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Oconomowoc, WI
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About Justin
Hi, my name is Justin Bessert I've been teaching private lessons since 2015. I love helping my students have fun, learn new skills, and grow as musicians. I went to Wisconsin Lutheran College and earned my degree in 2007. I'm a laid back and friendly person and my teaching style is relaxed, student driven, and flexible. I look forward to helping you reach your goals!

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Currently, I teach middle school band and have done so since 2015.
Completely self-taught on guitar.
16 years of formal music education.
23 years of experience on trumpet.
Numerous high school and collegiate instrumental and choral ensembles.
8 years of teaching private lessons.
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Justin B.

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Oconomowoc, WI 53066
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Sun Prairie, WI
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I cannot learn something without wanting to immediately begin sharing what I know. That's what inspired me to begin teaching, and it continues to drive me today.

Music Theory is a field of study which enables performers and composers to better understand the "nuts and bolts" of their craft. It can be exciting, and I intend to make it so by applying the concepts we discuss to real musical examples in all genres.

If you do not live nearby, we can learn together through online chat via FaceTime, Skype, or Google Hangout. I have openings during early daytime CST, which means if you're in the UK or Europe and you're an English speaker, I would be happy to schedule you.

About Lyle
- Degree in Music Theory / History from University of Wisconsin - Whitewater.
- 25 years' teaching and performing experience.
- Fluent in all electric styles, plus acoustic and classical.

*** Lesson Details ***
I like to cover the fundamentals while focusing on your personal goals. All stages of ability are welcome, from rank novice to pro. We'll determine what you wish to learn, and build a roadmap to get there.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Home Office in his Townhouse: Music stand, recording equipment, two chairs.

*** Specialties ***
All types of jazz, from swing to modern. Rock, Metal, Blues and Country. Composition and improvisation.
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Evie June 14, 2018
· Ukulele · In studio
Evie came back very proud of what she learned in her first lesson & excited for more.
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Danielle March 7, 2018
· Piano · In studio
I am thoroughly enjoying my piano lessons so far! Lyle is very accommodating, fun, and great teacher! I am looking forward to many more lessons. Thanks Lyle!
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Mack M. November 7, 2017
· Banjo · Online
When the lesson started we got right to the point and decided the best direction to take with the limited experience I have. I have goals for the next lesson and something to work with and someone to help me along the way.
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Lyle R.

Lyle R.

Sun Prairie, WI 53590
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About Jeremie W.

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McHenry, IL

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Music theory is the basic foundation for every good composer and songwriter. There's a lot to learn and a lot that can be used in your own music. Even if you only want to play guitar and not write music, music theory can help you be a better improvisor, increase your harmonic knowledge, and play better in group settings.

About Jeremie
I'm a self taught guitarist who has been playing for nearly 20 years. I have played professionally in numerous bands and ensembles ranging from jazz to folk to rock, and I've been writing music for the same length of time. I currently perform with one of my students from TakeLessons named Mackenzie O'Brien.

I graduated from Columbia College Chicago in May 2014 with a BA in Music Composition. I studied under composers: Drew Baker, Kenn Kumpf, Ilya Levinson, and Marcos Balter. I've performed and worked with members from the groups, Del Niente and Chicago's Composer's Collective.

I build my lesson plans around each of my students based on their interests. I'll try to incorporate music they enjoy into their music regime. I keep lessons pretty relaxed, but will challenge a student who is looking for something m
ore difficult. I go at the pace you learn best at!

Bass guitar, ukulele, song-writing, counterpoint, orchestrating, arranging, music theory, and composing are subjects I'm well versed in and love to teach to other people.

I'm experienced with all kinds of music software, such as: Pro Tools, Logic, Garage Band, Cubase, FL Studio, Finale, Sibelius. If you want to learn how to write, record, mix, and master your own music, there's never been a better time to learn.
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jeane June 21, 2018
· Ukulele · Online
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Shelley May 10, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Great first session. Looking forward to next time.
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Khaled April 26, 2018
· Guitar · Online
Been playing for years, still learning something every class

Also easy to work with
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Jeremie W.

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Madison, WI

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I will the basic fundamentals of music theory; there will be a good amount of practice and trivia, and I hope each student will enjoy the lessons.

About Sherman
Hello, my name is Sherman and I'm currently a student at the University of Wisconsin Madison. I've played piano for about 14 years, and I participated in my high school orchestra for all 4 years. I passed the Grade 8 Piano Exam for ABRSM (Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music) and I've completed the Diploma test for ABRSM. I've very excited to be helping young kids finding their love and passion and music and I will also help them stay committed to it.
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Sherman N.

