Dennis Cassella

Dennis C.

Fort Myers, FL
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Lesson Details

Banjo

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
"Experienced banjo teacher of 30 years available for eager students of all experience levels and ages! I structure my lessons so students learn what they want to learn, while also building a strong foundation of traditional and contemporary finger picking skills. I specialize in bluegrass, country and contemporary banjo typically use Hal Leonard or Mel Bay books, and also have the following tools available to use during lessons: video and sound recording equipment, sheet music, and more. Let’s start picking!
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About

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Dennis delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:
1988

I have studied Music Education and Music Performance at Millersville University and Child Psychology at Southern New Hampshire University. I am certified to teach Music Education in Florida. This experience offers to me many tools as a music educator which I then bring to my lessons.Teaching as a classroom, group, and private music instructor has been my life for the last 25 years. I have taught students ranging from 4-80 years old. I play and teach guitar, banjo, mandolin, voice, bass guitar, piano, and my experience as both a published and recording artist serves as a valuable reference when teaching students how to express and write their own music.

Experience

Music Instructor and Sole Proprietor
Jan 1989 - Present
Dennis MIchael Studio

Owner and primary guitar, piano, voice, banjo, mandolin, ukulele instructor. The facility included 7 other instructors where a total of about 600 lessons were taught monthly.

Studio Musician
Apr 1991 - Dec 1996
Caprice International Records

Education

General Studies
Jun 2013 - Jun 2014
Southern New Hampshire University
Music Education and Music Performance
Sep 1999 - Jun 2004
Millersville University
Music Education and Music Performance
Sep 1999 - Jun 2004
Millersville University

Certifications

Music Teacher
Jun 2015
Florida Dept. of Education

Certified to teach music in the State of Florida

ESE Teacher
Jun 2015
Florida Dept. of Education

Certified to teach Special Education in the State of Florida

Photos & Videos

My recording project released on Caprice Records

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4 Reviews

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Barbara Nov 2, 2018
Guitar · In studio

Very pleased. We hit it off well and he has zeroed in on what I want to accomplish.

Jacob N. Sep 13, 2018
Piano · In studio

Dennis is a wonderful teacher

Eric Jan 22, 2018
Guitar · In studio

I've been working with Dennis for about 5 years, and who knows, I may be learning from him 5 years from now. It's great learning from him. Not only does he know his stuff and makes his teaching personal to your needs, but he also has a way to make you feel successful even when you are struggling. I always feel better about my playing when I leave than when I got to his studio. He recognizes my learning style and what I want to accomplish, then builds his teaching around that. Dennis a masterful teacher. He has the ability to listen and understand where I am in my learning curve and adjust his lessons to my skill level. When I wanted theory, he went there. When I wanted to learn blues riffs he patiently showed me a few scales. I always leave a session having learned something new.

If you are looking for a guitar teacher (and yes, he also teaches keyboards and other instruments) I'd say put your time and money into Dennis and you, like I, will feel it is one of your best investments

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Deidre Jan 10, 2018
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

I have been taking music lessons with Dennis for several years. He always creates a personalized lesson plan that meets my music goals and is very patient with me. He helps me improve my skills overall by teaching broader concepts as well as helps me learn specific songs of my choosing. Thanks Dennis!!

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