T e a c h i n g
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Music allows us all to express the most profound emotions, and the gives us the unique ability to connect with our listeners and share these emotions. The ultimate goal of studying music is to realize the expressive potential within each student. To achieve this goal, every student will explore and perform a diverse array of works from the guitar literature. Every student will relate to various pieces differently, so students and I will work together to discover what truly motivates them to play at the highest levels of expression. Lessons will guide students to respond to the music they play in ways which are both aesthetically appealing and moving to listeners.
To bring the expressive potential in each student to light, a solid technical foundation must be established. We will achieve this through the study of scales, arpeggios, slur exercises, position studies, sight-reading, and and the study of fretboard harmony. We will also incorporate relaxed playing and the release of tension in our study of the guitar. The most important factor in technical development is our study of didactic literature. This study of pieces with a definitive technical aim will allow for the simultaneous development of physical and expressive playing in every student. It is important to explore a variety of these works, from the classic studies of Sor and Giuliani to those of Heitor Villa Lobos and beyond.
Playing the guitar is incredibly rewarding for both student and teacher. Students ultimately take away a lifelong skill, whether they choose to pursue it professionally or play for their own pleasure. As a guitar teacher, I find it exhilarating to train students who will be part of the next generation of guitarists, and to continue the growth in the quality of musicians who choose to play the guitar.
Andrew offers private lessons and is a faculty member of:
-Cockeysville Music Education Center
-Internnational School of Music
*Currently accepting new students at all locations! Please contact for more information on lessons.