Blake Clifford

Blake C.

Lowell, IN

About Blake C.

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Blake teaches: Ages 13 to 70
Special needs
Teaching since: July 1991
Last sign in: 3 days ago

Overview

Hi, my name is Blake C. I teach guitar, singing, piano, drums, and bass online and at my Lowell, Indiana studio.

I also teach business, grammar, math (elementary, basic, pre-algebra) writing to include essay and professional business writing.

As a doctoral student at the University of New England, I am currently studying educational leadership with an emphasis on transformative leadership. In addition, I hold a Master of Science degree in Strategic Leadership from the University of Mary located in Bismarck, North Dakota and a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from WGU Indiana in Indianapolis, Indiana.

I have more than 26 years of experience as an executive and senior leader in the supply chain/logistics industry. Furthermore, I have nearly six years of experience consulting in business management, quality control, continuous improvement, education, and training.

During the same 26 years of my business career, I have been a professional musician - session musician and teacher. I was formally trained at the American Conservatory of Music and the Chicago Musical College, both located in Chicago. I won the Presidential Scholarship in Classical Guitar Performance at the American Conservatory of Music and another full-ride scholarship in Classical Guitar Performance to attend the Chicago Musical College.

My primary Classical Guitar Instructor at both institutions was Paul Henry. I also studied Rock Guitar with Dave Uhrich while attending both institutions and privately studied Jazz Guitar with Scott Reed. I studied voice with Audrey Evans at the American Conservatory of Music and Robert Long at the Chicago Musical College.

I have participated in Classical Guitar Master Classes with:
• Hubert Kappel
• Dale Kavanagh
• Eleftheria Kotzia
• Bruce Holzman
• Stephen Aron
• Raphaella Smits
• Richard Provost
• Nicholas Goluses
• William Buonocore.

*** Lesson Details ***

I design lessons individually according to the needs and "wants" of each student. I specialize in developing and correcting technique in technique to improve the student's overall skill. Students that dedicate the time and effort each week to practicing see rapid and sustained results.

However, if you have a busy life and merely want to learn guitar for personal enjoyment, I will design your lessons to develop your skill at a pace that works for you, which can fluctuate according to your schedule.

***Young & Special Needs Students***

I teach children as young as 13 years old and adults to the age of 70 years old. When teaching younger children and individuals with special needs, it is significantly beneficial for parents to attend each lesson - I have parent seating available. When parent(s) attend lessons, the parent can assist the younger student while practicing during the week at home.

In my experience, the overall musical development and progress of younger students improve considerably when parents are involved.

***Thoughts on Musical Talent***

Musical talent is a wonderful gift, but correct technique is not easily acquired without proper instruction. Your skill level eventually plateaus and your ability to learn and perform more complicated music is inhibited, unless you have a solid foundation in music theory as it applies to your instrument(s) as well as proper technique.

I can help you build this solid foundation and will guide you through the development of musical skills; correcting flaws in technique is my specialty.

*** Studio Equipment ***

GUITARS & BASSES: Gibson, Charvel, Fender, Peavey, Cordoba, Guild, Takamine, Yamaha

GUITAR & BASS AMPS: Blackstar, Egnater, Fender, Line 6, Peavey, Roland, and Behringer

MICS: Mojave Audio, AKG, Audio Technica, CAD Audio, Rode, Sennheiser, Shure, Studio Projects, and Yamaha

KEYBOARDS & SYNTHESIZERS: Korg, Roland, Yamaha, Casio

DRUMS: Pearl, Roland Digital

OUTBOARD GEAR: Universal Audio, JDK Audio, Alesis, Art, Audio Logic, Behringer, and Studio Projects

SOFTWARE: Cakewalk Sonar Platinum, Universal Audio UAD-2 Quad Flexi DSP, Soundtoys Bundle, Celemony Melodyne, Slate Digital FG-X, Steven Slate Drums Platinum, Antares Auto-Tune, Aspire, Antares Articulator, Choir, Harmony Engine, Throat, WAVES Waverider, OneKnob Series Bundle, CLA Artist & Kramer Signature, XLN Audio Addictive Drums, BBE Sonic Maximizer, Line 6 POD Farm 2.5 w/multiple packs

TakeLessons Articles I've Written:

Tips for Parents: Help Your Child Succeed in their Music Lessons
http://takelessons.com/blog/parents-help-children-succeed

Improving Guitar Technique
http://takelessons.com/blog/guitar-exercises-for-technique

Why Piano Theory is Important for ALL Musicians
http://takelessons.com/blog/piano-theory-for-all-musicians

Guitar Basics: Technique
http://takelessons.com/blog/guitar-technique

How to Play the Song "Breathe" by Ana Nalick on Guitar
http://takelessons.com/blog/cool-songs-to-learn-on-guitar-breathe

Photos and Videos

Riff of the Day :-)

Experience

Substitute Teacher
Aug 2013 - Present
Tri-Creek School Corporation

When I have availability, I substitute teach for the school district -- Tri-Creek School Corporation -- in Lowell, Indiana, which is the town I live in and six of my seven children attend school.

