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My name is David, and I am a music teacher of many different subjects. These include guitar, piano, bass, ukulele, recording, music theory, production, composition and film music composition.
All styles, and all ages. Classical, Rock, Alternative, Blues, Jazz, and more!
I have a Masters Degree in music from The University of Melbourne in Australia, as well as having the distinction of a Bachelors Degree in Music from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle. I am one of the 16% of people who attended Cornish that actually graduated from their school.
Many times a student w
ill come to me after having been with another teacher for some time,.. they express to me that the other instructor did not teach them what they wanted to learn, nor did they achieve the result that they wanted. The instructor perhaps had them mired in endless exercises and studies that were great to get you ready to play music, but perhaps was not music in and of itself. I find that when I get right down to the nitty gritty of playing, and show my students a song they love and know, and get them playing their instrument, by the end of the session that they are usually thrilled and excited. In the end it makes them work harder and practice long because THEY ARE PLAYING MUSIC ON THE THEIR INSTRUMENT!!!
Certainly exercises are of paramount importance, but when you can make that connection with a student and help them to relate to the guitar the exercises are ultimately easier to them, and the experience of playing guitar an enjoyable and less alienating task.
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"I am very happy with my decision to take lessons with David. In just 2 months I've gone from strumming some chords to understanding picking patterns, learning how to put together an entire song, and expanding my techniques. I am very surprised at how much technical skill I have been able to pick up in such a short period of time"
Marianne Burch, Tacoma
"I'm 46 years old and my only known talent is for overcomplicating things. I've always admired a good guitar player and wanted to learn to play myself--who doesn't?--but felt I didn't have the talent or just "couldn't do it." Then I found David Jaedyn C. and he said, 'Oh yes you can. Commit to 4 lessons up front and you'll see that you can.' I took the leap and sure enough, he had me playing blues riffs in less than one month. All I had to do was listen and do as he instructed me to and it all comes very naturally. There's no stress, just a whole lot of fun! If you're like me and you thought you couldn't play guitar, start with David and just have some fun with it. It's simple. You won't want to put the guitar down again!"
Dan DuBeau, Tacoma
I had been playing guitar for about 5 years and had only been self taught. I found myself completely stuck playing the same chords and not able to play riffs or solos at all. In my first lesson I was playing the blues with slides and hammer ons and pull offs. In a couple of lessons he had me soloing in different keys and playing riffs from guitar gods! He was able to teach me in a couple lessons what took me years trying to teach myself! He makes lessons so much fun because not only are you learning the music theory but he relates it to popular songs that you can practice along with. He also has so much knowledge in other aspects as well. He can teach you about music gear and amps or help you compose your own music. He caters to your style and taste in music and can teach you ANYTHING!
I love guitar period, but it's overtly frustrating when you have no idea where to start, or how to play at all. I went through multiple guitar instructors trying to learn how to play and each of them weren't very specific, or didn't hone in on any one thing at a time so you could really start to get it down and process it. Then we happened to find David, and he was really what we were looking for. I started picking up chords like no other, It helped, and is helping tremendously. He goes into depth about the song,letting you comprehend it a little more, and ultimately learning it quicker and better.
Skye Reed, Tacoma WA
I have had 4 different Blues guitar Teacher in the last 6 months, getting nowhere as far as really playing some Blues until I ran across David. The other teachers just wanted me to learn the pentatonic scales, Major and Minor. That took a lot of boring weeks and I am sure I will need to know those scales but I just wanted someone to show / teach me Blues chords, related to Blues songs and the timing to the chord changes so I could start playing some kind of Blues. I have had 6 one hour lessons so far with David and I am playing the Blues. The first 4 hours Dave showed me a E, A, B7 blues chord progression with some step up and step down notes. The 2nd 2 hours Dave showed me a A, D9, A7,E9 Blues chords and Blues timing with slides.
I take one hour Lessons every Thursday and in 6 hours I am playing the Blues. I picked up the guitar about 6 months ago, started teaching myself and not really getting anywhere. I am not a fast learner, about average in learning something new. Now I set a home Learning my guitar and polishing the Blues songs that David has taught me, starting to get FUN.
Les Fairley Tacoma, Wa.
Working with David has made me focus on areas of my chops that needed fine tuning. He provides the basic exercises and tools that, when practiced enough in a zen-like manner, clarifies your understanding of movement on the fret board, and makes you sound a bit more professional. Questions regarding speed, theory, notation, composition, and even string size, are ready for answer with David, which is what keeps me working with him. From begining, to intermediate, to professional levels, if you're looking to improve your chops, Dave's your guy.
