I’ve been teaching professionally to all ages and levels for over 10 years throughout the Chicagoland area. I have been playing for about 19 years. Music is my passion. I even own and run an all ages music venue. Teaching is my biggest love and I love seeing students learn! There isn’t a style I will not teach. All music to me is fascinating:)
*** Lesson Details ***
All lessons start with the basics (assuming the student doesn’t already know them). This includes: reading music and chord diagrams (usually using a book for students under the age of 15), understanding rhythm, basic music theory, etc. Meanwhile, we apply this knowledge to songs of the student’s choice- this way they’re learning songs they like, and more about guitar and music at the same time. As time goes on we’ll get into playing lead, advanced theory, songwriting and more.
Above is the plan, but I am always open to suggestions from the students. As long as they are learning, I am happy. In all reality, we can spend years on just one of the many paths you can go down with the guitar- so I am always continually re-checking on the student’s current and up-to-date goals.
*** Studio Equipment ***
Electric guitar, acoustic guitar, amp and cables, notebook paper, metronome, pens and pencils. All I need from students is that they have their own guitar, picks, and in time, a metronome (and as mentioned above, sometimes a book, but I'll let you know if and when that might be necessary).
*** Travel Equipment ***
Depending on what's necessary, I will bring any of my studio equipment except for an amp.
*** Specialties ***
Again, I am very confident in my teaching skills. I love so many genres of music that its hard to say where my best talents lie. But no matter what the style, I will say one thing that I have always been strict about is proper technique and rhythm. I feel like timing is something that a lot of musicians lack and often have to learn the hard way later on. I try to incorporate it soon after and onward after a beginner's first lessons.
· Classical Guitar ·
My son loves learning guitar from Ian! He is so patient with children. His love for music is infectious. He makes my son look forward to learning each week. If you want to learn guitar... Pick Ian!
· Guitar ·
Ian is a no nonsense well organized guy. He taught me using exercises he wrote out on paper mostly in tabulature form. He used a metronome from the first lesson and always introduced a music theory concept such as rhythm, pentatonic scales, and chord transposition. He will not move past any exercise until you can demonstrate proficiency so there is no choice but to draw your own conclusion that you need to practice more if you want to progress. He teaches out of his local all ages music venue, or will travel to your home.
· Guitar ·
As an adult, beginner student I have nothing but good things to say about Ian. He has a very good demeanor during class and takes the time to find out what styles you are interested in.
He has the patience and communication skills that are found in superior instructors (I have been to a couple others and have stuck with Ian). His passion for music is infectious.
He challenges me to become better with each week and is good at instilling a sense of competition. I highly recommend him as an instructor.
· Classical Guitar ·
Good teacher, very passion with kids. My son really likes this classes.