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By Dimitry E.- Bronx Guitar Teacher
For a musician, there is no locale more exciting or inspiring than New York. With world-renowned recital halls, jazz clubs, conservatories, outdoor concerts, and the throng of artists who populate these places, there is music to be found on nearly every street corner. The entire city becomes your classroom and your musical canvas. As a guitar teacher, my job is to be the tour guide – providing a “lay of the land”, offering support and answering questions, while assisting the student in navigating his or her personal musical journey.
I have been fortunate enough to teach students from a diverse range of ages and backgrounds, with various motivations spurring their desire to learn the guitar. However, the most inspiring students I’ve ever worked with were not necessarily the most accomplished or naturally gifted, but the ones for whom music served as an engine for greater effort and clarity in other aspects of their lives.
I used to work as a guitar teacher at an inner-city school here in New York. Though this school was making an effort, it faced many obstacles: inadequate facilities, limited and poorly-conditioned instruments, and a particularly challenging, often troubled, student population. Yet students flocked to the music room with an eagerness I had never before seen. For those students whom I taught, the music clearly had a profound impact. I recall one student in particular, a 10th grader when I met him, who read far below his grade level, which caused him a great deal of embarrassment. He was also an athlete and music student, both areas in which he excelled. I worked with him on mastering music notation, sight-reading songs, and discovering musical patterns. He not only learned to play the guitar, but also bass guitar and trumpet. After many lunch rehearsals and several concerts, this student became a stand-out star in the music program. His hard work paid off in the classroom as well. His reading abilities skyrocketed, and last I heard he was graduating from high school with a Regent’s diploma – an unlikely proposition only a few short years before. This is, of course, not entirely due to my work with him as a music teacher, but I’d like to think it helped. Moments - and students - like this are the ultimate satisfaction for a music teacher.
Guitar lessons can go in a number of directions, from learning how to read music to strumming chords or developing ideas for improvisation. I try to create an agenda that fits the interests of each student, whether they want to work on developing great technique or simply learning to play songs.
Styles include: Rock, Blues, Jazz, Finger style.
Years of experience as a live musician and teacher. I focus on bringing out your personal voice and to acquire the necessary technique to achieve your musical goals.
Basic chord progressions, accompaniment and solo techniques.
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