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Indiana University, Guitar Performance
My name is Phillip, and I'm a passionate musician with a love for teaching. I started playing guitar when I was in 6th grade of middle school, and started taking lessons, and grew with experience from there. I went to college to study business and music, while also still taking lessons by my favorite instructor, Gary Rhum from Rhum Academy of Music, which is also where my teaching began. I volunteered to help with the Academy with upkeep, as well as teaching and instructing children in guitar. I then joined the Navy, but still continued teaching, as I enjoyed it, and it also helps me learn in the process.
I started teaching at an Academy of Music in Kokomo, IN, where my instructor, Gary, felt like I was experienced enough to start giving lessons. I was a little nervous about it at first, but once I got started with my first student, I realized I had a lot of fun teaching! Ever since then, I would teach friends who wanted to learn and they would recommend me to people they know, and I just all around enjoyed it. I have taught for about 5 years, and I hope to keep going!
My main goal right off the bat for my students is to get them playing from the very first lesson, starting with basic chords, and even have them practice a simple riff or lick from a song that they might recognize. In my philosophy, because this is how I was taught, it is important to keep the student interested, having fun, while still learning the things that they may consider "boring." I do this by implementing songs that they may know, or songs that they want to learn, and use that to teach what chords the song is using, what scales it might be using, and from that, have them practice the song and chord or scale accordingly. This helps the student learn a song that they love, while growing as a musician. I want my students to have fun, be curious about music, and come to me with things they want to learn.
There is nothing more rewarding than seeing your student progress and diacover a love for music. I am unconventional in my teaching methods as that I don't follow a certain teaching outline. Every student has their own pace, and its important for me to let a student take as long as they need to learn without being rushed. And by acknowledging their accomplishments, they become eager to learn more, and have more fun playing music, as that is the whole point of music right? I want students, while also learning the necessary chords, scales, notes, music theory, and reading tabulature, to learn songs that they know and will enjoy playing, and when they listen to the radio and that songs comes on they can say, " This song! I can play this song now!" That's what I want for my students, to simply have fun!
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