In my guitar lessons, I take pride in being a teacher with the depth and competence to build a curriculum for each student that educates them on the basics of music needed for a solid foundation, as well as information, techniques, and tricks of the trade that are more specifically helpful to their particular path in music. I love seeing my students feel the satisfaction of developing their own individual musical style and tastes.
Music is a rich history that lives with, inspires, and challenges us. I love what music has done for me and for people historically, and I love having the opportunity to pass the torch. The most fulfilling moments are when students discover their ability to do something musically that they couldn't do before, and the feeling of self-actualization is beaming on their face.
David is very skillful with the guitar, but also patient with me. I’m looking forward to growing very much in playing and enjoying guitar.
David is not only very knowledgable about his instrument, he is also very personable and respectful. He adapts what songs you learn to fit the kind of songs you want to play. When I was struggling with a certain way he was teaching, he noticed and adapted. We discovered that I learn better by ear and were able to make much more progress.
Very talented, great personality
Our little boy loved working with David. He was extremely patient with him and David is very talented! I would recommend him to teach anyone and any age.
I always start out taking a few minutes getting to know one another--you know a little about me and I can get an idea of where you're at and where you're trying to go musically. For beginners, I start out explaining some basics and immediately give them a piece of music that's simple enough for them to play it almost instantly while applying the basics we cover. For intermediate and advanced players, I quiz them a little then provide exercises and materials to work on the skills that we find needing improvement. I am always in dialogue with my students to ensure they feel like what we're working on is helpful and enjoyable.
Between 2011 and 2015 I received four years of formal education and a B.M. from the University of Tennessee School of Music. In that time and since, I have been a regularly gigging professional musician in Knoxville, and in 2015 I also began teaching private lessons. Augmenting all of my musical experience as a performer and educator is my work as a substitute teacher in public schools, where my job demands an ability to patiently communicate and work within an educational environment that is constantly changing. Good thing jazz taught me how to improvise. ;)
I charge $20 per half-hour lesson, $30 per 45-minute lesson, and $40 per hour lesson.
I have loved and played music since I was a child, always seeking musical opportunities at school and with friends. After receiving my music degree in college, I began teaching privately and have loved it since!
I have worked with students of all age groups, my youngest so far being 4 years old and oldest 64. Some have come to me with zero experience or training, while others have come to me after already playing for years professionally.
In June 2019 I performed at a wedding after about 6 months of preparation. In that amount of time I transcribed 9 large-scale orchestral pieces, rearranged them for solo guitar, and readied them for a performance featuring my arrangements as well as improvised segments. It was quite the challenge, but very rewarding in the end!
Look for someone who is flexible in their mindset and teaching methods. Many instructors will follow a narrow approach that they feel is the best, and will blame their students when that approach fails to engage them. Get you someone who is confident in their experience and knowledge but also eager to explore new possibilities. The best teachers learn WITH their students!