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About Allen D.

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San Diego, CA
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Hello! My name is Allen and I've been playing guitar for 16 years, and teaching for the past 10. I've been performing and writing since the age of 16 with bands in many styles. I'm originally from Santa Maria, CA, and I obtained my knowledge of music theory, performance, and songwriting skills from taking private lessons in the central coast at a place called Coelho's Academy of Music. Our head instructor, Jerry Coelho, was a student of the late Howard Roberts and was one of the first graduating students to who helped to establish Guitar Institute of Technology (GIT), currently known as The Musicians Institute. After dedicating 4 years of private lessons under Jerry and his other top instructors, my hard work payed off and I was given the opportunity take students of my own. For the following two years, I've managed to consistently teach
40 students per week. I decided to move forward and take my musical experience with me to San Diego, where I currently teach, write, record, and perform my music with others who have similar goals and aspirations. I love playing in as many bands as possible. The main one I play in is called Quel Bordel. Some of the bands I've played in have given me the opportunity to perform with local and big named artists such as D.J. Artistic, Gary Wilson of Stones Throw Records, The Aristocrats, Terry Bozzio, Alan Holdsworth, and Tony Levin. As a full time musician and performer, I'm typically out gigging anywhere from 2-5 a week. As a teacher, I'm here to help you with where you want to be with guitar. Whether it's rock, pop, funk, hip hop, reggae, jazz, blues, indie, folk, and country, I can help you with the technical and theoretical side of things.

*** Lesson Details ***
My goal- To get you to become better than me. I find myself as an easy going teacher, and can provide that push when I see students getting more engaged in their lessons. I typically teach out of two main books, and it's optional for students to have their own copy of my recommended method books. I emphasize heavy chord vocabulary and steady rhythm. I believe that in order to be a good lead player, you would have to be a great rhythm player. As we develop technique, you can expect me to incorporate theory as to maintain an even share of the HOW's and WHY's. Moreover, expect to DO something with our lessons. Repetition is the mother of learning, and sometimes it comes down to the idea of 'monkey see, monkey do' before we can have in depth conversations about the application of your lessons in real situations. To me, music is very creative. So I'm a big believer on improvisation with both chords and scales. I believe in practical application when learning the songs you want to learn. So every student will have a unique way of learning the fundamentals only necessary to their personal goals.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Two small practice amps, cables, method books (personal copies), extra picks, extra guitar, music stand, blank sheet music/tabs for notes, extra strings, music stand, metronome, tuner

*** Travel Equipment ***
Music stand, extra guitar (if needed), blank staff/tab paper, tuner, metronome, battery powered amp, cables, extra strings (if needed), picks

*** Specialties ***
I primarily use Hal Leonard method books for beginners when it comes to reading and basic technique. For those who want to learn at the intermediate/advance level, I use the book called Jazz and Pop Guitar (chords and progressions) and Scales and Modes in the Beginning which can cover all aspects of chord theory and improvisation. I model my curriculum off of my prior lesson plans from my teachers ( based off of Berklee and GIT) My genres specialize in rock, funk, jazz, indie rock, folk, country, blues, pop
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Hannah M. March 9, 2017
· Ukulele · Online
My daughter is very shy which is why she won't try new things very often. However, after her first lesson with Allen she was excited. She said he made the lesson very fun and made her very comfortable. She learned her first two chords and is eager to practice transitioning between the chords and is looking forward to her next lesson with Allen.
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Lincoln G. February 7, 2017
· Ukulele · Online
Allen is terrific!!!! Patient and clear he does a great job of connecting with my 7 year old. They are making ALOT of progress.
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Ryan C. April 22, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Allen's an awesome teacher. He definitely knows his stuff and he's a well-rounded guitar player. He's really easy going and doesn't ever make you feel intimidated or dumb asking questions. He's really helping in bringing my guitar playing to the next level.
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About Jonathan S.

