Devin Arne
Phoenix, AZ
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Devin Arne

Devin A.

Phoenix, AZ
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Music Theory is the study of how music works. I enjoy helping students understand the elements of music theory including harmony, counterpoint and analysis.

About Devin A.

Devin has been teaching private lessons since 2002 and is currently available to teach online lessons in Guitar, Electric Bass, and Music Production using Ableton Live or Logic Pro X.

Devin has worked with students of all ages and levels of playing ability from beginners to professionals. He is currently pursuing a Doctoral Degree in Music Composition and Interdisciplinary Digital Media from Arizona State University in Tempe. He holds a Masters Degree in Music from McGill University and a Bachelors from The Peabody Conservatory of The Johns Hopkins University, where he was a recipient of the Charlie Byrd Memorial Scholarship.

Devin has extensive teaching experience in private lessons as well as group classes in guitar, music production, and music ensembles. As an expert in his field, Devin looks forward to helping new students achieve their goals.

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Dominic C.
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Posted Dec 13, 2018
Fabian M.
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Devin is an excellent and knowledgeable teacher! He taught me the basics of Ableton and the details of music production, recording audio/midi tracks, sound libraries, effects, etc. He guided me through the songwriting process, and made this complex software easier to navigate through and understand. I highly recommend Devin for anyone interested in enhancing their skills in music production. Thank you Devin for all your help!

Posted Jul 4, 2018
Jacob W.
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Great Teacher!!!

Posted Sep 6, 2017
Vanessa G.
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Devin is so personable and easy-going! He was prepared for our lessons and helped me better understand the material. He's the best!

Posted Aug 29, 2017
Wayne S.
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The lesson went very well. Devin was patient and answered all of my questions of which I had many. He was very thorough in teaching me hand placement and strumming technique. I was very happy with the lesson and feel I quickly gained confidence.

Posted Apr 8, 2017
Jacob W.
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Devin is an experienced Guitarist and teacher as well.
He makes me feel like i'm his only student. He teaches me on pace. I never had a guitar or played as a child. And he is just very patient. Even if you are not a fast learner, he will get you on the right track in just a few lessons.

Posted Jan 18, 2017
Bill McAllister
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Devin is great! He is incredibly knowledgeable and patient. As someone learning an instrument the first time, I've found my lessons with him to be a tremendous help in learning both the fundamentals and critical areas of music theory.

Posted Jan 6, 2017
Margeta D.
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This was my 1st lesson. Devin was patient with me and took the time to teach and go over everything at my pace. With Devin's lessons and practice I'm eager to learn and look forward to the next appointment.

Posted Jan 4, 2017
Jack
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I am having lessons with Devin almost every week for a while now. We have lessons at his studio and online. Both locations are great.
For me, there are pros to having both location options available depending on my schedule that morning.
His way of teaching is great. I'm an adult and never played a guitar before. And I feel he has an enormous amount of patients. But he is not afraid to introduce something new. If I tell him I'm not clear with something we learned last time he will repeat it. And go it over with me. Technically he really had me playing songs very soon in the lessons. But I'm not necessarily the fastest learner so the most important thing is my responsibility.
Practice Practice Practice.

I recommend Devin to any one that wants to start learning guitar. Or needs to improve.
As I mentioned before, I'm an adult. But I could only imagine he'd do great with children.

Oh, I just reminded my self one more nice thing about Devin the teacher. When I'm with him, or online with him. For some reason he makes me feel like the lessons he provides are created for me. Not just random lessons. he goes according to my pace.

Posted Dec 18, 2016
David O.
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Devin is without question the best guitar teacher I have ever had. Aside from being an excellent player, Devin is a fantastic communicator, and he has a way of explaining even the most complex concepts in a way I can grasp. Whenever he leaves my apartment, I'm always sad the lesson is ending, and excited to dig into the assignments he leaves for me.

Posted Jul 20, 2016
Jacob W.
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I only had a one lesson so far and I feel like I know something about quitar already. We dived right into it. So I have enough to practice until my next lesson. We actually do it through Skype and it worked out great.

Posted Jul 14, 2016
Carey
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Five stars, he was great!

Posted Jan 29, 2016
Carey
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So far I'm learning quite a bit from Devin!

Posted Dec 11, 2015
Michael Kazakov
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Passionate in music, passionate in teaching. What more can you ask for? Fantastic instructor.

Posted Dec 4, 2015
Adryan B.
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My lessons with him were cool.

Posted Sep 13, 2015
Heather L.
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My son and I cannot recommend Devin highly enough. As a true beginner, my son needed structure and patience. Devin immediately got to know my son and figured out the best approach for his interests, level, and learning style. Each week for an hour, the two would sit and go through lessons in a book, basic exercises, beginning songs, and playtime. My son could not wait to see Devin each week as he really felt Devin cared about him as a student. Devin is timely and flexible, dedicated and thoughtful. As talented as he is kind, Devin is an obvious choice for anyone looking for acoustic guitar lessons.

Posted Jul 6, 2015
Nathaniel E.
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Amazing first lesson, picked up right away. I look forward to many more! Thank You!

Posted Jun 3, 2015
Blanca A.
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Devin is a great teacher. He gave my son lessons on basic guitar playing in a very simple way that made my son comfortable and eager to learn. He makes the lesson interesting and easy to understand. If you live in New York and are looking for a great guitar and music teacher for your son or daughter Devin is your guy.

