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Tom
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Tom
« I first saw Aaron at a venue he was playing at with some other professors in a jazz group. I immediately noticed his mastery of the guitar and how easily he was able to execute musical ideas and improvise. I inquired about taking lessons from him shortly after this. He is the kind of teacher that was able to recognize right away where I was as a musician. By the way I've been playing guitar for 20+ years and have had many music teachers. Also I gig regularly with several bands. At our first lesson he was able to explain concepts to me that were previously confusing and give me a whole new musical direction. His approach to teaching has helped me to understand how to constantly learn new things on my own. Also how to mentally practice when I don't have an instrument. I would definitely recommend him and I have referred him to many people in person. He is an incredibly knowledgeable, talented, and humble teacher and musician. Another great aspect of his teaching is that he asks questions and tries to really understand where the student is coming from and what they want to learn. I'm very thankful to have met such a wonderful teacher. He has helped open many musical doors that before seemed impossible and confusing. »
$30/h
1st lesson free!
Verified teacher profile
Response Time 24h
Lessons offered by Aaron
  • Individual
  • In group
The lessons will be held
  • at his home
  • at your home
  • By webcam
Taught subjects
  • Singing
  • Music Reading
  • Guitar
  • Bass guitar
  • Blues guitar
  • Jazz guitar
Levels
  • All Levels

Guitar professor gives Rock, Blues, Jazz, and Country music Lessons in Lincoln

Methodology

student-centered learning! In other words, if you have much of an idea what you are going for, then I am here to help you achieve that goal. If your goals aren't clear yet, then we'll look at many different styles and concepts

Background

I currently teach at 4 area colleges and play the clubs and festivals in and around Lincoln and Omaha. I have a DMA in Jazz Guitar performance, and once sang and led a rock band in New York City.

Rates

Transportation Fee : $10
Rate for online lessons : $25/h
Rate for 5 hours of lessons : $25
Lessons offered by Aaron
Individual
In group
The lessons will be held
at his home
at your home
webcam
Taught subjects
  • Singing
  • Music Reading
  • Guitar
  • Bass guitar
  • Blues guitar
  • Jazz guitar
Levels
  • All Levels

Aaron's resume

1
Aaron Stroessner

Teaching Experience

Wayne State College, Adjunct Professor – Wayne, NE 2018 -current
Teach online lessons in Guitar for music majors and minors
Report attendance, assessments, and grades via wsc.edu

Nebraska Wesleyan University, Adjunct Professor – Lincoln, NE 2017-current
Instruct NWU Jazz Ensemble
Teach private lessons in Guitar for music majors and non-majors
Report attendance, assessments, and grades via nebrwesleyan.edu

Southeast Community College, Adjunct Professor - Lincoln/Beatrice, NE 2016-current
Teach History of Rock Music (classroom and online sections)
Teach private lessons in Guitar and Music Theory
Grade and tutor online Music Theory classes
Received extensive training in Moodle and Canvas platforms and conversions
Report attendance, assessments, and grades via thehub.southeast.edu

Iowa Western Community College, Adjunct Professor - Council Bluffs, IA 2016-current
Teach 17-week semester classes in Music Appreciation
Teach private guitar lessons
Report attendance, assessments, and grades via roclms.iwcc.edu

Harris Academy of the Arts, Faculty Instructor - Lincoln, NE 2016-2017
Taught over 20 weekly guitar and bass lessons to students of all ages
Led and directed several rock band ensembles
Helped prepare and produce biannual recitals featuring over 250 performances

University of Nebraska, Graduate Teaching Assistant - Lincoln, NE 2012-15
Taught applied Guitar Lessons to undergraduate music majors
Taught, arranged for, and performed with the Guitar Quartet
Directed Small Ensemble Program (jazz/contemporary) for one year
Taught, arranged for, and performed bass with small ensembles for three years
Assisted Prof. Tom Larson with his History of Rock and History of Jazz classes
Taught one semester History of Rock (teacher of record)

New York University, Adjunct Instructor - New York, NY 2008
Taught Guitar Classes and individual Guitar Lessons to non-major NYU students
Developed Beginning Guitar class syllabus

D’Addario Foundation Outreach Grant, Volunteer Instructor - New York, NY 2008
Taught guitar classes at the George Jackson Academy grade school
Performed for students and parents in the community outreach ensemble

Pierce College and City College, Instructional Assistant - Los Angeles, CA 2005-07
Administered music department operations and events at two LACCD campuses
Tutored students in ear training, music theory, and instrumental instruction
Advised students in course selection and career preparation


Education
University of Nebraska - Lincoln, NE 2016
Doctor of Musical Arts Degree, Jazz Guitar Performance
Graduate Teaching Assistantship recipient
Private studies with guitarist Dr. Peter Bouffard
Jazz theory and pedagogy classes with Dr. Hans Sturm
Jazz arranging classes with Dr. Eric Richards
Jazz history classes with Dr. Anthony Bushard
Improvisation class with Dr. Paul Haar
New York University - New York, NY 2009

Master of Music Degree, with honors, Jazz Studies
Graduate Scholarship recipient
Performing ensemble with pianist Kenny Werner
Private studies with guitarists Peter Bernstein and Randy Johnston
Guitar ensemble with John Scofield
Small group artist ensembles with Dave Pietro and Andy Milne
Improvisation classes with George Garzone and Brian Lynch

Institute of Audio Research - New York, NY 2003
Audio Recording and Production Diploma, with honors
Studies in acoustics, analog and digital production with Mario Salvati
Berklee College of Music - Boston, MA 1991

