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Bachelor Degree: Berklee College of Music
I'm a pianist, accordionist, arranger, and composer. I find a lot of joy in learning and understanding music. The styles I specialize in on piano are ragtime and early jazz, and Latin and French music on the accordion. Although this is my specialty, it certainly isn't the limits of what I am able to teach. I perform as the accordionist for a Manouche Jazz band named Heliotrope Swing, we play around Boston and really thrive on the joy that people find in our music. That is really my first priority in performing and teaching, to inspire joy in music.
I have been teaching for about as long as I've been a trained musician. I believe that teaching is just as valuable to the teacher as it is the student. Teaching and tutoring is something that is ingrained in me, I love answering questions and explaining what makes something in music important and exciting. I find myself frequently tutoring and teaching in all areas of music whether it be piano, accordion, theory, composition, etc. I don't believe in age limits or expiration dates on music, nobody is ever too young or too old to learn something new, and past experience has shown me that anybody is capable of learning with proper practice and encouragement.
I like to spend a little bit of time assessing what level a student is at so I can appropriately guide them to where they need and want to be. Early on I stress the importance of self evaluation and critical thinking, as it is priceless to be able to teach oneself using these analytical skills. Learning music is like building a pyramid that will never have a peak, blocks are added again and again and always built on the progress of the past but there is never a point where a student has "completed" music. Learning an instrument should be a joyful and exciting process though, and above all it's important to me that my students are having fun while they learn.
My teaching style is all about steady, consistent progress. It is very valuable to dedicate even the smallest amount of time each day to practice. I like to provide my students a range of exercises to reinforce material that's already been learned, familiarize themselves with new concepts, and then a little bit extra if they feel inspired to branch out. I aim, also, to share my enthusiasm about music with my students. I strive for my students to look forward to their practice and be always excited and thinking ahead to what else there is to learn.
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