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About Mark G.

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Most recently, Mark's drumming can be heard on multi-platinum selling recording artist Mark Slaughter's solo CD, 'Reflections in a Rear View Mirror.'

In addition to being a full-time working drummer, Mark is guiding veteran and up & coming drummers with their musical careers both privately and at Nevada Music Academy (March 2014 to present).

Mark is currently accepting serious-minded adult students for in-home or online lessons. Drum set students are required to have access to a drum set; snare drum students are required to have a snare drum or practice pad.

*****BACKGROUND*****

With inspiration from a music-infused household, Mark began playing drums at the age of eight, shortly after relocating to Las Vegas, Nevada. Within a few short years he was performing with various school bands (stage, jazz, orchestra, marching) and o
riginal rock bands formed with musicians from the local music scene.

Mark studied classical and rudimental snare drum performance at the Murray Spivack School for Snare Drum and funk, jazz, rock and Latin drumming under the tutelage of Irv Kluger, Chuck Silverman and Richie “Gajate” Garcia.

Mark’s first big break came in 1986 when he toured with the legendary Hollywood based hard-rock band Masque, which included the famous circuit clubs in Los Angeles supporting such artists as Warrant and Poison. Shortly after, Mark spent two years performing and recording with MTV favorites D.R. Starr and the M.D.’s, securing his place as one of Los Angeles’ “go to” drummers.

Drum lessons with Mark are informative, results-driven and loud at times! “Together, you and I will develop an ‘Individualized Learning Program’ designed just for you,” says Mark. “We’ll work at your level and at your pace – and we’ll have fun doing it!” Mark has been working successfully with students as young as 5 years of age. Beginning students will be playing basic drum beats during their first lesson and playing along to songs within several lessons. Experienced students will further develop reading chops, grooves, fills and rudiments.

To date, Mark has recorded and performed with numerous rock acts and is active in the local music scene. In addition, Mark is a two-time Las Vegas Rock Hall of Fame inductee.
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Rubin H. January 22, 2014
· Drum ·
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On time, very professional, amazing skill-set and very patient with my child. We feel fortunate to have Mark as an instructor.
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Brad M. January 5, 2014
· Drum ·
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Mark’s incredible skill as a drummer is only matched by his abilities as a teacher. In just a short time with Mark’s instruction, I have made vast improvements in my drumming. At my first lesson with Mark, he determined my skill level and what I sought to achieve with my lessons. Almost immediately, the fundamentals Mark showed me were translating into my drumming with my band. Mark has opened doors in my playing that I didn’t know existed. Mark is incredibly patient and really cares about ensuring I receive significant benefit from my lessons. Mark really goes out of his way to make sure I fully grasp everything he shows me. I would highly recommend Mark for anyone who wants to learn from a true master at his craft and from a teacher who takes pride in his students and his teaching. Thank you Mark!!
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Adam W. August 1, 2013
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I have had many different types of music teachers through out my life and Mark is by far the best. He is very serious about helping his students do what they want to do. I had specific goals I wanted to accomplish. Mark took my goals seriously and did what he could to help me understand the techniques to be a good drummer. He broke things down in to little steps that helped me to practice on my own and figure specific drum patterns out, He gave me the tools to improve myself as a musician, Mark did not have to but he chose to put a lot of his own time in to teaching me what I wanted to learn He obviously cares about his students and takes them seriously. I highly recommend him to any future students
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Mark G.

Las Vegas, NV 89135
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About Barry T.

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I have almost 30 years of experience teaching voice, working with choral groups, voice students as well as classroom music instruction. I hold a bachelor’s degree in Music Education as well as a Masters degree in music from an accredited school of music and have been performing both as a soloist and in vocal performance groups since I was a teenager. I bring to the vocal/music studio all of this experience as well as a heart to pass along this experience to others that desire to share the song that is in their heart. If it is your desire to sing, play the keyboard or guitar, please get in touch with me!

*** Lesson Details ***
When a student gets started with me , wherever their interest lies, I work to discover where they are on their musical journey, discuss some goals they would like to set for themselves and put a teaching and le
arning plan into motion.

For vocalists my primary goal is to assist anyone who is looking to improve the tonal quality and strength of their singing or speaking voice while reducing vocal tension and voice fatigue.

I facilitate singers of any level, age or style who seek to improve breath support, diction, range, tone quality, and ease of singing. This is achieved through a variety of singing exercises, fun vocal drills and creative singing games that we do in lesson time and with instruction on what to do at home.

