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David K

David K

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I began singing solos in church when I was 6 years old. I picked up the guitar when I was 10. At Montevallo, my primary instrument was voice and piano was my secondary instrument. I've been teaching professionally since 1981 -- 35 years as of this writing. My students have gone on to be professionals themseleves, but many of them just enriched their lives with music. As a performer, I've sung and played guitar in churches, clubs, local television and at weddings, funerals and I've perfomed in musicals alongside Broadway star Rebecca Luker in college. I've also been a church choir director for 35 years. I've taught in many settings. My current studio is in my home in Clay. I also maintain a studio at Five Mile Presbyterian Church in Roebuck. I also teach in students' homes.

Nathan G

Nathan G

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I've taught guitar and bass in a variety of settings – a community music school, from my home, and in churches.

Michael T

Michael T

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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.

Kevin C

Kevin C

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I teach by example as i would not expect a student to be able to do something that i cannot do myself. I always try to work on things slightly out of the students grasp to keep them interested and engaged. We then periodically address the fundamentals of each task or excercise.  

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