Zachary Grim Guitar Lessons
Teaching Philosophy My goal as a teacher is to help my students play music and achieve their individual goals while getting the best possible sound from the guitar. After a solid musical foundation is established, I have found that technique is learned best when in tandem with repertoire that supports it. While I encourage my students to explore various and any genres of music, I do request that my students are open to learning technique as it equips the student with the skills necessary to tackle any genre of music. Student Materials Materials that are required for a successful experience in both lessons and practice include: An instrument, strings, a foot-stool, music stand, and a metronome. Typically, I will give a short weekly listening to my students as it is my belief as a teacher that exposure the varied music available to guitarists will promote musicality and excite students about potential results of their practice.
What I enjoy most is finding what excites and motivates my students. Once a student finds the thing about the guitar that really interests them, we are able to explore an entire musical world together and this is when students really excel.
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Frequently asked questions
What is your typical process for working with a new student?
I usually like to have a short call before our first lesson to determine your goals for the lessons. During this call, I may recommend a book to purchase if I feel that there is one specific book that will better serve your needs. However, some materials that I give during lessons come from outside sources as well - these are provided by me.
After this, a trial lesson is typically scheduled to give the student what lessons together will be like.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I hold a Bachelors of Music in Music Education, a Bachelors of Music in Music Performance (guitar), and a Masters of Music in Music Performance (guitar). Currently, I am pursuing my doctoral degree in guitar at Johns Hopkins University. Additionally, I am a certified teacher by the Maryland State Department of Education and have passed all background checks.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.
The single lesson rate is $30/half hour or $55/hour. The monthly rate for 30 minute lessons is $120 for 4 lessons or $150 for 5 lessons (based on $25/lesson). The rate for 60 minute lessons is $220 for 4 lessons or $275 for 5 lessons (based on $40/lesson). I do offer discounts for families as well. There is a $7.50 monthly discount for each student (total $15 discount between 2 students). Services included in my pricing are your lessons, 24/7 email or cell phone availability (I have an open door policy with my students), access to my password protected 'Student Resources' page on my website with online lessons and materials, and electronic bill pay.
What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?
Make sure to hire the most qualified professional that you can, as well as somebody who you enjoy working with!