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About Kevin F.

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Memphis, TN

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I have had a fairly diverse musical background, including playing with bands and orchestras, as well as participating in choral groups and opera. I have a master's degree in music performance for wind conducting, and a bachelor's degree in music with an emphasis on piano performance.

I have taught private lessons for several years now and I love every moment with my students! I have a real passion for sharing my knowledge and experience with others, both failures and successes. I believe everyone has creative potential, and I believe music is a real universal art form that anyone can tap into if they want. Above all, making and creating music should also be fun!

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I try to keep my lessons professional but comfortable too. I don't yell at students for messing up or anything like that. I usually have an agenda b
ut am willing to adjust and compromise if the situation dictates. If you don't have a curriculum in mind, I like Alfred's piano courses, but will do my best to find one that fits you as a student best. My initial goals are to make sure the basics of reading music and performing are set so that no matter what musical avenue you want to pursue, you will be successful. I do specialize in classical music but enjoy creating and playing in other genres as well.

I now also offer lessons online, as well as tutoring in most math areas!

***CANCELLATION POLICY***
I kindly ask for 24 hour notice whenever possible if a lesson is going to be missed. Generally speaking, if I don't hear from a student and their lesson time passes I will mark the lesson as missed, but I am also usually more than willing to make up the lesson at a later time.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have a piano keyboard at my home.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I would expect students to have their own instruments as needed, as well as music paper, pencils, etc. I may be able to provide some of those materials on occasion as well as some books/recordings, but will by and large expect students to purchase those for themselves.

*** Specialties ***
I am much more familiar with classical styles and Broadway. My music writing style tends to be somewhere between neo-classical and avant-garde.

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Emily B. May 19, 2017
· Piano · In home
He is a good instructor. Easy to talk to.
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Debora May 4, 2017
· Piano · Online
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Preston Mullins April 26, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Our son has been going to Kevin for over a year now. He is nice and great with our son. He has learned a lot during with time with Kevin and continues to grow as a student of music.
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Kevin F.

Memphis, TN 38133
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About Russell R.

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Germantown, TN
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My name is Russell "Rusty". I have been a professional guitarist for 25 years. During the past 25 years I have managed the area's largest music stores, opened a Guitar Repair Center and became a "Certified *Fender Guitar Technician" . My experience with other musicians on stage and in the studio is without parallel. A "school" cannot duplicate real world experience. I understand the frustrations associated with finding the right person who understands how to treat you as an individual. A great instructor will not teach out of a book, they will write a book for you. A real Education in "playing guitar" is much broader than what you can learn from a book. I can help you understand the guitar in a practical and logical way, how to become a "guitar player" - not just how to "play the guitar". Lets talk about how I can help you meet
your goals.

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I want to make our time together something that you will look forward to each week. The guitar is a very expressive and diverse instrument. My goal as your instructor is helping you reach your own goal. I teach each student in an individual way based on your interest, and my assessment of how to help you reach those goals, every lesson is time YOUR time! I take time before each lesson planning our time together. Commit 3 months and you will be amazed at what you can accomplish, 6 months and you'll begin to play through songs, after a year you will look back with pride and realize how much you have learned. I consider myself "laid back" and easy to talk too, but I will encourage you to accomplish what I know you can. When you put forth effort forth, and follow your lesson plans, you will have a great experience! ~Rusty

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HOME: lessons in dedicated music room, guitars, amps, bass guitar, music stand, cords, cables, picks, tuners, stand.....

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide any materials and or equipment relative to the area of study for myself in addition to the student should that situation present itself.

*** Specialties ***
Classic Rock, Hard Rock, Blues, and Country. I teach "slide" guitar for those students who are interested in learning more about "delta-blues" and rock guitar utilizing the slide in style very similar to Z.Z. Top.
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Greg G. December 22, 2015
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Very talented and gifted instructor. I really enjoyed the lessons and learned more about the guitar. Good energy. Recommend!
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Nathan C. July 21, 2015
· Harmonica · In studio
I enrolled in lessons as a beginner. Russell did a great job with the 5 lessons that I took with him.
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Nathan C. June 23, 2015
· Harmonica · In studio
He was great. The first session made me look forward to the next session. He was fantastic and very easy to talk to. I feel very fortunate to have gotten such a great instructor. I feel very fortunate!
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Russell R.

Russell R.

Germantown, TN 38138
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About Phil H.

