Jake Parsky

Jake P.

Bethesda, MD
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Lesson Details

Acoustic Guitar

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate

Experienced teacher of 5 years, specializing in beginner/ intermediate guitar, voice and performance. All ages welcome. Whether you're looking to play the blues, serenade your crush, shred face-melting guitar solos, or any other smattering of skills, lessons will be catered to meet the individual goals of the student. Not to mention random bits of musical trivia, picked up from years of obsessive Wikipedia reading.

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About

Jake passed a background check that includes a SSN verification, national criminal record check, and sex offender registry search. Learn More
Jake delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 6+ and special needs

Teaching since:
2012

I have been teaching guitar for over 7 years and recently graduated from Macalester College with a Bachelor of Arts in Music. My approach to teaching is student focused, emphasizing the individual goals of each student rather than adhering to more traditional, standardized notions of music education. As such, emphasis is placed on modern musical styles, repertoire, and technology. I have found that this helps to maintain students’ motivation, and improve retention and skill. After all, music should be a fun challenge, not a chore.

Additionally, I spent the last two years working as an audio engineer in concert halls and recording studios. As such, all students, regardless of instrument, will have the opportunity to learn recording techniques and make a high quality recording of their work, when/if they feel ready.

Thanks for your interest in lessons. I hope to hear from you soon!

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Experience

Creative Writing Teacher
Jan 2017 - Jun 2017
Cow Tipping Press

For a semester, I taught a creative writing class to adults with developmental disabilities. Although this was not music related, I gained invaluable experience teaching people with special needs from many different backgrounds and at many different places in their lives.

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Lunch Musician
Sep 2016 - May 2017
Potbelly Sandwich Shop

Twice a week, I would perform a 2-hour setlist of popular songs from the '60s to now. I would sing and accompany myself on acoustic guitar. Singing for two hours straight in the late morning forced me to be very careful with my vocal technique, so I wouldn't hurt my voice.

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Education

Bachelor of Arts in Music
Sep 2015 - May 2019
Macalester College

Awards

Recipient of the Jane Burkleo Music Scholarship
Sep 2018
Macalester Music Department

Photos & Videos

Opening a show for T-Pain

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12 Reviews

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Monica K. Jul 24, 2018
Singing · In studio

Super knowledgeable/knows what he’s doing! Loved my first day!!

Caroline W. Jun 28, 2018
Guitar · In studio

Jake has been a wonderful instructor: very knowledgeable, gives great tips & advice, and always encouraging. Thanks, Jake!

Tyler May 29, 2018
Singing · In studio

Great teacher. Very flexable. Defiantly glad I made the dession to start lessons. I have leared alot.

Max May 13, 2018
Singing · In studio

I can't believe how much Jake helped me go from a zero to a hero! He was able to pin point my struggles and breakdown and show me the way to be successful. I feel so much more confident and comfortable with my voice.

Judith Jan 22, 2018
Singing · In studio

Jake is very patient and encouraging, that helps when one is new at taking lessons.

Hilary Sep 25, 2017
Guitar · In home

Jake is a teacher at heart. He understands the motivation and skill of his students, designs lessons that engages his students, and makes teaching/learning enjoyable. Jake is clearly a gifted musician and his commitment to teaching demonstrates his passion for music making.

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Mark Sep 17, 2017
Guitar · In home

Jake is an incredibly talent and patient instructor. He helped my daughter and was not only great at teaching guitar but also great at teaching music theory at the same time.

Bob Sep 11, 2017
Acoustic Guitar · In home

Jake was my instructor for a year and not only was he fantastic but extremely patient with me. He would even let me record his playing so I could watch where I was making mistakes. Don't think twice call Jake!!

Yamile Sep 9, 2017
Acoustic Guitar · In home

I took lessons with Jake for several months before he had to attend college and I learned various songs at a level that was pretty advanced. He was very patient and it was a great way to get going on the instrument and learn a bit of music theory. Being able to play songs I liked was encouraging and while I'm still taking lessons online, I think the chops I learned with Jake have helped me tackle new songs by myself. Thanks so much!!

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Jane Sep 7, 2017
Guitar · In home

Jake is a terrific instructor. He taught my son guitar and was extremely patient and flexible with scheduling. He also picked out songs that my son liked and could learn. I highly recommend him

Lisa Sep 6, 2017
Guitar · In home

Jake is an amazingly, talented, patient young man. He was fabulous with my son, who was a beginner on Guitar. Jake gave my son Max a tremendous amount of confidence and really hooked him on enjoying and exploring, all different styles of music. Truly a pleasure to have as a music teacher!

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Rachel Sep 6, 2017
Guitar · In home

Jake is not only an awesome guitarist but also a great teacher. He taught our son beginner guitar. He made the lessons fun and relevant. I would highly recommend Jake as a guitar instructor.

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