Neema Zardkoohi – Guitar Teacher, Piano, Bass, Drums

Guitar, Piano, Bass, Drums
Jazz, Pop, Rock, Classical
Attends University of the Arts

guitar teachers phillyI teach Guitar, Piano, Bass and Drums. My first musical experience was singing, then playing hand drums while I was young. I have formal training in guitar from University of Houston and Berklee College of Music after high school. I am currently studying guitar performance at The University of the Arts. I have very many goals for my life and one of them is to continue teaching music. I have been teaching for 4 years now, and I consider myself to be a professional educator. My strength as a teacher is to quickly identify how the student needs to learn to best show him or her the steps to success. I also have experience with group lessons in guitar and piano. I love to teach songs, riffs, scales, proper technique, proper theory, and how to get the most out of your practice. It is very important to play music everyday and to have discipline in your practice. Recording yourself, listening back, and planning what to do for the next day are all good practice habits. I practice jazz and classical guitar at least 3 hours a day.

When did you begin playing guitar, and why?
I first started to play the guitar on September 1, 2008. I’m from Houston Tx, and when Hurricane Ike landed ashore, I was safely in College Station Tx at a friends house. He had a guitar, and I played a Cold Play song. I always wanted to learn to play the guitar, and I did!
What are your personal goals as a musician?
My personal goals are to perform my own songs with a band, be a successful song writer and performer and to become a top entertainer!
Do you have a memory of a time when a music concert or technique really clicked? Something you’ll remember forever?
The first time I had a click that maybe music and sound could be the story of my life was when I was a kid singing a song on the radio and my brother told me I sounded exactly like the lead singer.
What is your favorite piece of advice from one of your past (or current) or current teachers?
The piece of advice that stuck would have to be “play that tune all day long.”
Whats your most challenging musical moment?
The first time I picked up the guitar. And the hardest thing will be the next thing I play, because I am always trying to challenge myself.
What is your biggest musical achievement?
Music itself is a reward, so just the act of playing music is an achievement for me.
Favorite thing about teaching?
Teaching is always earning me experience with new people with different backgrounds. It’s rewarding to teach music, to talk about music and always to play music. 
What is a piece of advice you would like to share with anyone learning music?
Many people think they can’t play music, like its something out of reach. I would like to share with those people that they can and should learn music. It expands the mind, you become smarter, and even begin to solve life’s most difficult problems better.
Currently I am looking for a band and I’m writing my own songs and lyrics.