Bachelor of Music Degree, with honors, Professional Music Major
Private studies with guitarists Jon Damian, Jim Kelly, and Jon Finn
Guitar labs with Brett Wilmott and Garrison Fewell
Jazz theory classes with Rick Peckham and Darcy Hepner
Improvisation class with Hal Crook


Performing Experience

ASQ, the Aaron Stroessner Quartet – Lincoln and Omaha, NE 2016-current
Performing original jazz at various venues and area showcases
Regular performances at Jambo Cat jazz club in Omaha
Currently recording and preparing first release of jazz originals

Emily Bass and the Near Miracle – Lincoln and Omaha, NE 2016-current
Performing frequently with 10-piece original soul-gospel vocal group
Appearing at multiple folk and roots festivals
Currently recording and preparing first release

“Mama Mia!” – Lincoln Community Playhouse, Lincoln, NE 2018
Performed Guitar 1 for this professional, month-long engagement

Ginetta’s Vendetta – Love’s Art and Jazz Center, Omaha, NE 2017
Joined touring New York City pocket trumpeter Ginetta Silvi for multiple dates

Justin Kisor – Wayne State College, NE 2017
Joined renowned trumpeter Justin Kisor’s trio for multiple dates highlighted
by this on-campus concert

Dr. Darryl White - Omaha and Lincoln, NE 2015, 2017
Performed often with this University of Nebraska jazz trumpet professor

The Jazzocracy - Lincoln, NE 2013-2017
Performed weekly with group then run by NEA Fellowship Artist Randall Snyder

Holland America Cruise Line – Seattle, WA 2008-16
Contracted as bandleader during, between, and after graduate schools
Led a 5-8 piece ensemble in daily performances of jazz and popular music
Rehearsed and conducted theatrical productions and guest artist performances
(other duties listed below “Audio Engineering/Music Business Experience”)

International Thespian Festival Gala Opening – Lied Center, Lincoln, NE
Rehearsed and performed original arrangements by Jason Yarcho
“The Spark of Creation” 2016
“The Music of Alan Menken” 2015

UNL Jazz Orchestra and UNL Graduate Jazz Ensemble - Lincoln, NE 2012-15
Performed and studied arranging under noted conductor Dr. Eric Richards
Invited to perform at University of Kansas Jazz Festival in 2014
Received multiple special recognition awards at the Elmhurst Jazz Fest in 2013
Toured and held master classes at various community colleges and high schools

Capital Jazz Society Big Band, Vega - Lincoln, NE 2012-15
Performed monthly with this 17-piece big band
Debuted original arrangements by Tomaro, Richards, Von Kampen, and Snyder

Jazz Jam at the Meadowlark Café - Lincoln, NE 2013-15
Established and hosted Lincoln’s only weekly jazz jam with my guitar trio

UNL Chamber Singers - Lincoln, NE 2014
Accompanied the Chamber Singer’s performance of Leonard Bernstein’s
“Simple Song” at the request of director Dr. Therees Hibbard

Dr. Marc LaChance’s faculty jazz recital at Hastings College - Hastings, NE 2014
Performed in quartet as featured soloist and accompanist

Nebraska Educational Television - Lincoln, NE 2012
Performed on several recordings by composer and professor Tom Larson
for use in public television documentaries

“King David” Oratorio by Alan Menken and Tim Rice - New York, NY 2008
Performed in the orchestra for gala fundraiser and honorarium for the
composer and lyricist in attendance

“Violet” Musical by Jeanine Tesori and Brian Crawley - New York, NY 2008
Performed in the pit orchestra for this New York University production

Paul Colicchio Jazz Trio - Woodland Hills, CA 2006-07
Performed weekly with Pierce College Profs. Paul Colicchio and Wayne Perkins

Ron Anthony - Woodland Hills, CA 2005
Performed (and took lessons) with Frank Sinatra’s guitarist and Pierce College
Instructor at several Pierce fundraisers

William Brooks - New York, NY 2002-03
Produced and performed on William Brooks’ fifth CD, Bitter Circus
Performed dozens of shows in support of its release

Dead Left - New York, NY 1995-2003
Composed, sang, and played guitar on four independently released CDs
Performed hundreds of shows around the Northeast United States
Assembled, rehearsed and managed group
(also listed below under “Audio Engineering/Music Business Experience”)

Sweetybomb - New York, NY 1994-95
Performed bass on an independently released CD of original music
Performed dozens of shows in and around New York City

Reviews on Aaron
  • 5/5

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1 recommendation

Tom

I first saw Aaron at a venue he was playing at with some other professors in a jazz group. I immediately noticed his mastery of the guitar and how easily he was able to execute musical ideas and improvise. I inquired about taking lessons from him shortly after this.

He is the kind of teacher that was able to recognize right away where I was as a musician. By the way I've been playing guitar for 20+ years and have had many music teachers. Also I gig regularly with several bands. At our first lesson he was able to explain concepts to me that were previously confusing and give me a whole new musical direction.

His approach to teaching has helped me to understand how to constantly learn new things on my own. Also how to mentally practice when I don't have an instrument.

I would definitely recommend him and I have referred him to many people in person. He is an incredibly knowledgeable, talented, and humble teacher and musician. Another great aspect of his teaching is that he asks questions and tries to really understand where the student is coming from and what they want to learn. I'm very thankful to have met such a wonderful teacher. He has helped open many musical doors that before seemed impossible and confusing.

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