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. This process forces you to be in the moment, to focus, and hopefully, to feel. This freedom found through playing guitar is unlike anything I have experienced, and helping my students experience that same freedom is what teaching guitar is all about for me. Twenty-five years ago I found the guitar, and I have been teaching others how to play it since 2005. 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.
As a student, I highly encourage you to share any thoughtfully constructed playlists. Provide me with a sense of what you love most about music, and where you want to grow musically. What do you want to acheive through taking lessons with me?
Providing a working understanding of music theory is fundamental, and it's 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.
All of my students are given their own folder via Google Drive that contains lesson notes I create. These notes include weekly objectives, tips, song notation, and demonstration videos of lesson material. Documenting lessons in this way takes time, but I enjoy it. I am genuinely invested in the success of my students, and I have found having all the lesson information in one place brings substantially better results from at-home practice. The way I see it is, if you are serious enough to pursue playing the guitar (which you are, because it’s a pretty difficult instrument), then the least I can do is align you for success. (Hi five!)
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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