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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 to work with the student to set goals which reflect what HE or SHE would like to do with their music! I am open to any style of instruction, but do believe that a certain amount of basic training in scales, arpeggios, prepared pieces and theory are essential as well.
I attended Atlanta Institute Of Music in 2005 and studued fretboard theory and counterpoint. Upon leaving Atlanta I worked as a multi-instrumentalist in 2 major theatre houses. In 2008, I moved to Nashville to teach and tour. After 6 years there, I have moved back to Cleveland to continue teaching and performing with Bluegrass and Americana bands with my emphasis being on the style oFlatpicking.
Hello! My name is Wil and I am from Kansas City, new to Denver! I have had the extreme fortune of studying, teaching and playing all around the world with different cultures and genres of music. I have lived, played and taught in Kansas City, Dallas, San Francisco, Oakland, Australia, China, Malaysia, Vietnam, Mexico, Chicago, Nashville and finally Denver. I'm here to stay for a good while too - I aim to create lasting relationships with my students. I taught AP music theory while I was IN high school, graduated as the top pianist of one of the top 10 jazz bands in the USA. In college at SMU, I studied finance, but quickly got a double in music, studying classical music under Alfred Mouledous (world renowned pianist) and focusing my free time on jazz. I played and taught at a company called ABMusic in Perth, Australia which taught Indigenous Australians how to assimilate into soceity through the use of music. I recently moved here from Nashville, where I was teaching private lessons and group ensembles at Belmont, Vanderbilt and the Nashville Jazz Workshop.
I'm a dedicated and enthusiastic teacher who loves working with young musicians and helping them to express themselves through songs. I graduated with honors from Berklee College of Music in Boston with a degree in Songwriting. I have performed in festivals and clubs all over the country, written music for films, and lead a working band. A passion in my life is inspiring children and teenagers discover their own passion for music, and give them the tools to thrive.
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Our guitar students will typically learn how to hold, tune, and familiarize themselves with the components and notes of the guitar, basic playing techniques such as fretting, fingering, and strumming, and learn the various chord-types that they will need in order to play their favorite songs, such as power chords, open chords, and barre chords. Students will also get to learn music theory, and will cover aspects such as reading music, learning different scales, and how to apply these different elements together as part of a full composition. Students will learn the theory and techniques that underlie a wide range of musical genres, and will have fun developing their guitar playing during their lessons. Eventually, students will get to enjoy learning and playing along to their favorite songs!
We recommend that adult students looking to start guitar lessons have a clear goal in mind - such as learning to play a few of their favorite songs. When you start lessons, a teacher will help you unlock the skills required to reach your goals. Keep in mind that you might not be able to start off with the exact song you want to learn - it could take months of study and practice to learn all of the notes and chords required to turn your dream into a reality.
Smaller guitars are easier to play for younger students. It is recommended that young students begin by learning on a half sized or three-quarter sized acoustic guitar. Older students could start off on an electric guitar, as long as they find it natural and comfortable to handle. It is possible to get hold of a brand new student model guitar for around $150 - $200. For those looking to play electric guitar, remember that an amplifier and cables will be needed, which will have to be purchased separately. A student will likely enjoy their playing, the easier it is to do. In general, the higher quality instruments are nicer and easier to play, which will contribute to the student's enjoyment and development.
Musika deals primarily with home lessons for students. The location is the only difference between our in-home lessons and our studio lessons. As they do not have to travel to their lessons, home guitar lessons can be highly convenient for those parents and students with a busy schedule. For younger students in particular, having guitar lessons in the comfort of their own home can be of great benefit. They will feel more safe and relaxed in familiar surroundings, allowing them to focus on learning and enjoying playing the guitar.
Students can start their lessons as young as 6 years old with a half size classical guitar (nylon strings), by playing simple songs on the top strings. Most students are able to form chords by age 7 or 8, and begin learning how to play and sing along with their favorite songs. Older students will graduate to being able to comfortably handle a full size guitar around age 10-12, which is when many students become more interested in learning rock guitar and want to get an electric model.
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 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
Review by Heather Berest
I started my 5 yr old daughter with Karleen this Fall. Karleen has a calm and honest disposition. My daughter adores her and cannot wait for her arrival. I was concerned because my daughter is not so willing to "practice" during the week. Karleen advised me to allow her habits of practicing to evolve naturally as her love and understanding of piano increases. She emphasized how nurturing my daughter's love of music is most important. This was music to my ears :)
Review by Valerie Moore
Kevin is very friendly and professional trombone teacher. During the first session he assessed my 12 year old son's strengths and identified areas for development. He has helped him refine his technique which helps our son in band class but also has him working on duets that help him grow in new ways. He comes to our home and is always very punctual. I would highly recommend Kevin!
Review by Travis Dalenberg
Travis is the greatest. He knows his music and how to teach it. He gives you time to learn, but will not allow student time to get lazy. I know he teaches all age groups. Young pre-teens to us old folks 78 years young. I have been taking lessons from him since early December 2014. He is a true professional. You can't go wrong with him.
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 Violetking
Bill has been a great teacher for both my 6 yr. old and my 8 yr. old. He is always on time, keeps them engaged, and gives them just enough of a challenge for the next week. They are both beginners, but I am surprised by how much they already know after just a month or so of lessons. Both kids are practicing willingly and look forward to lesson.
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 Lucinda
Melissa is very encouraging, positive, supportive and patient. She knows how to explain the technical details of flute and music notation to kids in a way that makes sense to them. She has been reliable so far turning up on time and calling if there is a need to reschedule. I would definitely recommend her to others.