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Music Lessons in Saint Louis, MO

Here in Saint Louis, we take pride in our music history. Home to the Powell Symphony Hall, the world-renowned Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra and the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, our history rivals some of the most popular music cities. Saint Louis is home to many popular artists, including Nelly, Chingy, Strawfoot, Wilco and Sheryl Crow.

As a city known for producing Grammy award-winning artists, we’re always open to more talent. And with the right lessons and the right teachers, your talent could take you to center stage!

Before you can get to that level, however, it’s wise to work with a private music teacher, as many of the greats have done. With TakeLessons, you’ll find Saint Louis music lessons that will suit your individual needs. Whether you’re looking to take your music to new heights, or you’re just starting out, our staff of certified music instructors is committed to helping you reach your goals.

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About Richard D.

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About Richard
Music is my life. Since the age of 16, I have studied the guitar extensively. During my high-school years I was involved in band, marching band, choir, and independent music theory. I started my first band when I was 19 in the U.S. Army, and my life has never been the same since. I played music professionally in local bands while attending UMSL and have been teaching guitar and musical performance to many students privately for the last 7 years while developing and exploring my own musical goals. Recently I have written, produced, and performed on 5 original music albums, toured from St L
ouis to Texas and Colorado, and have learned many things about humanity and our culture's relationship to music. Those who share a passion for music form an extraordinary community. Come take the first step toward your potential...

*** Lesson Details ***
My students can expect professional, expert advise from a working performance artist. One of my main philosophies is a focus on fun. If music is fun, then students will practice more - which leads to accelerating returns. My students can expect lessons tailored to their specific goals. First I will discuss with the student musical influences and genre preferences, then I will assess the student's current abilities and we will begin designing a weekly regimen of practice and study. As a product of the Internet generation, I recommend using all the tools available to my students including the Internet to further their goals. My students will also learn to perform with other musicians, so we will typically have a segment of each lesson dedicated to jam time. Whether my students aspire to be professional performance artists, impress their love interests, or just rock out in their bedrooms, I work with my students so that they can do exactly that.

*** Studio Equipment ***
one bedroom apt...hardwood floor...central room for studio...music stands, room parents to sit, chairs...

*** Travel Equipment ***
I bring a music stand, an acoustic guitar, my handout literature, and any other equipment (mic, stand, vocal amp, electric guitar, guitar amp) based on what my students want to learn. I expect my students to own whatever instruments they want to learn.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in teaching acoustic and electric guitar and stage performance. I teach using handouts that I customize for students and have lessons made up around different concepts such as - learning to identify what key a song is in - how to use 3 chord combinations - learning scales and when to use them - these type of things. I usually teach based on how I learned, which includes - using the Internet to learn songs - how to figure out how a particular song is played - getting into good practice habits - etc. My genres of specialty are Blues, Rock/Classic Rock/Southern Rock, and Acoustic Singer/Songwriter. What I like to do is ask a student what kind of music or songs they would like to learn, then build them up to the level they need to be to play those songs or that style of interest.
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Kit E. October 21, 2016
Verified Student · Guitar · In studio
My first lesson with Richard was great! He explained how to set everything up and a few fundamentals in a way that we were able to get through them fairly quick and we got right to the fun part. I found myself playing a few cords and jamming with Richard halfway through my first 45 minute class. This is exactly why I wanted to have an instructor, so I can reap the benefits almost immediately, which makes me want to come back for more.
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Dave W. May 12, 2016
Verified Student · Guitar · In studio
Combined a great balance of practice, instruction, theory, and suggestions for "homework." Didn't feel inadequate, like I did with another instructor from school of rock.
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Susan W. February 7, 2016
Verified Student · Guitar · In studio
This was my first lesson ever! Richard was very professional, knowledgeable yet patient and kind!! He made this a great experience for me. I felt as if I were part of something...not just a first time student. Can't wait til the next lesson!
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Richard D.

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Saint Louis, MO 63104
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About Aria T.

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About Aria
I hold a doctorate degree in Music and specialize in classical music from the Renaissance period, Baroque, classical periods, as well as pop and broadway. I teach all voice types, with expertise in mezzo soprano and countertenor literature. I use proven vocal techniques along side vocal yoga practices to help people to find their true voice.

Languages including French, German, Italian, Latin, and Spanish. I have considerable experience training children's voices to sing healthily, preserving their voices for longevity, of course including adults as well. I am studied in the Bel Canto tech
nique and have prepared many students for auditions, contests, and festivals. The techniques for singing that I use are to create a sound, healthy, and free voice. Hope to study along side you!
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Amber S. January 28, 2017
Verified Student · Singing · In studio
Great person to work with !!!!
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Jasmine P. June 9, 2016
Verified Student · Singing · In studio
Adam has a lot of passion for teaching students to find themselves and shine. As a parent, I would recommend Adam to anyone. My daughter is disecting and hearing the vowels to get better. Adam thank you for a great experience and more to come!
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Glen May 22, 2016
· Classical Voice · In studio
Adam is great to work with and heaven sent!!!!!!! He is so kind and encouraging and very professional all at the same time.
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Aria T.

