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Hello! My name is Allen and I've been playing guitar for 16 years, and teaching for the past 10. I've been performing and writing since the age of 16 with bands in many styles. I'm originally from Santa Maria, CA, and I obtained my knowledge of music theory, performance, and songwriting skills from taking private lessons in the central coast at a place called Coelho's Academy of Music. Our head instructor, Jerry Coelho, was a student of the late Howard Roberts and was one of the first graduating students to who helped to establish Guitar Institute of Technology (GIT), currently known as The Musicians Institute. After dedicating 4 years of private lessons under Jerry and his other top instructors, my hard work payed off and I was given the opportunity take students of my own. For the following two years, I've managed to consistently teach
40 students per week. I decided to move forward and take my musical experience with me to San Diego, where I currently teach, write, record, and perform my music with others who have similar goals and aspirations. I love playing in as many bands as possible. The main one I play in is called Quel Bordel. Some of the bands I've played in have given me the opportunity to perform with local and big named artists such as D.J. Artistic, Gary Wilson of Stones Throw Records, The Aristocrats, Terry Bozzio, Alan Holdsworth, and Tony Levin. As a full time musician and performer, I'm typically out gigging anywhere from 2-5 a week. As a teacher, I'm here to help you with where you want to be with guitar. Whether it's rock, pop, funk, hip hop, reggae, jazz, blues, indie, folk, and country, I can help you with the technical and theoretical side of things.

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My goal- To get you to become better than me. I find myself as an easy going teacher, and can provide that push when I see students getting more engaged in their lessons. I typically teach out of two main books, and it's optional for students to have their own copy of my recommended method books. I emphasize heavy chord vocabulary and steady rhythm. I believe that in order to be a good lead player, you would have to be a great rhythm player. As we develop technique, you can expect me to incorporate theory as to maintain an even share of the HOW's and WHY's. Moreover, expect to DO something with our lessons. Repetition is the mother of learning, and sometimes it comes down to the idea of 'monkey see, monkey do' before we can have in depth conversations about the application of your lessons in real situations. To me, music is very creative. So I'm a big believer on improvisation with both chords and scales. I believe in practical application when learning the songs you want to learn. So every student will have a unique way of learning the fundamentals only necessary to their personal goals.

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Two small practice amps, cables, method books (personal copies), extra picks, extra guitar, music stand, blank sheet music/tabs for notes, extra strings, music stand, metronome, tuner

*** Travel Equipment ***
Music stand, extra guitar (if needed), blank staff/tab paper, tuner, metronome, battery powered amp, cables, extra strings (if needed), picks

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I primarily use Hal Leonard method books for beginners when it comes to reading and basic technique. For those who want to learn at the intermediate/advance level, I use the book called Jazz and Pop Guitar (chords and progressions) and Scales and Modes in the Beginning which can cover all aspects of chord theory and improvisation. I model my curriculum off of my prior lesson plans from my teachers ( based off of Berklee and GIT) My genres specialize in rock, funk, jazz, indie rock, folk, country, blues, pop
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John M. January 12, 2018
· Ukulele · In home
I’ve taken lessons from Allen for almost two years. He is an excellent instructor. He is knowledgeable, patient, and talented, as well as flexible with scheduling. I highly recommend him as a teacher.
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Hannah M. March 9, 2017
· Ukulele · Online
My daughter is very shy which is why she won't try new things very often. However, after her first lesson with Allen she was excited. She said he made the lesson very fun and made her very comfortable. She learned her first two chords and is eager to practice transitioning between the chords and is looking forward to her next lesson with Allen.
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Lincoln G. February 7, 2017
· Ukulele · Online
Allen is terrific!!!! Patient and clear he does a great job of connecting with my 7 year old. They are making ALOT of progress.
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About Judy F.

