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Leah Kruszewski

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Acoustic Guitar, Classical Guitar, Flamenco Guitar, Fingerstyle Guitar
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Flamenco and classical guitarist Leah Kruszewski loves introducing young beginners to their first songs, helping adult students rediscover their inner musician, and guiding classical and flamenco players in advanced, specialized study.   Leah currently accompanies flamenco singers and dancers in  Seville, Spain and travels regularly to the USA for festivals and performances.

A native of Richmond, Virginia (USA), 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 the flamenco-inspired ensemble Sueños Gitanos and has been co-directing and performing in VCU's Flamenco Festival since its inception. 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 guitar lessons 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 classical and flamenco 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 acquiring a repertoire of falsetas and solo material in a variety of song forms.  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, pop, rock, etc.    Leah relates well to children and adapts her teaching to give individual students what they need to learn best.  She moves patiently and thoroughly through the fundamentals and lays out very clear goals both within the lessons and for practice time between lessons.  Along with learning the essentials, Leah mixes in plenty of fun songs and games to keep music fun and interesting.   For older students, Leah arranges a flexible curriculum that follows the student's interests.  Leah 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.

Explore the curriculum of the genre of your choice here, or download the PDFs at the bottom of this page:

Flamenco Guitar

Classical Guitar

Acoustic Guitar for Children

Acoustic Guitar for Adults.  

Leah also writes music articles that many students, parents, and potential students may find helpful.  Check out the ones that apply to you:

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

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

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 all kinds of guitarists

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

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

Build Your Own Classical Guitar Warm-Up Series - choose a few exercises from each of three core technical areas and see how your playing improves Part One - SLURSPart Two - ArpeggiosPart Three - SCALES

Reviews of lessons with Leah Kruszewski

Leah is a top notch teacher. She is a true professional, with the ability to quickly determine the needs of a student, and create an individualized curriculum and teaching plan that is effective, rewarding, and fun. She's adaptable to the styles you wish to learn, and her background in classical guitar will show through as she teaches toward a robust foundation of guitar technique and theory. I'm thankful I found her, and over the past few months I've progressed far faster than I ever would have on my own. The lessons are enjoyable and rewarding, and I plan to continue for as long as I can.
Harvey, Verified Student
February 7th, 2018
5
*****
Verified Student
November 12th, 2017
5
Extremely knowledgeable and practical. Not afraid to answer your questions and keep you on your original path.
Verified Student
September 26th, 2017
5
I am a beginner and Leah was very careful to be patient and informative. I found her friendly and nice to work with.
Verified Student
June 18th, 2017
5
“My advice? Even if you are learning from DVDs and lessons on the web, get a teacher! It’s so important to have somebody who can recognize your mistakes right off the bat-they can correct at lot of bad habits immediately! “PETE HUTTLINGER stated this shortly before he passed away. His music is well known, but his name is not so I have given some information about him below. I took the Flamenco course with Leah last summer and have previously reviewed it. Even while I was taking the course, I had decided to do individual lessons with Leah; it was just a matter of when. Yes, I have more instructional DVDs, books, and handouts than I can fathom. Yes, I have had in person group lessons, and private lessons locally. My first individual lesson with Leah was on March 1, 2017. I had high expectations after the Flamenco course; my expectations were exceeded. To use Pete’s criteria, not only did Leah instantaneously identify my bad habits on a song which I have been working on for a couple of weeks, but she guided me through several techniques to correct the same. I have had others who have recognized the bad habits, but Leah was the first to give me remedies. Later in the day, I decided to use what Leah taught on some other songs I had long “mastered.” WOW.. I was demonstrating the same bad habits/mistakes on these songs and exercises. I hadn’t noticed it before and now have some basics to make the changes. Ironically, I was making these mistakes on exercises from one of Pete’s instructional DVDs and fortunately Leah’s instruction was the difference that makes the difference! She is the seventh teacher since I resumed playing guitar. I am looking forward to my next lesson…. 7 seems to be a lucky number. Pete Huttlinger, who is best known for being the lead guitarist for John Denver, LeAnn Rimes, John Oates, many other artists and performed virtuoso fingerstyle guitar across the USA and Europe and had congenital heart defects, needed a heart pump assist device and retrained himself to play guitar after being paralyzed by a stroke. Because of the arthritis in my hands I decided to study with him at one of his groups in Nashville. I figured he would be a person who could be helpful after several other noteworthy and high profile fingerstyle guitar players had not been helpful. Tragically, he passed away at age 54 from a second stroke at a time I was clearing my calendar to see him. Finally, Pete worked diligently to codify the songs and styles of John Denver, Gordon Lightfoot, Dan Fogleberg, and Jim Croche into solo guitar instrumentals.
Verified Student
March 2nd, 2017
5
I had the privilege of knowing and playing with Leah in a classical guitar ensemble in the summer of 2013 prior to her departure for Spain. We were in the same voice group and sat side by side. During the several rehearsals sessions, she impressed upon me as a guitarist with textbook perfect posture with solid fundamentals. Never heard she ever made any mistake. I felt apprehensive and intimidated playing first time beside a professional musician with great reputation. However her friendly and easy going personality put me at ease without her realizing it. Her fabulous Suenos Gitano CD introduced me first to the rhythms of flamenco. And finally I had the opportunity to learn from Leah how to play. The experiences from the online lessons confirmed my first impression of her and much more. Her teaching was precise and organized in introducing techniques and giving out homework. The flow of each session was well thought of with maximum efficiency. She was very patient with my poor ability in chord recognition and always willing to offer help to clarify. I found her teaching inspiring and motivating. The ability of being able to watch carefully Leah’s finger movement in the recorded videos helped immensely in my practice. Will not hesitate a moment to highly recommend Leah to anyone who is interested.
Frank, Flamenco Guitar Group Class
December 19th, 2016
5
A local acquaintance told me about Leah, and Ive wanted to push ahead with flamenco for a long time. This was the push I needed. And, my wife and I got to have dinner with Leah in Sevilla, Spain in October. She's the best.
Pete, Verified Student
November 21st, 2016
5
It is not easy to find a good teacher, especially for the art of flamenco guitar. At first I thought that I will learn by only watching but very soon I discovered that the road is longer and more difficult than I had imagined, and that it is necessary to have a Mentor (Maestro!) Who will guide me carefully and recognize my weaknesses and help me move forward. During my acquaintance with Leah (approximately 24 study hours) I got to know a punctual, pleasant and patient person. A person with rich knowledge about theory of music, Flamenco culture and a great learning orientation. "Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime" Thank you Leah, looking forward to our next sessions.
Gilad N., Verified Student
November 11th, 2016
5
*****
Xavier, Verified Student
October 23rd, 2016
5
Leah is an excellent guitar teacher. She focuses on what you want to learn, and tailors her lessons around helping you achieve your goals. She truly understands the concepts of how to teach and is friendly, patient and encouraging throughout. I would recommend Leah to any guitarist as she will definitely help to improve your playing. If still in doubt, please read her articles posted on this site, as they will illustrate what a professional teacher she really is.
Rik, Verified Student
September 25th, 2016
5
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