What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
I offer a half-price first lesson/assessment of skills.
I charge $25/half hour, $45/hour -n-person. I charge $20/half hour, $40/hour on SKYPE.
What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
I always want to know more about the potential client's goals to ensure we are a good fit. I can teach many different styles and I want to assist you in reaching your goals. So, typically, we will talk on the phone or email about your goals and make a time to meet at the studio or over SKYPE for a half-price first lesson/assessment and talk about a game plan.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
12 credits earned in Undergraduate Music at the College of Saint Rose.
Guitar certificate from Berklee College of Music (Specialist in Guitar). Second Certificate Berklee College of Music (Professional Guitarist).
I recently won the 2015 best solo performer and 2016 best band performance in the blues competition run by the Capital Region Blues Network (International Blues Challenge Qualifying Round) I am going to Memphis in January 2016 to compete Internationally. This is the largest blues competition/conference in the world.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I didn't decide to get in this line of work - people just kept coming to me because they wanted to learn guitar, so I gave in - started teaching, and it turned out to click very well for both me and, most importantly, the students.
What types of customers have you worked with?
Children, Adolescents, and Adults.
For the Children, I work with their parents to help enforce home practice and communicate how the student is doing.
For the Adolescents, I put a lot of accountability on them, depending on their maturity level. Some parents are more involved than others.
For Adults, it's immersive learning. We talk guitar tone, great players, the ways the student is hoping to express him/herself through the instrument, and how to achieve your goals.
We cover various guitar methods, technique, tone, taste, harmony and theory; application and practice, audition requirements.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
I earned my second Berklee College of Music certificate just a few weeks ago. This is equal to 15 college credits. I was inspired to keep learning so I enrolled in Berklee's full Bachelor in Guitar degree! I never want to stop learning and becoming a better teacher and guitarist.
Also, recently, I was selected as the Lead Guitarist for Capital Repertory Theatre's production of the Broadway hit, "Smokey Joe's Cafe", Summer of 2014. The cast was from all over the US, and all have experience with TV and Theater, mainly in California and NYC. It was a blast.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Just be cautious when shopping around. A good teacher will know what to look for in your development - even the physical aspect of playing to avoid injury. The teacher should be credentialed, not just experienced.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
You should consider what your goals are - both short and long term. Do you want to learn how to jam over different chords? Maybe you're a born-of-the-dust beginner and just need to get to a basic level with some common chords to strum and have fun with? Are you a high school student prepping for an audition at a college or with NYSSMA? Are you a parent who would like their child to take up a fun instrument that's easy to learn? This would be great to know so when we talk, we have a clear idea of where you'd like to go. I'll help you map it out.