Hilt Creative Music

Hilt Creative Music

5.0 (1)
1 hire on Lessons.com
3 employees
17 years in business

About this pro

My teaching approach: Most all music you've ever heard is based on a diatonic scale; 12 notes, woven into a seamless tapestry of inter-connectivity in which everything you hear or think is identifiable. Evolved music instruction involves taking the mystery out of music by teaching the student  to be able to identify, in musical terms, the music they are hearing or thinking. As a result , the student is able to use this understanding  to become a creative musical force, The joy of self-expression through music provides the highest form of  fulfillment and life-enhancement that can be derived through music instruction ,while simply learning to play a number of songs, while enjoyable, is far less satisfying, and I feel that one willing to pay for instruction deserves more than  enjoyable”

Guitar Lessons with me can  take place in my home studio in Delaware, or I  will come to the residence of the student for an additional fee of $10 per week.. I teach all styles related to the guitar. A look at www.hiltcreativemusic.com will tell you that I have performed with musical icons of every identifiable genre. I teach classical, jazz, rock, pop, blues, and every other genre from "ambient" to "zydeco".

I will take beginning students who display a keen desire to learn music, and are willing to put in regular practice. I teach every level of player, and structure programs that contains the essential information and paying techniques necessary to not have a ceiling beyond which they can become a musical force. After that, we can focus on students personal goals. I've helped over a dozen students to achieve scholarships and grants equal to , or exceeding the cost of their music conservatory education. This is indicicative of my ability to maximize the potential of a student.

As one to whom music has been the driving force of his life, and life passion, it is really satisfying to see a student become a formidable musical force. I had the good fortune to have been given musical instruction through a foundation grant  whcih enable me to have had a fun and fulfilling musical career. ( bio, credits, awards available at www.hiltcreativemusic.com), and , having left touring to have a house, wife and child, and to be a part of his growth and development. Since doing so Ive taken an interest in helping young people develop a life passion which they can pursue a career , or not.

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Delaware, OH 43015
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  • SeanSchultz

    First, Bill is a musical genius . His understanding of music, and his ability to break it down and make it easy for me to understand was miraculous. I’d had 2 years of instruction prior to being referred to Bill from a sales person at Sam Ash Music as “ the guy you need to go to”. He taught me imore the first month of lessons than I’d learned in all of the years I’d played guitar. Other teachers would just show me a new chord or two every week, and we’d use them in a new song. In our first week Bill taught me how to look at a chord symbol , and it would tell me every note in the chord , and we went around the circle iof 5ths and played every major, maj7, 7 , minor, m7, augmented, and diminished chord there is- on a piano and a guitar- he opened the door to a whole universe of understanding that ,after 2 years of previous lessons ,I didn’t even know existed. All music teachers are not created equal. Mr Hilt is a freak. A genius. One in a million

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

Varies with student needs, aptitude, ability.

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

BM , Ohio State University, Musc Theory

MM , Ohio State University, Music Composition

Youngest-ever recipient of an Eisen Foundation Grant to study under world-renowned composer- conductor, Bela Selage at age 13.

Was a touring freelance multi-instrumentalist 13 years, 300-plus days/yr with over 100 major-label artists. bio, credits, awards  available at www.hiltcreativemusic.com

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

$200/mo for one-hour lessons weekly . 4 lessons per month. Every third month student will receive 5 lessons .

Students do not pay for lessons. They pay for my time that I reserve for them at the same day/time every week. Students can choose wherther or not to avail themselves of those times , or not. In the event student cannot make it to their appointed lesson time, one make-up lesson per month will be granted at a mutually-convenient dare/time. 

How did you get started teaching?

Extra money as a college music student

What types of students have you worked with?

I have worked with students as young as 7 years old, and as old as 83 years old. I have had great success helping high school students wanting to get into music conservatories. My specialty is teaching adult weekend professional musicians who are stuck in a rut of playing rock and blues, and want to expand their competency to more sophisticated , evolved music, such as jazz, classical, and progressive music. I also to seminars and workshops in music theory, composition, music for film, tv, and faming, and Pro Tools music software training. 

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

I shot a 77 this afternoon at a fairly difficult golf course.

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

Memorize your scales. Be able to recite all 13 scales in 75 seconds. It'll make your lessons pain-free, and you'll be retained as a student past the first month.

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

Do you want to pursue a livelihood in music, or just have a little fun? Are you willing to place your music instruction at or near the top of your list of priorities?

I have a limited amount of free time to teach students, and I am only taking talented, highly motivated students at this time. I will take beginning students who are high achievers in shool, and who display an exceptional aptitude for, and a desire to play music.