Shon Morgan

Shon M.

Hamilton, OH
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Drum

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
Groove is everything! Drumming is far more about feel than it's about flash. If you want to be the drummer who is in high demand you need to have both feel and flash, but feel is something that is not common. It's easier to learn flashy antics than a meat and potato drumming foundation. I've been a professional musician for over 30 years in the studio and touring all over the US, Mexico, and Central America. I can teach you how to play with seemingly effortless technique, how to bring your internal groove monster out, how to improvise solos, and bring thunderous energy into your playing venues! I look forward to speaking with you soon
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Shon passed a background check that includes a SSN verification, national criminal record check, and sex offender registry search. Learn More
Shon delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 7 to 77 and special needs

Teaching since:
June 1988

My Name is Shon M.

I was raised in a family that has a tradition of passing the art of music down from generation to generation. I began playing at age 5 and I play 5 instruments professionally and 15 instruments in all. I studied music at Morehead State University and Musician’s Institute. I've been a touring and studio musician since the age of 16. I have been teaching music for more than 35 years. Many of my alumni have gone on to become professional musicians and teachers themselves. My approach to music education is somewhat unique, although it is gaining popularity in the mainstream of music education. I view music more like a language, as opposed to what some have called more of a data entry approach. Don't get me wrong, reading music is important and I do it everyday, but your music lessons should be teaching you how to play an instrument, not spending the majority of your time in learning to read right out of the gate. Yes there basics you must learn, but when you were a child, you didn't learn to read as you spoke your first words. You were learning to speak your language long before your learned your ABC's. There are many musicians with little formal training who play an instrument so well you'd swear you can see smoke coming from their fingers. Let me tell you, they weren't born that way. They learned to speak the language of music. The fact is, it's so much easier to learn to read music, after you have a basic understanding of how to speak the language. So say good bye to the frustrations of banging you head against the wall with the complexities of reading music and wondering how much longer you're going to have to endure this ongoing torture before you learn to play something cool, and say hello to having fun while learning how to play an instrument and the songs and styles you want to play...

You may have studied music before and given up because it was too difficult. Please know that's not uncommon. But I’m here to tell you, there is a better way! So if you've ever wanted to learn to play an instrument or sing, there is no better time than now.

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Experience

Lead Teacher
Jun 1996 - Present
Shon Morgan Music

I started Shon Morgan Music 20 years ago on Sunset Strip in Hollywood California and I along with different staff teachers over the years have taught well over 1000 students. I have since relocated from there and I'm focusing my business here on takelesson.com.

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Touring Musician
Jan 1987 - Present
Shon Morgan Music

I have played and toured with many bands and musicians over the past 30+ years. I have played many styles of music including, Jazz, Blues, Funk, Rock, Pop, Country, Blue Grass, Gospel, R&B, Praise and Worship, Latin, Latin Funk, Fusion, and many combinations of all the afore mentioned. I have been blessed to have played with some famous and not so famous musicians. But what I can truly say is, the most important thing is, that I love what I do and I have crazy fun doing it. I continue to work with different projects and see no end in sight.

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Worship Pastor
Aug 2009 - Jun 2016
Orchard Road Christian Center

I lead a volunteer music department of 40 people. We performed weekly for 4 services. I mentored and trained several musicians. both young and old, during my time there. Most all of them are playing are still involved there or they are playing in bands through out Denver Colorado. We also organized and recorded a city wide worship project available on itunes.

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Music Teacher
Aug 2007 - Jan 2009
Front Range Christian School

I taught elementary, junior high and high school music. I organized and rehearsed 2 school choirs and 2 school bands. I also directed an after school music education program with over 100 students involved.

Education

Rock Fusion Performance
Aug 1991 - Jun 1992
Musician's Institute
Jazz Perormance
Aug 1989 - Dec 1990
Morehead State University

Languages

English
Professional Proficiency
Spanish
Limited Proficiency

Certifications

Teacher Certification
Jun 1992
Musician's Institute

I received a teacher's certification diploma

Certified Music Instructor
May 1992
Musician's Institute - Hollywood California

It's simply a certification that I have the ability and I am authorized to teach music classes as a personal business.

Affiliations

Nashville Songwriters Association International
Apr 2017

The Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) is the world’s largest not-for-profit songwriters trade association. Established in 1967, the membership of more than 5,000 active and pro members spans the United States and six other countries. NSAI is dedicated to protecting the rights of and serving aspiring and professional songwriters in all genres of music.

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BMI
Jun 2015

Broadcast Music Inc. was founded in 1939 by forward-thinkers who wanted to represent songwriters in emerging genres, like jazz, blues and country, and protect the public performances of their music. Operating on a non-profit-making basis, BMI is now the largest music rights organization in the U.S. and is still nurturing new talent and new music.

