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Guitar Lessons in Kansas City

Kansas City is rich in musical history and tradition, particularly among jazz and blues genres. If you want to take guitar lessons in Kansas City, you will have great support by way of great guitar stores, good repair and setup facilities, many great music venues, and awesome annual events that will expose you to a variety of musicians and help to keep you inspired to continue taking guitar lessons in Kansas City and keep practicing to get better.

Patience and Practice Require

Learning to play the guitar will take time. Few true prodigies exist, and even they need mentorship and a great deal of practice to become among the best. The first thing you will need to learn when you take guitar lessons in Kansas City are basic scales and chords. It also helps to learn how to read music, which most guitarists can’t do. The more you learn and the more you practice, the better you will become and the more likely you are to go from guitar aficionado to paid guitar player.

Many guitarists can solo or play lead but don’t know how to play chords or make changes when necessary to stay on key and keep a band sounding its best. Others might be good at playing rhythm but don’t know their scales. When combining both, you become a fully equipped guitarist capable of complementing virtually any band. Better still, if you take the time to learn to read music when taking guitar lessons in Kansas City, you will be able to make key changes as required and greatly increase your potential for earning a living as a truly professional musician.

Where to Look for Good Guitars

Kansas City has a multitude of good guitar shops where you can try out and buy a great guitar. Many will have layaway programs so that if you find a great guitar but don’t quite have all the money to buy it, you still can lay it away and buy it after saving up for a couple months. Among some of the more notable guitar stores in and around Kansas City are Guitar Syndicate, Big Dudes Music City, Funky Munky Music, Bentley Guitars, and Vintage Guitars.

When you take guitar lessons in Kansas City or anywhere else, you need a good guitar that will stay in tune, has a playable neck, and will make learning and practicing fun. If you are playing an electric guitar, you will want a good practice amp and, eventually, a good gig amp. Guitar Syndicate, Big Dudes Music City, and Funky Munky have a full line of many of the most popular guitar brands and models available to test, determine which one is best for you and that you can buy for your lessons. Bentley Guitars also offers new and used guitars, and Vintage Guitars can help you to find a great deal on a used guitar that is in good playable condition.

Proper Setup Needed for Playability

When you take guitar lessons in Kansas City, you will want to ensure your guitar is set up properly to make playing easier and won’t be plagued by fret buzz, a neck that needs adjusting, or other issues that make playing more difficult. Most guitar stores will have staff available to ensure guitars are set up properly before being sold, but not all stores are like that. If you choose to buy online or from a chain retailer, you might wind up with a guitar that has not been set up properly. Fortunately, you can find plenty of places in and near Kansas City that offer guitar tech and luthier services.

Where to go for Maintenance and Repairs

Even when you have a guitar that is set up properly, it eventually will need maintenance, especially if you are serious about continuing to take guitar lessons in Kansas City. A good guitar tech or luthier will ensure your neck has the correct relief, the action is how you want it, and your guitar is in the best possible playing shape. You can get those services done at Big Dudes Music City, Bentley Guitars, Wendler ElectroCoustic, and many more. Kansas City abounds with many great places for guitar setup and repair, and your guitar teacher should be able to recommend some good ones.

Kansas City Music Venues and Events

Kansas City is full of great music venues and events for watching your favorite bands, checking out new ones, and generally staying inspired to keep taking guitar lessons in Kansas City. Inspiring annual events include the annual KC’s 18th & Vine Jazz and Blues Festival and Jazz in the Woods festival in overland park. The city’s many great clubs, like the Green Lady Lounge, RecordBar, Knuckleheads Saloon, and many others provide great opportunities to see local and touring bands every week.

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First thing I do before first day of class is send out an enthusiastic email and call shortly after. Briefly discussing and establishing the learning goals for the course based on the visual literacy,technical,and intellectual competencies the students should achieve by the end of a period is ideal for me to design the course or update an existing course for the student's desired outcomes. The syllabus and the schedule are completed along with a comprehensive strategy for what will take place during class.

About Priscilla
I thrive in creating a personable learning experience to each of my students no matter the age or background. I believe You got to be versatile with people's learning style and capabilities so that they may enjoy making art.

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I have an easy-going, yet structured approach that allows each student to achieve results effectively at his or her own pace.

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*** Specialties ***
My main goal is to present students with simplified theories of music and the arts.
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corey October 20, 2016
· Guitar · In home
From her 7 year old student: She is a great guitar teacher. I love the songs she is teaching me.
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Lexie T. September 21, 2016
· Piano · In studio
she is was great with my girls. very friendly and fun. they loved her and loved the lesson and are really motivated to learn which is all I wanted for them. they got homework which is fun to do for them and they even got to write a song at the end of the lesson. so far everything is great and we really like Priscilla.
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Dy'Najah H. September 16, 2016
· Piano · In home
She was delightful and funny. We just love her.
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About David E.

