Leah Kruszewski

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

Multi-year Teacher of the Year for Flamenco and Classical Guitar, Leah loves introducing flamenco guitarists to the rhythms and melodies of southern Spain and guiding classical players as they develop their technique and repertoire.  She also enjoys guiding beginners in Loog, fingerstyle, and acoustic guitar (ages 6 & up, please).

Upcoming Winter Classes starting January 21st, 2024: Exploring Flamenco: Soleá and Rumba ** Music Theory for Guitarists Part 2 ** Beginner 3-String Loog Guitar for Kids ** Fingerstyle Loog Guitar 

Based in Seville Spain, Leah is a native of Richmond Virginia, where she studied classical guitar at Virginia Commonwealth University.   In Richmond, Leah performed extensively as a soloist and in classical and world music ensembles.  She co-directed VCU's Flamenco Festival during its nine-year run, founded a flamenco-inspired ensemble, and played with Portuguese fado group Fado Nosso and the Richmond Guitar Quartet (classical guitar).  Leah moved to Seville, Spain in 2013, where she studied flamenco guitar at the Fundación Cristina Heeren.  She has since made flamenco guitar and teaching at Lessonface her two primary pursuits.  She accompanies dance classes at Juan Polvillo's Estudio Flamenco and plays with flamenco singers and dancers in Seville.

Availability note: at the moment I am only accepting new students who can do weekday times.  Thanks!

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.


Reviews from Group Classes

Spanish Fingerstyle Guitar with Leah Kruszewski
Liga V.
on March 16, 2021

My son has been taking group lesson since January and is having a lot of fun learning a new song every week. Thanks so much for this opportunity!


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Rhythm and Rasgueos for All Guitarists
Neil G.
on May 9, 2021

exciting and challenging new tools. Looking forward to the next class.


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Spanish Fingerstyle Guitar with Leah Kruszewski
Hayes D.
on July 27, 2021

Leah is very attentive. She gives you multiple chances to understand what she`s talking about. She gives examples at the beginning of the class, explains how to do what she is teaching, takes questions, excepts different interpretations and points of view, and gives students a chance to play. She also gives examples at the end, first playing slowly, and then faster, so that we really get to hear the piece and appreciate its potential. Thanks Leah!


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Exploring Flamenco: Fandangos de Huelva and Tarantos
Eric F.
on September 19, 2021

This was a fantastic lesson today! Leah's pace was just right for my playing ability--she want slowly enough so that I could keep up and yet not too slowly, thus keeping things challenging. I like the way she always demonstrates how to play things in a basic way and then shows us a "fancier" more musically interesting way to play it. Very much looking forward to next class!


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Loog Guitar for New Musicians - Loog Level Zero
Maxime S.
on January 30, 2022

great class, thanks Leah! Maxime feels it harder to follow the beat when it is super slow. no patience! See you next class


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Music Theory for Everyday Guitarists 1
Ami S.
on January 16, 2022

This class was worth every moment! Leah is so knowledgeable and covers an impressive amount of material in this course. My musicianship was taken up several levels by the material in her course. I highly recommend any interested guitar player to roll up your sleeves and check out this value-packed class.


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Loog Guitar for New Musicians - Loog Level Zero
Verified Student
on January 16, 2022

Leah was AMAZING!!!


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Exploring Flamenco: Farruca and Guajira
Jack B.
on January 16, 2022

Very informative and a challenge for me


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Exploring Flamenco: Farruca and Guajira
Eric F.
on January 16, 2022

As always, it was a real privilege to be in this group! Leah's teaching style is perfect--so much is covered in each lesson, but never at a pace that's too overwhelming. She has a wonderful sense of where we are, which must be very difficult, as everyone's at a different playing level. We are encouraged to ask questions and to share answers as well as play something if we so choose. Besides all these points, I'd just like to mention how incredibly helpful it is to review the recordings from each week's lesson. I'm really looking forward to the next class, beginning May 1--meanwhile, I've got plenty of material to practice!


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Exploring Flamenco: Farruca and Guajira
Lou D.
on January 16, 2022

As always, lessons with Leah are great, well explained and technically challenging. Since I've been taking lessons with Leah, my guitar playing has improved greatly.


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Exploring Flamenco: Seguiriyas and Alegrias
Verified Student
on January 16, 2022

Challenging


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Exploring Flamenco: Fandangos de Huelva and Tarantos
Jarek L.
on May 8, 2022


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Loog One
Verified Student
on April 10, 2022

Leah does such a great job organizing the class and teaching the fundamentals. Our daughter has learned SO much and really enjoys herself each class.


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Flamenco for Beginning Guitarists
Verified Student
on June 14, 2022


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Loog Guitar for New Musicians - Loog Level Zero
Verified Student
on April 10, 2022


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Exploring Flamenco: Seguiriyas and Alegrias
Jarek
on May 1, 2022

Great, challenging, sometimes, but fun. highly recommended!


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Exploring Flamenco: Seguiriyas and Alegrias
Paul M.
on January 5, 2022

Really good with a lot of new and challenging pieces to learn. All were explained and taught thoroughly and access to the videos is very helpful


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Exploring Flamenco: Seguiriyas and Alegrias
Verified Student
on May 1, 2022

Interesting with new palos, which will require more work to incorporate into my learning

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.

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

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