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David’s 35 years of teaching and performing experience, coupled with intensive years of formal studies with many of the world's greatest guitarists, have afforded him a rich and in-depth understanding of music and the guitar. He shares all of this with his students in an insightful and uniquely original manner. David is committed to helping students enjoy and excel in playing the music they love.

About David
David discovered his love for music early on at the age of seven with the musical/movie: The Sound of Music. He and his siblings would entertain their babysitter by acting out the entire musical - singing and dancing along with the soundtrack. To make it even more fun, they would sometimes speed up the vinyl record and perform in extra-fast mode!

He vividly remembers his first real musical instruction back in elementary school:
“Everyone in 4th Grade was given a Recorder to learn how to play 'Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star'. When the music teacher had the class play together, she noticed that I wasn't looking down at my music booklet as I played, since I was 'playing by ear'. Not only was my booklet turned to the wrong page; it was upside down as well! To admonish me, she had me stand up in front of the whole class and play
solo - as she held the booklet in front of me. Enthusiastically, I rendered the complete song correctly, only pretending to read from the page as she held it, but actually 'playing by ear'. Upon getting to the end of the tune, I suddenly broke out in a jazzed-up, improvised version of 'Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star', arousing the whole class to spontaneously tap their feet in rhythm and clap with delight . . . my first solo performance!”

David eventually took up guitar in his teens, becoming involved with playing for musicals such as "Godspell" and "Jesus Christ Superstar". During high school, he also played in the Bluegrass band 'Odell & Zeke', and in the Rock band 'Ring Wraith', performing for local dances and proms.

Extremely versatile within classical and popular guitar styles, David played in the Top-40-Hit music video, Shine Shine, by The Bee Gees' Barry Gibb – alongside pop-star legend - Michael Jackson. David is also mentioned in Just Jazz Guitar Magazine for his jazz endeavors; and he has years of experience as a church music director.

As a Classical concert guitarist, David has performed throughout the USA and Europe. His live performances have been broadcast on television and radio: NPR’s Performance Today (USA); CBC’s Arts National (Canada); RAI Television’s In Concerto (Italy), and the Hungarian National Television. Successful in competitions, David won First Prize in the 20th International Guitar Competition in Milan, Italy and First Prize in the National Wurlitzer Artist Competition, USA. He has received other awards and grants as well, including a Solo Recitalist Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Governor's Award from Department of State, Florida. Moreover, he was chosen for the rosters of both the California State Touring Program and the North Carolina Visiting Artists Program.

David’s 35 years of teaching and performing experience, coupled with intensive years of formal studies with many of the world's greatest guitarists, including Andres Segovia, Eliot Fisk, David Russell, Christopher Parkening, Holzman, Ghiglia, Morgen, Tomas, Isbin - have afforded him a rich and in-depth understanding of music and the guitar. He shares all of this with his students in an insightful and uniquely original manner.

Education:

Florida State University - Master of Music - Guitar Performance

Florida State University - Bachelor of Music - Guitar Performance

Certificates of Professional Study:
- L'Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Italy
- Aspen Music Festival

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Wouldn't you love to play the music that you enjoy listening to the most?
Ever listen to your very favorite songs on your iPod or on the radio and really wish you could just play along? Well, here's your opportunity! Even if you are just beginning, I can help get you up and strumming in no time! You can choose your favorite songs to play - and I will show you how! Imagine playing along with Taylor Swift, Maroon 5, Fun, Ke$Ha, Demi Lovato, Flo Rida, Alex Clare, Ne-Yo, and more!
And for you adults: imagine playing your favorite songs from the 60's, 70's, and 80's. What a wonderful way to re-kindle all the fun, memories and meaningful songs of your youth!

I am committed to helping you really enjoy and excel in playing the music you love! You will find our lessons fun, interesting, and always inspiring. What better way to be motivated to learn and play, than having fun . . . and enjoying it along the way?!

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Separate, professional studio in a nice setting. Lots of windows, art, books make it inviting and cozy. Special separate adjacent room for parents and siblings, allowing parents to watch lessons through glass doors without "intruding".

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I carry my own iPad, computer, cd player.
Students should have instrument, capo, music. Ability for student to take video recording/audio recording is helpful. Often, we will use parent's iPhone at end of lesson to record important concepts/techniques/etc.

