ADfm (Aaron Doerr Fellow Musician)

Saint Louis, MO

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About this pro

How does your business stand out?

Aaron's students progress quickly because of personalized and empathetic instruction that uses fresh examples of fundamentals, technique and vocabulary in everyday songs to learn relevant skills. Can't get a strum pattern? Don't know what to do with scales? Why do some chords sound wrong? Beginner to advanced, folk to metal, bass, acoustic and electric: Aaron will understand your problems, relate to them and show you how to fix them. Aaron also teaches beginner drum lessons on a newly refurbished full set and is always looking for drummers for student jam sessions and open mic nights.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I love being able to play & teach music for a living and am really lucky to do what I love everyday.
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Location

Saint Louis, MO 63109

Background check

Complete

Years in business

7

Number of employees

1

Times hired on Thumbtack

12

Reviews

17 Reviews
  • Sue E. Aug 27, 2017
    Many years ago as a teenage girl in the Beatles era, I learned some guitar chords from my dad. (I'd played piano and knew how to read music, and had a good sense of rhythm--even wrote some of my own songs.) Figuring out how to play along with the first two Beatles albums was my motivation. Since then, I've taken lessons every now and then, but until I began working with Aaron three months ago, I hadn't found someone who could teach me what I wanted to learn in a way that was the right mix of challenge, fun, theory, technique, and pure enjoyment. Aaron's feedback is very constructive, and I've learned different ways to approach a technique or piece I'd like to learn. He provides lots of good teaching aids: demonstrations, materials, and practice exercises that help with skill building and motivation. It's clear that Aaron loves teaching and enjoys seeing his students progress. Plus he's a good guy, has a sense of humor, and is committed to improving his own musical and teaching skills.
    Aaron D. Aug 28, 2017

    What a great reflection this is Sue! We'll keep building upon your skills and creativity to ensure the adventure continues. Please know how much it means to me that you've put these thoughts together and shared them. Cheers, Aaron

  • Steve W. Aug 25, 2017
    Guitar Lessons
    Verified Review
    He's great with our son!
    Aaron D. Aug 26, 2017

    🎉🤘🎸 ~Aaron

  • Lauren S. Aug 22, 2017
    Aaron is the second guitar teacher I've had and by far the best. I've progressed in practically every way with my acoustic guitar in less than a year. I feel like each week I'm given the tools, instructions, and encouragement I need to practice and move forward. His knowledge of and skill with guitar are obvious and amazing, but I never feel overwhelmed. Plus he's just a cool, down-to-earth dude who's fun to be around. I'd recommend taking lessons with Aaron to anyone!
    Aaron D. Aug 22, 2017

    I'm so so grateful to help get you playing and having fun progressing and getting comfortable with new things. It's such an outlet and expression that you can take with you anywhere from now on. Run with it! Cheers, Aaron

  • Mike S. Aug 20, 2017
    Aaron is a GREAT teacher. Very professional and responsive to all my questions. He is always very prepared for each lesson. He has a game plan to get my guitar planning to where I want to be as fast as possible. He is very $ affordable. I recommend him highly.
    Aaron D. Aug 20, 2017

    Good to hear this Mike, it means a lot. We'll keep your goals in check and I look forward to our next lesson. Cheers.

  • Tyler S. May 21, 2017
    Guitar Lessons (for adults)
    Verified Review
    Aaron is a great teacher and very patient. He pushes me to get better and challenges me every week. I definitely recommend!
    Aaron D. May 24, 2017

    Right on Tyler, this means a lot. It's rewarding to see you so into it Cheers, Aaron.

