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Music Lessons in Nashville, TN

With a nickname like Music City, it comes as no surprise that Nashville is a major hub for aspiring musical talent. The list of notable musicians is breathtaking: music legends Johnny Cash, June Cash, Willie Nelson, Little Richard, Roy Orbison, and Jimi Hendrix; country stars Billy Ray and Miley Cyrus, Faith Hill, Alan Jackson and Dolly Parton; and rock and pop names including the Black Keys, Ben Folds, Kings of Leon, Paramore and Donna Summer.

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All Nashville music lessons cover a wide range of subjects, including music theory, performance skills, recording secrets, the craft of songwriting and voice lessons. Want to play an instrument? Guitar, bass, drums and percussion, saxophone, trumpet, French horn, trombone, tuba, violin and viola, cello, fiddle, clarinet, flute, piccolo and many more lesson types are also available.

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Mark T.

Nashville, TN

About Mark

Hello!! My name is Mark and I am YOUR teacher! (YOU just don’t know it yet)

Simply put, I love music… every facet of it, in fact! Music has been a huge part of my life! From starting on alto and tenor saxophones as a kid and then learning acoustic and electric guitars, to ripping scorching solos on stage with Chris Cagle and singing background vocals with Reba McEntire, music has always inspired me! Now I hope to inspire you with creative, challenging, and fun lessons!!

Long story short, (too late) ☺ at a young age I dove head first into music, but more importantly, the electric gui
tar! I learned everything about them from how they are constructed to how magnetic pickups make sound come out of an amplifier. Then came the true challenge… I started meeting others like me and before too long I was playing in bands and making music! (which is the ULTIMATE GOAL of playing any instrument when you get down to it)

After many years of self study and private lessons, I took the initiative to move from Texas to Los Angeles, California to go to Musicians Institute’s Guitar program. I honed my chops as I studied with Paul Gilbert, Scott Henderson, George Lynch, Raphael Moreira, and Robben Ford just to name a few. I graduated with honors and received my AA degree in September 2001. (3 days after 9/11) Learning is great, but I NEEDED to make music… so I played in many bands (heavy metal, reggae, pop, country, blues rock) and shared the stage with many amazing musicians along the way including members of Black Label Society, Dakota Moon, Korn, and many others.

I STILL wasn’t satisfied, so I decided to learn how to make commercial music and spent 7 years learning the craft of recording, mixing, and producing music. I went back to school eventually and graduated with honors (again) from LA’s Recording Institute of Technology in 2009. I also received outstanding mix and got my ProTools HD Operators Certifications.

WHERE IS ALL THIS LEADING? Well, I’m glad you asked! ☺ I have the unique ability to help sculpt your goals and tailor your training because of the vast wealth of experience I possess. Notice I didn’t say “knowledge?” I’m still learning! As I hope you will be for the rest of your life! Any truly great musician knows that they’ll never know it all!

My wife and I moved to Nashville in November of 2012 to continue our musical adventures! She’s a touring background singer and songwriter and one of my biggest inspirations…. Hope I can become one of yours!

Can’t wait to meet you!

*** Lesson Details ***
I am a very easy going, friendly, patient guy (And I'm quite funny.. I think) who believes that learning music is built upon a strong relationship between teacher and student. This relationship involves good communication, honesty, open mindedness, and most importantly the desire to LEARN and have FUN. I approach teaching music by knowing and understanding the student's musical goals, and teaching fundamentals, theory, and technique through the style(s) of music that the student wants to learn. For beginners, I tend to teach basic techniques and chords through simple songs to get the student playing music as quickly as possible.

My three promises to you as a student:

1) I guarantee that you will have fun during the time you're with me! I know lessons can be intimidating and stressful, but they have to be fun and that's part of my job.

2) I promise that I will gently push you to be the best you can be but never ask you to do something that I think you won't be able to achieve with practice.

3) I stand behind my education and experiences: I've learned music from the best in the field and you will get nothing less than that from me during a lesson.

My three expectations of you:

1) Come willing to try new and different things in a low pressure environment. I don't bite...I swear.

2) Come prepared to play. Why? If you want to play guitar, you have to play. Relatively simple, right?

