Nate Claiborne

Nate C.

Orlando, FL
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Growing up, I was the kid whose mom wouldn't let them quit taking piano lessons after all their friends bailed. As a result, I've now been playing piano for over two decades and have been teaching since 2001.

I was taught using Alfred and Suzuki methods and so that is what I prefer teaching, but am open to other student desires for lesson and method books.

Beginning students will stick closer to a set method (with some change-ups here and there). More intermediate to advanced students can start exploring the principles of music theory more in-depth and start learning the fundamentals of songwriting, playing by ear, and improvising off of lead sheets.

About Nate C.

I've been teaching private lessons for over a decade now. First I taught lessons as a self-employed college student, and then my during graduate studies I worked through a music academy in Dallas. I've been playing piano for over 20 years and guitar and drums for 15. I've been in various bands, personally recorded several albums of my own compositions, and have taught students from ages 7-17 consistently. I teach part time as a high school teacher in the area and I enjoy helping young people learn, whether it's guitar, piano, drums, or even psychology

*** Lesson Details ***
I'm very laid back when it comes to lessons, but I do expect students to spend at least 90 minutes weekly practicing so our lessons will be productive. I generally use either Alfred or Suzuki for piano lessons, and various Hal Leonard method books for guitar and drums depending on students needs and expectations for learning.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons will be in my music room which has a 88-key weighted keyboard, various guitars and amps, and a drumset.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Students must provide their own equipment necessary to play their instrument.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in Suzuki method for piano, and contemporary rock and pop for guitar, drums, and bass.

I also teach music theory and songwriting using whatever style the students prefers as the base of operations.


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9 Reviews
Nada C.
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Nate is a great teacher. Both my sons are learning piano with him. I saw good improvement, constructive feedback, and professionalism every time. They both like him very much.

Posted Sep 23, 2016
Dalton K.
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Nate is very patient and accommodating. Always provides feedback with each lesson.

Posted Mar 23, 2015
April W.
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Nate has been working with my boys (6 & 7) for the past six months. We are very happy with the progress they've made and their enthusiasm for music. Would highly recommend Nate.

Posted May 19, 2014

Nate was very patient and understanding using age appropriate materials.

Posted May 14, 2014


I found this very helpful, very informative, and I plan to be back again very soon. Thanks again!

Posted Mar 6, 2014


Very Helpful and got my all my questions answered. Now I can read Paino Sheet Music!

Posted Mar 6, 2014


Great help! Mr. Nate recommended some books for me to help me get started, totally recommend him!

Posted Mar 6, 2014


The helpout with Nate was great! He explained complex time signatures and how to tap them out, which I've had great struggles with. Thank you Nate!

Posted Mar 6, 2014


Really smart guy here! Explained stuff in a way I could understand, and it helped a lot.

Posted Mar 6, 2014

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Guitar/Piano/Drum Instructor
Feb 2013 - Present


For almost two years now I have been teaching lessons through TakeLessons. I currently have 20 students, some of whom are signed up through TakeLessons, some through the high school where I teach, and some through personal contact.

Electric Guitarist
Aug 2011 - Present

CrossPointe Church Waterford Lakes

I'm in the regular rotation at my church playing electric guitar. I can bring insight from this extended live experience into lessons to help students learn how to play well with other instrumentalists, compose lead lines using basic knowledge of music theory, and how to create certain sounds and effects.

High School Teacher
Aug 2011 - Present

International Community School

I teach a variety of subjects at a university model high school in Winter Park. This limits my day-time availability on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, but provides more open availability on Mondays and Wednesdays.

Associate Guitar/Piano Instructor
Jan 2008 - May 2011

Providence Music Academy

During my time in grad school, I worked for a music academy servicing the Highland and University Park neighborhoods in Dallas. I taught private in-home lessons to about 20-25 students a week for roughly 3 years. I primarily taught guitar lessons, but had several piano students and a few drummers as well. We focused on meeting individual student goals and tailoring the lessons as much as possible to what students wanted to learn to play when it came to songs. These songs were then something the students enjoyed performing at our bi-annual recitals.

Guitar/Piano Teacher
Jan 2001 - Jul 2003


For a couple of years before I left for college, I got my start teaching private lessons at the request of my then piano teacher. I started with piano, but then quickly added beginning guitar and bass.


Bachelor of Science in Psychology
Feb 2006 - Aug 2007

Liberty University



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