Nate Claiborne

Nate C.

Orlando, FL

About Nate C.

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Nate teaches: Ages 6 to 66
Teaching since: February 2001
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I've been teaching private lessons for over a decade now. First I taught lessons as a self-employed college student, and then my during graduate studies I worked through a music academy in Dallas. I've been playing piano for over 20 years and guitar and drums for 15. I've been in various bands, personally recorded several albums of my own compositions, and have taught students from ages 7-17 consistently. I teach part time as a high school teacher in the area and I enjoy helping young people learn, whether it's guitar, piano, drums, or even psychology

*** Lesson Details ***
I'm very laid back when it comes to lessons, but I do expect students to spend at least 90 minutes weekly practicing so our lessons will be productive. I generally use either Alfred or Suzuki for piano lessons, and various Hal Leonard method books for guitar and drums depending on students needs and expectations for learning.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons will be in my music room which has a 88-key weighted keyboard, various guitars and amps, and a drumset.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Students must provide their own equipment necessary to play their instrument.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in Suzuki method for piano, and contemporary rock and pop for guitar, drums, and bass.

I also teach music theory and songwriting using whatever style the students prefers as the base of operations.

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Guitar/Piano/Drum Instructor

Feb 2013 - Present

For almost two years now I have been teaching lessons through TakeLessons. I currently have 20 students, some of whom are signed up through TakeLessons, some through the high school where I teach, and some through personal contact.

High School Teacher

Aug 2011 - Present
International Community School

I teach a variety of subjects at a university model high school in Winter Park. This limits my day-time availability on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, but provides more open availability on Mondays and Wednesdays.

Electric Guitarist

Aug 2011 - Present
CrossPointe Church Waterford Lakes

I'm in the regular rotation at my church playing electric guitar. I can bring insight from this extended live experience into lessons to help students learn how to play well with other instrumentalists, compose lead lines using basic knowledge of music theory, and how to create certain sounds and effects.

Associate Guitar/Piano Instructor

Jan 2008 - May 2011
Providence Music Academy

During my time in grad school, I worked for a music academy servicing the Highland and University Park neighborhoods in Dallas. I taught private in-home lessons to about 20-25 students a week for roughly 3 years. I primarily taught guitar lessons, but had several piano students and a few drummers as well.

We focused on meeting individual student goals and tailoring the lessons as much as possible to what students wanted to learn to play when it came to songs. These songs were then something the students enjoyed performing at our bi-annual recitals.

Guitar/Piano Teacher

Jan 2001 - Jul 2003

For a couple of years before I left for college, I got my start teaching private lessons at the request of my then piano teacher. I started with piano, but then quickly added beginning guitar and bass.


Bachelor of Science in Psychology

Feb 2006 - Aug 2007
Liberty University

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9 Reviews on Nate C.

Nada C. Sep 23, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Nate is a great teacher. Both my sons are learning piano with him. I saw good improvement, constructive feedback, and professionalism every time. They both like him very much.
Dalton K. Mar 23, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Nate is very patient and accommodating. Always provides feedback with each lesson.
April W. May 19, 2014
Piano · In home
Nate has been working with my boys (6 & 7) for the past six months. We are very happy with the progress they've made and their enthusiasm for music. Would highly recommend Nate.
Mai May 14, 2014
Nate was very patient and understanding using age appropriate materials.
Demetrius Mar 6, 2014

Great help! Mr. Nate recommended some books for me to help me get started, totally recommend him!
Ivette Mar 6, 2014

The helpout with Nate was great! He explained complex time signatures and how to tap them out, which I've had great struggles with. Thank you Nate!
Markus Mar 6, 2014

Really smart guy here! Explained stuff in a way I could understand, and it helped a lot.
Jordon Mar 6, 2014

Very Helpful and got my all my questions answered. Now I can read Paino Sheet Music!
Anitra Mar 6, 2014

I found this very helpful, very informative, and I plan to be back again very soon. Thanks again!
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