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Megan I.

Overland Park, KS 66204

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Any student that takes lessons from me can expect to take their playing to the next level with guidance and patience from me as the teacher.

About Megan

Hi! My name is Megan. I am a Wichita State graduate with a degree in music education. I have taught mandolin/violin/viola lessons for the past 7 years in Wichita, KS and in the KC area. I am also a elementary strings teacher for the KCK school district. Besides teaching music, I have also played mandolin/viola for several music projects from a typical Irish band to a free improve jazz ensemble. I am a very versatile player so I can teach/play from Irish to rock to jazz.

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When it comes to teaching private music lessons, I am a laid back teacher but I still have high expectations for each student. I really do not have a set curriculum because each student wants to learn something different.I use all my resources I have in order to meet the student's need. Whatever a student's avenue they want to take, I am confide

nt the student will have that much more knowledge before they had started.
I can teach mandolin any level and violin I can teach through book 3 of Suzuki or any other method book and viola through book 2 of Suzuki

*** Studio Equipment ***
Be in an open room much like a living room with amps, instruments, and other musical equipment.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect the student to have their own instrument. I expect them to have their own music stand and an amp if need be. I will provide copies of music at a small charge ($5) and would be willing to purchase the material if the student gives the money up front.

*** Specialties ***
For the most part, I play Irish, Jazz, Blues, and Classical.
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Megan I.

Overland Park, KS

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I've been teaching Acoustic Guitar for 30 years. My students have gone on to play professionally, have their songs on iTunes and teach at the college level. Within the first few lessons, you'll be able to identify notes on the neck, start working with open position chords and using those chords to play simple songs. As time goes on you'll be able to play up the neck using movable position chords. (I love teaching this stage. Once the students learns how these chords work and how it saves them time learning, they are always very happy.) I specialize in fingerstyle playing but enjoy pickstyle as well. I typically use Jerry Synder's Guitar Instructor book 1 and 2 to get started. They cover open position chords, moveable chords, pickstyle, fingerstyle,staff notation reading, bass runs, etc. I love working with students of all ages and experience levels and I can't wait to meet you!

About Eric

Hi,

Welcome to my TL's profile!

If you're looking at this site, you're already on your way to becoming an AWESOME musician! Whether this is your first attempt at music lessons or you've been playing for a while and trying to improve your skills, I'm EXCITED about working with you. I am a professional music educator and performer that has a passion for music and teaching. I will gear each lesson to fit your musical interests and playing level, while I encourage and motivate. My goal is to use proven teaching methods and a supportive learning environment to help you realize your musical potential, as well as having FUN while doing it.

Here's some background about myself, to help you decide if I'm a good fit as your new instructor.

I come from a family of musicians. Began guitar lessons at age five as the Beatles were in

vading the American music scene. I grew up in New Jersey, performing in rock bands until becoming interested in classical guitar. With New York City only a short bus ride away, I spent as much time as possible in the city, studying guitar with Russian born Classical Guitarist, Dr. Alexander Bellow, and Jazz Legend "Bucky" Pizzarelli. During this time, I attended recitals of such notables as Andre Segovia, Julian Bream and John Williams. Being immersed in this musical scene inspired me to make music my life.

Earned a degree in Classical Guitar Performance from the Hartt School of Music at the University of Hartford, where I studied under the direction of guitar pedagogue, Richard Provost. While at Hartt and shortly after, I performed in numerous Master Classes for internationally acclaimed artists such as Manuel Barrueco, Christopher Parkening, Oscar Ghiglia, Michael Lorimer, and Carlos Barbosa-Lima.

I have taught guitar at the college level for over twenty years teaching on the music faculties of University of Central Florida, Rollins College, Stetson University, Bethune Cookman College, Florida Southern College, and St. Leo College. I taught private guitar lessons, class guitar, and guitar ensemble

I have appeared hundreds times at Disney and Sea World as well as other venues around Central Florida. My experience includes performing solo and in small groups. I have also performed with rock groups, stage bands, folk groups, classical ensembles, jazz combos, Broadway shows, operas, as well as solo recitals, and concerto appearances.

Throughout the years I have had many unique experiences while performing. One of my favorites being the opportunity to play the MASH theme song for Alan Alda as well as other stars in attendance at a cast party for the TV show, Win, Lose or Draw at EPCOT Center.

Although I enjoy performing, I considers teaching music to be highly gratifying. The importance of giving students a good foundation with the proper technique and performance skills cannot be underestimated. When a student can play a song from beginning to end with style and confidence you know you've given them a gift that will offer them enjoyment for the rest of their lives.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Ipad apps, music stand, instrument stands, tuner, metronome, amp, chairs,

*** Specialties ***

Fingerstyle- Classical, Fingerstyle Jazz, Folk, Celtic.