Frank Lorenzo, Seattle WA
I had tried many different instructors and had become very frustrated with trying to learn guitar. Within one lesson David had me playing ACDC and RUSH! David just has a way of explaining things so that they make sense and doesn't waste any time getting right down to the nuts and bolts of guitar. A lot of other instructors spend alot of time getting you 'ready' to play guitar, but with David we got down to playing guitar right away!
Stevie Johannsen, Olympia WA
*** Studio Equipment *** Mac Logic Presonus invariable guitars, amps, keyboards, and other stuff. Tama drumset, Full Mic's. University trained mind and honed skills. Who cares about the software.
*** Specialties *** Generally come from conservatory/ classical background so utilize classical methods of teaching with a contemporary application to suit modern day application
Kory April 17, 2016
Classical Guitar ·
David tailors each lesson dynamically to my own progression which has been great. Gauges progression and gives you things to work on before the next lesson. Highly recommend him!
Alejandra S. November 12, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Patient, clear lesson. David was well prepared, yet flexible.
Larry October 12, 2015
Acoustic Guitar ·
David is an amazing talent and provides me with much needed inspiration. In little over a year, I have learned a tremendous amount about nearly all styles of guitar, classical and lead guitar in particular. It's very helpful to have an awesome instructor who is extremely knowledgeable and very patient. His lesson plans are geared towards what I want to learn and the lessons that we work on cover all the techniques that are necessary to take my skills to the next level. He makes every lesson fun and he works with me until I am comfortable to move on.
A native of the Pacific Northwest, saxophonist Kareem K is a performer, composer, and educator, who is in high demand for his talents both on and off the stage.
Growing up in the northwest with its vibrant music scene allowed Kareem the opportunity to study with, listen to and perform with world class jazz artists residing in the area. Artists such as Tracy Knoop, Jay Thomas, Don Lanphere, Bill Ramsay, Hadley Caliman, Julian Priester and many others had a large impact on Kareem early in his musical education. This direction and guidance continues to inspire and lead Kareem as he continues h
is lifelong passion undertaking a career as a professional musician.
Today, as a performing artist he spends most of his time leading his group for which he composes and arranges most of the music. The band is constantly on the move as a sought after performing group and spends most of its time performing in and around the Pacific Northwest. When not leading his own group Kareem can be seen and heard performing as a sideman with many other top notch musical acts and projects, most notably The Paperboys from Vancouver BC.
As an educator Kareem divides his time teaching jazz improvisation as an artist in residence at The Tacoma School of the Arts, directing the award winning student jazz ensemble at Pierce College, conducting masterclasses and workshops at schools around the Puget Sound area, and maintaining a full load of private students.
Kareem holds a Bachelors Degree of Music from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle Washington which he attended after receiving a full scholarship.
Throughout his years of teaching Kareem has worked with students of all ages and abilities, from beginners just getting started, to advanced players who simply want new ideas and direction.
*** Lesson Details *** Lessons are relaxed and are focused on what you would like to learn.
I usually begin with assessing where students are in their abilities and then come up with a lesson plan based on what they already know and what they would like to accomplish. They can be geared towards a 5 year old with no musical training whatsoever, or to an advanced musician who wants to further develop their skills.
Topics that I cover in lessons throughout a typical day of teaching include: Instrument technique, sight reading skills ( note and rhythm recognition ), memorization skills, music theory, ear training, improvising, and composing.
After 3 to 6 months of lessons and regular practice a beginning student should have a good command of their instrument and a strong foundation of sight reading. At this point we normally will also have started some music theory as well. For students wanting to focus on jazz we will have already begun improvising as well.
*** Studio Equipment *** 5x10 room w/ piano and seating for parents
*** Specialties *** I focus on the basics of learning to read music and basic technique on the instruments that I teach. From there I proceed with theory, ear training, improvising, composition etc. It all depends on what the students want to learn. I am comfortable teaching classical music as well as jazz, rock, composition, and improvisation.
Adam A. January 1, 2015
Kareem has been teaching me since I was in the fourth grade. I am currently in 8th grade, and man what can I say, he's as good as it gets! After two years I was in my middle school jazz band, which is not easy for a person who has only been playing for two years. You, yourself will be able to see extreme progress within just a few lessons! You must know Kareem teaches at Pierce College, a class at the Tacoma School of the Arts (which I hopefully will be attending and taking his class), teaches numerous private students every week, and lastly he performs with a stellar jazz band of his own! He is extremely dedicated to the musical field. If I were anybody reading this review and wanted to start playing any of the variety of instruments he plays, I would call Kareem K.!
Robin J. December 7, 2014
Kareem is a dedicated and diligent musician and teacher. He is able to share his love of music with students of all ages. Not only is he extremely capable of teaching students the technical aspects of music, but his lessons incorporate a wider perspective as well, such as, listening to different genres of music and asking his students to discuss what they hear. He is always positive and encourages students to do their best. He has style and class and it is a privilege that two of my children can study under his tutelage.
