I believe in the power of music, not just as an art for expression but also as an art of discipline and creativity. I try to make each students lessons customized for them as a student (i.e. What they want to play and what level they want to achieve). I take the task of teaching any student seriously and really try to make every lesson an enjoyable experience.
I think it is fun to engage the student and try to instill some passion but when a parent/guardian says "Thank You" or "This has given my child more confidence" it is beyond worth it.
John is an exceptional coach and mentor. He started teaching my eight year old son few months ago and we highly recommend him! My son connected with him immediately and wanted him to be his coach. John is able to inspire keen interest in him to take his practice to a new level. While being very focused and diligent during practice, John also takes time to be goofy with kids and talk about other things that are important to them which makes him immensely likable. John also takes time to discuss my son’s progress with me that helps me understand his strengths and areas to work on. We are so thankful to have him!
1) I introduce myself and explain my background.
2) I like to ask the student what made them wanna play music.
3) Then ask what types of music/artists they enjoy.
4) Then also see what prior knowledge they have with the guitar.
5) Based on that knowledge: show them the parts and a simple melody or just work from where they are at in that moment.
I went to a music education college in Chicago for a few years. While i was there i learned about the pedagogy of music ed. I have been playing guitar 17 years and teaching for 15. I have written and recorded my own music, as well as play in a band.
When I was going to school for education it seemed logical to try and teach guitar. I got lucky and started teaching.
I have had some special needs students and have worked with a lot of older students as well.