Music instruction:

So you’re interested in lessons! Great! I’m currently offering guitar/keyboard/hand percussion/songwriting lessons over Skype/Google Hangout/Face Time. Please Email me at henry@shelteredturtle.com to schedule a slot. Availability is limited. Lessons are available to students of all levels and playing abilities.

We can cover

  • Exercises
  • My compositions/covers
  • Songwriting
  • Technique
  • Improvisation
  • Composition
  • Theory
  • Performance preparation

and anything else you’re interested in learning. To set-up a lesson, Email me at henry@shelteredturtle.com telling me about yourself, your goals, and areas you want to cover. If you have any demos of your playing, that’s a plus but certainly not a requirement.

To ensure a smooth first lesson, I will encourage you to schedule a quick test run to make sure the webcam and mic function properly. You will not be charged for this time.

Please Email me with any other questions!

Artist development

If you’re a musician who wants help in how to take your music career to the next level, I’m here to help! I’ve done extensive research (both from books and from experience) into the music business to learn many of the countless things that we need to know to have a long-term, thriving career.

We can go over topics such as:

  • Realistic goal-setting for both short term and long term
  • Writing a killer bio and assembling a press kit that will get you booked
  • How to plan a profitable tour
  • Building a local following
  • Social network strategies
  • Finding sponsors and endorsement deals
  • Designing and maintaining a killer website
  • Tools of the trade
  • Developing your ultimate state sound
  • Video editing
  • Graphic design

To start, send me an E-mail at henry@shelteredturtle.com . Let me know where you’re at, what your goals are, and what you’d like to get out of the sessions. Unless you request otherwise, we’ll spend the first session going over what you have, what you can do to improve upon it, and what steps you need to take.

Artist development falls under the same rates and policies that lessons do.

RATES & PAYMENT

Monthly tuition: $250.00

Tuition covers the cost on one of the following course schedules:

Option #1. Four, weekly, 60-minute sessions
Option #2. Four weekly, 45-minute sessions w/ 15-minute mid-week follow-up session
Option #3. Two 2 hour sessions
Option #4. One 4 hour session

 

Tuition is due on the last session of each month to reserve time for the following month’s lessons.

Accepted payments methods include cash, credit card, checks, and PayPal.

Required materials for online lessons:

Computer with high-speed Internet access
A webcam & microphone (Both external and internal are fine. Just make sure the microphone works!)
The latest version of Skype or a Google Hangout-enabled GMail account or Face Time-enabled device
PayPal account
Instrument (guitar/piano/keyboard)

Time Zone:
When you contact me for online lessons, please inform me of your time zone so we can coordinate lesson times properly. I am in Eastern Standard Time (-5:00 EST), New York City, NY USA.

FAQs

Why don't you charge a per-lesson rate?

In my experience, clients generally fall into one of two categories: those that value flexibility and those that value consistency. I cater to the later.

I devised my unconventional payment structure after 15+ years of teaching private music lessons. The monthly tuition is meant to save you money (it’s cheaper than my per-lesson rate), help you progress faster, and ensure that I am able to dedicate my time to plan the best lessons possible for my students.

 

What instruments can I learn from you?

My most popular instruments by far are piano, guitar, voice, and songwriting. I can also teach drums, bass, ukulele, hand percussion, didgeridoo, and Native American flute.

Can I learn multiple instruments from you?

Absolutely! You’re simply reserving my time, and I don’t charge differently based on what instrument(s) or topics you choose.

What happens if I get sick or have to cancel a lesson?

It happens. As long as you give me 12 hours’ written notice (email or text), we can schedule a make-up (when available). If no time is available, I’ll give you a $50.00 credit on the next month’s lesson. If I’m given less than 12 hours’ notice, your lesson will be forfeit as I will not have enough time to fill the gap in my schedule.

What happens if you get sick or have to cancel?

We’ll try to reschedule. If we can’t find a time that works, I’ll give you a $60.00 credit on your next month’s tuition.

How do I get started?

Great! Just fill-out the contact form below, and I’ll get back to you within 24 hours. From there, we’ll agree on a time and get started!

What if I don't like my lesson with you/need to stop?

It’s fine! I want to know right away.

If after your first session, you don’t feel that I’m the right fit, the lesson will be on me (AKA no charge to you).

Otherwise, you’re welcome to stop at any time. Please let me know before the start of the next month so I can adjust my schedule accordingly and stop billing.

TESTIMONIALS

Henry has been coming to my house to work with my girls for the past three years.  Initially we started piano lessons on a small keyboard.  My oldest daughter was 7 at the time and my middle daughter 5.  Within a month of lessons, Henry explained that my oldest was really taking to music and it was time for an upgrade.  We purchased a piano and I remember thinking at the time that it would be a worthwhile purchase if one of our children would be able to play Christmas carols as an adult.  Given my lack of music ability, and my husband’s, I had my doubts…

Within six months, thru Henry’s guidance, Sarah was composing music and writing songs, this was not just a hobby but a passion!  We have now added Guitar lessons for my oldest daughter as well and he has recently started working with my four year old.  My middle daughter, now 8, can be a challenge, honestly music just isn’t really her thing, Henry has been able to persevere and has overcome many obstacles and she is starting to develop at least an appreciation and curiosity for music.

We have often reflected on what a lifelong influence Henry has had on our children, particularly our oldest daughter.  We are extremely grateful for her having such a positive start to her her musical education.  Henry is a gifted teacher and is very well trained.

Dr. Amy Shoumer

Student parent

I really enjoyed my Skype sessions with Henry Nam. I was surprised at how much it felt like I was actually in the room with my guitar teacher. And using Skype made it much easier to fit lessons into the hectic schedule that I have as firefighter and sole caregiver of my elderly father. Not to mention trying to be a mom at the same time.

 

As a teacher, Mr. Nam was very supportive of the styles of music I wanted to study. He even managed to have me running drills without it feeling like work. I can honestly say that the lessons I took with Mr. Nam did more to improve my guitar playing than eight years of playing independently.
Michelle Grant (Jacksonville, FL)

Vocalist/guitar player/renaissance girl

I had the pleasure of having Henry teach me a few tricks on the guitar. He is an extremely patient, kind, and talented teacher. He can instantly understand what you need to work on to get the results that you want. His high-level understanding of music is hard to find. If you have the opportunity to book Henry for a guitar lesson, I highly suggest doing so before he is completely booked up.

Brian Lieberman

CEO, Twice As Warm

I’m very glad I decided to take guitar lessons with Henry via Skype. The lessons were based off of what I wanted to learn, so very quickly I could apply the principles of the lessons to the music I made with my band.

Mahir Maruf

Guitarist, The Leftist

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