Laurie BoeDee - elec&acous Guitar, Bass, Songwriting, Theory, & Vocal lessons

Duluth, MN

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About this pro

How does your service stand out?

I de-mystify "theory" so students can learn how to apply it to virtually any style they are playing. I show them the exercises and fretboard "tricks" that will get them to a more advanced playing level FAST! I genuinely CARE about my students, and work especially well with kids. VAST experience in this arena. Hundreds of testimonials upon request. And, I actually can READ MUSIC.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

Having a guitar in my hands every day. Meeting new people and watching them enjoy music and grow into accomplished musicians. I taught Deven Ivy for about 3 1/2 yrs when he was a kid- he started a band called RESIDUAL KID. They are doing very well now!!

Location

Duluth, MN 55803

Years in business

24

Number of employees

3

Times hired on Thumbtack

35

Reviews

29 Reviews
  • Angelina G. Sep 9, 2016
    Guitar Lessons (for children or teenagers)
    Verified Review
    Geat find!
    My 8 year old is really enjoying her guitar lessons. I hope she continues to be enthusiastic about it. Laurie seems to be great with children and is very knowledgeable.
  • Kayleigh N. Jul 10, 2016
    Guitar Lessons (for adults)
    Verified Review
    So far I have loved working with Laurie, she has a way of helping you to understand more behind what you're learning and is flexible with everything from music style to technique. Would highly recommend for a beginner guitarist like myself.
  • Lonni M. Jun 3, 2016
    Singing Lessons (for adults)
    Verified Review
    I have been working with Laurie for several months now and I am so glad I found her on thumbtack. My goals were to come out of my shell a bit and enhance my vocal abilities to sing at my church. Not only has she helped me do so, but she has also helped me understand the theory behind the music! I am incredibly blessed to work with her and I certainly look forward to continuing my journey with her guidance. Lonni M
  • Rudy S. May 11, 2016
    Singing Lessons (for adults)
    Verified Review
  • Lydia P. Mar 10, 2016
    Singing Lessons (for adults)
    Verified Review
    Laurie was so great! Very interested and involved in my journey and what I needed/wanted to improve upon. She took the time and really wanted to help because she believes in conveying the soul behind the message in music. Thank you Laurie, I look forward to working with you.
  • Robert K. Feb 27, 2016
    Guitar Lessons (for adults)
    Verified Review
    Laurie is excellent at establishing rapport and establishing and assessing current level of skill and knowledge. She reinforced what I was doing well and offered tips and practice tasks for improvement. Encouraging and provides positive feedback towards personal goals. Builds on what I already know and provides bridge towards adding practical knowledge and theory.
  • andrea w. Feb 5, 2016
    Guitar Lessons (for adults)
    Verified Review
    I've only had one lesson so far and I already think she is the perfect teacher for me. She is extremely talented, very informative, patient and understanding.
  • TRACY F. Jan 24, 2016
    Singing Lessons (for adults)
    Verified Review
    I am an amatuer taking singing lessons and Laurie is willing to teach me in an informal level. The rate is $30 for 1/2 but she always goes over. She is relaxed, not flashy. She conveys complex music concepts in an easy way. The lessons are in an office complex church. Laurie is fun and friendly. There is no Rock Star attitude.
    Laurie B. May 12, 2016

    Type your response to this review.my lessons are $25 per 1/2 hr.

