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About Kevin F.

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I tend to teach Jazz theory to players who have joined Jazz Band and need some help with playing Vibes

About Kevin
I have a Percussion Performance Degree from Arizona State University, have authored over 6 books on how to play better including: ART Approach to Keyboard Percussion Sightreading, ART Approach to Rhythm!, Turn It Up & Lay It Down, The Book (with Joe Bergamini and Spence Strand) I have over 26 years of teaching experience and constantly work to find better ways to show people how to be great. I am currently working on 4 new books in the Percussion area and about a dozen more for other instruments.I work with each student to find out what motivates them and how to set goals to reach whatever level they seek. I have worked with almost every age possible and find it exciting to see people find out how great they are. 

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Lessons with me will be positive and you will be pushed to be your best. I work with each student to f
ind out their goals and then show them the fastest and best way to reach those goals. As long as you follow instructions and practice, you can expect amazing results! Most of my students are in the top bands, make All-State auditioned groups, get highest ratings at Solo & Ensemble contests and know how to play!Even when time is a concern, I can still help you move forward. I always take where students are and show them how to get to the next step. I can move at any rate the student wants to move. I am committed to having them have fun and get better!

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2 Drumsets, Timpani, Vibraphone, Xylophone, Bells, Snare Drums, marching drum pads, Congas, Timbales, Bongos, Auxiliary Percussion (too many to list) and also TV/Audio equipment to help with playing with music while we do lessons!

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I have a series of Rhythm books that are used in multiple schools. I also am well-versed in Drumset, Concert Percussion, Marching Percussion, Steel Drums, and Mallet Percussion
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Tammy January 1, 2018
· Drum · In studio
Kevin does a great job teaching our young child. Very patient but challenging which keeps our child motivated to continue to learn.
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Benjamin January 1, 2018
· Drum · In studio
If you or someone is wanting to take lessons I highly recommend Kevin because I started knowing almost nothing about how to play on any type of instrument relating to percussion but Kevin has helped me understand how to count and look at the Music in a way that is understandable to play and read.
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Lindsey December 31, 2017
· Percussion · In studio
I have been taking music lessons of various types in and outside of school since elementary school and have never had a teacher who introduces concepts quite like Mr.Fuhrman. Things that I have struggled with ever since they were introduced; especially regarding rhythm/counting have become incredibly simple- as they should be! My progress regarding percussion (which I've been working with for over 4 years) has increased exponentially since working with him. Not only will he highly recommend essential practice, but he's willing to give you various strategies to manage time and to be able to fit the practice in. I've had music teachers (all of whom were very competent musicians) telling me to practice since the second grade, but no one's ever set aside some lesson time to discuss how to fit it in. I am a beginning music teacher myself and have already implemented some of the concepts he has taught with my own students. He's not only an incredibly skillful musician, but he is an amazing teacher as well. You won't regret doing lessons with him.
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Kevin F.

Kevin F.

Minneapolis, MN 55433
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About Shae K.

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I believe it is very important to understand the why and how behind music. As the student understands music theory in relation to piano, voice, or any other instrument, he/she can start to join the knowledge of music theory with their instrument. When this happens, they are able to see a clearer of picture of the music; and become that much closer to true musicianship.

About Shae
I am an music instructor with 27 years of experience. I have a Bachelor's degree in Sacred Music with a major in Voice. I have been playing piano for 35 years with having been an accompanist for choirs and soloists and a pianist at weddings and churches. I am a believer that anyone can learn piano and improve their abilities! I also know that a knowledge of music and music theory go together to improve one's learning ability in any area of his/her life. The student and I would work together. I don't just teach the "how to", I help and encourage taking time at the lesson to learn and understand the music. I am a huge advocate of building the student's skills during the lesson time and using the rest of the week on their own to continue to review the skills they have already acquired. I have a piano recital once a year in the spring
. 2 or 3 months ahead, we decide on a song they like that will show off their acquired skills. I look forward to being your teacher! We will have fun learning!

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I am a friendly person and like to put everyone at ease. I try to adapt to each student's learning style. As I have hinted at in my bio, I teach the skills and then we work together on these skills during the lesson. The idea is for the knowledge and skills to come together before the student tries on their own. The student actually learns quicker this way and we repeat lessons much less. The student also desires to learn when they see those goals being attained at a quicker pace. I usually average one lesson book every 2-3 months, depending on the student.

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I have taught every method available for piano. My preference is Faber & Faber. For more advanced students we create our own curriculum.
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Alan Z September 18, 2017
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I appreciate Shae's honesty. For she is a very "present" teacher! Explains what the song is supposed too sound like, look like and feel like. Then says "good luck"! Just kidding. Shae is patient and good to work with. Very supportive, even as I plodded along. She knows her stuff!!
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Tyler and Kendall Q. September 13, 2017
· Piano · In home
One kid came to me so excited saying "I'm actually learning it!" and the other "I really like her" Actually both kids told me how much they liked her. :-) Definitely one of the better experiences we've had with piano teachers. So excited to continue.
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Al Z. May 11, 2017
· Piano · In home
Shae was very knowledgeable. Easy to learn with. Wasn't as difficult as I thought it might be! Really glad I'm starting.
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Shae K.

