Whether your child is a beginner, intermediate, or advanced student, a specialized one on one program catered to his or her needs is available, from small children to teenagers
Equally important to the skills acquired by training with the classical guitar is encouraging the inate gifts and curiosity children possess into their musical development
if you live in Zikron Yaakov and the surrounding area and would like to further the musical understanding and classical guitar playing skills of your child
A Curiosity Based Approach
While there’s certainly no shortage of techniques and different approaches for teaching, and developing the innate musical talents children possess, the key principle, as obvious as it may sound is often missing. Curiosity! Children by nature are curious, and it is unfortunate that so many of us lose that sense of curiosity and hunger for knowledge as we mature. My goal, before anything else, is to make children curious about the fascinating world of music, just as I have experienced it in my childhood. There’s a significant difference in the amount of patience a child has, especially in today’s low attention span mobile world between a child that is passionate about what they’re doing, and one that simply views it as a daunting task.
Music and Beyond
The joy and fulfillment music, and learning to play it is more than enough of a reason to start, there are a lot of often-overlooked benefits. Playing the classical guitar has many developmental benefits that researchers have thoroughly studied and proven. Some of them include improving one’s coordination, analytical and spatial thinking, sensitivity, confidence and social interaction, among countless others.
While learning these values is highly important, being too strict can often have the opposite effect, which is why I build my lessons in a way that is refreshing and fun, without any judgement, building confidence for the continuous growth of a future musician.
Loving Music Through the Basics
Building Musical Foundations for Beginners
The road to musical excellence in classical guitar for children always begins with building strong foundations: from the right sitting posture, to holding the guitar in an optimal way. You will also learn how to sight read and understand music, and of course, playing the classical guitar using simple, yet enjoyable songs all kids know.
The Right Track Towards Musical Success
Intermediate to Advanced Classes
Intermediate guitar lessons for children, is where the basic knowledge previously learned is taken a significant leap towards understanding chords and advanced pieces. You will also develop your own style of playing, and increase your reportoire.
If desired, you will also get the encouragement and more advanced teachings that will enable you to progress towards getting into dedicated music programs in the future, and learn about performances in recitals, solo, or alongside others.
Guitar for Kids
The “Guitar for Kids” book series was constructed and designed with the musical development of small children in mind on their road to excelling. The music terminology and instructions are spread out in easy to follow, short sessions with a large emphasis on soothing illustrations.
Inside you will find anything from the basics, such as how to read musical notes, or how to play melodies and chords, gradually. All the lessons are taught using Israeli children’s songs as well as international songs in the first book of the series, as well as duets, and guitar repertoire in the second book.
Students will acquire a solid technique that will act as cornerstones and will help them in the following years. Teenagers as well as adults can also partake and enjoy the “Guitar for Kids” series.
My name is Nirit Ziv-Wexler, an M.D from Yale in Classical Guitar and an Author, with a vast experience in composing, arranging, performing across the world, and of course, teaching children and adults both online via Skype/zoom, as well as in my studio in Zikron Yaakov.
Teaching children is one of the things I’m most passionate about, as I feel extremely fortunate to have a part of in shaping the next generation of musicians.
I myself was fortunate enough to have great teachers that have both inspired me and put me in a path that has truly enriched my life, as well as awarded me multiple grants that helped me travel across the world, experience masterclasses from the most gifted classical guitarists in the current era, as well as receiving grants and tuition.