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About James W.

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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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Gabriel January 18, 2019
· Singing · In studio
James is a true master of the art and craft of singing. He does not only have vast knowledge of vocal techniques, exercises and methods, but also truly understands how to bring out a singing voice that connects with the listener. Very detailed oriented and clearly explains how to get best results. Highly recommended!
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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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James W.

Nashville, TN 37214
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About Missy M.

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Goodlettsville, TN

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About Missy
Missy is a multi-talented vocalist and vocal coach experienced in electric and acoustic guitar and piano. Since graduating from world-renowned Berklee College of Music in 2003, Missy has performed live with bands from the San Diego Indie Music Fest to CBGB's and as a solo·acoustic artist across the country, as well as teaching private lessons in voice, piano, and guitar. Graduating as a Professional Music Major, Missy focused on Music Business and Songwriting and uses this background·in addition to Music Theory to help her students to become well-rounded musicians. As a professional musician, Missy has worked as a back-up vocalist, acoustic guitarist (Katie Armiger, Cold River Records), demo-singer, and songwriter (Megatraxx, LA). Missy studied under top-notch vocal coach, Mark Baxter (Aerosmith, Goo Goo Dolls, Journey) and utilizes Baxte
r's techniques in conjunction with her own to help singers of all levels and styles. Missy's notable students include singer/songwriter Rachel Brown and Paul Mitchell from America's Got Talent ('Tommy Mitchell')
For Songwriting style, check out Boston to Austin (Co-written with Will Champlin of ABC's The Voice, Mike Verge)

*** Lesson Details ***
I am here to teach you at the pace that works best for you! Everyone is different and everyone likes different styles of music- I try to cater to that as much as possible. I will always set the expectation bar as high as you're willing to go.

For piano, when teaching in books, I normally go for the Faber! For guitar, various renditions of Hal Leonard, and for voice, The Rock and Roll Singer's Survival Manual. If you feel that you're better suited to learn primarily by ear or without the specific training of instruction books, let me know and we can pursue alternatives.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Great room setup for lessons with keyboard and instruments. Parents can sit in on lessons.

*** Specialties ***
Mark Baxter (Steven Tyler, Steve Perry vocal coach) method- geared toward pop/rock/country/blues.

I work well with all types of beginner piano and guitar players and excel with people interested in learning how to write songs, learn chords and fun rock riffs.
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Joe May 15, 2019
· Singing · Online
i was looking for a singing teacher that could help me get more edge in my voice--more bluesy rock edgy sounds into my singing not medal screaming. i’m talking about bluesy rock grit and rasp like chris cornell.
well, this is one of missy’s specialties and i’m so happy i found her because within the first session missy had me on my way to getting those effects into my voice without strain or pain. plus, just as important she was giving me the confidence i needed to sing with those effects.
also, in our sessions when i sometimes have difficulty with a melody, she’s able to pinpoint the exact note i was needing to fix--plus help me with the entire phasing and improvising with the phasing.
missy tailored my lessons around my specific needs without the extra unnecessary fluff that other singing teachers put singers through, wasting time and money.
listen, missy is amazing vocal teacher and fun to work with. she brings passion, enthusiasm, and most importantly missy is giving me the technique and the confidence to sing again―oh, forgot to mention i stopped singing for over 20 years and only recently had the desire to sing again. i’m glad i found missy.
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Braden April 27, 2019
· Guitar · In studio
She was very patient and encouraging to my little guy at his first lesson. We left with exercises and everything we needed to practice during the week. Going great so far!
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Randy April 6, 2019
· Singing · Online
Just finished first lesson. Can’t wait for round 2!!!
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Missy M.

Goodlettsville, TN 37072
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About Julie L.

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Hermitage, TN

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Note reading, chord structure, chord progressions, scales, modes, tonalities

About Julie
I am passionate about Music and Music Education. It's rewarding for me to watch my students develop in their musical skill and enjoy making music more and more. My students range from the very young (5 years old) to school age children, to teens, and adults. My students benefit from my expertise in teaching Vocal and Piano music, my knowledge of Music Theory, and my encouraging teaching style. I have been involved in making music since I was a young child, and I have been teaching private students since I was a Music major at the University of Florida in 1982 when a fellow college student asked me to teach her voice lessons. I have a Music Education degree from the University of Florida; my major instrument was Voice, my minor was Piano. I taught as a public school music educator in Florida, California, and Tennessee between the years
of 1983 to 1997. I taught private students after school in my classroom while I was a public school teacher, and from my home since 1997. My post-graduate continuing professional education includes Tennessee Arts Academy at Belmont University, Kodaly Pedagogy and Solfege Level 1 (vocal teaching techniques, do-re-mi, ear training), Orff-Schulwerk Music for Children Level 1 certification, Yamaha M.I.E. (Music In Education) Piano Lab certification. My professionalism and expertise are at your service. I will work together with you to insure an enjoyable and informative learning experience.

