Nathan Cornelius

Nathan C.

Denver, CO

Lesson Details



Nathan delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 10+

Teaching since:
December 2007

Nathan is a classical guitarist, performer, and teacher living in Denver, Colorado. He teaches a variety of styles of guitar and piano, including classical, folk, popular, and contemporary Christian. In his teaching, he seeks to give students the satisfaction of achieving their personal goals, one step at a time.
Nathan holds a Bachelor of Music in guitar performance and is currently pursuing a Master of Music in guitar performance and composition at the University of Denver's Lamont School of Music, where he was awarded a graduate assistantship teaching guitar and music theory. He has received various awards for his performances on classical guitar and has performed in masterclasses for world-renowned guitarists. He is also a composer, writing works for solo guitar, chamber ensemble, choir, and orchestra, and he has performed as a classical pianist.

*** Lesson Details ***
The journey of learning a musical instrument or music theory can often seem complex and daunting. I've taken that journey myself, and I'm here to make it easy and rewarding for you by explaining things clearly and breaking them down into manageable pieces. I do my best to help you build the habits of body and mind that you need to become a successful musician. Lessons are tailored to the age and general interests of the student, so that you can always be moving towards whatever your personal musical dreams are. To that end, I use methods including Breaking Ground, Christopher Parkening, and Alfred's on guitar, and also Alfred's on piano.
In a typical lesson, I'll start by working on the music assigned at the previous lesson and offering encouragement and suggestions based on the work the student did over the week. Next, we'll dig deeper into whatever aspects of the music need more work, and I'll share strategies for practicing and playing them. Then we'll dip into music theory for a few minutes, to get the student involved not just in playing music but also in writing and thinking about it. Finally, we'll look at some new material, and I'll assign music for the student to practice for the next lesson.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons are at the Newman Center for the Performing Arts, either in my graduate assistant office or in a practice room. Free street parking or paid garage parking is available.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in classical guitar, which I have studied since age 12 and which has been my major area of study in college and graduate school. I also teach acoustic guitar in folk/popular styles, such as chordal accompanying and fingerstyle guitar. I also have played contemporary Christian music on guitar for many years, and I am glad to teach that genre as well.

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Photos & Videos

Nathan Cornelius, guitar.
Recorded in Hamilton Recital Hall, Newman Center for the Performing Arts, University of Denver.
Photo by Nathan C.

Photo by Nathan C.


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Rachel M. Jan 18, 2013
Guitar ·

Amazing teacher

Nathan is a great guitar teacher! He explains everything in a way i understand and he tells me what i can do to help me practice on. He is a great guitar teacher one again and i do recommend him if you are starting to learn guitar and what he has to offer.

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