Hello and thank you for considering me as your teacher! Are you looking to improve upon your abilities? Are you looking for motivation? Are you hoping to find a teacher who can provide a balance between discipline and fun? Are you looking to find a teacher who will teach you the music YOU want to learn? I have over 20 years teaching experience, working in many venues, including K-12 public schools, private lessons and university instruction. Currently, I am a Graduate Teaching Fellow in music theory at the University of Oregon, where I teach undergraduate music theory and ear training. I am also an experienced performer, having worked and toured with bands who are currently a part of the national country music scene, along with those who have established themselves in the Los Angeles music scene. I am also a classically trained guitarist. I have earned bachelor's degrees in Music Education and Guitar Performance. I hope to share my strong passion for the guitar and Music Theory with you, and assist you to reach all of your learning goals. For me, teaching is one of the most exciting aspects of my career, and I look forward to giving you all the tools you need to learn exactly what you wish. I love teaching! I have been interested in teaching since age 5, when I set up a small classroom in my parents' basement. Since then, I have been privileged to teach in three states, at the University of Colorado, and also to maintain my own private teaching studio. Teaching is not something that I look at as a stop-gap job - teaching is my main focus. I enjoy sharing the gift of guitar and music with my students, helping to assist each and every student to a new "ah ha" moment with each lesson, while propelling each student to reach their ultimate goals.
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I like to start each new student with a one-on-one conversation. This way, each lesson can be tailored to fit the exact desires and needs of the student. Why are you choosing to learn guitar? What are your hopes and dreams with the instrument? Whether or not you want to 'rock out' in front of thousands, or enjoy a peaceful campfire with friends, I can help you reach your guitar dreams.
I am currently pursuing my fifth and sixth degrees in music. I am currently a PhD candidate in music theory at the University of Oregon. In 2017 I earned a master's degree in Music Theory at the University of Colorado-Boulder, while teaching undergraduate music classes. I also have experience in public schools, and possess K-12 teacher certification. I have operated my own studio (and worked with other studios) for over fifteen years. I have also spent the past three years developing, launching and growing my online, private guitar lesson studio. My experience as a performer and student covers classical guitar, jazz, finger-style, Broadway musical 'reading' work, rock, country and other forms of popular music.
My standard pricing is as follows: - one weekly, 30 minute private lesson - $30 - one weekly, one hour private lesson - $50 With the lesson you also receive materials to help you practice, the option to record your lesson (for those of us with shorter memories than we would prefer) and the option to contact me with any questions in between lessons. You will also be signed up for my regular newsletter, which is a valuable resource full of free tips, tricks and basics for beginners, intermediate and advanced students. My studio also helps to connect guitarists with other musicians. So, if you are looking for people to 'jam' with, or perform with, my studio can help. I also have experience preparing high-school aged students for a college-level guitar program. Many of my students have graduated from some of the nation's most prestigious universities. And some are even working as professional musicians!
I started studying the guitar in my late teens. After going to college for a non-music field degree, I found out that my passion for teaching, which I have had for many years, was best served in music. I then became immersed in learning and performing, touring with bands for a few years. After that, I began teaching full-time. Since then, I have earned multiple degrees in music/guitar, and have taught music and guitar in many different educational settings.
I have worked with customers as young as 5 and as old as 75! I have many different teaching styles, each best tailored to fit with the age, interest and skill level of the student. My favorite customers are beginners - they have no bad habits! You can learn to play the guitar at any age, and from any musical background.
I would give any customer the same advise that I was given when I was a beginning guitar student - go with someone who knows what you want, and is doing what you want to do. I have performed in front of large crowds, had the honor of serving many churches with my musical gift, and yet still love to hang out and 'jam' with my friends. Find someone who can teach you the music YOU want to learn and the pace that YOU want to learn, and will work with YOUR schedule.
Here are some things to consider if you are interested in learning the guitar: - Do you have specific songs/bands whose must interest you? - Do you have short term and long term goals? - Do you want to schedule practice times, and feel good about what you have learned each time you practice? - Do you want to share what you have learned with others, by meeting other musicians? - Do you own an instrument? There are all questions that I find are very important - I would love to help you find the answers and begin on your musical path!