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About Jordan O.

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Marietta, GA
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About Jordan
Thank you for taking the time to view my profile- I look forward to helping you achieve your musical goals. I'm excited to announce that I'm now available to teach via Online if you're outside of my teaching radius or are seeking a more convenient alternative.

I'm a professional guitarist with a background in jazz, heavy metal, blues, classical, and bossa nova. In 2006 I graduated from the Berklee College of Music and am lead guitarist for the Atlanta band Axis of Empires.

Whether you are a beginning guitarist or a seasoned professional, I can expand and enhance your playing in any direction you choose. I look forward to getting to know you as a student and learning about what course of study will bring out not only your understanding of music but a musical style that is unique to you.

Having a long time love of all music I hav
e always enjoyed discussing music and educating others on its many aspects. As such I began teaching during summers home from Berklee and found that it was something I had a great deal of talent for. Now, with seven years of teaching experience behind me, I look forward to bringing my skills and insights to students of all ages and bring not only ability on the guitar but a greater love of music to a fresh crop of open minds!!

In addition to guitar, I am also qualified to teach voice, public speaking, dramatic acting, and all aspects of music theory, the latter of which I incorporate into all of my music lessons.

A FEW THINGS TO BE AWARE OF:

1. I am able to take lessons in your home or over Skype. I am no longer accepting lessons in my home.

2. Please only pick one teacher. I don't know why people do this but on more than one occasion I've had students come to me and say "I'm doing lessons with you and this other guy. I figure I can learn different things from both of you." You only need one teacher- if that's not me, I understand.

3. I will NOT remove you as a client on Takelessons so that I can take money under the table from you directly. Sometimes clients will say "the lessons on Takelessons are expensive- is there any way I can just pay you directly?" No, you may not. The amount you are paying is MY specified fee from which Takelessons takes a commission so paying me directly would not save you money. Furthermore, I have a binding agreement with Takelessons not to do this. If you press me on this matter I will discontinue your lessons altogether.

4. Similarly, if you are coming to my profile on Takelessons do not contact me on Facebook, Twitter, or any other social media attempting to circumvent Takelessons. Please book through Takelessons and I will be happy to address any questions you may have.

*** Lesson Details ***
Although I follow a specific lesson plan, its important to customize that to each student's skill level and specific needs. Thus, I will spend the first lesson evaluating where the student is in terms of overall musical awareness, existing skill on the instrument, and long term interest.

By the end of the first month, my beginning students will be able to perform basic chromatic and major scales, name the notes on the instrument, and have command of a few basic chords. With these core concepts and regular, committed practice, they will be able to learn and perform songs in a wide variety of styles after 3 to 6 months have passed.

My more advanced students will have a lesson plan customized to their specific goals and desires. In 3 to 6 months with such a student I will have them well on the path to accomplishing their long term goals, whether those be playing, composition, harmonic awareness, understanding of theory, or all of the above.

*** Studio Equipment ***
dedicated music room; cables/amps; electric & acoustic guitars; keyboard

*** Travel Equipment ***
Electric or acoustic guitar as needed.

*** Specialties ***
Having graduated from the Berklee College of Music, I follow their approach in educating the student. In this regard I teach music theory along with the physical act of playing the guitar, which serves to not only enrich the experience for the student but demonstrate how what they are learning is applied to music on the whole.

I am fluent in many genres and specialize in rock, jazz, the blues, and various fusion genres. Because music functions off of the same principles regardless of genre, I can take whatever style the student might best appreciate and structure my lesson plan around it.
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David D. April 29, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Good guy. Knows his stuff.
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Paul M. December 3, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Jordan is very knowledgeable and a good teacher. You can find good guitar players that will show you how to play guitar, but Jordan is much more than that and can instruct even veteran players on how to improve their play.
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Jerry E. July 30, 2013
· Singing ·
Great Instruction for all levels

I am in my mid-thirties and have never had any formal musical instruction until I started taking lessons with Jordan a few months ago. I was a little nervous about starting the lessons, but Jordan made me very comfortable right away. You definitely can tell he knows music inside and out. He is also very helpful about incorporating just enough music theory into each lesson, so I can expand my knowledge of theory, but not so much that I get overwhelmed. I would definitely recommend Jordan to anyone looking for a great vocal or guitar instructor.
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About Ian M.

