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Ray F.
Tucson, Arizona
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Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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About Ray F.

I grew up in a musical family in Tucson, where my dad was a high school choir teacher for 25 years. I had the privilege to be in his choirs for 2 years! I attended Northern Arizona University studying music education/performance 3 years (music scholarship), Pima College music ed. 1 year. This included 3 hours per semester of private voice. Basically a different language every semester (French, Italian, German). During this time I formed an acoustic folk/rock duo night club act and played around Tucson for several years. Then I moved to L.A. to pursue my dreams. There I played beach clubs in another duo. I also was a studio singer and produced and sold a couple of jingles. I have been a staff singer with Arizona Opera since 1992. I have been in 80 + productions/600+ performances. I just signed a contract to be in 3 operas in the 2012 - 2013 season. Also in 1992 I started my own business as a pre-school music specialist and that has been my day job for the last 30 years. I'm known as "Mr. Ray" to tens of thousands of Tucson pre-schoolers and see about 1500 little guys a week! I'm also performing over 100 concerts a year for Tucson retirement centers. I have been teaching guitar and voice privately for 40 years. I've had students as long as 8 years! Teaching is one of my greatest passions in life. I have a wealth of experience to draw from and would love to help you or your child realize your dreams! Obviously I specialize in kids but have had many adult students also. I am also a recording engineer with a multi track project studio. I have produced 2 children's CD's: "Mr. Ray Sings the Dinosaur Dance and Other Favorites" and "Mr. Ray Sings Lullabies". I've been writing songs since the 70's and can help you in many ways in that field! VERY IMPORTANT: My studio location is on the FAR NORTHWEST side of Tucson. It's a long drive if you don't live in the area. *** Lesson Details *** I have a patient style that is infused with energy! My curriculum depends on age and student goals. Acoustic guitar and voice are my specialties. Texts include Hal Leonard Guitar Method Books 1 - 3 and Beginning Classroom Guitar by Philip Hemo as well as strumming patterns and finger picking. I do assign homework. Voice lessons include ear training, vocal exercises, accessing all notes in your range and , of course, working on songs of music styles/artists you like. All students are furnished with a cd recording of the lesson. The goal for most is to perform and I have many opportunities including recitals and X-mas shows. After 3 - 6 months? Progress depends on you! *** Studio Equipment *** Lessons in a music room, recording equipment, keyboard, PA system, mic, multi-track recorder, double french doors in glass so parents can see the lessons without being in the same room. Students take home a CD of the lesson. *** Specialties *** acoustic guitar, all styles vocal

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So much more than a teacher - Ray has become a mentor to my daughter. He not only teaches her the technics of reading and performing music, but encourages her to grow professionally. Most importantly, his excitement and love of music make the lessons so much fun - I hear the (laughing and) improvement in her voice during every lesson.

Posted Jul 28, 2021
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Thoroughly enjoyed a great experience, fully met my expectations and more. I like the combination of information and practical exercises. Learned a lot in 1st Lesson.

Posted Jun 21, 2021
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Very personable and focused-look forward to more

Posted Apr 4, 2021
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Experience
Musician
Jan 1972 - Present
Ray F.
Pro musican since 1972. radio studio TV stage teaching
Education
Bachelor of Music Performance
Sep 1970 - May 1974
Northern arizona university

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