Diedrich Weiss

Diedrich W.

20 Reviews
Minneapolis, MN

About Diedrich W.

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Diedrich teaches: Ages 10 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: January 2005
Last sign in: 2 days ago
Average response time: 8 hours

Overview

I hold a Music and English degree from Hamline University, but that doesn't make me a good teacher. I've played professionally for over 25 years, have taught English as a Second Language, Hockey and Audio Engineering, taught people age 5 to 75, and have taught private music lessons full time in Minneapolis for the past 9 years, but this doesn't make me a good teacher. What makes me a good teacher is that I have an infectious love of music and a passionate commitment to helping people. I do have specialties, like helping singer/songwriters develop their lyrics, arrangements, voice, and performance as well as helping artists get through creativity blocks, stage fright and preparing for studio recording. My experience as a producer, studio musician and audio engineer has allowed me to understand what an artist needs from writing a song to releasing a CD that represents who you are at your best. I love what I do whether you have aspirations to be a professional musician or simply want you or your child to enjoy playing an instrument for yourself or friends and family.

*** Lesson Details ***
From the first lesson, my students learn, they grow, they feel good about themselves - and they get results. Whether adult, teenager or child, I find out what music inspires and I use this music to give access to learning regardless of level. Whether a Disney song, the Doors, or Debussy, I fuel your lesson with what lights you up. I am positive, attentive and also discerning. Quickly, I find out what learning style works best for my student; by ear, visually, or intellectually, and I spend the time to customize their materials and lesson plans to an extraordinary degree. If a student thrives with me being highly energized, or with me being more mellow, or if they have special needs, I'™m able to adapt to what works best for my student. It is a joy and privilege to be a teacher, but especially a music teacher!

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have instruments, amps, laptop, mics...anything we need.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I often allow new students to use a loaner guitar of mine until they feel comfortable committing to purchasing their own. I help them find the right guitar for themselves by searching for used gear and accompanying them to the store. I provide all audio files and written materials.

*** Specialties ***
I teach ALL styles. I most often teach students wanting to play and sing songs from pop, show tunes, alternative, country, rock, singer/songwriter and jazz standards. I specialize in songwriting and often my students create their own compositions regardless of level. Improvisation (just playing!) is also a key part of my teaching.

Photos and Videos

A version of Paul McCartney's "Blackbird".

Experience

Artist In Residence Jan 2011 - Jun 2011
Osseo School District - ACHIEVE Program

Teaching creativity and self-expression to disadvantage high school students.

Education

Bachelor of Arts, English & Music Sep 1989 - May 1996
Hamline University
B.A. English & Music Sep 1988 - Jun 1992
Hamline University

Languages Spoken

English Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

CPR Jan 1999
Red Cross

Awards

Best New Band: Push On Junior Mar 1996
First Avenue
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20 Reviews on Diedrich W.

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Lindsey S. Dec 6, 2014
Songwriting · In studio
Verified Student
You really couldn't ask for a better teacher than Diedrich. I've been working with him for about a year on songwriting, singing, and guitar, and have improved so much more than I ever expected. I had no songwriting experience when I started, and with his help, I've gained the skills and confidence to write songs I feel good about. He’s patient, supportive, and genuinely cares about helping you be the best you can be. I always walk away from lessons feeling like I understand something I didn't before. He’s inspiring to learn from. You’d be lucky to have him as a teacher.
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Tara B. Sep 1, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
I’m a lifetime student and decided to take voice lessons this year. Diedrich has been an amazing teacher. He spends time getting to know the student and learning her goals to create the best plan for her. He’s a great listener and observer which allows him to quickly adapt to the students needs.

No need to look for another teacher in the Twin Cities. If you’re reading this, you've found the best and should book your first lesson now.
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William N. May 13, 2014
Guitar
Verified Student
The BEST Guitar Teacher I've EVER had!

Diedrich,
Is a very nice, genuine person, who is honest, straightforward, and knows EXACTLY what he is doing. He is smart, wise, funny, and very charismatic. He makes taking guitar lessons a joy, rather than a chore.

I would recommend Diedrich to anyone pursuing guitar or bass lessons, whether it is for one or two lessons, or for the long term mentoring and instruction, of which he is extremely capable of providing.
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Adam J. May 3, 2014
Acoustic Guitar
Verified Student
Great teacher, very adaptive and receptive to individual interests

Diedrich is a great teacher and makes learning feel fun as opposed to a chore. Granted there is practice and work involved with any lessons you take, he does a great job at relating this to your specific interests which helps you stay interested in what you are learning. He provides a good mix of fun with progressing your musical knowledge and is a great communicator outside of lesson times if you have any questions. I feel you get more from him than just the lesson time, which shows great dedication to his students.
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Gayle Z. Nov 27, 2013
Guitar
Verified Student
Patient, funny, excellent teacher

I've been studying with Diedrich for about 3 months. I picked him because of the numerous high rankings he'd received from students, and he's lived up to what people said about him. He's been curious about what I want to learn, validated the strengths I bring to learning as an adult, has found ways to make me feel like I'm making music even though I'm a beginner, has been helpful with recommendations about guitar accessories, and has loaned me a guitar at lessons that's a better fit that the one I'm practicing on at home. He's funny, too, which is a great asset to any teacher.
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Brett W. Aug 11, 2013
Bass Guitar
Verified Student
An outstanding teacher

Diedrich really is a terrific teacher. He has a great style that puts you at ease instantly. I really love the way he ensures you learn the right technical skills but at the same time makes sure you're having fun and learning the type of music that you most enjoy.
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Kevin S. Apr 9, 2013
Songwriting
Verified Student
This product has great features.

I didn't know exactly what to expect but I've been very pleasantly surprised. We emailed a bunch before the first lesson and were able to jump right in with what I was working on. I've worked with a couple people on songwriting before but nothing has ever been so helpful. I definitely recommend him.
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Ray H. Mar 13, 2013
Guitar
Guitar

I started learning guitar in my mid sixties, after decades of wanting to play but, resigned to the fact that I didn't have what it takes. Diedrich was giving lessons in the building where I was employed and I could observe the stream of guitar students coming and going to their lessons. I was inspired by their enthusiasm and took the risk to enroll in lessons myself.

At first I was afraid to pluck a string and make a sound. I found Diedrich nonjudgmental and I was able to progress. In addition I have found him flexible to my schedule,and location. I recommend him and his skills highly.
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James M. Feb 18, 2013
Guitar
Awesome!!

Diedrich keeps me learning and loving music. He is a reason I still play after 11 years.
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Chris B. Feb 18, 2013
Guitar
A fun and unique way to learn music

Diedrich is an awesome guy and an awesome teacher. I started taking weekly lessons from him when i was 13 and continued taking lessons for 5 years. Over those 5 years Diedrich opened my mind to the world of music and guided me through the process of becoming a musically talented individual. His teaching method is unique, fun, and very effective. He absorbs your interests and goals and creates a program that is interactive, flexible and fun. He helps you learn what music is; why some things sound good and others sound off. He trains your ear to hear things in music that you never could have imagined before. Overall, Diedrich is just a great guy who cares about his students and wants them to have fun learning about the joys of music.