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Born in Rapid City, South Dakota, I started taking piano lessons at the age of 6. Since that time, my love for music has grown with each passing day.
I graduated from The Entertainment Career Connection in 2010 with a certification in Audio Engineering and Production. There I studied audio mixing, recording, production and mastering. I currently study music performance and non profit administration at Denver Metropolitan University.
I am very active in the community working with my non profit, Wealth In Community Knowledge. In addition, I keep myself busy musically playing in my bands, Sing, Cicadas, and The Free Electric Band.
I continue to follow my life-long passion for music by educating others. I believe that music lessons should be a fun and rewarding experience, and place a high value on learning how to use music in everyday life.
*** Lesson Details ***
Students taking lessons from me can expect one thing for certain, patience. My philosophy is simple, music is FUN! With a laid back relaxed approach to teaching, I make my students feel comfortable and adapt to each student differently. Not every person learns the same way. I understand this, and apply my methods to each individual student so that they best understand in the way that they learn. I teach Guitar, Bass guitar, Songwriting, and Music performance from beginner to advanced. Piano lessons are offered at the beginner level only. I also teach ONLINE LESSONS for guitar, bass guitar, songwriting, and music performance.
*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano, guitars, bass guitars, and amplifiers. Video screen for lesson display. Audio equipment.
*** Travel Equipment ***
Travel equipment includes guitars, bass guitars, and amplifiers for both. All lesson materials, including books and script paper.
*** Specialties ***
I teach at all age levels and abilities. My specialty is making your lessons fun! I cater to each individual student, and we design your curriculum around your abilities and goals with your instrument.
I have owned my studio for the past 5 years. Teaching music is my life long passion, and I place high value on using music in everyday life.
This certification included a 2 year course working directly in the recording studio learning the technical aspects of recording engineering and producing.
The MTNA was founded in 1876 with the goal of advancing the value of music study and music-making to society while supporting the careers and professionalism of teachers of music. With nearly 22,000 members in 50 states—and more than 500 local affiliates—the MTNA is the preeminent source for music teacher support, where members embody like-minded values and commitment to their students, colleagues and society as a whole, while reaping the rewards of collaboration, continuity and connection throughout the lifetime of their careers.
· Piano · In studio TJ was a great instructor. He catered to my needs and took the lessons at a pace that was challenging yet rewarding. I was never frustrated. He has a very good process and I highly recommend him!
· Guitar · In studio TJ is a great person and great instructor. He is always enthusiastic and brings a very positive attitude to his teaching. He is willing to work at whatever pace is best for you and spends time personalizing lessons so they're enjoyable yet challenging. I'd definitely recommend him as an instructor.
· Piano · In studio My daughter is currently taking beginner's piano lessons with TJ. He is extremely patient and encouraging. TJ makes the lessons fun and teaches at a pace that is right for the student. My daughter isn't afraid to ask questions and doesn't feel intimidated when she doesn't understand something. TJ is a great teacher. We couldn't ask for more!
· Piano · In studio TJ is a great teacher. I have learned allot in a short amount of time.
He caters the lesson to what I wish to learn while still making sure I learn to actually play not just learn the song. I have enjoyed learning from him and am still a student.
He does like coldplay but I will try not to hold that against him lol.
· Guitar · Great teaching approach
My goal was to be able to play songs around a campfire and TJ has been fantastic at tailoring our lessons to this goal. Every week I learn something a little new, but I also learn a song that is simple enough for me to play and which incorporates whatever new chord or technique he's introduced. I much prefer practicing actual songs vs. excercises and he always leaves me with a new song to play. He is also instantly likeable and lessons feel more like hanging out with a friend than a teacher. I would highly recommend him as a guitar teacher.
· Music Performance · Fun and inspiring teacher!
If you are looking for a fun, optimistic, and talented teacher TJ is your guy. Every time we get together to make music TJ is full of life and always has a smile on his face. His knowledge about music theory and history is amazing and he can back up that knowledge when he picks up any instrument whether it be guitar, piano, bass, or even mandolin. The great thing about TJ is he inspires you to want to get better at whatever it is you want to get better at. He is patient and understands everyone learns in different ways and at different paces. He can get along with anyone of any age. I highly recommend TJ as your teacher no matter what level you are at.
· Guitar · Fun, ridiculously talented teacher
I've been dabbling with acoustic guitar and was on my church's worship rotation for a few years, and I inherited my Dad's electric guitar and amp a few years ago, but you'd think after 20 years I'd be much better at it. After that long with no formal instruction, and now that I'm a family man having virtually no opportunity to jam with friends, it's difficult to get better. So my wife surprised me with TakeLessons, my first true opportunity to have regular guided instruction on the guitar, and I love it!! Having lessons in the comfort and convenience of my home over Skype is the only way this father of 4 could have this amazing opportunity, and it works incredibly well.
I believe the main reason TakeLessons via Skype works so well for me is because of TJ. He's been my instructor for several months now. He always makes it fun and challenging and balances his lesson plan with asking me what songs I'm personally interested in learning to play. He's crazy good on the guitar...I want to play like him when I grow up ;)
Out in my rural home, my internet isn't always reliable, but TJ is always super patient about it and has on many occasions allowed the lesson to go a few minutes over to make up for the technical difficulties (thankfully, the problem seems to be fixed now and we've been able to keep on schedule). And with my hectic schedule and 4 kids, I don't always get the fun and luxury of investing time practicing guitar, but TJ is always encouraging and supportive.
I honestly feel like TJ's my friend. We get along great! Even though we listen to different artists, we share that passion for music that moves you. I travel to Denver once or twice a year for my job and we've already agreed to meet up whenever I'm there, maybe even go skiing together.
Keep up the fantastic work, TJ! You inspire me every week and I'm stoked to have you as a new friend!!
· · TJ was/is an excellent instructor for our 8 yr old.
TJ was enthusiastic and patient with our new guitarist in the family. We would highly recommend him to teach kids.
· Guitar · Review for T.J.
I have been taking lessons from T.J. for a couple of months. It has been a pleasure working with him. The biggest attribute for a teacher I was looking for is someone that didn't pressure or stress me. T.J. was wonderful in this area. He made lessons fun rather than a job. His personality made you feel like you had been best friends for years. He knows the material and is very proficient with the guitar. I would highly recommend him to students of all ages.
· Bass Guitar · Great teacher!
I had some lessons with TJ when we stayed in Denver for 6 weeks
this summer. His skills and teaching was great and i learned a lot on a short time.