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BA in Music from New York University in 2009
2014 - Village Voice named Pyrrhon "Best NYC Metal Band"
2017 - Rolling Stone listed Pyrrhon as #15 Metal Album of the Year
I’m a lifelong musician and student, and I love sharing my knowledge, skills, and passion with my students. In 2009, I graduated from NYU with a BA in Music. Since then, I have been teaching private guitar lessons. I also play guitar in the prolific and influential NYC metal band Pyrrhon, which fuses elements of metal, punk, jazz, and classical. We've worked with several distinguished record labels and have toured internationally extensively. I am able to teach many different genres, techniques, and skill levels. My approach to music theory can help you to develop a more organic and intuitive approach to playing music!
I’ve been teaching private guitar lessons since graduating from NYU I’m 2009. My lessons draw upon the music theory concepts that I mastered in college, as well as my extensive experience playing in my own band. I straddle the line between a trained approach and an organic, intuitive approach. You will learn to use music theory as a foundation to fully develop your own style. You need to learn the rules first in order to break the rules! My lessons help to develop technical skills as well as creative aptitude!
My favorite skill level to teach are intermediate guitarists who are looking to take their skills to the next level. I use an interdisciplinary course of study that touches upon several different styles and music theory applications. Diversity is one of the most important parts of leveling up one's skill level, so I try to encourage intermediate players to consider looking at several styles, including classical, jazz, rock, blues, and of course my main specialty, metal. The way that music theory underlies all of these disciplines will help the intermediate student to gain a more comprehensive understanding of how their instrument and music in general works. I'm also able to teach total beginners, as well as advanced players. For beginners, I start with a book by Hal Leonard, which allows us to slowly master the basic fundamentals of guitar and music. Most beginning students are able to play through their first song within the first month or so of studying with more. For advanced players, I like to take a deep dive into an area that they have historically struggled with, whether it be composition, improvisation, using theory as a lense to better understand how their favorite music works, transcribing, and more. My comprehension of rhythmic theory and harmonic theory is very deep and intuitive. Let's take a really close look at an area where you've been struggling and help you to elevate your skill to a masterful level.
I love to help aspiring students to reach their goals and gain a more confident grasp of music. I've had many students over the years who have transformed their confidence levels after just a few sessions with me. Every student is different, and it's important to move at a pace that works for them. The most important aspect of being an effective teacher is helping students to develop a routine for their practice. It seems obvious, but this is the thing that inhibits many people from progressing to more advanced skill levels. The enthusiasm and energy that I bring to the process helps my students to thoroughly enjoy studying music!
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