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About Heather M. L.

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Saint Augustine, FL

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Being able to play the acoustic guitar is so much fun. My students learn basic note reading, strumming, technique and songwriting. Students can expect to complete Hal Leonard's Guitar Book One, and Hal Leonard's Easy Pop Melodies, along with plenty of supplemental songs.

About Heather M.
More important than my conservatory education and my experience as an educator and a performer is my passion for teaching music and acting and my undying belief that anyone can learn to be a musician and an actor. I'm currently available to teach lessons in my own St. Augustine home studio and online around the globe.

I'm a cum laude graduate of Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey and a winner of its merit scholarship.
After performing with the New York and Royal Philharmonics, the New Jersey and Virginia Symphonies, the American Boy Choir and the internationally renowned opera star, Andrea Bocelli, studying opera and piano at Westminster Choir College and performance art and improvisational acting at East Carolina University in North Carolina, and appearing in shows and pageants across the east coast, I found my life'
s work in 2003 when I began teaching music.

I've taught hundreds of different students since 2003 with great success, from 5-year-olds with special needs to middle-aged professional opera singers, from a professor in Saudi Arabia to a 65-year-old doctor of music, from kids of Radio Disney to students of the famed Actors Studio in New York, from busy stay-at-home parents to retirees with bucket lists, from CEOs to touring singer-songwriters.

I've created and led a workshop about singing called, "The Whole Body Singer". I've written dozens of articles about music and music education for the blog at TakeLessons.com.

My extensive knowledge of the voice has encouraged and empowered hundreds of singers and prepared many of them to win competitions, pageants and auditions, as well as roles in operas and musicals. When a student comes to me in need of voice coaching, my job is to get to the root of mental blocks, to reveal why and how she's not singing at her optimum.

Both teaching myself piano and receiving formal training at a conservatory has prepared me to teach almost anyone how to play.

The intensive training and education that I received at Westminster Choir College in songwriting, music theory and sight reading has benefited my students at every level.

My current work as singer and keyboardist in the acoustic rock duo, Timberwood, has strengthened my knowledge of a broad range of styles and genres. As a lifelong learner, I have a strong commitment to continuing my education. That's why I studied songwriting online with the Berklee College of Music in Boston in 2014.

In the lessons that I teach, I'm flexible, positive and encouraging. While I want my students to have fun and love music, not dread it, I expect hard work and persistence. I am caring, patient, nurturing, and compassionate. In piano lessons, I usually allow the student to choose a piece with which to warm up and then move on to technique and repertoire. In voice lessons, I usually warm up the singer and discuss technique and sight singing before focusing on song choices. Joan Frey Boytim wrote a book for voice that I like to use, and I like the Estelle Liebling exercises for the more advanced singer. Hanon exercises are a big part of my piano curriculum, and I enjoy the Bastien and Alfred books for young and old. I have used completely random songs pulled out of a piano bench and a karaoke CD for kids. I will use almost anything I can get my hands on if it means effectively teaching music.

Acting lessons consist of exercises and games that apply learned concepts, with an emphasis on stage acting and Meisner technique, as well as monologue and audition coaching.

Parents, siblings and spouses are always welcome to observe lessons quietly.
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Rowan June 23, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Heather is fantastic with my son. He has some very specific special needs and she’s fantastic with engaging him and helping him progress with his music that speaks specifically to him. He looks forward to his lessons all week long.
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Shelly June 2, 2018
· Singing · In home
Ms. Heather is SO helpful. I love singing but had been too shy to really come out of my shell and see what I can do.... she built my confidence and has given me multiple helpful methods of improving during performances and in general. She is the best!!!!!
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Tammi A. May 8, 2018
· Piano · Online
We loved the experience that our daughter recieved from Heather! Great instructor!
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About Marc M.

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Livonia, MI

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Finger-style and flat pick approach

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.

*** Lesson Details ***
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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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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Matthew G. August 9, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Friendly, motivating, honest and awesome guy.
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About Tara L.

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Hastings on Hudson, NY

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I started playing acoustic guitar when I was seven years old. I have been playing and teaching mostly bluegrass, old time, Irish, blues, and swing jazz styles for many years. I have taught both privately and have also done various workshops at festivals. I have taught guitar multiple years for instance at the Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival in PA.
My students learn to have fun with music. Students can work on rhythms, melodies, improvisation, song writing, getting into and/or hanging on in a jam session, etc.

About Tara
I have a Masters in Education as well as having spent many years performing, teaching in one on one and group settings both privately and at music camps and festivals. I play and teach bluegrass, old time, Irish, and swing jazz styles. I like my students to really enjoy playing music and their lessons as well as learning to become fluent in the language of music. It is not required that folks learn to read music necessarily, but it can be a part of the lessons if desired. I love to see my students able to continue learning and playing on their own, be able to hold their own at jams and on the stage is they so desire, or just enjoy making music for themselves. I have techniques that have proven effective to help get past jam phobia, that help folks learn to improvise who have not had any luck with doing so before, and help getting away fro
m sheet music addictions to be able to have fun and confidence out at jams. I also can give a good foundation in music theory as it applies to one's actual playing and have it be fun and make sense.
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Cindy April 28, 2018
· Mandolin · Online
My first lesson was great! I am a brand new player and Tara made it very easy to understand. I am very excited to learn more.
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Rob April 11, 2018
· Mandolin · Online
Great start. Tara was patient and easy going. I look forward to continuing to work with her in the future.
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ed April 9, 2018
· Mandolin · Online
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About Paul W.

