I have been a professional and dedicated Musician for over 30 years and a Guitar Teacher with over 20 years experience. I have touring experience and formal education at Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA, and Five Towns Music School, Dix Hills, New York. I am adept at creating custom lesson plans for students and advising students on equipment purchases. I am an individual with a passion for music with relevant and extensive experience. My influences vary from classic to hard rock to blues, jazz and beyond. Throughout my extensive career I have played with such names as Walter Becker from Steely Dan, World-class guitarist and instrumentalist Rob Balducci currently signed by Steve Vai’s record label Favored Nations, Randy Coven bass player and instrumentalist featured on several full-length albums including Yngwie Malmsteen, John McLaughlin, Leslie West of Mountain, and various others. I am not only a guitarist, drummer, bass player, and performer, but also a dedicated instructor and musical mentor to other musicians, young, and old alike. My greatest motivation to inspire my students to excel stems from my extensive musical background, live performance, and my own desire to succeed in the life long study in the art of music. I come from a long line of very well respected and famous musicians. Coming from this background, I have been blessed with not only the love of music, but also the life long journey through it. I have studied guitar extensively with instructors such as Joe Monk (Jazz), Howard Morgan (Jazz), Al Petrelli of Trans Siberian Orchestra, and Rob Balducci. My current musical projects include a solo guitar-based instrumental album, and an additional album with my current all-original hard-rock band.
I operate a fully capable analog/digital recording studio based out of my home, which allows me the freedom to write, record, and produce my own material, as well as being able to teach my students. I have world touring experience and formal education at Berklee College of Music, Undergrad, Boston, MA, and Five Towns Music School, Long Island NY. PROFESSIONAL MUSIC EXPERIENCE: Dedicated Musician for over 30 years. Dedicated Professional Guitar Teacher for over 20 years. Recorded and produced by Walter Becker (Steely Dan). Played with Randy Coven, world class Bassist. Played with Rob Balducci, world class Guitarist. Private study with seven string jazz artist Howard Morgan. Studied under Jazz Artist and Teacher, Joe Monk. Studied with Al Pitrelli of Trans Siberian Orchestra. HIGHLIGHTS: Experienced musician with touring experience. Passion for music and constantly learning new concepts in music. Rich experience as a guitar teacher. Dedicated to teaching students about the guitar and music. Able to create a network of dedicated students with a high rate of retention. Ability to use different methods and techniques while dealing with students belonging to different age levels. Able to create a lesson schedule that accommodates the students. Highly reliable teacher. Exceptional ability to maintain a professional demeanor while making students feel at ease. Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Exceptional people skills. Team Player, Reliable, with a Strong Work Ethic. http://www.reverbnation.com/mitchelltruen (Solo Career Blues Page) http://www.reverbnation.com/onaxis (Mitchell Truen’s All Original Band – currently out with Teaser EP – full length album for On Axis being released winter 2016)
My instructional style focuses greatly on developing each individuals understanding of music theory, and applying those concepts in a practical manner. It is important to note that music is not only a discipline, but also an art form that needs individualized attention. I want every student to realize his or her own creative abilities and enjoy the outcome of their own creative force. I have also specialized in teaching students with disabilities (i.e., asperger’s, high functioning autism, as well as some types of physically handicapped students). I have taught from ages six on up to older adults. I also have experience in teaching clinics and/or groups. I am adept at creating custom lesson plans for students and advising students on equipment purchases. PHILOSOPHY: How I approach teaching, my method, and my particular preferences in teaching: To apply practical approach of the fret board, starting with basic chords and basic theory. C scales open first position and on to traditional fingerings. Triads on all string sets, while forming the teacher student bond. Philosophy is based on a non-intimidating style. I believe when an instructor tries to intimidate a student into studying and developing the discipline, the student will eventually loose his desire to work at his or her craft. Patience is the key to teaching and being available to the student is just as important to the relationship. I have participated in academy recitals with my students. I always communicate with the parents of the student to explain the lessons and the progress of their child.