Course Duration8 Weeks
Great for both hobbyists and professional musicians, this course offers a fast track to learning the fundamentals of the guitar, including playing basic chords and melodies. Each student receives tailored instruction from experienced musician Irwin Silbernik that is designed to meet their needs and their goals as a learner. During the course, Irwin covers multiple topics, including:
The guitar is a timeless worldwide classic that brings people together and connects them through the universal language of music. Along with being fun and relatively easy to learn for beginners, studies have shown playing guitar stimulates memory, improves focus, and builds motor skills.
ABOUT THE TEACHER: Irwin Silbernik has been teaching guitar, piano, ukulele, mandolin, and music theory for decades. He has a talent for connecting with students and designing lessons to meet their diverse needs. Irwin has a true love of teaching and his compassionate and inspiring approach sets each student up for success. Irwin majored in piano and instrumental music education at both DePaul University and the University of Illinois in Champaign/Urbana. He played Timpani with the De Paul University Symphony Orchestra, which regularly performed in Chicago's Orchestra Hall. Irwin received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Illinois in 1974, and his Master's degree in Music Education a year later, in 1975.
The guitar is an instrument that brings people together as a group and connects them through music. Few instruments compare to guitar when it comes to uniting people.
Playing the guitar is fun, and provide benefits besides just having a good time.
Studies have concluded that areas of the brain responsible for memory are stimulated while playing the guitar.
Playing the guitar provides great cognitive benefits for improving focus, intelligence, and motor skills. In addition, playing the guitar can be deeply therapeutic. As long as you play the guitar, you can entertain friends and family members with songs until your fingers no longer allow you play.
These benefits only scratch the surface of the advantages that learning the guitar provide.
Students enrolling for this course on ipassio can be sure that they receive individual attention from the teacher, as the class strength is limited to 1 or 2 students. It also gives teachers the opportunity, to gauge their students progress in depth and make changes whenever and wherever required, to ensure the student gets the maximum out of this course. Since this course is detailed, students get the advantage of learning intricate details about this art form. The limited strength of the class also ensures that there is a strong bond between the students and their teacher clearing out any inhibitions that the student might have. The sustained guidance available from the teacher ensures that the student does not deviate from set goals or targets. Learning from a revered, experienced exponent of this art form, through the long duration of this course, keeps the student inspired and motivated to achieve more.
Irwin has a talent for connecting with his students and tailoring lessons to meet their diverse needs.
Besides being a multi-instrumentalist, Irwin has a true love for teaching. His compassionate and inspiring approach makes each student feel special, cared for, and successful.
Irwin is a trustworthy educator with exceptional communication, interpersonal, and leadership skills. These traits enable him to cultivate strong relationships with his students.
Some of Irwin's key strengths include:
Irwin majored in piano and instrumental music education at both DePaul University and the University of Illinois in Champaign/Urbana. He played Timpani with the De Paul University Symphony Orchestra, which regularly performed in Chicago's Orchestra Hall (now called Chicago Symphony Center).
Irwin received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Illinois in 1974, and his Master's degree in Music Education a year later, in 1975.
While still working on his Master's degree, Irwin began teaching instrumental music as a substitute teacher in the Champaign/Urbana, IL., school systems.
After receiving his degrees, Irwin ran and taught the music programs for a small town in western Illinois.
After teaching in public school systems, Irwin went to work at Karnes Music Company in Des Plaines, Illinois as a guitar and piano instructor.
Irwin founded the In The Pocket Band, which performed at many Chicago are venues, including the Chicago Blues Festival in Grant Park, Buddy Guys, Kingston Mines and more.
Irwin founded the Silbernik Music Academy in Highland Park, IL, and is now utilizing his educational and performance experience to teach students of all levels.
Students will need a guitar in good playing condition, a tuner (either manual or electronic), and time to dedicate to practicing each week. Learning to practice effectively is critically important to successfully learning to play an instrument and is required at all levels of musicianship.