Phillip Z.

Phillip Z.

7 Reviews
Chandler, AZ

About Phillip Z.

Background Check: Last verified 12/11/2013
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Male Ages Taught: 5 to 99
Female Ages Taught: 5 to 99


I teach music. The guitar, bass guitar, and ukulele just happen to be the particular instruments I choose. Music as a language, discipline, and art, is the goal. I've been teaching, performing, studying, composing, for some thirty years. I've studied and gigged in the classical, jazz, rock, blues, R & B, and country idioms. I've taught composition and improvisation to instruments other than guitar, (vocalists, fiddle, sax, piano, trumpet) I've taught all ages and levels. I currently pursue a doctorate of music in guitar at university. Students learn many things when studying with me. They learn physically how to play a particular instrument while learning music as its own language. Students learn how to learn, learn self-discipline, and access their musical expression, all potential life changing experiences. I am happy and excited to announce I am available for on-line lessons, and will now be able to work with students from all over the world, regardless of distance or location!

*** Lesson Details ***
I am laid back, but at the same time very goal directed. I like to do technique and/or vocabulary, note reading, and songs every lesson. After six months students are able to to 'jam', (improvise over chord changes such as the blues). They are well on their way to becoming literate, probably a third way through the first book. They probably can play a half dozen songs well, and are starting to strum (comp) chord progressions in a musically rhythmic way. They may even have played in a couple concerts by then.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Office studio w/ guitar, bass, amps, and seating for parents, computer with skype capability.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I bring my guitar and writing tools, extra picks, extra paper etc. Students provide their own instrument, method book, staff paper, notebook paper. Hopefully they have a music stand and their own guitar picks and other items relevant for the study of their instrument.

*** Specialties ***
Classical, jazz, rock, blues, country, bluegrass, theory/composition, improvisation

Student Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 by 7 reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Really encouraging teacher It has been a real pleasure to have Phillip as a teacher. He is so positive and so encouraging. Although we've only just begun, Phillip has provided a good foundation (and the encouragement) to continue to experiment and improve my skills. Thank you, Phillip. I've really had fun working with you! (The next comment has nothing to do with Phillip, but I do find Skype lessons a bit awkward. But that's just me!) November 12, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great teacher I wasn't sure how taking lessons via Skype would work, not having that in person interaction, but it's been really great. Phil is a really good teacher and has an immense amount of patience and encouragement. Even when I haven't had any time to practice and I'm struggling with the lesson, he insists that I'm doing great and boosts my confidence. This is the first instrument I've ever played and I've appreciated the bits of music history he's thrown in to help me connect things and the lessons are always so much fun too. April 1, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great Teacher for kids My 11 year old son is taking lessons with Phil and he is a great teacher. He is very patient and explains thing well but doesn't dwell on things my son had already learned from a different teacher. He also does a good job of motivating my son to learn more and practice by teaching him songs that my son picked out. September 27, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Feedback Phillip is really helping me. He has great patience and is walking me along slowly but surely. I was really worried that I would get lost in all this and give up but the exercises he gives me makes it fun and makes me want to learn more. June 23, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by My 7 year old son is loving his lessons. Phillip is very patient and makes it fun for him. I'm so glad we went with him for lessons. April 26, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Review My instructor is extremely knowledgable in every aspect of guitar fundamentals. He has an effective plan for myself to learn these fundamentals. I learn something new at each lesson and am very happy with my instructor. April 17, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by I recommend, no reservation I wanted to try Phillip as a teacher, because I gathered from his profile on Take Lessons that he has the academic knowledge and the experience credentials of a pro.I wanted to learn from someone who is an expert on guitar and who has a relaxed, yet focused and thoughtful teaching style, and that's what I've found.It's impressive to me that he has the credentials that got him accepted into the guitar Doctoral degree program at ASU. I also find Phillip to be a patient, engaged teacher who puts thought into his lessons before them and into his responses during lessons. He takes the time to suggest even the subtle things that you can do as a student to improve. Now, that's engaged teaching.I'm so enjoying discovering the science and art of the guitar and music in a relaxed, fun learning environment. March 19, 2012