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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 stu
dio 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 and wonder "Now how did that go?" or, " How was I able to do that?" You just open the email and listen to it – whenever you like.

*** Lesson Details ***
My teaching style is geared toward each individual student. Everyone has different specific interests and desired outcomes, so my lessons are based on your priorities and your goals. Beginning with your first lesson you should feel inspired and excited! Even if you are just beginning to learn an instrument, you need to have a teacher who can supply you with what you need AND have you playing things that you like within a very short time.
This applies to all types of music; rock, standards, folk, metal, classic rock, popular, country, whatever you want to play. Beginner or advanced. So it's up to you -- just tell me what you want to get out of the lessons, and that is what we do! I may be the instructor, but YOU are the director.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Martin 1963 "000-18" acoustic guitar
Fender Telecaster electric guitar
Acoustic Amplifier (Acoustic is the brand name)
Digital Recorder (portions of lessons are recorded & emailed to you)
Digital Video Recorder (portions videoed and emailed to you)
All music, tab, and diagrams are supplied at no additional cost

*** Travel Equipment ***
Guitar, sheet music, diagrams, and any and all notes pertinent to what we work on. I supply everything but the guitar that you are playing.

*** Specialties ***
Electric guitar, acoustic guitar, bass guitar. Rock, folk, gospel, country, finger-picking, vocal accompaniment, improvisation, lead guitar.
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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
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David D.

Scottsdale, AZ 85258
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$40 / 30-min
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Charles B.

Scottsdale, AZ

About Charles

If you have ever wanted to really learn how to sing correctly, I can help you. I have personally taken voice lessons twice a week for well over 15 plus years from a master voice/opera singer who was trained by Master Vocal instructors in the Greater New York City area and also in Europe. These Master Vocal Instructors had deep ties with the New York Metropolitan Opera. In addition my Master Voice teacher was associated with the New York Metropolitan Opera, as well. I enjoy working with each of my many students to exceed their initial vocal goals. Many of my students are professional singe
rs, church choir members, actors, musicians, and I even train a Hollywood producer's Arizona clients!

I have taken graduate level courses at Arizona State University in Speech and Hearing Sciences. I've worked in the Radiology Department of a major hospital for over 10 years, seven years as supervisor. I have gained a very in-depth knowledge of the anatomical/physiological aspects of the human voice and body. My in-depth knowledge can help free your tired, sore, and/or hoarse "instrument".

I love to work with anyone truly interested in expanding their vocal horizons. I enjoy making people laugh and help them develop their vocal aspirations into reality. My credo is singing must come from within the heart and soul of every artist. If we are too serious about so much of the technical stuff, our art will suffer and singing becomes more of a job then a passion. It must remain a passion within us to truly touch us and others.

My vocal training background is Bel Canto, the Italian School of Singing. In addition to Bel Canto, I was also cross trained in the German School of singing by the SAME instructor. This is very unusual since most singers which train Bel Canto do not generally cross over to German, due to language/vocal placement issues. The Great Pavarotti never sung German due to this very issue. The two schools of singing blend perfectly together when those schools are properly introduced and integrated during the voice lessons. The results are solid, progressive vocal growth and unbelievable beauty of tone which can be astonishing. This is what truly separates a singer with an unbelievable instrument from that of a "vocal orator".

Please be assured that I DO NOT ever force any of my students to sing opera. So if you are interested in just learning how to sing to the best of your ability, I can certainly help you.

A good majority of my voice students are professional performers and some are people just interested in developing their voice for their own personal fulfillment. I currently have a student who is a family physician and another is a musical composer of a well known pop song. One of my students recently sang on stage with the great Andrea' Bocelli and now he is scheduled to sing at Carnagie Hall in New York. I work hard in shedding the light of vocal knowledge to all my students. My in-depth knowledge base is there for anyone who wishes to train with me. I NEVER frown upon training individuals who have not had any prior vocal training. I am delighted to work with everyone who sincerely wishes to learn the great art of singing.

