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Nashville, TN

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Music theory teaches the basics of how music works. It's learning the language behind music. In lessons we use music theory to understand music better, play music by ear and by sight, and learn how song formation and songwriting works.

About James
A versatile musician and teacher, Nashville-born musician James is dedicated to music through education, performance and personal growth. James has a diverse background in the musical arts. He has served as violinist and principal violist in many orchestras and ensembles. As a vocalist, James has sung in opera, oratorio, master-classes and recitals as a countertenor soloist. He has served as director of the Clarksville Youth Orchestra at Austin Peay State University and currently serves as the Director of Music Ministries and choirs for a local Presbyterian Church in Nashville, TN. He maintains a private studio in Nashville, TN and is on the faculty of the Allegro School of Music.

James has studied with many experts in vocal science and pedagogy and has had the wonderful opportunity to study with Linda Ferrara, D. Lance Respess, R
ichard Miller, world-class early music expert Nancy Zylstra and twentieth-century vocal music expert Sharon Mabry. He has had masterclasses with the Metropolitan Opera's Bodo Igesz, Metropolitan Opera Singers Daniel Taylor, Jennifer Lane (with whom he still studies), French-diction coach Elvia Pucinelli, vocal pedagogue Richard Miller, and Thomas King, director of the AIMS Gratz program. As a violinist and violist, James has studied with music-education specialist Sara Johnson, Francis Elliot, Nashville Recording-Artist Randall Olson, and concert violinist Stefan Petrescu.

As an educator, he has served on the faculties of the Cumberland Arts Institute, W.O. Smith School of Music, Murfreesboro City School System, School of the Arts at Austin Peay State University, Allegro School of Music and the East Nashville School of Music. He has taught hundreds of students in various formats ranging from one-on-one studio settings to entire youth symphony orchestras and choirs. He has been active as an adjudicator, participant, and member of various competitions and education-related conventions. He also maintains membership with various educational organizations such as the American String Teacher's Association, Music Educator'€™s National Conference, and Early Music America.

In addition to working with and coaching Grammy award-winning and nominated artists, Mr. W's students have auditioned, been selected and have performed in the Tennessee Mid-State and All-State Choir (principal positions) and Orchestra Festivals (violin and cello, in addition to being members of the Curb Youth Orchestra and Philharmonia at the Blair School of Music.

His students have also performed in several professional and amateur performances across the Southeast. They have also gone on to major in music earning tens of thousands of dollars in scholarships from prestigious conservatories and colleges across the country. Many of his students have become professional musicians across many genres, educators themselves, or satisfied amateur hobbyists.

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As a teacher many have described my style as nurturing-but-firm. When I see a student's potential, I make sure that student can attain it. I expect a willingness to learn, a desire to succeed, and a want for excellence. In return, I offer the tools to get the student there!

I know that not every student benefits best from only one method. As such, I employ a variety of teaching tools and methods to best suit each student. Strings students can expect to see a little bit of traditional training, a little bit of Suzuki and little bit of contemporary training. Voice students can see some Sieber vocalizes, some Vaccai, classical, jazz, and musical theater training built on an old-world teaching technique. It's all about giving the student the tools to do whatever he/she wants with his/her music of choice!

On your first lesson, I'll go over the materials needed, what you need to work on, and the very basics so you can immediately get to enjoying your new craft. In a few months, you'll be confident making new music or making better music. Within a year, you should be well prepared for one of my studio recitals!

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I have a commercial music teaching studio used solely for the purposes of teaching. In the studio there is a piano, my music library, photo copier, computer, audio equipment, stereo, music stands, standing mirror, and various teaching tools. There is a waiting area for parents, siblings and other visitors.

