Shane Waxler

Shane W.

Boston, MA
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Lesson Details

Acoustic Guitar

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
From exercises to strengthen your fingers and hands, to exercises to strengthen your creativity, I will provide you with everything you need to learn how to set and achieve your goals on guitar. I try to provide accessible material for beginners and more challenging material for more experienced players. I think it's crucial to understand theory and know how to sight read. You can also expect to be playing your own improvised solo after just one lesson. Let's get rockin!
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About

Shane passed a background check that includes a SSN verification, national criminal record check, and sex offender registry search. Learn More
Shane delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:
2009

Hi! My name is Shane and I just graduated from Northeastern University having majored in Music Business, with a minor in Recording. I started taking guitar lessons when I was 5 and have done everything I can to surround myself with music since then. My exposure to guitar, theory, and sight reading helped me immensely when I picked up the trumpet in fourth grade band. My passion for music has provided me with opportunities to compete in Jazz Festivals in Monterey, play with orchestras on the stage at Carnegie Hall in NYC, and meet some of the nicest, most talented people the industry has to offer.

After completing my freshman year at Wheaton college in Norton, MA, I felt I needed a change. I transferred to Northeastern, but first, joined a program called Projects Abroad that allowed me to teach music in South Africa to grades K-7. This is where I discovered my passion for teaching. This is where I learned the importance of music education. It allowed the music teacher and me to create a safe community where kids could learn and have fun in school, and after school as well.

This inspired me to reach out to Boston schools that were lacking music programs. Upon spending my first year in Boston at Northeastern as a sophomore I started an after school music program at Cathedral High School. CHS didn't have any music classes at the time I started the program. We went from making beats by banging on trash cans, to fundraising for guitars, to implementing a full time music course at the school.

When I'm not teaching or planning after school lessons, I'm usually making my own music, or listening to music. I grew up listening to guitarists like Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, and Santana. While I always find time for these classic rock legends I currently enjoy a lot of soul/R&B.

Music's versatility can provide comfort, and foster creativity. I hope as a teacher I can help you access all the tools you need to enjoy music to the fullest!

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Experience

After School Music Program Founder
Jan 2016 - Present
Cathedral High School

Utilize limited resources to expose high school students to music. The program provides exposure to new instruments, new types of music, and new cultures. Program content consists of master classes in production, songwriting, theory, and performance, along with individual lessons for students.

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Pre-School Music Teacher
Jan 2017 - Jun 2017
Brookline Early Education Program

Create and lead 30 minute music lessons for groups of 15+ four year olds. Incorporate academic lessons, with lessons that encourage social and musical growth.

Education

Music Business
Jan 2015 - Dec 2018
Northeastern University

4 Reviews

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Maya Apr 14, 2019
Acoustic Guitar · In home

Very nice and patient

Ben Mar 12, 2019
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

I have worked with Shane within the Cathedral High School Music Program and within our own independent music projects. Shane is patient, kind, and empathetic within his teaching. He cares about every student and pushes for success with a supportive structure that also makes sure to focus on technique and creativity. He is a very skilled trumpeter and guitarist. He is a great fit with kids and adults a like for his personable demeanor and wide knowledge of music.

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Lucas Mar 4, 2019
Electric Guitar · In studio

I’ve worked with Shane a few times now, in the Cathedral High School Music Program as well our own independent music projects, and I’ve seen him teaching in the Brookline Public School system. He is a great communicator, collaborator, and teacher. He really knows his stuff but more importantly he knows how to effectively convey what he knows to others.
I am a bass player and he helped me a lot with the electric guitar basics, always explaining things clearly and making it really fun to learn and play. I would recommend Shane to anyone anytime!

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Sydney Mar 2, 2019
Acoustic Guitar · In home

Shane is one of the best music teachers I’ve ever had. His passion for the music that he plays and teaches shows through in everything he does. Shane is very patient with his students, and really takes the time to ensure that everything that is being taught is fully grasped and can be applied by the student before learning a new concept. Shane’s approach to teaching involves a lot of improvisation and encourages creativity from the student, which is a refreshing take on musical instrument lessons. Keeping students thinking creatively while learning music foundations such as scales or basic chords allows for the student to be continuously engaged and actively practicing. Would highly recommend!!!

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