Rene Thorne

Rene T.

Miami, FL
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Flamenco Guitar

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
I've been teaching flamenco for over 15 yrs.
using techniques and exercises to better develop the form
understanding the roots and characteristics involved in Flamenco is key to developing a rhythmic understanding understanding of Flamenco Guitar
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About

Rene passed a background check that includes a SSN verification, national criminal record check, and sex offender registry search. Learn More
Rene delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:
June 1996

Knowing at the age of 5 that music was my life, by being brought up surrounded by praise music and gospel, my early exposure to music helped me to find every Instrument and style just my thing! I wanted to play everything and learn all aspects of music. I started with singing in the children's choir and then developed into piano and music theory. At the age of 12 I began to learn classical guitar, and at 15 took on various styles like Flamenco, Jazz and Rock. I graduated from High School having played in the school band achieving recognition In national Institutions Like IAJE (International Association for Jazz Education) and state band finals. I was also composing from a very early age, and at 18 released my first album (self-titled) which can still be heard and purchased today through various music outlets, since i have released over 15 albums with various ensembles and bands. In college I already knew from my previous experience that I wanted to teach and pass on the joy that music brought to my life. I studied Music Theory and Jazz and finished my degree in Music Education. I have been teaching all in all for about 14 yrs. And I have enjoyed every minute I have spent with my students learning as much from them, as them from me. I am looking forward to meeting new and eager students who really want to bring their inner music out to share with the rest of us music aficionados! and develop their skills to the peak of their abilities.

*** Lesson Details ***
My teaching method ranges depending on the student. I believe in my experience that everyone learns differently, therefore everyone develops at their own pace. I try to find key strengths in each student and expose this to their advantage, using their abilities to further develop their skills, this method has shown the most promising results and students usually find themselves playing and performing just a couple of months after their first lessons. Part of my method involves a lot of performance and recital opportunities to help break any fears and inhibitions a student may bring with them. Music is about sharing, so an early exposure to this method helps to strengthen and stabilize a core acceptance of a students style and path, giving them and those close to them a very clear picture of their development and achievements.


*** Studio Equipment ***
Has all instruments at both his home and college studio

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide lesson material, song charts and a progression scale. I require student to have an Instrument and recommended technique literature.

*** Specialties ***
My classical training began in High School with Influences in Segovia, and Romero I studied classical for 4 yrs. and trained in Jazz and Improvisation with performances In Big Band and group ensemble. Also sang and played in the school gospel choir.

****Personal Statement*****

If you needed a reason

There is no question that music touches us instantly and activates images, emotions and memories that linger with us throughout our lives. As a casual listener or an obsessive music elitist, there are times in our lives when we get blown away by a sound so unique our entire body vibrates and resonates with the touch of something out of this world. I can honestly say when this happens to me I feel as close to a spiritual connection than anything I have experienced otherwise. I believe it is these exact events that have triggered my need to be completely involved in the making, performing and consuming of music. The creative process, to me, is the single obvious reason we exist in this world. We create and share, learn and interpret, build on previous ideas and inspire others to perfect upon this process. It is no doubt a very humbling experience to realize you are part of it all. During this process you come to realize how important you are as an Individual, how there is no other vessel like you in this world, nor has there ever been or ever will. You are here now and your voice, your talent, your gift is an instrument to the great choir of the human spirit. No one but you can relate this, a reason to be, to create, to give.

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Experience

Sales/Luthier/Repair/Instructor
Jan 2003 - Aug 2008
Sam Ash

Education

Assoc. in Music Education
Sep 2003 - Dec 2005
Los Angeles City College
Associates in Education
Jan 2001 - Jul 2003
Miami Dade Wolfson College

Languages

Spanish
Fluent / Native Proficiency
Spanish
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Photos & Videos

a project for a short film.
my favorite time is playing and siting by the sea

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one of my first gigs in Los Angeles circa 2003 New Years with "2=3"

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with David "HoneyBoy" Edwards in Los Angeles.

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playing with "2=3" in Sacramento California at Swabies.

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In Miami circa 1999 at the Hard Rock Cafe for a Cure tribute with "The Estate"
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30 Reviews

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Roxy T. Apr 30, 2017
Drum · Online

Rene is a fantastic teacher! Always patient and great with my 9 year old. He understands my child and always goes the extra mile. Rene is an excellent teacher.

Jose R. Apr 1, 2017
Flamenco Guitar · In studio

Very Knowledgeable about the guitar... Shows great interest in what I want to learn.

Miguel J. Nov 14, 2016
Guitar · Online

Very good.

Amadine D. Sep 12, 2016
Guitar · In home

My daughter was very happy .
Thank you Rene

Krystal Jul 7, 2016
Singing · In studio

Perfect first lesson,i honestly feel like i will be able to develop into the artist i want to become working with Rene. Left feeling positive and motivated. Everything you would want from a coach!