*** Lesson Details ***
I spend a good 35 minutes on vocal exercises to help strengthen and expanded the vocal range. I then move on to vocal musicianship and songs. Some of the songs I select for specific technical instruction. The student is always welcome to select his/her own music as well. I use specific songs as benchmarks to track vocal growth. I make sure my students are always cognizant of proper diaphragmatic/abdominal breath support coupled with a freed throat. I am a product of the WELL GUARDED secrets of the "Bel Canto" school of singing. It is through the Bel Canto school of singing that some of the world's greatest voices developed over the centuries. Often times my students find themselves surpassing their initial expectations! High notes are never an issue because the voice is freed to produce them. Vocal projection is almost never an issue because breath and voice are fused into one. The ability to sing softly is the result of a well freed up throat. When the throat is freed everything begins to develop beautifully. Each lesson brings forth incremental vocal growth.

I carefully work one on one with each of my students making sure that their throat and oral positioning are correct. The throat should never feel tired or tight during or after a voice lesson. My students repeatedly tell me that that notice steady vocal growth during and after each voice lesson. This makes it very exciting for both the student and me. This feeds the fire of passion to learn and grow!

*** Studio Equipment ***
A 100 year old grand piano, a full sized electronic keyboard to transpose music on the fly, and suspended computer monitors over the grand piano to aid in musical development. Karaoke support is also available using a 50 inch monitor. In addition, a 60 year player piano is available, should the student wish to use it.

*** Specialties ***
Bel Canto Italian School of Singing
German School of Singing
In addition, I read and speak Italian
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Crystal Newhope May 9, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Was very knowledgeable and made me feel very comfortable. It was my first lesson from a real professional and he had the ability to see the potential that I had always been told I have but never truly felt. He has made it possible for me to conceded the fact that my wish is in fact going to be a reality.
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Brent S. December 11, 2014
Opera Voice · In studio
Verified Student
Charles is a top class professional instructor with the qualified training, experience and tools to make any singer into a head-turning extraordinary singer. As well as being extremely patient, he understands the human voice to the extent to make it progressively evolve and advance at a surprisingly fast pace, while at the same time respecting it's limits.
My voice grows during each lesson and just into my 3rd lesson, there has been no plateau point at all. Great teacher!
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Katie L. August 20, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
I have learned and improved more in 3 lessons than I ever could have imagined. His methods are like magic!!
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Charles B.

Scottsdale, AZ 85251
(4)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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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 Tri State Area. From The Waldorf Astoria and Plaza Hotel to show bands to Country Club extravaganzas, from jazz to classic rock, blues, Brazilian and so much more.
I boast a repertoire of literally thousands of songs....dedicated to memory!
This extensive knowledge is passed through to my students in an exciting and more important, a FUN manner. When a student is having fun while learning I feel as if I have achieved a personal goal.
I have performed with The Drifters, The Spinners, B.J. Thomas, The Tokens, Legends from Las Vegas and countless other name acts playing acoustic and electric guitar.
I continue to perform on a regular basis all over Arizona. I am quite well known and respected as a guitarist and bandleader.

*** Lesson Details ***
In general, most lessons are divided into two sections.

The first being the formal study of the instrument including the reading of music and the various techniques that incorporate the student's goals.

The second part of the lesson is how we apply these techniques to songs. This is commonly known to my students as the "fun" part of the lesson. All students truly enjoy applying techniques learned to their favorite songs.

After three to six months of lessons the student will be able to play their favorite songs.They will have also acquired the musical education to apply this knowledge to their goal, whatever that may be.

I take an extremely laid back approach to teaching, incorporating humor and positive reinforcement.

My students are asked to practice for a half hour per day and then then encouraged to "play" for at least another half hour.

I never forget that if it weren't for the fun and joy, I would not be involved in music.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Designated music room with a baby grand piano, a keyboard, full PA system, amps and a recording system

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide a temporary guitar for a student. One of my instruments is 3/4 size for younger students.
I will recommend books that the student should purchase (I can also obtain these books)
Students should provide 2 chairs (no arms) and a music stand.

