“Teaching music is not my main purpose. I want to make good citizens. If children hear fine music from the day of their birth and learn to play it, they develop sensitivity, discipline, and endurance. They get a beautiful heart.” – Shinchi Suzuki
Above anything else, the primary goal of music lessons with Kirk is to share the joy one receives from playing all styles of music.
Regardless of age, musical style, or experience level, lessons focus on providing the student with the tools needed to play music well. This is accomplished through two teaching methods, studying music fundamentals and learning songs.
All musicians need a mastery of the fundamentals. Topics such as how to position your instrument, understanding how written music works, playing “in time”, knowing the notes on your instrument, scale and chord fingerings, where chords come from, and how chords and scales relate to each other are all addressed frequently. These fundamentals are balanced with learning songs that the student would love to play, examining how they are put together and what makes them work.
Songs are broken down to identify “musical devices” that can often be found in other songs. Melodies, chord progressions, and what scales are used for composing and improvising are discussed. Utilizing these two approaches provides an equal balance between study and performance, and is a major factor in progressing quickly while keeping the excitement level high.
These teaching methods combined with a computer equipped lesson studio provide a unique lesson taking experience. Custom play-along recordings specifically designed for the individual students needs are often made on the spot and emailed directly to the student at the end of a lesson. Lessons are taught on a “one on one” basis in sessions ranging from a half hour (most common) to two hours. For information regarding guitar lessons, e-mail Kirk and check out Kirk’s online teaching schedule.