To me, a truly great teacher is one who fosters enthusiasm and a sense of gratification in each and every lesson. A passionate teacher will engage students and inspire them to be self-motivated in order to learn and grow as a musician.
Each and every lesson is custom tailored to my students' both immediate and long-term goals. I like to focus on little victories in the beginning, with an overall emphasis on building a thorough background in theory, technique, and musicality over the course of study - the foundation of which you will build upon your entire life. I'm firm in not being what I call a "tricks and licks" teacher. I try my best to lead lessons with the big picture in mind: what information is the student actually taking home and do they understand it enough to be able to recall it later and apply it elsewhere?
Topics that I frequently work with students on include improvisation, learning the notes up and down the guitar neck, composition analysis and transcribing, music theory, CAGED system, the 7 modes, jazz guitar theory & soloing, moveable chords & scale shapes, and reading standard notation music.
I have Bachelors and Masters degrees in music & music education and teach part-time at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. I've been instructing guitarists for more than 10 years and have been proud to watch my students enter and succeed in the music industry.
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$45USD per 45-minute lesson, payable with PayPal, Venmo, Cashapp, or through my website here via credit card or Apple Pay.
If you'd like, we can set up a free consultation (15 minutes or so) at your convenience.