Pete Swanson Music

Pete Swanson Music

5.0 (1)
1 employee
7 years in business

About this pro

I work with each student as they are as an individual. I assess the parts of their playing which need the most help (if it's of importance to them) and through examining grey areas in their playing and learning practices, fill in the gaps so they will have a more holistic understanding of the music making process.

Nothing makes me feel better than to explore and figure out how the student learns. Many people feel everyone learns the same way, and thus students receive the same exercises and work from the teacher, rather than realizing each of us is unique and therefore have our own unique way of learning (and more importantly our own unique ways of disguising our grey areas). I truly cherish the moments when the student sees that what was right in front of them the entire time was impeding their learning process. I love this work, because I learn more about you, and learn more about myself and all of us in the process.

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Brooklyn, NY 11249
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  • Jim Meredith

    I started bass lessons about 6months ago with Peter Swanson, and I have learned more about the instrument and about harmony and hearing more than in the last 5 years of playing music! I can’t recommend him enough


What is your typical process for working with a new student?

I want to allow the student to find their own voice in music, but while building the fundamentals in an organic way that builds both theoretical concepts and more importantly the ear. Having the student get in touch with their own personal hearing allow them to have a more emotional and organic approach to music

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

I have both a bachelors and masters degree in music, as well as being a professional musician for over 20 years in nYC

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

I charge $65 per lesson (usually an hour plus)

How did you get started teaching?

I have taught at colleges and privately for over 15 years 

What types of students have you worked with?

Beginners through professionals 

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

Have a clear vision of what you want to explore in music, and an openness to finding your own voice

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

Where do I want to go, and why do I feel the need to go there?