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Steve K

Steve K

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Lessons are tailored to the interests and learning styles of the student.   While I make it clear that music is a focused commitment, I approach each lesson with a sense of humor and try to create a laid back environment.  With younger students, I develop a steady curriculum that includes learning to read music, learning the fretboard, and playing exercises and etudes.  In addition, students are allowed to learn songs and study topics of their choosing.  When working with adult students, I allow them to choose the amount of structure and formality that will comprise their curriculum.  In every setting, it is my obligation to make sure that my students are moving toward their goals.

Nate R

Nate R

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My musical education began at a very young age, amidst the folk music traditions of the Allegheny Mountains in western NY.  I never had access to private instruction, though, so I have always been passionate about sharing my knowledge with students.  I was self-taught as a kid, and eventually received a scholarship to attend the Berklee College of Music, and later a graduate fellowship from the University of Oregon, where I received my Master of Music in Jazz Studies.  I have followed a career across the country, working as a freelance instrumentalist and educator from coast to coast, as well as internationally.

John G

John G

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I have developed a semi-structured method for beginning students, taking material from different books and then combining them. For more advanced students, I trust they know more about what and how they want to learn than I, and can certainly help them work out their kinks!

Nick S

Nick S

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It is important to work on dinner strength and independent finger mobility. I will first judge your abilities with a couple exercises and determine what you can conquer easily to get you moving in the right direction. I want to see my students working  on both technical exercises and songs they want to learn. Both rhythm or lead.

Ross G

Ross G

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I incorporate different styles of teaching including 'rote learning', which is essentially learning by ear and imitation, as well as uniquely tailored exercises. I incorporate different warm-up etudes that I use with each student to build basic fundamentals of learning the instrument. And I also encourage students to practice scales and drills to develop their muscle memory. I also believe that learning to play an instrument is as much a physical experience as it is a mental one that requires discipline, repetition, hard work, and patience. It is also my belief that positive encouragement goes a long way.

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