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I specialize in guitar, but I am proficient in playing many instruments such as bass guitar, a contemporary drum set, and piano. I also have extensive knowledge in music theory as well as music notation. I can sight-read most simple melodies and my ears are trained to a very high degree which enables me to transcribe most things rather easily. I have an extensive Classical and Jazz repertoire on guitar as well. Most importantly, I have amazing improvisatory skills on all of the instruments that I play.
My approach to teaching is simple, I ask the student what he or she would like to be taught specifically and what they would ideally want the end result of their tutoring to be. Once I am clear on that particular student's goals, I then create a road map of smaller goals that can be completed one lesson at a time until the ultimate goal is reached. Once the student and I both mutually agree that the goal has been reached I then ask the student what the next goal in their development is. I will only teach the student what he or she and I feel is relevant to the sub goal and thus the main goal. If there we encounter any roadblocks I may show them a few tricks and/or tips that I feel will expedite their growth. I never want a student to feel like I am wasting their time, that is my main concern.
I’m a music student at George Mason University. In 2011 I received my Associates of Applied Arts in Music from Northern Virginia Community College. I have taken over 40 music classes in my musical career including: Sight Singing and Ear Training 1 and 2; Keyboard skills 1 and 2; Class Piano 1 and 2; Music History 1, 2, 3, and 4; and Music Theory 1, 2, 3, and 4. I was also in the Alexandria Community Band for 2 years as a flautist. I’ve taken 3 years' worth of private guitar lessons as well as 4 years worth of private piano lessons. However in my free time I enjoy transcribing classical music, composing piano sonatas, and analyzing classical music scores. I’ve yet to find a musical skill that I couldn’t develop.
I've been playing guitar for 5 years. I've been studying guitar at a university level for 3 years. I specialize in jazz guitar; however, I am quite proficient in classical as well. I can sightread guitar music fairly easily and I am quite skilled in both picking and finger style. Where I really excel at the guitar though is my improvisational skills. I can harmonize almost any melody and I can come up with countless melodies for almost any chord progression. I'm also very proficient at basic scales and cadences as well as alternate picking and directional picking. I have an Associate's in Applied Arts in Music with a specialization in guitar from NOVA, and I'm currently in school for my Bachelor's in Music Education. Guitar is without a doubt my strongest instrument.
I have been playing piano since I was 7 years old. I took piano lessons once a week between ages 7 to 11. I then took Piano 1 and 2 in high school as two of my electives. While I’m a guitar major at George Mason University, my minor is in piano. I completed Class Piano 1 and 2 at Northern Virginia Community College before I received my Associates of Applied Arts in Music. I’ve also completed Keyboard Skills 1 and 2 at George Mason. However my knowledge of piano doesn’t stop there because I also have an extensive repertoire in classical piano music as well as improvisatory skills. I can sight read most melodies and harmonize them quite easily. I’m also quite proficient in basic scales and cadences. Now I am looking for a pupil to pass my knowledge on to.
Northern Virginia Community College & George Mason University (Music)
Standard Hourly Fee: $20.00
Cancellation: 4 hours notice required
Edward will travel within 40 miles of Alexandria, VA 22306.
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