theory classes. I am able to help students who want to learn music theory.

About Amy
As I child I had an early interest in music, dancing and creative things. I took piano lessons and excelled at my chosen instrument, the flute, in band at school. I continued with my music training at Northwestern College in Roseville, Minnesota and graduated with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Music Education in 1992. I worked for 11 years in my profession in various settings before I took a break to start my family. My experience includes teaching students in classroom general music, choir, band, piano lessons, and school plays/musicals. I spent six years at a private school (grades K-8), three years at a charter elementary school and 2 years at a public elementary school. Also, since graduating in 1992 I have spent a total of 18 years teaching private lessons both at Hovland Conservatory of Music and in my home. Along the way I
further broadened my background by accompanying church choirs and congregations, playing for weddings, and volunteering to lead children’s music time at church.

I love music of all kinds and have a strong belief that everyone should experience the joy and power of it in his or her life. It is very rewarding for me to help students develop their skills as they discover a meaningful way of self-expression using a universal language. Teaching music is something I love to do and I know that fact reflects to my students resulting in an enjoyable experience for them as well.

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What can a student/parent expect from lessons with me? I can provide my students with a solid foundation of proper technique. This is so very important because you do not ever want to have to unlearn bad habits. I also include appropriate music theory, ear training and improvising for each level. I purposefully pace the lessons to prevent students from feeling frustrated. Instead, I work to generate excitement about the learning process and keep students motivated by their own progress. Furthermore, I am willing to accommodate a student if they have a special interest in a certain musical genre or a personal goal they are working towards. I encourage, but do not require students to take advantage of recital and performance opportunities that I provide.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Large music room: piano, electric keyboard, flute, clarinet, trumpet, music stands.
*** Specialties ***
I have a lot of experience teaching students who are brand new to their instrument. I believe the beginning is a very important time to start building a solid foundation for all future musical growth. I love being able to help my students establish good habits from the beginning and influence the overall direction of a new student’s musical experience.

I love music of all kinds and have fun playing and teaching all the instruments that I listed. However, the two instruments that I have the most training on and have performed on are the piano and the flute. I would be a great teacher for private lessons to help a student excel in band at school or for a high school student preparing for contests or auditions. Also, I am very patient with beginners and would be ideal as a child'€™s first piano teacher or for an adult who has always wanted to play a certain instrument of his or her choice.
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Debi January 27, 2017
· Flute · In studio
I like Amy very much and I think we will get along very well. She is very patient and reminds me that perfection is impossible at the beginning of any instrument learning. I will enjoy having her very much.
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Maggie L. October 12, 2016
· Flute · In studio
An awesome personal touch. Just what Maggie needs.
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Avery C. July 20, 2016
· Piano · In home
Avery really liked working with Amy yesterday. She was patient, and really got him to focus on the task at hand. Well done Amy!
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Amy W.

Saint Paul, MN 55109
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About Thomas C.

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Saint Paul, MN

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I have a degree in music and I am able to teach many aspects of music theory

About Tom
A love of music began in the third grade. I started on a silver metal clarinet and have not stopped playing. I am a musician, composer, arranger and performer. I hold a B.A. in music and have taught in the schools for 28 years. I bring extensive knowledge and humor to my teaching. I enjoy working with all age levels and pride myself on being intensely positive.

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The focus of music lessons is to overcome problems and increase skill and enjoyment in performance. I always want to focus on what was done well and carefully work on skills that will increase enjoyment. I will play with you to model and help you self correct as you learn musical concepts and musicianship. We will use method books for fundamentals and supplement with music that interest the students. After a time students will learn skills needed to perf
orm a wider range of music

*** Studio Equipment ***
Most instruments

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect the student to provide an instrument, method book, stand and supplies for that instrument. I will bring an instrument to play along and model.

*** Specialties ***
Kodaly and Orff methods
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Simeon H. May 21, 2016
· Trumpet · In studio
My grandson is 8. He dreams about learning to play the trumpet. Today was his first lesson from Mr. Tom Cross. The lesson was delivered perfectly at his level. With positive reinforcement. Clear direction. Humor. All the way home my grandson smiled!
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Jennifer M. May 12, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Highly Recommended teacher. The teacher's flexibility, calm but firm demeanor and ability to relate to the student is awesome.
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Angelina May 6, 2016
· Singing · In studio
He is an excellent teacher, fun and well knowledgeable
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Thomas C.

Saint Paul, MN 55118
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About Mark H.

