R Music Studio

R Music Studio

5.0 (2)
5 hires on Lessons.com
1 employee
11 years in business

About this pro

I have been playing the guitar for more than 35 years and teaching guitar for more than 15 years. Over that time, I’ve had numerous students and typically have about 35 private students per week.  In addition to the private guitar lessons I give, I also give weekly guitar classes for both the City of Garland at the Holford Recreation Center and for the City of Sachse. I also have begun a weekly advanced guitar class at my church for those who have made it through the Garland or Sachse classes & need advanced instruction.

Since March 2010, I have been leading the youth band at my church, Buckingham United Methodist. This group has about 12 members including vocalists, acoustic & electric guitarists, a bass guitarist and a keyboard player. Previous to that, I had been leading a band, Crossfire, where I played guitar, banjo, and mandolin, as well as provided lead and backing vocals. Crossfire played mostly for our church (Buckingham United Methodist) or for church-related events and we played rock, country, gospel and Contemporary Christian music.

As of late December 2008, I have started a music studio business, R Music Studio. In addition to giving guitar lessons, bass guitar lessons, banjo lessons, ukulele lessons, and providing minor guitar maintenance, I provide recording services (both on-location and in studio) as well as live sound reinforcement. In addition, I can provide a DJ service with full sound system, including an option for karaoke; CD/DVD duplication services; and media conversion services, where I will convert LP albums or audio cassette tapes into CDs and/or mp3 files.

In the lessons I give, I strive to provide patient, high-quality instruction, working to stay on level the student can comprehend.  I work to quickly get to songs the student wants to play not just songs I have to give.  My goal is for the student to go home and play songs they want to play, not merely go home and practice.

I enjoy watching my students improve and ultimately become very good musicians (assuming they are willing to work at it).

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Credentials

Sachse, TX 75048
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2 Reviews

5.0

  • Michelle Smith

    Similar background to mine.

  • David Petersen

    He pays attention to where you are at and assigns according to your level. I’m enjoying the lessons!



FAQs


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

I first need to see if the student is a true beginner or if the student has some knowledge about the guitar.  If the student has some ability already, I take a lesson or 2 to assess their ability so I can customize lessons that work best for them.

For the true beginner, I begin with basic chords and scales with the goal at the end of the first lesson to be playing a song (or at least part of a song).  Once the student has mastered basic chord changes in a couple of easy songs, I teach a strumming pattern and work to implement that pattern in those easy songs.  Over time, I provide more chords and songs that use those chords as they continue to develop and improve their strumming.


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

I am a self-tought musician with a lot of experience.  I have been playing the guitar for more than 35 years and teaching guitar for more than 15 years. Over that time, I’ve had numerous students and typically I have about 35 private students per week.   In addition to the private guitar lessons I give, I also give weekly guitar classes for both the City of Garland at the Holford Recreation Center and for the City of Sachse. I also have begun weekly advanced guitar classes at my church for those who have made it through the Garland or Sachse classes & need advanced instruction.  Since March 2010, I have been leading the youth band at my church, Buckingham United Methodist. This group has about 12 members including vocalists, acoustic & electric guitarists, a bass guitarist and a keyboard player. Previous to that, I had been leading a band, Crossfire, where I played guitar, banjo, and mandolin, as well as provided lead and backing vocals. Crossfire played mostly for our church (Buckingham United Methodist) or for church-related events and we played rock, country, gospel and Contemporary Christian music.  In addition to giving guitar lessons I also give bass guitar lessons, banjo lessons and ukulele lessons.


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

My normal rates are as follows:  4, 30-minute lessons per month - $60 (for children through about age 11/12); 4, 45-minute lessons per month - $70 (recommended as the normal lesson for youth and adults); 2, 1-hour lessons per month - $60 (for those with schedule conflicts that prevent weekly lessons). For months with more than 4 lessons or for months with less than 4 lessons, these rates will be adjusted according to the below entire rate schedule:

  • (45-minute lessons): 5 lessons for $85; 4 lessons for $70; 3 lessons for $60; 2 lessons for $45; 1 lesson for $35
  • (30-minute lessons): 5 lessons for $75; 4 lessons for $60; 3 lessons for $50; 2 lessons for $35; 1 lesson for $25
  • This cost includes me providing all of the music for my students instead of making them purchase music books (typically between $10-$20 per book, sometimes more depending upon the book).

How did you get started teaching?

I began by giving free lessons to youth at my church that wanted to learn guitar.  It grew from that into a full-fledged part of my music studio business.


What types of students have you worked with?

I've had students of all ages, from 5 years to older, senior students.  I've worked with those with no musical background and those with musical experience (either on guitar or other instruments). 


Describe a recent event you are fond of.

We hold a yearly Fall Festival at my church, Buckingham United Methodist and this year, it was on 10/28/16.  We have a Music Patch at this event where we have live music all day long and I am responsible for getting the acts, providing a sound system and then running the sound.  We had a great time again this year and had a lot of good music.


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

Look for an instructor you are comfortable with.  The instructor should have a good level of expertise and knowledge with a patient and consistent teaching approach.


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

What are your goals related to learning the guitar?  These should be shared with your instructor up front so your instructor can help you meet your goals.