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About James W.

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Lebanon, TN

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About James
New 6 Month and One Year Courses Taught: 1. Radio Introduction Personality Broadcasting. 2. Guitar Studies Advanced 3. Music Industry 4. Advanced Composition 5. Sound Design 6. Abelton LIVE 7. Premix Setup and Post Production
8. PR and Promotions Business
Background:
I worked for Eddie Van Halen for five years in the 1990's in the Beverly Hills area of Los Angeles and was instrumental in providing help with development of the Peavey Wolfgang and Wolfgang Special Guitar by providing feedback on the prototypes Eddie was designing at the time. I learned a lot from Eddie and his brother Alex about music and the music industry. (All you have to do is pay attention! ) I have played in bands from Hollywood to Toronto and back both as a singer songwriter and guitarist. I bring the Musicians Institute way to the table and get things up and ru
nning quickly. I help students get it under their fingers fast and get it right the first time.

I believe in sharing the happiness of making music with anyone who loves music and the guitar in particular. I do my very best to get you playing the songs you love in Pop, Rock, Jazz and Folk Music of your choice. Today's modern new guitars are easy to play and you will enjoy learning Guitar right away. That is how it should be.
When you study there is a basic understanding of Guitar to be learned that allows an ease of use for anyone for years to come. This will help you reach your goal and improve each week. My students learn to practice in a way that feels comfortable and makes sense. This takes all the stress out of learning and gives everyone something to smile about and look forward to each week.

The good feeling of playing along with friends and taking a solo is within every students grasp. I will show you the way there. And with a solid and straightforward approach to the theory as it applies directly to the guitar you will feel confident and unafraid of any music endeavor. We'll cover harmony and fingerboard theory and give you a road map of the guitar neck that makes it a pleasure to play. You learn the basics and much more than you thought possible retaining 90 percent of what you learn!

Having been a student myself I was deeply involved in music since age 12 and played in bands and duos for over 15 years . I can help you to be a well rounded player and performer with a smile, a laugh and a joy for music whether your in a band or a budding solo artist.

*** Lesson Details ***
Most students want to play the Guitar to play their favorite songs and I'm the same way. Music is something we carry with us in our hearts and minds. Students will learn what they wish to learn and work at a pace that is comfortable to them. Whether you are a student, “weekend warrior” or a parent whose child has expressed an interest in Guitar anyone can learn all there is to know about Harmony and Theory for the Guitar and how to play their favorite songs.

We cover theory in an easy and straightforward no nonsense way in the first half of each lesson and then apply it to the song you wish to learn. This creates an atmosphere where you understand and feel at home with the Guitar. You get an understanding right away and because it is immediately fun it allows you to feel comfortable at any level. Music is fun, and songs are the creative expression of what we feel. Combining theory and the freedom to play and sing songs allows us to express ourselves through music. 
After 6 months students will have a solid foundation in theory, and a road map of the guitar fretboard enabling them to advance to an intermediate level if they are ready to do so. Students will know enough that music as it relates to the Guitar, which is the world’s most popular instrument in contemporary music, is not a mystery but is a welcome friend. And they will be able to play songs by popular artists and advance at a pace that is satisfying and enjoyable.
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Student Comments:
What Students Are Saying About ~ James Teaching Style

“James’ patience, knowledge and under-standing made learning guitar fun. I like the lessons. He cares.”
--Rebecca L., guitar
student, Venice Beach, CA 2003

“James taught me to
play pop and rock, and
introduced me to
fingerstyle guitar. I love it!”
--Joseph E., guitar student, Vancouver, BC 2006

“I studied guitar privately with James in 2010. His style of teaching helped me to get
past my blocks. He opened new doors for me. Thanks!”
--Daniel S., guitar
student, Los Angeles, CA 2010
""James is a trustworthy man, great with answering back right away. Always ready to help with new members. I would definitely recommend him." ~ PJ Stover of PJ Stover Voices; Independent Film & Recording voice-over artist
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What James spouse says about working on songwriting with him:

"James is my husband for over 10 years now. Over the years, I have seen James give guidance and counsel to many hopeful musicians of all ages, and inspire others about how music influences and benefits our lives. I would highly recommend James to anyone who wants to learn guitar, voice, music theory, and acting. James is a great talent, and study with him would benefit anyone with the sincere desire to grow as an artist. When we married, I had fallen in love with James’ conversational style, and his vast knowledge of music. When I heard him play guitar, I knew that I wanted to write songs with him, and we released our first album, in 2012 on iTunes."

