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Lauren L.

Philadelphia, PA

About Lauren

I am a graduate of The University of The arts with a BA in music performance. The University of The Arts has allowed me to gain a reputable amount of performance and educational work. In my training at the University was able to concentrate on many styles of performance such as classical technique as well as Broadway and jazz. With that in mind, it is also important to stay current on today’s music as well. Music has allowed me to travel the world with various groups and perform with musicals greats like the Philly Pops, bassist Gerald Veasly and the great Bernard “Pretty “ Purdie.
I have
taught voice and piano for high school students entering college for music. My experience in teaching is not only with high school students but spans all ages. After completing college I continued my training with Mrs. Jackie’s Piano Fun Class for ages 4-6. This gave me confidence to complete training for The Music Class and various other infant and toddlers music programs. Currently I have many adult students, some learning for performance reasons and others to just have fun with playing. One of my theory’s behind music training is “you must love the music you play”. It may be something new but always something for you.

*** Lesson Details ***
Motivation and commitment are important in my lessons. I believe with these two things and proper encouragement for your teacher every student is a winner! I like to start my lesson by assessing what skills and goals each student has or would like to reach for within their lesson. It also important to talk about you expectations for me as the teacher and what tools you will need going forward. (Music books, songs, tape recording etc…). I lessons to be enjoyable but also productive. I use lots of games and techniques to help each student learn

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano and microphone

*** Travel Equipment ***
keyboard

*** Specialties ***
My style comes from university training and personal experience. I have performed with many different ensembles as well as performance groups. Particularly I specialize in the classic style of jazz and scat singing. Other aspect of my teaching include classical operatic voice training as a vocal bases for any style of music.
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B July 6, 2015
Singing · In studio
Lauren was very skillful at what she does and this conveys well in the lessons with her. I learned a lot from Lauren in my time with her but I would prefer the lessons to be a little more organized. All in all a good experience, Thank you Lauren.
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Kia A. January 6, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Lauren is the real deal. Point blank period. I initially signed up for singing lessons, but she has helped me with piano, music theory, and other skills as well. She has a much more wholesome approach for developing as an artist than simply a linear "sing these notes" type of lesson.

Lauren is a good balance of stern and silly. She has a great sense of humor, so I feel comfortable singing & playing for her (even if my skills are limited and sound like a dying horse). However, that doesn't mean you just goof around. She takes it very seriously and pushes you as a student. I couldn't recommend Lauren more.

Five stars.

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Lauren L.

Lauren L.

Philadelphia, PA 19143
(2)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Benjamin K.

Glenside, PA

Learn how to write songs of all shapes and sizes, from the 2 minute pop song, to the 13 minute symphony

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.

*** Lesson Details ***
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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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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Ricky G.

Ambler, PA

Learn the fundamentals of songwriting and start on the path of becoming a successful songwriter. I will help you from start to finish. You'll also have the opportunity to record your original music and take it to the next level. Students find great fulfillment in creating their own original songs and developing their skills as an artist.

About Ricky

Hi! Thanks for checking out my profile. My students call me "Mr. Rick." I teach acoustic guitar lessons for kids and adults, beginners through intermediate.

I'm the ideal teacher for those who want to play by "ear" while learning the essentials of chord structure, music theory, rhythm, and proper technique for strumming and playing the instrument.

I like making people laugh and having them relax and feel comfortable at our lessons together.

I enjoy working with people coming back to guitar, or just starting for fun because they love the guitar!

For students who want to
play at open mics or in a band, lessons include coaching on performance, and how to pull it all together (including how to properly use the mic and vocal techniques for singing while playing guitar).

For students with aspirations of being in a band, or singer-songwriter, I teach the essentials of songwriting and the basics of music recording, production/engineering and music business.

Students have opportunities to perform at recitals and other venues, plus learn more about the music business, and basics of music production and sound engineering.

*** Lesson Details ***
I'm a patient and supportive teacher who offers a relaxed and comfortable learning environment for acoustic guitar students, and also for students interested in singing while playing the guitar.

For guitar beginners, we start with the basics including notes, scales, chords and chord patterns, rhythm, and strumming technique. Students start off by learning songs they enjoy and are interested in playing.

As students advance, or for those with previous lessons or who are self-taught, we focus on advanced chord structure and patterns, music theory, and rhythm guitar technique.

For students interested in singing while playing, I coach them in vocal technique and exercises for pitch and vocal strength. We work on performance skills, for both live performance or in a recording studio.

For students with aspirations of being in a band, or singer-songwriter, I teach the essentials of songwriting and the basics of music recording, production/engineering and music business.

I bring extra value to my students through my experience as a performing songwriter, recording artist, and music producer. I've taught college level courses, and have been a panelist at music industry conferences.

Students have opportunities to perform at recitals and other venues throughout the year.

*** Studio Equipment ***
The teaching environment includes a fully equipped, professional recording studio with wireless web access. Waiting area inside for parents students bring their own instrument to lessons -- a variety of acoustic guitars are available for student's use at lesson, if needed.

Equipment:
Acoustic Guitars
Keyboards)
Complete drum kit
Bass guitar
12-string acoustic guitar
Mics, Amps, Headphones
Computer and Digital teaching aids
Fully equipped digital-audio recording & production environment
Mixing and recording console / control room
Recording sound rooms and booths.

*** Specialties ***
Acoustic Guitar - for kids and adults, beginners through intermediate, playing by ear while learning chord structure, music theory, and proper technique.

Singing and guitar -vocal coaching and exercises for pitch and vocal strength while playing guitar. Performance skills for live performance or in a recording studio. Songwriting- learn the essentials of writing lyrics and music for all pop and rock styles of music. Music Industry -- basics of music recording, production / engineering, music business, and artist development.
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Vicky P. February 11, 2014
Guitar
Verified Student
Like taking a Master Class

Rick was a very energetic passionate teacher. A lot of experience and can share very effectively that experience . Great tips and awesome guitar player. The atmosphere was comfortable and lends itself to creativity .
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Ricky G.

Ricky G.

Ambler, PA 19002
(1)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Adam K.

Philadelphia, PA

Many students are satisfied learning covers, which is great, but the real fun and creativity is in writing your own music. Writing takes confidence and freedom and everyone has to start somewhere. I help new writers with laying down basic songs, and more advanced writers with nuance and innovation - how to borrow ideas from songs they love, use music theory to create harmony for lead melodies on guitar, piano, and voice

I also offer music recording on Garageband, guiding writers on how to select a beat, add tracks, and connect musical ideas. I've been writing and recording my music since 2004, which stretches from Pop and Country to Soul and Hard Rock. I share my process and allow writers to explore the process of artists they love to see the progression even the greatest artists go through.

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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