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About Alex M.

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Minneapolis, MN

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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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Stephanie August 20, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
I took beginner's guitar lessons with Alex. He took into account what my playing goals were, stylewise and whatnot. He's super knowledgeable on musical subjects besides just guitar. I've come away feeling that I have good foundational knowledge to build upon as I progress in my playing. I had the five lesson package, which I felt suited my needs. Tip: If you do something like that, space out your lessons at least every other week, so that you have time to practice and grasp what you're learning. Be sure to ask questions if something is new to you, especially if you're a beginner. I highly recommend guitar lessons from Alex!
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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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Alex M.

Alex M.

Minneapolis, MN 55406
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About Mark F.

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Chanhassen, MN

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Dear Students and Parents,
You have come to the right guitar teacher if you are looking to start playing guitar, if you are giving a gift to someone to start lessons, or if you have played for a while and are looking to take your playing to the next level. I am an accomplished guitarist with a Performance Degree from Southern Methodist University with a passion for helping others learn and grow. I am a very calm, patient and encouraging teacher. I have the gift of taking someone with either no experience or a lot of experience and help them to realize their dream of playing better, either just for fun or for playing in front of an audience. I make lessons fun and enjoyable and at the same time challenging so that my students can see---and hear---their playing improve.
Making music makes me happy and I want to share that experience with
you or your child on the guitar. The guitar is a great instrument for sharing the joy of making music.

Thanks for taking the time to check out my page and I hope to see you soon!

Mark F.

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I've had some great guitar teachers in my life and I've learned a lot from them about music and playing the guitar. I will use what my teachers taught me to help you or your child learn how to play the guitar. I teach beginning to advanced players (except for classical guitar which I teach beginning to intermediate levels), kids and adults, and will work with you in a fun and challenging environment to make sure you are getting the most out of your investment. I am a very calm and friendly teacher who will make our lessons fun while also encouraging you to make progress. I will strive to keep you motivated to improve and will document your progress with the use of technology like audio recordings and video so you can see and hear your progress. I like to work from guitar method books so we can establish specific and measurable goals, but I do respect and accommodate different learning styles. And, of course, we willwork progressively on any songs that you have your heart set on learning so that you can soon be playing the music that you love!
I believe that there is always room for improvement. I continue to look for new ways to improve my own playing. I am sure that I will be learning some things from you, too, so let's get started!

*** Studio Equipment ***
I currently teach in the living room of my home while my basement music room is being remodeled. I provide a music stand, a metronome, a tuner and recording capability so students can see and hear themselves play. I expect the student to bring his or her own instrument and to purchase the book(s) that we'll be working from.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide a small amp for electric guitar if the student doesn't have one. I expect the
student to provide his or her own instrument, a music stand, and to
purchase the book(s) that we'll be working from.

*** Specialties ***
I can teach you to play guitar in any style of music that you want to play, from folk to rock , country to classical and bluegrass to contemporary Christian. I specialize in fingerstyle acoustic guitar that I have adapted from my many years of classical guitar training, but I also love to play the electric guitar, too.
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Amy September 18, 2017
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Mark is a very great teacher for my son. He has a very calm and patient teaching style and is always very encouraging. We really appreciate him!
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Melissa September 13, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
A very good experience, my child learned a lot as a beginner student. Lessons were fun and very helpful!
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HUAMAO M. August 16, 2016
· Classical Guitar · In studio
I had never played guitar before and knew nothing about the music theory. Mark is my first classical guitar teacher. He is very patient answering my questions and he can always find a way to deal with them. Also He encouraged me a lot when I got a little progress. That makes me feel more confident and more happy playing guitar.
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Mark F.

Mark F.

Chanhassen, MN 55317
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About Mariana L.

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Maple Grove, MN
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About Mariana
Born in Panama City, Panama, Mariana completed a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Shenandoah Conservatory and completed a Master of Music in Vocal Pedagogy at the Catholic University of America with an emphasis in Latin American Music in 2009. She has sung on the stages of Italy and Spain participating in performances of Die Zauberfl te, L'Elisir d'Amore and La Traviata. Mariana has sung in the DC area with Zarzuela Di Si and the In Series as well as The City Choir of Washington and The Washington Chorus.
As a voice teacher, Mariana has experience teaching students of all ages but mostly children and teenagers. Her approach is simple yet effective, speaking in terms that are easy for each individual student to understand and remember.

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Students will develop a strong vocal technique and build heal
thy vocal habits. They will learn all aspects needed to become a well rounded singer: diction, interpretation, musicianship, breath support and focus, all of this while having fun! Also, they will acquire the tools to keep up the work they've done during their lessons in the time between meetings with the teacher.
Pianists will learn to read music and play by ear while acquiring a healthy technique to avoid any injuries.

*** Studio Equipment ***
You'll be learning to play on a beautiful Kawai upright piano.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I own a traveling keyboard but prefer to use a larger instrument if available at the student's home. I also provide musical scores and the use of metronome.

