Rick Widen

Rick W.

Minneapolis, MN

About Rick W.

Rick teaches: Ages 5 and up
Teaching since: September 2003
Last sign in: Yesterday

Overview

Rick's been teaching Guitar, Banjo, and Ukulele at his home, and at the Mount Olivet School of Music in South Minneapolis, ever since graduating with a degree in Music from the University of Minnesota Duluth in 2003. He also teaches traveling lessons to students in the south and southwest metro areas. Rick plays around town in 3 bands and also does the occasional Musical Pit Orchestra and Wedding gig. He also taught at Dayjams Rock Music camp in St. Paul for the five summers of its existence. In his spare time he writes YA Stories and Musicals, as well as running a Songwriting and Music Theory Blog about Tonal Trends in popular music, and a Guitar Curriculum Blog based on Karate Belts.

*** Lesson Details ***
Depending on student interest, lessons can consist of Ear Training, Improv/Jamming, learning Popular Guitar Riffs/Changes/Parts/Etc., Note Reading, the Music Biz, and learning about all the cool new Music Technologies of the day. Rick also loves to transcribe any and all music the student wants to learn but for which they cannot find the sheet music or internet tab. Rick prefers to teach what the student wants to learn, but if they're not sure what that is, he helps them figure that out.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Wifi, Computer, and iPhone. I make good use of technology during lessons. Much used apps include Guitarbots, Slow Down Music Trainer, TabPro, and the Guitar Toolkit (metronome, tuner, etc.)

*** Travel Equipment ***
Music Stand (if needed), and iPhone tech.

*** Specialties ***
Music Theory and Songwriting.

Photos and Videos

"Love is an Open Door" Songwriter's Lesson

Experience

Pop Styles Guitar/Folk Instruments Teacher

Sep 2003 - Present
Mount Olivet School of Music

I've taught at the Mount Olivet School of Music since its inception in 2003. It's great to be a member of a music school faculty, but I also enjoy operating my own private studio for the times during the week when I'm available outside of the school setting.

Education

BA in Music

Sep 1999 - May 2003
U of Minnesota, Duluth and Twin Cities Campuses

Awards

Best Musical Act 2013

Sep 2013
Minnesota Renaissance Festival

The Waffle Iron

Feb 2010
29th annual Battle of the Jug Bands
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12 Reviews on Rick W.

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Mason Nov 18, 2016
Ukulele · In studio
Verified Student
Rick has a great teaching style that resonates with my son. Highly recommend.
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Ashley Aug 10, 2016
Ukulele · In studio
Verified Student
Very thorough and patient. Seems like it will be very easy to learn from him!
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Jan S. May 30, 2016
Ukulele · In studio
Verified Student
I am very much a beginner but Rick was patient and very helpful. He put a very useful app on my phone. Now I need to buy a uke and practice!
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Kate May 13, 2016
Ukulele · In studio
Verified Student
awesome at taking amorphous concepts and turning them into lessons!
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Nina S. Mar 7, 2016
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
My daughter felt comfortable right from the beginning. Looking forward to more lessons.
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Jake Dec 15, 2015
Ukulele · In studio
Rick did an excellent job with teaching me how to play the ukulele! Very fun person to be around and also very patient, as I do not have much experience. Will recommend to others throughout the area!

5 Star!
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Kate Oct 19, 2015
Ukulele · In home
Rick has been doing a wonderful job with our 6.5 year old son. Nice pacing, good at encouraging and reinforcing, fun and relaxed.
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Laurie F. Sep 16, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
It has been a great, easy going and super helpful experience. Highly recommended!
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Molly J. Sep 16, 2015
Banjo · In studio
Verified Student
Rick is a great teacher! He keeps the lessons challenging and fun and helps you with music you want to learn as well as bringing in new music. I've really enjoyed my lessons with him.
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Kirk B. Jul 13, 2015
Ukulele · In home
Verified Student
Rick is very knowledgeable, friendly, helpful and patient! On every visit I gain greater knowledge of music, my instrument and how to play it. Rick keeps the lessons challenging and fun! It is always a joy to meet with him.
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