Private Lessons and Classes

I am currently accepting new private students in in the Atlanta communities of Decatur, Sandy Springs, Johns Creek, and Duluth. I also offer private lessons via Facetime and Skype.

Monday evenings I will lead an open Irish seisún (jam session) from 7:30 to 9:00 pm at Steve's Live Music in Sandy Springs. This is open to all players of traditional instruments and will focus on a maximum of playing time following a published monthly guideline of planned tunes. (admission is free)

I am delighted to announce that I will be joining the teaching staff of the Atlanta Irish Music School, heading up their new Adult Program with classes in Irish repertoire, Scottish repertoire, and Celtic Guitar on alternating Sundays at Paideia School.

On Mondays I am offering a tune learning class in Sandy Springs. On Tuesdays I'll teach a Celtic Guitar class in Duluth. And on Wednesdays in Johns Creek I will offer a class in developing good seisún skills which will enhance a player's enjoyment and ability to participate in Celtic tune sessions.

See schedule below for locations and times.



Private Lessons   
30 and 60-minute times available
  

Sundays
Decatur, GA
open time slots:
11:00 am
12:00 noon
1:00 pm (on alternate weeks)
2:00 pm (on alternate weeks)
3:00 pm (on alternate weeks
4:00 pm (on alternate weeks)

Mondays
Steve's Live Music
Sandy Springs, GA
open time slots:
3:30 pm
4:30 pm
5:30 pm

Tuesdays
Red Clay Theatre
Duluth, GA
open time slots:
3:30 pm
4:30 pm
5:30 pm


Wednesdays
Musik21
Johns Creek, GA
open time slots:
3:30 pm
4:30 pm
5:30 pm


Facetime and Skype lessons available on a
flexible schedule







Classes   

Sundays
Atlanta Irish Music School, Paideia School, Atlanta, GA

(alternate weeks)
1:30 Adult Irish Tune Repertoire and Styles
2:30 All ages Scottish Tune Repertoire and Styles
3:30 All ages Celtic Backup Rhythm Guitar (DADGAD and drop-D)


Mondays
Steve's Live Music,
Sandy Springs, GA

6:30-7:30 Irish & Scottish Tune Repertoire and Styles

Tuesdays
Red Clay Theatre,
Duluth, GA

6:45-7:45 Celtic Guitar


Wednesdays
Musik21
Johns Creek, GA

7:00-8:00 pm Irish & Scottish Session Skills


Fees   

Private lessons:
60 minutes (weekly): $300/month
30 minutes (weekly): $168/month

Classes:
60 minutes (weekly): $60/month


Teaching Goals
  

No matter what their level of ability, I strive to open new vistas to my students by imparting the same joy and personal growth that I have experienced through music. Learning music is so much more than the mechanical ability to play notes correctly. Along with instilling solid technical foundations of violin playing and consistent patterns of practice that produce successful results, I also seek to offer a broader vision of how music is constructed, how it has evolved throughout history, and how it can be socially meaningful in our modern world.

Starting in September 7 I will be heading up the newly created Adult Program for The Atlanta Irish Music School, offering classes every second week in Irish music, Scottish music, and Celtic guitar. The cirriculum will be coordinated with that of the Atlanta Junior Celidh Band so that young players who have graduated have a path to be able to continue playing and developing. For those interested in getting up on the stage, I plan to create numerous performing opportunities throughout the year and will teach the components of how to put together an effective program. I welcome the chance to showcase noteworthy players in these performances, such as those who have won competitions or have excelled in their private lessons.

On Mondays I am offering classes in Irish & Scottish Tune Repertoire. I have developed a teaching style that challenges accomplished players while at the same time being accessible enough for those with more moderate abilities. The goal is to work through a significant body of tunes each quarter (2-3 new tunes each week) while also providing a forum to enjoy making music with others. An equal amount of time will be devoted to Irish and Scottish tunes. Classes will be taught by ear with sheet music and MP3 recordings provided for home study.

The Sunday and Tuesday Celtic Backup Rhythm Guitar class is aimed at developing a new generation of Irish and Scottish rhythm guitarists (of which there are currently few!). We'll delve into the specialized techniques such DADGAD and Drop-D tunings, characteristic strum styles, and modal harmonies which give Irish and Scottish music its unique and authentic flavor. After introducing each new technique I will play the tune numerous times on my fiddle so students can practice backing me up and getting immediate feedback.

On Wednesdays in Johns Creek I will offer a new style of class which will seek to develop a player's ability to pick up new tunes quickly, ghost along with unfamiliar tunes, and follow appropriate seisún etiquette. Each class will focus on 4-8 tunes with sheet music and MP3 samples provided a week in advance.


Private lessons (classical and fiddle) allow me to provide the student with a solid grounding in good violin technique. I was a professional symphony violinist throughout the earlier part of my career [Resume Here] and although today I am known primarily for my fiddling I approach

teaching and performing with the same attention to beauty of sound, perfect intonation, ergonomic positions, and playing with verve, charisma, and passion regardless of the style being studied. Depending on the interests of the student, I am happy teaching strictly fiddle music with a focus on appropriate bowing patterns and ornamentation styles; or, for those students who are bound for youth symphony and classical competitions I am equally at home teaching classical repertoire. Blending multiple styles within the same lesson can also prove satisfying and help to round out a student's abilities. My teaching style incorporates music theory into the learning process so that students truly understand the music rather than mearly playing by rote.


Please feel free to call me for more info
and to discuss your interests:
(206) 226-5663