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Rochester, NY

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I have my degree from The Eastman School of Music and have played rock and roll for decades. My joy is bringing people to music and music playing. As Music is an infinite language it has always been an eternal joy to teach and relate to my beloved students what music can say to them and what they can convey to others.

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"If music is not fun it is useless" I urge my students to play their instruments not practice! I will teach music theory as I teach you any style or all styles. Patience is the key and I am constantly filled with it. You will progress as you learn the ins and outs of your instrument and music.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Room setup for lessons, with small keyboard and instruments. Ample parking available, parents can sit in on lessons and waiting area available.

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Cameron January 27, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Cameron didn’t like his lesson, he LOVED it. It was his first lesson and Phil was extremely patient. He’s looking forward to future lessons and promises to practice! Thank you, Phil, we think we have a winner that will hopefully take time away from video games.
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John November 6, 2017
· Banjo · Online
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Pamela March 19, 2017
· Flute · In studio
Phil is so wonderful. After I retired I wanted to learn to play the flute, so I signed up for 30 minutes. I signed for 30 because you never know if you and the instructor are going to get along. I discovered that while I was in session I did fairly well. But once home alone, I would end up in tears. I decided to go from learning the flute to learning the clarinet. I was afraid I would have to find another teacher, but no. Phil pulled out his clarinet and I have been happy ever since! He has a calm demeanor, never talks down to you, multi-talented and encourages you. I finally had to go from 30 minutes to an hour. I found I would have about 15 minutes of questions on symbols, word meanings, etc.; which only left me 15 minutes of actual music. So this may also be something to think about.
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About John S.

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Collierville, TN

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I have been teaching young people and adults how to play musical instruments for over 20 years. A lot of my students are well on their way to a rewarding future with music, some as professionals and others as hobbyists. In addition to being a teacher, I am also a professional performer who has worked in a wide variety of styles and I have a Masters degree in music composition and theory.

One of my main specialties is working with very young students and total beginners. There is a special skill to teaching young children that can only be developed through experience. For the older student, or the student who already has a musical background my specialty is helping you learn the styles that have always been of most interest to you. I can also help older students gain a broad understanding of music through some basic music theory.

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I can teach piano or keyboard to beginners and up to advanced students. On guitar and woodwinds I can teach beginners and up to intermediate level students.
My teaching style is fairly relaxed and very positive, but I will try to keep the lessons on a course that is going to benefit you the most.

For younger piano students and beginners I prefer the Alfreds piano system. The songs in the Alfreds books allow for immediate playing and note reading without any tedious memorization. The beginner books contain a lot of fun songs that kids really gravitate toward. For older students I try to gear the lessons toward whatever musical style you prefer. For students who have only had traditional piano lessons I can teach you how to read pop and jazz chord charts, as well as how to turn those chord charts into fully arranged music. I can also teach improvisation and the skills that are required to play specific styles of music in a professional band.

For my younger guitar students I have a variety of beginner material I have collected over the years, but for my older students I prefer to work on songs of their choice.
My beginner woodwind students will work with a Yamaha method book, while older students can learn improvisation and theory if they like.

I also can lead Orff styled tuned percussion ensembles. The Orff style of music performance allows for students from entirely mis-matched musical backgrounds to play music together, even on their first day of class.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Professional digital piano, many other keyboards, guitar, bass guitar, saxophone, flute, and four Orff tuned percussion instruments. I also have a comfortable seating area for parents, guests or observers.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide multiple keyboards, a guitar, saxophone, flute and 4 Orff style tuned percussion instruments, as well as countless books and literature.

*** Specialties ***
I play keyboards professionally in jazz, RnB, rock, reggae, Latin rock and other styles. I can help the student who has only had traditional lessons branch out and learn how to read chord charts, which in turn teaches them theory.
I am a certified Orff teacher as well.
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Elsie J. August 6, 2018
· Piano · In home
Great first lesson with John, he was patient and gave them goals to work for!
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Eoin (Owen) M. February 18, 2018
· Piano · In home
My son is enjoying his lessons so far and really thinks John is very nice. He makes my son feel at ease and confident. We are very glad we found John!
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Chris August 19, 2016
· Piano · In studio
John does a great job and gets along great with the kids.
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John S.

Collierville, TN 38017
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About Justin H.

