Tommy Harrison Guitar Lessons

Tommy Harrison Guitar Lessons

1 employee
37 years in business

About this pro

My teaching approach: I have a PhD, and am on the faculty at the University of Central Florida (though I live in Jacksonville).  I am also currently endorsed by Fender Guitars, Seymour Duncan pickups, D'Addario strings, Hipshot Accessories and EX Gear. My influences are: Randy Rhoads, Ricardo Iznaola, Van Halen, George Lynch. My guitar lessons take place in: The teacher's home studio. Guitar lessons typically take place on these days and hours: Saturday and Sundays because of my UCF travel. Guitar Techniques: Lead guitar, Rhythm guitar, Open tuning, Fingerstyle, Performance, Improvisation, Jamming Skills, Reading Music, Music Theory, Scales and Exercises, Song Writing, Recording and Production, Guidance In Equipment Selection. Your first guitar lesson with me might include the following: Have them play what they llke. A guitar lesson with me might entail the following: Technique first, then repertoire. The qualities I look for in an ideal guitar student might include the following: Most of my students come in two categories. First, beginning classical students preparing to go to La Villa or Douglas Anderson, and then continue while they are there. Those students often branch off into rock, my specialty. Then, students who are preparing to audition at the university level. I do teach adults as well, but mostly between the ages of 9 and 18.

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Northwest, FL 32099
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

I ask the student to simply play what they have been working on, and take it from there.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I have a Ph.D. in music from the University of Salford in England, a M.M. from California State at Los Angeles, a teaching credential from California State at Northridge, and a B.M. from the University of Denver's Lamont School of Music, where I studied under famed pedagogue Ricardo Iznaola.

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

$50 for an hour lesson, $35 for a half an hour. I recommend hours unless the student is 4th grade and younger.

Some students take two hour lessons in two different styles (rock and classical most often) and I charge $80 for those.

How did you get started teaching?

I have wanted to be a music teacher since I was in the sixth grade.  I started wtih brass instruments and moved to the guitar in the eighth.  I started teaching students while a senior in high school and have taught ever since.

What types of students have you worked with?

All ages, styles and abilities.  I love working with beginners as the 'joy of discovery' is such a super thing to witness.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

Recent endorsements, and my career at UCF.

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Ask questions before meeting them.  See if their responses are friendly.

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

How much time they can practice daily, and what realistic goals they have in relationship to the practice.

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