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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
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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.

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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.

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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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Austin C. April 28, 2018
· Piano · In studio
David has a niche for teaching. You’ll learn what you need to know.
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Mark February 6, 2018
· Piano · In studio
First lesson, first impression, he’s a very good listener and can quickly evaluate the student and give meaningful direction. He could be exceptional...need more time to work with him to say.
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Diana September 27, 2017
· Piano · In studio
I took piano lessons 50+ years ago and David's approach is so much different. His focus is on getting the full richness of sound from the instrument not just playing the notes.
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About Victor P.

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Guitar is the instrument that was ALWAYS in the house... we just picked it up and played it. It is the one instrument that I do not teach classical genres on. Rock, Blues, Jazz, Country, Bluegrass, Funk, R&B... that's what the guitar is for me. It is THE instrument of our era, and I like to teach THE music of our era on this instrument. Acoustic and electric, we'll cover the the waterfront with stylistic diversity!

About Victor
With a Doctor of Musical Arts from the prestigious Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, and 12 years of University music teaching, you will be hard pressed to find a more comprehensive, diverse, and qualified music teacher anywhere. Let me help you create a music lesson experience tailored to YOUR specific interests and needs! One size does NOT fit all, and I have the experience you help you reach your musical goals in a way that focuses on your strengths, while catching you up on those less-strong bits. Lessons are friendly, relaxed experiences that not only teach you to play the instrument of your choice (and the recording studio is an instrument!), but also supply you with valuable theoretical and historical context to provide a richness to your musical experience that most players never receive. Beginners to Professional, le
ssons to coaching to masterclasses, I cater to all skill levels, genres, and musical goals.

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Lessons are given in my studio. Lessons are tailored to your interests and musical goals, and can change and evolve as your own musical expertise improves. Call today to start your musical journey.

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Fully equipped recording and teaching studio
Logic Pro X, Digital Performer, Ableton Live, Reason, and any other DAW you'd like to learn.
24-track recording capability, treated mixing environment.

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Guitar, bass, viola da gamba and other Early Music instruction (Medieval through 18th-century), specialties in Rock, Blues, Jazz, Country, and other popular genres. Lessons also available in piano, banjo, mandolin, recorder.
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susan H. February 11, 2015
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Victor is great,at piano and guitar!
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susan H. February 11, 2015
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Victor Penniman is an incredible teacher! He is really kind, prompt, super intelligent! Our kids really enjoy the lesson because it's fun and the progress is truly amazing! I would recommend Victor to ask my friends! Thanks SO much Victor!
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susan H. February 11, 2015
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Victor is very patient, with us. He is nice and a very good teacher. We have had Victor as our teacher for about 8-9 months now and we have improved so much. FOxtrot is always on time and on a great mood. I could barely play Mary had a little lamb and now I can play Nintendo songs and play the blues.-Luke
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About Catherine W.

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Only beginner and intermediate guitar.

About Catherine
Catherine is a performer, teacher, and arranger. She has performed in world class venues such as Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, Kosciuszko Foundation, as well as the Museum of Natural History, and she has performed with over thirty different chamber ensembles, including the American String Quartet and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Her career developments are primarily in music, but she also pursues interest in creative writing, journal writing and human rights. She has given many community performances and raised charity funds for organizations such as World Vision, A. G. Rhodes Health & Rehab nursing home, Columbia Hospital, Corpus Christi Church, and InterVarsity Christian Fellowship.

Catherine initially gained her musical inspiration through her family and has been performing since her youth. Her family provided
her countless opportunities to perform, to participate in event planning, and to experiment with new music and arranging. She grew up participating in her mother's studio recitals at home and enjoys an annual family tradition of organizing and performing Christmas programs at church. One of Catherine's projects during her studies at the Manhattan School of Music was the Symposium Concert Series, which has led her to perform in apartment homes around the city and build a community of young artists. She has made countless arrangements for solo viola and viola with various ensembles which she often performs.

Catherine resides in Brooklyn, New York with her husband, Lawrence. She plays on a Raymond J. Melanson viola made in 1987.

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I'm able to travel to the student's home or teach at my home. Parents are welcome to sit in the lesson.

