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Ryan D In HomeHome Teaches OnlineOnline
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Instruments: Piano, Guitar, Violin, Cello, Clarinet, Drums, Bass Guitar, Synthesizer, Ukulele, Mandolin, Recorder, Lute, Double Bass, Mallet Percussion, Conga, Latin Percussion
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Blues, Folk, R&b, Gospel, Latin, Funk, Hip Hop, Electronic, Flamenco, Salsa, Showtunes, Spirituals, Reggae, Merengue, Latin Jazz, Swing, Samba, Bossa Nova, Soul, Punk, Avant-Garde

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Ryan D In Home Teaches Online
Instruments: Piano, Guitar, Violin, Cello, Clarinet, Drums, Bass Guitar, Synthesizer, Ukulele, Mandolin, Recorder, Lute, Double Bass, Mallet Percussion, Conga, Latin Percussion
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Blues, Folk, R&b, Gospel, Latin, Funk, Hip Hop, Electronic, Flamenco, Salsa, Showtunes, Spirituals, Reggae, Merengue, Latin Jazz, Swing, Samba, Bossa Nova, Soul, Punk, Avant-Garde

Where I Teach:
In Your Home My Studio Online
Ages Taught: 6-80
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Degrees / Training / Special Info:
BS, Bluefield College, Business  Certification, Full Sail University, Pro-tools    
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Publishing Rights held on 3 songs. 

Formed a Recording Studio (2010)

Formed a Publishing Company (2009)

Performed with Sweetback (2000-04)

Performed with Larnell Starkey with the Spiritual Seven Gospel Group (1998-99) 

 

Overview:
I started out at the age of nine playing the trumpet, and continued this for two years before switching to piano. Ultimately, I found my love in playing the guitar, and took lessons for two years. As time went on, I advanced as a guitarist and actually expanded into new musical instruments. I began playing in local rock and r&b bands at the age of 15. These were some of my most influential experiences, as they expanded my musical tastes into jazz fusion, swing, standards and Latin Jazz. After graduating high school, I attended community college and then went to New York to study jazz theory, where I played a few sets with Sweetback in 2000 that led up to being asked to play with the band. I picked up industry recording skills and engineering abilities that have helping me create my own music. I ended up recording and writing songs with Sweetback in 2004. Three of my songs were published.        
EXPERIENCE
I have been teaching private lessons for 10 years. Encouraging students to practice regularly and to have fun with their instrument is essential for the learning process. I stress the importance of these two things so that the student may develop a love for music and their instrument of choice. Also, being able to teach a variety of musical styles keeps students wanting to learn. I encourage students to not only learn written pieces, but to create their own music and individual sound. I also suggest just listening to music. This is the best for just wanting to learn and play popular as well as unpopular songs.
METHODS USED
I like to find out why my students are interested in playing music. This helps me to create a lesson plan for each individual one. I like to start out teaching using Alfred's beginner books, and progress from there. Each student learns at a different pace, so I base my lessons off of their progress. I have found that doing this helps keep the student motivated and encouraged in the process of learning their given instrument. Also using this technique helps when beginning the process of music theory.
LESSON STYLE
As I have taught for many years, I feel encouraged and motivated when I can pass along my love for music. Nothing is more inspiring to me than to see someone's face light up when they pick up their instrument and learn. I set tailored goals for my students to reach every week, so that they have specific targets to reach. Positive reinforcement is the key to keeping a motivated student, and I encourage them in anyway possible making myself available to them throughout the week even after the lesson is over. 
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