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About Dave L.

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Hermitage, TN
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About David
Education Experience:

Private Lessons - 20 years
Public School - 4 years

Instruments taught: piano, woodwinds

Dave holds a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from The University of Central Florida. While teaching for the St. Johns County School system in St. Augustine Florida from 2002-2006, Dave was twice nominated for Teacher of the Year and wrote several award winning grants for his school's music program. Certifications from the state of Florida he has held include K-12 instrumental music.

Performance Experience:

Dave as performed and worked throughout the United States, including Hawaii, and also in Europe, & the Caribbean. His primary instruments include keyboard instruments and saxophone.

Dave has performed or toured directly with artists such as 80's Pop icon Tiffany, Heidi Newfield (formerly of the platinum
selling band, Trick Pony), late Opry star, Mel McDaniel, Grammy nominated vocalist, John Berry, and has been touring and recording with platinum selling band, Sister Hazel since 2012.

Dave has appeared on the Grand Ole Opry numerous times as well as national television, with shows including The Late, Late Show w/ Craig Ferguson, The Academy of Country Music Awards, and various TV specials on the Trinity Broadcast Network.

Prior to and since moving to Nashville in late 2007, Dave has always established a solid reputation among the professional musical community and continues to reach new goals each year as a musician and music educator.

Professional endorsements include, Nord Keyboards, Accusound Cables, and Westone In-Ear Monitors.

*** Lesson Details ***
All students who sign up for lessons will receive a basic fundamental foundation of musical knowledge. Once the fundamentals are understood and assessed, we can then begin to take a more in depth approach in reaching the student's specific goals as a musician. Aspiring songwriters, usually playing piano or guitar will have a different agenda than a high school saxophonist practicing for their state music assessments. Lessons are built around each student's specific interests.

It is important to know that your musical goals can be met with consistent practice, discipline, and dedication to your chosen instrument. So what is the most valuable and sometimes the most difficult skill musicians must learn and subscribe to? HOW to practice...and that will be the underlying theme to each and every lesson we share. The way we practice shapes us as musicians!

Remember that each time people hear you play or sing, you are only compared to the best there is. Smart practice makes perfect!

*** Studio Equipment ***
88 keys fully-weighted, music stand; iPad, Metronome, musical literature.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Apple iPad, metronome

*** Specialties ***
Traditional methods for all instruments; begin with fundamentals while measuring consistent application of skills learned from week to week. For piano in addition to traditional methods, I also can teach a songwriter based course with more emphasis on chord structures, ear training, and chart writing. I also place a big emphasis on HOW to practice rather than just how often.
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Mark M. January 8, 2018
· Saxophone · In studio
Good first lesson with Dave. He's a great communicator and seemed to understand my level of music experience; he knew the right subjects to linger on, and what information he could skip over, confident that I already knew it. I felt like we were able to cover a lot of ground in 45 short minutes.
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Mike May 25, 2017
· Saxophone · In studio
Dave is a great saxophone instructor. He's friendly, knowledgeable and an active touring musician. He also took into account my 25+ years of experience as a guitarist when introducing me to musical ideas and concepts for the saxophone. Highly recommended!
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Mike December 3, 2016
· Saxophone · In studio
David was very positive, accessible and knowledgeable.
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Dave L.

Dave L.

Hermitage, TN 37076
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About Hayes H.

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Hendersonville, TN

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I've played sax for 20 years, bass for 15, and taught many students and performed with a variety of acts. I studied music and education at Kent State University, obtaining a bachelor's degree in 2006. I can help you apply what you learn in your performance, or get you to a level that you will be comfortable performing with other musicians.

*** Lesson Details ***
I'm patient and easy to get along with. When dealing with younger students I will supplement my teaching with whatever curriculum they are already studying. Each lesson will cover technique, learning pieces, ear training and improv. I deal with each student on an individual basis.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Large and small condensor mics, ribbon mic, multi-track digital recorder.

*** Travel Equipment ***
band in a box, speakers, laptop, charts. Student can provide book o
f choice or current material audio or written.

*** Specialties ***
Ear training, Sax upper register development (tenor) tone development, improv.
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Jennifer S. January 22, 2017
· Saxophone · In home
Hayes is super helpful and encouraging. I walked in feeling a little intimidated because I haven't really played in 30 years. He made me feel very comfortable and motivated. Good first lesson.
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George June 28, 2016
· Bass Guitar · In studio
As a middle-aged guy who has played drums all my life, I wanted to add the bass guitar to my repertoire. Hayes is exactly the right guy and was able to show me how to get off to a quick start and then be able to add to my skills as I keep playing. I would recommend him highly!
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Nicole H. December 15, 2015
· Saxophone · In studio
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Hayes H.

