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Instruments: Guitar, Lap Steel Guitar, Mandolin
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Blues, Folk, Country, Flamenco, Reggae, Swing, Punk, Avant-Garde

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Forest S In Home In Studio Teaches Online
Instruments: Guitar, Lap Steel Guitar, Mandolin
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Blues, Folk, Country, Flamenco, Reggae, Swing, Punk, Avant-Garde

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In Your Home My Studio Online
Ages Taught: 5-80
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Degrees / Training / Special Info:

BA in music, Kenyon College, Composition and Guitar Performance

MEd Science Education, Ohio State University

Awards:

David B Perry Music award

Angela Waite recital 

Overview:
I started playing guitar when I was 12. At first, I wanted to play the rock I heard on the radio (who remembers 96.5 The Mountain???), but as I grew older my interests also grew. I dug into classic rock, then blues and jazz. I also grew more interested in the folk music my dad always played in the car when I was a kid. I studied music composition and classical guitar in college. Today, I enjoy listening to and playing a wide range of music, including Rock, Blues, Jazz, Folk and Classical. I think its healthy to listen to lots of different styles of music. Different styles can really help influence and inspire the way you play!
EXPERIENCE
I earned a bachelors degree in music composition and studied classical guitar in college. I taught private lessons off and on for several years before beginning teaching at a Music Studio in Columbus, Ohio. While there, I taught many guitar and ukulele lessons, and even started a ukulele club. While I was working at the studio teaching lessons at night, I was working on a masters degree in education. Today, I teach Science at a local high school, but missed the setting of one-on-one music lessons, so here we are! I have played and performed in many different settings, including rock bands, folk/bluegrass bands, classical ensembles, and solo performance.
METHODS USED
The most important thing for any student of any skill level is to be excited about playing and practicing their instrument. For beginners, I start by introducing the instrument and how all the parts work together to make music. We then move on to the basics of chords and scales, along with exercises to help build dexterity in the fingers. For intermediate or more advanced students, lessons are catered more to what that particular student needs, whether they wish to work through particular songs, styles, or techniques.
LESSON STYLE
I like to keep a fun, lighthearted, and exciting mood in my lessons. My priority is keeping students working towards their own goals. I certainly hope to influence those goals, but if the student doesn't have the motivation, no one else can help them. In some ways, I view myself not as a teacher, but as a guide. A student can be their own best teacher, but without guidance and explanation, it is easy to get lost. I also believe that students learn better when they discover answers, rather than just being given answers. If a student has a question, my response is likely to be more of a discussion that leads the student to the answer on their own than just telling them a short answer without context.
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