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About David R.

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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?!

*** Studio Equipment ***
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.

*** Specialties ***
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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Tyler M. October 21, 2018
· Classical Guitar · In studio
Very helpful and willing to go the extra mile to help his student's succeed.
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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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David R.

David R.

Cary, NC 27519
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About Robert G.

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Raleigh, NC
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Fun & highly individualized lessons
Patient teacher who tends to your needs with a flexible schedule
Specializing in theory, soloing, technique & ear training
Worksheets in pdf form and each lesson written out in Google docs

Versatile performer, recording artist and teacher in private lessons for over 20 years. A musical journeyman from the Boston area and a resident for the past 10 years in Raleigh, NC, Rob's unique, eclectic playing style and tailored-to-your-needs teaching approach have been a proven success.

Rob studied with Berklee graduate Paul DiBartolo (Spread Eagle/MCA Records) and guitar extraordinaire Gary Hoey (Wazoo Music Group) also Berklee Professor's Jon Finn and Joe Stump. This lead to the Summer Performance Program at Berklee College of Music and was entitled a Certificate of Completion on August 8th, 2003.
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Kyle June 28, 2016
· Guitar · Online
Incredibly knowledgeable in physical techniques required for guitar; He is a master of all the subjective hands-on knowledge you can't learn from a video or a book, like individual hand/wrist placement, strength building, muscle memory, string bending. His curriculum is excellent for developing the raw ability to play as desired.

We initially did lessons in person then transitioned to Skype once I moved away. I found no difference between in-person or Skype.
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Alex June 18, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Before I became a student under my teacher, I thought that my previous teacher was good. However, looking back, my first teacher (Not Robert Grant), was horrible. The one distinct difference between many of the casual guitar teachers and Robert is that he has a great curriculum for teaching kids and adults the proper techniques, different styles, and practices for playing the guitar. I remember on the first lesson, he immediately commented my wrong form for my picking hand. Since then he has assisted me in correcting bad technique, pursuing my strengths and passions, and expanding my knowledge in music theory, both specific for guitar and for music in general. His curriculum is equal if not better than many college courses for music(classical, jazz, etc. courses). I have been with him for 3-4 years now and I find myself greatly improved from when I first started. I would recommend going to Robert if you want to seriously learn how to play the guitar with a brilliantly structured course.
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Justin June 18, 2016
· Guitar · Online
I've been playing guitar for 28 years and Robert has done more to advance my playing in the last 5 months than anything else I've done over that time. Whether online or in person, Robert has a great mix of laid back attitude with a task-master's approach; he encourages his students to have fun with the guitar, but to take it and their work with it seriously. In a really short time, I've picked up a wealth of music theory and my technique has improved dramatically. Most importantly, I'm having more fun playing than I have in years. I can't recommend Robert highly enough.
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Robert G.

Robert G.

Raleigh, NC 27616
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$25 / 30-min

About Philip O.

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Durham, NC

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I am a professional concert violinist and have been happily teaching violin for 11 years. I have my Master of Music degree in Violin Performance from University of Oklahoma and a Bachelor of Music degree in Violin Performance from Western Michigan University. During my student years I had the pleasure of serving as the concertmaster and assistant concert master of my university symphony orchestras, and was a paid member of the University of Oklahoma Graduate String Quartet, which served to showcase the music school in regular public concerts.

I have enjoyed a rich orchestral career, which has taken me across the country to perform with professional orchestras such as the Austin Symphony Orchestra, the Wichita Symphony Orchestra, the Battle Creek Symphony, the Amarillo Symphony, and many others. Additionally I have performed in numerous
public concerts and events as a soloist and an ensemble musician. I recently settled down with my newly wedded wife in North Carolina and have been building a music studio of enthusiastic musicians of all ages and levels.

In addition to my home studio instruction, I am also a teacher at Cary School of Creative Arts, Little Arts and Smarts, and have regularly taught at Musicians Learning Center in Raleigh.
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Kennadi S. October 31, 2018
· Violin · In studio
Philip was so friendly and patient, and made my 7 year old very comfortable with her first lesson. He really knew how to speak on her level and his instruction was very positive and motivating. My daughter left the lesson very excited to start practicing what he showed her, and we can't wait till the next lesson!
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Yeo S. July 16, 2018
· Violin · In home
Very helpful person to work with, understanding of my student's transportation difficulties and great about rescheduling. The girl likes him and is learning.
Good choice
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Sawyer O. June 14, 2018
· Violin · In studio
Philip is a terrific teacher. He gives lots of positive comments, and worked very well with my 7 year old. We’ve only had one lesson so far, but I would certainly recommend him.
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Philip O.

