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About Nathaniel M.

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I work with each student to come up with a plan which addresses their specific goals. Providing a blend of focused subjects, creative musicianship and music theory. Tailored to the unique expressive qualities and desires of each student. Equipping student's with the tool's necessary to excel and have a solid foundation for a lifetime of enjoyment and exploration in music.
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Cherie October 13, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Excellent teacher with a comprehensive understanding of classical guitar technique.
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Josh July 19, 2016
· Guitar · In home
I've known Nathaniel a long time and he is a great guitarist! Highly recommended.
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Eric October 22, 2015
· Bass Guitar · In home
Nathaniel taught my son who was a beginning player on the bass guitar. I couldn't be more please with the results. Nathaniel did all the normal teacher stuff--had a plan, had prepared goals, gave music homework, was timely--but on top of that he had a friendly, inviting personality that invited my son to want to spend time learning music. It was Nathaniel's happy, inviting attitude that really made things click during my son's lessons and I'm thankful he was willing to take him in as one of his students.
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Nathaniel M.

Tacoma, WA 98403
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About Sachie T.

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Olympia, WA

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Born to an award winning conductor and music teacher, I was exposed to music at a very early age. With my father’s supervision, I began my piano and ear-training at the age of three. At age four, I joined the Yamaha musical after-school program and engaged in group lessons. As I got older, group lessons gave way to private instruction as I learned and played piano passionately through my childhood.

I was born and raised in Hiroshima, Japan and left my native land in 2006 to the United States to better my education. In school I studied general music, with an emphasis on piano. Additionally, I have also studied Early Childhood Development and Education.

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I tailor my lessons depending on the age and experience level of my students, but in general I believe in the Suzuki method as one of the tools for first steps
. The Suzuki method is a very well established philosophy of learning that focuses on ear and practical training. By training ear and musicality while learning proper finger position, the child improves without spending too much time at the start learning note reading.
As the child quickly progresses I music theory and reading follow.

I am a passionate teacher and believe in the musical potential of all students. I am eager to work your child to help unlock their abilities and motivation. It is my view that communication is a two-way road and it is excited to provide instruction while properly communicating with her students. Through this, I can overcome each individual’s obstacles and also enhance their inner strengths. With the right instruction, developing the right motivation, and of course practice, she feels every student has the potential for great success.

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Danchi January 9, 2017
· Singing · In home
Our first lesson was great! Sachie got a feel for where Danchi was at and made a plan to teach three areas: theory, technique and ear training. Sachie knows what she's doing!
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Pooja agrawal May 1, 2016
· Piano · In home
Sachie is a very good piano teacher. She is always on time and gives feedback on kid's progress everyday. She is dedicated to her profession and in very sincere.
We are thankful that she is our daughter's piano teacher.
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Kim V. April 24, 2016
· Piano · In home
Sachie is friendly. Good communications. On time and flexible. My two kids just started their first piano lessons with Sachie and they love her so far.
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Olympia, WA 98502
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About David C.

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Lakewood, WA
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About David
Hello!

My name is David, and I am a music teacher of many different subjects. These include guitar, piano, bass, ukulele, recording, music theory, production, composition and film music composition.

All styles, and all ages. Classical, Rock, Alternative, Slide Guitar, Blues, Jazz, and more!

I have a Masters Degree in music from The University of Melbourne in Australia, as well as having the distinction of a Bachelors Degree in Music from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle.

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Many times a student will come to me after having been with another teacher for some time,.. they express to me that the other instructor did not teach them what they wanted to learn, nor did they achieve the result that they wanted.

The instructor perhaps had them mired in endless exercises and studies that were great
to get you READY to play music, but perhaps was not music in and of itself.

I find that when I get right down to the nitty gritty of playing, and show my students a song they love and know, and get them playing guitar by the end of the session that they are usually thrilled and excited.

In the end it makes them work harder and practice long because THEY ARE PLAYING MUSIC ON THE GUITAR!!!