*** Specialties ***
Voice: All Genres -- child-adult, all levels (beginning through advanced).
Violin: All Styles -- all levels (beginning through advanced).
Viola: All Styles -- all levels (beginning through advanced).
Cello: All Styles -- beginning through intermediate.
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Larry March 26, 2017
· Cello · In studio
James has been a wonderful teacher. He has greatly helped me advance in my beginning cello skills by carefully observing, demonstrating as needed, then showing me the things I can do to improve. He does this in such a manner that instead of feeling discouraged, I am even more motivated to improve. I am learning cello as an adult simply for the fun of trying something new. My wife, who played flute on scholarship through college and some professionally has noticed, and commented, on the improvement. In summary, I highly recommend James for both adults and for kids. He just has a great knack for teaching.
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Dwight T. May 1, 2016
· Opera Voice · In home
The best instructor I ever had he is very very good at what he does
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Madison January 10, 2016
· Violin · In studio
James was great. He realized very quickly my daughter was nervous and took the time to help her calm down before continuing with the lesson.
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James W.

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Nashville, TN 37214
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About Berkeley P.

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Students can expect my absolute best effort to help them grow with music and through music. They can expect to be studying with someone who will listen to them, be honest with them, and invest in them as a person.

About Berkeley
I have been living, working, and playing music in Nashville since 2008, and graduated from Belmont University with a Bachelor's Degree in Commercial Music. In addition to guitar lessons and theory tutoring, I also offer ear-training (sometimes known as aural skills). Having started out as a folk/blues player with no background in theory and then going on to study music at the university level, I approach private teaching seeking to balance the two worlds, while keeping in mind that love for what you do is the ultimate motivator. I therefore constantly do my best to assess each student's waxing or waning interest in the current material.

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My lessons tend to be laid-back, and include some discussion, instruction, review, and feedback. However, if there is one consistent element that all my lessons share, it's exp
osure. One goal will always be to leave the student with some music they've never heard before. Constant discovery is a surefire way to keep the love for music alive and healthy, and can even rekindle it.
Instructional and study materials will be based on subjects/techniques being taught, and could include The Real Book, materials from my own instructors (past and present), and any textbooks I've acquired while in music school.

*** Studio Equipment ***
guitars, keyboards, amps, etc. All the students needs to bring is his or her instrument.

*** Travel Equipment ***
guitar - I will bring a guitar and amp, and the student will need his or her own guitar and amp, if applicable

*** Specialties ***
electric blues, classic rock, modern country, etc.
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Berkeley P.

Berkeley P.

Nashville, TN 37205
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About BUCK B.

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I have 30+ years of teaching experience: Guitar-almost all styles including Slide, Fingerstyle, Jazz, Country, Lap Steel, Rock and more. I can show you all those things the way the pros do them out in the real world! I have played thousands of shows from small venues to arenas and i know all the tricks.
I concentrate on Harmony: how do chords work? how do you move from one to the other effortlessly? How do you solo over various chord changes?
What scales can be used where? And how do we Correctly name chords?

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*** Specialties ***
Guitar: Almost all styles: electric and acoustic; Jazz, Rock, Blues, Fingerstyle, Folk, Bluegrass, Lap Steel and Slide too!
Songwriting: I know, no one can actually teach songwriting; but i can help you with yours-song form, rhyming, harmony and more.
Studio Production and Techniques: Understanding your DAW, FX Plugins, mixing, mastering and more.
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BUCK B.

BUCK B.

Brentwood, TN 37027
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About Evan C.

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Understanding Basic Music Theory is a comprehensive insight into the fundamental notions of music theory: music notation, rules of harmony, ear training, etc. It covers most of the topics needed to understand and develop your musical skills

About Evan
Evan graduated from Berklee in 2011 and Evan has split the last several years between studio gigs and touring with renown international acts. Evan has worked as the live and studio bassist for Jazz/Pop vocalist Nikki Yanofsky, the touring bassist for Country singer Nicole Frechette, the bassist and songwriter for R&B group Biscuits & Gravy, and tours with Virtuoso Guitarist Johnny A.

In 2013 Evan worked with executive producer Quincy Jones and recorded a live session documentary at Capitol Records Evan will spend the Summer on an international tour with Nikki Yanofsky.

Throughout 2014-15 He has been the bassist for Johnny A. Touring Nationally and Internationally with the highly acclaimed guitarist.

