I attended the Berklee School of Music in Boston, and I have a BA in Music. I am a working pro musician, regularly playing all different kinds of gigs with different bands, as well as solo, and regular gigs on TV. I have taught music lessons, and guitar in particular, for 18 years. I play all styles, but my favorites are Rock, R&B, Country, Rockabilly, and Blues (I also enjoy playing jazz, classical, and other styles as well). My main instruments are guitar (electric and acoustic) and voice, but I play keyboards, bass, mandolin, and drums also.
*** Lesson Details *** I focus on a co
mprehensive approach, incorporating each student's natural abilities as well as musical interests - whether you want to learn how to play your favorite songs, learn all the skills to play with a band, or study music theory and advanced songwriting techniques, I can teach you! From playing as a hobby or to entertain friends and family to advanced college-level topics, we can cover whatever your specific goals are. Also, with student interest, I like to focus on music theory, and a deeper understanding of how songs/music work - in other words, rather than just teaching a student a song and being done with it, I like to focus on how and why the music works as it does, to enable students to put their own spin/style on it, play it in different keys, etc. I teach all skill levels, from brand-new beginners to advanced players.
Several of many possible topics of study include:
• Lead and rhythm styles and techniques -- both are essential to learn! • How to play solos and how to improvise • Styles and techniques of your favorite musicians/songwriters • Playing by ear and how to learn songs just by listening to them • Playing to accompany yourself or someone else singing • Developing parts and techniques to play with other musicians • Songwriting, and how to create riffs, hooks, and chord progressions • Reading chord charts • Music reading -- Optional, not at all essential to playing music, but a good skill to have
My teaching style is friendly and good-natured, I believe in positive encouragement and feedback, and don't believe in "guilt-tripping" or any other negativity toward students - playing music should be fun! I also love when students ask questions - I operate under the old saying that "there are no stupid questions!"
*** Studio Equipment *** Amplifier, music stand, computer with internet connection (for playback of songs from the internet or CDs)
*** Travel Equipment *** I provide blank manuscript/chord chart/tab paper. I expect the student to provide their own instrument (along with any related things such as amplifiers, guitar picks, strings, etc.) and to provide study books that we agree upon (if necessary). I am able to supply books if the student reimburses me at the time they receive them.
*** Specialties *** I tailor my teaching style to each student's aptitudes and interests. All music students learn differently, and it's my challenge as a music teacher to figure out what works best for each individual student to inspire them and to keep them excited and motivated about learning an instrument.
Kameron B. July 10, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Mr. Mike T is very patient. He was very welcoming and made my son feel very comfortable at our first lesson. I appreciate his kindness and understanding in dealing with beginners. Can't wait for the next lesson! Thank you Mr. Mike 😉
Jon B. April 1, 2013
Highly recommended: Amazing teacher!
Mike is a patient, supportive and incredibly talented teacher. From music theory to practical application, he's got all the answers... And he makes learning fun!
I took guitar lessons more than ten years ago and found it frustrating and I was terribly uninspired. Recently I took my old guitar out of mothballs and was determined to make some progress on the dang thing. A good friend recommended Mike and I've been taking lessons for nine months with him.
What's great about Mike is that he customizes my lessons. I'm not learning out of a book (which, I could if wanted) but I'm learning the songs that I love and learning the theory behind the chords, too. Then he keeps building on what we just learned. I go home from my hour lessons and play for another two hours because I'm so inspired.
I can't recommend Mike highly enough. He's a gem of a music instructor in the concrete jungle of Los Angeles.
My name is Ray - I'm 27 years old, born in Queens NY. I studied classical music for many years as a youngster at Aaron Copeland School of Music college preparatory program. Here I was also introduced to Jazz, and around the same time began experimenting with synthesizers. I went on to study Electronic Production & Design at Berklee College of Music in Boston, and quickly became a very sought after studio musician and performer.
I've been successfully teaching many instruments and proficiency levels for over 13 years now. I can say with pride that it is my passion, and I antici
pate teaching being a very important part of the rest of my life.
I enjoy reading science, math, and philosophy, and in addition to teaching I work as a pop music producer.
*** Lesson Details *** I consider my music lessons unique because of 3 main reasons:
1. I have a very deep understanding of music, sound, and theory, and feel music to be one of my native languages.
2. I have devoted considerable amounts of time and energy studying neuroscience, which has greatly improved my understanding of the learning process.
