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Derek S.

Tempe, AZ

About Derek

Hello there!

I love music! To me, it truly is a universal language, and nothing else can capture and express emotion quite like it. Ever since I picked up a guitar 15 years ago, I've been on a quest to learn and speak the language of music. One discovery I have made along the way is that I love teaching it to others, too!

Over the past 10 years, I've been busy immersing myself in music. The excitement of performing live on stage, the pride of writing a song that touches someone, the reward of watching a student learn something new—these are the things that fuel my passion. My dream is th
at my students will one day be able to experience these things!

I've been teaching guitar lessons for over 5 years, and I just recently graduated from ASU with a B.S. in psychology. Also, I am co-founder, producer, and engineer at an independent recording studio in Mesa, AZ. This broad range of experience makes me confident that I have lots to offer for every student, beginning to advanced.

*** Lesson Details ***
"Give a man a fish, and you have fed him for today. Teach a man to fish, and you have fed him for a lifetime."

This is my mentality when it comes to lesson curriculum. There are a lot of things involved in being a well-rounded guitar player, and by only learning to play random radio songs, you're missing out on the big picture! That's why I am an avid proponent of teaching music theory, note reading, music terminology, improvisation, songwriting, and more. These are the things that will feed you musically for a lifetime!

After just six months of taking lessons with me, students will have a firm grasp on the fundamentals of music, and they will be able to apply that knowledge to the songs they play. Students will also know how to play the guitar with proper technique due to scale knowledge, finger strength/dexterity exercises, and effective practice habits. They will even know about guitar maintenance, such as how to restring a guitar.

Lessons with me will truly allow you to understand every dimension of the guitar and musicianship!

*** Specialties ***
Guitar is my number one specialty—particularly classic rock, alternative rock, and popular styles, with a strength in bluesy solo technique. I have a modern teaching style, and I am very up to date with current music trends. I tend to focus on practical and transferable music skills—you know, the things that allow you to play with other musicians, learn new instruments, and be truly creative on the guitar! I am very adept in subjects related to real world music knowledge and application, such as songwriting, music theory, music recording, and music performance. Whether you're a hobbyist wanting to strum your way through folk classics, or a future musician looking to write songs and start a band, I have a way to make you love playing the guitar!
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Mark March 22, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Derek was amazing! In the first lesson I learned more then I have in months with others. I felt he really took the time to understand where I was, and what would help me most. I didn't feel rushed and the way he explained concepts was amazing.

He is obviously a talented musician but has the ability to take that knowledge and make it accessible and understandable.

I would highly recommend Derek for any level of guitar player.
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Brad R. March 21, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Derek is a fantastic instructor! He is patient, and he will teach you how to play the songs you love to hear, without shortcuts. You will learn to play guitar. All you need is determination! I began my first leaaon with Derek having never even held a guitar before, and after 3 lessons, we are starting to learn songs from my favorite band!
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Blaise D. February 7, 2016
Bass Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Suburb teacher. Caring and truly helpful. Plus the guy is really a talented musician.
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Derek S.

Tempe, AZ 85281
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Sheila M.

Scottsdale, AZ

About Sheila

I love teaching music! I have been teaching violin and fiddle for 20years now. I have been a professional violinist for 40years and love to share my experiences and knowledge of music with others. I teach beginners/intermediate and advanced adult students with a complete focus on ear training and learning by ear. I am extremely patient and my students always have a great time learning.

Please understand I only teach adults or kids that are VERY INTERESTED in learning music and violin. And I ONLY teach by EAR :) The easiest way to describe 'learning by ear' is to say that I teach a for
m of the Suzuki Method. I teach the student each note for the piece of music before they leave the lesson, I record it and it is up to the student to practice along with the recording (as opposed to practicing with written music). All of my students that formerly read music only, all said at first that learning by ear would be too difficult for them. But within a weeks time, all my students change their mind and prefer learning by ear.

If you don't wish to take lessons with me, I still plead with you that you take any lessons from anyone and PLAY MUSIC! :) :)

You can see more about me at sheilamaguire.net and read some testimonies from my students.

Looking forward to hearing from you! :)
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john April 29, 2016
Violin · In home
Verified Student
Sheila has a great personality, very patient with beginners, and creates a friendly learning environment. She has great world wide violin experience and has won many violin contests.

In just a few lessons my skill and understanding has greatly improved.
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Andy March 9, 2016
Fiddle · In home
Verified Student
Sheila was exceptionally supportive and patient with my beginner's efforts . . . looking forward to steady improvement with my fiddle-
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Erin D. August 11, 2015
Fiddle · In studio
Verified Student
Sheila was so friendly, and did a great job pushing me to work hard, but in a gentle, friendly way. I had a lot of fun in the lessons! I went in with no real knowledge of the fiddle, and came out with a great experience. I definitely recommend her!
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Sheila M.

