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Kimberly H

Kimberly H

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Piano:  I prefer Faber Piano Adventures, but I can be flexible if the student is in the middle of another series already.  I have also taught the young beginner series by Faber. Strings:  I use a traditional approach, but I am not tied to any particular method book.  I can supplement whatever is being taught in school or the lessons can stand on their own.  I have taught anywhere from Kindergarten to adult ages. Guitar:  For children, I prefer the FJH Young Beginner Guitar method, but for adults I would prefer Hal Leonard if the student is looking to learn both chords and melody using folk music.  I could also teach guitar based on gospel and Christian praise music if the student prefers.  I have taught students with an interest in rock music, but only to give them the basic foundation skills of chords and notes to build on with another teacher who has more of a rock music speciality.

Byron D

Byron D

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