Madison, WI 53706
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Hi! my name is Solomon. I am an experienced multi-instrumentalist and instructor. I have performed and sand with various music bands at concerts, events, parties in the US & abroad. Experience counts! I have the special teaching skill needed for you to learn well and fast.

My lessons are custom-tailored to your learning style. I teach music rudiments & a lot of play-alongs, solo-ing or chords. I believe your goals are to understand and apply music concepts with CONFIDENCE &… JUST PLAY/ SING beautifully!

I enjoy teaching both children & adults of any age. I understand the challenges beginners face- momentum, applying music basics,finger techniques, chords - most of which I have MASTERED. So I believe we can work together & enhance your music theory understanding. Relax, hire me & let's jam!

About Tosin
Tosin here. Wanna play sax well like Kenny G, Dave Koz or Charlie Parker, Let me teach you. I am a versatile, well travelled, actively performing sax instructor & well-rounded musician ( playing 6 instruments professionally). I have performed with various music bands in the US and abroad. Yes, experience counts!

I take pride in distilling relevant music concepts. I focus on showing you how to construct your scales & notes, so you can articulate beautifully. I FILTER OUT boring theories & lack of focus which comes with playing stereotyped "book" music.

I believe your goal is to PICK UP the sax ANYTIME with CONFIDENCE &… JUST PLAY beautifully! My sax lessons are custom-tailored to your learning style. I teach music rudiments & playing jazz .

I enjoy teaching both children & adults of any age. 2 out of 3 students i have worked
with, just over the past 3 months, now play in their school/ church bands with great commendations (see reviews). I also taught a 56 year old beginner last year.

I understand the challenges upcoming sax players face- momentum, applying music basics, developing clean tone, maintaining rhythm, improvisation - most of which I have MASTERED. So I believe we can work together & help you play familiar tunes within 2-3 weeks. Relax & enjoy your play. Hire me & let's jam!

*** Lesson Details ***
-Customized for each student's specific needs & learning style
-Created a refined curriculum & drafted new learning materials. Students get COMPLIMENTARY copies to take home for practice.

***Online classes***
Computer, good internet, FaceTime/ Skype

** Studio equipment **
Alto- & Soprano saxophones; JODY JAZZ Mouthpieces; Reeds (Vandoren, RicoPlastiCover, Legere); Rovner Ligatures;
Vandoren MP cushions- you get COMPLIMENTARY cushions too :-)

*** Specialties ***
Jazz; Smooth jazz; Classical; Gospel; Contemporary; Funk; Afro-Cuban
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Morayo April 11, 2017
· Saxophone · In studio
Patient Teacher! You will definitely learn great things on your first day. This actually wants to see you get better, and is not just about getting his check! I recommend him to anyone, any day!
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About William R.

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Canterbury, NH

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I tutor both western classical and jazz music theory and composition. To enroll in theory and composition lessons, a musical background on an instrument is not necessary. However, learning an instrument in tandem to theory lessons is strongly encouraged since it will be more rewarding to be able to apply what you have learned. I teach lessons in guitar, bass guitar and ukulele, but as a music education major, I have training on most western instruments. If you play another instrument, such as brass, strings, woodwinds, percussion, or voice, then I can adapt theory lessons to your particular instrument. Whether you are interested in writing songs casually to share with friends or preparing for music study in college and a career in music, I can develop our music theory lessons accordingly.

If you are a beginner with music, we will start with learning notes, intervals, scales, chords, rhythms, and reading notation. You will also learn to play these on your instrument. You will also ...

About William
Thank you for visiting my profile and for your interest in studying music! Some of my greatest privileges have been studying and performing with master musicians from around the world in various styles, and I hope to be able to pass on what I have learned over the years.

My history with music

My lifelong love of music began early. Coming of age in the early 90s grunge rock era, I began letting out my teenage angst and adrenalin as a rock, punk, and metal guitarist in high school. While I became interested in jazz and classical midway through high school, the real turning point for me was seeing Leo Kottke play live for the first time. I was greatly inspired by his ability to play melody, bass, and chords all at the same time on one instrument, and it broadened my horizons as to what the guitar was capable of. I promptly went home an
d spent half the night practicing finger-picking and getting my hands to move across the fretboard. Fast forward years later, I devoted my education to the study of music education and classical guitar at the University of Vermont. I have always believed in the value in improving myself holistically as a musician, so in addition to classical guitar, I also studied jazz guitar, classical and jazz piano, performed saxophone in concert band, sang in large and chamber choirs, played in percussion ensembles, and routinely performed bluegrass, Appalachian, and Celtic music with an old-time music group. I am currently finishing a master’s degree in ethnomusicology from the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa, where I have been studying various Asian and Polynesian music traditions from Japan, China, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Hawai'i. I have also done fieldwork in Japan, studying traditional Japanese koto, shakuhachi, and ichigenkin music. Drawing wisdom from so many places and people I feel has helped me develop strength and versatility as a musician and as an educator.

