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As a guitarist I am comitted to composing, performing and sharing my love of music with others through teaching. I hold a bachelors degree in Classical Guitar Performance from Arizona State University where I studied with renowned guitarists and teachers Frank Koonce and Chuck Hulihan. I strive to be a vesatile musician and have practiced and performed many different styles of music for guitar, bass, piano and on occasion voice. I have recently relocated to south Florida and am excited to continue my career as a musician here.
With almost 20 years of music education experience, I have developed a super fun and effective teaching method that has proven to work. I am a kid at heart and love working with children. And as the oldest child of 6, I possess the necessary patience and enthusiasm for their learning development. In addition, I have worked with many adult students who initially thought it was "too late" for them to learn an instrument. Proving themselves wrong, they were very successful with their new found talent. I have been a professional recording artist and live performer since the age of 15. I began teaching around the same time as a way of earning extra spending money. As the years went on, I fell deeper in love with teaching and formed a career out of it. My love and appreciation for all styles and genres of music has given me the opportunity to teach various styles of music and instruments. So come join me on this musical journey and give the gift of music!!
I am an independent recording artist and touring musician currently residing in South Florida. I am known throughout various musical communities for my sheer power and precision behind the kit and am well attuned to many styles of music including Jazz Fusion, Funk and Experimental music that require a feel for grace, dynamics and improvisation. I also play many instruments including the Guitar, Bass, Bouzouki, Oud, Lute and voice and have a backround in musical theatre as well. I have been a touring musician since 2006 and have recorded and performed with countless outfits.
Music in the school system is taught backwards. If you're a beginner, you were put in a beginning class. this makes it very difficult for students to advance quickly because they aren't playing music with people who are more advanced than them. I make sure the students have the ability to play the instrument before they learn a ton of theory, because knowing how the wrritten form of music work without being able to play them is recipe for frustration.
No matter what age, or skill level, I always bear in mind, that no two individuals, are ever the same. Taking that into account, first and foremost, there is always an evaluation performed to gauge competency of the instrument and knowledge of music theory. We can work off material from a book if such is a preference, or we can find musical pieces off the internet and go from there. Formulating a curriculum unique to the student is necessary to truly pick up steam and confidence as the player continues their path towards being a musician.
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All lessons will be comprised of learning to read music, how to play with correct technique, and advance your musicianship. Depending on the instrument, lessons may also include skills such as proper fretting, plucking technique, and how to improvise bass lines for different genres. All lessons are customized for the student's skill level and ambitions.
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.
In home lessons are great for both adults and children alike. Everyone has a busy schedule, and by choosing in home lessons, learning an instrument becomes extremely convenient. There is no need to spend time and money traveling to a studio when you can have the teacher come right to your home.
For students interested in bass we recommend being at least 10 years old. The bass is a large instrument that has thick, heavy strings. Younger students may lack the hand strength required to be able to play the instrument successfully. By playing bass, students have the opportunity to participate in contemporary playing ensembles such as school jazz bands, and more rock styled groups.
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.
Review by Brooklyn
Laura is a fabulous teacher. She explains concepts to me using concrete examples so that I can understand changes that I need to make to my posture, breathing, phrasing, etc. She makes warm-up exercises fun, and she's got a great sense of humor over all. Her teaching style is collaborative, more egalitarian (she respects what I already know and meets me at my level), tailored to my particular interests and strengths, and I always look forward to our lessons!
Review by Brad Schimmer
I have been playing the drums for about 5 years and I have to say that Alvaro is very patient. He has opened me up to new styles of music and I can now play a Songo groove! What I liked most was that he was flexible in what I wanted him to teach me and would also bring in new material specifically to what I wanted him to show me. Overall, great patient teacher and would highly recommend! Thanks Alvaro!
Review by Nancy
Darrell is A-Maz-Ing! He demands results from his students and therefore results come quickly. The time he spends teaching is intense and packed with great instruction. He is a tough teacher but offers lots of valuable instruction that is applicable for music as well as life in general. I highly recommend Darrell if you are ready for results!
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 Brenda Duffey-jepsen
Omar is a great teacher as he provides expert instruction AND the right amount of encouragement. He is a professional musician on several instruments, yet he is patient with beginners! He also has gone out of his way to purchase an appropriate book for me, strings to re-string the cello, and extra attention to tuning. I appreciate how he explains and demonstrates exactly what a beginning cello student needs to know.
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 Richardpoplawski
I feel she is a very professional teacher and I have already recommended your company and her to my friends who have children that play musical instruments. My 8 year old son has never been so enthusiastic to play his violin. His skills have improved almost exponentially since we have began lessons with Lauren. Your company has exceeded my expectations and I am very happy to have found it online.
Review by Yury
I would like to thank Polina for the series of classical piano lessons I've taken recently. Polina is a fantastic teacher and a high class performer, and I'm really happy I had a chance to meet her! I believe anyone can benefit from the teaching method Polina is practicing regardless of the student proficiency - from beginners to advanced performers. It was a pleasure for me to study classical piano courses under the guidance of such an intelligent & professional teacher! Without doubt, my playing technique has improved a lot and I have signed up for the new classes online already.
Review by Susan
My daughter is extremely happy and comfortable with Rachel, and looks forward to her piano lessons every week. She is a very kind and patient teacher, always using positive reenforcement with my daughter, which makes all the difference in the world to children. We definitely are looking forward to continued piano lessons with her. So glad we found her.
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