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Leah Kruszewski

Acoustic Guitar, Flamenco Guitar, Classical Guitar, Fingerstyle Guitar
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About

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

Specific theory and application. Very helpful.
Veronica (Ronnie), Verified Student
July 31st, 2018
5
Enjoyable Flamenco lesson! Leah is friendly, patient and explains everything clearly. She gives me just enough to work on without overwhelming me. Feedback is constructive and supportive. Good notes and short videos from the lesson are included and are really helpful to aid the online learning process.
Mari Coniglione, Verified Student
July 15th, 2018
5
thorough, helpful
Veronica (Ronnie), Verified Student
June 13th, 2018
5
The teacher was friendly and personable.
Verified Student
June 9th, 2018
5
Leah listened well to a concern I had, and that's all you can ask of a teacher. Thanks.
Terje, Verified Student
May 22nd, 2018
5
As always, a good lesson, helpful suggestions and feedback.
Veronica (Ronnie), Verified Student
May 9th, 2018
5
As always, Leah is thorough and prepared....and kind. I appreciate her commitment to theory, technique, and she is making me a better guitar player, for sure.
Veronica (Ronnie), Verified Student
April 25th, 2018
5
She's great. Patient, thorough, kind. Could not ask for more.
Veronica (Ronnie), Verified Student
April 18th, 2018
5
After being primarily self taught, I have come a long way, but I feel that I've finally found a teacher who can elevate my skills. Leah is a great guitarist and she can teach--not that easy to find. And she's nice too. So very glad I found her!
Veronica (Ronnie), Verified Student
April 10th, 2018
5
helpful and humbling. I believe I've found my teacher, and I look forward to improving my technique and undoing bad habit:-)
Veronica (Ronnie), Verified Student
April 3rd, 2018
5
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