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Adam T. Tucson, AZ

About Adam

I have been writing and performing music since he was 15. Along the way I have played or recorded with numerous notable bands including Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees George Clinton and Parliament Funkedic, and members of Bob Dylan's band. In classical music, I have learned music composition under Dan Asia at the University of Arizona and East Indian Classical music from master musician Ali Akbar Khan at the Ali Akbar School of Music. I have been teaching lessons in guitar, vocals, banjo, and harmonica for 15 years. My lessons are always focused on whatever style the student is most interested in, yet still incorporate a dose of music theory and other styles to help inspire well rounded musicians. I can teach to any age, in any genre, as well as help with songwriting, performance ...

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Susan M. March 29, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
My 14 year old son enjoys taking guitar lessons with Adam.
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Coleman B. July 30, 2014
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
I've been taking lessons from Adam for about six months now, and his lessons have helped me out tremendously. I'd taken lessons before elsewhere for about a year and a half, but I felt that my progress and improvement had stagnated and that I needed to go in another direction. Adam has helped me view music in a different light when it comes to both technique and composition, aiding me to grow both musically and in skill. Thanks Adam!
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April R. May 15, 2014
Harmonica · In studio
Verified Student
My husband and I started our not-quite four and a half year old son with harmonica lessons with Adam in February of this year. Our motivation was not to create a prodigy musician, just to give our son a unique and fun experience with an instrument we enjoy the sound of. We, Adam included, were a bit skeptical as to how far we could take the harmonica with a four year old. Adam however, rose to the challenge, creating a lesson plan that matched our son's ability, motivation and attention span. He started off with simple tasks, such as making sure the numbers on the harmonica were facing up before playing (i.e. getting our son to hold his instrument properly). Such a simple task but perfect for pumping up a four year old's confidence and psyche before starting each lesson. As the lessons got more and more involved, Adam consistently stuck to one very important element: keeping it fun. And now 3 months later, thanks to Adam's outstanding teaching ability and unmatched creativity, I'm ecstatic to report that my son can play a real no-kidding blues shuffle. He's not just blowing sounds out of his instrument, he's making actual music; music that makes one want to tap a foot to. My husband and I couldn't be happier with our experience with Adam. He has far exceeded our expectations. We (and especially our son) are looking forward to continued learning on the harmonica with Adam.
Scott K. Tucson, AZ

From the basics of note recognition to Counterpoint and Jazz chordal analysis to 12-tone and serial music theory.

About Scott

As a composer I have found it necessary never to stray too far from performance. The shear exhilaration one can obtain through playing an instrument is unique and powerful. I have devoted my life to trying to understand and master this elusive beast we call Music. As a child, of a peculiar spirit, I demanded my parents get me guitar and piano lessons. I felt an instant connection to these instruments and was compelled to investigate. After years of inquiry I ended up attending New School for the Arts, a high school devoted to the arts where I studied music composition. From there, I went on to the University of Arizona to receive degrees in Music Composition and Philosophy with minors in Mathematics and English Literature. For my Masters' programs I wondered into the world of ...

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Andres R. December 23, 2013
Piano
Verified Student
Learning to play the piano as been pleasant and engaging!

When I first starting taking lessons with Scott I had never taken piano lessons or even knew how to play. Scott knows classical piano music very well and introduced me to great piano pieces for beginners to get started on learning how to play. The lessons will move at your pace and the challenge will never be no more than you can handle. Now I will most likely make it a long term goal to get better and better thanks to his help.
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MaryKayK June 27, 2012
Older Student

Have had three lessons so far and very encouraged by his patience and knowlege of music. I come away encouraged knowing I can do it. I really do like Scott.
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DaveM2 June 15, 2012
I wish I had much more time with Scott

I have only had two lessons, and now find that I have to take a hiatus because of my partner's health. We will be going to California for 3 months of proton radiation therapy for his cancer.Scott has been really terrific with me. He is patient, kind, and has opened new avenues in my understanding of music. I will continue to work on the things he as taught me. I expect that when I get back into the lessons, I will need to start over because there isn't a piano in California for me to practice on. I know that Scott will take this into consideration when this happens. I think Scott is terrific. If you are considering piano lessons, then check him out.
Ray F. Tucson, AZ

I took all kinds of theory in college including form and analysis, 20th century techniques, and music theory 1 and 2.

