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Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (BRAZIL) - Music
2014 - Best College Guitar and Voice Award
I'm a professional guitar/singer teacher, teach musics both in English, Spanish, Italian, French and Portuguese if there's any interest, any kind of music. I've been playing/singing for 16 years, and done part of it as a job. I'm very passionate about music, and since guitar and voice always go together I think it's a great experience to do both at the same time. It doesn't take long to teach/learn if there is minimum training during the week, and and instrument is necessary for the student to practice.
My teaching experience dates back to since I was 16 years old. I've been playing the guitar and singing since I was 12, so after 4 years of experience and a lot of practice it was suggested that I should also teach others what I've learned. I started as a volunteer teacher in a clinic, to then teach in the student's own house and charging for it. The key point to learning fast is practicing a little bit VERY often, so that the brain can assimilate what it is learning. To help that I try to teach the student's favorite bits of music, of course.
For begginers, being adults or children, I always start with a set of easier musics that don't include very hard chords, but that may interest the person in what they're doing. The only difference between the children and the adult would be the guitar size and the amount of practicing and how often they need to practice. The key point is to have fun during the lessons to stimulate practicing every so often so that no matter how hard the songs are they can do it. Focus on 3 things: Chords first; Rhythm after, and Singing last (if they want to sing only).
My teaching style is to set a weekly goal for each student, in terms of music learning. It can be one or two songs per week, but the goal is to first learn all the necessary chords, then to learn the rhythm or the song and lastly to learn how to sing the song if they want to. The brain needs time and repeated training to be able to assimilate and learn that, and after each of these three parts are practiced separately then they start to be done together, and then it starts getting into an automatic's mode.
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