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Jonathan H.

Hatfield, PA

learn to read composed music for the guitar... learn the fingerstyle technique.... classical acoustics are recommended, but plectrums are still welcome!!

About Jonathan

I started my musical education in a children'€™s choir at age 6.
When I turned 8 years old, I began piano lessons. I started violin
at 9 and trombone at 10. I am now proficient on the guitar, bass, and piano. Having completed my tour of duty in the U.S. Army, I am currently on the Dean'€™s list as a music/audio production major, and plan to continue my music education until I earn at least a masters in performance and composition. I started my teaching career at Milestones in Music, a local studio, as an independent contractor, where i was able to gain valuable experience and fine tune m
y curriculum. I am a member of the Grammy U Recording Academy, and have had opportunities to work with a lot of different musicians. (The Recording Academy is the organization that created the most prestigious
award in music, the Grammy). I am the band leader at my church Montco Bible Fellowship, and the lead audio tech for an audio/video group.. Sanctuary Sound. I also do consultant work for organizations looking to setup a sound system/studio. I enjoy recording my own music in my home studio, and learning to play new instruments. I hope to pass my love for music to the next generation!

*** Lesson Details ***
I am a very laid back instructor... as you will find out! I understand that not everyone learns at the same rate; however, I am a perfectionist and don't allow students to advance until they have learned a particular skill. I would rather a student take forever to learn a song, and practice it with good technique, than be able to play it right away with poor form and posture! I reinforce the value of working toward goals and celebrate with students when they reach them.  I understand that every student has different interests and reasons for wanting to learn an instrument... I try to focus on the areas that are of interest to the student, because if you are enjoying yourself then you will excel.  This does not mean that the subjects and skills that are not of interest will not be taught, because I believe in being a well-rounded musician. I teach both jazz (improvisation/reading chord charts) and classical (written/ composed music).

*** Studio Equipment ***
My studio is currently not optimal for teaching... I hope to change this within the next year!!

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide lesson books and other learning materials, but expect to be reimbursed. I expect the student to have their own instrument/equipment. Piano students are required to have a piano or a keyboard with weighted keys/hammer-action (preferably 88 keys), a piano bench and a pedal. Guitar/bass students must have an acoustic/electric guitar/bass with a strap or footstool, pick, and cable and amplifier if applicable! Digital audio students must have their own computer, Digital Audio workstation (software), digital audio interface, speakers/headphones and midi controller. All students must purchase a full size notebook with lined or staff paper!

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in classical and jazz piano! I am more than proficient at most production software including: cubase, reason, fl studio, melodyne, digital performer and protools... and other editing software such as sony sound forge, audacity, etc...
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Dennis S. August 12, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Thanx for a great 1st lesson
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Jack S. May 12, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
I'm a self taught player but I couldn't figure out how to play solos, and I never understood jazz concepts to be able to play it. After my first lesson, Johnathon gave me many fundamental points to begin to understand performing a solo. In order to move forward, I need to move backwards and master fundamental techniques. Johnathon was focused, detailed, and clearly communicated the points he was explaining to me. He laid out a detailed plan of what to practice, and I was very happy with my first lesson!
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Maxine G. April 27, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Jonathan is knowledgeable, patient, and I would recommend him as a teacher for anybody of any age.
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Jonathan H.

Jonathan H.

Hatfield, PA 19440
(10)
starting at
$25.99 / 30-min
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Nero C.

Philadelphia, PA

Technique, Phrasing, Tone.
From Bach to Leo Brouwer.

About Nero

I have been teaching music for 20 years. I grew up on the 2nd floor of my father's music store in Central PA and have been around music my whole life. I earned a bachelor’s degree in Music Performance from the University of the Arts where I studied jazz guitar with Pat Martino, Jimmy Bruno, Steve Giordano, and Tom Giacabetti. I was one of the original teachers during the formative years at the Paul Green School of Rock Music where I later went on to be the Music Director of the Philadelphia and Downingtown Schools. During that time, I helped many students prepare and get accepted to music
schools, ran and developed music summer camps, and organized concerts where the students performed the music of Led Zeppelin, the Beatles, and many more of rock's finest band at every major venue in Philadelphia.

I have been active in the local music scene recording and playing sold-out shows at the Electric Factory, Union Transfer, TLA, Trocadero, Johnny Brenda's and World Café Live with such acts as Work Drugs, 722, Bebek, Franzschubert, Sensi Star, Clean Equations, The Black Lodge Ensemble, Dani Mari, Ashley Phillips, and The Smash Brothers. I have played jazz at the Kimmel Center, musical theater at the Walnut Street and Arden Theaters, reggae bass at the Jersey Shore, and rocked out at CBGB's and the Filmore. I have toured throughout the east coast and as far as Shanghai and Stockholm. I bring all this range of experience to each lesson.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am a very easy going and patient teacher. My objective is for a guitar, bass, uke, mandolin or banjo lesson to be both educational and fun. I do not adhere to a strict curriculum because I have found over the years that everyone learns differently. I cater my lessons to the individual goals and tastes of my students.

