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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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Wynter H. May 17, 2014
Bass Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Derek is an awesome instructor and mentor, and his studio is comfortable and clean. I agree with previous reviewers who said... BOOK HIM NOW!

Derek has a broad range of music theory knowledge and can play anything you ask for. He's also amazingly kind and supportive, adapting to the student's needs as you go along rather than adhering to a rigid schedule.

I've been taking bass guitar lessons with Derek for two months and I feel inspired. He always makes me feel like a rock star, while constantly challenging me to take my skills to the next level. I originally debated between two instructors on this site and I'm so glad I made the right choice!
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Mark T. August 17, 2013
Guitar
Verified Student
Great teacher - book him

I took lessons with Derek summer 2013. Derek did a great job of answering all my guitar and music theory questions. The techniques I learned under Derek were inline with my music interests.

Derek always did a great job of communicating with email. He was very flexible with scheduling and I always felt comfortable learning in his in-home studio.

Derek can play anything and he is very easy to work with - highly recommended.
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LYNND June 20, 2012
Fantastic Instructor!

In two lessons, Derek has simplified music for me and given me the tools to play a ton of songs already. I love that his lessons encompass some music theory, understanding of the instrument, and actual playing of a song. I feel like I learn something valuable each time. He gauges your skill level pretty well and delivers instruction at just the right pace. A fantastic instructor who presents music in a way that's easy to understand. I'm so glad I chose him as a guitar/ukelele instructor!
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Derek S.

Tempe, AZ 85281
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Aaron B.

Mesa, AZ

About Aaron

Teaching drums professionally since 1998, Aaron has influenced hundreds of budding musicians to get the most from their instrument. He has studied privately with Rob Laytham (Modern Drummer columnist), Joe Leroux (marching band guru), Gary Chaffe (legendary drummer) and many others throughout the years. He has taken the best techniques and teaching styles from his influences and molded them together to form what he considers to be the most effective and inspiring method available.

I teach drum set in nearly every style and hybrid imaginable, as well as percussion and drum circle facilita
tion.

Accomplishments include recording 7 albums with various groups, touring with national acts across the west coast, drumming for the Warner Brothers Television house band, and still actively playing live shows and recording.

*** Lesson Details ***
I put my focus on inspiring students to explore their own creativity with the tools and techniques that I give to them and nurture. I think it is very important to cover the basic skills that the school districts expect from their music students (sight reading, proper technique, note recognition, rudiments, timing, feel, etc.). I also feel it is important for a student to find his or her style and an ability to use the fundamentals to create music that they enjoy. He has written a method book based on the fundamentals of playing a rhythmic instrument with an emphasis on allowing the student to find their niche and lead a group through a piece of music or tastefully support it.

My studios are fully equipped with sound systems, the latest recording gear, acoustic and electric sets, hand drums and dozens of other percussion instruments. I believe that the more resources a person can draw from, be it intellectual or physical, the more fulfilling the learning experience will be.

Each lesson, my students will take at least a page of music that represents the concept that they are focusing on, and a goal set to accomplish by the end of the week so that they can build upon what they already know in an effort to put the big picture together. Ultimately the student will learn when and how to utilize the concepts that they are practicing.

*** Studio Equipment ***
A Yamaha electronic drum set in my Mesa Studio allows me to control volume and dial up any sound imaginable. I have full acoustic drum sets in other studios that I use for recording and private lessons. Often I will integrate guitar, keyboard, or other instruments in to the lessons if needed.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Sticks, Practice Pad, tuning kit, binder and books with teaching supplements.

*** Specialties ***
Music, Drums, Percussion, Theory, Composition, Piano and Guitar.
Drummers should be well versed in all genres of music. Rock, Jazz, Latin, Swing, etc.
Most of my students begin with concert and marching styles on a practice pad, then advance to the drum set.
I teach note recognition and placement, rudiments, linear playing, moeller method, rhythm theory, sub-division of notes and time, and the sight-reading to support these techniques.
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Michelle M. August 18, 2014
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
Aaron is a great instructor! I've been taking drum lessons with Aaron for over 2 years. He brings enthusiasm and positive energy into each lesson. He is very talented, and his passion for drumming is evident in the way he teaches. Lessons are always fun. Aaron is patient and encouraging. I have a very random work schedule, and Aaron is always willing to accommodate me when scheduling a lesson.
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ScottB2 July 1, 2011
Good Job! Listens to my feedback and then challenges me with it.
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RebeccaB1 August 9, 2009
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The kids are ver excited about the lessons - Like Aaron. We can see that the are really learning and able to apply the lessons to their music.
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Aaron B.

Mesa, AZ 85202
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Kierstyn G.

