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About Alex M.

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Minneapolis, MN

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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, Oud, bouzouki, 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 & dedic
ate themselves to the craft of making music.

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I am an experienced gigging musician 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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Richard B. April 7, 2019
· Blues Guitar · Online
One cannot do better than lessons with Alex. He is extremely knowledgeable and explains the most difficult concepts in a clear and perceptive ways.
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Mark February 26, 2019
· Guitar · Online
Alex was a great instructor! I have progressed mightily in the last 2 months of taking his lessons.
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Gregory S. February 16, 2019
· Bass Guitar · Online
Excellent lesson.Alex is very knowledgeable and the whole vibe was very
relaxed.Will be happy to continue my lessons with him.Great recommendation you made!đź‘Ť
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Alex M.

Minneapolis, MN 55406
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About Lauren V.

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Songwriting lessons are flexible. If you are a beginner we will work on lyric basics. As an intermediate we will add in chord and melody writing. If you are an advanced writer, I can help critique your works and give suggestions on revisions, give techniques on structure, and/or encourage you by extending your sources of inspiration.

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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Adrian L. June 29, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Very interesting first lesson. I feel she is going to be a great teacher for Adrian.
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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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Lauren V.

Minneapolis, MN 55410
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$35 / 30-min

About Zachary J.

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Saint Paul, MN
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Professional, nationally touring singer/ songwriter (75-100 dates a year for 8 years). 3 CD's available. Have worked with many Grammy winners, Oscar-winning movie star/ musicians and more.

About Zachary
Zachary is a multi-talented teacher and performer. He teaches violin, piano, guitar, voice, mandolin, banjo and more. As a singer/ songwriter, he has released 3 cds, tours nationally with over 100 dates per year and has shared the stage with multiple multi-Grammy award winners. He is an inspirational and motivational based teacher; he will make you or your child LOVE making music rather than dreading their weekly lesson. He has a BA in music performance and has taught for 10 years. He is an exceptionally talented and in-demand teacher and performer.

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Zach is very motivating and inspiring. He will not yell or discourage you or your child. He will have reasonable and attainable weekly goals. He will seek the best from you but will maintain professionalism and makes learning enjoyable and fun. Works well with all ag
es, from beginners to advanced; from young children to adults.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music studio, f/w keyboard, and all other instruments he teachers, seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
Student should provide instrument, stand. I will provide my own instrument (except piano).

*** Specialties ***
Suzuki for violin (I'm comfortable with other methods, too)
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Aubrey C. April 11, 2018
· Guitar · In home
Great with kids!
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Abby W. November 1, 2014
· Singing · In home
Relates to a 13 year old very well and is very professional.
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Janet L. February 2, 2014
· Piano ·
supportive and encouraging

I found Zach through 'take lessons' after my daughter had a few years with an intense classical pianist. I want my daughter to have fun and appreciate music and not feel the intense pressure she was feeling with our previous instructor. Zach was the perfect choice. My daughter loves her lessons. Zach does take time off for his professional endevors. Good for him. He has always let us know and connected with us when he returns.
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Zachary J.

Saint Paul, MN 55117
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$35 / 30-min

About Jason S.

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Chaska, MN
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Songwriting seems to be a bit of different experience for everyone. We will figure out how you most comfortably write and deepen your process.

About Jason
Music comes from our souls and is an incredibly passionate form of expression. When individuals perform for people, including a teacher, they put their confidence and abilities and imperfections out to be seen. That's why it is important for students to feel safe and confident in their instructor, something you will find in our teacher-student relationship.

I have been teaching acoustic, electric, and bass guitar for 11 years. My passions lie in folk, blues, rock, and indie music, and I love to share that passion with my students in an encouraging and patient environment. Communication is key in a learning environment to ensure that students are working and progressing toward their goals. I have given lessons to students from age 7 through 75, and understand that each student has a unique interest and skill set to be develope
d. Music would be pretty dull if everyone was the same, wouldn't it?

I have been a singer/songwriter out of the Twin Cities for the past 11 years and have played in venues all over the world. These include coffee shops, events, and churches in Minnesota and go as far as various establishments in Guatemala. My debut album was released in 2007 and I have been a part of numerous projects since that time. I have also had the privilege of taking intensive blues lessons with Michael May and vocal lessons with Helen Lapakko.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am a laid back, patient, flexible, and caring teacher. I have experience with and enjoy teaching all ages and abilities. I like to guide students through material that they choose to work on, as long as it is within their ability. During my lessons, I will cover everything from the introductory basics, improving your technical abilities, ear training, theory, and improvisation. Time can also be taken to work through electric guitar basics involving amplifiers and effects and guitar maintenance.

