John was born and raised near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He began playing the guitar and composing music at the age of twelve. From 2002 to 2004, John attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania where he studied classical guitar performance and became the guitarist for the University Jazz Ensemble. John transferred to Berklee College of Music in the fall of 2004. At Berklee, he performed in guitar quartets and quintets and majored in Composition. He received his Bachelor's Degree in May of 2012. *** Lesson Details *** As a private guitar instructor, my primary goal has always been the development of each students' musical creativity. Whether a student of mine hopes to become a songwriter, composer, or jazz guitarist or if they simply wish to learn guitar for their own enjoyment, I can ...
I teach classical guitar. This means I teach how to read music and along with teaching chords. I believe this route is healthier for my students (especially the younger ones) and will not limit them in the long run. Teaching to read music is nothing new to me. I teach students on other instruments to read music and I apply the same techniques to the guitar.
My philosophy of teaching has many facets: 1.) The students physical health must be taken into consideration when playing an instrument. 2.) Only through hard work and practice can a student make lasting improvements. 3.) Repetition is the key to long-lasting learning. 4.) A teacher needs to be a cheerleader and a task-master at the same time. 5.) I use the Suzuki Method in as many ways as possible along with reading exercises for most ages. *** Lesson Details *** I do have high expectations of my students, but I am considerate about schedules and family conflicts. *** Studio Equipment *** Office/classroom, seating for parents, piano - it is his so reservations won't be an issue *** Specialties *** I am currently training with a violin/viola master teacher who ...
I am a classically trained guitarist with more than 30 years of experience playing the guitar. My musical interests also include jazz, pop and bossa nova. I have played in several local bands and currently am a member of a jazz quartet. *** Lesson Details *** I am generally laid back in my teaching style as I believe music should be a source of personal fulfillment and happiness. However, I do ask my students to practice diligently. I use a standard curriculum, including Hal Leonard for beginners and right hand studies by Giuliani for more advanced players. *** Travel Equipment *** I can provide a small practice amplifier for electric instruments during lessons, as well as sheet music for some hard-to-find pieces of classical guitar. I prefer students to have their own instrument and ...
Musical Background: Rich has over 30 years of playing experience, which has taken him all over the United States and abroad. He began teaching in 1989 and has been at Sac Valley Guitar since February 2009. Rich began as a drummer, receiving considerable education in many styles before embarking on a pro career. Fascinated with the inner workings of the rhythm section, Rich taught himself guitar and bass along the way. While his drumming career came to a close in the late '90s, his interest in guitar, bass and songwriting soared. Rich enjoys, studies and teaches just about every style of guitar music from the 1930's to present day. Recently, Rich has added ukulele studies to his program. Instructional Method: Rich teaches fundamentals and theory using examples from modern popular ...
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