Saint Paul, MN 55113
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About Alex M.

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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.

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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!

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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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Jim February 15, 2018
· Bass Guitar · Online
I'm a complete beginner. Alex was very patient and went at a pace that I could understand. He's very passionate about learning.
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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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Alex M.

Minneapolis, MN 55406
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About Thomas C.

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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

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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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Manny January 1, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Tim is an expect at both music and teaching. He is personable and very good at teaching my son respect, and piano.
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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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Saint Paul, MN 55118
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About Lauren V.

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A must for every musician! I love teaching music theory because of how important it is. Once you understand the basics, your appreciation for music will only grow!

About Lauren
Lauren graduated from McNally Smith College of Music magna cum laude in 2011 with a bachelors in vocal performance. She played everywhere from Duluth. Minnesota to Lima, Peru: sharing the stage with artists as diverse as Andres Prado and Judi Donaghy. In addition to her McNally Smith Degree, Lauren received master classes from Bobby McFerrin and the New York Voices. Passionate about giving back to the community, Lauren instructed voice and piano students at the Urban Hub, a community center for inner city youth in Minneapolis MN. She spent the last 6 months of 2011 as an instructor at Jazz Jaus in Lima, Peru. She taught music theory, history, songwriting, and applied voice at ex'treme Institute by Nelly in St. Louis, MO for 3 years. She recently moved back to the Twin Cities to perform and teach.

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has an experience unique to themselves. I am strict about meeting the goals developed by each student. However, the learning process is highly individual. You will learn at a pace and with a curriculum we develop to best suit your learning style, musical preference, and goals.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect students will have a keyboard or piano.

*** Specialties ***
Trained 10 years in classical voice and piano.
Undergrad in contemporary voice.
12 years of theatre experience
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Ki December 12, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Kind, patient, and knowledgeable.
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Lisa September 15, 2017
· Acting · In studio
My daughter looked forward to meeting with Lauren and felt like the work with Lauren was very helpful.
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Derek August 15, 2017
· Singing · In studio
My teen son enjoyed his first lesson and working with Lauren! He's looking forward to continuing to work with her.
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Lauren V.

Minneapolis, MN 55410
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About Yasmin B.

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Music notation, chord study, major & minor keys/scales, modes, harmonic structure.

About Yasmin
I studied classical piano and theory with Sr. Cecile Amore, jazz theory and mellophone with be-bop saxophonist John Mastroianni, jazz piano with Noreen Grey, and jazz history with the late Bill Finegan- big-band leader and acclaimed arranger for Tommy Dorsey and Glenn Miller.

I enjoy playing classical music (primarily Mozart, Beethoven and Chopin) tango, and pop songs as well. I have played keyboards and bass guitar professionally and enjoyed some commercial recognition in California when invited to open for a well known Bay Area band ("Foxboro Hot Tubs" a.k.a. "Green Day") at The Roxy and a handful of other west coast venues.

My music students are introduced to basic music theory, notation, and technique to enable them to play fun, simple melodies after the first lesson, and fun simple arrangements after the first month.
My stude
nts can expect lessons to suit their tastes and goals, whether they intend to pursue music formally, professionally, or for personal enjoyment.

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Expect this to be fun! All lessons will incorporate proper playing technique and elements of the most basic theory, no matter the style of music. If students can devote some time to practice every week, they will see results. If students practice daily, they may exceed their expectations!

With each new song or lesson to be learned, I walk you through each part so that your practice time alone is fruitful. I encourage students to tell me what they want to learn. Any arrangement, classical or pop, can be made accessible to any level.

*** Studio Equipment ***
In-Studio lessons take place in teacher's home or at Chanson Voice and Music Academy in St. Paul.

*** Specialties ***
Ear training, music notation & sight reading, music theory, tablature, lead sheets, solo and ensemble.
Classical training, for those so inclined!
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Samuel Cole November 2, 2017
· Piano · In home
Yasmin's lessons at her in-home location can be chaotic at times due to young children, however if you can work past this she offers wonderful piano lessons. She is a very kind instructor with lots of patience and knowledge on the subject of piano technique and music theory.
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Suzanne August 24, 2016
· Piano · In studio
She is very passionate about music and does a nice job with keeping you motivated.
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Benjamin B. July 18, 2016
· Piano · In studio
SIMPLY AWESOME!!
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Yasmin B.

Minneapolis, MN 55406
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About Mary Lou I.

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About Mary Lou
Casa de la Música is located in Apple Valley, MN, south of Mall of America. It is an independent, private music studio in existence since 1984 that serves the south suburbs of the Twin Cities. The studio offers technology as an adjunct to traditional piano study. The art of music is an endeavor generated by the soul and spirit. Continued student success in performance, theory, and composition makes for a dynamic learning place. The teacher maintains her professional standing by performing and working with local, state, and national music organizations. Mary Lou is a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music.

