I was fortunate to teach at the university level many times over a nearly three-decade period, the last six years full-time. College students are one of my favorite students to teach because they are so enthusiastic - eager as they are to learn and start their careers. Some of my fondest memories are of working with them.
The comments below are gleaned from the evaluations they made of my teaching. Most of these are from the last few years I taught at the university level. These reviews are verbatim quotes of the original reviews.
Jeff is a good teacher. He gives good examples and explains everything carefully & in a creative way so everyone understands the work.
Jeff is an awesome technician. Sometimes just watching him promoted my learning.
You're an awsum teacher!
The instructor is great - very enthusiastic and knowledgeable.
Jeff Anvinson always taught in ways that made sense to me. I could always understand what was going on & I never felt dumb for asking easy or simple questions. He was always willing & wanting to help
The teacher helped promote my learning by being so upbeat and helpful. If I needed any help he would always make time or find me some help.
I learned a lot about basic music theory. Jeff is a great teacher who has the gift to make a class which is a little hard very fun.
I loved that Jeff was so enthusiastic and encouraging!
The instructor is great and very understanding of different abilities.
Jeff did a great job of organizing an immense amount of literature and material into a 3 week period. I was impressed with his availability and willingness to help. He is very fair and a pleasure to sit under.
Jeff is a very good instructor. Very passionate & enthusiastic about guitar!
I'm so glad I took this class from Jeff Anvinson. He is a fantastic teacher with the patience of God. I [heart] Jeff!
Jeff was always available for out-of-class help. He also went out of his way to make sure everything was as understandable as possible.
Jeff is a great teacher & knows how to teach the material.
Professor Anvinson is the greatest teacher ever! I have learned so much more than I ever could have hoped to learn! I will miss him much next semester!
Jeff is an awesome teacher - he should definitely be made part of the faculty. He is very enthusiastic about the subject matter and he made learning fun. I will miss him next year!
The class was awesome. Great Job.
Jeff Anvinson was the best aspect to improve learning in this class. He is one of the best teachers that I have had this year.
He is an extremely good guitar instructor and ensemble leader. He has helped me grow musically by challenging me to play things that I thought were out of reach. He gave so much encouragement through the difficult parts. He really made the ensemble enjoyable.
The fact that Jeff was always eager to help, and constantly applauded our efforts, definitely was key in helping me learn more about music.
He is a very good instructor! I recommend him to teach next year!
Jeff was open to everything I wanted to do and was able to offer great insight and help to almost everything I wanted to do. What he did not know on the spot he found out for me. He has access to a great amount of music he allowed me to use. A great teacher.
Jeff was very nice & easy to work with. He always put the students before himself.
The instructor honestly seemed to care abut his students & their learning process. He was always very encouraging & very understanding when problems or difficulties arose. I never felt uncomfortable in this class.
The teacher was very nice.
Jeff is cool.
Thanks for a great year Jeff! I don't have anything I want to change. You are a great teacher and person!
Jeff, I appreciate all you have done to help me through this course. It's been a great time working with ya and it's great to get back with guitar.
I felt that Mr. Anvinson was an excellent instructor - I learned far more than I had expected. He made the material easy & clear to understand. He also was extremely helpful & he was always open for questions. His door was also always open for extra help if needed. I felt he had a genuine care & concern for his students. (He also made learning music theory fun!)
Mr. Anvinson is a wonderful teacher & person. He gave lots of his free time up to hold extra sessions with us just so we can understand the material. Thank you!!
I was very impressed with the way Mr. Anvinson was dedicated to the education of the students & his continued search for new ways of helping us learn & understand material thoroughly. A good teacher.
Mr. Anvinson put in many extra hours of tutoring and help sessions for which he should be commended. It's not every teacher that cares as much as he does to insure we all thoroughly learn the material and feel comfortable when it comes to exams. Thanks Mr. Anvinson.
Mr. Anvinson goes way out of his way for his students.
Jeff is a very good teacher and is very good at guitar. I learned from Jeff exactly what I wanted to learn when I signed up for the class. Jeff gave me the tools to become a better guitar player.
Instructor was extremely helpful & always willing to slow down to help explain things. He also didn't make you feel stupid when asking a simple question.
Class done perfectly.
I thoroughly enjoyed this class. It was extremely valuable the amount of things we learned. Even though I wasn't able to practice as much as I would have liked, this knowledge will be valuable for the rest of my life. Thanks.
Jeff is very enthusiastic about teaching what he is very good at. He knows his stuff and loves what he is doing. I wish we had more class periods probably this is the only class I enjoy coming to.
Guitar maintenance was very useful. Jeff is very enthusiastic!
Thank You! You are an amazing guitar teacher - you really know the guitar - I learned a lot!
He is so enthusiastic about his work and about guitar that it makes it much easier to learn. I learned guitar so much faster thanks to his expertise and want to teach guitar.
Mr. Anvinson is a very dedicated teacher. He's willing to go out of his way to assure that his students get what they need to succeed in this course.
This is the first year I have ever attempted to learn music theory, so I've had a rough time now and then. Even though Mr. Anvinson is extremely busy with his guitar lessons, he has always found time outside of class to help me. He is very fair and treats his students like adults.
This class was very challenging but I felt I have learned a great deal from it.
He was very willing to help each student out of class. He also is willing to help with any other problems students might have.
This class was cool! The teacher was great!!!
Always made time in his schedule to help students if they had problems with things in class.
difficult to please all levels of students in this type of course - but pulled it off well.
Mr. Anvinson is the best instructor I have ever had!
Wide variety of selection for techniques. Songs could have been in more styles but were always fun, challenging, etc. Always had a positive attitude, always point out both good things and things to work on in a gentle manner. Gives lots of encouragement. I never had a problem with Jeff. Always very understanding, easy to ask questions to, nice person, great teacher. Thanks Jeff, you made guitar fun.
The instructor was interesting and made class fun.
Jeff was enthusiastic & made class fun.
I really enjoyed this class and am proud that I can actually play my guitar. This class was the push I needed to spend more time practicing.
Jeff is a great instructor. I've never had a guitar teacher whose knowledge even compared to Jeff's.
This class was fun and made me want to come and learn.
The teacher was very kind and patient with the students. He was also very professional about guitar playing and knew what he was talking about.
Mr. Anvinson has excellent knowledge of guitar and very effective teaching skills.
This class is worth more than the 1 credit issued, however the instructor makes it well worth while.