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Merlene August 29, 2018
· Piano · In studio
I had a great experience because Catherine is an amazing instructor.
She taught lessons with a high degree of professionalism and care. As a novice, I was able to learn a lot because Catherine was patient and attentive to my learning style.
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Teba March 27, 2018
· Piano · In home
My two oldest children (one more advanced in piano than the other) began taking lessons with Catherine just this year. They have both shown significant improvement and love her as an instructor. They also look forward to practicing in between lessons. We could not be happier.
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Naoko March 1, 2018
· Violin · In studio
Great artist and a teacher. My 6 year old enjoys her lessons and I love her down to earth vibe.
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Hi, I'm Michael Chodosh of Chodosh Guitar. I play lead guitar and am the singer/songwriter for the band Cherry Veil.
We will start studying your style of music right away.
Whether you're into rock, blues, jazz, country, classical, flamenco, folk, funk, R&B, all types of world, ethnic and religious or spiritual sounds we will cover how to play those songs that will bring you toward your goal.
On top of that, you can expect scale studies, chord studies and if you like, theory, improvising, composing, arranging, recording and even music business studies. I've been a musician all my life and I'm still studying this stuff myself!
Most of all, we will be helping you to express and develop who you truly are as a musician. Private students who attend classes at the studio also attend group lessons for free! You are in for an adventure!

About Michael
Hi, I'm Michael Chodosh. I have been a professional guitar player my entire life. I love playing, writing, performing and I love teaching music. It's fun for us both. I use systems to bring the best out of my students. I think everyone is happier when they reach their own potential while staying in their heart. My job is to help you do that on guitar! With your playing, whether that's just some strumming and reading or if you want to play standards like a pro or even shred like a monster. I can help guide you there and inspire you to reach those goals that you presently might not even realize you can achieve!

Thank you for looking into lessons with me. You've either started or you're about to improve a wonderful relationship with music! - Michael.
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Christopher M. March 25, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
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Bill S. May 30, 2015
· Music Theory · In studio
I started taking lessons with Michal Chodosh to learn music theory and reading music. In the time I have worked with Michael, I have learned a lot. When I began lessons, I didn't know scales or modes, knew only basic chords and wasn't able to read sheet music. In addition to that, I was barely able to follow tablature. Michael has taught me about all of those items and more. Lessons with Michael are a lot of fun. There is always great interaction between students so that newer students can learn from both Michael and from other students while becoming comfortable with learning about the guitar. Deciding to take lessons from Michael was a great decision. I've thoroughly enjoyed learning how to play the guitar.
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David F. May 28, 2015
· Music Theory · In home
My introduction to Michael came when he sat in with a band I was playing with....I was so blown away by his playing, I ended up taking lessons from him.

Micheal has helped open up new frontiers in playing and theory for me without ever making me feel like a dummy for not knowing things. One of the best things about him is that his teaching style makes students feel comfortable, but also challenged.

Michael has the experience, patience, and knowledge to help everybody from beginners to working professionals learn and improve. Heck, he even taught me to sing my first legitimate vocal harmony.

Time with Michael Chodosh is time well spent!
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From kids to adults - I love teaching guitar as a lifelong skill and outlet!

I was about 10 years old when someone taught me my first chords on a guitar, and I fell in love with it. I started getting serious with it when I turned 15, and I am now (15 years later) a full-time professional musician at a church. When I'm not working, you can usually find me in the mountains, working on my gear, or hanging out with my wife, Claire, and my dog, Cash.

I believe playing guitar should be FUN as well as relaxing - my best memories are of times I was playing guitar, and some of my best friends are ones with whom I've bonded through playing music. I love the idea of not just teaching technical skill, but teaching how to play as an outlet. Life can and is stressful, so learning a skill to manage the chaos is priceless.

Please send me a message with any questions - I look forward to working with you!

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About Zachary
I was about 10 years old when someone taught me my first chords on a guitar, and I fell in love with it. I started getting serious with it when I turned 15, and I am now (14 years later) a full-time musician at a church. When I'm not working, you can usually find me in the mountains, working on my gear, or hanging out with my wife, Claire, and my dog, Cash.

I believe playing guitar should be FUN as well as relaxing - my best memories are of times I was playing guitar, and some of my best friends are ones with whom I've bonded through playing music. I love the idea of not just teaching technical skill, but teaching how to play as an outlet. Music is cathartic, but it has to be taught that way!
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Zac September 20, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Zachary is really great. He has made learning guitar fun & easy. He is very personable to be around and I genuinely like going to lessons. He never makes me feel guilty for not practicing. He only helps me. I can tell he loves what he does and would recommend him to anyone!!
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Jackson Ross December 12, 2016
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Zach is wonderful with my 8-year old son who is a beginner with the guitar and requires some extra time and patience when learning. Zach takes the time and asks the right questions to make the guitar lessons fun and productive for my son. I would hire him again in a heartbeat!
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Kegan Warner June 29, 2016
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Zach is a very talented guitarist, but not all guitarists are skilled instructors. Zach is the rare hybrid. My guitar and music theory lessons with Zach were the most effective I've had. He quickly got to know my skill level, and tailored my lessons to the things I wanted to accomplish. He made learning both music theory and guitar approachable and interesting.

