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Instruments: Guitar, Voice, Synthesizer, Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar
Styles: Pop, Rock, Blues, Folk, Country, R&b, Hip Hop, Electronic, New Age, Soul

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Thomas S In Home In Studio Teaches Online
Instruments: Guitar, Voice, Synthesizer, Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar
Styles: Pop, Rock, Blues, Folk, Country, R&b, Hip Hop, Electronic, New Age, Soul

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In Your Home My Studio Online
Ages Taught: 10-80
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UCLA, Psychology SAE Institute Los Angeles, Audio Engineering

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I’m a passionate and goal-driven educator with a strong commitment to the growth and development of every student. I’m also an independent recording artist from Los Angeles and I’ve been singing and playing the guitar for over 20 years. Simply put, I love music and I want to share my love and knowledge of music with you. I believe that in life and with the guitar or any instrument, if you put in the time and effort, and if can you patiently enjoy and trust the process, you’ll get to where you want to be and it’ll feel good.

Some of my hobbies include watching basketball, eating amazing food, and making the people I love laugh.

EXPERIENCE

My teaching experience dates back to my high school days when I was a volunteer guitar tutor at my church. After graduating from UCLA and studying Audio Engineering at SAE, I taught professionally from 2009 - 2013. During that time, I directed four contemporary student bands, gave guitar and vocal lessons, and I also directed two musicals which each involved over 120 elementary school students. I have seen how beneficial guitar lessons are for kids. It helps them build confidence and self esteem. It also teaches them patience, discipline, and perseverance. And children who learn instruments at a young age tend to perform better in school and they have a stronger ability to use logic. Not to mention they will be able to rock out to all their favorite songs! Last but not least, it cultivates social skills and introduces your child to different cultures and perspectives. Patience, regular practice on a consistent schedule, and TRUSTING THE PROCESS are some of the things that I like to emphasize to all my students, as it helps the student improve, stay motivated, and develop a passion and appreciation for playing the guitar. I’ve found that teaching modern and popular music really helps students love and enjoy what they’re learning. It absolutely motivates them to practice and improve. Ya gotta love what you do! My students are also encouraged to freely express themselves artistically and to perform at competitions, recitals, open mics, etc. I also encourage students to create their own original music so that they can feel the excitement and the challenge of being creative and making something new. It also helps them see their progress and accomplishments and motivates them to remain hungry and learn all of the possibilities. I welcome students of all ages and backgrounds and I would love to help you get to where you want to be.

METHODS USED

I like using Hal Leonard’s Guitar Chords Deluxe because it has chord grids/tablature and clear pictures of how to place your fingers on the fretboard. Once the student has a firm grasp of the fundamentals, I can teach them some of their favorite songs. I also like to use The Guitar Grimoire which is a great reference guide for guitar fundamentals and scales. In general, my approach is to find out what the student is interested in and mold my instruction accordingly to keep the lessons fun and engaging, no matter their ability. I can teach you about: -Chords and their variations -Tablature -Fingerpicking -Strumming patterns -Playing in rhythm and with a metronome. -Composition -Theory -Improvisation/Soloing -Fretboard Knowledge and Exercises -Recording, editing, and mixing audio -How to find your own sound and style

LESSON STYLE

Nothing is more rewarding than seeing one of my students improve and develop a passion for music! Therefore, it’s important that each student progresses at his or her own pace. I encourage this by setting realistic goals for my students at each lesson. Acknowledging accomplishments helps fuel a student's desire to progress, and makes students eager to learn more. By trying to find out what inspires the student, I can successfully tailor my instruction to their wants and needs. I give every student a personalized, one-on-one lesson, focusing on what they need to do to achieve whatever musical goals they may have for themselves. I won’t just show you songs…I’ll teach you how to teach yourself so that you can become musically independent and free! Whatever your goal is, personal enjoyment, playing with friends, performing in public, or jamming out in a band, I can help you.

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