Marvin Arias

Marvin A.

Montgomery Village, MD
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Beginner: Learn how strum and play your favorite tunes as well as how to read sheet music. I can teach beginners the essentials they need for a LIFETIME of musical enjoyment.

Intermediate: I will work with students to find specific areas that they need to work on in order get better at the guitar. Improvisation, the blues, and more!

Advanced: I can instruct on advanced guitar harmony, scales (modes), and solo techniques.

About Marvin A.

I help students make the guitar a part of their life, teaching them to play with individuality, creativity, and proper technique.


***for DC In-home students, minimum lesson time must be 60 minutes.***

Taught privately in the Washington DC area for 3 years before moving to NYC to earn my Bachelors of Fine Arts in Music majoring in Jazz Guitar. I have accumulated more than 10 years of experience teaching the guitar. I gigged regularly in the DMV and NYC areas and have been doing a lot of shows, private parties, receptions, weddings, and business events. i have made recordings in studios and I am very musically active. I am extremely passionate, and I live to play, learn, and of course teach the guitar.

*** Lesson Details and Teaching Philosophy ***
I love playing guitar and YOU will too!

The guitar is a fantastic instrument and is so much fun to play. I incorporate musical fun into my lesson as much as I can because I want students to learn how to "play" music not "work" music. I have learned from many great musicians that music is driven by passion and should be enjoyable to the performer and this is felt by the audience. Teaching and learning are similar. I enjoy teaching so much and my students always have a smile on their face after the lesson.

Play the music YOU love!

I have learned in my experience that students show the most growth and progress while learning material that they are interested in. I have been trained to be able to play almost any tune I hear, so I can teach my students how to play their favorite tunes exactly how they hear them!

This means that lessons are customized and fine-tuned for every student!

Slow and steady WINS the race!

Learning music is not a race, but this lesson is true when learning music. I am able to work with students to help them improve by identifying and isolating problems in their playing. I can create simple exercises for the student to slowly and surely become closer to the guitarist they wish to be.

I am very flexible and prioritize the students need over everything else. But with everything I teach, I am able to relate back to theory. I show students how to practice effectively to build their chops. And I of course I can instruct the students how to read and write music, with proper technique. I also have an educated background with Theory and Ear Training, all of which I pass on to all my students.

I care very much about my students and love to see them excel!

*** Studio Equipment ***
music studio in basement; amps; guitars (acoustic & electric); cables, music stands, sheet music

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide with me sheet music paper, a music stand, and a small amplifier if necessary.

The student should have a private space suitable to take lessons in and a guitar to learn with.

*** Specialties ***
Modern Guitar
Rock, R&B, Funk, Acoustic, Pop, Jazz, and also Christian music

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Marcus
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Mr. Marvin is a fantastic teacher. My son really likes the class.

Posted Feb 28, 2020
Rosie
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Marvin is an excellent instructor who works with your skill level and customizes teaching accordingly. He also gives homework to your range and tips depending on your schedule. Goal is to have fun, learn, and one of your favorite songs.

Posted Oct 4, 2019
Beth B.

Marvin has been a wonderful instructor. Patient yet sets high expectations for us, which pushes us to meet those expectations. In just a few lessons I can already see a lot of improvement. He's professional and reliable, and a pleasure to work with. We've very much enjoyed taking lessons with him.

Posted Oct 2, 2019
Anunoy G.
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Marvin has taught guitar to my 2 sons for 4 years. Marvin is very easy going and has a relaxed and fun approach to teaching. My boys enjoy learning from Marvin. I would definitely recommend him to anyone looking for a guitar teacher.

Posted Aug 31, 2019
Bonnie A.
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Marvin has been teaching my 12 year old guitar for a couple of years. He is a patient and encouraging teacher who tailors the lessons to his interests and uses creativity. I highly recommend Marvin as an instructor.

Posted Jul 18, 2019
HID
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My son can't wait every week for his lesson with Marvin. He has learned so much in only five sessions.

Posted Nov 1, 2016
Fabio L.
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Marvin has been awesome and I am glad to have found him here in TakeLessons.com. My son and I are taking weekly guitar lessons with Marvin and he has been a great resource and help for knowledge. Both my son and I are beginners and he's has worked with each one of us in different ways, since we both learn differently and have distinct goals. I feel that his recommendations and exercises are helping the two of us and I look forward to keep working with Marvin and making us better players and have fun with the guitar. His patient and calm demeanor are perfect and important traits to effectively teach adult beginners and kids. Thanks Marvin!

Posted Mar 3, 2016
Anunoy G.
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Marvin has been teaching guitar to my two sons, 12 and 10 since last June. My boys had never touched a guitar before so they were absolute beginners. Marvin has a soft spoken and easy going style of teaching. He makes the lessons fun for my boys and they look forward to their lessons every week. I would definitely recommend Marvin to anyone looking for a guitar instructor.

Posted Feb 12, 2016
Jay
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Marvin is a great tutor. I have been enjoying the lesson with him.

Posted Feb 11, 2016
Nicole G.
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We only just started with Marvin, but he is professional and patient with my son. My first impression of Marvin is very good and he is very soft spoken and friendly! In just two lessons, I have already seen progress and we are now looking forward to working weekly with him. My son choose Marvin as his teacher, after reading about him on the web-site and it was his choice to continue lessons. He is very excited about learning more and playing guitar with Marvin! In fact, we are adding an extra supplemental session between lessons. THANK YOU MARVIN!!

Posted Jun 13, 2014
Abe M.
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I would definitely recommend Marvin as a music coach/instructor to anyone. He has vast set of knowledge when it comes to music and its theory and he continues to inspire me as I learn more about music. He incorporates not only his knowledge but also his experiences when teaching guitar and music in general. He is open to new ideas on how to make learning as fun and as interesting as possible, for instance, he starts off with what you know and what you want to know more, in order to create a lesson plan specifically designed to your style and passion.

Marvin has helped me build a strong foundation in music, and I believe that he can also help you accomplish the same goal!

Posted May 30, 2014

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Experience

Music Leader / Director for Contemporary Youth Mass
Sep 2016 - Present

St. Francis of Assisi

- Responsible for directing rehearsals and performance youths and young adults -Discerning and rearranging repertoire for a modern ensemble -Auditioning new members and leading current members to growth -Clearing an FBI background check

Private Instructor
Feb 2008 - Jun 2011

Mobile Music Instruction

With Mobile Music Instruction, I gained my first 3 years of guitar instruction experience in the Washington DC metropolitan area. I took students of all ages and skill levels.

Education

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music
Aug 2011 - May 2014

The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, NYC

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Filipino

Limited Proficiency

Certifications

Jazz Guitar Performance Certificate
May 2011

Montgomery College

Awards

Merit Scholarship
Aug 2011

The New School

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