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I started my musical career in Boston playing with various groups around the city. I have played with Arturo O'Farril-Pianist, composer 2009 Grammy Award Winner for best Latin Jazz album, Mike Stern-Guitarist, one of the most important jazz/rock guitarist of his generation performed in the Village in New York City, Nichelle Nichols-Actress/Vocalist, Known for her role as LT. Uhura in Star Trek, Sun Festival at Westworld in Scottsdale, AZ and The St Peter's Church in New York City, NY with Trumpeter Lester Bowie!!!
I am a passionate, innovative and creative musician with vast experience as a teacher, performer and producer. Music has been my life's work and joy since as far back as I can remember. I began my formal musical training at 6 years of age, and in 2004 I graduated from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music with a Doctor of Music degree in Operation of Early Music Programs (Historical Performance). I also hold an MM in Historical Musicology from Florida State University (1997), and a B.A. in Music from Marylhurst University, Marylhurst, OR (1993). I have studied and performed most major genres, from the large, classical concert stage, to small clubs and music venues, to open-air festivals both public and private; "From Bach to Rock," if you will. I have also studied various non-Western musics in depth, most notably Northern Indian Hindustani classical music. The different musical perspectives these cultural studies have provided informs and expands the flexibility I like to have in fitting the lesson to the student. Music is pure joy to me, and beyond the nuts and bolts of musical technique, it's that joy I wish more than anything to share with my students.
I have been playing and writing music for 15 years. I began playing guitar when I was 15 years old, and throughout my high school career I played in several different bands. By the time I got to college I performed with a classic rock band and began studying music theory for piano. In Delta State Universities Interdisciplinary program I began to take in a lot of musical knowledge very quickly. I learned many tools including: songwriting, music production, audio recording, synthesis, piano, live sound, mixing and even took a film scoring class where we put music to video which is a lot of fun. Not only did I learn about midi and music industry standards, I also had the opportunity to work with really amazing artists. One of my professors Mike Lacopelli was the recording engineer for Parliament as well as ran live sound for Aretha Franklin for 8 years. Later in my college career I began playing synthesizer with a band and working for Delta State’s Studio. I also worked in their computer lab teaching music software programs to newer students; the software programs included: Logic, Pro Tools and Garage Band. I currently have my own home studio where I run Pro Tools. I perform in a rock band playing rhythm and lead guitar as well as some keyboard/ synthesizer work. We have played many benefit shows as well as paying gigs and we recently released an album that I engineered and produced. I love making music as well as learning and teaching. I love watching others as well as myself grow musically. With every new musical opportunity comes learning and it’s so fun and exciting to think of what is waiting.
I am a follower of all things music. I have been playing the guitar for 14 years now. I have been actively instructing professionally for 7+ years and wouldn't trade it for the world. I am well versed in many styles of music as I have been a session guitarist on many albums on Music Row in Nashville TN. I have a very keen interest in seeing you reach your goals on the guitar or even on the bass!! Lessons offered for electric, acoustic, and bass guitar!!
I'm an enthusiastic, and passionate music instructor, who loves meeting new students and sharing my love of music. After spending several years as a musician with the U.S.Army Band, I moved to Kansas City for its rich jazz scene. Along with performing as a drummer/vocalist with my jazz trio, I've performed in other bands, ranging from rock and country, to steel drum bands. The drum set is still my primary instrument, but I perform a lot on guitar as well.
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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.
The teachers in our network create a customized lesson plan for every student. Many teachers will recommend a commercial method book or two full of exercises and techniques for practice, and may also bring in many supplemental materials for you to study as well. Topics covered during Musika's bass lessons may include, but are not limited to: learning the notes of the bass, proper fretting, fingering, and plucking technique, how to read music, how to create solid bass lines for rock, pop, jazz, and blues, and most importantly, how to have fun playing the bass!
A standard 4-string bass is a good choice for beginners. Popular brands include Fender, Gibson, and Ibanez. Students who may be interested in hard rock or heavy metal may consider a 5-string bass, which grants access to lower, deeper tones.
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.
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 Linda
I am a beginning guitar player that has now taken five lessons with Jeff. I cannot speak highly enough of Jeff has a guitar teacher! I have learned more in five lessons than the months I spent trying to learn on my own. Jeff has introduced me to music apps that I can use during my practice sessions, followed up our lessons with comments and/or music, is very encouraging - yet holds high standards. During my lessons I feel that Jeff is very observant and tuned in to your positioning when playing - whether it be your wrist, your arm, or your fingers. He always offers recommendations on ways to try to fix something that I might be struggling with. He really pays attention. As an aside, Jeff is a very talented songwriter and musician. Check him out on YouTube. His songs are very beautiful and inspirational. I'm honored to be his student! - Linda
Review by Dylan Jacinto
Jessie is the finest musician I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. I find her overall concept of approaching an instrument to be both comprehensive and effective. Each technique she has acquired has made it possible for her to tailor her method to a variety of ages and individuals. I cannot speak more highly of Miss Jessie's abilities. Her lengthy and impressive cradecials speak for themselves. I recommend no hesitation in seeking her services!
Review by Sharon
My 4-year-old has had several lessons with Martina now, and he has learned a lot. Obviously, it is challenging to teach such a young child, and he has learned quite a lot in a short time, and is very excited to learn about violin and for his lessons. I think Martina is doing an excellent job, is quite patient, and is teaching him in such a way that he can really remember his new skills from week to week. We look forward to many more lessons with Ms. Martina!
Review by Suzette
She is amazing! My daughter, Isabella (7 yrs) is totally engaged in the lesson. Lilly's definitely has a gift with teaching young children!!! A great talent of hers is making the content interesting, current to today's music and most of all fun! She has a knack for taking the material and translating it in a way that is relatable to Isabella. My daughter really enjoys her lesson's and has moved along rather quickly with the material. Thanks Lilly!
Review by Emily
Steve gets you started right away with songs but also goes into music theory and reading music which adds to understanding and appreciation of the music. He is very approachable and you can tell that he absolutely loves music and teaching. It is hard not to be excited about the process of learning with Steve. If you are considering lessons I highly recommend Steve for any level of student.
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 Ryan Piveteau
Amber is personal and cares about her students. She is flexible in her schedule and maintains a professional attitude in her lessons. Her want for her students to succeed makes her excel as a teacher. She is very knowledgeable about music and extremely experienced. Additionally, she includes external activities aside from lessons for the students who wish to advance themselves externally. Really a great teacher who offers great opportunity.
Review by Anita
Our daughter has only been playing the piano since March. Tony replaced our other teacher who had a job transfer and could no longer teach. Tony is fun and encouraging. My daughter is playing Taylor Swift and Christmas songs and is playing the piano more than ever before. Very happy so far with Mr Tony
Review by Svea Bryan
Brett is an accomplished musician, who shared his knowledge at a level that my five year old understands. He is polite and relaxed in his mannerisms but take a serious approach to focusing on the lesson. He is very patient and engaging with the attention span you'd expect from a kindergartener. His motto ever is "sometime you learn faster by going slow"