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Lance E In HomeHome In StudioStudio Teaches OnlineOnline
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Instruments: Guitar, Drums, Bass Guitar, Ukulele
Styles: Pop, Rock, Blues, Folk, Country

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Lance E In Home In Studio Teaches Online
Instruments: Guitar, Drums, Bass Guitar, Ukulele
Styles: Pop, Rock, Blues, Folk, Country

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In Your Home My Studio Online
Ages Taught: 5-80
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BA, Concordia University, Christian Education (Performing & Visual Arts Minor) MA, Concordia University, Teaching (Art Concentration)
Overview:
I have been playing music in many kinds of bands and ensembles since the early 1980's. In the late 80's and early 90's I was the drummer for the Seattle grunge band, "Violet Grey." After moving to Portland to go to college I played in the Concordia University String Ensemble and a number of rock bands, including, "Apostolic Tackle-Box," "Andy's Dandies," and "the Quick." I played in the folk duo, "Agile Grapefruit," and I have led praise bands at a number of local churches. I currently play in the folk duo "Dandelion Root." I have always loved music. I have wanted to be a musician as far back as I can remember, and I love sharing the joy of playing music with students.
EXPERIENCE
I first began teaching music lessons as a way to earn extra money for college and I have been teaching ever since. I have been mostly a freelance teacher, but I have substitute taught many times at Musical Beginnings in Vancouver, Washington. My first instrument is drums, though I have also been playing and teaching guitar and ukulele for a long time. In church settings I have often had the opportunity to help younger and less experienced musicians find their place in the praise band or worship team and to learn how to play music as a part of a group. I like to view the music teaching role as a mentorship and as such, as much as possible, I try to play with the students instead of having them play for me or me for them. I enjoy it when two or more musicians can put their parts together to create a whole. 
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As much as possible, I usually try to make custom lesson plans for each student. For beginning guitar or ukulele students I will usually begin by teaching them to play a familiar song using only a couple chords. This gives them something tangible to work toward right from the beginning. We can then add more chords and more challenging songs as we go, as well as learning to play scales and melodies, etc. For beginning drummers I will often take a basic rock beat and break it apart, focusing on one piece at a time and then putting it back together. This gives us a foundation to work from to which we can later add rudiments, etc. For more advanced students I like to first look back and see if there are any techniques or skills that they have neglected as they progressed. Once we have filled in any such holes, we can move forward, working on modes, poly-rhythms, or whatever seems appropriate for the individual student.
LESSON STYLE
Practice, of course, is important to learning any skill. But if a love of the instrument is there, practicing shouldn't be too much of a chore. I try to never give my students too much material at once, so as to frustrate them to the point of not wanting to play anymore. On the other hand, it is important to present them with challenges to keep them moving forward. First and foremost is to foster that love of music in them through enthusiasm and example. I encourage my students, especially drummers, to seek out opportunities to play with other musicians, although I don't require it. I do find, however, that one of the best ways to grow as a musician is to play with other musicians and to play in front of audiences, even if it is just a few of one's closest friends or family members.
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