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Don p.

Lebanon, CT

About Don

We provide a complete learning experience beyond your traditional guitar lesson format! We begin by teaching you the skills needed to play and perform your music confidently. The main curriculum is our own Electric Crown Guitar Method which is the result of many years of testing what works best for students in a one on one learning situation. In addition we do supplement our studies with additional learning material.

Learning skills is useless if you don't actually apply them in a real musical way. Playing cool songs that Rock is a large part of our program!!! We use a large variety of pop
ular rock songs ranging from Led Zeppelin to The Beatles to Metallica and so on. We use real band backing tracks which you will be able to take home to practice along with. We will then record YOU playing the guitar parts with the band!

Finally we provide performance opportunities where you can either perform a solo piece or team up with other students and share the spotlight. This includes both stage and video production studio performances!

We strive to give you much more then guitar lessons. We offer you a complete guitar experience! Come join the experience!

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in Classic Rock, Modern Rock,Metal and Acoustic rock styles. I also specialize in Music Theory and songwriting for the guitar.
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Cameron Z. August 14, 2014
Guitar · In studio
Learning to play guitar can be a daunting task. Don breaks it down into easy to understand lessons. After each lesson he sends me home with practice homework so I constantly feel like I'm making progress.

The most important thing for me when i wanted to take lesson was that the teacher new his stuff, Don definitely does. I'm not just learning to play guitar, i'm also learning more about music.
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Andrea H. August 3, 2014
Guitar · In home
When looking for a guitar teacher for my daughter, I was so pleased to find Don. He knew exactly where to begin with her and started her playing music right away. His creative techniques keep her engaged and excitedly looking for what's coming next. He is professional, yet warm at the same time, putting both her and I at ease. It is amazing to see the transformation in my daughter's guitar abilities as well as the transformation in her confidence. Don's expertise and patience is perfectly blended.
Thanks Don!
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Brian W. August 1, 2014
Guitar · In studio
Don has taught my son for over four years. He couldn't even read yet and Don was still able to get through to him. Great blend of modern rock and classics. Don blends the ability to teach skills, theory, and essential building blocks while also working in stuff that the students want to play.

Also, from a technology standpoint, Don uses a great site with file uploads, customize backing tracks and the ability to schedule. I would recommend to anyone interested in learning guitar from someone who cares about his students.
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Don p.

Lebanon, CT 06249
(6)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Max S.

West Hartford, CT

About Max

I am a performing musician who is passionate about helping students achieve their goals.

I currently perform over fifty concerts a year with the Asylum Quartet, an award-winning ensemble acclaimed for virtuosity, creativity, and innovation. I have also performed with the Juilliard Orchestra, the U.S. Coast Guard Band, and International Opera Theater. As tenor saxophonist in the Ineo Quartet, I received honors in the J.C. Arriaga, Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), and North American Saxophone Alliance (NASA) chamber music competitions. I hold a Master's in Music from The Hartt Sc
hool and a Bachelor of Music summa cum laude from Arizona State University (ASU).

I have eight years of private teaching experience. Additionally, I completed a ten-week private teaching mentorship at the Hartt Community Division with saxophone instructor Sheri Brown.

Though I specialize in saxophone, I also love teaching beginning and intermediate piano.

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I strive to make lessons fun, challenging, and inspiring. I love teaching students of all levels.

Here is my teaching philosophy in more detail:

Why learn music? Music shares many the benefits of other subjects. Learning an instrument teaches multi-level techniques of problem solving, responsibility, teamwork, literacy, and self-expression. But unlike any other subject, music unites three domains of learning: psychomotor (physical motion), cognitive (analytical thought), and aesthetic (assessment of artistic beauty). Music is a mode of self-expression shared by all cultures - this powerful universality suggests that music should be part of a well-rounded education. At its most basic, music requires us to learn to listen. The process of listening and learning from others is fundamental to human civilization, and music helps us develop listening skills to their full potential.

Why learn the saxophone? Invented in 1856, the saxophone is a relatively young instrument. Yet in its short history, the saxophone has rocketed to immense popularity. The saxophone plays well with others - in jazz combos and big bands, concert bands, saxophone quartets, and reed quintets - and projects effortlessly as a solo instrument. A hybrid between woodwind and brass instruments, the instrument is capable of the softest murmurs, the loudest bellows and honks, lovely singing lines, agile leaps and mesmerizing runs, and much more. Studying the saxophone offers the student access to stylistic variety and rich performance traditions second to none. Yet as a young instrument, the saxophone beckons with endless unexplored possibilities to the creative performer.

Why learn with me? The violin teacher Shinichi Suzuki wondered, "Japanese children can all speak Japanese!...How, by what means, does this come about?" We all now know the answer. Japanese children have abundant access to great models of Japanese-speaking: the adults around them. So as a teacher, I seek to provide a great model of saxophone playing. I rely on teaching by example, and encourage students to learn by ear whenever possible. In conjunction with ear training, I address fundamentals (breathing, tone production, articulation, voicing, reading music, and technique) in every lesson, so that students develop great technical ability on the instrument. Finally, I hope to provide a model of responsibility, empathy, and creativity, which I believe are central to our development as musicians and people.