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Winchester, VA
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I am a Florida native, active doctoral student, teacher and practitioner. My career includes performing and recording as a guitarist and teaching subjects such as music or math. Grade-school academic strengths in mathematics represent my enthusiasm for the subject. The math equivalent in music can be considered music theory, which is another passion of mine. I hope to take these well-rounded characteristics to teach and influence others with what I have learned in my education and career thus far.

Education & Teaching Experience:

I am currently pursuing my Doctorate of Musical Arts from Shenandoah University and hold a Masters of Music from the University of Akron and a Bachelor of Music from Stetson University (all degrees with a guitar performance emphasis). I also have a temporary teaching certificate for Music K-12 fro
m the Florida Department of Education. I have taught in Florida as a preferred substitute for general music classes, K-12. In college, I have given study sessions for music theory levels ranging from 4-part writing to post-serialism.

Degrees:
Doctorate of Musical Arts: Guitar Performance; Shenandoah University, expected May 2017/2018
Master of Music: Guitar Performance; University of Akron, May 2014
Bachelor of Music: Guitar Performance; Stetson University, 2011

While giving lessons:
I ensure that every student receives fundamental foundation pertaining to the subject. While learning the basics, I advise that the student organizes their lessons and materials in a way that displays progress over time. With the proper knowledge, we can treat the heart of a subject with refinement in order to grasp it's purpose and reason---whether its music or math.

Why?
My students have grown with confidence through a sense of accomplishment. Success does not only affect a person's well-being but can also impact other dimensions of their lives.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Equipment available if needed:

Foot stools
Music stands
Pencils
Complete home recording studio
Computer/tablet/smartphone w/ internet
Speakers and playback devices
Reference books

*** Travel Equipment ***
Each student is expected to bring with them (if applicable):

Notebook or log
Reference/score materials
Instrument(s) and case
Accessories
Portable sound recorder (optional)

*** Specialties ***
Classical, Jazz and Rock Styles.

Performance, Music Theory, Arranging, Composition.

Elementary Math, Pre-Algebra, Algebra, Geometry, Statistics, Trigonometry, Pre-Calc.
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Gina A. August 7, 2015
· Piano · In home
Jonathan is a wonderful teacher. I would recommend him to others for lessons.
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Shanna T. July 3, 2015
· Guitar · In studio
Great instructor...very good at breaking things down to help you succeed.
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Nan Z. June 29, 2015
· Trumpet · Online
My daughter really enjoyed the lesson and interaction.
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About Eric B.

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Houston, TX
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For almost 25 years, I've had the privilege to have worked with thousands of performers who study with me from all over the world. I teach in-studio at my two locations in Houston and in The Woodlands, Texas. I also work with students who come to me from all over the globe via online over-the-web Skype lessons.

Originally from Detroit, I enjoyed being a "Jack of all styles" singer/musician for over 15 years. I was a professional musician performing Classical, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Gospel, Musical Theater, Commercial and Studio work, along with being very involved in Contemporary Christian music. While I very much loved to perform, I found myself drawn much more to the joy of teaching. Vocal instruction and improvisational piano teaching eventually became my passion, and so I've poured my time and energies into teaching singers and players t
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Michele S. October 6, 2016
· Singing · In studio
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Sid T. September 9, 2016
· Vocal Training · In studio
I have been singing in Choirs and Bands for a number of years and learned more about my voice and singing properly in a 45 minute session with Eric than I have in all my years of performing. I now understand why I have been struggling to sing in my upper register and Eric has put together a personalized program to help me develop my voice and gain back my vocal range. Eric has a great sense of humor and made the session very enjoyable as well as informative. I look forward to my next session and would highly recommend Eric as an instructor.
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JP March 28, 2016
· Singing · In studio
Eric has coached me for more than two years. Each lesson was personalized and has helped me to improve gradually. As I could download the recording of the lesson, I was able to practice between lessons. Eric has been very supportive and was very open to my unique music taste. I really feel comfortable now singing thanks to him.
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About Dan S.

