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Erik T

Erik T

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For beginning students, I use the Hal Leonard Basic or Kids Guitar Method because it is such a good introduction to the instrument. For bass and ukulele I also use the beginner Hal Leonard Method books. For more advanced students, I first get a sense for what they want to learn and where they want to go, by asking them some questions about their previous education, what songs they like to listen to, and any problems with practicing or grasping the material, that they may have experienced. Then, I create a custom lesson plan catered to their goals, based on my experience, and various methods gained from Berklee College of Music curricula.

Aaron B

Aaron B

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My lessons are very structured, but within the structure is a lot of freedom.  An hour long lesson might look something like this:  First 10 min.: Warm-ups, discussion about posture, hand position and muscular/skeletal health while playing.   Next 10 min.: Performance of previous weeks assignments, with discussion about whether preparation was adequate, what was missed (usually dynamics and other articulations) and what could be done to improve.  Next 10 min.: Based half on performance and half on my own ideas, work on a number of techniques to strengthen the weaknesses the student is facing.  This could range from working on a particular scale to solidify thumb crossover, to working on the use of a pick on guitar. Next 10 min.: Discuss assignment for next week and choose songs that would be beneficial.  Assignment usually consists of 1 technical work, 1 musical work and 1 free choice.   Next 10 min.: Monitored practice time.  This a chance for me to see how the student is practicing when I'm not there and correcting mistakes before they can become habits.  Usually involves forcing student to use a metronome, teaching the student to slow down when a piece is too difficult a tempo, and making sure the student is addressing problem areas of a piece rather than starting at the beginning every time.  Last 10 min.: Improvisation.  This covers a broad range of subject matter.  It might involve me playing something like chords while the student improvises.  This is a chance for me to try and hear the student's natural musical voice.  I also use this opportunity to explain to more advanced students, which scales can go with which chords.  This includes pentatonic scales, blues scales and for the most advanced, different modal scales.   For a shorter lesson, usually these would be cut relatively.  For 30 minute lessons (which I don't recommend) certain steps get combined which gets the job done, but not in the most ideal manner.  

Frank O

Frank O

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I've been teaching for about 8 years now. I've taught privately and with different institutions. I've taught at the University of Miami's young musicians camp, and at New England Conservatory's Jazz Lab. I've had many private students over time, many who have been with me for years and some that have gone on to great schools like Berklee. I encourage getting out there and playing and putting onself in situations that push your understanding. I find that playing with others is when people really get into music and get "hooked". It feels great to create with others, and the validation from understanding "I can do this" is invaluable. I try to keep a modern approach to things as well, focusing on how people make music today as opposed to 20 years ago. When a student feels he is creating at his highest level and learning in the process that's when I know my mission is accomplished.

Thomas M

Thomas M

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 I will construct a lesson plan according to each individual students wants or needs.

Rodrigo P

Rodrigo P

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I love sharing music. It is probably our greatest gift as human beings, and the most fun activity. I run my own music camp and love nature. I have performed in jazz, folk, rock and original music bands as a first call session player and arranger.  I also lead my own original music bands. I graduated Berklee undergrad in 2005 and have taught all levels and ages since then. I came back to the US to attend the first Master's Program at Berklee College of Music and I love sharing my knowledge with both beginners and advance musicians. My greatest asset is taking the student to the next level.

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