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Beginner Guitar (age 5-6)
From 10:30 am to 11:00 am
This 2 month class series will give students the opportunity to learn basic guitar skills with Childbloom Guitar Program Director Nathan Zavalney. Classes will be 30 minutes in length. Parents are encouraged to attend! Students will learn about guitar sitting position and playing techniques, group music interaction, and basic music concepts through the songs and games of the Childbloom curriculum. Find out more about the Childbloom Guitar Program at http://missoulachildbloom.com/
Participants will need to have an appropriately sized acoustic guitar. If you do not own a guitar, the option of new student package is available.
Participants in this class series are being offered a special price of $55 per month, a 15% discount from the normal monthly Childbloom tuition of $65. There is a $25 materials fee for the book and CD that we will use for the classes. The new student package we offer includes a Cordoba Protege guitar (1/4, 1/2, 3/4, or full size options available), the book and CD, and the first month tuition for $195. This is a great way to have a student start on a good quality instrument, as the Cordoba guitars sell for $165 when not purchased as part of this package.
About the instructor
Missoula Childbloom Guitar Program Director Nathan Zavalney received his Childbloom teaching and directorship certification under the training of national Childbloom founder Kevin Taylor in September 2000. He has 27 years of experience with guitar in classical, jazz, and folk styles, and has performed as a guitarist, vocalist, and percussionist in solo and group settings. During his musical studies at the University of MT he focused on composition, jazz studies, and classical voice training. Nathan has studied guitar with Helena, MT based fingerstyle guitarist Darrel Casey, world renowned classical guitarist Janet Feder, and guitar, voice and percussion under the mentorship of composer, performer, and teacher Matthew Marsolek.
Nathan has taught music to students throughout the northwest U.S. and Canada for the last 18 years as a classroom teacher, private instructor, and visiting educator, including 2 years as the music teacher for the Missoula International School. Nathan has an extensive background as a facilitator for music camps and workshops, and has directed the Childbloom summer music and creative arts camp since 2002. During his time as a Childbloom instructor he has received four national awards recognizing the high quality of his teaching, as well as being awarded the 2011 national “Outstanding Childbloom Program” award for his directorship of the Missoula Program. Nathan’s focus as a teacher is to inspire students in their musical exploration and discovery by demonstrating and continually deepening his own curiosity and love of music. He is unabashedly playful at heart, and uses this quality to create a fun learning environment in his classroom.