There are those whose do, those who teach and those who do & teach. Not all doers are teachers - or good teachers anyway. This journey is about you. Ensure you pick the best teacher and pick the best student/teacher fit. I teach those who have the inner drive to be real guitarist and musicians. If that is you, it will be a good student/teacher fit and my job will be to help you make the most of your journey.
Able to read music
Frequently asked questions
What is your typical process for working with a new student?
Very structured based on the student's goals. Each student usually work on 4 of the main tenents of music at a time for overall growth and variety. Which 4 those are depend on the student, where they are and where they want to go.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I have studied with Andy Woods, Rody Elias - retired university jazz instructor in Canada, Matt Warnock and Bruce Arnold who is the head of the NYU and Princeton guitar departments.
I studied music at the Univeristy of Central Oklahoma and enjoy watching students as the "light goes off" when they grasp another musical concept or when the element they were working on comes together.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.
$50 for a full hour and full time access to me via email and texts to get your questions answered between lessons.
How did you get started teaching?
I enjoy playing but enjoy helping others more. So I helped people I knew and their feedback was that they had never learned so much in an way that made sense and was easy to grasp. So I branched out and started helping others.
What types of students have you worked with?
13 year olds to senior citizens. I only take Jr. High and High School students who are motivated and committed to learning music. I teach music and "just happen" to use the guitar to facilitate that learning transfer. In the process, the student becomes a good guitarist but also a real musician.
Describe a recent event you are fond of.
Almost all events are the same: a person tries to learn via youtube videos or a book or someone they know that plays guitar they don't make much progress for all the time they put in. They come to me and immediately start to make progress on the first lesson. I am proud I do that for them.
What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?
The best thing I can tell you is that if you only want to dabble with music, I am probably not your guy. If you really want to improve your quality of life through music, then I am willing to spend my time helping you.
What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?
Be very clear about what your desired outcomes are when enterviewing a potention instructor. Don't let them push in a diretion you don't want to go. Pay attention to your emtions and physical feelings when you are interviewing them and take note of any red flags which make you unsure or uncomfortable.