Music has always been my biggest passion. I started playing guitar at the age of 10, and I haven't been able to put it down since. In grade school I started my first gigs playing in bands and spent all of my time outside of school playing guitar.
Coming from a family of eight where there wasn't much money for schooling, I put myself through high school and college gigging, and teaching.
I earned a music degree from Wayne State University in performance guitar, studying under the likes of Joe Fava and Charles Postlewate. At the same time playing extensive clubwork, shows, concerts, studio work and teaching.
My styles include virtually all elements of guitar. Rock, Blues, Metal, Country, Classical and Jazz.
In "2006", I opened up a guitar studio in South Lyon Mi, where I taught, along with lessons from my home.
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etails *** I take a very serious, professional approach to my music studies and my teaching, but with a very humorous, and free-flowing concept to keep my students interested. I am very patient, and truly care about the progress of each student.
Each student that I teach has a different lesson structure depending on what the student wishes to accomplish. I tailor each lesson to help them move closer at a rapid pace to whatever style of music they have the strongest interest in. But because guitar is such a diverse instrument with many different established forms of technique, I do advocate developing proficiency in multiple styles of playing.
While I completely approve of learning to play music from TAB which expedites the playing of actual songs, I highly recommend that beginning guitarists learn to read music as you never know what they might end up doing with their knowledge. (Studio work, shows, teaching, or other scenarios where reading music is essential).
Starting to learn any instrument can be a challenge. But with persistence, guidance, and actual progress, learning how to play an instrument can be of the most rewarding experiences, regardless of your age. With my help, you or your child will be able to enjoy the experience of discovering how fulfilling playing can be.
*** Studio Equipment *** lessons in living room, music stands, acoustic & electric guitars, amps/cables
*** Travel Equipment *** Will provide a loaner guitar for a lesson if necessary.
*** Specialties *** All styles - Rock, Country, Jazz, Classical, Blues, Metal
Nikola M is locally recognized as a guitarist extraordinaire that specializes in teaching and performing progressive rock. Nikola's proven teaching methods have been acknowledged by San Diego's finest musicians and his students range from beginners to highly accomplished professionals.
In addition to stints in various rock bands, studio session work and 16 years of playing experience, Nik's development of teaching guitar was made possible by having achieved a firm musical background throughout his earlier years of performing with orchestra ensembles. As a classically trained brass player, Nikola studied music under college guitar professor Gary Tuttle and award winning SDSC band director/guitarist Phillip S. Marcus.
Nikola's client list has included the likes of music producer and composer Toby Weiss (son of jazz legend and Guitar I
nstitute of Technology co founder Joe Diorio) pro touring guitarist Christopher Eck of the band Masterguru, former students of guitar virtuosos Greg Howe and Joe Stump and many other serious amateur and professional musicians.
*** Lesson Details *** Heavily influenced by legendary virtuoso guitarists Eddie Van Halen, Steve Vai and Yngwie Malmsteen, Nikola's goal as a teacher is to convey his knowledge and expertise of the guitar on to others while emphasizing his own style, which exemplifies speed, intensity and finesse. While his exploits in rock guitar gymnastics continue to attract and inspire new players, Nik's approach to teaching is simplistic, yet highly effective and suitable for young beginners and adults of all ages.
Nikola M's guitar lessons are professional, insightful, progressive and cover a wide and exciting spectrum including:
The Rudiments of Music
* Chords * Rhythm studies * Scales * Warm up stretches * Sight reading for beginners * Theory * Modes
Technique and Repertoire
* Lead improvisation * Ear training * Dynamics
* Sweep picking * Speed picking * Arpeggios and pentatonics * Two-hand tapping * Chicken picking * Blues improvisation
*** Travel Equipment *** Amplifier (if needed)
*** Specialties *** Heavily influenced by legendary virtuoso guitarists Eddie Van Halen, Steve Vai and Yngwie Malmsteen, my goal as a teacher is to convey my knowledge and expertise of the guitar on to others while emphasizing my own style, which exemplifies speed, intensity and finesse. In addition to teaching various genres like pop, jazz, country and folk, I specialize in instructing virtuoso rock and progressive metal guitar techniques.
Gospel Piano or Organ by Ear. You could be playing songs like: Awesome (Charles Jenkins), The Anthem (William Murphy, Planet Shakers et al) Every Praise (Hezekiah Walker), Revelation Song (Kari Jobe)Holy Spirit (Franceska), First or I Will Trust in You (Lauren Daigle) or Home (Chris Tomlin et al) in a few months! Learn the secret to basic chording, finding the key of any song, transposing and how to read lead sheets. In addition, 2-HOUR GROUP LESSONS are available for MULTIPLE PARTICIPANTS.
***I HAVE CPR AND FIRST AID CERTIFICATIONS!***
I PROUDLY TEACH AND TUTOR THE FOLLOWING: **PHONICS** **ELEMENTARY READING & MATH - INCLUDING STAAR**
NEW 12 WEEK SHORT COURSES: --Piano for Song Writers --Piano for Worship Leaders --Piano for Band Leaders
NEW 24 WEEK SHORT COURSE: --Beginning Church Pianist I
*******PRIVATE, FAMILY AND GROUP CLASSES******* *HOMESCHOOLS*PRIVATE*PUBLIC & CHARTER SCHOOLS*
NOW ENROLLING FOR PHONICS, READING OR MATH TUTORING AND ENRICHMENT
PIANO, ORGAN AND SINGING CLASSES!!!
