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By the time I reached college age I was so proficient in my musical knowledge that I found it unnecessary to major in music (despite the fact that I was offered a scholarship to Columbia College). I still stand behind this decision. But while we're here, let's talk about what I did instead. First of all, I have NEVER stopped, at any point in my life, studying music.There is no point where you can say "I'm done. I know it all!". I've devoted most of my life to learning more about music through teaching and underground sources (such as playing in numerous successful bands, recording and running my own recording studio, running a music venue and playing with real life working musicians who have experience in almost every genre from around the globe). I opened a music venue and recording studio in 2006 and ran it for over 9 years. The experiences and stories I can tell about that would take almost the 9 years it was open. I've been teaching professionally since 2001 in schools, music stores (one of which I was the top teacher for over 5 years) and people's homes and mine. There are things I believe I can teach about music and the musical world that you would not learn in school. We won't have time for me to pass on to you all that I know. But I will focus our lessons around what you will NEED to know to accomplish your musical goals.
I have become the top teacher in several schools and music stores, opened a music venue/recording studio where I met musicians from around the world and now run my own lessons business. My longevity/success rate with students speaks for itself. As an example, I have an entire family of kids (three sisters and a brother) that I have been teaching since 2012 who have moved across the country and now take their lessons with me online. During those years they have become not only proficient in guitar and ukulele but I have consistently created recitals for them to entertain their whole family. This is just one example. I have taught literally hundreds of students over the years and have watched most of them not only become great musicians, but many have also played the stage of my music venue and recorded albums in my recording studio.
Ian is a patient, highly knowledgeable teacher for my young sons. I’ve seen their growth, and I couldn’t be prouder; I know that it takes a great teacher to see those results. The learning has not stopped a bit throughout the pandemic, as Ian is flexible and tech savvy. I’m very grateful to have him, especially now, as our music teacher.
Ian is very patient with my 5.5 and year olds. He is knowledge and breaks things down so they can easily understand.
Ian is very knowledgeable and comes with a lesson plan every time. He also listens to what my goals are and accommodates me with my job schedule which can change from one week to another. I'm so happy he was paired with me through Musika.
Very professional, tries to accommodate with your schedule. Works well with my kids.
Very happy with Ian. He is punctual, and has a clear plan to help me achieve with guitar what I hope to at my own pace. He's patient and easy-going and a pleasure to work with.
Ian is always on time. He is professional and friendly. My daughter loves working with him. He has also been flexible when we have needed to reschedule times. While we're new to taking lessons with Ian, my daughter is excited to continue learning from Ian and we are confident that she will continue to grow in skills.
He is very knowledgable, patient, and organized.
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