Allegro Guitar Society

Allegro Guitar Society


About this pro

Taking music lessons is one of the best investments you can make in self improvement. I love working with students of all levels to help them make playing the guitar easier and more joyous. My teachers have been from vastly different styles. When I was a teen, Stevie Ray Vaughn was in my brother's rock band, and later I studied with the great Spanish master Andres Segovia. After a career of teaching at colleges and universities I currently teach privately in my home in the Northwest area of Dallas near Brookhaven College and the Galleria.

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Dallas, TX 75244
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

At our first lesson I assess your level and try to get to know how you receive information. It's different for everyone and I try to personalize my approach to each student. We'll discuss you interests in music and any related hobbies and activities. 

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I've studied with several fo the best guitaists and teachers and have made a life's work of constantly studying how to make playing guitar easier in order to allow students to be more artistic. Please visit my website for more iformation. 

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

My fee is $80 per hour. (see discount below) Students who pay monthly receive a free lesson in months with 5 lesoson days in a month. 

Students who are inrolled in school receive a 25% discount if tuition is paid monthly

How did you get started teaching?

My first couple of students were friends of my dad's who heard me play when I was 15 yrs. old and asked for lessons. During my freshman year at Southern Methodist University I was recommended for a job at a local small university to teach as an adjunct (private lesson) instructor. At 20 yrs. I was hired to teach classical guitar at Northlake College of the Dallas County Community College District. I've been teaching for 47 years and I'm still learning new things that help my students be better guitaists and more artistic musicians. 

What types of students have you worked with?

I mostly teach classical guitar, but I'm very interested in helping guitarist in all genres improve their playing. 

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

I'm mostly fond of spending time wth my family. Musically, I love to hear the concerts presented by Cliburn Concerts. 

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

Watch videos of the teacher to see if you like his or her playing. Do a phone interview. You don't need to interrogate the teacher, but you can get a very good idea of the his/her temperment in a short conversation. Be clear about what you wish to learn. 

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

That really depends on what you want, but write some questions down so you don't forget to ask. 

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