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 in Spain. After a career of teaching at colleges and universities I taught classical guitar at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas, Texas. Currently, I teach privately in my home in the Northwest area of Dallas near Brookhaven College and and online.
I enjoy helping students play more easily and beautifully. Seeing guitarists develop the skills they need to really enjoy and feel cofortable playing guitar is what floats my boat.
Professor McGuire has been one of the very best teachers I've been fortunate to study with. His passion and vast knowledge for the guitar is evident in every lesson. McGuire models his teaching specifically for each student. I left every lesson inspired with a better understanding of music and with a clear goal and understanding of what I needed to do to progress as a musician and guitarist. I highly recommend Professor McGuire to anyone of any level who wishes to improve, and have a teacher who will give them a thoughtful, helpful, and inspiring lesson every time.
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 your interests in music and any related hobbies and activities.
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.
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
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 since 1971 and I'm still learning new things that help my students be better guitaists and more artistic musicians.
I mostly teach classical guitar, but I'm very interested in helping guitarist in all genres improve their playing.
I'm mostly fond of spending time wth my family. Musically, I love to hear the concerts presented by Cliburn Concerts.
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.
That really depends on what you want, but write some questions down so you don't forget to ask.