3. I have been blessed with the tremendous amount of patience necessary to guide a student through the necessary steps it takes to learn at whatever pace is optimal, in order to maximize the efficiency of the learning process for each individual.
*** Travel Equipment *** Students must have their own instrument, and purchase their own materials (books, etc).
*** Specialties *** Classical music is my background, and what I believe to be the most cognitively and emotionally fulfilling style of music to study and play. That said, I'm also a big fan of pop music, and students very much enjoy learning their favorite songs from the radio.
I have an extremely thorough understanding of music theory, and am happy to incorporate as much or as little of that as the student's interest dictates, nevertheless maintaining the minimal amount of theory necessary to get the most out of learning music and the instrument.
Thanks for checking out my profile! Please contact me with any additional questions you may have. I'll do my best to get back to you right away.
Kelly B. March 28, 2014
My son and daughter both take from Ray and they love him!!! My daughter started with him after she had had 2 other teachers and she improved immediately. She loves going to Ray because he teaches her to play the songs that she likes. Now she plays so many songs for memory!! My son loves going to piano and is always excited to see Ray.
Sebastián M. March 7, 2014
When I started taking lessons from Ray I was playing the electric guitar, although I had a classical guitar in my house I did not play it that often. I took my classical guitar once to class and then I started to learn how to play the classical guitar. I went from playing basic peaces of music to playing Minuet in G in a short time. From playing electric guitar about 3 or 4 years to playing classical music in about 1.5 to 2 years. Ray has helped me to increase my knowledge of music.
I have been studying music for 16 years, I graduated with a Bachelor's in vocal performance from the prestigious Musicians Institute in Hollywood, CA. Eight years of recording and live performance experience in a various disciplines including pop, rock, reggae, folk, indie/alternative, opera, musical theatre, and jazz. I am a proficient group and private music instructor teaching voice, piano, ukulele, electric bass, flute, cello, music theory and composition. Experience focused on working with children in a therapy music program.
*** Lesson Details *** My desire to share my passion for m
usic is what drives me to teach it. My hope is to share the love and joy of music with people of all ages, and to instill an appreciation for music that will last a lifetime. I'm committed to the success of each of my students, and creating lesson plans that are designed to meet the specific needs and desires of each individual student. My teaching style ensures that my students not only learn the musicality of the instrument, but have fun while playing.
*** Studio Equipment *** Mac computer with Logic and Sibelius. MBox recording interface. Audio Technica condenser microphone. Sennheiser dynamic microphone. Fender precision bass. Kala ukulele. Gemeinhardt flute. Rogue mandolin. Takamine guitar. Ibanez performance series guitar. Epiphone SG guitar.
*** Specialties *** My personal performance specialties are singing and playing in pop, rock, reggae, folk and indie/alternative. I have recording and live performance experience in various disciplines and I am also proficient in opera, musical theatre, and jazz. I am an experienced group and private music instructor teaching voice, piano, ukulele, electric bass, flute, cello, music theory and composition.
Satchel F. August 20, 2015
In home Verified Student
He's very nice and a great teacher. I'm learning a lot.
Han Y. August 2, 2015
In home Verified Student
Erin U. July 30, 2014
Bass Guitar ·
In home Verified Student
I am a beginner at bass and Joshua is very patient. He makes learning fun and teaches in a way that is easy to follow. He is a very skilled musician and his passion for music shows. I highly recommend him.
We'll work to find the music that inspires you and work on forming a solid technical foundation along the way.
I encourage students to learn to read simple musical notation and basic music theory, but everyone's individual goals are accommodated, as well.
I've been making my living playing all kinds of music for over ten years. I feel that working on and creating music night in and night out with bands and artists from rock to hip-hop, pop to jazz, folk and country to disco has given me unique insights into what makes a good bassist. There's a balance to be struck between theory and instinct, as well as technique and emotion.
I tailor each lesson to each student, creating most of my own lesson materials. These can range from pages of scales and arpeggios, to full transcriptions and even audio recordings of practice tracks. I like technol
ogy and feel it can be a valuable part of the learning experience. But generally, I teach by having students learn songs and basslines, then illustrate musical ideas and principles by pulling directly from the music we've just been working on.
The most important aspect of my approach, however, is to find what brings out students' passion for music. I've been fortunate enough to have studied with some amazing players who's love for music and their instrument inspired (and continues to inspire) me. If I can find that, you will practically teach yourself.
