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Leah Kruszewski

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Acoustic Guitar, Classical Guitar, Flamenco Guitar, Fingerstyle Guitar
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Guitarist and educator Leah Kruszewski has been guiding children and adults in their musical journeys for nearly ten years.  She 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 also writes music articles that many students, parents, and potential students may find helpful (see 'Teaching Materials' tab).  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 their musicality.

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 from any genre - classical, flamenco, pop, rock, folk, etc.  Leah specializes in classical and flamenco guitar and loves working with students of all levels, absolute beginner to advanced, in these genres. 

 Leah 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

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
Two years ago after a 47 year hiatus, I once again began playing guitar, but alas, with withered and arthritic hands migrated to fingerstyle guitar. I came across Lessonface and was intrigued by Leah and the Flamenco style. Since she could teach young children, I might be workable. Yes, I had poor experiences with live internet courses with some very well-known and highly rated guitar sites. With those courses, I dropped out from boredom and a lack of challenge, with Leah; it was always the anticipation of what is next? Leah’s subtle engaging, motivating and inspiring approach, care and thought directed toward proper guitar playing technique, precision teaching style, and kind gentle manner which wove back and forth from each exercise to playing an entire solea (composition) was pure artistry. After each lesson even when I would practice material prior to her course, my technique, hand work, and tone was markedly better. Given my hands, I had reasonable expectations; yet, high hopes which both were far exceeded in the Flamenco course. I am thankful for the unexpected impact Leah has had on all the Chet Atkins, Tommy Emmanuel, Muriel Anderson, Paul Simon, et al. arrangements I have been practicing. Marc Weiss
Marc, Flamenco Group Class
August 24th, 2016
5
Leah was organized, prepared and easy to understand. It was the most beneficial lesson I have ever had.
Mia, Verified Student
May 1st, 2016
5
Leah is an amazing teacher, encouraging and helpful with my child's needs
Maria, Parent of Verified Student
April 28th, 2016
5
I absolutely love my weekly lessons with Leah. She is patient and knowledgeable and I would recommend her to anyone looking to learn classical guitar. I started as a total beginner to classical guitar, and I'm already reading music thanks to Leah's very clear lesson plans. Lessonface is also surprisingly easy and super accessible. This is the way of the future for people who want to study but can't afford the time/energy of going out to someone's home or a music shop..especially for specialty lessons like classical guitar.
Adam, Verified Student
April 4th, 2016
5
Leah is a wonderful guitar teacher. I am a beginner adult learning guitar. Leah has been great in all aspects. Every class she give me the perfect mix of technique and fun things to play. She makes learning guitar fun and at the same time challenging. She is very patient and pays a lot of attention to make sure you learn good technique. In between classes gives me notes and videos that help me practice. She is very talented. Has made my experience of learning guitar very engaging and satisfying one. I can't say enough good things about her. What a great platform. I can take classes at the time of my preference right from home!! Works very well, even when my teacher is in the east coast and I am in the west coast video streaming is perfect.
Elisa, Verified Student
April 3rd, 2016
5
My son loves Leah. She is patient, kind, and fun! She tailors her lessons to his interests and really involves him in choosing songs to learn. Each lesson is broken down into several new skills so he never has time to get bored or overwhelmed. I am an experienced teacher and it's obvious to me that Leah is also. Being a great musician is only part of the equation - you have to know how to teach, and Leah certainly does!
Jenny, Parent of Acoustic Guitar Student
March 30th, 2016
5
Leah has been teaching my 6 year old daughter. I was so skeptical before starting the lessons online. But I am so glad I went ahead. I would not have found Leah otherwise. Things I love about her- - She is always there to help and takes extra effort to make things work. - She is always cheerful. - I like her approach where she makes the student think about notes, rather than telling her offhand. - She is always willing to record audio/video and send them as offline help. - She responds really quickly to my messages. - She is accommodating to any requests. - Above all my daughter loves to learn from her. I would recommend Leah to anyone looking for a good Guitar teacher.
Arti, Parent of Acoustic Guitar Student
October 27th, 2015
5