What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
I start with a free 30 minute trial lesson that lets us get to know one another, find out goals and assess strengths and areas of improvement. From there we'll find a mutually convenient time to meet on a weekly basis.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
Absolutely. I'm kind of a tech nut and keep up on gear that can help a player get to the next level. As a Mac user, I use Garageband quite a bit. It's a great scratch pad that can get your ideas well formed before letting the pro engineers lay it down. I also stay current with what's in the music stores. Some of it can be good and will stick around, but there's a lot of gimmicky stuff I want to help people avoid.
In terms of music, I'll teach students WHATEVER they want to learn. It may not be my cup of tea, but I'm not going to tell someone "I won't teach you that because I don't like it, or it's no good." I can go on youtube and check out the latest single, learn it and share it. I read a lot too, so that keeps me 'in the know'.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
Weekly lesson are given in 30, 45 or 60 minute sessions at $27, $37 and $47, respectively and payable on a monthly basis. Bi-weekly sessions for 45 and 60 minute sessions are $42 and $52, respectively.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
Originally, I took up the guitar with the sole intention of being a performer. I was 13 at the time. As I was learning, I noticed most people who started out wanting to be performers taught when they weren't on stage. Getting paid to play is great; getting paid to teach, as I found out, is just as good. There's something about learning a new lick or song on the guitar that is hard to explain to someone who doesn't play the guitar. I love rollercoasters and I think riding one is the closest you could get to the feeling you get when you play that new riff. Sharing that experience is the reason I love to teach. Seeing a person's face light up because the are able to now play their favorite song tells me I've done my job. There's nothing more rewarding than that.
What types of customers have you worked with?
I have worked with kids as young as 6 up to adults in their 80s. People from all walks of life, those that wish to pursue music as a career to those just wanting to sound better in their basement.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Someone looking for guitar lessons should find a teacher that is willing to strike a balance between teaching songs and techniques and teaching music fundamentals. Sure, I can teach you a song and take your money, but then you'd only know that song. What if I taught you the song, and at the same time showed you how I learned it to teach it to you? Learning the fundamentals enable a player to learn the in's and out's of music which in turn will help you to be a better musician.