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Ian V.

Philadelphia, PA

Guitar Basics
Strumming Patterns
Chords
Rhythm
Practicing and playing songs
Scales
Improvising

About Ian

Ian's vast and diverse experience on the Northeast music scene has given him the background that rivals the best of many professional musicians working today. From band tours of the US, Canada, and Hong Kong and a handful of recordings under various acts, Ian remains busy in his home city of Philadelphia. Ian has performed with such acts as Jazz great Grover Washington Jr. to the Bucks County Symphony Orchestra.

Teaching Experience

Ian has taught private lessons in Bass both electric and acoustic, piano, and guitar for the last ten years in which he has also lent his talents to
the esteemed Paul Green School of Rock and Day Jams Summer Rock School. He has also been involved with a number of after-school programs in the Philadelphia area where he taught private music lessons, music theory, and rock ensemble.

Musical Education

Ian's musical training began with piano at 7, saxophone at 9, self-taught guitar at 11, and finally electric and acoustic bass in high school. He was awarded scholarships to Philadelphia's Settlement Music School and the Berklee College of Music. Finally settling in NYC, Ian completed his B.F.A. in Jazz and Contemporary Music at the New School School for Social Research in 2000. Ian has recently completed his PA Teacher Certification K-12 from Temple University 2011.

Why study music with Ian?

Quite simply Ian is a fun, creative, open-minded, and experienced teacher/musician who teaches a wide genre of music styles. He simply loves all music. Jazz, Classical, Funk/R&B, Rock, Metal, and Country are all within the expertise of Ian's vocabulary. Ian teaches with the same intensity and passion that he performs with. Ian truly cares about teaching each and every student the best way he knows.

*** Lesson Details ***
Ian's lessons are a combination of goals set by himself and the student. Whether you aspire to be the next rock god in 3 months or to just play casually with your friends at the next barbecue, Ian is there to understand your musical goals. Every student is different therefore Ian accommodates his style and methods to each the individual. Old-school rigidity are not what Ian is about. Rather, Ian dips from both the traditions of the past and new techniques of today.

Topics Covered

Technique, Song Performance, Harmony, Rhythm, and Music Theory are all important components covered in the lesson plan. Sight reading standard music notation is encouraged but not necessary. Rhythm notation is a mandatory skill every musician must know and is taught from the beginning. Song choices can be tailored to the students tastes however Ian seems fit. Ian has no problem teaching anything from the Jonas Brothers to Jimi Hendrix.

Improvisation, Groove, and Ear Training are areas of special interest and study which can also be taught to enhance a students studies.

Students skills and goals are assessed every few months to ensure student and teacher are on a clear and steady path. Everything from major and minor scales to song retention is logged down to provide a means of assessment.

Practice

As both a teacher and playing musician, Ian honestly believes that it
takes a combination of 20% talent and 80% sweat/hard work to be a successful and
competent musician. Therefore a set practice time length is agreed upon
between Ian and the student to which the student must stick to a practice schedule as
best as he or she can. Learning not just "what to practice" but "how to practice" is an important skill that is acquired through patience, hard work, and repetition. Ian can show you the skills it takes to master the "Art Of Practice".

Lesson Length

Lesson times of 30 minutes and 45 minutes are recommended for beginning students.

60 minutes for intermediate to more advanced students

*** Studio Equipment ***
Casio 88-key weighted keyboard
Fender Telecaster Guitar
Fender Precision Bass
Kolstein Upright Bass
Vintage Ampeg Bass and Guitar Amplifiers
Fostex 8-track Digital Recorder

*** Travel Equipment ***
I always have a bass or guitar on hand , a metronome, CDs, iPod, and music manuscript.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in Classical, Jazz, Rock, R&B, and Funk on Upright Bass and Electric Bass.
I teach Beginning and Intermediate Level Piano and Guitar in Classical, Rock, and Popular Music Styles.
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Ned T. August 29, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Ian is great. He's been my teacher for three years now. Before I started with Ian, I had already been playing for years but had stopped getting better. Ian helped me quickly get over barriers by helping me with music theory and technique. He actually made music theory interesting and fun, in a way that improved my playing. Over time, he's continued to challenge me and help me improve. He's been very patient, and he's been able to introduce me to new songs and artists that have kept me interested and kept me practicing.
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Walter K. July 22, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Today was my first lesson with Ian. He was very welcoming and in a short time understood what I was seeking and focused his efforts superbly. I was very pleased :o)
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Bezaweat M. July 10, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
My 7 year old twin girls both enjoy their lessons with Ian! They say Ian makes piano lesson so much fun and have asked for more lessons! Thank you Ian!!!
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Ian V.

