Derek Plavin began playing guitar just before his twelfth birthday and has been passionate about playing the instrument ever since. With an early appreciation for the complexities of music, Derek learned to play many different styles on the guitar and went on to study at the University of Miami Frost School of Music with a focus on jazz guitar. During Derek’s time as a student he also began to gig and teach guitar privately. Through his experience as a performer and instructor, Derek began to appreciate the emotion and creativity that go into playing as well as the attainment of technical proficiency. This influences his approach to teaching in that Derek structures his lessons with the student’s musical interests and goals in mind while making sure the student attains the best overall musical knowledge.