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Kyle K.

Cleveland, OH

About Kyle

I love music! To me, it's a way of life. From listening to playing to writing and of course teaching. I grew up with music at school and home. My dad was a piano player and teacher so music has been a part of my life since day one and I want to share what I have learned. Everyone has a unique musical talent and I enjoy helping them find it. I believe that anyone can be an excellent musician. Playing an instrument should be a fun and creative adventure. Whether it's strumming at home, playing out in the clubs, or writing the next big hit, I will do my best to get you there!

My musica
l life began when I was in 5th grade and my dad bought me a saxophone, which I played for over 10 years. I quickly learned how fast I could improve if I simply kept playing. When I hit my teen years I fell in love with rock music and mowed enough lawns to buy my first guitar. I jammed and wrote songs with many other musicians and several bands. We played countless shows and released a few albums. Now I write music for TV, Film, Video Games, and other media outlets and I'm having a blast!

I started teaching 7 years ago and found that it is one of my favorite things to do. Helping others grow into great musicians is rewarding and fun. I've learned that from grade school to retirement, each student is a unique and special individual. My lessons reflect that fact so that we can reach all your goals together. *My personal goal is to get my students to understand and write music that will stay with them and encourage them to continue.

All lessons take place in my fully operational Digital Recording Studio and dedicated lesson room. Gaining real world playing experience through technology is a definite advantage over traditional lessons. This also allows us to capture ideas when songwriting and provides a unique practice experience.

*** Lesson Details ***
Everyone is different, and every lesson should be suited to fit the individual.

Depending on the type of lessons (guitar, bass, music production, theory) the style teaching will be very different. It's all about YOUR goals and needs. I will get you to where you want to go!

Each student is going to receive lessons based on their preferences of genre and style of music they desire to play. I expect my students to practice regularly and have a good time as their abilities and knowledge grow. By working together, we can focus on goals and problem solving to get you to the next level of play. Most importantly, we are going to have a blast while we learn to play music!

Imagine looking back years down the line, listening to something you wrote and hearing the improvements and your own personal music history. That's what writing and recording as you learn is all about.

*We'll start slow and build your knowledge base with each lesson.
*You can expect to understand what you are playing AND be able to Write Your Own Songs.
*You will be given everything you'll need to succeed.

I have several reference books, videos, and charts; plus I can show you smart phone apps and websites that will help you learn and practice! We will learn songs, write songs, and record songs. I provide jam tracks for all my students to play along too and offer to record their own music for the same purpose. We also keep a running journal that we use each week. This allows the student to look back, see improvement and be encouraged to continue!

Within 6 months you can expect to understand how songs are built (including chords and scales), be able to play several, and feel comfortable with trying your own skills as a songwriter or guitar player.

Let's start playing!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Comfortable and fully operational Digital Recording home studio & music room w/ recording capabilities, computer, keyboard, amps, books, videos, various guitars and bass, tons of music to listen to and study, FREE Wifi and seating for parents.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I do not travel. My studio is the #1 advantage for learning!

*** Specialties ***
*Instruments: Rock, Blues, Metal, Indy, Folk and Acoustic styles.
*Production: Recording, Mixing, Mastering, Programming.
*General Music: Theory, Songwriting, Producing.

I personalize all my lessons for the students needs and interests. I use several different reference materials including: The Ultimate First Guitar Book, The Guitar Handbook, Shredding Guitar, Guitar Solo Strategies, and more. All my students learn theory and how to use it in song play and songwriting. I have them write short songs, record them, and finally use those songs to jam out their scales and use theory.
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William W. March 11, 2016
Bass Guitar · Online
Verified Student
Kyle is great, good since of humor and takes the time needed to explain anything you need!!
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John L. March 2, 2016
In studio
Verified Student
He is a vey passionate teacher.
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Ray D. October 31, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Kyle is a music writer and he can help players of all skill levels become better musicians. He'll take what you know and adapt a personalized lesson for you. Just getting to know Kyle, I can tell he is pationate about teaching music. If you are as passionate about learning and becoming more skilled, Kyle can help you achieve your goals.
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Kyle K.

