Ila gave me a clear road map that helped me understand the language of western music. Her exercises made me see how music theory relates to the guitar, almost like a manual. What I learned from her is applicable to any style of music.
Before I met Ila, I had learned how to play guitar from books, a handful of other teachers, and online videos. At some point, I got frustrated because every lesson seemed disconnected from the rest. I felt like every teacher handed me a piece of a different puzzle and I was missing the big picture. Ila handed me all the pieces to one puzzle and showed me how to put it together.
She also taught me what a healthy practice mindset can look like, how to protect my physical health when practicing a lot, how to have a solid playing technique, how to process new information, and how to become an explorer of sounds. She is a kind teacher, who inspired me to stay curious, to have fun with the instrument, and that it’s a beautiful thing to never be done learning. ~ JULIA