Regards,
Keri W.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Ovation Glen Campbell Artist Acoustic Electric Guitar, Ovation Pacemaker 12 string Guitar, Ibanez PF 5 Acoustic Electric Guitar, Fender Telecaster 6 string Electric Guitar. Korg Mini Pandora III Amplifier/Studio EFX, Toshiba Laptop Satelite Pro with PreSonus Studio One Artist Software, PreSonusUSB Audiobox, HD7 Studio Monitor Headphones, M7 Condenser Mic, PreSonus Studio Producer software with SoundCloud integration, iBook G4 with Garageband 3 and iLife Studio. Godin Summit CT Electric Guitar is the guitar I now endorse exclusively !

*** Travel Equipment ***
Lesson Plans, Godin Summit CT Guitar, Fender and Ovation Guitars, Tuner, Android Smartphone and apps, iPads, Korg Mini Pandora Amp, Toshiba Satelite Pro Laptop. Android LG Smartphone with Tuners, Voice Recorder, and Metronome and Chord Reference Guide, and Guitar Tuner, iPod Touch Pro Studio.

*** Specialties ***
Songs in the following styles: Pop, Rock and Modern Country Music. Also Composition Analysis while learning the song.
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Steve H. November 2, 2018
· Harmonica · Online
Just had my first lesson. I have never played a musical instrument or have any musical training. James made me feel comfortable right away. I thought I made a very good start. Feeling like I will really enjoy this and am confident I will pick this up faster than I thought.
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Mel October 7, 2018
· Singing · In home
James is very kind and mellow enough to make the most insecure person feel confidant and energetic enough to be motivating and fun!!!! Warm natured.... and his wife is so pretty!!! I could never sing infront of anyone but he made me feel so natural the first day!!! He is not pushy and does not make you feel rushed or nervous! If you are shy and know nothing about music this is the man to schedule with! Cool cat!!!! Ty James!!!! Can’t wait for more!
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Sarah B. July 6, 2018
· Acting · In home
James is a great teacher. He showed me a lot on my first day
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James W.

James W.

Lebanon, TN 37090
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About Vanessa G.

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Bachelor's in musical theater performance from Columbia College Chicago. Audition prep (acting/singing) and vocal technique for clients since 2007.

My critique during your lesson is always honest, so you know when I give you a compliment it is well deserved. I especially love working with non-singers and helping them find their voice. I always start with an assessment to see where your work is currently at and where we can go from there. I keep notes during your lesson, send you home with your homework for the week, and I use those notes to think of personalized ways to improve your technique before your next lesson.

If honesty and results are what you're looking for in a teacher, I promise to be that teacher for you.

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Whether you're studying vocal technique or prepping for an audition with me, each lesso
n starts with an assessment. Then, we start with where you are at that moment and push your technique to the next level. Afterwards, I will send you an email with notes from the lesson and your homework.

My goal is cultivate your technique and discipline to take you to the next level of your performance.

*** Studio Equipment ***
-Digital piano
-Large mirror (to see your technique)

*** Specialties ***
Beginner voice for non-singers, new singers, or singers that have been out of the game for a while.

Audition prep for both film/stage acting and singing auditions. (Great results!)
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Alassea October 7, 2018
· Singing · Online
Your so nice man
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Kristen R. August 1, 2018
· Film and TV Acting · Online
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sophia N. July 31, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Vanessa is Knowledgeable and sweet. She made my daughter feel comfortable and uber excited about her next lesson.
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Vanessa G.

Vanessa G.

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About Alan B.

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Nashville, TN
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Beginner, intermediate and advanced are all welcome. I give the same attention to teaching amateurs as I do professionals.

Cancellation/Rescheduling Policy:
Forty-eight (48) hours advance notice is necessary to cancel or reschedule any lesson. Otherwise, students are responsible for the full payment. In the event of a last-minute reschedule, with your cooperation, I will always do my best to find us a make-up slot. However, I cannot guarantee one. This option is only available if it does not postpone any future lessons or exceed seven (7) days. Thank you, in advance, for your consideration and cooperation.
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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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Alan B.

Alan B.

Nashville, TN 37208
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About Natalie L.