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I am versatile within classical and popular guitar styles: folk, country, rock, new age, praise, bluegrass. My in-depth understanding of music theory, guitar technique, and performance affords me a wealth of practical and artistic experience from which I lead students on their musical journey.
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Lara August 9, 2017
· Classical Guitar · In studio
David is the rare combination of a true artist who wants to help others discover their own musical voice. He is always able to find a solution to my technical problems, with the goal of helping me play more musically. He takes me seriously as a student, challenging and encouraging me with understanding, patience and kindness.
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Natalie P. December 17, 2016
· Ukulele · In home
David was very knowledgeable about music and made it easy to understand. This was especially important to me since I am starting new, not having any musical background other than a love for music and a passion to play. This instructor helped me realize I have potential which is also important. After just one lesson I was able to take what he taught me and put some of his advice together musically and it is starting to make sense. I am looking forward to my future lessons!
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Sabil July 17, 2016
· Guitar · In home
Great teacher ... thorough and provides instruction based on students skill and need
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Cary, NC 27519
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About Emily M.

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Lessons for beginners usually start with simple single note melodies, basic chords (C, G, D) and simple songs using those chords so as to put them to practical use as fast as possible and keep students interested. After that comes bar chords and more complex riffs into full solos. I try to tailor my lesson plan to what each student is most interested in so they will stick with it!

About Emily
Emily began singing at 4 years old and picked up her first guitar at 12. At 16 she started playing local venues around town. She attended Berklee College of Music in Boston from 2008-2012, one of the top contemporary music schools in the world. She has a degree in Contemporary Writing and Production, professionalizing her music transcription and recording skills. In 2008 Emily began teaching her first guitar and voice lessons at Belvoir Terrace, a performing arts camp for girls in Western Massachusetts. It was there that she fell in love with teaching and has since picked up several private voice and guitar students. As a teacher, Emily strives to help her students find their musical passion and keep it alive through fun and informative exercises. She also loves to work with songwriters, teaching them how to brainstorm ideas, play with rh
yme, and get over “writers block.” She teaches some students how to use recording equipment to make their own demos or record other bands.
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Lily February 1, 2017
· Guitar · In home
My daughter loved her lesson. In fact she asked if we could go again today 😊
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Dave May 7, 2016
· Guitar · In home
First lesson was great. Since I am an intermediate guitarist she is taking the time to assess where my skills are at which is exactly what she should do. She already taught me some stuff that made an immediate improvement.
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Wesley N. February 12, 2016
· Guitar · In home
My son is really enjoying working with Emily!!!
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Durham, NC 27705
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About Kevin D.

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Raleigh, NC

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I am a career music teacher and teach beginning guitar in school. I can teach notation and tab. What do you want to learn?

About Kevin
I am a professional music teacher with 30+ years experience. Very experienced at teaching all band instruments. Expert at Saxophones - Clarinet. I am Nationally Board Certified as a Band Teacher. I can teach a student what they need from specific solos to audition materials to Jazz Improvisation. I currently perform throughout the area. I am experienced at teaching students of ALL ages what they want to learn about the saxophone and clarinet. I can play and demonstrate for you as a musician. I own and play Soprano, Alto and Tenor Sax. Bari as well but do not own one. I also play clarinet and flute. I am a good young piano teacher.

I have successfully taught many students to success at district and honors band level auditions, as well as prep for Governor's School and College Auditions.

I can teach you what you would like to know
to be successful at your instrument.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Stands, Chairs, Recording Equipment and Sound Playback if needed.

Can do Smart Music.

*** Travel Equipment ***
My Chrysler 2011 - if needed.

*** Specialties ***
Saxophones and Clarinets - Young Piano. Beginning ALL Band Instruments.
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Connor August 3, 2016
· Piano · In home
Kevin is a great teacher for my little beginner.
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Barry Walsh January 8, 2016
· Saxophone · In studio
Excellent instructor, very relaxed atmosphere and provided a lot of good information. Especially liked that fact that he took the time to cover what was needed rather than strict adherence to the clock. Highly recommend his as a music instructor.
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Peter K. July 3, 2015
· Clarinet · In studio
Kevin is very well versed in musical instruments. We took an older clarinet to him and he identified what type it was and was able to play it and teach how to play it. Looking forward to more lessons.
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Kevin D.

Kevin D.

Raleigh, NC 27614
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About David E.