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A typical lesson in my studio would begin with a brief question/answer time with the student to learn how their week has gone, and how their music practice is progressing.

For PIANO LESSONS we begin with Technique including scales and dexterity exercises, then we play from the Lesson book and a Recital selection. I typically let the student play through the pieces they have prepared without interruption, then I call attention to corrections that need to be made, I demonstrate the correction, and then ask the student to play the piece again. After that we go over the Theory assignments, and do Ear Training exercises. I am comfortable teaching from a variety of different methods courses. The methods course is chosen according to the student's interest. I never require a piano student to continue using books that are not inspiring. There so many methods courses available, that a student may always be able to have methods books they LOVE.

In my SINGING LESSONS we also begin with a recap of the student's week. Then we continue with Warm Up exercises to prepare the student's voice for the lesson. Then we study Sight Singing and Solfege Singing (do-re-mi-fa-sol-la-ti-do) to increase the student's listening skills. After that the student sings their selections. Like I do in Piano lessons, I listen to the pieces they have prepared without interruption, then I call attention to corrections that need to be made, I demonstrate the correction, and then ask the student to sing the piece again. I am comfortable teaching many styles of vocal music including classical, Broadway, pop, rock, and Christian.

For MUSIC THEORY lessons, the study material is chosen according to the student's interest and age. Topics include notation, chord structure, chord progression, melodic structure, and harmony. I also incorporate Music Listening in the Music Theory lesson in order to learn from the masters in many styles of music. My Music Theory students will also have the opportunity to develop composition and songwriting skills if they desire.

My teaching style is structured and friendly, keeping the student's goals and interests at the forefront. I enjoy motivating students to reach their highest potential.
After 3 to 6 months in my studio my students will see improvement in their musical technique, ear training, music reading, notation, and knowledge. They will be preparing recital pieces for an upcoming performance. I provide three Studio Class performances (February, June, October) and one recital opportunity (December) a year. Most importantly, the student's love and appreciation of music will be growing.

*** Studio Equipment ***
PIANO lessons in Living Room: piano near front entryway, couch, loveseat, over-sized chair, dining room table, open space, end table with chair, parents may sit in on lesson.

SINGING lessons in Recording Studio: keyboard, recording equipment, desk, 2 chairs, music stand, microphone, private room. Parents may wait in adjacent rec room or sit in on lesson.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide lesson books, the students should provide their instrument.

I do have a mobile keyboard to bring for SINGING lessons.

*** Specialties ***
Kodaly Pedagogy and Solfege Level 1

Orff-Schulwerk Music for Children Level 1 certification

Yamaha M.I.E. (Music In Education) Lab certified instructor
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Valorie W. May 10, 2019
· Piano · In studio
My first lesson with Julie was great. I found her very easy to work with. She brings extra to the lessons.
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Veronika February 25, 2019
· English · Online
You are an awesome teacher and I am so looking forward to working with you !
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Lexi January 15, 2019
· Singing · In home
Great technique, friendly, and fun to work with
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Julie L.

Hermitage, TN 37076
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About Tem T.

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Nashville, TN
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I am accepting students for music theory, harmony or ear training lessons. I have extensive experience teaching children and adults of all levels (for 30 years). I also conducted many large projects like musicals with children and they enjoy working with me very much. I have a PhD in Music and I'm a professor at Tennessee State University.

About Dr. Tem
I am an artist/educator who endeavors to sense life with the same wonderment as that of a child, never reflexively attributing experiences to the mundane. This is reflected in my art and in my lessons, allowing me to share and convey my passion to younger generations, with the ultimate aim of enabling them to discover their own passion for music and fire their creativity.

