Damien Simon

Damien S.

Orlando, FL
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Damien delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
and Ages 5+

Teaching since:
February 1997

Orlando-based composer and guitarist Damien has made a name for himself as a writer of scores for film, theater and dance productions.;A graduate of Music Composition at SUNY Purchase (New York) and Musicology at the University College of Dublin (Ireland). Years of touring internationally and score writing has given Damien the experience and work ethic to share his musical knowledge and abilities with others. Producing 4 cds and appearing on countless others' cds and compilations; Damien can share not only his musical/theoretical talents, but his experience in producing, recording, writing, and performing live.

*** Lesson Details ***
Damien is a very patient and moderately, laid back teacher. He will teach what you want to learn, yet give you suggestions on other avenues to approach. Basics lead to complete knowledge of any subject. Starting from the beginning of what a student knows and moving forward step by step will only lead to perfection in their lessons. Having fun doing this, is the only way to keep a student focused and progressing. Enjoyment is the number one focus of Damien's lessons. If a student isn't enjoying and having fun with their lessons then they will not progress.
Damien teaches ages of 5-99. You are never too young or old to learn. Damien's main focus is guitar and music theory

*** Travel Equipment ***
I would expect the student to provide their own guitar (if necessary) and a notebook
I have private parking for my students, so they don't have to worry about parking, ever !
*** Specialties ***
I have been taught, on a college level, of classical, jazz, ethnic musics. I specialize in guitar, theory, composition.

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Experience

Live Concert Guitarist
Jan 1990 - Present
Damien S.

I continuously play live guitar concerts in various venues for various events.

Music Teacher / Performer / Composer
Jun 1986 - Present
Damien S.

I have been teaching, performing and/or writing music score for over 25 years.

Education

Post Grad Musicology
Aug 1994 - Jun 1995
University College Dublin
BFA Studio Composition
Sep 1990 - May 1994
SUNY Purchase

Photos & Videos

Damien and Sarah Overton, live at the Blue Bamboo. Orlando, FL Oct.26, 2016

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Photo by Damien S.

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Playing guitar scores with string quintet in Winter Park, FL
Piano score I did for a small children's choir. Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Center, Orlando FL 2015
Playing set at Orlando International Airport 2015

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Live performance with string quintet at Winter Park University Club, FL.

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Live at The Abbey, Orlando 2015. With the New Score Chamber Orchestra. Performing guitar concerto.
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32 Reviews

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Eryn Jun 12, 2017
Banjo · In studio

So patient and funny! Just had my first lesson and can't wait to come back.

Jaime de paz May 21, 2017
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

I liked it very well

Jolymar Mar 16, 2017
Ukulele · In studio

Damien is an excellent teacher! I would recommend him 100%. He is very professional and enthusiastic about music. Overall a great experience.

Ken K. Mar 1, 2017
Bass Guitar · In studio

I got a lot more out of the lesson than I anticipated. Great teacher. Looking forward to becoming a better bass player with his knowledge and expertise.

Jackie Oct 10, 2016
Banjo · In studio

Damien is a fun, kind and extremely patient teacher. He structures lessons well and makes sure you understand why you're doing/learning certain things. He knows how to keep lessons interesting yet helpful.

Faith W. Aug 25, 2016
Ukulele · Online

Very good and helpful. Super nice. Learned a lot after one lesson.

Esther C. Jul 20, 2016
Classical Guitar · In home

I was super nervous when I went to my first lesson, but Damien was very reassuring and helpful. He asked a lot of questions to find out where I was at, and then from there he started teaching me. So far, I think he's a great teacher and will help me reach my goals.

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Lisa M. Jul 6, 2016
Guitar · In studio

I have been with Damien a little over a year. I have learn a lot about music from reading sheet music to playing the guitar. Damien is very knowledgeable (guitar, banjo, piano, and more.) and works with you through any problems with a smile. I would recommend him to any one that is looking for a great music teacher.

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Zach W. May 17, 2016
Banjo · Online

Damien is very chill and fun to work with. He is able to adapt his teaching to your skill level, and I have seen a significant improvement since I began working with him.

Anibal May 16, 2016
Classical Guitar · Online

Very systematic and logical

walter Mar 10, 2016
Banjo · Online

I was a bit apprehensive about taking lessons online but through Skype, the teacher/student relationship worked out just fine. Damien is very patient and encouraging for a beginner like me and I felt that I accomplished much more in the first lesson than I could have hoped for.

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Cory Feb 21, 2016
Guitar · Online

great first time experience for my son! looking forward to future sessions.

