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AAS, Full Sail University
1999- The American Musical and Dramatic Academy New York Scholarship
2004- Composer/Songwriter for Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds
2005- Composer/Songwriter for Emmy Award Winning Show "Girlfriend's"
2007- Composer/Songwriter for Grammy Award Winning Artist "Bobby Brown"
2012- Composer/Songwriter for Grammy Award Winning Artist " Usher Raymond"
2014- Composer/Songwriter for Rock n Roll Hall of Fame Artist "Booker T. Jones"
I'm a motivated, passionate instructor who loves working with students and sharing my love of music. In 2000 I graduated from Full Sail University with a Bachelor of Science and Arts. Composing and Songwriting has taken me around the world and has been the most rewarding experience of my life. I've had the opportunity to work with and play along side legendary artists that I've grown up listening to and admired. I have played on Emmy Award Winning shows like" Girlfriend's" to playing Grammy Award Winning artist "Usher"
My teaching experience dates back to my days working in Los Angeles working as staff composer songwriter, as I began to teach private piano and voice lessons part time 15 years ago I've found that a combination of blues and modern music can go a long way in helping students enjoy and progress their studies in piano, voice and guitar. The most important lesson is to have FUN! I encourage my students to work on their own compositions that promotes creativity. I'm always looking for new students of all ages!
I generally like to start my beginning students with lesson plans from the book" The Secrets of playing Piano by Ear" by Jermaine Griggs. 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. I try to focus on what the student is interested in, and guide my instruction accordingly to keep the lesson fresh and FUN! No matter what their ability level is I always strive for excellence in piano, voice and guitar!
Nothing is more exciting than seeing one my students develop a passion for music! Therefore, it's important that each student progresses at his or her 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. " The slower you go, the faster you'll get there" - John Link
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