*** Studio Equipment ***
None

*** Travel Equipment ***
Musical Materials, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Amp, Pedaboard, Metronome

*** Specialties ***
I prefer to teach people starting out in tablature, as I feel that they can more easily access songs in this method. I will, of course, teach them some basic note reading and the fretboard. I feel that learning chords and strumming is a great way to ensure that students feel success as they progress...as they can begin to play simple songs. I play all sorts of music myself, from rock to folk to blues.
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Sue O. April 9, 2019
· Guitar · In home
Jason was on time, organized and it was easy to follow his instructions.
I am new at guitar, first lesson went well! Looking forward to the next lesson!
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Sara November 30, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Jason is easy-going, reliable and consistent. My son enjoys his lessons and looks forward to them each week. His skills have slowly and steadily been progressing (more practice on his own would surely help his learning speed up). We are thankful to have found Jason.
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Jacob November 30, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Jason has been providing in-home guitar instructions to one of my children for about 1.5 years. The entire experience has been truly and absolutely fantastic. He has a unique ability to be incredibly flexible in his teaching approach to best accommodate the individual student. Moreover, he's able to modify his approach given the particular circumstances on a particular date (perhaps the child is under the weather, crabby or a bit out of practice). Whatever the situation is, Jason is able to maximize the lesson and everybody leaves with a smile and some musical inspiration. Most importantly, individual lesson goals are consistently achieved and my child always has a clear understanding of what needs to happen before the next lesson (let's call it homework). Jason has been able to light the musical spark in my child and is continuing to provide the tools to get to the next level -- all while having fun. Jason has also fostered my child's musical creativity by supporting and fostering her creations and integrating that creativity into his lesson plans. In short, Jason is the best guitar teacher ever, hence the 5 stars!
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Jason S.

Chaska, MN 55318
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About Mark H.

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Maple Grove, MN
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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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Nick April 3, 2019
· Singing · In studio
Mark is a great instructor - very patient and knowledgeable. Would recommend to anyone just starting or looking to refine your skills!
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Elliott July 22, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Great teacher! Really knows what he's talking about and gives great examples to help better understand the exercises. Highly recommend.
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Houa February 24, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Mark did a great job with my sessions. He is knowledgeable and patient. It was a pace that suited me. I would highly recommend Mark to anyone.
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Mark H.

Maple Grove, MN 55311
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About Eric C.

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Saint Paul, MN

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There are so many ways to write a song. Songwriting lessons will cover a lot of ground including but not limited to song structure, dynamics, melody, rhythm, harmony, etc.

About Eric
Performing and recording musician with several groups for over 15 years. 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, St. Paul Public Schools 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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Burnam April 15, 2019
· Drum · In home
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Thuy-Dung September 9, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Eric really listens to where you are at with your playing and builds off of that in order to help you reach your goals.
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Burnam July 19, 2018
· Drum · In home
Eric did a great job encouraging my son to participate. He was very patient and kept my son engaged in the whole session. We are looking forward to our next lessons.
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Eric C.

Saint Paul, MN 55101
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$35 / 30-min

About Schroeder S.

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Minneapolis, MN

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There are only 12 notes (pitches) in equal temperament tuning that we use in Western music. AND only 7 letters. It's all the same. Wanna learn how to navigate it?

About Schroeder
" There's a difference between playing the notes and making the Music. Wanna know the difference? "I've been a professional musician and teacher for over 35 years. I have a degree from the University of Minnesota and I studied music at the University of St. Thomas when I was in high school. I've performed and recorded with numerous artist including The Temptations, Peter Noone (Herman's Hermits), Bobby Z, Billy McLaughin, Presidential Inauguration 2005, The Shirelles, Martha Reeves, Larry King, The Guess Who, Quiet Riot, Loverboy, J. Hoye and many more. I received the Certificate of Achievement from Billboard Magazine for production and songwriting, etc.,etc. enough about me though.

