BA UC Santa Cruz, Guitar performance
Love music, theater, recording arts. I currently write and produce and perform my own music.
I have 15 years in child age education. Classical guitar student UC Santa Cruz minor in Jazz Studies. Played, recorded written produced music for over 10 years.
I call it the LSP approach (listening, singing, playing) I believe the listening skill is the most important skill to develop early and throughout ones playing career. Early I really focus on being able to hear the music as we try to reproduce it. This involves lots of basic singing of 5 finger patterns and major scales. Basic Chords and Scales for beginners, focusing more on fretboard theory and right/left hand technique, as student advances. Student should be able to identify thebasic hardware on the equipment within the first month (tuning peg, strings, fret, bridge etc,,,) Handout is provided Establish students desired music style and cater chords rythmn counts and repitore to fit students desired genre.
Understanding the desire of each student is important. What each student wants to do with thier instrument/music can be a very unique experience. Some players want to be able to play chords while they sing, some want to play solos, some want to write songs. Having student talk musically is important to me as a teacher so each lesson envolves me and the student talking about music in a musical way. Weather we are talking about counting the beats, beats in a measure, chord changes, the actual chord being played. Identifying what we are doing is something we consatnly challenge ourselves on.
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