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About Scott B.

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Philadelphia, PA
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Bluegrass guitar is one of my specialties and favorite ares of acoustic guitar playing. I've studied the old school styles of Doc Watson to modern newgrass players like Bryan Sutton and David Grier. If bluegrass is on your mind I'd be delighted to work with you!

About Scott
"a masterful guitarist -- really, a total whiz of a rare order."
--Hudson Valley Almanac Weekly

"a force to be reckoned with... sophisticated chord voicings, complex fingerpicking patterns, and a flurry of blues, jazz, and folk-inflected riffs performed with a ringing acoustic tone and an undeniable rhythmic drive."
--Wired.com

Scott is an internationally touring guitarist and songwriter based in Philadelphia. In addition to his work as an in-demand sideman for various artists and bands around the country, Scott is also an accomplished bandleader and composer with four acclaimed releases under his belt over the last ten years.

As a guitarist, Scott brings a modern, technical approach to traditional American styles - jazz, bluegrass, country blues, western swing and chick'n pick'n country guitar - but as a songwriter, he gravi
tates toward straightforward rock, blues, and folk.

Scott's guitar playing and songwriting has landed him features from American Songwriter, CMT, and more. He holds a BFA in Studio/Composition, with a minor in Jazz Performance, from SUNY Purchase in Purchase, NY.

Scott is currently on faculty in the Music Industry department at Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ.

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When studying with Scott, students can expect a comfortable and fun atmosphere that promotes experimentation and positive reinforcement. Employing a curriculum that is equal parts formal technique and informal playing of the student's favorite music, Scott makes every lesson engaging and exciting for his students.

After 3 to 6 months studying with Scott, beginners should expect to be able to play many of their favorite songs, have a firm grasp on basic scales, chords, theory and sight reading, and can even begin writing their own songs and improvising solos!

If you're already an intermediate/advanced player, Scott will push you to find your unique voice on the guitar and tap into advanced techniques and approaches that will help you fully realize all that the guitar has to offer.

Lessons are tailored to each individual student's particular interests and abilities. Wherever you want to take your guitar playing, Scott will get you there and beyond!

*** Travel Equipment ***
I will bring an acoustic guitar with me. My student must only have a guitar of their own of any kind. If it's electric, an amp is preferable, but not necessary.

*** Specialties ***
Music, Guitar, Bass, Theory, Song Writing, Composition, Improvisation, Sight Reading, Advanced Harmonic and Rhythmic Concepts, Group Playing
I am schooled in Jazz, but have a passion for all styles, including rock, blues, country, funk, folk, punk, and world music.
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Kathleen P. July 14, 2016
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Great instructor!
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Randall D. May 14, 2015
· Bluegrass Guitar · Online
My first lesson was wonderful! I have been playing guitar for 20 years, and have been in a rut for the last several. Scott has already challenged me in my first lesson and I have direction for personal practice.
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barbara F. August 27, 2014
· Acoustic Guitar · Online
Scott is not only an amazing guitarist, but he is a superb teacher. Kind, supportive, and has an uncanny ability to break-down difficult pickings and strums into understandable and easy to follow directions. Most importantly, very patient. I was self-taught in the 70s when everyone picked up a guitar, stopped as an adult and am now re-starting it again after 30 years-and enjoying every moment. Scott is able to teach any type of music or song and intuitively understands and teaches the guitar style that the student would like to learn. Any student who studies with Scott should consider themselves fortunate. Not only does he know his stuff, he is passionate about music and passing on this musical knowledge to his students.
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Scott B.

Philadelphia, PA 19143
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About Michael L.

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Golden, CO

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I use a really fun and fast approach to getting any student to the next level by improving their technique and tone, increasing their fret board knowledge, and expanding their repertoire. 26 years experience teaching beginner to university and professional level students.

About Michael
Michael L. is a very versatile and highly sought after musician and teacher.

Michael performs at 275 functions a year, teaches 30 private bagpipe and guitar students a week, is an instructor of music at the University of Colorado at Denver, and runs his own recording studio where he composes and records music for film, video and commercials.

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Quick, fun approach to getting students at any level playing better/easier.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have all the toys!

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide all of the music and handouts.

