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Well structured lesson plan covering all aspects of music, and specifically designed to help you reach your individual goals.

Styles taught: Rock, funk, jazz, country, blues, fusion, folk, R&B, and classical

About Kevin

Kevin T. is a music professor at MUM, Vice president of the San Diego Songwriters guild, and CEO of Songwriting Planet. He is an instructor of guitar, bass, voice, piano, songwriting, composition, orchestration, jazz arranging, music theory, ear training, production and engineering, and music business and career development. He graduated from Musicians Institute with a performance certificate, received his BA degree with honors from Berklee College of Music with a dual major in Songwriting and Performance, and received his Masters degree in Music Composition from the University of Miami's Frost School of Music.

Kevin has written and performed myriad and diverse styles of music which include everything from jazz, rock, funk, country, blues, fusion, R&B, and classical, to world music and avant-garde. Kevin has recorded CDs and has be

en the songwriter, arranger, and bandleader for several original music groups. Stress Factor Zero combines rock with funk and jazz. Cloud Ex is an acoustic group combining Afro Cuban and Peruvian percussion with folk rock songs. His most recent band Stratosphere is a modern rock and funk band for artistic rockers and visionaries. They blend diverse styles of rock music with a fiery blaze of Latin percussion, sensuous saxophones, and poetic melodies with a message. Their first CD received radio airplay on over forty stations across the U.S. and Canada, and they are currently working on their third CD. Stratosphere performs throughout Southern California and is currently setting up several short tours in various cities across the U.S., Europe, and South America.

*** Lesson Details ***
Well structured lesson plan covering all aspects of music, specifically designed to help you reach your individual goals.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Acoustic piano, full keyboard, 4 guitars, bass, amps, microphones, Pro Tools recording equipment, and seating for parents

*** Styles ***
Rock, funk, jazz, country, blues, fusion, folk, R&B, and classical
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May 14, 2019
Daniel
Kevin was very knowledgeable and patient
September 19, 2018
Aaron
I have very much enjoyed my classes with Kevin. We have made great progress and the classes have been a good mix of focusing on the important fundamentals and exploring things specific to my interests. I think Kevin has the knowledge and ability to teach you anything you would want to know about music!
October 26, 2017
Sid
Kevin is an incredible teacher. He is exceedingly patient and he is a warm and kind human being. I could never asked to find a better teacher than Kevin. He is humble, smart, and amazingly knowledgeable

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Eric C.

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Whether you are just getting started or have been playing for years and have found yourself in a rut and want to refresh and do some new things, guitar lessons will help you to set and realize your goals in music.

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.

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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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September 21, 2019
River G.
Eric is very patient and personable.
April 15, 2019
Burnam
Always great!
September 9, 2018
Thuy-Dung
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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Peter M.

Lenexa, KS 66215

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About Peter

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons in Studio inOlathe, amps, guitars, music stands, chairs, parents can sit in during lessons

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide all class materials, student should provide his/her amp, guitar and brain.

*** Specialties ***
All styles of music taught, lessons follow students desires to learn.

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August 24, 2019
Jim F.
Peter is an outstanding teacher. I am 63 years old. First attempt at learning the guitar.

Peter completely understands how to teach me at a slower pace.

I recommend Peter to anyone!!!
July 5, 2019
Jim F.
Peter is taking it very slow which is what I need
December 13, 2018
Don B.
Peter is an excellent instructor for piano. He is very easy to work with. I took lessons for about 9 months, and I have learned so much about music and how the piano works. I sincerely appreciate all of his efforts.

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David E.

Kansas City, MO 64133

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Comprehensive instruction includes an unique approach to fretboard symmetry, troubleshooting technique and musical blocks. Applied to multiple styles, including pop, rock, jazz, and classical.

