Brad Rau

Brad R.

Chester Springs, PA
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Brad will teach guitar students to: read music, tabs, play basic to advanced jazz chords, improvising guitar solos in a variety of styles, and chord progressions. Brad is ready to teach a variety of songs and well as concepts behind songs. Students are encouraged to bring in songs they are having trouble learning. Brad teaches electric and acoustic in a variety of styles including: Rock, Jazz, Blues, Funk, Folk, Flat picking, etc.

About Brad R.

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

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Jake B.
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Very knowledgeable, great patience, excellent instructor

Posted Aug 13, 2019
John L.
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Lesson went very well, Bard has plenty of knowledge. I’m looking forward to continued instructions.

Posted Nov 29, 2018
DM
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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!

Posted Jan 15, 2016
Linda
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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!

Posted Jan 14, 2016
Linda
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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!

Posted Jan 14, 2016
Vaughn
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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.

Posted Jan 13, 2016
Chu C.
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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.

Posted Sep 4, 2015
Austin B.

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.

Posted May 25, 2015
Graham B.
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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.

Posted Sep 21, 2014
Sarah B.
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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

Posted Sep 18, 2014
Kelly H.
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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!

Posted Sep 18, 2014
D. C.
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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.

Posted Sep 18, 2014

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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 - May 2015

New England Conservatory

Bachelors of Music
Sep 2001 - May 2005

West Chester University

Languages

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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