Alex C.

Alex C.

They are great at boiling things down to the basics so that I concentrate on the important concepts and don’t get caught up in unnecessary details.
Really Personalized Experience

Really Personalized Experience

I think the SMS is great and I'm so happy I am a part of it.
Curriculum Is Top Notch

Curriculum Is Top Notch

I left with knowledge, confidence, curiosity and a lot to work on.
Shelby C.

Shelby C.

He organized the lessons so that learning was fun and not overwhelming.

Overall Teaching Philosophies

M.I.S.T is not only an easy acronym to remember but it is also an easy way to remember my teaching philosophy; mentor/meditate, inspire/influence, support and teach.

Mentor/Meditate
Mentor – A wise and trusted counselor or teacher: She spent years mentoring to junior employees.
Meditate – to engage in thought or contemplation; reflect.
Inspire/Influence
Inspire – to produce or arouse (a feeling, thought, etc.): to inspire confidence in others.
Influence – the action or process of producing effects on the actions,behavior, opinions, etc., of another or others: Her mother’s influence made her stay.
Support – to maintain (a person, family, establishment, institution, etc.)by supplying with things necessary to existence; provide for: to support a family.
Teach – to impart knowledge of or skill in; give instruction in: She teaches mathematics.

Learning to play the guitar will require students to embrace the 3 P’s.

Patience
Practice
Persistence

Patients, because this is a journey without destination so we are never done learning. Learning to play guitar will take a lot of practice. Why? Guitar relies on you having finely tuned motor skills in your hands. A motor skill is a learned sequence of movements that combine to produce a smooth, efficient action in order to master a particular task. Their will undoubtedly be days that the guitar seems harder to play than others, so we stress persistence. You never know, a major breakthrough may be a day away.

FAQ’S

General Questions

While it varies for each student, there are some milestones that seem to be universal. The biggest milestone occurs after a year of regular, dedicated study. There are other, smaller ‘clicks’ that happen during the first year, but around a year, the student really sees how the pieces fit together. The music theory isn’t as abstract anymore, the technical basics start to feel more second nature, and a repertoire of songs demonstrates the student’s accomplishments. I know a year seems like a long time, but once that big ‘click’ happens, the student can stop playing guitar for years, go back to it, and pretty much remember the basics. Before that time, if the student stops playing, everything will have to be relearned from the beginning. A year of self-study won’t yield the same results. A year of concentrated, guided study under an excellent instructor is what’s needed.
While some people may have extra gifts in the area of music, few people are truly incapable of musical expression. Most are just untrained. Beethoven was literally deaf and is still one of the most famous composers in western music. Most likely, you were a little kid when you decided you had no talent. Life has a funny way of revealing unexpected gifts later in life. Remember Georgia O’Keefe? Take a chance and surprise yourself.
We don't believe you're ever too old to discover and develop a new passion. If you want to explore your musical side, we want to help you chart the terrain, whatever your age.
Gary Marcus wrote a great book on this subject titled, Guitar Zero.
Practicing requirements depend on your goals and your age. The more industrious your goals, the more work you’ll need to put in. Read more.
Calluses, dexterity and finger strength. Playing chords and notes clearly. Right hand/pick technique. For a complete list click here.
We start our beginner programs at 8 years old. Children under 8 years old lack the finger strength, dexterity and coordination required by the guitar, and it's difficult to find an appropriately sized instrument that will stay in tune.

About Lessons

Yes. Guitar is a tough instrument to learn theory on and students quickly feel overwhelmed. We've found that using music theory to explain techniques and concepts that they've already learned, rather than as a way of introducing something new, works best and keeps the emphasis on music rather than math.
The simple answer is yes. But learning to read traditional music on the guitar is more complicated than on instruments like the piano, and addressing it too early can discourage students so much that they quit. Reading chord charts and tablature is much more common in modern guitar, so we start there. Once students are 'hooked' with some chords, they're much more receptive to mastering the complexities of reading standard notation.
Classes and private lessons both last a full 60 minutes and meet weekly. Private lessons offer some flexibility, like bi-weekly scheduling and extended length (90 minutes or 2 hours) if desired. Some students attend more than one group class to progress more quickly. Standard prices apply to the additional time and all cancellations must be made a minimum of 24 hours in advance.
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