I have been playing and teaching guitar for over 20 years, specializing in rock, funk, soul as well as hip hop, country and other popular styles. I also teach songwriting and recording/engineering lessons, as these are my greatest passions (along with guitar)! I know how to patiently and effectively translate my knowledge and experience to all ages and levels in order to gain proficiency.
I currently play lead guitar with the Ultrasonic Rock Orchestra, covering songs from bands like Queen, Led Zeppelin and the Beatles to sold out theaters, and I write and perform with my orginal rock band Killian Whall. I also serve as a preschool music specialist and lead baby music classes, so I'm great with young beginners as well. My main passions are guitar, songwriting and recording, and I love to share these with other learners!
I take a holistic approach to teaching fundamentals of theory and technique. I thrive on helping others, and it is a joy sharing what I know and have learned over the years. I have been playing guitar since the age of 12, so I understand what is needed for beginners to feel comfortable to excel. Music is also my greatest passion (especially classic rock, funk, soul, and modern alternative rock and hip hop) and I love geeking out with my students on anything and everything concering music and guitar!
Curtis did amazing work teaching my 6 and 11 year old daughters to play in a band with their neighborhood friends. He helped the kids both choose songs to play (e.g., Free Fallin, Riptide) and also write and arrange their own creations. Each child was a musical novice, and Curtis was able to help all feel competent and excited about his or her chosen instrument (voice, guitar, piano, uke), and about music and performance in general. Curtis is an extremely talented teacher and musician!!