all levels of guitar, beginner and intermediate piano and voice, music theory, songwriting
I’ve been playing music for 17 years. I attended the University of San Francisco and got my B.A. in the visual arts and music. I took courses in music theory, ear training, jazz history, guitar, piano and voice. I have since taken further music courses at Moraine Valley and Colombia College in Chicago. I worked for AET Music based outside of Chicago for 2 years. AET was a music teaching company that specialized in private lessons for youth ages 4-16. While working with AET I had the benefit of meeting weekly with other professional musicians and music educators to discuss teaching techniques. After my time with AET I continued to teach private lessons on my own over the next 3 years teaching students of all ages and of varying skill levels.
I offer in home lessons at $25-30 for half an hour. (Price depends upon location. My studio location on the east side is also an option for the cheaper rate.)
The price will drop if you would like a longer time, or if there is more than one student at a location.
Music is a joy. it is fun. Those two things come first and foremost. If you’re not enjoying yourself you shouldn’t be giving me your money.
I like to approach music from a lot of different angles. No matter the instrument or style of music you want to learn there are always benefits of learning to sight read. I use a list of various repertoire or work you through a well published book such as Hal Leonard. I teach chords and scales as well as making their appropriate connections to music theory.
Most importantly I teach with an emphasis on the human ear. It is your most valuable resource. We listen to and enjoy music with it, and it makes the most sense to learn using it.
Each lesson will end with spending several minutes learning a piece you want to learn.
I know most of you out there are not looking to be a virtuoso, and most children need to learn the joy of music in hopes they will actually want to practice. I strive to make this happen during my lessons.
First lesson is Free of charge and non-committal. It’s a meet and greet to make sure we work well together.