For individuals seeking to develop basic musical understandings in theory, keyboard skills and guitar, I endeavor to start with were they are and take them to where they desire to be as a musician; opening up doors of music understanding and performance skills that help them on their musical journey.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Keyboard/Piano, Sound system, computer

*** Travel Equipment ***
I have a portable Keyboard if needed for in home keyboard lessons.

*** Specialties ***
Children's Voice and Vocal Techniques for all ages. Beginning piano and Keyboard basics.
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Jacy B. April 21, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Jacy needs to stay familiar with her keys while on vacation. I found the instructions from Barry to be very helpful, we appreciate his assistance..
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Philip B. March 3, 2017
· Singing · In studio
My first lesson went just fine the teacher is very knowledgeable and I look forward to my next meeting
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Kiesean April 14, 2016
· Singing · In studio
He mad me feel comfortable and we dived right in
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Barry T.

Barry T.

Las Vegas, NV 89146
(5)
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$24 / 30-min

About Mark L.

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I teach according to your individual needs. I only teach in my own studio. I do not travel anymore. I also have time to teach lessons every other week. You may inquire to me about my availability to teach every other week on Saturdays. I help you become successful on piano, violin, cello, viola, bass, guitar, or bass guitar. I help you learn the instrument and learn to read music with my own ideas using fun worksheets and songs you really like to learn how to play. I fill your voids with activities such as practice techniques, sub-lessons, and ear training. I guide you toward proper posture, tone development, and the ability to keep a steady beat. I help you develop your musical independence by tweaking lessons to help you succeed. I help you have fun learning to read music for your instrument using my materials. I believe talent is not
a factor in learning. Mastering an instrument is the result of effective instruction and step by step guidance toward foundations and skills. I love to teach private lessons because I believe in spreading the word to make the great gift of playing music available to many. It is an inherited right and gift to enjoy a lifetime of personal satisfaction from playing a musical instrument. I love to help students build confidence and make progress. I help them problem solve by going through problems with them. I teach "how to think" and how to become a life long learner of the instrument. I love the challenge of finding ways to help students become successful at every step of the way. I am excited and enthused to be apart of student progress. I am influenced by many 20th Century performers including Van Cliburn, Oscar Peterson, George Shearing, Erroll Garner, Yudi Menuhin, Issac Stern and Horowitz among others. I am passionate in my teaching about providing an effective solution to my student's needs. I am pleased to announce my teaching has awarded a cello student a spot at Del Sol music high school for the 2017-2018 school year. this student of mine passed an audition January of 2017 as a result of my teaching. The student worked very hard and followed my instruction very well. Congratulations!! I am also pleased to announce two of my cello students have both passed auditions to play in the Las Vegas Youth Orchestra starting in September 2017. They both auditioned during May 2017. Congratulations to both of you!!! I also had a violin student who passed auditions for LVA (Las Vegas Academy) a couple of years ago. I have no connection to these organizations. These students all worked hard and followed my instruction. I can help you learn as well. Recently with the development of "octave" strings, if you have been split between learning violin, viola, or cello; these strings installed on a violin or viola make the instrument sound like a cello. It is really something. They are tuned an octave below, so they sound very low. A lot of cello music will have to be transcribed for owners of these instruments installed with "octave" strings. Videos can be found on YOU TUBE of these instruments played. They are ordinary violins or violas strung up with thicker strings to sound an octave below.

I am a professional educator who works with both children and adults, and has the patience to help them. I am a performer who has over 30 years of public experience in solo playing as well as ensemble work. I have performed at Nordstrom for nine years, and performed at many private functions. I have performed classical as well as jazz music as part as my performance experience. I have taught private lessons for well over 17 years. I'm sorry, as of Summer 2016 I do not travel to student locations. I teach at my studio. If you are among the many parents who home-school your children, you should consider music lessons for them. There are many benefits of home-schooling, but unfortunately students miss out on specials. Practicing an instrument can make up for that and also teach critical learning habits and personal skills toward learning in general.

