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Learn to Play the Guitar or Ukulele
(Online or in-person)

With over 20 years' teaching experience both online and face-to-face the heart of my teaching philosophy is fostering a supportive and enjoyable learning environment where students can take responsibility for their learning free from ridicule and draconian instruction methods.  I work with students ages 7 through adult with student-centered, hands-on pedagogies. Lessons are customized to each student's learning needs and tastes including jazz, blues, rock, and pop.

My credentials include a 2021 Magna Cum Laude graduate of the Berklee College of Music . I also hold an M.Ed from the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers University, and teach at the Princeton Adult School. 

Here are questions prospective students ask most often:

What Can I Learn?

  • Instrument components (e.g. bridge, nut, frets, etc.) and care

  • Proper posture and using a pick/finger-picking

  • Tuning by ear and with a tuner

  • Comprehensive music theory

  • Keeping time and tempo

  • Notation and chord voicings

  • Playing in a band; it’s more than just playing the instrument!

 

What Will I Need ?

  • A guitar  (acoustic preferred) or ukulele in good condition with new strings. I recommend Russo Music in Hamilton (full disclosure:  I teach guitar part-time at Russo )

  • Picks, medium weight is suggested

  • Clip-on tuner

  • Music stand

  • Workbook (title and skill level to be determined)

  • Recommended: a "hard shell" case or at least a soft-sided “gig bag”

  • Recommended:  strap

What Do I Need for Online Lessons?

  • In addition to the above, a laptop, desktop, or tablet with Internet access (smartphone screens are too small to get the most from sessions). Windows, Mac, or LINUX operating system.

  • Internet service, the faster the better. If you want to test your connection speed use this test.

  • The best online music lessons app is the free FarPlay app (https://farplay.io/) which will require an Ethernet cable connection and wired headphones  (Apple or smartphone earbuds with a built-in mic work well). Inexpensive adapters for Ethernet cables to laptop ports or Apple Lightning ports should work fine.

  • In case FarPlay won't work for you, Zoom, Google, or  Whereby can be used. Be aware there will likely be latency or sound quality problems.

What Do Lessons Cost?

$35 per 30 minutes and $65 for an hour. 30-minute sessions are strongly encouraged. Please remit payment on or about the first session of the month via Zelle or Venmo.

Please remember that you're paying for one time slot per week whether or not you attend the session. If you need to reschedule please contact me as soon as possible so we can set a make-up date. Missed sessions must be made up by the end of that month. As of September 1, 2024 there'll be no credit for sessions that aren’t rescheduled; they can’t be carried over into the next month.

 Sign up for lessons here! 

Questions?

Feel free to send me an email message. I'll reply within two business days.

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