  • Emily H. May 11, 2017
    Guitar Lessons (for adults)
    Verified Review
    I have taken guitar lessons with Aaron for a few weeks now, and couldn't be happier. I started from scratch wanting to learn and am so happy with the progress! I feel like I'm challenged, but definitely get to learn at my own pace. I'm so glad I started lessons with Aaron, and would highly recommend him as a teacher.
    Aaron D. May 24, 2017

    It's really nice to hear this Emily. Whatever effort you put in you'll get back ten times. Your growing familiarity will strengthen even more as you keep playing and eventually stay with you forever. Cheers, Aaron

  • Taylor H. May 9, 2017
    Guitar Lessons
    Verified Review
    Aaron is super flexible and professional. Adaptive to all learning styles and well versed in teaching guitar! Would reccommend Aaron to anyone! :)
    Aaron D. May 11, 2017

    Hey Taylor, cool words - thank you! I'm glad we've connected and really think you've found a lifelong outlet with guitar. These will be fun. Cheers, Aaron

  • Ron C. Apr 20, 2017
    Guitar Lessons (for adults)
    Verified Review
    Weekly guitar lessons
    I've been taking lessons with Aaron for about a month now, and it's been enjoyable and effective. I've always had trouble learning scales, keys, fretboard theory, etc. because it's basically boring. Aaron took a list of songs I wanna play, teaches me the techniques of how to play them, and then relates it all back to the key and the boring stuff. I've learned a lot more in a short time than I have in years trying to digest stuff from books. Will definitely keep working with him!
    Aaron D. Apr 23, 2017

    Heck ya Ron, this is the beginning of something that will stick with you for a long time. I'm glad we connected here and I look forward to seeing you progress through your goals of repertoire-building and playing more intelligently. I can tell you're into it. Cheers, Aaron

  • Todd K. Feb 2, 2017
    Guitar Lessons (for adults)
    Verified Review
    Aaron Doerr (ADFm) Guitar Lessons Review
    Aaron is an accomplished guitarist and effective teacher/coach. I highly recommend him for beginners as well as experienced guitarists.
    Aaron D. Feb 3, 2017

    Nice recommendation Todd. I like the word "coach" because of the relationship it implies. Thanks and cheers.

  • Joe W. Dec 11, 2016
    Excellent and fun teacher
    Endlessly patient and helpful. Lessons are focused and fun. I feel like I have improved and learned quite a lot from Aaron and look forward to progressing even further in the coming months.
    Aaron D. Dec 17, 2016

    Nice breakdown Joe, thanks for taking time out for this. I'm glad we connected and it's been a pleasure working with you. I can see real life rock and roll in your near future. Cheers.

  • Roger K. Dec 1, 2016
    Guitar Lessons (for adults)
    Verified Review
    Awesome!!
    Took his time to get to know me and what I am wanting. And then we started, and with in our hour he made it make since to me. Now homework, is was very patient and made it fun could not say enough. Looking forward to next time
  • Susan D. Nov 21, 2016
    Enthusiastic Teacher with Highly Personalized Lessons!
    Aaron has completely ignited my teenage son's love of musicianship! He is amazingly patient, and totally makes the lesson geared very personally towards the student. He is inspiring and enthusiastic. I would highly, highly recommend Aaron.
    Aaron D. Nov 22, 2016

    Great great great to hear this Susan! Thanks for passing this on. Really means a lot.

  • Teresa J. Nov 8, 2016
    Highly recommend!
    We really enjoy having Aaron as our daughter's guitar teacher. She not only learned the instrument relatively quick, she was also inspired to practice on her own regularly. Aaron provides fun out of the classroom events for the students to showcase their talents too!
    Aaron D. Nov 8, 2016

    It's great to hear the good words Teresa! She's into it for sure and I'm glad I can help! Thanks for the review.

  • Sarah H. Nov 2, 2016
    Learn a ton and also have fun!
    I've been taking lessons on and off with Aaron for a few years, and I always enjoy them. Aaron focuses on the music that I like to play, and finds a way to help me build my skills within the genre of music that I enjoy and would like to perform. He always makes the lessons fun, but appropriately challenging. Most importantly, he provides a lot of opportunities to perform with other students and musicians, which keeps me motivated to practice and improve. I would, and often do, recommend Aaron for anyone considering taking guitar lessons.
    Aaron D. Nov 3, 2016

    Hey Sarah - thanks for the helpful review and recommendation. See you at the next open mic! (Fun picture btw - that's cool they let you do that in these reviews)

  • Amy C. Oct 31, 2016
    Aaron is a fabulous teacher!
    Aaron is a fabulous teacher! Our son studied with him for several years before heading off to college. Aaron always encouraged him to explore new techniques, emphasized the importance of steady rhythm, created opportunities for his students to play together, and arranged for them to play in public venues. Aaron nurtures his students' love for music, which stays with them for the rest of their lives. Thanks, Aaron!! YOU ROCK!!!
    Aaron D. Oct 31, 2016

    I'm so glad to hear all of this Amy, it means a lot.

