Stan Munslow

Stan M.

Coventry, RI

About Stan M.

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Stan teaches: Ages 5 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: January 1982
Last sign in: 4 days ago

Overview

Hi! I am a private music instructor offering lessons both in-studio and online. I hold a Bachelor of Music degree from Berklee College of Music (Summa cum Laude) and I have over 34 years' full-time experience as an instructor.. I also have nearly decades of experience as a professional jazz, rock, and theater musician. My experience has taken me from nightclubs to concert stages, as well as on television, radio, and recording studios. Finally, I am a published author with several titles dedicated to helping musicians becoming the best they can be.

**** MY TEACHING STYLE ****

My teaching style is often referred to as laid-back, gentle, informative, and very supportive. My focus is on enrichment, encouragement, and great results. I don't work with “one-size-fits-all” methods. Each lesson is customized to make the most of each student's own unique abilities, limitations, preferences, and interests. Whether students prefer, or do better, with traditional materials, playing/singing along with their favorite recordings, jamming with me, or anything in between, I am more than happy to accommodate and bring out each student’s best!

I teach real music -- students begin playing music they love almost from day-one. For example, many of my piano and guitar students pride themselves on learning to play every song on Beatles One ... playing right along with the CD! Reading, playing by ear, improvisation (jamming), singing while you play ... there are so many ways to play and avenues to explore in music.

**** MY STUDIO ****

My studio is spacious (very spacious – no cubicles here!), well-appointed, and very quiet. Unlike music stores and multi-lesson facilities, there are no other lessons on the premises, no drummer going crazy on the other side of the wall. This means students can concentrate better and learn faster. There is also plenty of room for parents and siblings who may wish to sit in on lessons.

**** STYLES / GENRES ****

I believe that students make the most progress learning music they love and I am very happy to teach every student the style of music he or she loves most.

My most requested genres are: pop, rock, country, blues, film/television, classic rock, jazz, and classical. Some students arrive knowing exactly what they want, but most are happy to explore various styles that interest them in search of the perfect fit. It is not at all uncommon for a student to spend part of their lesson polishing up a Beethoven piece or jazz standard, then finish up playing the chords to “Hotel California” along with the CD. Another student might start off their lesson learning a Taylor Swift hit, then move over to doing some blues improvisation. Variety is a wonderful thing and it is highly encouraged.

**** MY STUDENTS ****

Over the years, I have taught students from four years old to eighty-somethings. I’ve taught absolute beginners (most of my students start from square-one), hobbyists, seasoned professionals, even a Grammy nominee and a Grammy winner! Many of my young students have gone on to perform in school bands / jazz bands and/or professionally. In all cases, they acquire a skill that will last for a lifetime and provide joy, enrichment, and satisfaction.

Do you have a song or two in your heart. Contact me today and I will help you reach your musical goals no matter what they may be!

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Hi! I hold a B.M. from Berklee College of Music and have been teaching since 1982.

Experience

Owner / Instructor

Jan 1982 - Present
The Stan Munslow Studio

Since 1982, I have been the owner and guitar/piano/voice instructor of my own private music studio, typically teaching approximately 60 or more students per week while maintaining a beautiful, well-appointed studio that is absolutely quiet and well-suited to learning. My students have ranged from 4 to 80-something years old, absolute beginners to seasoned pros (even two Grammy nominees/winners!) The studio space is also quite spacious, with plenty of room to accommodate parents and/or siblings who may wish to sit in.

Guitar Instructor

Sep 2014 - Jun 2015
The Pomfret School

Piano and Guitar Instructor

Sep 1986 - Sep 2008
The Learning Connection

Although my work for the Learning Connection does not encompass every year spanning from 1986 to 2008, I taught for the Learning Connection for most of these years teaching adult beginning guitar and piano classes -- in six-week installments -- to hundreds and hundreds of students in small and medium size groups. I am proud of my success with these students in that I was able to get them playing real music in a very short time!

Piano and Guitar Instructor

Sep 1989 - Dec 1996
Moses Brown Academy

Education

Bachelor of Music in Jazz Composition

Sep 1977 - May 1981
Berklee College of Music

Languages Spoken

french

Professional Proficiency

french

Professional Proficiency

Awards

Honorary member of The Modern Music Masters Association ("Tri-M")

Jun 1983
West Warwick High School
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31 Reviews on Stan M.

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Willow Aug 30, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
We had a great piano lesson today!!Stan was great with my daughter, she loved the class. Can't wait until next week!!
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Diane Jul 16, 2016
Piano · In studio
I have always wanted to learn how to play the piano and now I am thoroughly enjoying taking lessons from Stan. He's a very patient instructor who fills me with confidence. I look forward to my lesson every week and the time spent there just flies by so fast. Stan is very interesting and gives me a lot of information to help me understand music historically and in practice. He tailors his lesson to me. A great teacher! Thanks Stan!
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Chaitanya C. Jun 24, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
He very good instructor
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Chaitanya C. Jun 24, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
He very good instructor
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Chrristine Jun 18, 2016
Guitar · In studio
If you are interested in music lessons Stan Munslow is a great instructor. He is patient,kind, and a highly skilled musician. You will learn to play an instrument and find a new appreciation for music.
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Steven May 16, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Stan Has been my instructor for eight months. Bottom Line...terrific! He is a master of his craft and a really-really gifted teacher. I tried a number of teachers over the years and got discouraged. There are many alleged "Music Teachers " that cant read music! Stan is a Suma Cum Laude (that's #1 in the class) Honors graduate of Berkley School of Music in Boston! The real deal!!

I walk away from every lesson as excited as the first. I highly recommend Stan to my family and friends!
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Nick May 15, 2016
Piano · In studio
Stan is an awesome teacher. He breaks down the subject material very intuitively but also finds a way to explain intricate concepts in a clear manner. I've learned so much and I would recommend him to anyone!
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Diane May 13, 2016
Piano · In studio
I have always wanted to learn how to play the piano and now I am thoroughly enjoying taking lessons from Stan. He's a very patient instructor who fills me with confidence. I look forward to my lesson every week and the time spent there just flies by so fast. Stan is very interesting and gives me a lot of information to help me understand music historically and in practice. He tailors his lesson to me. A great teacher! Thanks Stan!
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Emily May 13, 2016
Piano · In studio
He is one of the best piano teacher's I have had. I have progressed so much since I began taking lessons from Mr. Munslow.
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Dave May 13, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Stan is a gifted musician and has the rare ability to be able to communicate his knowledge and experience to all age levels. He is extremely patient and allows students to grow at their own pace.