Instruments: Piano, Guitar, Voice, Bass Guitar, Banjo
Teaching Methods: For my guitar students, I always start with concepts such as the seven keys of music, sharps and flats, standard tuning, reading chord charts, reading tabs, and right hand strum patterns. Usually within the first two weeks, we will learn a few songs using chords, and a few songs using tabs. Should my student want to learn to read music (something that is unncessesary when learning guitar) I will start out with the basics of this as well. For my piano students, I recommend they purchase a basic level piano book from any general music store. We will start with the basics of reading music, the seven keys of music, scales, finding middle C and the basic terms such as "measures", "Staff", "octaves" etc...We will then make our way through some basic songs in the book using our right hand and will eventually incorporate two.
Teaching Styles: I am a good motivator and always use positive reinforcement with my students no matter how much they have practiced or how much difficulty they are having. I encourage my students to practice as much as I can, but understand that the first few years of learning can be very difficult and frusterating. Once skills have developed and confidence is built, playing becomes more natural and fun. Motivating students to continue to practice and repeat songs until they are very confident is key. I also encourage students to find their nitch with music, i.e. finding what about music is most fun to them - whether it be songwriting, singing and playing at the same time, chord voicings, learning challenging songs, etc.. Music should ALWAYS be fun!
Instruments: Guitar, Bass Guitar
I have been teaching private lessons for over 5 years now and continue to do so all around the greater Seattle area as well as online!
Instruments: Guitar, Bass Guitar
First and foremost - It has to be FUN! Often times, that's a cliche' statement. But it's true. If you're not having fun or digging the groove, it's going to make learning your instrument very difficult. As far as an average lesson, we'll be learning in a fun, relaxed and informative interaction. We'll take the lessons at any comfortable pace or level that suits you, we'll play together, share some music with each other, and hey! We might even learn a little something or two!
Instruments: Piano, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboard, Electric Guitar, Classical Guitar, Acoustic Guitar
I have been teaching music for almost 16 years. Since I graduated high I have always had people who wanted me to teach them how to play. When I first started out I learned out to play in the classical style with the guitar and progressed my way through many different styles. I love playing and teaching the piano because it is the best instrument to learn everything on. All of the theory can be much more easily explained using a piano than any other instrument. I am always encouraging my students to have fun with what they are doing. That, of course, is the most important part of playing music.
Instruments: Guitar, Drums
For beginning students, I like to start with Drum Class Method by Alyn Heim (Volumes 1 & 2) and Peter Magadinis, "Learn to play the Drumset". I believe it is critical that during the early stages of drumming, that learning be fun! To accomplish this goal, I set a standard half hour lesson which includes 15 minutes of rudimental warm up exercises where we focus on stick control and rudiments, and the next 15 minutes in drumset coordination and vocabulary. Every student is different so times may vary from one person to the next, but the basic principle of teaching is the same across the board. 1.) How to Practice. 2.) What to Practice. 3.) Having Fun while practicing. As my students gain the basic principles, we can develop a lesson plan for the particular students interests and goals. For Intermediate / Advanced students, I have many excellent recommendations for books that we can work through. For Jazz students, Progressive Steps to Syncopation and Advanced Techniques for the Modern drummer are excellent options. Depending on what the students interests are, we can tailor the drum lessons to what the student wants to learn. While being a great drummer requires a student to play in all styles, a student needs to be given the choice to begin a launching point. From that launching point he/she can progress into all styles. The advantage to giving students choices is it puts them in the driver’s seat. Learning should be fun and it can be! I require all of my students to bring their own drumsticks, (5B for Rudiments or other larger tipped snare drumsticks) a notebook and #2 pencil, metronome, and the drumset or rudiment book or books we are currently working through.
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