What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
When students sign up for weekly lessons, I ask that they pay at the beginning of each month for 4 or 5 (in longer months) lessons.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I'm still honing my skills as a guitarist, by listening to other artists I admire and trying new riffs, or chords that are new to me. I also keep studying music theory, which really is a pretty vast field! I know a lot of theory, which i can pass onto my students, but there's always more to learn.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I've always loved to learn..still do! I have taught other things throughout my life.. I taught swimming for 6 years while i was in middle and high school. I always liked to show people things in general that I learned. So teaching guitar was a natural progression for me once I'd mastered a lot of the skills and had enough experience in all of the styles that I've played.
My late father told me often, "Be a good listener." ..that meant, being patient, which is probably the number one trait a good teacher must have. I think he'd be proud that I listened to him!
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Just give me a try! For 50% off your first lesson, I promise you.. you will be more than satisfied! (Private lessons only - Not including lessons at Bronstein Music School)
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
Well, I started performing at a very early age..earliest I can remember is 4 years old. My parents would have me sing for the family at our frequent family get-togethers with aunts, uncles and lots of cousins. They gave me guitar lessons when i turned 10 and I practiced like a fiend. I used to sleep with my guitar! There really hasn't been a time in my whole life when I didn't play and sing for people. Every talent show all throughout elementary and high school.. I was in it. After my school years, I joined the Air Force and even performed for my units. When I got out, I started playing coffee houses and clubs, private parties and weddings. Eventually I specialized in blues and blues guitar, and have had the honor of playing with such blues legends as the late John Lee Hooker, Jimmie McCracklin and Lowell Fulson as well as the still actively touring and amazing Guitar Shorty! Now I have tried to carry on the tradition of West Coast blues which is very jazz flavored. I have written some good songs and have recorded some of them, but am working on more.