Scottsdale, AZ 85250
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Kristilyn W.

Tempe, AZ

About Kristilyn

I am a classically trained bassoonist with a passion for all types of music. I received my Doctorate of Musical Arts (DMA) in bassoon performance from the Ohio State University, and my Masters of Music in bassoon performance from Arizona State University.

In addition to performing with symphonies and classical chamber music groups all over the country, I'm also a founding member of the band Dry River Yacht Club. We've gone on tours, played music festivals, and recorded 3 studio albums.

I love working with students on an individual level, finding out what motivates and inspires them, and
helping each one accomplish his or her personal goals. Lessons with me focus on technical precision while simultaneously developing listening skills, focus, sensitivity, and appreciation for refinement and beauty.
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Lora April 13, 2016
Bassoon · Online
Verified Student
Great first lesson!
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Jodi T. March 4, 2016
Bassoon · Online
Verified Student
I was impressed after one lesson - clear, concise explanations, attention to how I learn (visual, memorization, or through physical learning) so that lessons and instructions could be tailored to my learning style. Encouraging, energetic and profesional. I couldn't be more excited to have her as a teacher and suddenly this all seems a lot less anxiety-inducing and far more enjoyable. Totally banished the bad memories of grade-school music classes, which put me off learning an instrument for many decades.
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Ian January 9, 2016
Bassoon · In studio
Kristilyn was my first bassoon instructor and has continued to be my favorite! She took me from being a mediocre, subpar high school bassoon player to a proficient bassoon player in under a year! She helped me audition and qualify for my high school regional honor band, as well as making me want to continue playing bassoon in college. I owe much of my improvement and love of the bassoon to Kristilyn. :)
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Kristilyn W.

Tempe, AZ 85281
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Brian M.

Tempe, AZ

About Brian

After graduating Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor's Degree in Music Performance (Violin) from the artistically vibrant and widely recognized music program at Central Washington University, I traveled to the nationally recognized Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University where I am currently in my 2nd year of my Master's Degree in Music. I have been teaching both in-home and in a professional capacity since 2005. Having personally prepared many auditions, I have both experiential and technical advice to offer intermediate to advanced players. Music theory and its ap
plications is another one of my passions and I am always excited to share this knowledge in all instrumental lessons, which include both violin and viola. Lessons through this website will be held at the School of Music at ASU in the practice room facilities which are secured with card-key access, and are very private and comfortable. All styles of playing are welcome! Beginners are usually started on the Suzuki program.
I also have experience teaching at the incredibly successful and internationally acclaimed LindaMood-Bell Learning Processes where I worked with children K-12+ on phonemic awareness and reading comprehension, knowledge which would be a perfect match for anyone looking to enhance their child's reading skills (many of the clients I have worked with were diagnosed with learning abilities before enrolling, and all showed significant progress after completing the program).
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Sherry L. March 29, 2016
Violin · In home
Verified Student
I took a series of lessons with Brian and was very pleased. He has both the patience/calm to deal well with young children and the intelligence/scope of knowledge to handle the inquisitive adult. He's polite, accountable, well-spoken and clearly cares about what he does. He's a focus-on-the-positive, technique-intensive teacher - he wants to see you learn, and learn right. I would definitely recommend....
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Tristan M. February 13, 2016
Viola · In home
Verified Student
Great experience!
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Lujain A. July 26, 2015
Violin · Online
Verified Student
My first lesson was great. Brian is a great and patient instructor.
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Brian M.

Tempe, AZ 85282
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Lacy S.

Scottsdale, AZ

About Lacy

Hello! I have a Master's in Vocal Performance from Indiana University and did my undergraduate at Arizona State University. I have performed as a professional opera singer all over the country and have also performed in music theater productions throughout the valley. At Indiana University I was an Associate Instructor of Voice and I can teach styles ranging from pop to classical. I have extensive stage and audition experience and love to help others find ways to express themselves through singing and acting. I can help you learn to read music, improve your vocal technique and increase you
r range. Come experience the joy of singing!
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Hyunmi L. August 5, 2015
Classical Voice · In home
Verified Student
I am a pianist who works as a Director of Music at a church. I needed a teacher who could help me with vocal techniques that can not only benefit myself but for me to be able to teach and help my choir.
I feel very lucky that I have found Lacy who is very knowledgeable at what she does. She is patient and easy to get along with. She won't try to flatter you, but she will try to make you a better singer. I highly recommend Lacy, especially if you are looking to improve your technique.
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Lacy S.

Lacy S.

Scottsdale, AZ 85254
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$25 / 30-min

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