Hello to the entire WyzAnt community! I'm Mike B, and I'm thrilled to be joining this tutoring network. I'm a musician and guitarist - I've been playing since I was 5. I don't need to go into exact details, but that's many, many (almost 30) years. I've studied all kinds of music privately, at Oberlin College and Wesleyan University. I'm familiar with pop, rock, jazz, classical, gospel, funk, country, Latin, Brazilian guitar styles, and lots more. I write songs, perform around NYC, and do studio production for films and commercials.
I have been teaching for a few years now, and it has grown to be my main profession. I teach independently, and also work with local schools and online organizations.
My students' ages range from 5-60; they have highly varied musical interests and goals. I use a song-based teaching style. I have a very strong grasp of music theory and great communication skills. So, basically I take whatever you want to learn and break it into pieces that will be accessible and understandable to you, no matter your background or skill level. We develop those pieces and work on them until you're playing the Jose Feliciano, Nicki Minaj, Metallica, Steve Via (Whatever!) songs you are longing to play. And I'll teach you all about theory and songwriting along the way!
My ultimate goal is to give my students a great time, get them excited about playing guitar, and foster a love and understanding of music.
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