Wilson Music

Providing Music lessons and performances for over 25 years

Guitar Lessons

Welcome future guitar players! The guitar is perhaps the most ubiquitous instrument of the present day. Guitars are of central importance in jazz, rock, folk, blues, and classical music just to name a few. As a guitar teacher, I try to introduce my students to as many different styles as possible without losing sight of the need for fundamentals. All my students are given a solid foundation in note reading, music theory, and ear training. That said, I am fully aware that people often want to learn to play the guitar just like their favorite musician. Bring in your favourite song and we can listen to it together. Most likely I can show you how to play anything you want to learn!

 

Piano Lessons

Is there a more beautiful instrument than the piano? Ok, maybe I have a biased viewpoint. I have been teaching piano now for over 25 years and I never get tired of hearing my students play. Listen to one of my student CD's and you will understand why. All my students receive a firm grounding in music theory, note reading, and ear training. I offer students a diversity of musical styles to learn including jazz, blues, classical, and popular music. Students are also able to write RCM examinations if they so desire. I also like to venture past the written note by exploring concepts like chart reading and improvisation. As a jazz musician, I am constantly impressed by how even my youngest students can improvise over a jazz or blues chord progression.

Teaching Philosophy

How does that old saying go? "You can lead a horse to water, but...". We all know the rest. Music lessons can be like this. You cannot force someone to be a musician. If it happens, it is a blessing. If not then that's OK too (I have enough competition). Ultimately, my goal as a music teacher is to convince a student that music is fun and something you can do all your life even as an amature. Yes it is a large amount of work, but so is anything worth while. After over 25 years teaching music to people of all ages, I can honestly say that the overwhelming majority of my students actually love music. We explore the different styles and concepts together as a team with a unified goal. The days are gone when I would have to fight with students in order to get them to practice. Now they actually want to practice! This was not always the case. When I first started teaching, I honestly had no idea how to motivate children. I taught music in order to survive as a musician. Over the years, I developed ways to get students to practice without hounding them to do so. (Probably out of a need to keep my sanity). The payoff is an incredibly enjoyable workday where I listen to and discuss wonderful music. I can think of no better occupation.