*** Lesson Details ***
I believe in personalizing your approach to the strangeness of the instrument. You need to learn much about posture, and proper tone production within the first year. Method books are not "how to" books. You need a teacher to guide you toward becoming familiar with the instrument. You also need to learn how to listen to the sounds you make as you play. To develop "musical independence" you need to become musically literate, develop tone production skills, and internalize a steady beat. Rhythm and tone are basic concepts that must be mastered to maximize pleasure in playing your instrument. Learning how to problem solve is another skill I teach so you can help yourself toward progress.
I believe in using the instrument in daily activities such as playing "Happy Birthday" at family get together. Christmas Songs or Hanukkah Songs can bring much joy during December family parties.
A musician in the house brings much joy during holidays and celebrations; and the families are brought closer together. Memories are created and last forever. Playing an instrument is exciting and expresses what can not be said using words. I believe in teaching students based on their strengths, and building upon them. I am excited to help you learn!!

I only teach in my own studio. I do not travel anymore.

You can advance quickly if you are taught to listen to yourself and follow my instruction. I will guide you every step of the way to understand how music making works. Music lessons are fun and enjoyable. I am pleased to guide you through your learning every step of the way. My students in Las Vegas have had much success with my teaching and guidance. I will succeed where others fail. You will reap the benefits of my professional instruction. I bring a wealth of teaching experience, teacher training, and professional playing experience to every lesson. Most music store studio instructors have very little or no teacher training. Playing experience does not make one a helpful teacher. Failure to learn "how to" teach along with not earning any teaching credentials will not make a satisfying music instructor.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Grand Piano 5'1', Digital Piano 88 Keys, Violin, Viola, Bass Guitars ( 5 String Fretless), electric guitar (Fender), Upright Bass 3/4 Size French/German Bows.

*** Specialties ***
Suzuki for string instruments. Thompson, Schaum for piano. Blues, Jazz and " Real Book " for jazz piano as well as Frank Mantooth books for chords. I also create materials to suit individual student needs. Classical Piano Volumes.
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Carla S. February 23, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Absolutely wonderful! This instructor is your biggest cheerleader & teaches at a speed you need.
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Sheryl February 22, 2018
· Violin · In studio
Very professional. Very informative.
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Angelina January 19, 2018
· Violin · In studio
I really appreciate Mark's patience with a 10 year old with no music experience whatsoever! He is really good at what he does.
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Mark L.

Las Vegas, NV 89122
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About Terri M.

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At age nine I began piano and clarinet lessons and continued my music studies throughout high school and into college. I played in numerous solo and ensemble festivals, honor bands, piano recitals, adjudicated piano and soloist competitions, scholarship competitions and numerous concerts. I learned at a very young age that enthusiasm and creativity expressed by my teachers played an integral role in my motivation to succeed. My experience playing in band, orchestra, ensembles and as a soloist, gives me an enhanced ability to convey lessons in harmony either played between hands or in duets/ensembles.
Because I also have a strong background in ballet and ballroom dance, I utilize these talents to reinforce time signature and rhythm lessons. It's amazing to see how my students transfer the rhythm from their feet to their fingertips accurat
ely. This method also helps them visualize and interpret the music in a more satisfying manner.
Music is the centrifugal force in my life which I joyfully extend to my family and students. I am the proud mother of four children who grew up in a musical home; three of them are proficient, award-winning pianists. My students are also award-winning competitors in the Lisa Fiorenza Junior Piano Competition, Las Vegas, NV.
I have enjoyed teaching piano students ranging in age from 3 to 80 years old. Let's Make A Joyful Noise Together!

*** Lesson Details ***
Students will be taught: Music Theory, Technique, Ear Training, Memorization and Performance Etiquette.
Methods used:
Alfred's Premier Piano Course for pre-K and early elementary beginners.
Alfred's Piano Basic Library for beginner to intermediate students of elementary to adult age.
Bastien' Invitation to Music Piano Party for pre-K beginners.
Bastien Piano Basics for elementary beginners.
Bastien New Traditions, All In One Piano Course for early elementary beginners.
Faber, My First Piano Adventure for Young Beginners Pre-K
Faber, Piano Adventures Elementary to Adult beginners to late Intermediate level.
After 3 to 6 months of study, beginner students who practice consistently and attend lessons consistently will be able to:
Identify and quantify notes: Quarter note, Half note, Dotted Half Note, Whole note and Eighth notes
Count in three time signatures: 2/4, 3/4 and 4/4 time
Read notes on the Grand Staff
Play in the positions of Middle C, C, G and F
Recognize sharps, flats and dynamic signs
Read music by note names and by melodic and harmonic intervals as well as ear recognition of these intervals.
Triads and Primary Chords may also be introduced in this time period

Students will be given the opportunity to showcase their progress in performance recitals twice a year and encouraged to share their new-found talent in other community venues, such as: school talent shows, local competitions and church ministries.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Formal Piano Parlor: 1943 Steinway & Sons grand piano with pedal extender foot stool for smaller students.