As part of my undergraduate degree, I worked at Burlington High School in Burlington, VT, teaching and conducting concert band, leading small jazz ensembles, and teaching music theory and composition. I have over ten years of experience teaching private lessons with students ranging from five-year-old beginners to advanced adults; from children with special needs, to non-native-English students. I always develop each day’s lesson and each student's curriculum to fit the needs of each student.

My inspiration and philosophy

Early in my musical training, I studied guitar with Phil Sargent, a phenomenal jazz guitarist in the Boston/greater New England area. In one of our lessons, he detailed his daily practice routine. This involved scales, arpeggios, chord practice, ear training, solo transcribing, repertoire building, and more—all totaling six to eight hours of practice each day. I asked him why he spent so much time practicing, and I will always remember his answer: “to have the ability to play whatever I imagine on stage—to me, that is freedom.” I was awestruck by this seemingly counter-intuitive concept—that true freedom takes a lifetime of discipline. Of course, I don’t ask my young students to practice that much! But I do make it my purpose as a music teacher to gently guide students to developing the discipline to achieve their individual musical goals.

Discipline aside, I am greatly inspired by the power of music to bring people together, to foster passion and creativity in individuals, and to nourish the body and soul. It is my dream to pass on the many music traditions that have inspired me and brought so much meaning and wonder to my life.

If I seem like a good match to help further your musical goals, then I would love to hear from you!
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Beth July 9, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
I just got back into playing guitar but this teacher got me up to speed right away and taught me some things I have never learned about music theory. As someone who already is an intermediate flute player, I found his lessons about scales and theory pertaining to guitar a wonderful refresher! I will definitely continue to take lessons with this teacher and would recommend him to anyone!
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Tyler June 14, 2018
· Classical Guitar · In studio
A very good instructor. Gave accurate and clear instruction.
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Malka R. February 26, 2018
· Classical Guitar · Online
I've had two lessons with Bill now, and they've both been great! I came in already knowing some guitar stuff (like chords and whatnot) but never having studied classical guitar before. Bill was easily able to tailor lessons to my skill level and ability. Both lessons have been fun, and filled with lots of practical tips and techniques that have already improved my playing by lightyears! At first I wasn't quite sure how an online guitar lesson would play out (pun intended), but it actually went really well.
He also suggested several great resources for me to check out as to where to get music to learn and practice with (I'm focusing on Renaissance lute music). Bill is a very versatile player and teacher though, so I'm sure he could coach me in a variety of styles besides Renaissance music. I'm excited for many more lessons!
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About Granville M.

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Mount Vernon, NY

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Students can learn how to recognize notes, their names, their values, rhythms, various clefs, cadences, chord progressions and their use in intros, outros, turnarounds, etc. And so much more!!

Most work would be on piano but would include rhythm instruments to convey ideas.

About Granville
I operate in the music arena as a touring musician; a Music Director for musicals, jazz ensembles and choirs; a composer & songwriter; a band teacher at my local elementary school, a private instructor and a producer with a degree in Jazz Composition and Professional Music from Berklee College of Music. I am currently performing and writing with Divinity Roxx (Beyonce, Victor Wooten, etc.), Elle Winston, Kate Vargas and others. Most of my writing and creating is done here in my private studio. I am proud to have produced tracks featured by the likes of Elton John on his Beats 1 Radio (Apple Music) station. That is to say, I'm really proud of the artists and having such an inspired space.

I have, and continue to be honored to perform all over the world with some of the most prolific players this planet has seen and those it will experi
ence in the coming years. I find playing music can be a great source of inspiration and release. But most importantly, everyone has a voice to be heard through music.

I have taught privately since I was in high school on my own. Over the years, I have also been affiliated with some amazing entities. Additionally, my work in arts administrative (Brooklyn Academy of Music -BAM, UVA Music) translates into my ability to show you skills that will garnish success when you aren't playing music.

My students can expect growth in knowledge of rhythm, understanding of music and song forms. Your timing will improve! Your feel for styles (blues, rock, jazz, hip hop, EDM, etc.) will improve! Your technique will be through the roof!! I empower my students to do whatever they can dream to do with music, whether it is for personal enrichment or personal ambition.

I will demystify anything you feel is outside of your reach and grow you into the musician you want to be. My private studio is a fully equipped playground for the musically-minded with all the tools and materials you need to grow as a musician, so all you need to bring is your imagination. I look forward to the journey.
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Elle April 17, 2018
· Audition Prep · In studio
Granville is extremely knowledgeable, patient, organized and invested. Recommend him to EVERYONE!
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About Derek B.