Ryan T. December 6, 2014
Music Performance ·
Kareem is the man. I first met him while playing in the Pierce College Big Band--which he directs and is a perennial first place at the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival. I studied with him for 6 months formally but over the past 2 years through his weekly jam session and mutual gigs he's become a tremendous influence in my life. Whether your a beginner on your axe or an aspiring jazz student of any level he is the instructor for you.
As an improvisor his main influences are Sonny Stitt, Dexter Gordon, and Joshua Redman. For any jazz musician on any instrument he is a master instructor of bebop. His overall playing versatility is solid but his forte is bebop. He is simply a beast of bebop and can aptly guide you along the path of musical enlightenment. Also, like most great jazz musicians his piano chops are excellent.
Have been playing piano for over 15 years. Classical to modern style. Teach piano to students K - adult - beginner through intermediate levels.
Currently I teach and tutor students in the following areas: piano, voice, choir, math and reading. I have experience working with all developmental levels of children and adults. I offer both individual and group lessons in music and in academics.
Supportive and encouraging, I guide students step-by-step and provide a solid foundation in musicianship and technique so that students are empowered to explore any kind of music. Igniting the imagination of students and providing them with the practical tools to realize their highest potential is the basis of my teaching
My interest in m
usic and performing arts spans a period of over 20 years with taking piano lessons, creative dramatics classes, dance as a very young child. I was very engaged with every aspect of performance. Currently I sing with the Northwest Repertory Singers which performs throughout the Puget Sound area.
As a master teacher, I use music and art to stimulate student interest in their core subjects and have numerous methods in which to access student progress and to stimulate learning.
For teaching piano, I use the Mayron Cole Piano method which starts with learning rhythm, then keyboard notes, followed by staff notes. Each of the 3 steps is repeated in fun and engaging ways until the student feels comfortable.
We encourage group/ensemble based learning, where each student learns and plays a different part, however simple, to help keep students engaged. Board games, movement and singing are also used to help reinforce music theory concepts.
I teach individual and group piano lessons in my studio, and will travel to a students home, a community center, or to a school, to accommodate a student's schedule.
I have been playing piano for over 20 years, have a Master's in Music from Arizona State University and love sharing my passion with my students!
I believe in providing exciting piano lessons that are engaging, relevant and fun.
I believe in piano lessons that focus not only on gaining technique but on creating that 'aha' moment and cultivating a life long love for music.
I value keeping things personal and interesting and work hard to achieve a lesson plan that is specific to each child.
I love piano students who are excited and passionate about learning the piano.
I believe my program is unique and I will continue to work hard for each of my students to create an experience that works for them.
After living in Anchorage Alaska for the past 3 years, my husband, daughter and I recently moved to Tacoma. While in Anchorage I taught a studio of around 35 students with age ranges from 4 to adult. I also performed regularly with the Anchorage Opera and Anchorage Symphony on french horn. I have a BM in Music Performance from University of the Pacific and an MM in Music Performance from Arizona State University. I have played piano for over 20 years and french horn for over 15. I love music and I love sharing it with people!
When I'm not doing music, I love reading, hiking and running!
Dorothy H. March 1, 2016
In studio Verified Student
I have been talking piano lessons with Anna for three months now and I am very pleased with her as an instructor and plan to continue for a long time.
Dylan J. December 29, 2015
In home Verified Student
She is in tune with Dylan and his interest in music. Very friendly and helps him stayed interested in learning a new skill.
Bobby B. November 3, 2015
In home Verified Student
Anna is an excellent instructor. She listened to my goals and has put forth plans to help me achieve them. Although only with her for a few weeks I feel totally at ease and have learned a lot. Looking forward to continuing our association and learning new things.
I've been teaching piano for 29 years and my students have received jobs as pianists in different churches. Within the first few lessons, you'll be able to play with both hands, read notation, and as time goes on you'll be able to play music of your own choice. I specialize in classical piano, and I typically use Hal Leonard books, which come with CD's. I enjoy working with students of all ages and experience levels, and I can't wait to meet you!
I was educated in the former Soviet Union, where I received my classical piano education, and hold the equivalency of a Bachelor's Degree in Music Theory, as well as a Master's Degree in Piano Teaching, and Choral Conducting. I have taught private piano lessons for 29 years -- 18 years in the U.S. I enjoy working with students of all ages, but prefer school age children.
Emma M. December 29, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Wonderful first lesson. My little one enjoyed Lana's teaching skills. My little one learned quite a bit in her first session. Fabulous!
Alex September 8, 2015
I've taken private lessons with Svetlana for several years and I love her teaching style as well as the results. At first I only wanted to learn because my parents pushed me, but now I continue to play piano and I love even Classical Music, something I would not have expected to get out of lessons.
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