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Chicago, IL

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I started playing guitar originally in 1991. I picked up bass and ukulele (and then gradually a plethora of other instruments) over the ensuing years. I started teaching in 2001 throughout the Chicagoland area. First in music stores, then schools, then people's homes (including mine) and then online lessons.

Besides teaching and performing, I also ran an all ages music venue and recording studio from 2006-2015.

Teaching is my biggest love and I love seeing students learn. There isn’t a style I will not teach. All music to me is fascinating

*** Lesson Details ***
All lessons start with the basics (assuming the student doesn’t already know them). This includes: reading music and chord diagrams, understanding rhythm, basic music theory, etc. Meanwhile, we will apply this knowledge to songs of the student’s choice- this way they’r
e learning songs they like, and more about the instrument and music at the same time. As time goes on we’ll get into playing lead, advanced theory, songwriting and more.

Above is the plan, but I am always open to suggestions from the students as well. As long as they are learning, I am happy. In all reality, we can spend years on just one of the many paths you can go down with music- so I am always continually re-checking on the student’s current and up-to-date goals.

*** Specialties ***
Patience. I feel like it is necessary to be a good teacher. Other than that, I am very confident in my teaching skills. I love so many genres of music that its hard to say where my best talents lie. But no matter what the style, I will say one thing that I have always been strict about is proper technique and rhythm. I feel like timing is something that a lot of musicians take for granted and often have to learn the hard way later on. I try to incorporate it soon after a beginner's first lessons.
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Jen K. August 5, 2019
· Ukulele · In home
Ian is an incredible teacher. Very patient and professional. The way he teaches is very straight forward and easy to understand. I can’t wait to learn more & more... less than a week has passed since my lesson. I already feel so comfortable with my ukulele,
All the utube lessons were useless for me. I realized this after 1 lesson with Ian. The frustration factor on utube was a waste of time for me. I am so happy I chose ian & this company.
Thank you so much, jen
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Michelle L. March 3, 2014
· Classical Guitar ·
Great teacher

My son loves learning guitar from Ian! He is so patient with children. His love for music is infectious. He makes my son look forward to learning each week. If you want to learn guitar... Pick Ian!
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carolyn L. February 27, 2014
· Guitar ·
great teacher for popular acoustic guitar

Ian is a no nonsense well organized guy. He taught me using exercises he wrote out on paper mostly in tabulature form. He used a metronome from the first lesson and always introduced a music theory concept such as rhythm, pentatonic scales, and chord transposition. He will not move past any exercise until you can demonstrate proficiency so there is no choice but to draw your own conclusion that you need to practice more if you want to progress. He teaches out of his local all ages music venue, or will travel to your home.
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About Janelle L.

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Brooklyn, NY
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About Janelle
Hello! My name is Janelle L. and I am a Manhattanville College graduate with a BFA in Musical Theatre and a BA in Psychology.​ As a performer I have appeared in the Off- Broadway productions ANTIGONE and TWELTH NIGHT with Love Creek Theater Company, SHOUT The Mod Musical and SHOWTUNE with direction by Mark Cherry, The Off-Broadway production oF THE EXTRAORDINARY FALL OF THE FOUR LEGGED WOMAN and a solo cabaret at The Metropolitan Room. I currently teach Voice, Piano, Violin, and Cello at The New Windsor School of Music and The Rock Underground of Greenwood Lake. I have learned some of my best lessons from being a performer and try to give my students more than technical knowledge; i.e. breathing from the diaphragm, not using tension to control breath, aiming over the soft pallet, etc., but also acting and performance knowledge; like learn
ing to work with your nerves before a number and thinking about why the character is singing instead of saying the lyrics. I have been teaching since I was 16; from students ranging from 5 years old to 47 and have learned to adapt my curriculum to each student while making sure they develop a good repertoire and technique. For educational purposes I follow exercises and drills from a range of books including Vocal Strength and Power by Dena Murray, Speak with Distinction by Edith Skinner, Acting Songs by David Brunetti, and Voice and The Alexander Technique by Jane Ruby Heirich. I can perform basic accompanying parts and can also transpose music.

