My name is Coire Walker and I love teaching guitar. There's a certain intimacy, a powerful expressive connection with the guitar--your fingers are always on the strings, connected to the sound you're making; it forces you to be in the moment, to focus, and hopefully, to feel. The freedom I've found in playing guitar is unlike anything else, and helping my students find their own personal sense of musical freedom is what teaching guitar is all about for me. I have been playing guitar for twenty-five years, and I've been teaching people how to play guitar for thirteen. In my approach to teaching I strive to balance the technical and creative elements of music to build my students into innovative, self-aware musicians. Lessons are low-pressure and fun, and all ages are welcome.
My music degree is from Musicians Institute in Los Angeles, CA.
Students are encouraged to thoughtfully construct playlists to provide me with a sense of what they love most about music and what songs they would like to learn. Primary lesson objectives revolve around realistic, attainable goals for the short and longterm that my students and I create together. Providing a working understanding of music theory is very important to me, and it's tremendously rewarding to watch my students grow into well-rounded, fully-functional musicians.
I teach all genres of music except advanced jazz and classical guitar--these are their own discipline and I do not claim to have mastery of them (but we can play with them as much as you like!) Some styles I enjoy are rock, funk, punk, folk, reggae, and fingerstyle guitar. Lesson topics include music theory, songwriting, reading, ear training, strumming and picking techniques, singing and playing simultaneously, soloing, chord composition and harmony, live performing, and working on student compositions. If you are in a band and looking to challenge your playing further I can work alongside you in that regard as well.
Once you are a regular student, you will have your own folder in Google Drive containing lesson notes I create after class. This includes weekly objectives, tips, song notation, and demonstration videos of lesson concepts. Documenting lessons in this way takes substantial time off the clock, but I enjoy doing it because I am genuinely invested in the success of my students, and I have found having all the relevant lesson information in one accessible place brings much more solid results from at-home practice. It is my view that if you are serious enough to pursue playing the guitar--which you are, because it’s a pretty difficult instrument--and you feel that I am the person to teach you, then the least I can do is try my very best to make sure you have all the tools you need to succeed.
60min lessons at my studio in the Congress Park area are $60. Lessons are also offered in your home. I offer discounts on in-studio lessons for students who commit to four lessons in a given month as $200 packages. I feel this rewards students for their commitment, and it helps to keep my income stable.
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