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About John M.

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Houston, TX
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My curriculum includes notes in relation to fretboard, chord shapes and construction, theory, sight singing and ear training, scales, improvisation, strumming/picking techniques, and more. I can come to you!

About John
I have an associates degree in music and I have been teaching lessons for 10 years now. I also have experience as a substitute teacher. As a substitute, I have taught all grades, all subjects, and I have helped out many kinds of students each with their own way of learning.

Besides teaching, I love learning too. Anytime I have a question I immediately start seeking out the answer. Learning never stops!

*** Lesson Details ***
Ever wondered how musicians write music? Why do they make the choices they make? Why do those choices work? Why does music work the way that it does? I can answer all these questions and much more.

With me as your guide, I will unlock your musical superpowers and make you capable of things you didn't know were possible. I have many different methods for teaching not only technique, but how to listen, and ho
w to think creatively so that you can unlock your full potential.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide my guitar, picks, and tuner and that's really all you will need as well.

I'll occasionally bring my laptop with me to use some music software to assist in my lessons.

I'll always have pens and paper so I can make notes or diagrams if needed. I highly recommend that my students have a spiral notebook so I can more easily cater to them.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in many musical genres including rock, ska, punk, progressive, jazz, folk, and more. Music theory is a big part of what I do as it's the universal language of music. If you learn enough theory, you can learn ANY instrument.
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RJ January 11, 2019
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
John is incredibly smart about theory and understanding the guitar having worked out his own individual way of learning that he is happy to share his trade secrets.
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Melinda A. May 18, 2016
· Guitar · In home
My son was new guitar player, he has now had several lessons with John. We have seen his skills grown exponentially. John really connects with him and keeps him engaged. He has taught him soo much in such a short span of time. John is a fantastic teacher!
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Kay-Leigh D. April 6, 2016
· Guitar · In home
A wonderful teacher easy for young kids to understand
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John M.

Houston, TX 77002
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About Marc M.

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Livonia, MI
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From beginner melodies using rest stroke to advanced chord melody players welcome.

About Marc
I teach all styles of guitar, as I have been in many different types of music situations: Soloist (Classical) Ensemble (Classical and Jazz) Lead and Rhythm (Various Rock and Roll bands) Songwriting and Recording. I am a people person that learned the guitar from many different sources. Most of my learning came from watching others and communicating with others. I like to learn about the people I am teaching so that I can better understand their needs as a musician. My education came as a practical necessity in order to get better as a teacher and performer, as well as make a living doing it. But, by no means do I preach the need to be "educated" but only to be a working, practical musician. I will surely go over the need to read music once the need becomes evident, enlighten you as to why it may be important to understand certain aspect
s of music as opposed to just "picking and grinning", IE learning only "By Ear." I do specialize in music theory, and have many students taking lessons simply for this excellent foundation for songwriting also.

I am a classically trained guitarist that performs both as a soloist and for ensemble in a wide variety of styles. I graduated in 1996 from Schoolcraft College with an Associates degree in Music performance, and then, studying under the tutelage of Brian Roberts went on to receive my Bachelor's degree in Guitar Performance with a secondary in Jazz from Wayne State University in 2004. While at Wayne State and along the way I've performed and participated in several masterclasses with renowned artists: William Kanengiser, John Holmquest, Philip Candelaria, Jason Vieaux, Scott Tennant, and Antigoni Goni. I have also completed the teacher requirements for books 1-a and 1-b for the Suzuki Guitar Institute.

Many of my classical guitar and electric guitar students have went on to study further at the collegiate level, some achieving scholarships. My most recent students are current Berklee school of music graduates now in a band called "Flight of Fire", recently opened for Bonjovi this past summer and are getting air time on local radio stations... well on their way to living the dream! …the bulk of my students become full time professional musicians.

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I am an extremely patient person who has been teaching for over 20 years. I am laid back so there will be no pressure. With my electric and steel string guitar students, I host a special "Jam Session" 2 - 3 times a year to which will be one of your goals to participate in. This includes playing with a drummer, bassist, singer and another guitar player (usually me) and having it recorded. This should serve as your motivation to practice. This really eliminates the need for me to pull out a "yardstick" and "smack" your hands over the knuckles when not practicing your scales as many old traditional teachers may have done!

At your first lesson I will talk with you and give you examples of music that is played with a Flat-Pick, or music that uses the Finger-Style technique. This will be an important process as it will dictate which direction you will go in as a musician and especially during our lessons.

