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Accompaniment, Acoustic Guitar, Classical Guitar, Ear Training, Flamenco Guitar, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Theory
CURRENT LESSONS (2014)
- General Guitar Lessons for Beginners
- Finger-style Guitar for Beginners
- Classical Guitar (beginner, intermediate, advanced)
- Flamenco Guitar (intermediate and advanced)
- Rumba Guitar (beginner, intermediate, and advanced)
- Latin Guitar (beginner, intermediate, and advanced)
WHAT SHOULD YOU EXPECT FROM PRIVATE LESSONS?
The very first things we'll learn to do in our private lesson will be to RELAX, BE PATIENT, and HAVE FUN. Yes, mastering (or even just getting decent at) the guitar takes time and dedicated work, but it should always be enjoyable, relaxing, and should NEVER...BE...RUSHED. Ironically, by relaxing and taking it slow, you'll excel rather quickly and, more importantly, CORRECTLY.
Lessons are based on time-tested methods in guitar pedagogy as well as on scientific research in the neurological and psychological processes of skill acquisition and expertise. The goal of the Spanish Guitar Institute is to help students quickly and correctly develop the neurological pathways necessary to form, improve, and maintain high-level, musical skills.
CAN ANYONE LEARN GUITAR FROM THE INSTITUTE?
Absolutely! The Spanish Guitar Institute accepts students over 8 years old and at any experience level. Whether you've never touched a guitar before our first lesson, have your Master's degree in guitar performance, or have been playing professionally for 20 years, we can and will help you achieve your goals (so long as you do your homework).
WHAT KIND OF GUITAR DO YOU NEED?
For flamenco or classical lessons, you will need a nylon-string guitar (e.g., classical or flamenco), NOT a steel string guitar. If you don't own a nylon-string guitar, you can certainly rent one, but it must be available to you for home practice AT LEAST 6 days/week. For general guitar lessons, either a steel-string or nylon-string guitars is fine.
CAN THE SPANISH GUITAR INSTITUTE GUARANTEE RESULTS?
YES! And NO! Results are only possible if you can commit to practicing 6 days/week for an absolute minimum of 30 minutes/day and a maximum of 3.5 hours/day AND are practicing CORRECTLY.
As a Spanish Guitar Institute student, you will be expected to stick to a CONSISTENT (i.e., 6 days/week) practice schedule which your instructor will help you develop based on your goals and current musical level. Only you can guarantee your own results but our instructors can teach you the most effective practice skills necessary to reach your goals.
Acoustic Guitar, Arrangement and Composition, Bluegrass Guitar, Blues Guitar, Classical Guitar, Composition, Country Guitar, Ear Training, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Theory, Songwriting
*** Travel Equipment ***
I would bring my guitar, metronome, pen, etc.
The students should have their own guitar and amp if electric.
They should also have the appropriate books - mel bay note reading and a blank music staff and tab book.
*** Specialties ***
My method focuses on learning scales, chords & arpeggios and then showing the student how to apply them through knowledge of music theory. They will learn how to create music on their own as well as understand the music they listen to. I will also show my students how to play various popular songs and how to improvise. My areas of expertise are in rock, pop, blues, rockabilly, metal, country and jazz. I also teach note reading, fingerstyle and classical guitar.
Classical Guitar, Flamenco Guitar, Guitar, Music Theory
Early Guitar Studies & Pit Orchestra Performances (1995-2002)
I began taking guitar lessons at the age of 11 with blues/jazz guitarist Tom Castonzo, a frequent performer, bandleader and teacher in and around the Chicago area. My studies with Tom lasted for many years and covered various musical and technical aspects of many different styles ranging from jazz to classical and everything in between. In 2002, I began performing in pit orchestras for various musicals including Jesus Christ Superstar, Les Miserable, The Wiz, Little Shop of Horrors, and Seussical the Musical.
Original Music Projects (2003-Present)
From 2003-2008, I wrote and performed music for 2 different progressive rock bands: Dream Haven and The Unit Theory. Dream Haven released the EP entitled “Nostalgia is Five Frame” and The Unit Theory released a full-length album entitled “Seed.” Both bands performed all over the greater Chicago-land area and helped me hone my skills as an electric guitarist. Throughout this time, we shared the stage with national touring & recording acts Fear Factory, Mastodon, Enuff Z’nuff, and Algernon, to name a few. I now play lead guitar in the Chicago-based alternative rock band Davenport Ed and am having started an all-instrumental acoustic/rock trio with two percussionists.