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Every student is different so I like to base lessons for each student upon their strengths and weaknesses. Some students are just
beginning, others want to improve upon their skills. Some students want to learn more about Classical music, others want to learn jazz and improvisation, others rock and roll or country et. al.. Others want to know how music works-the theory
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PatriciaC March 21, 2012
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Excellent flute teacher. Inspiring and motivating. An exploratory journey in music and very enjoyable. I look forward to my lessons!
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WesleyS March 8, 2012
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Great teacher---I really enjoy the lesson.
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KathyH November 11, 2011
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wow! so knowledgeable, I can't believe what I have learned in 3 lessons. And I never feel intimidated or feel I can't learn it. And this comes from an over the hill piano player. Highly recommend Schroeder!!
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Schroeder S.

Minneapolis, MN 55410
(5)
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About Don S.

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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). 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.

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!

*** Lesson Details ***
In individual lessons, instruction will be tailored to the individual desires and needs of each studen
t. 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, 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.
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Dean June 5, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Don is a super experienced musician that promotes local singer songwriters. He is very flexible with his schedule and lesson plans.
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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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Don S.

Minneapolis, MN 55426
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About Richard W.

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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 studies to Rolling Stone articles. Also, Theory and Composition were my primary areas of study in college, and I currently have a Songwriting Vlog with over 1,000 subscribers.

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 plays around town in 3 bands and also does the occasional 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, he also runs a Songwriting and Music Theory Blog about Tonal Trends in popular music, a Guitar Curriculum Blog based on Karate Belts, and is a regular contributor to the music magazine Flypaper by Soundfly.

*** 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 Yousician, Anytune Phrase Trainer, TabPro, and the Guitar Toolkit (metronome, tuner, etc.)

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

*** Specialties ***
Music Theory and Songwriting.
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Andrea August 21, 2018
· Ukulele · In studio
As an adult learner, I was put at ease and able to work on songs I was interested in right away. Wonderful teaching style.
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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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Richard W.

Minneapolis, MN 55409
(17)
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$25 / 30-min

About Waldo D.

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If there is something you have to say as an artist, then you have to know how to craft your ideas based on steps and choices. Show your personality, who you are, and what you want to say to the world.

About Waldo
I am a professional Pianist, Composer, Choir Conductor, and Vocalist who also write songs, orchestrate, and make arrangements. Cuban who studied primarily in Cuba (ENA and ISA), and finished studying in the USA. I have played in several important Concert Halls, among them, it is included Carnegie Hall in NY. I have worked on several projects including music for TV and Musical Theater.

I am the owner and funder of MusiKon Edge Productions. The idea started some time ago and now is becoming true. As part of my offer to students, it is my interest to produce them, so they can be more creative and the process becomes interesting and fun.

Even though I studied Classical Piano, I love Pop Music, Jazz, and I am always open to new genres, as long it is done with good taste and makes a positive impact on others. Creative, fun, professional
and knowledgeable is the way I define my ART.

I have won several awards since I was younger after starting studying music at the age of 15, and since then I have had an intense career performing and creating music for endless different projects, such as playing music alive for a play, composing music for Symphonic Orchestra, Contemporary music for different formats (like piano, violin, and clarinet), or even Musical Theater.

Teaching is one of my passions, and I have seen some of my students to be successful in National Musical Contests, such in Jazz in WorldStrides on Stage in New York City.
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Robinson L. April 27, 2018
· Singing · In studio
All i can say is, Wow! All i know is that I've mad a great decision choosing Waldo. I've only met Waldo one time and it felt like I met him all my life. Waldo has a great personality I see why he's so successful in what he does, I'm so excited on what's to come. I know Waldo is going to push me and I'm ready to put in the work.
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Fabricio February 12, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Waldo is an excellent instructor, very attentive, patient and is helping me a lot with the theoretical part, which is my main goal with the classes. Strongly recommend him, also because he's teaching me how to sing (which I'm terrible btw LOL) as a bonus.
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Gael November 12, 2017
· Piano · In studio
My 8 year old son had his second lesson and it is looking promising! Waldo is able to capture his attention and motivate him to learn! My kid is quick to tell you when he doesn’t want to do something anymore and when it comes to his piano lesson he’s ready to go! Looking forward to seeing his progression and love for music grow! I think we have the right teacher!
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Average Cost of Songwriting Lessons in Minneapolis, MN

The average cost of 60-minute songwriting lessons in Minneapolis is $56. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and your location, you should expect to spend anywhere between $45 and $70 per hour.

30-min $25
 
$36 average
$50
45-min $36
 
$46 average
$60
60-min $45
 
$56 average
$70

For the best experience, we typically recommend 60-minute songwriting 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 songwriting lessons are 18% less expensive at $46, and 30-minute lessons cost 36% less at $36.

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