For the most part, playing with a Flat-Pick is generally used with the electric guitar and with most mainstream styles of music like "Rock and Roll", "Blues", "Rock-a-Billy" "Funk", and playing with the Finger-Style technique is used in styles like "Classical" and "Folk." After a while, I will introduce you to the other style of playing as well, as most great guitar players use both techniques in their playing...musicians (guitarists) such as: “Jimmy Page“, “Brian Setzer”, “Stevie Ray Vaughan”, “Joe Satriani”, “Lindsey Buckingham”, “Paul McCartney”, “John Mayer”, and many, many more.

To make learning the guitar Fun, I make sure to incorporate your main interest(s) first. Whether it be learning your new favorite song(s), learning how to write a song, or just learning some basics that you can use for when sitting around the campfire. This will be intertwined with which style you choose to start with: Flat-Pick or Finger-Style.

Pending on the level that you are starting at, (beginner, intermediate, advanced) I will include tidbits of music theory that will be used in a consistent manner. These will usually be progressive, pending on your level. For example, the songs you learn will be written out in an easy to understand chart that will have the fundamental aspects of theory (IE, chords, key, and rhythm pattern) that all musicians should understand.

With Children learning with a Flat-Pick, I encourage the use of a basic guitar instruction book.
Level One (beginners) :

"Hal Leonard Guitar Method Book One" by Will Schmid.

I will also use as a substitute for Level One:
"Alfred's Basic Guitar Method" by Alfred's Publishing Co.

More advanced players who can read music already (and graduates from book one) I prefer;
"Hal Leonard Guitar Method Book Two"

With Adults, I will ask if learning to read music interests you. It is a vital part of a practicing musician, but sometimes your needs may require a more one dimensional approach as time may be of essence. Again, I learned by ear and educated myself later...so I understand the person who wants to hold off on reading right away.

Students who want to learn the Classical (Finger-Style) approach will be encouraged to purchase a beginners book that I use written by one of my first instructors/mentor. It is a very intuitive book that covers the technique in great detail yet is very easy to understand (along with my help.) I will provide means of acquiring this book at your first lesson.

Students who want to learn the Folk (Finger-Style) approach will usually start in the above book, unless your an adult who just wants to learn some basics.

At your first lesson I will also provide you with documentation that goes more in depth about the various styles of guitar as the above info is scaled down.

*** Studio Equipment ***
-Amps

-Guitars (Electric, Acoustic, Classical, Bass)

- PA (loud speakers so you can Turn it Up! When playing along)

-Band in a Box (to play along with real prerecorded instruments seamlessly interleaved into a band type setting with almost unlimited genre choices...very impressive technology)

- Pro Tools (recording gear for all needs)

- Guitar Pro and Finale (to transpose music into sheet music)

-Skype (for out of town interactivity. Can do lessons via Skype)

-Basement with plenty of seating for parents, and or observers.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in Classical Guitar, Electric Guitar, and Acoustic Guitar; Improvisation, Songwriting, Backup Vocals, Fretboard Harmony, Music Theory, Performance, and Recording.
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Fred Chin July 22, 2018
· Guitar · Online
First lesson. Marc was great
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Chris February 8, 2018
· Songwriting · In studio
I only got to take lessons from Marc for a couple of months in the summer of 2016 (I had to move away for work), but he is hands down the best music teacher I've ever encountered. It's a year and a half later and I'm still benefitting from his tutelage. From beginner to advanced, you've found the right guy for the job.
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Annette August 21, 2017
· Classical Guitar · In studio
Marc is a great classical guitar teacher. He makes learning fun and easy. I highly recommend him.
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About Robert C.

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Houston, TX
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I studied classical guitar for two (2) years while a music student at the University of North Texas. Since then I have continued to 'dabble' in classical guitar as well as other genres.

About Robert
Robert began playing guitar in Houston, Texas at the age of 12. It was not long before he began playing in bands and played his first professional gig at age 17. Robert performed in and around the Houston area for five years before deciding to study music on the college level. He attended the University of North Texas and later attended Musicians Institute. While a student at MI, Robert was given the Outstanding Student of the Year Award for 1991-'92. Robert began teaching at MI in the guitar school (GIT) in 1993. He has played with Bo Diddley, Tim Bogert, Chevy Chase, Floyd Radford, Deacon Jones, Joe Houston and countless others. He has performed for Buddy Ebson and Chevy Chase and has partied with the Monkees. In addition to playing guitar Robert also plays and teaches bass guitar and piano.

