Rick's been teaching Guitar, Banjo, and Ukulele at his home and at the Mount Olivet School of Music in South Minneapolis since graduating with a degree in music from the University of Minnesota, Duluth in 2003. He gigs around town in various bands and pit orchestras and he also taught at Dayjams Rock Music Camp in St. Paul for the five summers of its existence. Having written hundreds of songs himself, he also writes articles and video blogs about songwriting trends in popular music and has worked for Soundfly and PBS Digital Studios. He also has a guitar curriculum blog, and In his spare time he writes musical theatre scripts. *** 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 *** Zoom or Skype, laptop and iPhone. I make good use of technology during lessons. Much used apps include Yousician, Anytune Phrase Trainer, TabPro, and the Guitar Toolkit (metronome, tuner, etc.) *** Travel Equipment *** Music Stand (if needed), laptop and iPhone. *** Specialties *** Music Theory and Songwriting.
Teaches all skill levels
Teaching since 2003
BA in Music
Teaches ages 5+
Has background check
As a 57 year old student Rich understands life and its commitments. I enjoy the half an hour with him. My appreciation for music has grown with Rich. He introduces me to material I would have never picked on my own. I am still taking banjo lessons because of Rich. Thank you Rich. Bob
Richard is awesome! Really knows his stuff and funny too!
As an adult learner, I was put at ease and able to work on songs I was interested in right away. Wonderful teaching style.