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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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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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Stephanie R. June 24, 2014
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Really enjoying the lessons. Ian is cool.
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Ian V.

Ian V.

Philadelphia, PA 19130
(13)
starting at
$25 / 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
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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 typical confines life provides. Through that I grew a
s 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

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

Guitarist and frontman of the band The Raknoss

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 and Jazz approaches to guitar as well as home recording practices
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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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Adam A. March 16, 2015
Guitar · Online
Ryan is the third guitar teacher I have tried and in my opinion the best. While the others I tried were either too unstructured or too technical, Ryan does an excellent job of teaching you the all the basics while tying in the more technical theory aspects in a manner that is both efficient and logical. The way he is able to break things down has helped me progress much faster compared to my other guitar teachers. He is also well versed in adapting yours lessons to the style of music you want to learn how to play and can teach you all the different nuances that will help your playing stand out. I highly recommend giving Ryan a shot to help your reach your guitar playing goals.
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Ryan S.

Ryan S.

Philadelphia, PA 19129
(16)
starting at
$20 / 30-min
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Jon T.

Darby, PA

About Jon

As a TakeLessons student taught by Jon, you're getting the benefit of a genuine musician/artist who has been affiliated with Atlantic Recording artist Ray Charles and EMI recording artist Paul McCartney by means of their musicians and songwriters. I do this for a living, so I'm serious about professionally satisfying you the student and helping you to develop to your fullest potential! Remember what you put in...I will help you to get the max out!

I belong to the Musician's Union local 802 located in New York City which is the largest musicians local in the world! Many stars and celebs are
members here.

I also am a publisher/songwriter with Broadcast Music Incorporated from which my performance rights are collected! We will help you to get on your way to doing all of these things or if you just want to play/perform for fun that's cool too. We'll help you to meet and surpass your goals. Well, look forward to working with you soon. (Please don't hesitate to sign up since I can only take on a limited number of students in view of my performing, writing and recording demands.)

Thanks,
Jon

*** Lesson Details ***
We will taylor the lesson plan individually. Due to my schedule I will specialize in beginner to intermediate since more advanced students involve more preparation on my part and may serve to conflict with a very demanding itinerary.

We will determine what you want to learn and or improve on from our initial conversations and agree that we can meet those goals! We want to make you happy...hey that's what music is all about right?

The entertainer has to be happy first...then make you happy!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Typical Home Studio Portable Set Up
Including Computers, Production Software
Keyboards
Guitars
Microphones
Amplifiers
Roland Guitar Synthesizer
Etc.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Depending On Job
Fender P150 PA
Fender P250 PA
Acoustic Guitars
Electric Guitars
Fender Amp
Vox Amp

*** Specialties ***
Vocalist - Solo with Backing Tracks / Band Front
Guitarist - Solo or with Band; Acoustic or Electric
Songwriter - Jon T Music BMI
Publisher - Jon T Music BMI
Studio Musician - Vocals and Multi - Instruments
Affiliated - American Federation Of Musicians Local 802 New York
Owns - T Productions Studio
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Olivia F. December 28, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Jon is a very talented, knowledgeable and patient instructor. He knows how to find the strengths and weaknesses of his students. He enhances the strengths and strengthens the weaknesses. Once my financial circumstances change, I will eagerly resume my lessons with Jon.
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Shannon F. December 24, 2014
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
My daughter, who is now 11, has been taking lessons with Jon since last spring. He has done a wonderful job with her, making her feel comfortable and confident. Even though she doesn't practice as much as she should, her skills are really improving under Jon's tutelage. He has done a great job of adapting to her personality, which can be challenging, and developing a teaching style that fits her needs. Both her singing and her guitar playing have really improved and she looks forward to her lessons every week.
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Jon T.

Jon T.

Darby, PA 19023
(2)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Adam K.

Philadelphia, PA

Songs from classic to modern rock, folk, indie, grunge, R&B, Soul, etc. including Foster the People, Nirvana, Lenny Kravitz, Bush, Amy Winehouse, Adele, Corinne Bailey Rae, Yuna, and many more

About Adam

I have been passionate about music all of my life. I grew up in Teaneck, NJ. As a kid, I listened to a lot of Elton John and The Beatles, and as a teenager my first albums by Sublime, Bob Marley, Nirvana, and No Doubt made me interested in Rock. When I was 13, I taught myself to play guitar on my brother's old Yamaha. I spent weeks practicing until I learned a few songs. Soon, I grew interested in Classical, and I taught myself to play piano. Over the years, through private lessons, listening closely to records, reading biographies, and studying music in school, I deepened my skills. More imp
ortantly, however, I deepened my passion for music and expanded my horizons. Since 2004, I have been writing and recording my music, which spans several genres.

Music was a way for me to find peace, structure, confidence, and an outlet for personal expression and creativity outside of my everyday life. I've grown as a person and a musician through music. I still get excited when I write a new song, give an intense performance, or see one of my students learn to play something new. I love music more than anything else and that love is something I try to bring out in my students. Once there is love for music, everything grows naturally. I teach to help my students find those strengths in themselves to live a fulfilling life through their instrument.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Taylor Acoustic Guitar
Fender Stratocaster Electric Guitar with Marshall 100W Amplifier
Casio PX-310 Weighted-Key Piano Keyboard

*** Travel Equipment ***
Taylor Acoustic Guitar
Fender Stratocaster Electric Guitar
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jeremy S. June 11, 2015
Piano · In studio
Adam did a great job teaching me the basics of the keyboard. I have no music background and have never been taught to play an instrument. I wanted to learn 1 song for my wedding. Adam learned the song and wrote the notes for me so I could easily learn them. He was flexible with scheduling and always remembered where we left off even if there were several months between lessons (due to my schedule). He was very patient even when I struggled. I would recommend Adam for keyboard/piano lessons.
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Mavis U. June 8, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In home
I took guitar lessons from Adam when I was a sophomore in high school. I knew nothing about playing guitar but i did play piano for several years. After learning with Adam, I definitely feel confident telling people I know how to play the guitar.
He has lessons planned well ahead and he is a very organised person. The teaching materials that he gives out are constructive and applicable. Adam creates a really comfortable learning environment for beginners and I never felt stupid asking him questions. He also plans the classes according to my own needs, which makes classes so much more fun and lively. Most importantly, he is really good at giving advice on how to practice (eg: chords, timing, beat, etc.)
He is the type of person that you could totally chillax with. I highly recommend him, adults or kids!!
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Paul G. June 7, 2015
Guitar · In studio
I describe myself as an "intermediate beginner" on the guitar -- that is, I know a handful of chords, have a decent sense of rhythm and can "fake it" pretty well. I went to Adam to help me learn how to play properly and get to the next level. He met my expectations and then some...

Adam was quick to size up my capabilities and he worked with me, at my pace and with my input, to help me improve, demonstrating techniques and offering advice that opened up many new possibilities for me.

He also provided access to some great training materials and websites that have been invaluable as I work to be a better musician. I especially appreciate his willingness to help me sharpen up and make more compelling several tunes I've written, adding mini-riffs and flourishes that enhance the songs in a big way.

Adam is talented, knowledgeable and easy to work with, and I recommend him highly.
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Adam K.

Adam K.

Philadelphia, PA 19144
(4)
starting at
$30 / 30-min

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