I will not just teach people how to play guitar or bass. I will also deeply implement music theory into my teachings. I want my students to learn to make music with their instrument, not just play it. I teach classical music theory techniques used by Bach and Mozart and show them how it applies to contemporary music, including blues, rock, alternative, punk, and some metal. I am in 2 bands, one being a punk band and the other Indie/Alternative. I currently go to the College of Lake County for a music degree, and have been taking music theory courses for 4 years. I have been playing guitar for 8 years, and started taking lessons at the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago for the first two years I played. I have proficient knowledge in amps, effect pedals, circuitry, and other aspects in music technology. Therefore, I can also teach my students how to set up pedalboards correctly and help them use special effects in a variety of ways. I want to help students achieve their own "sound". I specialize in electric guitar, but I also play acoustic guitar, and am teaching myself mandolin. I plan on developing my career in music, and I will accept all students with open arms! I am just starting as a freelance music teacher, but this career is my passion, and I will commit to having my students be successful in their endeavors.
I have a deep passion for music, and I would want to inspire students the same way I was inspired.
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I would start by testing their current skills in both their musicianship and their music theory knowledge. Depending on the information I receive, I will focus heavily on one or the other. If a student is completely new to music, I will start with instrument basics and implement music theory later, because I want students to understand their instrument before they move to more universal lessons.
I have taken years of music theory courses, played guitar for 8 years, and had taken lessons at music stores, and the Old Town School of Folk Music, a highly renowned music school in Chicago.
I am a brand new teacher, so I would let those looking to me for lessons to name their price. However, I want to do lessons as a second source of income, so I would like the prices to be reasonable, especially if it is a longer drive.
Pick a teacher that is likeable and someone you can get along with. Building a professional relationship with your teacher is nice, but you shouldn't be afraid to talk to him on anything you need. You should feel excited to meet your teacher, not feel obligated.
I would want them to ask themselves the followin questions:
"What am I really trying to accomplish with these lessons?"
"Am I willing to commit my time to learn?"
Also I think students should think about the fact that music lessons won't start out fun. It will require lots of work to get to a point where you can feel comfortable making music and playing it in front of people. It is a committment, but learning a musical instrument can teach you many life lessons such as time management, problem solving, and emotional expression.