My approach to teaching guitar is simple: let’s start with WHY you want to improve your guitar playing.
The rest will fall into place.
After playing guitar for over 15 years, and teaching dozens of students ages six to 60, I’ve found that starting with the WHY is hugely important. Want to learn basic chords and structures to cover your favorite songs? Want to study improvisation techniques to jam more competently with other musicians? Want to learn new forms, chords, and theory to grasp new styles or improve your own songwriting? Great, great, great :)
In my guitar lessons, we’ll start with your goals as a musician to explore pieces of music that will be at once challenging, illuminating, and fun. It’s my priority to make sure that you are always making progress toward realizing your WHY, no matter what that may be. I guarantee that you will consistently grow as a musician, learning new techniques and skills while adapting to your tastes, skills, and priorities. Fear not, you will be challenged, and you will have a lot of fun in the process.
I am a teacher by nature. I currently teach group and private lessons with Ethos, and have taught with other music organizations in Portland and Boston throughout the years. I have been a teacher most of my life, and have spent over ten years running afterschool programs, volunteer teaching, and teaching students from the HeadStart to High-School.