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Menifee, CA

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Teach Beginning to Intermediate Music Theory in these subjects:
- Note Reading
- Chord Theory
- Sight Reading
- Hannon Finger Techniques
- Scales
- Skill building exercises

About Judy
I started taking music lessons at the age of 9. It began playing in the church and then I taught lessons in my home at the age of 16. I went on to attend and graduate from Christian Heritage College (now called San Diego Christian College) with a Bachelors Degree in Music and Business. I am now the Director of the Music Department at San Diego Young Artists Music Academy. I direct two youth and children choirs, a male chorus and a great adult choir. I also sing with the Voices of Prayze who travel with Jason Mraz from time to time. As a singer, pianist and as a teacher, I specialize in Gospel piano & vocal technique and repertoire. I also have a great deal of experience in Pop, R&B, and Classical so I am able to help students excel in these genres as well.

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As your private teacher, I can promise you a very soulful a
nd rewarding experience – having fun is part of my lesson plan. My goal for each student is to build confidence through knowledge and experience. I will encourage each student to reach into their spirit and bring out what is already inside of them through the type of music that brings them happiness. After 3- 6 months of lessons from me pianist will be able to know beginning concepts, play songs of their choice by ear and note read simple songs also. Singers will know beginning vocal exercises, be able to project their voice, and sing high and low notes accurately to songs according to their ability.

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Piano
Mic and Karaoke Machine
A Stage to Practice Performance Technique
Music Books

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Gospel & classical
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Aysha January 19, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Judy is very sweet and takes her time with you. I look forward to this singing journey! And I plan to take piano lessons too! She’s awesome.
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Frank W. December 30, 2017
· Organ · Online
Great first lesson. I can tell Judy is very experienced and an excellent teacher. She has a lot of patience.
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Lela November 8, 2017
· Piano · In home
My daughter thinks the class is fun and the teacher is nice 👍🏽
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About Brandon P.

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We start off utilizing the scale-building formulas to learn both scales and chords in whatever key we prefer. Then, we'll take that knowledge and utilize it to write our own music, and analyze how other music is written

About Brandon
I started learning piano by the age of 4. Started composition by the age of 5. At the age of 12, I started guitar and never turned back. Music was always the ULTIMATE escape. To me there's nothing that compares to the feeling I get after completing a song, or the rush of a good performance. I decided that I'd rather do nothing else in life but music. After high school I went to the famed Musicians Institute in Hollywood, CA., where I was taught by the most amazing musicians I've ever known. Some of the teachers who influenced me were Dan Gilbert from the Guitar World magazine, and David Oakes who trained with Andre Segovia (famed classical guitarist). After that, I continued with my Bachelors in Music at ENMU. My influences are a wide range. I love any music with shred guitar. Anything virtuosic is what I love. I enjoy playing everything
from Latin, classical, blues, all the way to heavy metal. I have a lot of on stage experience that has served me well, and my mission is to give back the inspiration that has been my love for music.

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The most important thing with any instrument is that you're enjoying what your doing. If you're not having fun with guitar, then you're probably not going to stick with it. I teach beginning to advanced guitar and my students really enjoy the lesson plans. My lessons vary from student to student depending on what they want to accomplish, and what they need to succeed. After the student reaches a certain level I get them to play with other musicians. Sometimes I'll bring in my drummer and hop on the bass so the student can get the feel of playing with a full band! I expect a lot from students and they seem to have no problem delivering,

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Home studio- includes amps, guitars and recording equipment. Custom built computer designed for studio use. Pre-sonus Firepods. Focusrite Sapphire pro 26. Ton's of pedals. Pro Tools 10 Professional

*** Travel Equipment ***
I have backup amps and guitars just in case. I bring all the materials for the lesson plans to the student's home.

*** Specialties ***
classical, rumba, metal, classic rock, hard rock, shred, Brazilian, fusion, blues, and most Latin styles.
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Serena L. January 17, 2018
· Guitar · Online
5 star teacher!!

Brandon is personable, knowledgeable, talented and very funny! Not only does he prepare great lessons that are suited for me and what I want to learn, but he also brings new styles and techniques that challenge me and broaden my interests!

