Though originally from Virginia, Dakota Anders moved all around the East Coast through his life and moved abroad to Europe and Japan after graduating. He graduated with his B.A. in Linguistics from the University of Kentucky and since then has been teaching overseas in Poland, Ukraine and Japan. Dakota has been playing guitar since he was in middle school and had the opportunity to play in his local church band throughout his high school years. He has had a passion for music since he was young and is always learning and collecting new instruments – his most recent being a Japanese stringed instrument called the shamisen.
While in Japan he began teaching interested students guitar in his off time. This became a biweekly lesson for those students, who eventually went on to perform in the school band later that year. With a breadth of experience in all different cultures, Dakota always finds a way to connect with his students and works with them to bring out their full potential. Outside of teaching Dakota likes to practice guitar and learn new instruments, travel, practice languages and is learning to code.
Dakota believes that each student requires their own unique approach, and regardless of if you’re learning instruments or languages, it always takes time and energy from not only the student but the teacher as well. Every step in learning something new should be fun and interesting, and that’s what he strives for in his lessons. He hopes to instill the desire to practice, improve and learn in his students and takes pride in his ability to connect with each person, no matter the background.
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