Kevin Farmer has dedicated his life to music, and now is focused on helping students learn how to play the guitar and "unlock the mystery of music."
Farmer said he and his wife recently moved to Tiffin from the Findlay area and opened Kevin's Guitar Studio this month. Farmer said he runs the studio from his home, located at 259 Noble St., and offers lessons to children and adults. So far, he said, the response among age groups has been "a good mix."
Farmer said he chose Tiffin to open the studio because it seemed to be a good community with a lot of local support. Tiffin is a "great location with lots of thriving small businesses," he said.
Farmer said the studio's focus is to provide individualized classes using a slightly unorthodox, but successful, teaching approach. Farmer said he is committed to being flexible with lesson schedules, realizing the time commitments of students and their families are unpredictable.
As a home-based studio, he said, "we are able to be very flexible in our scheduling."
Lessons at the studio, he said, typically are weekly half-hour sessions and cost $65 per month. Similar to a regular school schedule, Farmer said he breaks the year into fall, spring and summer terms, and lessons are scheduled throughout those terms.
One difference with Kevin's Guitar Studio, Farmer said, is students are not locked into a long-term contract when they decide to try guitar lessons. Such an approach is part of the studio's flexible approach and is meant to offer a more relaxed environment for students and their families.
Farmer said he began learning to play the guitar as a sophomore in high school, and, while he originally was self-taught, he later began working with an instructor. As a music major in college, Farmer said he declared the guitar as his primary instrument, and his depth of knowledge about the
guitar then increased substantially.
Farmer said he feels the guitar is "a cool instrument that appeals to everybody," and kids as young as first grade can benefit from learning to play. At that age, he said, lessons include not only the guitar itself, but learning about music as a whole, including how to truly listen to music.
Learning to play the guitar, he said, can provide an outlet for kids who like to express themselves through music, but don't want to participate in activities such as band.
Another unique aspect of Kevin's Guitar Studio is the absence of method books in his teaching approach. Farmer said he chose not to incorporate method books because "they don't account for the differences in the way music students learn." Farmer's personalized approach acknowledges those differences and strives to provide a learning environment for each student that best helps them grow as musicians.
In addition to offering lessons at Kevin's Guitar Studio, Farmer teaches guitar at a friend's studio in Bluffton. He has more than 10 years experience teaching
music, and received a bachelor of arts in music and business from Bluffton University.
Kevin's Guitar Studio can be reached by calling (419) 303-9585 or via its Facebook page.