Brandon is one of those people that you instantly feel comfortable with and my lessons are fun. I feel like we are just hanging out playing music instead of sitting through a mundane lesson.

Can't say enough great things about him! He's like the Beethoven of guitar!

Brandon, you rock!!
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Frank H. January 6, 2018
· Music Theory · Online
Brandon is able - and willing - to listen to the issues and concerns I have and address them with insight and clarity. He has been able to help me become not only a better Guitar Player, but a better Musician.
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Chevy H. December 11, 2017
· Guitar · Online
I WANT TO LEARN IT ALL. Brandon is super easy to work with. He has the lesson plan put together ahead of time ready for the session. I have a basic understanding of music and guitar. Brandon is by far, the best guy around to help me delevop and get me to the level I want to be at.
Very patient, very fun. I think I will have to get him and his family up to my place for a cookout and roller coasters (I live near cedar point, the roller coaster capital of the world). We will definitely become friends. Great guy! Great teacher! This will be fun!
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About Bob W.

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Winter Park, FL
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Music Theory is the language of Music. I can help tutor Theory concepts for composition or for the AP Music Theory Courses. I also include Music Theory as part of instruments training.

About Bob
I have taught private and group guitar lessons for over 20 years, both in person and online. I have performed with various theatre companies, jazz combos and rock bands. Along with my Bachelors in Music Education from Berklee College of Music and a Masters in Education Media Design and Technology, I have 4 full album credits to my name along with placement in independent films and compilation recordings.

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My goal as a teacher is to prepare students for the next step in their endeavors. I strive to be a mentor to my students and guide them in bringing out their talents while overcoming their difficulties. I believe that a good teacher is also a good student and benefits from a collaborative relationship within the role of professional guide.

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Fender Princeton Tube Guitar Amp
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Recording capabilities for audio and video per student preference.
Logic Pro Studio for Audio

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Guitar, Songwriting, Music Theory
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Sue J. June 3, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Bob is a great instructor! He is very patient and devoted to his student and his/her individual needs. Bob uses his talents and expertise as a musician to help me develop as a guitar player and songwriter. I have really enjoyed working with Bob and I would highly recommend him to others who are seriously interested in learning to play an instrument or improving their current abilities.
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Sue J. June 3, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Bob is. a great instructor
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About Olivier H.

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Bloomington, IN

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I have worked with students at all levels so whether you would like to learn how to read music notation or how to write a fugue I will be able to help.

About Olivier
My name is Olivier Huebscher. I am a horn player who received my MM in Horn Performance from Indiana University and am currently working on my DM. I was born in Switzerland in 1989, and have performed in wide variety of cultures and venues, from television soundtrack recording in Thailand, to full opera productions. Currently finishing my Doctorate at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, I am equally comfortable performing in studio recordings, opera pits or symphonic stages. In addition to being a member of Santa Monica Symphony, American Youth Symphony, Columbus Philharmonic and Redlands Symphony, I am a dedicated chamber musician, performing with Volante Winds as well as recording Mahler’s Symphony No 9 with the Kammermahler ensemble.
I have performed with American Youth Symphony, Redlands Symphony Orchestra and Columbus
Philharmonic as well as being a finalist for Macau Symphony and semi-finalist for New World Symphony. I have also performed in sections with Dale Clevenger, Jeff Nelsen and Elizabeth Freimuth. My teaching style relies on simplifying breathing and focusing on achieving the best possible musical results. I take into account each student's goals and desires and tailor lessons to get the end result they want. I have worked with many beginning students as well so whether your goal is an upcoming school or ensemble audition or just trying to sound as beautiful as possible I will help you achieve your goals.
I also have a minor in music theory as well as years of theory tutor experience ranging from teaching how to read music notation to Schenkerian analysis.
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Chantal January 7, 2018
· French Horn · Online
Our son has been taking Horn lessons from Mr. Olivier for a year and a half (our son has only been playing horn for that amount of time) and loves it. Olivier doesn't just teach notes, he always takes care to foster musicality in our son. He has supported and helped our son prepare for All-Districts and Youth Symphony auditions where our son has secured first chair in both. We truly believe our son would not be this successful without Mr. Olivier's guidance. If you are interested in growing musically while mastering this beautiful instrument, he is the teacher for you! Always finding new pieces, and warm-up exercises to keep our son excited! Thank you Mr. Olivier
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Solange August 20, 2017
· French Horn · Online
He was very patient with me when I didn't know something and always pointed out my improvement. Great teacher!
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About Ben R.