Ian V.

Philadelphia, PA 19130
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starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Benjamin K.

Glenside, PA

Guitar is my main instrument. I teach all styles from blues, to rock, to shredding, to jazz to classical to flamenco. Learn how to pick like Johnny Cash or fly like Steve Vai.

About Benjamin

I grew up in Glenside moved to Pittsburgh for school and came back because I love it here...I've been playing for 17 years and have a smorgasbord of influences from Zeppelin to the Beatles to Phish to Radiohead to the dirty projectors to Jay Z to Kurt Rosenwinkel & John Scofield. I have been composing and working with original bands for some 11 years and play regularly in the city and up and down the east coast. I have also been teaching for the past 11 years all over the Philadelphia area. i teach from a method I derived myself from years of learning both in and out of school. I think teachin
g music is both aural as well as visual and encourage students to listen to music a lot. most of all i feel that music is fun and the students should enjoy learning so i incorporate their favorite artists and favorite songs into our studies. for serious students I love theory and love sharing what I've discovered over the years.

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I'm a very laid back guy but I take my playing seriously. music is my life and there's nothing I enjoy sharing and expressing more. I learned to love playing guitar when I was 12 from the coolest guitar teacher ever. he had a vibe that i gravitated toward and encouraged me in just the right ways to get me believing in myself. I try to encourage my students the same way. music should be fun above all and sculpt my lessons to each students individual needs so that they are better equipped to succeed.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect them to provide guitar/bass/piano

*** Specialties ***
Jazz, Rock, Blues, Classic, Pop
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Margo S. February 21, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Benjamin is great. I am an adult learner, picking up the guitar at 50! He is very patient and helpful. You can tell he really has a passion for all types of music and imparts it in his teaching.
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Kelly L. September 2, 2014
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Ben was fabulous! He taught me music I wanted to play at a speed that fit for me and simplified harder songs for a beginner like me to still be able to play a song I loved! Great teacher and picks up on your strengths and weakness. I would highly recommended him as a teacher! He's also funny and would make lesson's enjoyable! He was friendly to my dog and birds as well :)
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Maren G. March 6, 2014
Verified Student
Guitar Review

Ben, has only been teaching my daughter for about 2 months, but she really seems to enjoy the lessons.
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Benjamin K.

Benjamin K.

Glenside, PA 19038
(5)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Nero C.

Philadelphia, PA

Read music, play by ear, improvise, finger style, with a pick, soloing, chord melody... The guitar is my life's passion, It would be my pleasure to share my knowledge with you. I am comfortable teaching all levels and styles of guitar.

About Nero

I have been teaching music for 20 years. I grew up on the 2nd floor of my father's music store in Central PA and have been around music my whole life. I earned a bachelor’s degree in Music Performance from the University of the Arts where I studied jazz guitar with Pat Martino, Jimmy Bruno, Steve Giordano, and Tom Giacabetti. I was one of the original teachers during the formative years at the Paul Green School of Rock Music where I later went on to be the Music Director of the Philadelphia and Downingtown Schools. During that time, I helped many students prepare and get accepted to music
schools, ran and developed music summer camps, and organized concerts where the students performed the music of Led Zeppelin, the Beatles, and many more of rock's finest band at every major venue in Philadelphia.

I have been active in the local music scene recording and playing sold-out shows at the Electric Factory, Union Transfer, TLA, Trocadero, Johnny Brenda's and World Café Live with such acts as Work Drugs, 722, Bebek, Franzschubert, Sensi Star, Clean Equations, The Black Lodge Ensemble, Dani Mari, Ashley Phillips, and The Smash Brothers. I have played jazz at the Kimmel Center, musical theater at the Walnut Street and Arden Theaters, reggae bass at the Jersey Shore, and rocked out at CBGB's and the Filmore. I have toured throughout the east coast and as far as Shanghai and Stockholm. I bring all this range of experience to each lesson.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am a very easy going and patient teacher. My objective is for a guitar, bass, uke, mandolin or banjo lesson to be both educational and fun. I do not adhere to a strict curriculum because I have found over the years that everyone learns differently. I cater my lessons to the individual goals and tastes of my students.

