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A wide range of guitar students have crossed my path over the years. Anywhere from the novice player, beginner music enthusiast, to the professional seeking new ideas. Ages have ranged from 5 to 85. Yes! It’s never too late to learn something new! I do teach younger children on the condition that a parent or adult is periodically in the lesson. As far as intermediate and advanced, I have successfully prepared students for performances, competitions, college auditions, and assisted in the creation of songwriters CD's. Many of my students have performed in various recitals, musicals, ensembles (both children and adult ensembles), received merit achievements in Royal School of Music testing, and many college admission successes.
A first lesson (and the email(s) and phone converstation prior) is me accessing the students current level and aspirations in order to help carve out a path to lead to that person's goal. A person trying to learn to read and play classical will have a different path than the student that wants to play poplular music they can sing along with. Either way, starting with the rudiments (scales & exercises) are essential in developing hand strength and dexterity in order to play the songs we all asipire to perform.
*BA Music (guitar/mus ed) VCU Richmond, VA
*MM Music (guitar performance) ECU Greenville, NC
*15 plus years teaching experience in both private and class settings
*recording artist and studio musician
*active performer throughout the Southeastern United States as a soloist and in bands (weddings, private parties & events, musicals, churches, Universities)
*worldwide distributed magazine articles reviews
*radio aiplay in three countries
Pricing pends on if the student is traveling to me, or
me to them. In my buckhead studio: $120 a month for 4 half hour lessons ($60 an hour). Me traveling to your home is a little bit more. Me traveling to you is $80 an hour.
Wow, flashback time. My first students were the neighbors kids when I was in high school. I didn't charge them anything, it was fun for me.
Unfortunately being in and around Atlanta we have to consider traffic and travel time first and foremost, so distance plays a big role. Having a clear idea of what you are trying to learn is helpful. Example, not all teachers teach complete beginners...or if you're advanced at jazz looking to explore new ideas, find a masterfull jazz instructor. Not all teachers play jazz.
Informing your future teacher of all any musical background is helpful. Even if you played piano for one year when you were 8 years old. Also, what music do you like? what are you listening to? what has pulls you to the guitar?