Dan Ryker

Dan Ryker is a performing musician and a private music instructor.

MUSIC LESSONS

 Specialties

  • Piano and guitar using chords in modern styles.

  • Singing and playing at the same time (guitar or piano).

  • Songwriting and music theory.

  • Facilitating non-traditional learners.

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I teach piano and guitar. Depending on what a student desires to learn, I focus on traditional note reading (for piano), playing by ear and by chord, music theory, song writing, and performance techniques. I also offer 'hybrid lessons' where a student can focus on singing with their instrument. The lessons are taught in a large, beautiful teaching studio in my home. There is space available for parents or siblings to wait or study in a separate room adjoining the studio.

Each student is given personal consideration to be taught the way they learn the best. I realize that people are different, and therefore, my teaching changes to suit their needs. I encourage input from parents and students to help me with this goal.      

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Traditional Piano

I have years of experience laying a solid foundation for beginning pianists which will allow them to flourish musically for their whole life.

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Traditional Piano Lessons

Modern Piano Lessons

MODERN PIANO

My modern approach to piano lessons is often appropriate for people that have already received, or are currently taking traditional piano lessons, and now want to learn how to apply piano in a modern music setting.


Modern Guitar

MODERN GUITAR

My approach to teaching guitar focuses on the skills needed for most modern styles of music. I focus on chords, scales, and developing the student's 'ear' and ability to improvise rather than on traditional note reading. Everything taught is applicable to both acoustic and electric guitar.


Voice Lessons

VOICE

I am no longer accepting voice students. However, for students who take piano or guitar from me and want to make voice a part of their focus, I will be happy to do that. While I have taught voice lessons for years, I am focusing my continued development as a teacher toward guitar and piano.


Recitals

It's really not that scary; I keep them fun and light-hearted. Recitals are a great chance to share what you've been learning, to inspire other students with your music, and to be inspired by the music you hear others play. While recitals are optional, I really encourage students to participate. The more you do it, the more comfortable you become. For many people the idea of a recital can be anything from drudgery to nightmare material, but I've been told over and over by parents and students that these recitals are really fun. I do one in December and one in June


DAN'S EXPERIENCE

  • A degree in Music Education from Azusa Pacific University

  • Has been performing his whole life

  • Recording artist and song writer

  • Private music instructor for over 20 years

If you would like to hear a sample of what I do personally as a musician, visit the MUSIC page.

I would be really happy to work with you. Please feel free to call or email if you have any questions. Better communication leads to better teaching.

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