  • David M. Jan 4, 2016
    Singing Lessons (for adults)
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  • Jo J. Dec 12, 2015
    Guitar Lessons (for adults)
    Verified Review
    Laurie was warm, welcoming, and a patient teacher with extraordinary guitar skills. I am very pleased after my first lesson and plan to continue with her. Thanks, Laurie!
  • Deb A. Oct 30, 2015
    Guitar Lessons (for adults)
    Verified Review
    I met with Laurie for an introduction on how she teaches and have to say I am excited to finally learn how to play the guitar. It was fun and she explained things in a way that was easy for me to understand. I can hardly wait for our next session!
  • Danette O. Oct 11, 2015
    Guitar Lessons (for adults)
    Verified Review
    Laurie BoeDee is so very personable and made me feel comfortable right away. She has such great knowledge and skill in guitar. I'm so excited to learn more! I had reached a plateau and was becoming bored in what I was able to teach myself and Laurie has motivated me by challenging me in new techniques. I look forward to where I'll be in guitar and voice skills in a year!
  • Heidi R. Sep 30, 2015
    Bass Guitar Lessons (for adults)
    Verified Review
    I have been taking bass lessons with Laurie since last July. I'm an adult who hasn't taken music lessons since I was a kid (piano and saxophone), and Laurie has been such an encouraging, kind, and patient instructor! I've learned a lot so far, and I look forward to continue with lessons to improve my bass playing. If you're looking for a bass, vocals, or guitar instructor, I highly recommend Laurie.
  • Jayne S. Sep 8, 2015
    Guitar Lessons
    Verified Review
    Appreciate her versatility, skill and patience! Great for students of any age or skill level.
  • Kimberly H. Mar 26, 2015
    Guitar Lessons
    Verified Review
    Laurie is an excellent teacher! I felt welcome from day one even with NO guitar experience. She encouraged me to bring in songs I like and she'd listen to them once and then chart them out and teach me how to play them. Laurie gives great feedback, is very flexible with scheduling, and is very easy to talk to. Highly recommend!!!
  • Bill M. Mar 25, 2015
    Guitar Lessons
    Verified Review
    Laurie is a great teacher. A lot of patience with .my handicaps ( Parkinson's, arthritis, and more) . Couldn't have done better!
  • Adrienne W. Dec 19, 2014
    Guitar Lessons
    Verified Review
  • Nico H. Oct 6, 2014
    Laurie Boedee will teach at your pace and is very knowledgable about music theory. She taught me the important elements of music theory in a very comprehensible way. I also really appreciate how supportive she was and continues to be about my musical ideas. If you go to her with any idea for a song, she can help you develop it and can give you the feedback needed in order to reach your song's fullest potential!
  • Joannah P. Aug 8, 2014
    Guitar Lessons
    Verified Review
  • Lisa B. Apr 23, 2014
    I've been taking lessons from Laurie for many years. She is an excellent musician and teacher who knows how to customize instruction to meet your needs. She works well with adults, teens and young children. Just take your mp3s or CDs of your favorite songs and you'll be jamming along in no time!
  • Joe R. Apr 9, 2014
    Very competent teacher, all styles. Will show you the way to learn & cause you to get better. I kept all my lesson notes and refer to them often. Experienced vocalist and multi-instrumentalist. Very affordable, but would be a bargain at any price! None better.
  • Marybeth F. Apr 7, 2014
    I've taken voice lessons with Miss Laurie and after the first lesson, felt my confidence growing already. At the ripe old age of 57, I decided to join a band for the first time ever and after working with Laurie, have gone from singing background harmony to holding my own with a few solos. I've also witnessed Laurie work with younger students and she has such genuine care and interest in all her students. I highly recommend Laurie and her talent, experience and ability to include everyone!
  • Susan E. Apr 6, 2014
    My son took lessons from her for 4 years before we moved. At the time I had no idea what a great musical foundation she gave him. After he began lessons here in Wisconsin, his new teacher commented on what a broad range of skills he had developed. My now eleven year old son is currently doing advanced lessons and even has been recorded for local the public radio station!
  • Keith L. Apr 6, 2014
    Laurie has been working with our teenage son for a few years now. He really enjoys his time with her and his skills and musical acumen on the electric guitar have improved under her tutelage. In addition, the concerts she arranges for the students to perform are always wonderful events.
  • Johanna C. Nov 16, 2013
    My 8 yr. old daughter wanted to learn to play guitar and wanted a female teacher. We found Laurie's name on a music bulletin board, and I am so happy we did! Laurie is enthusiastic, patient, encouraging and FUN! She is a talented musician, and a great teacher. She really knows how to make learning fun. My daughter loves taking lessons with Laurie and I am happy to recommend her.
  • Bryna V. Oct 29, 2013
    Guitar Lessons
    Verified Review
    Laurie is an amazing teacher and we are so fortunate to have found her! My 7 year old daughter told me she wanted to learn to play the guitar, so I found Laurie, using Thumbtack, and she has been the perfect fit. My daughter asks every day if today is "guitar day"? As a parent, I couldn't ask for anything more than knowing my daughter is fond of her teacher and that keeps her motivated to continue to learn this new skill. Laurie seems to tailor each lesson to meet my daughter's progress and she keeps her challenged, which is awesome! Guitar lessons with Laurie have also boosted my daughter's confidence because she loves that she is learning a new skill. Couldn't be happier with my choice!
  • Andrea E. Oct 20, 2013
    Guitar Lessons
    Verified Review
    Laurie is a FANTASTIC teacher and musician! She customizes each lesson to get you one step closer to meeting your ultimate goal. I look forward to my lesson each week because we have so much fun. I would recommend her in a heartbeat.
  • Keith S. Jun 8, 2013
    Guitar Lessons
    Verified Review
    Laurie is awesome to work with! Not only is she a talented musician, but she knows how to teach her students exactly what they are wanting and needing to know. She is laid back, fun, and extremely knowledgeable about music theory and practice. No matter what style of music you are interested in, she can teach you how to play it!
  • Jon D. Jun 6, 2013
    Guitar Lessons
    Verified Review
    I've had 6 lessons with Laurie and each one confirms that i made a good choice for my teacher. Her manner of teaching fits me well as a beginning student. Words like patient, happy, enthusiastic, attentive, and accomplished (as a performer and teacher) are the descriptors that i think of when asked what sort of teacher she is.