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About Natalie
Hi, everyone!

I'm so excited to be in Music City! I just moved to Nashville from New York City where I worked with Broadway performers and kids auditioning for some of the most competitive performance schools in the country. I'm confident I can help you achieve your music goals, whether they be learning to produce a powerful, resonate, healthy sound with your voice, becoming proficient in piano from everything from Bach to Billy Joel, or writing clear, catchy songs that will have a big impact on an audience.

Please check out my bio below and feel free to ask me any questions about lessons with the "Ask a Question" button.

Hope to be working with you very soon!

xoxo
Natalie

Natalie is a composer/lyricist, pianist, vocalist, and music educator born in Irving, TX and raised in Annapolis, MD. She has a Master of Music in mus
ic theory and composition from New York University, a Bachelor of Music in musical theater from the Catholic University of America, a certificate in vocal performance from the Peabody Preparatory, and is an alumnus of the famed BMI Lehmen Engel Musical Theater Workshop. She is also a pianist of twenty-seven years, trained under a graduate of Oberlin Conservatory.

In addition to music, Natalie has also studied child and adolescent development, psychology, and music education. She has been teaching music students of all ages privately and in classrooms since 2006. She personalizes her instruction to fit the learning style of each student, focusing on technique, theory, and repertoire while making sure the student does not lose his or her love of music in the process.

As a composer, she has written for both the piano and the stage and is listed in The Directory of Contemporary Musical Theater Writers at Contemporary Musical Theater.com. She wrote the music, book and lyrics to Deployed, which premiered off-off Broadway at the Abingdon Theatre Company in November 2013 and played again at the Gene Frankel Theatre in January 2014 to sold-out audiences. It was featured in the Musical Theater Factory’s 4x15 in March 2015 and continues to be developed. Other work includes: Hall Pass ("Flyers and Fryers," Grace Church School, produced by Blake McCarthy), The Big C (songs, Dramatists Guild), "Performance Anxiety" (music/lyrics, The Flea Theatre, Raw Impressions Musical Theatre Marathon),The Music of Natalie (The Duplex), and "Movement to Contact" (score, Veteran Artist Program PSA). She has served as rehearsal pianist for the New York Musical Theatre Festival, and accompanist and music director for NYU’s Tisch School for the Arts.
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Roger C. June 11, 2018
· Songwriting · Online
Natalie is always very insightful! Excellent!!
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Tom Gallaher November 28, 2017
· Piano · In home
Natalie seems like a really good piano teacher.
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Stephanie August 29, 2017
· Singing · Online
Natalie was great with my 7 year old daughter. They worked together on warmups, and she gave her a song to practice during their off time. Natalie was pleasant, and a joy to work with! She is really great with kids.
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Natalie L.

Natalie L.

Nashville, TN 37214
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About Mallory B.

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Hermitage, TN
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About Mallory
My name is Mallory and I moved to Nashville from Los Angeles 2 years ago. I had a roster there of 55 private students of all ages and levels. I am immediately available and I have extensive experience instructing at summer camps, musical theatre, contemporary vocals, songwriting workshops etc. For Private Lessons, I teach a combination of a classical and contemporary approach in all mediums: Piano, Voice, Guitar, Songwriting, Acting, Musical Theater, Audition Prep, Shakespeare etc. Teaching is a passion and a joy so if you're looking for a teacher who cares and will tailor each lesson to the individual student, look no further!
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Owen T. October 3, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · Online
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Chloe (. August 2, 2018
· Piano · In home
My 7 year old daughter hit it off with Mallory immediately. Her approach was kid friendly and fun. She even requested more time with her. Off to a good start!
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Monica C. July 18, 2018
· Acting · Online
She really works well with kids.
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Mallory B.

Nashville, TN 37203
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About Taylor A.

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I'm a video game composer who loves working with students of any age and skill level, whether they are beginning to compose for the first time or have been composing for years. Getting people started composing and watching them discover that they have a lot to say through music, is such a joy of mine. I tailor each lesson to specifically fit the student’s skills and interests, making sure that they are not only progressing but enjoying the process of making music.

My students have gone on to record their music in the Netherlands, write a musical that was performed at their college, write a song for their middle school talent show, score a short film - and much more!

