Hello, welcome, and thank you for taking a moment out of your busy life to find out more about me! I appreciate you! My name is Mark V, and I have been “Specializing In Melody” since the age of 5 when I discovered my natural ability to play and create catchy tunes by teaching myself the harmonica by ear. I went on to learn the accordion at 10, the piano at 12, MIDI and synthesizers at 15, the guitar at 30, and a long list of other exotic instruments along the way, completely by ear. Simply put: if it makes music, sound, or noise, I like to figure it out! I have collected rare synthesizers since 1984 and have well over a 100 synths in my collection. I was also one of the first instructors to become officially Avid (Digidesign) Pro Tools certified back in 2003 and have been teaching Pro Tools, Nuendo, Cubase, Reason, audio editing, sound design, MIDI, music production, composing, arranging, songwriting, and programming since 1998 having won numerous academic awards along the way. I've also taught piano and synthesizers since 1986 and began to share my love of my first two instruments -- the piano-accordion and harmonica -- a few years ago to balance out all of my technical background. I have a BA from UCSC in an individual major of Audio/Visual Composition. I wear many hats including my first passion as a prolific composer, BMI/BMG songwriter, producer, sound designer, Pro Tools editor, MIDI expert & programmer, consultant, published writer, award-winning instructor, and IDELT-certified ESL/EFL teacher inspiring my students to become better than they ever dreamed possible all while having FUN! Learning and wisdom are lifelong pursuits of mine, and I love to share tips, tricks, shortcuts, and time-saving techniques in all I do while keeping the flow casual and personable. I have successfully taught and inspired tens of thousands of students over my career, and I look forward to creatively inspiring you as well while helping you achieve your artistic goals. In ANYTHING you do, the key question to ask is: "How can I make this FUN?" Book Me Now, and let's find out together! Stay unique and see you soon!
Teaches all skill levels
Teaching since 1998
International Diploma in English Language Teaching (IDELT)
Teaches ages 7+
Speaks English, Russian, German
Has background check
Mark has been extremely helpful as I attempt to learn how to play the accordion. I have tried to learn to accordion on my own over the last several years and was always unsuccessful. Within just a few lessons I feel I've made great strides and am able to play several songs. He helped me to understand how to use the buttons by giving just the right tips. Great experience.
Great first lesson and look forward to the next. Mark is very amiable, patient and easy to understand.
Mark is a fantastic teacher and I am so happy we found him. My 14 year old has been wanting to learn accordion for years and we finally found an instructor that he just loves. Mark is patient and very kind and has a great teaching style. He had my son learning a song he had always wanted to play on the accordion after the first lesson. He really teaches in a way that makes learning interesting and fun and not a chore. I highly recommend him to anyone wanting to learn he is truly fantastic!!!