If I were to interview myself on various topics concerning guitar lessons, choosing a guitar teacher and what I feel are the most important parts of my job, the conversation would go something like this …..
Q. What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What’s your answer?
A. Q: How long will it take before I am able to play guitar?
A: The student will be playing guitar within the first lesson. The rate of progress is determined by the amount of dedication to the instrument, which is shown by the amout of practice each week between guitar lessons.
Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about choosing a Guitar Teacher? Any inside secrets to share?
A. Aside from the technical ability to play guitar, one should know about the guitar instructor’s ability to convey ideas and concepts of music at many different levels of vocabulary. The same method of teaching that works for an adult will not work for a youth, and a method that is geared towards a youth or teen will most likely not be appreciated by an adult. An entertaining use of similes and metaphors must be used in both cases appropriately.
Q. Why does your work stand out from others who teach guitar lessons?
A. I find that if you enjoy the experience of learning guitar the process is a smooth transition from being a complete novice to a beginner to an advanced beginner to intermediate player and onward. I work toward making the lessons an enjoyable exchange of ideas and a conversation that dwells on music through guitar. Communication between the student and the instructor is key.
Q. What do you like most about teaching guitar?
A. I like it most when a light bulb goes on in the student’s eyes. They “get it” and can effectively communicate back to me the ideas presented previously. I enjoy my job most when the student and I have matured together in our student/teacher relationship so that we can progress at a speed that is enjoyable as well as be result driven.
Q. Do you do any sort of continuing education to stay up on the latest developments in your field?
A. Besides regular private guitar lessons that I started when I was young, I took piano lessons as a regular part of my high school curriculum and this gave me a high degree of knowledge with music theory. I have earned a B.A. in Liberal Arts from Syracuse University. I have also participated in a number of special workshops with guitar professionals that have reached nationwide notoriety. This includes a week long intensive at the National Guitar Workshop, blues intensive workshops with Ernie Hawkins, Andy Cohen, and Peter Lang, and bluegrass workshops with Jack Lawerence and Orrin Star. At many festivals, I participate in open attendance workshops. In addition, I have attended the 2009 IBMA Business Conference in Nashville, TN. (International Bluegrass Musicians Association)
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I currently travel to all the Bergen County, New Jersey neighborhoods and surrounding areas on a regular basis to teach hour-long “in home lessons” …
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