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I have studied music theory at the college level and have writing and composing for over a decade, both alone and in a number of successful bands. I believe in theory as a creative tool rather than simply as an intellectual exercise, and I put strong emphasis on putting knowledge to use.

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Hi, there! My name is Ben and I can't wait to meet you! I've been teaching private lessons since 2012 and have taught students of all ages from 3 to adult. I have experience not just with teaching but also with writing, recording, and performing music in successful bands and on multiple instruments and in multiple genres. I am comfortable teaching piano, guitar, and bass guitar, and I especially love teaching music theory. I have extensive theory training at the college level and have written and composed extensively in the classical, rock, jazz, and folk traditions. I look forward to meeting you and helping you to achieve your musical goals.
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About Geoffrey L.

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Along with ear training, a working knowledge of music theory is absolutely indispensable to a musician of any kind, in any genre. I can help you learn note names, read in different clefs, understand chord progressions and counterpoint, formal analysis and organic unity of multi-movement structures.

About Geoffrey
Hello prospective students, I am a concert pianist, and have been performing since I was 13, both Internationally and across the United States. Besides my solo career, I am an avid collaborative pianist and repetiteur, conductor and composer. I have performed piano trios with the Mainly Mozart Festival in Miami, Cello Sonatas with the Chopin Foundation, and have worked as a pianist for Minnesota Opera, and currently as one for Houston Grand Opera. I hold a Bachelor's in solo piano performance and a Master's in collaborative piano performance fro the University of Miami.

If you study with me, you will find a passionate pedagogue who is both here to encourage and instruct, always willing to positively push you forward while expanding your horizons. Please feel free to message me should you have any further questions!
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Quincy W. November 13, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Great energy!
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Tim September 21, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Geoffrey is very professional and knowledgeable, has a great sense for the artistic side of music, and quickly adapts to your personal needs.
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Garrett September 4, 2017
· Piano · In home
Very good. Very professional
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Kristen believes that music theory is essential to understanding the nuances of musical performance. She can help you with beginner skills such as note reading and identifying intervals, all the way through advanced skills such as harmonic analysis.

About Kristen
Kristen Fowler is a Virginia-based hornist and music educator. She is currently the band director at Page Middle School in Gloucester County, and she freelances in the Richmond area. Recently, she held the position as second horn of the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic, and she is a substitute musician with the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra. In addition to her orchestral and educational pursuits, Kristen often creates and performs outreach concerts within her community. She has taught several private students over the years, and her band students frequently stay after for extra lessons.

She is also a frequent recitalist and will be performing at the Southeast Horn Workshop as well as the International Women's Brass Conference in 2017.

Kristen holds a M.M. in Horn Performance from Indiana University, where she studied with Jeff Nelsen. Sh
e also holds an M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction as well as a B.A. in Music from Virginia Tech, where she studied with Wally Easter.
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Kristen F.

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Urbanna, VA 23175
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About Tim D.

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Norfolk, VA

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Allow me to assist you with your Music Theory growth. I focus on the academic and application aspects of theory.

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I'm new to TakeLessons but not to teaching. I have been playing piano for 26 years and teaching almost a decade. I've performed in the United States, Canada and England. I have instructed 150+ students and look forward to working with many others like you! My experience working with mentors was inspiring and now I'm passionate about carrying that tradition forward of helping others create artistry at the keyboard.
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