J M Tate Music Lessons

J M Tate Music Lessons

4.5 (2)
2 hires on Lessons.com
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About this pro

I aim to teach not just instrument specific lessons (i.e. guitar, drums, etc.) but to also teach what the "real world" applications of my lessons are.

I endeavor to teach that students don't have to be the most  "profficient" guitar player or the most "technical" drummer to land a job with a working band or to simply get a lifetime of enjoyment out of playing the instrument, for themselves. I take the lessons one step further than just teaching the basic scales and rudiments of the instruments by showing students how to apply those basic elements into daily playing and/or performance.

My "wheelhouse" in terms of musical styles and what I teach on drums and/or guitar are Blues, Country, Folk and Rock. Unfortunately, I don't read music and subsequently, I don't teach how to read music. That said, I haven't found that to be an issue for me, in my years of professional experience. Playing music is FUN and it's something that will be with an individual for their entire life !!

My background as a professional musician, spans 35+ years ... from my late teens, up to today. I have performed all over North America as either a drummer or guitar player. Music is a huge part of who I am and is something I will always have, as a part of me and I really enjoy sharing that passion with others. 

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Las Vegas, NV 89135
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2 Reviews


  • Molly Swan

    He's very easy to work with and knows his stuff.

  • Dani Bald

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

My teaching process begins by discussing with the student, what their goals on the instrument are. Once that is determined, we develop a lesson plan that will help them achieve those goals, but stay within the realm of keeping it fun and fresh.

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

I have played music professionally for 35+ years and have taught privately, on and off during that time.

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



** Holiday Season package pricing requires a 50%, non-refundable deposit. Save $25 on a package of 5 lessons ! **

Children (ages 8 to 15)

5x 30 minute lessons for $125 ($12.50 due at commencement of each lesson)

5x 45 minute lessons for $200 ($20 due at commencement of each lesson)

5x 60 minute lessons for $225 ($22.50 due at commencement of each lesson)

Adults (ages 16 and up)

5x 30 minute lessons for $150 ($15 due at commencement of each lessons)

5x 45 minute lessons for $225 ($22.50 due at commencement of each lesson)

5x 60 minute lessons for $250 ($25 due at commencement of each lesson)


Contact me through Lessons.com to book times and days for lessons. Once confirmed, my direct contact information for a Zelle Transfer of the non-refundable deposit, will be provided. Failure to send the deposit within 48 hours of date & time confirmation will result in a forfeiture of those bookings. All balances are to be paid in cash, on the date of the lesson, as specified above.

What types of students have you worked with?

I have worked with students of all ages ... from beginner to experienced players. Each level brings it's own, different rewards for me as a teacher. Working with students ... regardless of age or skill level ... that want to reach a point of being able to play something recognizable (this is more specific to guitar than drums) and get enjoyment out of playing, is what it's all about !!!

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

Talk to the teacher and make sure that your goals are aligned with the teacher's lessons.

I like to think of it this way ... If you simply wanted to get into good physical shape, you probably wouldn't hire a personal trainer that looked like "Mr. Universe". You're far better off hiring a trainer that looks the way you want to look. It's a pretty simple thought, but the logic applies to music lessons too. 

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

How much time can they devote to the lessons, themselves ?

How much time can they devote to practising what they've been taught ?

Are you passionate about learing the instrument or are you just doing this because someone else (a parent, a partner, etc.), thinks it would be a good thing for you to learn an instrument ?