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Greg Z

Greg Z

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Teaches private students of all ages "The 2 best parts of teaching music are the journey and the performance. It's one of the best feelings in the world to conduct a great band at a performance and then think back to all the work that everyone put into get to that point. That journey is filled with successes and struggles that are constantly being worked out in order to reach our goals. There is never a dull day in the band world."

Dennis Wayne H

Dennis Wayne H

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Dennis H. holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Moody Bible Institute of Chicago in Bible and Theology and has studied at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside toward a certificate of Piano Pedagogy and Literature. He first studied piano with Mrs. Ethel Cliff Stried, a Zion Conservatory of Music graduate, from 1979 to 1989. At Bethel College he studied under Gordon Howell (1989-1990).  At Moody he studied under Gary Rownd (1992).

Stephan S

Stephan S

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I have been teaching guitar in the greater Milwaukee area for 16 years and have had hundreds of students. With an Associates degree in Occupational Music, I combine text book fundamentals with a creative outlook and professional stage experience. I encourage students to have fun with their instrument as opposed to making learning guitar a chore. I start out with simple techniques to get my students playing quickly. Once the comfort level is achieved then I go back and show them the theory behind what they learned. A comfortable and stress free environment is key to the success of my teaching. Professionally I have been playing in a heavy metal band for 12 years and have shared the stage with many national acts including Damage Plan (Dimebag Darrel), Mudvayne, Type O Negative, Hell Yeah, Wednesday 13,  KMFDM, Custom, MSI and multiple 4000 plus shows with Marilyn Manson.  Beginners to advanced players are welcome along with everyone ages 9-70. I specialize in teaching the basic elements of playing guitar, music theory, scales and soloing, improvisation, your favorite songs and how to write your own songs, rock, blues and metal. I'm a rock n roll guy and my lessons rock as well. I love to inspire others and help them to reach their dreams.

Joel C

Joel C

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I have been teaching drums off and on while maintaining other work for almost 20 years.  While other teachers may always say "Practice makes Perfect" I say something different. "Practice makes permanent".  For me, this means that yes, if you practice something every day you will get better at it - but what if you practice it wrong!  That is why I have an open call/door policy.  I would much rather a student call me and say "I don't think I am doing this right" and let me re-explain something instead of them just to continue practicing it wrong - once you practice something 7 times it is usually in their for good.  If someone does a technique wrong for 7 months, it will probley take me 17 to fix it and break the habit.   I use several books for my students but two of my favorites are both written by Louie Bellson. "Modern Reading Text in 4/4 time" and "Modern Reading text in odd-time"  - They are different books than most use, and I use them especially for my jazz students but I have fount them to be invaluable.  I have also used Hal Leonard's material.  I try to incorporate listening to music as much as possible, videos and anything else I think a student of today might be interested in.   I focus strongly on rudiments and fundimentals with beginning students but also incorporate those right away into what every style they wish to learn.  You'd be amazed at what a "Flam-Tap" can do while learning a Metallica song.

Ross G

Ross G

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I incorporate different styles of teaching including 'rote learning', which is essentially learning by ear and imitation, as well as uniquely tailored exercises. I incorporate different warm-up etudes that I use with each student to build basic fundamentals of learning the instrument. And I also encourage students to practice scales and drills to develop their muscle memory. I also believe that learning to play an instrument is as much a physical experience as it is a mental one that requires discipline, repetition, hard work, and patience. It is also my belief that positive encouragement goes a long way.

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