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David D. Scottsdale, AZ

About David

I've been playing guitar since I was 9 years old and teaching guitar since I was 14. I grew up playing in bands with friends. My parents would drive us (and a ton of equipment!) to wherever we were playing, which was sometimes 50 to 200 miles from home! I later did studio work and played as a solo entertainer. I also studied acting while in college, so being on stage and performing is very comfortable for me. I have extensive experience in teaching both individuals and groups with regard to several different venues, including guitar, bass guitar, acting, public speaking, songwriting and studio recording. I also provide a unique service that my students tell me is very helpful. I record instructions, or demonstrations, and email them to you - on the spot! This way you don't get home ...

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Susan C. May 11, 2014
Guitar
The Joy of Learning Music

He lights up the room when he picks up his guitar and plays! Dave draws his students in with his welcoming smile and sparkling eyes that seem to say, "I'm having so much fun here and I want you to have fun, too." His pure enjoyment ignites a spark in us. We're motivated to have that kind of fun with our music while studying hard to advance our skills and techniques and reach our personal goals.

Dave is the consummate teacher--he energizes and inspires, he is trustworthy, of impeccable character, a guitarist extraordinaire, a former counselor whose mission in life is to help others achieve success. He conducts every class with good humor and patience. He is an inventive instructor with a toolbox of unique ways students can learn skills and techniques more easily. He is an honest appraiser of our work whose positive comments encourage and motivate us. He's Dave, who knows and teaches every aspect of guitar repertoire--country, blues, gospel, pop, rock, etc. His instruction is centered on the student's music preferences and goals, and he integrates a progression of the skills and techniques we need to learn with the music we choose. Practice is welcome, as it brings us closer to playing the music we love. Dave is the teacher who opens doors to new aspects of music and encourages us to reach beyond our expectations for ourselves. It's amazing what we find beyond that horizon.

Dave is a teacher for all students. Whatever your talents and aspirations, you will achieve your goals. And along the way, you'll be the one saying, "I'm having so much fun here!"

Dave is a treasure, and taking lessons with him is a truly joyful experience!
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Henry M. December 13, 2013
Guitar
Great teacher, highly recommend

Excellent teacher - very knowledgeable with good tips on improving. Very enthusiastic and recognizes improvements that provide encouragement. Teaches at your pace and the music you want to learn. Highly recommend for all levels
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Milan D. December 11, 2013
Guitar
Verified Student
David

Would like to take the time to tell you how much I like taking lessons from David Doud. I have been taking lessons for 3 years now from teacher to teacher. The lesson's I was taking was not going directions I wanted to go. I just wanted to play guitar and make a song book up. When I called David up I explained to him what I wanted and he delivered. In a very short time I created a song book and my guitar playing getting better buy the week. January of next year I will turn 71 year old. I will continue to take lessons from David for a long time. I look forward to each weeks lesson with David because he make's lesson's so interesting and understandable and fun.I did not have that with other teachers they just made the lessons to hard and not fun. Milan
Sarah C. Phoenix, AZ

About Sarah

I am a classically trained singer who graduated from Cedarville University with my Bachelor's of Music degree. While I love to sing opera, I also enjoy singing pop, country and other music styles. I currently sing with the Phoenix Opera and continue to study with the Phoenix Opera co-founders. I have taught people of all ages and backgrounds including children, adults, jazz singers, and a professional country artist. I continue to teach a variety of students with many different goals. Because I have had different voice coaches over the years, I have learned many different teaching styles and techniques that I use to help my own students progress. *** Lesson Details *** I love to encourage my students! I believe that recognizing improvement and rewarding it increases the ...

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Laila R. March 8, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
My daughter is 14 and she has had 3 lessons with Sarah to date. She is enjoying the lessons and she is learning a great deal about the techniques that can be used to sing. Sarah is a supportive and motivation teacher but more importantly she does know how to teach.
Lauren B. Scottsdale, AZ

About Lauren

My Background: I have been teaching privately for seven years. During this time, I have taught students ages 4-adult, all of whom came from various musical backgrounds with a large range of interests and abilities. I have a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education and a Master's in Music in Voice Performance. I recently began a Doctoral Degree in Voice Performance at Arizona State University where I also teach privately lessons and a few classes. I have been blessed to study with many fantastic voice teachers and coaches throughout my career all of whom have contributed to my personal skill sets as a teacher. I am currently studying voice with Carole FitzPatrick who is a professor at ASU with an extensive resume that spans throughout opera houses in Europe and the US . I am proud to say ...

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JoyB1 October 24, 2011
Best teacher ever!

Lauren is the best teacher ever! She is patient, she understands what you need to learn. She is very nice,respectful and fun to be with. I have learned so much being with her! She knows exactly what songs to teach. She is just over all GREAT!
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RonaldG May 3, 2011
music professional

I really enjoy learningthe puano This is something I SHOU;\LD HAVE DONE A LONG TIME ago, LAUREN IS AN EXCELLENT TEACHER very professional and encouregong in her approach to teaching, aim rnjoyong the experience very mudch
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StephanieG March 13, 2011
awesome!

