Local instructor says that when it comes
to teaching music....“It’s all about you.”
The proper way for someone to teach guitar and voice is as open to interpretation as the art of music itself…each instructor has their own different approach that's often been shaped by their own personal experiences.
Local instructor Dave Corley believes that it's not about him…but rather what his students are interested in.
"My main thing is….it's got to be fun," said Corley. "And a person should learn what they want to learn…not what somebody else says you have to know.
So when I meet a new student, that's one of the first questions I ask…'What kind of music do you like?'"
Corley will start there once that's been established, emulating styles and techniques and, if possible, even teaching them songs from their own favorite artists.
"From there I'll back them into things like music theory," said Corley.
"Studying theory can be a very boring and confusing experience…so when you can ease them into it by teaching them songs they like personally and then telling them...'OK…here's what you're doing there'….it can make it so much easier to comprehend."
Corley offers 1-on-1 classes for guitar, bass and vocal instruction that…for beginning players…can open the door to a lifelong relationship with music.
His sessions can also help intermediate and advanced players improve their technique and repertoire.
It's often difficult to tell from looking at a person what type of music they enjoy…and Corley said it's equally impossible to try and describe a typical voice or guitar student in this day and age.
Guitar and voice instructor Dave Corley has enjoyed a successful music career that has taken him to noteworthy locations such as Stonehenge (in photo above) during his lifetime. For the most part, he prefers to stay closer to home these days...teaching music by day before playing solo and performing in several bands locally throughout Texas.