Melissa Sauder

Melissa S.

Chicago, IL

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Melissa delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
and Ages 6+

Teaching since:
February 2002

I started taking guitar lessons when I was 14 and am now so happy to be giving them. I can think of nothing more exciting than having the ability to share my gift with the next generation of guitarists. My favorite musical genre happens to be heavy metal but I have the ability to teach students of all ages, levels and musical styles.

I have a Bachelors Degree in classical guitar performance so I am also able to teach classical guitar as well as sight reading and music theory. I also have the ability to teach beginning bass students but as far as guitar goes I can teach beginning through advanced levels of players.

I have had my own band for over thirteen years and have recorded two full length CDs. Not only did I write all the songs on both records but I also recorded all the tracks myself with the exception of the drums.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am a very laid back instructor generally speaking. Except when it comes to technique. Developing the correct playing technique right away is extremely crucial to having a good learning experience.

Generally for beginning players, pending on age we start with learning the most basic and crucial guitar chords. If the student is younger in addition to the chords we also start learning how to sight read from a basic book. For teenagers we start with chords and scales and then move on to songs that the student would like to learn.

For people that have already been playing for awhile I take the first lesson to figure out what they know and where to take them from there. We then proceed to pick up where they left off so to speak and start teaching them whatever else they need to know. Weather it's chords, scales or songs we always start right from the level they are comfortable with.

After the period of a few months if the student is practicing they should be either able or well on their way to switching their chords quickly. They also should be able to play a few basic songs of their choice and some basic scales as well. For more advanced players after a period of time they should have progressed significantly from wherever they started from as long as they are practicing.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living room space; music stands, guitars, amps

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect the student to have a guitar and all necessary books pending on what they want to learn. I will instruct you on which books to get once we begin lessons. I also expect them have have a suppply of picks and a digital guitar tuner.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in Classical and rock guitar as well as lead guitar.

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