Certainly exercises are of paramount importance, but when you can make that connection with a student and help them to relate to the guitar the exercises are ultimately easier to them, and the experience of playing guitar an enjoyable and less alienating task.

Grab your guitar and start today!! Let's get you playing TODAY!!!!

TESTIMONIALS:

“I've been working with David for a couple of months, and it has been a great experience. I'm new to bass, with a little guitar experience--he quickly sized up what I knew and had me working on exercises and a great bass line that got me playing right away. He has been very flexible and accommodating of my schedule needs, and he gives plenty of positive and constructive feedback. I've been working in education for nearly 30 years, and I know a great teacher when I see one. David fits the bill, and I'm lucky to be working with him.”

Rudy Ford, Principal
Charles Wright Middle School

“My son had been taking lessons for seven years and was losing interest. David's passion for music, knowledge of music theory, ability to read the student and know the best way to approach the lessons is exactly what my son needed. Along with his background in a wide variety of genres….classical, rock, jazz, etc. has made learning more exciting, resulting in a renewed interest.”

Tammy Sartain, University Place

“David is an outstanding instructor! My son is 5 years old and loves him. My son is occasionally a difficult child with his own special quirks, but David is so patient and observant and tailors the lessons as we go along week to week to keep my son engaged, encouraged and learning. I also have two younger children who must tag along to the lesson and even they are excited during the lessons and are already asking when they start their lessons! We will be starting at least one more child's lessons with him during this coming school year! He is great!”

Cherise Hartman, Parkland

“Loving the relaxed atmosphere with David. Bargain prices for the one on one experience with such an awesome, educated and talented musician.”

Raven Rose, Tacoma

“David is an amazing talent and provides me with much needed inspiration. In little over a year, I have learned a tremendous amount about nearly all styles of guitar, classical and lead guitar in particular. It's very helpful to have an awesome instructor who is extremely knowledgeable and very patient. His lesson plans are geared towards what I want to learn and the lessons that we work on cover all the techniques that are necessary to take my skills to the next level. He makes every lesson fun and he works with me until I am comfortable to move on.”

Larry Larrivee, Gig Harbor

“David tailors each lesson dynamically to my own progression which has been great. Gauges progression and gives you things to work on before the next lesson. Highly recommend him!”

Kory Jamison, Tacoma

"David has been our son's guitar instructor for the better part of a year. During that time we've appreciated his patient encouragement, especially during the early weeks of instruction. His ability to individually tailor his teaching to his students , incorporating their musical interests has helped our son progress quickly and helped keep him motivated. he really is a wonderful teacher."

Amy Lawty, Tacoma

"Where do I begin? I started with a guitar and a couple of chords...(A lot of desire but basically an empty canvas)." 'This was my life for a number of years until I met David.

Now I must first admit, I am ADD so teaching me and captivating my attention is no easy task...David not only broke through that barrier but opened the door to world of music I had aways felt and now suddenly I could touch.

If you posses the desire to learn and the drive to work...the sky is the limit."

Wes Hough
City of Destiny
Tacoma, WA

"I am very happy with my decision to take lessons with David. In just 2 months I've gone from strumming some chords to understanding picking patterns, learning how to put together an entire song, and expanding my techniques. I am very surprised at how much technical skill I have been able to pick up in such a short period of time"

Marianne Burch, Tacoma

"I'm 46 years old and my only known talent is for overcomplicating things. I've always admired a good guitar player and wanted to learn to play myself--who doesn't?--but felt I didn't have the talent or just "couldn't do it." Then I found David and he said, 'Oh yes you can. Commit to 4 lessons up front and you'll see that you can.' I took the leap and sure enough, he had me playing blues riffs in less than one month. All I had to do was listen and do as he instructed me to and it all comes very naturally. There's no stress, just a whole lot of fun! If you're like me and you thought you couldn't play guitar, start with David and just have some fun with it. It's simple. You won't want to put the guitar down again!"

