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Applied Music Completion, Los Angeles Valley College, Classical Guitar Performance
2016- Richard Denner Memorial Scholarship (American Guitar Society)
I am a classical guitarist based In Ventura County. I have been playing guitar for over a decade and have completed studying classical guitar performance in the Applied Music Program at Los Angeles Valley College. I have over two years of teaching experience with students spanning a large age range and a wide variety of styles. I specialize in classical finger style technique. Playing the classical guitar is, among other things, the art of playing an entire piece of music (melody, accompaniment, bass) on the guitar. Doing so is fun and quite possibly the most satisfying thing that I do.
I have been teaching guitar, formally, for a little over two years. I currently am teaching students through my own business and other student referral websites. Teaching is key to any career musician's income, my love of teaching is not strictly monetary. To help students set goals, work towards their dreams and realize their potential is an experience I wouldn't want anyone to miss. Besides the joys of being of service and seeing the light come on in my student's eyes, teaching keeps me on my toes, always learning new things and progressing my own musical dreams.
For beginning students I typically teach using Frederick Noad's Solo Guitar Playing I. We eventually progress to Andres Segovia's Diatonic Major and Minor Scales then Scott Tenant's Pumping Nylon. For more advanced students we would often jump into simple pieces by Ferdinando Carulli followed by Opus 60 by Matteo Carcassi and Estudios Sencillos by Leo Brouwer. Students who are dedicated and consistently practice are playing pieces by Sor, Guliani, Tarrega, Villa-Lobos and the like usually with in six months.
All of my students are free to progress at their own pace. The more consistent their practice routine, the more steadily their technique will improve.When it comes to learning anything the value of an effective practice routine is priceless. My Students learn how to develop their own custom, well balanced practice routine which will consist of various rudimentary exercises, which build stronger technique, and classical guitar repertoire, a final product to show case your talents. I feel the importance of performing regularly is essential to a student who really wants to bring their understanding of music to the next level, thus I work on performance practice with my students and try to provide regular opportunities for them to perform.
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