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San Francisco, CA

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Dan is an accomplished, multi-disciplinary performer (Singer, Actor, Dancer, Pianist) and is the founder & CEO of Multiviewing; a five-month, life-coaching program providing clients a unique and structured platform for personal and professional development.

Dan has his BA in Communications and Music History & Literature from NC State University and his MPA in Public Administration & Nonprofit Management from Baruch College. He is currently working on his PhD in Integral & Transpersonal Psychology at California Institute of Integral Studies. Dan excels in academia, as well as in multiple facets of the Performing Arts!

Growing up in NC, Dan trained at the Raleigh Conservatory of Music and was the youngest member of the Raleigh Oratorio Society and the North Carolina Master Chorale. He received excellent ratings in piano, vocal and a
cademic competitions, and was awarded the Triangle Theatre Award for Best Actor in a Musical and the North Carolina State University’s Theatre Endowment Award for Best Male Lead.

Dan is an alum of Broadway Theatre Project and the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus. He has directed, music directed, choreographed and starred in several theatrical productions and benefit concerts across the country for a variety of national nonprofits. He dreams of owning his own nonprofit healing and performing arts center in San Francisco.

Hometown: Raleigh, NC
Lived in: New York, NY
Current City: San Francisco, CA

Quote: “Everything starts with the decision and passion to succeed. Let’s unleash your potential and share your gift with the world!”

Top 10 artists: Luciano Pavarotti, Eva Cassidy, Samuel Barber, Jennifer Hudson, Frederic Chopin, Whitney Houston, Jason Robert Brown, Heather Headley, Stephen Schwartz, Stephen Sondheim.
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About Sara T.

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Fort Sill, OK

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For 15 years, I have been studying both piano and violin extensively. It is this love of music that led me to begin formally teaching four years ago. Since then, I have had the opportunity to teach not only my own private students but also in a studio in Atlanta, GA and Buford, GA. I have had the privilege of teaching students as young as 3 to those as young-at-heart of 70. Whatever age I instruct, my lessons are formulated to fit the individual. Being able to meet my students on whatever level they need has always been a great joy.
Due to my intensive background of orchestral performances, I had the opportunity to instruct students on their orchestral pieces given to them by local orchestras and prepare them for any upcoming auditions.
As a musician, I have enjoyed the opportunities of accompanying local choirs, playing with
local and well-known orchestras, performing at weddings, and providing music at various functions.
Music has always been a passion of mine since I was a young child. My parents and instructors gave me every opportunity to cultivate that love. I am so grateful to have the same chance to do so with anyone who wants to learn. Please contact me with any questions you may have.

"Music Speaks What Cannot Be Expressed, Soothes the Mind and Gives it Rest, Heals the Heart and Makes it Whole, Flows From Heaven to the Soul" ~Unknown~

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Parents and Students should expect a fun yet educational atmosphere during their lesson time. During lessons students will learn about their instrument, note recognition, rhythm, and of course how to play a song. I ask that each student have individual practice time during the week as this is the only way to truly advance and learn the instrument. I also encourage parents to be available during the lesson and during the students individual practice session. This helps ensure that students are practicing correctly (and what they are supposed to) during the week.
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Julian F. November 15, 2015
· Piano · In home
Sara is an excellent teacher, patient but strict. Julian and I really enjoy her style and passion for piano.

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Faith July 22, 2015
· Piano · In home
As a former mentor of Sara's, I know she is a great teacher! She has been involved with music since she was 5, when she began playing piano. She added violin when she turned 7 and continued with both throughout her childhood and into her adult life.. She has wonderful orchestral experience as well as sacred/religious music. Because of her love for music, she is thrilled to be able to open young children’s eyes and minds to the joys found in music.
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About Donnie E.

