- Ian Rowe
"I want my students to develop the pride of mastery. They can use that skill for a music career, as a strong foundation for other art forms, or just about anything else."
Honolulu born guitarist Ian Rowe began playing the guitar at the age of ten, and quickly became enamored with the sounds of Classic Rock. Three years later, looking for ways to expand his electric guitar facility, Ian began classical guitar lessons. Upon graduating from high school, and much to the detriment of his rock star ambitions, Ian entered the University of Redlands on a full scholarship to study classical guitar. Since then, he has been a prizewinner in numerous competitions throughout North America, and tours extensively both as a soloist, and with his duo, Spruce and Cedar. Aside from a busy performance schedule, Ian is a graduate student at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music where he studies with David Tanenbaum.
Teaching Style and Philosophy
For my young students it is all about "lighting the fire." We use a lot of playful musical interaction to create passion, and I am careful not to crush their creativity with too much discipline. For my older students I like to focus on the challenge. Overcoming obstacles and working hard for achievements will have life long benefits. I want my students to develop the pride of mastery. They can use that skill for a music career, as a strong foundation for other art forms, or just about anything else.