Dwayne has been teaching guitar for 30 years and has prepared students for local, school, and professional bands, Alcorn Jam Bands, College and University. He has formal training in Music (Jazz Guitar, Diploma in Recording Arts), Education (B.Ed.), Filmmaking, Electronics, and Computers.
He offers Guitar, Bass, Banjo, and Ukelele lessons from ages 9 and up. Styles include Rock/Metal/Pop, Blues, Country/Bluegrass, Fingerstyle, Sweep Picking, Slide, Jazz and Folk.
He has developed his own music course which he has successfully used for twenty years in private and group situations in the private and public school sectors. Students receive plenty of easy to read and understand handouts.
One of Dwayne’s students recently received the following in 2012 from Conservatory Canada:
1. the Helen Ingram Memorial Scholarship (for $150)
2. the Medal for Excellence for the Level 1 Contemporary Idioms Guitar exam (for having the highest mark – 95.6% in guitar for the province of Quebec)
Dwayne’s years of public and private teaching experience has enabled him to develop various approaches to teaching giving him the ability to connect with different learning styles and age groups. He encompasses a positive self-concept with his music instruction using a play along with your favorite songs approach (by your second or third lesson you will be strumming along with a song).
His students focus on discovering their own improvisational voice and developing a pragmatic effortless ergonomic left and right hand technique that can deliver as much speed as one desire’s if they choose to also develop that area.
During the lessons students will learn chords, strumming, theory, harmony, reading, scales, ear training, and songwriting/composition. Students advance their instrument skills through the style of music and songs they are most interested in and if they wish also through a more formal Conservatory Canada method. Dwayne welcomes students of all levels from beginner to professional.
His past performances include: International Music Festivals, Dinner Theatres, Songwriting Circles, Workshops, and Radio Features.