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David R.
Brewster, New York
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For blues guitar the first thing I do when I meet a student is to interview the student and find out why they want to learn how to play the guitar and what are some of their goals. Then I find out what style of music they would like to learn. I have the student come up with ten songs they would like to learn. I take this information and structure future guitar lessons around the essential elements of these songs. I design each lesson to teach the specific skills required to learn those songs. I create an organized binder guitar workbook and having a teaching degree I create all of the lessons to meet each students individual needs that include lessons on theory, technique, chords, rhythm, scales, arpeggios, songs, song form, and exercises etc. I use a color coded method to teach scales, chords and theory that I created that help students not only understand scales but also they are able to see visually where chords come from. I break down each song into easy digestible parts so students can learn a song in a logical and most manageable way. I incorporate lessons that I have learned in the classroom as a teacher to help my guitar students learn. I feel the most important thing for my student to learn about music is to have a lot of fun.
About David R.

Hi my name is David and I love and enjoy teaching guitar lessons to students of all ages and I come to your home for lessons. My goal in life is to enrich people's lives with music. The first thing I do is interview the student and find out why they want to play the guitar and what are some of their goals. Then I find out what style of music they would like to learn. I have the student come up with ten songs they would like to learn. I take this information and structure future guitar lessons around the essential elements of these songs. I design each lesson to teach the specific skills required to learn those songs. I create an organized custom guitar lesson workbook for each of my students at no cost to the student or parent. This way, my students have a weekly organized practice routine and they become successful. Having a teaching degree, (B.A. Music - Conservatory of Music - Concentration: Studio Composition / Master's in Education - M.A.T. / Adolescence Education (Grades 5-12) 3.56 GPA). I create all of the guitar lessons to meet each students individual needs that include lessons on theory, technique, rhythm, chords, scales, riffs, arpeggio's, songs, and exercises etc. I break down songs into easy digestible parts so students can learn a song in a logical and most manageable way. I use a color coded method to teach that I created that help students not only learn and understand scales and chords but also they are able to see visually how scales and chords are created. I currently teach private guitar lessons and have worked for 12 years in our local schools as a teacher with students K through 12. For 2 years, from 2012 to 2014 I taught an after-school enrichment guitar and songwriting class. I created the curriculum and music workbook specifically for 6 and 7-year old children whom I taught at Pequenakonck Elementary School in North Salem, NY. In College I won an award for the most Improved Studio Composition Student at Purchase College. I incorporate lessons that I have learned in the classroom as a teacher to help my guitar students learn. I feel the most important thing for my students to learn about music is to have a lot of fun.

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Teaches Beginner, Intermediate

Teaching since

Teaching since 1999

Education

Master's Degree, M.A.T. Middle Childhood / Adolescence Education (Grades 5-12) 3.56 GPA

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Teaches ages 5+

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David R.
Brewster, New York
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Get structured guitar lessons with a music teacher with 9+ years of teaching experience
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For blues guitar the first thing I do when I meet a student is to interview the student and find out why they want to learn how to play the guitar and what are some of their goals. Then I find out what style of music they would like to learn. I have the student come up with ten songs they would like to learn. I take this information and structure future guitar lessons around the essential elements of these songs. I design each lesson to teach the specific skills required to learn those songs. I create an organized binder guitar workbook and having a teaching degree I create all of the lessons to meet each students individual needs that include lessons on theory, technique, chords, rhythm, scales, arpeggios, songs, song form, and exercises etc. I use a color coded method to teach scales, chords and theory that I created that help students not only understand scales but also they are able to see visually where chords come from. I break down each song into easy digestible parts so students can learn a song in a logical and most manageable way. I incorporate lessons that I have learned in the classroom as a teacher to help my guitar students learn. I feel the most important thing for my student to learn about music is to have a lot of fun.
About David R.

