Jared Jenkins

Jared J.

Burbank, CA
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Lesson Details

Songwriting

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I can teach students a great deal about melody development and chord progression selection. I typically have a very theoretical approach to songwriting but love to reinforce it with a much less technical approach to help create more organic and natural sounding songs.
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About

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

Teaching since:
June 2008

I am overjoyed and grateful to say I have been playing music for more than half of my life. It has never stopped being the light in my day and now it is my hope to shed some of that light onto you or your child. I am a very friendly and fun teacher with a great deal of professionalism and patience, even more importantly I love teaching and music with a passion.

I have been playing an instrument since the 4th grade (cello) and, as I learned more about how music works, was slowly able to pick-up a greater variety instruments with an increasing degree of ease. In high school, I decided to pick-up the guitar just to "have fun and rock out". I joined a band, played in the high school orchestra, joined the high school jazz band and began to practice songwriting and cover songs. Still, it was not until after I took my first class on music theory that I knew how much I not only loved the thrill of playing music but the discovery of how it worked. With this experience I can show you or your child why learning an instrument can be not only an exciting experience but an interesting and enthralling one as well.

I have been teaching music for over 7 years and have had the privilege of teaching children as young as 4 to adults in their late 80's. I am a very attentive teacher who can not only help get you moving in the right direction but keep you on that path until your are a self-sufficient musician. A level of musicianship that simply means you can learn whatever you want on your instrument on your own, whether it be for business, pleasure or for mere self-improvement.

Through my own student career in private lessons I had the chance to study with graduates of the Musician's Institute (MI), the California Institute of the Arts (CAL Arts) and Berklee College of Music. This has provided me with an inside look into how and what each institute teaches, as well as a first hand look at the techniques and ideas that the great players from these remarkable schools have come to produce.

My formal music education consists of 2 years at Pasadena City College where I obtained my general Associates Degree (much of the studies included music) and a semester at California State University Long Beach as a Jazz Guitar Performance Major. Additionally, I completed a great deal of California State University Long Beach's teaching credential program (focusing on the teaching of history/social studies), where I learned strategies and theories of how and what to teach my students - making me that much more knowledgable of my craft. At Pasadena City College I studied with jazz/classical guitarist, Ron Berman, who has played with such jazz greats as Herb Ellis and Jimmy Wyble. At Cal State Long Beach I studied with jazz guitarist Ron Eschete, a former teacher at MI who has toured with the likes of Ray Brown, John Dizzy Gillespie and Jim Hall.

Most importantly I hope to show you or your child a new way to love and appreciate music. And to provide you with the ability and know-how to have the most fun on your instrument as possible.

*** Lesson Details ***
Throughout my lessons, I always encourage basic skills including scales, sight-reading and technical exercises. But what I hope to give all my students is a basic understanding of music and their instrument, providing them with a practical ability to navigate the vast world of music for a lifetime.

Beyond these skills, I always have songs, styles and theory for you to work on but I am often more interested in what you as an individual want to learn on your instrument. Getting to learn concepts that you have chosen yourself will help encourage practice and will make the finished product all the more the rewarding.

I can custom tailor a teaching curriculum and/or style for any of my students: we can focus on learning songs, learning to read, how to write music, how music works, and even how to play specific styles of music (including funk, rock, jazz, Latin, flamenco, classical, country and blues). I also self tailor my own worksheets and set weekly goals with my students to help encourage practice, understanding and progress. For students interested in more advanced concepts, I can also teach ear training, music theory, advanced jazz improvisation as well as advanced playing techniques.

All this in a friendly and easy-going teaching environment.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Located in my home garage, it is equipped with a small stage, an upright piano, an electric keyboard, a PA system, amplifiers, a drum set, a lap steel guitar, a pedal steel guitar, 2 cellos, multiple guitars, 3 mandolins, a dobro, a 5-string banjo, a 4-string tenor banjo, 2 ukuleles, 2 accordions and 2 electric basses.