Dan DuBeau, Tacoma

I had been playing guitar for about 5 years and had only been self taught. I found myself completely stuck playing the same chords and not able to play riffs or solos at all. In my first lesson I was playing the blues with slides and hammer ons and pull offs. In a couple of lessons he had me soloing in different keys and playing riffs from guitar gods! He was able to teach me in a couple lessons what took me years trying to teach myself! He makes lessons so much fun because not only are you learning the music theory but he relates it to popular songs that you can practice along with. He also has so much knowledge in other aspects as well. He can teach you about music gear and amps or help you compose your own music. He caters to your style and taste in music and can teach you ANYTHING!

Ashley Allen

I love guitar period, but it's overtly frustrating when you have no idea where to start, or how to play at all. I went through multiple guitar instructors trying to learn how to play and each of them weren't very specific, or didn't hone in on any one thing at a time so you could really start to get it down and process it. Then we happened to find David, and he was really what we were looking for. I started picking up chords like no other, It helped, and is helping tremendously. He goes into depth about the song,letting you comprehend it a little more, and ultimately learning it quicker and better.

Skye Reed, Tacoma WA

I have had 4 different Blues guitar Teacher in the last 6 months, getting nowhere as far as really playing some Blues until I ran across David. The other teachers just wanted me to learn the pentatonic scales, Major and Minor. That took a lot of boring weeks and I am sure I will need to know those scales but I just wanted someone to show / teach me Blues chords, related to Blues songs and the timing to the chord changes so I could start playing some kind of Blues. I have had 6 one hour lessons so far with David and I am playing the Blues. The first 4 hours Dave showed me a E, A, B7 blues chord progression with some step up and step down notes. The 2nd 2 hours Dave showed me a A, D9, A7,E9 Blues chords and Blues timing with slides.

I take one hour Lessons every Thursday and in 6 hours I am playing the Blues. I picked up the guitar about 6 months ago, started teaching myself and not really getting anywhere. I am not a fast learner, about average in learning something new. Now I set a home Learning my guitar and polishing the Blues songs that David has taught me, starting to get FUN.

Les Fairley Tacoma, Wa.

Working with David has made me focus on areas of my chops that needed fine tuning. He provides the basic exercises and tools that, when practiced enough in a zen-like manner, clarifies your understanding of movement on the fret board, and makes you sound a bit more professional. Questions regarding speed, theory, notation, composition, and even string size, are ready for answer with David, which is what keeps me working with him. From begining, to intermediate, to professional levels, if you're looking to improve your chops, Dave's your guy.

Frank Lorenzo, Seattle WA

I had tried many different instructors and had become very frustrated with trying to learn guitar. Within one lesson David had me playing ACDC and RUSH! David just has a way of explaining things so that they make sense and doesn't waste any time getting right down to the nuts and bolts of guitar. A lot of other instructors spend alot of time getting you 'ready' to play guitar, but with David we got down to playing guitar right away!

Stevie Johannsen, Olympia WA

“I started receiving lessons from David a few years ago, to improve my guitar abilities. I always used to tell people, "I've been playing guitar since the Eighties, though you would never know it." At the time I started, I knew some Metal riffs, three-chord Punk Rock progressions, and simple 12-bar blues. Though I took two guitar classes and first-year Music Theory in college in the early Nineties, the only scale I could say I knew was "blues pentatonic," emphasis on the quotation marks.

My goal was to relearn Modes/Scales, and brush up on theory, so that I could write more complex material. David taught me that, and so much more. Over these few years, I've learned Progressive Rock, Fusion/Jazz, and even some Country styles, as well as a great deal more about Metal and, yes, even Punk from David. I can play leads and solos with much more proficiency, in timing with the rhythm, and more tonally correct, than I ever could before. He has also helped me read music better, construct more professional-sounding compositions, and has started me on my own path to produce my own recordings, from recommending and using recording software, to capturing dynamics with mic placement, to mixing the rough takes to get the most out of the sound.