a sample of how my voice lessons are run is below. Each student with leave with a basic knowledge of solfage, a musical scale, and multiple genres of songs.
*** Voice Lesson Details ***
(Student expected to be prepared for lesson 10 minutes prior to lesson)

Forty Five Minute Lesson Breakdown   2:00 PM Greet and Go Through Packet
Benefit: Safe Space
2:03 PM Body Warm Up (Alexander Method)
Benefit: Loosen Muscles
2:08 PM Vocal Warm Up with piano
Benefit: Loosens Vocal Chords
2:15 PM Song Selection/Work Through Process
Benefit: Realizing Range and Character Bonds
2:45 PM Practice Notes, Review, End Session

Hour Lesson Breakdown  6:00 PM Greet and Go Through Packet
Benefit: Safe Space
6:05 PM Body Warm Up (Alexander Method)
Benefit: Loosens Muscles
6:20 PM Vocal Warm Up with piano
Benefit: Loosens Vocal Chords
6:30 PM Song Selection/Work Through Process
Benefit: Realizing Range and Character Bonds
7:00 PM Practice Notes, Review, End Session

Two Hour Lesson Breakdown 4:00 PM Greet and Go Through Packet
Benefit: Safe Space
4:10 PM Body Warm Up (Alexander Method)
Benefit: Loosens Muscels
4:35 PM Vocal Warm Up with piano
Benefit: Loosens Vocal Chords
4:55 PM Song Selection/Work Through Process
Benefit: Realizing Range and Character Bonds
6:00 PM Practice Notes, Review, End Session

*** Studio Equipment ***
Grand Piano
Mini Grand Piano
Mirror
Stands

*** Home Equipment ***
Yamaha Stage Piano with speakers
Mirror
Stands

*** Travel Equipment ***
Yamaha Electronic Keyboard
Music Stands

*** Specialties ***
Musical Theatre: Singing, Acting, and Dance.
Dance: Contemporary, Jazz, Musical Theatre, Ballet, and Modern

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Janelle L.

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About Stephanie Q.

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Asheville, NC
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If you are a poet, and wish to put your words to song, sign up for some lessons! If you've got a song in your heart, but no words to put to it, sign up for lessons! I approach song-writing from both angles!

About Stephanie
I am a career musician, and conservatory trained violin, piano and vocal instructor with over 40 years teaching experience, and a resume spanning many pages. I also am a well endorsed composer and public speaker. Furthermore, I LOVE teaching! I am a competition judge, member of National Music Teachers Association, and Suzuki Association of the Americas. I have proven results, as documented on my students YouTube channel. With my instruction, you will learn quickly and most importantly, correctly, saving you time and resources as you reach your musical goals. Fact: One of the only activities that activates, stimulates, and uses the entire brain is music, so let's get started!

Some people have difficulty reaching a teachers' studio. For this reason, I have perfected my ability to teach via Skype or FaceTime. It is an advantage f
or my students to be instructed by a quality teacher. It's worth a try, isn't it?

Please note: I only accept weekly lesson students. Also, due to my performances, I'm not always able to this calendar up to date....so when you request a lesson time, allow me to communicate with you, if we need to adjust it a bit. It almost always works out if you don't mind doing that.

*** Lesson Details ***
All the students on my Student YouTube channel who have studied under three years, are practicing 2 hours a week, and you will have a similar result. That's 20 minutes a day, 6 days a week. Students under 5 practice about 5-10 minutes a day.

Please have an assignment book that lies flat, and keep it next to your music books as you practice between lessons. My instructions are very detailed to insure your best progress.

Studio Equipment
For on-line lessons, you will need a quiet place, and please test your sound and video prior to beginning of lesson. For students under 13 or so, do have a parent or caregiver taking notes while we work together.

