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Private Instruction

We offer private and group instruction for guitar, ukulele, bass, mandolin, steel guitar, banjo, violin, viola, piano, and voice, for all types of music; rock, jazz, pop, country. Rates for private lessons range from $60 - $80  per hour depending on instructor.  Call 305-453-6413 and speak with Mimi to get specific rates and to schedule a lesson appointment.

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Dorothy (Dee Dee) Shaw Violin, Viola, Piano

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Dorothy Shaw has performed and taught professionally in the Chicagoland area for over 25 years. She has performed as concertmaster and soloist with Camerata Chicago, Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra, toured Europe and Asia, and performed with Chicago Sinfonietta, now the Joffrey Ballet Orchestra, and the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, with Itzhak Perlman. She has performed in movie and studio circles, including appearing in “Home Alone II,” McDonald’s commercials, and WFMT broadcasts as concertmaster of Camerata Chicago.  

Dorothy’s teaching experience includes over 25 years experience in teaching students of all ages. She has maintained studios at Elmhurst College, Wheaton College, and owned and operated The Hall School of Music in Wheaton for 18 years. Currently she maintains a thriving violin studio at Metea Valley High School, a 2016 Grammy award winning music program. Her students have gone on to such distinguished schools as The Julliard School of Music, having become professional musicians in such

organizations as the Voxare String Quartet. She has her Master’s Degree from DePaul University in Violin Performance. Dee Dee possesses an immense love of music and the inspiration to play and teach what she believes to be the most beautifully colorful, expressive and spiritual of instruments - the violin. It is her passion to “pass it on,” bringing the joy of making music to the next generation of budding young violinists.

Larry Baeder Guitar, Bass, Banjo, Mandolin

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Originally from Kansas City, Larry Baeder is a local Key West performing musician that has performed all over the world with some of the biggest names in the world of Blues, Soul, and Rock ’n Roll. When he was 17 years old, in his hometown of Kansas City, he sat in with Muddy Water at the Landmark Theater. In his 20’s Larry went on tour for 6 years with the James Montgomery Band. Later, he moved to New York City where he became the guitarist in the house band at the world famous Apollo Theater. Over the years Larry has performed with many well know artists, like Benny King, Nancy Wilson, Mavis Staples, Carly Simon, and The Temptations.

 Larry is  a graduate of the Berklee College of Music. Pat Metheny, another well known guitarist also from Kansas City, recommended Larry for a scholarship to Berklee in exchange for helping out with guitar instruction to other Berklee guitar students. Larry took advantage pf the opportunity, and when he wasn’t busy on the road touring, he took every possible class offered by Berklee.

 Larry is President of the Board of Directors of the Bahama Village Music Program in Key West, and volunteers as an instructor teaching music theory, improvisation, and conducting the jazz band. He is available Thursdays and Mondays for private lessons at The Grateful Guitar.

Mary Horan Vocalist

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Mary Horan, originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, began her professional performance career at the age of eighteen with the Milwaukee's Sky Light Comic Opera. She also appeared professionally in the United States with Music Under the Stars. She then began to change her focus from theater and opera to pop and jazz music performance. She went on to tour the U.S. with the internationally famous folk and pop band, The Serendipity Singers. Setting her sights on performing in Europe, she spent two years in Italy where she performed throughout the country in clubs and festivals. After moving to Belgium, she toured throughout Europe as the feature vocalist for NATO's SHAPE International Big Band. Her love of living and performing abroad has enabled her to appear in hotels and jazz clubs throughout the U.S., Europe, South Korea, and the Dominican Republic. She has recently taken up residence in Key West, Florida, and is quickly becoming part of the jazz scene here. Additionally, Mary has many years experience as a private vocal coach, and is a new member of The Grateful Guitar teaching staff offering private voice lessons to vocalists  of all genres.