For a musician of any level or caliber, having an instructor like David is a true asset--for he has the knowledge and skills to take an entry-level musician every step of the way to becoming a professional performer, recorder, mixer, engineer, and producer. The only limit to the lesson's potential is your own level of determination, which David quite expertly helps you to improve with every session. Even if your goal is to simply learn to play one song on one instrument--and David teaches MANY instruments--he will have you playing that song like the musician who wrote it before you realize it--as long as you stick with your practice between lessons. That part's up to you!”

Marc Q Digby, Apple Valley CA

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Mac
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Presonus
invariable guitars, amps, keyboards, and other stuff.
Tama drumset, Full Mic's.
University trained mind and honed skills. Who cares about the software.

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Generally come from conservatory/ classical background so utilize classical methods of teaching with a contemporary application to suit modern day application
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Daniel June 17, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
I have had one lesson with David, and it is enough to tell that he is a great teacher. He clearly knows how to play guitar. He is both encouraging and firm. He explained to me the expectations for my practice and what he wants me to learn by next week, but was also very understanding whenever I made a mistake. I told him about my experience in other hobbies, and from that he was able to use analogies that made sense to me that would help me learn the techniques he was teaching. I am very happy to have David as my guitar teacher.
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Rod February 1, 2017
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David is a great teacher. He's patient and he never talks down to me as I can be a little slow.
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Rod K. January 27, 2017
· Music Recording · Online
My lessons involve music recording, including editing and arranging.

David quickly discovered what I do know what I desired and need to learn. He has helped me to make tremendous progress in just the three lessons. I look forward to each session. He has been able to make some very complex information simple and interesting. He proceeds at my pace and never complains when I need even the simplest things explained. I was so lucky to find him!
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Lakewood, WA 98498
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About Elliot W.

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Olympia, WA
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Hi, there! My name is Elliot and I'm very excited to start working with you! I've been teaching lessons since 2011 and love watching students grow and succeed during our time together (and beyond). I have Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Voice from Western Michigan University and a Master's degree in Jazz Vocal Performance from the University of Miami. I also have significant experience in the musical theater world, having music directed several shows for community programs and high schools.

My approach to teaching is to bring out self-expression, joy, and artistry in each of my students. My goal is for you to reach your highest potential! Have an upcoming audition or performance? We can work hard to make sure it's a massive success! Love singing and want to gain experience and expertise? You're in the right place! Whatever your goal,
I will work hard with you to make it a fun and enjoyable learning experience.
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Grace March 17, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Eliot is so gentle and great with our child! Highly recommended!
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Janice M. July 1, 2015
· Singing · In studio
My son liked his ability to connect with Elliot. He is a really cool and fun guy to get singing lessons from. Recommend!
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Elliot W.

Olympia, WA 98512
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About Anna B.

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After living in Anchorage Alaska for the past 3 years, my husband, daughter and I recently moved to Tacoma. While in Anchorage I taught a studio of around 35 students with age ranges from 4 to adult. I also performed regularly with the Anchorage Opera and Anchorage Symphony on french horn. I have a BM in Music Performance from University of the Pacific and an MM in Music Performance from Arizona State University. I have played piano for over 20 years and french horn for over 15. I love music and I love sharing it with people!

When I'm not doing music, I love reading, hiking and running!
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London L. May 10, 2016
· Piano · In home
We have enjoyed being taught by miss Anna
She is very encouraging and up lifting.
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Dorothy H. March 1, 2016
· Piano · In studio
I have been talking piano lessons with Anna for three months now and I am very pleased with her as an instructor and plan to continue for a long time.
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Dylan J. December 29, 2015
· Piano · In home
She is in tune with Dylan and his interest in music. Very friendly and helps him stayed interested in learning a new skill.
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Anna B.

