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I discovered my passion for the drums at age 11 and fully emersed myself in the instrument. For years throughout middle school and high school, I spent all my spare time listening to my favorite bands and drummers, imitating what I heard, teaching myself as best I could. At age 16, after playing professionally in a band and winning several contests throughout New England and Canada, I decided to study the instrument formally before attending college. In 2001, I joined the ranks at Berklee College of Music in Boston and studied polyrhythms, classical composition, musicology, jazz theory, among many other topics. Since graduating in the top five percent in 2005, I have traveled internationally with original bands, cover bands and cruise ships while teaching privately as much as possible. I currently have hundreds of live performance dates and studio sessions under my belt and I combine experience with education to teach my students what it means to be a professional musician in todays world. In October of 2015 I landed the drum chair with the #1 Journey tribute act in the world, DSB.
I became deeply interested in music as a teenager, taking up electric bass and then guitar when I was about 15. I constantly practiced, learning as much as I could from everyone I could, working my way up to practicing 5-6 hours a day. As a result, I progressed quickly and began taking lessons from a respected professional, learning a great deal before being accepted into the music program at St. Mary's College of Maryland. I can't overstate my love of music, and enjoy most if not all forms, including "classical" (especially J.S. Bach, Chopin & Debussy), jazz (especially Coltrane, Monk, Miles, Duke, John McLaughlin, Chick Corea and Weather Report), blues (especially Albert Collins, Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon, and B.B. King), and much "rock"/pop (especially the Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Joni Mitchell, and King Crimson). I've comprehensively studied music in great detail, and also studied systems for understanding and teaching guitar in great detail, developing a scientific and ecletic system that expands on the proven CAGED system. I specialize in simplifying the complex, and (also in) teaching exercises that simultaneously apply/demonstrate/develop knowledge AND skill(s). As a teacher, my preference is to teach "highly-motivated" students who want to become"really good", and I specialize in helping students "get really good really fast." I have considerable experience at doing this, applying proven sytems/approaches and techniques -while adapting to each individual student's strengths, weaknesses and needs.
I grew up and went to high school on Long Island , New York, and started playing guitar around 12 years old. I began by teaching myself and playing in rock and metal bands all through high school. We played local venues and battle of the band in the city. My first teacher was the excellent eletric guitarist , Jeff Denny, a great, well known local player. He taught me joe satriani and yngwie malmsteen , solo shredding guitar riffs and also introduced me to Eric Johnson , a guitarist that capitvated me and got me excited about playing. Upon entering college I began studies with Michael Belajoas in classical guitar. This style was new to me , so many new techniques and sounds , it made theory fun ! Michael has been my biggest influence and mentor. I also enjoy reading and writing , and believe in using any and all resources available to become a better player. We should always keep learning !
I've always been passionate about music and it is an integral part of my everyday life. Music is like breathing to me...can't live with out it. I learned to play piano and guitar at a young age and was singing as soon as I could talk. I began to compose songs at the age of eleven and found songwriting to be an amazing way to express my thoughts and ideas. In 2009 I started writing songs for Motivational Speakers. The direction of my lyrics went from stories about my life to consciously sending a positive message to my audience. I became involved with a band that played "posi" music and performed many of my songs. I joined the Empower Music Association and participated in their conferences. Music has always motivated me to touch people's hearts in such a way that they find the courage to follow their dreams. What is yours?
I'm an extremely passionate educator and performer with over 20 years playing experience and 17 years teaching experience. I have toured and recorded with national acts in which our music was showcased and featured on major motion picture and video game soundtracks. For the past 15 years, I have a built a reputation of instructing the best "up and coming" drummers in the Tri-sate area. Most recently, my guitar program has created a huge buzz throughout the local communities as well. Hence, my impact on the local music scene has been a tremendous one. I'm educated in all styles of music, and my teaching program has been admired and awarded by producing students who now teach and perform professionally. In addition, I managed every music studio I taught at until I opened up my own where I managed and taught for 7 years before relocating to Las Vegas. I currently am now accepting new clients in Las Vegas.
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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.
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.
Where possible, it is beneficial for younger students to begin their guitar lessons on a smaller sized guitar. Half or three-quarter sized acoustic guitars are the most suitable guitars for young beginners. Older students who can manage to hold their guitar comfortably may wish to start out by using an electric guitar. 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, and will therefore incur additional costs. Students will typically have fun and enjoy playing an instrument dependent on how easy they find it to play. Consider that higher quality instruments are often nicer and easier to play when looking to buy a guitar.
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!
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.
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 Chad H.
"Mr. Richard has been absolutely perfect for our very active two boys. He has been an excellent fit for gauging and keeping their interest far beyond what we had imagined. Our boys actually argue over who gets to go first. Mr. Richard knocks it out of the park when it comes to exceeding our expectations"
Review by Justin
I've been taking lessons from Michael once a week for eight weeks now, and with his help I have made dramatic improvements with my sax. Michael is a funny, nice, patient and all around great instructor. I'd recommend Michael, as an instructor, to anyone who wants to improve their skills and have fun while doing it.
Review by Lea G
Kevin was such a fun, smart and innovative voice teacher to work with. I had the pleasure of taking lessons with him for over a year and I couldn’t have been more pleased with my time under his training. In just a few weeks I noticed my voice was stronger and I was able to apply his teaching and see the results. He explains his techniques in a way that the student is able to actually hear and feel the changes he is referring to. This allows the student to efficiently practice outside of lessons. Even further, he believed in me and truly cared about my progress. He was always energetic and focused in lessons and was continually surprised how far a song could come in just one hour of his time. Under his teaching I developed a stronger belt in my higher range, learned how to color my voice for different sounds and improved my stage presence. I wholeheartedly trust Kevin’s musical insight and was grateful that he challenged me with a wide variety of songs and styles that I hadn’t considered trying before.
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 Wendy
Bill has been great with my 2 young children (age 3 & 6). He has integrated games into the lessons - they have enjoyed showing us how to play the games when it is time to practice piano. Bill has been easy to contact and rescheduling has not been a problem if we have a conflict at our regular lesson time.
Review by Jaima Woodiwiss
Having taken 6 years of piano lessons myself when I was young, I am very happy with Osmond teaching my daughter. He is very personable and helping her to enjoy piano. My daughter loves the fun songs she gets to play and I really appreciate how he is integrating even in the first month fingering, chords, beats, and hearing the music. She's getting a very well rounded training and she's loving it!
Review by Maureen Young
“Lynn has taught my daughter guitar for 9 years. She has always managed to keep her engaged and provide an exceptional learning experience. She tailors the lesson specifically to the student’s interests and abilities. She provides many opportunities for students to showcase their talents outside of lessons. We love working with Lynn.” Maureen Young, Dir. of Finance, Aug 2015
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.