JJ Strings

JJ Strings

1 employee
7 years in business

About this pro

$30 per hour. Feel free to contact me directly at 253-878-4045 or [email protected] Guitar, Piano, Bass, Ukulele, Drums, Banjo, Mandolin, Harmonica, Music Theory, and Songwriting! Zoom and Skype lessons available!

With hundreds of successful students and five years of full-time teaching experience, you can trust me to coach you to achieve your musical goals.

Your musical goals are my passion. I want to see you in a band. I want to see you strumming your ukulele on the beach. I want to see you sign up for an open mic. 

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Puyallup, WA 98373
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

We'll focus on the songs that you want to learn. We'll examine the techniques needed to perform those songs. And, most importantly, we'll find material to fit your current skill level while preparing you for your musical future. 

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

Thankfully, I have had the pleasure of being a full-time private music educator for the past five years, bringing my love and passion for music to the lives of hundreds of students. Whether it's guitar, banjo, bass, mandolin, piano, harmonica, drums, or ukulele; bringing YOUR musical potential to the forefront is my number one goal. 

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

Fifty dollars per hour, thirty seven dollars for forty five minutes.

How did you get started teaching?

Raised in Nashville, Tennessee (music city), I was fortunate to grow up in a very musical family. As soon as I learned a chord on the guitar or a drumbeat, I was teaching it to my cousins and friends. I've been spreading musical knowledge as long as I can remember, but I've had the privilege to make teaching my profession for half a decade.

What types of students have you worked with?

My students have ranged in age from 5 to 85. I have worked with students with special needs, brain injuries, and physical limitations. The power and joy of music is univeral, regardless of any situation we find ourselves in. 

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

Recitals for my students are always a joy. The last recital I attended for my current students was a chance for them to shine and perform rehearsed material before an audience.

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

Age, gender, and cultural upbringing will NOT keep you from your musical goals. Geoff Colvin, a retired economist and  author of "Talent is overrated" discovered that 'musically gifted' people simply practice more... Do you have 10 minutes a day to practice? 

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

Do YOU honestly have time to practice? Do you have 10 minutes a day to work through your homework? The best way to create a new habit is to attach it to a habit you already have. You make coffee every morning? That's a perfect time to practice music for 10 minutes. If you can squeeze in 10 minutes a day, then you're ready for music lessons.