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Instruments: Piano, Guitar, Voice
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Blues, Folk, Country, R&b, Swing, Soul, Punk

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Peter B In Studio
Instruments: Piano, Guitar, Voice
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Blues, Folk, Country, R&b, Swing, Soul, Punk

Where I Teach:
In Your Home My Studio Online
Ages Taught: 8-65
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Degrees / Training / Special Info:
Bachelor of Musical Arts, Pacific Lutheran University
Awards:

2013 West Coast Songwriters Song of the Year Award Americana Category

Overview:
I've been performing, producing, collaborating, and teaching here in Washington now for around 20 years.  After earning a Bachelor of Musical Arts from Pacific University I began collaborating and performing with the area's top musical talent.  This array of experiences and musical relationships have given me what I believe to be unique insight into the art of music and how to approach it either as a career-minded professional or a recreationally-oriented amateur.  
EXPERIENCE
I began teaching private guitar in the fall of 2008 at Puyallup's Hi Ho Music Center.  There I built a substantial student base and many of my students continued to take lessons for several years.  One of my student even started teaching at the same store after he graduated from high school, which I took as an indication not only that he learned a great deal from our time together, but that he wanted to give others that same experience. I left the music store studio format to begin teaching at Dace's Rock N' More Music Academy where they offered lessons as well as an ensemble workshop program.  I had developed a passion for rehearsing and wanted to share that with sudents who were just started out in a band. After a year at Dace's I left to persue an opportunity for full-time performance which has had it's own rewards.  Now I'm excited to bringing those jewels of musical wisdom that can only be gained through experience back to the teaching studio!
METHODS USED
I begin all guitar students with rhythm guitar technique which I find to be less tedious than pluncking out melodies from a method book.  This gives the student the feeling of actually performing a song after just a few lessons.  From there, students go on to develop a comprehensive vocabular of chords, rhythmic patterns/techniques, scales and melodic techniques, and a foundational knowledge of music theory. All materials are generated in the lessons depending on the students needs and progress so no additional materials are needed.
LESSON STYLE
As stated above, I believe in a foundational understanding of music and music literacy.  I've witnessed, first hand, the handicap that people without basic formal knowledge of music have in the professional world.  To this end, as we look at songs, techniques, etc., I like to continue to remind the student that everything we do incorporates the basic knowledge that we've acquired.   Not all students are looking to develop advanced skills.  Some are only interested in gaining enough skill to enjoy recreational playing.  Also, everyone learns a little differently and, although I'm not a formally trained educator, I've learned a lot about being present and aware of the needs of each individual in order to facilitate their musical goals.   Whatever the desire or goal, I am committed to providing the necessary tools to help reach it and make learning music fun and interesting.
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