March 2016 - Professional musicians structure their practice to make the most of their time. When they sit down to practice, they know exactly what they need to accomplish, how they will accomplish it, and how long they will need to spend on each task. Here are some tips from the pros that just-for-fun players can adapt to their practice in order to make the most of their playing time. read article here
September 2015 - "I have been teaching guitar for almost ten years and have plenty of success with adult beginners (thirties through retirement). Contrary to popular myth, you do not have to start playing as a child to become an excellent musician and to really enjoy your instrument. If you are starting later in life, some things – learning new patterns of thought and movement – may be more challenging. But other things, especially the discipline and self-awareness that comes with being older, will work to your advantage. " continue reading here
Fado Nosso at Balliceaux, Sept 9th, 2015
Soy guitarrista clásica y flamenca de Richmond, Virgina (USA), y vivo en Sevilla, España. Imparto clases particulares de guitarra a alumnos en Sevilla y clases de guitarra por internet a alumnos en todo el mundo. Doy clases a adultos y niños (de seis años en adelante) de todos niveles, y ofrezco instrucción especializada en guitarra clásica (todos los niveles, desde principiante a avanzado) y guitarra flamenca (para principiantes).
December 2015 - "'Tis the season of new guitars! Thousands of children are about to wake up Christmas morning to a guitar-shaped box under the tree. Whether your child has been begging for the guitar for months or is about to be surprised, you are probably hoping that this first guitar will help fuel a life-long love of music and that he or she will reap the mental, physical, and emotional benefits of playing an instrument. Here are some tips on how to keep that Christmas guitar in your child's hands for years to come."
I am a classical and flamenco guitarist from Richmond, Virginia (USA) currently living in Seville, Spain. I teach private guitar lessons to students in Seville andguitar lessons online to students anywhere in the world. I teach adults and children (6 and up) of all levels of experience, and offer specialized instruction from beginning through advanced levels in classical and flamenco guitar.
Classical and Flamenco Guitar
teacher and performER
Alegrías con Yolit in Port Royal, Sept 15th, 2015
Lesson Reviews from Current and Former Students
“Leah Kruszewski is an exceptional guitar teacher. I wanted to learn to play guitar since I was a teenager, and feel so fortunate to have found her. She always kept such a positive attitude, with great patience for an adult learner. Every lesson was fun; and included a bit of technique, new pieces of music with increasing complexity, and a little music theory. It was the perfect pace for me. I continue to play most every day, and look forward to starting lessons with Leah online.”
-Sharon, adult guitar student
“I always look forward to my weekly lessons with Leah. She is a great teacher who makes learning the guitar fun. Leah is patient and always willing to work with me until I learn the correct way to play a note or a piece of music. She uses all kinds of music to help me learn new concepts and will play with me so I get a feel for the music. I really like learning to play guitar with Leah!”
-Keaton, age 11
“Leah is a remains my daughter’s all-time favorite guitar teacher. She is professionally trained and enjoys working with children. As a parent, I knew she was providing sufficient structure, while also maintaining a warm and supportive learning environment. Leah has my highest recommendation.”
"Our daughter’s first guitar teacher was Leah Kruszewski. She brought her passion for guitar and teaching to every lesson. She was able to bring the most out of Kinga, inspiring her to practice, memorize songs as well as overcome some of her shyness and perform both solo and with Leah before an audience."
"During the year I took lessons with Leah I came to admire her patience, attention to detail and professionalism. In addition to these fine attributes, she also has a great deal of personal talent, musical knowledge and the ability to motivate her students to do their best. I especially appreciated her knack for diagnosing technical problems and giving clear instructions on how I could overcome them. She inspired me to continue my studies and enjoyment of playing the guitar."
-Susan, adult guitar student
"My daughter was fortunate to have Leah Kruszewski as her guitar teacher in Richmond Virginia for four years. Leah is such an exceptional musician and a wonderful teacher. She is able to take a beginning guitar player, patiently teach them fundamental guitar skills, and then progress them to master challenging classical guitar pieces. Her teaching technique motivated my daughter to want to consistently practice her guitar, be eager to learn, and become a more skillful musician. It was amazing to see the progress each week!"
-K. Travers, parent
Richmond, Virginia, USA
Yolit Yospe-Kachlon and I collaborated to bring an evening of flamenco guitar music and dance to St Peter's Episcopal Church in Port Royal, VA on Sept 15th. I opened the concert with solo flamenco guitar, including compositions by Rafael Riqueni, Paco de Lucia, and Niño de Pura. Yolit joined me in the second half for Tangos and Alegrias de Cadiz. Attendance was excellent, the audience was a lot of fun, and we loved bringing flamenco to Port Royal for very possibly the first time ever.
I also had a great time opening for and hearing Fado Nosso at Balliceaux, as well as catching up with some former students at a solo gig at Cafe Caturra.
VCU's Fifth Flamenco Festival featured performances by Washington D.C. guitarists Torcuato Zamora and Miguelito, a master class by Miguelito, and a concert by RVA flamenco musicians Denver Walker, Ian Browning, Clarke Hedgepath, Mary Lawrence Hicks, and myself. We had around five hundred guests attend the concerts and master class, and we are looking forward to planning the next festival for November 2016.
Planning for VCU's next flamenco festival is underway! Mark your calendars for these events:
Friday Nov 4th, 7:30pm
Opening Concert featuring guitarist Leah Kruszewski, singer Carlton Ashton, and dance TBA
Saturday Nov 5th, 2pm
Flamenco Guitar Master Class with Ricardo Marlow
Saturday Nov 5th, 7:30pm
Concert featuring flamenco guitarist Ricardo Marlow
Sunday Nov 6th, 4pm
Concert featuring flamenco guitarist Miguelito and dancers and singers TBA