I am good at helping students learn the guitar and music through simple, easy-to-understand concepts. I can break down questions about music theory and technique, making them accessible to students, and I can help students learn to improvise and make their own music.
What I enjoy about music and the guitar is: pretty much everything! I love playing with great musicians and gaining inspiration from them; I love playing it in front of people and seeing their enjoyment; I love studying music, striving to acquire new knowledge and to get better at what I do; and I love teaching guitar students, helping them to find their own musical voices!
Mr. Heagle is a very patient man who knows what he's doing. He's very kind and heart warming, which is one of the best qualities a guitar teacher- or any teacher- should have. On a scale on one to ten- he's eleven😎
Jonathan has been amazing and of great help in instructing my son. He has shown great patience, understanding and is rather knowledgeable. I would highly recommend him.
Very knowledgeable, patient and informative. Highly recommend for anyone who is in search of lessons.
Heagle is very patient and does an outstanding job explaining the fundamentals. Simple things like finger placement. He also challenges the student by always introducing new material.
With a new student, I assess their level of ability on the instrument (beginner, intermediate, etc.) and talk with them about music they enjoy, to get a sense of what they want to learn to do with the instrument. I teach "the basics," such as instrumental technique, music reading, and music theory, along with helping the student learn songs from their favorite artists, in order to help make music fun for them.
I have studied jazz improvisation and classical music theory at the college level, and have been a gigging musician since 1989. I have performed in many of New York City's most well-known venues, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Central Park SummerStage, Birdland, 55 Bar, Joes Pub, the Mercury Lounge, Bowery Ballroom and many others.
I charge $40/hr to teach from home. To travel to the student, I would need to be paid more.
My first formal teaching job was at Smith-Holden Music in Bloomington, IN in 1990, which came about through the recommendation of a friend, Dave Biller, a great guitarist and teacher.
I have taught students of all ages, from as young as six years old to as old as 65, and at all levels of experience, from complete beginners to intermediate-to-advanced jazz students.
I play out regularly around New York City with my jazz groups, which gives me the opportunity to play my original music with a varied cast of wonderfully creative NYC-area jazz players. Hearing my music played so well, for hip crowds around NYC, is always a rewarding and satisfying experience for me.
Seek a guitar teacher whose playing you like, and whom you find personally likeable. A teacher should be able to help you learn the particular music you want to learn, but also impart a more general knowledge of technique, music reading, and music theory.
Who are some of my favorite musical artists/guitarists? That gives the teacher a good place to start as far as what music to actually teach the student. A student who is working towards being able to play a song that they like is more likely to be motivated to practice.