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Play an instrument but lacking a little on the theory side? I'll help clear up the musical mysteries for you!
All music really shares the same underlying principles, and understanding them can be key to your success as a musician or songwriter.

About Ian

A lifelong musician and songwriter, Ian S. has extensive experience teaching guitar and piano to students age 3 and up both as a private music instructor and as a staff music instructor at the Institute of Music for Children. With 28 years of experience on the guitar and 32 years on piano, Ian has studied and performed with several award-winning music artists, and has written, recorded, and produced over one hundred songs. He plays and teaches a variety of styles on both the guitar and the piano, from classical to jazz to rock. Ian is patient, friendly, and loves sharing the gift of music.

Ian was the guitarist in the Princeton University Jazz Ensemble for 3 seasons, was selected from a nationwide pool of musicians to perform at a special music event at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, and was the recipient of the New Jersey Gove

rnor's Award in Arts Education for the category of Instrumental Music.

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I am very laid back and friendly, and I want you or your child to be as comfortable as possible during our lessons. You or your child will develop confidence and musical intelligence. I will make your lessons fun, enjoyable, and effective. Boredom is not an option! Music is fun... let's keep it that way.

The teaching methods I use will be custom-tailored to your individual needs, personality and specific musical goals. If it's guitar or piano you want to learn, I want to get you playing exactly what you want to be playing as soon as possible. That's what you're here for, and that's what I'm here for. I will make it happen. If it's songwriting that you want to learn, I will help you access that place inside of you that is dying to express itself creatively, and will teach you techniques to harness that energy and translate it successfully into musical expression.

You can expect to learn all the basics of music theory, proper playing techniques, improvisation and spontaneous musical expression, and I will help you develop your "ear" so you can figure out songs you like just by listening to them. This is all about you and your goals, and I want you to achieve them in a fun and engaging way.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living room: Upright piano, guitars, amps, keyboard, percussion

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in pop, rock, classical, jazz, blues, folk, fingerstyle (guitar), etc. I also teach improvisation and songwriting, and try to develop the student's ear for figuring out songs they like on their own.
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October 14, 2019
Xiaoqi
Ian is fantastic teacher. He was so patient with my toddler daughter. And when she became fuzzy during the class, Ian could be so creative to always come out with a way to calm her down and redirect her attention to other musical things. I would love him to be my daughter’s music teacher for as long as possible if I did not have to move.
October 12, 2019
laura R.
Ian is very knowledgeable and is great in explaining theory and great in demonstrating so you can understand.
September 6, 2019
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Alan R.

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Covering any part of historical periods including the middle ages and renaissance, to contemporary practices. Students often find music theory much less intimidating and more fascinating than they might first expect. Rather than being based on rules and dogmas, my approach is based on music as heard and experienced.

About Alan

Alan Retamozo is an active composer-guitarist based out of Austin, TX. His extensive composition and performance experience includes appearances with: Adam Rudolph and GO Organic Orchestra, Austin New Music Co-op, Revel, New Media Art and Sound Summit (COTFG), Density 512, Liminal Sound Series, SoundSpace Series at the Blanton Museum of Art, Sonic Transmissions, and his own composer-led group, Slant Ensemble. Coming from a jazz background, his work focuses on creative group improvisation, graphic and experimental notation, and conductor-led spontaneous group composition as well as traditional systems of notation. He holds degrees in jazz composition from Berklee College of Music (BA) and the University of Texas, Butler School of Music (MM).

Alan is also a founding member of Live Oak Trio, a string trio specializing in weddings and spe

cial events based out of Austin, TX.

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The development of fundamental music skills, such as a continuing exploration of harmony, rhythm, and listening skills, are an integral part of my approach to instrumental studies. With over 12 years of teaching experience, I have worked with students of all ages and interests. There is always more to explore, and everyone has room for improvement. Above all, my approach to teaching and personal practice is all about collaboration, exploration, and connection.
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May 5, 2012
ChristineP
Alan is very encouraging and talented. He knows just how to keep Solly interested and motivated! Finally, a great guitar teacher. Hip, hip, hooray!
February 7, 2012
AntonioR
Alan is a great teacher and he is very especific with guitar theory also very patient.
May 14, 2011
YanaS
Super great

Wonderful instructor! My son enjoy his lessons very much. Thank you so much, dear Alan.

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Tamara K.

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I love to teach theory and composition. I use Alfred's essential theory books 1-3 for a foundation and then I teach you and show you everything that I have learned from various institutes that I have studied at including Berklee College of Music, McNally Smith College of Music, MCTC, and Full Sail University.

About Tamara

Tamara Kachelmeier received a Master’s degree in Media Scoring from Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema. She studied voice, piano, audio engineering, music production, sound design, and composition at Gustavus Adolphus College, Berklee College of Music, McNally Smith College of Music, MCTC, Full Sail University and the Academy of Art University. She currently runs Ghost Dog Studios, a music and film production company residing in Brooklyn, New York.