Specialties
I have much experience with various learning styles, and in fact, am featured in a documentary made of one of my autistic students.
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Hui F. February 25, 2019
· Piano · Online
Stephanie is one of the best teachers you can possibly find through Takelessons. We are extremely fortunate to have found her. She is a successful professional musician who is very strict yet with a kind heart and skills/experiences to steer students through their learning limitations. I had trouble to make my older daughter to practice piano for years, and almost came to the point to have her given up learning. Stephanie changed everything. Now my older daughter is getting not only serious with piano but practicing harder then ever. I am so happy to see the results. Highly recommend her!!!
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Sage M. September 26, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Stephanie is s fantastic teacher! My daughter has thrived and grown like never before. When she wants to push her she expresses complete confidence. This builds my daughters confidence and she flourishes! She is in love again with piano! We drive an hour every week and it is worth it. If you are looking for an experienced teacher who loves to teach Stephanie is the one to go to.
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John September 12, 2018
· Violin · In home
Stephanie method of teaching is ideal for me as an older adult...very patient but she challenges me not to take shortcuts and to follow her guidance. Our sessions are very productive yet enjoyable.
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About Payam E.

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Fullerton, CA
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Writing songs with too many excerpts being analysed ,lyrically and musically. besides working with musical softwares and producing your own song

About Payam
Bachelor degree in music performance from Berklee College of Music in Boston, with concentration on jazz and contemporary music. with more than a decade of experience in teaching guitar both private and academically and to any age group. also capable of playing and teaching different genres of music from jazz to rock and pop.
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About Matthew S.

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San Gabriel, CA

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Learn the art of songwriting, from simple lyrics and chords to full-blown studio productions.

About Matthew
Hi, my name is Matt! My passion for music education began when I was 16 years old. I began to get opportunities to coach less experienced players in my high school band and orchestra, and I found it be absolutely exhilarating. Since then, I've been trained at the highest levels to excel as not just a professional musician, but as an educator.

Outside of education, I'm a pianist, trombonist, composer, and producer. My experience ranges from classical music to all genres of jazz and popular music, and I can teach in whatever style you like! As an educator, my specialty is being able to explain concepts usually thought to be complicated in a way that even little kids can understand. Whether you're parent looking to enrich your child's education, a hobbyist looking for pointers, or a professional seeking more knowledge, I'm excited to help
you achieve your goals!
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Joe Toto July 11, 2015
· Piano · In studio
Matt is awesome!
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Joe Toto July 11, 2015
· Piano · In studio
Matt is awesome!
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Olivia H. December 10, 2014
· Piano · In studio
Matthew is a very good teacher. He is very methodical and thorough. I highly recommend Matthew to anyone wishing to learn how to play the piano from the very beginning; not having had any previous experience.
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About Mark V S.

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Van Nuys, CA

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It's all about THE HOOK! Know your audience. Find your voice. Share a story worth sharing. Understand the old cliche that less really is more. Regardless your instrument, a song is a slice of time that should move people. I can show you how.

About Mark V
Mark V has been “Specializing In Melody” since the age of 5 when he discovered his natural ability to play and create catchy tunes by teaching himself the harmonica by ear. He went on to learn the accordion at 10, the piano at 12, MIDI and synthesizers at 15, the guitar at 30, and a long list of other exotic instruments along the way, completely by ear. He has collected rare synthesizers since 1984 and has well over a 100 in his collection. Mark V is also Pro Tools certified and has been teaching Pro Tools, MIDI, music production, composing, keyboard techniques & sound design since 1998 having won numerous academic awards. Mark V has a BA from UCSC in an individual major of Audio/Visual Composition. He wears many hats including his first passion as a prolific composer, BMI/BMG songwriter, producer, sound designer, Pro Tools editor, MI
DI expert & programmer, writer, consultant & teacher inspiring his students to become better than they ever dreamed possible all while having FUN!
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Marie G. November 3, 2017
· Accordion · Online
I really appreciate Mark's teaching ability. He breathes music and make it easy to understand. I wasn't expecting to make that much progress or to have that depth of knowledge of music or my instrument in only 5 lessons. He gives a lot and he is eager to respond to my questions. I recommend Mark as a accordion teacher.
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Jordel October 16, 2017
· Piano · Online
Mark V. was great. He knew how to keep class fun and engaging. He truly cares and teaches piano in a way that is intuitive and can be applied to more than one instrument.
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Elina M. September 22, 2017
· Arrangement and Composition · Online
I like Mark's approach in teaching, he gives a lot of useful information within the time of the lesson, and it keeps me busy until the next lesson. I love the classes!
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About Daniel H.