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Learn the about the blues and chord substitution,Tritone.

About Paul
Professional musician, engineer, producer, music educator with a lot of experience teaching kids and adults alike.
Taught in Germany, The Netherlands, Great Britain, Portugal, Africa , U.S.A. etc.
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Tyra Anderson July 5, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Paul was wonderful . It was a little mixup on the location but everything turned out fine. Paul was able to identify the areas I need to work on and I’m looking forward to my next class.
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Eian Woodward December 8, 2017
· Bass Guitar · In studio
An amazing teacher that has truly changed my life, and challenges me to be a better musician every week!
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Brian Ellis February 23, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar ·
Paul has been a tremendous instructor for me and my journey on learning acoustic guitar. During lessons he has also taught me music theory and explained it simply, and through that I feel like the guitar and music in general has been opened up to me and I now see music more clearly. I highly recommend him as an instructor!
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About Samuel B.

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About Samuel
Independent musician. Love flute from spirit and soul.
1. Played flute for > 20 years.
2. Have >6 years of teaching students. Interest driven study.
3. Have abundant knowledge in flute, guitar and other instrument of multiple genres.
4. As a Chinese, I speak mandarin/English and can teach chinese bamboo flute and traditional chinese pipes like Xiao, and Dizi.
5. I love kids and I am very patient.
6. I am also an independent music producer, having original flute music can apply my techniques in studio to facilitate flute teaching( for online only).
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Jude March 8, 2018
· Flute · In home
Great teacher. My son looks forward to his lessons.
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About Wesley L.

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Learn to play your favorite songs, strum through beautiful chords and create your own music!

About Wesley
Hi! My name is Wesley Laurence. I am glad you found my page!

- 10+ years of musical experience

- Lessons available in:
* Creating music on a computer
* DJ
* Guitar
* Piano
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Ben C. April 27, 2018
· DJing · Online
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Kay O. March 22, 2018
· Piano · In home
Pleasant and Very flexible.
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Hola 👋🏻, siendo guitarrista de estudio, llevo alrededor de 13 años practicando el noble arte de tocar la guitarra sin dejar de aprender cosas nuevas cada día.

Siempre me ha dado la impresión de que en la mayoría de libros/métodos para aprender omiten cierta información que es realmente clave, además de que no suelen enseñar un material práctico y de una forma entretenida, por eso la decisión de ayudar con este enfoque.

Actualmente tengo varias ocupaciones que me mantienen entretenido: instructor, producir mi disco personal, seguir creando cursos, me encanta esta vida, con tiempo para estudiar, armar proyectos nuevos, por ese motivo tome la decisión de que era el momento de compartir lo aprendido.

About Charly
Siempre me ha dado la impresión de que en la mayoría de libros/métodos para aprender omiten cierta información que es realmente clave, además de que no suelen enseñar un material práctico y de una forma entretenida, por eso la decisión de ayudar con este enfoque.
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Parsippany, NJ
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A four year middle school teacher, I focus on modern/rock guitar along with acoustic/folk. Emphasis is placed on fun! We pick up a guitar everyday to express ourselves, in my lessons you will find a place to enjoy yourself and accomplish a set of goals!

About Ralph
Have you or your child shown interest in playing guitar? If you’re looking for the next step but need a little guidance forward in the right direction, I’m the right teacher for you. I have experience teaching in a middle school setting and have a full-time job as an educator. I have endorsements and certifications in special education along with years of experience in the classroom. Working one-on-one with my students, we detail goals and strategies which are achieved through practice and reflection.

Remember: Goals set and reached in one area are never confined to one aspect of our lives. Taking on new challenges and succeeding can give us confidence in our everyday lives for bigger goals such as careers or school.

I look forward to starting a conversation about learning with you and discussing your own personal goals and interest i
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About Stephanie H.

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I focus on much more than just strumming chords. My students understand the entire fretboard so they can play their instrument with freedom and depth. We will go over the building blocks of chord voicings and learn the necessary tools to figure out how to play just about anything.

About Stephanie
I've been playing guitar since 2001, and have a Bachelors and Masters degree in music. I've been teaching since 2005, but there is still nothing better than that moment when a student has something they've been working on 'click' for them. I live for that!
I like to get to know my students and teach them things that are important to them, tailoring lessons so they get the most possible benefit from them. Let's work together to get you enjoying the guitar as much as I do!
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I have been playing guitar since 1993. I am 37 years old. I have a degree in Recording Arts and Music History. I LOVE music and enjoy teaching.

My favorite guitarists are David Gilmore, Trey Anastasio, and Jerry Garcia.

From beginner lessons to songwriting lessons, I focus on keeping it fun and teaching an understanding of how to improvise and create.

About Matt
I have been a professional audio engineer since 2006. I am certified in Pro Tools HD and have been editing since 2008. I have taught countless private lessons and trained may interns at various recording studios in Richmond and Hampton Roads.
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Jacki July 11, 2018
· Pro Tools Software · In studio
Matt knows Pro Tools inside and out - not only in a technical way, but in a way that promotes creativity and productivity. Not to mention he's a great communicator with a great energy and a great attitude - easy to talk to and answers questions with detail - would highly recommend!!
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Robert July 11, 2018
· Pro Tools Software · In studio
I worked with Matt as audio engineer on a full length album. His skill set with pro tools is unrivaled.
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