I am JJ and I have had 40 plus years in music as a Performer and 25 plus years as a teacher. With my background in Classical, Jazz, Folk Rock, Blues, Celtic, Country and Pop. I bring diversity and experience not just theory. I also have stage experience of Varying degrees and Flavor. In addition to the fact I teach 7 different instruments adds a different perspective that most Instrument teachers can't offer!
I believe music is the Corner stone of education. I think that Lessons will enhance every Educational direction. So having the ability to influence the development of music oriented mind is immediately rewarding to me. Just to see a student's face when they understand a technique or able to play a song with less mistakes is thrilling to me. I have a Piano student who just dances across the Keys like it was a stage this makes me smiling from Ear to Ear. For me it is really more about Comfort over Perfection! Students perform better when they're comfortable.
Good personality, experienced
JJ is knowledgeable and music and a patient, caring teacher. My father is thrilled to be a student of JJ’s.
Very laid back approach which makes learning comfortable for a beginner. JJ lays out the basics in an easy to understand way. He quickly gives you a foundation to be able to better yourself. My daughter loves learning from him!
He is great with beginning students. Works at the student pace and is patient with the student. Would definitely recommend for beginning students.
I find out what their background is, If they have any musical experience I can build on. Then I find out the student's goals for the Instrument(s) and customize their program accordingly. But for students who don't have goals I begin at the basics and adjust as we go. Encouraging feedback from the student to better guide the adjustments. Keeping in mind that a lesson can be taught with any Piece of music: Song, Riff, Lick or Full Symphony. Whether it is a Movie Theme, Latest Pop song or whatever. Even the level of difficulty provides a lesson opportunity.
I studied at Indiana University, School of Music. Although my degree was in Audio Technology, I minored in Jazz Composition and Folk Music, studying with the Illustrious Dr. David Baker. As well I studied Piano and Guitar. In addition, I have taken courses in furthering my skills in other styles. Further, I have played Guitar, Piano, Organ, Harmonica, Mandolin, Fiddle and Bass in Bands. Bands of diverse and Educational in: Cool Jazz, Big Band Jazz, Electric Blues, Fingerstyle/ Slide Blues, Folk, Folk Rock, Alternative Rock, Indie Rock, Progressive Fusion, Celtic Rock and Reggae/ Ska.
Standard Price List:
Private Lessons: 30 minutes=$20, 60 minutes =$35.
Group Lessons: 30 minutes= $15 per student,
60 minutes= $20 per student.
My sister had a young client who was in trouble for
bad behaviour. She thought if I can teach him to play guitar and how to write music he could find an oulet for his anger. he wrote a song after the first lesson! And I was sold on the idea of teaching. I have been teaching ever since February 27th 1992.
I have had the pleasure an ever changing types of students from the Focused ambitious to the Hobbyist/ Casual, Amateur to the Professional, the Quiet to the Talker, from the musically inclined to the music listener and the very young to the retired. The only student I can't teach is unmotivated or uncommited student.
Although it was 3-4 years ago. I had a recital for my students where each student could play 1 or 2 Short Pieces. But this yeaar I had the full array of Instrument Students of what I taught at the time. I decided to arrange an Ensemble for my folk Instrument Orchestra. The meer idea was thrilling enough. So after each student performed their Individual pieces, The Folk Instrument Orchestra Performed Beethoven's "Ode to Joy"; arranged and conducted by myself. And the Orchestra consisted of Piano (age 16), Soprano Ukulele (age 6 & 8), Mandolin (Adult), Dulcimer (Adult & Retired), Baritone Ukulele (Ages 6 & 8) and Guitar (Ages 8). It wasn't flawless but it was far beyond my expectations.
Ask as many quesions as possible! And Remember that education comes from experience in addition to a Formal Education.
What are your personal "reach for the moon goals? What are your realistic expectations? And What are you willing to commit to doing in addition to lessons?