Brendan has been teaching guitar students in every genre - from the blues to classical guitar, since he was in high school. In addition to years of teaching experience, he 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.
Brendan has experience teaching both children (ages 4 and up) 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.
Along the way, Brendan picked up a love of playing the bass, specifically in R&B, jazz, and rock settings. Brendan has also become quite comfortable with the ukulele, playing Hawaiian music, pop music, and because of it's similarity to the baroque guitar, a little classical music.
- Music Theory/Composition
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM