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Featured Music Teachers Near Smithville, MO

Here are just a few of the many teachers offering Music lessons in Smithville . Whether you are looking for beginner guitar lessons for your kids, or are an adult wanting to improve your skills, the instructors in our network are ready to help you now!

Alison D offers Music lessons in   Smithville, MO

Alison D

Instruments: Piano Guitar Voice Organ Ukulele Recorder Keyboard Djembe

I am a creative, goal-centered and insightful instructor who has spent many years dedicating her life to excellence in music. My primary instrument is piano. I'm an exceptionally gifted sight-reader and love to pass on some of those skills to my students. While I specialize in accompaniment, I've given some lessons for a variety of other instruments as well. I graduated in April 2018 with a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Therapy from Illinois State University. Read More

Karla N offers Music lessons in   Smithville, MO

Karla N

Instruments: Violin Viola

The methods I use for teaching primarly depends on the students' style of learning and the level that they are at musically.  For beginning students I use a lot of visual and aural techniques and for more advanced students I build on what they arleady know and challenge them to go further.  I am also familiar with the suzuki method and pop music styles. For beginner students I use the method book "Essential Elements for Strings". Read More

Jonathan L offers Music lessons in   Smithville, MO

Jonathan L

Instruments: Piano

In my studio, I listen to the work that the student prepares for the lesson and assist with technical, performance, and musical aspects. We also listen to new music and discuss various aspects of the development of music.For younger students, I have computer based learn to help reinforce fundamentals, and also games that can help keep the learning an exciting and fun-filled experience. For my adults with goals in classical music, I offer in-class study of theory, repertoire, and history. Read More

Natalie S offers Music lessons in   Smithville, MO

Natalie S

Instruments: Piano Flute Keyboard

No matter how old is the student or how many experiences that they have, one thing I am emphasizing in the lesson is enhancing their interest and motivation in playing the piano. It is because I can offer them the method of practice, musical knowledge, but ultimately it is their decision to practice or devote in music or not. I hope I can do my best to teach piano by giving them fun exercises, interesting listening examples or demonstrations, and different musical knowledge, in order to let them fall in love with music. Read More

Eric T offers Music lessons in   Smithville, MO

Eric T

Instruments: Piano Guitar Bass Guitar Synthesizer

I want to take you in the direction that you want to go. The approach is very hands on, you with your instrument. Music is endless so its important that we focus on direction and goals. With short term goals in place and regular practice you can achieve the success that you desire. Read More

Rob M offers Music lessons in   Smithville, MO

Rob M

Instruments: Guitar Voice Acoustic Guitar

nothing is more rewarding than seeing one of my students develop a passion for music! therefore, it's important that each student progresses at his or her own pace, so i encourage this by setting realistic goals for my students at each lesson. setting and hitting realistic goals drives motivation and acknowledging accomplishments helps fuel a students desire to progress, and makes students eager to learn more, and keeps the learning process new and exciting etc. by trying to find out what inspires the student, I can successfully tailor my instruction to their wants and needs, while the student remains comfortable and confident in his/her abilities etc. Read More

Hallie S offers Music lessons in   Smithville, MO

Hallie S

Instruments: Voice

I always begin with teaching basic warm ups that help me understand the student's voice and breathing. For younger students, I often make these warm ups a bit silly to help them come out of their shell if they are nervous, or to establish a safe and fun place to play. For older students, I explain the warm ups a bit more, and discuss the goals of each exercise. It is also important to me that I help the student develop autonomy, or the skills to question and explore their singing in their practice outside of lessons. Read More

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Riley V

Instruments: Guitar Drums Bass Guitar Harmonica Electric Guitar Classical Guitar Acoustic Guitar

How do I know if my child is ready to start lessons?
The youngest I would suggest would be age 6, but that is simply due to physical concerns, ie. hand size. I usually suggest piano is the best instrument to start with, but if a child finds the guitar to be interesting, there is no particular age range to start. It should be made clear to the child that they need to be ready to commit to at least a few months of lessons before they can give up. At this point, if a child wants to play, he or she will be motivated to learn, and

When will I start to see results?
Truly, within the first few days and weeks as a beginner. For more advanced students, it takes a little longer, but improvements can be measured by keeping a practice log that includes bpms for each exercise, and an inventory of songs, chords, scales that have recently been learned, etc.

Did you have a teacher that inspired you to go into music? How did they inspire you?
I had been playing guitar for a couple of years at this point, but when I started taking jazz lessons from my mentor, Brian Baggett, he opened my eyes and ears to so many new sounds I didn’t know were possible. In addition to learning music from him, he also had great philosophies on life that he shared with me. He made me feel as a peer more than a student, and was always happy to see me when I would come into giant music shop when I wasn’t there for a lesson. His approach really stuck with me, and I’ve tried to impart those positive feelings with my students.

Why did you choose your primary instrument?
The guitar never showed up on my radar before I was 15, but I picked it up purely out of necessity. I like to think the guitar chose me, rather than the other way around. I started a band I’m high school in which I was only going to sing in, but we learned early on that we would need a rhythm guitar player. I was tasked with this, taught a very simple type of chord, and sent on my way. When I took it home, I immediately fell in love with the instrument, and dedicated my life to the study of learning music.

What do you think is the hardest thing to master on your instrument?
In terms of mechanics, I believe right hand technique is one of the most tedious to develop, and takes an immense amount of time to hone in. In a larger-scale sense, I would say mastery of jazz or classical styles are some of the most difficult, and for two totally different reasons. For jazz, a guitarist has the dual role (like piano) of rhythm and lead. Many guitarists start on styles more akin to pop or rock, and do not develop sight reading skills that other instrumentalists do, so that is always a battle for guitarists. Also, there are multiple positions you can use to play the same note, so certain judgements have to be made. Sight reading is even more paramount in classical music, thus, classical guitarists must work extra diligently to develop this skill.

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