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Branson, MO

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Music Theory: the science behind the sound. AP music theory wrecking your GPA Senior year? Auditioning for a Music Major? Get a leg up on the competition, study with me.

About Derek
I am Professional Singer, Conductor, Music Teacher, and Church Musician. I graduated from Crown College in St. Bonifacius, MN in 2016 with a B.A. in Vocal Performance and a B.M.E. in Vocal and General Music Education. I have extensive experience with training choirs as well as solo performers both in and out of college.

Voice students can expect to improve week to week in their vocal technique. Every voice is different and needs to be treated with great care and attention. I will work with the students to expand their range and find what works best for THEIR voice. Every voice I have taught has dramatically improved with a few just weeks under my instruction. I can help anyone sing with confidence and grace.

As a music teacher I have experience teaching in a title 1 K-8 school where I taught a variety of ages and skill levels
including students with special needs in our school's cross-categorical classes. From song writing with my middle school students to basic piano skills to choir. I have donet it all in the music classroom.

As a conductor and performing musician I have had the blessing and opportunity to travel all over the world. Some of the highlights of my career have been a 5-week opera program in Siena, Italy. During this time we lived in apartments and were fully immersed in the Italian culture, we performed over 20 times during those 5 weeks. Other musical ventures include various Choir tours throughout the United States and Europe.

My personal passion is Classical and Broadway music but I firmly believe that great basic technique is essential to any and every style. I look forward to meeting you and helping you to become a better musician!
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Sharon May 15, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Derek was hired to lead a volunteer choir of mostly non-musicians. He worked with them, teaching enunciation, tone, intonation and more, until our choir was quite adept in singing 4 part octavos. He taught with compassion and care.
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Rick May 13, 2018
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Derek is a wonderful teacher of music! He includes music history, which is fascinating, and gently nudges his students to do more than they think they can. I highly recommend him to anyone who likes to sing!
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Ellie May 12, 2018
· Singing · In studio
I didn't take actual "lessons" from Mr. Bates--I was a member of a church choir he directed. He knew his stuff. He helped us produce tones correctly for best quality; I became a better singer under his instruction. He was patient with members who needed help with learning their parts, always willing to repeat a section until it was solid. He was fun, with a great sense of humor and fun. He also made profound comments on the lyrics, which made a difference in the depth of our singing. I'm so glad I had this experience!
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Professional music producer with experience in Logic Pro X, Ableton Live, and Pro Tools. I teach production, songwriting, mixing, mastering, composition, recording, studio techniques, workflow, and production techniques! I would love to work with you and spread the knowledge I have gained through 10+ years of production!

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Hey there!

I'm Justin, nice to meet you! Im offering 10 years of experience and knowledge producing music to help new students and fellow artist! I teach production techniques, songwriting, composition, mixing, mastering, studio techniques, and DAW techniques.

I love working with new producers, and I am willing to teach any/all areas of music production, including working in multiple DAWS such as Logic Pro X, Pro Tools, and Ableton Live. I can't wait to get started with you!

Feel free to reach out with any questions. I hope to hear from you soon! =)
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I specialize in jazz theory, but am also well educated in classical music theory. I am an alumni or Berklee and the Berklee Global Jazz Institute where I took courses such as Reharmonization Techniques, Post Bebop Harmonic Innovations, Advanced Modal Harmony, Advanced Harmonic Techniques, and Harmonic Consideration in Improvisation. I was also taught extended harmonic techniques from Danilo Perez himself that I am beyond eager to share with my students.

Also teaching private lessons: Clarinet/Saxophone/Flute

About Matt
I have performed in jazz festivals around the world, toured Eastern Europe as a classical clarinetist in an orchestra, and am a member of Sir Ralph Peterson's famous Fo'tet. I am great with children and pride myself at being able to tailor my advanced musical knowledge to any student regardless of skill level. I guarantee every lesson will educate, and I hope to inspire my students to continue studying music throughout their lives!
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Ken August 2, 2018
· Music Performance · In studio
Matt Stubbs is the most uniquely talented young individual on clarinet, and one of the most creative+technically facilitated improvisors of his generation. He has a deep understanding of the woodwind family as he doubles on all the saxes as well as bass clarinet. He is extremely knowledgeable in woodwind technique, improvisation, composition, and arranging. The dedication he shows towards the craft is impressive in and of itself. Whether you are a beginner, an intermediate, or an advanced student, you will quickly discover that he has more to offer than you could ever imagine. I highly recommend taking his lessons. Plus, he just has an amazing personality and a great sense of humor!
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