Kyle K.

Cleveland, OH 44129
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$29.99 / 30-min
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Eric H.

Cleveland, OH

About Eric

I've taught over 30,000 private music lessons to students of all ages, backgrounds and abilities. I've had tremendous success at helping students reach their musical goals and become well rounded musicians. I have an associates degree in liberal arts with a concentration on music and studied privately with several of the best teachers in Buffalo, NY. Additionally, I was in 3 successful bands, played hundreds of shows, made 2 professional recordings and have recorded other artists in my studio...I specialize in teaching beginners and children and have vast experience with both.

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n Details ***
I try and make the rapport with students comfortable and informal while at the same time constantly pushing them to improve and grow. I strongly encourage all students to work on all aspects of their playing, to become well-rounded musicians and study multiple techniques, genres and music theory.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Dining Room is designated for music: amps, guitars, basses, recording equipment, chairs, parents must stay for lessons under 18: comfy and spacious.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Students will need their instrument, tuner, lesson books, notebook and pen. I will provide everything else.

*** Specialties ***
I have a well-rounded approach to teaching. I teach a variety of techniques(picking,finger picking, pick and finger technique,improvisation, ear training, chord/melody playing etc.) and a variety of styles.(mainly rock, folk, jazz and blues)
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Lawrence Neal March 17, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Eric was great. He is obviously very knowledgeable but he is also easy to talk to and seemed to quickly understand what I knew and what I didn't. A good communicator and his set up for the lessons was very comfortable and easy to find. One hour lesson flew by!
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John C. January 3, 2016
Bass Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
After my first lesson I can see Eric is ready , willing and quite capable of taking on the challenge to work with me as an adult beginner on the instrument. He took the time to really get a good idea of where my skill level currently is and gave clear instruction on exercises to use in order to build from there. Furthermore, he gives a clear picture of the path the instruction will follow in order to get to the level of playing that I want to achieve.
Eric's personality combined with the spacious home studio setting provides a comfortable atmosphere of learning without distractions.
Not only do I feel Eric will be a good instructor for me but, I will also be scheduling my daughter for lessons with him to learn her third instrument, the guitar. So yes, I do recommend him for lessons!
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Tawana J. September 28, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
He is a great teacher. He is very patient. He's good with kids. Recommend!
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Eric H.

Eric H.

Cleveland, OH 44102
(5)
starting at
$15 / 30-min
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Anthony T.

Cleveland, OH

About Anthony

My name is Anthony and I am a professional drummer and percussionist that recently moved back to the Cleveland area from NYC (Where I studied and performed for 5 years). I am looking for serious and committed drum/percussion students.

I have a degree from the Newschool for Jazz and Contemporary Music and I have more than 15 years of teaching and performing experience. I have toured and performed all over NYC, the united states and in Europe. I am fluent in many different genres of music and I specialize on drum set, cajon and other instruments.

I also teach Italian and have spent many mon
ths in Italy with family that I have there. If you are looking for a tutor, are taking a trip to Italy or just want to try something new I can guarantee that you will learn a lot about the language and culture that makes Italy so special!
Per imparare una lingua nuova si deve parlare, leggere e scrivere un po' ogni giorno! Se vuoi viaggiare in Italia e hai bisogno della capacità di parlare in italiano, posso aiutarti. Spero che insieme impareremo tanto di questa lingua e cultura incredibile. Grazie mille del tuo considerazione! Buona giornata!
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Doug March 15, 2016
Drum · In studio
He was great, very precise, easy to get along with, and appeared very patient. He sets goals for you and really tries to help you achieve those goals.
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Philip G. July 15, 2015
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
Anthony has exceeded my expectations and has made my decision to take up drums again! I'm 38 and haven't played since junior high! I just recently received a drum kit from a coworker that needed some restoring and Anthony helped me get and tune new drum heads. He can be reached at anytime with questions or concerns and always without hesitation helps out!
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Apreye B. November 19, 2014
Drum · In studio
I took lessons with Anthony for more than a year as a complete beginner. His teaching style was responsive to my level of experience (zero at the time), and area(s) of interest. I thoroughly enjoyed taking lessons and would highly recommend him as a teacher. He helped to expand my creativity and boldness. I even started transposing music that I had heard so that they can be used in lessons. We started getting into music theory - which was so much fun because he made it very accessible. He is an amazing drummer, good-natured, and very knowledgeable & passionate about percussion.
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Anthony T.

