Storm Norman
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Storm Norman

Storm N.

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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Beginner: Learn the basics of music notation, time signatures, chords, & scales.

Intermediate: Learn intervals, more advanced chord theory + more advanced scales + how they all relate.

Advanced: Learn chord progressions, modes, harmony, & EVEN more advanced scales.

About Storm N.

Are you looking to learn Guitar, Singing, or Songwriting? No matter what style you are into, I can help you build the skills, confidence, & practice strategies you need to become a better musician. Beginners, Intermediate, & Advanced students all welcome! While studying classical guitar performance at the University of North Carolina, I was part of many different performance opportunities. These included solo classical guitar recitals, weekly performance classes, a collaboration with the Columbia City Jazz Dance Company, and a performance at the Columbia Museum of Art. Since my school days, I have been an active songwriter and guitarist playing in rock bands, participating in songwriter showcases, street performances, and musical collaborations of many different genres. I’ve taught 60+ students over the past 10 years and look forward to sharing music with many more!

PRIMARY AREAS OF FOCUS

In our lessons we will focus on three main skill sets that will serve as the foundation for your musicianship. Those skill sets are Music Theory, Improvisation, and Technique:

> MUSIC THEORY

Exercise ear training, note-reading skills, sight-reading skills, and overall knowledge of how music works.

> IMPROVISATION

Learn drills to improve solo skills and increase your confidence in playing with other musicians.

> GUITAR TECHNIQUE

Learn how to use the left and right hands in a way that that is relaxed and tension free. Learn how to position the guitar and body when sitting vs. standing. Learn drills for building finger coordination, freedom of movement and dexterity.

> SINGING TECHNIQUE

Learn how to use your breath effectively and increase breathing stamina. Enhance your posture for improved confidence and airflow. Learn to sing without strain, expand your range, and gain overall vocal control.


In addition, we will be developing a toolbox of practice strategies that you can use when learning a new song, when working out a difficult passage of music, and in crafting a more artful performance.


ADVANCED AREAS OF STUDY

For more advanced students, I cover the following variety of topics specific to different areas of artist development.

> Songwriting
> Audio Recording *
> Self-Promotion
> Performance Coaching
> Advanced Music Theory
> WordPress Web Design

VIRTUAL OPEN MIC FOR STUDENTS

> Held First Wednesday Each Month
> Hosted through Skype group chat
> Free for all students to participate or listen
> Starts at 7pm EST

Show off what you’ve been working on and gain performance experience! This is a great opportunity to challenge yourself and get feedback in your lessons on where to focus your practice specifically with performing in mind.


Ready to take your musicianship to the next level? Get signed up for lessons now!

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*Audio Recording requires GarageBand, Logic Pro X, or Pro Tools software

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Brett
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Posted Apr 20, 2021
Jeff Augustus D.
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Great intro Class! Very excited to be moving forward with lessons in vocals

Posted Apr 7, 2021
Doug
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Storm is an amazing teacher, and I've learned so much from our lessons. He's patient, knowledgeable, and always willing to answer your questions (even outside of the lesson). He creates a plan for each student and makes sure you are progressing. I've learned more about guitar in 6 months with Storm than the previous 20 years of me trying to learn on my own. Highly recommended!

Posted Apr 5, 2021
Tracy
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Storm well surpassed my expectations for our lesson! He is extremely patient, clear, and knowledgeable on Wordpress and a great communicator to boot. He operates with the utmost integrity ensuring he was prepared and well versed in my questions and account beforehand. I couldn't recommend him more! Can't wait for my next lesson. Great platform as well!

Posted Feb 11, 2021
Camilla S.
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Great lesson!

Posted May 18, 2020
Camilla S.
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Posted May 18, 2020
Xolani K.
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Outstanding - expert, efficient, excellent interpreter of client needs. Highest recommendation. xk

Posted Mar 23, 2020
Rachael O.
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Posted Mar 2, 2020
Xolani K.
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Excellent explanations of the subject matter and spot-on answers to all of my questions. Great structure to the session and super productive.

Highest recommendation!

Posted Feb 21, 2020
Brian
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Jeff really is an amazing instructor. Until a couple months ago, coincidently when I began my lessons with him, if you asked me if I sang you would've gotten a hard no in response. Not because I didn't have it in me, but because I didn't ever have the confidence to even try. Now not only am I actually learning how to sing, but I'm gaining the confidence I need as well.