A highly regarded pianist and piano pedagogue, Mary Lou Iverson maintains her skills by being a frequent performer and staying in touch with latest pedagogical methods. Performing in Mexico and many areas in the United States, she consta
ntly strives to add a new touch to each performance. As a piano teacher, she consistently has students who are state/national piano competition winners. Welcome to the wonderful world of music!
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Mary Lou I.

Mary Lou I.

Saint Paul, MN 55124
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$30 / 30-min

About Richard W.

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Theory and Composition were my primary areas of study in college, and I currently have a Songwriting Vlog with over 1,000 subscribers. I know how to apply these tools to the Pop/Rock/etc. landscape and I like to help my students also appreciate and use these tools. There are no rules in music, only trends, and it helps to know them.

About Richard
Rick's been teaching Guitar, Banjo, and Ukulele at his home, and at the Mount Olivet School of Music in South Minneapolis, ever since graduating with a degree in Music from the University of Minnesota Duluth 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.

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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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Nathan February 5, 2018
· Banjo · In home
I've had a great experience with Rick so far. He quickly identified my level of play and has provided good content for me to learn as well as new styles. Very knowledgeable on banjo, I would recommend to anyone looking to improve their banjo skills.
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Penelope S. July 15, 2017
· Ukulele · In home
Richard was willing to introduce my 4 year old granddaughter to the instrument and he helped her with the most basic aspects of playing - how to hold it (he adjusted the strap to fit her properly) how to strum and how to use her left hand on the frets, etc. He was clear, concise, encouraging and patient!
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Huda G. March 12, 2017
· Ukulele · In studio
Great teacher! Funny, easy going and went along with me at the right pace. Totally recommend him.
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Minneapolis, MN 55409
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About Matthew S.

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Music theory teaching assistantship at the university level. I've taught college students as a class and individually.

About Matthew
M.M. in Piano Performance, B.A. in Performance and Pedagogy. Offering an accelerated course of all styles tailored specifically to each individual. No extra costs of materials, everything provided by Mr. S. His focus is to make music fun for any level student and encourage students to be creative, no matter their goals.

As important as performing is to Matthew, teaching is also an essential part of his mission. His wide knowledge of the instrument's power and his ability to adapt to your goals and learning needs makes him one of the best in the field. Current students range from young to wise.

Biography

Pianist Matthew S. is a Mankato, Minnesota native and began performing for the public as a choir accompanist and church musician at age 11. Participation in piano competitions and master classes also helped fuel his passion for th
e instrument early in life. Still today he is an active chamber musician and also thrives as a soloist.

With the little free time that remains on his schedule, he shares his music with schools, churches, hospitals and friends. He looks forward to continuing his education and to a career of teaching and concertizing.

Mr. S. owes his success to the support of his family and the patience of his mentors.
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AJ July 21, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Matt was fantastic and flexible!
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Matias December 4, 2016
· Classical Piano · In studio
Very fun & awesome piano tutor!
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Gail G. August 11, 2016
· Singing · In studio
Matt is great! Learned a few things at my first lesson. Looking forward to my next lesson.
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Saint Paul, MN 55113
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About Ben D.

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I will help to break down the materials of music theory into very easy to understand ideas using a variety of sources to improve how to share the concepts for virtually any need:

Academic support
Creating tablature/lead sheets
Improving composition form
Understanding musical hierarchies

I can help to demystify the language of music into provide ways to enhance the writing, listening, and collaborating music with others. Music is meant to be fun! I will bring a refreshing approach to take the dread out of learning the language of music and make understanding how music works all the more enriching.

About Ben
Hello friends! I'm so excited to share my knowledge of music theory to make the journey of understanding and performing music all the more rewarding.
I have performed extensively throughout the region as a singer and multi-instrumentalist, and have a background in audio production as well to complement my academic foundation in theory.
My goal is to answer and explain, with expression, anything about the language of music which is a universal language across cultures and people's. My approach is grounded in the Western foundation of music, and I can demonstrate through proven models of its champions how to improve and appreciate one's own understanding and expression of something which we all have in common: a love for music.
I can work from a background of the essential basics of the language to the simplification of what may, at firs
t, appear very complex.
I take great joy in helping others to find new ways to articulate better what one already intuitively understand about music in their own lives.
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Ben D.

Minneapolis, MN 55403
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$34 / 30-min

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Average Cost of Music Theory Lessons in Minneapolis, MN

The average cost of 60-minute music theory lessons in Minneapolis is $55. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and your location, you should expect to spend anywhere between $40 and $67 per hour.

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60-min $40
 
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For the best experience, we typically recommend 60-minute music theory lessons. However, students looking for a more affordable option may want to consider a shorter lesson length of 45 or 30 minutes. On average, 45-minute music theory lessons are 22% less expensive at $43, and 30-minute lessons cost 44% less at $31.

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