About David

*Now also offering online lessons*

Guitar

David picked up the guitar when he moved from his hometown of Phoenix, Arizona in 2001 at the age of 19 and hasn't looked back since. 7 years and countless hours of practicing, performing and teaching later, David plays at multiple venues in the Kansas City area while teaching from his studio at Guitar Source in Overland Park,, Southland Conservatory in Raymore, and in home tutoring service Mobile Music Teachers. David also teaches and records from his home studio in Raytown, MO where he offers lessons for home schoolers during the daytime hours.

As a guitarist David is motivated primarily by his passion for music. Growing up he was influenced by classical, jazz, and film scores. Since picking up the guitar he has been inspired by guitarists from such diverse backgrounds as Eric Johnson,

Robben Ford, Pat Martino, Pat Metheny, Martin Taylor, and James Taylor, to name a few. Today David plays and teaches a variety of different styles, ranging from rock and blues to classical and jazz.

Piano

David started to play the piano after years of playing the guitar. Although a second instrument, it in many ways it was the first as everything David has aspired to on the guitar is pianistic, and he draws much of his inspiration on the instrument from piano players. Correspondingly, it wasn't long before David picked up the piano itself, studying privately first with Tatev Amir and later with Karen, Kushner, Professor of Piano Studies at UMKC. David applies many of the same principles to the piano that he does the guitar including stressing a comprehensive knowledge of music theory, self transcription, ear training and classical technique as well as the more traditional facets of piano pedagogy such as sight reading and rhythm work. Students learn music theory as applied to the keyboard, sight-reading, improvisation and the application of classical technique to modern styles.

As a pianist David is motivated primarily by his passion for music. Growing up he was influenced by classical, jazz, and film scores. Since picking up the piano he has been inspired by pianists from such diverse backgrounds as Art Tatum, Nicolai Lugansky, Oscar Peterson, and Bill Evans among others. Today David plays and teaches a variety of different styles, ranging from rock and blues to classical and jazz.

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I have extensive experience with all ages and skill levels. I use a curriculum specifically geared towards the guitar, as opposed to more traditional (and inferior) methods that emphasize note reading and piano pedagogy, my method will teach you music theory as it relates to the neck of the guitar and the music that the student are interested in. I am a fairly laid back teacher; we will go at your pace, but I do expect you to work hard.

With piano I use classical literature to develop technique but emphasize the development of a comprehensive understanding of music theory as applied to the keyboard. This includes but is not limited to studies in pop, rock, jazz and other style of contemporary piano.

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#1) Dedicated music room seating for parents

#2) Practice/rehearsal room seating for parents

#3) Amplification provided and music stand.

#4) Keyboard/Piano for student use

#5) Broadband network, dual camera, file sharing and the latest technology utilized for online lessons.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide a music stand, my instrument, curriculum materials, music paper materials and amplification (if needed). I expect the student to have their own instrument and potentially amplification. I provide a piano for instruction but I expect my students to have a piano or keyboard for practice at home.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in classical and jazz guitar, however I am fluent in most styles, including rock, blues, fingerstyle, and miscellaneous. I teach from Jay EuDaly's "Vertical Truth: Chordal Mechanisms for the Guitar" but I also supplement this with a variety of other curriculum.

In piano I specialize in classical piano as well as jazz and pop.
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September 3, 2019
Alex
The lessons have been going really well. Within just 3 lessons we’ve already noticed significant progress.
June 10, 2019
Tammy A.
David is awesome! I've learned so much from him already, after only a few lessons.
May 24, 2019
Tammy
David is a great guitar teacher. I'm a beginner and was very nervous to start lessons, but now I look forward to my lesson every week.

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David E.

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Summer L.

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Our lessons will be both encouraging and productive, but most importantly, will foster a love and understanding of music. Curriculum is individualized based on the student’s musical interests. Students will learn songs they love to play while also developing proper technique and important musical skills like sight-reading, a solid understanding of rhythm, music theory, and ear training. We will work together to help you achieve your goals and gain a well-rounded music education, regardless of age or musical background.

