Binghamton Guitar Lessons

Binghamton Guitar Lessons

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17 years in business

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Customized lessons based on the goals and interest of individual students. This means that you will reach your goals in the shortest time possible and have fun while doing so.

Anyone can learn how to play guitar if they have the right guidance and put in the practice time.

Why Binghamton Guitar Lessons?

- Study with a patient, experienced, full-time master teacher with multiple approaches, so learning guitar is fun and easy. Get results and save time, money and frustration!

- Lesson plans are based on your goals and favorite music styles, so you will be playing real songs quickly. This is very motivating and makes practicing an absolute blast!

- Most popular styles taught - classic rock, folk, pop, heavy metal, blues, alternative and jam band - both lead and rhythm guitar.

All levels taught - from complete beginner to advanced.

It is very rewarding to see students grow and be able to do things they never though possible. It may sound corny, but I wake up every day grateful that I get the opprtunity to help others to learn how to play this intrument that I love so much. I never take this for granted.

Contact me. I would love to talk you about your goals, and how I can help you to reach them. Thank you, Paul Tauterouff

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Binghamton, NY 13901
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

I like to start with a phone interview to learn more about a potential student's prior musical experience, goals, and favorite musical styles. That way I can start to formulate a teaching plan to help them.

The call also gives them the opportunity to learn more about me and verify that we are a good fit. This leads to a greater learning experience for the student.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

First began teaching guitar in 1979 at the age of 16. I later got married, had children, took on "normal" jobs, became an electronics technician.

In 2005 I received an offer to teach at a local music store. My goal was to be the most effective guitar teacher I could be and provide as much value as possible to my students, so I studied everything I could get my hands on about teaching, and how to solve the specific challenges people face when learning to play guitar.

In 2007 my guitar teaching business was doing so well, that I resigned from my day job of 15 years, and became a full time teacher and musician. I was part of an online music teacher's academy for a few years, and ended up co-managing an online mentoring program for musicians for around 10 years.

My unique ability to solve problems for my students, abundant patience, decades of live guitar playing, practical understanding of music theory, real world experience in recording and releasing music, and hands on experience in in-person and online music education, puts me miles ahead of other guitar teachers. I try to keep things fun and light hearted, and lessons are cutomized for each student so that they are both educational and enjoyable.

My goal is to serve my students and help them to reach their goals. I like to make things easy, and simple to understand, and can help you, even if you have studied with other teachers, and struggled to make progress.

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

$30 - half hour lesson
$45 - 45-minute lesson
$60 - hour lesson

Students pay in blocks of (4) lessons (one lesson per week) to reserve a weekly space in my schedule. Monthly rates are as follows:

$120 per month - (4) half hour lessons
$180 per month - (4) 45 minute lessons
$240 per month - (4) 1-hour lessons

You can schedule a single lesson to try things out before committing to a month.

How did you get started teaching?

Answered above.

What types of students have you worked with?

All levels from total beginner to advanced students who have been playing for decades.

Seeing someone go from square one, barely able to hold onto the guitar, to being a confident player. It takes a lot of patience and support and I love providing that for them.

I also enjoy helping people who have been dabbling in guitar for a while, but feeling stuck to reach new levels of knowledge, skill and playing ability. I can take someone to an advanced level of lead guitar playing and improvising.

My favorite musical styles are classic rock, hard rock, heavy metal and blues, but I also enjoy teaching folk music, or beginning country.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

I love seeing my students have musical breathroughs.

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Make sure your teacher asks you about your interests and goals and the music you love. I have learned that there is no one-size-fits-all method for learning guitar that works for everyone. A great teacher will have multiple approaches and customize what they do to fit you.

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

What sort of music are you really passionate about? Are you putting in enough practice time to reach your goals? You need to trust in your teacher, but if you are not enjoying the way your lessons are going, talk to your teacher.