*** Specialties ***
Styles: Jazz, Rock, Reggae, Metal, Funk, Progressive Rock, Classical, Folk, Bluegrass, Country, Various forms of Latin Music, Blues, and a few others.

Instruments: Beginning to Intermediate - Drums, Accordion and Piano.

Beginning to Advanced - Guitar, Mandolin, Cello, Banjo (5 String), Irish Tenor Banjo (4 String GDAE), Tenor Banjo (4 String CGDA), Electric Bass, Ukulele, Dobro, Lap Steel Guitar (6 String C6 Tuning), Slide Guitar, Pedal Steel Guitar (10 String E9 Tuning).

I also teach the beginning and advanced concepts of:
Music Theory, Ear Training, Sight Reading, and Song Writing.

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Experience

Music Teacher and Band Coach
Oct 2012 - Present
Rockin' For the Arts

Non-profit organization that teaches elementary school children how to play as a rock band and prepares them for a performance at their school.

Music Teacher and Band Coach
Oct 2012 - Present
Private Music Academy

Teach private music lessons on a variety of instruments.

Music Teacher
Jun 2012 - Feb 2016
Alhambra School of Music

Taught private music lessons on a variety of instruments.

Volunteer Music Instructor
Sep 2009 - Sep 2014
Alhambra High School

Taught a self-created and self-promoted after school program. Taught music, improvisation and how to play as a group/band.

Education

Bachelor of Arts in History
Aug 2009 - Jun 2011
California State University Long Beach
Associates Degree (General/Music)
Jul 2007 - Jun 2009
Pasadena City College

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Photos & Videos

Condensed Original Song called "Lotus Pedals" featuring myself playing a variety of instruments I teach. Enjoy!
My Home Studio (Right)

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My Home Studio (Left)

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Studio Panorama

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Me (on Pedal Steel Guitar) and a friend (On Guitar) performing at a restaurant.
Just an introduction

64 Reviews

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Ozioma U. Dec 4, 2017
· Online

The lesson went very well. My daughter was able to play the basic keys of the piano as she was instructed. I hope she should be able to play better at the end of this lesson. Jared is a very patient teacher and I do recommend him anytime.

Chukwuemeka M. Dec 4, 2017
· Online

The lesson was very simple to understand. Hopefully as my son continue to practice and learn every week, he should be able to play the piano very well.

Karen F. Nov 27, 2017
Cello · Online

Jared is an awesome teacher. My son took lessons from him for about 2-1/2 years. He was always very willing to work with us if we needed to change lesson dates, reschedule, etc. My son is 17 now and really enjoyed the classes he took with Jared. If you are looking for a cello teacher, Jared is the one to choose. We recently quit the lessons as my son is 17 and has lost interest in the cello. If he decides to pick it back up, we will be contacting Jared.

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Hilda U. Jul 13, 2017
Piano · Online

My son and I started this lessons and it has being a wonderful experience and we both are able to read and play the music notes. He is a very patient teacher and I highly recommend him for all ages.

Deborah C. Apr 3, 2017
Cello · Online

My son has been taking cello lessons with Jared for almost two years and my son very much enjoys his lessons and he is learning so much. Jared keeps me informed about my son's progress and he is always encouraging my son with regard to his music. As a mom paying for lessons I can not ask for more.

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Amelia B. Oct 29, 2016
Guitar · Online

Jared is awesome. Very knowledgeable, fun and relaxed. Highly recommend:)

Buddy May 25, 2016
Ukulele · Online

I can't say enough about how fantastic of a teacher Jared is. He is constantly challenging my son and really helping him to read music ( my son has been playing the uke for a year now in school but really had just been copying what his previous teacher did instead of reading the music). Jared is extremely patient and is so thoughtful about his lesson plans, really introducing music my son is really interested in. I know we had been hesitant about doing online lessons because it sounds like such a foreign concept, but we couldn't be happier. I highly recommend Jared.