About Summer

I believe that the most important aspect of teaching music is creating a positive and individualized learning environment while simultaneously teaching the necessary technique and knowledge to play your instrument both successfully and confidently.
 
Above all, our lessons will focus on reaching your musical potential. Curriculum for our lessons will draw from variety of methods and aspects of music education. These include music theory, ear training, sight-reading, body mapping, technique, improvisation skills, arranging, and composition. I place a great emphasis on learning repertoire from a variety of genres of music.
 
Students will have the opportunity to share what they learn at spring and winter recitals and to participate in group lessons on a regular basis.



I have 9 years of experience teaching piano, guitar, music th

eory, and ear training to students of all ages, levels, and musical backgrounds, including students with special needs. 
 
I am currently completing my Masters degree at University of California, Irvine. Prior to my graduate studies, I was based in New York City, where I ran a private music studio, performed throughout the city with my jazz quintet, and worked as an accompanist and musical director. I graduated with honors from Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA with degrees in Performance and Audio Engineering.



Feel free to send me a message if you have any questions about lessons or scheduling!
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August 26, 2019
Emily V.
Summer Individualized each lesson for my son, daughter, and myself!
July 28, 2019
Ana C.
Summer is very thorough and competent. She does a great job teaching my daughter the many layers of music!
July 26, 2019
Ana C.
My daughter loves Summer! She told me that she explains the “why” and is opening whole new worlds to her in music!!!

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My Name is Jordan,I love teaching! I teach virtually all genres of music on the guitar be it electric or acoustic.I teach my students based on there needs and goals and take them in the direction they want to go,I can help you to reach an advanced level efficiently and can show you how to minimalize the frustration a lot of students experience when practicing.I'm very patient and no matter how much talent you think you do or don't have,I know that with the right approach you can reach your goals on the guitar :)

About Jordan

Hello,Im Jordan. I have experience as a performer and as a teacher,i have been a full time musician for my entire adult life.Ive been on tour all over the country,Ive taught students from age 3-83.This experience allows me to take my students in whatever direction they want to go. Some of my past students have been concerned that they may not be talented enough to reach there goals on the instrument and Im happy to say a lot of them were shocked at what they are capable of and have even exceeded their goals at times.

I teach Guitar,Bass,and Piano,I can guide you with a practical method that allows you to grow progressively based on your natural skill set,needs,and interest

I teach Virtually all genres of music,not just how to play the music,but the fundamentals that go along with it,so that you can always continue to improve,so wh

atever your interested in...Lets make it happen!
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September 6, 2019
Stacey H.
I have two sons that have been taking lessons with Jordan for 10 months. He is teaching both my sons, one the guitar and the other piano. I have used one previous instructor from takelessons.com for piano lessons and he was good. However, Jordan does not constantly reschedule lessons and I can see more progress in how fast my son is learning and his enthusiasm to learn. I am happy I switched my son who plays the piano to Jordan, whom was already teaching my other son guitar.

Key Points:
Jordan, is good at assessing a student’s abilities and interests and adjusting his lessons accordingly

He makes the lessons fun and challenging.

He has gone out of his way to learn about my sons and their interests, so when they were introduced to guitar and piano, they were able to learn and play music that they already enjoyed listening to

He is a gifted musician but also highly skilled at teaching. He works well with families and has a flexible schedule.

He is fair but firm with students

The highlight for me was hearing my sons have a jam session together

Jordan has a wonderful ability to relate to people. He has excellent skill and enthusiasm, making my sons WANT to learn.

I would highly recommend him as a teacher.
November 29, 2018
Steve
Jordan is amazing, he can just learn a song by ear the first time he hears it, I’ve been working with him for a little over a year and I never thought I’d be able to do that, but my ear has really started to develop. He always offers positive critique, never negative and always patient!!
November 29, 2018
Sophia
Jordan is a good teacher. Talented. Patient. Smart.
My daughter responded well to him.

