Maxwell Music Instruction

Maxwell Music Instruction

4.8 (4)
5 hires on Lessons.com
6 years in business

About this pro

I've been a professional musician since I was 14: whether it was rock, jazz, R&B, latin, reggae, hip hop, country, gospel, or even showtunes, the answer was always "yes!" This versatility has helped me develop a holistic approach to music, which allows me to go into any musical situation with confidence and poise- and I can share that with students.

Yes, "notes" and "technique" are important. We could even say that they're the two biggest building blocks, but there's so much more to sounding good that's rarely taught in school or on YouTube. My goal is to show my students not just how to play an instrument, but how to get in the mindset of being a musical person so that they too, can play anything with anyone, grow on their own, and ultimately enjoy the music they play.

I love the "lightbulb" moment when a student really understands something they've been struggling with, though the biggest thing I look for is whether they sound better than the last time I saw them- that's the daily/weekly goal for all of us.

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Credentials

Columbus, OH 43085
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4 Reviews

4.8

  • Karen Hopkins

    He is great. My granddaughter loves going

  • Karen Hopkins

    He was great with Jaden. Very relaxed she loved her first lesson

  • Jim Humphrey

    Really good with my 7 year old. Very patient.I feel like it was a very good choice going to Max

  • Jared Levine

    Max is one of the most if not the most knowledgeable person I know when it comes to all things and everything music. From his outstanding musicality to his explanations of concepts relating to music and theory, he is the guy to learn from if you are looking to excel as a musician.



FAQs


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

I always start by figuring out what the student likes: I want them to enjoy what we're working on, so I use music they're familiar with to introduce new concepts they might not understand yet.

I've also developed a graduated curriculum to work from, which covers essential technical, critical thinking, and performance skills for everyone from absolute beginners music majors in college.


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

I do this thing for real!

On paper, I attended OSU's Jazz Studies program, but I consider my real alma matter to be the stage, which I've been very fortunate to share with bandmates of legends such as Miles Davis, Prince, Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Merle Haggard, and many more, as well as contemporary artists including Taylor Swift, Drake, Kirk Franklin, and Justin Bieber.


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

I charge $100 per month for a weekly half hour lesson. If a student has different needs we can work together to accomodate them.


How did you get started teaching?

I kind of fell into it- ever since I was young I was quick to figure things out and always ended up being the one to coach the rest of the band thru the songs.

In high school I ended up being a counselor at a music camp I had attended in middle school, which got me into directly teaching younger kids rather than just guiding my contemporaries.


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

First, make sure they sound good: compare their playing to the records you like. Is the teacher as skilled as the people you admire? Do they know anything about the music you like? This is important because if your teacher can't perform at a high level, how do you expect them to help you get there?

Second, make sure you enjoy their company. You'll be spending a decent amount of time around them and they'll be giving you feedback, so it won't be fun if you don't get along on a personal level.

Third, ask them: "If we're in the key of Ab, what would the chords be in this progression: 3 6 2 5 1 4, with a minor 2 5 to dominant 3?" If they don't respond with something along the lines of: "Cmi Fmi Bbmi Eb7 Ab Db, then Dmi7b5 and G7alt back to C7." in about the amount of time it took to read this paragraph, they're PROBABLY not an expert or worth your time or anyone else's for that matter, as that's actually quite an elementary question/answer for any literate musician.


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

Really consider the music you like and what elements attract you- it's important to understand why you like what you like and have an idea of what you want to learn.

It's also important to remember that there's a ton of free information readily available to anyone- you and your potential teacher both have limited, valuable time, so consider whether it's a wise investment and if it is, make sure you utilize it to its fullest.