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Robert teache
s serious beginners from ages 5-99. He can also help intermediate, advanced students and pro players fine tune their skills and learn to play the music they hear. His laid back but structured approach has helped many of his students over the years become solid musicians and attain their musical goals. Robert uses a combination of his own teaching materials combined with the best of what he has learned over the years studying with countless world class teachers and players. With his over 20 years of teaching experience he is able to synthesize all this knowledge and make it easily accessible to all of his students. Robert teaches a variety of styles which include blues, classic rock, R&B, pop, country and jazz. All lessons are tailored to the individual student's interests and goals. In addition to this Robert makes his lessons fun too!
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Twyla J. July 14, 2016
· Guitar · In home
Robert is very nice and polite. I think the lesson was sufficient for the first lesson. He gave me homework to work on the D, G, and C chords. We went over the right hand numbering PIMA. I need to determine what my goals are in playing the guitar.
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Valerie P. June 9, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
I am very happy with my guitar lesson with Mr. Calva. He is very knowledgeable and very patient. He found out my musical background and goals. He used that to structure my lessons today. He then gave me homework, tips, and short term goals. I am super pleased with his style of teaching. By the way, I am 50 years young...
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Wilbert M. January 17, 2016
· Piano · In home
I felt very comfortable and learned a lot the first lesson. I'm going to continue with him. Waiting to get my schedule for up coming week.
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Houston, TX 77066
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About Rachel H.

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Houston, TX

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Classical Guitar - Beginner Course Covers The following information:
Intro to Guitar
Intro To Timing and Rhythm
Guitar Anatomy
Learning the Notes of Strings
Intro to Open Chords
Posture and Technique
Tuning
Finger Picking Basic Formation and Technique
Non-Guitar Stretches
Warm up's with the guitar
How to read Tab
----Intermediate Classes cover----
Finger Picking Technique Breakdown
Diverse Rhythm and Timing
Scales and Modes
Strumming Basics
Plucking Basics
Legato - Hammer On's
Legato - Pull Off's
Legato - Slides
String Bending
Intro To Jazz Chords
Technique 2.0

About Rachel
I started my musical path in a Ballet Studio. I fell in love with the crackle of the vinyl record playing as I learned to listen and dance with the rhythm.

I started playing the guitar when I was in elementary and took classical lessons until I was a teenager.I really enjoy the art of practice and the journey of patience. The process of learning has helped me carve out and cultivate my style of music. It's opened up a lot of doors for me in my life. I've had the honor to play with a lot of great performers and have been lucky enough to tour the U.S. and Canada with festivals and showcases such as Vans Warped Tour, South By Southwest and the Halifax Pop Explosion.I've been the opening act for Carolyn Wonderland, Maria Taylor, Tsunami Bomb, Tilly and the Wall, Basia Bulat, Rise Against, Strike Anywhere. Anathallo, Cursive, Milton Hopki
ns, and Pony Up.

When I have free time I volunteer with the Houston Chapter of Girls Rock Camp to help teach girls empowerment through songwriting and music.

*** Lesson Details ***
I began teaching as an afterschool job when I was 16. I was homeschooled, so I feel that the experience taught me that everyone learns differently and that there is not just one standardized method to playing music.

My teaching style varies with each student, but the one constant is my ability to make each and every client I encounter completely fall in LOVE with music. It's my super power.

Lesson plans are tailored for your specific needs and to help you achieve your musical goals and aspirations at your desired pace. I enjoy my students and making music with them.

Here is an overview of the lessons that I provide.

Guitar:
Finger Picking, Song Writing, Rhythm, Lead, Scales,Modes & Ear Training.

Songwriting and composition: Learn techniques, how to brain storm and plot your musical story line. This class pairs great with vocal lessons or guitar lessons.

Bass:
Scales, Rhythm, Beginner and Advanced song structure, Ear Training

Ukulele :
Technique, Intro to Chords, Ear Training, Strumming patterns - Ukulele is one of my favorite classes to teach. You simply can not help but smile when playing this instrument!

Vocals :
Breathing techniques, Scales, Harmonizing
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Jahed March 9, 2019
· Ukulele · In studio
Great Lesson!
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Jared March 6, 2019
· Bass Guitar · In home
Rachel is awesome!
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Violet January 24, 2019
· Drum · In studio
Great first lesson! My daughter was excited throughout the lesson and it continued when we got home. Rachel really brought the lesson down to my daughter’s level effectively.
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Rachel H.

Houston, TX 77092
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About Natascha F.

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Houston, TX
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I have been playing and teaching for the last 15 years.
My style is focused on technique and finding passion.
In order to play well, you first need a love for the instrument.

About Natascha
Hello! I am a capable, creative, fun and dedicated teacher.

