Damien Simon
Saint Augustine, FL
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Damien Simon

Damien S.

Saint Augustine, FL
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I have been teaching for over 10 years. My goal is to get my students quickly able to play, learn what they want to learn and have fun.

About Damien S.

I am a working, music composer and educator. I have been teaching and writing/performing professional scores for over 20 years. In regards to teaching, I teach privately and in a classroom atmosphere. My youngest student is 4 and my oldest has been in their 70 ’s. I approach my teaching style in a way that my students get a round, music education; but also have fun with it. Music as a whole involves many different areas of education (math, logic, language, physics, science, creativity). I believe students of music need to be given this education. Playing well is one thing, playing well and knowing what you are doing will make you rounded as a musician.
As a professional composer and performer; this gives me the opportunity to teach students in areas of live performance and writing music for various mediums, in and outside of basic song writing. I have been writing scores and performing live for over 30 years. I believe this would be another great asset in helping students realize theirs’ and others’ music in the real world. As a St. Augustine 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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Posted Oct 28, 2020
Corinne C.
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Great first lesson. Took the time to see where I am with my skills and took it from there. Looking forward to working with him to get better.

Posted Jun 15, 2020
Marta B.
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Thank you Damien!!!! Patient, non-judgmental, slow, clear instruction. I had one particular song I wanted to learn and Damien walked me through, step by step, how to. And in the meantime, taught me a bit about music theory and reading ... at my level. Before I signed up, I felt frustrated and overwhelmed. Now I feel confident and inspired ... taking my "sweet time" to get that muscle memory. The best. Thank you.

Posted Apr 28, 2020
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Damien explains the concept very well and asks questions to find out how much I already know. He tailors the classes to my abilities (I used to play piano and guitar) and interests. I am inspired to practise the techniques so I can play the music I chose. Just my third lesson and Damien is already introducing “improvisation” and that I was ready as long as I practise my scales. Being taught by Damien is exhilarating. Very blessed.

Posted Mar 31, 2020
Ben Snyder
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I really enjoyed my lesson and am very excited about learning to play the banjo and taking more lessons!

Posted Oct 23, 2019
David R.
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Damien does a great job of mixing theory with practical application.

Posted Sep 5, 2019
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Great first lesson

Posted Jun 13, 2019
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Excellent experience, Damien was very skilled.

Posted May 10, 2019
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I am quite pleased with Joshua's growth thus far! After playing his bass guitar with a start up teacher for 3 years, Joshua was ready for more. He needed someone new to push him to the next level. Not only is Damien perfecting Joshua's skills, but is introducing Joshua to music composition. I absolutely LOVE THAT!!! Thank you Damien because every time we visit, Joshua leaves with something new! FABULOUS INSTRUCTOR!!!

Posted Apr 12, 2018
Austin R.
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Damien is extremely professional and does an excellent job explaining the fundamentals. As Albert Einstein said, "If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough." Damien has a way of explaining concepts so they are easily understood and retained, even for more complex subjects.

Posted Oct 5, 2017
Jack C.
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Learned more about music in just an hour than I ever did in the past.

Posted Aug 21, 2017
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So patient and funny! Just had my first lesson and can't wait to come back.

Posted Jun 12, 2017
Jaime de paz
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I liked it very well

Posted May 21, 2017
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Damien is an excellent teacher! I would recommend him 100%. He is very professional and enthusiastic about music. Overall a great experience.

Posted Mar 16, 2017
Ken K.
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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.

Posted Mar 1, 2017
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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.

Posted Oct 10, 2016
Faith W.
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Very good and helpful. Super nice. Learned a lot after one lesson.

Posted Aug 25, 2016
Esther C.
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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.

Posted Jul 20, 2016
Lisa M.
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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.

Posted Jul 6, 2016
Zach W.
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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.

Posted May 17, 2016
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Very systematic and logical

Posted May 16, 2016
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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.

Posted Mar 10, 2016
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great first time experience for my son! looking forward to future sessions.

Posted Feb 21, 2016
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Posted Feb 15, 2016
Cinthia D.
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He is an amazing teacher!! Knowledgeable and patient. He's the absolute best!!!!

Posted Jan 30, 2016
Shandelyn R.
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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.

Posted Dec 14, 2015
Vicki K.
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I love my new instructor, Damien! So thankful for your approach!!!

Posted Oct 22, 2015
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Very laid back and easy to follow

Posted Oct 15, 2015
Susan S.
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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.

Posted Oct 10, 2015
Melissa L.
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Damien was great. He made me feel very comfortable. 100% recommend!

Posted Sep 29, 2015
Melissa L.
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Super friendly and very patient! I felt like I really knew more after one lesson. Can't wait for the next!

Posted Aug 10, 2015
Darren S.
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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!

Posted Jun 5, 2015
Nick S.
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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.

Posted May 19, 2015
Lisa M.
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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.

Posted Apr 12, 2015
Adam W.
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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!

Posted Aug 26, 2014
Victoria W.
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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!

Posted Jun 11, 2014

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.

Posted May 10, 2012

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.

Posted Apr 10, 2012

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

Posted Jun 29, 2011

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!

Posted Jan 21, 2011

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

Posted Aug 14, 2010

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.

Posted May 28, 2009
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Live concert guitarist and music composer for orchestras and multiple mediums.
Jan 1990 - Present

Damien S.

I am a working music composer, performer, author and teacher. I have taught dozens of students around the US in instruments in guitar, piano, banjo, ukulele, mandolin, bass, music theory, composition.

Music Teacher / Performer / Composer
Jun 1986 - Present

Damien S.

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


Post Grad Musicology
Aug 1994 - Jun 1995

University College Dublin

BFA Studio Composition
Sep 1990 - May 1994

SUNY Purchase

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