Dylan has been a guitar player for 18 years. While newer to teaching guitar he’s been a lifelong teacher of sorts. He likes to start out by asking his students ‘why?’ Why do you want to play guitar? He saw Slash tearing up ‘Sweet Child O Mine’ as a teenager with his top hat, aviators, Les Paul, and an attitude that said ‘lookout world!’ That's when he knew!
His teaching style is to get the student to play songs early on. Keeping things as simple as possible and seeing progress is extremely beneficial to the student's success and getting over the pesky learning curve new guitar players deal with. Dylan is very skilled at finding the right level of challenge for a student so they are not bored or overwhelmed. He teaches each student individually and has a lot of ways to share information with different learning styles. He is not a cookie-cutter teacher that follows a lesson plan but one who interacts with the student and tailors each lesson to the individual and their interests.
In addition to teaching beginners, Dylan is well suited for the intermediate guitar player that is struggling with barre chords, melodies, practical music theory, arranging, and lead guitar techniques. He likes to teach students to be flexible and diverse. To not just be a lead or rhythm guitarist but to be both and most importantly emphasize listening to other musicians and cooperating. He teaches jazz, classic rock, funk, jam band, and acoustic. His influences are Brian Moss (Spafford), Eddie Van Halen, Trey Anastasio (Phish), Nile Rodgers (CHIC), David Gilmour (Pink Floyd), and oh so many more.
Dan is a multi-instrumentalist living in Boulder, CO. Over the past decade, he has performed in a variety of bands and styles on guitar, dobro, and pedal steel. As a performer he focuses on jazz, gypsy jazz, and bluegrass. Dan holds a Master’s degree in jazz guitar performance from the University of Wyoming where he studied under Ryan Fourt (guitarist) and Ben Markley (pianist).
As an educator Dan believes in Tailoring his curriculum to each specific student rather than using a cooking cutter approach. He understands that different genres require different skills/techniques and will work to streamline lesson plans to get students to achieve their playing goals as quickly as possible. With the abundance of online resources available today it is easy for aspiring musicians to become overwhelmed, which makes honing in on the most efficient approach vital! Dan teaches guitar, squareneck dobro, pedal steel, and mandolin to all ability levels. He also teaches beginner-intermediate banjo. He can cover a variety of styles including jazz, blues, bluegrass, rock, country, and fingerstyle guitar. He is also passionate about teaching music theory and ear training to interested students.
David has been a musician since the age of six beginning on piano, then playing woodwinds in school (flute, saxophone, clarinet), and finally his main instrument guitar (since 1996, theory, songwriting/composition, improvisation, classical, electric (rock, blues, experimental, ambient, jazz), and steel-string (folk, American, country, fingerstyle)). David also is a young maestro playing the classical music of northern India since 2003, having studied within the preeminent Maihar Gharana on sarod with Ustad Aashish Khan and Pandit Rajeev Taranath and earlier on sitar with Ustad Roshan Jamal Bhartiya. He attended the University of Colorado (Phi Beta Kappa honors, EPO Biology ’08) and received a BFA performer/composer degree from California Institute of the Arts in 2008.
Music pedagogy has been an important part of David’s life both as a devoted lifelong student of broad musical interests and as a teacher first offering guitar lessons to students in 2003. He has taught lessons, classes, and workshops in California and Colorado for schools, educational organizations, and as a private instructor. David fosters enjoyment of music and practice by tailoring repertoire and selection of pieces for practice for each student, or by supplementing a student’s choice of musical repertoire and style with further and deeper exploration thereof. Lessons and assignments emphasize: