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I am a 14 yr professional musician/educator that has performed in the US, Canada, and Europe. I hold a B.S. from MTSU in the Liberal Arts ( music, theater, production). I am a passionate Educator who pays strict attention to each student's personal interests and my main goal is to keep the musical experience for each student FUN. Not only do I facilitate a program for each student that caters to their growing interests, I also seek to curate more interest by offering new paths of discovery. I want to share and nuture a growing love for music in each student's life. After all, music is FUN! I have gained inexplicable amounts of joy, self-discipline, self confidence, and fulfillment, not only from music itself, but from learning, teaching, and sharing the experience with others. I have been with Musika for 5 years and have had great experiences teaching students through their services. "A great musician has found the courage to practice what he/she COULD NOT DO, and a great music educator has found the path that makes that very practice of COULD NOT'S a FUN one!"
I love teaching people music, regardless of age or prior experience. I graduated from Arizona State University with Bchelor of Music degree in Theory/Composition, and from the University of Illinois witha Master of Music degree in Theory/Composition. I also completed course work on a DMA at the U of I. I have performed locally and nationally as a bassist for Alison Krauss, Vassar Clements, Harley Allen, and Charlie Sizemore. I've had my songs played on national TV and at awards shows. I currently teach music at a private Academy in Nashville during the morning and love working with the students to develope their technical as well as musical abilities. I have a home studio where I keep all my instruments, guitars, basses, piano, trumpet and percussion instruments. Having traveled and played extensively in both the US and Canada, I have been fortunate to meet many different people of various backgrounds, and cultures, and consequently share my music with them.
I'm a full-time musician, writer and producer in Nashville; however I love teaching music so I fit in lessons whenever I can! In 2013 I graduated at the top of my class from Berklee College of Music with Bachelor of Music degree, double majoring in Music Production & Engineering and Contemporary Writing & Production and minoring in Writing for TV & New Media. I moved to Nashville in early 2014 and I've been performing, writing and producing full time ever since. I've been playing guitar, bass and piano for over 10 years, and although I'm primarily a bassist, I'm able to teach a wide range of students on any of my 3 instruments. In 2014 I played over 250 shows in over 50 different cities, and I had the privilage of playing with artists such as Gavin DeGraw, Eric Paslay, Big Smo, John Corbett and many more.
My life's work has been focused on my enthusiastic and passionate approach to music. I started piano lessons when I was 5 years old, and have studied and played the guitar since I was 10 years old. I have a specific appreciation for the skills required to play instruments on professional recordings. I started my own recording studio when I was 18 years old, and have been making records ever since. I have sang and played a variety of instruments on many recordings, including acoustic and electric guitar, bass, pedal steel, banjo, mandolin, ukelele, piano, and organ. I am most passionate about the guitar. My teaching studio is a full, professional recording studio, which allows me to utilize recording tools and reference music samples easily for my students.
I am a motivated and energetic instructor who finds joy in sharing the world of music with students of all ages and backgrounds. I graduated from Belmont University with a Bachelor of Music degree in Commercial Guitar Performance and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Music Business. I have been living, performing, and teaching in Nashville and the surrounding areas for the past five years. Before then, I taught guitar and music fundamentals in my hometown in Texas. It has been a great experience so far and I look forward to the future.
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Adults wanting to learn how to play the guitar may find it beneficial to have a clear goal in mind when starting their lessons. Beginner students may wish to learn to play a few of their favorite songs, or an advanced player might like to develop a specific technical aspect of their guitar playing. Whatever the aim, the experienced teachers in our network can help unlock the skills necessary to make those goals a reality. Learning and improving technique, co-ordination, and theory can take time, but with regular lessons and practice, you will gradually start to see improvements in your guitar playing, and be well on your way to achieving your goals.
It is recommended that young students begin by learning on smaller, half or three-quarter sized guitars. For older students, they may want to start off on an electric guitar, but only if they find it comfortable enough to hold and play. For $150 - $200, a brand new student model guitar can purchased. However, this price does not include the cost of buying an amplifier or guitar leads, which are essential for an electric guitar player. Consider buying the highest quality instrument your budget will permit, as the better the quality, the easier the instrument will be to play. This makes learning and playing much more enjoyable for the student, and will therefore help them to progress quicker.
At Musika, we recommend that the earliest age at which students start to take guitar lessons is about 6 years old. A nylon stringed, half-size classical guitar will be the easiest and most comfortable instrument for younger students to play. In this age group, students will learn to play simple songs on the top strings. By the age of 7-8, students can start to form chords and play and sing along to some of their favorite songs. Students in the 10-12 age bracket, are likely to want to learn how to play rock music on an electric guitar, and should be comfortable playing a full sized guitar at this stage.
At Musika, we appreciate that every student learns at their own pace. As such, the experienced teachers in our network produce customized guitar lessons specifically for the requirements of each individual student. Teachers can design lessons for any student, regardless of their age, experience, or ability. Some of the things students can expect to learn during their lessons are learning all the notes of the guitar, playing and rhythmic techniques such as fretting, fingering, and strumming, how to read musical notation and tablature, learning how to play a variety of different chords, such as open and barre chords, and music theory. Over time, as each student progresses, they will learn how to piece everything they have learned together, in order to form complete compositions. Students can learn to play their favorite songs, or even to write their own music!
Musika offers customized one-on-one music lessons at your home - a time saving solution for busy parents and students. The convenience of in-home guitar lessons allows you to save time without having to transport your child to class, allows your child to maximize their busy schedule, and provides a safe and familiar environment in which to learn.
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 Howard
We value Chelsea for the quality of her lessons, but also for the flexibility of her schedule. She has worked around family vacations, impromptu summer camps and the upcoming school year. Emily is better prepared to start middle school band this year due to flute lessons from Chelsea and we plan to continue the lessons for the foreseeable future.
Review by Shelonda
Henry is teaching my daughter how to play piano. Henry is an excellent teacher, we really like and appreciate him. His teaching style works very well for my daughter, she is comfortable which makes learning enjoyable. Henry is very patient and I can see that he is passionate about teaching music. Great teacher for sure.
Review by Jermain
Mrs. Regnarene is an awesome teacher!!! She found musical aids that appealed to my 5 year old daughter and used them to help teach her piano. She has a lot of patience and I could tell she puts in the work before class to have a lesson ready for my daughter. She is always punctual, friendly and respectful. I would recommend her to any parents who want to start their kids off with a good foundation in piano. Jermain T. Riverview, FL
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 Stevengournay
There are only a handful of people I count in my life who were great teachers, and Laura is one of them. Her musicianship is so secure as are her technique and personality that she zeros in on my weaknesses and devises exercises to strengthen them, and during the lesson it is not "Do this, no, do that" which is unnerving to a novice. She understands the most important part of study is relaxation, so that is easy to achieve with such a confident and compassionate human. Music is her life and she is eager to share her talent with everyone. A rare find, indeed!
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.
Review by William Klepatsky
Very knowledgeable on every aspect of music theory. I listen to recording artists playing various classical pieces, Dan's playing is much like a recording artist's playing. Always on time. Winning happy personality, a great role model. Puts me at ease when I am playing. Have two friends who hold music degrees, I count him a third, something special about the minds and personalities of good pianists. Thanks Dan.
Review by Venessea Gilbert
Rebecca has been super with my son! He is 8yrs old and has mild aspergers. He has never played an instrument before but after one lesson with his teacher he could keep a beat on his drums. She is able to keep his attention and really makes it fun! She is flexible and easy going. I highly recommend her for any lessons. Very nice teacher! Thank you Rebecca for your outstanding service!!