To sum it up, Jeff's easygoing demeanor, vast knowledge, and immense skill come together to really meet the client where they are at.

Posted Nov 12, 2019
Debbie C.
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easy way to learn, Jeff is patient and explains things well

Posted Nov 11, 2019
Derick
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Thank you Jeff for another great class. See you on 23rd.

Posted Oct 9, 2019
Dennis
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great details, had a fun time

Posted Jul 17, 2019
David Jons
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Jeff is great! Very well prepared. His lessons will help me improve and reach my guitar playing goals.

Posted Jun 21, 2019
Anne
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Jeff is a very knowledgeable and pleasant teacher. He solved an issue I was having with Wordpress and helped me understand it much better.

Posted May 14, 2019
Julia
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Jeff was patient and very helpful. Really knew his product. I will be reaching out to him again!

Posted Nov 10, 2018
Peach
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Jeff was great. I will be working with him again!

Posted Oct 17, 2018
Nicole
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Very patient. Very competent.

Posted Aug 3, 2018
Meg
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I’ve been taking guitar lessons as a hobby from Jeff for a few months and it’s been so fun! I take lessons online, which is super convenient. I’ve always wanted to learn to play! Can’t wait to see how far I’ll go!

Posted May 24, 2018
Andrew
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Lessons with Jeff are awesome! The songs I write now have a much more interesting sound, rhythm, and structure than they did before AND I’m able to come up with killer harmonies, a skill that was always lacking for me. His methods are easy to grasp and when they do challenge me, he breaks things down and sets a pace that works for me so I don’t get overwhelmed. I always take something valuable and new away from our lessons.

Posted May 18, 2018
Anna
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Working with Jeff was easy! He makes lessons enjoyable, with reasonable material to learn and I’ve been able to progress with good time! He is patient and personable which is nice especially in a virtual setting.

Posted May 17, 2018
Caroline
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I have been doing online vocal lessons with Jeff for a short time, and I am so happy I decided to do them! I love to sing, but my confidence has been lacking. The vocal warm ups and the instruction surrounding them have really brought me out of shell and helped me to find my true voice. Jeff’s confidence in my abilities, coupled with practice have been so valuable to me, as well as inspiring. He’s given me that extra nudge to say YES to performance opportunities!

Posted May 17, 2018
Linda
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Jeff is fantastic! My son has learned so much in the three years he's been taking guitar lessons. Jeff not only helped him improve on the guitar but helped him break out of being shy, loosen up and be comfortable playing music around other people. We can't thank him enough!

Posted May 15, 2018

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Experience

Artist Promotion Services
Jan 2015 - Present

Storm Creative Media

Wordpress Web Designs, Graphic Design, Social Media Marketing, Search Advertising, & More

Online Guitar, Singing, & Songwriting Lessons
Dec 2012 - Present

Storm Lessons

Music Lessons For Guitar, Singing, & Songwriting Students.

Guitar Instructor
Jan 2016 - Dec 2016

Mile's Music

Maintained a studio of 5 fantastic guitar player teens, voted Teacher-of-the-Year for 2016

Guitar, Singing, Songwriting, & Keyboard Instructor
Dec 2012 - Aug 2013

Streetwise Music

Maintained a studio of 20+ students with a variety of musical interests.

Guitar Instructor
Aug 2011 - Aug 2012

Separk Music

Maintained a studio of 10+ children that ranged from 5-15 in age.

Education

Classical Guitar Performance Major
Aug 2008 - May 2011

University of North Carolina School of the Arts

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

Microsoft Ads
Jan 2021

Microsoft Learning Lab

Certification In Search Ads For Microsoft, Yahoo, & Bing
Google Analytics
Jan 2021

Google Skillshop

Certification In Google Analytics
Google Ads
Jan 2021

Google Skillshop

Certification In Search, Display, Mobile, Video, & Shopping Ads

Awards

Teacher of the Year
Jun 2016

Mile's Music, Black Mountain, NC

Best of 2015
Aug 2015

Thumbtack.com

Affiliations

BMI
Nov 2019
Broadcast Music Inc. was founded in 1939 by forward-thinkers who wanted to represent songwriters in emerging genres, like jazz, blues and country, and protect the public performances of their music. Operating on a non-profit-making basis, BMI is now the largest music rights organization in the U.S. and is still nurturing new talent and new music.

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