Pickstyle- Rock, Blues, Jazz.
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September 23, 2019
Matthew Feltus
Eric is a knowledgeable, friendly and patient teacher.
July 24, 2019
Paige
I would highly recommend Eric at House of Music for guitar lessons. I am after a certain style of guitar music using finger picking to play for my special needs son. I have learned that not all teachers are familiar with this style. Thankfully, Eric is great at it. He is also teaching me how to read music and not just play the chords or tab which is something I had overlooked. I am thankful he has been able to work with me and my unique set of circumstances and help me reach my goals.
July 16, 2019
Cindi
Eric Lesko taught my son Brian guitar 18 years ago when Brian was a teenager. My son got to a point that he didn't want to practice and we were thinking about giving up the lessons. However, Eric got Brian playing whatever kind of music my son was interested in and he continued taking for a few years thereafter, completely enjoying it. When I decided to take up the guitar around eight years ago, Eric was the first and only instructor I thought of. Besides being very capable musically, he is willing to move in any direction that you want in order to keep you interested and helping you achieve your goals. He always has suggestions on ways to approach a particular piece in order to make playing fun and not frustrating. He is also well-versed in the use of technology to make playing a continuum as you gain skills, making a huge difference in being able to get more out of practice. Finally, he is conveniently located in a new facility in downtown Oviedo and he is very flexible with lesson days and times. Eric's greatest asset is that he wants the student to enjoy playing as much as he does!

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Michelle W.

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Each lesson will consist of a unique and personalized curriculum to fit the student’s needs. This will be done at a pace that allows for confidence to be built and a complete understanding of the material. Each student is taught the basic skills of guitar so that they can become an independent and self-sufficient musician with a strong fundamental foundation. Crucial skills such as reading music, scales, various chords, and more will be taught in each lesson. Each lesson will be just as enjoyable as it is informative. After all, “pleasure in a job puts perfection in the work”. That is why I ask each Student to bring a song or piece that he/she enjoys working on. Overtime, all the skills learned will allow students to play with confidence!

About Michelle

I was in High School When I bought my first guitar and developed a passion for music. For me music opened the door to a new lifestyle and ultimately led me to begin teaching and sharing music with others. I have taught a variety of ages, ranging from children to adults. For beginner guitarists, I believe there can be just as much joy and fun as there can be practice. I strive to make everything simple while important skills are learned. I am a patient and committed teacher who can show you these skills that will help to make you a well-rounded musician.

***Lesson Details***
Each lesson will consist of a unique and personalized curriculum to fit the student’s needs. This will be done at a pace that allows for confidence to be built and a complete understanding of the material. Each student is taught the basic skills of guitar so that t

hey can become an independent and self-sufficient musician with a strong fundamental foundation. Crucial skills such as reading music, scales, various chords, and more will be taught in each lesson. Each lesson will be just as enjoyable as it is informative. After all, “pleasure in a job puts perfection in the work”. That is why I ask each Student to bring a song or piece that he/she enjoys working on. Overtime, all the skills learned will allow students to play with confidence!

***Lesson Duration***
Lessons are available in 30, 40, & 60 min durations. Below are the recommended times based on age that I find most beneficial to most students. These will help you achieve the most out of each lesson while keeping things fun & simple!

kids under 11- 30min
12-17 - 40min
Adults- 40min or 60min

***Studio Equipment***
Students will be provided all handouts and paper material. Books, guitars, and amps are available to use during each lesson. Guitars available for purchase as well. Over time it is recommended that you work on acquiring your own equipment as well.
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September 18, 2019
Jamia “.
Jamia told me she was able to absorb more with her first lesson. And as a parent that’s “music to my ears “
Michelle you rock.
June 26, 2019
Julianna T.
Wonderful and patient teacher. We will most definitely continue lessons with Michelle.
April 26, 2019
Necie M.
Learned a lots from Michelle in such a short period. She's patient and knowledgeable.
Great Instructor.

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Nils B.

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Anything from Bob Dylan and the Beatles to Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran.

About Nils

Whether you're a beginner or more advanced, age 5 or 500, in my experience, with just a little bit of practice each day anyone can learn to play guitar.
Maybe your goal is to simply learn to play your favorite songs or maybe you want to learn to write your own music, improvise, or perform live.
Like all good things in life, there are no shortcuts, and learning the guitar takes time and effort, but in return you get the ability to express yourself through music, which is one of the most rewarding skills anyone could ever learn, at any age and in any situation.

My main focus is on helping you reach the point where you are actually playing music, instead of endlessly going over exercises or theory.
I want you to be able to play music you would enjoy listening to, because this is when you will start to truly appreciate your accomplish

ment, and progress will start to come much easier.

