Hi, my name is Scott. Thank you for your interest in lessons. Since 2001, I have been teaching private guitar in Westminster, Maryland. I teach all levels from ages five through adult . My specialty is starting beginning students. I hold a Master's of Music Education degree from the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University.
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Elementary, Middle and High School Age
Children and young adults are very quick to learn and pick up music. By starting young, students have time to develop skills on the guitar that will give them a lifetime of enjoyment. Starting a new guitar player is one of my greatest joys as a guitar teacher. Over the years, I have developed curriculums to match the individual needs of my beginner students. Essentially, we learn how to play the guitar by making music together- through songs. Starting with single-string playing, we then progress to playing chords while we sing together. To help us follow and remember the music we are learning, we learn how to read common guitar notation systems such as tablature, chord diagrams, and standard musical notation. It is always my goal during every lesson to make music with my students- which is one of the true joys of playing an instrument- making music with others!
Finding time to take lessons and practice can be one of the biggest challenges for adult students. If you have always wanted to play guitar but have never taken the opportunity, I would like to help you get started. The best way to succeed is to take a "slow and steady" approach to lessons. The key is to fit your guitar playing and instruction into your existing schedule. If meeting every week for a lesson will not work, meeting every other week is a good alternative. Another option is to combine in-person and online lessons to work within your schedule. I will work with you to find the right plan for you to be successful and make the guitar a lasting part of your life.
Childhood is a great age to begin experiencing the joy of making music! The ukulele works well at this age because the nylon strings are easy on the fingers, and the size of the instrument is perfect for young players. Everything learned on the Uke will eventually transfer to the guitar- even the chord shapes are the same! Also, this is a great age to have a parent learn along with the student. You will be able to play at home with your son or daughter and bring music into your everyday routine.
If you have prior guitar experience, either through previous lessons or by teaching yourself, and would like to improve your skills, we can create a plan to help you get to that next level. You may have a specific genre of music that you would like to learn, or you may need some help determining what that "next direction" looks like. Either way, I can help you set a course and create specific short and long-term goals that will enable you to progress to your next level.
If you are looking for a fun and easy-to-learn instrument, the ukulele is a perfect choice. The uke is also a great instrument to learn with a family member or a whole family! The nylon strings are easy to press, while the fewer number of strings, as compared to the guitar, make strumming chords accessible for beginners. What's more, the skills learned on the uke can be transferred to the guitar later.
Since 2001, I have been teaching private guitar lessons in Westminster, Maryland. I hold a Master's of Music Education from the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University. In addition to my private teaching experience, I have been an adjunct faculty member in the music department at Carroll Community College and a middle school music educator in Carroll and Harford county public schools. I am a former member of the Colgan-Hirsh band and the Alpenlaenders band.
What Type of Guitar Should I Use?
Guitar size and "playability" are important considerations when selecting an instrument. A correctly sized guitar and string type will make learning and playing the guitar more satisfying and enjoyable, especially for young players. A 3/4 or full-size classical guitar with nylon strings works well for elementary and middle school-aged students. (Nylon strings are softer to press than steel strings. Also, a 3/4 or full-size classical guitar has a body shape more comfortable for sitting and playing.) For adults, either nylon or steel-string guitars are fine. Electric guitars are another option. The strings require less pressure to press down than acoustic steel-string guitars; however, you will need an amplifier, which can be an added expense.
"Scott is very knowledgeable with several degrees in music. His teaching style is tailored to each student whether they be beginner, intermediate, or more advanced. He's flexible with scheduling and never a clock watcher. He enjoys passing along his knowledge and enjoyment of music to his students. He's very friendly and quite easy to get along with and his rates are good too. I've been with him for 6 years now and have enjoyed all of my lessons."