*** Specialties ***
All levels all styles. From beginner to professional.
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Jim M. September 3, 2019
· Bagpipes · Online
Michael is excellent bagpipe teacher!!! I am looking forward to my next lesson.
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Bob March 12, 2019
· Bagpipes · Online
Great patience and understanding
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Jack February 12, 2019
· Guitar · Online
We have had 4 or 5 lessons now with Michael and with each one, my 9 year old son learns so much. I'm amazed at the pace at which he is moving; Michael had him playing a song after his first lesson. We sometimes do lessons at Michael's location and other times on Skype. My son really likes Michael and he wants to work hard and keep learning. I highly recommend guitar with Michael.
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Michael L.

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About Brandon B.

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Hightstown, NJ
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If you’re looking to expand your chops, learn some bluegrass techniques and in general play faster, then you’ve come to the right place.

About Brandon
I am a Rutgers University graduate with a B.A in Music Performance. I have played guitar for over 10 years, and currently perform all over the tri-state area as a solo acoustic performer and songwriter. I also play in several rock bands. I teach several students ages 5-65 right now, and have taught students how to play guitar for several years. In addition to playing in a rock band, I also am well versed in many music styles including jazz, pop, country and acoustic, songwriting, performance, music theory and recording skills/production.

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I am a very flexible teacher and suit my teaching style and format to fit each specific student's interests and needs. My goal is to keep the student interested and make learning guitar a fun experience.

I like to find out the kind of music the student listens to, or what
they want to get out of playing guitar, and then mold my teaching around that. For instance, if a student or parent wants a formal musical education, I will teach how to read music notes and teach them from a book. If the student wants to learn simple songs and be able to play around the campfire for fun, I make sure to guide the student toward doing just that.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Dedicated lesson space. Guitars. Music stands. Music books. Seating for parents.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide my own instruments I would require them to have te instrument they want to learn available and the necessary power source and amp if needed.

*** Specialties ***
Rock country jazz mainly though I know classical music theory as well as counterpoint etc
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Brandon B. March 15, 2013
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Great teacher!

Really good teacher and cool person. I learned a lot from taking lessons with Brandon, he taught me what I wanted to learn and also gave me helpful exercises to help me practice and get better.
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Brandon B.

Hightstown, NJ 08520
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About Nick D.

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West Chester, PA
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All music lessons at WCGA combine solid instruction in music fundamentals with the student’s personal interests and goals. Guitar students will learn chords, scales, terminology, and technique along with note reading, chord progressions, and theory. Teacher duets are common in our lessons to develop listening and timing skills. Our guitar teachers make sure every student understands the fretboard in order to execute challenging melodies and riffs along with chords that are suitable for popular, rock, jazz and other styles of music. Teachers craft each lesson to incorporate the fundamentals of guitar playing with the personal interests of each student.

About Nick
Nick is the proud owner of West Chester Guitar Academy. Boasting 20 years of guitar study and performance experience, Nick has earned a reputation for quality, reliability and variety. He is a graduate of West Chester University of Pennsylvania 2011, summa cum laude, with a dual bachelor’s degree in music education and performance, with a focus on classical guitar, as well as, a vocal minor. Performing in the greater Philadelphia area, Nick finished as a semi-finalist in the 2009 and a finalist in 2010 in the Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society competition.
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Maria February 11, 2019
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My two boys ages 8 and 9 started taking piano lessons with Nick about a year ago and they love it! He is very professional, always on time, and keeps them entertained the whole time! Although they are progressing at different rates, Nick is always patient and encouraging. I highly recommend Nick and his teaching abilities!
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Stacey February 11, 2019
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
My two daughters have been taking guitar lessons with Nick for 2-1/2 years, both on acoustic guitar and electric guitar. He has even taught my younger daughter how to play the ukulele. Nick is an awesome guitarist teacher. My girls have learned so much from him - how to read and write music, bar chords, strumming patterns, music theory and all different genres of music (like jazz, classical and even reggae). Nick can listen to any song my daughters want to learn, then immediately put the notes down on paper and teach it to them. Under his tuition, they’ve performed solo gigs, in their school talent shows, and for and with their friends. My older daughter also plays electric guitar in a teenage rock band. Thanks so much, Nick!!
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Christine February 11, 2019
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
My daughter, who is 8, started this fall taking lessons with Nick. We were so happy that she had such an enthusiasm to take lessons and learn an instrument, but even happier that we found someone who shares this same enthusiasm when teaching. Nick is patient and kind and makes learning fun for younger students! Learning an instrument can be frustrating in the beginning...having a teacher who takes that frustration away and patiently teaches and encourages young students is crucial! We are extremely happy and so is our daughter!
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West Chester, PA 19380
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About Kristina G.

