I think one of the most rewarding things we can teach our kids is music. As I read an article on the 12 Benefits of Music Education, it only emphasizes my feelings toward music. It is a means of self expression and creativity that can prove to have a positive impact on our lives. Do you have a child who is interested in learning to play guitar? Are you interested in learning to play guitar? Read on about my friend, Steve, who teaches guitar in the local DFW area!
1. How did you get started playing guitar and how long have you been playing?
It’s kind of funny, but I tried to play the guitar several times before I actually stuck with it. I don’t think I actually realized that there would be work involved…and you know how that is for a young teenager! When I was a freshman in high school, we had a foreign exchange student come to live with us from Japan. One of his goals while he was in the U.S. was to buy a guitar and learn to play. Sure enough, he bought a guitar and he started to play that thing. All of a sudden there was this thing inside me that said, “I don’t want to be shown up in my own home!” So, Mr. Kiyanori Kawano, if you are out there, “Thank You!”
2. Where do you get your musical inspiration?
That’s a great question. I really do like all sorts of different music. Everything from jazz, rock, and even some folk. Usually, if it’s from the heart or soul, I can at least appreciate it, even if I don’t necessarily enjoy it. That being said, some of my inspiration has come from guys like Stevie Ray Vaughan, David Gilmour (guitar player for Pink Floyd), and Explosions in the Sky. Also, there is a worship leader named Lincoln Brewster that I enjoy who has an exceptional amount of talent.
3. How did you get started teaching music and what’s your heart behind teaching young people?
I led worship at a church in Wylie called New Hope for about seven years. Great place and great people, by the way! Right around the time I got started at New Hope, somebody came up to me and asked if I would give them lessons. I was a little apprehensive at the time, as I had never done it before. But before I knew it, I had five students, and it just kept growing from there!
As far as my heart, I love it when young people can discover their God-given talents. Some people’s talents are very evident from a young age, but there are others who have to work a little harder to discover their giftings. I would definitely put myself in that latter category. So, it’s a really cool feeling when you can be a part of someone tapping into potential that they didn’t even know existed. I love that feeling as a teacher when you see the light bulb turn on, and you can tell that something has just clicked for the student. That’s really cool. Also, one of my goals is to help students excel in the music that they enjoy. If the students are not having fun, it is more difficult for them to persevere through the learning process and come out successful on the other side.
4. How do people sign up for lessons?
If you or your child wants to learn to play guitar, foster that desire by contacting Steve. I wouldn’t write a post about him if he didn’t come highly recommended!
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