He currently resides in Nashville, TN

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Drum Set
Guitars
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Amps
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** Travel Equipment ***
Whatever I need to bring I will

*** Specialties ***
Funk, Jazz, Rock, R&B, Pop, ect
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Whitney February 21, 2018
· Guitar · In home
I’m a super beginner. So far so good! He starts from the beginning and doesn’t make you feel dumb.
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Billy May 24, 2016
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Evan was a great Bass teacher. I had fun every lesson and got significantly better at the instrument.
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Scott May 24, 2016
· Bass Guitar · In home
Extremely knowledgeable, patient and makes learning the bass fun and easy.
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Evan C.

Evan C.

Nashville, TN 37211
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About P.G. B.

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For beginners, introduction to concepts like: the musical alphabet, reading music on the staff, treble clef, time signature, rhythm, intervals, octaves, major and minor scales. For intermediates, introduction to concepts like: the circle of 4ths / 5ths, harmony, songwriting, melody, chromatic harmony, voice leading and classical analysis. Also introduce concepts like: voice leading, counterpoint, the modes (dorian, mixolydian, phrygian, etc.), composition & analysis of the "fugue", German "lieder", orchestration, etc.

About P.G.
I have been playing guitar, writing songs and studying music for over 20 years. I graduated from Boston College with a degree in Music composition and theory. I am also a recording engineer and write music for TV, film and advertising. I love to teach and work with students who want to learn. Basically, I like to make music and have fun!

*** Lesson Details ***
I start working with new students by setting goals. My philosophy is to have fun and make music. Ultimately, my goal is for the student to be able to "jam" with other musicians. I picked up the guitar at age thirteen because I was inspired by Nirvana. I was quickly turned on to Jimi Hendrix, which eventually led to me discovering jazz, classical music, songwriting and eventually bluegrass. Music is a vast world and I believe in teaching songs that the student wants to play. So
I start by working on songs that are of interest to each individual student.

*** Home Equipment ***
Lessons are taught in my home. Seating for parents available. No pets. Bass and electric guitar amplifiers are provided as well as cables.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide a guitar tuner and learning materials (i.e. music sheets and learning material). I expect the student to have a guitar, bass, banjo or ukulele to play. I also advise an amplifier for electric guitar students. I am able to bring a small practice amplifier to lessons at student location.

*** Specialties ***
On Guitar: Acoustic & Electric guitar, Rock n' Roll, Blues, Jazz, Improvisation, Merle Travis chicken pickin', slide guitar and music theory. In the world of audio recording, I am well versed in Logic Pro X. I operate Logic in my personal studio to write and record music for TV, film and advertising.
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Karen N. May 20, 2014
· Guitar · In studio
P.G. is an awesome laid back teacher. His knowledge of music is amazing! He takes his time in guiding you and he really listens to you. He encourages you with positive feedback on your progress. I highly recommend P.G. for anyone wanting to learn to play guitar!
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Russ C. May 15, 2013
· Guitar ·
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I've been wanting to learn to play the guitar for a long time and finally decided to go for it. I chose P.G.B based on his extensive music background and am glad I did. He's energetic, easy going, adjusts to your likes and learning style, provides excellent feedback, and motivates you be excited about learning the guitar. I've easily memorized a handful of chords and several songs already after only two lessons and we were even jamming in the second lesson. Can't wait to see how I'm playing in a month or two from now. I highly recommend him if you're wanting to learn guitar, he's makes it easy and a lot of fun. .
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Murfreesboro, TN 37130
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About Jeff B.

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Nashville, TN

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Learn to read music, basic scales, general music theory. Building chords. Some jazz/extended harmony explored for more advanced students. Pre-college level work. Basic ear training (intervals, chord qualities, etc.).

About Jeff
Primarily a drummer/percussionist, Jeff B. has been studying, performing, and teaching music for 20 years. Working mostly as a free improviser, rock, and jazz musician, Jeff was an active performer in and around Boston and the Northeast for seven years in a variety of bands before recently relocating to Nashville.

He has been actively involved in the Boston underground rock and experimental music scene, performing in venues such as the Middle East and Great Scott playing drums, percussion, keyboards, and electronics. He has toured regionally and nationally with the bands Sun Young, Cult & Leper, Listening Woman, Harmoos, and others.