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Photos & Videos

This is a student of mine doing a cover (for educational purposes only) of see you again. She is 14 years old.
Shon Morgan - Home Studio - Cincinnati OH 2017

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Nothing is Impossible 2016 Denver Colorado

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28 Reviews

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Kirk Aug 15, 2017
Guitar · In studio

Shon is a gifted multi-instrumentalist. Who has toured with Janet Jackson and Bruce Springsteen and many other artists. That combined with countless hours of studio recordings in L.A. Studios as a bassist, and countless other studios around the country. Shon is the consummate professional. Not only does he bring years of real world experience to everything he does, but he is also personable and great to work with on a project or a live performance. He's studied with Abraham Laborel, John Pattucci, Victor Wooten, and even has a bass given to him by the man who assisted in creating "the pocket" in Toto the late Mike Porcaro. He is a close friend and I am consistently inspired when I get to play music with my brother. You won't be disappointed. An investment worthwhile.

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Fredrick Aug 15, 2017
Arrangement and Composition · In studio

Shon is one of those rare talents, who is able to patiently distill difficult, complex concepts into easy-to-grasp, digestible portions that clarify them to crystal clarity almost instantly in a student's mind. A true "musician's musician," any student at any level will find great benefit from Shon's instruction, be it in guitar/bass (and other plucked instruments), piano/keyboards, drums, theory and composition or arranging. A great instructor, a consumate musician and an overall great guy! I could not recommend Shon Morgan more highly (or I would)!!!

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Michele Aug 15, 2017
Guitar · In studio

Shon worked with my son for several years as his guitar teacher, as well as coaching him on song writing and vocal training throughout high school. He also helped him take some of his original songs and record them in his studio — talk about going above and beyond! I couldn't speak more highly of Shon. His knowledge of all styles of music, his teaching ability, and heart for his students truly make him one of a kind!

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Amy Aug 15, 2017
Guitar · Online

A great Teacher

Bob Aug 4, 2017
Drum · In studio

Shon is an extremely talented musician. As a teacher Shon does a great job of keeping you motivated , giving positive feedback and challenging you to get better.
I would recommend Shon if you are looking for a music instructor.

Jeff M. Aug 3, 2017
Guitar · In studio

Shon has a way to make the guitar very easy to understand, and his enthusiasm for music and teaching others how to play makes it even more fun to practice because I can't wait to learn the next new step.

Jesse Jul 1, 2017
Music Theory · In home

Shon Morgan is absolutely the greatest most talented musician and music teacher I have ever had the privilege of learning from and playing music with. I am a drummer/guitarist/vocalist. We did some touring gigs together in our earlier years and he was already amazing back then. He sat down and taught me the circle of fifths off the top of his head in one conversation. I learned so much just playing along side him. So not only is he an amazing player, but he is also very well suited and experienced as a teacher. He is the most knowledgeable musically but patient and kind personally. He plays and teaches multiple instruments and vocals really well but he stands out tremendously on bass guitar! You can not go wrong having Shon Morgan as your teacher, period!

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Jeff Jun 22, 2017
Bass Guitar · In studio

I've known Shon for many years and I'll first say he's a man of great character and an awesome guy just to be around. His mastery of the bass guitar is second to none. I've had the great fortune of learning from him on and off throughout the years and his instruction, knowledge of music and the instrument has always benefited me as the learner and helped take my bass playing to new levels. He has everyone from the beginners to the most experienced players covered. Give him a chance.....you'll benefit for sure!!

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Alice J Jun 21, 2017
Guitar · In studio

Shon is an amazing musician , teacher and highly ethical and trusting person.

Greg D Jun 21, 2017
Drum · In studio

Working with Shon taught me a lot! Great attitude and awesome personality really helps when you struggle with a part of a song, and that's Shon's way of working! Straight forward gracious and loving in his teaching methods! I appreciate all he did for me in our season together.

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Samuel Jun 21, 2017
Vocal Training · In studio

I took Mr. Morgan's choir class back in 2009 which taught music theory, vocal training, and ear training and always had a great experience. He is EXTREMELY knowledgeable in his field. He is too modest to describe the full depth of his portfolio. Very patient and professional. Highly recommended.

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C Ennis Sr Jun 21, 2017
Arrangement and Composition · In home

Shon was definitely a Godsend...referred to me by another musician his presence immediately impacted my work. I am a gospel recording artist, C Ennis Sr (ITune Spotify Emusic and more). Shon's professionalism, attention to detail and love for music is a game changer! Don't Wait Book Him Today!