Undergraduate Studies (College of Dupage and Northern Illinois University: 2002-2008)
After high school, I attended the College of Dupage (COD) and began studying jazz guitar with Dr. Zvonimir Tot. Towards the end of my studies at COD, I developed an interest in classical guitar and took lessons from Steve Ramsdell. After I received my Associate’s Degree in Music from COD I started teaching private guitar lessons at various suburban Chicagoland locations. I graduated from COD in 2004 with an Associate in Music degree. In the fall of 2005, I started my Bachelor’s studies in Classical Guitar Performance at Northern Illinois University (NIU) with Fareed Haque (Winner of “Best World Guitarist” in Guitar Magazine). While at NIU, I continued to teach & perform up until I graduated in May 2008 with a Bachelor’s degree in Classical Guitar Performance.
Graduate Studies (New England Conservatory of Music: 2008-2010)
I started my graduate studies in August 2008 at the New England Conservatory of Music (NEC) in Boston, under the tutelage of world-renowned guitarist Eliot Fisk. As an active performer in the greater Boston area, I made it a goal to bring the classical guitar to unorthodox venues such as senior centers, local TV, hospitals, dialysis treatment centers, and even juvenile halls! While at NEC, I started to take an interest in transcription, which is the art of adapting a composition for a voice or instrument other than the original. Eliot Fisk is a master at this, and his guidance was profound. In June 2010, I graduated from NEC with a Master’s in Music (with Academic Honors) for Classical Guitar Performance. My master's recital was a tour-de-force of virtuosic classical, acoustic, and electric guitar pieces with music ranging from J.S. Bach to Joaquin Rodrigo to Steve Vai.
Flamenco Guitar & Ritmo Flamenco (2009-Present)
During my time at NEC, I was fortunate enough to meet Grisha Goryachev, a master flamenco guitarist. Grisha introduced me to the basic principals of flamenco guitar and proved to be a wonderful resource. I continue my flamenco guitar studies by learning historical flamenco recordings entirely by ear. Short of living in Spain for extended periods of time, I have found this to be the purest way of learning. I am now the flamenco guitarist for Ritmo Flamenco, an ensemble that features dancer Diane Campbell.
Professional Musician & Awards (2010 – Present)
I moved back to Chicago in July 2010 and have since had hundreds of performances that include weddings, corporate events, restaurants, recitals, and more. My reputation as a premiere performing guitarist has grown rapidly in the past 2 years, and I earned 2 awards at the end of 2012: “Top Solo Guitarist” on the world’s largest entertainment site which is Gig Master and “Best of Wedding” on TheKnot.com (the world’s largest wedding-planning site). I am a regular featured performing artist at premiere restaurants in the Chicago suburbs including The Cellar Bistro in Wheaton, Eddie Merlot’s in Warrenville, and Wildwood Steakhouse in Geneva.
*** Lesson Details ***
***Teaching students ages 10+***
My first goal as an instructor is to get an idea of what the student's goals are as a guitarist, and then we start working towards that goal. This means that while the basic concepts are covered (chords, some sight-reading in most cases, scales, etc), no student curriculum is exactly the same. After a few months of studying with me, no matter what style of music, we will have learned notes, chords, and songs that are of interest to the student. Then, we will discuss how all of those elements tie together and map out a practice routine. A goal I have for every student is to create a realistic, efficient, and enjoyable practice routine that produces results.
*** Studio Equipment ***
Music stands, guitars (acoustic, electric, classical), cable/amp, appropriate paper materials & books for learning music.
*** Travel Equipment ***
I do not travel to lessons.
*** Specialties ***
*Teachers marked as a Student Favorite have taught a minimum of 25
lessons and have received the highest feedback rating from students.I specialize in classical, rock, pop, & music theory. I can also teach beginner flamenco guitar.
