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My philosophy of teaching is to help the student play the music that he or she wants to play and give the student a practical understanding of the guitar and music theory. I teach the skills that enable the student to apply themselves to all forms of music. Each student is an individual and is taught in a manner that inspires his or her personality.
I have been the band director at Briarfield Academy, Ouachita Parish Middle School, and Prairie View Academy, and have served as Music Director at two churches. I have taught privately since college. >Have performed with: Bob Hope, Sonny and Cher, Barnum and Bailey's, Holiday on Ice, USO Tour of Europe, Tom Jones, The Monroe Symphony, New Life Band, The Atlanta Swing Orchestra, Sentimental Journey Orchestra, and The Atlanta Trombone Ensemble, The Georgia Symphony. I am currently singing and playing as a soloist, and in a duo. /p>
The Guitar Grimore series books by Hal Leonard are a MUST for any guitar player. My custom method is stripped of time wasting and is listed next. My Method - Effectively tailored and re-arranged to my students' ability. From the spectrum of complete beginner to complete advanced: How to hold the guitar, pick, and neck. Show how to fingerpick. Identify the six strings and the notes that they are. How to tune your guitar. How to change your strings. Basic chord structure and how to read it. Finger stretching exercises. The alternate picking chromatic finger exercises. How to read tablature. Power chords. Beginner lead guitar exercises. Hammer ons, pull offs, string bending, blues pieces, pentatonic scales, music modes, guitar theory, sweep picking, arpeggio shapes, trills, multi-finger tapping, string skipping, improvising. Music is fun. Dancing is fun. Dancing to music is fun. Constructing music is not necessarily fun for most, but I think we can all agree that it is rewarding. Note that at the end week in every month the student can learn a song or part of a song they love! Constructing music is fun for me; I'm able to do it as efficiently as my brain can handle at this age. I enjoy working on my skill, a song, a guitar track, a vocal harmony, or an album because I know I'm on my way to a goregous result. Think of it as a road trip where "getting there is half the fun!"
I am a fun but hardworking instructor who strives to find the prefect balance between playing music for enjoyment and practicing hard. I graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music, concentration in Jazz Performance, and American Studies, concentration in Jazz Studies. While at UNC Chapel Hill, I played in several groups such as the UNC Jazz Big Band, Charanga Carolina, and the UNC Guitar Ensemble. While my formal studies lie in jazz, I have also played in several rock and funk groups over the past eight years. I love passing on my acquired knowledge as a musician to new and enthusiastic students.
For children and beginning studetns, I will typically start in a level one method book. This allows us to get acquainted with the instrument and some terminology that may be a bit foriegn for some students. This also provides an opportunity to learn how to read basic notes and chords which will highly accelerate our learning process. For those with experience and established musical interests, I will form a plan and practice schedule based around the interest and concepts that the student seeks from their musical quest. Regardless of skill level, my main goal is for the student to have fun and see progress!
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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.
The bass is a really fun instrument for adults who have no prior experience with music. Students of any age can learn to listen for the bass lines in their favorite songs and learn how to play along.
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.
Bass lessons are a great option for teenage students. By playing bass, students open themselves up to be able to play in jazz band and other more contemporary groups in addition to classical ensembles. Older children and teenagers work better with the bass as it is a large instrument with heavy, thick strings which require hand strength to play.
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.
Review by Jon
Michael is exactly what I was looking for in a teacher. The first thing he did was to determine what I wanted to get out of lessons, and what my existing skill level is. He is now aiming me in the right direction - and he is clearly skilled, experienced and knowledgeable, in addition to being very easy to get along with. I'm very happy.
Review by Marcia Hecht
Karleen has really turned it around for me. My previous teacher (not from Musika) had me feeling anxious, upset, and incapable...NOT the desired result! Karleen's method is clear, appropriate for my beginning level, and (best of all) actually lets me achieve some progress! I'm actually looking forward to my lessons now!
Review by Ericcharlton
Rahsaan is an extremely talented player who relates really well with my teenagers. He has them both interested in learning. Given Rahsaan's expertise, it's clear that even though they are beginners now, they can learn from him for a long time to come. He's a real nice laid-back guy and both the boys really enjoy their time with him. I've been very impressed and pleased with the experience.
Review by Roberta
My 4 year old son is quite energetic. Another piano teacher tried to teach him before Peter and could not get my son to listen to him at all. That teacher told me that my son had no interest and that we needed to wait before having my son take lessons. Peter started teaching my son a few weeks later. He quickly developed a great rapport with my son. I was astounded when my son sat down and listened to Peter during the first lesson. Peter has remarkable patience and is a natural working with children. He knows when to follow the child's lead. My son is very interested in how the piano works, so Peter takes the time to teach him about this. He is able to use my son's interests (superheroes, Lego, Star Wars, etc.) to refocus him back to playing the piano. Between lessons, he brainstorms on how he can teach my son better. For example, my son was playing the notes, but not understanding rhythm, so Peter looked into it and came back the next week with a new plan which helped. My son looks forward to his lesson every week. When he hears the doorbell ring on lesson day, he exclaims, "Yay! Peter's here!"
Review by La from Issaquah
thank you musika and ed. I never thought of looking for an in-home lesson until I found musika. I have absolutely no hesitation that Ed is beyond capable. He's even offered to meet us at a music store to purchase the correct fitting instrument. how fabulous is that! We've also decided to extend the lesson time from 30 to 45 minutes. All this and just one lesson under our belt. He quickly understood where my daughter is at in level and her style of music. I'm thrilled as can be.
Review by Terri
Caitlyn is friendly, helpful and still holds my high-school aged daughter accountable for practicing. She also makes sure the music technique is mastered correctly during the lessons - they work hard and still have a good time together. I can highly recommend her as a flute teacher. My daughter is very happy & grateful to have found Caitlyn as a teacher.
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 Chrystal
I was skeptical at first not knowing what I was getting my self into.. I am very happy that I forced myself to get into voice lessons because Eli is an awsome voice coach.. Very skillful and he helps you reach the goal you are trying to reach.. He is also very helpful with getting you to open up and come out of your shell and being heard.. I would and I already have recommended friends and family to sign up with Eli if they're serious about singing..
Review by Carol A
“Lynn is my music hero! She can listen to any song and write down the chords. She will adjust to make it easier or harder whatever your abilities. I have a busy schedule and often don't have time to practice between lessons and she is cool with that. She also will adjust lesson times when she is able which fits my hectic schedule. I'm glad my first guitar teacher "fired" me ....that allowed me to meet Lynn.” - Carol A., M.D., Aug 2015
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