*** Specialties ***
My experience teaching preschool, preschool ballet and kinder-ballet has strengthened my teaching skills to hold the attention of young imaginative students.
I Introduce students to all genres of music to give them a well-rounded experience.
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Kalyn September 21, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Highly recommend!
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Christian C. March 15, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Terri is great! Very positive, encouraging and my son really likes her. She is a really good teacher and adapts to every student to bring out the best in them.
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Nicholas L. January 8, 2016
· Piano · In home
My whole family loved Ms. Teri on the first day already.
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Terri M.

Terri M.

Las Vegas, NV 89141
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About Jeff O.

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Like many of my friends in high school not knowing what direction to take in life, I chose to take a business career path instead of one of a starving artist. I have a Bachelor’s Degree from Cal State Fullerton, a Masters from UC Irvine, and have had much success working for several Fortune 500 companies. However, my love of music always surfaces. And now that I have the resources and ability to spend more time having fun and enjoying life, I choose to spend some of this time teaching and helping students find a love for music.

Music has always been an important part of my life. I've had piano lessons since 6 yrs of age and been the lead tenor in many show choir and vocal performing groups. Since 2005, I've been learning the guitar from many local Las Vegas artists ranging from lounge bands at Caesars Palace to orchestra players for t
he Cirque du Soleil.

*** Lesson Details ***
As a kid, I enjoyed playing piano but I felt that my piano lessons were more of a chore than a hobby, a routine of playing songs I did not particularly like. I make lessons fun by having my students choose the music/genre that they want to play. When they learn songs that they like, students are more engaged and interested. And because they are enjoying themselves, they develop their musical talents more quickly.

My lessons are fun but also challenging. I take you out of your comfort zone by recording lessons from time to time so that you’ll know what you sound like. I feel that the best music comes out when you play from the heart. I teach fundamentals and theory, but I encourage creativity. Each artist is unique and my job is to bring out that individual music style and give you a foundation to grow on.

From a business perspective, I’m organized, punctual, friendly, informative and easy to learn from.

Try me!

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have contacts who can provide a full range of recording equipment and provide coaching assistance while recording in the studio. Your end product will be of higher quality for a lower price. We're professionals!

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide a guitar but would expect the student to have one or get one. I'll loan you one until you get one and I can provide some tips on where to shop.

*** Specialties ***
I enjoy R&B and jazz but can teach any style

ACADEMICS
I started out on take lessons as a music instructor, but I also teach a wide variety of academics. I do have an MBA so I can coach you well and help you ace those exams. Like my music lessons, practice makes perfect. So you'll need to study and "earn" those A+ grades.
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Sam C. February 1, 2018
· Singing · In studio
He takes the time to really help you develop your voice in a fun way so that you can see your progress as you go!
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samantha S. July 18, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Jeff is so friendly! My 12 year old was very shy at first but he made her feel comfortable from the beginning and now she is very excited about going to her next class.
He is also very knowledgeable and professional.
Definitely a 5 star!
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Mert May 20, 2017
· Singing · In home
Great experience
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Jeff O.

Jeff O.

Henderson, NV 89052
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About Jee W.

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Jee W. maintains an exciting and diverse performing career as a concert pianist, composer, vocalist Mr. W. received his Master degree in music where he was a graduate teaching assistant in group piano, piano ensemble and dance accompanying for two years. He was a staff artist and adjudicator for a major piano company in Japan from 1995 - 1999 where he performed and gave workshops in Asia. He has worked with pianist George Winston, choreographer Karen Kaufmann, and R&B artist Brian McKnight. . His work with the disabled "A Step Forward" was featured in PBS in 2002. Mr. W. is a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music (NCTM) and an adjudicator for Music Teachers National Association (MTNA). His soundtrack was featured in the Seattle International Film Festivals in August 2003.

Mr. W. has done various fund raising concerts for local food
banks, World Vision and ASAP Ministries.

