Sean Shea

Sean S.

Roseburg, OR
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Lesson Details

Acoustic Guitar

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

I believe that learning music should be as fun and inspiring as it can be to play. We all have a vast wellspring of creative energy within us, and the goal of the relationship between the student and the teacher is to help nurture and develop that latent talent. For this reason, my approach to teaching music is highly individualized. I start out with the premise that the student has unique gifts and my job is to help them discover what those are, and develop and refine them in order to make beautiful and deeply satisfying music, through whatever instrument and in whatever style they are drawn towards.

Depending on one's starting level of experience, some basic exercises will be assigned to develop core skills, with increasing levels of technical challenge and complexity. Elements of music theory will be woven into practical lessons. Students will have the choice to incorporate material from popular and familiar music into their studies, and as they progress they will be encouraged to compose original pieces incorporating concepts and skills from the lessons.

As music should be enjoyable, I expect students to be highly motivated and to dedicate regular time to practice in between lessons. Of course there is some work involved to get to a point of effortless fluent expression, but you should also be able to have a lot of fun along the way!

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Sean delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:

I began teaching acoustic guitar and voice lessons in 1984, also offering harmonium and tabla lessons a few years later. Some of my students have approached music mainly for personal enjoyment and deepening their self-identity, while others have used the skills they learned in their careers.

I've found that in order to be a successful teacher, I must be patient and compassionate, and try to always put myself in the shoes of a learner. I feel my greatest teaching strengths come from listening to my students, as well as drawing from my experience as a singer-songwriter and fingerstyle guitarist.

I'm grateful for my exposure to the music of different cultures, especially the fascinating polyrhythms of traditional African drumming and the deeply moving melodies of Indian Classical music. I had the good fortune to study these disciplines intensively with Master Teachers during my time at Dartmouth College, at Wesleyan University, and through independent studies in India. My teacher training at Pacific Oaks College further deepened my appreciation of cultural diversity as well as my sensitivity to different learning styles.

This experience has enriched my own compositions, as well as my ability to connect with learners from diverse cultural backgrounds, and to help guide people in developing a personal style free from artificial boundaries of genre.

Currently, I'm working on recording an album of original songs based on the poetry of Rumi, Hafiz and other mystics.

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Music Teacher
Jul 2014 - Present
Umpqua Valley Music Lessons

Teach individual guitar, ukulele, voice and percussion lessons for ages 5-adult, with specialty in fingerstyle guitar

Elementary School Music Teacher
Sep 2018 - Jun 2019
Roseburg School District

Teach music, including voice and multiple instruments, to Elementary school classes (K-5); design age-appropriate lesson plans to meet state curriculum goals.

Elementary School Music Teacher
Feb 2018 - Jun 2018
Winston-Dillard School District

Teach music to Elementary school classes (K-6); design age-appropriate lesson plans to meet state curriculum goals.

Music Director
Jan 1988 - Apr 2014
Lighthouse Center Oregon

Led community weekly music program for guests and staff at spiritual retreat center;
Arranged and conducted music program for regional gatherings and special events; Taught group classes and
individual lessons in Indian Classical music: voice, harmonium, and tabla

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Indian Classical Music
Apr 1979 - May 1992
Private instruction with music teachers in Delhi, India; Eugene, Oregon; and Hanover, NH
BA, Human Development
Sep 1985 - Aug 1986
Pacific Oaks College
Traditional African Drumming
Sep 1982 - May 1983
Wesleyan University
Music major
Sep 1977 - Jun 1981
Dartmouth College


Professional Proficiency
Limited Proficiency

Photos & Videos

Sean S., lead singer with Ocean Drops Music

At a concert at San Diego Center for the Arts, April 2014

Passionate finger-picking with Underground River
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Cole Aug 27, 2019
Acoustic Guitar · In home

I Googled "guitar teacher, Roseburg, OR" and low and behold, Sean showed up and boy I'm glad he did!!! Sean and I hit it off instantly and the things I wanted to get better at (finger picking, hammer(s) on and off, picking the notes within chords, etc.) Sean was completely versed in! Long story short... I couldn't be happier with Sean as a teacher and as a person he's totally cool as well! I recommend Sean unequivocally and if you want to start to play guitar or even get better as I do, Sean is your guy, no doubt about it!!!

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