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AA, Community College of Philadelphia BA, Temple University (currently enrolled)
My journey with music began at a young age when another musician in my family gifted me my first guitar. Since then, my passion for and understanding of music has continued to grow. Over the last several years, music has continued to play a larger and more vital role in my life. I have had the privilege to tour the country and play many of the most popular clubs in cities across the East Coast and into the Midwest. Additionally, I've done scores for small independent films. As a bassist, guitarist, and drummer, one of the aspects of music that brings me the greatest joy is sharing my knowledge with others and giving them the tools and encouragement to set their own musical goals and achieve them.
I began teaching lessons in college as a way to help support myself. Initially, my first students were friends or acquaintances looking for help with their instruments. Over time, these friends began to refer me to others who wished to learn and my student base grew. Topics ranged from the basics to intermediate and even very specific details that students wished to conquer. My main goal with students is to ensure that they are having fun while making sufficient progress towards goals that they themselves want to achieve.
In my experience, I find the most effective method of teaching music involves a combination of traditional instruction with contemporary examples to fit the student's goals. This involves identifying what the student needs to learn and including songs the student is familiar with or enjoys demonstrating the concepts or techniques on the agenda. This both encourages the student to practice and keeps them interested in the material. Most importantly, though, is guaranteeing that the student feels motivated and acquires a sense of accomplishment.
My teaching style is certainly a relaxed one. Music is and should always be fun. I try to combine my core lessons with what the student wants to learn. Each student learns at their own pace and I make sure to tailor my lesson plan to suit the individual while keeping the material fresh and interesting. Encouraging the student's successes keeps morale high and motivation plentiful. Still, I am sure to impart one of the most important aspects of learning a musical instrument: the need for dedication and discipline in practice and performance.
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