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A.J. G In HomeHome In StudioStudio Teaches OnlineOnline
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Instruments: Guitar, Voice, Ukulele
Styles: Pop, Rock, Folk, Country

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A.J. G In Home In Studio Teaches Online
Instruments: Guitar, Voice, Ukulele
Styles: Pop, Rock, Folk, Country

Where I Teach:
In Your Home My Studio Online
Ages Taught: 10-80
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Degrees / Training / Special Info:

BA, Yale College, Philosophy

Awards:

13 Emmy Awards for music and sound in network television and public broadcasting: 3 for Outstanding Original Song (as songwriter/lead singer/guitarist/producer); 8 for Music Direction/Composition/Arrangement; 2 for Audio Post-Production director. 8 BMI Awards: from Broadcast Music, Inc. the performing rights organization, for outstanding achievements in television.

Overview:
I am proud to say I've made a living making music for my entire career. And, that I love inspiring my fellow musicians through teaching: by helping them to discover their own passion and love for the music inside them too. I started working right out of college as a performing singer/songwriter/guitar player, and I continue to still play today--with two bands, and as a solo acoustic singer-guitarist. I'm also a successful working musician in a number of other ways: pop songwriter/composer/lyricist; television and film composer; music producer and DAW studio owner; musical director for network TV shows and theatrical productions; music supervisor and publisher of music that I license to film and television programs and music libraries that I've created and own. When you come to my studio, you see the 13 Emmy Awards I've won for my music: as a songwriter/composer/musical director-supervisor and audio post-producer. All this ties together in my work as an instructor. The awards speak to my career success, talent, and the professional space in which I work. They're also an expression of my desire to share what I've learned and use as a teacher to give something back: to the next generation of musician of any age who, like me at the beginning and still today, hears a sound and has a dream.
EXPERIENCE
I've been teaching guitar for as long as I've been a professional musician. I figured if I was good enough to earn a living doing what I love to do, that I could share that knowledge and experience with other musicians and make a difference in their lives. I teach rhythm guitar, especially acoustic, at an advanced level. As I learned to play more instruments, out of professional necessity or desire, I discovered I could teach them as well. So I also teach singing, singer-guitar playing, rack harmonica, and ukulele--all at a novice level. One of the extraordinary and rewarding things about the experience I've had teaching is what I've learned! Students teach me that persistence, patience, discipline and sheer enjoyment are the biggest factors in becoming successful on your instrument and finding your sound.
METHODS USED
As a teacher I believe my first job is to listen: to what the student loves musically and would like to learn more about. From that foundation, my method is to progress immediately to specific interests: what style/genre of music; what techniques; and, most importantly, what songs and recording artists inspire the student to want to learn from and play. I teach basically the way I've learned myself: by ear. So once we identify student interest, we begin by listening to examples--using them as instructional guides to train the student's ears and teach skills and technique. I use individually customized lesson plans--and keep a binder for each student of their lessons, repertoire, study guides, and progress notes. Diagrams for chord shapes in open and bar chord position; chord progressions for selected songs; pick and strum techniques; using the metronome for keeping good, fluid time; rhythmic and melodic patterns all come together at any level for the student to make music and love the process of learning how to do so.
LESSON STYLE
I view my role as a teacher as two-fold: to share my knowledge with my students, and support their musical growth. So on the one hand, my teaching style is very focused on instructing students in the fundamentals/essentials of their instrument at their particular level. But I'm also a coach--providing encouragement, motivating discipline, helping students to discover and inspire their love of music. Hey, it's not easy to learn to play an instrument! If it were, everyone who tried would succeed and do it well. The student is making an investment--of money, and just as importantly of time--in the learning process. So I think the most important part of this serious business is, yes, to enjoy it! I'd like every lesson and every practice session to be fun for my students. The most rewarding part of my job is to see a smile on a student's face when they've overcome an obstacle and feel great about what I've helped them to do.
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Chrissy T

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A.J was an extraordinary teacher for my six year-old daughter. We are so grateful to him for being a positive first experience with lessons and expanding her love of singing, guitar, and music in general. We would recommend A.J. to anyone looking for a teacher, young or old!

Review posted on Nov 08, 2019
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