Dylan Maxwell

Dylan M.

Roseville, CA

Lesson Details



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

Teaching since:
August 2011

Hey there! Maybe you are just getting started playing and need some guidance. Maybe you have a firm grasp on things but feel like something is missing. No matter the case, you've come to the right place to expand your musical knowledge. Not to mention have a lot of fun doing it!

My name is Dylan M. Let me tell you a bit about myself. I have been playing music since I was 8 years old. I received 2 local music scholarships and a general academic scholarship. I am currently attending college for my music degree. I spent much of my time being a teachers aid for the music classes at the high school I attended. I love playing music and do it every chance I get. To me there is nothing more fun than learning a great new song and playing with other musicians.

I spent years studying music and putting the pieces together. I want to help you avoid the frustration of not knowing what to practice and how to practice. I can help you discover your talents by teaching in a straightforward and common sense approach. I encourage a relaxed but focused learning environment.

It is a great time to take lessons with me because I am currently taking music courses full time in college so I am immersed in the subject. Music has been my main passion.

*** Lesson Details ***
I teach all levels of guitar and beginning and intermediate piano/keyboard.

Having exercise/song/workbooks is extremely helpful for players who want to learn fast.

And of course, these are just guidelines, we will see what works best. I have several books that I normally use that I find work really well.

Available instruments for hands on learning are guitar, bass, and keys. I will explore with you the ways to create original music or I can simply show you what it takes to play your favorite songs. I can keep you engaged by giving you important information from technique and theory books but then immediately show you how what you learn in the books can be applied.

I find it very important to teach aspiring musicians a broad understanding of music. We need to understand why it works in order to effectively play and create music.

During the first lesson I will focus on seeing what level your playing is at and would like to get out of music lessons.
From there we will jump in to learning by focusing on material for your skill level and interest. I will help you with your specific needs while also going over what any musician needs to be successful. During lessons I will give you exercises to practice including reading charts/notes and playing. I will identify how you best learn and fit the lessons to you. I have a tried and true approach that will get you seeing improvement as long as you practice and are ready to learn.

It is extremely important that you practice regularly. That way you can see real progress.As you can see, I feel it is very important to structure lessons in order to have success. We will work in sequence and build your skill from the ground up. That said I love catering to individual students needs and want to make sure I teach them what they want to learn. If you have something particular you want to learn. Be sure to let me know. 

*** Studio Equipment ***
At my studio I have a great keyboard, several guitars, a bass, 2 amplifiers, and some simple recording equipment, as well as relevant textbooks. I have everything needed for quality lessons. Be sure to have your own instrument.

*** Travel Equipment ***
For guitar lessons I will bring my guitar and any handouts for that lesson. If you are using one of the books I will use your copy to give you practice materials as well. I will bring my guitar tuner, but being a guitarist, it is important that you invest in a tuner, picks, and buy strings when you need them.

For piano lessons I will bring any handouts for that lesson. I will use your book that you purchased at the beginning of your lessons to give you practice materials.

*** Specialties ***
Pop Rock, Pop, Hard Rock, Groove Metal, Contemporary, Jazz, Classic Rock, Pop Punk, Thrash, Blues, Country, Classical

I love so many styles of music. I help students with any style they wish and I love to incorporate different styles together. Seemingly very different music styles such as classical vs more aggressive rock may seem like two different worlds but they really are closely related!
I show students how to know what notes to use over which chords and how chords relate to one another through the teaching of modes, and the diatonic chords within a scale.

With the determination to create this art and the right tools nothing is holding you back!

I teach fingerstyle, picking, alternate picking, economy picking, tapping, appropriate use of the whammy bar, palm muting, inversions, chord functions, progressions, scale degrees, harmonics, syncopation, modes, finger strength exercises, rhythm exercises, speed exercises, and more. And of course, I show you how it all relates and why it's important so you can utilize your new knowledge!

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Photos & Videos

Elle Rahimi and I played this performance at the guitar show at Roseville High School. What a voice!
At the mid semester guitar show Sophomore Year at Roseville High School.
Photo by Dylan M.

Photo by Dylan M.

Photo by Dylan M.