Whether it is a 7 year old successfully playing a D chord or teenager connecting the dots of music theory, the most satisfying experiences for me is when a student has that “ah hah” moment. I feel it is my job not only to channel creativity but also to help students develop discipline. A typical lesson will consist of learning new skills such as working on rhythm and developing a good ear but most importantly, we will do a large amount of playing.

My teaching studio is furnished with two practice amps, a small PA, and a music stand. I have several guitars both acoustic and electric, plus a bass, keyboards, and several percussion instruments around the house to play with. I really enjoy working with students to develop their own music and am equipped to record demos. I also have an extensive songbook and guitar tab library as a resource to learn songs from. I do have a cat, just to let you know, and my house very easy to get to via public transportation.

*** Specialties ***
Improvisation, Classical, Jazz, Rock
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Sonja R. April 6, 2015
Ukulele · In studio
Verified Student
Nero is very laid back and friendly. Good guy, great teacher.
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MarieO July 18, 2012
I had a great experience with this teacher. He was patient and incorporated my musical taste into the lessons. I've learned so much working with Nero!
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JoanB May 16, 2012
Mandolin Lessons

I recently started playing mandolin on my own - and decided to take lessons to make sure that my technique was correct. -- All I can say is that Nero is the best music teacher I have ever had - not to mention, a gifted musician. He makes learning fun, and his approach and patience allows you to easily pick up new techniques and skills. I hope to take lessons with Nero for a long time!!!!
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Nero C.

Nero C.

Philadelphia, PA 19145
(7)
starting at
$28 / 30-min
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Michael W.

Philadelphia, PA

Let's study the guitar and discover all the fun that you can have when you learn to play your favorite riffs and songs. I also love to study theory to uncover what went into the making of the music. Need to brush up on your technique? let's get down to some great warm up exercises to strengthen your fingers as you build accuracy. I have a lot of experience with recording in the studio as well as playing live on stage. I can teach you about those things too! Into gear? I love effects pedals and experimenting with sounds as well.

About Michael

My name is Mike W. I'd love to be your guitar or bass teacher! I have been in a successful indie band for almost 10 years. Having made 4 studio albums on Tooth and Nail Records and extensively toured the U.S. and Europe headlining and playing concerts with bands like Weezer, Brand New, Coheed and Cambria, Thursday, Sparta, Dr. Dog, Manchester Orchestra, Say Anything and Blonde Redhead, I have developed my craft. Now, I would like to share what I've learned about playing the guitar and bass through teaching motivated students of all skill levels. Because I have composed recorded and performed m
usic for so long now, and have a bachelors degree in Secondary Education from Temple University, I have a lot to offer you as your teacher.

*** Lesson Details ***
We can focus our time together working on accomplishing the goals that you set for yourself. If you'd prefer that I guide us through a curriculum of my choice, I am okay with that as well! You can expect a positive, fun and professional environment where we work at your pace.
What are your interests? Here are some examples of what some of my students have been working on: Expanding their understanding of playing chords, Improving their technique through finger exercises, Composing original songs through the study of theory, Learning how to play the guitar solo for the song "In Bloom" by Nirvana, Arranging a guitar part for the song "Going On" by Gnarls Barkley, Learning how to play with a live band, Using effects pedals and appreciating different guitar tones.
We also host a show at my house where you play 1 or 2 songs solo or with a professional back up band that I put together. These shows have been a great experience for everyone because they build confidence and allow you to share your music with a receptive and supportive audience.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Studio space in basement, large, finished space, band practice space, room for parents to wait

*** Travel Equipment ***
My own amp and guitar

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in theory as well as teaching students songs that they choose in a way that is appropriate to their skill level. I focus on finger exercises to develop technique and help them compose original pieces with a study of theory. Scales are important as well as different chord voicing and inversions. Standard forms for Rock/ Jazz and Funk are also studies. I am more of an alternative rock guitarist than jazz or classical.
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Michelle M. April 23, 2013
Guitar
Verified Student
Great teacher!

