Nathan Royer

Nathan R.

Hanover, MD

About Nathan R.

Background check: Last verified 11/17/2016
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Nathan teaches: Ages 8 and up
Teaching since: October 2002
Last sign in: 4 days ago


I have been teaching private lessons for close to 10 years and have been an active performer for even longer, playing in all different types of groups, from rock bands and jazz groups to orchestras and brass bands. I studied music at Frostburg State University (Bachelors) and the Peabody Conservatory (Masters). I can teach just about any age and skill level and cover anything you are interested in learning; whether its a certain style, genre, technique or song.

*** Lesson Details ***
My lessons are laid back, with a focus on perfecting the basics. Most students work out of a method book appropriate to their skill level. Aside from that we'll also spend time learning songs and pieces of the students choice. With the right amount of effort, you'll know your way around your instrument in no time at all

*** Travel Equipment ***
Will provide sheet music and exercises. My students should have a working instrument as well as any method book or sheet music we are working on.

*** Specialties ***
I teach all styles and genres

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Music Instructor
Jan 2008 - Present
Mikes Music

I have been teaching private lessons here since it opened in 2008. Aside from teaching single lessons, I also conduct small chamber groups, giving students experience in an ensemble setting different from what they're used to in school.

Music Teacher/Band Director
Aug 2007 - Jun 2009

SCA was a private college prep school where I taught Music Fundamentals, Music History and Instrumental Music to students’ grade 6 through 12 as well as Music Theory/Advanced Theory, History of Jazz and Form and Analysis to advanced students (grades 10-12). Aside from classes, I also directed the school bands (standard concert band setting and jazz band)


Masters Degree
Aug 2005 - May 2007
Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University
Bachelor of Science in Music
Aug 1998 - May 2004
Frostburg State University

Languages Spoken

Fluent / Native Proficiency


Peabody Merit-based Scholarship
Aug 2006
Peabody Institute
Peabody Merit-based Scholarship
Aug 2005
Peabody Institute


Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America
Nov 1999

Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America (also known as Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Phi Mu Alpha, or simply Sinfonia) is an American collegiate social[1] fraternity for men with a special interest in music. The fraternity is open to men "who, through a love for music, can assist in the fulfillment of [its] Object and ideals either by adopting music as a profession, or by working to advance the cause of music in America."

Boy Scouts of America
Sep 1990

The Boy Scouts of America is one of the nation's largest and most prominent values-based youth development organizations. The BSA provides a program for young people that builds character, trains them in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and develops personal fitness.

11 Reviews on Nathan R.

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Patrick Apr 14, 2017
· Piano · In home Thoughtful in his approach, creative and adaptive in his coaching
Thang D. Oct 23, 2016
· Piano · In home Nathan was very patient. I'm looking forward to my next lesson.
John Oct 22, 2016
· French Horn · Online Nate is awesome. He is very patient and focused on improving fundamentals. My sons playing has improved greatly over the last ten weeks.
Alex Aug 23, 2016
· French Horn · Online Nathan is great. Very conscientious and patient.
Steven Jul 31, 2016
· Guitar · In home Teaching 12 year old to play guitar. Has good rapport with kids and son is enjoying his lessons, he looks forward to going. We go to his home and he has other instruments as well and is happy to accommodate my son's request to spend a few minutes discussing piano. Highly recommend.
Carl M. Jun 24, 2016
· Trumpet · In home As a total beginner, I found it to be a great experience since I had nothing to compare it to. Nathan demonstrated substantial knowledge and was easy to work with. He was very good at instructing one on how to use the instrument.
John L. Oct 22, 2015
· Piano · In home As an over 50 student who use to be somewhat decent at playing the piano 30 years ago, I was fairly nervous about starting up again, as well as somewhat skeptical that lessons would really help. But after a few months with Nathan I can say that they are definitely helping and I feel lucky to have found him. Nathan is not only knowledgeable but has an excellent instinct regarding what I need in an instructor. I feel confident he would be able to adapt his style to any type of student of any age range or ability level.
Nancy P. Oct 22, 2015
· Piano · In home Nathan is an EXCELLENT piano teacher! He's encouraging, not at all upset when I clearly haven't practiced,
and is a pleasure to be with. He is gifted in the way he seems just the right teacher for me, though I'm sure he's as fine a teacher for others who have their own individual approaches to learning to play the piano.
Debbie G. Apr 18, 2015
· Drum · In home We are so happy that he shared his talent with us. He gave my son beneficial skills to practice and assessed what he would work on during our next lesson. Thank you for connecting us.
RichardW Jun 28, 2012
· · Bass Lessons

Patient, knowledgeable teacher. Very helpful in helping me attain my goals.
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