Nicolas Mayers Classical Guitar Lessons
I will meet classical guitar students at any level or age. I have won several competitions and was the sole admission into the studio of legendary guitarist Manuel Barrueco for my academic year.
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Frequently asked questions
What is your typical process for working with a new student?
Whatever they want to present to me is fine, from half of an etude to a full concerto. From there, I will break down the ways a student can improve their playing into bite-sized pieces to be rationally sorted through, while not losing sight of the interconnection between technique, musicianship, and individual artistic choice.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I have been studying classical guitar since the age of three, having obtained a Guitar Performance Degree through the high school program (13-17) of University of North Carolina School of the Arts. I have won several competitions, including the high school division of the Eastern Music Festival guitar competition judged by Grammy winner Jason Vieaux. I am currently pursuing my undergraduate degree in guitar performance under Manuel Barrueco as the sole admitted student to his studio for the 2021-2022 academic year.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.
As a younger teacher, I understand that many students might feel uncomfortable paying me a proffessional rate, and so I propose 30-40/hour, with room for negotiation or a raise if a student is pleased with their lessons.
How did you get started teaching?
My earliest experiences teaching were unofficial; I frequently gave peers in my guitar studio pointers in the practice room as they were trying to tighten up their technique or fully realize their interpretation.
What types of students have you worked with?
Primarily players who are older than me; this said, I have no inhibitions working with children or adults of any age.
Describe a recent event you are fond of.
Recently in my music theory class, I connected silently with a student next to me over both having nails on our right hand. The classical guitar world is small and tight knit, and in addition to the joy of playing and making music, progressing in the field gives players access to that same supportive social circle.
What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?
Look for someone who has both the ability to inspire you but also the canniness to teach you. Too often, brilliant players will attract students they don't know how to communicate with, while phenomenal teachers won't play well enough to attract the caliber of student they deserve.
What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?
Why are you studying guitar? Is it to get better quickly? Is it for personal fulfillment? Making your intent clear early on will foster a much healthier relationship between student and teacher.