Bekka Jun 13, 2016
Cello · Online

Rene was wonderful - - we really hit it off on the first lesson. He is exactly the kind of teacher I was looking for :-) I want to learn to play the cello from the heart. He is perfect.

Darian Salazar Jun 5, 2016
Piano · In studio

I was a true beginner when I started with Rene, and I feel that I learned and progressed quickly without feeling rushed or pressured. That's the type of atmosphere Rene creates, one that allows for you to push yourself as much as possible because he simplifies what can seem like an intimidating instrument. Awesome teacher and great guy, definitely would recommend him to anyone who wants to learn how to play the piano.

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Jordan F. May 12, 2016
Songwriting · In studio

Great first introductory lesson.

Darian Salazar Apr 3, 2016
Piano · In studio

Very straightforward and easy to understand. Simplifies the process of learning what can be intimidating instruments to learn.

Breean Mar 24, 2016
Upright Bass · Online

Rene has taken time to teach our son not only the instrument, but also the historical context around the bass. This type of instruction is interesting and engaging. My son looks forward to his weekly lessons. Also, Rene shows a great amount of patience with his instruction and has my son strive for excellence and correct form.

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Marcos Mar 16, 2016
Guitar · In studio

Rene is a great multi-instrumental teacher whose knowledge of music is wide-ranging and profound. From technique to song-writing, he can help you reach your goals!

Roxy T. Mar 15, 2016
Drum · Online

Fantastic lessons with a very knowledgable and wonderfully patient instructor!!

Malachy O. Nov 1, 2015
Drum · Online

Looking forward to working with Rene to help my son become a proficient drummer.

james F. Jul 25, 2015
Singing · In home

I looked around for a while before I took lessons with Rene as I was looking for someone who could help me learn to sing as a beginner while also improving my guitar playing. Rene was exactly what I was looking for and he has a great studio set up too. A fantastic musician... highly recommended.

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Breean H. Jul 18, 2015
Bass Guitar · Online

My son looks forward to his lessons with Rene. Rene is extremely patient and knowledgeable. My son is getting a strong sense of the fundementals and love for the bass. We are thankful for his transfer of knowledge to my son for the lasting gift of music.

Cyndi O. Dec 14, 2013
Cello ·

Rene is great.

Great instructor. My 10 year old son really enjoys his lessons.

Helenita Z. Feb 20, 2013
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Classes that can be done on Skype.

I'm so glad that I tried this class on Skype. It is like your teacher is just sitting beside you. My teacher Rene is very encouraging and patient for beginners like me.

Elena B. Jan 29, 2013
Singing ·

So happy I have such a great teacher

René is a great teacher, always helps me stay positive and doesn't allow me to frustrate.

He is honest and motivates me a lot!

thomas D. Jan 8, 2013
Piano ·

good skill

i just try to use it and love to see some teacher is take lessons

ElizabethG1 Aug 1, 2012
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Guitar Lessons for the Galan Sisters

Laura, Natalia, and Abbigail Galan do want to keep Rene R. as their guitar teacher, He is very patient and teaches the girls very well they are very happy with his teachings. I will be be soon continuing to put them again on Wednesdays with Rene after August 8th . Thank you.

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SunamyQ Jun 1, 2012
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he is one great teacher and very nice. i really love the way he teaches :) ..

BrendanF May 25, 2012
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Very good - focused on the fundamentals as a way of moving forward with confidence.

BonnieG May 23, 2012
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Very helpful and encouraging ....I look forward to the lessons

JackieG Mar 10, 2012
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Very good teacher. Our son really enjoys his lessons and Rene is very patient and explains things really well.

GeorgeB Jan 3, 2012
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Feedback Rene

Super positive and works extremely well with my 7 year old son who is usually very reclusive. Excellent instructor.

RoxannaA May 30, 2011
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Rene is an excellent teacher, knowledgeable and sensitive to the needs of the student. He goes beyond teaching. He put me at ease and made me feel comfortable and confident of my learning process.

JessicaT Feb 11, 2011
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Ms.

Rene is an incredible piano instructor! I'm a beginner and my ultimate goal is to read music and have a better understanding of piano so I can eventually pick up a piece of music and play. After only 3 lessons I've learned so much and Rene has a great teaching style. I highly recommend him to anyone who is looking for a great instructor!

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MiriamD Feb 1, 2011
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highly recommended!

Rene is a great teacher, not only for his ability to mold what he does in order to meet your goals, but he also has a knack for explaining things in a way you can understand. He is flexible, passionate about music and teaching, and impossible not to get along with!

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AduniM Sep 23, 2010
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Mrs.

Rene is a dynamic teacher. He works on the listening sense as well as the tradi tional points of learning music such as reading notes etc. He makes lessons fun for children. They look forward to his class each week. He's a great teacher!

cindyb Aug 9, 2010
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GREAT

I like the way he teaches,he takes the time to explain things in a way anyone can understand.He has a great understanding of music, it shows in his teaching.

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