Rafael Cruz

Rafael C.

Chicago, IL

Lesson Details

Guitar

Levels Taught:
Beginner
I am able to give lessons at my client's home, online, or at my home. I can teach kids or adults. However, I am able to the basics in guitar playing. Though I do not have a degree in music, I do have a BA in Psychology, and plan on going to graduate school later down the road to pursue a Master's in Music.

I can teach the basics in music theory, such as basic scales like the pentatonic and major scales, open chords, how to read music, and strumming patterns. I am also able to teach more intermediate techniques such as fingerpicking, arpeggios, how to build scales and chords, how to improvise, playing by ear, the basics in transcribing, how to play barre chords, and several other things.

In regards to my passion in playing guitar, I love it. It's my way of expressing myself. An extension of who I am. A way of having a good time.

In regards to teaching experience, I have not taught others how to play guitar, but I have worked as a tutor. So I know that patience is very important when teaching someone anything. Along with doing whatever it takes to ensure a student is making progress and benefiting from lessons as much as possible.

Thank you for taking the time to read this. I look forward to teaching you.
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About

Rafael delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
and Ages 6 to 80

Teaching since:
2017

I can teach the basics in music theory, such as basic scales like the pentatonic and major scales, open chords, how to read music, and strumming patterns. I am also able to teach other techniques such as fingerpicking, arpeggios, how to build scales and chords, how to improvise, play by ear, the basics in transcribing, how to play barre chords, and several other things.

In regards to my education in playing guitar, I've taken 6 courses at Dominican University. In regards to my overall experience as a guitarist, I've been playing for 5 years. I've performed at recitals at my University as a group, along with independently performing some of my own compositions.

In regards to my passion in playing guitar, I love it. It's my way of expressing myself. An extension of who I am. A way of having a good time. It's my oasis. My passion.

In regards to teaching experience, I have not taught others how to play guitar, but I have worked as a tutor. So I know that patience is very important when teaching someone anything. Along with doing whatever it takes to ensure a student is making progress and benefiting from my lessons as much as possible.

Thank you for taking the time to read this. I look forward to teaching you.

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Experience

Tutor
Sep 2015 - Dec 2015
Safe Haven

I tutored children ages 12+ in a class of my own. I helped them with homework in subjects like English and Mathematics. This experience has equipped with the skill set necessary to interact with and teach children effectively.

Education

Psychology
Aug 2013 - May 2017
Dominican University

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency
Spanish
Professional Proficiency

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I'm performing on stage for a recital at Dominican University on a classical guitar.

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