Lauren is awesome! She is extremely patient, warm and respectful. She's passionate about teaching and singing...even musical theater. Every lesson was catered to my needs and we focused on what would make me the best performer at my audition. She even helped me with my monologue. If I was staying in Chicago, she would definitely become a permanent teacher for me. Highly recommended.
Merrill L. Scottsdale, AZ

About Merrill

I excel at mending breaks, achieving tonal accuracy from 'sloppy' or 'off-pitch' singers, strengthening the voice where it is weak and sweetening it where it is harsh, expanding range toward its physical possibilities, focusing the voice, bringing ease and confidence where there was strain and worry. In short, I teach students how to remove the obstacles that block us from joyfully expressing our hearts in song. Vocal studies include many years with vocal Masters - people who know how to free and enhance each individual voice at a rapid pace - and an M.A. in Voice. (See Musical Training below.) I have taken this training onto the stage and into my own teaching studio and used my experiences of what does and does not work - and what is most effective in the least amount of time - to

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Norlisa K. July 14, 2014
Singing · In studio
Merrill is excellent! She has done wonders with my voice. She works with you to bring out the best in your voice, and lesson after lesson, she teaches you not only technique, but also ways to really connect with your music and bring it to life. She uses humor--lessons are FUN! Merrill is also very personal; she doesn't have a cookie-cutter approach to teaching. Merrill gets to know you, and makes sure that she is teaching you and working on your voice, and every aspect to make it your best. She listens VERY intently to every note you sing, and helps every aspect of your voice that she can. I consider it a precious gift to have a teacher who won't let you or your voice get away with "mediocre," but patiently takes you to your best. Together you and Merrill set measurable goals, and as a student, I can say that I am defeating "vocal demons" and reaching heights that were only pipe dreams before. Thank you, Merrill, for taking my voice and music to a whole new level--and for making it so much fun in the process.
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Jere G. June 30, 2014
Country Singing · In studio
Is there any way that I could give Merrill 10 stars? If there was, I'd surely do it! I've been working with Merrill for a while, and she has helped me grow from a tentative novice to a full-fledged confident performer. With each lesson, I leave with a better understanding of my voice, and what I need to do to be the best that I can be. Thank you, Merrill!
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Wesley C. June 30, 2014
Singing · Online
I've been a full time touring singer/songwriter for years and although I get lots of praise for my voice, I've always felt it could be better. Merrill saw me perform in Los Angeles and was able to point out exactly what I thought might be lacking with my voice already. Since I've started working with Merrill via Skype (I live in Atlanta), my understanding of my own voice and what it can do has gone to a new level. I'm learning things that, I feel, will take me from being a pretty good singer who is resting on what he can get by with naturally to being a real vocalist. I'm excited to find out what my full potential is and it's with her guidance that I will get there. She's a blast to work with and nothing gets past her. If you want to improve and have fun doing it, you should get in touch with her ASAP :)
Marty T. Scottsdale, AZ

About Marty

Hi I'm Marty T. and there is nothing I love more than playing and teaching the guitar (except for my wonderful family)! I was born and bred in New York City where I learned the art of guitar playing from the finest musicians in the world. By the age of 16 I was performing in the famous Catskill Mountain hotels. Being surrounded by famous musicians and musical acts gave me the drive to continue my studies with renowned guitarist / teacher Howard Morgan. While attending the City of New York University I continued my studies with legendary guitarist Joe Monk. I also studied with Joe Ravo and Billy Bauer. By the time I graduated college, I had more musical work than I could handle so I opted to be a professional musician. In this endeavor I ended up playing every venue possible in the ...

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AllisonM April 4, 2012
Makes lessons fun and informative

Marty is really enthusiastic about teaching guitar. He is patient, willing to take the time to explain things and he wants the student to enjoy the experience of learning and playing guitar. My daughter is enjoying her guitar lessons with Marty. Thank you so much for your efforts Marty!
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CynthiaI March 23, 2012
Marty is the best!He is patient and extremely knowledgeable.He is able to break down music concepts so they are easy to understand and learn.He mixes lessons from the book with contemporary song choices (selected by you) so that you have fun learning!
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MilanD December 15, 2011
Marty

Marty is an excellent teacher. He is fun and easy to work with his approach in teaching with a new students I think is excellent. Thank you Marty for lessons we had. Milan
Stevie H. Scottsdale, AZ

About Stevie

I began as a musician in my high school drum line, where I discovered my true passion for percussion and music performance. Since graduating, I have toured the country with drum and bugle corps, performed Japanese taiko drums with Alice Cooper, traveled to South Korea to perform in a drum festival, and played countless gigs all over Arizona! In addition to keeping a busy performance schedule, I love to teach out of my home studio in Scottsdale. I have a fully equipped teaching studio with 2 drum sets, plenty of practice pads, as well as guitars, electric pianos, and a white board for music theory and visual aid. I strive to keep a laid back atmosphere while teaching, so that students are comfortable and encouraged to express themselves through music. I am able to tailor my style to ...

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Ranjan C. September 2, 2014
Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Stevie is great with little kids.... shows patience, consideration and makes lessons exciting for them.... my 6 y.o. loves learning acoustic guitar with him.
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Aaron S. February 19, 2014
Guitar
Verified Student
Learning a lot about the guitar

I started out with no experience playing guitar. Within a few weeks Stevie has taught much of the fundamentals. I am now feeling confident as I play my instrument.

He's always on time and has excellent communication skills.

I would definitely recommend Stevie to anyone interested in learning about music.
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Ritesh M. December 16, 2013
Drum
Verified Student
Its great!

I have had 5 lessons with Stevie so far. My experience is excellent. Stevie makes it fun to learn and also he has great patience while working with beginners like me. A nice and friendly environment for better learning.

He understands patterns and recommends easy way to learn. He is very encouraging. I would definitely recommend Stevie.

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