Philip O.

Durham, NC 27707
(10)
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$30 / 30-min

About Scott M.

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Raleigh, NC

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Scott is a multi-talented singer-songwriter and actor from Seattle, WA and a graduate from “Boston Conservatory at Berklee School of Music." After finishing a seven month run of the Broadway Musical "Tarzan" for Disney at Tuacahn Amphitheater where he played the lead role as Tarzan for 3,000 people a night, Scott moved to Raleigh, NC to pursue his music career. Since being in Raleigh, Scott has had the chance to work with super producer Sam Harmonix along with several other incredibly talented local musicians and producers. Scott has also had the chance since his arrival to perform his original music on the runway at Charlotte Fashion Week, be apart of the cast of Gypsy at North Carolina Theatre, and perform his original music in downtown Raleigh at the Pour House Music Hall!

As a fully trained singer, actor, and dancer from the
#1 music school in the country “Boston Conservatory at Berklee School of Music” where Scott received his Bachelor of Performing Arts in Musical Theatre with an emphasis in songwriting, he surpasses the qualifications for teaching the craft more than the majority of people. Scott has worked closely with Tony award winning Broadway directors such as Liesl Tommy (Frozen Live, Broadway’s “Eclipsed”), Jason Michael Webb (Music arranger for “Frozen” and Music Director for Broadway’s “Color Purple”), and Glenn Casale (Broadway’s “Peter Pan”). Scott’s credits also include the original cast of Frozen Live (Disney Land), Rock of Ages (Norwegian Cruise Lines), Hunch Back of Notre Dame (Tuacahn Amphitheater), Peter Pan (Tuacahn Amphitheater), and Marius (Les Miserables). Scott is also a proud member of The Actor’s Equity Association (AEA).

With Scott’s expertise and rigorous years of training, along with all of his professional experience— from Broadway caliber productions, to working among the top notch musicians and directors in this country— he knows what it takes to transform someone into their highest potential and enable them to succeed far beyond what they could ever dream possible. Scott will help you reach your dreams because he’s living his and he’s walking proof that it takes years of training from the best to be the best! Whether you are training for your next big Broadway audition or your just learning to sing for the first time, Scott has all the tools to help you. He can train someone in any vocal style they need, or even piano, and can help with acting the song to book an audition! He knows the inside scoop of what it takes to excel because he has excelled himself is in the business. Scott looks forward to meeting you and transforming you into everything you hope to be!
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Georgia A. October 21, 2018
· Acting · In studio
I really love taken lessons with Scott! learnt a lot already and we only just got started!
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Anastasia C. July 5, 2018
· Broadway Singing · In home
First lesson with Scott and extremely impressed. Look forward to many more sessions.
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Megan June 16, 2018
· Classical Voice · In studio
When I started taking lessons with Scott, the only thing I really knew how to do was carry a tune. After a lesson a week for about 4 months, I've been picked to be a Semi-Finalist in a singing competition called So You Think You Can Belt in New York City, with one of the judges being a former producer from X factor (UK/US), has done consulting work for American Idol and America's Got Talent, and currently recruits for The Voice. Scott works miracles!
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Scott M.

Scott M.

Raleigh, NC 27614
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$50 / 30-min

About Kaylyn W.

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Raleigh, NC
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Kaylyn P. W., a mezzo-soprano from Cape Coral, FL, is a graduate of Florida Gulf Coast University, earning her Bachelors in Music Performance from the Bower School of Music and the Arts. She has performed across Southwest Florida with the FGCU chamber choir, Gulfshore Opera, Opera Naples, and as a soloist. She also had the opportunity to perform abroad in Austria and The Czech Republic with the FGCU chamber choir. Her accomplishments include receiving the Semper Fidelis Award for Musical Excellence, a Superior at the National Fine Arts Festival in Detroit, MI and Superior with Honors at the National Fine Arts Festival in Orlando, FL.
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Kaylyn W.

Kaylyn W.

Raleigh, NC 27613
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$40 / 30-min
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About Jon B.

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Morrisville, NC
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I am the guitarist and lead singer in my own band that plays in the Triangle area! I love music and have played instruments and sang since I was a little kid. I have found so much joy in music throughout my life and my ultimate goal is to spread that joy to others.

A little more about me, I graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill this past Spring studying Exercise and Sport Science and Music. I also enjoy working out, baking, and rereading my Harry Potter books again and again...
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Jon B.

Jon B.

Morrisville, NC 27560
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$42 / 30-min

About Christine B.

