Undertaking a study of the guitar, voice or piano is ultimately a study of music itself. Don't limit your goal to becoming a good guitar player, for instance - expand it to being a good musician that happens to play guitar.
I grew up singing and playing piano, and along the way I learned to write songs, record them and play a handful of other instruments. I did this because I wanted to be self-sufficient, without having to rely on other people and their own busy schedules.
This multi-dimensionality has become my greatest strength as a teacher. If a student comes to me for voice lessons, he'll end up playing a bit of piano to understand the parts he's singing. A guitar student will find herself singing along to the riff she's learning, so it's better engrained in her memory. And most likely, a laptop will be sitting nearby, acting as a robotic assistant that the student will learn to use to her advantage.
These skills are fundamental to being a musician in 2014. The concept of being a "one-man" band has gone from an awe-inspiring novelty to something a musician should expect from themselves to some degree. This should be embraced!
Playing piano has made me a better guitarist. Playing drums and making beats has made me a much better piano player. So in conclusion, no, our lessons will not look like "normal" voice, piano or guitar lessons. In my time as a teacher, I believe I've developed a format that is more flexible, personalized, fun and, most importantly, just as effective as that.
What if I just want to learn to sing / play piano / play guitar?
You will! You'll just have a more holistic understanding of your instrument and your material. At the end of the day, the hours you put in with your instrument will be the same as those practiced by another student with a more standardized lesson plan.
What styles of music do you teach?
I work exclusively with the music a student listens to and wants to learn to play. Everyone is unique, with their own taste, learning style and goals, so each student has their own customized lesson plan.
Admittedly, a musician is best at teaching what he or she loves to play. My own tastes are eclectic, as you can see in my bio, and include indie rock, hip hop, R&B, and some jazz and modern classical music. If your goal is to perform exclusively in a classical ensemble, I might not be the ideal teacher for you. If you want to become something like one of the artists on your iPod, however, I can help you get there.
Isn't using the computer cheating?
Not the way we'll use it.
A computer can be anything you want it to be; we'll be using it as a tool to make visual notation come to life, to let you hear your own progress, and to give you customized practice tracks to play along with.
With kids especially, the beauty of software is its ability to act as a set of glowing, futuristic training wheels that come off as the student gains skill. The tricks we learn on the iPad can be (and have been) transferred to an old, wooden upright piano sitting in Grandma's living room.