*** Lesson Details *** Sample Lesson Plan for a beginning/intermediate electric bass student. (With beginning upright bass students, I tend to focus a little more on the technical aspects of the instrument at first.)
I. Technical Simple technical exercises aimed at developing good technique and physical comfort with the bass
II. Practical We'll look at Songs/Basslines (usually of the student's choosing) and learn how to play them, pulling out salient points relevant to bass instruction and music in general. For intermediate/advanced students we'll incorporate Music Theory as we work through songs. This is also where I'd introduce reading music notation if that is something the student wishes to learn.
III. Theoretical Work on scales that we've encountered in the song or bassline we've been working on and relate them to making music.
*** Studio Equipment *** Home recording studio setup for recording lessons as well as making practice tracks.
Amazing Slow Downer (for the record, this is the best $50 investment you can make in your musical education.)
Practice bass and guitar amplifiers.
Ability to quickly create sheet music and tablature with Finale and Power Tab.
*** Travel Equipment *** Two Channel Practice Amp
iPad with good quality mic for recording lessons and playing audio lesson material.
*** Specialties *** Electric Bass Styles- Rock, Country, Retro styles of R&B and Top 40 Upright Bass Styles- Classic Jazz and Gypsy Jazz, Bluegrass, Jump Blues
Establishing solid fundamentals.
Ear training and transcriptions.
Jordan P. August 5, 2015
Upright Bass ·
In studio Verified Student
Our son Jordan really enjoyed his lesson with Brian.
He told us that Brian was really nice and he made the lesson really fun.
Brian was also very helpful with an instrument issue we were having.
Nick S. February 12, 2015
Upright Bass ·
In studio Verified Student
Easy going guy, totally prepared for lesson when I arrived. Had printouts and a folder for me ready to take home for practicing. He was understanding of my changing schedule and happy to move our lesson around to accommodate.
Super encouraging, I would recommend him to anyone just starting to learn an instrument or maybe having trouble getting past a technique issue. Gave me gentle reminders to correct technique issues early, which is invaluable. Unfortunately, due to a job change, I can't take lessons anymore, but when I come back I will be taking them from Brian again.
Fundamentals to care of instrument, technique, and beyond. Any style!
James (jimmynovacaine) is an experienced and accomplished musician that hails from around the world. James discovered his passion for music thirteen years ago after moving with his family to Singapore, South-East Asia where he experienced his first concert watching pop-punk groups Sum 41 and local band Pug Jelly.
It was at that moment that James decided on the path he would take throughout his life. James later joined the pop-punk trio from Pug Jelly on a new venture that was named Saw Loser. It was with Pug Jelly and Saw Loser that he gained experience in touring and performing all over t
he eastern hemisphere in countries such as: Singapore, Malaysia, Japan, Indonesia, Thailand, and Australia to name a few. Through the band's success John was able to play and work with renowned bands and artists like Fall Out Boy, Simple Plan, Avril Lavigne, Sum 41, as well as, many more through large-scale, international festivals known as Sing Fest (Singapore), Pattaya International Music Festival (Thailand), Good Vibrations Festival (Singapore/Australia), Pop Carnival (Japan), and Soundrenaline (Indonesia).
Upon Saw Loser's independent success, John and the band landed record deals through major record label: Universal Music and independent record label: In and Out records (Japan). The band quickly gained traction in the media with newspapers all over the eastern hemisphere with Singaporean zines: Lime Magazine and Teenage Magazine, Japanese rock zine: INROCK, and television channels: MTv Asia, and RAGE TV (Australia).
In the midst of the band's momentum, John gained world-class endorsements with companies like ESP Guitars and Sennheiser. Both companies grew Saw Loser and John's popularity through rapid marketing on public transportation and artist profiles on their international websites, as well as through artist clinics with ESP endorsed artist Kiko Loureiro in Singapore.
During the bands preproduction phase of their sophomore album to be recorded in Ft. Collins, Colorado at the Blasting Room Studios with Bill Stevenson (Black Flag, The Descendents, and The Lemonheads), Saw Loser went on hiatus. All plans for travels to the United States to play at the world famous Whisky A Go Go, along with other venues on the way to record in Colorado, were cancelled. Saw Loser would never play in North America, but John would.
