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Neil M. - Guitar Teacher

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$40per hour

Private Guitar Teacher

Neil's lessons:

Guitar

Guitar Lessons

My number one goal as a teacher is to help the student feel comfortable with the instrument and to better understand music as a whole, so they can apply their musical ideas to the fretboard as efficiently as possible. I love answering whatever questions my students may have as clearly and effectively as possible, and helping others become better musicians is truly something that I love doing!! I come from a hard rock/heavy metal background, yet I am also a versatile musican. I look forward to discussing influences and styles with my students and helping them create the sound that they want!

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Ages
7 to 60

Overview

I have been a guitarist for roughly 5 years now and will soon graduate from the guitar program at Musicians Institute in Hollywood Ca. For the past 15 months of these 5 years I have been extensively studying the guitar as well as the music theory involved in compositions. I began playing music as a drummer, and after picking up guitar as my primary instrument a couple years later, began playing bass guitar as well. I have received hours and hours of private lessons from many highly skilled musicians of various genres.

Teaching Philosophy

I find teaching music to be an incredibly rewarding experience because I myself am a music student, and always will be. I feel that music is one of the few things that you truly never stop progressing at, and passing on my knowledge to others and seeing them become more skilled on their instrument makes me feel very connected to my passion. I am a versatile musician/teacher and plan to help the student understand the instrument so they can connect their ideas to the fretboard fluidly, or whatever goals they may have!

Questions and Answers

What experience do you have teaching kids?

The first experience I had teaching kids was when I worked as a camp counselor in high school. The kids were of varying ages I first started out teaching third graders through fifth graders, later on I taught pre-schoolers. In addition to working as a camp counselor I also taught private guitar lessons for kids that I'd say were between the ages of 8-13.

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How do your lessons for adults differ from lessons for children?

I feel that the lessons that I would teach for adults versus the lessons that I would teach for children would more or less be the same. I think that with this question, it is more important to focus on the skill level and experience of the student rather than the age. I think that my approach to teaching remain static regardless of the age of the student but the pace in which I teach and the manner in which I teach would vary depending on how long the student had been playing.

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Why are you a music teacher?

I am a music teacher for the simple reason that it is what I love to do. I think that when it comes to being a musician, there's many essential skills that you have to have. But teaching to me is one of the most important, if not the most important. I think it is very satisfying for me to pass on the knowledge that I have learned as a music student to others, and seeing them grow as musicians and helping them get better at what they want to get better at is really rewarding to me. I think that I am a music teacher for the same reasons that I am a music student, I think that it is a part of me growing as a musician. The more that I learn about music, the more I am able to teach others about music and that is what I love about doing it.

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What do you do during the first lesson?

During the first lesson, my first priority would be getting to know the student. Asking them things like what are some of their favorite artists and musicians? What draws them to playing music? Why are they interested in it? What do they hope to get out of taking lessons? I think what I would try to establish during the first lesson is a general idea of what the student would like to get out of it, so from that point on I can create a plan and make sure that I teach what the student is hoping to achieve.

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Education

Guitar Performance

Oct 2014 - Jun 2016Musicians Institute

High School Diploma

Sep 2010 - Jun 2014Sleepy Hollow High School

Languages Spoken

  • EnglishFluent/Native Proficiency

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