My goal is to help someone learn to play or improve their playing ability.To do that I have to teach the way that makes learning a more enjoyable experience. Some students need more visual instruction while another needs to see everything in writing. Many teachers offer 1/2 hour lessons but I have found that most people need more" lesson time" to grasp the instructional information. I like to spend an hour with each person but occasionally we go longer, because it is about you learning not me teaching.
I also do luthier work and always check the student's instrument to make sure it is as playable as possible. I think it is important to learn about your instrument and how to do basic set-up work that will save you money. I also provide accompaniment so the students learn to feel the timing of a song and to able to jam in a group situation. Having the right fit is critical. You have to have faith in your teacher and feel that he or she can help you achieve your musical goals. That is why I tell everyone that if you don't feel we are a good fit, your first lesson is free. I have taught students for more than 20 years, and have played in local and regional bands for over 25 years. Teaching is not a job for me, it is an opportunity to help anyone that wants to experience the sense of accomplishment of playing an instrument.
Everyone who learns to play an instrument gains a gift that will be with them the rest of their life. Playing and creating music is one of life's greatest rewards.
Bob is a very knowledgeable musician.
focusing on my favorite type of music
Establishing what the student already knows about playing, evealuating skill level and learning what are the student's musical goals.
I have played in regional bands in several states and playing numerous Bluegrass Festivals. I have also taught banjo workshops at some festivals. Years of teaching have given me a solid understanding about what and how to teach.
I charge $25.00 for an hour lesson for anyone over 14 years of age. Students 14 and under pay $15.00 per lesson.
I kept getting people ask me to teach them how to play. They were usually folks I met after a show at a festival or after a workshop.
I have worked with people from age 8 to 76.
The last CD our band BETWEEN THE LINES recorded and produced. I have also written liner notes for other CDs.
Make sure the teacher understands your goals and don't be afraid to ask questions. If the instructor does not demonstrate an interest in you, find someone else. It should not be about the money.
Make sure you can clearly define what you want to accomplish. Ask yourself how much time you can devote to practicing.