This is a general description of how lessons go. For more
detail, see What you get
from me as a teacher.
Lesson length. Lessons are 45 minutes long.
Levels. I teach all levels, but will be straight with
you if I think another teacher can do a better job. There are
several other teachers in town who do especially well with
certain levels, styles or age groups.
Who I teach. I teach
mostly adults; my average student is around 48 years of age,
but they range in age from their twenties to their seventies.
Some are beginners, some played back when they were young and
are now just getting back into it, some are currently performing
and looking to hone their skills.
I generally don't teach students younger than 20 years of age
unless he or she has previously demonstrated a genuine love of
music and willingness to apply himself or herself to it.
If you feel you or your child have those qualities, please contact me
and let's discuss it. If you're looking for someone who
works a lot with young folks, I'd recommend the following
Adam Gardino, a former
student of mine and 2012 International Finger Style Guitar Champion. He's a
great young guy, very positive and patient. He's at
she's taught many of the folks who are now playing guitar
(and performing) in Colorado Springs.
Zimmerman with Foothills Guitar Studio; Mike uses the Suzuki
method for teaching classical guitar, and it's a very
effective way of getting young people playing.
Teaching methods. There are a few different approaches
we can follow for lessons. We can, to some extent, switch
I provide my own notation
of pieces to work on, as well as CDs with a recording of the
piece. This is generally the approach most students take.
We start at your current level and go from there. As
you're working through pieces, I will probably assign
exercises that will help you master the techniques that are
You can bring your own
notation (method book, transcriptions, etc) and I can work
with you on that. I will often also make a recording
of how something is to be played - slowed down and in small
enough sections for you to work with - and give them to you
in a CD or MP3 file.
I can provide you with a
method book and a set of pieces to work on. Iíll try to
tailor this closely to your own desires and abilities.
You can bring in a
recording (CD, MP3, etc.) and say "I want to learn this
song." We'll sit and notate it, then get it under your
fingers. This is the most customized approach; the
disadvantage is that we'll spend significant time notating
and recording instead of working on specific skills (but
often, that might be what you want).