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Students should have a working saxophone with appropriate mouthpiece and reeds (see below), a music stand, and other lesson materials (metronome, tuner, notebook, method books / pieces, recording device, etc.). I often provide handouts of music and exercises in lessons.

IMPORTANT: If you are planning to buy a saxophone or mouthpiece, please consult with me first. Having a good quality saxophone and mouthpiece is essential to your success. There are a number of cheap saxophones and mouthpieces readily available, but they are often of poor quality. I can recommend options for your first saxophone or mouthpiece purchase that may be more expensive, but will help you succeed in the long term.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in classical saxophone, but also have experience performing, studying, and teaching jazz. My goal is to give students a solid set of fundamentals in saxophone playing, forge strong aural and reading skills, and engender a broad curiosity in listening habits. I believe modeling great playing is key. Of course, I want students to internalize and replicate a good saxophone sound. But I also want students to form the critical listening skills of mimicking and blending with other musicians. I believe these things will enable them to excel as musicians in any field.
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Ben R. January 12, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
My son gave Max 10 out of 10. He absolutely loved his flexible approach. Thank you Max!!
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Lathan A. September 20, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Wonderful, engaging and clear. My six year old loved his first lesson and is looking forward to the next one.
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Ify L. August 19, 2015
Saxophone · In home
Verified Student
My first experience learning the saxophone was really great!! Max is a great teacher. He was patient with me. And he took it bit by bit for me to follow easily. I definitely want to continue with him. I look forward to my second lesson with him.
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Max S.

West Hartford, CT 06119
(3)
starting at
$39 / 30-min
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Tim M.

Manchester, CT

About Tim

I am a Hartt School of Music trained classical guitarist raised on the electric guitar. With over 20 years of teaching experience, I have helped students of all ages achieve their musical goals. Whether it's getting into the school jazz band, a college degree program or simply playing for friends, I can help you get there. My studio is a spacious and equipped learning environment designed with the guitarist in mind.
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Jack January 7, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Very patient, intuitive and instructional. Looking forward to the next lesson
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Lucas D. November 19, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Tim is an excellent teacher. It is clear that he has a solid grounding in musical theory, technique, and experience playing across many different genres. You will learn what you want to learn with Tim, no matter what it may be. He will help you focus your practice to hone the particular skills you need to create the sounds you hear on your favorite records. I highly recommend Tim!
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Stephanie October 7, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Tim is a wonderful guitar teacher. He works with my son at his own pace and it has been a joy to watch his confidence and skills grow with every lesson. He recently became a member of his school's jazz band and has deeply appreciated Tim's support and encouragement.
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Tim M.

Manchester, CT 06042
(6)
starting at
$27 / 30-min
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Tim B.

Waterford, CT

About Tim

Hi my name is Tim B.! I hold a Bachelor's Degree in Percussion and have been teaching percussion and drumset for the last ten years. I work with students of all ages and especially enjoy working with students that are passionate at becoming excellent percussionists and drummers. I have lots of experience teaching college and high school drumlines and percussion classes for middle school and high school students. If you are preparing for an audition, want to learn drumset, or if you just want to get better at playing the drums, I would be excited to share the knowledge and experience I have wit
h you!
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Christian C. April 24, 2015
Drum · In home
Verified Student
Tim is the nicest guy and the best instructor in the whole world. He really takes the time to teach his students.
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Tim B.

Waterford, CT 06385
(1)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Stan M.

Coventry, RI

About Stan

Hi! I am a private music instructor with a B.M. degree from Berklee College of Music and over 33 years' full-time experience in the field. I also have decades of experience as a professional jazz, rock, and theater musician. My teaching style is laid-back and gentle. My focus is on enrichment and encouragement. I don't work with one-size-fits-all methods. Each lesson is customized to make the most of each student's own unique abilities and interests. I am very experienced in working with students of all ages, including very young children (ages 4 and up). I teach real music -- students begin p
laying music they love almost from day-one. For example, many of my piano and guitar students pride themselves on learning to play the every song on Beatles One ... playing right along with the CD! Reading, playing by ear, improvisation, singing while you play ... there are so many ways to play and avenues to explore in music. Do you have a song or two in your heart. Contact me today!
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Lonnie F. January 17, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Very happy with his lesson plan. He takes his time to make sure you understand. Very talented person
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Lindsey October 28, 2015
Piano · In studio
I started taking lesson from Stan when I was 12 and I absolutely love his teaching style! It's a very personalized lesson that's centered around what you want to learn and your pace and style of learning it. I've been taking guitar and piano lessons from him for three years now, and he's very knowledgeable and experienced in both subjects and offers great advice. His recitals are very fun, a great performing experience, and an opportunity to meet his other students that share the same interests as you. He really seems to genuinely care about your progress.
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Peggy October 24, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In studio
As an educator with over 40 years of experience, I can easily tell when someone is a wonderful teacher. And Stan is certainly an outstanding instructor! He clearly and patiently explains, demonstrates, and models whatever skill is being taught. His students love him for his kind and caring personality, as well as for the wealth of musical knowledge he passes on. I learned so much from him, and looked forward to every lesson!
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Stan M.

Stan M.

Coventry, RI 02816
(15)
starting at
$36 / 30-min

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