Mr. W. supports the Corazon de Vida Foundation literacy program; an organization that provides bilingual books and school supplies to thousands of orphans in Mexico. He has recently become the musical ambassador artist for ASAP. An organization that is committed to spreading the Gospel in Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, and Vietnam

*** Lesson Details ***
Private piano lessons with teacher who is an adjudicator for piano competitions and festivals, now accepting students from beginning to advanced levels. My students have won state and national competitions. Piano students receive weekly 30, 45 or 60 minutes private lessons in repertoire, theory, ear training, sight reading and composition. Performance opportunities such as two recitals and numerous group lessons are planned throughout the year. I am bilingual English/Mandarin (Chinese)

Qualified students also participate in activities from the Nevada Music Teachers Association:
1. The Federation of Music Clubs
2. The Musicianship Examination
3. Piano Ensemble Festival
4. The Music Development Program

*** Studio Equipment ***
TG186 (6'1") Young Chang Grand Piano
Roland Digital PIano
A loaning library which has 2000 books

*** Specialties ***
Piano Performance
Early Childhood
College Preparation
Competition
RCM (Royal Schools of Music) Examination Program
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mark jackson May 8, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Clear, concise, supportive and looking to best move me forward
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Kaela E. July 30, 2015
· Piano · In home
He's a very nice person and doesn't get mad at me when I make a mistake. He's an amazing piano teacher!
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Tatum E. July 9, 2015
· Piano · In studio
Jee is very patient and kind. My granddaughters love to go to their lessons.
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Jee W.

Henderson, NV 89074
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$30 / 30-min

About Stephen D.

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I have a Bachelor's Degree in Piano Performance and been performing all styles of music professionally for the past 30 years . Extensive experience in music computer software, electronic keyboards, sequencing, and digital audio editing.
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· Piano · In home
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Luna S. December 2, 2015
· Piano · In home
I am learning fast
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Kory R. November 9, 2015
· Piano · In home
Stephen has a lot of experience and is able to teach various music styles/genres, as well as music theory. He is patient and professional. Our son no longer dreads piano lessons!
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Stephen D.

Las Vegas, NV 89118
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About Adrian T.

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A great teacher or mentor or even friend can help shape one's life. I have had the great privilege to have been taught by some of the best and brightest musicians around the world and know first hand how mentors can awe one with infinite possibilities and opportunities that await in the world of sound. I only aim to give back some of this magic, and keep this wonder alive and spreading among everyone.

I have been playing guitar since I was 11 years old, producing music since I was 12 years old and have been actively involved in the recording and live music scenes of Las Vegas since the age of 14. I attended the Las Vegas Academy as a Guitar Major and recently graduated with my Associates of Business degree from CSN. I'm now 20 years old, and although that may seem young, I have a wealth of experience and knowledge that I would absolut
ely love to share with you. I can teach anything from guitar, bass, vocals, drums, some beginner piano, music theory, production and so much more.

To learn something, you must become obsessed with the craft- I've been obsessed with this craft since before my mind could even conceive what I was hearing! What better way to learn is there than to jump straight into the madness with someone (yours truly) who is already obsessed and constantly learning new things about all music and sounds?!

Let me help you realize and actualize the musical potential that you never knew you had!
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Mia L. January 10, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
I am a beginner acoustic guitar player. I was very impressed with him. He is well rounded musician and very patient teacher.
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Matt January 9, 2018
· Drum · In studio
This was my third teacher after looking for about a year. Awesome to work with and he really knows his stuff! He easily explained some tough techniques that I had never been able to understand. Now I hold it down with my band and we’re about to start playing shows!
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Mark January 6, 2018
· Pro Tools Software · In home
Really knows his software
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Adrian T.

Las Vegas, NV 89148
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$40 / 30-min

About Stacey B.

