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About Aleena W.

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San Antonio, TX

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About Aleena
***Give the gift of music to someone you love this season!

I've been teaching piano and art for more than 9 years and I've been associated with TakeLessons for 7 of those years in 2 different cities. I teach beginning and intermediate piano as well as art students at my studio.

Teaching is a very rewarding experience.
Although my training was in classical music, I currently compose and perform a variety of genres besides classical.
I also create multi-media 2-dimensional art as well as painting with acrylic and oil; drawing as well.

Music improves math and other cognitive skills. Einstein used the violin to relax and there are scientific studies correlating brain development with the acquisition of music skills.
I'm an encouraging and flexible teacher because every student is different and requires their own individualized le
sson plan.
I have a policy to always communicate with my students and parents of students who are children.

****One of my students was a 16 years old virtuoso in classical guitar. He came to me because he never learned how to sight read. Within 6 months he was writing his own music and decided to change his specialty from guitar to piano.
*****Another one of my students was dyslexic and he was told he would never be able to read music but he was reading music and within a few months he was writing it himself.

I look forward to helping you reach your goals! I encourage anyone who is interested in learning to begin lessons with the knowledge that they can eventually create any kind of art they desire.
I continue to perform and create visual art which enables me to sharpen and maintain my skills.

I hope to have an opportunity to meet you soon and I encourage you to ask any questions you have!!!
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Lisa July 26, 2017
· Drawing · In studio
Great listener and teaches the preferences requested. Very knowledgeable of different methods of drawing
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Sarah July 6, 2016
· Drawing · In home
My daughter had her first art lesson with Eleena today, and she was welcoming, knowledgeable, and inspiring. She's really looking forward to her future lessons!
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Sarah July 6, 2016
· Drawing · In home
My daughter had her first art lesson with Eleena today, and she was welcoming, knowledgeable, and inspiring. She's really looking forward to her future lessons!
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Aleena W.

Aleena W.

San Antonio, TX 78216
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About Thomas R.

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San Antonio, TX
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About Thomas

BA Music St. Mary’s University San Antonio Texas 1986 Cum Laude
BA English UTSA 1989
Classical Guitar primary Instrument
Familiar with all Genres
Lived in San Antonio since 1979
Possess Texas Teaching Certificates for Elementary and Secondary Music
Taught Music at the Elementary and Secondary Levels


*** Lesson Details ***
We will establish your goals whether they be professional or amateur. Of course, you will have a lot input into what music you will play.
First we will start with melody and then add interesting things to the melody. We will do a lot of duets and it will be about making music. I will also use harmonica, recorder, and piano so we will play a variety of music.
We will also spend time on how to practice. Effective practicing develops your skills quickly!!!!

*** Travel Equipment ***
Guitar, Harmonica
, and Recorder
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Deardra S. December 11, 2015
· Guitar · In home
Thomas is very patient, and he is good at knowing where you are, in regards to skills. He can easily pick styles of music that suit your playing style. Whenever I can, I will be continuing!
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Georgianna G. October 6, 2015
· Guitar · In home
Tom is still an outstanding teacher! We are still taking lessons with him and he remains to be flexible with us which makes everything so much easier for my daughter. Tom keeps Josephine interested with a variety of different approaches and is even branching out to other instruments for us. Thank you for everything Tom!
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Georgianna G. November 19, 2013
· Guitar ·
Very patient with young children, an outstanding guitar teacher!

Tom has been teaching my daughter guitar for her first year of lessons. She is now 6, and can be moody, very easily distracted and will not sit still for long. To keep her focused, Tom combines harmonica and slide whistle lessons along with her guitar lessons, and it works very well. He also brings in different kinds of guitars (electric and classical) to keep the lessons interesting for her. Every week he reviews what she has learned, and also brings new music and will even write requested songs (using fret # a good approach for kids at this age). He shows up for lessons like clockwork, and she has learned much more than we had expected her to.
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Thomas R.

San Antonio, TX 78216
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About Jim B.

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San Antonio, TX

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About Jim
My name is Jim-B. I am a guitarist and vocalist.
When I am not playing a guitar; I like to shoot video,
record music, hike, workout, read, watch movies,
travel, and hang with my wife and family.

YOU ARE NEVER 'too young' or 'too old' TO LEARN guitar.

I love taking the gift of music - give it on to others – then watch them come alive.

MY FOCUS IS TO TEACH YOU AS MUCH ABOUT MUSIC AS I CAN.

So, I’m HERE for YOU, When YOU are ready TO LEARN.