Whether it is a 7 year old successfully playing a D chord or teenager connecting the dots of music theory, the most satisfying experiences for me is when a student has that “ah hah” moment. I feel it is my job not only to channel creativity but also to help students develop discipline. A typical lesson will consist of learning new skills such as working on rhythm and developing a good ear but most importantly, we will do a large amount of playing.

My teaching studio is furnished with two practice amps, a small PA, and a music stand. I have several guitars both acoustic and electric, plus a bass, keyboards, and several percussion instruments around the house to play with. I really enjoy working with students to develop their own music and am equipped to record demos. I also have an extensive songbook and guitar tab library as a resource to learn songs from. I do have a cat, just to let you know, and my house very easy to get to via public transportation.

*** Specialties ***
Improvisation, Classical, Jazz, Rock
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Sonja R. April 6, 2015
Ukulele · In studio
Verified Student
Nero is very laid back and friendly. Good guy, great teacher.
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MarieO July 18, 2012
I had a great experience with this teacher. He was patient and incorporated my musical taste into the lessons. I've learned so much working with Nero!
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JoanB May 16, 2012
Mandolin Lessons

I recently started playing mandolin on my own - and decided to take lessons to make sure that my technique was correct. -- All I can say is that Nero is the best music teacher I have ever had - not to mention, a gifted musician. He makes learning fun, and his approach and patience allows you to easily pick up new techniques and skills. I hope to take lessons with Nero for a long time!!!!
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Nero C.

Nero C.

Philadelphia, PA 19145
(7)
starting at
$28 / 30-min
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Jon T.

Darby, PA

Since 1970s at beginning level

About Jon

As a TakeLessons student taught by Jon, you're getting the benefit of a genuine musician/artist who has been affiliated with Atlantic Recording artist Ray Charles and EMI recording artist Paul McCartney by means of their musicians and songwriters. I do this for a living, so I'm serious about professionally satisfying you the student and helping you to develop to your fullest potential! Remember what you put in...I will help you to get the max out!

I belong to the Musician's Union local 802 located in New York City which is the largest musicians local in the world! Many stars and celebs are
members here.

I also am a publisher/songwriter with Broadcast Music Incorporated from which my performance rights are collected! We will help you to get on your way to doing all of these things or if you just want to play/perform for fun that's cool too. We'll help you to meet and surpass your goals. Well, look forward to working with you soon. (Please don't hesitate to sign up since I can only take on a limited number of students in view of my performing, writing and recording demands.)

Thanks,
Jon

*** Lesson Details ***
We will taylor the lesson plan individually. Due to my schedule I will specialize in beginner to intermediate since more advanced students involve more preparation on my part and may serve to conflict with a very demanding itinerary.

We will determine what you want to learn and or improve on from our initial conversations and agree that we can meet those goals! We want to make you happy...hey that's what music is all about right?

The entertainer has to be happy first...then make you happy!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Typical Home Studio Portable Set Up
Including Computers, Production Software
Keyboards
Guitars
Microphones
Amplifiers
Roland Guitar Synthesizer
Etc.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Depending On Job
Fender P150 PA
Fender P250 PA
Acoustic Guitars
Electric Guitars
Fender Amp
Vox Amp

*** Specialties ***
Vocalist - Solo with Backing Tracks / Band Front
Guitarist - Solo or with Band; Acoustic or Electric
Songwriter - Jon T Music BMI
Publisher - Jon T Music BMI
Studio Musician - Vocals and Multi - Instruments
Affiliated - American Federation Of Musicians Local 802 New York
Owns - T Productions Studio
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Olivia F. December 28, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Jon is a very talented, knowledgeable and patient instructor. He knows how to find the strengths and weaknesses of his students. He enhances the strengths and strengthens the weaknesses. Once my financial circumstances change, I will eagerly resume my lessons with Jon.
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Shannon F. December 24, 2014
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
My daughter, who is now 11, has been taking lessons with Jon since last spring. He has done a wonderful job with her, making her feel comfortable and confident. Even though she doesn't practice as much as she should, her skills are really improving under Jon's tutelage. He has done a great job of adapting to her personality, which can be challenging, and developing a teaching style that fits her needs. Both her singing and her guitar playing have really improved and she looks forward to her lessons every week.
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Jon T.

Jon T.

Darby, PA 19023
(2)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Brad R.

Chester Springs, PA

Brad is an expert in classical guitar. He has studied with many great teachers, performed in many master classes and is an experienced performer. He knows over 8 hours of classical repertoire from many great composers including: Bach, Villa Lobos, Brouwer, and Tarrega. He techniques for memorizing music is second to none. He has a deep understand of: technique, minimizing motion, tone, nails, fretboard, sight reading, interpretation, and historical practices. He knows all the small details that makes the difference between a good performance and a great one.

