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Studied Music Education, Texas A&M-Commerce for two years. No degree Currently studying Public Relations, Texas State
2014 - music scholarship to attend Texas A&M-Commerce 2017 - Went on three national tours with two different indie bands. I coordinated, booked all the shows 2018 - Went on a national tour with a larger band learning their music in two days before hitting the road 2018 - Have a residency playing jazz music at a wine bar in San Marcos called Patio Dolcetto
I'm one of the best booking agent, music promoters and drummer in San Marcos, TX. Born and raised in McAllen TX, I began playing piano at the age of 8 and picked up drums at age 10. With strong support from my family, I began studying jazz when I was 13-years-old and continue to study the art form of jazz to this day. I've recorded on a couple of albums, gone on four national tours with three different bands and currently perform with two jazz trio's: The Rex Simmons Trio and Austin Kinney & Friends.
I've studied classical music and music theory since I was 8-years-old and made the 5A Texas All-State Band my junior year of high school. I received a scholarship to study music education at A&M-Commerce University. After two years, I decided to move to San Marcos to perform in the central Texas area. I'm currently studying public relations at Texas State University with a minor in music and perform, on average, 2-3 nights a week. I've taught private lessons for four years and love every moment of it. When I have the privilege to teach a student, I'm growing with them and learning how to communicate effectively so the student is retaining the information and stays motivated to be a better musician and a better person.
I have several method books from college that I can easily print copies and share with my students. I also have several packets and other online resources that will help the students achieve their goal. Technique is essential and very important. So we'll make sure that the student will have proper technique and breathe properly in the rhythm of the song so things flow smoothly and everything is done with ease. Music is supposed to be a mediation. We have to learn to let everything go and be focused on what's in front of us, without thinking. It's more of relaxed, continuous motion. My goal for my students to have is to effortlessly play music, just how you breathe and blink your eyes.
Patience is the key. For the teacher and the student. There's no need to get upset or angry. Music isn't hard, bricks are. Music just takes time. If there's a section of the music that's challenging, I like to take it in chunks. By focussing on the first couple bars and once that's clean, we can look at the next couple bars. Then adding the four bars, and repeating that. And so on. The biggest mistake young musicians like to make is taking it too fast. Taking things slow, and playing the music precise and accurately is the key. Once that's good, we can boost the tempo.
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