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Bachelor Degree: Kennesaw State University
Professional Certificate: Joel A. Katz Music & Entertainment Business Program
I am a fun loving and dedicated music instructor that draws my passion for teaching from a true love for music. I recently graduated from Kennesaw State University with a BA in Management, and I completed the Joel A. Katz Music & Entertainment Business Program in 2018. I am a multi-instrumentalist that loves playing several different instruments in several different genres. I also have over 12 years of experience writing and performing music in several bands as a guitarist, vocalist, bassist, pianist, and drummer.
I first started teaching music in 2014. I began as a guitar instructor, then made my way into teaching piano, drums, and bass as well. I believe that the best way to teach a student how to play an instrument is to first teach them how to play music. In my experience I have found that allowing students to try several different instruments and participate in group jams with other musicians teaches them to fall in love with making music. Once they have found their appreciation for their chosen instrument, I can begin to teach them critical basics that will enable them to make their own music, as well as replicate the music that they love, the right way - and have fun doing it!
My teaching methods are relatively universal. With younger students, I focus more on learning to have fun while learning about their instrument at the same time. The more fun they're having, the more likely they are to stick to it. For adults, I keep this same philosophy in tact, but incorporate more technique, theory, and performance practice into our sessions in order to facilitate the learning curve. Once I know what my student enjoys about music, I tailor my lessons around that. One thing is for sure - music lessons with me will be just as fun as they are productive!
My teaching style is unique because it revolves around having fun with music. I believe that more traditional forms of teaching can be too dull or too urgent, leading to disinterest. Once you become disinterested, you're far more likely to quit - and I don't want you to quit! Learning to play an instrument is one of the most fulfilling accomplishments that a person can achieve, no matter the age or skill level. I use these principles when teaching music by balancing rigorous exercises and technique practice with jam sessions, songwriting experiments, and musical ear development. Combining these teaching methods creates a comfortable and encouraging environment for anyone to learn music.
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