3) Come prepared to make mistakes. No lesson is perfect and no lesson should be. Lessons are your opportunity to make mistakes without being judged, so make mistakes, commit to not making the same ones the next time and enjoy and appreciate the praise and feedback you get along the way. Music is a journey that cannot be completed in a few one hour sessions, so I hope and expect that you won't treat it that way.

Now let's make music together!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Bill Nash, PRS, Suhr, Daion, Lance Alonzo Customs, Ovation, and Yamaha guitars. Marshall, Ceriatone, and Mojo amps. NinjaTone, Xotic, CAE, Strymon, Tech 21, Nobels, and Voodoo Labs pedals. Mac Pro, Apogee, Dangerous Audio, Genelec, Sterling Audio, Blue, Shure, Pro Tools 10, Logic Studio 9 recording gear.

*** Specialties ***
I am well versed in rock, blues, & country guitar styles as well as some metal, jazz, reggae,and funk/R&B guitar. I also have extensive curriculum to draw from as the previous curriculum supervisor at Musicians Institute in LA.
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Cheyenne August 2, 2015
Hi i never got lessons from Mark but was interested in getting some song writing lessons does anyone know if Mark has a fb age or phone number where i could get in touch with him if anyone could get back to me would be great thanks! :)
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Theresa P. April 16, 2014
Songwriting
Verified Student
Learned and improved my writing

I took songwriting lessons with Mark. I was looking to get to know the form and tools of songwriting to know what people were looking for and to make my songs better. He helped me out so much with music theory as you need that behind all songs and with helping me create some great songs. As i look back at my songs from when I started to now, they have grown and adapted so much for the better. My lyrics flow so much better and I know what people are looking for in the music industry as I have some great songs to show from these lessons. Mark is very smart guy in all music aspects, if your looking for lessons from guitar to songwriting to music theory, I would definitely recommend him. If you are willing to put in the time to learn and get better he will make sure of it!!!
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Charissa T. September 2, 2013
Guitar
I learned A LOT from Mark!!

Mark is a really knowledgable teacher who cares about your goals and progress. He is also a very patient and laid back person, (which made me feel better about trying new techniques since I was an absolute beginner when we started) and he REALLY took my guitar playing far. Now I understand music theory and how to apply it to my songwriting AND how to improvise over the chord changes in my songs. I'd also have to say he is very humble for how good of a guitar player he really is. You can learn a lot from Mark, and I still use and go through his curriculum. I would definitely recommend him to other students.
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Mark T.

Nashville, TN 37214
(3)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Jonah K.

Nashville, TN

About Jonah

Hello! I believe that music is something everyone can do: it can be played alone or in pairs (and trios, quartets,etc). Playing music is extremely rewarding. It's about discovering your potential, and having fun doing it! Having played music for 25 years, and teaching for 12, I have experience as a performer, composer, and producer. I grew up playing cello before switching to guitar, and graduated from New England Conservatory of Music with a BA in jazz performance. Most recently, I moved to Nashville where I am currently training to be a Registered Piano Technician.

*** Lesson Details
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I offer a wide pallet of musical options. Whether teaching guitar, piano, bass, violin, or cello, I aim to provide a well rounded approach to the performance and understanding of music. Context is everything, so after we cover the basics, we can move in a direction of your liking. Whether you want to sit and compose by yourself, or let loose on stage in front of screaming fans, you will get there! In the first 3 to 6 months, we will cover basic music theory, technique, rhythm, and basic improvisation. After that, we can continue in any (and all) of these subjects, and begin to introduce ear training, the most essential element of your musical education. Overall, I want you to have fun and get what want out of your lessons.

*** Studio Equipment ***
piano, music stands, guitars, amps, chairs

*** Travel Equipment ***
Car, music stand, staff paper, instrument

*** Specialties ***
Balanced lessons -- playing by ear, learning the staff, composition, improvisation, try to have a little bit of everything with concentrations depending on the level and style of student.
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Lynne H. September 30, 2014
Cello · In home
Verified Student
He is a superior teacher! His musical ability is sine qua non. His ability makes it easy for me to learn from him. He began early with the cello, which he plays beautifully. He has also mastered other instruments. We play duets together and I enjoy playing with him very much. His theory is excellent; I have learned so much being his student. He has made me better and I feel more confident about my own playing and about myself.