Consultant
Jan 2009 - Present
iGROUPone LLC

Management, Business Development, & Training Consulting Company:
Business solutions provider. Enhancing and growing businesses through education, development and implementation of training, operations, and quality programs.

Music Instructor
Jan 1994 - Present
Blake C. Music

Music instruction for guitar, voice, keyboard/piano, aural skills/sight-singing.

Education

Doctor of Education (in process)
Aug 2014 - Present
University of New England (Biddeford)
Master of Science in Strategic Leadership
Sep 2013 - Aug 2014
University of Mary (Bismarck)
Bachelor of Science in Business Management
Apr 2009 - Apr 2013
WGU Indiana (Indianapolis)
Classical Guitar Performance & Voice
Aug 1992 - Jun 1993
Chicago Musical College
Classical Guitar Performance & Voice
Aug 1988 - Jun 1991
American Conservatory of Music (Chicago)

Languages Spoken

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency
Polish
Limited Proficiency
Spanish
Limited Proficiency

Certifications

Project Management Certification
Apr 2015
ExpertRating

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Certification
Mar 2015
ExpertRating

Held since 2010 and successfully renewed each year since.

Six Sigma Black Belt
Mar 2015
ExpertRating

Held since 2009 and successfully renewed each year since.

Substitute Teaching Permit K-12
Jul 2013
State of Indiana

Tr-Creek School Corporation in Lowell, Indiana (the public school system)

Awards

Full Tuition Scholarship in Classical Guitar Performance
Aug 1992
Chicago Musical College
Presidential Scholarship in Classical Guitar Performance
Aug 1991
American Conservatory of Music

Affiliations

Guitar Foundation of America
May 2015

Guitar Foundation of America (GFA) is the America's leading classical guitar organization founded in 1973 at the National Guitar Convention sponsored by the American String Teachers Association (ASTA).

National Tutoring Association
Oct 2014

The NTA was formed in 1992 for the purpose of establishing a membership organization for tutoring professionals. The NTA is dedicated exclusively to tutoring, and represents the interests of thousands of tutors in the U.S. and thirteen other countries, practicing in all phases of tutoring, program administration, and supplemental student services.

Broadcast Music Inc.
Feb 2009

One of three United States performing rights organizations, along with ASCAP and SESAC. It collects license fees on behalf of songwriters, composers, and music publishers and distributes them as royalties to those members whose works have been performed. In FY 2013, BMI collected more than $944 million in licensing fees and distributed $814 million in royalties.

25 Reviews on Blake C.

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Stefano &. Jun 2, 2017
· Guitar · Online Blake not only knows his stuff but he also knows how to teach. Phenomenal teacher.
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Antoinette May 11, 2017
· Singing · Online Excellent instructions
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Tiffany S. Apr 11, 2017
· Drum · Online
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Toby T. Feb 10, 2017
· Singing · In studio Great experience, easy to talk to, smart in his field of work.
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Dillon O. Mar 28, 2016
· Guitar · In studio Blake is incredibly knowledgeable and his own skill, knowledge, and teaching abilities astound me. Since I've been going to him I've been improving greatly. He's very nice and easy to talk to
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TJ G. Jul 30, 2015
· Guitar · Online Very helpful, very patient and a nice guy.
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Travis K. Jul 4, 2015
· Guitar · In studio He is a great instuctor, he is professional, polite and patient. All around he is a fun guy to have as my teacher but also keeps focus on the task. I would recommend him to anyone
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Alexandra C. Jun 10, 2015
· Singing · Online He was very helpful in my voice range, I didn't even know how high or low I could go. He was very funny and nice. I am excited for our next lesson
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Aakash Parekh May 20, 2015
· Acoustic Guitar · Online Really loved his teaching style and his interest and knowledge in the subject! Can't wait to learn more from him!
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Barrett C. Apr 30, 2015
· Guitar · Online Blake is great, extremely friendly and knowledgeable. This man by far will be my go to guy from now on in the field of guitars. I am a novice left hander with a left handed guitar, even that was not a problem for him. Also the price is amazing considering how good he is.
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