Hilt Creative Music

Hilt Creative Music

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

About this pro

My teaching approach: My lessons are one hour lessons. Although I teach folks how to play a guitar, I highly recommend that all of my students have a piano, organ, or some sort of keyboard . If you have no keyboard available at the moment you can usually purchase  small battery-powered keyboard at a Salvation Army or Goodwill store for $15-25. A keyboard is the best tool in the world to lear to understand music, and translating what one learns using a keyboard to the guitar is  much easier than learningmusic on a guitar.

regaerdless of the instrument one plays, one is always a musician first, an instrumentalist or vocalist second. I am not the perfect instructor for everyone, but I believe I am a peerless instructor for one who wants to becomean elite professional player. My approach is very theory-oriented, and the student learns to identify, in musical terms, the music that he/she hears on a recording or in his/her head, and therefore develops commumication betweenmind and hands. Most instructors approach playing music as performing a series of mechanical manoevers in a succession, without getting too far into what is happening musically. My students, therefore, are more likely to become creative forces and formidable players.

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 teach every level of player, and structure programs that contain the essential information and playing techniques necessary for the student to 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. 

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 enabled me to have had a fun and fulfilling musical career.  Having given- up touring in order to concentrate on composing music for film and television, I have taken an interest in helping young people develop a life-enriching relationship with music.

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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.

$150 mo for one-hour lessons weekly . 4 lessons per month. Every third month student will receive 5 lessons  for $150.

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 gaming, 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?

I would strongly urge a student to inquire about  music lessons using guitar as your applied instrument, as opposed to inquiring about guitar lessons. Regardless of the instument one plays, an understanding of music is worth more than a thousand hours of playing an instrument .

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

Everyone is different . Evryone will have a different reason for wanting to play music . Speak from the heart to  potential teacher about your motivations and goals. when you find your teacher, you will know it.