Learning classical guitar from Rianne has been an excellent experience. Her demeanor as an instructor is relaxed, so our sessions are always enjoyable. But she is highly attentive to my technique as I play and she carefully selects the pieces I work on to challenge me and with the aim of expanding my skill set. She does a great job of supplying exercises to work on outside of our sessions and encourages me to send her questions that come up as I practice via email. And she's also realistic about the fact that work and family commitments mean I practice less often than I'd like, which makes a big difference--as a result, practice becomes something I look forward to rather than a chore.
My daughter loves studying the guitar with Rianne. She is patient, fun and above all, great at teaching the guitar. I am amazed at how quickly my daughter learned and she looks forward to her lesson every week. I highly recommend Rianne!
Before I found Rianne, I'd been playing guitar for 19 years and but had only worked with two instructors for about few months each. I found that, though I loved the instrument I'd chosen, learning in a structured environment seemed to take a lot of the fun out of playing my guitar. I figured I'd always have to preface anytime I took out my guitar around company with, "be nice, I'm self-taught." Though I already knew most chords and a good amount technique when I found Rianne, I'd never learned to read music, something that was starting to shame me as a longtime hobbyist. From our first lesson, Rianne and I seemed to click! She asked me what my goals were and emphasized that she would always be happy to tab out and teach me anything else I'd like to learn, since reading music isn't always the most engaging thing to do for an entire hour. I definitely took advantage of that! (Sent her some Backstreet Boys guitar requests one time and she was a really good sport about it.) Whenever I send her something, she has it learned by our next lesson like the true professional she is (with nice, neat printouts for me as well). Working with Rianne has allowed me to keep playing guitar fun for me. Sometimes we'll work with my electric guitar instead and she'll bring hers. When she senses my brain is getting too full of new information, she says it's time to jam! I'm no Jimmy Page but her encouragement made me feel like a rockstar! I also have a very weird schedule because I work freelance and Rianne is always very understanding and accommodating. I think that about covers it. You'll love her!
I teach different styles of guitar playing to children and adults of all ages and levels. I have worked in both private and classroom settings (including teaching classes in public schools) from children age 2 to adults for the past several years. With all students, I work on the fundamentals of music and/or music theory, basic to advanced technique with strumming, picking, and finger picking, sightreading, ensemble playing, and anything else the students are interested in learning.
I enjoy working with people and helping them attain their personal musical goals. Most importantly, I enjoy sharing the beauty of music with whoever I can in both teaching and performance.
Manhattan School of Music (2009-2013)
B.M. Classical Guitar
Brooklyn College (2014-2015)
Advanced Certificate in Music Education
I began teaching private guitar lessons in college. I had spent most of my time at this stage of life focusing on performing in a competitive environment, but as soon as I started teaching I knew that this is where I wanted my life's focus to be. I began to study music education and taught as a student teacher in public schools.
Very young children (ages 3-4) to adults, beginner to advanced level.
Teaching at the Brooklyn College Prep Center for the Performing Arts for the first time in the summer of 2016, where I worked with group classes (mostly pop and folk music) of children and adults as well as teaching private classical guitar lessons. One group class had three children (ages 7, 9, 10) who had never played the guitar before. By the last class (6 weeks later), they were all playing as an ensemble - some on chords, some picking out a short melody - with the ability not to just play the parts, but listen well to each other. It was very rewarding to see and hear!
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A student should consider any past learning experiences (school, athletic activities, etc.) that were positive:
What, in general, did you respond well to?
What was it about the teacher's personality, way of breaking down information, or style of communication that you liked?
What was it about the atmosphere that this teacher created that made the learning environment comfortable for you?
Look for these qualities in a prospective teacher.