A Guitar Is a Friend For Life
A Guitar Is a Friend For Life
I can help you make this most fascinating and mysterious instrument your own! When you feel comfortable playing, you practice more, learn more, and have more fun. Beginning lessons focus on finding easy ways to get around a guitar, learning songs you like, and understanding basic music theory through familiar examples. As you advance, I can guide you to explore the possibilities of the fingerboard, learn to arrange and compose music, and open up your playing with improvisation while...
I can help you make this most fascinating and mysterious instrument your own! When you feel comfortable playing, you practice more, learn more, and have more fun. Beginning lessons focus on finding easy ways to get around a guitar, learning songs you like, and understanding basic music theory through familiar examples. As you advance, I can guide you to explore the possibilities of the fingerboard, learn to arrange and compose music, and open up your playing with improvisation while maintaining a natural connection to the music. From the start, I promote learning by ear; I encourage students to learn to read music, but only impose it if the student wishes it (or a parent asks.)
I teach at my home in Park Slope, Brooklyn, or at your home. All skill levels are accepted. I recommend that children be at least 8 years old to begin guitar lessons.
A bit about me: I have studied and played guitar from the age of 8. My father was a professional bassist; in recent years I have followed his lead and now am playing jazz and orchestral double bass (for which studying guitar was an excellent preparation.) I play and teach both acoustic and electric guitar in the following styles: Classical, folk, rock/blues, jazz, bossa nova. While I studied classical harmony, music history and composition at Smith College, my guitar training has been only with private teachers. I am currently studying with the legendary jazz player Gene Bertoncini, and include some of his creative concepts in my teaching.
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Expert in her subject
I had my first guitar lesson with Stephanie last week. I am an absolute beginner (I did not even now how to hold a guitar correctly up until my first lesson), so I was a little nervous. Stephanie made me feel at ease, and as a result I was able to learn several chords in our only an hour long lesson. I am very excited about my next lesson and look forward to working with Stephanie.Gulden, 5 lessons with Stephanie
I am a foreigner and adult. I've been learning with Stephanie for only few months and my guitar skills have been much improved. Stephanie is a really kind and patient mentor, I've been living in this country for only few years and speaking is still a problem for me sometimes, but Stephanie understands me very well. She is also very patient and tries to make you understand the right playing way many times until you really got it. Not only have my guitar skills improved but also my music knowledge. She is really a master of it!Changqing, 14 lessons with Stephanie
Positive and patient, reliable and responsive, Stephanie's love of music shines through in every moment of her work as a teacher. She has begun without a pick, chosen simple but good songs to start and I think that's great. After taking weekly lessons for three months, my child loves to practice and is playing songs fluidly. That says more than anything to me about her teacher.Stephanie, 37 lessons with Stephanie
A thoughtful and attentive tutor
Patient, thoughtful, attentive. As a teacher, Stephanie has the qualities desired by any musician and improviser, namely, the ability to listen, be attuned to the situation/student, and to offer the appropriate response/guidance. As an adult learner, returning to musical instruction after many years, I presented Stephanie with a unique challenge. Through several months of lessons, she's appraised my abilities, reoriented my approach to rehearsal and clarified a path toward future development. Highly recommended for students of all levels of musicianship.Sean, 21 lessons with Stephanie