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Jennifer May 21, 2016
Bass Guitar · In studio

Jared is awesome! He is very knowledgable, thorough and patient. Can't wait for my next lesson!

Danni B. Apr 26, 2016
Cello · Online

Jared is a fantastic instructor. We were a little anxious about doing online music classes, but this is amazing. Jared is very patient and obviously knows how to teach music. I was impressed how well the online lesson went. My 11 year old thinks he's the coolest!

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Abby M. Feb 23, 2016
Cello · In studio

Great lesson, thank you

Caleb W. Feb 1, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

Jared is very patient and good with young students.

David B. Oct 16, 2015
Drum · In home

The lesson was fun and well structured. Jared was supportive and well versed in the subject. I'm looking forward to my next lesson

Mitchell Wyllins Oct 16, 2015
Accordion · Online

Great first lesson

Mitchell Wyllins Oct 16, 2015
Accordion · Online

Great first lesson

Carli H. Sep 21, 2015
Ukulele · Online

Fantastic first lesson! Jared is very patient.

Suzie R. Jul 23, 2015
Cello · Online

Very flexible with scheduling concerns. My daughter really enjoys her lessons so far!

Abigail G. Jul 22, 2015
Ukulele · Online

Teaching my 6 y/o ukulele..first time instrument. ..Jared extremely patient and kind..my daughter thoroughly LOVED her first lesson because of Jared

Deborah C. Jul 14, 2015
Cello · Online

Jared as really made a positive contribution to my son's music education. First, let me say that he is very professional in his work ethic. He is always on time, plans the lessons; and when I asked for an evaluation for how my son's lessons were progressing he gave me a well thought out and thoughtful report. My son enjoys his lessons and appreciates the way that Jared talks to him when he is giving instructions and suggestions.

I feel my money is being well spent on my son's lessons. Jared is my son's first teacher after taking a year break from the cello after a very bad year long experience with a cello teacher at a music store--where my money and son's time was totally wasted. The lesson I learned from that experience was that when looking for a teacher find one that cares about what the student is learning and their goals; rather then the teacher's resume with regard to their educational background and not really caring about the student. I feel Jared is trying to make sure that my son learns and enjoys the cello.

My son is 13 years old; and as a thirteen year old boy he sometimes needs to be reminded to stay focused and Jared speaks to him respectfully to stay on point. (I should say my son likes to think he is funny at times). My son also likes taking his lesson online.

I would definitely recommend Jared as a cello teacher.

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Mike K. Jun 30, 2015
Banjo · In studio

I'm a beginner. Jared is very patient and takes his time to make sure that I understand, which is very much appreciated. Fun, too!

Amber B. Jun 14, 2015
Ukulele · Online

First lesson went really well! So excited to get started!

Riley H. Jun 9, 2015
Cello · Online

Great teacher!! We are already seeing tons of progress. Easy to work with and great with young adults.

Gary F. Jun 8, 2015
Cello · Online

My 15 year old son has just started lessons with Jared. Had a couple of scheduling issues and Jared was more than willing to accommodate us. My son seems to enjoy the classes with him. Wasn't sure about the online lessons at first, but it's like they are in the room with you. So works really well for us.

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Sten W. Jun 7, 2015
Banjo · In home

Jared is great! He's very professional, and knows his stuff. He started me at my level, and was super patient with me. Highly recommended!

Jay K. Jun 2, 2015
Banjo · Online

Good teacher, very attentive and positive. He knows how to use Skype to provide online lessons seamlessly - no different than taking a lesson in person.

Brenda P. Jun 1, 2015
Banjo · Online

I took banjo lessons from Jared for about a year, and can't leave without sharing what a great teacher he is. I had only planned to take a lesson or two, to help me get started. But I learned so much from him every single time, I just couldn't stop! He's very knowledgeable, shares stories and background as well as music theory and techniques, he's friendly and fun, very professional and very patient. In short, I learned a LOT and had fun doing it, what more could you ask for?