Anthony T.

Cleveland, OH 44110
(6)
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$30 / 30-min
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Noel S.

Beachwood, OH

About Noel

Guitarists: Check out my TakeLessons article - Master These Metal Scales so You Can Shred http://takelessons.com/blog/metal-guitar-scales-z01

Pianists & other Musicians continue exploring here:
A professional music venue hosts spring and fall recitals; Instruction from a paid performer; I hold a Master of Music degree and an Ohio Teaching Certificate!
*** Lesson Details ***
As one of my students, you can come to expect a friendly welcome at the beginning of the lesson and then throughout expect our main goal to be helping you make your best music possible. I possess a wealth of knowledge
and skill collected from decades of practice, master classes, winning competitions, earning degrees and performing both in bands and as a solo artist.
I am relaxed and happy, disciplined and product-oriented while at the same time understanding the difference between practicing for improvement and statically repeating the same exercise or passage over and over. We want to make the most of our time during the lesson and your practice sessions by focusing on achieving your goals quickly.
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Noel S.

Noel S.

Beachwood, OH 44122
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$25 / 30-min
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Jay R.

Cleveland, OH

About Jay

I am a freelance percussionist based in Cleveland, Ohio. My current performance career is primarily in orchestral settings, but I also have experience in a variety of other contexts, including solo recitals, chamber music, symphonic band, musical theater, marching, jazz, rock and latin.

I received my Bachelor of Music from Manhattan School of Music in 2013, and my Master of Music from Cleveland Institute of Music in 2015. I have studied with members of the New York Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera, Cleveland Orchestra, Boston Symphony, Berlin Philharmonic and London Philharmonic, as wel
l as great soloists and chamber musicians.

I have taught at a variety of levels, from group hand drumming courses, to high school masterclasses, to advanced audition coaching. Whatever instrument or style a student is interested in, I enjoy helping to develop core musical and technical fundamentals in a way that is customized for each individual.

Every person has some level of unique musicality within them. I look forward to helping you find yours and grow it to its fullest potential. Often I learn a lot myself through the process of teaching, so let's learn together!

Since I teach a variety of instruments, I have no equipment requirements for all students. However, I do request that students who are just starting out have a minimum of a practice pad such as the Remo 8" tunable pad or comparable, and a pair of drum sticks such as Vic Firth SD1 or comparable.

Due to my constantly changing schedule as a freelancer, I am very flexible for lesson times. If you don't see a time that works for you, please still get in touch and we can find a suitable time.
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Brian August 2, 2015
I have known Jay Ritchie for quite some time and he has always exhibited exemplary playing and teaching abilities. He is constantly striving for and achieves excellence in both areas. We've had a lot of ensemble experience together and in every ocassion he takes the time and has the patience to mentor younger students. He has had many leadership roles and those students that he tutors invariably leave the ensemble with confidence in their own abilities.

As a clinician, Jay presents engaging material in an interactive and participatory way. While I've seen many clinicians talk about worn-out topics, Jay always focuses on important areas such as phrasing, ensemble playing, and general musicianship. His masterclasses are always thoroughly researched and masterfully executed.

Jay is the ideal private lessons teacher because he's so experienced in every idiom in the percussive field. Whether you hope to be a professional orchestral player, drum set artist, hand drum specialist, or marimbist, Jay is the guy to study with for an inexhaustible wealth of knowledge. Because of his expertise as a player and his patience, encouragement, and sensitivity as a private lessons teacher, I recommend
Jay in the strongest possible terms.
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Jay R.

Jay R.

Cleveland, OH 44106
(1)
starting at
$20 / 30-min

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