*** Specialties ***
Classical, pop, musical theatre, rock
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Jacquie Weide June 29, 2017
· Spanish · In home
Made us feel very comfortable and offered lots of suggestions for things to practice at home. We felt like it was very tailored to what we wanted to learn
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Sophia August 23, 2016
· Singing · In studio
She is a wonderful teacher. So easy to work with. My daughter loves her!
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Richard leRoy August 19, 2016
· Spanish ·
Outstanding! Mariana is funny and is easy to work with. She takes time when you are struggling and pushes you when you are not.

I woukd highly recomend her to anyone wanting to learn spanish.

She is the best! Rick L
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Mariana L.

Mariana L.

Maple Grove, MN 55311
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About Don S.

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Minneapolis, MN

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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). Don
specializes 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 video) working with gifted/talented and special needs students as well as in-school artist residencies. Adult students are a specialty and are most welcome!

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In individual lessons, instruction will be tailored to the indiv
idual 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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Brittany September 15, 2017
· Ukulele · In home
Don was very kind, patient, and encouraging. He brought over a lot of his own materials so it was much less stressful trying to find things to do.
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Barbara K. June 26, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Don does an outstanding job! He is able to connect authentically my son and customized the lessons to fit his learning style and needs. Don has drawn so much out of him musically and has also built a community of students that play together. He makes the lessons fun and engaging. He has opened up my 7-year old to the joy of playing and performing and has helped create a love of music. I highly recommend Don as a music teacher.
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Benjamin L. June 25, 2017
· Ukulele · In studio
Don was very patient with my son. He not only taught my son to play the Ukulele but also answered his numerous questions about video production.
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Don S.

Don S.

Minneapolis, MN 55426
(11)
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$40 / 30-min

About Kate D.

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Saint Paul, MN

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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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Kate D.

Kate D.

Saint Paul, MN 55113
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About Sheryl W.

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Burnsville, MN
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My name is Sheryl W. I have a BA in music from Augsburg College in Minneapolis, and have been teaching piano and flute students since 1979. My goal in teaching is to encourage my students to learn theory and performance, but most of all to achieve lifetime skills and to have fun. I believe music is important to all areas of learning and helps students reach their highest potential. Students can have weekly lessons and will also have the opportunity to participate in performance situations. I believe performing encourages preparation and builds confidence, both of which are important in all aspects of life. I look forward to helping students reach their goals.
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Sheryl W.

Sheryl W.

Burnsville, MN 55337
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$35 / 30-min

About Laura P.

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Minneapolis, MN

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About Laura
Laura has been teaching private lessons and classes since 2009 and is currently teaching in the Dinkytown neighborhood of Minneapolis. Laura has helped students begin new musical journeys, whether at age five or age fifty-five, and encourages seekers of all ages to approach the power of music in their lives as a personal and interpersonal process.

Laura received her musical training at Valparaiso University (Indiana), the Conservatoire de Saint-Maur-des-Fossés (France) and the Sorbonne. As an expert in her field, Laura looks forward to helping new students achieve their goals. Laura's teaching style centers on relaxation, consistency, and developing student independence.
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Kewei Q. August 9, 2017
· Piano · In studio
I had two months' of lessons with Laura over the summer, and learned a ton of new things. Laura has many tricks to help me practicing and get into good playing habits. She gradually add layers of interpretation techniques to a piece, and without realizing it, I had already progressed a lot. Unfortunately I have to move to a new place, otherwise I would definitely love to continue piano study with Laura!
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Glen June 27, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Very good.
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Mery January 2, 2017
· Piano ·
Laura was the 1st piano teacher of our daughter Julie - 6 years old at the time at
the Conservatoire de musique d'Ézanville - France. Laura clearly set the basis for Julie to progress steadily, she is good with children, flexible and firm on what need to be done (like practicing regularly at home)
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Laura P.

Laura P.

Minneapolis, MN 55414
(5)
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$30 / 30-min

About Mlada K.

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Hopkins, MN

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About Mlada
Known for her work with Valery Gergiev, Mlada was born and raised in Moscow and now lives permanently in the US.

Mlada has appeared at the Metropolitan Opera, Carnegie Hall and the BBC Proms. She appeared as Lisa "Pique Dame" at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Abigaille at Oper Stuttgart, at Polish National Opera, and Royal Danish Opera. She appeared as Sieglinde with Bryn Terfel under the baton of Valery Gergiev at the Wales Millennium.

Her performances in the title role Turandot that opened Bregenz Festival during the summer of 2015 and 2016. She sang the title role Norma at Florida Grand Opera in January 2016. Future contracts include Abigaille Nabucco with Oper Leipzig and the title role in Turandot with Oper Köln.

Mlada has taught private voice for the past decade, including masterclasses at Graz University (Aust
ria), Pepperdine University and in Minnetonka.
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Mlada K.

Mlada K.

Hopkins, MN 55305
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$30 / 30-min

About Ethan E.

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Saint Paul, MN

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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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Ethan E.

Ethan E.

Saint Paul, MN 55101
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$20 / 30-min

About Brian V.

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Saint Paul, MN

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I have decades of professional training, performance and teaching experience on the Djembe, drum set and congas. I will get you drumming, and I will get you on a path of steady musical growth and progress. Happy drumming !
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Brian V.

Saint Paul, MN 55102
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$34 / 30-min

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