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Songwriting is so very personal, that's why I like to think of myself as less of a teacher and more of a guide through the world of your own creativity.

Whether you have a song that's almost finished and you just want some thoughts on refining it, or you're totally stuck and don't know how to get started, I'm here to work with you.

About Daniel
A guitar teacher.
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Nelson September 1, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Always encouraging, Dan will make learning guitar easy. He takes you from strumming a few notes in the first week of class into an actually making recognizable tunes by the end of a few weeks of instruction. In the beginning, Dan offers just enough music theory to make since of why we are learning the few beginning anchor chords. As with any new skill, practice outside of the classroom makes for a better skill set. Even without the amount of practice I should have come to class with, Dan's patience and encouragement had me actually playing music and provided me with the tools to practice on my own. I defiantly will be taking his intermediate class in the future.
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About Aleksandar D.

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Naperville, IL
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I am a professional singer and piano player.
I have a band called Viva Vox and we are very popular in the whole Europe.
Beside that I am a composer, MTV songwriter, violin player and I have a bachelor degree in Music Production.

Whether you are a beginner or a professional musician, singer or a songwriter my Songwriting Lessons are far from standard ones, because songwriting is so much more than just writing a song :)

Beside learning the basic steps how to create "the world hit" we will explore the genre that you are most comfortable with, we will learn how to master the programs for composing and how to always have an inspiration for the perfect lyrics, how to compose your own song that you will be so proud of and also how to play piano (in case you don't know how to play it) because piano and composing always goes together :)

I am singing my own songs in front of 40 thousand people so let me pass on this amazing experience to you :)

p.s: Always believe in ...

About Aleksandar
I am a professional singer, piano and violin player, composer, mtv songwriter and a music producer. I graduated from the Music Academy in Belgrade, Serbia with a Bachelor of Music Production.

As a singer who has a vocal band (Viva Vox) who is extremely popular in the whole Europe and concerts that exceeds 40 thousand people I decided to pass on my knowledge and experience as a vocal, piano and violin teacher. I play violin and piano for more than 18 years and as a songwriter I had collaboration with many worldwide performers/singers/musicians. My songs were in the Top MTV Charts for more than 3 weeks. I composed music for international festivals, short films and documentaries worldwide, so let me pass on this amazing experience to you :)

p.s: Always believe in yourself and just follow your dreams.
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Nicholas January 13, 2019
· Singing · Online
I had a great learning experience with Aleksandar.
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Jonathan Q. May 6, 2018
· Singing · Online
Wans’t able to start a videocall, watsted like half hour doing it. I’m very disapointed. The platform sucks
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· Piano · Online
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About Colleen C.

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Saint Petersburg, FL
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award winning "Grammy Nominated" songwriter can help you create your own song(s) in a fun and creative way

About Colleen
Colleen C. Clark is a singer/songwriter/guitar player who started playing out in Florida , USA , after her brother Eric died of Aids at the age of 29.

Colleen's song "Tango with the Devil" won best Pop/Spoken Word Akademia Awards.

One of her original songs titled “Tango with the Devil” won finalist position in a UK songwriting contest and was chosen for film placement for a Canadian film titled “Me, My Mom and a Whistle”.

She won semi-finalist position for her love song “Under Your Spell” in a UK Songwriting Contest)

Her song “Forbidden Love” won the Director’s Award by the Nashville International Song & Lyric Writing Competition for Valentine’s.

Her song "Miss You Baby" was nominated for a Grammy Award by Canadian American Records.

She's a native of Canada , and loves to touch people with music.
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Colleen C.

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