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Playing guitar is a combination of a number of different skills and abilities: the manual dexterity of the right and left hands, the mental knowledge of how music works, the aural ability to hear the sounds one wants to play and the feelings and experiences inside the spirit of the player. Fortunately for everyone, all of these skills can be learned and improved upon.
My job as a guitar teacher is, first and foremost, to introduce these skills to the student and to set each one on the path to improving and progressing their musicianship to the highest possible degree. More importantly, I aim to encourage and develop the individual voice and unique personality within each student in regards to making music and playing the guitar.
Perhaps most importantly, my goal is to develop relationships, within the context of teaching and mentoring, and to instill confidence, value and a sense of purpose in the player's life. Music mirrors life on a small scale and the lessons learned in playing an instrument develop discipline, determination, a strong work ethic and provide invaluable wisdom for the road of life.
I have been playing guitar for 25 years and teaching for 13. I have a Bachelor's Degree in Music with a minor in Jazz Studies from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. I have taken private lessons for 10 years. I have worked for various music stores, private schools, churches, teacher collectives and independently as a teacher and performer.
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