Dr. Tem

A composer and music technologist. Composing experience is diverse and includes composing for orchestras, and composing with computers for multimedia, computer games and film. Academic, research and work experience in Music Composition, Film Scoring, Music Theory and Ear Training, Piano, E-Learning, Music Technology, Computer Music, Sound Design, Game Audio and Game Technologies among favorite areas. Teaching in institutes offering such curriculum.

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been the Director of Music & Sound Production Department at SEBIT LLC., Between 1996-2015. SEBIT's primary areas of focus are E-Learning, Multimedia and Game Development, as well as research in these areas. It is located at Skysong, Arizona State University, Scottsdale AZ, USA.

Now teaching at Tennessee State University in Nashville, TN as a professor.
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Farzad S. September 19, 2017
· Turkish · Online
Thank you for teaching me in a simple way
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Gabriel February 9, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Dr. Tem is a wonderful teacher for any age and audience. If you only want to learn to play, then you will be satisfied. However, if you are interested in music as art and a form of expressing one self, you will find this is where Dr. Tem's ability to teach really shines through.
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Kolby K. February 7, 2016
· Piano · In home
This man is amazing, we are so blessed.
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Tem T.

Nashville, TN 37221
(10)
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$70 / 50-min

About Mallory B.

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Hermitage, TN

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Need help understanding the ins and outs of Music Theory! I can break it down for you in a simple way AND I always try to make it fun and relatable to daily life

About Mallory
My name is Mallory and I moved to Nashville from Los Angeles 3 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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Phillip May 3, 2019
· Speaking Voice · Online
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Gail T. February 18, 2019
· Songwriting · In studio
amazing. loved, loved, loved Mallory
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Sean February 13, 2019
· Musical Theater · Online
Mallory helped me with an audition, and it has turned into recurring lessons for over a year now. She is extremely organized, positive, and patient. She’s a multi-talented master of several crafts, and I’ve been so impressed. I’ve got a newfound strength in my voice, and I have landed more callbacks this year than the last three years combined. I also want to start Guitar, and I know she has a million happy students on that front too. If you’re in the Nashville area, pick her. Even if you’re not, she’s amazing online too!
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Mallory B.

Nashville, TN 37203
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About Daniel R.

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Beginner and intermediate-level music theory lessons for any aspiring musician, or for anyone who may just be interested in learning! We will go over the basics of notes, scales, chords, rhythms, etc.

About Daniel
Hey there! My name is Daniel and I am a local drummer and private teacher recently graduated from UT Knoxville, having studied with Prof. Keith Brown. In May 2017, I earned a BM in Studio Music/Jazz Performance (drum set) and a minor in music business. I started teaching kids ages 7-14 when I was a senior in high school, and I am now looking for new students! I have experience in multiple drumming styles: big band jazz, combo jazz, rock/blues, church/CCM, folk, funk, and R&B. I look forward to meeting you and helping you towards your drumming goals!
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Shayla July 20, 2018
· Drum · In home
Daniel was an awesome instructor. My son loved playing the drums wth Daniel and progressed significantly in his skill level. Unfortunately, we have to discontinue lessons because Daniel is relocating.
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Damien July 12, 2017
· Drum · In home
First lesson was tonight, with my 3yr old son. His attention span was 20 minutes max, but Daniel was very patient with him!
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Sam December 26, 2016
· Drum · In studio
great drummer, great person!
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Daniel R.

Nashville, TN 37221
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$25 / 30-min

About Jake H.

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Hi fellow musicians! I am a professional touring musician, songwriter, and recording artist based in Austin, TX. I graduated magna cum laude with a degree in Mandolin Performance and a minor in American Roots Music from Berklee College of Music in Boston.

About Jake
Hi fellow musicians! I am a professional touring musician, songwriter, and recording artist based inAkron, OH. I graduated magna cum laude with a degree in Mandolin Performance and a minor in American Roots Music from Berklee College of Music in Boston.

Every musician has their own voice in this world. I want to work with you to mold and develop that voice with solid fundamentals and understanding of how music works. We will go over music theory and how it applies to the mandolin and we will also touch on the mechanics of being a great mandolin player. All these things can lead to being the best musician you can be!
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Monte Leewen October 22, 2017
· Mandolin · In home
Learned more in an hour than in the past 4 months with my previous instructor. Great lesson! I am very excited to learn from Jake.
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Carolyn K. September 19, 2017
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Jake has helped me learn so much- everything from general musicality, to theory, and learning new tunes. Very inspiring guy and a great musician and teacher!
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Jake H.