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Oceanside, CA

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I thoroughly enjoy teaching guitar to all ages and levels! And in a myriad of styles too- Blues, Jazz, Rock, Classical, Flamenco, Country, Folk, etc. If you are looking to flourish and grow as a well rounded guitarist then sign up to begin your musical journey...

About David
A fun, friendly, and professional Music Instructor at your service for Guitar, Piano, Voice, Bass, & Drums! I have a BA degree from Florida Atlantic University in Music Performance for Classical/Flamenco/Jazz/Blues guitar and I've also performed on the Piano/Keyboards for a couple different bands too. Presently, going back to School to earn a Master's in Music. Love to play & teach pretty much all styles of music! It is always a pure joy & truly rewarding to see my music students grow and flourish as musicians. I have been enjoying doing this now for 16 years- all ages & levels. I am also in a multi-dimensional rock project and am a recording artist-

I believe it's important to learn the rudiments of music to build a good foundation (scales, chord vocabulary, theory, song-composition, performing techniques), but I also base the less
ons on whatever the interests and strengths are for the student. For example, if you enjoy jazz more than classical we'll focus more on what you are particularly passionate about. I have also been a part of School of Rock Programs in which we provided performances for the students a la Jack Black. Please contact Takelessons to let the musical journey begin...
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Trish D. June 22, 2017
· Piano · In home
David was very helpful and I learned more about my Roland keyboard. He is very friendly and likeable. He was very patient with me as I haven't played for a long timed. I'm looking forward to my next lesson.
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Greg L. April 20, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
He's a great guitar teacher- very intuitive- really will help you along in your guitar journey. He became a friend as well. Thank you so much for your help.
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Mary January 16, 2016
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Great start. Just had one lesson so far so I expect to learn a lot!
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Reseda, CA
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Whether you want to play like Jimi Hendrix, Chet Atkins or Joe Pass, you need basic knowledge and foundation to begin your journey to sounding like the greats. Learning songs is a fun way to learn all the important elements of playing any style of guitar.

About Paul
Graduate of California State University Northridge's illustrious Jazz Studies program, Paul has studied various styles of guitar for many years. He has taught in and around the Los Angeles area while simultaneously remaining active as a performer.
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May A. January 18, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Paul is an excellent teacher ,very professional and know how to deal with youth and let them love music and guitar ,my granddaughter enjoyed his lessons and I ll not hesitate to recommend him to my friends and family .
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Jacob September 21, 2016
· Guitar · In home
My son really loved his lesson with Paul.
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If you are looking for fun, engaging lessons that make your favorite music accessible, that is what I am all about.

About Justin
Hi, My name is Justin and I love playing music and want to help you unlock your hidden potential and find new ways to express your creativity! I love picking up an instrument and improvising or playing along to my favorite songs and I want to show you how to do the same! I have over 4 years experience teaching in home lessons to students of all ages and all styles of music!
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Broc January 26, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Justin was great -- very professional and patient. Looking forward to more lessons!
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Brandon October 27, 2016
· Guitar · In home
Awesome. Was nervous about being really rusty from a long layoff, but Justin was easy-going and unassuming. Thank you!
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Katie October 3, 2016
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Justin is a great guitar teacher to my 10 year old son. He has shown patience with a child that has a hard time focusing. He has taught him to both read and write music. My son gets excited for lessons now. We are very pleased with him and can highly recommend him to others with children.
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Studio City, CA

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Everything from scales to chords to modal change. Harmony content, construction, substitutions. Inside and outside playing. improvisation skills, ear training and chord construction.

About Jonathan
16 years of experience, 6 years producing, and over 8 years teaching, writing, recording, performing and Touring. I Was raised in a family of instructors. Teaching has always been something I'm passionate about. I developed my music studies in Italy, graduated and move back to the states to work after 5 years of preparation.
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Jonathan G.

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Raleigh, NC

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I have been playing guitar for over 30 years in styles ranging from rock to jazz to classical. My approach to teaching focuses on developing efficient technique that can adapt to multiple styles of playing.

About Ted
My name is Ted D. and I have been teaching private lessons in both guitar and voice for over a decade. I began playing guitar at age eleven and continued into college, where I majored in guitar performance. While in college I began studying voice seriously, adding a vocal performance major to my degree. I moved to New York City for additional vocal training, and sang leading roles in many opera productions in the NY/NJ area.