Posted May 11, 2015
David O.
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Devin is a great teacher. He gave me a lesson on elementary music theory in a way I've never learned it. He makes complex material very accessible, and advanced my learning greatly. I look forward to many more lessons with Devin.

Posted Mar 19, 2015
Patrick G.
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I highly recommend , if you are interested in developing your guitar skills and/ or expanding your knowledge of music theory , to schedule an appointment with Devin for a lesson . I came from my native Brazil to study jazz at an american college and he patiently introduced me to jazz music . I not only was able to succeed in my jazz ensemble classes with straight A's , but I also got prepared to audition successfully to universities and will be completing my bachelors degree in music soon. And I thank Devin for that .

Posted Jan 17, 2015
jesus E.
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Devin is such a great teacher when he was my teacher I was completely new to jazz and he was patient with me and helped me get better in and outside of class very much worth the money

Posted Jan 4, 2015
Adi S.
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I had the privilege of taking guitar, ensemble, arrangement/composition, and theory lessons with Devin for 3 years. Not only is he very knowledgeable in his field, but he also has a knack for communicating his lessons in an easy-to-understand manner. Devin truly listens and is genuinely patient. He tailors his lessons to help you achieve your personal goals while simultaneously giving you a well-rounded, solid foundation in music standards. Plus, he's just a really nice guy! Definitely recommended!

Posted Dec 27, 2014
Jon N.
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I learned practically everything I know about jazz and other contemporary improvised music from Devin. I hadn't seen a bigger improvement in my playing any time prior to taking ensembles instructed by him. He has a deep understanding of music in general, and I still apply things I've learned from him in my composition and playing today. A great instructor, mentor and friend.

Posted Dec 24, 2014
Laz H.
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Several years ago I had Devin for a Jazz Guitar Ensemble and to this day I feel fortunate to have had it that way. Devin always had a keen insight when it came to students in my ensemble; he understood the importance of technique when it came to practical habits but taught so in a manner which consistently upheld the quality of performance. Above all, Devin had such patience and a down-to-Earth personality that I felt like I was learning from an older brother. Having always encouraged my musical pursuits and inspiring me with his own, I recommend a mentor and a friend.

Posted Dec 21, 2014
Ben G.
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Devin is simply the best teacher. He is down to earth but has so much knowledge as a guitar teacher. I stopped looking for a guitar teacher because I could not find someone that could explain things the way Devin does. If you are on the fence about taking lessons from Devin, just do it! He will take your playing to the next level.
Ben G.

Posted Dec 17, 2014
Joel M.
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Have know Devin A. for almost 4 years both as a personal friend and a valued teacher who has opened up not only my mind but my heart to the endless possibilities that Jazz Guitar has to offer. If ever I could choose the perfect teacher he is the one I would choose every time. He has brought my guitar playing to a whole new level. Thank you Devin for being who you are, Joel Mahler

Posted Dec 4, 2014

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Experience

Graduate Teaching Assistant
Aug 2018 - Present

Arizona State University

Instructor for Aural Skills Lab: MTC 125 Intro To Music Theory, MTC 221 18th Century Theory, MTC 222 19th Century Theory

Adjunct Professor
Dec 2010 - Jun 2014

Nova Southeastern University

Instructor for Instrumental Ensemble, Applied Guitar & Beginning Guitar Class. Music Director for STUEYS student award show, Conductor for the Musical "Once on This Island".

Adjunct Professor
Aug 2010 - Jun 2014

Broward College

Taught and Developed Curriculum for Applied Guitar Lessons and Jazz Guitar Ensemble I & II. Produced concerts for the Jazz Guitar Ensemble. Served as a panelist at the Jazz Area Forums.

Adjunct Professor
Jan 2012 - May 2014

Miami Dade College

Taught and developed curriculum for Applied and Pre-Applied Jazz Guitar Lessons. Advised students, and helped them prepare for auditions into music programs at 4-year Colleges and Universities.

Guitar Instructor
Sep 2009 - Aug 2012

Roxy Performing Arts Center, Miami FL

Designed and implemented group guitar curriculum for students ages 8-12 and 13-18.

Education

Masters of Music in Jazz Performance
Aug 2007 - May 2009

McGill University

Bachelors of Music in Jazz Guitar
Aug 2003 - May 2007

The Peabody Conservatory

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

French

Limited Proficiency

Spanish

Professional Proficiency

Certifications

Apple Certified Professional: Logic Pro X
Aug 2017

Apple, Inc.

Certification in Apple's music production software platform, Logic Pro X.

Awards

The Charlie Byrd Memorial Scolarship
Aug 2003

The Peabody Conservatory

Affiliations

College Music Society, The
Jan 2017
The College Music Society promotes music teaching and learning, musical creativity and expression, research and dialogue, and diversity and interdisciplinary interaction. A consortium of college, conservatory, university, and independent musicians and scholars interested in all disciplines of music, the Society provides leadership and serves as an agent of change by addressing concerns facing music in higher education.
Society of European Stage Authors and Composers, The
Oct 2009
SESAC, Inc is a performing rights organization with headquarters in Nashville and offices in New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Miami and London. Performing rights organizations (there are three in the US) are business designed to represent songwriters and publishers and their right to be compensated for having their music performed in public.

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