Michael is a great teacher and I would definitely recommend him to others who are interested in learning to play guitar or who want to increase their skills. Michael does a great job of tailoring the lessons to you, your needs, and your interests. He's very patient, gives feedback appropriately, and always points out what you're doing well. He's very encouraging. Michael is very knowledgeable and experienced. I thought I'd simply be learning to play chords on the guitar, but Michael has also taught me some music theory. He "breaks it down" to make sure I understand the concepts behind what I am doing. He's always happy to answer my questions and takes the time to explain stuff when necessary. He also writes everything down for me so I can easily practice on my own between lessons.
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JaisonF April 27, 2012
Guitar Lessons

I think Michael is an excellent teacher and he has patience with his students. I look forward to have more lessons with him
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CarolynK November 1, 2011
Guitar lessons

Lessons are going well, though I've only had a few I feel it is a collarborative effort between us both and I've learned quite a few things in a very brief amount of time. I look forward to more lessons and learning a lot more.
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Michael W.

Michael W.

Philadelphia, PA 19143
(4)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Ryan S.

Philadelphia, PA

Students should expect a relaxing learning environment that is cultivated to bring the fundamentals of guitar playing to the student and promote individuality in the player through a meditation of self-awareness while using the vehicle of Guitar. Lesson are taught out of my home studio space located convenient in the East Falls, Sherman Mills Artist lofts. Designated parking lot for easy access!

Lessons are structured around: Finger exercises, Chord building, Strumming patterns, Scales, Arpeggios, Harmony studies and Improvisational chop building.

Some lesson materials referenced are:

The Real Book 6th Edition Jazz Standards
30 hour Guitar workout Steve Vai
The Music Lesson Victor Wooten

after just 3-6 short months, students will see an increase in comfortability with the notes on the fret board, basic chord progressions and single note soloing!

About Ryan

Born in raised on the south side of Chicago Illinois, I grew up listening to A LOT of great Chicago blues guitarists. After receiving my first acoustic guitar I quickly gravitated towards learning to play blues and blues rock guitar at the age of 13. As my hunger for knowledge grew, I began learning and studying other genres of music through private lessons and lesson videos in the styles of Progressive Rock, Shred, Funk, Fusion and Jazz. Music was a way for me to find structure, discipline, self worth and personal expression outside of the confines of the 9-5 work life. Through that I grew as
a person and a musician. My sole reason for teaching is to help others find that passion and those qualities within themselves to live a beautiful and fulfilling life through his/her instrument.

Qualifications/Education:

Lead Guitarist for:

-"The Voice" Country Star, Audra McLaughlin

-Hip-Hop recording artist, Drew Smith

-Italian pop singer, Giada J.

-Rock band, The RAKNOSS

Guest Lecturer at University of Akron, OH "Pentatonic Scales the Western Integration"

Featured online instructor via Ibanez Guitars USA

Author and teacher of online lesson videos. "S. Shred Tips"

Guitarist for multiple projects in the Chicagoland area for over 7 years

12 years of Guitar repair and modification experience

Extensive knowledge of guitar effects and applications

Education:

2009-2013 Harmony and Theory at Rumoro Academy of Jazz Guitar in Chicago, IL

2004-2008 Experimental Sound/Production The School of the Art Institute Chicago

*** Lesson Details ***
Students should expect a relaxing learning environment that is cultivated to bring the fundamentals of guitar playing to the student and promote individuality in the player through a meditation of self-awareness while using the vehicle of Guitar. Lesson are taught out of my home studio space located in the East Falls/Manayunk Philadelphia!

Lessons are structured around: Finger exercises, Chord building, Strumming patterns, Scales, Arpeggios, Harmony studies and Improvisational chop building.

Some lesson materials referenced are:

The Real Book 6th Edition Jazz Standards
30 hour Guitar workout Steve Vai
The Music Lesson Victor Wooten

after just 3-6 short months, students will see an increase in comfortability with the notes on the fret board, basic chord progressions and single note soloing!

*** Studio Equipment ***
iMac i7 Mavericks

*** Travel Equipment ***
student only needs guitar

I have amps

*** Specialties ***
Rock, Blues, Country and Jazz approaches to guitar as well as home recording practices
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Brett H. August 11, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Ryan gears lessons to my ability to learn. His encouragement and enthusiasm for teaching, is about music and not limited the guitar. I have learned more in 6 lessons than I have in the last 6 months.
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jiasheng Zhu July 27, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Patient, Responsible, Awesome!
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Adam S. May 15, 2015
Guitar
As a fellow musician and teacher, I've had the pleasure to work with Ryan over the past year in several different capacities. I can personally attest to his wonderful musicianship, his professional demeanor, and fun loving personality. I would not hesitate to take lessons with Ryan - he's a great resource!
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Ryan S.

Ryan S.

Philadelphia, PA 19129
(17)
starting at
$20 / 30-min

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