About Brad

Brad's understanding of music runs deeper then just knowledge of the fingerboard and instrument. His mix of philosophy, music, and humor makes him a unique and well rounded teacher for students of all ages. His former students now study music at Berkelee College of Music, Hartt School of Music, Dance and Theater, and Elon University. Brad has developed his own method book for overcome physical and mental obstacles on the path to mastery.

*** Lesson Details ***
Brad tries to adjust his teaching to fit the goals of the student. He is great with kids, but also knows when to be serious.
He works from over a hundred music books for all levels of playing and styles. From disciplined classical playing, to free improvisation, Brad has done it all.

Things student learn include:
- reading sheet music
- classical guitar
- reading guitar tab
- songs and pieces in a variety of styles
- fretboard knowledge
- scales and arpeggios
- lead guitar playing
- technique
- chords of all types
- finger picking, and pick style
- music theory
- ear training and solfege
- memorizing music
- interpretation and expression
- phrasing
- musicianship
- songwriting
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Austin B. May 25, 2015
I am a former student of New England Conservatory along with Brad and I played several gigs with him. Brad has a great demeanor and he's very easy to work with. Beyond this, he is a great creative partner who gives and takes criticism easily. He has a firm knowledge of his instrument as well as music theory. Brad has a genuine interest in his students success as well as his colleagues. He understands how fun music can be and has a great sense of humor that lends itself to teaching.
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Graham B. September 21, 2014
Music Theory · In home
I never thought I would confidently understand music theory, even after years of practice, self-teaching, college electives, etc... I just never felt like I "got" it. Brad changed all that. Studying music theory with Brad's guidance and encouragement, I quickly began to feel as though I could "speak" music fluently.

Brad is a phenomenal teacher, and can adapt to almost any situation. If I wasn't understanding something, he never got frustrated, he would find a way to explain it differently until something finally stuck. That's very important I think. I've had too many teachers give up and say, "If you don't get this, you never will." Brad doesn't think like that. To him, "just not getting it" isn't an option. If you want to learn something, he'll find a way to teach it to you.
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Sarah B. September 18, 2014
Music Theory · In studio
I studied music theory with Brad my senior year of high school, and it was the best decision I could have made! Brad fully prepared me for college-level theory at a conservatory, and I have excelled as a performer because of the great theory background Brad provided me with. He knows music theory inside and out, and he is able to adapt his teaching skills for any student. Thanks for all your help, Brad!

-Sarah Barrett, Hartt School of Music
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Brad R.

Brad R.

Chester Springs, PA 19425
(5)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Brian M.

Marlton, NJ

About Brian

Hey! My name is Brian and I teach guitar, bass guitar, and music theory out of Duke's Bike Music Studio in Marlton, NJ. A little about myself, I'm 33, married and have two kids. I've been playing guitar and bass since I was 12 and professionally teaching music since 2008. Aside from playing in various bands in the South Jersey/Philadelphia area, I'm a guitarist, upright bassist, and vocalist in the 553rd Air National Guard Band of the Northeast. I'm also the Music Director for the 553rd's popular music ensemble. I studied music and music education at Camden County College and Berklee Col
lege of Music.
Over the years, I've developed a method of teaching that uses songs my students like as the example for learning technique and music theory. My students are of all ages and range from never-played-a-note to gigging musicians looking to change things up a bit. Duke's Bike Music Studio is conveniently located near the Promenade shopping center. My rates are competitive and my schedule is flexible. Hit me up and we can get you scheduled right away.
Thanks!
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Sheila July 17, 2015
Bass Guitar · In home
Brian is a very patient and enthusiastic teacher. I have gone through some challenging phases while learning basic music theory and technical skills on bass guitar, and Brian has been instrumental (see what I did there?) in encouraging me through those bumps in the road. Learning to read and perform music can sometimes seem daunting, but he's really great at breaking down the information into fun exercises and simple explanations. You can tell he really enjoys what he does.
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Joe Elinski July 15, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In home
I decided to pick up the guitar in my 30s and soon realized I was in over my head. I spent a few hours with Brian and he has been tremendous in helping me progress. He is a personable guy and has a knack for explaining instructions and techniques clearly. He gives a ton of feedback and has an eye/ear for correcting issues. Also, Brian makes music theory very approachable which has given me a greater appreciation and understanding of the complexities of music. I highly reccomend.
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Dave Silver July 15, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Brian is amazing. He is wonderfully patient with my 10 year old son and knows how to get thru to younger students and communicate with them etc. We are very proud of our son's progress towards being a really great guitar player and it's because of Brian's patience, ability to communicate as well as his knowledge and ability to teach. His rates are very affordable and he's quite flexible with our family's ever changing schedule as we are super busy
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Brian M.

Brian M.

Marlton, NJ 08053
(4)
starting at
$25 / 30-min

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