Rivers Music

Rivers Music

5.0
1 employee
24 years in business

About this pro

Brian Rivers provides the very best in guitar instruction. Brian loves working with all ages and abilities and has helped many guitar players, songwriters and musicians to become the performers they have always dreamed of becoming. 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. In addition to guitar lessons, Brian also teaches bass, recording, songwriting, improvising, and music theory. Brian will help you to set goals and then give you the techniques and tools to achieve your goals. 

To see available lesson times, to register for lessons and for more information visit the Lessons page at www.riversmusic.com.
You are only "one click" away from having your music sound the way you always dreamed it could be! Get started now! 

I love to help students progress and meet their own musical goals. I am a full-time guitar instructor because I love what I do! Most students describe me as a patient, caring, knowledgable and fun instructor. When I am not teaching, I am writing method books and providing clinics and workshops. 

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Cincinnati, OH 45220
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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...

√ A Warm and Patient Teacher - Brian focuses on listening to the student and helps them to achieve their personal music goals at their own pace and in a way that works for them. 
√ 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 $30.00 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?