My teaching approach: I have specific programs tailored to the needs and goals of my current students. I also have programs designed to get beginners playing quickly in a fun relaxing atmosphere. Emphasis is placed not only on technique but how to practice effectively and integrate what you learn into your playing. My influences are: 70's, 80's and 90's rock, country and R&B. Guitarists such as Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughn and groups like the Allman Brothers, The Eagles, The Black Crows and Pearl Jam as well as versatile players like Dave Matthews and John Mayer. My guitar lessons take place in: The teacher's studio and/or online. Guitar lessons typically take place on these days and hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday. Guitar Techniques: Lead guitar, Rhythm guitar, Vocal Accompaniment, Performance, Improvisation, Jamming Skills, Reading Music, Music Theory, Scales and Exercises, Recording and Production Your first guitar lesson with me might include the following: Visit www.chambersburgguitarlessons.com to schedule a free introductory lesson. A guitar lesson with me might entail the following: Visit www.chambersburgguitarlessons.com to schedule a free introductory lesson. The qualities I look for in an ideal guitar student might include the following: Beginner, intermediate, late intermediate. Blues, rock, classic rock, country, jazz.
I started taking lessons with Kevin after other instructors and trying to learn on my own. It was the perfect balance of learning the technical side along with playing songs I wanted to learn. Keven told me subsequent songs would get easier and easier to learn if I kept doing what he wanted me to do. The last song took minutes to pick up. The relaxed environment and his willingness to explain things different ways is very helpful.
I am an older player, self-taught years ago, and had very definite goals in mind. Kevin listened and designed a course of study that set me on the exact path I wanted to follow studying music theory through guitar.
His patience. His ability to help me make chords an easier way. His willingness to adjust our schedule.
Tremendous patience. Huge reservoir of knowledge on music theory and great technical skill on his instrument. Able to tailor lessons very quickly to any skill level.
I offer a free introductory lesson to allow the student to check things out before committing to lessons. After that the first couple of lessons are spent accessing the students current experience and goals. Sometimes students are aware of this sometimes students aren't sure what they want to accomplish. We figure that out togehter and then come up with a plan to have fun getting there.
Associate Degree in Music - Hagerstown Community College.
Bachelor Degree in Music Production - Berklee School of Music
I charge a flat monthly fee of $95.00 per month for lessons. If a student misses a lesson I will try to schedule a make up based on my availability with no guarantees. If I have to cancel I always make sure I have a make up plan. Keep in mind some months have five lesson instead of four. It's a bonus!!
I have played in bands and done solo acoustic shows since I was in high school. I have also always had a desire to teach others and help them achieve their goals. After many years in the IT industry I decided I wanted to make music a major part of my career and my life. I decided to return to school in order to supplement my knowledge and experience so that I could share what I have learned over the years with others.
I always tell people my students are from age 7 to 72. Actually at this point I have taught younger and currently have students that are older. I enjoy students that are focused and want to learn detail just like any teacher would however, I also have many students who just want to hang out and have fun learning a little something new. The greatest gift I get from teaching is the relationships that I have built with my students. I have made so many new friends that I will have for the rest of my life.
Each year I have a winter concert and a sumer picnic for my students. The winter concert is "a little" more formal in that it is held in a banquet hall with stage and lights and a full PA. The summer picnic is usually held at my home in the back yard, very casual. This gives students an opportunity to play in front of others but also a chance to meet one another and share in the experience. These events always serve to bring me and my students and our families closer to one another as well. Every event is a little different but they are all special and just plain fun.
Make sure the environment is a comfortable one that you feel safe and confident in. Make sure you get along with and understand your teacher as a person. You don't have to have everyting in common with them but it is good to be able to know where they are coming from and vice versa. That being said it is a good idea to make sure that your teacher feels similar. It helps with communication and communication is key. Also your teacher should have your goals in mind when developing a learning path for you. It is a journey, your journey and the teacher should assist you in that.
There is schedule, budget, style and technique, pace, school policies, etc. but one thing students should be getting from a teacher is learning "how to practice". If you ask a potential teacher that question, they should immediately understand what you are looking for. It is a very important part of the learning process.