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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, Blackfoot, 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 t
he University of Minnesota, Harmon Place Players, and the Rhombus Theater Company.

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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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Mike April 13, 2017
· Singing · In home
I've been a guitar player for a while and have wanted to learn how to sing along with the guitar. Mark has done an excellent job determining where I currently am as a singer and how I can get to where I want to be as a singer. He has started with the basics and explaining to me how you can improve as a singer by making routine out of several exercises. He has done a great job not just explaining what the exercises are, but why they are beneficial to me as a vocalist. After gathering a better sense of my voice, I have started bringing my guitar to lessons and he has helped me immensely to blend my voice with my instrument. Since doing these lessons, I've had the confidence in my voice to start performing at open-mic nights in the Twin Cities and I thank Mark for that! He is wonderful!
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Erik K. February 8, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
I found Mark through TakeLessons a little over a year ago when my dad and I were looking to start learning guitar. I could not have been more pleased with how accommodating Mark was with our schedules and different skill levels. Whether its reviewing what we learned the week prior or taking on something new we are being challenged every lesson. My dad and I have come a long way since we started last year and Mark is to thank for our success. I highly recommend Mark if you are just starting out or have a few years under your belt. He is crazy knowledgeable!
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Mark January 11, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Really knows his stuff and is very patient. Cares about you wanting to play to the best of your ability and really stays on topic and down to business but at the same time makes you feel comfortable when talking about your influences.
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Mark H.

Mark H.

Maple Grove, MN 55311
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About Josiah B.

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Saint Paul, MN
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Music theory and composition are two of my favorite things to teach. This is always included in my instrument lessons but can be emphasized more at the student's request.

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Teaching musicianship on piano, saxophone, and clarinet to students of all ages
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Josiah B.

Josiah B.

Saint Paul, MN 55119
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About Eric C.

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Saint Paul, MN

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Modern music theory is at the heart of nearly everything we do in a song. Understanding theory will give you a better grasp of how to demystify and play your instrument, create your own songs, riffs and melodies, easily play along and jam with other musicians.

About Eric
Performing and recording musician with several groups for over 15 years. Current projects include, Hot Date and Batteryboy among others. I have been teaching private lessons and classes in community education to students of all ages since 2007. I have also taught music in early childhood education as well as music therapy programs at Minnesota Veterans Homes. I am always excited to witness my students joy as they reach and exceed their goals.

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Relaxed lessons geared toward the students goals. Various styles and techniques; Fun and efficient practice exercises; Improvisation; Patience and attention to progress; Wide Chord Vocabulary; Music Theory in a way that is easy to understand; Tone development and playing by ear.

Every student is an individual and responds better to different teaching styles as well
as learn at their own pace. My goal as a teacher is to give you an enjoyable experience in learning a new instrument and to tailor the lessons based on your interests and goals. After the first few months a beginner student can expect to have learned basic techniques and useful skills to allow them to play simple songs and melodies with ease.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons are taught in a studio with amps, acoustic guitars and electric guitars, ukuleles, along with fretless and fretted bass guitars, drums, microphones, recording equipment and software, are available for a student to use during the lesson time.

*** Specialties ***
Simplifying concepts and process. Breaking down elements of how to play Pop, Jazz, Funk, Blues, Rock, Folk etc.
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Karin Eide July 21, 2017
· Ukulele · In home
Eric was the right fit for me. He started me on the basics in a very relaxed way. Plus - his favorite Beatle is George!
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Nicholas May 31, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Ive been working with Eric for over a year now and I can't recommend him enough. Whether you are looking to play guitar recreationally or professionally Eric is the person you want to help hone your skills. As someone who has tried to teach myself and failed I can say that after working with Eric not only do I understand music itself astronomically better but I also am able to produce music on a creative level that would have taken years to achieve without Eric. Lastly, to anyone who is on edge of whether they need a teacher or not, the answer is YES, absolutely and you won't find anyone better than Eric.
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Danna September 25, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
My sons have been taking guitar lessons from Eric. They love him! He's patient, funny, and cool, and is a great example of a passionate working artist.
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Saint Paul, MN 55101
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About Kate D.

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I have been teaching music lessons since 2004. I come from a family of music teachers and have always loved teaching music. I am classically trained: I received my Masters of Music from the U of MN. I have experience playing rock, blues, jazz, folk, and free improvisation as well. I currently play trumpet with Brass Lassie, a Scottish big band; the Twin Cities Trumpet Ensemble, a swing band, pop music cover band, a funk band, and an original blues/folk music group. I also occasionally play with the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra and various brass quintets in the Twin Cities.

