Along side the traditional course guidelines and formal ways of teaching, I also offer the option to practically throw it all out of the window to just teach what students genuinely want to learn. Not every student learns the same and sometimes you just want to get straight to the point or straight to the good stuff. I do my best to aid that desire and learn from each and every individual I meet because we are all students of life. An effective teacher doesn’t merely teach. An effective teacher also learns from their students, especially if they are to evolve as a true mentor of the arts.
The degree I have obtained is “Music Theory with Instrument Emphasis”. I have participated and won two “Guitar Wars” competitions for acoustic guitar and have performed with numerous rock, metal, blues and jazz bands during my music career. I have given one-on-one lessons for 8 years and have always enjoyed the interaction and joys of sharing my knowledge of music and the arts with others.
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First, I like to get to know a person and their music preferences. Then I ask what it is they would like to learn. Afterward we can have a free try out lesson. Then, if they feel like they learned something and had fun doing so, we can talk about continuing lessons according to what they are genuinely interested in.
My degree is in “Music Theory with Instrument Emphasis”. I have also been classically trained as well as in Jazz, Blues and of course Rock and Metal.
My lessons have always been fifteen dollars for half an hour and twenty five dollars for a full hour on a once a week basis.
I started tutoring music majors in college and later taught at two retail music stores, gave in house lessons, taught in an office of my own inherited from a friend who owned a music rehearsal studio, and even gave master classes in partnership with a drum teaching company.
I have taught students of all ages, including some that were even diagnosed with A.D.D., A.D.H.D., Asperger Syndrome and even Autism.
A downtown outdoor event with an old rock variety cover and original band called Rock Star Riot was the last performance I remember being a ton of fun with thousands of people enjoying the festivities and performances.
Look for three important characteristics. Honesty, sincerity, and genuineness. These are the most valuable characteristics a person can have and play a huge role in determining quality relationships between human beings in general. Be sure that you truly get the feeling that you are going to be getting what you pay for and be absolutely certain that the person you choose as a mentor is going to cater to and nurture your particular and genuine interests.
In my humble opinion, a person shouldn’t have to tailor themselves in order to present themselves formerly in front of a teacher with fancy formalities, nor should they have to feel a need to pre-think ahead of time over-meticulously about what to ask. Just be yourself and ask whatever you like. We are equals with our own memory banks of unique knowledge. You are merely asking me if I know something you want to know and whether or not I can pass that knowledge over to you effectively. If you feel the need to write down a list of questions then that’s fine however, the only scenario in which I could imagine anyone having a hard time thinking about what to ask of music mentor is if an instructor approaches you like car salesman pitching you a service with all sorts of deals and discounts to lure you in. In that case, don’t hire that person! Poor etiquette deserves no attention. Remember! Honestly, sincerety and genuineness are what you want to look for.