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MM, Keene State College, Composition
Performed in ensembles directed by Composers such as Dusan Bogdanovic, Carlo Domeniconi, Frank Wallace, and Jose Lezcano Debuted performances by artists including Eduardo Martin and Frank Wallace. Participated in Masterclasses led by guitarists Zaira Meneses, Seth Austin, Alturas duo, Duo Amaral and many others.
With 15 years of guitar playing experience, it is one of my greatest joys to impart my knowledge onto others and watch/support them as they grow along their own musical journey. I graduated from Keene State College in 2018, earning a degree in music composition with a focus in guitar. I am proficient in electric, acoustic, and classical guitar and I am fluent in a variety of musical styles, such as Rock/Metal, Blues, Bluegrass/Country/folk, Classical, and Jazz. I studied guitar with Dr. Jose Lezcano for 4 years and have also received workshops/masterclasses with the following guitarists: Frank Wallace, Zaira Meneses, Seth Austin, Lincoln Meyers, Adam Levin & Mathew Rhodes, the Amaral Duo, and the Alturas Duo. I have also participated in ensemble performances under the direction of the following: Carlo Domeniconi, Dusan Bogdanovic, Frank Wallace, Eduardo Martin, John Zevos, Jose Lezcano, and Jim Chesebrough. I also have a comprehensive knowledge of the history of the guitar, including its origins in Spain as well as more recent developments, such as Americana and Blues-roots. Aside from from the guitar, I also have an adequate skill set to teach beginner-intermediate mandolin and electric bass lessons.
I started gaining experience as a teacher over 5 years ago when I started teaching lessons to my freinds, some of who are now involved in musical projects of their own. I continued gaining experience in this field during college, where I would consistently meet with fellow students to instruct/tutor them outside of classes. I believe that through my experience I have been able to provide lessons that make learning both fun and interesting for the student. While I recognize that the teacher is the authority in regards to the technique of playing, I believe students should ultimately have the freedom to choose what they would like to learn.
For beginners, especially younger players, I believe it is best to start with simple pieces to build security. For this I usually try to pick fairly well known melodies that the student likely has in their head already, such as 'Ode to Joy' or 'Jingle-Bells'. By starting with tunes the student already knows, I believe that the learning process becomes much more intuitive. For teens/adults I encourage the student to find out what the students interests/goals are and adjust my lesson accordingly. This usually involves either teaching them some of their favorite rock songs, to get their fingers working, or teaching them pentatonic scale in order to get them jamming along with their favorite music or even with a group a friends.
Nothing is more rewarding that seeing one of my students develop a passion for music! Therefore, it is important that each students progresses at their own pace. I encourage this by suggesting realistic goals for my students at each lesson, while at the same time allowing the freedom for students to pursue their own personal goals. By finding out what inspires the student, I can successfully tailor my instructions to their wants and needs. I believe that the goal of education is to raise the student to the point where they are now able to teach themselves.
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