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Kirk R.
Montgomery, Alabama
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Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Classical guitar is my first love and what brought me into the world of music. I began teaching in 2006 and have continually sought to improve my teaching over the years. When learning classical guitar (or any instrument) there are many approaches. Ideally, I believe that it is best for students to learn all of the keys to playing (physical technique, musical understand, a sense a rhythm and collaborative abilities and much more) before they jump into learning lots of pieces. ...But let's be honest, most of us don't have the patience for that. I know I don't. I want to make sure that you get all of the key elements to play the way that you want, but I know that you want to learn guitar because of the music! So even if you've never played an instrument before, it's my goal to have you playing music in the first lesson. From that point, we'll learn more pieces, and we'll continually add new musical elements so that you get an understand of not just how to put your fingers on the strings, but what that sounds you make mean and how they fit with the big picture of the whole piece.
About Kirk R.

I have been studying music for most of my life and began teaching when I was 16. I have been given the opportunity to learn from some of the best musicians and teachers around. Before relocating to Denver, I regularly gave performances throughout the Cincinnati area, as well as in surrounding states. I earned a bachelors of music in guitar performance at The College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati. While studying there I was able to meet musicians with different approaches to music and broaden my perspective on the way that I played and taught. Since moving to Denver, I have begun graduate studies at the Lamont School of Music. I have taught students of all ages and skill levels and have been able to watch my students meet goals of all sorts in their lessons. One of the studios that I teach at was also recognized in the category of "Best Music Instruction" by Cincy Magazine. If you have never picked up an instrument before, I would love to introduce you to the basics of music as well as the guitar. If you have played some guitar, or another instrument, and are looking to hone your skills and maximize your potential, it would be my pleasure to help you along that track.

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Teacher's Studio

Very good experience with Kirk! He was knowledgeable and patient, and I could tell he really enjoys teaching.

Posted Apr 28, 2017
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Teacher's Studio

Kirk was very patient, knowledgeable, and encouraging as he taught me to play a special song on the ukulele for my husband to be. Highly recommend!

Posted Apr 13, 2017
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Student's Home

Very patient with my 7 year old daughter. Thank you!

Posted Nov 15, 2016
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Experience
Director of Guitar
Aug 2020 - Present
Baldwin Arts Magnet School
Classical Guitar Teaching Assistant
Aug 2017 - Present
Hugh Hodgson School of Music (UGA)
Guitar Instructor
Jun 2006 - Present
Self-Employed
Musicology Graduate Teaching Assistant
Aug 2017 - May 2020
Hugh Hodgson School of Music (UGA)
Musicology Graduate Teacher Position
Sep 2015 - Aug 2017
Lamont School of Music
Instructor
Jul 2011 - Jun 2015
Angel's House of Music
Guitar Instructor
May 2011 - Nov 2015
Piano Lessons in Your Home
Education
DMA Guitar Performance, Theory
Aug 2017
University of Georgia
MM Guitar Performance
Sep 2015 - Jun 2017
Lamont School of Music
BM Guitar Performance
Sep 2008 - Dec 2012
Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music
Bachelors of Music, Guitar Performance
Sep 2008 - Dec 2012
University of Cincinnati
Languages
English
Fluent/ Native Proficiency
Italian
Limited Proficiency
Spanish
Limited Proficiency
Certifications
PCTF Alabama Certification
Aug 2020
AL State Dept of Education
Awards
Best Lessons of 2015
Aug 2015
Thumback
Musicology Graduate Teaching Position
Apr 2015
Lamont School of Music - DU
Best of the East: Music Instruction
Jul 2014
Cincy Magazine
Best of the East: Music Instruction
Jul 2013
Cincy Magazine
Bertha Langhorst Werner Scholarship
Sep 2011
Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music
CCM Honors Scholarship
Sep 2008
Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music

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