Q&A

What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
I like to get together to find out what their musical likes are, and their goals. Is music a hobby, or do they want to become professional? Do they want to jam w/others, write songs, sing, learn how to apply music theory? Then, I tell them my backround, experience, and play for them. It's important to connect personally and for the student to feel comfortable w/their teacher. We schedule a regular time slot, and work towards goals. In Austin, they can hear great musicians (besides me) and stay inspired! some scholarships are avail for families who otherwise cannot afford music lessons.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I watch and work with other musicians, and basically practice constantly. Nuts and bolts. I leave the tech stuff and recording up to the engineers. However, the ear...I have got the producer's EAR. I hear tone, balance, blend of instruments and the slightest "flatness" of anything!
Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
I price by the 1/2 hr, 45 mins, and hour lessons. I also do workshops and group lessons and recording. Prices vary for different projects- as I said, limited scholarships are available.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
Wanted to be in music since I was a kid!
What types of customers have you worked with?
Have taught all ages, pretty much everybody- and I've worked and recorded w/pros, like Champ Hood, Julie Burrell (jazz) Jacque Schaffer, folks at the Austin Lyric Opera, videographers, poets, gospel singers (Judy Arnold of Zach Scott fame) country singers, Austin Chamber Music Group, KUT, etc, etc.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
We do the BoeDee Student Showcases several times a year, and my students sing, play guitar, bass and generally rock out! Lots of fun. They learn to help w/ stage set-up. Also, I have a theatrical rock band and we perform for conventions, often for hundreds of people- I like the teamwork aspect of being in a band for the past 12 years! I also completed a contemporary Christian music CD in April 2016, with Dani Overstreet called LOVE HAS NO BORDERS. (avail on Itunes) We co-wrote and produced together, and of course, played instruments/vocals
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Try a free, sample lesson- with me, then someone else.... then decide :) Also, my prices are excellent. For what you'd have to pay a "rock camp" you could fly to Europe!
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
Not all professional players are good teachers. Some just teach to make a little extra money, but teaching music requires understanding the learning curves of different age groups, and also working w/different personality types. It does require patience, which not all run of the mill guitar players have.