She has written music that has appeared on the History Channel and CNBC. Tamara has also mixed and created sound designs for films that have appeared at the Art of Brooklyn Festival, Comic Film Festival, Art City Short Film Festival, Genre Celebration Festival, Barcelona Planet Film Festival, Court Metrage Festival de Cones and Top Indie Film Awards.

I enjoy writing and playing classical

, electronic, rock, jazz, folk, punk, and experimental music. In my free time I like to bend circuits.

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When you take lessons from me expect to be inspired and pushed. I thoroughly love teaching music and want the best for my students. I try my best to involve and invite students to join or listen to live music ensembles, recitals, and performances of different genres. I teach all styles of music for voice, piano, and guitar. I am very diligent with practicing, teaching you how to practice, and keeping track of it. In 3 or 6 months you will have a basic understanding of music theory and a solid foundation of piano, voice, or guitar techniques. I thrive to boost self esteem and confidence in all the students that I teach. I also teach composition, students really enjoy writing their own songs and performing them.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide a guitar. I expect students that want voice or piano lessons to have some kind of keyboard in working condition.

*** Specialties ***
As a member of of MTNA (Music Teachers National Association) and New York State Music Teachers Association. I am able to give your students great resources and opportunities to enter competitions.

*Pro Tools certified user
*Have taught Grammy Nominated singer
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September 15, 2019
Miriam B.
Very upbeat very thorough made me feel very comfortable
August 26, 2019
Chris B.
I noticed in my first lesson Tamera was throughly prepared with all the foundational info that I would need to be able to stand before walking. She was also mindful to allow me to sing as I normally would so she could correct my errors and therefore help me achieve my best potential
July 28, 2019
Matt
Very professional and friendly . Made me feel at ease . It was my first vocal lesson.

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Kay S.

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Private Music Theory Teacher
About Katherine (Kay)

Taught 41 years as a band director
Principal Trumpet with Beloit/Janesville Symphony

I like to teach in a style that is functional and interesting. Students will be doing a variety of activities at each lesson. The focus will be determined by their needs.

As students become more proficient in music their enjoyment of musical activities will increase. The success of completing various levels of musical achievement will carry over to other lifetime skills.

*** Lesson Details ***
I will work with each student depending on their individual needs. We will strive to produce steady improvement in player proficiency.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Student should have a music stand and instrument

*** Specialties ***
I like to teach based on the individual. I have taught group and private lessons. The materials I use are varied, with an emphas

is on scales, theory, and also some duet playing. I also like to incorporate some music history into each lesson. I feel that each student needs to work from known to the new areas. I often use supplementary materials (solos or small ensembles) to reinforce my teaching.
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June 22, 2016
VICTORIA
Kay is awesome. My daughter loved her. She is very patience and kept Victoria engaged.
June 7, 2015
Angelique B.
Kay is very knowledgeable, kind and accommodating. She is very encouraging and never makes me feel dumb when I hit a sour note. (As a beginning beginner, that happens a lot!) I am amazed at how much I have learned in such a short time!

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Kay S.

Clinton, WI

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Private Music Theory Teacher

Taught HS Music Theory and AP Music Theory with a number of students able to receive college credit by a great performance on their test.

About Kevin

I am a professional music teacher with 30+ years experience. Very experienced at teaching all band instruments. Expert at Saxophones - Clarinet. I am Nationally Board Certified as a Band Teacher. I can teach a student what they need from specific solos to audition materials to Jazz Improvisation. I currently perform throughout the area. I am experienced at teaching students of ALL ages what they want to learn about the saxophone and clarinet. I can play and demonstrate for you as a musician. I own and play Soprano, Alto and Tenor Sax. Bari as well but do not own one. I also play clarinet and flute. I am a good young piano teacher.

I have successfully taught many students to success at district and honors band level auditions, as well as prep for Governor's School and College Auditions.

I can teach you what you would like to know

to be successful at your instrument.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Stands, Chairs, Recording Equipment and Sound Playback if needed.

Can do Smart Music.

*** Travel Equipment ***
My Chrysler 2011 - if needed.

*** Specialties ***
Saxophones and Clarinets - Young Piano. Beginning ALL Band Instruments.
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September 4, 2019
Teddy
Very patient and knowledgeable.
September 13, 2018
lifen
October 4, 2017
Kristen
Kevin was very patient and kind. Kristen can't wait to go back next week!

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I like to make learning an instrument fun and easy to fit into your schedule!

If you're an adult finally getting around to learning your dream instrument or a child following your passion of playing music I tailor your lessons specifically to you. We look at what you want to play, pick specific songs that you want to learn, and learn the techniques you need to play these songs. It sounds simple, but it's so effective and much more fun to learn this way!

About Grant

Hi!

I'm Grant!

And it would be my pleasure to be your music instructor.

I teach all of the fretted string instruments:
Guitar | Banjo | Mandolin | Bass | Ukulele

I structure my lesson plans specifically around what you want to learn and how you want to learn it. We will go as slow or fast through the material as you'd like, focusing on playing songs and the techniques needed to get there.

If you have any questions for me, hit the "Ask Grant A Question" button above.

Cheers!

