Kinzel Music & Guitar Lessons
James has been playing guitar with a variety of styles and techniques for over 15 years. James offers lessons in many styles including: Jazz, Blues, Rock, Classical, and Pop among others. With a BM in Music Theory/Composition from Westminster Choir College, James applies his knowledge of Music Theory to foster a unique foundation on which the student can comfortably grow as a musician and player.
I enjoy collaborating and connecting with people while having the priviledge to make music. I also enjoy witnessing the growth of students and the enrichment that music brings to their lives.
Frequently asked questions
What is your typical process for working with a new student?
My first goal in dealing with a new student is assessment: What do they already know, how do they know it, what are their goals, and how will they learn best? Afterwards I can give them approriate instruction that meets them at their level and helps them achieve their goals.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I've always had a formal education in music throughout my life. I have been performing and playing music from Kindergarden to Carnegie. Having taken guitar, theory, and voice lessons for many years, I am intimately familiar with the structure of a typical 1 hour lesson. Aside from my work as a Guitar/Theory/Piano Instructor, I have several years of experience as a Sailing Instructor teaching a variety of different age groups.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.
My standard rate is $45 for a 1-Hour lesson. $35 for a 30 minute lesson.
What types of students have you worked with?
I have worked with mostly begginer to intermediate students.
What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?
Consider the consistent effort needed to make progress on an instrument.
If a teacher isn't suitable to your needs there should be no shame in finding a more compatible instructor.
Self-assess your own learning type in order to give yourself effective practice methods.