Reading and Phonics is a weekly or Bi-weekly Program. It can be taught as either a full learn to read program, homeshool course or as a tutoring program for problem or challenging areas.
Math learning i
s in attainable and non-stressful increments designed to foster a complete understanding of mathematical concepts and their relationships and to foster a "I CAN DO IT! ATTITUDE!
Do you want lessons that will cater to your needs or the needs of your child and not a book?
My Reading and Phonics lessons are made to dazzle and awe your child into an understanding of letters, sounds, and the written page with several learning enrichment programs as well as numerous supplemental material. I also love to work with teachers when possible and use placement tests to determine where to start and periodically to know how to continue. (The kids just think they are games).
All of my lessons are designed to foster a love for reading, math or music and focus on your reading and Phonics goals or your dream in the music world as well as build knowledge and expertise for all three!
Whether it be a specific genre, general, academic reading, computation, repertoire, not wanting to stumble over words or just wanting to play or sing the songs you enjoy, I have the curriculum and supplemental material to reach your reading, math or music goals!
Beginner? We can get you started on the right foot! I have experience with tweens, teens, adult beginners, seniors and children of all ages. I have special curriculum and activities that enhance interest, reduce stress and help you to maintain what you learn.
Pre-schoolers have a curriculum all their own that teaches phonics, reading or music through lovable animal characters with games on tablet, computer and other resources that teach, reinforce and excite their hearts to learn and retain what they learn.
Does your child have some knowledge but just has not excelled in math, phonics or reading? We can tailor lessons for just that.
Maybe you have some music knowledge but just can't play or sing that special song? We can tailor lessons for that, too!
Maybe your child knows letters and sounds but just hasn't made the leap to reading? We can tailor the lessons to get your child from point B to Z! Perhaps math is a dirty word or causes your child to cringe or have great anxiety! I would love to help them to enjoy math instead of feeling annoyed at math.
Can you read music but not play on your own? Can you play by ear and not read music? I have experience bridging the gaps.
Is your dream to become a Soloist, harmonizer or karaoke star? Accompany yourself or others or just play for fun? Then why not you and I embark on that exciting journey together!
Is your dream just for your child to be able to read at grade level or above? I will give it my all for them to do so.
Is your dream to become a church musician or play for a choir? or Are you already a church musician but need help with a particular song, program or musical?
Does your Church just sing Hymns? We can do Hymn Lessons.
Does your Church sing only Gospel? We can do Gospel Lessons?
Does your Church only do Contemporary Christian? We can do Contemporary Christian Lessons.
Want to learn it all?
Worship to Him and service to others is the reason that I do what I do!
Try us! You'll be glad you did!!!!
*** Lesson Details *** I am a very laid back instructor, though the classes are very well structured.
Usually, we progress with a chosen curriculum according to the student's or parent's vision and initial overview during the 1st few classes. However, all curriculums are supplemented to enhance student performance and comprehension. Our supplemental material is used to go swifter for material that you grasp well and understand, and slower with more repetition for that that you need more practice, without being monotonous. It is also used to provide appropriate but exciting reinforcement of all material to ensure that material is retained.
We are forever updating material and also incorporate games and enhanced activities to keep lessons interesting and refreshing as well!
I also have experience in teaching autistic, ADD, ADHD and those with varying degrees of brain damage.
*** Studio Equipment *** Organs Keyboards with midi/Earphones Karaoke Machines with microphones and stands/TV capability Amplifiers Tablets Computer with music/reading/phonics games and software/TV capability
*** Specialties *** Pre-school and Elementary Children through adults of any age especially for traditional theory, technique, performance creativity and all around fun lessons in phonics, reading, piano, singing, organ, music theory and keyboard.
Beginning Organ lessons for any age including beginning church organist training.
Also Children, Adults and Teenagers in ear training, chording song specific and church music.
The class was wonderful, my daughter loved it. She was so excited to get home to practice. I am so happy We found Barbara.
October 7, 2018
Ms. Barbara had a very positive attitude and worked well with my son. I would definitely recommend her if you need someone who gives good advice on song choices that match the singing style of the student.
In addition to learning sight-reading skills, students will also develop ear training abilities by learning to identify specific pitches/tones, chords, scales, intervals, rhythms and melodies aurally. Learning this skill set will assist students with learning new music quicker and more efficiently. Certain drills and exercises during lessons will be implemented.
I have been teaching private piano lessons for 11 years, beginning in 2006. I have a degree in Early Childhood Education and Music from Millikin University where I studied vocal performance, piano, and music education. I am also a professional vocalist and perform at local churches. I look forward to working with you and sharing the joys of music!
Ruth is an awesome instructor. She is very patient and has a unique way of making the lessons fun and relaxed. I am 61 years old and revisiting the piano after not playing for 45 years. Ruth has made the lessons very productive. Each week I feel like I've really progressed! Yea!!
