Marshall Biever Music
I have fifteen years of teaching experience along side a performance career that's lasted just as long. You'll be learning from someone who has real world experience and who understands that being a good teacher is an additional skill beyond being able to play my instruments. I was raised by incredible teachers who understood that difference and I believe it's one of my greatest strengths in this field.
Able to read music
Frequently asked questions
What is your typical process for working with a new student?
I like to teach through the music they already like. If they've never played at all before, we'll work on basic open chords they can use to play along with songs they like, or simplified versions of chords that are being played in the song till they can work up to the real voicings. I prefer to teach technique and rhythm first, then move onto music theory. I always teach music theory that will be useful to my students based on where they are in their development, as opposed to teaching theory for the sake of it.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I received six years of private guitar instruction, four years of private theory, songwriting, and arranging instruction, and I spent two years at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA studying guitar, performance, and songwriting. I was also trained in theory and ear training at Berklee.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.
My normal rates are $50 per hour, $45 for 45 minutes and $30 for half an hour.
How did you get started teaching?
I started when I was fourteen years old, teaching my friends the classic rock songs I had learned to play so far.
What types of students have you worked with?
I've worked with students ages 6 to 65, all with varying interest in regards to genre and goals.
What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?
Make sure you know what you want to be able to do. Even if all that means is that you have a few artists who's music you'd like to learn. Teachers can only help you so much if you don't know what you want to accomplish.