Since 2005, Brendan has instructed guitar students in every genre – from the blues to classical guitar. In addition to years of teaching experience, he has studied guitar pedagogy with Douglas Niedt at the University of Missouri – Kansas City. Brendan is passionate about sharing his love of music with his students. He is well versed in rock, blues, pop, jazz, classical, flamenco, and a variety of other musical genres and styles. Guitar lessons give a student confidence, as well as knowledge of music theory, history, songwriting, and other basic musicianship skills.
Brendan has experience teaching both children and adults. He grew up playing in Kansas City, and has since performed and studied in the United States and Europe. He uses positive reinforcement and language, aiming to increase self-confidence through thoughtful encouragement. Most importantly, his goal is to spread a love of music to all of his students.
Lessons are designed to fit each student’s needs and goals. Basic guitar technique is taught in every lesson and then applied to songs and pieces. For beginners, Brendan teaches basic reading, tablature, theory, and application to the style of music the student is interested in. For more advanced students, lessons are based on the students goals, however, technique and theory are still used. Students may work on a variety of styles, including but not limited to rock, blues, pop, jazz, classical or flamenco. Guitar lessons can also help with audition preparation, Brendan has prepared students for auditions, and has had students accepted in music programs at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Belmont University in Nashville, and the Conservatory of Music and Dance at the University of Missouri – Kansas City. Lessons are also good for developing confidence, general music appreciation, performance preparation, and practice for playing in a band. For more ideas about how lessons can help you, email Brendan!
Lessons are offered in 30, 45, or 60 minute increments.