Leah Kruszewski

Acoustic Guitar, Flamenco Guitar, Classical Guitar, Fingerstyle Guitar, Loog Certified Guitar
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About

Leah loves guiding flamenco and classical guitarists through all stages of learning, beginning to advanced.   She offers the group online class Spanish Fingerstyle Guitar every Tuesday for beginning and intermediate guitarists.  For private lessons, keep reading. 

**Prospective private lesson students and parents, please message me before you book your first class.  Tell me a bit about your musical background and interests.**  

In addition to flamenco and classical guitar, Leah  enjoys helping adult fingerstyle and acoustic players discover their inner musician and introducing motivated young beginners to their first songs.  Leah performs regularly with flamenco singers and dancers in  Seville, Spain and regularly travels to the USA and abroad for courses and performances.

A native of Richmond, Virginia, Leah studied classical guitar at Virginia Commonwealth University and performed extensively as a soloist and in local classical and world music ensembles.  She founded and led a flamenco-inspired ensemble and both co-directed and performed in VCU's Flamenco Festival during its nine-year run. While living in Richmond, Leah also played in the Portuguese fado group Fado Nosso and the Richmond Guitar Quartet (classical guitar).  She moved to Seville, Spain in 2013, where she studied flamenco guitar at the Fundación Cristina Heeren, and has since made performing flamenco guitar and teaching online at Lessonface her two primary pursuits.

Lessons with Leah are positive and productive, and she adapts her teaching to give each individual the kind of instruction they need to enjoy the guitar and develop musically.  She has been teaching for over ten years and gives careful thought and attention to her students' needs and interests when planning their curriculums. 

Leah specializes in flamenco and classical guitar and loves working with students of all levels, absolute beginner to advanced, in these genres.   Flamenco guitar lessons concentrate on learning the basics of flamenco technique, understanding flamenco rhythm, and exploring repertoire in a variety of flamenco 'palos' (musical styles).  Classical guitar lessons center around learning and refining classical guitar technique, approaches to interpretation, and building a well-rounded and interesting repertoire that includes pieces from many styles and eras.  

Leah also enjoys teaching acoustic guitar to beginning and intermediate players of all genres - folk, fingerstyle, etc.  For adult students, Leah arranges a flexible curriculum that follows the student's interests.  She typically dedicates half the lesson to topics of technique and theory that apply to student's interests, and the other half to learning songs of their choice.  Leah works well with children ages 8 and up and adapts her teaching to give students what they need to learn best.  She moves patiently through the fundamentals and lays out clear goals for practice time between lessons.  


Flamenco Guitar

(1) Flamenco Guitar Curriculum: what to expect from beginning and intermediate flamenco guitar lessons

(2) Flamenco Guitar Essentials: basic vocabulary, flamenco history, and listening guide

(3) Playlist for Flamenco Newcomers: a youtube playlist I have put together especially for beginning flamenco students, as it can be tricky to know where to start listening.  The list features four common flamenco palos (musical styles) in a variety of contexts (solo guitar, flamenco singing, and flamenco dance).

Classical Guitar

My curriculum for classical guitar students varies considerably depending on a student's musical background and objectives.  While I do have my favorite method books and repertoire sources, I need a couple of lessons to assess the most appropriate course of study.  Beginners need not worry about having books and music on hand for your first lesson, we will get to it soon.

If you already have some playing experience in classical guitar, check out this series 'Build Your Own Classical Guitar Warm-Up'.  Choose a few exercises from each of three core technical areas and work them into your warm-up routine.  Part One - Ligados  .... Part Two - Arpeggios .... Part Three - Scales

Practice Tips for All Students

Perfecting Your Repertoire: How to Practice Until You Can't Get It Wrong - tips for perfecting your music and getting ready to perform

Practice Like a Pro (even if you're not!) - tips on making the most of your practice time for students of all ages, levels, and styles

Music Learning Styles - make the most of the way you think about music

Resources for Adult Students

Advice for Adult Beginners of Guitar - you don't have to start young to become an excellent musician and to really enjoy your instrument

Managing Your Music Lesson Nerves - why you get nervous, and how to let go of those nerves in order to enjoy and get the most out of your lessons

Resources for Young Students and their Parents

Giving Your Child a Strong Start on the Guitar - how to give your kid a guitar and get them to keep playing it 

Guitar 101 for Parents of New Guitarists - advice on very young learners (ages five to eight)

Encouraging Your Young Professional Part One (ages 9 to 13) - nurture your child's interest in music as you encourage their independence and self-discipline in their musical study

Encouraging Your Young Professional Part Two (high schoolers) - tools and tips to help your high schooler continue advancing on their instrument and prepare for university music study. 

Twenty Composition Prompts for Young Guitarists - fun ideas to inspire young composers

Miscellaneous Articles and Resources

Tips for Music Teachers - how to cultivate a fun and successful lesson environment for your students

To Read or Not To Read - when to embrace written music and when to get away from the page

Why Does Our Musical Alphabet Have 12 Tones? - a beginner's guide to the physics and culture behind musical language

Reviews of lessons with Leah Kruszewski

Leah motivates me… Her professional manner and personal touch enables learning. Her winning smile conveys to you that you too can do it! Excellence in instruction.
Skip, Verified Student
June 3rd, 2020
5
Even Tiger Woods has an instructor. If you are an advanced or professional guitarist then Leah is your solution to growth that may have been stymied by repeating bad habits. She has over seven years of Spanish/flamenco guitar playing every day in Seville… She understands how to solve left hand and right hand technical problems. She is a Master Guitar Instructor for the Guitar Masters.
Skip, Verified Student
June 1st, 2020
5
Leah is so very helpful and guiding with my Flamenco lessons.
Anthony, Verified Student
May 31st, 2020
5
I find that I always do better when people point out technical issues with my playing. Leah is a master of observing your playing and making excellent recommendations and corrections. On line lessons with Leah are a breeze. She is accomplished in packing 30 minutes of instruction into a short well reasoned video synopsis. I playback her lessons throughout the week as I practice. A superb learning tool for a beginner, intermediate or advanced Guitarist.
Skip, Verified Student
May 18th, 2020
5
Lena was great! To be honest, I did not expect to learn anything in the first lesson because first-lessons are a little awkward but I was wrong. It went pretty smoothly and I actually learned something, excited for my next lesson.
Verified Student
May 17th, 2020
5
It is so much fun to be challenged… Leo helps me push the envelope. Her steady advice and comments are always toward improvement.
Skip, Verified Student
May 15th, 2020
5
Leah Maam emits very pure& pious energy. She is super kind , friendly and warm person. I love her aura & teaching style
Deepty Trigotra, Verified Student
May 11th, 2020
5
We love that there is a recording that Ella can use to help her practice between lessons!
Hilary Hall, Verified Student
May 5th, 2020
5
Excellent coach and mentor. Leah is quick to offer a remedy to a problem. She is very technically competent, and has an easy way to approach troubling problems in the left or right hand.
Skip, Verified Student
May 4th, 2020
5
Leah is an excellent teacher with an organized approach that helps navigate the vast world of flamenco. She was clear and very patient with ensuring the material is understood.
Verified Student
April 23rd, 2020
5
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