Chris Swanson

Chris S.

Aurora, CO

About Chris S.

Background check: Last verified 05/27/2015
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Chris teaches: Ages 5 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: May 2003
Last sign in: 4 days ago


A short history of my experience with music and education:

The first instrument I learned to play was the guitar in 2001.

I played the guitar on the worship team at FBC of Midway in Plant City, FL from 2001 to 2005.

I began teaching private music lessons in 2003.

I played bass guitar in a Christian rock band called of Anastasis from 2003 to 2005.

I played acoustic, electric, and bass guitar on the worship team at Family Worship Center in Lakeland, FL from 2006 to 2012.

I worked as a freelance audio engineer with my in-home recording studio throughout college (and now I just do it for fun).

I played bass and sang background vocals in a worship band called Skyline from 2007 to 2009.

I taught music and trained a student led worship team at Hope Christian Academy from 2009-2010.

I began performing independently from 2009 to present.

I played guitar and sang lead vocals in a Christian Rock Band called A Story Familiar from 2010 to 2012.

From 2010 to 2012, I taught in the Polk County public school system of Florida from 2010 to 2012, where I also worked heavily with students with special needs.

In July of 2012 I moved to Aurora, CO as a volunteer musician to help plant Livingstone Church.

In January of 2013 I married my beautiful wife.

Upon arriving home from our honeymoon, I was hired as Worship Director for church, and I have worked there since. Some of my responsibilities include developing weekly music set lists, creating charts and sheet music for new songs, and training the worship team in new music.

As for me personally, I love Jesus, my wife, and music.  As I'm sure you can tell by my brief history, I do a lot of church service and ministry, if for this for any reason makes you wary, let me assure you: I play a lot more than just church music.  As a lover of music, there is not much that I don't enjoy in the world of music, and I've taught most of it.  I've taught the young and the not-so-young, and whether you're just beginning to read music, or you're just eager to learn your favorite song, I work closely with you to ensure you achieve the results you desire!

*** Lesson Details ***
Four things I focus on:
1. Creating individualized lesson plans
2. Learning new techniques and polishing old ones
3. Building confidence
4. Having a fun, rockin' time!

When taking lessons from me, students can expect an environment that is a balance between being strict and laid back.Music is something that must be learned, and as such, it must also be practiced week-to-week in between lessons.  I consider myself strict because I'll hold you accountable to doing your best to learn the best. Despite holding you accountable, I think the overall mood of the learning environment is laid back; we'll have a lot of fun learning music.  I make sure that we'll be learning at your pace, but keep in mind, this doesn't mean I won't push you to be your best! My teaching experience has taught me one thing: everyone is different. That being the case, I create lesson plans that are unique to you.  Where you will be in a month, six months, a year, largely depends on your commitment to learn, but I'll promise you this:  all of my efforts will be utilized to maximize your potentiality.

*** Attendance Policy ***
I am very flexible with attendance, but I do require a one hour notice that you will not be at the lesson. If a one hour notice is not given, the lesson will be marked as "missed" resulting in payment from your TakeLessons account for the missed lesson.

If you are simply running late, please be sure to let me know-I try to be as flexible as possible, but if the student is over 15 minutes late, I typically mark this lesson as "missed" as well.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I provide the following equipment for in-studio lessons:
Guitar amplifier
Bass amplifier
Drum Set
Recording equipment
Music stand
Seating area for parents/guardians to sit/listen in on the lesson

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide the following when traveling for in-home lessons: iPad
For in-home lessons, I expect students to have whatever equipment is necessary for learning their instrument of interest (This typically includes at least the student's instrument and a music stand, but may also include a metronome, tuner, etc.).

*** Specialties ***
Rock, Jazz, Blues, Folk, Praise/Worship, Indie

Photos and Videos

A video of my student's progress-he's really made leaps and bounds memorizing chords and keeping time! (Video used with his permission)


B.A. in English and American Literature

May 2007 - May 2009
University of South Florida

Liberal Arts

Aug 2005 - May 2007
Hillsborough Community College

Languages Spoken


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Limited Proficiency
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5 Reviews on Chris S.

Daniel Aug 19, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Chris was way more patient than I was with my son. Even when Daniel got distracted Chris just re-engaged him and kept plugging away. I also like his method of explaining the notes and their differences. He brought down to a level Daniel could immediately grasp.
Serges N. Jul 9, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Chris is so awesome. I'm amazed by the way he deals with my son's distractive behavior and get him to learn a lot in few times.
Anthony N. Jun 1, 2015
Bass Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Good teacher
Anja T. Mar 6, 2014
Verified Student
Excellent, patient teacher

Chris is a very patient and encouraging teacher. Also delivers fast success learning a new instrument. Our boys look forward to every lesson and don't mind practicing in between. Great fit for our family and very convenient lessons in our home instead of shuttling the kids to another activity.
Elizabeth W. Feb 7, 2014
Verified Student
Guitar lessons with Chris

Chris is a wonderful and patient person who truly understands the concept of music and kids. I am very pleased and so grateful to Chris... he has helped my son come out of his shell....!!!!