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Course Work: Shoreline Community College
I'm a passionate and well-educated guitar instructor driven to help guide students through their musical journey. I'm currently working towards an Associates of Arts in music degree at Shoreline Community College and I have over a decade of experience playing guitar with a background in everything from jazz, blues, rock, to metal & classical. I've had the opportunity to play on stage with artists of many different styles spanning from rapper Macklemore, to heavy metal drummer Jean-Paul Gaster of Clutch.
I've been teaching guitar since I was in high school. I love the process of helping individuals develop their own musical talent and skill and make the connections that unlock their creativity. Teaching gives me the opportunity to be a part of something bigger than myself; something that can be an enriching and incredibly important part of someone's life. I'm driven by the desire to inspire my students, and in return also be inspired by them. I want to guide them on their journey to becoming a musician.
My teaching method consists of a focus on what the student is interested in, using what the student enjoys as a means of developing a comprehensive understanding of music and the guitar. I believe this method keeps students engaged with playing, and makes lessons and practicing fun, rather than feel like a chore. Lessons will deal with subjects such as scales, technique, and music theory. Although they may be tedious, I believe these things are important core elements to really understanding the guitar and music in general, and I would teach them in a way that would be fun for the student.
I strive to develop my students with a deep understanding of the guitar and music, doing so in a way that moves at the students pace and makes lessons fun and the proses of learning approachable. Keeping a balance of challenge and discipline with fun and the joy of playing music is how I believe students grow to have a passion and love for music that lasts them a lifetime. Students will focus on projects such as learning their favorite songs as well as pieces that I might assign, really delving into the music, learning to both play and understand it well so that students can feel accomplished.
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