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October 8, 2019
Paul M.
Thanks Grant,
I learned quite a bit today.........working on correct fingering and also timing..... will see you next week 10/15 @ 11:00a.m.

Paul
October 7, 2019
Samantha
My first online lesson with Grant was really great. I’m extremely rusty so I was basically starting to learn again from scratch, and Grant was super patient and fun! Looking forward to my next lesson.
October 1, 2019
Paul M.
Very intuitive and easy to understand what Grant is teaching. Am excited about this class. Paul

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Theory lessons from basic to advanced based on the ABRSM theory study lessons.

About Matthew

Hello! I am originally from the United Kingdom and have lived in the USA for 10 years. I am married and have 2 huskies! I have been a music teacher for over 20 years and have taught various instruments which are listed. I gained my masters degree in music from trinity in London. I also have been involved in theater and film for over 30 years and have studied theater at studio theater in Washington DC and have been a principal speaking actor on various shows on cable TV including, History Channel, Nat Geo, Smithsonian, AMC and Fox News. I have also been involved in local theater for over 4 years as well as theater companies in other areas in the USA and in England. I have also directed and works in kids theater for 3 years and run fun summer camps that have an emphasis on music and arts. I love to teach and you will have a enjoyable time a

nd learn some amazing things. I also teach video editing and production and have filmed and edited many videos that are used today in HR training
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February 23, 2017
Anu
Great in-home first lesson... Thanks!

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Brendan K.

Madison, WI 53703

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Private Music Theory Teacher

Music theory is the grammar of music. Think of it this way: could you read a book in a language you don’t understand? Music theory teaches you to understand the language of rock songs and concept albums, sonatas and symphonies. This is an essential skill for all musicians.

The first step is to master the fundamentals: notes, intervals, key signatures, time signatures, clefs, terminology and correct notation. Students then learn rhythm; the structure of chords; harmonic progression and syntax; cadences; and phrasing.

If a student is interested in classical music, study will include the construction and creation of melody; counterpoint; form and structure; solfege; and the analysis of each of these aspects of music in the actual repertoire of classical music.

In all cases, particular attention will be paid to understanding the sound and meaning of music.

Experience playing an instrument is highly encouraged, although not required. Ear training is an ideal pairing to get the

About Brendan

I excel at the process of teaching and guiding students to get results. I know how to relate to students in different ways to help them understand problems and find solutions. I understand how frustrating and mentally exhausting practicing can be, and I know what to teach and when to teach it. I also understand that every student fits music into their life in a different way.

When studying with me a student can expect to be shown best practices in technique and musicianship, patient answers to questions, and to have time to absorb new information. Students will never be condescended to or belittled. Music is about adding joy to your life, and I can help.

I have studied nearly every style of music from medieval chant to Indian classical music. For over twenty years I have taught students in guitar, songwriting, classical composition,

music theory, and applied musicianship at all levels from beginners to graduate courses and students.
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January 30, 2019
Tyler
Really, knowledgeable, easy to understand. Gave me great head start In playing.
January 30, 2019
Nick
Great!
October 2, 2018
Devin
My son really enjoyed the lesson with Brendan and was amazed at his guitar skills.

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Vintyre
"Great first day back to the basics and then off to tread the deep waters of theory. Allen was able to to explain the theory in a simple to understand form
at followed up with application."
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Ginger
"I start Berklee School of Music next Monday and I feel s much better for having start with Molly first. She has so much materials and resources that make
learning a breeze. This is probably my 3rd or 4th review about her as a teacher but shes just that awesome!!!!"
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Trampas
"Jerry has an excellent talent for a wide range of aptitudes. The soundtracks he composes can really connect people with the imagery they seen in the video
s. It moves you and really can play into setting the overall tone of your project. You can see his drive and passion for perfection in everything he does."
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Emma
"Ahmad is very energetic and passionate about guitar and teaching guitar to people. He is very organized and systematic in his teaching. His style of teach
ing enables students to learn and get to know a wide variety of guitar aspects very quickly. He breaks up lessons into short but consumable modules while at the same time giving something concrete to start playing and get going from the word go whether you are a beginner or not. I've been going to him for several months now and would highly recommend Ahmad for his guitar teaching skills!"
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Annie
"Tom has been working with our daughter to aid her in understanding the concepts of music theory. He is patient and provides outside material for her to r
einforce the concepts they are working on together. He has a passion for teaching music and it is evident in his desire for his students to grow."
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Ken
"Shon is an expert at all aspects of teaching music on multiple instruments but is especially gifted at teaching music theory that helped me learn to play
by numbers which helped me change keys on the fly. No more writing out the chords for praise and worship music. So knowledgeable. You need to stop think about it and call him up and schedule your first lesson. Shon rocks!!"
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Amber
"Loretta is an amazing teacher! She makes it a joy to study music theory and piano."
Reid
"By far the best teacher I have ever had. Paul makes lessons engaging, and his wealth of knowledge never comes off as elitist. He explains complicated theo
ry in a practical way for anyone to understand. If I wasn't leaving Chicago I would have signed up for ten more lessons. Ask him about the own music he makes with his band. He's a super talented guy!!!"
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