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Brian B. May 27, 2015
Banjo · Online

Good start

kris wikner May 22, 2015
Ukulele · Online

Very prompt for lesson time. Very friendly and helpful. Knows his music well and works well online.

Jenel G. May 21, 2015
Cello · Online

My lesson with Jared held great communication, positive feed back when I made a mistake, and helpful corrections. Awesome!

Katie D. Apr 21, 2015
Ukulele · Online

Jared is an amazing teacher!

Henry S. Apr 13, 2015
Banjo · Online

Very interactive and learned a lot quickly.

Victor V. Mar 20, 2015
Guitar · In studio

First class and my son is very enthusiastic!

Joseph W. Mar 20, 2015
Banjo · Online

Very helpful and understanding.

Daniel L. Mar 10, 2015
Ukulele · Online

My 13 year old son loves his lessons with Jared. He looks forward to it every week, and is showing a lot of progress. Jared manages the technology well, and makes online lessons as effective as in-person.

Josh G. Mar 5, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

Jared is great! Patient, knowledgeable, but also doesn't waste time, which was important for me when you are taking just 30 minute lessons. Really enjoy my lessons with him!

Brenda H. Feb 21, 2015
Ukulele · Online

Jared has such terrific enthusiasm, and brings that to each lesson. He really pushed my daughter to try new music types she wouldn't have normally looked at, yet enjoyed playing. Highly recommend him!

Will W. Feb 16, 2015
Ukulele · Online

I bought a ukulele and tried to teach myself at first but was not very successful. I got a couple of lessons as a Christmas gift and now I can actually play! Jared is a great teacher and can help you with any problems you are having even through the Skype lessons. I'm not going to lie, I was a little apprehensive about taking online lessons at first but I'm really glad I got a chance to take them with Jared, I would highly recommend it to any beginners out there!

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Jill C. Jan 14, 2015
Cello · Online

This is our first experience with online music lessons. We choose Jared because of the reviews he received from his other students. They were not wrong! Jared is great! He is always on time. He communicates very well. He makes our daughter feel comfortable. He even took the time to write a cello piece for a current Maroon 5 song at our daughter's request. You will not be disappointed if you choose Jared.

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Michelle N. Jan 8, 2015
Cello · Online

My name is Michelle. As of right now, I have taken cello lessons with Jared about four times. He is an excellent teacher, very patient and understanding, very knowledgeable and can answer almost any questions you may have regarding the cello and music. He also works very hard to try and teach you the song you are most interested in learning which makes any session fun!

Most importantly, I am always learning something new and feel like I am always progressing with my skill on the cello.

Kudos to Jared! *5 stars*

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Cindy G. Oct 30, 2014
Cello · Online

Jared has been helping my 14-year old daughter become passionate about playing cello again. My daughter had taken years of conventional school lessons and had all but given up due to boredom and monotony. She has only had a couple of lesson from Jared but so far, so good. Even the tone in my daughter's voice regarding her cello has improved so much. She sounds excited and proud regarding playing and I am so glad!

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Ford R. Oct 29, 2014
Cello · In studio

Jared's lessons have greatly improved my sight reading and overall general knowledge of music. I like how he plays along with me and is always supportive and patient. Highly recommend him, a great teacher for kids.

David A. Oct 29, 2014
Cello · Online

So, Jared is a one-of-a kind person who is able to tailor his craft to you. He is observant and watches you carefully, "tuning" his coaching to exactly what you need, when you need it. He is affable and easy to learn from. As if that isn't enough, he is - hands down - an excellent musician. He is a pioneer, willing to stretch to use technology to make things work for his students. Recently we managed a Bossa duet (guitar and cello) via Skype. He is exceptional and has my highest recommendation.

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Joye H. Oct 12, 2014
Mandolin · Online

Great teacher - he keeps me on track and works at my level.

Amber C. Oct 7, 2014
Ukulele · Online

I wanted to learn 2 specific songs and that is what he is teaching me, plus more. ;-) Very friendly.