September 11, 2019
Ruth has been wonderful! She is gentle with kids, kind, and very knowledgeable. I am so happy to have found her for my son to take lessons from.
July 23, 2019
Ruth is so patient with my 7 year old son! He has fun and is learning a lot!
I have had 4 years of ear training courses and music experience in atonal song and opera.
I received my Bachelor of Music (Voice) and Master of Music (Voice) degrees at the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music in 2009 and 2011. I have been singing professionally since 2005. Among my courses at CCM were Music Theory and Aural Skills. English and grammar have always been a passion of mine. Having studied German, French, and Italian, I have had extensive exposure to translation, sentence structure, and grammar. I have taken piano and voice lessons for 10+ years.
A few companies I have had engagements with outside of Cincinnati are the New York City Opera, Opera Company of Philadelphia, Gotham Chamber Opera, and Salisbury Symphony Orchestra. In Cincinnati, I have worked with the Cincinnati Opera, Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, Vocal Arts Ensemble, Collegium Cincinnati, Nanoworks Opera, and many other
I have been teaching voice lessons since January of 2012 and have taught beginning piano as well. My professional website is melisaharveysoprano.com
I teach ear training using the movable doe solfege system. This system is what is used at most contemporary music schools. It is ideal for jazz, and pop as well as country and other similar styles. If you plan to attend a classical conservatory this will most likely not be the system used.
Hi! I'm a recent graduate of Berklee College of music where I majored in professional music. This included music theory and guitar instruction, as well as reading and writing music notation and charts in different styles. I also play frequently, including shows at The 9:30 Club, The Howard Theater, Shamrockfest, The Black Cat, Half Street Fairgrounds. and Gaylord National resort. For the past three years I have been teaching guitar lessons to student of all ages, with excellent results! I always keep the students interested by teaching songs they are excited to learn, while also making sure that they continue to grow as a guitarist and musicians. Lessons can be in Rock, Jazz, or Pop styles, and on acoustic or electric guitar. Music theory is included to the extent that the student and/or parents are interested. Lessons can be at my hous
It was an excellent lesson! I really learned a lot from it. I was able to learn one song and start on a second on my first lesson only! Definitely recommend Sam to anyone thinking about picking up the guitar!
June 21, 2018
Sam is awesome! He listened to my learning objectives and background, he instructs clearly (and kindly), and I’m super stoked for my next lesson.
Ear training techniques, From learning to identify notes by ear, harmony and voicing. I teach ear training as a part of all my music lessons and if there is a specific need I have several ear training technique to quickly assist with ear training for all types of music work.
Ingrid is a dedicated voice, piano musicianship, recording and live performance teacher for those who want to expand their musical knowledge, recording techniques, develop their own singing-artist style and performance skills. Students have had great success and fun learning numerous music genres while expanding their vocal range, resonance, ear training, confidence and musicianship skills as well as how to prepare for a career in music.
A native New Yorker, Ingrid has been involved in entertainment all of her life. As a child, on bi-lingual Sesame Street to a successful Hispanic jingle career, to veteran of over 25 years on the New York music scene, internationally as Elli & The Boys Jazz Quintet, and as a 2009, Latin Grammy Nominee for Volvo La Navidad.
Ingrid has managed, booked, and/or performed with an impressive collection o
f artists; Negroni's Trio, Nicole Henry, Elizabeth Caballero, Nestor Torres, Henry Jimenez, Celia Cruz, Carlos Ponce, Tito Nieves, Johnny Ventura, Camilo Sextos, Claudia Acuna, Jerry Barnes, Katreese Barnes, Gap Band, Motor Head, Matt Bianco, Chaka Kahn, Roberta Flack, and Bradford Marsalis to name a few.
I am a professional singer specializing in Gospel, Jazz, Blues, R & B with a classical training background. I am also a pianist, recording artist, songwriter, speech professor & etiquette teacher. I utilize all these skills to help my students become stellar singers. I have a B.A in Arts & Science, M.A in Communication & Training and another M.A in Education & Curriculum.
Voice students can expect to improve week to week in their vocal technique. Every voice has a unique timbre; I teach students to release built up tension and apply foundational techniques in order to unlock their own individual sound. I can help any student to sing with freedom, confidence, and expression. Additionally, I provide my students with training on song selection, soundscapes, stage presence and career building tools.
Whether you dream is to sing in p
ublic or to make singing your lifelong career; I am the person who will help you elevate yourself. The students I will accept must be willing to commit to a minimum of 5 lessons.
Lydia is amazing! I am so excited to work with her more! I have been singing for years and heard things in my voice in our first lessson that I have never heard before.
March 3, 2019
Lydia is amazing! She caters lessons towards your specific capabilities and is always very flexible . She has an outstanding record and a powerful voice which lets you know right away that you are in good hands . I would recommend Lydia to anyone looking for gospel lessons and even those looking to venture into other voice lessons .
December 3, 2018
Very encouraging, gives honest feedback. I left with good practice techniques and confidence in my voice.