Conor Brendan Lessons

Conor Brendan Lessons

5.0 (5)
3 hires on
6 years in business

About this pro

I've taught music for over 6 years, and have students who have stayed with me for 4 years. My teaching topics include (but aren't limited to):

Singing, songwriting, arrangement,  and any instrument with strings or keys, including:

  • Guitar, banjo, bass, mandolin, dulcimer, ukulele, violin

  • Piano, organ, accordian
  • Singing
  • Songwriting
  • Arrangement
  • Production
  • Music theory

Music theory:

  • Numerical system/Nashville notation (i.e. I, IV, V, etc)

  • Scales (i.e. major, lydian, mixolydian, melodic minor, etc)

  • Time signatures (4/4, 3/4, 6/8, 5/4, etc.)

Vocal Technique:

  • Breath support (diaphragm control, steady airflow)

  • Vocal runs

  • Tone (vowel shaping)

  • Clear consonants

  • Emotional expression

Instrumental technique:

  • Physical alignment

  • Fingerpicking, picking, and strumming patterns

  • Chord technique

  • Scales

My favorite part of teaching is the joy I feel when a student grasps a new concept and “levels up”. I help students achieve this by demystifying the process of creating music through breaking it down into specific pieces that accumulate into a well rounded understanding of music theory and technique.

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Nottingham, MD 21236
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5 Reviews


  • Cindy Sliwa

    We did a family singing class via Zoom just to get some basic pointers and Conor was terrific (and patient). Highly recommend.

  • Dana Casey

    Conor is a very special person, I love his overall approach to teaching. He uses many techniques and teaching methods, along with his patience, to help even a non-musical person achieve success, . I can just imagine the outcome if he has a musically talented student!

  • Richard Roy

    Conor is very adept at making the lessons interesting and fun. I recommend him highly!

  • Joseph Vales

    He’s knowledgeable and answers questions in ways that are accessible to a new player such as myself.

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

I intially find out how long the student has been playing (if at all) and how much they know. I also find out what kind of music the student wants to play. This way I can both teach them fundamentals / music theory and taylor their skills so they can play music that is subjectively satisfying to play.

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

I have two music degrees, an associates and a bachelors degree. I have taught music at a music school for four years, and I have been immersed in and played music for my entire life.

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

$50 an hour, or $30 per half hour. 

How did you get started teaching?

I started teaching in 2013 when I taught a friend to play mandolin in my band at the time. Soon after, I began teaching guitar to a friends kids, and then singing, piano, and guitar to an older woman. Shortly after, I began teaching at Stages Music Arts in Cockeysville. At that institution, I teach guitar, singing, piano, banjo, mandolin, bass, and songwriting, including songwriting workshops. In May I moved to Nashville. I still teach virtually at Stages Music Arts, in person in Nashville, and perform around the country.

What types of students have you worked with?

I have taught students from ages 5 to 70. I can teach fundamentals to total beginners and help hone in nuances for advanced players/songwriters.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

I recently played at the Grand Ole Opry with The War and Treaty. My own band, Conor & The Wild Hunt, also played at Wolf Trap in Virginia. It was a dream come true kind of venue and one of the best shows we've ever played.

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

I recommend finding a teacher who understands the particular kind of music you want to play.