Heartfelt Music Academy – Coaching & Lessons

 

Welcome to the Heartfelt Music Academy Coaching & Lessons page.  The following four areas are explained on this page:

Private Coaching/Lessons Introduction

Worship Leadership Coaching/Consulting

Private Student Assignments (Click here, then click on your name)

Payment for Coaching/Lessons

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Private Coaching/Lessons Introduction

I am currently holding private lessons at Bridges Community Church in Los Altos on Mondays, Valley Christian High School on Thursdays, my home in Mount Hermon on Tuesdays, and through Skype which can be from almost anywhere. Each lesson is tailored to you specifically! Whether you want to learn guitar, voice, music theory, songwriting, worship leading, bass guitar,  concert artistry, or any combination, you will have fun and be challenged.  Lessons can be weekly, once or twice a month and can be used to enhance other lessons you may be taking. You can even make it a small group lesson if you get some friends at the same level, though most people respond best to individualized intensive mentoring-style private coaching/lessons.

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Each student receives a personal notebook to hold all the handouts, magazines, recordings and other resources.  Each lesson is filled with personal intensive education following your goals and specific interests.  A Lesson Summary Video is recorded at the end of each lesson for you to view on YouTube.com (usually within 48 hours) so you can have audio and visual examples to remember the assignment.  You will receive a Private Assignment Page (which is password protected) for details of each assignment.  I am available through email, phone, text, Facebook, Facetime or Skype to answer questions you may have.

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It is expected that each student take this commitment seriously and dedicate adequate practice time to fully benefit from each lesson. Each student is expected to demonstrate initiative, motivation, and a sense of purpose. Come with questions and seek to be challenged. If you cannot make a lesson, please communicate as soon as possible (email or call 925-206-9895).  If there is no communication before the lesson, you will be asked to pay for that time missed.

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I do teach lessons to all ages and tailor each one to the needs, goals, and learning styles of the student. I make the lessons very fun and encouraging. For beginners, group lessons are both economical and a great way to start. I teach group lessons and courses for this reason. But most students learn best with private lessons. What makes my lessons a cut above others is the combination of:

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– Understanding where a student is in their skill level and taking them to the next level with relevant technique and appropriate materials. I listen and empathize.

– Motivating students through demonstration, DVD samples, Magazines, and other resources.

– We go through excellent resource books (The Complete Guitar Manual or The New Complete Guitarist – see the bottom of the products page at http://heartfeltmusic.org/products/)

– There is a lot of communication and a Private Assignment Page on my web site where I list the assignment and give private messages.

– Making a video of the last two minutes of each session so the student can download it and see my instruction throughout the week.

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My young students usually take every other week (some take every week). Adults usually do 45 minutes or an hour every other week.

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The cost for private lessons are $50.00 for 30 minutes, $75.00 for 45 minutes, $100.00 for 60 minutes, and $125 for 75 minutes.  If 2-4 students would like to take at the same time, the cost would be the same for the time and each student splits the cost (the resource book is extra).

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On Mondays, I teach from 4:00pm to 8:30pm at Bridges Community Church in Los Altos.  I teach at Valley Christian High School on Thursday afternoons 3:00pm-5:00pm. On Tuesdays, I teach from 5:30pm to 6:30pm at my home in Mount Hermon.  

 

Reviews

Here are some reviews from my students:

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“I have been Reggie’s student for about 18 months. I had been playing guitar for years but I had hit a plateau in my growth. A friend of mine handed me one of Reggie’s CD’s, and I decided to take lessons. I wanted to learn more right-hand techniques and chord voicings so I could play improvisationally and apply them in songwriting. Having Reggie as a teacher has helped me make the most out of a limited amount of practice time.  Reggie’s enthusiasm for teaching guitar has been constant long after our first impressions. Each lesson, after a robust greeting, we begin by reviewing a bit of my progress from last time. Often I’ve told him in advance where I’ve been struggling or what I’d like to learn next, so he has come well-equipped with handouts that aid in retention. He even sends me a downloadable video summary of each lesson so I can refer back to it weeks later. Reggie has taught at the collegiate level, but his teaching doesn’t get bogged down in theory. Instead he tailors lessons that move students toward the goals they’ve set, and fills in precepts of theory as they seem relevant. Reggie is a very skilled guitarist, an enthusiastic coach, and a businessman who structures things so they are very user-friendly. And his walk in Christ adds a dimension of fellowship to each class!  My wife says she has never seen me move around the fingerboard so much. And I feel more excited and confident in my playing than I’ve ever felt in my life.”
Ted K.
San Jose