During his own personal three year hiatus from performance, John moved back to Texas and enrolled in Berkleemusic (Berklee College of Music online school) to gain master certification in Theory, Harmony, and Ear Training while simultaneously attending the Steinway Music School at Midland College to earn his degree in performing arts. Towards the end of his final semester, John met a former drummer of Here Lies the Hero that would introduce John to his new band mates and partners in an excIting career.
With Here Lies the Hero, John has so far performed with the likes of From First to Last, Dayshell, We Came As Romans, He is Legend, Of Mice & Men, August Burns Red, Trivium, A Lot Like Birds, Norma Jean, For the Fallen Dreams, Jamie's Elsewhere, Divided By Friday, Greeley Estates, Letlive, Secrets, and many more. The bands epic performances with Tuppen secured him with his long desired endorsement with favored guitar company, Ernie Ball Music Man and cable company, Intex Cables. As the band rapidly grew, John moved the project to the heart of the music industry in Los Angeles, California - perhaps where he was destined to be all along - where he resides today instructing up and coming artists, producing refreshing new projects, and performing around the country.
Hanna July 6, 2015
Acoustic Guitar ·
I've seen James give a few lessons here&there. He's very patient, throurogh&loves to see his students success. He does everything he can to help them learn.
Maria June 30, 2015
Acoustic Guitar ·
I really appreciate James' patience and persistence. it's hard to teach an old dog new tricks. James is a very talented young man with an outgoing personality, he is obviously comfortable with people and has a great knowledge and understanding of music.
I would recommend him without a doubt.
Gabriele June 30, 2015
Acoustic Guitar ·
Can not say enough nice things about James. He is very patient, super knowledgeable, compassionate and passionate about what he is teaching and doing! Incredibly good with kids, too. Highly recommend him.
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Detroit, MI teacher:
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Isaac's methods really make it fun."
New York, NY teacher:
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New York, NY teacher:
Review by Michael
"More then just bass lessons!
I went in to lessons with Peter looking for some review on theory and notation reading but I received much more. When I aske
d for a lesson on a specific subject he addressed exactly what I was looking for, as well as a quick history of the topics that we discussed. The combination of playing the bass, learning music theory, and music history, made these lessons very unique and a lot of fun for me. I would recommend Peter to any musician who likes a well rounded approach to music."
Bridgeport, CT teacher:
Review by Melvin
"If there was anyway to give John 6 stars I would! John is the best teacher and also a really great guy all around. John is very knowledgeable and I learne
d a lot from my lessons with him. John is a very patient instructor which helped make the lessons better. I would be remiss not to mention his cool cat Mr. Buttons who would often come down just to listen in on our lessons and even the occasional jam session we would have afterwards. Thank you for all that you do John!"
Washington, DC teacher:
Review by Jason
I took bass lessons with Jeff in my formative years as a musician (as did many of my friends). He is the perfect teacher: Highly skilled, inf
ormative, patient, friendly, challenging and a lot of fun!
Jeff was more than willing to teach me things I wanted to know but more importantly, he set me straight on developing good technique, note and chord chart reading, understanding theory, ear training and improvising. He also turned me on to tons of great life changing music that was not yet on my young radar! He is a walking encyclopedia of musical knowledge.
Lastly, he has remained a friend throughout my whole life. I've even had the honor of playing many gigs with him, something I would have never imagined as a young beginner!
From beginners to advanced students, Jeff is your man.
Thank you for everything, Master Stetson!"
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Andrew
"Quite knowledgeable and strong teaching skills!"
Houston, TX teacher:
Review by Micah
"I didn't actually take lessons from Jason, but him and I were in a band for a few years and he is one of the more talented musicians I've had the privileg
e of working with in my career. We discussed trading lessons (I play drums) a few times but unfortunately never had a chance to. I know Jason is a great teacher as he is a very knowledgeable player and is quite good at explaining his ideas. He is at a professional level in chart reading/interpretation, musicality, improvisation, and performance. He's versatile in all genres and a very easygoing person. This is the guy to take bass lessons from."
Philadelphia, PA teacher:
Review by Ivy
"My 13 year old son has been taking bass guitar lessons with Corby for two years, and we couldn't be happier! His musical choices are right on target, alw
ays presenting new challenges, and he also gives my son the opportunity to choose his own music, keeping him engaged. Corby is patient and easy-going, and I would definitely recommend him!"