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BM, Berklee College of Music, Professional Music, Concentration in Songwriting & Music Production
I am a lifelong lover of music and I started playing guitar at the age of ten. Almost 18 years later and I find myself attending Berklee College of Music, where I study an array of musical subjects. I am proficient in guitar techniques ranging from rock to jazz and even classical. I am also adept at music theory & composition in both contemporary and classical practices, as well as songwriting, ear training and music production. I have been able to put together many bands and have had extensive experience in band situations since the age of 15.
My experience mostly stems from what I have learned through playing music for as long as I have been. I was able to learn all the steps to continue motivating my passion for guitar such as practicing frequently and consistently, gaining a large repertoire, and training my own ear to know where I am at all times when playing. I also gained much experience working at Guitar Center Lessons for a year. There I was able to learn the importance of excellent student-teacher rapport as well as notice ways in which to keep students motivated and excited about learning music.
Typically, I like to use the student's goals to decide where to jump off from. If a student would like to learn to read music, I would like to start with the book that I started with, Alfred's Basic Guitar Method. I find that it is a very effective book that teaches the basics and lays it out with enough practice material to make students aware of how the guitar works. Upon this foundation, I would introduce own separate exercises and techniques, as well as favorite songs, so as to help keep the students motivated. In the case of students who do not wish to learn to read and would just like to learn to play, I would teach them using an emphasis on ear training as well as understanding of basic chord symbols for them to be able to associate and know what they are playing. It all depends on the student's goals with the guitar.
Seeing students' excitement and passion are among the most fulfilling experiences a teacher can have. I like to focus on fostering steady growth by catering to the students as individuals and work toward their ultimate goal of learning the guitar for whatever purpose they intend to fulfill. I like to keep lessons as open as possible for students to feel free to ask any question they like and for them to feel as though they can learn what aspects they'd like to hone in on, all the while instilling good habits like constant practice.
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