Chris Swanson
Aurora, CO
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Chris Swanson

Chris S.

Aurora, CO
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Some people have a desire to get into the music industry as recording engineer, but have no idea how to get started. Others are musicians that simply want to capture a performance of their music so others can listen to it in their cars or on when they exercise. Music recording is super cool! You learn how to take a picture of music that can be enjoyed by everyone. When you take lessons in music recording, we cover everything: computer hardware requirements, the pros and cons of different software, microphones, interfaces, mic placement, and tons of other stuff. Music recording can be as simple or as complex as you want it to be, but with whatever level you want it to be, I'm going to make sure you have fun doing it!

About Chris S.

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 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 Florida public school system 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 Streams Church.

In January of 2013 I married my beautiful wife.

Upon arriving home from our honeymoon, I was hired as Worship Director for Streams church, and I have worked there since. Some of my responsibilities include developing and executing 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 for you
2. Teaching you new techniques and polishing old ones
3. Building your confidence
4. Both of us 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
Computer
iPad
Recording equipment
Music stand
Seating area for parents/guardians to sit/listen in on the lesson


*** Travel Equipment ***
When offering in-home lessons, 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, Folk, Praise/Worship, Indie

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Duran H.
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CHRIS was awesome!!! My first lesson was with a guitar that I’d had for years, he fixed the guitar so that I would have something to practice on, whilst he fixed the guitar he didn’t forget why he was there and went over notes and chords etc, After fixing my guitar we had time to go over the gchord and I pretty much had it as he was walking out the door. I’m very pleased!!!

Posted Jan 20, 2020
Adam C.
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Chris is a wonderful instructor. I took music recording lessons from him and it was very informative and relaxed.

Posted Jul 31, 2019
Travis
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Chris is very knowledgeable, patient, and very thorough! I have had an amazing experience and would highly recommend him to anyone looking to learn guitar or improve their skills.

Posted May 9, 2017
Debbie A.
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We've only had 2 lessons so far and he is great! He is encouraging, polite, flexible, kind and takes the extra time if needed. He definitely knows how to teach and knows the natural developmental progression to build the foundation for a beginner and explains what the next goals she'll be working towards. He even learned a Justin Bieber song just to make my kid happy. Lol!

Posted Jan 31, 2016
Bentley
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For our family, Chris just can't be beat!!!! He is super patient and has an awesome attitude! Laid back and relaxed! Made drum lessons easier to bear!

Posted Jan 16, 2016
Daniel
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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.

Posted Aug 19, 2015
Serges N.
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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.

Posted Jul 9, 2015
Anthony N.
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Good teacher

Posted Jun 1, 2015
Anja T.

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.

Posted Mar 6, 2014
Elizabeth W.

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....!!!!

Posted Feb 7, 2014

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Experience

Worship Director
Jan 2012 - Present

Streams Church

Teacher
Aug 2009 - Jun 2010

Hope Christian Academy

At Hope I taught music and directed a student-led worship band, and also taught English, Geometry, and Science.

Guitar Instructor
May 2005 - May 2009

Plant City Church of God Academy of Music

Education

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

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

German

Limited Proficiency

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