With me, students can learn:

• Composition (any style: jazz, classical, pop – you name it, we can do it!)
• Composing for film, T.V. and video games
• How to us
e music composition software (Logic, Digital Performer, Cubase, Studio One, Pro Tools, Ableton etc.)
• Music theory
• Songwriting
• Music production
• How to use music notation software (write out your parts, charts, lead sheets etc. so that others can play your original compositions)
• Classical percussion techniques

Students can expect to have a lot of fun learning with me! We can write soundtracks, band pieces, solo pieces - whatever the student finds most interesting.

• Checkout my music at:
soundcloud.com/taylorambrosiowood

• My website:
marimbagirl.com
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Mandy P. October 26, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Taylor is great at figuring out how I, personally, need to learn. I don't feel like she just has a blanket lesson plan for everyone.
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Quim September 11, 2018
· Ableton · In studio
I had waaaay to much fun learning from Taylor, she explained ableton in a great way and now I can write songs and perform with it! I'm so happy would totally suggest taylor to be a teacher. Even if you are just starting out!
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Jodi Youngman September 11, 2018
· Piano · Online
My daughter has declared that Taylor is the best teacher ever. She loved her keyboarding lesson and can’t wait to learn more with Taylor!
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Taylor A.

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About Viktoriia B.

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I am from Ukraine, but last couple of years I live in USA. My teaching experience is 3 years, but since Russian is my native language, I like teaching others. Most of my students are people who want to learn Russian language in order to travel and meet new friends. Teaching is my hobby. I like to help people achieve their goals. I am friendly and communicative person, I love reading and dancing. I invite you to book class with me and I will do by bests for you to enjoy it.
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Mike April 17, 2018
· Russian · In home
Thank you Victoria for such an amazing lessons in Russian language. Russian language is hard but thanks to your teaching it makes it more easy. I want to continue learning and thanks alot.
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Isabel April 17, 2018
· Russian · In studio
Viktoriia is such a great teacher, she has such a great energy and is always happy to help and answer any questions you have for her. I really recommend taking one of her classes!
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DustinP April 17, 2018
· Russian · In home
I really enjoy my lessons with Viktoriia l, she is very patient with me and always has a smile on her face! She is simply the best! :)
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Viktoriia B.

Nashville, TN 37211
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Nashville, TN
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I am a professional dancer who has danced professionally with ballet companies, on board Celebrity Cruises and toured the U.S. with the Utah Ballroom Dance Company. I have a B.F.A. in Dance from The University of California - Irvine and I have been teaching and coaching for over 8 years all over the U.S.. Some of my former students have won national dance competitions in ballet, jazz and song - pom and some are now dancing professionally including several as NFL cheerleaders. I also work with people on their wedding dance and hold group classes for the bridal party. If you are looking for a fitness routine I also teach barre fitness classes -- along with dance fitness or dance technique. I have worked with students from ages 3 to 88. It is never too late to start dancing :)

I can bring my own barre, music, and expertise to your house p
roviding a customized workout for you from the comfort of your home (living room, garage, even outside)! If space is an issue we can discuss other locations at studios, or even online.

I love figuring out how people learn. It is so rewarding to see someone learn a new dance move and feel confident doing so! I love hearing their stories about how to go out and show their friends and family what they have learned!
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Danielle D.

Danielle D.

Nashville, TN 37212
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About Luciano C.

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I have a Masters in Music Composition from Louisiana State University School of Music, as well as a Post-Baccalaureate in Music Composition for Cinema and TV, and a Bachelor in Cello Performance from the Conservatorio Brasileiro de Musica. Furthermore, I have been a music teacher and a soundtrack composer for movies and plays in my hometown of Rio de Janeiro. Performing and teaching music has been my dream since I was young. In 1995 I started my Bachelor degree at the University of Rio de Janeiro, my major was Cello and my minor was Classic and Brazilian Guitar. In 1998 I left school to join the National Symphonic Orchestra, and I played as a cellist in this institution until 2016. Studying at the university and working as a cellist with the Orchestra has provided me with a solid knowledge of music, but I have always kept an open mind for
new sounds, no matter the genre, and have played as a cellist in works of many different styles. Additionally, I began focusing on music performance by manipulating different styles and genres. To further expand my knowledge of technology in music, I have studied recording and production processes. Another important concept that influenced me was the experience of performing in free jazz sessions and improvising accompanying silent films in Europe.
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Luciano C.

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