Music Without Borders

Music Without Borders

1 employee
6 years in business

About this pro

Hi, my name is Ruslan (Russ).

I believe that music is more than just a skill or a language. My approach concerns helping people to understand how to express oneself through infinite means of sound and rhythm without overloading the brain with often useless rules and limitations, while expanding active knowledge about instruments and different types of music.

Music has been around me since I was born. I played tunes on guitar since the age of 6, then started playing seriously at around 14. All self-taught, I started picking other instruments such as piano, bass guitar, drums along the way, succeeding in seeing parallels and working out how music works regardless of any specific intrument. I also started picking up the common music theory and was surprised how certain concepts that I figured out myself I could explain in terms that are so simpler for understanding and what's more important - practical use. Thus I'm offering a balanced approach to understanding music based first and foremost on having fun with music, what kind of interest music brings (i.e. goals, how music is perceived etc.), enabling self-education, not feeling limited by any predisposed educational system.

- No limits in regards to specific intrument and/or genre, and/or style. I believe that music needs to be understood as a whole. That also makes learning faster and more interesting.

- Personalized approach to learning music theory (no overloading with terms, the core is to understand the pattern and then find a mnemonic and nurture the feeling)

- Learning by connecting the dots of personal experience with how music works.

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Oakland, CA 94609
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

- Evaluate instruments skills

- Evaluate musical knowledge level

- Evaluate genre and style influences and interests

- Set goals

- Outlining flexible program

- Begin having fun

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?



Books, other resources, including online courses.

P.S. My wife is a Music Theory graduate :)

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

Negotiable depending on the format. Affordable.

How did you get started teaching?

I was very shy about teaching because I haven't had a formal training. At some point after playing and discussing music with formally trained people I understood that flexible point of view is quite a powerful thing. Plus the fact is traditional approach to music is centuries old.

What types of students have you worked with?

Friends and family.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

Symphony №10 by Shostakovich at SF Symphony

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

It should never be boring

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

What is music. What music they like. Why they like that music. What sounds they like. What instruments they like.