Leah Kruszewski

Acoustic Guitar, Flamenco Guitar, Classical Guitar, Fingerstyle Guitar, Loog Certified Guitar
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286 Reviews
2000+ lessons booked on Lessonface
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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, please read below!  

**Prospective one-on-one students: I am currently accepting new students in flamenco guitar and classical guitar only.  For acoustic, fingerstyle, and Loog lessons, please check out the other excellent teachers at Lessonface.** 

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.  Leah performs regularly with flamenco singers and dancers in  Seville, Spain and travels to the USA and abroad for courses and performances.

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

Love her patience and teaching skills.
Deepty Trigotra, Verified Student
August 14th, 2020
5
She is an excellent teacher !
Deepty Trigotra, Verified Student
August 14th, 2020
5
Leah is very helpful , I feel that she is giving me lots of help with the details of the lesson and paying attention to my finger positioning , to help me become better .
Anthony, Verified Student
August 9th, 2020
5
I’m excited to learn this style of guitar
Mike, Verified Student
August 3rd, 2020
5
Leah is great , very helpful and attentive with my lesson .
Anthony, Verified Student
July 12th, 2020
5
She lives and breathes Music ! She is an encyclopedia of Music
Deepty Trigotra, Verified Student
July 7th, 2020
5
Leah is a totally professional highly qualified flamingo guitar instructor. I just finished 12 sessions with her. She always has a bright smile, and caring way about herself. Her focus is your improvement. Her focus is your development. Her focus is your Learning. Her focus is on you. She is truly a Maestro of Flamenco Guitar.
Skip, Verified Student
June 28th, 2020
5
She is just amazing , so knowledgeable and helpful..
Deepty Trigotra, Verified Student
June 17th, 2020
5
She is so knowledgeable and experienced teacher , appreciate the way she clears doubts.
Deepty Trigotra, Verified Student
June 11th, 2020
5
Don't you 'love to learn' from someone who "loves" their craft and has style? You can often "feel" the enthusiasm. As is the case with Leah. She has in infectious smile which occasionally brings compliments to aspects of your progress. She even smiles when providing a noteworthy critique of a problem. Leah spots Left and Right hand movements like an eagle and provides simple solutions which often grow into problems of bad habits. I enjoy her style and flair; she is an international stage performer and a humble person. She has stage presence and noteworthy confidence and passes it along to the audience with bold and tender strokes of her beautiful Flamenco Guitar. When you learn from an International Artist you benefit from their years of training and failures (as they will quickly tell you) along with occasional successes!
Skip, Verified Student
June 6th, 2020
5
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