At Rivers Music, the owner, Brian Rivers is dedicated to nurturing your passion for music and helping you achieve your musical dreams. Whether you're a beginner eager to strum your first chords or an intermediate player looking to sharpen your skills, our studio offers a warm and supportive environment for all ages and levels.
Our rates are $80.00/60-minute lesson or $45.00/30-minute lesson. To see available lesson times, to register for lessons, and for more information visit www.riversmusic.com/schedule-lessons.html
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Here's what sets us apart:
• Expert Instruction: Benefit from the guidance of an experienced and highly skilled instructor who teaches guitar, bass, ukulele, piano, songwriting, and digital recording.
• Personalized Learning: Your musical journey is unique, and so are your lessons. Brian will tailor lessons to your unique goals and abilities and create a custom curriculum that matches your interests and learning pace.
• Inspiring Atmosphere: Our studio is designed to foster creativity and inspiration. You'll love our comfortable and well-equipped learning space.
• Convenient Location: Located in the heart of Davis, we're easily accessible for local students and those in the surrounding areas.
• Flexible Scheduling: We offer a range of flexible lesson times to accommodate your busy lifestyle.
About the instructor:
Brian Rivers is a music educator, award-winning guitarist, and graduate of the College-Conservatory of Music with a degree in Music Education with a specialization in Jazz Studies. Brian has extensive performance and recording credits and experience as both an acoustic and electric guitarist. Brian's home studio, Rivers Music LLC is located in the Davis Manor neighborhood of Davis CA. In addition to guitar lessons, Brian also teaches bass, piano, ukulele, recording, songwriting, improvising, music theory and provides audition preparation consulting services. Brian will help you to set goals and then give you the techniques and tools to achieve your goals.
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Frequently asked questions
What is your typical process for working with a new student?
We schedule a regular weekly time, the first lesson is free. At the first lesson, I will evaluate the student's abilities and discuss goals for them. We will then make a plan for lessons. I will determine if the student is best served by using a method book, or if handouts and other materials would be more appropriate. I will also evaluate the guitar they plan to us to make sure they have a reasonable instrument. After the first lesson, students will have a weekly lesson based on their specific goals and interests.
Why Students Choose Brian Rivers...
√ Teaching Experience - Over twenty-five years of private and classroom teaching experience
√ Professional Experience - Numerous recordings, professional credits and real world experience as a professional musician
√ Education - Graduate of CCM, Bachelor's of Music, Music Education
√ Licensure - Licensed Ohio Music Educator
√ Professional Memberships - National Association for Music Education (NAfME), Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA), Technology in Music Education (TI:ME), Music Teachers National Association (MTNA)
√ Award Winning Musician and Educator - Numerous awards and recognition as both a performer and music educator
√ Private Studio Designed for Learning - Unlike many lesson facilities that cram a bunch of teachers into closet sized rooms lining a hallway where everyone hears the lesson next door, Rivers music provides a spacious studio that is a focused learning environment with room for students and parents. Also, internet access, recording play back equipment, and printer integrates technology to support student learning.
√ Real Results - Brian's students develop the skills that allow them to fully enjoy their love of music. Brian students range from amateurs to professional award winning musicians, but what they all have in common is an enjoyment of music making.
√ Tailored Lessons - Brian is an expert in a variety of styles and instruments. He does not teach one style, or use the same approach with each student, he tailors the lessons to help you reach your goals and uses your previous musical experience with other instruments to support your learning.
√ A Library of Resources and Lesson Handouts - Brian has a collection of resources so very little time is spent writing things out by hand, lesson time is maximized for instruction
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
Brian is a music educator, award-winning guitarist and graduate of the College-Conservatory of Music with a degree in Music Education with a specialization in Jazz Studies. Brian has extensive performance and recording credits and experience as both an acoustic and electric guitarist. Brian's home studio, Rivers Music LLC in the Clifton neighborhood of Cincinnati, OH.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.
Lessons are either $35.00 for 30 minutes or $60.00 for 60 minutes. Lessons are at the same time every week. More details are available at www.riversmusic.com/lessons.html
What types of students have you worked with?
I work with students of all ages and levels. If you looking for guitar lessons for yourself or child, you have come to the right place. My goal is to help students develop a life-long love for music making, either an amateur or a professional. I offer the very best in quality instruction in an excellent facility that is spacious and quiet. I teach guitar, bass, songwriting, computer recording, music theory, and will work with any instrumentalist on improvising or general musicianship. Your satisfaction is my goal.
What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?
Ask if teaching is their primary passion. Many people who offer lessons actually want to be performers, and as a result, often reschedule or miss lessons in order to play gigs. The secret to getting better is to have regular weekly lessons and also be able to set aside the time to practice between lessons. Do this and you will get better!
What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?
What do you want to learn? How do you best learn; books, show-me, video? Why do you want to take lessons; for fun, relaxation, to become a professional?