Brad Rau

Brad R.

Chester Springs, PA

About Brad R.

Background check: Last verified 01/13/2016
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Brad teaches: Ages 8 and up
Teaching since: April 2005
Last sign in: Yesterday

Overview

Brad's understanding of music runs deeper then just knowledge of the fingerboard and instrument. His mix of philosophy, music, and humor makes him a unique and well rounded teacher for students of all ages. His former students now study music at Berkelee College of Music, Hartt School of Music, Dance and Theater, and Elon University. Brad has developed his own method book for overcome physical and mental obstacles on the path to mastery.

*** Lesson Details ***
Brad tries to adjust his teaching to fit the goals of the student. He is great with kids, but also knows when to be serious. He works from over a hundred music books for all levels of playing and styles. From disciplined classical playing, to free improvisation, Brad has done it all.

Things student learn include:
- reading sheet music
- classical guitar
- reading guitar tab
- songs and pieces in a variety of styles
- fretboard knowledge
- scales and arpeggios
- lead guitar playing
- technique
- chords of all types
- finger picking, and pick style
- music theory
- ear training and solfege
- memorizing music
- interpretation and expression
- phrasing
- musicianship
- songwriting

Photos and Videos

Bohemian Rhapsody

Experience

Guitar Teacher

Jan 2016 - Present
Stuart's Music

Brad teaches guitar lessons to students of a variety of ages. Students are learning to read music, as well as tabs. Lesson are designed to fit the students goals and needs.

Guitar Teacher

Sep 2015 - Present
Taylor's Music

Brad teaches guitar lessons to students of a variety of ages. Students are learning to read music, as well as tabs. Lesson are designed to fit the students goals and needs.

Guitar, Bass Guitar, and Music Theory

Sep 2004 - Present
Community Music School in Trappe PA

Brad has been teaching at Community Music School since 2005. He was one of the most popular teachers at the school with over 40 students a week. He also taught music theory, intro to guitar class, jazz/rock camps, and philosophy of music.

Education

Master of Music

Sep 2013 - Present
New England Conservatory

Bachelors of Music

Sep 2001 - May 2005
West Chester University

Languages Spoken

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Awards

Semi-finalist in the International Texas Guitar Competition of 2008

Mar 2008
The Unversity of Texas at Dallas
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10 Reviews on Brad R.

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DM Jan 15, 2016
Guitar · Online
I have heard Brad perform live and he's an outstanding guitarist, beautiful phrasing beautiful selection of music, and a settled and mature manner of playing that brings the music to life! I can only imagine that he would be a wonderful teacher, patient, knowledgeable, and inspiring!
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Linda Jan 14, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Brad is a really awesome guitar instructor. He makes the learning experience very enjoyable and fun! He is extremely knowledgeable with respect to guitar and music theory. (I am a total novice to the world of music). He is patient and customizes the lesson to my needs. I have always wanted to learn guitar in order to play my favorite rock songs. Brad is helping make that dream a reality!
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Linda Jan 14, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Brad is a really awesome guitar instructor. He makes the learning experience very enjoyable and fun! He is extremely knowledgeable with respect to guitar and music theory. (I am a total novice to the world of music). He is patient and customizes the lesson to my needs. I have always wanted to learn guitar in order to play my favorite rock songs. Brad is helping make that dream a reality!
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Vaughn Jan 13, 2016
Guitar · In studio
I took lessons with Brad for over 5 years and my ability to play guitar increased greatly through that time. Brad is super friendly and very approachable with anything about guitar. He not only increased my technique, proficiency, and confidence, but he also helped me to learn to enjoy playing guitar. He always kept the lessons fun and gave me great practice material. I probably wouldn't be playing at the level I am, if even at all without him.
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Chu C. Sep 4, 2015
Classical Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Brad was very capable, and worked with my three teenage boys very well. They enjoyed learning from him, and they definitely improved!

When finals time came around for him, he had to cancel a couple of lessons unexpectedly. Then I heard that he moved away this summer, so we have to go to a new teacher. His overall communication with the parent could have been better.
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Austin B. May 25, 2015
I am a former student of New England Conservatory along with Brad and I played several gigs with him. Brad has a great demeanor and he's very easy to work with. Beyond this, he is a great creative partner who gives and takes criticism easily. He has a firm knowledge of his instrument as well as music theory. Brad has a genuine interest in his students success as well as his colleagues. He understands how fun music can be and has a great sense of humor that lends itself to teaching.
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Graham B. Sep 21, 2014
Music Theory · In home
I never thought I would confidently understand music theory, even after years of practice, self-teaching, college electives, etc... I just never felt like I "got" it. Brad changed all that. Studying music theory with Brad's guidance and encouragement, I quickly began to feel as though I could "speak" music fluently.

Brad is a phenomenal teacher, and can adapt to almost any situation. If I wasn't understanding something, he never got frustrated, he would find a way to explain it differently until something finally stuck. That's very important I think. I've had too many teachers give up and say, "If you don't get this, you never will." Brad doesn't think like that. To him, "just not getting it" isn't an option. If you want to learn something, he'll find a way to teach it to you.
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Sarah B. Sep 18, 2014
Music Theory · In studio
I studied music theory with Brad my senior year of high school, and it was the best decision I could have made! Brad fully prepared me for college-level theory at a conservatory, and I have excelled as a performer because of the great theory background Brad provided me with. He knows music theory inside and out, and he is able to adapt his teaching skills for any student. Thanks for all your help, Brad!

-Sarah Barrett, Hartt School of Music
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Kelly H. Sep 18, 2014
Guitar · In studio
I took lessons with Brad for about 4 and a half years, and learned so much- from how to tune my guitar, to really complicated pieces. Not only is he a brilliant guitarist, but he is also such a patient and encouraging teacher and genuinely cares about the success of his students! I would strongly recommend Brad to anyone looking for a guitar teacher!
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D. C. Sep 18, 2014
Classical Guitar · In studio
In Music Theory, the Philosophy of Music, and, of course, guitar, Brad R. is definitely one of the most insightful teachers I have worked with. He has a unique way of teaching you quickly and without stress. Highly recommend.
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