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AA, Palomar College, Music Performance
I'm a very easygoing and straightforward person, but as a musician I take what I do very seriously. I love being surrounded by fellow musicians of all types and hope to guide and spark interest in people who want to try and learn how to play the guitar. I have an AA in Music Performance from Palomar College, where I first began classical guitar studies. Before studying classical music at Palomar, I took seven years of lessons with a local studio guitarist who taught me to play on both electric and acoustic guitar, fingerstyle and picking. Over the last 11 years, I have performed in rock, country, jazz and classical gigs from the Inland Empire to San Diego.
I have been teaching for about 6 months, and so far it has been a great experience. Watching a student become passionate about learning how to read and perform music reminds me of why I am a musician myself. I find that a student is most successful when they have something to work on that stimulates their interest. It encourages more practice and leads to faster development of instrument control and understanding of the way music works. One of things I did starting out was write my own bits and pieces of music for fun, and I encourage my students to try it out themselves. Not only does it help develop skills in a fun way, it also allows them to express themselves early on.
The number one priority I have towards my students is to get them playing a lot of the time, and with proper technique. In the end, it is the student that "teaches" themselves through proper training and not the teacher. The teacher cannot give the student finger dexterity, strength or the ability to read and interpret music directly. The learning process during lessons includes demonstrating, making mistakes and correcting those mistakes so that the student can learn and practice efficiently.
There are many kinds of method books that all get the job done, but ultimately growth is up to the student and if the material they study can maintain their interest. For this reason, I treat each student individually and work with their own goals and interests. Some students are more interested in modern genres such as rock, blues or country, and will in turn be more likely to rely on tablature throughout their musical careers. Others are interested in pursuing music on an academic level and will be learning how to read standard notation and learn basic music theory. In the end, my approach is unique to each student and their own musical goals.
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