Jan Ryberg has been a performer and educator in north Texas for the past thirty-five years. He has performed with the Dallas Opera, the Ft. Worth Opera, the Dallas Bach Society, the Richardson Symphony, and the guitar societies of both Dallas and Ft. Worth. He also performs with a variety of small ensembles including the Old Vienna Quartet, the New Chamber Trio, and the Ft. Worth Guitar Society Quartet http://GuitarSociety.org as well as playing numerous solo concerts. He teaches guitar at Tarrant County College, Richland College, and through the Childbloom Guitar Program.
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Frequently asked questions
What is your typical process for working with a new student?
We will talk about their musical experience and their musical goals. After talking about 5 minutes I can start to know thier individual needs and tailor the lesson to fit them.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I have a Masters of Music degree in guitar performance from SMU. I have a Bachelors of Music degree in jazz and classical guitar performance from Wichita State University.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.
I charge $30.00 per half hour and $60.00 per hour. I charge $15.00 extra if I am driving to your residence to give the lesson.
How did you get started teaching?
I started teaching guitar while I was going to school in Wichita and continued teaching as a graduate assistant at SMU. While getting my Masters degree at SMU I started teaching at a junior college and I have been teaching ever since.
What types of students have you worked with?
All ages and all levels of experience from 4 years old to 80. From total beginners to advanced college music majors.
Describe a recent event you are fond of.
I was performng at a local wine bar and 3 friends arrived and we jammed the rest of the night.
What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?
It's pretty hard to know if a teacher is right for you without actually talking to him or her personally. Their qualifications are obviously important, but it's also very important that you are on the same page and your teacher understands what you are trying to accomplish.
What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?
A student should realize that taking lessons is great, but the real progress is because of practicing.