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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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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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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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Sashewa G. April 6, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Eric has been great he has really helped my son already with getting better at playing the guitar and becoming more passionate and active with playing. He is very patient and so far what I have seen great with Kids. My son is very excited to be taking these lessons. Great set up at Eric place for conducting lessons.

Thanks Eric
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Eric H.

Eric H.

Cleveland, OH 44102
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starting at
$15 / 30-min
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Julian T.

Cleveland, OH

About Julian

Julian has always been a creative and diverse musician, breaking down the distinctive barriers among different genres of music. He received his training both at Southern Methodist University in Dallas and from the Cleveland Institute of Music, from which he recently received his Masters in Music Performance. Though his training has been largely classical, he also has interests in jazz, fiddle, Latin, hip-hop, electronic and many other styles of music. In 2006, he became one of the core members of the eclectic hip-hop band, The Off Button, an elegant fusion of upright bass, banjo, violin, percu
ssion, vocals, and rap artists. Since then, he has also performed with a large number of ensembles and bands, including the Meadows Symphony Orchestra at Southern Methodist University, the Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra, and numerous chamber music ensembles. Mr. T. has also performed with the The Trans-Siberian Orchestra, was the lead violinist in the flamenco group, Nomad, and, most recently, is one of the founding members of the Eridanus Quartet. His current aspirations have been in composition and performance, writing many original pieces and arrangements which contain elements of both classical instrumentation and electronic audio elements.

In addition, he has also been an avid violin instructor and has maintained a private teaching studio for over 7 years. Over the summer of 2010, he was on faculty for the Chamber Music Festival through the Cleveland Institute of Music Preparatory department and was one of the main directors and instructors at the Coda Music Academy in West Virginia. His extensive knowledge of the instrument and stronger focus on teaching practicing techniques have enabled his students to do very well and even some have gone on to win awards in various competitions and festivals. His plans for the future include pursuing a music career in composition and performance, as well as maintaining an avid teaching studio.

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Julian has been an active and successful violin teacher for over 7 years, with students from the ages of 4 to 56. He has taught not only private violin lessons to many students, but has also taught in masterclasses, been on the faculty of music festivals and camps, and has coached many various ensembles and chamber groups. All his students speak highly of him in maintaining a good attitude throughout lessons as well as his ability to explain and detail the finer details and techniques of the violin. In addition, it is important that every student learns the 'language' of music, to learn not only the technique, but to learn music as a medium to express what words cannot€” heroic stories, deep emotions of the heart, or pure joy and happiness.

Julian's technique is based mostly on Galamian-style technique, based on perhaps the greatest and most influential violin teacher of the twentieth century, Ivan Galamian (1903-1981). Galamian was well known for his incredible devotion to teaching and his students, as well as a solid technical approach to the violin, incorporating aspects of both Russian and French style violin playing. He had many extraordinary and successful pupils such as Michael Rabin, Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zuckerman, and Jamie Laredo. Two of Julian's own violin teachers, Jan Mark Sloman and David Cerone, were also Galamian students, making Julian part of the third generation of the 'Galamian lineage.'

In addition to providing private one-on-one lessons every week with his students, Julian likes to give the opportunity for his students to perform, play for other students, and to learn some music theory and history. One cannot get everything out of music and the violin without learning how music works (theory), where it came from (history), and how to express yourself through music to others (performing). And while every beginning student begins their studies in the Suzuki method, Julian encourages his students to explore other kinds of music and is always open to requests from his students to learn different pieces.

Every student is important to Julian, and he devotes his time and knowledge in order to see every student progress and learn not just the violin, but important life skills such as dedication, attention to detail, time management, and the value of repetition, among others. For music is not just an exquisite art form and an enjoyable hobby, but a strong discipline, fun and useful for people of all ages and any talent. Whether a student is serious or not, learning a musical instrument can be fun, rewarding, and fulfilling.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living Room: bookshelves, coffee table, sofa chairs, plants, parents can sit in on lesson (encouraged)

*** Travel Equipment ***
Students must provide music and instrument. Also a cup of coffee - just kidding. I will provide the rest, teaching aids, etc.

*** Specialties ***
For beginners, I mostly focus on Suzuki Method. I also like to add in Etudes and scales, starting with Wohlfahrt and Schradieck. For more advanced students I work closely with them to come up with a personalized repertoire lesson plan. While I teach mainly classical music, I encourage students to try other types of music, such as improv or jazz, and am always open to taking repertoire suggestions from students. I teach classical music first to students to give them a strong technical background. Once that is accomplished, then any learning any other type or genre of music becomes a lot easier. It is mostly a matter of learning the small nuances of each style.
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Nicole L. November 23, 2014
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
As others have said previously, Julian is very patient and kind. Thank you!
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Lingz June 21, 2012
Very kind and patient. Works well with my son.
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CarolJ April 10, 2012
Thomas J.

Julian is very patient, kind, understanding and helpful -- communicates extremely well to our ten year old girl who has been diagnosed mild ADHD (not severe enough to merit special education services, but she receives accomodations at school to help her stay on task, complete work, etc. -- e.g., extra time on tests). Julian instructs her in such an excellent manner that she is able to focus well and comprehend directions clearly. We would like to know if Julian has any motivational strategies to help Arryanna who has difficulty staying on task for an appropriate length of time in practice times at home.
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Julian T.

Julian T.

Cleveland, OH 44118
(3)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Noel S.

Beachwood, OH

About Noel

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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
starting at
$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)
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$20 / 30-min
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Douglas W.

Cleveland, OH

About Douglas

Hey!

My name is Douglas, and I want to help you to not just become a better musician, but enjoy music more. My proficiency is with singing and guitar, but working to the end of improving goes past a specific instrument; there's quite a few very basic ideas that apply to all music.

My goal is to shatter all the misconceptions (too old, no rhythm, wasn't born with it, etc) attached to music, and give you something you can be proud of, and even pass on to others. I specialize in explaining concepts in plain English (no mysticism, abstractions, etc), making them easy to understand, and even
easier to apply. All you need to grasp basic music theory is a bit of time, and the belief that you can do it. This I promise you.

The ability to express your emotions through music is one of the greatest gifts you can give or receive, and every time I can help start someone on that path, all the work I put into learning this myself is given back to me a thousand-fold.
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Douglas W.

Douglas W.

Cleveland, OH 44143
starting at
$15 / 30-min

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