Together we will discuss your personalized course, based on your goals and situation, and along the way I will provide materials/tools and a summary or a recording of each lesson as needed, for you to take home to work on.
Different aspects we'll discuss are technique, chart/sight reading, music theory, ear training, soloing/improvisation, and developing a strong sense of rhythm, most of which will be done through simply learning to play the songs you like.
Besides the basics, it's very important to learn how to independently keep challenging yourself, learn from your mistakes and continue growing musically, simply using your ears and whatever information you can find online or anywhere else, even without my help.

Besides teaching you how to play I can also help with finding the right instrument and equipment, provide advice on guitar/amplifier maintenance and setups, as well as recording techniques, or any other practical matters related to playing music/guitar.

Lessons can be either at your residence or at my fully equipped home studio in the Hollywood Hills/Studio City area. In a beautiful and private environment, with plenty of (free/safe) street parking available.
Lessons via Skype are obviously available as well.
I look forward to hearing from you!
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September 8, 2019
Tadeh Alvandi
Nils has been amazing to work with. Having used books and some other self teaching methods in the past, I felt stuck and after 1 lesson with Nils I immediately was able to get to the next step. One huge difference from other instructors is that Nils encourages me to learn with music that I like which makes a huge difference when practicing. Nils is extremely knowledgeable and patient, I can't thank him enough for his help and expertise.
July 26, 2019
Chris P.
Nils is great to work with. He understood where I wanted to focus, and provided great direction. Very nice guy, too.
June 26, 2019
Adrian
Excellent teacher!

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Brittany S.

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I often incorporate beginner guitar, piano, music theory, and ear training into my voice lessons. Many of my voice and songwriting students aim to learn how to accompany themselves, and a basic understanding of chords helps tremendously with pitch and being able to sing in tune.

About Brittany

Brittany offers private lessons in commercial and/or classical voice, songwriting, music theory, and ear training. She graduated the commercial music program at Belmont University with a focus on voice, songwriting, and music business in 2013.

Brittany brings a unique skill set to the table, having studied and performed a range of musical styles with hands on experience in Nashville's music industry. Brittany frequently writes on Music Row with professional songwriters, is a demo singer in professional recording studios, and performs with her special event band, The Golden Band.

Brittany has years of paid, professional experience as a singer in several different settings, so her ability to relate to any student and help them truly understand and achieve their goals is notable. Brittany has performed as a solo artist in restaurants

and other public venues, singing country and pop music; she has also performed as a soloist in classical settings, as part of a duo in a wedding band, as a member of several choirs and ensembles, including a capella groups; she has also been cast in several lead roles and ensemble roles in countless musicals.

For the same price as your average voice lesson, you will gain so much more knowledge in the field of music while you sharpen your skills with Brittany! Each student is different, so Brittany clearly identifies each student's specific goals and designs a unique lesson plan to achieve them.
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August 10, 2018
Maggie
Brittany has been so sweet and all around amazing and very patient she has been a great first teacher and I’m so glad to have her as my teacher
August 3, 2018
Sophie
Was skeptical at first but that was quickly turned around. My daughter absolutely loved Brittany and I could see they hit if off from the beginning. The instructor was polite, friendly, very encouraging, and motivating. I was thinking this would be a short term deal for a life experience as a birthday present to my daughter but I see now that I may be in this long term! We're all excited for the next session.
December 13, 2016
Robert Crabtree
Brittany is absolutely fantastic with my 13 year old daughter who has never had any vocal training before. We are five lesson in, and from day one, you could tell Brittany really knows her stuff. We have seen fantastic progress in such a short time. Brittany's knowledge, patience, enthusiasm, and own personal talent shine through. My daughter looks forward to each and every lesson. We were lucky to find Brittany and I highly recommend her.

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Mel P.

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Teaching all levels of string players. Notes, tablature, playing by ear. All methods of learning. Rock, Pop, Jazz, Country, Classical and much more. You will learn the best techniques, and learn faster with my time proven methods. Learn from a pro. Let's get together!

About Mel

I have tons of experience and formal university training in music education. I know how to take the complex and make it simple.

There are very good reasons my students rise to the top. Experience makes a difference, and I have more professional teaching experience than 99% of other instructors.

Learning the best way, helps you learn faster and have fun while you succeed!

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October 10, 2019
Matt
Explains everything in detail , moves in a progress in which I retain the knowledge very Easy.
I highly recommend Mel.
Very calm , collect and patient.
June 11, 2019
Alyza
best ever
February 7, 2019
levi M.
Mel is a great teacher and his many past experiences in the music field have given him tons of knowledge. he has a simple and effective way of teaching music and theory. he listens to the way you learn and adapts his methods to best suit you.