I would definitely rate Jonah a 5 star teacher and would strongly recommend him to others.
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Loretta R. August 6, 2014
Cello · In studio
Verified Student
We are so pleased with the instruction our son received this summer with Jonah. He is excellent with students. You can tell he cares about their progress and their personal goals and that they really learn with him as their teacher. We have taken lessons with other music teachers in the past with our older children, and we have not found one that takes as much time with the student and really cares that they learn the way Jonah has.
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Tysha H. November 18, 2013
Piano
Verified Student
Laid back guy, great with kids, excellent musical knowledge

Jonah works with both of our sons teaching piano. He is positive and upbeat and encourages them to do their best. His credentials are impeccable with a wide-ranging and deep musical background/education. He expects success from the kids, he gently pushes them to succeed. He is always on time to our house and is trustworthy. We highly recommend Jonah.
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Jonah K.

Jonah K.

Nashville, TN 37207
(5)
starting at
$54 / 30-min
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Dustin B.

Nashville, TN

About Dustin

Teaching Experience:

Private Lessons - 22 years
Public and Magnet Schools - 7 years

I've tutored 100’s of students on Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute, Piano, Guitar, Bass, Percussion, Tuba, Trumpet and Voice just to name a few. I also give instruction in music theory, improvisation, arranging, composition, engraving, music notation, and general studio operations from recording to engineering. I give lessons privately and also teach within local school and magnet programs.

I hold a Music Performance Degree from the University of Miami, and have also studied at the University of Northern Io
wa and Florida International University in classical music, arranging, composition, jazz band, marching, ear training, theory, history, and business.

Professional Experience:

As a musician I have traveled to and performed in over 51 countries around the world, all the major cities in the US and many famous venues in New York City, London and Rome. I've appeared with such artists as: Michael Brecker, Arturo Sondoval, Jerry Bergonzi, David Sanborn, Bob Mintzer, David Liebman, Joe Lovano, Jamey Aebersold, Bobby Shew, Poncho Sanchez, Duffy Jackson, American Idol's Kimberely Locke, Earth wind and Fire, Lionel Richie, Clarence Clemets, William Shatner, The Miami Heat American Airlines Arena Band, and most recently in Nashville during the same event Steve Martin’s Bluegrass Band had played.

Student Lesson Details:

Most importantly, I believe music and music lessons should be fun and motivating. I custom build lesson plans based on a students individual goals and experience and use most efficient and effective methods available to achieve the best possible results. It is important that all students understand and learn the fundamentals of music yet I’m very accommodating to each student’s individual needs and goals.

Teacher Equipment and Studio:

The lesson studio is located in the heart of Nashville’s Music Row and offers a quiet teaching space, comfortable seating for parents, audio and video recording equipment and a host of other amenities. There is also a lavatory and free parking. I can also provide all lesson materials and books required for learning and some additional instruments are also available.

**Special services**

For the same price as the lesson time I can also provide instrument repair service. I have many years experience working on saxophones, clarinets, flutes and other instruments dealing with general maintenance, to complete overhaul. Please inquire for more details.
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Adrienne M. August 26, 2015
Saxophone · Online
Verified Student
Dustin is a great teacher! I wasn't sure how it would be taking lessons online especially since I do not have a background in music and I'm learning the sax for the first time. He has made learning fun and easy. I can already play a song! He is very knowledgable and providing me with music theory as well. Highly recommend!
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Jessica R. August 18, 2015
Ear Training · In studio
Verified Student
Dustin is a great teacher. I have always had difficulty with ear training ever since I started formally studying music. Dustin did a great job of breaking it down and incorporating skills you already have. Highly recommended.
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Tyrone J. June 23, 2015
Saxophone · Online
Verified Student
Starting off good!
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Dustin B.

Dustin B.

Nashville, TN 37212
(8)
starting at
$21 / 30-min
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Erica H.

Goodlettsville, TN

About Erica

Erica makes her home in Nashville after years of performing on the road with cruise ships, theme parks, and a Broadway tour. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor's of Music in Commercial Voice from Belmont University and is currently an adjunct professor for the university. Privately, she teaches pop, country, musical theatre, jazz, rock, and folk singing. She also works closely with the youth program at Street Theatre Company, producing and directing Class Act Dramatic musicals.