Andy T. Feb 15, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · In home

Fantastic!!!!!

Andy T. Feb 15, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · In home

Fantastic!!!!!

Cinthia D. Jan 30, 2016
Guitar · In studio

He is an amazing teacher!! Knowledgeable and patient. He's the absolute best!!!!

Shandelyn R. Dec 14, 2015
Guitar · In studio

This teacher is very patient and helpful in everything regarding the guitar. He teaches quickly but the personal way the class is taught ensures this is anything but a hassle. Rather, he helps you overcome all concerns, whether or not you even know them, such that the speed of the class doesn't go to waste. I highly approve of and recommend this teacher.

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Vicki K. Oct 22, 2015
Guitar · In studio

I love my new instructor, Damien! So thankful for your approach!!!

Isabelle Oct 15, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

Very laid back and easy to follow

Susan S. Oct 10, 2015
Guitar · In home

Damien is the best instructor I have ever had and I took lessons from multiple teachers for over 15 years for piano, keyboards, and guitar. He is extremely knowledgeable, talented, and personable. He has a structured and comprehensive approach to music theory and teaches from a socratic method which I love, although he tailors his approach to fit each student's personality and skill level. I have had instructors in the past who taught by ear and could not increase my knowledge base or skill level in reading music and understanding music theory. Damien's style and approach is driven by his education and experience and is the best I have ever encountered. If you want to just have a little fun learning a few chords and songs, or you want to become an accomplished musician, he is the best choice.

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Melissa L. Sep 29, 2015
Ukulele · In studio

Damien was great. He made me feel very comfortable. 100% recommend!

Melissa L. Aug 10, 2015
Ukulele · In studio

Super friendly and very patient! I felt like I really knew more after one lesson. Can't wait for the next!

Darren S. Jun 5, 2015
Banjo · In studio

I have been playing the Banjo for only a few months now and have learned a lot. Damien is a very patient instructor. He ensures the student understands what he/she is doing in both playing and reading music. I have improved in every area of his instructions. Excellent Teacher!

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Nick S. May 19, 2015
Guitar · In studio

If you're looking for someone who will listen to your goals and create a lesson plan to help you achieve them, you've met your match! Great experience so far, looking forward to the next lessons.

Lisa M. Apr 12, 2015
Guitar · In studio

I got a guitar at Christmas along with a book on how to play. In just two lessons I have learned so much from Damien that I never got out of the book. He is a good teacher and has a great personality.

Adam W. Aug 26, 2014
Guitar · In home

Great great teacher!!! Excellent for all kinds of music lessons! Very knowledgeable, getting this teacher is like you are paying one price for all different kinds of music related lessons! Defiantly worth to give it a try! I've learned a ton of stuff through out my 12 lessons with him, doesn't really matter whither it's guitar or theory related stuff, he knows them all!!! Give him a try! and you will be amazed!

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Victoria W. Jun 11, 2014
Banjo · In studio

Damien's love of music fortifies his abilities to share what is possible in his students' achievements; me included! For over a year I have pursued learning banjo, which Damien's encouragement through patient teaching, has fulfilled my goal of being comfortable with this difficult instrument. Thank you, Damien, for believing anyone can try to learn something new, even at seventy-two!

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RobertB May 10, 2012
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Fast paced and interesting

Damien has a great style of teaching and has kept me working hard in the first couple of lessons. I feel like I am learning quickly and never have a lack of information to work with.

MiltonJ Apr 10, 2012
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Damien provides great one-on-one instruction. He continues to challenge me which keeps me interested. He is quick to pick up on frustration and quickly redirects so that I can continue to absorb his instruction.

Alany Jun 29, 2011
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in the few weeks that I have been taking lesssons I have learned quite a lot. He showed me the answers that I was having with another instruction manuel which made complete sence. I would reccomend him to anyone as he knows what he is teaching

ScottR Jan 21, 2011
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Great teacher, patient and fun!

I recommend Damien as a Guitar instructor. I have enjoyed getting to know Damien, and while I started playing guitar as a new hobby, Damien has helped me see so much more potential by learning this great instrument!

MichelleF2 Aug 14, 2010
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Damien S was a really good choice for my kid Cyrus. My son love him, he is a patient and polite guitar's teacherMay the Lord my Lord bless him

KathyS1 May 28, 2009
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Damien is doing an excellent job working with our son Michael. It is obvious that he loves music and sharing his knowledge with his student. We feel Michael is learning alot and this was only his third lesson.

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