I am a self-taught 50 year old guitar player who touched various styles of music over the years. Earlier this year, I decided to break away from the same old rock and blues riffs and learn something new. I didn't even know what I wanted to learn at that time, but after a brief phone interview, I decided to work with Leon and I never looked back since. Leon is such a versatile player and his knowledge and ability in all kinds of styles never cease to amaze me. We started with Bach pieces that I always admired, but considered to be too intimidating for non-classical players. In no time, I found myself thinking and playing differently whenever I grabbed a classical guitar. Occasionally we jumped around to touch Latin style or good old blues, and I always walked away with new practical knowledge. Above all, I would like to point out that Leon is a very patient teacher, and he understands each of his student's unique needs, never insisting one way or one style. I would recommend Leon to any level of players, but especially to the advanced ones. We all know how hard it is to find a teacher who can challenge and cultivate advanced level players.Sep 27, 2012
Passionate guitarist shares his knowledge and enthusiasm in an easy to understand, friendly approach. Learned both contemporary and classical styles of guitar playing. Fantastic TeacherMay 10, 2012
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Years in business19
LocationMontclair, NJ 07042
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- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?Pricing depends on travel and location of lesson. Lessons are 60 min and payments are monthly. Discounted rates apply to multiple weekly lessons and semester packages.
- What types of customers have you worked with?I have worked with a variety of students from beginners to advanced and pro level performers. Usually, students take lessons one-on-one. They really enjoy their lessons because the material we learn is always applied to their interests/favorite songs. This really motivates them and keeps them practicing, which is great for the student, (as well as whoever is paying for the lesson.) It's really inspiring and rewarding to see how enthusiastic students become about playing the guitar or learning an instrument in general. Occasionally, students will also take classes with a friend or in a group setting which is great because they gain experience interacting with others. Many of my advanced students go on to perform with their own groups.
- What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?I would make sure the teacher has expertise on the instrument you want to play and the style(s) in which you are interested. Experience and a proven track record of great students is also more important than credentials or other sales pitches. I would suggest to look for a teacher that will not only help you learn guitar, but really encourage and inspire the student in developing a passion for playing an instrument because that is something they can enjoy and share for years to come. Furthermore, when students apply what they learned in occasional group settings, they really gain experience interacting with others. Also, feel free to ask any questions you might have whether it is about experience teaching, other references & testimonials, or questions about selecting a guitar.