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Bachelor of Arts in a guitar Performance and Pedagogy..... Teaching All levels, styles, ages, and abilities. Lessons for the Blind will also be available! Can teach Acoustic, Electric Guitar & Ukulele! Theory, sight reading, song writing and style classes available! 20 + years of teaching experience in private lessons, group lessons and university level instruction!

About Kristina
Hello Students and Parents! Music is a Universal Language! Music is a skill that will accompany children throughout their lives and foster the educational skills that create successful, motivated, inspired and talented leaders of tomorrow! I joy in helping develop young minds but I also enjoy teaching students of all ages! My instructional courses will be individually built around the student to produce the ideal result..... whether that result is to be a concert classical guitarist or to develop self esteem and happiness! I am excited to meet you and help you become the best musician that you can be!!!
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Kristina G.

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About Maxwell W.

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Forest Hills, NY

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I have been playing guitar now for 22 years. It has been a lifelong passion of mine that I would like to share with you. I like to build lessons based on music that YOU or your child enjoys listening to. I find that this approach much more rewarding and makes the motivation to practice come naturally. Most importantly I want to make sure that learning guitar is fun. Many people buy a guitar learn a few songs with power chords, get bored and then the guitar either gathers dust or ends up in a pawn shop somewhere. I not only want to teach you guitar but more importantly teach you music. I take pride in my ability to nurture passion in music which makes practicing an enjoyment rather than a chore. I will teach you or your child the foundation of music theory, chords, rhythm, scales, soloing, music genres all personalized to you. I can teach anyone from grade school to adulthood. All you need is a guitar and a willingness to learn. I can also teach beginner level piano. I hope to be ...

About Maxwell
I am passionate lifelong guitar player. I began playing when I was 8 years old and over the course of the next 22 years improved through private lessons, playing guitar in high school band, amateur rock bands as a teenager as well as studying some music theory at Brooklyn College. I am well versed in a wide array of musical genres and can tailor my lessons to your specific tastes and needs while still covering the fundamental techniques, theory, ear training and skills necessary to meet your musical goals.
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Milan May 5, 2019
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
I am 35 years old and recently decided about learning how to play acoustic guitar; went online and after little search found Max and his classes.
From initial contact Max was very friendly, approachable and helpful.
He assisted me with and gave me good advise on purchase of my first guitar, before us even meeting in person and starting first lesson.
He is very knowledgeable about music in general and I immediately knew, that I chose the right person for the task. I have been taking his lessons once a week for almost 4 months now and feel more and more confident that one day I can master to actually play some songs I like. I am always taking/learning something new from our lessons, he would give me great feedback and homework to practice or focus on at home. He is very patient and understanding. Even with my limited time to practice at home I still feel like we're doing progress every time during the lesson. I very much recommend Max to anyone who is starting or is advanced and want to get better or master some specifics, he is definitely the right person to lead you there.
Thanks Max !!!
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Diana T. May 1, 2019
· Guitar · In home
Hands down the BEST instructor ever. I started from zero and he really really has all the patience in the world. Maxwell's passion to teach shows every lesson. He is super dedicated to his students and that's super important. Thank you for sharing your talent and teaching me!
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Nadia January 18, 2019
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
I am an amateur piano player and wanted to learn how to play the guitar. Max was amazing as he taught me how to transition perfectly. I am still taking lesson from him in a regular basis and my nephew will be here this summer and I’m going to have him teach him as well. What a wonderful young man and teacher!
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About John B.

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Tallahassee, FL
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Guitar requires foundation to be able to play the fun stuff. In teaching guitar, I assign classical pieces along with pieces that bring joy to the player. I specialize in improvisation and love to see players playing things not written on the staff while still able to play their Carcassi studies.