Hayes H.

Hendersonville, TN 37075
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About Nancy C.

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Mount Juliet, TN

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I have been teaching for over 30 years. I love to teach students of all ages. My education is classical in nature and this is how I approach my lessons, but I also mix in current music that is of interest to each particular student. I have also been a church musician for over 40 years. I studied with the Dr. Perkins, Head of the Music Department at Eastern Montana College, now Montana State University, Billings. I have also studied with Dr. Peggy Daugherty, a concert level pianist. I have a Certificate in Piano Pedagogy from Valley City State University in North Dakota..
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Chandra April 14, 2018
· Piano · In home
Both of my children have been blessed to be learning from Nancy. My son started piano lessons this year and just loves it. He looks forward each week to seeing Nancy and loves the incentive she gives him! My son is highly motivated to practice every day. They really have fun together and my son feels challenged. Nancy is also accompanying my teenage daughter who is performing a solo piece soon in competition. They are having a great time and Nancy goes above and beyond what could ever be expected with her generous time and expertise. I cannot day enough good things.
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John, age 10 April 14, 2018
· Piano · In home
Mrs. Cole is a great teacher, and makes learning very easy and enjoyable. She has a kind heart. She laughs and always seem to have a cheery expression on her face. So, she is the best piano teacher ever.
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Oliver A. April 1, 2018
· Piano · In home
Nancy is great with our daughter, her music material is systematic and she is a very experienced in teaching. Our Daughter loves her piano lessons and improves week by week. We would highly recommend her for everyone!
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Nancy C.

Nancy C.

Mount Juliet, TN 37122
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About David F.

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Nashville, TN
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With a Bachelor's Degree from Morehead State University and three years teaching experience I can offer you the most fulfilling learning experience!

*** Lesson Details ***
Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced players welcome! Lessons for Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin, Ukulele, or Electric Bass!

*** Specialties ***
Guitar, Mandolin, Bass Guitar, Ukulele, Banjo
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Leo May 24, 2018
· Banjo · In home
David is on time, well prepared, flexible with scheduling and he tailors his lessons to his student’s wants and needs. Our 12 year old grandson enjoys his banjo lessons with David.
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Rachel March 7, 2018
· Mandolin · In home
David is a mandolin/musical magician. Anyone would be very to lucky to have him as their teacher.
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Gordon S. September 19, 2017
· Banjo · Online
It's hard to judge a man on the first meeting. He appears to be knowledgeable about music. Also, he was able to pick up on a deficiency i have playing music and recommended the best way to overcome it. I believe that David will be a good teacher for me.
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David F.

David F.

Nashville, TN 37201
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$24 / 30-min

About Jordan M.

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Goodlettsville, TN
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About Jordan
Hey, my name is Jordan M. and I can't wait to play music with you! I've been teaching music since 2005 and have loved helping my students learn to read music, tackle auditions, play at a higher level, and appreciate all sorts of music. I went to The University of Akron and earned a Masters Degree in Percussion Performance and I also have a Bachelors Degree in Music Education. I'm a determined and open minded person and my teaching style is always catered to your learning needs I look forward to meeting you and helping you reach your goals!
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Greg Hasselblad August 24, 2015
· Drum · In studio
This is our first time using take lessons and we've had a great experience. Jordan has been easy to work with and has quickly built a rapport with our son. Thomas is excited about his lessons and is learning each time. Highly recommend Jordan.
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Jordan M.

Goodlettsville, TN 37072
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About John P.

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Hendersonville, TN
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You’ve surely heard the old refrain: “I took piano lessons as a kid, but I don’t play anymore.” That makes as much sense to me as saying, “I rode a bike as a kid but not now.” If learned properly, the piano can provide anyone with a lifetime of recreation and pleasure.
Hi, my name is John, and I am an experienced pianist, educator and music journalist. I am the Nashville Scene’s classical music critic, and over the years I have written about music for The Washington Post and National Public Radio, among other places. I have also been an adjunct associate professor at Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music and teach privately in my own studio. I am a very patient and nurturing teacher, but I am also methodical, which is a huge benefit for my students. In short order, they all become comfortable and confident at the keyboard.
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Jen May 16, 2016
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John is an excellent piano teacher! He is patient and encouraging with my son, and he makes lessons fun with inventive and creative approaches that match the individual learning style of each student. He also adapts the pace of the lessons to the progress of the child to always keep things challenging. My son has progressed from beginner to accomplished player of Mozart, Chopin, and Beethoven under John's instruction. I highly recommend this teacher!
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John P.

Hendersonville, TN 37075
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About Chris C.