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Las Vegas, NV

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What's up 6 stringers! I am a professional songwriting and touring artist who also loves to teach beginners, intermediate and advanced students. My music has been featured an on many hit Television shows like Duck Dynasty and Whalburgers. I have toured the world several times with quite a few famous bands. I have recorded and written many successful albums. Let my special technique and 38 years of playing guitar make you a great musician and player you want to be! I look forward to hearing from you!
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Linda February 12, 2018
· Guitar · In home
Stacey is the best! I just starting taking lessons with Stacey. I'm a beginner. He's very patient and communicates and explain very well. He's very talented!!! I'm glad to find him and I look forward to taking more lessons. I highly recommend him.
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Ryan February 9, 2018
· Guitar · Online
For many years I have tried to learn guitar from books, DVD's and YouTube videos. I even tried a guitar shop instructor. It pretty much got me all kinds of confused with guitar. Then I found out Stacey offers guitar lessons online. Stacey has worked hard to undo all my bad habits and show me the proper techniques. He has taught me to use my ears and not depend on tablature for learning songs and create music. At the end of every lesson he makes sure I totally understand what needs to be practiced for the week. I am not only very thankful to have such a great teacher but one who is as amazing of a guitarist as Stacey
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Don February 8, 2018
· Guitar · In home
Stacey is an amazing teacher. He's is both inspiring and patient, helping me understand music and theory while still keeping it fun. He's helped me to fix some really bad habits from never taking lessons before and helping my wife who's never played at all. He knows when to push us to try something a little more complicated but can sense when we're getting overwhelmed and need to take a break and play something fun and just rock out. I would highly recommend him as we look forward to each week. Stacey is as passionate in his teaching as he is playing live...
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Stacey B.

Stacey B.

Las Vegas, NV 89128
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$52 / 45-min

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Hello!

My name is Elijah San Nicolas. I have been involved in the performing arts industry since I was 5 years old. I have been in many shows in the valley, as well as traveling to and from LA for auditions, shows, and showcases. I have trained with people who have worked professionally on TV, Film, Broadway, and in the Recording Industry, as well as attending the Las Vegas Academy of the Arts. I would love to help you grow as an artist, and get you performing at STAR level!

Thanks,

Elijah San Nicolas
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Mariah February 20, 2018
· Vocal Training · Online
He is a great teacher! I was able to fix any problems in my voice, such as straining, and we did warm-ups and exercises that will help me grow as an artist. TRAIN WITH ELIJAH! He knows what he's doing! ;) can't wait for the next lesson
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Elijah S.

North Las Vegas, NV 89032
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Tips for Beginners: Piano Hand Coordination Exercises

As a pianist, there are many skills to develop through your practice regimen. Reading the grand staff means you need to be proficient in understanding both bass and treble clef, simultaneously! You need to develop independence between your left and right hands while playing and you also need to have an understanding of music theory, voice leading and harmony. One challenge that is both fun and practical to learn is coordination of your hands while playing. Here are some great exercises that can … Read More

Tips for Beginners: Piano Hand Coordination Exercises
As a pianist, there are many skills to develop through your practice regimen. Reading the grand staff means you need to be proficient in understanding both bass and treble clef, simultaneously! You need to develop independence between your left and right hands while playing and you also need to have an understanding of music theory, voice leading and harmony. One challenge that is both fun and practical to learn is coordination of your hands while playing. Here are some great exercises that can
What is a Piano Fake Book?
You walk into your sheet music store and start browsing. You look at the method books, technique books, repertoire… and then your eyes see something else. You pick it up and see it is called a "fake book." An odd name for a real book. You open it up and see that it contains music. So what exactly is it? A piano fake book allows you to read and play music on your piano. But unlike your typical books, which contain the score as written by the composer or arranger, a fake book is more of a r
The Little-Known Difficulties Of Playing 'Beginner' Guitars
If you're in the market for a guitar, you've likely seen "beginner" models and packages offered. But are they worth it? Find out in this guest post by Austin, TX teacher Samuel B...   Recently some of my beginner students have requested shopping tips for more advanced models of guitars. Though my familiarity with standard models for various genres is considerable, I don't train aspiring musicians to master one specific genre. Although jazz sounds best when played on a hollow-bodied el
Quiz: Do You Treat Your Voice Right? | Vocal Health
When it comes to vocal health, there are a lot of myths and misconceptions out there. Knowing the truth is essential for taking care of your instrument! Test your knowledge and learn more in this post by teacher Heather L...   With all of the recent news in the media about singers, surgery, and tour cancelations, vocal health has got us all talking and thinking... How can we keep (or make) our voices healthy, especially during cold and flu season? How can we prevent vocal injur
Top 5 Violin YouTube Tutorials for Beginners
Learning how to play the violin has never been easier, thanks to the wide variety of online resources available today. Whether you’re looking to teach yourself the violin or you simply want to supplement your current violin lessons, YouTube has a great selection of violin tutorials to choose from. Violin YouTube tutorials are a great alternative learning tool. Students can try out tutorials from many different violin instructors until they find the one that best fits their needs and skill

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