I am a professional live performing musician and teacher. I've taught music for most of my life, and in that time I've learned a great deal about how to communicate ideas to students of all ages.
Teaching requires many skills, not just having a clear understanding of the material, but also having a keen ability to read the student and understand how they process information. People lean in different ways, and the sign of a great teacher is when they study the student to best understand how to communicate with them.
The teacher must be willing to learn from the student. Then you have the perfect environment for sharing knowledge.
When working with a student I spend time trying to understand what the person wants to get out of the experience and then I make sure to tailor our work together towards those goal.
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Burr and I have been working together for a while now and he's terrific a teacher. He is incredibly knowledgeable in what he can teach in any lesson and is very flexible in how he plans out our studies. He started immediately by working on my posture and picking and now we're working through basic theory. While some lessons are loaded with musical details , other times he works on having fun with a standard or jamming out. I really appreciate the range of possibilities we have and Burr is expert at negotiating what I need as we go. He doesn't have a set method, mode or book he's forcing me to fit. As a high school teacher myself, I can readily appreciate the tailor made lessons and personalization combined with his sense of play and musicianship.
Burr offers very constructive criticism and insightful and fun ways to work on challenging areas. He is patient, disciplined, knowledgeable, enthusiastic, positive, has a great sense of humor and incorporates all these traits when teaching.
Burr is an accomplished musician and very knowledgeable. But more than that, he understands how people learn music and meets each student where he is. He focuses not only on technique and musicality but on the joy of music. He has done a great job of inspiring our children while helping them to progress surprisingly quickly.
Burr provides music lessons for my 15 year old grandson with autism. He has been my grandson's teacher for four years. During that time Burr has developed an excellent relationship with him to the point that my grandson looks at him as his friend. During this time Burr has shown himself to be knowledgeable, flexible and accommodating. My grandson wants to have lessons with a number of different instruments including the guitar, banjo, violin, tambourine and French horn. Even though some of these were not in Burr's area of expertise, he took the time to go over with my grandson what to do and worked with him to have him feel a sense of accomplishment in playing each of the instruments. During times when my grandson's behavior was difficult, Burr dealt with it with understanding and compassion. We are very fortunate to have Burr as a music teacher. It has been an excellent experience.
I discuss what the students goals are, the music they like to listen to and then explain how we will together design a plan for learning the fundamentals of the instrumnent, and then applying those new skills towards the music they want to play.
I have a bachelors of music from William Patterson University. I teach at many schools including The Manhattan School of Music, The Storm King School, and The Reynolds School.
Pricing depends of length of the lesson, and whether the lessons are at my location or they require travel
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