Acoustic Guitar, Arrangement and Composition, Blues Guitar, Classical Guitar, Composition, Ear Training, Guitar, Music Theory, Songwriting
Music has always been my passion since I was young. Even before I played any instruments I was always glued to the radio, eager to hear the next great song. Not only am I passionate about music, but I am passionate about helping others learn and to achieve a similar relationship with music that I have. Patience is my biggest strength in teaching, and with it I am sure I can deliver the best possible atmosphere to help you learn!
After playing guitar all through high school and playing in its jazz band for two years, I realized I really did want to make music a career. I attended Loyola University Chicago and studied guitar and music theory, earning a BA in Music and graduating Cum Laude. I was awarded the Departmental Award for my performances in ensembles, and for my Senior Recital, where I performed all original compositions.
My experience in several styles of guitar can help you too! I feel that this versatility can help teach you exactly what you intend to learn from your lessons, and I will work diligently with you in order to reach your goals!
I am now available for Skype lessons online!!!
*** Lesson Details ***
I like to keep my working environment casual and comfortable, yet still push you forward towards success on your instrument. Receiving a lesson requires work from both the teacher and the student, and if you give me a chance I'll guide you on your musical endeavors!
*** Studio Equipment ***
Guitars, electric bass, keyboard, living room, additional seating space
*** Travel Equipment ***
Students must ideally own a guitar at home. I will provide basic things such as instrument cables, and very basic accessories for use during lessons if needed.
*** Specialties ***
Jazz guitar, rock, blues, funk, classical guitar, music theory, music composition and arranging,
Acoustic Guitar, Arrangement and Composition, Audition Prep, Bass Guitar, Blues Guitar, Choir, Christian Gospel, Classical Guitar, Classical Piano, Classical Voice, Composition, Conga Drums, Country Guitar, Djembe, Drum, Ear Training, Flamenco, Flamenco Guitar, Guitar, Hand Drums, Mandolin, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Piano, Poetry, Singing, Songwriting, Synthesizer, Ukulele, Vocal Training
A fun, friendly, and professional Music Instructor at your service for Guitar, Piano, Voice, Bass, & Drums! I have a BA degree from Florida Atlantic University in Music Performance for Classical/Flamenco/Jazz/Blues guitar and I've also performed on the Piano/Keyboards for a couple different bands too. Presently, going back to School to earn a Master's in Music. Love to play & teach pretty much all styles of music! It is always a pure joy & truly rewarding to see my music students grow and flourish as musicians. I have been enjoying doing this now for 16 years- all ages & levels. I am also in a multi-dimensional rock project and am a recording artist-
I believe it's important to learn the rudiments of music to build a good foundation (scales, chord vocabulary, theory, song-composition, performing techniques), but I also base the lessons on whatever the interests and strengths are for the student. For example, if you enjoy jazz more than classical we'll focus more on what you are particularly passionate about. I have also been a part of School of Rock Programs in which we provided performances for the students a la Jack Black. Please contact me to let the musical journey begin...
Acoustic Guitar, Blues Guitar, Classical Guitar, Composition, Flamenco Guitar, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Theory, Songwriting
A little about myself, I am a graduate from VanderCook College of Music where I received my Bachelors of Music Education degree. I focused primarily on classical guitar as my major instrument. I have a strong passion for playing guitar and teaching it. I have been teaching lessons for 6 years, and have had a wide array of students. I teach all ages and all skill levels.
Here's a quick list of the type of things you can expect to learn through my lessons;
Proper holding position, posture, and playing technique.
Fingerpicking playing style
Ability to read written sheet music
Ability to read and count rhythm
Play a wide variety of repertoire ranging from pop to classical
Improvisation of grooves, melodies, and harmonies.
And most importantly, musicianship and having fun.
I prefer to have one, one hour lesson per week. I will drive to you, and we can have the lesson at your home.
"Steven is very professional and extremely helpful. He always has a smile on and is serious about helping you phrase the music. I would highly recommend him to anyone."
"It's been really exciting so far! Jordan has been so helpful, so knowledgeable. I could not have found a better instructor and I'm getting better and better every day."
"My daughter's wedding was weeks away and I had never been able to dance a step. With Jenny's help, I came further than ever before in such short time in any subject."