The Hartford Conservatory College-Accredited Certicate in Music Performance 2002 Graduate High Honors Manchester Community College State Certified Therapeutic Recreation Director Graduate 2012 Manchester Community College Associated in Music Graduating Class of 2016
Phi Theta Kappa MCC 2012-2015
Connecticut Assisted Living Association Best Practices Award 2013
High Honors Award Hartford Conservatory 2002
I have been teaching and performing professionally since 1998, and I can't think of anything else more enjoyable than sharing the joy of music through teaching and live music entertainement. My students learn how to play their favorite songs while learning how to read music, understand tab, grasp some theory, learn chord structure and play some scales for technique building, ear training and improvisation.
I have played in many venues with many groups in Connecticut, Boston, New York City, and Portland, Oregon. Genres I enjoy include jazz, bossanova, classic rock, blues and pop. Genres I enjoy teaching include most anything that the student wants to learn. If students would like to perform a song in front of other peers, I offer opportunities for that as well in local venues; however, there's no pressure to perform in front of people unless the student wishes to! Almost anyone can learn how to play the guitar, and I have the ability to provide instruction from a few different angles. Let's play the guitar!
I like the Hal Leonard Guitar Method series, for guitar. I also use scales, picks, fingerstyle methods, and backing tracks to help get the students up to speed on a song or a riff they'd like to learn. It's important to understand the background of music, so I tend to also teach students the structure of a 12-bar blues progression and relate it to songs of yesterday and today. This enables students to get a well-rounded introduction to understanding timing, tempo, basic theory/progressions, improvisational ideas, and more! I also like to use a metronome for scales and some songs, to help build a solid foundation of timing and tempo.
I always ask the students what their goals are. I include the parents as well in this conversation for the younger students, as I find that some parents want their children to learn how to read beginning at a young age. Other parents may specify that their child may simply want to learn how to play their favorite songs. For adults, I go with what they'd like to learn and take if from there. I encourage sight reading, chord building, scale knowledge to all students. My lessons are tailored to the students' musical goals, and they stay motivated when they learn their favorite songs! Each song can be taught in a way where the student can enjoy learning it from a basic standpoint for beginners, to a more intermediate or advanced approach for those who have been playing guitar for a while.
“My son and I have been taking lessons with Lynn for 5 or 6 years now. She is very patient with younger students (& older students having "senior moments"). She is also flexible in her lessons in that if we want to work on theory, jazz, rock, blues, she will cater to our requests.” – Karl B., C.P.A., Aug 2015
“Lynn has taught my daughter guitar for 9 years. She has always managed to keep her engaged and provide an exceptional learning experience. She tailors the lesson specifically to the student’s interests and abilities. She provides many opportunities for students to showcase their talents outside of lessons. We love working with Lynn.” Maureen Young, Dir. of Finance, Aug 2015
“Lynn is my music hero! She can listen to any song and write down the chords. She will adjust to make it easier or harder whatever your abilities. I have a busy schedule and often don't have time to practice between lessons and she is cool with that. She also will adjust lesson times when she is able which fits my hectic schedule. I'm glad my first guitar teacher "fired" me ....that allowed me to meet Lynn.” - Carol A., M.D., Aug 2015