Melissa H. Oct 3, 2014
Tenor Banjo · In studio

I came to Jared with no knowledge of the tenor banjo at all. After a handful of lessons, I am able to make my way around the fret board and play some tunes. His knowledge of music is really impressive, and he is obviously invested in being a great teacher. I highly recommend taking lessons with Jared. You will learn!

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Pei C. Sep 29, 2014
Ukulele · Online

I am really glad that i take the online classes for Ukulele with Jared. At first i wasn't sure if it's going to work out taking music class online. Turns out it really works well, as Jared is a really great teacher who is patient and well knowledgeable instructor. He's also great for accommodating my schedules. He's helped me make great progress. Strongly recommended!

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Maureen S. Sep 28, 2014
Accordion · Online

Jared is an excellent accordion teacher. I am new to the instrument and he has been extremely patient, kind, and easy to work with. I highly recommend him!

Brenda P. Sep 25, 2014
Banjo · Online

I've been taking banjo lessons from Jared for almost two months. He's pleasant and professional, explains himself well, really listens when I have a question, knows a lot about music and a wide variety of instruments, and seems to be one of those people who's just born with the music in them. You can tell he's really enjoying himself. But the thing I like the most is the progress I'm making -- less than two months and I can already play several simple songs. I tried teaching myself, couldn't do it. I recommend him highly to anyone who wants to play a new instrument or improve on an existing one, he's awesome!

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Alison D. Sep 24, 2014
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Jared teaches my 14 year old son banjo over Skype (we live in Africa). He searches out whatever my son wishes to play, from Star Wars music to Irish songs. My son loves his lessons and is motivated to practice so Jared is obviously doing things right.

Alanna H. Feb 13, 2014
Ukulele ·

Perfect teacher for any level

Jared finds where you are skill wise and teaches you from there. I know some basic music theory but there are many holes in my knowledge - He is very good at figuring out exactly what I know and what I need to practice still so I feel accomplished at the end of every lesson and don't waste any time getting to know my instrument.

I highly recommend taking lessons with Jared. I'm having a blast!

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Patrice (. Dec 3, 2013
Banjo ·

good experience

Jared is a perfect teacher! He is patient, nice, accommodating and never scolds when you dont get practice in. He nicely just trys to get you back on track with what you have done at that point and moves you forward at the same time. He is interested in what you want.. moves at your speed yet pushes you a little and he genuinely listens to you when you talk. He is open and will share experiences also from his life to help you and make learning fun.
Great teacher!!

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Greg N. Nov 14, 2013
Bass Guitar ·

Perfect Balance

Jared has been teaching my 11 year old son Guitar and for almost 2 years now. Watching him in action and seeing how much my son loved it, inspired me to pick up the Bass Guitar and have Jared teach me as well.

Jared has a wonderful way of making the entire experience both fun and rewarding. He has a wonderful way of communicating with my son and keeps his interest while they learn.

I couldn't speak more highly of Jared and would highly recommend him as an instructor to anyone of any age, he's simply fantastic!

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James H. Nov 13, 2013
Ukulele ·

Excellent instructor

I had no prior musical experience and Jared is excellent at catering to my background while still pushing me with weekly exercises and songs to practice. He makes sure we cover subjects I'm interested in and works out many songs I request to learn as our lesson for the day. He has a wide range of knowledge and is super flexible with scheduling and communication. I'd recommend him to anyone wanting to learn more about their instrument and I look forward to taking more lessons from him!

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Nicolas C. Nov 11, 2013
Cello ·

Excellent Teacher!

I've been taking Cello lesson for a few months and I have to say I don't regret my choice of picking Jared for teacher. He's an easy going & fun teacher. He's also very patient, it's perfect for a beginner.

Aubrey H. Nov 7, 2013
Cello ·

Jared is the best!