*** Skills that YOU will Develop ***

We will follow a Guitar lesson plan, use practice journals, show you the basics, and you can then learn songs of your choice. You will learn the rhythm Guitar standard chords, advanced chords, power chords, barre chords, string techniques, music theory, music dynamics, picking/strumming, and alternate chord positions for sound/variety us
ing transitions with chord progressions. I can teach popular music styles from 1920's to Current hits in your chosen styles and genre. 

****About Me****

I love music - so if you love music - we’ll get along great.

I believe every lesson you take gets you closer to being a guitarist.

I know that every time you pick up the guitar, you improve your talent.

I have promoted many concerts.

I was a music DJ on a radio station and am presently a radio Senior Manager.

I taught myself to play guitar. I have gone to school for music.

I have been a teacher all my life.

I have played guitar and vocals in 3 bands and have played in coffee houses, schools and churches for years. I am college trained in voice, performance, music theory, composition, and have played most instruments. I received a Bachelor’s Degree in Music & Communications.

I love to learn as much as I love to teach.
I am a web developer.
I am also doing video production.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have a tuner, cords, guitar amplifier, on-line computer, and a sitting area if you come with a friend or family. You need to bring your guitar, practice sheets, music journal books, and digital recorder (if you want to record a session).
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Bobbie June 25, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Jim is a great guitar instructor - very knowledgeable and easy to follow instructions. Looking forward to my next lesson.
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John May 7, 2017
· Guitar · In home
He's the best. Really easy going and nice guy. His wife even makes cookies for each lesson. As a beginner, Jim has streamlined and accelerated my learning ten fold since self teaching myself online. For references he gives you all the materials you need such as the music sheets he makes to form a lesson. They're very concise and easy to follow. I have bar chord sheet he made that's by far the best reference for those chords that I've seen.
It's really a fun experience and he takes joy in helping his students learn. Highly recommended.
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Bernice C. September 10, 2014
· Guitar · In studio
Jim is very patient and kind. He helps me with different techniques and positions for holding the guitar for my fingers on the harder cords.
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Jim B.

Jim B.

San Antonio, TX 78209
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About Rick P.

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San Antonio, TX
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About Rick
I been playing the guitar professionally for over 20 years. In that time I had the good fortune to perform and record with some really good musicians. I've played in various bands ranging from rock to jazz and flamenco. I received my bachelor's degree in recording engineer and record producer from LBCC.

I'm currently a Guitar Teacher for different music schools and have a number of private students as well.

*** Lesson Details ***
Play What You Want!!!!,Learn What You Need!!!
Focus on real-world guitar skills:
Starts on the Low E string;Learn chords from day one,from their root notes;Learn notes in a logical/alphabetical sequence;Perform rhythm and accompaniment parts right away (not just melodies).
What will my students learn: First position chords, rhythm riffs,patterns,blues and rock clichés.Music notation,tableture an
d chord charts.Pick and fingerstyle techniques,Improvisation and playing by ear.
HOW TO PLAY LIKE!!!!
Break down songs and techniques into easily digestible chunks. Individual segments are played slowly first,then brought to speed.
You'll find you're learning and improving faster than you ever believed possible.
CLASSIC ROCK: From Aerosmith to ZZTOP.
GUITAR HEROES:From Randy Rhoads to Yngwie Malmsteen
TEXAS COUNTRY: From Randy Rogers to Charlie Robinson.
TEXAS BLUES: From Freddie King to Stevie Ray Vaughan.
METAL GUITAR: CLASSIC 70's to Today's Heroes
PROGRESSIVE ROCK-METAL: From Dream Theater to Periphery..
CLASSICAL GUITAR: From Bach to Vivaldi.
And many more Styles, send me a question and ask about your personal music choice.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Located in Specious one room of a three bedroom condo, Marshall amps ,Martin,Taylor Jackson, Dean, ESP,Takamine, Epiphone and Ovation guitars, use a plasma TV, guitar pro software, keyboards, recording softwear.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Guitar and amps. books.
Student: metronome and tuner.

*** Specialties ***
Finger Picking Techniques,MusicTheory and How to get a good sound with your guitar.
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Dara September 6, 2018
· Guitar · Online
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Mark D. August 30, 2018
· Guitar · Online
My lesson was great. I’ve struggled for years to really get everything to come together, and I’m already starting to see and feel how Rick is, and will continue to, make that happen.
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William McKinney April 30, 2018
· Music Recording · In home
Excellent teacher and musician! Very friendly.
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Rick P.

Rick P.

San Antonio, TX 78259
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About Michael K.

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San Antonio, TX
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About Michael
Hello! I'm Michael. Music has been 'my thing' since I found a guitar in my Mom's closet at age 9 and didn't move until figured out "Mary Had A Little Lamb". That's the curiosity I try to instill in my students! Although I started playing trumpet and guitar in elementary school, my music education at University of Texas in SA opened up musical doors I never knew existed! Currently I teach trumpet, guitar, piano, drums and saxophone, ages 6 to 45, as well as play trumpet around town when the sun goes down. I passionately emphasize music reading ability, improv techniques through jazz studies, and a solid music theory foundation- no matter what age you are!!!

