Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, Vocal, and Music Theory

Rick teaches acoustic and electric guitar, bass guitar, ukulele, vocal, and music theory lessons at all levels and ages from his studio centrally located in Colorado Springs or via Skype. He tailors his instrument curriculum to the individual student with emphasis on reading, learning songs, scales/chords, and music theory to understand how music works. Rick has studied privately with multiple advanced level instructors throughout his career and has taught since 2003. His lifetime passion for music began very early on and since the age of 17 he has been a performing artist at all venue types. He currently sings and plays lead guitar as a soloist and from a 2-5 piece group.  He has recorded 2 CD’s and is an author of “Guitar Sense” an instruction book for applying music theory to guitar. As a music instructor he is well known for his patience and dedication to quality lessons with all his students.

Making Music Makes You Smarter!

Some CEO’s suggest that the most sought after computer whizzes in California’s Silicon Valley are musicians.

90% of students who participate in their high school band, chorus, and/or orchestra go on to college to complete their undergraduate degree.

An autistic child who couldn’t tie his shoes, after 9 months of instruction, succeeded on the second try after the instructions were set to music.

Students who are part of their high school music program are the most sought after by employers based on their ability to solve problems and work with all types of people.

At Colorado School for the Deaf and Blind, rhythm studies are used to enhance the student’s math skills.

Students with band and orchestra experience attend college at a rate of twice the national average.

Music student’s outperform non-music students on achievement tests in reading and math.  Because of music, their skills in memory, listening and forecasting recall and concentration are better.

On average, high school music students have higher grade point averages than non-music students in the same school.

Investing in music early is probably better than putting money in the bank for your child’s education.  With the enhanced IQ and study habits found in many music students, more scholarship money is available.

How did you learn your ABC’s?  Was it a little Mozart tune called “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star?”  Many of us had the same experience.  Do you still know the alphabet?

Research shows that when arts are included in the student’s curriculum reading, writing and math scores improve!

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