I have been performing and teaching on the classical guitar for almost four decades. I am a student of Aaron Shearer and Segovia protege Michael Lorimer. Over my career I have sought to grow as a
performer and teacher through critical evaluation and study. This keeps my studio fresh and inspiring. Each student is given guidance and instruction so that he or she will reach their full potential. Many of my past students have won regional, national and international guitar competitions and have gone on to attend such notable schools as The Julliard School, the Royal Conservatory of Music in London, the North Carolina School of the Arts and his alma mater, The San
Francisco Conservatory of Music.
I have written a method for classical guitar – based on my decades of experience in performing and teaching. For more on my method follow this link. And whether you’re a professional or a beginner you are welcome in my studio!
“After thirty years of playing, four years in a guitar performance degree program, and ten years of lessons and master class workshops I was still using a composite of haphazard methods. Scott imparts a proven, systematic, and practical way of learning and performing repertoire. ” Peter Jespersen
The Kritzer Studio
I teach out of my private studio located in Beaverton, Oregon. I teach local and remote students through Skype. This beautiful and versatile teaching space allows for private instruction, workshops and even performances. Students are encouraged to arrive early and take advantage of the private warm-up room complete with a full length mirror, music & guitar stand, metronome and all the guitar accessories that you’ll need.
Workshops are taught with the aid of a projector and whiteboard – especially helpful for group viewing. Performances and performance workshops take place in front of a real theater curtain and stage lights.
Arrive early or stay late and enjoy the Japanese garden complete with koi ponds.
Working With Scott in Private
Working directly with Scott whether in person or online will allow the student to have his or her needs met directly and efficiently. First the student’s technical needs will be defined and if need be
reorganized. Other subjects will follow in order of importance, such as; repertoire development, practice habits, theory, musicianship, music
memorization and performance skills. Private students will have first access to group workshops which can help supplement the work done in
private lessons. Lessons are available in person or remotely via Skype and offered for one hour, every two weeks. Students will leave each lesson with clear directives and a practice plan for the following two weeks and in most cases written and video instruction.
“As an adult self taught guitarist I found Scott’s instruction to be critical in filling in the gaps in my technique, interpretative skills and general musicianship. I’ve dramatically improved my understanding of music, fundamental skills, consistency and performance capability.” Michael Gover
Students are encouraged to check-in during thier off week with an email or video update. I can often send written and video instruction back.
Students work privately with me will also have access to an oraganized online practice plan and performance evaluation worksheets.
Who Would Benefit?
While I believe that my teaching method would benefit every player it certainly isn’t for every temperament. Students should be willing to commit to a regular practice schedule and be open to applying new concepts. Often students make their way to my studio because they want more control over their playing, want an understanding of technique and appreciate an organized approach. I find that while many new students have been diligent in their practice they are also frustrated at the lack of progress being made.
First Lesson (N/C) and What to Expect
Part of a student/teacher relationship is chemistry. At your first lesson we’ll get a chance to see if we are a good personality fit.
Please feel free to come early and warm-up in a private room. Bring pertinent music. If your experience allows expect to play a piece or two from memory and some technical exercises or simple study pieces. I will then give you my assessment of your strengths and weaknesses and a long range plan of study. I’ll even send you home with some exercises to try.
I am happy to work with students of all levels, from absolute beginners to professionals. But one must possess patience and discipline. While the material is relatively easy to learn its integration takes patience and guidance. Whatever your talent I can help you reach your potential.
New students in the Kritzer Studio are often surprised how much less practice is needed than with other teachers. Your practice log, the clarity of the material as well as the opportunity to view videos online all help advance the student while keeping the practice time to a minimum. Students should expect to practice 20-60 minutes per day (depending on their repertoire level), 5 days per week.
Each student will receive a practice log outlining what, when, and how to practice each piece or exercise. In addition, private students will have access to all online video instructions including my ‘Practice-Along-With-Scott’ videos.
Scheduling that First Meeting
I teach out of my studio in Beaverton, Oregon, minutes west of Hwy 217. Contact me directly for availability. I will recommend that we set up an introductory meeting time (either in person or via SKYPE) where I can assess your
playing and make recommendations.
Bi Monthly Lesson
Bi-monthly lessons allow for more time to integrate
material and if the student ever feels he or she needs more material between lessons I can send written assignments that include video descriptions and instructions upon request.
Weekly lessons are more for the player who wants to advance quickly or the professional level player.
Lessons are $80 per lesson or $160 for bi monthly lessons and $320 for weekly lessons. Monthly lesson fees are due on the first lesson of each month. A cash discount is available.
I am happy to make up lessons that are cancelled 24 hours in advance or for emergency situations. There is no reduction of your monthly fee if a missed lesson can’t be made up due to your schedule conflicts. If I have to miss a lesson for any reasons and we can’t arrange a make-up you won’t be charged for that lesson.