Hi my name is David and I love and enjoy teaching guitar lessons to students of all ages and I come to your home for lessons. My goal in life is to enrich people's lives with music. The first thing I do is interview the student and find out why they want to play the guitar and what are some of their goals. Then I find out what style of music they would like to learn. I have the student come up with ten songs they would like to learn. I take this information and structure future guitar lessons around the essential elements of these songs. I design each lesson to teach the specific skills required to learn those songs. I create an organized custom guitar lesson workbook for each of my students at no cost to the student or parent. This way, my students have a weekly organized practice routine and they become successful. Having a teaching degree, (B.A. Music - Conservatory of Music - Concentration: Studio Composition / Master's in Education - M.A.T. / Adolescence Education (Grades 5-12) 3.56 GPA). I create all of the guitar lessons to meet each students individual needs that include lessons on theory, technique, rhythm, chords, scales, riffs, arpeggio's, songs, and exercises etc. I break down songs into easy digestible parts so students can learn a song in a logical and most manageable way. I use a color coded method to teach that I created that help students not only learn and understand scales and chords but also they are able to see visually how scales and chords are created. I currently teach private guitar lessons and have worked for 12 years in our local schools as a teacher with students K through 12. For 2 years, from 2012 to 2014 I taught an after-school enrichment guitar and songwriting class. I created the curriculum and music workbook specifically for 6 and 7-year old children whom I taught at Pequenakonck Elementary School in North Salem, NY. In College I won an award for the most Improved Studio Composition Student at Purchase College. I incorporate lessons that I have learned in the classroom as a teacher to help my guitar students learn. I feel the most important thing for my students to learn about music is to have a lot of fun.

Levels taught

Teaches Beginner, Intermediate

Teaching since

Teaching since 1999

Education

Master's Degree, M.A.T. Middle Childhood / Adolescence Education (Grades 5-12) 3.56 GPA

Teaches ages +

Teaches ages 5+

Speaks

Speaks English

Speaks

Has background check

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I only have high accolades for David. I've learned more from David in the mere 5 lessons then I learned in a years worth of lessons in the past. His method of teaching is perfect with the right amount of homework. He customizes the lesson for the type of music I ultimately want to play with a good balance of theory and practical lessons to get me there. Bravo!!!

Posted Jun 20, 2019
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Lessons with David were very inspiring and so much fun. They were well planned, organized and productive. David also was very flexible and accommodating with scheduling the lessons.

Posted Apr 25, 2019
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My son had a great first lesson and knows what to do for practice this week and is excited to continue learning with his next lesson

Posted Dec 28, 2016
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Music Teacher
Sep 2012 - May 2014
Pequenakonck Elementary School, North Salem N.Y.
Arts in Education Service, Intro to Guitar & Songwriting Class • Create customized curriculum for guitar and songwriting classes • Produce a method workbook to meet the learning needs of 6 & 7 year olds • Students learn basic music theory, sight reading, guitar technique, song form, and performance • Learn about chords, rhythm, melodies, and basic songwriting skills • Encourage good practice habits • Students explore a variety of different styles of music
Teacher, Musician, Composer
Jul 1999 - Nov 2021
Freelance
• Created individualized, customized lessons to meet the learning needs of students of a wide range of ages and abilities • Taught students theory, sight reading, guitar technique and song writing skills • Students learned about chords, rhythm, melodies and good practice habits • Helped students explore a variety of different styles of music
Substitute Teacher
Jan 1999 - Mar 2021
Byram Hills, Greenburg, Hendrick Hudson, Lakeland, Ossining, Putnam, and Wooster Schools
All Grades, All Subjects • Implemented lesson plans and taught multiple subjects • Maintained classroom management • Worked cooperatively with various staff • Motivated student class participation • Conducted parent/ teacher conferences to resolve student conflicts
Master's Degree, M.A.T. Middle Childhood / Adolescence Education (Grades 5-12) 3.56 GPA
Sep 2005 - May 2008
Manhattanville College
Completed Undergraduate Education Program, Teaching / 25 Credits
Sep 1997 - May 1998
Manhattanville College
Bachelor of Arts / History / Concentration - American History
Sep 1995 - May 2001
State University of New York College at Purchase
Bachelor's Degree / Bachelor of Music - Conservatory of Music - Concentration: Studio Composition
Sep 1995 - May 2001
State University of New York College at Purchase
English
Fluent/ Native Proficiency
Most Improved Studio Composition Student, Purchase College April 1997,
Apr 1997
Purchase College

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Instructor details
Blues Guitar
Student's Home
Student's Home
Teaches Online
Teaches Online
Work hours
M
T
W
T
F
S
S
Times are shown in your local timezone (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
Pricing
30 minutes
$45
45 minutes
$55
60 minutes
$65
New Student Special
First 3 lessons
$30