Pritesh Walia

Pritesh Walia

Pritesh Walia

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Teaching Philosophy

As an educator I try and provide a safe and open environment for student to learn and grow. Every student has the potential and ability to succeed on a musical and personal level and my job is to get them there. Music as a whole, guitar in particular is very personal and I believe everyone has their strengths and weaknesses and sometimes the only route for a student’s success is through patience and leading them to the right direction. I aim to perpetuate knowledge and inspire learning.

The success of a teacher lies in their ability to reach their students. I believe the key to a successful student-teacher relationship is “communication” and “inspiration”. Understanding and assessing the students abilities is a vital part of teaching for example some students learn better visually, some aurally and some kinesthetically and it is almost essential for a teacher to appeal to all these different learning patterns and construct a teaching plan accordingly.

In my lessons I concentrate on the weaknesses and strive to make the strengths even stronger. I routinely examine my students based on their assignments and in-lesson progress to track their growth and derive a clear picture about their learning curve. I make a conscious effort to push the student to the next level so they can ultimately find their own sound on their instrument.

Teaching Biography

Throughout his education in music, Pritesh Walia focused on giving back by teaching and sharing his knowledge. Pritesh's experience in teaching has given him the opportunity to work with a variety of students from ensemble coaching to private and group guitar lessons at Middle Schools and being a guitar instructor for various music academies in Boston teaching adults and children of all ages. Additionally, Pritesh has various other experiences from holding clinics, masterclasses, and workshops internationally as well as recording instructional guitar courses for world renown LickLibrary, and teaching masterclasses on Jazz Guitar at Panama Jazz Festival.

Performance Biography

Pritesh Walia is a Jazz Guitar player/educator who currently resides in Boston, MA. Pritesh's musicianship and performance was highly recognized from the beginning of his musical journey starting with his entry to the Musicians Institute College of Contemporary Music with the "Steve Vai Scholarship" as well as earning recognition from Berklee College of Music in his contemporary jazz performance and composition during his B.M. by receiving “Berklee Achievement scholarship” and the "Professional music achievement award". He also holds a Master’s Degree in Jazz Performance Studies from New England Conservatory where he was awarded the “Dean Scholarship”. Pritesh is an active session player/performer/educator in Boston having played numerous festivals and gigs worldwide. He can be heard on numerous records and projects over the years ranging from Jazz Big Band, Modern Jazz, Gypsy jazz to independent singer-songwriter music. Pritesh held the guitar chair at the NEC Jazz Orchestra where he performed with various musicians like Maria Schneider. Pritesh has collaborated and performed with highly acclaimed musicians at renowned venues such as Jordan Hal, Berklee Performance Center, and Agganis Arena.

Education

M.M. Jazz Studies Performance, New England Conservatory; B.M. Performance and Professional Music, Berklee College of Music; A.A, Contemporary Guitar Performance, Musicians Institute