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Jesse K

Jesse K

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When not gigging I am a fulltime guitar/bass instructor. For the last five years I have dedicated myself to teaching up and coming rock stars at the Minnesota School of Rock. I have taken students from guitar infancy to opening for 311 and The Offspring on the main stage of the 2010 Taste of Minnesota. My students regularly gig around the Twin Cities and can hold their own with musicians twice their age (and sometimes height!). Gaining confidence through experience is a top priority. I believe that having skills but not using them kills a students desire to learn.

Mike S

Mike S

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One of the best things about teaching is seeing how much of an impact music can have on a student. One thing that really motivates me as a teacher is pushing for that moment when a student has accomplished something that they might feel to be impossible. As a past student I clearly remember the great feeling of accomplishment and pride I had when my teachers were encouraging and gave me enthusiastic compliments on my playing. More than anyone, my teacher’s opinion really mattered to me and I never hesitate to give a pat on the back to good effort and accomplishment. 

Steve H

Steve H

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I'm a multi-instrumentalist with a very wide range of musical experience. I graduated from Augsburg College in 2006 and have performed professionally on guitar, bass, drums, trombone, and tuba. From 2007 to 2009, I performed on Carnival Cruise Lines as a jazz and pop trombonist. Beginning in 2009, I participated in Twin Cities theater productions as a singer, actor, and musical director. In 2013, I went back to Augsburg to pursue a master's degree in education, including a graduate-level recital on trombone, and this spring I will be licensed as a K-12 music teacher in Minnesota. I have most recently been playing guitar and trombone with local Somali artists.

Louis P

Louis P

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I've been teaching on some sort of basis since my senior year of high school, when I spent a semester helping the middle school I had previously attended with an upright bass after school program. After high school, my focus was primarily on getting through college, so I taught lessons here and there but not anywhere near full time. When I earned my degree, however, I had some time to begin taking on students on a more regular basis. I'd teach close friends, friends of other family members, and it was then that I began to realize how rewarding teaching can be. When I finally became employed as a teacher at the beginning of 2015, having up to 20 students per week, it became even more clear to me that I could really have been finding some sort of a calling. Very few things feel as amazing as watching another's excitement unfold as he or she makes apparent progress on his or her instrument. My biggest goal is to to help facilitate this kind of progress in the smoothest, most enjoyable way. 

Branko B

Branko B

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If the student is novice, I usually start with basics in music and guitar: meaning of rhythm, beat, chords, strumming, posture, etc. I always demonstrate the possibilities and potential of guitar to students and then ask them if there is a specific style they are interested in. For younger students the best way is to have as much as possible fun and learn through the games and play. For intermediate and advanced students I spend more time on details such as interpretation, licks, style, etc, depending on what their goal is. There are a lot of good method books on the market, so I recommend a few options. In most cases, I teach a "fusion method" where I combine chords, strumming, basic finger-style and theory (scales, intervals, position of notes on the fret-board, etc). This method help student to become more versatile and learn to play many genres of music.

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