LESSONS DETAILS
Every lesson, concepts are reviewed and emphasized, then we crawl forward through new music, discussing the technique and theory of every piece we play. I've accumul
ated an expansive library of teaching material to create a very diverse path when exploring the wonderful world of music. I always try to include a classical piece and a jazz piece in the repertoire. Popular music and original compositions are fun encouraged too!
Whatever your idea of music is, we will build on it, playing pieces you want to play!

THE INSTRUMENTS
A variety of instruments are at our disposal here in the studio, including...

Piano & electric keyboard, acoustic and electric guitars, trumpet & cornet, clarinet, flute, upright acoustic bass, 7-piece drum set & auxiliary percussion.

THE HOUSE
The house is very friendly and comfortable, great with children and families. Lots of natural light! There's a large front porch patio to relax on while you wait with a good book, or you can hang out inside with the siblings watching something on Netflix. I'll even give you the Wifi password ;)
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Joseph H. September 28, 2017
· Guitar · In home
He's good and patience
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John C. August 3, 2017
· Music Theory · In studio
He is a musically experienced young man that can easily communicate with an adult student to get to the issue and effectively address it.
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Daniel A. July 23, 2016
· Piano · In studio
My son doesn't talk much, but that challenge doesn't take away from Michael being a great instructor. My son loves his piano lessons and is learning so much.
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Michael K.

Michael K.

San Antonio, TX 78212
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About Derek V.

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About Derek
TEACHING MISSION: Capture the joy of playing music. Inspire continual playing and/or practice, regardless of student's lifestyle/career choices.
I start the first lesson with a student wish list (songs, goals, etc) and every lesson we take significant steps towards the goals.

Skills: Guitar/Mandolin/Piano/Bass/Banjo/Recording/DJ Technology

Education: B.M. Classical/ Jazz Guitar Performance, University of Colorado, 2003
B.S. Audio Engineering/ Production, Middle Tennessee State University, 1997

Teaching Experience:
-The Musicians Woodshed (Austin) Sept 2013- Present
-Brooklyn Music Lessons (NYC) 2010-2013
-University of Colorado (Boulder) 2000-2010
-Naropa University (Boulder) 2007-2010
-The Lesson Studio (Boulder) 2005-2009

Performance Experience:
Freelance Musician/ Arranger/ Composer 2000-Present
I have played guita
r, mandolin, bouzouki, keyboards, or bass in folk, classical,
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Katy November 7, 2018
· Banjo · Online
Patrick is enjoying learning banjo from Derek. He is patient and keeps him engaged. Such a nice guy.
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Patrick November 2, 2018
· Banjo · Online
I enjoyed the lesson and learned a lot from derek.
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Trey H. August 20, 2018
· Ukulele · In studio
Two Thumbs Up!
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Derek V.

Derek V.

Austin, TX 78748
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$35 / 30-min

About Daniel S.

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Austin, TX
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Hello! My name is Daniel and I have been playing drums and percussion for over 15 years. I have two older brothers, one plays guitar, and the other plays bass, so it only made sense to me to pick the drums as my instrument and I quickly fell in love and knew what I wanted to do with my life!

I'm very versatile when it comes to various styles of music such as rock, funk, soul, pop, jazz, blues, swing, latin, afrobeat, as well as reggae/rocksteady/ska. I can teach you everything that I know about proper technique, music theory, drum notation, chart reading, rudiments, groove/feel, improvisational skills, and more

My main focus is on the drum set but I also play congas, bongos, timbales, and various handheld percussion instruments. I'm really excited to get to know you and bring out your inner percussionist!
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Jack September 29, 2018
· Drum · In home
Daniel is very knowledgeable about drums and patient with our son. He has a good rapport.
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Cassie September 14, 2018
· Drum · In studio
I have had a difficult time finding an instructor in Austin who kept me engaged and helped me grow as a musician. That changed with my lessons from Daniel!

Daniel did a thorough assessment of my skill set on the kit and created a lesson plan that works for me and my goals. He is attentive, works to what my needs are as a student, and has great communication skills. Band mates commented on my improvement on the kit within two weeks of starting lessons!
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Kim September 7, 2018
· Drum · In studio
Daniel has been an ideal teacher for my 15 year old son. His has a wide stylistic range that keeps things interesting and challenging, and he’s also very attentive to my son’s own interests and abilities. He’s centrally located, easy to get to, and easy to work with. Highly recommended.
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Daniel S.

Daniel S.

Austin, TX 78723
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$20 / 30-min

About John L.