I find it important for the student to have access to a piano or keyboard of some sorts to learn music theory effectively.

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What can parent and students expect from me? I emphasize good habits and technique from the very first lesson. I like to get to know my students and find out their goals as well as interests so that the student maintains interest and has fun. This is important to

About Kate
I have been teaching music lessons since 2004. I come from a family of music teachers and have always loved teaching music. I am classically trained: I received my Masters of Music from the U of MN and love playing orchestral, concert band, and brass quintet music. I have experience playing rock, blues, jazz, folk, and free improvisation as well. I currently play trumpet with Brass Lassie, a Scottish big band; the Twin Cities Trumpet Ensemble, a swing band, pop music cover band, and an original folk music group. I also occasionally play with the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra and various brass quintets in the Twin Cities.

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What can parent and students expect from me? I emphasize good habits and technique from the very first lesson. I like to get to know my students and find out their goals as well as interests
so that the student maintains interest and has fun. This is important to me.
I incorporate music theory, ear training, and rhythm into my lessons for a well rounded musical approach. I also teach beginning students how to read music. I am able to teach a variety of genres of music and am more than happy to explore them with all of my students.
What do I expect from students? I expect students to come to lessons prepared: I expect them to have their instrument, music, and to have practiced at least 3-4 times that week. In my experience this is the best way to truly master a musical instrument.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have a large studio space with an upright piano, sturdy chairs, and music stands. I have a variety of different types of trumpets for intermediate-advanced students to experiment with: a Fluegel horn, piccolo trumpet, C trumpet, and a cornet.

*** Specialties ***
-My specialty is in teaching trumpet lessons. I am able to teach any level of trumpet lessons, from beginner to advanced.
-I teach beginner to intermediate piano lessons.
-I teach music theory lessons and can teach from a beginner to an advanced level.
-I teach free improvisation and encourage the ability to play freely and harness creativity.
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John O. May 6, 2017
· Trumpet · In studio
Kate has been a really fantastic teacher so far. I've played trumpet on and off for the last ~20 years, and for my most recent "on" I decided to take it more seriously and sign up for lessons instead of doing it on my own. I'm really glad I did!

Kate clearly knows her stuff, and she was quickly able to identify important things for me to work on that I would've had a hard time hearing myself. Even if I had identified those things wouldn't have known what to do about them.

I would definitely recommend to Kate to anyone, of any skill level, looking to improve their trumpet skills.
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Devin D. April 28, 2017
· Trumpet · In home
Her teaching skills helped me to organize and understand my practicing method. Her knowledge of the trumpet and music exceeded my expectations from her on-line description. She found a way to identify and improve my weak areas of performance. She is an excellent instructor, a motivator and sets a good example.
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Saint Paul, MN 55113
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About Siri C.

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Did you decide just before senior year of high school to major in music? Do you want to go back to school for music? This is the place for you! Using the Ultimate Music Theory curriculum, I will help you get ready to achieve those goals. I will also include some basic keyboard skills, a.k.a. keyboard theory. Composing, counterpoint, and improvisation can be emphasized as well, upon request.

About Siri
I am passionate about providing the most well-rounded music training to singers and pianists of all ages. This includes learning healthy technique, sight-reading, theory and analysis, and appropriate repertoire. Singers also learn acting techniques. Flutists can get a solid start on their instrument with good tone and note-reading skills. I have MM degrees in Voice and Piano Performance and Instrumental Conducting and am nationally certified in piano teaching through MTNA. I am an active member of both MTNA and NATS.

I started learning German through what is now the Concordia Language Villages. I spent my senior year of high school as an exchange student in the southern Black Forest of Germany and took several high-level German classes in college. My pronunciation of Hoch Deutsch is perfect. (And I know a wee bit of the local dialect t
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Linda August 23, 2016
· Flute · In studio
Siri was an excellent instructor for my son who had never played the flute before. She's very talented and incredibly patient. My son learned a great deal in just a few lessons. We also found Siri very easy to work with in terms of scheduling.
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Christine S. April 22, 2016
· Singing · In studio
I had my first lesson with Siri last week and I can't wait till my next one. She knows her stuff and is real encouraging..
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Cydney January 20, 2016
· Singing ·
Siri is a fantastic teacher who prepares any singer very well for whatever competition or audition they may have. I worked with Siri for many years and she has taught me so much about singing and my voice throughout the years. I highly recommend her as a voice teacher, you will learn a lot.
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Minneapolis, MN 55406
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About Asher B.