About John
I am currently pursuing a Jazz Performance degree at Florida State University. However trombone is not how I fell in love with music. I started taking classical guitar lessons at age seven and successfully continued through high school, becoming part of the all state guitar ensembles. I started on trombone at age 11. Through jazz, funk, blues and improvisation I fell in love with the sound and techniques I could implement on a brass horn. I continued playing both instruments in a funk band and still gig regularly on both.
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John B.

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About Justin N.

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San Diego, CA
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I always listen carefully to what you are interested in playing and learning about music, and will provide you with the tools to play guitar or banjo the way you want to as quickly as possible. I teach a variety of styles including flatpicking and finger picking for both blues and bluegrass.

My goal is to develop your ability to play any genre or style you want, and to enable you to find an emotional connection with your instrument and your music.

I am well versed in music theory, improvisation, composition, technique, and instrument maintenance and care, and have several years experience teaching.

About Justin
I have been playing guitar since I was 12 years old, and I remember how awful my music teachers were at the time. I strive to do better than they did by truly listening to what you want out of music and giving you the tools to accomplish your goals. I love music and teaching and bring passion and excitement to every lesson in order to keep students engaged and interested in playing their instrument.

I play in multiple acoustic and electric bands and write and compose my own music. I also have experience with audio engineering, recording, and production and can help you start creating and recording your own music ASAP.
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Justin N.

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About Michael D.

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Southampton, PA
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I have a Bachelor's degree in Music Composition & Guitar and a Master's degree in Education from Drexel University. I have been teaching for over 15 years, and I currently perform, compose film music, and do studio work professionally.

I have had students of all ages go on to become professional musicians in some larger named bands, as well as be accepted to prestigious music schools.

About Michael
I have been a professional musician and teacher for over 20 years. I have a Bachelor's in Music Composition and a Master's in Elementary Education.

My teaching style is centered around teaching music through creative exploration. In my years as a teacher, I've run across many different teachers & students who all have varying teaching/learning styles. The one constant is that good teachers adapt their learning style to fit the student's learning style. A student cannot and should not adapt their learning style to fit a teacher's teaching style.

For anyone who has taken one or two lessons and quit, the question is not whether music lessons were right for you, but whether the teacher was right for you. I can get as formal or informal as you'd like, but would never sit a 5 year old down and insist that they only sight read standard
notation and work on finger exercises.

I have experience teaching children and adults from 5 to 95. I'd be more than happy to provide references!
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Mariana August 12, 2019
· Guitar · Online
First, let me start with the fact that I never write reviews. In this case I will make an exception. As a mother of two, I barely have time to go grocery shopping, let alone learn guitar. My husband bought me a guitar for Christmas and I got Michael’s name from an old high school friend who said he’s no longer in our area, but does online lessons. I’ve been able to schedule a lesson once a week online at 9:30 PM when the kids are asleep. I love the convenience, but even more, I’m so happy to have Michael to teach me at my level and on my terms. You rock!
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Angela August 12, 2019
· Guitar · In home
Mike is truly a great teacher because he actually cares about his students’ progress and enjoyment level. My son got a guitar for Christmas and took lessons at our local music store for about a month and quit because he said it was boring. He loves music, so he continued on his own for a couple years u til her decided to pursue it more seriously. Mike was referred through a family friend and Matthew couldn’t be happier with him. He can’t wait to practice now!!
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Southampton, PA 18966
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About Max C.

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Washington, DC
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My teaching philosophy does not change across instruments, so the way I teach will give students a comprehensive understanding of their instrument in addition to the foundational music knowledge required to play with people and be an effective communicator.

About Max
I began teaching myself guitar after two years of experience with the saxophone in middle school band. I furthered my understanding through my studies at UCLA, forming relationships with professors, music students, and LA-based professional musicians/composers.

I followed my curiosity and used my understanding of guitar as the foundation for learning piano. Piano solidified my approach to playing music, and continues to be the basis for how I teach. Few other instruments allow for a well-rounded understanding of the following concepts: melody, rhythm, and harmony.

These pivots in my music philosophy have made me resilient, adaptable, and allow me to continue to grow without the limitations of favoring one particular school of thought.
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Max C.

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