Warner Iveris

Classical Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Music Theory, Students with Special Learning Needs
(46 reviews)
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Warner Iveris shares his knowledge and enjoyment of music-making with others through performing and educating.

An avid educator, Warner Iveris has given lectures at various colleges (including DePauw University, the University of Rochester, Rochester Institute of Technology, and the Eastman School of Music among others) and has taught guitar history at the Eastman School of Music. In addition, he teaches many private lessons ranging from five year olds to Eastman doctoral students in classical and non-classical musical styles. In his role as a teacher, Dr. Iveris creates a highly structured and organized environment that focuses on achieving excellence in performance while maintaining a positive atmosphere that celebrates individual success.

He performs regularly on the classical guitar, baroque guitar, and theorbo. He has accompanied many chamber and operatic programs including a production of Handel's Alcina at the Glenn Gould School in Toronto under director Ivars Taurins, and a production of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas at the Juilliard School where he served as a guest artist.  As a soloist, Dr. Iveris has performed in the Rochester Early Music Festival, Pegasus Rising concert series, and Lute Society of America Festival.

During his studies at the Eastman School of Music, he co-directed a production of John Blow’s Venus and Adonis, which was the very first staged production in Eastman’s Hatch Hall. Recently, Dr. Iveris worked in close collaboration with Berlin-based composer Ruth Wiesenfeld to develop and then perform “nun ist aber der einzelne Ton beziehungslos”, a piece for solo theorbo.

Warner Iveris holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from the Eastman School of Music with majors in Classical Guitar Performance and Literature as well as Early Music. He studied under Nicholas Goluses and Paul O’Dette. Dr. Iveris also has a minor in Music Pedagogy and was awarded a Performer’s Certificate for outstanding performance ability.

Warner enjoys celebrating the success of every student and strives to make each lesson a celebration of a student's work. 

Having extensive experience teaching a very diverse student population, Warner has learned to create learning environments for each student based on their interests and learning style. Lessons are organized with clear written goals and given to the student for that week's practicing. Warner teaches students the often mysterious and neglected art of how to practice effectively so that they get the most benefit and enjoyment for their efforts.

Because Warner specializes in classical music, he offers extensive and logical insights into the process of forming a musical interpretation. With this approach, students learn how to listen and analyze musical decisions, and they learn the freedom they have to interpret music in their own way.

*Student Testimonials*

“Warner has a warm, supportive way of working with kids that honors them as individuals and helps them grow as musicians. He uses creative activities and fun games to engage his students, and makes learning music fun.”  - Tucker R.

“Mr Warner is very good at incorporating games into guitar class. He helped me to get better at guitar.” - Lucia R., age 8

"Unfailingly patient, kind, and open to a range of musical genres, we're grateful that Warner was our daughter's guitar teacher for the past two years. He responded to her uneven approach to practicing with supportive good humor, and he was a positive and stable presence during the disruptions of this past year." - Rebecca H.

"Our family had a wonderful experience with Dr. Iveris. My 7 year old son took both individual and group guitar lessons with him and was always excited to go to his lessons. Dr. Iveris was enthusiastic about parents staying for the lessons so they could help their children practice at home. He was organized, had goals and objectives for our son, and always ready to keep our young learner focused on the lesson. I believe Dr. Iveris was genuinely interested in seeing our child make progress in guitar, and I could see that my son was just so happy during his lessons!” -The Mathews Family

"Warner has an easygoing, engaging teaching style for students of all ages. As someone who didn't start lessons until later in life, I appreciate the patience with my busy work schedule and a chance to start totally fresh in the world of music!" - Maggie

“I began classical guitar study as an older adult, continuing with Warner in weekly lessons for the past two years. His precise approach and knowledge of the history and repertoire of the instrument have enabled me to progress way beyond my expectations. His demonstrations, exercises, and step-by-step assignments to explore moveable scales on the fretboard have helped me overcome technical challenges, further develop musical expression, and improve left- hand execution in performing studies and pieces. Throughout he has chosen appealing, motivating selections, and has always been kind and good humored.” -Joan

“Warner is an amazing musician and an excellent guitar teacher. My son Corwin started taking lessons from him when he just turned five. Warner was very patient with him and was able to keep him focused and interested. When the pandemic hit and we were forced to retreat to virtual lessons, not only was he able to transition to teaching virtually seamlessly with various technologies, but he was also innovative with how to keep students engaged remotely. Corwin looked forward to playing their “role-playing music game” every week and would practice his “battle songs” so he could win battles in the game. Corwin was so inspired by Warner, he decided that he wants to be a musician and conductor when he grows up.

Corwin’s progress in guitar triggered my interests in guitar. I also started taking lessons from Warner. I truly enjoyed our lessons. On the technical side, Warner was able to pin point my trouble spots and help me overcome those obstacles quickly. Many times, with just a little hint of how to position my hand or a certain finger practice during the lesson, I was able to do what I was not able to achieve with a week of practice. On the musical side, after we tackled the technical issues, Warner would discuss the phrases of the music, how to make the music sound interesting and engaging to the audience, and how to have fun with it. Through the discussion, I learned the theories and historical backgrounds behind a music piece.

Both Corwin and I felt very fortunate to have Warner as our teacher at the beginning of our journeys in guitar playing. We are going to miss him and his lessons very much.” - Casey H.

Doctor of Musical Arts from the Eastman School of Music. Double major in Guitar Performance and Literature under Dr. Nicholas Goluses and Early Music with an emphasis in baroque guitar and theorbo under Paul O'Dette. Minor in Music Pedagogy.

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