Stefanie Potter Music

Stefanie Potter Music

1 employee
9 years in business

About this pro

I tailor my teaching methods according to how each student learns. I encourage fun and exploration. I encourage my students that they can do things that seem hard at first, and to give grace to themselves in the learning process. I'm always willing to teach new songs or skills that a student asks for.

I've played guitar for about 25 years (~17 years on electric) in multiple contexts: solo, duos, rock bands, and church worship teams. I've taught guitar since 2017, in individual lessons, groups, and summer camps. I also songwrite, so I am able to bring that creative passion to the students!

If you're a female student looking for a female teacher: We're not all the same! I can teach you a lot more than some guitar players/teachers! ;)

I enjoy seeing students achieve things that they once thought was difficult. It's a very empowering life lesson!

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North Charleston, SC 29410
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

I assess their goals, learning styles, personality, and starting level. For beginners, I start with the basics to ensure a thorough understanding. I build upon the lessons as quickly as the student is able to progress through practice! I recommend specific things to practice each week to progress to the next level by our next lesson. 

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

I book 4-6 lessons at a time (which are flexible if need be). Pricing varies slightly according to a number of factors; contact for details. 

How did you get started teaching?

Back in 2017, some students requested that I teach them; I found I enjoyed it, so I continued!

What types of students have you worked with?

Ages 5-70, males and females. I've had students with various challenges (physical, behavioral, etc.). 

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

A student came to me after having taken lessons from someone else. She dreaded practicing before, but now she is excited and loves playing!

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

Ask about their methods first. Some teachers overlook important basics. Others expect too much chord drudgery without the fun of playing songs!

Also, especially for kids, I recommend starting with nylon-stringed guitars. I also recommend guitars that are sized in such a way that it is easy for both hands to reach their proper position (but not too small). Your right elbow should sit comfortably on the corner of your guitar, with your right hand reaching the sound hole. Your left arm should be bent, while able to reach the first fret of the guitar.  

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

What kind of music do you want to play? Are there any challenges you can see arising? Are you excited to put in the time and practice needed to grow?