My background includes experience in developing educational lesson plans and behavior modification plans. Through my work as a teacher, I have had the opportunity to work with students with special needs in middle school as well as in High School. I truly enjoy developing effective learning strategies to address all students' needs.

Throughout my career, my approach to education has been creative; I enjoy developing multifaceted programs to engage all students and meet group as well as individual needs. My professional experience is supported by a solid academic background.

Please note that I am fluent in English, Hebrew, Dutch, French and German.
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Kylie November 11, 2018
· Classical Guitar · In home
My daughter loved her first lesson! She came home and wanted to practice every few hours. Looking forward to her next lesson.
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Kimberly October 16, 2018
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Natascha provides a warm and friendly experience. She is most knowledgeable and insightful of your individual needs. I strongly recommend and favor her as a Hebrew teacher.
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Suzanne D. October 20, 2015
· Dutch · Online
Amazing teacher, thank you!
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Natascha F.

Houston, TX 77096
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About Dustin N.

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Houston, TX
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From Bach to Segovia I am ready to help you dive into the vast repertoire of classical pieces. I will give you the proper technique to play intermediate and advanced top shelf studies

About Dustin
I hold music degrees from both Belmont and McKendree University. I've been teaching private lessons when I graduated high school and loved it. I decided to make teaching my career, I currently teach at Spring Woods Middle School teaching orchestra.
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Audra May 24, 2019
· Violin · In home
Excellent instructor. I am a complete beginner, but felt very comfortable and am excited to learn more.
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Joshua January 14, 2019
· Cello · In studio
I Actually understood an instructor for once, I did learn on the first day . Dustin explains to wear you can understand and I'm certain I'll learn from him.
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Cameron C. June 2, 2018
· Guitar · In home
Thorough and makes you feel confident in learning. Knows his stuff! Looking forward to learning more.
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Dustin N.

Houston, TX 77066
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About Andrew D.

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Houston, TX
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My goal is not so much teaching one how to play an instrument, but more broadly, to help one cultivate their own living musicality. My own areas of practice, study, and specialization are in free improvisation, sound art/Sonic sculpture, conceptual performance, and songwriting/composition. I've explored a vast number of different styles and genre. Jazz, classical, folk and bluegrass, spirituals, blues, punk rock, contemporary ghospel, electronic dance and ambient, to name a few... I love working with kids, I love teaching any age any skill level, I promise to listen, and fine tune our lesson to fit your specific personality and needs.

About Andrew
I've been practicing and studying music for nearly 12 years. Conceptual performance, free improvisation and Sonic sculpture for over 5. For me, music isn't just about playing an instrument. A musical practice is an opportunity for incredible self growth. Excercise for our minds and awareness.

I've worked with students ranging from age 3 to age 62 in the year or so I've been tutoring. I've taught piano mostly ,but am more technically proficient with guitar(electic/acoustic/classical).

I'm a songwriter and recording/performing artist, my style is very ecclectic and inspired by anything from classical, jazz, avant garde, to pop and folk music. I'm confident and versatile. Im comfortable playing or even performing with most instruments. It's taken alot of practice, reasearch, experimentation, and collaboration but over time musc has give
n my experience life and enriched my life and those around me.

I believe in the cultivation of a living musicality.

My approach emphasises the importance of process, exploration and discovery, as well as the study and analysis of traditional concepts. I propose, active listening to be the simplest form of composition. And as musicians an active ear is central, not only in practice, but generally, for creative evolution and innovation.

I've found the most effective methods effectively balance theory and practice.

I believe the biggest inhibitor to growth, musical or otherwise, is a lack of confidence. A lack that comes from too much pressure to produce idealized results-- fear of mistakes...

I embrace the developmental process,
I work with every student to make each lesson plan efficient, meaningful and inspiring.
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Mike C. April 4, 2019
· Classical Guitar · In home
Just what I was looking for.
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Alexis L. February 20, 2019
· Piano · In home
Andrew was a perfect fit! Non conventional and fun! The boys are eager to learn to play music they like!
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Andrew D.

Houston, TX 77080
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About TYLER S.

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Harrisburg, PA
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Studying under my curriculum brings you, the student a wide rage of skills to study and master. I studied electric guitar, classical guitar, and flamenco playing for over 14 years. But it doesn't end there I also teach bass guitar, acoustic guitar, songwriting, music theory and composition. When you study under me, you get all of the experience I earned over the years at your finger tips. I am a graduate of, HACC in there Music Industry Program AA, Messiah College in Guitar Composition BA, and I am obtaining my Master's at Berklee College of Music right now in Songwriting and Production. Studying with me offers any and all players the flexibility to learn in most common and classical styles! Did I forget, as a student you will receive private at home practice videos as well to serve you better after our lesson for the week has ended!

