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Diego D In HomeHome
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Instruments: Piano, Guitar, Synthesizer, Keyboard, Electric Guitar, Classical Guitar, Acoustic Guitar
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Blues, Country, R&b, Gospel, Musical Theater, Latin, Funk, Flamenco, Showtunes, Spirituals, Latin Jazz, Swing, New Age, Samba, Bossa Nova, Soul, Punk, Avant-Garde

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Diego D In Home
Instruments: Piano, Guitar, Synthesizer, Keyboard, Electric Guitar, Classical Guitar, Acoustic Guitar
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Blues, Country, R&b, Gospel, Musical Theater, Latin, Funk, Flamenco, Showtunes, Spirituals, Latin Jazz, Swing, New Age, Samba, Bossa Nova, Soul, Punk, Avant-Garde

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In Your Home My Studio Online
Ages Taught: 5-80
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Degrees / Training / Special Info:
Bachelor of Arts in Music with minor in Theatre Arts, Louisiana State University Certificate of Modern Music Composition for Film, SAE Online Professional Degree in Music, School of Music of Buenos Aires (EMBA) International Baccalaureate Music Certificate and Diploma
Awards:

Current - Sound Engineer for the Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces 2013 - Film Scoring Grant (Louisiana Cultural Economy Foundation) 2012 - EA Sports MVP (Electronic Arts) 2010 - Sundance Film Festival Official Selection Film "Lord Byron" Soundtrack 2010 - Louisiana State University "Tiger Scholar" Academic Merit Scholarship, Louisiana Music Award Winner for Music Merit, Jazz Ensemble Soloist Chair, and advanced placement in 3 years of Music Theory classes (Louisiana State University)

Overview:
I am a polyglot Composer, Producer, Sound Professional and Entrepreneur with over 10 years of professional experience. My former and current clients include Electronic Arts, Yahoo, Hyundai, Rickwood Music LLC, Microsoft Studios / 343, Machinima, Howcast, Newport Classic, and many others, and have worked in projects showcased on national and international TV, videogames, Broadway, web, casinos, movie theaters worldwide, and in a Sundance Film Festival Official Selection feature film. Proficient in piano and guitar, I have been playing for over 25 years and have been trained both classically and contemporarily at the LSU College of Music and Dramatic Arts, SAE Institute, and the School of Music of Buenos Aires (EMBA), and some of my mentors include multiple Grammy-winner David Hentschel, multiple Emmy-winner Mike Esnault, Richard Arce, Willis Delony, Alex Herrera, and Bill Grimes. I am also proficient in five languages: English, Spanish (bilingually), Italian (fluent), Portuguese (fluent) and French, so I am confident that we won't have issues communicating!
EXPERIENCE
I started teaching guitar lessons privately when I was 16 years old and, since I tested out of my first year of Music College in Argentina, I was able to receive my first music degree at age 19. Shortly thereafter, I started teaching elementary school music and symphonic band at a private school until I was offered a scholarship to be an exchange student in the U.S., and then offered two scholarships (Tiger Scholar and LMA) to transfer to LSU (Geaux Tigers!) to finish my studies there. During my time at LSU, I taught music to my fellow college students as an LSU School of Music Approved Music Tutor, and I currently teach Music Theory at SAE Atlanta and privately. Given that I am now 31 years old, I have been teaching music for the past 15 years.
METHODS USED
When teaching children, I make sure to take advantage of their neuroplasticity by mastering the basics of rhythm, sight-reading and phrasing, all while making it fun and intuitive. The objective here is to give the child the ability to use musicality as an expressive resource, which will improve the child's musical cognition but also his speech and math skills -- I speak from personal experience, as I started taking music lessons when I was five and now I speak five languages, besides never having difficulties with math. Teaching adults is fun, because what you lose in neuroplasticity you gain in life experience and general knowledge, which makes it easier to make a connection. I've had students in their fifties and sixties and we did nothing but practice progressive rock or tango (remember I am from Argentina) because that's what they wanted to do, and I was able to find exercises that would help them achieve their goals, besides practicing the songs that they've always wanted to play! At that age, it's all about their goals, since the students are self-sufficient and able to decide what's best for their goals on their own. As far as method books go, I like Hal Leonard's Essential Elements (I've used those methods a lot when teaching middle school band) for young students, Hanon's exercises and Bela Bartok's Mikrokosmos for intermediate piano, and trips to Guitar Center for adult guitarists (I'm serious: John Petrucci has a great method for Rock Guitar, for example).
LESSON STYLE
It's all about having a clear goal in mind and working towards it: we'll have conversations about objectives and musical preferences (classical? jazz? rock and pop?) and then develop goals based on those preferences (playing live? what kind of pieces/songs?). Once I have an idea of where the student wants to be, I share my lesson plans with them and tell them what particular exercises or songs/pieces will fit those goals. Of course, classes are interactive, so I always use rapport to see what elicits the best responses and motivation from the student. As long as we keep it entertaining and moving forward, and we keep reassessing our goals and timelines, we'll have a great and very productive time.
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