Saint Louis, MO 63109
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About Ryan B.

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I am a Music major currently attending UMSL studying composition and performance. I have finished an Associates in Music from STLCC, and have been giving private lessons since 2012. I have performed in multiple STL groups and have performed at many popular venues including Blueberry Hill, Roberts Orpheum Theatre, Off Broadway, The Broadway Oyster Bar, and The Gramophone to name a few. I perform a wide range of styles including Jazz, Classical, Rock, Funk, Reggae, Blues, and Progressive music. I have performed in Concert/Jazz choir, as well as Jazz band at both High school and Collegiate levels
. I give students a mix of formal and informal training that involves studies with proper technique and sight-reading along with a curriculum that focuses on the students preferences in musical taste, songs, and style!
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AshLeah D. February 24, 2017
Verified Student · Bass Guitar · In studio
Ryan was awesome! He taught my daughter about the parts of the guitar, helped her tune it, and showed her the many ways of how to pluck the strings. I would recommend him to a friend.
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Rachel December 10, 2016
Verified Student · Piano · In studio
I've had several lessons with Ryan so far and have gotten a lot out of them. Ryan is very knowledgeable and makes his students feel comfortable while learning new skills.
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Antonio J. December 5, 2016
Verified Student · Singing · In home
Ryan is definitely a well informed, awesome instructor! So glad that I'm able to learn from him. He knows his stuff.
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Ryan B.

Saint Louis, MO 63116
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About Chris S.

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Hi! My name is Chris, but a lot of people call me Luppy (pronounced "loopy"). I am a professional musician in the St. Louis area specializing in jazz as well as performing with my band Sky West Trio (www.skywesttrio.com). I am classically trained but also play by ear. I have years of experience in the music business. I toured the country for 8 years with a band (LP Outsiders) that led to a publishing deal with Windswept Pacific, landing a song on the Three To Tango movie soundtrack, appearing on the Disney Channel Show "2 Hour Tour" with 98 Degrees, and opening for many national acts. We e
ven toured with Big Bad Voodoo Daddy for a year. I also played trumpet on a b-side on Natalie Imbruglia's multi-platinum selling single to "Torn," and did some songwriting with Robbie Nevil (of "Ce La Vie" fame).I also have performed all over the world including many caribbean islands like Aruba, Barbados, Curacao, St. Maarten and St. Kitts.

I offer lessons to people of ALL AGES! I customize my lessons to focus on the things YOU WANT TO LEARN. My favorite thing to teach is how to play by ear! I can teach you the system that all professional musicians use to be able to play songs instantly after hearing it once. It really is possible with a little practice.

I do also teach the classical repertoire if that is what you are more interested in. For most students, I teach a combination of playing by ear and learning music theory, as well as some classical repertoire.
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Steve July 26, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Chris has been teaching me music theory along with my piano lessons. He is great and I plan to continue as long as possible.
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Brendan June 15, 2016
Verified Student · Piano · In home
Great first lesson! As an adult who's always wanted to relearn piano, I feel confident that I made the right choice in Chris.
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Russ April 27, 2016
· Piano · In home
Chris is awesome! He tailored my lessons to help me cover the skills that I most needed/wanted to work on while continuing to cover the basic materials he takes all his students through. He's professional, easy-going, flexible, and is a super talented player. Highly recommended for students of any playing level, or any age!
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Chris S.

Saint Louis, MO 63139
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About Jonathan M.

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Jonny Martin is studying under Kurt Baldwin of the Arianna String Quartet. Having studied the cello for over 15 years, Jonny has had many opportunities to experience the joys of music. He performed in orchestras such as the Missouri High School All State orchestra, UMSL symphony, Saint Charles County Symphony, BYU Symphonic Orchestra and Young People's Symphonic Orchestra. Jonny has had the pleasure of participating in a master class with Zuill Bailey, Matt Hamovitz and Paul Katz. During this time Jonny has taught many students and greatly enjoys passing down his love for music.
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Isaac November 10, 2016
Verified Student · Cello · In home
He was relatable to my 10 year old and thouroughly covered several essential techniques and excercises to practice.
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Maelon E. September 1, 2016
Verified Student · Cello · In home
I could hear a difference in my son's playing within the first lesson. The lesson just ended and my son is already looking forward to lesson two, thanks to Jonny's combination of expertise, enthusiasm, patience and encouragement.
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Frank June 25, 2016
· Cello · In home
A wonderful teacher. I only had a few lessons from him before I had to move, but they were excellent and I was thoroughly impressed. Great with kids too; he taught a young girl lessons right before mine. Patient, kind, knowledgeable.. all the best qualities!
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Saint Louis, MO 63116
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