  • Austen K. Oct 30, 2016
    Your friendly neighborhood music instructor
    I first started taking lessons with Aaron when I was 10, and am now 21 with an Associates degree in guitar performance. Studying under Aaron was a real force changer for me, as I now continue building my music education. Really fortunate he was my first teacher. Highly original/creative teaching style for all ages and music interests.
    Aaron D. Oct 31, 2016

    You have big things ahead Austen but as you know it's not where you go but how. Cheers!

  • Brad G. Oct 29, 2016
    Great teacher
    I'm an older student who has taken lessons from Aaron over several years. He is very patient, while always pushing you to a higher level of playing your instrument.
    Aaron D. Oct 31, 2016

    Thanks for the review Brad, see you at the next open mic!

Q&A

What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
$50 per lesson, hour lessons. Sliding scale pricing. No commitment necessary. Flexible scheduling. No cancelation charges or materials fee.
What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
Students arrive and talk with me about their guitar ambitions, why they want lessons and what they feel like they can't do or would like to do better. I give each student a materials folder and we start figuring out what's important and how to practice better to get better. We'll start playing and I demonstrate guitar concepts through everyday songs and whatever the student likes while taking notes on google docs for the student to refer to later. Kids play pitch-matching and music drawing games along the way. Both kids and adults track metronome speeds on a drum machine to show progress.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
1. Reflections on being self taught through high school remind me how fun and exciting it is learning to play and get better at guitar. 2. Reflections on my 1st guitar lesson in junior year of college to aid in a jazz improv class I was taking remind me of the necessity for understanding music fundamentals in order to grow.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I began on a whim at a local lesson shop in the fall of 2006 and fell in love. Shortly after being hired I found myself a full roster of students and the owner asked me to run the weekly jam sessions there. Soon after I was co-hosting open mic showcases, organizing best practices meetings, writing feedback surveys for the store, creating social media accounts, drawing flyers for events, and developing a rock band program from scratch. In 2010 I started my own business that now allows me to perform professionally for musical theatre while teaching full time. I love being able to develop my own materials, book my own gigs and create my own schedule.
What types of customers have you worked with?
My youngest was six - need a half-size guitar at that age. My oldest was 72 and he had a bit of a tremor in his hand. So many have started from scratch. A few could already play damn well. A few others have played before or dabbled on their own... College grads to new dads, former players who are taking it back up again after all these years, young adults, middle schoolers, middle-aged and high schoolers... Some who are in and out and some who are more committed. I work with all ages and most skill levels.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
Playing the Guitar 2 chair for American Idiot the musical at the Marcelle in St. Louis for New Line Theatre was a career highlight because I found myself playing the music I listened to as a self-taught middle schooler professionally. I was able to memorize most of the songs and got the band to play standing up and rocking out. I spoke over the phone with the guy who played that chair on Broadway and we shared notes about the score and thoughts about performing it during the four week run. I wrote a lot about that experience (and transcribed my talk with the Broadway guitarist) on my wordpress blog - search Aaron Doerr. The run in St Louis was sold out and exhausting.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Hire me so you can learn it right. Otherwise, ask what songs the instructor last worked on with a student and check out their web page and social media.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
So many students have come back to lessons from previous failed attempts at learning with mediocre teachers. Ask prospective teachers what materials they use: beware of classical method book instruction as this can be tedious and irrelevant. Ask prospective teachers what their setup is for music listening: three-way stereo floor speakers are much more professional and quality than playing music from built-in laptop speakers or a phone. Ask about material costs, cancelation fees, and avoid half-hour lessons.