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Kaia N.

Kansas City, MO 64106

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I love to teach all styles of guitar ranging from the foundations to bluegrass, pop, classical, jazz, theory, and more!

About Kaia

Hi! My name is Kaia, I'm passionate about teaching students in the way that makes the most sense to them, & inspiring others to reach their potential. I am a singer-songwriter from Denver with a diverse background and years of teaching experience. I studied classical voice at CU Boulder 2008-2010, and songwriting & commercial music business at CU Denver 2010-2013. Teaching full-time since 2013, I LOVE helping students find their best natural sound and how to use their instrument. My strength is teaching fundamental basics in a way anyone can understand, using a variety of ways of thinking and learning. I encourage students to play & sing when they are interested and try composing their own songs. I've played classical piano 23 years, guitar 16 years, and taken voice lessons for 15 years (plus a degree). I also LOVE arranging & composing

and translating this to Ableton and electronic music! Let me know how I can help you!
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October 21, 2019
David
October 3, 2019
Traci H.
I am beyond impressed with Kaia. She is so patient with my daughter and makes it very easy for her to understand the lessons. We look forward to many more lessons!
June 20, 2019
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Mark S.

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With my broad performance and compositional background in folk, classical, jazz, rock, bluegrass, soul, blues, and musical theater, I offer students a wide musical perspective and tailor lessons to match student interests. I work with students on music of their choosing to improve technique and develop an understanding of music theory, improvisation, and composition.

For classical guitar students who would like to pursue the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) graded exams, Mark offers coaching in preparation for all aspects of the practical exams.

About Mark

I am a composer, multi-instrumentalist, and songwriter working in a variety of genres. I regularly perform around the Washington, DC, area as a solo guitarist, as a singer/songwriter, and with numerous classical, folk, rock, and musical theater groups. My primary musical influences include folk and world music, J.S. Bach, cool jazz, prog rock, American primitive, and contemporary guitar music.

I have recorded several CDs of my original compositions, including music for solo acoustic guitar, chamber music for classical banjo, and scores for live theater productions. I have also recorded and produced CDs of other recording artists.

I teach private and group lessons on guitar, banjo, mandolin, ukulele, and bass guitar at my home studio in Maryland, at several area music schools, and online. With my broad performance and compositional back

ground, I offer students a wide musical perspective and tailor lessons to match student interests. I work with students on music of their choosing to improve technique and develop an understanding of music theory, improvisation, and composition. For classical guitar students who would like to pursue the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) graded exams, I offer coaching in preparation for all aspects of the practical exams.
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August 7, 2019
Kristen
Mark has been a great teacher for this adult beginner! I take lessons in clawhammer banjo and ukulele with him, and his easy-going nature and skill in identifying ways to improve make it a joyful experience! Highly recommend.
March 9, 2019
SK
Mr. Sylvester is one of the greatest. He is not just an amazing guitarist, but he is also very kind. He treats people with so much respect. He speaks to me and my mom so nicely. He is very patient. He has a deep knowledge of music and knows how to get the most out of even the least talented people (like me!). He doesn't ever get mad if you make a mistake or forget to bring your music notes. We were so lucky to find Mr. Sylvester.
March 4, 2019
Virginia
Mark is a talented musician who plays and teaches multiple stringed instruments. His lessons are always informative and supportive. They are driven by the student’s interest, so anything you want o learn— styles of music, how to do a particular technique, music theory— you can bring to class. And every now and then he organizes a recital— terrifying but great practice!

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"i had a most wonderful experience in class with Donnie i am really glad that I chose him for my private teacher he has a great personality and a very know
ledgeable teacher he works with you not against you he is very kind and compassionate because of Donnie I now can play unplugged, batman theme free fallin and more also being in his group class last night I actually learned how to play Good Riddance Time of your life he is an awesome teacher cant wait to be in his class tomorrow I would rate him more stars than 5 but that is all the stars that there is LOL ******************* so I add more in my own way good job Donnie Keep up the good work :)"
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"I like and appreciate the way Albino teaches. His methodology works for me. His balance between patience and keeping it interesting and challenging is a
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Kristina
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James Michael
"As an adult, I came to him as a complete novice, and since day one Noah has been very patient and encouraging- balancing music theory with songs that inte
rest me. He's been willing to adapt to my needs in order to accommodate my goals and expectations. A few months later, I can confidently say that I've exceeded all of my goals, and constantly advancing past what I thought I was capable of.

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Steve
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Will
"Kevin is a great first time teacher! Kevin is teaching both me and my Dad together. We look forward to every lesson and Kevin is great at giving us music
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"This past month I have been taking guitar lessons with Billy. I really love it! He makes guitar seem less intimadting then I thought it was. He is very pa
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