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Gary is a professional touring/recording guitarist,composer
and member of PERE UBU, ROCKET FROM THE TOMBS AND THE LEGENDARY SHACK SHAKERS.
A Graduate of Berkee College of Music, he has over 30 years of experience teaching and performing. He specializes in Contemporary and Classical Guitar. Lessons focus on the application of Music Theory to Guitar to help students acquire strong compositional and songwriting skills, knowledge of chord construction, the ability to play scales proficiently, and gain necessary skills needed for solo improvisation. In addition to a wealth of teaching experience, he has toured extensively throughout North America and Europe and has numerous songwriting credits on international releases.

About Gary

Gary is a professional touring/recording guitarist and composer
most notably associated with PERE UBU, ROCKET FROM THE TOMBS AND THE LEGENDARY SHACK SHAKERS.
He has earned a reputation as a virtuosic live performer and highly sought after professional guitar instructor. In 2011, he joined Rocket from the Tombs for the USA 'Barfly' Tour, replacing Richard Lloyd(Television) in Peter Laughners’ former guitar position in the band. He has since toured regularly with Rocket From The Tombs throughout the United States and Europe, as well as co-writing and recording songs for 'Black Record' (2015, Fire Records). In 2016, he joined Pere Ubu and toured on the 'Coed Jail' Tour, followed by co-writing, recording and touring as a member of PERE UBU in support the '20 Years in a Montana Missile Silo' album (Cherry Red 2017). In 2017, he joined the

Legendary Shack Shakers and toured in support of their release “After You’ve gone” and appears in the official video for the song “Sing a worried song” from the album. In 2018, he toured with JD Wilkes and The legendary Shack Shakers in support of the release “Fire Dream”, in addition to more touring Europe with Pere Ubu.
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Claire A.

Kansas City, MO 64109

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Are you ready to play guitar? Guitar is an incredibly fun and versatile instrument and I want to share my 20 years of playing and 7 years of teaching experience with you! As a professional guitarist and bassist, I've played and performed in a variety of ensembles, and toured nationally and internationally. In lessons, we'll go over the foundations of technique, theory, and improvisation in a plan that is customized for your interests and goals, all while having lots of fun!

About Claire

I am a professional bassist, guitarist, singer, songwriter and recording artist. I graduated from Belmont University with a Bachelors of Music Business, with an emphasis on Recording and Audio Production. I've performed in and written for a variety of ensembles, and toured nationally and internationally.

I teach students of all ages, and personalize each lesson plan to help each student meet their goals in a positive and fun learning environment.

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October 7, 2019
Joelle
Great first start. It was fun & constructive!
June 21, 2019
Alexa
I have enjoyed every lesson I took from Claire! She went at the perfect pace for me, and definitely tailors her lessons for the student. She is an enigmatic, warm teacher that is very passionate about music and that shows in her lessons.
June 20, 2019
Rachel G.
Claire is so awesome! I actually took some songwriting lessons from her also, and I was more motivated to do the work than I have been in years. I found Claire to be kind, easy to work with, encouraging, and a complete delight. Her insights made all the difference to me. As an adult student and a music teacher myself, I fully recommend Claire for anything related to music. She is a true gem.

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s a child. And he is just very patient. Even if you are not a fast learner, he will get you on the right track in just a few lessons."
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m so happy I met him. Amazing patience, understanding, communication and compassion. Best guitar teacher in the biz. knows every style you could want to learn."
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I just realized how important to have a teacher right in front me to guide and correct my fingers when
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instructor as well; I'll let you know that you will be very hard-pressed to find a better teacher than Greg - he takes the time to really delve deep into all your lessons and give you the best experience, as well as wonderful material to work with, in order to help you fully reach your potential as a musician. On top of that, he really gets to know you and caters to your style of learning, and helps you recognize your strengths and weaknesses, overall making your learning experience the most fruitful it can be. Besides, he makes the learning fun! I highly recommend and respect Greg as a musician and an instructor."
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