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My philosophy is that everyone is musical to some degree and that anyone can be taught to play music. Not everyone can be taught the same way, however, and it takes a highly skilled, creative, intuitive and patient teacher to do that. I customize my teaching to the student. I use several different method books depending on the age, ability and learning style of the student. For guitar, I teach note-reading in standard notation so that the student can take what he learns to any other instrument later. I teach notes, chords, scales and basic music theory. Depending upon ability and interest, I teach improvisation and solo playing. At that point, I often add tablature since so much music is written in tab. For those who want to mostly play chords, I teach all types of rhythm accompaniments and fingerstyle.
I began teaching bass lessons when I was in high school. I taught bass for 11 years as an adjunct instructor at the University of Alabama in Birmingham. I also worked as a clinician at the UAB Jazz Summit. Many of my students have gone on to play professionally and a few have gone on to become music teachers themselves. The most important aspect to teaching in my opinion is to make sure that the students remain engaged and excited enough to spend the time that will make them successful.
Recent transplant to Birmingham – glad to be back in the south. Twenty years of playing experience, and 10+ years of teaching experience. Looking forward to working with you! I've played in churches for the better part of twenty years. I've also played in restaurants for several years, and at weddings and other special events. I can teach lessons in your home or at the Avon Theater (in Lakeview, near St. Vincent's).
I am truly rewarded in seeing my students developing a passion for music and their own musical expression. I believe it's vital to teach each student at his or her own pace. I encourage this by setting realistic and attainable goals for my students at each lesson. I enjoy acknowledging progress and accomplishments in each student and I believe it enhances a student's desire to progress and eager to learn more. By discovering what inspires each student uniquely, I can effectively customize my instruction to their own goals with the instrument.
I am a motivated performer and instructor that is passionate about showing musical knowledge with others. I have both a bachelors and a masters in music. I have performed with many bands throughout the world including KC and the Sunshine Band, Joe Sample, Rufus Reid, Arturo Sandavol, Jimmy Buffet, and more. I have over 15 years experience teaching all levels including colleges and high schools.
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The standard beginner bass is usually four-strings and will serve you well in your lessons. There are many reliable brands to look at as you start to shop for instruments. These include Gibson, Ibanez, and Fender. If you need assistance, a bass teacher in our network will also be able to guide you in your selection. Students with a special interest in heavy rock or metal music may want to look at a five-string bass, which will give you access to lower tones.
Bass is a great instrument for older children to begin with. Due to the size of the instrument, and the weight of the heavier strings, younger children will not be able to work with the bass comfortably. If students are interested in playing with groups such as a school jazz band, the bass is a great option.
We make it easy for adult students of any skill level to begin lessons with us. Bass is a great instrument for beginners and advanced students alike, as beginners will be able to learn new skills and apply it to playing along to their favorite music. Advanced students will be able to work on developing skills, and advancing their technique. Our in home lessons also offer a a very convenient option for adults with busy schedules, as there is no travel time, and no travel expenses.
Our teachers understand that every student is different, so each lesson will be different. With customized lesson plans, the teacher will work with you on your own strengths and weaknesses, so you will get as much out of the lessons as possible. You will learn how to read music, play with correct technique, and advance your musicianship, as well as any skills that may be pertinent to your personal goals.
In home lessons are the most convenient way to bring music into your life. By not having to add another destination to your busy schedule, you are maximizing your time, not to mention your budget by not having to pay for travel expenses. You will receive the same custom lessons as our in studio lessons, except in the the comfort of your own home.
Review by Gisellesoldati
Cory is simply the greatest instructor ever! His 30 year plus teaching experience along with his knowledge of ever longer in music composition and performance make a real difference if you're in for learning the right way. Thank you Cory for teaching me not only the chords but also the history behind it and awesome tricks on getting better faster ;)
Review by Sarah M
Dan gave private clarinet lessons to my daughter, Annie, for two years. During that time, she excelled as a member of the middle school band, and maintained first-chair. Dan is an excellent teacher, and Annie looked forward to having one-on-one time with him. In addition to practicing pieces with her, he helped her with scales and greatly improved her tone quality.
Review by Jaima Woodiwiss
Having taken 6 years of piano lessons myself when I was young, I am very happy with Osmond teaching my daughter. He is very personable and helping her to enjoy piano. My daughter loves the fun songs she gets to play and I really appreciate how he is integrating even in the first month fingering, chords, beats, and hearing the music. She's getting a very well rounded training and she's loving it!
Review by Paula Chacon
I've always said, "It's all about the teacher." That skillful, effective teacher who can reach that child and ignite her passion, is truly a gift. Ric does that for my daughter. As a former music teacher myself, the most challenging thing in working with children is how to build their fundamental musical skills while letting them have fun and be expressive. The teacher must create a safe, supportive environment, and Ric does that. Ric immediately focuses on fundamentals of tone and technique, giving my daughter succinct instruction on how to improve, thus she can sense the improvement immediately. Ric seems extremely easy going; even when lighting a fire under her sometimes under-achieving butt, Ric never criticizes, judges or blames. He works with my child, understanding her, helping her problem solve, and even giving her the quick answer sometimes so she can move quickly and stay motivated. Ric balances fundamentals with fun and expressiveness, so my child feels as though she can 'play' and they truly make music in every lesson. I am thankful we found a good match with Ric.
Review by Bradford Putt
Angela has been a perfect match-up for me. She is warm and welcoming, and also serious about teaching - she keeps our time focused and on track. What I truly appreciate, as a new singer anxiously preparing for an event, is the confidence she gives me. Angela is very encouraging. I enjoy coming to class.
Review by Marlo
Danette is a delightful instructor. She always brings a wealth of knowledge, excitement, and enthusiasm to piano lessons with my daughter. She is not only skilled at piano, but she has a wonderful voice quality that she uses to help convey certain techniques and to highlight various points where she intends to draw the students attention.
Review by Debbie E.
I had always wanted to take vocal lessons, but was very nervous about it until I had the opportunity to have Ali as my instructor. She made me feel very comfortable and helped me realize my strengths while giving me other areas to work on and strengthen. I liked how Ali had me sing out of my "comfort" zone to realize my vocal range. It is obvious that Ali loves music and sharing that love with her students. She is very good at what she does and works well with both male and female voices. I highly recommend Ali and give her solid 5 stars
Review by Robert Stallone
I am in my 60s and decided to get back into playing my guitar. I thought taking lessons would be a good way to formalize the endeavor. I did have some concern about whether working with a teacher would work out as I've behave only played for my own enjoyment for a long time. Peter and I have had a few lessons together and I am truly enjoying the experience. He is very supportive and flexible. We arrived at a three gold approach that is really working for me. We focus on developing a playlist, learning some of the more iconic tunes from leading artist that I would have a hard time learning on my own and developing some technical skills related to style and music theory. Now I look forward to my next lesson and am already playing better and enjoying the journey. Peter is a great teacher I'm lucky to have the opportunity to work with him.
Review by Jenn
My son and I both take lessons with Micheal. My son started on the ukulele and recently started the guitar. He is excellent with children. Very patient and very intuitive to the child's ability. He is also an excellent teacher for adults. I had not touched my guitar in several years and in a couple months not only to I remember everything I forgot but I'm learning many new techniques and am a much better player than I've ever been.
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