Easy going and has a natural talent for teaching.
Varis taught both of my boys piano (first instrument) and then continued to teach one of my sons guitar. He instilled a love for music which has had a lasting effect. He's a talented musician himself which was inspiring for my sons. He's also super accessible and works with each student based on their music interests and skills/needs for development. Having the lessons at home was extremely convenient given our hectic schedules, and Varis was always super flexible if we needed to make a scheduling shift. My only "constructive criticism" is that with only half an hour for a lesson, I wish more time was spent on things that couldn't be done without Varis there (i.e. warming up, looking up online resources, etc.) Overall very happy!
Varis has been teaching our 16 year old son guitar for 4 years and it is amazing how far he has come. Varis is great at knowing when to step on the gas and when to slow down a little. He's made learning incredibly fun for our son and he can't get enough. I can't say enough how happy we are to have Varis as his teacher.
Varis has been our family's guitar teacher for about 8 years. He is professional, dedicated to our improvement and a really good teacher. We have taken lessons both in person and via Skype. The Skype lessons work great - you can take your lessons with you wherever you go!
Berklee College of Music