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My name is Neal Z. Shipe, I specialize in teaching classical and finger-style guitar. My teaching method is rooted in the traditional classical guitar method, and focuses highly on efficient right and left-hand techniques, relaxed tension-free playing, and confident performance. My approach gives students a set of musical tools based on western music theory, in result giving them the creative freedom to explore their own style, and creativity.
I am a registered and certified guitar teacher with The Suzuki Association of the Americas. The Suzuki method is a teaching philosophy that aims to create an environment for children in early childhood to begin a life long journey in music. Over 75 years ago Shinichi Suzuki observed that the process of language learning in young children has a 100% success rate. The Suzuki method hinges on the fact that children are able to master their native language through its environmental surroundings alone. We as Suzuki teachers believe that applying language learning principles to the subject of music, and creating a positive learning environment leads to success in learning the language of music in all children. Suzuki calls this concept "The Mother Tongue Approach." Children as young as 3 or 4 years of age can begin a journey of music making through the Suzuki method. One often finds the age of 3 or 4 years old to be too young of starting point. However, this method is much different from the traditional approach to music education. Parents play a vital role in the process. The mother or father will attend lessons and work closely at home practicing with their child. Parents with no musical experience make great home-teachers, and benefit by learning music alongside their child. The beauty of Suzuki’s vision is that it was not to train professional musicians. Suzuki believed it was through music that we could develop children's character, and eventually change the world. His approach seeks to develop the whole child, and not solely the child’s musical sense. The Suzuki method unfolds children's natural potential to learn, and develops sensitivity, creativity, self-confidence, self-esteem, self-discipline, and appreciation of beauty.