My teaching approach: I’m a firm believer in thoroughly covering all subject matter, including music theory and staff and chord chart reading. Learned in acoustic, electric and bass guitar and piano instruction, I incorporate computer-aided teaching techniques to capture students’ attention and maintain a logbook of student progress, supplementing reports with digital images of each student’s technique. I’ve developed a chord specific teaching methodology and created my own teaching curriculum. I Offer points of motivation and obtainable objectives to encourage each student’s growth and developed a teaching system for challenging, attention deficit and neurologically challenged students. I pride myself on providing clear instruction and developing well thought out lesson and practice plans. My influences are: I have many influences. As a flamenco guitarist my foot influences are Sabicas, The reason why I play guitar today. Other influences include; Carlos Montoya, Andrea Segovia, Paco Paña, Dennis Koster/my teacher for six years, Jimi Hendrix, Buddy Guy, Neil Sean, Nancy Wilson, Roy Clark,Jimmy Page Richie Havens, Stevie Ray Varn and Jerry Garcia. My guitar lessons take place in: The teacher's studio or the student's home Guitar lessons typically take place on these days and hours: I have available time right now. My availability will vary do to the location of the student. Also whether or not he or she is going to do lessons in my studio in Lodi New Jersey. Guitar Techniques: Lead guitar, Rhythm guitar, Open tuning, Fingerstyle, Slide Guitar, Vocal Accompaniment, Performance, Improvisation, Jamming Skills, Reading Music, Music Theory, Scales and Exercises, Song Writing Your first guitar lesson with me might include the following: I have a consultation with the student to find out their musical preferences. Once I know what kind of music they listen to I could design a lesson plan accordingly, including long and short-term goals, time frames and what they can expect in the coming months. A guitar lesson with me might entail the following: The first thing I want to do is diagnosed at the skill level and learning abilities of the student. This varies from student student. Once this is done I'm able to put together a lesson plan that will best suit the students needs. Which might include correcting any bad habits. The qualities I look for in an ideal guitar student might include the following: My ideal student is one that takes there instrument seriously and enjoys their own progress. As they start playing their favorite songs.
He was professional, personable and very knowledgable about his craft. I thoroughly enjoy the lessons, and I would highly recommend Mr. Tony Rivera as a guitar instructor.