Associate's Degree, Musician's Institute Guitar Performance Summer Program, Berklee College of Music, Musicianship & Theory
2003 - Showcase Guitarist - Tongue & Groove Club - San Francisco, CA Received Honorable Mention scholarship to continue attendance at Blue Bear School of Music
2005 - Guitarist - Marin County Fair Talent Show - Marin, CA Won first prize for original composition in instrumental music category
2007 - Guitarist - National Jazz Festival - Anaheim, CA
Performed in award winning ensemble at youth jazz competition
2007 - Lead Guitarist - West Side Story - Sonoma Valley High School
2008 - Guitarist - National Jazz Festival - Orlando, Fl Performed in award winning ensemble at youth jazz competition
I'm a passionate and motivated instructor who loves working with students and sharing my love of music. In 2010, I graduated from Musician's Institute with an Associate's Degree in Guitar Performance.
My teaching experience dates back to my college days, as I began teaching private lessons part time a 5 years ago, and have been consistently teaching students in my home studio for the last 5 years. Encouraging regular practice on a consistent schedule is one of the key points I like to emphasize for younger students, as it tends to help the student progress and gain a passion for the guitar. My students are encouraged to enter competitions and recitals, as well as work on composing their own original material, so they can feel good about their accomplishments and stay motivated to learn. I'm always looking to bring on new students of all ages!
For beginning students who are children, I typically start with some basic chords and scales. Once the student has progressed to have a grasp of the fundamentals, I will begin to introduce solo repertoire appropriate for their first recital performance. For adults, I try to find out what the student is interested in, and guide my instruction accordingly to keep the lessons engaging and fun, no matter their ability level.
Nothing is more rewarding than seeing one of my students develop a passion for music! Therefore, it is important that each student progresses at his or her own pace. I encourage this by setting realistic goals for my students at each lesson. Acknowledging accomplishments helps fuel a students desire to progress, and makes students eager to learn more. By trying to find out what inspires the student, I can successfully tailor my instruction to their wants and needs.