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“My son has been learning how to play the guitar from Reggie for the past 3 years.  Reggie has taught him a various range of music.  He is an amazing teacher with a lot of energy, enthusiasm and love for music and the guitar.  His knowledge is vast.  He is so good with kids.  My son loves Reggie and waits for his class.  Thank you Reggie for all your hard work and helping him to improve his skill.
Nadiya M.
San Jose

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“Reggie is an outstanding guitar instructor!  His own guitar skills are impressive, of course, but his teaching ability has such depth.  He excels in being able to communicate clearly by breaking complex skills into manageable segments to bring about progress.  He not only takes my music preferences and goals into account, but also challenges me to strive for more than I think I can achieve.  His passion for playing guitar, especially for leading in worship, is contagious, and spurs me on musically.  Reggie is an exceptional guitar instructor!
Sharon H.
Los Altos

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“Reggie is a really awesome guitar teacher!  I enjoy every lesson with him and I am also improving after each lesson.  He is not only a great teacher, but also a loving brother in Christ!”
Christopher H.
Los Altos

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“Mr. Coates is teaching me guitar at an easy yet educated level.  I learn at least one song a week with techniques like hammer-ons, pull-offs, and sliding.  I know so many chords that he taught me at a level that was right for me.”
Mustafa N.
San Jose

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“Reggie is very thorough, caring, and does a great job customizing each lesson to your pace and skill level.  He is very intuitive, skilled and encouraging, while at the same time being supportive, understanding and low-pressure.  He also is great at introducing you to new pieces and exercises according to your tastes and skill level.”
Brian J.
Santa Cruz

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Worship Leadership Coaching/Consulting

I am available to consult with Worship Leaders, Music Directors, Worship Teams, or Church Leaders to sharpen their skills, encourage their passion, give support through difficulties, and train toward effective leadership. I have had extensive experience in coming alongside churches to help prepare to hire worship leaders.  For an extended intensive time with me, check out the mentoring page (click here) where leaders can spend a weekend or week ministering with me at a conference.  Take advantage of the consulting, coaching, and cohort involvement, tailored to your specific needs.  Call Heartfelt Music at 925-206-9895.

 

Private Student Assignments

The following includes the students name, emphasis, next lesson location, day and time. To view your private assignment page, click on your name and enter your password.
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Sample Private Assignment Page with video example (Click Here)
– Next lesson: To Be Determined (TBD)

Adam K. – Guitar; Los Altos
– Next lesson: Tuesday, February 6, 4:35pm-5:05pm

Bennett C. – Guitar; Los Altos
– Next lesson: Tuesday, February 6, 5:50pm-6:20pm

Henry C. – Guitar; Los Altos
– Next lesson: Tuesday, February 6, 5:20pm-5:50pm

John C. – Guitar; VCES
– Next lesson: Wednesday, February 7, 2:35pm-3:05pm

Josh R. – Guitar; Los Altos
– Next lesson: Tuesday, February 6, 7:00pm-7:30pm

Katelyn C. – Guitar; VCES
– Next lesson: Wednesday, February 7, 3:10pm-3:40pm

Noah F. – Guitar; Los Altos
– Next lesson: Tuesday, February 6, 6:25pm-6:55pm

Sharon H. – Guitar/Worship Leading; Los Altos
– Next lesson: Tuesday, February 6, 7:35pm-8:05pm

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Payment for Coaching/Lessons

Lessons are $50.00 for 30 minutes; $75.00 for 45 minutes; $100.00 for 60 minutes; and $125.00 for 75 minutes.

To pay with Cash or Check, bring your payment to the lesson on the day of the lesson.

To pay with Credit or Debit card, bring your card the day of the lesson and pay through Square, or click on one of the following PayPal icons, or call Heartfelt Music 925-206-9895 and pay over the phone.

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30 Minute Lesson = $50.00




45 Minute Lesson = $75.00




60 Minute Lesson = $100.00




75 Minute Lesson = $125.00

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They were well-trained and skilled in music,
all of them masters at their craft.”
(1 Chron. 25:7)

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