Photo by Dylan M.
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17 Reviews

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Jennifer S. Oct 30, 2015
Guitar · In studio

Dylan is very talented, easy to get along with, and a fun teacher. He brings a lot of variety and interests to the lessons.

Dolores Zeiher Sep 8, 2015
Ukulele · In studio

It was wonderful. My grandson really enjoyed learning from him. Recommend!

Stephanie R. Aug 21, 2015
Piano · In home

I like how enthusiastic Dylan is about music. His love of music shines through. He doesn't only teach technique, but he teaches the way to express emotion through music. Recommend!

Leonard S. Aug 15, 2015
Bass Guitar · In home

Really enjoyed my first lesson with Mr. Dylan , the young man is very knowledgeable with music principal and techniques. I was impressed and looking forward to our next session. Good choice thanks.

Mackenzie B. Jun 29, 2015
Guitar · In home

He's very patient and encouraging!

Dolores Zeiher Jun 18, 2015
Ukulele · In studio

Per my 8 year old grandson, Brennen, Dylan is the best. He is cool and takes his time. Brennen likes the fact that Dylan will go over something time and again till he understands and is able to play the notes. Brennen leaves the lesson feeling happy and very excited.

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Preston B. Jun 9, 2015
Guitar · In home

He's prepared and good with my kids!!

Jaxon B. Jun 9, 2015
Ukulele · In home

My 7 year really clicked with Dylan!! We are happy with his services!!

Oriana B. Jun 9, 2015
Ukulele · In home

He knows his stuff!! He is prepared and covers both theory and fun!!😀

Preston B. Jun 9, 2015
Guitar · In home

He's prepared and good with my kids!!

Gina M. Apr 23, 2015
Ukulele · In home

Fantastic Teacher!
My son, Cole, really enjoys working with Dylan and I appreciate how patient Dylan is with him when he's a little too unfocused. I think Dylan could sense that Cole was not really enjoying learning the ukelele (Cole has a problem with wanting to practice. He just wants to be good right away!). So, he brought him a cd with songs that are familiar to him. I would say that that was kind of a turning point. Cole started to practice on his own after that during the week, along with the cd, and was motivated to practice. It is great having a teacher who is willing to try different things to motivate and spark an interest. I would, and have, recommended him to my friends!

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Vivek R. Jan 7, 2015
Guitar · In home

Really Passionate and talented guy.

I left his class each time learning a lot of practical and cool music and feeling inspired to play more.

Stephanie G. Nov 24, 2014
Guitar · In studio

Dylan was great with my daughter and helped her learn a lot. He is a very nice young gentleman. The only disappointments I had were site related, and use of the site related. The way our appointments were abruptly cut off. I understand that he did have other obligations to school, but we paid for 1 full year so we could get the discount, and when he stopped being my daughter's teacher, we were left with whatever pieces of the funds we had not yet used. No longer a discount, as the "free lessons" added to the end of the arrangement were not met. Also, there was a lot of scheduling changes that were not reflected in the calendar on this site. It got very hard to track which appointments we actually attended as they were never on the dates it showed in the calendar. I am left unsure if we ended up paying Dylan for the correct amount of classes.

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Jennifer B. Oct 21, 2014
Guitar · In home

Wonderful teacher! Makes learning fun!

Cyndi O. Feb 24, 2014

Great teacher!

Dylan is a great teacher and is wonderful with kids. He has a lot of patience and is very encouraging during the lesson. He is very professional, flexible and has been a pleasure to work with. My son just loves him and has learned a lot in a short amount of time.

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Stephanie R. Feb 12, 2014
Piano ·

Excellent Teacher

I am very pleased with Dylan. He is very flexible and extremely patient. It is obvious how much he loves music and his wish to pass on that love of music to his students. Since we have four children taking lessons, I very much appreciate his willingness to come to our home to teach.

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Molly N. Nov 14, 2013
Piano ·

Very Experienced in both Piano and Guitar

I have 2 children taking lessons from Dylan.
He comes to our house, and teaches my 10 yr. old son beginning
guitar and our 8 yr. old daughter piano. Both of the kids really like him and I can hear the improvement after each lesson.

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