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Nashville, TN

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About Chris
I love music and seeing people grow, so getting to teach students how to engage in something that is so dear to me is an absolute joy. I have been playing music for over 10 years and teaching private lessons since 2014. My professional performance experience includes solo guitar gigs, rock band shows, musical theatre pit work, dance band playing, plus various gigs in Nashville, around the Eastern United States, and even in Scotland!
I do my best to make lessons relaxed. I don't ever want a student to be nervous for a lesson with me because they did not practice as much as they think they should. While I encourage as much practice as possible, I care more about a student realizing the positive force that music can be in their lives; music doesn't need to be a stressor.
I graduated from Belmont University in the Spring of 20
18 with a degree in Commercial Music, so I have had the "conservatory training" in regards to theory, and music history, but before college I was largely a self taught player and am now a professionally performing musician here in Nashville. My primary goal with any student will be first to help a student achieve their goals, but ultimately to teach each student to think for themselves on their instruments so that they can go on learning for the rest of their lives.
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Chad June 17, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Extremely talented guitar player a master of the craft. He’s the best teacher I’ve had I can’t wait to see my progress a year from now working with Chris
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Jude June 16, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Chris is an amazing teacher, as well as an incredible dude. Working with him these past few months has been really helpful to my skill, and I feel more confident than I ever have been both on bass and guitar. Thank you so much Chris!!!
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Danielle January 11, 2018
· Guitar · In home
My 9 year old daughter is currently taking lessons from Chris. We have been more than pleased with so many things about him.
With my daughter, he is patient, approachable and makes her comfortable and eager to learn. She is more and more excited about the things she is accomplishing and I feel that she is getting a firm grasp on the important fundamentals of guitar.
Honestly, we feel that we have found a jewel of a teacher and my family highly recommends him.
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Chris C.

Chris C.

Nashville, TN 37203
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$25 / 30-min

About Matthew F.

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Nashville, TN

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My name is Matthew Foss and I am a student at Belmont University studying everything that has to do with Bass. I am 20 years old and have extensive experience teaching people of all ages both music and sports! I am very relaxed and understand the desire to learn songs and things you enjoy hearing on the radio over scales and arpeggios. Through what you enjoy listening to and playing we can incorporate everything else, such as scales and arpeggios, to help you gain an understanding for the reason music sounds the way it does and how the bass influences that! Look forward to hearing from you all and helping you become the best bass player that you can be!
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Ryan June 18, 2018
· Upright Bass · In home
I’ve been taking lessons with Matthew for the past six months and he is a very knowledgeable instructor and all around good guy. 10/10 would recommend.
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John June 6, 2018
· Bass Guitar · In studio
Matt's a great teacher, musician and person all around. I've played guitar for years now but I always leave feeling like I've learned something useful and its never a dull time! I feel much more confident in my ability to pluck a bass and would recommend him to anyone at any level of playing ability.
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Madison June 6, 2018
· Bass Guitar · In home
Matt is a great teacher who is understanding, challenging, and nice. He is very easy to talk to and is a great teacher for all ages and levels of bass. He knows and understands his instrument well and is very motivational when teaching new beginners.
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Matthew F.

Matthew F.

Nashville, TN 37204
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About Ryan B.

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Nashville, TN

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I have recently relocated to Nashville TN to pursue my music career. I am an active drummer/drum instructor and looking to fill up my schedule with students.

Back home in California, I managed to be in 4 bands and teach 15 students at two different music schools. I have been playing drums my entire life. I come from a family of musicians and drummers. My father and two brothers also play drums. My father is one who first showed me around the kit when I was just a kid. I have 20 years of experience now. 5 years of teaching experience. I love sharing my knowledge with others and it excites me to do so. I have built my own lesson plans on learning the basics and have proven it works. Working with me, you will become a well rounded drummer. My goal is to have you be able to sit down with any group, any style, and know exactly what to play.
As well as rudiments applied to the drum set, learning how to read sheet music, playing all genres, improvising, and understanding how to "read" other musicians. We will also learn your favorite songs!

Keep it positive. Keep it fun. Keep it challenging. Progress with be made and you will see results quickly if you stay up on your daily practicing, just like me!
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Ryan B.

Ryan B.

Nashville, TN 37216
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About Abraham W.

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Goodlettsville, TN
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I am from St. Louis, Missouri, but moved here to the Nashville are a few years ago from school. I graduated from Trevecca Nazarene University with a BA in Music (Commercial) and a minor in Audio Technology. I have been playing drums and percussion for 11 years, playing all through school in classical, marching, and commercial settings. I am the drummer for two bands, The Monocles and Low Sol, playing shows with them periodically in the St. Louis and Nashville areas. I also play drums for several artists around town, ranging in genre and style. I love to play drums and make it a point to play as much as I can!
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Abraham W.

Abraham W.

Goodlettsville, TN 37072
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