*** Specialties ***
I like to customize methods for the individual. I do prefer the Berklee series for more serious guitar students. I have used Alfred's for some younger ones. Personally, I was brought up on the Mel Bay method and I don't really care for it. Besides general guitar lessons I can offer instruction to bands as I play bass keys and drums as well.
Music Theory is a very strong point for me. Ear training goes hand in hand with theory. Being a performer too, I can teach the student the ropes of stage performance.
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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
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Marty T.

Scottsdale, AZ 85260
(7)
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$40 / 30-min
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Terry S.

Scottsdale, AZ

About Terry

I've been playing piano and singing for more years than I care to count. I started accompanying in church in the sixth grade and have played piano, organ and/or directed church choirs for about 30 years. I also enjoy directing music for local theater.

I strive to use the best of curricula and teaching techniques to help each student achieve their musical goals. Like most worthwhile skills, it takes regular practice. I will help you go at your own "best pace" so you're always making progress.
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Niall M. March 14, 2014
Piano
Terry brings out the best in his students.

My daughter, age 10, enjoys her lessons with Terry. She quickly built a repertoire which included classical pieces, blues and pop/rock songs. She takes great pride in performing them for anyone who will listen ;-)

Terry is a gifted teacher who motivates students, quickly pinpoints any difficulties and finds creative remedies.

Piano is going to be part of my daughter's life for years to come and I am very grateful that we found Terry.
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Anna H. February 28, 2014
Piano
Great Piano Lessons

As a piano teacher myself, I was anxious to find a teacher that would make learning music an enjoyable experience for my children. I am totally and completely happy with my children's lessons with Terry. He is patient and encouraging. He draws from a variety of resources to provide music that teaches, challenges, and is pleasant to play (and listen to). I highly recommend him!
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marcie H. February 22, 2014
Piano
excellent teacher

My daughter started taking lessons with Terry when she was a few months shy of 5 years old. He was very patient with her and met her at her level. He even suggested waiting a few months before beginning so she would not get frustrated due to her small, petite fingers. I appreciated the fact that he was honest and did not want to waste our time or money. Once she started back, he worked to determine what learning methods would work well with her. She has excelled tremendously and is proud of her accomplishments to read and play simple songs as a 6-year-old!
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Terry S.

Terry S.

Scottsdale, AZ 85250
(4)
starting at
$23 / 30-min
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Dee F.

Scottsdale, AZ

About Dee

*** Travel Equipment ***
Books. Students must have their own instrument (keyboards are acceptable for taking piano lessons). I always council students on brand, quality of instrument they are purchasing before they buy it.

*** Specialties *** I have been a public school music educator for over 20 years, and have taught band, orchestra, and choir which enables me to teach many instruments and voice. I also have been a language and reading tutor for over 6 years and have worked with students with special needs for over 10 years.
I studied classical guitar with master guitarist, Christo
pher Parkening, at Montana State University where I graduated with a B.M.E. I also did graduate work at MSU in composition. I teach Suzuki piano and violin. I am an accomplished composer/songwriter with many published and recorded songs and instrumental works through ASCAP. I endeavor to make learning fun, and enjoy teaching students of all ages!
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Jorden H. June 19, 2015
Viola · In home
Verified Student
On behalf of Jorden, she truly enjoyed her session. She liked the guidance, direction and takeaways and practicing as instructed to be ready for her next session. Thank you Dee!
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Krista G. June 3, 2015
Cello · In home
Verified Student
Dee is a pro, our kids have improved and she keeps them challenged. Would recommend her to any parent looking for a dependable and talented music teacher.
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Mike D. May 21, 2015
Classical Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Great teacher. Quickly corrected years of technical mistakes. She covered a wide variety of fundamentals in a short time covering a broad range of music.
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Dee F.

Dee F.

Scottsdale, AZ 85251
(7)
starting at
$30 / 30-min

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