I currently serve as Director of Music and Worship at HOPE Presbyterian Church in North Raleigh, and my performance experience ranges from playing and singing in rock bands and as a solo acoustic act to performing in opera houses and concert halls with symphony orchestras. Whether teaching guitar or voice, I focus on developing proper and efficient technique with my students that enables them to perform in a wide r
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Moe April 5, 2017
· Vocal Training · In home
“If you can sing opera you can sing anything.” This is something I learned while taking vocal lessons with Ted Dougherty. Many voice teachers aim to silo you into one style of singing but that is not the case with Ted. He will help you build your voice to be the strongest it can be while encouraging you to practice and sing the types of music you are passionate about. Ted is an extremely talented musician who not only has the knowledge to teach you new techniques, but also has the ability to demonstrate those techniques. I started voice lessons with him when I was 12 years old and only ended my lessons with him when I went away to college years later. I truly believe, were it not for my lessons with Ted, I would not have the quality voice I have today. If I lived anywhere near Raleigh, NC, nothing would be able to stop me from going for voice lessons with Ted as often as possible.
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Ayla April 3, 2017
· Vocal Training · In home
If you are a singer, do yourself a favor and get lessons with Ted! I took voice lessons with him for two years it's been quite the game changer. I've been a singer since I was 6 and have had a lot of different vocal training and Ted's lessons were unlike any other. I never expected the techniques. They are designed to make you re-conceptualize how to make the sound until your voice is in the right place. The first few months of lessons were unlearning and really strange because it seemed like he was telling me to make ugly sounds most of the time. Later I realized how foundational and fundamental these practices are for a strong and healthy voice. If you stick with it, and practice regularly on your own, you will be able to do what you thought was not possible with your voice. Like perform Queen of the Night, or Defying Gravity, or Carry Underwood. It's been amazing to transform my voice so drastically, and I would never have gotten there without these lessons.
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Raleigh, NC 27612
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About Casey O.

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I like to draw on what the students themselves will ENJOY playing. I teach FUN and relatable songs and the most efficient way to execute them. I start with a basic understanding of open chords (D, A, G, etc) along with ways to solo, and play single note riffs. I also welcome more advanced students who want to learn difficult tunes or techniques. With a BA in Jazz Performance, I can instruct students on advanced music theory concepts weaving how they relate with practical song based material.

About Casey
Casey is a 2017 ECU graduate and got her bachelors degree in Jazz Performance with guitar as her primary instrument. She has been playing professionally in bands such as Big Love, Doug Largent Trio and Tim Smith Band for 4 years. She is inspired by all types of genres of music including classic rock, jazz, blues and folk.
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Skylar C. June 5, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Casey was great. She taught me a lot in my first 45min session. She made me feel comfortable and was very patient with me. I didn't want to stop...can't wait till next week!!!
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Aaron May 5, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Casey's passion for music can easily be felt and she projects that passion in her lessons - she is a lot of fun to work with and she really knows her stuff. Her instruction is well formulated, clear and concise. I thoroughly recommend her!
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Eric May 5, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Casey is a great guitarist and instructor. A very patient and active listener who makes learning fun. She wants her students to love playing guitar as much as she does.
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Carrboro, NC 27510
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I'll teach you whatever songs you want to learn. I can break them apart in 2 listens and walk you through step by step. I can also teach how to write melodies and proper structure for layering instruments in key. I know every important technique and interesting chords.

About Micah
I've first started playing guitar in 2010 thanks to the excuse of in-school lessons, but have since moved on to learning everything by ear. That allowed me to later pick up percussion, classical strings, piano, wind, vocals etc, (although I refuse to teach anything I'm not confident in). This knack for music lead me to considering teaching since it will pay far more than my current job.

To give an idea about how I do as an instructor, I'm adaptable, I can handle special needs (I have aspergers), I take a minute to understand what we are struggling with and I believe in patience as much as I do efficiency

I will not coddle and I will not demean. As a teacher, I believe that it's not my job to be your parent, but the one helping you progress as a musician. I want you to walk out of each session knowing that you've improved. Hopefully
, one day you will be able to keep learning without me!
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Claire May 30, 2017
· Ukulele · In studio
Micah knows a lot about strumming. We spent a few times taking songs and remaking them for ukulele and I sorta know how to do it on my own now!
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Your favorite student! May 28, 2017
· Songwriting · In studio
HE TAUGHT ME TO WRITE STUFF LIKE WEEZER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE YOU MICAH!
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Gina May 28, 2017
· Guitar · In home
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