In over 15 years of teaching I've learned one simple truth: we learn best when playing music we love. Everything we work on is applied to songs you enjoy. It doesn't matter if it's Duke Ellington, Led Zeppelin, or Adele - the basic principles of music are the same. You'll be introduced to new artists and genres, too, as we cover the history of the instrument.
While learning songs we'll build a solid foundation of classical technique combined with style-specific concepts like Travis picking, blues bends, and sweep arpeggios. We'll study theory to learn how music is organized and use that knowledge to sight-read, improvise, and write music. Finally, we'll work on performing songs to connect with an audience, be it festival crowds or a group of friends around a campfire.
Whether students play with school jazz bands, write and perform original music, or just jam along to their favorite song in their living room - the chance to help others express themselves with music is the best part of teaching.
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All new students start with a free trial lesson. This gives us a chance to see if I'm a good fit as a teacher and to plan a course of study to meet the students goals.
I studied music at the University of Colorado Denver and with teachers including Jimmy Bruno (guitarist for Buddy Rich), Richard Lloyd (of the band Television), and Barry Harris. I also perform with various bands, playing styles ranging from swing jazz to Celtic rock.
Lessons can be booked one of two ways: by the individual lesson or recurring weekly lessons. Single lessons are $65 per hour, with payment due when you book the lesson. Weekly lessons are a flat rate $220 per month for hours or $110 per month for half-hours.
I started tutoring other students while in college and later joined the staff of CMIC in 2002.
I've taught students ranging in age from 4 to 80 years old and in skill level from complete beginners to professional musicians.
Find a teacher who challenges you to be a better musician while still having fun playing guitar.