Music Lessons in East Grand Forks, MN, USA, or Via Skype

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Why You Should Take Lessons at JLA Music

Here are some of the reasons why you should choose JLA Music for private lessons, group lessons, and classes.

  • Tutoring in
          »music theory
          »music fundamentals
          »ear training and sight singing
          »music technology
          »college-level music theory
    . . . and more. Please ask for referrals to professional teachers for subjects not taught at JLA Music.
  • Professional studio located in East Grand Forks, MN, USA
  • NEW: Lessons in your home may be available! Please ask.
  • Individual, group, and Skype lessons are available
  • Available Monday through Friday from mid-afternoon through the evening (weekend appointments sometimes available by request) - click here to see the lesson schedule
  • Students from 1st grade through senior citizen accepted (younger students by request after interview)
  • All skill levels of guitar and other subjects, beginning and intermediate levels of piano
  • Personable and positive instruction
  • Multiple Learning Techniques: Traditional, Individualized, Computer-Assisted, Creative, Suzuki-Inspired, Mixed
  • One-of-a-kind methods not available anywhere else
  • In-lesson internet access to YouTube and other online resources
  • Arrangements and compositions created specifically for individual students
  • International list of former students - Norway, Brazil, Sri Lanka, Canada, U.S.
  • Former students are performers, music educators, music directors, music business owners, recording engineers, music therapists, etc.
  • Teacher has studied music at three universities, earning undergraduate and graduate degrees, with teachers who have won Grammy Awards and the Pulitzer prize - see his bio here.
  • Teacher has taught at universities, public schools, community education programs, commercial music businesses, private practice, and the internet - see his bio here.

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Jeff Anvinson at Work

Current Prices

  • $18 per half-hour if you pay for one half-hour lesson at a time
  • $17 per half-hour if you pay in advance for a month's worth of weekly half-hour lessons

These prices are competitive - some teachers charge more, some less. Teachers with more experience and/or training tend to charge more because they've invested significant time getting qualified to become teachers. JLA Music's teacher, Jeff Anvinson, could charge more for lessons because of his education and experience, but he wants to keep lessons affordable.

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Hire a Qualified Teacher

If you're looking for a music teacher, look at their qualifications. Have they had formal education in music? Have they taken lessons themselves? What kind of experience do they have in the music field? How long have they been teaching music lessons? Don't accept that they are qualified just because they put up a sign that says they are a music teacher. Anyone can do that. (In North Dakota there is no requirement to call oneself a private music teacher, so you will run into teachers who have little or no training or experience.)

Although there are some terrific teachers who have little formal training in music (or none at all), in general it's a better bet to hire a teacher who is experienced and formally trained in music. Reward the teachers who have experience and education by hiring them, rather than enlisting instructors who have little to no experience and education. If the price a teacher charges is low, they may lack experience and training.

About Teacher Jeff Anvinson

Jeff Anvinson of JLA Music has been teaching private lessons, online lessons, group lessons, and classes for over 35 years. He has taught many hundreds of students in more than 24,000 private lessons and 160 classes.

A multi-award-winner, he was named one of the "faculty stars" and nominated for a university-wide teaching award while teaching at the college level, named "Artist of the Week" by the Grand Forks Herald, presented with the Americanism award by his home town American Legion, and awarded many certificates of appreciation for his work.

He holds both master's and bachelor's degrees in music and has learned from Pulitzer-prize and Grammy-award winners. He has taken many years' worth of private lessons on guitar, piano, bassoon, and voice, while taking music education classes in woodwinds, brass, percussion, and bowed strings. One of the most versatile musicians around, he has performed, taught, composed, arranged, recorded, conducted, transcribed, and written about music.

Jeff has performed hundreds of times in the United States, Canada, and China. Performances have ranged from soloing with orchestras and wind ensembles, accompanying choirs, instrumentalists, and singers, and playing in various bands and chamber groups. Click here to read more about him.

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