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:
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 - SLURS, Part Two - Arpeggios, Part Three - SCALES