About Ray

I grew up in a musical family in Tucson, where my dad was a high school choir teacher for 25 years. I had the privilege to be in his choirs for 2 years! I attended Northern Arizona University studying music education/performance 3 years (music scholarship), Pima College music ed. 1 year. This included 3 hours per semester of private voice. Basically a different language every semester (French, Italian, German). During this time I formed an acoustic folk/rock duo night club act and played around Tucson for several years. Then I moved to L.A. to pursue my dreams. There I played beach clubs in another duo. I also was a studio singer and produced and sold a couple of jingles. I have been a staff singer with Arizona Opera since 1992. I have been in 80 + productions/600+ performances. I just ...

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Adrian C. December 12, 2014
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
He makes lessons fun. His instruction tips are very helpful for improving skills.
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amanda A. February 13, 2013
Singing
mr. ray is an awesome teacher!

Mr.Ray is the music teacher at my sons' daycare and has been for the last seven years plus.His performance and ability to keep the children interested in the program is amazing! My oldest son Mikey has been at the daycare since he was a year old and is now seven and still gets excited about the annual christmas program.My youngest son Malachi loves mr. ray and talks about him endlessly when he visits the daycare.I believe he is the one who got Malachi so interested in playing the guitar! He is definitley the best and most patient music teacher we've seen and I intend on signing Malachi up as soon as he turns five!
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Ian Z. Tucson, AZ

About Ian

Hi! Thanks for taking a look at my teacher profile. Here's a little bit about me and how I can help you become the musician you want to be. I started playing the guitar at age 17. I was being paid to play guitar and hand drums for dance classes at his college by the age of 19, and was hired on to the guitar faculty of the Fairmount School of Music at the age of 24. I realized that I'd gotten good only partially through short bursts of discipline lasting up to 6 weeks or so before I had to relax and just have fun for a while, and that for most people, year-round discipline was impossible due to temperament or other demands on people's time. These observations led me to boil down a teaching approach I summarize like this: "The more you have your guitar in your lap, the better ...

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Laura A. February 12, 2014
Guitar
Verified Student
Great variety of songs

Great training and variety of songs. Positive feedback for students and appropriate "homework" for practice.
Julia G. Tucson, AZ

Many students think music theory is a waste of time, but in fact it is another window into understanding the music symbolism and the translating of that into sound. You will make connections from the music theory to your own score and see that you become more familiar with the score by making associations.

About Julia

I began my study of music as a child with the study of piano. I also played and performed clarinet in the school band and marching band (highlight of my youth!), played and performed duet piano works, and also the organ. I was initiated by my native Swiss grandparents into dance and yodel music, which then interested me in ethnic music, in conjunction with my classical music studies. In addition to my music studies, I played intercollegiate sports and studied zoology. The schools I studied at were Western Illinois University, Northern Illinois University, Buffalo State College, and then onto University of New Mexico to begin a Master’s Program. Upon moving to Manhattan, I studied with a well-known voice coach in the opera world, Tom LaMonaco. I also studied voice with Nancy Ribakov and

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Halley K. December 11, 2013
Piano
Verified Student
Great teacher, and fun as well!

Julia has been a wonderful piano teacher. I went to her to learn a song I was attempting by myself, not really thinking about continuing lessons. Julia has made piano lessons fun and interesting, and is really good at figuring out how others learn. I've been really enjoying my lessons and plan on coming back for as long as possible!
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Monet P. September 11, 2013
Piano
Wonderful Teacher

Julia was a wonderful teacher for my 8-yr old! She is so patient with children, whose attention may be wandering. In our 6 months of lessons, my daughter learned to identify all of the notes on the musical staff, timing, could play two-handed scales, and several songs. I couldn't believe how fast she learned, all because of Julia's guidance and skill at knowing what was right for her at her level (beginner)!
Dave C. Tucson, AZ

The success and happiness of my students is my top priority. I work very hard to make sure that my students are getting what they want out of our lessons together, that they are making steady progress toward their goals, and that they are enjoying the process as we go.

About Dave

Hello! My name is Dave and I would like to help you reach your goals in music! I teach lessons on guitar, piano, drums and just about anything that has to do with music theory. The success and happiness of my students is my top priority. I work very hard to make sure that my students are getting what they want out of our lessons together, that they are making steady progress toward their goals, and that they are enjoying the process as we go. I have been teaching music to people of all ages for over 10 years and I enjoy working with beginners. I have a masters degree in music and have performed with many professional groups and have record music regularly in my own studio. I strive to make lessons stress free, engaging and fun. Learning to play isn't easy, but with the right ...

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