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Highlands, NJ

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Justin has been an in demand musician for well over a decade. He received his Bachelors Degree and Masters Degree from New Jersey City University. During his time in school, he studied with Bud Burridge (Currently playing on Broadway in the production of "If/Then with Idina Menzel), Saturday Night Live's Earl Gardner, Vincent Penzarella (Former NY Philharmonic Member),Joe Magnarelli, Richard Vitale, Grammy Nominee Pete McGuinness and Jazz Historian Bill Kirchner. Prior to studying music in college, Justin attended the Manhattan School of Music Prep Division, where he studied classical/jazz trumpet, theory, improvisation and ensemble performance. He had the opportunity to work with people such as Jeremy Manasia, Nathan Warner and Jacob Manricks. He has received numerous scholarships and played in the All-State Intercollegiate Jazz Ensemble
several times. Justin was also a part of the New York Youth Symphony Jazz Band, playing lead and the solo chair. He has performed nationwide and has had the opportunity to perform in clubs such as Jazz at Lincoln Center, Blue Note, Birdland, Smoke, FatCat, Cleopatras Needle, Starland Ballroom, Highline Ballroom and Symphony Space. Justin has also toured with the International Vans Warped Tour all over the country and in parts of Canada. He has worked with people such as John Pattitucci, James Moody, Jimmy Heath, Randy Brecker, Charles McPherson, Arturo O'Farril, John Pizzarelli, Joe Lovano, Maria Schneider, Eddie Palmieri, Peter Erskine, Brian Lynch, Luis Bonilla, Jason Rigby, Joe Lovano, Dave Douglas, Joe Magnarelli, Pete Mcguinness and Mike Holober.
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Christian D. December 29, 2014
· Jazz Improvisation · In home
I attended Graduate Studies with Justin and have played numerous shows with Justin. He is a high caliber player and his demeanor is always professional. He is enthusiastic to share his knowledge and would make a great teacher.
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Rob R. July 14, 2014
· Trumpet · In home
Justin showed my 10 year old son how to play the trumpet and did a great job. He was patient, made my son feel comfortable and was able to help him get a better sound by the end of the very first lesson. Jalen does not give high praise easily so we were impressed that he enjoyed learning from him. My mother listened in on some of the lessons and she also said Justin did a great job - friendly personality and great tips on how to play. We highly recommend him.
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About Benjamin P.

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Chicago, IL

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Ben is a experienced and versatile trombonist and music educator based in Chicago, IL. Ben holds a Master of Music in jazz studies from DePaul University (with distinction) and a Bachelor of Music from the University of Denver in Jazz Studies and Commercial Music. As a freelance musician, Ben has played in a variety of musical settings, including small and large jazz ensembles, salsa bands, orchestras, wind ensembles, wedding and corporate event ensembles, and musical theater productions. Ben has traveled to over 30 countries playing music aboard cruise ships and has recorded on Atlantic Records for a major hip-hop artist.

As an educator, Ben strives to inspire his students to improve as musicians while emphasizing the importance of having fun and cultivating a life long appreciation of music.

Ben brings professional musical experie
nce and a commitment to ensuring his students have fun while learning and improving. Ben is available to teach lessons in trombone, jazz improvisation, beginning piano, and music theory.
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DD June 29, 2018
· Trombone · In home
My rising high school senior has been fortunate to have had lessons from Ben Pederson for the past year. He has taught him so much beyond what he has been learning in school. My son looks forward to his lessons, and has taken his trombone playing to whole other level. As requested, Ben has been focusing on jazz trombone with my son. It is a real joy to hear the two of them playing, and to hear my son speak so excitedly about what he has been learning with Ben. I'd give six stars if I could!
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Martina June 28, 2018
· Trombone · In home
My 11 year old son has studied with Ben for two years and he absolutely loves his teacher. Ben is patient and encouraging. He is a talented musician and very enthusiastic about music which leads to very engaging lessons! My son was able to play in the Chicago Youth Debut Orchestra but we needed Ben EVERY step of the way for his fantastic support.
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Nicole June 28, 2018
· Trombone · In home
We were lucky enough to be introduced to Mr. Ben through a family friend. Our 11 year old daughter has been taking lessons with Mr. Ben for approximately two years and loves her lessons. We definitely appreciate his patience with her and love that he has cultivated our daughter's love for music. We wouldn't hesitate to recommend Mr. Ben to any other family or student looking for an experienced and wonderful teacher!
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About Joel B.