Even better, he doesn't just teach you the mechanics of playing guitar. He will show you how to really put soul into your playing.

I highly recommend booking a lesson with Zach.

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As a lover of music, I have strived to learn the most that I can. As an experienced teacher, I strive to provide the best tutoring possible. The learning environment is friendly, encouraging, supportive and paced to the student's abilities.

About Russell
As a music lover, I have been a curious student. Starting at the age of five, learning general music and singing, learning piano from a private teacher at the age of nine, concert band (French horn) all throughout junior and senior high school, and guitar.
I began teaching at the age of seventeen, in 1985 at a music school in Des Moines, Iowa. I have continued on teaching at other music studios and now teach at my own home studio.
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Meka September 18, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Very kind and understanding when it came to the lessions. I have issues with my hands and he showed me ways to hold my guitar and still be able to play. I loved working with Russell and hope to have more lessions from him.
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Robert F September 15, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
I took lessons with Russell for several years. He's a great instructor who always gave great lessons and got me involved with several opportunities outside the classroom to grow my abilities!
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Tricia September 13, 2018
· Guitar · In home
Knowledgeable, credible, experienced, caring and has a desire to share his expertise in piano and guitar with others. I would highly recommend Russell Nollen as a private music instructor.
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I am passionate about music and teaching guitar. I am a self-taught guitar player so I know what it is like to be a beginner, knowing nothing. I put a lot of thought into teaching myself so I can easily teach others. Beginner students will learn the basic chords, finger picking and artificial harmonics. Intermediate students will learn how to tap, pick harmonics and artificial harmonics. Pull offs and bending notes, usually found in Rock & Roll and Country, can easily be learned and included. Students need to have a good guitar, be eager to learn and complete homework/practice.

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Hello, I am looking forward to teaching you how to play the guitar. I am patient, kind-hearted and dedicated to seeing you succeed.
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I offer a fresh and exciting approach to teaching guitar. The system I teach will make sure you get results not only fast but it will also transform your playing style to a whole new level.

About Nicholas
Nicholas has been teaching guitar for over 10 years. The styles he teaches include Classical, Pop, Rock, Alternative, Blues, Metal, Country, and Jazz. He is currently getting his education in Santa Cruz, Ca. at Cabrillo College in Music BA. With Nick's unique guitar system, you will learn very quickly and understand the guitar like never before. Nicholas is in 2 bands, where he plays lead/rhythm guitar and background vocals.One is an original band where he plays festivals around Northern California, and the other is a very well known "Wedding Band". He works with students of almost any age from five to eighty-five and perhaps beyond.
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Want to learn your favorite song? My speciality is teaching you the techniques and theory to get there :)

Already know your instrument? Let me help you find out how to take your skills to the next level.

My background is a combination of my degree in instrumental and vocal Music Education, teaching and performing experience.

Let's achieve your goals to:
-learn a new instrument
-learn songs you like
-improving techniques
-new techniques
-music theory
-songwriting
-optional performances

Give me a shout if you have any questions or special requests!
-Audrey

About Audrey
Hey I'm Audrey!

I love seeing my students learn and grow themselves through and within learning a musical instrument. I care about helping you succeed in reaching your goals whether it's learning your favorite Taylor Swift song on guitar or singing in French!

My expertise is k-12 vocal and instrumental Music Education (backed by a degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, go Huskers!) as well as lots of performance and church band experience on a variety of instruments.

I've taught private lessons for years ranging from a Chinese grad student who wanted to learn how be heard at loud parties, to young students who's little hands can barely hold the guitar :) What a gift to start learning at a young age! Not to mention side benefits such as learning patience & diligence as well...

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vorite musical thing to do is play songs about Jesus with friends on whatever instrument is around- a guitar, a kleenex box. There's nothing better than making music with your friends around the firepit!
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Curious about recording acoustic guitar tracks at your home studio? Check out these helpful tips for before and during the session from Perth Amboy, NJ teacher Jeff S...   If you've tried recording acoustic guitar before, there's a good chance you know how demoralizing it can be to think you've captured a wonderful performance, only to learn later that it's sonically flawed. I'd like to offer some tips, with hopes they will assist you in rendering consistently clean and clear acou
10 Problems Only Bass Players Will Understand
Don't let anyone tell you the bass is easier than a regular guitar just because it has less strings! Bass guitar teacher Kevin S. shares the unique challenges you face as you learn bass guitar... 1) Capos are Misleading Any bassist who has regularly played with a guitarist who uses a capo has discovered that this simple tool can be confusing to deal with at first. This is a where good transposing skills come in handy, especially if the guitarist is referring to the chords they are playing

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