Teaching Philosophy: Learning to listen, open ears, and creative musicality are the end goals for all students. Learning technique is simply a stepping stone toward those goals. Students will discuss th
e music that moves them and will explore how it's made and how they can build their own musical language and practice. Lessons will guide students with fundamentals and larger concepts to help move toward a broad, exciting musical life.

Jeff graduated from New England Conservatory in 2013 with a Master's in Contemporary Improvisation. He studied with Joe Morris, Anthony Coleman, Fred Buda, and others. He completed his undergraduate studies in Studio Music & Jazz at the University of Miami Frost School of Music in 2010.

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Lessons are determined on a student-by-student basis, but will include:

Technique exercises (rudiments, sight reading, etc.)
Listening and/or transcription exercises (depending on the level of the student)
Improvisation and/or written pieces (solo or duo)
Other topics covered depending on the student's needs and interests will include music theory, genre studies, etc.

Seeking serious students. Students at a beginner's level are expected to work a minimum of 10-15 minutes a day between lessons.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Have my own car.

*** Specialties ***
Jazz, free jazz, rock, pop, improvisation, free improvisation
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Damien April 10, 2018
· Drum · In home
wow so amazing ! i never thought i could play the drums the way i do now after having learned from Jeff, but now i’m performing 5 days a week in several different groups ! i can play rock, jazz, samba, you name it and ive got it under my belt thanks to Jeff B. Woohoo ! thanks Jeff ! can’t praise you enough !
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John April 9, 2018
· Drum · In home
Jeff's lessons were perfect for me. With a careful attention to technique in a patient and calm atmosphere, I felt that I was able to really free up my playing and grow as a drummer in a short while! If you're looking for someone who makes it feel easy to grow as both a technical and creative drummer, Jeff is the one. I bet they're great with young students as well, super kind and respectful.
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Jill A. January 31, 2014
· Drum ·
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Jeff is very professional, reliable, patient & knowledgable. I am very pleased with his teaching style and would recommend him to friends and family.
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Jeff B.

Jeff B.

Nashville, TN 37218
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About Alan B.

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I have been working as a professional musician since 1987. In that time, I've played many roles alongside a wide range of established and emerging talent, from around the world, including band leader, accompanist, music producer, composer, arranger, co-writer, teacher, coach and mentor. Along the way, I have continued to pursue my passion for education, teaching private music lessons to amateurs, professionals and hobbyists from all walks of life.

I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Theory & Composition, as well as one year of graduate studies towards my Masters in Education with an emphasis on Vocal Music.

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Beginner, intermediate and advanced are all welcome. I give the same attention to teaching amateurs as I do professionals.
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Bobby Newman October 25, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Awesome instructor, musician, coach, person! Listened to me for just a few minutes and confidently outlined a plan to help me meet my goals. Goals he painstakingly sought to clearly understand. This is going to be a fun journey.
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Elisa July 31, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
relaxed, progress, professional... perfect
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Rudy April 21, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
A true professional in every sense of the word!
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Nashville, TN 37208
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Ph.D. offering subjects/courses: Intro to Music Theory, College Preparation for Music Majors, General Music Theory, Rock Theory, Jazz Theory, Practice Theory, Performance Theory.

About Timon
Hi! I am a professional musician, songwriter, and academic living in Nashville. I have a Ph.D. and have been teaching and playing music for nearly 20 years. I teach a wide variety of methods and find what works for each of my students. All of your lessons are personally tailored just for you and your musical or learning needs. Want to hear from my current and recent students? I'm happy to provide references upon request.

Whether you want to learn some of your favorite songs, learn how to keep up with your musical friends, or explore advanced concepts in music theory and ear training, I can help you! I teach all popular and folk styles, from the classics to present day hits and top 40. Please note that I teach all skill levels in GUITAR, music theory, songwriting, and ear training. For MANDOLIN, I am only offering beginner and entry-lev
el lessons.