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Memphis, TN
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Guitar, Bass and Ukulele teacher with over 20 years experience located in Memphis, TN. With a fully customizable approach to teaching, Joel will have you up and playing the songs you want to learn as fast as after a few lessons. All ages at all levels of playing ability. Learning music is fun with Joel !

Not only will we be learning how to play the guitar, bass or ukulele and playing songs, but also learning how to sing them as well. As you progress along you will learn how to improvise and make a melodic solo. I will explain theory in an easy to understand way and how to compose your own songs too !

Joël has worked as a professional musician, teacher, producer/engineer, and concert promoter for the past 30 years. Joël studied composition at Humber College in Toronto before relocating to London with his alternative rock band Melt.
Melt quickly grabbed the attention of the critics, and received extensive play on BBC Radio One, XFM, and London FM. Rock journalists wrote rave reviews of Melt for Melody Maker and NME and was given "Single Of The Week" status. Melt performed with Supergrass, Modest Mouse, Eels, Julianna Hatfield, and Hefner.

Joël moved to New York and formed his next band, Mutronium who were voted #2 favorite of the year on WFMU Radio. Mutronium performed with Grizzly Bear, Au Revoir Simone, and BM Linx before disbanding. Joel then turned his attention to production work, producing and engineering recordings for TVT recording artists Ambulance Ltd. and 11 albums for U.K. band Hefner. Currently Joël is working on placement music for TV and films.
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Nathan July 18, 2018
· Ukulele · In studio
Joel is a very cool guy who is fun and easy to work with. He is very professionable, knowledgeable and experienced so you get a lot out of the lesson. I look forward to my future lessons with Joel because he cares about my progress just as much if not more than I do and that’s all you can ask for from a teacher.
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Tracy June 26, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Just because you know how to do something does not mean that you can teach others how to do it, but this is not the case with Joel. He is a very knowledgeable, friendly and talented instructor who truly possesses the art of teaching. Joel works with you where you are and scaffolds your lessons in a way that you can't help but learn and feel accomplished every time that you meet with him. I highly recommend Joel as a guitar instructor!
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Tracy June 26, 2018
· Ukulele · In home
Joel is a fantastic instructor! My 5-year-old son loves him and has enjoyed his lessons because Joel is so very patient and skilled at what he does. I highly recommend Joel if you have a child wanting to learn to play the guitar. His coming to our home for lessons has been wonderful!
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Joel B.

Joel B.

Memphis, TN 38107
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About Luis M.

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Cordova, TN

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Hello, My Name is Luis I have been playing the guitar for some time now as a Hobby. I recently launched my new website providing pre-owned guitars, lessons, and merchandise. I'm currently a Third-year student at Berklee School of Music pursuing my BPS Music Degree through Berklee online. I found teaching to be one of the most rewarding contributions I can make to an individual.
I have a whole new perspective on how to present lessons. With my teachings, you will learn music through some of the proven methods taught at Berklee School Of Music. As well as concepts that I have found to have students play music and have fun quickly. The instrument can be overwhelming sometimes but with the good guidance of an instructor, you can truly begin to enjoy the guitar and all it has to offer. Visit me at for more information. Until then " Keep T
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John April 2, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
I feel challenged with each lesson, because of this I think have advanced much faster then I was ever able to achieve on my own. His direction helps me me to stay focused on the weeks tasks.
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Stephanie March 9, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Great teacher!
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Liz March 8, 2017
· Guitar · In home
My son loves guitar lessons with Luis. Great, attentive and engaging teacher.
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Luis M.

Cordova, TN 38016
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About Hideaki A.

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In a perfect world, every minute of practice propels you forward. In my personal experience, I've had lulls in my progress where I just stay afloat for a few months. My job is to diagnose what's happening and optimize the way you are practicing at home.

Please hear my playing on my website before signing up for lessons.
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About grace A.

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Memphis, TN

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I am a professional violinist and violist. I graduated with a Bachelors of Music from Rhodes College, concentrating in violin and viola.

My teaching style involves pushing my students to reach their full potential, while encouraging them along the way. My curriculum includes the Suzuki method, sight reading, and note reading. Students can improve their technique and become more advanced players. I also offer special lessons in chamber music and orchestral playing.

I teach students of all ages and levels, but specialize in beginner or intermediate violin and viola students. Students will be able to operate at a comfortable pace based on their individual level.

I frequently play gigs in Memphis, Southaven, and Olive Branch, and have recently accompanied several high profile artists at Royal Studios. I will teach my students how to tak
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Memphis, TN 38118
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