Tacoma, WA 98405
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Hi, there! My name is Jeff and I can't wait to meet you! I've been teaching private lessons since 1996 and have loved helping my students become piano/keyboard players, guitar players, singers and songwriters I went to Spokane Falls Community College and earned a degree in Jazz and commercial music in 1996. I'm a patient person and my teaching style is laidback and fun, kind and understanding, and flexible. I look forward to helping you reach your goals!
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Kevin O. May 9, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Jeff is a excellent Teacher. He truly is interested in helping reach my goals . Thanks
for taking the time to listen to me , when I asked for a teacher to help me reach my music goals. I give Jeff five stars
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Joy D. January 28, 2017
· Singing · In home
I have been taking singing and guitar lessons from Wonderful Jeff!!! and I feel so comfortable learning new skills and songs from him and now I have got my confidence back so I would like to perform anywhere!!! Definitely I would recommend Jeff for you music teacher!!! He is a humble and great musician!!!
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Joshua November 14, 2016
· Singing · In home
Jeff is a kind, thoughtful, and friendly instructor who really seeks to understand his students and help them reach their goals. I enjoyed working with him and hope to be able to do so again someday. Thanks Jeff!
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Lakewood, WA 98498
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About Jeffry L.

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Tacoma, WA

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Jeffry has had a long and varied career in music that spans over four decades. He began his musical studies at four years old when he started playing the violin. He began studying and performing on guitar and bass during his teenage years. Jeffry’s formal training includes extensive study of classical and jazz music culminating in a masters degree in music performance from Northwestern University.

As a performer Jeffry has experience across a wide spectrum of ensembles - from performing solo, to rock and jazz bands, to full symphonic orchestras. He served in the US Army band program for over twenty years and commander/conductor of several musical units. During this time he supervised the training of dozens of musicians and led performances for audiences all over the world.

Jeffry also served as the sole bass guitar instructor for th
e Army, Navy, and Marine Corps and developed a bass teaching curriculum that was approved for use at the Armed Forces School of Music.
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Jeffry L.

Tacoma, WA 98404
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My names is Briellen, and I am a piano instructor from Tacoma, WA. I have been instructing piano for four years, both in group and private settings. I am able to teach in the student's home or at a set location discussed prior to first lesson.
In 2015, I received a B. M. degree from Pacific Lutheran University where I majored in Piano Performance. During my time at PLU, I received multiple music scholarships including the Forestine Wise Monsen Scholarship, and the Bertha Gilbertson Music Scholarship. I am currently instructing piano at the Morgan YMCA in Tacoma.

I love the piano, and I get super excited when others want to learn how to play it.
If you are interested in taking piano lessons, DO! You won't regret it. And I would love to be the one who helps you achieve your musical goals.
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Donna August 2, 2017
· Classical Piano · In home
Miss Briellen is an amazing piano teacher, and I would highly recommend her to you if you're interested in learning how to play piano!
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Briellen L.

Tacoma, WA 98405
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Hello! My name is Marissa and I am a current Junior Vocal Performance and Anthropology Double Major at Pacific Lutheran University. I love music, and love teaching it to others even more! I have a vast resume of choral music, opera, and early music. I look forward to hearing from you!

If you would like a copy of my resume (either choral, early music, or opera), please let me know!
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Marissa M.

Tacoma, WA 98447
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I have been playing piano for 18 years and am excited to share the passion with others!

Music has been a special part of my life since I was 4 years old. I took lessons for 10 years and continued to play in college for the Naval Academy Women's Glee Club as the accompanist. While with the Glee Club, I had the opportunity and honor to sing for two Presidents and play piano for one, and sing with Beyonce as part of Obama's Inauguration Celebration.

I specialize in teaching children as I put a great emphasis on fun! I want students to have joy playing before it gets difficult in order to encourage them to play longer. Part of that is I encourage learning songs that they are interested in tandem with the course so they continue to love what they play.

I'd love to meet you and share my love with you.
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Susan June 17, 2017
· Piano · In home
Melanie was an amazing piano instructor for my twin daughters. They very much enjoyed every lesson with her. She used creative and kind methods to get them to practice and enjoy learning.

We were very sad to learn she was moving (but understood wanting to be closer to family). If you're lucky enough to have her near you, don't hesitate!
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Melanie A.

Tacoma, WA 98405
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