Nashville, TN 37216
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$50 / 30-min

About Rob B.

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Antioch, TN

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Are you looking to grow your music knowledge?
Topics may include:
Beginner-Advance Music theory/Music History
Jazz charts
Nashville Charts

About Rob
Have you always wanted to play the drums? Do you want to jam along your favorite tracks or play live with a band?
I will teach you or your child all of the knowledge and tools needed to do whatever your dream is on your instrument. My goal is to help every student achieve their goals on their instrument. My methods are relaxed and patient, an environment that promotes a love of music!
Well pick up some sticks and lets get rolling! (Pun intended)

My lessons are not the same for everyone. I like to get to know my students; music goals and learning style, and I build my curriculum around that information.

I am a full time touring, recording musician who lives in Nashville TN. I graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree in Performance from Roberts Wesleyan College.
During my studies at Roberts I taught percussion and music theory
at U-Prep High school.

In 2016 I moved to Nashville, after 4 months of working with anyone and everyone, I decided to find a band I that I could call my own. Leading me to this moment, where I am currently on tour with my band, The Foxies, and perform with and MD for two other artist based out of Nashville.

I have Performed at Warped Tour, Sundance, SXSW, Bonaroo, Nashvilles-Live on the Green.
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Ryan March 18, 2019
· Drum · In studio
Of all my year's of formal education, I can confidently say my time as a student under Rob was perhaps the most significant. He demonstrated a tremendous amount of patience, and genuine care into my development, and took me from a guy who was VERY rough on the drums to a proficiency level.

On top of building the physical mechanics and techniques to become a drummer, Rob put even more emphasis on how I internalized, felt, and heard the music. Each lesson focus was equally weighted with theory, practical use, real-time listening, and execution - developing all my senses and slowly building my foundation so I could take the material and know how to grow upon it outside of the lesson room.

Lessons with Rob is more than learning a cool fill, or a fun groove - even though those do happen - but it is learning how to become a musician, and I'll carry the lessons learned from him with me forever.
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Rob B.

Antioch, TN 37013
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About Max D.

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Antioch, TN

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jazz theory for beginner so and intermediate players!

About Max
I am a Belmont University School of Music Graduate that plays all the saxophones, clarinets, and flutes. I love what I do and try to make the students have fun while learning as much as possible. I have lived in Nashville TN for five years and love it here. I have taught since sophomore year of high school and love working with students.
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Paula C. October 30, 2018
· Clarinet · In home
Max is an awesome teacher! He is very knowledgeable and patient which was exactly what my son needed. He was also very accommodating and accessible for times when we needed to reschedule. My son’s performance increased dramatically only after one summer of weekly lessons. Can’t say enough good things about Max.
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Adam July 15, 2018
· Clarinet · In home
Really knows the instrument, knows what to hone in on for improvement. Very personable.
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Max D.

Antioch, TN 37013
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About Gavin H.

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Looking to fully comprehend how western music works? I can teach from the very beginning levels to the most advanced. I've been tutoring music theory for 8 years. I like to cut to the useful parts so you can really get to the stuff you actually use. I'm a Nashville based songwriter, so I know what you'll need to go out and be competent in this industry.

About Gavin
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Whether you want to be able to play your favorite songs, or accompany yourself when you sing your own songs, I can help you do that! I can help you truly go in depth with our lessons so you have a real understanding of guitar. Something you can eventually use professionally if you desire. I come from a background of classical composition and songwriting. I've been in the music industry for 6 years now, and I know what knowledge is useful for guitar, and what is stuff you'll never really use. I like to cut the extra useless stuff off of the lessons so you can get to where you want to be as quickly as possible. I'd love to help you discover how much you love guitar, and have a talent for it.
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Tyler March 30, 2019
· Electric Guitar · Online
Gavin was very helpful! He really helped me understand the music I am learning.
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Campbell March 29, 2019
· Music Theory · In studio
Great practical knowledge for songwriters who wish to expand their tool belt. Gavin breaks complex theory down into palatable and easy to understand terms. Great job!
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Annie March 29, 2019
· Music Theory · In studio
Gavin was a great teacher! He was so patient with me every lesson and thoroughly answered all of my questions. He was also very knowledgable on the subject of music theory. I highly recommend him!
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Gavin H.

Nashville, TN 37210
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$34 / 30-min

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