Glendale, AZ

About Kierstyn

Kierstyn Greenberg has diverse and substantial experience in piano performance, classical composition, and private pedagogy. A pianist for 16 years, a drummer for 14 years, a guitarist for 8 , and a saxophonist for 7, Kierstyn loves composing, performing, and teaching in many styles. She has performed extensively in venues such as the Wigwam Resort, and the Ground Controls in Goodyear and in Verrado. She also has played for two weddings and several private parties. She has played (both solo and on worship teams) for four different churches over a period of six years. She was the accompanist fo
r all three choirs at her high school, North Pointe Preparatory, during her senior year and played in the jazz, concert, and marching bands throughout high school.

Kierstyn began composing short songs at the age of 7, and received a 98/100 (Superior) rating on her first classical composition at the age of 12 in the composition contest given by the Arizona Federation of Music Clubs. Since then, she has written more than twenty classical pieces of different tonalities and instrumentation. She won her school-wide talent show by performing her virtuosic arrangement of "Phantom of the Opera" on the piano. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor's of Music in Composition at Arizona State University. Since attending college, she has been commissioned by the Ironwood High School Band, a small group of singers from The Barrett Choir, and Voices for the Voiceless (a non-profit organization) She has also been commissioned to compose incidental music for musical "Poseidon's Revenge" written by John Perovich who is pursuing his Master’s Degree in creative playwriting here at ASU. She recently won the Four Seasons Women's Composers Competition, and her string quintet "The Monarch" will be performed in September by their professional orchestra.

Over the years, Kierstyn has taught more than 30 students private lessons in piano, guitar, drums, and clarinet. She can also play/teach saxophone, trombone, and electric bass. Kierstyn has worked with students aged 5-23 and everything in between. She absolutely adores sharing her passion for music with children, and wants them to have the same advantages musically that she did growing up.

(For academic purposes, Kierstyn is currently summa cum laude at Arizona State University and received a 5 on both the AP English and AP Music Theory exams during high school.)
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Angela M. February 10, 2015
Guitar · Online
Verified Student
We are very happy with the lessons my daughter has with Kierstyn. She took the time when they started to learn what my daughter's goals were, what type music she likes, and makes the lessons personalized. She works well with my daughter, is patient, but pushes her to continue going and learning.
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Joshua H. January 24, 2015
Composition · Online
Verified Student
She was very straightforward and helped me a lot with my compositions. She is very good at the piano and has written some wonderful compositions. I will definitely be considering starting lessons with her again.
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Kierstyn G.

Tempe, AZ 85281
(2)
starting at
$15 / 30-min
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Kristilyn W.

Tempe, AZ

About Kristilyn

I have over 10 years of experience working with students at all skill levels, from beginners picking up the bassoon for the first time to young professionals looking for audition and performance coaching. I am a positive, supportive instructor and my lessons are tailored to each individual's goals and needs. I received my Doctorate of Musical Arts (DMA) in bassoon performance from the Ohio State University in 2011, and my Masters of Music in bassoon performance from Arizona State University in 2008.
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Willow L. February 19, 2015
Bassoon · Online
Verified Student
Kristilyn is great at teaching, listening and explaining. She knows everything there is to know about playing the bassoon, and I feel as though I have learned so much from her. I was unsure that online lessons would work, but they are awesome!
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Kristilyn W.

Tempe, AZ 85281
(1)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Curtis S.

Tempe, AZ

About Curtis

I have been playing clarinet for 15 years and teaching professionally for five of those years. Teaching clarinet is my personal passion and I strive to be the best teacher I can be every day. I am currently the Teaching Assistant in clarinet at Arizona State University where I teach college undergraduates majoring in clarinet as well as graduate students taking clarinet as a secondary instrument. In addition, I maintain a private studio and teach clarinet, flute, and saxophone at East Valley School of Music in Chandler, AZ. I also do clinics and master classes at schools throughout the Phoenix
area.

To hear examples of my playing, please visit https://soundcloud.com/curtis-sebren
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Jennifer M. April 2, 2015
Clarinet · In studio
There's no need to decide between quality, quantity, and economic cost with this teacher, because he offers the best of them all. I have taken lessons from Curtis for over a year, and I have to say that it was one of my best decisions on my path toward professional musicianship. As a teacher, musician, and friend he has far exceeded my expectations, and he has always gone out of his way to have his students' best interests at heart. I could easily and truthfully say that in one year taking lessons from Curtis, I have improved more than in my seven years of playing combined. If you're serious about your instrument, this teacher will match your motivation and help you advance as far as you want to go. Great investment.
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Curtis S.

Curtis S.

Tempe, AZ 85282
(1)
starting at
$25 / 30-min

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