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Durham, NC
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Since starting her musical journey twelve years ago, Christine Bryant has rarely put down the violin. This led her to the University of South Carolina where she graduated with a Bachelors of Music in Music Education in 2016. She studied under violinist Neil Casey for eight years. The University of South Carolina provided her with a myriad of teaching experiences. She taught at String Project for four years, teaching both private lessons and string classes. After earning her degree, Christine directed Fairfield Middle and Fairfield High School’s orchestra program. In the summer of 2015, Christine received her Violin Suzuki Certification at the University of East Carolina. These diverse pedagogical influences have left her well-versed in both the Galamian and Suzuki methods.

Christine recently moved to Durham, North Carolina. She cur
rently works with Duke University’s Continuing Education Department and is earning her MAT in Elementary Education from North Carolina State University. She is excited to begin teaching lessons in the triangle.

During her time away from work, Christine enjoys playing jazz and bluegrass with her husband, Carsten. Though Christine is new to the Durham area, you may see her perform at Nash Street in Hillsborough or at various churches around the area. She also performs with the Chapel Hill Philharmonia.
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Christine B.

Christine B.

Durham, NC 27705
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$30 / 30-min

About Rob P.

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Raleigh, NC
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I grew up in the Raleigh area and got my first guitar when I was 12. My dad didn't get me any lessons but gave me a book instead ... I sang in junior high chorus and realized I had a voice. But both of those didn't reach their potential till I was much older - I wish I had been given the gift of lessons when I was young! I finally discovered my passion for music during my first guitar lesson when I was 30 years old. From that point on, I was involved in many bands playing bass guitar, and sometimes electric guitar, and now acoustic guitar, which is what I play every day for relaxation and to prepare for shows and events.
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Mark September 8, 2018
· Guitar · In home
I have been working with Rob for about three years. I have learned A LOT and improved a great deal as a guitarist over this time period. rob is very talented as a guitarist, singer and bass player and has been giving lessons a long time.
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Rob P.

Rob P.

Raleigh, NC 27606
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$34 / 30-min

About Jim R.

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Chapel Hill, NC

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Jim Roberts is a cross-cultural percussionist and producer who welds together American rock/funk/jazz styles with the world music of the African Diaspora and beyond. As an artist his music is diverse and sonically complex and rich. He has recorded with Grammy award winning artist’s Victor Wooten (What Did He Say, Yin Yang, Cookbook, Ancient Hand) and Future Man (The Seamless Script). In 1999, he released Two Traditions, a cross pollination of old time fiddle music and three percussionists featuring the renown Ithaca group, The Horse Flies. In 2000 he co-produced Highway 90, the acclaimed debut album by New Orleans artist Shane Theriot, (Neville Brothers, Hall and Oats). He has performed at Merlefest, The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, The Grass Roots Festival, The Leaf Festival, the Augusta Heritage Festiva
l and on the Grand Ol’ Opry in Nashville, TN.

In 1996, Jim moved to Nashville, TN and began performing with the Wooten Brothers Band at 3rd and Lindsey. He toured and did session work. In 2000, Jim graduated as an engineer/producer from the School of Audio Engineering (SAE) and opened Kalimba Studio which he operated till 2006. He released Cape Town’s Waka Waka featuring South African singer Paul Petersen and Memphis Horns founder, Wayne Jackson. He also recorded numerous independent projects and demos. In 2006, he returned to North Carolina and joined the percussion faculty of Elon University. Now in his 11th year, Jim has taught percussion, drum set, 2 classes on the music of the 60’s and 70’s and founded and directed the Elon World Percussion Ensemble from 2008 to present.
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Renée October 14, 2018
· Percussion · In studio
Jim is an expert in percussion. We appreciated his flexibility in adjusting his teaching style to match our son's personality.
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Jeannie October 12, 2018
· Percussion · In studio
Both our boys have been taking lessons from Jim for the past five years. One focuses mainly on the drum set while the other focuses on mallets. Instruction has been reliable and excellent. Our boys have made it in to honor bands (e.g. All Districts, All State) and Jim has been a constant support throughout. He is also quite a versatile instructor; he had also had our four children form a band when they were very young. All in all, we highly recommend him as an instructor.
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Joe October 11, 2018
· Percussion · In studio
Great teacher. Keeps the lessons interesting, challenging, and wants his students to become better musicians.
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Jim R.

Jim R.

Chapel Hill, NC 27517
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About Sherif T.

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Hi, my name is Sherif. I am a professional musician located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. I specialize in guitar, piano, voice and music production in classical, jazz, and pop genres. I provide most of the materials you need and design a lesson plan that is unique to you. I will also look for performance opportunities for you so you can grow as a musician.
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Sherif T.

Chapel Hill, NC 27516
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