About me: I am a touring and studio musician as well as a songwriter. As a writer for Terrorbird Media, I write for songs for television shows, commercials, movies, and other performing artists. I also co-own and co-operate an independent record label. I live in TN with my wife, a small wire-haired terrier that looks like a cartoon character, and an embarrassingly large collection of books and vinyl records.
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Molly October 6, 2017
· Mandolin · In studio
Timon is an amazing teacher! He takes the time to structure the lesson around exactly what I need. His easy-going approach makes learning fun and keeps me excited to continue to grow. His skills range past Mandolin. At times he will play guitar while I play mandolin which helps me learn how to work with other instruments! You will not regret lessons with Timon!
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Claudia August 3, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Timon is a really great guitar teacher. I am an older student who has had some previous musical education in other instruments. Timon is able to understand my goals and customize the learning plan and approach to meet me at my current level of skills and understanding. He has an incredible knowledge of music from both a theory POV as well as different genres, styles and music eras. He is really fun to work with and and is always supportive and encouraging. I look forward each week to the learning process. I definitely believe I will be a much better, more well-rounded guitar player working with Timon than I would be with other teachers that I have met.
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Meredith August 3, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Timon is great teacher who can teach a variety of music. He teaches fundamentals but also encourages students to focus on music selections they like. He explains clearly & is very positive.
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Nashville, TN 37212
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About Nancy M.

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Need to learn to read music? Did you learn by ear but you don't know what all those little black dots mean? Or need to brush up on your scales and chord theory? Want to learn the Nashville Number System? Or maybe you're just starting out and want to learn the theory behind the music you're learning to play? It's not that difficult. I can help you break it down so it makes sense.

About Nancy
I've been in the music industry for over 27 years, mainly as an independent singer, songwriter, and recording artist. I was Assistant Editor of American Songwriter magazine and an Artist Relations rep for a CD distribution company. I've also been an instructor at NSAI, SGA, and SAE, and have spoken at major music conferences such as NSAI's Spring Symposium, Advanced Song Camp, and TAXI's Road Rally.

I toured nationally as a solo performer and with a group. I have performed in a wide variety of venues such as coffeehouses, bars, restaurants, and music clubs, as well as in larger venues like theatres, concert halls, and performing arts centers. I've also done private and corporate events. So, I can teach you extensively about performing, booking, and touring.

I recorded and released four of my own CDs. So, I can help you with your r
ecording project from pre-production to release & promotion.

Since I came off the road, I have focused mainly on being an Artist Development Coach because I love to help other artists and musicians thrive and share their music.

I work with anyone willing to make a commitment to their music career. But my specialty is working with musicians, artists, composers, etc. who are "not quite mainstream" and those "second-timers" who are coming back to music after a long hiatus.

If you feel like you fall between two genres, or if you've been told you're not commercial enough, I can help you. Just because someone told you "no" or the "industry" doesn't "get you," doesn't mean you can't have a completely successful music career! It just means you have to go about it a different way.

If you're coming back to music and you don't understand all of this Internet and social media stuff because it wasn't there when you left, never fear. I can help you learn new skills and you can learn to carve out your own niche.

I tend to attract singer/songwriters and recording artists, but I can also work with songwriters, composers, producers, and musicians. So, if you're having trouble getting your music career off the ground, then maybe you need some help.

You take lessons for your voice, or for your instrument (guitar, piano, etc.). Why not take lessons for your business and your career?
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Brentwood, TN 37027
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Understanding music theory is essential to playing music on a high level. Before I went to college, I had no music theory knowledge. When I started learning theory, I felt like a light was turned on after every lesson. I hope to help my students have that same experience.

About Zach
Music is an amazing gift to share with the world. No matter where you are on your musical journey, I'm excited to partner with you in getting to the next level. I've been teaching guitar for 4 years and tutoring music theory for 2. My goal with all my students is to help you learn more about music and have fun doing it. With all of the subjects I offer, I aim to teach you fundamental musical principles while applying them to the styles and genres that you enjoy.

Hi, I'm Zach. I'm a guitarist, singer, and songwriter. I've been performing with different bands for the last 14 years, and I'm currently the lead guitarist, songwriter, and a background vocalist for Nashville based rock band ViaSpero. I've spent the last 4 years studying Commercial Music Performance at Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville. I hope to see you in a lesson so
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Mady May 6, 2018
· Music Theory · In studio
Zach helped me get through 2 years of college music theory as a vocalist. He's very understanding and helpful. I'd definitely recommend working with him!
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Zach A.

Mount Juliet, TN 37122
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