I've been taking cello and ukelele lessons from Jared and I could not recommend him more highly. Not only is he incredibly patient and supportive, but he's got a fun, easy-going demeanor. He's so knowledgeable and passionate about music that he's really able to incorporate that into his lessons and tailor them to music that I'm interested in. He's very encouraging and pushes me beyond what I think I'm capable of doing. I could not be happier with my lessons. I very much recommend Jared to anybody of any age or ability.

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Joseph O. Nov 6, 2013
Ukulele ·

Jared rocks

I've been studying with Jared for about half a year now and its been a really enjoyable experience. Jared sets a pace of learning that suits me very well. He's able to distill a large amount of information in a simple and easy to understand way. I appreciate that he some how knows how much to push me so that I can really put into practice what he just explained to me. I highly recommend Jared if your looking for a music teacher.

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Lauren S. Nov 3, 2013
Cello ·

Great!

My cello lessons with Jared are great! I always look forward to them. He's very patient and encouraging, and he's really good at listening to my specific music goals and tailoring lessons to help me :) I really appreciate it. Thank you!

Mari J. May 5, 2013
Guitar ·

Excellent Teacher

Jarrod is very patient, easy going and a born teacher. I am very shy and self conscious, he is easy to be around so I am able to relax and learn. Jarrod knows when to change tack and how to get you to push your self a little further. He really is an excellent teacher I would not want anyone else. I would recommend to anyone. when my son is ready I want Jarrod to be his teacher.

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Celina L. May 3, 2013
Cello ·

Great!

Jared is a VERY patient teacher. I had played the cello when i was younger for a year but i hated my music teacher so i was afraid it would turn out to be the same. I was wrong because from the start he helped me select a cello and has since then been very helpful and nice.

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Jim M. Apr 19, 2013
Banjo ·

The best

Jared is an easy going & fun teacher who is very open to changing tack on a sixpence should you suddenly need/decide to change direction in what you're learning. I wouldn't use anyone else!!!

Alissa H. Apr 13, 2013
Ukulele ·

Great Ukulele Teacher

Jared is a multi instrumentalist, and even with ukulele not being his primary instrument, he's very knowledgeable. He and I have had a lot of fun working out arrangements and he's even taken recordings I've sent him and figured out the chord progressions for me! He pushes me to learn new strumming patters and try some finger picking, but the lessons are a great balance of learning and getting better while still keeping it light.

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Adam D. Feb 25, 2013
Songwriting ·

Flexible, patient, fun teacher!

Jared came to house over the span of year to complete my lessons. I have a very erratic schedule, but Jared communicates easily and we were always able to find a good time for lessons.

I didn't really know what direction I wanted my musical education to go, and Jared was very sensitive to that. We started with basic exercises, and worked up to basic and intermediate music theory, until we reached the point where I was writing songs on my own. He even showed me a few different methods of songwriting.

All in all, I had a great time. Would def recommend!

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Anna J. Dec 1, 2012
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Excellent teacher in every way possible!

Jared is extremely knowledgable about the craft of music. Therefore, when he teaches piano there is much thought
as well as patience for the student. He truly loves music and
that enthusiasm is motivational for the student. I look forward to my lessons each week.

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PatrickS1 Aug 5, 2011
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Bass Guitar with Jared

I am a total novice to the guitar and an thoroughly enjoying my lessons with Jared. He understands my frustrations and allows me to "get it" even if it may take longer than would be expected. I started my lessons for the bass guitar with a solid week with him, 1 lesson a day for 5 days. After that I have continued with a once a week program. The bottom line for me is I wanted to do this for fun and personal entertainment value and I am certainly getting both. Jared is quite shilled and has a great easy-going attitude that is perfect for my learning curve. I would highly recommend him to anyone wanting to learn for the first time and would truly expect him to help anyone with even advanced skills. Very Pleased.

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TheresaG Oct 23, 2010
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feedback

Hi,We thought Jared was good. He arrived on time, was polite and informative. I had already explained to office that we were really wanting a vocal coach and guitar in the same instructor, so we were giving Jared an opportunity. He was so nice! But not what we need. He would be good for any student considering guitar and music theory. Thanks!

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