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Richard W.
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Ukulele lessons from a teacher with 20 years experience and a wide repertoire of songs and tabs.
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About Richard W.

Rick's been teaching Guitar, Banjo, and Ukulele at his home, and at the Mount Olivet School of Music in South Minneapolis, since graduating with a degree in music from the University of Minnesota Duluth in 2003. He gigs around town in various bands, pit orchestras, and weddings. He also taught at Dayjams Rock Music camp in St. Paul for the five summers of its existence. In his spare time he writes YA stories and musical theatre. He also runs a songwriting and music theory vlog about trends in popular music, a guitar curriculum blog based on karate belts, and has written songwriting articles for the music magazine Flypaper by Soundfly and scripts for PBS Digital Studios. *** Lesson Details *** Depending on student interest, lessons can consist of ear training, improv/jamming, learning popular guitar riffs/changes/parts/etc., Note reading, the music biz, and learning about all the cool new music technologies of the day. Rick also loves to transcribe any and all music the student wants to learn but for which they cannot find the sheet music or internet tab. Rick prefers to teach what the student wants to learn, but if they're not sure what that is, he helps them figure that out. *** Studio Equipment *** Zoom or Skype, laptop and iPhone. I make good use of technology during lessons. Much used apps include Yousician, Anytune Phrase Trainer, TabPro, and the Guitar Toolkit (metronome, tuner, etc.) *** Travel Equipment *** Music Stand (if needed), laptop and iPhone. *** Specialties *** Music Theory and Songwriting.

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Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Teaching since

Teaching since 2003

Education

BA in Music

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Teaches ages 5+

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Richard W.
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Ukulele lessons from a teacher with 20 years experience and a wide repertoire of songs and tabs.
Want to know more about nature's most accessible chording instrument? Give Uke lessons a try.
About Richard W.

Rick's been teaching Guitar, Banjo, and Ukulele at his home, and at the Mount Olivet School of Music in South Minneapolis, since graduating with a degree in music from the University of Minnesota Duluth in 2003. He gigs around town in various bands, pit orchestras, and weddings. He also taught at Dayjams Rock Music camp in St. Paul for the five summers of its existence. In his spare time he writes YA stories and musical theatre. He also runs a songwriting and music theory vlog about trends in popular music, a guitar curriculum blog based on karate belts, and has written songwriting articles for the music magazine Flypaper by Soundfly and scripts for PBS Digital Studios. *** Lesson Details *** Depending on student interest, lessons can consist of ear training, improv/jamming, learning popular guitar riffs/changes/parts/etc., Note reading, the music biz, and learning about all the cool new music technologies of the day. Rick also loves to transcribe any and all music the student wants to learn but for which they cannot find the sheet music or internet tab. Rick prefers to teach what the student wants to learn, but if they're not sure what that is, he helps them figure that out. *** Studio Equipment *** Zoom or Skype, laptop and iPhone. I make good use of technology during lessons. Much used apps include Yousician, Anytune Phrase Trainer, TabPro, and the Guitar Toolkit (metronome, tuner, etc.) *** Travel Equipment *** Music Stand (if needed), laptop and iPhone. *** Specialties *** Music Theory and Songwriting.

Levels taught

Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Teaching since

Teaching since 2003

Education

BA in Music

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Teaches ages 5+

Speaks

Has background check

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As a 57 year old student Rich understands life and its commitments. I enjoy the half an hour with him. My appreciation for music has grown with Rich. He introduces me to material I would have never picked on my own. I am still taking banjo lessons because of Rich. Thank you Rich. Bob

Posted Aug 8, 2021
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Richard is awesome! Really knows his stuff and funny too!

Posted Jun 19, 2019
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As an adult learner, I was put at ease and able to work on songs I was interested in right away. Wonderful teaching style.

Posted Aug 21, 2018
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Pop Styles Guitar/Folk Instruments Teacher
Sep 2003 - Present
Mount Olivet School of Music
I've taught at the Mount Olivet School of Music since its inception in 2003. It's great to be a member of a music school faculty, but I also enjoy operating my own private studio for the times during the week when I'm available outside of the school's hours.
BA in Music
Sep 1999 - May 2003
U of Minnesota, Duluth and Twin Cities Campuses
Best Musical Act 2013
Sep 2013
Minnesota Renaissance Festival
The Waffle Iron
Feb 2010
29th annual Battle of the Jug Bands

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