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San Antonio, TX
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John "MuscleMouth" Lugo is a professional performance trombonist and composer/arranger currently residing in San Antonio, TX. His versatility has taken him from performing a sold out Hollywood Bowl with Ziggy Marley's band (backing Bob Andy and Freddie McGregor) to performing a sold out Moe’s Alley Blues Club with George Clinton. MuscleMouth has performed and recorded with members of such bands as Parliament/Funkadelic, The Circle Jerks, Bad Brains, the Eels and Fishbone. He is a veteran of the Vans Warped Tour, has appeared on MTV numerous times with Robi Draco Rosa (Menudo) and can be heard on the New York Times website in an Emmy winning performance behind some of the biggest names in film. Look for his horn arrangements and performances on the upcoming Trulio Disgracias album, as well as his recordings with The Bashments, Cousin Juneb
ug, Watts Ensemble, Marcus Very Ordinary, Thelonious Monster, Bucketfunk, Tawali, Soul Turtle and many others. His solo projects are released under the name MuscleMouth. John Lugo is also a composer in the classical medium. Albums and sheet music are available through E-TIP Records and E Tú Productions Ltd. John aka MuscleMouth is a former Band President of Judson High School in Converse, TX.
BM Composition and Theory, Cum Laude
UTSA 2004
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John L.

John L.

San Antonio, TX 78247
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$30 / 30-min

About Victor L.

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My name is Victor, and I would love to help you further your skills and love for guitar!

I have a Master's degree in Guitar Performance -- emphasis on Classical and Flamenco -- from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. I have been providing private lessons in guitar for over 10 years for students of all ages and skill levels. I also perform and gig regularly. In my career, I have played several well known pieces, such as Entre Dos Aguas by Paco De Lucia, Asturias by Isaac Albeniz, and Recuerdos De La Alhambra by Francisco Tarrega.

Lesson plans are tailored to the student's needs and goals, which can be anything from learning how to read music, learning how to play by ear, furthering one's technique, etc. In lessons with me, you can expect to develop the basics of proper classical techniques, all the way to mastery, enabling y
ou to play fast and precise.

My goal as a teacher is to develop a strong foundation to allow students to eventually learn songs on their own with ease. I strive to create a fun environment to foster learning and keep students engaged in the task at hand. My schedule is flexible and I am open to lessons at my home, your home, or online. I can't wait to get started!
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Khaim June 14, 2018
· Classical Guitar · In home
Victor has been coming to our home to teach my 12-year-old daughter the piano and guitar. He’s done well not only to teach her to play and write music but has imparted great enthusiasm in her for playing the instruments . I would highly recommend him for the position.
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Antonio June 13, 2018
· Flamenco Guitar · In home
Amazing flamenco player and teacher, highly recommend. He has first hand knowledge from traditional flamenco players
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Victor L.

Austin, TX 78704
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About Daniel P.

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Austin, TX
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Hello! I’ve been playing guitar for nine years now and teaching for a little over four years. For the past six years, I’ve been the lead electric guitarist in my church’s band. I’ve also been involved in multiple nationally ranked choirs and performed at Carnegie Hall in 2016. I’m also the lead guitarist in a singer-songwriter trio called Two Beards and a Boy. We’ve played at city events, fundraisers, and restaurants in the DFW area.

My love for music has played a huge role in my life, and I love sharing this passion with my students. Nothing beats the excitement of a student as they’re able to play their first song. Whether you are wanting to learn how to perform, compose music, or play your favorite song, I promise to help you achieve your goal.

I’ve taught a variety of ages, and I truly believe it's never too early or late to l
earn an instrument. I make sure to structure each student’s lessons to fit their goals and needs. I ensure to focus solely on what the student is wanting to learn. All of my lessons are designed to be fun and educational, and the student is in complete control. I have been working with children and youth for many years through the Upward Sports program, and I love building connections with all of my students to create a comfortable and fun learning environment.

As a college student at UT, I am very flexible with scheduling, so feel free to contact me about available times for lessons. I hope to hear from you soon, and please let me know if you have any questions!
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Pauline November 17, 2018
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Daniel is a phenomenal musician- he is a rare combination of technical excellence and musical expression. He is remarkable at working with students of all ages-patient and kind and communicates well. He is also both reliable and responsible.
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Blair November 16, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Daniel is an excellent teacher. He gave my 13 year old son lessons. He kept him engaged. Was able to keep him focused. With the ability to progress. If not for Daniel moving off to college I would still be using him to give lessons to my son.
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Robin November 16, 2018
· Guitar · In home
Daniel taught my son guitar. My son learned so much from him in that time. He is a wonderful teacher and person.
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Daniel P.

Austin, TX 78705
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