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BA, University of Massachussetts Lowell, English
2017 - National and international touring 2016 - Music video premiers on ABC Australia and Metal Injection 2016 - Music added to Comcast's Music Choice rotation 2015 - Featured on Metal Insider 2012 - Present - Sharing the stage with many major label acts including Whitechapel, Carnifex, Dark Tranquility, Suicide Silence, Revocation, Havok, Insomnium, Death Angel, and many more
I am an actively gigging, recording, touring, and instructing guitarist and bassist. I have been playing guitar and bass for the past 14 years. In that time I have formed my own band, done extensive touring, shared the stage with major label artists, written and recorded several albums, filmed and edited many music videos, studied music in college, filled in for other professional musicians, worked in a music store, and taught many people how to play an instrument.
I have been teaching guitar and bass for the past 10 years, and have had the pleasure of watching some of my students move on to become actively performing, professional musicians. I bounced between many instructors as I was learning to play, and studied under a handful of music professors in college. Doing so helped me see the instructor who I wanted to become, and develop a teaching program that caters to the needs of each individual student.
Though each student gets a lesson plan that is catered to their individual needs, I start everyone off with these three questions: Which musical artists do you listen do? What do you like about their music? What are your goals with taking lessons? I use this information to teach the student how to play some of their favorite songs, how to write similar music, and how to use my lessons as a means of achieving their musical goals I have found that doing so results in faster results, and increased motivation.
My teaching style ranges based on the needs of each student, but I consistently make sure to work towards challenging, but achievable goals with a clear, step by step, and enjoyable path towards them. I do this because I've seen far too many other instructors either overwhelm a student, or bore them to death. Both of which are the two most common reasons for why someone gives up an instrument. I also make sure to utilize modern technology in the way that is most convenient for each student. I am especially proud of this because a lot of my current students have switched from previous instructors because they felt their "pen and paper" teaching styles were too archaic and slow paced.
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