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Brandon L In HomeHome In StudioStudio
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Instruments: Guitar, Trombone, Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar
Styles: Jazz, Rock, Blues, Folk, Funk

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Brandon L In Home In Studio
Instruments: Guitar, Trombone, Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar
Styles: Jazz, Rock, Blues, Folk, Funk

Where I Teach:
In Your Home My Studio Online
Ages Taught: 7-80
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BM, Florida State Univeristy, General and Education
Overview:
Without motivation from early teachers I would not have obtained my love and value of music. For me, teaching is a great way to give back to the community and to share music with others. It is such a special thing to be able to create with sounds and to develop confidence with an instrument. I graduated FSU with a BA in music, focusing on education. In college I played low brass instruments in symphonic band and guitar in Jazz band/combo. When I'm not teaching music lessons I am teaching skiing up at Mt. Hood Meadows as well as going to jam sessions/seeing live music in Portland.
EXPERIENCE
In college, I informally taught guitar lessons to friends and other colleagues, but now am looking for more students in Oregon to share my love for music and guitar with. I have experience working with middle schoolers doing some student teaching through the university. Since then, most of my teaching is on the mountain through ski instructing in the winters, but I'm ready to spread out my abilities through music. I find that students with a goal of songs to learn is best for motivation and practice. Without that motivation it can be hard to put the time in and may seem tedious. (Which playing music should not always be!) Practicing may seem like a chore at times but finding out ways to approach it as a game can make it more worthwhile and affective.
METHODS USED
I like to start basic lessons with either a beginner method book or by learning the open chords to a simple song. I find that books can be like homework and try not to use them if possible. However, some students like seeing progress that way and want all the fundamental skills that some books cover. I always want to know what the students' goals are and what type of music they are interested in listening and playing. Every person is unique, so should their lesson approach be. I am confident in beginner through advanced abilities.
LESSON STYLE
Traditionally, I like to teach without a method book but each student varies in their wants or needs. I like to start my most basic lessons with learning the open chords and connecting them with rhythm. From there, playing favorite songs and even writing some progressions maybe! Depending on what the student's goal is, we can learn notes on the fretboard or how to read music notation for the instrument. I also think learning how to listen and use your ear is very important to developing overall skills in music.
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