Lessons with Music Coach Derek Smith
Lessons with Music Coach Derek Smith

Lessons with Music Coach Derek Smith

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Introduction: I have been teaching music for over a decade, and regardless of what instrument, style, or amount of experience, people come in looking for the same things; To expand their base knowledge and skill A way to move past a rut or block A way to approach practicing that actually works for them A better understanding of music theory that connects to what they are playing A sense of musical accomplishment (mastery of technique and material) A feeling of creative freedom and expression I tie all of these concerns together by using an approach that focuses on the enjoyment and immediate experience of playing, allowing for awareness and patience that allows you to develop a genuine connection to your musical instrument and practice. This process is guided by your own musical goals, interests, and strengths, and your lessons will be tailored to suit your learning style and pace. I am a firm believer that everyone, regardless of perceived ability, can learn an instrument and have a fulfilling musical life. My primary instrument is guitar, my main focuses being rock (classic, modern, indie) and folk (acoustic/fingerstyle), but also am experienced in blues, jazz, and classical. My secondary instruments are piano, which I have received classical training in from a young age, and electric bass, which I have both a jazz and rock background in. I also offer instruction in theory, composition/songwriting, and production for those interested, as one of my favorite aspects of teaching is helping people to express themselves creatively. FAQ Q. Where do you teach? A. I am currently teaching online via Skype or Zoom. For residents of Nassau County, NY, I am willing to work something out to do some lessons in person if you request it, but the majority of lessons will still be online. Q. Do online lessons really work? A. Yes! While there are some specific limitations (we can't play together at the same time), the format allows for a wide range of techniques and tools that I have seen work great for a wide range of students. Q. Do you teach beginners? A. Absolutely! I particularly enjoy working with beginners because it involves laying down the foundations that are going to set you up for success. I am grateful that students of mine have said that I am patient and that they don't feel judged. Q. Do you teach intermediate/advanced players? A. Absolutely! I have worked with students who have been playing on the timeline of decades with great results.

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Colleen P.
May 6, 2024
Working with Derek was always such a positive experience! He is patient and kind and knows how to use different analogies so I could better understand guitar terminology. It is always difficult learning something new but Derek made it less intense and created an atmosphere where I gained the confidence instead of frustration while playing! Derek has such knowledge of music and a passion to play which is so clearly evident through his teaching during lessons! Truly so grateful to work with Derek.
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Mark P.
May 3, 2024
Derek is a fantastic teacher. He is very knowledgeable about many different facets of music. We have had lessons about guitar and lessons about music theory and even some lessons on sound engineering/production! Derek has been very good at working with me towards my goals and has given me tools and knowledge that help me take my music playing/writing/recording to the next level.
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Rachel F.
May 2, 2024
Derek is the best music coach/teacher out there! He was my guitar teacher for about 5 years. Very communicative, encouraging, intelligent, & overall a pleasure to be around. He's genuinely such a master at any craft he gets his hands on. I highly recommend his lessons!
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Philip B.
May 2, 2024
My son, Justin, who is on the autism spectrum, took lessons from Derek for more than five years. He is a remarkable musician and teacher, with an encyclopedic knowledge of music, infinitely patient, fun, and adventurous. Anything that Justin wanted to learn to play -- from XTC, to the Beatles, to Blink-182 -- Derek was game for. The music school where Derek taught at the time, on Long Island, organized talent showcases every few months, and we'd perform as a trio, with Justin on guitar, Derek on bass, and me on drums and vocals. It is always a blast playing with him. My wife and I, and Justin, couldn't recommend anyone higher than Derek Smith. He's the best!
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Luke P.
May 5, 2024
I’ve worked with Derek for many years and there is no one else that I’d rather take lessons with. He’s a well of knowledge and has such an approachable personality. He never makes you feel dumb for not knowing something, and instead, helps to teach you what you need to do to be a great musician!
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