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Teaching

As an educator, I strive to underscore the development of listening skills, body awareness, humor, and self-compassion as invaluable tools on the path towards mastering a musical instrument.​ I enjoy working with guitar, banjo, and ensemble students of all ages and skill levels to further their joy and craft. I strongly believe that music is best learned through music. Therefore, I present techniques and concepts in application through real-world musical examples. Inspired by my immersion in folk music, I am passionate about teaching by ear. Though I teach a variety of students with diverse goals, backgrounds, and stylistic preferences, I find that the cultivation of effective learning strategies and consistent technique is key to any journey of study.

In addition to teaching privately, I am currently on faculty at Cambridge Music Consortium (CMC), Club Passim's School of Music, and The Concord Conservatory of Music, where I also serve as the American Roots Music Program Coordinator. As part of this position, I have the pleasure of curating a concert and masterclass series which showcases the diversity of American folk music.

Please feel free to contact me at irakleinmusic@gmail.com for more details, and to schedule an in-person or online lesson.

Photo by Emi McSwain