Nathan Royer
Hanover, MD
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Nathan Royer

Nathan R.

Hanover, MD
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I can cover any genres a student might want to learn as well as different techniques including classical, fingerpicking style, lead, etc.

About Nathan R.

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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25 Reviews
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Nathan is a very talented musician

Posted Jul 3, 2020
Joshua V.
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Very pleasant teacher. First lesson went well. Thank you

Posted Jun 24, 2019
Profile-location-online Online

Nathan is kind and encouraging. My son is enjoying the lessons and making progress towards playing tapas and reveille. He sounds good!! Online classes are convenient to add into a busy schedule.

Posted Jun 21, 2019
Jonas L.
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This is the first lesson I got to listen to of my son working with Nathan. Usually I'm not home from work. I am really impressed with how much he was able to help my son improve so quickly. I wish we had started this much sooner.

Posted May 24, 2019
Profile-location-online Online

My son really enjoyed the lesson with Nathan. Said he was very nice and helpful

Posted May 6, 2019
Adriel B.
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Nathan is very good with Adriel, explaining new notes and steps patiently. He is very encouraging and they are progressing at a brisk pace. Adriel loves his lessons and all he is learning.

Posted Dec 9, 2018
Amelia W.
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My daughter really enjoyed her lesson with Nate. He shared some tricks with her that she was showing me in the car on the way home. She never does that. She left very excited to learn more!

Posted Aug 9, 2018
Malik B.
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Great teaching skills

Posted Apr 15, 2018
Profile-location-online Online

Nathan was super nice and met our expectations. To take it to the next level a year later though we decided to go with another instructor.

Posted Feb 26, 2018
Profile-location-online Online

Awesome teacher

Posted Feb 6, 2018
Profile-location-home Student's Home

My son has really been enjoying the lessons. Nathan is very patient and encouraging with my son.

Posted Feb 4, 2018
Madyson R.
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Both of our teenage daughters are taking guitar/piano/electric guitar lessons with Nathan and love his teaching style!

Posted Feb 4, 2018
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Excellent first lesson

Posted Dec 20, 2017
Profile-location-home Student's Home

So far so good. My son is learning a lot. Cannot wait to see his progress.

Posted Jul 10, 2017
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Thoughtful in his approach, creative and adaptive in his coaching

Posted Apr 14, 2017
Thang D.
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Nathan was very patient. I'm looking forward to my next lesson.

Posted Oct 23, 2016
Profile-location-online Online

Nate is awesome. He is very patient and focused on improving fundamentals. My sons playing has improved greatly over the last ten weeks.

Posted Oct 22, 2016
Profile-location-online Online

Nathan is great. Very conscientious and patient.

Posted Aug 23, 2016
Profile-location-home Student's 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.

Posted Jul 31, 2016
Carl M.
Profile-location-home Student's 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.

Posted Jun 24, 2016
John L.
Profile-location-home Student's 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.

Posted Oct 22, 2015
Nancy P.
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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.

Posted Oct 22, 2015
Debbie G.
Profile-location-home Student's 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.

Posted Apr 18, 2015

Bass Lessons

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

Posted Jun 28, 2012

Great Teacher

Nathan is a great teacher. I had always wanted to learn the bass guitar and had zero experience. He has a great feeling for music and teaches it very well. I really have enjoyed my lessons.

Posted Feb 29, 2012

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Music Instructor
Jan 2008 - Present

Music Studio

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



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.

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