*** Lesson Details ***
Erica works with students of all ages to study correct singing practices, inc
reasing range, tone quality, breath support, and a well rounded repertoire. She also concentrates on the performance side of singing. This builds confidence, poise, and self-esteem in any student as well as emphasizes the importance of the story-telling aspect of a singer.

She works with the student to create a curriculum that will keeps the student's goals in mind while creating an atmosphere that stimulates creativity in the teaching style that is most effective for the individual.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Erica teaches out of the Rob H. home studio in Goodlettsville and out of her home studio in East Nashville.

*** Specialties ***
All Styles: Jazz, Musical Theatre, Country, Rock, Pop, and Folk.
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Tina S. March 6, 2014
Verified Student
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Erica has been a great voice teacher for my daughter. My daughter has only been taking lessons since July and she has come a long way & really enjoys Erica & her lessons. Erica encouraged her to sing a solo in the Christmas Recital recently & over time, my daughter, felt confident enough to perform and she performed wonderfully. Erica has also been very flexible at switching our lesson days b/c my daughter is also involved in sports and have had many scheduling conflicts.
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Tish R. September 6, 2012
Verified Student
My daughter LOVES Erica!!!!!

Erica is great, easy going and knows how to handle younger children. Aiden is so excited to go to see her!!!
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Erica H.

Erica H.

Nashville, TN 37216
(2)
starting at
$29.50 / 30-min
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Mary R.

Nashville, TN

About Mary

I started playing saxophone in 1994. It was an immediate passion! As the years went on my thirst for music grew and I picked up more instruments. No matter which instrument I play the passion is the same. I like to write and arrange as well so I feel an extreme importance on music theory. I am classically trained although my drive is always towards roots music. I try my hardest to combine those two elements.

I currently play baritone saxophone in the Uptown Savages. I am also in the Dead Man's Carnival. In that I may play Alto, Tenor, Baritone Sax, Flute, Bass Clarinet, Accordion, Piano or
sing. You can hear me on recordings by the Invaders, Midwest Death Rattle, Into Arcadia, various compilation albums throughout the world and the soon to be released Uptown Savages Album.
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*** Studio Equipment ***
Bring your own saxophone, flute or clarinet and books
Studio has piano, chairs, stand, stereo and internet access

*** Specialties ***
Technique and sight-reading
Training for WSMA Solo & Ensemble competitions, college entrance auditions, college scholarship auditions
Music Theory
Improvisation
Specific application of theory to various styles of music including jazz, blues, rock, americana, R&B, dixieland, swing, ska, etc.
Performance confidence coaching
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Madison A. June 2, 2014
Clarinet · In studio
Mary was amazing teacher for me, and she really sparked my passion for music. I had really just started clarinet when I began taking lessons from her, and I truly believe one of the reasons I am going into music is because of how she made me see it. In the short time that I was able to be her student I learned more than just the fundamentals, and have yet to find a teacher that I work with as well as I did with her. If I could take up lessons with her again, I would in a heartbeat.
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Robin G. May 24, 2014
Saxophone · In studio
Mary and I started working together after I co-founded a 60s soul/R&B/ska/reggae-beat band in which I sang vocals and was asked to play alto sax by the bandleader. I hadn't played sax in years (clarinet is my primary instrument), and among other things, I needed to start learning how to improvise - challenging for a symphonic band player whose head was always in sheet music. Mary's approach and teaching methods worked well for me; she's great at getting to know you as a player and your goals, and once she did that for me, she was immediately able to formulate a course of action. In the six months we were together, my tone, pitch, and playing improved, and my confidence grew. I heartily recommend Mary; no matter your instrument, she will get right down to business, keep you moving, and inject some fun into the whole process. A great player and entertainer, Mary has been a strong role model for me. I am grateful for everything I've learned from her, and I look forward to working with her again.
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Hugo F. April 30, 2014
Piano
Verified Student
In a few sessions u can play

Very good teacher, always trying to find a way for u to learn fast and easy
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Mary R.

Mary R.

Nashville, TN 37206
(5)
starting at
$22 / 30-min

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