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James Jun 20, 2017
Arrangement and Composition · In studio

Shon is an amazing musician. He's a very capable and patient teacher. I would highly recommend him as an instructor for bass, piano, guitar and drums.

Beau Jun 20, 2017
Guitar · In studio

I took lessons from Shon close to 20 years ago. I was a terrible guitarist, and an even worse student. :D

That said, the fundamentals I took away from those instructions greatly my playing even today. He has a fantastic mind for music, and as all truly great teachers, he takes great joy in sharing his knowledge with others.

Much love bro! :D

P.S. The cirlce of 5ths, Shon. I finally understand the circle of 5ths.

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Rolando Jun 20, 2017
Music Theory · In home

Well, I can say that when we met 24 years ago, I've never seen anyone playing the bass guitar as good as he did, I still remember him playing that beautiful six string bass guitar along with a drummer... I was just trying to catch up with those two ... it was just rehearsal and they didn't need a me as keyboard player , just the slap bass solo was enough for me to step down and watch, I learned a lot just by listening to him. He was a very patient teacher and his musical knowledge was amazing,

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Ken Jun 20, 2017
Music Theory · In studio

Shon is an expert at all aspects of teaching music on multiple instruments but is especially gifted at teaching music theory that helped me learn to play by numbers which helped me change keys on the fly. No more writing out the chords for praise and worship music. So knowledgeable. You need to stop think about it and call him up and schedule your first lesson. Shon rocks!!

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Rhonda Jun 20, 2017
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This guy is amazing, you will not be disappointed! He taught my Aunt to play piano 20 years ago.

Rebekah Jun 20, 2017
Piano · In studio

Shon is a wonderful teacher and I miss him. This is an awesome opportunity for anyone! I'm thinking of signing up again when I have the time. You will be blessed with Shon as your teacher!

Rita Jun 20, 2017
Piano · In studio

Shon has a great ability to teach any of the musical instruments listed.
I highly recommend Shon Morgan as a music teacher.
He has taught musical lessons in different states in the United States and is professional in different musical instruments.
It is with great honor that I highly recommend Shon Morgan as a music teacher for your kids, family or as your own personal music teacher.

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Tom Jun 20, 2017
Guitar · In studio

Shon is very knowledgeable, he is patient and not overbearing he is not only a good teacher but a good friend, I feel he would be an excellent teacher for young minds as well.

Andrew Jun 20, 2017
Music Theory · Online

Fantastic all around. Deep knowledge and excellent teaching skills. He is also a truly kind and caring person too. He made it easy for me to understand concepts that were always lost on me in the past. It was the best money I have ever spent to get my skills and knowledge where I need them to be. I highly recommend Shon as both a theory and instrument (guitar/piano) instructor. Definitely the best option if you want to take you or your child's playing to the next level.

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Dena Jun 20, 2017
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Very gifted musician and a wonderful Instructor. I would highly recommend his program to anyone.

Patti Jun 20, 2017
Vocal Training · In studio

I received the best possible instruction! Not only do you learn basics of vocal training. You gain the Music Theory along with it. Shon is professional, personable and fantastic to work with on any musical level. Be it vocal or instrumental.

Forrest Jun 20, 2017
Guitar · In home

Shon amazed me with his ability to understand not only music and how it works, and though he prefers the Bass Guitar, he could play things that boggled my mind at the onset. I highly recommend him for any type of music lessons. I most likely be personally recommending him to my friends who are involved in music as well. No matter how accomplished we are there is still more to learn, I don't know of anyone I would rather learn it from than Shon.

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Jason Jun 15, 2017
Drum · In home

Shon is a very talented and down to earth guy. His approach to music is different than just simply reading. He lets you use your ears also and tries to train your ears. He is also very patient. I would highly recommend him to any beginners wanting to learn no matter what age and seasoned musicians wanting to take their playing to the next level.

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Scott Jun 15, 2017
Bass Guitar · Online

I have known and worked with Shon Morgan for some time and I can 100% recommend him for lessons - whether bass, drums, music theory, whatever. Shon has the educational AND professional background to take any musician to the next level - even if you have your degree and have been playing for years. And of course he is ideal for beginners and intermediates with a patient and systematic approach. Give him a try, you won't regret it.

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Shauna Jun 15, 2017
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Shon is an incredibly talented musician and teacher. His instruction will bring a new perspective and fresh ideas to expand and expound on your talent. I highly recommend Shon if you want to take your musicianship to the next level!

Vic Jun 14, 2017
Bass Guitar · In studio

SHon Morgan is one of the finest music teachers in North America. SHON is well versed to teach every instrument - however for bass, SHON is considered a bass guru -

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