About TYLER
Hello perspective students and parents!

My Name is Tyler Jazz Straining, why yes Jazz is my real middle name! I have been playing guitar, bass, piano, and songwriting for over 10 years! I teach electric guitar, acoustic guitar, bass guitar, classical guitar, music theory, and songwriting! I am a formally trained musician with a BA in Guitar Composition and an AA in the Music Industry, currently I am in obtaining my Master's Degree in Songwriting and Production form Berklee College of Music! I teach all ages and all skill levels my youngest student being 5 and my oldest right now being 67. It's never to early or to late to learn the gift of music!
I host songwriting forums and videos online while also going to school and teaching full time. But no worries, I always have time to take emails and phone calls from students who struggle with a
ny of the material. My passion is watching students grow into the awesome creators of tomorrow!
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Elizabeth April 29, 2019
· Electric Guitar · In studio
My son Austin took lessons with Tyler while he was a student instructor at Messiah College for just over a year. I saw my son go from barely being able to hold the guitar to playing songs he loved. I was so happy to see my son play his guitar.
Unfortunately we had to move being a military family and we had to stop our lessons. But as a parent I highly suggest Tyler. I was able to attended every lesson and help take notes for my son and Tyler made me feel involved in every lesson! Great teacher!
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Lisa April 26, 2019
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Tyler's is a highly gifted guitar player who is passionate and knowledgeable in many different areas of music. He has worked in several facets of the music industry and has a plentiful network of connections who are successful in making music their full time career.
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Tiffany April 26, 2019
· Electric Guitar · In studio
Tyler has been a mentor to so many music students whether they are just learning to play, or seeking advice on how to build a career. His professional experience with production, song writing, performing, and work with high profile musicians makes him highly credible and sought after by students. He is non-judgmental and very open to all musical styles, which is rare and allows him to connect with almost any student! He always makes himself available to answer questions, takes extra time to meet, and is knows all the new technology advances and opportunities available in the field-- so he's able to provide the best quality music instruction and suggestions to students pursuing a career.
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About Amir S.

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No more "air guitar"!!! Learn the basic chords or improve your knowledge base or learn to write your own music. YOU are the Master of your song!

I have enjoyed teaching at all levels, a part from creating, it is one of my passions. Teaching and watching my students practice and practice until they have mastered a chord, a song or create a beat, has always brought me joy that is priceless. Music is a strong global force that makes people feel good, gives strength, relaxed, pumped up, and brings everyone closer. I feel amazed and honored to pass my musical knowledge to you. Make time for your passion, and I will guide you.

About Amir
Music, my daughter and teaching guitar lessons are my passions. If you are testing out the guitar, want to learn chords or want to learn to create a beat, you have stopped at the right profile. I am ready to teach you to be the best musician you can be by developing techniques such as penatonic, great vibrato, neoclassical scales or train your ear. Music brings people together so everything is possible. Maintain a positive frame of mind, stay hungry, persistent, and watch how your skills will develop as musician.
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Humble, TX 77346
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About Troy C.

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Houston, TX

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The curriculum offered in these lessons are highly flexible depending on the needs and wants of the student. After establishing what their goal is, the student will go through an extremely efficient system of musical/guitar training that will lead to the desired goals in a reasonable amount of time.

However, no matter what the student's goals are, the curriculum will have a strong focus on making the student a great MUSICIAN. The guitar will be the way in which you will learn to express your developing musical ideas and interpretations of others ideas.

Some of the standard elements of the curriculum are: Picking/strumming technique, note identification on the fretboard, rhythmic exercises, chord construction, solo improvisation, music theory, ear training and much more!

About Troy
Hi! My name is Troy Creagh. I have been playing guitar for a little over 20 years and have been playing professionally for 15 years. I have a bachelor's degree in music and have been teaching for 11 years.

I love teaching music because I know that I have the ability to translate my knowledge to all different kinds of people by helping my students learn the way that best suits them. There is no greater joy than seeing the progress in someone that you have been helping!

Here are a few things I have done in my career: Hoodoo theater production (Berlin, Germany), Of Monsters And Men tour (guitar), guitar for Ray Parker Jr. (Ghostbusters theme song), guitar for Freddie Washington, resident guitarist at Stages Theather (2017 season), (former) principle guitar at St. Andrews Episcopal Church, guitar for MOJI (Freepress Summer Fest & South
By South West), and much more!
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Troy C.

Houston, TX 77007
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$30 / 30-min

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