My teaching goals are for all my students to:
- Gain musical literacy. Music is a language, and as with any language, students must learn to read it, write it and speak it.
- Gain motor skills and techniques that allow them to play any music they want on the guitar.
- Gain knowledge that allows them to interpret other people’s music and write or improvise their own.
- Discover music that appeals to them, inspires them to play their instrument, and helps them to learn music appreciation.
My approach is a blend of formalized curriculum and more casual learning based on the student's music preferences and current level of skill (i.e. learning to play your favorite songs). Kids under 12 will learn to read formal music, while older kids and adults have the option (but still highly recommended for all). I teach all ages (6 and older) and skill levels, but specialize in turning complete beginners into music-reading and playing wizards!
The guitar is one of the most popular instruments in America, and for good reason - it's so much fun to play! My name is Mike Kohary, and with over 30 years of experience playing and teaching guitar and ukulele, I'll make sure you have fun learning to play an instrument that will provide you with a lifetime of enjoyment. I teach rock, pop, jazz and blues, and can accommodate both electric and acoustic players, from beginner to advanced, and all ages from 6 years old and up. Whether you're a beginner looking to learn an instrument, an intermediate player looking to build a broad foundation of skills, or you just want to learn to play your favorite songs, I'll design a course of study that's just right for you or your child.
I studied music theory and composition at the University of Washington, while studying jazz, blues and rock guitar privately with nationally acclaimed guitarists Jay Roberts and Scott Lindenmuth. I teach guitar in my local area at the 4/4 School of Music, and perform professionally as the lead guitarist for national recording act and blues band Michele D'Amour and the Love Dealers.
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