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BM, Arizona State University, Guitar Performance
1st Prize winner of 2010 Maricopa Colleges Artist of Promise Award for guitar Performance.
1st Prize winner of 2013 Lux Magazine original composition competition.
As a guitarist I am comitted to composing, performing and sharing my love of music with others through teaching. I hold a bachelors degree in Classical Guitar Performance from Arizona State University where I studied with renowned guitarists and teachers Frank Koonce and Chuck Hulihan. I strive to be a vesatile musician and have practiced and performed many different styles of music for guitar, bass, piano and on occasion voice. I have recently relocated to south Florida and am excited to continue my career as a musician here.
I first began teaching when I was appointed by my professor to be the tutor for music theory and beginning guitar class at the college I was attending. From 2011 until spring of 2014 I worked as the music director for an elementary school. I taught all music classes for pre-K to 8th grade, taught private lessons and directed after school bands and choirs.Here I also gained experience teaching autistic and special needs children. In addition to this, I maintained a base of 15-20 private guitar and piano students of all ages and abilities. Having never advertised, my business was built on a reputation for being fun, patient and skilled.
As almost any instructor will tell you, the methods I use depend largely on the student and their abilities. Younger students usually benefit from learning to read music and a beginning method book is usually helpful. I strongly believe that ear training is the key to musicianship so I use the material we cover in lessons to help students develop good aural perception. I know that understanding music theory is crucial for communicating with other musicians. I always emphasize an understanding of music theory and relate it to the music we cover in lessons. I encourage students to be versatile and open minded about all styles of music.
I tend to be very patient with students and understand that if they are not enjoying the lesson they will not learn or practice as much as they should. I try to get my students playing music quickly, once they are playing and not just practicing it becomes fun. I use small duo pieces that allows the student to learn a very simple melody then play along with me. This become quite enjoyable in a very short amount of time. For students who are more advanced lessons and my approch can vary widely. Either way, I always try to make it fun and as informative and helpful as possible.
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