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Hi, there! My name is Donnie and I can't wait to meet you! I've been teaching private lessons since 2015 and have loved helping my students, Kevin, Andrew, and Avery (all of whom have left 5-star reviews). Guitar has been a love of mine since I was 9 years old and I enjoy helping other people realize their full potential! I am currently attending Liberty University and working on earning a degree in Business Administration. I look forward to helping you reach your goals!
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Blaine K. August 2, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Donnie is knowledgeable, patient and helpful with my lessons. He is a very nice person and a polite guy.
I would highly recommend him as a teacher.
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Katelynn D. July 10, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Donnie is great ! I was getting very discouraged about trying to learn the guitar. And then, my grandma surprised me by enrolling me in lessons with Donnie... at the end of my lesson, I was so pumped. . I had learned to play 2 songs, and he is going to teach me how to restring my guitar next week !! This is AWESOME!!!!
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Dima C. June 26, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Dima liked his first lesson with Donnie. hope he will try hard and his teacher will be patient to him.
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About Noelle N.

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Burleson, TX
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Hiya! My name is Noelle Nugent, I am one of nine children in my family. I started playing fiddle when I was five years old and immediately fell in love with the instrument. My older siblings had started a few years than me and had too fell in love with it, a year went by and my mother had us competing in contest all over the U.S. I've won many titles over the years and this accomplishment would not be possible if it wasn't for my idols and teachers!

I fell in love with fiddle for many reasons, one being the sound and the second, whatever you play when it comes to Texas Style, you make it your own piece. I love playing and I always will! I love to show other people what fiddle is really about and what they can do with a powerful instrument.
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Becky June 21, 2017
· Fiddle · In studio
Noelle is one of the best teachers I've ever had. She's an outstanding musician and one that truly cares about her students. Every time my daughter walked in for lessons, Noelle always made her cheerful and smiley!! Noelle loves to get to know her students, she's definitely worth every penny. Love love that sweet girl!
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About Andy D.

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Los Angeles, CA

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I am a professional singer, arranger, and educator originally from Connecticut. I graduated from Central Connecticut State University with degrees in Classical Vocal Performance and Business Management, but have since made a career out of singing and arranging music in many different styles from pop to jazz to classical to choral to barbershop.

I currently sing with a nationally touring Vocal Jazz A Cappella group as well as a variety of different corporate band companies in the greater Los Angeles area. I also write and arrange music professionally. I firmly believe in setting an example of musical excellence and love providing insight into important universal skills like performance tactics and networking as well as developing strong musicianship.

As a musician, it is important to me to be versatile. Having a well rounded understa
nding of music in all aspects ultimately makes you better at your primary focus whether that ends up being your voice, your pen, your ears, or another instrument. Though I am committed to helping you hone the skills that you are passionate about, I will also work with you to make sure that we are ultimately bringing your whole musicianship to the next level.

I love working with students who are passionate about all that music has to offer. I look forward to helping you on your way to becoming a better musician!
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About Jan D.

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Rotonda West, FL

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I am a professional piano teacher and music educator. I graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio with a Master's Degree in Music Education.

Piano students can expect to improve week to week in their piano technique. Every student needs a unique teaching style for their personality. I can help any student to learn to play piano with freedom, confidence, and expression.

I teach piano students of all different ages and experience levels. I studied classical piano for 19 years, and contemporary keyboard for 7 of those. I can teach students to read music and perform classical repertoire, to learn how to play contemporary music using chord sheets, or both depending on the goals and preference of the student.

My personal passion is classical music but I firmly believe that great technique is essential to any and every style. I
look forward to meeting you and helping you to become a better musician!

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Darwyn July 27, 2017
· Piano · In home
Jan taught two of our children piano, beginner & intermediate. She was the best teacher we have ever had. Kind, caring and a very skilled teacher. We all were very upset when she moved away. We would not hesitate to recommend her to anyone wanting to learn or improve their piano skills.
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About Jay Y.

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Riley Robinson June 20, 2016
· Guitar ·
Jay has been doing lessons with my 12 year old son this summer. My son loves him, he is patient and comes up with songs my son loves!
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