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2010- California State of Long Beach, Bob Cole Music Conservatory
I am a passionate and energetic musician and teacher. Music is one of my favorite things in the world. It brings me great joy to pass my knowledge on to others. I graduated from Cal State Long beach with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music. I currently write my own music and record as well. I have a strong background in classical music, but the music I write is more Rock and Blues influenced. I have been teaching for almost eight years and I have worked with all sorts of ages and personalities, as well as students with disabilities.
I have been teaching for seven and half years. I have taught ages five years old to seventy years old. I am patient, kind, and and very encouraging teacher. I am an excellent musician as well. All of my students improve vastly and enjoy their lessons, which are fun and focused. I assign them pieces they want to learn whether it be classical, blues, pop, or jazz. I have two recitals per year, which always helps motivate students to practice and demonstrate all their talent and hard work. I care about all my students. I love watching them grow into accomplished musicians!
For young students I use Faber and Alfred books. As well as Famous and Fun books which have popular tunes to help keep the students motivated to practice. My older students work in the standard Hanon exercise book which helps develop agility and evenness in the hands and fingers. I also teach my students all 12 Major and minor scales, arpeggios, and chord progressions. My more advanced students usually learn classical music and Jazz/Blues Rags series by Martha Mier. I also encourage students to pick their own pieces because if they love the piece they will most likely practice more.
I tailor each lesson to the individual student and we set realistic goals. Some students want to learn more challenging pieces and we may work on the latter for a few weeks to a even a few months. Other students feel better working on one piece a week and then moving on. I give great constructive feedback to help improve the students rhythm, musicality, musicianship, and finger placement. All of my students practice more when they love a piece so I try to assign them pieces that interest them. I provide a very nurturing, fun, yet disciplined environment.
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