Guitar | Flute | Composition | Music Theory
Lessons with Brandon
I don't teach out of a book. I don't teach the same lessons to everyone, and I promise I won't bore your kids with abstract bits of theory or public domain songbook tunes. The fact is, most kids don't want to learn "Mary Had A Little Lamb" followed by all the scales for the first two years. They want their lessons to revolve around songs that they know, songs that are fun to play, and they want to feel themselves improve with each day of practice and with each week's lesson. I've made it my goal through my entire teaching career to embody this spirit of learning, of constant improvement, and of focus on what it actually means to be a musician. Most of my guitar students learn a full open chord song in their first month. Many of my students taking ukulele lessons will learn one within the first lesson or two. This spirit applies to my piano lessons as well, and my flute students will often learn video game soundtracks or pop songs in addition to the classical repertoire. Do I still teach theory? Of course, but if I'm showing a student a scale, I'm showing them how to improvise a solo or write a song with it as well.
What to Expect From My Guitar Lessons
My method for teaching guitar revolves around the student. I don't use a book; I don't have set procedures. I ask what the student wants to get out of lessons, and what songs they would like to learn. I then teach them the techniques and theory that they can use practically, and help them quickly and effectively meet their goals as a guitarist. I've taken guitar lessons with a number of teachers, and by learning from both the good and the bad, I've developed a sense of what guitar students need, want, and enjoy, and this has taught me how to teach guitar effectively.
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What To Expect From Flute Lessons
It's easy to underestimate the power of a flute tutor. At the core of my flute lessons is an extreme attention to both technique and tone. A knowledge of musical fundamentals allow the student to "get into the flow" easily, allowing for more skillful playing and more impressive musical creation. As with all of my lessons, flute lessons center around the needs of the student, always with a focus on what makes a musician sound great.
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Because lessons are taught in the student's home, I generally like to show up to the lesson a few minutes early. Both guitar and flute lessons begin with instructions on tuning the instrument, and reccomendations for free apps that can be used to tune in the future. At this point, flute students are given a run through on finger placement, and guitar students are taught how to hold the instrument correctly. The next five minutes or so are spent on a warm up. Flute students are usually shown excersizes for proper breathing and techniques, and later may work scales during this time. In a guitar lesson, students learn wrist stretches and technique excersizes. Clarity of tone and tempo are discussed. After this, guitar students are introduced to tab and flute students are shown the basics of reading sheet music. I always try to get a "real" song in by the end of the first lesson.