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Professional musician with 14 years of playing and 4 years of teaching experience, specializing in acoustic guitar and songwriting. I have a degree from Berklee College of Music in guitar performance and songwriting, and base my lesson material off the same coursework I learned in college.

All ages welcome, beginner and intermediate. If you're interested in writing your own songs, learning your favorite songs, or diving into the theory behind guitar playing and composition, I will help you achieve your music goals in a focused and friendly setting.

About Asher
I am a professional singer/songwriter and guitarist with a degree from Berklee College of Music. I have been performing throughout the country, particularly in the Midwest and East Coast, as an original singer/songwriter, and wedding and private event musician since 2013. My original material has received national media attention, including a feature on Iowa Public Radio, and has been featured as the #1 singer/songwriter on ReverbNation.

In the evenings, I have a full schedule of private events and weddings. During the day, I enjoy sharing what I know with students of all ages and backgrounds. My passion is music, and I would love the chance to help you learn and fall in love with playing music as well.

During the first lesson, I like to talk with you about your goals and how you learn best. I always tailor my lessons to the needs
of the individual student, and believe it is my responsibility as a teacher to make learning fun and engaging for the student.

I have several options of standard coursework we can follow if a weekly plan is best. Otherwise, I enjoy following the student's lead and spending our time together on what you would like to work on.

If you are looking for a teacher who will inspire you to reach your best potential as a musician, who will make learning a fun and rewarding experience, please reach out to me and let's start playing.
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Morgen June 12, 2017
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Very professional and talented musician. Asher is especially skilled at fingerstyle and classical guitar but is able to meet unique needs of his students (whether their interests are original work, songwriting, electric guitar or all of the above). I had a great experience learning from him and would highly recommend.
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Asher B.

Minneapolis, MN 55404
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About Ethan E.

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Touring guitarist, experienced composer for film/media, and professional music instructor for the past 8 years! I graduated Magna Cum Laude from McNally Smith College of Music with two bachelor's degrees; Guitar Performance and Instrumental Composition. I have taught students of literally all ages (4-76) and most specialize in guitar, music theory, and composition. I also teach beginner to intermediate piano lessons! My greatest strong suit as a teacher is my incredible flexibility in adapting to the student's learning style. Originally a self-taught guitarist, I know the struggles of learning or continuing to better oneself on an instrument. I guarantee you that I will work hard and patiently with you to help you reach your musical goals!

About Ethan
Hello and thank you for checking out my profile! My name is Ethan E. and I'm 22 years old. Originally raised in the northwestern tip of Minnesota, I moved to St. Paul to pursue a degree(s) in music after receiving a scholarship to McNally Smith College of Music. I am an active performer in the Twin cities area playing freelance and with the Adam Meckler Orchestra and Mariah Mercedes band. I'm comfortable playing a wide range of styles, but play mostly contemporary Jazz, Fusion, Classical, and Rock/Blues. I work closely with Grammy-nominated producer/arranger Andy Thompson (Taylor Swift/Jeremy Messersmith) and composer/arranger Adi Yeshaya (The Voice, Prince, Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston). My ultimate love is composing music for orchestra and jazz ensemble. Composers and guitarists that have influenced me the most are Allan Holdsworth
, Pat Metheny, Sergei Rachmaninoff, John Williams, Randy Rhoads, and Adrien Moignard. Please let me share my knowledge and passion for music with you today!
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Chris D. June 12, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Fourth lesson in with Ethan and absolutely love it! I was recommended by a friend to try him out and don't regret it one bit! I wanted to learn more about music theory and how I can pair it effectively with my guitar playing and composing.
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Lisa June 12, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Ethan's personality and teaching approach has made the last 3 months of learning guitar very enjoyable and inspiring! His playing and compositions amazed me from the very first lesson. His teaching environment is very beautiful and professional (he lives in an artist loft) I've recommended him to friends who've started taking lessons with him as well! :)
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Saint Paul, MN 55101
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Struggling to understand music theory? Try heading over to the piano -- seeing a visual representation can help a ton! Here, Lowell, IN teacher Blake C. shares how to get started...   Many musicians avoid learning music theory altogether because it can feel much like learning a foreign language; as a result, many musicians enlist in the anti-music theory organization. I will admit it – I was a member of the anti-music theory organization in my early years, declaring that music theory

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