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 has done a tremendous job of teaching our 6 year old son how to play the Ukulele. All the lessons have been virtual yet our son can play with confidence and is also learning about music theory as well.
Curtis is super knowledgeable about all things music and is so passionate about sharing it! He really takes the time to create materials that are suited for your learning style. Definitely recommend!!
Don't pass him up. Curtis gave private lessons to my middle school-aged daughter for about a year (maybe even longer). She and I both loved him. I generally in the next room so could hear some of the conversation. Curtis was not only kind and patient, but was wonderfully supportive of my daughter. He taught her fundamentals, but also helped her find what she enjoyed most and then helped and encouraged her to pursue those things. He not only let her choose songs to learn, but helped her write her own when she showed an interest. He has a broad range of knowledge, and so was able to introduce her to artists and genre'she had never heard before. I wholeheartedly endorse Curtis as a teacher for both adults and children. You won't be disappointed!
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!!