Elizabeth Leidel is guitarist and state certified music educator based in the greater New York area. She earned her B.A. in Music at Five Towns College where her studies included theory, arranging and jazz guitar. She received her master's in music education at The Aaron Copland School of Music . For the last twenty years she has been teaching guitar, mandolin, ukulele and all orchestral in struments privately and in a public school. She has been a high school orchestra director and has taught and performed on violin, viola, cello and bass. Being versatile has allowed her to perform with different styles of bands from clubs to churches. That versatility and flexibility extends to her teaching.
I believe that you have to find the best way each student learns. A student needs to have success early so they will continue. I believe learning to read music and teaching the fundamentals are essential but you are going to encounter students who want to learn all different styles, etc., so you have to be prepared. You have to be approachable and flexible. Lessons will be tailored to the students needs and interests. Lessons will include chord and scale studies, picking and right hand technique, strumming methods and theory. Improvisation can be taught on all instruments. Students interests will of course be incorporated.