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Bachelors of Music in Music therapy from Temple University
Music therapy board certification current from 2010-2015
Ranked in the top 50 from who's who of America in High school
Maintained Scholarship at Marywood college from 1992-1995
Maintained 2 board certifications for 20 years currently:
1 for Music Therapy and the other for Psychiatric Rehabilitation
Performed all over philadelphia area for the past 15 years.
Guitars and Drums are strongest instruments.
Hi! My name is Eric! I have a Bachelor's degree in music therapy from Temple University. I studied Guitar since I was 7 years of age with my strongest concentrations in Classical and Rock guitar. I also have studied percussion and Piano with a Jazz concentration in persussion. Music is the biggest piece of my heart. I started a music program at my primary job with the focus being on getting beginners good quickly. I teach theory and sight reading along with playing. There is always room for improvisation during the lesson and arranging music that the student enjoys so that they can also learn how to read it. I teach almost any age group up until the beginning of the advanced level.
I have taught at almost every job that I have held professionally. I served as the music program director for a state correcional facility for 7 years with music education and performance being a primary focus. I started a music program at my primary job with a focus on learning how to practice and play each instrument fully and properly which doesn't have to involve a lot of time! I played in a rock band for 10 years and I have experience performing as a solo artist all over the local Philadelphia area! I don't have a single life experience that doesn't have a musical memory or series of songs attached to it! Billy Joel is my favorite musician. Boston and Chicago are among my favorite groups!
For the instruments that I teach, I incorporate proper hand position techniques into the playing. Teaching a student how to hold the instrument and relax with it is the most important thing I do. I start with the notation and how it relates to the instruments I teach. For the guitar and the Bass guitar I work from the segovia scale fingerings for both the major and minor scales. Then from there, I evolve into other scale forms and fingerings when necessary. For drums I will teach marching rudiments on the snare and then transition to basic sight reading exercises before going into rock and jazz beats. For piano I work from the traditional major and minor scales first. There will be room for improvisational methods during the lessons. I also incorporate songs that people like into the reading exercises with correct notation and fingering accounted for in the chart. I only use TAB charts for conversion into actual music and fingerings.
I love playing. I love what I do. The most important thing that people miss about music is that it involves a personal committment. That must be present. I can adapt what I do to help the student relax and move at their own pace. I can help the student hear themselves and teach them how to practice properly in their spare time so that they understand more in less time going forward! I incorporate the traditional methods that I was taught and combine them with popular music as well as things that other people enjoy about music. Let's have Fun!
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