Sulaiman Zai Guitar Studio
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incredible musician and teacherAug 12, 2016Verified
George Gibson G.
A lesson with Sulaiman Zai is like experiencing poetry juxtaposed with a frequent nod toward a sensitive musical technique. His love of music is infectious and inspiring. I recommend Sulai to guitar students of all skill levels!Sep 22, 2015
An excellent guitar teacher, player and human being. My experience with Sulai is that he is a mirror to what I am trying to do with the guitar, he helps me discover what I am doing, right and wrong. He is also willing to push me as far as I am willing to achieve on the guitar. I have been studying with Sulai for years now, and I am very grateful for having found such a guiding light for my art and my life.Sep 21, 2015
I made the leap to take my first guitar lessons without knowing anything about the instrument when I was 36 years old. With Sulaiman's expertise and patience, I learned to read music and play classical guitar as a soloist, as part of an ensemble, and as part of several musical productions that were composed by Sulaiman so that each musicians parts were written to their level of expertise. This has been so much more than just a guitar studio. Sulaiman and his family welcomed me into a musical environment where I was often pushed outside of my comfort zone, but always felt safe going there. Sulaiman's musical knowledge, technical prowess, and ability to understand people come together in a somewhat unconventional guitar studio where I learn to be a musician and learn about myself in the process.Oct 13, 2015
Sulai is a fabulous guitar teacher. He is a fabulous music teacher -- and a good friend too. Sulai is a world-class player. In fact, he founded the guitar department at the world famous Jacob School of Music at Indiana University several years ago. I've taken years of lesson on various instruments from many teachers, and the thing about Sulai that makes him special is his approach towards life -- Buddhist-like -- and how this translates into his approach to teaching the guitar. He will teach you how to feel with the guitar, how to play it without it playing you. He will start from the first day teaching how it feels to be a virtuoso. The technical skills follow that -- and follow it quickly. He focuses on technique and far less on repertoire. He believes, correctly I think, that repertoire will easily accumulate if you have good technique. Sulai is a low-stress teacher, very patient, and loves to be challenged. I've been with him for four years, and even though I've recently moved out of town, I make it a point to travel to him a couple times a month for lessons. We augment that with periodic lessons over Skype. I highly recommend him.Oct 1, 2015
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- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?We establish agreement between myself and the student on frequency and cost of lessons before we begin working together.
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?Potential student books a lesson with no obligation beyond the first lesson. If after the first lesson they wish to continue, we then jointly agree on terms.
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?I am former classical guitar faculty for Indiana University School of Music. I taught there for 13 years in total and served to establish the guitar degree program for IU. I received an Artist Diploma With Distinction for classical guitar performance from IU School of Music with Janos Starker as my mentor. I have performed as a soloist for many years in many parts of the world.