Teaching

Guitar and Composition Lessons

GUITAR:

In my teaching, I often introduce students to the fundamentals of classical and popular guitar styles so that they may follow their interests wherever they may lead. I focus not only on proper playing technique, but on building an understanding of the instrument, it's parts, sounds,and  repertoire. Students will be able to confidently tune and care for their instrument, read several styles of musical notation (including standard notation and tablature), and feel confident improvising and creating their own musical sounds and works. My own instrumental emphasis  is primarily in the classical style, but I am happy to create lessons which include other styles and to recommend other studies and teachers for students wose interests extend beyond my expertise.

 

COMPOSITION:

I offer composition lessons to students of all ages, experience levels, and instrumental or vocal backgrounds. Lessons may be in addition to instrumental lessons with another teacher or institution, or taken on their own. If a student does not play an instrument prior to taking composition lessons, some introduction to guitar and/or piano will be included as part of the curriculum. My focus in composition lessons is twofold: (1) to understand the fundamentals of composing in the western art music style (2) finding a unique way of expressing the student's own creativity. This might include composing in popular or other musical styles, exploration of sounds, or including other forms of art or expression.

RATES:

             Hour lesson: $40 - $50 sliding scale

             Half-hour lesson: $30 -  $40 sliding scale

            *cost may be negotiated for semi-private lessons, multiple lessons per week, or special circumstances. 

 

If you are interested in lessons, please email me at lvcoons@gmail.com or leave a brief message below:

I offer guitar and composition lessons to students of all ages in the Albuquerque area.

I am committed to a highly personalized style of teaching in which every lesson is specially designed to meet the needs and interests of the student. This often includes studies composed for or with the student, musical games, movement or language-based exercises, songwriting and composing projects, and music theory studies. My goal is not only to provide students with the skills to play the guitar or write their own music, but to build a foundation of deep musical knowledge that will allow them to follow any musical paths or interests that they may have now or in the future.

I strongly believe that happy, relaxed students learn better and I aim to create a friendly and fun musical environment which reflects that. Through our studies I share with my students the joys of sound, the experience of creativity and expression, the rewards of focused work, and some of the ways in which music can enrich our lives.

 

I also believe that music is for everyone and that music education should be accessible. I am happy to tailor lessons and the learning environment to accommodate and work with a student's unique needs or challenges, be they physical, intellectual, emotional, social, etc. 

 

Embodied Creativity and Improvisation

 

“Life begins at improvisation. Life is a sustained improvisational interaction with the structures of the world, of the body, of culture. Improvisation is a condition of being alive.”

-Vijay Iyer, American composer and jazz pianist

 

The term “embodiment” means to give a tangible or visible form to something. In this class, we will give form to our own inner creativity through dance and music improvisation as well as meditation and mindfulness practices. Each class consists of a guided session in improvising movement and sound. No prior experience in dance or music is necessary, as a large part of the improvisational practice is learning to move and sound according to the abilities and conditions of one’s own body and environment. Students will move and sound to their comfort level and will be guided in vocalizing or using musical instruments. A wonderful class for artists, musicians, actors, and dancers who want to enrich their creative practice or for anyone who wants to discover the potential of their own creativity in a playful, safe, and inclusive setting. In addition to being a fun form of expression, improvisation can be an incredibly useful tool in practicing mindfulness and the power of the “here and now”, discovering multiple ways of approaching a situation, making decisions, interacting with others, and numerous other areas of life, after all, life is improvisation!

First Saturday of the month, 1:30 – 3:00 PM

Maple Street Dance Space

3215 Central Ave NE

BACK DOOR STUDIO

$12 drop-in, $10 student drop-in. No registration required.

For more information visit http://maplestreetdancespace.com/

© 2017 by Lauren V Coons

 

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