Bruce Smith

Bruce S.

Boulder City, NV

About Bruce S.

Bruce teaches: Ages 5 and up
Teaching since: September 2003
Last sign in: Yesterday


I received my degree from the University of Utah in instrumental music education. Along with specialized training in band and orchestra instruments, I also offer lessons in guitar, banjo, mandolin, and harmonica in playing and performance. When a student has a song they want to learn, I focus lessons around the requested song. I also have an extensive library of songs that I utilize. My music methodology is built around a song book that also has a CD attached. This has proven to be a lot of fun for all my students. It makes practice time more fun as they "play along" with the CD.

*** Lesson Details ***
With folk instruments I start by teaching the student basic chords and basic chord sequences.
In the beginning I stress the proper hand position and I spend some time perfecting the best finger position. This eliminates a lot of problems that will come up later. For the first songs I teach them songs that use those same chords and chord sequences. Soon after that I teach them how to read music. This is vital to being able to play lead on any folk instrument. As the student progresses he or she is exposed to many different styles of music I also will teach several different picking and strumming patterns. .The student is also taught about more advanced chord progressions and music theory that can be used in any situation.

For brass instruments I teach techniques in developing breath control and embouchure development. Attention to these details will eliminate problems that could come up in the future. The student will learn how to read music from the start. As the student develops these basic techniques I begin working on tone development and breath support. As the student progresses he or she will be exposed to many different musical styles.
During the past two years I have been working for the Clark County School District as a Para Pro. I help students that need extra help to be more successful on their instrument.
I specialize in teaching the lower brass family. That is the Tuba, Trombone and the Baritone. I also train new teachers in the lower brass family if the new teachers has no experience when they first start out.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music room: Instruments, bookshelves, open space, additional seating for parents.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can rent a guitar/banjo.
I can provide an amplifier.
I can provide PA and analog recording equipment.

*** Specialties ***
Developed method for teaching very young students as well as adolescents and adults.

Folk music
Popular music

9 Reviews on Bruce S.

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Lena Gomez Apr 21, 2017
· Banjo · In studio Bruce is great! I am an absolute beginner and he is very patient and I love that he teaches through song (after learning basic chords of course). Overall, he is a wonderful teacher.
Jim R. Feb 18, 2016
· Banjo · In studio Bruce is a fantastic teacher. He uses well planned-out lessons, but will modify as needed to fit the students ability and progress. He is enthusiastic about music and very knowledgable with multiple instrument playing abilities.
Catrina S. Nov 21, 2015
· Banjo · In studio Gets straight to teaching! What a nice gentlemen. Looking forward to many lessons to come!
Heather H. Jul 30, 2015
· Violin · In studio He's very patient and kind. He seems to be enthusiastic about her progress. Definitely recommend!
Isaiah S. Jul 18, 2015
· Violin · In studio Great introduction lesson looking forward to what's to come.
Justin L. Jun 22, 2015
· Ukulele · In studio Very knowledgeable
Scott C. Nov 10, 2014
· Violin · In studio My 11 year-old daughter has been taking lessons for about one year. She enjoys her lessons and always looks forward to the next one.

Bruce is a skilled musician who's not only encouraging of her development, but also very patient and indulgent with her whimsical personality. Bruce's wife, Diane, always has a treat (many homemade) available after each lesson.

I highly recommend his services.
Clark P. Oct 4, 2014
· Mandolin · In studio Bruce is Great. I am older and had never played before. Within a couple of lessons, Bruce had me playing a song. He is very patient with a style that makes learning easy. I would highly recommend Bruce to anyone.
Scarlett S. Oct 9, 2013
· Guitar · Bruce Rocks!

Bruce is a Folk Guitarist with a wide variety of instruments and skills. His focus is on folk music as this is music that you already know and know how it should sound. His primary instruments appear to be a 12 string acoustic, banjo, and 6 string acoustic, and electric. Frankly, the man is very talented, very patient, and has an excellent plan for both beginners and experts. He not only provides the correct form, but the reason why. His wife is very supportive and offers treats. A really nice touch, and a really nice couple.
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