Scott Smith

Scott S.

Rochester, NY
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Lesson Details

Music Theory

Levels Taught:
Beginner
Through the foundation I've gained by the influences of Mel Bay, Hal Leonard, and Suzuki musical instruction methods, I compile my own teaching materials. Using personally constructed guitar lessons, I demonstrate, instruct, and guide the student based on my assessment of their individual needs, skill level, and progress. Lessons are formulated in Modules, and advancement through them is based on the student's personal aptitude, skill level, and practice commitment. Learning is accomplished by ear as well as through essential methods of musical notation (tablature, 5-line staff, rhythmic comprehension). Students are trained to perform written music as well as to write and express the music within themselves.
I'm an encouraging and motivating guitar teacher with a casual relaxed approach. Teaching new guitarists is very rewarding to me. To see the light come on and watch a student perform a song, express themselves musically, and create their own composition is an awesome experience.
I teach with a casual, approachable, student-based technique which brings about progress at the student's individual pace. I enjoy connecting with students' creativity as their skills grow and watching their ability to express themselves musically. Music is an art, and expression through music is an amazing personal experience. I receive great rewards in being a part of the journey as students discover a deeper sense of who they are and what they can communicate through this unique and amazing form of expression.
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About

Scott delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 18+ and special needs

Teaching since:
January 2008

Through formal and self- instructed lessons from age 12, I've learned country, folk, blues, rock, and metal techniques and formed several local bands as lead vocalist and lead/rhythm guitarist.
Writing and recording my own music has been a hobby for over 30 years.
Teaching new guitarists is very rewarding to me. To see the light come on and watch a student perform a song, express themselves musically, and create their own composition is an awesome experience.
An active music enthusiast from a young age, I learned clarinet technique and music theory from age 9 through public schools, performing in orchestra and marching band.

Experience

Guitar student
Jan 1972 - Aug 2017
Self and formal instruction

Continuous Pursuit in knowledge, ability, technique, and instructing on the guitar instrument

Beginner and Intermediate Guitar Instruction
Jan 2008 - Jun 2016
Self

Enjoying the amazing experience of being a guitar instructor and helping guide students along this fabulous Journey

Home Studio music composition and recording
Jan 1984 - Jun 2016
Self

Composing and recording multitrack song files of my original works.

performing rock band vocalist and lead/rhythm guitarist
Jul 1980 - Jun 2016
3 local bands and 3 local worship teams

middle and high school clarinet student, 7 years
Sep 1968 - Jun 1976
Public School

Education

Through formal and self- instructed lessons from age 12, I've learned country, folk, blues, rock, and metal techniques and formed several local bands as lead vocalist and lead/rhythm guitarist
Jan 1968 - Jul 2016
formal and self- instructed
middle and high school clarinet student, 7 years
Sep 1968 - Jun 1976
local

Photos & Videos

Cover song from an open jam- lots of fun with the solos in this one!
Cover song from an open jam- cool difference in tones of rhythm and lead guitars.
An awesome time sharing the joy with a large group of learning-challenged friends.
Wedding music at a local church

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Worship music at a large gathering of learning-challenged friends

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Rocking out at an open jam

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5 Reviews

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Erin Mar 23, 2017
Acoustic Guitar · In home

Scott is information and patient. He's knowledgeable about the topics and the music.

Jacqueline Jul 30, 2016
Guitar · In studio

I loved my guitar lessons from Mr. Smith. He made learning the guitar fun and easy. I also liked the short devotionals we did. I would definitely recommend Mr. Smith to anyone who wants to learn the guitar. Her is a great teacher!

SCS Jul 27, 2016
Guitar · In studio

I really appreciate Scott's encouragement in teaching me and his experience from years of playing guitar. I can learn songs by ear now! He even helped me buy my first guitar!

Melody Jul 27, 2016
Guitar · In studio

Scott did a great job helping me at my own pace to learn technique and chords to play the songs I chose....thanks!

Lynne Jul 2, 2016
Guitar · In studio

Scott's teaching method is very pleasant, helpful, and effective- I was playing a popular song after my first lesson!

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